Posted on: September 4, 2010 9:34 pm

TCU and Oregon State in Dallas dogfight

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Fans expecting a competitive game between TCU and Oregon State should be happy so far, as TCU has roared back from a 7-point deficit to take a 21-14 lead into halftime. Andy Dalton has accounted for two of TCU's three scores--one through the air, one on a nice scramble from five yards out.

Despite the score at the break, the star of the first half is probably Ryan Katz, who has thrown two long scores and has a gorgeous release. It's hard to believe he's a quarterback making his first start against a stout TCU defense, If he keeps up this performance--and it's likely that he will--this is still anybody's ballgame.

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Posted on: September 4, 2010 9:28 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2010 9:34 pm

Tate Forcier 'All you need to know is I'm out'

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Well, so much for Tate Forcier dismissing all those transfer rumors last month as nothing but that: rumors. 

If you were watching Michigan beat Connecticut earlier on Saturday afternoon, you no doubt saw the shot of Forcier sitting on the sideline alone and with a towel over his head.  No doubt pondering his future as he watched Denard Robinson light it up, and then, after seeing Robinson leave the game with an injury for a while, Devin Gardner getting the call to replace him.

It seems that Forcier has come to a conclusion on his future in Ann Arbor.  More specifically, that there won't be one.

As Forcier walked off the field looking as if his team were on the losing end of their 30-10 victory he was approached by reporters who know doubt wanted to ask him about the game and his feelings.  Forcier didn't even give them a chance to ask.

"All you need to know is I'm out," he told them.

Forcier then retreated to the locker room, and upon leaving he ignored autograph seekers, gave a few hugs, and walked off with his cell phone to his ear.

This isn't the most shocking development, as the signs have been there for a while.  First, Forcier not having the Michigan wings on his helmet during practice, the rumors of his transfer, and then his demotion to third string on the depth chart.  It wasn't as much a question of would he transfer, but when?

Of course, nothing is official yet, and this all could have just been an emotional reaction to a bad day for the sophomore quarterback.  Still, i wouldn't expect to see Forcier standing on the sidelines at the Big House in the maize and blue ever again.

Posted on: September 4, 2010 9:13 pm

Cam Newton off to scintillating start

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Sure, it's just Arkansas State, but if Florida transfer Cam Newton's first two quarters as an Auburn Tiger are any indication, Auburn is in for a heck of a season this year.

In the first half, Newton threw for 100 yards, ran for nearly 150 more, and scored four touchdowns--2 on the ground, 2 in the air. Three of his touchdowns came from at least 36 yards out.

Auburn leads Arkansas State 35-16 early in the second half.

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Category: NCAAF
Posted on: September 4, 2010 9:12 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2010 9:20 pm

UNC's Marvin Austin subpoenaed

Posted by Tom Fornelli

While he's back in Chapel Hill watching his North Carolina teammates battle LSU on television, Marvin Austin no doubt has a lot on his mind.  We already know he's frustrated by everything going on with the NCAA's investigation of several UNC players' involvement with agents and being suspended indefinitely by the team, but now he's got something else on his plate.

According to an AP report in the Charlotte Observer , Austin was served with a subpeona on Friday night.

The report says that the North Carolina Secretary of State's office issued the subpeona to Austin as the state is now investigating if any laws were broken by the agents who have helped get so many players in trouble over the last few weeks.  A spokesman for the Secretary of State's office, George Jeter, declined comment on the subpeona, saying only that "it's an active, ongoing inquiry at this time."

It doesn't sound as if Austin is in danger of any legal ramifications for whatever role he may or may not have played in this mess, but the fact of the matter is that when the Secretary of State's office is getting involved, it's not good news.  Odds are it's not going to help him get back on the field anytime soon, either.

I don't think this is the kind of education Austin was hoping to receive when he decided to return for his senior season.

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Posted on: September 4, 2010 7:21 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2010 7:23 pm

Jacksonville State rallies, stuns Ole Miss in OT

Posted by Adam Jacobi

It took a few hours, but with I-AA Jacksonville State's massive upset of Ole Miss in double overtime, the college football season has officially begun.

Jacksonville State trailed 31-13 in the fourth quarter before coming back to tie the game at 34 with 0:17 left in the game. Once in overtime, Ole Miss had little difficulty in converting touchdowns on their two possessions. Jacksonville State, however, found themselves down 48-41 with 4th and 15 at the 30 yard line. No matter, as Coty Blanchard found Kevyn Cooper for a touchdown at the back of the end zone to make it 48-47.

After the touchdown, JSU coach Jack Crowe called timeout, and took a cue from the Boise State-Oklahoma 2007 Fiesta Bowl by going for the win. Blanchard rolled out and, under duress, found his tailback for a shovel pass and the win. 49-48, David over Goliath.

It's safe to assume that massive cheers will go up when this score is announced in the stadia of the various SEC teams who are currently playing.

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Posted on: September 4, 2010 6:52 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2010 7:01 pm

Ole Miss and Jacksonville State in OT thriller

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Coming into today's action, most of the news about Ole Miss centered on the Jeremiah Masoli soap opera and Masoli's early playing time. When the game was 31-10 Ole Miss at the half and 31-13 after three quarters, few would have guessed there'd be any more drama.

But, uh, about that.

Jacksonville State charged back in the fourth quarter, scoring three touchdowns to one Rebels field goal to tie the game at 34. The tying score came on a 71-yard drive that started with under 3 minutes left, and that was capped with an off-balance two-point conversion throw by Marques Ivory.

Ole Miss did nothing more in regulation, and now the game goes to overtime. Giddyup.

UPDATE: Both teams traded touchdowns in the first overtime. Ole Miss now starts the second OT with the ball. 

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Posted on: September 4, 2010 6:04 pm

Denard Robinson suffers minor hip injury

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Denard Robinson has been putting together a superlative performance today: 14/16 for 108 yards through the air, and 23 electric carries for 170 yards and 1 TD. But on his last carry--a demoralizing QB draw to convert a 3rd and 15 from deep in Michigan territory--Robinson took a shot to his left hip, then landed on the hip awkwardly. The injury appears to be minor, though, as Robinson was back on the field to start the fourth quarter for the Wolverines.

Robinson was briefly replaced by freshman Devin Gardner, who holds the distinction of not being returning starter Tate Forcier. Forcier has denied rumors of wanting to transfer, but considering Robinson's dominance and Gardner's spot off the bench, it seems like Forcier's going to encounter scant playing time as long as both Robinson and Gardner are healthy.

Posted on: September 4, 2010 5:52 pm

Jeremiah Masoli sees early action for Ole Miss

Posted by Chip Patterson

A lot can happen in one week.

No one can attest that more than Ole Miss and their newest quarterback Jeremiah Masoli .  In the last week the Oregon transfer gone from awaiting a waiver from the NCAA in order to  play, been denied the waiver, successfully appealed the waiver, and on Saturday took the field for the first time in a Rebels uniform.

At halftime, Masoli has completed all 3 of his pass attempts for 59 yards and run 3 times for 20 yards.  Pretty crazy that it was just a couple of days ago Masoli was looking at the possibility of having to sit out the entire season.  Masoli received the waiver because the graduate program he enrolled in at Ole Miss was not available at Oregon. 

Even more impressive than Masoli's presence on the field has been the play of starting quarterback Nathan Stanley.  Stanley threw for three touchdowns and no interceptions and looked sharp and comfortable under center.  Head coach Houston Nutt has to be pleased knowing that he has two strong options at quarterback.  Jeremiah Masoli proved last year that his presence on the field can change the game, and I expect he will be utilized more and more as the season progresses.   
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