Don't even think about saying that UCF is lucky. When the Knights have needed to make a play, they've gone out and done it, and there's nothing lucky about that. Making a lot of those plays have been their four standout receivers. Two of the four have dreads, but for a moment it looked like neither was going to be of any help this week. Sophomore Breshad Perriman wasn't even in uniform while recovering from a concussion suffered in the Knights' previous game. And it looked like junior Rannell Hall (photo below) would join him on the sideline after being injured in the 2nd quarter against Temple. But Hall wasn't out for long, and that was a very good thing for UCF.
After Temple scored a TD and 2-point conversion to take a 36-29 lead with 2:04 to go (the 9th lead change of the game), the Knights knew it was time to get serious. Believing the Owls didn't have any DB that could cover Hall, the Knights threw passes to Hall on the first three plays following the kickoff - for gains of 20, 8, and 12 yards to move the ball to the 30-yard line. Then the Knights made one of those plays I was talking about, tying the game on a spectacular, one-handed catch by WR J.J. Worton (photo below) for a 30-yard TD with 1:06 remaining.
The Knights started three DBs with dreads - junior S Clayton Geathers led the team with 9 tackles (9-0) and had 1 TFL; junior CB Jordan Ozerities had 5 tackles (3-2) and freshman CB Shaquill Griffin had 1 tackle (1-0) and 1 PBU.
Houston and Louisville had to be at least a little disappointed when they took the field to face each other. Having both lost to UCF (the only AAC loss for both), the Cougars and Cardinals need UCF to lose twice to have any shot at the AAC crown, and watching the Knights escape yet again earlier in the day must have been exasperating. Once the game began the exasperation continued for Houston, mostly on offense, in a 20-13 loss at Louisville. Star sophomore WR Deontay Greenberry left the game in the 1st quarter with a concussion, and the Cougars didn't get much done without him, finishing with 195 total yards (only 41 in the 2nd half). Sophomore RB Ryan Jackson accounted for 66 of the 195, leading UH with 46 yards rushing on 13 carries and catching 2 passes for 20 yards.
The 2013 all-America with dreads team very possibly will include a safety from both of these teams. Junior Calvin Pryor, a 3rd team selection on last year's team (tackling Jackson in top left photo) finished with 5 tackles (4-1) and 1 PBU for Louisville, while sophomore Trevon Jackson (bottom left photo) had 12 tackles (10-2), 1 TFL, and 1 FR for Houston. Also of importance from the game is that I was able to confirm the return of Roy Philon's dreads. The senior DT cut off the first edition of his dreads before last season; but after seeing him with his helmet off when he suffered an injury in the 3rd quarter, I got the proof that I needed that his dreads are back. Philon (#93, celebrating his sack with junior DE Lorenzo Mauldin in photo below) almost made the dread stars list, finishing with 7 tackles (6-1), 3.5 of which were TFL. Mauldin also had a sack and finished with 5 tackles (4-1) along with a costly roughing the passer penalty on a late 2nd quarter drive that ended with Houston kicking a FG to lead 13-10 at the half. Now at 9-1 (5-1 in the AAC), Louisville remains alive in the AAC (but time is running out). Houston (7-3, 4-2) falls out of the race.
Georgia's trash is Auburn's quarterback?
It's impossible not to notice that Nick Marshall (1,530 yards passing, 823 yards rushing) has been a big part of Auburn's rise-from-the-ashes season. But until CBS showed a clip of him in a Georgia uniform making a tackle against Auburn two years ago while playing as a DB, I had no idea he once was a Bulldog. It turns out he was dismissed from the team after his freshman year in 2011; and after spending his sophomore season in junior college, he arrived at Auburn as a QB ..... And now the Tigers are 10-1 and making things very uncomfortable for Alabama. The Tigers will host the Crimson Tide in Week 14, and it will be winner take all for the SEC West title. It didn't look like we would get to this point because it didn't look like Auburn would get to 10-1. But the Tigers pulled out a 43-38 home victory over Georgia with a finish that won't soon be forgotten by anyone who saw it.
Marshall heaved a pass deep downfield and it had no chance of being completed. Two Georgia DBs were in position to knock the pass down (which is what you're supposed to do when it's 4th down); but ..... well, sometimes miracles happen. Instead of knocking the ball down, the two defenders bumped into each other (left photo) and deflected the pass further downfield, where WR Ricardo Louis, paying attention and not giving up on the play, was able to locate the ball, make the catch (right photo), and cruise into the end zone for a ridiculous 73-yard TD with :25 on the clock. For real, I was shouting in amazement after seeing the play. I imagine a few Georgia fans were shouting too, but you probably wouldn't be able to print what they were shouting.
