September 6, 2005

TCU defensive guru lands award

Defenses aren't supposed to be able to shut down Adrian Peterson. Most Oklahoma opponents weren't able to slow up the 2004 Heisman runner-up last season.

But TCU managed to make Peterson completely ineffective for an entire half and limited him to a 2.9 yards per carry average - the lowest of his 14-game career - in its 17-10 upset of the then-No. 7 Sooners on Saturday. The architect behind that remarkable performance was TCU's Dick Bumpas, who has been selected as Rivals.com's coordinator of the week.

Bumpas, who joined Gary Patterson's staff last season, chose to use 8-man fronts extensively and the result was a swarming mass of defenders that often got into the Oklahoma backfield and allowed Peterson little room to maneuver. The sophomore rushed for just 5 yards in the first half. He left for two series in the third quarter with a sprained ankle, but continued to struggle when he returned, finishing with 63 yards on 22 carries. Nine of those carries went for no gains or negative yardage.

"To be honest, I'm kind of shocked," Peterson told the Dallas Morning News after the game. "They just threw a monkey up in here or something like that."

Bumpas also mixed in some well-timed blitz packages that played a key role in not allowing OU much of a passing game. Paul Thompson, who was making his first start at quarterback, struggled to connect with receivers downfield, completing just one pass for more than 10 yards. He finished 11-for-26 for 109 yards and an interception. He also lost a costly fumble in the first quarter near the TCU goal line when David Roach's hit knocked the ball loose.

The TCU defense forced four turnovers, got three sacks and held the Sooners to 225 total yards. The Horned Frogs were the first team to shut out Oklahoma in the first half since Baylor in 1998 (3-0).

"Watching it from the sideline and watching it again [on film], we just got whipped," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. "We're not very tough. They played tougher, harder and better than we did. And that's it."

Other coordinators of note:

• Wisconsin's co-offensive coordinators Paul Chryst and Brian White easily could have abandoned their first game plan of the season. Bowling Green and star quarterback Omar Jacobs jumped out to a 21-7 lead early in the second quarter. But, Chryst and White continued to rely on the running game and that decision engineered a 56-42 win for the Badgers and some remarkable production. The Badgers finished with 397 yards on the ground with 258 coming from Colorado transfer Brian Calhoun, who rushed for a school-record five touchdowns.

• The reputation that Florida State's Mickey Andrews has earned as one of the nation's top defensive coordinators grew even greater after the Seminoles' 10-7 win over Miami Monday night. Using a variety of blitzes, the Seminoles were able to get constant pressure on Miami's new quarterback Kyle Wright, who was sacked nine times - the most sacks Miami has ever allowed. Wright also threw two interceptions.

• Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta also found a way to take advantage of a quarterback making his first start in the Jackets' 23-14 upset at Auburn. Brandon Cox's debut turned into a nightmarish performance as he fired four interceptions and fumbled twice as the Jackets constantly collapsed the pocket around him. Tenuta and his staff also made some key adjustments at halftime, and the Tigers weren't able to score in the third or fourth quarter.

• Iowa scored touchdowns on six of seven first-half possessions in a 56-0 thrashing of Ball State. Hawkeyes offensive coordinator Ken O'Keefe appeared to find a new running back in all that success too. True freshman Shonn Greene rushed for 116 yards and could give the Hawkeyes another weapon to team with star quarterback Drew Tate and a deep group of proven receivers.

Note: Head coaches who function in the role of a coordinator are not eligible for this award.



 

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