Friday, October 12, 2007

FSU FOOTBALL TEAM TO DISBAND

FSU Athletic Director Dave Hart (pictured left) is rumored to be holding a press conference later today to announce that the Seminoles long-heralded football program will disband after breaking yet another long-held record last night against Wake Forest. Evidently, up until last night, Florida State had never lost a gridiron contest in Winston Salem.

Fact is, the Noles only lost half of this game, but that half was ugly. FSU dominated the first half taking a 14-0 lead behind stellar play from freshman QB Xavier Lee and a stingy defense that bottled up the Demon Deacons’ running game. The half included one of the most embarrassing 12 minutes in the history of ACC football when a penalty, a fumble, a different penalty, a change of possession and at least three different lines of scrimmage were the result of one punt play. The ACC crew of officials looked like something out of a Monty Python movie as they attempted (four times) to explain what happened and the eventual outcome.


Odds are they got it wrong. No doubt, it’s all on YouTube by now.

At halftime, a group of Wake alums led by Crutis Strange and Arnold Palmer kidnapped the entire FSU team and replaced them with Snow White and the 53 dwarves. Some how, Ms. White passed as Xavier Lee, and the dwarves all wore stilts which made them as tall as Seminoles, but not nearly as athletic.

Ms. White promptly threw two picks and was replaced by Dopey Weatherford for one series. The move, which apparently was designed to light a fire under White/Lee, didn’t work. The Noles put up 47 net rushing yards for the game.

Wake’s kicker Sam Swank (38) is a STUD. He nailed a 48 yard field goal with less than 2 minutes remining which slammed the coffin door shut on the Seminoles. He hasn't missed in '07.

Hart, who has been the FSU A.D. for 13 years now said he “never tires” of wearing the Native American attire or riding the white horse. “Just a great perk of my job,” said Hart.



Hart should seriously consider hiring at least one coach under the age of 60. Just one.

SATURDAY'S GAMES

Saturday, Oct 13

Virginia Tech (-13) @Duke, 12:00 PM, Durham, N.C., TV: R/LF (XM 190)

Georgia Tech @ Miami (-2), 12:00 PM, Miami, Fla., TV: ESPN (XM 191)

South Carolina (-7) @North Carolina, 3:30 PM, Chapel Hill, N.C., TV: ABC (XM 191)

Connecticut @ Virginia (-3), 3:30 PM, Charlottesville, Va., TV: ESPNU (XM 192)

Boston College (-13.5) @ Notre Dame, 3:30 PM, Notre Dame, Ind., TV: NBC (XM 190)

ESPN's BOTTOM 10

Bottom10_inline”the john lennon ‘instant karma’ bottom 10”

1. FIU 0-6 "Imagine": Imagining no possessions isn't hard for the Panthers to do. They have lost 18 straight games.

2. North Texas 0-5 "(Just Like) Starting Over": Making the coaching move from high school to college is just like starting over for Todd Dodge -- and the Mean Green's record is proof.

3. Marshall 0-5 "What You Got": You don't know what you got, until you lose it. The Herd have been reminded six straight times.

4. Utah State 0-6 "How Do You Sleep?": After losing 12 straight games, the answer to that question is probably not very well.

5. USC 4-1 "Instant Karma": If a Tree falls on the Trojans in front of 85,125 in the Coliseum, you can bet that the Bottom 10 will hear about it..

6. Colorado State 0-5 "Whatever Gets You Through The Night": After losing 12 straight games, the Rams probably will try anything at this point.

7. Idaho 1-5 "You Are Here": The Vandals are here because their only win is a seven-point escape against I-AA Cal Poly.

8. Louisiana Tech 1-4 "Nobody Loves You (When You Are Down And Out)": LSU is ranked No. 1. Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana-Monroe won on Saturday. Doubt the Bulldogs are getting much love these days.

9. Northern Illinois 1-5 "Remember": The Huskies went to bowl games in 2004 and 2006. After Saturday's loss to Temple, that must feel like a long time ago in DeKalb.

