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Week 14 News & Notes – Part 2

December 3rd, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

BYU finished with a 492-363 yard edge although Nevada dominated the 1H of the game. UN took its opening drive 81/8pl for a td. BYU fumbled a punt at its 29 and UN got 1 FD but had a 38 yard FG blocked. BYU, on 4&8, was SOD at the UN28. Two punts. UN went 66/9pl and had a 2&gl at the 3 but was intercepted in the EZ for a TB. Five punts. At the half UN had a 190-150 yard edge. BYU opened the 3Q with a 2&1, 66 yard run by Jamaal Williams, 7-7. UN went 75/11pl for a 3 yard td run, 14-7 (9:34 3Q). BYU went 80/9pl for a td, 14-14 (6:07). BYU went 59/13pl for a td, 21-14 (14:50). They then went 75/8pl for a 34 yard FG, 28-17 (6:35). UN answered with a 67/11pl drive for td (xpng) 28-23 (2:42). BYU got 2 FD’s running the clock out at the 15.

North Texas didn’t win its division in CUSA, but they were the most impressive team in the division. They went on the road vs Tulsa and had 550-236 yard and 21-14 FD edges. NT took its opening drive 72/10pl but fumbled. TU’s Will Barrow scooped it up and returned it 97 yards for a td and a 14 point swing, 7-0. (10:53). There were 4 punts then NT went 53/6pl for a 12 yard td run, 7-7. TU went 58/7pl for a 26 yard FG, 10-7 (:42). TU was intercepted at the NT42 and returned 32 yards but NT missed a 32 yard FG. NT was intercepted a the TU29 with 6:50 left but blocked a punt and returned it 8 yards for a td for a 14-10 lead. TU punted with 3:32 left and NT went 54/6pl for a 10 yard td run, 21-10. NT had a 266-82 yard edge. NT got a 91 yard td run by Brandin Byrd to open the 3Q, 28-10. Three punts. NT went 73/12pl for a 2 yard td run, 35-10 (3:25). NT went 63/3pl for a td. TU went 69/13pl but was intercepted from the 11 on the last play of the game.

Rice had 304-123 yard and 21-6 FD edges vs Tulane, but this one was tight and went to the wire at the end. Rice opened with a 53/13pl drive but was SOD on 4&13. Rice was sacked and fumbled at its own 18. TU took over at the Rice18 and got a 30 yard FG. TU, however, fumbled at its own 19 on 3&27 with 1:15 left in the 1Q. Rice got a 19 yard td pass, 7-3. Rice went 68/6pl for a td. Rice went 45/17pl and missed a 50 yard FG with 1:46 left in the half. Rice did get it back with 1:18 left at its 32, got 3 FD’s on a 49/9pl drive and got a 36 yard FG (:07). At the half Rice had a 232-10 yard edge and led 17-3. The first 5 possessions of the 2H ended in punts. Rice got 1 FD and fumbled. TU started at the Rice27 and 3pl later had a td, 17-10. TU went 61/11pl but settled for a 32 yard FG after a FD at the 18, 17-13. Three punts. Rice’s punt pinned TU at the 3 and TU fired 4 incomplete passes and Rice took a knee from the 3 yard line at the end.

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Week 13 News & Notes – Part 2

November 26th, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

Florida Atlantic continued to play well under their interim HC and had a 585-278 yard edge vs New Mexico St. FAU went 91/12pl for a td then blocked a punt for a td late 1Q, 14-0. On 3&11 they got a 64 yard td pass, 21-0. There were 5 punts then FAU went 54/2pl for a td, 28-0 (3:27). NMSt took over with 1:33 left in the half and went 47/5pl for a td with :38 left, 28-7. At the half FAU had a 280-148 yard edge. FAU opened the 3Q with a 68/6pl drive for a td, recovered a fumble on a sack, got a 33 yard td pass, 42-7, and coasted to a 55-10 win. Jaquez Johnson hit 15-22-321.

