Rewarding incompetence with our tax dollars

Wyblog has it

Because their main job appears to be giving your kids the education the billions of dollars we throw at the Abbott districts doesn’t give them.

Essex County College President Gale Gibson is known to march from office to office with a poster-sized board under her arm.

With crushed corners and tears, the well-worn board makes one thing clear: ECC ranks at the bottom of New Jersey’s 19 county colleges as far as graduation and retention rates.

Gibson — who was appointed interim college president in April and confirmed as president Oct. 15 by the board of trustees — has made boosting ECC’s rank her top mission and has laid out an ambitious five-year plan.

“There’s no place for Essex County College to go but up,” Gibson said in an interview. “I see the college in a better place in five years and if it isn’t I shouldn’t be sitting in this chair. It cannot remain where it is right now.”

The numbers on the ranking chart paint a stark picture: 5 percent of full-time ECC students who began in fall 2007 graduate within three years and just 46 percent of students who began in fall 2009 returned in fall 2010.

But inching up the rankings means overcoming major academic challenges — especially at a college where an alarming number of students arrive unprepared for college level work from Newark, East Orange, Irvington and nearby towns. About 90 percent of students take at least one remedial course and 80 percent of students enroll in at least two.

Newark receives more than $672 million of our tax dollars in education funding. East Orange garners $170 million, and Irvington gets $106 million. Add in $63 million for the City of Orange and that’s more than a billion dollars a year to subsidize a public school system which graduates a crop of students who are utterly unprepared for the rigors of community college.


If there is sooooo much racism, sexism, Homophobia, and bigotry in America, why do Liberals have to fake incidents?

The short answer, of course, is that there is not very much racism, sexism, Homophobia or bigotry in America, so, the Left creates such incidents to justify their constant carping. The Other McCain can only hope an Alabama win over Auburn Saturday is as easy to see coming as yet another phony hate crime

How predictable was this?

On Nov. 14, [Vassar College] sent a mass email to students advising them that Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) had received at least six reports in the last few months of hateful and insensitive messages being scrawled and spray painted on student residences. Messages included “Avoid Being Bitches,” “Fuck Niggers,” and most prominently, “Hey Tranny. Know Your Place.”

“This is unacceptable and members of our community should be able to learn and work in environments that are free of hurtful expressions and behaviors,” wrote Edward Pittman, BIRT coordinator and dean of the College for Campus Life and Diversity, in an email to students. . . .

Here is another reason the Left invents hate crimes, they just love having groups with important sounding names like Bias Incident Response Team

The task force had one student member: Genesis Hernandez, who is transgendered and was also a vice president of the Vassar Student Association (VSA), the student government.

Five days after the email was sent, Vassar President Catharine Hill sent a follow-up email announcing that the bias incidents were hoaxes perpetrated by two students. . . .

[The Daily Caller] has learned that one of the perpetrators was none other than Genesis Hernandez.

Informed sources within Vassar told The DC that administrators pinpointed Hernandez as a responsible party, forcing him to give up his position in student government and leave the college.

Maybe the Left should study the story of the Boy Who Cried Wolf? 

The end of another college football season

I love college football, to me it is far and away the greatest sport. I live and breathe Gator Orange and Blue from September through January every year, and I love Saturdays in the Fall. My Gators took some important steps forward this season, and with another top five recruiting class headed to Gainesville, next year should be even better. Tonight, another season ends, with Notre Dame playing Alabama for the National Championship. And, as always, I will root like Hell for the SEC team, and yes, root against Notre Dame. The second best thing about college football is rooting against someone, the first is rooting  your team of course. So, I watch tonight, with a bit of dread. The next eight months will see me longing for next September. Now, Roll Tide!

Ed Picks The Winners Of The College Football Bowl Games That Actually Matter – 2013


ROSE BOWL – 01/01/13 (5pm ET)
Stanford vs. Wisconsin
Stanford CardinalW

ORANGE BOWL – 01/01/13 (8:30pm ET)
Florida State vs. Northern Illinois
Florida State SeminolesW

SUGAR BOWL – 01/02/13 (8:30pm ET)
Florida vs. Louisville
Florida Gators – L

FIESTA BOWL – 01/03/13 (8:30pm ET)
Kansas State vs. Oregon
Oregon DucksW
Note: the Fiesta Bowl is one of many useless bowl game concepts that should never have been realized, but because the teams playing in it this year are among the top five teams in the country, I decided to include it in my list of bowl games that actually matter.

COTTON BOWL – 01/04/13 (8pm ET)
Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M
Texas A&M AggiesW

Alabama vs. Notre Dame
Notre Dame Fighting Irish



Ed’s list of college football bowl games that almost matter.

ALAMO BOWL – 12/29/12 (6:45pm ET)
Texas vs. Oregon State

SUN BOWL – 12/31/12 (2pm ET)
Georgia Tech vs. USC

CHICK-FIL-A BOWL – 12/31/12 (7:30pm ET)
LSU vs. Clemson

GATOR BOWL – 01/01/13 (12pm ET)
Mississippi State vs. Northwestern

CAPITAL ONE BOWL – 01/01/13 (1pm ET)
Georgia vs. Nebraska



Ed’s top ten list of the dumbest-named college football bowl games… in no particular order.

