Daily Blog • November 1, 2011

Week 9 News and Notes Part 2

East Carolina did have a 461-266 yd edge vs Tulane but TU actually led 10-7 at one point after an 11 yd punt set them up for a 47/2pl TD drive. It was 17-13 at the half and 27-13 when TU was SOD on 4&9 at the EC44. EC went 56/5pl getting a TD with 2:11 left to go up 34-14.

Arizona St did score 3 TD’s in the 1Q and led 21-0 vs a banged up Colorado team. Tyler Hansen did not start but came off the bench in CU’s 3rd series and threw for 285 yards. ASU only had a 522-420 yd edge. They led 31-7 at the half and it was 34-7 when CU was SOD on 4&gl at the ASU1. CU then fmbl’d the punt at their own 13 and ASU got a TD to go up 41-7 but CU answered with a TD with 12:45 left, 41-14. CU was SOD on 4&2 at the ASU49 with 8:23 left and ASU went 51/5pl for an 8 yd TD run with 6:20 left. Hirschman came in at QB for Colorado and they went 70/7pl. On 2&11 from the ASU15 Ford got a 12 yd run to the 2 but fmbl’d.

Air Force lost QB Tim Jefferson in the 1Q but Connor Dietz filled in well and even though he only threw 1 pass, he rushed 6 times for 87 yds. AF, despite being in a flat spot, did lead 35-0 at the half with a 240-115 yd edge. New Mexico fumbled the punt on their own 24 and was int’d with 3:06 left in the half setting up an AF TD with 1:55 left. NM was int’d at the AF14 and missed 40 and 30 yd FG’s on their 3 poss in the 2H resulting in a 42-0 shutout.

Florida St had a 444-166 yd edge including 249-106 in the 1H where they led 24-0. NC State’s best scoring chances ended on a missed 51 yd FG and a fumble at the FSU30. FSU only led 24-0 when they got a 39 yd FG with 8:56 left and added a 26 yd TD pass with 4:28 left.

Nebraska had a huge situational edge vs Michigan St catching the Spartans off 2 big home wins vs Michigan and Wisconsin and they had little left in the tank while Nebraska was off a bye and an easy romp over Minnesota. In the 1H NU led 10-3 but only had a 101-83 yd edge with a 25 yd TD drive after an int. The Huskers went 80/13pl and 89/11pl on their first 2 drives of the 3Q to take command of both the game, 24-3, and the Legends division, as they now hold the tie-breaker over MSU. NU only finished with a 270-187 yd edge.

Kent St was fresh off a bye while Bowling Green was playing its 9th straight grueling game and came off a big upset of Temple. BG did have a 4-2 TO deficit. The final score came with KSU leading 20-15 when BG with :15 left was sk’d and KSU ret’d it for a TD in the 27-15 win.

UCF was off an upset loss and Memphis was off an upset win. The situation said UCF would be angry and smack someone and that they did. They had 28-6 FD and 501-134 yd edges in their 41-0 win.

Texas Tech was off its big upset win over Oklahoma, moving up to #19 in the polls and was thoroughly waxed by Iowa St as they were outgained 512-290 and ISU’s 368 yds rushing was their most since 2002. It was the 2nd straight year ISU beat a ranked team on the road and there was nothing fluky about it. The Cyclones had 67 and 80 yd TD drives and after a 41 yd IR, got a 1 yd TD drive to go up 21-0 and it was 24-7 at the half. They got a 71 yd TD run in the 3Q then leading 31-7 took over with 4:48 left in the 3Q and went on a back breaking 82/17pl drive for a TD with 11:08 left to make it 38-7. TT had just 191 yds passing.

Ohio St had a large situational edge vs Wisconsin, catching UW on its 2nd straight national TV road game while OSU was fresh off a bye, playing with revenge. At the half UW led 7-3 but their powerful run game was held to 10 yds rushing and for the game OSU had a 268-89 yd edge. OSU led 26-14 after getting a TD with 4:39 left but the Badgers got 2 TD’s to take the lead with 1:18 left, 29-26. After a 41 yd KR, OSU got a 40 yd TD pass with :20 left but UW had an untimed down at the OSU43 after a face mask pen. Russell Wilson was hit as he threw and the ball fell incomplete.

