Saturday, September 13, 2008


This morning, the burgeoning juggernaut known as the FYF Colts took another step toward the 2008 Instructional League National Championship with an overpowering victory over the over matched Seahawks 70-14 at the Vint Hill Gatorade Juice Box Field 1-A Stadium.

Like’s sharks in bloody water, the fired-up Colts were everywhere at once playing both stifling defense and runaway offense. Coach Chris Pearson’s East Coast Perfect Option T-Bone Double Wing Offense could not be stopped, scoring on four of the first six plays.

(The top left photo is fairly typical – a bunch of Seahawks chasing a Colts’ ball carrier with lots of green space in front of him.)

In their constant effort to improve and to realize their six-year-old potential, the Colts also accomplished another first – a completed pass. QB #21 C. Goff turned and threw a perfect strike to RB #11 D. Gibbson who hauled it in before hustling around right end for the second touchdown of the day.

The Seahawks were awestruck.

The Colts never looked back.
Next week, the Colts face those pesky Falcons who gave the Colts some trouble at last night’s FHS Spirit Night.

Look for Coach Pearson and his staff to spend some extra time studying film and game planning for next week’s big game.


ON THE ROAD...In the span of about a mile in Warrenton, VA this morning, we encountered this bumper sticker and the license plate below.

(Photos by TAH while driving -- not recommended)


Friday, September 12, 2008


NORTH CAROLINA 44, Rutgers 12

It was the biggest win for the Tar Heels since…well…nobody can remember since when…

One might have to harken back to Days O’ William Mack Brown to find such a significant pigskin victory, but last night Butch Davis and his UNC squad took a big step toward ACC football credibility while closing the gap in Chapel Hill between football and hoops. (Side note: UNC’s basketball team is the unanimous preseason #1.)

OK, before we get all carried away. Rutgers, who lost its opener to Fresno State before losing last night to the Heels, isn’t very good. Fresno State? Who knew they had a football team?

They have a basketball team ‘cause that’s where the Shark landed after he got run out of UNLV. If you’re south of Vegas in any category but vice, you’re not good. (Side note: The 2005 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball National Champions will return all five starters to this year’s unanimous preseason #1 team.)

Receivers Brandon Tate and Hakeem Nicks each scored two touchdowns and quarterback T.J. Yates threw for three scores as the Heels ended a 20-game losing streak outside of the state and a 14 straight road game losing streak outside of the Triangle. (Side note: …including last year’s Player of the Year, and long lost cousin of Toly Hansbrough©, Tyler Hansbrough.)

Linebacker Bruce Carter added an interception return for a touchdown in a dominant performance by UNC's defense, which forced four turnovers. (Side note: The Tar Heels basketball squad opens up November 15 vs. Penn, not that we’re waiting or anything like that.)

Next up for the Heels: Virginia Tech. We will know more about the Hokies after Saturday’s game vs. Georgia Tech. (Side note: Evidently, back-up point guard Bobby Frasor’s surgically repaired knee is doing fine.)

(Photos By Associated Press/Mel Evans and Getty Images)


(Y)IKE….!!! Hurricane Ike is barelling down on Houston forcing hundreds of thousands to flee, and sparking a dire warning for those remaining in low-lying areas.

So, after a world class “under reaction” for Katrina, check out what the National Hurricane Center is saying about Ike: "All neighborhoods, and possibly entire coastal communities, will be inundated during the period of peak storm tide. Persons not heeding evacuation orders in single family, one- or two-story homes will face certain death."

Certain death...not a lot wiggle room there.

Can’t say you weren’t warned…
(Photo courtesy of National Hurricane Center)


WHAT CAN (OR CAN'T) BROWN DO FOR YOU…? UNC’s Charles Brown tackles Rutger's Tim Brown.

(Photos By Associated Press/Mel Evans)


MUST BE THE ROCKET FUEL…Ferrari Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland steers his car during free practice ahead of Sunday's Formula One Grand Prix in Monza, Italy, Friday, Sept. 12, 2008.

(Photo from AP Photo by Luca Bruno)

Thursday, September 11, 2008



Future Tar Heel standout, TOLY HANSBROUGH©, was injured Wednesday afternoon in what coaches are describing as a “non-football” incident.

Evidently, Toly was walking backward towards his bus when he decided to turn around and walk forward like a normal kid. Unfortunately for the future multi-sport star, there was a steel column waiting to greet him. The abrupt stop resulted in a head laceration that required three stitches, two deserts, a slice of pizza and a cookie to repair.

