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28 Dec 2006

SDA 2006-2007 Bowl Spectacular, Part II

by Vinny Gauri and Russell Levine

Though the response to last week's debut podcast was somewhat muted, we're going to give it another try this week, in the hopes that the muted discussion had more to do with the games themselves than the use of the podcast.

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Please use this article as the open thread to discuss all the non-BCS games, even the ones we picked last week. And let us know how you feel about the podcasts -- we're still deciding what to do with the format in the future.

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The Picks
(* - "Fred Edelstein Lock of the Week")
Favorite Spread Underdog Vinny Says Russell Says
Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl (Nashville)
Friday, December 29, 1 p.m. ET ESPN
Clemson -10 Kentucky Clemson Clemson
 
Brut Sun Bowl (El Paso), Friday, December 29, 2 p.m. ET CBS
Oregon State -3 Missouri Oregon State Missouri
 
AutoZone Liberty Bowl (Memphis), Friday, December 29, 4:30 p.m. ET ESPN
South Carolina -6 Houston South Carolina South Carolina
 
Insight Bowl (Tempe), Friday, December 29, 7:30 p.m. ET NFL Network
Texas Tech -7.5 Minnesota Texas Tech Texas Tech
 
Champs Sports Bowl (Orlando), Friday, December 29, 8 p.m. ET ESPN
Maryland PK Purdue Maryland Maryland
 
Meineke Car Care Bowl (Charlotte), Saturday, December 30, 1 p.m. ET ESPN
Boston College -6 Navy Boston College Boston College
 
Alamo Bowl (San Antonio), Saturday, December 30, 4:30 p.m. ET ESPN
Texas -9 Iowa Iowa Texas*
 
Chick-fil-A Bowl (Atlanta), Saturday, December 30, 8 p.m. ET ESPN
Virginia Tech -2.5 Georgia Virginia Tech Georgia
 
MPC Computers Bowl (Boise), Sunday, December 31, 7:30 p.m. ET ESPN
Miami -3.5 Nevada Miami* Miami
 
Outback Bowl (Tampa), Monday, January 1, 11 a.m. ET ESPN
Tennessee -4 Penn State Tennessee Tennessee
 
AT&T Cotton Bowl (Dallas), Monday, January 1, 11:30 a.m. ET FOX
Auburn -2 Nebraska Nebraska Nebraska
 
Capital One Bowl (Orlando), Monday, January 1, 1 p.m. ET ABC
Arkansas -1.5 Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin
 
Toyota Gator Bowl (Jacksonville), Monday, January 1, 1 p.m. ET CBS
West Virginia -10 Georgia Tech West Virginia West Virginia
 
International Bowl (Toronto), Saturday, January 6, 12 p.m. ET ESPN2
Cincinnati -8 Western Michigan Western Michigan Cincinnati
 
GMAC Bowl (Mobile), Sunday, January 7, 8 p.m. ET ESPN
Southern Miss -6.5 Ohio Southern Miss Southern Miss
 
Rose Bowl (Pasadena), Monday, January 2, 5 p.m. ET ABC
Michigan +1 USC Michigan Michigan
 
Fiesta Bowl (Glendale), Monday, January 1, 8:30 p.m. ET FOX
Boise State +7 Oklahoma Boise State Oklahoma
 
Orange Bowl (Miami), Tuesday, January 2, 8 p.m. ET FOX
Louisville -10 Wake Forest Louisville* Louisville*
 
Sugar Bowl (New Orleans), Wednesday, January 3, 8 p.m. ET FOX
LSU -9 Notre Dame LSU LSU
Season-long Results
("Fred Edelstein Lock of the Week" record in parentheses)
  Last Week Season Total
Vinny 8-4-0 (1-0-0) 66-57-1 (10-5-0)
Russell 7-5-0 (0-1-0) 72-51-1 (9-6-0)

Posted by: on 28 Dec 2006

68 comments, Last at 01 Jan 2007, 1:12am by NewsToTom

Comments

1
by Erik (not verified) :: Thu, 12/28/2006 - 5:50pm

I'm not a fan of the podcast. I can't easily listen to it at work and, even more, I can't skip around to the stuff that interests me. For example, if I really want a breakdown of the Cincinati-Western Michigan game, I have to listen to all this stuff about Texas and Notre Dame, yadda, yadda, yadda. Get me to the good stuff!

