There are plenty of places of where to begin; East Lansing, Michigan, Norman, Oklahoma, Iowa City, Iowa, and Annapolis, Maryland, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Evanston, Illinois and Hanover, New Hampshire to name a few, but we’ll begin in quiet Storrs, Connecticut and the “Little Engine that Could,” otherwise known as the UConn Huskies football eleven.
On Senior Day coach Bob Diaco’s gritty crew behind a pair of back-up QB’s went out and shut down the high flying thirteenth and undefeated Cougars of Houston stunning the visitors: 20-17.
It was a field storming win for the faithful, and the victory ensures that the Huskies will be going bowling this holiday season.
It may also have been a program turning victory for UConn, who should make every effort to lock-up Diaco for the long term right now. Good for them.
On the home front the teammates; Buddy Teevens and Tim Murphy of Dartmouth and Harvard respectively shared, along with Penn, a piece of the Ivy League Title after yesterday’s victories.
It was the first time the title has resided in Hanover since Bill Clinton was finishing his first Monica free term 1996, while the “Green Bay Packers of the Charles” otherwise known as the Harvard Crimson won its third consecutive title, which is a school record.
Good for the Boys from Silver Lake.
On the national front; in Columbus, the visitors from East Lansing battling in the wind, sleet, and rain snuffed out the repeat national title hopes of the Buckeyes with a 41-yard game ending winning field goal; 17-14.
It was also the first regular season loss for Ohio State coach Urban Meyer in 31 regular season Big Ten games, and stopped its 23 game winning streak. WOW!!
Sparty’s coach Mark Dantonio, one of the nation’s best, relishes the powerful motivation of having his team chances instantly dismissed by the pundits.
And for this game, the Sons of Duffy Daugherty were saddled with a TD Vegas dose of disrespect.
“We sat around all day and listened to how we were the underdogs. I knew the score coming into the game,” said a bemused Dantonio who watched his Michigan State defense stifle the Bucks holding them to a jaw-dropping inept total of; 132 yards of offense.
And what’s even more mind boggling is that the Sons of Bubba Smith did it with a pair of backup quarterbacks on the road. WOW!!
In Baton Rouge, as Glen Frey wrote, “The Heat is on” as the shouts of; “Off with his head” are directed at its coach Les Miles, who saw his Bayou Bengals (7-3, 4-3) stumble once again, this time falling to the Rebels of Mississippi: 39-17.
It was the first time LSU has lost three in a row since the final year of Bill Clinton’s skirt chasing term – 1999.
And a big reason for the faithful’s angst can be traced to the last three-plus years of SEC play in which LSU is an unacceptable; 17-14. In the rabid confines of Death Valley, that is enough to earn any coach a pink slip.
Les we hardly knew ye!!
In Stillwater, the pain runs deep, as the Cowboys saw its hopes of a playoff invite evaporate into the cold night air losing to an inspired bunch of Baylor Bears; 45-35.
What makes this victory even more satisfying for the “Waco Wonders” was the play of its third string QB Chris Johnson, who was inserted in the second half due to an injury, who ran for one, and threw for two touchdowns in sealing the victory. WOW!!
Back on the home front in its “away” game at Fenway Park the Boston College Eagles (3-8, 0-7) took advantage of five Notre Dame turnovers and caused some consternation amongst the Irish zealots, before ultimately succumbing: 19-16.
It was the seventh consecutive loss for the “Boys from the Heights” and puts some considerable pressure on coach Steve Addazio, who is not a “Hail fellow, well met” kind of guy, especially amongst the BC Administration, for a significant turnaround next season.
Note; I’m sure the Jesuits were thrilled to see its head football coach mouth a “mother –f……” on national television over a penalty call. CLASS!!! REAL CLASS!!!
In the Home of Emily Dickinson, it was more of the same for the “Belles of Amherst” (2-9, 1-6) who fell to the equally inept visitors, the Redhawks (3-9, 2-6) of Miami; 20-13. YIKES!!
The Minutemen football program is bleeding money, and with its switch to independent status next season, which includes three SEC teams, and only two home games, the prognosis of the patient is; code black. OUCH!!!
To survive it must find a way to get into a league.
Looks like Steve Spurrier knew what he was doing when he called it quits halfway through the South Carolina season.
The reason; the Gamecocks (3-8), who thought this was going to be a cupcake fattening resume day, were shocked by the FCS Citadel Bulldogs; 23-22.
Ironically the last time the Cocks lost to a Division 1AA– 1990, it was the very same Citadel Bulldogs. Good for them!!
In Madison, the “smart-kids’ of Northwestern held on a goal line stand, to defeat the Badgers of Wisconsin; 13-7.
It was the ninth victory for the Fitz’s kids who in additional to going to class, have had an A+ season. Hail academia!!
And on the same theme its “Anchors Aweigh” as the Midshipmen of Navy, behind its stellar QB Keenan Reynolds crushed the Golden Hurricane of Tulsa; 44-21.
“We’ll hoist true Navy Blue.” Good for them, and who knows maybe a New Year’s Day bowl invite will be in the mail.
Finally we’ll close with our friend, the gasbags of gasbags, Charlie Weis our “Star-Kist” friend whose last program he fixed Kansas football fell to West Virginia 49-0. The Jayhawks arguable the nation’s worst (last scoring D, allowing a mind boggling 46 pts. a game, and fifth from bottom in scoring offense averaging 15 a game) is now a woeful 0-11. Sorry Charlie!!
That’s it from cyber-space. We’ll be up and running with our analysis of week 13 Wednesday night. Until then Peace, and listen to the music. PK