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Roady's Humanitarian Bowl
Notre Dame 20
Nevada took to the field against a much more talented but under achieving Notre Dame squad in Boise on the blue turf trying to cap off a great season with a signature win and complete a 10 win season.
Notre Dame drew first blood early in the first on a 53 yard touchdown strike from Dayne Crist to Michael Floyd. Nevada answered rignt back with a Vai Taua 7 yard touchdown run. A second quarter Nevada drive was ended when a Colin Kaepernick pass was intercepted by Steve Filer and returned 60 yards for a touchdown. Again, Nevada answered the bell, this time on a 6 yard touchdown pass from Kaepernick to brandon Wimberly. A 23 yard Nick Tauch field goal gave Notre Dame a 17-14 lead with under a minute to play in the first half. Nevada mounted a drive that again ended in a turnover, this time a fumble. Notre Dame would capitalize on the turnover with another Tauch field goal, this one from 51 yards. The Irish would go into halftime up 20-14.
The second half belonged to the Wolfpack. The opening drive of the second half ended on a 20 yard touchdown pass from Kaepernick to Virgil Green. Later in the third quarter the two would hook up for a score again, this one from 70 yards. Brad Langley kicked a fourth quarter field goal that would put Nevada up 31-20. After a Nevada punt pinned Notre Dame inside it's own 2 yard line, a Deandre Boughton sack in the endzone for a safety made the final score 33-20.
Kaepernick was 13 of 18 for 291 yards and 3 touchdowns to go with 1 interception and also had 44 yards rushing on 4 attempts in his final collegiate game. Vai Taua capped his career with a rather subpar 61 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries. Virgil Green led the recieving corps with 5 catches for 153 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Wolfpack end their season at 10-3 and head into the 2011 campaign with a lot of momentum. They will have the tough task of replacing several senior starters including Kaepernick and Taua.
Georgia vs UCF
As most bowl games are that was one for the books.The first game after just 2 plays from scrimmage was postponed due to thunderstorms @ my house lol.The second game was in limbo from the gate as the Heisman Trophy winner Brynn Harvey tore his shoulder on his 3rd touch of the game.This was a huge blow for the Knights and it want looking good as there main weapon was out for the game.Relying on a backup wasn't something the coach foresaw coming especially since Harvey was out the previous 3 weeks with the same injury.
On the Knights opening drive they converted a huge 4th and 2 at there own 34 yard line which lead to a TD to take the momentum and the lead 7-0.Gerogia came out with intentions of running it down our throat so the majority of the quarter was ate up by Caleb King.
After a back and forth the Bulldogs tied it up with a long drive full of 3rd down execution to make it 7-7.The Knights on the 2nd play of the drive housed one on a 50 yard pass play taking a 14-7 lead.After a hold the Knights faced a 4th and goal at the 1 and decided to take the points with 7 seconds left in the half and make it 17-7.After the kickoff for some reason the Bulldogs smelt weakness and decided to throw the ball.Which back fired as my 3 man rush got to them sacking the Qb causing a fumble that my DE picked up and housed for 6 on the last play of the half giving the Knights a 24-7 lead at the break.
The second half started with some great D from both sides.Locking horns with no one moving the ball more then 30 yards a drive the whole Quarter passed with punts and 3rd down stops.
UCF was set on eating clock by running almost every play.Georgia recieved the punt for a nice return and drove right down to make it 24-14 with 5 or so minuted to go.After some timely first downs the Knights got the field position back pinning Georgia back at there own 10.Georgia wasn't having it and went no huddle in less then 10 plays capped by a long Caleb King run to get within 3 at 24-21.With less then 2 minutes left they onside kicked and got it back,Now with all the momentum and 3 timeouts it was there game to lose.The Knights came up huge on a 2 and 10 with a big sack for a 10 yard lose.Facing a 4th and 20 needing 3 points only to force overtime the Bulldogs drew up a great post play that got them 19.5 yards putting them 6 inched from the 25 yard line and a great shot at forcing overtime.Having only one timeout left the Knights kneed it out to secure the Liberty Bowl victory.
CSU kicks a last minute field goal to beat the Oregon Ducks, 24-21. LaMichael James is way too beastly in this game. I understand he is pretty good, but little man doesn't break a ton of tackles, he makes the defender miss. He was running through tackles like John Clay out there on us today. Nate Costa made some very nice throws also.
