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Week 9 News & Notes (Part 2)

GAMES NOTES:

Bowling Green held Eastern Michigan to 178 yards and finished with a 356-178 yd edge. BG actually took their opening drive 77/6pl and got a 53 yd td pass. BG led 14-3 after 2 poss but punted on their next 3 poss and only had a 212-140 yd edge at the half. BG got a 23 yd FR td with 6:31 left 3Q but punted on their first 2 2H poss before driving 45/10pl for a 28 yd FG with 11:53 left. BG’s last drive took over with 9:10 left and they ran off the final 9:10 going 58/11.

USF had won 6 of the 7 Big East meetings against Connecticut and once again, USF blew a late lead losing in the final seconds. USF rushed for 369 yards. At the half USF had a 335-213 yd edge and a commanding 23-3 lead. Perhaps the key play of the game happened with the score 23-10, Syracuse blocked a punt at the USF25 and got a td 5pl later to get back in the game, 23-17. SU trailed 33-24 when they got a td with 7:17 left to pull within 2. The td came 2pl after converting on 4&1. USF had their chance to ice it and went 45/12pl but settled for a 47 yd FG with 1:23 left. Syr then went 75/8 and with :03 left, got a td to pull out the win.

Steele Jantz threw for 381 yards and has retaken the QB job at Iowa St. He also tied a school record with 36 completions but was taking on one of the weakest defenses in the country in Baylor. ISU had a 557-541 yd edge and surprisingly only 56 points were put on the board. The previous highs for ISU had been set by Austen Arnaud who hit 36-52. ISU onside kicked to start out but Baylor fumbled into the EZ for a tb. ISU missed a 32 yd FG. Tied at 14, ISU was SOD at the BU45 but BU was SOD at the ISU27 with 2:02 left in the half. That would be a key play as ISU went 73/10pl and got a 17 yd td pass with :27 left to lead 21-14. ISU went on a 59/10pl drive but was int’d at the 6 and BU went 62/11pl and on 4&1 were SOD at the 19. Trailing 28-14, BU was SOD at the ISU32 on 4&13. ISU opened it to 35-14 with BU going 74/8pl for a td with 6:14 left then after ISU fumbled at the BU26 the Bears went 45/7pl to the 26 but were int’d at the 13.

San Diego St started Adam Dingwell as Ryan Katz was lost for the season. Dingwell has piloted the previous week’s comeback win over Nevada. He hit 13-26-231 yds. SDS did finish with a 506-300 yd edge. UNLV took their opening drive 90/5pl for a 65 yd td run by Cornett, 6-0. SDS put together 64 and 86 yd drives for td’s and also fumbled at the UNLV27 and was int’d at the UNLV19 in the 1H and led 14-6 with a 277-166 yard edge. The Aztecs opened the 3Q with a 51/12pl drive for a td, 21-6. It was 24-13 when LV, after offensive pass interference, punted on 4&30 with 6:15 left and SDS went on a 62/14pl drive gaining 5 FD’s running out the clock.

Gene Chizik’s seat got a little hotter as Texas A&M just absolutely plastered Auburn. On 8 poss led by Johnny Manziel, A&M scored 7 td’s. The only time they didn’t score a td was the final drive of the half where on 2nd down they attempted a 48 yd FG with no time left and missed it. A&M had a 671-335 yd edge. Manziel hit 16-23-260 and ran for 90. Three RB’s topped 63 yds rushing. Auburn used 3 different QB’s who combined to hit 12-21 passes. While A&M was scoring a td on every drive, Auburn went 3&out on their first 3. It was 42-7 at the half and the Aggies rolled to a 63-21 embarrassing route of Auburn.

ULM only had a 420-360 yd edge vs South Alabama. Virginia transfer Ross Metheny hit 21-41-211 yds and Demetri Baker rushed for 115 for the Jaguars. ULM had a flat spot with a game vs their rival Louisiana on deck. They were int’d at the 1 on their 2nd drive and SOD at the SA28 on 3rd. They actually trailed 14-7 but scored td’s on the final 2 drives of the half to lead 21-14. The td’s both came in the final 1:27. SA took its 2nd 3Q drive 93/13pl for a td to tie it but ULM went 50/6pl for a td, 63/2pl for a td, 35/9pl for a 35 yd FG to lead 38-21 and won by 14.

