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SmoothPancakes
07-16-2011, 01:15 PM
A Rise to Greatness: A Coaching Carousel Dynasty

The Coaching Career of Marko Ramius



Alright, time to jump into a new dynasty report and have some fun. CC is going to make this a blast, as well as watching the rise of the career of my coach. I have some VERY STRICT rules for job advancement that is going to make this a long career, so you definitely won't see my coach making it to the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Ohio State or Oregon anytime soon.



Dynasty Information

• Xbox 360, NCAA '12 (Seasons 1-3), NCAA '13 (Seasons 4-9), NCAA '14 (Season 10 through present)
• 9 minute quarters at Offensive Coordinator, 8-9 minute quarters as Head Coach
• Difficulty: Offensive Skill - All-American --- Defensive Skill - Heisman
• Game Speed: Slow
• Player Min Speed Threshold: 25
• Rosters: NCAA '14 - auto-named rosters with coach name and Alma Mater edits to reflect 2020 season.
• Sliders: Will be using Jaymo's sliders (tweaked as needed)
• Offline Dynasty
• Playbook – Offense: Utah State (Offensive Coordinator dictated) --- Defense: 4-3 (Defensive Coordinator dictated)
• Alma Mater: :Navy:
• Starting Job: :FIU: Offensive Coordinator
• Current Job: :Utah_State: Head Coach
• Job Progression: Job Progression Rules (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=84000&viewfull=1#post84000)
• Recruiting: Recruiting Rules (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=84000&viewfull=1#post84000)
• Scheduling: Scheduling Rules (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=84000&viewfull=1#post84000)



Current Sliders (based on Jaymo's AA/Heisman sliders)




Offense
All-American


Defense
Heisman


Quarter Length
8-9 minutes


Camera
Normal


Speed
Slow


Threshold
25


Home Field Advantage
On


Ice the Kicker
On





Penalties
Slider Setting


Offside
58


False Start
56


Holding
58


Facemask
57


Offensive Pass Interference
100


Defensive Pass Interference
100


KR/PR Interference
100


Clipping
55


Intentional Grounding
100


Roughing the Passer
54


Roughing the Kicker
100





Slider
Human
CPU


QB Accuracy
20
30


Pass Blocking
50
35


WR Catching
40
40


RB Ability
45
45


Run Block
45
50


Pass Coverage
65
60


Interceptions
50
30


Rush Defense
40
55


Tackling
60
50


FG Power
50
45


FG Accuracy
45
40


Punt Power
60
50


Punt Accuracy
50
50


Kickoff Power
50
50





Auto-Sub
Sub Out
Sub In


QB
40
50


RB
80
85


WR
80
85


FB/TE
80
85


OL
50
55


DT
80
85


DE
80
85


LB
70
75


CB
70
75


S
70
75







--- I posted this in the last post at the bottom of this page, however, I am also editing it into this post so anyone who starts reading this for the first time, will see it right away and hopefully find it easier to follow my coach's career.


Also, to keep things easily accessible, especially as this thread grows into multiple pages, I have everything hyperlinked.

Starting in the Dynasty History post, under Yearly Recaps, I have the year 2011 hyperlinked to my post that contains my 2011 schedule. Every new year, I will hyperlink that year to the post that contains that year's football schedule.

In the Coach Statistics post, under Coach Milestones, I have the score of the Biggest Win and Biggest Loss hyperlinked to that game's post. Same thing with the Coach Career Win-Loss vs. Opponent table. I have the biggest win and/or biggest loss, for each opponent I have played so far, hyperlinked to that game's post in this thread.

And in each season's schedule, I am hyperlinking the scores of each game, to each game's post. So if you go to my season one schedule post, and click on the score of my 26-10 loss at Louisville, you will be taken to the post that contains that game's summary.

That way if this gets into tens of pages, everything will be extremely easy to find and read without having to sort through various posts by those reading or following just to see what happened in my next game. You'll be able to go from game to game, season to season, through the entire history of this dynasty, just by following the various hyperlinks. This is my way of helping keep things very organized, very easy to follow, and very easy to read for everyone who might wander in here, whether you've been following this since my very first post, or you won't start following until I'm halfway through season 5.

SmoothPancakes
07-16-2011, 01:15 PM
Dynasty Rules


Job Progression Rules




Year One

Start dynasty as OC/DC at a one star prestige mid-major program.

--- Can be only OC or DC for first 6-7 years of dynasty.

Years Two and Three

May only move on to higher rated OC/DC jobs after full completion of first contract.

--- Next OC/DC job must be at another mid-major program, no more than three stars prestige.

Years Six and Seven

May only make jump to Head Coach after 6-7 years if going to a mid-major program.

--- Mid-major program must be three stars prestige or less.

------- May move onto four stars prestige or less mid-major programs after completion of first Head Coach contract.
_____________

--- OC/DC positions at major/AQ conference programs are now available, up to four stars.

------- May accept OC/DC at all programs up to five stars after three or more years as OC/DC at a major/AQ conference program.

---------- May accept OC/DC at all programs, including six star prestige, after five or more years at five stars prestige or less major/AQ conference programs.

Years Twelve and beyond

May only make jump to Head Coach of major programs after 5 years HC experience at mid-major.

--- May accept HC jobs at five star prestige programs or less.

------- May accept HC jobs at any programs, including six star prestige, after five or more years at five stars prestige or less major/AQ conference programs.

Contract Rules

Must honor contract years in full, except:

--- May leave via opt-out clause if offered a coaching contract from Navy (alma mater).

------- Includes all versions of contracts (OC, DC, and Head Coach).





Recruiting Rules



TBD.....






Scheduling Rules


Must fill out schedule like in real life with "contracts".

When coordinator or head coach of a non-BCS/mid-major team
If scheduling a BCS/major team, must agree to either a 2 for 1 contract or a one and done contract.
If scheduling a non-BCS/mid-major team, contracts will automatically be home and home.
Games can be spread out, but must be played within 5 years of each other.

When coordinator or head coach of a BCS/major team
If scheduling a BCS/major team, contracts will automatically be home and home.
If scheduling a non-BCS/mid-major team, contracts are allowed to be one and done, home and home, or 2 for 1.
Games can be spread out, but must be played within 5 years of each other.

SmoothPancakes
07-16-2011, 01:17 PM
Dynasty History


Yearly Recaps



Season
Year
Team
Position
Prestige
Record
Rank
Bowl Game
National Champion


1
2011 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=84015&viewfull=1#post84015)
Florida International
Offensive Coordinator
D+
6-7 (4-4)
NR
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Boise State


2
2012 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=95403&viewfull=1#post95403)
Florida International
Offensive Coordinator
C
10-3 (7-1)
NR
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
TCU


3
2013 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=123112&viewfull=1#post123112)
Florida International
Offensive Coordinator
C
10-3 (8-0)
#23
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Ohio State


4
2014 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=163249&viewfull=1#post163249)
Tulsa
Offensive Coordinator
C
13-1 (9-0)
#10
AutoZone Liberty Bowl
USC


5
2015 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=178565&viewfull=1#post178565)
Tulsa
Offensive Coordinator
B-
12-2 (9-0)
#6
Rose Bowl
Alabama


6
2016 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=179718&viewfull=1#post179718)
Tulsa
Offensive Coordinator
C+
9-5 (7-2)
NR
TicketCity Bowl
Notre Dame


7
2017 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=182885&viewfull=1#post182885)
Tulsa
Offensive Coordinator
C
8-5 (5-3)
NR
Armed Forces Bowl
Notre Dame


8
2018 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=191544&viewfull=1#post191544)
Tulsa
Offensive Coordinator
D+
7-6 (5-3)
NR
Beef O'Brady's Bowl
Clemson


9
2019 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=196153&viewfull=1#post196153)
Tulsa
Offensive Coordinator
C
11-2 (7-1)
#12
Champs Sports Bowl
Nebraska


10
2020 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=209273&viewfull=1#post209273)
Utah State
Head Coach
A
9-4 (6-2)
NR
Hawaii Bowl
Ohio State


11
2021 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=223453&viewfull=1#post223453)
Utah State
Head Coach
B
4-8 (4-4)
NR
N/A
Ohio State


12
2022 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=228276&viewfull=1#post228276)
Utah State
Head Coach
B+
11-2 (7-1)
#20
Las Vegas Bowl
Ohio State


13
2023 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=1734959911&viewfull=1#post1734959911)
Utah State
Head Coach
A-
10-4 (7-2)
#21
Las Vegas Bowl
Ohio State


14
2024 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=1734978477&viewfull=1#post1734978477)
Utah State
Head Coach
A
4-3 (2-1)

NR









Coach History



First Season
Last Season
Team
Position
Prestige
Record


2011
2013
Florida International
Offensive Coordinator
C
26-13 (19-5)


2014
2019
Tulsa
Offensive Coordinator
C
60-21 (42-7)


2020
Present
Utah State
Head Coach
A-
38-21 (26-10)








Goals History

Fifth Contract - Utah State HC - 5 Year Contract



Goal
Expectations
Progress


Target Wins Per Year
8
4




--- Contract goal numbers and job security updated through Season 14, Week 7.


Previous Contracts Goals

Fourth Contract - Utah State HC - 3 Year Contract




Goal
Expectations
Progress


Target Wins Per Year
7
:check: 11



--- Contract goal numbers and job security updated through Season 12, End of Season.



Third Contract - Tulsa OC - 4 Year Contract




Fail Impact
Goal
Progress
Pass Impact


:6redarrow:
21+ points per game each season
:check:
:6greenarrow:



Win 10 games in one season
:check:
:6greenarrow:



3300+ passing yards each season
:red-x:
:5greenarrow:


:6redarrow:
65% pass completions over the entire contract
:red-x:
:5greenarrow:


:5redarrow:
Win 6 games in one season
:check:
:5greenarrow:


:6redarrow:
15+ rushing TD in each season
:check:
:5greenarrow:


:4redarrow:
3200+ total offensive yards each season
:check:
:3greenarrow:


:5redarrow:
3400+ total offensive yards each season
:check:
:2greenarrow:




--- Contract goal numbers and job security updated through Season 9, Off-season.



Second Contract - Tulsa OC - 2 Year Contract




Fail Impact
Goal
Progress
Pass Impact



Win 8 games in one season
:check:
:5greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
13+ passing TD in one season
:check:
:5greenarrow:



14+ points per game in each season
:check:
:5greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
7+ rushing TD in one season
:check:
:5greenarrow:


:5redarrow:
2400+ total offensive yards in one season
:check:
:5greenarrow:


:6redarrow:
2400+ total offensive yards in each season
:check:
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
Win 4 games in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:


:5redarrow:
2000+ total offensive yards in one season
:check:
:2greenarrow:




--- Contract goal numbers updated through Season 5, Off-season.


First Contract - FIU OC - 3 Year Contract







Fail Impact
Goal
Progress
Pass Impact


:3redarrow:
500+ rushing yards in each season
:check:
:3greenarrow:



Win 8 games in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:



2000+ total offensive yards in each season
:check:
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
7+ passing TD in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:



10+ points per game in each season
:check:
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
2400+ total offensive yards in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:


:2redarrow:
Wins 4 games in one season
:check:
:1greenarrow:


:6redarrow:
2000+ total offensive yards in one season
:check:






--- Contract goal numbers updated through Season 3, Off-season.









Job Security History



Season
Security at Start
Team
Position
Record
Security at End


2011
41%
Florida International
Offensive Coordinator
6-7 (4-4)
63%


2012
63%
Florida International
Offensive Coordinator
10-3 (7-1)
73%


2013
73%
Florida International
Offensive Coordinator
10-3 (8-0)
100%


2014
44%
Tulsa
Offensive Coordinator
13-1 (9-0)
100%


2015
100%
Tulsa
Offensive Coordinator
12-2 (9-0)
100%


2016
46%
Tulsa
Offensive Coordinator
9-5 (7-2)
48%


2017
48%
Tulsa
Offensive Coordinator
8-5 (5-3)
38%


2018
38%
Tulsa
Offensive Coordinator
7-6 (5-3)
63%


2019
63%
Tulsa
Offensive Coordinator
11-2 (7-1)
90%


2020
98%
Utah State
Head Coach
9-4 (6-2)
100%


2021
100%
Utah State
Head Coach
4-8 (4-4)
100%


2022
99%
Utah State
Head Coach
11-2 (7-1)
100%


2023
100%
Utah State
Head Coach
10-4 (7-2)
100%


2024
100%
Utah State
Head Coach
4-3 (2-1)

SmoothPancakes
07-16-2011, 01:18 PM
Coach Statistics


Coach Win-Loss Records



Category
Wins
Losses


Overall

123

55



Home

61

20



Away

54

30



Neutral Site

8

5



Conference

87

24


Rivalry
22

8


Top 25
5

12


Top 10
3

8


Top 5
1
4


Bowl Games
8
4


Overtime
5
6


For Our Readers Teams
3
6





Coach Milestones



Milestone
Amount


Winning Seasons
11


Top 25 Finishes
6


Top 10 Finishes
2


Top 5 Finishes
0


National Championships
0


Conference Championships
5


Bowl Victories
8


Times Ranked in Top 25
9


Highest Top 25 Ranking
#3


Longest Winning Streak
10 (2014, 2015)


Longest Losing Streak
6 (2021)


Most Wins in a Season
13 (2014)


Most Losses in a Season
8 (2021)


Biggest Win
69-0 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=207446&viewfull=1#post207446) vs. :Memphis:


Biggest Loss
63-6 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=190388&viewfull=1#post190388) at #20 :Oklahoma_State:






Coach Career Win-Loss vs. Opponent



Team Name
Wins
Losses
Biggest Win
Biggest Loss


Air Force
2
2
24-7 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=1734958988&viewfull=1#post1734958988)
24-20 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=227902&viewfull=1#post227902)


Akron
3
0
41-7 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=90718&viewfull=1#post90718)
---


Arizona State
1
1
38-21 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=205880&viewfull=1#post205880)
35-32 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=193341&viewfull=1#post193341)


Arkansas State
1
2
26-24 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=148923&viewfull=1#post148923)
63-37 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=91245&viewfull=1#post91245)


Boise State
3
3
42-24 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=201844&viewfull=1#post201844)
49-28 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=221647&viewfull=1#post221647)


Bowling Green
1
0
42-3 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=95691&viewfull=1#post95691)
---


BYU
4
1
49-7 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=1734996347&viewfull=1#post1734996347)
28-27 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=226354&viewfull=1#post226354)


California
1
0
73-33 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=1734978352&viewfull=1#post1734978352)
---


Cincinnati
1
1
48-27 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=207031&viewfull=1#post207031)
48-45 2OT (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=195222&viewfull=1#post195222)


Colorado State
5
0
52-0 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=236740&viewfull=1#post236740)
---


Connecticut
1
0
54-10 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=206447&viewfull=1#post206447)
---


Duke
2
0
34-31 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=95466&viewfull=1#post95466)
---


East Carolina
3
0
42-14 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=178088&viewfull=1#post178088)
---


Florida Atlantic
2
1
34-9 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=148880&viewfull=1#post148880)
23-16 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=93239&viewfull=1#post93239)


Florida International
3
1
30-17 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=178510&viewfull=1#post178510)
19-16 2OT (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=190762&viewfull=1#post190762)


Fresno State
2
2
35-25 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=236398&viewfull=1#post236398)
62-38 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=226468&viewfull=1#post226468)


Georgia Tech
1
0
52-46 7OT (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=208231&viewfull=1#post208231)



Hawaii
1
1
31-23 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=222399&viewfull=1#post222399)
65-62 3OT (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=227359&viewfull=1#post227359)


Houston
2
0
59-21 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=195682&viewfull=1#post195682)
---


Louisiana Tech
4
0
38-0 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=178819&viewfull=1#post178819)
---


Louisville
1
3
20-17 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=178546&viewfull=1#post178546)
49-23 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=97348&viewfull=1#post97348)


Marshall
2
0
22-0 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=182520&viewfull=1#post182520)
---


Memphis
2
0
69-0 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=207446&viewfull=1#post207446)
---


Miami University
1
1
38-14 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=1734959229&viewfull=1#post1734959229)
34-31 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=1734966576&viewfull=1#post1734966576)


Michigan
0
3
---
52-27 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=1734966938&viewfull=1#post1734966938)


Mid Tennessee State
5
0
52-3 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=179057&viewfull=1#post179057)
---


Navy
0
1
---
27-24 OT (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=194540&viewfull=1#post194540)


Nebraska
0
1
---
51-48 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=179621&viewfull=1#post179621)


Nevada
2
0
21-3 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=231617&viewfull=1#post231617)
---


New Mexico
6

1
63-0 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=178659&viewfull=1#post178659)
21-17 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=236624&viewfull=1#post236624)


North Texas
5
2
51-7 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=179078&viewfull=1#post179078)
7-3 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=181094&viewfull=1#post181094)


Northwestern
0
1
---
35-23 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=182790&viewfull=1#post182790)


Notre Dame
0
1
---
31-23 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=1734987537&viewfull=1#post1734987537)


Ohio State
0
1
---
14-12 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=180894&viewfull=1#post180894)


Oklahoma
1
3
65-56 OT (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=176674&viewfull=1#post176674)
42-21 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=194694&viewfull=1#post194694)


Oklahoma State
0
1
---
63-6 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=190388&viewfull=1#post190388)


Old Dominion
0
2
---
31-30 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=225394&viewfull=1#post225394)


Rice
3
1
42-13 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=178077&viewfull=1#post178077)
28-25 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=191251&viewfull=1#post191251)


SMU
1
2
44-31 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=123028&viewfull=1#post123028)
26-24 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=195837&viewfull=1#post195837)


San Diego State
0
1
---
28-14 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=1734999151&viewfull=1#post1734999151)


San Jose State
3
0
49-21 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=1734969153&viewfull=1#post1734969153)
---


Southern Miss
2
1
38-26 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=179022&viewfull=1#post179022)
28-24 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=181760&viewfull=1#post181760)


Texas A&M
0
1
---
34-23 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=123810&viewfull=1#post123810)


Texas State
2
0
45-31 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=193182&viewfull=1#post193182)
---


Toledo
1
1
31-10 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=185317&viewfull=1#post185317)
32-30 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=181750&viewfull=1#post181750)


Troy
2
1
43-35 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=98136&viewfull=1#post98136)
22-18 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=92058&viewfull=1#post92058)


Tulane
3
0
62-16 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=178371&viewfull=1#post178371)
---


Tulsa
1
1
31-28 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=221311&viewfull=1#post221311)
42-21 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=225371&viewfull=1#post225371)


UAB
3
0
63-10 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=181598&viewfull=1#post181598)
---


UCF
3
2
34-14 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=193302&viewfull=1#post193302)
58-9 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=84445&viewfull=1#post84445)


UL Lafayette
3
0
35-0 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=149026&viewfull=1#post149026)
---


UL Monroe
3
0
31-6 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=93557&viewfull=1#post93557)
---


UNLV
5
0
42-13 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=228210&viewfull=1#post228210)
---


USC
0
1
---
40-10 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=94179&viewfull=1#post94179)


Utah
4
3
48-14 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=178662&viewfull=1#post178662)
42-27 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=210218&viewfull=1#post210218)


UTEP
4
1
38-0 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=179524&viewfull=1#post179524)
45-32 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=191285&viewfull=1#post191285)


UTSA
4
0
42-0 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=179398&viewfull=1#post179398)
---


Vanderbilt
0
1
---
25-21 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=194837&viewfull=1#post194837)


Washington
1
1
19-13 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=1734959897&viewfull=1#post1734959897)
38-13 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=124527&viewfull=1#post124527)


Western Kentucky
4
0
45-10 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=97945&viewfull=1#post97945)
---


Wyoming
3
1
42-14 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=228224&viewfull=1#post228224)
48-47 OT (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=223321&viewfull=1#post223321)






Coach Career Win-Loss vs. Conference



Conference
Wins
Losses


:AAC:
14
8


:ACC:
3
0


:Big_12:
1
5


:Big_Ten:
0
6


:CUSA:
35
9


Independents
4
2


:MAC:
7
2


:Mountain_West:
31

11


:Pac_12:
6
6


:SEC:
0
1


:Sun_Belt:
20
5


:WAC:
1
0

SmoothPancakes
07-16-2011, 01:29 PM
Awards and Accomplishments


Coach Conference Titles




Season
Team
Title


2012
Florida International
Sun Belt Champions


2013
Florida International
Sun Belt Champions


2014
Tulsa
C-USA Champions


2015
Tulsa
C-USA Champions


2016
Tulsa
C-USA Champions







Coach National Titles



Season
Team
Title


---
---
---






Coach Bowl Games



Season
Team
Bowl Game
Opponent
Result


2011
Florida International
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
USC
L - 40-10


2012
Florida International
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
SMU
W - 44-31


2013
Florida International
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
UTEP
W - 28-0


2014
Tulsa
AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Louisville
W - 20-17


2015
Tulsa
Rose Bowl
Nebraska
L - 51-48


2016
Tulsa
TicketCity Bowl
Northwestern
L - 35-23


2017
Tulsa
Armed Forces Bowl
Boise State
L - 21-20


2018
Tulsa
Beef O'Brady's Bowl
UAB
W - 38-22


2019
Tulsa
Champs Sports Bowl
Georgia Tech
W - 52-46 - 7 OT


2020
Utah State
Hawaii Bowl
Western Kentucky
W - 27-26


2022
Utah State
Las Vegas Bowl
Washington
W - 19-13


2023
Utah State
Las Vegas Bowl
California
W-77-33






Heisman Voting



Year
Team
Player
Position
Year
Place
Points (Points Behind)


