On Saturday we saw a lot of ranked match ups. As usual this led to much excitement around the nation. So let’s take a look at 2centsworthofsports.com’s top 3 stories from this week of intriguing games.
NC State Shocks #3 Florida State
The FSU Seminoles have been playing like National Champions in the past 5 weeks. Something happened on Saturday that might cost them a chance to compete for the National Crown. The un ranked NC State Wolfpack defeated the mighty Noles in Raleigh by a score of 17-16. The Noles did however come out very strong in the first half. The Noles defense stopped the Wolfpack for the first two quarters and went into halftime with a 16-0 lead. The Wolfpack out scroed the Noles in the third quarter 3-0. The real action took place in the final quarter when NC State’s QB Mike Glennon threw 2 TD passes to lead his team to victory. This was an unlikely outcome that will shake up the ACC and the National Championship picture.
#10 UF Gators Defeat #4 LSU Tigers
Florida’s defense was the key for their victory on Saturday. The Gators grinded out the entire game against the LSU Tigers and won the game 14-6. The Gators went into half time however trailing 6-0 but turned things around in the second half. The offensive star of the game was Gators running back Mike Gillislee. Gillislee ran for a 12 yard TD in the third quarter and also in the fourth quarter. This win was a big statement for the Gators to make. They might just be a better team than everyone thought.
#6 South Carolina Pummels #5 Georgia
The South Carolina Gamecocks came out strong jumping to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter. The Georgia Bulldogs never had a chance in this game. The Game Cocks looked really good in this one. The final score was South Carolina 35, UGA 7. South Carolina QB Connor Shaw was the star in this game. Shaw was 6 for 10 passing with 162 yards and 2 TD passes, Shaw also had a rushing TD. This was not expected to be a one sided game but it was reality on Saturday Night.
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Every week we take the time to share with you our top 3 stories from the College Football world. This week was however a special one, with an incredible game. More so there was an incredible performance by one of footballs greatest rising stars. Due to this great performance, I feel that it overshadowed every thing else that took place this weekend in College Football. So 2centsworthofsports.com brings you the top story of the weekend, hope you enjoy it.
Geno Smith Has A Heisman Worthy Performance
WVU QB Sensation Geno Smith
On Saturday #5 West Virginia hosted #25 Baylor, it would end up being the most entertaining game of the weekend. Both teams combined for 133 points, West Virginia won the game 70-63. Defense was almost all but gone from the stadium. Both teams had players with video game level stats. The most notable was WV QB Geno Smith. Smith 45 for 51 passing with 656 yards passing, 31 yards rushing, threw for 8 touchdowns and had no interceptions. Smith set the school record for passing yards and touchdowns in a single game. Smith was already a contender for the Heisman Trophy but cemented his position even further on this day. The West Virginia Mountaineers are ready to compete for the National Championship this year. They are so good that the only team that could stop them would be themselves. Keep an eye out for Geno Smith and WVU this season.
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College Football had their fourth week of action on the 22nd of September. We had an upset of a top 25 team, Heisman level performances and a one of the best games of the season this past Saturday. So without further a do, 2centsworthofsports.com presents it’s top 3 stories.
The Hurricanes Defeat Georgia Tech In A Wild Game
The University of Miami and GA Tech squared off in an ACC battle on Saturday afternoon. No one had any idea they were about to have one of the most exciting games of the season thus far. Miami came out strong racking up a 19-0 lead in the first quarter. Both touchdown passes of the first quarter came from Miami’s starting QB Stephen Morris. GA Tech turned the tables in the second quarter scoring 22 unanswered points. Two of those scores were rushing TD’s from Tech’s running back Tevin Washington, the first was a 2-yard run and the second a 10-yard run. The score at halftime was 22-19 in favor of GA Tech. The third quarter brought more success for Tech who had 2 rushing TD’s, from Tony Zenon and Tevin Washington. Miami had only one field goal during the third quarter. Tech led 36-22 going into the final quarter. Miami came back in the fourth quarter with a rushing TD and passing TD to tie the game at 36 all and send the game into overtime. In overtime running back Mike James rushed for a 25-yard game winning touchdown, the game ended with Miami on top 42-36. This game was incredible and was a win the Hurricanes needed after starting the season with two disappointing losses.
#15 Kansas State upsets #6 Oklahoma
Kansas State came into Oklahoma on Saturday night with one objective. The objective was to avenge a heartbreaking loss last season at the hands of the Sooners. K State took the lead in the second quarter 7-3 with a 2 yard fumble recovered touchdown by Jarell Childs. K State kept the lead for the most of the game. The final score was 24-19 for K State. K State’s QB Collin Klien was the star of the game with 149 yards passing and 79 rushing. Klien also had a passing TD and scored a rushing TD with a 5-yard run into the end zone in the early part of the fourth quarter. The Sooners’ QB Landry Jones had a bad game giving up a fumble and throwing for an interception. The game puts Kansas State’s record at 4-0 and the win should put them in the top ten if not they will be very close.
