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Sunday's List of 13: Wrapping up a college football Saturday
13) The last 1:12 of the Michigan-Notre Dame game was great theater, as long as you're not a Notre Dame fan. 114,804 fans paid to see an exciting but not great game- there were eight turnovers and Michigan averaged just under 31 yards a completion. Not the best defense, but for tension and excitement and bad throwback jerseys, this game was fun to watch.
12) As far as Wolverine QB Denard Robinson goes, we need a bowl game with him and Robert Griffin III of Baylor, just for the hell of it.
11) Then there was the bizarre end of the Utah-USC game, which is going to take a little time to explain. Utah tried a 41-yard FG to tie the game with 0:11 left to play, but it was blocked, and USC ran the ball back for a TD that put them ahead 23-14 with no time left on the clock.
One small problem, there was a flag on the USC bench for celebrating too much, so the referee and the Versus TV people went off their air with the final score 17-14, USC. The betting line? Trojans, minus-8.5 points. You get the idea that there might have been some chaos in Las Vegas, eh?
10) The kicker is that a little while after the game, the Pac-10 comes out and says that the celebration rule that nullifies a TD only applies to the guys who are IN THE GAME, so the celebration penalty on substitutes didn't nullify the TD, and USC was officially declared a 23-14 winner.
As far as I know, and please correct me if I'm wrong, Vegas paid out on a 17-14 USC final., which made Utah backers the winners. Must have been quite a scene in the sportsbooks.
9) Oh lost in all of this, South Carolina beat Georgia 45-42 and Auburn upset Mississppi State 41-34, stopping the Bulldogs at the 1-foot line on the last play of the game. The SEC doesn't lack for drama, either. I mean, South Carolina scored two defensive TDs and had a 68-yard TD run by a defensive end on a fake punt, and they only won by three points. Damn.
8) Yes, Melvin Ingram is a defensive end for the Gamecocks; not only did he score on the fake punt, he scored a clinching TD on defense with 3:12 left to play, and he recovered Georgia's onside kick with 2:15 left. Yes, he is a defensive end on the hands team. Go figure.
7) Army ran the ball for 403 yards against San Diego State; Rutgers had a +5 turnover ratio against North Carolina. They both lost. Weird day.
6) Colorado's Paul Richardson caught 11 passes for 284 yards and couple of TDs as he did his best Jerry Rice imitation in the Buffs' 36-33 OT loss to the Cal Bears, who whacked Colorado 52-7 last year. You get the idea that the Colorado coaches will be good recruiters, and in a couple years, they're going to be a very tough out in the Pac-10.
5) Penn State completed just 12 of 39 passes in an ugly loss to Alabama; they're now 1-10 vs spread in their last 11 games as an underdog. It begs the question, it just has to, at what point does recruiting get hurt because the head coach is going to be 85 in December? Joe Paterno is an icon, one of the best coaches ever. Who decides when it is time for him to retire?
4) UCLA pulled away from San Jose State late, winning 27-17, but they allowed 202 rushing yards, the 8th time in their last nine games they've given up 150+ yards in the ground. Thats a very glaring weakness.
3) ESPN.com had this headline on a story from Friday's night's game out in the desert: "Arizona State stuns #21 Missouri." Maybe its me, but I'm expecting freakin' ESPN to know that Arizona State was favored to win that game by 10 points. Only stunning outcome was if ASU lost.
2) Biggest upset of the day was New Mexico State (+20) upsetting the Golden Gophers 28-21 in Minnesota. Gophers' coach Kill had a seizure on the field in the last minute of the game, brought on by dehydration. He was in stable condition Saturday night. We wish him well.
1) Ten years ago today our country was stunned by the hideous acts that took thousands of innocent lives. You can't forget that day, you just hope it never happens again, and that the world will become a more sane place. We pray for those who lost loved ones, and hope they stay strong.