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Posted on: November 5, 2011 7:37 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Northwestern 28, Nebraska 25

Posted by Adam Jacobi

NORTHWESTERN WON. Northwestern stunned the Big Ten today by upsetting 10th-ranked Nebraska at Memorial Stadium, 28-25. Kain Colter was a dynamo for the Wildcats, scoring three TDs, leading the team in passing with 115 yards, leading the team in rushing with 17 carries for 58 yards and two scores, and finishing second in receiving with three catches for 57 yards.

WHY NORTHWESTERN WON: There was one team that was able to move the ball on the ground effectively in this game, and that was Northwestern. The Wildcats held Nebraska to just 103 yards rushing on 30 attempts, and that inability to wear down the Wildcat defense meant Nebraska couldn't control the pace of the game. Meanwhile, the Wildcats notched 207 yards and three scores on the ground, most of which came after Dan Persa left the game with a left shoulder injury.

WHEN NORTHWESTERN WON: When Nebraska's onside kick went about 25 yards and was recovered without incident by Northwestern with 18 seconds left. With Nebraska out of timeouts, all it took was one kneel to finish the win off for the Wildcats. 

WHAT NORTHWESTERN WON: This won't just be Northwestern's biggest win of the season, it might be on the short list of best wins for any Big Ten team this year. The Wildcats went to a Top 10 team, (at storied Memorial Stadium, no less), lost their starting quarterback in the first half, and still not only won, but did so while holding the lead for over 47 minutes of gameplay. For a team perilously close to losing bowl eligibility (Northwestern was 3-5 coming into the game), pulling off a win like that could be enough to turn around a season.

WHAT NEBRASKA LOST: The Huskers had been the highest-ranked team in the conference coming into today's game -- and the early leaders in the Legends Division race. That, obviously, is out the window now. Nebraska's one Michigan State loss away from controlling its own destiny in the race again, but there aren't many potential losses left on the Spartans' schedule. This loss probably eliminates Nebraska from BCS at-large contention, though, if the Huskers were to lose in the Big Ten Championship. Make no mistake: this is a bad loss for Nebraska, and one that'll probably cost it when it comes to bowl selection.

THAT WAS CRAZY: Nebraska had trouble stopping Northwestern in the fourth quarter, but one thing the Huskers could stop was the clock; Nebraska didn't use a single timeout until there was under a minute left in the game. What that meant, then, was that the Wildcats burned over two full minutes off the clock between the time it got inside the 5-yard line and when Colter finally scored a touchdown. At that point, Bo Pelini had let the clock run down to 1:34, and Nebraska just plain didn't have the time necessary to mount two scoring drives. When you're losing by two scores, you need to maximize the length of the game, and Pelini failed miserably at that.

Posted on: November 5, 2011 7:30 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2011 7:31 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Oklahoma 41 Texas A&M 25

Posted by Tom Fornelli

OKLAHOMA WON. The Sooners didn't do a whole lot for 45 of the 60 minutes in this contest, but what they did in those 15 minutes were more than enough. After windy condiitons kept either offense from doing much of anything in the first half, Oklahoma took a 13-10 lead at the break and quickly expanded it to 41-10. Landry Jones didn't have a great game, as he completed only 18 of his 38 passes for 255 yards and 2 touchdowns, but it was enough. Roy Finch did a nice job replacing the injured Dominique Whaley, rushing for 99 yards and a touchdown. Then there was Blake Bell doing his Tim Tebow impression, as he came in for Jones occasionally and rushed for 37 yards and 2 touchdowns.

WHY OKLAHOMA WON. Well, it depends on your perspective I suppose. If you're a Texas A&M fan you may say it's because all the Aggies do is fall apart in the second half. If you're an Oklahoma fan, you'll probably say that it's because the Sooners really turn it on in the third quarter. The actual answer falls somewhere in between, but when you score 28 points in the third quarter -- or any quarter -- you're going to win the vast majority of those games. Oh, and having your opponent turn the ball over 4 times, as Texas A&M did, doesn't hurt either.

WHEN OKLAHOMA WON. After Oklahoma took a 20-10 lead early in the third quarter, Texas A&M was forced to punt into the wind after a three and out. That's when Ryan Epperson's punt got caught in the wind, landed and then bounced backward to result in a gain of 14 yards. Oklahoma would score again five plays later, and you could sense in its body language that Texas A&M had the whole "here we go again" feeling.

WHAT OKLAHOMA WON. It's still alive and in control of its own destiny in the Big 12. If the Sooners win out, and that includes a win over Oklahoma State to end the season, then it's the Big 12 champion. Of course, what Oklahoma won today may not be worth what they possibly lost, as Ryan Broyles left the game in the third quarter with a knee injury that did not look good.