#4 Florida State’s EJ Manuel Has A Great Game Against #10 Clemson
Florida State defeated Clemson 49-37 on Saturday night. The win puts the Seminoles at 4-0 for the season and has them charging through the season after the National Championship. The break out star of the night was FSU’s QB EJ Manuel. Manuel passed for 380 yards and ran for 102. He had two passing touchdowns while leading the Seminoles to the victory. This was a great win for FSU against a top ten opponent at home. The FSU faithful finally have a team that could capture the National Championship after years of not contending for the crown. This game also showed that the Seminoles have a possible Heisman candidate in EJ Manuel.
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Week 3 of NCAA action has come to a close. It was the most eventful week of the season thus far. There were a few ranked teams that were dethroned, many of which by other ranked teams. This was also the toughest week to narrow down all of the excitement into 3 stories. So let’s take a look at 2centsworthofsports.com’s top 3 stories.
#21 STANFORD UPSETS #2USC
Stanford Stadium was rocking as #21 Stanford Cardinals played host to #2 USC Trojans. Stanford has gotten the best of USC in the last three years, but those were teams led by now NFL rookie Andrew Luck. It was unknown if Stanford could keep the streak alive on Saturday night. The Cardinals proved they still have USC’s number in a 21-14 win over the Trojans. Cardinals running back Stepfan Taylor had a great performance, rushing for 153 yards and scoring 2 touchdowns. Stanford’s Quarterback Josh Nunes threw the game winning 37-yard TD pass to Zach Ertz with 11:10 remaining in the final quarter. With this win Standford moves to 3-0 for the season while USC now has a 2-1 record. USC is bowl eligible for the first time in 2 years and will now need to fight if they want to make it to the National Championship this year.
PITT SHOCKS #13 VIRGINIA TECH
Pitt came out strong on Saturday against #13 Virginia Tech. Pitt scored 14 unanswered points on Tech in the 1st quarter and led the game at halftime by a score of 21-3. Pitt won the game 35-14 and received strong performances from QB Tino Sunseri and running back Ray Graham. Sunseri was 19-28 passing and threw for283 yards with 3 touchdown passes and only 1 interception. Graham rushed for 94 yards and had 2 touchdowns. It was another story for the Hokies who struggled early on defense and their offense could not bring them back into the game. Hokies QB Logan Thomas was 14-31 and threw 3 interceptions. This win will likely put Pitt in the top 25 ranking and move the Hokies into the back of the top 25.
ARKANSAS DESTROYED BY #1 ALABAMA AT HOME
Arkansas went into last week ranked #8 and were upset by LA Monroe. That loss had the Razor Backs plunge out of the top 25 rankings. This game was expected to be tough for Arkansas but not a complete blow out. The Tide beat the living crap out of the Razorbacks winning the game 52-0. Alabama’s leading scorer was running back Eddie Lacy who rushed for 3 touchdowns. The Razorbacks did not have one single decent performance. Their leading rusher in the game was Johnathan Williams only ran for 6 yards. Their leading receivers were Chris Gragg and Austin Tate who only had 19 yards receiving a piece. The Razor back had high hopes for the season which have been completely crushed in Weeks 2 and 3. It will be a long season for the Razorbacks this year.
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Week 2 of the College Football is over just in time for the first Sunday of NFL action. There were some great games and performances on Saturday. Let’s take our weekly look at 2centsworthofsports.com’s top 3 stories of NCAA action.
2 Major Teams Debut And Lose In the SEC
Texas A&M and Missouri made their SEC debuts on Saturday. Much was said and predicted about their debuts in one of College Football’s best conference. Both teams played two of the toughest teams in the SEC, the Florida Gators and Georgia Bulldogs respectively. A&M hosted the number 24th ranked Florida Gators at home and played the Gators in a nail biter. The game was close the entire time and came down to a winning TD for Florida to take the game. The final score was 20-17 for UF over Texas A&M. In Missouri there was another great game that was really close until the 4th quarter where the number 7th ranked Bulldogs pulled away from Missouri, scoring 17 points in the last quarter. The final score was 41-20 in favor of UGA. It was a rough day for both debuting teams, they did however show they belong in the powerhouse conference.
