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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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College Surprise Fantasy POW – Week 14

November 27th, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

My QB’s of the Week
BJ Denker, Arizona • Marquise Williams, North Carolina • James Franklin, Missouri

QB BJ Denker (Arizona) – In last week’s upset of Oregon, BJ Denker resembled more of a Heisman candidate than true contender Marcus Mariota was able to show. Denker went on to pass for 178 yds, rush for 102 yds and deliver the biggest win of the Rich Rodriguez era in Tucson. Dual-threat QB’s are always a nice option in this blog and Denker fully fits that profile as he has 25 total td’s in 2013. It will be interesting to see what he has in store this Saturday against bitter Rival ASU.

QB Marquise Williams (North Carolina) – When’s the last time a North Carolina/Duke football game meant more than a basketball matchup? How about never! After starting the season 1-5, the Tar Heels have rattled off 5 consecutive wins and now have a chance to play spoiler against Duke who is just a win away from earning a berth in the ACC Championship. If UNC is going to pull out the win, the steady hand and feet of backup Marquise Williams will have to step to the forefront again after he torched Old Dominion a week ago with 469 total yards and 5 td’s. We like the Tar Heels in this meeting and believe Williams’ effort last week can be repeated. Read more…

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 11 News & Notes – Part 1

November 11th, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

Bowling Green/Miami met for the 70th time and it was the most lopsided victory in the history as BG rolled 45-3 over one of their rivals. There were questions in the spring about whether Anthon Samuel (997 yards rushing last year) would return and while he did not (transferred to FIU), Travis Greene has filled in nicely. Greene had 112 yards rushing and now has 1,018 (6.1). Matt Johnson hit 20-26 for 252 yards. MU actually opened with an 11pl drive to the BG34, but after a sack, punted. BG went 80/9pl and got a 6 yard td pass, 7-0. MU went 41/12pl and got a 51 yard FG, 7-3. BG went on a 76/13pl drive and had a FD at the 10 but settled for a 29 yard FG, 10-3. MU was playing without QB Austin Boucher who was out for the year and alternated Drew Kummer and Austin Gearing throughout the game (combined 15-25-131). MU fumbled at its own 29. BG went 29/4pl for a td then 69/9pl for a td with 1:19 left in the half. At the half BG had a 276-143 yard edge. BG opened the 3Q with an interception at its own 49 but MU fumbled it back 4pl later. BG went 61/10pl for a td then got an 11 yard FR td just :15 later, 38-3. BG went 75/5pl and got a 38 yard td pass and with 2:43 left in the 3Q they led 45-3. Two possessions later MU went 71/11 but on 4&1 was SOD at the BG29. BG, after a 49 yard PR with 2:40 left, was at the MU18 at the end. BG finished with a 447-228 yard edge.

Branden Oliver rushed for 249 yards for Buffalo and 2 td’s. Khalil Mack had another forced fumble, giving him 13 in his career, just 1 short of matching the NCAA record. I’ve noticed a big difference in QB Tyler Tettleton for Ohio as he’s not running the ball as much as he used to. He hit just 14-31-126 and had 6 carries for -21 yards which includes sacks. This was a close game late in the 2Q, however, Buffalo dominated from there and finished with a 421-233 yard edge including 252-69 on the ground. The first 7 possessions of the game were punts. OU had a controversial fumble on 2&7 from the UB28 and it was ruled a fumble and replays appeared to show the knee down, but I guess it wasn’t conclusive. The Bulls went 72/6pl and got a 2 yard td run to lead 7-0. UB’s next possession ended on a 3&1 pass from the OU37 which was intercepted in the endzone. Two possessions later, OU went 39/13pl and settled for a 23 yard FG to make it 7-3 at the half and UB had a 172-129 yard edge. OU was called for a safety on intentional grounding that happened at the 4. It ended up costing OU 2 points. Even the ref was at the 2 when he made the call of safety and they could not review it. UB, after the free kick, went 46/8pl for a td and keep in mind, had it been spotted at the 3, OU would have been kicking from their 3 as opposed to the 13 so that drive would have probably still happened. UB went 61/7pl for a 24 yard td pass, 75/7pl for a 25 yard td pass to Alex Nuetz to make it 30-3 with 13:05 left. OU brought in Derrius Vick at QB for a drive and went 67/12pl but was SOD at the UB27 with 1:50 left. UB controls its destiny getting to the MAC Title game while OU will need a lot of help to get there.

