Two North Carolina teams combine for 184 points
In North Carolina high school playoff action over the weekend, Davidson Day high school outlasted Harrells Christian in a scoring frenzy that would make even Oregon jealous.
Davidson ended up winning 104-80, and quarterback Will Grier set the national passing yardage record with 837 yards through the air to go along with his 10 touchdowns (which ties the national record). Grier has thrown 64 touchdowns on the season.
Harrels Christian running back running back Russell Washington also put up some ridiculous numbers, carrying the ball 46 times for 429 yards and 8 touchdowns. The eight touchdowns in a game was good enough to tie for fourth nationally.
The game lasted nearly four hours (the final buzzer sounded around midnight) and Davidson Day scored on all but one of their possessions, while never leading by more than 24 points. After the game Davidson Day head coach Chad Grier (Will's father) told NewsObserver.com "I sure didn't come in with a plan for us to score 104 points, and I sure as heck didn't have a plan to give up 80."
It's rare to feel a sense of both accomplishment and disappointment after a game, but the bottom line is that a win in the playoffs means you're fortunate enough to be playing next week.
Here's an interesting note. Of the 26 NBA teams that played on that same Friday night, 20 of them failed to put up more points than Davidson Day did. Impressive job.
Addazio: We're frustrated, but also very excited
After coming off a 9-4 finish in 2011, Steve Addazio and his young Temple team have struggled to a 3-6 start this season. Despite the disappointing start, and likely missing the bowl eligibility mark with their loss to Cincinnati on Saturday, Addazio is confident that his guys are on the right path.
"The feedback that I get back from people that we play against is 'You got a really tough football team, and we see a really great team in the making.' And I believe that too, and that's why I have the attitude that I have."
"You probably say 'What's up with this guy?'" Addazio told reporters after the 34-10 loss to Cincinnati. "That's what I really believe, and I'm not a good liar, I'm not a good faker, I'm not a good hider, I'm not a good manipulator. I'm not good at that, but I know what I feel and I'm expressing that to you. And that's the beautiful thing is that you can see that...agree with that...not, it's your decision, but that's what's going on and that's where we are."
"It's exciting, it's frustrating...it's very frustrating, but it's exciting," Addazio said. "How fast can we get this done? We're in a footrace to do it right now, we are absolutely in a footrace. We need a little bit of that taste of victory. We need to get some of that again, because that's important. When you work as hard as we work you need to feel that victory."
Addazio also touched on the promise that his players are showing by continuing to show up and work their tails off everyday, enjoying the entire process, even after tough losses. In the eyes of him and his staff, that's one of the most promising aspects of their team. The losses have them frustrated, but there's plenty of promise being shown, you can hear the conviction in Addazio's voice.
Monday TV - Kansas City at Pittsburgh
Kansas City and Pittsburgh on tonight, no games tomorrow night, and we'll get two mid-week MAC games on Wednesday night.
All times are eastern.
Kansas City at Pittsburgh - 8:20 - NFL Network
D-III Playoff Bracket
Just released. No, your eyes aren't misleading you, Wisconsin-Whitewater did not make the playoffs. Hard to even type that...
NCAA Division II Playoff Bracket
The NCAA revealed the 2012 Division II playoff bracket on Sunday afternoon. First round action begins on Saturday, and the Division II championship is slated for December 15 in Florence, Ala.
Winston-Salem (N.C.), Colorado State - Pueblo, Valdosta State (Ga.) and Minnesota State - Mankato earned the top seeds.
Click here to view the full bracket.
The best ending to a game you didn't see on Saturday
Of the many unique trophy games spread throughout all levels of college football, perhaps the most unique is the Dutchman's Shoes Trophy. Awarded annually since 1950, the Dutchman's Shoes goes to the winner of the game between Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and Union University, both Division III schools located in New York state.
With that established, the game was deadlocked at 28-28 in overtime when Union faced a fourth-and-16 at the 31 yard-line. Instead of kicking a field goal, Union threw deep and Conner Eck found Kyle Reynolds at the seven yard-line. Reynolds avoided a defender and raced into the end zone to seal the win, keeping the Dutchman's Shoes in Schenectady, N.Y., for a second straight year.
For good measure, below is a photo of the Dutchman's Shoes Trophy.
A&M special teams coordinator Brian Polian explains the penalty heard 'round the world
With Texas A&M clinging to a 29-24 lead with 40 seconds to go, Texas A&M was in a precarious situation. Forced to punt from its own 13 yard-line, the Aggies were faced with the prospect of putting the ball back in the hands of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron.
McCarron had proved himself to be something of a late-game assassin, leading the last gasp drive to beat LSU last week and hitting two 54-yard bombs to nearly bring Alabama back from a 29-17 deficit against Texas A&M. That's when Texas A&M special teams coordinator Brian Polian decided not to give Alabama the ball back in the first place.
Andy Staples of SI.com explained Polian's strategy to draw the Crimson Tide offsides in his post-game column.
"Well aware that McCarron had shredded LSU's defense on a game-winning drive a week earlier in Baton Rouge, the Aggies did not want to give McCarron the ball," Staples wrote. "'We can Bob him,' punt team members told Polian. In Polian's parlance, a 'Bob' is a double cadence designed to draw the punt return team offsides. Polian ordered the 'Bob' and watched as the left side of Alabama's line jumped when they thought A&M would snap. Flags flew. The Aggies pointed at the Crimson Tide, and when referee Tom Ritter indicated the penalty was on Alabama, the Aggies celebrated. Swope grabbed Kingsbury and lifted him off the ground. The band played. The Yell Leaders yelled, and the rest of Bryant-Denny Stadium fell silent. When he returned to the locker room, Polian, who coached at Stanford in 2010-11, turned on his phone to find it flooded with text messages. 'I've had that forever,' Polian said. 'About 20 Stanford kids texted me and said 'You Bobbed them!
Watch for yourself below.
Nick Aliotti: "There's no waiver wire. The next guy in has to step up and play."
Memorial Stadium has not been a safe place for Oregon to play during Chip Kelly's tenure. California handed the Ducks a rare conference loss in 2008 and nearly did again in 2010 when Oregon escaped with a 15-13 win.
Saturday night appeared headed in the same direction as the Golden Bears moved the ball on a depleted Oregon defense. The Ducks played without a host of starters on its defensive front, at times playing a lineup comprised almost entirely of true freshmen.
California pulled within 24-17 five minutes into the second half, but Oregon's youth carried the day. The defense shutout California for the rest of the night and redshirt freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota threw four touchdown passes over a 10 minute span to put the game out of reach. Oregon 59, California 17.
While the final score may have indicated a typical night for Oregon, the route used to get there was very atypical, especially on defense.
"I'd say it was a very gratifying win," said Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti. "I don't believe any of our starting defensive linemen except for Taylor Hart played. We played with a lot of young guys and a lot of guys that played on our scout team. There were some tough times there but they pulled it out.
"It's very gratifying because in the grand scheme of things I thought those kids did an outstanding job," Aliotti continued. "They scored 17 points, we got three turnovers and our offense continues to be incredible."
Anyone who has watched Oregon play this season knows there's much more to the Ducks than a flashy offense, and the depth displayed on Saturday further illustrates that point.
"You can't worry about it.," Alotti said when asked what he thought when the injuries began mounting. "There's no waiver wire. The next guy in has to step up and play."
Oregon will put Saturday's lessons to immediate use as the powerful rushing attack of Stanford is next on the schedule.