Daily Blog • September 13, 2010

Wisconsin took their opening drive vs San Jose St 80/8pl for a TD and took their 2nd drive for an apparent TD but fmbl’d into the end zone for a touchback. At the half they only led 17-0 with a 203-110 yd edge and SJSt got two 2H TD’s, the latter with 5:45 left only to lose 27-14.

Michigan St’s secondary was a problem last year and Florida Atl, basically playing a road game at Ford Field in Detroit, had their QB Jeff Van Camp hit 23-35-215 yds despite the fact FAU has zero returning st’rs on the O-line.

UConn scored the 1st 5x they had the ball vs TX Southern and allowed just 1 FD in the 1H while rolling up 288 total yards offense. RB Jordan Todman rushed for 151 yds, his 7th career 100 yd game and did not play in the 2H.

Northwestern scored on their first poss vs Illinois St and led 30-3 at the half. It was just 17-3 when NU took over with 4:24 left 1H on an int. They went 60/6pl for a TD and following a 2nd int with just :28 left in the half, they went 22/3pl for a TD with :10 left for that lead.

Wake Forest had their 2nd consecutive 50 pt game for the first time in school history and won the 2nd highest scoring game in ACC history, 54-48 over Duke. In the 1H Ted Stachitas who hit 0-4 with 1 int shared time with Tanner Price. Price played the entire 2H for WF and hit 12-19-190. WF led 48-41 when they took over with 8:45 left and went 79/13pl for a TD with 2:53 left. Duke was int’d with 2:16 left then after a punt got a 51 yd TD with 1:39 left but WF rec’d the onside kick and ran out the clock.

Pitt got a TD with :18 left 1H to take a 17-3 lead and only had a 167-122 yd edge. New Hampshire did drive 67/13pl for a garbage TD with 1:13 left while trailing 38-10.

East Carolina only had a 425-413 yd edge vs Memphis but their 3-0 TO edge was huge as Memphis fmbl’d at their own 12 & 24 yd lines setting up 2 TD drives consisting of 36 total yards and also gave up a 41 yard IR TD. Those 3 TD’s turned out to be a big difference in the 49-27 game.

Cincinnati led 12-7 at the half and after losing just 2 fumbles all of 2009, lost 2 in the 1H against lowly Indiana St which came in with a 3-55 record over the last six years. They left the field to a smattering of boos but did score TD’s on their first 4 poss of the 2H although one was on a 10 yd drive after ISt fumbled the punt snap. ISU was SOD at the UC9 and missed a 36 yd FG in the 4Q in UC’s 40-7 win.

Western Illinois and Purdue were tied at 7 when W Illinois went on a 72/14pl drive but missed a 37 yd FG. WI went on a 51/9pl drive but was SOD at the PU29 with 3:17 left in the half. PU went 71/14pl for a TD with just :18 left then WI fmbl’d the KO and PU added a 36 yd FG to lead by 10 despite only having a 228-191 yd edge. Each team finished with 22 FD and WI had a 406-402 yd edge.

Iowa scored TD’s on their first 3 poss over rival Iowa St and then their 5th poss went 66 yds for a TD. At the half they led 28-0 with a 279-85 yd edge. While ISU was int’d at the UI3 in the 3Q, the Hawkeyes led 35-0 when ISU took over with 3:37 left and went 71/6pl for a garbage TD with 1:51 left marking the 1st time the Cyclones scored an offensive TD in the annual series since 2006.

Turnovers were the key in the USF/Florida game. USF went on a 96/17pl drive for a TD in the 1Q and led 7-0 and had the ball back with 2:14 left in the half when the game started to turn on USF’s first TO of the game, an int at their own 29. UF got a TD 3pl later, 7-7 at the half. USF had a FD at the UF16 threatening to retake the lead and fmbl’d and the Gators got a 62 yd TD run 3pl later. A 30 yd PR set up UF for a 35 yd drive for a TD and they then got a 35 yd IR TD and stunningly led 28-7. USF made it 28-14 on a 69 yd drive but UF got a 22 yd FG with 12:20 left and following yet another TO (int) went 57/13pl for the clinching TD.

