Aztecs mash Buffalo in Potato Bowl

Sorry, I could not resist

Adam Muema rushed for 230 yards and three touchdowns and Quinn Kaehler tossed a pair of touchdowns as San Diego State rolled to a 49-24 victory over Buffalo Saturday in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

The Aztecs pulled away early, scoring three touchdowns in a 5:24 span stretching from the end of the first half into the third quarter. The scoring spree was fueled by two costly Buffalo turnovers, the first an interception just before halftime that set up Kaehler’s 25-yard touchdown toss to Dylan Denso.

The Bulls then fumbled on the opening kick in third quarter. The Aztecs (8-5, 6-2 Mountain West Conference) scored five plays later when Kaehler fired an 11-yard TD to Adam Roberts to go up 35-10.

 

USC throunces Fresno State in Las Vegas Bowl

Trojans 45 Bulldogs 20

USC wrapped up its rocky season by rolling over Fresno State in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl.

Cody Kessler passed for 344 yards and a bowl-record four touchdowns in the Trojans’ 45-20 victory over the 21st-ranked Bulldogs on Saturday under Clay Helton, their third head coach in less than three months.

Marqise Lee and Nelson Agholor had two touchdown catches apiece, Javorius Allen rushed two more scores, and the Trojans (10-4) answered every question about their motivation by dancing on the sideline while routing a BCS contender for the storied program’s first postseason victory since 2009.

Derek Carr passed for just 217 yards and two TDs in his final game at Fresno State (11-2), which fell behind 35-6 at halftime and failed to secure the first 12-win season in school history.

From Kessler’s smooth offense to a dynamic defensive effort against Fresno State’s FBS-best passing game, USC was uniformly outstanding in its only game under Helton.

The offensive coordinator filled the one-game gap between coaches Ed Orgeron and Steve Sarkisian on the Trojans’ coaching carousel, but USC picked up right where Orgeron left off after its desultory start to the season under Lane Kiffin.

 

Colorado State rallies past Washington State to win New Mexico Bowl

And the Bowl season is off

Jared Roberts made a 41-yard field goal with 3 seconds left and Colorado State overcame a 22-point deficit to beat Washington State 48-45 on Saturday in the New Mexico Bowl.

It was a dramatic comeback to open the bowl season and came as both quarterbacks threw for close to 800 years combined.

With less than 2 minutes left, Colorado State’s Shaquil Barrett forced Cougars running backJeremiah Laufasa to fumble at the Cougars 33. That set up Kapri Bibbs’ 1-yard run scoring and Donnell Alexander’s two-point conversion that tied it with 33 seconds left.

Then, Washington State’s Teondray Caldwell fumbled a kickoff return at the Cougars 24, setting up the winning field goal.

Garrett Grayson threw for 369 yards and Bibbs ran for 169 yards and three touchdowns for Colorado State (8-6). The Rams overcame three early turnovers, but were helped by Washington State’s two fumbles with less than 3 minutes remaining.

Connor Halliday threw touchdown passes to six receivers and finished with 410 yards for Washington State (6-7).

 

USC fires noted douche bag

Lane Kiffin is one of the worst coaches I can recall. So it is not surprising he got the ax at USC. What is surprising is that Tennessee then USC ever gave this tool the time of day. Good riddance to Lanie!

What felt inevitable finally happened Sunday morning: Head coachLane Kiffin was fired at USC. 

The team issued the following press release:

Lane Kiffin has been relieved of his duties as USC’s head football coach, Trojan athletic director Pat Haden announced early today (Sept. 29). Haden informed Kiffin of his termination upon the team charter’s arrival back in Los Angeles early Sunday morning following USC’s 62-41 loss at Arizona State.

Kiffin’s Trojans have lost 7 of their past 11 games. USC is 3-2 this year and has lost both of its Pac-12 games. His overall record in 4 years at USC is 28-15.

Haden will hold a press conference at USC on Sunday afternoon at a time and place to be announced. 

So, who replaces Kiffin? Jack Del Rio? How about Bobby Petrino? I mean since USC obviously cares squat about character. If they hired an idiot like Kiffin, why not Petrino? Yes he is an idiot, but unlike Kiffin he can coach!

 

Gators roll Vols again, Driskel gone for the season

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Feel awful for Driskel, but the good news for Gator fans is that Tyler Murphy was very impressive. In my view, the offense looked better than it has since early last season under Murphy. And our defense looked awesome again

 

The second Jeff Driskel started waving for help, Florida coach Will Muschamp knew it was bad.

