While the top two heavy hitters had the day off, we’ll begin with some local flavor.
Congrats to the Boys from the Heights, as Coach Spaz’s Eagles won its fourth in a row, a 17-13 victory over Virginia, making BC bowl eligible for the twelfth consecutive season.
In that game, BC’s All-America (All-World) backer Luke Kuechly, a Nagurski finalist, as one of the nation’s best defensive players, had his 20th consecutive game with double digit (15) tackles. Remarkable!
Up in Hanover, New Hampshire, congrats to Big Green Coach Buddy Teevens, (Silver Lake Regional High School) who led Dartmouth to a 31-0 shellacking (President Obama’s favorite word) of the woeful Tigers of Princeton, giving the Big D, its first winning season in 13 years.
Across the River, in the 127th meeting of Harvard/Yale, Crimson Coach Tim Murphy (also Silver Lake Regional High alum), and a boy hood friend of Teevens, led the Johns to a 28-21 win over the Eli, for his fifth consecutive victory over the Boys from New Haven.
Yours truly was in the stands, and in a very windy stadium, I spotted our Senior Senator John Kerry, and despite the mini-gale, every hair remained in place. With apologies to Warren Zevon – “Werewolves of London,” – “his hair was perfect,” that might have been the most remarkable aspect to the entire game!!
In another old friend category: Tom O’Brien and his NC State Wolfpack won its 8th game (8-3, 5-2), a 29-25 victory over intra-state rival North Carolina. The victory keeps O’Brien’s Boys on track to capture the Atlantic Division Title – a win over Maryland Saturday – and NC State plays for the ACC Title and a BCS birth. That is the reason the Pack hired Mr. O’Brien.
In the best game of the day, Ohio State defeated Iowa 20-17, in a contest that wasn’t decided until Ohio State scored with 1:47 left to play.
The game saving play came on a fourth down and 14, when Buckeyes QB Terrelle Pryor scampered the fourteen yards for the first down to keep the game and OSU’s title hopes alive.
In the play previous play, Pryor lofted a perfect pass into the end zone waiting arms of his receiver DeVier Posey, who, you guessed it, had it slide threw his arms.
It was the Buckeyes 12th win in 13 tries against Iowa, and makes them 18-1 in its last 19 in the month of November under Tressell.
It’s been a frustrating season for the Iowa City faithful, as the Hawkeyes four losses have all come in the last four minutes, in which they had the lead. Ouch!
The Big Ten, always our favorite, remains the most fascinating conference race in the land. Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Ohio State remain tied atop the standings with one game remaining for each.
If all three win, the tie would be broken by the BCS standings, which right now has Wisconsin at No. 7, Ohio State 9th, and Michigan State 12th. But if Ohio State should stumble, and the others win, the tie break belongs to Michigan State who defeated Wisconsin in a head to head match-up.
Staying with Wisconsin, The Badgers, who ran all over the hapless Wolverines D, smacked Michigan 48-28. It was Wisconsin’s first victory in Ann Arbor since 1994, and it dropped Coach $Rich Rod’s Wolverines to 7-4, 3-4, with Ohio State in Columbus remaining on the docket. A 7-5, 3-5 finish might make it a bit dicey for the embattled Maize and Blue coach. The victory also keeps Wiscy’s chances for its first Big Ten Title since 1999, very much on track.
More importantly in that game, Michigan’s magical QB Denard Robinson set a couple of NCAA Division 1 records. He became the first player in history to rush for 1,500 yards and throw for 1,500 yards. He also set the single season rushing record for a quarterback, (he currently stands at: 1538) surpassing Beau Morgan of the Air Force Academy.
Congrats to the Boys from Blacksburg, as Coach Frank Beamer and his VaTech Hokies won its 9th straight, defeating a disappointing Miami Hurricane team (7-4), 31-17.
The last tine Beamer’s troops reeled of 9 in a row; Bill Clinton was in the last year (1999) of his Presidency. That victory also clinched a spot in the ACC Title game. Right now, nobody, wants to play Virginia Tech.
We may have been in error last week. We buried one of of our favorites; Illinois coach Ron Zook, after the Illini’s horrendous loss to a woeful Minnesota Gopher team. But yesterday’s 48-27 victory over Northwestern at Wrigley Field in Chicago, makes Illinois bowl eligible, (6-5, 4-4), and may indeed have saved the “Fighting Zooker’s” job. In that game Illini tailback Michael LeShore ran for a school record 330 yards (surpassing Red Grange), in 33 carries, for an eye-popping 10 yard average!!
Kudos to Boise State; arguably the best, or most complete team, in the land. On Friday night its All-America QB and Heisman Trophy candidate Kellen Moore (28 touchdown passes – 5 interceptions) dissected, and destroyed a very good Fresno State team; 51-0.
It was the first time Fresno had been whitewashed in 12 years, and like VaTech, nobody, but nobody, wants to play Boise State and that includes Auburn and Oregon.
Thumbs up to Colorado! The Buffs, under interim coach Brian Cabral, won its second straight, a 44-36 victory over Kansas State, and need an upset victory in Lincoln, Nebraska to become bowl eligible. If that should ever happen, the Colorado Administration should look no further than its sideline, for its new coach.
In Baton Rouge, the “Mad Hatter,” Coach Les Miles’s and his LSU Tigers, pulled out another close one, a 43-36 offensive show against Ole Miss, ending the Rebels hopes for bowl game. LSU, 10-1, 6-1, remains very much in consideration for an at large BCS game.
The Boys from Palo-Alto put the hammer down, as Stanford crushed its rival; the Cal Bears, 48-14 in the; Big Game. All-America QB and Heisman Trophy candidate, Andrew Luck led the Cardinal to scores on all eight possessions. It was the biggest point differential since the Administration of Herbert Hoover (ironically a Stanford grad) – 1930! Double Yikes! It also keeps Stanford – 10-1, 7-1, – very much on track for an at large BCS birth.
Finally, salutes to Mike Sherman and his Texas A&M Aggies (8-3, 5 in a row) for its signature victory, a 9-3 smasher against Nebraska. In that game, Husker’s coach Bo Pelini was a wild man on the sidelines berating his starting QB Taylor Martinez, while his Big Red was flagged for 16 penalties, as the home field Aggies only drew a pair!
Best sign of the day came from a fan in the wrong end zone at Wrigley Field. Because of the proximity of one of the end zone walls, it was decided that both teams only worked toward the open end zone for the entire game. The home made sign read simply, Wrong Way. Ah the beauty of simplicity.
(Material from other sources was used in compiling this report.)
Be sure to read or analysis of week 13, which will be up and running Wednesday night.
Until then, Peace, and listen to the music.