2015
Tulsa
Kiel Fletcher
HB
Senior
2nd
1561 (476)






Awards



Year
Team
Player
Position
Year
Award


2013
Florida International
Storm Johnson
HB
Junior (RS)
Walter Camp


2014
Tulsa
Brandon Booth
QB
Junior (RS)
O'Brien


2023
Utah State
Leonard Hart
CB
Junior
Bednarik


2023
Utah State
Doug Marcus
K
Junior
Groza







All Americans







Year
Team
Player
Position
Year
Team


2011
Florida International
Darriet Perry
HB
Senior
1st All-Sun Belt


2011
Florida International
Junior Mertile
WR
Junior (RS)
1st All-Sun Belt


2011
Florida International
Joshua Forney
DT
Junior
1st All-Sun Belt


2011
Florida International
T.Y. Hilton
Returner
Senior
1st All-Sun Belt


2011
Florida International
Aaron Davis
RE
Senior
2nd All-Sun Belt





2012
Florida International
Jerrico Lee
DT
Junior
1st All-NCAA


2012
Florida International
Darrian Mallory
HB
Junior (RS)
1st All-Sun Belt


2012
Florida International
Jerrico Lee
DT
Junior
1st All-Sun Belt


2012
Florida International
Emmanuel Sourain
CB
Senior (RS)
1st All-Sun Belt


2012
Florida International
Jake Medlock
QB
Junior
2nd All-Sun Belt


2012
Florida International
Jeremiah Harden
HB
Senior (RS)
2nd All-Sun Belt


2012
Florida International
Tourek Williams
LE
Senior
2nd All-Sun Belt


2012
Florida International
Isame Faciane
RE
Junior
2nd All-Sun Belt


2012
Florida International
Terrance Taylor
CB
Junior (RS)
2nd All-Sun Belt


2012
Florida International
Jonathan Cyprien
FS
Senior
2nd All-Sun Belt


2012
Florida International
Josh Brisk
P
Senior (RS)
2nd All-Sun Belt





2013
Florida International
Storm Johnson
HB
Junior (RS)
1st All-NCAA


2013
Florida International
Storm Johnson
HB
Junior (RS)
1st All-Sun Belt


2013
Florida International
Joshua Forney
DT
Senior (RS)
1st All-Sun Belt


2013
Florida International
Shayon Green
MLB
Senior (RS)
1st All-Sun Belt


2013
Florida International
Craig Gibbs
ROLB
Freshman
1st All-Sun Belt


2013
Florida International
Yusef Hagen
K
Freshman
1st All-Sun Belt


2013
Florida International
Dominique Rhymes
TE
Junior
2nd All-Sun Belt


2013
Florida International
Isame Faciane
RE
Senior
2nd All-Sun Belt


2013
Florida International
Bubba Brown
LOLB
Sophomore
2nd All-Sun Belt





2014
Tulsa
Brandon Booth
QB
Junior (RS)
1st All-NCAA


2014
Tulsa
Clinton Davis
DT
Senior (RS)
1st All-NCAA


2014
Tulsa
Brandon Booth
QB
Junior (RS)
1st All-C-USA


2014
Tulsa
Brandon Price
HB
Junior
1st All-C-USA


2014
Tulsa
Marcel Morris
RG
Junior (RS)
1st All-C-USA


2014
Tulsa
Curt McDonald
RT
Senior
1st All-C-USA


2014
Tulsa
George Smith
LE
Senior (RS)
1st All-C-USA


2014
Tulsa
Brian Wihte
RE
Senior (RS)
1st All-C-USA


2014
Tulsa
Clinton Davis
DT
Senior (RS)
1st All-C-USA


2014
Tulsa
Carlos Wilcox
P
Sophomore
1st All-C-USA


2014
Tulsa
Sean Fox
HB
Senior
2nd All-C-USA


2014
Tulsa
Chad Fisher
WR
Junior
2nd All-C-USA


2014
Tulsa
Sean Parks
WR
Senior (RS)
2nd All-C-USA


2014
Tulsa
John Holt
LT
Senior (RS)
2nd All-C-USA


2014
Tulsa
Everett Brantley
C
Senior
2nd All-C-USA


2014
Tulsa
Jason Smith
RG
Junior
2nd All-C-USA


2014
Tulsa
David Walker
ROLB
Junior
2nd All-C-USA





2015
Tulsa
Kiel Fletcher
HB
Senior
1st All-NCAA


2015
Tulsa
Eric Hayden
WR
Freshman
Freshman All-NCAA


2015
Tulsa
Brandon Booth
QB
Senior (RS)
1st All-C-USA


2015
Tulsa
Kiel Fletcher
HB
Senior
1st All-C-USA


2015
Tulsa
Connor Jefferson
WR
Junior
1st All-C-USA


2015
Tulsa
Daniel Peters
LG
Junior (RS)
1st All-C-USA


2015
Tulsa
Marcel Morris
RG
Senior (RS)
1st All-C-USA


2015
Tulsa
Cameron Powers
RT
Sophomore (RS)
1st All-C-USA


2015
Tulsa
Greg Wilkerson
LE
Sophomore (RS)
1st All-C-USA


2015
Tulsa
Chris Peoples
DT
Sophomore (RS)
1st All-C-USA


2015
Tulsa
Alex Collier
DT
Senior (RS)
1st All-C-USA


2015
Tulsa
Darnell Turner
SS
Freshman
1st All-C-USA


2015
Tulsa
Mark Thompson
WR
Junior (RS)
2nd All-C-USA


2015
Tulsa
Travis Hearn
C
Sophomore (RS)
2nd All-C-USA


2015
Tulsa
Kyle Davis
RT
Junior (RS)
2nd All-C-USA


2015
Tulsa
Carlos Wilcox
P
Junior
2nd All-C-USA





2016
Tulsa
Chris Peoples
DT
Junior (RS)
2nd All-NCAA


2016
Tulsa
Brad Stephens
QB
Freshman
Freshman All-NCAA


2016
Tulsa
Jonathan Chambers
CB
Freshman
Freshman All-NCAA


2016
Tulsa
Brandon Price
HB
Senior
1st All-C-USA


2016
Tulsa
Jason Smith
RG
Senior (RS)
1st All-C-USA


2016
Tulsa
Cameron Powers
RT
Junior (RS)
1st All-C-USA


2016
Tulsa
Chris Peoples
DT
Junior (RS)
1st All-C-USA


2016
Tulsa
Alphonso Pratt
K
Junior
1st All-C-USA


2016
Tulsa
Roy Smith
HB
Junior (RS)
2nd All-C-USA


2016
Tulsa
Daniel Peters
LG
Junior (RS)
2nd All-C-USA


2016
Tulsa
Greg Wilkerson
LE
Junior (RS)
2nd All-C-USA





2017
Tulsa
Will Oliver
HB
Freshman (RS)
Freshman All-NCAA


2017
Tulsa
Will Oliver
HB
Freshman (RS)
1st All-C-USA


2017
Tulsa
Travis Hearn
C
Senior (RS)
1st All-C-USA


2017
Tulsa
Cameron Powers
RT
Senior (RS)
1st All-C-USA


2017
Tulsa
Carlos Wilcox
P
Senior (RS)
1st All-C-USA


2017
Tulsa
Dennis Moody
LG
Senior (RS)
2nd All-C-USA


2017
Tulsa
Greg Wilkerson
LE
Senior (RS)
2nd All-C-USA


2017
Tulsa
Chris Peoples
DT
Senior (RS)
2nd All-C-USA


2017
Tulsa
David Glover
K
Freshman
2nd All-C-USA





2018
Tulsa
Joe Vaughn
WR
Freshman
Freshman All-NCAA


2018
Tulsa
Will Oliver
HB
Sophomore (RS)
1st All-Big East


2018
Tulsa
Joe Vaughn
WR
Freshman
2nd All-Big East


2018
Tulsa
Shaun Jackson
DT
Junior (RS)
2nd All-Big East


2018
Tulsa
Luke Payne
DT
Sophomore
2nd All-Big East





2019
Tulsa
Will Oliver
HB
Junior (RS)
2nd All-NCAA


2019
Tulsa
Brad Stephens
QB
Senior
1st All-Big East


2019
Tulsa
Will Oliver
HB
Junior (RS)
1st All-Big East


2019
Tulsa
Kyle Alford
LG
Senior (RS)
1st All-Big East


2019
Tulsa
Brett Hampton
C
Senior (RS)
1st All-Big East


2019
Tulsa
Darnell Turner
SS
Senior (RS)
1st All-Big East


2019
Tulsa
Derek Glover
K
Sophomore (RS)
1st All-Big East


2019
Tulsa
Eric Hayden
WR
Senior (RS)
2nd All-Big East


2019
Tulsa
Mike Phillips
RG
Junior
2nd All-Big East


2019
Tulsa
Pat Ross
RT
Junior (RS)
2nd All-Big East


2019
Tulsa
Shaun Jackson
DT
Senior (RS)
2nd All-Big East


2019
Tulsa
Anthony Clement
MLB
Senior (RS)
2nd All-Big East





2020
Utah State
Mike Moses
CB
Freshman (RS)
Freshman All-NCAA


2020
Utah State
Adam Grant
DT
Junior (RS)
1st All-Mountain West


2020
Utah State
Marcus Garrett
DT
Senior (RS)
1st All-Mountain West


2020
Utah State
Lee Bradley
MLB
Senior (RS)
1st All-Mountain West


2020
Utah State
Casey Hunter
ROLB
Sophomore (RS)
1st All-Mountain West


2020
Utah State
Carlton Herring
FS
Senior (RS)
1st All-Mountain West


2020
Utah State
Preston Roberson
HB
Junior (RS)
2nd All-Mountain West


2020
Utah State
Brad Edwards
C
Junior (RS)
2nd All-Mountain West


2020
Utah State
Sam Vinson
SS
Junior (RS
2nd All-Mountain West


2020
Utah State
Eric McGuire
RET
Junior
2nd All-Mountain West





2021
Utah State
Justin Dunn
MLB
Freshman
Freshman All-NCAA


2021
Utah State
Preston Roberson
HB
Senior (RS)
1st All-Mountain West


2021
Utah State
Justin Dunn
MLB
Freshman
1st All-Mountain West


2021
Utah State
Charles Noble
FS
Junior (RS)
1st All-Mountain West


2021
Utah State
Caleb McBride
LE
Junior (RS)
2nd All-Mountain West





2022
Utah State
Ernest Sims
DT
Senior (RS)
1st All-NCAA


2022
Utah State
Tyson Taylor
HB
Freshman
Freshman All-NCAA


2022
Utah State
Lance Nash
DT
Freshman
Freshman All-NCAA


2022
Utah State
Matt Leierer
HB
Senior (RS)
1st All-Mountain West


2022
Utah State
Derek Smith
LT
Junior (RS)
1st All-Mountain West


2022
Utah State
Shaun Peterson
RE
Sophomore
1st All-Mountain West


2022
Utah State
Ernest Sims
DT
Senior (RS)
1st All-Mountain West


2022
Utah State
Casey Hunter
ROLB
Senior (RS)
1st All-Mountain West


2022
Utah State
Mike Moses
CB
Junior (RS)
1st All-Mountain West


2022
Utah State
Buck Castillo
CB
Senior (RS)
1st All-Mountain West


2022
Utah State
Charles Noble
FS
Senior (RS)
1st All-Mountain West


2022
Utah State
Sam Richwalski
SS
Senior (RS)
1st All-Mountain West


2022
Utah State
Tim Peterson
LG
Senior (RS)
2nd All-Mountain West


2022
Utah State
Jake Lee
RT
Senior (RS)
2nd All-Mountain West


2022
Utah State
Caleb McBride
LE
Senior (RS)
2nd All-Mountain West


2022
Utah State
Lance Nash
DT
Freshman
2nd All-Mountain West


2022
Utah State
Justin Dunn
MLB
Sophomore
2nd All-Mountain West


2022
Utah State
Leonard Hart
CB
Sophomore
2nd All-Mountain West


2022
Utah State
Eric McGuire
RET
Senior (RS)
2nd All-Mountain West










2023
Utah State
Brian Paris
HB
Senior (RS)
1st All-NCAA


2023
Utah State
Scott Flanagan
DT
Junior (RS)
1st All-NCAA


2023
Utah State
Leonard Hart
CB
Junior
1st All-NCAA


2023
Utah State
Doug Marcus
K
Junior
1st All-NCAA


2023
Utah State
Kyle Mitchell
FS
Sophomore (RS)
2nd All-NCAA


2023
Utah State
Steve Jones
LE
Freshman (RS)
Freshman All-NCAA


2023
Utah State
Brian Paris
HB
Senior (RS)
1st All-Mountain West


2023
Utah State
Derek Smith
LT
Senior (RS)
1st All-Mountain West


2023
Utah State
Shelton Woods
RG
Sophomore (RS)
1st All-Mountain West


2023
Utah State
Steve Jones
LE
Freshman (RS)
1st All-Mountain West


2023
Utah State
Scott Flanagan
DT
Junior (RS)
1st All-Mountain West


2023
Utah State
Jon Smith
MLB
Senior (RS)
1st All-Mountain West


2023
Utah State
Leonard Hart
CB
Junior
1st All-Mountain West


2023
Utah State
Jesse Breedlove
CB
Sophomore (RS)
1st All-Mountain West


2023
Utah State
Kyle Mitchell
FS
Sophomore (RS)
1st All-Mountain West


2023
Utah State
Cole Brown
SS
Freshman
1st All-Mountain West


2023
Utah State
Doug Marcus
K
Junior
1st All-Mountain West


2023
Utah State
David Douglas
RET
Senior (RS)
1st All-Mountain West


2023
Utah State
Benjamin Silva
HB
Sophomore
2nd All-Mountain West


2023
Utah State
Shaun Peterson
RE
Junior
2nd All-Mountain West


2023
Utah State
Lance Nash
DT
Sophomore
2nd All-Mountain West


2023
Utah State
Mike Moses
CB
Senior (RS)
2nd All-Mountain West










2024
Utah State






2024
Utah State










Game Records



Record
Player Name
School
Season
Amount
Opponent


Completions
Brandon Booth
Tulsa
2014
43
#5 Oklahoma


Passing Yards
Jake Medlock
Florida International
2012
674
SMU


Passing Touchdowns
Brad Stephens
Tulsa
2019
7
Memphis


Interceptions Thrown
Jake Medlock

Ross Brown
Florida International

Utah State
2012
2013
2021
4
Arkansas State
Texas A&M
Hawaii


Times Sacked
Brad Stephens
Tulsa
2016
2017
2017
7
Northwestern
Florida International
Rice


Carries

Benjamin Silva

Utah State

2024

65

New Mexico



Rushing Yards

Benjamin Silva

Utah State

2024

306

New Mexico



Rushing Touchdowns
Storm Johnson
Kiel Fletcher
Will Oliver
Benjamin Silva
Brian Paris
Benjamin Silva
Florida International
Tulsa
Tulsa
Utah State
Utah State
Utah State
2013
2015
2017
2023
2023
2024
5
Louisiana-Monroe
MTSU
UAB
Colorado State
California
BYU


Receptions
Brandon Price
Tulsa
2014
11
#5 Oklahoma


Receiving Yards
Brandon Price
Tulsa
2014
285
Utah


Receiving Touchdowns
Sean Parks
Eric Hayden
P.J. Stephens
Ryan Lewis
Eric Hayden
Eric Hayden
Tulsa
2014
2017
2018
2019
2019
2019
3
#5 Oklahoma
UTEP
Arizona State
UCF
Arizona State
Georgia Tech


Tackles
Marc Patterson
Tulsa
2015
13
#5 Oklahoma


Tackles for Loss
Caleb McBride
Utah State
2021
9
UNLV


Sacks
Caleb McBride
Utah State
2021
6.0
UNLV


Interceptions
Buck Castillo
Utah State
2022
3
Colorado State


Field Goals Made
Derek Glover
Tulsa
2019
6
Tulane


Longest Field Goal Distance
Alphonso Pratt
Tulsa
2018
57
Houston






Season Records



Record
Player Name
School
Season
Amount


Completions
Brandon Booth
Tulsa
2014
313


Passing Yards
Brandon Booth
Tulsa
2014
4,727


Passing Touchdowns
Brandon Booth
Tulsa
2014
47


Interceptions Thrown
Jason Barnes
Utah State
2023
18


Times Sacked
Brad Stephens
Tulsa
2017
28


Carries
Brian Paris
Utah State
2023
472


Rushing Yards
Brian Paris
Utah State
2023
2,093


Rushing Touchdowns
Kiel Fletcher
Tulsa
2015
26


Receptions
Joe Vaughn
Tulsa
2018
66


Receiving Yards
Joe Vaughn
Tulsa
2019
1,194


Receiving Touchdowns
Eric Hayden
Tulsa
2019
13


Tackles
Anthony Clement
Tulsa
2019
71


Tackles for Loss
Clinton Davis
Tulsa
2014
28


Sacks
Jerrico Lee
Florida International
2012
15


Interceptions
Leonard Hart
Utah State
2023
10


Field Goals Made
Doug Marcus
Utah State
2023
35


Longest Field Goal Distance
Alphonso Pratt
Tulsa
2018
57

SmoothPancakes
07-16-2011, 01:29 PM
I signed a three year contract with Florida International to be their offensive coordinator to start my coaching career. Here is a look at what is expected of me...



Florida International Three Year OC Contract Goals - Year One



Fail Impact
Goal
Progress
Pass Impact


:3redarrow:
500+ rushing yards in each season
1/3 Passed
:3greenarrow:



Win 8 games in one season
6
:3greenarrow:



2000+ total offensive yards on each season
1/3 Passed
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
7+ passing TD in one season
http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/images/smilies/checkmark-icon.gif
:3greenarrow:



10+ points per game in each season
1/3 Passed
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
2400+ total offensive yards in one season
http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/images/smilies/checkmark-icon.gif
:3greenarrow:


:2redarrow:
Win 4 games in one season
http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/images/smilies/checkmark-icon.gif
:1greenarrow:


:6redarrow:
2000+ total offensive yards in one season
http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/images/smilies/checkmark-icon.gif







Job Security Status

63%





--- Contract goal numbers and job security updated through Season 1, Off-season.

SmoothPancakes
07-16-2011, 01:40 PM
2011 Florida International Football Schedule



Week
Home/Away
Team
Result
Score
Record
Game Notes


1
---
Bye Week
---
---
---



2
Home
:North_Texas:
Loss
27-30 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=84306&viewfull=1#post84306)
0-1 (0-1)
Home Opener


3
Away
:Louisville:
Loss
14-38 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=84318&viewfull=1#post84318)
0-2 (0-1)



4
Home
:UCF:
Loss
9-58 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=84445&viewfull=1#post84445)
0-3 (0-1)



5
Home
:Louisiana:
Win
40-36 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=88986&viewfull=1#post88986)
1-3 (0-1)
Parent's Night


6
---
Bye Week
---
---
---



7
Home
:Duke:
Win
24-21 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=90626&viewfull=1#post90626)
2-3 (1-1)
Homecoming


8
Away
:Akron:
Win
41-7 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=90718&viewfull=1#post90718)
3-3 (1-1)



9
Away
:Arkansas_State:
Loss
37-63 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=91245&viewfull=1#post91245)
3-4 (1-2)



10
Away
:Troy:
Loss
18-22 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=92058&viewfull=1#post92058)
3-5 (1-3)



11
Away
:Western_Kentucky:
Win
21-17 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=93047&viewfull=1#post93047)
4-5 (23)



12
Away
:FAU:
Loss
16-23 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=93239&viewfull=1#post93239)
4-6 (2-4)



13
Home
:UL_Monroe:
Win
31-6 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=93557&viewfull=1#post93557)
5-6 (3-4)



14
Home
:MTSU:
Win
47-23 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=93596&viewfull=1#post93596)
6-6 (4-4)
Senior Night


15
---
Bye Week
---
---
---



CCG
---
Bye Week
---
---
---



Bowl
:Fight_Hunger_Bowl:
:USC:
Loss
10-40 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=94179&viewfull=1#post94179)
6-7 (4-4)
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl












--- The scores are hyperlinks to the posted game report of that game. Just click on the score/link to be taken to that game's posted report.

CLW
07-16-2011, 03:45 PM
This looks good man. Good Luck!

morsdraconis
07-16-2011, 04:39 PM
This looks good man. Good Luck!

+1

Should be a lot of fun.

I'm just getting started on my coaching carousel as well (starting as Memphis as a DC). Haven't had a chance to play any games yet, but I'm excited to get started.

souljahbill
07-16-2011, 10:47 PM
Question. This happened to me so I'm wondering how you're going to handle it. I was an OC in year 1 of my dynasty and my HC got fired afterwards and I was offered the HC job. I didn't think it would make sense to turn it down so I took it. What will you do if they offer you the HC job at FIU after year 1?


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morsdraconis
07-16-2011, 11:58 PM
He won't take it. Same way I won't be takin' a new job in my Memphis dynasty.

SmoothPancakes
07-17-2011, 01:31 AM
This looks good man. Good Luck!

Thanks man. Should be able to do somewhat decent. FIU has a fairly decent team, and a very kind schedule, with Louisville being the toughest team they play. So should be a fun first season.


+1

Should be a lot of fun.

I'm just getting started on my coaching carousel as well (starting as Memphis as a DC). Haven't had a chance to play any games yet, but I'm excited to get started.

Same here. I got done with my preseason and week 1 recruiting, so I'm currently in week 2 in my dynasty. Gonna knock out recruiting, and then get things kicked off with my first game against North Texas.


Question. This happened to me so I'm wondering how you're going to handle it. I was an OC in year 1 of my dynasty and my HC got fired afterwards and I was offered the HC job. I didn't think it would make sense to turn it down so I took it. What will you do if they offer you the HC job at FIU after year 1?


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Unfortunately, even though I would gladly jump at the HC job if offered, I'm not allowed to accept it per my job progression rules. I want this dynasty to last the full 60 years, so I'm making job progression VERY slow and long. Thus, per my rules, I'm not allowing myself to be a head coach at all, at any school, until a minimum of the 6th or 7th year (depending on contract lengths) of my dynasty. Even if my dream job of Navy offers me the head coach position in, say, the 5th season, I couldn't accept it because I'm not allowed to be a head coach until the 6th season at the earliest.

Plus there's the rule I have on myself that I have to honor all contracts in full. So right now I have a two year contract to be FIU's Offensive Coordinator. No matter what school offers me any position, I can't consider another job, even an advancement up the chain at FIU, until at least after the second season.


He won't take it. Same way I won't be takin' a new job in my Memphis dynasty.

Yep, gonna keep things very fun and interesting as it'll be a slow, slow rise up the coaching ranks in my career. You're not going to see me be the OC at FIU in the first season, and then be HC of Alabama by the fifth season. If I want to be HC of Alabama, going my be progression rules, if they're a 5 star team at the time, I can't be HC of them until at least the 12th season. If they're a 6 star team at the time, then I can't be HC until at least the 17th season.

SmoothPancakes
07-17-2011, 05:00 AM
Game One

:North_Texas: :@: :FIU:



Game Notes


--- Well, this one we knew was going to be ugly from the start, as it was a rainy day in Florida. We won the coin toss and elected to kick. Thankfully our defense held strong despite giving up a first down on the ground, and eventually forced the first punt of the day. Right away we were able to get our rushing game established, as we were able to pick up a pair of first downs and then took to the air on back to back plays, including a 20 yard gain on a play action pass. We were able to drive down to the North Texas 3 yard line, however, our offense stalled from there, forcing us to settle for a 20 yard field goal.

North Texas wasted no time jumping on our failed offensive drive, rushing and passing down the field on us, as well as received some help thanks to a defensive pass interference penalty, finding the end zone to take the lead. Our offense tried to find an answer, however, a sack on 3rd and 5 would force a punt. We however, caught a huge break as our free safety, Jonathan Cyprien was able to recover a fumble on the muffed catch, giving us the ball right back on the North Texas 31 yard line. Following two completed passes, we were able to get the ball down to the North Texas 7 yard line, before an interception on 3rd and goal brought our drive to an end.

Our defense apparently decided they didn’t want to go back on the field just then, as North Texas was able to escape from their own one yard, and drive the ball clear down to our 10 yard line, even with two holding penalties called on them, before settling for a 27 yard field goal. We both traded punts before our offense went back out for another drive. We were able to pick up two first downs on three rushes, before running into trouble after two incomplete passes. Wesley Carroll was able to connect with Dudley LaPorte for a 10 yard gain on 3rd and 10, though it wasn’t enough for a first, setting up 4th and inches. However, Coach Cristobal decided he didn’t trust us enough to go for it, even on the North Texas 48 yard line, choosing instead to punt.

After trading three more punts back and forth, we got the ball back with 1:30 left in the half, and were able to drive down to the North Texas 30 yard line. However, an interception on 1st and 10 at the North Texas 6 yard line, that was returned clear out to their own 36 yard line, quickly brought to a close any hope of tying the game before halftime. Instead, North Texas, with only 21 seconds to work with, quickly hit a 33 yard pass and were able to set themselves up for a 48 yard field goal as time expired to give them a 10 point lead.

Start of the 2nd half, though it took nine plays, we were able to drive the ball 30 yards out to midfield. However a sack and an incomplete pass killed our drive. North Texas wasted no time in trying to kill our spirits, as their offense needed only one play to score on us, a 90 yard touchdown bomb to quickly extend their lead to 17 halfway through the 3rd. Not ones to back down from a challenge, our offense showed that they too only needed to run one play to score a touchdown, as T.Y. Hilton was able to get behind the secondary along the left sideline, and Carroll was able to drop a pass right into his waiting hands for an 80 strike in response to get us back within 10.

Then Lady Luck smiled upon us, as a fumbled kickoff return was quickly recovered by our kicker Jack Griffin, giving us the ball right back on the North Texas 25 yard line. And that right there is why you haul ass down the field on kickoffs! Jack Griffin, the kicker, sprinted his butt down the field and was in a position to jump on the fumble and give us the ball right back! If he was the kicker at Ohio State, he would have just earned himself a free tattoo for that play! ;)

Unfortunately, we would only make it down to the 9 yard line before three straight incomplete passes would force us to settle for a 26 yard field goal. Deciding it was time to stop screwing around with us, North Texas promptly turned around and rushed and passed on us out to midfield, before hitting us with a 48 yard strike to once again jump out and expand their lead. I need to remember to hang our defensive coordinator sometime during the coming week. Maybe the starting defense too. It may make our on the field defense even worse, but at least I’ll feel better. :fp:

Both teams traded punts over their next two possessions before we were able to get things moving once again. A pair of encroachment penalties on the defense, some great running by Darriet Perry, and a 60 yard strike from Carroll to Junior Mertile, got us down to the North Texas 6 yard line before a 6 yard pass to LaPorte closed the gap once again.

North Texas was able to piece together a couple play drive, before an interception by our right end Aaron Davis gave us the ball back at our own 38 yard line. Unfortunately, that drive would be short lived as we would give the ball right back on an interception two plays later, settling North Texas up with 1st and 10 on our 45 yard line. Our defense held tough though, forcing North Texas to settle for a 47 yard field goal. However, with 3 minutes left to play, and down by 10, we weren’t able to get our offense going, and had to punt. Our defense then came up strong, and forced a 4th and inches situation, in which North Texas decided to not risk turning the ball over at midfield and chose to punt it back.

We only needed two plays to find the end zone, as Carroll was able to hook up with Elijah Maxey for a 48 yard touchdown pass, getting us back within 3 points with under 2 minutes to play. Knowing time was short, Coach Cristobal elected to go for the onside kick, which we were able to miraculously recover! 1st and 10, ball on our 37 yard line, and only 1:30 left to play, we knew this was it, this was the drive that was going to decide the game.

Passing our way down the field with military precision, we were able to set ourselves up with 2nd and 6 from the North Texas 10 yard line, 28 seconds left to play. Wayne Times broke away from his man cutting across the middle, Carroll threw the pass to Times, who was sprinting across the middle of the field right on the goal line. This was it, this was about to be the pass that sealed the great comeback!

Or maybe not. Hilbert Jackson managed to sneak in from the back of the end zone, cut off the route, and intercept the pass at the North Texas 1 yard line, sealing our fate as they took over with 20 seconds left to play.

We should have just ran the ball, set up for the field goal, and taken our chances in overtime. :fp:

With the loss, we start the year 0-1, and immediately drop into an 0-1 hole in the Sun Belt Conference. North Texas starts off their year with a win and gets a leg up on the rest of us in the Sun Belt with an immediate conference victory. Up next for the Golden Panthers, 1-0 Louisville, who is coming off a 34-3 rout of Murray State.




Final Score
:North_Texas: 30, :FIU: 27



Stat(s) of the Game:
Wesley Carroll – 4 interceptions thrown.
FIU Running Backs - 58 yards rushing on 31 attempts.



Scoring Summary



Team
1st Quarter
2nd Quarter
3rd Quarter
4th Quarter
Final Score


:North_Texas:
7
6
14
3
30


:FIU:
3
0
10
14
27






Team
Result
Play
Score


First Quarter


:FIU:
Field Goal
J. Griffin, 19 yard field goal
:FIU: 3-0


:North_Texas:
Touchdown
L. Dunbar, 1 yard run (Z. Olen kick)
:North_Texas: 7-3





Second Quarter


:North_Texas:
Field Goal
Z. Olen, 27 yard field goal
:North_Texas: 10-3


:North_Texas:
Field Goal
Z. Olen, 47 yard field goal
:North_Texas: 13-3





Third Quarter


:North_Texas:
Touchdown
B. Lewis, 90 yard pass from R. Dodge (Z. Olen kick)
:North_Texas: 20-3


:FIU:
Touchdown
T. Hilton, 80 yard pass from W. Carroll (J. Griffin kick)
:North_Texas: 20-10


:FIU:
Field Goal
J. Griffin, 26 yard field goal
:North_Texas: 20-13


:North_Texas:
Touchdown
B. Chancellor, 47 yard pass from R. Dodge (Z. Olen kick)
:North_Texas: 27-13





Fourth Quarter


:FIU:
Touchdown
D. LaPorte, 6 yard pass from W. Carroll (J. Griffin kick)
:North_Texas: 27-20


:North_Texas:
Field Goal
Z. Olen, 46 yard field goal
:North_Texas: 30-20


:FIU:
Touchdown
E. Maxey, 48 yard pass from W. Carroll (J. Griffin kick)
:North_Texas: 30-27





Game Stats



North Texas
Stat
Florida International


30
Score
27


20
First Downs
21


520
Total Offense
537


33 - 111 - 1
Rushes - Yards - TD
31 - 58 - 0


19 - 44 - 2
Comp - Att - TD
25 - 52 - 3


409
Passing Yards
479


1
Times Sacked
4


8 - 16 (50%)
3rd Down Conversion
6 - 17 (35%)


0 - 0 (0%)
4th Down Conversion
1 - 1 (100%)


0 - 0 (0%)
2-Point Conversion
0 - 0 (0%)


5 - 1 - 1 (40%)
Red Zone - TD - FG
7 - 1 - 2 (42%)


3
Turnovers
4


2
Fumbles Lost
0


1
Intercepted
4


17
Punt Return Yards
18


39
Kick Return Yards
0


576
Total Yards
555


6 - 44.0
Punts - Average
7 - 44.4


5 - 40
Penalties
3 - 35


15:24
Time of Possession
20:36





Florida International Contract Goals Update



Fail Impact
Goal
Progress
Pass Impact



500+ rushing yards in each season
58
:3greenarrow:



Win 8 games in one season
0
:3greenarrow:



2000+ total offensive yards in each season
537
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
7+ passing TDs in one season
3
:3greenarrow:



10+ points per game in each season
27 PPG
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
2400+ total offensive yards in one season
537
:3greenarrow:


:2redarrow:
Win 4 games in one season
0
:1greenarrow:


:6redarrow:
2000+ total offensive yards in one season
537






Hidden Penalty


:1redarrow:
Lost to a lower ranked team







Job Security Status

39%

SmoothPancakes
07-17-2011, 08:33 AM
Game Two

:FIU: :@: :Louisville:



Game Notes


--- So it turns out this is quite the rainy month. Our second game of the season, second game in the rain. We lost the coin toss, but Louisville elected to receive, so things still worked out for us. Louisville started driving on us at first, but a holding penalty, followed by a false start quickly killed their momentum. However, a couple dropped balls quickly put an end to our drive as well and we were forced to punt. After trading punts after another round of failed drive, Louisville finally got things going as they only needed 6 plays to go 60 yards and find the end zone for the first score of the day.

