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Game Changing Coaches

Tuesday November 25, 2008 (Game Changing Coaches - Week 13)

Utah (Offensive Staff): Offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig called a brilliant game as Utah completed 31 of 37 passes and scored 48 points to defeat BYU 48-24. With the win, the Utes are Mountain West Conference Champions and secured a place in a BCS bowl game. The Utes allowed just 1 sack and recorded only 1 turnover, while passing for 415 yards.

Andy Ludwig (Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks)

Charlie Dickey (Offensive Line)

Aaron Roderick (Wide Receivers)

Dave Schramm (Running Backs / Recruiting Coordinator)

Jay Hill (Tight Ends / Special Teams Coordinator)

Iowa (Defensive Staff): The Hawkeyes defeated Minnesota 55-0 behind a dominant defensive performance. Iowa allowed just 6 first downs, 134 total yards, and caused 3 turnovers.

Norm Parker (Defensive Coordinator)

Eric Johnson (Assistant Linebackers / Recruiting Coordinator)

Rick Kaczenski (Defensive Line)

Darrel WIlson (Linebackers)

Phil Parker (Defensive Backs)

Seth Wallace (Defensive GA)

Abilene Christian (Offensive Staff): Abilene Christian scored on 13 of 15 possessions and defeated West Texas A&M 93-68 in the 2nd round of the D2 playoffs. If you are asking "what else?" consider pushing in your keyboard, walking away from your desk, and going home for the day. Come back fresh tomorrow.

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Ken Collums (Offensive Coordinator)

Joe Walker (Running Backs)

Nathan Young (Offensive Line)

Desmond Gant (Wide Receivers)

Clemson (Defensive Staff): Give credit to the entire Clemson defensive staff for sticking tough and showing great improvement despite a mid season coaching change. The Tigers "cracked the code" in defeating Virginia 13-3 in large part because of a defense that caused 4 turnovers and allowed just 190 total yards. All 13 Clemson points came after turnovers caused by the defense. In the game, Clemson held Virginia to just 30 yards rushing on 24 attempts.

Vic Koenning (Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Backs)

Chris Rumph (Defensive Line)

David Blackwell (Inside Linebackers)

Ron West (Outside Linebackers)

Daric Riley (Defensive GA)

Virginia Tech (Defensive Staff): Bud Foster's defense rose to the occasion once again. Virginia Tech took advantage of a backup quarterback and defeated Duke 14-3 in large part due to Foster's defense. The Hokies allowed just 6 first downs, 136 total yards, and recorded 4 interceptions. Victor Harris returned an interception 23 yards for a touchdown with 1:23 remaining in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Bud Foster (Defensive Coordinator)

Jim Cavanaugh (Strong Safeties / Outside linebackers / Recruiting Coordinator)

Torrian Gray (Defensive Backs)

Charley Wiles (Defensive Line)

NC State (Defensive Staff): The Wolfpack created 6 turnovers, 3 sacks, and allowed just 203 total yards of offense to the North Carolina Tar Heels. With the win, NC State completed the sweep of the state (Wake Forest, Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina).

Mike Archer (Defensive Coordinator)

Keith Willis (Defensive Line)

Andy McCollum (Linebackers)

Mike Reed (Defensive Backs)

Jeff Archer (Defensive GA)

Florida State (Defensive Staff): The ‘Noles defense swarmed and pressured the Maryland offense in the 37-3 win on the road. Florida State allowed 252 total yards, caused 4 turnovers, and recorded 6 sacks. FootballScoop expects the ‘Noles to give the Gators all they want this week.

Mickey Andrews (Associate HC / Defensive Coordinator)

Chuck Amato (Executive Head Coach / Linebackers)

Odell Haggins (Defensive Tackles)

Jody Allen (Defensive Ends / Special Teams Coordinator)

Georgia Tech (Offensive Staff): If you rush for 472 yards and score 41 points against the Miami Hurricanes, you have some GAME CHANGING COACHES. In case you missed the Thursday night battle, GA Tech amassed 518 yards and averaged 8.2 yards per play against the ‘Canes.

