SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES.
Conference realignments and defections
precipitated by the quest for the seemingly ever
elusive bigger gate receipt, have facilitated
more moves in recent years than U-Haul.
College football traditionalists can be
thankful for at least three meetings which took
place over the weekend. North Carolina
met for the 109th time in a series
dating back to 1892. It's the fifth oldest
rivalry in division 1-A and smacks of what is
healthy in intercollegiate football at the
Cavaliers won in relatively easy fashion downing
the Tar Heels, 56-24. The outcome was no
surprise as UNC hasn't won in Charlottesville
since 1981 and dropped its twelfth straight to
its ACC counterpart. QB Marques Hagans completed
10 of 12 passes as the Cavs rolled up 549 yards
on offense and scored 49 first half points,
burying North Carolina under 5 second quarter
There was a time when Arkansas
to play late in the season to decide
champion of the SWC on an annual basis.
Unfortunately those days are long gone. Still,
the 'Horns and Hogs met in Fayetteville, for the
76th contest in their storied rivalry begun in
1894. UT coach, Mack Brown, is still searching
for his first conference title in 21 years of
patrolling the sidelines and after leading Texas
to its 18th win in its past 19 road games, he
may soon be able to put an end to his quest.
RB Cedric Benson's 188 yards rushing, 16 first
quarter points by Texas and four turnovers by
Arkansas were enough to push the Longhorns to
their 55th victory against the Razorbacks, this
time by a slim, 22-20, margin.
The Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech
Tigers renewed pleasantries for the 69th
series which stretches back to 1898. The
visitors pulled out an improbable win in the
final minute of play after Clemson suffered a
special teams' meltdown in which a horrible deep
snap dribbled to punter Cole Chason, forcing him
to cover the ball deep in Tiger territory.
Calvin Johnson for their
third TD connection of the game to provide Tech
with the upset of the previously 18th ranked
In an era marked by changing allegiances and
ill-considered conference memberships, this trio
of rivalries, all in their third century of
being contested, is a vanishing breed in college
TO THE VICTORY
. The UCLA
Bruins, losers of a half dozen straight games
entering their contest with the Fightin'
Illini--losers of 11 of 12 a year ago--used a
pair of early TDs on the road to open a lead
they never relinquished. QB Drew Olson threw 3
TD aerials and passed for more than 200 yards as
the Bruins improved to 1-1 for the year.
LONG ROAD HOME
John Robinson's UNLV Rebels lost a second
straight road game to a nationally ranked team
when it fell in Madison to the Wisconsin
Badgers, 18-3. After being hammered by Tennessee
last week, UNLV was positively inept on offense
against a team it upset last year.
The Rebels held the ball for just 24 minutes,
produced only 174 yards of offense and allowed
Wisconsin to score two safeties and a TD on a
blocked field goal attempt which was returned 86
yards. The pair of season opening games marked
the first time UNLV had played consecutive games
against ranked teams.
LUCK OF THE
. After losing its
season opener in Provo to BYU
found itself facing a home opener
against the Michigan
Wolverines. Michigan toyed
with the Irish last year in dismissing them,
Tyrone Willingham's ND squad entered the
contest having lost 10 of its past 15 games as
the two most successful teams in division 1-A
history met for the 32nd time. A furious fourth
quarter rally saw Notre Dame score 21 points. A
stingy defense limited Michigan to 56 yards
rushing, while on offense, the Irish gained 135
on the ground after having produced 11 yards
from its backs against BYU.
Notre Dame's, 28-20, victory may buy the
beleaguered Willingham a few moments of peace
until preparations begin for the team's game at
next weekend. Michigan will try
and recoup in the Big House when San Diego State
pays a visit.
BUCKEYES' BLACK EYE
needed a 55 yard field goal from PK Mike Nugent
as time expired to avoid being trampled
underneath the hooves of the Thundering Herd of
The teams met for the first time as OSU sought
to post its 18th win in a row at home. Two
interceptions, two fumbles and a mere
twenty-four minutes of possession on offense
nearly conspired to upset the Buckeyes. QB
Justin Zwick's 318 yards and 3 TDs were just
enough to save the Buckeyes from a major
Buffs are 2-0 on the season in spite of
miserable play from their secondary. CU managed
a last second escape against instate rival
last weekend despite allowing 403
yards passing to Justin Holland
and the Rams.
's passing attack riddled CU
for 387 yards, but Colorado coach Gary Barnett's
team found a way to win a game in which it
produced 125 yards of offense. The Buffaloes now
find themselves in the unlikely position of
beginning the current season with a 3-0 start if
they can defeat North Texas
next week in
Boulder. They'll need some help from an offense
which failed to reach the end zone in the
team's, 20-12, win against the Cougars.
topped CSU, 49-0, as the Trojans improved to 2-0
on the year while Sonny Lubick's Rams dropped to
0-2. LenDale White ran for three scores and QB
added a pair of TD passes for the
co-defending national champs.
The lone bright spot for the Rams was WR David Anderson, who grabbed 9 passes for 137 yards and
now totals 18 catches thus far for 293 yards in
the first two weeks of the season. USC coasted
to its 11 straight victory overall and 16th in a
row at home while raising its record to 12-3-1
against Mountain West Conference competition.
BY THE NUMBERS
may be this year's outsider trying to
wreak havoc on the post-seasons plans of the
BCS. The Bulldogs hounded the Kansas State
Wildcats, 45-21, in Manhattan and limited KSU to
180 yards on offense.
Purdue's Kyle Orton
completed his first fifteen
passes en route to a school record 88.5% effort
in connecting on 23 of 26 attempts in the
Boilermakers', 59-7, rout of Ball State
QB Aaron Rodgers and TB J. J. Arrington led
to a 41-14 win against N.M. State as
the Golden Bears moved to 2-0 on the season.
Rodgers tossed a TD pass and Arrington ran for
He's at it again.
Antonio Perkins returned another punt for a TD,
for a record-tying eighth time in his career.
The Sooners rolled past Houston, 63-10.
The Boston College
Eagles posted just their
fourth win in 23 tries against Penn State
downing the Nittany Lions, 21-7.
Texas A & M held the Wyoming
Cowboys to minus
three yards rushing in posting a 31-0 shutout in
the Aggies' home opener.
Zunker booted a 43 yard field goal as the gun
sounded to enable the New Mexico
overcome a 449 yard passing performance by Sonny Cumbie
, as Rocky Long's squad won
a, 27-24, decision in Albuquerque.
Two teams headed in diametrically opposed
directions are the Army
The Broncos handled Oregon State
, 53-34, for
their 14th straight win--tops in division 1-A.
BSU travels to UTEP
next week. At the other end
of the success curve are the Army Black Knights
of Bobby Ross
. The Cadets endured a season
opening loss to the Louisville
Cards by a 52-21
count. Next up: Houston.