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Week 14 News & Notes – Part 1

December 2nd, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

Jordan Lynch broke his own FBS rushing record for QB’s with 321 yards and Northern Illinois had its first unbeaten regular season in 50 years. With temps in the teens, occasional snow fall and winds, NIU beat 1-10 Western Michigan 33-14. There were 17 seniors, including Lynch, playing their final home game. NIU took its opening possession 52/11pl but would miss a 34 yard FG. They took their 2nd possession 80/8pl and got a 10 yard td pass, 7-0. WMU surprisingly went 63/12pl for a td to tie it with 11:09 left in the half, 7-7. NIU went 75/6 and 77/5pl for td’s on its next 2 drives to go up 20-7 with 7:31 left in the half. After NIU punted 16 yards, WMU missed a 42 yard FG with 1:41 left and had a 37 yarder blocked on the final play of half. At the half NIU only had a 315-188 yard edge. WMU opened the 3Q with a 21/3pl drive but on 4&1 was SOD at the NIU26. NIU went 68/10pl but settled for a 23 yard FG with 5:30 left in the 3Q. WMU fumbled at its own 30 but forced a punt on 4&15. After an 8 yard PR, NIU got a 37 yard td run by Lynch, 30-7. After a 23 yard PR they started at the WM39 on the first play of the 4Q and got a 32 yard FG with 12:52 left. WMU went 53/12pl getting a 1 yard td run with 4:40 left to make it 33-14. NIU got 2 FD’s and took a knee at its own 42.

Dak Prescott had a nerve injury to his non-throwing arm and missed the last 2 games. He was doubtful to play vs Ole Miss. Frosh Damian Williams, who is the 3rd string QB, made his first career start with backup Tyler Russell out. He hit just 8-18-82 with an interception. Mississippi St probably saved Dan Mullen’s job as he’s now beaten his rival 4 of the last 5 years and got them to a bowl game despite a brutal schedule. This game was played on Thanksgiving Day and Prescott came off the bench in the 4Q to guide the win. The Rebels were intercepted at midfield on their first possession, went 87/13pl on their 2nd but settled for and missed a 27 yard FG. Ole Miss’ 4th possession started at its own 8 and they were intercepted but on the return, MSU tried a lateral and fumbled it right back at the 5. UM got 1 FD then was intercepted at its own 30 with 4:00 left in the half. MSU went 30/6pl and got a td to go up 7-0. Each team punted and UM blocked a punt and recovered in the EZ for a td with :26 left in the half. At the half UM had a 132-104 yard edge. UM opened the 3Q with an 81/17pl drive but settled for a 22 yard FG. Six punts. MSU went 43/6pl getting to the UM37 but was intercepted at the 7 and returned 25 yards. Three punts. MSU went 54/13pl and settled for a 36 yard FG with 1:59 left to tie. UM punted and MSU went 45/10pl with Prescott at QB on his 3rd series but missed a 39 yard FG on the final play of regulation. In OT, MSU, after getting 1 FD opted to go for it on 4&1 and got a 3 yard td run by Prescott. UM got 1 FD to the 11. Then Wallace took off and headed for the game-tying td but fumbled into the EZ for a TB. UM had a 318-296 yard edge but lost and Prescott was 11-20-115 yards and 29 yards rushing.

Texas sacked Texas Tech’s QB’s nine times for 59 yards with Jackson Jeffcoat getting 3 sacks. Texas moved to 7-1 in the Big 12 and could get a tie for the Big 12 title with a win this week over Baylor. UT actually had more control in this game than the score would indicate at the half. They led 20-10 but TT’s only scores came on a fake punt by Ryan Erxleben who ran 51 yards for a td to lead 7-0. At the end of the half with UT leading 20-7, TT went 3&out but roughing the P gave them a FD. Four plays later on 3&11 they fired incomplete but a late hit roughing the QB penalty gave them another FD and they would get a 32 yard FG. Because of the 2 drive saving penalties they only trailed 20-10. Each team fumbled to open the 3Q then UT went 51/8pl for a td. Two punts. TT was sacked and fumbled at the UT29 and TT went 71/10pl for a td on the first play of the 4Q, 34-10. UT fumbled at the TT22 on its next drive and then TT went 78/7pl getting a 4&6, 11 yard td pass to pull within 34-16. UT went 81/14pl and got a 4&1, 1 yard td run by Tyrone Swoopes for the 41-16 final.