WHAT TEXAS A&M LOST. Well, in a sense Texas A&M has won something with this loss. Along with Florida State it's definitely in the running for "Most Disappointing Team of 2011." Not that it's an award that Mike Sherman and the Aggies are looking to win, but take what you can get at this point.
Posted on: November 5, 2011 6:49 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2011 7:40 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Air Force 24, Army 14

Posted by Chip Patterson

AIR FORCE WON. The Falcons overcame a 14-0 halftime deficit to storm back in the second half and capture the Commander-in-Chief Trophy for the second consecutive year. Air Force took advantage of five Army turnovers, and was able to milk the clock with their ball control down once they claimed the lead in the fourth quarter.

HOW AIR FORCE WON: After starting the game as the physically dominant team, Army shot themselves in the foot continuously by turning the ball over. Air Force struggled to find consistency with their rushing attack, but being set up with a short field made scoring easier in the second half. Asher Clark led the way on the ground for the Falcons, with 16 carries for 78 yards.

WHEN AIR FORCE WON: After being forced to punt on a three-and-out down 24-14, the Army defense nearly returned the favor by forcing a 3rd and 7 for Air Force. Needing a stop to keep the Falcons from burning time off the clock with their ground game, Army gave up a 23 yard run to Asher Clark. Air Force continued to burn almost five minutes off the clock on that drive.

WHAT AIR FORCE WON: Winning the Commander-in-Chief Trophy outright for the second straight season, the 18th time in the history of the series.  The rest of the schedule sets up well for the Falcons, who could possibly run the table to finish the season 8-4. 

WHAT ARMY LOST: A much-needed win win to keep bowl hopes alive. Bowl eligibility now seems like a far reach for a six-loss Black Knights team with Rutgers, Temple, and Navy left on the schedule. A win also would have given Army the opportunity to possibly win the Commander-in-Chief Trophy for the first time since 1996.

THAT WAS CRAZY: The five turnovers. Army dominated the line of scrimmage in the first half, and seemed to be ready to knock off the Falcons until they kept turning the ball over. It took away all the momentum from the Black Knights, and wore down the defense.



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Posted on: November 5, 2011 3:59 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Iowa 24, Michigan 16

Posted by Adam Jacobi

IOWA WON. Backup cornerback B.J. Lowery broke up a 4th down pass from two yards out as time expired, and Iowa held on for a 24-16 upset of No. 15 Michigan. The Wolverines had a first and goal at the Iowa 3 with under 30 seconds to play, but Denard Robinson threw four straight incompletions to finish the game.

WHY IOWA WON: The Iowa defense finally got a 4th quarter stop. Sort of. It's been no surprise over the last two years that Iowa's defense has struggled mightily to protect 4th quarter leads, and it appeared that their pattern of futility could continue on Saturday as a 24-9 lead was three yards (and a subsequent two-point conversion) away from evaporating. And yet, just barely, the Hawkeyes held on for the win. The Hawkeye defense also deserves mountains of credit for bottling up Robinson, who threw for 194 yards on 17-37 passing and rushed for just 55 yards on 12 carries.

WHEN IOWA WON: When Lowery poked the ball away from Roy Roundtree's grasp on the last play of the game. Michigan fans wanted a pass interference call and they might have a point, but no flag came and that was that for Iowa. More on the late-game officiating later.

WHAT IOWA WON: Iowa's now bowl-eligible, and with games still remaining against Michigan State and Nebraska, the Hawkeyes do still control their own destiny in the Legends Division race. More than that, though, what Iowa really won was a return to contendedness for the fanbase after last week's embarrassing loss at Minnesota. Tonight, when Iowa fans' heads hit the pillows, they won't be dreaming of the entire coaching staff getting fired.

WHAT MICHIGAN LOST: The Wolverines' road to the Big Ten championship took a major hit on Saturday; now, Michigan needs Michigan State to lose twice, as the Spartans have a one-game lead and the tiebreaker. Michigan is also still searching for a high-level Big Ten win, as their conference wins have come against Minnesota, Purdue, and Northwestern. They had a shot here for just that kind of win, and they missed it. 

THAT WAS CRAZY: On 2nd and goal on the game's final possession, Michigan WR Junior Hemingway made a falling one-handed catch at the back of the end zone, but officials called it incomplete, saying Hemingway was out of bounds. The play was reviewed, and while Hemingway was clearly inbounds, there was enough uncertainty about whether Hemingway had enough control that the play stood. The ball did hit the ground during the catch, but it didn't move from his grasp. All in all, incomplete, but expect major gripes about this play to emanate from the Michigan faithful over the next 48 hours.

