Spurrier finding victories the old-school way
Where Have You Gone, Mr. Spurrier?
By Ivan Maisel, ESPN.comGee, I miss Steve Spurrier. In the 1990s, Spurrier returned to Florida, his alma mater, and reshaped Southeastern Conference football. He brought the forward pass to the SEC. He brought excitement to the SEC. There was a reason his offense became known as the Fun 'N' Gun. By the time the rest of the SEC caught up, Spurrier had won six conference championships and one national championship.
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Unlike in years past, Steve Spurrier is winning with defense and the kicking game.
Hear The Lions Roar
By Joe Starkey, Special to ESPN.comSTATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- No fewer than 110,078 people crammed into Beaver Stadium on Saturday night and saw Penn State pummel Notre Dame, 31-10. Irish quarterback Jimmy Clausen must have felt like every last one of them was after him.
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This scene was repeated over and over -- much to the chagrin of Irish QB Jimmy Clausen -- on Saturday.
That's More Like It
By Mark Wangrin, Special to ESPN.comAUSTIN, Texas -- The question was put to Texas wide receiver Quan Cosby after the Longhorns' 34-13 win over TCU on Saturday: Was what they showed in overcoming a 10-point halftime deficit convincing enough to prove last week's eight-point victory over Arkansas State and all the ineffective play that framed it a fluke? "Any win is convincing," Cosby said, smiling and dodging any semblance of comparison.
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Jamaal Charles got the Texas running game going against TCU's defense.
A Change In Perspective
By Ron Higgins, Special to ESPN.comNASHVILLE -- Once upon a time, if Alabama went to Vanderbilt and won by just 14 points, there would have been a Crimson Tide wave of teeth-gnashing from Huntsville to Mobile. Radio shows throughout Alabama would have been full of calls of "What's wrong with our boys? Geez, we're talking about VANDERBILT, the doormat of the SEC. We pad stats against Vandy. EVERYBODY pads stats against Vandy."
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Terry Grant had a big second half to help lift the Tide over Vanderbilt.
Off To A Big Start
By Brett Edgerton, ESPN.comAfter it was raided by the ACC, the Big East and its backers heard it all. The Big Least. The Big Easy. The Bastard Child of the BCS. In terms of respect, it was a conference stuck somewhere between Conference USA and the Big 12 North. The league surely didn't deserve a BCS bid, right?
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Huskies Building Momentum
By Ted Miller, Special to ESPN.comSEATTLE -- Washington's sensational redshirt freshman quarterback Jake Locker turned in another strong performance, although this time with some pratfalls, but the Huskies defense was primarily responsible for ending the nation's longest Division I-A winning streak, held by Boise State.
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Washington's defense was stout against the normally high-scoring offense of Boise State.
Three Weekend Observations
By Ivan Maisel, ESPN.com
GameDay Crew Final Thoughts
• Jacob Hester, FB, LSU
109 total yds, 1 TD, set the tone for LSU offense
• Casey Fitzgerald, WR, North Texas
327 rec. yds (4th most in I-A history)
• Patrick Pinkney, QB, East Carolina
21-31, 406 pass yds, 3 TDs
• Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
19-25, 205 yds, 5 TD passes (ties OU record)
• Dan Connor, LB, Penn State
12 tackles, 2.5 TFL, sack, ND 0 rush yds
• Dennis Dixon, QB, Oregon
368 total yds, 4 TDs
Piling Up Points
By Brett Edgerton, ESPN.comWith a 79-10 cakewalk over North Texas and a 51-13 destruction of Miami, Oklahoma has scored 130 points in its first two games, something the Sooners have not done in quite some time. And it wasn't one of those powerful OU teams from the 1970s or 80s. Not even one of the legendary teams of the 50s. No, to find that many points, one has to go all the way back to when the state of Oklahoma was just 12 years old. In 1919, the Sooners put up 197 against Central Oklahoma and Kingfisher, the latter of which put up a fight before falling 157-0.
Looking Back ...LSU stakes claim as rightful No. 1 team
If the BCS championship were played today, LSU would meet USC in New Orleans. And the Tigers should enter that contest as the top seed, based on how they have played the first two weeks of the season, writes Pat Forde. Story
Sooners defense stifles Miami
The remnants of Hurricane Henriette passed without trouble on Saturday in Oklahoma. So did the remnants of the Hurricanes teams that tormented the Sooners in the early part of the decade, writes Ivan Maisel. Story
Gamecocks validating Spurrier's belief
Steve Spurrier believes South Carolina is ready to contend in the SEC East. He probably isn't alone after the Gamecocks picked up a road win at Georgia, writes Mark Schlabach. Story
No storybook ending for TCU
It was far from a magical night for BCS-busting TCU, which gave up a 10-point lead in the third quarter to send Texas home with a convincing, if sloppy, 34-13 victory, writes Mark Wangrin. Story
Highlights: Virginia Tech-LSU
First To Start Slow
By Brett Edgerton, ESPN.comOne thing we know for sure about West Virginia: The team loves to run much more than it loves the first half. In five of their past six games, including Saturday's win at Marshall, the Mountaineers have trailed at halftime. Due in large part to their lethal running game, they've come back to win all but one of those. West Virginia ran in five touchdowns against the Herd, upping its total to 83 rushing TDs over its past 21 games (an average of nearly four per game).
Highlights: South Carolina-Georgia
Balance Of Power
By Brett Edgerton, ESPN.comWhen it comes to offensive fireworks, you can't get a whole lot more than LSU's 48-7 runaway against Virginia Tech on Saturday. Against a D that came in leading the country in scoring and total defense over the past three seasons, the Tigers rolled up a mere 598 yards -- 301 through the air and 297 on the ground. LSU posted the most lopsided win over a top-10 team since Oklahoma put a 49-3 beatdown on another ninth-ranked squad, Iowa State, five years ago. Surely the Hokies will rebound a little better than the Cyclones, who fell from the top 10 and proceeded to lose 20 of their next 25 games.
Highlights: South Florida-Auburn
It Feels Good
By Brett Edgerton, ESPN.comHe would never admit it -- and his stoic face would never show it -- but Tyrone Willingham has to be smiling inside. As Notre Dame continues to search for its first win, the former Irish coach has Washington 2-0 for the first time in six years. The Huskies began by posting their most lopsided nonconference win since 1983 (42-12 at Syracuse), followed by a two-touchdown win over Boise State that ended the longest win streak (14) in Div. I-A.