College football is better known for its late-season drama.  Rivalry games that determine conference championships, bowl bids and now playoff possibilities.  September?  More “Two Broke Girls” than “NCIS”…”Show Me Month” is supposed to be the comedy portion of the schedule.  Blowouts to the tune of 40-3 and 55-6.  Time to fatten up on directional schools and programs that have lost their way…or to collect guarantee paychecks that add to the bank account while subtracting from the won-lost record.  Not so this weekend.  Saturday’s slate in addition to three nail-biters in College Park, Blacksburg and Charlottesville saw Boston College upset #9 USC (Trojans alum Marcus Allen looks like he could still play) while #12 UCLA escapes disaster against Texas…South Carolina shock #6 Georgia (Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier looks like he could still pitch & catch) while Florida needs triple overtime to beat…wait for it… KENTUCKY (Spurrier looks like he’d be a better QB option for the Gators now)…while Notre Dame wears weird “ND” decals on the sides of their helmets (NBC sideline reporter Doug Flutie looks like he could still grow a few inches).

 

Alma Mater Update–– Can SU get a bye week before every opponent?  Orange Nation breathes a sigh of relief after the team’s 40-3 rout of Central Michigan.  Causes for confidence include holding the Chippewas to 34 yards rushing and 1-10 on third down…while causes of concern include Terrel Hunt completing more than enough short stuff (175 yards passing on 20 completions).  At least he didn’t punch any opponents.  Break out the wings!

 

Maryland came up short after rallying from 22 points down to tie West Virginia…slipping 40-37 on a last-second field goal to the Mountaineers.  It’s tough to win a shootout against a guy named Clint, and the WV quarterback Trickett burned the Terps for 511 yards and 4 touchdowns passing.  Terrapin Triumphs– the red zone defense kept the game from getting out of hand by recovering 2 fumbles and stopping a 4th and 1… special teams had their moments with a blocked field goal, recovered fumbled punt and Will Likely’s 69-yard return for a TD… CJ Brown rumbled for 141 yards and a score.  Terrapin Troubles– the defense allowed 694 yards (albeit on 108 plays— I’m tired and I didn’t even set foot on the field) and Trickett was able to expose the secondary early for big gains…the offense converted just 4 of 15 third downs…and the team committed 7 penalties for 71 yards (including an offensive pass interference that wiped out a 1st and 10 in the red zone).  Next:  Saturday at Syracuse.

 

#17 Virginia Tech saw a third one-possession game with East Carolina in four years end on a last-minute touchdown run by Shane Carden…and a 28-21 loss to the Pirates.  Some say this was a hangover game from their high-flying win over Ohio State–but those who’ve followed VT recently are familiar with the September stagger that sometimes results in a stumble.  Hokie Highlights– freshman WR Isaiah Ford notched 7 catches for 77 yards and 2 TD’S…the defense forced three key 3 & outs in the 4th quarter… and the smoked turkey legs are darn good at Lane Stadium.  Hokie Humblings– the defense took a while to warm up, allowing 205 yards… Michael Brewer threw 2 interceptions… and the annual September Stumble remains more of a fact than a legend.  Next:  Saturday vs Georgia Tech.

 

Virginia shocked the world with a 23-21 win over #21 Louisville.  The two-quarterback system employed by coach Mike London worked so well…he’s thinking about using three next weekend.  Cavalier Congrats– four takeaways, with a recovered fumble on a punt return leading to the game-winning field goal… Anthony Harris notched 8 tackles and intercepted the pass that led to the team’s first TD of the day… Miles Gooch notched 4 catches for 78 yads and a TD while taking a break from terrorizing Arnold Jackson.  Cavalier Concerns– Kevin Parks was held to 3 yards a carry… the quarterback situation saw both Greyson Lambert and Matt Johns throw second quarter interceptions… and the defense finally broke in the 4th quarter, allowing consecutive TD drives instead of being able to ice the game.  Next:  Saturday at #21 BYU.

 

Navy won on the road minus starting quarterback Keenan Reynolds…pasting Texas State 35-21.  After watching game film of Texas State I realized I was watching “Necessary Roughness” with Scott Bakula and Kathy Ireland…which contained more drama than the Mid’s win.  Plus plenty of laughs…make that film your next Netflix audible.  Midshipmen Medals–Tago Smith completes 5 of 7 passes for 117 yards and 2 TD’s… Noah Copeland nets 116 of the team’s 352 yards rushing… the defense holds the Bobcats to 5-15 on third down.  Midshipmen Miscues–  how does Texas State in real life go by the Bobcats and not the Fightin’ Armadillos?  Even the minor league baseball Albuquerque Dukes tipped their cap to the Simpsons by changing their name to the Isotopes. Next:  Saturday vs Rutgers. 

 

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