September 2012

Robert Griffin III, the Heisman Trophy winning quarterback from Baylor and the second pick in the 2012 NFL draft, made a spectacular debut for the Washington Redskins on the road against the New Orleans Saints. Against the mighty Saints, Griffin looked like a poised veteran as he completed 19 of 26 passes for 320 yards and 2 TD’s and rushed for 42 more yards on 9 carries. He led the Redskins to 10 points in each quarter to defeat the Saints 40-32. The Saints and Drew Brees made a furious comeback, but fell short. For his efforts, Griffin became the youngest player ever named Offensive Player of the Week by the NFL. In fact, Griffin became the first QB born in the 90’s to start an NFL game.

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Denard Robinson put his name back in the Heisman Trophy conversation with a spectacular performance at home against Air Force. The Wolverines, still smarting from getting dismantled by Alabama the week before, rebounded with a 31-25 win over the Falcons at the Big House. Robinson was terrific, rushing for 218 yards and 2 TD’s while also passing for 208 yards and 2 TD’s. He was a one-man show on offense, highlighted by his 79-yard run for a score.

Tony Romo silenced his critics (albeit temporarily, I’m sure) with a nearly flawless performance in the Dallas Cowboys’ 24-17 win over the defending champion New York Giants at Met Life Stadium in the Meadowlands. The big game, which kicked off the 2012 NFL season, found the favored Giants facing an efficient Cowboys offense that racked up 3 touchdowns courtesy of the arm of Romo. Romo threw 2 TD’s to Kevin Ogletree and one to Miles Austin as he totalled 307 passing yards on 22 completions in 29 attempts. Balanced nicely by DeMarco Murray’s 131 yards on 20 carries, the Cowboys were able to get a lead and then bleed the clock. Romo hit a clutch throw on 3rd and 2 with just over 2 minutes to go that helped the ‘Boys seal the victory.

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The University of Miami Hurricanes kicked off their 2012 season in an exciting fashion, falling behind the Boston College Eagles 14-0 on the road. They clawed their way back, took advantage of some turnovers, and won 41-32. While the Canes may not have the talent to make a serious run at the ACC title, the fact that they stood their ground and didn’t fold in the face of such adversity is a very, very positive sign. Miami fans have had to endure teams that have virtually quit when down for many years now and this demonstration of character bodes well for the future.

A big part of the Miami victory can be attributed to freshman running back Duke Johnson. Johnson only carried the ball 7 times but accumulated a whopping 137 yards, including 54- and 56- yard touchdowns. His first TD in the second quarter gave the Canes a 21-17 lead it would never relinquish and his second TD in the third quarter boosted the Miami lead from 24-23 to 31-23. Johnson showed great instincts and a an incredible finishing burst of speed on both TD’s as he pulled away from defenders after weaving his way through the defense. For his efforts, Johnson was named ACC Rookie of the Week.

Miami faces another tough road test this week as they visit Kansas State.

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