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News and Notes - Week 2

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NEWS AND NOTES

The Temple/Conn game was played in heavy rain and UC missed 3 FG's during the game and also fumbled into the EZ for a TB and trailed 6-0 in the 2H. Conn rallied to force OT and won it there...

Virg Tech brought back their 2-QB system taking the RS off Tyrod Taylor but had just 151 yds offense in the 1H and a 3-0 lead. In the 2H they got TD "drives" of 31 and 9 yards after TO's and only beat Furman 24-7...

Iowa jumped out to a 35-0 lead at the half vs FIU with a 338-73 yd edge and won the 2H with their backups but only by a score of 7-0 in their 42-0 win...

Marshall dominated the 1Q vs Wisconsin leading 14-0 with a 131-25 yd edge with 13:34 left in the 2Q. The Badgers rallied for a 17-14 halftime lead then after a pair of TO's, got 22 & 26 yd drives for TD's to blow it open by scoring the game's final 51 points...

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At the half Wyoming had a 123-95 yd edge vs Air Force including a missed 27 yd FG in a 3-3 game. It was 6-3 late 3Q when AF got a 74 yd run setting up a TD. After an int they added a 44 yd FG (9:47) then drove 56/12pl for a TD with 2:27 left providing some margin. AF only had 276 yds in their 23-3 win...

UGA only led C Mich 35-17 with 8:28 left 3Q but scored TD's on their next 3 poss to blow it open winning 56-17...

New Mexico lost its 11th straight game when their foe scored first as QB Porterie threw an int which was ret'd 48 yds for a TD and on their 2nd drive Porterie threw an int 11 yds to the 20 setting up a TD. The Aggies lost starting QB McGee to inj on the 1st series. Johnson QB'd the rest of the game. A&M led 28-10 with NM getting 68 and 92 yd drives on their final 2 poss for TD's which gave them a yardage edge for the game of 370-236...

Greg Robinson probably moved ahead of Ty Willingham in the battle for the first coach to be axed this year as Syracuse lost a winnable home game to Akron. They allowed the Zips to convert on 7 of 8 3rd downs in the 1H but rallied to tie 28-28 in the 4Q before losing by 14...

Florida Atlantic only led UAB 42-34 and UAB was threatening to tie but on 4th & 3 fired incomplete from the FA 27 with :56 left. Only needing to run off the final few seconds. FA RB Charles Pierre only needed to run into the line but ripped off a 72 yd TD run to put FA up 49-34. UAB got to the FA 5 yd line with :13 left but 3 passes were incomplete. FA led 21-3 early...

Nothing misleading about Cal's 66-3 win over Wash St. They scored on their first 3 poss piling up 171 yds and led 21-3 after 1Q. The Bears finished with 505 yards incl Jahvid Best's 200 yards rushing. WSU's only score was set up by a 68 yd KR and the Cougars had just 167 yds offense...

While East Carolina needed a blk'd punt for a TD to get past Virg Tech, they throttled West Virginia with a 386-251 yd edge and were in complete control from start to finish. It was EC's 3rd consecutive win over a ranked foe...

Paul Johnson became the first Georgia Tech coach to win his first ACC game. They got a 43 yd TD run by Dwyer with 8:26 left to take a 19-16 lead and BC was SOD at the GT 34...

Montana St allowed 69 points which ties for the most they've allowed since 1950. Kansas St had 2 blk'd PR for TD's but dominated with a 481-191 yd edge...

We are still wondering why Pitt was ranked at the start of the year and they had another tough outing vs a MAC school barely getting past Buffalo 27-16. Pitt only had a 352-348 yd edge and it was 17-16 after 3Q's...

Oklahoma St actually trailed Houston 16-14 at the half but had 2 amazing stats as Dez Bryant had 236 yards receiving and Kendall Hunter 210 yards rushing. OSU compiled its 2nd best total in school history with 699 yards. After a 71 yd PR put OK St comfortably ahead of the spread, UH drove 68/10pl for a TD which came on 4th & 10, 56-37 and the Cowboys drove 48 yds and ended the game taking a knee at the UH 2 yd line...

