Recap week 3

CLANGGGGGGG!!

That’s the sound that is reverberating around the college football landscape.

We’ll begin in Chestnut Hill, where in the closing seconds BC clanged a game wining chip shot (23 yards) field goal off the left upright, in its 20-19 loss to the Blue Devils of Duke.

It is now official; the BC football team is in a death spiral. 

It’s difficult to see where the Eagles find more than two wins on its remaining schedule, and thanks to its genius Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo, who hired that fraud Jeff Jagodzinski, who not only couldn’t coach, he used BC as a stepping stone, and left the cupboard bare for good guy coach Frank Spaziani.

It is also the sound that is bouncing off the walls of the Big East Offices in Providence, Rhode Island, as Syracuse and Pittsburgh have officially petitioned the ACC to join its conference. 

It is a potential death blow to the Big East Conference, and will likely alter TCU’s plans, to join the league next season.  YIKES!!

We also had three brutal coach clanging losses in Los Angeles, Tempe, and Nashville.

In LA, the Rick Neuheisel era (16-24 record) at UCLA is mercifully gasping to a close, after his Bruins suffered a 49-20, beat-down to the Horns of Texas.

In Nashville, little Vandy aka Vanderbilt, embarrassed Houston Nutt’s Ole Miss Rebels 30-7, which should end any speculation as to the future of its embattled coach.

While in Tempe, Mike Stoops, now in his eight year (41-47) had his Wildcats exposed as imposters for the second straight week, this time by the Stanford Cardinal 37-10, which doesn’t bode well for his future employment in the desert.

Speaking of Stanford, the Cardinal now own the nation’s longest winning streak 11, and  the last time the Boys from the Farm won that many in a row, a guy with the initials of; FDR was occupying the Oval Office.

Is there a more appropriate name than Death Valley for the country’s longest winning streak to come to an end? 

That’s what happened yesterday in Clemson, as Auburn, after jumping out to a 14 -0 and 21-7 lead, lost to an inspired Clemson squad 38-24, ending its 17 game streak.

To paraphrase Casey Stengel, “Can’t anyone play defense here!” as the Tigers surrendered 624 yards of offense!!  YIKES!

There was a thriller in Iowa City as the Hawkeyes engineered its largest comeback in its history, down 24-3 with 3 minutes left in the third quarter, and 17 with 12 minutes left in the game, came roaring back for a scintillating 31-27 victory over Pitt. 

The previous record occurred in 1949, when Iowa rallied from 18 down.

Iowa also found its quarterback in junior James Vandenberg, who was magnificent, especially in the fourth quarter (3 touchdown passes- 162 yards) as he passed for the second most yards 399, in Hawkeye history.

In Happy Valley; it’s time. 

After struggling to eek (14-10) out a victory over a good Temple team, (the 29th straight victory over the Owls) it’s time for JoPa to retire after this season. 

The Nits look stale, and very ordinary, and new life needs to be infused into its program.

On the bright side, we have a new MOO, otherwise known as; Master of the Obvious.

Our previous captain was Bob Griese, who used to say things like: “Well, if they pick up the one yard here on third down, they’ll have the first down, otherwise there going to have to punt it back to Purdue.”  Really!!

Griese, mercifully retired from the broadcast booth, but fear not, we have our new man; Mike Bellotti, the former head coach at Oregon.

Yesterday, with less than 2 minutes left in the Iowa comeback victory, Pitt had the ball on its own 22 and Bellotti said, “Now in this situation, Pitt is in four down territory.” REALLY!!

Somewhere, Bob Griese was smiling.

With old friend Charlie Weis calling the plays, Florida in its 33-23 victory over an improving Tennessee team, looks like it’s on the road back. 

But it has to clean up its act, as the Gators were flagged for 15 penalties, which won’t hold up against better SEC competition.

Best sign in the Florida stands: Today’s forecast; Rainey.  It is a nod to the Gator’s great back; Chris Rainey.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

In Austin, Texas has found its QB and his name is McCoy. 

That’s right; Case, is the younger brother of the Horns legendary signal caller Colt. 

And in the; you can’t make it up department, in Colt’s first start, he threw a touchdown on his second pass.  Well, you guessed it, on Case’s second attempt, he threw a touchdown pass.  Amazing!!

ACC ineptitude:  the conference has now lost a Larry Bird, 33 straight to non-conference top 5 opponents, as witnessed by Oklahoma’s hard fought 23-13 victory over Florida State.

Hail Army, as the Cadets knocked off Northwestern 21-14 at West Point; it was a nice marching victory, for the Long Grey Line.

Navy came up just short, but put a scare into Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks; 24-21, and held the lead late in the game.

The Beast of the Big Ten is; Wisconsin, as the Badgers manhandled a decent Northern Illinois team; 49-7.  Why did old friend Tom O’Brien ever let QB Russell Wilson move on?!

The U, under our man, coach Al Golden, you gotta love a coach who wears a white shirt and a tie on the sideline, has Miami headed in the right direction after its 24-6 dismantling of Ohio State.

In comparison, the Buckeyes looked slow and almost uninterested, especially on offense. Yikes!!

Speaking of wardrobe, another coaching favorite, Derek (son of Vince) Dooley of Tennessee displayed a pair of orange trousers, in a wardrobe expression that would win the approval of Bud Collins.

The material came from England, and had to be died three times to achieve just the right hue to satisfy the Rocky Top faithful.  Somewhere, a professor at UT, who is trying to secure tenure, is shaking his head.

In Atlanta, it was shades of Navy, as coach Paul Johnson, he of the Navy option, set a GT record by rolling up a jaw dropping 768 yards of offense, running for 604 yards (12 yards a carry, NCAA record) in its rout 66 – 24 destruction of hapless Kansas.

Nice win for the Zooker, coach Ron Zook of Illinois, as the Illini knocked off No.22 Arizona State 17-14, and proved to the nation, that maybe there is some bubbly in Champaign.

In Lubbock, TT QB Seth Doege completed a jaw dropping record breaking 40-44 passes in its 59-13 demolition of New Mexico.

Finally, congrats to old friend Buddy Teevens (Silver Lake High School) as Dartmouth opened its 130th season with a 37-20 victory over Colgate.

 

That’s it from cyber space.  We’ll be up and running with our analysis of week 4 Wednesday night.  Until then, Peace.  PK

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