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MAC commish lays it on the Big East commish

5PM Update> Toledo AD Mike O'Brien has issued a statement saying that they accept the ruling from the NCAA rules committee that the outcome of the game can not be changed.  Apparently, O'Brien doesn't share MAC commish Steinbrecher's hope that Big East commish John Marinatto will do the right thing.  

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MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher issued a well worded statement moments ago regarding the conclusion of the Toledo / Syracuse game on Saturday.  

For background...the refs mistakenly awarded Syracuse an extra point despite the fact that they had video evidence which showed the try was clearly not good.  The game went to OT with Syracuse eventually winning.  The Big East Conference admitted that the refs were wrong in allowing ruling the extra point good.  After the game, Toledo called on the Big East to vacate the win for Syracuse (and hence the loss for Toledo).

In Steinbrecher's statement, he first notes that he has been in communication with Big East Commissioner John Marinatto, then he noted that by NCAA rules there is "recourse to reverse an outcome"...but then he comes back with "We are confident that proper action will be taken by the Big East Conference." 

Well played Steinbrecher, well played indeed.  

Anyone expect Marinatto to roll over?




Sudden change defense to the rescue

Through 4 games, Notre Dame is 120th in the nation (yes folks, that's the same as saying "last") in turnover margin averaging -2.5 per game margin.  

However, despite this horrible margin, Notre Dame is 2-2 on the season.  How are they able to overcome the turnovers?  A stout defense after a sudden change.

We saw a note this morning that Notre Dame's defense, after the last 4 turnovers (against Pitt and Michigan State...both wins for ND) the ensuing drives have netted just 12 yards on 14 plays.  

We also noticed that over their last nine games, Diaco's defense has allowed no rushing touchdowns to opposing running backs (they have allowed 2 QB sneaks though).  Nine games.  That's strong.  Give defensive coordinator Bob Diaco some credit. 

Notre Dame travels to Purdue for an 8PM game Saturday night on ESPN. 




Halftime stat sheet..."He has thrown for 7 TDs?"

Hawaii hosted UC Davis this weekend.  At halftime it was 49-0 Hawaii.  

We can only imagine head coach Greg McMackin looking over the stat sheet trying to find something to use as further motivation for a strong second half..."wait, Moniz threw for 7 TDs already?  Sit him down."

Yes, Bryant Moniz threw was 30-40 for 424 and 7 TDs in the first half....also ran 5 times for 50 yards.  

We figured rather than show you some highlights, you might enjoy seeing the Haka Chant more.

 




Just go down, go down, no, no, don't throw it...

Dabo's got his guys 4-0 and they have some quality wins.  Couldn't have done it without the play of quarterback Tajh Boyd who has been very good.

Through 4 games, Boyd has completed 65% of his passes for nearly 14 yards per completions, has thrown 13 touchdowns vs. only 2 interceptions...

The Tigers won their game this weekend vs. Florida State so we're sure Boyd has been able to chuckle at least about the play you are about to see...

 




Monday TV

Prepare yourself for a week full of ESPN references to Muschamp vs. Saban; but first we've got MNF tonight.

All times Eastern.

NFL:

Redskins at the Cowboys - 8:30 - ESPN

College:

None

High School:

None




Update on New Mexico's opening

Yesterday Mike Locksley was relieved of his duties as head coach at New Mexico and associate head coach / defensive coordinator George Barlow will serve as interim head coach for the rest of this season.  

There will be typical speculation, including some very prominent names, over the next few weeks.  We'll speak with the guys involved and keep you posted.

In the meantime, we took a look at the historical records of previous New Mexico coaches...

The last head coach to have a .500 overall coaching record was Joe Morrison who coached the Lobos from '80-'82 (yep, that's 30 years ago). Prior to him, a young man named Marv Levy last did it in '58-'59 when he won 14 of 20 games as head coach.  

In more recent memory, Rocky Long was just under .500 in 11 seasons ('98-'08) and Dennis Franchione was also just under .500 in his 6 seasons ('92-'97). 




Great punt return design

Anyone else catch this from yesterday's Bears / Packers game?

Bears are down 10 late in the 4th quarter.  Packers are punting from mid-field.  

Bears line up with two men on each gunner.  From here, we'll let you watch it on the video; but keep your eyes on the far outside defender lined up against the left gunner on the Packers.

Credit Bears special teams coordinator Dave Toub for this one.  

 




Big East officials cost Toledo a win

3PM Update > Toledo just held a press conference to announce that they have petitioned to have the results of the game vacated. Tim Beckman called the error by the officials an "injustice" and said he's, "here today to fight for our Rocket football team!"  

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Syracuse hosted Toledo yesterday in what was a very entertaining game.  

With 2 minutes to play, Syracuse scored a touchdown to give them a 29-27 lead pending the extra point.  On TV, the extra point appeared to be wide left; however the Big East crew called it good on the field.  

The replay official took a look but upheld the call.  Again, every other person who looked at it deemed it clear visual evidence that the kick sailed wide left before it got to the uprights.  

The score then stood Syracuse 30 Toledo 27.  Toledo came down and got a field goal to send it to OT; but eventually lost in overtime 33-30.

Hours after the game, the Big East Conference released a statement that essentially said, the replay official was clearly wrong, the extra point should not have counted; but the Big East team still wins and the MAC team still loses.  

Video of the missed extra point is below and the full statement from the Big East is beneath that.

 

“After studying the videos of the Syracuse extra point attempt at 2:07 of the fourth quarter, we have concluded that the ruling on the field that the kick passed between the uprights was incorrect, and that the replay official made an error in failing to reverse that ruling,” a statement from the conference read. “In reviewing the video, we have determined that the angle from behind the kicking team shows conclusively that the ball passes outside the right upright.

“Our review of the process determined that the replay official mistakenly focused his attention on the sideline angle, which proved to be distorted. We are confident that our officiating staff will learn from this situation in order to prevent a reoccurrence.”