Ball St continued its impressive season moving to 9-1 and 6-0 in the MAC with a 44-24 win over Central Mich. BSt was probably even more impressive than the final score. Keith Wenning hit 20-29-299 yards. CMU’s Cooper Rush did hit 20-32-284. The game was played in a light rain in the 1Q on a Tuesday night. The surprise was that Zurlon Tipton returned to the lineup for CMU. He was their 1,000 yard rusher from last year that was injured in the opener. He did have just 8 yards on 5 carries and surprisingly Saylor Lavallii who had been doing a great job in his place, only rushed for 16 yards on 9 carries. BSt took its opening drive 75/9pl for a td and CMU was intercepted at the BS31. After a 39 yard PR, BSt was SOD on 4&3 but CMU went backwards and punted. CMU got off a 77 yard punt to the 4 and then Horactio Banks, who led BSt with 143 yards rushing, ripped off a 38 yard run and they would go 96/3pl for a td, 14-0. BSt went on to a 31-3 lead at the half with a 355-193 yard edge as CMU fumbled at the BS18, settled for a 30 yard FG and fumbled at the CM39. In the 2H BSt drove 64/10pl to lead 34-3. The next 3 possessions all went for td’s and it was 41-17 at the start of the 4Q. BSt was SOD on 4&9 at the CM36 then, after a 42 yard PR, went 22/7pl for a 26 yard FG to lead 44-17 with 2:51 left. CMU got a 33 yard run and 2pl later a 22 yard td pass to cap a 56/3pl garbage td drive with 1:33 left.

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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…

College Surprise Fantasy POW – Week 8

October 17th, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

My QB’s of the Week

Joe Southwick, Boise St • Tom Savage, Pitt • Garrett Grayson, Colorado St

QB Joe Southwick (Boise St) – The 4th most accurate passer in the FBS gets the nod as one of our 3 fantasy QB’s this week. On the year Southwick has completed 72.3% of his passes while surpassing the 300 yd mark in 2 of his last 3 contests. Up next for the Broncos is a date with rival Nevada who is allowing 602 ypg on the road this year. We look for Southwick to reach that 300+ pass mark again as the leader of the Boise offense.

QB Tom Savage (Pittsburgh) – After bouncing around the country via the transfer (Rutgers to Arizona to Rutgers to Pitt), Savage has finally found a home with the Panthers and has done relatively well including a massive 424 yd, 6 td outing a few weeks ago vs Duke. Pitt now gets a matchup with FBS transitional squad Old Dominion who has allowed 534 ypg vs FBS foes including 361 ypg through the air. Savage should get his share of passing opportunities as Pitt steps away from conf play for a weekend.

QB Garrett Grayson (Colorado St) – Consecutive 300 yard passing performances and a date with a Wyoming squad that is allowing 429 ypg on the season has us liking Grayson’s opportunities to deliver another consistent outing. Another promising stat to look at is the fact that over the past 5 contests, he has been able to pass for at least 2 td passes in 4 of those games. Read more…

Week 7 News & Notes – Part 1

October 14th, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

San Diego St had 22-14 FD and 463-219 yard edges but had some trouble with their FG kickers, then opted to pass up FG’s and go for it on 4th down. A couple of missed xp’s actually had them trailing late until they got a td with 1:39 left to win it. Donnel Pumphrey rushed for 117 yards for the Aztecs as Adam Muema continues to get closer to 100% and had 86 yards on 18 carries. Air Force lost its 3rd starting QB of the year to injury when Karson Roberts went down with a concussion. Nate Romine, their 4th string QB, hit 5-11-111 and rushed for 15 yards on 8 carries. AF did not have the FG problems and even got a 48 yarder in the 2Q from Will Conant, then a 52 yarder that bounced off the left goal post and through. SDSt missed a 37 yard FG on its first drive then went for it on 4&4 and gained 3 yards to the 1 on its 2nd drive. After getting a 44 yard td pass to take the lead, they missed the xp. SDSt, 2 possessions later, on 4&6 from the AF38 went for it and was intercepted. At the half, AF led 10-6 but SDSt had a 195-122 yard edge. AF got a 71 yard td pass early in the 3Q to lead 20-6. SDSt on 4&13 went for it from the AF24 and was SOD, but then went 80/6pl for a td with 11:25 left and got a 62 yard td pass with 8:39 left to make it 20-19 but the xp was blocked. SDSt took over with 7:06 left and went 77/13pl. On 3&gl from the 10, Pumphrey’s 10 yard td run and 2 point conversion made it 27-20. AF was SOD on 4&4 from the SDS39.

