Friday, September 7, 2007
DUKE @ VIRGINIA (-17.5), noon, Charlottesville, Va., TV: R/LF (XM 192) – who’s really horrible?
Nebraska (-9) @ WAKE FOREST, noon, Winston-Salem, N.C., TV: ESPN (XM 190) – Wake’s starting QB is injured.
ULM @ CLEMSON (-27), 1:00 PM, Clemson, S.C.Samford @ Georgia Tech, 1:30 PM, Atlanta, Ga., TV: ESPNU (XM 232)
NC STATE @ BOSTON COLLEGE (-14), 2:30 PM, Chestnut Hill, Mass., TV: ESPN2 – State’s sarting RB out for season.
UAB @ FLORIDA STATE (no line), 5:00 PM, Tallahassee, Fla., TV: ESPNU (XM 190) - FSU's starting QB is (not) hurt.
NORTH CAROLINA @ East Carolina (-5), 6:00 PM, Greenville, N.C., TV: CSTV (XM 191) – UNC starting LB out for season.
MARYLAND @ FIU (no line), 7:00 PM, Miami, Fla., (XM 192) Toly Petty will probably (not) start at QB.
VIRGINIA TECH @ LSU (-11.5), 9:15 PM, Baton Rouge, La., TV: ESPN (XM 190) - LSU favored by 13.
BRONCOS (-72) v. Cavaliers, 8:45 AM, Bealton, VA, TV: None, Radio: None. – Toly Petty will probably (not) start at QB.
OFFENSIVE BACK - Matt Ryan, Boston College, Quarterback, 6-5, 218, Senior, Exton, Pa.
A senior from Exton, Pa., Ryan led the Eagles to a hard fought 38-28 win over the 2006 ACC Champion Demon Deacons of Wake Forest. He completed 32-of-52 passes for a career-best 408 yards and five touchdowns, becoming the first Boston College quarterback to throw five or more touchdown passes since Doug Flutie in 1984. With his performance, Ryan also passed the 5,000 yard passing mark for his career.
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN - Andrew Gardner, Georgia Tech, Offensive Tackle, 6-6, 298, Junior, Tyrone, Ga.
Gardner, a junior from Tyrone, Ga., helped pave the way for Georgia Tech running backs to pile up 265 yards on the ground in Tech's 33-3 win at Notre Dame. Gardner played in 61 snaps during the game, registering 11 knockdowns and providing the blocking that allowed the Georgia Tech offense to accumulate 386 yards on the day.
DEFENSIVE BACK - Dejuan Tribble, Boston College, Cornerback, 5-9, 190, Senior, Cincinnati, Ohio. (pictured above). Tribble, a senior from Cincinnati, Ohio, picked off three Wake Forest passes, including one in the end zone that denied the Deacons a score. Tribble's three interceptions give him 14 for his career and tied his career-high, set last year at Miami. He also added seven tackles, including one for a loss an returned the three interceptions a total of 42 yards.
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN - Philip Merling, Clemson, Defensive End, 6-5, 270, Junior, Memphis, Tennessee
Merling, a junior out of St. Matthews, S.C., helped the Tigers to a 24-18 victory against No. 19 Florida State registering eight total tackles, include five solo ones, one sack and two tackles for a loss. He also was credited with a forced fumble.
SPECIALIST - Travis Bell, Georgia Tech, Placekicker, 6-0, 220, Senior, Roswell, Ga. Bell connected on four field goals in five attempts, making three-pointers from 29, 32, 39 and 40 yards. He also was perfect on all three PAT attempts which extended his current string to 104 extra points without a miss.
ROOKIE - T. J. Yates, North Carolina, Quarterback, 6-3, 205, Freshman, Marietta, Ga.
Yates, from Marietta, Ga., led the Tar Heels to a 37-14 win over James Madison on Saturday, completing 13 of 18 passes for 218 yards and three touchdowns. With his first-ever pass attempt as a college quarterback, Yates hooked up with receiver Brooks Foster on a 65-yard pass play to give the Tar Heels a 7-0 lead. He also threw touchdown passes of 28 and eight yards. After the season's first week of games, Yates leads the ACC and ranks sixth in the nation with a 217.84 pass efficiency rating.
Following his record-breaking performance against the University of South Florida, Elon University quarterback Scott Riddle (Ramseur, N.C./Eastern Randolph) was named the Southern Conference Freshman of the Week on Tuesday morning by the league office.
OK, so he does look a little crazy.
