Monday, October 25, 2010

Pass/Fail FBS Week 8-Part 1

It's time for our weekly look at what passed and failed during week 8's action on the field. It was a strange week in college football, and it was definately Separation Saturday #2 with the undefeated's taking eachother on. Let's get into the action...

Oregon 60, UCLA 13
Pass: The Ducks stuck to their M.O. as they rolled up over 50 and 500 yards of offense. Darron Thomas was an unstoppable force, upstaging superstar RB LaMichael James.
Fail: The bRuins had two weeks to preapre for this game. This is the best that they could come up with?

South Florida 38, Cincinnati 30
Pass: Dear God!!! USF does have an offense. BJ Daniels, who has been suffering from suckitis all season, finally busted out, passing for 2 scores and rushing for 2 more.
Fail: UC gave up 4 sacks, committed 12 penalities, and had 200 yards of offense more than the Bulls, and tanked miserably. The Bearcats are one of the most disappointing teams in the nation.

Temple 42, Buffalo 0
Pass: The Owls got over 100 yards from both Matt Brown and Bernard Pierce and survived a mistake prone game with a staunch defense.
Fail: Buffalo started freshman QB Alex Zordich, and that was a mess. The Bulls were held to 161 yards on the day.

Navy 35, Notre Dame 17
Pass: Ricky Dobbs could have beaten the Irish all by himself, as he rushed for 3 scores. Alexander Teich also rushed for 210 yards for the MIddies as well.
Fail: Dayne Crist has slipped way down in the QB world, and now he has a potential battle with Tommy Rees in the eyes of the media. Navy has flipped the table and now owns the Irish.

Syracuse 19, West Virginia 14
Pass: Ross Krautman's 4 FGs and an opportunistitic defense took the Mountaineers down in Morgantown. The Orangemen forced 3 Geno Smith picks.
Fail: Noel Devine was the lone start on offense, but never found the endzone, and WVU failed to have the offense support the D.

Virginia Tech 44, Duke 7
Pass: Tyrod Taylor passed for 280 yards and 3 scores, and the Hokies rolled on.
Fail: Duke trailed huge early and never got in the game. It would seem that the Devils have never replaced Thaddeus Lewis at QB.

Ohio State 49, Purdue 0
Pass: The Buckeyes needed to bounce back from getting handled last week ,and raced out to a 42-0 lead at the half. The Buckeyes are not dead yet.
Fail: Purdue had reinvented themselves as of late, but they hit the wall, and were held to 118 yards of offense for the day.

MIchigan State 35, Northwestern 27
Pass: Kirk Cousins led the Spartans back from a 17-0 hole on the road, and now that Iowa has fallen, the Spartans are in complete control of winning the Big 10 title. Cousins passed for 331 yards and 3 scores.
Fail: Dan Persa never found the endzone, and the Wildcats blew that early 17 point lead. They have now lost 2 of 3.

Penn State 33, Minnesota 21
Pass: Robert Bolden had completed 11 of 13 passes before getting hurt, and the Nittany Lion defense held off the Gophers in the second half to preserve the road win.
Fail: Jeff Horton lost his debut as interm HC, and Adam Webber's 3 TD game went for naught.

Illinois 43, Indiana 13
Pass: Patrick Nixon-Youman and Jonathon Brown both returned picks for scores for the Illini, and Chris Hagerup blocked an Indiana punt in the endzone for a safety, and the Illini harrassed Ben Chappell into 3 picks on the day total.
Fail: The Hoosiers outgained the Illini by 99 yards and still lose by 30. Ben Chappell, the IU rock, turned into a dirt clot.

Iowa State 28, Texas 21
Pass: Austin Arnaud and Alexander Robinson both accounted for 2 scores as the Cyclones shocked the Longhorns in Austin.
Fail: Beat Nebraska, but lose to UCLA and Iowa State. I don't get it. I also don't get Garrett Gilbert as a starter at QB.

Arkansas 38, Ole Miss 24
Pass: Knile Davis took over the burden of winning for Arkansas as he rushed for 176 yards and 3 scores to make up for an average at best day from banged up Ryan Mallett.
Fail: The Rebels are going to need a lot more than Jeremiah Masoli (327 yards passing, 98 rushing) to get into a bowl game, as they are just wasting his skills right now.

