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Holgorsen trollin Charlie Strong?

Saturday West Virginia hosted Maryland and Dana didn't want his team to overlook the threat posed by Maryland. 

In the pre-game hype video, West Virginia reminded their players, "Remember - Any Opponent - Can Come Here - And Knock You Off". Yes, last year West Virginia did lose to Louisville (but also lost to Syracuse).  

Trollin or not, West Virginia was ready for Maryland who played very well. Geno Smith played another excellent game. He's in the mix for the Heisman. 

"We're 75-0 when winning the turnover battle"

Mack Brown got on the Big 12 Coaches teleconference a little bit ago and noted that during their 8-5 season last year, they won the turnover battle in the eight games that they won, and lost it in the five games that they lost.

That prompted Brown and the staff to take a look back over the 15 years.

According to Coach Brown, they are an impressive 75-0 when they win the turnover battle in his tenure with the Longhorns, which dates back to 1998.

Any coach out there with a better record when they win the turnover battle?

Notre Dame's defense picked 5 consecutive Michigan attempts

Notre Dame's 13-6 win over Michigan wasn't an offensive showcase by any stretch, however Notre Dame's defense showed up to play in a big way. 

Notre Dame's defense forced 5 turnovers in the first half. That alone is impressive; but dive a little deeper and see what they really did...

With less than 1 minute to play in the first quarter and Michigan driving, Notre Dame's defense went to work. They intercepted a halfback pass to end Michigan's threat. Michigan got the ball four times in the 2nd quarter. Each "drive" ended with a Denard Robinson interception. The craziest part was that the five interceptions came on consecutive pass attempts. Literally, all four Michigan pass attempts in the 2nd quarter were intercepted. 

Has this ever happened before? We honestly have no idea and aren't real sure where one would research this. 

That doesn't happen without Bob Diaco's defense being very well prepared and executing at a very high level. Good work guys. 

 

 

Don't be predictable when facing the Wildcat

In the Bengals and Redskins game yesterday, on the first play of the game, Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden lined up Mohamed Sanu, their rookie receiver and former high school quarterback, at quarterback in the Wildcat formation. Starting quarterback Andy Dalton was split out at receiver.

As Gruden explained, he knew the Redskins were going to go Cover 0

"I noticed when teams played the Wildcat against the Redskins, they lined up in cover zero, and I thought we might able to do something with Mohamed because of his arm.''

Sanu ends up throwing a dime to a receiver for a touchdown. During practice all week, it never looked quite that good, but it looked good when it counted, and that's all that mattered according to Gruden.

"I can tell you, he didn't throw it that good in practice this week. But it only counts when it counts."

Lesson to be learned: Don't be too predictable, give some different looks.

h/t MMQB / Peter King

Video: This is why you coach up the special teams rules

Not the best quality video, but here's a look at an exciting finish to a North Carolina high school game this past week.

Here's the situation. East Duplin HS (NC) is down 20-21 to Topsail (NC) and lines up to kick the game winning field goal.

Topsail blocks the kick (behind the line of scrimmage) and while they're celebrating what they thought was the win, an East Duplin player picks up the ball and runs it about 40 yards for the game winning score with no time left on the clock.

Final score was 26-21. Incredible finish.

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