Designated Read: Cougars get gaudy
• No. 11 Houston 73, Tulane 17: Another day, another garish display by the Houston offense. The Cougars matched their season scoring high against the two-win Green Wave, and did it without much sweat from Case Keenum. After three quarters, 325 yards and three touchdown passes to Patrick Edwards, Keenum ceded control to able backup Cotton Turner. It was running back Charles Sims' turn for a career day; the sophomore recorded 207 yards on just 10 carries. Tulane also gave up two punt returns for touchdowns to Edwards and Damian Payne. [RECAP | BOX]
• Ohio 43, Central Michigan 28: Enjoy elocuting Tyler Tettleton's name? He's making it easy, running up 268 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns. Eloquently monikered sophomore Beau Blankenship more than doubled his previous season high with a 121-yard performance on the ground, and his first two-touchdown game. [RECAP | BOX]
• Back in the valley: Since we last discussed the Jerry Sandusky case in this space: Mark Emmert told the Associated Press, "The NCAA will defer in the immediate term to law enforcement officials since this situation involved alleged crimes." The NCAA compliance blog examines the intersection of crime and compliance. Penn State students plan a candlelight vigil for Friday in place of a pep rally. Mike McQueary will not coach in Saturday's game against Nebraska. Jerry Sandusky could face new charges in Texas.The Patriot-News traces their coverage of the Sandusky story, and examines all the dropped threads in the case.
• Meanwhile, over there: Ohio State gets hit with a failure to monitor charge in the case of booster Bobby DiGeronimo's contact with Buckeye student-athletes. The school has self-imposed a five-scholarship cut over three years.
• Connect them and it makes a constellation of George O'Leary's face: The New York Times digs into the very bad trouble Central Florida has found itself in, and between "N.C.A.A." and "U.C.F.", NYT style makes the article look like a connect-the-dots page in a coloring book. • Friday whimsy: Vandy and Kentucky will break an SEC barrier this weekend. Jon Stewart gives the Penn State student protests the Jon Stewart treatment. And cowbell cake: It's a thing!