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Game Changing Coaches

Tuesday November 11, 2008(Game Changing Coaches - Week 11)

Ball State (Offensive Staff): This season is really turning out to be special for offensive coordinator Stan Parrish and the rest of the Ball State offensive assistants. The Cardinals were more than impressive against a tough Northern Illinois defense (top 20 in total defense, top 20 in scoring defense, top 20 in passing defense) that allowed just 8 points per game over their previous six games. However, Parrish's offense scored 45 points as Ball State defeated Northern Illinois 45-14. In the win, Ball State accumulated 25 first downs, 529 total yards, and did not record a turnover. The Cardinals converted 5 of 11 third down opportunities, completed 19-23 passes, and allowed just 1 sack. Scoring drives of 77, 58, 64, 80, 72, 35, and 60 yards made it a fun night in Muncie for the Cardinals. Ball State now ranks 11th nationally in total offense and 6th in fewest sacks allowed (only 8 this season).

Stan Parrish (Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks)

Eddie Faulkner (Running Backs)

Darrell Funk (Offensive Guards and Centers)

Jeff Hecklinski (Wide Receivers / Recruiting Coordinator)

John Powers (Offensive tackles / tight ends)

Brad Wilson (Offensive Graduate Assistant) 

Texas Tech (Offensive Staff): 38 first downs, 629 total yards, 0 sacks allowed, and 0 punts. Give credit again to Mike Leach and the offensive staff at Texas Tech for their impressive performance in defeating Oklahoma State 56-20. Quarterback Graham Harrell finished 40 of 50 for 456 yards and 6 touchdowns. The Red Raiders converted 7 of 9 third down opportunities and are now averaging 47.9 points per game.

Mike Leach (Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator)

Seth Littrell (Running Backs)

Matt Moore (Offensive Line)

Lincoln Riley (Inside Wide Receivers)

Dennis Simmons (Wide Receivers) 

Louisiana Tech (Defensive Staff): Louisiana Tech remains bowl eligible after defeating San Jose State 21-0 on the road. It was the first home shutout in 40 years for the San Jose State offense. Tommy Spangler's defense limited San Jose State to 6 first downs and 148 total yards. Louisiana Tech dominated third downs as the Bulldogs allowed just 4 of 16 conversions. Derek Dooley's team allowed just 30 yards rushing, recorded 2 sacks, and forced 2 interceptions. Once the Bulldogs improve their overall speed on defense, these guys are going to be one of the nation's best. The LA Tech defense now ranks 10th in the country in rushing defense (100 ypg.) Many coaches in the profession believe Derek Dooley would be a great hire at Tennessee.

Tommy Spangler (Defensive Coordinator)

Terry Joseph (Defensive Backs and Recruiting Coordinator)

Jimmy Brumbaugh (Defensive Line)

Stan Eggen (Linebackers)

Ryan Fournier (Defensive GA)

USC (Defensive Staff): USC defeated Cal 17-3 behind another dominating performance by the Trojans defense. USC limited Cal to 27 yards rushing, recorded 4 sacks, and allowed just 1 yard in the 4th quarter on 3 series. Cal finished with only 13 first downs and 165 yards on total offense. The USC defense ranks 1st nationally in total defense (206 ypg.), scoring defense (6.67 ppg.), and pass efficiency defense (87.97). The only place the Trojans are struggling is in rushing defense, where they rank 3rd in the nation (77 ypg.). How many would Texas Tech score on the USC defense?

Nick Holt (Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Line)

Ken Norton Jr. (Linebackers)

Rocky Seto (Defensive Backs)

David Watson (Defensive Line)

Kris Richard (Defensive GA)

Virginia Tech (Defensive Staff): In the Hokies 23-13 win over Maryland, Bud Foster's defense limited the Terps to -12 rushing yards on 18 attempts. Foster mixed his bear package with the four down package to hold Maryland to 228 total yards and 12 first downs. The Hokies recorded 3 sacks and did not allow a first down by way of the ground. With the game on the line in the 4th quarter, the VA Tech defense allowed a total of 9 yards on 4 series. Maryland finished just 2 of 11 on 3rd down conversions. Virginia Tech moves to 6-3 with the win.

