Lights out defense
The 49er defense played lights out again last night, holding the Steelers to just 3 points in a 20 - 3 win.
The victory marked the first time in NFL history that a team has not allowed a rushing touchdown through 14 straight games. The 49ers have almost doubled their win total since last year (when they finished 6 - 10), and are an impressive 11 - 3 this season.
Vic Fangio and the new defensive staff have been able to keep an impressive streak alive from the previous staff, going 36 games without allowing a 100 yard rusher .
Fangio was our 2010 defensive coordinator of the year at Stanford before leaving with Harbaugh for the 49ers. He's proven that hes one of the best in the business and can get the job done at any level.
Ron Roberts 1st day at Southeastern LA
Ron Roberts left his post as head coach at Delta State yesterday to become the new head coach at FCS Southeastern Louisiana.
Roberts gave a nice talk yesterday; and he summed it all up in his final 1 minute. Well done coach.
"...the new turf that's coming in...new weight room floor...We're gonna set this place on fire....We're not on an eight year plan...it's not a three year plan...we're here to win....we're going to graduate, we're going to win and we're going to have fun doing it...I'm excited about building something really special."
Beef O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl tonight.
All times are eastern.
Beef O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl: FIU vs. Marshall - 8 - ESPN
Gundy: Hire my coaches but do it the right way
4:45pm Update> Got to love the internet. Someone has already created the website for Gundy.
During today's press conference highlighting their match up with Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl, Mike Gundy was asked about his coaches being contacted for other jobs across the country.
Gundy responded by saying that he was going to start a website called hirecoachgundyscoaches.com to help expedite the process. He was kidding. But in all seriousness, Gundy goes on to say that he feels strongly that other schools shouldn't contact coaches during the season. Listen to him.
Minnesota's new helmets
Minnesota traded their maroon sparkled helmet for a matte style look for the 2012 season.
The school has released close up pics of the changes to the helmet for the past week or so, but today the players got a first hand look, and they seem to be pretty happy with the changes.
Video: Runaway golf cart
Spring Dekaney head coach Willie Amendola had just wrapped up the Texas 5A state championship against Cibolo Steele and went to midfield for an interview.
As he was talking to a reporter, a runaway golf cart came barreling through the crowd. The video below tells the rest of the story.
Luckily, there were minor injuries, and the exact cause of how the golf cart got rolling on its own is unknown.
Sonny Dykes and Gary Patterson
Sonny Dykes and Louisiana Tech struggled early in the season, starting 1 - 4 before rattling off 7 straight take the WAC title and finishing 8 - 4. On Wednesday, Louisiana Tech will take on Gary Patterson and TCU in the San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.
Dykes and Patterson have known each other for many years, dating back to when Dykes was the receivers coach at Texas Tech and Patterson was beginning to turn around the TCU program.
Last December Patterson invited Dykes to visit campus as the Horned Frogs were preparing for the Rose Bowl against Wisconsin. Dykes took the opportunity to study how Patterson ran his program behind the scenes and use that to help them improve on their 5 - 7 record in his first season as the head coach at Tech.
"The thing I wanted to do was evaluate the way they practiced, watch the way other people practice, and the way the coaches interact with each other, and how the players interact with the coaches" Dykes said.
Louisiana Tech and TCU will kickoff Wednesday at 8 on ESPN.
Mark Hudspeth and his Ragin' Cajuns finished off a very nice season on Saturday. Louisiana Lafayette lead for most of the game, but needed a 50 yard field goal as time expired to beat San Diego State in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on Saturday. The Ragin' Cajuns racked up an impressive 568 yards of total offense, with nearly 500 coming through the air.
With the win, the Ragin' Cajuns finish up 9-4 with their 4 losses all coming on the road against Oklahoma State, Arizona, Western Kentucky and Arkansas State. Hudspeth's team was picked by most to finish at or near the bottom of the Sun Belt.
The victory marked the first bowl win in decades for Louisiana Lafayette football. Congratulations to Coach Hudspeth and the rest of the staff on a big program win.