The second week of the 2013 NCAA football season began with a bang in South Beach where 2 teams from the Sunshine State met with an unlikely outcome. This marked the second upset in as many weeks by the ACC over the SEC.
Georgia was on the wrong end of the ledger in last week’s surprise outcome, but came back with a significant win over South
Saturday ended with the weekend’s most hyped game featuring 2 heavyweights from South Bend and Ann Arbor.
Miami 21, Florida 16
Who would have predicted that the Hurricanes would never trail in this game, let alone win it? Perhaps Miami fans,
but I believe even they were a bit surprised.
The unranked “Canes” got off to an early lead and never looked back while forcing 5 turnovers versus number 12 Florida.
Number 17 in the orange jersey, QB Stephen Jackson led the way for the “U” with a touchdown pass on the team’s first
offensive possession and added another shortly thereafter. While his overall stats were not over the top (12 of 25, 163 yards, 2 TD) he did just enough to keep Miami in the game until RB Duke Johnson (#8) scored on a rushing play with
3:39 left on the clock.
Georgia 41, South Carolina 30
Unlike Jackson in the Miami victory, Georgia’s QB Aaron Murray put up a stats line worthy of the ages. Maybe we
should start with his 4 TD throws in (11) Georgia’s 41-30 win over (6) South Carolina. His 309 total yards through the air was also quite impressive.
After the Bulldogs dropped the season’s opening contest to Clemson, the win enables them to rekindle their fans hopes of
an appearance in the national championship game.
The Gamecocks drop to 0-1 in the SEC East (1-1 overall), while Georgia claims win number 1 in the same division, while
also being 1-1 for the season. Ole Miss (1-0, 2-0) leads the SEC West.
GAME OF THE WEEK
Michigan 41, Notre Dame 30
In what may be the Fighting Irish’s last visit to Ann Arbor in some time, the Wolverine’s sent them off in a rude fashion
Saturday night with a victory before a record crowd of 115,109.
The score was the same 41-30 as the Georgia/SC matchup played a few hours earlier in Athens.
Michigan QB Devon Gardner also matched the 4 touchdown throws by the Bulldogs Aaron Murray while coming up just shy of equaling his overall passing yards, finishing with 294.
Gardner was decked out in a number 98 jersey to honor who many believe was the greatest Wolverine football player to
ever don the uniform, halfback, Tom Harmon.
(14) Notre Dame gave it the old “college try” before succumbing to (17) Michigan’s vaulted offensive attack. They pulled
within 4 points with 9:13 remaining on a 40 yard field goal. Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees (#11) was 29 of 51 for 314 yards, 2 TD’s and 2 INT’s.
Even though it is very early on in the process, this win may indicate that Michigan is in fact on course to meet Ohio
State in the Big 10 Championship game as has been widely expected.
Whatever team you follow, be sure to be ready for a tailgate party. Pack your team cooler and wear your college jersey.
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