January 2, 2013 |
Some people probably think quarterback Jim Plunkett led Stanford to its last Rose Bowl victory. It's understandable if memories are foggy, because it's been that long. It was actually Don Bunce, backed by the "Thunderchickens" defense, back in 1972. The losing team was Michigan and Stanford was still nicknamed "Indians. " No wonder, then, Stanford so thunderously celebrated its 20-14 win over Wisconsin on Tuesday in front of 93,359 on a chilly, crisp day. You forget how hard it is to do this.
December 6, 2012 |
Notre Dame senior linebacker Manti Te'o is not going to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is poised to become the first freshman to win in the award's 78-year history. Te'o will finish second ahead of Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein. This isn't Nate Silver accurate, but a straw poll of 11 voters conducted by the website HeismanPundit.com has Manziel winning comfortably. Manziel garnered eight first-place votes; Te'o received one. Defense may win championships, but, in college, it always settles for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy.
November 7, 2012 |
Don't be surprised to see Shabazz Muhammad in uniform -- and maybe even in the lineup -- for UCLA on Friday. The highly touted Bruins freshman guard is recovering from a strain in his right shoulder, but he's physically "real close" to being healthy enough to play in UCLA's season opener against Indiana State, Coach Ben Howland said Tuesday. Muhammad has yet to be cleared by the NCAA, which is investigating ties his family and AAU team allegedly had with two financial agents.
October 28, 2012 |
UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone said he grabbed quarterback Brett Hundley as he ran onto the practice field Tuesday and told him, "I've decided, you're a quarterback. " Hundley certainly was one Saturday. He threw four touchdown passes and also directed a field-goal drive in the final minute, in UCLA's 45-43 victory over Arizona State. "I had been on him pretty hard the first seven games, so this goofy coach wanted to let him know how he was doing," Mazzone said. Hundley said, "It was like a blessing.
October 13, 2012 |
The Emerald City doesn't seem like an appropriate locale for a USC coaches reunion. But this weekend qualifies. Former Trojans coach Pete Carroll and a veritable battalion of former USC assistants and support personnel are preparing the Seattle Seahawks for Sunday's NFL game against the New England Patriots. Meantime, USC Coach Lane Kiffin and Washington Coach Steve Sarkisian, once ambitious young assistants under Carroll, are readying their teams to square off Saturday at CenturyLink Field.
October 7, 2012 |
Zach Maynard has weathered a couple of tough seasons as California's quarterback. This season alone, he was sacked six times by Ohio State, nine by USC and seven by Arizona State. And it's a good thing he is a nifty runner too, or it would have been worse. He entered Saturday's game at UCLA with five touchdowns, four passes thrown for interceptions, and a pass efficiency rating that put him at No. 94 in the nation. After Cal's 43-17 victory, he'll be moving up. Against the Bruins, Maynard was simply electrifying, equaling a career high with four touchdown passes and also running for a score.