Sunday, October 3, 2010

Helmet Stickers: Week 5

ACC—The Hokies took out NC State 41-30 after starting the game down 17 points. The Virginia Tech run game exploded with 8.6 yards per carry. Virginia Tech cornerback Jayron Hosley picked off Russell Wilson three times in the game. Despite a rocky start to the season, Virginia Tech has gotten back on track with three straight wins and is 2-0 in conference play.

Big 12—Baylor had its most lop-sided conference victory ever, defeating Kansas 55-7 in Waco. The Bears had never won a Big 12 game by more than 28 points. Robert Griffin III had 380 yards passing and 64 yards rushing. Griffin threw three touchdowns and rushed for one. Baylor, now at 4-1, is on pace to get to its first bowl appearance since the 1994 Alamo Bowl.

Big East—Louisville ended a ten-game road game losing streak with a 34-24 win over Arkansas State. The Cardinals led 31-7 at the half, but almost blew the game, allowing the Red Wolves to score 17 unanswered points in the second half to make the score 31-24. The Cardinal defense was able to hold out and the offense got a field goal with less than four minutes left. This was Louisville’s first win over a FBS school in the 2010 season.

Big Ten—Michigan State dominated Wisconsin in a game that was not as close as the score indicated. Michigan State lost the turnover battle, giving up three and forcing none, but was still able to beat the Badgers with solid defensive and offensive play. The Spartan defense snapped Wisconsin running back John Clay’s ten game streak of rushing for at least 100 yards and a touchdown. The Spartan offense was efficient, going 9 for 18 on third down and 2 for 3 on fourth down. The last time Michigan State started 5-0 was 1999 when Nick Saban was the Spartan head coach.

C-USA—Rutgers planned walk all over Tulane during its homecoming game, but Tulane stunned the Scarlet Knights with a 17-14 upset. The Green Wave had 208 out of 245 of their yards coming through the air. The Green Wave snapped a six-game losing streak on the road and gained a lot of confidence, beating a school from a BCS conference.

MAC—The RedHawks are now 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the Mid-America Conference. The RedHawks had only three wins combined during the previous two seasons. Miami (OH) quarterback Zac Dysert passed for 294 yards and a touchdown in 27-21 victory over Kent State. Nine different RedHawks made catches in the game. Mike Haywood seems to have this program headed in the right direction.

MWC—Air Force beat Navy for the first time in eight years, 14-6. This Air Force football team is legitimate. The Falcons are the nation’s top rushing team, averaging over 373 yards per game. The Falcon defense prevented Navy’s Ricky Dobbs from scoring a rushing touchdown for the first time in his career as a starting quarterback. The Air Force defense also forced two interceptions. The Falcons are an impressive 4-1, with their only loss dealt by Oklahoma, by a field goal.

Pac-10—The University of Washington upset USC for the second year in a row on a last-minute field goal. Jake Locker passed for 310 yards and rushed for 110 yards. Down 31-29 in the fourth quarter, the Huskies put together a drive with a little over two and a half minutes left to set up an Erik Folk 32-yard field goal. Steve Sarkisian and Lane Kiffin were both assistant coaches under Pete Carroll at USC. They worked with each other on the Trojan offense during the 2005 and 2006 seasons.

SEC—No. 1 Alabama bombed No. 7 Florida 31-6, giving Urban Meyer his second worse loss during his tenure at Florida. The game was not even close. The Alabama defense only allowed the Gators to get only two field goals, made three interceptions, and recovered one fumble. Considering Florida looked impotent against the Crimson Tide, is there anybody left in the Southeastern Conference that can stop the Tide from rolling to another BCS championship. Right now, the answer is no.

Sun Belt—Louisiana-Lafayette gets a helmet sticker by default this week. The Ragin’ Cajuns were the only team in the Sun Belt to get a win this past weekend. With North Texas scoring a touchdown with 31 seconds left in the game, a PAT would have tied the game at 28-28. Preventing the game from going into overtime, Ragin’ Cajun defensive lineman Jermaine Rogers blocked North Texas’ PAT attempt to seal a 28-27 victory over the Mean Green.

WAC—Utah State beat BYU 31-16 to get its first win over the Cougars since 1993. Utah State picked off BYU’s freshman quarterback twice. The Aggies’ Diondre Borel passed for 192 yards and rushed for another 68 yards. Derrvin Speight ran for 91 yards and two touchdowns. The Aggies were 11 for 18 on third downs and outgained the Cougars by 99 yards. Nothing beats giving your rival its worst start in 37 seasons.

Independents—Notre Dame gets a helmet sticker for recovering from a three-game skid by beating its rival and fellow Catholic school Boston College. Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist threw for 203 yards. Irish receivers Michael Floyd and Theo Riddick each received for 69 yards. This was the Fighting Irish’s first road win of the year.

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