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College Football 09: Crimson Tide flips over the Hokies

The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Virginia Tech Hokies players and fans amass in the GA Dome on the same date as the first day of Dragon Con.  Downtown Atlanta must’ve been one frothy cauldron of red, maroon/plum, and all the other colors of ROY G BIV.  How lovely the Dome looked from an aerial view (provided by the Metlife blimp).

Televised by ABC, commentary was supplied by Kirk Herbstreit and Brent Musburger.   The Crimson Tide scored first and second with two field goals (thanks to kicker Leigh Tiffin).  Alabama 6 and Virginia Tech 0.  The Hokies would give the Crimson a shocker with ninety-eight yard kickoff return for a TD by wide receiver Dyrell Roberts (he ran with such momentum that after he reached the end zone, he tumbled into a padded, triangular object of sponsorship promotion).  Virginia Tech 7 and Alabama 6.  The Crimson Tide got a luck-ball-change when Hokies tailback Ryan Williams let the ball slip out of his reach during a kickoff-return attempt.  Tiffin went out for another field goal after his teammates couldn’t get the ball in the end zone.  Alabama 9 and Virginia Tech 7.

Five minutes into the second quarter Hokies defensive end Jason Worilds intercepted Crimson Tide quarterback Greg McElroy.  Tries for the end zone were unsuccessful.  Hokies kicker Matt Waldron then sent a twenty-eight yarder through the uprights.  Virginia Tech 10 and Alabama 9.  As the clock whittled down to three minutes, Crimson Tide running back Roy Upchurch got his upper body across the goal line.  Alabama 16 and Virginia Tech 10.   By the time there was just a minute left in the second quarter, the Hokies managed to scoot their bottoms down to the red zone and Ryan Williams, who had dropped a not-properly-gripped ball in the first quarter, planted his body into the end zone.  Going into halftime, Virginia Tech 17 and Alabama 16 (Tiffin would not make a thirty-six yard field goal with seconds left on the clock).

The third quarter bleeped all the way to five minutes before anything eye-popping happened.  Roy Upchurch was on the run and was bumped from behind by Hokies linebacker Cody Grimm.   The ball tumbled out of Upchurch’s hands and Virginia Tech recovered it.  No points resulted from the turnover.

The fourth quarter reached a high point just three minutes in when Crimson Tide running back Mark Ingram made a TD (and then subsequently did a little celebrating in the end zone, but not excessively).  The two-point conversion was good–tight end Colin Peek caught McElory’s pass in the back of the end zone.  The Hokies barely had a turn on offense when the Tide caused and took control of a fumbled ball.  A field goal came out of that snatch-up.  Alabama 27 and Virginia Tech 17.  Ryan Williams gave his Hokies fans something to smile with his dash to break the plane.  A booth review had confirmed that he had crossed the goal line.  Alabama 27 and Virginia Tech 24.  Mark Ingram straightened out that smile ever so concretely when he made a TD a few minutes later.  Alabama 34 and Virginia Tech 24.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Crimson Tide wore white jerseys; the Hokies wore maroon.

2.  Why is Alabama’s mascot an elephant?   If the reason were more arbitrary, I’d like to see the Crimson Tide represented by a barge or a a periscope or trout.

3.  Alabama defensive end Brandon Deaderick was wounded in a robbery attempt a week ago.  So, how was he able to suit up in today’s game?  In the first quarter, the Herbstreit and Musburger explained that the bullet entered Deaderick’s left arm, exited, and then went into a hip (and out again).  The bullet didn’t touch any bones or blood vessels.  Medical opinion apparently didn’t object after Deaderick was treated.

4.  The second quarter of the UGA @ OSU game felt exceptionally long.  The entire first half of tonight’s game seems interminable.

5.  Immediately after the Colin Peek two-point conversion in the fourth quarter, the camera cut to a medium close-up of three Hokies fans.  Two young men in the middle of the frame and another in the foreground, slight left side of the screen.  This redhead male was visibly upset as he bent his upper body forward thrice (almost thrashing).  It looked like he was assaulting the chair below him with a white towel or shirt.

