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27 Dec 2007 - 17:04 Pacific...

    I seem to already be late to the dance. Mack Brown is already REALLY fired up as I turn on the Holiday Bowl between Texas and Arizona State. Watched both these teams play on ESPN Classic earlier; now it is time to watch a live contest...

    Texas is already down just outside the ASU 10... McCoy rolls right and passed clear to Nate Jones, but Jones steps outside the endzone as he receives the wide-open catch... the paint in the back of the endzone confused the Longhorn receiver. Second and ten, Jones catches the ball in bounds, sprinting along the right side of the field until he gets pushed out at the two...

    McCoy in, Lokey in as a fullback, McCoy fakes, and gets Derek Lokey open on the right. He holds on to the ball and tumbles across the plane. The senior has long been a lead blocker in goal-line situations; now he gets a touchdown in his last game as a Longhorn. The extra point is good, and Texas takes a 7-0 lead over Arizona State...

 

27 Dec 2007 - 17:09 Pacific...

    Both the Sun Devils and the Longhorns have a long history with this bowl game. Jake Plummer comes on the ESPN broadcast to announce the starting offense for ASU; WOW, and I thought I was hairy! Third and two for Jake the Snake's alma mater, on thieir own 33. Carpenter hits Chris McGaha to pick up the first down. 12 and change left in the first quarter, first down, and Carpenter has to throw one away as Texas brings the pressure... but it is intentional grounding, Rudy was still inside the pocket, and with 12:00 even left on the clock it will be second and 23 for Arizona State on their own 28... Nance gets four on a draw up the middle...

    Arizona State last came to San Diego for the Holiday Bowl in 2002. They suffered a 34-27 loss to Kansas State... and they are not out to a good start to exorcise those demons. Fourth and nine, the Sun Devils punt... the ball bounces well, and is downed by Arizona State at Texas' 10. But they must rebound on defense and hold McCoy and crew if they are to win their first Holiday Bowl trophy...

    Texas, meanwhile, was the Holiday Bowl loser the season after the Sun Devils; Washington State came in and defeated the Longhorns 28-20 in the 2003 edition. Two years earlier, however, Texas had managed to win a 47-43 shootout against Washington; but the Big 12 juggernaut has a lifetime 1-2 record in the bowl. The two teams today have a combined 1-4 record in this late-December bowl game... 

 

27 Dec 2007 - 17:19 Pacific...

    Texas picks up the first down. Nate Jones catches McCoy's first-down pass, but slips and takes a knee for only a one-yard gain. Second and nine, under eight minutes left in the first quarter... still a lot of game to play. A fake reverse into an end-around pass by Cosby is read all the way by Arizona State... and now "Grizzly Adams" Plummer comes back on to announce the Arizona State defense. Colt McCoy on third down, from the shotgun, tries to thread a needle in the middle, but Arizona State has great coverage. Texas is forced to punt, and Arizona State should have great field position... even better now, as Texas commits a false-start penalty... errr, illegal snap penalty. It is five yards either way. Now 4th and 14 for Moore... and Arizona State will get the ball inside Texas territory on the 47... half a quarter down, where will this one lead? 

 

27 Dec 2007 - 17:30 Pacific...

    Did Texas just get this fumble? Give me another look... now they are taking an official review, 7:21 left in the first quarter... the ruling on the field stands, and the Sun Devils give the ball right back to Texas... with all that great field position, the defensive stop, Dimitri Nance takes the first play of the drive and gets stripped before he hits the turf...

    Now Texas lines up, John Chiles in for Colt McCoy at quarterback. The handoff to Charles, and... Jamaal Charles breaks a BIG one to get inside the Arizona State 5 and make the turnover even costlier. Texas is on the four, and that run Charles just busted turned out to be a 48-yarder. John Chiles lining up again at quarterback in the goal-line situation, he runs to the left a la Vince Young and gets the touchdown, converting the turnover into quick points, and Texas is already up 14-0 with 7:12 still to play in this first quarter... WOW!

 

27 Dec 2007 - 17:37 Pacific...

    Carpenter takes Arizona State back onto the field... they got six on first down, now second and four. Dimitri Nance runs up the middle and gets two more, getting back up in the saddle after coughing up the ball on his last carry. Third and two... and Nance gives the second effort to get the first down. Carpenter's stats flash across the screen; Keegan Herring can get nothing on the first-down handoff as he gives Nance a break in the back field. Carpenter hasn't been the problem in this game; he is actually playing quite efficiently... I write as he lobs up an underthrown interception for Marcus Griffin to snag off the deflection.

