ZHODB Notes Week 3
WEEKLY NOTES Sept. 14, 2016
AT A GLANCE
C-USA: Friday night lights in the Lone Star state leads off Week 3 of C-USA Football, with a pair of challenging non-conference games in league stadiums. Old Southwest Conference rivals Baylor and Rice renew their rivalry in the Owls’ home opener (7 p.m. on ESPN), along with Arizona State and UTSA meeting for the first time in San Antonio (8:30 p.m. on ESPN 2).
C-USA standings here:
BIG TEN: One week after the Big Ten had four schools score 50 points in the same weekend for the first time in nine seasons, the conference topped that with five 50-point scoring squads this past weekend. It’s the first time the Big Ten had five teams top 50 points on the same weekend since Sept. 13, 1997.
Big Ten standings here:
THE DEFENSE RESTS: Southern Miss broke a 19-year old Conference USA record for fewest total yards in a game during Saturday’s 56-0 shutout over Savannah State. The Golden Eagles allowed just 41 total yards of offense, breaking the old record of 53, set by Cincinnati against Kansas on Sept. 19, 1997.
WOLVERINES ROLLING: Michigan’s 114 total points are fourth-most in school history through the first two games of the season and represent the second time since 1947 the Wolverines have scored at least 100 points in their first two contests (they had exactly 100 in 2013).
MR. JONES: With 372 rushing yards in the first two games of the season, UTEP junior RB Aaron Jones is ranked second in the FBS in rushing at 186.0 yards per game. He has a pair of 100-yard QUARTERS this season and has scored three touchdowns.
DON’T KICK TO HIM!: Rutgers’ Janarion Grant tied a Big Ten record with his fifth career kickoff return for a touchdown, scoring on an 84-yard runback last Saturday against Howard. Purdue’s Stan Brown also had five kickoff returns for touchdowns from 1968-70.
IN THE NEWS
Mark Emmert (@MarkEmmert) of the Des Moines Register writes that Hawkeyes quarterback C.J. Beathard has taken command of the offense. A coach compared Beathard to Peyton Manning. A teammate thinks he should be a Heisman contender. Read the rest here:
Grant Traylor (@GrantTraylor) of the Huntington Herald-Dispatch tells the tell of Marshall wide receiver Michael Clark waiting five years to get back on the football field. Continue reading here:
Andy Greder (@andygreder) of the St. Paul Pioneer Press lets us know that the Golphers felt disrespected by Indiana State before Saturday’s game. The Sycamores paid the price. Read more here:
Brett Vito (@BrettVito) of the Denton Record-Chronicle recaps the first wins for both North Texas coach Seth Littrell and quarterback Mason Fine in his first career start. The whole story here:
TICKETS ON SALE: Tickets for the 2016 Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl will be on sale at www.heartofdallasbowl.com. Tickets range from $25 for a general admission seat, to $75 for a reserved lower bowl seat and $125 for a mid-field chair back seat.
HOLIDAY CHEER IN BIG D: The seventh annual Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl will be played on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium on the grounds of Fair Park. This year’s Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl featuring teams Conference USA and the Big Ten is slated to kick off at 11 a.m. CT (noon ET), and televised nationally on ESPN.