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News & Notes - Week 2

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Rutgers was not as impressive as the final indicates vs NC Central. Starting QB Dodd engineered 3 scoring drives in the 1H but Rutgers only finished with a 347-120 yd edge. Leading 21-0, RU blew it open scoring 2 defensive TD's in a :45 span when DL Vallone fell on a fmbl in the EZ for a TD and 2 plays later Harmon got a 37 yd IR TD to make it 35-0. Backup QB Gary Nova who hit 6-17-97, led the team on a 57/3pl with a 44 yd TD pass then a 10 yd drive for a 36 yd FG (after fmbl) and a 54/14pl drive for a 22 yd FG with 10:35 left to close out the scoring. NC Central was sacked 9 times and turned it over 4 times...

Utah jumped out to a 24-0 lead vs Montana State but only had 16-12 FD and 292-258 yd edges. They had an 8 yd TD drive after a 35 yd IR, and hit a 37 yd FG after a blk'd punt...

Dave Clawson has done a great job at Bowling Green and a great job in openers. This year they were an underdog at Idaho and gave up a TD on the first drive and were SOD at the UI39 on their first drive but BG scored TD's on their next 4 poss followed by a FG and led 30-7 at the half with a 377-179 yd edge. UI pulled within 30-15 with 14:44 left in the game but IU was pinned at their 2 and tackled for a safety and after punting on their next poss, UI fmbl'd at their own 30 & 49 on the final 2. BG finished with a 478-280 yd edge...

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 only had 22-17 FD and 401-301 yd edges but NT's 2 TD's both came via the defense. FIU got a 62 yd KR by TY Hilton and drove 29/4pl for a TD then after North Texas was SOD at the FIU40, got a 60/1pl TD pass to Hilton, 14-0. FIU went 93/9pl for a TD then after a fmbl, 33/2pl for a TD and led 28-0. It was 31-7 at the half with FIU having a 284-100 yd edge. NT did miss 48 and 41 yd FG's in the 3Q and trailed 41-14 and were SOD at the 1 yd line with 1:23 left but got a safety on the next play...

Western Kentucky had a 13-11 FD edge vs Kentucky and the D's dominated with 19 punts. WKU had a slim 234-190 yd edge. UK's 2 scoring "drives" were a 22 yd TD drive in the 2Q (after an int) to lead 7-3 at the half. UK, on 3&14, got a 58 yd run by Newton down to the WKU26 and on 2&15, a 31 yd TD pass with 4:35 left to make it 14-3 and that was the final...

The Mississippi State offense rolled up 405 yards in the 1H and finished with a school record 645 total yards. Memphis didn't cross midfield until the 2Q. Miss St avg over 9 ypp and finished with a 645-338 yd edge...

It sure was an exciting Friday night ESPN game and Baylor's offense was very impressive. TCU has led the nation in defense the L3Y and in their worst game LY they allowed 361 yards. Baylor amassed a surprising 367 yards in the 1H! TCU did miss 2 FG's and 2 xp's in the first 3Q's and trailed 47-23 but charged back to take the lead 48-47 with 4:31 left. TCU had their streak of 25 consecutive reg ssn games snapped in this loss. Baylor had not beaten a ranked team since 2004. Last year TCU had beat BU 45-10. TCU drove for TD's on the next 3 poss and got two 2 pt conv but had the 3rd one go off of the WR's hands to trail 47-45. QB Griffin fumbled and TCU took over at the BU39 but settled for a 27 yd FG with 4:27 left. BU then hit a 3&10, 15 yd pass for a FD and continued on a drive to get a 37 yd FG with 1:04 left. TCU got to the BU40 but on 3&10 was int'd at the 20 and BU held on for the upset...

The Connecticut game was moved from Thurs to Sat due to the use of their home stadium by Hurricane Irene relief staff. RFr TB Lyle McCombs ran for 141 yards and 4 TD's with 2 in each half. UC used all 3 QB's and they combined to hit 12-21-228 yds. Fordham was 5-6 LY and was playing their first FBS foe since 1954 as they just began offering scholarships last year. UC finished with a 21-8 FD and 434-169 yd edges...

