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Saturday’s marquee matchup saw #19 Texas upset the Big 12 applecart by outscoring #7 Oklahoma 48-45 after a game filled with plenty of thrill and spills–and chills.  The notoriously slow-starting Longhorns jumped out to a 24-10 second quarter lead and led 45-24 after three periods…before the Sooners stormed back to tie things up with under three minutes left.  But Kyler Murray and company left too much time on the clock and Texas was able to kick a field goal with nine seconds left.  Calling this rollercoaster ride next to the Texas State Fair was FOX’s Gus Johnson…an announcer known for high-energy calls of big plays in clutch situations.  He might not be everybody’s cup of tea-or more appropriately given his energy, double espresso-but nobody makes the mundane plays more interesting and nobody makes the big plays more sublime.

 

Alma Mater Update- those of a certain age also recall the last time the Orange started 4-0 they dropped two straight games.  Saturday’s overtime loss at Pitt was unfortunate; while we know SU isn’t in the same class as Clemson, a win at a sub-500 ACC foe like the Panthers shouldn’t be too much to ask for.  They host North Carolina in two weeks.

 

Maryland (3-2, 1-1 Big Ten) in its 42-21 loss to Michigan scored more points against the Wolverines than they had in the last three years combined, but the Terps were unable to contain the Wolverines after holding them in check for the first quarter.  Terrapin Triumphs: Tyrrell Pigrome came off the bench to lead the team with 63 rushing yards, including a 42 yard scamper and the game’s final touchown.  Tre Watson tallied 10 tackles to pace the defense.  Ty Johnson returned a kickoff 98 yards for the touchdown that gave the Terps their only lead of the day.  Terrapin Troubles: the offense stalled early and often, gaining just 47 yards in the first half.  The defense allowed the Wolverines to move the chains on 9-of-13 third downs…as Michigan scored five of the last six times they had the ball (the final possession of the day being the exception).  Penalties continue to be a problem, with 12 flags for 107 yards.  Next:  Saturday at home against 1-5 Rutgers (noon kickoff).

 

Navy (2-3) went west to face Air Force, and things went south after the Midshipmen took an early 7-0 lead.  The 35-7 loss was the their biggest defeat in the series since 2002 (Paul Johnson’s first year).  Midshipman Medals:  not a lot of good to thumb through.  Pete Tanuvsa made 11 tackles to pace the defense.  Owen White averaged 48.7 yards per punt…and he had plenty of practice with a career-high seven punts.  Midshipman Miscues:  the offense went three and out five times in seven first half possessions…and converted just 2 of 13 third downs.  Navy quarterbacks completed 3 of 12 passes.  Next:  Saturday at home against 3-3 Temple (3:30 p.m. kickoff).

 

#24 Virginia Tech (3-2) held Notre Dame to minus-three rushing yards in the first half, but on the Fighting Irish’s second offensive play of the second half Dexter Williams broke for a 97-yard touchdown that turned a one-point game at intermission into a 45-23 rout.  Hokie Highlights:  Ryan Willis threw for 309 yards while Damon Hazelton tallied 12 catches for 131 yards and a touchdown.  Reggie Floyd recorded seven tackles and an interception.  Hokie Humblings:  two turnovers-one of which was returned for a Notre Dame touchdown.  The defense gave up big plays–in addition to the 97-yard TD, the secondary coughed up passes of 40 and 56 yards.  Next:  Saturday at 1-3 North Carolina (7 p.m. gametime).

 

 

 

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If September is “Show Me Month” for individual programs and teams, it’s “Crow Me” month for conferences.  Leagues can dine out on their fat won-loss record in the season’s first month–even though many of those games are buyouts with FCS or lower-tier FBS schools.  Alabama has had two such games so far this fall-and coach Nick Saban has wondered aloud why the students haven’t been in their seats for an 11 a.m. local time kickoff with the likes of Louisiana-Lafayette.  Forgive me coach, but most 18-22 year olds are thinking about getting brunch in the dining hall at that time on Saturday-especially if there’s an omelet or waffle bar at their disposal.  Hyphenated schools aren’t going to pull them away from Monte Cristo sandwiches.  That said, the Southeastern Conference is the leader of the pack in our annual October conference call:  this week we look at the Power 5 conferences, from the contenders to the underbelly.

