There are a lot of places to start: Austin, Texas, Lincoln Nebraska, Durham, North Carolina, Pullman, Washington, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Athens, Georgia, and Annapolis, Maryland to name a few.
But we’ll begin in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the home of the “Green Bay Packers of the Charles,” otherwise known as the Harvard Crimson football team, who pulled a Houdini on Friday night at the Stadium and knocked off the Big Green of Dartmouth (for the 12th straight time) 14-13 to extend its nation tying (Ohio State) winning streak to a jaw-dropping 21-games. Amazing!!
The Silver Lake Regional High teammates and best friends, Tim Murphy of Harvard and Buddy Teevens of Dartmouth, hooked up in a classic defensive battle, which wasn’t decided until the Crimson blocked a last second Dartmouth field goal attempt that would have won the game. AMAZING!!
“We stole one,” said Murphy simply, whose team is now in the catbird seat for its second consecutive Ivy League Championship.
And to think that Murphy could have been roaming the sideline as the headman for the Eagles of Boston College, but that is a story for another time.
In Austin it’s the same old story. Where’s Colt McCoy when you need him??!! Or how about Mack Brown??!!
The hapless Longhorns were shutout by the Cyclones of Iowa State: 24-0. That’s right, shutout, and once again its beleaguered coach Charlie Strong, continues on like Diogenes of the football world searching for some semblance of competency at QB and a scintilla of offense.
How bad was it?
Texas (3-5, 2-3) didn’t get beyond Iowa State 47-yard line until the final 90 seconds of the game.
And when you are football “royalty” that is totally unacceptable at the University of Texas.
So once again the Austin rumblings of: “Off with his head” as to the coaching tenure of Charlie Strong will echo louder, as the Horns must win 3 of the remaining four to become bowl eligible. YIKES!!
Speaking of bowling it is now official: Boston College (3-6, 0-6), will be staying home for the holidays as the Eagles fell to the Hokies of Virginia Tech 26-10. It was the fourth different QB to be under center for the Eagles who have the nation’s second worst scoring band in the land. OUCH!!!
And the same applies to the “Belles of Amherst;” the Minutemen of UMass, who sit a dismal (1-7, 0-4) falling to a lousy Ball State (3-6) team: 20-10. And with a move to independent next season, things are Dickensian in Amherst.
In Durham, there was no doubt that Halloween came early, because a witch’s spell is the only explanation for what occurred in the final 6 seconds of the game between Blue Devils of Duke and the Canes of Miami.
Duke, which battled from behind the entire game, had just taken a 27-24 lead when its quarterback Thomas Sirk scored on a sneak with six seconds left seeming assuring the victory for the “smart kids.”
But as Yogis once said; “It ain’t over till it’s over.”
Once again, in a season of mind-boggling endings, this was another, this time in Durham, as Miami scored on a 75-yard kickoff return with the clincher coming on the eighth, that’s right, eighth lateral to Corn Elder who scampered zig-zagging his way into the end zone.
The entire play took 49-seconds!!
But it didn’t just end there.
There was a penalty flag (block in the back) to deal with, and a knee that might (definitely) have been down, but after a 9-minute review, that’s right 9 minutes, the officials ruled that play was good; TOUCHDOWN!!!
To quote John McEnroe: “You can’t be serious!!”
Duke Coach David Cutcliffe expressed his disgust simply: “The guy was down. And that is all I am going to say about it.” Well said coach.
It conjures up the headline when the Brooklyn Dodgers hightailed it for the greener$$$ pastures of L.A.; “We Wuz Robbed!!”
Terrific story emanating out of Iowa City as the Iowa Hawkeyes are 8-0 for only the second time in school history (Iowa was 9-0 in 2009) knocking of Maryland: 31-15.
Its coach Kirk Ferentz, who makes the “Quiet Man” sound like Alan Dershowitz, keeps saying; “I still don’t know how good we are as a football team.”
I do coach; Iowa is a nice solid team, who remains undefeated. Enough said!!
C’mon coach!! Enjoy it!!
In Lincoln, Nebraska the Cornhuskers (3-6, 1-4) were embarrassed by the Boilermakers of Purdue: 55-45 as the lyrics of Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you got till it’s gone…” reverberated around the heads of the Big Red faithful.
Last year the powers to be decided that 9-win seasons were not good enough, and fired coach Bo Pelini, hiring Mike Riley from Oregon State.
Nebraska wanted a softer image on its sideline.
Well in addition to that, they also got a soft football team, and Nebraska must win out, with two of those against; Michigan State and Iowa, just to be bowl eligible. Double yikes!!
There is a rumor that “Gentle Dental” is about to start a new advertising campaign with a smiling Bo Pelini as its poster-boy!! “Pave paradise and put up a parking lot…”
In Athens Georgia, Glen Frey’s song; “The heat is on,” aptly summarizes the pressure on Coach Mark Richt, as the Bulldogs (5-3, 3-3) were dominated 27-3 by the Florida Gators, and are officially out of the SEC East race.
How disappointing are the Dawgs?
Well first year Florida Coach Jim McElwain described his team’s performance as ugly, yet still won by 24. DOUBLE YIKES!
For Dawg Nation; “It’s a rainy night in Georgia.” But more like a deluge on Richt.
In Annapolis; “Anchors Away,” as the Middies (6-1) earned a spot in the Military Bowl by knocking off South Florida 29-17.
It was also a record day for its starry senior QB Keenan Reynolds, who tied the NCAA record with his 77th rushing touchdown. Good for him, and good for them.
Congrats to another of our pals Al Bagnoli, the legendary Penn coach, and newly installed at Columbia who saw his Lions defeat the Bulldogs of Yale 17-7.
It was the first Ivy League win for the bottom-feeding, but rising program in nearly three years- the last coming on; November 12, 2012.
And congrats to the Lord Jeffs of Amherst (6-0), who defeated tufts 32-7 for its seventeenth in a row.
Maybe the “smart kids” are the best team in the Home of Emily Dickenson.
In Philadelphia, it was a great show by the Owls of Temple, who fell to Notre Dame 24-21 as the Irish scored on a late fourth quarter touchdown pass to escape with a victory in the City of Brotherly Love.
And in Minneapolis it was “Jerrysota” night in honor of its Coach jerry Kill who decided to step down as a result of his reoccurring issues with Epilepsy, as the Gophers went for the win, but were stopped on the one yard line by the Michigan D, falling 29-26. Both were tremendous displays by the underdogs.
We close as always, with our tribute to the spirit of the gasbags of all gasbags, our “Star-Kist” friend Charlie Weis whose Kansas Jayhawks, arguably the country’s worst; 122nd in scoring (16), 126th in scoring D, allowing (47), were crushed by the resurgent Sooners of Oklahoma: 62-7. Sorry Charlie!!
That’s it from cyber space. We’ll be up and running with our recap Wednesday night. Until then, Peace, and listen to the music. PK