The power of a win
Kentucky opened the season with wins over Western Kentucky and Central Michigan...but then lost 4 straight to Louisville, Florida, LSU and South Carolina.
Today, they picked up a much needed win, 38-14 over Jacksonville State.
After the game, Kentucky offensive coordinator Randy Sanders had this gem, "Winning makes supper taste better. It makes diet coke taste better."
TCU unleashed the hounds
TCU released the pent up frustration today and they did so with aggression.
TCU hosted New Mexico and took liberties with them. Final score, 69-0.
TCU rushed for 264 on 44 carries and threw for 251. They put up 9 offensive touchdowns. The 69 total points is a school record.
Defensively, they held New Mexico to 1 of 13 on 3rd and 4th down conversions. 1. They forced three fumbles and blocked one kick (which they recovered and scored on). They allowed 64 yards rushing and 21 through the air. New Mexico had a total of 5 first downs.
TCU needed that. New Mexico didn't.
Big win today for Danny Hope
Hope and his Boilermakers took care of business at home today in defeating Illinois 21-14.
The win brings Purdue to 4-3 on the season. On paper the victory might not sound that big; but looking down the road, not much more will come easy for Purdue.
They've go to Michigan and then to Wisconsin. They then host Ohio State and Iowa before closing it out at Indiana.
Big win today.
Syracuse with a big win over West Virginia
Doug Marrone got a big win for the program last night with a 49-23 victory over West Virginia. This was the first win over WVU at the Carrier Dome in a decade.
Coming off a bye week, defensive coordinator Scott Shafer had his guys ready to play. The Orange defense held West Virginia's offense to nearly 100 yards less than their average (even more impressive considering the large lead they had in the 4th and WVU trying to sling it around to catch up). The plan certainly included pressuring the quarterback which they did all night (including 4 sacks) which produced 2 interceptions of Geno Smith.
On offense, Nate Hackett's guys produced 23 first downs, were 70% on 3rd down conversions and were able to rush for nearly 200 and throw for about 250.
In the first half, the Orange scored on a run, a pass and a 98 yard kickoff return. Four more touchdown in the second half put the Mountaineers away.
Both Syracuse and West Virginia are now 5-2, 1-1 in the Big East.
Full slate today; plus other regional coverage.
All times Eastern.
North Carolina at Clemson - noon - ESPN
Illinois at Purdue - noon - ESPN2
Kansas State at Kansas - noon - FSN
Oklahoma State at Missouri - noon - FX
Jacksonville State at Kentucky - noon - ESPNU
Yale at Penn - noon - Versus
Auburn at LSU - 3:30 - CBS
Georgia Tech at Miami - 3:30 - ESPN
NC State at Virginia - 3:30 - ESPNU
Oregon at Colorado - 3:30 - FSN
Air Force at Boise State -3:30 - Versus
Tulsa at Rice - 7pm - FSN
Army at Vanderbilt - 7pm - ESPNU
Tennessee at Alabama - 7pm - ESPN2
USC at Notre Dame - 7:30 - NBC
Texas Tech at Oklahoma - 8pm - ABC
Washington at Stanford - 8pm - ABC
Wisconsin at Michigan State - 8pm - ESPN
Oregon State vs. Washington State (in Seattle) - 10:30 - FSN
Interim Arizona coach Tim Kish gets his first win
Arizona interim coach Tim Kish got the win last night against UCLA, as the Wildcats raced out to a 42-7 lead at the half. Offensive coordinator Seth Littrell led the offense to scores on their first six possessions. The Wildcats piled on 573 yards of total offense, and their first punt didn't come until their first possession of the second half.
Kish's practices this week involved alot of game like situations and sudden change simulations. Last night the Wildcats converted both of UCLA's 2nd quarter turnovers to touchdowns.
The Wildcats were impressive defensively as well, holding UCLA's running game to 37 yards, way down from their season average of 194.5 yards per game. The success can be attributed to Kish consulting with special teams coordinator Jeff Hammerschmidt and installing a few aspects of the Desert Storm defense of the 90's. Hammerschmidt served as a defensive assistant on that staff.
All week we have noticed Kish carries himself with class, and demands the same from those around him. That class was evident during Kish's post game press conference as well, as he wasted little time in giving credit to Mike Stoops for laying the foundation for the Wildcat program.
Two Big East games on tonight.
All times are eastern,
West Virginia at Syracuse - 8 - ESPN
Rutgers at Louisville - 8 - ESPN2
Bradley Central (TN) at Cleveland (TN) - 8p - ESPNU
Bill Snyder's 16 building blocks for a program
ESPN recently wrote an article about Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder and his building blocks for a program. Snyder currently has the Wildcats ranked #11, and will take on Kansas this weekend.
Snyder's 16 building blocks include: commitment, unselfishness unity, improve, be tough, self-discipline, great effort, enthusiasm. eliminate mistakes, never give up, expect to win, no self-limitations, don’t accept losing, consistency, leadership, and responsibility.
The belief in these building blocks are one of the reasons that the Wildcats have been able to overcome being out gained the last 4 games, and yet still find a way to win.
"I’m not so sure that statistics win ballgames for you. I don’t think many coaches really believe in that. I think we've had good fortune. I think our youngsters have played hard" Snyder said about the past few wins.
Snyder will lead the Wildcats in their rivalry game with Kansas this weekend, before preparing for a big showdown with Oklahoma on the 29th.