Earle Bruce’s Ohio State Buckeyes opened the season ranked 14th nationally with sophomore QB Mike Tomczak at the helm replacing the graduated All-Big Ten QB Art Schlichter.
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September 10, 1977 – The 4th ranked Southern Cal Trojans of coach John Robinson traveled to meet the Missouri Tigers coached by Al Onofrio to open the 1977 season.
Thompson’s shot in double overtime helped the Wolfpack end the seven-year reign of the UCLA Bruins and propelled NC State to its first national title in 1974. ‘Skywalker’ won back-to-back AP Player-Of The Year awards along with the Final Four Most Outstanding Player award. Over a nine-year career in the NBA, Thompson averaged 22 ppg.
September 9, 1972 – In the first ever Belt match-up, champion Nebraska traveled to Los Angeles as 21-point favorites to defeat the UCLA Bruins.
September 8, 1984 – The top-ranked, 2-0 Miami Hurricanes & coach Jimmy Johnson traveled to Ann Arbor to meet the 14th ranked Michigan Wolverines of coach Bo Schembechler. Michigan was opening their season while Miami were playing their third ranked team in just 12 days. This Wolverines’ team was in a down cycle but still included All-Big Ten players DT Kevin Brooks & LB Mike Mallory. Michigan used a ball-control offense led by 35:53 in time of possession with 3 rushing touchdowns from RB Bob Perryman while the Wolverines’ defense recovered 2 fumbles & intercepted Miami’s QB Bernie Kosar 6 times as Michigan claimed The Belt with a 22-14 upset of the Hurricanes.
Maybe Jagodzinski, Gailey, and Schonert could share a little of their wisdom about the High Life with the likes of Michael Crabtree. With others around the NFL losing their jobs,, Crabtree and his peeps have decided the contract offered him is not enough. Crabtree, as is well known now, might consider sitting out the season. Here’s hoping his conciliar can float Crabtree a few loans to get him through to next season.
On March 26th of this year Boone had open-heart surgery to repair a cogenital defect in his aortic valve. Five months later, Boone returned to Major League Baseball.
But any time you can hold an accomplished WAC offense like Nevada’s scoreless, it should be noted and celebrated. This was ND’s first shutout since 2002 (Rutgers). The Irish gave up quite a bit of yardage in the middle of the field, but were both stout and lucky when it came to red zone defense.
The UCLA Bruins of coach Terry Donahue opened the season against the California Golden Bears of coach Keith Gilbertson. California’s QB Dave Barr threw 3 touchdown passes but it was two failed 2-point conversion attempts by UCLA that spelled the difference in a 27-25 Golden Bear victory to claim The Belt.