October 12, 2010
Making the morning rounds.
• Let's let bygones be carefully refined revenge fuel. As irate as he was at the time, Nebraska coach Bo Pelini admitted Monday that officials made the right call to restore a second to the game clock for Texas' game-winning kick in last year's Big 12 Championship Game. "I look up and see zeroes on the clock and you think you won for a second," Pelini said at his weekly press conference. "You ride a real roller coaster real quick. In the end, they got the call right. You look back and you understand you didn't make enough plays to win the game. ... We talk about the margin of error being so small, and that game showed it." Vegas doesn't expect the margin to be so small this weekend's Huskers-Horns rematch in Lincoln: Nebraska opened as a 9½-point favorite. [Dallas Morning News]
• I'll be back, part one. As expected, hyper-productive Oregon State receiver/returner James Rodgers is out for the season with a knee injury suffered in Saturday's win at Arizona. The elder Rodgers Brother went down with more all-purpose yards to his name than all but one other active player (Tulsa's Damaris Johnson), and will have a chance to add to that number if the NCAA grants his request for a fifth year of eligibility in 2011. [The Oregonian, OSUBeavers.com]
• I'll be back, part two. Elsewhere in high-profile injury concessions, Houston quarterback Case Keenum said Monday he will petition the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility after going down with a torn ACL at UCLA last month. Off back-to-back 5,000-yard seasons at the head of the nation's No. 1 offense in 2008 and 2009, Keenum went down as the active leader nationally in every conceivable passing category, with the I-A/FBS records for career yards and touchdowns well within reach. Both should fall if he gets another crack at them next year. [Associated Press]
• Mad Hat'd. He didn't single anyone out, but Florida coach Urban Meyer did use his regular Monday press conference to call out "a bunch of guys who haven't given everything yet" in the wake of Saturday's sucker-punch loss to LSU: "I told the team it was that far [inches from winning]," Meyer said. "Who in this room right now who is devastated could give that much more to find a way to win that game? ... We've got to find a way to get that." The last time beat writers recalled Meyer questioning his team's commitment was in his first season in Gainesville, 2005, when he lit into the charges after a November loss at South Carolina. From there, the Gators won 15 of their next 16 with an SEC and BCS Championship. [Florida Times-Union]
• RIP. A 20-year-old Coastal Carolina student was killed Saturday in an apparent road rage incident outside Williams-Brice Stadium, in the traffic pulling away from South Carolina's upset over No. 1 Alabama. The victim, Allen Gasque, was a passenger in a vehicle trying to merge into the mass when he reportedly got into an argument with the 25-year-old driver of another vehicle. According to the Richland County Sheriff's Department, the two got out, started to fight, and Gasque went to the ground in the path of the vehicle he'd been riding in, which ran over him. He was later pronounced dead of "severe head injuries." The other man in the fight, Curtis Simms, was charged with aggravated breach of peace, but neither he nor the other driver has been charged in Gasque's death. [The State, The Daily Gamecock]
Quickly... Freshman quarterback Chas Dodd wins Big East Player of the Week, and another starting nod for Rutgers. ... Caleb King's status with Georgia is in the air after his arrest for failing to appear on traffic charges. ... Security got a little rough on South Carolina students who rushed the field. ... Denard Robinson makes a speech. ... BYU has bigger problems than its 2-4 start. ... Erin Andrews shares a moment with Oregon's Duck. ... Where's Wallace at? He's stumping for Adidas' less flashy answer to Nike's "Pro Combat" campaign. ... And Derek Dooley's cell phone status after Tennessee's loss to Georgia: "No missed calls. No texts. No voice messages. ... Not even from my parents."
- - -
Matt Hinton is on Twitter: Follow him @DrSaturday.