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University of Phoenix Pride

Discussion in 'Thread Archive' started by Mallard Muscle, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. Mallard Muscle

    Mallard Muscle Blue Chip Prospect

    May 8, 2009
    University of Phoenix Pride

    Week 1 - UPHX @ #24 UTAH - Rivalry Game


    The first game for the Pride proved to be an old fashioned style WAC barn burner. The defense in this game was so bad it became a joke to even try to fire up the defenders at halftime with a score of 42-31 in favor of UPHX.

    The irony of it all was established from the first play from scrimmage when UPHX redshirt freshman free safety Jonathan McCollum picked off Utah quarterback Robert Johnson and took it to the house for six. McCollum was so excited about his first big play that he almost blew the easy score with an acrobatic dive into the endzone.

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    While everyone on the offensive side of the ball for either team had career type days, the real hero for UPHX may have been the third string sophomore running back Kenneth Dailey. Dailey displayed fantastic vision on consecutive kickoff returns for touchdowns in the first quarter that kept the Pride sideline fired up and optimistic after disappointing efforts by the defense to stop the Utes high powered offense.

    Utah used an efficient passing game combined with a deadly running attack to keep the Pride defense reeling all game. Utah junior quarterback Corbin Louks completed 25 of 41 passes for 436 yards with 4 touchdowns, but he was also his teams own worst enemy by being intercepted 4 times.

    The Utes start running back, Mark Asiata, could not be stopped. That is until the trainers pinned him to the table after a third quarter chest injury. In two and a half quarters Asiata racked up 117 yards and a touchdown on just 11 carries. To say he had is way with the Pride defense would be putting it lightly.

    The pride countered the Utes with their own potent offense led by senior quarterback Justin Hurley. Hurley made quick, efficient decisions passing the ball and finished with 356 yards and 5 touchdowns on 13 of 19 passing. Surprisingly, his favorite target became third string junior wide receiver Jeremy Lloyd who scorched the Utes defense for 155 yards and 3 touchdowns on just 3 receptions. One catch and run in particular had not just the Pride sideline buzzing, but the entire stadium as well.

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    Asiata wouldn't be the only running back to display some incredible power running the ball. UPHX junior running back Daniel Hansen put together a fantastic all around game rushing 21 times for 148 yards and a touchdown. Hansen became the anchor of the offense late in the game as the Pride tried to chew up the clock and escape Rice-Eccles Stadium with the upset of their bitter rivals.

    Even while holding a 63-38 advantage with 57 seconds left in the third quarter, the Pride did not feel comfortable with their lead. It wasn't until Hansen broke loose up the middle for a 28 yard touchdown run with 1:45 left to play did the Pride exhale and begin to soak in the 70-53 upset.

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    Offensive Player of the Game: Quarterback, Justin Hurley - 13-19, 356 yards, 5 TD, 1 INT

    Defensive Player of the Game: Free Safety, Jonathan McCollum - 9 tackles, 2 INT, 1 deflection, 1 TD
  2. Razcalking1978

    Razcalking1978 OFFL TeamBuilder Commish

    Feb 11, 2009
    Nice stuff and a great write-up. Saw the score in the dynasty and knew it had to be a good one.
  3. Basis4aDay56

    Basis4aDay56 Walk On

    Feb 22, 2009
    Great write-up man! Fun to read, and nice win.
  4. Mallard Muscle

    Mallard Muscle Blue Chip Prospect

    May 8, 2009
    Week 3 - UPHX vs. Daytona

    After a disappointing Week two performance against the only BCS school the Pride will face in the 2009, they came out with the same fire displayed in their week one game. Despite scoring on their first possession of the game in three plays, the Marauders were held to only 17 points in the first half while the Pride put 35 on the board to hold a solid lead.

    The pride maintained their 18 point lead going into the 4th quarter thanks to outstanding play from the UPHX Senior Quarterback Justin Hurley. However, it was Running Back Daniel Hansen who would steal the show in the inaugural home game.

    After taking a 25 point lead with 6 minutes left to play the Marauders Junior Strong Safety Terrell Burgess would pick up a Pride fumble and take it to the house for six. Daytona Beach would follow the defensive touchdown with a successful onside kick, a passing touchdown, and two point conversion cutting the Pride league to 10 points with 1:19 left in the game.

    Then the player of the game, Hansen, stepped up and shut the door on a comeback with a solid 39 yard rushing touchdown to put the score at 56-39 in favor of the Pride.

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    Just to be sure that the Marauders had no chance to comeback and make the game close, UPHX Cornerback, Calvin Stratton picked off a Paul Mason pass and took it to the house. Final score UPHX 63, Daytona Beach 39.

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    Game Ball

    Quarterback, Justin Hurley: 20-20, 234 Yards, 2 TD, 5 Carries, 17 Yards

    Running Back, Daniel Hansen: 25 Carries, 184 Yards, 5 TD, 9 Receptions, 79 Yards

    Running Back, Kenneth Dailey: 2 Kick Returns, 117 Yards, TD
  5. Mallard Muscle

    Mallard Muscle Blue Chip Prospect

    May 8, 2009
    Week 4 - UPHX vs. BYU

    UPHX 59 - BYU 73

    Sorry guys, I just can't post a full review of this one. It still stings too much. Giving up 3 touchdowns in the last 4 minutes and being unable to answer those scores is still making me mad.

