Schooled and Stunned – Week 2 Review

BY MICHAEL LEESE

MATURE COUGARS SCHOOL TROJANS………… Despite failing to score an offensive touchdown, and having only seven-yards rushing as a team, the Washington State Cougars pulled of a stunning 10-7 win at No. 25 USC.   The Cougars relied on stellar defensive play to gain the victory.   State scored when Damante Horton intercepted a Cody Kessler pass and returned it 70 yards for a touchdown.   The Cougars took the lead when Andrew Furney kicked a 41-yard field goal with 3:03 remaining,   Horton then had another interception to seal the Cougar victory, this time off of Max Wittek.   After winning only five conference games in the last five seasons, the Cougars are 1-0 in the conference, and 1-1 overall.  They could be the most improved team in the conference as they outplayed Auburn on the road in week one, before falling 31-24.   For USC, the loss was especially troublesome. They have yet to settle on a starting quarterback, and have a disgruntled fan base!   Chants of “Fire Kiffin” could be heard throughout the Coliseum.

COUGARS RUN ROUGHSHOD OVER LONGHORNS………. This was a day of records and revelation.  For BYU, a revamped offensive line paved the way for a school record 550 rushing yards.   Cougars QB Taysom Hill rushed for 259 yards and three touchdowns, while  Jamaal Williams added 182 yards rushing.   For Texas, it was a record for the most rushing yards the Longhorns have ever allowed.   The effort by Texas was so bad, that head coach Mack Brown relieved defensive coordinator Manny Diaz of his duties, replacing him with  Greg Robinson.   Besides defense, the Longhorns were simply outplayed in every phase of the game.  For me, it was a day of revelation — I enjoyed a big helping of “CROW” for dinner last night.  If you read my conference previews, you might remember that I picked Alabama to play Texas in the National Championship game.  We now know that won’t happen!

RANTS

  • The Pac-12 and  the BiG Ten have four meetings this weekend!   California hosts Ohio State, Washington plays Illinois in Chicago, UCLA travels to Nebraska and Arizona State welcomes Wisconsin to Tempe.
  • I was very disappointed by Indiana over the weekend.   The Hoosiers lost at home to Navy 41-35.   The Midshipmen rushed for 444 yards on 70 carries and never punted the football!   I was very high on Indiana going to a bowl game this year, and thought they would take a few steps forward defensively. They now must face potential BCS buster Bowling Green, Missouri from the SEC, and Penn State the next three games, all at home.   For the Hoosiers, it’s now or never time!
  • No more talk about Jadeveon Clowney and the Heisman.  He is a great player, but never shouldn’t have entered the discussion.

RAVES

  • Al Golden stuck it out at Miami, despite the threat of sanctions and probation by the NCAA.  Saturday, he got his biggest victory of his career as the Hurricanes stunned No. 12 Florida 21-16.
  • Brady Hoke had a masterful game plan, as his Wolverines put up 41 points en route to a 41-30 win over Notre Dame.  They used a deep playbook, and a variety of looks as Devin Gardner made play after play, and displayed an exceptional level of leadership for the Maize and Blue.
  • Baylor has 16 touchdowns drives of two minutes or less!
  • Running back Mike Davis of South Carolina is averaging 9.4 yards per carry, rushing for 264 yards against North Carolina and Georgia
  • Wisconsin has NOT allowed a point in two games.   Saturday, they meet Arizona State who has not allowed a point yet this season.

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