Colorado St’s D played well vs Utah St as USt had a slim 191-185 yard edge while CSU had a 13-11 FD edge. Kapri Bibbs, who had rushed for nearly 600 yards the previous 2 weeks was held to 54-18 and as you can tell by the yards, this game was a defensive struggle. There was a steady 25-30 mph wind that whipped around Romney Stadium. Joey DeMartino was actually the top RB having 127 yards on 35 carries. CSU was intercepted at its own 37 on its opening drive. The next six possessions were punts but CSU faked a punt for a FD and went 89/15pl. They had a FD at the 12 but lined up for a 24 yard FG and missed it. The next 4 possessions were punts and USt, after a 27 yard punt into the wind, took over at the CS42, got 2 FD and nailed a 42 yard FG to lead 3-0 at the half. At the half CSU had a 133-75 yard edge. USt opened the 3Q with a 69/11pl drive for a td. The next six possessions were punts. CSU, on 3&10, was intercepted. USt took over at the CSU29, got a 2 yard drive and a 44 yard FG to go up by 13. CSU on 4&13 was stopped on a fake punt. USt took over at the CSU25 but had a 33 yard FG blocked. CSU was SOD at its own 25 and USt was SOD at the CSU18 with :33 left.

You couldn’t get a much better day for Stanford as they were playing their final Pac-12 game and taking on their rival, Cal, who limped in with a 1-10 record. They got the news during the game that the Oregon Ducks had lost putting SU in the Pac-12 title game. SU took care of business with 603-383 yard and 25-18 FD edge. WR Ty Montgomery tied Darrin Nelson’s single game record for td’s which Nelson set against Oregon St in 1981 (5). He actually scored the first 4 times he touched the ball. Kevin Hogan hit 17-26-329. Jared Goff hit 10-19-194 and was injured in the 2Q and did not return. Zach Kline hit 8-15-115. Normally Cal scores a bunch of points in the 2H when down, but SU’s D shut them out in the 2H. The first three possessions of the game were all td’s. SU led 14-7 and Cal punted and SU went 51/7pl for a td, 21-7. After each team punted, Cal went 83/11pl and had a 1&gl at the 9. They settled for a 29 yard FG. On 3&8 SU got a 72 yard td pass to Montgomery, his 4th td of the game with 14:44 left in the 2Q. There were 3 punts and SU went 79/5pl for a td, 25-10. Cal went 46/6pl but settled for a 47 yard FG with 4:58 left in the half. SU went 67/13pl and on 3&8 got a 9 yard td pass to Montgomery with :05 left in the half. At the half SU had a 356-238 yard edge. Cal had a fake punt to open the 3Q at its own 43 and was SOD but SU fumbled 3pl later. SU went 92/8pl for a td to lead 49-13. The Cardinal punted to open the 4Q then drove 55/6 and 72/10pl the latter with 1:51 left to close out the scoring in their 63-13 rout.

Tommy Rees hit 15-28-235 and Notre Dame won their final home game of the season with a 470-415 yard edge vs BYU. The game was played with on and off snow, temps in the 20’s and winds that gusted up to 30 mph. ND took its opening drive 84/5pl for a 61 yard td pass, 7-0. Each team went on a long td drive 14-7 (4:43 1Q). BYU went 31/9pl but on 4&2 was SOD at the ND29. 2 punts. ND went 60/14pl and got a 26 yard FG, 17-7. ND went 69/12pl but on 4&7 was SOD at the BYU24 passing up a 41 yard FG which would have been into the wind. BYU went 31/5pl and was intercepted by Austin Collingsworth in the EZ from the 45 on a Hail Mary on the last play of the half. ND had a 288-191 yard edge. ND opened the 3Q with a 52/5pl drive but on 4&1 settled for a 26 yard FG. BYU went 80/12pl and got a 31 yard FG, 20-10. ND went 43/10pl but was SOD on 4&2 at the BYU32. BYU went 58/11pl and with :39 left in the 3Q, settled for a 27 yard FG to pull within 20-13. ND went 58/8pl and on 2&14 from the BYU22 Rees was intercepted in the EZ. BYU got 1 FD and punted with 10:27 left and ND went 25/7pl. Kyle Brindza had the wind at his back and hit a 51 yard FG to give them a 2 score advantage with 6:53 left. The Cougars went 71/9pl and with 4:15 left, their 22 yard FG on 4&gl from the 4 was blocked. BYU’s last drive ended on a 4&8, incomplete pass at the ND38 with 1:49 left.