Matt Barkley Throws 6 TD’s In Win Over Syracuse
The 2nd ranked team in the country the USC Trojans came into New York to play Syracuse. The game was not as easy of a win that many expected for the Trojans, winning 49-29 on the road and advancing their record to 2-0. Matt Barkley’s performance is the biggest story of this game. Barkley was 23 for 30 passing with 187 yards and 6 touchdowns. Barkley only threw 1 interception the entire game. Barkley has really developed into the player he was expected to be coming out of high school just a couple of years ago. This was a great statement making performance for the USC quarterback.
#13 Wisconsin Falls To Unranked Oregon State
In what was the biggest upset of a ranked team this Saturday, Oregon State defeated Wisconsin. This game was a low scoring affair with the final score of 10-7 in favor of the Beavers. The star of the game for the Beavers was their QB Sean Mannion who had 276 yards passing and 1 touchdown pass. The Wisconsin Badgers really under played themselves in this road game. The Badgers will have to make some adjustments going ahead into the season if they want to remain in the top 25 rankings. The Beavers could likely end up in the top 25 with this win.
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On Saturday the number 21 ranked team in the country Kansas State hosted the Miami Hurricanes for the first time ever. K State was led by their Heisman candidate QB Collin Klein. Klein had 169 yards passing, 54 yards rushing and 2 TD passes in a win against Missouri State last week. On the other side of the stadium the Miami Hurricanes were riding the hopes of their break out freshman running back Duke Johnson. Johnson 7 rushes for 135 yards and 2 TD runs in a week 1 win over Boston College. While K State was favored going into the game the Canes had a chance at pulling out the upset on the road.
The game however told a story that not even those favoring K State would have predicted. K State crushed the Canes by a final score of 52-13. The first quarter saw Klein and the K State squad looking really strong and dominating the Canes on the offensive side of the ball. The Canes made some mistakes in the first half, such as Duke Johnson dropping an open pass which would have led to a great gain of yards for the Canes. K State played their brand of football by using up the clock and wearing down the defense. K State made a mistake going into halftime when Klein tried a trick play reverse pass to his running back that led to a loss of yards and a missed field goal by K State. The momentum appeared to have changed going into half time with K State leading 24-6.
When the second half started the Canes had many chances to get their offense going but could not capitalize. K State picked their play back up even stronger than before in the 4th quarter. K State out scored The Canes 21 to 7 in the final quarter. Collin Klein put on a clinic of passing and rushing to finish the game. The only bright spot for the Canes in the second half and probably the entire game was a 77 yard kick off return by Duke Johnson. The Canes will have to work on developing Johnson who has tremendous potential but made too many mistakes.
Collin Klein had 210 yards passing, 81 yards rushing. With 1 TD pass and 3 rushing TD’s Klein showed how talented he really is on Saturday. We could be seeing Klein with the Heisman Trophy in December if he continues to put up numbers like he did in this game.
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College football is back! No longer do we have to wait for the moments and feel of one of the greatest sports seasons around. From now until the Winter we will be able to see the triumphs and heartbreaks that are what college football is all about. We will also get a peek at the future of professional football. Week 1 of college football is in the books, so let’s take a look at some of the major stories from the opening weekend.
BAMA Blows Out Michigan, Sights Set On A Repeat Championship
The most anticipated match up of week 1 was with out a doubt the defending Champions Alabama versus Michigan. Alabama came into this game ranked number 2 while Michigan was ranked number 8. The Tide pounded the Wolverines 41-14. Michigan’s Denard Robinson was expected to make a big impact in this game but came up short. Robinson had only 200 yards passing and was 11-26 in passing. Robinson’s only bright moment came when he threw a 71 yard pass before halftime that led to a 6-yard touchdown run for the QB. Bama’s defense was just too much for Michigan. The Tide will roll into the rest of the season hunting their next title. After Saturday night anyone who thinks they are not likely to repeat is just fooling themselves.
Penn State Continues To Feel The Blues
Penn State played Ohio on Saturday in a game that any other year would have been a blowout win for The Nittany Lions. This year was much different, Ohio won by a score of 24-14. This Penn State team is one that is trying to start its recovery from the penalties laid down by the NCAA in the wake of the Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. The team has been deprived of many talented players that were allowed to leave and play for other schools just weeks before the start of the season. Penn State did have an 11 point lead going into half time, but never scored another point for the remainder of the game. The home crowd was behind the Nittany Lions but it just wasn’t enough. This game could be a glimpse of how disappointing the 2012 season will be for the once mighty Penn State Football team.
