'That Just Happened' in this week of college football
OCT 05, 2013 9:17p ET
But what if the committee met in a kitchen?: The College Football Playoff selection committee is slowly coming into place as more and more candidates leak out, including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, a noted sports fan who was once approached when the Pac-10 was looking for a new commissioner in 2009. ESPN analyst David Pollack turned heads when he stated his desire for more ex-players who could analyze tape and assess teams on more than paper. He also agreed with Chris Fowler's question of whether he meant there wasn't a place for women on the committee. He didn't help himself by beginning his comments with the expectation that he would put his foot in his mouth shortly.
Mission accomplished, despite a tweet after the show clarifying his comments.
I want people on the committee that eat, sleep & breathe college football during the season. It has nothing to do with male or female— David Pollack (@davidpollack47) October 5, 2013
Tell us how you really feel: Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads was fired up after a decisive, controversial non-fumble call in the final minutes of the Cyclones' 31-30 loss to Texas. He opened his press conference with a rant of nearly two minutes, but he stopped short of sounding like a crazy person during his high-volume lecture. He made sense and made the rant mostly about his players. Rhoads is the rare case of a coach whose postgame rant may earn him even more respect in the college football world.
That's just not going to work: Kansas gets points for the biggest "What were you thinking?" moment of the day. Waiting to kick from his own end zone on 4th-and-13, Kansas punter Trevor Pardula took off after catching the snap but was tackled short of the line of scrimmage. Two plays later, Texas Tech scored a touchdown and ran away with a 54-16 win. Weis said Pardula can run with the ball if he gets a certain look, but that he got caught in a "gray area," and Weis would take responsibility for the gaffe.
More competition for catch of the year: Alabama receiver DeAndrew White infused a bit of intrigue into a yawn-worthy date against Georgia State for the Crimson Tide. On the first play of a late first-quarter drive, White only needed one hand to beat good coverage from the Panthers. Strong candidate for the best grab of 2013. The junior was one of 16 Alabama players to catch a pass on Saturday.
A second Heisman moment for Jameis: Famous Jameis already turned in one Heisman moment with a hail mary touchdown against Boston College last month. Saturday, he provided another. Late in the third quarter, he appeared to be dragged down in the backfield for a sack, but somehow escaped and rolled to his right and unleashed a strike to Nick O'Leary in the back of the end zone to put Florida State up 42 in its eventual 63-0 win over No. 25 Maryland. "It felt like a little league football game," Winston said.
Afro Thunder, indeed: Nebraska faced quarterback uncertainty with a toe injury sidelining Taylor Martinez against Illinois. Receiver Kenny Bell helped make it not matter in the Huskers' win over the Illini. The junior jumped to catch a bullet over the middle from Tommy Armstrong, landed on his feet and raced for a 37-yard touchdown that put Nebraska up 24 in its eventual 39-19 win. Bell goes by Afro Thunder, and it's not hard to see why.
Garrett Football doesn't really sound right: Garrett Gilbert tossed five touchdowns and racked up 484 passing yards on Saturday, but none were finer than this two-point conversion that looked like it belonged in a Johnny Manziel highlight reel. The play tied the game at 35 and forced overtime, but the Mustangs came up short against Rutgers, who won the game, 55-52, on a rushing touchdown in triple overtime.
Congratulations on not dying: Tennessee receiver Jonathan Johnson just missed hauling in a touchdown on an overthrown fade pattern, but slammed full speed and head first into some padding in the back of the end zone at Neyland Stadium. Just a foot or two to his right, though, was a brick wall. That could have ended badly.
That poor Pig: Georgia can't seem to stop playing thrillers. A week after escaping a dramatic win over LSU, Aaron Murray threw a touchdown in the final seconds to force overtime. Then it got crazy. Tennessee receiver Pig Howard was inches from the end zone but lost the ball diving for the pylon. The ball squirted out just before it crossed the plane and went out of bounds for a crushing touchback. Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan booted a game-winning 42-yarder to send the Vols to 0-2 in SEC play.
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