Weekend Scoreboard

Week two had a mix of upsets and ceremonial poundings. Notre Dame scored a huge upset over Michigan and Boston College may have put the final nail into the Paterno coffin.

 

Weekend Scoreboard

Last week's opponent Michigan State rolled over Central Michigan  24-7

   Michigan State started Steve Reaves and let Drew Stanton see significant time in this game as John L. Smith looked for the winning formula. He found it as the new QBs threw for just under 200 yards, one TD and no interceptions.

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Next weeks opponent Kent State defeated Liberty 38-10

Kent State scored 28 unanswered point to roll up a huge first half lead. They never looked back. Kent QB Joshua Cribbs passed for 20 of 29 for 144 yards, one TD and no interceptions. He also led all Kent rushers with 105 yards in 13 carries.

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Next up is Rutgers

   

Connecticut held on to edge Duke 22-20

Duke capitalized on two field goals and an interception return for a touchdown to take a 13-3 lead into half time. Dan Orlovsky was neutralized in the first half by a variety of blitzes from the Blue Devils that the Huskies failed to pick up.
Last week UConn came back in the second half to pull the game out. However, Chris Dapolito's touchdown pass to Calen Powell at the end of the third quarter put the Blue Devils up 20-6.

 UConn fought back in a furious fourth quarter. The Huskies drove for a long touchdown to cut the score to 20-13 and then Justin Perkins intercepted a Chris Dapolito pass and returned it 22 yards for a TD. UConn's conversion was blocked and Duke clung to a 20-19 lead.

Dan Orlovsky led another long drive that put the Huskies into field goal position and it seemed that  UConn had pulled it out 22-20.

Duke wasn't out of it yet. The Blue Devils drove down to the Husky 19 yard line but Matt Brooks missed the field goal with 10 seconds to go allowing the Huskies to escape with the win. They improve to 2-0.

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UConn plays Boston College next Friday night.

 

Syracuse defeated  Buffalo 37-17

Syracuse held the Bills to 231 yards in total offense. The Orange relied more on the running of Damien Rhodes (85 yards) than Walter Reyes (59 yards) to quell the excitement of the record crowd in Buffalo.

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Syracuse plays "soon to be" Big East member Cincinnati next Saturday

 

West Virginia rolled over University of Central Florida 45-20

The Mountaineers record setting running back Kay Jay Harris went to the bench early with injury. That didn't faze the Mounties who had QB Rasheed Marshall step up and take control of the game. Marshall was14 of 18 for 225 yards and no interceptions. He also had 9 carries for 65 yards.

There is no word yet on the seriousness of Harris' injury.

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WVU faces its first real contest next week against Maryland.

 

Temple lost to Maryland 45-22

For the second week in a row the Owls got blown out in the first half. Last week the Owls were down to Virginia 30-0 at the half. This weekend Maryland came into feast on the hapless Temple team. The Terrapins ran up a 28-0 lead in the first 30 minutes and cruised from that point on.

Temple QB Walter Washington was again the only bright spot for the Owls. Washington was16 of 27 for 188 yards passing and led all Temple rushers with 75 yards.

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Temple plays an away game next Saturday against Florida A&M

 

Pittsburgh beat Ohio 24-3

New Pitt quarterback Tyler Palko was 6 of19 for 49 yards and one interception in his debut for the Panthers. The bulk of the offense, however, was provided by the defense which forced three turnovers (including an interception return by Malcolm Postell for a touchdown) and four sacks.

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Pittsburgh will play in a nationally televised game next week against Nebraska

 

Boston College upset Penn State 21-7

In what might be the "final nail" for Joe Paterno, Boston College rolled over Penn State at Chestnut Hill in Massachusetts. The Nittany Lions were held to 73 yards rushing for the game and Zack Mills' 254 yard passing performance was nullified by the four interceptions that he threw. Boston College, a "run first" team, threw for 200 yards against PSU's secondary.

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Boston College plays Connecticut next Friday night

 

Out of conference opponents

 

Navy held off Northeastern 28-24

Navy spent the entire game trading scores with Div 1AA Northeastern, but a two touchdown third quarter performance by the Middies allowed them to pull out the victory. The Midshipman rushed for 300 yards in the game, including 143 by Aaron Polanco

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Navy plays an away game next week versus Tulsa

 

Vanderbilt has the week off, next up is Mississippi

 

In other games Louisville destroyed Army 52-21. Stephan Lefors passed for 270 yards while the Cardinals spread 230 rushing yards between 9 different runners. Next up for Louisville is Tulane

Notre Dame shocked Michigan 28-20. The Wolverines had been ranked in the top 10 prior to this contest.

South Florida defeated Tennessee Tech 21-7

Cincinnati defeated Miami of Ohio 45-28

Miami has Florida State's number. After trailing most of the game, the Hurricanes came back with some last minute heroics and pulled out a 16-10 win in over time. Miami was the better team both on the field and on the scoreboard. Both teams have outstanding defenses but Miami's pass rush was daunting and Frank Gore is a better running back than Lorenzo Booker.
Both teams have to be concerned at QB. Florida State's Chris Rix was not impressive at all. He is a senior with sophomore instincts and a decent, but not great, arm. Brock Berlin continues to under perform. Receivers on both teams dropped to many passes. Right now the weaknesses in the passing game mean that neither of these clubs are a threat to take the national championship.

Mike Fasano

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