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News and Notes - Week 6

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BYU kept alive the nation's longest win streak but had their streak of 11 straight shutout Q's end in the 4Q vs Utah St. While BYU led 34-0 in the 4Q they did get a 35 yd FR TD, had a 44 yd FG after a fmbl and had an int set up an 11 yd TD drive. Utah St got a 40 yd TD run by Turbin with 13:47 left to end the streak then drove 63/7pl for a TD. Utah St's final drive had a 1st & gl at the 7 but they were sk'd on the final play and USt actually had a 23-19 FD edge but BYU had a 406-322 yd edge...

Cincinnati had a 3rd string QB seeing his first real action of the year getting his first start vs a Marshall QB with 6 starts under his belt. Chazz Anderson hit 16 of 26 for 158 for UC while Mark Cann, the experienced QB hit 17 of 36 for 178 for the Thundering Herd. While UC led 16-3 at the half, they only had a 122-117 yd edge with special teams making a huge difference in the return game and also blocked a punt for a safety...

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Pat White passed Indiana's Antwaan Randle-El for 2nd most career rushing yards for a QB but he was inj'd for the 2nd straight game, this time in the 3Q and missed the rest of the game. WV led throughout but Rutgers got a TD with 6:23 left. WV went for it on 4th & 1 at their own 44 with 1:51 left and was SOD leading by 7 but RU's 4th & 5 pass fell incomplete...

Number one teams have not fared well but Oklahoma scored on their first four poss and built up a 28-0 lead vs Baylor in the 1Q. They did lead 42-17 when they got a TD with 7:51 left capping a 92/13pl drive for a TD in the 4Q...

SC came into the Ole Miss game with the #1 D in the country allowing just 221 ypg but UM had 233 in the 1H vs them. The Rebels led 21-17 despite allowing a 29 yd FR TD. UM had another key fmbl in the 3Q at the SC6 which SC ret'd it 52 yds setting up a TD. SC took their next drive 95 yds for a TD and a 31-21 lead and hung on for the road upset...

Penn St is the only Big Ten team with a chance at an unbeaten season. While Purdue did miss 45 and 36 yd FG's in the 1H, PSU had a 196-107 yd edge and led 10-0. PSU led 20-0 in the 4Q when PU went on an 82 yd drive behind backup QB Elliott, including a 4th & 10, 19 yd pass to the 1 and got a TD with 6:28 left. PSU went 55/12pl and ended the game at the PU26...

QB Paul McCall had thrown for just 272 yds and 1 TD on the season but threw for 234 and 3 TD's vs N Texas. He hit TD passes of 73 and 65 yds. FIU blk'd a punt for a TD and NT was int'd at the FIU10, missed a 34 yd FG, was SOD at the FIU21 and settled for a 28 yd FG. NT had 22-13 FD and 438-347 yd edges but did trail 28-0 at the half...

It's tough to play an A++ game for 2 straight weeks and Alabama struggled the week after their perfect effort vs Georgia. Bama did have a 245-60 yd edge at the half but one score came on a FR TD. Leading 14-7 Bama took over with 10:22 left and 8:10 later settled for a 24 yd FG with 2:12 left. Kentucky got a 48 yd TD pass with :40 left...

Michigan actually led Illinois 14-3 after 1Q but the Illini came back with 2 big offensive plays. A simple screen to Dufrene went 57 yds for a TD and leading 17-14, they faced a 3rd & 10 at their own 23 and got a 77 yd TD pass. The final TD came after Michigan fmbl'd the KO with 7:25 left...

Notre Dame lost a school record 6 straight home games at one point last year but has now won 5 straight at home. Jimmy Clausen threw for a career high 347 yds. The Irish had this one locked up leading Stanford 28-7 and went on a 42/11pl drive but settled for and missed a 46 yd FG with 12:54 to go. SU went on 73 and 36 yd (after 37 yd PR) drives for TD's, the latter with 6:00 left. The Irish got 2 FD's and SU's last drive was SOD at their own 19...

It was a game of blown opportunities for Iowa. In the 1H Iowa had a 156-140 yd edge but trailed 13-3 as they fumbled at the MSU13, were int'd at the 4 on 3rd & gl from the 5 and fmbl'd at their own 12 setting up a MSU FG. In the 2H trailing 16-13, Iowa drove to the MSU21. They passed up a 38 yd tying FG to go for it on 4th down as Shonn Greene outrushed Javon Ringer 157-91. Greene was stuffed for a 3 yd loss with 2:10 left and they were SOD...

Ohio had 3 TD's vs W Michigan, the first came on a 3 yd drive after an int late 1H. In the 2H OU threw a deep pass that was int'd but WM fmbl'd on the return at their own 20 and OU got a TD 4 plays later. Trailing 34-13 OU got a 31 yd TD pass on 4th & 1 with 3:48 left. WM got a TD after the onside kick and led 41-20 with 2:25 left and OU had 286 yds at this point but gained 70 on their final drive...

