THUNDERING BLURB » BCS http://thunderingblurb.com ANDREW GARDA'S ENDLESS TAKES ON NFL AND COLLEGE FOOTBALL Fri, 22 Oct 2010 12:30:31 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.9.1 en hourly 1 College Football Top 25 review – Week 12 http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/11/college-football-top-25-review-week-12/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/11/college-football-top-25-review-week-12/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2008 06:49:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=306 Abbreviated today due to illness in the house and exhaustion but you’ll get the point.

#1 Alabama had a brief first half scare before running away and hiding behind a defense that allowed only 35 yards rushing and 167 yards overall and beat Mississippi State, 32-7.

#3 Texas blew Kansas out of the water, 35-7. Longhorn QB Colt McCoy threw for 255 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Texas achieved it’s eight straight ten win season.

The #4 Florida Gators decimated the South Carolina Gamecocks, 56-6. Gator signal caller Tim Tebow threw two touchdowns, and junior running back Percy Harvin ran for another two and 167 yards to boot in this lopsided matchup.

No matter what they do, #6 USC cannot seem to climb the rankings for a shot at the BCS title. Led by Stafon Johnson, the running back core accumulated 282 total yards helped make up for an uncharacteristically shaky performance from the defense as the Trojans took the win, 45-23.

Undefeated #7 ranked Utah is making trouble for the BCS again and certainly looked good in their 63-14 drubbing of San Diego State. Utes quarterback Brian Johnson threw for five touchdowns and 283 yards in the game.

Bouncing back from their unfortunate loss, #8 Penn State took it’s anger out on poor Indiana, 34-7. The Nittany Lions had 442 total yards to just 180 (57 passing, 123 rushing) for Indiana.

#9 Boise State clinched a share of the WAC title with their 45-10 victory over Idaho behind the 156 yard, two touchdown performance of sophomore running back Jeremy Avery.

The #10 Georgia Bulldogs saw their struggles continue as they eeked out a 17-13 victory over Auburn. Quarterback matt Stafford (215/2) and Knowshon Moreno (189 total yds and 1 TD) were the engines that kept the Bulldog machine running.

#11 Ohio State couldn’t pass a lick in their 30-20 win over Illinois, but Chris Wells (143/1) and Terrelle Pryor (110/1) did the damage on the ground instead.

#12 Missouri clinched the Big 12 North title with it’s 52-20 win over Iowa State behind quarterback Chase Daniels’ 328 yards and two touchdowns and Derrick Washington’s 128 yards and pair of touchdowns.

Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson threw for one touchdown and ran for another in the #13 ranked Cowboys’ 30-17 victory over Colorado.

#14 Ball State stayed unbeaten with it’s 31-16 defeat of Miami-Ohio. Junior running back MiQuale Lewis rushed for 165 yards and a pair of touchdowns. It was Lewis’ eighth straight game with a rushing touchdown and hsi eighth game of the season with over 100 yards rushing, which matches a school record.

#16 North Carolina fell to Maryland, 17-15, on the Terp’s 26 yard field goal with 1:42 left in the game.

#17 BYU out dueled Air Force through the air, 38-24, behind junior quarterback Max Hall’s 354 yards and two TDs.

The woes continue as #19 Florida State drops their third game, this time to Boston College, 27-17.

#20 LSU survived a squeaker, rallying from down 28 points to beat Troy, 40-31. Troy quarterback Levi Brown threw a startling 72 passes for 312 yards and two TDs but the defense let the Tigers score 30 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Tony Pike threw for 250 yards and a pair of touchdowns as #22 Cincinnati beat Louisville, 28-20 and took over the lead in the Big East.

#23 Oregon State continues to hold serve as leader in the Pac-10 with this 34-21 win over the Califonia Golden Bears. Freshman running back Jacquizz Rodgers had 144 yards and a touchdown while his brother James scored once on the ground and once on an 86 yards kick return.

#24 Wake Forest couldn’t hold their three point lead over the North Carolina State Wolfpack, losing 21-14. NC State quarterback Russell Wilson threw for two touchdowns and ran in a third to give his team the win. Wilson has thrown for 12 touchdowns and no interceptions in his last six games.

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College Football Top 25 review – Week 2 http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/09/college-football-top-25-review-week-2/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/09/college-football-top-25-review-week-2/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2008 06:03:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=169 #1 USC vs #5 OSU
The Trojans looked human for two drives – and then took the game over and never looked back. USC QB Marc Sanchez threw for 4 TDs and linebacker Rey Maualuaga had a pick he returned for a 48 yard TD as the Buckeyes looked overmatched in every aspect of the game. Once again OSU entered the spotlight only to come out blinded and slapped around and still waiting for that big non-conference win that eludes them. The two decisions that will be haunting Buckeye Coach Jim Tressel: Should running back Chris ‘Beanie’ Wells have been playing (and would it have mattered) and should he have handed the reigns more completely to freshman QB Terrelle Pryor as QB Todd Boekman looked awful throughout stretches of the game. One thing is for certain – it looks like the team with the best chance of beating USC is USC. If they stay focused, they have every chance of playing for a National Title come January.

