Recap week 6

The Cock crowed in Columbia, South Carolina!

The Head Ball Coach, Steve Spurrier, (who gave himself a game ball) orchestrated the biggest win in South Carolina history, as the Gamecocks knocked off the number one team in the land, mighty Alabama, by the astounding score of; 35-21. 

It was a complete domination, as the Cocks shredded the nation’s stingiest defense, and held the country’s best tailback tandem; Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson, to a combined total of 64 yards, a number they usually compile in the first quarter.  The Tide’s quarterback Greg McElroy also suffered his first loss as a starter since the eighth grade, ending Alabama’s 19 game winning streak.  South Carolina is a real player in the SEC race.

Maybe a 6-0 record, and 4-0 in the conference, will quiet the Baton Rouge faithful.  Coach Les Miles, aka “The Mad Hatter,” stunned the Gators in the Swamp with another heart pounding, Houdini, last second victory.  It wasn’t as dramatic as last week, but it was close.

Trailing 29-26, with 35 seconds left, LSU lined up for a 52 yard field goal attempt.  It was a fake.  Holder Drew Alleman, threw a no-look pitch over his head, the ball bounced (it wasn’t supposed to), but it bounced on grass no less, right into the arms of kicker Josh Johns (no relation to the painter), who scooped it up and ran for the first down. 

It then took over four minutes for the replay booth to determine that it was a legal pitch, not a forward pass.  The Tigers then completed a 28 yard pass to the 3 yard line, and with 6 seconds left, quarterback Jarrett Lee completed a touchdown pass to wideout Terrence Toliver for another off the charts 33-29 LSU victory.  The “Mad Hatter,” lives!!  And LSU, with that world class defense, and an offensive awakening, is now in the national title conversation.

On fraud alert:  The “U” otherwise known as the University of Miami was steamrolled at home by the “new” Florida State, 45-17, as Jimbo Fisher’s Seminoles look very much the hunter in the ACC.

In Happy Valley, JoePa, 83, looks old, as his Nittany Lions were embarrassed at homecoming by Illinois 33-13.  Amazingly, Penn State cannot run the ball, and now rest at 3-3, and 0-2 in the conference, while sitting 8th from the bottom in scoring.  Yikes!  Could this finally be Joe’s swan-song? 

While Illini Coach Ron Zook, 3-2, might save his gig with a lot of winnable games left on a soft remaining schedule.  I hope so, we like the Zooker.

The nation’s new numero-uno, Ohio State, who has won 12 straight, had little trouble against Indiana, as QB Terrelle Pryor, who threw for a career best 324 yards and 3 TDs, while continuing his Heisman march.  It was also Coach Jim “The Vest,” Tressell’s 100 victory as the Buckeyes head man.

In the Big House, “Shoelace,” was laced.  “Little brother,” Michigan State, 6-0, 2-0 in conference, came in and shut down the Wolverines magician, quarterback Denard Robinson, holding him to 84 yards rushing, nothing longer than 16 yards, while picking off three passes in its 34-17 destruction of the Maize and Blue.  It’s setting up to be a special season in East Lansing. 

In Lexington, Kentucky, Auburn 6-0, 3-0 in SEC, hung on to defeat Kentucky with a last second field goal 37-34, as Tigers quarterback Cam Newton – 198 yards rushing, 4TDs, continues his climb in the Heisman race. 

In the old friend category: NC State Coach Tom O’Brien, in his fourth try, obliterated his former team Boston College 44-17.  To paraphrase Casey Stengel, when he coached the woeful Mets, can anybody at the Heights play quarterback?!!!!!!!  I guess not, as the Eagle “gunslingers,” combined for: 11-32, 3 interceptions!  Double Yikes!

Sings of life up north; as the Cuse (4-1, 1-0 in Big East), is off to its best start since Bill Clinton sat in the Oval Office – 1999, as Syracuse defeated South Florida, in Tampa; 13-9.  Congrats to Coach Doug Marrone.

In another signs of life department:  Mississippi State crushed Houston on the road 47-24, making Dan Mullen’s Bulldogs 4-2. 

Hail the Academies, as Army, Navy, and Air Force were all victorious.  Air Force is nationally ranked, while the Cadets of West Point sit 4-2, and are two wins from being bowl eligible for the first time since 1996.

Coach Lane “Violation,” Kiffen and his USC Trojans lost for the second consecutive week, this time to Stanford 35-34 on a last second field goal.  It dropped the once high and mighty Trojans into the also-ran category.  I wonder where Snoop Dog, and all those other front running frauds, have gone?!

Arizona, who was living on the edge for the last couple of weeks, finally fell, losing to Oregon State 29-27. 

The Irish and Coach Brian Kelley have won 2 straight climbing back to 3-3, with a bunch of winnable games in its future.

Finally in the “Toilet Bowl,” game, or somebody had to win.  New Mexico faced off against New Mexico State, both teams were winless, a combined 0-9, and New Mexico defeated New Mexico State 19-16.

We’ll be up and running Wednesday night with our analysis of week 7.  Until then Peace, and listen to the music.

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