Ohio State rolled over Akron with 27-5 FD and 517-90 yd edges and Joe Bauserman started and QB'd all but 1 poss in the 1H with Braxton Miller's only poss resulting in a punt. Bauserman led 4 TD drives but Miller, after another punt on his first poss of the 2H, did guide 59/6 and 38/4pl TD drives and his final drive got them to the Akron 15 yd line where they ran out the clock. Bauserman hit 12-16-163 and Miller was 8-12-130 playing with mostly backups in the 2H...

The defending National Champs Auburn Tigers were generally outplayed at home by Utah St. USU had a 27-17 FD and 448-364 yd edges and twice led by double digits. They led 21-7 before the half when AU benefitted from a 97 yd KR TD. At the end of the game, USU scored a TD with just 3:38 left to lead 38-28. AUB got a 15 TD pass on 3&gl with 2:07 left then recovered an onside kick and got a TD with :31 left to escape with a 4 pt home win...

Boston College was without top RB Montel Harris and Northwestern was without QB Dan Persa. Kain Colter replaced Persa hitting 17-24-197 and ran for 71 more with a TD. BC's top RB was Andre Williams who came in questionable but rushed 22 times for 114 yards. NU trailed 10-3 but tied it 10-10 on a TD with :38 left in the half then opened the 3Q with a 60/12pl drive for a TD to lead 17-10. They extended it to 24-10 in the 4Q but BC got a TD with 6:00 left and NU was stopped on 4&1 with 1:37 left. BC took over at their 36 and got 3 FD's to the NU19 but Rettig scrambled under pressure and was tkl'd on the final play. BC finished with a 474-424 yd edge...

Purdue once again lost their QB early in the season and they were without their #2QB as well. Caleb TerBush hit 19-33-219 as the 3rd string QB and also threw the 35 yd game winning TD pass in the final minute. Middle Tennessee State had a 460-420 yd edge. MTSU trailed for just 5:22 of the 1H and led most of the 2H. PU got a FG with 5:57 left to pull within 3 and a TD with :49 left to take the lead.MTSU went 50 yards and lined up for the game tying 47 yd FG but it was blk'd by Ricardo Allen...

Alabama's 2 QB's both tossed a pair of int's but Bama dominated with a 482-90 yd edge and Kent St's only score came on a 3 yd "drive" for a TD following one of the int's. Bama had a 24-6 FD edge. Trent Richardson only had 37 yards rushing but had 3 TD's. At the half Bama had a 257-22 yd and 13-1 FD edges...

Bryn Renner made an outstanding debut for North Carolina. He completed his first 8 passes and finished 22-23-277 but had 1 int. UNC blasted FCS power James Madison 42-10 with 24-10 FD and 461-211 yd edges. Renner set the ACC record for highest single game completion % (95.7%) and he also scored a TD on a sneak early in the 4Q. Everett Withers made his coaching debut and it was very similar to what Butch Davis did in his first game as that UNC squad led JM 30-7 at the half and won 37-14...

The Houston Cougars had a nice advantage vs UCLA in that temps were in the 90's and humid. Los Angeles had not been above 75 the entire month of August. UCLA also lost QB Prince in the 2Q to concussion. Richard Brehaut hit 17-26-264 yards. UH took over with :35 left in the half and got a TD on a 64/2pl drive, the TD coming with :08 left to lead 31-14. UH led 38-28 and had the ball with 1:59 left but gave up a TD pass with 1:19 left and then had to recover the onside kick to hold on for the win. UCLA finished with a 554-469 yd edge...

