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News and Notes - Week 11

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WEEK 11

Week 10 is behind us now and the big News for Week 11 is that Northcoast Sports will be releasing our 2007 College Game of the Year on Saturday. This play is 20-5 80% in its history including 7 winners the last 8 years.

New Mexico St could have easily beaten Nevada on Friday night but gave up a 3rd & 4, 31 yd TD run and 3rd & 15, 35 yd TD run by QB Kaepernick. They still led 38-34 when UN got a TD with 1:00 left but NMSt had all 3 time-outs. They drove to the UN 22 in range for a 39 yd FG but a false start forced a 44 yd FG which had plenty of distance but was wide left and UN hung on for the 2 pt win...

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At the half Bowling Green had a 24-6 advantage but Akron settled for 20 and 32 yd FG's, fumbled at the BG 29 and also fumbled into the EZ for a TB from the 3 and was only outgained 233-205. In the 2H Akron was SOD at the BG 6, int'd at the BG 28, and SOD at the BG 9. BG also had a 51 yd IR TD in their 44-20 win...

Percy Harvin became the first player in Florida school history to have 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in the same game as the Gators beat Vandy for the 17th straight year...

Iowa St had lost their conf games by an avg of 23 ppg but pulled an upset of Kansas St, 31-20 at home...

For the 2nd straight week, Iowa came back from a 14 point deficit to pull out a win over Northwestern. Iowa trailed 14-0 after 1Q and was outgained 196-11. They did not get a FD until their 4th series when a roughing the P penalty gave them the FD. They trailed 17-14 into the 4Q but got a TD with 7:44 left then after an int, drove 30/3pl for a TD with 3:47 left...

NCSt became the first visitor to get a 1H score in the Orange Bowl vs Miami with the TD with 2:04 left. Since their bye NCSt has been a dog 3 times and has pulled 3 outright upsets...

Wake Forest and Virginia were in a showdown for the top spot in their ACC division and UVA moved into 1st place in the Coastal with a 17-16 win. They got a TD with 2:18 left and WF drove for a 48 yd FG on the last play but missed it. Since the NCAA began keeping records in 1937, no team has ever had 5 wins by 2 points or less in the same season like Virginia has. They have three 1 point wins and two 2 pt wins...

The announced attendance with 23,383 (less than 1/2 capacity) for Ole Miss' home game vs Northwestern St. UM did dominate in the 1Q with a 17-0 lead and 222 yds offense. After NWSt pulled within 17-14, UM extended it to 38-17 before NW got 68/9pl and 63/8pl drives for TD's on their final 2 drives, the latter with 3:16 left...

Tennessee Tech played Auburn closer than the 35-3 final as they gave up a 93 yd IR TD with a 1st & goal at the Auburn 9 in the 4Q. Auburn did score TD's on their first 3 drives of the game and led 21-3 when they pulled starting QB Cox and the offense would generate just 1 more TD with the backups in...

Clemson only led Duke 10-7 when they got a 3 yd TD pass with 1:19 left in the half. Duke was pinned at its own 10 and CU got a safety with :45 left and Spiller ret'd the ensuing free kick 84 yds for a TD and with 16 pts in less than :40, CU turned it into a 26-7 blowout at half and after playing lackadaisical the past few meetings, rolled to a 47-10 win...

Chad Hall reset his school record with 275 yards rushing as Air Force beat Army 30-10. The Falcons hadn't beaten one of their fellow service academies at home in four years...

E Carolina RB Chris Johnson had 301 yds vs Memphis, which was the 2nd highest total in school history. EC had 491 yds rushing in the game...

Indiana became bowl eligible for the first time since 1994 and Kellen Lewis had 4 TD's giving him 23 on the year setting a single season record at Indiana in their 38-20 romp over Ball St...

Colorado led Missouri 10-7 after 1Q when they were int'd at the MO 48. The rest of the game belonged to the Tigers as they scored on 7 of their next 8 drives and had 6 TD's and a FG and in that span. CU produced just 2 FD's and 2 TO's and MO turned a close game into a 55-10 romp...

Michigan led Michigan St 14-3 at the half but the Spartans scored 3 TD's on 4 poss to open the 2H and took a stunning 24-14 lead with 7:40 left. UM got a TD with 6:47 left to pull within 3 and then on 3rd & 12 a 31 yd TD pass with 2:28 to pull out the win. MSU got to the UM 34 but a 4th & 18 pass was incomplete...

USC led Oregon St 24-3 at the half scoring 2 TD's in the final 4:00 and did have a 175-49 yd edge. In the 2H OSU was SOD at the USC 6 and 40 yd lines on their only 2 scoring chances and the 2H was scoreless...

LSU pulled out another cardiac win. They trailed Alabama 27-17 in the 3Q and got a 61 yd TD pass to pull within 3. They got a 49 yd FG to tie but Bama got a 62 yd PR and led 34-27. LSU punted with 6:26 left but then on 4th & 4 at the Bama 32, threw a short pass to Doucet who took it 32 yds for a TD and the tie. On 3rd & 12 JP Wilson was slung backwards by the DL and fumbled and LSU rec'd at the 3 setting up their game winning TD with 1:26 left as LSU escaped...

