Coaches of the Week - Week 7
Now that Week 7 of the college football season has come and gone, which coaching staffs did a standout job of getting their teams ready to play? We highlight those stood out to us with our Coaches of the Week.
Head Coach of the Week: Gary Patterson, TCU
One week after suffering his first loss in nearly a full season and four days after announcing that his team will play the rest of the season without its starting quarterback, Gary Patterson's team submitted its most complete performance of 2012. That is what coaches look for when they talk about responding to sudden change. After his first full week of working with co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Rusty Burns as a starting quarterback, Trevone Boykin completed 22-of-30 passes for 261 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Dick Bumpas' defense forced Baylor into six turnovers while holding the Bears to its season low in total yardage and less than 40 percent of its scoring average. Patterson's team broke the game open with a 21-0 fourth quarter and posted 509 yards of total offense, its most versus FBS competition in 2012. Gary Patterson's team is now 22-6 following a loss in his tenure and has amazingly won 14 straight conference road games.
Offensive Staff of the Week: Oregon State
Credit the work of Mike Riley, Danny Langsdorf and staff, because no one would have ever known Beavers quarterback Cody Vaz was starting his first college game on Saturday. Taking his first snaps since 2005, the Oregon State quarterback connected on 20-of-32 passes for 332 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Langsdorf's offense also ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns, nearly doubling the the total allowed by BYU's third-ranked rush defense (2.23 yards per carry allowed). Oregon State's 42 points were by far the most scored on a BYU defense that entered Saturday with just 49 points allowed for the entire season. Seamlessly replacing the nation's sixth-most productive passer allowed Oregon State to move to 5-0 for the first time since 1939.
Defensive Staff of the Week: Texas Tech
How's this for perspective of just how dominant the Texas Tech defense was versus West Virginia - coming into Saturday, the Mountaineers' offense had scored 14 or more points in 13 separate quarters this season (that's 65 percent on the year), including seven of eight quarters in Big 12 play. It took West Virginia over 57 minutes to reach that number in Lubbock. Despite not posting any turnovers or sacks, the Red Raiders defense got off the field by holding West Virginia to 9-of-21 on third down and 2-of-7 on fourth down. Art Kaufman and co. held Heisman Trophy favorite Geno Smith to nearly half of his season averages - 52.7 percent completion rate (down from 81.4 percent), 275 passing yards on five yards per attempt (down from 399 yards and nearly 10 yards per attempt) and one touchdown (two below his season average). Texas Tech also held the West Virginia ground game, which so befuddled Texas a week prior, to 133 yards on 3.7 yards per carry. With 50 percent of the schedule behind them, Art Kaufman's crew has halved their 2011 averages (486 yards per game in 2011, 243 in 2012; 6.45 yards per play in 2011, 3.89 in 2012) while jumping 110 spots in the in total defense. A group that finished last season No. 114 in the country currently stands at No. 4.
Special Teams Unit of the Week: Iowa
Kirk Ferentz's team hardly ever does anything spectacular, instead winning with balance, execution and efficiency. Iowa's special teams were exactly that Saturday in the Hawkeyes' 19-16 win over Michigan State in double overtime. Kicker Mike Meyer nailed all four of his field goal tries, including the game-winner from 42 yards in double overtime. Iowa punted eight times, allowing only two returns - one for a yard and another for minus-2 yards. Under the direction of special teams coordinator Lester Erb, Iowa held the Spartans to an average of 17 yards on four kickoff returns while taking their lone kick return 45 yards. In fact, Jordan Cotton's 45-yard kick return in the second quarter sparked the drive that got Ferentz's team on the scoreboard after trailing 10-0.
Call of the Week: Les Miles, Greg Studrawa and Frank Wilson, LSU
With a stable of running backs that boasts Kenny Hilliard, Michael Ford, Alfred Blue and Spencer Ware, you wouldn't think LSU would have to call on his No. 5 tailback, true freshman Jeremy Hill to pull him out of a tight spot Saturday night in Death Valley. But Hill, who entered the South Carolina game with 13 carries on the season, provided the spark that the Miles' team needed with 17 carries for 124 yards and two touchdowns in a 23-21 win over South Carolina. Credit for this move also must go to offensive coordinator Greg Studrawa and running backs coach Frank Wilson - first for getting such running back depth on the roster, and also for keeping all that depth ready to play. "I think that's something the coaches preach," Hill said after the game. "They do a good job of keeping everyone patient. This team has a lot of depth. They recruit well every year. Once you come here, you know you're going to have to wait your turn to play. Once you get that opportunity, you've got to take advantage of it and run with it."