Maryland trailed Middle Tenn 24-14 and had 3 drives inside the 35 in the 4Q but did not score. They were SOD on the first, int'd at the 2 mid 4Q and int'd in the EZ with 2:18 left...

Arizona St had 3 long drives early vs Stanford but settled for a pair of FG's and turned it over and actually trailed 7-6. Just like last year, after a slow start they rebounded for an easy 41-17 win and finished with a 472-233 yd edge...

Missouri's 52-3 win over SE Missouri looks impressive but our computer actually projected them to win 65-0 so they actually underachieved vs the overmatched Bears...

Baylor QB Robert Griffin made his much anticipated debut in the opener coming off the bench but got the start last week vs Northwestern St. He led Baylor to scores on their first five poss and BU rolled up 537 yds offense. Our computer called for BU to have a 499-226 yd edge and they did slightly better...

Idaho ended an 11 game losing streak by connecting on a 77 yd TD pass on the first play of the game. They did lose RB Jackson to an injured back in the 2H but rolled to a 35-14 lead over Idaho St with the Bengals getting 2 TD's in the final 7:00...

Arkansas St's impressive start to the season got even stronger as they became the first major college team in 3 seasons to score 80 pts as they plastered Texas Southern. Our computer had called for them to have 599-61 yd edge and they led 52-3 at the half in the 83-10 win...

Memphis appeared to have the Rice game locked up with a 35-20 lead when Rice got a TD with 6:28 left. Rice got another TD with 1:15 left and the 2 pt conv to tie and then got a 69 yd IR for a TD with :11 left and MEM's big lead went up in smoke in a stunning loss...

SMU appeared on their way to a rout of Texas St leading 30-6 and led 47-29 but allowed a TD with 1:16 left which cut the lead to 11. SMU rec'd the onside kick and ran out the clock. SMU had 5 TD passes which came up 1 short of the school record.

GAMES UNDER THE BELT

Having a game under your belt in the first week of the season is a large advantage as teams make their biggest improvement from Wk 1 to Wk 2. Everyone talked about San Diego St's loss to a IAA foe but the team they lost to (Cal Poly) is one of the FCS's better teams and it wasn't much of an upset as our computer actually had the Aztecs only winning the game by 9 prior. The Irish missed a 47 yd FG, fmbl'd at the Aztec 3, had an int set up a short SDSt TD and fumbled a snap on a 27 yd FG in the 1H when it was tied at 7. The Aztecs had a 1st & goal at the ND 4 leading by 6 threatening to make it a 2 TD game when they fumbled into the EZ for a TB and the Irish went 80/6pl and 55/11pl for TD's ending the game at the SDSt 9 on their final 3 poss...

Most teams struggle when having a GUB deficit but Tulane outplayed an Alabama team that was very impressive the previous week vs Clemson. Even though it was TU's opener and they had practice disrupted by a hurricane. TU actually finished with 318-172 yd and 18-11 FD edges. If not for an 87 yd PR and 17 yd blk'd PR for TD's, the Tide may have lost...

Arizona had a game under their belt and rolled to 28-12 FD and 452-244 yd edges vs a rusty Toledo team. UT did not get a FD in the 1Q.

STRUGGLES VS FCS OPPONENTS

Last year Colorado played its first ever IAA opponent and lost SU. This year the game was tied at 24 and EW had the ball but CU got a 27 yd IR TD with 1:44 left and then EW got to the CU 30 but CU got an int at the goal line with :03 left to hold on for the win. EW led 21-7 at the half...

The Citadel had been shutout by Clemson two straight times but their 17 points were the most they have scored vs the Tigers since 1924 (22 games). They piled up 427 yds although 162 of them came on their final 3 drives after they trailed 35-7...

Colorado St trailed Sacramento St 20-17. They drove 61/16pl and nailed a 36 yd FG with 1:29 left to tie then rec'd a fumble and nailed a 20 yd FG on the game's final play to escape with the win...

Despite NC State being in a rebuilding mode this year, our computer still projected them to have a 43-22 win over William & Mary so the fact they only won 34-24 is a concern. They did lead the game 34-10 and W&M got TD's with 5:46 and :19 left in the game and that helped them to a 16-11 FD edge.

