The Good, The Bad and College Football
Happy Sunday Morning People and some of us, are just getting things settled after a HUGE 2 days in College Football. Kicking off in Orlando Florida Friday Night and stopping in Hickory NC and Valdosta GA for some DII Football and ending up in Gainesville watching FSU explode to saying Goodbye to Charlie!
Happy Happy Sunday!
So Friday Night the crowd at Spectrum Stadium was LOUD as the University of South Florida Bulls were in town to take on the University of Central Florida Knights. It was Senior Night. It was Rivalry week. And the Knights look Pissed! The Game hadn’t even started yet, and tempers on the field were HOT!
Freshman Dillon Gabriel threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns, Adrian Killins rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown, and UCF concluded its regular season with a 34-7 win over South Florida in the War on I-4 and click here for some pictures.
The loss cost Charlie Strong his job at USF, as the University let him go on Sunday.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team advanced to the Super Region 2 Final for the second straight season with a 49-21 thumping of Carson-Newman on Saturday afternoon. The Bears started hot, scoring the first 28 points of the game and finished strong by scoring 21 straight to close it out. The Bears move to 8-1 all-time in home NCAA Playoff games and broke the program record for longest home winning streak at 15. The previous record of 14 stood since 1961.
You watched the Football movies over and over again. The game comes down to the final play and BOOM. The movie was over. But in Valdosta Georgia on Saturday, after the final play was done, HISTORY was made!
As spectacular as the University of West Florida’s Saturday win in the NCAA Division II second-round playoff was throughout regulation, it all boiled down to the final 2:12.
The Argonauts defeated Valdosta State, 38-35, courtesy of a movie-script-worthy finish as Anthony Johnson Jr. rushed for the go-ahead touchdown with 10 seconds left on 4th down from the one yard line.
It was UWF’s first win over Valdosta State in program history, at a time in which the Blazers were ranked No. 1 nationally and aimed to defend a national championship. It was Johnson’s third touchdown of the game and the second-time the Pace High product provided a lead change in the thriller. Click here for Pictures.
Joe Burrow OWNS the SEC. The senior broke the conference’s single-season passing record on Saturday night against Texas A&M. Burrow, who entered the night with 4,014 yards through the air, eclipsed 4,275 passing yards on an 11-yard toss to running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. That record was previously held by Kentucky’s Tim Couch during the 1998 season.
The packed out Ben Hill Griffin Stadium went crazy as The Gators wrapped up back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time in FOREVER (10 years) with the Spanking of Florida State 40-17. This was Florida’s first win over Florida State in Gainesville since 2009.
Jacksonville Florida native and current Alabama quarterback Mac Jones had an incredibly difficult task against Auburn’s defense, but managed to throw four touchdowns, with three of them going to Jaylen Waddle. Waddle also returned a kick for a score. Unfortunately for the Tide, Jones also threw two pick-sixes. Those were two of the biggest plays in Saturday’s game, but not the only ones as Auburn wins 48-45.
In the tale of 2 Teams. One going Up and the other going down, One team ended their season at Williams-Brice Stadium. The other team is off on a different journey. After Clemson’s 38-3 beat down on South Carolina on Saturday, the Tigers (No 3) jump into the preseason with a perfect 12-0!
The Gamecocks are off to offseason and after a 4-8 mark, will Coach Will Muschamp be back.