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Week 12 News & Notes – Part 1

November 18th, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

Toledo’s Kareem Hunt filled in ably with 186 yds rushing and 6.2 ypc. The final score and box score were a little misleading as Buffalo only lost by 10 and finished with 27-22 FD and 601-551 yd edges. The fact is that UT led this one 31-0 at half and 38-14 after 3Q’s and was in complete control and UB did most of its damage late with 27 points in the 4Q helping them get the yardage edge and only lose by 10. UB RB Branden Oliver did top 100 yds for the 6th straight game and Alex Neutz had 168 yds on 8 receptions (21.0) for the Bulls. Joe Licata hit 36-58-497 with a 4-0 ratio while UT’s Terrance Owens hit 11-20-228. UT went 72/3, 73/9 and 60/2pl (53 yd td run) to lead 21-0 after 3 possessions. Each team was SOD and UT went 69/11pl for a td. UT punted twice but then recovered a fumble at the UB8 with :02 left in the half and got a 32 yd FG on the 1H’s final play. At the half UT had a 350-140 yd edge. UT opened the 3Q with a 64/2pl drive. After Bernard Reedy’s 56 yd td reception, TU led 38-0 with a 414-140 yd edge. UB then went 64/5 and 90/8pl for a pair of td’s to get back to 38-14 after 3Q’s. UT got a 42 yd FG with 11:59 left to lead 41-14 and UB went 72/7 and 71/10pl for td’s, 48-28. The Bulls recovered an onside kick and went 53/6pl for a td with 5:26 left, 48-35. UT recovered the onside kick and returned it to the 8 and got a 22 yd FG with 3:00 left. UB went 65/12pl getting a td with :48 left and UT recovered the onside kick.

Bowling Green’s victory over Ohio set up an Eastern Division showdown with Buffalo on Friday, November 29th. While Anthon Samuel was considered a big loss for BG when he decided not to return, Travis Greene has actually been an upgrade at the RB spot. Greene rushed for 149 yds (6.8) and has over 1,000 yards already this year. Matt Johnson took over the starting QB job this year from Matt Schilz and has done great hitting 66% with a 14-5 ratio. As you can tell by the final score, BG was dominant. They went 54/2pl for a td, 7-0. After OU was stopped on a fake punt at its 32, got a 32 yd td pass, then went 72/11 and 61/9pl for td’s and led 28-0 after their first 4 possessions. They were intercepted at the OU43 on their 5th but after recovering a fumble went 60/8pl for a td to lead 35-0 at the half with a commanding 333-50 yd edge. BG opened the 3Q with a 73/4pl drive capped by a 57 yd td pass, 42-0 and finished with 460-172 yd and 20-9 FD edges. OU’s only 2 scoring threats in the 2H came on a 60/12pl drive that ended on an interception that was returned 82 yds which set up a BG td. The other threat came on the Bobcats’ their last drive which went 47/13pl but on 4&9 they were SOD at the BG25. They only got 1 FD on their other 4 drives of the 2H.

Sixteen seniors played their final home game for Kent St on Senior Day and KSU had a dominating 447-176 yd edge along with a 21-10 FD edge over Miami, OH. KS took a gamble in its opening drive, faking a punt from its own 31, but was stopped. MU got a FD at the 18 but settled for a 33 yd FG and a 3-0 lead. KS went 61/9pl capped by a 2 yd td run. MU, 2 possessions later, went 40/8pl but fumbled at the KS18. Each team went on a long drive with KS getting a 1 yd td run while MU settled for a 28 yd FG (after having a 1&gl) and trailed 14-6. At the half KS only had a 197-144 yd edge. KS was SOD at the MU29 on its opening 3Q drive, but 2 possessions later went 53/3pl for a td, 21-6. Two possessions later the Flashes went 66/10pl and finished with a 23 yd FG, 24-6. The RedHawks had 1 FD on their first five 2H possessions and on their 6th were intercepted at their own 43. KS got down to the 1 yard line but fumbled with :59 left in their 24-6 win.

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Week 10 News & Notes – Part 1

November 4th, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

Rice had a 20-13 FD edge vs North Texas, a 355-253 yard edge but 2 return td’s were key here as well as Rice not having success in the redzone. Dan McCarney, NT’s HC, points out while that they just became bowl eligible for the first time since 2004, that they had not landed a bowl spot yet. The 1Q had 9 pts and none scored by the offense. The first 4 possessions of the game were punts and NT was back at their own 17. On 4&3 from the 24, the snap went over the P’s head and he was tackled in the EZ for a safety. Rice, after the free kick, got a 20 yard pass to the NT44 but on the next play, fumbled and NT’s outstanding LB Zach Orr returned it 55 yards for a td, 7-2 with :41 left in the quarter. The Owls did go 75/5 then 88/6pl for td’s on their next 2 possessions and seemed in control, 16-7 with 9:06 left in the 2Q. NT went 74/8pl and Antoinne Jimmerson’s 42 yard td run on 3&2 made it 16-14 then 4pl later Brelan Chancellor returned a punt 65 yards for a td, 21-16 and within 1:35 NT had 2 td’s and the lead. Rice was SOD at the NT37 with :39 left in the 1H trailing 21-16 but did have a 254-130 yard edge. Rice was intercepted on its second 3Q possession at the NT17 and NT went 76/3pl for a td, 28-16. There were 3 punts then NT was intercepted at the R49. Rice got 3 FD’s. Rice got a 23 yard pass down to the 1 yard line of NT. On 4&2 defensive holding gave them a FD but on 4&2 they were tackled for an 11 yard loss and were SOD with 8:26 left. Eight plays inside the 6 but no points. NT got 1 FD and punted with 5:28 left and Rice took over at the NT48. On 4&1 they got a 3 yard run, added another FD to the NT24, but were intercepted at the 4 with 1:54 left and NT ran out the clock. NT QB Derek Thompson hit just 7-13-104 and Tyler McHargue hit 18-28-222.

