On the way to game...bus catches fire and destroys all equipment
Thankfully, all of the players and the staff were able to get off without injury; but Western New Mexico's football program lost everything else in the fire.
The team was on the chartered bus heading to Durango, CO to play Fort Lewis Friday afternoon. A fire broke out in the cargo compartments and the bus wound up being totally engulfed in flames and burned completely. Not a single person was injured but all of WNMU's football equipment was destroyed. Everything.
The game went on; although they pushed kickoff back a few hours to allow time for WNMU's home jerseys, practice pants and some old helmets to be driven to the game.
Nike donated new cleats.
Guys were literally trading helmets when the offense gave way to the defense and vice versa.
Down 14-13 at halftime, we can only imagine the talk that head coach Adam Clark gave his guys, trying to get them fired up...ok, maybe that would have been a poor choice of words...for the second half. Whatever he said, it worked as the Mustangs came out and rallied for a 26-17 victory.
We're very glad no one was hurt. Take a look at what was left of the bus.
Easily the best tweet of the night
Steven Sipple covers Nebraska football for HuskersExtra.com and the Lincoln Journal Star.
Minutes ago, he offered this one up for the world to enjoy...
"Thumbing through old #Huskers football media guides, I notice in 1976 the coaches' bios included their home phone numbers. Good old days."
Great tweet; but does make us wonder why he was flipping through the 1976 media guide.
Active FBS head coaches with 150 wins
We noticed that with their first two wins of the season, Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder has joined the list of active FBS coaches that have won 150 FBS games. Impressive.
The complete list is as follows:
Joe Paterno with 403 wins
Mack Brown with 216 wins
Frank Beamer with 201 wins
Steve Spurrier with 189 wins
Gary Pinkel with 152 wins
Bill Snyder with 151 wins
Note this list only includes wins while at a BCS program.
Al Golden's got a great stat for you
Al Golden spoke with reporters today about their upcoming game against Kansas State (3:30 Saturday on ESPNU).
In his introductory remarks, Golden notes that since 1992 Kansas State is 50-5 during the month of September. We'll add to his statement, that K-State has only lost 3 times on the road (like they will be Saturday) during the month of September since 1992. Impressive performance and scheduling.
Golden's complete remarks
Video to show your players...after scoring a TD, don't do this
Last night, Sam Bradford takes a quick two step drop, opens up left and throws to a back that had been split out wide. The back drops it; but it was a backwards pass and thus a fumble.
Giants linebacker Michael Boley scoops and scores 70 yards later...
Then he throws the ball right in the face of a Giants video intern. What?
No TV Tuesday
Good night to stay late at work. No live games on TV tonight.
Thursday night college football returns with 3 games...
Jerry Kill: Everybody gets a game ball
After their 29-23 win over Miami (OH) on Saturday, Coach Kill went to speak with the team in the locker room.
The team broke into a "Jerry, Jerry, Jerry..." chant. Clearly, they wanted to win this one for their coach.
Kill then checks with someone, who blesses his idea of "buying everyone a damn game ball" and the guys celebrate.
A good moment for Minnesota football.
AD to fans: Don't overpay for bad seats
On October 1, Towson will play just down the road at Maryland.
Today, Towson Senior Associate Athletic Director Mike Harris urged Towson fans not to buy the tickets that Maryland had allotted for them, "The allotment of consignment tickets that were presented as part of our game contract were priced at a face value of $38. These seats were located in a corner of Byrd Stadium."
"Since we have received this allotment from [Maryland], the secondary ticket market has been flooded with deeply discounted tickets starting as low as $4 per seat...As such, we have returned our consignment tickets to [Maryland] and we are encouraging our fans to seek tickets directly from [Maryland Athletics or via the secondary market. Tickets on the secondary market are more affordable and they are located in better viewing locations."
Despite the excellent showing for their Monday night opener with Miami, Maryland fans generally do not fill the stadium and we're quite sure that the Towson staff has done their homework on seat availability. In fact, in their release they note that there is a "high concentration of tickets available".
Plenty of good seats available at far lower prices (than the visiting team's allotment of full price tickets in a corner). Seems like a good recommendation from the Towson athletic staff.
Honesty. We like that.