Posted on: October 30, 2010 3:43 pm
Edited on: October 30, 2010 11:26 pm
As we look at all the action around the nation during Week 9, here are some of the biggest performances of the day. Follow all the action on our scoreboard and our updating college football blog .
3: Touchdowns each by Ryan Lindley and Brandon Sullivan in San Diego State's 48-38 victory over Wyoming. Lindley also had 365 yards as the Aztecs are bowl-eligible for the first time since 1998.
5: Freshman quarterback David Piland passed for a career-high five / touchdowns and Houston routed Memphis 56-17.
142: Rushing yards by Montel Harris in Boston College's 16-10 victory over Clemson. The victory stopped a five-game losing streak, which was the Eagles' longest losing streak since 1998.
158: Jared Hassin's rushing yards to lead Army over VMI 29-7 . It was Hassin's third straight 100-yard rushing game.
164: Johnny White's total yards rushing in North Carolina's win over William & Mary 21-17 . White also had a 67-yard touchdown run with 5:27 to play.
180: UCF's Ronnie Weaver career-high rushing yards in the 49-35 victory over C-USA rival East Carolina.
184: Career-high rushing yards by South Carolina freshman Marcus Lattimore in the victory over Tennessee. He also had his 11th rushing touchdown of the season.
215: Rushing yards by North Texas' Lance Dunbar in the 33-6 victory over Western Kentucky . Dunbar also had three touchdowns in the first game under interim coach Mike Canales.
313: Total yards rushing and passing by Illinois' Nathan Scheelhaase in the 44-10 victory over Purdue . The quarterback ran for 118 yards and threw for 195 and four touchdowns.
307: School-record rushing yards by Roy Helu Jr. in Nebraska's 31-17 victory over Missouri. Helu ran for touchdowns of 66, 73 and 53 yards.
409: School-record number of passing yards by Ryan Mallett in Arkansas' 49-14 victory over Vanderbilt. Mallett topped his own record of 408 yards, set last year against Georgia, and finished 27 of 44 passing.
Posted on: October 5, 2009 1:17 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2009 2:16 pm
Before the season started, things didn't look too promising for Boston College.
First-year coach Frank Spaziani was taking over a program that had just lost another ACC Championship and the Music City Bowl to Vanderbilt.
Things got worse in a hurry. The Eagles got news in May that All-American linebacker Mark Herzlich was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. Then in June, Dominique Davis, who was expected to be the starter at quarterback, was placed on academic probation and ended up transferring to Fort Scott Community College.
But after one month into the season, the Eagles are a surprising 4-1, including victories over Wake Forest and Florida State. They are inching closer to the Top 25, moving up to No. 35 in this week's CBSSports.com 120 rankings.
One of the biggest surprises is the new man under center, freshman Dave Shinskie.
Before you can say "Who?" … that would be 25-year-old freshman Dave Shinskie, the same guy who was recruited by Indiana, Iowa and Michigan State ... in 2003.
Shinskie decided to play pro baseball out of high school after being drafted by the Minnesota Twins. He never made it past Double-A, with his best season coming with the Class A Beloit Snappers in 2006. He went 6-7 with a 2.13 ERA and 11 saves.
After being released by the Blue Jays, Shinskie was ready to give college football a shot.
After Justin Tuggle's 4-for-20, three interception performance against Clemson, Shinskie got his chance to start against Wake Forest. He ended up throwing for 228 yards and three touchdowns in the victory.
Boston College had found their new quarterback.
"He confirmed a lot of the stuff we knew about him. We knew he had athletic ability. We knew he could make plays. We knew when we got into trouble he could get us out of it because of his athletic skills," said Spaziani after the game. "He didn't look like he was away from football for seven years."
Shinskie did it again against Florida State, throwing for 203 yards and two touchdowns in the 28-21 victory.
"He's progressing just like a freshman would. He's making some progress, but in no means is he a polished, accomplished signal caller and field general. There's just not enough experience," said head coach Frank Spaziani to the Boston Herald. "But once again, he's getting better every week, he's learning and we see improvement there. We need to see a lot more."
Shinskie will need to follow coach's orders quickly as the Eagles face Virginia Tech this weekend. This might end up being a preview of the potential ACC Championship game in December.
One player that has high regards for his new inexperienced quarterback is wide receiver Justin Jarvis.
"In the huddle I can feel a different presence," said Jarvis. "It's a little similar to what I felt with Matt Ryan and Chris Crane. It's leadership. ... He's demanding a lot out of us and demanding a lot out of himself too."
Idaho, Part II
With another upset victory, the Idaho Vandals find themselves at No. 50 in this week's rankings. Idaho, who was ranked No. 105 two weeks ago, is sitting at 4-1.