Mike White of USF made his first career start and had an impressive game. He hit 26-41 for 311 yards sparking a Bulls offense that had not scored an offensive td the previous 3 games. Houston appeared like they would win easily. On the first play of the game they had a 49 yard pass to Deontay Greenberry and 2pl later got a 6 yard td pass for a quick 7-0 lead. USF did get a 41 yard PR to the UH32 and would get a 39 yard FG but UH went 93/14pl for a td to go up 14-3 and with USF’s offense struggling, it appeared this would be a route. USF on 3&7 got a 31 yard pass and would continue on a 77/9pl drive for a td to get back to 14-10. UH struck quickly again as they often do bringing in backup QB Greg Ward who hit a 30 yard pass on his first play and they went 55/4pl for another quick td, 21-10. UH was SOD at the USF36 on 4&1 with 2:35 left in the half so they only led 21-10 and actually only had 276-200 yard edge. UH got 2 big plays to open the 3Q: a 20 yard pass got them to midfield then a Ryan Jackson 36 yard run. As he was heading to the EZ he was brought down at the 4, and the ball squirted loose into the EZ. UH, which would have gone up 28-10, was now on defense. USF went 49/9pl and nailed a 50 yard FG and I was very impressed with Marvin Kloss who effortlessly hit 50 and 49 yard FG in this game. UH recovered an onside kick and on 2&10 got a 48 yard td pass to Greenberry, 28-13. USF went 44/8pl and got a 49 yard FG, 28-16. UH went 3&out and USF went 75/14pl. On 4&2 they got a 2 yard td pass and shockingly it was 28-23. UH got 1 FD and punted and USF got 2 FD’s to the UH27. On the key play of the game on 3&10 they threw a pass at the right pylon of the EZ for a td but the ref never signalled td as he was reaching for his flag for offensive PI as the WR had pushed off. On the next play, on 3&25, White was sacked and fumbled at midfield. UH went 50/7pl for a td with 1:40 left to ice it. USF was intercepted 4pl later on 4&4 from its own 32 and UH, at the USF46, took a knee.

Memphis did drop a lot of passes vs Cincinnati but the Bearcats dominated statistically with 25-15 FD and 437-232 yard edges. UC took its opening drive 61/9pl but on 4&1 was SOD at the UM14. After an exchange of punts, UM got a 32 yard PR and PF to start at the UC28. On 4&1 UM tossed an 11 yard pass to the 8 and a td 3pl later on 3&7 made it 7-0. UC went 75/9pl for a td. 2 punts. UM4 got 1 FD and fumbled and UC would go 19/1pl for a td, 14-7. After a 35 yard PR and PF UC started at the UM13 but missed a 44 yard FG with :49 left in the half on 4&24. At the half UC only led 14-7 with a 218-58 yard edge. UC opened the 3Q with a 69/11pl drive for a td, 21-7. The Tigers went for it on 4&1 on their own side of the field and converted and later on 4&1 at the UC10 for another FD. They got a 7 yard td pass on the next play to make it 21-14 (4:23). UC went 61/12pl but on 3&gl from the 4, was intercepted in the EZ. After each team punted, UM was intercepted at its own 25 and UC went 25/3pl for a td, 27-14. UM got 1 FD converted on 4&4 for a FD then on 3&6, a 31 yard td run by Brandon Hayes capped the 78/9pl drive with 5:08 left and UM was back within 6. UC’s goal was to run the clock and they took over at their own 29. Pass interference gave them a FD. On 3&4 another FD on a 16 yard pass. On 3&6 they gained 6 yards plus a roughing call got them down to the 6 and they actually punched in a 3 yard td run capping a 61/9pl drive with 1:26 left. UM fired incomplete on 4&4 at its own 41 and UC took a knee. Brendon Kay hit 27-35-321 while UM’s Paxton Lynch hit 17-33-140 but did suffer some drops. Read more…

