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Season 3 - Week 3 Game Summaries
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Pitt went up 13-0 seven seconds into the game after a kickoff return for a TD and fumble return for a TD on the ensuing kick. It didn't get any better for the craptastic Huskies after that. End of transmission.
ECU 31 FRESNO STATE 13
A complete team effort allowed ECU to blow this game wide open in the 2nd half. After going up 7-0 in the 1st quarter thanks to a Matt Brown 4 yard run, Fresno State were able to score touchdowns on consecutive drives. First on a 3 yard pass from Derek Carr to Matt Lindsey (missed XP) and then on a 14 yard pass to Sheldon Rhodes. With those TDs sandwiching a FG for ECU, Fresno State held a 13-10 lead with 2:08 left in the half. ECU, led by QB Brad Wornick, were able to use their 2 minute offense to perfection and drive the length of the field, capping off a great drive with a 5 yard touchdown catch by Torian Richardson to give the Pirates a 17-13 lead at halftime, a lead they would not give up.
In the 2nd half it was all about the domination of ECU's defense. After being shredded early in the game by Fresno State's pass game the defense really came together, led by All American Middle Linebacker Justin Jones, who had an incredible 14 tackles on the day. ECU were able to add a touchdown in both the 3rd and 4th quarters, first on a 8 yard pass to Lamar Ivey and then Matt Brown was able to score his second rushing touchdown of the game, this one from 11 yards out to give ECU the 31 to 13 win away from home and pushing their record to 2-1 on the season.
On Saturday the Red Raiders traveled to take on the # 8 Michigan State Spartans in what was supposed to be a slaughter. Coming off a crushing defeat to Virginia the Red Raiders came in as the heavy underdogs. Down 14-0 in the second quarter Coach Sabo called a time out and had one of his famous "pep talks". The Red Raiders responded scoring 14 unanswered points. The game went to the half a 14 - 14 tie.
In the 3rd quarter both defenses stepped up but the Red Raiders were able to tack on a 3 point field goal to take a 17-14 lead going into the 4th quarter. Michigan State would score a touchdown at the 5 minute mark of the 4th quarter and the Red Raiders followed it up with a touchdown of their own. With a little over 1 minute left in the game the Red Raider defense would hold tight in the red zone and only allowed a field goal. Now with the game tied and 1 minute remaining the Red Raiders would put on a clinic of offense storming down the field. With 15 seconds remaining in the game the Red Raiders would make an unlikely choice and go to the ground for the game winning touchdown shocking the Spartan crowd in attendance.
We caught up with Coach Sabo after the game
"Im so happy right now for our guys. We took our loss last week at Virginia and they kept their heads up and practiced hard leading up to this game. I knew we could do it !!! "
Rumor has it that Coach Sabo is about to reestablish the pro style offense that made him the most decorated coach ever at Arkansas State.
The USF Bulls Trample Rival UCF
A week after putting up 43 at UTEP, the Bulls came out running all over UCF. A dropped pass turned INT led to UCF scoring the games first TD but after that the USF O scored on every possession, including those by the second team starting in the 3rd quarter.
On the other hand, the USF D looked horrible. It struggled to stop a UCF team that is not brimming with impact players but rather has a solid offensive group. So while it looks like the Bulls may be a top 25 team later in the season, the defensive effort will need to step up if the team wants to reach that level.
Also BJ Daniels may have placed himself in the "dark horse" category in the Heisman running. He had a big day, accounting for 6 TDs (2 passing and 4 rushing). The Bulls had 3 players run for over 130 yards and 4 run for TDs with over 515 yards of team rushing.
Week 3 Oaklahoma State vs Tulsa
Tulsa and OSU played great defense too start the game holding each other scoreless in the first quarter. Tulsa would get things going early in the second quarter with a field goal followed up by two S.Beaver td passes. Tulsa ended the first half with a 17-0 lead over a shocked OSU team.
Tulsa continued their dominance in the second half racing to a 34-0 lead late in the fourth. OSU finally got on the board after a garbage time td pass. This game was all Tulsa all the time.
Marshall welcomed Ohio into Huntington and were looking to avoind a let down after a big win last week in this rivalry game. Ohio broke the hearts of many a Marshall fan Saturday as they were able to outlast the Herd.
