"We have two categories for personal fouls; dumb and combat"
Oklahoma State defensive coordinator and defensive coordinator Bill Young, who has missed the last two games recovering from a medical procedure, is expected to return to practice this week.
Over the past few weeks, Young noted that he attended staff meetings and defensive line meetings, but did not get out onto the field for practices.
Talking to the media about the Arizona game, Young noted that the staff splits personal fouls into two different groups; dumb penalties and combat penalties. Most of their personal foul penalties in their loss to Arizona, Young classified as dumb penalties.
Young said that he listened to the game on the radio with surround sound at his house, and could visualize the calls that were being made defensively.
Rich Rod: Stay humble and stay hungry
Good footage here of Rich Rod addressing the team before and after their big win over Oklahoma State.
Rodriguez reminds the players after the game to "stay humble, and stay hungry", and of the 24 hours rule, where they have one day to celebrate the win before they move on to prepare for their next opponent, South Carolina State.
Tuesday TV - No games
No games tonight or tomorrow, but we'll have a few games from the NFL and college level come Thursday.
Eastern time listed.
Bielema and Markuson explain
This morning we learned that Mike Markuson had been fired Sunday afternoon by Bret Bielema. Today, we had the opportunity to hear from both of them about what transpired.
Bielema, speaking at a press conference, had the following to say:
Speaking of how he has never liked how most head coaches wait until the end of the season to make a change, Bielema said, "Decisions traditionally are made at the end of the year, and it always drove me nuts. My first experience in coaching where there were some guys that really weren't where we needed to be as a staff. And it hurt everybody overall. So I always kind of said to myself, as I got older, grew into the profession, if I was ever in a position that I knew transition be needed to be made, I wasn't going to be the one that waited until it was comfortable, I was going to make the decision when it needed to be made. Panic is for the outside world. Reality is what I live in. As the head coach I'm the one responsible for everybody, every player, every coach, every family, support staff, and just felt that as head coach I've got to make some decisions once in a while that aren't going to be popular, and from the outside world looking in may not make the most sense."
Markuson, speaking on SiriusXM radio (hear the full audio at this link), was clearly frustrated (as any competitive person would be). In the interview, Markuson first vented about the lack of a passing game; but went on to explain what happened. Markuson said Bielema called him into his office yesterday afternoon after their staff meeting and explained that he was letting him go. "It was a surprise to me; but in this business you gotta anticipate anything....coaches get hired and fired it's just getting fired after two games..."
Bart Miller who will now coach the offensive line played ball under former Wisconsin offensive line coach Bob Bostad at New Mexico and is very familiar with Bostad's system and terminology. Several coaches reached out to us today to tell us that Miller is a great young coach and a great guy.
Video: 10 years of FIU football
It's hard to believe that over a decade ago ago when talking about football in the state of Florida, Florida International wasn't even mentioned because they had yet to start a program.
Now, ten years later, the program is coming off back to back bowl appearances and 15 wins over the past two seasons.
Take a look back at the history of the program from its beginning, to the hiring of Mario Cristobal and the changes that they made to get them to where they are today in this well done video honoring their short and storied tradition.
Todd Berry on 4th & 10 call: "We drew that one up in the dirt"
It's 4th & 10 with 55 seconds to play. Louisiana Monroe calls timeout to come up with the play of their season...and according to Todd Berry, "We drew that one up in the dirt."
Berry explained that Arkansas presented a different defense than they were expecting in the second half so for that critical call Berry said they used the timeout to get the right routes called.
See the play at the 1 minute mark in the video below.
Hear Berry explain it in this video.
Fascinating stats from week 2
Another week of college football action means more interesting statistical story lines.
A few interesting notes:
- Only one player, UCLA's Johnathan Franklin, is averaging over 200 yards rushing per game through the first two games. Franklin's average is sitting at 215.5 per game.
- Through two games, only two teams are averaging over 600 yards of total offense. Oklahoma State (1-1) and UCLA (2-0).
-Teams that have attempted more than 100 passes through the first two contests (Marshall, Syracuse, Houston, SMU, Akron) are winless against FBS competition and 2-8 overall.
- 14 teams have yet to reach the end zone on the ground this season (Southern Miss, Navy, Auburn, Florida Atlantic, Wyoming, UTEP, Penn State, Colorado State, Akron, Vanderbilt, Hawaii, Idao, Boise State, Tulane). Those teams are a combined 2-22, with only one of those wins coming against FBS competition. Nebraska (1-1) and Southern Alabama are the only teams in the nation without a rushing touchdown allowed.
- Air Force (1-1) and Fresno State (1-1) are the only two teams in the nation to have played two games without losing a turnover.
- Ten teams (Air Force, Arkansas State, Florida State, Louisiana Lafayette, Michigan State, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Oklahoma State, and Rutgers) have yet to allow a sack through two games.
- Central Michigan (2-0) is the only team in the country to have no penalties called on them. Central has played Southeast Missouri State and Michigan State at home so far this year.
- Louisiana Lafayette's kicker Brett Baer has made 18 consecutive field goals, going 3 for 3 on Saturday.
- Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson accounted for 426 yards of offense (208 passing and 218 rushing). As a team, the Wolverines amassed 422 total yards. How does Denard's individual total outnumber the total yardage by the team? Because of the way that stats from kneeling at the end of the game or half are officially kept.
- Houston and Louisiana Tech combined to set an NCAA record for the most plays ran in regulation (209). Houston ran 115 of those.
Puzzling play call of the week
Kansas State handled Miami in Manhattan on Saturday 52-13, dominating in every aspect of the game.
On their first four possessions of the game, Kansas State puts points on the board. Three touchdowns and a field goal and really had no reason to think Miami was going to stop their offense the rest of the day.
With just under five minutes left in the half, K-State forces a fumble and gets the ball on Miami's 20. The Wildcats drive it down to the 1 where they face 3rd and goal. Then comes the puzzling play call...
Take a look:
We actually really like the play design, just find the timing of the call puzzling. Perhaps in week 8 or 9, after having run the jump pass once or twice and having run Collin Klein up the middle for about 20 touchdowns earlier in the season...on a meaningful 3rd and 1...but in this game, at this time? Unnecessary?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter @FootballScoop.