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College Football Recap
Wednesday, 2006 September 20 - 9:04 am
Michigan 47, Notre Dame 21. N.C. State 17, Southern Miss 37.

Michigan 47, Notre Dame 21.

Hardly anyone gave Michigan a chance in this game. Brady Quinn was showing his Heisman form, they said. Notre Dame's defense had solidified, they said. Michigan's passing game was shaky, they said. Maybe Michigan could keep it close, but Notre Dame would prevail, they said.

Wrong.

Michigan walloped Notre Dame, dominating almost every phase of the game. Particularly notable was the play of the offensive and defensive lines. The offensive line gave Chad Henne good protection, and blew open inside running lanes for Mike Hart. The defensive line pressured Brady Quinn all day, and held Notre Dame to four net yards rushing.

And as for Notre Dame's defense and Michigan's passing game, well, all you have to do is watch the replay of Mario Manningham's first touchdown catch, where he blows by the defender, and hauls in a perfectly thrown pass for a 69 yard touchdown. As if that weren't enough, Manningham would get two more touchdown catches later in the game... in each case, the cornerback doesn't even come close to matching up with him, and in each case, the pass is perfectly thrown. Conclusion? Michigan's passing game is just fine, thanks, and Notre Dame's defensive backs are vulnerable, just like they were last year.

There were a couple of bad penalties here and there, and Notre Dame did help Michigan by turning the ball over five times. But Michigan's defense deserves credit for forcing several of those turnovers, with good ball-stripping technique and pressure on Quinn.

Grades: Offense A-, Defense A.

N.C. State 17, Southern Miss 37.

Again, this is a game I didn't see, but Southern Miss? Ugh. Another ugly loss for the Wolfpack. Southern Miss clearly watched some game film, because they shut down N.C. State's running game (total 77 yards for the game), and forced Marcus Stone to try to make plays. The result? Stone was 10-24 for 100 yards, with two interceptions. He was later replaced by sophomore Daniel Evans.

Meanwhile, Southern Miss racked up 261 yards rushing and 181 yards passing.

State had 10 penalties for 84 yards, some of them coming at crucial points in the game. Southern Miss had 9 more minutes of possession than State.

Again, I can't really give grades having not seen the game, but I imagine they'd be in the D to F range.

Other News

Florida beats Tennessee 21-20, and Auburn beats LSU 7-3, in two critical SEC matchups of previously unbeatem teams.

USC stomps Nebraska 28-10, ending Nebraska's hopes of a return to glory.

Clemson defeats Florida State 27-20 in the annual Bowden Bowl, putting Florida State's ACC chances in jeopardy.

Louisville crushes Miami 31-17, making Miami seem like a very average team, and raising questions about Larry Coker's coaching job.

Oregon beats Oklahoma 34-33 after a couple of badly missed officiating calls at critical points near the end of the game. (This led to a suspension of the game officials by the Pac-10).

And finally, Boston College wins another overtime game, this time beating BYU 30-23. Surprisingly, this puts BC second in the ACC behind Virginia Tech.
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Comment #1 from olafandy (Guest)
2006 Sep 20 - 10:10 am : #
Do you have any idea...ANY idea how much I enjoyed that beat down?

Wait, of course you do.

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