Saturday, September 12, 2009
DUKE @ Army (Black Knights, 4,487 students, West Point, NY) (-2.5), 12:00 PM, TV: CBS College Sports (XM 194, Sirius 216)
NORTH CAROLINA (-4.5) @ Connecticut (Huskies, 20,846 students, Storrs, CT), 12:00 PM, TV: ESPNU (XM 193, Sirius 217)
Marshall (Thundering Herd, 14,000 students, Huntington, WV) @ VIRGINIA TECH (-19), 1:30 PM, TV: ESPN360.com (XM 191, Sirius 219)
Kent State (Golden Flashes, 29,227 students, Kent, OH) @ BOSTON COLLEGE (-21), 2:00 PM, TV: ESPN360.com (XM 192, Sirius 218)
TCU (Horned Frogs, 8,696 students, Fort Worth, TX) (-11) @ VIRGINIA, 3:30 PM, TV: ESPNU (XM 193, Sirius 217)
James Madison (Dukes, 18,313 students, Harrisonburg, VA) @ MARYLAND (-10.5), 6:00 PM, TV: ESPN360.com (XM 191, Sirius 219)
Murray State (Racers, 10,156 students, Murray, KY) @ NC STATE (-39.5), 6:00 PM, (XM 192, Sirius 218)
Jacksonville State (Gamecocks, 9,481 students, Jacksonville, FL) @ FLORIDA STATE (-31.5), 6:00 PM, TV: ESPN360.com (XM 190, Sirius 220)
*Betting line for recreational purposes only.
*Does Boston College have a new star in the making at linebacker? It will if 18-year-old Luke Kuechly continues to soak up information from Mark Herzlich and Mike McLaughlin and play like he did last weekend.
(Photos by Robert Willet/Raleigh News and Observer)
Friday, September 11, 2009
The Jacket’s Scott Blair, who had earlier thrown a touchdown pass on a fake field goal, kicked a 36-yarder with 57 seconds to give 15th ranked Georgia Tech the win.
Georgia Tech (2-0, 1-0 ACC) pulled itself back from the brink of a potentially devastating loss as Clemson (1-1, 0-1) scored 27 straight points, and actually taking the lead with 11:33 to go.
After a blunder filled first half, the second half rally had to be encouraging to Dabo Swinney’s crew.
"I'm proud of the way we played against a top 15 team on the road," C.J. Spiller said. "We kept thinking we would come back and get back in the game. You have to believe. You have to have faith."
Kyle Parker, a redshirt freshman making only his second college start, threw for 261 yards and three touchdowns, hooking up with Spiller on a 63-yarder and Jacoby Ford on a 77-yarder, sandwiched around a 9-yard scoring pass to Dwayne Allen.
Spiller rushed for 87 yards and caught four passes for 69 more. Ford had five catches for 109 yards.
Ultimately, the close score has to make the two special team gaffs that led to two Georgia Tech touchdowns that much harder to swallow for the men in purple and their now, no doubt, beleaguered special teams coach.
In the end the prep boys prevailed in the third overtime 26-20.
Taking a page out of the Wahoos play book, Madison County ran multiple wildcat formations, three halfback passes and even a hook and ladder. But it was the simplest of plays that ultimately proved the difference for the Mountaineers.
In the third overtime, Logan Tarrell took a handoff from Dustin Korby and ran three yards for the 26-20 win. Needless to say, the crowd went wild.
A dejected Groh said, “I’m sure we learned something from this that will help on on Saturday against TCU.”
Not unlike the turnover ridden W&M game, the Cavs opened the door for the Mountaineers in the third extra period, and Madison County boys (and we do mean BOYS) walked right through it.
The Mountaineers were lead by Jerrod Williamson, who finished the night with 67 yards on 10 attempts and a touchdown. Dustin Korby went 4 for 11 for 55 yards for Madison County.
In the first two overtimes, a pair of passes from Ryan Forster to YaYa Andersen (both new recruits from Swinefluvana High School) gave Virginia its first two scores in extra time. Anderson outleaped his defender both times to score in the back right corner of the end zone. Ya-Ya, Ya-Ya.
The Mountaineers responded with a 1-yard score by Logan Torrell in the first overtime, and then Williams ran over defender after Wahoo defender for a 10-yard score in the second overtime.
As lil’ ol’ T.A.H. is winging its way toward one-quarter of a million visits, it seems logical that we would have an entry on the world’s largest cyberspace encyclopedia (Wikipedia), don’t ya think?
However, Wikipedia’s Conflict of Interest policy would preclude the editors of T.A.H. from creating an entry about…well…about themselves. While that’s inconvenient, we can’t argue with Wiki’s logic. Fair, unbiased, yada, yada, yada…
So, you Wikipedia Editors – and you know who you are – get to work and do T.A.H. proud!
As Douglas Adams so eloquently said on the subject of flying in the Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy, “Have at it, and good luck.”
The Steelers defeated the Titans 13-10 in overtime.
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Thursday, September 10, 2009
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN – Alan Pelc, North Carolina, G, Jr., 6-6, 325, Houston, Texas (Pearland) North Carolina junior offensive guard Alan Pelc graded out at 90 percent and had seven knockdown blocks in No. 21 North Carolina’s 40-6 win over The Citadel. Pelc anchored an offensive line that led the Tar Heels to 261 rushing yards.
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – Brandon Maye, Clemson, LB, So., 6-2, 230, Mobile, Ala. (Davidson) Maye tallied a game-high 13 tackles, including five solo stops, in the Tigers’ 37-14 win against Middle Tennessee. He also had one tackle for a loss of 14 yards, forced a fumble, and hauled in his first career interception.