 

SEC: 33-5 with six of 14 schools in the AP Top 25.  Contenders:  #1 Alabama, #2 Georgia, #5 LSU & #8 Auburn.  Kentucky’s 5-0 start, after further review, is not an accounting error and Florida has half of its wins from lower-tier schools Charleston Southern & Colorado State.  Sadly, those are the only Division I schools with the initials “CS”–so Idaho will make the short flight from Moscow in November.  Underbelly:  Missouri is 3-1 and averaging over 40 points a game?  The third best Tiger team in the league is the early surprise.  Woe are the Magnolia State schools:  Ole Miss and Mississippi State are a combined 0-4 in league play.  Thank goodness for the Egg Bowl.

 

Big 12:  21-7 with four of 10 schools in the Top 25.  Contenders:  #7 Oklahoma and #9 West Virginia are unbeaten, while #19 Texas continues to kick itself for the Longhorns’ loss to Maryland and #25 Oklahoma State continues to be embarrassed by coach Mike Gundy’s mullet.  Underbelly:  TCU couldn’t hold on to leads against Texas or Ohio State…while Kansas is 2-3!?!  That’s like an 8-win season in Lawrence.

 

ACC: 32-11 with four of 14 schools in the Top 25.  Contenders: #3 Clemson needed a fourth quarter rally to beat Syracuse at home, while #17 Miami got exposed by LSU Labor Day weekend.  NC State (#23) is unbeaten, but lost a huge chance to develop street cred when their game against West Virginia was cancelled by Hurricane Florence.  Underbelly: while Duke and Syracuse are defying their “basketball school only” stigma with 4-1 starts, North Carolina is playing up to that stereotype at 1-3.

 

Pac-12: 23-11 with four of 12 schools in the Top 25.  Contenders: #10 Washington lost a tough “neutral site” game to Auburn in Atlanta, while #21 Colorado is the league’s last remaining unbeaten.  The Buffaloes will be tested with consecutive road games at USC and the Huskies.  Underbelly:  we knew the transformation wouldn’t be immediate under coach Chip Kelly, but I don’t think anyone thought UCLA would start 0-4 while allowing 38 points in consecutive losses to Fresno and Colorado.

 

Big Ten: 27-13 with five of 14 schools in the Top 25.  Contenders:  #3 Ohio State is the league’s last unbeaten after rallying to beat #11 Penn State in Happy Valley, but the Nittany Lions, #15 Michigan and #16 Wisconsin are each 4-1 with the path to the College Football Playoff in their hands.  Does anyone think that one-loss teams like Indiana, Iowa, Maryland and Minnesota are capable of making a move?  As always, the jury is out on #20 Michigan State.  Underbelly:  Rutgers (1-4) has a better record than Nebraska (0-4).  Let that sink in for a while…as there are those who will remind you how great the Cornhuskers were last century.  Just like the Scarlet Knights dominated the first ever college football game played in 1869 (a 6-4 win against Princeton).

 

Alma Mater Update- the Orange take their 4-1 record to Pitt Saturday in the ACC Network’s 12:20 p.m. Bojangles Battle.  This month will be a big barometer for how far this program has come under coach Dino Babers:  so far this year they’ve played better than the 2-3 Panthers.  SU also has home games with 1-3 North Carolina and unbeaten NC State this month…there’s a great chance that October could be a treat instead of a trick for Syracuse.

 

Saturday’s Games:

Maryland (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) at #15 Michigan (4-1, 1-0), noon (ABC).  The Terps come off the bye week by going to the Big House…and take the Big Ten’s least productive passing game into Ann Arbor to face a Wolverines defense that ranks first in the conference against the pass and overall (they may rank #3 against the run in the league but are 7th overall nationally).  Keep your eyes on Chase Winovich;  the senior defensive linemen leads the team in sacks and is second in tackles.  Maryland will go as far as its running game that has shown a propensity to make the big play (touchdown runs this season include scampers of 36, 64 and 81 yards)–but they’ll be minus the injured Lorenzo Harrison and his 8.4 yards per carry.  When Michigan has the ball, watch out for Karan Higdon (6.3 yards per carry and 119.8 per game)…a tough test for a Terps D that leads the league in getting off of the field on third down.  Terrapins tumble, 26-10.

