Archive

Posts Tagged ‘West Virginia’

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.

I must admit, Read more…

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.

Read more…

Week 11 News & Notes – Part 2

November 12th, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

The Duke/NC State game was not as big of a blowout as the score would indicate. In fact, you’ll be surprised that NCSt led 20-17 with 6:37 left in the game. Duke would score an amazing 3 td’s in :26 to make it appear as a blowout at 38-20. NCSt had 20-12 FD and 412-321 yard edges for the game. Duke is now guaranteed its first winning season since 1994 (8-4 that year). Duke did control the 1H going 90/5pl for a td, but was intercepted at the NCSt33 on its 2nd poss. NCSt fumbled at the Duke24 with 12:34 left in the 2Q. NCSt went for it on 4&1 at its own 26 and was stuffed and Duke gained 8 yards and got a 36 yard FG to lead 10-0. NCSt missed a 41 yard FG with 3:06 left in the half and Duke was intercepted at the NCSt33 with 1:33 left. Duke had a 161-155 yard edge at the half and led 10-0. NCSt brought in Pete Thomas at QB for a drive and went 83/10pl for a 29 yard FG then NCSt got a 73 yard PR td and with 7:17 left 3Q, it was 10-10. After an interception, NCSt started at the Duke15 and got a 1&gl at the 5 but settled for a 24 yard FG and NCSt led 13-10. Duke got a 100 yard KR td, 17-13. Duke fumbled at the NCSt43 and then there were 6 consecutive punts. NCSt took over with 7:02 left in the game and on 3&10 got an 80 yard td pass to Quintin Payton, with Brandon Mitchell back in at QB, to make it 20-17 with 6:37 left. Duke went 79/8pl and got a 5 yard td run to take the lead. Then Mitchell was intercepted by DeVon Edwards and returned 25 yards for a td on the next play. On the very next play, with Thomas at QB, he was intercepted by again by Edwards who returned 45 yards for a td, 35-20. NCSt was intercepted by Jeremy Cash 4pl later with 1:51 left.

Tevin Coleman rushed for 15 times for 215 yards and Indiana won a shootout with Illinois. Nathan Scheelhaase hit 38-57-450 for IL but the star was Coleman with a couple of huge td runs. WR Cody Latimer had 11 catches for 189 yards for the Hoosiers. As you would expect with 1,262 total yards and 59 FD’s, the teams traded scores often. After IL punted on its first possession, there were 4 consecutive td’s including a Coleman 64 yard td run, 14-14. There was an exchange of punts. Indiana fumbled at their own 47 but IL was SOD at the IN40. IN went 60/6pl for a td with 4:02 left, 21-14. IL went 67/10pl but missed a 41 yard FG with 1:20 left. At the half, IN had a 289-288 yard edge. After an IN punt, IL went 77/5pl capped by a 54 yard td pass with 11:33 left 3Q, 21-21. IN was intercepted and IL went 44/5pl for a td and the lead, 28-21. IN then went 75/9 and 62/3pl for td’s to go up 35-28 but IL answered with a 79/12pl drive for a td, 35-35. Coleman got a 75 yard td run, 42-35 and IL on 4&10 at its own 37 was SOD. IN went 87/2pl for a td. IL went 47/10pl and was SOD at the IN33 and IN went 61/7pl but settled for a 22 yard FG, 52-35. IL went 65/10pl getting to the IN9 at the end.

Oklahoma St’s top receiver, Josh Stewart was injured 3:00 into the game vs Kansas and did not return. Despite the final of 42-6, OSU did only have a 359-316 yard edge. Kansas went mostly with the freshmen, Montell Cozart who hit just 6-17-58 yards and rushed 18 times for 55 yards. Jake Heaps was 4-8-56. OSU threw the ball more than they did last game and hit 20-39-274 yards. Things didn’t start well for KU on the road as they allowed a 100 yard KR for a td to Justin Gilbert and quickly trailed 7-0. On their 2nd possession KU was intercepted on a deep pass and returned 38 yards to its 34. OSU went 34/7pl for a td. 4 punts. KU went 61/7pl and missed a 32 yard FG with 10:41 left in the half. OSU went 80/4 for a td with 9:25 left, punted with 4:44 left but got it back with 2:06 left and went 80/11pl and got a 4 yard td pass to go up 28-0 at the half. At the half OSU only had a 233-183 yard edge. KU took its 2nd 3Q possession 58/6pl for a 40 yard FG and OSU punted on its first 3 possessions of the 2H. KU was SOD at the OSU41 on 4&19 with :26 left 3Q. OSU went 59/6pl for a td and KU got a 69 yard KR to the OSU25 but settled for a 29 yard FG, 35-6. OSU then went 63/3pl for a 15 yard td run by Smith, 42-6 with 8:45 left.

