Friday, September 22, 2006

Former Foes

Akron lost to Central Michigan 24 – 21 giving up an 100 yard interception return for a touchdown. After a scoreless first quarter, Chippewas quarterback Dan LeFevour threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to take the 7 – 0 lead. It appeared Akron was going to tie things up but quarterback Luke Getsy was intercepted in the endzone by Josh Gordy who returned the pick 100 yards for the score with 4 seconds left in the half to give CM the 14 – 0 lead at halftime. Both teams exchanged scores in the third but Central Michigan put on an 71-yard drive that burned 5:52 off the clock in the fourth quarter that ended with a 28-yard field goal for a 24-13 lead. Akron came within a field goal when Getsy threw a 14 yard touchdown pass with 11 seconds left to make it 24-21, but Akron was unable to get the onside kick. Getsy threw for 375 yards but he tossed three costly interceptions, two of which were turned into Chippewas touchdowns.

Notre Dame

College football is a fickle mistress, satiating your every desire one week and leaving you sick and depressed the next. A week after having every break go their way Notre Dame was on the receiving end of misfortune. Notre Dame mistakes included a pass that sailed through the hands of tight end John Carlson that was intercepted by Burgess, who returned it 31 yards for a touchdown, a blown coverage on Manningham for a 69-yard touchdown catch and a David Grimes fumble on a kickoff return that set up a 2-yard TD run. Michigan was ahead 26-7 before the Irish had their initial first down. This game was over before Jeff Samardzija or Rhema McKnight had a catch. Quinn was 24 of 48 for 234 yards, with 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. This game was summed up on one specific play: with 3:23 left in the game Quinn dropped to pass and fumbled the ball in the middle of his throwing motion without anyone touching him. The fumble was scooped up by Lamarr Woodley and returned for a touchdown. It was Notre Dame’s day in a nutshell. Final score Michigan 47 – Notre Dame 21. For the Michigan fans that want to see Llyod Carr gone, he is now 4-1 against No. 2 teams and 16-6 against top 10 teams. That’s damn impressive.

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