Discussion in 'Game Summaries' started by bravejaf, Dec 14, 2010.
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#8 Nebraska - 38
Wake Forest - 3
The Brent Wright era is underway in Lincoln
Picking up right where Martinez left off, Oklahoma transfer QB Brent Wright will certainly have a monster year if Saturday's game against Wake was any indication. 19/28 for 288 yards, with 2TD and an INT as well as 19 carries for 164 rushing yards and 3 rushing TD. HB Braylon Heard racked up 102 yards on 11 carries with a TD, and WR AJ Watson had 6 receptions for 80 yards and 2TD. Although Nebraska never blew the doors off Wake Forest, they consistently and methodically scored points, the switch in offense from Ohio's to Michigan's playbook is apparent where the Huskers are now running a more traditional spread that relies on short yardage instead of big plays like last year. The defense is extremely stacked, with 90+ players at nearly every starting position, so for Nebraska faithful it looks like this might be the year, although 3 tough conference games against Oklahoma, Texas, and Oklahoma State will be tough, and Ohio State looming at the end of the year.
FSU opens up with a somewhat surprising road shutout win vs #25 Houston 56-0. What was surprising wasn't the win, but the manner in which the score got out of hand. The FSU offense picked up right where they left off last year, with Brenton Newby throwing for 316 yards and 3 TD on 16-20 passing. 14 of his completions were split nearly equally between the top 3 WR's, with all 3 catching at least 4 passes and 1 TD.
The defense was where the surprises really appeared. The front 7 is looking pretty good, with DE Jeremy Miller terrorizing the QB (2 sacks) and MLB Chris Wright controlling the middle of the field (6 tackles, 3 TFL). The shock was how well the secondary played after the issues last year. FSU picked off 5 passes on the day, and knocked down several others, including intercepting the Houston QB on the first 3 drives. Houston's QB finished 5-18 for 37 yards and 5 INT's.
Up next - The bloom comes off the rose, as Ohio St brings their superhuman QB and loaded team down to Tallahassee.
Penn State- 45
The score is decieving as Penn State didn't have the same explosive offensive power as seasons past. The RB position remains a huge issue as the RB's totaled only 45yds on 15 carries. Bolden did have 127yds 2 TD on 11 carries, but Jones was not as effecient as he has been in the air going 17/32 244yds 3 TD 1 INT. Alabama did have a very fast defense which might have contributed to the lack of big plays. Defensively the young secondary fell victim to 325yds. Nickleback Paul Brown did have 2 early picks to spark a 28 point scond quarter. Next weeks game against USC should be a true test.....
#3 Texas - 66South Carolina 17
Texas overcomes a slow start to blow out The Gamecocks. Texas with high expectations this season started off sluggish but worked out the kinks and got the machine rolling. The Longhorns scored in all phases of the game on offense, on defense with a pick 6 and on special teams with a 90 yard kick off return to start the 3rd qtr.
Texas was able to maintain balance on offense as they rushed for 130 yards and passed for 315 yards. Soph HB Davis carried the pig 13 times for 102 yards and 3 tds. QB Wood opened the game with a 69 yrd bomb for a td on his first pass of the game. Wood would end up with solid numbers going 12-24 315 yrds with 2 tds and
2 ints. The much hyped receiving corp only had 1 drop on the day but only WR Newsome put up big numbers with 3 receptions for 132 yrds and 1 td.
The Longhorn defense played well but gave up too many yards. They put pressure on the qb getting 4 sacks on the day with 11 hurries and 9 knock downs. The defense also came away with 4 ints with 1 being returned for a TD.
The Buckeyes enter their third season with RS-JR Larry Walters at QB. Walters has only lost 2 games in his OSU career and both opponents were the NCAA champion that season. Notre Dame would not be the third team to defeat Walters as the Buckeyes demolished the Irish. OSU set the tone early as Ross Hand picked off a pass on the first play from scrimmage. He returned it 21 yards for the score. Hand was playing his first game at CB after starting for 2 seasons at free safety. His productivity was not diminished by the position change and he picked off a second pass later in the game. RS-SR Christian Bryant and FR Shannon Mitchell also picked off passes for OSU. Aside from the interceptions Andrew Hendrix actually had a productive day for Notre Dame. He passed for 251 yards but only threw 1 TD pass.
On the offensive side Walters was efficient and did not make mistakes. He threw for just 1 more yard than Hendrix but Walters avoided turning it over. He also accounted for 4 of Ohio State's touchdowns, 3 passing and 1 rushing. The passing touchdowns went to the same source, senior WR Gerald Harris. Harris finished with 5 receptions and 125 yards. He could have scored a fourth touchdown but was taken down at the 1 yard line. The surprise on the offensive side was true freshman halfback Chad Gilbert. Despite running behind the backup offensive line, Gilbert led the team with 102 yards rushing. His big play was a 66 yard run up the middle that went for a touchdown.