There were two players who did make the dread stars list, and they were the two most likely to - sophomore RB Todd Gurley of Georgia and junior RB Tre Mason of Auburn. But even with that, it was still disappointing because I was expecting them to make this game a serious contender for this week's house of dread award and they only scored 1 TD each - Gurley on a 9-yard run (photo above) for the Bulldogs' 1st TD of the game, and Mason on a 24-yard run (photo on right) that made the score 27-7. Gurley and Mason got no help from anybody else either. Junior WR Chris Conley had 2 catches for 24 yards for Georgia, and Auburn sophomore WR Sammie Coates had 4 catches for 39 yards, but neither of them scored.
Another game that had fewer TD by players with dreads than I was hoping for was Troy at Mississippi, especially with Rebels senior RB Jeff Scott back in action after missing 3 games. But this game too had only 2 TD by players with dreads - none by anyone you would expect. Ole Miss racked up a school record 751 total yards in their 51-21 victory, but incredibly only 1 of them was gained by senior WR Ja-Mes Logan - on 1 reception. Scott gained 79 total yards but didn't take anything to the house either. Instead it was freshman WR Quincy Adeboyejo (photos above) with his 1st TD in an Ole Miss uniform on a 24-yard reception that made the score 44-7 in the 3rd quarter. With Logan graduating after this season, it's good to see that the Rebels will still have a WR with dreads with a chance to score touchdowns in the seasons ahead.
Almost immediately after Northern Illinois RB Cameron Stingily was named the head dread for Week 6 I noticed that his dreads disappeared. I searched Google for any mention that he had cut them off; but there was nothing there nor anything mentioned on his Twitter account. So for a while I was holding out hope that he only had reduced his dreads and was hiding them. But unfortunately a couple of weeks later I saw that they indeed are gone altogether. Ditto for Wyoming S Marqueston Huff, who was having a senior season worthy of consideration for the all-America with dreads team until he suddenly cut his dreads off (by himself) recently. And you won't see Sacramento State WR Morris Norisse on this week's dread stars list despite his 7 catches for 126 yards against Portland State. I wish I had checked this sooner (like 2 years ago), but in a video I saw for the first time this week of an interview he did last year, it's obvious that he actually has loose-hanging braids instead of dreads. I'm not going to erase all his previous appearances on the list, but please note he shouldn't have been included.
Junior S Quentin Hayes and freshman CB Dakota Austin both got their 1st career INT for Oklahoma in a 48-10 home win over Iowa State ..... Senior LB Derrick Webb had 10 tackles (10-0) and 1 TFL as Colorado snapped a 14-game losing streak against Pac-12 opponents with a 41-21 home win over California ..... Senior S Thomas Gordon (photo on right) had 7 tackles (3-4), 1 TFL, 1 PBU, and got his 3rd INT of the season on the last play of the game in the 3rd overtime as Michigan won (barely) at Northwestern 27-19 ..... Senior S Aaron Matthews had a career high 14 tackles (6-8) for Texas State - his 2nd straight game with a career high (13 last week), but the Bobcats lost 38-21 at Arkansas State ..... Senior DT Isame Faciane, whose previous career high was 6 tackles, had 12 tackles (5-7) for FIU, but the Panthers lost at UTEP 33-10 ..... And Senior DE Will Clarke had a team high 10 tackles (9-1), including 2 TFL, but the Mountaineers lost at Kansas 31-19 as the Jayhawks ended their 27-game losing streak in Big 12 games. ............ SENIOR DAYS ..... On senior day at ODU, senior RB Colby Goodwyn oddly did not get the chance to carry the ball, settling for 1 tackle (0-1) on special teams; senior S Paul Morant had a team high 9 tackles (2-7) and 1 PBU; senior DT Nate Barnes had 1 tackle (1-0) and blocked a FG attempt; and sick senior WR Marquel Thomas had 4 catches for 31 yards as the Monarchs improved to 8-3, defeating Campbell 42-14 ..... On senior night at Kent State, senior RB Dri Archer rushed for 83 yards and 1 TD on 12 carries in a 24-6 win over Miami (Ohio) ..... On senior night at Bowling Green, senior S BooBoo Gates had 5 tackles (4-1) and returned his 2nd INT of the season 82 yards to set up a short TD drive for the final points of the game in a 49-0 blowout of Ohio U ..... On senior day at East Carolina, senior LB Derrell Johnson finished with 7 tackles (1-6) and got his 1st career INT (photo below) as the Pirates improved to 8-2, whipping UAB 63-14 ...... And on senior day at Western Michigan, senior DT Travonte Boles and senior S Demetrius Pettway both got their 1st INT of the season - on consecutive snaps for the WMU defense in the 3rd quarter - setting up a FG and TD that turned a 14-6 deficit into a 16-14 lead, but the Broncos couldn't hang on, dropping to 1-10 with a 27-22 loss to Central Michigan.