Week 9 News & Notes – Part 1

October 28th, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

Louisiana was very impressive for the second week in a row, even though they were on the road. They had a 26-10 FD edge and 470-168 yard edge. Arkansas St’s Adam Kennedy was held to 11-20 passing for 89 yards while Louisiana’s Terrance Broadway, a week after they mostly ran the ball, hit 18-28-205. ASU was intercepted on its first drive and UL went 31/8pl for a 36 yard FG then went 77/12pl and 86/6pl for a td’s, 17-0 (10:44 2Q). UL was intercepted at the 39 on its next poss and ASU went 39/6pl for a td to get back in it, 17-7. UL got off a 9 yard punt and ASU took over at its 40 but on 4&2 with 1:04 left in the half fired incomplete and UL went 57/8pl and got a 38 yard FG, 20-7 at the half and had a 271-99 yard edge. UL went 73/14pl but missed a 28 yard FG then showing their domination went 73/12pl but settled for a 30 yard FG to lead 23-7. Each team punted 3x’s and UL took over with 8:54 left and put together an 80/17pl drive taking a knee at the ASU16 at the end. UL’s Elijah McGuire rushed for 110 yards and Alonzo Harris for 105.

Marshall/Middle Tennessee had one of the year’s more exciting games. As you would expect, the teams’ 51-49 final meant they traded scores often. MT did get a blocked punt for a td to take a 14-7 lead with 5:13 left in the 2Q. With 1:29 left in the half, MT got a 13 yard PR and drove 66/7pl for a td to tie at 21. MU got to midfield but was intercepted in the EZ on a Hail Mary. The first 3 poss of the 3Q were all td’s but then Marshall, on 4&5, went for it and was tackled for a 14 yard loss. They allowed a 37 yard FG but got an 81 yard KR and drove 17/4pl for a td, 38-35. Both went on long td drives, 45-42. A 37 yard PR set up MU for a 44/8pl drive for a td with 2:29 left and they led 49-45. MU dropped 2 int’s on the final drive. MT converted on 3&12 with a 24 yard pass then on 4&5 with an 18 yard pass. With :03 left from the 9, Kilgore hit Jefferson in the EZ for the td and they didn’t even attempt the xp. MT did finish with a 585-448 yard edge as MT’s D held Rakeem Cato to 19-35-235

Mississippi St came into the Kentucky game with the gameplan of using both QB’s but Tyler Russell sprained his ankle on the first series and did not return. Dak Prescott hit 23-34-268 yards while rushing 16 times for 33 yards and also catching a td pass of 17 yards. MSU S Nickoe Whitley was ejected in the 2Q after his 2nd PF call in a 4pl span. MSU finished with a 447-325 yard edge but failed to put Kentucky away. After a UK punt to open the teams would drive for td’s on the next 3 poss. MSU led 14-7. UK missed a 47 yard FG and MSU appeared on their way to a route with a 63/10pl drive for a td with 10:14 left in the half, 21-7. MSU punted with 2:50 left in the half and UK went 52/9pl getting a 45 yard FG with :31 left. MSU missed a 47 yard FG on the final play of the half. They had a 296-202 yard edge and led 21-10. The first 3 poss of the 3Q opened with punts but MSU’s P mishandled the snap for a safety and after the free kick UK went 52/5pl for a td and shockingly it was back to 21-19. MSU went 74/7pl and handed off on a jet sweep to Lewis who threw a pass to QB Prescott for the td up 17 yards, 28-19. After an exchange of punts, UK took over at the MSU44, converting on 4&2 and would get a 44 yard FG with 8:15 left. MSU went on a 32/13pl drive with 3 FD’s but on 4&9 opted to go for it and threw inc with 2:08 left. UK had a shot at the win getting 2 FD’s to the MSU32 but on 4&7 from the 29, fired incomplete. Maxwell Smith hit 18-34-160 and Jalen Whitlow was questionable coming in. Read more…

College Surprise Fantasy POW – Week 9

October 24th, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

 

My QB’s of the Week

Stephen Morris, Miami • Brayle Brown, ULM • Maty Mauk, Missouri

QB Stephen Morris (Miami, FL) – While Stephen Morris threw 4 interceptions in last week’s matchup against UNC, he did surpass the 300 yard mark for a 2nd consecutive week. As far as the 4 interceptions go, he had just a total of 4 coming in so this was a bit of an aberration in our opinion. Next up is a meeting with a WF defense that has surrendered an avg of 336 ypg in the air over their past 3 contests. Look for Morris to reach that 300 yard plateau once again minus the abundance of turnovers.

