Week 3 of college football had it all: a top ten upset, tight conference games, thrilling overtime games, blowouts, shutouts, disappointments and one team who decided to kickoff at the start of each half. Yeah way to go Texas. Here are the Week 3 superlatives!
MVP – UCLA QB Jerry Neuheisel – The sophomore quarterback was asked to replace one of the top quarterbacks in the country, against one of the premier programs in the country in the most glittery stadium in America in that opponent’s home state. No big deal. When senior quaterback Brett Hundley went down in the first quarter with an elbow injury, UCLA head coach Jim Mora never hesitated and subbed in Neusheisel. All he did was go 23-of-30 for 178 yards and 2 touchdowns including the game winner with 3 minutes to play. The spitting image of his dad, former UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel, Jerry looked in control and confident, which is a very positive sign for the Bruins in life after Brett Hundley.
Coach of the Week – Steve Addazio – Boston College – On what was an emotional night in Chestnut Hill, the Eagles had the national stage and head coach Steve Addazio’s team upset the 9th ranked Trojans from Southern California 37-31. It was the Eagles’ first win over a top-10 team since they beat 10th ranked West Virginia back in 2004. Addazio led the Eagles to an admirable 7-6 record in 2013 and just got a huge win for Boston College moving forward.
Game of the Week – Georgia Southern at Georgia Tech – This was a fun match up on paper just because of all the storylines: new FBS member who has played well thus far, a former head coach coaching against his old team, both teams ran a similar style of offense, etc. The game kicked off and the Yellow Jackets took a 35-10 lead into halftime against a team who throws the ball about as much as Paul Finebaum’s callers compete in spelling bees. The second half started and Georgia Southern reeled of 28 straight points giving us all an amazing 4th quarter where the little ole Eagles from Statesboro were almost able to knock off their pseudo-big brother team from big ole Atlanta. Georgia Tech had to score with 23 second remaining to exit Bobby Dodd Stadium with a nail-biting 42-38 win. It probably didn’t hurt that I was eating really good fried catfish and cheese grits at the time.
Coach Who Needs To Turn In The Company Car – Bill Blankenship – Tulsa – One of the top mid-major football programs in the country for almost a decade, the Golden Hurricane won the Conference USA title just two seasons ago. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Saturday marked the lowest of low points for any college football program as Tulsa got housed 50-21 at Florida Atlantic. Tulsa was down 33-7 at halftime, out gained by FAU by 155 yards and surrendered three turnovers in the loss. Tulsa has two weeks to prepare for Texas State and for Blankenship’s sake, they better not give up 50 points to the Bobcats.
Uniform of the Week – Boston College Eagles – Saturday night the Eagles got a big win over a top ten team and did so on a night where they were honoring a former Boston College lacrosse player who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the events of September 11th, 2001, after saving over a dozen lives from the South tower. Welles Crowther was an Eagles lacrosse player who became a New York City firefighter and was known for always wearing a red bandanna. The red bandanna trim on the Eagles football uniforms was a subtle but excellent touch to an already good looking uniform and helped honor someone who truly deserves to be honored.
Dud Uniform of the Week – Vanderbilt Commodores – I have a soft spot in my heart for teams that wear black, gold and white as their colors because personally, I feel that is the best color combination in sports. But when I see a team wearing them foolishly it just makes me sick. Saturday Vanderbilt busted out their gold jerseys with black shoulder panels which just look silly because gold jerseys have always looked silly. Gold is not a color for jerseys. Period.
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