I figured MTSU against FAU would contend for HOD honors because MTSU has a couple of WRs with dreads, while FAU has a couple of WRs, a TE, and a starting RB with dreads.
MTSU sophomore WR Christian Collis was shut out in this one - 0 receptions. But the game play-by-play does have him down for a dropped pass early in the 2nd quarter. On the next play MTSU turned the ball over on an INT, and two plays after that FAU tied the game at 7 on an 8-yard TD catch by junior WR William Dukes, his 2nd TD of the season. Before injuring his ankle in the 3rd quarter Dukes caught 4 passes for 73 yards. Sick senior WR DeAndre Richardson (photo above being hit by S Kevin Byard) finished with 4 catches for 43 yards for the Owls. Senior RB Jonathan Wallace (photo below) came close to making the dread stars list, finishing with 85 yards rushing on 20 carries and 3 catches for 10 yards. Sick senior TE Alex DeLeon (blocking for Wallace in photo below) had no catches (he's had only 3 all season).
Not only MTSU and FAU, North Texas and FIU also made the move from the SBC to CUSA this season. Both had difficult road assignments for Week 4. As expected, North Texas was completely dominated by Georgia in total yards 641-245. And yet, after they returned a kickoff for a TD late in the 2nd quarter and blocked a punt that was recovered in the end zone for another TD early in the 3rd, the Mean Green found themselves tied with UGA 21-21. But the UNT offense picked up only 5 first downs the rest of the game, and the Bulldogs finally woke up and pulled away for a 45-21 victory. The blocked punt was by senior S Marcus Trice - which last year would have made me very happy; but this season all it does is remind me that he has cut off the awesome dreads he used to have. I didn't watch very much of the game; so if North Texas has any players with dreads, I didn't notice them.
As for FIU ........ Coach Turner (Ron, that is, the brother of Norv) once coached Illinois to the Sugar Bowl, which is no easy thing; so he certainly is capable of getting the program heading in the right direction. FIU fans are going to have to have some faith, hope, and patience. I'll tell you, though, faith and hope have been hard to come by so far in 2013. I mean, this is one of the worst starts to a season we've ever seen. Week 1: a 43-10 loss at Maryland (it was 40-10 at the half before the Terrapins showed mercy). Week 2: shut out in their home opener 38-0 by UCF. Week 3: lost at home to Bethune-Cookman 34-13 (B-CU's first win ever against an FBS team). And last Saturday: a horrific 72-0 annihilation by Louisville, a game in which the Golden Panthers were outgained in total yards 464-30 and made only 2 first downs! Through 4 games FIU now has been outgained by an average of 445-151 and has made a not so grand total of 30 first downs. Heck, 30 first downs isn't even a good one game for offenses like Oregon and Baylor. With few starters returning (NFL draft picks Johnathan Cyprien and Tourek Williams are 2 of 16 starters last year who are no longer with the team), FIU was supposed to be bad. But this bad?
..... Senior CB Deven Drane had a 4th quarter INT to set up a 21-yard TD drive, and sophomore DE Silverberry Mouhon had 1.5 sacks as Cincinnati defeated rival Miami (Ohio) for the 8th straight time, 14-0 ..... Senior LB Lamin Barrow had a game high 11 tackles (0-11) plus 1 FR, and senior S Craig Loston had 8 tackles (2-6) plus his 1st INT of the season as LSU improved to 4-0 with a 35-21 home win over Auburn ..... Junior S Corey Cooper tied for the team lead with 10 tackles (7-3), including 1 sack, for Nebraska in a 59-20 home win over South Dakota State ..... Junior CB Jamerson Love (photo on right) had 2 PBU and took an INT return 70 yards to the house for his 1st career TD to get the scoring started for Mississippi State in their 62-7 blowout of Troy ..... Senior CB Joe Williams took an INT return 41 yards to the house for his 2nd career pick 6 and for the 3rd of Baylor's 10 TD in their 70-7 romp over Louisiana-Monroe ..... And freshman CB Jhavon Williams had 4 tackles (3-1), 1 FF, and his 1st career INT for UConn, but the Huskies could not hold a 7-point 4th-quarter lead and lost at home to Michigan 24-21.
IN THE FCS
MEAC teams have enough trouble on the road against top FCS programs; so you know they have no business whatsoever being on the same field with any teams ranked in the top 20 of the FBS. But in search of the almighty dollar (900,000 of them in FAMU's case) that's exactly where three of them were last Saturday in what quickly turned into the MEAC MASSACRE.