#2 Georgia vs South Carolina
Georgia had all it could handle with a tough South Carolina team but in the end, a late turnover sealed the win for them. For most of the game, the SC Gamecocks kept the Bulldogs leashed and the score low, stifling the offense. But ultimately Georgia made something of the last turnover and and Knowshon Moreno capped his 79 yard day with the winning TD.

#3 Oklahoma vs Washington
Sooner QB Sam Bradford continues his Heisman Case with 304 yards and 5 TDs as Oklahoma continued Washington’s woes 55-14. Not only was Bradford on point, but the Sooner RB tandem of DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown were lights out. The pair rushed for 207 yards as Oklahoma outgained the Huskies in yards 591 to 336.

#6 Missouri vs Nevada
Tigers QB Chase Daniel threw for a monster 405 yards and 4 TDs as Missouri thumped Nevada 69-17. The offense scored on 11 drives, including their first 10 and 9 of them for TDs. Nevada never got going, and were frustrated on both sides of the ball. Unable to get things going on offense, they were also not getting pressure on the Tigers quarterbacks. The Tigers’ 69 points scored was a school record and Daniels became the All-Time Leading passer with his yard total from today.

#7 LSU vs North Texas
The defending National Champions ran away and hid as RB Charles Scott lead the team with 102 yards and 2 TDs – both of which was for more than 30 yards.

#8 Texas vs Arkansas – POSTPONED DUE TO HURRICANE IKE

#9 Auburn vs Mississippi St.
With a box score that looked more like a baseball game than a college football game, Auburn came out ahead when Mississippi State QB Wesley Carroll threw an interception with 2:28 left in the game.

#10 Wisconsin vs #21 Fresno State
The Badgers survived a scare today as the Fresno State Bulldogs took them the distance but ultimately could not finish as Wisconsin beat Fresno 13-10. PJ Hill lead Wisconsin’s rushing with 112 yards QB Allan Everidge left the game late but appeared back on the sidelines and should be ok for the Badgers’ next game.

#11 Alabama vs Western Kentucky
The Crimson Tide rolled all over poor Western Kentucky to the tune of 41-7. The Tide went 9-14 on 3rd downs and 3-3 on 4th downs, with QB John Parker Wilson leading the offense with 216 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

#12 Texas Tech vs Southern Methodist
TTU QB Graham Harrell threw for 5 TDs while his Mustang counterpart Bo Levi Mitchell threw 5 INTs as the Red Raiders blew out SMU 43-7. Of the 5 TDs from Graham, 3 went to wide receiver Michael Crabtree.

#13 Kansas vs #19 South Florida
It took a Field Goal as time expired but South Florida continued to hold onto it’s top 25 ranking for another week, making sure the BCS knows the small schools came to play. Jayhawk QB Todd Reesing threw for 373 and 3 TDs, 2 of which went to wide receiver Johnathan Wilson but it wasn’t enough as his one INT took place late in the 4th and was returned 40 yards to set up the winning kick.

#14 East Carolina vs Tulane
East Carolina made it’s BCS bones by upsetting two favored teams but almost became a karmic victim as they staved of the Green Wave with a late 4th quarter TD, overcoming 4 turnovers.

#15 ASU vs UNLV
Arizona State Rudy Carpenter and his ASU Sun Devils struggled early but ultimately got in gear to beat UNLV and, along with USC and Oregon, survive the drubbing the Pac 10 received almost across the board today.

#16 Oregon vs Purdue
It took two OTs, but Oregon avoided an upset as the Purdue Boilermakers stunned them in the first half. But LeGarrette Blount’s 3 yard TD capped a comeback that will keep the Ducks rolling for another week.

#17 Penn State vs Syracuse
The Nittany Lions left Syracuse in the dust early and never looked back as they destroyed the overwhelmed Orangeman 55-13.

#18 BYU vs UCLA
BYU left no doubt they belonged in the top 25 and washed the bad taste of a debated call by annihilating UCLA, led by QB Max Hall and his staggering 7 TDs.

#22 Utah vs Utah State
Utah beat their in-state rivals for the 11th time in a row, this time by the score of 58-10. Utah running back Matt Asiata scored three touchdowns.

#23 Cal vs Maryland
Cal arrived at their hotel at 1am and it took them into the 4th quarter before the offense fired up. But it was too little too late as the Terps stunned the Bears 35-27.

#24 Illinois vs Louisiana-Lafayette
While the Illini lead for more than three quarters, Juice Williams and the offense never distanced themselves from the Ragin’ Cajuns and eventually had to stave off a late surge from a team they expected to blow off the field.

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