Weekend full of exciting football games
There’s a plethora of activities people enjoy doing on a rainy weekend. And the hard-core football fan can also gorge himself on games being played during this time whether his fancy is high school, college or pro football games.
This Korner is guilty of favoring all three varieties of football games and we certainly got our fill of football during that 48-hour period from Friday night until Sunday night.
Actually because the weather forecast called for 90 per cent chance of rain all day and into the night on Friday, we decided to skip going to a high school game. But for the 139th time this year, instead of it raining Friday at 6 p.m., the sun was shining, so we decided to venture to Dan Hooks Stadium to watch the Kirbyville-West Orange-Stark game.
The game was very frustrating for the season ticket holders who are on hand for most of the Mustang games. It seemed as if every WO-S possession started with a first-and-15 because of an illegal procedure penalty. That certainly limits the play selections and it showed with the offensive results.
Fortunately, the Mustangs’ Chain-Gang Defense matched that of Kirbyville’s limiting the number of touchdowns scored during the four quarters. In fact the Mustangs found themselves behind 14-7 early in the fourth period.
On a fourth-and-long, the Mustangs connected on a Hail Mary pass into the end zone to tie the game and eventually send it into overtime. WO-S lost the flip and went on offense first and scored a TD rather easily and booted the PAT, giving the ‘Stangs a 21-14 lead.
Kirbyville also scored handily, but instead of kicking the extra point, opted to either win it or lose it on a two-point conversion. The vaunted Mustang defense stopped the run inches short of the goal, giving WO-S its third straight victory this season, 21-20.
On Saturday afternoon our No. 16-ranked McNeese State Cowboys traveled to Boone, N.C. to take on No. 2 Appalachian State, a team that had knocked off No. 5 Michigan a couple of years back. The Pokes were a 10-point underdog for this contest.
But Newton native Todd Pendland broke loose for 248 yards of total offense and three McNeese touchdowns to lead the Cowboys to a 40-35 upset victory and a 2-0 record for the young season. Pendland rushed for 127 yards and caught 10 passes for 121 more to lead the charge.
If you missed listening to that game on a Lake Charles radio station, the avid college football fan would have been just as excited in watching the University of Houston play No. 5 Oklahoma State on the tube.
The Cougars jumped off to an early 24-7 halftime lead only to watch the Cowboys score 21 unanswered points and go ahead 28-24. The two teams traded touchdowns before the Coogs put the game away with a pair of late TDs which resulted in their 45-35 upset victory.
The U of H, which was a 15-point underdog to OSU, presented second-year head coach Kevin Sumlin his first marquee win with the program’s first victory over a Top 5 team since an upset of third-ranked Texas back in 1984.
Oklahoma State was coming off one of its programs biggest opening wins in school history when the Cowboys beat Georgia last week and vaulted into the Top 5 for the first time since 1985. However, the Coogs made that stay very short-lived.
Saturday night produced a thriller between two Top 10 teams as No. 3 Southern Cal traveled to meet No. 8 Ohio State. USC unveiled its true freshman quarterback Matt Barkley,
The 19-year-old quarterback drove the Trojans 86 yards in 14 plays late in the game which gave USC an exciting come-from-behind 18-15 victory over the stubborn Buckeyes in a game that was really exciting to watch on TV.
On Sunday area NFL fans had a dilemma because the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys were both playing at noon. But after watching the Texans falter in the first few minutes most viewers turned their channels to the Cowboys-Tampa Bay game and satisfied their pro football appetites.
The Cowboys took advantage of the Buccaneers’ rebuilding project by 33-year-old new head coach Raheem Morris, in which he dumped more than a dozen seasoned NFL players, including place-kicker Matt Bryant of Bridge City, for “younger, lighter and quicker” players.
The result was that Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo had a career-best 353 yards of passing as he led Dallas to an easy 34-21 victory, including an 80-yard bomb to Patrick Crayton and a 66-yard TD to Roy Williams, who is departed-troublemaker Terrell Owens’ replacement. It was the first time the Cowboys had two touchdown passes of 60 or more yards in a single game since 1962.
And Bryant’s replacement, Mike Nugent, missed both of his field goal attempts, having his 38-yard effort stuffed by a host of Cowboys blockers and missing a 46-yard try wide to the right.
As for the Houston Texans, their “improved” defense surrendered 462 yards of offense to the New York Jets and lost 24-7. Ironically, the Texans’ only score came on a fumble return. The crowd of 70,000-plus was booing the “upgraded” offense throughout most of the game.
KWICKIES…Tiger Woods appears to be back in the groove by winning the PGA-BMW Championship tournament by eight shots. Woods fired rounds of 68-67-62-68—265, with Saturday’s round of 62 establishing a new record at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont, Ill. Tiger jumped back on top in his pursuit of the $10 million FedEx championship set for Sept. 26.
The Houston Astros went 7-3 on their last home stand that ended Sunday with a 2-1 loss to the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates. The Astros, who are out of the NL playoff chase, went into Cincinnati Monday for a three-game series, an off-day Thursday and a weekend series at Milwaukee. Their record through Sunday stood at 70-73, 13 1/2-games behind the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals.
Congrats to Little Cypress-Mauriceville’s new head coach Randy Crouch for his first win in his new job, leading the Battlin’ Bears to an impressive 16-0 victory over cross-county rival Bridge City last Friday night. Let’s hope the wins continue to mount for the former West Orange-Stark offensive coordinator.
JUST BETWEEN US…Saturday was a good day for the Thomas Brothers—University of Texas safety Earl and McNeese State defensive back Seth. The former West Orange-Stark standouts each helped their respective teams to impressive road victories as Earl made several tackles and had a couple of broken-up pass plays as his Texas Longhorns overpowered Wyoming, 41-10, while Seth recovered an Appalachian State fumble near the goal line to prevent a touchdown and ran it back to the McNeese 22 before halftime in the Cowboys’ huge 40-35 upset over the No. 2-ranked Mountaineers. Seth also notched seven tackles.