Daily Archives: October 10, 2009

College Football 2009: Iowa grounds Michigan

Celebration!  The Yellow Jackets beat the Seminoles 49 to 44!

I “watched” the fourth quarter on Game Cast.


It’s been three years since the Michigan Wolverines and the Iowa Hawkeyes played charades.  Convened in Iowa City, televised by ABC, and narrated by Kirk Herbstreit and Brent Musberger, literally the first play of the game was Hawkeyes quarterback Ricky Stanzi throwing an interception for a touchdown to Wolverines cornerback Donovan Warren.  Michigan 7 and Iowa 0.

Hawkeyes tight end Tony Moeaki soon tied the game with a TD run.  A field goal followed not long after, giving Iowa the lead with 10 to Michigan’s 7.  The Wolverines then took the lead with a TD by running back Brandon Minor in the bottom of the first quarter.  Michigan 14 and Iowa 10.  The second quarter shrank the Wolverines’ lead when Hawkeyes kicker Daniel Murray made a forty-one yard field goal.  Michigan 14 and Iowa 13.  Wow, those Hawkeye receivers got some impressive catches (I’m referring to the complete pass to wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos).   Hawkeyes running back Brandon Wegher lept into the end zone a couple of plays later for a TD (he landed atop his own teammates and the Wolverine defenders).  Iowa 20 and Michigan 14.

The third quarter upped the Hawkeyes lead with a field goal.  Iowa 23 and Michigan 14.  The clock clogged down to under five minutes and the Wolverines were in the red zone.  Two plays later, Brandon Minor crossed the goal line amidst a heap of bodies.  Iowa 23 and Michigan 21.  A botched kick to the Wolverines ended in a turnover that, luckily for Michigan, didn’t produce a TD.  The fourth quarter started awkwardly as Wolverines quarterback Tate Forcier called a time-out, much to his coach’s disagreement.  Rich Rodriguez marched onto the field, shouting “Tate! Tate!”

Mmmm. Tony Moeaki made his second TD of the night moments later after the Wolverines punted the ball to the Hawkeyes.  Iowa 30 and Michigan 21.  Ya! And then I got distracted by Narsha and Ga-In from the Brown Eyed Girls.  Halfway through the quarter Denard Robinson took over QB duties for the Wolverines.  Rodriguez should’ve been slightly relieved at the change-up because Robinson got himself across the goal line a few plays later.  Iowa 30 and Michigan 28.  Final score.  What chance the Wolverines had to win the game were crossed out when Robinson threw an interception with fewer than sixty seconds left to play.  Iowa is undefeated, maintaining the second longest streak (Florida would be the first).

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  The Wolverines’ white jerseys combined with the Hawkeyes’ black tops made me think of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

2.  Why did the Hawkeyes’ mascot hold a red sneaker in its right hand?

3.  In the middle of the first quarter, Brent Musberger remarked how fitting it is that one of Iowa’s middle linebackers’ last name is Angerer.

4.  Tate Forcier’s father nicknamed him “Little Man Tate” after the little boy in the film of the same name.

5.  Did Brent Musberger say, “shades of the Green Bay Packers” when there was a minute and nineteen seconds left in the second quarter?

6.  The third quarter included a brief shot of the locker room for the visiting team at Kinnick Stadium–it’s a pink-mauve color.

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College Football 2009: UT pins the tail on UGA’s donkey

But first, Army beat Vanderbilt in overtime 16 to 13.

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UGA’s Bulldogs swirled and spun with the Tennessee Volunteers this afternoon at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN.  Broadcast on Peachtree TV and with commentary by Andre Ware and Dave Neal, the first quarter was scoreless and predominantly uneventful until the clock went to two minutes and thirty-nine seconds when Bulldogs quarterback Joe Cox’s throw was interrupted by Volunteers defensive end Chris Walker.  That turnover eventually lead to a touchdown in the top of the second quarter with a connection between Volunteers quarterback Jonathan Crompton and wide receiver Gerald Jones.  The Bulldogs barked back with a 100 yard kickoff return TD by cornerback Brandon Boykin, who had broke through the middle of field in front of the end zone, made a dash for the sidelines and took the ball all the way to the other side of the field.  UGA 7 and UT 7.

Say what karaoke happened next?  The Volunteers wide receiver Denarius Moore launched his body towards the bottom left corner of the end zone (from the POV of the field) and extended his right arm forward to break the plane.  There was a booth review, which then confirmed the TD call.  UT 14 and UGA 7.  The Dawgs responded with a fifty-three yard Blair Walsh field goal (filmed from an extreme high angle, long shot behind the uprights such that I had to look at the officials’ hand signals to know if the good was good or not).  The Volunteers amped up their offense Chi with a third TD (catch made by wide receiver Marsalis Teague).  UT 21 and UGA 10.  With half a minute left in the first half, the Dawgs got a safety when Zach Renner blocked Chad Cunningham’s punt.  UT 21 and UGA 12.

The third quarter started with Volunteers defensive back Dennis Rogan catching a pass that Joe Cox meant to the sidelines.  Handbags.  More than 100,000 spectators saw that turnover.  The Volunteers jumped ahead numerically with a field goal at the end of that drive.  Kicker Daniel Lincoln sent up a thirty yarder.   UT 24 and UGA 12.  A few minutes later, the Dawgs’ defense caught the Volunteers unawares as strong saftey Bacarri Rambo intercepted Jonathan Crompton’s pass and scampered twenty-eight yards into the end zone (click here to watch me watching the instant replay of the interception).  UT 24 and UGA 19 (truly awesome).  Those Volunteers would not be intimidated or disheartened.  Running back Montario Hardesty ran thirty-nine yards into that end zone.  Fewer than ninety seconds remained in the third quarter and Gerald Jones made another TD.  UT 38 and UGA 19.  The entire Volunteers team then gathered on the field and simulated a bit of a moshpit–without the body surfing.

And Peachtree TV’s signal went out.  “We are experiencing technical difficulties, please stand by.”  That lasted just a few minutes.  Hmmm.

A dark shadow hovered over the Dawgs in the fourth quarter.  Volunteers defensive back Eric Berry got his hands on a ball that wide receiver Michael Moore caught then fumbled.  Three plays later, running back Bryce Brown trotted into the end zone.   Logan Gray went in as QB in the middle of the quarter.  Nick Stephens went in for Jonathan Crompton as well.  Andre Ware remarked that most of the Dawgs’ fans had left or were in the processing of vacating the premises by the final minute of the game.  UT 45 and UGA 19.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  I started watched the game three minutes in to the first quarter.  Once again, due to the weather, the TV signal was patchy.  Splotchy.

2.  The Volunteers’ end zone makes me think of Home Depot.

3.  The commercial break before the two minute warning in the first quarter was prologued by a shot of the Volunteers Smokey IX, followed by a low angle, medium close-up of UGA’s Loran’s Best.

4.  Denarius Moore didn’t just reach over that pylon in the top of the first quarter.  As one of the commentators remarked during the subsequent slow-motion instant replay (from various angles), Moore leaped into the air after dodging a Bulldogs defender at around the five yard line and had amazing hangtime.  It resembled a basketball play, especially in slow-motion.  That play, as it was televised, was filmed from a high angle, medium long shot.  Moore’s entire body was on screen.  The sidelines was on the left side of his body.

5.  An instant replay of Gerald Jones’s first TD of the game revealed that he had the ball in both of his hands as he hurled his body, hands first, towards the bottom left pylon.

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