Between The Hashes Week 4: Uniform madness and Shaq lead the way
Each week, Campus Union will delve into the fun, the weird and the wacky of college football with a series called Between The Hashes. It’s a way to decompress from the madness of the week, and to find a few things that you might have missed.
"Wow, that week of football wasn't fun at all! Bunch of blowouts and stuff." Nice try. Every week of college football is fun. North Dakota State hosted College GameDay and promptly smoked Delaware State, and the fans in Fargo were boisterous and entertaining. Ohio State, Miami, Louisville and Florida State cruised, leading to some ridiculous statistics. There was a good Tigers against Tigers matchup in LSU's win over Auburn, a dramatic shootout in Fresno State's victory over Boise State and a near-upset in Michigan's close call against UConn.
Not every week of a TV show is jam-packed with action. For every "Red Wedding," there is an episode of character development that serves to advance a story. The chaos is coming; it's just a question of when. In the meantime, let's look back at some neat stats, plays, photos and tweets from Week 4.
This week in uniforms
While there weren't a lot of close games to watch on Saturday, there were at least some interesting fashion trends to monitor. There was, of course, the Maryland pride unis, which always look better during a win:
Terps on a roll! Lots of Maryland PRIDE out in Baltimore today! #GoTerps pic.twitter.com/e7C44DIBFd
— Maryland Track Field (@MarylandTrack) September 21, 2013
Syracuse went with a two-tone helmet somewhat inspired by the Jacksonville Jaguars' recent offering:
Here is Syracuse's new two-tone helmet to go with their all-blue unis. pic.twitter.com/RdOf0LweEx
— Cork Gaines (@CorkGaines) September 21, 2013
Central Michigan went old school in a loss to Toledo:
Central Michigan's BIG-C throwbacks: pic.twitter.com/S9fcCcwLRa
— SB Nation CFB (@SBNationCFB) September 21, 2013
Colorado State donned a touching helmet decal to honor those affected by the local flooding:
First look inside locker room at helmet decal Rams wearing tonight to remember neighbors in Colo. affected by floods pic.twitter.com/jNYH8Xb9yX
— CSU Rams Football (@CSUFootball) September 21, 2013
And Virginia Tech had white jerseys and maroon/orange camo helmets that got all sorts of dirty in a rainy, three-overtime win against Marshall.
But the biggest fashion statement was this little number:
@Lana @Landgrant33 pic.twitter.com/WoXkuddSCg
— nick pants (@n1ck_pants) September 22, 2013
Fans got all dressed up this week, too
Not content to merely wear school colors and cheer for their teams, some fans like to go the extra mile. I'm sure the schools appreciate it; I know I sure do. There was this Fresno State fan who had hair that can be classified as a cross between Marge Simpson's and Johnny Bravo's:
— Cork Gaines (@CorkGaines) September 21, 2013
Tennessee looked ugly against Florida, but hey, at least Daniel Boone was happy:
Go Vols. pic.twitter.com/hpRPD13Hkb
— Luke Stampini (@LukeStampini) September 21, 2013
Georgia brought some guys and girls from Mad Max:
Rough edge to @UGAAthletics student section today. Lifelong member of #RaiderNation approves. #UNTvsUGA 12:20 PM ET pic.twitter.com/zzf41EnXNF
— Cara Capuano (@CapuanoESPN) September 21, 2013
Beards were grown:
He's back http://t.co/VrMcA8q4PI — Bullard (@Bullard_) September 19, 2013
And this guy made a shirt ... for a nonconference game against Florida A&M:
The saddest, most embarrassing human being on the planet pic.twitter.com/qezKcHOXMn — Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) September 21, 2013
Can't wait to see what people come up with next week.
All that's missing is some flapjacks
Fargo was great for GameDay, with a crowd even showing up on Friday night. An FCS or lower-profile team with a raucous fan base deserves to host the crew at least once every year. This was great to see:
#NDSU athletics staff & @CollegeGameDay crew on set. So proud to have them in Fargo. Nicest folks you'll ever meet. pic.twitter.com/11NA7urScS — NDSU Athletics (@NDSUAthletics) September 21, 2013
Plus, the North Dakota State location gave fans the chance to see Lee Corso wearing a bison hat standing next to a live bison. That's always worth it.
