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Buckeyes Survive ScareOhio State walks off with a 34-20 victory over Northern Illinois.
The Buckeyes, labeled the #1 ranking in the nation after last year's National Championship run came into this game unaware of how hungry teams are to knock them off. It isn't like we played horrible or even made a lot of mistakes. NIU just threw everything they could at us with 110%. It was that kind of game. A game where we held them to 3rd and very long yet they manage to find a hole in this solid secondary time and time again. Up 24-20 at halftime, Coach CA blasted his team in the locker room for their performance. When asked what he said he replied, "I told them they didn't look like they wanted to be the #1 team. They didn't want to earn it. They thought they could just go out there and walk around half-ass while NIU just gives them the game. I told them, if they want to play like this, I will bench the starters and sub in the young guys. That's the kind of year you want, so be it." Boy did they shape up. The defense did not allow a single point in the 2nd half and the offense scored 10 points to carry the Buckeyes to victory. The tough gets tougher next week as we travel to Corvallis to face the Oregon State Beavers who would love to knock our block off.
I was very impressed with the team in general. The impact guys made plays and proved they belong. Jordan Hall leaves, in steps Jaamal Berry. Duron Carter leaves, in steps Ross Hunter, who looks to have a great year. There was some talk about starting senior Ken Guiton, who is a step behind Taylor Graham and really improved his passing skills. He has the ability to escape unlike Taylor. Graham finished 9-15 for 137 yards and 2 touchdowns. Jaamal Berry rushed 16 times for 173 yards and a pair of TDs. Ross Hunter hauled in 6 catches for 118 yards and 1 touchdown. Chris Fields had the other touchdown catch. Corey Brown grabbed 2 picks and true freshman Travis Jackson made his first career interception. Jordan Whiting looks stout and ready to lead the team, as he did in tackles with 7.
A Tune-upPSU dominates in their game before Stanford, 49-10
Rutgers University was no match for Penn State today, although you couldn't tell by the first quarter play. The Nittany Lions came out flat in their opening game to the season, and the Scarlet Knights took full advantage using their no huddle offense. With 2:11 left in the opening quarter, the Knights were able to take a 7-0 lead. This would be the only offense they would have all afternoon. Penn State would reel off 28 unanswered points before halftime. QB Paul Jones would hit Antonio Smith and TE Garry Gilliam on two seperate touchdown passes. Newcomer to the lineup, ROLB Mike Hull would make his first big play of his career, picking off a pass in the flat and racing to paydirt. And of course HB Silas Redd would bust up the gut for a 43 yard score, all before halftime.
With the score 28-10 going into the third quarter the game was pretty much decided. The Penn State coaching staff decide to let the Nittany Lion starters knock off the rust and finish the third quarter. In the third, Paul Jones would throw his 3rd touchdown pass of the day. A strike to WR Curtis Drake, this would put the starters on the bench and Penn State would go up 35-10. The fourth began with a strong defense performance by the second teamers. After QB Robert Bolden threw an ill advised pick in the fourth, QB Curtis Glover would come in and move to the second string spot behind Paul Jones. Glover was decent in his debut, and would drive the team down the field with the help of Curtis Dukes. Dukes would run up the gut for a score to make it 42-10. The Nittany Lion defense would tack on a defensive touchdown to make it a 49-10 final.
Overall the game was a good startup for PSU. It wasn't a perfect performance but we are getting there. Next up is a tough matchup with Stanford, and this could determine alot in our bid for a title.
Oregon Defeats Rice to the Tune of 38-3In what was basically a warm-up before their showdown against upstart Purdue, the Oregon Ducks showed a lot of promise and a lot of rust. After losing seniors Darron Thomas and LaMichael James, the Ducks knew that they were going to have to perform at a higher level this year. After an intense QB battle in the spring, senior Daryle Hawkins was annointed the starting job and delivered in his first game. Hawkins completed 12 of 20 passes for 4 TD's and ran for 68 yards and another TD as well. After reverting to the spread offense that saw them win 12 games just a couple of seasons ago, the Ducks were fairly inconsistent. Lache Seastrunk only gained 1.8 ypc and was held in check for most of the day as the read-option looked like it needed more work. "We're still a work in progress, but we'll get better. With Purdue coming up next, we have no choice," said coach nrg_qbz.
MICHIGAN GETS REDEMPTION, REPAYS EMU 28-7
After an embarrassing opening day loss to EMU last season, Michigan was ready to show it's fans that was a fluke. It didn't go quite that well but the Wolverines did win 28-7 for a decent first game of the year. Mich jumped out to a 21-0 lead before EMU would drive into Mich territory. On a 4th and 1 from around the 20, EMU lined up for a FG, but Coach Radio felt something was going down. He called a FG Fake Zone and EMU played right into their hands, only nobody accounted for a pass thrown so badly that it turned out perfect allowing EMU to covert and eventually score.
