Sunday’s Den: Wrapping up a sports Saturday

TCU 41, West Virginia 31— TCU QB Duggan was 16-28/341 with three TD’s. Horned Frogs might be the quietest 8-0 team ever. TCU has scored 38+ points in every game this season.

— JT Daniels is the QB for West Virginia; he used to play at USC, one of three QB’s starting around the country who used to start for the Trojans. 

Saturday’s report card for Trojan alumni QB’s:
JT Daniels, WVU— 23-39/271 passing, 2 TD’s, 1 INT. WVU lost 41-31
Jaxson Dart, Ole Miss— 140 yards passing, 95 rushing. Ole Miss won 31-28
Kedon Slovis, Pitt— 14-31/236 passing. Pitt lost, 42-24

Arkansas 41, Auburn 27— Auburn was 68-36 when Gus Malzahn coached them, but that wasn’t good enough, so they told him to take a hike. Now they’re 9-12 under Bryan Harsin, have lost four games in a row, giving up 42-48-41 points the last three games. No bueno.

Auburn’s QB last year was Bo Nix; he bolted to Oregon. Speaking of which……..

Oregon 42, California 24— Bo Nix was 27-35/412 passing, with three TD’s; he also ran 12 times for 59 yards, and three more TD’s. Ducks are 7-1, by the way. 

— While I’m here, let me vent about DirecTV:
No Pac-12 Network
No FOX local channel this week, which means no World Series, no Giants/NFL games, no Ohio State-Penn State game.
I pay a boatload of $$$ for DirecTV, at least until this football season is over, then it is sayonara with the NFL Sunday Ticket going elsewhere (Apple TV???) next year.

Ole Miss 31, Texas A&M 28— Ole Miss faked a punt on 4th-and-5 from their own 15-yard line midway thru 2nd quarter, when they trailed 14-7.

You have to have four things if you fake a punt on your own 15-yard line:
a) a play you think will work.
b) job security, lot of job security
c) boatload of $$$ in your bank account, in case the fake doesn’t work.
d) as Bill Raftery would say, ONIONS!!!!

Upsets of the Week:
Charlotte (+15) 56, Rice 23
North Texas (+10) 40, Western Kentucky 13
UConn (+8) 13, Boston College 3
Florida International (+6) 42, Louisiana Tech 34 OT
Florida Atlantic (+4.5) 24, UAB 17

Kansas State 48, Oklahoma State 0— Cowboys came into the game 6-1, scoring 34+ points in all seven games. They were 9-4 in last 13 games vs K-State, but they got whacked here.

Total yardage was 495-217; Wildcats went for it on 4th down three times, and made the first down all three times. K-State was +3 in turnovers; this was a total beatdown.

Louisville 48, Wake Forest 21— Wake turned ball over eight times, all in the second half- they turned ball over six times in the third quarter, when Louisville scored 35 points.

Ohio State 44, Penn State 31— Buckeyes trailed 21-16 with 10:00 left in game; they scored 28 points in a 6:09 span of 4th quarter to pull away for the win. Ohio State was outgained 482-452, but Nittany Lions turned ball over four times (minus-4).

UConn 13, Boston College 3— This is a horrendous loss for BC, which is 1-6 against I-A opponents. Since 2012, Eagles are 60-72 SU in football; their basketball program hasn’t been in the NCAA Tournament since 2009, their 4th year in the ACC.

Moving from the Big East to the ACC may have made sense financially, but on the field/court, it has been a disaster. If they had turned down the ACC, they’d probably be in the Big 14 now, instead of Rutgers- at least their football profile would be better.

Fresno State 32, San Diego State 28— Aztecs led 28-10 with 1:00 left in third quarter, but Fresno scored twice in last 1:09 to pull out an unlikely home win. Both teams are now 4-4; Jake Haener completed 35-46 passes for 402 yards and three TD’s for Fresno.

— Oklahoma’s kicker scored a touchdown on a fake field goal; don’t see that a lot.

— North Carolina QB Drake Maye was 34-44/388 passing, with five TD passes in a 42-24 win over Pitt. Tar Heels outscored Pitt 21-0 in 4th quarter.

Central Florida 25, Cincinnati 21— Knights scored on a 17-yard run with 0:48 left to give UCF a win over Cincinnati, which is bolting the AAC for the Big X fairly soon.

Houston 42, South Florida 27— Houston QB Clayton Tune was 31-37/380 passing with four TD’s in Cougars’ win over USF.

Miami 14, Virginia 12 OT— Third I-A game this season with no touchdowns; Virginia has a good QB, Brennan Armstrong, but they’re 2-5 vs I-A teams and they scored 16 points in both the wins.

Iowa, by the way, played in the other two games with no TD’s this season.

— It was an upsetting day in Conference USA; all four underdogs won SU. Not often a 15-point favorite loses 56-23, but Charlotte pounded Rice, just their second win this season. 

Michigan 29, Michigan State 7— Last year, Spartans gave football coach Mel Tucker a 10-year, $95M contract, in the midst of their 11-2 season. Here is Tucker’s head coaching record in college ball:
2019 Colorado 5-7, 3-6 in Pac-12
2020 Michigan State 2-5, 2-5 in Big 14
2021 Michigan State 11-2, 7-2 in Big 14
2022 Michigan State 3-5, 1-4 in Big 14

3.5 years: 21-19, 13-17 in league games. $9.5M a year. What a country.

Astros 5, Phillies 2
World Series heads to Philadelphia tied 1-1
Altuve went 3-4, Bregman hit a home run.
Valdez got 19 outs on 104 pitches.
Phillies were 0-7 with runners in scoring position. 

Author: Armadillo Sports

I've been involved in sports my whole life, now just write about them. I like to travel, mostly to Las Vegas- they have gambling there.