Lane Kiffin continues to try some crafty things and it basically kept Minnesota in the game. LY he missed three 2 pt conv which basically cost them the cover vs the Gophers. Again USC tried 2 pt conv's after each of their first 2 TD's and once again came up short on both and only led 12-0. In the 3Q leading 19-3 Kiffin went for it on 4th&6 at the UM36 and the snap went over the QB's head for a huge loss with UM recovering at the 30 and setting up a TD. On their next drive USC was SOD on 4&1 at the UM20. UM actually pulled within 19-17 with 8:03 left and had the ball with backup QB Shortell in at their own 29 but were int'd at the 42 with :53 left. QB MarQueis Gray was inj'd and Shortell hit 7-13-98...

It was an interesting game with Colorado St/New Mexico. Each team missed a FG in the 1Q and NM fumbled at the CSU1. CSU got a TD with 1:32 left in the half to lead 7-3 but NM went 80/8pl getting a 3rd & 16, 27 yd TD pass with :12 left. That TD was their first TD in an opener since 2005 and gave them a 10-7 lead. CSU was SOD on 4&10 at the NM38 and missed a chipshot 28 yd FG early 4Q. CSU took the lead with a 40/11pl drive for a TD with 7:17 left. NM's hopes appeared out the window when on 4th & 14 they were sacked for a 7 yd loss at the CSU36 but CSU made a daring call going for it on 4&1 with 1:57 left and they were SOD. NM got 2 FD's to the 19 but another FD to the 5 was called back on a hold. On 3rd & 6 QB Austen was sk'd & fmbl'd with :09 left at the CSU18...

Houston Hutt was hoping for a heat advantage over BYU which plays in the altitude but with Tropical Storm Lee blooming, it was in the 80's under overcast skies. This was a defensive struggle as each team got a defensive TD and Ole Miss blew a 13-0 4Q lead, losing by 1. The winning score came when BYU fell on a fmbl in the EZ for a TD with 5:26 left...

Howard Schnellenberger was not on the sidelines for the Florida game as his hip acted up and he was having severe discomfort and made a hospital trip on Friday. Florida dominated in Muschamp's debut scoring on their first 4 poss and led 24-0 with FAU not picking up their first FD until 3:00 was left in the half. FAU did have a 1st&gl at the UF 4 and settled for a 26 yd FG and then missed a 34 yd FG with :05 left in the half, both following UF int's on their 5th & 6 poss. UF blk'd a punt and ret'd it 22 yds for a TD with 10:09 left 3Q but had a 1st&gl at the FA6 and was int'd in the EZ. UF's final score came on a 29 yd FG with 1:46 left to make it 41-3 and they had 30-11 FD and 468-137 yd edges...

Oklahoma St's defense was better than the stats and the score indicate. They led ULL 21-3 in the 2Q and allowed just 113 yards at the half. UL got a 37 yd IR TD by Bentley and 50 yd IR TD by Moten which pulled them within 44-20. In the 4Q trailing 51-20, UL went 82/15pl for a TD and then trailing 61-27 they took over with 2:52 left and went 80/9pl for a 3 yd TD run with :17 left. The much anticipated debut of OSU OC Todd Monken saw the team roll up 666 yards, 9th best in school history...

Pitt missed a couple of FG's in the 1H and only led 7-3 despite a 168-119 yd edge. They did get a key play in the 3Q with a 47 yd IR to the Buffalo 20 setting up a TD to make it 14-3. BUF pulled within 21-16 with 13:44 left but Pitt drove 60/6pl for a TD to make it 28-16 with 12:04 left. BUF was SOD at the Pitt38 (5:25) but Pitt fmbl'd back. BUF was SOD at the PIT12 with 2:44 left and Pitt went 88/5pl getting a TD with 1:49 left to clinch it...

Bill Callahan switched Nebraska from an option to a pro-style pass attack and Bo Pellini has slowly been switching the Huskers back. Their new OC, Tim Beck, is bringing the option back to the offense and his first call as a coordinator was a run to the FB which just happened to be the first time the Huskers had a FB carry the ball since 2004. Taylor Martinez rushed for 135 yards and passed for just 116 in the more option based offense. The Huskers led 23-0 at the half and 40-7 after 3Q's going through the motions in the 4Q and showing very little with a 365-230 yard edge.