2
by GatorGriff (not verified) :: Thu, 12/28/2006 - 5:54pm

The podcast itself is entertaining, but it's not conducive to posting a message. Also, GIVE ME BACK MY LINKS to YouTube and other off-the-wall sites.

3
by Russell Levine :: Thu, 12/28/2006 - 5:56pm

Easy there, Mel Gibson.

4
by cw (not verified) :: Thu, 12/28/2006 - 6:30pm

i agree on the podcast -- hard to skip to what you're interested in.

thanks for getting this out just before the deadline for the espn college bowl pool (if just barely)

5
by Michael David Smith :: Thu, 12/28/2006 - 8:39pm

I like the podcast. If I knew how, I'd do an EPC podcast where I tell everyone to tape/DVR a game, then I'd do an audio commentary podcast of the game so you could watch with the TV muted while listening to me instead of the actual announcers.

So can we talk about last night's UCLA-FSU game? I still can't believe that UCLA return man who knocked the kickoff out of bounds, and I still can't believe the official was standing right there and didn't see it.

6
by The Ninjalectual (not verified) :: Thu, 12/28/2006 - 9:51pm

MDS, your EPC idea in #5 is fantastic. Even though I rely on a dial-up connection, I would go out of my way to listen to that.

7
by Rocco (not verified) :: Thu, 12/28/2006 - 10:07pm

Yeah, that was ridiculous in the UCLA game last night. That pretty much cost the Bruins the game- it gave them terrible field position, which led to FSU making it a 10 point game. I'll give the ref the benefit of the doubt in that the guy's foot was really close to the line, but that was a bad miss. I'm just amazed FSU scored 30 points with their offense- bring back Jeff Bowden!

Watching Bama-OSU, I can see why Joe Kines isn't talked about as head coach. Late in the game, he burns all of his TOs to ice a kicker on a straight-away FG from chip-shot range. Why not use them earlier to have time on the clock? Why not save one to call after the kickoff? Why don't I have a coaching gig if I can think of these things and actual coaches don't?

8
by Erasmus (not verified) :: Thu, 12/28/2006 - 10:23pm

at least Alabama scored 31 points against a BCS team.

ho hum, end of season lets continue the blind hope for Nick Saban (or Jack Del Rio or Jon Gruden or Jim Grobe...or whoever).

Alabama has talent...I think even with Georgia replacing Florida on the schedule and adding Florida State, Alabama wins 9 games next season.

9
by Russell Levine :: Thu, 12/28/2006 - 10:46pm

Why is Dennis Franchione wearing a flower lei on the sidelines ... in San Diego?

Watching Rutgers on NFL Network ... I like how they've got a draft guy -- Mike Mayock -- in the booth giving lots of NFL insights on the players.

Sterling Sharpe is the other color guy, doing an OK job so far.

10
by Rocco (not verified) :: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 12:52am

Boy, A&M's defense is doing a great job of atoning for the thumping they took the last time they went to a bowl. Or not. Cal is 14 minutes away from restoring some pride to the Pac-10.

11
by Erasmus (not verified) :: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 3:28am

#9 Something to do with his Samoan players I think....

12
by Sophandros (not verified) :: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 4:48am

Then why not wear a sarong?

13
by Gordon (not verified) :: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 6:02am

...the rule that you can only compare white receivers to other white wide receivers.

Hah. That's hilarious.

BTW, BC doesn't play in the Big East anymore, but I'll assume you just misspoke on that.

*Rutgers homer alert*
Miami pursued Greg Schiano, and only went with Shannon because Schiano wasn't interested.

This is the first time I listened to the podcast, and it's not too bad. I'm not crazy about the format (that is, the whole audio thing), especially since it sounds like something I'd flick past if I heard it on the radio. But I enjoyed it on the whole, and I'd probably keep listening to further ones. It's good to listen to while I'm working.

While I can't say much about the game because I didn't see it (although it was actually on TV over here, surprisingly), how 'bout those Scarlet Knights? I wish we'd been playing Wake Forest instead, but it's still awesome. I can live with 11-3, and I hope we can improve that next year. Go RU!