Fan of the week
An overwhelming favorite and candidate for fan of the year, honestly:
Madison update: Just saw a guy pushing a stroller. There was a pig inside. #B1G — Tim Hyland (@IntelligentCFB) September 21, 2013
Wisconsin fans are weird and great, man.
Special teams play of the week
Former player tweet of the week
Maurice Clarett announcing that he was healthy and ready to go after the Cleveland Browns traded Trent Richardson was worth a laugh, but his tweets during the Ohio State's 76-0 romp of Florida A&M were solid and more college football centric:
100 pts..... !!!!!!!
— Maurice Clarett (@ReeseClarett13) September 21, 2013
The Buckeyes didn't quite hit the century mark, but I'll give them an A for effort.
Play of the week
This catch by Toledo's Alonso Russell was unreal:
Still, I just can't stop watching this ref getting steamrolled in the Ohio State game, courtesy of Land-Grant Holy Land:
The Memorial UGA I - UGA VIII Mascot Award
Not a fox or a dog this week. It's Shaq on the sidelines at LSU!
Les Miles stops coaching to talk with Shaquille O'Neal. pic.twitter.com/KOYrw7V9xD
— Jay G. Tate (@JayGTate) September 22, 2013
Les Miles Honorary Coaching Decision of the Week
At first I thought about putting in FIU's move to go with a running clock against Louisville, but since head coach Ron Turner came out and said it wasn't his decision, that option was disqualified. Instead, I'm going with a touching play by UCLA and coach Jim Mora Jr., who went with the "Missing Man" formation on the Bruins' first offensive play to honor fallen player Nick Pasquale. Serious chills upon seeing that. Really powerful moment.
The Ricky Dobbs All-Stars
A very strong bunch this week, so not everyone got a spot. Still, here were some noteworthy gentlemen:
Duke WR Jamison Crowder: Rushing TD, punt return TD, receiving TD, 279 all-purpose yards in 58-55 loss to Pittsburgh
Ohio State QB Kenny Guiton: 24-of-34, 215 yards, 6 TD, 1 INT in 76-0 win over Florida A&M
Guiton set the school record for touchdowns passes in a game by the end of the first half.
Iowa KR Kevonte Martin-Manley: Four punt returns, 184 yards, 2 TD in 59-3 win over Western Michigan
Kevonte Martin-Manley (@HawkeyeFootball) is 2nd player in the last decade with TWO punt ret TD in a QUARTER. (Oregon's Cliff Harris in '10)
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 21, 2013
Pittsburgh's offensive explosion (Tyler Boyd, Tom Savage, James Conner): 598 total yards in 58-55 win over Duke
Quarterback Savage had 424 yards and six touchdowns, wide receiver Boyd had 154 yards and three scores (while complement Devin Street had six catches for 166 and two touchdowns) and running back Conner had 173 yards and one trip to the end zone.
Georgia QB Aaron Murray: 22-of-30, 408 yards (13.6 yards per attempt), 4 total TD in 45-21 win over North Texas
Washington QB Keith Price: 16-of-21, 213 yards, 4 total TD in the first half of a 56-0 win over Idaho State
Baylor QB Bryce Petty: 18-of-27, 351 yards, 5 total TD in 70-7 win over Louisiana-Monroe
Baylor RB Lache Seastrunk: 10 carries, 156 yards, 1 TD in 70-7 win over Louisiana-Monroe
Wisconsin running game: 388 rushing yards (8.1 yards per carry) and 5 TD in 41-10 win over Purdue
LSU RB Jeremy Hill: 184 rushing yards, 3 TD in 35-21 win over Auburn
Texas RB Johnathan Gray: 141 rushing yards, 2 TD in 31-21 win over Kansas StateWyoming QB Brett Smith: 511 total yards, 5 total TD in 56-23 win over Air Force