It was a tough loss for FIU as they had a 342-289 yd edge. A couple of key plays actually had WKU win the game by more than a td. The first came on FIU’s first drive when they had an apparent 67 yd td pass from Times to Wright but as Wright was going into the EZ, he fumbled and it was recovered for a tb and they did not score. Leading 3-0, FIU went 59/8pl but on 1st Dn from the 35 they gained 15 yards but fumbled. FIU missed a 40 yd FG with 2:13 left 3Q, went on a 77/12pl drive and settled for a 39 yd FG to trail 7-6. The key play of the game happened with 2:24 left. FIU had taken over at their own 25 but on 3&11 was sk’d for an 11 yd loss. They used their first time-out and were going to punt it away with 2:44 left figuring to get the ball back but the punter dropped the snap and was tackled for an 11 yd loss back to the 6. WKU got a td 2pl later to amazingly go up by 8. FIU went 54/12 and was at the WKU21 but was sk’d on the final play.

Colorado St returned 2 int for td’s as both CSU and Hawaii had 5 turnovers each. UH had a 393-291 yd edge. While UH got a 12 yd FR td, CSU got a 76 yd PR td. UH returned an onside kick 33 yds to the 2 setting up a td and UH pulled within 28-21 at the half with UH having a 241-218 yd edge. UH blk’d a punt that led to a 43 yd FG and they pulled within 28-27 but with UH driving, down by 1 and at the CSU24, they were int’d and ret’d 76 yds for a td at the start of the 4Q, 35-27. Then with 1:17 left UH down 8, CSU got a 40 yd IR td on 4&13 to make it 42-27. UH’s final drive got to the CSU30 where they were int’d in the EZ on a Hail Mary pass.

San Jose St had a 28-10 FD edge and 571-303 yd edge vs Texas St. The Spartans opening drive went 65/11pl but they settled for a 20 yd FG. TS led 20-17 at the half. SJSt got a 78 yd td pass on its 2nd drive of the 3Q to go up 24-20 and would go 89/6pl, 78/9pl but the 2nd drive ended on an int in the EZ from the 5 with the Spartans up 31-20. SJSt ended the game at the TS18 yd line running out the clock.

SMU had a 24-9 FD edge and 487-202 yd edge vs Memphis. They actually only led 16-10 at the half. Memphis took their opening drive 52/13pl for a 39 yd FG, 16-13. Gilbert hit a 70 yd pass down to the 7 2pl later and SMU would get a td on the 75 yd drive then went 84/14pl, 37/1pl (after kick/catch interference), 82/9pl on their next 3 poss getting a td with :46 left to blow it open 34-14. Memphis fumbled the KO at their own 18 but SMU took a knee.

Middle Tennessee only had a 488-432 yd edge vs North Texas. Logan Kilgore hit 20-30-349 yards but the Blue Raiders led 24-0 at the half. Two WR’s in Anthony Amos (8-121) and Kyle Griswould (3-140) topped 100 yards. MT had a 4-0 turnover advantage and MT dominated the 1H with a 305-97 yd edge in their 24-0 lead. In fact, MT, leading 38-7 missed a 27 yd FG. After that, NT went 80/8pl, 49/8pl, 86/8pl and 48/6pl gaining 263 yards after having just 169 prior. During that span, MT would have just 45 yards.

Every year Navy and East Carolina have a wild scoring affair as both teams have completely different offenses which makes preparation for one another difficult. This happened again as Navy rolled up 563 yds to EC’s 335 and Navy had 512 yards rushing. Their previous meeting in Greenville was a 76-35 route for Navy. This time, the field was chewed up prior by Vandals then the weather system coming in had concerns of a muddy field but this was all offense as Navy rolled to a 56-28 win. In fact, leading 14-7 Navy was at the EC11 and was int’d at the 4 in the 2Q. The teams had 5 td’s on 8 poss in the 1H and Navy led 20-14. Navy then scored td’s on their first 5 poss of the 2H and at the end of the game, Navy, leading 56-28 got to the EC12 yard line where they ran out the clock.

