Sunday, September 27, 2009

AND THEN DEPRESSION SET IN…

South Florida 17, FLORIDA STATE 7 – Say what?

The Seminoles (2-2, 0-1 ACC) struggled from start to finish in their first-ever contest against the Bulls (4-0, 0-0) and limped out of Doak Campbell Stadium with a 17-7 defeat.

"They are a whole lot better than I thought," FSU head coach Bobby Bowden said. "They beat the heck out of us and we didn't help ourselves. We self-destructed but no taking anything away from them. They whooped us."

Blame the turnovers and FSU's inability to make the most of its opportunities in the meltdown. In total, the Seminoles lost four fumbles and only scored once in the four times they reached the redzone.

The defense also allowed Tallahassee native B.J. Daniels to toss two 70-plus-yard scoring passes and also become the first opposing signal-caller to rush for over 100 yards since Nebraska's Steve Taylor did so way back in 1986.

Daniels finished the game with 126 yards on 23 carries and had just eight completions but they totaled 215 yards.

Rutgers 34, MARYLAND 13 – What up, Fridge?
George Johnson recovered a Maryland fumble in the end zone to give Rutgers the lead, and the Scarlet Knights also scored on an interception return Saturday in a 34-13 victory over the bumbling Terrapins.

It was the third straight win for Rutgers (3-1), which took advantage of five Maryland turnovers, including three interceptions and a fumble by senior quarterback Chris Turner.

The Scarlet Knights outscored the Terrapins 24-0 in the second half. Touchdown runs by Joe Martinek of 29 and 61 yards in the final five minutes turned a close game into a blowout.

The Terrapins have committed 13 turnovers in four games and are 1-3 for the first time since 1997.

TCU 14, CLEMSON 10 – Clemson, Clemson, Clemson…

C.J. Spiller rushed for 112 yards and had a touchdown, but No. 15 TCU showed off its stellar defense and bolstered its BCS buster credentials with a 14-10 victory at Clemson on Saturday.

Andy Dalton threw two touchdown passes and the Horned Frogs (3-0) held Clemson to 117 yards in the second half to take control.
TCU trailed 10-7 entering the fourth quarter as it had its own problems against a Tiger defense which held Boston College to 54 yards a week earlier.

That's when Dalton ended a 56-yard drive with a 25-yard TD pass to Antoine Hicks to move in front with 12:46 left.

The Tigers (2-2) twice advanced inside TCU's 20 down the stretch but could not score. The initial drive ended with Richard Jackson's first field goal miss in three games. The other died at the Frogs 16 as Kyle Parker threw a fourth-down incompletion to the end zone with 1:55 left.

Clemson got the ball back one last time with 1:03 to go - and again TCU held as Parker's desparation fourth-down heave was knocked aside.

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