Texas shocks Oklahoma, Harvard, Dartmouth, UConn win, BC stumbles, Michigan rolls, Columbia end 24-game losing streak

If this was a movie, the call from the Governor would have come in at the last minute, Stop the execution!!  We have new evidence!!

(In fact, Texas Governor Greg Abbot was in attendance.)

In the real world of “big-boy” football Texas coach Charlie Strong (8-11) lives for another day, after his Longhorns shocked the Sooners of Oklahoma; 24-17.

Texas mascot, Bevo XIV, stricken by a life threatening illness was not have been able to leave Austin and travel to the Cotton Bowl, but the Texas football eleven showed up, and in a dominating “Win one for Charlie” performance, punched it arch-rival, the tenth ranked Oklahoma Sooners all over the field.  WOW!!

Was it a game changer for Strong, who knows, but it at least for the moment, it quieted the piercing white noise that was emanating out of Austin,

It was also another desultory performance by “Big Game Bob” – OU coach Bob Stoops – whose moniker we will officially bury from these pages, as his team bullied from the opening whistle as the Horns imposed its will.

How important was the UT win?

At games end the (2-4) Sons of Darrell Royal dunked its coach with Gatorade, as the entire team body surfed its victorious coach who displayed a smile wider than the Grand Canyon.

At the post-game press conference Strong told the gathered media: “I knew you guys didn’t think so.”

Well said Charlie.

In a startlingly contrast, we move onto the Heights of Chestnut Hill, where the Eagles of Boston College (3-3, 0-3) in an offensive display of mindboggling ineptitude, that not even BO or Woody would appreciate, fell to the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest; 3-0.   Yikes!!!

That’s right this was a football game.

The dispiriting loss, dotted with missed field-goals, fumbles, abysmal clock mismanagement, and negligible passing yards, makes the odds of the Eagles going bowling, because of its pair of season opening 1AA games, longer than Mayor Marty Walsh and Steve Wynn having Thanksgiving dinner.

BC must garner 7-wins to become bowl eligible.

That means it must find a way scratch-out 4 wins from its remaining six which includes road games at Clemson, Louisville, and visits from Notre Dame (away-game), Virginia Tech, and NC State.

Good Luck.

Not even Houdini could get find his way out if that!!

The Eagles offense is more inept than the Iraqi Army, having scored a total of 7-points in its last two games – both losses – while its stellar nation’s best ranked D, has surrendered at total of 12.   WOW!!

Just imagine if Mark Whipple was patrolling the sidelines as the Eagles head coach, with d-coordinator Don Brown by his side??!!   But that is a story for another day.

Staying on the local front a pair of teammates: Silver Lake’s Buddy Teevens of Dartmouth, and Tim Murphy of Harvard, both crushed its opponents remaining undefeated and on its collision course for the October 30th night game at the Stadium which might decide the Ivy League Champion.

The “Green Bay Packers” of Cambridge have run its winning streak to 18 in a row!!  WOW!! Imagine if Timmy Murphy was patrolling the sidelines at BC??!!  Oh well, that’s another story for another day!!

Speaking of streaks, our pal Al Bagnoli, the newly minted Coach at Columbia lanced the Lions 24-game losing streak boil which had stretched back to November 10, 2012, defeating Wagner 26-3.

Trust us, it will be the first of many for the Lions under the leadership of Bagnoli.

Staying on the local scene, it was another loss (1-4) for the Minutemen of UMass who were throttled by the Falcons of Bowling Green: 62-38.  OUCH!!!

Mark Whipple’s “Belles of Amherst” can score with the best of them, but has a defense with more holes than a cheese factory in Switzerland.

The “vaunted” Men of Amherst allowed a Bowling Green to set a school-record of 725- offensive yards (519-passing) with the key play being another interception by UMass QB Blake Frohnapfel on a third and goal from the 8 early in the second quarter.

OUCH!! – It ended up being a 14-point turnaround.  Game-set- match for the Minutemen.

On the bright side it the UMass’ record braking receiver Tajae Sharpe had another spectacular day: 19 receptions for 256 yards and a touchdown.