Denard Robinson left the Michigan/Nebraska game with an injury. Taylor Martinez was hobbled by injury and Rex Burkhead DNP for the Huskers. Nebraska finished with a 326-188 yard edge and continues to have 2 different type of defenses. NU’s D at home, if you go to philsteele.com team pages, you will see that the Huskers in Green allowed 248 yards per game at home but in red, they allowed 484 yards per game on the road. Their offense did basically the same with 499 at home, 473 on the road. If you look under the individual game grade, NU plays to an average of 96.2 at home and only 80.3 on the road. Denard Robinson hurt his elbow late in the 1H and did not play in the 2H and Russell Bellomy hit a poor 3-16-38 and completed as many passes as the NU players with 3 int’s. He missed his first 10 passes. Ameer Abdullah rushed for 101 yards. NU reached the 50th year anniversary of their NCAA sellout streak selling out for the 323rd game in a row. Robinson went out with the ball at the NU8 and they would settle for a FG to trail 7-6. Martinez fumbled on one drive and was int’d on another and the Huskers would settle for a 19 yd FG to lead 10-6 then got 51 and 31 yd FG’s to up it to 16-6. UM got a 39 yd FG to pull within 16-9 after 3Q’s. After an int NU went 47/3 for a td then UM’s last gasp ended on an int in the EZ from the 28 with 6:54 left and the Huskers would get 4 FD’s on a 43/11pl drive running the clock out.

Mississippi St had their opportunities to keep it close vs Alabama but when you play in a game vs a team like the Tide, you cannot afford to blow scoring chances and they did indeed blow a few. Bama took their opening drive 59/9pl for a td. Equally impressive MSU went 41/8pl but they did settle for a 41 yd FG and Bama blocked it. The Tide scored td’s on their first 3 drives to lead 21-0 and it was 24-0 at the half with Bama having a 245-97 yd edge. Ladarius Perkins came in leading the SEC in rushing and was held to 38 yards on 15 carries. MSU’s D forced Bama to punt on 4 of 5 poss and took over at their own 2 and would drive 97/16 but on 2&gl from the 1 when they could have cut the lead to 17, Russell was int’d in the EZ. They forced another punt but the punt went just 19 yards and hit a man blocking in the back and Alabama rec’d and turned it into a td. Bama got another fumble and turned it into a 43 yd drive for a td, 38-0 in their 38-7 win.

A look at the scoreboard shows Louisiana Tech beat New Mexico St 28-14. A look at the stats shows them with a 430-405 yd edge but the game could have easily been a much bigger blowout. In the 1H, LT amazingly missed 40, 23, and 37 yd FG’s and only led 7-0 with a 262-159 yd edge. LT would score 2 td’s to go up 21-0 then went on an 84/14pl drive but was SOD on 4&gl at the 2. After an 83 yd td run they led 28-0 with 9:51 left and NMSt gained 59/5pl and 80/4pl for a pair of td’s, the latter with 2:06 left to make the stats deceiving.

Notre Dame showed they were for real by knocking off Oklahoma on the road. They rolled up 403 yards vs the Sooners tough defense and while Landry Jones hit 35-51-356, they held them to 13 points. There were a couple of key plays and if you look at the final score, you’d think the Irish won by 17 but it was much closer than that. OU fans striped the stadium with alternating sections of red and white and the Sooners fell to 79-5 at home under Stoops. Late in the 1H trailing 10-3 the Sooners got the first rushing td that ND had allowed all year on a 4 yd Bell td. When Bell was 9 yards deep in the EZ, the ref reached in his pocket and threw a flag on a holding penalty that was 8 yards behind the play with the flag hitting the turf as the Sooner players were already celebrating. That made OU settle for a 37 yd FG. The game was tied at 13 with a little over 5:00 left but ND got a 52 yd pass down to the 15 and would get a td. OU had a tipped pass int’d by Monte Hale with 4:27 left and got a 46 yd FG then OU was SOD on 4&4 at their own 20 and the Irish tacked on another td 3pl later. The Sooners got 2 td’s on the next drive but a 34 yd td pass to Stills was reviewed and marked down at the 1. A 1 yd td pass to Stills was called back for pass interference and a sack ended the game.

Troy’s K Will Scott had a 52 yard FG vs FAU which was the longest in school history. Prior to that Troy had a pair of 50 yard FG’s with Ted Clem and Michael Taylor. FAU did have a 27-17 FD edge but trailed 27-26. They converted on 3&8 with a 12 yd pass to the 33. After another FD, they got a 22 yd td pass with :17 left to pull out the win. FAU had scored on their first 2 drives of the game going 56/8pl and 72/8pl for td’s but it was 17-17 at the half as the Trojans scored a 20 yd td pass with 1:01 left in the half and after a fumble got a 1 yd td run with :29 left. Troy took its lead 27-26 on a 31 yd Southward run with 1:49 left.