FAMU may have won at the cash register, but it was nothing but ugly on the football field, as they were slaughtered by Ohio State 76-0 (yikes!). It was already 48-0 before the Rattlers even got a 1st down. The Buckeyes completely dominated in total yards (603-80) and first downs (34-2). Freshman CB Patrick Aiken appeared to have stopped the Buckeyes' opening drive with an INT on 3rd and goal; but he promptly fumbled the ball at the 3-yard line on the return, and OSU scored on the next play. Junior CB Bradley Roby did not fumble the ball after getting his 1st INT of the season for Ohio State. His 42-yard return to the 5-yard line late in the 1st quarter was cashed in with a TD on the next play, making the score 34-0. Sophomore DE Jamal Marcus finished with a team-leading 5 tackles (4-1) for the Buckeyes, who have won 16 games in a row.
Bethune-Cookman fared slightly better than FAMU, being outgained by only a 2-1 margin (492-242) in their 54-6 loss to Florida State. Some of the best performances in this game were by players with dreads too short to be seen. Junior RB Anthony Jordan rushed for 81 yards, and junior S Marquis Drayton had a team-leading 11 tackles (5-6) and 1 FR for the Wildcats. Usually a reserve, sophomore LB Terrance Smith got the starting nod a had a game-high 12 tackles (5-7), including 1 sack, for the Seminoles. As for the dreads you can see, junior CB Thomas Finnie (photo below), the transfer from the U, had 1 tackle (1-0) for B-CU, as did junior LB Tavarus Dantzler (0-1). Sophomore WR Kelvin Benjamin (blocking Finnie in photo below) had an 11-yard TD catch for FSU, and junior RB Devonta Freeman (carrying the ball in photo below) is a dread star this week.
Jacksonville State, the team you may recall last season that started five DBs with dreads in one game, lost a couple members of their sick secondary. CB Francis Duncan was a senior, and CB Jermaine Hough has cut off his dreads. But the Gamecocks added one also. Joining junior CB Rashod Byers, junior S Pierre Warren, and senior Robert Gray (who switched to LB after playing S his first three seasons) is sick CB Jamill Lott, who transferred over from Appalachian State for his senior season. Lott's INT and 18-yard return 37 seconds before halftime set up a 41-yard TD drive that gave the Gamecocks a 20-9 lead at the half. They blew the lead but eventually defeated Georgia State 32-26 in overtime at the Georgia Dome. Lott also had 4 tackles (3-1) and 1 PBU. Warren had 4 tackles (4-0) and set up JSU's 1st TD with a 29-yard fumble return to the 1-yard line. Gray (photo below), a dread all-American last year but who appears to have much shorter dreads now, finished with a team-leading 7 tackles (4-3) and had 2 PBU.
Wow. People really do some stupid stuff when they're drunk, don't they. Come on Sean, you've been blessed with NFL ability. Don't waste it.
6. Junior CB Steven Nelson takes an INT return 16 yards to the house on 2nd and 19 - much to the dismay of the San Diego State players - turning a 30-28 Aztecs lead into a 34-30 Oregon State lead with just 2:31 remaining in 4th quarter at San Diego. Nelson stepped in front of an ill-advised floater in the right flat intended for WR Colin Lockett (#24) and scored easily. OSU hung on to win 34-30, and Nelson was named Pac-12 defensive player of the week. Here's what Steven had to say about it:
- Melvin Gordon - Wisconsin - named Big 10 co-offensive player of the week - 16 carries for 147 yards and 3 TD in 41-10 home W over Purdue
- Janarion Grant - Rutgers - named AAC special teams player of the week - 4 punt returns for 106 yards, including 58-yard TD in 3rd quarter and 47-yarder in 4th quarter to set up game-winning TD drive in 28-24 home W over Arkansas
- Travis Greene - Bowling Green - 133 yards and 1 TD on 17 carries, and 2 catches for 34 yards in 48-7 home W over Murray State
- Isaiah Burse - Fresno State - 10 receptions for 148 yards, and 20 yards rushing on 1 carry in thrilling 41-40 home W over Boise State
- Jameon Lewis - Mississippi State - 2 catches for 96 yards, including 50-yard TD, 2 carries for 15 yards rushing, including 8-yard TD, and threw 36-yard TD pass in 62-7 home W over Troy