Read more…

Week 10 News & Notes – Part 2

November 5th, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

Clemson had 610-277 yd and 26-13 FD edges vs Virginia. Tajh Boyd looked great hitting 24-29-377. David Watford hit 16-35-130 for the Cavs. Anthony Harris did snag his 6th int on the season for UVA and the Cavs on their 2nd possession went 54/10pl for a 6 yd td run by Watford to tie it at 7. CU went 75/6pl for a td to lead 14-7. They were intercepted at the UVA7 on their next series and the next 5 possession were all punts. CU was SOD at the UVA47 with 8:00 left in the half but UVA was intercepted and returned 37 yds to the 33 and that was crucial. That happened with 6:30 left in the half and CU went 33/7 for a td, recovered a fumble and went 50/5pl for a td with 1:29 left then after forcing a punt with :55 left, went 56/8pl getting a 1 yd td run by Boyd, 3 td’s in the final 4:18 of the half helped them lead 35-7 with a 325-131 yd edge. CU was pinned at their own 4 and on 3&15, got a 96 yd td pass to Watkins that went 55 yds in the air, 42-7. UVA went 52/8pl for a 40 yd FG. There were 4 punts and CU missed a 31 yd FG. CU then went 72/6pl and got a 38 yd run by Kelly. Backup QB Stoudt had come in on the 2nd series of the 3Q. With Kelly at QB, CU went 36/9pl for a 41 yd FG with 8:24 left, 52-10. UVA backup QB Lambert was intercepted and returned 15 yds to the 10 with 3:12 left and Howard got a 10 yd td run for the 59-10 final.

San Jose St had a 492-351 yd edge vs UNLV. The Spartans opened with an 82/13pl drive for a td. UNLV was intercepted at midfield and SJSt went 53/6pl for a td, 14-0. SJSt was intercepted at their own 19 but UNLV settled for a 20 yd FG, 14-3. After an exchange of punts, SJSt went 74/3pl, got a 31 yd td run by Lawson, 21-3 then went 78/10pl but settled for a 20 yd FG after a 1&gl at the 6, 24-3. At the half SJSt had a 331-71 yd edge. UNLV went 78/7pl and got a 19 yd td pass, 24-10. After an exchange of punts, SJSt was intercepted at the LV43. UNLV went 57/9pl and got a td on 4&gl at the 1 with :17 left in the 3Q, 24-17 then forced a punt but UNLV was intercepted at the SJS40. SJSt on 3&7 got a 37 yd td run by Tucker to cap the 56/6pl td drive, 31-17. UNLV got back in it going 75/9 and a 16 yd td pass with 8:00 left, 31-24. SJSt got 3 FD’s and a 44 yd FG, 34-24. LV35 went 38/13pl. They opted for the 45 yd FG to get back within 1 score with :48 left but missed it and SJSt got 1 FD and took a knee. David Fales hit 15-30-150 regressing from his form of the previous 2 weeks while Caleb Herring hit 26-49-263. Jarrod Lawson was the star for SJSt with 187 yds rushing on 28 carries.

