Thursday, September 22, 2005

Week 3 Review

Florida 16 Tennessee 7
In a knock-down, drag’em out slugfest, the Gators prevailed 16-7. In a defensively dominated game, special teams play was dominated by Florida. The Gators blocked a field goal attempt, recovered a muffed punt, and successfully defended a fake punt. The victory proved costly as DT Ray McDonald sprained knee will be out for 4-6 weeks and WR Andre Caldwell was lost for the season. Caldwell scored the first touchdown of the game on an end around designed out of the spread option play Urban Meyer has become famous for. Tennessee looked to be grabbing the momentum when they drove to the Gator with first and goal with a little over five minutes to go in the second quarter tied at 7. Two penalties and three plays later, the Vols were forced to try a field goal, which was blocked and the Vols never regained momentum. ``We left a lot of plays on the field, whether it was a bad route, bad throw or dropped pass,'' Ainge said. ``I thought we played pretty good, but pretty good isn't enough against Florida.'' The Vols started Rick Clausen at quarterback, but Head Coach Phil Fulmer inserted Erik Ainge on the next drive and kept him in for most of the game. Florida QB Chris Leak was sacked five times and did not throw a touchdown, but the Gator ‘D’ held serve in The Swamp. ``That was two sledgehammers swinging at each other all night,'' Meyer said of a game controlled by the defenses. Florida travels to Kentucky next week and must avoid a letdown. Tennessee faces another stiff road challenge at LSU next week.

Miami 36 Clemson 30 3OT
This game may have shown the rest of the country that the ACC has arrived. The Hurricanes outlasted Clemson 36-30 in three overtimes. Down 20-10 with less than five minutes in the fourth quarter, Clemson made a furious comeback to tie the game at 20 with under a minute to go. The teams then traded punches in the first two overtimes. Miami got the ball in the first overtime and rode Tyrone Moss to a touchdown. Clemson came right back as QB Charlie Whitehurst hit Curtis Baham for a 5 yard strike to the game again. In the second overtime, the Tiger’s Jad Dean hit a 39 yard field goal to put Clemson up three. The Hurricanes drove down near the Clemson goaline, but were stuffed and forced to settle for a field goal. The Tigers hoped in overtime they could win their third straight come from behind victory, but it was not to be. Charlie Whitehurst was then intercepted on second and ten by freshman safety Kenny Phillips to win the game for Miami. "I told them I was disappointed that we lost, but I'm really honored to be the head coach of a team like the one we've got that won't quit," said Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden. "There's just no quit in them." Miami running back Tyrone Moss came into the game not sure how much he would be able to play; he racked 139 yards and three touchdowns including the game winner. Some people doubted whether or not Moss could carry the load and maintain the tradition of Miami running backs, despite a 102 yard performance in the first game of the season against FSU. "I know I can be the man," Moss said. "I can get the job done. There was no doubt in my mind." Miami avoided starting the season 0-2 with both losses being in conference and a sweep by the Bowdens. The last time Miami started 0-2 was 1978. The Hurricanes were lucky to be in overtime as a blown coverage on third and goal in regulation left Clemson WR Chansi Stuckey wide open in the end zone, but Charlie Whitehurst overthrew his receiver. Clemson settled for a 27-yard game tying field goal to send it to overtime. "We are bubbling with confidence in the fourth quarter. We fully expected to win. We made the plays we needed to to get this thing in to overtime but they one upped us. We had pocket kings. They had pocket aces, said Clemson WR Curtis Baham. "I told them I was disappointed that we lost, but I'm really honored to be the head coach of a team like the one we've got that won't quit," said Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden. "There's just no quit in them." Miami hosts Colorado next week while Clemson hosts Boston College-an elimination game for the Atlantic Division of the ACC.

FSU 28 Boston College 17
Florida State withstood a goal line challenge and went into Chestnut Hill and defeated Boston College 28-17. With just over 2 minutes to left to go in the fourth quarter, the Eagles had driven down the FSU goal line, but could not score a touchdown. The victory gives the Seminoles a leg up on their division in the race for the first ever ACC Championship Game. The game did not start out well for the Eagles as Quinton Porter’s first pass was intercepted and returned it for a touchdown by Seminole linebacker A.J. Nicholson. ``That was just stupid. It's more like bad luck,'' said Porter, who arrived at the post game press conference on crutches. ``The guy hit me just as I was throwing. I was trying to throw it away.'' Porter as injured and later in the game and did not return. FSU went up by two touchdowns before the Eagles roared back to take a 17-14 halftime lead. Drew Weatherford played better, but still struggled in his third start. ``It was a game of two halves. They outfought us in the first half,'' Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden said. ``They were hanging on, then they lost their quarterback. I don't know what would have happened.'' Boston College must travel to Clemson next week. FSU is off next week.