Things should get tougher for OSU in week 2. The reigning ACC champion Criminoles are the Buckeyes' next opponent. Coach Dru has some very good young talent on the roster and they will be a serious test for the Buckeyes.
Offensive Player of the Game: Gerald Harris 5 receptions 125 yards 3 TD
Defensive Player of the Game: Ross Hand 3 tackles (2 solo, 1 assisted) 2 interceptions 1 TD
06:53 TD Ohio State Ross Hand CB #45 21 yard interception
03:03 TD Ohio State Larry Walters QB #5 20 yard rush
01:10 TD Notre Dame Bennett Jackson WR #87 5 yard pass from Andrew Hendrix QB #12
00:23 TD Ohio State Gerald Harris WR #85 23 yard pass from Larry Walters QB #5
05:54 FG Ohio State Aaron Allen K #10 36 yard field goal
04:48 TD Ohio State Gerald Harris WR #85 17 yard pass from Larry Walters QB #5
01:38 TD Ohio State Gerald Harris WR #85 31 yard pass from Larry Walters QB #5
00:08 TD Ohio State Roderick Smith HB #25 1 yard rush
03:52 TD Ohio State Gary Nealy HB #26 2 yard rush
01:12 FG Ohio State Aaron Allen K #10 21 yard field goal
06:12 TD Ohio State Chad Gilbert HB #48 66 yard rush
Minnesota - 58
Arizona - 0
Minnesota lays the smack down on PAC 10 foe Arizona in the season opener. The offense was powered by senior HB Lamonte Edwards, who ran for 209 yards on 11 carries in 2 quarters of work. On defense, DE Chris Harris had four sacks and a forced fumble. Next up, Minnesota heads to Pullman to battle the Cougars.
Player of the Game - HB Lamonte Edwards - 11 Rushes - 209 Yards - 1/0
Minnesota - 28
Washington State - 10
Beazus wins the battle of the attorneys, as Minnesota defeats Washington State in Pullman. On offense, freshman QB Quentin Robinson looked like a seasoned veteran, and had good success moving the ball down the field. Unfortunately for the Gophers, star HB Lamonte Edwards suffered a back injury in the first quarter and will miss the next 11 (?!?!?) weeks. Defensively, the Gophers were far from stout but benefited from two timely interceptions which were too much for the Cougars to overcome.
GG Wazzu - the PAC 10 should get pretty interesting once you get some recruits.
Player of the Game - QB Quentin Robinson - 11/11 - 159 Yards - 1/0 (44 Rushing Yards - 1 TD)
the two interceptions really hurt. The first was when Connor Halliday airmailed a pass to the open tight end, the second the Cougs were driving deep into Gopher territory when Connor Halliday forced a pass he probably shouldn't have. It appears the Cougars defense still needs some work, it seemed like the Gophers could do whatever they wanted. The Gophers had way too many third and shorts.
Week 1: North Carolina 21, Pittsburgh 9
The Panthers took the opening kickoff, had a nice drive, capping it off with a field goal to make it 3-0. Then the Heels got the ball and ran a draw play for senior RB Giovanni Bernard for their first offensive play of the new season.
I don't know how to embed videos, but here's what happened: http://www.easports.com/media/play/video/55746168
Bernard would be the star of the game for the Heels, scoring all 3 Carolina touchdowns (2 on the ground, 1 in the air) as UNC won its debut. Bernard had 165 yards rushing. Junior QB James Johnson started his first game and did reasonably well, going 9-18, but Coach Vandermint isn't guaranteeing him another start for the Week 3 showdown with Oklahoma.
The Heels got some bad news in recruiting--a disconnect that meant none of our scholarship offers went out. No insta-commits the first week as a result and we slid down the line on some key recruits. Hopefully we can make up for this technical lapse quickly, as the best shot UNC has at getting some recruits home is coming soon with rival NC State coming to Chapel Hill in week 4.
@Jman and @Papa Perry, where is the write up? I want to hear out this one went down!!
since we know Perry will never actually do a game write up (when was his last one, back in august?), can you post the score slick? I can't get to the wire and I'm curious who won.
Oklahoma St after being tied at half time 17-17 scored 10 unanswered pts, including a safety, in the 4th qtr to win 27-24.
dang, solid W for jman....
Penn State- 21
This was an ugly game for both teams as both offenses struggled for the most part. Penn State took control of the game early with a 10-6 halftime lead. Jones connected with Kinney on a 61yd pass TD and the Nittany Lions kept the Trojans out of the endzone. The second half belonged to the Trojans as their passing game started to click as they picked on the FR CB. Down 20-13 Penn State scored late and decided to go for 2 and it paid off. Penn State made some adjustments defensively switching their corners which seemed to work as the deep threat Manning wasn't able to come up with a catch on the Trojans last drive. GG Cole, I don't see you losing another one....