    So much for clairvoyance... Texas takes over on its own 11... Charles already has 68... now 63 after losing five on the first-down carry. Now the Longhorns are backed up seriously, inside their ten, officially between the seven and eight yard line. McCoy fakes and rolls left, tossing a first-down pass along the left striipe to Nate Jones -- who does a PHENOMENAL job getting his foot down inbounds for the completion.

    Now Texas gets penalized for a sideline infraction warning... Mack Brown is having a great time harassing the referees. McCoy throws way high and wide off first down at the 23. Incomplete... second down. McCoy in the shotgun, hands off, and Texas gets nowhere. Third and ten, four minutes left, another key down for the Sun Devil defense. McCoy in the shotgun again, scrambling, dodges one, two, three, four... he gets six, but can't move the chains... fourth and four, but now Texas has some punting room...

 

27 Dec 2007 - 17:47 Pacific...

    Second and ten for Arizona State, not finding room for anything right now. 2:10 left in the first quarter... Carpenter takes the snap and tosses it wide and out of bounds again... ASU will punt again, unable to muster anything against the Texas defense. Fair catch at the Longhorn 29...

    Arizona State is looking increasingly like pretenders right now... they are giving Texas too much time of possession and McCoy rolls right, buying time, before he finds Cosby WAY DOWNFIELD. McCoy had a great presence of mind as to the line of scrimmage, and Texas is now quickly down inside the red zone again. Another first-down run, another touchdown for Jamaal Charles. The junior tailback now has 80 yards and a touchdown... and the first QUARTER still isn't over. Texas goes up again, opening the floodgates and taking a 21-0 lead...

    So I go back and look at the stats and Texas only has a 20-second edge in time of possession (6:55-6:35)... The kick is off again and Arizona State is stifled around the twenty. Burnt orange all over the turf in San Diego. Still 1:22 in this first quarter, plenty of time for something to happen. Carpenter hits Michael Jones for seven to the right, and the clock ticks down as the Sun Devils huddle before second and three. Carpenter hands off to Nance, who cuts back to the left after leading right to pick up the first down. Erickson can't let his boys get too paranoid early here: there is, after all, still 45:32 left to play in this game. They need to continue picking up first downs and playing their game.

    Carpenter drops back and dumps the screen to Nance, who jukes in the flat to get another first down. Sixteen seconds left in the quarter, on their own 45, first and ten. Carpenter completes for nine to McGaha to get back into Texas territory. The quarter comes to an end, and they will switch directions and play on in a few... 

 

27 Dec 2007 - 18:01 Pacific...

    Arizona State now has third and three on the Texas 48 after an incomplete Rudy Carpenter pass. Texas is forced to take a timeout... and now Arizona State cannot convert on third down, dropping the ball... but Palmer commits pass interference on the defense, and it is an automatic first down. The way the game is going right now, Texas looks like they will lose only if they strive to beat themselves...

    Carpenter lobs the ball again, and if it hadn't been so far out of bounds it might've been intercepted... but Texas commits another penalty and Arizona State gains yards off a broken play due to the lack of Longhorn focus. Now on the opposition 26, Nance picks up five on first down to geat near the red zone. Pitch to Nance right on second and five, and he gets another first down down inside the fifteen. First and ten for Arizona State on the fourteen. Nance can't get anything this time, stuffed by the heart of the Texas line for a one-yard loss. Second and eleven on the fifteen; this is the tenth play of the Sun Devil drive. The pass is once again incomplete as Carpenter begins to become erratic with his arm; third and eleven.

    The announcers remind us that Arizona State has come back from double-digit deficits before this season... but they won't if Carpenter continues to throw laterals and turn the ball over. There is a flag on the field, but if this doesn't go Arizona State's way, then they will be dying by the turnover... the flag was for intentional grounding, but it was not a forward pass, so the flag is picked up, and Texas has the ball deep inside Sun Devil territory... they are tackled after the fumble return on the ASU 43... but was the live ball interfered with by the Longhorn sideline?

    Reviews, reviews, reviews... they keep football fairer while making games longer... did he or didn't he touch the ball with his thumb? Who cares? Would it have affected the play? Why are those staff members jumping onto the field of play? All questions to be pondered... 

