Monday, September 3, 2007

FIRST WEEK RECAP

Virginia Tech 17, East Carolina 7
Connecticut 45, Duke 14
Wyoming 23, Virginia 3
Boston College 38, Wake Forest 28
Georgia Tech 33, Notre Dame 3
Maryland 31, Villanova 14
North Carolina 37, James Madison 14
UCF 25, NC State 23


VIRGINIA TECH - UGLY. Sometimes you have to win ugly, and in a very emotional game, that’s exactly what the Hokies did. They’re barely adults and they were playing for themselves, their school, and all those maroon-clad fans. Most importantly, they were playing for 32 Hokies who weren't at Lane Stadium. All and all, it could not have been easy. "I know I was overanxious," linebacker Vince Hall said. "Coach warned us about it, but how can you be ready for that? It was so emotional."

ECU gave Tech all they wanted for three quarters before wearing down in the fourth quarter. With 13 minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Hokies had all of nine yards rushing -- nine. Senior QB Sean Glennon hadn’t looked very sharp mainly because he had ECU purple and gold draped all over him. In the fourth quarter, the offensive line, Brandon Ore and Glennon got it all going. Especially a great TD pass to Sam Wheeler (pictured) who had nine catches.

Moving forward: LSU – at Baton Rouge, the Hokies offensive line will face one of the best defenses in the country, so they will need to play much better. Against ECU, the ESPN announcers said the Pirate’s front four was “manhandling” the Tech O-line. That’s ECU who’s defense is pretty good, but it ain’t LSU…

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UNC - North Carolina's frustrated fans have spent nearly a year waiting for Butch Davis to start rebuilding a program mired in perennial struggle. Their first glimpse at his work offered plenty of room for hope. Redshirt freshman T.J. Yates threw three touchdowns in his first start while the Tar Heels turned in a solid all-around effort to beat James Madison 37-14 on Saturday, earning a rare season-opening victory while giving Davis his first win here.

The win made Davis the first North Carolina coach to win his first regular-season game since Dick Crum in 1978, and it gave the Tar Heels only their third opening-day win in a decade.

Tar Heel Nation is fired up about Davis. Davis sent 29 first rounders to the NFL when at Miami, and it's not unfair to say that Larry Coker's two National Championships were won with a bunch of Davis' boys. However, as they say in hoop, you can't coach hieght and you can't coach speed, so we will see how far Butch can get with the current crop. None the less, in the past two years UNC struggled against JMU's conference mates William & Mary and Furman, so a big win was needed.

BC v WAKE
-- Matt Ryan threw for five touchdowns -- second most at Boston College only to Doug Flutie -- and DeJuan Tribble intercepted three passes on Saturday to help the Eagles beat Wake Forest 38-28 and give Jeff Jagodzinski a victory in his head coaching debut. Ryan completed 32-of-52 passes for a career-high 408 yards. up with 10 different receivers -- including himself, on a ball that was batted at the line -- and threw for more than 400 yards against Wake Forest for the second consecutive year.

MIAMI - Randy Shannon stood in a silent Miami locker room and uttered a simple pregame message: "This is still Miami." His players got the point. Graig Cooper and Javarris James combined to rush for 215 yards, plus the Hurricanes made four interceptions and recorded six sacks.

GTECH v. NOTRE DAME - Tashard Choice helped Georgia Tech fans forget about the loss of Calvin Johnson. Notre Dame's three quarterbacks had Fighting Irish fans longing for Brady Quinn. Choice rushed for a career-high 196 yards and two touchdowns and the Georgia Tech defense had little trouble with Notre Dame's new passers, forcing two fumbles by Demetrius Jones, sacking Evan Sharpley seven times and keeping Jimmy Clausen from doing any damage in a 33-3 victory Saturday.

"I did not see this coming," Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey said. "I thought we would play pretty well defensively. I did not know we would run the ball as well as we ran it today."

Umm…Coach, I don’t think you are supposed to say you didn’t see it coming. Where is the coachspeak about “confidence in my men” blah, blah, blah.
BLAHOOS - Kevin Moore rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown and Wyoming held Virginia to 110 total yards. The Cavaliers (0-1) beat the Cowboys 13-12 in overtime last season in Charlottesville, thanks to a missed extra point by Wyoming. But the Cavs couldn't escape this season -- and they couldn't run at all against Wyoming. Virginia had 6 yards on the ground, and five, count ‘em, FIVE first downs.

MARYLAND - Keon Lattimore ran for 106 yards and three touchdowns, Jordan Steffy played exceptionally well in his first start as Maryland's quarterback, and the Terrapins wore down Villanova in a 31-14 victory Saturday night. Shortly before the opening kickoff, Maryland announced that backup quarterback Josh Portis has been ruled ineligible for the season because of an "academic issue."

If Maryland doesn’t have a quarterback problem, the sun isn’t coming up tomorrow…

NC STATE - Some where, Chuck Amato is laughing…pretty hard, actually. Man, that was ugly. Kevin Smith rushed for a career-high 217 yards with two touchdowns, and Central Florida held on to beat North Carolina State 25-23 on Saturday night, spoiling Tom O'Brien's debut as the Wolfpack's coach.

Smith had a school-record 80-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage, and had 177 yards by halftime!!! Ouch.

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