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Upsets galore, four of the BCS Top Ten Teams lost this weekend. #2 Oklahoma St. lost Friday night setting the tone for an interesting weekend. On Saturday, #4 Oregon was upset by the USC Trojans 38-35, #5 Oklahoma was downed by the Baylor Golden Bears 45-38, and #7 Clemson tasted defeat at the hands of North Carolina State 37-13.

Oregon saw their BCS Championship Game hopes end with their missed field goal in the wanning moments of Saturdays game against USC. USC came into the game with nothing to lose, they are ineligible for bowl games due to recruiting violations. Oregon looked like an undersized team, which they are. USC ran the ball and ran the ball well, this set up the play action for quarterback Matt Barkley who ran it to near perfection.

  

Oregon mounted a massive comeback. They trailed by 17 in the third quarter, but their no huddle offense took USC’s defense in a position they weren’t used to. Oregon neutralized USC’s size advantage by running to the edge, Oregon has the speed advantage. The Ducks also stepped up their defense, forcing a nearly flawless Barkley to throw a pick and fumble a ball.

The game was at least tie-able for the Ducks, as they were able to march the field in the final minutes of the game, to give their kicker an easy 37 yard look at a tie. Big surprise, the kicker, Alejandro Maldondado, missed. Hooked the ball wide to the right, the ending was slightly reminiscent of Boise St.’s loss to Nevada last year.

This loss ended any hope of Oregon making it to another national championship game.

Oklahoma’s championship hopes were shot down as well, courtesy of Robert Griffin III. Baylor’s star quarterback, Griffin, played as well as anyone on Saturday. He threw for 479 yards, 4 touchdowns, and no interceptions. His final touchdown came with only 8 seconds left in the game, when he found Terrence Williams in the back corner of the end zone for a 34 yard game winning strike.

The game was closely contested the whole way. Baylor would start to pull away, but Oklahoma would find a way to make the game close again. The Sooners were anchored by goal line nightmare, “Bell-dozer,” Blake Bell, who had 16 yards rushing and 4 TDs. The Sooners tied up the ball game with 51 seconds left, just enough time for Griffin.

This is when the magic happened. Baylor started with the ball deep in their territory with intentions to run out the clock and play for overtime. They ran a simple handoff with their first play. They only gained a couple of yards. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, being the smart coach he is, decided to call a timeout. He had three timeouts to work with, and was figuring his team would force Baylor into a three and out, force Baylor to punt, and maybe have enough time to move into field goal range. Next play, Griffin dropped back, saw no one open, took off for a long gain on the ground, and got out-of-bounds. At this point I’m sure Stoops was saying, “Oh Sh**, I probably shouldnt have done that.” Baylor then ran two more plays, picked up a large chunk of ground, and were 34 yards away from the end zone, within field goal range. They had time to run one more play and get out-of-bounds to set up a more achievable field goal, but Griffin being the stud he is found an open Williams for the win.

Oklahoma played admirably, but they were no match for Heisman Candidate Griffin and the impeccable game he played on Saturday. He polished his Heisman resume with the win and the 4 touchdowns.

The 4th major upset of the weekend was suffered by the Clemson Tigers. They were out played by a far inferior NC St., in a game that they were predicted to win, and win handily.

NC State’s quarterback Mike Glennon threw for 3 TDs, and 253 yards as his team pulled off the unlikely upset. Clemson lost any shot at a chance for the BCS Title.

In other crazy college football news, Arkansas tight end, Garrett Uekman, died today of unknown cause. Saturday, Yale tail-gater was hit by a truck and killed.

The AP Top 25 poll has three SEC teams on top, #1 LSU, #2 Alabama, and #3 Arkansas. Stanford has an offside chance at making the BCS National Title game with this weekend of upsets. If LSU beats Arkansas next weekend, and Alabama loses, or even if Alabama wins, Stanford might have a shot at the title game. LSU has already beat Alabama once this year, and Stanford has only one loss which came to Oregon. Who knows? More interesting, what do you think, and which upset do you think was the biggest this weekend?

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Last year it was recruiting violations, this year its the molestation of boys. College sports are going crazy, by crazy I mean crazy screwed up.

If you havent turned on your TV or read your newspaper you might not know about the Penn St. mess. Penn St.’s defensive coordinator of the late 90’s, Jerry Sandusky, is under allegations that he molested 8 different boys. Sandusky was coaching under the legend Joe Paterno who was recently released from employment at Penn St., following pressure by the media.

The Sandusky mess all started in 1977 when he started a Non Profit, The Second Mile, for at risk boys in the PA area.

Here is a timeline from the NY Daily News:

1994:Boy known as Victim 7 in the grand jury presentment released last weekend meets Sandusky through Second Mile at “about the age of 10,” according to grand jury testimony. 

1996-98:Boy known as Victim 5 in grand jury presentment is taken to the locker rooms and showers at Penn State by Sandusky when he is 8 to 10 years old, according to grand jury testimony.