Drum roll, pleez...

10. NC State 1-5 "Isolation": Boston probably doesn't feel as isolated to Tom O'Brien these days. While BC is 6-0, his Pack have not beaten a I-A team in 2007.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

ACC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Oct. 8, 2007

OFFENSIVE BACK--Matt Ryan, Boston College, Quarterback, 6-5, 220, Sr, Exton, Pa. Ryan completed 24-of-32 passes for 312 yards and four touchdowns in Boston College's win over Bowling Green. His 71-yard touchdown pass to Justin Jarvis in the third quarter was the longest of the season and the longest touchdown pass of his career

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN--Garrett Reynolds, North Carolina, Tackle, 6-7, 295, Jr., Knoxville, Tenn. In the Heels win over Miami, Reynolds recorded eight knockdown blocks as the Tar Heels piled up 186 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Against a Miami defense which was tops in the league overall and second in sacks, the Tar Heels to more gained 400 yards and allowed only two sacks.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN--Dave Philistin, Maryland, Linebacker, 6-2, 231, Jr., Manchester, N.H. Philistin, an inside linebacker, registered a career-high 21 tackles in Maryland's win over Georgia Tech. His stop of Tashard Choice on a Yellow Jacket two-point conversion attempt late in the game denied Georgia Tech's opportunity to tie and preserved the Maryland win.

DEFENSIVE BACK--Jamie Silva, Boston College, Safety, 5-11, 210, Sr., East Providence, R.I. In the Eagles' 52-24 rout of Bowling Green, Silva tied a Boston College single-game record with three interceptions, one of which he returned 65 yards for the first touchdown of his career.

SPECIALIST--Connor Barth, North Carolina, Place kicker, 6-1, 190, Sr., Wilmington, N.C. Against Miami, Barth made four field goals for the first time in his career to extend his school record for most consecutive made field goals to 19. In the 33-27 win, he connected from 33, 51, 35 and 20 yards to boost a Tar Heel special teams unit that made several big plays on the day.

ROOKIE--Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech, Quarterback, 6-1, 206, Fr., Hampton, Va. In Saturday's 41-23 win at Clemson, Taylor accounted for 183 yards of total offense. He rang up 118 yards on the ground, including a 52-yarder late in the game to seal the win, along with 65 through the air. Taylor threw for one touchdown and no interceptions.

VICK ‘EM? WE HARDLY KNEW ‘EM!

From the boys at Deadspin:

It was only a matter of time, really, until the adjective verb "to Vick" became an acceptable taunt between rival college football fans.

This shirt was the hot commodity for Texas Tech fans looking to rattle Texas A&M during their visit to Lubbock last Saturday.

We think this would work better if, you know, it were the Texas A&M Bulldogs, or the Texas A&M Fightin' Puppies. We'll wait for someone playing Georgia to do that one; are there photoshops of someone electrocuting Uga?


Nice, Deadspin, NICE!

POST CARDS FROM DONALD TRUMP #1

JOE TORRE…You’re ugly and you mother dresses you funny…YOU’RE FIRED!

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

POST CARDS FROM DONALD TRUMP #2

JOHNNY DAMON…You shoulda never cut your hair or left the Sox. It’s a wicked pissa, YOU’RE FIRED!

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

POST CARDS FROM DONALD TRUMP #3

MARIANO RIVERA… ¡Vaya de nuevo a Cuba, usted pag√≥ en exceso el you're del vago... ENCENDIDI!

(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

POST CARDS FROM DONALD TRUMP #4

ALEX RODRIGUEZ…George is paying you how much? YOU’RE MEGA FIRED!

(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

POST CARDS FROM DONALD TRUMP #5

YANKEE FANS…You're spoiled, you're rude, and YOU'RE FIRED!

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

KNUCKLEHEAD OF THE WEEK

...AND IT'S ONLY FRIDAY! Dave Wannstedt, what were you thinking? Navy and Pitt played a great game Wednesday night. One of those "Whoever has the ball last wins" high-scoring affairs.