FOURTEEN-POINT SWINGS

The Michigan/Western Michigan game was an unusual one. It was called with 1:27 left in the 3Q which actually made it an unofficial game in Las Vegas (55 min must be played, 60 for a total). While UM appeared to have an easy 24 pt win, WM shot itself in the foot in the 1Q. They took their opening drive 74/15pl for a TD, got their 2nd drive to the UM21 where they missed a 38 yd FG. The key play of the game happened when WM went on an 8 play drive. On 2nd & gl from the 5, they had a pass that was tipped and not only int'd, but ret'd 94 yds for a TD and a 14 pt swing, so instead of leading 14-7 they trailed 14-7. Later, down 20-10 at midfield QB Carder was hit & fmbl'd and Herron ret'd the fumble 28 yds for a TD to open it up 27-10. Herron became the first player in UM history to have 2 defensive TD's in the same game...

Washington State QB Jeff Tuel fractured his left clavicle and it's not known how long he'll be out. Idaho State was just 1-10 last year and has a JC QB in Kevin Yost and could surprise. Yost hit 32-45-386 yds vs the Cougars but in fairness, WSU did lead 40-0 at the half. It was 33-0 when WSU got a 61 yd Hail Mary on the final play of the 1H. ISU gained 340 of their yards in the 2H...

Kevin Wilson's debut at Indiana didn't go as planned. They did have a 226?155 yd edge at the half and led 17-14 but Ball State opened the 3Q with a 48/11pl drive for a 38 yd FG and a 70/9pl drive for a 20 yd TD pass and the lead, 24-17. Indy was SOD on 4&3 at the BSU9 with 14:51 left and BSU went on a great drive taking over with 9:30 left in the game. They ran the ball on 13 out of 14 plays on an 80 yd drive settling for a 22 yd FG with 2:12 left for a 10 pt lead, 27-17. IU went 52/9pl getting a 27 yd FG with :57 left but BSU recovered the onside kick.

TAKING OUT FRUSTRATION

The UC Bearcats had a disappointing 2010 and they were out to get off to a much better start this season. Teams in this situation generally play harder later in the game and that was the case with Cincy. The Bearcats led 34-0 with a TD with :39 left in the half then AP fumbled the KO and UC got a 3rd & 14 TD pass with :09 left 1H, 41-0. At half UC had a 351-108 yd edge and QB Collaros would not play the 2H. UC led 65-3 when AP drove 71/11pl for a TD with 8:06 left. UC, with 3rd string QB Kay in, went 72/11pl and tacked on a 14 yd TD run with 1:10 left for the 72-10 final. AP was just 2-9 last year and has only 8 scholarship seniors...

Texas wanted to build a new attitude this year with new coordinators and they played well vs Rice as they finished with a 506-224 yd edge. Texas had a 198-73 yd edge before allowing Rice a 50 yd drive at the end of the half and a 49 yd FG with :56 left. Rice actually pulled within 13-9 but UT put together 3 consecutive TD drives of 72/8, 99/8 and 94/11pl to go up 34-9. UT finished at the Rice 15 yd line.

MISLEADING FINALS

Clemson and Troy was a misleading final. At the half Troy had a 195-121 yard edge and with a late 61/5pl drive for a TD with :51 left in the half, took a 16-13 lead. A pair of TO's set up Clemson for FG's on 2 drives that combined for zero yards. CU punted to open the 3Q but then got a 54 yd pass to Allen to take the lead, 20-16. They led 26-19 with 11:20 to go when they got a 75 yd TD run by Bellamy to make it 33-19. After a punt and kick/catch interference, CU took over at the Troy28 and after a -1 yd drive kicked a 45 yd FG, 36-19. Troy fumbled and CU went 42/7pl for a TD with 1:26 left and a misleading 43-19 win. Troy had a 19-16 FD edge...

