Monday, September 12, 2005

Week 2 Review (11-1, 6-6 ATS) Year to Date (21-2, 13-10 ATS)

South Carolina 15 Georgia 17
Georgia held on for a narrow victory over the Gamecocks 17-15. The Bulldogs relied heavily on their rushing game, as D.J. Shockley did not have near the performance he did against Boise State a week ago. Thomas Brown led the way with 144 yards rushing and a fourth quarter score touchdown to put Georgia up for good. The Gamecocks marched down the field, but failed to convert a game-tying two-point conversion. South Carolina had two special teams plays come back to bite them against the Bulldogs Saturday. A missed extra point and missed chip shot field goal proved to be the difference. "The effort was there. It was the little things here and there that made us a loser," Spurrier said. The Gamecocks have played Georgia very tough the last 5 years and came ready to play. After what appeared to be a strong point against Boise State, the Bulldogs aerial attack struggled throughout the game. "I've learned to appreciate every victory," Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt said. "I'm not going to apologize for it. We've just got to get better." Blake Mitchell performed very admirably in his first SEC game passing for 236 yards. Next up for the Gamecocks is a home game versus Alabama, while Georgia hosts Louisiana-Monroe.
Prediction: Georgia 35 South Carolina 13

LSU 35 Arizona St 31
LSU score 28 points in the fourth quarter, 14 off of blocked kicks, to win in dramatic fashion 35-31 against Arizona St. Entering the fourth quarter 17-7 LSU blocked a field goal and returned it 55 yards for a score with 14:47 left in the fourth. "There's a 10-point turnaround right there," Arizona State coach Dirk Koetter said about Jesse Ainsworth's 47-yard field-goal attempt batted down by defensive tackle Claude Wroten. On the next possession, the Tigers block a Sun Devil punt and returned it for a touchdown to go up 21-17. The two teams began to trade scores and Arizona State went up 31-28. With less than two minutes to go on fourth down, Jamarcus Russell scrambled to find Early Doucet across the end zone for a 39 yard strike. The Sun Devils moved quickly down the field but quarterback Sam Keller threw four straight incompletions after a stellar performance to seal the victory for the Tigers. "It's probably the best game I've ever been in so far, as far as competing and playing against a really good team," Keller said. "That's the fastest, best team I've ever seen." Fans gathered in Baton Rouge to watch the game from the stadium as the game was to be originally played at LSU before being moved due to Hurricane Katrina. The Tigers now have a week off before a showdown with Tennessee on September 24 in Baton Rouge.
Prediction: LSU 28 Arizona St 24

Clemson 28 Maryland 24
Reggie Merriweather scampered around the right side of the line and rumbled 38 yards on 3rd and 7 for the go ahead score as Clemson came from behind to beat Maryland on the road 28-24. "I think the team right now has the mentality that if we play hard for 60 minutes, something can happen to swing it our way," Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden said. "That's hard to instill in a team." The Terrapins saw a 24-14 fourth quarter lead evaporate as Clemson scored twice within five minutes of each other. "It's a tough loss because we really had the game in hand," Maryland Head Coach Ralph Friedgen said. "Give credit to Clemson -- they really took it to us in the fourth quarter. We've got to learn how to finish people." Maryland relied mostly on their passing attack as the Tigers stuffed the Terps with only 56 yards on the ground. Two turnovers proved costly for Maryland, one especially as Quarterback Sam Hollenbach fumbled on the Clemson 15 in the second quarter. Clemson plays hosts to Miami next week while Maryland squares off at home against West Virginia.
Prediction: Clemson 21 Maryland 17

Wake Forest 3 Nebraska 31
Wake Forest was no match for Nebraska as the Cornhuskers stream rolled the Demon Deacons 31-3. Nebraska returned two interceptions for touchdowns and a fumble for another in a 31-3 victory over Wake Forest. The Deacons committed four turnovers in all and were 3-16 on third down conversions. Sam Swank hit a 51-yard field goal as time expired in the first half for Wake’s only points. Wake tailback Micah Andrews was held to 64 yards rushing a week after a 254-yard performance. The Demon Deacons host East Carolina this week.
Prediction: Nebraska 24 Wake Forest 22

North Carolina 21 Georgia Tech 27
Behind a career-high 320 yards passing by Reggie Ball and another 100-yard day for running back P.J. Daniels, Georgia Tech beat North Carolina 27-21. The Yellow Jackets receiving corps had a fine day with Calvin Johnson and Damarius Bilbo having 100-yard outings. "I don’t think teams can just key on one guy anymore. Right now we are complete, we’ve just got be more consistent,” said Bilbo. The Tarheels had two chances in the fourth quarter to go ahead, but were intercepted on two consecutive possessions. UNC fought back from a 14-0 first half deficit and a 27-14 fourth quarter deficit to make things interesting. North Carolina quarterback Matt Baker started his first game and threw for 280 yards on 18-39 passing. The Tarheels running game was shut down most the game gaining only 59 yards. The Yellow Jackets forced three fourth quarter interceptions bringing their turnover margin for the season to +7. Next up for the Jackets is a home game against Connecticut. The Tarheels will face Wisconsin at home next Saturday.
Prediction: Georgia Tech 34 UNC 17

