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Posted on: September 4, 2010 9:13 pm
 

Cam Newton off to scintillating start

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Sure, it's just Arkansas State, but if Florida transfer Cam Newton's first two quarters as an Auburn Tiger are any indication, Auburn is in for a heck of a season this year.

In the first half, Newton threw for 100 yards, ran for nearly 150 more, and scored four touchdowns--2 on the ground, 2 in the air. Three of his touchdowns came from at least 36 yards out.

Auburn leads Arkansas State 35-16 early in the second half.

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Category: NCAAF
Posted on: September 4, 2010 9:12 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2010 9:20 pm
 

UNC's Marvin Austin subpoenaed

Posted by Tom Fornelli

While he's back in Chapel Hill watching his North Carolina teammates battle LSU on television, Marvin Austin no doubt has a lot on his mind.  We already know he's frustrated by everything going on with the NCAA's investigation of several UNC players' involvement with agents and being suspended indefinitely by the team, but now he's got something else on his plate.

According to an AP report in the Charlotte Observer , Austin was served with a subpeona on Friday night.

The report says that the North Carolina Secretary of State's office issued the subpeona to Austin as the state is now investigating if any laws were broken by the agents who have helped get so many players in trouble over the last few weeks.  A spokesman for the Secretary of State's office, George Jeter, declined comment on the subpeona, saying only that "it's an active, ongoing inquiry at this time."

It doesn't sound as if Austin is in danger of any legal ramifications for whatever role he may or may not have played in this mess, but the fact of the matter is that when the Secretary of State's office is getting involved, it's not good news.  Odds are it's not going to help him get back on the field anytime soon, either.

I don't think this is the kind of education Austin was hoping to receive when he decided to return for his senior season.

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Posted on: September 4, 2010 7:21 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2010 7:23 pm
 

Jacksonville State rallies, stuns Ole Miss in OT

Posted by Adam Jacobi

It took a few hours, but with I-AA Jacksonville State's massive upset of Ole Miss in double overtime, the college football season has officially begun.

Jacksonville State trailed 31-13 in the fourth quarter before coming back to tie the game at 34 with 0:17 left in the game. Once in overtime, Ole Miss had little difficulty in converting touchdowns on their two possessions. Jacksonville State, however, found themselves down 48-41 with 4th and 15 at the 30 yard line. No matter, as Coty Blanchard found Kevyn Cooper for a touchdown at the back of the end zone to make it 48-47.

After the touchdown, JSU coach Jack Crowe called timeout, and took a cue from the Boise State-Oklahoma 2007 Fiesta Bowl by going for the win. Blanchard rolled out and, under duress, found his tailback for a shovel pass and the win. 49-48, David over Goliath.

It's safe to assume that massive cheers will go up when this score is announced in the stadia of the various SEC teams who are currently playing.

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Posted on: September 4, 2010 6:52 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2010 7:01 pm
 

Ole Miss and Jacksonville State in OT thriller

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Coming into today's action, most of the news about Ole Miss centered on the Jeremiah Masoli soap opera and Masoli's early playing time. When the game was 31-10 Ole Miss at the half and 31-13 after three quarters, few would have guessed there'd be any more drama.

But, uh, about that.

Jacksonville State charged back in the fourth quarter, scoring three touchdowns to one Rebels field goal to tie the game at 34. The tying score came on a 71-yard drive that started with under 3 minutes left, and that was capped with an off-balance two-point conversion throw by Marques Ivory.

Ole Miss did nothing more in regulation, and now the game goes to overtime. Giddyup.

UPDATE: Both teams traded touchdowns in the first overtime. Ole Miss now starts the second OT with the ball. 

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Posted on: September 4, 2010 6:04 pm
 

Denard Robinson suffers minor hip injury

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Denard Robinson has been putting together a superlative performance today: 14/16 for 108 yards through the air, and 23 electric carries for 170 yards and 1 TD. But on his last carry--a demoralizing QB draw to convert a 3rd and 15 from deep in Michigan territory--Robinson took a shot to his left hip, then landed on the hip awkwardly. The injury appears to be minor, though, as Robinson was back on the field to start the fourth quarter for the Wolverines.