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Maaco Bowl
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
Belk Bowl
Meineke Car Care Bowl Of Texas
New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Bowl

OK, college football bowl game time begins in two weeks here are your matchups

First, before we get to all the bowls, and my picks, I think the suckage from the BCS reached historic proportions this year. Northern Illinois will play in the Orange Bowl, despite a # 15 ranking, and will get plowed by Florida State. Look, I salute the Huskies for winning the MAC great! But seriously, the BCS passed on Georgia, LSU, Texas A&M, South Carolina, Oklahoma, AND Clemson to choose Northern Illinois? Of course that was not the only issue with the BCS, all those teams that were passed over were also passed over so #21 Louisville could go play my Gators in the Sugar Bowl? #21 playing #3? Yes, I know, Louisville won the Big East, well actually they finished in  a four-way tie, so they get an automatic bid. Come on! Winning the Big East is like winning an ass kicking contest against a one-legged man. Of course, the BCS rule that only two teams from the same conference can play in BCS bowls is idiotic. And boy, did the SEC get screwed by that rule. We have six of the top ten teams, but only two my Gtaors, and Alabama, who will beat Notre Dame like a rented mule, get BCS bowls? Oh, by the way, Wisconsin, who is not even ranked “won” the Big Ten so they get the Rose Bowl? Again SCREW YOU Georgia, LSU, Texas A&M, South Carolina, Oklahoma, AND Clemson!

Excuse me for a second but we now have 10 slots for the five BCS bowls, we have a ranking system. Why not use that ranking system to put the top ten teams in those games? Yes, OF COURSE! That would make too much sense, what was I thinking? I cannot wait for 2014, when we go to a four team playoff. I wonder how the powers that be will make a mockery of that?

Now, on to the bowls, which start December 15 in the GILDAN NEW MEXICO BOWL where Arizona and Nevada will hook up! Go with Zona there. Also that day We get the bowl with the most idiotic name the FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL( and you thought the old Poulan Weed-Eater Bowl was bad) with Toledo and Utah State. Go Utah State Aggies on this one.

On to December 20, when we get the SAN DIEGO COUNTY CREDIT UNION POINSETTIA BOWL (maybe I said the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl was the worst named bowl too soon?) where BYU and and San Diego Stare hook up. Go Aztces here! 

The next night we get the BEEF ‘O’ BRADY’S BOWL, in St. Petersburg Florida. With Central Florida and Ball State playing. Go UCF here! As a side note, Beef O’Bradys is now a national chain, but once it was one location, on Kings Avenue in Brandon Florida, and they had the BEST wings evah! I remember because I may, or may not have gotten sloshed there.

On to Dec 22 when we get East Carolina vs. Louisiana-Lafayette in the R+L CARRIERS NEW ORLEANS BOWL go with La Laf  here and Washington vs. No. 19 Boise State in the MAACO BOWL Boise is the good choice there

Then, Christmas Eve we get treated to the SHERATON HAWAII BOWL featuring Fresno State vs. Southern Methodist. Go Fresno here

Then, on the 26th, in case you are craving REALLY awful pizza, tune in to Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan squaring off in the LITTLE CAEASARS BOWL! Go with Central Michigan and LOTS of Maalox here!

Next comes December 27, and three bowls to feast on. In the MILITARY BOWL – PRESENTED BY NORTHROP GRUMMAN we get San Jose State vs. Bowling Green. Go San Jose here

In the BELK BOWL, yes, they really are going with that name. Cincinati and Duke clash. If you just watch one bowl game this year, please do not let this be the one. Bearcats win

In the legendary BRIDGEPOINT EDUCATION HOLIDAY BOWL UCLA and Baylor match up in what ought to be a great one. Go with UCLA in a shootout

On to December 28th and Ohio and Louisiana-Monroe in the AdvoCare V100 INDEPENDENCE BOWL. What is advocare? How should I know. why should you care. Go with Monroe here

Then check out the RUSSELL ATHLETIC BOWL featuring Rutgers and Virginia Tech, which Rutgers will win.

Next, Minnesota and Texas Tech meet in the MEINEKE CAR CARE BOWL OF TEXAS. I think you can get a free tune up at halftime or something. Tech should take this one.

On the 29th, in the ARMED FORCES BOWL, Rice and Air Force meet. Let’s see Air Force or Rice? In the Armed Forces Bowl? Go with the team with jets and missiles

Then, in what could be a high scoring affair Syracuse and West Virginia meet up in the NEW ERA PINSTRIPE BOWL. Dumb name, good game, Mountaineers roll.

Next, if hunger strikes you watch the KRAFT FIGHT HUNGER BOWL, they were going to call it the Kraft Hopes You Starve Bowl, but that got nixed. Anyway Navy and Arizona State clash. Go with the Sun Devils.

In what ought to be a fine game at the VALERO ALAMO BOWL it is #23 Texas vs. No. 13 Oregon State. Tough call but I say Beavers rule.

Wrapping up that Saturdays slate is the BUFFALO WILD WINGS BOWL with TCU vs. Michigan State. Go with TCU, and the Asian Zing sauce with this one

Enough for now, I will post the rest of these bowl games tomorrow.

Your Marxist Moron of the Day is

This tool. Buzz Bissinger? Really? He thinks college football should be banned! A piece of advice Buzz, do not dare go into an SEC town and identify yourself. Seriously. 

In more than 20 years I’ve spent studying the issue, I have yet to hear a convincing argument that college football has anything do with what is presumably the primary purpose of higher education: academics.

That’s because college football has no academic purpose. Which is why it needs to be banned. A radical solution, yes. But necessary in today’s times. Football only provides the thickest layer of distraction in an atmosphere in which colleges and universities these days are all about distraction, nursing an obsession with the social well-being of students as opposed to the obsession that they are there for the vital and single purpose of learning as much as they can to compete in the brutal realities of the global economy.

Oh will you shut the Hell up please! Who wants to bet this douchebag drinks white wine with a pinkie extended?

Alabama Crimson Tide Shut Out Retarded Monkeys Disguised As LSU Tigers

Tide Take Rematch, And The Title – New York Times

With bland uniforms, a defense loaded with stalwarts and an offense predicated on smash-mouth football, Alabama remains one of the quintessentially old-school programs in college football.

