Posted on: September 5, 2010 12:04 am
 

North Carolina almost pulls miracle comeback

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Is it possible for both teams to lose a game? LSU fans would probably argue yes after the Tigers' wild 30-24 survival against North Carolina. The decimated Tar Heels failed to convert a fourth down with under two minutes left, only to force a fumble on a game-clinching first down for LSU. With 1:08 left and no timeouts left, T.J. Yates drove UNC to the 5-yard line with 6 seconds left.

Alas, two throws into the end zone fell incomplete, the second bouncing off Zack Pianalto's hands as time expired. Both Yates and announcer Brent Musberger both thought there was some pass interference on the final play, and um, they kind of hand a point. It was the type of contact that doesn't always get called on the last play of a game (unless it's the 2003 BCS Championship, anyway).

So North Carolina comes away from the game 0-1 and still wondering when their 15 players will be declared eligible, while LSU gets a win but has even more reason to resent Les Miles and his offense than before (which, after the first half, seemed impossible). Fun times all around!

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Posted on: September 4, 2010 11:39 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2010 11:44 pm
 

North Carolina not going away quietly

Posted by Adam Jacobi

After LSU took a 30-10 lead into the locker room at halftime, it would have been easy to write off the Tar Heels' chances in the second half. Depleted on defense and inconsistent on offense, North Carolina looked like all they wanted to do was just get out of town with some pride intact.

And yet, T.J. Yates and the Tar Heel offense have come alive in the fourth quarter. They converted a 97-yard touchdown, then drove down for another touchdown with under three minutes to go. 30-10 becomes 30-24, and all LSU needed to do is recover an onside kick.

Alas, UNC recovered, and now they're in LSU territory and driving. Hang on tight.

UPDATE: On fourth down, T.J. Yates was sacked on a corner blitz and fumbled. Game, LSU... except the Tigers fumbled with 1:08 to go. Anything can happen,

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: September 4, 2010 10:20 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2010 10:51 pm
 

FCS schools claim another Week 1 victim in Kansas

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Earlier today, the college football world watched in rapt attention as Jacksonville State roared back from a 21-point deficit to upend Ole Miss in a 49-48 thriller. But back on the plains, another FCS school struck--though the outcome was hardly as big an upset.

The Kansas Jayhawks have just been upended in Lawrence by North Dakota State, 6-3. Yes, 6-3; neither team reached the end zone.

The thing of it is, unlike the ranked Jacksonville State, North Dakota State isn't particularly good. While they menaced decent Minnesota teams a few years ago (winning one game and losing the other 10-9), NDSU went only 3-8 last year, getting crushed by ISU in their only foray into FBS play.

Ah, but Kansas is horrible too, losing most of the key players and a head coach from a team that dropped its last seven games last season. If anything, the loss underscores just what a rebuilding effort Turner Gill has in front of him--not that his fans are going to be patient about it, if his vandalized Wikipedia entry has anything to do with it:


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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