College Football Notes – Sept. 16, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, September 16th, 2018
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     Hurricane Florence wreaked havoc on Mid-Atlantic and Southeast area football games last week with three cancellations involving Top 25 teams. All six of these schools are seeking makeup contests. Virginia also hosted Ohio at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, Tenn., in what might be termed the Art Guepe Bowl. Guepe, the former standout at Marquette and first player to score in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl (1937 vs. TCU), later served as head coach at both Virginia (1946-52) and stadium host Vanderbilt from 1953-62 before serving as commissioner of the Ohio Valley Conference from 1963-75. Numerous cancelled games with FBS schools scrambling for later makeup contests last weekend were Southern Miss at Appalachian State, No. 18 UCF at North Carolina (teams are discussing playing at a later date in 2018), East Carolina at No. 13 Virginia Tech, and No. 14 West Virginia at N.C. State. The Old Dominion at Charlotte Conference USA clash was pushed up last Thursday from Saturday. Marshall at South Carolina was postponed to Saturday night from its earlier afternoon start. Boston College at Wake Forest kickoff was moved up two hours last Thursday to stay ahead of the landfall of the gigantic storm. Georgia Southern at No. 2 Clemson kickoff last Saturday was moved up from 3:30 to noon (EDT).
The NFF and The Ivy League are partnering for the ninth consecutive year to co-host a press conference and reception, presented by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses®, to bestow the Asa S. Bushnell Cup to the League’s Football Players of the Year. Part of the festivities surrounding the 61st NFF Annual Awards Dinner in New York City, the press conference will take place Monday, Dec. 3, at 12:30 p.m. (EST) in the Mercury Ballroom of the New York Hilton Midtown, the day before the NFF event on Dec. 4.The Pasadena Tournament of Roses returns for a fifth consecutive year as the presenting sponsor of the event. The presentation will be carried live on ESPN+ as part of the Ivy League’s partnership with ESPN.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Sept. 17-23 time period are Sept. 17 (1897) Ed Travis, Tarkio, Mo.; (1909) Bill Morton, New Rochelle, N.Y.; (1910) Cliff Montgomery, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1913) James Moscrip, Adena, Ohio; (1960) Anthony Carter, Riviera Beach, Fla.; Sept. 18 (1910) Ernie Rentner, Joliet, Ill.; (1926) Skip Minisi, Newark, N.J.; (1955) Billy Sims, St. Louis, Mo.; Sept.
19 (1873) Sam Thorne, New York, N.Y.; (1919) Mike Holovak, Lansford, Pa.; (1921) Charlie Conerly, Clarksdale, Miss.; (1930) Don Heinrich, Bremerton, Wash.; (1954) Reggie Williams, Flint, Mich.; Sept. 20 (1943) Tommy Nobis, San Antonio, Texas; (1972) Ronald McKinnon, Ft. Rucker, Ala.; Sept. 21 (1934) Brock Strom, Munising, Mich.; (1940) Sandy Stephens, Uniontown, Pa.; Sept. 22 (1898) Hunk Anderson, Tamrack, Mich.; (1905) Larry Bettencourt, Newark, Calif.; (1907) Thad “Pie” Vann, Magnolia, Miss.; (1922) Ray Evans, Kansas City, Kan.; (1959) Bob Crable, Cincinnati, Ohio; Sept. 23 (1918) George Franck, Davenport, Iowa
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Sept. 18 (1959) Jim McCormick, Duxbury, Mass.; Sept. 19 (1944) Francis Schmidt, Seattle, Wash.; (1952) Hugo Bezdek, Atlantic City, N.J.; Sept. 20 (2001) Abe Mickal, New Orleans, La.; (2006) Frank “Muddy” Waters, Saginaw, Mich.;
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Sept. 17 Anthony Carter, Sept. 18 Billy Sims, Sept. 19 Reggie Williams, Sept. 20 Ronald McKinnon, Sept. 22 Bob Crable…
Alabama will host New Mexico State in a single contest in 2021…Iowa State and Incarnate Word will play Dec. 1 in Ames, Iowa, to make up for the cancelled ISU-South Dakota State contest. That movement also left North Alabama looking for another opponent to replace its slated Nov. 15 game at UIW…Prairie View A&M and UNLV will play an added game on the ’18 schedule…Cal Poly and the University of San Diego will play five games from 2019-2023…Appalachian State and Marshall will face off in 2021 and ‘22…Rice and Texas have slated a two-game series renewal in 2021 and ’23…East Carolina and Marshall may play to make up for cancelled games on each school’s 2018 schedules…Colorado State was complimented for beefing up its 2018-20 schedules with ample Power Five conference clashes…Last Saturday’s Nebraska-Troy matchup was the fifth in the teams’ series – all played at Memorial Stadium/Dr. Tom Osborne Field – as the Trojans upset their Big Ten