 

27 Dec 2007 - 18:11 Pacific... 

    The referees overturn the ruling, stating that the staff member on the Texas sideline touched the ball. Arizona State gets the ball back due to this "unsportsmanlike act", and Texas is penalized half the distance to the goal from the original spot inside the fifteen. Erickson's team has new life, and Texas and Mack Brown are getting even more despondent. They need to get their heads back into the game REAL SOON; they could quickly let Arizona State back into the game if they score quick here and stop a slowed-down Longhorn offense. Texas has been on defense a LONG TIME (3:37 to date, but with a lot of review time in between)... and Arizona State could be seeing the momentum swinging its way for once.

    First and goal on the seven... Carpenter strays from the huddle... no, wait, this goes to fourth down now? What are the referees doing? The first down marker is at the four-yard line, so it is fourth and three on the Texas 7... Carpenter under center... pass to McGaha and a TOUCHDOWN! McGaha gets his first touchdown catch of the season, and Carpenter threads the needle to get his team on the scoreboard...

    The announcers just corroborated: Arizona State has new life. 21-7 Texas, but the momentum has shifted...  

 

27 Dec 2007 - 18:21 Pacific... 

    Penalty flags fly as Texas gets a great return on the kickoff. Illegal block in the back, and Texas is backed up inside its own 20... McCoy back on the field with the Longhorn offense, and he fumbles the ball and bobbles it around before falling on the loose ball at the eight. Second and 21... this momentum has REALLY shifted... McCoy holds that snap, but Charles only gets one on the screen pass. Third and nineteen... and the pass is read effortlessly again, the receiver getting dumped inside the five... fourth and 24 on the five.

    Arizona State will get the ball at the Texas 39 with another short field to claw back into this contest... 

    As we go under ten minutes left in the first half, third and two on the Texas 31, ASU fails to pick up the first down. Fourth and one for the Sun Devils... they go for it... Carpenter has his man wide open and tosses it high, but Miller can't get up to it... turnover on downs, Texas eludes disaster...

 

27 Dec 2007 - 18:33 Pacific... 

    Texas seems to have regained its swagger... a fake punt converts one forth down... but as I write that Colt McCoy launches one to Laredo way out of bounds to make it third and eleven for the Longhorns on the ASU 28. Drops back, scrambles, and eventually gets dropped after getting to within three yards of the first-down marker. After the play, personal foul on the Sun Devils gives Texas another first down. McCoy scrambles left and runs nine yards to paydirt, putting Texas back up by three scores...

    4:43 left, and Arizona State is going to have to score at LEAST one score before halftime if it wants any logical hope of coming back in this contest... 28-7 Texas... 

 

27 Dec 2007 - 18:45 Pacific... 

    Arizona State is punting on fourth down and two with three minutes left in the half, and already I am thinking that this might be cruel and unusual punishment subjecting my wife to this game... and Arizona State is going to have to do THAT again because they don't know how to get enough men up to the line of scrimmage in the punt formation. The second attempt is caught fairly at the Texas 28... I think this may be game over, especially if Texas scores. I might be turning this game off if the score is 35-7 at halftime; just can't justify not spending time with my wife to watch a blowout...

 

27 Dec 2007 - 18:57 Pacific... 

    Came back from THAT cigarette break just in time! Colt McCoy just fumbled the ball, and Arizona State recovered on the Texas 15. Carpenter takes a shot to the back of the endzone on first down, but his receiver is double-covered. Second down, and pressure comes again. Carpenter throws the ball away, but it is almost intercepted... third down, fortunately for Arizona State. They don't need field goals here. They need touchdowns, but the pass is incomplete near the sticks on the right sideline and the Lou Groza winner, Thomas Weber, comes on to attempt a 32-yard field goal. 28-10, Texas... it is faint hope, but it may be too little too late... though Arizona State has come back from 18 down before...

