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Hog slayer ULM takes Auburn to OT, loses


Ess-Bee-Cee!!!  Ess-Bee-awww crap…

One week after going on the road and stunning then-No. 8 Arkansas in overtime, very few individuals thought Louisiana-Monroe could go on into Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday and drop an SEC opponent for the second consecutive week.

Unbelievably, that’s exactly what happened.  Almost.

Continuing one of those most entertaining and intriguing storylines of the 2012 season, the Sun Belt Conference school took on Auburn and once again took an SEC school into overtime with the score tied at 28-apiece.  Unlike last week, however, there would be no fifth-quarter magic for the Warhawks.

With the first possession of the first extra session, ULM was only able to muster a 37-yard field goal attempt — which they missed.  Auburn’s first possession netted a 35-yard field goal as the Tigers escaped with a 31-28 win.

The Tigers seemingly had the game in hand in regulation, leading 28-14 late in the fourth before a pair of ULM touchdowns in the last six minutes knotted the score at 28.

While AU was able to claim its first victory of the season, it’s yet another data point on an arc that’s hurtling toward Gene Chizik‘s seat being quite warm by season’s end.

The most distressing part of today’s game for the Tiger faithful was the fact that, unlike last week, ULM was a known entity.  UA knew it wasn’t facing a “normal” SBC school, knew what ULM was capable of on the road against SEC-level competition — and still got taken to overtime.

1-2 is certainly better than an 0-3 start to the season, but it sure as hell doesn’t look like it at the moment.

Hokies QB Brewer a gametime decision, but RB Williams out for the year

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Virginia Tech has been playing just about the whole season without starting quarterback Michael Brewer after the Hokies signal-caller broke his collarbone in the first game of the season. Now, Brewer is on his way back to the field. Brewer has been medically cleared to return to practice in Blacksburg. It may still be another few weeks until he gets back in a game for Virginia Tech.

Brewer broke his collarbone in Virginia Tech’s season-opening loss to Ohio State. Once he left the game, it seemed the Hokies were unable to give the defending national champions much of a fight for a second straight season. He was originally expected to miss eight to 10 weeks of action, which would have meant a return for a Halloween game against Boston College as the earliest likely date. Virginia Tech has a bye week after the Boston College game, meaning Brewer could then be available for a Thursday night division game against Georgia Tech on November 12. Considering all of that, the chance Brewer might be available to play this Friday night against N.C. State is quite a pleasant surprise for a Virginia Tech team in need of some help after dropping to 2-3 after a second straight loss last weekend. Andy Bitter of The Roanoke Times says Brewer could be a gametime decision for Frank Beamer.

The outlook is not quite as possible for Hokies running back Marshawn Williams. Williams will be out for the rest of the season after reinjuring his left knee in practice in late September. It is the same knee that was surgically repaired last December. Williams can use this season as his redshirt season as he has not played in a game this season. He will still have three years of eligibility remaining when he returns to the team next fall.

Mike Leach discusses presidential candidates, political correctness, pizza and says WSU has better facilities than Oregon

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wherever and whenever Washington State head coach Mike Leach opens his mouth, we will be listening. In a recent radio interview with John Canzano, Leach shared his thoughts on the presidential races heating up, the need to remove political correctness and the superior athletics facilities at Washington State compared to what is offered at Oregon.

Leach offered his take on the current status of the GOP race, saying if Donald Trump continues to rise that some other candidates will soon back out and others will “kiss the ring and hope for cabinet positions.”

I think honestly the single biggest issue in this election and country for quite some time is you have to eradicate political correctness. Unless it’s eradicated, you know, we can’t move forward.”

On the topic of football, Leach was asked what has held Washington State back from becoming a winning program. Leach reflected on the steps the program has taken to improve the program, which has seen improvements with facilities that have helped through recruiting, although Leach said it’s been tough because acquiring the talent has been a slow process. He was quite proud of Washington State’s facilities though.

“We have the best facilities in America, certainly within the conference, including Oregon,” Leach said. “We’ve had those for a year that helped accelerate the recruiting effort.”

Given a chance to back peddle from that statement, Leach, as you might expect, did not rescind or amend his previous comments.

You can listen to the full interview here. It is a good listen. He also wants to know where the best pizza place in Portland, Oregon is. You will learn he likes New York style pizza.