14
by Russell Levine :: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 10:59am

Very impressive effort by Rutgers last night, taking care of business in a game many people thought they wouldn't be fired up for. Complete defensive domination against a quarterback that absolutely lit up the Texas defense in November.

15
by GatorGriff (not verified) :: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 11:47am

Russell -- I'm eager to know if you are going to follow your own rules, stated in the first podcast, that you have to be very careful in picking a team in a Bowl game that really doesn't want to be there. Regardless of what Lloyd Carr says, I'm pretty sure Michigan doesn't want to be in the Rose Bowl. Are you going to follow your pick 'em rules, or your homerism????

16
by Russell Levine :: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 11:53am

I completely disagree on Michigan's motivation for being in the Rose. It's not exactly the Weedeater Bowl. They've had plenty of time to get over their disappointment and they have plenty to play for. If they win, they not only prove a point (if OSU beats Florida, that is), but the winner of the Rose has an excellent chance to be ranked #1 in the preseason next year.

Sorry about the technical difficulties with the podcast, please download it to listen.

17
by Erasmus (not verified) :: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 11:54am

Well seeing that Michigan has not won a bowl game since when? Was it really beating Florida in the Citrus/"Capital One" Bowl...I am betting Carr knows how important winning the Rose Bowl is for Michigan despite knowing if they feel they should be there or not....

18
by Erasmus (not verified) :: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 11:56am

eh Outback Bowl...

19
by Trogdor (not verified) :: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 3:15pm

Huge momentum swing in Clemson/Kentucky. Adams sacks the QB, who fumbles late, it's returned by Clemson deep into Kentucky territory. The review correctly overturns the fumble, but it's still 3rd and 17. No worries, Clemson jumps offside, so the Kentucky QB just holds it extra-long before hitting a TE for about 20 and the first down. Now Kentucky has it first and goal inside the 2. Way to completely fall apart after the replay, Clemson.

20
by Russell Levine :: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 3:42pm

Clemson has already missed two field goals in the first quarter. Tommy Bowden is probably done with place kicks for the day.

21
by Trogdor (not verified) :: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 4:09pm

How $&#!ing hard can it be to kick an extra point? Random students pulled out of the stands could miss them just as easily, and you wouldn't have to give them a scholarship.

22
by Trogdor (not verified) :: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 4:13pm

What a horrible, horrible throw by Clemson's QB. Great play on the interception, but he never should've had the chance. The corner was totally selling out to inside coverage, protecting the slant and such, and there was a third of the field wide open to the outside. Just throw it towards the sideline and there's absolutely no way it's intercepted, the only one who can get it would be the receiver. Instead he forces it into the middle, where the receiver needs to go through the DB to even have a shot.

No worries, Kentucky is allergic to the football today, and fumbles it right back on yet another play where the guy just should've gone down. Maybe they'll get lucky and get it overturned on replay.

23
by Trogdor (not verified) :: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 4:19pm

I don't know if MDS is watching, but if not, here's one for your next anti-replay rant. Basically, the Kentucky fumble probably would have been overturned, but they couldn't get a headset that communicated with the replay booth. So they just upheld the original play. Welcome to replay, Marx Brothers style.

Poetic justice being what it is, and mediocre big-conference teams being what they are, Clemson of course fumbles it right back.

24
by Russell Levine :: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 4:26pm

This game is downright bizarre. Replay should be killed just because of the ridiculous delays it causes.

Where are CJ Spiller and James Davis in this game? I figured Clemson would be running wild against and awful UK run D.

25
by Vinny (not verified) :: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 5:24pm

OK, did I just see that? Kentucky's "Boys II Men" rip-off video? Wow.

26
by Rocco (not verified) :: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 5:28pm

#25-

I'm trying to pretend that didn't happen. Thanks for reminding me.

27
by Vinny (not verified) :: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 5:37pm

I am not saying that a football game is more important than honoring the life and legacy of a United States President. But then I am not an Oregon State or Missouri fan. They can't be happy about this.