    Key Statistic
    Total Yards: UPHX - 934, BYU - 1051 :confused:
  6. Mallard Muscle

    Mallard Muscle Blue Chip Prospect

    May 8, 2009
    Week 6 - UPHX @ Las Vegas State

    The Pride opened WAC conference play against the Las Vegas State Outlaws in week 6. Coming off a ridiculous game against BYU where they gave up over 1000 yards, UPHX was desperate to get back on the right track and forget the ugly mess a week earlier.

    The first quarter saw both teams get into the endzone just once and it looked as if the game would be a battle back and forth throughout. Then the Pride offense started clicking in the second quarter when Justin Hurley hit Patrick Archer for a 44 yard touchdown pass.

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    The Pride continued to pour it on in the second quarter with additional touchdowns by Hansen and Hurley. UPHX felt very confident taking a solid 28-7 lead into halftime knowing they were receiving the ball to start the third quarter.

    The third quarter started much like the way the entire second quarter went. Hurley hit Hanson on a quick screen pass which Hansen broke up the sideline for 54 yards to push the Pride lead to 35-7.

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    With the game in hand at 42-14 to start the fourth quarter the Pride started to chew up the game clock and escape Las Vegas without any serious injuries. However, the Outlaws would not let them out easy as they kept battling till the end by scoring 22 fourth quarter points. It wasn't enough to pull out the win but the Outlaws did make the final score look respectable with a 47-36 defeat at the hands of UPHX.

    Game Ball

    Quarterback, Justin Hurley: 13-16, 248 yards, 4 TD, INT, 1 Carry, 14 yards

    Running Back, Daniel Hansen: 25 Carries, 213 Yards, 2 TD, 2 Receptions, 64 Yards, TD
  7. Mallard Muscle

    Mallard Muscle Blue Chip Prospect

    May 8, 2009
    2009 Hawaii Bowl - The University of Phoenix Pride vs. Daytona Beach Marauders​

    The Marauders dug themselves an early hole when their first two possessions ended in turnovers. The Pride took advantage and smashed into the endzone twice with Daniel Hansen to make the score 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.

    Both defenses struggled in the game but once the Pride had a two touchdown lead they felt comfortable in their ability to put points on the board and stay ahead of the dangerous Daytona Beach offense.

    The teams would trade scores throughout the game until the fourth quarter when the Pride chewed the clock and finished a time consuming drive with a 3 yard touchdown run.

    Daniel Hansen could simply could not be stopped. In all likely hood he ended his career with possibly his best game ever racking up over 350 yards of offense.
    Carries Rush Yds Rush Yds/Carry Rush TD Receptions Rec Yds Rec Yds/Carry Rec TD
    30 247 8.2 5 4 121 30.2 1[/SIZE]

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q Final
    Phoenix 14 14 21 7 56
    Daytona Beach 0 14 14 0 28[/SIZE]

    2009 University of Phoenix Pride Season in Review

    As it turns out, the Pride were just about to turn the corner with the victory at Las Vegas State They went out and finished the final 8 games of the season with a 7-1 record. Only a loss to Fresno State in conference play blemished what will be a record setting inaugural season in the WAC.

    Awards & Championships​

    2009 Western Athletic Conference Champions

    Junior Running Back Daniel Hansen: Heisman Memorial Trophy, Doak Walker Running Back Award

    Carries Rush Yds Rush Yds/Carry Rush Yds/Game Rush TD Receptions Rec Yds Rec Yds/Carry Rec Yds/Game Rec TD
    333 1940 5.8 149.2 36 54 864 16.0 66.5 7[/SIZE]

    Sophomore Running Back Kenneth Dailey:
    Returner of the Year

    Kick Ret KR Yds KR Yds/Ret Long KR TD Punt Ret PR Yds PR Yds/Ret Long TD
    39 1240 31.8 93 4 24 248 10.3 76 1[/SIZE]

    1st Team NCAA All-Americans: Running Back Daniel Hansen, Running Back/Returner Kenneth Dailey

    Freshman NCAA All-American: Free Safety Jonathan McCollum

    1st Team All-WAC: Quarterback Justin Hurley, Running Back Daniel Hansen, Wide Receiver Jeremy Lloyd, Tight End Chris Crowder, Defensive Tackle Dustin Barr, Corner Back Andy Martinez, Running Back/Returner Kenneth Dailey

    2nd Team All-WAC: Defensive End Scott Herring, Strong Safety E.J. Ashley, Punter Marcel Gilmore

    Future 1st day NFL Draft prospect Daniel Hansen absolutely wore defenses down this season. He put the Pride on his back and carried them every single week, but the path would have been much more difficult without Senior Quarterback Justin Hurley making the calls under center. Just like Hansen accomplished running the ball, Hurley set new school records in total yards and touchdowns in 2009. Only Tim Tebow and Maxwell Award winner Dan LeFevour achieved a higher passer rating than Hurley in 2009.

    The University of Phoenix Pride will definitely embrace the surprising 10-3 season and Hawaii Bowl Victory, but this is a team that has to replace 21 seniors for their 2010 campaign. It's nice to be on top but we'll see how the young lion cubs handle the targets on their backs next season.

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