Texas Tech dominated Kansas St even more than the score would indicate. At the half TT had a 417-132 yd edge and led 38-14 with 1 of KSU's TD's coming on a 29 yd drive after TT went for it on 4th & 1 at their own 29. That SOD was the only time in their first 9 poss that TT did not score...

At the half Arizona only had 207-168 yd edge vs Washington but led 31-7 thanks to a couple of short UW punts into the wind and a 48 yd PR TD. UA dominated the 2H and finished with 28-12 FD and 449-244 yd edges finishing the game at the UW12 taking a knee. It was the first start for QB Ronnie Fouch after Jake Locker was injured...

Kent St continues to outplay its opponents but comes short on the scoreboard. KSU had a 25-15 FD edge vs Akron and a 256-58 rushing edge. They led 17-7 at the half and after Akron drove for a TD on their first 3Q drive, the Flashes D held UA to 3 & outs on their next 4 poss. KSU, meanwhile, was SOD at the AU31 on 4th & 1, went on a 62/12pl drive but missed a chip shot 27 yd FG and only led by 4. KSU fmbl'd the punt with 4:24 left and UA on 4th & 11 had a pass ruled incomplete but then replay gave them a 45 yd TD for a 24-21 lead. KSU forced OT but AU on 3rd & 22 got a 21 yd pass to set up a 33 yd FG in the first OT to stay alive and in the 2nd OT KSU missed another chip shot FG, this one from 23 yards and lost...

Coming into the BC/NC State game, both teams had big ? at QB. Chris Crane was benched the previous week but responded hitting 34 of 51 for 428 yds with 42 yds rushing. NCSt wondered if Russell Wilson would play and he did throwing for 218. BC had 578-253 yd and 28-15 FD edges but needed a Crane 13 yd TD run with :23 left to break a 31-31 tie and escape with the win...

Tennessee gave Stephens his first start at QB and while the Vols prevailed 13-9 they were outFD'd by N Illinois 12-9 with NI settling for 3 short FG's and Stephens hit 10 of 17 for 156...

Oregon led USC 10-3 midway through the 2Q but USC scored 24 pts before the half to lead 27-10 and finished with a 598-239 yd edge. USC has not lost 2 games in a row since Pete Carroll's first season in 2001...

Florida St/Miami, Fl was a strange game and FSU dominated with a 272-52 yd edge and led 24-3 at the half. UM got back in it with an 18 yd drive after a fmbl, a bad snap on a punt which resulted in a safety, a double pass for a 51 yd TD and a 3 yd IR TD with 11:23 left. FSU still led 41-32 with 3:57 left and UM got 78 of its yards with a TD with :14 left to only lose by 2 despite FSU having a 27-7 FD edge...

Kansas had their biggest comeback since 1992 which ironically was also vs Iowa St, a game they trailed by 26 but won 50-47. This time ISU appeared to have the game wrapped up leading 20-0 at the half. KU rallied with 3 TD's on their first 3 poss of the 3Q including a 4th & 7, 23 yd TD pass to give them their first lead and prevailed 35-33...

Wyoming leads the NCAA in TO's and threw an int on the first play vs New Mexico which was ret'd 13 yds for a TD. The Lobos went with the run offense after that hitting just 9 of 19 for 71 yds and NM finished with 350-201 yd and 18-12 FD edges in their 24-0 shutout win despite the fact that RB Rodney Ferguson did not play...

New Mexico St did not have a PR TD in 87 games but Chris Williams got one vs Alcorn St in the Aggies 45-10 win. NMSt worked on their running game and had 220 yds rushing on 33 carries...

Bowling Green got a TD with 5:11 left to finally take the lead, 21-17 but EM got a 16 yd TD pass with :36 left for the victory. EM did have a 410-391 yd edge vs BG...

Neither Texas nor Oklahoma showed any lookahead to their Red River Rivalry this year as both came off dominating wins. UT was taking on a CU O-line that lost 2 starters the last 2 weeks and had a 431-266 yd edge...

Toledo lost its 3rd straight home game for the first time in 15 years was shutout at home by a MAC foe for the first time since 1985. UT had just 157 yds offense. They only trailed 3-0 at the half but the offenses ineptitude cost them in the 2H and Ball St did finish with over 240 yds both rushing and passing...

Wisconsin had a 16 game home win streak and won 11 straight games at night but Ohio St ended those streaks with a 20-17 road win. Beanie Wells rushed for 168 yds on 22 carries showing he is recovered from his early season injury.

