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Fickell's excitement is contagious

Ohio State shut out Akron 42-0 Saturday in Luke Fickell's first game as the head coach.

On the sideline and in his post game presser, Fickell's enthusiasm and excitement is evident and his players (and the rest of the coaching staff) seem to be feeding off of this. 

Watch a few minutes of Fickell speaking after the game and you can literally feel the adrenaline.  Great interaction from Fickell about 4 minutes in...

Reporter asks about tight end Jake Stoneburner with a record?setting day, first tight end in Ohio State history to catch three touchdowns in a game...

Fickell's light hearted response, "That's because when I came here, I didn't play tight end here or maybe that would have happened here before."

 




56,000 see Larry Coker's UTSA get 1st win

Larry Coker's team got it's first win last night, in front of a crowd of over 56,000 in the Alamodome.

UTSA beat DII Northeastern State 31-3.  Northeastern State head coach Kenny Evans said, "For the first game in the history of the program, they did a phenomenal job.  They were clicking on all cylinders."

Coker who was hired back in March 2009 to lead the program said, "I didn't really know what to expect.  I know it was a lot more exciting that to be sitting on a golf course in Fort Myers, Fla."

See the video below for a look at the crowd in the Alamodome. Place looks full.  

 




Michigan vs. WMU called in the 3rd Qtr

Don't see this very often; but Saturday's game between Michigan and Western Michigan at the Big House was called final with 1:27 left to play in the 3rd quarter. 

Actually, we understand that this is the first weather shortened game in Michigan's 132 year history of playing football.

The weather was truly horrible and the lightning just did not appear to be breaking.  Both schools agreed, after an hour + of lightning (the second lightning delay of the game), to call the game final with Michigan winning 34-10.  

Michigan AD Dave Brandon said, "If it was a closer game that was into the fourth quarter, I think we would've waited it out." 

Brady Hoke said, "Bill (Cubit) and myself both had a concern how long we'd be stopped, how much we'd be stopped...we both were concerned about the kids...and it didn't look like this was going to get any better...but as long as those kids are healthy and no one got needlessly hurt..."

 




Brian Kelly: This was a step back

Notre Dame lost to South Florida yesterday 23-20 in a game that had two long weather related delays (not to mention quite a few turnovers).

The teams endured a 2 hour + halftime due to rain and severe lightning in the area and then with just over 4 minutes to play the game again was delayed (this time for 43 minutes) as what was described as an amazing lightning show went off around the stadium (they cleared the entire stadium....81,000 people...twice).

On the field, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly made the difficult decision to replace his starting quarterback Dayne Crist with Tommy Rees who had been in a battle all year with Crist for the starting job.  

After the game, Kelly was less than excited about having a quarterback situation again...

 

 




Skip Holtz locker room talk to the team

Returning to coach against your alma mater is never easy.  After a huge win for his program, USF head coach Skip Holtz shares his joy with his team.

Holtz played for the Irish and was an assistant there in the early 90s. 




Good first win for Muschamp

Muschamp is intense.  His guys had just rolled off a 41-3 home opener against FAU.

The offense clicked all day.  Charlie Weis' offense was able to throw it or run it pretty much at will.  

The defense only gave up 137 total yards and only allowed 2 third down conversions.  

Special teams opened the game by taking the kickoff back for a touchdown (although it was brought back due to holding) and they blocked a punt, scooped and scored.  

In his post game press conference, Muschamp seemed very pleased and spoke about a number of positives; but we did find it very Muschamp-esque that he opened up with, "We didn't face as much adversity as maybe we'd have hoped for; but..." always competing.  

 

One final note, we are told that The Swamp did not sell out this game...had sold out 137 straight. Strange




Oregon vs. LSU: It's the D-Linemen

If you watched last night's game between Oregon and LSU one thing that you just couldn't help but notice was the size, strength and speed of LSU's defensive linemen.  They owned the line of scrimmage.  

Oregon's defense appeared athletic and talented; but did not appear to have the same size or strength up front.

After the game, Chip Kelly had this to say about LSU's defensive line, "They've got a different athlete running around there right now...looking at their d-line, standing next to them walking off the field, they don't look like a lot of the guys we see." 

 




LSU's tempo drill

After LSU's big win last night 40-27 over Oregon, Les Miles spoke about how they prepared for the tempo of Oregon's offense.

Miles heaped praise on John Chavis' defense immediately after the game, "That defense was pretty special today.".  In his presser, Miles described a "tempo drill" they had been working on since Spring football.  Basically running two offenses at the defense in rapid fire to challenge them to be ready.

Hear it in Les' words...