The new look
Today you might have done a double take when you got to the site. Yep, we went and updated this wonderful site.
Traffic to the site the past few years (especially this past year) has grown substantially and the back-end server was a few cycles behind and needed a bit more than just an oil change and new tires.
While we're not done tinkering with a few things, we hope you like the new, cleaner, faster website. "Mobile" has become a significant portion of our traffic and this design has that in mind. While the presentation on an iPhone is still being cleaned up, the site presents very well on an iPad and will on a phone once finalized.
Over the past few months we've spoken with hundreds of coaches about what they'd like to see more of on the site and we routinely heard "more video" and "more interaction with twitter". Hence, scroll down through the new homepage and you'll first see the new twitter center (featuring our tweets, a tweet of the day, and the latest tweets from FBS head coaches) and then you'll get down to our enhanced video section. Note the blue button which will take you to our archive of videos we've featured on the site recently.
We've recently added a new writer to the site. Zach Barnett joins us from the National Football Foundation (and previously with both North Texas and Texas football). Barnett's a guy you're going to love to read and interact with here on FootballScoop. Follow him on Twitter here.
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Jerry Kill hospitalized following a seizure
Sunday Noon Update> Minnesota has announced that Kill has been released from the hospital.
Original> Minnesota football announced this afternoon that Jerry Kill was taken to the hospital this afternoon after he had a seizure in the locker room following the team's 21-13 loss to Northwestern today.
The university said that Kill will remain in the hospital for testing and they expect to release a further update on his condition on Sunday. According to the release, Kill was alert and resting at the hospital.
Please continue to keep coach Kill in your prayers.
Saturday TV - College GameDay is in South Bend
College GameDay is in South Bend, but there are plenty of good games on throughout the day.
Eastern time listed, and pm unless otherwise noted.
Louisville at Pittsburgh - 11am - ESPNU
Brown at Princeton - 12 - NBCSN
Iowa at Michigan State - 12 - ESPN
Kansas State at Iowa State - 12 - FX
Kent State at Army - 12 - CBSSN
Mercyhurst at Gannon - 12 - RSPI
Northwestern at Minnesota - 12 - ESPN2
Oklahoma vs. Dallas - 12 - ABC
Richmond at New Hampshire - 12 - CNSE
Syracuse at Rutgers - 12 - SNY
UAB at Houston - 12 - FCSC
Wisconsin at Purdue - 12 - BTN
Auburn at Ole Miss - 12:21 - SEC Network
Duke at Virginia Tech - 12:30 - ACC Network
SMU at Tulane - 1 - CSBA
Liberty at Presbyterian - 2 - MASN2
Lindsey Wilson at Campbellsville - 2 - FCSA
North Carolina at Miami - 2:30 - ESPNU
Maryland at Virginia - 3 - FSN Affiliate
Utah at UCLA - 3 - FOX
Alabama at Missouri - 3:30 - CBS
Bucknell at Harvard - 3:30 - CBSSN
Buffalo at Northern Illinois - 3:30 - CSNC
Eastern Washington at Montana State - 3:30 - RSRM
Fresno State at Boise State - 3:30 - NBCSN
Illinois at Michigan - 3:30 - ABC
Oklahoma State at Kansas - 3:30 - FSN Affiliate
Oregon State at BYU - 3:30 - ABC
Stanford at Notre Dame - 3:30 - NBC
UTSA at Rice - 3:30 - FCSP
West Virginia at Texas Tech - 3:30 - ABC
William and Mary at James Madison - 3:30 - CSMA
Utah State at San Jose State - 4 - MASN
Memphis at East Carolina - 4:30 - CSBA
Boston College at Florida State - 5:30 - ESPN2
Florida at Vanderbilt - 6 - ESPNU
Air Force at Hawaii - 7 - RSRM
Idaho at Texas State - 7 - ALT
Kentucky at Arkansas - 7 - Fox Sports South
TCU at Baylor - 7 - FSN Affiliate
USC at Washington - 7 - FOX
Western Illinois at South Dakota State - 7 - ESPN Game Plan
Florida Atlantic at Louisiana Monroe - 8 - Sun Belt Network
Ohio State at Indiana - 8 - BTN
South Carolina at LSU - 8 - ESPN
Southern Miss at UCF - 8 - CBSSN
Tennessee at Mississippi State - 8 - ESPN2
Texas A&M at Louisiana Tech - 9 - ESPNU
Cal at Washington State - 10:30 - Pac 12 Network
New Mexico at Hawaii - 12am - RSRM
What we're watching - Week 7
Saturday promises yet another full slate of great action across the country. Here’s what we’ll be keeping an especially close eye on during the day:
Kansas State at Iowa State (12 p.m. ET, FX): The Cyclones are going to have to beat Kansas State on their own because Bill Snyder’s team won’t do it for them. Kansas State is tied for fifth nationally in turnover margin (plus-2 per game), ranks eighth in TFLs allowed (3.6 per game) and third in sacks allowed (two through five games). On top of that, Kansas State is also the least-penalized team in the nation. The magic number for Iowa State is 23; under Paul Rhoads, the Cyclones are 19-1 when surrendering less than 24 points. Iowa State has allowed 23, 6, 3 and 23 points in its four wins, and its only loss came by a 24-13 score to Texas Tech.
