New Mexico search update
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Alright, here's what we're hearing (and reading). First, we hear money is an issue. We hear locally that while some donors have pledged their allegiance, that a few others are waiting to see which way the university goes. While none of that should shock anyone, it likely will bring some realism to the ultimate selection.
Second, we're hearing that a lot of people do want to talk about the job. Plenty of names coming out of the states of Texas and Arizona, including both current head coaches and current assistants.
Finally, we read one last night that struck us as rather odd. Marv Levy was the head coach at New Mexico back in '58 and '59 before moving on to Cal. He went on to have a rather decent (yes that's a joke) career, being named the NFL Coach of the Year in 1988 and leading the Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls. Now here's the odd part, Levy says he's been trying to reach New Mexico's AD Paul Krebs' but has not gotten through to him. [Mr. Krebs please take that call next time.]
Levy says he wants to recommend Stanford special teams coordinator Brian Polian for the job. Polian, who also spent five seasons at Notre Dame, is the son of Colts vice chairman Bill Polian who was Levy's GM when Levy was head coach of the Bills.
Presuming that they go with an active coach, the timing of this one is going to largely be driven by the success of that coach's current team. We'll keep you posted with what we hear as we move into November.
Temple entered Saturday's game with Bowling Green 5-2 and was coming off of two large wins over Ball State (42-0) and Buffalo (34-0). Despite playing reasonably well on both offense and defense, the Owls weren't able to get the win at Bowling Green, falling 13-10.
After the game Temple head coach Steve Addazio was quick to point out that they didnt help themselves by committing 12 penalties for almost 100 yards.
There were no turnovers in the game, just hard nosed football. Temple had two guys rush for over 100 yards, and entered the 4th quarter tied at 3; but in the end, it was ultimately the penalties that stopped drives or allowed Bowling Green to keep them going that cost Temple. With the win, Bowling Green is now 4-4, 2-2 in the MAC.
This post game clip is classic Addazio. The goal is to win the game!
Navy loses another heartbreaker
Eastern Carolina got a very impressive outing from quarterback Dominique Davis Saturday as he completed his first 26 passes against Navy.
Davis went into the half 26 of 26, and his first incompletion came in his first attempt of the second half. The performance set a new NCAA record previously held by Cal's Aaron Rogers and Tennessee's Tee Martin who completed 23 straight. Davis had also completed his final 10 attempts the prior week against Memphis, so he also now holds the record for consecutive completions at 36 (Rodgers had it at 26).
Davis finished the game 40 of 45 for 372 yards and two touchdowns. Credit offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Lincoln Riley with helping Davis improve each week this season. Davis is completing 68.5% of his passes this season.
The loss was a heartbreaker for Navy who have now lost 5 straight. Navy had a chance to win it at the end; but a receiver was unable to maintain control of a pass in the end zone and then their kicker hit the upright on a game tying attempt as time expired.
Video below of head coach Ken Niumatalolo talking about how difficult these past few losses have been.
Dabo: "It's a special time to be a Tiger"?
Clemson started the season without a single vote in the AP top 25 poll, now they sit number 5 in the BCS standings. In Clemson history, only four other teams have started 8-0.
Saturday against North Carolina the offensive staff, led by quarterbacks coach / offensive coordinator Chad Morris, helped lead Tahj Boyd to a 6 touchdown performance (5 passing and one rushing). Each of his 5 touchdown passes were to different receivers. In the 3rd quarter alone, the offense went off for 4 touchdowns.
Boyd's success can also be attributed to the great job done by receivers coach Jeff Scott, who already has freshman receiver Sammy Watkins in the Clemson record books for receptions and touchdowns by a freshman.
Dabo talked about it being a special time to be a Tiger in his post game interview.
"It's a special time to be a Clemson Tiger. We have to learn from this tape and just keep doing what we do. We have to empty the tank this week in practice and then leave it all on the field at Georgia Tech."
Clemson will take on Georgia Tech Saturday at 8 Eastern on ABC.
Ron English has Eastern Michigan at 5-3
In their first 8 games, Ron English has led Eastern Michigan to a 5-3 record. Their only losses have come against Michigan, Penn State, and Toledo. Eastern hasn't won 5 games in a season since 1995. They only won 10 games total from 2006-2010 (5 seasons).
With four conference games yet to play, English has already led Eastern Michigan to their first 5 win season in 16 years, and has them in great shape to reach their first bowl game since 1987.
After their 14-10 against Western Michigan, the Eagles hoisted the MAC Michigan trophy, presented to the Michigan team that comes out on top during in state conference games.
Great job to English and the rest of the Eastern Michigan staff.
Miami defense stalls Georgia Tech's offense
Saturday marked the first time dating back to 2007 that Georgia Tech did not have a play of more than 20 yards.
Paul Johnson, who was hired in December 2007, brought the Georgia Tech offense into Saturday's game with Miami with a top 20 offense in numerous categories (5th in rushing, 17th in scoring, and 17th total offense).
Miami's defense stepped up and limited Tech's offense to zero rushes of 11 yards or more on their first 46 carries. Tech finished the game with 48 carries for 150 yards, well below their season average of 321 yards per game.
We're sure defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio, and the rest of the Hurricane defensive staff, will be getting plenty of calls and emails in the coming weeks from coaches wanting some insight on their game plan against the triple option.
A couple of quick notes. First, the Saints' offense was clicking Sunday night. Sean Payton might decide to stay up top the rest of the way if they keep scoring points like that (62-7 final over Indy). Second, in case you missed it yesterday...from now through the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, we've got a live game on TV every single night. As for tonight...just one game, MNF.
All times Eastern.
Ravens at Jacksonville - 8:30 - ESPN
"That was a blue collar butt whooping"
Western Kentucky lost their last 8 games in 2008. Didn't win one in 2009; and they lost their first 6 in 2010.
However, since week 7 of last season, Willie Taggart's bunch is 5-8 (Taggart was hired after the 2009 season).
Saturday they got their first home victory of the season (also the first since 2008...and the first ever home victory over an FBS opponent), 42-23 over Louisiana Lafayette (who came into the game 6-1, 4-0 in the Sun Belt). Coach Taggart's got himself a running back and a team that's willing to work hard and play as a team.
Watch the video and see sheer exuberance from the players after this win. Taggart's pride in the effort his guys showed on the field is evident. Given the historical significance of the win for his program, his words and pride seemed extremely justified.