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"We're 75-0 when winning the turnover battle"

Mack Brown got on the Big 12 Coaches teleconference a little bit ago and noted that during their 8-5 season last year, they won the turnover battle in the eight games that they won, and lost it in the five games that they lost.

That prompted Brown and the staff to take a look back over the 15 years.

According to Coach Brown, they are an impressive 75-0 when they win the turnover battle in his tenure with the Longhorns, which dates back to 1998.

Any coach out there with a better record when they win the turnover battle?




Notre Dame's defense picked 5 consecutive Michigan attempts

Notre Dame's 13-6 win over Michigan wasn't an offensive showcase by any stretch, however Notre Dame's defense showed up to play in a big way. 

Notre Dame's defense forced 5 turnovers in the first half. That alone is impressive; but dive a little deeper and see what they really did...

With less than 1 minute to play in the first quarter and Michigan driving, Notre Dame's defense went to work. They intercepted a halfback pass to end Michigan's threat. Michigan got the ball four times in the 2nd quarter. Each "drive" ended with a Denard Robinson interception. The craziest part was that the five interceptions came on consecutive pass attempts. Literally, all four Michigan pass attempts in the 2nd quarter were intercepted. 

Has this ever happened before? We honestly have no idea and aren't real sure where one would research this. 

That doesn't happen without Bob Diaco's defense being very well prepared and executing at a very high level. Good work guys. 

 

 




Don't be predictable when facing the Wildcat

In the Bengals and Redskins game yesterday, on the first play of the game, Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden lined up Mohamed Sanu, their rookie receiver and former high school quarterback, at quarterback in the Wildcat formation. Starting quarterback Andy Dalton was split out at receiver.

As Gruden explained, he knew the Redskins were going to go Cover 0

"I noticed when teams played the Wildcat against the Redskins, they lined up in cover zero, and I thought we might able to do something with Mohamed because of his arm.''

Sanu ends up throwing a dime to a receiver for a touchdown. During practice all week, it never looked quite that good, but it looked good when it counted, and that's all that mattered according to Gruden.

"I can tell you, he didn't throw it that good in practice this week. But it only counts when it counts."

Lesson to be learned: Don't be too predictable, give some different looks.

h/t MMQB / Peter King




Video: This is why you coach up the special teams rules

Not the best quality video, but here's a look at an exciting finish to a North Carolina high school game this past week.

Here's the situation. East Duplin HS (NC) is down 20-21 to Topsail (NC) and lines up to kick the game winning field goal.

Topsail blocks the kick (behind the line of scrimmage) and while they're celebrating what they thought was the win, an East Duplin player picks up the ball and runs it about 40 yards for the game winning score with no time left on the clock.

Final score was 26-21. Incredible finish.




Dantonio's press conference "Next Question"

To say that Mark Dantonio was a little upset after the Spartans narrow 23-7 win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday would be an understatement.

His post game presser lasted just over two and a half minutes, with short answers to every question. 

"Next question."




Fake punt...throwback to the center!!!??!!!!!

The Scoop took in an FCS ballgame Saturday night at beautiful Strawberry Stadium, home of the Southeastern Lions. First year head coach Ron Roberts and his team had their hands full with Matt Viator's undefeated McNeese State Cowboys. 

McNeese opened up a good size lead early on; but Southeastern fought their way back in the second half. Southeastern scored a touchdown with about 2 minutes to play to cut the lead to one. After a penalty against McNeese moved the ball to just outside the 1, Roberts decided to go for two and the win...and they got it. Southeastern wins 25-24. 

But, let's talk about that fake...

With about 9 minutes to play, facing a 4th & 11 on their own 34 down 7, Roberts called a dandy of a fake punt...

Love the call. 

More thoughts on this game to come later in the week. 




Louisville staff didn't have headsets during victory on Saturday

Before kickoff on Saturday, Charlie Strong and the Louisville staff had to make some quick decisions after finding out that their headsets weren't working at Florida International.

"We knew right before the game started that we did not have headsets. They had them, but they weren't hooked up. So anytime one team doesn't have them then you have to take the headsets off."

"But it was critical because the guys in the box weren't able to see, like offensively they weren't able to see the blitzes and defensively we weren't able to see the sets." Strong explained.

The different vantage point undoubtedly changes the small details that your otherwise able to spot from the box. But having everyone on the sideline available to coach the players up as they come off the field is also an advantage because the finer details, like alignments, are relayed directly to the position coaches and adjustments can be made.

The details may be sacrificed a bit but you've got "all hands on deck" on the sideline, which can be used as an advantage as well.

Strong and the Cardinals (4-0, 0-0) went on to win 28-21 and will take on Southern Miss (0-3, 0-1) this weekend.




Jerry Kill: Without the crowd, we don't win that game

Jerry Kill and the Gophers moved to 4-0 on the season with a 17-10 win over Syracuse on Saturday afternoon. Three of their four wins (UNLV by 3 in triple overtime, Western Michigan by 5, and Syracuse by 7) have come by seven points or less.

The student section was packed, and Kill noted that the crowd of over 50,000 played a major role in the win. At the end of the game, Syracuse had racked up ten penalties, five of them being false starts. Two of those false starts came during a first quarter drive that forced the Orange to settle for a field goal.

“We appreciate the atmosphere and the support we had in the stadium tonight. Without that we don’t win.” Kill said.

The Gophers travel to Iowa this weekend to open up Big Ten conference play, and then see if the home crowd can rock TCF Bank Stadium again, when they take on Northwestern next weekend.