Then there were three!!
In an old fashioned, smash-mouth classic, LSU’s emotional 10-7 come from behind slugfest victory over Ole Miss, leaves only three unblemished teams in America.
We’ll start in Death Valley, “A place where dreams go to die,” as Tigers Coach Les Miles improved his Saturday night home record to an eye-popping: 46-3.
“This is a magnificent place to play. Wasn’t the crowd (record tying 102,321) beautiful?” asked Miles to a sideline reporter, who less than 24 hours earlier had lost his 91-year old mother Martha.
It was also the place where “Bad Bo” the Rebels QB Bo Wallace resurfaced (14-33, 176, 1-1), as the Ole Miss carriage, at least for the moment, has morphed back into a pumpkin.
The game also had a bizarre finish. Mississippi was lined up to try a 42 game tying field goal with 9 seconds on the clock, but a false start penalty changed their strategy.
After a time out, Coach Hugh Freeze instructed his gunslinger to throw a pass into the sideline flat or out of bounds. Either, Or. But inexplicably Wallace lobbed a pass toward the end zone, which was easily picked off at the 1-yard line sealing the fate of the Boys from Oxford.
Rebels coach Hugh Freeze aptly summed up the SEC West, “We’ve been on the good side of these for seven in a row now. This league is brutal…”
LSU also exposed the vaunted Ole Miss “Land Shark” defense gashing them for 267 rushing yards (147 first half) and over 400 yards of offense. Yikes!!
And for a traditionalist like myself who doesn’t need 100 combined points on the board, the way they play in Big 12 it was a “slobberknocker” classic, and for my money, we need more of these.
Speaking of the Big 12, to paraphrase our man Casey Stengel, “Can’t anyone here play defense?”
Apparently not in Buddy Holly’s home town, also known as Lubbock, Texas, as the Red Raiders were thrashed, embarrassed, and with Halloween next Friday, were obviously masquerading as a football team as TCU humiliated TT: 82-27.
Tech’s basketball team can’t score 82!!! This is not tackle football, its matador football at its worst.
And to think TT (3-5, 1-4) Coach Kliff Kingsbury, was given a contract extension and a raise. What a country!!!
In the Old Friends Department: Silver Lake teammates Buddy Teevens of Dartmouth, and Tim Murphy of Harvard, had another winning Saturday setting up their first place Ivy League showdown next Saturday in Hanover.
Unfortunately for the Big Green, the Crimson saw its starry senior QB Conner Hempel return from a back injury in a big way; passing for three touchdowns and running for two as Harvard (6-0, 3-0) crushed the Tigers of Princeton on the road; 49-7. Double Ouch!!
It was the largest margin of victory in the 107 years of the series!!
Dartmouth (5-1, 3-0) will be an underdog, but nevertheless, it will be quite a scene in Hanover next Saturday. It’s the biggest game since the coaching return of its football hero; Buddy Teevens.
Staying on the local front, it wasn’t easy, or necessarily pretty, but the Eagles of Boston College (5-3, 2-2) hung on for a; 23-17 victory over Wake Forest.
BC is now one win away from bowl eligibility, and have a chance to “unofficially” go bowling next week when it travels to Blacksburg to take on a woeful bunch of Virginia Tech Hokies.
But as we all know Blacksburg is an extremely difficult place to win. But nobody thought the Eagles would even be in this position. Good for them.
One team that won’t be bowling this season is the Minutemen of UMass (2-7, 2-3) who were officially eliminated from the post season by the Toledo Rockets; 42-35.
But Whipple’s Warriors made the MAC’s only undefeated team earn it, as Toledo one time trailed by the score of: 20-7.
UMass is much improved, and the “Belle of Amherst” and his eleven have a chance to close out its season with three consecutive victories.
It was a shocker down in Connecticut, as the Panthers of Middlebury knocked off the Bantams of Trinity 27-7, ending Trinity’s 53 game home winning streak, which started during the first year W occupied the White House – 2001. Amazing!!!
In the ineptitude department, Pitt (4-4,2-2) was smoked by Georgia Tech (6-2, 3-2) 56-28, but the game was lost in the first quarter when Tech stormed out to a 28-0 lead after the Panthers lost an FBS tying record five fumbles!!! Butterfingers is calling the AD and asking about sponsorship!! OUCH!!!
In the Little Apple, Manhattan, Kansas Bill Snyder’s KState Wildcats whitewashed the once mighty Horns of Texas 23-0!! It was the UT’s first shutout since 2004, and newly minted Coach Charlie Strong’s Horns are now scuffling along at 3-5!! Yikes!!
Where’s Mack Brown when you need him? Double Ouch!!!
In the Surprise Department: Dana Holgersen the “Mad Scientist” of the Mountaineers of West Virginia easily handled the Cowboys of Oklahoma State: 34-10, establishing themselves as at top 20 team.
To start the season Holgorsen’s seat was hotter than Hawaii’s Kilaueau Volcano, but now is cooler the mint in a Peppermint Patty.
In an understatement, our man Sean McDonough doing the broadcast of the Michigan-Michigan State game said, “Things are sour in Wolverine Land.”
In the Brady Hoke “Bye-Bye” tour, otherwise known as Michigan Football, the Maize and Blue (3-5) were crushed by its “Little Brother” from East Lansing Michigan State: 35-11.
It was Sparty’s sixth victory in the last seven virtually assuring that there will be a new man in Ann Arbor next season.
MSU also took out some revenge on the Wolverines who planted a stake in the middle of the East Lansing turf when they ran onto the field.
Spartans Coach Mark Dantonio and his players took notice, hence the last second touchdown run by Jeremy Langford when the game was hopelessly lost by the Wolverines.
WOW!! Now that is a rivalry.
And as a side note: Michigan is virtually unwatchable. Where’s Rich Rod when you need him??!!
Finally, always know where you are, especially if you are calling the game.
Yesterday in Stillwater, Oklahoma, aka Boone Pickens University, the nationally televised play-by-play man Mike Patrick, who was calling the game between Ok State and West Virginia, said, “It’s a record hot day here in Oklahoma City, I mean Stillwater.” Can someone get that man a GPS??!!!
That’s it from cyber-space. We’ll be up and running with our analysis of week 10 a day late (Thursday) this week, heading down to the Big Apple for a matinee. Until then, Peace, and listen to the music. pk