Ohio started early when Josh gay scampered 21 yards to paydirt. A missed extra point gave OU an early 6 point lead. Later in the first Ryan Boykin punched it in from 1 yard out to give Ohio an early 13 -0 lead. Eddie Sullivan found Fred Pickett down the seam for a 23 yard scoring strike later in the first to pull the Herd back to within 6. Tyler Tettleton hit Gary Fortune for a 10 yard touchdown pass on Ohio's next possession. Another missed extra point gave Ohio a 19-7 lead. Andre Booker ran in from 4 yards out on Marshalls next possession to bring Marshall back to within 6. Marshall's next possession ended in another Booker scoring run, this one from 24 yards out. With Marshall in the lead for the first time, they fell asleep on defense. With 3 seconds left in the first half, Gay took a handoff and ran right through the Herd defense for 87 yards to give Ohio a 26-21 halftime lead.
A Martin Ward 1 yard scoring run was the only scoring in the third quarter. The 2 point conversion gave Marshall a 29-26 lead heading to the fourth. Booker scored from 1 yard, giving Marshall a 36-26 lead. Gay broke loose from 15 yards out on Ohio's next possession, pulling the Bobcats back to within 3. With under 2 minutes to play, Booker gave Marshall another 10 point lead on a 22 yard run. Gay would score on Ohio's next possession from 1 yard out to again pull Ohio to within 3. The ensuing onside kick was recovered by Ohio. They drove down and scored when backup quarterback Brandon Cabral hit Scott jacques hit for a 35 yard scoring strike. Marshall still had 3 timeouts and 39 seconds to try to overcome a 4 point deficit. They drove down inside Ohio's 10. On 4 straight plays after a first and goal, they could not score.
Andre Booker was the bright spot for Marshall with his second consecutive 250 yard performance. He finished with 250 yards and 4 touchdowns on 30 carries. The Herd will open conference play next week when they welcome UCF to Huntington.
Virginia Defense Stellar in Win Over Conference Foe Wake Forest
Virginia Cavaliers 63 vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons 10
Virginia's Defense Forced 5 Turnovers, Including 3 Defensive Touchdowns Against Wake Forest
Virginia put up 63 points on conference foe Wake Forest and improved its record to 3-0 on the season, topping their total 2 wins from a 2-10 season last year. "We're on a roll," said Coach E "The guys are buying in to the program and the results are definitely showing that."
The Cavalier defense was impressive to say the least, causing 5 turnovers which included 3 defensive touchdowns. Linebacker Tucker Windle forced all 4 of the fumbles by Wake Forest players. On an even more impressive note, Linebacker Ausar Walcott had two fumble recoveries, one for a touchdown. Walcott also returned an interception for a touchdown.
Virginia's offense was no slouch either. Halfback Torrey Mack had 3 scores giving him a combined 10 TD through 3 games and Quarterback Michael Strauss threw for 316 yards and a TD.
"We're playing well on both ends of the ball and that's whats going to win us games," was the comment Coach E left with.
The Cavaliers travel to Durham, North Carolina next week to face the Duke Blue Devils in hopes of a 4-0 start to the season and a 2-0 conference record.
Passing ATT Comp Yards TD Int
Michael Strauss 16 13 316 1 1
Rushing ATT Yards TD Long
Dominique Wallace 9 100 2 60
Torrey Mack 15 78 3 13
Michael Strauss 2 10 0 15
Receiving Catches Yards TD Long
Tim Smith 3 115 0 58
Javaris Brown 3 99 1 66
Jason Golden 2 33 0 31
Bobby Smith 1 25 0 25
Torrey Mack 2 22 0 24
Colter Phillips 1 13 0 13
Quintin Hunter 1 9 0 9
Wake Forest Stats:
Passing ATT Comp Yards TD Int
Ted Stachitas 25 15 235 0 1
Rushing ATT Yards TD Long
Odell Alexander 25 71 0 22
Ben Emert 1 8 0 8
Ted Stachitas 2 6 0 5
Receiving Catches Yards TD Long
Jonathan Garcia 2 59 0 49
Lovell Jackson 3 55 0 24
Terence Davis 2 35 0 29
Tommy Bohanon 3 26 0 10
Chris Givens 1 25 0 25
Joe Downs 1 17 0 17
Neil Basford 1 7 0 7
Ben Emert 1 6 0 6
Odell Alexander 1 5 0 5
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