In the Bowl Championship Series title game, the No. 2 Crimson Tide showed in their 21-0 victory over No. 1 Louisiana State on Monday night that there is still a place in the national elite for a throwback program in which ingenuity comes in the form of a play-action pass. In Alabama, which claimed its 14th national title in the first shutout in B.C.S. title-game history, they do not need to be reminded that football wins are not graded with style points and that touchdowns are overrated.

It was not pretty, nor particularly engaging, but Alabama’s suffocating defense, an effective performance by quarterback A J McCarron and five field goals by Jeremy Shelley helped the Crimson Tide (12-1) win their second national championship in the three years. Nick Saban became the first coach in the B.C.S. era to win three national titles; he also won one while coaching L.S.U. in 2003.


The Alabama victory also gave the state its third consecutive national title — Auburn won last year — and the sixth straight national title for a team from the Southeastern Conference.

Alabama held L.S.U. (13-1) to one first down in the first half and 91 total yards. The senior quarterback Jordan Jefferson fumbled two snaps, averaged just 4.8 yards per completion and never got comfortable running the option. He finished 11 of 17 passing, but L.S.U. never found any rhythm, space or momentum.

L.S.U. won the these teams’ first meeting in overtime, 9-6, because stellar secondary play, elite special teams and an offense that did just enough. This time, it was the Alabama special teams that carried the night, with Shelley’s five field goals tying a record for all bowl games.

Trent Richardson added the exclamation point with a 34-yard touchdown run with 4 minutes 36 seconds to play. (Shelley missed the extra point.)

Alabama’s special teams led the way this time. Punter Cody Mandell kept the ball away from the L.S.U. star Tyrann Mathieu, Shelley hit five of seven field-goal attempts, and a 49-yard punt return midway through the first quarter by Marquis Maze allowed Alabama to corral the game’s momentum.

But it was Alabama’s smothering defense that provided the night’s indelible performance. L.S.U. looked as if it were running in quicksand, with Jefferson looking helpless on option plays and lost in the passing game. His offensive ineptitude was best summarized by one play in the third quarter in which, under pressure, he flipped a shovel pass that Alabama’s C. J. Mosley intercepted.

Jefferson tackled Mosley so hard that it resulted in Mosley’s leaving the game with a gruesome left leg injury, which required him to leave the field on a cart. Jefferson was not the only one frustrated. L.S.U. fans booed him and chanted for the backup Jarrett Lee, who began the season as L.S.U.’s starter before being benched the first game against Alabama.

McCarron orchestrated the Alabama game plan brilliantly. He had thrown a critical interception against L.S.U., and his best statistic on Monday night was that he avoided the big mistake. But he was far from a caretaker, finishing 23 of 34 for 233 yards. While he never found the end zone, McCarron threw aggressively downfield and often at Mathieu, whom Alabama clearly picked on at times.

L.S.U. could not find a spark on offense. The Tigers, one of the country’s dominant rushing teams, averaged 1.4 yards a carry. Alabama’s smothering front seven reduced talented tailbacks like Kenny Hilliard, Michael Ford and Spencer Ware to 23 yards on 12 carries.

Alabama came up with a pair of surprise stars. Receiver Kevin Norwood, who entered the game with seven catches on the season, caught four passes for 78 yards. Tight end Brad Smelley finished with seven catches for 39 yards, and was clearly a factor in the Alabama game plan to counter L.S.U.’s defensive speed.

Alabama took a 3-0 lead after Maze’s punt return set up Alabama at the L.S.U. 26. Alabama chipped away to set up a 23-yard field goal by Shelley, leading a cathartic roar from the Alabama faithful.

In the teams’ first meeting, on Nov. 5, neither team reached the end zone. Alabama was haunted by four missed field goals, three of them by the Tide’s long kicking specialist, Cade Foster. But his only role Monday came as a decoy on a fake punt.

Alabama came out aggressive early, with McCarron living up to his promise to play with more fire and emotion. His sweetest throw ended sourly for the Crimson Tide, when Smelley dropped a sweet lob pass in the second quarter that almost surely would have resulted in a touchdown. Instead, it slipped between his hands and Alabama settled for a 42-yard field-goal attempt after a deft fake field-goal attempt kept the drive alive.

But with the ball at the L.S.U. 25, Saban elected to go with his short kicking specialist, Shelley, on the cusp of his range, and Michael Brockers blocked the kick.

That gave L.S.U. fans flashbacks of the first meeting. The lack of touchdowns certainly looked familiar. But in Tuscaloosa, seasons are graded by whether the Tide win the national title.

And this Alabama season will be remembered as a work of art.

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Razorbacks Beat Wildcats In Fourth Of Five Bowl Games That Actually Matter

Arkansas Beats Kansas State 29-16 In Cotton Bowl – Associated Press

Joe Adams had his fourth punt return for a touchdown this season and No. 7 Arkansas matched a school record with its 11th victory, beating No. 11 Kansas State 29-16 in the Cotton Bowl on Friday night.

All-SEC quarterback Tyler Wilson threw two touchdown passes, including a 9-yarder to Kobi Hamilton with 4 minutes left in the third quarter after Kansas State (10-3) scored 16 consecutive points.

Adams’ 51-yard return early in the second quarter gave the Razorbacks (11-2) a 10-0 lead before they even gained a first down. It was the first punt return for a touchdown in the Cotton Bowl in 51 years.


Arkansas’ only losses were to No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama, the SEC West rivals who will play in the BCS national championship game.