John White ran for a career high 205 yards as Oregon St was trying to get its 2nd consecutive road win for the first time since ‘09 and came up way short. Mike Riley said, “We talked all week about how Utah might be the most physical defense we’ve seen and I think we’ve found that out tonight”. It was Utah’s first Pac-12 victory. Utah QB Jon Hays hit just 6-14-62 yds. OSU missed a 50 yd FG at the start and Utah drove 37/8pl for a 48 yd FG. OSU was SOD at the UU37 (14:25 2Q). After a 19 yd PR and a holding pen, Utah started at the OSU47 and 3pl later got a 35 yd TD pass to lead 10-0 and then after an int, drove 18/2pl for a TD. They took over at their own 20 with 2:06 left and White on 2&4, when they were just running the ball to see if they could get any yards, got a 60 yd run down to the OSU14 and 3pl later Utah had another TD, 24-0 at the half. OSU got as close as 24-8 but was int’d at its own 34 setting up a Utah FG and was SOD at its own 45.

Southern Miss had a 450-262 yd edge and won 31-13 so you would think the game was a blowout but it was actually closer than the final score. At the half the game was tied at 10 with UTEP having a 177-152 yd edge. SM got a 47 yd TD pass early 3Q and UTEP went 50/12pl for a 47 yd FG to pull within 17-13. After an exchange of punts, SM went 98/16pl and got a 15 yd TD pass to go up 24-13. On 4&2 UTEP jumped offsides giving SM a FD and 2pl later Woodyard ripped off a 68 yd TD with 8:32 left to open up 31-13. UTEP was int’d at the SM17 and punted on their final 2 poss.

Nevada and New Mexico St were involved in a shootout. At the half NMSU had a 341-284 yd edge a and led 27-20. NMSU took its opening drive 78/12pl capped by a 30 yd TD pass (xpng). UNR went 42/7pl but on 4&4 was SOD at the NMSU27. NMSU got 3 FD’s but on 4&1 was SOD at the UNR33. UNR went 67/5pl with a 26 yd TD run, 7-6. 2 punts. NMSU went 67/6pl for a TD, 13-7. UNR went 67/8pl with a 6 yd TD run by Farjardo, 14-13. 2 punts. NMSU went 82/4pl for a 16 yd TD pass and missed the xp again, 19-14. UNR went 66/9pl and went for 2 but failed, 20-19. NMSU went 74/6pl and got a 14 yd TD run, 27-20 with :26 left in the half. UNR got 2 FD’s and missed a 45 yd FG. UNR opened the 3Q with a 67/9pl drive and the 6 yd TD run made it 27-27. 3 punts. UNR went 80/8pl with an 8 yd TD run, 34-27. NMSU got 2 FD’s but on 3&15 from the UNR36 was int’d in the EZ and on the next play Mark got an 80 yd TD run, 41-27. NMSU was int’d at the 50 and UNR went 50/6pl but on 4&10 from the 18 they got a 17 yd pass to Mark, but reaching for the EZ, he fumbled and it went for a TB which kept NMSU in the game. NMSU went 80/5pl with a 36 yd TD pass, 41-34. UNR got an 85 yd run by Mark who had 8 carries for 185 yards. Jefferson’s TD run on the next play made it 48-34. NMSU got a 44 yd pass to the UNR but then had a pass tipped and int’d at the 10 and ret’d 25 yds with 6:54 left and UNR went 44/11pl running out the clock at the NMSU21.

Wyoming jumped out to a 30-13 lead and held on in the 2H. San Diego St opened with an 80/8pl drive capped by a 44 yd TD pass, 7-0. UW went 91/13pl and on 3&20 got a 41 yd pass to the 13 and a TD 4pl later, 7-7. SDSU on 2&8 got a 71 yd TD pass to Hillman, 13-7 (xpng). UW went 80/8pl with a 3&gl from the 26, true frosh Smith found McNeill in the EZ, 14-13. UW went 79/8pl including a 3&16, 36 yd pass to Alexander at the start of the drive. Five plays later QB Smith got a 20 yd TD run capping the 79/8pl drive, 20-13 (xpng). UW went 60/8pl and got an 11 yd TD pass to McNeill, 27-13. 3 punts. UW went 64/7pl and added a 33 yd FG on the final play of the half. At the half UW had a 17-7 FD and 396-179 yd edges and the crowd was booing. UW got 2 FD’s and punted and SDSU, from the 1, handed it to Hillman who took it 99 yds (longest run in the FBS this year) for a TD, 30-20 (13:08 3Q). 3 punts. SDSU got a 43 yd run to the UW37 but was int’d at the UW5 on the next play. After UW went 3 &out SDS went 63/5pl and got a 3 yd TD run by Hillman, 30-27 with 1:00 left in the 3Q. SDSU went 42/10pl but missed a 39 yd FG. UW went 3& out. SDSU ret’d the punt to the UW25 but 2 pens pushed it back to their own 30. They got 1 FD and punted. UW went 3 & out punting with 6:00 left. SDSU got 3 FD’s on a 41/10pl drive but pushed a 27 yd FG to the left with 1:55 left. UW went 3 & out punting with 1:23 left and SDSU got a 25 yd pass to midfield but on 4&7 Lindley’s pass fell incomplete with :19 left.

