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Brian Maddox Hurdles Defender, Steps on His Head (Video)

We’re big fans of freaky athletic plays here at LBS. Luckily for us, with like a hundred games being played on Saturdays, we generally get to see quite a few special plays be made. Brian Maddox’s incredible hurdle for South Carolina certainly qualifies. The senior running back caught a pass and proceeded to jump over a defender, getting so high he kicked the Auburn guy in the head. Check out the Brian Maddox hurdle video:

Let’s hope #22 didn’t suffer any facial injuries after taking that cleat to the grill. Yikes.

Patrick Peterson Does the Heisman Pose

LSU junior cornerback Patrick Peterson is one of the most exciting players in the country. Despite being robbed of a pick in the Bama/LSU game last year, Peterson has eight career INTs including two last weekend against Mississippi State. His dynamic ability led to the coaches also placing him in a special teams return role this year. The junior from Pompano Beach, Florida has already responded.

Peterson took a punt 60 yards to the house to make it 17-0 LSU against West Virginia in the second quarter Saturday night. What appeared to be a blowout in the making turned into a low-scoring game (they won 20-14), so the TD was huge for the Tigers. Peterson was well aware of his big play and decided to celebrate in the most recognizable way. Instead of getting caught in action like Denard Robinson last week, Peterson’s Heisman pose was premeditated. That doesn’t make it any bit less cool. Check it:

LSU’s tried to spark a Patrick Peterson for the Heisman Trophy campaign, so there’s nothing wrong with a little self promotion to help remind the voters. Sadly for Peterson, I don’t think he’ll become the first DB to win the Trophy since Charles Woodson did in 1997.

Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Rick Neuheisel Gets Signature Win in UCLA Upset over Texas

The UCLA program appeared to be heading in the wrong direction under third year head coach Rick Neuheisel. The Bruins lost 31-22 in the opener at Kansas State, allowing Daniel Thomas to run for 234 yards and two touchdowns while Kevin Prince went 9 of 26 for 120 yards and two picks. Then there was the 35-0 disaster in the home opener against Stanford. UCLA was so bad they practically were inventing ways to lose the game. After that pathetic showing, I had completely given up on the season and was completely down on the coaching staff.

Two weeks later, it’s redemption time.

The Bruins beat Houston for their first win last weekend, knocking both Houston quarterbacks out of the game. This week, they entered Saturday’s game in Austin as 15-point underdogs to the 7th ranked Texas Longhorns. UCLA (particularly the defense) played like it had nothing to lose in a 34-12 upset win.

UCLA caused four turnovers and took advantage of them for 10 points. The big play was a muffed punt by Texas inside its five that set up an easy Bruins touchdown, giving UCLA a 7-3 lead. The Bruins went into halftime up 13-3 but it should have been much more. Not only did the defense stop a sleepwalking Texas team, but the running game pounded the Horns into oblivion.

The Bruins ran for 263 yards and three touchdowns. The pistol offense showed what it’s capable of despite having zero passing threat (Kevin Prince was just 5-for-8 for 27 yards). Jonathan Franklin ran for 116 on 19 carries, Derrick Coleman added 94 yards on 16 carries, and even Kevin Prince ran for 48 yards. Texas and its vaunted run defense was somehow left helpless against UCLA.

Improbably, UCLA has now outscored Texas 100-15 in two games in Austin. The offense still needs a lot of work, the defense looks good, the Bruins are 2-2, and Rick Neuheisel has himself a signature win. Hopefully the Bruins will build upon this huge victory.

Denard Robinson Out with Knee Injury

Denard Robinson is easily one of the most exciting players in college football. With a choices of games to watch, I elected to park in front of the Michigan/Bowling Green even though I knew there were going to be other, more competitive games on TV. The chance to watch Robinson work was too good to pass up. Unfortunately, that period of entertainment was short-lived.

Robinson left the game late in the first quarter after hurting his knee following a 47-yard run. The Michigan quarterback was 4-for-4 with 60 yards passing and 129 yards on the ground before exiting. He had rushed for two scores and had his team up 14-0 when he left. On the first play of Michigan’s third drive of the game, Robinson sprinted down the left sideline and had his right knee driven into the ground as he was tackled.

The injury did not appear to be serious, but backup Devin Gardner replaced Robinson on the very next play. Denard was off on the sidelines icing his knee and word is he will not return to the game. With the team up 21-0 early, the Wolverines felt comfortable sitting out their stud in an effort to avoid further injury. He’ll likely be fine for next weekend’s game against Indiana.

SMU Fan Zach Line Poster Fail

Imagine you’re a student at your home stadium, pumped up and excited to watch your team play a huge game on national television. You decide to get decked out with a shirt, button, and everything. Heck, you even decide to make a special sign depicting your love for the team’s starting running back. After said player scores a touchdown late in the game, the TV cameras decide to show YOU! of all people on national TV. But then imagine in your big moment in front of the cameras …

Whoops! Your poster is backwards! Somehow I think Zach Line will demand better of you. Sorry Miss Mustang, better luck next time.

Pittsburgh Linebacker Nasty Knee Injury

There isn’t much to see right now in the Pittsburgh vs. Miami game as the Hurricanes have dominated the Panthers from the opening snap and lead 17-3 in the fourth quarter.  Overall, it’s been a pretty boring game.  If gnarly injuries are your thing and you’re watching this game, you probably woke up when Pittsburgh linebacker Dan Mason went down with a gruesome-looking knee injury.  Mason dislocated his knee and the trainers weren’t able to re-set it on the field.  He had to be carted off. 

Michigan Desperate for Kicking Help

Michigan has struggled with its kickers going just 1-for-5 on field goals this year. Brendan Gibbons is 1-for-4 on his attempts while Seth Broekhuizen missed his lone attempt. Luckily for the Wolverines they’re 3-0 so they haven’t been hurt by the kicking problems yet, but in a close game they’ll need those three points.

Apparently a student at the school was aware of the kicking problems and he approached coach Rich Rodriguez on campus as pointed out by The Wiz of Odds. The student said he heard Michigan was looking for a kicker and asked where he could try out. No word on what developed, but we do know that the Wolverines are still looking to solve the situation. As Rich Rod explained, he’s never had kicking trouble this late into a season.

Although Michigan’s situation is bad, it’s not as bad as another situation that was very similar. A few years ago Washington State was so bad and desperate for help, they put out an ad in their student newspaper looking for anyone who had quarterbacking experience to try out for the team. Now that’s pathetic. Good thing the Wolverines only have Bowling Green this weekend because you know they’ll need a more steady option against tougher opponents.