Texas vs. Oklahoma (12 p.m. ET, ABC): Simply put, this is an elimination game. The recent history of the Red River Rivalry has been decided by two key stats, with each team heading into Saturday holding a clear edge in one of them. This year marks the 14th time Mack Brown and Bob Stoops have faced each other, and the winner of the rushing battle has won each of the past 13 Red River Rivalry matchups. That’s not good news for a Texas defense allowing 4.73 yards per carry so far this season. However, the team that can create the most turnovers is also 12-1 in the previous baker’s dozen Texas-OU games. Texas enters Saturday tied for 13th in the country with a plus-1.4 turnover margin, while Oklahoma is 89th, carrying a minus-0.5 average. Whichever team can capitalize on its supposed advantage will win the game.
Duke at Virginia Tech (12:30 p.m. ET, ACC Network): David Cutcliffe’s first opportunity to send the Blue Devils to the postseason for the first time since 1994 meets a Virginia Tech team facing its first sub-.500 record seven games into the season since 1992. Three of the last four meetings between these two programs have been decided by 11 points or fewer, so expect a close game. As crazy as it may seem, this game as ACC championship implications as a Duke win allows the Blue Devils to keep pace with Miami atop the Coastal Division and drops the Hokies to 1-2 and in effect three games behind Cutcliffe’s team.
Eastern Washington at Montana State (3:30 p.m. ET, ROOT): In what will likely be the game of the year in the Big Sky Conference, Beau Baldwin and his sixth-ranked team leave their famous red turf for the unfriendly confines of Bozeman, Mont., and Rob Ash’s second-ranked Montana State Bobcats. Both teams make their livings through the air, and do quite well at it, but Eastern Washington holds a distinct advantage in turnover margin. That’s likely what it will take to earn a win on the road.
Stanford at Notre Dame (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC): Brian Kelly’s team has already played this game in many ways. A team with a powerful straight-ahead running game, tight ends prominently involved in the passing game and a quarterback that struggles to make plays at times faces the Bob Diaco’s much-improved Notre Dame defense. See: Notre Dame 24, Michigan State 3. But Stanford brings a defensive front that already spoiled one perfect season and can do the same if the Notre Dame quarterbacks aren’t up for the task.
West Virginia at Texas Tech (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC): This will be a test of focus and mental strength for Dana Holgorsen’s team. Sandwiched between an emotionally charged road game at Texas and a potential top-five showdown at home with Kansas State is a trip to Lubbock to face a Texas Tech program that has taken down a top-five team three times in recent years. Texas Tech’s previously top-ranked defense was shredded for 41 points versus Oklahoma last week, but Neal Brown’s seventh-ranked passing offense is perfectly capable of shredding West Virginia’s No. 117-ranked pass defense.
USC at Washington (7 p.m. ET, FOX): This is a crucial game for both teams to keep their Pac-12 championship hopes alive. Former co-workers Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian square off again as the latter hopes for a repeat of USC’s 2009 trip to Seattle that ended in No. 3 USC falling to an unranked Washington squad in Sark’s first season. Washington will look for a repeat of its Stanford upset, a productive running game, efficient passing, and controlling the line of scrimmage on defense.
South Carolina at LSU (8 p.m. ET, ESPN): This game undoubtedly means more to LSU’s national championship hopes than South Carolina’s. Next week’s Florida game will likely decide the SEC East, and we don’t see any way a one-loss Gamecocks squad with wins over Georgia, Florida and Alabama is denied a chance to win the SEC’s seventh straight crystal ball in Miami. Regardless, the key for South Carolina’s defense to not let a struggling LSU offense off the mat while hitting John Chavis’ troops with a more diverse attack than Florida offered. The Bayou Bengals simply need to rely on the same magic that has them at 35-1 in night games at Death Valley under Les Miles.
