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NCAA football week one standouts

The first week of college football is in the books and although many of the Top 25 teams played as expected, a few  games and players stood out.

One of the statement makers were the No. 11 Oregon Ducks. Although the Ducks were expected to win their game against New Mexico Saturday night, no one could have predicted the slaughter that ensued.

Collectively the Ducks put up 720 yards of total offense (a school-record) and took New Mexico to school, 72-0. This victory marked the starting debut for Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas who threw for 220 yards and 2 touchdowns. 

Although Thomas ended up with some impressive numbers, the real star of the game was Oregon’s backup RB, Kenjon Barner. With the starting running back suspended for a game, Kenjon got the chance to line up with the first string, and boy did he ever play. The speedster took advantage of the opportunity and rushed for a career-high 147 yards, scored four rushing touchdowns and took another to the house to end the day with five TDs–all in the FIRST HALF!

Talk about making a statement.

Another guy taking snaps who’s making a strong his case is Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder. While Barner is working his way up the roster, Ponder is working his way up the Heisman Trophy list.

Yes, you heard it here first: Christian Ponder will be fighting for the Heisman at the end of the year and you might want to jump on the bandwagon now before it gets too crowded.

The Seminoles QB is coming off of a season-ending injury and looks better than ever. Against the Samford Bulldogs, Ponder made it all look too easy completing 85% of his passes and throwing for four touchdowns … in the FIRST HALF.

Does anyone play a full game anymore?

Facing another test next week, it will be interesting to see what numbers Ponder can pile up against the inexperienced Oklahoma secondary next week. We know we’ll be watching. BTW, FSU came out on top of that mismatch 59-6.

On the flip side of the coin, a player we don’t recommend watching, unless you’re a Georgia Bulldog fan and love Gators failure, is the Tim Tebow protégé, quarterback John Brantley. Brantley’s debut for overrated No. 4 Florida can be summed up in four letters: U-G-L-Y.

Going into the final quarter against Miami (Ohio), the Gators had a pathetic 26 total yards of offense, including -16 yards on the ground. They finished the game with 8 fumbles, countless bad snaps and let’s just say that Brantley stunk up the joint.

After seeing this inexcusably sloppy performance, it appears Tebow’s success may not carry over to Brantley as smoothly as Florida fans would have hoped.

A team dealing with a similar situation is the Texas Longhorns. With Colt McCoy, the fearless leader of the offense gone, the ‘Horns offense has gotten a facelift and looked like a whole new squad this weekend. Even though the Longhorns beat Rice 34-17, mental mistakes and the inability to score in the red zone left UT fans wanting more.

As one Longhorn fan put it, “The game was like an over glorified scrimmage and it could easily have been a 52-3 victory. It’s clear that Mack Brown is really trying to drive in the point that we’re a running team now.” – Alex Robertson.

Under the arm of Colt McCoy, Texas was a pass-happy team, but now that Garrett Gilbert is calling the shots, things have changed. Although he showed signs of a quality quarterback, Gilbert’s accuracy and timing were less than stellar.

Fortunately for the Burnt Orange, a weak out-of-conference schedule and a strong defensive core will help Gilbert hone his skills and perfect his pass. With that being said, Gilbert is coming from a long line of great college quarterbacks, so he has some big shoes to fill, and he needs to do it quickly.

College football may only be one week into the season, but we have already learned a lot. Get ready for next week’s lesson. See you then.

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Vince Young strip club assault (VIDEO)

DALLAS – Dallas Police Department say Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young was issued a citation for a Class C Misdemeanor that occurred during this fight at the Dallas strip club, Club Onyx located at 10557 Wire Way on Saturday night. Here’s the surveillance video of Young in that brawl:

One person received a minor injury and now Young faces a minor penalty that is punishable with a maximum fine of $500, basically assumed to be the amount he might spend on a normal night out.

Police used that video footage above to make their case and as seen in the tape, after words were exchanged, the altercation broke out. Young bolted the scene prior to the cops responding.

Young had just recently returned to the field as a starter for the Titans and is getting his NFL career back on track after a lengthy benching from Titans Coach Jeff Fisher.

A Texas native, Young led the University of Texas, to a national championship in 2006.

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Alabama Beats Texas 37-21 in BCS Championship

PASADENA, CA. – The No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide defense knocked Texas Longhorns quarterback Colt McCoy out of the BCS title game early Thursday night, then made a big play to save the win late, going on to a 37-21 victory for their first national title since 1992.

