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News and Notes - Week 9

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Week 9

Steve Kragthorpe pointed out that after Louisville's TD which put them up 17-7 that they should have been up 17-0 in the 4Q against Connecticut. One of the more amazing plays happened when UC'S PR signaled for a fair catch but then took off running and went 74 yds for a TD while UL players stopped. Amazingly they let it stand. It was a normal fair catch signal and although the NCAA rule book says a PR must wave your hand, if that were the case then opposing PR D's could tee off on probably 70% of the PR's out there who simply threw their hands up and catch the ball on a fair catch. UL also had to use a time-out to try and force a replay on the poor fair catch call and that left them short on their final drive and a deep pass was int'd with :10 left after UC had come back. Another key play happened when UL was SOD at the UC 28 with 5:41 left up by 3. UC then drove 71/9pl for a the TD and their first lead of the game with 1:28 left...

USF became the 3rd #2 ranked team to lose in 3 weeks in their upset loss to Rutgers. A controversial play happened there late as USF converted a 4th & 22 which kept their final drive alive down to the Rutgers 27 yd line but a very subtle push off was called for offensive pass interference and USF was int'd on a 4th & 37 pass on the next play...

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N Illinois suffered its worst defeat since 1998 and did not get a FD until 1:00 was left in the 1H. Justin Anderson, who had 5 straight 100 yd games, was held to 14 yds on 13 carries and UW piled up 331 yds rushing on 55 carries...

Clemson got its highest point (70) and yard (656) totals in 26 years in their romp over C Michigan as a 3H Key Selection on these pages. CM actually jumped out to a 7-0 lead scoring a TD on their first drive but CU dominated the rest of the game leading 35-7 at the half with a 405-164 yd edge and 63-14 after 3Q's...

NCSt had not beaten a IA foe in over a year and had a 384-326 yd edge vs E Carolina but nearly blew a 21-0 2Q lead. EC pulled within 21-20 after 3Q's but Daniel Evans hit 29 of 44 for 335 yds for the Wolfpack and they got 2 FG's and a TD in the 4Q for a 14 point win...

For the first time since 1977 the Florida St/Miami game was played with neither team ranked. The bumbling, stumbling FSU team has failed to live up to its talent level this year and gave away another game. FSU settled for 5 FG's during the game from the 6, 14, 16, 27 and 28. Had they punched in the score on any of those, they would have had the game out of reach but they led 29-24 when Miami, Fl got an 18 yd TD pass to take a 1 point lead with 1:15 left. Miami then made it a misleading final by returning a fmbl 27 yds for a TD. FSU had a 366-326 yd edge but lost again...

USC got its largest margin of victory ever in the 79 game history of the Notre Dame series with a 38-0 win. ND lost by an identical score at home to Michigan earlier in the year but has not yet topped their worst ever home loss which was in 1956 (40-0 to Oklahoma). The Irish had won 11 straight in this series from 1983-'93 but USC has now won 6 in a row. USC had a 462-165 yd edge and ND played with green jerseys and yellow pants, which was the same color they wore in 1977 when they upset the #5 USC Trojans...

Arizona had a 368-277 yd edge vs Stanford and gave up a TD with 5:54 left to trail by 1 and AZ's last 2 drives were SOD at the SU 43 and they fumbled at their own 14 with 1:35 left. The Cats led 10-0 early but Tavita Pritchard (SU QB) improved to 2-0 on the road as a starter and for the first time in his 3 starts hit over 50% of his passes...

Ole Miss QB Seth Adams had 4 int's giving him 10 in the Rebels recent 3 game home stand. Arkansas dominated on the ground as expected with 293 yds rushing scoring TD's on drives of 68, 63 and 25 (after int) on their first 3 drives to lead 21-0 and UM's only TD came in the 4Q with backup QB Schaeffer who had a TD and 2 pt conversion with 6:26 left to avoid the shutout...

Oklahoma did not look like a Top 5 team vs Iowa St. In fact, they had just a 316-269 yd edge and only led 14-7 in the 4Q when they got an int in the EZ with 6:54 left. The Sooners would convert on 4th & 4 with a 14 yd pass to the ISU 19 and got a 43 yd FG with 1:34 left to clinch the win in a game OU trailed at the half (7-0) for the first time this season...

Cincinnati entered the Pitt game leading the Big East in rush D but the Pitt offense shredded them for 260 yds rushing. It was the first time Pitt had two 100 yd rushers in a game since 1988. Pitt did need a late TD to take its first lead 24-17 but had 427-358 yd and 26-18 FD edges. Pitt had settled for 3 FG's and UC, which had a great streak of TO's to begin the year giving them a misleading undefeated record, had a TO deficit for the 2nd straight week (3-1)...

