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September 20, 2010

College Football Report: Saturday Review - Week 3

Reviewing the top games of Saturday, week 3:

Notre Dame (1-2) – 31 vs. Michigan State (3-0) – 34 OT


How it all went down…Some head coaches just have ice running through their veins. Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio proved to have to be one of those coaches Saturday. On fourth down in the first overtime, following a field goal by Notre Dame to take the lead, Dantonio made a fake field goal call that would give the Spartans the win. The excitement and ice water proved to be too much for Dantonio, as he suffered a heart attack late Saturday. The head coach is OK, but remains hospitalized.

The fat lady starting singing when…

MSU place holder Aaron Bates connected with tight end Charlie Gantt (left) for the go ahead 29-yard touchdown in overtime. Bates, a former high school quarterback, executed the “Little Giants” play to perfection.

Where do we go from here coach...? For MSU, it’s a visit into the AP poll for the first time this season. The Spartans look like a talented football team led by a resilient Kirk Cousins at quarterback and two headed rushing attack. For Notre Dame, it’s the same old thing. Kelly was supposed to turn around a dying Notre Dame, yet so far the Irish still look like the Notre Dame of late. Hopefully Kelly won’t fall into a hole in the Graveyard of coaches.

It’s a numbers game… 10-1 – Dantonio is now 10-1 against nonconference foes at home as the Spartans head coach.

Player of the game…Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State, RB – 17 rush, 114 yds, 1 TD

Photo Credit: Al Goldis/ AP

Clemson (2-1) – 24 vs. #16 Auburn (3-0) – 27 OT


How it all went down… Auburn fought back from a 17-0 hole, taking the lead 24-17 in the third. The game would be knotted at 24-24 at the end of regulation, with the game headed to overtime. Clemson long snapper Dalton Freeman learned one very important rule. Not to ever double-clutch a snap again. In the first overtime, Freeman was called for a false start after of picking the ball up and clutching it before releasing it. The problem came when Clemson kicker Chandler Catanzaro missed the second attempt, after making the first. Auburn, who kicked a field goal the drive before in overtime, walked away with the win.

The fat lady starting singing when…Castanzaro’s second attempt in overtime flew wide left.

Where do we go from here coach..? For Auburn, it knows that quarterback Cameron Newton can show resiliency. Fighting back from a 17 point hole early in the game is no easy task. Newton didn’t put up the stats he did in the first two games, but refused to pack it in. For Clemson, at least it knows it can rely on the talent of running back’s Andre Ellington and Jamie Harper to keep them in games. Good news with a visit from Miami next.

It’s a numbers game….. 47 – Both teams wanted to establish a running game early and often, with each walking away with equal attempts on the ground. Auburn won the battle with 221 yards.

Player of the game…Nick Fairley, Auburn DT – 7 tackles, 3 for loss, 1 sack, and 4 hurries

#9 Iowa (2-1) – 27 vs. #24 Arizona (3-0) – 34


How it all went down…Offense reigned supreme over defense in the desert. The powerful Wildcat offense, led by quarterback Nick Foles, dropped a 27-7 lead on the Hawkeyes. A tough defense kept Iowa in it late as the Hawkeyes were able to climb back from a 20 point lead to tie the game at 27 all. Foles would respond with a touchdown pass to wideout William Wright with just less than four minutes to play.

The fat lady starting singing when…Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi was sacked for the fourth straight time with just under two minutes to play.

Where do we go from here coach...? For Arizona, it was a job well done at shooting a warning shot to the rest of the PAC-10 that they’re for real this year. Head coach Mike Stoops, who looked like he was having a bad reaction to caffeine pills and Red Bull throughout the game, can finally calm down now. For Iowa, its back to beating up the Big Ten. Whether it was the time difference, heat or arm of Foles, they’ll remember their trip to the desert.

It’s a numbers game…6 – Number of sacks brought in by the Arizona defensive line, four of which came on the last drive when they needed them most. So much talk was made about the Iowa defensive front. It looks like the Wildcats four felt a little left out.

Player of the game….Nick Foles, Arizona, QB – 28-39 passing, 303 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT

#12 Arkansas (3-0) – 31 vs. Georgia (1-2) – 24


How it all went down… Georgia head coach Mark Richt was 5-0 against the Razorbacks. Richt is now 5-1 against Arkansas and 1-1 against quarterback Ryan Mallett. The Arkansas headhunter at quarterback led a resilient offense throughout Saturday, including connecting with wideout Greg Childs on a 40 yard play to win the game with 15 seconds remaining.

The fat lady starting singing when…Childs waltzed into the end zone after a 40 yard sprint ending a tie game that looked headed to overtime.

Where do we go from here coach..? For Arkansas, it’s strengthening the Mallett Heisman campaign. The Razorbacks know they can go as far in the SEC and country as their prolific passer takes them. For Georgia, it’s a ugly 1-2 start and a search for play-makers. Quarterback Aaron Murray has been impressive, but he can’t throw the ball to himself.