Conference rival 24-19. NU has all-time series leads over eight of its 11 current 2018 opponents and is tied 4-4-1 in its rivalry with Michigan. The Huskers also rushed for 329 yards against Colorado – the most by a Huskers crew since 458 rushing yards against Illinois in 2014…Ohio State had the rarity of two defensive tackles scoring touchdowns in the same game as the Buckeyes edged TCU 40-28 in the AdvoCare College Showdown…North Texas scored its first win over a Power Five conference opponent since downing Indiana in 2011 with a 44-17 thumping of Arkansas. The Mean Green Eagles intercepted five passes – the most by a UA opponent since 1991…The crowd of 110,549 at Michigan Stadium was the largest to see a SMU football game as the Mustangs travelled to Big Ten power Michigan…Texas joined Michigan and Notre Dame as the first NCAA FBS teams to reach 900 wins after the Longhorns downed Southern California last weekend…No. 1 Alabama reeled off 62 unanswered points in a 62-7 SEC verdict at Ole Miss…Surprising Boston College. Cincinnati and Syracuse are off to 3-0 overall starts, BC and SU are each 1-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference play…Harvard became one of last college teams to open the campaign (the 145th in Crimson history) with a 36-14 win over San Diego – the former head coaching assignment of current Michigan mentor Jim Harbaugh from 2004-06 and alma mater of 2013 Dick Howser Trophy winner and Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant…South Dakota set school record for total offense with 926 yards and points scored with 90 in a 90-6 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff…UCF (15 games) and Ohio State (eight contests) have the longest current winning streaks in NCAA FBS…Texas Wesleyan won its first on-field encounter since topping Trinity (Texas) 39-0 in 1941 with a 36-7 victory over Texas College at historic Farrington Field in Fort Worth, Texas…Six-time NCAA FCS winner since 2011 North Dakota State ended North Alabama’s 2-0 start as a new member of FCS with a 38-7 triumph last Saturday at Fargo, N.D…Ohio State and TCU combined for a series-high 1,037 yards of total offense last week with 526 by OSU and 511 by the Frogs.
The North Texas Mean Green Alumni Associations is hosting with several athletics representatives receptions at the Omni Frisco (Texas) Hotel, Perot Museum Dallas and Fort Worth (Texas) Colonial Country Club…Several North Texas area athletics groups and churches are joining in the Family Legacy Foundation golf benefit Friday at Bear Creek Golf Club in Dallas (the site of AFCA and FWAA golf tournaments for several years) to help provide scholarships for the children of late Boy Scout and community leader Mrs. Nickie Lak of Carrollton, Texas.
Ohio State interim head coach Ryan Day will end his OSU career as the winningest head coach by victory percentage (3-0 and 1.000) with the Buckeyes. Head coach Urban Meyer returns this week for the Buckeyes against Tulane…Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn made a personal donation of $2 million to the Tigers new football complex…Georgia State head coach Shawn Elliott is being treated for a torn biceps he suffered during a touchdown celebration earlier this season…Ohio head coach Frank Solich was featured in the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch for turning around the Bobcats program and taking OU to nine bowl games in the last 12 seasons. Plus. Solich needs two more victories to reach 100 as the Bobcats head coach.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – Louisiana College: Justin Charles, Pineville, La.; Louisiana-Monroe: Matt Viator, Lake Charles, La.; LSU: Ed Orgeron, Larose, La.; Louisiana Tech: Skip Holtz, Willamantic, Conn.; Louisville: Bobby Petrino, Lewistown, Mont.
Former TCU director of athletics (now at Texas in that post) Chris Del Conte recounted how he met with Ohio State AD and NFF Toner Award recipient Gene Smith about scheduling last week’s Ohio State-TCU clash at AT&T Stadium during an ADs’ session they had in 2011…South Carolina AD Ray Tanner has joined ADs at eight other schools in looking for solutions to recent football game cancellations and rescheduling…The Tampa Bay Times newspaper chronicled the career of USF President Dr. Judy Genshaft who is retiring from the presidency after 19 years in July 2019…Buffalo named Nate Wills deputy AD and chief operating officer…UT Rio Grande Valley selected Kim Graham as associate AD for operations…North Dakota State Bison football veteran public address announcer Dan Michaels is going to undergo heart surgery…Former Oregon State AD Bob De Carolis has been named deputy AD at Santa Clara.
