- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
For now it looks like UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley is going to be OK.
Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman tweeted early Sunday morning that Hundley suffered a slight hyperextension of his left shoulder and should be fine.
UCLA fans, coaches and players held their collective breath during the first quarter of Saturday night’s win against Texas when Hundley landed awkwardly on his left arm, non-throwing shoulder following an 11-yard run and was forced to come out of the game. He did not return.
Following the game, coach Jim Mora didn’t offer much about the injury and said Hundley would be evaluated when the team returned to UCLA.
Even with Hundley down, however, UCLA prevailed in a 20-17 win against the Longhorns thanks in part to backup quarterback Jerry Neuheisel, who completed 23-of-30 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns, including a 33-yard pass for the game-winning score.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
It’s hard to get excited about USC because every time we think the Trojans might be reverting back to their early 2000’s form, they go and lose a game they probably should have won.
Case in point: Boston College 37, USC 31.
It’s easy to say this was a case of a young West Coast team travelling to the East Coast after an emotional win, but Boston College deserves a heap of credit for this victory because it flat-out beat the Trojans, pure and simple. This is a Boston College team that hadn’t defeated a ranked team since 2007 and hadn’t beaten an AP Top 10 team at home since 1989. So how did they work their magic against the Trojans? By making USC one-dimensional.
The Trojans running game, which had been a staple of its victories in its first two games, was held to just 20 yards by a Eagles defense that allowed more 300 rushing yards to Pittsburgh just a week ago.
Meanwhile, offensively, Boston College hit USC with the option, an offensive scheme it doesn’t see often and for which it clearly wasn’t prepared. USC had no answer for quarterback Tyler Murphy who led the Eagles to 506 yards of total offense while rushing for 191 yards and a score.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
East Carolina is no stranger to upsetting power conference teams, but no win was bigger than Saturday’s 28-21 triumph against Virginia Tech.
The Hokies had just come off what was perceived as a monumental victory against Ohio State and were garnering national headlines as a possible team to watch in the ACC.
However, all of that disappeared early during Saturday’s game against East Carolina, as the Pirates struck first and fast with two touchdowns in the first five minutes of the game. They added another score before the end of the first quarter and that looked good enough to pull off the upset until late in the fourth quarter when the Hokies tied it with 1:20 remaining.
But East Carolina answered the drive with a touchdown to seal the victory with 16 seconds remaining.
It was East Carolina’s first win against Virginia Tech since 2008 and just the sixth win in the 19 games they’ve played. Each of the past three games has been decided by a touchdown.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday2 days ago
While the first two weeks of the season offered a plethora of exciting games that likely will have an effect on the college football playoff down the road, this weekend isn’t nearly as exciting.
Sure, we have the SEC showdown between South Carolina and Georgia, but the rest of the schedule is bit of a dud.
That’s OK, though. We needed a minute to catch our breath after an exciting two weeks and this week will allow several teams that either lost those big games or have had rough starts to the season, a chance to rebound.
With that said, here’s a look back at what you might have missed in Week 2:
Apparently Notre Dame had this big win against Michigan or something that elicited this response from Irish defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder.
Stanford had some offensive issues against USC and suffered a rare early-season loss.
Meanwhile, rival Oregon had a come-from-behind win against Michigan State to become the new “it” team in the college football.
Speaking of the Big Ten, here’s how a lot of people are feeling after the conference’s rough two weeks to begin the season.
They say the Hail Mary is one of the most exciting plays in sports and Houston proved that wisdom during the end of the first half against BYU.
Quarterback John O’Korn bought some time before heaving the ball 45 yards toward the end zone to a leaping Daniel Spencer, who caught the ball and fell into the arms of several BYU defenders in the end zone.
The touchdown capped three consecutive scores by Houston in the final 3:23 of the half. In that time, the Cougars cut a 23-0 lead to 23-15.
And it could have been closer had Houston not missed two extra points and a field goal.
Speaking of that missed field goal, if we’re going to show the good Houston, we might as well show the bad. Kyle Bullard sent this potential field goal into one of his linemen.
