Saturday recap

Posted: Saturday, September 05, 2009 by Travis Cody in

#20 BYU picked off #3 Oklahoma. The Sooners lost Heisman Trophy winning QB Junior Sam Bradford in the first half to a shoulder injury. That's unfortunate, but OU didn't look right offensively even when he was in the game. The offensive line had major trouble protecting the pocket.

Senior QB Max Hall threw 2 interceptions, but other than that he played an outstanding game for BYU as he went 26 of 38 for 329 yards and 2 TDs. He led the game winning drive in the last five minutes of the game, and the defense held on to get the win 14-13. Hall wasn't even on my list of QBs to watch!

Best wishes to Sam Bradford that the injury isn't serious. Initial reports are a sprained shoulder and that he'll miss about 2 weeks.

Oklahoma, who will surely drop in the rankings, hosts Idaho State next week, while BYU should climb in the polls and travels to Tulane.


Notre Dame beat Nevada today, 35-0. Junior QB Jimmy Clausen was an efficient 15 of 18 for 315 yards and 4 TDs. His big target was Sophomore WR Michael Floyd, who caught 4 balls for 189 yards and 3 TDs. Junior RB Armando Allen rushed for 72 yards on 15 carries.

The defense picked off 2 passes and held Nevada to only 154 yards passing. The Irish did give up 114 yards rushing to Junior RB Vai Taua, so that could be a concern.

But it's a good start to a promising season. The Irish travel to Michigan next week.

Well, they didn't pull off the upset but dang those Huskies played hard and gave LSU fits. New coach Steve Sarkisian has got Washington playing with enthusiasm and excitement. The score was only 17-13 in LSU's favor at the half. But for a couple of turnovers by UW, the Huskies might have had the lead. Instead, LSU won 31-23 with UW getting a late score at the end of the game.

Junior QB Jake Locker played very well, throwing for 320 yards and 2 TDs on 24 of 45. He did throw the one pick. The Huskies ran for a combined 158 yards. In fact, UW outgained LSU 478 yards to 321. But the Tigers were able to score when they had to, which would be why LSU is ranked #11 and UW hasn't won a game in it's last 15 tries.

But, the Huskies do have talent and Coach Sarkisian appears to have the players buy in. Washington hosts Idaho next week, while LSU hosts Vanderbilt.

Senior QB Greg Paulus had a modest first game of his one year Syracuse career. He only made one major mistake. Regrettably it was throwing an interception in the end zone in overtime. Minnesota was then able to kick a winning field goal to beat the Orange 23-20.

I'm not a big fan of Syracuse, so the loss isn't a big deal to me. But I'll keep an eye on Paulus and see how he bounces back.

Syracuse has a tough one next week as they visit #9 Penn State.

My pal Dixie got a new coach for her beloved Tennessee. Lane Kiffin led the Vols to a 63-7 win over Western Kentucky behind a pair of hundred yard rushers. Senior RB Montario Hardesty and Freshman Bryce Brown ran for 160 and 104 yards, respectively. Senior QB Jonathan Crompton added a solid 277 yards and 5 TDs on 21 of 28 passing.

Tennessee hosts UCLA next week.

My pal Turn is looking for an epic sports year with a big name coach for her Kentucky basketball team. But before we can get to that madness, the football Wildcats got of to a stellar start with a 42-0 win over Miami (OH) behind a strong defense that gave up less than 200 yards of offense and picked off 2 passes. Senior CB Trevard Lindley ran one of those interceptions back for a TD.

Junior QB Mike Harline was a respectable 18 of 27 for 222 yards and 2 TDs. UK didn't have a 100 yard rusher, but combined the Wildcats rushed for 245 yards and 3 TDs.

Kentucky hosts in state rival Louisville in two weeks.

I've got some other pals following some other teams too. I think most of them are covered in the Top 25 results.

#1 Florida beat Charleston Southern 62-3. Tim Tebow was 10 of 15 for 188 yards, throwing for 1 TD and running for another.
#2 Texas beat LA-Monroe 59-20. Colt McCoy was 21 of 29 for 317 yards, 2 TDs, and an interception.
#3 Oklahoma lost 14-13 to #20 BYU.
#4 USC beat San Jose State 56-3. Matt Barkley was 15 of 19 for 233 yards and a TD. Joe McKnight rushed for 145 yards on 14 carries, with 2 TDs.
#5 Alabama beat #7 Virginia Tech 34-24. Mark Ingram rushed for 150 yards and a TD on 26 carries.
#6 Ohio State needed a late interception of a 2pt conversion try to hold off Navy 31-27.
#7 Virginia Tech lost 34-24 to #5 Alabama.
#8 Mississippi is at Memphis on Sunday.
#9 Oklahoma State beat #13 Georgia 24-10. OSU forced 3 fumbles.
#9 Penn State beat Akron 31-7. Daryll Clark was 29 of 40 for 353 yards, 3 TDs, and an interception.
#11 LSU beat Washington 31-23.
#12 California beat Maryland 52-13. Kevin Riley was 17 of 26 for 298 yards and 4 TDs. Jahvid Best rushed for 137 yards and 2 TDs on 10 carries.
#13 Georgia lost 24-10 to #9 Oklahoma State. Georgia lost 3 fumbles.
#14 Boise State beat #16 Oregon 19-8 on Friday. Boise State's defense held Oregon to 152 total yards of offense.
#15 Georgia Tech beat Jacksonville State 37-17. Georgia Tech rushed for 335 yards and 3 TDs.
#16 Oregon lost 19-8 to #14 Boise State on Friday.
#17 TCU was idle.
#18 Florida State hosts Miami (FL) on Monday.
#19 Utah beat Utah State 35-17. Terrance Cain was 20 of 30 for 286 yards and 2 TDs, while Matt Asiata rushed for 156 yards on 36 carries, with 2 TDs.
#20 BYU beat #3 Oklahoma 14-13.
#21 North Carolina beat The Citadel 40-6. UNC defense held Citadel to 153 total yards of offense.
#22 Iowa blocked 2 last second field goal tries to hold off Northern Iowa 17-16.
#23 Notre Dame beat Nevada 35-0.
#24 Nebraska beat Florida Atlantic 49-3. Roy Helu Jr rushed for 152 yards on 16 carries, with 3 TDs.
#25 Kansas beat N Colorado 49-3. Kansas rushed for 328 yards and 5 TDs.


  1. Anonymous says:

    We had such a crappy opener. Almost got beat by, now get this, Central Arkansas. We keep playing like we do we are going to be bringing up the celler in the WAC. But the party was great. My mom sent me a text and was disappointed about UNR. But what is one to do. Football's back WOOT

  1. Travis says:

    Thom: Several ranked teams had scares.