West Virginia’s Geno Smith Shows He Is A Heisman Candidate
The West Virginia Mountaineers destroyed in state rival Marshall 69-34 on Saturday. The Mountaineers QB Geno Smith can take a lot of the credit for the win. Smith threw for 323 yards and had 4 touchdowns. The defense of Marshall could not contain the talent and aggressiveness of the Mountaineers. West Virginia had 655 yards on the offensive side, more than any other game last season. Ranked number 11 going into week one, the Mountaineers are going to move up as the weeks go on. They are a solid team with a great QB. Smith made himself the standout Heisman candidate this weekend and if he keeps up the incredible play will be in New York for the Ceremony in December.
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On Sunday morning the statue of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was taken down and put into storage. The new school administration figured it was in the best interest in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky trail and Freeh Report to put the statue away for now. That did not save the football program from the NCAA’s president Mark Emmert and his wrath. On Monday morning Emmert announced the punishment that the school would receive for the previous administration knowing and not reporting Sandusky’s criminal acts on minors.
The president of the NCAA, Mark Emmert.
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The punishment levied on the school was announced as being unprecedented and it was exactly that. The school will be fined $60 million, which is about what the football program generates in revenue during a single season. The football team cannot participate in any conference championships or bowl games for the next 4 years. The football program will be reduced in the amount of scholarships it can give out in the next 4 years. Instead of the usual 25 scholarship the number will be reduced to 15. The players on the football team will be allowed to transfer to other schools without having to sit out a year before being aloud to play again.
The most shocking punishment came down not on the school but their legendary former head coach Joe Paterno. All of his victories that he received while coaching between the years of 1998-2008 were vacated. The interesting twist to the punishment is that coach Paterno reached the record and broke the record for most wins by a college coach in 2001. Paterno will no longer be considered the winningest coach in college football ever again.
Joe Paterno along with the former administration of Penn State led the football program down into the depths.
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The NCAA really pulled no punches in this announcement. It was the right decision. The schools administration and Joe Paterno sat back after they knew what Jerry Sandusky was doing and did nothing about it. Paterno instead of reporting the allegations he received about Sandusky went to the administrators of the school. Paterno should have gone to the police, there is no chain of command when criminal acts of this sort are taking place. The punishment on Paterno is correct and is going to leave the black mark on his legacy that he should have.
As far as the school goes their punishment is deserving as well. Penn State should consider themselves lucky that they did not receive the “Death Penalty”, like the once great SMU received in the 1980s. This way the school will at least have the chance to rebuild their legacy. I think it will be very hard for them to do so. The football program will be tarnished forever. What happened behind the scenes of that school’s football program over the last couple of decades is disgusting.
Sandusky is about to spend life in jail after being found guilty on over 40 charges of child molestation. Joe Paterno is no longer considered the great man and coach he once was. The school will have to deal with the results of bad decisions by many people. This is the new legacy of Penn State football, let it sink in.
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One of the biggest sports stories of the year and possibly the last decade happened today. The Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Presidential Oversight Comity signed the documents the will remove the BCS System and put a 4 team tournament in its place. It was the most hotly debated and demanded topic in the history of college football. Even the President of the United States weighed in with his opinion on the subject.
The BCS is soon to be gone, good riddance.
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The BCS lasted for 14 years and was created to settle the controversy created by the bowl system that was formerly in place. The previous system would have team play their final games of the season in bowl games that a lot of the times did not help their case for being #1 and National Champions. The BCS was supposed to bring order by having the top 2 ranked teams battle it out to crown a National Champion. It however created a lot of controversy instead. There have been many teams over the years that have gone undefeated and still were out of the championship game. There was also a lot of corruption with the BCS Executives taking advantage of the system and wrongly using money to fund parties and put in their wallets. So the BCS can die a horrible death and rot as far as most football fans are concerned.
Up until now football was the only NCAA sport that did not have a tournament to crown it champion. In fact the NCAA has not endorsed one single BCS champion as being their champion.
The 4 team tournament system will start in 2014. That means that we will have two more BCS years but essentially the BCS is dead after that. The fans of college football all breathed a sigh of relief today knowing that the end of a horrible system is soon to be gone.
The new tournament will be a breath of fresh air for college football. I do however feel that the tournament should expand to at least 8 teams but hey you have to crawl before you walk. At least they are giving it a go. The tournament will mean more excitement and drama not only during the final games but during the season when teams will be fighting to get in. Sure, there will still be some controversy about some teams not getting in but at least you will have a semifinal and a final to let the teams battle it out. The way college football is set up with so many teams and many great ones will mean that only the best teams will play for the National Championship.
For decades the college football scene has needed a tournament and the fans have been demanding it. For a very long time it appeared that we would never see a tournament in college football. Now everyone can sleep easy knowing that the light is at the end of the tunnel.
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