Kansas State also was trying to match its school record with 11 victories, but still finished a surprising season in coach Bill Snyder’s second Wildcats turnaround. K-State won 11 games six times during a seven-year span in Snyder’s first tenure before his three-year retirement, and almost reached that mark again in his third season back.

Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein tied the Big 12 record with his 27th rushing touchdown this season and matched the FBS record for quarterbacks.

After being held to 15 yards on 12 carries in the first half, Klein finished the opening drive of the third quarter with a 6-yard TD run that got the Wildcats to 19-16. That came after Klein had a 15-yard run on the previous play.

That matched the Big 12 record for rushing touchdowns held by 1998 Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams of Texas. The only other FBS quarterback with 27 rushing touchdowns in a season was Ricky Dobbs for Navy in 2009.

The only other 11-win seasons for the Razorbacks were by the Lou Holtz-coached team in 1977 and coach Frank Broyles’ only undefeated season at Arkansas in 1964.

A member of that 1964 team that won the Cotton Bowl over Nebraska was Jerry Jones, the Dallas Cowboys owner who attended the game in his $1.2 billion stadium that opened in 2009. He was part of a loud crowd of 80,956.

The Cotton Bowl was the only non-BCS game with both teams in the top 15 of the Bowl Championship Series standings — Arkansas came in sixth, Kansas State eighth. It also is the only bowl featuring the SEC vs. the Big 12, the top two conferences in the BCS computer rankings.

Adams matched the SEC single-season record with his fourth punt return for a TD. He was the only FBS player this season with multiple punt return TDs, along with rushing and receiving scores.

After fielding the ball near midfield, Adams took a few steps back before squirting through a gap past several defenders. He got all the way to the opposite sideline and got his path cleared by one last block from Javontee Herndon downfield.

The Razorbacks didn’t even get a first down until 12½ minutes left in the first half when Dennis Johnson opened a drive with a 28-yard run. That drive ended with the second of Zach Hocker’s three field goals, a 22-yarder.

Arkansas led 19-0 when Wilson threw a 45-yard TD pass to Jarius Wright with 4 minutes left in the first half.

Kansas State, which has lost its last four bowl games since beating Arizona State in the 2002 Holiday Bowl, blocked the extra point and Nigel Malone returned it for two points.

It was 19-9 at halftime after Klein threw a 3-yard TD pass to Andrew McDonald with 26 seconds left in the first half. That score was set up after Wilson was sacked by Adam Davis and fumbled at the Razorbacks 13.

Wildcats defensive end Meshak Williams was injured at the end of the first half, when he made helmet-to-helmet contact with Emmanuel Lamur when both were trying to tackle Wilson, who put his head down to avoid the hit.

Williams remained down on the field for several minutes being tended to by medical personnel and then placed on a stretcher. He gave a thumbs-up signal when being placed on a cart, then when he was being driving off the field extended his right arm high and flashed a Wildcat sign.

Kansas State officials gave no updates on his specific injury or condition.

The Razorbacks played their second game at Cowboys Stadium this season, three months after they overcame an 18-point halftime deficit to beat Big 12 team and future SEC foe Texas A&M 42-38.

In the return trip, Arkansas led the Big 12 opponent at halftime and had mostly throttled Klein and the Kansas State offense. It was the first game for new Razorbacks defensive coordinator Paul Haynes, who was hired in December after Willy Robinson resigned.

Wilson, who threw for a school-record 510 yards in that Oct. 1 game at Cowboys Stadium, was 20 of 31 for 216 yards against Kansas State. Wright had three catches for 88 yards. He had 13 catches for a record 287 yards against the Aggies.

The punt return for a touchdown by Adams was the first in 51 years at the Cotton Bowl. The last was also by a Razorback, when Lance Alworth had a 49-yard punt return for a touchdown in a 7-6 loss to Duke in the 1961 game.

Arkansas led 3-0 after Jake Bequette sacked Klein and forced a fumble, setting up Hocker’s 26-yard field goal.

Tenarius Wright, the Razorbacks’ other defensive end, jumped over a pile to recover the loose ball at the Kansas State 13.

Klein’s fumble came on a second-and-33 play after a sequence that started with his 20-yard run to inside Arkansas territory being wiped out by an illegal shift penalty. He was sacked on the next play before a holding call and a false start pushed the ball all the way back to the 20.

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Mountaineers Beat Tigers In Third Of Five Bowl Games That Actually Matter

West Virginia Makes BCS History In Orange Bowl – USA Today

The offensive fireworks that have dominated this bowl season continued Wednesday night with No. 22 West Virginia’s record-setting 70-33 rout of 14th-ranked Clemson in the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium.

It was the sixth bowl to produce at least 70 total points, joining the Rose, Fiesta, Alamo, Military and Maaco bowls.

The Mountaineers led 49-20 at the half, the most points by one team in a half in any bowl in history, and set an overall scoring record for any bowl with 6:21 remaining

The game turned for good when Clemson’s Andre Ellington fumbled on the West Virginia 1-yard line early in the second quarter and Darwin Cook took the turnover 99 yards for a touchdown. That gave the Mountaineers a 28-17 lead, a margin that kept expanding when Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd was intercepted and lost a fumble that led to two more West Virginia touchdowns before the half ended.

West Virginia (10-3) played without leading rusher Dustin Garrison, who went down with a knee injury in practice earlier in the week. The Mountaineers never missed him, as quarterback Geno Smith earned the game’s most outstanding player award by completing 30 of 41 passes for an Orange Bowl-record 401 yards and BCS-game record six touchdowns. Shawne Alston delivered two short scoring runs and Tavon Austin had four touchdown catches.

