Monday, November 5, 2007

ACC SEC News and Notes

Week: 3-2 SU, 1-3-1 ATS, 3-2 O/U
Season: 23-19, 24-15-1, 21-20-1

LSU 41 Alabama 34
Matt Flynn looked really flustered back there in the pocket at times. LSU kept wanting to pass the ball a lot which I was confused by considering Flynn's struggles.

On 4th and inches, LSU went for a gimmick play which backfired resulting in a 15 yard penalty for a simulated snap. One the punt Alabama’s Javier Arenas ran right up the middle past 4 LSU defense who failed to close down the middle for a TD.

As Gary Danielson said numerous times, LSU had to fight for every yard, while Alabama was making all the plays. LSU was playing tight like the team who had not been in big games. But the Tigers really turned it on in the last 5 minutes of the game and the roles reversed.

Is it just me or does Les Miles play much better from behind? They were down to Florida, Auburn, and Alabama all late and came back to win. Miles came from Oklahoma State where he had a penchant for losing big leads to the team from Austin (see below).

Besides coming from down 27-17, LSU overcame 130 yards of penalties and 3 INT from Flynn.

You still think the SEC is all about the running game? Check out the stats from LSU-Alabama; LSU had 388 yards passing on 46 attempts and Alabama had 234 yards passing on 40 attempts. The two teams combined for just 107 yards on 67 carries.

You just remember who recruited you says Nick Saban to likely top 5 draft pick Glenn Dorsey.

Arkansas 48 South Carolina 36
Darren McFadden held the SEC single game rushing record until Sunday morning when Razorback officials reviewed the tape and deducted two yards from his previous total of 323 yards. The junior tied the conference record of 321 set by Vanderbilt's Frank Mordica against Air Force in 1978, but he still broke the Arkansas school record.

More McFadden.. the Little Rock native broke his own school record for all purpose yards with 357. He also joins Herschel Walker as the only player to run for over 1,000 yards in his freshman, sophomore, and junior seasons.

McFadden's running mate, Felix Jones eclipsed 1,000 yards for the season making them the only pair of running backs to have gone over 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons in SEC history. With this game, McFadden may have hitched himself a ride to New York as a Heisman finalist, but McFadden already has one.

Georgia 44 Troy 34
Mark Richt moves to 24-0 vs non conference opponents during the regular season.

Homecoming became an offensive showcase with Georgia piling up 465 yards to Troy's 488. Knowshon Moreno had a career high of 196 yards while Troy's Omar Haugabook threw for 310 yards.

Knowshon Moreno becomes the first Bulldog back since Musa Smith in 2002 to go over 1,000 yards. He needs to average 154 yards over the next four games to surpass Herschel Walker's freshman record of 1,616.

The final is a bit misleading because Troy did complete a 5 yard pass with 5 seconds left to close to within 10.

Florida 49 Vanderbilt 22
Percy Harvin became the first player in school history with 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game.

Florida has now beaten Vandy 17 times in a row.

Tennessee 59 La Lafayette 7
The Vols wasted no time getting on the scoreboard again and again as they scored on every one of their drives. Tennessee also had a defensive score and a punt block returned for a TD.

Auburn 35 Tennessee Tech 3
Starting QB Brandon Cox played in just 3 series, all resulting in TDs, before giving way to backup Blake Fields.

Referencing the upcoming games vs Georgia and Alabama, Cox said "Those two games are going to make or break our season". That seemed far fetched two months ago after back to back home losses to South Florida and Mississippi State.

Virginia Tech 27 Georgia Tech 3
Sean Glennon picked apart Georgia Tech’s corners in the first half. The Yellow Jackets like to blitz and play the corners off the line of scrimmage. Glennon was 18-22 for 195 yards in the half. Glennon finished 22-32 for 296 yards, a career high.

“He probably hasn’t hit a rhythm that has been good for him yet. I remember when we recruited him, which we did, and I thought he was going to be an excellent quarterback. Georgia Tech Head Coach Chan Gailey commenting on Glennon.

