Tuesday October 21, 2008
TCU (Defensive Staff): In the Horned Frog's 32-7 impressive win over BYU, the TCU defense forced 4 turnovers, recorded 7 sacks, and limited BYU to 23 yards rushing. "Nobody has been able to do that to BYU for a couple of years," TCU coach Gary Patterson said. "No way I could have seen it coming." TCU held the BYU offense to 155 yards under their season average of 452 yards per game. Since January, a BYU logo was placed on a blocking dummy in the TCU weight room. Seems like that motivation tactic worked nicely. The 4-2-5 defensive scheme kept BYU guessing all night long. It was a dominant performance by Gary Patterson's crew.
Dick Bumpas (Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Line)
Chad Glasgow (Safeties)
Clay Jennings (Cornerbacks)
Tony Tademy (Linebackers)
Trey Haverty (Defensive Graduate Assistant)
Maryland (Defensive Staff): Give credit to defensive coordinator Chris Cosh and the Maryland defensive staff for their preparation and performance against Wake Forest. In the 26-0 shutout victory, the Terps' defense limited Wake Forest to only 219 yards while recording 4 sacks. Maryland allowed just 14 first downs, 73 net yards rushing, and 3 of 15 third down conversions. Only 3 Wake Forest drives resulted in more than 30 total yards. Most impressively, both sudden change opportunities when Wake Forest started drives inside the Maryland 30 yard line, the Terps held the Deacons to field goal attempts (both missed). That's a heck of a performance.
Chris Cosh (Defensive Coordinator / Inside Linebackers)
Kevin Lempa (Secondary)
Al Seamonson (Outside LB's / Special Teams Assistant)
Dave Sollazzo (Defensive Line / Recruiting Coordinator)
Henry Baker (Defensive Graduate Assistant)
Ole Miss (Special Teams Staff): Although the Rebels fell 24-20 at #2 ranked Alabama, the Ole Miss special teams scored on a fake field and clearly outplayed the Crimson Tide. Against one of the top punt returners in the country, Javier Arenas, Ole Miss averaged an amazing 43 yards per net punt. To give you an idea of just of incredible this is, Cincinnati leads the country at 43.29 per net punt. But the Rebels averaged 43 net punting versus Javier Arenas in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Wisely, the Rebels elected most of the day to kick the ball out of bounds and away from Arenas. Most impressively, they executed the plan. Furthermore, Ole Miss scored on a fake field goal, which Coach Nick Saban said, "We all knew on the sidelines that they were going to fake it." Last, the Rebels kick-off coverage unit didn't allow Bama to return a single kick-off past the 31 yard line. The Tide's average starting field position after a kick-off was the 27 yard line. On the other hand, the Rebels' starting field position after a kick-off was the 36 yard line. Ole Miss was also 2 of 2 on field goal attempts and didn't have a turnover on special teams.
James Shibest (Special Teams Coordinator)
Jay Jones (Special Teams Graduate Assistant)
Air Force (Offensive Staff): Air Force moved to 5-2 win their 29-28 come from behind win at UNLV. Give the Air Force offensive staff credit. The Falcons converted 7 of 14 third down conversions on way to 508 total yards. The Falcons consistently moved the ball throughout the night, amassing 26 first downs. The passing game was efficient with 6-7 completions for 162 yards. Most impressively, the Air Force offense finished with 0 turnovers and only put the punt team on the field one time during the game. Trailing 28-26 with less than 3 minutes to play, Air Force moved into field goal position. The Falcons connected on a 19 yard field goal to move to 5-2 on the season.
Clay Hendrix (Co-offensive coordinator / Offensive Line)
Blane Morgan (Co-offensive coordinator / Quarterbacks)
Jemal Singleton (Run Game Coordinator / Running Backs)
Capt. Mike Thiessen (Wide Receivers)
Patrick Covington (Offensive Assistant)
Ben Miller (Tight Ends / Assistant OL)
Delta State (Offensive Staff): The Delta State offense drove 90 yards in 11 plays, converting a huge 4th & 23 pass over the middle, to take a 34-28 lead with under a minute to play to beat #2 ranked (D2) North Alabama. The Statesman totaled 478 yards and rallied from a 21-7 halftime deficit to win despite throwing 4 interceptions. When the game was on the line, the Statesman got it done.
Darrin Hicks (Offensive Coordinator / QB's)
Chet Pobolish (Wide Receivers / Special Teams Coordinator)
Steve Smith (Offensive Line)
Eugene Crosby (Graduate Assistant / Running Backs)
Travis Mikel (Graduate Assistant / WR's)