I have to give a lot of credit to Minnesota getting to 7-2 already this year. One week after becoming bowl eligible, the got their 3rd straight victory with their active coach Tracy Claeys. UM had a 573-496 yd edge and jumped out to a big lead and had to hold on at the end. They were fortunate that Indiana RB Tevin Coleman did not realize that there was a backward pass as he didn’t try to fall on the loose ball and UM scooped it up and ended the game. Jerry Kill was watching from the pressbox as David Cobb rushed for 188 yds and Philip Nelson hit 16-23-298. Nate Sudfeld was 13-20-189 and Tre Roberson 8-18-80 while the Hoosiers surprisingly ran the ball for 227 yds with both Stephen Houston (13-111) and Tevin Coleman (14-108) topping 100 yds rushing. They did lose C Jon Christenson to a leg injury in the 2Q and the game was delayed about 8:00 during that span. UM opened with a 76/7pl drive for a 10 yd td pass. IU went 34/6 for a 31 yd FG. After an exchange of punts, UM fumbled at their own 20 and IU got an 18 yd td pass 2pl later to lead 10-7. The next 3 possessions were punts. IU then went 76/14pl and had a chance to make it a 2 score game but after a 1&gl at the 9, settled for a 21 yd FG. UM took advantage and went 76/7pl and got a 5 yd td run for the lead with 10:39 left 2Q and forced a punt and went 64/8. On 4&1 they got a 10 yd td pass, 21-13. They forced another punt and went 73/5pl and shockingly their 3 td’s in 8:20 made it 28-13. At the half UM had a 301-162 yd edge. The 3Q opened with 3 punts then UM went 77/5pl for a Cobb 27 yd td run, 35-13. IU then began its comeback. They went 68/4pl with a Sudfeld 40 yd td pass to Wynn, 90/6pl with a Coleman 55 yd td run on the spread option then UM went for it on 4&2 at IU37 and were SOD with 10:00 left. IU went 61/7 for a td but missed the 2 pt conversion and still trailed by 2. UM got 1 FD and then tried to take IU by surprise and on 4&5, ran a fake punt but IU safety Greg Heban made a lunging tackle and they were stopped at its own 39. That appeared to be a costly mistake as the Hoosiers went 39/4pl for a 30 yd td pass, missed the 2pt again, 39-35. UM25 got 1 FD but then got a 50 yd td pass with 3:09 left to go back up, 42-39. IU31 marched right down the field 46/9 and had a 1&gl at the 9. On 2&gl from the 9, the pass was backwards and as mentioned, Coleman did not try to pick it up and UM returned it 21 yds to the 44 and took a knee. 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.

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 6 News & Notes – Part 2

October 8th, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

Wake Forest’s stagnant offense put up 382 yards vs NC State. Pete Thomas did hit 27-43-257 for NCSt while Tanner Price hit 24-39-269. WF led 7-3 but NCSt got a td with :39 left in the half for the lead. WF\ went 75/4pl getting a 54 yard pass to Spencer Bishop and 2pl later a 10 yard td pass to Michael Campanaro to go up 14-10 with a 219-180 yard edge. WF went 87/10pl capped by a 3 yard td to go up 21-10. NCSt went 55/8pl for a 20 yard FG to get within 8 but WF, after being intercepted and punting on their next 2 possessions, drove 80/8pl for a td with 10:43 left to lead 28-13. NCSt’s last 3 drives they gained 109 yards but were intercepted at the 7, SOD at the 48 and intercepted at the WF2 on a Hail Mary at the end.

Georgia was in a letdown spot clearly vs Tennessee last week and were very fortunate to escape with the win. Justin Worley outpassed Georgia’s Heisman candidate hitting 17-31-215 while Murray was 19-35-196. Rajion Neal rushed for 148 yards on 28 carries and UGA’s leading rusher was JJ Green who had 17-129 as both Todd Gurley (out) and Keith Marshall (injured 1Q) were out. Tied at 24, Tennessee drove 80/13pl converting on 4&1 at its own 29, then converted on 4&1 with a 28 yard pass to the UGA7 and got a td with 1:54 left. UGA got a td with :05 left to force OT. Tennessee appeared to get a td in OT but as Pig Howard stretched for the endzone, the ball slipped out of his hands, hitting the pylon. It was originally ruled a td, but overturned into a TB after review. UGA gained 0 yards and got a 42 yard FG to escape with the 3 point win.