Riches, who is doing a decade in prison for fraud, is at it again, this time filing a loony--though quite funny--complaint again Barry Bonds, baseball commissioner Bud Selig, and Hank Aaron's bat. Yes, you read that correctly...Hank Aaron's bat.
In his lawsuit, Riches, pictured right, weaves an intricate conspiracy theory involving television ratings, steroids, the cracking of the Liberty Bell, Colombian narco-terrorists, and secretly recorded conversations for which journalists Robert Novak and Judith Miller have transcripts.A copy of the Bonds complaint can be found here. Riches's August 13 lawsuit, which he filed in U.S. District Court in Indiana, is the 17th federal complaint he has filed since January 2006. Imprisoned in South Carolina, Riches has filed his lawsuits in 15 separate federal jurisdictions, presumably moving state-to-state to avoid sanctions over the filing of frivolous actions.
Either way, good stuff.(Photo by Tod Marks/ST-Publishing.com)
Rodriguez, who is hurt, had to talk manager Joe Torre into letting him play. Rodriguez became the fourth Yankees player to homer twice in an inning, joining Joe DiMaggio (June 24, 1936), Joe Pepitone (May 23, 1962) and Cliff Johnson (June 30, 1977).
(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Here's where I'd usually lead with some nonsense, fictitious quote, but this week I don't have to. I'll let Bobby start us off with the first "No S#%&, [insert coach's name], No S#%&." of the new season:
"When you don't block, nobody goes," Bobby Bowden said. "When you don't tackle, everything goes the other way. I don't know what happened. It was the most inept we've been since I can remember, offensively and defensively. We didn't block and we didn't tackle. It's as simple as that."
No S#%&, Bobby, No S#%&.
Jackass of the Week: Drew "Rix II" Weatherford. The QB coach actually said he didn't consider pulling him. Wow. He's FSU's best option?
Hero of the Week: There's two this week. First, new man QB Cullen Harper, who torched FSU for 160 yards and 2 TDs. Second, James Davis, with 102 yards and 1 TD.
And, yes, that was Jeff Bowden you heard screaming "I TOLD YOU IT WASN'T ME!!!!!" Boy, good investment buying him out, FSU boosters. Really turned the offense around.
In related news, it is reported that one of our very own, Sam Blaser, had a great night last night. Congratulations, Sam.
In unrelated news, this will most likely be the last time FSU is featured in the Game-o-the-Week. Next week, we're covering VT vs. LSU. I know it isn't a conference game, but do we really care about Dook vs. UVA or NC State vs. BC? No, we don't. And I'm sure next week's spot will be more entertaining. It is hard to type with tears rollling down your cheeks.
Hokie Nation: you got a one week pass this week. Next week, we're back to normal. Good luck against LSU.
Finally, this week is not the week to find yourself in Fauquier County Circuit Court. Our beloved Judge, Judge Parker, is a die hard Michigan fan. Don't get in trouble this week, people--it won't be pretty.
Nelson was immortalized by the photo at left, which sparked a series of Internet spinoffs.
Monday, September 3, 2007
First came word via "The Today Show" of a recruiting coup for the school in the North Carolina mountains. Lauren Caitlin Upton, the freshly famous Miss Teen South Carolina, whose dingbat answer to a beauty pageant question became an instant YouTube classic, told Matt Lauer she planned to attend Appalachian State (assuming she can get her geographically challenged self there). The announcement had App State officials scrambling to get their academic programs, especially reading, up to speed.
Then the Mountaineers walk into the big house and knock off Michigan in front of 109,000 Wolverine fans. This is the first time since the invention of I-AA in 1978 that a FCS (Football Championship Subdivision, the idiotic new NCAAese for I-AA) team has beaten a team ranked in the AP Top 25.
What happened next could not have been unexpected.
Not long after word reached the ACC headquarters in Charlotte, ACC Commissioner John Swofford announced that he was immediately inviting Appalachian State, Wyoming, West Virginia and East Carolina to join the ACC. “Look at what Appalachian State just did, and they are located in North Carolina, the home of the ACC,” said Swofford.
“Wyoming kicked Virginia's ass…bad. So they're in. And East Carolina looked strong against the Hokies,” continued Swofford. “Morgantown is actually 17.4 miles closer to the coast than Blacksburg…that, and that Slyaton kid can flat get it.”
Did he mean "gittit?"
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
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…
For more scoop on VT, go to http://www.tailgatefever.com
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.
(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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