Clemson Got Screwed by Bogus Holding Call Against Georgia Tech

clemson-georgia-techWhile most people were watching the opening of the NFL season Thursday night between the Steelers and Titans, there was also a college football game going on between Georgia Tech and Clemson. Since the college game started an hour earlier than the pro one, I’m guessing most people saw Georgia Tech run out to an early 24-0 and figured the thing was over and that Clemson was folding early in the year like they always do. Crazy thing about it is that Clemson actually didn’t pack it in despite the large deficit — they rallied to take the lead 27-24 in the fourth quarter. Tech got the ball back and drove to tie the game at 27 with a field goal, leaving just under six minutes on the clock. That’s around the time Clemson got screwed.

The Tigers were around midfield in a 3rd and 11 situation when they completed a long pass down the right side of the field (pictured) that would have taken them down into field goal range. Somehow, someway, a flag got thrown well after the catch was made and we found out there was a holding penalty called on the left guard of Clemson. The Georgia Tech defensive tackle was running out of steam rushing the quarterback and started to fall down, conceding defeat to the offensive lineman. As the Tech guy was losing ground and falling down, the Clemson lineman essentially fell on him to make sure he wouldn’t get up. And that’s what the referees said was holding. The 10-yard penalty turned things around from Clemson having the ball in field goal range to having a 3rd and 21 at their 34. They throw an incompletion, wind up punting, Tech takes the ball and drives down the field for the game-winning field goal.

Now I’m not saying that the Yellow Jackets wouldn’t have won the game but had that horrible call not been made Clemson would have had an excellent chance to take the lead — possibly for good. The call was so bad that the officials called a makeup holding call against Georgia Tech when the Jackets got the ball back. It was also so bad that even Georgia Tech fans acknowledged the terrible call that helped them win the game. It’s too bad the officials changed the game with one bad call like that. I wonder if they had some money on the Jackets.

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Don’t Talk to Nick Saban About Cupcakes (He Prefers Brownies)

If you’re wondering what makes Nick Saban such a good coach (aside from his tireless work ethic, excellent recruiting skills, and defensive mind), this clip from his news conference on Tuesday will give you some insight. About halfway through the video Saban gets rolling in response to a question about keeping his team motivated against an “inferior” opponent like Florida International.

That’s right folks, there are no cupcakes in Nick Saban’s book. And actually, that’s a really important lesson for his team to learn. Saban already experienced that sort of disappointment when they lost to Louisiana-Monroe in his first season in Tuscaloosa so he knows how losing focus one week can derail one’s season. By the way, as far as #4 goes, it doesn’t take a whole lot to be better than anyone Virginia Tech offered up on offense last week. They stunk.

Ed Orgeron, Kiffin Want to Crush UCLA

ed-orgeron3The game between UCLA and Tennessee this weekend is already being billed as “The Blabber Bowl.” Sounds like a good nickname to me. Even Tennessee coach and former USC d-line coach Ed Orgeron is kicking off the gabbing pretty early:

“You will not find anybody else in the world that wants to beat UCLA more than Ed Orgeron and Lane Kiffin, so these boys better be ready. They’re going to find out what it is to prepare for a big game. And you know what? I think our guys are going to be ready for the outcome of last year. You can hear it in the locker room. I don’t think there needs to be any extra motivation to beat the Bruins.”

Can’t say I blame the guy — UCLA’s colors are light blue and yellow, and the team stunk when Ed was at USC. As for Lane, pretty weird that he opened his yapper all offseason but now he’s staying relatively quiet during the year. I guess he’ll just settle for putting up 28 points in the fourth quarter against Western Kentucky instead. No question Kiffin doesn’t like Norm Chow and that this in some ways resembles a USC/UCLA game because of the staffs. Mix in last year’s win by UCLA and you know the bad blood will be flowing early. Problem is that neither program quite has the horses to embarrass the other. Should be a struggle the entire way.