Robinson was briefly replaced by freshman Devin Gardner, who holds the distinction of not being returning starter Tate Forcier. Forcier has denied rumors of wanting to transfer, but considering Robinson's dominance and Gardner's spot off the bench, it seems like Forcier's going to encounter scant playing time as long as both Robinson and Gardner are healthy.

Posted on: September 4, 2010 5:52 pm
 

Jeremiah Masoli sees early action for Ole Miss

Posted by Chip Patterson

A lot can happen in one week.

No one can attest that more than Ole Miss and their newest quarterback Jeremiah Masoli .  In the last week the Oregon transfer gone from awaiting a waiver from the NCAA in order to  play, been denied the waiver, successfully appealed the waiver, and on Saturday took the field for the first time in a Rebels uniform.

At halftime, Masoli has completed all 3 of his pass attempts for 59 yards and run 3 times for 20 yards.  Pretty crazy that it was just a couple of days ago Masoli was looking at the possibility of having to sit out the entire season.  Masoli received the waiver because the graduate program he enrolled in at Ole Miss was not available at Oregon. 

Even more impressive than Masoli's presence on the field has been the play of starting quarterback Nathan Stanley.  Stanley threw for three touchdowns and no interceptions and looked sharp and comfortable under center.  Head coach Houston Nutt has to be pleased knowing that he has two strong options at quarterback.  Jeremiah Masoli proved last year that his presence on the field can change the game, and I expect he will be utilized more and more as the season progresses.   
Posted on: September 4, 2010 5:26 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2010 6:08 pm
 

Oregon On Pace To Hit The Century Mark

Posted by Tom Fornelli

At the rate the Oregon Ducks offense is moving against New Mexico this afternoon, they'll soon have more points than possible uniform combinations.  The Ducks have put up 59 points in the first half against the Lobos.  Yes, you read that right. 

59 points .

What's even crazier is that the Ducks have "only" run 51 plays, which means they're averaging 1.16 points per play.

Who needs LaMichael James?

Kenjon Barner has stepped right in and picked up 145 yards on the ground in only 17 carries, with four touchdowns.  He had more yards in one run -- 42 yards -- than New Mexico has managed all game -- 34.  Nobody seems to miss Jeremiah Masoli either as Darron Thomas, Josh Huff and Chad Peppars have combined to complete 14 of 26 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns.

Really, the only person who seems capable of keeping the Ducks from hanging 100 points on New Mexico is head coach Chip Kelly who you would expect to call off the dogs in the second half.  Though, at the rate they're scoring, they may get there before the end of the third quarter anyway.



Posted on: September 4, 2010 5:10 pm
 

Brian Kelly Era in South Bend Off To A Nice Start

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Before Saturday afternoon, Brian Kelly had never set foot inside Notre Dame Stadium for a football game.  Now, thirty minutes into his first game in South Bend, the new Notre Dame head coach has to like what he's seen so far. 

The Irish currently hold a 13-3 lead over the Purdue Boilermakers at halftime thanks to what has been a balanced attack on offense and strong performance from the defense.

Quarterback Dayne Crist -- in his first start -- had a solid effort in the first half, completing 12 of his 16 pass attempts for 126 yards, but the ground game has been the driving force for the Irish.  Armando Allen has 48 yards rushing and a touchdown on only eight carries, while sophomore Cierre Wood has mad the most of his college debut with 43 yards on six carries.

On the other side of the ball, the Notre Dame defense has done a nice job of slowing down Robert Marve and the rest of the Boilermakers offense.  What was a glaring weakness for Notre Dame during the Charlie Weis era looks like it may end up as a strength under Kelly.  The only time the Irish defense had any trouble stopping Purdue was when backup quarterback Rob Henry took over for Marve during the second quarter and picked up 16 yards on three carries to get Purdue inside the Notre Dame 20-yard line.

The Irish were able to hold once Marve returned to take snaps, and forced Purdue to settle for a field goal.

Of course, the second half has been a big problem for Notre Dame the last few years, so the true indicator of which direction this team is heading will be in the third and fourth quarters, and whether or not they can finish what they've started.


 
 
 
 
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