 

Navy (2-2) at Air Force (1-3), 3:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network).  The Mids have won just once in Colorado Springs this decade, and they needed overtime to do so in 2012.  Offense is not a problem for the Falcons, who have scored 25 or more points in each of their four games.  The Midshipmen have had issues stopping everybody this year, allowing 21 or more points whether their foe was a FCS Lehigh, a Hawai’i team that’s off to a 5-1 start or an SMU squad that was 0-3 when they met.  Both teams can run the ball, as the Midshipmen lead the nation by averaging 355 yards on the ground and the Falcons rank 11th (254.8).  But Air Force also ranks 11th nationally in stopping the run, allowing 98.5 yards per game.  They won’t handcuff Navy’s option, but they’ll slow the fleet of backs just enough.  Presto’s Pick:  Midshipmen come up short, 28-24.

 

#24 Virginia Tech (3-1) vs #6 Notre Dame (5-0), 8 p.m. (ABC).  Which Hokies team will we get in Blacksburg Saturday- the one that went into Durham and defeated then-unbeaten Duke or the one that allowed 35 points in the second half at then-winless Old Dominion?  After three one-possession games to start the season, the Fighting Irish appear to have turned the corner behind quarterback Ian Book.  Pick your poison, VT defense:  the junior threw for four touchdowns against Stanford one week after running for three scores at Wake Forest.  It’s the second start for Ryan Willis, who will find the Catholic school’s defense a little less forgiving than the Blue Devils.  Life is amusing that way.  Hokies go down fighting, 27-20.

 

Virginia (3-2, 1-1 ACC) is idle, but don’t you dare think Kippy & Buffy will be taking it easy this weekend.  Bye weeks are for shuttering up the cottage in the Outer Banks-and there’s no better way to wave goodbye to summer than by enjoying a 2010 bottle of JM Gobillard et Fils Millesime Champagne.  “Straw color, lovely aromatics (violets and strawberries), persistent perlage (meaning the bubbles are evocative of pearls), and pleasant mix of fruity and pastry-like notes.”   Break out the Black Diamond Hackleback Caviar on toast points (the lighter toasted, the better).

 

Georgetown falls at Fordham, Howard beats North Carolina Central,  James Madison beats Elon, William & Mary loses to Albany, Richmond falls to Delaware, Towson shocks Stony Brook.

Last Week: 6-1.  “Show Me Month” ends with an exclamation point…

Season: 26-14.  What will “Moving Month” bring us?

Maryland is in its fourth Big Ten season, meaning every fourth-year senior attending the school (I know not everybody gets out in four–aka “seven years of college down the drain”) has known no other conference.  But there’s still an ACC feel to the university on gamedays–as the men’s and women’s crowds are robust and the football crowds are lacking.   Instead of a “blackout”, whiteout” or a “gold rush” it appears as there have been “gray ghost” games–where the fans are disguised as stadium seats.

Attendance this fall has averaged 37,636–which ranks 13th in the Big Ten, just ahead of Northwestern.  One could point to the small stadium size as Maryland Stadium is the third-smallest in the conference, but when grading for percentage of capacity the Terps’ 72.7% is only ahead of Illinois.  Since its inaugural season of 2014, the school has gone from 10th to 12th to 13th in putting people in the seats.   No longer having ACC rivals like Virginia on the slate can’t help as there’s a generation of fans who now feel a disconnect and can’t really get motivated for the likes of Northwestern and Purdue.  And for the opponents with big fan bases like Ohio State and Michigan, College Park becomes “Ann Arbor South” or “Columbus East”.  Last Saturday against the Wolverines there was a flood of Maize and Blue in the stands.  One could even hear UCF fans shout “Knight” during the National Anthem when they came to College Park in September.  Brace yourselves, because Penn State fans will likely be holding a “white-out” of their own at Maryland Stadium next Saturday.

 

Alma Mater Update- the Orange need a win over Louisville to stay in contention for a bowl game.  Yes, the Cardinals that are currently carving their way through the back end of a schedule after early stumbles.  Last year Lamar Jackson led Louisville to 62 points at the Carrier Dome–and he’s found that groove again this fall.  Meanwhile, there’s basketball.

 

Virginia (6-4, 3-3 ACC) at #2 Miami (9-0, 6-0), noon (ABC).  The Cavaliers November gauntlet continues with the resurrected Hurricanes:  how will their 11th best in the ACC run defense hold up against Travis Homer (146 yards rushing against Notre Dame and a 6.7 yards per carry average for the season)?  UVa quarterback Kurt Benkert has thrown an interception in four straight games- he’ll be facing a Hurricane secondary that leads the conference with 16 picks.  Kippy & Buffy pick a red blend for the tailgate, and against the “Convicts” school of the Catholics & Convicts what better to enjoy than a 2016 bottle of The Prisoner: “enticing aromas of Bing cherry, dark chocolate, clove, and roasted fig. Persistent flavors of ripe raspberry, boysenberry, pomegranate, and vanilla linger harmoniously.”  Cavaliers win the tailgate but lose the game, 38-15.

