NCF Nation: Kevin Butler

Pac-10 Week 2: Did you know?

September, 10, 2010
Some quick notes to get you through the hours until Saturday.
  • Five Pac-10 players accounted for at least three TDs last weekend: California's Shane Vereen, Oregon's Kenjon Barner (5 TDs), USC Ronald Johnson (4 TDs), Arizona State's Deantre Lewis and Arizona State's Cameron Marshall.
  • Three Pac-10 QBs rank among the nation's top seven in passing efficiency: Stanford's Andrew Luck at No. 3, USC's Matt Barkley at No. 4 and California's Kevin Riley at No. 7.
  • Seven different Arizona receivers caught at least three passes last week at Toledo.
  • Arizona State kicker Thomas Weber is 3 for 3 from beyond 50 yards in his career after booting a 52-yard field goal vs. Portland State. He was one of three conference kickers to connect from beyond 50 yards (Washington's Erik Folk, 54 yards, and Washington State's Nico Grasu, 56 yards).
  • Cal is 2-2 all-time with Colorado, but this is its first meeting since 1982.
  • Oregon is one of eight teams nationally that produced shutouts last weekend.
  • Ducks CB Cliff Harris returned two punts for TDs -- for 61 and 64 yards -- in the win over New Mexico. Two punt returns for TDs has only been accomplished twice before by Pac-10 players: USC's Mike Garrett in 1965 vs. Cal; UCLA's Sam Brown in 1954 vs.Stanford.
  • Oregon State safety Lance Mitchell leads the conference in tackles after recording 18 vs. TCU. Fellow safety Suaesi Tuimaunei is tied for third with 14.
  • UCLA leads its series with Stanford 45-32-3.
  • UCLA kicker Kai Forbath tied two NCAA records after going 3 for 3 vs. Kansas State. His 27 games with at least two field goals ties Georgia's Kevin Butler and his 13 with at least three ties Arizona State's Luis Zendejas. Forbath has made 40 consecutive field goals inside of 50 yards. His 75 career field goals are just 12 short of the NCAA record of 87.
  • USC has won 31 consecutive night games (USC-Oregon kicked off at 5 p.m. last year).
  • Washington QB Jake Locker made his college debut as a redshirt freshman at Syracuse in 2007. The Huskies won 42-12.
  • Dating back to the last part of the 1975 season, the Huskies have gone 35-14 when playing at home the game after a loss on the road.
  • Washington State is trying to snap a 10-game losing streak Saturday vs. Montana State. The Cougars are 6-0 all-time vs. the Bobcats.

A few famous ties in the SEC

June, 28, 2010
In keeping with the spirit of the World Cup, my colleague, Ivan Maisel, has a piece on famous ties in college football history.

Hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since the tie was replaced by overtime in college football. It’s certainly changed strategy at the end of games. Coaches typically play for overtime now and kick the extra point instead of going for the two-point conversion and the win.

Ties involving a pair of SEC teams are featured in Maisel’s piece -- Auburn’s 16-16 tie with Syracuse in the 1988 Sugar Bowl and Florida’s 31-31 tie with Florida State in 1994.

A few more come to mind:
  • In fact, in that same season Auburn played Syracuse to a 16-16 tie in the bowl game, the Tigers tied Tennessee 20-20 earlier that year in Knoxville.
  • The only blemish on Ole Miss’ 1960 record was a 6-6 tie with LSU in late October in Oxford. The Rebels finished 10-0-1, winning the SEC championship, and were also voted national champions by the Football Writers Association of America.
  • Auburn tied Georgia Tech 7-7 in 1958, which was the only blemish on the Tigers’ record that season. The Tigers went into that game ranked No. 2 nationally and had won 17 straight games.
  • Alabama and David “Deuce” Palmer rallied to tie Tennessee 17-17 in 1993 in a battle of Top-10 teams. Palmer scored on a two-point conversion in the final seconds to forge the tie, which was later forfeited because of NCAA sanctions against the Crimson Tide.
  • Alabama went unbeaten in conference play to win the 1981 SEC championship, but lost two games that season and tied one. The tie was to Southern Miss, 13-13, at Legion Field in Birmingham. That next season, Bear Bryant’s last at Alabama, Southern Miss beat Alabama 38-29 in Bryant’s final game at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
  • LSU and Alabama played to a 14-14 tie in 1985 in Baton Rouge, which cost the Tigers a share of the SEC championship. LSU had a chance to win the game, but missed a 24-yard field goal with five seconds to play.
  • Colorado and Tennessee played to a 31-31 tie to open the 1990 season in the Pigskin Classic in Anaheim, Calif. The Buffaloes went on to win the Associated Press national championship that season.
  • In 1979, Charlie Pell’s first season at Florida, the Gators played Georgia Tech to a 7-7 tie in Gainesville. The reason that tie was significant was that it marked the only game all season the Gators didn’t lose. They finished 0-10-1.
  • Georgia and Clemson battled to a 16-16 tie the second game of the season in 1983. The Bulldogs rallied from a 16-6 deficit and tied the game with 38 seconds to play on Kevin Butler’s 31-yard field goal. The game ended in bizarre fashion. Clemson’s Donald Igwebuike tried a 68-yard field goal in the final seconds that was no good, leaving a second on the clock. Butler then tried one from 66 yards for the Bulldogs that was also short.

