Monday, October 03, 2011


From the AP via ESPN:

No. 17 Texas hands Iowa St. first loss in Big 12 opener

Freshman David Ash threw for 145 yards and his first two career touchdown passes and 17th-ranked Texas drilled mistake-prone Iowa State 37-14 in the Big 12 opener for both teams.

"Last year, Iowa State forced the turnovers and we didn't," Texas coach Mack Brown said. Saturday "we forced the turnovers. If you force a lot of turnovers and take care of the football like we did tonight you're going to win a lot of football games."

Jaxon Shipley added 141 yards receiving and a TD for the Longhorns (4-0, 1-0 Big 12), who raced out to a 34-0 halftime lead over the previously unbeaten Cyclones (3-1, 0-1).

More here.

Again from the AP via ESPN:

Jordan Jefferson scores in return, helps No. 1 LSU rip Kentucky

That only sweetened their celebration when Jefferson stretched across the goal line to give the No. 1 Tigers a lead they would not relinquish in a 35-7 victory over Kentucky on Saturday.

"When Jordan Jefferson scored that touchdown, and (starting quarterback) Jarrett Lee celebrated, that's when I knew right then, that the word 'team' means so much more," LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery said. "Jordan's been through a whole lot, so now he can tell the story of how, 'I went through this, bounced back, came back on the team, and now we're all a big family again.'"


Cornerback Tyrann Mathieu also continued to cause mayhem for opposing offenses, setting an LSU record for career forced fumbles with two strips, one of which led to his 23-yard scoop and score in the third quarter to make it 28-0.

Kentucky (2-3, 0-2 SEC) did not threaten to score until LSU (5-0, 2-0) led 35-0.

More here.

Okay, Saturday ended up being busy for me so I didn't get to watch either game. I mean, I kept track of the scores, which, of course, made me feel like it was just fine to miss this particular weekend. That is to say, both the Tigers and the Longhorns continue to rip through both of their respective schedules. LSU beating Kentucky was no surprise--indeed, it's only surprising when KU beats the Tigers, which actually happened a couple of years back, but certainly not this year. It's very nice to have Jefferson back, but I'm glad we're sticking with Lee for the moment. I mean, nothing succeeds like success, right? And Mathieu continues to be a one-man show. The guy's getting to be a regular Deion Sanders. I still don't think anyone can beat LSU, and, as I've said before, if you can go through the SEC undefeated, the national championship's just a formality. As for Texas, I continue to be impressed. Iowa State wasn't ranked, but they were undefeated coming into the game, and Texas just shredded them, so it was a solid win, which moved the team up six spots in the AP poll to number eleven. Of course, I'm not ready to call Texas an elite team again until they beat OU this coming weekend. It will be a pretty hardcore game, but victory is a definite possibility with these guys.

Hook 'em!

Texas running back Fozzy Whittaker breaks a tackle by Iowa State defensive
back Jacques Washington (10) during a touchdown run in the first half of an
NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, in Ames, Iowa.
(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Tyrann Mathieu #7 of the Louisiana State University Tigers runs with a fumble
recovery during a game being held at Tiger Stadium on October 1, 2011 in
Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)