On our ensuing drive, we were able to put together a beautiful drive, starting from our own 15 yard line and getting in as close as the Louisville 3 yard line. However, two failed attempts to put it in on the ground, and an incomplete pass, and we were forced to attempt a 21 yard field goal, which kicker Jack Griffin proceeded to shank wide left.

We would get another chance just moments later after two incomplete passes and a sack for a 10 yard loss forced a Louisville punt and gave us 1st and 10 on the Louisville 35 yard line. Unfortunately, a defensive stop on 3rd and 2, and we were forced once again to settle for a field goal. And once again, Griffin missed it, a 45 yarder, wide right.

After trading a pair of punts, Louisville decided to it was time to get a bigger lead, and promptly drove down on us and scored another touchdown in 7 plays. Our offense tried to respond, but couldn’t get anything going. It took two failed offensive drives before we were able to finally find our footing again. Using a couple of big runs by Darriet Perry, and some a few well timed passes by Wesley Carroll, FIU was finally able to erase their goose egg off the scoreboard and close the lead down to one score. After our defense forced a three and out, our offense showed they had finally hit their stride, advancing the ball 59 yards over 11 plays to find the end zone, and come back to tie the game up, with 19 seconds left to play in the half.

That would however be the highlights of the day for our offense, as Louisville’s defense came out with a vengeance after halftime and proceeded to completely shut us down for the rest of the game. Unfortunately, the same could not be said about our own defense. :fp:

This loss drops us down to 0-2 for the season. Louisville improves to 2-0 for the year. Next up for Florida International, a visit from UCF, who comes into the game with a 1-1 record thanks to a 66-3 win vs. Charleston Southern and a 45-21 loss to Boston College.




Final Score
:Louisville: 38, :FIU: 14



Stat of the Game:
FIU Defense – 38 points given up.
Kicker Jack Griffin – 0 for 2 on field goals. 21 yarder wide left. 45 yarder wide right.
All five Louisville touchdowns from passing.
Louisville – 182 rushing yards.



Scoring Summary



Team
1st Quarter
2nd Quarter
3rd Quarter
4th Quarter
Final Score


:FIU:
0
14
0
0
14


:Louisville:
7
7
7
17
38






Team
Result
Play
Score


First Quarter


:Louisville:
Touchdown
A. Smith, 5 yard pass from W. Stein (C. Philpott kick)
:Louisville: 7-0





Second Quarter


:Louisville:
Touchdown
J. Bellamy, 2 yard pass from W. Stein (C. Philpott kick)
:Louisville: 14-0


:FIU:
Touchdown
J. Mertile, 25 yard pass from W. Carroll (J. Griffin kick)
:Louisville: 14-7


:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Perry, 2 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
TIED 14-14





Third Quarter


:Louisville:
Touchdown
D. Copeland, 34 yard pass from W. Stein (C. Philpott kick)
:Louisville: 21-14





Fourth Quarter


:Louisville:
Touchdown
M. Harris, 1 yard pass from W. Stein (C. Philpott kick)
:Louisville: 28-14


:Louisville:
Touchdown
A. Smith, 18 yard pass from W. Stein (C. Phillpott kick)
:Louisville: 35-14


:Louisville:
Field Goal
C. Philpott, 23 yard field goal
:Louisville: 38-14





Game Stats



Florida International
Stats
Louisville


14
Score
38


18
First Downs
14


372
Total Offense
406


41 - 109 - 1
Rushes - Yards - TD
42 - 182 - 0


16 - 36 - 1
Comp - Att - TD
17 - 28 - 5


263
Passing Yards
224


3
Times Sacked
1


6 - 19 (31%)
3rd Down Conversion
5 - 15 (33%)


0 - 1 (0%)
4th Down Conversion
0 - 0 (0%)


0 - 0 (0%)
2-Point Conversion
0 - 0 (0%)


4 - 2 - 0 (50%)
Red Zone - TD - FG
9 - 4 - 1 (55%)


1
Turnovers
0


0
Fumbles Lost
0


1
Intercepted
0


33
Punt Return Yards
39


140
Kick Return Yards
78


545
Total Yards
523


9 - 41.8
Punts - Average
9 - 44.4


4 - 31
Penalties
4 - 30


18:31
Time of Possession
17:29





Florida International Contract Goals Update



Fail Impact
Goal
Progress
Pass Impact


:3redarrow:
500+ rushing yards in each season
167
:3greenarrow:



Win 8 games in one season
0
:3greenarrow:



2000+ total offensive yards in each season
909
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
7+ passing TD in one season
4
:3greenarrow:



10+ points per game in each season
20 PPG
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
2400+ total offensive yards in one season
909
:3greenarrow:


:2redarrow:
Win 4 games in one season
0
:1greenarrow:


:6redarrow:
2000+ total offensive yards in one season
909






Job Security Status

39%

Iron Dragon
07-17-2011, 08:34 AM
Already one goal down (although 3 rush TD is incredibly low).

SmoothPancakes
07-17-2011, 08:54 AM
Already one goal down (although 3 rush TD is incredibly low).

Yeah, they really need to work on the numbers for these goals. 3 rushing TDs is nothing for any of the 120 teams. Make it 7, 10 maybe for the absolutely low number for the goal. Heck, through two games, of the four TDs I have scored, all four have been rushing TDs. So thank God it's not 3 passing TDs, otherwise I might be in trouble of failing it. :D

They also need to work out their Pass/Fail Impacts. I gain 4 arrows, and lose one if I fail, if I get 2000+ offensive yards in each year of my contract. However, I gain 4 arrows, and lose none if I fail, if I get 2000+ offensive yards in one season. It should be the other way around. If I don't get 2000+ offensive yards in one season, then I should lose an arrow. If I don't get 2000+ offensive yards in every season, then I shouldn't get hit with a arrow loss.

I've noticed that with some other contract goals. You get hit with a loss if you fail to gain so many yards (or keep from giving up so many yards if on defense) in every season of your contract, but there's no loss at all if you fail that goal in a single season of the contract.

SmoothPancakes
07-17-2011, 11:47 AM
I was going to post these earlier but forgot to. Here are two videos from that 74 yard pass that set us up for the game tying score in the 1st quarter against Louisville. Our only highlight play of the entire game. There wasn't a single other play (besides maybe the 6 yard TD run immediately after this play) that could even be used in the same sentence as the words "highlight play".


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hK4knBLxa9k


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0Bn0fER70k

SmoothPancakes
07-17-2011, 03:23 PM
Game Three

:UCF: :@: :FIU:



Game Notes


--- So after last week's loss on the road to Louisville, it was time for us to welcome fellow Florida dweller, UCF, into town. Hoping to lift up the team and coming out strong after the loss last week, and with it being a fellow Florida team for our opponent, Coach Cristobal decided to change things up this week and pull out the special uniforms. Instead of the usual Navy jersey/Navy pants combo we wear for all of our home games, Coach decided it was time to break out the black jerseys.

We come running out of the tunnel before the game, ready to play in the nice, bright, hot, rain? Our third week in a row in the rain. We won the coin toss, elected to kick. The rain pretty much made things impossible to move on offense. Three straight punts combined to start the game. However, it would be UCF to find the scoreboard first thanks to a fumble by Darriet Perry on 1st and 10 from our own 10 yard line, setting UCF for an easy touchdown.

Another quick drive by UCF and that would be it for the first half as neither offense could get anything going after that. After halftime, it got nothing but worse...

After the game, Coach Cristobal announced that this was the last time this season that we were going to wear the black jerseys. So much for hoping they'd fire up our team.

With the loss, we drop into a 0-3 hole to start the season, while UCF gets back on the winning track and improves to 2-1. Up next on our schedule, our second conference opponent of the season, UL Lafayette. The Ragin' Cajuns come into the game with a 1-2 record, opening the season with a 35-7 loss at #7 Oklahoma State and a 20-17 loss at Kent State, before they finally broke into the win column with a 33-13 victory over Nicholls State.




Final Score
:UCF: 58, :FIU: 9



Stat(s) of the Game:
- FIU Quarterbacks – 14 for 40 passing.
- FIU Offense – 0 for 6 in the Red Zone. 4 for 20 in 3rd Down Conversions.
- FIU Defense – 58 points, 548 yards Total Offense given up.
- 4 turnovers, two interceptions returned for touchdowns by UCF.



Scoring Summary



Team
1st Quarter
2nd Quarter
3rd Quarter
4th Quarter
Final Score


:UCF:
14
0
24
20
58


:FIU:
0
0
0
9
9






Team
Result
Play
Score


First Quarter


:UCF:
Touchdown
B. Harvey, 10 yard pass from J. Godfrey (N. Cattoi kick)
:UCF: 7-0


:UCF:
Touchdown
B. Giovanetti, 3 yard run (N. Cattoi kick)
:UCF: 14-0





Second Quarter





Third Quarter


:UCF:
Touchdown
C. Geathers, returned interception 48 yards (N. Cattoi kick)
:UCF: 21-0


:UCF:
Touchdown
C. Whitehead, returned interception 50 yards (N. Cattoi kick)
:UCF: 28-0


:UCF:
Field Goal
N. Cattoi, 46 yard field goal
:UCF: 31-0


:UCF:
Touchdown
K Williams, 15 yard pass from J. Godfrey (N. Cattoi kick)
:UCF: 38-0





Fourth Quarter


:UCF:
Field Goal
N. Cattoi, 40 yard field goal
:UCF: 41-0


:UCF:
Touchdown
R. Weaver, 2 yard run (N. Cattoi kick)
:UCF: 48-0


:UCF:
Field Goal
N. Cattoi, 32 yard field goal|
:UCF: 51-0


:FIU:
Safety
R. Weaver run, tackled in end zone
:FIU: 51-2


:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Rhymes, 35 yard pass from J. Medlock (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 51-9


:UCF:
Touchdown
R. Weaver, 26 yard run (N. Cattoi kick)
:UCF: 58-9





Game Stats



UCF
Stat
Florida International


58
Score
9


22
First Downs
12


548
Total Offense
298


38 - 165 - 3
Rushes - Yards - TD
35 - 70 - 0


27 - 44 - 2
Comp - Att - TD
14 - 40 - 1


383
Passing Yards
228


2
Times Sacked
5


6 - 17 (35%)
3rd Down Conversion
4 - 20 (20%)


0 - 0 (0%)
4th Down Conversion
1 - 2 (50%)


0 - 0 (0%)
2-Point Conversion
0 - 0 (0%)


9 - 4 - 1 (55%)
Red Zone - TD - FG
6 - 0 - 0 (0%)


0
Turnovers
4


0
Fumbles Losts
1


0
Intercepted
3


33
Punt Return Yards
37


19
Kick Return Yards
123


599
Total Yards
458


7 - 42.6
Punts - Average
13 - 44.3


8 - 46
Penalties
9 - 70


19:32
Time of Possession
16:28





Florida International Contract Goals Update



Fail Impact
Goal
Progress
Pass Impact


:3redarrow:
500+ rushing yards in each season
237
:3greenarrow:



Win 8 games in one season
0
:3greenarrow:



2000+ total offensive yards in each season
1207
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
7+ passing TD in one season
5
:3greenarrow:



10+ points per game in each season
16 PPG
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
2400+ total offensive yards in one season
1207
:3greenarrow:


:2redarrow:
Win 4 games in one season
0
:1greenarrow:


:6redarrow:
2000+ total offensive yards in one season
1207






Job Security Status

39%

SmoothPancakes
07-17-2011, 03:40 PM
Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I have a confession to make. That was actually my second time playing UCF. I had played UCF already right before this game that I have posted about. However, I made myself :fp: as I had paused the game with 30 seconds left, after I failed to convert 4th down and goal. I paused it to add the details to my Games Notes, and then I also started typing in the game summary and the team stats. By the time I was done with all that, I was thinking I had finished the game, and chose to quit. Then I remembered there were still 30 seconds left to play. Too late. Everything was lost, I had to play the game again.

However, while my offense did move a little better (we gained 122 yards rushing as opposed to just 68 the first game), we got whooped even worse in this game than we did in the first game, and I lost a GREAT story in the Game Notes.

We lost to UCF 10-0 in the game, and this was a game that had everything. My kicker went 0 for 3 on field goals, having his first attempt, a 47 yard field goal, blocked. His second field goal attempt, from 46 yards out, went wide right. His third attempt, from 30 yards, went wide left! My kicker kicked the damn ball every direction but center! Even UCF's kicker got in on the sucking, missing a 30 yard field goal of his own. UCF's punt team also committed a turnover, as a bad snap caused a bobbled ball by the punter, leading to a fumble and fumble recovery by FIU. That was the play that resulted in 1st and 10 on UCF's 13 yard line, and that ended in the missed 30 yard field goal by my kicker.

Also from that game, were my failures inside the UCF 30 yard line. Ended up scoring 0 points despite getting inside UCF's 30 yard line 7 times in the game. And then there was our rushing. With 5:30 left to play in the game, we had rushed the ball 24 times. We had a whopping 28 yards rushing. Then there came my magical final drive of the game. This is the excerpt from the Game Notes detailing that final drive.


We then proceeded to put together a 14 play, 59 yard, 5:00 drive that took us from our own 31 yard line down to UCF's 10. The impressive thing about that drive, 11 of those 14 plays were runs, including 8 straight rushes at one point, gaining us 40 of our 59 yards on the ground. However, an attempt to go for it on 4th and goal, ultimately resulted in failure, ensuring our first shutout loss of my coaching career.

Basically, the key summary from that first game against UCF, is pretty much the stuff I included in the Stat(s) of the Game from that game.



Stat(s) of the Game:
- 7 times inside the UCF 30 yard line. 0 points scored. :fp:
- 28 yards rushing, on 24 attempts, before our final drive of the game. :fp:
- Kicker Jack Griffin - 0 for 3 on field goals. 1 blocked, 1 wide left, 1 wide right. :fp:
- Recovered a fumble after a bad snap during a UCF punt, had 1st and 10 from the UCF 13 yard line. 0 points scored. :fp:

SmoothPancakes
07-17-2011, 04:11 PM
Also, to keep things easily accessible, especially as this thread grows into multiple pages, I have everything hyperlinked.

Starting in the Dynasty History post, under Yearly Recaps, I have the year 2011 hyperlinked to my post that contains my 2011 schedule. Every new year, I will hyperlink that year to the post that contains that year's football schedule.

In the Coach Statistics post, under Coach Milestones, I have the score of the Biggest Win and Biggest Loss hyperlinked to that game's post. Same thing with the Coach Career Win-Loss vs. Opponent table. I have the biggest win and/or biggest loss, for each opponent I have played so far, hyperlinked to that game's post in this thread.

And in each season's schedule, I am hyperlinking the scores of each game, to each game's post. So if you go to my season one schedule post, and click on the score of my 26-10 loss at Louisville, you will be taken to the post that contains that game's summary.

That way if this gets into tens of pages, everything will be extremely easy to find and read without having to sort through various posts by those reading or following just to see what happened in my next game. You'll be able to go from game to game, season to season, through the entire history of this dynasty, just by following the various hyperlinks. This is my way of helping keep things very organized, very easy to follow, and very easy to read for everyone who might wander in here, whether you've been following this since my very first post, or you won't start following until I'm halfway through season 5.

texacotea
07-18-2011, 09:52 AM
Like the history set-up alot,.....going to take it if you dont mind :)

Also dont know who has checked mine, but I set my self up recruiting areas (states) and thats all I can recruit right now until I get a HC job. These may change but I only go after players that are in "my" state and I let the CPU recruit the rest

SmoothPancakes
07-18-2011, 10:45 AM
Like the history set-up alot,.....going to take it if you dont mind :)

Also dont know who has checked mine, but I set my self up recruiting areas (states) and thats all I can recruit right now until I get a HC job. These may change but I only go after players that are in "my" state and I let the CPU recruit the rest

Appreciate the comment man. :) And feel free to take and use whatever you want in your own dynasty! I definitely like having the history set-up. Allows both myself and readers/followers to take a look at how my coach's career has progressed over the years, where he's been, what records he's had, what kind of contracts he has had and how well he did with them, even his highs and lows in job security ratings. Definitely gives that "full picture" snapshot of the coaching career over the entire history of the dynasty.

I've been following your dynasty, definitely enjoying it, though I do need to start posting in your thread some more. And I like that idea for recruiting. I may have to borrow that idea for my dynasty. :)

texacotea
07-18-2011, 10:48 AM
Appreciate the comment man. :) And feel free to take and use whatever you want in your own dynasty! I definitely like having the history set-up. Allows both myself and readers/followers to take a look at how my coach's career has progressed over the years, where he's been, what records he's had, what kind of contracts he has had and how well he did with them, even his highs and lows in job security ratings. Definitely gives that "full picture" snapshot of the coaching career over the entire history of the dynasty.

I've been following your dynasty, definitely enjoying, though I do need to start posting in your thread some more. And I like that idea for recruiting. I may have to borrow that idea for my dynasty. :)

Do that, on both parts....I just think that it gives an added toughness that way. Granted not any of the recruits coming in are that good but I have to fill both sides of the ball and just do it in my "regions"

SmoothPancakes
07-18-2011, 10:59 AM
Do that, on both parts....I just think that it gives an added toughness that way. Granted not any of the recruits coming in are that good but I have to fill both sides of the ball and just do it in my "regions"

Nice. I'm definitely going to get that incorporated into my dynasty. I really like that idea. Granted where I am right now, about 95% of my recruits are from Florida with a couple from Georgia and elsewhere, but as I move up the ranks over the years to places with more of a national recruiting reach, that would be a great way to give that sort of "limited to my role" feeling, having only a designated area of states to recruit from while an OC instead of just recruiting the entire US. It'll also make it more of a challenge only being able to go after recruits from certain areas instead of anywhere.

texacotea
07-18-2011, 11:04 AM
Nice. I'm definitely going to get that incorporated into my dynasty. I really like that idea. Granted where I am right now, about 95% of my recruits are from Florida with a couple from Georgia and elsewhere, but as I move up the ranks over the years to places with more of a national recruiting reach, that would be a great way to give that sort of "limited to my role" feeling, having only a designated area of states to recruit from while an OC instead of just recruiting the entire US. It'll also make it more of a challenge only being able to go after recruits from certain areas instead of anywhere.

Exactly

SmoothPancakes
07-18-2011, 11:13 AM
Exactly

Yeah, I'm one of those people, even if I'm starting out at a horrible, and therefore tough, school to coach at, I like to add restrictions and roadblocks along the way. Makes things just a little more challenging than normal, and it also really extends the longevity of the dynasty.

Makes for a longer, slower career advancement, keeping things interesting, especially as the NCAA very well could look completely different in 10 season down the road. Some of the teams that rule the game right now, might be the bottom feeders then, while the bottom feeders now are the ones on top. Those changes over the years and seasons will definitely also add the fun factor.

SmoothPancakes
07-18-2011, 06:18 PM
So I'm starting to have some serious buyer's remorse about making this an online dynasty instead of offline dynasty. :(

Besides the coaching carousel issue that Pastapadre wrote about (http://www.pastapadre.com/2011/07/18/ncaa-football-12-dynasty-problems-surface), I'm also discovering that coaching carousel actually sort of sucks in online dynasty. I'm currently simming a test OD as OC of Alabama to test out this contract and coaching carousel issue that PP wrote about, and I just went through the coaching carousel after the first season. CC in online dynasty seriously sucks bad. All the coaching changes, all the movement, by teams and coaches not involving you takes place all behind the scenes.

You basically go in and are "On the Clock" and just sit there accepting or declining offer after offer until there are no other teams interested in hiring you, and that's it. None of the suspense of teams maybe being interested in me. None of the mystery factor of what this team will do, or who that team will hire. Nothing. It's just sitting there accepting or declining a bunch of contract offers and that's it.

Considering this dynasty is about following the career of my coach, half the fun of this dynasty (besides trying to win with various teams and successfully complete contracts) is the coaching carousel and the complete unknown of what's going to happen and what job offer I might have next. Did I just turn down my best offer or is there a better one coming up later? In online dynasty CC, there is none of that. All you see are teams that are offering you a contract, and you can at least see the next team with an offer in line behind the team you're currently on. Which means you at least know for a fact if the next offer you are receiving is better or worse than the current one.

For me, that's not fun. That's boring, dull, time-wasting tasks. I don't want to sit there just declining offer after offer, know exactly what team is offering me a job next. I want to be sucked in to the full exciting, immersive, great unknown of coaching carousel.

As I am only three games into this dynasty, I am seriously considering starting over with an offline dynasty, and just replacing all the contract info, all the scores in my coach history, and all the game recap posts that I already made, with the new results from the offline dynasty, so the flow of everything will still be exactly like it is now, just it'll all be updated with the offline dynasty info, instead of having those three game posts sitting there and then starting over with new posts for each game.

I'm going to have to think about this tonight and decide what I want to do. If anyone has any opinions on what you think of everything and what I should do (stick it out with the suck ass coaching carousel setup in online dynasty, or start over in offline dynasty so I can experience the full fun and excitement of CC like it was meant to be in offline), let me know what your own thoughts are about all this.

SmoothPancakes
07-19-2011, 11:28 AM
Alright, I've given this some thought for the past 16-17 hours. As much as I hate the thought of having to play North Texas, Louisville, and UCF all over again, especially after my :fp: moment when playing UCF when I quit out with 30 seconds left after spending 5-10 minutes typing up the scoring summary and game stats and thinking that I was done with the game, a screw up that cost me just a mere 10-0 loss on my record, and instead led to a 27-6 loss in the fully completed second game.

But, as I want the FULL experience of coaching carousel, not that watered down crap they call coaching carousel in Online Dynasty, I have no choice but to start over from the beginning with an offline dynasty. I'm still going to keep my FIU OD going since I'm already three games into it, but I'm going to turn this dynasty thread officially into an offline dynasty report. I'm going to try to at least get all three games up through UCF replayed today, so come tomorrow or whenever I get the chance, I can continue on posting from where I previously was in my schedule.

SmoothPancakes
07-19-2011, 12:19 PM
Alright, my new offline FIU dynasty is now set up. I just updated the coaching goals in my coaching history post. My new offline dynasty contract is three years instead of two years like in the OD, however, I took a big hit on my goals. These new goals aren't as nice, nor do I get any good impact rewards for passing them.

Here was my old two year contract and goals in my Online Dynasty FIU dynasty.



Florida International Two Year OC Contract Goals

Fail Impact|Goal|Progress|Pass Impact
|Win 6 games in one season|1|:6greenarrow:
:1redarrow:|2000+ total offensive yards in each season|In Progress|:4greenarrow:
|2000+ total offensive yards in one season|803|:4greenarrow:
:2redarrow:|3+ rushing TD in each season|In Progress - One season completed|:3greenarrow:
:2redarrow:|50% pass completions over the entire contract|40%|:2greenarrow:
:4redarrow:|Win 4 games in one season|1|:1greenarrow:
:2redarrow:|3+ rushing TD in one season|Completed|:1greenarrow:
:3redarrow:|500+ rushing yards each season|246|:1greenarrow:



And here are my new goals in the three year contract with FIU in my new offline dynasty.


Florida International Three Year OC Contract Goals

Fail Impact|Goal|Progress|Pass Impact
:3redarrow:|500+ rushing yards in each season|Not Yet Started|:3greenarrow:
|Win 8 games in one season|Not Yet Started|:3greenarrow:
|2000+ total offensive yards in each season|Not Yet Started|:3greenarrow:
:3redarrow:|7+ passing TD in one season|Not Yet Started|:3greenarrow:
|10+ points per game in each season|Not Yet Started|:3greenarrow:
:3redarrow:|2400+ total offensive yards in one season|Not Yet Started|:3greenarrow:
:2redarrow:|Win 4 games in one season|Not Yet Started|:1greenarrow:
:6redarrow:|2000+ total offensive yards in one season|Not Yet Started|

I traded out my 6 arrow Pass Impact reward for a 6 arrow Fail Impact penalty. Traded away my 4 arrow Pass Impact rewards for a couple additional arrows in my Fail Impact penalties through the goals. But, granted, it is a three year contract instead of only two years, so that is a decent little trade off.

The one thing that I do hate about this new contract, is that I now have a goal of getting 7+ passing touchdowns in one season. Through three games in my FIU OD, I don't/didn't even have one! I can't pass for crap once I get inside a team's 15 yard line. So that one has me slightly worried. Same with the 10+ points per game. FIU does not exactly have a high scoring offense, especially with me as OC, as ashamed as I am to admit that. :fp:

So this just got a little more interesting with these new goals, that take away goals from my strength of rushing, and adds goals dealing with my weakness of passing.

morsdraconis
07-19-2011, 01:11 PM
Work on doing some playaction stuff with the FB leaking out of the backfield. Even with the crazy powerful flats defense now, you should still have a solid chance of getting a few to the FB in the flats off of playaction for a TD or two. The PA Power O is one of my favorites out of I-Form and Strong-I (not to mention, power O being quite nice).

SmoothPancakes
07-19-2011, 01:15 PM
Work on doing some playaction stuff with the FB leaking out of the backfield. Even with the crazy powerful flats defense now, you should still have a solid chance of getting a few to the FB in the flats off of playaction for a TD or two. The PA Power O is one of my favorites out of I-Form and Strong-I (not to mention, power O being quite nice).

Nice! Thanks for the tip, I'll make sure to remember that. :up:

texacotea
07-19-2011, 01:30 PM
yes, establish the run and then PA will open up. Def had it happen a couple times this past yr. And if Christian can throw for 10 tds then Uncle Rico wouldnt have a prob at all

strattjw
07-19-2011, 01:38 PM
I think it was the right decision to move to an offline dynasty. Since you are going to put 10+ seasons into the dynasty it really is an easy decision to make. Repeating 3 games is a small price to pay for putting up with a CC that you won't be happy with.

I opted to go with an offline dysnasty instead of online for the same reason. Just not happy with how CC turned out in online dynasty.