TURNOVERS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Connecticut had a 23-13 FD edge, 378-273 yd edge vs N Carolina but not only had 3 TO's including a 23 yd IR TD, but suffered 3 blk'd punts including one that was returned for a TD. NC also had a 15 yd drive for a TD after an int. The star of the game was Bruce Carter who had blk'd a punt the previous week and had 3 blk's in this one (NCAA record is 4)...

Air Force had 20-13 FD and 411-244 yd edges but Navy blk'd 2 punts which they returned for TD's which was enough for their 33-27 win getting them one step closer to bowl eligibility...

Frenso St had a 24-14 FD edge vs Hawaii, 522-342 yd edge but the Bulldogs turned it over six times, their most since 2000 (lost it 6 times vs Ohio St). FSU ironically came in having lost just 4 TO's in the first 4 games but even without Mathews, two RB's topped 100 yards with Lonyae Miller rushing for 161 and Anthony Harding 157. FSU K Kevin Goessling missed 3 crucial FG's vs Wisconsin and had a 36 yd FG blk'd with :43 left then missed a FG in OT in their loss. Hawaii won their first ever road game vs a ranked team.

UNEXPECTED RESULTS

Turnovers can make a difference as Tulane had a 25-13 FD edge vs Army and a 486-334 yd edge but had a 4-0 TO deficit and also suffered a blk'd punt and a blk'd FG. The blk'd punt set up an Army TD to open then Tulane had a 3rd & 5 at the Army 6 but fmbl'd and it was ret'd 81 yds for a TD, a 14 pt swing and Army led 23-7 at the half despite Tulane having a 225-158 yd edge...

Virginia had been outscored 120-20 in their 3 previous game vs IA teams and as expected the Maryland/Virginia game was a blowout with the final being 31-0. The unexpected part comes from the fact that it was UVA with 427-302 yd and 26-13 FD edges and the shutout win at home. Marc Verica in his 3rd start hit 17 of 20 in the 1H for 178 yds.

POINTSPREAD PLAYS OF THE GAME

Cal led comfortably vs Arizona St most of the game. They were up 17-0 early 2Q and 17-7 at the half with a 210-12 yd edge. It was 24-7 when Cal blk'd a 43 yd FG but a pers foul jumping over the line gave ASU a FD and they got a TD 3 plays later to pull within 10. With 2:42 left ASU took over at their 38 and got 2 FD's. They went for a 44 yd FG to cover with 1:02 left and it was wide left.

DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN

In San Diego St's last trip to TCU they had just 87 total yards and a 52-0 loss. While the score was more respectable at 41-7 this year, the results were pretty much the same. On Tuesday's we gave out a 4H from the Power Plays on TCU which called for a 37-7 win while holding SDSt to -42 yds rushing. The Aztecs had -13 yds rushing, 85 ttl yds and just 4 FD's. They did lose QB Lindley in the 2Q to inj but TCU was without starting QB Dalton and rushed for 383 yds and had a 498-85 yd edge in the win. SDSt's only score came after they ret'd a fmbl to the 1 and two plays later got a TD.

FRONTDOOR, BACKDOOR COVERS AND MISLEADING FINALS

The Gators did it again with another frontdoor cover this past week. In the 1H Arkansas had a 238-180 yd edge vs Florida but the Gators led 14-0 as the Hogs were SOD at the UF36 and 21 and fmbl'd a punt setting up a 16 yd UF drive. It was 24-7 and the Hogs had the cover in hand when a 29 yd FG was blk'd with 7:24 left. Four plays later, UF got a 75 yd TD run by Rainey, 31-7 with 5:07 left. UF forced a punt and the Gators went 73/7pl with a 48 yd TD run by Demps with 1:04 left giving them the frontdoor cover...

UNLV led Colorado St 28-27 with a TD with 6:05 left. CSU needed a FG for a win and appeared to be on their way but on 2nd & 2 Gartrell Johnson took it 12 yds for a TD with :09 left. They added the 2 pt conversion for an apparent 7 pt win. UNLV ran the lateral play on the KO and it was fmbl'd and CSU ret'd it for a TD scoring 14 points in the final :09 for a misleading 41-28 win which they were trailing with :10 left...

Minnesota dominated the 1H vs Indy as with 2:30 left 1H UM had 9-0 FD and 151-20 yd edges but Indy got a 77 yd TD pass on 2nd & 9 and it was actually tied at 7 at the half. UM settled for 29 and 42 yd FG's in the 2H and only led 13-7 when they took over with 7:43 left. The Gophers went 60/14pl and got a 38 yd FG with :22 left on 4th & 5 for the frontdoor cover...

SMU had a 376-280 yd edge vs UCF. They had a 183-113 yd edge at the half but it was tied at 10. UCF got 2 key plays and 2 TD's in 3:00. On 3rd & 20 they got a 56 yd TD pass then after an int, got a TD and led 24-10 (5:32 3Q). SMU had closed to 24-17 and punted with 4:40 left. UCF went 45/6pl and on 3rd& 9 got a 15 yd TD pass for the frontdoor push with 1:34 left. SMU got to the UCF25 but was int'd at the 17.