Asked if the pole moved when it encountered the force that is "the one-and-only TOLY HANSBROUGH©", Toly said, “I don’t know. Good question, though.”

In the Emergency Department of the Fauquier Health System (winner of the J.D. Power and Associates “Best Community Non-Profit Hospital Located on a Hill Award” for eight of the past nine years), Toly informed a Cedar Lee middle school footballer that the post “had a nail on it.” The story was later amended to include coyotes and sharks (both Great Whites and Hammerheads).

As result, Toly will not be available to UNC head coach Butch Davis when the Tar Heels face Rutgers tonight in Piscataway. Davis had leaked to various media outlets earlier in the week that he had a new “secret weapon” for tonight’s non-conference skirmish.

UNC basketball coach and Hall of Famer, Roy Williams quipped, “Did it hurt his brain?…nah, couldn’t have!”

Worse yet, Toly will miss his FYF Colt’s practice tonight and be unable to play in both the FHS Spirit Night Exhibition during half time of the Fauquier HS v. Stafford HS game under the lights at Falcon Field and the FYF Colts’ second regular season game this Saturday against the FYF Seahawks. According to sources in Vegas, the line on that game moved from Colts (-21) to Colts (-20) when the word of Toly’s injury hit the AP sports' wire. As of this writing, the line had recovered to Colts (-28).

The injury comes at a disappointing time for Toly who has spent the past two weeks with his personal coaches “TAH Dad” and “Well…No Bronco” working on a) widening the base of his three point stance, b) keeping his head up in said stance, c) firing off the ball, d) driving his feet after making contact and e) paying attention to his teachers/coaches/parents/game. According to various onlookers, all but the last one were a success.

Toly will be in attendance for both the scrimmage and the game this weekend to “support my dudes.”


ACC purists, you know the folks back from the eight-team days, are quick to point out why other schools should not be part of the beloved Conference.
There are certainly some ECU detractors out there who consider their Down East neighbor to be…well, let’s just say, inferior.

We won’t weigh in yet, but clearly some ECU fan, alum, player or student needs to work on his sense of humor and reading skills.

A comment posted on TAH yesterday in reaction to the satirical post regarding the ACC inviting ECU to the party didn’t help much. It goes like this…

“with quality wins over two ACC schools – Virginia Tech and West Virginia"

When did West Virginia get into the ACC?

I hope that photo...isn’t of Coach Holtz, cause it isn't.

a) We checked, and sure enough right after the sentence ECU Commenter is quoting, we resolved the matter. Hey, Purpleandgoldbeard, put your Coastal Bucaneering 300 text book and/or beer pong ball down, and read the NEXT sentence -- “When reminded by an aide that WVU was not yet in the ACC…” Call us crazy, but we think that covers it.

Satire, color ye Pirate.

b) ECU Commenter is correct. The photo we published yesterday IS NOT Skip Holtz, and we have no earthly idea who it is…That’s Coach Holtz on the left in the above photo. Sorry, bro. Duly noted, and repaired.


Look, we all like to joke about how those Cal Berkeley kids are a little bit kooky. Well…maybe they are.

Here’s an excellent example via Deadspin.

Yesterday, after a 21 month “tree off” with officials, Cal protestors are climbing down out of the trees where they have lived for almost two years. (They had a bucket system: Food up, crap down.)

The protest began when Cal announced that they were planning a $124 million dollar expansion of athletic facilities just outside their football stadium. The tree-sitters decided the 42 campus trees had to be protected and have been living in their branches ever since. In typical Berkeley fashion, the Cal officials put up a fence surrounding the perimeter of the trees and allowed the protest to continue while litigation ran its course.

Yesterday afternoon the four final tree sitters were removed from a single remaining tree. Rumor has it that officials told the protestors that the Cal vs. Maryland series was a home-and-home and that this time next year Ralph Friedgen would come to campus and eat both the tree and the protestors.

Officials showed the protestors a picture of the Fridge, and said “No, bull****, we’re not kidding.”


Fresh off a denial of any wrong-doing while on probation and a vote of confidence from both head Coach Al Groh and UVA AD Craig Littlepage, starting quarterback Peter Lalich has been sacked for Saturday’s game vs. UConn.

Sophomore Marc Verica will start in Lalich's place.

