In Atlanta all roads led to; Rout 56!
Back in his Florida days, South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier was famous for saying, “We hung a half-a-hundred on ‘em.”
Not this time!!
It was Mr. All-World, QB Cam Newton, (6 TDs, 4 passes, 2 rushing) and his Auburn Tigers, who did the hanging, crushing Spurrier’s Gamecocks 56-17, to win the SEC Championship, and earning a ticket to play for the national championship.
How magical has the ride been for the Boys from the Plains?
Well, with no time left in the half, and leading by only 7 points (21-14), the next Heisman Trophy winner, launched a 51 yard, up for grabs pass, into the end zone – pass tipped – deflected into the arms of Auburn wideout Darvin Adams – touchdown, game over!!
In the other de-facto playoff game, Oregon, who finished with its first 12 win season in school history, had a battle against its rival Oregon State, but eventually prevailed; 37-20, to set up the championship game that everyone wants to see.
As we mentioned before, the Ducks Coach Chip Kelly, who less than five years ago, was the offensive coordinator at UNH, will now be coaching to win a national championship! In two years as the Ducks head man, Kelly has taken Oregon to the Rose Bowl and now the “Big One,” only in America!!
In Connecticut, Dave Teggart could get elected governor.
The UConn field goal kicker made a career-long 52-yarder with less than 20 seconds left, to defeat South Florida 20-17, sending the Boys from Storrs into the BCS Fiesta Bowl to face mighty Oklahoma.
All the more amazing, since UConn didn’t begin playing Division 1 football until the year 2000 and in this game, the biggest in school history, didn’t score an offensive touchdown. Amazing!!
Nobody in the country does more with less than Randy Edsall. Hopefully he remains the head man in Storrs.
After losing its first two season opening games, including one to D-1AA James Madison, Franks Beamer’s Virginia Tech Hokies, completed its inside straight, winning its 11th in a row, knocking off Florida State 44-33, to capture its third ACC Title in four years.
VaTech will be peeling its way into a very intriguing Orange Bowl to play a very good Stanford Cardinal team.
In Dallas, it was one last rodeo for these ancient rivals; Oklahoma and Nebraska, before Nebraska high tails it to the Big Ten.
In the early going, it looked all the world like a Husker blowout, as Big Red jumped out to a 17-0 lead, only to see the Sooners come all the way back 23-20, and capture the Big Twelve Crown.
OU shutout Nebraska in the second half, with a punishing D, something that Bob Stoops Boys hadn’t been able to do most of the season. Nebraska has lost its last two Big Twelve title games by a combined total of; 4 points. OUCH!!
With old friend and Cougs alum Drew Bledsoe looking on from the sideline, Washington QB Jake Locker led the Huskies on a last second touchdown winning drive and a scintillating 35-28 victory over Washington State.
The gritty senior QB has Washington going to its first bowl since W occupied the Oval Office in 2002.
Finally, in the last recap of the season, congrats to Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick for tying (Nebraska’s Eric Crouch) the NCAA career touchdown rushing record for quarterbacks, as the Wolf Pack defeated Louisiana Tech 35-17, as the starry QB rushed for three touchdowns.
(Material from other sources was used in compiling this report.)
We’ll be up and running Wednesday night, with our last analysis of the year’s final and fitting season ending game; Army/Navy but with a different twist than usual. Until then Peace, and listen to the music.