Forget about the business of college football and focus on the games


Now comes the part where the outrageous insanity of college football games — you know, the sport — tries to outrun the raucous chatter of M&A and realignment and business, business, business — you know, boredom. how was saturday

The day had its simultaneous miracles in Iowa City and the magnificent Boone on a planet where few sports can boast simultaneous miracles in Iowa City and the magnificent Boone. There was Iowa pushing through a plucky bunch of Jackrabbits visiting South Dakota State in that crazy-rare 7-3 final that came from a 3-3 tie. That led to North Carolina pushing a storied Appalachian State Mountaineer group in that crazy-rare 40-22 score, with 40-22 only going into the fourth quarter.

By nightfall, there was an interregional battle between the Utes and Gators in the Swamp that went back-and-forth and 29-26 at the end — to Florida — and there was the extended rush in the end zone for a two-point conversion in a meaningful scrap between Houston and UTSA, proving again how much lots of people play mean football scrap in texas.

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At 11 a.m. central time on an overcast, 77-degree day in Iowa City, some 69,250 people packed into an adoring stadium to witness the fine and unfairly ignored art of the punt. South Dakota State’s Hunter Dustman punted 11 times for 457 yards, a 41.5 average. Iowa’s Torey Taylor punted 10 times for 479 yards, 47.9 average.

That’s 936 punting yards, and that’s the dean of all FBS coaches, Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz, who says, “I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a player so engaged in a game,” and he’s been involved in head coaching games at Iowa since then the last century.

In all that time, Ferentz hadn’t seen a team reach seven points using the 3-2-2 method, so he pointed that out and said, “I’ve never been in a game like that, but we’re going to take it today. “

By the end, Taylor had struck out so often that he wasn’t sure how often he had struck out, telling reporters, “But I found out I had 10 strikes, breaking a personal best for me, which is probably not the best thing, I would say.” “

For those scoffing at punting, he added this: “I’d say I have four or five types that I really use.”

As you supplement your knowledge of punters with the knowledge that punters can have four or five types, consider that Taylor will be another one of those punters in the curious process from Melbourne, the great Melbourne, the one in Australia. Consider also that two other players who grew up in Melbourne, brothers Mason Fletcher and Max Fletcher, play for Cincinnati and Arkansas, and that Cincinnati and Arkansas they happened to play each other on SaturdayNo. 19 Arkansas topped excellent Cincinnati 31-24 in a game that qualifies as a good one.

The game that qualifies as somewhere beyond madness took place in Boone, where at noon ET on an overcast 73-degree afternoon, a record 40,168 packed Appalachian State’s Kidd Brewer Stadium to see something woolly. “Why we don’t make these in-state football games every year blows my mind,” concluded Appalachian State coach Sean Clark.

Everyone knows why, another one of the craziest of sports. Do you think North Carolina planned it when you think North Carolina should routinely plan it?

It’s worth reviewing the fourth quarter, which started with North Carolina leading 41-21 and ended with North Carolina leading 63-61. The Mountaineers drove 71 yards in eight plays to score with 12:10 left to make it 41-28. The Mountaineers drove 28 yards in three plays to score with 10:37 left to make it 41-35. The Tar Heels drove 75 yards in three plays to score with 9:25 left to make it 49-35. The Mountaineers drove 77 yards in seven plays to score with 7:20 left to make it 49-42. The Mountaineers drove 64 yards in three plays to score with four minutes left at 49-49. The Tar Heels drove 75 yards in five plays to score with 2:50 left to make it 56-49. The Mountaineers drove 75 yards in eight plays to score with 31 seconds left before missing a two-point conversion to make it 56-55. The Tar Heels returned a kickoff 43 yards to make it 63-55 with 28 seconds left. The Mountaineers drove 48 yards in two plays to score with nine seconds left, then missed the two-point conversion for 63-61.

“You can’t get 21 points on one score, and everybody knows that,” Appalachian quarterback Chase Brees said, but anyone switching streaming services between his game and Iowa might have wondered if you could. And yes, it would be Bryce, who led one of the highlights in recent years, in 2018, Clemson’s 94-yard fourth-and-6 completion up the middle against Syracuse that kept the undefeated portion of that undefeated, 15 -0 , national championship year.

On the other side of miles from a game of skilled bettors, Boone organized a game of bored bettors. Appalachian State’s Clayton Howell had one hit. North Carolina’s Ben Kiernan went wild and struck out twice.

It all led to some of the usual outrageous stuff from those heady Saturdays, like Houston quarterback Clayton Thune streaming for the end zone with the score 35-35 in third overtime, then jumping a defender in that end zone for a 37-35 win. And some Utes and Gators trading scores in Gainesville, Florida.

This is where Anthony Richardson plays quarterback for a Florida program that hasn’t been as good lately as its Tom Petty-singing followers hope. No. 7 Utah came to town, another bold part of the schedule. The Utes led late when Richardson took Florida on a 14-play, 75-yard, game-winning drive. scoring 85 seconds before the end with two of his 106 rushing yards.

“The guy’s like 6-4 and 240 and walks like a 4.3, so there’s no way we’re going to hold him down,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said after the 29-26 heartbreaker. So credit Whittingham, the second-longest tenured top-level coach behind Ferentz, with the schedule. Let the College Football Playoff selection committee weigh that into every evaluation of the Utes in December.

But this is speculative business talk in a sport with too much speculative business talk. Sometimes, to enjoy it, you have to look at the games, games, games and how these crazy things spent Saturday giving wild rides to experienced guys like Whittingham, 62, and Ferentz, 67, and North Carolina’s Mack Brown, 71.

You could even say it keeps them going.

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