SmoothPancakes
07-19-2011, 01:48 PM
yes, establish the run and then PA will open up. Def had it happen a couple times this past yr. And if Christian can throw for 10 tds then Uncle Rico wouldnt have a prob at all

Oh, I've had no problem establishing the run. :D The run has been my savior for actually getting more than 4 or 5 first downs a game. Though I do need to try more PA. I haven't done it very often, so I'll need to start working that into my offensive scheme.


I think it was the right decision to move to an offline dynasty. Since you are going to put 10+ seasons into the dynasty it really is an easy decision to make. Repeating 3 games is a small price to pay for putting up with a CC that you won't be happy with.

I opted to go with an offline dysnasty instead of online for the same reason. Just not happy with how CC turned out in online dynasty.

Yeah, when I discovered exactly what Coaching Carousel is like in Online Dynasty, that just completely killed my joy. I understand they have to have it set up a certain way due to multiple people having to go through it all, but if anything, at least when doing it as a single player online dynasty, they should have had it coded in there somewhere where it would go through the full CC like in offline.

But I agree, Repeating 3 games is definitely a small price to pay. I would have been supremely pissed if I had played an entire season and then got to CC and found out what it was like. I would have thrown my controller in just plain disappointed anger/rage at that point. :D

I'm at least going to intentionally throw the Louisville and UCF games, even if I end up playing better and have a chance to win them. I already lost to them officially in the OD at the time, so I'm making sure my record remains at best 1-2. North Texas is going to be the wild card game for my record. If I beat them in the offline dynasty game, then I'll leave my record at 1-2. If I lose to them in that rematch, then I'm going to take the loss and drop my record to 0-3. So the best I'll be is 1-2 with the NT win and the Louisville/UCF losses. The worst I'll be is 0-3 with NT moving from a win to a loss.

Just a way for me to keep things fair in the overall season, so I can't sit there replaying those three games, get lucky, and go "oh, look! I'm now 3-0!", lol.

morsdraconis
07-19-2011, 02:11 PM
Oh, I've had no problem establishing the run. :D The run has been my savior for actually getting more than 4 or 5 first downs a game. Though I do need to try more PA. I haven't done it very often, so I'll need to start working that into my offensive scheme.

Couple of things to help you with your PA passing (since I used to be nothing but a undercenter Pro style offense kind of guy and basically never used Shotgun before '10):

Whatever hand your QB throws the ball with, is always the way you want the QB to roll out from the PA. doing opposite of that will result in a sack like 75% of the time, at the least. The amount of time it takes your guy to turn from faking the ball to being set and ready to throw the ball in the opposite side of his handness is increased 2.5 times compared to doing a fake and roll out toward the side that his handness is.

When doing a PA pass, ALWAYS slide the offense line toward opposite direction of where the run is being faked (so toward the direction that the QB is rolling out). It might sometimes result in a free blitzer, but, 99 out of 100, it helps TREMENDOUSLY with pass protection for PA passes. The defense is usually going to collapse toward the runner instead of immediately coming at the QB, which, usually results in them getting tangled up on the offensive lineman because of the sliding of them away from that side.

Try to not use PA passes that have the runner you are faking the ball to actually go out for a pass instead of staying in to block after the fake. It seems to result in a sack more often from PA passes of those types than ones that have the faked runner staying in to block.

SmoothPancakes
07-19-2011, 02:27 PM
Couple of things to help you with your PA passing (since I used to be nothing but a undercenter Pro style offense kind of guy and basically never used Shotgun before '10):

Whatever hand your QB throws the ball with, is always the way you want the QB to roll out from the PA. doing opposite of that will result in a sack like 75% of the time, at the least. The amount of time it takes your guy to turn from faking the ball to being set and ready to throw the ball in the opposite side of his handness is increased 2.5 times compared to doing a fake and roll out toward the side that his handness is.

When doing a PA pass, ALWAYS slide the offense line toward opposite direction of where the run is being faked (so toward the direction that the QB is rolling out). It might sometimes result in a free blitzer, but, 99 out of 100, it helps TREMENDOUSLY with pass protection for PA passes. The defense is usually going to collapse toward the runner instead of immediately coming at the QB, which, usually results in them getting tangled up on the offensive lineman because of the sliding of them away from that side.

Try to not use PA passes that have the runner you are faking the ball to actually go out for a pass instead of staying in to block after the fake. It seems to result in a sack more often from PA passes of those types than ones that have the faked runner staying in to block.

Nice. Appreciate the tips guys. I'm heading into my North Texas rematch right now, so I'm going to definitely include this tips into my offense here.

SmoothPancakes
07-19-2011, 03:03 PM
I'm going to have to start editing the jump rating for linebackers I think. This freaking jumping, leaping linebacker crap is seriously pissing me off right now. At halftime against North Texas, I'm currently 13 for 27 passing, which is a pretty fair number. But of those 14 incomplete passes, at least 11 of them have been due to some linebacker coming leaping/jumping out of freaking nowhere to swat down the pass. Some of these passes, there wasn't even anyone near my damn receiver, and all of sudden, once I throw the ball, here comes this linebacker from 5+ yards away, jumping through the air to knock down the pass.

It starting to seriously piss me off. The jumping linebackers were very rarely an issue I had when I was playing these games in Online Dynasty. But now in offline dynasty, every pass I have to deal with these jumping douches. :fp:

Basmare
07-19-2011, 03:46 PM
Yeah, I have the same problem. Dropped passes and swats everywhere (playing with MTSU).

SmoothPancakes
07-19-2011, 05:15 PM
The North Texas rematch has been posted. And after a game like that one was, I'm not sure I'm able to mentally put myself through another game tonight or not. That game has completely drained me at the moment.

SmoothPancakes
07-20-2011, 11:23 AM
Louisville rematch has been posted. Went from receiving just a decent 16 point loss the first time around, to receiving a 28 point whooping this time. :fp:

JerzeyReign
07-21-2011, 05:12 AM
Will the Ragin' Cajuns keep you from that elusive first win?

SmoothPancakes
07-21-2011, 10:04 AM
Will the Ragin' Cajuns keep you from that elusive first win?

That's what we're going to be finding out later today. I still need to replay my UCF game, as I am only done up through Louisville on my transition from a single player Online Dynasty to an offline dynasty, but I'm hoping to make the Ragin' Cajuns my first win. Should have been my second if I didn't blow it against North Texas in the rematch against them. :fp:

SmoothPancakes
07-21-2011, 02:14 PM
And the UCF rematch has been played, and the new game summary has been posted. I'm gonna say that North Texas game was a fluke in regards to the number of yard and points we put up. Because we suck. :fp:

In the UCF-FIU rematch, the final score was 27-6 the first time around when playing as a single player OD. In the offline dynasty rematch, we did manage to score 3 more points than the first game. Only problem was, UCF was able to score 31 extra #!@$ing points on their way to anally abusing me 58-9. :fp:

JerzeyReign
07-21-2011, 02:23 PM
It looks like you have success on the ground, maybe you should run more? Especially if your D can't hold any opponents. Slowing the game down looks like the best route.

::Just take my comments as the fan who calls up the local sports talkshow:: :)

SmoothPancakes
07-21-2011, 03:00 PM
It looks like you have success on the ground, maybe you should run more? Especially if your D can't hold any opponents. Slowing the game down looks like the best route.

::Just take my comments as the fan who calls up the local sports talkshow:: :)

:D I like that sports talk show comment.

Yeah, I tried to get my ground game going, but between UCF pretty much keying in on the run each play, and my third straight game playing in the rain, we barely were able to get anything going on the ground. Granted, even with a 75 rated offense that FIU has, UCF is rated 85 on defense, 88 on offense (FIU rated 67 defense), and 88 overall (FIU rated 70 overall), so a whooping was pretty much expected.

I'm just at a loss how much I have progressively done worse against UCF. My first game I played in the OD, I lost 10-0, however that game was lost as I accidentally quit out with 30 seconds left to play, after I had paused the game following a failed fourth down conversion to start typing up game stats. My second game game attempt vs UCF in the OD, I lost 27-6. This game in the offline dynasty, I lose 58-9. :fp: Talk about falling on my face.

Thankfully, things start getting easier from here on out. Louisville and UCF were the toughest teams on my schedule with Louisville rated in the mid-80s and UCF in the upper-80s. I just have Duke left for my "guaranteed loss" games. Everyone else, now that I'm playing fellow Sun Belt teams the rest of the way (besides Akron), are all mid to low 70s or 60s for ratings.

So the season's definitely not lost yet, though 0-3 is a tough hole to climb out of, even for just a 6-6 season. I'm figuring on losses to Duke, Arkansas State, and Troy. UL Monroe, UL Lafayette, Akron, Western Kentucky, Florida Atlantic, I should all be able to win. The one game, that I am not sure about, and that could decided between a 6-6 season or a 5-7 season, is my final game of the year against Middle Tennessee State. They could be a tough one, or they could be a pushover. I have no clue.

SmoothPancakes
07-21-2011, 07:10 PM
Game Four

:Louisiana: :@: :FIU:



Game Notes


--- Finally. It only took until our fourth game, but finally a game that isn’t being played in the rain. Coming into this game in a 0-3 hole to start the season, as well as already being down in the conference 0-1 due to our week 2 loss to North Texas, this is a must win game for us. Lafayette won the coin toss and elected to kick. A kickoff return by T.Y. Hilton all the way to our 38 yard line set a great starting tone for our team.

Unfortunately it didn’t matter much as we promptly went 3 and out on offense, and then our defense decided to just roll over and play dead, giving up passes of 13 and 25 yards, as well as a 12 yard pass that Lafayette was able to complete to convert on a 4th and 8 attempt. However, our offense was not about to give up, choosing to go the air more in our second drive, and eventually managing to find our way into the end zone. Our stupid lousy kicker however would screw things up on the extra point and keep us from evening up the score.

Inspired by the offensive performance, our defense came out and, after giving up a 14 yard pass to start Lafayette’s drive, managed to shut them down to force the first Ragin’ Cajun punt of the day. Our offense would use that momentum to piece together a drive from our 39 yard line down to the Lafayette 12. However, an interception on 2nd and 9 at the 6 yard line, that was then returned clear back out to the Ragin’ Cajun 45 yard line, killed the momentum our team had built up. Lafayette would waste no time putting the ball back in the end zone.

Sensing the possibility of losing control of the game, our offense quickly moved down the field on our next drive, before striking a dagger on a post route that would lead to a 45 yard sprint to the end zone. We attempted to go for the two point conversion, however it ultimately was batted down incomplete. Our defense though did its job again, forcing a 3 and out and getting us the ball back. We would make it down to the 23 yard line, though ultimately would be forced to settle for a 40 yard field goal.

Despite letting Lafayette advance the ball to midfield, they eventually held tough and forced another punt, giving our offense a chance to try and extend our first lead since the first quarter of the North Texas game. We were able to drive down to the Lafayette 19, but once again, had to settle for a field goal. Our defense was able to force three straight incomplete passes on Lafayette’s next drive, giving us the ball back with 3 minutes left to play, and a chance to pull away before halftime.

We finally found a little bit of success on the ground, but the Lafayette defense, clearly keying on the run game still, as well as bring a heavy blitz regularly, forced us to go the air most of the drive. We managed to finally make it to the Ragin’ Cajun 6 yard line, before a pair of incomplete passes stalled our offense and forced a third straight field goal. Our defense was able to get us the ball back with 30 seconds to play. A huge pass on second down managed to get us down to the Lafayette 6 yard line, before a short completion would get stopped just short of the end zone. After calling timeout with 15 seconds left, we tried to punch it in, and finally found the end zone again, extending our lead just before the half. We would have doubled our lead, but Sir Shanks-A-Lot missed the extra point, again. :fp:

Start of the second half, our defense was able to force a punt, and while our offense was able to begin moving the ball, an interception on our 28 yard line killed our drive, and forced our defense into a huge hole. It took Lafayette 5 plays to find the end zone. Our next offensive drive, we managed to run two plays before we proceeded to fumble the ball away on our 31 yard line, after which the Lafayette defender who recovered rumbled forward for 11 yards, giving the Ragin’ Cajuns another 1st and 10, this time from our 20 yard line. Thanks to a pass interference call on our defense on 3rd and 5, our lead disappeared.

Our offense, seemingly pissed at about the two turnovers inside our own 30 yard line on consecutive possessions, as well as losing our lead, needed only 7 plays to race down the field and reclaim the lead. Our second attempt at a two point attempt, much like the first, failed. I also again am going to hang our defensive coordinator and the entire defense. :fp: On Lafayette’s next drive, they proceeded to slaughter our defense with passes for 12 yards, 19 yards (on 3rd and 7), 11 yards, 26 yards (on 4th and 17), and after a holding call set up a 1st and 20 on the 20 yard line, a 20 yard touchdown pass. And after all that, yet another pass, this time for a successful two point conversion.

Absolutely pissed off at our defense after that last Lafayette drive, our offense was ready to go, and only needed 5 plays to cover 68 yards and get our lead back. Lafayette proceeded to go 3 and out, and our offense went into clock killing mode. We put together a 12 play drive, shaving a couple minutes off the clock, before we had to settle for a field goal, that Sir Shanks-A-Lot once again missed from 29 yards out.

Lafayette thankfully threw 4 straight incomplete passes, giving us the ball right back at the Lafayette 20 yard line. However, after two straight rushes, Perry was able to break through the defensive line and was on his way for a touchdown, when he was stripped from behind, a fumble which Lafayette recovered, giving them the ball back on their 8 yard line with 30 seconds to play. However, they would only get as far as their 40 yard line before time expired, clinching us our first win of the season.

With the victory, we finally find the win column for the first time of the season, snapping our 3 game losing streak and improving our record to 1-3, as well as get our first Sun Belt Conference victory. With the loss, UL Lafayette drops to 1-3 for the year, 0-1 in the Sun Belt. Up next for us, the Duke Blue Devils come to town. Duke comes in with a 3-1 record on the year, opening up with a 38-7 victory over Richmond before losing 56-20 to #3 Stanford. The Blue Devils would recover to pick up a 38-25 win over Tulane and a 31-28 victory against Maryland.




Final Score
:FIU: 40, :Louisiana: 36



Stat(s) of the Game:
- FIU Kicker Jack Griffin – 3 for 4 on field goals. 1 for 3 on extra points.
- FIU Running Backs – 2 fumbles.
- FIU Offense – 2 turnovers inside our own 30 yard line.
- Both Offenses – FIU - 662 yards total offense. Lafayette - 617 yards total offense.
- Both Defenses – God awful.



Scoring Summary



Team
1st Quarter
2nd Quarter
3rd Quarter
4th Quarter
Final Score


:Louisiana:
7
7
14
8
36


:FIU:
6
21
6
7
40






Team
Result
Play
Score


First Quarter


:Louisiana:
Touchdown
A. Spikes, 2 yard run (B. Baer kick)
:Louisiana: 7-0


:FIU:
Touchdown
E. Maxey, 36 yard pass from W. Carroll (missed kick)
:Louisiana: 7-6





Second Quarter


:Louisiana:
Touchdown
P. Hill, 3 yard pass from C. Masson (B. Baer kick)
:Louisiana: 14-6


:FIU:
Touchdown
J. Mertile, 55 yard pass from W. Carroll (2-point failed)
:Louisiana: 14-12


:FIU:
Field Goal
J. Griffin, 40 yard field goal
:FIU: 15-14


:FIU:
Field Goal
J. Griffin, 36 yard field goal
:FIU: 18-14


:FIU:
Field Goal
J. Griffin, 23 yard field goal
:FIU: 21-14


:FIU:
Touchdown
J. Mertile, 1 yard pass from W. Carroll (missed kick)
:FIU: 27-14





Third Quarter


:Louisiana:
Touchdown
J. Robinson, 3 yard pass from C. Masson (B. Baer kick)
:FIU: 27-21


:Louisiana:
Touchdown
A. Spikes, 1 yard run (B. Baer kick)
:Louisiana: 28-27


:FIU:
Touchdown
J. Mertile, 21 yard pass from W. Carroll (2-point failed)
:FIU: 33-28





Fourth Quarter


:Louisiana:
Touchdown
D. Surgent, 19 yard pass from C. Masson (2-point conversion)
:Louisiana: 36-33


:FIU:
Touchdown
T. Hilton, 24 yard pass from W. Carroll (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 40-36





Game Stats



UL Lafayette
Stat
Florida International


36
Score
40


22
First Downs
18


617
Total Offense
662


25 - 129 - 2
Rushes - Yards - TD
28 - 95 - 0


21 - 53 - 3
Comp - Att - TD
25 - 48 - 5


488
Passing Yards
567


5
Times Sacked
0


7 - 18 (38%)
3rd Down Conversion
7 - 16 (43%)


2 - 3 (66%)
4th Down Conversion
1 - 1 (100%)


1 - 1 (100%)
2-Point Conversion
0 - 2 (0%)


6 - 5 - 0 (83%)
Red Zone - TD - FG
6 - 0 - 0 (0%)


0
Turnovers
4


0
Fumbles Losts
2


0
Intercepted
2


37
Punt Return Yards
18


114
Kick Return Yards
78


768
Total Yards
758


8 - 40.6
Punts - Average
2 - 43.5


2 - 15
Penalties
11 - 73


15:15
Time of Possession
20:45





Florida International Contract Goals Update



Fail Impact
Goal
Progress
Pass Impact


:3redarrow:
500+ rushing yards in each season
332
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Win 8 games in one season
1
:3greenarrow:



2000+ total offensive yards in each season
1869
:3greenarrow:


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7+ passing TD in one season
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:3greenarrow:



10+ points per game in each season
22 PPG
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
2400+ total offensive yards in one season
1869
:3greenarrow:


:2redarrow:
Win 4 games in one season
1
:1greenarrow:


:6redarrow:
2000+ total offensive yards in one season
1869






Job Security Status

47%

SmoothPancakes
07-21-2011, 07:23 PM
So that was a very weird game. I was able to pass fairly well at ease, though so was Lafayette. I'm not sure if this was just a random abnormal game, or if it was because both of our defenses really suck that bad. Granted, I was forced to regularly go to the air, thanks to the fact Lafayette was constantly stacking the box or blitzing every single play, my run game was pretty much non-existent, and trying to get anymore than 1 or 2 yards each run was pretty much impossible. It wasn't until I started going into clock killing mode in the last 5 or 6 minutes of the 4th quarter that I was able to finally start moving the ball somewhat decently on the ground.

All I know, is with as much as my defense sucked it up in this game, I am fearing my week 7 game against Duke. If it wasn't for my offense being able to move against the also sucktastic defense of Lafayette, I probably would have lost that game by at least 20 points.

CLW
07-21-2011, 09:14 PM
So that was a very weird game. I was able to pass fairly well at ease, though so was Lafayette. I'm not sure if this was just a random abnormal game, or if it was because both of our defenses really suck that bad. Granted, I was forced to regularly go to the air, thanks to the fact Lafayette was constantly stacking the box or blitzing every single play, my run game was pretty much non-existent, and trying to get anymore than 1 or 2 yards each run was pretty much impossible. It wasn't until I started going into clock killing mode in the last 5 or 6 minutes of the 4th quarter that I was able to finally start moving the ball somewhat decently on the ground.

All I know, is with as much as my defense sucked it up in this game, I am fearing my week 7 game against Duke. If it wasn't for my offense being able to move against the also sucktastic defense of Lafayette, I probably would have lost that game by at least 20 points.

I F'n hate those games it drives me nuts when the CPU simply refuses to do anything other than bring the house and play BNR coverage all game long.

SmoothPancakes
07-21-2011, 09:55 PM
I F'n hate those games it drives me nuts when the CPU simply refuses to do anything other than bring the house and play BNR coverage all game long.

I completely agree. Literally every single play of the game, it was either multiple blitzers, or there were 4 down linemen and two of their three linebackers sitting there in the box, and an OLB or CB creeping up on the outside of one of the DEs, clearly ready to obliterate my running back if I tried to run. I never would have scored any points trying to keep it on the ground all game, because I either had to beat the blitz, or somehow get past 7-8 players in the box.

I like running the ball, being a Navy fan, I love the run. But it was impossible against Lafayette until about the last couple minutes when they started keying their defense on my receiver and pass game and less on the run. Then I was able to finally rush more than once or twice a drive. It took until halfway through the 4th quarter before I finally had a run longer than 5 yards. If that's the way Lafayette is going to play every game, ugh, I already know I'm going to hate playing them these next two years I'm still under contract at FIU.

morsdraconis
07-21-2011, 10:14 PM
Played a game against Texas that was like that as well. Nothing but constant pressure, bump and run coverage, and other annoying shit.

SmoothPancakes
07-21-2011, 10:19 PM
Played a game against Texas that was like that as well. Nothing but constant pressure, bump and run coverage, and other annoying shit.

Yep, it absolutely annoyed me to no end. I really, really hope they are the only team that I play that are like that. If I have to deal with it 3 or 4 times per season vs. conference opponents, these are going to be a very long 3 seasons.

JerzeyReign
07-22-2011, 08:24 AM
I don't mind games like that at all. Its way better than having every team play exactly the same.

Good first win even if your defense wasn't allowed to the post game celebration :)

SmoothPancakes
07-22-2011, 04:54 PM
I don't mind games like that at all. Its way better than having every team play exactly the same.

Good first win even if your defense wasn't allowed to the post game celebration :)

I don't either, it's definitely a nice change of pace. Though being a Navy fan in real life, I love the run. :D If I could emulate the real life Navy team and go an entire game doing nothing but rushes, and not throw one single pass the entire game, oh, that would be the perfect game for me. :nod: But, if I have to, I'll take to the air if that's what it takes to either win or at least remain in contention for a win.

And yeah, the defense is not at all welcome in any post game celebrations. I'm still debating, for the second time this season, whether or not to hang the defensive coordinator, and the entire defense, by a yardarm. But still a good win, ugly, but good. Glad to finally get that monkey off my back.

SmoothPancakes
07-25-2011, 01:41 PM
I just hit halftime of my game vs. Duke. All I'm going to say right now is, upset alert? http://i766.photobucket.com/albums/xx305/SmoothPancakes/Smilies/e133156.png http://i766.photobucket.com/albums/xx305/SmoothPancakes/Smilies/e133062.gif

JerzeyReign
07-25-2011, 01:50 PM
Duke being a favorite in football is kind of mind blowing in itself :)

SmoothPancakes
07-25-2011, 01:52 PM
Duke being a favorite in football is kind of mind blowing in itself :)

:D Very true. They should be in the gym working on their jump shots. ;)

SmoothPancakes
07-25-2011, 02:38 PM
Game Five

:Duke: :@: :FIU:



Game Notes


--- After managing to pull out a shootout win last week, we welcomed Duke into town. Something gave me the feeling that this wasn’t going to be pretty. Duke won the coin toss, elected to kick, giving our offense the chance to set the tone for the game. Our running game wasn’t able to get much going early on, but a pair of third down conversions through the air allowed us to advance the ball to the Duke 30 yard line before settling for a 47 yard field goal.

Duke meanwhile, proved that their offense was much better than our defense, and was able to drive 79 yards in 8 plays to take the lead. Our offense however, proved up to the task of answering back. After Darriet Perry was able to explode up the gut for a 1st down on the ground, Duke’s defense came out in a jailbreak blitz on the ensuing play. A quick audible from a run to a pass play, and Wesley Carroll was able to strike Junior Mertile for a 28 yard gain thanks to the lack of mid-range defenders. A couple more plays, including a third down conversion, and Perry took us home as he dived into the end zone from one yard out to reclaim the lead for us.

That drive seemed to rattle Duke, as they would gain only one first down on their next series, and then were stopped cold by our defense on 3rd and inches, resulting in a punt. Our offense, continuing on the momentum of the game, was able to clear from our 17 yard line, all the way down to the Duke 2. Unfortunately, as we faced a 4th and goal situation from the 2 yard line, Coach Cristobal elected to kick the field goal, which Jack Griffin proceeded to miss the 19 yard attempt, shanking it to the left.

After a penalty on the defense on 3rd down allowed Duke a free first down, the Blue Devils were able to drive clear down to our 27 yard line, before Jonathon Cyprien was able to recover a Duke fumble on our 19 yard line, giving us the ball back.

After being stopped the first time, our offense refused to go down this time, as 12 play, 5 minute drive ended with Darriet Perry plowing into the end zone from 1 yard out to give us a 10 point lead. Duke was clearly rattled after that drive, with the momentum fully shifted onto our side, as the Blue Devils promptly went 3 and out with three straight incomplete passes.

That failed offensive drives sent our team into a frenzy. Like a shiver of sharks smelling blood in the water, we knew it was time to move in for the kill. We went on an 11 play, 57 yard drive, killing off all but 42 seconds to go in the half, needing two fourth down conversions along the way, once on 4th and 2 at the Duke 34 yard line, and again on 4th and goal right on top of the Duke goal line. Perry once again led us into the end zone, propelling us to a 17 point lead

Duke tried to get down the field in the 42 seconds remaining, using a 15 yard penalty against our defense, two passes of 17 yards, and a pass of 33 yards to get clear down to our 3 yard line with mere seconds left to play. However, a dropped pass in the end zone on 1st and goal, and with no time remaining, kept our 17 point lead intact going into halftime, causing Duke to send out an SOS http://i766.photobucket.com/albums/xx305/SmoothPancakes/Smilies/e133135.gif, and lighting up the AP wire with potential upset alerts.

Coming out after halftime, Duke apparently did nothing to work on and change up their offense, as they proceeded to stall and punt the ball away, even after a free first down thanks to a defensive penalty. They also apparently never bothered to change up their defense, as we were able to drive from our own 42 yard line, down to the Duke 23 with nothing but rushes. 8 straight plays on the ground, and Duke had no answer, until we got down to their 30 yard line and then they toughened, eventually stopped us short on 3rd and 3, forcing us to settle for a field goal attempt. However, Griffin, aka Sir Shanks-a-lot, would proceed to miss the 40 yard try.

Duke’s following drive, they were able to push the ball out to midfield, even with a pair of sacks setting them back, but our defense ultimately held strong and forced another punt. Unfortunately, Duke finally made some changes to their defense, and even with a mix of rushing and passing, they were able to stop us after only advancing the ball 19 yards, forcing our first punt of the game. After taking control, Duke clearly realized it was time to get something going on offense.

Our defense helped them out at first with another 15 yard penalty, then Sean Renfree proceeded to abuse us through the air, throwing passes 5, 8, 26, and 21 yards before Desmond Scott got all the way to our 4 yard line on a 9 yard rush. However, an incomplete pass on 3rd and 1 by Renfree, forced a do or die situation for the Blue Devils on 4th down. It turned out to be a do situation as Duke proceeded to find the end zone once again thanks to some rumbling, bumbling, and stumbling by Scott for a 4 yard touchdown run to close the gap to 10 points.

