West beats North (a Tressel spotting?)
West Alabama beat North Alabama last night 31-26, in a huge Gulf South game.
West Alabama entered the game ranked #23 and North Alabama was ranked #5, after previously being ranked #1 before losing to another Gulf South foe Delta State (the current #1 team in D-II).
The win earns West Alabama head coach Will Hall the opportunity to play for their first conference title since 1971 as they travel to take on Gulf South leader Delta State next weekend. Hall, who won the Harlan Hill trophy as a quarterback at North Alabama, is doing this with a freshman at quarterback. Impressive.
For North Alabama, the loss drops them to 0-2 in conference play after opening the season as one of the top teams in the country.
Taking on two top 5 teams in the country, in conference play, sounds like Hall was onto something by claiming the Gulf South as the SEC West of D-II.
Jump forward in the video below to the 2:15 mark and watch Jim Tressel head coach Will Hall talk about what this win means for his program.
7 bowls in your first 7 seasons
Two of the more successful private college football programs meet tonight at Cowboy stadium, as BYU (6-2) and TCU (5-2) kickoff at 8 eastern on ESPN.
A win tonight would make the Cougars bowl eligible, and would also set Bronco Mendenhall up to be the first one of the only active [see note below] FBS coach to lead his team to a bowl in each of his first 7 seasons as a head coach. For TCU, a win would mark their 45th win in their last 50 games.
The past three meetings between the two schools haven't been close, with TCU outscoring BYU 101-17 (an average of 5.6 points per meeting for the Cougars).
Even if they don't get a win tonight, the remaining schedule looks favorable for Mendenhall to reach his 7th straight bowl with games against Idaho, New Mexico State, and Hawaii. We expect Boise State's Chris Petersen, in his sixth season as a head coach, to keep the pressure on Mendenhall for this record. He's 5 for 5 and is showing no signs of slowing.
Note from FootballScoop Staff> No more relying on BYU's media relations guys...As one astute viewer noted below, Tom Osborne most definitely went to 25 bowls in 25 seasons and a guy in Norman (Bob Stoops) is currently 12 for 12 and on a roll. We also have come up with Mark Richt who's 10 for 10 thus far. In BYU's backyard, Kyle Whittingham coached Utah in a bowl following the 2004 season after Urban took the Florida job and has coached them back to bowl games every year since (thus has coached in 7 bowl games in 6 full seasons). Jim Tressel had 10 straight bowl appearances at Ohio State and won the 1-AA National Championship 4 times at Youngstown State, however he had losing seasons in 2 of his first 3 seasons at Youngstown. Barry Switzer had a pretty good start at OU as well going 32-1-1 in his first 3 seasons (including winning two national championships); but they did not play in bowl games after his first two seasons.
Any challengers to LSU's sports marketing? Anyone?
Sure it helps to have Les and an undefeated team; but really, does anyone even come close to what LSU sports marketing does?
Comments welcomed below. Enlighten us.
Ever had this happen on a field goal attempt?
We've all seen speed rushers come off the edge, lay out and block a kick. Been there, done that.
This is different.
Anyone ever seen that before?
Virginia gets a big win last night
Virginia and Mike London got a big program win last night with their 28-21 win over Miami. The win marked the first ACC road win for Virginia since 2009, and only their second win all time in the state of Florida.
The first quarter this season has really set the tone for the Virginia defense. Last night marked the 7th time in eight games that the Cavaliers have held their opponent scoreless in the first quarter. Southern Mississippi was the only opponent to score in the first quarter so far this season.
As we noted yesterday, a win by Al Golden would have brought the two friends to 32 wins each. London's win brought his win total to 33, while Golden stayed at 31 wins as a head coach. The loss marks the fourth time this season that the Hurricanes have lost by 8 points or less.
UVA is now 5-3, 2-2 in the ACC on the season.
Houston's offensive staff put together an impressive performance last night
Houston's offensive staff helped the Cougars offense put up some ridiculous numbers last night as they beat Rice 73-34 to stay undefeated. The Owl's owned the time of possession category by a large margin (38:35 to 21:25), but the story of the night was the efficiency of the Houston offense.
Offensive coordinator and receivers coach Jason Phillips and quarterbacks coach and play caller Kliff Kingsubry led the way for the offense as they churned out 656 yards in the rain. Case Keenum set the FBS career touchdown mark on his way to 534 yards and 9 touchdowns for the night (Keenum was 24 of 37 (65%) on the night and averaged 14.4 yards per completion). Phillips, and inside receivers coach Tony Levine, also got an impressive performance from Patrick Edwards with 7 receptions for 318 yards and 5 touchdowns, an average of 45 yards per reception.
Offensive line coach B.J Anderson and running backs coach Clarence McKinney helped keep the pressure off Keenum and the ground game rushed for 122 yards.
Three games on tonight.
All times are eastern.
BYU at TCU - 8 - ESPN
Bethany (OK) at Heritage Hall (OK) - 8 - ESPNU
Saguaro (AZ) at Chaparral (AZ) - 10 - FSN
Good friends coaching tonight (impressive stat)
Al Golden said that there isn't another coach in the country that he has spent more time in the film room with than Virginia's Mike London, which makes plenty of sense when you take a look at their history.
Golden and London were on the same defensive staffs while at Boston College (1997-99) and then spent years together again at Virginia working under Al Groh (2001-04). Golden served as the defensive coordinator and London served as the defensive line coach. After Golden left to take the Temple head coaching job, London left his stint in the NFL to take over the defensive coordinator role, and eventually (after winning a national championship at Richmond) as head coach.
The game will mark the third time this season that Mike London has met a coach that he was once on staff with. The other two times include meetings with William and Mary's Jimmy Laycock (a 40-3 win) and NC State's Tom O'Brien (a 14-28 loss).
Here's an impressive stat for you, we noticed that if Golden wins this game, they will both have exactly 32 wins as head coaches.
The Cavaliers and Hurricanes will kickoff at 8 eastern on ESPN.