Clemson (10-4) used Andre Ellington’s 68-yard touchdown run and a 27-yard pass from Boyd to DeAndre Hopkins to take a 17-14 lead that set an Orange Bowl first-quarter record for points. West Virginia countered with a short scoring run by Alston and an 8-yard pass from Smith to Austin.

But after the Mountaineers moved in front 21-17 on Smith’s 8-yard TD toss to Austin, Cook delivered his stunning turnaround recovery to set the course of the game. It was the longest defensive scoring play in Orange Bowl history.

West Virginia dashed whatever miracle comeback ideas Clemson harbored by scoring on its first two possessions of the second half on scoring passes from Smith to Stedman Bailey and Austin. Clemson lost a combined 23 yards on its first two possessions before finally ending its scoring drought when Boyd connected with Hopkins for a 28-yard touchdown late in the period to make it 63-26 entering the fourth quarter.

Clemson was in the Orange Bowl for only the second time and first since its national championship run in 1981 when it defeated Nebraska 22-15. This was the Tigers’ first BCS appearance.

This might have been West Virginia’s final game in the Big East. The Mountaineers have agreed to join the Big 12 and have filed a lawsuit against the Big East seeking an immediate exit.

West Virginia had played in 30 bowls but never the Orange. The Mountaineers only previous meeting with Clemson was a 27-7 loss in the 1989 Gator Bowl.

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Wolverines Beat Hokies In Second Of Five Bowl Games That Actually Matter

Michigan Wolverines 23, Virginia Tech 20 (OT): Brendan Gibbons’ Field Goal Wins Sugar Bowl – Detroit Free Press

Victory never tasted so sweet.

Michigan built this season on its defense. All it asked was for enough offense to get by.

Yet Denard Robinson couldn’t run and, aside from two spectacular passes for touchdowns to Junior Hemingway, could barely pass.

Still, in overtime the warped rules showed they didn’t need to march anywhere, as Michigan stole the Sugar Bowl with a field goal, 23-20 at the Superdome on Tuesday before a disappointing crowd of 64,512.

Tech (11-3) had its chance in overtime, getting an apparent touchdown catch by Danny Coale overturned, then missing a 37-yard field goal as third-string kicker Justin Myer pushed it to the right after a perfect night previously.

That set up three set-up runs for U-M’s Brendan Gibbons to line up his own 37-yarder, sealing the win for Michigan (11-2), becoming the fifth team in the modern era of Michigan football to win 11 games.

After U-M’s stagnant offense piddled its way forward – the Wolverines had 34 yards of offense in the second half and 51 yards rushing for the game– they meekly took the lead at 20-17 with a 39-yard field goal by Gibbons with exactly four minutes remaining.

It was just enough time for the Hokies to march down the field with their effective offense and tie the score at 20, forcing the overtime.

Michigan had every chance to get off the field at the start of the fourth quarter, but was done in by its inexplicable issues on third and fourth down. Four times on its drive to open the fourth quarter, the Hokies converted. They did it twice on long runs by quarterback Logan Thomas and then, at the most critical moment, freshman Blake Countess was called for a pass interference, giving Tech the ball at the two.

After a Thomas rush and a two-point conversion, the game was tied at 17.

The key drive of the second half had a ton of Michigan magic.

It began because freshman defensive end Frank Clark, subbing, improbably snatched a screen pass right out of the air.

Then, for the second time in the quarter, Robinson threw an interception to Tech cornerback Jayron Hosley.

Yet, just like the first one, it came right back. The first was overturned on review and the second not only went back to U-M because of a pass interference, it allowed the Wolverine to advance to ball.

You can only give Robinson so many chances, and he took one, hitting Junior Hemingway in the back of the end zone for the 17-6 lead.

In a first half that reminded stats are only an indicator, not the result, the Wolverines were holding their lucky charms.

They floundered for most of the 20 minutes, getting outgained 185-145 and were stuffed too many times on their own offense.

But they kept finding a way.

The defense held Virginia Tech to just two field goals on its first two possessions, despite getting shredded in yardage.

Then U-M coordinator Greg Mattison’s defense found its “place to stand” and pulled off a stop on fourth and on the Wolverines’ four.

Michigan’s offense did little to seize on the gift, yet while deep in their own territory, backup punter Matt Wile drew a roughing call, keeping the drive alive.

Long enough for them to appear to be stalling out with a third and 17 at the Tech 45 – until Robinson scrambled and threw deep, Virginia Tech safety Eddie Whitely gambled and missed, allowing Junior Hemingway to walk in with a 45-yard touchdown for U-M’s first points and the 7-6 lead.

Considering how Michigan played, that was a gift with 49 seconds left.

At least until Tech fumbled the kickoff, giving the Wolverines yet another chance with 38 seconds left.

They nearly ruined that one too, setting up for a field goal. Instead, they ran a fake, holder Drew Dileo threw into coverage and the ball bounced off a Tech player into the hands of U-M long snapper Jareth Glanda for the first down.

In the end, that just set up a Gibbons’ 24 yard field goal, giving U-M a 10-6 lead they had no business holding.

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Ducks Beat Badgers In First Of Five Bowl Games That Actually Matter

Finally! Ducks Hold Off Wisconsin For BCS Rose Bowl Win 45-38 – Portland Tribune

Two years of frustration ended on one night of bliss at the Tournament of Roses.

Oregon beat Wisconsin in a thrilling Rose Bowl 45-38 Monday, as De’Anthony Thomas sprinted by two defenders on huge touchdown runs, Kiko Alonso made a key interception leading to the go-ahead points and the Ducks held off the Badgers before 91,245 at the renovated Rose Bowl Stadium.

The three-time league-champion Ducks (12-2) had been 0-2 in BCS games, but they broke through against the Badgers (11-3), who had lost a tight Rose Bowl to TCU a year before.