6.  According to Brent Musburger, 74, 954 (?) people were at the GA Dome for this game.  A venue record.  The Dome’s web site indicates a seating capacity of 71, 250.

7.  Do commentators really have to plug “in-house” network shows?  Can’t it be enough for there to be on-screen graphics of such shows?

8.  Where did the fourth quarter surge in energy and ferocity start?  I mean I know when it began, but from what stockpile did the umph emanate?

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Orange Bowl 2009: Virginia Tech scampers away from Cincinnati

Tonight marked the first time Cincinnati went to the Orange Bowl, the seventy-fifth occasion of this particular bowl game. Held at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, FL, whom would the Bearcats have to snarl against to win? The Virginia Tech Hokies. Broadcast on Fox, the first quarter started off with a touchdown for the Bearcats. Quarterback Tony Pike threw to wide receiver Mardy Gilyard. Cincinnati 7 and Virginia Tech 0. Hokies kicker Dustin Keys missed a twenty-six yard field goal when his team got the ball. Bearcats kicker Jake Rogers missed his first field goal too (in the bottom of the quarter).

The second quarter spat out a Hokies TD–quarterback Tyrod Taylor did it himself, serpentining his way through the Bearcats defense and breaking the plane at the front, left corner of the end zone (front and left from the players’ POV). Both teams 7. And then oooo Tony Pike threw an interception. Hokies safety Kam Chancellor landed on the ball after his teammate cornerback Victor Harris got the ball from its target’s grasp. Would the officials concur? Nope. The ball was ruled an incomplete pass. Slow-motion instant replay suggested that Kam Chancellor’s left hand and left knee hit the ground before his body went out of bounds. But, apparently the forearm ought to hit the turf–not just a hand. Tyrod Taylor threw a pass right into the hands of Bearcats defensive back Brandon Underwood as the game clock entered five minute territory. Tony Pike repeated the goof by hurling the ball to Hokies cornerback Stephen Virgil in the end zone. Closing out the second quarter was a Dustin Keys forty-three yard field goal attempt, which he delivered. Virginia Tech 10 and Cincinnati 7.

The third quarter ticked nearly halfway before either team scored, a thirty-five yard field goal for the Hokies. Virginia Tech 13 and Cincinnati 7. Would the Hokies get a chance to put another in the end zone after Bearcats QB had a pass tugged out of the air by Kam Chancellor? That would be a negative. The Hokies did do something with a burst of speed and agility in the top of the fourth quarter when running back Darren Evans made his way into the end zone. Virginia Tech 20 and Cincinnati 7. Ricocheting down to nearly the two-minute warning, Bearcats QB threw another interception. Hokies linebacker Cody Grimm got his hands on the ball. Virginia Tech has clawed up the freshly squeezed Orange juicy fruit noodle Bowl. 20 to 7 final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Charles Davis and Thom Brennaman were the commentators.

2. Arturo Sandoval trumpeted the national anthem. It was actually kinda cool.

3. Virginia Tech won the coin toss and deferred to the second half.

4. Have I never noticed it before and the yardage numbers on the Dolphin Stadium turf have always been outlined in orange? Or have been for a long time?

5. The Bearcats uniforms were black tops with black bottoms. Red collar rims. I kinda dug the three diagonal, wing-like streaks on the outside of the thighs. Almost like this, but instead of a solid white block on the pants, there were three white stripes.

6. Did Charles Davis say “Two things leaking out at me….” regarding criticisms of Va Tech offensive methods? If “deep penetration” weren’t snickery enough, “two things leaking out at me?” Don’t do it.

7. The Doobie Brothers performed during halftime. Miami’s DJ Irie introduced them. Dancers, in glittery silver costumes methinks, were on the field doing some choreographed number…but they didn’t get much screen time.

8. Does Hokies head coach Frank Beamer spend the majority of his waking hours with his mouth ajar?

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