We kept the ball on the ground our following offensive drive, trying to kill off as much clock as we could while clinging to our lead. We were able to eventually get down as far as the Duke 34 yard line, before Coach Cristobal decided that we were not going to go for it on 4th and 1, instead deciding to try a 51 yard field goal, which proceeded to be missed by Sir Shanks-a-lot, giving Duke the ball back at their own 34 yard line with just over 3 minutes left in the game. Passes of 27 yards and 37 yards by Renfree was all Duke needed in their 5 play drive as Scott rumbled in for a 1 yard touchdown to pull Duke within 3 points with 2:30 left to play in the game.

Despite Duke’s defense ready to try and force a turnover or punt, we were able to convert on a 3rd and 7 and pick up our biggest first down of the entire game. As Duke had used up two of their time outs on the first three plays of the drive, and promptly used their third after our conversion for a first down, we needed to only run the ball a couple more times to run out the clock and claim our upset victory, and probably what would be the biggest victory of our entire season, over Duke. With the win, we improved to 2-3 on the season, Duke fell to 3-2.

Up next for FIU, we start up the buses for a 5 game road trip, starting with Akron, who is 1-4 coming into our game. Akron started the season on a 4 game losing streak, falling at #6 Ohio State 55-14, losing to Temple 35-17, getting stomped at Cincinnati 41-3, and being defeated by Virginia Military Institute 37-0. Their lone win of the season came in week 6 as they edged Eastern Michigan 14-13.




Final Score
:FIU: 24, :Duke: 21



Stat(s) of the Game:
- FIU Quarterback Wesley Carroll – 19-28 passing, 315 yards, 67% completion percentage.
- FIU Kicker Jack Griffin – 1 for 4 on field goals (misses from 19, 40, and 51 yards).
- FIU Running Back Darriet Perry – 3 rushing touchdowns.
- FIU Offense – 0 turnovers.
- FIU Defense – 1 forced fumble and fumble recovery, held Duke to just 7 points for the first half, kept Duke from scoring as time expired at halftime, and slowed down Duke enough in the 4th quarter to allow only two scores.



Scoring Summary



Team
1st Quarter
2nd Quarter
3rd Quarter
4th Quarter
Final Score


:Duke:
7
0
0
14
21


:FIU:
10
14
0
0
24






Team
Result
Play
Score


First Quarter


:FIU:
Field Goal
J. Griffin, 46 yard field goal
:FIU: 3-0


:Duke:
Touchdown
C. Vernon, 10 yard pass from S. Renfree (W. Snyderwine kick)
:Duke: 7-3


:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Perry, 1 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 10-7





Second Quarter


:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Perry, 1 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 17-7


:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Perry, 1 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 24-7





Third Quarter





Fourth Quarter


:Duke:
Touchdown
D. Scott, 4 yard run (W. Snyderwine kick)
:FIU: 24-14


:Duke:
Touchdown
D. Scott, 1 yard run (W. Snyderwine kick)
:FIU: 24-21





Game Stats



Duke
Stat
Florida International


21
Score
24


16
First Downs
23


365
Total Offense
416


17 - 66 - 2
Rushes - Yards - TD
49 - 101 - 3


18 - 32 - 1
Comp - Att - TD
19 - 28 - 0


299
Passing Yards
315


1
Times Sacked
2


3 - 8 (37%)
3rd Down Conversion
11 - 18 (61%)


1 - 1 (100%)
4th Down Conversion
2 - 2 (100%)


0 - 0 (0%)
2-Point Conversion
0 - 0 (0%)


5 - 3 - 0 (60%)
Red Zone - TD - FG
5 - 3 - 0 (60%)


1
Turnovers
0


1
Fumbles Losts
0


0
Intercepted
0


0
Punt Return Yards
13


45
Kick Return Yards
84


410
Total Yards
513


3- 48.0
Punts - Average
1 - 49.0


0 - 0
Penalties
8 - 92


14:03
Time of Possession
21:57





Florida International Contract Goals Update



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Goal
Progress
Pass Impact


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500+ rushing yards in each season
433
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Win 8 games in one seaso
2
:3greenarrow:



2000+ total offensive yards in each season
2285
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7+ passing TD in one season
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22 PPG
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2400+ total offensive yards in one season
2285
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Win 4 games in one season
2
:1greenarrow:


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2000+ total offensive yards in one season
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Bonus Goal



Beat a higher ranked team

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Job Security Status

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JerzeyReign
07-25-2011, 03:19 PM
I have a feeling a miss by your kicker will ruin your season. Seems like he misses every game :(

SmoothPancakes
07-25-2011, 03:36 PM
Alright, now that I've had a chance to take care of a few things since completing the Duke game, my thoughts on the game. First, I can't believe I actually won the game. I went into the game fully expecting to lose, and in fact, was expecting to lose by at least 15 points. In fact, in my preseason run down of the schedule, I had Duke marked as an automatic loss. Duke was 3-1, is rated 83 overall, 88 offense, 78 defense. We were 1-3, we're rated 72 overall, 75 offense, 67 defense.

But, absolutely nothing went wrong for us. We didn't have a single turnover on offense. We only gave up two sacks. Our quarterback, Carroll, was accurate all day long. It was like he couldn't miss a pass. And once our running game got moving, we were reeling off 3-5 yards every single rush. Even with us being penalized 8 times in the game, every single penalty called on our defense, we still weren't in danger of losing until Duke started going solely to the air, and completing passes for major gains, in the last couple minutes of the game in a comeback attempt.

Though the momentum was clearly with us the entire game. We were just trying to trade punches with Duke that first quarter and hoping to stay close. Then that Duke fumbled in the 2nd quarter that we recovered on our own 19 yard line, it not only took away what was probably going to at worst a field goal, at best a touchdown, for Duke with the way they were moving the ball drive, but it also led to us driving down the field for our second touchdown to give us a 17-7 lead. That fumble was a gigantic swing in the game in our favor.

I'm most likely going to have to make some tweaks to my sliders though. While we have sucked trying to rush the ball, as we are currently ranked 117th in the nation in rushing offense, we have the 4th best passing offense in the nation, and the 36th best overall offense in the nation. We definitely should not be that way/high. So I'm going to have to tweak some things in my sliders to try and toughen up the CPU pass defense.

At least we know we suck on defense. We own the 115th ranked passing defense in the nation. We're 17th in the nation in rushing, with the 90th ranked overall defense in the nation. And nothing like having the 108th ranked defense when it comes to total points allowed. :fp:

Also, I am contemplating renaming my kicker. His name is currently Jack Griffin. I am thinking about going in and renaming him "Sir Shanks-a-lot". 6-12 on field goals, 10-12 on extra points so far this season. :fp:

And now I'm a bit scared about my next game on the road at Akron. After somehow shocking Duke, I would not be the least bit surprised to see 1-4 Akron come out and just curb stomp me. :fp:

SmoothPancakes
07-25-2011, 03:38 PM
I have a feeling a miss by your kicker will ruin your season. Seems like he misses every game :(

Yeah, he pretty much has. :smh:

As I just posted in my thoughts about the game just below your post:


Also, I am contemplating renaming my kicker. His name is currently Jack Griffin. I am thinking about going in and renaming him "Sir Shanks-a-lot". 6-12 on field goals, 10-12 on extra points so far this season. :fp:

He was supposed to be doing great for me with him being one of the highest rated players on my team. Instead, ugh. :fp:

morsdraconis
07-25-2011, 03:45 PM
Good win man. Akron should be a pushover, but you know how this game is sometimes.

SmoothPancakes
07-25-2011, 03:55 PM
Thanks man. And that's what worries me going into my game against Akron. I'm scared to hell right now I'm going to have the worst game of my life and lose after that Duke game. Honestly, for the people in the past who have posted about it seeming like this game has an internal coin flip before each game, that decides one team is going to have everything go their way, and the other team is going to lose no matter what they do, I'd believe them now after that Duke game.

Nothing I did could go wrong. 2 for 2 on fourth down, at one point I was 6 for 7 on 3rd down conversions. No turnovers, no mistakes, nothing, I didn't even have my first punt until halfway through the 3rd quarter. It was the best played game of my NCAA career.

And now I'm honestly scared of playing Akron, because I have this feeling that I can't get rid of that I'm going to play the game, and everything that could go wrong will go wrong.

strattjw
07-25-2011, 04:24 PM
I feel what you are saying. I completely crushed an undefeated Southern Miss team on the road only to come home and host Mid Tenn State and have everything go wrong. Southern Miss I should have lose, Mid Tenn State I should never loose.

SmoothPancakes
07-25-2011, 06:23 PM
Game Six

:FIU: :@: :Akron:



Game Notes




--- Our first game on the road since week 3, kicking off a stretch of 5 straight away games, as we travel to Akron. The Zips come in with a 1-4 record, we’re coming in at 2-3 on a two game winning streak, including our unbelievable upset, and probably what will be the biggest win of the entire season, over Duke. It was also a cold day in Ohio, as the October 8th temperature was only in the high 30s.

We lost the coin toss, Akron elected to kick, giving our offense the chance to once again set the momentum for the game right out of the game. Right away it became clear this was not going to be a good day for our ground game. Akron apparently had watched game film of our game against Duke, as they were keying on the run early and often. We would only get as far as the 50 yard line before an incomplete pass on 3rd and 3 would bring our first drive to an end. Akron’s first drive went about 20 yards as well before they too were forced to punt.

Our second offensive drive however, Akron changed their defensive gameplan for some reason, and chose to drop back more into pass coverage, rather than continuing to focus on my ground game. This change of focus allowed Darriet Perry to start stuffing the ball down Akron’s throat on 6 straight plays before they finally shut down our run game once again. However, another incomplete pass on 3rd and 10 would once again bring our offense to a stop on the Akron 40 yard line. Akron’s drive however was once again short lived, only managing one first down and 15 yards of offense before being forced to punt.

Unfortunately, an attempt to throw Akron’s defense off with a first down pass failed pathetically, as one of Akron’s safeties were able to pick off the pass, and then return it for 17 yards down to our 38 yard line. The line of scrimmage at the beginning of that play, was our own 35 yard line. :fp: Akron would need only 3 plays before finding the end zone on a 34 yard pass. After seeing the collapse that Duke had after the momentum swing in our previous game, our offense was not about to let Akron claim the momentum in this game and potentially put us into an unrecoverable hole. We came out pissed and hard, driving the ball 75 yards in 5 plays down to the Akron 1 yard line before the clock hit 0 to end the first quarter. First play of the second quarter, Darriet Perry punched the ball into the end zone, tying the game back up.

After our defense forced an Akron punt from their own 18 yard line, we got a bit of help from the return team as they gave us the ball 1st and 10 at the Akron 37 yard line after the punt return. Taking over on offense that far into Akron territory, we knew we had to come away with a touchdown or else. And that is exactly what we did. However, it wasn’t as big of a lead as we would have like, thanks to Sir Shanks-a-lot missing the extra point. :fp:

After that, both defenses stepped in and started shutting down the other team, leading to a trading of punts before we were able to get the ball back with three minutes left to play. Thanks to a couple of holes in the secondary, and a 15 yard facemask penalty, we were able to advance the ball down to the Akron 30 yard line before Perry took over, found a hole, and broke free for a 30 yard scramble to the end zone. Things would only get worse for Akron as their second play of their ensuing series, our CB Emmanuel Souarin was able to intercept a pass attempt at the Akron 31 yard line, setting us up for a chance to really blow the game wide open. Three plays later, Perry pounded the ball forward for another touchdown, this one from 10 yards out on 1st and goal. After both teams traded a pair of punts, that would be all she wrote for the first half.

Start of the second half, the Akron offense once again proved inept, and were quickly forced to punt. Our offense didn’t even need to be on the field as T.Y. Hilton punished the Akron punt team with a 30 yard return up the right sideline, before being finally brought down at the Akron 38 yard line. Despite a holding penalty on 1st down that set us back, we would eventually once again find the end zone 11 plays later. The game would quickly get even worse for Akron. Despite a 15 yard pass interference penalty on the defense on 1st down that advance the LOS up to the Akron 34 yard line, an interception by Jonathan Cyprien on the very next play was returned 29 yards all the way to the Akron 13 yard line. The Zips offense very clearly had imploded under the weight of the hole they were already in. Perry would only need two plays to cover those 13 yards on the ground.

While the Zips offense never got any rhythm going again, their defense had apparently decided that they had given up enough points for the day, as they proceeded to stuff our offense’s rushing attempts on 3rd and 1 for three straight series, forcing us to punt each time. Neither offense would get much going the rest of the game as our second team offense took over at the end of the third quarter, and Akron’s offense just simply walked onto the field.

The win improves our record to 3-3, currently on a three game winning streak. Akron drops to 1-5. Up next for FIU, the Red Wolves of Arkansas State, currently 5-1 on the season, 2-0 in the Sun Belt. Arkansas State opened their season with a 48-0 loss at Illinois, who is currently 5-1 and ranked 25th in the nation. The Red Wolves then proceeded to whoop Memphis, whoop Central Arkansas, they upset Virginia Tech 41-35, and just won by 10 over UL Monroe.




Final Score
:FIU: 41, :Akron: 7



Stat(s) of the Game:
FIU Offense – Most points of the season.
FIU Running Backs – 173 yards rushing, 4 touchdowns.
FIU Defense – Only 164 yards of total offense given up. Two interceptions, first at Akron’s 31 yard line, second at Akron’s 42 yard line, returned all the way down to the Akron 13.
FIU FS Jonathon Cyprien – 1 interception, 28 yard INT return down to Akron 13 yard line, setting up offense for the final touchdown of the day.
Akron QB Patrick Nicely – 6-40 passing, 88 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs, 31.7 QB Rating.



Scoring Summary



Team
1st Quarter
2nd Quarter
3rd Quarter
4th Quarter
Final Score


:FIU:
0
27
14
0
41


:Akron:
7
0
0
0
7






Team
Result
Play
Score


First Quarter


:Akron:
Touchdown
D. Martin, 33 yard pass from P. Nicely (J. Long kick)
:Akron: 7-0





Second Quarter


:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Perry, 1 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
TIED 7-7


:FIU:
Touchdown
J. Mertile, 2 yard pass from W. Carroll (missed kick)
:FIU: 13-7


:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Perry, 30 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 20-7


:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Perry, 11 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 27-7





Third Quarter


:FIU:
Touchdown
D. LaPorte, 12 yard pass from W. Carroll (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 34-7


:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Perry, 2 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 41-7





Fourth Quarter












Game Stats



Florida International
Stat
Akron


41
Score
7


16
First Downs
8


399
Total Offense
164


39 - 173 - 4
Rushes - Yards - TD
22 - 76 - 0


16 - 28 - 2
Comp - Att - TD
6 - 40 - 1


226
Passing Yards
88


0
Times Sacked
2


4 - 13 (30%)
3rd Down Conversion
4 - 17 (23%)


0 - 0 (0%)
4th Down Conversion
0 - 0 (0%)


0 - 0 (0%)
2-Point Conversion
0 - 0 (0%)


9 - 5 - 0 (55%)
Red Zone - TD - FG
0 - 0 - 0 (0%)


1
Turnovers
2


0
Fumbles Losts
0


1
Intercepted
2


102
Punt Return Yards
40


44
Kick Return Yards
60


545
Total Yards
244


9 - 41.9
Punts - Average
13 - 38.1


9 - 82
Penalties
1 - 15


23:10
Time of Possession
12:50






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Win 8 games in one season
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3
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SmoothPancakes
07-25-2011, 06:26 PM
Thankfully I avoided the upset bid by the game, though I was starting to pull my hair out halfway through that 1st quarter.

Now I get to have fun trying to compete with Arkansas State. This was another game I had penciled in as an automatic loss at the beginning of the season.

morsdraconis
07-25-2011, 06:36 PM
Nice win man. I figured you would get the win against Akron. After playing with them in the TGTOD, they're just plain awful. I don't see how any team could possibly be as bad as they are. It's really quite sad.

Arkansas State is going to be tough. Their offense is ridiculously talented in this game.

SmoothPancakes
07-25-2011, 06:46 PM
Nice win man. I figured you would get the win against Akron. After playing with them in the TGTOD, they're just plain awful. I don't see how any team could possibly be as bad as they are. It's really quite sad.

Arkansas State is going to be tough. Their offense is ridiculously talented in this game.

Yeah, I was worried at first after my interception set them up for that first touchdown. Then once I got that first score on the board to tie things up, they just collapsed. Their QB was HORRIBLE. How do you go 6 for 40 passing, besides sucking?

Then there was the two interceptions by our defense. First one gave us the ball on the Akron 31. Second one, thanks to a 28 yard return, gave us the ball on the Akron 13. There are not too many teams who would be able to recover from bad interceptions like that. Akron definitely is not one of them.

And our punt return team. Some massive help from them. 102 punt return yards, gave us the ball inside the Akron 35-40 two or three times. Multiple short field drives for our offense spelled doom for Akron.

And yeah, I just looked at Arkansas State. I'm definitely worried. Especially after I saw that they beat Virginia Tech at VT in week 3, 41-35. I do not like seeing that result at all. :(

strattjw
07-25-2011, 11:07 PM
The Red Wolves are a force to be reckoned with.... until I control them that is.

SmoothPancakes
07-25-2011, 11:15 PM
The Red Wolves are a force to be reckoned with.... until I control them that is.

:D Yeah, FIU already came through once against Arkansas State in your dynasty. Now to see if we can do it again, this time in my dynasty. :nod:

SmoothPancakes
07-26-2011, 02:42 PM
Son of a... I was almost entirely done with recruiting for the week before I play my game against Arkansas State. I stopped with about 10 more players to go because I was typing out a post on here, and the damn game froze on me while it was just sitting in the recruiting board screen for a couple of minutes. :fp: Now I have to redo all my recruiting all over. And I just got screwed out of some seriously good recruiting and point gains I had made on a couple of recruits.

Arkansas State will probably be getting played a bit later tonight. I'm going to redo recruiting right now, then there's a show on at 4pm EST that I want to watch.

JerzeyReign
07-26-2011, 03:21 PM
Thats why I knock out a week... advance then save and then finally update the boards. I'm afraid of the freeze. Been able to escape it so far but I did have to find out the hard way to never trust Auto Save :)

SmoothPancakes
07-26-2011, 03:41 PM
Thats why I knock out a week... advance then save and then finally update the boards. I'm afraid of the freeze. Been able to escape it so far but I did have to find out the hard way to never trust Auto Save :)

Oh I wasn't doing any updates for this thread, I was just doing my recruiting for the week in my dynasty so I'd be ready to play my game against Arkansas State. I did recruiting updates on here in my dynasty last year. Between game summaries, recruiting updates, and "Around the NCAA" updates, listing upsets, blowouts, shutouts, the current top 25, Heisman update, etc, it took twice as long just to type up the updates in the thread as it was to actually play the game. So for this dynasty, I've cut out everything except for game summaries. Much less typing, much less work, and I can get updates up faster and games played more often.

Unfortunately, this time, I was just going through working on my recruiting. I only had about 10 or 12 players left to finish my recruiting for when I put my controller down for a couple minutes to make a post in one of the forums on here. Sometime during those couple of minutes, the game randomly froze on me. All I lost was what I had done for recruiting for the week, having to start all over against with 10 recruiting hours, but it's done now and just the game against the Red Wolves awaits.

SmoothPancakes
07-26-2011, 06:45 PM
Nice win man. I figured you would get the win against Akron. After playing with them in the TGTOD, they're just plain awful. I don't see how any team could possibly be as bad as they are. It's really quite sad.

Arkansas State is going to be tough. Their offense is ridiculously talented in this game.

So I was just looking through the schedules for the teams I've faced so far, going back through all my previous game posts and editing in a little recap/preview record-wise of the team I just played and the team I face next. You're right, Akron is just plain awful. There are no words to describe how bad they are.

Looking at their schedule so far up through week 8 in my dynasty, Akron is 1-5. They lost at Ohio State 55-14. They lost at home vs. Temple 35-17. They lost at Cincinnati 41-3. The kicker in all of this. They lost to FCS East 37-0!!! They got blown and shut the heck out by freaking FCS East! It's official. Akron is an abomination. I would be willing to say that Akron in NCAA 12 could quite possibly be the worst team in the history of NCAA football, going back through every game EA has ever released.

Their only win came in a 14-13 win at Eastern Michigan, which means Eastern Michigan sucks pretty much just as bad if Akron can beat EMU one week after getting shut out and blown out by an FCS team.

morsdraconis
07-26-2011, 07:35 PM
Yup. Eastern Michigan and Akron are historically bad. It'll be interesting to see if they're actually this bad in real life (I would venture to guess it's a no - Akron, and MAC schools in general, are always severely underrated in this game throughout the years).

SmoothPancakes
07-26-2011, 07:42 PM
Yup. Eastern Michigan and Akron are historically bad. It'll be interesting to see if they're actually this bad in real life (I would venture to guess it's a no - Akron, and MAC schools in general, are always severely underrated in this game throughout the years).

Well, they did go 1-11 last year, with their only win being a 22-14 win over Buffalo in their very last game of the season. :D And since they start the season at Ohio State, vs. Temple, and at Cincinnati, right there are three losses right off the bat this year.

SmoothPancakes
07-27-2011, 12:01 AM
Game Seven

:FIU: :@: :Arkansas_State:



Game Notes



--- Coming into this game on a three game winning streak, and looking to make it a two game winning streak in the Sun Belt, we knew it was going to be a tall task as we were going on the road to Arkansas State. It was a mild day, temps in the 50s, and the sun shining bright. We lost the coin toss, the Red Wolves elected to kick. We were immediately set up in decent shape for our first offensive drive thanks to a 29 yard kickoff return by T.Y. Hilton that gave our offense the ball at the 40 yard line.

Our offense was able to find instant success on the ground, as Arkansas State was able to do little to stop our rushing attack. We were able to work our way clear down to the Arkansas State 14 yard line before the ball was fumbled away by LaPorte after catching a pass on the Red Wolves 5 yard line. Our offense started to exit the field for our defense when the referees whistled and said there was a booth review.

Coach Cristobal had challenged the ruling on the field. Instant replay showed that the fumble was caused by the ground, after LaPorte had already been tackled down onto the ground, resulting in the play being overturned. Our offense came back onto the field with new life and would finally punch the ball into the end zone as Darriet Perry was able to push into the end zone on 4th and goal from right on top of the of Red Wolves goal line. It was an 11 play, 60 yard drive that showed Arkansas State that we weren’t going to roll over and go down without a fight, no matter how many of the experts and analysts deemed us the underdogs.

Arkansas State meanwhile showed that they were ready to respond, as they drove right down the field on our defense without pause. We would definitely have to go punch for punch with the Red Wolves if we were going to win today. Our following offense drive, we were able to get as close as the Arkansas State 29 yard line, before a 5 yard loss on a pitch play, and a 9 yard loss on a sack pushed us clear back to the 44 yard line. We would attempt to convert, and almost were able to, but a fumble by our receiver right before the 1st down line gave the ball back to the Red Wolves, who were able to return the fumble clear out to their own 37 yard line. They would waste no time finding the end zone again, even converting on 4th and 1 from our 12 yard line just so they wouldn’t have to settle for a field goal.

Arkansas State’s defense cost themselves huge on our next offensive drive, as the Red Wolves D was keying hard on our run game, bringing heavy blitzes, including twice bringing 8 guys. Some well timed audibles from rushes to passes allowed us to burn the Red Wolves defense on those blitzes. Using those well timed audibles, and two key third down conversions, we were able to eventually get down to the Arkansas State 3 yard line before our offense found the end zone a second time. Our defense on the other hand, once again was no help to us as the Red Wolves offense once again marched right down the field on us to retake the lead.

Our offense needed only one play to respond. A single rush up the gut by Perry, a huge miss by an Arkansas State defender, and he was able to evade the Red Wolves defense on his way to a 72 yard touchdown run. It wasn’t until less than 2 minutes to play in the 2nd quarter, before our defense had seemingly finally found a way to stop Arkansas State’s offense, stopping the Red Wolves on 3rd down to set up 4th and 6 on our own 38 yard line. However, appearances can be deceiving, as Arkansas State converted on 4th down with a 20 yard pass down to our 18 yard line. They would find the end zone 5 plays later. :fp:

Faced with only 38 seconds until halftime, and starting on our own 29 yard line, we knew it was pass or bust. We would make it as far as the Arkansas State 7 yard line before being forced to settle for a field goal. That apparently pissed Arkansas State off, as they proceeded to return the kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown to expand their halftime lead from just 4 out to 11. Our defense however as more than ready for the second half, as they stopped the Red Wolves for a 4 yard loss on a 1st down rush attempt, then sacked the QB for an 8 yard loss, before forcing an incomplete pass to set up the first punt of the entire game on 4th and 22 for the ASU 8 yard line.

Our offense was able to drive down as far as the ASU 11 yard line, however an interception on 3rd and 5 would bring our drive screeching to a halt. The Wolves wasted little time in striking a blow to us with an 87 yard touchdown pass. A holding penalty on 2nd and inches would ultimately doom what had looked to be a promising drive for our offense. Our defense once again held tough. A pair of holding penalties this time failed to kill our drive, though we ultimately were stonewalled on the ASU 5 yard line, and forced to settle for a 22 yard field goal to get within 15. Arkansas State meanwhile, decided it was time to strike the deathblow, and marched right down the field, covering 80 yards in 6 plays to score yet another touchdown.

We tried our best to get back into the game, including managing to finally find the end zone again on our next offensive drive. Unfortunately the hole was too deep, and time was too short for us to have any hope of a comeback.

With the loss, we drop to 3-4 on the season, 1-2 in Sun Belt Conference play. With the win, Arkansas State improves to 6-1 for the year, 3-0 in conference play. Up next for the Golden Panthers, we go on the road to Troy, who is currently 4-2 on the season, 2-1 in the Sun Belt Conference. Troy opened up the year with a 20-10 loss at Clemson, before rebounding for three straight wins, 38-17 against UAB, 42-7 vs. Alcorn State, and 21-10 on the road at Mid Tennessee State. Their second loss came in week 7 at Louisiana-Lafayette, as the Ragin’ Cajuns edged the Trojans 21-20. Troy then won their week 8 matchup on the road at UL Monroe, 40-7.




Final Score
:Arkansas_State: 63, :FIU: 37



Stat(s) of the Game:
- FIU Defense – Most points given up all season. Allowed 214 yards rushing. Gave up 8 touchdowns.
- FIU Offense – Was able to hit the century mark in rushing, over 400 yards passing, but failed to score too many times on a number of good chances.
- FIU Kicker Jack Griffin – Sir Shanks-a-Lot was finally perfect for a game, going 2 for 2 on field goals, 3 for 3 on extra points.
- Arkansas State Offense – 8 touchdowns scored, torched our defense for 627 yards of offense. I now understand why Arkansas State is 6-1 and why they defeated Virginia Tech 41-35 after seeing their offense in action firsthand.



