BC stuns USC, UMass loses another heartbreaker, Duke, Mizzou, Georgia win, backup Jerry Neuheisel rescues UCLA

This is why we love college football!

It was the spirit of the Red Bandanna!!

In a student, field storming shocker, which resonated throughout the college football landscape, a

bunch of scrappy football players from Chestnut Hill stunned its visitors, the “mighty” ninth ranked Trojans of USC; 37-31.

Believe me, NOBODY saw this one coming.

It was the signature victory for BC’s second year coach Steve Addazio, the first victory for an unranked Eagles team against a top ten opponent since 2002 (Notre Dame), and one of the biggest wins in the history of the Boston College program.

But the way, the Sons of Mike Holovak did it, was even more eye-popping.

The Eagles chewed yardage like a Kenyan training camp in the Rift Valley, compiling a jaw-dropping 452 yards of rushing offense, on what was considered an elite defensive squad. OUCH!!!

The star of the game, and undisputed team leader, was QB Tyler Murphy, who garnered 191 of those yards on 13 carries, averaging 14.7 yards a pop, with the coffin nailer, a 66 touchdown scamper with 3:30 left in the game.

If the Eagles ground attack was deserving of its marquee billing, the defense was almost an equal co-star, stifling USC, making it a one dimensional neutral sticking jalopy, allowing the Trojans a miniscule 20 yards on the ground!!

BC literally floated out of the stadium, as its fight song “For Boston” coursed from the locker room.

For USC, a very long plane ride back to the West Coast awaited for a bunch of sullen, dejected, and ultimately defeated Trojans. What a victory for BC!!!

The 2-1 Eagles now find themselves in a great position.

With three winnable contest in the next three weeks, a bowl game invite, something that not even Coach Addazio would have envisioned before the season began, looks as promising as salmon fishing in Alaska.

How do you know you are old?

Answer: when you watch the son of a quarterback, whose father lead UCLA to victory in the 1984 Rose Bowl, throw a winning touchdown pass Saturday night against Texas!! Ouch, age is a wonderful thing!!

In a dramatic ending in Austin, UCLA, without it’s injured All-America, and Heisman candidate QB, Brett Hundley (elbow injury, first quarter), saw Jerry Neuheisel come off the bench and rescue the Bruins throwing a 33 touchdown pass (his second) with three minutes left, to preserve UCLA’s playoff hopes; 20-17.

At game’s end, an ecstatic group of Bruins, along with Coach Jim Mora, hoisted the kid QB on its shoulders, and with his shock of blond sweaty hair bobbing in the breeze, carried him to its sideline.

It was a great scene, and somewhere, daddy Rick, the Rose Bowl winning QB of thirty years ago, must have shed a few tears of joy and pride.

On the darker side, the Charlie Strong era in Texas now rests at 1-2. Yikes!! Sorry Charlie. That can’t sit well with the Horns faithful.

In the biggest game of the day, the ever resilient Steve Spurrier, one of the best the sport has ever seen, captured his 201st SEC victory, a 38-35 thriller over Georgia, tying him with the Bulldogs Vince Dooley for second place all-time.

The Dawgs have been the Head Ball Coach’s foil, as the Cocks have beaten the Bulldogs, four of the last five, and Spurrier holds a 16-6 all-time record against the Bulldogs, surpassing Auburn’s Shug Jordan.

The victory also puts the Gamecocks right back into the SEC East race.

But it was a curious call late in the fourth quarter by Coach Mark Richt that caused a great deal of head-scratching amongst the Athens faithful.

Instead of running the ball from the 6-yard line, with arguably the best player in the nation Todd Gurley, he elected to throw, an intentional grounding penalty, and an ensuing missed chip-shot game tying field goal, and the game was lost. Yikes!!

In Amherst, it was another tortuous loss for the Minutemen who are showing a lot of life under the guidance of their Football “Belle of Amherst” Coach Mark Whipple.

For the second week in a row, UMass saw an 11 point lead evaporate in the fourth quarter, but this 34-31 loss was even tougher to digest.

The Minutemen were on the Vanderbilt 6, with a dozen seconds remaining, when quarterback Blake Frohnapfel overthrew a wide open receiver in the end zone for the game winner.

You guessed it, the extra-point distance game tying field was wide, and UMass trudged off the field in Nashville with another stomach-acid churning loss.

Never one to pull a punch Whipple said simply, “Frohnapfel has to make that throw at the end of the game for a touchdown.” Nothing more need be said.

In Missouri, the Boys from the “Show Me State” are once again quietly putting on a great show led by its scintillating QB Matty Mauk – 4TDs- one of the nation’s best that nobody knows, in its 38-10 destruction over a good UCF squad.

Hail the smart kids as the undefeated Dukies of David Cutcliffe crushed the sorry Kansas Jayhawks of Charlie Weis; 41-3.

Tick, tick, tick!!!

That is the only sound coming from the KU football offices these days as the clock has to be finally winding down on the sorry coaching tenure of the overstuffed, and arrogant Weis, who is a pathetic 5-21 in his tenure on the Lawrence campus.

Sorry Charlie!@!!

It took a triple overtime, but Florida held on to defeat Kentucky: 36-30 for its 28th consecutive victory against the Wildcats. Double Yikes!!   But the Cats are improving.

Finally, kudos to Pitt tailback James Conner, who last week torched BC for 250 yards, then rolled up another 177 yesterday against FIU, for an eye-popping two game total: 427 yards!! Wow!!

For an undistinguished week of games on the card, it turned out to be a blue-ribbon day!!!!

That’s it from cyber-space. We’ll be up and running with our analysis of week 4 on Wednesday night.

Until then, Peace, and listen to the music. pk

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