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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...

 




James Franklin talks about calling the plays

Vanderbilt beat Elon 45-14 Saturday for Franklin's first win as a head coach.  

You might not know it from the final score; but Elon put up a fight.  Jason Swepson's team showed that they will play anyone tough; but at the end of the night Vandy got the W.  Elon possessed the ball for over 35 minutes.  

Franklin's team went for it three times on 4th down and showed a good bit of creativity in the offense.  

In his post game talk (below) Franklin spoke about calling the plays, "I thought Coach John Donovan called a great game.  I made recommendations throughout the game...I thought we worked very, very well together over the headphones."

As the presser was ending, Franklin actually came back to the podium to add a final note...that during the week he had met with 4 Vandy students, gone over some of the plays with them and allowed them to pick one play...and he says that was the call on the first touchdown of the season.  Franklin is investing in creating excitement for his program.  

 




Sunday TV

Yep, we've got college ball today (and tomorrow).

All times Eastern.  

NFL:

None

College:

Prairie View A&M vs. Bethune-Cookman - noon - ESPN

Marshall at West Virginia - 3:30 - ESPN

SMU at Texas A&M - 7:30 - FSN

High School:

Archbishop Wood (PA) at Pittsburgh Central Catholic (PA) - 2PM - ESPN2




Kiffin: We got two good players

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).