 

27 Dec 2007 - 19:11 Pacific...

    Halftime at the Holiday Bowl, and the big news in college football is that West Virginia has sued Rich Rodriguez for his $4 million contract buyout. Arizona State is down 28-10 at the half. The Longhorn's junior tailback, Jamaal Charles, is chewing up turf with 86 yards on nine carries -- 9.6 yards per attempt -- to go with one touchdown. The two Texas quarterbacks, Colt McCoy and John Chiles, each have rushing touchdowns as well. McCoy has been an efficient 12-of-19 for 112 yards and a passing touchdown to defensive tackle/"Fridge" impersonator Derek Lokey

    Meanwhile, it is turnovers which have defined this game. Arizona State has committed two turnovers, and has only forced the late McCoy fumble. While Texas is getting touchdowns, the Sun Devils could only muster three points off its turnover. Even without the ample running from the rest of the Longhorns, Charles is outrunning Arizona State 86-5... which is slightly misleading. The brightest spot on offense for Arizona State, Dimitri Nance (who albeit has a fumble which became seven for Texas), has 40 yards on the ground... but it took him fourteen carries to get there. Jamaal averages three times as many yards per carry as Nance in the first half... these are the biggest reasons why Texas is trying to remain focused with its eighteen-point lead; and why Dennis Erickson is trying to cajole his team to one more double-digit comeback victory.

 

27 Dec 2007 - 19:32 Pacific...

    Arizona State gets the ball first in the second half. First and ten on the ASU 33; Carpenter throws wide and out of bounds. Second and ten; Nance is stuffed just across the line of scrimmage and it will be third and nine-and-a-half. Texas came out meaning business. But on third down Rudy Carpenter fires in tight to McGaha, who hangs on with his fingertips and grabs the green with his tiptoes to get the first down. First and ten has Nance barreling straight into the Texas defense, losing three yards on the draw. Second and twelve on the ASU 45, Carpenter finds TE Miller, who hangs on for another Sun Devil first down. On the Texas 41, Carpenter takes the ball again and screens to Nance, who runs after the catch to pick up nine on the play. Second and one for the Sun Devils on Texas' 32. 13:01 left in the third, and Herring switches up the backfield and takes a quick counter to pick up the first down. ASU lines up on the 30, and Nance gets hit at the line again on a foiled first-down draw. That defensive line for Texas is simply controlling the trenches. Carpenter gets good protection on second down, and lofts a ball up for favored target McGaha -- he nearly had the catch, turning around against his momentum. Third and ten, and Carpenter fails to get the ball to an open Jones... so Weber will come out to attempt a second field goal. The Groza winner ricochets the ball off the right upright and pops it through from forty-six yards for three more Sun Devil points -- the scoreboard now reads 28-13 Texas. 

 

27 Dec 2007 - 19:46 Pacific...

    Arizona State is going to get this ball right back after their defense turned wave after wave of Texas offensives backward. Colt McCoy fumbled again, but managed to fall on it this time at his own 21. On second down, he threw a three-yard dump pass. Third down saw him run straight backward before taking a 16-yard sack. After punting from inside the endzone, the Longhorns give the ball back to the Sun Devils on the Texas 40...

    But it doesn't matter. Carpenter lofts his first ball up from under center, trying to catch McGaha again, and good coverage gets a tipped ball and some backup for the interception. Texas gets the ball back on its own five... 

 

27 Dec 2007 - 20:01 Pacific...

    Why are there always fumbles when I am coming back from my cigarette breaks? Maybe I should stop taking those... McCoy just coughed up the ball as he dashed toward the endzone... and Texas recovered to make the game 35-13. There's eighteen minutes left in this game, but the bells are getting close to striking midnight for Dennis Erickson's overmatched Sun Devils. I think my gut feeling about subjecting the missus to this earlier was prudent and wise... but now I am engrossed in the result. Burgess gets out over midfield on the kickoff return, but great field position has meant little for Arizona State this evening.

    Carpenter will line up to take another chance, but he fumbles the snap and manages to get the ball back to throw it away. The weather is currently 51 degrees in San Diego with 33% humidity and five-mile winds. The second-down throw saw Keegan Herring spring for a 29-yard gain on a short pass from Carpenter... but Herring is now rolling around on the turf, surrounded by ASU trainers... 3:12 left in the third quarter, Arizona State knocking on the door and down inside the Texas 25...

 

27 Dec 2007 - 20:08 Pacific...

    Michael Jones adjusts on the ball in the endzone as Rudy Carpenter threw from his right to make the game 35-20. Arizona State keeps trying to remain alive in this contest; we will have to see if Texas responds. The Sun Devils defense need a stop if they are going to mount one of their trademark comebacks. ASU cannot trade blows with the Longhorns all evening; they have already spotted two touchdowns and a two-point conversion...

    Arizona State's offense showed its true mettle on this drive; now its defense must demonstrate its full potential if they will have a chance. The kickoff is promising; Texas will start inside its own 20. 