#3 Texas - 48
#12 Florida - 14
Texas passing attack to much for the Gators. Texas rolled to a 31-0 halftime lead on the arm of Connor Wood. Wood finished 3 qtrs of action going 15 of 23 for 322yrds and 2 tds. WR Davis had another huge game hauling in 9 receptions for 215yrds and 1 td. The Longhorn running game struggled holding on to the ball. HB Davis and HB Kemp both put the ball on the ground with Florida scooping them up and returning them for TDs. These would be Florida's only scores of the day as the Texas defense held the Gator offense scoreless. The Texas defense played strong D and only gave up 108 total yrds of offense and recovered 2 fumbles.
Texas returns to Austin next week for their home opener against the USC Trojans who are coming off a 1pt loss to Penn State.
FSU pulls out a late win vs Ohio State 31-28. Neither teams defenses played well, with each team getting only one stop on the day, unfortunately for the buckeyes, their stop came in the 1st quarter and the Seminoles got theirs late in the 4th quarter with the game tied.
Good game brave.
Player of the game - QB Brenton Newby, 25-35 for 375 yards, 3 TDs 1 INT
When I had season tickets for Cougar football games, a guy was there an official Oregon Duck Sign that he must have stolen from Eugene. The sign had been modified, instead of saying GO Oregon Ducks, it read "O MY GOD THE OREGON DUCKS SUCK!" Well today the Oregon Ducks sucked today against the WSU Cougars. Cougar QB Connor Halliday threw for over 400 yards and 3 TDs. The Cougs flat out dominated, there were no broken tackles by any Duck running back like last year's match up. I have attached two highlights, the first I thought epitimize the difference between last season's game and this season. The second, shows everyone how on fire the Cougs were.
To say Ohio State was disappointed by the loss to Florida State is a gross understatement. Coach Brave was on his defense all week for their awful performance against the Seminoles. For at least the week 3 game against Bama the defense decided to show up. The Buckeyes forced 2 interceptions and recovered a fumble in this game. The fumble was scooped up by Jordan Norton and he returned it for the touchdown. Ross Hand and Christian Bryant were credited with the interceptions. On offense Ohio State was a little too agressive and this led to some mistakes. QB Larry Walters threw 2 picks and a season high 11 incomplete passes. Several of the incomplete passes were nearly picked off by Bama. Walters was also sacked 3 times in this game. On the positive side he still completed more than 50% of his pass attempts, threw for 243 yards and passed for a TD. The TD pass was completed to redshirt freshman Ryan Barrow. TE1/WR4 Antonio Murray led the team with 7 catches for 128 yards. On the ground Roderick Smith punched in 2 short scores and finished with 84 yards. True freshman Chad Gilbert also added 34 yards and a TD through the rushing attack. Ohio State has a bye in week 4 before a week 5 rematch with the reigning champion Penn State Nittany Lions.
Ohio State 41
Offensive Player of the Game - Roderick Smith 14 carries 84 yards 2 TD
Defensive Player of the Game - Jordan Norton 1 tackle 1 fumble recovery 1 TD
04:01 TD Ohio State Roderick Smith HB #25 3 yard rush
06:37 TD Ohio State Roderick Smith HB #25 3 yard rush
03:23 TD Ohio State Jordan Norton LOLB #54 18 yard fumble
00:00 FG Ohio State Aaron Allen K #10 42 yard field goal
05:10 TD Ohio State Ryan Barrow WR #81 16 yard pass from Larry Walters QB #5
03:55 TD Alabama Fred Bellamy WR #84 15 yard pass from Will White QB #11
04:12 TD Ohio State Chad Gilbert HB #48 1 yard rush
00:21 FG Ohio State Aaron Allen K #10 43 yard field goal
Week 3: #10 Oklahoma 42, North Carolina 21
For a while there, luck was a match for skill, but eventually the Sooners took over and dominated the visiting Tar Heels.
Carolina got on the board first in one of those unexpected ways they'd need to have any shot--after going 3-and-out OU gamely tried to field a punt and was lit up by reserve CB Tre Boston. The other gunner, Lance Martin, picked it up and went 38 yards on the fumble recovery TD.
Then OU went down the field. 7-7.
On the next Tar Heel possession, RS FR Mark Craft, getting his first start, threw an interception and set up OU with great field position. Of course, the Sooners soon converted and took a 14-7 lead.
The Sooner defense, dominant all day, had the Tar Heels in a bad spot again, facing 3rd and long, when Craft somehow found WR Sean Tapley. The OU defender zigged when he should have zagged and Tapley got loose for a 77 yard TD to make it 14-14 at the end of the 1st quarter.