The Rams were able to run the ball, Mosure and Mason made a nice running tandem. I will miss those two next year. QB Pete Thomas played a great game, spreading the ball around nicely, and not turning it over. Steele was Thomas's favorite target of the day, hauling in 7 passes for 153 yards and 2 TD's. The defense played well, stopping the Ducks no huddle attack multiple times, and holding them to 21 points. Mychal Sisson led the way on defense, recording 9 tackles and a forced fumble. What a great way to finish off the season, 11 wins, a bowl win against an elite team, a large group of conference first and second teamers, and Pete Thomas a Freshman All-American.
The seniors leaving this team are many, but only a few key losses. The biggest will be at DT. Ty Whittier and Guy Miller will both be huge losses. They left large holes to fill. At LB, Sisson will be returning, and Mike Orakpo (Brian Orakpo's little brother) will be stepping in at the other OLB spot as a redshirt freshman with plenty of talent. Mike Kawoluk looks like the starter for next year at MLB barring any major showings in spring practice by the incoming freshman. Momo THomas and Marcus Shaw will be getting the start at CB next year, and Elijah Smith and Ivory Herd will be returning at the safety positions.
On offense, Pete Thomas will again be the starter at QB, coming off of a great season as a true freshman. In at RB will be Raymond Carter (transfer from UCLA). The biggest loss on offense will be H-Back Zac Pauga. He was an incredible blocker and receiver. He was a large part of our offense last year, even though he didn't have the touches to show it. He is going to be a hard one to replace. At WR, we only lose senior Tyson Liggett. In as starters will be Byron Steele and TJ Borcky, and Lou Greenwood will again be in the slot. Matt Yemm may also contribute, it just depends on what Greenwood does this year. At TE, Eric Peitz is graduating, be we are loaded with young returning talent. Cameron Moss is back for his second year as a starter, and Matt Weems will be the 2nd TE. On the offensive line, we will be looking at some young guys to fill a few holes, but they should handle it well. The right side of my line graduated, but the C and left side is still fully intact. It looks as if Joe Caprioglio will be moving to RT, and we will most likely be starting a true freshman at RG. Special teams should only get better as both DeLine and Kontodiakos return from stellar years.
Tough way to go out as Hawaii Fell to Rutgers 44-38. Hawaii flew along way to get to S.F. and the Jetlag was apparent as Rutgers started hot, but their drive fizzled and they kicked a fg for a 3-0 lead. Then Hawaii drove the Ball down the field and turned it into 7 as Moniz hit Green for 20 yrds and a 7-3 lead. Then Rutgers then unvealed a new trick into their offense, The No-Huddle. as it completly caught Hawaii off-guard and Rutgers rode it to a td pass and a 10-7 lead. Then after a INT by Moniz, Rutgers then passed for another td and a 17-7 lead. Then another INT and Rutgers drove it again for a 24-7 lead. then Austin came in for Hawaii and drove the team to a fg and a 24-10 Rutgers Lead. Then after a 3 & out, Hawaii was driving when they threw another INT and Rutgers rode their No-Huddle to another td and a 31-10 HT lead. Hawaii took the ball 2nd half and drove it down the field and fumbled the ball and Rutgers still employing the No-Huddle and kicked a FG for a 34-10 lead. Hawaii then threw a screen pass that picked up 55 yrds and put them in Great field position. Then Austin Hooked up for a TD and a 34-17 Rutgers lead. Rutgers Then added 10 more points to push their lead 44-17. Then Hawaii came out extremly pissed off and it showed as the def started forcing 3 & outs and getting TD. Hawaii then connected on a long pass and then threw a td pass and a 44-24 Rutgers lead. Then another 3 & out and Hawaii connected with their RB and Green ran it in for a td and 44-31 rutgers lead. Then Hawaii forced another 3 & out and Hawaii passed it down the field with their No-Huddle and after trying to run the ball in the end zone 3 times and failed, Then Austin threw his 3rd td pass of the game and Rutgers lead was trimed to 44-38. Hawaii tried to onside the kick and failed as Rutgers recovered and ran the clock out.
CoachGrad did not talk to the press after the game or give the rutgers coach a handshake after the game. His Assistant did issue a statement. "CoachGrad does not want to issue any statement to the press, cause he is currently talking to his Sr's and rest of the team. "
This was a very tough game afterwards and Hawaii ends their season 7-6 and 6-1 in conference play. With 25 Sr's leaving Hawaii has alot of holes to fill for next season.
That Rutgers no-huddle is brutal. I played against it with Syracuse in CW, and when Savage is on, it will kill you. Shame to see a great season end like that, but still a very good season.
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