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Week 3 Game Summaries
Week 3 is up. Good luck coaches.
UNLV made the trip up to the Kibbie Dome, to take on the Idaho Vandals. This game didn't peak the interest of many, seeing as how both of these institutions have been bottom dwellers for the past handful of years but the game may have surprised those that decided to buy a cheap ticket.
After a shutout by both teams in the 1st quarter, UNLV jumps ahead with a solid drive capped off with a 14 yard TD run by Trotter. UNLV added another TD not 2 minutes later on a 12 TD run by the backup HB Cox, which shouldn't be a surprise as Coach distrktFIVE went on record this week saying he would find some carries for Cox, mainly by implementing more option and wildcat style packages to get the two upperclassmen on the field at the same time. UNLV tacks on a 37 yard FG to go up 17-0 at the half.
The second half was a different story though as the Vandals wouldn't lay down. A 3rd quarter TD pass put six points on the board as Idaho had issues with the extra point. UNLV responds early in the 4th quarter with a 25 yard FG from Jaekle. Idaho began to march the ball, before throwing a devastating INT. The Vandals did add another TD, a 20 yard pass from Enderle to Hardy and once again squandered the extra point. All of the wind rushed out of the Kibbie Dome after the home team Vandals neglected to recover the onside kick.
The story lines to keep an eye on are if senior QB Omar Clayton can pick up his game and help lead this offense through the air and by keying the option game. Also senior HB Channing Trotter was banged up during the game. Will he be able to rebound to form and if not can junior HB CJ Cox continue to shoulder the load.
Stat Leaders from UNLV
QB Clayton 6-18 50 yds & 7 carries for 40 yds
HB Cox 13 carries for 139 yds and 1 TD
HB Trotter 8 carries for 76 yds and 1 TD
SS Jones 9 solo tackles, 3 TFL, and 1 sack
Utah State vs. #25 Fresno State
Utah State 10 Fresno State 31
Another week and another loss for the Utah State Aggies.
This game started out strong for the Aggies however they were not able to hold it together for long as their defense once again faltered in the end.
A visibly frustrated Coach B had little to say regarding his team's latest loss other than "we will get them next time"!
QB Diodre Borel
12/24 141 yards 1 td and 2 interceptions
HB Robert Turbin
21 carries for 50 yards
6 catches for 48 yards
WR Mikhail Morgan
2 catches for 44 yards
LB Devin Johnson
7 tackles and 1 forced fumble
Arkansas State 48 UL Monroe 23
It seemed like dejavu when the Red Wolves took the field Saturday afternoon in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Another afternoon game, another rainy day and ofcourse another spread offense.
The Red Wolves opened up with the defense on their heels as the War Hawks began to immediately drive down field. That all came to a screeching hault when an intercepted option turned into a Red Wolves touchdown. From that point on the Red Wolves would not look back. They handed the War Hawks their second loss on the year.
Coach Sabo said that his team still didn't play to his expectations but he did say they were improving every week. The Red Wolves take their show on the road next week to take on conference favorite Troy who is undefeated to this point. Troy is coming away from a shocking week as their coach left for a larger pay day just 2 weeks into the regular season. Coach Sabo said that he believes the Trojans will be looking to prove a point against the Red Wolves.
Arkansas State UL Monroe
1st Downs 21 22
3rd down efficiency 14.29 27.27
4th down efficiency 100 100
Total Yards 480 575
Passing 138 330
Completion Attempts 6 - 16 15 - 28
Yards Per Pass 8.63 11.79
Rushing Attempts 30 23
Yards Per Rush 7.07 3.17
Turnovers 0 2
Fumbles Lost 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Possession 22:35 13:28
Photos and videos from this game will be posted in the Dynasty Yearbook Thread
Had to post this pic though lol
Washington State - 25
Southern Methodist - 28
In their closest game of the year, the SMU Mustangs nearly fell prey to a talented Pac-10 Washington State team that traveled all the way to Dallas for the game. Coach Brown was visibly shaken, regardless of the win. Following the old cliche of a never-satisfied Coach, he hounded his team's poor play in the locker room following an extremely close contest.
A dejected Kyle Padron, the star SMU sophomore quarterback was battered and bruised beyond recognition.