    But then ASU lets McCoy use his wheels to get across midfield untouched. The clock winds down in the third quarter, and Texas is inside the ASU 40. McCoy runs again down to the 22, a 17-yard gain which is just befuddling the Sun Devil defense. A flanker screen to Nate Jones gets a yard, and the clock will run down to the end of the third quarter. The teams switch sides; there are fifteen minutes left for Texas to prove its worthiness and pad its lead, fifteen minutes for Erickson and Carpenter and Herring and Nance and McGaha to get Arizona State back into the game... fifteen minutes to decide the 2007 Holiday Bowl champion...

 

27 Dec 2007 - 20:22 Pacific...

    Texas knocking on the door to begin the final quarter. McCoy gets the ball to Shipley for a first down across the ten. First and goal for the Longhorns, and McCoy scrambles down to the four. Jamaal Charles has 102 yards; McCoy has 83; Arizona State as a whole has seven... that's right, SEVEN. Third and goal on the four... McCoy scrambles right and tosses toward the pylon, but cannot complete as the Sun Devil defense was bearing down on him. Ryan Bailey comes out to attempt a 21-yard field goal attempt for Texas... the kick is through, and Texas is up by eighteen, 38-20.

 

27 Dec 2007 - 20:32 Pacific...

    Arizona State punts again, and Texas will get the ball inside the Sun Devil 40. This score is threatening to achieve "blowout" status here now. Jamaal Charles is notorious for his fourth-quarter heroics, and Arizona State is still failing to account for McCoy's scrambling ability. Note to Erickson: McCoy is MOBILE.

    There was some animosity between McCoy and the Texas defense leading up to this game tonight. When the teams arrived in San Diego, Carpenter let it be known that he was "not impressed" by Texas; now the Longhorns are taking every opportunity to rub his smug remarks back in his face. 12:27 left on the ASU 39, John Chiles is in the game, and Texas picks up three on the ground on first down. Chiles in the shotgun on second and seven; he hands off to Charles, who picks up another three. Third and four, clock ticking away, and Chiles sprints to the right on the keeper to pick up the first down before running out at the 28.

    Chiles appears poised to make the most of his garbage time... the pitch to McGee on the option-read goes for twenty-eight and another six for Texas. 44-20 pending the extra point... and Bailey comes in to seal that... a twenty-five point lead for the Longhorns with eleven minutes left, and the boys from Texas appear set to run their Holiday Bowl record back to .500 (2-2)... while Arizona will remain winless in three trips to San Diego. 

 

27 Dec 2007 - 20:32 Pacific...

     Rudy Carpenter is out of the game for Arizona State. McGaha catches the pass from second-stringer Danny Sullivan. He lobs another up there for Jones down inside the Texas 30. He is taking a beating but still getting the ball to his receivers. First and ten at the 27, and Sullivan scrambles and gets another completion, this time for seven yards. He finds Michael Jones again for another first down... the 6'4", 236-pound sophomore is slinging the ball outthere with reckless abandon. First and goal at the ten, and Sullivan gets the ball back to Jones... and it is 45-26 with 8:55 left in the game. The extra point will pull it back within eighteen... and it is good. 45-27 Texas...

    Danny Sullivan is providing a spark for this otherwise-anemic Arizona State offense. But one gets the feeling that this last-ditch effort is going to amount to too little, too late for the hard-luck Sun Devils. They would need to get the ball back quick, and especially NOT allow Texas to string together another drive. The kickoff is up, and... the pooch kick is fair caught at the Texas 40. Colt McCoy is coming back into the game now for Texas. He is 19-of-28 for 158 yards and a touchdown through the air tonight. The handoff goes to Jamaal Charles, who gets eleven and a Texas first down on its first play of the drive... not a good start for the Sun Devils. He gets stuffed on the next first-down carry, though... second and ten.

    Charles has 119 yards on the game. Across midfield, McGee gets the ball but is stuffed at the line. It is now third and ten for Texas as the clock rolls down under seven and a half left... and McCoy slings it to Shipley for the first down completion. Arizona State simply cannot contain the Longhorn offense right now; they are at first and ten on the 38, and Charles gets another two on the ground.

    Another minute is gone from the clock, and time is quickly running out on the Sun Devils. They will finish the year 10-3, but the team shows much promise for the future. It should be a competent Pac-10 team for years to come. McCoy gets another completion, this time to Finley, as the clock winds under five and a half. Fourth and six, ball on the 35... this is more like fourth and seven; Texas would have to get to the 28 to get the first down. 5:21 left in the game... 