As you would expect with both Georgia Southern and Navy running the triple option offense, the D’s played well. In fact Navy had a just 9-8 FD edge and 193-109 yd edge in the game. Navy got a 55 yd KR to set up an 18 yd FG then after a fmbl, drove 1 yd for a 42 yd FG. After a fake punt was stopped at the GS40, Navy drove 40/8pl for a TD to lead 13-0 at the half with a 113-23 yd edge. GS got a 4&8, 17 yd TD pass to open the 3Q, 13-7. GS punted with 6:08 left and Navy would convert on 3&11, 3&10 and 3&8 running out the clock at the GS9. GS QB Jaybo Shaw is a GT transfer.

Oklahoma’s Landry Jones completed less than 50% of his passes in the opener vs Utah St while Florida St dominated Samford. Jones hit 30-40 for 380 yds vs FSU while Heisman candidate Christian Ponder hit 11-28-113. The game was even more lopsided than the 47-17 final. FSU got 4 FD’s on their first series but then just 5 over the next 2.5Q’s. In fact OU led 47-10 when Florida St went 71/7pl and on 3&10 on the last play of the game got a 47 yd garbage TD pass.

While Cal did indeed dominate Colorado with their 52-7 win they did just have 18-17 FD and 356-239 yd edges. They got a 41 yd IR TD with :11 left 1H and then at the end of the game, CU got 2 FD’s to the Cal29 but was int’d again and this time ret’d 82 yds for a TD with :28 left in the game.

Utah/UNLV was actually a lot closer than the final score would indicate. In fact, UNLV had an 18-14 FD edge and if not for spec tms, would have had a shot at the game. Utah got a 30 yd PR setting up a 5 yd drive for a 44 yd FG. UNLV fmbl’d a punt at their own 20 setting up a Utah TD pass on the next play with just :32 left 1H, 17-3. Utah blk’d a punt and ret’d it 19 yds for a TD then got a 77 yd PR TD by Smithson, 31-10. UNLV had a bad snap on the punt and while their P got the punt off, it went for -20 yds and that set up a 33 yd Utah TD drive and a 38-10 lead. UNLV had a 1st & gl at the 1 but was SOD and on their next drive had a 4th & gl at the 1 and were SOD.

While Clemson only beat Presbyterian 58-21 they led 52-0 mid3Q. In fact, in the 1Q CU played 57 different players and took advantage of some short field position so the stats were not overwhelming as they only had a 414-279 yd edge.

Louisville only beat E Kentucky by 10 but the game was not that close. In the 1H UL led 23-0 with a 290-93 yd edge. The Cards were at the EK27 with that lead mid3Q when they were int’d on 2nd & 4 and ret’d 80 yds for a TD. EK took over with 6:48 left and punted on 4&14 but roughing the P gave them a FD. They got a 41 yd run 2pl later then on 4th & 1 a TD with 2:28 to make it 23-13.

There were a couple of key stories in the Michigan/Notre Dame game. First, UM QB Denard Robinson had another record breaking performance as his 502 yds broke the UM QB record he set the previous week vs Connecticut (383). He rushed for 258 yds, another UM QB record. The other story was that ND QB Crist played just the 1st series in the 1H and that was a ND TD drive in which he was banged up. Tommy Rees and Nate Montana combined for 8 series is his place hitting 8-19-104 yd and both threw an int. Rees’ int was followed by a 30/1pl TD pass by Robinson. UM did miss 39 and 40 yd FG’s in the 2H but needed a Robinson TD run with :27 left for the lead. ND got to the UM27 but Crist’s final pass was incomplete.

Gary Patterson has gone out of his way to not roll it up the last 2 weeks and he better get over it because it may cost TCU a shot at the National Title. Versus Oreg St he didn’t want to tack on to a slim 9 pt lead at the end of the game and vs Tenn Tech, running the ball with a backup FB he apologized to TT for scoring a TD with 4:09 left. Coach Patterson - Isn’t it the responsibility of the opposing team to stop you? If you are using backup players - what’s the harm in scoring TD’s? Especially if you are not throwing the football. Last year TCU put the hammer down on foes and nearly made it to play in the National Title game if Texas would have missed the FG in the Big 12 Title Game. Patterson better change his approach to the games for the remainder of the season or they will not get to the big show.