Ryan Powell would catch and In-route and take it 58 yards to the house in the 3rd to make it a 28-7 lead. The Mich defense never allowed EMU to get close again thanks to their 6 INT's, 3 by CB Kelvin Poole.
Gardner started his season off decently with 185 yards on 9-14 passing 1TD and 1INT. Fitzgerald Toussaint gained 62 yards on 11 carries in limited action and Gardner added 55 yards on 12 carries and 2TD's. True Freshman Terrell added 47 on just 5 carries in his first action while Tate Forcier gained 32 on 3 carries in mop up duty.
Ryan Powell led the receivers with 94 yards on the catches and a TD. Defensively, Michigan's safety combo the Gordons combined for 9 tackles and 2 picks while Poole snagged 3 Cullen Christian grabbed the other.
Michigan travels to LA to face the #3 USC Trojans week 2. A win could propel the Wolverines into the top 5 as well has snag back some respect for the Big 10 as USC is currently 7-0 vs them the last 4 years.
CAL MOVES TO 2-0, DEFEATS BOISE 24 - 21.
BOISE, Id -- For the last three seasons, the California Golden Bears would have to be considered a major disappointment. They have lost 5 or 6 games in each of those years and failed to live up to their fans expectations. Could this year be different? With QB Tim Waller leading an offense filled with playmakers and an above average defense lead by a superb secondary, this could be the year that Cal lives up to their potential.
That talent would face a huge test traveling to Boise to take on the Broncos on the famed blue turf. In the first half, both defenses would dominate the game holding each offense to only one score leading to a 7-7 tie at the break.
In the 3rd quarter, CAL and Running Back Mark Cook would take control of the game. Cook (the replacement for the injured Isi Sofele) would rush for 78 yards in the quarter (108 for the game) to lead the Bears to a 17 - 7 lead after 3.
After a 4th quarter TD run by Mark Cook, the Bears would take a 24 - 13 with 1:58 to go. That is when it all fell apart. Boise would score in 50 seconds on 3 plays along with adding to two point conversion to make it 24 - 21. With no timeouts, they would need to get the onside kick to have a chance. Of course, the ball bounces off Cal Wideout Spencer Hagan's head and Boise recovers. Boise takes all of the way down to the Cal 1 with 20 seconds to go. On the next play, DE Gabe King would bust through the Boise Offensive Line and force a HUGE Boise fumble that would be recovered by Cal to save the game!
Huge road win for the Golden Bears!
Up next - Some small school near Des Moines
A Thin WinOhio State slips past Beavers 28-25. Another week, another team steps in that wants to knock us off. A packed house in Corvallis almost saw the unthinkable, an upset of the #1 Ohio State Buckeyes by the #23 Oregon State Beavers. This game had ups and downs. Ohio State would win the toss and elect to receive. Thoughts were stated by the coach, "We wanted to score first, take the crowd out of the game and let our defense go to work." That didn't work too well considering we threw 2 interceptions on the 1st two drives and saw a 14-0 score as we stared at the scoreboard wondering what hit us. Another slow start but we finished strong again. A blitz by the Beavers led to a wide open Chris Fields who took it to the house to bring it within 7. Jaamal Berry would punch it in right before the half to tie the game up at halftime. A field goal by the Beavers and a kick off return touchdown by Ross Hunter would be the story of the 3rd. The teams would exchange touchdowns but that wouldn't be enough for the Beavers to take this one away. As the Buckeyes slip it past the Beavers and stay unscathed.
Taylor Graham had a horrible day and you might see a change at quarterback next week. Jaamal Berry rushed 17 times for 83 yards and 1 touchdown. Chris Fields had 4 catches for 96 yards and 1 score. Although we gave up 300 some yards of total offense, the Buckeye defense played hard all 4 quarters and can easily be given credit for the win. Youngster Travis Jackson made his 2nd career interception in his 2nd straight game and Christian Bryant showed why you don't throw towards him as he picked off OSU QB Manion.
It was a great game, that made us earn the win. It helps us get stronger and prepares us for our next 2 battles with Florida and Oklahoma.
Good game MG.