LET THE KIDS PLAY

Washington suffered a tough loss to BYU. The two teams played even throughout and UW got an apparent game-tying TD with :02 left on a Jake Locker run. Locker jumped into the air with the ball going up and simply celebrated with his teammates but was called for unsportsmanlike conduct. That forced a 35 yd xp which was blk'd and #15 BYU escaped with the win. UW, despite their poor record in recent years, had a very enthusiastic home crowd. Locker clearly did not showboat on the penalty and the NCAA needs to ease its restrictions.

POINTSPREAD PLAYS OF THE GAME

For the newsletter, Florida was an easy winner as they opened up as a 21 point fav and climbed to 21' or 22 during the week and only on Saturday morning, after 11:00 am did they begin to move to 23 or even 23' in some spots. If you did play the game very late and were one of the unlucky only to get a bad late line of 23', one key play kept it from being a clear winner late. UF got a long TD pass in the 4Q and celebrated as they led 30-3 but it was called back for an illegal formation and they settled for a 29 yd FG winning 26-3. They did hold Miami to 140 yards offense.

POINTS LEFT OFF THE BOARD

The key to Ball St beating Navy and the game going Under the Total was Navy's ineffectiveness in the redzone. Navy went on 10pl, 11pl and 10pl drives in the 1H but settled for FG's each time. In the 2H Navy was SOD at the 3 and int'd at the 9 as they ended up losing by 12 in a game they could have led 38-20...

Ohio has been very impressive in their first two games nearly knocking off Wyoming on the road and last week actually led Ohio St 14-6 in the 3Q. Starting QB Theo Scott was inj'd in the 1Q and backup Boo Jackson QB'd most of the game hitting 9 of 25 for 86 yards and 3 int's but repeatedly scrambled out of jams (55 yds). The Buckeyes did rally for a 12 point win but were actually outgained at the half 127-117...

Miami (Oh) trailed Michigan 10-6 early 4Q and on 2nd & 10 the RedHawks had a wide open receiver but missed by inches or they would have actually led the game 13-10 as it would have been an easy TD. After they punted, UM drove 87/7pl for a TD to ice it and Miami was SOD on their final 2 poss.

ALMOST UPSETS

With 7:53 to go in the 1H Ole Miss had a 199-71 yd edge and led Wake 14-7. Ole Miss opened the 3Q with consecutive int's and the teams traded leads. Ole Miss drove 80/15pl getting a 4th & 2 TD pass with 1:01 left for the apparent win, 28-27. WF drove 46/9pl and Swank nailed a 41 yd FG with :03 left as WF pulled out the win.

MISLEADING FINALS, FRONTDOOR AND BACKDOOR COVERS

Despite having the advantage of a game under their belt, Ariz only led Toledo 34-16 when they got a 12 yd TD pass with 3:27 to go to give them the frontdoor cover...

UTEP actually led Texas 6-0 in their much hyped home game vs the Horns which was played before a Sun Bowl record crowd of 53,415. It was just 28-13 into the 4Q but UT got 2 TD's and the cover on a 26 yd FR for a TD. UT only had a 26-23 FD edge and UTEP actually had a 412-404 yd edge...

San Jose St played much stronger than their 35-12 loss to Nebraska would indicate. SJSt outgained NU 353-315 but gave up a 49 yd IR TD and 84 yd KR TD. SJSt only trailed 14-12 and could have been leading but missed 41 and 32 yd FG's. The Huskers scored TD's on their final 3 poss and SJSt finished the game without their star QB Kyle Reed who was injured early 4Q. Myles Eden hit just 1 of 7 passes with 1 int in his place...

While technically not a backdoor cover as Southern Miss got under the spread with 11:48 left, Auburn did lead this one 24-0 and their first 2 drives of the game went 68/10p and 64/6pl ending on a fumble into the EZ for a TB and a fumble at the 15 or it could have been worse...

Utah and UNLV were tied at 14 at the half with LV having a 205-171 yd edge. In the 2H Utah had a 269-83 yd edge and rolled to a 42-21 win getting the frontdoor cover on a TD with 13:33 left. LV went 77/18pl converting on 4th & 5 and an int in the EZ was wiped out by a holding call and they got a TD on 3rd & 10 with 6:13 left. Utah got 4 FD's on their final drive but had a 35 yd run to the 8 wiped out by a hold and ran out the clock as they did not cover...