The IdahoStatesman.com had a Q/A with head coach Robb Akey after the team's hot start. Could Idaho fans be thinking bowl game?
"I could see the room when we were at the WAC (media) meetings and I started throwing out the word 'bowl,' it was like 'what the hell is he talking about?' But we started talking about that a long time ago with this team and encouraged them to pay attention to us," said Akey. "We kind of hammered it home 'this is where we're headed guys and the sooner you believe in it, we can make it happen.' I do believe it's attainable, and compete for a WAC championship? That's our job. Every team in the conference should be feeling that way right now. My concern is that our guys feel that way. We're getting closer."
The Wildcats might not be making alot of noise, but they sit at 3-1, ranked No. 37 in this week's rankings. Arizona is also No. 35 in both AP and Coaches poll, while checking it at No. 37 in the Harris Poll.
Arizona's strength of schedule is No. 2, mostly because it hasn't played a team with a losing record yet (minus FCS team Northern Arizona). It beat Central Michigan, Oregon State and lost to Iowa. The Wildcats get their first team under .500 this week as they play at Washington.
Fresno State's SOS is No. 1. Not counting FCS team UC-Davis, the Bulldogs have lost to Wisconsin, Boise State and Cincinnati. All three teams are undefeated.
... Michigan State jumped up from No. 61 to No. 44 after beating Michigan. The Spartans are 2-3 and play at Illinois this week.
... North Carolina took a tumble to No. 55 after being ranked No. 33 the previous week. The Tar Heels lost to Virginia 16-3 and are 0-2 in the ACC.
... Somebody will get a W: No. 114 Florida International (0-4) takes on No. 120 Western Kentucky (0-4) this week. The Golden Panthers won last year 27-3.
... Good news for the blog lead feature? Auburn and Wisconsin were both featured in the blog the two previous weeks and soon after jumped into the Top 25.
Posted on: October 20, 2008 12:25 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2008 12:32 pm
Florida State? Maryland? Georgia Tech?
What about a team nobody thought would be fighting for the conference title this year -- Boston College.
After losing quarterback Matt Ryan to the NFL, along with the departures of running back Andre Callender and L.V. Whitworth, cornerback DeJuan Tribble, safety Jamie Silva and offensive lineman Gosder Cherilus, this was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Eagles.
But the Eagles are sitting at 5-1, ranked No. 23 in this week's CBSSports.com 120, and now have their sights set on the ACC Championship.
"They believe now," said Boston College Jeff Jagodzinski after the victory over Virginia Tech. "They believe they can do it. As a team, we can -- if we play that way. It's going to take all 11 guys in the unit to do it. I'm real proud, very proud, of this football team. That was a big win for us and for our program."
Chris Crane has done a nice job stepping in for Ryan to guide the offense, but the real leaders are on defense.
The Eagles are ranked fourth in the nation, allowing only 251 yards per game. They are also ranked fifth against the pass and are giving up just 13 points per game.
Junior linebacker Mark Herzlich leads the team with 54 tackles, including two interceptions. Defensive tackle B.J. Raji leads with four sacks, while safety Paul Anderson has three interceptions. Brian Toal, who has been an important part of the defense with 42 tackles and two sacks, is now out for the season with a broken leg.
Toal's injury definitely will be hard to replace, but the Eagles will move forward.
"Just like when Alex Albright went down and we had to have Austin Giles go in, Tex (Francois) is going to have to go in and take Toal's spot," said Jagodzinski. "That's part of the game. It's unfortunate because he was playing really good football for us."
If it weren't for a breakdown in the fourth quarter against Georgia Tech, the Eagles could be undefeated. Despite keeping the Yellow Jackets contained for most of the game, RB Jonathan Dwyer broke a 43-yard run in the fourth for a 19-16 victory.
"The problem with this team is, if you miss your assignment on one play, it could go to the house," Herzlich said. "That's what happened."
Boston College's quest for the ACC title won't be an easy one as the Eagles play at North Carolina this week, followed by road trips to Florida State and Wake Forest later in the year. And if they do make it that far, the Eagles might have to face Georgia Tech or Virginia Tech in the title game again.
The Eagles weren't the only ones to jump into the Top 25 of the CBSSports.com 120 poll this week as TCU flew all the way from No. 33 to No. 15 after beating BYU. Minnesota and Northwestern also made the poll, coming in at No. 24 and No. 25.
... Cincinnati, which sits at 5-1 and still is in prime position to win the Big East Conference, is just outside the Top 25 at No. 28.
... Maryland, the Jekyll and Hyde of college football, moved up from No. 46 to No. 30 after beating Wake Forest.
... Arizona had another impressive victory, beating California 42-27 to move up from No. 52 to No. 35.
... The highest-ranked team with a losing record is Wisconsin at 3-4. The Badgers fell to No. 54 after losing to Iowa.