Louisville wins third straight game by single digits
Louisville won their third straight game by single digits this past weekend against Southern Miss (21-17) to advance to 5-0 heading into their bye week before conference play starts.
The Cardinals trailed for most of the rain soaked game (down by 11 at one point) before getting the lead for good in the final six minutes. The two teams combined for just three turnovers despite the sloppy conditions.
Southern Miss found a way to stay in the game despite completing only two passes for 25 yards. Think about that, Southern Miss nearly beat Louisville despite only completing two passes the entire game (and they had a chance to win the game at the end).
Three different Southern Miss players finished with double digit carries.
Louisville will use their bye week to prepare next weekends match up with Pitt who is currently 2-2 and 0-1 in conference play. Cincinnati, Connecticut, and Rutgers are the only teams currently above .500 that remain on the Cardinals schedule.
Southern Miss is off to a very rough start at 0-4 in Ellis Johnson's first season as head coach. They host Boise State this weekend and then travel to Central Florida. Challenging times in Hattiesburg.
Todd Graham: "We have seven steps left"
After their 27-17 win over Cal Saturday, Todd Graham commended his guys in the locker room on the adjustments that they were able to make during the game, and reminded them that while they're 2-0 now, they have 7 more steps left.
"The more you succeed, the less people want to sacrifice. I encourage you guys to sacrifice, now more than ever there's a sense of urgency.
"We're 2-0 and have seven steps left, and 21 practices. How can you let one day go by? 21 practices, and nothing is more important than step three, and that's Colorado on the road. Champions win on the road." Graham said.
Arizona State will take on Colorado in one of three Thursday night games on October 11th.
Gundy on Texas' winning touchdown: "I think he fumbled"
After reviewing the game film on Sunday morning after the Cowboys 36-41 loss to Texas on Saturday night, Mike Gundy had one thing to say about the Longhorns controversial 2 yard touchdown run with 29 seconds left.
"I think he fumbled." Gundy explained.
Immediately following the play, Gundy did not seek out an explanation from the officials, but noted that he does expect to be contacted to discuss the play.
"We don't really get that answer on the field. We only get the answer that they are reviewing a fumble and then the only thing that I can say is the determination must have been that he didn't fumble or that he had already crossed the goal line before he fumbled. But I never got that answer."
Take a quick look at the play in the clip below. You can see a helmet knock the ball loose and an Oklahoma State player ends up with the ball in his lap.
"We coach our players to fight until the very end, the half-yard line, 2-yard line, 4-yard line," Gundy said. "Alex Elkins did a great job of putting his helmet on the football, and that's what he's coached to do. I'm disappointed from that standpoint but there's just nothing you can do. You've just got to move forward."
Gundy noted that he's proud of the way that the players have reacted to the adversity.
"In that area, they are fairly well trained. They know that they can't change calls. I haven't heard one comment from them. It hasn't been discussed with anybody on our coaching staff."
The Cowboys have a bye week this weekend, followed by a trip to Kansas to take on the Jayhawks next weekend.
Monday TV - Chicago at Dallas
The Cowboys take on the Bears tonight.
Eastern time listed.
Chicago at Dallas - 8:30 - ESPN
Narduzzi: Ohio State doctored their game film
Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi claims that Ohio State doctored their game film that the two teams exchanged early in the week.
Narduzzi says that the Buckeyes cut off pre-snap motions and shifts from some formations in their previous four non conference games of the season.
"We had tape cut off all week, where they changed the tape, I'm not going to lie to you. They send you tape and they've got it all cut off, and you don't get to see shifts or motions or anything else." Narduzzi explained after the game that they received the full game film on Thursday, but having it at that point did not help at all.
"A few other teams we talked to that they played, and we compared what they were looking at on tape to what we were looking at. We're like 'We don't see any of that. We see it on their tape but not on our tape.' So that's something I'm sure the Big Ten office will hopefully take care of." Narduzzi added.
The complaint made it's way to the Big Ten office, but was later settled between athletic directors Mark Hollis and Gene Smith with no involvement from the conference.
Asked after the game, Urban Meyer said that he was unaware of the issue.
Sunday TV - All NFL, all day
NFL action all day long, with the New York Giants at Philadelphia in the prime time slot.
Eastern time listed.
Carolina at Atlanta - 1 - FOX
New England at Buffalo - 1 - CBS
Minnesota at Detroit - 1 - FOX
San Diego at Kansas City - 1 - CBS
Seattle at St. Louis - 1 - FOX
San Francisco at NY Jets - 1 - FOX
Tennessee at Houston - 1 - CBS
Cincinnati at Jacksonville - 4:05 - CBS
Miami at Arizona - 4:05 - CBS
Oakland at Denver - 4:05 - CBS
New Orleans at Green Bay - 4:25 - FOX
Washington at Tampa Bay - 4:25 - FOX
NY Giants at Philadelphia - 8:20 - NBC
Here's the video D-II Harding shows recruits
Take a look at the video that Harding University (D-II - AR) shows to their recruits.
Head coach Ronnie Huckeba and the staff explain what recruits can expect as a member of the Bison program and highlight their facilities and tradition.
Very well done video here.
Bill Snyder: We're going to "keep sawing wood" through the bye week
Coming off a huge road win 24-19 win over Oklahoma last weekend, Bill Snyder and Kansas State focused on using their bye week to improve themselves.
As Snyder likes to say, they're going to "keep sawing wood" through their bye week.
''The motivation has to be to get better, become a better football team, become a better player. Maybe there are other motivating aspects for each individual, you'd have to ask them, but I'd like primarily for it to be a better football team.''
The staff planned for meetings-only on Monday and Friday, with practices Tuesday through Thursday and a scrimmage on Saturday morning. After the scrimmage the staff will hit the road recruit for the weekend. Snyder said that his staff will use the time to examone every aspect imaginable and work on correcting any shortcomings before facing Kansas next weekend.
“I would hope the week would be spent trying to improve our capabilities and there would be some inspiration to do that,” Snyder said. “You don't have the hustle and bustle of preparing for the next opponent right away, but we need time to continue the improvement.”