Alabama 37 South Carolina 17
The Gamecock defense appeared helpless against Alabama on as Kenneth Darby rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown, and Alabama ran through gaping holes and missed tackles for 338 yards of rushing offense in a 37-14 win over South Carolina on Saturday. The offensive total of 489 yards was the most ever under Mike Shula. The Tide won just their third road game in the Shula era, previously beating Kentucky and Mississippi State. South Carolina responded to an Alabama touchdown with a score of their own in the first quarter, but could never hold on to any momentum as the Tide rolled from there on out. Alabama hosts Arkansas this week while the Gamecocks host Troy.

Virginia Tech 45 Ohio 0
The Hokies shut out their opponent for the second week in a row as they blasted Ohio 45-0. Marcus Vick was 12-16 with two touchdown passes and another rushing. The Hokies defense also stepped up, stopping the Bobcats twice inside the Virginia Tech red zone. Virginia Tech gets a tough test this week as Georgia Tech comes to Blacksburg.

West Virginia 31 Maryland 19
West Virginia never trailed in this game as they beat Maryland for the second straight season 31-19. Backup quarterback Pat White helped lead the Moutaineers to the victory despite a late charge by Maryland. West Virginia led this game 21-6 in the fourth before two fourth quarter touchdown brought the Terps with two. Justin Gwaltney rushed 15 yards for a Moutaineer score to put the game away on the next drive. Maryland travels to Wake Forest this week.

Virginia 27 Syracuse 24
Virginia used a six minute drive, to kick a 19 yard field goal as time expired to beat Syracuse 27-24 in the Carrier Dome. The Cavaliers used 255 yards of total offense from QB Marques Hagans for the road victory. Hagans led Virginia with 110 yards rushing, but also threw three interceptions. Virginia hosts Duke this week.

Georgia Tech 28 UCONN 13
With starting quarterback Reggie Ball in the hospital, backup Taylor Bennett helped lead the Yellow Jackets to a 28-13 victory. Backup running back Tashard Choice chipped in with 89 yards and two touchdowns. Bennett completed his first pass to Calvin Johsnon who then scampered 42 yards for a touchdown. The Georgia Tech defense kept the Huskies offense under wraps most of the afternoon and forced 3 turnovers. The special teams also recovered a fumble on the kickoff. However, Tech’s special teams were not especially sharp either with a botched punt snap and a missed field goal. Ball has been diagnosed with viral meningitis and may miss this week’s game at Virginia Tech. .

Vanderbilt 31 Ole Miss 23
Vanderbilt rung up its second straight conference win behind 314 yards passing from Jay Cutler against Ed Ogeron and the Ole Miss Rebels. The Commodores led for most of the game, but were challenged late in the fourth quarter until backup QB Robert Lane fumbled the ball and Vanderbilt recovered. Mike Espy provided a punt return for the Rebels to pull within 1 in the fourth quarter. Vanderbilt is 2-0 in the SEC for the first time since 1956. Vanderbilt plays Richmond this week while Ole Miss hosts Wyoming.

Georgia 44 La-Monroe 7
Georgia rolled over La-Monroe behind 109 yards rushing from Danny Ware in a 44-7 victory. DJ Shockley passed for 246 yards with a touchdown. Georgia rested some key players in hopes of their return this week at Mississippi State.

USC 70 Arkansas 17
Arkansas’ downward spiral continued against USC as the Trojans looked unstoppable Saturday night in Los Angeles. USC scored 28 points in the first quarter and never scored less than 14 in a quarter. Matt Leinart completed 18/24 passes for 381 yards and four touchdowns. Reggie Bush rushed just eight times but had 125 yards, 75 came on the first touchdown of the game. Steve Smith led the Trojans with 129 yards of receiving. Arkansas travels to Alabama this week.

NC State 54 E.Kentucky 10

Wake Forest 44 East Carolina 34

Wisconsin 14 UNC 5

Duke 40 VMI 14

Auburn 63 Ball State 3

Mississippi State 21 Tulane 14

Indiana 38 Kentucky 14

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