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AD to fans: Don't overpay for bad seats

On October 1, Towson will play just down the road at Maryland.  

Today, Towson Senior Associate Athletic Director Mike Harris urged Towson fans not to buy the tickets that Maryland had allotted for them, "The allotment of consignment tickets that were presented as part of our game contract were priced at a face value of $38.  These seats were located in a corner of Byrd Stadium."  

"Since we have received this allotment from [Maryland], the secondary ticket market has been flooded with deeply discounted tickets starting as low as $4 per seat...As such, we have returned our consignment tickets to [Maryland] and we are encouraging our fans to seek tickets directly from [Maryland Athletics or via the secondary market.  Tickets on the secondary market are more affordable and they are located in better viewing locations."

Despite the excellent showing for their Monday night opener with Miami, Maryland fans generally do not fill the stadium and we're quite sure that the Towson staff has done their homework on seat availability.  In fact, in their release they note that there is a "high concentration of tickets available".  

Plenty of good seats available at far lower prices (than the visiting team's allotment of full price tickets in a corner).  Seems like a good recommendation from the Towson athletic staff.

Honesty.  We like that.

Great scene on the field after Clemson's win over Auburn

Saturday Clemson ended Auburn's 17 game winning streak with a 38-24 victory.  

On the field, just after visiting with Gene Chizik, Dabo gets interviewed by the sideline guy. Dabo is pumped.  Great scene.

The minute long video shows a great scene as players and fans celebrate the victory; but we noticed around the 20 second mark a massive hand shows up and starts patting Coach Swinney's head. What is that?

26 carries for 27 yards

Florida State could not rush the ball against Oklahoma.  

In total they had 26 carries for 27 yards; and 23 of those yards came from their quarterbacks.  

Their running backs carried the ball 13 times for 4 yards.

Through 3 games (Louisiana Monroe, Charleston Southern and Oklahoma), the Seminoles are yet to have a back go for 100 yards...for the season.  

The Noles play at Clemson (3:30 on ESPN) this week.  Clemson is currently #110 in the nation in rushing defense allowing an average of 224 yards per game on the ground.  It will be interesting to see what happens in the trenches in Death Valley this week.  


Oklahoma and Oklahoma State play with great tempo.  

In two games, Oklahoma is averaging 83 offensive plays and is averaging 35 points per game.

Oklahoma State has played 3 games and is averaging 86 plays and 52 points per game.

Georgia Tech is averaging a huge 59 points per game and is doing it on 65 plays per game.  In fact, on Saturday they put up 768 total yards on only 57 plays.  13.5 yards per play.  Unreal!  Anyone ever seen that before?

One might think that Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Georgia Tech's defenses must be dominating to help their offenses be so effective; but the stats don't show that.  All three are "middle of the pack" in most defensive categories.  

On the other end of the spectrum, UAB and FAU are struggling to find their tempo.  UAB is averaging 49 plays over it's first two games and has only scored 10 total points; and FAU is averaging 45 plays and only only scored 3 points this season (2 games...at Florida and at Michigan St.).  

Coach Taylor won an Emmy

Alright, hold on, this might shock some of you; but Coach Taylor (that you see on Friday Night Lights) is actually an actor.

Catch your breath.

Last night, he won an Emmy and then had the pleasure / awkward moment of kissing his wife, then kissing Tami, and then kissing several other hot things on stage.  We should all be treated as well.

Jump to the 0:45 mark of the video if you wish...


Watch this...punt return wins game on last play

This one might not have the same historical significance as Cal's win over Stanford in 1982 (nor does it have a band member getting crushed); but this is a great finish. 

Saturday night, NAIA UVA-Wise was playing D-III Emory & Henry...a rivalry game in Southwest Virginia.  Emory and Henry is up 3, 30-27 with 11 seconds left in the game and is facing a 4th down backed up in their own end.  Being that DeSean Jackson wasn't playing in this one, E&H head coach Don Montgomery thought the right play was to punt the ball away.

Although the punter crushed it, that decision didn't play out very well for Emory & Henry.  Just watch the video.


Update> A viewer just emailed us this link which has audio from the UVA-Wise broadcast...and yes the announcers go wild.


Reward for a great defense...new uniforms

Ohio University is 3-0.  More on their start is available here.Screen_Shot_2011-09-19_at_9.07.40_AM

A stat that caught our eye this morning is that the Bobcats' defense is leading the nation in 3rd down defense allowing only 8 first downs in 43 tries...less than 19%.  That's pretty impressive.

So, what does head coach Frank Solich do for his guys...he breaks out new, previously undisclosed Black Uniforms!  

As you guys know, Ohio traditionally wears green jerseys at home and white on the road.  Well, sources tell us that Friday night, the staff added the clip below to the team's pump up video...and we hear the players went nuts.  They loved them.  

It showed on the field Saturday as the Bobcats put it on Marshall 44-7.


Biggest SEC victory since 1971

Saturday, Vanderbilt posted a 30-7 win over Ole Miss...Vandy's largest margin of victory over an SEC opponent since 1971. That's 40 years folks.

Vandy is now 3-0, with wins over Ole Miss, Connecticut and Elon.  

In Saturday's game, Vanderbilt picked off 5 Ole Miss passes and they rushed the ball for 281 yards on 49 carries. Franklin has his kids focused "on the next 6 seconds".  He's taught them to forget the past and to play in the now...and he's recruiting the future.

The schedule is about to get nasty for the 'Dores with road games at South Carolina and Alabama; before they return home to host Georgia, Army and Arkansas...then they go to The Swamp.

They then close out the season with Kentucky at home, at Tennessee and at Wake Forest.  

It won't be easy; but if Franklin can get this team back into a bowl and get some more athletes onto campus this Spring and Summer we might be hearing a lot from James Franklin for a long time to come.

Below is his post game presser.  A very emotional Franklin opens up with, "That win is for Chancellor Zeppos and Vice Chancellor Williams. That win is for our kids. That win is for our coaches and how hard we worked. That win is for our loyal fans that have showed up here for a long time looking for something to believe in."