Then OU went down the field. 21-14.
The Heels got the ball back and Craft showed why he's getting the start despite a horrible accuracy rating. Craft's a pretty nifty athlete, and on an option play kept it, broke a few tackles, and peeled off a 77 yard run before being knocked out of bounds inside the 15. (Incindentally, that was on another tackle he broke but just couldn't keep inbounds.) The Heels took about 17 plays to move it the rest of the way (including a fairly daring scramble right up the middle on 3rd and 3 by Craft again) but Giovanni Bernard finally punched it in from 3 yards out to make it 21-21 with 32 seconds to go in the half.
The Heels made a tactical error on the kickoff, pooching it and setting the Sooners up at the 35 with 2 TOs. Bad move because...
Then OU went down the field. 28-21 at the half, with the Sooners receiving the second half kickoff.
Then OU went down the field. 35-21.
Then UNC punted, and then...well, actually UNC forced a punt. But then the Heels turned it over again, OU got another score, and OU started running it straight up the gut to kill the game.
Oklahoma QB John Massey was nearly perfect on the day, 14-16 for 243 yards and 3 TDs. RB Martin Jones got 107 yards and 1 score. For Carolina, QB Craft was merely 7-20 and threw a couple of those terrible balls that just soar on a QB with 74 in accuracy. But he also showed he can make some plays with his feet so he may hold onto the starting spot for next week's home game with rival NC State.
GG Twist--other than fielding that punt I thought you played basically a flawless game. We were lucky to keep it as close as we did.
#8 USC @ #2 Texas
-The Trojans rode their white horse into Austin with a chip on their shoulder after getting robbed of a win against #1 Penn State. The defense was the key early and throughout as they were able to force three turnovers in the first half and Texas' offense never got into rythm. The USC defense was able to hold the Horns to 167 total yards and no red zone trips despite the Trojan offense throwing 3 pics of their own.
Dillon Baxter scored once on the ground and Casey Mitchell was only good on third down while Sean Salas carried 23 times for 79 yards as the offense did just enough to stay in the game. As a matter of fact the USC offense actually gave Texas one of their two only touchdowns on an interception return by senior Jordan Hicks.
In the end though Mitchell kept drives going as USC went 5 of 9 on third down and the Trojan kept making stops as Texas was 1 of 5. In the end USC would take a 10+ play drive and control the ball for 4 + minutes to score a field goal with less than a minute left to take a 24 - 17 lead. Texas out of timeouts made a solid completion on it's first play and then just missed an open receiver on its second. On the final play it looked as if the Horns receiver may have a chance to snag the ball just insid the 5 but alas the skin hit the turf and the Trojans rode off victorious.
Big win for USC as Texas is loaded. Nice job Cole.
The vaunted Texas offense could never get going against the USC defense. Connor Wood played his worst game as a Longron going 8-17 for 124 yrds with 1 td and 3 ints. The Longhorn ground game could only gain 43 yards. The Horns' defense could not stop the USC offense as the Trojans ran 51 plays to Texas' 27.
Great game! That QB had me really flustered. And that PR just about got benched.
Week 4: North Carolina 42, NC State 3
In a rivalry game with 12 recruits present, the Heels hammered the Wolfpack in a score worthy of the Trifecta League. It's the first time since early in season 3 that UNC has really destroyed an opponent, and maybe the first time ever against a D-I school. In any event, it felt good to skull-f**k somebody. RB Giovanni Bernard had 133 yards on 20 carries and 3 TDs and the UNC defense picked off 3 passes. The Mark Craft experiment at QB continues: no highlight film runs and a workmanlike 9-16 (0TD/1INT) through the air, including a play that looked perfect on a play-action rollout but actually was completed to a different receiver than intended. Still counts on the statsheet though.
The Heels are in the deep water again next week against the Seminoles.
#2 Nebraska - 52
#22 Wisconsin - 21
For the first time this season, the Nebraska offense was clicking on all cylinders, and boy, does Brent Wright sure look special. How Oklahoma let him go we'll never know . Wright racked up 317 passing yards with 4TD and 0INT on 22/34 passing, and had 17 carries for 153 rushing yards and 2TD on the ground, a total of 6TD on the day. Braylon Heard contributed with 12 carries for 110 yards and 3 receptions at HB, while "The Initial Bros." C.J. Dykes and A.J. Watson combined for 11 catches and 156 yards with 4TD, 2 a piece. Quincy Enunwa had 5 receptions for 65 yards in the slot. This game was close early, and Wisconsin had a 7-3 lead midway through the 2nd quarter, but Nebraska scored 42 of the next 49 points en route to the blowout. The Huskers host Kansas next week before traveling to Sooner country to take on Oklahoma in Week 6, which should be a dandy with Brent Wright and co. returning to their former stadium.
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