Arkansas St QB Ryan Aplin hit a school record 438 yds passing but Louisiana led 31-7 heading into the 4Q. ASU still got the ball back at their own 31 with 2:22 left, down by 7 but Aplin was int’d on 3&10.

Miami, FL’s special teams kept them in the game vs Ohio St in the 1H as they had an 88 yd KR and 79 yd PR TD’s and only trailed 26-17 despite being outgained 260-103. It marked the first time since OSU began keeping records in 1936 that the Bucks allowed a KR and PR TD in the same game. Two key factors were in Ohio St’s favor in this one as Terrelle Pryor was the more mobile QB rushing for 113 yds while Harris had just 8 and Harris threw 4 int’s to Pryor’s none. Miami trailed 26-17 early 3Q when DL Heyward dropped back after faking a blitz and int’d a pass and ret’d it 80 yds to the UM15 setting up a TD. The Buckeyes had a 39 yd FG blk’d and settled for a 24 yd FG on their next 2 drives, and then on their final drive took over at their 39 with 7:31 left and converted on 3&5, 4&1, 3&7 and got a 1st & gl at the 6 and took a knee.

Tennessee played a much better game than the final score would indicate. The Vols actually led 13-3 after a 1 hour long lighting delay in the 2Q with the Ducks getting a 42 yd FG with 2:56 left in the half then going 62/5pl for a 27 yd TD pass with 1:04 left, 13-13. UT had a 244-200 yd edge at the half. Two key plays happened in the next 5:00. UO got a 72 yd TD run by James to take their first lead and then with UT having a FD at the Duck24, on 3rd & 13, Simmons was not only int, but ret’d 76 yds for a TD putting UT in a 2 TD hole. UO got a TD with 11:39 left and added an 80 yd PR TD with 11:39 left and backup QB Costa led them 51/10pl for a TD with 3:54 left for the 35 pt blowout.

Penn St actually played closer than the final would indicate vs Alabama. In the 1H they had a 3rd & 8 at the Tide 20 at the end of a 10pl drive but was int at the 3. They had a 2&6 at the Tide 16 after a 68 yd drive but fmbl’d and it was ret’d 75 yds. In the 3Q PSU had a 3&8 from the Bama26 but was int at the 13 and PSU’s final drive ended on an int at the Bama25. While Bama only had a 19-17 FD edge, a 4-1 TO edge was the key.

Hawaii scored TD’s on 3 of their first 4 poss to lead 21-0. Army trailed 21-7 at the half and UH had a 240-99 yd edge. Army took advantage of some crucial TO’s in the 2H driving 24 & 11 yds for TD’s after TO’s. Their first TD of the 3Q came after they lined up for a 19 yd FG and UH was called for too many men on the field and they went for it on 4th & gl at the 1. With the game tied at 28, Army had a 37 yd FG blk’d with 7:02 left and then was setting up for the game winning FG when they fmbl’d at the UH27 with :24 left. UH went 59/4pl and got a 31 yd FG with :07 left for the win.

At the half Baylor had a 329-153 yd edge and Robert Griffin did not play the entire 4Q as the Bears opted to rest him leading 34-6.

Tulsa had a 31-18 FD edge vs BG and in the 1H had a 360-146 yd edge. BG, after a fmbl, went 44 yds for a TD to take an early 7-0 lead but TU led 20-7 and had the ball late 1H when they were int’d and ret’d to the 1 setting up a BG TD. TU still got a TD with :32 left in the half to lead 27-14. TU settled for 34 & 46 yd FG’s in the 3Q to extend it to 33-14 and was SOD at the BG28 in the 4Q and finished the game at the BG14 taking a knee.

LSU has now won 11 of their last 12 vs Vanderbilt and held VU to 31 pts combined the past 6 games. LSU and VU was closer than the final indicates even though LSU had 21-8 FD and 392-135 yd edges. The first 5 poss of the game were 3 & outs and LSU led 10-0 at the half with a 127-(-7) yd edge. VU had a 1st & gl to the LSU8 but settled for a 23 yd FG. LSU was int’d in the endzone from the VU13 and settled for a 23 yd FG and after that VU fmbl’d the KO at their own 26 and 4pl later LSU added a TD. VU got to the LSU31 but punted and 4pl later Ridley broke off a 65 yd TD run to extend the margin with 4:34 left.