QB Brayle Brown (ULM) – With defending SBC Player of the year Colton Browing expected to miss this weekend, Brayle Brown is the epitome of a Surprise Fantasy selection against Georgia St despite his 1-6 ratio on the year. The Panthers have surrendered 515 ypg against their FBS opponents so another dismal performance should be expected with Brown leading the way for ULM.

QB Maty Mauk (Missouri) – No James Franklin? No problem for MO as frosh Maty Mauk has proven to be a solid asset during his short term under center. After a 295 yd, 2 total td outing last week against Florida, Mauk and company now take on a South Carolina squad off an upset loss to Tennessee and playing their 3rd straight SEC game away from home. The Gamecocks are allowing 384 ypg on the road in 2013 and we believe that Mizzou’s offense will once again flourish this weekend. Read more…

Week 8 News & Notes – Part 1

October 21st, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

WKU had a dominating 1H vs Louisiana with a 249-81 yard edge but the game was tied at 13. The key play of the game happened with WKU up 10-0 and having a 4&gl at the 1 yard line. They opted to go for it and the QB, under pressure, forced the ball into the EZ and was not only intercepted, but returned 99 yards for a td and instead of taking a 17-0 lead, WKU only led 10-7. WKU’s next drive ended on a 4&9 fumble at the UL29 and it was returned 45 yards to the 35 setting up a UL td. In the 2H UL turned it over to the run game. They ran 15 times on their opening drive of 3Q but settled for a 23 yard FG. On their next possession, they did pass twice on an 80/9pl drive for a td which put them up 23-13. WKU was SOD on 4&2 at the UL24 with 13:33 left, fumbled at its own 24 and on the next play UL got a 24 yard td pass, 30-13. Each team went on a long td drive to make it 37-20 with 2:37 left and WKU was SOD at its own 35 with 1:17 left. Terrance Broadway hit just 5-10-90 but UL piled up a 254-133 rush edge. Brandon Doughty was injured in the game and Nelson Fishback replaced him and hit 5-6-78 but Doughty did return and finished 18-23-260.

Miami, Fl came into North Carolina undefeated. Miami did put up 556 yards offense while UNC piled up 500 yards offense. In fact, at the half the two teams had 579 yards of offense but had combined for only 30 points. UM suffered 2 big injuries. RB Duke Johnson had 83 yards on 8 carries but then went out (for the game) with injury. Leading receiver, Phillip Dorsett, had 2 catches for 68 yards but then he too was lost (likely out at least a month). Both teams blew numerous opportunities in the redzone. Miami trailed almost the entire game including being down by 10 in the 4Q. UNC was intercepted in the EZ on its 2nd possession. UM went on a 76/10pl drive but settled for a 22 yard FG. Trailing 7-3, the Canes went 72/7pl and again settled for a 20 yard FG after a 1&gl. Two possessions later UNC had a 47 yard FG blocked and UM returned it 67 yards for a td to lead 13-7. UNC drove 71/7pl for a td and UM got down to the UNC32 but was intercepted at the 1. That would set up UNC for a 60/12pl drive but at the 8 they settled for a 25 yard FG to lead 17-13 at the half. UM opened the 3Q with a 54/6pl drive and missed a 43 yard FG. The Tar Heels went 56/10pl and had a FD at the 11 but a clip forced them into a 35 yard FG, 20-13. UM was intercepted at the UNC20 and the Heels drove 76/12pl, but after a 1&gl at the 9, settled for a 21 yard FG to lead 23-13 leaving UM in the game. UM went 75/7pl for a td with 11:29 left and was intercepted at midfield but UNC was then intercepted at the UM11 with 7:51 left. After an exchange of punts, UM took over at its 10 with 4:11 left and went 90/13pl getting a 3 yard td run with :16 left. UNC got to the UM28 and a pass into the EZ was in both hands of Quinshad Davis, but he couldn’t come down with it. When I released my Midseason All-American team prior to the game, I was the first source to list Eric Ebron as a 1st Tm All-American TE and had did not disappoint with 199 yards on 8 catches. Dallas Crawford, filling for in the injured Johnson, was not quite as explosive but did have 137 yards on 33 carries (4.1). Read more…

