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.
Hey there Goblins and Ghouls. Oh yeah, Halloween is over. OK, hello friends. We made it through another week of the college football season. There was plenty to enjoy even in a lighter-than-usual slate, with a number of top teams on bye or playing subpar opponents. So have an extra piece of candy, bask in the warm glow of your computer screens and let's sit back and reflect on all the fun of Week 10.
They're not booing, they're boooooooooing like ghosts
A bunch of football teams showed their Halloween spirit this year. Oklahoma's whole staff and a bunch of players dressed up, and a super cool kid did his best Kliff Kingsbury impression. The real Kingsbury even posed with the suave little dude.
I just HAD to find "Lil Kliff" (best Halloween costume ever) and facilitate a surprise meeting w his idol pic.twitter.com/NPOeclJlqK
— Erik Burkhardt (@ErikBurkhardt) November 1, 2013
Houston coach Tony Levine tricked his players with his Halloween uniform reveal. He pulled the old bait and switch, having a player wearing the real alternate walk into the room after he pulled the sheet off a mannequin with a decoy jersey.
Oregon State dressed like pumpkins a day after the holiday, and the all-orange uniforms didn't exactly bring good luck. The Beavers lost to USC 31-14 at home.
Dear god, Oregon State. What the hell? And are those pro wrestling boots? pic.twitter.com/XQXx6nKXdL
— Cork Gaines (@CorkGaines) November 2, 2013
Fans already bought or rented their costumes, so why not wear them on Saturday, too? That rationale resonated at Penn State, where the Nittany Lions summoned some magic to beat Illinois 24-17 in overtime and extend the Illini's Big Ten losing streak to approximately 100 games.
Meanwhile, in Happy Valley pic.twitter.com/637xv6egpY
— ParadigmShift35 (@NAWTADIGM) November 2, 2013
Still, with all that spooky goodness, it's the Indiana football team that ultimately won the holiday. (Don't worry, we have plenty of other important calendar dates left, and I'm ever-so-excited to see what Iowa has cooking for Boxing Day.) The Hoosiers did the dance from Michael Jackson's Thriller, and even though they lost to Minnesota in target="_blank">scary fashion, they gained points in the vitally important "choreographed practice" category.
Speaking of Minnesota, the Fox Sports North Girls threw in a wrinkle in the third quarter against Nebraska that was brought to our attention via SI's Extra Mustard. The below video features the Caddyshack Gopher dancing to R. Kelly's Bump N' Grind in a mash-up I'm somehow stunned didn't exist before.
Do the Gopher, y'all.
SEC Drama of the Week
Steve Spurrier doesn't mince words, but we already knew that. Even so, it's a little odd to hear him say this about a game in which his South Carolina team forced five turnovers and won by 18 points.
Spurrier says Mississippi State 'outplayed us and outcoached us.'
Not only that, but Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen was upset with himself about a turn of events at the end of the first half. Poor clock management cost the Bulldogs a field goal attempt despite having the ball at the South Carolina 30-yard line with 21 seconds to play.
Sack, timeout, timeout, pass inbounds, substitution mistake. That sums up Dan Mullen era. — Jon Solomon (@jonsol) November 2, 2013
Oh my. Dan Mullen on the halftime radio interview: "THATS AN EMBARRASSMENT OF A HALF. POOR CLOCK MANAGEMENT. POOR COACHING." He yelled. Loud — Robby Donoho (@RobbyDonoho) November 2, 2013
Another chapter in The Unbearable Lightness of SEC Being.
The Memorial UGA I – UGA VIII Mascot Award
I'm highly tempted to give this week's honor to the below mechanical gator. But if a mechanical gator is at all close to a real gator, it will probably malfunction, question its self worth and fall asleep behind a Cracker Barrel in Orange Park. So maybe this is not particularly safe.
The mechanical Gator at #UFvsUGApic.twitter.com/xi4d59HlOj — Scott Carter (@GatorZoneScott) November 2, 2013
Instead, let's enjoy a throwback to the days of old, when LSU's Mike the Tiger embodied the school even more than he currently does.
We used to let Mike chew on a keg. Potentially the most LSU thing of all time. pic.twitter.com/fbeyM5R1mM — Matt DeVille (@Matt_DeVille) November 2, 2013
Les Miles Honorary Coaching Decision of the Week
Given how often Iowa's coach makes decisions like this, perhaps he should have a category of his very own. That said, Kirk Ferentz kicked from the opponent's 35-yard line, with the wind, late in the first quarter with the Hawkeyes winning 3-0. (The ball was downed at the eight-yard line.) The internet reacted as it does.
Iowa lost 28-9.
And what does the Big 12 have to say about this kind of hard-hitting B1G action?
Play of the week
This catch by Arizona State's Rick Smith in the Sun Devils' 55-21 win over Washington State on Thursday took all kinds of concentration.
Special consideration to this crazy play by Sacred Heart, regardless of how bad the video quality is.
And another touchdown from Texas big fella Chris Whaley:
But the winner, of course, is Nebraska's Hail Mary to beat Northwestern.
If only the Huskers celebrated like this Michigan State lineman, we'd have the play of the decade.
The Ricky Dobbs All-Stars
A sampling of some of the more exciting performers from Week 10.
Ohio State QB Braxton Miller: 19-of-23, 233 yards, 4 TD (all in the first half), 1 INT in 56-0 win vs. Purdue
NIU QB Jordan Lynch: 10-of-13, 160 yards, 1 TD, 119 rush yards, 4 TD in 63-19 win vs. UMass
Marshall QB Rakeem Cato: 21-of-28, 262 yards, 5 TD in 61-13 win vs. Southern Miss
Arizona State QB Taylor Kelly: 22-of-31, 275 yards, 5 TD, 1 INT, 66 rush yards, 2 rush TD in 55-21 win vs. Washington State
ULM QB Kolton Browning: 21-of-31, 354 yards, 5 TD, 1 rush TD in 49-37 win vs. Troy
Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro: 15 catches, 174 yards, 1 TD in 52-34 loss to Oklahoma State
Clemson QB Tajh Boyd: 24-of-29, 377 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT, 1 rush TD in 59-10 win vs. Virginia
Boston College RB Andre Williams: 166 yards, 2 TD in 34-27 win vs. Virginia Tech
Texas RB Malcolm Brown: 119 yards, 4 TD in 35-13 win vs. Kansas
Notre Dame RB Tarean Folston: 140 yards, 1 TD in 38-34 win vs. Navy
Toledo QB Terrance Owens: 18-of-24, 375 yards, 3 TD in 55-16 in vs. Eastern Michigan
UCLA QB Brett Hundley: 19-of-24, 273 yards, 2 TD, 72 rush yards, 2 rush TD in 45-23 win vs. Colorado
Auburn RB Tre Mason: 168 yards, 4 TD in 35-17 win vs. Arkansas