The game went into overtime and Wannstedt's brain locked down. Both teams scored TDs on their first OT possession. Pitt held Navy to a field goal on the first possession of OT2. All Pitt has to do is score a TD to win or kick a field goal for a TIE, and another shot to win in OT3.

Fast forward ahead to 3rd and goal from the 2...Now remember, Pitt has 227 yards of rushing and their primary back, some kid named McCoy, has 165 yards. They have punted twice the entire game. They have more total yards in this game than N.C. State has so far this year.

They throw. Incomplete. So, with Pitt facing fourth-and-goal at the Navy 2, Wannstedt went for the win and freshman Pat Bostick threw too high to tight end Darrell Strong on a fade route in the end zone with Rashawn King in coverage. ...a FADE ROUTE???? You kiddin' me?

"That's our 2-point conversion play," Wannstedt explained. "We do it all the time in practice and it works perfectly. ... If I had the same situation, I would do it again." (Liar, liar Division I head coaching job on fire!)

But that's in practice, and this was in an overtime game Pitt desperately needed to win after losing to Virginia by 30 points and Connecticut by 20 in its last two games.

BTW, Navy's QB is Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada. Say that three times really fast...

Monday, October 8, 2007

GAME OF THE WEEK



BY JOHN CLARK
TAH SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT


Holy Moly!!!!

I know I said GT v. MD was the game of the week, but I just can't resist talking about UNC. UNC 33, UM 27.

That is not a misprint.

Butch Davis, former Cane coach, exacted vengeance on Miami. UNC had scored 27 points before Miami even got on the board. Miami twice rallied to get within a TD down, but UNC kept on, and they hung on for the victory. Wow, wow, wow. Congrats to UNC (and to the Editor's lovely bride).

GT v. MD. In his first career start, MD QB, Chris Turner, threw for 255 yards and a TD, and MD RB, Lance Ball, ran for three touchdowns. At one point, MD had GT down 21-3, but the Yellowjackets rallied back. GT had an opportunity to tie the game in the fourth quarter on a 2-point conversion, but they failed as MD swarmed and punished the conversion attempt.

(FSU is back in the Top 25--the world is starting to become normal again.)

VT punished Klimpson. Dook lost, but scored 36 points against Wake. (Not good, Wake, not good.) UVA won on a last second FG against Sister Mary's School for the Blind and Handicapped (oops, er, Middle Tennessee). (Not good, UVA, not good.)

Okay, so I'm all over the map this week, but I just had to mention all these games. What a great weekend.

(Did I mention that FSU is back in the Top 25? I love Xavier Lee.)

Next week: I would say GT v. UM is the game of the week, but not after UM's putrid performance this weekend against UNC. So, sorry folks, but the ACC game of the week is FSU v. Wake on Thursday night. Of course, now that I've said that, FSU is destined to puke all over themselves.


The non-ACC v. ACC game of the week is UNC v. SC--UNC is coming off a big win, SC is ranked as high as they have been since 1984. Can UNC beat SC and make Spurrier throw his visor and cry like a baby? God, I hope so.

(In case you missed it, FSU is back in the Top 25, and I'm in love with QB Xavier Lee.)

TECH’S HALL OUT WITH BUSTED WRIST

Virginia Tech starting linebacker and leading tackler Vince Hall was to undergo surgery for a broken left wrist Sunday night and was expected to miss four to six weeks, the Hokies announced in a release.

Hall broke the wrist in Saturday's 41-23 victory at Clemson, where he finished with a team-leading 11 tackles. The surgery was scheduled to take place at Montgomery Regional Hospital, where a plate was expected to be inserted to help stabilize the wrist.

Hall is fourth in the ACC in tackles per game and has 61 total this season. He has started the last 44 games and was approaching the school record for consecutive starts.

SATURDAY'S GAMES

BOSTON COLLEGE 55, BOWLING GREEN 24 - After two unimpressive wins, the seventh-ranked Eagles showed again they can dominate by beating Bowling Green 55-24 on Saturday behind Matt Ryan's four touchdown passes and the defense's four interceptions late in the first half.

