October 2012

At 2-3, the Pittsburgh Steelers traveled to Cincinnati needing a win against the Bengals. For the first time this season, the defense played tough and the offence was an effective blend of passing and running, all in the same game. Headlining the running game with starter Rashard Mendenhall out, was 3rd year back Jonathan Dwyer. Dwyer piled up 122 yards on only 17 carries, bulling his way through the Bengals with tough runs reminiscent of Jerome “The Bus” Bettis.

The Steelers defeated the Bengals 24-17 and now return the Heinz Field to face the Washington Redskins and their amazing rookie QB, Robert Griffin III.

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Though his production has declined of late (perhaps due to the blowouts that Oregon has been inflicting on its opponents), De’Anthony Thomas remains the most electrifying player in college football. Not since Reggie Bush have we seen a player so exciting and capable of scoring every time he touches the ball. Thomas plays running back and receiver as well as returning punts and kicks. Despite his slim 5’9″ 173lb frame, he seemingly weaves his way through defenses as if running a maze and is seldom taken down with the big hit.

As the Ducks enter the meat of their schedule, Thomas will have the chance to prove himself on the national stage as he faces USC, Stanford, and the surprising Beavers of Oregon State in the Civil War. Should the Ducks emerge with an unblemished record, they should play for the National Championship on January 7th in Miami.

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The Philadelphia Eagles re-discovered the running game in their win over the New York Giants Sunday night. The driving force behind their ground attack was LeSean McCoy, who carried 23 times for 123 yards for a nice 5.3 average. The normally pass-happy Andy Reid changed gears in the second half and started running the ball with McCoy, who found the edge against the Giants repeatedly on sweeps.

Next up, the Eagles go to Steeltown to face the Pittsburgh Steelers.


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I know I probably shouldn’t have 2 Players of the Week, but I can’t ignore the performance put on by Geno Smith of West Virginia this week. Going in as heavy favorites against Baylor, the Mountaineers found themselves in a real barn burner. TD’s proliferated like the falling leaves of autumn as each team executed big play after big play.

Eventually, WVU escaped with a 70-63 victory. In the game, Smith completed 45 of 51 passes for 8 (yes, eight!) touchdowns. These crazy videogame-like numbers have now put Geno front and center in the Heisman Trophy race.

University of Miami junior quarterback Stephen Morris had a record-setting performance against the North Carolina State Wolfpack on Saturday. The Canes, whose defense has been suspect all year, engaged in a shootout with the Wolfpack. Both teams were unable to stop each other as they went up and down the field. Miami took a 37-27 lead in the fourth quarter, but N.C. State scored 10 straight points to tie at 37-37 and then got the ball back. Driving for the winning score, Wolfpack QB Mike Glennon was intercepted and the Canes took over with 48 seconds left at their own 39. After an incompletion and a loss of a yard on a running play, it was 3rd and 11. Morris dropped back and saw Phillip Dorsett streaking down the sideline. He lofted a bomb down the field, Dorsett caught it and raced the rest of the way to the endzone for a touchdown with only 19 ticks left on the clock. Miami went on to win this thriller, 44-37.

On the day, Morris completed 26 of 49 passes for 5 TD’s and a Miami record 566 yards. Considering Miami was known as “Quarterback U”, this is no mean feat. He showed lots of poise in the pocket and threw accurately. He also took advantage of a couple of offsides penalties to hit receivers when Wolfpack defenders thought the play was blown dead.

Next up for the Canes are the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, renewing a rivalry dormant since 1990.