September 5, 2012 |
What a rock-solid start for Rankman's preseason First Four, which outscored opponents 140-24 ... in the first half. West Virginia's blistering of state rival Marshall led to an immediate reassessmentpromotion to the top five. The Mountaineers have scored 139 points in their last two games -- and one of those was a BCS bowl. USC has more weapons than Rambo, and Oregon looks faster than the Jamaican track team. Nobody beyond that is giving us goose pimples, though. Virginia Tech rents the last spot this week for overcoming Georgia Tech, in Blacksburg, in overtime.
December 17, 2011
Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton scored on a one-yard run with 13 seconds left to give the Bobcats a 24-23 victory over Utah State on Saturday in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl at Boise. Tettleton also threw for 220 yards and two touchdowns. He led a 61-yard drive in the final two minutes to give Ohio (10-4) its first bowl victory and first 10-win season since 1968. Utah State (7-6) dominated most of the game behind a rushing attack that rolled up 345 yards. Michael Smith ran for 157 yards and two touchdowns, including a 63-yard scoring run early in the third quarter.
October 8, 2011
at Utah State 63, Wyoming 19: Chuckie Keeton threw five touchdown passes and Michael Smith ran for two more scores as the Aggies cruised past the Cowboys. Robert Turbin also ran for 109 yards, his fourth consecutive 100-plus-yard game. Turbin scored on the ground and caught a 19-yard Keeton pass for another touchdown, becoming the Aggies' fourth all-time leading career scorer. Wyoming was led by Brett Smith, who threw for 265 yards on 28-of-46 passing, with one interception. at Nevada 37, Nevada Las Vegas 0: Tyler Lantrip passed for 366 yards and three touchdowns, and Nevada's defense held UNLV to 110 total yards as the Wolf Pack beat the Rebels for their seventh straight win in the intrastate rivalry and first shutout in the series.
September 16, 2011 |
Unbuckling the mailbag: Question: Tell me I did not just read in the L.A. Times that Auburn bounced back after their loss to Utah State last week. I was at that game and we did not lose that game. The final score was Auburn 42, Utah State 38. Sherry Hoggle Answer: What!!!? Auburn came back and won? Like a lot of Tigers fans, I left the Utah State game early. So disgusted we were about to lose to a Western Athletic Conference team at home, I got in my car and drove with the radio off until I reached the Grand Tetons.
September 3, 2011 |
You just knew a quote like this was going to come out of a Week 1 matchup like Utah State at Auburn. "If felt like we were stronger than them. I felt like we were faster than them. " Of course. After all, Utah State came into Saturday having lost 43 consecutive games on the road against teams ranked in the Associated Press top 25. Beyond being ranked No. 23, Auburn is defending national champion. So who said it? Auburn Coach Gene Chizik ? Nope. Auburn running back Mike Dyer , last season's Bowl Championship Series title-game MVP?
December 22, 2010
MAACO BOWL When: Dec. 22 Where: Las Vegas Time: 8 p.m. TV: ESPN About Utah (10-2, 7-1 Mountain West Conference): The Utes got off to an 8-0 start and were among a crowded pack of potential Bowl Championship Series busters, but the Utes stumbled hard with back-to-back losses to Texas Christian and Notre Dame. Utah regrouped to close out the season with wins over two tough defenses ? San Diego State and rival Brigham Young. The Utes will be relying on backup quarterback Terrance Cain after starter Jordan Wynn suffered a season-ending shoulder injury against the Cougars.
October 27, 2010 |
And then there were two. The shocking 54-21 victory over Louisiana Lafayette by wacky Western Kentucky (1-6) left just two winless teams: Akron (0-8) and New Mexico (0-7). That number could fall this weekend because the Lost Lobos of New Mexico get to play Colorado State (2-6), which is coming off a 6-59 loss at the hands, elbows, knees and feet of Utah. The game wasn't as close as the score indicated. Akron shouldn't have any trouble losing to Temple (6-2) Saturday, but will need clutch breakdowns later in the year if it intends to lose to Ball State (2-6)
October 6, 2010 |
It's the biggest weekend of the Bottom Ten season: two battles of the beaten, four resistible forces meeting four movable objects. It's the Lost Lobos of New Mexico (0-5) versus New Mexico State (0-4) in one Crummy Game of the Weak regional and wacky Western Kentucky (0-4) versus fumblin' Florida International (0-4) in another. Check local listings to make sure these games are blacked out in your area. Meanwhile, No. 5 Brigham Young (1-4), which is leaving the Mountain West Conference because the competition is too stiff, is waiting to move up. So is Minnehaha (1-4)
September 15, 2010
Jerry Lee Lewis wrote the bumper song for this week's poll: "Whole lot of shake-up going on. " Or maybe it should have been "Hello Dolley" with James Madison, fresh off its upset over Virginia Tech, checking in at No. 25. South Carolina, up 10 spots to No.14, suddenly looks the team Alabama should fear most. Michigan and California cleared the waiver wire and debut in the poll, while although the WAC is suing because neither team gave notice of being good before the Sept. 10 deadline.