Arizona dominated Washington early taking their opening drive 50/8pl for a 36 yd FG then going 66/8pl capped by a 24 yd TD pass, 10-0. 2 punts. UW went 80/12pl for a TD and Chris Polk set a school record with his 18th career 100 yd rush gm, also becoming the first player in UW history to have 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game and would score 5 TD’s. It was a Kearse 6 yd TD run that made it 10-7 (12:51 2Q). UA went 39/7pl for a 47 yd FG, 13-7. UW went 59/8pl and on 4&1 Polk took it in for the TD, 14-13. UW got 1 FD and was int’d at its own 46 with 2:33 left in the half. UA had a 198-164 yd edge at the half. UW opened the 3Q with a 50/3pl drive for a TD, 21-13. UA got 3 FD’s to the UW49 but was int’d at the 32. UW got a 43 yd pass to the UA25 but then a pass to Johnson had him stumble, never gain full control and the ball deflected out of his hands into DB Golden’s who ret’d it 91 yds weaving through the UW offense for a stunning TD to get UA back to 21-21 after the 2 pt conversion. UW went 76/12pl for a Polk 1 yd TD run, 28-21. UA went 65/4pl for a 9 yd TD pass, 28-28. UW went 3 & out and UA went 64/9pl for a 24 yd FG, 31-28 (14:10). UW got 1 FD and was int’d at the UA29 but then UW went 81/6pl and got a 5 yd TD run by Polk with 8:21 left, 35-31. UA got 1 FD and fmbl’d and UW went 50/6pl and Polk’s 2 yd TD run made it 42-31 with 3:59 left. UA got 2 FD’s to the UW35 but on 3&10 was int’d at the 18 with 2:10 left. UW went 3 &out punting with :28 left. UA was int’d at the 37 and ret’d 12 yds to the UA25 and UW took a knee.

The 1H of the Stanford and USC game was actually a defensive struggle with SU having a 168-131 yd edge. SU took its opening drive 83/10pl for a TD. Each team punted. USC went 55/12pl settling for a 22 yd FG. USC was int’d at its own 41 and SU got 2 FD’s and a 33 yd FG, 10-3 (7:10 2Q). 2 punts. USC got 1 FD and nailed a 50 yd FG with :11 left in the half. The 2H was an offensive explosion. USC got 2 FD’s and got a 61 yd TD run by McNeal to take the lead, 13-10 (13:54). SU went 3 & out getting off an 18 yd punt and USC went 40/3pl with a 25 yd run by McNeal and a 20-10 lead (10:30 3Q). SU went 75/9pl and got a 5 yd TD pass. USC went 3 & out and SU went 86/7pl. They converted on 4&1 for a FD at the 2 and Luck’s 2 yd TD run put SU back in the lead, 24-20. USC went 73/7pl for a 28 yd TD pass to lead 27-24. After a 24 yd KR to the 43, SU got 2 FD’s then was sk’d on 3&10 and punted 40 yds to the 2. USC went 3 & out and SU got a 32 yd PR to the USC29. They would get 1 FD and nail a 29 yd FG to tie it with 5:10 left. USC got 1 FD and punted but Luck was int’d and ret’d 33 yds for a TD and stunningly USC led 34-27 with 3:08 left. SU got 1 FD and on 3&6 fired incomplete but a personal foul on hitting a defenseless rec gave them a FD and allowed them to continue on a 76/10pl drive for a TD with :38 left. USC made a couple of mistakes. They took over at their 25 and got 2 FD’s to the SU40. They had 2 time-outs but WR Woods, with :09 left, caught the pass, ran across the field trying to get OOB. That extra time he took caused the time to expire and USC could not get off the game winning FG. Had he just gone down and called time-out they would have been able to get the kick off. Each team scored a TD in the 1st OT but despite the offenses dominating, neither tried the 2 pt conv. Each team scored a TD in the 2nd OT and it was 48-48. SU, in the 3OT, got a TD on the 3rd play. USC appeared to get a TD but Lee was spotted down at the 4. On the next play McNeal had the ball stripped and SU rec’d in the EZ for a TB and an 8 pt win.