- Trey Edmunds - Virginia Tech - 110 yards rushing on 22 carries in 29-21 home W over Marshall in 3 overtimes
- Devonta Freeman - Florida State - 112 yards rushing and 1 TD on 10 carries in easy 54-6 home W over Bethune-Cookman
- Jamal Robinson - Louisiana-Lafayette - 8 receptions for 124 yards and 2 TD in 35-30 road W over Akron
- Tevin Reese - Baylor - 6 receptions for 123 yards, including 47-yard TD in 70-7 home W over Louisiana-Monroe - Baylor ties school record with 781 total yards and becomes 1st FBS team in 83 years to begin season 3-0 while scoring at least 60 points in each game
- Deontay Greenberry - Houston - 6 catches for 146 yards and 1 TD in 31-26 W over Rice
- Ryan Jackson - Houston - 87 yards and 1 TD rushing on 19 carries, and 4 catches for 57 yards and 1 TD as Cougars improve to 3-0
- Cameron Stingily - Northern Illinois - 21 carries for career high 134 yards rushing and 1 TD as NIU came back from 20-0 deficit for 43-39 home W over Eastern illinois
- Dayonne Nunley - Miami (Ohio) - named MAC East defensive player of the week - 10 tackles (8-2), 3 PBU, and 1 INT in 14-0 home L to Cincinnati
- Tre Mason - Auburn - 132 yards and 2 TD rushing on 26 carries in 35-21 road L at LSU
- Sammie Coates - Auburn - 4 receptions for career high 139 yards as he and Mason combine for 271 of Auburn's 437 total yards
- Gus Johnson - Stephen F. Austin - named SLC offensive player of the week - 26 carries for 157 yards rushing and 3 TD, and 3 catches for 11 yards in 52-38 home W over Montana State
- Timothy Flanders - Sam Houston State - 157 yards and 2 TD rushing on 15 carries in 52-21 home W over Incarnate Word - becomes SLC's all-time leading rusher with 4,720 yards (and counting!)
- Jacobi Green - Richmond - 24 carries for career high 181 yards, and 3 catches for 11 yards in 30-21 home W over Liberty
- Marcus Washington - Nicholls State - 121 yards and 1 TD rushing on 19 carries, and 4 receptions for 26 yards and 1 TD in 42-22 home W over Langston
- Isaiah Crowell - Alabama State - 14 carries for 129 yards and 2 TD in 52-21 home W over Grambling
- Bryan Presume - Southern Illinois - named MVFC defensive player of the week - team-leading 9 tackles (7-2), 1 TFL, 1 FF, 1 PBU, 1 INT, and 1 blocked extra point in 36-19 W over Southeast Missouri state at St. Louis
- Brandon Powe - Mississippi Valley State - 12 tackles (6-6), 4.5 TFL, and 2 sacks in 17-7 home L to Southern
- Rolandan Finch - Norfolk State - 20 carries for 108 yards rushing, and 5 catches for 26 yards in 20-12 home L to Charleston Southern
- Brandon Eldemire (I think those are dreads) - Alabama A&M - 9 carries for 154 yards rushing, including 67-yard TD in 28-26 road L to Prairie View A&M
HOUSE OF DREAD
For the 2nd week in a row there is a 3-way tie for the House of Dread award. 4 TD were scored by players with dreads in the end zones at Reliant Stadium (Houston-Rice), S.B. Ballard Stadium (Citadel-ODU), and the New ASU Stadium (Grambling-Alabama State).
Alabama State takes HOD honors for the 2nd straight week thanks to TD runs of 5 yards (photo below) and 26 yards by junior RB Malcolm Cyrus, and runs of 3 and 28 yards by junior RB Isaiah Crowell in the Hornets' 52-21 victory over Grambling.
At Houston sophomore RB Ryan Jackson scored on a 1-yard run and 32-yard reception and sophomore WR Deontay Greenberry on a 28-yard reception for the Cougars in their 31-26 victory over Rice. Freshman LB Alex Lyons scooped a blocked FG attempt and scored from 62 yards out for Rice. And with The Citadel (no dreads allowed) on the opposing sideline, ODU had to score all 4 TD themselves, and that was no problem in their 59-58 victory. Senior RB Colby Goodwyn scored on runs of 2 and 20 yards, and junior RB Cam Boyd had TD runs of 13 and 3 yards.
I'm sorry, but I keep getting later and later every week. Week 5 is already well underway, and there's a lot of good games to watch, including LSU-Georgia, Wisconsin-Ohio State, Miami-South Florida, East Carolina-North Carolina, and Virginia-Pittsburgh to name a few.