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Daily Blog • Tuesday, October 13th



Hawaii was starting their 3rd string QB, Bryant Moniz, a walk-on and they trailed Fresno St 42-3 mid-4Q before they got a TD with 7:25 left. The Warriors recovered an onside kick and got another TD with 4:42 left. Fresno St recovered the final onside attempt and finished the game at the Hawaii 22. FSU led 28-3 at the half despite only having a 249-171 yard edge as UH had a 43 yard FG blocked, Moniz was intercepted in the endzone and they also settled for a 33 yard FG. It was 21-3 when Hawaii fumbled a punt at their own 30 with 1:39 left in the half which set up a 17 yd TD pass from Colburn to West with :11 left.

It was a tough loss for Arizona last week. UA had 26-14 FD and 459-256 yard edges yet their inability to get the ball into the endzone inside of the 10 cost them as did a fluky IR TD (check out the following link for photos) http://regulus2.azstarnet.com/blogs/finley/16940/. In the 1H Arizona had 68/9pl and 72/12pl drives with both getting inside the 10 for a 1st & goal. On the first drive on 4th & goal from the 1 they settled for an 18 yard FG and on the 2nd drive they went for it on 4th & goal at the 1 but were SOD. At the half they trailed 14-10 despite a 235-167 yard edge as they netted just 3 points from 2 drives which reached the UW 1. In the 2H Arizona had a 1st & goal at the 9, FD at the 17 and FD at the 14 and settled for 23, 29 and 24 yard FG’s and only led 33-21 with 4:22 left. UW got a 3rd & 10, 25 yard TD pass with 2:55 left to cut it to 33-28 and then a pass went off the receiver’s foot. UW’s Foster hauled it in and raced 37 yards for a TD with 2:29 left and the Huskies got the miracle win.

Kentucky had averaged just 240 ypg versus the #1 and #2 ranked defenses in the country in Alabama and Florida but in the 1H had a 213-167 yard edge versus South Carolina. In the 3Q Kentucky led 17-14 when QB Hartline was lost for the game due to a knee injury. South Carolina, two possessions later, got a TD for the 21-17 lead. Kentucky went on a long drive but faked a 32 yard FG and was stopped. South Carolina fumbled at their 15 and Kentucky got a 35 yard FG, 21-20 after 3Q’s. Kentucky got a 41 yard pass to the SC5 wiped out by a hold (10:23) and then had a 5 yard punt and SC drove 61/5pl for a TD, 28-20. With WR Cobb running the Wildcat, Kentucky went 70/8pl for a TD but the 2 point conversion failed with 4:34 left. They kicked off deep to SC and SC got a FD on 3rd & 4 and then another FD on 3rd & 6 and took a knee.

North Texas had a 444-295 yard edge but suffered a tough defeat. UL got a 70 yard IR TD in the 1Q and later returned a blocked punt 33 yards for a TD. It was 24-24 at the half despite NT having a 289-162 yard edge. NT opened up a 34-24 lead but UL got a TD with 9:26 left. Two punts later NT only got 10 yards on its punt and UL started at its own 42. The Cajuns would then drive 58/8pl for a TD with :27 left to pull out the win.

Arizona St/Washington St was sloppy. ASU had six turnovers, WSU had four turnovers and the two teams combined for 14 punts. In the 1H ASU had a 182-39 yard edge but only led 7-0 when they recovered a fumble at the ASU22 with 2:10 left in the half. ASU then went 78 yards in 9 plays for a TD to lead 13-0 at the half. The Sun Devils opened the 3Q with a 75 yard, 4 play drive to lead 19-0. ASU had 3 turnovers on their next 3 drives, the third setting up a WSU 31 yard drive for a TD, 19-7. After a bad snap on a punt, ASU drove 21 yards for a TD early 4Q, 27-7 and WSU got 99 of its 181 yards on a 2nd & 14, 99 yard TD pass with 11:33 left for the 27-14 final.