Vanderbilt defeated Steve Spurrier for the first time in 15 tries and defeated their highest ranked opponent in 70 years (1937) knocking off #6 South Carolina. VU had 7 sacks. Turnovers hurt SC early as an int set up a 22 yd FG and a fumble a 24 yd TD drive. VU led 17-0 and never trailed...

Alabama had lost 10 of the last 12 meetings vs Tennessee but got their biggest win in the series since 1986 despite the fact that they suspended 5 players including 2 OL starters just minutes before the game. Bama had a 510-362 yd edge in the 41-17 romp...

JB Sports waited 12 years to release his first College 5H on the Northcoast Community Line and it was a comfortable winner as Purdue whipped Iowa 31-6 with UI getting its fewest points scored vs PU since 1976. PU had 29-14 FD and 431-254 yd edges...

One of the upsets specials of the week on philsteele.com was N Dakota St to upset Minnesota and yet another IAA team pulled out a win. Of course those that follow the series know that LY NDSt deserved to beat UM in a 10-9 loss where they had a blk'd FG on the final play and blew numerous other opportunities. NDSt entered #1 in IAA and will not be available for the playoffs but their hopes are to finish #1 in the regular season in IAA and finish unbeaten. They had a 585-307 yd edge and 27-17 FD edge but still needed ten 4Q points for the 27-21 win. NDSt RB Tyler Roehl had a school record 263 yds rushing on 22 carries and is a 228 lb powerback...

Kent St had a 382-381 yd edge vs Bowling Green but in the 1H settled for 20 and 31 yd FG's while BG had a pair of TD's and they trailed by 1. In the 2H twice KSU was SOD at the BG 3 yd line and they came up 8 points short...

Nevada had 27-12 FD and 472-212 yd edges vs Utah St but at the half it was Utah St with 10-9 FD edge and 194-174 yd edges as they caught UN in a great situation coming off a 4OT game vs Boise on Sunday night and having to travel. UN trailed most of the 2H but after converting on 4th & 1 got a 32 yd TD pass with 7:18 left then forced a punt and would get 36 yds getting 3 FD's running out the clock to their own 39...

Memphis had a 539-338 yd edge and should have been up more than their 38-28 lead with 5:49 left vs Rice. Three times Memphis had a 1st & goal at the 5, 7 and 4 yds lines and 3 times settled for short FG's. Memphis also missed a 47 yd FG. Rice got a TD with 2:09 left and Memphis rec'd the onside kick, they had a 1st & goal at the Rice 3 but took a knee at the end of the game...

Nebraska did have a 284-210 yd edge at the half but fumbled the punt setting up an Aggie 28 yd drive for a TD and NU was also SOD at the A&M 9 but the Aggies did dominate the 2H and had 359 yds rushing...

Colorado on 3rd & 1 at the Kansas 12 had RB Charles purposely fumbled the ball forward when he was being stopped short of the FD and KU rec'd. They got a 3rd & 5, 53 yd run by QB Reesing on the next play to set up a FG. CU later missed a 46 yd FG and was int'd at the KU 29 and trailed 3-0 at the half. CU drove for a TD to lead 7-3 but trailing 19-14 their final 2 passes were incomplete from midfield with 1:46 left. CU did have a 353-333 yd edge. KU is now 7-0 for just the 2nd time since 1968...

New Mexico did have a 365-299 yd edge over SDSt but needed a 25 yd TD pass with :11 left in the 1H and a 6 yd TD run with :15 left in the game to pull out the win. The Aztecs had the game locked up as they were running out the clock and on 3rd & 11 QB O'Connell got a FD run and with NM having just 1 time-out left, it would have clinched the game but he fumbled at the end of the run and NM rec'd at their 35 and drove for the game winning TD...

Syracuse/Buffalo was tied at 3 and SU was pinned at its own 1 with just 4:00 left in the half. The Orange got a 58 yd pass keying a 99/7pl drive for a TD with :52 left and after rec'ing a fmbl, added a 10 yd TD pass 4 plays later and stunningly a close game turned into 17-3 at the half. In the 2H Buffalo settled for FG's of 32, 29 and 32 yds...

New Mexico St QB Chase Holbrook ret'd to the lineup after missing 2 games and threw for 404 yds and NMSt did not punt until 1:00 was left in the 3Q. NMSt did get a 100 yd IR TD to blow it open...

