The FootballScoop Coaches of the Week Awards - Week 2
- by Zach Barnett 10 months ago
Head Coach of the Week - Mark Richt, Georgia
Result: Beat South Carolina, 41-30
For insight to what Richt's Bulldogs did to South Carolina, just find some quotes from the Gamecocks locker room on Saturday. South Carolina had no answer for a Georgia offense that averaged 13.4 yards per attempt and posted three touchdowns on 23 attempts to go with a Todd Gurley-led ground game that churned out 229 yards on 53 carries. Of course, it takes a team effort to beat the No. 6 team in the country, and that's what Georgia got. Todd Grantham's very young defense made plays when it had to - namely, a key strip of South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw, and a goal line stand that allowed the Georgia offense to kill the final 8:28 of the game.
Georgia outgained the Gamecocks by 83 yards, held the ball 11 times to South Carolina's nine and held leads of 14, 10 and 11 points. As a result, Richt's squad is now in total control of the SEC East race and its national championship hopes.
Offensive Staff of the Week - BYU
Result: Beat Texas, 40-21
Difficult as it is to pass up the likes of Oregon, Baylor and Georgia, each of those clubs is an offensive destroyer launching missles week in and week out. BYU is not. Robert Anae and the BYU offensive staff found a weakness in the Texas defense and exploited it over and over again for 60 minutes. The Cougars set a school record and a Texas opponent record by rushing 72 times for 550 yards and four touchdowns. Quarterback Taysom Hill carved the Longhorns defense like a Thanksgiving turkey, rushing 17 times for 259 yards and three scores; Jamaal Williams added another 182 yards on 30 rushes. BYU touched the ball 15 times on Saturday night, and mounted at least a six-play on 11 of those possessions.
Here's how dominant the BYU ground attack was: Hill was 9-of-26 passing for 129 yards and an interception - good for a cool 68.6 passer rating - and the Cougars still rolled up and down the field like water through a napkin.
Defensive Staff of the Week - Miami
Result: Beat Florida, 21-16
The Hurricanes were outgained by 201 yards, had their first downs output more than doubled, went 1-of-11 on third downs and won because of a defense that came up with mammoth plays at the right moments. The five forced turnovers - especially the three inside its own red zone and then the sack-fumble that set up Miami's clenching touchdown - will grab the headlines, but what impressed me most was the way Mark D'Onofrio's unit withstood play after play. Playing in what must have felt like an outdoor sauna, the Hurricane defense was on the field for nearly two-thirds of the game and provided a relentless effort despite a 45-25 total snaps deficit in the first half. While Florida hoped to employ a battering ram offense that would eventually bust the Miami front wide open, the Hurricanes permitted only 2.8 yards per carry on 44 Florida rushing attempts - and no run longer than 12 yards.
Special Teams Staff of the Week - N.C. State
Result: Beat Richmond, 23-21
The most popular person in Raleigh, N.C. at around 9 p.m. last night had to be Wolfpack kicker Niklas Sade. The junior booted in a 48-yard field goal with 33 seconds left to give N.C. State a two-point win over visiting Richmond, and moved Dave Doeren to a much-needed 2-0 at his new school. Sade was a perfect 3-of-3 on field goal tries and 2-of-2 on extra points, while the N.C. State kicking units permitted Richmond a total of two return yards on the night.
Call of the Week - Fresno State offensive coordiantor Dave Scrhamm
Result: Hook and Ladder.... to the Left Tackle
Ninety-nine percent of the time in football when a big man scores a touchdown, it's a complete accident. Then there's that other one percent, like when Fresno State offensive coordinator calls for a hook-and-ladder to his left tackle. We have to imagine Bulldogs left tackle is framing a copy of last night's box score to prove to his kids one day that, indeed, he did catch a seven-yard touchdown pass in college.