To paraphrase the late, great, Howard Cosell, and his legendary call of the fight between Joe Frazier and George Foreman:
Down goes! Georgia Tech. Down Goes! Michigan. Down Goes! Illinois.
These three pretenders were peeled from the ranks of the unbeaten.
If the rest of the weekend were a tennis match, the “Big Eight,” all held serve, although there was quite a scare for Clemson in College Park.
Old friend Randy Edsall, of UConn renown, and his Maryland Terrapins had the Tigers on the ropes, up 18 early in the third quarter, only to watch Clemson claw all the way back in a wild 56-45 contest, that has as much defense as the Italian army.
There was 1044 yards of offense, 53 combined first downs and 597 rushing yards, and 13 touchdowns. WOW!!!
It was also the national coming out party for true freshman receiver Sammy Watkins.
The kid conjured up images of another Clemson great, C.J. Spiller, as he scored three touchdowns while compiling a school record 345 all purpose yards.
Maryland also found its future leader in sophomore QB C.J. Brown, (what is it with the C.J.’s?), who sparked the Terps, elusively running for 162 yards and a touchdown, while passing for three more.
But more importantly, if this was your father’s Tigers, Clemson would have lost this game, but when a special season is in the air, these are the games you find a way to win.
In East Lansing, it was four fingers.
It was symbolic of the fact that the Spartans have captured four consecutive Paul Bunyan trophies, for the first time since JFK was smoking cigars on the White House balcony.
“I don’t need to say a word the rest of my life. I’ve just got to hold up four fingers,” said Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins, the starting signal caller in three of those four consecutive victories.
The Spartans defensive ferocity was on full bright lights, big time, display.
It garnered seven sacks, while holding one of the nation’s most dynamic players, Denard Robinson, to 42 yards rushing on 18 carries, and a miniscule 9 completions on 24 carries. Amazing!
It was also the third consecutive season that “Little Brother,” has given the Wolverines its first defeat.
As the MSU players were saying after the game, “Bring on Wisconsin.”
Quietly in Piscataway, coach Greg Schiano and the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers are “chopping wood,” and 5-1, after defeating the Middies of Navy 21-20.
In two weeks, West Virginia comes to Rutgers, in what will be for supremacy in the Big East.
Fraud alert! In Pittsburgh, where’s Dave Wannesdt when you need him.
The Panthers were embarrassed by Utah, 26-14, a team that had lost three of its last four. Ouch!
In Tampa, it’s official.
Skip Holtz’s South Florida Bulls, a preseason Big East co-favorite, are now officially reeling, after losing a desultory 16-10 game to the Huskies of UConn, who were also reeling, having lost four of its previous five.
Congrats to Paul Pasqualoni, for his first signature victory as the Head Man in Storrs.
Once again in Happy Valley JoePa watched from the press box.
It is also where the Nits offense must be hiding, as Penn State (6-1), a 23-18 winner over Purdue, continues to grind out victories with its suffocating defense.
Whenever Joe goes, and this should be his last, defensive coordinator Tom Bradley deserves the opportunity to coach his beloved Lions.
It was a Pyrrhic victory for Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks, a 14-12 victory over Mississippi State, as its starry All-America tailback Marcus Lattimore may be lost for the season with a knee injury. Ouch!!
It remains one of life’s unsolvable mysteries.
In his six-plus years in Columbia, Spurrier, the Guru of quarterback gurus, has never been able to find a quality triggerman. Amazing!
Texas is improving but is still a few years away as Mack Brown lost a game for the first time in his career, despite his team rushing for over 200 yards, as the Horns fell to an ordinary looking OkState Cowboy team; 38-26.
In the Wide Load department; the self-proclaimed offensive genius, Florida’s offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, managed to score all of 6 points against the weak defense of Auburn. WOW!!! That might be the biggest waste of salary since the signing of Carl Crawford.
In the AARP category or Coach of the Year Department, 72 year old Bill Snyder and his Kansas State Wildcats continue to amaze.
The Cats are now 6-0, and climbing with a bullet, after its 41-34 comeback victory over Texas Tech in Lubbock.
To quote Lou Holtz, “The candles on Snyder’s cake, cost more than the cake itself.” Congrats to the boys from Little Manhattan.
Finally like father like son.
The retired MOO, Master of the Obvious, Bob Griese, would be proud of his son Brian who said during the Clemson/Maryland game, “Well when you’re trying to rebuild a program…” referring to Maryland.
FYI Briazo, Maryland was 9-4 last season, and its fired/pushed out the door coach, Ralph Friedgen, was the ACC Coach of the Year. I hate it when facts get in the way!!
That’s it from cyber space, be sure to read our week 8 analysis, which will be up and running Wednesday night.
Until then, Peace, and listen to the music. pk