28
by Vinny (not verified) :: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 5:43pm

I can't get over how deliberate Woodson looks with his delivery, but then his receivers are SO open, there's no reason for him to rush anything.

29
by MFurtek (not verified) :: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 5:44pm

Re: 27
There are probably 6 or 7 other stations covering the funeral, but CBS is the only one that has rights to air the game. I wonder if the Missouri/Oregon affiliates chose to show the game instead.

30
by Rocco (not verified) :: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 5:52pm

I'm glad I didn't bet money on the Music City Bowl, because I figured Clemson would actually show up and take care of business. I'd have been wrong and considerably poorer.

31
by Vinny (not verified) :: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 5:52pm

Who's doing this Music City Bowl? The play-by-play guy sounds like Lon McEachern from the World Series of Poker broadcasts. I'm waiting for Norman Chad to pipe in with something about his ex-wives.

32
by Vinny (not verified) :: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 5:57pm

Clemson is just generating no pass rush, which is totally hanging its secondary out to dry. Woodson had over 5 seconds before making the easy toss for the TD there. Gaines Adams took a very circuitous route on a stunt and got to Woodson too late.

33
by Vinny (not verified) :: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 6:10pm

If I'm reading lips correctly, after Proctor couldn't pull the trigger and throw the ball on Clemson's failed 2 point conversion attempt, Tommy Bowden just said (with arms folded): "You've gotta be s%*##ing me."

34
by navin (not verified) :: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 6:13pm

The ACC was really, really bad this year. SC absolutely dominated Clemson earlier this year except for three fluke plays that gave Clemson 21 points. It's not really surprising that Kentucky is beating Clemson--Kentucky has a pretty strong offense, and SC exposed Clemson's defense in their last game.

Hopefully this bodes well for other SEC teams. You can never tell whether a bowl result is valuable to predicting other games because one team not showing up can really skew things.

35
by Russell Levine :: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 6:30pm

Mizzou just pulled what I believe was a TE option pass for a TD to take the lead over Oregon State in the Sun. I guess the funeral coverage is over.

36
by MFurtek (not verified) :: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 7:22pm

The Mizzou TE is a viable NFL prospect, right? He just made a really nice grab over a DB on what I think is a game-icing TD. I guess since he's a sophomore, he won't be coming out until after next season.

37
by GatorGriff (not verified) :: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 8:06pm

How do they "award" the Oregon St RB the 2-pt conversion? How on earth did his knee not hit the ground prior to the ball supposedly crossing the goalline? (And just to be clear, no, I don't think the play should have been overturned...clearly not enough evidence), but how do they award him the 2-pts in the first place? That's a very suspect call.

What a game...

38
by MFurtek (not verified) :: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 8:19pm

Oh snap! ... and now Bob Barker is on CBS... great.

39
by Russell Levine :: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 8:41pm

What in the wide, wide world of sports is going on at the Liberty Bowl? Crazy first half.

40
by navin (not verified) :: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 8:43pm

Horrible defense and an ex quarterback now playing safety taking bad angles on tackles.

41
by Rocco (not verified) :: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 9:11pm

Not every day you see a team punting on 4th and goal from the 50. That takes effort.

42
by Russell Levine :: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 10:28pm

How about Spurrier going for it on 4th and 1 from his own 35, up eight with 4 minutes or so left .... and not making it.

43
by navin (not verified) :: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 10:46pm

Going for it was definitely the right call. It's pretty much what this site is about, going for the right call over conventional wisdom.

I didn't like the playcall though. I would rather go with a sneak or a run up the gut with Mike Davis over Corey Boyd. Davis picked up the earlier 4th down when he was initially hit behind the line to gain.

44
by JKL (not verified) :: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 11:32pm

Disclaimer-Mizzou fan.

Question for the college rules experts.

On the touchdown with :22 left, the receiver lost the ball when he came down and hit the ground in the end zone, and thus did not maintain possession through the play. I have seen similar plays ruled no catch in the NFL on many occasions. To me, that was clearly not a catch. Is the college rule different?

45
by MFurtek (not verified) :: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 11:53pm

Re: JKL
College rule is you need to have possession and 1 foot down. The rule of "maintaining possession while going to the ground making a catch" is one the NFL added in 2 years ago. I think it was the correct call in college.