Brian Bohannon (Quarterbacks / B-Backs)

Jeff Monken (Slot Backs / Special Teams Coordinator)

Mike Sewak (Co-offensive line)

Todd Spencer (Co-offensive line)

Buzz Preston (Wide Receivers)

Brett Gilliland (Offensive GA)

Penn State (Offensive Staff): Penn State defeated Michigan State 49-18 behind a stellar performance by the Nittany Lions offense. Penn State converted 13-17 third down conversions, racked up 557 yards, and did not record a turnover. Give credit to quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno as Penn State completed 19-31 for 419 yards without an interception.

Dick Anderson (Offensive Line)

Galen Hall (Running Backs)

Bill Kenney (Tight Ends)

Mike McQueary (Wide Receivers & Recruiting Coordinator)

Jay Paterno (Quarterbacks)

Ole Miss (Defensive Staff): Give credit to defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix as the Rebels limited LSU to just 37 net yards rushing and defeated the Tigers in Baton Rouge 31-13. Ole Miss allowed just 215 total yards, recorded 2 interceptions, and 4 sacks.

Tyrone Nix (Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers)

Tracy Rocker (Defensive Line)

Kim Dameron (Safeties)

Chris Vaughn (Cornerbacks / Recruiting Coordinator)

Brad Villavaso (Defensive GA)

Harvard (Defensive Staff): Harvard defeated Yale 10-0, allowed just 5 first downs, 90 total yards, forced 3 interceptions, and recorded 3 sacks. More impressively, every four-year player recruited by head coach Tim Murphy has both graduated and has been a part of at least one Ivy League championship team. Is this the year Murphy lands a D1 head coaching position?

Kevin Doherty (Defensive Coordinator)

Carlton Hall (Defensive Line)

Scott Larkee (Linebackers & Special Teams Coordinator)

Dave Borgonzi (Defensive Backs)

Benjamin Bloom (Assistant Defensive Line)

Richmond (Defensive Staff): Richmond forced 7 turnovers and allowed just 43 yards rushing in the Spider's 23-20 overtime win over William & Mary. William & Mary gained only 12 yards in the first half on 24 plays. The Spiders returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown.

Russ Huesman (Defensive Coordinator)

Vincent Brown (Linebackers)

Jeff Hanson (Defensive Line, Asst. Head Coach, Recruiting Coordinator)

Dave Legg (Cornerbacks)

Brian Thweatt (Defensive Tackles)

Oklahoma (Offensive Staff): Is there an offense that exudes more confidence than the Sooners? There is no question the Sooners believe they will score each and every time they hit the field. On Saturday night, Oklahoma amassed 32 first downs, 625 total yards including 299 yards rushing, and defeated the Texas Tech Red Raiders 65-21.

Kevin Wilson (Offensive Coordinator / Fullbacks/ Tight Ends)

James Patton (Offensive Line)

Jay Norvell (Assistant OC / Wide Receivers)

Josh Heupel (Quarterbacks)

Cale Gundy (Running Backs / Recruiting Coordinator)

San Diego (Offensive Staff): San Diego exploited a weak UC Davis secondary in defeating UCD 28-20. Give credit to wide receivers coach Steve Mooshagian as his wide receiver John Matthews (leading receiver in D-1AA) hauled in 13 passes for 161 yards. San Diego totaled 395 yards, 23 first downs, and won 9 games for the 2nd consecutive season.

Jimmie Dougherty (Offensive Coordinator & Quarterbacks)

Steve Mooshagian (Asst. Head Coach & Wide Receivers)

Mike Rish (Senior Offensive Asst.)

Tanner Engstrand (Running Backs)

Lenny Vandermade (Tight Ends)

Todd Washington (Offensive Line)