Lalich was charged with the probation violation Sept. 4, but Groh stuck with his quarterback in last Saturday's game against Richmond. Following the game, Groh said he did not hesitate to start the sophomore from West Springfield High.

Yesterday's decision came one day after Groh and Lalich addressed reporters and provided no indication that a change was being considered.

"We stand by Peter and in talking with him have made a decision which is best in the short term for him, the team, and our University," Groh said in a statement released by Virginia's sports information office. "We have a strong set of standards and values on our team that reflect those of the University and we do not compromise those values to win football games."

Virginia Athletic Director Craig Littlepage said in the statement that he met with Groh and Lalich and supported the decision.

Lalich is due in Charlottesville General District Court on Sept. 26, the day before the Cavaliers' Atlantic Coast Conference opener at Duke. They have a bye week after Saturday's game, meaning it will be the only game Lalich is scheduled to miss before his court date.

(Photo courtesy of Roanoke Times)


Inaugural EAGLEBANK BOWL game: Navy vs. Some ACC Team That Can Win Six Games.

The nation's capital formally unveiled its newest sports prize Wednesday, the EagleBank Bowl, one of two new games sanctioned by the NCAA this year and one that needs a team such as Navy — located in nearby Annapolis, Md. — to fit into its military theme.

As a new kid on the block, the game will start on the bottom rung: an 11 a.m. Saturday kickoff at RFK Stadium on Dec. 20, the first of 34 bowls in the upper tier of Division I.

This year's game will pit Navy against the No. 9 eligible team from the Atlantic Coast Conference — assuming, of course, both teams win at least six games.


Scott Riddle passed for 241 yards and three touchdowns as Elon held off Stony Brook in a pouring rain for a 30-20 victory last Saturday.

Riddle threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Bo Williamson and a 9-yarder to Tim Applegate to give the Phoenix (1-1) a 13-0 lead in the first quarter.

Lynell Suggs put the Seawolves (1-1) on the board on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Dayne Hoffman, cutting the deficit to 16-7 with 5:08 left before half.

Karlos Sullivan returned a punt 81 yards for a touchdown to add to the Phoenix lead at 23-7 with 1:33 remaining in the second quarter. Stony Brook drew to within 23-13 for halftime when Donald Lee scored a touchdown on 49-yard pass with 24 seconds to play before the break.

Terrell Hudgins’ 57-yard TD catch made it 30-13 for Elon.


Saturday, Sept 13

Cal (Golden Bears, 24,600 students, Berkeley, CA) (-15.5) @ MARYLAND, 12:00 PM, College Park, Md., TV: ESPN (XM 190/233)

NC STATE @ CLEMSON, (-18.5) 2:00 PM, Clemson, S.C., TV: RAYCOM (XM 192)

Navy (Midshipmen, 4,400 students, Annapolis, MD) @ DUKE, (-1.5) 12:00 PM, Durham, N.C., TV: ESPNU (XM 191)

GEORGIA TECH @ VA TECH, (-6.5) 3:30 PM, Blacksburg, Va., TV: ABC/ESPN (XM 190)

Chattanooga (Mocs, 9,000 students, Chattanooga, TN) @ FLORIDA STATE, (-92.75) 3:45 PM, Tallahassee, Fla., TV: ESPNU (XM 191)

@ Connecticut (Huskies, 21,000 students, Storrs, CT), (-10) 7:30 PM, Storrs, Conn., TV: ESPNU (XM 190)


TRAILBLAZER...In this March 19, 1966 file photo, Texas Western College head basketball coach Don Haskins, second from left, and players celebrate after winning the 1966 NCAA basketball championship in College Park, Md (the Terps' old Cole Field House).

Haskins, credited with helping break color barriers in college sports in 1966 when he used five black starters to win a national basketball title for Texas Western, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008.

The Hall of Fame coach, whose pioneering 1966 team was portrayed in the 2006 movie "Glory Road," was 78.

(Photo courtesy AP/ESPN)


COLLEGE FOOTBALL PHOTO OF THE WEEK...Arizona's Mike Thomas (10) dives for a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Toledo in Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Ariz., Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008. Arizona won 41-16.

(AP Photo/John Miller)


WHO YOU CALLIN’ CRAZY, NURSE RATCHET…? You know we love him!

Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno answers a question during his weekly news conference on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008 in State College, Pa. Penn State plays at Syracuse in an NCAA college football game on Saturday.

