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Darnell Dockett, Deion Sanders Come to Bobby Bowden’s Defense

bobby-bowdenAngered over a 2-3 start to the season, Florida State trustees have been trying to get Bobby Bowden to step down after the season and let Jimbo Fisher take over the program. Bowden famously said that there’s only one big event after retirement and he’s not looking forward to it. The trustees meanwhile are angling to push Bobby to the grave and stick the nail in the coffin because they feel the program has been declining. Even if the program isn’t where everyone wants it to be, many of Bobby’s former players have come to his defense. Check out what Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett said:

How are yall gonna try to fire BOWDEN WTF! All that he has done for that program it wouldn’t be a FSU with out bowden

If they fire bowden, yall should see the next time somebody ask me what college I went to I’m gonna say PAINT BRANC HIGH SCHOOL university

If they fire bowden I will make sure no FSU alumni go back to visit EVER, no donations- NOTHIING- disloyal ass chairman I’m pissed now

He also added that Penn State never did the same thing with Joe Paterno and that a lot of this is up to the players, not the coaches. Even with some 7-6 seasons the past few years, the problem to me is that FSU hasn’t had a good quarterback develop for a while. Consider they had about four years with Chris Rix who never really panned out, and then they had mistakes like Adrian McPherson, Wyatt Sexton, and Xavier Lee after that. And even with Penn State riding high the past few years, remember that they had four losing seasons in five years between ’00 and ’05 including a 3-9 and 4-7 season. Florida State might not be where everyone wants it to be, but they haven’t missed a bowl game in forever and they’re a few players away from being back full-force.

Deion Sanders also had some powerful words, suggesting that the trustees and Florida State wouldn’t be anything without Bobby Bowden and that they shouldn’t bury him while he’s alive. I agree. I feel for Bobby because it’s clear the guy doesn’t want to stop doing what he’s doing. It’s not as if he runs everything there so why take him out to the pasture to shoot him when he still wants to be active? Are they going to be that much better without him around? I doubt it.

Refs Admit Screwup on Excessive Celebration Call that Hurt Georgia

The Georgia/LSU game on Saturday featured one of the stranger endings of the season. After struggling to score for three quarters, Georgia scored a TD at the beginning of the 4th to make it 7-6. The teams played 57 minutes with only 13 combined points scored, and then they traded touchdowns three times in the final three minutes for a 20-13 LSU win. Georgia actually responded to an LSU touchdown run from Charles Scott with 2:58 left in the game with a touchdown of their own. Georgia scored on a pass from Joe Cox to A.J. Green to make it 13-12 with 1:09 left. At that point Georgia felt pretty good about things but then a spiral of negative events took place. First, they were penalized 15 yards for excessive celebration, forcing them to kick off from the 15. Then they gave up a 40 yard return on the kickoff and two plays later, Charles Scott ran in another TD — the game-winner. Not that we’re going to blame this one on the refs, but the excessive celebration penalty didn’t help them. Here’s the video of the play from Dr. Saturday, and after the video you can read what the SEC officials supervisor is saying.

The SEC has admitted it was the wrong call:

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Case Keenum Might Have a Sore Arm

Case-KeenumOne of the late games on Saturday night featured Houston going to El Paso to face UTEP. The game was tied 17-17 at halftime but UTEP came out firing in the second half and piled up 41 points, winning 58-41. If there was a bright side to Houston’s disappointing first loss of the season, it’s that their offense is still clicking. Maybe that’s an understatement. Houston quarterback Case Keenum attempted a school record 76 passes, also setting a school record with 51 completions. Keenum racked up 536 yards and 5 touchdowns as the team totaled 664 yards. So if the offense was that prolific, where did they go wrong?

For starters, Houston’s defense allowed 581 yards leading to 58 points. They also lost two fumbles and saw two trips in the red zone end in field goals which didn’t help. Keenum already has well over 2,000 passing yards in five games which is ridiculous. But much like Texas Tech, there’s only so much an offense can do if the defense can’t stop anybody. Think about this one for a second: Houston gave up 58 freaking points to a team that got hammered by Texas 64-7 the week before. Yikes.

