Sunday, November 7, 2010

Helmet Stickers: Week 10

ACC—Since the ACC started playing a conference title game in 2005, either Virginia Tech or Georgia Tech has represented the Coastal Division in every title game. Virginia Tech got by Georgia Tech Thursday night by a score of 28-21. The Yellow Jackets tied the game with 2:34 at 21 apiece. On the ensuing kickoff, Virginia Tech running back David Wilson ran back the kick for 90 yards and a touchdown to put the Hokies back up by 7. The Yellow Jackets got a chance to tie the game, driving to the Hokies’ 17-yard line, but cornerback Rashad Carmichael made an interception with eight seconds left to end the game. The Hokies are undefeated in conference play, 5-0.

Big 12—Texas A&M ended a seven-game losing streak to Oklahoma with a 33-19 victory Saturday night. Aggies running back Cyrus Gray ran for 112 yard in his first game as a starter. The Aggies defense finally emerged Saturday, giving the Sooners their first scoreless first half since 2007. Linebacker Michael Hodges had nineteen tackles and two sacks. During the game, the Aggies defense stopped the Oklahoma Sooners offense three times on 4th and 1 on the Texas A&M 1-yard line. The Wrecking Crew is back in College Station!

Big East—Louisville beat an improved Syracuse team 28-20 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. The Cardinals lost their starting quarterback and running back to injuries in last week’s loss to Pitt. Backups Justin Burke and Jeremy Wright filled in effectively. The former passed for 143 yards and the latter rushed for 98 yards. Louisville is one win away from bowl eligibility. The Cardinals have not gone to a bowl since 2006.

Big Ten—The 67-65 triple overtime game between Michigan and Illinois this weekend was the highest scoring (132 points) Big Ten conference game ever and the highest scoring FBS game this season. Roy Roundtree had 246 receiving yards, a school record. Second-string quarterback Tate Forcier came into the game after Denard Robinson was knocked out and threw for 114 yards in the last quarter and three overtimes. Michigan’s defense has been taking criticism most of the season, but the Wolverine defense came up with a big stop on Illinois’ two-point conversion in triple overtime.

C-USA—UTEP became bowl-eligible for the first time since 2005 after defeating Southern Methodist 28-14 at the Sun Bowl. Miners quarterback Trevor Vittatoe threw for 183 yards and three touchdowns with no sacks or interceptions. Vittatoe completed passes to nine different targets. The Miners ended a three-game losing streak with the win.

MAC—After trailing Western Michigan 22-13 heading into the third quarter, Central Michigan rallied to score 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to get a 26-22 win at home. Chippewas wide receiver Cody Wilson had a career-high 12 catches for 185 yards. Sophomore quarterback Ryan Radcliff passed for 300 yards. The Chips’ defense recovered four Western Michigan fumbles for a +2 turnover ratio. The win ended a six-game skid.

MWC—In the last battle of unbeatens during the regular season, TCU cherry popped Utah in a 47-7 rout. The Horned Frogs destroyed the Utes in every statistical category. The Horned Frogs possessed the rock for 39:06 and outgained the Utes 558 yards to 199 yards. TCU hung up 40 unanswered points on Utah until they allowed a touchdown in garbage time. Utah suffered its worst home loss since 1989. If a team from a non-automatic qualifying conference gets a shot to play in the national championship, it should be Texas Christian University.

Pac-10—UCLA defeated a stingy Oregon State team on the final play of the game. The game appeared to end in a 14-14 tie and was set to go to overtime, but instant replay determined there was one second left in the game. That was enough for Bruin kicker Kai Forbath to connect on a 51-yard field goal to get the 17-14 win for the Bruins. Forbath got an opportunity to redeem himself after missing a 46-yarder with 1:17 left in the fourth quarter and a 49-yarder in the second quarter. The Bruins ended a three-game skid.

SEC—The only thing crazier then LSU beating former LSU head coach Nick Saban Saturday was Les Miles eating grass. The Tigers rallied to a 24-21 victory in front of 92,969. The Tigers put up two field goals, a touchdown, and a two-point conversion in a big fourth quarter. The Tigers outgained the Crimson Tide 433 yards to 325 yards and went two-for-two on fourth downs, including a 23-yard reverse play on 4th and 1. Louisiana State’s win extinguished any chance that Alabama had at going to the BCS National Championship.

Sun Belt—Florida International defeated Louisiana-Monroe 42-35 in double overtime. Both teams scored touchdowns in the first overtime. During the second overtime, Golden Panthers running back Darriet Perry scored on a 17-yard run. The Warhawks tried to respond with a touchdown of their own, but on fourth-and-12, Golden Panthers cornerback Ashlyn Parker stopped the Warhawk’s Luther Ambrose 4 yards short of a first down. Florida International wide receiver T.Y. Hilton had four touchdowns: two receiving, one rushing, and one on a kick return. FIU advances to 3-1 in Sun Belt play.

WAC—Boise State dismantled Hawaii 42-7. Boise State set a school record for offense in a game with 737 yards. Kellen Moore threw for 507 yards and three touchdowns, including an 83-yard touchdown pass to receiver Titus Young. The Bronco defense was just as impressive as the offense, tallying seven sacks and holding a high-octane Hawaii offense to just 196 yards in the game—the lowest offensive output the Warriors have had in a game in 12 years. Boise State has beaten Hawaii in nine of the last ten meetings between the two schools.

Independents—Navy gets a helmet sticker for its 76-35 win over two-time defending Conference USA champions East Carolina on Saturday. The 76 points scored by Navy are the most scored against a Division I team in Navy history. Navy had 596 yards of total offense, of which 521 were on the ground. The Midshipmen were 6 for 12 on third downs and 2 for 2 on fourth downs. East Carolina lost four fumbles in the third quarter, including three fumbles in the span of four offensive snaps, and Navy capitalized by scoring on all four recovered fumbles. Ten different rushers carried the ball for Navy. With the win, Navy qualified for a bowl game for the eighth straight season.

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