HS quarterback tops current rushing total of 10 FBS teams...in one game

Tanner Wood, a Kansas high school quarterback at Conway Springs high school, rewrote the state record books this past Friday, carrying the ball 36 times for 659 yards and accounting for 9 total touchdowns in a 84-56 win over Chaparral (KS).

The new state rushing record crushed the previous record of 488 yards set back in 1998.

While the final score makes it look like a blowout, the Wichita Eagle reports that the game was tied at 48 midway through the third quarter before Conway Springs ran away with it, scoring the next 36 points in a quarter and a half.

What makes the accomplishment even more impressive is that the quarterback, Tanner Wood, plays both ways, starting at linebacker on the defensive side of the ball, and still had over 300 yards of total offense at halftime. And by the way, he's verbally committed to Kansas State.

To put this all in perspective, the 659 yards in one game is more than ten FBS teams have rushed for all season. Boston College, Oregon State, New Mexico State, Hawaii, Maryland, Idaho, Miami (OH), UAB, Washington State and Tulane all have less than 652 yards rushing as a team through at least six games this season.

Also, Tulane has accounted for a total of nine touchdowns (Wood's total touchdowns in the game) through seven games.


D-III school ends decade long losing streak

D-III Manchester University (4-4, 4-2) traveled down to Cincinnati on Saturday to take on a Mount St. Joe (3-4, 2-4)  team that they hadn't beaten in 10 years.

Manchester, who opened the season with four straight losses (including a two point loss to Rose-Hulman and a quadruple OT loss to Kalamazoo), came into the game on a three game HCAC conference win streak (against Bluffton, Defiance and Earlham).

The Spartans defense held Mount St. Joe to 325 yards of total offense in the victory and the offense put together two scoring drives of over 70 yards against the conference's stingiest scoring defense to come out with a 17-14 win.

Perhaps most impressively, Manchester came into the game allowing 175 yards passing (#3 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference), and held the Lions to just five completions for a grand total of 16 passing yards.

Head coach Shannon Griffith (who is in his ninth season as the head coach at Manchester) and his staff obviously put together a solid game plan on both sides of the ball, and were able to get a quality conference win under their belt as they look to finish up strong against conference opponents Hanover (5-2, 5-0), and Anderson (0-7, 0-5).





Craig Fitzgerald: "We're still getting strong, we're still greedy"

In post game interviews, we've heard numerous players credit Penn State strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald and his staff with their success through the midway point of the season, and in the fourth quarter in particular. Against Northwestern a few weekends ago, the Nittany Lions put together a 22 point fourth quarter, and the defense shut out the Wildcats in the final quarter, to survive with a 39-28 win.

Players say that they feel healthier, stronger, and fresher than they ever had through this point in previous seasons. Fitzgerald's in season plan calls for working a lot of the smaller muscle groups, and doing balance work, while still focusing on adding strength.

"We're still getting strong, we're still greedy." he notes in the clip, which highlights the work that him and director of training services Tim Bream put in.

At about the two minute mark of the clip, Bream demonstrates a pretty sweet NASA inspired anti-gravity treadmill and how they utilize it to get injured players back on their feet.


Long: "The chart had nothing to do with it, I felt like going for it"

When asked about lining up for the two point conversion and the win against Nevada in overtime on Saturday, San Diego State head coach Rocky Long could only shrug his shoulders and smile, saying "I just felt like going for it."

After the game, Long assured reporters that while his decision to go for two in order to get within three points during the third quarter was aided by the chart that many coordinators and head coaches keep on their play call sheets to advise them of whether to kick it or go for two, the overtime decision was all about a gut feeling.

"The chart had nothing to do with that. It was a gut feeling." Long added.

The conversion improved San Diego State to 5-3 overall and 3-1 in Mountain West play, and earned Long our "Call of the Week."

Monday TV - Detroit at Chicago

Lions at the Bears tonight, and tomorrow we'll have some Sun Belt Tuesday night action.

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Detroit at Chicago - 8:30 - ESPN


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