Season’s Best Football Saturday Considered

Revised and corrected 11/07 @ 10:44 am.

Louisville won.

Kentucky won.

Western Kentucky won.

IU won . . a basketball exhibition.

Nick Saban lost.

JoPa’s reputation took a hit.

Quack won.

No new U of L basketball injuries were reported.

What more could a kid who still remembers his Babe Parelli autographed helmet want from an autumn Saturday?

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My memories of the famous 1966 #1 vs. #2 Notre Dame/ Michigan State “Game of the Century” are dim.

I remember watching it at Freedom Hall on black and white closed circuit TV. Like most who recall the game at all, I can’t forget how Irish coach Ara Parseghian choose not to try and win it on his team’s last possession. “Tie one for the Gipper,” wrote Dan Jenkins. And I recall the grumbling from fans of both schools as the assembled trudged out into the Saturday afternoon, distraught that it ended in a 10-10 tie.

But for one of the things college football does right — the stupendously exciting overtime rules — Alabama/ LSU’s “Game of the Century” would also have ended in a tie. But this time it wouldn’t be for lack of effort.

You may decry the lack of touchdowns. None were scored. You may diss the Crimson Tide’s kicking game. (If I were houndstooth hat wearing Bama fan, I certainly would.)

But it’s hard for me to fathom how a real football fan wouldn’t have been fascinated at how the tussle in Tuscaloosa played out.

There was little O. But . . . that was a result of the unbelievable defense both squads played. A receiver would make a catch in the flat, seemingly open. Before he could draw a breath and make a half turn upfield, two defenders would have him in their sure clutches. Plays might work once for a reasonable gain. But not a second time.

Trent Richardson looked like the second coming of Barry Sanders on some plays. On others he looked like another humdrum RB who couldn’t break contain.

Tiger DB Eric Reid made the play of the college football season, recovering on a deep route then wrestling a halfback TD pass from a receiver twice his size for a game saving pick.

Bama went Florida State Wide Right on several field goals, got one blocked and generally looked like Schlepper State in the kicking game. LSU’s Brad Wing, former Aussie footballer, got his footie in a 70 yard punt that rolled the Tide back.

Yes, there was an offensive antidote on the other channel, Okie State’s 52-45 heartland barnburner over Kansas State. And the Cowboys, with their octogenarian QB, will present problems for whomever they play should they make it to New Orleans, but . . . Big 12 football is AA, while the SEC is Cardinals vs. Rangers in the Series.

LSU 9, Alabama 6 was smashmouth sensational.

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Former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was arrested and charged with molesting young boys during his stint with the Nittany Lions. He was observed on his knees in the team locker room, servicing a sub teen. And that’s just one of the many reported incidents.

People, including the AD, knew. Did nothing. Sound familiar? Thought so.

The question now becomes what did Pontiff Paterno know, and when did he know it?

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Break up the Hilltoppers.

Willie Taggert’s Western Kentucky squad did what U of L — before it started to mature as a team — couldn’t. It beat Florida International.

10-9. On a Casey Tinius 34-yard FG as time expired. WKU has now won 5 in a row after losing its first four of the season. The school is 5-1 in the Sun Belt.

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Louisville is all alone in 2d place in the Big East standings.

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One guy’s opinion. The Morgan Newton Era at UK is over. Max Smith was 19/36 for 283 yards, 2 TDs and no picks. More important: He led the Cats to victory.

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Northwestern Wildcat backup QB Kain Colter ran for 2 TDs and threw for another. Leading his team to an upset over the Huskers in Lincoln.

– Seedy K


  1. Wildcat
    Posted November 7, 2011 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    That MSU-ND game was played in 1966, Seedy, not 1996. I don’t think Bubba Smith was in college in the nineties.

  2. Seedy K
    Posted November 7, 2011 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Oops. Thank you Wildcat. Now corrected.

  3. cbcard
    Posted November 7, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    Bama-LSU game: phenominal defenses and mediocre QBs. Can’t remember a #1 or #2 team that didn’t have much better players at QB. Yes the defenses hurt them but they are not normal BSC championship QBs.

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