Ohio 34, Miami (Ohio) 13
Pass: The Bobcats rushed for 5 scores on the day, and their D victimized Miami QB Zac Dysert all day long. Ohio stays very much alive in the MAC race.
Fail: Dysert had 4 of Miami's 6 turnovers on the day. Looks like they have a bunch to learn, and they are still very much in rebuilding mode.

Arkansas State 37, Florida Atlantic 16
Pass: The Red Wolves scored 28 in the 4th to rally from a smakk deficit. They stay alive (barely) in the Sun Belt.
Fail: The Owls season is virtually over, and you can blame the defense mainly, as they gave up 17 more 1st downs than the offense was able to collect.

Maryland 24, Boston College 21
Pass: Danny O'Brien passed for 3 scores in what was otherwise a very underwhelming offensive performance for the Terps.
Fail: Bad QB play sank the Eagles again, and the season is virtually over for BC, who have now lost 5 straight games.

BYU 25, Wyoming 20
Pass: A late Jake Heeps TD pass was enough to get BYU the win. I guess that was something.
Fail: The Cowboys were held to 173 yards of total offense, but that's more the ineptitude of the Wyoming offense this season than it was a credit to BYU's brilliance on defense.

UCF 41, Rice 14
Pass: Ronnie Weaver rushed for 3 TDs on the day, and UCF continued on with their dark horse journey to win CUSA.
Fail: 229 yards and 12 1st downs for Rice. And what do they expect from that output? Crap.

Houston 45, SMU 20
Pass: Michael Hayes and Bryce Beall both rushed for 2 scores, and Houston destroyed the Mustangs in Dallas.
Fail: You can better predict roullette than predict the CUSA Western Division race at this point. It's starting to feel like nobody really wants to win it.

Kent State 30, Bowling Green 6
Pass: Spencer Keith Passed for 2 scores and rshed for another, and the Golden Flashes are clinging to life.
Fail: When it comes to the Falcons, the patient has expired. No chance at life with 7 losses. Condolences.

Western Michigan 56, Akron 10
Pass: Alex Carder tossed for 5 TDs and 372 yards on the day, as the Broncos finally found someone that they could handle.
Fail: Akron is a broken record. Lose, lose, lose.

Louisville 26, UConn 0
Pass: The rebuilding process at Louisville is very much alive.
Fail: The Bowl hopes of the Huskies are very much dead, as is the playing career of QB Cody Endres who has been kicked out of the program permanently.

Clemson 27, Georgia Tech 13
Pass: Andre Ellington rushed for 166 yards and a pair of scores, and the Tigers are back in the bowl hunt.
Fail: The Yellow Jackets got behind big, and again, as is always the case, they could not come back on the non-existent arm of Josh Nesbit. Run the option all that you want, but you have to be ready to pass at some point, and Tech can't do it.

Baylor 47, Kansas State 42
Pass: Robert Griffin passed for 404 yards and 4 scores, while Jay Finley rushed for 250 yards and a pair of scores. The Bears are bowl eligible for the first time in 15 years and got a signature win at home.
Fail: K State gave up 683 yards of offense to the Bears. You don't ever win when you do that.

Texas Tech 27, Colorado 24
Pass: Matt Williams put the Red Raiders ahead with his 2nd FG of the 4th quarter and Tech came back from a 24-14 deficit to put the Buffs away.
Fail: That 4th quarter collapse was likely the final bullet into the tenure of Dan Hawkins at Colorado.

Wisconsin 31, Iowa 30
Pass: Montee Ball carried the ball 3 times all game long, and one was the game winner with 1:14 left in the game to lift the Badgers to the life saving road win.
Fail: The Hawkeyes had it in the bag, and at this point, the inability to stop Ball gives the Big Ten title to Michigan State on a platter.

Nebraska 51, Oklahoma State 41
Pass: Taylor Martinez passed for 323 yards and 5 scores, and added another 112 yards on the ground, and the Huskers victimized the OSU D through the air.
Fail: That D has been leaky all season for the Cowboys, and it finally blew up on them. Wasted performances by Kendell Hunter and Justin Blackmon.

Cal 50, Arizona State 17
Pass: Kevin Riley passed for 2 scores and Shane Vereen rushed for 2 more, and the Bears threw a bucket of cold water on the Sun Devils.
Fail: Terrible QB play and a missing run game sank the Devils to a new level of hell.

Auburn 24, LSU 17
Pass: Cameron Newton rushed for 217 yards on the day, and the Tigers of AU look to move to number 1 in the PRS.
Fail: We knew that the LSU QBs were no good, and they were awful against Auburn, which is not exactly a defensive juggernaut.