This one was a good old-fashioned shootout, with Oregon’s lightning offense matching Wisconsin’s methodical offense led by running back Montee Ball and QB Russell Wilson.

The points scored were the most in a Rose Bowl, surpassing the count in Washington’s 46-34 victory over Iowa in 1991.

Wisconsin appeared to be taking over the game, but on third-and-3 late in the third quarter, Alonso — the twice-suspended linebacker who played a great game — picked off Wisconsin QB Wilson at the UW 39.

LaMichael James ran for 15 yards to the UW 22 and for 1 yard (with David Paulson recovering his fumble) as the third quarter ended.

On third-and-9, the QB Thomas-Thomas connection made a first down, as De’Anthony Thomas broke a tackle after catching a pass. Then Darron Thomas found Tuinei for another TD pass, 11 yards, and Oregon led 42-38 seconds into the fourth quarter.

The Ducks forced a punt, and moved upfield. On a key fourth down in UW territory, Thomas hit Tuinei for an 9-yard gain and a first down with the clock ticking toward eight minutes left. Again on fourth-and-1 at the UW 13, an the clock below seven minutes left, the Ducks opted for a field goal, and Alejandro Maldonado nailed a 30-yarder to make it a seven-point lead, 45-38.

Oregon forced and recovered a fumble at its 27 with four minutes to go. The Ducks picked up a first down on the ground, forcing Wisconsin to use its final timeout.

Oregon had fourth-and-6 with 23 seconds to go, and punted to the Badgers 12, for a fair catch with 16 seconds left.

Two long completions got to the Oregon 23 with two seconds left, and Wisconsin tried to spike the ball. The clock went to zero, but the Badgers argued for one more second.

But the officials said time had expired.

The game started like gangbusters, with the teams trading scores and combining for 56 points, a Rose Bowl-record for a half. Included among the stellar offensive play was De’Anthony Thomas’ game-record 91-yard TD run. Wisconsin scored a defensive touchdown on Louis Nzegwu’s 33-yard fumble recovery run.

The freshman phenom Thomas did it again early in the third quarter as Oregon took its first lead. After a couple of James runs, he sprinted 64 yards for another score and UO led 35-28.

The Ducks made a big stop. Jared Abbrederis, who earlier had a fine TD reception, returned the kickoff 60 yards to the UO 36. Montee Ball ran for nine and 14 yards, the second run leaping over UO safety John Boyett to the UO 14. But the Ducks stopped Ball for two yards on two carries and Wilson threw incomplete on third down. Philip Welch’s 29-yard field goal broke the string of touchdowns and made it 35-31, Oregon.

With the momentum, Oregon failed to pick up a first down and punted.

The Badgers methodically went downfield, with Wilson starring. On third-and-8, he scrambled for 17 yards. He later threw seven yards to Ball on third-and-4, and then found Nick Toon in the end zone on an 18-yard TD pass as UW surged ahead, 38-35.

In a game of matching scores, Oregon couldn’t keep up this time. Tuinei made a terrific, 35-yard catch. But, later after a holding penalty by Ryan Clanton, Thomas’ tip got passed and flew into the hands of Aaron Henry for UO’s second turnover. On the play, UO offensive lineman Carson York got injured trying to make the tackle and had to be carted off the field on a stretcher.

Oregon had 341 yards and UW 295 in the first half. De’Anthony Thomas had his 91-yard carry and James had 77 yards on eight carries. Darron Thomas went 9 of 12 for 153 yards.

Ball had 122 yards on 21 carries. Wilson was 10 of 13 for 157 yards.

The previous record for points in a Rose Bowl first half was 45 by UCLA and Wisconsin in 1999. The previous record for a half was 53 by USC and Texas in 2006.

Momentum? What momentum in the first half?

Wisconsin had scoring drives of 77, 79 and 64 yards. Oregon’s four scoring drives took 2:07, 0:32, 0:08 and 2:51.

On UW’s first drive, Ball ran hard caught a 7-yard third-down pass from Wilson. Later, Wilson found Jared Abbrederis open after the receiver spun away from freshman cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and caught a 38-yard TD pass.

But the Ducks responded. James rushed for 23 yards on third-and-3. Darron Thomas was under pressure when he threw 35 yards to Lavasier Tuinei, and James scored on a 1-yard TD run.

The Badgers moved upfield again. Wilson had a nifty draw handoff to Ball, who ran 42 yards, and a 30-yard dump-off pass to Ball that went to the UO 4. Wilson scored on a 4-yard, naked-bootleg TD run.

The Badgers had a chance to go up 21-7, but played conservatively. After an Oregon punt, Nick Toon drew a pass interference play on UO’s John Boyett on third-and-22, giving UW the first down. On fourth-and-2 later, the Badgers opted to punt from the UO 38.

From its own 5, the Ducks struck with freshman phenom De’Anthony Thomas. On second down, he scurried through the line and ran 91 yards for the tying touchdown, setting the Rose Bowl record for longest TD run; it was previously held by Michigan’s Tyrone Wheatley (88 vs. Washington, 1993).

The second quarter saw more points.

Wilson found Jacob Pedersen for 17 yards on third down and Toon for 18 yards to the UO 16. Wilson scampered out of bounds and got hit by Boyett, who drew a personal foul penalty. Ball’s 3-yard TD run put UW up 21-14; it was his 39th TD of the season, tying Barry Sanders’ single-season record (1988).

But, De’Anthony Thomas had a big kickoff return and Darron Thomas found running back Kenjon Barner over the top of the defense for a 54-yard TD pass. Tie score, 21-21.