Boston College is 6-0 for the first time in 65 years and has a chance to match their highest ranking in 23 years.

MARYLAND 28, GEORGIA TECH 26 - In his first career start, Chris Turner threw for 255 yards, and Lance Ball ran for three touchdowns as Maryland barely held on for a 28-26 victory Saturday over Georgia Tech. Travis Bell sent a 52-yard field goal attempt wide right with 54 seconds remaining. Andrew Gardner was whistled for holding on the previous play, knocking the Yellow Jackets back 10 yards and preventing them from lining up for what would have been a 40-yard try.

WAKE FOREST 41, DUKE 36 - Receiver
Kenneth Moore rushed for two touchdowns and Wake Forest withstood Thaddeus Lewis' four-TD performance and beat Duke 41-36 on Saturday.
Moore caught 11 passes for 100 yards and rushed four times for 84 yards, with scoring runs covering 21 and 53 yards for the Demon Deacons (3-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).


FSU 27 NC STATE 10 - Michael Ray Garvin returned an interception 43 yards for a touchdown to spark Florida State to its fourth straight victory, a 27-10 win Saturday over North Carolina State.
Garvin, a track All-American who finished sixth in the 100 meters at the NCAA finals and ran a leg on Florida State's championship 400-meter relay team, gave Florida State a 17-10 lead early in the third quarter with his first interception of the season.

VA TECH 41 CLEMSON 23 - An interception return, a punt return and a kickoff return, all for touchdowns -- and all typical for college football's masters of specal teams. "That's Beamer-ball," grinned Virginia Tech linebacker Vince Hall. "That's what we needed." And that's what sent coach Frank Beamer's 15th-ranked Hokies to a 41-23 victory over No. 22 Clemson on Saturday night.

VIRGINIA 23, MIDDLE TENNESSEE 21 - Chris Gould kicked a 34-yard field goal with 8 seconds left, redeeming himself for an earlier extra-point miss, and Virginia beat pesky Middle Tennessee 23-21 on Saturday for its fifth consecutive victory.

The Cavaliers (5-1) had 151 yards rushing and matched their longest winning streak since 2004, spoiling the Blue Raiders' (1-5) hopes of becoming the third Sun Belt team to knock off a school from a Bowl Championship Series conference this year. Troy had defeated Oklahoma State, and Florida Atlantic also won over Minnesota to score wins for the Sun Belt this season.

LIVE FEED FROM KLIMPSON


BY T. BLASER,
TAH SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT - CLEMSON PARENT & TERP FAN

Nothing like football in the souff! 4 hrs before games time and this place is whipped up. Had the fortune of being on the treadmill between Todd Blackledge and Rob Spence (Clemson off coord) this a.m. at the hotel. Very cool conversation.

Disturbing tailgate trend. Hot coeds with great legs sporting cowboy boots. I know, I am a 50 year old fart but give me the 6 inch heels any day. Va Tech showing well down here but CU is much drunker. Home turf and all. Haven't seen any Zima but all other food groups are well represented. Apparently Red Bull mixes well with most anything…

Well boyz Klimpson never saw it coming. On Military Appreciation Day in Clemson South Carolina the Hokies played like the Sioux Indians and Tommy Bowden lead like General George Custer. The shell shocked Tigers never recovered from a returned pick on their first possession and two first half TD's from the bigger, stronger, faster Hokie special teams. Coach Beamer continues his 4-0 mastery over Bowden the younger. Your final...41-23 Hokies.

This correspondents date was so pissed she insisted we leave Clemsom immediately following the game. Luckily the hotel was in Anderson S.C.

THE RIDDLE WATCH

Scott Riddle threw for 354 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another score Saturday night as Elon held off Western Carolina to take a 38-36 Southern Conference victory.

