Friday, December 13, 2002
Weekend wrap-up: ND's golden foot
By Terry Bowden
Special to BCSfootball.com
Bowden's Weekly Chat Show
Every Saturday throughout the season, ABC studio analyst Terry Bowden will weigh in his assessment of the day's games, the highlights, the lowlights and the surprises.
Three Game Balls:
Nick Setta, Notre Dame place-kicker: Not only has he converted five of six field goals on the season, but he kicked a 38-yarder at the end of regulation to beat Purdue. Not only did he restore confidence in the future of the Irish this season, but he proved Regis Philbin right, and me wrong, that the Irish will definitely not start 1-3.
LaDainian Tomlinson: He rushed for 243 yards and two touchdowns. Not only did he get that yardage, but he had 112 yards and two touchdowns called back because of penalties. Had those two runs not been called back, he'd have had 355 yards and four touchdowns -- just another typical day for LaDainian.
Yale: Congratulations to Yale, the first team ever in college football to win 800 games. The Bulldogs did it in style, with a 42-6 romp of the Dayton Flyers.
Surprises of the day:
|Texas Christian tailback LaDainian Tomlinson knifes through the defense. He had 243 yards and two TDs on the day.|
UCLA: I can see how they snuck up on Alabama to beat the then-No. 3 Crimson Tide in the season opener, but I never thought Michigan would be the next third-ranked team to fall. Ryan McCann had a huge day, and now the Pac-10 has completed the evolution from national disaster to national juggernaut. The Pac is back.
Cincinnati: Although they lost in overtime to Wisconsin, here's a team that beat Wisconsin last year, had a huge win over Syracuse last week, and just barely lost to Wisconsin this afternoon. You have to take your hat off to the players and coaches of the Bearcats of Cincinnati.
Jesse Palmer: Earlier this week, all we heard from Steve Spurrier was that Jesse Palmer had the experience but couldn't make the plays, but Palmer went out today to lead Florida to an upset victory at Tennessee with a great last-minute drive and TD pass. Needless to say, the Gators are back atop the SEC East and there is no longer a quarterback controversy at Florida.
Michael Vick: I was all ready to say that Michael would go through that old sophomore slump, but after three incredible games, he continues to amaze me. Today, he ran for more than 100 yards and a touchdown, and he threw for more than 100 yards and a touchdown, and with Miami not looking quite as strong as it once did, you have to think that Michael Vick can take the Hokies back into the BCS.
Washington Huskies: It's so hard to get up for a tough battle after the game the Huskies had with Miami last week, and I really thought Colorado would win this game because of that. Rick Neuheisel got his guys ready, though, and although Marques Tuiasosopo is still making too many critical mistakes, he finds a way to come through in the clutch. After two years and two losses, you have to say that Colorado got the worse end of the deal when Rick Neuheisel was stolen away to Washington.
Florida Gators: For three years, the Gators have not worn a championship ring in the SEC, but it looks like things will change this December. Florida's defense is as tough as any, and going into a hostile environment like Tennessee's Neyland Stadium proves that Palmer can win tough games. It looks like we'll be waiting for a matchup of undefeated titans when Florida travels to Tallahassee to play the 'Noles.
Penn State: I don't know if the Lions' stock could have gotten any lower, but after last week's shellacking of Louisiana Tech, we held out hope for brighter days. For the Nittany Lions to get shut out by their cross-state rivals, Pitt, it has to make you wonder all over again. I was truly amazed at how bad they looked. You have to take your hat off to Pittsburgh, though, because this looks like the year that Walt Harris finally gets them back into a nice little bowl game.
LaMont Jordan: What in the world has happened to Maryland's tailback? Last year he rushed for all kinds of yardage and was on several preseason All-America teams, but after 38 yards today against West Virginia, coming off a 62-yard performance last week, I'm wondering if they shouldn't be looking down the bench for a replacement. Much was expected of Maryland this year, but with almost no productivity from the tailback position, I don't see this team getting close to .500.
Terry Bowden is ABC's college football studio analyst and hosts a weekly audio chat on BCSfootball.com on Thursdays at 5 p.m. ET.