UTEP had a 274-205 yard edge at the half but settled for 2 FG’s and lost 2 turnovers and trailed Memphis 21-13. UTEP went on a 72 yard, 13 play drive in the 3Q but settled for a 22 yard FG which they missed. After UTEP at intercepted at the Memphis 18, the Tigers drove 53 yards in 6 plays for a TD with 6:08 left. UTEP punted with 5:08 left and Memphis gained 60 yards getting 3 FD’s to the Miners 18 yard line while running out the clock.

Toledo was favored over Western Michigan but WM got a 54 yard TD pass on their first play, a 33 yard PR which set up a 41/5pl TD drive and then Toledo fumbled the KO and WM went 30 yards in 3 plays for a TD to stunningly lead 20-0 a little over 5:00 into the game. Toledo settled for 21 and 40 yard FG’s, missed a 45 yard FG and while trailing 41-12 at the half were only outgained 351-251. WM got a 70 yard TD run by West to open the 3Q to make it 48-12 and coasted.

Wake Forest had a 381-74 yard edge at the half and led 35-10. It was 42-17 when Maryland put together 74, 38 and 88 yard 4Q drives with two resulting in TD’s (the second with 1:37 left) and on another they were intercepted in the endzone.

Southern Miss led 16-7 at the half but only had a 231-206 yard edge. Louisville drove 85 yards in 9 plays for a TD then on 3rd & 12 got a 92 yard TD pass to lead 22-16. Four punts later SM drove 89 yards in 12 plays and got a TD with 2:13 left to take the lead 23-22. UL’s Guy returned the KO 64 yards to the SM30 and UL got a 32 yard FG with :30 left for the win.

A couple of key plays happened early in the Stanford/Oregon St game which turned it in the Beavers’ favor. On Stanford’s first play they had a wide open Owusu which would have been an 80 yard TD pass but he dropped it. Five plays later they punted. OSU came out running the Wildcat and got a 61 yard run by The Quizz then on 3rd & 9 Canfield fired incomplete but rouging the passer gave them a FD and they got a TD and led 7-0. They extended it to 21-0 getting TD’s on their next 2 drives and OSU did lead 31-7 at the half with a 325-103 yard edge. After Stanford pulled to 31-14 a roughing the P call kept an OSU drive alive as did 3rd & 6 and 3rd & 17 conversions and the TD made it 38-14 early 4Q. Stanford did go 89 yards in 12 plays, getting a TD with just :25 left to “only” lose by 10.

While Kent St had some big plays go in their favor, it was a tough loss for the Flashes versus Bowling Green. Kent St did get an 86 yard TD run by Kirkland and an 82 yard blocked FG returned for a TD but trailed 17-14 at the half. BG WR Freddie Barnes (ex-QB) had 22 receptions for 278 yards which was 2 shy of tying the NCAA single game reception record. Kent St took control in the 3Q with a 53 yard, 11 play drive for a TD and later after a BG interception got a 1 play, 12 yard drive for a TD to lead 28-17. Each team went on a long TD drive and Kent led 35-23 with 12:08 left. The lead seemed secure when BG was SOD at the Kent St 15 with 7:55 left. Kent St got 1FD & punted with 4:52 left up by two scores but BG got a 1 play, 45 yard TD pass to Barnes with 4:29 left. Kent punted with 3:10 left and BG went 74 yards in 14 plays and on 3rd & 9 got a Sheehan TD run with :05 left to pull out the win.

