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News and Notes - Week 9

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Week 9

NEWS AND NOTES

Virginia had 4 trips into GT territory result in 4 FG att's and they missed one so they had just 9 pts. A key play in the game happened when UVA settled for a 30 yd FG after a 1st & gl at the 6 to trail by 11 then stopped GT on 3rd & 7. The Cavs were going to get the ball back but a late pers foul call gave GT a FD and UVA's tired D allowed GT to go 66/11pl and 71/10pl for a pair of TD's to ice it. It was GT's first win in Charlottesville since 1990 when they upset #1 ranked Virginia who was led by Shawn and Herman Moore. GT finished with a 42:43-17:17 TOP edge...

Illinois lost their 6th game of the year and all 6 losses have been by double digits although they had some opportunities LW. With the score tied at 7 they had a FD at the Purdue 29 but were int'd at the 12. Late 1H, trailing 21-7 they had a 1st & gl at the 2. They had a TD wiped out by a pen then missed a 23 yd FG...

Pitt is 7-1 for the first time since 1982 when Dan Marino was the QB of a Pitt team that was ranked #1. Dion Lewis, who came in #3 in the nation in rushing, was held to 111 yds but only because Pitt went up 34-7 and he and starting QB Bill Stull were pulled on the 3rd series of the 3Q...

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Baylor is now 0-3 in the Big 12 and has scored 24 points in its Big 12 games as they have not recovered from losing QB Robert Griffin a month ago to injury. Zac Robinson hit 23 of 27 passes and his 85% completion rate was the best ever for an OSU QB with at least 20 pass attempts breaking Coach Mike Gundy's record of 75% vs Kansas in 1989...

Ole Miss had a dominating win over Arkansas as they had 31-13 FD and 553-299 yd edges. Three TO's and a key play kept Arkansas in the game through most of it. UM led 17-0 before allowing Ark a TD late 1H. It could have been worse but they fmbl'd at the Ark26. An int set up Ark for a 43 yd FG, 17-10. UM got a 64 yd TD run but Ark threw a pass up for grabs that bounced off one receiver, was caught down field by another and turned into a 58 yd TD and they only trailed 24-17. UM went on a 12 play drive settling for a 39 yd FG and then a 14 play drive settling for a 19 yd FG, 30-17 (4:13). UM took their final drive to the Ark19 where they took a knee...

Ohio St only led Minnesota 7-0 at the half so the 38-7 score is a little surprising. TO's in the 2H by UM hurt them as they fmbl'd the opening KO setting up a 31 yd TD drive by OSU. After another fmbl, OSU drove 22 yds for a TD to lead 21-0. They got a 57 yd TD pass then after an int drove 55 yds for a TD to lead 35-0. Trailing 38-0 UM brought in backup QB Gray and went 78/7pl for a garbage TD with 4:15 left...

Since Kansas St was shredded for 739 yards by Texas Tech, they have outscored foes 58-6 in the 1H of the L2 games. The stats are a little misleading in the K-St/Colorado game as KSU finished with a 284-244 yd edge but CU took over with 6:36 left at their own 4 and would drive 94/16pl before being int'd in the EZ with 3:05 left...

Despite the 56 combined points, Ball St only had a 19-12 FD edge vs EM. Ball St had amazing rushing numbers as Lewis rushed 26 times for 301 yards and Sykes 23 for 203. BSU hit just 2 of 10 passes for 1 yard. BSU actually trailed 27-13 in the 3Q but got a TD, blk'd a punt for a safety and scored another TD after the free kick to lead 29-27 after 3Q's. EM did not cross midfield on their final 4 drives with BSU ending the game on a 22 yd run to the EM27. It was just the 4th time in NCAA history that 2 backs on the same team topped 200 yards in the same game...

Brian Kelly, the coach at Cincinnati is the hottest coaching prospect out there. At this point, he's bordering on genius. Last year UC won the Big East Title despite using 4 different QB's. This year he had one of the hottest QB's in the country in Tony Pike. Pike went down to injury so he plugged in Zach Collaros. Collaros simply hit 15 of 17 passes for 253 yards while rushing for 52 vs Louisville. UC had TD drives of 78, 90 and 80 yards on their first 4 poss with their other drive being SOD at the UL39. They led 21-7 at the half with a 299-97 yd edge and despite the backup QB, rolled to a 41-10 win...

Connecticut played with great emotion as teammate Jasper Howard was stabbed to death after the Louisville game. UC had a 501-387 yd edge vs W Virginia and outplayed them for most of the game. They gave up a KR TD to open the game but still led 17-14 at the half. In the 2H UC missed FG's of 27 and 45 yards, fmbl'd at the WV34 and was int'd at the WV37. UC led 24-21 after an 88 yd TD pass with 3:50 left but WV got a 56 yd TD run by Devine with 2:10 left. UC dropped a 2nd & 21 FD pass at the WV18 and then was int'd at the 27 on their last drive...