Posted on: November 5, 2011 3:46 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2011 3:48 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Louisville upsets West Virginia 38-35

Posted by Chip Patterson

LOUISVILLE WON. After a 2-4 start, the Cardinals are suddenly in contention for a BCS bowl berth thanks to do a 38-35 win against No. 24 West Virginia in Morgantown on Saturday. Teddy Bridgewater led a methodical offensive attack, picking his spots int he Mountaineer defense for 246 yards and a touchdown.

HOW LOUISVILLE WON: The Louisville defense was able to take a bend but don't break approach to West Virginia's high-powered passing attack, and was able to answer with enough big plays to keep it close until the fourth quarter. Geno Smith put his numbers up, per usual, completing 25 passes for 363 yards and two touchdowns. But the Cardinals were able to lean on a rushing attack led by Dominique Brown to control the ball in the fourth quarter, keeping the Mountaineers from having an opportunity to come back.

WHEN LOUISVILLE WON: After West Virginia cut Louisville's lead to 31-28 with nine minutes left in the fourth quarter, Louisville orchestrated a 13 play, 66 yard touchdown drive that ended in a Dominique Brown touchdown. West Virginia had four opportunities to stop the Cardinals on third down, and even allowed Dominique Brown to convert on 4th down in West Virginia territory. The drive ate up more than seven minutes of game clock, a smart move considering the speed with which the Mountaineers can score.

WHAT LOUISVILLE WON: The Cardinals are now a part of the Big East title race. This team struggled to get going offensively earlier in the season. But with new play-calling, Teddy Bridgewater under center, and Dominique Brown sharing the tailback duties, the Louisville offense suddenly has life. With Pittsburgh, Connecticut, and South Florida left on the schedule, winning out is not impossible. Their win over West Virginia puts the pressure on Cincinnati heading into the final weeks of league play.

WHAT WEST VIRGINIA LOST: Likely their shot at a share of the Big East title. The best way to assure yourself a BCS bowl berth in the Big East is to go undefeated in league play, or at least finish with only one loss. Now West Virginia will need to win out, and get some help, in order to avoid a return to a December bowl.

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Posted on: November 5, 2011 3:43 pm
 

QUICK HITS: No. 18 Georgia 63 New Mexico St. 16

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

GEORGIA WON: 
No scholarship running backs, no problem. Despite missing Richard Samuel to injury and three other tailbacks -- including Isaiah Crowell -- due to one-game suspensions, the Bulldogs had the very definition of "no problem" with visiting New Mexico State, scoring six second quarter touchdowns and coasting from there. (The 42 points in a quarter is an FBS high this season.) With the tailbacks out, corners Branden Smith and Brandon Boykin both got time on offense and both scored long touchdowns, Smith on a 56-yard run and Boykin a 42-yard pass reception. The Bulldogs finished the game with 628 offensive yards.

WHY GEORGIA WON: "They're Georgia, and the opponent was New Mexico State" pretty much covers it. But whatever hope the Aggies had of making this a competitive game likely required Aaron Murray to have been as erratic and scattershot as he'd been the previous week in the Bulldogs' win over Florida. No such luck for NMSU: Murray only played the first half, but that was long enough to go 18-of-23 for better than 10 yards an attempt and five touchdowns without an interception.

Obviously, Auburn's pass defense is going to offer a lot more resistance than NMSU's when the Dawgs host the Tigers next week. But Murray's big day has to give his team a lot of encouragement after his lackluster outing vs. the Gators.

WHEN GEORGIA WON: Oh, just pick a second quarter touchdown. We'll go with the Brandon Harton four-yard TD run to push the lead to 14-3, since it was immediately preceded by a questionable pass interference flag on a 3rd-and-4 incompletion. You knew that if NMSU couldn't even catch a break from the officials, they weren't going to hang around long.

WHAT GEORGIA WON: An entire second half of rest for their starters, and for a team with as many thin areas as the Bulldogs, they couldn't ask for anything more than that from this game.

WHAT NEW MEXICO STATE LOST: Lost? We suspect Dewayne Walker will wish his team had been more competitive and much sharper defensively, but no doubt the check from Georgia will soothe a lot of ills.

Posted on: November 5, 2011 3:34 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2011 3:35 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Texas 52 Texas Tech 20

Posted by Tom Fornelli

TEXAS WON. For the second week in a row the Longhorns looked dominant against an opponent. Last week it was Kansas on the other end of a beatdown, and this week it was Texas Tech's turn. The trio pictured to the right -- Fozzy Whittaker, Joe Bergeron, and D.J. Monroe -- did most of the damage for Texas on Saturday, as the Longhorns rushed for 416 yards and 6 touchdowns, averaging 8.2 yards per carry on the day. 