Charlotte equaled its 2017 Conference USA win total and took the league’s East Division lead after downing Old Dominion 28-25 last Thursday in a game moved up two days due to the threat of Hurricane Florence.
The Dallas City Council authorized $300,000 annually in Dallas Parks and Recreation funding to supplement the First Responders SERVPRO Bowl at historic Cotton Bowl Stadium over the next two years…West Texas A&M, West Texas A&M with five, Alabama with four and LSU with four have the most collegiate victories in 62 college outings since 2009 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas – home of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl.
Freshman QB Alan Bowman threw for 605 yards and five touchdowns as the Red Raiders outpointed Houston 63-49 last Saturday…Purdue QB David Blough passed for a Big Ten-game-record 572 yards on 39-of-55 attempts in the Boilermakers 40-37 setback to Missouri…LSU kicker and Assumption (Mass.) grad Cole Tracy is the national collegiate active leader (all divisions) with 76 field goals (8-for-9 this year), and hit a 40-yard game winner in LSU’s 22-21 SEC win at Auburn last Saturday…Colorado wideout Laviska Shenault Jr. was named Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week for his 10 catches for 177 yards, one receiving touchdown and one rushing TD in the Buffaloes upset win at Nebraska…TCU RB Darius Anderson had the longest run from scrimmage in Horned Frogs history with a 93-yarder against Ohio State. That also was the longest rush ever by an Ohio State opponent and the longest rush in 62 college games played at AT&T Stadium…Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor tied his career high with three rushing touchdowns against New Mexico and had personal career game bests with 253 rushing yards and 33 carries against the Lobos. He also became the just the eighth different UW back to gain 250 yards rushing in a game and the first since Melvin Gordon in the 2015 Outback Bowl…Oklahoma has lost All-Big 12 Conference RB Rodney Anderson for the remainder of the season with a knee injury…Against Rutgers Ohio State QBs Dwayne Haskins and Tate Martell combined for 30-of-33 passing for 354 yards and five touchdowns with a school-record 10-for-10 (100 percent) performance by Martell. Haskins entered Sept. 13 games third nationally in completion percentage at 79.4 percent with nine TD aerials in his first two games. Buckeyes sophomore RB J.K. Dobbins of football-notable La Grange, Texas, rushed for 100 yards in game for the seventh time in 17 games against TCU last weekend…Some early standouts in Conference USA activity have been Florida Atlantic freshman QB Chris Robison with a school-record 83 percent passing performance (33-of-40) vs. Air Force and FAU LB Rashad Smith with a career-high 16 individual tackles in the same win over the Falcons. Charlotte kicker Jonathan Cruz also connected on a personal-best 3-of-3 field goals against Sun Belt Conference contender Appalachian State in non-conference activity…Oklahoma State’s receiving corps newcomer regulars has set a fast pace through three games for the 3-0 Cowboys. Tylan Wallace and Tyron Johnson combined for 21 catches for 364 yards and two TDs to date in their first two contests, and Wallace added five receptions for 105 yards in a 44-21 OSU win over then-No. 17 Boise State…Georgia OT Andrew Thomas is making a speedy recovery from a knee sprain…Iowa State QB Kyle Kempf has been slowed by a knee injury but has made progress toward expanded playing time…Texas OL Patrick Hudson is recovering after suffering from a heat-related ailment…Minnesota RB Rodney Smith is out for the season with a knee injury…Wisconsin WR Danny Davis has been reinstated after a two-game suspension…Florida State QB Bailey Hockman will transfer to another college for the 2019 campaign…Iowa State DB De’Monte Rush has returned from a one-game suspension for violation of team policies…Raghib Ismail Jr., son of the former Notre Dame wideout great, caught the winning TD pass as Wyoming came back to down Wofford 17-14…Miami (Fla.) safety Jaquan Johnson is out indefinitely after suffering an unknown injury vs. Toledo. The Hurricanes have outscored their last two opponents 126-24 after falling in the season opener to LSU…Washington State QB Gardner Minshew passed doe 470 net yards in a victory over NCAA FCS foe Eastern Washington…Army West Point QB Kelvin Hopkins became the Black Knights first quarterback to run for 100 yards and pass for 100 in the same game in three seasons as Army upset Hawai’i…Central Oklahoma football student-athlete Derek Loccident lost a foot when he was run over by a freight train.