Northern Illinois 33, Central Michigan 7
Pass: Chad Spann rushed for 3 scores and the Huskies blew open a tight game at the half.
Fail: The Chippewas are eliminated from contention, and would now have to finish the season 4-0 in order to finish at .500.

East Carolina 37, Marshall 10
Pass: Dominique Davis passed for 208 yards and a pair of scores, and he also rushed for a score, as the Pirates continue to get closer to a birth in the CUSA title game. I am guessing that BC would love to have him back at this point.
Fail: Brian Anderson was picked 3 times, and the Herd had 4 turnovers total. The Rushing game never got close to developing.

Middle Tennessee 38. UL-Monroe 10
Pass: The Blue Raiders piled up 463 yards of offense, and got the action started with a Rod Isaac pick 6 of Kolton Browning that went 70 yards.
Fail: The WarHawks were a miserable 3 of 18 on 3rd down conversions, kepping them from extending drives time after time.

Idaho 37, New Mexico State 14
Pass: Nathan Enderle passed for 291 yards and 3 scores as the Vandals marched out to a 31-7 lead at the half.
Fail: Same old story in Las Crucas. The Aggies suck again.

Hawaii 45, Utah State 7
Pass: Alex Green rushed for 172 yards and just 4 scores, which helped right a shaky performance by QB Bryan Moniz, who tossed 2 picks to his 1 TD.
Fail: Diondre Borel was plain awful, and the rushing game was absent for the Aggies in the loss.

Western Kentucky 54, UL-Lafayette 21
Pass: WKU ended a nation's longest 27 game losing streak to get a big win for the program. Willie Taggert's first career win as HC of the Toppers was welcomed with congrats Tweets from his old boss Jim Harbaugh.
Fail: If there was any question about how Ricky Bustle needs to go at ULL, could it be put to rest now?

Stanford 38, Washington State 28
Pass: Andrew Luck passed for 3 scores and Stepfan Taylor rushed for 2, and the Cardinal was able to put away the pesky Cougars.
Fail: If anything can be said for another lost season in Pullman, it's that at least you have found a QB in Jeff Tuel. Otherwise, there is little else to celebrate.

Utah 59, Colorado State 6
Pass: JOrdan Wynn passed for 303 yards and 3 scores, and Matt Asiata added two more scores, as the Utes burried the Rams at home.
Fail: Another horrible day for the Rams. Fairchild has to start showing signs of progress, or else he could be gone after next season.

Virginia 48, Eastern Michigan 21
Pass: Marc Verica passed for 2 scores and Keith Payne rushed for a pair, and the Cavs keep their bowl hopes alive.
Fail: EMU found production from the run game, but that's not much good for you when your down as far as they were.

Toledo 31, Ball State 24
Pass: Austin Dantin rushed for a pair of scores and passed for another to negate his 2 picks. The Rockets stay alove in the MAC race.
Fail: Ball State committed 5 turnovers for the day, and they lost by a single score. Do the math.

Texas A&M 45, Kansas 10
Pass: Ryan Tannaheill passed for 3 scores on the game, and Mike Sherman is giving him some of Jerrod Johnson's snaps as he goes to a 2 QB system (bad idea).
Fail: The Jayhawks could go to a 5 QB sustem, but finding anyone to fill the role has become extremely problematic.

South Carolina 21, Vanderbilt 7
Pass: Brian MAddox rushed for 146 yards in place of Marcus Lattimore, and the Gamecocks picked up an ugly win on the road to stay in control of the SEC East.
Fail: Same old Vandy, different day.

Alabama 41, Tennessee 10
Pass: trent Richardson and Mark Ingram combined for 3 scores, and the Crimson Tide blew the game open with a 21-0 3rd quarter.
Fail: Can anyone on UT's roster other than Tauren Poole step up to be a star for the Vols?

Mississippi State 29, UAB 24
Pass: Laderius Perkins rushed for 131 yards and a score, and Derek Depasquale nailed 2 FGs to give the Bulldogs the win in the 4th.
Fail: If the Blazers had not turned the ball over 3 times, we may have had a different outcome.

Miami 33, North Carolina 10
Pass: Jacory Harris passed for 3 scores, and the Hurricanes went on a 30-0 run to win the game and beat the Butch Davis curse.
Fail: UNC never got on track, and a nice run comes to an end. UNC is still very much alive for a bowl bid, but cannot afford losses like this.

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