The Weekend Rewind salutes Navy, says goodbye to Houston’s College Football Playoff chances, sends kind thoughts to Charlie Strong, and says everybody deserves a second chance (we’re looking at you, Texas A&M kicker Daniel LaCamera).
LaCamera missed a field goal that could have won it in regulation but sent the game to a second OT with a clutch kick. While the Aggies’ 45-38 double overtime victory over the Tennessee
Zombies Volunteers lasted nearly five hours, the Michigan-Rutgers game in Piscataway, N.J. was a curb stomping that couldn’t end soon enough.
One day after the 100-year anniversary of Georgia Tech smothered Cumberland, 222-0, Michigan went medieval on woebegone Rutgers. Saying the Wolverines won 78-0 is the kindest way to put it. Since 2000, the margin of victory is the biggest in a game matching FBS opponents.
Michigan held a 600-39 edge in total yardage and held Rutgers to two first downs. Punter Michael Cintron was the Scarlet Knights’ player of the game, punting 16 times for 603 yards (the only statistical edge they accomplished).
Considering that Ohio State defeated Rutgers, 58-0, in its previous game, perhaps Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh figured he couldn’t go Georgia Tech-Cumberland, but he could at least outdo that School To The South. Leading 27-0, Michigan went for two and converted following its fourth touchdown.
“It was something we practiced all week,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said.
“We had it. We saw a look we could get a two-point conversion on. We had it called on each of the extra points. We didn’t’ call it after that. That fourth touchdown, it was dialed up. It was called off the first three times. The fourth time we got the look we prepared for. Our guys executed it very well.”
It was Rutgers’ worst loss since falling 82-0 to Princeton … in 1888. The headline on the New York Post’s website: “Rutgers loses 78-0 to Michigan, doesn’t fold program in shame.”
Half off but well done
Steak lovers in Ann Arbor who weren’t already Michigan fans (there were probably half a dozen or so) were cheering every Wolverines score Saturday night.
The Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Ann Arbor started a “Score Big” promotion last week that promised “a percentage off the total food bill equal to Michigan’s margin of victory over any of its opponents for the remainder of the season.”
While 78 percent savings sounds too good to be true … it is. Thanks to some smart account executive and/or lawyer, there’s fine print in the offer. There’s a cap of 50 percent on the discount.
No doubt Rutgers would have been happy capping the scoreboard at 50-0.
“It just feels like playing a video game,” Rutgers senior safety Anthony Cioffi said. “We just got spanked.”
The Tree is toppling
The tag line for Stanford’s football program is “Intellectual Brutality.” That needs to be plowed under. The Farm has become the home of “Ineffectual Leniency.”
No. 15 Stanford was trucked for the second consecutive week as Washington State rolled into Stanford Stadium and rolled out with a 42-16 victory. In the last two weeks against Wazzu and Washington, the Cardinal have been outscored 86-22. It’s the first time under coach David Shaw that Stanford has lost consecutive games.
Those games offered a crazy contrast. Stanford beat both Los Angeles schools (USC and UCLA) while allowing just 23 points and averaging six yards per rushing attempt. Against the Cougars and the Huskies, Stanford gained a total of 90 yards.
Things might be looking up, though. The Cardinal (3-2) will play at Notre Dame (2-4) in prime time on NBC. (At least the network can count on Saturday Night Live for a ratings boost.)
- After Arkansas’ 49-30 loss to top-ranked Alabama, a fan voiced his displeasure with Razorbacks’ coach Bret Bielema. “If I had your (bleeping) resume, I’d be fired” and followed that up with “bleep” you. He was arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct. He also might be looking for a new job. The potty mouthed fan has been identified as Lawton Lanier Nalley, an assistant professor of agricultural economics and agribusiness at Arkansas.
- 11/26. Save the date. That’s when Michigan visits Ohio State. With Michigan State having lost three in a row, the Big Ten East Division race appears to be between the border rivals. The Wolverines and Buckeyes are 1st and 2nd in the FBS in points allowed, and 3rd and 4th nationally in points scored.
- Nearing the halfway point of the season, 11 teams are undefeated in the FBS – Clemson, Michigan, Washington, Texas A&M, Alabama and Western Michigan are 6-0; Baylor, Ohio State, Nebraska and Boise State are 5-0; West Virginia is 4-0. The only winless FBS teams are Rice (0-5) and Miami (0-6).