Trojans nip Michigan
LOS ANGELES- Jesse Scroggins found Jerome Jones at the back of the end zone with ten seconds left as USC rallied from a 16-3 fourth quarter deficit to beat Michigan 17-16 in thrilling fashion. Jones’ touchdown reception capped a 64 yard drive engineered by Scroggins, who moved the Trojans down the field in under a minute with no timeouts. USC had just a minute early been stopped by the Wolverines in the red zone after a Scroggins pass flew over the head of wide receiver Kyle Prater.
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Tight FightOhio State loses in a gut-wrenching fashion to Florida. A crazy game. That is how you can describe this game. Huge game due to the fact that it was the #2 vs #3 teams. The defending National Champs off a big win against Oregon State headed to the swamp which is never easy. Ohio State would strike first on a 61 yard touchdown to Corey Brown. The Gators would come back to score 21 straight. Toughening up the defense and doing everything and anything on offense. Ohio State would score 14 points after that to make the game tie at 17 going into the half. Not too much offense in the 2nd half but there was enough to make this an exciting game. What happens next is just disgusting for the Ohio State coaching staff. The game would be 31-20 in favor of tOSU. Florida would score to make it 31-26 and fail the 2 point conversion. Ohio State would get the ball back with about 4 minutes left, looking to run the clock. On a 3rd and 4, we ran a curl to Ross Hunter. He catches the ball, has the first down, turns gets hit and fumbles to give the ball to Florida inside our 30. Of course, Florida's quarterback was deadly all day hitting passes all over the field. Florida would score but again failed to convert the 2 point conversion. Ohio State would get the ball back. Taylor Graham would throw an interception to give the Gators the ball. However, with 3 timeouts we stuffed them to get the ball back with about 40 seconds left. We miraculously march down the field. Get to a 42 yard field goal which is just inside our kicker's range. With 18 seconds left and the clock running but stopped till we get set, we decide to run to get closer. I don't know why we did, I must have had a brain freeze. We should have just kicked the ball at that point. We run but with no timeouts we don't get the play stopped or another play off as time runs off. This was a fun game though. Felt like a National Championship, game swung both ways. One got knocked down, got back up and slugged the other one down.Outside of the interception Taylor Graham threw, he was near perfect. 16-28 for 300 yards with 3 touchdowns. Jaamal Berry had a tough, tough time running the ball against this tough defense but he mustered up 70 yards and a touchdown. Ross Hunter played his ass off though he did give the game away on the fumble, he ended with 7 catches for 127 yards. Justin Rushing(JUCO TE) stepped up big today with 3 catches for 50 yards and 2 touchdowns. Corey Brown caught the other touchdown and hauled in 73 yards. Very impressed with true freshman Travis Jackson. Kid was all over the place and became a man today. 12 tackles and a sack. Deon Young made a big pick and true freshman Ryan Keyes is starting to show why coaches were hyped about him as he made another interception.The Buckeyes will go back home to host the #12 Oklahoma Sooners next week before they play Iowa.
LOL, that was a low blow, wasn't it?
Next year's National Champs my friend, next year's National Champs
Wild West Shootout
The Cardinal (2-1) outlast unranked Arizona State.
Stanford continues its up and down season as they squeak by Arizona st. QB wheeler got the start this week and like last week the starting QB was horrible and threw 3 picks. So nunez comes in the second hlaf and goes lights out and brings us back to win the game with 20 seconds left.. this season may be very bumpy for Stanford
QB wheeler 12-17 233 2 TDs 3 int
QB Nunez 8-12 119 2 TDs
RB 22-95 1 TDs
WR Nelson 4-123 2 TDs
RUDE AwakeningNew Coach Sees First Hand How Bad Illinois IsAs They Lose at Home to Missouri 48-38A new coach was supposed to be a good thing for Illinois but after their first game there are much more questions than answers that the coach has. Can the o-line protect the QB, or will he have to start drawing up a gameplan where the quarterback is always in shotgun formation? It seemed like that was the only time Illinois had time in the pass game as the Missouri front 7 had the time of their lives in this one racking up 6 sacks on the day; 4 coming from Lucas Vincent who was just throwing around Illinois' olinemen like cheap rag-dolls. The game started out well enough, as Illinois took a 7-0 lead thanks to a 44 yard pass from Chandler 'BING' Whitmer to Darius Millines, but Mizzou would respond immediately as the 1st ended tied, 7-7.Illinois would score 14 points in the 2nd quarter, sandwiching 10 points from Missouri as Illinois took a 21-17 lead into the half and all things were looking good for the moment, however Mizzou would score 14 unanswered in the 3rd before Illinois would score a touchdown of their own as Missouri would take a 31-28 lead into the 4th quarter which was simply a disaster for Illinois as costly interceptions and a simple inability to make a 'key' play on both offense and defense led to Mizzou scoring 17 points in the final quarter with Illinois only able to muster up 10 points. Illinois did keep it close the entire game (Mizzou decided to kick a field goal with time running out, rather than just knee it out and kill time those cheesy CPU bastards) but something will have to be done if Illinois are to do anything this year and make a bowl appearance. The o-line woes must be worked out and the team needs to find some sort of running game in order to be successful this year, and with this loss the honeymoon period over Coach Zikry's arrival has certainly ended as he scrambles to find a gameplan that will work with this team.GG COMPUTER, OH HOW I HATE YOU!!