Scoring Summary



Team
1st Quarter
2nd Quarter
3rd Quarter
4th Quarter
Final Score


:FIU:
7
17
3
10
37


:Arkansas_State:
7
28
7
21
63






Team
Result
Play
Score


First Quarter


:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Perry, 1 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 7-0


:Arkansas_State:
Touchdown
T. Stockemer, 25 yard pass from R. Aplin (B. Zalud kick)
TIED 7-7





Second Quarter


:Arkansas_State:
Touchdown
C. McCants, 2 yard pass from R. Aplin (B. Zalud kick)
:Arkansas_State: 14-7


:FIU:
Touchdown
J. Mertile, 4 yard pass from W. Carroll (J. Griffin kick)
TIED 14-14


:Arkansas_State:
Touchdown
D. Lawson, 4 yard run (B. Zalud kick)
:Arkansas_State: 21-14


:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Perry, 72 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
TIED 21-21


:Arkansas_State:
Touchdown
A. Muse, 6 yard pass from R. Aplin (B. Zalud kick)
:Arkansas_State: 28-21


:FIU:
Field Goal
J. Griffin, 23 yard field goal
:Arkansas_State: 28-24


:Arkansas_State:
Touchdown
D. Lawson, returned kickoff 94 yards (B. Zalud kick)
:Arkansas_State: 35-24





Third Quarter


:Arkansas_State:
Touchdown
A. Muse, 87 yard pass from R. Aplin (B. Zalud kick)
:Arkansas_State: 42-24


:FIU:
Field Goal
J. Griffin, 22 yard field goal
:Arkansas_State: 42-27





Fourth Quarter


:Arkansas_State:
Touchdown
D. Frampton, 10 yard pass from P. Butterfield (B. Zalud kick)
:Arkansas_State: 49-27


:FIU:
Touchdown
W. Times, 27 yard pass from W. Carroll (2-point conversion good)
:Arkansas_State: 49-35


:Arkansas_State:
Touchdown
D. Lawson, 51 yard run (B. Zalud kick)
:Arkansas_State: 56-35


:FIU:
INT-Safety
W. Carroll pass intercepted by D. Edwards, Edwards tackled in the end zone for a safety
:Arkansas_State: 56-37


:Arkansas_State:
Touchdown
D. Lawson, 47 yard run (B. Zalud kick)
:Arkansas_State: 63-37






Game Stats



Florida International
Stat
Arkansas State


37
Score
63


20
First Downs
20


561
Total Offense
627


37 - 120 - 2
Rushes - Yards - TD
40 - 214 - 3


18 - 36 - 2
Comp - Att - TD
20 - 35 - 5


441
Passing Yards
413


3
Times Sacked
2


5 - 16 (31%)
3rd Down Conversion
10 - 16 (62%)


2 - 3 (66%)
4th Down Conversion
2 - 2 (100%)


1 - 1 (100%)
2-Point Conversion
0 - 0 (0%)


8 - 2 - 2 (50%)
Red Zone - TD - FG
7 - 4 - 0 (57%)


3
Turnovers
0


1
Fumbles Losts
0


2
Intercepted
0


11
Punt Return Yards
8


232
Kick Return Yards
131


804
Total Yards
766


4 - 41.8
Punts - Average
4 - 42.5


6 - 42
Penalties
0 - 0


21:35
Time of Possession
16:25






Florida International Contract Goals Update



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Goal
Progress
Pass Impact


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500+ rushing yards in each season
1/3 Passed
:3greenarrow:



Win 8 games in one season
3
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2000+ total offensive yards in each season
1/3 Passed
:3greenarrow:


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7+ passing TD in one season
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10+ points per game in each season
27 PPG
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2400+ total offensive yards in one season
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:3greenarrow:


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Win 4 games in one season
3
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2000+ total offensive yards in one season
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SmoothPancakes
07-27-2011, 12:10 AM
This game played out exactly as I thought it would. Arkansas State's offense is so damn explosive, I knew even before the coin toss, I was going to have to go punch for punch with the Red Wolves and hope I could keep up to have a chance to win. I did exactly that for most of the 1st half. Unfortunately, what I thought was the smart play, settling for a field goal with 11 seconds left in the half to cut the ASU lead in 4, rather than take a gamble and end up down 7 at halftime, came back and bit me in the ass, hard. Only Arkansas State would manage to turn around and return the ensuing kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown with no time left in the half. :fp:

That was pretty much the play that screwed me. I needed to stay within 7 of them to have a chance. Going into halftime down 11, with Arkansas State getting the ball to start the half, pretty much spelled out my doom. They would get 4 more touchdowns, all I could muster was a single touchdown, a field goal, and a safety immediately following an interception inside the Arkansas State 5 yard line.

The Arkansas State Red Wolves just joined UL Lafayette, and UCF, on my list of teams I am very much not looking forward to playing again in the future. :fp:

SmoothPancakes
07-27-2011, 12:41 AM
And here's the video of my, by far, best play of the game against Arkansas State, Darriet Perry's 72 yard touchdown rush.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQbQbR7NGro

morsdraconis
07-27-2011, 12:56 AM
I swear, the only way to break a run long in this game is straight up the middle. Otherwise, it's 4 yards, at best.

Good run, but tough luck on the game. Figured it wasn't gonna look good by the end, but you never know. They could have rolled over and let you beat the shit out of them.

SmoothPancakes
07-27-2011, 01:04 AM
I swear, the only way to break a run long in this game is straight up the middle. Otherwise, it's 4 yards, at best.

Good run, but tough luck on the game. Figured it wasn't gonna look good by the end, but you never know. They could have rolled over and let you beat the shit out of them.

Yeah, that's been my personal experience. I can get anywhere from as little as a 1 yard gain or break it for maybe as much as 30 yards if I go with a pitch or counter. If I try an outside handoff, for me, it almost always gets blown up for no gain or a loss. Inside handoff, depending on the defense the CPU calls, it might get stonewalled for no gain or maybe a one or two yard gain, some times, I'll get consistent 4, 5, 6 yard gains each run up the middle, other times, I'm breaking it up the middle for 10, 20 yard gains at a time. The middle/inside runs are clearly, without a doubt, the money plays for rushing this year.

mpgcrusader11
07-27-2011, 01:05 PM
Smooth......

Sounds like you are having a pretty good season. I decided to use you're model for advancing my coaching career, because I thought it was one of the more realistic routes I had seen so far.

I decided to start out as the OC of Idaho. And believe it or not, right now I'm 3-0. I wins have been over two push-overs in Bowling Green and Memphis (they are my home and home mid-major game) and Fresno State. I was hoping the Fresno State game would turn out to be a great game, and it was. I felt I had a chance to win the game because coming into it they were 0-2. I ended up winning the game 39-38. I scored with 25 seconds left, throwing for my fifth touchdown of the day. My QB went off. I went 42-65 throwing for 594 yards, 5 TDs and 1 INT. This is by far my best passing game I have ever had on NCAA. Most of my completions were short over the middle passes, with a few 20-30 yarders thrown in. I'm typically a run first guy, but have always employed the strategy of passing against teams that I know are better than me. It has always seemed to spread the defense out, ultimately giving me more room to run. I had a decent running game always, rushing for a net of 60 yards (my OL gave up 4 sacks, worth about 16 yards, two were on me for holding the ball to long). I was very pleased with this game, my next game is against Virginia going for 4-0. They have a weak rush defense (112th) and an overall pathetic one at that (108th) but somehow they are 4-1. Kinda scared they might torch my defense. :(

One of the big reasons I happen to be undefeated is the play of my defense. My first two games, Bowling Green (44-17) and Memphis (30-8), were just terrible and thier offenses proved it. I was surprised by the turnovers I created in those game. Coming into my game against Virginia, including an INT in the Fresno game, my turnover margin is +7. The Vandal defense kept me in the Fresno game, allowing no points in the second half (frankly, I found this unbelievable) Fresno's only points came off a 94 KO return for a TD. My defense is ranked 7th overall. :) And also, I'm very pleased with the play of my offensive line. I have easily been able to find holes to run through (I averaged about 150 yards my first two games) and they don't seem to be holding all too often.

Thanks for the work you put in, man!!

SmoothPancakes
07-27-2011, 10:02 PM
Smooth......

I appreciate you reading and checking in man. That's awesome to hear you decided to use my model for career advancement. That was one of the things I was going for when I made it. I wanted to make it a long, slow climb up the ranks as a coach, as well as keep it somewhat of a real life-like pace, and not go from OC of a 1 star school to head coach of Alabama or something in a couple seasons. Keeps it fun, keeps it interesting.

Sounds like you're having quite the year in your dynasty. Good luck against Virginia man, hope you can pull it off. If you have the time and want to put in the effort, you should consider making a dynasty thread on here so everyone can follow your coach and teams from year to year. It may seem like it can be a lot of work, but as long as you pace yourself and don't try to do too much or play too many games in a short period of time, it can be a lot of fun. And I'm always happy to see more people posting dynasties and having more careers to follow along with. So you should give it some thought. It'd be a lot of fun to watch your dynasty and career play out.

And thanks. I'm glad to have you reading and posting and hope you enjoy the career of my coach. It's going to be an interesting ride, especially since I don't even have the slightest, remote clue of what schools and jobs I'm going to end up at in the future of this dynasty. It's all going to be played by the hip in the coaching carousel as my contracts expire and I look at possibly leaving one school for the next. In past years, I could either stay at one school the entire time, or retire/delete and recreate coaches at different schools in a mapped out progression plan. This time, all I can do is follow the career advancement rules I have placed upon myself in my house rules, and see what happens. It is impossible to even try to map out the future of my coach's career.

SmoothPancakes
07-27-2011, 10:04 PM
As for my dynasty, I'm going to try and squeeze in the Troy game here in a little bit tonight, after I knock out recruiting. One huge game of note nationally. We have a #2 at #1 showdown this week, as #2 Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC) travels to #1 LSU (8-0, 5-0 SEC) for the battle of the #1 ranking and the battle of 1st place in the SEC West.

I may just have to watch that game in CPU vs. CPU mode. That could be entertaining to watch. :popcorn:

JerzeyReign
07-28-2011, 05:41 AM
Eff the SEC! :)

strattjw
07-28-2011, 10:45 AM
This game played out exactly as I thought it would. Arkansas State's offense is so damn explosive, I knew even before the coin toss, I was going to have to go punch for punch with the Red Wolves and hope I could keep up to have a chance to win. I did exactly that for most of the 1st half. Unfortunately, what I thought was the smart play, settling for a field goal with 11 seconds left in the half to cut the ASU lead in 4, rather than take a gamble and end up down 7 at halftime, came back and bit me in the ass, hard. Only Arkansas State would manage to turn around and return the ensuing kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown with no time left in the half. :fp:

That was pretty much the play that screwed me. I needed to stay within 7 of them to have a chance. Going into halftime down 11, with Arkansas State getting the ball to start the half, pretty much spelled out my doom. They would get 4 more touchdowns, all I could muster was a single touchdown, a field goal, and a safety immediately following an interception inside the Arkansas State 5 yard line.

The Arkansas State Red Wolves just joined UL Lafayette, and UCF, on my list of teams I am very much not looking forward to playing again in the future. :fp:

Those Red Wolves can really pounce! That team is loaded with talent and most of that talent will be there next season waiting for you ;)

mpgcrusader11
07-28-2011, 01:26 PM
I appreciate you reading and checking in man. That's awesome to hear you decided to use my model for career advancement. That was one of the things I was going for when I made it. I wanted to make it a long, slow climb up the ranks as a coach, as well as keep it somewhat of a real life-like pace, and not go from OC of a 1 star school to head coach of Alabama or something in a couple seasons. Keeps it fun, keeps it interesting.

Sounds like you're having quite the year in your dynasty. Good luck against Virginia man, hope you can pull it off. If you have the time and want to put in the effort, you should consider making a dynasty thread on here so everyone can follow your coach and teams from year to year. It may seem like it can be a lot of work, but as long as you pace yourself and don't try to do too much or play too many games in a short period of time, it can be a lot of fun. And I'm always happy to see more people posting dynasties and having more careers to follow along with. So you should give it some thought. It'd be a lot of fun to watch your dynasty and career play out.

And thanks. I'm glad to have you reading and posting and hope you enjoy the career of my coach. It's going to be an interesting ride, especially since I don't even have the slightest, remote clue of what schools and jobs I'm going to end up at in the future of this dynasty. It's all going to be played by the hip in the coaching carousel as my contracts expire and I look at possibly leaving one school for the next. In past years, I could either stay at one school the entire time, or retire/delete and recreate coaches at different schools in a mapped out progression plan. This time, all I can do is follow the career advancement rules I have placed upon myself in my house rules, and see what happens. It is impossible to even try to map out the future of my coach's career.

I'm interested in doing that......I'm actually getting pretty close to finishing up my first season. I'm 8-2 right now with the Vandals. I had a 5 game win streak going into my game against Utah State and lost 34-27 in overtime. :( I scored with about 8 seconds left on the clock, but got popped for a holding call. Would have won. I'm finishing up some summer classes, also. I'll probably post a summary of my first season, then begin a more in-depth analysis of my second season and beyond.

SmoothPancakes
07-28-2011, 03:12 PM
Two notes. First, the results from the Troy game will be posted shortly, and I suck inside the red zone. :fp:

Second, I was incorrect, that #1 vs. #2 showdown between Alabama and LSU was not this week (Week 10), but is actually in Week 11, so I'll have a note about the results of that game after my game at Western Kentucky.

SmoothPancakes
07-28-2011, 03:50 PM
Game Eight

:FIU: :@: :Troy:



Game Notes



--- This was a must win game if there ever was one, at least as far as Florida International is concerned. Sitting at 3-4 on the season, but most importantly, 1-2 in the Sun Belt Conference. Already two games behind conference leader Arkansas State, a third conference loss will officially shut the door on any hopes we might have had of making it back to back Sun Belt titles. We lost the coin toss, Troy elected to kick. We were able to slowly move the ball down the field, converting on 3rd down three times, before we eventually stalled out at the Troy 28 yard line, where Jack Griffin came on the field and kicked a 45 yard field goal to give us the early lead.

Our offense would get the ball right back on Troy’s first play on offense, as a fumbled ball was recovered by Jonathan Cyprien on the Troy 41 yard line, and advanced 5 yards down to the 36. We would get as far as the Troy 7 yard line, before having to settle for a second field goal. Troy’s second offensive drive, they were able to actually keep a hold on the football, though our defense was finally able to shut them down after they had advanced the ball to our 42 yard line, forcing the first punt of the game with 51 seconds left to go in the first quarter. We would punt for our first time on 48 seconds later, after going 3 and out on our drive. The start of the second quarter to begin Troy’s drive gave them a new found wind, and they proceeded to drive 62 yards in 7 plays to find the end zone.

We would try to respond, and were able to get as far as the Troy 3 yard line, before the Trojans defense shut us down on three straight plays, and forced a third field goal. A 3 and out defensive stop and a 16 yard punt return gave us the ball back on our own 48 yard line with 3 minutes left to play, and hope of expanding our lead out from just 2 points before halftime. The Troy 6 yard line was as close as we got, before having to settle for a fourth field goal on the day with 2 seconds left to play. Start of the second half found Troy starting on their 20 yard line. They wasted no time driving down the field, covering 80 yards in 13 plays, and only facing two 3rd down plays during the drive, before finding the end zone for a second time and once again retaking the lead. Then, for whatever reason, instead of kicking the extra point, they opted to go for the two point conversion and were successful.

We however, only managed to gain a single yard on our next drive, and were forced to punt the ball back to Troy. They however, never got the chance to get their drive going as a holding penalty of 1st down pushed them back to their 7 yard line. They would only recover 9 of those lost yards, and were forced to punt on 4th and 11 from their own 16 yard line, giving us the ball right on the 50 yard line. We once again failed to put it in the end zone, getting as close as the Troy 12 yard line. However, unlike our previous trips inside the Troy 20 yard line, this time Sir Shanks-a-lot decided to try the kick rather than Jack Griffin, and the 29 yard field goal attempt was missed.

Our defense held tough once again and forced another punt from the Trojans offense. After piecing together another offensive drive, we once again found ourselves inside the Troy 10 yard line, and once again, we were kept out of the end zone and forced to attempt a field goal. This time Jack Griffin decided to make the appearance with our field goal unit, and he successfully kicked the 20 yard field goal, tying the game up at 15 points apiece. Another punt forced by our defense, and we were given the ball back on our 34 yard line with a chance to take the lead. We were able to drive down as far as the Troy 2 yard line over 15 plays, before a pair of sacks brought our drive to an end, forcing us to attempt our 7th field goal of the day. Jack Griffin thankfully converted.

Our defense apparently didn’t realize that we only had a three point lead. Troy was finally able to move the ball on offense, going 87 yards in only 7 plays, ending with a 30 yard touchdown pass to take the 5 point lead with only 1:48 left to play in the game. Starting at our own 20 yard line, we were able to make it as far as our 33 yard line, before four straight incomplete passes ended any hopes of a win, and destroyed our chances and hopes at a Sun Belt Conference title for a second straight year.

Or maybe not. After only a 1 yard gain on the ground by Troy, after which our defense called time outs immediately, and then a sack for a loss of 6 yards on 3rd and 9, Troy attempted a 55 yard field goal and missed, giving us the ball back on our 38 yard line, with 59 seconds left to play. Another four straight incomplete passes later, it was now official. We had no time outs left and only 41 seconds on the clock.

With the loss, we drop to 3-5 on the season, 1-3 in Sun Belt Conference play. With the win, Troy improves to 5-2 on the year, 3-1 in the Sun Belt Conference. Up next for Florida International, we continue our adventures on the road, as we make our fourth straight trip away from home to take on Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers come into the game with a 4-4 record, 2-3 in the Sun Belt Conference.

They opened their season with a 40-13 loss at Kentucky, managed to edge out Navy in their second game with a 14-13 win, then escaped Indiana State with a 31-28 win. WKU lost their following game to Arkansas State 31-19, dropped a game to Mid Tennessee State 28-21, before they found the win column again, getting their first conference victory over Florida Atlantic 29-14. They suffered their fourth loss the next week against Louisiana-Lafayette, losing 21-16, before rebounding with a 31-14 victory over Louisiana-Monroe last week. And they looked doomed to staying at home this bowl season, as after their game against us, they go on the road their last three games, at 8-0 #1 LSU, at 4-5 North Texas, and at 5-2 Troy.




Final Score
:Troy: 22, :FIU: 18



Stat(s) of the Game:
FIU Offense – 7 times inside the Troy 20 yard line, no touchdowns.
FIU Running Backs – 198 yards rushing on 56 carries.
FIU Kicker Jack Griffin – 6 for 7 on field goals, long of 45 yards. Missed from 29 yards.



Scoring Summary



Team
1st Quarter
2nd Quarter
3rd Quarter
4th Quarter
Final Score


:FIU:
6
6
0
6
18


:Troy:
0
7
8
7
22






Team
Result
Play
Score


First Quarter


:FIU:
Field Goal
J. Griffin, 45 yard field goal
:FIU: 3-0


:FIU:
Field Goal
J. Griffin, 23 yard field goal
:FIU: 6-0





Second Quarter


:Troy:
Touchdown
B. Moncrief, 27 yard pass from C. Robinson (M. Taylor kick)
:Troy: 7-6


:FIU:
Field Goal
J. Griffin, 20 yard field goal
:FIU: 9-7


:FIU:
Field Goal
J. Griffin, 24 yard field goal
:FIU: 12-7





Third Quarter


:Troy:
Touchdown
S. Southward, 1 yard run (2-point conversion good)
:Troy: 15-12





Fourth Quarter


:FIU:
Field Goal
J. Griffin, 22 yard field goal
TIED 15-15


:FIU:
Field Goal
J. Griffin, 27 yard field goal
:FIU: 18-15


:Troy:
Touchdown
S. Southward, 30 yard pass from C. Robinson (M. Taylor kick)
:Troy: 22-18






Game Stats



Florida International
Stat
Troy


18
Score
22


21
First Downs
13


374
Total Offense
297


56 - 198 - 0
Rushes - Yards - TD
23 - 56 - 1


10 - 27 - 0
Comp - Att - TD
18 - 31 - 2


176
Passing Yards
241


2
Times Sacked
2


7 - 19 (36%)
3rd Down Conversion
7 - 13 (53%)


1 - 3 (33%)
4th Down Conversion
0 - 0 (0%)


0 - 0 (0%)
2-Point Conversion
1 - 1 (100%)


7 - 0 - 5 (71%)
Red Zone - TD - FG
2 - 1 - 0 (50%)


0
Turnovers
1


0
Fumbles Losts
1


0
Intercepted
0


37
Punt Return Yards
0


68
Kick Return Yards
101


479
Total Yards
398


2 - 45.5
Punts - Average
5 - 46.0


3 - 29
Penalties
5 - 26


22:15
Time of Possession
15:45






Florida International Contract Goals Update



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Goal
Progress
Pass Impact


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500+ rushing yards in each season
1/3 Passed
:3greenarrow:



Win 8 games in one season
3
:3greenarrow:



2000+ total offensive yards in each season
1/3 Passed
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
7+ passing TD in one season
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10+ points per game in each season
26 PPG
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2400+ total offensive yards in one season
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Win 4 games in one season
3
:1greenarrow:


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2000+ total offensive yards in one season
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SmoothPancakes
07-28-2011, 04:00 PM
A couple quick game notes.

First, we suck, once again, inside the red zone. :fp: Failing to get a single touchdown despite getting inside Troy's 20 yard line 7 times, including multiple times where we got as close as the 3 or 5 yard line, completely screwed us out of any chance to win.

Second, Troy sucks when it comes to run defense. For the most part, they're pretty decent at pass defense, especially at the end of the game when I threw four straight incomplete passes, in two separate offensive drives, in the last 1:10 of the game. But their run defense sucks. Inside, outside, pitches, sweeps, counters, I was having a field day running the ball. At one point in the first half, I literally ran the ball 18 straight plays. Until those last two 4 and out drives at the end, I had only passed ball 18 times for the entire day, while rushing 56 times. Troy definitely has very poor rush defense.

Third, there goes any chance we had at the Sun Belt title. Arkansas State is no longer the conference leader due to their week 9 loss to North Texas. Instead, the Mean Green of North Texas are the new conference leaders, sitting at 4-1 on the season, while I'm currently in 7th place at 1-3. So any hopes of a conference title are long gone. Now we're just trying to play for either a 7-5 season, at the absolute best, or a 6-6 season, needing to go no worse than 3-1 these last four games to get back to .500.

Basmare
07-29-2011, 03:22 AM
A couple quick game notes.

First, we suck, once again, inside the red zone. :fp: Failing to get a single touchdown despite getting inside Troy's 20 yard line 7 times, including multiple times where we got as close as the 3 or 5 yard line, completely screwed us out of any chance to win.

Second, Troy sucks when it comes to run defense. For the most part, they're pretty decent at pass defense, especially at the end of the game when I threw four straight incomplete passes, in two separate offensive drives, in the last 1:10 of the game. But their run defense sucks. Inside, outside, pitches, sweeps, counters, I was having a field day running the ball. At one point in the first half, I literally ran the ball 18 straight plays. Until those last two 4 and out drives at the end, I had only passed ball 18 times for the entire day, while rushing 56 times. Troy definitely has very poor rush defense.

Third, there goes any chance we had at the Sun Belt title. Arkansas State is no longer the conference leader due to their week 9 loss to North Texas. Instead, the Mean Green of North Texas are the new conference leaders, sitting at 4-1 on the season, while I'm currently in 7th place at 1-3. So any hopes of a conference title are long gone. Now we're just trying to play for either a 7-5 season, at the absolute best, or a 6-6 season, needing to go no worse than 3-1 these last four games to get back to .500.

I'm surprised about North Texas, in my OC career at MTSU, North Texas was 0-12...

SmoothPancakes
07-29-2011, 04:16 AM
I'm surprised about North Texas, in my OC career at MTSU, North Texas was 0-12...

Well, overall they suck, sort of, since they played a rough schedule. While they're 4-1 in the conference, they're 4-5 overall. Going down their schedule, they beat me (30-27), lost to Houston (23-45), lost to Texas (28-41), lost to Louisville (21-42), lost to Alabama (8-43), beat Florida Atlantic (24-16), beat Louisiana-Lafayette (27-17), lost to Louisiana-Monroe (21-28), and beat Arkansas State (31-27). And they are far from assured the league title. They still have games against Troy (5-2, 3-1 SBC), Western Kentucky (4-4, 2-3 SBC), and MTSU (1-7, 1-3 SBC).

My guess, is the league title is going to come down to the very last week, when Arkansas State goes to Troy. Arkansas State's currently 6-2, Troy is 5-2, both are 3-1 in the conference play. Left for Arkansas State, 2-5 FAU, 4-5 Louisiana-Lafayette, 1-7 MTSU, and 5-2 Troy. Left for Troy, 4-5 Navy (non-conference game), 4-5 North Texas, 2-5 FAU, 4-4 Western Kentucky, and 6-2 Arkansas State.

So I'm going to have to keep a closer eye on the league standings each week, as that race for the league title could get very interesting.

Basmare
07-29-2011, 04:25 AM
Well, overall they suck, sort of, since they played a rough schedule. While they're 4-1 in the conference, they're 4-5 overall. Going down their schedule, they beat me (30-27), lost to Houston (23-45), lost to Texas (28-41), lost to Louisville (21-42), lost to Alabama (8-43), beat Florida Atlantic (24-16), beat Louisiana-Lafayette (27-17), lost to Louisiana-Monroe (21-28), and beat Arkansas State (31-27). And they are far from assured the league title. They still have games against Troy (5-2, 3-1 SBC), Western Kentucky (4-4, 2-3 SBC), and MTSU (1-7, 1-3 SBC).

My guess, is the league title is going to come down to the very last week, when Arkansas State goes to Troy. Arkansas State's currently 6-2, Troy is 5-2, both are 3-1 in the conference play. Left for Arkansas State, 2-5 FAU, 4-5 Louisiana-Lafayette, 1-7 MTSU, and 5-2 Troy. Left for Troy, 4-5 Navy (non-conference game), 4-5 North Texas, 2-5 FAU, 4-4 Western Kentucky, and 6-2 Arkansas State.

So I'm going to have to keep a closer eye on the league standings each week, as that race for the league title could get very interesting.

