News from the week of 8/31/09. Note all games were posted.
As the first week of college football ends. We take a look at the big moments of this week. Whether it be fist fights, upsets, or just plain hardcore football. The Week In Review will cover many big games from all conferences. This week was the start of the 2009 season of college football. The time of the year we've all been waiting for when no other sport could catch our eye. Based on this week we've seen all of the teams fighting to be victorious in their 2009 season opening games. We've seen eyeopening games like BYU and Oklahoma, Virginia Tech and Alabama, Boise State and Oregon, and many others which keep us glued to the TV. The rivalries are bigger, the competition is stronger, and the fanbase is getting larger by the day. All of the teams will fight once again for their chance in the spotlight of the largest bowl game in college football- the BCS National Championship. Once again we will watch our teams battle it out for their one shot to give their schools another National Championship under their belt. Men will compete for their chance not only for a BCS ring, but a Heisman Trophy. One of the most prized and prestigious awards known in football history. In the coming weeks we will have a clearer look at who our stand-out candidates are for this honorable achievement. This year will once again be a year to remember in college football history.
(AP Photo / Sept. 5, 2009)
On September 5th the Ohio State Buckeyes played against the Naval Academy Midshipmen in Columbus, Ohio. This was the first time these two teams competed against eachother since 1981. Number 6 ranked Ohio State led the game through three quarters, but Navy didn't trail far behind. In the fourth quarter Terrelle Pryor threw two interceptions to the Navy defense which were ran back for touchdowns. The final score was 31-27 (def. Navy). Navy played an impressive game utilizing their defense. Is this a sign of things to come?
On September 5th the University of Florida played against Charleston- Southern. Florida entered the game as a 73 point favorite over the Big South Conferenced Charleston-Southern. The game ended with a score of 62-3 (def. Charleston-Southern). The good news for Charleston-Southern was that they got some cash from their TV appearance.
On the night of September 5th the long awaited season opening game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Virginia Tech Hokies began. The Crimson Tide came out somewhat weak in the first half only scoring one touchdown and kicking three effective field goals. The Hokies showed a strong defense as they prevented Bama from making more than one touchdown in the first half, forcing them to kick fieldgoals as a substitute. The score of the first half was 17-16 (Virginia Tech). In the second half Alabama came out with high hopes as their offense stormed down the field to score touchdowns, overpowering the Hokies' defensive powerhouse. It was a great matchup between the former SEC runner-up (Alabama) and the ACC Champions (Virginia Tech). Both teams played an impressive game ending with a score of 34-24 (def. Virginia Tech).
It has been reported that last night Sam Bradford spreined his right shoulder in Oklahoma's season opener against Brigham Young University. Sam Bradford was the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner and led the Oklahoma Sooners to the BCS National Championship. It is said that an injury like Bradford's takes about three to four weeks to heal, leaving him out of commission for the next few games.
Last night following Sam Bradford's shoulder injury in the first half of the game, the BYU Cougars beat the Oklahoma Sooners in a close margin of victory. This was a major upset between the number 20 BCS ranked BYU and the number 3 BCS ranked Oklahoma.
Yesterday USC crushed San Jose State on the Trojan's home turf. USC started off their year on a positive note once again and will most likely be a big contender for the BCS National Championship. Will they be going to the Rose Bowl for the second year in a row?
In a predictable outcome, the Nittany Lions defeated Akron yesterday to start off their record at 1-0. Although some college football fans say this isn't the first or the last time they'll have an easy schedule. Next year Penn State will have somewhat of a hard schedule with such games as Alabama and Michigan.
Last night specators were put on the edge of their seat as the Washington defense deflected LSU's attempts to score touchdowns. Washington played an impressive game but fell short of a win. LSU beat Washington 31-23.
(AP Photo/ESPN.com / Sept. 4, 2009)
LeGarrette Blount shows no sportsmanship as he sucker punches Boise State player Byron Hout in the jaw. The altercation began when Byron Hout pushed Blount on the shoulder just after Oregon lost to Boise State. It appears that Byron Hout was overly excited that Boise State won, which triggered Blount to start whaling a direct hit to Hout's jaw. He then proceded to fight with fans and even Oregon's coach. Police then removed him from the field.