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Utah State has yet to throw an INT this season

As our staff poured through some statistics through Week 7, we found one in particular very impressive.  Utah State is the only team in the FBS yet to throw an interception.  

True freshman Chuckie Keaton has thrown 137 passes without an interception.  Keaton is completing 61% of his passes, and has thrown for over a thousand yards in his first 6 college starts

Working to Keatons advantage has been the Aggie run game which ranks 6th nationally, and first in the WAC at 298.8 yards per game. 

After almost knocking off Auburn in a Week 1 thriller, Utah State is sitting at 2-4 going into this weeks game against Louisiana Tech (3p - Eastern).  Watchful eyes will be on Chuckie Keaton to keep his impressive streak alive.  Aggies quarterback coach Matt Wells is doing a great job out there with his alma mater.    




Texas high school offense rewrites the record books

This past Friday night, Fort Worth Southwest and Forth Worth Arlington Heights met to battle for the top spot in their Texas 4A District.  What fans witnessed was an impressive offensive showing by Southwest that rewrote the record books.

Southwest receiver Robbie Rhodes had a night he will never forget, catching an impressive 8 touchdown passes, each of those coming from at least 20 yards out.  Rhodes pulled in a total of 10 receptions for 394 yards, which stands as a Texas single game record, and ranks 11th nationally.  The 8 touchdowns tie a national record set in 1998. 

Distributing the ball to Rhodes was quarterback, Wesley Harris, who finished 20-30 for 564 yards and threw one more incompletion (10), than total touchdowns (9).  Harris now holds the Texas high school single game touchdown record, and was one touchdown shy of joining five others who hold the national record with 10 in a single game.

Fort Worth Southwest went on to win the game 66-21 and secured a top spot in District 6-4A.  Great job by the staff putting on an offensive show that kept the fans on the edge of their seat the entire game.




Les at it again

Earlier today the first BCS polls came out listing LSU as #1.  The Tigers edged out Alabama for the top spot.  

When Les was asked what he thought about the news he responded

"Once thrust in that position, you might as well enjoy it."

Well said Les.




California HS game goes 8 OTs

California high schools, Desert Hot Springs and Big Bear, completed an 8 overtime game Friday night that officially went down as the longest high school football game played in the state. The game was tied at 22 after regulation and lasted 4 hours and 19 minutes, with the final touchdown run coming at 11:27pm PST.

What makes this game even more impressive is that during the third overtime Big Bear faced a 3rd and 36.  Big Bear ended up completing a 35 yard pass, and then scored on a 4th and 1 pass.  After each team scored touchdowns in the first three overtimes, there wasn't a single point scored in the next three.  

Unlike NCAA rules, CIF southern section California overtime regulations do not require teams to attempt a two point conversion after the third overtime. 

Big Bear defeated Hot Springs 56-50, and captured a CIF championship.  However, there was still plenty of work to be done for the coaches as they got busy working on the film.  Our staff thinks its a safe bet that the film work kept the coaches busy into the early morning hours of Saturday.




Sarkisian off to a great start

Steve Sarkisian really had the Washington offense clicking in their 52-24 victory over Colorado Saturday.  

In the first half alone, Washington scored on their first 6 possessions, 5 of them being touchdowns, as they built a 38-10 lead at the break.  By the end of the game, 7 different Huskies had found the end zone.  

First year starter Keith Price has gotten of to a fast start, throwing for 21 touchdowns on the season, which ranks just behind the national leader Robert Griffith III who has 22.  

When Sarkisian was asked about the variety of the effectiveness of the play calling he responded,

"I'm not calling plays for a specific guy. We're calling the best plays for the moment and not concerned about who might be the guy and 'Can he make that play?' We have such belief in the guys on our football team right now." 

That confidence will need to carry over as the 5-1 Huskies take on Stanford on Saturday.




Monday TV

Here's a look at the schedule for Monday.

All times are Eastern.

NFL:

Miami Dolphins at New York Jets - 8:30 - ESPN

College:

None

High School:

None




Sean Payton coaching second half from the press box

Update:  Jennifer Hale, of ESPN, is reporting that Payton did not make it up to the press box and is monitoring the game from the locker room.  A surgery is expected tomorrow (Monday) at the latest.

Update 2: This was a dangerous week to be a coach on either sideline in Tampa Bay. It is being reported that Bucs defensive backs coach, Jimmy Lake, tore his patella tendon after celebrating a game sealing interception and will likely undergo surgery during the teams bye week (Week 8).


After an on the field collision with between Sean Payton and Jimmy Graham, Payton will be spending the rest of the game up in the press box. Payton's left leg was caught under Graham during a sideline collision and the medical staff attended to him on the bench with his leg propped up and headset on.  Initial reports are that Payton has a torn MCL and a broken bone in his leg.

We found it interesting that the Saints players took turns clearing out the sideline so that Payton could still see the game, before he was carted off the field down 20-7 with just under four minutes left in the first half against the Bucs.

Numerous reports are that the playcalling duties will fall into the lap of Drew Brees while Payton is in the box.  Not bad hands to leave your offense in, if you ask us.

 




Schwartz and Harbaugh handshake gets heated

As the Lions and 49ers game ended, Schwartz and Harbaugh met at midfield for a firm handshake, and it looks as if emotions got the best of someone.

It is great to see some of the NFL's best up and coming coaches showing emotion after the win, but then things got a little rowdy.  Harbaugh celebrated his teams win on his way out to midfield, and from the looks of the video below, Schwartz wasn't happy about something, and decided to talk a little further with Harbaugh.