"I thought it was a typo when I saw Chris Petersen's record"
Bob Davie and New Mexico welcome Boise to town on Saturday, and Davie noted that while he was looking over Chris Petersen's record since taking over the Boise State program, he first thought there was a typographical error.
"You know, I thought it was a typographical error when I was saw Chris Petersen's 75-7 record at Boise. Is that unbelievable? I mean 75-7...It's remarkable."
Davie explains that the Broncos are the model to follow.
"I'm not talking about off the field or how many people you get to the stadium or all of those things. I'm talking about how they have implemented their systems, stayed in their systems, recruited the kind of kids that they can coach hard, and develop consistency."
Davie notes that the Broncos lost 9 starters on defense last season, most of which went to NFL camps, and still return one of the top defenses in the country. Boise enters the game ranked in the top 25 nationally in pass efficiency defense, total defense, scoring defense, and pass defense.
Coach Davie also points out that the Broncos are the highest scoring team in the college football since 2000, averaging 42 points per game over that period.
Kickoff is scheduled for 6pm ET Saturday.
Nice brand new D-III facility
Take a look here at the new locker room at Benedictine University (D-III - IL), named the Borsellino Family Football Center. The new locker room had a $1.7 million dollar price tag and will be one of the nicest in the Chicagoland area.
This weekend, the Eagles (2-1) will be sporting some new all black uniforms with a black matte helmet for their home game against Northern Athletic Conference opponent Concordia Wisconsin (1-2).
There is a ton of excitement surrounding this program right now.
Al Golden reminds us what it's all about
One of this past weekend’s most gruesome injuries also provided one of the most uplifting coaching moments in recent memory. With the Miami Hurricanes leading Georgia Tech 12-0 late in the 1st quarter, driving for yet another score, highly touted freshman WR Malcolm Lewis made a catch inside the Tech 5 yard line. As he was corralled and brought to the turf, Lewis’ ankle snapped, dislocated, twisted almost 180 degrees.
A horrific injury.
Writhing around in pain on the field, his teammates were almost too sick to even look at his mangled leg. Trainers and medical personnel from Miami and Georgia Tech rushed to his side, and right there in the middle of it all, hugging, holding and consoling his young receiver was Al Golden.
Coming off what can only be described as a challenging first season as head coach of the Hurricanes, under the microscope of an NCAA investigation, and dealing with a self-imposed bowl ban, Golden and his staff put together a much heralded recruiting class. One of the top receivers in the nation, Lewis was an early commit, never wavering from Coach Golden and The U. And in that moment on Saturday, when Lewis needed his coach the most, he was right there with him.
“I knew he was scared,” Golden said, who held Lewis and spoke with him as the medical personnel set his severely dislocated ankle. “We were just trying to be there for him and make sure he knows we’re there for him and that we’ll get through it”. It’s moments like this that show the bond between a coach and his players goes well beyond the final score. They’re not just X’s and O’s guys focused only on wins and losses, but instead father figures, role models and protectors.
Wednesday TV - No games
No games tonight. Stanford and Washington tomorrow night.
Eastern time listed.
Absolutely amazing stat...First time ever?
Menlo college in California is off to a great start this season under new head coach Mark Speckman. The Oaks are 4-1 through five games. We took a quick look back, the last time Menlo won more than 5 games total was back in 2003.
This past weekend in their game vs. they did something that we're not sure has ever happened in college football before (or the NFL for that matter).
In their game against La Verne University, Menlo had two players each account for one passing, rushing and receiving touchdown. Kind of mind blowing actually.
The video below shows each of the touchdowns for quarterback Matt Pelesasa and receiver Mike Alexander.'
Has anyone ever heard of this happening before?
Feel good story of the week
Every once in a while have a story brought to our attention that deserves a little extra recognition.
The latest one is from Lackawanna College (JUCO - PA) and highlights the football team's effort to help a woman confined to a wheelchair move into her new place.
The players caught wind of Jessamyn Reinhard struggling to find a way to move all of her belongings to a new place and decided to pitch in and help out. What would have normally taken a few hours for Reinhard, the team had done in about 20 minutes.
As one player put it, “With 18 guys who can all bench press over 300 pounds, it’s really easy to move stuff and help people out.”
Head coach Mark Duda, who has been with the program for 19 seasons, noted that most of the group was comprised of offensive and defensive lineman.
"They’re all mostly offensive and defensive lineman. A 100 or 200 pound couch doesn’t mean much to them. They can do it really easily. You could tell they enjoyed it. When we were coming from the place with the pod they were asking what’s she like, what happened to her?” Duda explained.
Classy move by the players and staff at Lackawanna. Well done.
Since 2000 West Virginia is 78-3 when scoring at least 30
West Virginia and Baylor square off this weekend in a match up of two of the top 10 scoring offenses in the country. Both teams come in to the match up without a loss.
Baylor has yet to put up less than 48 points with games against SMU, Sam Houston State, and Louisiana-Monroe already in the books. West Virginia's lowest point total was last week against Maryland when they put up 31 in a win.
West Virginia's scoring offense is ranked 10th nationally, scoring just over 47 points per game, while Baylor comes in at #5, putting up over 51 points per game. Not surprisingly, both teams also bring top 5 passing offenses into Saturday's 12pm ET match up (Baylor is #5 at 362 ypg and West Virginia is just ahead at #3 with 370 ypg through the air).
If past history is any indication, 30 may be the mark to get to for West Virginia. According to their SID, dating back to 2000, the Mountaineers are 78-3 (96%) when scoring more than 30 points.
Wilmington head coach resigns
Earlier today, Wilmington College athletic director Terry Rupert announced that head coach Ken Minor had resigned his post as the head coach of the Quakers.
Offensive coordinator, and former highly successful high school coaching veteran, Jay Niswonger has been named the interim head coach. Niswonger joined the coaching staff this past off-season.
Niswonger is a Wilmington College graduate and Hall of Fame member that is known best for his tenure at Valley View, where they went 243-78-1 under him with 11 conference titles, 16 playoff appearances, seven state semifinal appearances, and three state championships in a four year period (1994, 1996, 1997).
We hear that the Wilmington campus is very pleasant, and they have good administrative backing to go along with sufficient financial aid support. This could be a really good job for the right fit.
Through the first three weeks of the season, the Quakers are sitting at 0-3 overall and 0-2 in the ultra-competitive Ohio Athletic Conference. Mount Union, the perennial OAC power, has had a hold on the conference for quite some time now, with their last conference loss dating back to 2005.
It remains to be seen if Niswonger has a shot at the permanent gig. The University has stated that they plan to conduct a national search at the end of the season.