"This could have been a 40 point blow out, but you guys were dragging ass all game!" Brown was yelling at his offensive line. "4 Interceptions, more than 5 sacks.. Kyle had to scramble multiple times and throw the ball away even more times than that!" he yelled, then turning to his Wide Receiver corp, also so depleted that even a 12 WR depth couldn't stop them from having to sub a Corner in at the 5th slot on the depth chart. "You guys weren't making it any easier! I know their DB's were fast but there's more to this game than pure speed!".
Like any good coach should though, Brown paused to reflect and put some of the blame on himself.
"Listen guys," he said, kneeling down with his players as they'd been hundled around him down on one knee. "Alot of this can be put on me too. I didn't have you guys well enough prepared. There wasn't the same amount of scouting done as what we did for Tech and UAB. I over looked this game a bit, and I'm sure that was visible to you guys and led you to do the same. I'm making you a promise here and now, that won't happen again so long as I'm your Coach."
The game was extremely close, a nail biter back and forth effort marred by turn overs and dropped long balls by both teams.
Padron threw his 4th pick of the game with just 2:03 left on the clock and only a 28-25 lead, but WSU was unable to get a single first down as an incredibly stout defense held WSU. Perhaps the brightest aspect of the game was SMU's defense, led by Free Safety Chris Banjo who had another player-of-the-week performance including a 93 yard interception return for a touch down, as well as a forced fumble that led to SMU recapturing the lead in the 4th quarter.
Next up for SMU is by far the biggest test of the year. 6th ranked in state, recruiting, bragging rights rival TCU. In this annual contest TCU and SMU battle for the Iron Skillet. In the last 12 meetings, SMU has won only one game. That being the memorable 2005 match-up that saw the unranked Mustangs take down #24 TCU.
Great wins guys!
trustandfall, good luck with the Toads next week. That Iron Skillet sure would look great in the trophy case!
UTEP 51 - New Mexico State 7
The Miners put up 28 points in the 2nd quarter en route to a 51-7 win against rival New Mexico State. UTEP's offense was firing on all cylinders as their work horse Donald Buckram had another impressive game on the ground running for 246 yards and 3 TDs. QB Trevor Tittatoe played his best game of this early season completing more then 50% of his passing for 175 yards and one score will controlling the pace of the game. Although UTEP's offense put up 51 one points, the real story was on the defensive side of the ball. The Miners held the Aggies to 239 total yards. The pressure was on the Aggies all game as they only completed 9-22 passing and averaged a measly 1.05 yards a rush. When interviewed after the game this is what the Miners head coach had to say, "I thought we played the best complete games of this season so far. I was real happy with the play of Trevor and we will continue to build off of this game."
Offensive Player of the Game:
-Donald Buckram: 26 rushes- 246 yards- 3TDs
Defensive Player of the Game:
-Entire UTEP defense: Held opponent under 150 yards of total offense (rushing and passing combined)
Nevada vs Cal
In a highly touted match vs a strong Cal Bears team, the Nevada Wolf Pack failed to deliver the knock-out punch time and again. On their very first possession, Cal moved down the field with ease and was looking to score before Nevada held ground on three straight goal-line plays.
Nevada immediately answered with a field goal of their own. However, the play of the game came when running back Via Taua broke off for a long gain and only had one man to beat. Taua shook his man and dragged him into the endzone...or so it seems? Taua ended up fumbling the ball into the endzone from one yard out. Instead of being up 17-3 at halftime and receiving the ball at the beginning of the 3rd quarter, Nevada had to settle for a 10-3 lead. To add insult to injury, Taua was held out of the 2nd half due to a minor back injury. Up to that point, Taua had 79 yards on 9 carries. His backup for the rest of the game? 8 carries for 9 yards.
The 3rd quarter was where things started to unravel for the Wolf Pack. Kaepernick threw an INT on the 2nd play of the 2nd half, resulting in a near pick-6. Didn't matter though, as Cal's stud RB Vareen ran it in to tie up the score. On the ensuing kick off, Nevada KR specialist Wooten took a vicious hit on a spin move and lost the ball, resulting in 6 the other way for Cal. Two plays less then 1 minute apart, two td's for Cal.
Outside of a meaningless TD pass by Kaepernick at the end of the 4th, the Nevada Wolf Pack were clearly outplayed by Cal. "We let this one get away. Taua fumbling the ball into the endzone at the 1 yard line was a killer. In addition, we lost him for all of the second half. I can tell by our teams body language that they did not respond well to Taua's injury," said Coach Nguyen.