Va Tech racked up 481 total yards of offense while averaging just 294.5 ypg coming into the contest.

Georgia Tech threw the ball 29 times and 5 of those were intercepted. The Yellow Jackets led the nation with just 3 INT coming into the game.

Virginia Tech was 9 for 20 on 3rd down, Georgia Tech was 2 for 11.

Florida State 27 Boston College 17
BC QB Matt Ryan threw for 415 yards, his 4th 400+ yard game tying him with Doug Flutie for the school lead. Ryan also threw 3 picks including one returned for a TD to seal the game for the Noles.

Despite the rainy conditions due to remnants of Hurricane Noel, the Seminoles took very good care of the ball with 0 turnovers. BC had 4. FSU scored 14 points off the first two BC turnovers.

Virginia 17 Wake Forest 16
This was the Cavs 3rd one point victory in 4 games.

After the go ahead score by UVA, Wake drove to the Virginia 30, but Sam Swank missed a 47 yard attempt with 2 seconds left. Swank, an All ACC player last year, had made 13 of 14 field goal attempts, but missed his last two at Virginia.

Grobe ran a draw play on 3rd down from the 33, hoping to give Swank a few more yards, but the play gained just two and Swank missed the 48 yarder.

Virginia has an NCAA record 5 victories by 2 points or fewer.

NC State 19 Miami 16 OT
A little kicker trash talk? NC State's Steven Hauschka, who was kicking at Division III's Middlebury College last year, said of Miami's Daren Daly who missed a FG in regulation and then a 27 yarder in the first OT, the miss made Daly look "like an idiot". Hauschka kickd a 42 yarder to win in overtime. I think Hauschka kinda sounded like an idiot...where have you gone Mike Vanderjadt, the original idiot kicker.

Around the Country...
Kansas 76 Nebraska 39
I said this could turn into a blowout and it did (although the first quarter didn't look like it). to give you an idea of how prolific the Jayhawks offense was in this game - they scored touchdowns on 10 straight possessions and scored the most points against Nebraska in the Huskers 117 year football history. I would not be surprised at all to hear of a Nebraska press conference on Monday morning. Kansas is 9-0 for the first time since 1909.

Texas 38 Oklahoma State 35
Texas rips Okie State’s heart out again. Remember a couple of years back Texas down big in Stillwater (28-9) and Vince Young did a pump fake and took off for 60+ yards and a TD? The year before that, the Cowboys were up in Austin 35-7 in the 2nd quarter and Texas ripped off 49 straight points to win 56-35. In 2003, Okie State led 16-7 before Texas scored 48 straight to win 55-16. Texas outscored Oklahoma State 24-0 in the final quarter to keep their Big 12 South division title hopes alive.

Michigan 28 Michigan State 24
The Wolverines survived another road test in a come from behind victory. Sparty was down 11 at halftime, but lead by 10 midway through the 4th quarter. That is when Chad Henne and Mario Manningham took over. Manningham caught a 31 yard pass from Henne with 2:28 to give the Maize and Blue the lead. Michigan State drove to the Wolverines 34 before being stopped on downs.

Mario Manningham had an outstanding game including this catch in the 4th quarter.

Cincinnati 38 South Florida 33
The Bullls have gone from 2nd in the nation to last place in the Big East in a span of 3 weeks. Cincinnati forced 8 turnovers from South Florida, but Jim Leavitt's club still had a chance to win at the end of the game with a pass to the end zone.

Navy 46 Notre Dame 44 3OT
Navy broke a 43 year drought against Notre Dame with a 3OT win. The Midshipmen thought they had gotten the victory one play earlier, but a questionable pass interference gave the Irish another shot from the 2 yard line.

The nation's longest winning streak belongs to Tennessee over Kentucky (23 straight), but that is in serious jeopardy this year.

The pic below is from ND's last drive in regulation where they went for it on 4th instead of kicking a long field goal (45+ yards). The Navy backer jumped over a ND running back to sack Evan Sharpley. And they say Navy doesn't have athletes.

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