With game times in college football creeping past three and a half hours and sometimes nudging four trips around the clock, there are some buzz killers who rail about the games being too long.
Folks, you’re the reason we can’t have nice things.
There’s even worse news for you clock watchers. On the 20th anniversary of the overtime rule, college football is celebrating by being on pace to set a record for OT contests.
Five games went overtime last week, which brings the total this season to 29. The FBS record of 45 was set in 2012 and it’s worth noting we’re at the halfway point of the 2016 season.
Saturday began and basically ended with the nation’s No. 2 and No. 3 teams winning in overtime. Third-ranked Clemson escaped – there’s no better word to describe it – with a 24-17 overtime triumph over North Carolina State. The Tigers got the chance to win in OT because N.C. State kicker Kyle Bambard missed a down-the-middle attempt from 33 yards on the last play of regulation.
Second-ranked Ohio State trailed by 10 points at halftime. It needed a late field goal to force overtime and eventually win at No. 8 Wisconsin, 30-23. The game at Camp Randall Stadium had all the prime-time drama that the National … Football … League is missing this season.
Let’s all be thankful for the wisdom of the rules committee members two decades ago, who decided it was time to stop sister kissing if the fourth quarter ended with a scoreboard deadlock.
The Bama beat (down) goes on
The third Saturday in October has always meant Tennessee versus Alabama, but Oct. 15, 2016, turned into what all the other Saturdays are like for the Crimson Tide. Show up, kick the dog out of the opponent, shower and go home.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide has visited Fayetteville and Knoxville the last two weeks as the hated Saban Storm Troopers and steamrolled to 49-30 and 49-10 victories. Saturday’s dismantling of the Volunteers was the 10th consecutive Alabama victory over Tennessee. The 39-point margin was the Tide’s largest over a top-10 foe in a regular-season game.
Alabama not only rushed for 438 yards while limiting the Vols to 32 rushing yards on 32 carries, it scored touchdowns on a punt return and an interception return. Seven different defensive players have scored for the Tide, which has 11 non-offensive touchdowns this season. That’s two more touchdowns than South Carolina has scored.
Saturday in Tuscaloosa, the Tide will take on another challenger as No. 6 Texas A&M, which had a bye, tries to take down the defending champions.
No. 1 (in FCS) goes down
While top-ranked Alabama rolled, North Dakota State was trolled at home. The Bison, five-time defending champions and the top-ranked team in the FCS, lost to South Dakota, 19-17.
The Jackrabbits rallied from a 14-point deficit and scored the winning points on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Tayrn Christion to Jake Wieneke with one second remaining. South Dakota’s victory likely comes as no surprise to TCU. The Horned Frogs had to take control in the fourth quarter of a 59-41 victory over the Jackrabbits in the season opener.
North Dakota State, which won at Iowa last month and was receiving votes in the Associated Press poll, fell to 5-1 overall.
This is why Twitter was invented
- One of the more surprising outcomes Saturday was Syracuse sticking No. 17 Virginia Tech with a 31-17 victory. The Orange are now 3-4 under first-year coach Dino Babers. His postgame speech to his team was lacking only a pulpit as he preached and pumped up his team, which plays at Boston College next Saturday. Dare you to watch this and not smile or want to run through a wall.
- How West Virginia’s Dana Holgorsen hasn’t landed an endorsement deal with Red Bull is one of the great mysteries in sports marketing. Here’s how the Mountaineers’ coach celebrated following a touchdown that gave his team a 34-10 lead at Texas Tech.
- The Weekly Rewind submits this in three award categories: safety of the year, sack of the year, and de-cleater of the year. Northwestern’s Joe Gaziano is the sacker, while Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke is the sackee.
- Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was flagged for a 15-yard penalty for “making contact with an official.” NCAA rules, man.
- Boise State has a dog that runs on the field to retrieve the tee after kickoffs. The Weekly Rewind hereby states this needs to be instituted and used at every college football game. Make kickoffs great again.
- Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin has helped the Tide outscore the schools where he was the head coach (Tennessee and USC) by the combined score of 101-16. Walking off the field in Knoxville Saturday, Kiffin was in a giving mood.