Mizzou was definately screwed on that 2 point conversion call. I hate how the officials seem to give the benefit of the doubt to the ballcarrier in those situations. Regardless, I'm not sure how he was able to get in as it looked like he was falling to 1/2 yard short when he entered the pile.

You know how I know ESPN is lame? Holtz and May didn't even mention it was a controversial ruling on the field... they just gushed about Mike Riley and how all the recruits will want to play for him... off your knees boys!

46
by Jmurns (not verified) :: Sat, 12/30/2006 - 12:54am

Ralph Friedgen is a large, large man. He looks like he ate Charlie Weiss.

47
by NewsToTom (not verified) :: Sat, 12/30/2006 - 1:56am

Re #46
Mark Mangino of Kansas would eat Ralph Friedgen for lunch.

YARRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!! I don't know what the heck happened, but sometime between when Minnesota went up 38-7 early in the second half and when I flipped back to NFLn when Purdue-Maryland was over, Texas Tech scored a bazillion points and just won the game in overtime, 44-41. Golden Gophers, walk the plank!

48
by Russell Levine :: Sat, 12/30/2006 - 12:04pm

I was really impressed with the NFL Network production of both its bowl games.

Mike Mayock was great as a second analyst in the Texas Bowl, watching the game as a talent evaluator does and constantly pulling out little points of emphasis that might have otherwise escaped the viewer.

Then in the Insight, I was reminded of how much I always like Dick Vermeil when he was doing color for ABC during his first retirement from coaching.

49
by chris (not verified) :: Sat, 12/30/2006 - 12:37pm

Tried my best to stay awake for the Minny-TTU game because of what happened.

Unless the opponent is very good, a 38-7 lead is not safe against Texas Tech's offense. Minnesota is not one of those very good opponents.

Of course, I went to sleep anyway (forgot to prepare the coffee), at about the time the Red Raiders started to roll.

50
by Chris Heinonen (not verified) :: Sat, 12/30/2006 - 2:14pm

#29: Just for reference, they cut away to the funeral while we were watching in Portland, OR, so we didn't get to see the end of the first half. What sucked is all the digital subchannels you get if you have an HDTV feed were also showing the funeral as well, and you think they could have used one of those for the game. That said, very nice win by OSU at the end, despite the fact we were dominated all day long.

51
by Rocco (not verified) :: Sat, 12/30/2006 - 3:47pm

The kicker for BC missed an XP, so add that to the tally. If I ever have kids, I'm teaching them how to kick field goals. I'll start them at a young age.

52
by navin (not verified) :: Sat, 12/30/2006 - 5:02pm

I wonder how much the long layoff is affecting special teams kicking early in games. South Carolina's kicker, Ryan Succop, missed both a chip shot FG and an XP. His only other missed XP was blocked and he had never missed a field goal that short until yesterday.

Of course Clemson's kicking game has been horrible, so yesterday was nothing out of the ordinary for Clemson's kicker, Jad Dean.

53
by Tarrant (not verified) :: Sat, 12/30/2006 - 6:08pm

What the hell is Navy thinking, running pitch option plays while trying to run out the clock?

I know it's their bread and butter, but there's 1:30 left, and you need a first down to win the game.

The pitch is bobbled, fumbled, BC recovers, and sets up for a game-winning field goal. It's good, BC wins a game they should never have won.

54
by NewsToTom (not verified) :: Sat, 12/30/2006 - 7:11pm

Re #53
Agreed in full. QB keeper all the way, it doesn't matter if it's a 10 yard loss.

If I were on a jury on a murder trial, and the accused's sole defense was that he saw the "Are you proud?" Rose Bowl thing too many times, and then ESPN put the countdown clock on during the Alamo Bowl, and he just snapped, I'd vote for acquittal.

55
by Vinny (not verified) :: Sat, 12/30/2006 - 7:58pm

Anyone notice the Iowa players doing the upside-down "hook 'em" signal with their hands after a big play? Houston Nutt had to issue a formal apology to Mack Brown and Texas after doing that a few years ago. It always cracked me up how sensitive Texas folks are to that gesture. (Maybe I've been de-sensitized to that stuff after years of listening to idiots refer to my college town as a "whore" or reciting mind-numbingly dumb alternate lyrics to the Michigan fight song.)