Week 2:Stout DefensePSU's defense leads them to victory over Stanford, 37-24
There's an old saying that defense wins championships, well that could be the case for the Nittany Lions this season because this defense is just straight nasty. Penn State forced three interceptions against a great passing team this week. The Cardinal offense just couldn't do anything this week, and once the PSU run game got going in the first quarter there was nothing Stanford could do. In the first half both teams would trade rushing touchdowns, and Stanford would kick a fg to take their only lead. But that didn't last long. PSU would score on a nice 31 yard score by their TE. Gilliam would catch the ball and with his 6'6" frame he would balance his way to the endzone. Silas Redd would add a score before halftime, and it was quickly 21-10. In the third quarter PSU would keep the pressure on Stanford and they would score 16 points to make it 37-17 by the end of three. At this point, the second teamers came in the game and Penn State would use the ground to help secure the victory. Great game BK!
Two in a RowNittany Lions defeat their second top 25 team this season, 41-24The Nebraska Cornhuskers were no match for the Nittany Lions today in Happy Valley. PSU came out strong and quickly scored when Silas Redd scored from 4 yards out. But Nebraska would come right back after HB Sergio Skinner busted through for an 80 yard run. The PSU coaching staff wasn't too happy with the play of the Dline. After that it was pretty much all PSU in tonight's game. They would add another Silas Redd TD and then a punt return by WR Alex Kenney would put the Lions up 21-10 at the half. Nebraska would add a score in the third quarter but the Nittany Lions would end up tightening up on defense. They would get two interceptions in the game, including a pick six by CB Mike Wallace. Next up for PSU is the start of Big Ten play vs Northwestern. The defense will have to keep up the pace to have a shot at the conference.
*Sorry about the late recaps, and sorry about no audio in my user game. It will be up next time!
WHERE'S THE DNotre Dame and Purdue put up MONSTA numbers through the air.This was a wild one in West Laffeyette. Purdue had no business winning this game. They were down 21-0 and had their starter Rob Henry knocked out of the game all in the first quarter. Enters Sean Robinson who led an epic rally . . . twice. Down 21-0 in the first he was able to hit c. torwudzo for an 88 yard td pass. ND answered to go up 28-7. Purdue would score the last two td's of the half on passes to griffith and OJ ross for 6. At half the score was 28-21. Purdue scored again with OJ Ross to tie it at 28. ND would tack on a FG to go up 3 heading into the fourth. Rees would find Austin Collinsworth to go up 10 from 89 yards out. Rees would find jackson for another score to put the nails in the coffin. Sean Robinson had the crowbar tho. He would hit gary Bush 20 seconds later for a TD from 80 out. The defense would hold and we would find OJ Ross down the sideline who used a well timed spin move to free himself for a score from 63 out. Another hold by the defense and with a minute and some change he would drive the field again and find gary bush for the game winning TD.49-45T.Rees ND 29-38 555 yards 5 TD 1 INTS. Robinson PUR 29-46 693 yards 7 TD 1 INTOJ Ross 7 for 171 3 TDGary Bush 5 for 143 2 TDCharles Torwudzo 7 for 237 and 1 TD
Oregon Stuns USC in the Coliseum, Wins 14-13
Don't look now folks, but the Oregon Ducks are beginning to generate some serious noise after solid victories to open up the season including Purdue, Wisconsin, and now #2 USC. The fast-paced Ducks would only have the ball for 8 minutes compared to USC's 20, but would make the most of their chances.
USC would set the tone for the game in the first quarter by chewing up an obscene amount of clock, only to punt the ball away. The restless Ducks would take the field and immediately go 3 and out against a stout Trojan offense. With the ball in their hands, USC would once again march methodically down the field. Once again the Ducks defense would meet the challenge and forced USC into a FG. Having the ball for only the second time all game with just a few minutes before halftime, the Ducks would storm down the field. However, backup QB Bryan Bennett would take a nasty hit and break his toe on a play. Amazingly enough, he was able to return just 3 plays later, but would force a pass into the endzone that was picked off. The Trojans would capitalize by scoring a TD a minute before halftime on a 15 yard catch by WR Jeremy Jones.