Riddle hit Terrell Hudgins for two of his four scoring passes, the second of which was a 25-yard strike . riddle has now thrown for over 300 yards in each of his last four starts. His four touchdown passes equaled his career-high performance in a Phoenix victory over Liberty last month. He leads the Southern Confrence and ranks high among the country’s NCAA-I FBS leaders in completions (1st/30.2 per game), points responsible for (second/22.4 per game), passing yards (fourth/320.2 per game) and total yards (sixth/321.8 per game).

He was named the Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. Riddle has completed 151 of his 223 attempts for 1,601 yards, 14 touchdowns and just five interceptions.

Riddle's QB Rating is 144.25. Here's how the ACC looks in that department: Kyle Wright, Miami – 153.44, Thaddeus Lewis, Duke – 141.22, T.J. Yates, UNC – 141.18, Cullen Harper, Clemson – 140.24. Matt Ryan, BC – 139.40, Riley Skinner, Wake Forest – 119.00, Jameel Sewell, UVA – 113.61, Taylor Bennett Ga Tech – 108.09 and Tyrod Taylor, Va Tech – 104.18.

MINI-BRONCOS BETTER THAN NFL BRONCOS

UNC basketball All-American Tyler Hansbrough’s long lost cousin, Toly, has hit UNC football coach Butch Davis’ radar screen after the Mini-Bronco made his halfback debut at Fauquier High School on Friday night. Young Toly’s first, and only, carry netted a modest gain and a close-line tackle by one of the constantly cheating Panthers. The hit was titanic, prompting the crowd of some 5,000 to collectively let out a wincing OoooHHHHHH!!!.

“I got creamed,” said Toly.

Evidently, Davis contacted the Bronco assistant coaches who said “He popped right up,” after the bone-jarring hit. The action took place during halftime of the Fauquier vs. Loudoun Valley high school game last Friday night. The Falcons defeated the Vikings, but the Broncos fell to the Panthers yet again 7-0.

The following day, the Broncos tied the Rams to complete their seasons with a 2-3-1 mark which makes them ½ game better than the NFL Denver Broncos who are 2-3. The Bronco coaches are looking forward to Toly, and his alter ego Jack P., returning to next year’s squad.

“That Toly,” said Bronco head coach C. Pearson, “He’s flat out mastered the three point stance. It doesn’t matter what is happening, you can count on the T-Man to be in that stance, not paying attention, and not ready to go!”

“That’s what I love about the kid,” said Davis, “He’s tough, and he’s a great dancer.”

PICTURE OF THE DAY

A REMINDER of why college football is a great game. LSU came back from a 10 point fourth quarter deficit when running back Jacob Hester #18 scored the game-winning touchdown against the Florida Gators at Tiger Stadium on October , 2007 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

LSU defeated Florida 28-24 in an Instant Classic.

(Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

COOL CAT. Defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey #72 of the LSU Tigers cools himself down with a bottle of water during a stoppage in play against the Florida Gators at Tiger Stadium on October , 2007 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Stoppage?

(Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

SHOW ME A BIG BUTT-WHOOPIN'...How about Missouri 41, Nebraska 6? Matt Slauson #70 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers heads to the locker room prior to action against the Missouri Tigers on October 6, 2007 at Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri.

He didn't look nearly as mean after the game.

(Photo by G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

HENCE THE PHRASE, ass over tea cup...Southern California's wide receiver Patrick Turner is upended by Stanfords's cornerback Tim Sims during the first half of their game, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007, in Los Angeles. Somehow or another, the mighty-mighty Trojans got beat by the super nerds. It's a little like Duke beating the Noles -- embarassing to say the least. USC was a 40 point favorite, and playing at home.

Ouch.


(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 5

EAGLES, 3,000 STUDENTS, CHADRON, NEBRASKA. Chadron State running back Danny Woodhead rushes for an 8-yard gain in the early minutes of the third quarter against the Western New Mexico State Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007 at Ben Altimirano Memorial Stadium in Silver City, N.M. Woodhead broke the NCAA all-divisions career rushing record with the carry to surpass the previous record of 7,353 yards held by R.J. Bowers.
(AP Photo/David G Pierre)

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