Maybe it was the spirit of Halloween, but there were a lot of scary moments yesterday in the world of college football.
Just ask the faithful in Fort Worth, Starkville, Auburn, Pittsburg, Blacksburg, Tempe, and South Bend.
We’ll begin in Blacksburg, Virginia where Coach Steve Addazio’s Boston College Eagles knocked off the Hokies of Virginia Tech; 33-31.
The hard fought win, makes BC bowl eligible for the second consecutive season, and no one, not even Fr. Leahy thought that was possible, especially after Pitt ran all over BC in the season’s second game.
And the beauty of Saturday’s win, was the key 44 yard line drive field goal by Alex Howell of the much maligned kicking game, which gave BC a 26-24 lead with 4:12 remaining, a lead they would not relinquish. “.…. He (Addazio) trusted in me, and I thanked him for that,” said Howell.
But these are dark days in Blacksburg.
The once mystic aspect of “Beamer Ball” has morphed into “Mighty Oz.” There is nothing behind that curtain.
VaTech (4-5, 1-4,) have lost three in-a-row, and in a place that was once considered once Bermuda Triangle of home field advantages is no more as VTech lost 4 of its last 6 at home.
The Hokies are also in danger of missing out on a bowl invitation for the first time since Bill Clinton occupied the White House in 1993. YIKES!!!!
One last thing, here’s hoping that the Addazio/Don Brown team stays put, gets an extension, and that the Eagles coach doesn’t start sniffing out some greener pa$$tures beyond Chestnut Hill, which may come-a-calling.
In the Old Friend’s Department, former Silver Lake teammates, Timmy Murphy of Harvard, and his best pal Buddy Teevens of Dartmouth squared off with first place in the Ivy League riding on the outcome.
And once again, the Crimson came out on top; 23-12. This time riding the legs of tailback Paul Stanton who rushed for a career high 180 yards and two touchdowns.
Harvard, in what was considered a season of transition, remains unblemished (7-0, 4-0), and has now defeated the Big Green eleven consecutive times, and 17 of the last 18 meetings. WOW!!
Murphy is the gold standard of Ivy League football, and a perfect season could be on the line when Yale comes calling in Cambridge in three weeks’ time. Amazing!!
When should a field goal kicker change his name?
Answer: when his last name is Blewitt, and he misses a 26-yard chip shot with 3 seconds remaining to win the game.
But in Pittsburgh that is exactly what happened yesterday, when Pitt’s kicker Chris Blewitt missed said kick, forcing the game into overtime which was won by the Blue Devils of Duke in the second overtime: 51-48.
The amazing Dukies are 7-1, and Coach David Cutcliffe is once again deserving of Coach of the Year votes.
Just think how good Duke would be if its kids didn’t have to go to class, unlike its archrival, the Tar Heels of North Carolina!! OUCH!! Sorry!!!!
Kudos to the boys of UConn, and Temple, for its upset wins over Central Florida, and top-25 East Carolina.
In fact Temple’s 20-10 victory was its first over a ranked team since the Monica Days of Bill Clinton – 1998.
In the win one for the “Gipper” Department; Florida went out and shocked the Bulldogs of Georgia 38-20, gashing the Dawgs defense for over 400 rushing yards.
The victory put the playoff hopes of the Boys from Athens on life support, as pair of Gator tailbacks; Matt Jones, and Kelvin Taylor, each ran over the century mark, combining for and eye-popping 389 yards.
It was a first in Gainesville since 2011, and at least temporarily postpones the firing squad aimed at coaching head of Coach Will Muschamp.
In Morgantown boos rained down from the faithful late in the fourth quarter over the conservative play calling from the “mad scientist,” it’s “bombs away” coach Dana Holgorsen, who watched his Mountaineers jump out to a 13 -0 lead, only lose on a last second 37 yard field goal: 31-30.
Late in the game it was as if Holgorsen, the best gambler this side of James Caan, had morphed into Woody Hayes becoming disciple of his three-yards and a cloud of dust philosophy.
West Virginia led 27-14 midway through the third quarter, but was held to a single first down the rest of the way, as Holgorsen’s heroes, who turned it over five times, were seemingly incapable, or more likely unwilling to put the ball in the air especially when a first down its last possession probably would have won the game. Amazing!!
It keeps TCU’s playoff hopes very much alive with a mega-game next week against Kansas State.
Finally it was one Mississippi, but not two Mississippi, as the nation’s number one team Mississippi State looked anything but, picking off a last second pass in holding off a stubborn bunch from Arkansas: 17-10.
Bill Clinton’s alma-mater has now lost 17 consecutive SEC conference games. Yikes!!!
While Ole Miss, in a gallant effort lost a half yard line fumble with 1:30 left, as the Tigers of Auburn hung on for a thrilling; 35-31 victory.
The loss, it second consecutive, all but eliminates the Rebels from playoff consideration, but more importantly it lost its starry wideout Laquon Treadwell, who lost the fumble at goal line, with a broken leg.
Finally, maybe the scariest team out there, the Ducks of Oregon, toyed with a strong defensive Cardinal team from Stanford: 45-16, as Heisman leader QB Marcus Mariota, was once again spectacular, accounting for 4 touchdowns, two by air, and two on the ground.
A Halloween scary weekend indeed.
That’s it from cyber-space. We’ll be up and running with our analysis of week 11 Wednesday evening. Until then, Peace, and listen to the music. PK