That's what makes the Sun Belt so interesting, not a very high level, but a very close competition. Good work on the contract goals, keep it up - I'm following with great interest!

morsdraconis
07-29-2011, 10:34 AM
Nice! At least the conference has some interesting things happening, even if they are a bunch of teams that (outside of Arkansas State) don't have a prayer of winning a bowl game. :)

SmoothPancakes
07-29-2011, 01:36 PM
Nice! At least the conference has some interesting things happening, even if they are a bunch of teams that (outside of Arkansas State) don't have a prayer of winning a bowl game. :)

:D Well, I'm hoping to make that Arkansas State and FIU. ;) After FIU's victory over Toledo in the Little Caesars Bowl last year in real life, I'm hoping to make it back to back bowl games, and hopefully bowl game wins. I was hoping to make it back to back SBC titles, since they shared the conference title with Troy last year with a 6-2 record in the conference. They would have won the conference outright had they not blown it in a 28-27 loss to MTSU in the very last week of the season.

Obviously that chance is long gone for me in this dynasty. Though, looking back through their seasons on ESPN, last year was FIU's first non-losing (6-6 regular season)/winning season (7-6 after the bowl game), first bowl game, and first bowl game win since they started playing football in 2002, and started FBS play in 2005. So I'm hoping to keep the Golden Panthers on that track of non-losing seasons and maybe keep adding to their brand new bowl history.

SmoothPancakes
07-31-2011, 04:57 AM
Game Nine

:FIU: :@: :Western_Kentucky:



Game Notes


--- This week, we went on the road for our fourth straight game. After back to back losses to Arkansas State and Troy to knock us down to a 1-3 conference record, and 7th place in the Sun Belt, we needed to come away with a win this week to have any chance of finishing above .500 in the conference. As well, a loss today puts us squarely behind the eight ball, needing to win out the rest of the season just to make it to 6-6 and hope to have a chance at a bowl game. We won the coin toss and elected to kick, putting the start of the game in the hands of our defense.

Our defense answered the call, allowing Western Kentucky only 18 yards on their opening drive, before forcing the offense to punt the ball away to us. It became clear early on that it was going to be a passing kind of day, as the Hilltoppers were ready to shut down anything we tried to do on the ground. Unfortunately, it would have to wait until our next drive as we promptly went three and out in our first drive. After another Hilltopper punt, our offense was finally able to start piecing together a drive, focusing more on the pass than the run, getting down to the Western Kentucky 23 yard line before finally being stopped by the defense. Jack Griffin would attempt a 40 yard field goal, but it ended up sailing wide left.

A couple of traded punts would bring the end to a scoreless first quarter, as this was beginning to turn into a defensive battle. After taking possession of the ball at the start of the second quarter, we were able to start moving a bit better on the ground, and taking advantage of some miscues by the Western Kentucky defense, were able to drive the ball 69 yards down the field, ending with a 9 yard TD pass to Darriet Perry after Wesley Carroll audibled off of a run call due to the appearance of a heavy blitz call by the defense. Western Kentucky would attempt to respond, getting as far as midfield, before a holding penalty on 3rd and 4 brought a quick end to their drive. Our offense would fail to do anything on our next drive, that started on our own 10 yard line. Due to the poor field position, Western Kentucky was able to return the ensuing punt up to our own 48 yard line. Thanks to two offside penalties called on our defense, on 2nd and 8 and 2nd and 4, Western Kentucky was able to keep their driving moving down as far as our 10 yard line before settling for a 27 yard field goal to get on the scoreboard.

After forcing our offense to go three and out, Western Kentucky wasted no time in moving down the field, using a 26 yard pass, a 4th down and 2 conversion, some big runs, and a 15 yard facemask penalty on the defense to get all the way down to our 1 yard line before scoring the go-ahead touchdown on a 1 yard pass with 32 seconds left in the half. We would only get as close as a pass completed down to the WKU 15 yard line with no time left before hitting halftime. Our offensive drive to open the 2nd half would have to be a big one to get us back the lead and keep from falling in a potential hole.

That big offensive drive would never happen, as a stifling Western Kentucky defense kept us from getting even a single yard before having to punt the ball away. The Hilltoppers seemed to be unstoppable at first on their following drive, overcoming a holding penalty to still keep the drive alive, however a defensive stop on 3rd down, and an incomplete pass on a 4th down conversion attempt, would turn the ball over to our offense. We would drive the ball as far as the Western Kentucky 39 yard line, before a pass attempt on 4th down was intercepted and returned 88 yards, a new NCAA record, all thanks to my dumbass offensive players running around like chickens with their heads cut off instead of actually trying to tackle the guy. 7 missed tackles on the interception return. My players all suck! :fp:

Our next offensive drive, we were able to move the ball once again down into Western Kentucky territory, getting as far as the Hilltopper 6 yard line, before a pass on 3rd and 5 was intercepted in the Western Kentucky end zone and the defender tackled for a touchback. Despite a pair of penalties on our defense, they were able to finally stop the Western Kentucky offense and force another punt, giving us the ball back on our 35 yard line. Another drive and trip down into the Western Kentucky red zone, this time, we refused to be denied, getting a first and goal on the WKU 2 yard line, and used the running game to get us into the end zone this time after having the two previous drives end in interceptions. With that score, we were able to get back within 3 points with a minute left to play in the 3rd quarter.

Our defense continued their bend but don’t break ways, giving up a pair of first downs, but eventually shutting down the Western Kentucky offense, and forcing a punt at the very end of the 3rd quarter. Our offense needed only one play to score a touchdown after another audible off of a run play, and a stroke of luck on a batted pass, allowed Wayne Times to race down the field for a 63 yard touchdown pass that gave us back the lead early in the 4th quarter. After the defense of both teams forced each other’s offenses to punt, Western Kentucky got the ball back and was ready to retake the lead, quickly advancing the ball from their own 25 yard line across midfield into our territory. However, an interception by Kenneth Dillard on 3rd and 5 gave us the ball back on our 39 yard line with 5 minutes to play. Western Kentucky’s defense would continue to be a brick wall however, stopped us on 3rd and 1 and forcing another punt.

We started to lose a bit of faith in our defense after Western Kentucky completed a 27 yard pass out to our 49 yard line, however, the defense buckled down and on 2nd and 5, proceeded to force three straight incomplete passes to force the turnover on downs and give us back the ball with just under 3 minutes to play. Lots of rushes and two or three first downs, and would we be able to escape with a victory. We were able to do exactly that, managing to gain two first downs, and forcing Western Kentucky to use up all of their timeouts, running out the rest of the clock, calling our last and final play on 3rd and 5 from the Western Kentucky 29 yard line with 10 seconds left in the game.

With the win, we improve to 4-5 on the season, 2-3 in the Sun Belt Conference, keeping our bowl hopes for the year alive. With the loss, Western Kentucky drops to 4-5 on the year, 2-4 in the Sun Belt Conference. This loss just ended any hopes Western Kentucky had at a winning season and pretty much ended their hopes for a bowl game. Remaining on the schedule for the Hilltoppers, are three straight road games to 8-0 #1 LSU, 4-5 North Texas, and 6-2 Troy. A very difficult stretch to come out with a 2-1 record against.

Next up for Florida International, it’s our 5th straight, and final, road game of the season as we travel to take on our rivals, Florida Atlantic. Florida Atlantic comes into this game with a 3-5 record on the year, 3-2 in the Sun Belt Conference, riding a two game winning streak. The Owls are coming off of their biggest win of the season, as they knocked off conference leader Arkansas State this week, with a 28-27 win thanks to two touchdowns in the 4th quarter, including the game winner with 1:10 left to play in the game. Otherwise, it’s been a tough year for Florida Atlantic, as they opened their year with a 38-17 loss at #20 Florida, then were shut out 35-0 at #15 Michigan State. A bye week did little good as a road trip to #12 Auburn ended in a 47-20 loss. They would finally find the win column in their first conference game with a 31-21 win over Louisiana-Lafayette before losing 24-16 at North Texas, and 29-14 at Western Kentucky. The Owls would then quickly add to that lone win, with a 24-19 victory vs. Mid Tennessee State, and the 28-27 upset victory on the road at Arkansas State, leading them into their rivalry game, at home with FIU, on a two game winning streak.




Final Score
:FIU: 21, :Western_Kentucky: 17



Stat(s) of the Game:
FIU Offense – Great yards, poor job on 3rd down conversions.
FIU QB Wesley Carrol – 37% completion percentage, 2 TDs but 2 INTS, including one that was returned a new NCAA record 88 yards for a touchdown.
FIU Defense – Played a great bend but don’t break game, but still gave up 403 yards of offense to WKU.



Scoring Summary



Team
1st Quarter
2nd Quarter
3rd Quarter
4th Quarter
Final Score


:FIU:
0
7
7
7
21


:Western_Kentucky:
0
10
7
0
17





Team
Result
Play
Score

First Quarter

Second Quarter

:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Perry, 9 yard pass from W. Carroll (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 7-0


:Western_Kentucky:
Field Goal
C. Tinius, 27 yard field goal
:FIU: 7-3


:Western_Kentucky:
Touchdown
W. McNeal, 1 yard pass from K. Jakes (C. Tinius kick)
:Western_Kentucky: 10-7


Third Quarter

:Western_Kentucky:
Touchdown
R. Beard, returned interception 88 yards (C. Tinius kick)
:Western_Kentucky: 17-7


:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Perry, 2 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:Western_Kentucky: 17-14


Fourth Quarter

:FIU:
Touchdown
W. Times, 63 yard pass from W. Carroll (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 21-17





Game Stats



Florida International
Stat
Western Kentucky


21
Score
17


17
First Downs
15


484
Total Offense
403


42 - 152 - 1
Rushes - Yards - TD
36 - 146 - 0


13 - 35 - 2
Comp - Att - TD
13 - 39 - 1


332
Passing Yards
257


1
Times Sacked
1


7 - 19 (36%)
3rd Down Conversion
5 - 18 (27%)


1 - 2 (50%)
4th Down Conversion
1 - 3 (33%)


0 - 0 (0%)
2-Point Conversion
0 - 0 (0%)


6 - 2 - 0 (33%)
Red Zone - TD - FG
5 - 1 - 1 (40%)


2
Turnovers
1


0
Fumbles Losts
0


2
Intercepted
1


57
Punt Return Yards
16


66
Kick Return Yards
65


607
Total Yards
484


7 - 42.0
Punts - Average
8 - 44.3


8 - 55
Penalties
4 - 45


19:30
Time of Possession
16:30





Florida International Contract Goals Update



Fail Impact
Goal
Progress
Pass Impact


:3redarrow:
500+ rushing yards in each season
1/3 Passed
:3greenarrow:



Win 8 games in one season
4
:3greenarrow:



2000+ total offensive yards in each season
1/3 Passed
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
7+ passing TD in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:



10+ points per game in each season
25 PPG
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
2400+ total offensive yards in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:


:2redarrow:
Win 4 games in one season
:check:



:6redarrow:
2000+ total offensive yards in one season
:check:






Job Security Status

63%

SmoothPancakes
07-31-2011, 05:04 AM
First off, here's the video of that batted pass that was then caught by my receiver and taken for a touchdown. The first time in NCAA 12 I had seen my receivers actually catch a batted pass.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSjnOqrj-Q0

As for the game notes, Western Kentucky is a good opponent. They shut my run game down right away, forcing me to go almost exclusively to the air for the first couple drives. But after a while, they loosened up on defense and my ground game was able to start moving. They can be a dangerous team, as they made some huge plays to keep drives alive throughout the game. Thankfully, my defense played a bend but don't break defense all game, and kept them from burying us. After that 88 yard interception return by the Western Kentucky defense, I thought that was going to be it, the flood gates would open and the Hilltoppers offense would put up multiple touchdowns suddenly on me. Thankfully the defense kept that from happening.

Our offense however, while we were able to move the ball, was still bad. Two straight drives, where we got deep into WKU territory, and they both ended in interceptions, one of which was the (new) NCAA record 88 yard TD return. The sad thing, we very well may have ended up losing that game 17-14 if not for that incredibly lucky grab on the batted pass by my receiver. I think that makes at least 2 or 3 of my four wins now that we were able to end up winning thanks to a lot of luck on some plays that ended up in our favor. Now time to see how I can do in a hostile environment as we play our rivals FAU, at FAU in the next week.

SmoothPancakes
07-31-2011, 05:39 AM
Also of note, the Sun Belt is now thrown even more into chaos. North Texas may still have a chance yet. Florida Atlantic, who was 2-5, 2-2 in the Sun Belt, at the time, pulled off an upset no one saw coming, and knocked off Arkansas State 28-27, scoring two 4th quarter touchdowns, the last coming with 1:10 left in the game. That loss drops the Red Wolves to 3-2 in conference, giving 4-1 North Texas and 3-1 Troy the possible inside track to a conference title. And even if Arkansas State still has a chance at 3-2, that means a new contender is also entering the race as Florida Atlantic is now 3-2 in the Sun Belt as well. If the Owls beat me next week, they could move from a bottom half of the conference finish, to a surprise contender for the title.

As for national games of note, it was a rough week in the top 25. First, there is a new #1 team in the nation, as #2 Alabama knocked off #1 LSU 31-10. The game however was closer than that, as Alabama was only leading 17-10 after 3 quarters, and scored two touchdowns in the last 5 minutes of the game to blow it open. After that, #3 USC, who was 8-0 at the time, was knocked off by 4-4 Colorado, 31-24. #6 Oklahoma, who came into the week at 7-1 and undefeated in the Big XII, got upset by 4-4 Texas A&M 35-28. 4-4 Texas Tech beat a 5-2 #16 Texas squad, 30-16. 4-3 Cincinnati beat 7-1 #18 Pittsburgh, 20-13. And #24 Auburn, at 5-3 on the year, very narrowly avoided losing to 5-4 Tennessee, needing double overtime to win 34-28.

With LSU and USC losing, there are only 5 undefeated teams left in college football. New #1 Alabama at 9-0, Florida State (currently #4) at 9-0, Boise State (currently #5) at 8-0, SMU (currently #12) at 9-0, and Houston at 9-0. Based on this week's results, the National Championship right now would be between Alabama and Florida State if the season ended, Boise State would once again be on the outside looking in at #3.

As for conference races nationally, in the ACC, in the Atlantic Division, #4 Florida State is top dog at 6-0, #25 NC State is second at 3-2. Coastal Division, Miami (FL) and #15 Georgia Tech are both tied at 5-1 thanks to Miami's loss to Duke. Virginia Tech and Duke are behind them at 3-2. The Big 12 is anyone's guess. Thanks to Texas A&M, #6 Oklahoma, #11 Oklahoma State and Texas A&M are now all tied on top at 5-1, with #21 Kansas State right behind at 4-2, Missouri and Texas Tech are 3-3. The Big East is also impossible to pick. #18 Pittsburgh and USF are tied at 3-1, with Cincinnati right behind them at 2-1 and Syracuse and Louisville after that at 2-2. The Big Ten, in the Leaders Division, #23 Penn State and #20 Wisconsin are battling it out at 4-1, #17 Ohio State behind at 3-2. The Legends Division finds #9 Nebraska sitting fairly comfortable on top at 5-0, with #22 Iowa, #19 Michigan, and #14 Michigan State all behind at 3-2.

C-USA, in the East Division, Southern Miss is on top at 5-1, right behind them is UCF at 3-2 and ECU and Marshall at 3-3. In the West Division, it's going down to the wire, as #12 SMU is 6-0 and Houston (who despite being 8-0 overall is unranked) is 6-0. Tulsa is lagging behind at 4-3. In the MAC, the East Division is a cluster. Temple leads at 6-0, Miami University is 5-0, Ohio 4-1, with Bowling Green in the back seat at 3-2. The West Division is much clearer, as Central Michigan is the leader at 5-1, Northern Illinois the closest contender at 3-2. The Mountain West replaces LSU-Alabama this week, with the showdown of the week next week. Leading the conference is #13 TCU at 4-0, behind them is #5 Boise State at 3-0, with San Diego State trailing behind at 3-1 and Colorado State at 2-1. TCU and Boise State play each other this week, for the league, and Boise for a possible national title shot.

In the PAC-12, the North Division finds #7 Oregon on top at 6-0, with #8 Stanford right behind with a 6-1 record. Oregon State and Washington bring up the rear with 3-3 records. In the South Division, #3 USC still has a firm grip on first place, despite this week's loss to Colorado, with a 5-1 record. Behind them is Arizona at 4-3 and Colorado at 3-3. In the SEC, the East Division find South Carolina on top with a 4-3 record, with this week's game with Florida deciding the division, as Florida is right behind them at 3-4. In the West Division, #2 Alabama's win bumps them up to first place with a 6-0 record, #1 LSU drops down to second with a 5-1 record, and #10 Mississippi State is in third with a 4-1 record. And in the WAC, Louisiana Tech right now finds themselves on top at 4-1, but it's wide open as Fresno State and New Mexico State (!?) are right behind at 3-1, Nevada is next in line at 2-1, and Utah State brings up the rear at 1-2.

morsdraconis
07-31-2011, 10:09 AM
Interesting stuff. Makes me want to play out a season without changing stuff up instead of changing everything like I had been doing.

Good win over Western Kentucky. They are definitely not the whipping boys they were last year.

SmoothPancakes
07-31-2011, 07:08 PM
Interesting stuff. Makes me want to play out a season without changing stuff up instead of changing everything like I had been doing.

Good win over Western Kentucky. They are definitely not the whipping boys they were last year.

Yeah, I decided to keep the conferences realistic for this dynasty (gonna change up a bunch of conferences in a new dynasty later down the road) and it's making things really interesting as they play out.

And thanks. Western Kentucky, despite their wins coming against poor teams, had me a bit worried. You're right, they're definitely not the whipping boys they used to be, and I wouldn't be surprised to see them being competitive in the Sun Belt over these three years I'm at FIU. They were on track to winning it after 88 yard interception return for a TD. Then I had that major fluke catch off the tipped pass that was taken for the touchdown.

Now I'm worried about Florida Atlantic. After getting that huge upset of Arkansas State, they just showed they have the skills and talent to pull off big wins. I suppose I'll find out in a little bit later tonight when I play the game.

SmoothPancakes
08-01-2011, 12:38 AM
Game Ten

:FIU: :@: :FAU:



Game Notes


--- Well, November 12th is here. Our big game at our rivals, the Florida Atlantic Owls. Sitting at 3-5 on the season, with games still to play against Troy, UAB, and UL Monroe, we would love nothing more than to beat the Owls and put them on the brink of a losing season. Likewise, a defeat by the Owls, and we’re on the brink of a losing season. This was going to be a huge game, not just because of the rivalry, but the team that loses, could very well find themselves ending the year below .500 and watching the bowl games instead of possibly playing in one. We lost the coin toss, Florida Atlantic elected to kick. Time to get this party started.

Our first drive of the game, we were able to push the ball nearly 40 yards downfield behind a fierce and nearly unstoppable ground game, but a stop for no gain on 3rd and 1 on the Owls 42 yard line appeared to bring our opening drive to an end. Instead, coach Cristobal was not about to let up on this Florida Atlantic defense, choosing to go for it on 4th down, successfully converting thanks to a 5 yard gain by Dudley LaPorte. Using this new set of downs, we were able to start pushing down the field again, getting clear down to the Florida Atlantic 5 yard line, before back to back stops by the defense and 2nd and 1 and 3rd and 1, forced us to finally settle for a field goal instead of the touchdown we were hoping for.

Florida Atlantic would take over and start slowing piecing together a giant drive. Unfortunately for the Owls, their drive would start off badly as Caleb Vincent intercepted a pass attempt to give us the ball back. Their defense would stop us after only a couple plays, forcing both teams into a trading of punts for the rest of the first quarter. A couple of plays into our first drive of the second quarter, our offense would once again get down inside the FAU 5 yard line, getting as close as the 2, before a holding penalty on 2nd and goal would keep us from finding the end zone and force us to again settle for a field goal. Our defense came out ready and put an instant stop to the Owls offense, keeping them from gaining any yards and having to punt. Unfortunately, we would do the same only a few plays later after the Florida Atlantic defense finally started adjusted to our previously unstoppable run game. An incomplete pass on 3rd and 6 would end our drive. Our defense once again did their jobs and forced an Owls punt. Our offense was able to move the ball 20 yards downfield into FAU territory at the 44 yard line. However, an interception on 1st and 10 would end our drive.

Florida Atlantic appeared ready to finally erase the 0 on the scoreboard, using a 29 yard pass on 1st down to get down to our 30 yard line. However, an interception on 3rd and 6 by Jose Cheeseborough gave the ball back to our offense on our own 20 yard line with 1:25 left to play. Our offensive drive got off to a horrible start, as a sack, a holding penalty, and an incomplete pass forced us into a 3rd and 24 situation from our own 6 yard line. We managed to convert thanks to a hole in the defensive coverage, and were able to eventually pass our way down to the FAU 1 yard line before we would have to settle for our third field goal as time expired.

After punts by both of our offenses, Florida Atlantic got the ball back for their second drive of the half, and wasted little time moving down the field, gaining consecutive first downs on four straight rushes, then using passes of 25 and 19 yards to advance the ball all the way down to our goal line. They would only need one more play after that to find the end zone on the ground. Our offense tried to respond, even turning to a WR screen pass to get a first down to keep our drive alive, unfortunately, we would never get farther than our own 45 yard line before having to punt. Our defense buckled down and forced another FAU punt, and even though our offense started from our own 45 yard line in great field position, we would proceed to lose three yards, rather than gain any, on the drive and punt the ball right back.

The Owls were ready to score again and take the lead from us, using a 23 yard pass right before the end of the 3rd quarter, and multiple big runs to get down inside our 25 yard line. However, a defensive stand on three straight plays, forced Florida Atlantic to attempt a 40 yard field goal, which their kicked ended up clanking off the left upright, returning possession back to us. With 7:30 left in the game, and clinging to a two point lead, we knew we needed a touchdown here to keep our chances for a win alive. We were able to advance the ball out to the Florida Atlantic 45 yard line, before the Owls defense intercepted their second pass of the day. The FAU defender had a great chance of taking the interception return to the house, but Wesley Carroll, after throwing the interception, was not about to let that happen, making the touchdown saving tackle at the 50 yard line, cutting the return down to only a short 21 yards, as opposed to a possible 70 yard return.

Florida Atlantic was more than ready to take advantage, driving down the field on us and scoring the go ahead touchdown with 4:30 left to play in the game, then tacking on a two point conversion just for good measure. While we would manage to get our ensuing offensive drive advanced 15 yards out to our 35 yard line, another bad pass by Carroll, led to another interception, that led to Florida Atlantic once again having the ball starting at midfield. Florida Atlantic once again wasted no time in scoring a touchdown, thanks in part to a 40 yard touchdown rush by Alfred Morris. They would successfully convert their second two point conversion of the day. With only 3 minutes to play, and down by 14, we knew it was time to air it out. The Owls defense also knew this, bringing a delayed blitz that resulted in Carroll getting sacked for an 11 yard loss, and putting our offensive drive in an immediate hole that we could not climb out of. What was hoped to be a drive that would end in a touchdown, resulted in a punt after only three plays.

We however got a huge break, as a fumble by the Owls offense on 2nd and 6 was recovered by Aaron Davis. Our offense wasted no time, as Carroll hit Times for a 33 yard gain down the right sideline, to set up 1st and goal on the FAU 4 yard line with 1:30 left to play. We only needed one more play to find the end zone. Coach Cristobal attempted the onside kick, and we nearly recovered as a FAU played batted the ball away while trying to catch it. Unfortunately, one of the Owls players was able to pounce on it before our players, giving the Owls the ball back on our own 35 yard line with only 1:25 left in the game. Our defense needed to become a brick wall and hope our three time outs, and now first downs by the Owls, would do the job. Our defense did exactly that, using a three yard loss on a 1st down rush to force the Owls to throw on 3rd down, which ended up incomplete. The Florida Atlantic kicker then missed his 40 yard field goal attempt wide right, giving us the ball back on our 31 yard line with 1:05 to play, and one time out still left to use.

Unfortunately, four straight incomplete passes, and that was the end of any chance we had to win today. With the loss, we drop to 4-6 on the season, 2-4 in the Sun Belt Conference. With the win, Florida Atlantic improves to 4-5 on the year, 4-2 in the Sun Belt Conference, propelling the Owls right into the thick of the conference title race. Up next for us, we end our season with back to back home games, the first of which we welcome Louisiana-Monroe to town. The Warhawks enter the game with a 4-6 record, 3-3 in the Sun Belt, coming off a 23-17 overtime win over 1-8 Mid Tennessee State.

Taking a look at the Warhawks season, they opened with a 31-7 loss at #10 Florida State, beat Grambling State 42-18, lost to #14 TCU 40-21, dropped a 45-10 contest to Iowa, fell to Arkansas State 31-21, and lost to Troy 40-7. The finally snapped their 4 game losing streak when they beat North Texas 28-21, but lost the following week to Western Kentucky 31-14. They since have gone on a two game winning streak, defeating rival Louisiana-Lafayette 24-17, and then defeated Mid Tennessee State in overtime, 23-17, leading into their game against us Golden Panthers.




Final Score
:FAU: 23, :FIU: 16



Stat(s) of the Game:
FIU Offense – Failed to score a touchdown until the last 1:30 of the game, despite 7 trips into the FAU red zone.
FIU Defense – Played great for the first half, collapsed and allowed three Owls touchdowns in the final 10 minutes of the game. Also gave up 146 yards passing on only 8 passes.
FIU Kicking – Jack Griffin went 3 for 3 on field goals, the only reason we were still in the game at the end.