Illinois delivered as the Early Bird Play of the Week for us in a dominating 44-17 win over Minnesota. The score does not capture the game as Illinois rolled up a 655-337 yd edge with the Gophers getting 140 of their yards on their final 2 drives when trailing 44-10...

Washington, which could have easily beaten Arizona the week before, piled up 388 yards rushing vs Stanford and had a 539-253 yd edge. Louis Rankin had 255 yds, the most for a Huskie since Corey Dillon rushed for 259 vs Oregon in 1996...

Tulane RB Matt Fortι had 103 yds vs Tulsa which stopped his bid to tie the NCAA record for rushing for 200 yds or more in 5 straight games. Tulsa led just 21-18 early in the 2H but pulled away for a 49-25 road win...

Toledo's offense is hitting stride with over 800 yards offense vs NI 2 weeks ago and another 600 vs E Michigan in their 52-28 romp at home this past week...

Tennessee scored on every drive but one vs ULL and even had a 70 yd IR TD and 20 yd blk'd punt for a TD for a 59-7 win...

W Kentucky trailed UT Chattanooga 21-14 but tied it with 7:47 left and got a game winning TD with :53 left to pull out the 7 point win...

Chase Clement set a CUSA record accounting for 8 TD's vs UTEP. Three fmbl's in the 2H were the key to this and it appeared all but over with UTEP leading 48-28 early 4Q. Rice rallied for 4 TD's to pull out the miracle 56-48 win...

New Mexico has done a great job in MWC play but has not matched up well vs TCU. Since the Frogs joined the conf, NM is not only 0-3 vs TCU, but TCU has led each game by at least a 24-0 margin and they rolled to a 37-0 win with dominating 23-6 FD and 421-119 yd edges vs what had been a surging Lobo team...

ULM piled up 30-23 FD and 624-499 yd edges vs Middle Tennessee. They appeared to have pulled out the win with a TD with :57 left leading 40-37 but MT got an 89 yd KR for a TD to win by 3 (missing the crucial xp)...

Fresno St led Utah St 31-7 at the half scoring on all 5 of their 1H poss but only won 38-27...

Arkansas' Darren McFadden reignited his Heisman hopes with an SEC record 323 yds vs S Carolina. He became the first Razorback to top 300 yds rushing...

Boston College's luck ran out and it ran out at home. Earlier in the year BC had a couple of fortunate wins vs both Wake Forest and NCSt. For over 57:00 they were being shutout at VT but somehow managed to pull it out. This time, vs an underachieving Florida St team, they lost by 10 at home with FSU's offense piling up by far its best effort of the season with 452 yds as Weatherford hit 29 of 45 for 354.

MISLEADING FINALS AND FRONTDOOR & BACKDOOR COVERS

The pointspread Player of the Week has to be Ohio St's Chris "Beanie" Wells. Bucks led 10-3 at the half vs Wisconsin with a 194-88 yd edge. UW in their last 3 trips to Columbus, had overcome double digit deficits and won all 3. UW took their first 2 drives of the 3Q for TD's and led 17-10 and an OSU cover seemed improbable but OSU scored 4 TD's, the first with 2:41 left in the 3Q on a Wells 31 yd TD run. On their next drive Wells got a 30 yd TD run early 4Q and then after a fake punt was stopped at the UW 25, OSU got a TD with 10:05 left. OSU's frontdoor cover appeared doomed when a 29 yd FG was blk'd with 8:29 left but UW fmbl'd with 3:23 left and on the next play Wells got a 23 yd TD run. UW, trying for the backdooor, got to the Buckeye 27 where they were SOD at the 14 with 1:01 left...

Penn St had a 29-22 FD edge vs Purdue and 461-284 yd edge before PU gained 39 yds on the final 3 plays of the game. PU had a 98 yd return of the opening KO for a TD to give them an early lead but PSU led 13-10 at the half with a 243-105 yd edge. PU went on a pair of long drives to open the 3Q for FG's and a 16-13 lead. Penn St drove 69 yds for a TD with 13:46 left, fmbl'd at the PU 6 (although RB Kinlaw appeared to have stepped OOB at the 17 before the fmbl) then drove 65/12pl for a TD with 3:41 left for the apparent frontdoor cover, 26-16. PU went 60/12pl for a 37 yd FG with 1:46 left for the backdoor cover...

While Connecticut was in control most of the game vs Rutgers, it should be pointed out that Rutgers had a 307-150 yd edge at the half. In the 1H and early 3Q, Rutgers settled for 5 short FG's making those from the 13, 12, 12 and 10 yd lines and missing a 43 yd FG. RU finished the game with 29-18 FD edge & 511-396 yd edges...