LSU had a 488-296 yd edge vs Auburn but needed a 22 yd TD pass with :01 to pull out the win...

Matt Forté set another CUSA record, this time with 342 yds rushing vs SMU. SMU forced OT with a 7 yd TD pass with :08 left as QB Willis hit 28-36 for 354 but Forté got a 9 yd TD run to clinch the upset and snapped the Green Wave's 8 straight conf road losses...

Houston delivered a huge 4H Key Selection winner for us on these pages and absolutely throttled UAB. They had 33-12 FD and 540-224 yd edges rolling to a 49-10 win as it was 35-10 at the half and they coasted through the 2H...

Another tough loss this past week for W Michigan as they had a 196-72 rushing edge vs Ball St and gave up a TD with 1:07 left and could not hold on to their lead losing 27-23 at home...

Middle Tenn's D set a school record with 9 sacks vs Arkansas St and MTSt had 384-138 yd and 22-8 FD edges in their dominating 24-7 win over Arkansas St. MTSt QB Craddock who began the year as starter even saw some action hitting 2-4 for 61 yds...

Usually when a team turns the ball over 7 times they have no shot at winning but Troy had 7 TO's vs N Texas but still won the game 45-7!...

Penn St led Indiana 36-24 and Indy faced a 3rd & 10 when QB Lewis ran a draw play for a 56 yd TD run with 2:57 left. Indy's last drive ended on a fumble...

Ohio St jumped out to a 24-0 lead over Michigan St in the 3Q and appeared on their way to a rout but in a span of 4 plays MSU got 2 TO's. They got a 54 yd IR TD and then ret'd a fumble 25 yds for a TD. Nothing was wrong with the OSU D as they did not allow an offensive TD and OSU had a 422-185 yd edge.

CONFERENCE LIFE IS GOOD FOR TEMPLE

In their first year in the MAC, Temple has opened up 2-2 in the East and are in contention for the MAC East Title. Despite the fact they lost starting QB Adam DiMichele (shin bone frac) in the 2Q. Vaughn Charlton hit 9 of 13 for 109 yds and TU led 24-7 before allowing 10 points in the final 1:19.

WEATHER CAN BE A FACTOR

The Colorado St/UNLV game had wind gusts of up to 50 mph and the field was littered with debris. Many fans did not stick around for the end. In the 2Q a CSU KO ended up going only 13 yds and CSU rec'd as the wind blew the ball around. LV had four 1H TO's and trailed 24-3. At the end of the game, CSU got a 99 yd IR TD with just 2:50 left and after rec'ing an onside kick added a 22 yd TD run with :12 left and LV actually finished with a 559-497 yd edge...

On paper it looks like E Washington's defense did a fine job vs BYU limiting them to 377 yds but heavy snow blanketed the field which did slow down the offense. It didn't slow down BYU's scoring as they won 42-7 over this IAA foe.

4TH DOWN CONVERSIONS IMPACT THE GAME

A few weeks back Les Miles impressed a lot of folks by going for it 5 times vs Florida on 4th down and converted on each and every one, which was key to their victory. Sometimes going for it on 4th down turns close games into blowouts. Mike Leach has lost some games big due to failed 4th down conversions and in their game against Missouri that was that case. TT was only SOD once in the 1H but also had a 37 yd IR TD go vs them and they trailed 17-10 at the half despite having a 247-195 yd edge. TT was SOD at the MO 39 and 23 on their first 2 drives of the 3Q and MO turned both into TD's blowing open a tight game en route to a 41-10 win...

San Jose St outgained Fresno St 201-165 in the 1H but was trailing 6-0 after missing 2 FG's. The Spartans have hit just 2-12 FG's this year. SJSt Coach Tomey abandoned the kicking game after that and they went for it on 4th down 4 straight times in FSU terr and were stopped on all 4. Despite SJSt having a 394-383 yd edge, they were shutout 30-0.

POINTSPREAD AND KEY PLAYS OF THE GAME

Maryland led Virginia 14-3 at the half and the entire 2H until UVA got a TD with :16 left to pull out the win...

Kentucky had a 512-427 yd edge vs Florida but did trail most of the game including 28-10 early 3Q. They were +7 and pulled to a pointspread push with a TD with 3:35 left. UF got the frontdoor cover with a 2nd & 8 forty yd TD pass with 1:33 left when it looked like they were running the clock. UK almost got the backdoor push as they got a TD on the final play of the game to pull within 8 but they did not attempt the xp!...