Oregon came up with a huge stop to presumably secure the momentum.. Wilson threw 23 yards to Abbrederis and Ball ran nine yards to the UO 17. But Ball was stopped by the Ducks’ Wade Keliikipi and Boyett. Wilson, flushed out of the pocket on fourth-and-1, got stopped in the open field by Alonso, who played a great first half.

But Wisconsin took the momentum right back. Mike Taylor blitzed the QB Thomas on third-and-5, forcing a fumble, and teammate Nzegwu recovered and scored from 33 yards out; the play was upheld on review.

The Ducks kept pace. With three minutes, Oregon marched for points as they often do at the end of the first half. James ran for 29 yards and Thomas hit Tuinei for 21. Later, after a timeout, Thomas threw three yards to Tuinei for the score and 28-28 tie.


WISCONSIN 14 14 10 0 — 38

OREGON 14 14 7 10 — 45

WIS — 1st, 11:48: Jared Abbrederis 38 pass from Russell Wilson (Philip Welch kick)

ORE — 1st, 9:41: LaMichael James 1 run (Alejandro Maldonado kick)

WIS — 1st, 5:55: Wilson 4 run (Welch kick)

ORE — 1st, 0:01: De’Anthony Thomas 91 run (Maldonado kick)

WIS — 2nd, 10:52: Montee Ball 3 run (Welch kick)

ORE — 2nd, 10:36: Kenjon Barner 54 pass from Darron Thomas (Maldonado kick)

WIS — 2nd, 3:26: Louis Nzegwu 33 fumble recovery (Welch kick)

ORE — 2nd, 0:30: Lavasier Tuinei 3 pass from Thomas (Maldonado kick)

ORE — 3rd, 14:11: De’Anthony Thomas 64 run (Maldonado kick)

WIS — 3rd, 10:50: Philip Welch 29 FG

WIS — 3rd, 4:44: Nick Toon 18 pass from Wilson (Welch kick)

ORE — 4th, 14:35: Tuinei 11 pass from Thomas (Maldonado kick)

ORE — 4th, 6:50: Maldonado 30 FG

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Rule 5 Round up

Taking some time today to thank those who are making the blogosphere a more beautiful place!

Bob Belvedere has a bevy of beauties

Donald Douglas has, well, a video treat

Barking Moonbat gives us the sexy Cheryl Cole

COED has some college football previews, and lots of cheerleaders!

Jamie has Hayden Fever!

The Feral Irishman loves football, and the women who love football

Hell on Earth has, oh my

Jake Finnegan does Rule 5 RIGHT!

Theo has the Totties

Zion’s Trumpet, has a very hot Jessica

Randy has Ashley Gellar

Reaganite Republican has Miss Universe

Dustbury has another hot Jessica

Proof Positive has the lovely Amanda Tapping

The Classic Liberal has tons of hot links

More updates later

William Teach has his always incredible Blogless Sunday Linkfet

Maggie has a great set of links too

Pat has BEER!

Happy 8th to Say Anthing!

If H2 thinks tat a cute Asian girl with big boobs will get me to link him… He is right!

That Mr. G Guy has something inappropriate! And darned funny too

Is Mila Kunis dumber? or Hotter? POH asks

Well, I guess this proves where Wyatt’s mind is at!

Auburn Claims BCS Title After ‘Unbelievable’ Run From Dyer

Auburn Claims BCS Title After ‘Unbelievable’ Run From Dyer – Opelika Auburn News

Mike Dyer felt nearly every part of his body hit the ground but the important ones, rolled over Oregon’s Eddie Pleasant and heard thousands of voices.

All telling him to keep on running.

“I kind of figured my knee wasn’t down. I didn’t hear no whistle,” Dyer said. “Even the crowd was saying, ‘Go! Go!’”

Dyer got back to his feet and ran 37 yards down to the Oregon 23, turning in one of those plays that will be talked about for years to come in Auburn.

It was that play — and a 16-yard run that followed — that set up Wes Byrum’s 19-yard, game-winning field goal at the buzzer to deliver Auburn a 22-19 win over Oregon in front of a record 78,603 fans at the BCS National Championship game at University of Phoenix Stadium on Monday night.

The Tigers’ first national championship in 53 years.

“We said that we wanted to go from good to great,” head coach Gene Chizik said. “And I can sit here tonight and I can tell you that the Auburn Tigers are the best football team in the United States.”

No. 1 Auburn (14-0) took over at its 26-yard line with 2:33 to go, after a 2-yard shovel pass from Darron Thomas to LaMichael James and a 2-point conversion from James to Jeff Maehl — one in which Maehl made a jumping catch in the back of the end zone — knotted the game at 19.

One of the rarest of all occurrences this season, a lost fumble by Cam Newton, set up the tying drive for No. 2 Oregon (12-1).

Newton finished with 265 yards, two touchdowns and an interception on 20-of-34 passing, also running 22 times for 64 yards and only his second lost fumble of the year.

“I said ‘We’re going to go down and score,’” offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn said. “They’ve done that all year. They found a way.

“Michael Dyer made one of those unbelievable runs that people in Auburn will remember forever, and helped us win the game.”

Newton started off the drive with a 15-yard pass to Emory Blake, then Dyer took an inside draw and appeared to go down after a 5-yard gain.

But none of the vital areas touched the ground, allowing him to scamper for 32 more. And a replay review upheld the call.

“He’s got great balance,” Malzahn said. “He’s one of those guys that spins around.”

It was a bizarre signature play for a bizarre championship game, one that included Oregon getting stuffed on a fourth-and-goal from the 1 but converting a fourth-and-8 with a fake punt; Auburn giving up 449 yards but only 19 points; and both teams going scoreless in the first quarter of a game that was supposed to be an epic shootout.

The two teams combined for 968 yards on the night but a pedestrian 41 points.