McCoy injured his throwing shoulder on the Longhorns fifth play and watched most of the loss from the sideline. “I would have given anything to be out there,” said McCoy. “Because it would have been different.”

Garrett Gilbert, a highly recruited freshman who is the Longhorns’ quarterback of the future, had only thrown 26 college passes coming into the game and was thrown into a pressure-packed situation, stepping in for McCoy in the national spotlight. He responded well, throwing two touchdown passes to All-American Jordan Shipley to trim the deficit to 24-21 with 6:15 left.

After an Alabama punt, Gilbert and his Longhorns had the ball at the 7-yard line, 93 yards away from one of the most incredible comeback stories in the history of the game. But that changed when Tide linebacker Eryk Anders forced a fumble on a blindside sack of Gilbert with 3:02 to play and the ball was recovered by the ‘Bama defense.

Three plays later, Ingram, the offensive MVP, took it in from the one yard line for a 10-point ‘Bama lead. A few minutes later, after Gilbert threw his third interception of the night, Richardson scored another to make it 37-21, making a close game look like a blowout on the scoreboard.

Ingram finished with 116 yards rushing and two touchdowns, and Richardson had 109 yards and two scores, earning the fourth straight national title for the SEC.

“I don’t think anybody in the country worked harder than us,” Ingram said. “We played a great game today.”

Texas (13-1) went into the game ranked No. 2 and got there due to the play of McCoy. After the injury, McCoy was asking to go back in to finish his last college game but Texas coach Mack Brown decided to err on the side of caution, and McCoy spent the second half wearing a headset on the sideline while Gilbert took the snaps.

“It’s a hard learning curve but [Gilbert] learned fast,” Brown said. “At one point, I thought he was going to win the ballgame.”

Alabama coach Nick Saban became the first coach since the polls began in 1936 to win national titles with two schools. He won the 2003 BCS championship with LSU.

“Everybody has made a great team and that’s why this team is good,” Saban said. “It’s not just because of me. I’m proud of the team and proud of the way they played today and I’m really proud of the state of Alabama.”

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Mark Ingram Wins Heisman Trophy

NEW YORK – In the tightest vote in the 75-year history of the Heisman Trophy, Alabama Crimson Tide running back Mark 2009-heisman-candidatesIngram, shown in center of photo, won the award.

Ingram, the Flint, Michigan native may have gathered several votes last week after he led his team to a lopsided 32-13 victory in the SEC Championship game over Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators.

Running Back Toby Gerhart of the Stanford Cardinals came in second, just 28 votes behind Ingram.

Texas Longhorn quarterback Colt McCoy was considered the favorite but would leave New York without hardware on this night but will be vying for a bigger prize on January 7 when his team plays in the national championship game against Ingram’s Tide.

Other nominees were past Heisman winner, Tebow and Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

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2009-2010 College Football Bowl Schedule

After defeating Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators 32-13, quarterback Greg McElroy, running back Mark Ingram and their Alabama Crimson Tide will make a trip to the BCS Championship game against the Texas Longhorns and Colt McCoy. The full 2009-2010 college football bowl schedule is here.

Citi BCS National Championship Game NCAA Football
Texas vs. Alabama Pasadena, Calif.
Rose Bowl Jan. 7
8 p.m. ABC

Tostitos Fiesta
Boise State vs. TCU Glendale, Ariz.
U. of Phoenix Stadium Jan. 4
8 p.m. FOX

Allstate Sugar
Florida vs. Cincinnati New Orleans
Louisiana Superdome Jan. 1
8:30 p.m. FOX

R+L Carriers New Orleans
Southern Miss vs. Middle Tennessee New Orleans
Louisiana Superdome Dec. 20
8:30 p.m. ESPN

MAACO Las Vegas
Oregon State vs. BYU Las Vegas
Sam Boyd Stadium Dec. 22
8 p.m. ESPN

S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia
Utah vs. Cal San Diego
Qualcomm Stadium Dec. 23
8 p.m. ESPN

Sheraton Hawaii
Nevada vs. SMU Honolulu
Aloha Stadium Dec. 24
8 p.m. ESPN

Little Caesars
Marshall vs. Ohio Detroit
Ford Field Dec. 26
1 p.m. ESPN

Meineke Car Care
Pitt vs. North Carolina Charlotte, N.C.
Bank of America Stadium Dec. 26
4:30 p.m. ESPN

