College Football Closer: The Gods Must Be Angry

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Boy, I'll be there are a lot of hungover 'Eers fans this morning. I was hoping last week was just a fluke but ECU has done it again rolling over their second ranked team in a row, this time with authority. They took down #8 West Virginia in an alarming fashion with a 24-3 win and possibly sending them into the top 25. With the toughest two teams on their schedule behind them (Virginia Tech and WVU), ECU could possibly dominate their way through the year. ECU's star of the game was quarterback Patrick Pinkney who went 22 for 28 with 236 yards and a touchdown. By keeping the ball away from the WVU offense, ECU claimed an early lead that they never relinquished. • BYU almost fell victim to an upset but escaped with a little help from the referees. In an extremely controversial call, Washington quarterback Jake Locker was penalized on a potential game tying touchdown for excessive celebration with two seconds left. The penalty added 15 yards to the extra point attempt, an attempt that was blocked by BYU, preserving their win. According to officials the penalty was assessed when, after the 3 yard run, Locker tossed the ball in the air in celebration, an apparent violation of NCAA rules. With the win BYU extends their winning streak to twelve, the longest active streak in the nation. • Ole Miss almost upset #20 Wake Forest on a 56 yard touchdown drive with under a minute left in the game. Not willing to give-up, Wake kicked a game winning field goal with 5 seconds left in the game. After last week's losses by Virginia Tech and Clemson, the ACC would have had no ranked teams next week if Wake had lost. Once a powerhouse of top 25 teams, the ACC is dropping into irrelevancy. • Florida's predicted trampling of Miami was the Tim Tebow show with no less than ten mentions of his off season work in the Philippines. The game was full of incredible hits and lots of air bombs, sending the Hurricanes limping home with a 26-3 loss. Too bad Florida couldn't cover my spread. Slackers. • South Florida squeeked by Central Florida last night in an overtime 31-24 win. South Florida missed an opportunity to win in regulation when kicker Delbert Alvarado flubbed a field goal attempt as the fourth quarter was ending. It was another game in a day of "almost upsets".