(AP Photo/Pat Little)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


In an obvious move to bolster the conference’s woeful position in college football, ACC Commissioner John Swofford will announce today that the conference will issue an invitation for East Carolina University (2-0) to leave Conference Who-S-A(?) and return to their Carolina roots to the Down East side of Tobacco Road.

“Let’s face it,” said Swofford, “with quality wins over two ACC schools – Virginia Tech and West Virginia – the Pirates would be the best team in the conference from day one.” When reminded by an aide that WVU was not yet in the ACC, Swofford said, “No matter, ARRRRRRRRGGGGG!”

According to Swofford (who was nattily clad in a Jack Sparrow Halloween costume), the Pirates are a perfect fit as head coach Skip Holtz has an ACC pedigree having once coached for Florida State as an assistant before taking the head coaching job at UConn where he went 34-23 before rejoining his father Lou Holtz at South Carolina. “He’s an ACC guy, his dad was an ACC guy,” added Swofford.
“The old man coached at N.C. State and then some little catholic school out in the Midwest before joining those ACC separationists down in that other Carolina.”

Swofford also pointed out that ECU faced two more ACC foes (NC State and Virginia) and was likely to be favored in both contests.

The key to the Pirates early success: DEFENSE.

According to the News-Observer, in a stunning 2-0 start, the ECU "D" has lowered its average point yield to 12.5 per game. The defense has:

* Checked a Virginia Tech team that had pocket-passing quarterback Sean Glennon. The performance was so thorough that it caused Tech coach Frank Beamer to take the redshirt off Tyrod Taylor and start him in Week 2.

* Limited mobile White and West Virginia to a single field goal. Time will tell, but White is now a distant contender for the Heisman Trophy after being near the top of many lists.
The Pirates have held their two opponents to a combined 8-of-24 on third downs. ECU, in contrast, has converted 15 of 29 third downs.

Indeed, the ECU offense has kept the defense fresh by controlling the ball -- about 11 minutes longer than West Virginia and 6 minutes longer than Virginia Tech.

Part of the equation is experience: Ten of the starting defenders are either juniors or seniors.


As the Virginia football team prepares for Saturday's game at Connecticut, quarterback Peter Lalich continues to face questions regarding his off-field behavior. Lalich, who was put on probation in July after facing a misdemeanor charge of unlawful purchase and possession of alcohol, yesterday addressed a published report that claimed he admitted to using marijuana and alcohol after being placed on probation.

"I have not smoked or done any drugs while on my probation," said Lalich, a West Springfield graduate who also talked about adjusting to a life in which his actions -- on and off the field -- fall under public scrutiny.

In high school, Lalich said many people did not know he even played football. Now he is the subject of local, regional and national news reports.

"It's obviously different, but I wouldn't necessarily say it's tough," Lalich said. "It's not tough on me. It's probably more tough on my parents than me."


In November, Mark Warner will probably make history when he beats Jim Gilmore for a seat in the United States Senate by a margin of 60/40 or maybe even worse. Warner may also play a role in the presidential race if he chooses to campaign for the Obama/Biden ticket in the Commonwealth where a Democrat hasn’t won the state in a presidential election since FDR or Kennedy, or somebody a long time ago.

But the Raleigh News-Observer’s J.P. Giglio reminds us of just one of the good things Warner did as the Governor of Virginia:

“…If not for the former Virginia governor, the ACC would have added Syracuse instead of Virginia Tech. The Hokies are 43-12, with two conference titles, since joining the ACC. The Orange? After Saturday's loss to Akron (Chuck Amato's on Line 1, Greg Robinson), the 'Cuse is 7-30 under Robinson.

The only ACC team unhappy with the Orange's exclusion is Duke.”
Amen, brother.


According to the AP, Midway through the first quarter, Oakland Raiders fans were digging into their game programs to learn more about that rookie Denver Broncos receiver out there embarrassing their $70 million cornerback.

That would be Eddie Royal, a second-round pick from Virginia Tech. After his NFL debut in Oakland, the Raider Nation should be worried it'll become far too familiar with the Broncos' budding star.

Royal had nine catches for 146 yards and a touchdown, and Jay Cutler passed for 299 yards and two touchdowns in Denver's 41-14 season-opening victory over the Raiders on Monday night.