Where’s Don Brown when you need him??!!  Another day story??!!

In Storrs, Coach Bob Diaco is slowly turning the battleship in mid-ocean, as UConn in impressive style improved to 3-3 with its 40-13 thrashing of Central Florida, as George O’Leary’s boys fall to a shocking 0-6.

Diaco’s Huskies have shown a lot of fight all season, giving its faithful hope that there are better days ahead for the “basketball” school.

Nationally, in a year without a clear number one, there are great stories playing out all over the country.

We’ll begin in Philadelphia where the Temple Owls are 5-0 for the first time since Richard Nixon was mired in Watergate – 1974, as it crushed a hapless bunch from Tulane: 49-10.  Good for them.

The Owls are for real, playing an aggressive style of D, and a real threat in the AAC- American Atlantic Conference.

In Ann-Arbor there are whispers of a playoff invite as Jim “Har-Bo” Harbaugh’s Maize and Blue shut out its third consecutive opponent, this time the undefeated Wildcats of Northwestern; 38-0.

It was the first triple whitewashing by a Michigan eleven since the last days of Jimmy Carter – 1980.  WOW!!  And in the stands as the clock wound down the Big House crowd chanted; “Defense! While clapping three times, in honor of the amazing triple.

“The fellas came out balling right from the start,” said Harbaugh its dynamic and eccentric coach.

Big Blue has announced that it is indeed a factor in the Big Ten race, and maybe the national championship picture.

We’ll know a great deal more after next week’s clash against Michigan State.

We move to Salt Lake City, and in a game with more flaws than an account run by Bernie Madoff, the Utes of Utah held off a late rally by the Golden Bears 30-24.

Cal who was attempting to defeat a top-5 ranked team on the road for the first time since the Truman Days of 1951, had 6-turnovers, including 5 interceptions by its starry QB Jared Goff.

In addition to a ferocious defensive attack that had Goff on the run all night, Utah’s Cookie Gilchrest-esque tailback Devontae Booker carried the evening for the undefeated Utes.

On the road the Florida Gators and its suffocating defense continued its surprising (6-0, 4-0) season with another “ho-hum” 21-3 victory over the Tigers of Missouri.  What a seasonal debut for Coach Jim McElwain!

While in Iowa City, these Hawkeyes who would bring a smile to M*A*S*H’s Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce, needed a record performance by its cannon-ball, rough riding tailback; Jordan Canzeri – 256 yards on school-record 43 caries –to hold off a much improved bunch of Illini; 29-20.

Iowa is 6-0 for just the second time in the 17-year tenure of coach Kirk Ferentz, and is now the team to beat in the Big Ten West.

In Knoxville, it was a tale of two halves as the Volunteers fell behind the Bulldogs of Georgia 24-3, before storming all the way back 38-31, as Coach Butch Jones got his “much needed” signature victory as the head man of Tennessee.

UT QB Joshua Dobbs accounted for 5-touchdonws and 430 yards of offense, while Georgia dropped to a disappointing 1-2 in the SEC, and also lost its All-America tailback Nick Chubb to a serious knee injury.  OUCH!!  Can you say hot-seat for Coach Mark Richt??!!

Finally we close with a gasbag, and a firing.

We would be remiss without mentioning the sorry “Star-Kist” state of Kansas Football, the last program that the pompous gasbag Charlie Weis ruined; as it was pummeled by Baylor; 66-7.

How bad was it?  Well the score isn’t indicative of the ineptitude of the Jayhawks.

The Sons of Charlie Weis trailed 52-7 at the half, and the Bears sat its star offensive players the entire second half.  OUCH and YIKES!!  Sorry Charlie!!

And our last piece revolves around the Mean Green of North Texas (0-5), who indeed were mean, and on homecoming no less, firing Coach Dan McCarney after its embarrassing Rout -66-7 destruction by Division 1AA Portland State.  DOUBLE YIKES!!!

That’s it from cyber-space.  We’ll be up and running with our analysis of week 7 Wednesday night.  Until then, Peace, and listen to the music.  PK

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