Quite a Crappy Week 1 for the ACC

When it comes to college football, there isn’t much more fun than breaking things down and comparing conferences. For instance, the common thought is that the SEC has had the best football for the past several years and that they were the top conference entering the season, along with the Big 12. The Big Ten’s lost some respect because of their losses to the SEC in the title games and the prevailing thought that they don’t have enough speed. The Mountain West’s been trying to assert itself as a big-time conference and it sure helped its case with BYU beating Oklahoma. The WAC got a boost seeing Boise State beat Oregon. But the conference whose reputation took the biggest hit on Saturday? The ACC, without a doubt.

North Carolina and Georgia Tech handled their cream puff games pretty well, as did Clemson and Boston College. Virginia Tech may have only lost their neutral site game to Alabama by 10 points, but they were out-gained 498 to 155. Ouch. Wake Forest lost at home to Baylor, which hasn’t won more than five games in a season since ’95. N.C. State couldn’t muster up more than 133 yards on Thursday against South Carolina and lost at home 7-3. Maryland got blitzed by Cal 52-13. Oh yeah, and did I mention that both Virginia AND Duke got beat by Division 1-AA schools? Yes, William and Mary and Richmond both got to put a “1” in their win column before UVA or Duke did. That’s sad. Hey, at least they have basketball!

Terrelle Pryor’s Michael Vick Eyeblack Pictures

In what’s picking up steam as a story, Ohio State sophomore quarterback Terrelle Pryor expressed his support for Michael Vick during Saturday’s game against Navy by writing his name on his eyeblack. Check out the pictures of Pryor’s Vick eyeblack:


I have no problem with Pryor supporting Michael Vick but I’ve always been against players using their eyeblack to convey any sort of message — I just think it’s stupid. Particularly, if you’re Pryor, I hope you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into (the comments you’ll receiver, people you might piss off) when you’re doing that. As long as he does, then he should be cool. Well, that, and as long as he doesn’t make dumbass comments like this one, regarding the eyeblack:

“Not everybody is the perfect person in the world,” Pryor said of Vick. “Everyone does — kills people, murders people, steals from you, steals from me. I just feel that people need to give him a chance.”

Yikes! We all know that’s not what he meant but it certainly came out wrong. I’m with him on the giving another chance part. This episode certainly will be a major factor in Pryor’s career. Will he back down from his statements or continue to be a polarizing figure? Only time will tell. He better grow up soon because he has the Trojans coming to town on Saturday.

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Pictures: Mark Sanchez Wears Colorado Gear on Sidelines at Buffs Game

Trojan fans won’t be too happy to hear about their Rose Bowl winning quarterback decked out in another school’s gear this past weekend. Mark Sanchez made his way to Boulder and was spotted by TV cameras on the sidelines for the CU/Colorado State game Sunday. His choice of apparel was quite surprising:


Since I was at work while the game was being played, I had the TV on mute and only caught the last few seconds of the explanation for Sanchez’s presence. From what I could gather, he was there supporting a friend of his. Whatever the reason, it’s quite a shocker to see him decked out in a school’s gear other than his own. I could understand a had or just a shirt maybe, but the whole package? That’s a little much. Maybe the whole rift with Pete Carroll still has some sting.

Thanks to the CMSB for the clearer picture

Video: Sam Bradford Hit by BYU, Sprains Shoulder

So much for a repeat Heisman Trophy performance for Sam Bradford. Right before the half, Bradford got crushed by Coleby Clawson and he was driven down into the turf, shoulder first. The hit was very reminiscent of the Tom Brady/Albert Haynesworth play, but this seemed more direct. Check out the Sam Bradford BYU hit video to judge for yourself:

Just another reason to leave for the NFL and make the money when you can get it, you know? Based on the way Bradford cradled his arm close to his body throughout the second half, I’d guess it’s separated. He’s probably out at least half the season but maybe I’m just overstating things. One thing to keep in mind is that this doesn’t mean Oklahoma should be counted out for the season. Remember when they kicked Rhett Bomar off the team right before the season? They still went 11-3 and made an appearance in the Fiesta Bowl. This should be interesting.

video via BSO