- Rice lost to UTSA 14-13 and is the last FBS team without a victory. The Owls tried to mount a late comeback but after gaining a first down to stop the clock, slapstick ensued.
- With a 2-5 team that might not qualify for a bowl game, it’s easy to understand why Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is miserable. He changed quarterbacks against Stanford after DeShone Kizer threw two interceptions. That decision prompted a critical Tweet from former Irish QB Jimmy Clausen, a noted expert on winning football.
There are no other logical explanations than crediting the full moon for these oddities in Saturday’s games.
- In the West Virginia-Texas Tech game, a player for each team was flagged and ejected for targeting on consecutive plays.
- A Texas touchdown pass was wiped out by offsetting penalties. The Longhorns’ Amanti Foreman was called for a face mask penalty on Iowa State safety Mike Johnson – who also was flagged for a facemask on Foreman. Both players wear No. 3.
- Colorado State, trailing 28-7 at Boise State, pulled within 28-23 (the final score) thanks to recovering back-to-back onside kicks.
- Houston “stopped” a potential game-tying touchdown by Tulsa on a first-and-goal play from the Cougars’ 1-yard line despite having too many men on the field when the ball was snapped and the tackle being made by a player who was running on the field and was offsides when the play started. Neither penalty was called.
- Rutgers scored on the first play of the fourth quarter in its 24-7 loss to Illinois. That ended a scoreless drought of 177 minutes, 49 seconds over four games. Texas, with a field goal late in the first half, ended an 89 minute, 48 second scoreless streak against Iowa State.
- Ohio State has won 20 consecutive road games, the longest streak since Miami won 20 in a row from 1984-1988. Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer is now 19-8 in his career when both teams are ranked in the top 15 and 8-3 in such games at Ohio State.
- Idaho defeated New Mexico State 55-23 to improve to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in the Sun Belt Conference. The school announced before the season that 2017 would be its last season in FBS before it moves back to the FCS level.
- Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Dede Westbrook. It was the first TD thrown by an OU running back since 1973 when Joe Washington did it with a 40-yard scoring strike to Tinker Owens against Texas.
- Marshall is 102nd in rushing defense in this week’s FBS stats, allowing “just” 208 yards per game on the country, but in the last six quarters – the second half against North Texas last week and Saturday against Florida Atlantic – the Thundering Herd has been stampeded, allowing 456 rushing yards.
- North Carolina has defeated Florida State and Miami in the same season for the first time in school history. Perhaps Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora will design and order “Florida state champions” rings for his players.
- There are five FBS programs in the state of Michigan. Here are their records: Western Michigan 7-0, Michigan 6-0, Central Michigan 5-2, Eastern Michigan 5-2 and … Michigan State, 2-4. Researchers are the Weekly Rewind are working to confirm the fact that the Spartans participated in last season’s College Football Playoff.
- We live in a college football world where Notre Dame is 2-5 while Eastern Michigan is 5-2 and Troy is 5-1 (with the only loss a coulda shoulda 30-24 defeat at No. 3 Clemson).
Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes after West Virginia’s 38-17 victory in Lubbock:
“They pretty much told us all week they were going to come in here and shut us out, told us they were going to hold us to 10 points, and they basically did. It’s pretty embarrassing, really.”
Former Oklahoma and current Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight took advantage of a bye week to attend the Sooners’ 38-17 victory over Kansas State and Sooners’ wide receiver Dede Westbrook was asked about Knight:
“It’s Trevor Knight. You have no choice but to love him. He has a beautiful smile. And he has a lot of muscles.”
Utah senior wide receiver Cory Butler-Byrd following the Utes’ 19-14 Pac-12 victory at Oregon State:
“Our O-line was blocking sonavabitches. That’s pretty much where we got our whole energy from.”
Texas ended a three-game losing streak with a 27-6 victory over Iowa State and sophomore linebacker/defensive end Breckyn Hager had this to say about the team’s final six games:
“We’re going undefeated. Because we have no choice. We’re tired of all the crap.”
Clemson defensive back Marcus Edmond clinched his team’s overtime defeat of North Carolina State with an end zone interception:
“When I caught it, I kind of blacked out. I almost died. No, for real, I almost died. Everybody kept piling on me.”