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Minnesota went into the Coliseum Saturday and gave the Trojans more than they wanted. USC quarterback Matt Barkley and receiver Robert Woods put up record numbers and the Trojans defense was able to get the final stop it needed to hang on with a 19-17 win.

Woods caught a school record 17 balls for 177 and three touchdowns.  Barkley completed a school record 34 passes (according to Kiffin, Barkley was 34 of 45 with 8 drops).  However, the Trojans were not able to put a point on the board in the second half.

After the game, Kiffin put it bluntly, "Not scoring a point (in the second half) is hard to imagine...We got two good players on our offense."  

Give the Minnesota coaching staff credit.  It appeared their players took a few series to get going; but they battled. In fact, after cramping forced their starting quarterback out of the game, the backup came in and went 7 of 13 including a touchdown in the 4th quarter nearly leading the Gophers to the victory.  

USC failed trying for two after it's first two touchdowns (kicked the extra point on the final touchdown of the day). 




Spurrier and Garcia

You just have to know he planned it this way.

Late this week, head ball coach announced that Connor Shaw would start at quarterback rather than Stephen Garcia.  Brilliant motivation tactic.

Shaw played the first 21 plays.  The team accumulated 69 yards, no points (and was down 17).  

In comes Garcia...however he does it, the team rallied behind him.  Final score was a Gamecock victory, 56-37. Garcia ran for 2 TDs and threw for one (7-15 for 110 yards, 1 TD - 0 Ints, ran 5 times for 56 and the 2 TDs). 

Asked about Garcia's performance post-game, Spurrier offered, "He cleaned up.  He shaved.  He decided to act like a quarterback."




Ohio State coaches motivate their players

Sources tell us that last night, prior to Luke Fickell's first game as head coach, that some of the other coaches arranged a special "players only" viewing of the video below.  Players reportedly left the room "ready for war" against Akron.

We're pretty sure Fickell won't be sporting a sweater vest.

 




Corso and Cuban

For those of you that might have missed it, last night's TCU at Baylor was an unbelieveable game.  "Instant classic" being thrown around openly last night on Twitter.  Gary Patterson and Phil Bennett's defenses...and the final was 50-48 Baylor.  Wow.

Likewise, for the guys working this morning that missed this live, on the Gameday set, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was on set with Fowler, Herbstreit, Corso and Desmond (oh and Erin Andrews).  Cuban picked Oregon over LSU, Corso, "Not so fast..."

 




Saturday TV

Solid football throughout the day...and then Chip Kelly vs. Les Miles tonight!  

All times Eastern.  National coverage listed below. 

NFL:

None

College:

Akron at Ohio State - noon - ESPN

Utah State at Auburn - noon - ESPN2

Miami (OH) at Missouri - noon - FSN

Northwestern at BC - noon - ESPNU

Western Michigan at Michigan - 3:30 - ESPN2 / ABC

Minnesota at USC - 3:30 - ABC / ESPN2

UCLA at Houston - 3:30 - FSN

South Florida at Notre Dame - 3:30 - NBC

LA Monroe at Florida State - 3:30 - ESPNU

BYU at Ole Miss - 4:45 - ESPN

FAU at Florida - 7 - ESPNU

Oregon vs. LSU - 8 - ABC

Boise State vs. Georgia - 8 - ESPN

Tulsa at Oklahoma - 8 - FX

LA Tech at Southern Mississippi - 10 - FSN

Colorado at Hawaii - 10:15 - ESPN2

Full listing of games involving FBS teams

Full listing of games involving FCS teams

Full listing of DII / DIII games

High School:

None




Ray Lewis talking to the team

2 minutes of Ray Lewis explaining life to the current players at the U.

"Greatness is a lot of small things done well...."

Ray can give a talk. 

 




Field being named after Arizona State's DFO

John Wrenn, Arizona State's assistant athletic director for football operations, is a coaching legend.JW.pg

In 20+ years of serving as a high school head coach, he was named state coach of the year five times in two different states (Arizona and Illinois) and his teams won three state championships.

Tonight, the field at Perry High (AZ) will officially be named, "John Wrenn Field"; a well deserved honor.  




Tressel hired by the Colts

On a call where most figured Colts head coach Jim Caldwell would be discussing players they had to cut to get down to the roster limit, he mentioned a coaching hire. 

Yes, Caldwell announced that he has hired Jim Tressel to serve as a "game day consultant".  

Caldwell says Tressel will be up in the box during games, reviewing replays amongst other things.  Caldwell cited their long time relationship and mutual respect in hiring Coach Tresel and he added that this was a position he's been looking to fill "for several years".