The 2H was ugly for San Jose State but in the 1H the FD's were even with SJS having 9 and SU having 9. In fact, Stanford had just a 189-162 yd edge. TO's and blown opportunities were the key. SU had a 13 yd TD "drive" after a fmbl and later an 8 yd drive for a 37 yd FG after a long PR. SJS had a 1st&gl at the 8 but settled for and missed a 23 yd FG then had a 1st&gl at the 7 and settled for a 19 yd FG. SU also had a 1 yd TD "drive" after a 39 yd FR and led 27-3 despite the game being played evenly. SJS fumbled into the EZ for a safety, was SOD on a fake punt on its own 44 and fmbl'd at their own 39 in the 2H as the game turned into a blowout.

INJURIES OF NOTE

A key in the Fresno State game was that the young O-line, breaking in 4 starters, suffered a key injury as C Richard Helepiko left with an ankle inj early in the game. Pat Hill was forced to put frosh Cody Wickman in at tackle "Our center went down early and they had to make 3 moves, we weren't intact" Hill said. "We had a guard at center and a freshman tackle". FSU only trailed 19-14 at the half despite being outgained 310-122 as they recovered a fumble for a TD and had a 16 yd drive for a TD after another TO. They did go on a 57 yd drive and missed a 35 yd FG. In the 3Q FSU was int'd at the Cal  9 and trailing 36-21 had the ball at the end but was on 4th&2 at its own 20 lost 5 yards.

FRONTDOOR AND BACKDOOR COVERS

The debut of Russell Wilson was the hottest game ever in the 94 year history of Camp Randall Stadium (90? at KO). Wilson led the Badgers to 8 scores on 8 poss with 7 of those being TD's and the only FG came on a 29 yd'r on 2nd & 3 on the last play of the 1H. Wisconsin led 51-3 when Wilson came out with 8:45 was left in the 3Q. UNLV drove 75/11 and 70/9 for a pair of TD's to get in the backdoor by a half point, the latter TD coming with 11:41 left. UW finished the game at the LV22 taking a knee...

Arizona State returnman Miles was dynamic including a 98 yd KR to open the 3Q as ASU rolled to a 41-0 lead over UCDavis. UCD gained 161 of their 243 yards in the 4Q and on 4&2 with 12:10 left got a 48 yd TD run then on 4&2 got a 38 yd pass to the 1 setting up their backdoor covering TD with 6:26 left in the 48-14 final. ASU did get to the UCD17 but was SOD on 4&4 with :08 left...
 
Tough loss for Wake Forest who absolutely dominated the 1H with 13-2 FD and 242-52 yd edges but settled for 2 FG's and K Newman who had 14 straight FG's missed a chipshot 34 yarder. Syracuse got a TD on a 37/4pl drive after WF punted from its EZ and stunningly WF only led 20-7 despite complete domination. Each team took a 2nd & 3Q drive for a TD and it was 26-14 but WF missed a crucial xp. The key play of the game happened on WF's next drive. They were at the SU12 when on 3&19 QB Price fired a FD pass to the 2 but he injured his leg and would miss the rest of the game and a hold wiped out the completion. They settled for a FG to keep SU in the game, 29-14. SU went on 73 and 53 yd TD drives, the latter with 7:07 left to tie it. Backup QB Stachitas threw an int at the WF32 but SU K Krautman had a streak of 16 straight FG's snapped by a blk'd FG with 2:17 left. However, SU won in OT by 7...

Joe Paterno coached from the pressbox and Penn State ret'd the opening KO 95 yards for a TD. PSU dominated the 1H with a 15-2 FD and 252-66 yd edges and led 41-0 when Indiana State took over with 8:17 left and drove 62/11pl getting a TD with 2:16 left for the backdoor cover. Bolden got the start but hit just 6-12-37 yards. McGloin hit 6-8-77 yds but McGloin had 4 poss and had 3 TD's on those. Bolden had 6 poss resulting in a TD, a FG and a missed FG. Third string QB McGregger did not throw a pass but led a 12 yd TD drive in the 4Q. ISU was QB'd by Washington transfer Ronnie Fouch (PS#55) who was held to 11-23-105.

  
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