An incredible first half
Southern Mississippi scored 4 non-offensive touchdowns Saturday in the first half of their 48-28 win over East Carolina.
In the first quarter alone, the Golden Eagles returned an interception 97 yards for a touchdown, had a punt return 60 yards for a touchdown and blocked a punt for another touchdown. The fourth offensive touchdown came in the second quarter on a 79 yard interception returned for a touchdown.
Larry Fedora has Southern Miss ranked #25 and 8-1 overall, 4-1 in C-USA play. Their remaining games are against UCF, at UAB, and then they host Memphis (combined record of those 3 is 7-20). Southern Miss's lone loss this season was back in week 2 when they lost at Marshall 26-20.
Despite being up 38-14 at halftime, take a listen to how fired up Fedora was speaking with his squad during the break.
The passion of an O-Line coach
Seriously, it just doesn't get any better than listening to Ark Kehoe.
Regarding this week's opponent, Florida State - "Put me in a cryovac and wake me [in the year] 3000 and we'll be scrapping like hell with these guys."
That nugget and so much more...
Oregon vs. Stanford: One streak must come to an end
Oregon travels to take on Stanford this weekend, as each put their win streak on the line.
Stanford holds the nations longest winning streak at 17 games, while Oregon is riding an 18 game conference winning streak. The Ducks last conference loss was in 2009 to Stanford.
Stanford brings the nation's third ranked run defense to try and stop the nation's leading rusher in LaMichael James. Offensively, the two teams are statistically very similar with less than 3 points separating their points per game (Stanford 48.2 and Oregon 46.0) and less than 6 yards separating them in total offense (Oregon 510.7 and Stanford 505.8). You start to see the difference philosophically between the two taking a look at the time of possession that Stanford dominates by almost 11 minutes (33:17 to 23:52).
Something has to give. The Ducks and Cardinal kick off Saturday at 8 eastern on ABC.
Not quite as good as Gundy; but entertaining
After Louisville's big 38-35 win over West Virginia Saturday, Charlie Strong celebrated with his guys in the locker room.
The Cardinals are winners of 3 straight since Strong signed his new 7 year contract and will try to continue the streak in their last three games of the season against Pittsburgh, Connecticut and South Florida.
As you'll see in the video below, Strong gets pretty excited and takes a leap of faith into the arms of the team and they hoist him in celebration. Good stuff.
Double barrel MAC action tonight.
All Times are eastern.
Northern Illinois at Bowling Green - 8 - ESPN2
Western Michigan at Toledo - 8 - ESPNU
NAIA schools holding their own against the FCS
We got a few notes this past weekend on some memorable performances from NAIA schools against FCS opponents, and after taking a look at a few, we found a couple that were worth mentioning.
Central Methodist University (MO) went toe to toe with FCS Southeast Missouri State University before falling 55-44. CMU outgained the Redhawks on the ground 356 - 301. Head coach Alan Dykens has led an impressive change in the running game improving from 81st in the country in 2010 to currently being ranked 7th in the country.
St. Francis (IL) scored an upset of FCS Georgia State 30-27 in OT on Saturday. St. Francis recovered an onside kick with 1:22 left and got out of bounds twice on the drive to set up a game tying 30 yard field goal to send the game into overtime. The Fighting Saints, led by head coach Mike Uremovich, outgained Georgia State by more than 120 yards and won the battle for time of possession by 6 minutes.
It's good to see a few NAIA schools competing with schools with a lot more resources. Impressive jobs by both staffs.
No joke, another new helmet for Notre Dame
Notre Dame just revealed their newest helmets (for those of you counting, this is their 4th helmet of this season). Notre Dame announced that they will wear the new lids along with their green jerseys Saturday against Maryland (at least doing this against Maryland makes sense). A few weeks ago they also revealed a newer version of the classic gold helmets, but this a far stretch from the "classic" look.
The new helmets are part of a new series labeled the "Shamrock Series" and are covered in 24 karat gold leaf with an oversized shamrock on each side and leprechaun on the back.
Without further comment (although we welcome yours below), below is a pic that the Notre Dame equipment staff just tweeted out.
"An intoxicated kicker is better than no kicker"
Tennessee was hosting Middle Tennessee Saturday night at 7.
On Thursday, the Vols starting kicker hurt himself in practice; but expected to be able to play. Pre-game he said he couldn't go. Then during warmups, his backup pulled a muscle.
So Derek Dooley did what any coach would do...at 6:10 (50 minutes before the game) he called the frat house to get a hold of a redshirt freshman (Derrick Brodus), and had a police escort pick him up to get him to the stadium.
Brodus said he was laying on the couch, watching football when he got the call. "I didn't know what was going on...thought it was a dream."
Dooley said that we he shared the idea of calling Brodus with the staff, some were worried that the young man might have been enjoying a few frosty beverages given that he wasn't planning to dress out.
When asked after the game about the decision Dooley said "'Hey, an intoxicated Brodus is better than nobody. Just get him here and we'll do a Breathalyzer. Fortunately, he didn't have anything bad."
Derrick Brodus showed up 10 minutes before kickoff, and ended up earning the game ball going 3 of 3 in PAT's as well as kicking a 21 yard field goal in the Vols 24-0 win over Middle Tennessee.
How does this stuff keep happening to Dooley? Glad this one had a happy ending.