IN THE FCS
Even though I knew I wouldn't be seeing very many dreads, I decided to watch some of the big SLC showdown between Sam Houston State and Southeastern Louisiana. When these teams met in Week 10 last season SHSU put a 70-0 whipping on Southeastern, and I was curious to see if the Lions (5-0 in the SLC this season) had improved enough to get some revenge. The verdict was a resounding yes. The Lions came back from a 14-3 deficit for a very satisfying and SLC championship-clinching 34-21 home victory.
One big reason SELA is 9-2 after a 5-6 finish in 2012 is an upgrade at QB. Tired of sitting on the bench at Oregon, Bryan Bennett transferred in and has been a star for the Lions all season. In this one he passed for 268 yards and 3 TD (and 0 INT). The Lions outscored the Bearkats 17-0 in the 2nd half thanks in big part to big plays made by their best players with dreads.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuPegUUeEaw&feature=c4-overview&list=UUqyAyEEkpeXR-OR8AktPmZA ..... With the win Southeastern clinches the SLC's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs - their first ever playoff appearance. SHSU also earned an at large bid to the playoffs.
Freshman LB Carl Bivens had a team high 13 tackles (6-7), and sick sophomore S D.J. Cameron (photo below) had 8 tackles and got his 2nd INT of the season, returning it 25 yards to set up a short TD drive for Southern Illinois in a 24-17 victory over Illinois State ..... Junior CB Cameren Judge got his 2nd INT of the season for Delaware State in the end zone on 1st and goal late in the 2nd quarter, keeping FAMU's lead at 21-10, and the Hornets rallied in the 2nd half for a 29-21 road win ..... Junior S Angel Lopez had a season high 17 tackles (13-4) and 1 PBU for Abilene Christian in a 65-45 road win over Prairie View A&M ..... And senior RB Tromaine Dennis just missed the dread stars list, finishing with 94 yards rushing and 4 catches for 31 yards for Northern Colorado in a 24-7 loss at Northern Arizona ..........
...... And on senior day at FAMU, senior QB Jerry Caplan threw 1 incomplete pass (photo below) in the Rattlers' 29-21 loss to Delaware State, which may not sound like much. But just being on the field at all for his first and only 4 snaps in a FAMU uniform was good enough for him after being the scout team QB all season. It would have better if he had led the team to victory; but hey, not everyone can have a Hollywood ending. For details of Caplan's 9 minutes 17 seconds of fame, click on this link for an article from the Tallahassee Democrat: http://rattlernews.tallahassee.com/article/20131120/FAMU03/311200025/
If I had done a report for Week 11, these would have been some of the highlights.
====== The lead story would have been about Baylor's 41-12 drubbing of Oklahoma, with the emphasis on how it was a rough night for most of the teams' best players with dreads:
- For a moment it looked like Baylor senior CB K.J. Morton would be ejected from the game in the 1st quarter after being called for a targeting penalty. But a replay review confirmed his hit on Oklahoma WR Sterling Shepard (photo below) wasn't illegal at all, so he remained in the game.
- Sadly Baylor WR Tevin Reese's outstanding senior season came to an end when he somehow dislocated his wrist during the 2nd quarter. They never showed a replay of how it happened. Reese had surgery and might be healthy in time to play in Baylor's bowl game (after this game I was hoping Baylor's bowl game was going to be the BCS title game, but not anymore).
- Baylor star senior G Cyril Richardson left the game in the 4th quarter, walking to the sideline with his hands covering his crotch. We didn't see a replay of that either, but probably he just took one of those low blows that paralyze you for a minute or two until the pain subsides and you're good to go.
- Oklahoma senior RB Trey Millard wasn't even in uniform after suffering a torn ACL injury in OU's previous game.