Still, the Houston Cougars have to be feeling pretty good about being in this game when they were clearly out of it, and the BYU Cougars have to be kicking themselves for the mistakes, including a couple turnovers, that led to the late points.
Is it time to throw the towel in on Washington State’s season?
After losing their first two games to Rutgers and Nevada, the Cougars face an uphill battle in the quest to go to back-to-back bowl games, especially in a Pac-12 Conference that appears to be surging right now.
But the Washington State coaching staff thinks it might have a way to turn the Cougars fortunes and perhaps get the offense producing like it did a year ago — run the ball.
It seems strange that in a pass-happy attack the lynchpin to winning would be the ground game, but coach Mike Leach has had some of his most successful teams when he had a running game to take the pressure off the passing game.
“In the end they should have more yards than everybody, you know,” Leach said. “They should have more yards than everybody by position. We’ve had historically have had guys lead conferences in all-purpose yards without even doing a lot of special teams, so we need to get it in their hands a bunch.”
If Bryce Petty doesn’t play this weekend, he could lose his shot at the Heisman Trophy.
I know, I was one of the many voices that claimed Petty, who suffered two small fractures in the transverse section of his back in the season opener against SMU, needed to rest during the nonconference season to be ready for games where Baylor actually needs him.
And I still believe that to an extent. I believe there are Heisman voters that don’t care what kind of numbers Petty puts up against Baylor’s weak nonconference schedule and do care what he does against the likes of Texas and Oklahoma.
However, the play of backup Seth Russell against Northwestern State created lots of questions about whether Petty was really a legit Heisman candidate or the product of an offensively potent system? This isn’t a new observation or question. Baylor’s fast pace of play has always given its offensive numbers an asterisk, but Russell’s 438 yards and five touchdowns in just one half of play sparks the debate that perhaps anyone can put up gaudy Heisman-like numbers with coach Art Briles’ style and offensive coordinator Phillip Montgomery’s play calling.
Boston College has plans to do something pretty awesome when it hosts USC this weekend.
The Eagles will honor former Boston College lacrosse player Welles Crowther, who was killed in the attacks on Sept. 11, by wearing shoes, gloves and a helmet with a red bandana design. The Boston College coaching staff will be wearing red bandana-inspired clothing and the school will hand out 6,000 red bandanas to students to wear during the game.
Crowther died after saving at least 12 people from the south World Trade Center tower before it eventually collapsed.
Crowther, who was known for wearing (or holding in his pocket) a red bandana his father gave him as a child, was working as an equities trader in the building, but he spent his free time as a volunteer firefighter and had designs on making that his full-time career.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday4 days ago
Harvey Updyke could be in violation of the terms of his probation after the Auburn Plainsman reported that he has failed to pay restitution to Auburn University after poisoning its famed Toomer’s Corner Oaks in 2010.
The Oaks eventually died and were removed from the corner last year.
Updyke served six months in jail, was placed on five years probation and also was ordered to pay the university $500 per month in restitution. However, since his release in Jun 2013, Updyke has paid $99 of the $796,731.98 he owes in restitution fees to Auburn University. According to the Plainsman, one of the terms of Updyke’s probation is to make the payments and failure to do so could result in a violation of his probation.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday4 days ago
Grab a box of tissues, because today’s Video of the Day is a little bit of a tearjerker.
Florida’s video team produced a short profile on a 9-year-old boy named Gavin Lambert, who is a big Florida fan struggling Friedreich's Ataxia, a degenerative neuro-muscular disease.
The Gators invited Lambert to be an honorary captain for the season opener against Idaho — made him his own jersey and everything — but unfortunately, the game never got played because of inclement weather.
Members of the Florida’s marketing and promotions department learned about Lambert’s story during the Tampa Bay Sports Commission’s annual Sneaker Soiree where Lambert was honored.
Lambert was diagnosed with Friedreich's Ataxia when he was 5 and as he continues to age, the disease will start deteriorating his muscle functions and motor skills. So, Lambert has spent the past years running triathlons and playing soccer and football, things the disease will prohibit him from doing in the future.
Sadly, the disease also shortens the lifespan of the afflicted.