Duke never trailed Maryland and had a 394-249 yd edge and they got consecutive ACC victories for the first time since 1994. Duke led 17-6 before allowing a 3rd & 18, 67 yd TD pass. Duke fmbl'd at the MD1 with 9:40 left and MD forced a punt with 1:41 left but fmbl'd the punt at their own 21...

Oklahoma led Kansas 14-6 at the half with a key play being a 90 yd IR TD but the Sooners led 35-6 mid-4Q when they fmbl'd and KU drove 54 yds for a garbage TD to make it 35-13 with 4:27 left...

Kent St held Ohio to -9 yds rushing, 164 yds offense and tallied 7 sk, 15 tfl, 3 int and did not allow an offensive TD for the 2nd straight game. Kent St finished with 21-11 FD and 369-169 yd edges and led 20-3 before OU got an 87 yd PR TD with 2:18 left...

Cal jumped out to a 21-0 lead over Washington St, but the surprising stat of the game was that at the half, due to 78 and 75 yd WSU TD drives after trailing 35-3, it was 35-17 Cal but with only a 314-294 yd edge. For the game, Cal allowed 440 yards which was the 4th straight game Cal has allowed 400+. WSU was SOD at the Cal18 with 5:17 left and Cal got to the WSU22 at the end...

Utah St/Louisiana Tech was the tale of 2 halves. In the 1H USU had 10-2 FD and 245-66 yd edges and LT's only score was on a 100 yd KR TD as the Aggies led 20-7. It was 23-7 after 3Q's but LT went 66/8pl for a TD after converting on 3rd & 16 and then on 3rd & gl from the 20 got a 20 yd TD pass with 6:15 left but missed the 2 pt conv. LT got to the 50 but on 4th & 3 was SOD...

Penn St had a 19-10 lead at the half and increased it to 32-10. PSU took over with :31 left 3Q and went on a monster 68/18pl drive, with the key play being a roughing the punter on 4th & 22 but they settled for a 29 yd FG with 5:25 left. UM gained 61 yds on the game's final 14 plays but was int'd at the 3...

Folks were complaining that Texas did not have any big wins but they dominated Missouri. QB Gabbert was still not 100% for the Tigers and hit just 8 of 16 for 84 yards and re-injured his ankle on the 2nd drive of the 2H. UT led MO 35-3 at the half last year in Austin and this year it was 35-7 at the half with a 285-102 yd edge. Colt McCoy hit his first 9 passes and UT had 3 long drives all for TD's to open a 21-0 1Q...

Florida Atlantic rolled up a school record 624 yards in their win over ULL. The game was actually as close as 34-29 with 3:12 left 3Q but FA scored on their next 3 poss to blow it open to a 51-29 win and held ULL to 372 yds...

TCU stepped up in National Title contention as they had a dominating win over BYU. It was 21-7 at the half when BYU was int'd and TCU got a roughing the QB call for a FD and on their next drive on 3rd & 8 had an incomplete pass ruled pass interference and got a 75 yd TD on the next play. TCU had a very impressive performance winning at a tough site...

The Tennessee/Alabama game could be painted in a couple different fashions. UT did miss a 47 yd FG before the half and in the 4Q had a 43 yd FG blk'd by DL Cody. At the game's end, Cody blk'd a 44 yd FG that was dead set in the middle of the field and UT came up 2 pts short. UA Coach Saban said that the Tide was in control, up 12-3 and had the ball with 3:30 to go with a FD and those statements are correct with UT having just 1 time-out left. Heisman candidate Mark Ingram got his first ever fmbl in a Bama uniform on that next play and UT got a TD then rec'd the onside kick setting up the late game dramatics...

New Mexico susp'd Coach Locksley the week prior to the game and UNLV dominated with 29-19 FD and 423-287 yd edges finally ending their school record 20 game losing streak in conf road games. The score could have been worse as UNLV missed a 44 yd FG in the 2Q and settled for a 33 yd FG in the 3Q and missed a 38 yd FG in the 3Q, all after long drives but they ended the game at the NM5 yd line taking a knee, up by 17...

Tim Tebow had suffered 1 IR TD in his career but his old coordinator, Dan Mullen (now HC at Miss St) had the Bulldogs get two, including a 100 yd IR TD with just :27 left in the half which got MSU back in it at 13-10. UF had troubles in the redzone as they missed a 37 yd FG and settled for FG's from the 4, 4 and 10 yd lines. Miss St was actually tied at 13 with 9:32 left in the 3Q. UF did get one break when they got a 23 yd IR by Doe to break it open. It appeared Doe put the ball out and it was swatted away by a Miss St defender prior to getting into the EZ but it was still ruled a TD. UF did have a 376-237 yd edge.

HAVE YOU EVER TRIED COMPARISON SCORES?