It turned out to be the worst-case scenario.

Driskel broke his lower right leg Saturday in the first quarter of the 19th-ranked Gators’ 31-17 victory over Tennessee, a season-ending injury that thrust seldom-used backup Tyler Murphyonto the field for the most significant action of his four-year career.

Murphy responded better than anyone could have realistically expected.

He had a 52-yard touchdown throw to Solomon Patton, a swing pass that went the distance, and made several huge plays with his legs as Florida (2-1, 1-0 SEC) won its ninth consecutive game in the series.

 

So, will Murphy be a new star?

 

But a funny thing happened when Murphy, a former two-star recruit who owned few college offers during his senior year of high school, took the field: The offense actually went forward. There were some hiccups and gaffes along the way, but Murphy was able to lead the Gators to 17 straight first-half points in Florida’s 31-17 win over the Vols.

He threw for 134 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 84 yards and another score. After a mostly laughable first half filled with turnovers and head-scratchers from both teams, Murphy looked poised and controlled in his first career win.

“It wasn’t the way I wanted it, but an opportunity is an opportunity,” said Murphy, who was a very late addition to Urban Meyer’s 2010 recruiting class. 

 

MurphyMania? We will see

 

Thoughts from the opening weekend of college football

Best game of the week? There are several worthy candidates, Fresno edging Rutgers 52-51 in OT was a wild ride. Ole Miss breaking the hearts of Vandy fans was a classic. Utah holding off Utah State 30-26 was entertaining throughout, and Auburn holding off Washington State was a good one too. But, how about Clemson edging Georgia 38-35? Two contenders slugging it out in the great atmosphere at Clemson, It is always great to see old rivalries renewed as well. There will be, of course those that now dismiss Georgia, but this was not an SEC game, and Georgia has lots of time to rise up the polls. But, the Dawgs have  South Carolina up next, and LSU two weeks after that, so the pressure is on high for Georgia.

In other notable games, The media will over hype Bama slamming Va Tech, but remember two things. Bama’s offense did not look so great, the defense gave them a TD and their special teams gave them two. Also, they beat Virginia Tech, who usually loses games against better opponents.

This week had upsets too. K-State got upset by North Dakota State, and Oregon State and their new unis got beaten at home by Eastern Washington, and Towson, whipped UConn 33-18. Iowa State also felt the FCS wrath losing to Northern Iowa. And do not forget Illinois struggled to hold off Southern Illinois, another FCS school. And West Virginia? They had to rally to beat yet another FCS school William and Mary! Six FCS schools beating FBS schools is a shock.  And Nebraska barely escaped against Wyoming. Maybe parity is here?

In other games, Florida stymied Toledo, Northwestern escaped Cal with a win, Boise Stare was obliterated by Washington, while LSU bested a tough TCU squad. Cincy was impressive pounding Purdue, or maybe Purdue is just that bad? UCLA looked impressive while dismantling Nevada. Oh yeah, Virginia edged BYU in a snoozer, and Penn State edged Syracuse. And we cannot overlook Texas Tech whipping SMU 41-23

And, yes, I missed OU, and Wisconsin,  and Michigan, and the Buckeyes, and Texas, and others but since big schools ripping apart small schools is expected, and boring……….well.

Oh one more thing, do not look for Hesiman predictions, or bowl projections. It is week one people, calm down!

K-State shocked at home by North Dakota State Bison

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North Dakota State Bison athletic logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Your first stunner of the year

 

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Brock Jensen backed into the endzone for the go-ahead touchdown with 28 seconds left, and North Dakota State upset defending Big 12 champion Kansas State 24-21 Friday night.

The senior quarterback led the Bison on an 18-play, 80-yard march that ate up 8 1/2 minutes, helping them convert four third downs along the way, and left the Wildcats with virtually no time left to set up a tying field-goal try.

Jensen threw for 165 yards and two touchdowns for Bison, the two-time defending FCS national champions who have beaten Colorado State, Minnesota and Kansas in the last three years.

Jake Waters threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns for the Wildcats, who built a 21-7 lead by the third quarter before everything fell apart. Waters was picked off twice, including a desperation heave after the Bison had taken the lead to wrap up the biggest win in North Dakota State history.

 

Maybe ND State should move up to FBS?