The road does not get easier for Nevada, as they face a tough BYU team. "We have to learn from this game and move on. BYU isn't going to be showing us any sympathy," said Coach Nguyen. "We'll be ready."
Florida International @ Texas A&M
FIU (14) @ Texas A&M (44)
In a game that was a lot closer than the score indicated the Golden Panthers went into a tough environment and hung with the Aggies for 3 quarters. Trailing 17 to 7 at halftime, the Golden Panthers came out and scored to bring the game within three points, and the score would remain that way through three quarters. In the fourth quarter the home field advantage and the Aggies pulled away from the Golden Panthers, scoring 27 unanswered points. We caught up with Coach Stewart after the game.
"Well we came into a tough environment, and we were coming off of a huge win, I don't know if we were as focused as we should have been, and that's my fault. We were up against a tough atmosphere and a tough team, and then to have our kicker go down with an injury in the first quarter, that really put us at a disadvantage in terms of punting, field goals, and kick offs. I though it said a lot about our team that we fought through that adversity and still had a chance to win the game going into the fourth quarter. I'd just like to let our fans know that we'll be watching tape, and having intense practices this week and we'll be ready for our next game, count on that."
The Golden Panthers will take on another very tough team on the road, when they travel to play the Terps of Maryland, and we'll have that game for you next week at 12:30, until then have a great week.
Zeroes to Heroes
0 Conference Titles
0-0 Bowl Games
LA Tech vs. Navy
The Bulldogs had their first true test of this young season dealing with the triple option based attack of the Navy Midshipmen.
"Those guys played really well and if they had a few more breaks, they would have won this game. That option was tough to guard, and they had us frustrated on offense also" Coach Darren Douglas stated after the game.
The first half was a defensive struggle with both teams defenses shutting the other teams offenses down to the tune of multiple 3 and outs. "Man that first half was a slugfest. It did prove to me that my defense will stand up when needed though" Douglas said.
In the 2nd half, the Midshipmen got on the board first with a Joe Buckley FG. The Bulldogs answered back with a 28 yard strike from Colby Cameron to Admad Paige to make the score 7-3 going into the 4th.
Early in the 4th, Tyrone Duplessis was knocked out of the game and his backup, DJ Morrow, filled in and caught a pass that he took 43 yards for a TD to put the Bulldogs up 14-3.
Navy answered back with a TD pass from Ricky Dobbs to Doug Furman to pull within 3.
The Bulldogs were pushed into a 3rd and 23 after two Navy sacks when Colby Cameron stipend into the teeth of a vicious Navy blitz to deliver a 77 yard strike to his favorite target Admad Paige to put the Dogs up 21-10.
Navy came back and scored with another Dobbs strike to Mike Schupp and failed on the onside kick. Tech kneeled out the clock to preserve the win.
"This was a great character building game for our kids and this should help us down the road."
The red hot Memphis Tigers offense continues to dominate small schools. For the third straight week Rbs Lance Smith and Gregory Ray rushed for over 250 yrds before both rbs had to leave the game due to injury. Rb Stephon Daniel came in and rushed for over 100yrds in the 4th to run the clock out on MTSU. Tyler Bass threw 4 touchdown passes in the first 3 qtrs before being relieved by Will Gilchrist who did not record a stat in the game. All is good in Memphis but the true test will be when they travel to Texas to play 2-1 UTEP.
San Diego State Aztecs (3-0) 37 vs Missouri Tigers (1-2) 7
The San Diego State Aztecs rolled into Columbia, Missouri with one goal in mind, a 3-0 start. They did just that, but lost one of their key players while doing so. Running back Brandon Sullivan rushed for 115 yards on 21 carries and 2 touchdowns including one of 61 yards. However Sullivan went down with a torn pectoral and will be sidelined for 6 weeks. "Its really tough to lose Brandon" said Coach E, "Hes been up there in the NCAA in rushing and we're really going to need William Kazee to fill his shoes."
Also for the Aztecs, Ryan Lindley threw for 216 yards with 3 tds and 2 picks.
On the defensive side, the Aztecs forced 2 turnovers and BJ Williams recorded 4 sacks, brining his total to an NCAA leading 9 sacks through 3 games.
Watch the Aztecs as they take on Utah State next week in their quest to continue their perfect start.
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