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News and Notes - Week 13

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Week 13

Toledo lost starting QB Opelt to injury in the 4Q and his backup, DJ Lenehan was 0-4 in his place. UT had a 313-206 yd edge at the half but Lenehan's first pass was int'd at the Ball St 13 which set up a Ball St TD which clinched the win for the Cardinals. UT did not generate a FD under Lenehan in their final 3 series...

N Texas and their 17 seniors suffered a tough loss in their final home game. NT led by as much as 21-0 and it was 27-17 with 7:08 left. NT missed a 26 yd FG which would have put them up by 6 with 1:18 left and ASU, driving for a tying FG, got a 2nd & 10, 27 yd TD pass with :02 left for the win...

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Last week Miami, Oh was int'd in the EZ not once or twice, but three times costing them 21 points. Leading 7-0 MU passed up a 41 yd FG with the wind at their backs with 5:50 left and were SOD. Akron converted on 4th & 8 and got to the Miami 21 but a 4th & 10 pass was incomplete with 2:05 left as Miami won 7-0 on Wednesday night...

C Michigan wrapped up the MAC West Championship but they did not win the Michigan MAC Championship. The Award given out by the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame goes annually to the team with the best record in games involving EM, CM and WM and EM finished 2-0 after pulling a 48-45 upset of CM. CM drove to the EM 14 but a 15 yd personal foul penalty pushed them back and they missed a 52 yd tying FG on the game's final play...

Hawaii's season is mirroring that of Boise St's last year. After another narrow road escape in which Colt Brennan only played 2 snaps and did not start, Tyler Graunke hit 33 of 46 for 358 yds, basically ending any hopes Brennan had for the Heisman Trophy. UH jumped out to a 12-0 lead but needed two Dan Kelly 45 yd FG's with :11 left. Kelly drilled the first one but Nevada had called time-out just before the kick so he had to rekick it. Kelly still nailed the 45 yarder with plenty to spare...

With Bobby Bowden's win and Joe Paterno's loss, Bowden moved into solid position to hold on to his lead for all-time career wins by a coach...

Wyoming came in allowing just 309 ypg. BYU, which had been avg 448 yds put up 497 in a dominating win. We used a 4H LPS on BYU and it was a comfortable victory with BYU having 303 yds in the 1H and leading 21-3 in a lead that could have been larger...

Illinois wrapped up a New Year's Day Bowl even though they were playing the week after their upset of Ohio St. They piled up 32 FD's and 541 yards vs Northwestern and led 35-7 after their 2nd drive of the 3Q in an easy 41-22 win...

Army had season highs for points and yards (rushing and passing) but the key play of the game came with :10 left in the half and Army leading 24-21. Tulsa got a 50 yd TD pass for the lead and did not trail again. Army got as close as 42-39 when Tulsa fmbl'd at their 6 but Army was SOD 4 plays later and Tulsa drove 11 yds for the game clinching TD...

Surprising stat from the Kansas St/Missouri game was that at the half KSU had a 248-145 yd edge. Missouri dominated the 2H outscoring KSU 28-7 until KSU got a garbage TD with 2:04 left to lose by 17...

Kansas QB Todd Reesing remained unbeaten as a starter in college ball and his 33 TD passes in just 11 games this year is just 2 shy of the school's career TD pass record. He also has 205 consecutive passes without an int and sets up what is the biggest Kansas/Missouri game ever and the series used to be known as The Border Showdown...

Duke was playing on National TV for the first time since 1996 and the game was befitting of a pair of 1-9 teams when it was 0-0 with under 2:00 left in the half. A key play was when ND converted on 4th & 1 with a 24 yd run down to the Duke 25 and got a 25 yd TD pass on the next play (1:17). Duke fumbled with just :16 left in the half and on 2nd & 10 the Irish got a 25 yd TD and turned a scoreless game into a 14-0 lead. ND built it to 28-0 before allowing Duke a garbage TD with 1:12 left...

Michigan players Mike Hart, Chad Henne and Jake Long all finished winless vs Ohio St. The game was played in rain and some snow and OSU dominated with a 16-8 FD and 279-91 yd edges. The key players were Beanie Wells who rushed for an OSU/Mich series record 222 yds and DE Vernon Gholston who harassed a banged up Henne all game long and finished with 3 sacks. OSU ended the game at the UM 8 yd line taking a knee and after Chris Wells 62 yd TD run 1:20 into the 3Q which gave the Buckeyes a 14-3 lead. There were 12 consecutive punts until Michigan was SOD at their own 33 with 3:03 left...

Boston College trailed Clemson most of the game but rallied for their 2nd huge win on the road in ACC play after earlier knocking off Virg Tech in Blacksburg. The victory iced the ACC Title appearance for BC and Matt Ryan moved into the top 3 in the Heisman chase...