It’s a numbers game… 11.5 – What Mallett was averaging per pass attempt. The senior knows how to throw the long ball and Arkansas isn’t afraid to make the call with Mallett on hand. Of Mallet’s three scores, all went for 20 or more yards.

Player of the game…Ryan Mallett, Arkansas, QB – 21-33 passing, 380 yds, 3 TD

San Diego State (2-1) – 24 vs. Missouri (3-0) –27


How it all went down… Yet another late decision Saturday game. Leading by four after a late Aztec field goal by kicker Abel Perez, it looked as if SDSU had pulled the visiting upset. Missouri quarterback Garrett Gabbert would have one more opportunity to win the game with 1:39 remaining. Gabbert and the offense would need just 25 seconds. Wideout T.J. Moe (below) would take a dump-off pass from Gabbert 68 yards for a score.

The fat lady starting singing when… SDSU quarterback Ryan Lindley’s pass fell incomplete with zeros on the clock.

Where do we go from here coach...? For SDSU, at least they know they can put up a fight on the road. Running back Ronnie Hillman put up 228 yards on the ground. A good thing for any coach. For Missouri, it’s optimizing the talent of quarterback Garrett Gabbert before a slip up against Miami (OH) next.

It’s a numbers game… 9.9 – The rush average of Hillman against the Tigers. A little bit of rush defense would probably make winning the game a lot easier next time.

Player of the game…T.J. Moe, Missouri, WR – 7 rec. 119 yds, 1 TD

Photo Credit: Sarah Midgorden/ Missourian

Arizona State (2-1) – 19 vs. #11 Wisconsin (3-0) – 20


How it all went down… Extra points aren’t gimie’s. ASU found that out the hard way. In a power against finesse game, a back-and-forth scoring battle would come down to a simple extra point. Former ASU Lou Groza award winner Thomas Weber would have his extra point attempt that would have tied the game blocked, after a fourth quarter touchdown by running back Cameron Marshall.

The fat lady starting singing when… Wisconsin safety Jay Valai broke through the line to get a hand on Weber’s extra point.

Where do we go from here coach..? For ASU, it’s trying to believe what they saw. Too often players take extra point plays off, when they infact can decide a game. A visit from Oregon next may add salt to their gaping wound. For Wisconsin, it’s finding ways to get the ball to running back John Clay more. Clay does an excellent job of wearing down defenses and can seemingly handle more than his 22 carries Saturday.

It’s a numbers game…9The Badgers have now won nine straight games at home against BCS teams.

Player of the game…John Clay, Wisconsin, RB – 22 rush, 123 yds, 1 TD

Air Force (2-1) – 24 vs. #7 Oklahoma (3-0) – 27


How it all went down… The powerful offense displayed by the Sooners against the Seminoles would take a backseat to the Falcons option attack Saturday. Just a 10-3 lead at the half would be closed early in the third, with a 10-10 game on hand. Oklahoma would stretch the lead to 17 late in the third, but a resilient group of Air Force men would refuse to go away, cutting the game to three points late in the fourth.

The fat lady starting singing when… Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones completed a pass to Kenny Stills on third down late to keep the clock running duty of the Sooners going.

Where do we go from here coach...? For Oklahoma, it’s staying motivated before Big 12 play. The Sooners have struggled in two games against lesser opponents this season and a trip to Cincinnati next could be a trap game. For Air Force, it’s knowing you played a good Oklahoma team tough. After a win over BYU and a battle against the Sooners, the Falcons are poised for a good season.

It’s a numbers game…351 – The Falcons piled on 351 rushing yards on the Sooners defense.

Player of the game…DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma, RB – 26 rush, 110 yds, 2 TD

#6 Texas (3-0) – 24 vs. Texas Tech (2-1) – 14


How it all went down… Call it revenge of a 2008 visit to Lubbock or not, Texas continues to sneak out wins with shaky offensive production. Tied at 14 at halftime, the Sooners brought in a field goal and touchdown in the second half to take the lead and the win. With four turnover and 11 penalties under their name, however, maybe they’re lucky they did win.

The fat lady starting singing when… Texas’s Barrett Matthews brought in a one yard touchdown at 9:26 in the fourth. A stiff Texas defense would do the rest of the damage on the Red Raiders.

Where do we go from here coach...? For Texas, it’s sending a thank you note to its defensive backfield. The pas happy offense of the Red Raiders was held to just 158 yards through the air. For Texas Tech, its finding ways of protecting its quarterback. Taylor Potts was pressured constantly and sacked four times.

It’s a numbers game… -14 – The Red Raiders brought in a total of -14 rushing yards on the night.

Player of the game…Eddie Jones, Texas, DE – 5 tackles, 2 for loss, 2 sacks

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