Happy (early) Father's Day

June, 18, 2010
In celebration of Father’s Day Sunday (and a shout out to all the fathers out there), here’s a look at some of the players in the SEC with famous dads and players who are legacies at their schools:

Jake Bequette, DE, Arkansas: Jay Bequette played center at Arkansas under Lou Holtz from 1980-82 and is now a well-known attorney in Little Rock. Four members of the Bequette family have played for the Hogs. Jake’s uncle, Chris, played in the mid 1980s and his grandfather, George, played in the mid 1950s.

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Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesJeff Blake, Auburn receiver Emory Blake's father, was a Pro-Bowl quarterback for the Bengals and retired with the Bears.
John Brantley, QB, Florida: John Brantley III played quarterback at Florida in 1977 and 1978 and led the Gators in passing during the 1978 season.

Jabo Burrow, OG, Vanderbilt: Mike Burrow was an All-SEC offensive lineman at Auburn in 1978 and was drafted in the sixth round by the Buffalo Bills.

Emory Blake, WR, Auburn: Jeff Blake was a quarterback for seven different NFL teams. His best season came in 1995 with the Cincinnati Bengals when he was selected for the Pro Bowl. “Shake-N-Blake” retired following the 2005 season with the Chicago Bears.

Drew Butler, P, Georgia: Kevin Butler is one of the most decorated place-kickers in college football history and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. He was a two-time All-American at Georgia and played for both the Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals professionally, ending his career with 1,208 points -- the sixth most in NFL history among kickers.

Jessel Curry, LB, Auburn: Buddy Curry was a two-time All-Pro linebacker with the Atlanta Falcons and named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1980. Curry played at North Carolina.

T-Bob Hebert, C, LSU: Bobby Hebert, nicknamed the Cajun Cannon, was a two-time Pro Bowl quarterback with the Atlanta Falcons in 1994 and 1995 and led the New Orleans Saints to their first playoff appearance prior to that in 1991. Hebert is still as popular as ever in New Orleans and does a radio talk show in New Orleans on WWL, the Big 870.

Brandon Henderson, TE, Mississippi State: Keith Henderson was a running back at Georgia in the mid 1980s and went on to play four seasons in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers.

Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama: Mark Ingram Sr. was an NFL wide receiver who played for 10 seasons in the league and four different teams. He was one of the heroes for the New York Giants in their Super Bowl XXV victory over the Buffalo Bills with his memorable catch and run on a third-and-13 play.

Greg Meisner, FB, Kentucky: Greg Meisner played 11 seasons in the NFL as a defensive tackle with the Los Angeles Rams, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants. Meisner played collegiately at Pittsburgh and was a senior on that talent-laden 1980 team that produced seven first-round draft choices and three Pro Football Hall of Famers.

Jared Mitchell, WR, Ole Miss: Stump Mitchell played eight seasons in the NFL as a running back for the St. Louis Cardinals. His best season came in 1985 when he rushed for more than 1,000 yards. He’s also been an assistant coach in the NFL and takes over in 2010 as the head coach at Southern University.

Morgan Ogilvie, QB, Alabama: Major Ogilvie was a fixture in Alabama’s wishbone offense in the late 1970s. He scored 25 career touchdowns and was a part of two national championship teams while playing under the legendary Bear Bryant.

Nick Reveiz, LB, Tennessee: Fuad Reveiz was a kicker for 11 seasons in the NFL, playing for the Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings, and kicked a school-record 71 field goals during his career at Tennessee. He kicked a 60-yarder against Georgia Tech during the 1982 season.

Sam Robey, C, Florida: Rick Robey was a two-time All-American in basketball at Kentucky and one of the stars on the Wildcats’ 1978 national championship team. He went on to play professionally for the Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns.

Corey Simmons, TE/DE, South Carolina: Clyde Simmons was a two-time Pro Bowl defensive end with the Philadelphia Eagles and led the NFL in sacks in 1992 with 19.

Posted by's Chris Low

A tour around the SEC to see what's out there:

  • Drew Butler, trying to win the Georgia punting job, will share the field Saturday at the Bulldogs' spring game with his famous father, Kevin Butler.
  • Arkansas' sophomore class of wide receivers is looking for a big year in 2009. It's been a big spring so far for Jarius Wright, Joe Adams & Co.