WHY TEXAS WON. Simply put, Texas Tech just couldn't stop the Texas rushing attack. Bergeron finished with 191 yards and 3 touchdowns, and Whittaker had 83 yards and 2 touchdowns. Hell, even wide receiver Marquis Goodwin picked up 45 yards rushing on 2 carries, as he just wanted to get his hands on the ball considering Texas only threw 9 times in 63 plays on offense.

WHEN TEXAS WON. When Joe Bergeron scored his first touchdown of the day with 1:46 left in the first half to give Texas a 31-6 lead, there was no reason to believe the Red Raiders would mount any kind of comeback in the second half considering they hadn't stopped Texas once in the entire first half.

WHAT TEXAS WON. The respect is coming back. While Texas is not on the same level as either of the Oklahoma schools in the Big 12 -- which their two losses showed -- there's a chance that Texas may be the third best team in the Big 12 conference. In fact, if the Longhorns play like they have the last two weeks on both sides of the ball for the rest of the year, then I wouldn't be shocked to see the Longhorns finish third in the conference and go to the Holiday Bowl. Not a terrible end to the season after what took place in 2010.

WHAT TEXAS TECH LOST. What isn't Texas Tech losing at this point? The program was on a high two weeks ago after beating Oklahoma, but even in that game it had to hold on to dear life after blowing a 31-7 lead. Since then it's been blown out at home by Iowa State and now was manhandled by Texas. Tech is now 5-4 on the season and needs another win to get to a bowl game, but with Oklahoma State, Missouri and Baylor left on the schedule, there's no guarantee they'll get it.

THAT WAS CRAZY. The Texas offense had 10 possessions on Saturday, and scored on 8 of them. The only 2 possessions that Texas didn't score on? Those were stopped by halftime and the end of the game.
Posted on: October 30, 2011 12:43 am
Edited on: October 30, 2011 2:20 am
 

QUICK HITS: Ohio State 33, Wisconsin 29

Posted by Adam Jacobi

OHIO STATE WON: Braxton Miller was the hero of the night for Ohio State, as the Buckeyes scored a touchdown with 20 seconds left to stun No. 15 Wisconsin in Columbus, 33-29. What looked like a defensive struggle turned into a spectacular battle between Miller and Russell Wilson, and though Wilson won the statistical battle with 253 yards and three scores through the air, Miller accounted for both of Ohio State's second-half touchdowns and repeatedly stymied Wisconsin's defensive efforts.

HOW OHIO STATE WON: After halftime, Ohio State just plain outworked Wisconsin, especially in the trenches. Ohio State kept the ball on the ground almost exclusively in the second half, with 34 rushes and only four throws. Having said that, it was a Braxton Miller pass that saved the day for the Buckeyes; Miller scrambled out of the pocket and uncorked a 40-yard touchdown to a wide open Devin Smith (seen at right) for the game-winning score.

WHEN OHIO STATE WON: When Andrew Sweat came on a blitz and hit Russell Wilson's arm as Wilson attempted a 45-game-winning Hail Mary. The ball fluttered harmlessly to the turf, and Ohio State won. It should be noted that the clock had already run out on the previous play, but Ohio State had committed both pass interference and a face mask on the play, extending the game and pushing Wisconsin 15 yards closer to the end zone. Unfortunately for the Badgers, even with the assistance from the penalty, there would be no game-winning Hail Mary heroics this week.

WHAT OHIO STATE WON: It looks like it's time to start thinking of Ohio State as a Top 25 team again, and time to respect the Ohio State offense for knowing its strengths. OSU has been content to stick with a 90-10 run-pass split for long stretches of games (including, as mentioned before, the second half of this contest), and it's a formula that's yielding plenty of success, even against a tough schedule. It might be too early too say that OSU has "figured it out," but at the same time, this is a win over Wisconsin; if this isn't a sign that the Buckeyes are back, what else could be?

WHAT WISCONSIN LOST: All of a sudden, the Badgers don't even control their own destiny in the Leaders division anymore; Penn State is 5-0 in conference play, while Wisconsin is tied with Ohio State and Purdue (Purdue!) at 2-2. But most of all, what's really lost here is confidence in the Wisconsin defense, which has gotten shredded in two straight games -- and has never looked great all season long.

THAT WAS CRAZY: Aside from, oh, all of the last five minutes of play, there was one play that stuck out. On Ohio State's blocked punt that set the Buckeyes up at the Wisconsin 1-yard line, Ryan Shazier came untouched around the second wall of blockers. Brown specifically victimized Robert Burge, who to be fair is 6'7", 325, and thus not the most agile of men. But if your punter's last wall of defense can't stop someone from just running straight around it for the swat, then it's got a Maginot quality that didn't really work out too well for the French either.

 
 
 
 
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