It was a wild game between Troy and Oklahoma St. In the 1H there were 3 long drives of 11, 12 and 10 plays that all resulted in short FG’s incl a 22 yd’r by OSU which put them up 6-3. The 2Q featured 41 pts and 100 yd KO return by Jernigan put Troy up 27-20 at the half. OSU drove for a TD to open the 3Q then got a 66 yd PR TD to lead. In the 4Q Troy fmbl’d at the OSU 2, 10 and 35. They got a TD and 2 pt conv with 4:00 left to pull within 41-38. OSU was about to take a knee on 1st & 20 from the Troy34 but QB Weeden fmbl’d and Troy had 1 shot left but QB Robinson was sk’d and fumbled on the next play and OSU held on for the 3 pt win.

Toledo only had 13-11 FD edge and 212-183 yd edge while UT did have one solid offensive drive where they went 84/14pl for a TD, their other 2 TD’s both came after int. They got a 28 yd IR to the 2 setting up a 2pl TD “drive” and a 20 yd IR to the 5 setting up a 3pl drive for another TD. UT did miss a 40 and a 41 yd FG in the 2H.

Nebraska took advantage of six TO’s. Idaho QB Nathan Enderle, a Nebraska native had 5 int’s and when the Huskers got 40 and 47 IR TD’s just before the half, they took a 31-0 lead. Idaho gained 60 of their yds on 12pl drive getting a 34 yd FG on the 1H's final play. The Huskers had numerous opportunities to turn it into a blowout leading 38-10 they got an IR to the ID21. With backup QB Green in, they were SOD on 4th & 1 at the 13. ID fmbl’d it at their own 4 yd line but NU fmbl’d it back at the 2 with 6:19 left and ID gained 98 of their yds on a 10pl drive for a TD with 2:31 left. NU ended the game at the ID23.


UAB could have led early in the 3Q but blew 2 opportunities at the 1 yd line. Trailing 14-7 they had a 1st & gl at the 1 with :41 left 1H. On 2nd & gl at the 1 they ran the ball with no time-outs then hurried the FG unit on and the snap went through the holder’s hands and they did not score. UAB opened the 3Q with a 74/5pl drive and got basically a 50 yd TD pass from Isabelle to Forrest who fmbl’d the ball before he crossed the goal line for a touchback. UAB was int at the SMU28 with 12:52 left and then down 2 scores, opted to go for it on 4th & 4 at their own 38 and was SOD less than a yd short setting up a short SMU TD. UAB was also SOD at the 5 yd line on 4th & 2.


Opening week saw a couple of upsets by the FCS and last week saw even more as you would expect with a large amount of games vs IAA foes. Akron only led 21-17 at the half and Gardner-Webb had a 187-179 yd edge but the Zips did lead 31-17 late in the 3Q. GW tied it with 5:05 left and the kicking game cost the Zips. They missed a game winning 34 yd FG on the final play of regulation then while each team scored a TD in OT, UA missed the xp and was upset by 1. GW finished with 24-22 FD and 391-389 yd edges.


Wisconsin WR/RM David Gilreath was taken off the field on a stretcher after a suffering a concussion vs SJSt and his status for next week will be questionable. Also, San Jose St starting C Robbie Reed hurt his right leg and was on crutches with an immobilizing knee brace in the 2H.

Purdue WR Keith Smith (knee) was on crutches at the end of LW's game.

Georgia was not only without star WR AJ Green (susp) but also their top RB Caleb King missed the game with an injured ankle. UGA still had a chance vs SC despite being outFD’d 23-11. In the 3Q they rec a fmbl and got a 55 yd pass and had a 2nd & gl at the 8. Only down by 8 pts, RB Ealey fmbl’d which SC rec'd at the 1 and ret’d it 13 yds. UGA did not threaten after that and SC got a 24 yd FG with 1:12 left which iced it. Probably the key component of the game was SC true frosh Marcus Lattimore (PS#1) who was dominant from start to finish and finished with 182 yds rushing with his 3rd and 4th TD’s of the season.