UMass loses heartbreaker, Alabama, USC go down, UCLA. Harvard, Dartmouth win

To paraphrase Howard Cosell “Down Goes Alabama!!  Down Goes USC!!!”

‘Ole Miss is for real!!!

When the Mississippi lead zoomed to 19 (43-24) with ten-minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Alabama “faithful” swarmed toward the exits in classic front runner style.

It looked like a refugee march to Hungary!!

WOW!!  I bet that sat well with Nick Saban.

In was the antitheses of the song by Blonde; “The Tide is high but I’m holding on, I want to be your number one, number one…”  Not this year!!

The Sons of Bear Bryant, who fought back before ultimately losing 43-37, have now allowed over 40 points in 3 of its last 6 games.  Shocking!!

But it was a special night for the Sons of Archie Manning.

“Ole Miss had been 0-16 all-time against number 2-ranked AP teams.  Not anymore!

It had never beaten Alabama twice in a row.  Not anymore!

Alabama had won 17-consecutive home games.  OVER!!

And it was Bama’s first home loss to the Boys from Oxford since the last months of the Reagan Administration – 1988.  OUCH!!

And its hopes for another SEC Championship, and a playoff invite, while still alive, are as damaged as Felix Arroyo’s chances of getting reelected to the Boston City Council.

After USC’s bitter 41-31 loss to unranked Stanford, (a 10-point underdog), the coaching seat of USC Coach Steve Sarkisian, particularly after his drunken appearance in front of alums and boosters at the annual Salute to Troy season kickoff, is warmer than the anticipated reception for Joe Biden when he decides to take on Hillary.

The Men of Troy are now 11-5 (3-losses to unranked teams) during his short tenure, and there is an undercurrent of restlessness amongst its faithful, especially since the Trojans D looked softer than the Pillsbury Dough Boy.

Where is Ed Orgeron (Coach O sparked USC after Lane Kiffin was fired 2-years ago. then was bypassed in favor of Sarkisian) when you need him??!!

On the local front, Harvard’s Tim Murphy’s continues to showcase his tremendous skills as a coach, and recruiter, as the Crimson have now won 15 in a row with its season opening 41-10 rout of the Rams of Rhode Island.

A little way up North, Coach Buddy Teevens, (Murphy’s best friend) and the Big Green of Dartmouth knocked off the Hoyas of Georgetown 31-10, in their first meeting since the Administration of Woodrow Wilson-1916.

If there are no snags on the road, the winner of the October 30, Friday night game at the Stadium between the two former Silver Lake Regional High teammates, might be for the Ivy League Championship.

Down the street in Avon, the Skyhawks of Stonehill crushed the Setters of Pace (Is there a worse nickname?) 51-13 remaining a perfect 3-0, and 2-0 in the NE-10.  Good for them.

For Mark Whipple’s Belle’s of Amherst, it was, as Yogi once said; “Deja-vu all over again” as the 0-2 Minutemen amazingly once again found a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory!!

With 1:20 left in the fourth quarter, UMass has just taken a 23-20 lead against a very good Temple Owl team, courtesy of a 16 yard touchdown pass by QB Blake Frohnapfel.

But the snake bitten (maybe it’s paying for the sins of John Calipari) school from Emily Dickenson’s home town lined up for the innocuous extra-point, which would have giving them a 4 point lead and probable victory.

But as Lee Corso might say; “Not so fast my friend!”

Temple not only blocked the attempt, but scooped it up returning it all the way for a 2-point conversion narrowing the UMass lead to a spaghetti thin single digit: 23-22.

Needless to say, the Sons of Joe Klecko, who should be ranked for the first time since the Carter Administration – 1979, drove down the field and kicked the game winning 32 yard field goal.

“It’s just football,” said a wizened Mark Whipple.  Hopefully, he can hold the locker room together.

On Friday night at Chestnut Hill, the Eagles, especially the defense of coordinator Don Brown, gave the Seminoles of Florida State all it could handle before falling; 14-0.

BC also lost starting QB Darius Wade to a broken ankle and the hope here is that Troy Flutie gets the opportunity to showcase his skills as the starter.

The Boys from Storrs, Connecticut put up a quite a fight in a 9-6 loss to the Tigers of Missouri.

The Huskies a 21-point underdog lined up for the game-tying field 42-yard goal, but instead went for the win on the fake only to have it intercepted.

But Coach Bob Diaco sent a great message to his kids, that this is a program that intends to win.

Back on the national scene;

The Tigers of LSU, led by its Heisman candidate tailback Leonard Fournette; 228 yards- 3 TDs – 19 carries look like the Beast of the SEC West, rushing for an jaw-dropping 411 yards, in its 45-21 crush-job against Auburn.

But there remains concern amongst the faithful of Baton Rouge regarding the passing attack.

Another potential playoff team continues to sail under a full mast, as the Aggies of A@M rolled over Nevada 44-27.

It was the 19th consecutive nonconference victory, the longest such streak in the nation for the Sons of John David Crow.

Things are so bleak in West Lafayette, Indiana that the Boilermakers of Purdue made the offensively challenged Hokies of Virginia Tech look like the Joe Montana ‘49ers; as VaTech crushed the Sons of Bob Griese 44-17.   YIKES!!!!

In what might be the year of the tailback; Georgia’s sophomore sensation, Nick Chubb (159 yards – 2 TDs) “ran” his streak of consecutive 100-yard plus games to eleven, (one behind all-time Bulldogs’ all-time leader Hershel Walker), as the crew from Athens smoked the hapless Gamecocks of South Carolina: 52-20.  YIKES!!

This could be the beginning of the end for the “Head Ball Coach.”

How bad are things in Texas?  Shades of UMass bad!!!

Well, in a stirring comeback, led by its new-found QB Jerrod Heard, and just couple of days after the stagnant air engulfing the athletic program was cleared by the resignation of its arrogant, and aloof athletic director Steve Patterson, the Horns lined up for the late fourth quarter game tying extra point.

But instead of potentially turning its season around, the extra-point attempt by Nick Rose, was, instead of the Yellow Rose of Texas good,  fully blackened, as the kick sailed wide, and the Horns devastatingly left Royal Field felled by the a single point 45-44.  Amazing!!

The “real’ team from L.A., the Bruins of UCLA, in a stirring come-from-behind victory knocked off a resilient bunch of BYU Cougars: 24-23 led by another of the country’s scintillating backs; Paul Perkins who rushed for 219 yards on 26 carries.

The Sons of Mark Harmon are positioned to make a legitimate run at the Pac-12 title, and may play its way into a playoff invite.  Bruins Coach Jim Mora called it his most significant victory.

Finally, we return to the gasbag stage of Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema, who now finds his Razorbacks in desperate need of a victory after losing to Texas Tech 35-24.  “GB” is now facing the distinct prospect of being 1-3 after next week’s game against A&M.  WOW!!!

That’s it from cyber-space.  We’ll be up and running Wednesday night with our analysis of week four.  Until then, Peace, and listen to the music.  PK

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