Washington St had a 385-256 yard edge vs Stanford. SU had a couple of big plays. Trailing 7-3 they got a 70 yd td pass from Nunes to Patterson with 7:26 left 2Q. WSU was SOD at the SU32 on 4&4 and settled for a 24 yd FG at the end of the half to tie it at 10 but the Cougars had a 226-112 yard edge. SU opened the 3Q with a 78/13pl drive for a td, 17-10. The next 4 poss were punts and then SU got a 25 yd IR td with 10:43 left, 24-10. The Cougars went 75/12 and got a 10 yd td pass with 6:29 left forced a punt with 3:57 left and got to the SU23 but a personal foul sack forced a 4&21. They got a 25 yd pass and had a FD at the 9 but 2 sacks ended the game back at the 28.

Quincy McDuffie returned 2 KO’s for td’s for UCF and the Golden Knights dominated Marshall with a 568-364 yard edge. They led 47-10 after 3Q’s with McDuffie getting 97 and 98 yard KR’s. UCF led 27-3 when Marshall got a td with :26 left in the half then got a 98 yd KR to open the 3Q, an 82/7pl drive for a 20 yd td pass and a 75/5pl drive for a td, 47-10 with 3:26 left 3Q. They also put together an impressive 99/15 play drive when they took over with 12:24 left in the game. The drive ate up 10:10 and culminated with a 21 yard td run with 2:14 left in the 54-17 route.

Vanderbilt’s leading rusher Zac Stacy was injured early in the 1Q about 5:00 into the game. Frosh Brian Kimbrow had a 75 yd td run and rushed for 98 yards on 7 carries. Massachusetts was SOD on 4&1 at the VU9 and on 4&1 at the VU28, the latter with 5:20 left in the half in a 7-0 ball game. VU went 73/8pl for a td and recovered a fumble on the KO and went 24/3pl for a td, and just like that they led 21-0 at half with a 248-124 yd edge. VU opened it to 49-0 with a 40 yd IR td with 1:17 left in the 3Q. UMass finally had a 4th down pay off on 4&7 they got a 10 yd td pass with 5:52 left but on 4&23 fired incomplete with :51 left.

Utah did indeed smack Cal but Cal had a 441-344 yd edge. Reggie Dunn had two 100 yd KR for Utah. WR Keenan Allen became Cal’s all-time reception leader with 205. Cal opened with a 43/7pl drive settling for a 48 yd FG and Utah got a 100 yd KR for a td. 4 punts. Cal was int’d and returned 17 yards for a td. Cal went 58/7pl for a 38 yd FG and trailed 14-6 but at this point in the game, had a 4-2 FD edge. Utah would score on their final 2 drives of the half going 49/7pl and 54/13 the latter after an int to lead 28-6. Utah opened the 3Q with an 88/8pl drive for a td, 35-6 and coasted with Cal getting an 87/12pl drive for a td with 1:18 left.

Sean Mannion in his first game back from injury, looked rusty hitting 18-34-221 yards but most importantly had 4 int’s and he was pulled after the 4th. He had 2 crucial int’s in the 1H and 2 more in the 2H. Oregon St was int’d in the EZ down 3-0 in the 2Q. OSU was SOD on 4&8 at the Washington27 with :40 left in the half then to open the 3Q on 4&5 at the UW28 again. OSU tied it 10-10 after 3Q but Mannion was int’d at the UW47 and on the next drive was int’d and UW drove 30/2pl for a td with 8:19 left for the lead. Cody Vaz led a 76/7pl drive for a td to tie it but UW on 3&7 got a 19 yd pass and PF down to the 18 and got a 30 yd FG with 1:20 left for the lead. OSU36 got to the UW38 but on 4&19 fired incomplete.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/nathan.moore.98434 Nathan Moore

    Sorry, but I have to quibble with one line in your recap of Notre Dame at Oklahoma:

    “When Bell was 9 yards deep in the EZ, the ref reached in his pocket and
    threw a flag on a holding penalty that was 8 yards behind the play…”

    The replay shows that the hold was actually right at the point of attack, and that everyone was late in noticing the flag, but the ref was not late in throwing it:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbPtXXUWlgo

  • Phil Steele

    Nathan,
    You are correct. On Saturdays I have 12 TV’s going and I collect the games at halftime that my employees are charting so I can start going over the 1H of the game. At that point they had not done the slow motion highlighted replay showing the flag being thrown at the POA. In fact it wasn’t until after the game that I saw that specific breakdown as I was also working on finishing the 2H of the earlier games for this blog. But you are right the flag was not a late flag it was just unnoticed by all of us and did take an all-important td off the board (see scoring before the half in some of my previous blogs and how that can change the entire course of the game).

    Thanks, Phil