Ole Miss’ defense played well keeping them in the game by holding the Tide to 5 FG’s but in the 1H Saban said they hit QB Snead on every pass attempt and he was just 2 of 12 with 2 interceptions and the Tide had a commanding 238-18 yard edge. After settling for 3 short FG’s and only leading 9-0, on 4th & 1 the Tide got a 36 yard TD run by Ingram with just :55 left in the half to go up 16-0. Ole Miss had 3 long drives in the 2H. The first went 60 yards in 10 plays but they settled for a 25 yard FG, the second was 43 yards in 6 plays. On 2nd & 10 from the Tide 15 Snead was not only intercepted but returned 79 yards to the UM16. Later Mississippi went 65 yards in 13 plays but was SOD at the Tide 15 with 6:30 left. Houston Nutt had beaten two out of the last 3 Top 5 teams he had faced.

Oklahoma St was playing without suspended WR Bryant and injured RB Hunter. QB Zac Robinson struggled in the 1H hitting 6 of 14 with 1 interception. The Cowboys were SOD on 4th & 1 at the A&M 6 mid1Q but with A&M leading 15-14, the Aggies went for it on 4th & goal at the 1 with 1:21 left 1H and were stopped. After 3 punts to open up the 2H, the next six possessions were all long drives for scores with A&M getting one 50 yard FG and the rest were TD’s. OSU had led 36-25 until the Aggies scored with 3:35 left. OSU went for it on 4th & 1 at the Aggie 40 with 2:10 left and converted on a Toston run and the Cowboys were able to run out the clock.

Florida St/Georgia Tech each scored a TD on every 1H possession with FSU having 403-243 yard and 21-9 FD edges with a 35-28 lead. FSU blew their opportunity to go up by 2 scores when they recovered a GT fumble at the 24 and missed a 45 yard FG. GT got a 73 yard TD pass to tie it at 35 before FSU took the lead on a 40 yard FG. GT drove 80 yards in 16 plays for a TD to lead 42-38 after 3Q’s. FSU fumbled with 10:06 left and GT went 65 yards in 7 plays to go up 49-38. FSU then drove 41/7pl for a TD with 4:14 left. GT recovered the onside kick and got 2 FD’s to the FSU 6 where they ran out the clock, winning by 5.

There were some interesting notes in the TCU/Air Force game. TCU had some blown opportunities or the Frogs could have won by more. As you know, I used TCU as my Defense of the Week and they did yield 94 of their 287 yards on AF’s final two drives while leading 20-10. In the 1H TCU got to the AF13 but Dalton was intercepted at the 4. TCU led 14-0 when AF took over with 3:37 left in the half and drove 68 yards and got a WR pitch-out pass for the TD, 14-7. TCU fumbled at the AF6 early 3Q and went on a 13 play drive but settled for a 38 yard FG. They led 20-10 and had the ball at their own 43 when they fumbled with 3:36 left and AF drove 46 yards in 12 plays for a TD with :57 left but TCU recovered the onside kick.

Utah St had commanding 18-10 FD and 429-230 yard edges. New Mexico St’s 2 TD “drives” were 44 yards in 5 plays after recovering a fumbled punt and after a 31 yard PR, they drove 15 yards in 4 plays. Utah St missed a 26 yard FG on their first possession and had the ball with 4:00 to go when Turbin got a 38 yard run down to the NMSt 20 called back on a hold. NMSt got a 56 yard PR with 1:48 left and kicked the game winning 28 yard FG on the last play.

Miami Fl led Florida A&M 31-3 at the half and pulled their starters. True frosh backup AJ Highsmith QB’d the entire 2H. Damien Berry, who was playing safety in August and was the 4th string TB, carried the ball for the first time in his career and had 162 yards on 14 carries. It was the largest rushing total for a UM player since 2005.

Iowa welcomed back TE Tony Moeaki and he had 6 receptions for 105 yards including TD receptions of 34 and 42 yards. Iowa remains unbeaten but have actually won their four home games by a combined sixteen points this year. Michigan turned the ball over five times against them. Iowa did lead 30-21 in the 4Q before backup QB Robinson led Michigan 59 yards in 11 plays for a TD with 3:16 left. Iowa punted with 1:30 left but Robinson was intercepted at the Iowa 31 with :36 left.