 

27 Dec 2007 - 20:55 Pacific...

    Texas cannot convert for the first down, and Sullivan comes back on to the field for the Arizona State offense. He is again pressured on first down, and has to toss the ball to the sidelines. Secdond and ten... Sullivan drops back and finds Jones... but the umpire comes over to say the ball hit the turf and bounced. Incomplete pass, and that was an amazing call by the umpire with the bionic eyes. Third and ten for Arizona State, but now Dennis Erickson is challenging the ruling on the field. The clock stops again for a review with 5:04 remaining...

    The game is winding down, Arizona State is running out of time, and my eyelids are getting heavy... fourth and ten, Sullivan in the shotgun. Michael Jones struggles for the first down. 4:40 remaining, and McGaha is going to get the interference call his way as Beasley held him up from getting the long throw from Sullivan. The ball is uncatchable, so the call appears iffy at best... but ASU has first and ten at the Texas 40. The first-down throw bounces off the helmet of a Texas defensive back, incomplete. Second and ten... Sullivan under pressure... and he cannot thread the ball to his receiver. Third and ten, 4:22 remaining, another big down for Arizona State. Sullivan lines up in the shotgun, gets the snap, and gets the ball to Thompson... who catches the ball in the open for a first down to the Texas 12. Nance takes the toss and gets to the five. Second and three near the goal line...

    Sullivan is showing great potential... Jarrell Woods, a sophomore from Michigan, brings the ball into the endzone and the game is now 45-34. ASU will line up for the onside kick... there is scant hope, but hope though scant still remains hope...

 

27 Dec 2007 - 21:06 Pacific...

    Arizona State recovers the onside kick... or just comes up with the ball, yanking it away after the tackle. Three minutes and change left, the clock drains as Texas keeps it on the ground. Second and five, and Charles picks up the first down to the ASU 32 as the clock winds towards two and a half...

    Jamaal Charles takes the ball again, and runs for daylight and six more. Charles now has 27 rushes for 161 yards and two touchdowns. With the extra point, the spread goes up to eighteen... 52-34 Texas, and the game is all but over with 2:24 remaining... I will recap this all tomorrow; my heavy eyelids call for slumber...

 

28 Dec 2007 - 08:13 Pacific...

    So it appears I didn't miss much more of this game in the final two minutes... Sullivan couldn't muster any more magic, throwing an interception to Texas on the third play after Charles' second touchdown. The Longhorns were able to run down the clock after that...

    Some final statistics -- Charles finished with 27 for 161 and two touchdowns; Colt McCoy played a kismet-kissed game, winning the Holiday Bowl MVP award after tossing 21-of-31 for 171 yards and one passing touchdown, and adding 84 yards on the ground on 16 carries, including another rushing touchdown. Texas' top receivers, Jones and Shipley, each had six catches -- Jones for 47, Shipley for 44...

    The Sun Devils showed some bright spots on an otherwise-gloomy night for the Tempe faithful. Keegan Herring had some good runs in fill-in duty, and Dimitri Nance battled on the ground all day, amassing 48 yards in the end on 18 carries. Junior quarterback Rudy Carpenter had a tough outing, going 18-of-36 for 187 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. His backup, Danny Sullivan, came in and went 7-of-14 for 118 yards, with a touchdown of his own to go with his interception. Chris McGaha had a great game in defeat, catching nine balls from his quarterbacks for 79 yards and a touchdown...

    Both teams end their seasons with identical 10-3 records... while this may be a disappointment in Austin, for a team which harbors perennial national-title aspirations, the season was a pleasant surprise for Arizona State fans. In Dennis Erickson's first season in Tempe, the Sun Devils have turned around to become a Pac-10 force, going from a 7-6 season (4-5 conference) to 10-3 (7-2 conference). The team has seen three-game improvement in the standings; Erickson will not let this program slide after its taste of the big time.

    Jamaal Charles, after his dominant performance, now has a dilemma on his hands -- come back to Austin for his senior season, or seek lucrative NFL riches? Either way he goes, this tailback is going to be good for a long time to come. With all the great running backs that have come from the Longhorns to the NFL, it appears that Charles is poised to place his name among other Texas greats with a fruitful professional career...

    That's all for this game... hope everyone who checked in with this running rant enjoyed the game! 

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