I’ve often said September is Show Me Month in college football.  As far as Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech are concerned…can we cover it up?  All three schools have come up short on multiple occasions and we aren’t even into the meat of their conference schedule.  The Terps have the toughest road ahead with their Big Ten foes a combined 27-5 record…while the Hokies won’t play a school with a losing record until they face Virginia in the season finale.  The Cavaliers?  Thank goodness they luck out with Louisville as a crossover foe.

Maryland got mauled in Morgantown, losing at West Virginia 45-6.  Not the way you want to wrap up non-conference play, especially with Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State leading off the Big Ten slate.  Terrapin Triumphs– Brandon Ross ran for 130 yards (even though his longest run of the day resulted in a fumble into the endzone).  The defense did notch 3 sacks while Jermaine Carter tallied 14 tackles.  Terrapin Troubles– Caleb Rowe threw 4 interceptions while getting benched for Daxx Garman (the graduate transfer also threw a pick)…and the offense converted just 4 of 14 third downs.  The defense allowed four touchdowns and a missed field goal the first five times the Mountaineers had the ball…coughing over 600 yards.  Ten penalties for 100 yards certainly wasn’t helpful, either.  Next:  Saturday at 8pm against #22 Michigan (3-1 after a 31-0 rout of #22 BYU).  Break out the khakis…

Virginia Tech saw another one of its infamous September stumbles… falling to East Carolina 35-28.  The Pirates pulled “the old switcheroo” by subbing running quarterback James Summers liberally…and instead of dealing with Blake Kemp’s 70%+ completion rate VT had to deal with Summers wheels (169 yards on 21 carries).  Hokie Highlights– Brenden Motley threw for 281 yards and a touchdown while adding 85 more yards and another score on the ground.  Isaiah Ford caught 8 more passes…bringing his total to 22 for the season.  Sean Huelskamp collects 10 tackles and 1 sack.Hokie Humblings– the defense blew a two touchdown lead in the first half…11 penalties for 89 yards dooms you on the road… and the offense converted just 6 of 16 third downs.  Next:  Saturday at noon against Pitt (2-1 after a loss to Iowa September 19th).  The Panthers are coming off a bye week?  Is anyone concerned?

Virginia spared its fans of a lost Saturday by getting fried Friday night, 56-14 to BYU in a game that made one check out the calendar for basketball season.  Coach Mike London’s team needs to go 5-3 in ACC play for bowl eligibility…not exactly a likely run.  Cavalier Congrats– somehow the defense held Boise State to 3-14 on third down…while a Friday game meant that Kippy and Buffy had Saturday to themselves.  Virginia wine country was calling!  Cavalier Catastrophes–  just like Maryland it was a mess.  Four interceptions and a fumble gave the Broncos plenty of short fields when they weren’t returning INT’s back for touchdowns…while the defense didn’t help itself by allowing 358 yards passing.  Next:  October 10th against Pitt (Panthers play Virginia Tech Saturday) in Charlottesville as the bye week allows Kippy & Buffy the chance to shut down the Hilton Head cottage.

Navy receives votes in both polls after disposing of UConn 28-18…as the Mids improve to 2-0 in the American Athletic Conference (of America).  Midshipmen Medals– Keenan Reynolds rushes for 142 yards and three touchdowns while throwing for another score.  The offense converts 8 of 12 third downs…while the defense notches 5 sacks to set the tone.  Midshipmen Miscues– after dissecting the Cavaliers, Hokies and Terps’ warts, is it nitpicking to say that Navy’s punt return game (DeBrandon Sanders 5 yard loss on his lone attempt) was lacking?  They also fumbled twice (recovered both) and committed 3 penalties.  I know– we’re stretching.  Next:  Saturday at 3:30 against Air Force (2-1 after a September 19th loss at Michigan State).

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