 

Virginia Tech (7-3, 3-3 ACC) vs Pitt (4-6, 2-4), 12:20 p.m. (ACC Network).  The Hokies need to get right before their annual Commonwealth clash with Virginia.  Quarterback Josh Jackson hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass since before Halloween-he’ll face a rather accommodating Panthers defense that allows the most passing yards in the ACC.   Despite allowing 28 points in each of the last two weeks, the Hokies defense remains first against the pass and in points allowed as well as in getting off of the field on third down.  They’ll be tested on the ground as Darrin Hall is averaging 162 yards over his last three games.  Hokies make it happen, 28-16.

 

Navy (6-3) at #9 Notre Dame (8-2), 3:30 p.m. (NBC).  This isn’t the walkover it used to be:  The Mids have won four of the last ten meetings and came within a touchdown on two other occasions.  The Fighting Irish can still secure a New Year’s Day bowl berth with wins this weekend and at Stanford, while Navy appears to be bound for the Military Bowl in Annapolis–leave it the USNA to save the government money in travel expenses.  Navy’s had a pair of quarterbacks run for over 200 yards this fall, but both Zach Abey (shoulder) and Malcolm Perry (ankle) are questionable for Saturday–potentially placing Garret Lewis in the driver’s seat of the option offense.  The junior has 46 total yards rushing this fall.  Midshipmen come up short, 44-17.

 

Maryland (4-6, 2-5) at Michigan State (7-3, 5-2), 4 p.m., (FOX).  The Terps need a win to keep their bowl hopes alive, while the Spartans are smarting after a 48-3 loss to Ohio State.  MSU’s offense may be middle of the road (seventh in the 14-school Big Ten in rushing, passing and total yardage), but Maryland’s defense has been roadkill over the last two months-allowing 31+ points in six league games while coughing up 38+ twice in non-conference play.  Quarterback Max Bortenschlager (still not specified if it’s a shoulder, head or hangnail injury) remains a question mark for the Terps;  and while Ryan Brand played better as the Michigan game progressed there’s something to be said about instability (even injury-induced) at the game’s most important position.  Terrapins tumble, 31-17.

Howard makes Mike London the MEAC Coach of the year with a victory at Hampton, Georgetown ends its autumn by falling to Colgate, Richmond edges William & Mary, Towson tops Rhode Island, James Madison escapes upset at Elon…and enters the FCS Playoffs as the #1 seed.
Last Week: 6-2.

Overall: 64-23.

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Even though it’s for a potential playoff berth instead of a place in the Rose Bowl, Michigan-Ohio State is the game that will define this upcoming weekend.  Even though it’s played at noon instead of in prime time, this is the showdown that will have everyone watching and then rehashing.  It’s a defacto elimination game as while the winner is not assured of a playoff berth (or in Ohio State’s case even a berth in the Big Ten Championship Game), the loser gets to practice their “no, playing in the (insert bowl’s name here) Bowl is not a letdown at all” speech.  But Ohio State-Michigan is a lot more than that.  College football is at its best when its premiere programs are producing and even better when it’s major rivalries meet in high-stakes showdowns.  While the era of 1968-80 (when either the Buckeyes or the Wolverines went to Pasadena) is long gone, these two teams are still the class of the conference (at witnessed by Maryland getting outscored 121-6 over a two-week span by the duo).  Even if Penn State winds up playing Wisconsin for the actual Big Ten title.  Because you can win a tie-breaker in the standings, but you can’t upstage the horseshoe.  And when you look at the Buckeyes’ home field in Columbus, you see Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh on the sidelines along with Hall of Fame coaches Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler.  You see JT Barrett and Jabrill Peppers…but you also recall the exploits of Heisman Trophy winners Archie Griffin and Desmond Howard.  You hear “Hang On Sloopy” and “Hail to the Victors”…while seeing the dotting of the I.  You look at the field in Columbus and are reminded that even when this game isn’t technically a big game, it’s a huge matchup.  You wish your school had a rival you loved beating and hated losing to even 10% as much as this one.

