Week 3 recap...the important stuff
It's a little after 11:30 est and there are still a number of games going on; but here's the run down of what you need to know in FBS football from week 3...
Oklahoma, Alabama and LSU have proved that they belong up top. Boise State, Stanford, Wisky, Oklahoma State and South Carolina are all undefeated (at the moment) and have looked impressive.
No body is calling A&M, Nebraska, Arkansas or Va Tech asking to play them either.
Every high school athlete in the country wants to play for Will Muschamp.
South Florida and FIU are both 3-0. Let that soak in...and both are playing very, very well.
Every win is important; but these seem worthy of particular mention:
Larry Porter and Memphis got their first win of the season (a 27-6 win over Austin Peay).
Kirk Ferentz saw his Iowa team put together 21 points in the 4th quarter for an important comeback win over Pitt at home 31-27.
James Franklin has Vandy 3-0 after winning 30-7 at home against Ole Miss (now 1-2).
Mark Richt and Georgia got their first win of the season 59-0 over Coastal Carolina.
Kevin Wilson and Indiana got their first win of the year 38-21 over South Carolina State.
Jerry Kill's guys at Minnesota picked up their first win 29-23 over Miami (OH).
Everett Withers has North Carolina 3-0 after they beat UVA 28-17.
Mark Hudspeth has Louisiana Lafayette 2-1 after winning 38-21 over Nicholls State.
Lane Kiffin has USC 3-0 after beating Syracuse 38-17...and yes, they kicked extra points after all 5 touchdowns.
Auburn lost to Clemson 38-24 snapping a 17 game winning streak...Clemson is 3-0.
Notre Dame picked up their first win of the season, 31-13 over Michigan State.
Down 34-7 late in the 3rd quarter, Houston scored 28 unanswered to stay undefeated in beating Louisiana Tech 35-34.
Al Golden got his first win at Miami with a 24-6 win over Ohio State.
Excuse me, SEC coaches...these two guys would like a word
Please watch the video below. Chris Rainey and Will Muschamp have a message for you.
Rainey: You can't touch this.
Muschamp: This is only the beginning.
Okay, those were our words; but...
Rainey's line from this game: 233 total yards, 108 rushing, 104 receiving, 1TD, 1 blocked punt (FootballScoop addition...had he played defense, he also would have had 2 picks, 3 sacks, 4 TFLs and 1 additional TD)
Muschamp's actual quote...Tracy Wolfson asks about this, his first SEC win at The Swamp...Coach Muschamp, "First of many!"
Brutal way to lose
Down 1, Boston College looking for it's first win of the year, was in position. With 47 seconds to play, BC was on the 6 and out strolled kicker Nate Freese for a 23 yarder to win the game. Freese had already connected from 43 and 47 during the game; but had missed an extra point.
Unfortunately, Freese's kick hit the left upright and bounced out. BC loses, Duke get's it's first win of the season.
Brutal way to lose.
Stat of the day...from the early games
You might recall that Kansas beat Georgia Tech last year. Paul Johnson had not forgotten...and today his team took out some frustration on the Jayhawks.
Georgia Tech set a school record with 604 yards rushing and piled up 768 total yards in route to a 66-24 victory at home.
Tech scored on their first offensive play of each half...a 95 yard touchdown run in the first half and a 63 yard run to open the second half. Both took it off the right edge, neither was touched.
Jerry Kill is on the sideline
Coach Kill is coaching today...from the sideline.
Minnesota is currently tied up with Miami (OH) 3-3. The game is on the Big Ten Network.
UFL Staffs - Vegas and Sacramento
Thursday night the UFL opened it's season. Four teams comprise the UFL this year and Thursday night, Marty Schottenheimer's Virginia Destroyers beat Joe Moglia's Omaha Nighthawks 23-13.
Tonight, the other two teams player their opener as Vegas plays at Sacramento.
The full coaching staffs for the two teams are as follows:
Jim Fassel - Head Coach
Eric VanHeusen - Quarterbacks
Amp Lee - Running Backs
Don Eck - Offensive Line
Turk Schonert - Offensive Assistant
Ben Norton - Assistant Offensive Line
Larry Mac Duff - Defensive Coordinator & Special Teams Coordinator
Kevin Wolthausen - Defensive Line
Dennis Therrell - Linebacks
Isaac Carter - Secondary
Larry Marmie - Secondary
Dennis Green - Head Coach
Mike Kruczek - Offensive Coordinator
Robert McFarland - Offensive Line
Kurt Beathard - Running Backs
James MacPherson - Running Backs / Quality Control
Charles Collins - Wide Receivers
Bill Khayat - Tight Ends / Assistant Offensive Line
Martin Bayless - Defensive Coordinator / Special Teams Coordinator
Kurt Gouveia - Linebackers
Carl Hairston - Defensive Line
Jeff Burris - Cornerbacks
Robert Griffith - Secondary
Randy Hanson - Assistant Secondary
Steven Hoppe - Defensive / Special Teams Assistant
Quite a lineup of games today. Enjoy.
All times Eastern. Other games may be available regionally.
Auburn at Clemson - noon - ABC
West Virginia at Maryland - noon - ESPNU
Penn State at Temple - noon - ESPN
Pitt at Iowa - noon - ESPN2
Eastern Michigan at Michigan - noon - BTN
Colorado State vs. Colorado - 1:30 - FSN
Washington at Nebraska - 3:30 - ABC or ESPN
Texas at UCLA - 3:30 - ABC or ESPN
Tennessee at Florida - 3:30 - CBS
Virginia at North Carolina - 3:30 - ESPNU
Michigan State at Notre Dame - 3:30 - NBC
Texas Tech at New Mexico - 3:30 - Versus
Miami (OH) at Minnesota - 3:30 - BTN
Navy at South Carolina - 6PM - ESPN2
Louisville at Kentucky - 7PM - ESPNU
Arizona State at Illinois - 7PM - BTN
Ohio State at Miami - 7:30 - ESPN
North Texas at Alabama - 7:30 - FSN
Syracuse at USC - 8PM - FX
Oklahoma at Florida State - 8PM - ABC
Utah at BYU - 9:15 - ESPN2
Oklahoma State at Tulsa - 10PM - FSN
Stanford at Arizona - 10:45 - ESPN
Tough loss; but Mullen is building the program
By now, you've probably either seen the game or a few clips. LSU's defense was stout and the offense played well in a 19-6 victory in Starkville last night. With the loss, Mississippi State falls to 1-2 (0-2 in the West).
We could talk ball all day long; but in this article we're focusing on how Dan Mullen is building that program.
In December 2008 Mullen was hired to take that program to the next level. At the time, the program was struggling, wallowing even. Perennially finishing 5th or 6th in the West (from 2001 - 2008 they only won more than 4 games one time).
Mullen's job wasn't just to win games and he knew it and has embraced it. He set out to do what some consider impossible, to bring championships to Starkville, MS.
Wednesday night, the University hosted what they called a "Cowbell Yell". Take a look at the video below and see how many people were out there (and this was around 11pm the night before the game). That's a pretty good indication that Mullen's got the program headed in the right direction.
If you watch the entire thing (or simply jump to the 1:40 mark), you'll hear Mullen get the crowd going when he says, "All of us together can win that championship...and that is the vision as you look around this stadium tonight, you look at the atmosphere we've created, the belief in everyone of our student bodies that we're not arrogant, maybe we're just better than you!"
In his post game presser, Mullen starts off acknowledging that they, "got our butts kicked tonight". But throughout the presser you hear him focusing on the long term development of the program...and he's right. They are on the right path. We've never seen this much excitement surrounding the Mississippi State football program.