DEFENSIVE BACK – Brandon Harris, Miami, DB, So., 5-11, 195, Miami, Fla. (Booker T. Washington) Miami sophomore defensive back Brandon Harris had a game- and career-high nine tackles (three solo) and broke up two passes against Florida State.
SPECIALIST – C.J. Spiller, Clemson, RB/KR, Sr., 5-11, 195, Lake Butler, Fla. (Union County) Spiller made the most of his first touch of the 2009 season by returning the opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown, an ACC-record fourth kick return of his career, against Middle Tennessee. Spiller added two punt returns for a total of 63 yards, including a career-long 50-yarder that led to another Tiger score. All this was done in the first half, as the Heisman candidate sat out the second half.
ROOKIE – Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech, RB, Fr., 5-9, 205, Manassas, Va. (Stonewall Jackson) Freshman running back Ryan Williams totaled 113 all-purpose yards in his collegiate debut as he rushed for a team-high 71 yards and two touchdowns, including a 32-yard scamper down the sideline for a score in Virginia Tech’s 34-24 loss to No. 5 Alabama. He also caught two passes for a team-high 42 yards.
Yesterday, the war of words continued.
In an unusual move, the NCAA issued a statement saying that President T.K. Wetherell's description of an agreement with the NCAA was not true.
College sports' main governing body rarely offers any comment on pending cases.
Wetherell says he'll provide documentation of an understanding he had with the NCAA on the penalties when they meet Nov. 15 at the NCAA's Indianapolis headquarters.
Florida State is appealing part of the penalty that would force the school to forfeit records in 10 sports, including two seasons of football.
That would take away as many as 14 wins from coach Bobby Bowden.
First game losses to CAA teams turn out to be the gift that keeps on giving for Duke and Virginia. Surely, neither team expected to be in the Bottom 10 entering into Week 2.
That's right - epilepsy.
Hunter, who was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2004, said “This past spring the seizures got a lot more serious. It wasn’t really a big problem because I changed my medication. After I changed it, (the seizures) were still happening. It got kind of scary.”
To honor Hunter, a different Clemson player will wear Hunter’s #17 each game. Last week sophomore linebacker Brandon Maye (normally #20) had that honor and he ended up being the ACC’s Defensive Lineman of the Week. This week the honor falls to sophomore quarterback Willy Korn.
The 5-foot-11, 225-pound linebacker continues to work with the Tigers as a student-coach.
*Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe said he doesn't expect any lineup changes for Saturday's game against Stanford.
“It just makes sense,” Swofford said. “This is the fourth year in a row that a CAA team has defeated a Division I-A team, and Lord knows our current lineup of ACC squads has trouble doing that week-in and week-out.”
How good is the CAA? According to the Washington Post, the league sent a record five teams to the FCS (D I-AA) playoffs in each of the past two seasons. Last year in the 16-team field, four of the final eight teams and two of the final four teams were from the CAA.
Richmond, which is ranked No. 1 in the two FCS (D I-AA) polls, was the third CAA team to win the national championship in the last six years – that list includes T.A.H. alma mater JMU. Half of the top 10 teams ranked in each of the polls are from the CAA; seven CAA teams are ranked in the top 25.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
*Thanks, Miami and Florida State, for getting the week started right.
*Clemson running back C.J. Spiller says he's fine, even though he left Saturday's game against Middle Tennessee early with an injury. But even before he left, Jamie Harper got more carries, including the first -- again.
*North Carolina will travel to Connecticut this weekend where it will face a much taller task than it did against The Citadel. Said Butch Davis, "We're going to have to get better real quick."
*The ACC needs one premier team to step up and represent, writes Ron Morris, if the conference is ever going to "gain footing among the nation's elite."
*And before you get too excited, one good game between Florida State and Miami doesn't mean that either one of those programs is back to championship level.
*The ACC is balanced, writes John Feinstein, but that just means it's still a basketball league.
*FSU's defense showed a new wrinkle last night against Miami, and it's called the prowler. It worked -- sometimes.
*There's been a change to Virginia Tech's depth chart, and Ryan Williams made it. He took himself off of punt returns.
*Not only did Duke lose to Richmond, but Virginia lost to William & Mary. The Blue Devils will need a better effort from here on out.
*It didn't help Wake Forest that their winningest quarterback in school history was mediocre at best.
*Georgia Tech A-back Roddy Jones will return from a dislocated wrist in time for Thursday night's Clemson game.
*For some, the jury is still out on UNC's offense. Its defense, however, was worth talking about.
*Maryland doesn't have much choice but to rebound quickly from its loss to Cal -- the worst opening loss for the program since 1892.
*Boston College just might be a contender after all, especially considering how bad the rest of the ACC looked in Week 1.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
And the Hurricanes defense came up huge when it mattered most.
The sophomore quarterback threw for 386 yards - including a 40-yard pass over double coverage to Travis Benjamin, setting up Graig Cooper's 3-yard touchdown run with 1:53 left - and led the Hurricanes past No. 18 Florida State 38-34 in a wild, back-and-forth game on Monday night.
Florida State got to the Miami 2 with 14 seconds left. But Christian Ponder threw three straight incompletions, the last coming on a ball that Jarmon Fortson nearly caught in the end zone on the game's final play, and Miami escaped.
Harris completed 21 of 34 passes for two touchdowns and two interceptions.
#15 GEORGIA TECH 37, Jacksonville State 17
BOSTON COLLEGE 54, Northeastern 0
#21 NORTH CAROLINA 40, The Citadel 6
CLEMSON 37, Middle Tennessee State 14
Baylor 24, WAKE FOREST 21
Richmond 24, DUKE 16
#5 Alabama 34, #7 VIRGINIA TECH 24
#12 California 52, MARYLAND 13
William & Mary 26, VIRGINIA 14
Chief Osceola found his target and the field made the catch.
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