South Florida had a 504-226 yd edge. Under (the total) players got a rough loss as South Florida had the game locked up 24-10 with the total at 48'. Central got an int with 3:24 left and drove 38 yds for a TD with 2:46 left. A 34 yd PR set Central up for a 31 yd TD pass with 1:40 left to tie it. South Florida missed a 42 yd FG wide left at the end of regulation but won it in OT. SF had won the previous 3 meetings by a combined score of 119-43...

It looks like Minnesota waxed Bowling Green 42-17 and they did catch BG the week after the Falcons upset Pitt but the game was just 14-10 at the half before BG turned the ball over five times in the 2H. UM only had a 397-389 yd edge with the TO's being the key...

Duke lost to Northwestern 24-20 but had 472-328 yd & 28-14 FD edges. At the end of the game Duke got the apparent game winning TD but it was called back on a hold and their 4th down pass fell incomplete and NW escaped with a 4 point win...

Kent St had a 20-14 FD edge vs Iowa St and 410-374 yd edge but a blk'd punt and two fumbles set up Iowa St for 21 of their 48 points in a game that was closer than the final.

RECORD BREAKING NOTES

Illinois' Juice Williams broke his own school record rushing for 174 yards vs E Illinois (145 in '06). EI RB Travorus Bess rushed for 183 yards on 15 carries. The key play of the game happened when EI rec'd a fumbled punt at the IL 15 trailing 13-7. The were SOD on 4th & 1 at the 7 and the Illini scored TD's on their next 4 poss to blow it open...

Joe Tiller won his 84th game as Purdue's HC which ties Jack Mollenkopf for most wins in school history...

Kansas QB Todd Reesing threw for a career high 412 yds vs LA Tech. The Jayhawks gained 64 of their 126 yards rushing in the 4Q, mostly on their final 8:38 drive (14pl) which ran out the clock as they ended the game at the LT 22. KU's D has not allowed an offensive TD this year...

Mardy Gilyard got Cincinnati's first KR TD in 13 years and set a school record with 365 all-purp yards vs the Sooners. In the 1H he had 58 & 62 yd KR's keeping UC in the game. The Sooners jumped out to a 14-0 lead but did only have a 277-245 yd edge at the half. A key play came in the 3Q with the Sooners up 35-20. UC faked a punt from their own 23 but fired incomplete and the Sooners got a TD on the next play to open up a 42-20 lead. UC, trailing 52-20, did take over with 1:23 left and drove 41 yds for a garbage TD on the final play...

Oregon piled up a school record 688 yds vs Utah St as Justin Roper returned from injury.

INJURIES OF NOTE

South Carolina had a 133-50 yd edge vs Vandy in the 1H but a 41 yd IR set them up for a FG and they only trailed 10-3. A 3Q punt bounced off a SC blocker and VU rec'd and on the next play got a 31 yd TD pass to stunningly tie it. SC had a 42 yd FG blk'd and a 48 yd FG missed and ended up losing. They lost their top WR Kenny McKinley to injury in the 2Q but VU got their first upset of a ranked team at home since 1992...

Louisville whipped Tenn Tech as expected (51-10) in a game they led 57-3 but C Eric Wood and LT George Bussey both went down with minor inj's and DNP in the 2H. A lot of starters rested in the 2H so they will probably be listed as ? for this week...

NI QB Chandler Harnish, who threw for 326 yds vs Minnesota was inj'd after 2 series vs W Michigan but he was in a QB battle with last year's starter Dan Nicholson who came in and hit 16-29 for 239 yards...

Penn St was playing without two starting DL including 1st Tm B10 DE Maurice Evans but it did not matter. They dominated Oregon St leading 35-7 at the half with a 328-137 yd edge...

Oregon leading rusher Jeremiah Johnson rushed for 37 yards on his first carry vs Utah St but injured his shoulder and did not return...

Nev RB Luke Lippincott, the WAC's leading returning rusher, was lost for the year vs Texas Tech...

UC QB Grutza will miss at least 4 wks due to a leg inj suffered vs the Sooners.

  
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