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College Surprise Fantasy POW – Week 13

November 21st, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

My QB’s of the Week
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green • Sean Schroeder, Hawaii • Clint Chelf, Oklahoma St

QB Matt Johnson (Bowling Green) – When choosing this week’s fantasy QB’s Matt Johnson caught our eye almost immediately as while he is almost automatic when it comes to reaching 200+ yds passing, his matchup is what has us salivating as Eastern Michigan’s secondary is getting thrashed over the past 4 games allowing 368 ypg in the air. We expect more of the same in this meeting as BG continues to build up their resume on their way to next week’s showdown against Buffalo.

QB Sean Schroeder (Hawaii) – With the likes of Timmy Chang, Colt Brennan and Bryant Moniz being featured on many fantasy teams in years past, the Hawaii QB position has taken some time off over the past few seasons as they have transitioned away from the run-and-shoot to more of a pro-style scheme. With that being said, we like the ability of Sean Schroeder to deliver against Wyoming as he has thrown for at least 2 td’s in 6 of the L/7 contests, especially with the Cowboys allowing 500+ yards in each of their L/4 contests.

QB Clint Chelf (Oklahoma St) – After hitting nearly 73% of his passes and recording 4 total td’s a week ago against Texas, Clint Chelf will have to post similar results for their upcoming matchup against high-scoring Baylor. Chelf has proven to be a decent dual-threat signal caller with 3 games of 85+ rushing yards to go with his 11-5 pass ratio. Big time shootout expected in this one so grab Chelf if he’s available in your league right now!

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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 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 2

October 29th, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

Kansas St continued to alternate QB’s and with a great deal of efficiency. Jake Waters hit 10-13-198 yards and Daniel Sams 8-8-93. Waters rushed for 53 yards and surprisingly Sams for just 16 but the 2 combined to hit 18-21 passes. They greatly outdid West Virginia’s alternating QB’s of Clint Trickett and Paul Millard. Trickett hit 15-28-227 and Millard 4-14-37 as the 2 combined for less than 50% completions. This was actually closer for most of the game than the final score. KSt took their 3rd drive 47/5pl for a td to lead 7-0 but 2 poss later WV went 47/7pl and got a 6 yard td run to make it 7-6 (xp blocked). WV drove 79/7pl but after 1&gl at the 6, settled for a 21 yard FG and led 9-7 with 5:24 left in the half. WV’s next drive went 40/8 but they went for it on 4&7 at the KSt5 passing up a FG, even tough Holgorsen had some regret the previous week for passing up a FG opportunity. They ran for 4 yards to the 5 yard line. At the half WV had a 221-142 yard edge but only led 9-7. WV fumbled at their own 18 but KSt fumbled into the EZ for a TB. WV went 47/5pl and with 10:33 left in the 3Q, WV led 12-7. KSt went 78/14pl with Sams at QB and got a 9 yard td pass. WV punted. With Waters at QB, KSt went 78/7pl and got a 30 yard td pass, 21-12. WV fumbled at the KSt46 and KSt went 54/5pl for a 24 yard td pass with 7:25 left, 28-12. Miller came in at QB for WV24 and they went 40/11pl but on 4&10 were SOD at the KSt36 with 2:35 left. KSt went 64/8pl tacking on a 4 yard td run with just :15 left in the game to make it look like a blowout and they only had 448-367 yard and 19-18 FD edges.