Down 0-10 heading into the half, the Ducks knew that they were still in it. "USC completely manhandled us on both sides of the ball and didn't really allow our offense to get on the field," said coach nrg_qbz. "I told our guys to stay the course and to continue battling...good things will start to come our way." Indeed it did, as RB Lache Seastrunk caught a 7-yard TD catch halfway through the third quarter to make it a ballgame. USC would push the lead to 13-7 early in the 4th quarter, as the home crowd could almost taste victory. "It was loud in there man, but we were up to the challenge," said Seastrunk. With 3 minutes to go, Seastrunk would take a short catch and break a few tackles on his way to a 40 yard TD, setting the stage for an exciting finishing.
Facing a 4th and 2 on their own 28 yard line with just a little over 2 minutes left, the Trojans decided to go for it. "I was surprised to be honest, but that was a gutsy call that went their way," said coach nrg_qbz. The disheartened Oregon Ducks could feel the momentum shift after the Trojans converted on that play. Moving the ball down to around the Ducks 40 yard line, the Trojans would make their first major mistake of the game, as Oregon stripped the ball and recovered it. A quick 3 and out by the Ducks with a minute and a half left gave USC another chance to steal the game. However, it was not meant to be, as Oregon would come up with a huge interception that would have put the Trojans in easy FG range had they caught it. "This is a great win for the team. I'm very excited on how we've been playing and know that the sky is the limit for our guys," said Seastrunk.
Have A Berry Day!Jaamal Berry leads the Buckeyes to victory, 31-27.Another big game for the defending National Champs as they try to find their way through this season. Having suffered a heartbreaking loss at the hands of the Florida Gators in the swamp, some thought the Bucks wouldn't be prepared for this one emotionally.Despite throwing 2 interceptions, one on a WR screen that was taken for six and being benched. Taylor Graham found his way back to the field in the second half. Not learning his lesson he tried to force another throw on another WR screen as he tried to avoid a sack. Yet he still managed to lead his team to a game-winning drive to seal the deal and get the victory. We took a huge hit to our offense and will be without Ross Hunter for 2 weeks as he went down with an abdominal tear. Our receivers couldn't get open which lead to interceptions and sacks. Six sacks to be precise. JUCO TE Justin Rushing had to step-up as none of our receivers looked like they wanted to. Rushing caught the game-winning touchdown and ended with 4 catches for 78 yards. Corey Brown grabbed 1 reception but made the best out of it taking it 63 yards for a touchdown. Without the early burst by Jaamal Berry, we wouldn't have walked out of this one. Berry tore the Sooners defense up early but couldn't finish them off as they stuffed him time and time again. The defense played good forcing 3 fumbles and intercepting OU QB 2 times. We now welcome the Hawkeyes to the Shoe next week.Corey Brown takes a reception 63 yards. SS Travis Jackson makes a big-time play.
CA, I think you need to take Brown's biceps down just a touch. Maybe at 40 instead of 100.
MICHIGAN GETS VIOLENT
After thinking about it's loss to USC for 2weeks, Michigan was angry and eager to get back on the field. UCONN proved to be no match for the amped up Wolverines as they would jump out to a 31-3 halftime lead and let the 2nd teamers get a couple qtrs of action. True Freshman HB Terrell added 2 more TD's in the 3rd and the Huskies tacked on a FG to make the final 45-6.
Gardner finished 8-12 with 111 yards through the air with a TD and a pick while adding 40 yards on the ground. Fitzgerald Toussaint amassed 128 yards on just 9 carries thanks to an 80 yard TD run. He would also score on a 7 yard dive. Terrell finished with 90 yards on 9 carries and the 2 TD's.
Jr CB Kelvin Poole continues his great start with another INT that puts him at 4 through three games. This one he returned 93 yards for a TD.
Michigan must now travel to Wisconsin to face a really good Badger squad that, on paper, is every bit has good as the talented Wolverines.
Damn that guys gonna be the next superstar in WWE with that face punch
Smashing victory!PSU opens Big 10 play with a beat down
Today, the Wildcats were no match for the Nittany Lions. Penn State would race out to a 35-0 lead behind the legs of Silas Redd and the bus driving skills of QB Paul Jones. HB Redd would score four first half touchdowns and at halftime would be informed that he would sit the second half, much like all the starters. The highlight of the day had to be the emergence of QB Eddie White as a viable backup. When he came in during the second half he would not only rush for a TD but he would throw for a TD early in the third. The Wildcats would score three times on the second team defense, which Penn State will be working to mix some players around to make that unit better.
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