 

Alma Mater Update- Year I of the Dino Babers Era ends mercifully Saturday against a Pitt team that upset Clemson on the road earlier this month…and boasts a running back named James Conner who not only destroys opposing defenses (1700+ yrads rushing as a sophomore) but also beat Hodgkin’s Lymphona.  Meanwhile, men’s and women’s basketball are both off to strong starts.  So a potential Pinstripe Bowl countdown will continue next fall…while one sweats out Orange hoops and lacrosse in the interim.  Go Orange…

 

Maryland (5-6, 2-6 Big Ten) vs Rutgers (2-9, 0-8), 12 p.m., ESPNews.  As bad as things have been for the Terps during their four game slide, the Scarlet Knights have been shut out four times in conference play-losing games 39-0, 49-0, 58-0 and 78-0.  Quarterback Perry Hills and his shoulder remain in the land of limbo…but Rutgers is exactly the team you’d be okay with a backup QB facing:  13th in the Big Ten in yards and points allowed…13th in sacks and 13th in defensive passing efficiency.  And their offense is worse.

Terrapins Triumph, 30-18.

 

Virginia (2-9, 1-6 ACC) at Virginia Tech (8-3, 5-2), 12 p.m., ESPN2.  Have we mentioned that the Hokies have won this matchup 12 straight years?  Last fall they clinched bowl eligibility with a victory in Charlottesville…and this year they can wrap up the ACC Coastal Division with a win or a North Carolina loss to NC State.  It’s easy to call this matchup a tale of two quarterbacks;  but while Jerod Evans has had the season for Tech that UVa hoped Kurt Benkert would have its more of a difference of defenses.  Under longtime coordinator Bud Foster the Hokies haven’t missed a beat-and some could say the defense has been better this fall.  Bronco Mendenhall’s D in Charlottesville is earning one…near the bottom in the ACC at just about every category.  At the end of another season where the wins were rare but the great Virginia wine was plentiful, Kippy & Buffy go out in style: enjoying a Chateau O’Brien 2011 Limited Reserve Tannat:  “full bodied, dense & concentrated – with black fruit flavors & a silky smooth finish.”  Break out the garlic dill jack on club crackers.

Hokies make it a lucky 13 straight, beating the Cavaliers 28-10.

 

Richmond (8-3) vs North Carolina A&T (9-2), 2 p.m., ESPN3.  While many schools are focused on finishing their regular seasons, the Spiders begin their postseason run with a home game against the Bulldogs.  It’s a contrast of strengths:  Richmond has made its money through the air this fall while the NC A&T has dominated on the ground (ranking in the top 20 of FCS in both rushing offense and defense).  In November that takes a higher priority…and Richmond is also coming off a bad loss to William & Mary.  But Kyle Lauletta has at least one more great game in him this year.

Spiders advance, 36-24.

 

Navy (8-2, 6-1  AAC) at SMU (5-6, 3-4), 3:30 p.m., ESPNU.  The Midshipmen have already locked up a berth in the AAC Championship Game…but a win against the Mustangs will further their ambitions of potentially playing in a New Year’s Day bowl. Actually, the New Year’s Day Bowls will be played on January 2nd this year because the NFL’s regular season wraps up on Sunday the 1st.  Could anything derail the Mids?  Actually, SMU can pass the ball (4th in the AAC) and Navy ranks last in the conference in defensive passing efficiency.  But since October, only Air Force has held the runaway option to under 28 points.  SMU won’t be the second.

Mids make it happen, 35-20.

 

Last Week: 8-2.

Overall: 77-33.

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Week two of the college football season gave area fans plenty of opportunities to enjoy antiquing and apple-picking…with an underwhelming schedule that saw a blast from the past.  For anyone growing up in the 1970’s and 80’s in the Northeast, Penn State playing Pitt was our USC-UCLA.  Three National Championships over an 11-year span with more than a couple near-misses. Two Heisman Trophy winners along with a slew of All-Americans who would make their mark in the NFL.  These November showdowns would often determine the defacto “Eastern Independent” champ as well as carry National title ramifications.  Unfortunately when Penn State made the Big Ten 11 schools this annual matchup was one of the casualties (along with the death of accurate conference math).  Pitt in many ways suffered an identity crisis (calling itself Pittsburgh and having a panther on their helmets? sacrilege!).  As the two schools prepared to face off for the first time since 2000, Penn State coach James Franklin said this wasn’t really much of a rivalry.  That angered Pitt fans almost as much as Dan Marino’s 4 interceptions in the 1981 game that derailed a #1 season.  Saturday at Heinz Field they put the ketchup back in the bottle as the Panthers outscored the Nittany Lions 42-39 in the first game in a four-year series.  Here’s hoping this becomes an annual affair.  Perhaps Maryland and Virginia can take note and the former ACC foes can become non-conference bros.