Week 7 News & Notes – Part 2

October 15th, 2013 7 comments

By Phil Steele

Stanford is an academic institution and this is the week of their midterm exams which is usually a tough week for them (correction – it is not, in fact, their midterm week). It was the first time a top 5 team had lost all season long. SU was off a big effort the previous week vs Washington and traveling, so the situation favored Utah. It was the first time in school history that Utah would knock off a top 5 program at Rice-Eccles Stadium. They had beaten #4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl in ‘08. Ty Montgomery did it again, this time with a 100 yard KR td for the Cardinal, but Utah had 22-13 FD and 415-389 yard edges. Montgomery joins Bob Bryan (1950 vs San Francisco) and Damon Dunn (1994 vs Arizona St) as the only Stanford players with 100-yard KR’s in their history. Travis Wilson hit 23-34-234 for Utah. Things started well for the Cardinal as their first drive went 75/7pl for a td. They allowed a 75/8pl td drive, but then Montgomery’s 100-yard KR td made it 14-7 mid-1Q. Utah tied it with :10 left in the quarter at the end of a 79/10pl drive, then 2 possessions later went 99/11pl capped by a 3 yard td run to make it 21-14. Utah had a 301-199 yard edge at the half. Each team turned it over to open the 3Q. Utah went 47/10pl for a 23 yard FG, then, after Kevin Hogan was sacked and fumbled, Utah drove 2 yards for a 48 yard FG and a 27-14 lead. SU had a chance to avoid the upset. They went 52/5pl for a td with 9:22 left, forced a punt with 7:53 left, and went on their apparent game winning drive. They started at their 12 and went 82/13pl, but on 4&2 from the 6 fired incomplete.

There were times while I was watching the Troy/Georgia St game it appeared GSt was on their way to an upset. As it turned out, Troy finished with 634-422 yard and 29-23 FD edges and was able to escape with the road win over a winless Panthers’ team. It was 7-7 after 1Q. Troy, leading 14-7, had a 4&2 at the 4 but was intercepted in the EZ with 5:25 left in the half. On their last drive of the half, they got to the GS38 but fired incomplete with :03 left on 4&6. Troy turned it over on its first 2 possessions of the 3Q and GSt went 43/7pl for a td to tie it at 14-14. Troy’s 3rd possession ended in a blocked punt and GSt got a 31 yard td pass following that for a shocking 21-14 lead. Troy would go 62/6pl for a td to tie, but then GSt went 48/5pl for a td and the lead at the start of the 4Q, 28-21. Troy needed to go 75/13pl for a td with 9:14 left to tie. They punted on their next possession with 6:13 left and GSt got to the T45, but on 2&12 was intercepted and returned 20 yards. Troy went 63/2pl and got a 54 yard td pass to Williams with 3:17 left to escape with the win. GSt punted with 1:57 left on 4&15 and Troy got 1 FD and took a knee. Read more…

Week 6 News & Notes – Part 1

October 7th, 2013 3 comments

By Phil Steele

The story of the Utah/UCLA game was 6 interceptions by Travis Wilson although not all 6 were his fault. He hit 22-44-288 and there were some dropped passes. As it was, even with the 6-2 TO deficit, Utah, down 7, had a review on a possible td pass when the receiver caught the ball and clipped the pylon but his foot was not down inbounds. On 4&10 they were intercepted at the UCLA12. Utah did have a 14-7 lead in the 1Q in a game played in temps in the 40’s. It was 24-24 early 4Q but UCLA got a 36 yard td run with 3:33 left to go up by 10. Utah got a 37 yard FG with 2:04 left and recovered the onside kick. After the review, Wilson was intercepted at the 12 and returned 43 yards with :16 left. UCLA only had a 404-387 yard edge and Utah a 22-20 FD edge.

San Diego St/Nevada was a game of momentum shifts. It was good to see Cody Fajardo back in the lineup for UN. He hit 33-51-393. SDSt’s Adam Muema also appears to be getting back into form after not being 100% earlier in the year. He rushed for 134 yards on 24 carries. Quinn Kaehler hit 23-32-286. UN led 17-14 and was punting with :46 left in the half. However, the snap went through the P’s hands, who then kicked it out of the endzone for a safety and then following the free kick, SDSt went 64/6pl with a 25 yard td pass with :09 left to lead 23-17. The appeared to have the game wrapped up leading 44-30 when they missed a 39 yard FG with 10:36 left. UN would then regain momentum going 78/14pl for a td with 6:26 left to get back within 7 and then SDSt went for it on 4&5 and fired incomplete at the UN40 with 3:13 left. UN went 60/6pl for a 5 yard td pass with 1:38 left, 44-44. In OT SDSt got a13 yard td pass on 3&9 and UN, on 4&11, fired incomplete.

The key story of the BYU/Utah St game was the Aggies losing starting QB Chuckie Keeton (out for year) with 3:50 left in the 1Q. Keeton had only hit 4-10-26 yards. Craig Harrison replaced him and hit 18-41-185. Keeton had 17 yards rushing, Harrison finished with 6 carries for 38 yards. Keeton’s first pass of the game was intercepted by Kyle Van Noy and returned 17 yards for a td. BYU led 17-7 at the half but with only a 189-187 yard edge. They extended it to 31-7 after 3Q’s. The Aggies were SOD at the BYU21 with 12:47 left but then took over with 5:53 left and went 88/11pl capped by an 8 yard garbage td pass with 1:34 left to skew the stats as they were only outgained 438-397 thanks to that drive.