- And Oklahoma sophomore DE Charles Tapper was ejected from the game right after Baylor scored their final TD of the game with 9:03 to play when he took a swing at one of the Bears' offensive lineman (not Richardson). Obviously frustrated that the Sooners were getting their ass kicked, Tapper decided he'd had enough. The swing was with more of an open hand than a fist. Either way, he's lucky he missed, because whenever you hit somebody with his helmet on, all you do is hurt your hand.
===== Senior CB Stephen Clarke contributed with 4 tackles (4-0) and 1 FR as Vanderbilt spoiled homecoming at Florida, defeating the Gators 34-17. It was Vanderbilt's first win over Florida since 1988 (ending an 0-22 streak) and their first win at Florida in 68 years.
===== Freshman S Dominique Green (bringing back the dreads he had in high school but had to cut off when he went to prep school at Hargrave Military Academy) and freshman RB Khris Francis both scored their 1st TD in a North Carolina uniform - Francis on a 15-yard reception, Green on a 62-yard pick 6 - in a 45-14 victory over Virginia.
===== In the FCS, Charleston Southern won the big showdown in the Big South, improving to 10-1 and handing Coastal Carolina their 1st defeat, 31-26. Senior LB Calvin Bryant led CSU with 6 tackles (1-5).
===== And both sophomore RB Xavier Roberson of Southeastern Louisiana and sophomore WR Adrian Wilkins of North Carolina Central took the opening kickoff return to the house in their respective games - Roberson going 90 yards in a 58-31 win at Central Arkansas and Wilkins going 96 yards in a 29-21 home loss to Hampton. It was the 3rd kickoff return for a TD this season for both of them.
It wasn't pretty, but the Herd brought home a 45-34 victory over the Golden Hurricane. Marshall finished with a 619-345 advantage in total yards but nearly wasted it because of turnovers. The Herd jumped out to a 21-0 lead and were ahead 31-14 at halftime but fumbled the ball away on 4 of their first 5 possessions of the 2nd half. Tulsa cashed in enough of the turnovers to take a 34-31 lead. But the Herd regained their composure and scored 2 TD in the final minutes to get the W.
Several players with dreads contributed to the victory. Senior WR Devon Smith (bottom photo) had a 44-yard TD catch . Junior LB Jermaine Holmes had 7 tackles (5-2). Junior CB Darryl Roberts had 6 tackles (4-2), 1 TFL, and blocked an extra point attempt. Sophomore S Taj Letman finished with 4 tackles (3-1). Senior CB Monterius Lovett (top photo) had 2 tackles (1-1) and 1 PBU. Freshman DE Gary Thompson had 2 tackles (2-0) and a FF that set up a FG late in the 2nd quarter. Sophomore WR DeAndre Reaves had a 10-yard punt return to the Tulsa 39 with 4:51 to play, setting up the game-winning TD drive. And freshman S Tiquan Lang, who had 6 tackles (4-2), got an INT with 2:14 to play that ended Tulsa's last possession. For more details of the game and the day for the Herd, there's an interesting article (link below) on the team's website.
11. After getting his 1st career INT in Week 11, Southeast Missouri State senior CB Cantrell Andrews gets another one here, picking off a deep pass intended for Austin Peay WR Darryl Clack early in 2nd quarter at Clarksville, TN. Andrews returned the INT 38 yards to the 22-yard line to set up a short TD drive. He also had 2 tackles (2-0) as the Redhawks picked up their 3rd win of the season, defeating Austin Peay 36-34.
13. Clemson junior WR Sammy Watkins gets behind the coverage of Georgia Tech CB D.J. White and makes the 41-yard reception for the first TD of the game, giving the Tigers a 13-0 lead early in 2nd quarter. Watkins later had a 44-yard TD catch as Clemson improved to 9-1 with a 55-31 home victory over GT.