Alma Mater Update- I guess the orange on orange uniform choice wasn’t enough to distract fans from the fact that the defense was allowing 62 points.  For comparison, eight times last winter Syracuse basketball fans left the Carrier Dome having allowed fewer than 62 points.  During the run to the Final Four the Orange coughed up 51, 50, 60 & 62 points in the NCAA Tournament.  Saturday Louisville’s Lamar Jackson turned SU inside-out with 411 yards passing and 199 yards rushing.  The Cardinals’ last two scores came on big plays right after an Orange turnover. On the bright side, it was nice to see former Terp Amba Etta-Tawo shine at wide receiver… notching 8 catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns.  SU now gets games with South Florida and UConn before facing Notre Dame.

Maryland (2-0) ran away from FIU (DON’T CALL THEM Florida International) in a 41-14 Friday night laugher reminiscent of an old episode of Perfect Strangers.  Another week of dominating on all phases of the game.  Question is, are the Terps this good or are their opponents (0-4 combined) that bad?  Terrapin Triumphs- Perry Hills threw three touchdown passes and stretched the field this week, averaging 15+ yards per completion. D.J. Moore caught two of those scores while tallying 6 receptions for 147 yards.  The running back rotation delivered again, averaging over 5 yards a carry.  The defense handcuffed the Golden Panthers for a good part of the game while Jermaine Carter Jr. returned an interception for a touchdown.  Terrapin Troubles- EIGHT penalties for 85 yards will give the coaching staff a lot of “teaching opportunities” this week.  The offense converted just 4 of  12 third down attempts.  Next- Saturday at 1-1 UCF (DON’T CALL THEM CENTRAL FLORIDA!), 7 p.m.

Navy (2-0) let a three-touchdown first half lead evaporate before rallying and then needing a goal-line stand to beat UConn 28-24.  The Huskies are  hardly the toughest team in the AAC, squeaking past Maine (?) the week before.  Midshipmen Medals- Will Worth in his first career start ran for a pair of touchdowns while completing 6 of 8 passes…including 4 to Jamir Tillman.  Alohi Gillman tallied 10 tackles, a forced fumble plus two fumble recoveries (one run back for a TD).  Midshipmen Miscues- the defense allowed the Huskies to complete 24 of 27 passes.  And yet the Huskies still ran on the games final play-their fault.  Next- Saturday at 1-1 Tulane, 7 p.m.

Virginia Tech (1-1) started strong but faded against #17 Tennessee in a 45-24 defeat at Bristol Motor Speedway in front of a record 150,000 fans.  Unfortunately, I believe fans are still trying to leave the parking lot at this moment.  Hokie Highlights- after gaining 39 yards in the opener against Liberty, Travon McMillan ran for 127 yards and a score.  Linebacker Andrew Motuapuaka tallied 15 tackles while directing a defense that held the Volunteers to 3-13 on third down.  Hokie Humblings- five fumbles (!)  lost  with four of them setting up short fields en route to 24 UT points. The defense allowed up 5.2 yards per carry.  And what was the deal with those uniforms? Were they going for the “pavement look”?  Next- Saturday vs 1-1 Boston College, 3:30 p.m.

Virginia (0-2) was blinded by the Oregon offense and Duck uniforms in a 44-26 loss at Eugene.  Earlier in the week coach Bronco Mendenhall said the Richmond defeat showed how far they had to go in this program reconstruction…and this loss perhaps highlighted some of the possibilities of this year’s team.  Cavalier Congrats- after the entire team was held to 38 yards rushing in the opener, Albert Reid ran for 126 yards and a touchdown against the Ducks.  Twin defensive stoppers Micah Kiser and Quin Blanding each notched 9 tackles to lead the team.  Cavalier Concerns- the defense coughed up 632 total yards.  That is not a misprint.  Kurt Benkert threw two interceptions and barely completed 50% of his passes, despite averaging under 10 yards per completion.  Next- Saturday at 1-1 UConn, 1:30 p.m.