Louisville had a big chance in the national spotlight to make an impact not only in their chase for playing in the National Title game this year but also for Teddy Bridgewater’s Heisman hopes in their game against Rutgers. I didn’t come away from the game impressed, although UL did finish with 461-240 yard and 25-15 FD edges. Bridgewater hit 21-31-310 but they needed RU’s Gary Nova to toss 4 interceptions. Remember, last year Nova got off to a great start at the beginning of the year with a 15-3 ratio in the first 7 games, but finished with just a 7-13 ratio over the final 6. This year Nova came into the game with a 13-4 ratio and hopefully this does not signal another 2H downturn for him. This game featured teams that were both in the Big East for awhile, meeting for the first time in AAC play, and leaving after this season (UL to ACC, RU to Big Ten). UL opened strong going 65/11pl on its first possession for a FG. After an interception, they drove 35/2pl for a td to lead 10-0. They went 80/7pl and got a 1 yard td run and appeared on their way to a rout, 17-0. RU had a tipped pass off a receiver caught for a 19 yard gain on 3&8 and then faked a FG for a 26 yard pass down to the 1 to engineer a 70/11pl td drive to get back to 17-7. Bridgewater, on FD from the RU31, was intercepted in the endzone with :31 left. The Cardinals had a 238-133 yard edge. UL opened the 3Q with a 68/14pl drive but had a 24 yard FG blocked. UL’s next drive ended on a fumble at its own 36 and RU got a 36 yard FG. Leading 17-10, UL went 48/8pl but Bridgewater was sacked and fumbled. RU’s DL could have scooped it up possibly for a 79 yard FR td, but fell on the ball instead. Nova was intercepted but UL missed a 45 yard FG. Nova was intercepted 3pl later with 5:29 left and UL went 60/5pl getting a td for some breathing room with 2:27 left, 24-10. RU went 51/13pl including a 4&11 and 4&1 conversion but on 4&14 fired incomplete with :32 left. Charlie Strong said afterwords, “We miss #9” as DeVante Parker, the team’s top WR, missed the game with a shoulder injury. Read more…

College Surprise Fantasy POW – Week 7

October 10th, 2013 1 comment

By Phil Steele

My QB’s of the Week

Bo Wallace, Ole Miss • Derek Thompson, North Texas • Adam Kennedy, Arkansas St

QB Bo Wallace (Ole Miss) – After consecutive losses the Rebels need to get back on their feet this week vs Texas A&M. Their best opportunity for a win here would be by riding their dual-threat QB Bo Wallace who is off a 336 yd passing game last week against Auburn. Wallace can also be a ground threat with 3 rushing td’s on the year with double-digit carries in 4 of Ole Miss’ 5 games. The Aggies have a suspect defense to say the least allowing 483 ypg on the road this season so we like Wallace’s chances.

QB Derek Thompson (North Texas) – The Middle Tenn secondary has been vulnerable to the pass so far this season allowing 300+ yds in 3 contests this season. Toss in a QB in Derek Thompson who just passed for his 2nd 300 yd game of the season last week vs Tulane and you have an excellent Surprise Fantasy QB this week. Over the past 3 games Thompson has attempted 42 passes per game and we expect more of the same.

QB Adam Kennedy (Arkansas St) – While Adam Kennedy has just a 3-2 ratio on the season, we like his chances here against an Idaho defense that has allowed 537 ypg this season including an amazing 734 yds in their 61-14 loss to Fresno St. Kennedy meanwhile has completed at least 20 passes in each of his L/4 games (37-46-318 in their last game vs Mizzou) while also showing his dual-threat ability with double-digit carries in 3 of the L/4. Look for Kennedy to surpass the 300-yard pass mark here and quite possibly throw for as many td’s vs the Vandals as he has thrown for the full season.

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