Penn St appeared to have a comfortable win over Michigan St leading 24-7 after a fake FG for a TD in the 3Q and still led 31-21 in the 4Q but the Spartans, thanks in part to a fake punt on 4th & 5 from its own 25 rallied for a 35-31 win...

Air Force got their first undefeated home season since 1998 in a dominating 55-23 win over San Diego St. The Falcons piled up 569 yds rushing and 670 yards overall...

Ole Miss played a solid game vs LSU and in fact had a 466-396 yd edge. A couple of key plays hurt their chances. Ole Miss drove 57 yards to the LSU 2 on its 2nd drive but fumbled as RB Green-Ellis was trying to stretch the ball across the goal line. Ole Miss had a 215-165 yd edge at the half but trailed 14-7. Threatening to tie the game just before half, QB Schaeffer was called for a delay of game and they put Adams in and he threw an int in the EZ. LSU went on to a 17 point win...

Indiana led Purdue 24-3 in the 3Q with over double the yards but PU battled back to tie it at 24 with 3:39 left. Indy went on a 45/12pl drive with Austin Starr's 49 yd FG sending the first sellout crowd of the year into hysterics with :30 left for the 27-24 win guaranteeing Indiana a bowl...

Wisconsin was without RB PJ Hill but Zach Brown rushed for a career high 250 yds in his place. The Badgers trailed Minnesota 13-3 but went on to a 41-34 win to claim the Paul Bunyan Axe...

On October 13th, Cal was on their way to being #1 in the country but lost to Oregon. Last week, Cal took on a Washington team missing its star QB Jake Locker and lost for its 5th time in six games and only has hope for making it to a minor bowl...

Tennessee got their 2nd largest comeback in school history. They trailed Vanderbilt 24-9 but got 16 points in the 4Q. They were also fortunate that VU's 49 yd FG bounced off the upright with :30 left, possibly costing VU a bowl and possibly sending UT to the SEC Title game...

Tim Tebow became the first player in NCAA history to have at least 20 TD's passing and rushing in the same season. His 20 rushing TD's was an SEC record topping UGA's Garrison Hearst ('92), LSU's LaBrandon Toefield ('01) and Alabama's Shaun Alexander ('99). Florida only led 35-20 at the half but scored the game's final 24 pts to get the cover...

The Tar Heels have not won outside the state of NC since 2002 when they beat Arizona St. They had a great shot at beating Georgia Tech but settled for too many FG's and then leading 25-24, allowed GT a 27 yd FG with :16 left. NC did get a 24 yd pass but their 63 yd FG on the final play was blk'd...

W Michigan finally played up to their potential and piled up 489 yds vs a tough Iowa D. WM jumped out to a 19-0 lead and pulled the upset 28-19 in a game that will likely cost Iowa a trip to the post season...

San Jose St had a 474-413 yd edge vs LA Tech but settled for a 22 yd FG late 3Q and ended up losing by 4...

Tulane RB Matt Fortι who leads the NCAA in rushing, had 194 yds and tied his own CUSA record with 5 TD's vs Rice. He now has 2,007 yards on the season and Tulane led 45-24 before Rice got a garbage TD with :25 left...

UCF RB Kevin Smith had 177 yards rushing and 2 TD's in the 1H as UCF built up a 35-13 lead vs SMU but then did not play in the 2H. SMU was pounded 49-20 in Phil Bennett's final home game as head coach...

ULM came in 0-11 vs SEC schools but Alabama was coming off an upset loss to Miss St, a loss to #1 LSU and had a huge game vs Auburn on deck, lost to ULM, 21-14. Alabama did have a 409-282 yd edge but a 4-0 TO deficit did them in...

South Florida showed why they were as high as #2 in the polls earlier in the year with a dominating 55-17 win over L'ville.

MISLEADING FINALS, FRONTDOOR AND BACKDOOR COVERS

It's not often a P gets a punt pinned inside the 5 yd line but the UAB/Memphis game amazingly had punts downed at the 1, 1, 3, 7 and 1 yd lines. The game also featured a 12 play drive for a 26 yd FG, a 12 play drive for a 32 yd FG, an 82 yd drive for a 21 yd FG, a 10 play drive for a 24 yd FG and a 12 play drive for a 38 yd FG. UAB was also int'd at the Memphis 35 and int'd in the EZ for a TB and Memphis, despite piling up 563 yards, had just 25 points while UAB had 338 yards and just 9 points...