Boston College vs. USC San Francisco
AT&T Park Dec. 26
8 p.m. ESPN

Gaylord Hotels Music City
Kentucky vs. Clemson Nashville, Tenn.
LP Field Dec. 27
8:30 p.m. ESPN

AdvoCare V100 Independence
Texas A&M vs. Georgia Shreveport, La.
Independence Stadium Dec. 28
5 p.m. ESPN2

Army or UCLA vs. Temple Washington, D.C.
RFK Stadium Dec. 29
4:30 p.m. ESPN

Champs Sports
Miami vs. Wisconsin Orlando, Fla.
Florida Citrus Bowl Dec. 29
8 p.m. ESPN

Roady’s Humanitarian
Bowling Green vs. Idaho Boise, Idaho
Bronco Stadium Dec. 30
4:30 p.m. ESPN

Pacific Life Holiday
Arizona vs. Nebraska San Diego
Qualcomm Stadium Dec. 30
8 p.m. ESPN

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces
Houston vs. Air Force Fort Worth, Texas
Amon G. Carter Stadium Dec. 31

Brut Sun
Oklahoma vs. Stanford El Paso, Texas
Sun Bowl Dec. 31
2 p.m. CBS

Navy vs. Missouri Houston
Reliant Stadium Dec. 31
3:30 p.m. ESPN

Minnesota vs. Iowa State Tempe, Ariz.
Sun Devil Stadium Dec. 31
6 p.m. NFL Network

Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee Atlanta
Georgia Dome Dec. 31
7:30 p.m. ESPN

Northwestern vs. Auburn Tampa, Fla.
Raymond James Stadium Jan. 1
11 a.m. ESPN

Capital One
Penn State vs. LSU Orlando, Fla.
Florida Citrus Bowl Jan. 1
1 p.m. ABC

Konica Minolta Gator
West Virginia vs. Florida State Jacksonville, Fla.
Municipal Stadium Jan. 1
1 p.m. CBS

Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi
Ohio State vs. Oregon Pasadena, Calif.
Rose Bowl Jan. 1
4:30 p.m. ABC
South Florida vs. Northern Illinois Toronto, Canada
Rogers Centre Jan. 2 Noon ESPN2

South Carolina vs. UConn Birmingham, Ala.
Legion Field Jan. 2
2 p.m. ESPN

AT&T Cotton
Oklahoma State vs. Ole Miss Arlington, Texas
Cowboys Stadium Jan. 2
2 p.m. FOX

AutoZone Liberty
Arkansas vs. East Carolina Memphis, Tenn.
Liberty Bowl Jan. 2
5:30 p.m. ESPN

Valero Alamo
Michigan State vs. Texas Tech San Antonio
Alamodome Jan. 2
9 p.m. ESPN

FedEx Orange
Iowa vs. Georgia Tech Miami
Land Shark Stadium Jan. 5
8 p.m. FOX

Central Michigan vs. Troy Mobile, Ala.
Ladd-Peebles Stadium Jan. 6
7 p.m. ESPN

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NCAA Slugfest #1 Texas hosts #7 Oklahoma St

The No. 1 Texas Longhorns are coming off back-to-back victories against then-No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 11 Missouri while scoring a total of 101 combined points. They were rewarded for their performance; becoming the first team since the 2006 Ohio State Buckeyes to receive all 65 votes from the media and becoming a unanimous No. 1choice in the AP poll.

Texas Coach Mack Brown is attempting to take all the attention in stride and is keeping his players focused on striving to improve as he prepares his Longhorns for another tough match-up this weekend against No. 7 Oklahoma State Cowboys. “We’re playing at a high level, but we’re not a great team yet. We’re at a point, unless we play well, we’ll get beat.” he said.

In last year’s meeting Oklahoma State blew a 35-14 lead in the 4th quarter and suffered a heartbreaking 38-35 loss to the Longhorns.

This match-up features two undefeated teams fighting for position in their conference and orchestrating runs for the national championship game. Both teams are 7-0 overall and 3-0 in their conference and have two great players taking the snaps from center.

Cowboys’ Zac Robinson (14 TDs) and Longhorns’ Colt McCoy (19 TDs) will try to light it up on Saturday when these two offensive powerhouses take the field in Texas.

Texas has given up 275 yards passing a game so Robinson may find success in the passing game. McCoy praised the Cowboys’ offense, “They can score pretty much every time they have the ball, so we’re going to have to keep playing to that standard.”

McCoy’s Longhorns have proven they can do the same.

Sounds like an offensive slugfest, one we won’t want to miss.

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