RECORD AND STREAK BREAKERS

Jaybo Shaw was making his first collegiate start for Georgia Tech and hit 9 of 14 passes for 230 yds. All 9 passes went to Demaryius Thomas who set a school record with his 230 yards rec'ing...

Auburn failed to put Vanderbilt away after a dominating 1Q. VU had 1 FD which came on a penalty while AU drove 53/10, 50/9pl and 27/2pl. They got 2 TD's but were also SOD at the 1 yd line and could have led 21-0 but only led 13-0. VU pulled to 13-7 at the half and took the lead in the 3Q. The Commodores have not had a winning season since 1982 but opened up with their first 5-0 start since 1943 and improved to 3-0 in the SEC for the first time since 1950. VU also snapped a 13 game losing streak to Auburn...

Oklahoma St set a school record by topping 50 pts for a 4th straight game but they only had 401 yds offense as the def and ST contributed 3 scores with 6 and 22 yd IR TD's and a 78 yd PR TD all in the 1H keying a 28-7 lead. A&M actually outgained the Cowboys by 1 yard and Kendall Hunter who came in the #3 rusher in the NCAA was limited to 90 yds rushing...

Missouri had not won in Lincoln in over 30 years having lost 15 in a row SU by an avg margin of 26 ppg. They left no doubt about this one as they led 31-10 at the half and 52-10 after 3Q's. Bo Pelini had stated during the week that his team's goal was to shutout a Missouri offense that came in avg 54 ppg and 596 ypg. It was the Huskers worst loss since a 41-0 shutout vs Oklahoma in 1955...

Southern Miss is 0-2 for the first time in the 13 years of CUSA...

ULL's Tyrell Fenroy rushed for 297 yds which was his 3rd straight with at least 180 yds on the ground and broke a school record 297 yards rushing. He needs just 30 yds to become the SBC's all-time leading rusher. The team set a school record with 556 yds rushing and 728 yds offense which breaks the record they set earlier this year of 666 vs Kent St.

DON'T GO FOR TWO UNTIL THE 4Q

The rule of thumb for all coaches should be don't go for 2 points unless it's the 4Q of the game. Mike Riley of Oregon St violated that strategy and it cost him. Against Utah, OSU missed an early xp and trailed 20-9 but got a TD late 1H. They surprisingly went for 2, down 20-15 and it failed. In the 3Q they opened with a TD to lead 21-20 and once again surprisingly went for 2 and it failed. Later in the game when OSU got a TD with 2:18 left, their xp only made it 28-20 and had they would have clinched the win but Utah got a TD with 1:29 left, forced a punt :23 later and then got a 37 yd FG on the final play to pull it out.

WEEKDAY NIGHTS ARE TOUGH ON RANKED TEAMS

As we have seen often this year, ranked teams struggle on weeknight games. S Carolina was upset by Vanderbilt in Wk 2, Kansas went down at USF on a Friday and Rutgers was upset by N Carolina on a Thursday. Colorado upset a ranked W Virginia and last week #10 USF got beaten at home by Pitt. Pitt actually had a 205-62 yd edge in the 1H and 11-3 FD edge. USF got a TD with 5:57 left to take the lead, 21-20 but Pitt amazingly gashed USF's top-notch (but injury weakened) D with a 3 play, 60 yd drive for a TD then Matt Grothe, who took numerous sacks on 3rd down was called for intentional grounding and a 14 yd loss with 3:28 left.The Bulls punted and didn't get the ball back until :22 left and their Hail Mary pass was not answered.

GAME CHANGING PLAYS

It was remarkable that Florida Atlantic did not trail a single second of their game vs Middle Tenn and lost despite dominating. FAU had a 202-81 yd edge in the 1H but fmbl'd at the 1 yd line on 2nd down and also after a 1st & gl at the 3, settled for a 25 yd FG and somehow only led 10-0 at the half. They had that same 10-0 lead (thanks mostly to TO's) when they gave up a 4th & 3, 25 yd TD pass with just 5:22 left. FAU went 52/9pl but settled for a 25 yd FG with 1:15 left and MT after a 27 yd pass on 4th & 8 got a Hail Mary TD with no time left on the clock and their xp gave them the stunning win in a game FAU dominated.

INJURIES OF NOTE

UAB QB Joe Webb was questionable coming in but rushed for 93 yds and passed for another 235. UAB had a 333-217 yd edge over Memphis but in a key play at the end, MEM had a 1st & gl at the 5 settling for a 25 yd FG with :02 left for the 3 pt win (push).

  
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