USC came in a banged up team vs Utah and down to just 48 scholarship players were available for the game. They left with just 46 scholarship players but still put on a dominating performance. Their D held Utah to 201 yards giving up a 42 yard FG on the first drive and not allowing another score. Despite not having their top 4 TE’s, despite not having Marqise Lee, despite having a banged up offensive line, despite missing numerous starters on defense the Trojans pretty much controlled the game. The one healthy TE, walk-on Chris Wilson who was a pitcher at Wake Forest caught a pass at TE in the game for USC. Dating back to the Notre Dame game, USC actually had a streak of 17 failed 3rd down attempts but finally broke through. Trailing 3-0, on their 3rd series, USC went 43/6pl and had a 30 yard td pass to Agholor, 7-3 They recovered a fumble at the Utah 19 and got a 35 yard FG. Utah went 64/13pl but was SOD on 4&1 at the USC11 with 7:43 left in the half. USC got a 38 yard FG with :23 left in the half to lead 13-3 and then tried an onside/squib kick but Utah recovered at the 20. Utah brought in Adam Schulz at QB because he has a big arm but he was intercepted and returned 54 yard to the 9 with :04 left in the half. USC was able to add a 28 yard FG for a 16-3 lead with a 135-122 yard edge. USC went 50/9pl for a 40 yard FG, 19-3. USC K Andre Heidari who if he made his FG’s vs Washington St and Notre Dame, USC would have just 1 loss this year, hit his first 4 FG’s before finally missing a 37 yarder with 4:54 left 3Q. Utah got a 40 yard PR to the USC33 but would miss a 32 yard FG with 11:25 left. The next 5 poss were punts. Utah did get to the USC21 on 4&1 they were SOD with :20 left and that 49 yard drive put them over 200 yards for the game. Cody Kessler hit 21-32-230 and Tre Madden was the team’s top rusher with 60 yards on 12 carries while Silas Redd surprisingly had no yards on 10 carries.

Woe is Michigan St’s offense. That’s all they heard all week long after putting up just 14 points vs Purdue. The Spartans were half a team. MSU would get it rolling this week. Connor Cook actually set a MSU record for pass eff in a game hitting 15-16-208 yards. MSU would roll up 477-128 yard and 29-8 FD edges. They were struggling a bit early as on their 2nd poss they fumbled into the EZ for a TB costing them points but recovered a fumble and went 23/4pl for a td to lead 7-3. On a key play of the game, Illinois went for it on 4&gl at the 1 with 8:17 left in the half and were stopped. MSU went 99/15pl and faced a 3&25 with :09 left in the half and Cook hit Foster with a 29 yard td pass to make it 14-3. At the half MSU only had a 165-110 yard edge. As I tell you every wee, my good buddy Gil Brandt always talks about late scores in the half taking momentum and that is precisely what MSU did. In the 2H they went 75/10, 56/9, 75/2, and 77/8pl for td’s on their first 4 poss to blow it open, 42-3 and ended the game taking a knee at the IL19 yard line. That will give them a little confidence heading into this week’s big battle vs Michigan.

UTEP’s Aaron Jones actually rushed for 186 yards on 29 carries vs Rice. Charles Ross rushed for 152 with 21 carries for Rice. UTEP’s Jameill Showers hit just 1-3 passes for 4 yards before getting hurt and Blaire Sullivan QB’d most of the game hitting 6-9-112. Taylor McHargue hit only 8-19 but for an efficient 259 yards. UTEP had a 49 yard FG blocked with 4:22 left in the 1Q and Rice would drive 57/11pl for a 28 yard FG to lead 3-0. Rice went 76/4pl and got a 60 yard td pass, 10-0 on their next drive. UTEP battled back with a 50 yard td pass from Sullivan to Hamilton with 6:43 left in the half, 10-7. Rice went 45/4 and on 3&12 got a 17 yard td pass to lead 17-7. UTEP went 83/7pl but on 2&gl from the 3, fumbled at the 1 and Rice went 99/11pl and got a 1 yard td run to make it 24-7. At the half Rice had a 323-204 yard edge. The first 4 poss of the 3Q were punts then UTEP missed a 48 yard FG and Rice got a 72 yard td pass on 2&25, 31-7. UTEP was intercepted and Rice went 47/7pl for a 23 yard td pass, 38-7. UTEP fumbled and Rice went 29/2 for a td with 11:44 left, 45-7. UTEP was SOD on 4&1 at the Rice 20 and ended the game at the 34 yard line running out of time.

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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…

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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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…