By BLAIR KERKHOFF |
The Kansas City Star
• Nice start for Wisconsin Coach Gary Andersen, and he even got into the spirit of Badgers game day at the end of third quarter of the 45-0 victory over Massachusetts. Anderson jumped around to House of Pain’s “Jump Around” that gets the home crowd pumped for the fourth quarter.
• About UMass. The Minutemen, 1-11 last season, put in an early bid for No. 125 among the 125 Football Bowl Subdivision programs.
• Georgia Tech’s 70-0 crushing of Elon wasn’t even one-third of the program’s biggest shutout victory. That happened in 1916, in a 222-0 victory over Cumberland.
• Hey, hey, AAC. Cincinnati got the new conference’s first big victory by clubbing Purdue 42-7 in Tommy Tuberville’s debut with the Bearcats.
<< Heating up
As hot as it was in Gainesville, Fla., the temperature climbed in Gators coach Will Muschamp’s postgame address to reporters. He singled out three news organizations — the Gainesville Sun, Palm Beach Post and gatorcountry.com — for erroneously reporting the suspension of freshman Jay-nard Bostwick.
Bostwick wasn’t among the four players Florida confirmed for its season-opening 24-6 victory over Toledo.
“When you take a shot at a kid, and it’s inaccurate, and it’s written inaccurately, I’ve got a problem,” Muschamp said.
Maybe a way to fix this is for Florida to announce the suspensions.
Feeling the Heat
Not a good start for Iowa. Northern Illinois’ Mathew Sims kicked a 36-yard field goal with 4 seconds remaining for the Huskies’ 30-27 victory at Kinnick Stadium. It marks the seventh straight year a team from the Mid-American Conference defeated a team from the Big Ten.
Real (Good) Deal
A contract extension for Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly was announced after the Irish’s 28-6 triumph over Temple. Kelly re-upped for five years on the day he collected his 200th career triumph.
We’re watching you, West Virginia. The Mountaineers opened the post-Geno Smith era by scoring a late touchdown to beat William and Mary 24-17. They avoided becoming the second Big 12 team to fall to a championship subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) team in two days after Kansas State lost to North Dakota State.
Stat of the Day
modify_1Oregon has no business playing Nichols State, but since it was on the schedule, the Ducks did what was expected in a 66-3 victory. Nichols didn’t lose all the stats: The Colonels led time of possession 40:15-19:45.
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