Daily Archives: September 13, 2008

College Football: USC Trojans bury the Ohio State Buckeyes

94,000 bodies funneled into the Los Angeles Coliseum to witness the Ohio State Buckeyes play the USC Trojans for the first time in eighteen years (broadcast on ESPN via ABC).  By halftime, the Trojans had female dog-slapped the Buckeyes 21 to 3.  USC touchdowns courtesy of quarterback Mark Sanchez fullback Stanley Havili, tight-end Blake Ayles, and linebacker Rey Maualuga’s interception and forty-eight yard run into the end zone.

The Trojans increased their lead again in the latter half of the third quarter with two touchdowns by wide receiver Damian Williams.   USC 35 and Ohio State 3.  Final score.

Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

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Observations & Miscellania:

1. Kirk Herbstreit and Brent Musberger provided commentary.

2. Kenny Chesney’s song “Wild Ride” serves as ESPN’s Saturday Night Football opening number.

3. The Buckeyes’ uniforms reminded me of red peppermint candies and off-white Chuck Taylors.  The Trojans’ uniforms reminded me of ketchup and mustard.

4. O.A.R’s song “Shattered” was used in a montage game summary after halftime.

College Football: Hokies bat the Yellow Jackets away

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets traveled north to hammer it out with the Virginia Tech Hokies (televised by ESPN via ABC). This entry shall be streamlined because of a substantial tangential thought which surfaced while I watched a few plays from the Notre Dame vs. Michigan game.

By the end of the first half, Virginia Tech was in the lead with fourteen points (thanks to touchdowns by running back Darren Evans and quarterback Tyrod Taylor) to GaTech’s 9 (a field goal and a Roddy Jones TD). By the end of the second half, GaTech tied the game 17 to 17; but then there was a field goal by Virginia Tech.  Final score 20-17.

Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. The Hokies donned orange jerseys, which hasn’t happened since 1994. The uniforms made me think of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. The bleachers were a sea of orange.

2. Virginia Tech’s president was interviewed briefly in the first quarter. He said that all VT’s home games are sold out. Ever since April 16, 2007 the entire community has banded together in unprecedented ways.

I flipped to NBC during a commercial break in the first quarter and was met with the game between the Fighting Irish and the Wolverines. The substantial tangent has to do with a particular pass in the top of the second quarter when Michigan had possession of the ball. Quarterback Steven Threet threw an incomplete pass.  The ball was knocked from flight by one of the Notre Dame players (I don’t recall who).  Threet’s pass would probably have landed in the hands of its intended (or an eligible) receiver if the other guy wasn’t in the way.  Does the incomplete pass mean Threet didn’t throw the ball adequately enough?  Should he have seen the blue jersey coming?

I’ve always believed that hard work doesn’t always pay off–not even for those who deserve it.  Athletes probably experience it disproportionately more than non-athletes.  So, the next time you tried really hard but didn’t stick the landing, remember the pass that was rendered incomplete because the ball was batted away.  It’s not your fault.  There are other forces at play.

The halftime show during the Notre Dame vs. Michigan game included an interview Bob Costas did with Jim Brown about Ernie Davis, who played for Syracuse University, became the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy, and died of leukemia at the age of twenty-three.  Jim Brown mentioned his “quickness, speed, power…agility, intelligence” and that “he transcends race….people just liked him…He had that..that spirit, just an intangible that moved mountains. The human spirit man…it can overcome anything.”

Notre Dame players have translucent blue mouth guards.  Dazzling.  The Irish Guard.  Click here to read all about Notre Dame’s win over Michigan.  35 to 17.