Does Damian Williams Get Frequent Flyer Miles for This Touchdown?

USC smacked Cal Saturday 30-3, solidifying its place as one of the top teams in the Pac-10 all the while making Cal look like a lightweight more than anything else. Ordinarily you wouldn’t say a turning point doesn’t happen in the first quarter of the game, but that’s when it happened to me. Cal drove all the way down to the USC five yard line and had the chance to take a 7-0 lead and put the pressure on USC. Kevin Riley then got picked by Taylor Mays and that was all she wrote. A TD and a field goal later and it was 10-0 early in the second quarter by the time the following play happened, putting the game out of reach. Check out the video of Damian Williams’ punt return for a TD and the impressive tight rope he walked the final 15 yards of the play:

Not that it matters, but it sure looked like Williams stepped out of bounds at the 4 before going all Superman with his dive for the pylon. That was a sweet TD by Williams and an easy win for the Trojans. Meanwhile, Cal continues to get its fans all pumped up before letting them down big time like usual. Same old story for the Golden Bears.

Joe Paterno Has No Time for Your Local Story Angles, Reporters

Tuesday news conferences for college football coaches are just what the name suggests — there for newspaper reporters. They use the Q&A session to ask the coach about information from either the previous game or the upcoming game, depending on what kind of story they’re working on. Often times you get the usual suspects which include the beat reporters who are familiar with the coach’s tendencies and habits and who know the routine. But you also get random reporters from the opponent’s city, and they’re often looking for a more local story angle. That’s exactly what happened on Tuesday in Joe Paterno’s news conference when he was asked by a local Deerfield, Illinois reporter about fullback Joe Suhey. Keep in mind that the Suhey’s are considered the first family of Penn State football, having family members from several generations play at the school. Joe Pa then gets off this classic quote:

You think the Illinois fans are going to be holding up tooth brushes on the sidelines? That’s what I would be doing. Classic Joe Pa. At least he’s still good for something.

Video: Tim Tebow Hit by Kentucky’s Taylor Wyndham, Suffers Concussion

With all the praise and accolades Tim Tebow receives, I have a hard time being a fan of him. But after seeing him get crushed in the 3rd quarter of Florida’s game against Kentucky on Saturday, I really felt badly for him. Honestly, Tebow looked like a cockroach after it’s been squashed by someone’s foot — he was laying flat and kind of twitching. And this is one of the toughest college quarterbacks around. Anyway, check out the video of the hit that has all of Gainesville holding its collective breath:

Man, and that wasn’t even from the blindside either! He really must have been locked in to not have seen that. Whoever missed that assignment’s going to get an earful after the game, you can believe that. Up until that point, Tebow had three TDs, one in the air and two on the ground. He carries the ball 17 times, gets lit up by Eric Berry, and this is what takes him out? OK, I guess it would take anyone out.

Indiana Screwed by Refs on 4th Quarter Interception for Michigan

It could have been a magnificent upset for the Indiana Hoosiers at the Big House but alas, the dominant program prevailed. Indiana led the game with about nine minutes left after scoring on an 85 yard touchdown run by Darius Willis. You knew that Michigan wouldn’t be held back and Tate Forcier led the team down the field, connecting with Martavious Odoms to give Michigan the go-ahead score. At this point all was right in the world for the Wolverines; they should never be beat by Indiana. But the Hoosiers still had a chance to pull out the win or try for a tie, down just 36-33 with two and a half minutes left. Now I’m not saying Indiana would have marched down the field but I am saying that terrible calls by the referees like the one below sure doesn’t help. Check out the last minute interception by Michigan around the 1:30 mark:

Like I said, the refs didn’t take a win away from Indiana, but they gave them a bad call on that interception. It should not have been ruled an INT since the two players held the ball simultaneously. I supposed the refs just sped up the inevitable though it’s not their place to.