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Rivalry Week Gets a Hot Start

TCU vs Baylor cemented itself as one of the biggest rivalries in college football Friday night. In a game that was played almost entirely in the middle of a monsoon, coach Gary Patterson, an injured Trevone Boykin and the rest of the Horned Frogs got some revenge for last year’s loss in Waco.

The 2014 edition was a shootout that saw No. 5 Baylor comeback from a 21-point deficit and kick a game-winning field goal with four seconds on the clock to beat No. 9 TCU, 61-58.

This year, the two teams’ defenses, as well as mother nature, had a different type of game planned. With the skies fully opened and dumping an amount of water that would be the state of California’s dream-come-true onto the field, the 2015 installment of TCU vs Baylor was a muck bowl for the ages.

With thoughts of last year’s offensive barrage far in the rearview mirror, the Bears and the Horned Frogs went into overtime with the score knotted at 14-14. TCU punted on all nine of its second half drives and Baylor punted on six of its drives and fumbled on two others.

After trading scores in the first overtime bringing the score to 21-21, TCU scored on its double overtime possession and then got Baylor into a critical fourth and one situation on Baylor’s 16 yard line. Then, TCU linebacker Ty Summers ended his school record night of 23 tackles by recording his last one in Baylor’s backfield to win the game.

Patterson then proceeded to lose his mind on the sideline and then gave an emotional interview in the midst of a good old fashioned field-storming. Both fitting reactions for a double OT win in the freezing rain over their rival.

The End of an Unlucky Career

It looks as if the string of bad luck will continue for Syracuse quarterback Terrel Hunt. The NCAA denied Hunt’s medical hardship waiver on Friday after he endured two consecutive injury-shortened seasons. Hunt broke his fibula in Syracuse’s 28-6 loss to Louisville in 2014 and tore his achilles tendon in Week 1 of this season and has been sidelined ever since.

In the span of the two seasons, Hunt has participated in only six games out of a possible 24 regular season contests. He will end his career at Syracuse playing in 19 games and landing 10th on the school’s all-time passing yards list with 2,621 yards.

New Laws in Ohio

Ohio Governor John Kasich is taking extreme measures to renew the rivalry between the in-state Ohio State Buckeyes and the Jim Harbaugh-led Michigan Wolverines. In 2013, Kasich issued a ban on the use of the letter M in what he dubbed “Scarlet Letter Saturday” to fuel the rivalry. On Friday, he added khaki pants to the banished list.

The Governor’s communications department tweeted out a photo of the following state-sealed government document. When one examines it closely, it would appear that Governor Kasich has some serious jokes.

It is possible the Ohio governor got into the heads of Harbaugh and the Wolverines as the Buckeyes had little trouble besting Michigan in the latest edition of “The Game.” After the Wolverines kept it close in the first half, the Buckeyes breezed to a 42-13 win.

 

Hirings and Firings

There were a few coaching changes to take note of in the college football universe over the weekend — the biggest being Justin Fuente of Memphis jumping ship to replace Frank Beamer at Virginia Tech. Fuente took over in Memphis before the 2012 season and has been credited with returning Memphis football to prominence after having only one .500 win season between 2006-2013.

Fuente will be charged with taking the Hokies to the next level as they have enjoyed only moderate success over the last few seasons and haven’t managed a BCS bowl game birth since their 2012 Sugar Bowl loss to Michigan.

Although Virginia Tech has not enjoyed the amount of success they are accustomed to as of late, with their win against Virginia on Saturday, they ensured Frank Beamer’s final season ended with a 23rd consecutive trip to a bowl game.

Tulane fired head coach Curtis Johnson after racking up three losing seasons in four years totaling up to a 15-34 record. The firing came on the heels of the Green Wave’s season finale 45-34 loss to Tulsa in which they squandered a 10-point fourth quarter lead.

In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii has hired former Nevada offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich to its vacant head coaching position. Norm Chow was fired as head coach earlier this month after going 10-36 over four seasons and failing to reach a bowl game during his tenure.

Rolovich previously played for Hawaii in the 2000 and 2001 seasons and went on to coach the Rainbow Warriors from 2008-2011 before accepting the offensive coordinator position at Nevada where he has been since.

Illinois has signed interim head coach Bill Cubit to a two-year deal to become the next head coach of the Fighting Illini football program. Cubit has been at the helm for Illinois since former head coach Tim Beckman was fired on August 28th of this year.

That’s it for this week. Stay tuned as FishDuck.com brings you the latest in college football news.

 

 

 

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Mark Weber

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Mark is a junior transfer student at the University of Oregon from Morgan Hill, California. He came to UO with an AA in Communications and is currently making his way through the Journalism program. Mark has been fascinated with sports his whole life, and actively participated in any sport he could including: baseball, football, hockey and rugby. Mark played football all the way through Junior College before he hung up the cleats but his passion for sports remained, which led him to the sports journalism path. Mark plans to work in the blossoming digital sports media market after graduation either in writing or video production.