Daily Archives: September 26, 2009

College Football 2009: Virginia Tech duke nukems Miami

Wading in the water, wading in the water, it rained in Blacksburg as 66,000 watched Virginia Tech’s Hokies hosted Miami’s Hurricanes this afternoon.  Broadcast on ABC, the first quarter began with Hokies tailback Ryan Williams leaped into the end zone for a touchdown.  Virginia Tech 7 and Miami 0 .  SWEET PRISTINE CANDY! Hokies quarterback Tyrod Taylor made an exquisite forty-eight yard throw to wide receiver Jarrett Boykin, who ran twenty or so yard into the end zone completely without threat of a tackle.  Virginia Tech 14 and Miami 0.

Hokies punter Brent Bowden couldn’t get a firm hold on the ball as he was about to punt the ball away in the top of the the second quarter.  The ball fell to the ground, one Hokies player and one Hurricanes player dove for the ball.  Their contact with the field revealed that the grass was very slushy.  Hokies kicker Matt Waldron missed a twenty-five yard field goal with about five minutes left to play.  Oh but what a play that followed.  Hurricanes’ kicker Matt Bosher attempted to punt the ball, which was blocked (thanks to cornerback Jacob Sykes), enabling Hokies Matt Reidy to take the ball into the end zone.  Virginia Tech 21 and Miami 0.

The third quarter saw a much better offensive attack by the Hurricanes.  There was a TD, courtesy of running Javarris James.  Later on, nearing the four minute mark, there was a field goal.  Virginia Tech 24 and Miami 7.  The fourth quarter saw a nicely executed interception by Hokies cornerback Rashad Carmichael.  A few plays later, Ryan Williams made another TD.  Virginia Tech 31 and Miami 7.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  It was raining quite heavily from the start of the game.  Would/has a football coach arrange for his players to practice in a simulated rain game so that they would know how to adjust their balance, grip, and footing in times of wet turf and wet ball?

2.  The Hurricanes’ white jerseys juxtaposed against their green pants made them look like Gatorade sports bottles.  In comparison, the Hokies reminded me of beets.

3.  The TV signal was still patchy.

4.  The commentators, Matt Millen and Sean McDonough, noted in the bottom of the first quarter that Hokies offensive guard Sergio Render enjoys hunting and fishing.

5.  Before one of the commercial breaks in the top of the second quarter, there was a short clip of the Hurricanes in a game from decades past.  The the jerseys were white and the pants were orange  (or was it the other way around).

6.  The stands were filled with a near ROY G. BIV of rain ponchos.

7.  Tyrod Taylor has surpassed Michael Vick’s record of being one Virginia Tech’s all-time rushers?  Was that what the commentators said?

8.  The rain fell harder in the second half of the game.  Sheets of rain.  I hope those players’ feet stayed dry.  The fastest way to get sick is from wearing wet socks.

9.  Miami head coach Randy Shannon has lived through nearly every came-from-the-hood narrative trope cinema and literature have “standardized.”

10.  Did I really see footage of Tyrod Taylor doing a backflip during practice?

11.  Did you know about the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets?

12.  Wow, those Hokies fans turned the field into a mosh pit. Nice.

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College Football 2009: GaTech heats up NC’s night

Steve Martin and Ray “Dog” Walker provided commentary for the game between the North Carolina Tarheels and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets today at Bobby Dodd Stadium.  Televised on my local CW station,the first score of the game happened in the first quarter with a touchdown by Yellow Jackets Roddy Jones.   The rest of the first quarter and the first half of the second quarter were relatively uneventful.  GaTech’s kicker Scott Blair threw on a thirty-four yard field goal.  GaTech 10 and NC 0.  The Tarheels’ trip to the red zone in the bottom of the second quarter led to a thirty-two yard FG attempt, which Casey Barth missed.

And then I had to go to Target.  I wasn’t able to watch the rest of the game, but GaTech beat NC 24 to 7.  Yellow Jackets quarterback Josh Nesbitt made two TDs in the fourth quarter (the third was score-less).

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  The stands were filled mostly with gold.  There were a few areas of light blue.

2.  The Yellow Jackets wore white jerseys and the Tarheels wore blue ones.

3.  Signal reception was spotty.  More pixelated images.

4.  The Fox Theatre got some on-air name-drop love.

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