A problem of living in the Eastern Time Zone is all the PAC-12 games happen late. Luckily, I’m a night owl and was able to see Twitter explode about a Hail Mary touchdown to propel Arizona to a 49-45 win over California. The Wildcats rallied from a 31-13 deficit at the end of the third quarter to break the hearts of Golden Bears fans everywhere. Three touchdowns came in the final 3 minutes and 30 seconds.
As you can bet, Arizona was excited on social media after the win. Like a comic book geek meeting Stan Lee level of excitement.
OH MY GOODNESS! TOUCHDOWN! AUSTIN HILL CAUGHT THE BALL. 48-YARD RECEPTION AS TIME EXPIRES TO WIN. #BEARDOWN
— Arizona Football (@ArizonaFBall) September 21, 2014
Arizona is still unraked but remains one of seven undefeated teams in the PAC-12. This is what the celebration looked like in the locker room. Zona will travel to No. 2 Oregon on Thursday Oct. 2 in a game that will test the team’s resolve even more. But as Coach Rich Rodriguez said, they’ll “enjoy the Hell out of this one.”
That confident crew you saw there is a sharp contrast from the prayer they made before the Hail Mary.
— David Lombardi (@LombardiESPN) September 21, 2014
California could only pump out a short final score tweet after the game and rightfully so. It’s easy to say something you shouldn’t after giving up 36 points in a fourth quarter. The Bears did respond brilliantly with this retweet after some breathing time.
I still love you @calfootball…
— ms.Keys (@iRockTheKeys) September 21, 2014
It’s a shame too as California was on the brink of tripling its win total from last year. In the competitive PAC-12, the Golden Bears will need every win to reach bowl eligibility. Colorado comes to Berkely Saturday in what appears to be the easiest game remaining on Cal’s schedule. A rebound against the Buffaloes is a must to avoid a season letdown.
Pirates Own the Tar Heels
It was a surprise when East Carolina defeated Virginia Tech a week ago but the Pirates decided to pummel another ACC school to validate themselves. ECU destroyed North Carolina 70-41 Saturday. SEVENTY!
Phil Steele along with other experts picked North Carolina to win the Coastal Division in the ACC this year. The beatdown was a big black eye for the conference as fellow members Miami, Syracuse and Pittsburgh lost to Big 10 schools too. East Carolina has positioned itself as the best school in the state for recruiting. The only other school that could compete with it is Duke and it’s a basketball school. As for ECU hanging 70 on a team, well it’s been a while since that last occurred.
East Carolina’s 70 points vs. UNC 2nd most ever behind 74-0 win vs. – not making this up – Newport News Apprentice School in 1959
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) September 20, 2014
The American Athletic Conference went 7-1 in non conference play Saturday and is having a great year overall.
Purdue Forgets How to Win
The Boilermakers have had a tough couple of years in football but won its second game of the year against FCS Southern Illinois. The school appears to be out of practice as some newbie in the athletics department hung the “W” flag upside down over Ross-Ade Stadium.
How out of practice are the Boilers at winning? Raised the ‘W’ flag upside down. In distress perhaps? pic.twitter.com/x9yhEsWqIi
— Boiled Sports (@BoiledSports) September 20, 2014
The bright side to all this is how Purdue won’t have to raise another “W” flag this season as the Boilers will be a underdog the rest of the season.Northwestern on November 22, however, will be Purdue’s best chance for a Big 10 win.
Volleyball and the 700 Club
The New Hampshire women’s volleyball team defeated Rhode Island Saturday in five sets (23-25, 25-20, 26-24, 26-28, 15-12). The real story though is it was 700th victory of Coach Jill Hirschinger and the photo-op was on. This tweet shows how the Wildcats used their tall volleyball bodies to spell out 700.
— Vince Croci (@InTheStands) September 20, 2014
UNH has started the season 6-9 but should do well in conference play as the Wildcats are the defending American East champions.
Minnesota is “Dressed for Kill”
Check out these shirts Minnesota passed out to fans in their game with San Jose State to play with the name of its coach Jerry Kill. The Golden Gophers handled the Spartans 24-7 Saturday to move to 3-1.
— Minnesota Gophers (@GopherSports) September 20, 2014
Look for Kill and his team to go bowling for a third straight year and perhaps give Wisconsin trouble in the Big Ten West.
Kentucky and Lincoln
Kentucky and Louisville is one of the biggest rivalries in college athletics but the men’s soccer matchup caught my eye this week. The two teams meet tonight and Wildcats are going with a famous historical figure to trash Louisville.
— Kentucky Mens Soccer (@UKMensSoccer) September 21, 2014
That’s right; Kentucky is saying Abraham Lincoln was a Cats fan. The school will pass out shirts that say exactly that in the soccer game. Fans are encouraged to manufacture a top hat and other 19th century garb to dress up like the 16th president himself.
In a way it’s a cool idea as Lincoln was born in Central Kentucky. Problem is the University of Kentucky was not established until 1865, the year Lincoln was assassinated. Louisville was around when Lincoln was born so I’m sure Cardinal fans are ready to argue. Still, it’s a pretty cool marketing technique connecting sports to history of the Commonwealth in a nerdy way. Hard to beat that. Plus, if Lincoln was born today where he was there is little chance he’ll be pulling for Louisville. You’re on an island Jefferson County.
Every wondered what 200 containers of popcorn looks like? Well East Tennessee State gave away free popcorn to 200 fans at its soccer match this weekend.
— Tyler McCann (@tylerLmccann) September 20, 2014
That’s 200 reasons why it’s cool to live in Johnson City, Tennessee.