South Alabama has a revised architectural rendering for its proposed, on-campus stadium and is beginning the bidding process…Arkansas’ Razorback Stadium renovation was saluted for its native architecture nuances…Auburn’s Board of Trustees approved funding for the final projects for Jordan-Hare Stadium suite renovations…Supporters of Illinois athletics are going to Washington, D.C., to lobby for federal grants for the Campus Yards’ project…Texas Woman’s U. Pioneer Soccer Park debuted last week on the site of the historic and now closed TWU Golf Course – one of the last public golf courses in Denton, Texas…Prosper (Texas) HS continues construction on a new, 12,000-capacity stadium scheduled to open in August 2019. It is the former residence city of NFF College Hall of Fame DB-KR Deion Sanders of Florida State…Weber State athletics held groundbreaking ceremonies for its new $16 million athletics multi-purpose building last weekend…North Dakota State athletics dedicated a $2 million softball complex…Florida Atlantic’s new football locker rooms and training facilities have had a major impact on recruiting…Illinois athletics is nearing its fundraising goal for the $30 million UI Football Center with $28.175 million in donations last week…Michigan State’s renovations to the Munn Ice Arena and other facilities have been noted in several media and social posts…Virginia’s Board of Visitors approved a $180 million UVa athletics master plan.
Former Houston standout QB and NFL player Case Keenum has written a new book entitled “Playing For More” now on sale via and at all Lifeway book stores nationwide…Prominent TCU alumnus and 90-year-old Dick Lowe was profiled for helping make TCU football ultra-successful in numerous areas, starting with the hiring of head coach Gary Patterson in 2001, in the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram…Former Texas QB Vince Young is being inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame after leading the Longhorns to back-to-back Rose Bowl wins against Michigan in the 2005 game and Southern California in the 2006 contest, which was the BCS title encounter.
Associated Press college football guru Ralph Russo mentioned the possibility of the NCAA exploring a 14-week window for 12-game FBS schedules to assist when natural disasters or other factors cause game cancellations…Popular Albuquerque, N.M., sportscaster and talk show host Bob Brown has retired from fulltime radio and television work after 35 years. He joins Albuquerque sports media legends Rick Wright of the Albuquerque Journal (semi-retiring after 40 years at his post) and KOB-TV’s J.P. Murrieta, who is leaving his job after 25 years at his post…The BTN aired a record nine games involving Big Ten Conference teams last Saturday via its national cablecast. Thirteen Big Ten schools played non-conference opponents in anticipation of full-fledged Big Ten intraconference contests in coming weeks…The Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald employees’ guild is uniting to seek an end to staff and budget cutbacks by the newspaper’s new ownership group…Texas Wesleyan’s popular football podcast The 1st & 10 Show with head coach Joe Prud’Homme and weekly guests is well into its second season.
The FWAA Fifth Down newsletter In the Trenches: Outland Trophy Matchups featured nominees from Southern California at Texas and Oklahoma at Iowa State last week…Kentucky was named FWAA Reveal Suits National Team of the Week after the Wildcats upended Florida in Gainesville, Fla., to end a 31-game series winning skein by the Gators over UK…Bill Dyer of Virginia Tech, Michael Smoose of Johnson & Wales (R.I.), Rob Knox of Towson, Clark Teuscher of North Central (Ill.), Luke Reid of Cal State Chico, and Tommy Chasanoff of Cumberlands (Ky.) were featured subjects and opinion makers in the weekly CoSIDA Open Forum discussion blogs.
2018-19 College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule with New Year’s Six
(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times EST)
Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018
Goodyear Cotton Bowl – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, CFP Semifinal Game, 4 or 8 p.m.
Capital One Orange Bowl – Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Lakes, Fla., Semifinal Game, 4 or 8 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 7 – CFP National Championship, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif., 8 p.m.
Dec. 31-Jan. 1, 2017-18 (Other New Year’s Six Bowls)
Monday, Dec. 31 – Chick-Fil-A Bowl, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 1
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl – University of Phoenix Stadium, Phoenix, 1 p.m.
Rose Bowl Presented by Northwestern Mutual, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif., 5 p.m.
Allstate Sugar Bowl – Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, 8:30 p.m.

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