Southern Miss 20 Alabama 31
Brodie Croyle threw for two touchdowns and 330 yards Saturday to lead Alabama to a 30-21 victory over Southern Mississippi. Alabama struggled offensively in the first half managing 10 yards on the ground and fell behind 21-10 at the half. Wide receivers Tyrone Prothro and D.J. Hall combined for 264 yards receiving. The Crimson Tide defense held Southern Mississippi to 23 yards rushing on nine carries. Alabama travels to Columbia and in SEC showdown next week.
Prediction: Alabama 27 Southern Miss 10

Miss. St 0 Auburn 28
Brandon Cox threw for 202 yards and the Auburn defense pitched a shutout as the Tigers defeated Mississippi State 28-0. The Bulldogs were Jerrious Norwood was limited to 39 yards and Auburn supplied plenty of pressure to quarterback Omarr Connor. Mississippi State turned the ball over at some crucial times killing momentum for a possible comeback. Auburn hosts Ball State at home while Mississippi State plays Tulane..
Prediction: Auburn 31 Miss State 17

La. Tech 3 Florida 41
Saturday was another big victory for the Gators as they topple Louisiana Tech 41-3. DeShawn Wynn scored three times in the first half and ran for 101 yards in the rout. Wynn scored first on a fourth and goal after coach Urban Meyer challenged the offense to punch it in. "DeShawn packs a little more power," Meyer said. "We need that in this offense. We need a downhill runner." Chris Leak chipped in with three scores as well-two coming on runs. Meyer will find out next week how his system works in the SEC as Tennessee comes to Gainesville. The winner of this game has a leg up early in the SEC race. "With all due respect to the two teams we played, but we probably have better players than Wyoming and Louisiana Tech," Meyer said. "You have to flip the switch this week. Now, all of a sudden, the checkers are equal. We better be on our game."
Prediction: Florida 42 La Tech 10

Virginia Tech 45 Duke 0
Marcus Vick threw three touchdown passes and the Hokies turned in a dominating defensive performance Saturday to beat Duke 45-0. Duke had just 35 yards of total offense, as the Hokies remained undefeated on the road in the ACC. "We just looked at our game tape from last week, and the whole week we were fixing our mistakes and trying to minimize them," Brandon Ore said. "We just came out here and did what we were supposed to do. Everybody took care of their responsibilities and it clicked." "We just got beat in every phase of the game today," Duke coach Ted Roof said. "They are a much better football team than we are." Virginia Tech gets Ohio next while Duke looks to regroup against VMI.
Prediction: Virginia Tech 35 Duke 7

Army 7 Boston College 44
The Eagles rolled over Army 44-7 behind a balanced attack of Quarterback Quinton Porter and the running of L.V. Whitworth. The Eagles play their first ACC game next weekend against Florida State in Chestnut Hill. Welcome to the ACC!
Prediction: Boston College 45 Army 3

Vanderbilt 28 Arkansas 24
Jay Cutler threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Marlon White with 26 seconds remaining to give Vanderbilt its second straight come-from-behind win, 28-24 over. Vanderbilt won their first SEC opener since 1990 and has two straight wins for the first time since 1999. De'Arrius Howard rushed for a career-high 139 yards for Arkansas, which led 24-13 after three quarters. Vanderbilt stopped the Razorbacks four straight times on the goal line after Arkansas had gone up 7-0. Vanderbilt hosts Ole Miss next week while Arkansas travels to #1 USC.
Prediction: Arkansas 35 Vanderbilt 17

Idaho State 29 Kentucky 41
Rafael Little rushed for a career-high 104 yards and returned a fourth-quarter kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown, helping Kentucky avoid a potentially embarrassing defeat and win 41-29 over Division I-AA Idaho State on Saturday night. Kentucky travels to Indiana next week.

National Game of the Week: Texas 25 Ohio St 22
Texas-Ohio State turned out to be as good as advertised. Overcoming three turnovers, the Longhorns went into Columbus and came out victorious with a 25-22 win. Vince Young accounted for 346 of Texas’ 382 yards of total offense and passed for two touchdowns. His second touchdown came with 2:37 left in the fourth on a 24-yard pass to Limas Sweed. "Obviously he's a great runner," Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk said. "Tonight he showed us he's a great passer." Young and the Longhorns got off to a hot start going up 10-0 in the first half. The Buckeyes roared back after an interception and a fumble to take a 16-13halftime lead. Ohio State rotated Justin Zwick and Troy Smith throughout the game and was largely shut down on offense. Three Texas turnovers only yielded three field goals for Ohio State. Texas almost abandoned the passing game in the second half after a second interception was thrown by Young, but the junior made some clutch passes on the winning drive. Texas was 1-10 versus Top 10 teams under Mack Brown before the game, but came away with a huge road victory versus another national title contender. "I don't think you ever silence critics," Brown said. "They'll be critics in the morning, that's part of the deal."
Prediction: Texas 21 Ohio State 20

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