Defensive coordinator Ted Roof said all the predictions of a high-scoring game in the lead-up to Monday might have swayed his unit’s play.

“I hope so,” Roof said. “I think it may have.”

Oregon went up first on a field goal, then Auburn answered with a 35-yard pass from Newton to Kodi Burns.

The Ducks went back up on a pass to James — followed by an option to kicker Rob Beard for the 2-point conversion — then a Mike Blanc safety and a 30-yard pass from Newton to Blake put Auburn back up.

A 28-yard Byrum field goal gave Auburn an apparently stable 19-11 lead, especially with the way the Tigers were running the ball.

Until Newton’s fumble.

Another fourth-down conversion and eight plays later, the Ducks had a tie game.

Then it was time for Dyer, the offensive MVP after finishing with 143 yards on 22 carries, to take over.

“There’s a lot of things that happened this year that I never really expected,” Dyer said. “I’m just glad to be here with my team. Glad to be a part of this.”

Dyer picked up another 16 yards on another draw down to the 1 — after a review reversed a touchdown call — two plays later, and Byrum did the rest.

It was the senior’s 60th field goal at Auburn, his sixth game-winner in his college career and his third this season after hitting ones against Clemson and Kentucky.

He celebrated a bit more after this one than his subdued fist pump against the Wildcats. Then again, he didn’t get a hug and proclamation of “You’re the best kicker to ever play here” from Al Del Greco after he beat Kentucky.

“It’s an unbelievable experience, especially after the career he had at Auburn,” Byrum said. “It’s an unbelievable thing.”

There wasn’t much about Auburn’s season that wasn’t unbelievable.

“We’re the champions,” safety Zac Etheridge said. “That’s all I need to say.”

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LSU Rolls Past Texas A&M In Cotton Bowl

LSU Rolls Past Texas A&M In Cotton Bowl – The Advocate

Wide receiver Terrence Toliver, a native Texan, caught a Cotton Bowl record-tying three touchdown passes Friday, lifting LSU to a 38-24 victory over Texas A&M at Cowboys Stadium.

Jordan Jefferson accounted for four touchdowns for No. 11 LSU (11-2), which rolled up 446 yards to snap a six-game winning streak for No. 17 Texas A&M (9-4).

LSU erased an early 10-0 deficit behind Toliver and Jefferson. Jefferson hit Toliver for a 47-yard touchdown late in the first quarter, then Jefferson scored on a 1-yard run to give LSU its first lead at 14-10 in the second quarter.

After the Aggies scored to retake the lead, a 17-yard run by Stevan Ridley gave LSU the lead for good with 4:43 left in the second quarter. Jefferson added touchdown passes of 2 and 41 yards to Toliver.

Jefferson completed 10 of 19 passes for 158 yards. Toliver, who is from Hemptsted, Texas, near A&M’s campus in College Station, caught five passes for 112 yards.

LSU intercepted Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill three times while cornerback Tyrann Mathieu had a sack and fumble return.

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Ohio State Buckeyes Hold Off Late Rally From Arkansas To Win Sugar Bowl

Ohio State Buckeyes Hold Off Late Rally From Arkansas To Win Sugar Bowl – Sportsbook Gurus

The Ohio State Buckeyes came into their Sugar Bowl match up with the Arkansas Razorbacks knowing that history was certainly not on their side. The Buckeyes were 0-9 against teams from the Southeastern Conference in Bowl games, and had won just two times in eight previous Bowl Championship game appearances.

Time to re-write history, as their was a shift in direction last night for Ohio State following a 31-26 win over Arkansas, albeit was not the runaway victory it appeared to be after the first half.

Entering this one, quarterback Terrelle Pryor, along with four of his other teammates will miss the opening five games of the 2011 College Football Season. The Buckeyes were sure glad that all five were eligible to play in this one, as they had a huge impact on the outcome of this one.

Pryor played very well in the first half, throwing for two touchdowns. The ball was bouncing the Buckeyes way early, as the junior quarterback scrambled towards the end zone from about 40 yards out in the beginning of the first quarter only to be stripped at about the five-yard line. Two Razorback defenders collided when going to for the fumble, only to have the ball roll into the end zone and scooped up by wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher.

The Buckeyes continued to pour it on from there, at one point going up 28-7 before Arkansas added a field goal just seconds before the first half ended, with Ohio State taking a 28-10 lead at the break.

From there, Ohio State had to try and hold off a rally from Arkansas and quarterback Ryan Mallet.

The Razorbacks got it to 31-21 following a Mallet touchdown pass to Jarius Wright and then added a controversial safety to get within eight points in the beginning of the fourth quarter.

The momentum had swung in the direction of the Razorbacks’ side of the field, growing more intense with another scoring drive by the offense to get the score to 31-26.

Then, it got even more crazy.

Arkansas held Ohio State in check on offense and forced a punt with under two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. The Razorbacks got penetration and were able to block the punt. It was picked up by Tramain Thomas, who subsequently fell on it like he had probably been taught, though it would have been a walk-in score had he remained on his two feet.

“He just wanted to make sure he got on the ball,” said Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino. “Unfortunately, we weren’t able to scoop and score.”

The decision ultimately proved to be the difference-maker.

Two plays later, Mallet scrambled from the pocket and threw the ball into the waiting arms of Ohio State defensive end Soloman Thomas, one of the suspended players for next season.

“That was the second interception of my whole life,” Thomas said after the game. “It feels great.”

For Mallet, it was a 24 for 47 performance with two touchdowns, and that one interception.

“I didn’t see the guy,” Mallett remarked. “I tried to get rid of it quick. They had pressure coming. I didn’t see him. He made a great play.”

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