FIU frosh RB Silas Spearman rushed for 136 yards as FIU’s offense actually put up 341 yards while their D, which was holding foes below their season average on the year, held Southern Miss to 314 yards. Jake Medlock returned to the lineup for FIU but hit just 5-10-88 and was replaced by AJ Hilliard who hit 8-13-93. SM led 23-21 when FIU got a 27 yard FG with 6:49 left. FIU missed a 45 yard FG with 1:00 left and SM had a chance to win. Pass interference gave them a FD to the FIU27 and they lined up for the game winning 44 yard FG on the last play, however, it was blocked.

Bowling Green did not have an easy game vs Massachusetts but could have easily won by more than the experts thought they should. Surprisingly the 1H was scoreless until BG got a td with 7:45 left in the 2Q capping a 91/7pl drive. BG then went 70/11pl for a td with 1:09 left in the half to lead 14-0 with a 239-127 yard edge. BG opened the 3Q with 56/5pl, and 55/5pl drives for td’s to lead 28-0 late 3Q. UM got to the BG25 but was intercepted in the endzone with 13:44 left. The Minutemen got it back and went 71/10pl with 10:36 left and capped the drive with a 24 yard td pass with 4:34 left to pull within 28-7. BG got a pair of FD’s to the UM15 but opted to take a knee on the last 3 plays.

East Carolina had a 511-334 yard edge vs Middle Tenn and a 33-20 FD edge but only managed a 7 point win. The Pirates led 14-10 at the half and passed up a 19 yard FG to go for it 1&gl from the 2 with :05 left and were stuffed at the 1. EC went on a 9pl drive but settled for a 25 yard FG then went 78/17pl but missed a 35 yard FG. Leading 24-17, they missed a 52 yard FG with 5:16 left and at the end of the game, EC was at the MT25 yard line taking a knee.

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.

Read more…

Week 4 News & Notes – Part 1

September 23rd, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

Kevonte Martin-Manley was a star early for Iowa as he returned punts 83 and 63 yards for td’s within 1:00 of each other to blow open a 10-0 game and make it 24-0 with 10:46 left in the 2Q. Western Mich was intercepted in the EZ on its next drive. BJ Lowery, who made a spectacular 1-handed interception last week vs Iowa St, intercepted Tyler Van Tubbergen in a crowd and raced 35 yards for a td with :56 left to blow it open 38-3. UI did only have a 159-120 yard edge at the half despite the 35 point lead. UI opened the 3Q with a 13 yard IR td by Zach Terrell, their 4th defensive/special team td of the game, then drove 64/9pl for a td to lead 52-3 with 6:36 left in the 3Q. UI’s final drive had a 1st & goal at the 3 on a 63/19pl drive that lasted 9:26 but the Hawkeyes took a knee 3 times and finished with 446-209 yard and 22-9 FD edges.

Louisville’s 72 points were the most since 2007 when they had 73 vs Murray St. This game was as lopsided as the final and FIU would be a prime time contender for the #1 pick in next year’s draft if this were the NFL. FIU managed 2 FD’s and 33 yards for the game and all 33 yards came in the 1H. UL punted with 6:14 left in the half and FIU fumbled the punt at its 15 and the Cardinals would go 15/3pl for a td then 73/6pl for a td with 1:11 left in the half to blow it open 38-0. UL got a 93 yard KR td, went 45/4pl, 65/5pl, 49/7pl and 46/7pl on their five 2H poss, the last 2 led by Will Gardner who hit 5-5-42. Teddy Bridgewater didn’t have a great statistical day and continues to drop back in the Heisman race hitting just 17-22-212 but did have four td passes. He was hurt by a short field as 4 of UL’s eight 1H possessions started at midfield or in FIU territory.

You have to feel that Ohio St’s Braxton Miller has officially been eliminated from the Heisman race as he missed the entire game vs Florida A&M and Kenny Guiton had another strong performance. Guiton hit 24-34-215 but rushed just 1 time for 5 yards. He guided Ohio St to its most lopsided win since 1935 (85-7 over Drake), 76-0. It was their biggest shutout win since 1934 (Western Reserve, 76-0). OSU had an amazing 34-2 edge in FD’s and 603-83 yard edge. OSU led 55-0 at the half with a 326-54 yard edge and went 65/9pl and 90/7pl on their opening 2 drives of the 2H to lead 69-0. They got the ball back with 11:30 left and went 98/14pl adding a 10 yard td run with just 1:15 left.

Read more…