 1998:Boy known as Victim 6 in grand jury presentment is taken into the locker rooms and showers when he is 11 years old and showers with Sandusky, according to grand jury testimony. Sandusky lathers up boy and says, “I’m going to squeeze your guts out.” When Victim 6 is dropped off at his home, he tells his mother of the incident and she reports the information to university police, who investigate. Investigators eavesdrop on two conversations between the mother and Sandusky, and after one conversation, Sandusky asks for forgiveness, even telling the mother, “I wish I were dead.” Then Centre County district attorney Ray Gricar ultimately says no charges will be filed against Sandusky.

Summer 1999:Sandusky announces he will retire from Penn State at the end of the season. He will have emeritus status, maintain an office on campus and have access to all Penn State facilities.

Dec. 28, 1999:Boy known as Victim 4, is part of Sandusky’s family party for the 1999 Alamo Bowl in Texas, according to grand jury report.

Fall 2000: According to grand jury report, Penn State janitor named Jim Calhoun observes Sandusky in university’s Lasch Football Building showers with a young boy, Victim 8, pinned up against the wall, performing oral sex on the boy. He informs janitorial staff members. Employee Ronald Petrosky cleans the showers at Lasch and witnesses Sandusky and the boy, whom he describes as being between the ages of 11 and 13, exit holding hands. Calhoun, a temporary employee, never reports incident.

March 1, 2002: According to grand jury report, Penn State graduate assistant Mike McQueary enters the locker room at the Lasch Football Building. He witnesses Sandusky performing anal sex on boy, known as Victim 2, whose age he estimates at 10. McQueary tells his father, who advises him to tell Paterno. McQueary meets with Paterno the following morning.

March 3, 2002:According to the grand jury, Paterno calls Penn State athletic director Tim Curley, and tells Curley what he was told by McQueary. Paterno’s version is that McQueary had seen Sandusky “fondling or doing something of a sexual nature.” Later that month, McQueary meets with Curley and senior vice president for finance and business Gary Schultz. McQueary says he believes he witnessed Sandusky having anal sex. Curley and Schultz never report the incident to authorities.

April 15, 2005: Gricar, the Centre County DA, disappears after a trip to Lewisburg, Pa. His car is later found parked in a lot and his computer and hard drive are found in the Susquehanna River. The twice-divorced Gricar, 59, is never seen or heard from again. “It’s literally a mystery,” Bellefonte Borough Police Chief Shawn Weaver tells the Daily News in 2011. “The man vanished, period. No human trace has been found. There’s only one of three things that could have happened to him — a suicide, homicide or he just walked away.”

2007:According to the grand jury report, during the 2007 track season, Sandusky begins spending time with boy known as Victim 1. Victim 1 stays overnight at Sandusky’s home, and later testifies that Sandusky performs oral sex on him multiple times. Sandusky also brings Victim 1 onto PSU campus even though he was barred from bringing boys to the university after alleged 2002 incident.

Spring 2008: Victim 1 terminates contact with Sandusky, while a freshman at a Clinton County high school, according to grand jury report.

2009:Then-Pennsylvania attorney general Tom Corbett begins sexual abuse investigation of Sandusky.

September 2010: Sandusky retires from day-to-day involvement with The Second Mile.

Summer 2011: Lara Gricar, adopted daughter of Ray Gricar, successfully files petition to have her father declared deceased.

Nov. 5, 2011:Sandusky is arrested and released on $100,000 bail after being arraigned on 40 criminal counts. Curley and Schultz are charged with perjury and failure to report the allegations.

Nov. 7, 2011:Pennsylvania attorney general Linda Kelly holds a press conference. She says Paterno is not a target of the investigation. Curley and Schultz surrender on charges and step down from their posts — Curley goes on administrative leave, while Schultz retires. State police chief Frank Noonan says there are “no heroes” in the investigation. Both Kelly and Noonan encourage other victims to come forward.

Nov. 8, 2011: Penn State cancels Paterno’s weekly press conference. Paterno tells reporters, “We’ll try to do it as soon as we can.” Reports swirl that Paterno will be ousted by Board of Trustees.

Nov. 9, 2011:Paterno announces he’ll retire at the end of the season. Late that evening, Board of Trustees votes to oust Paterno and Penn State president Graham Spanier in an announcement made by Board’s vice-chairman John Surma. Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley is named interim head coach. Riots erupt in the streets, as angry students throw rocks, tip over a TV news van and shout support for Paterno.

Nov. 10, 2011:University announces McQueary, a receivers coach with the team, will not be in attendance for Nov. 12 home game against Nebraska, due to threats the State College native has received.

Nov. 11, 2011: McQueary is placed on administrative leave.

Nov. 12, 2011:Despite late comeback, Penn State falls to Nebraska, 17-14, in first game since scandal hits.”

The Sandusky investigation is ongoing at this point, he is released on a $100,000 bail right now. In a recent interview with “Rock Center’ he denied all allegations against him. Sandusky admitted to showering with the boys, touching their legs, hugging them, and horsing around in the showers, but he said he never had any sexual contact with them. He also went on to say that he liked boys but was never attracted to them sexually.  

I personally think that Paterno doesn’t deserve to have as much blame as the media is giving him. He reported the incident to the authority above him, and it wasnt his decision to not pursue it. What do you think.