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The Point After Touchdown for this week breaks down Georgia and Miami (FL)’s big win and looks at whether it’s time for Texas head coach Mack Brown to step aside.
WHO’S HATING NOW: Georgia’s Aaron Murray has heard it all in his career. He’s been unable to consistently win against top 10 teams and going into Saturday he still had not won against South Carolina in his career. Plus, the Bulldogs were coming off of an opening loss to Clemson and hoping to avoid an 0-2 start that would end their national championship hopes before they could even get started.
Following Georgia 41-30 victory over South Carolina Saturday, Murray’s critics will probably be hard to find. Not only has he played extremely well through two weeks, but he’s also shown Georgia’s SEC East rivals that they are the class of the division.
HURRICANE REVIVAL: Speaking of those rivals, Florida dominated Miami (FL) in every aspect of the game on Saturday but on the scoreboard. The Gators got into the redzone seven times, but only scored two touchdowns. Jeff Driskel made two of the most bonehead throws you will ever see a junior make, considering Driskel has played in nearly every game since his freshman year.
The ‘Canes deserve a lot of credit for coming up big in the redzone and Miami’s crowd was as loud as I’ve ever it. Good for them. Those fans haven’t had anything major to cheer about in quite a while, so they should celebrate.
Head coach Al Golden has clearly turned the program around and Miami will jump into the top 25 this weekend.
UNDER THE LIGHTS: Michigan pulled away from Notre Dame 41-30 to win the rivalry’s last scheduled game in the Big House. Devin Gardner threw four touchdown passes and ran for a fifth score as the Wolverines showed they warrant a top 10 ranking.
Michigan’s schedule looks very underwhelming at this point too. The Wolverines play Akron, at Connecticut, Minnesota, at Penn State, Indiana, at Michigan, vs. Nebraska, at Northwestern, and at Iowa. In other words, they’ll be favored to win every game down the stretch before they meet Braxton Miller and Ohio State.
BYU ran through, around, and over Texas in a 40-21 romp on Saturday night. (Picture: VictoriaAdvocate.com)
SHOULD BROWN GO?: I’ve been one Texas head coach Mack Brown’s biggest supporters the last few seasons as the Longhorns attempt to rebuild themselves into a national championship contender, but Saturday night reached my breaking point. I think it’s time for him to step down and let someone else attempt to revive the program.
I say that because I have no explanation for Texas’ 40-21 loss to a BYU team that lost to Virginia last week. The Cougars ran for 550 yards. That’s not a typo. 550 yards. How does that happen when Texas has better and bigger athletes? That should never happen. Hell, Wisconsin shouldn’t even be able to run for 550 yards on Tennessee Tech. And they didn’t. The Badgers went for 387 yards. Even Baylor in a 70-13 romp over Buffalo only ran for 329 yards, despite 55 attempts. Texas should be ashamed of its loss – not because they lost, but because they showed a lack of effort.
I NEVER THOUGHT I’D SEE THE DAY: Mike Leach’s Washington State Cougars pulled one of the nation’s biggest upsets Saturday, beating offensively challenged USC 10-7. Here’s the kicker: The Cougars did it without scoring an offensive touchdown. There was a time when even Leach’s biggest fans would tell you that his defense would stop him from getting a team to the national title game, but now that side of the ball is clearly carrying a team that cannot score points. Good for the Cougars.
On the other side, Lane Kiffin’s seat is so hot that he might as well just get out of the car. Kiffin has proven that he can’t field a consistently great team at USC, which is what fans demand. He can point to the NCAA probation and restriction of scholarships if he wants, but Leach had a tougher rebuilding job at Washington State than Kiffin had at USC. Although it isn’t by much, it’s already clear that the Cougars are better than the Trojans. How can that be possible? It’s time for Kiffin to go.
IT’S TIME TO WORRY: Oklahoma’s offense is among the national relevant teams struggling to score points. The Sooners won 16-7 over West Virginia, although the Sooners failed to put points on the board most of the night. Quarterback Trevor Knight was awful, going 10 of 20 for 119 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Michigan State is in the same boat. The Spartans could only score 21 points against a South Florida team that gave up 53 points to McNeese State last weekend. Out of Michigan State’s six touchdowns this season, the defense has scored four of them. At Notre Dame in two weeks, the Spartans will likely need to put points on the board with their offense to win.
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Aaron Murray was 1-9 against teams ranked 15th or higher entering Saturday. He can put one more in the win column.
Murray shined in Georgia’s win over South Carolina throwing for 309 yards and four touchdowns thanks largely to the Bulldogs offensive line giving him time to throw early in the game.
The win evens Georgia’s record at...
ATHENS - Aaron Murray threw for 309 yards and four touchdowns as Georgia beat South Carolina 41-30.
ATHENS - Georgia QB Aaron Murray talks about Georgia's 41-30 win over South Carolina.
Aaron Murray threw for 309 yards and four touchdowns, Georgia's beleaguered defense finally came up with a stop, and the 11th-ranked Bulldogs defeated No. 6 South Carolina 41-30 on Saturday for an early edge in the Southeastern Conference East.
Coming off a 38-35 loss at Clemson, Georgia could not afford another defeat if it wanted to remain a serious contender for a national...
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Aaron Murray threw for 309 yards and four touchdowns, and the 11th-ranked Bulldogs defeated No. 6 South Carolina 41-30 in Athens for the early edge in the Ess-E-Cee East.
The defense made sure it stood up, stuffing Mike Davis on fourth & goal from inside the 1 mid way through the fourth. The Bulldog offense ran out the clock from there...
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This week's Game of the Century.
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I Will Follow.
Week two of the college football season was jam-packed with great games that kept fans on the edge of their seats – Georgia’s Aaron Murray had a spectacular game against Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks and the Michigan vs. Notre Dame showdown came down to the wire. But the most surprising result came from the Texas vs. BYU matchup – the Cougars stomped the Longhorns, 40-21.
Jadeveon Clowney smothered Aaron Murray for his first sack of the season.
Otherwise, the South Carolina star's name was barely called Saturday.
That's starting to sound familiar.
With Clowney turning in another rather quiet performance, Murray carved up the Gamecocks defense with 309 yards passing and four touchdowns, leading 11th-ranked Georgia to a 41-30 victory over...
The game just ended, and four hours earlier, Georgia coach Mark
Richt was a loser. Aaron Murray couldn't win the big one. Steve
Spurrier was a genius, with a real chance at a run for another
national championship. Jadeveon Clowney was the best player in the
country. Until this: Georgia 41, South Carolina 30.
Welcome to the Fallout - Week two edition.
Hail to the Victors.
Michigan defeats Notre Dame 41-30 in the last scheduled meeting between the two schools at Michigan Stadium. (The Detroit Free Press)
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