- Sammy Watkins - Clemson - 5 receptions for 104 yards and 2 TD in 55-31 home W over Georgia Tech
- Martavis Bryant - Clemson - 5 receptions for career high 176 yards, including 76-yard TD, as Tigers improve to 9-1
- Rannell Hall - UCF - 9 receptions for 159 yards, and 43 yards rushing on 3 carries in thrilling 39-36 road W over Temple
- Tre Mason - Auburn - 115 yards and 1 TD rushing on 27 carries in 43-38 home W over Georgia
- Melvin Gordon - Wisconsin - 13 carries for 146 yards and 1 TD rushing in 51-3 blowout of Indiana - Badgers rushed for 554 yards
- Trayion Durham - Kent State - 17 carries for 109 yards and 1 TD rushing, and 3 receptions for 10 yards in 24-6 home W over Miami (Ohio)
- Travis Greene - Bowling Green - 149 yards and 2 TD rushing on 22 carries in 49-0 home W over Ohio
- Jay Ajayi - Boise State - 70 yards and 3 TD rushing on 11 carries in 48-7 home W over Wyoming
- Vintavious Cooper - East Carolina - 126 yards and 3 TD rushing on 15 carries in 63-14 senior day home W over UAB
- Devon Smith - Marshall - 7 receptions for 114 yards, including 44-yard TD, in 45-34 road W over Tulsa
- K.J. Morton - Baylor - 9 tackles (9-0), 3 TFL, 1 sack, 1 FF, 4 PBU, and got his 1st INT of the season (video on link) in 63-34 W over Texas Tech ...... http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/baylors-morton-makes-great-interception/12t3k843
- Todd Gurley - Georgia - 79 yards and 1 TD rushing on 15 carries, and 10 receptions for 77 yards in tough 43-38 road L to Auburn
- Dallas Crawford - Miami (F) - 19 carries for 115 yards rushing, and 3 receptions for 48 yards in 48-30 road L to Duke
- Damore'ea Stringfellow - Washington - 8 receptions for season high 147 yards and 1 TD in 41-31 L at UCLA
- Rickey Stevens - Maine - 14 carries for 125 yards and 2 TD rushing, including 90-yard TD which was longest run in school history, and 2 receptions for 23 yards in 41-0 senior day home W over Rhode Island
- Sam Ojuri - North Dakota State - 17 carries for 146 yards rushing in MVFC championship-clinching 35-17 road W over Youngstown State
- Isidore Jackson - Bethune-Cookman - 9 carries for 102 yards rushing in 42-12 senior day home W over Hampton
- Randy Hale - Northern Arizona - 2 tackles (2-0) and 2 big INT, one of which he returned 51 yards to the house in 24-7 home W over Northern Colorado
- Isiah Corbett - Southeastern Louisiana - named SLC defensive player of the week - 6 tackles (3-3), 4 TFL, including 2 sacks, 1 FF, 1 PBU, and 1 INT which he returned 61 yards to set up a FG in big 34-21 home W over Sam Houston State
- Cameron Alston - Howard - named MEAC defensive player of the week - 7 tackles (7-0), 1 TFL, 1 INT, and 1 FR which he returned 32 yards to the house in 40-6 road W over Texas Southern
- Gus Johnson - Stephen F. Austin - 20 carries for 165 yards and 1 TD rushing in 46-45 road L to Lamar
- John Hubert - Kansas State - 23 carries for 157 yards, including 63-yard TD, in 49-26 W at Texas Tech
- Tre Mason - Auburn - 117 yards and 3 TD rushing on 20 carries in 55-23 W at Tennessee
- Travis Greene - Bowling Green - 14 carries for 112 yards rushing in 45-3 W at Miami (O)
- Ja-Mes Logan - Mississippi - 5 receptions for 110 yards, including 75-yard TD, in 34-24 home W over Arkansas
- Trey Edmunds - Virginia Tech - 14 carries for 74 yards and 4 TD rushing, and 2 receptions for 17 yards in 42-24 road W over Miami (F)
- Joshua Stanford - Virginia Tech - 7 receptions for 107 yards and 1 TD as Hokies improve to 7-3
- Marquel Thomas - ODU - 7 receptions for career high 137 yards and 2 TD in 59-38 road W over Idaho
- Travis Reynolds - Utah State - 7 receptions for 129 yards in 28-24 road W over UNLV
- Darius Joseph - SMU - 12 receptions for 103 yards and 2 TD in 28-25 road L to Cincinnati
- Darrin Reaves - UAB - 98 yards and 1 TD rushing on 24 carries, and 3 receptions for 47 yards and 1 TD in 56-14 road L to Marshall
- Shepard Little - Eastern Illinois - 20 carries for season high 173 yards rushing and 2 TD, and 2 receptions for 15 yards in 37-17 road W over Murray State
- Joe Ferguson - San Diego - 7 carries for 115 yards rushing, including 83-yard TD, in 56-3 road W over Morehead State
- Julian Burton - Missouri State - 7 receptions for 119 yards in 37-27 road W over Southern Illinois
- Rolandan Finch - Norfolk State - 38 carries for 110 yards rushing and 1 TD in 27-24 upset road W over Bethune-Cookman
- Keland Johnson - Northwestern State - named SLC defensive player of the wwek - 6 tackles (4-2), 2 TFL, 1 sack, 1 FF, and 1 FR in 37-28 home W over Lamar
- Isaiah Crowell - Alabama State - 145 yards rushing and 2 TD on 20 carries, and 2 receptions for 17 yards in 31-28 home L to Southern
HOUSE OF DREAD
Two games with 6 TD by players with dreads share the honors for Week 11. In the end zone at Sun Life Stadium, home of the Miami Hurricanes, youngsters accounted for the 6 TD by players with dreads in Virginia Tech's 42-24 win over the "Canes. Freshman RB Trey Edmunds scored on a 10-yard run, 2-yard run, 4-yard run, and 1-yard run for VT. And freshman WR Joshua Stanford added a 32-yard TD catch for the Hokies. For Miami sophomore RB Dallas Crawford (78 total yards on 13 touches) scored on a 2-yard run.
