In 2010, Colorado gave up 35 fourth quarter points to Kansas in a humiliating 52-45 loss that officially led to Dan Hawkins‘ firing. His successor, Jon Embree, hasn’t had much to celebrate in his short tenure with the Buffs.
Until now. Colorado got to see what it was like on the other side of a comeback, this time rallying from 17 down against Washington State to beat the Cougars 35-34. The winning touchdown, a Jordan Webb 4-yard run, came with just 11 seconds left in the game. The comeback began halfway through the fourth quarter when Webb connected with Nick Kasa for a 70-yard touchdown. Wazzu was only able to manage a pair of field goals and couldn’t keep the Buffs out of the end zone.
It was a big win (and bigger relief) for Embree. Colorado was winless on the season and coming off a 69-14 waxing at the hands of Fresno State.
It’s also another embarrassing loss for first-year coach Mike Leach at Wazzu, the first coming in a 30-6 season opening blowout by BYU. So far, Leach’s only two wins are against Eastern Washington and UNLV, the latter of which he almost blew.
Leach should have success at Washington State in time, but in 2012, it’s likely the Pac-12 basement for the Cougars.
In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”
Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.
At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August. The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.
“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to GoVols247.com‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”
Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.
Michigan played without its leading rusher in Week 5. The Wolverines are hoping there won’t be a repeat in Week 6.
De'Veon Smith sustained a lower-leg injury in the Week 4 win over BYU and didn’t travel with the team for last Saturday’s win over Maryland. Smith has been practicing with his teammates throughout the first few days of this week, and head coach Jim Harbaugh is guardedly optimistic that the running back will be available for what’s turned into a huge Big Ten matchup with Northwestern Saturday in the Big House.
“He’s practicing and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he’s going to stay good and be ready to play,” Harbaugh said during a radio appearance Thursday morning. “But we’ll (keep) looking at that every day.”
Despite essentially missing a game and a half, Smith currently leads the Wolverines with 331 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. He’s added four receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown coming out of the backfield the first four games.
Should Smith be unable to go again, the Wolverines have three other backs with at least 100 yards on the ground: Ty Isaac (187, 7.2 yards per carry), Drake Johnson (125, 4.2 ypc) and Derrick Green (100, 3.3 ypc).
In addition to Smith, Harbaugh is hopeful Channing Stribling will be available this weekend as well. The starting cornerback didn’t play against the Cougars because of injury