Saturday, October 15, 2005

Good & lucky

USC just beat Notre Dame in maybe the best college game I've seen. Some thoughts:
  • When the teams hit the field, Weis slowly walked in after his players like a mafia boss, a fat mafia boss. Then Pete Carroll came running out like he was jogging on the beach, occasionally pointing to some cute coeds. My point? Don't have one, they're both great college coaches.
  • During the entire game, I'm thinking Reggie Bush clinched the Heisman. Then Matt Leinart audibles on 4th and long and throws a perfect pass to get his team into field goal position. The he wins the game with his quarterback sneak.
  • Leinart easily could have been the goat though if he didn't fumble the ball out of bounds. The fumble stopped the clock. I'm sure Jake Plummer's made the same mistake, but I also believe Drew Bledsoe did too while being coached by Pete Carroll.
  • It looks like the refs got it right at the end of the game. It was pretty suspicious to see the clock ticking to zero as the ref was clearly signaling for the clock to stop. The clock keeper is probably some Notre Dame senior wearing a Tim Brown jersey.
  • The screens, the quarterback sneaks in spread formations, passes when you're expecting runs, runs when you're expecting passes, Weis's enormous gut -- Patriot fans must appreciate seeing the JV Pats on Saturdays.
  • Pete Carroll with some trickery! Faking that his team would spike the ball, then calling the sneak. I don't think he fooled Notre Dame, but that was a gutsy call. If Leinart doesn't get in, Pete Carroll's second guessed forever.
  • Pete Carroll's been great for fans of college football and it looks like Charlie Weis will make the game even better. Can't wait to see these teams play again.

8 comments:

Patriotsy2k said...

Yeah, the Godfather must have bad memories of that fake spike play, cause Marino did it to the Jets in NJ in late '93. I wanted Weiss and ND to win, yet it still was a great game.
Can Alan or any other Pat fan remember two former coaches going at it? I know Weiss was an OC, yet his profile was as big as any other Pats head coach besides BB and the Tuna.
That Leinart dive, the one which he fumbled, could have either been a touchback, or a TD. He did land in the end zone, yet if the ball richotched forward, a touchback ensues and ND wins.

The Godfather said...

I knew there would be a Marino reference in there.
A few points.
Alan, I am impressed with your growing enthusiasm of college football.
This was also a matchup of two former Jet coaches.
Someone please correct me if I am wrong on this next point. The ball went out of bounds on the fumble and the clock stopped. Why would USC fake a spike? What would spiking the ball accomplish? The only thing it would do is allow them to center the ball and waste a few seconds so that time would expire on the attempted FG. I couldn't figure that one out.
It was avery gutsy call by Carroll. Remember too tha Leinart was hurt. After seeing Carroll struggle with the NY and Boston media, he is now king of Southern Cal. He is absolutely loving life. He has no fear of making that call.
Last point is that the PSU/Michigan game was just as enthralling. PSU tied it on a point conversion on a botched extra point at 18. Michigan gets a FG to go up by 3. PSU scores a TD with about a minute left (maybe a little more). Michigan has 4th and 4 on the PSU 10 yard line with 1 second left and they score a TD. 2 amazing endings in college football yesterday.

Alan said...

Good point Godfather about the fake spike. I guess there wouldn't be a point of doing it. I knew the Michigan game was close, but then I got so enthralled with the USC game, I forgot to watch the ending of the Michigan game. A complete failure of my remote control abilities.

Patsy2k, I can't really think of two other former coaches going at it. Did Rod Rust and Dick McPherson have an epic Pop Warner battle after their Pats careers?

Patriotsy2k said...

Yes, Rod Rust and Dick MacPherson had tough Tecmo battles against each other, cause nobody wanted to hire them after NE. I forgot that Weiss was on the Jets, also.
From what I heard on ESPN late night, after I wrote my original post, is that Leinart took it on himself to run the ball in and not "spike the ball". Imagine what Carroll would be thinking if he didnt get in and the clock ran out. Leinart has some balls...
I was lucky to see the final play of the Michigan game. Apparantly on the play before, Michigan got the refs to add 2 seconds on the clock (before the snap), to make the last-second touchdown pass possible. I kind of wanted to see PSU win the Big 10, does anyone think they still have a shot? They only have 1 loss, right?

The Godfather said...

There was time added at some point in that drive in the Michigan/PSU game, but it was correct to do so.
PSU is tied atop the Big 10 right now with a couple of teams I think. I knw they are tied with Wisconsin. I don't know if Penn State and Wisconsin play this year or not. Little known fact about the Big 10. If the teams end up tied, one of the last deciding tie breakers is which team has not beent o the Rose Bowl (or I guess it would be BCS now) longer. I think this is how Wisnconsin got in a few years back. It would be weird if that decided it this year against them.
While watching SportsCenter now. It was the decision in the huddle of Leinart and Bush to go with the sneak. Another great reason why players should stay in school. veterans decide to make those calls and look what type of game it turned out to be. As you weatch replays over, it was Bush that pushed Leinart in and Leinart was twisted around.

Bryan said...

As a current football referee, and one who is trying to move higher in the ranks, I'll answer the question about the spike.
The ball went out of bounds and Leinart fumbled it, technically it was a live ball. It going out of bounds retained possession for USC, but because it was a loose ball, the clock would start again on the ref's whistle as the ball was set. Remember also, that USC was down by four points, a field goal would not have helped.

Alan, I'm as well impressed by your growing college football stances.

The Godfather said...

thanks for the rules clarification.
but the score was definitely 31-28. remember there was an excessive celebration penalty on USC after the TD and they missed the PAT.

Bryan said...

My mistake on the score, I checked it again in the paper. Guess I read it wrong