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Sunday's List of 13: Wrapping up an active sports Saturday in case you missed anything in College Football.........
13) Florida State looked really, really good in ringing up 667 yards on a good Clemson team, pulling away to beat the Tigers 49-37. Clemson led by 10 points in the second half before the Seminoles got hot.
12) Central Michigan scored 9 points in game's last 0:45 as Chippewas went to Iowa City and stunned a lackluster Hawkeye squad, 32-31.
Somewhere, Central Michigan alum Dick Enberg is smiling.
11) When was last time Northwestern/Minnesota were both 4-0?
10) Oregon State won at UCLA, then the whole team went to In 'n Out Burger before heading back to Corvallis. Beavers deserve to be ranked this week, starting season off by beating Wisconsin/UCLA.
9) Army scored 40-37 points the last two weeks, but somehow lost both games- they lost 49-37 at Wake Forest, in game where total yardage was in favor of the Deacons, but not by much (517-506).
8) 84,923 suckers paid to see Nebraska lay waste to Idaho State, 73-7; do they charge as much for that game as they do for their conference games? It is embarrassing that teams like Nebraska play I-AA teams, and in no way are they only ones. Florida State played two of those stiffs this month.
7) So Duke plays Memphis in football; why not play them in basketball, too? Oh thats right, Memphis could beat them in basketball. Memphis is awful in football, and has been since they fired Tommy West.
6) Good comeback by Colorado, 69-14 losers at Fresno State last week; they were down 31-14 in 4th quarter at Washington State yesterday, before a late rally gave the Buffs a wild 35-34 win in Pullman.
5) Rutgers already has three road wins; by the way, interesting story this week about how awful lot of NFL types despise Bucs' coach Greg Schiano, for his poor treatment of NFL scouts while he was coaching Rutgers. Will be interesting to see how the Bucs going forward from here.
4) Miami Hurricanes were 31-52/436 passing, rang up 609 total yards in a 42-36 OT win at Georgia Tech, a game Tech once led 36-19, after Miami had raced to a 19-0 lead. Not often you score 36 points in a row and lose.
3) The wheels have completely fallen off at Arkansas, which lost 35-26 at home to Rutgers. Game opened as a pick 'em in Vegas last Sunday, but so much action came in on Arkansas that it was taken off board and re-posted at Hogs -7. 72,543 Arkansas fans went home very unhappy.
2) Fresno State scored two defensive TDs at Tulsa, but missed the PAT after both TDs, and wound up losing 27-26 to Golden Hurricane. Looks as if Fresno State has an improved team.
1) Congrats to the Reds/Giants, who clinched their divisions in baseball last night; 11 days to go in the season, still much to be decided. Best wishes to Cincy manager Dusty Baker-- get well soon.
Monday's List of 13: Wrapping up an NFL Sunday..........
13) Games don't get more bizarre than Detroit-Tennessee game; Titans scored TDs on a kick return, punt return, and fumble return, but also gave up two TDs in last 0:18 of regulation, so the game wound up 41-41 in OT. Then things got really strange............
12) Titans kicked a FG to go ahead 44-41, but under a new rule, Lions got the ball once with a chance to tie/win game. Faced with 4th-and-1 at Titans' 7-yard line, Detroit lined up to try and draw the Titans offside, but due to confusion, the center snapped the ball and the Lions were stopped short of the first down, and the Titans won.
If Detroit had just kicked the field goal, game would've continued in the old sudden death format, but they tried to get cute and they got burned.
11) Going into Week 3, NFL teams were averaging 4.95 points/red zone drive. In 15 games so far this week, teams scored 438 points on 97 red zone drives, an average of 4.52 points/drive.
10) Jets were especially putrid in the red zone, scoring one TD, kicking three FGs in five red zone drives. San Diego fumbled on both of theirs in an awful 27-3 home loss to Atlanta.
If anyone has a clue of what Jets try to do on offense, let me know, because I can't tell. They've undermined Sanchez by bringing in Tebow, but they don't use Tebow. They don't play like a well-coached team, and now if Revis is done for the year, they're going to need a more productive offense.
9) Chiefs were down 24-6 in New Orleans, sitting at 0-2, so things were bit bleak for the Chiefs, but Jamaal Charles ran around left end for 91-yard TD, and Kansas City scored the last 21 points of the game, shocking the Saints 27-24 in OT. Head-coachless, GM-less New Orleans is now 0-3.
Charles' long run was Kansas City's only TD of day; they kicked six FGs.
8) Saints have given up 1,432 yards in three games, 3rd-most in league history after three games, less than '06 Texans (1,451), '79 Colts (1,452).
7) Oakland Raiders' possessions Sunday:
First five possessions: 13 plays, 78 yards, 7 points.
Last five possessions: 45 plays, 343 yards, 27 points.
6) Baltimore Ravens' possessions Sunday:
First three drives: 7 plays, 17 yards, no points.
Ravens' last seven drives: 59 plays, 486 yards, 31 points.
These coaches are expert at making adjustments during the game.
5) Indianapolis kicked a field goal with 0:56 left to grab a 17-16 lead, but Jacksonville struck on a 80-yard TD pass on the next play, pulling out a dramatic 22-16 win at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indy.
Both Jaguar TDs scored on one-play drives (59-80 yards).
4) Raiders' come-from-behind win was first time in nine years Oakland won when trailing by 10+ points in 4th quarter. They had lost 49 such games in a row, so good win for Dennis Allen, the day after he turned 40.
3) Houston QB Matt Schaub actually lost part of his ear when a hard hit knocked his helmet off; TV announcers wouldn't say it, but its stupid to have a radio transmitter inside these helmets. Doesn't make things safer.
2) Detroit-Tennessee game was first game in NFL history with five TDs of 60+ yards. Titans even pulled off another Music City Miracle.
1) My heart goes out to Ravens' WR Torrey Smith, whose younger brother died in a motorcycle accident late Saturday night. Smith played and scored a couple TDs Sunday night. Tough times for the young man and his family.