Fake punt...throwback to the center!!!??!!!!!
The Scoop took in an FCS ballgame Saturday night at beautiful Strawberry Stadium, home of the Southeastern Lions. First year head coach Ron Roberts and his team had their hands full with Matt Viator's undefeated McNeese State Cowboys.
McNeese opened up a good size lead early on; but Southeastern fought their way back in the second half. Southeastern scored a touchdown with about 2 minutes to play to cut the lead to one. After a penalty against McNeese moved the ball to just outside the 1, Roberts decided to go for two and the win...and they got it. Southeastern wins 25-24.
But, let's talk about that fake...
With about 9 minutes to play, facing a 4th & 11 on their own 34 down 7, Roberts called a dandy of a fake punt...
Love the call.
More thoughts on this game to come later in the week.
Louisville staff didn't have headsets during victory on Saturday
Before kickoff on Saturday, Charlie Strong and the Louisville staff had to make some quick decisions after finding out that their headsets weren't working at Florida International.
"We knew right before the game started that we did not have headsets. They had them, but they weren't hooked up. So anytime one team doesn't have them then you have to take the headsets off."
"But it was critical because the guys in the box weren't able to see, like offensively they weren't able to see the blitzes and defensively we weren't able to see the sets." Strong explained.
The different vantage point undoubtedly changes the small details that your otherwise able to spot from the box. But having everyone on the sideline available to coach the players up as they come off the field is also an advantage because the finer details, like alignments, are relayed directly to the position coaches and adjustments can be made.
The details may be sacrificed a bit but you've got "all hands on deck" on the sideline, which can be used as an advantage as well.
Strong and the Cardinals (4-0, 0-0) went on to win 28-21 and will take on Southern Miss (0-3, 0-1) this weekend.
Jerry Kill: Without the crowd, we don't win that game
Jerry Kill and the Gophers moved to 4-0 on the season with a 17-10 win over Syracuse on Saturday afternoon. Three of their four wins (UNLV by 3 in triple overtime, Western Michigan by 5, and Syracuse by 7) have come by seven points or less.
The student section was packed, and Kill noted that the crowd of over 50,000 played a major role in the win. At the end of the game, Syracuse had racked up ten penalties, five of them being false starts. Two of those false starts came during a first quarter drive that forced the Orange to settle for a field goal.
“We appreciate the atmosphere and the support we had in the stadium tonight. Without that we don’t win.” Kill said.
The Gophers travel to Iowa this weekend to open up Big Ten conference play, and then see if the home crowd can rock TCF Bank Stadium again, when they take on Northwestern next weekend.
Quality video from Penn State
Good video here highlighting Penn State secondary coach and special teams coordinator John Butler.
In the clip, Butler explains the collaborative staff structure at Penn State, and his background with strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald and defensive coordinator Ted Roof.
"I like what we're doing. The way that the staff is set up, it's not one guy running the charge and everybody following the lead. You really have six guys leading independently, and everyone else is more invested, so you really have six total coaches involved."
Temple Tuff episode: Week 2 against Maryland
Another quality episode here from the Temple Tuff series.
This episode gets some thoughts from offensive coordinator Ryan Day on perimeter blocking from the receiving corp, having a two sport player at quarterback, and includes a passionate speech from Steve Addazio before their week 2 game against Maryland.
Monday TV - MNF
Green Bay takes on Seattle tonight in Monday Night Football action.
Eastern time listed.
Green Bay at Seattle - 8:30 - ESPN
Leach: "During tomorrow's meeting we're going to show shots of the sideline"
Through the first few weeks of the season, one theme that has resonated during Mike Leach's post game press conferences is his disappointment in the mentality and resilience of his team come game day. While practices throughout the week may be going well, they have a not yet carried that success over to the field when it counts.
To illustrate that point, Leach points out that they're going to grab some television clips of the sideline so that they can observe body language and their overall demeanor throughout their 35-34 loss to Colorado. Colorado scored 21 points in the final quarter to complete a comeback last night.
Leach spent the majority of the presser noting his frustration in their lack of mental toughness as a team, referring to their mentality and focus throughout the game as "crazy" and "insane".
Hear more thoughts from Coach Leach below.
New D-I passing record set
Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke aired the ball out nearly 80 times (55/79), and completed just under 70 percent of his passes for 5 touchdowns against conference opponent New Hampshire yesterday.
While the 55 completions, and 79 attempts are both new school records, it was his 716 yards passing that broke the D-I mark set by Houston's David Klingler back in 1990. Heinicke's leading receiver, Nick Mayers had 12 catches for an impressive 271 yards and three touchdowns.
The previous high in passing yardage in the FCS was 668 yards set by Jackson State quarterback Robert Kent against Alabama back in 2001.
Earlier in the year, Eureka College (D-III - IL) quarterback Sam Durley set the NCAA record with 736 yards passing, and needed nearly all the time on the clock to come out with the win.
Old Dominion was in a similar situation Saturday and needed a fourth quarter comeback to get the win (they were down 54-38 at the end of the third). With the game tied at 61, Heinicke led ODU on an 11 play drive that covered 74 yards that ended with a 25 yard field goal.
ODU's field goal ended up giving them the 64-61 win over New Hampshire.