Tennessee at Mississippi State (9 p.m. ET, ESPN2): A loss would put Derek Dooley’s team at 0-3 in the SEC with games against Alabama and South Carolina immediately on the horizon. On the flip side, a victory would make Dan Mullen’s squad just a win over Middle Tennessee away from carrying a 7-0 record into Tuscaloosa on Oct. 27. With that in mind, it’s hard to say who needs this win more.
Feel good story of the week - The email said: "You saved her life"
A simple swab of the mouth during a recruiting visit to SUNY Cortland (D-III - NY) started a relationship that Junior linebacker John Stephens will never forget.
After taking part in a bone marrow drive during a visit to campus Stephens ended up being a perfect match and saving the life of a toddler named Clara Boyle who had been in life and death battle with leukemia. Nearly two years after making his donation, Stephens received an email from Clara's mother, Brooke, explaining how grateful she was for the gift of life that Stephens had provided for her daughter.
Stephens was admittedly emotional while reading the email and finally being able to put a face to the life that he had changed.
Brooke commended Stephens choice to donate, saying "You made a choice that many people don’t make, and your choice and your self-sacrifice and your prayers saved our daughter’s life.”
One particular line of the email stuck with Stephens.
“Your blood is clearly running through my daughter’s vein. She LOVES football.”
To make the situation even more special, the family has decided to travel across the country nearly 3,000 miles to watch Stephens play against Brockport tomorrow afternoon.
On average, only one out of every 540 members of the National Bone Marrow Donor Program is a match. Cortland has signed up four potential matches in the past four years that it has organized a bone marrow drive. Pretty impressive stat.
While the past few weeks we have highlighted bone marrow registries and donations, what we are hoping to bring to light is the multitude of ways that coaching staffs and players can impact lives in their local community and beyond. It's all a small part of our jobs as coaches to help our players become well rounded people in the big picture.
Iowa State will face their sixth straight undefeated opponent this weekend
Paul Rhoads is 19-1 at Iowa State when holding opponents to under 24 points, and 18-2 when leading at the half. While both of those are impressive, Rhoads pointed out one stat that no other program in the country may be able to claim.
Entering their sixth game of the season against Kansas State (5-0, 2-0), The Cyclones (4-1, 1-1) head coach noted that they'll be facing their sixth straight undefeated opponent. Their previous five opponents (Tulsa, Iowa, Western Illinois, Texas Tech, and TCU) all came into their match up with Iowa State without a loss.
Now that's impressive. Rhoads challenged the reporters in attendance at the weekly press conference to find another program in the country that could say the same.
Bill Young urges you to not delay doctors visits and take their advice
It's great to hear that Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Bill Young is back on the sideline and doing okay, after missing the first two games of the season.
As John Helsley of The Oklahoman points out, an (almost undetected) aneurysm was what kept Young off of the sideline. What started as a routine visit to the doctor taught Young a valuable lesson that we can all learn from.
Don't put off going to the doctor, and always follow your doctor's advice.
"The doctor said I was a walking time bomb,” Young explained. “If your doctor recommends something, he's a lot smarter than you are, and I almost didn't listen. And I'm sure I'd have lived to regret it.”
The most dangerous aspect of aneurysm's is that they sometimes have no symptoms. They have been known to cause strokes, or lead to disability and even death. Young had one the size of a thumbnail right between the eyes that would have gone undetected if it weren't for a doctors decision (and help from Young's wife) to do a routine MRI to rule out any existence of aneurysms, of which he has a family history.
Young said that it was $500 that had originally deterred him from getting an MRI. Despite having an aneurysm burst during a workout back in 1982, Young insisted he didn't need an MRI, but thankfully his wife was persisent.
“It's like $500 to get an MRI. I thought, ‘Why would I spend $500 to get an MRI? That (previous aneurysm) was 30 years ago. It's the smart thing to do. Looking back on it, it was being idiotic to have even considered not doing it.”
Recently, Young went back in for a routine checkup and was given a clean bill of health, and says that he will continue to get checked regularly.
“I'm just so grateful and thankful that I had such great care. It's really comforting to know there are people out there to give you great care when you need it." Young said.
“I've been big-time lucky, twice now. The first time I was really lucky because it burst," Young said, referring to his first aneurysm. “So take care of yourself, you only get one body.”
As we all know, coaching is an awesome yet stressful profession where it's easy to get caught up in wins and losses and preparing a group of young men for game day, and ultimately, life after football. Several health scares in the profession over the past few seasons serve as a reminder to all of us to take care of ourselves, so that we can continue to make an impact on young mens lives, provide for our families, and coach a game that we all love.
Bill Young realizes that now, and it should serve as a reminder to all of us to take care of ourselves, get checked regularly, and follow your doctors advice.