Colorado St played a better 1H than their 21-3 deficit would show as they had 3 drives inside the BYU 10 result in just 3 points. They were outgained 245-188 but trailed 21-3 thanks in part to a fake FG which was SOD on the last play of the half. BYU led the game 35-9 and CSU punted with 5:00 left having no shot at the cover but CSU got a 31 yd IR for a TD with 4:00 left, giving them the backdoor cover. BYU drove to the CSU 16 yd line where the game ended...

Georgia RB Knowshon Moreno became the first UGA frosh since Herschel Walker to rush for 1,000 yards. After a 59 yd PR set up UGA at the 2, they got a TD with 6:18 left for the apparent frontdoor cover. Troy was SOD at their own 45 and UGA punted with just 2:48 left. Troy went 91/12pl and got a 5 yd TD pass with :05 left for the backdoor cover...

Miami, Ohio led Buffalo 31-20 when they missed a 35 yd FG with 6:59 left. Buffalo converted on 4th & 2 for a FD to their own 31 and later on 4th & 2 for a FD to the MU 24. The Bulls got a 3 yd TD pass and 2 pt conversion with 2:54 left for the backdoor cover but were still in the game getting the ball back on a punt with 2:27 left they got to midfield but Willy was sk'd and fumbled with 1:30 left.

COACHES ON THE HOTSEAT

Just when you think things cannot get any worse for Nebraska, they have. Last year NU was a 3 TD fav vs Kansas and this year they were a 3 TD dog. NU had leads of 7-0 and 14-7 but KU scored TD's on an amazing 10 straight poss and led 48-24 at the half and 69-31 after 3Q's. The 72 pts were the most ever scored vs NU in their 117 year football history and NU suffered its 5th straight loss for the first time since 1958. KU was 1-37 the previous 38 years vs NU and their avg loss from 1971-2000 was 47-7...

Oklahoma TE Jermaine Gresham tied a school record with 4 TD rec's vs Texas A&M. The Sooners were even more dominant than the final as they led 35-0 after 3Q's and A&M gained 149 of their 283 yds on their final 2 drives, both for TD's, the latter with :43 left...

Guy Morriss' job is in jeopardy at Baylor. They have lost Big XII games this year by an avg of 30 ppg are guaranteed their 12th consecutive losing season. Morriss left Kentucky because he thought he had a better chance at winning at Baylor and now look where UK is and where Baylor is!

INJURIES OF NOTE

Florida's D was so banged up that backup C Michael Pouncey moved to DT and played a solid game and they held VU to 255 total yards...

Oregon QB Dennis Dixon was inj'd in the 4Q with UO up 35-16 vs Arizona St and did not return...

Patrick Cowan is still not 100% for UCLA and he hit just 7 of 18 for 65 yds and left the game in the 3Q with an injury. Converted WR Osaar Rasshan hit just 3 of 10 passes but they were for 78 yds and he also had 57 yd rushing. UCLA did trail 34-14 before scoring the games final 13 points...

Jeremy Young got his first start in 5 games after an inj and S Miss rolled UAB 37-7 in a game they led 37-0. SM had a 456 yds offense in the dominating win.

DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN

In 2003 Oklahoma St led 16-7 vs Texas in the 1Q but lost 55-16. In 2004 they had a 35-7 1H lead before losing 56-35 to the Horns. They led 28-9 in the 1H vs Texas but lost 47-28 during the Longhorns National Title year. This past week it looked to be locked up and sealed it for the Cowboys. OSU led 35-14 in the 4Q and went for it on 4th & 3 at the UT 35 but was SOD. UT scored TD's on their next 3 poss to tie it with 3:22 left. OSU got in position for a chip shot 32 yd FG but missed wide right. UT got the miracle 40 yd FG with no time left to cap a 24-0 4Q rally and give them the SU win.

TURNOVERS CAN BE A FACTOR

The official TO total for USF vs Cincinnati was 8 but that does not sum up the actual TO's they suffered during the game. Twice USF was SOD which is basically like a TO and on another play, had a punt blk'd and ret'd for a TD. USF had a 481-375 yd edge and 27-14 FD edge but even with their "eleven" TO's in the game, USF had a shot at the win but dropped a 2nd & 10 TD pass from the 18 and their 3rd & 10 pass on the final play fell incomplete.

STREAKS

Florida Int'l almost had Div IA's longest losing streak end at 20 games but with Arkansas St trailing 16-10 they got a pair of TD's in the final 5:00 to lead 24-16. AKSt got a TD and 2 pt conversion to tie and Darren Toney who had 2 int in the 3Q ret'd the KO 59 yds to the FIU 39 setting up the game winning FG with :02 left as ASU escaped...

The nation's longest single series losing streak which was 44 year old ended as Navy beat Notre Dame. It was the Midshipmen's first win in the series since 1963 when some guy named Roger Staubach was QB'ing the Midshipmen. The Irish did not trail until Navy ret'd a fumble 16 yds for a TD in the 3Q. Surprisingly, with :45 left and the Irish in position for a 41 yd FG, they opted to go for it on 4th & 8 and was sacked for a loss of 7 yds. The game would go to 3 OT's and ND's failed 2 pt conversion saw them end up 2 pts short.

  
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