In the end zone at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho, ODU picked up their first win ever over an FBS team, defeating Idaho 59-38; and the 6 TD by players with dreads were all by seniors. RB Colby Goodwyn (11 carries for 36 yards) scored on runs of 6, 1, and 5 yards for ODU; and WR Marquel Thomas, a first-time dread star, had 2 TD catches for the Monarchs - a 23-yarder (photo above) on which the Idaho defense didn't bother to cover him and a 39-yarder. RB James Baker (14 carries for 57 yards) had a 73-yard TD reception on the first play from scrimmage for Idaho.
On senior day at Eastern Illinois, senior S Nick Beard had 6 tackles (4-2), and senior (and future NFL) QB Jimmy Garoppolo passed for 169 yards to surpass the 4,000-yard mark for the season; but it was a sophomore who stole the show in the Panthers' 52-14 romp over Jacksonville State.
With the wind blowing at more than 20 MPH Eastern ran the ball more than usual, and that meant a very big day for sophomore RB Shepard Little - even bigger than the 173 yards he gained in Week 11. Little was named OVC offensive player of the week after rushing for a career high 245 yards and 2 TD on 26 carries, catching 2 passes for 19 yards and 1 TD, and throwing a 10-yard TD pass. Shepard's 3 TD scored and TD pass all came in the first 12 minutes of the 1st quarter. His 3-yard TD run and 18-yard TD reception (top photo) put EIU ahead 14-0. Then on the Panthers' third possession Little rushed for all 75 yards of a 3-play drive, including a 37-yard TD. Then his 10-yard TD pass to Garoppolo made it 28-0. Little rushed for 94 yards in the 1st quarter en route to his 245, which was the 5th best rushing game in EIU history. More details from the EIU website:
The win improved Eastern to 10-1 and they now have finished the regular season at 11-1 (losing only to Northern Illinois 43-39 in September). The Panthers earned a bye into the 2nd round of the FCS playoffs.
Shepard Little had the most yards in Week 11 as well, but I didn't like the lost fumble he had against Murray State. Trey Edmunds scored 4 TD, but come on - he only gained 91 yards. Really I wasn't too impressed with anybody's performance for Week 11, so I will give the player of the week award to a defensive player for the first time this season.
Maybe senior DT Will Sutton didn't have a great game, but he certainly had a very good one, helping Arizona State to an important 20-19 road victory over Utah. Sutton had a career high 9 tackles (1-8), 1 TFL (one half of which in right photo), 1 PBU, and wrapped up the day by ending Utah's last-chance drive with his 1st career INT with 1:01 remaining. The victory improved the Sun Devils to 7-2, and they have won 2 more since then to clinch the Pac-12 South championship. For a short interview with Sutton after the game, including a look at his INT, click on this link from the Pac-12 Network: http://www.pac-12.com/videos/postgame-interview-arizona-state-utah-will-sutton
Honestly I haven't even begun to look at the game recaps for Week 13 yet. Other than the games I watched I have no idea what happened last Saturday. So I'm going to skip Week 13 for now and get set for a lot of big games in Week 14. Later today, you can catch what likely will be Isaiah Crowell's final college game as Alabama State hosts Stillman in the Turkey Day Classic. I have to work tomorrow, so I'll miss the huge CUSA East showdown between East Carolina and Marshall as well as the annual Shula Bowl between FIU and FAU. On Saturday I'll be watching Clemson-South Carolina for sure, and at least parts of Baylor-TCU, Penn State-Wisconsin, Georgia-Georgia Tech, Grambling-Southern, Florida State-Florida, Duke-North Carolina, and the one we've been waiting for: Alabama at Auburn for all the marbles in the SEC West. Hope you enjoy the games this weekend.