Idaho only trailed Boise St 17-14 scoring a TD with 3:10 left in the 1H. Boise went 73/9pl scoring a TD with :35 left to lead by 10. Boise, after 17 & 12 yd PR's got 29 and 58 yd drives for TD's but only led 38-14 late 3Q. They converted on a 3rd & 29 with a pass interference for a FD giving them a 45-14 lead. UI went on an 76 yd drive and had a FD at the Boise 13 but was SOD at the 17 and BSU got ahead of the spread going 83/4pl for a TD. After a 27 yd PR, BSU added a 17 yd TD pass, 58-14 with 6:10 left...

Houston led 28-14 and 35-21 in the 4Q but Marshall got the backdoor cover with a 69/7pl drive for a TD with 2:31 left. UH rec'd the onside kick and got a FD run to the 22 of Marshall but then took a knee...

W Virginia was in control vs Cincinnati leading 28-10 in the 4Q. The Bearcats got a TD with 7:14 left and then Pat White fumbled on the next 2 poss. His 2nd fumble set UC up at the W Virginia 24 with 4:30 left and their TD with 2:26 left gave UC the backdoor cover.

KEY PLAYS OF THE GAME

Pitt had a 268-219 yd edge vs. Rutgers but settled for 33, 21 and 32 yd FG's during the game. They trailed 20-16 when they had a 1st & goal at the 5. Pitt got the game winning TD with :23 left but it was called back for offensive pass interference moving Pitt back to the 21 and on 1st & goal from the 21, they were int'd in the EZ...

Mississippi St ended up with a 27-20 FD edge and 501-429 yd edge vs Arkansas. Trailing 38-24, MSU was driving for the backdoor cover when they were not only int'd, but ret'd 70 yds for a TD with 6:49 left. The key to the Bulldogs loss was 5 turnovers including when they trailed 45-31 and were int'd at midfield with 1:17 left to ice the win for the Hogs...

Bob Stoops' brother, Mike, took care of business by knocking off Oregon and giving the Sooners an easy path to the National Championship game. Unfortunately, OU's star QB Sam Bradford, who was leading the NCAA in pass efficiency was inj'd on their 2nd poss after hitting 2 of 3 passes for 11 yds. With 5:00 to go, OU appeared to have a TD as Johnson hauled in the 4th & 7 pass and had his foot down but amazingly replay officials said it was incomplete. It was the 2nd straight time OU was robbed in Lubbock.

TURNOVERS CAN BE A MAJOR FACTOR

Washington St was at home and playing for a bowl game but imploded with an amazing 7 int's and a fumble lost. They also ran a fake punt at midfield and were stopped and later had a 1st & goal at the 2 but were SOD at the 1 which was basically like 10 turnovers. In the 1H, OSU had scoring drives of 42, 30, 18 and 17 yards and WSU's last two drives of the 1H ended on int's at the OSU 11 and in the EZ and it was 31-3 at the half despite just a 216-143 yd edge.

INJURIES OF NOTE

There were two key plays in the Oregon/Arizona game. The first came with the Ducks up 8-0 and having a 1st & goal at the AZ 4. Dixon hit a perfect pass to the EZ which bounced off his WR's chest and instead of being caugth for a TD, Arizona got a 44 yd IR which set up a Cats TD. The Ducks were driving again when Dixon was injured and missed the rest of the game. Backup QB Leaf struggled and in fact, even hurt his ankle in the 2Q and was not 100%. Due to a 42 yd IR TD and 56 yd PR TD by Cason, AZ led 31-14 at the half despite being outgained 290-194. The Ducks offense was not the same without Dixon in the 2H. After the game it was revealed Dixon tore his ACL on Nov 3rd and tried to play with the injury. Dixon will undergo surgery this week which will end his fine career...

Due to injuries, Kent St was down to their 4th string QB Jon Brown. They actually led Temple 14-6 in the 3Q but Brown hit 1 of 11 passes in the 2H and was int'd an amazing 4 times. Kent St also had horrible punts of 10, 29 and 24 yards and Temple rallied for a 24-14 win in a game they did have 23-7 FD and 375-124 yd edges...

When Florida St's top RB Antone Smith was lost to a shoulder injury vs Virginia Tech, they moved their top WR, Preston Parker to RB. He had 51 yds on his first 4 carries and finished with 133 yards on 20 carries in his first start. FSU led 21-6 at the half and held on for a 24-16 win and ended the game at the Maryland 24...

Navy and N Illinois were both missing their starting QB's. NI backup Ryan Morris hit 21 of 35 for 206 yds and Navy's backup Jarod Bryant rushed for 139 yards on 27 carries hitting 3 of 6 passes in Navy's 35-24 win...

TCU RB Aaron Brown inj'd his ankle late 3Q and left the field on crutches in TCU's 34-10 win over UNLV.

  
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