Today, on the South Bend campus, the hands of Touchdown Jesus are raised in exasperation regarding; “The Call.”
As much as it pains us, it was a “Signature” win for Florida State, who extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 23.
QB Jameis “Crablegs” Winston was Heisman-like in the second half, completing 13-straight passes in leading the Seminoles to a scintillating come-from-behind 31-27 victory over the Irish.
Equally impressive was Notre Dame QB Everett Golson, whose fourth-and-18 scramble, and completion for the first down was in the mold of Houdini.
It gave the Irish a chance for the win, but the touchdown pass was called back on a pass interference penalty with 13-seconds left on the clock, and FSU intercepted on the fourth down play.
If there was any doubt as to the correctness of the call, and there wasn’t much, look no further than former Irish Coach Lou Holtz, who bleeds green, who said after the game, “It was the right call.”
Coach Jimbo Fisher said, “This team has heart and soul. It’s a family. There is something special about these guys.” Yeah, a lot of scandalous conduct!!!
But what we did learn is that the Irish are legit, and if they run the table, no easy task with road games against Arizona State, and USC remaining on its schedule, ND will have a resume that is worthy of one of the 4-playoff spots.
We also learned that Notre Dame’s defense is championship worthy, and that Brian Kelly can call one hell of an offensive game plan.
Regardless, without any ranked opponents left on its schedule, “Crablegs” and his “Signature” squad, barring a major upset, will grab one of the four spots in the playoff. Shame!
Warning: Do Not Anger Coach Nick Saban!!!
After the weeping and gnashing in Tuscaloosa last week over the fact that the Tide only won by a single point on the road in its game against Arkansas, Groucho’s favorite team, went out and took vengeance on a lamb-like bunch of visitors from College Station, Texas A@M crushing the Aggies: 59-0.
It was Alabama’s largest margin of victory since George Herbert Walker Bush occupied the Oval Office 1991, and its most lopsided SEC victory – 66-3 over Vanderbilt – since Jimmy Carter had us sitting in gas lines in 1979. OUCH!!
It was also the first time the Aggies offensive guru, Coach Kevin Sumlin had ever been whitewashed.
So the message is clear, stay on the good side of St. Nick.
Can we finally bury the “Big Game” moniker placed on Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops?
Once again, this time in Norman, after failing to punch it in from the K-State 1-yard line, the Sooners missed the chip shot field goal, and for the second consecutive time in Norman, no less, the Teacher Coach Bill Snyder, knocked off the protégé: 31-30.
This one really hurt the Sooner faithful, as it buried any hope that OU has for earning a playoff spot.
The Norman invaders now have a pair of conference losses, while Snyder’s Wildcats continue to quietly climb in the polls.
Let me ask a hypothetical; how many more wins, or titles would the Boys from Norman own, if Bill Snyder was prowling its sidelines and not “Big Game” Bob? Ouch@!!!
In the “Old Friends” department it was another winning day for the former teammates of Silver Lake High School; as Dartmouth’s Buddy Teevens, and Harvard’s Tim Murphy continue on its winning ways.
It was a second consecutive victory for the State’s flagship university, as the football version of the “Belle of Amherst,” Mark Whipple’s Minutemen (2-6, 2-2), won its second consecutive game, a 36-14 domination of Eastern Michigan University.
And for the first time since joining the ranks of “Big Boy” football three years ago, UMass has won two games in the same season.
“We’re heading in the right direction,” said Whipple. Yes they are, and good for them.
In Gainesville; the Tick, Tick, Tick, of the football office clock is louder than the front row of a heavy metal concert.
Florida Coach Will Muschamp is a “dead man walking.” It’s just a question of whether he gets to finish out the season.
The Gators, who have lost 12 of its last 19, reached a new low (if that is possible), getting crushed by the Tigers of Missouri 42-13, while holding the Tigers to less than 120 yards of total offense. Double Yikes!!!
A one point the scoreboard read: 42-0 while the chants of “Fire Muschamp!” rained down from the fans at the swamp.
Missouri scored on a punt return, kickoff return, interception return, and fumble return. An amazing run of Gainesville ineptitude. Where’s Ron Zook when you need him!!!
I believe the record of teams who hold an opponent to less than 120 yards of offense is 147-2, with both of those losses by Florida. Enough said!! Bye, Bye, Will.
Back in the Ivy League, one of our fav’s; Pennsylvania defeated the woeful Lions of Columbia 31-7, setting an Ivy League record of 18th consecutive victories over the same opponent.
Hail the Smart Kids, as the Dukies in its 20-13 victory over Virginia, are bowl eligible for the third consecutive season. Good for them!!!
And what a coaching job David Cutcliffe has done in Durham. I know one thing, Florida and Michigan wishes it had a coach with half of his ability.
I wonder what he would do if he had Oklahoma’s talent??!!! DOUBLE OUCH!!! In the Big Ten, our favorite conference, Michigan State and Ohio State remain on a collision course for its November 8th showdown in East Lansing. Can’t wait!!
Todd Who??!! With Todd Gurley still sidelined embroiled in another “Signature-gate” controversy, backup Nick Chubb had another stellar performance scampering for 202 yards as the Dawgs, seemingly with a rather large shoulder chip, crushed Arkansas: 45-32.
It was 38-7 at the half, and now Bill Clinton’s alma mater has lost 17 consecutive SEC contests. YIKES!!
In Morgantown, the “Mad Scientist” Coach Dana Holgorsen’s and his West Virginia Mountaineers (5-2) knocked off previously undefeated Baylor; 41-27, earning the “Errs” its first victory over a top-five opponent since W occupied the White House – 2007.
Finally up at the Heights, it was an impressive performance by a bunch of tough anvil-pounding Eagles (4-3), who lost a heartbreaker to Clemson: 17-13.
BC had a chance to win at the end but Tyler Rouse dropped a touchdown pass on the goal line and Clemson eventually ran out the clock.
One thing that is certain; whoever plays Coach Steve Addazio’s Eagles will know they have been in a football game, as BC hits like Mike Tyson for a full 60 minutes. Good for them!!!
That’s it from cyber-space. We’ll be up and running with our analysis or week 9 Wednesday evening. Until then, Peace, and listen to the music. Pk.