Royal did most of his damage against DeAngelo Hall, also a former Hokie who was acquired from the Atlanta Falcons (where he made news for his very public and incessant defense of Michael Vick) in the biggest move of the Raiders' off season restocking. The new look was still unsightly for the Raiders, who fell behind 27-0 in the third quarter.

Hall committed two 15-yard personal fouls against Royal on the same drive in the second quarter.

Nice, DeAngelo, NICE!

Said Bronco QB Jay Cutler, "We played 1-on-1 football with them. We didn't out scheme them. Eddie Royal beat DeAngelo Hall time after time after time. That's what happened."



Damn it! We love the reptile house.

UNC vs. The University of New Jersey at Rutgers (Scarlet Nights, 38,666 students, Piscataway, NJ), (-5.5) 7:30, pm, ESPN, XM-190.

Home sweet home…that’s their story, and, evidently, they’re stickin’ to it.
The University of North Carolina which faces Rutgers Thursday night in New Jersey has not won outside the state of North Carolina since its 38-35 victory at Arizona State on Oct. 5, 2002, a span of 20 games. Yike.

The Heels (1-0) came close to that on a couple of occasions last season. Under new coach Butch Davis, the Tar Heels were 0-6 on the road, including 0-3 outside the state. But two of those three losses came by seven points or fewer -- a far cry from the 17 straight out-of-N.C. defeats under former coach John Bunting that included school records for most yardage allowed (during a 46-16 shellacking at Utah in 2004) and most points allowed (during a 69-14 laugher at Louisville in 2005).

Ten of the 17 losses were blowouts by at least 20 points. Ouch.

Ahhh…but there is a new sheriff in town. To that end, road trips have changed under Butch Davis, a former NFL coach who tends to take a more professional approach.

Bunting, for instance, considered outings to the College Football Hall of Fame (when they played at Notre Dame in 2006), the Louisville Slugger bat factory (in 2005) and the Olympic Park in Salt Lake City (Utah in 2004) educational opportunities.

Davis considers such field trips distractions, unless the trip lasts several days. Which is why he tries not to change his team's routine from home games.

"We're not going to visit the Statue of Liberty, we're not going to the zoo, we're not going to stay overnight at Broadway and catch a play,'' Davis said.”It's a business trip, and I think when you've got a very, very young and inexperienced football team, it's something you have to constantly remind them: to stay focused."

(Top Photo by Zeke Smith/, bottom photo by TAH)


Readers Digest version:

Wake Forest's Riley Skinner and Sam Swank headline ACC Players of the Week for Week 2. Skinner led the Demon Deacon offense on a nine play, 57-yard drive to set up Swank for a 41-yard game winning field goal in Wake's 30-28 victory over Mississippi. Joining the Deacon duo are Florida State offensive tackle Rodney Hudson, Georgia Tech defensive tackle Darryl Richard, NC State outside linebacker Nate Irving and Duke wide receiver Johnny Williams.

Skinner earns his second Offensive Back of the week honor by completing a career high 32-of-43 passes for 267 yards against Ole Miss. Hudson earned Offensive Lineman of the Week honors as he helped the Seminoles rush for 290 yards and gain 561 yards of total offense in their 69-0 win over Western Carolina.

Georgia Tech's Richard earned Defensive Lineman of the Week honors with five tackles, three for loss, a forced fumble and a pass breakup in the Yellow Jacket's win over Boston College. The Wolfpack's Irving earned the Defensive Back of the Week award with 13 tackles and two turnovers that led to points.
Irving returned an interception to the William and Mary six-yard line to set up the first NC State touchdown of the season.

Rounding out this week's team is Duke's Williams who earned Rookie of the Week honors. Williams caught 11 passes for 135 yards in the Blue Devil's 24-20 loss to Northwestern.

(AP Photos/Nell Redmond)


THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE WHEN GOD IS SMILING ON YOUR FOOTBALL PROGRAM...Offensive lineman Shawn Schmieder #72 of the Florida Gators goes through warm-ups prior to taking on the Miami Hurricanes at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 6, 2008 in Gainesville, Florida.

(Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)


THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE WHEN HE'S NOT...To say the folks at Clemson are a bit cranky, would be something of an understatement...
(Photo courtesy of B. Scheulen's uncle)


COLLEGE a game of color and pageantry. None last week was more colorful than Kentucky vs. Norfolk State.

Here, Mike Hartline #5 of the Wildcats throws a pass during the game against the Spartans at Commonwealth Stadium on September 6, 2008 in Lexington, Kentucky.

