BYU v Notre Dame

Notre Dame rallies, then holds on against BYU


Saturday’s game against BYU was considered a trap game for No. 5 Notre Dame with a trip to Oklahoma coming up next week. Indeed, the Irish nearly fell victim to an upset that would have inflicted a blow to their BCS championship hopes.

But a George Atkinson touchdown run early in the fourth quarter gave Notre Dame a 17-14 lead. That’s where the score would stay until the end of the game. It wasn’t sexy, but Notre Dame is still undefeated.

Last year’s starter at quarterback, Tommy Rees, started over Everett Golson (concussion) and had a modest 7-of-16 day for 117 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Notre Dame relied heavily on the run, keeping it on the ground 43 times for 270 yards. Both Theo Riddick and Cierre Wood went over the 100-yard mark.

Next week’s game in Norman will be the Irish’s toughest test of the season and this offense has struggled the past couple of weeks. Once again, the Notre Dame D may be called upon again to win in a low-scoring game.

Diagnosed with bovine leukemia, Bevo XIV retires immediately

Associated Press

Turns out Steve Spurrier isn’t the only iconic college football figure to retire this week.

Texas announced Tuesday evening Bevo XIV has been diagnosed with bovine leukemia and has been retired to his pasture, effective immediately.

Bevo XIV missed Saturday’s stunning upset of then-No. 10 Oklahoma with what the school called a “life threatening” illness, and rumors circulated around the internet this week he had passed away.

Bevo XIV officially hangs up his horns with a 106-41 record with two national championship appearances.

There is no word at press time on a possible debut of Bevo XV.

Dabo Swinney won’t stop talking about “Clemsoning”

Dabo Swinney
Associated Press

Urban Dictionary defines “Clemsoning” as “the act of an inexplicably disappointing performance, usually within the context of a college football season.”

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was asked about the phenomenon following the Tigers’ destruction of Georgia Tech Saturday and promptly went off. The question, asked by ESPN’s David Hale, was in reference to Swinney’s program shaking the label – Saturday marked Clemson’s 34th straight win over an unranked opponent – but Swinney didn’t see it that way.

Armed with some new facts (Clemson SID Tim Bourret noted 50 teams have fallen as ranked opponents to unranked foes since the Tigers last did so on Nov. 19, 2011), Swinney again targeted the “Clemsoning” label.

“I think it’s an agenda. It’s just bias,” Swinney told the Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier Tuesday. “People are uneducated. They’re just ignorant and lazy because they’re not looking at the facts. If they did, they’d be focused on other schools and not Clemson. They’d be dialed in on what Clemson has done. There aren’t three other schools in the country as consistent as Clemson, in all aspects.”

I hate to break it to you, Dabo: you are absolutely correct, but the term, as they say, has been coined.

Just go beat Florida State, beat South Carolina, win the ACC and win a national title and maybe Urban Dictionary will delete that pesky page out of a sign of respect.

Also, No. 5 Clemson hosts unranked Boston College on Saturday. This would be a very, very unfortunate time for the Tigers to suffer an upset.