November 10, 2008

The envelope, please: Dienhart's awards

Rivals.com senior national writer Tom Dienhart gives us a quick look at what he liked and what he didn't like from Week 11:

Photo of the week
Iowa's Daniel Murray kicks a 31-yard field goal with one second remaining to lift the Hawkeyes over previously undefeated Penn State, 24-23.

Coaches

Wish I were him: Nick Saban, Alabama
Glad I'm not him: Ron Prince, Kansas State
Lucky guy: Mike Bellotti, Oregon
Poor guy: Bill Stewart, West Virginia
Desperately seeking a clue: Charlie Weis, Notre Dame
Desperately seeking a P.R. man: Dave Wannstedt, Pittsburgh
Desperately seeking sunglasses and a fake beard: Joe Paterno, Penn State
Desperately seeking ... anything: Steve Kragthorpe, Louisville

Teams

Thought you'd kick butt, you did: Florida
Thought you'd kick butt, you didn't: West Virginia
Thought you'd get your butt kicked, you did: Northwestern
Thought you'd get your butt kicked, you didn't: LSU
Dang, they're good: Oklahoma
Dang, they're bad: Iowa State
You ain't fooling anybody (in a bad way): Auburn
You're fooling everybody (in a good way): North Carolina
Did the season start? Indiana
Can the season end? UCLA
Can the season never end? Michigan State

Games

Play this again: Alabama 27, LSU 21 OT
Never play this again: Oklahoma 66, Texas A&M 28
What? Wyoming 13, Tennessee 7
Huh? Texas Tech 56, Oklahoma State 20
You kidding me? Michigan 29, Minnesota 6
Oh my God! Western Michigan 23, Illinois 17
Told you so: Iowa 24, Penn State 23

Players

Strike the pose: Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell was 40-of-50 for 456 yards and six TDs in the unbeaten Red Raiders' 56-20 victory over Oklahoma State.
Did you see that? Boise State had four players throw touchdown passes in a 49-14 victory over Utah State. WRs Vinny Perretta and Tanyon Bissell and QBs Mike Coughlin and Kellen Moore had scoring strikes to help keep the Broncos perfect.
That hurts: Stanford RB Toby Gerhart injured his right hamstring early and was limited to eight carries for 21 yards in a 35-28 loss to Oregon. The Ducks scored the winning touchdown with six seconds left.
Isn't that special: Iowa's Daniel Murray booted a 31-yard, game-winning field goal with one second left to lift the unranked Hawkeyes to a 24-23 victory over No. 3 Penn State, ending the Nittany Lions' national title hopes. Murray was 1-for-3 on field goals entering the game and hadn't made a field goal since the season-opener.

Next week

Ticket to die for: South Carolina at Florida
Best non-"Big Six" vs. "Big Six" matchup: Louisiana-Monroe at Ole Miss
Best non-"Big Six" matchup: BYU at Air Force
Upset alert: Navy over Notre Dame in Baltimore
Must win: Florida State over Boston College in Tallahassee
Offensive explosion: Nebraska at Kansas State
Defensive struggle: Virginia Tech at Miami on Thursday
Great game no one is talking about: California at Oregon State
Intriguing coaching matchup: UCLA's Rick Neuheisel vs. Washington's Tyrone Willingham
Who's bringing the body bags? Mississippi State at Alabama
Why are they playing? Troy at LSU
Plenty of good seats remaining: Washington State at Arizona State
They shoot horses, don't they? Vanderbilt at Kentucky

Tom Dienhart is a national senior writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at dienhart@yahoo-inc.com.




 

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