The Texas/Iowa St game was controversial with HC Paul Rhoads holding an irate press conference over the apparent fumble by Texas near the goal line. ISt did finish with a 463-363 yard edge. There were numerous momentum changes in this game. UT got a 44-yard Hail Mary just before the half to lead 17-13. In the 3Q, on ISt’s 2nd drive, the Cyclones were pinned at their own 2 but on 3&9, got a 97 yard Richardson-to-Bundrage td pass. UT retook the lead, 24-20, but then fumbled early 4Q, setting up an ISt 37/3pl drive and UT trailed 27-24. ISt had a chance to put it away as they had a FD at the UT13 but on 3&3 fired incomplete and settled for a 29 yard FG leaving the Horns in the game. UT, on 3&8, got a pass interference which gave them a FD at the 2. On the next play, RB Johnathan Gray was ruled down but the ISt DL had taken the ball out of his hands and started running down the field. Replays were inconclusive and the play stood. On the next down, he fumbled again, but got it back himself scraping the ball off the goal line. A Case McCoy QB sneak gave UT a 31-30 lead and ISt was intercepted on 3&4 at its own 42. ISt came into the game the least penalized team in the league but had 10 penalties for 118 yards, while the Horns had 6 for 62. Sam B. Richardson appears to get healthier each week and hit 16-26-262 while also rushing for 83 yards with many key 3rd down runs keeping drives alive.

The key story for ULM/WKU game actually took place before the game even started. ULM had lost 4th year starting Sr QB Kolton Browning to injury in the previous game. Brayle Brown got his first start and did well hitting 21-40-275 but only had 5 yards rushing on 4 carries whereas Browning is more of a dual-threat QB. Last week WKU played as many as 4 QB’s. Here, Brandon Doughty played the entire game hitting 24-36-370. WKU had a 530-391 yard edge. Leading 14-10 WKU had a 1&gl at the 1 with :03 left in the half and opted to go for the td but was stuffed. ULM failed to capitalize on the momentum after returning from the break and WKU opened the 3Q going 80/7pl and then, after a 25 yard PR, 41/8pl for a td and a 22 yard FG to lead 24-10. Two possessions later they went 89/14pl for a td, 31-10 and ULM’s last 2 drives ended on a SOD at the WKU37 and an interception at the WKU23. They also fumbled a punt at their own 12 with 2:09 left. Read more…

Week 5 News & Notes – Part 1 and 2

October 1st, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

Our apologies for not having part 1 posted on this site yesterday. There was a little problem with our interactive blog and an attempted hacking. It looks like all is resolved now though, so here are both sets of News & Notes for this week.

Thanks – The Phil Steele Team

Part 1 (posted Monday)

Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas had a fine night hitting 19-25-225 despite coming in completing less than 50% of his passes. Georgia Tech’s rush offense ranked #4 in the country, but was held to 129 yards – more than 200 below the season average – by an outstanding VT D despite the fact that VT had a short practice week to defend the option. The active VT def front controlled their O-line during the game. VT forced an early fumble and drove 27/pl for a td then got an interception at its own 13 mid-1Q. VT took its 3rd drive 91/10pl for a td and a 14-0 lead and it was 14-3 at half with VT having a 181-160 yard edge. GT got a big 3&8, 40 yard pass on the opening drive of the 3Q and would go 82/14pl including an unnecessary VT pass interference in the endzone on 3&gl from the 10. VT punted but then went 26/8pl for a 39 yard FG to go up by 7. The Yellow Jackets went for it on 4&2 at their own 34 and were stopped but the Hokies, after 1 FD, missed a chipshot 25 yard FG which could have clinched it. After each team punted, GT would get to midfield but on 4&13, was intercepted from its own 42 with 1:06 left.

Tulsa’s Cody Green hit 18-31-237 vs Iowa St but lost control on a couple of exchanges with the RB and also dropped the ball while attempting to pass and had an interception. He was replaced on the 3rd series of the 3Q by Dane Evans who hit 8-18-51. Evans QB’d 3 drives but then Green came off the bench with the team down 31-14 and guided Tulsa 75/9pl for a td. His next drive ended on an interception at the TU35 setting up Iowa St’s clinching 26/6pl drive capped by a td run which came on 4&1. This appeared to be a low scoring battle as it was 7-0 mid-2Q but TU went 69/8pl for a td with 4:58 left in the half to tie it at 7. After a Cyclones’ punt, the Golden Hurricane went 61/5pl for a 9 yard td pass with 1:33 left, 14-7. Then the Cyclones went 66/8pl and on 3&7 got a 10 yard td pass with :15 left in the half to make it 14-14. At the end, Green’s interception had set up Iowa St with 3:44 left. The Cyclones got 1 FD then on 4&1 a 3 yard td run made the final 38-21 (59 points). Iowa St had 25-22 FD and 434-374 yard edges and Sam B. Richardson, while still not 100%, hit 26-41-255 and rushed for 25 yards on 14 carries.