- Utah rallied from a 14-3 deficit against visiting Arizona to post a 36-23 victory. The Utes overcame 14 penalties for a total of 98 yards; 10 were false-start penalties, nine occurred in the first half and four on one drive. After the game Utes coach Kyle Whittingham claimed Arizona defenders were shifting and yelling “Go” to cause the pre-snap movement of his offensive linemen.
- Rutgers and Boston College are former members of the Big East Conference, but they’re not being treated nicely in their new leagues. The Eagles lost to Clemson, 56-10, Friday and have been outscored 105-10 in their last two ACC games. Boston College has scored just 113 points in its last 11 ACC games and hasn’t scored more than 17 in a league game since 2014. As mentioned earlier, Rutgers is overmatched this season. The Scarlet Knights are 0-3 in the Big Ten and have been outscored 150-7.
- Arizona State kicker Zane Gonzalez connected on a 46-yard field goal in the third quarter against UCLA to set the NCAA career record with 89 field goals. He broke the record of 88 set by Florida State’s Dustin Hopkins from 2009-12. Gonzalez had three field goals as the Sun Devils beat visiting UCLA, 23-20. He is 16-of-17 for the season with his only miss a 53-yarder. Gonzalez is the only kicker this season with more than one 50-yarder; he’s connected from 53 once and from 54 twice.
8: Number of one-point games Florida State and Miami have played in the history of their series. The schools have played six one-point games in basketball.
15-12: Combined records of the teams ranked No. 3 (Oklahoma), No. 4 (Florida State), No. 5 (LSU), No. 8 (Stanford) and No. 10 (Notre Dame) in the Associated Press preseason poll.
39: The number of seconds that Texas’ final play took as the Longhorns played backyard football with laterals that ended up as a 9-yard loss.
44: Pass attempts for Cal quarterback Davis Webb, who entered the game leading the nation with 2,143 yards. He completed 23 for 113 – one hundred and thirteen – yards.
306: Rushing yards for Navy in its upset of No. 6 Houston. The Cougars had been allowing 42 yards rushing per game.
709: Rushing yards for Florida State’s Dalvin Cook in the five games since gaining 95 yards in the season opener. Cook has 804 yards on 134 carries (six yards per carry).
1984: Last time Navy beat an opponent ranked in the top 10.
1994: Last time Texas A&M started a season 6-0.
2003: The last time that Washington State beat a No. 15 team.
2012: Last time Michigan State’s record was under .500.
16,585: Attendance at USF’s game with East Carolina Saturday. It was the lowest attendance for a homecoming game in the program’s 20-year history.
In honor of the second presidential debate … someone with a sportsy sense of humor managed to get on camera during a CNN debate preview segment.
After taking a 28-24 lead in the first half in Manhattan, Texas Tech got gut-punched by Kansas State’s Byron Pringle, who returned the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown. Pringle got gut punched, too … by celebrating teammate Dominique Heath.
A sportsmanship virtual fist-bump to New Mexico coach Bob Davie, who waited until Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien (five TD passes in a 49-21 victory over the Lobos) finished a postgame interview to offer congratulations.
Texas coach Charlie Strong, whose team lost its third consecutive game:
“I told our players that we’ve got seven left and we’ve just got to continue to work and get better and go get ‘em. There’s no reason why we can’t.”
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, going double negatives after his team’s 38-14 victory at Mississippi State:
“We were up 35-0. There ain’t no negatives from me today.”
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops on his emotional state after his team survived four Vanderbilt plays from the 8-yard line in the Wildcats’ 20-13 victory:
“I was smoked … I was smoked. You always want it to look easier, but we’re not built that way.”
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh on Jabrill Peppers, the all-around player who starts on defense but had two touchdown runs, a 63-yard run and a 44-yard punt return nullified by a penalty:
“In my humble opinion we’re looking at the Heisman Trophy winner.”
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio after losing to BYU, the Spartans’ third consecutive loss:
“This program has been built on a pretty solid foundation. It has taken nine years to do that. It’s taken that long to get to where we’ve been. The ride up the mountain is very difficult at times, but the ride down can be very quick.”