Well try this one on for size. Two weeks ago Texas Tech beat Kansas St 66-14 with a 739-284 yd edge at home. The next week that same KSU team played Texas A&M. KSU thrashed A&M 62-14 in a game they led 59-0 in the 3Q. Now, A&M who lost by 48 to KSU had to travel to TT, who beat that same KSU team by 52. As you would expect, the final score was 52-30. As you would not expect, A&M was the winning team as they led 28-14 at the half and scored on their first poss of the 3Q and never looked back. BIG COMEBACKS

Indiana led Northwestern 28-3 with 7:32 left in the half. They gave up a TD with 4:07 left in the half and then punted with 2:19 left and NU went 84/10pl getting a 4 yd TD pass with :07 left in the half to pull within 28-17. NU battled back to 28-26 with 12:33 left in the game and they were int'd at the IU38 with 10:15 left but then went on a 63/13pl drive for a 19 yd FG with :21 left. IU had a 59 yd FG come up just short on the last play.

INJURIES OF NOTE

Navy played Wake Forest without their starting QB Ricky Dobbs. Backup Kriss Proctor rushed 23 times for 89 yards and his 40 yard TD run in the 3Q put Navy up 13-3. Navy also fumbled at the WF3 late 3Q leading 13-3. Last year Navy became the first team since 1997 to not attempt a single pass in a game when they did that in a victory over SMU. Here they did not attempt a pass again rushing 64 times for 338 yards. Navy took over with 2:38 left, up 13-10 and got a crucial 3rd & 9, 42 yd run down to the 6 and took a knee...

North Texas was without starting QB Riley Dodge. Troy led 50-13 after 3Q's with NT getting 80/4pl and 86/12pl drives for garbage TD's in the 4Q.

OPPORTUNITIES LOST and MISLEADING FINALS

It's interesting that if you were following along the N Illinois/Miami Oh game on the play-by-play, it actually listed the final at 27-16 but then one more play was run and MU got a 24 yd TD pass with no time remaining. The Red Hawks trailed by 11 (+11) and the TD made it 27-22 and the xp was not attempted. NI jumped out to a 17-0 1Q lead in the game...

ULM/Kentucky was a lot closer than the final score. ULM had 24-18 FD and 374-372 yd edges but they scored just 2 TD's on 5 drives inside the 20 yd line. UK got a 72 yd PR for a TD to lead 14-0. ULM had blown opportunities including a 1st & gl at the UK6 but they settled for a FG and a high snap botched the attempt. At the end of the half, they had a FD at the UK3 with :04 left but went for the TD instead of the FG and their pass was incomplete and they ran did not score. ULM went on a 74/13pl drive but missed a 31 yd FG wide left. ULM fmbl'd into the EZ and rec'd it themselves for a safety and then gave up a 50 yd IR TD with 7:44 left when they were only down by 17. ULM's final 2 poss ended on int's at the UK13 and at their own 41...

Washington was in control of the UO game early. In fact, with 8:13 left in the 2Q, UW had 10-3 FD and 163-25 yd edges. Amazingly the score was Oregon, 8-3. Just like the previous week against UCLA, a big special teams play (this time a blk'd punt for a TD) gave them their first TD and UW had 2 drives getting 1st & gl at the 9 and 1st & gl at the 2 but they resulted in a 33 yd FG and a 4th & gl int in the EZ. At the half UW had a 195-141 yd edge but trailed 15-6 and the Ducks took control in the 3Q and rolled to a 43-19 win...

Air Force had a commanding 22-8 FD edge vs Utah and in regulation had a 300-242 yd edge. Ninety-one of Utah's 242 yds came on a 3rd & 4 slant pass from their own 9 which WR Reed broke 2 tkl's and raced 90 yds for a TD. Utah's other TD in regulation came when their QB fmbl'd the ball and RB Wide scooped it up and raced 44 yds for a TD. AF held the ball for 38:57 to Utah's 21:03 but lost it in OT when they were stopped on 4th & 2.

TURNOVERS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

There was no game this past weekend where TO's had a bigger difference than the Nebraska/Iowa St game. NU's D was taking on an ISU offense that was missing its QB Arnaud and top RB Robinson. They held ISU to 11 FD's and 239 yds. Unfortunately, NU's offense turned it over an amazing EIGHT times. NU fittingly fumbled on the first play of the game at their own 39 setting up an ISU FG. From the ISU16 they were int'd at the 2 and ISU's lone TD came after they faked a punt on 4th & 5 at their own 33 for a gain of 20 yards and then with NU's D unexpectedly back on the field, ISU got a 47 yd TD pass on the next play. NU appeared to have a 73 yd TD pass to Paul but he was tripped up and dropped the ball. He scooped the ball back up and fmbl'd into the EZ for a TB and ISU rec'd. NU fmbl'd into the EZ for a TB on its first drive of the 3Q and then fmbl'd at the ISU5. They fmbl'd at their own 22 on the next drive. Two poss later NU was int'd at the ISU37 and NU's final offensive play was an int at their own 35 with 1:37 left.

  
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