Bud Foster (Defensive Coordinator)

Jim Cavanaugh (Strong Safeties / OLB / RC)

Torrian Gray (Defensive Backs)

Charley Wiles (Defensive Line)

Pittsburgh (Defensive Staff): Defensive coordinator Phil Bennett must be proud of his troops. In the 41-7 defeat over Louisville, the Pittsburgh defense caused 5 turnovers and scored twice. The Panthers recorded 3 sacks and allowed just 299 total yards including 96 rushing yards. Pittsburgh is now 7-2 with games remaining at Cincinnati, West Virginia, and at Connecticut.

Phil Bennett (Defensive Coordinator)

Jeff Hafley (Defensive Backs)

Joe Tumpkin (Linebackers)

Greg Gattuso (Asst. Head Coach / Defensive Line)

Greg Williams (Defensive GA)

Nevada (Offensive Staff): Nevada defeated Fresno State 41-28 on the road behind a very impressive offensive performance. Give credit to the Nevada offensive staff as the Wolfpack accumulated 29 first downs, 600 total yards, and did not record a turnover. The Wolfpack offense dominated the time of possession (37 minutes) by converting 6 of 15 third down opportunities. Running back Vai Taua rushed 28 times for 263 yards in the win. Nevada now leads the nation in rushing offense (324 ypg.) and ranks 5th in total offense (524 ypg.)

Chris Klenakis (Offensive Coordinator / Offensive Line)

Jim Mastro (Running Backs / Recruiting Coordinator)

Scott Baumgartner (Wide Receivers)

Cameron Norcross (Offensive Line / Tight Ends)

Boston College (Defensive Staff): The Eagle defeated Notre Dame 17-0 in Chestnut Hill behind a solid performance by Frank Spaziani's defense. The Boston College defense forced 5 turnovers and limited Notre Dame to just 292 total yards. The Irish finished with 16 first downs and 66 yards rushing. A key play in the game was Paul Anderson's 76 yard interception return for a touchdown. This marks the 3rd shutout on the season for the BC defense (Kent State and Rhode Island). The Eagles' defense now ranks 9th in the country in total defense (276 ypg.)

Frank Spaziani (Defensive Coorinator)

Jeff Comissiong (Defensive Line)

Bill McGovern (Linebackers)

Mike Siravo (Defensive Backs and Recruiting Coordinator) 

McNeese State (Offensive Staff): Give credit to the McNeese State offensive staff for their terrific performance in the 41-32 win over Stephen F. Austin. In the win, the Cowboys rode their stud horse, running back Todd Pendland. Pendland rushed 39 times for 242 yards and caught 5 passes for 65 yards. He scored 4 touchdowns on the night. In total, McNeese State accumulated 28 first downs, 512 total yards, did not record a turnovers, and maintained the ball for over 35 minutes. The McNeese State offense now ranks 3rd in the nation (D1-AA) in scoring offense (39 ppg.) and 4th in total offense (471 ypg.)

Tim Leger (Co-offensive coordinator / Quarterbacks)

Broderick Fobbs (Co-offensive coordinator / Wide Receivers)

Jeffrey Breaux (Tight Ends)

Carlos McGee (Running Backs)

Reggie Nelson (Offensive Line)

Michigan State (Defensive Staff): A name to watch in the future is Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi. In the Spartans 21-7 win over Purdue, the Michigan State defense allowed just 191 total yards, recorded 5 sacks, and scored on Johnny Adams 40 yard interception return. The Spartans limited Purdue to only 3 of 16 third down conversions and only 13 first downs.

Pat Narduzzi (Defensive Coordinator)

Harlon Barnett (Defensive Backs)

Ted Gill (Defensive Line)

Mike Tressel (Linebackers and Special Teams) 

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