Recap of Week 15

Wow!! It truly was worthy of its title: Championship Week.
We’ll begin with the best fan sign of the college football season. In the stands of the East Carolina Pirates in its victory over the Houston Cougars a student flashed the following sign: “His mom is the only cougar I like,” with an arrow pointed to the kid next to him – very clever – must be a humanities major.
Maybe ECU head man Skip Holtz, the first coach to win consecutive CUSA crowns, should be the guy who takes the reins at Notre Dame. He’s a terrific coach, is intimately familiar with the pressures associated with South Bend, and certainly has the coaching genes.
Poor Dave Wannstedt, after leading 31-10, with a BCS bowl game ($millions) and the Big East title on the line, his Pitt Panthers couldn’t close it out, losing to undefeated Cincinnati 45-44 on a missed extra point – botched not by the kicker or the snapper, but by the holder. In a remarkable turnaround, the Bearcats QB Tony Pike, who at one point was almost benched after a 3-16 completion stretch, finished with 11 consecutive completions, including the winning touchdown pass with less than a minute left to play. It may also have been Bearcat’s coach Brian Kelley’s last game– as Notre Dame, as everyone expects, may be calling.
In the shocker of the day, Alabama dominated the defending national champion Florida Gators – 32-19 as tailback Mark Ingram – 3 TDs and 189 all purpose yards – ran himself back into the Heisman Trophy race. It was also a game that saw Bama’s quarterback Greg McElroy outplay Florida’s All-World QB Tim Tebow, as Florida’s 22 game win streak – the nation’s longest came to a crashing halt. We think in McElroy – a star is born.
In the how does he keep his job category: Illinois coach Ron Zook, who has been told he is coming back, saw his woeful Illini(3-9) surrender 53 points in its loss to Fresno State 53-52 in Champaign. The difference came on a battered two point conversion with no time left on the clock. Amazing. It was also the most points Fresno scored all season!!
The king is dead – long love the king – in this case Oregon. USC, the winners of the last seven consecutive PAC 10 titles, lost its fourth conference game, this time at home on senior day – as Pete Carroll’s Trojans finished a stunningly disappointing sixth in the conference, with a 5-4 record, and 8-4 overall. Yikes!! The front running fans also did the Trojans no favors by emptying the Coliseum with the game still in doubt. Ouch!!
The experts said that Paul Johnson’s triple-option attack would never work against the ‘big-boys” – well yesterday Georgia Tech and that triple option captured its first ACC title –since Lyndon Johnson occupied the White House in 1966.
In Dallas – the Long Horns escaped with a 13-12 last second victory over the Cornhuskers of Nebraska, as QB Colt McCoy played himself out of a Heisman Trophy and almost out of a national championship game. McCoy, luckily threw a pass out of bounds leaving a single second left on the clock which allowed UT field goal kicker Hunter Lawrence (what is it with these Texas names: Colt, Hunter), the time to kick a Vinateri-like 46 yard game winning field goal – keeping the Horns title hopes alive. Based on the Horns performance the last two weeks – the wrong team from Texas will be playing in the National Championship game – it should be the Horned Frogs of TCU.
It truly was an amazing day – our Heisman Trophy ballot went this way:
1. Ingram –Alabama 2. Gerhart – Stanford 3. Suh – Nebraska.
If you had told me at the beginning of the season that not one of the big three QBs’ would be on my ballot – I would have made a call to McCleans!!!
That’s it from Cyber space – we’ll be up and running with our final analysis of the season on Wednesday night – our favorite: Army/Navy. We hate to see the season end. But of course there are always the Browns versus the Bucks or the Nets versus the Knicks to look forward to!! Until then – peace out. PK

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    2 responses to “Recap of Week 15

    1. Another loser on your list

      Just to note, more “author errors” Its becoming tiresome having to edit your work. Were YOU a Humanities major?

      Battered extra point? How did they get the dough all around it? And, Its McLean Hospital that you are probably alluding (or is it deluding) to.

      • first of all what about that u mass education – picaresque – meaning clever rogues or adventurers which obviously fits perfectly. just another example of a poodle nipping at a great dane’s heels!!!!

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