BYU only ran 8 plays in the 1Q as Middle Tenn had almost 12:00 TOP. Both showed explosive return games with MT taking the opening KO 50 yards to the BYU40, setting up a 42 yard FG and BYU getting a 90 yard KR to the 5 setting up a 3&gl, 12 yard td run by Taysom Hill, 7-3. BYU fumbled the punt at its own 24 and MT converted on 4&1 then on 3&gl from the 16 for a td to lead 10-7. BYU went 51/9pl but on 1&gl at the 3 fumbled. After MT was tackled for a safety, BYU went 74/5pl but on 2&6 from the 6, Michael Alisa fumbled into the endzone for a touchback costing BYU its 2nd score. BYU would get a 50 yard td run by Hill and a 67/7pl drive for a 2 yard td run with :15 left in the half, 23-10. BYU opened the 3Q with a 60/12pl drive to take command, 30-10. MT was SOD at the BYU41 and BYU got a 71 yard PR td with :28 left in the 3Q, 37-10. BYU fumbled the 2nd punt at the MT49 but the D forced a 3&out. BYU was intercepted 2pl later at their own 12 but MT was intercepted in the endzone with 12:14 left. MT went 73/12pl and on 4&1 was SOD at the BYU7 with 5:17 left. The Cougars went 43/8pl and ran out the clock and finished with a commanding 486-212 yard edge.

It’s surprising that the Utah St/San Jose St game only had 52 total points in it. Last week the high for FD’s for the week in an FBS vs FBS game was 50 FD’s. In this game USt had 32 FD’s and SJSt 28 for a total of 60, yet the 2 would combine for just 52 points despite nearly 1,000 yards offense. The Aggies went on a 75/10pl drive to open for a td and the Spartans went 69/14 for a 31 yard FG, 7-3. USt went 80/7pl and 73/12pl, the first for a td but after a 1&gl at the 4 they settled for a short FG. SJSt went on a 66/11pl drive and after a 1&gl at the 7, settled for a 26 yard FG. The Aggies went 82/9pl but settled for a 24 yard FG also inside the 10. SJSt went on a 61/5pl drive and missed a 42 yard FG and USt had a 321-207 yard edge at the half yet the score was just 23-6. The Spartans went 57/16pl but on 3&gl from the 1 fumbled and it was returned 24 yards. USt went 75/12pl for a td to lead 30-6. SJSt went 54/7pl for a td with 3:02 left in the 3Q, 30-12. USt, after an interception, went 28/5pl for a td, 37-12 with :15 left in the 3Q. The Aggies went on an 88/7pl drive, but after a 1&gl they settled for a 21 yard FG, 40-12, with 5:25 left and that closed the scoring.

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Week 4 News & Notes – Part 2

September 24th, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

I would say that the Stanford/Arizona St game goes down as a misleading statistical game. Some may point out that ASt had 417-391 yard and 20-19 FD edge and it appeared close as they only lost by 14. All you have to do is watch the 1H of the game. SU absolutely dominated with a 256-103 yard edge and led 29-0 at the half. SU extended it after 3Q’s leading 39-7 in complete domination. ASt would go 73/5pl, 57/6pl, and 67/11pl getting 197 of their yards on 3 drives to pull back within 39-28 with 6:18 left. SU got a 24 yard FG with :31 left on a 40/10pl drive and ASt gained 31 yards on the final 2pl being intercepted for a touchback in the endzone on the last play from the SU43. Thanks to that big 2H Taylor Kelly finished 30-55-367 yards after having just 96 yards passing in the 1H

Miami, Fl lost starting QB Stephen Morris in the 1Q vs Savannah St to a sprained ankle after he hit 3-4-82. While Miami had an impressive 637-183 yard edge and 70 point win, let’s keep in mind that Sav St is a weak FCS member that this year has lost to Georgia Southern 77-9 and Troy 66-3. Last year they lost to Oklahoma St 84-0 and Florida St 55-0. Trailing 63-0 Sav St got a 75 yard td run with 1:56 left in the 3Q but UM would get an 88 yard KR td and then after an interception drove 21/2pl for a td for the 77-7 final. UM was even SOD on 4th & goal at the SS9 with 2:59 left. Read more…