A key play overall in the Wyoming/Air Force game happened when WY was leading 9-7 and driving deep in AF territory, RB Seldon fmbl'd and AF Giannini scooped up the fumble and with no WY players chasing him, ran 85 yds for a TD. The play went to review and was upheld and instead of trailing potentially by over a TD, AF had snagged the lead 14-9 in the 4Q and went on to a 20-12 win...

Toledo RB Jalen Parmele rushed for 241 yds as UT had 473 yds but allowed Ohio 560. OU actually led 21-20 after 3Q's but the 2 teams combined for 42 points in the 4Q. The key play of the game happened when Toledo punted with :26 left and OU fmbl'd at their own 21. UT got a 40 yd FG 2 plays later. It was justice for Toledo who had blown a 40-29 lead mid 4Q...

Oregon's offense has taken some big hits losing RB Jeremiah Johnson who split time with Jonathan Stewart and has now lost 3 of their top 4 receivers heading into the season. The Ducks still finished with a school record 465 yards rushing as Stewart had 251 on 32 carries. UO came out in all white jerseys (surprise every week) and Andre Crenshaw had 113 yds replacing Johnson. The Ducks piled up a 39-17 FD edge vs Washington in their 55-34 win and as usual, dominated the 4Q as it was tied at 31 heading into the final stanza...

Oklahoma St had leads of 24-21, 31-28 and then took a 38-31 lead with 4:09 left vs Kansas St. The Wildcats drove for an apparent tie with 1:10 left but the pointspread play of the game happened when Prince opted to go for a 2 pt conversion which was good and K-St led 39-38. OSU had a 26 yd FG with :02 left for the win but did not cover by a 1/2 point.

INJURIES OF NOTE

Navy and Wake Forest were tied at 17 late 1H when Navy lost QB Kaheaku-Enhada to a neck inj. Backup QB Bryant fmbl'd on the first play and WF returned it for a TD and Bryant fmbl'd on consecutive drives in the 3Q as WF blew open a close game to lead 44-24...

Both Cal and UCLA's QB's were ? coming in but Nate Longshore started and hit 22-34 for 232 yds and Patrick Cowan started for UCLA and hit 18-27 for 161. The biggest pass of the day belonged to Bruins WR Brandon Breazell who had a 29 yd TD pass. With UCLA clinging to a 23-21 lead, the Bruins got a 76 yd IR TD with 1:33 left to clinch the win. UCLA LB Christian Taylor was taken to the hospital for tests for a possible concussion...

Georgia Tech star RB Tashard Choice was injured in the 2Q vs Army and his status is unknown but it did not look good when he left the field in the 2Q and did not return. At the time GT only led 10-3 but dominated the 2H and pulled away to a 34-10 win...

New Mexico St star WR Chris Williams was inj'd in the 2Q and did not return as he has a stress fracture in his right collarbone. Williams is avg'ing over 100 ypg and is one of the top WR's in the NCAA...

Michigan RB Mike Hart was avg'ing 152 ypg, missed Illinois with injury but UM still rallied from a 14-3 deficit and had 23-15 FD and 343-253 yd edges in their 27-17 road win...

Boise St's star RB Ian Johnson was inj'd Sunday night and did not even travel to Ruston but BSU piled up 465 yds even without him last week. QB Tharp hit 21-35 for 328 yds and Jeremy Avery had 110 yds rushing in his place...

ULM started Trey Revell at QB and he hit just 1 of 3 passes for 13 yds. Kinsmon Lancaster who was inj'd and not 100%, came off the bench in the 4th series and would hit 15-20 passes for 237 yds and guided ULM's 14 point win over Florida Int'l.

MISLEADING FINALS, FRONTDOOR AND BACKDOOR COVERS

EM was starting true Fr Kyle McMahon and he had a good game throwing for 282 yards and rushing for 40 in his first ever start. He had some success early then started taking some chances and did have 3 int's and a fumble. In the 3Q EM missed a 47 yd FG, was int'd at the 29 and int'd at the 6. It was 19-14 and NW broke a short pass on 3rd & 6 71 yds for a TD. EM's Coach Genyk summed it up saying "We needed to make that play. We had a 3rd down in a one possession game and Bacher hits that throw. Even then we've got two of our best tacklers in a position to make the tackle at midfield and Thompson bounces off him like he's superman." That gave NW the cover with 2:44 left. EM did drive 53/11pl and had a 1st & goal at the 7 but their 4th down play was stopped at the 4 with :58 left. NW did have a 516-381 yd edge.

  
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