56
by Vinny (not verified) :: Sat, 12/30/2006 - 8:03pm

Chris Spielman is basically calling Limas Sweed soft for lying on the ground in pain after catching a touchdown. He was a much better analyst before he started taking notes from Tony Siragusa.

57
by navin (not verified) :: Sat, 12/30/2006 - 8:17pm

I used to live in Austin. Since it's so deep inside Texas the people there are not used to having to deal with fans of other teams, besides A&M of course. I think it's just the Texas attitude in general to not know/care about outsiders, so it's really upsetting to most of them when something like the upside down hook'em happens.

Another example is how they're still upset at KU's Mangino for calling them out after an official blatantly robbed Kansas of a win over Texas a few years ago. I think they demanded an apology for that one as well.

58
by Harris (not verified) :: Sat, 12/30/2006 - 9:38pm

Did Spielman suffer some kind of head injuy? He sounds like a complete moron -- bad analysis, funny voices. Are funny voices ever funny?

59
by BB (not verified) :: Sat, 12/30/2006 - 9:53pm

Wow, that was a dumb playcall.

But at least Ferentz passed the clock management test and didn't call a timeout right after the punt.

60
by Derek (not verified) :: Sat, 12/30/2006 - 10:04pm

Another replay failure as Texas might have stepped out of bounds but the replay official never looks at the play.

Still...great and hard fought game.

61
by NewsToTom (not verified) :: Sat, 12/30/2006 - 10:20pm

I think football, both pro and college, is much better off with replay than without it, but the detractors can point to plays like that one and there's really nothing I can say to rebut them. That play absolutely should have been reviewed.

Kudos to Iowa for putting up a much better showing than I expected. The Men of Ferentz actually showed a pulse, something I hadn't seen much of this year.

62
by Rocco (not verified) :: Sun, 12/31/2006 - 2:10am

Is it wrong that I want Sean Glennon to be eaten by a bear?

63
by navin (not verified) :: Sun, 12/31/2006 - 2:49am

Virginia Tech, arguably the best team in the ACC, lost to the sixth best team in the SEC.

Ouch.

64
by stan (not verified) :: Sun, 12/31/2006 - 12:49pm

Navy went brain lock to lose that one. QB picks up first down and runs OB with under 3 minutes left. That gave BC an extra 25 seconds. Then, they have to run the damn ball up the middle and punt there at the end. BC would have had the ball inside their own 20 with 30 seconds to go and no timeouts.

Poor clock mgmt loses games.

65
by GatorGriff (not verified) :: Sun, 12/31/2006 - 6:52pm

Does ESPN really need a 48-hour countdown clock for the Rose Bowl? I'm looking forward to the game as well, but come on...

66
by Sundown (not verified) :: Sun, 12/31/2006 - 9:06pm

Clock management:
Va. Tech might have set some sort of record at the end of their game last night. They took over with 1:25 to play and got only 3 plays off before time expired. There were 5 seconds left and it looked like they didn't even try to get lined up to run a 4th down play; they just let the clock restart and the game end.

#61 and replay:
That's the fault of college's lousy system, not replay per se. If they stopped telling the lie that "every play is being reviewed" and went with a challenge system like the NFL uses, meaningful plays in need of review would get reviewed.

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by Sundown (not verified) :: Sun, 12/31/2006 - 9:43pm

Apologies for above. It was 4 plays and it was a turnover on downs at the 5 second mark. Still a lousy showing, clock management-wise. They snapped first down at 1:08 (according to ESPN) after change of possession was at 1:25. Uh, guys, the clock starts now on possession. Maybe you could have had first down ready to go?

68
by NewsToTom (not verified) :: Mon, 01/01/2007 - 1:12am

Miami with a nice pick to seal the win against Nevada, 21-20. Best moment: Cane QB Kirby Freeman, to his father in the stands: "Dad, I'm freezing." Worst moment: replay failing to reverse call on field of incompletion on Nevada pass caught by WR between his legs. Nice, perhaps telling moment: MPC Bowl person noting turf as one of game's hallmarks.