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Monday, September 8, 2008


Distraught over his Terps lackluster and embarrassing loss to the unheralded Middle Tennessee State Moccasins, Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen abruptly left the team late Saturday night following the game in Murfreesboro.

Friedgen resurfaced on Sunday at the Charles Street Bar in St. Michaels, Maryland. The loss, the worst since the Terps opening game swoon to Northern Illinois a few campaigns back, was such a shock that Friedgen lost 100 lbs. during the game.

The slightly thinner Ralph is shown here behind the C Street bar with three TAH stalwarts. (from left VTech Flikeid, Maryland/Clemson Blaser and Clemson/Maryland Blaser...don't ask, it's complicated).

NEWS FLASH: No, turns out it wasn’t Ralph after all. As traumatized as he might be, he’s back in College Park getting ready for the Cal Bears visit this weekend. The fellow in the picture is Ralph’s separated at birth twin brother Elton "Wheaton" Friedgen who’s having some trouble keeping the “Fridge like” weight on…

(Phots by TAH)


Matt Ryan of Boston College fame became the first quarterback in eight years to throw for a touchdown with his first pass, Michael Turner rushed for a team-record 220 yards and the Atlanta Falcons put Michael Vick in their rearview mirror with a 34-21 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

“We wanted a fast start, and I thought we did that,” said Mike Smith, who had never been a head coach at any level until the Falcons gave him a shot.

Indeed, Atlanta scored on its first three possessions for a 21-0 lead. Ryan, the third overall selection in the draft, looked worthy of the starting job bestowed on him after just three preseason games. In keeping with that numerical theme, he hooked up with Michael Jenkins on the third snap of the game for a 62-yard touchdown pass.

Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons releases a pass for the first touchdown of his NFL career against the Detroit Lions at the Georgia Dome on September 7, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)


Mark our words, that is how it’s gonna go down.

Here’s what happened Saturday:

Jonathan Dwyer scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 43-yard, fourth-quarter run, rushing for 108 yards as the Yellow Jackets came back from a turnover-filled first half to beat BC.
Nesbitt ran for 50 yards, including a 30-yard scramble for a first down that helped Tech run out the clock and a 1-yard sneak on fourth-and-inches to clinch it.

Georgia Tech's Cooper Taylor, right, tackles Boston College quarterback Chris Crane on a carry in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008, in Boston. Georgia Tech won 19-16.

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)


Christian Ponder (l) threw three touchdowns passes and backup D'Vontrey Richardson (D'Vontrey, you D'kiddin'?) ran for two more scores to lead Florida State to a 69-0 win over Western Carolina on Saturday night in a game interrupted more than two hours by lightning.

Ponder, making his first college start after throwing only 18 passes for the Seminoles, completed 11 of 17 passes for 196 yards before giving way to Richardson after the first series of the second half.

Richardson (below r) ran for a 52-yard score on his second play and moments later scored on a 7-yard run as Florida State (1-0) took a 48-0 lead early in the third quarter. He also hit Jamon Fortson with a 3-yard TD pass.

Florida State coach Bobby Bowden claimed his 374th career to win to stay abreast of Penn State's Joe Paterno as the winningest major college coach. Penn State beat Oregon State earlier Saturday.

With more than a dozen players, including several starters, sitting out suspensions for either academic or disciplinary reasons, 28 freshmen played for the Seminoles and two scored touchdowns - Fortson and Jermaine Thomas, who ran for two TDs.

(AP Photos/Phil Coale)


VIRGINIA TECH 24, Furman 7

CLEMSON 45, The Citadel 17

WAKE FOREST 30, Mississippi 28

VIRGINIA 16, Richmond 0

NC STATE 34, William & Mary 24

Middle Tennessee State 24, MARYLAND 14

Northwestern 24, DUKE 20

Florida 26, MIAMI 3

Punter Matt Bosher #25 of the Miami Hurricanes reacts after having his punt blocked late in the first half resulting in a safety for the Florida Gators.

(Photos by Doug Benc/Getty Images)


OUT FOR THE SEASON...Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots is helped off the field by trainers after he sustained an injury to his left knee in the first quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium September 7, 2008 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)


HUH...? It just looks weird. Brett Favre #4 of the New York Jets drops back to pass against the Miami Dolphins at Dolphin Stadium on September 7, 2008 in Miami, Florida.

(Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Blog Archive