Scoring Summary



Team
1st Quarter
2nd Quarter
3rd Quarter
4th Quarter
Final Score


:FIU:
3
6
0
7
16


:FAU:
0
0
7
16
23





Team
Result
Play
Score

First Quarter

:FIU:
Field Goal
J. Griffin, 22 yard field goal
:FIU: 3-0


Second Quarter

:FIU:
Field Goal
J. Griffin, 22 yard field goal
:FIU: 6-0


:FIU:
Field Goal
J. Griffin, 18 yard field goal
:FIU: 9-0


Third Quarter

:FAU:
Touchdown
A. Morris, 1 yard run (V. Zaccario kick)
:FIU: 9-7


Fourth Quarter

:FAU:
Touchdown
A. Morris, 1 yard run (2-point conversion good)
:FAU: 15-9


:FAU:
Touchdown
A. Morris, 40 yard run (2-point conversion good)
:FAU: 23-9


:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Perry, 4 yard pass from W. Carroll (J. Griffin kick)
:FAU: 23-16





Game Stats



Florida International
Stat
Florida Atlantic


16
Score
23


20
First Downs
12


324
Total Offense
291


42 - 98 - 0
Rushes - Yards - TD
31 - 145 - 3


16 - 31 - 1
Comp - Att - TD
8 - 23 - 0


226
Passing Yards
146


2
Times Sacked
2


6 - 15 (40%)
3rd Down Conversion
2 - 10 (20%)


1 - 2 (50%)
4th Down Conversion
0 - 0 (0%)


0 - 0 (0%)
2-Point Conversion
2 - 2 (100%)


7 - 1 - 3 (57%)
Red Zone - TD - FG
2 - 2 - 0 (100%)


2
Turnovers
3


0
Fumbles Losts
1


2
Intercepted
2


0
Punt Return Yards
17


27
Kick Return Yards
37


351
Total Yards
345


8 - 44.6
Punts - Average
9 - 45.5


4 - 28
Penalties
1 - 5


21:45
Time of Possession
14:15





Florida International Contract Goals Update



Fail Impact
Goal
Progress
Pass Impact


:3redarrow:
500+ rushing yards in each season
1/3 Passed
:3greenarrow:



Win 8 games in one season
4
:3greenarrow:



2000+ total offensive yards in each season
1/3 Passed
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
7+ passing TD in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:



10+ points per game in each season
24 PPG
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
2400+ total offensive yards in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:


:2redarrow:
Win 4 games in one season
:check:
:1greenarrow:


:6redarrow:
2000+ total offensive yards in one season
:check:






Job Security Status

63%

SmoothPancakes
08-01-2011, 12:44 AM
Basically, summing up the game, we suck. Our offense, while able to move the ball fairly well, once again couldn't do anything in the red zone, for the second time in three games. 7 times into the end zone, and all we had were 3 field goals and our only touchdown of the game which didn't come until 1:30 left to play. A pair of interceptions that gave Florida Atlantic the ball two straight possessions on our 50 yard line didn't help. Now I have to win out just to hope for a bowl invite.

And considering we lost in such a horrible fashion to Florida Atlantic, our rivals, I have an extremely bad taste in my mouth right now.

SmoothPancakes
08-01-2011, 12:44 AM
As for the conference, well, the more things change, the more they stay the same. The Sun Belt Conference just got even more chaotic. Troy is the new conference leader at 4-1, thanks to their 20-17 win over North Texas. After that, it’s a logjam as North Texas drops down into a tie with Arkansas State and Florida Atlantic, all at 4-2. Even Louisiana-Monroe now has a chance, coming out of nowhere, thanks to a two game winning streak, to be sitting in the back seat with a 3-3 conference record. Louisiana-Lafayette (3-5), myself (2-4), Western Kentucky (2-4), and Mid Tennessee State (1-4) have all been eliminated from conference title contention.

This week’s national games of note, there was almost another new #1 after this week. #1 Alabama had to score two 4th quarter touchdowns, the last coming with 2 minutes left in the game, to pull off a 35-31 come from behind victory over #8 Mississippi State. There will be a new #2 next week, as Florida State was shellacked by unranked Miami (FL) 41-7. The team that should fill that vacancy, the Boise State Broncos. #3 Boise State won the game of the week in blowout fashion, defeating #11 TCU 52-20. Elsewhere, #5 Oregon defeated #6 Stanford 45-38, #7 Nebraska kept things perfect in the Big Ten with a 37-14 win over #19 Penn State, #10 Oklahoma State barely escaped Texas Tech 24-21, while things got worse for #13 USC as they dropped their second straight game, a 20-17 loss to unranked Washington. #14 Georgia Tech lost to unranked Virginia Tech 26-19, and #23 Texas A&M knocked off #22 Kansas State 45-10.

The number of undefeated teams this week drops to 4 losing, thanks to Florida State’s whooping at the hands of Miami (FL). #1 Alabama at 10-0, Boise State (currently #3) at 9-0, SMU (currently #9) at 10-0, and Houston, still unranked for some ungodly reason, at 10-0. Based on this week's results, the National Championship right now would be between Alabama and Boise State if the season ended, Oregon, who jumped LSU in the polls thanks to the Stanford win, would be on the outside looking in at #3.

As for conference races nationally, in the ACC, in the Atlantic Division, #2 Florida State is still top dog at 6-1, #21 NC State is second at 4-2. Coastal Division, Miami (FL) takes over the top spot at 6-1 while #14 Georgia Tech drops to 5-2 due to their lose to Virginia Tech. The Hokies are behind them at 4-2. The Big 12 is still anyone's guess. #10 Oklahoma State and #23 Texas A&M are tied on top at 6-1, Oklahoma right behind at 5-1, Kansas State and Missouri have very slight chances at 4-3. The Big East is still impossible to pick. #25 Pittsburgh and #24 USF remain tied on top at 4-1, Cincinnati is next in line at 2-2. Essentially the rest of the Big East still have an almost impossibly slight, though extremely unlikely, chance, as Syracuse, Louisville, Rutgers, and West Virginia are all 2-3. The Big Ten, in the Leaders Division, thanks to Nebraska beating Penn State, #18 Wisconsin takes over the top spot at 5-1, while #19 Penn State falls into a second place tie with #16 Ohio State at 4-2. The Legends Division finds #7 Nebraska still sitting comfortably on top at 6-0, with #17 Michigan and #12 Michigan State both barely hanging on at 4-2.

C-USA, in the East Division, Southern Miss remains on top at 6-1, UCF has barely a chance at 4-3. In the West Division, it's continuing to go down to the wire, as #9 SMU is 7-0 and Houston (who despite being 10-0 overall is still unranked) is 7-0. Next week is going to decide the division as both face each other. In the MAC, the East Division continues to be a cluster. Thanks to their 28-17 win over Temple, Miami University now takes over the top spot at 6-0, while Temple falls to 6-1, and Ohio remains behind at 5-1. The West Division suddenly got a lot tighter thanks to Central Michigan’s 34-7 loss to Ohio. With the loss, Central Michigan remains on top, but drops to 5-2. That gives Northern Illinois hope at 4-2. The Mountain West, thanks to their win over TCU, #3 Boise State is now the top dog at 4-0. #11 TCU drops into a second place tie with San Diego State at 4-1. Colorado State continues to have a chance at 2-2.

In the PAC-12, the North Division finds #5 Oregon still on top at 7-0 thanks to their win over Stanford, with #6 Stanford remaining behind with a 6-2 record, though the Ducks are your North champs thanks to the head to head tiebreaker. In the South Division, things got a little muddier thanks to USC’s second straight loss. The #13 Trojans remain on top at 5-2, but the door has been opened for Arizona, sitting at 5-3. In the SEC, in the East Division, South Carolina is your division champs with a 5-3 record thanks to their 41-13 victory over Florida. In the West Division, #1 Alabama remains in first place with a 7-0 record, #4 LSU is in second with a 5-1 record, but Alabama will win the West due to the head to head tiebreaker. And in the WAC, due to Louisiana Tech having a non-conference game, the Bulldogs now find themselves in a tie for first at 4-1 with Fresno State, who blew out New Mexico State to catch up to La. Tech. New Mexico State, at 3-2, and Nevada, at 2-2, still have chances of getting back on top in the race.

SmoothPancakes
08-01-2011, 12:51 AM
As for our bowl hopes, even if we win out and go 6-6, things could be looking bleak. Right now, looking through the first set of bowl projections, there are so many teams that are at least 5-5 or better, that there is not even a single 4-5 or 5-6 team showing up in the bowl projections. If most of those teams right on the line, at 5-4 or 5-5, win, we might just be sitting home for the bowl season even if we do manage a 6-6 record.

As for the Sun Belt as a whole, Troy is projected to face UTEP in the New Orleans Bowl and Arkansas State would take on Miami University in the Godaddy.com Bowl. Those are the only Sun Belts teams currently projected to go to a bowl game.

SmoothPancakes
08-01-2011, 01:29 AM
Yes! Going through my recruiting for week 13, I just pulled a switcheroo on UAB. Last week, this :3star: Outside Linebacker I'm going after had me second on his list, trailing UAB by 100 points, and he was a soft commit for UAB. I hit him with a full 60 minutes of recruiting, recruiting against UAB every chance that I could when I had the rating advantage, and was able to knock them down enough that this week, I'm now his #1 school, UAB is -1 behind me, and he is now a soft commit to FIU.

I also poured 60 minutes into a :2star: Athlete that had soft committed to Florida Atlantic. Despite losing to FAU, I was able to close the gap from -140 to -1 and keep him from hard committing to FAU.

strattjw
08-01-2011, 12:34 PM
I've been playing a side dynasty as FIU and I have to say I love their uniform colors.

SmoothPancakes
08-01-2011, 10:29 PM
I've been playing a side dynasty as FIU and I have to say I love their uniform colors.

Agreed. FIU has some nice uniforms that makes playing with, and losing with, them a lot more fun.

morsdraconis
08-01-2011, 10:35 PM
Well, you doing this and seeing the amount of fun (and frustration ;)) you've been having with it has been enough to get me motivated enough to do more of my SAU dynasty. Working on getting the college landscape to look correct right now (aka, simming to season 2015 so there are no real players left just like there would be in my dynasty so that I can more "authentic" reports for the games).

Just know, I'm probably going to, at least, steal some of your game reporting layout (gotta change some stuff that just annoys me to not have a certain way).

SmoothPancakes
08-01-2011, 10:38 PM
Game Eleven

:UL_Monroe: :@: :FIU:



Game Notes


--- Well, this was the biggest game we had played all year. We came into this game needing a win or else. We win, or any hopes we have of a bowl game are gone. We also had a large number of recruits visiting campus this week, so we also needed a win to help our efforts in snagging some of those players. As well, a victory today, hands Louisiana-Monroe their 7th loss of the season, and knocks another team out of the running for a bowl game invite. We lost the coin toss, the Warhawks elected to kick.

We proceeded to make the most of our offensive drive, using some key rushing, some timely passing, and a little help from the defense courtesy of a 15 yard facemask penalty, eventually finding the end zone on a 9 yard rush from Darriet Perry. Our defense meanwhile nearly screwed the pooch for us, allowing multiple big runs, allowing passes of 13, 11, and 31 yards, and letting ULM get all the way down to our goal line. However, a 2 yard loss on 2nd and goal, and an incomplete pass on 3rd, and our defense held enough to not give up a touchdown, and force the Warhawks to instead settle for a 20 yard field goal. Lucky for us, their kicker proceeded to bounce it off the right upright, and they ended the drive with no points, despite being mere inches away from a touchdown at one point.

Unfortunately, our ensuing offensive drive would fail to go anywhere, and both defenses proceeded to buckle down, as both teams punted on each possession for the rest of the quarter. Start of the second quarter found our offense back on the field on our 20 yard line. Finally managing to get our offense moving once again, we kept the momentum going all the way down the field for our second touchdown of the game. The ULM offense nearly had their offensive drive stopped for only a one yard gain, however, a pass interference penalty called on our defense on 3rd and 9 kept their drive alive, and allowed them to push the ball almost another 30 yards out to our 47 yard line, before a sack on 3rd and 1 would bring their drive finally to an end. Unfortunately, our offensive drive would not fare much better. Our defense would quickly stop them, however, an audible to a pass on 1st and 10 would spell doom as the defense came away with an interception, returning the ball clear down to our 29 yard line. This time, the Warhawks would get at least a field goal in the end.

Our next offensive drive started with great position, thanks to a 35 yard kickoff return by T.Y. Hilton. With only 1:10 left to play in the 1st half, we needed that great field position at our 37 yard line. It wouldn’t matter because the CPU are a bunch of cheapass cheaters, and any pass attempt never had a chance at being caught.

To start the 2nd half, I thought we were screwed as our defense just plain sucked, though they finally managed to hold off ULM on a 4th down conversion attempt on our 35 yard line to force the turnover on downs. We would get as far as the Warhawks 15 yard line before we were stopped and had to kick a field goal. Our defense continued to do their job, setting us up with another short field situation, one in which we were not about to be denied another touchdown. Or, maybe we would be, as the ULM defense would twice deny us the end zone three straight times from inside the 2 yard line, forcing a turnover on downs. However, our offense would not need to step on the field for us to find another touchdown. Our defense this time took care of the job, as the Louisiana-Monroe punter fumbled the football in the end zone, which was promptly recovered by our right end, Aaron Davis for a touchdown.

The Warhawks would try to respond, getting as far as our 43 yard line, until a holding penalty on 4th and 6 forced their offense into a 4th and 16 situation, which would end in a dropped pass and a turnover on downs, giving our offense the ball back on the ULM 47 yard line. Unfortunately, the ULM defense shut us down, and both teams fell into another pattern of trading punts, bring us to the end of the 3rd quarter. The 4th quarter started much the same way, as both teams traded another pair of punts, before our offense finally got the ball back with 5:30 left to play in the game. Knowing we had a large enough lead, our offense went into clock killing mode, keeping the ball exclusively on the ground for the entire drive, moving the ball over a 16 play, 4 minute drive, ending in a 1 yard touchdown rush by Perry, to give us a 25 point lead with just 1:18 left to play. The Warhawks tried to at least make the game close, driving out as far as midfield, but a fumble, recovered by our middle linebacker, Winston Frasier, gave us the ball back on our 36 yard line, with 35 seconds left to play. A single QB kneel and that would end the game, getting us back into the win column and keeping our bowl hopes alive.

With the win, we improve to 5-6 on the season, 3-4 in the Sun Belt Conference. Louisiana-Monroe drops to 4-7 on the year (ending their bowl hopes) and 3-4 in the Sun Belt. Up next for the Golden Panthers, we bring our 2011 season to a conclusion as we welcome Mid Tennessee State to town. The Blue Raiders come into the game with a 1-9 record, 1-5 in the Sun Belt.

Breaking down the Blue Raiders season, they opened up the year with a 38-7 loss at Purdue, got shut out at home by Georgia Tech 41-0, lost to Temple 35-31, fell to Troy 21-10, and were defeated at Tennessee 24-17. They finally picked up their only win of the season, defeating Western Kentucky at home 28-21 in week 6. From there, they lost at Florida Atlantic 24-19, lost at Louisiana-Lafayette 34-14, lost their best chance for a second win, as they dropped a 23-17 overtime decision on the road at Louisiana-Monroe, before being beat by Arkansas State this week, 34-13. The last two games on the Mid Tennessee State schedule, at Florida International, and then a home game vs. North Texas to close a disappointing season.




Final Score
:FIU: 31, :UL_Monroe: 6



Stat(s) of the Game:
- FIU Offense - A bit sluggish, but got the job done.
- FIU Defense - Scared the hell out of me on multiple drives, but ultimately did not break nor give up a touchdown.
- FIU Running Back Darriet Perry - 3 rushing touchdowns.


Scoring Summary



Team
1st Quarter
2nd Quarter
3rd Quarter
4th Quarter
Final Score


:UL_Monroe:
0
6
0
0
6


:FIU:
7
7
10
7
31





Team
Result
Play
Score

First Quarter

:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Perry, 9 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 7-0


Second Quarter

:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Perry, 4 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 14-0


:UL_Monroe:
Field Goal
R. Jabour, 26 yard field goal
:FIU: 14-3


:UL_Monroe:
Field Goal
R. Jabour, 41 yard field goal
:FIU: 14-6


Third Quarter

:FIU:
Field Goal
J. Griffin, 31 yard field goal
:FIU: 17-6


:FIU:
Touchdown
A. Bell, fumble recovery in end zone (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 24-6


Fourth Quarter

:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Perry, 1 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 31-6





Game Stats



UL Monroe
Stat
Florida International


6
Score
31


13
First Downs
17


251
Total Offense
293


22 - 76 - 0
Rushes - Yards - TD
36 - 126 - 3


12 - 33 - 0
Comp - Att - TD
10 - 24 - 0


175
Passing Yards
167


2
Times Sacked
1


3 - 13 (23%)
3rd Down Conversion
7 - 12 (58%)


0 - 2 (0%)
4th Down Conversion
1 - 2 (50%)


0 - 0 (0%)
2-Point Conversion
0 - 0 (0%)


3 - 0 - 1 (33%)
Red Zone - TD - FG
5 - 3 - 1 (80%)


2
Turnovers
1


2
Fumbles Losts
0


0
Intercepted
1


0
Punt Return Yards
29


132
Kick Return Yards
59


383
Total Yards
381


9 - 43.3
Punts - Average
7 - 46.0


2 - 25
Penalties
3 - 28


15:37
Time of Possession
20:23





Florida International Contract Goals Update



Fail Impact
Goal
Progress
Pass Impact


:3redarrow:
500+ rushing yards in each season
1/3 Passed
:3greenarrow:



Win 8 games in one season
5
:3greenarrow:



2000+ total offensive yards in each season
1/3 Passed
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
7+ passing TD in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:



10+ points per game in each season
25 PPG
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
2400+ total offensive yards in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:


:2redarrow:
Win 4 games in one season
:check:
:1greenarrow:


:6redarrow:
2000+ total offensive yards in one season
:check:






Job Security Status

63%

SmoothPancakes
08-01-2011, 10:44 PM
My thoughts on the game, so-so. Our offense did pretty good, scoring three touchdowns, though we had a lot of short field possessions thanks to mistakes by the Warhawks, as well as some great punt returns. Our defense nearly gave me a heart attack multiple times, including the drive where ULM got clear down to our goal line, inches away from a touchdown. Somehow, our defense held on and limited them to only a mere field goal. It's a win, and a win when a bunch of recruits were visiting, so I will definitely take it. But I wasn't completely, entirely happy with how the offense and defense performed in the game.

SmoothPancakes
08-01-2011, 10:45 PM
And just like that, there were two. Troy defeated Florida Atlantic 24-16 while Western Kentucky scored an upset on North Texas, 42-17. With those results, Troy continues on as the top team in the conference with a 5-1 record. Arkansas State is now the only team who can challenge them, sitting in second place at 5-2. Troy has a game next week vs. Western Kentucky, and then the showdown for the conference title in the last week of the season, as Arkansas State travels to Troy. North Texas (4-3), Florida Atlantic (4-3), Louisiana-Monroe (3-4), Florida International (3-4), Western Kentucky (3-4), Louisiana-Lafayette (3-5), and Mid Tennessee State (1-5) have all been eliminated from conference title contention.

This week’s national games of note, it was an easy week for #1 Bama, smacking around an FCS team. Same thing for #18 Auburn, giving them both cupcakes headed into next week’s Iron Bowl. #4 LSU lost for the second time this season, falling in an upset to Ole Miss, 20-17. #5 Nebraska is looking to go perfect in their first ever Big Ten season, as they improved to 7-0 in conference after a 27-13 win over Michigan. The battle of Conference USA went to Houston, who edged out #6 SMU 42-38 thanks to two touchdowns in the final 4 minutes of the game. #17 USC continued their collapse, losing for the third straight week, this time to #3 Oregon, 41-14. #19 NC State lost their rivalry game to Clemson 20-14, #21 Georgia Tech lost for the second week in a row, getting upset by Duke 38-24, while #22 Miami (FL) needed overtime to defeat #23 USF, 47-41.

The number of undefeated teams this week drops once again, down to 3, as (somehow still unranked) Houston defeated #6 SMU, dropping the Mustangs to 10-1 on the year. Left among the undefeated teams, #1 Alabama at 11-0, Boise State (currently #2) at 10-0, and Houston at 11-0. Based on this week's results, the National Championship right now would be between Alabama and Boise State if the season ended, Oregon would be on the outside looking in at #3.

As for conference races nationally, in the ACC, in the Atlantic Division, #9 Florida State is your Atlantic Division winner. Coastal Division, #22 Miami (FL) is the division winner, sitting at 6-1. Virginia Tech is 5-2, but Miami holds the head to head tiebreaker. The Big 12 is still anyone's guess. #7 Oklahoma State and #20 Texas A&M are still tied up at 7-1, #12 Oklahoma remains right behind at 6-1. The next two weeks will decide it all, as Oklahoma and Oklahoma State meet, while Texas A&M takes on Texas (6-4, 3-4). The Big East is still impossible to pick. #24 Pittsburgh and #23 USF remain tied on top at 4-1, Cincinnati still has a chance at 3-2.

The Big Ten, in the Leaders Division, #16 Wisconsin remains on top at 6-1, with a game still to play at Penn State, while #13 Ohio State takes over sole possession of 2nd place with a 5-2 records thanks to their win over Penn State this week. The Legends Division is all set, #5 Nebraska will be playing in the first ever Big Ten Championship Game, in their first year in the conference, as they wrap up the Legends division with a 7-0 record. Michigan State, at 5-2, is unable to catch them. C-USA, in the East Division, Southern Miss is your division winner with a current 7-1 record. The closest teams stand at 4-4. In the West Division, Houston takes over the top spot with an 8-0 record thanks to their win over SMU that drops the Mustangs to 7-1. SMU still technically is in it, as both have one conference game left, however Houston holds the head to head advantage.

In the MAC, the East Division just became a serious cluster. Miami University’s loss to Western Michigan, coupled with Ohio’s win over Bowling Green, send the East Division into a three way tie as Miami, Ohio, and Temple all sit at 6-1 with just one game each to play. Miami University and Ohio play each other next week, Temple plays Kent State. Miami University, if they defeat Ohio, has the inside track courtesy of a win over Temple. Temple has the inside side track if Miami University loses, thanks to their win a couple weeks ago over Ohio. Ohio meanwhile, has the worst track to the Championship game, needing to defeat the Redhawks, and hope Kent State knocks off Temple. The West Division will be represented in the MAC title game by Central Michigan, sitting on top at 6-2, thanks to their win over Toledo this week. While Northern Illinois is still technically in it at 5-2, and has an easy game vs. Eastern Michigan next week, Central Michigan holds the head to head advantage over Northern Illinois.

The Mountain West, #2 Boise State remains on top at 5-0. #14 TCU is in second place at 5-1, San Diego State, despite a 4-2 record, is eliminated due to both Boise State and TCU holding the head to head advantage over the Aztecs. In the PAC-12, the North Division, the #3 Oregon Ducks are your division winners at 8-0, as #8 Stanford cannot catch them with a 7-2 record. In the South Division, #17 USC’s three game collapse means Arizona is your new leader at 6-3. However, the Trojans, at 5-3, hold the head to head advantage over the Wildcats, needing only to defeat UCLA next week. In the SEC, in the East Division, South Carolina is your division champs with a 5-3 record. In the West Division, #1 Alabama is your division winner at 7-0. #4 LSU and #11 Mississippi State, both 5-2, cannot catch the Tide. And in the WAC, Louisiana Tech drops the ball to Nevada, allowing Fresno State to take over the top spot at 5-1. Louisiana Tech, at 4-2, and Nevada and New Mexico State, both at 3-2, still have outside chances of claiming the conference title.

SmoothPancakes
08-01-2011, 10:49 PM
Well, you doing this and seeing the amount of fun (and frustration ;)) you've been having with it has been enough to get me motivated enough to do more of my SAU dynasty. Working on getting the college landscape to look correct right now (aka, simming to season 2015 so there are no real players left just like there would be in my dynasty so that I can more "authentic" reports for the games).

Just know, I'm probably going to, at least, steal some of your game reporting layout (gotta change some stuff that just annoys me to not have a certain way).

Great to hear man. Can't wait to see you get it fired back up, I'm looking forward to reading it.

And feel free to take whatever you need/want. Anyone who wants to use any of my layouts are more than welcome to. And let me know what kinds of things you're looking at changing. I'm always open to feedback about how I have my dynasty laid out and what things people might like to see changed to make it better.

SmoothPancakes
08-01-2011, 11:13 PM
Things are suddenly taking a promising turn for my bowl hopes. Simming through the various national games this week, thanks to UAB, Florida Atlantic has fallen to 4-7. Troy beat Western Kentucky, ending the Hilltoppers year to 5-7. Duke came through, dropping North Carolina to 5-7. Miami ended Boston College's season at 5-7. Georgia Tech brought Georgia's season to a close at 5-7. Virginia Tech won the rivalry game, dropping Virginia to 5-7. USF beat Louisville to drop the Cardinals to 5-7. Pittsburgh beat West Virginia, putting the Mountaineers on the cliff at 5-6, and Marshall knocked off ECU, dropping the Pirates to 5-7.

8 teams knocked out of bowl contention, and West Virginia on the edge of falling out. That just gave a massive boost to my bowl hopes.

Edit - This is still going to be close. 68 bowl slots, and at my count right now, 73 teams bowl eligible or almost bowl eligible (counting the 5-6 teams). If I beat MTSU to get to 6-6, I may still end up sitting home. :(

JerzeyReign
08-02-2011, 01:39 AM
Yes! Going through my recruiting for week 13, I just pulled a switcheroo on UAB. Last week, this :3star: Outside Linebacker I'm going after had me second on his list, trailing UAB by 100 points, and he was a soft commit for UAB. I hit him with a full 60 minutes of recruiting, recruiting against UAB every chance that I could when I had the rating advantage, and was able to knock them down enough that this week, I'm now his #1 school, UAB is -1 behind me, and he is now a soft commit to FIU.

I also poured 60 minutes into a :2star: Athlete that had soft committed to Florida Atlantic. Despite losing to FAU, I was able to close the gap from -140 to -1 and keep him from hard committing to FAU.

Isn't it great to talk about a :3star: like a top recruit? :) Even though I let the CPU recruit for me I get excited when I see us closing in on that 'high priority' :3star:.

By the way, nice way to close the gap despite the loss.

SmoothPancakes
08-02-2011, 01:58 AM
Isn't it great to talk about a :3star: like a top recruit? :) Even though I let the CPU recruit for me I get excited when I see us closing in on that 'high priority' :3star:.

By the way, nice way to close the gap despite the loss.

:D Yeah, I'm coveting any :3star: players who have me among their top schools. Unfortunately, that gap only lasted one week, as that :2star: Athlete signed with FAU the following week. But at least I was able to swoop in and steal that :3star: OLB. Went from a soft commit to UAB, to a soft commit to FIU, to a hard commit to FIU in three weeks. I love it.

SmoothPancakes
08-02-2011, 02:02 AM
Game Twelve

:MTSU: :@: :FIU:



Game Notes


--- Well, this was it. Our final game of the season. One last home game against 1-9 Mid Tennessee State. One last game to get back to .500, get to 6-6 on the year, and hope we are worthy of a bowl invite. One final game to thank our seniors for a year full of memories.

MTSU won the coin toss and elected to kick. We would waste little time moving down the field against a clearly overmatched Blue Raiders defense, driving 82 yards over 12 plays during a nearly 4 minute drive. The Blue Raiders tried to answer, but were unable to convert their third down attempt, and were forced to punt. Our second drive ended the same way as the first, moving down the field at will on a weaker MTSU defense. No matter what scheme they tried, they were unable to stop us. Our offense, while able to score, ultimately took a massive blow as our starting, and senior, running back, Darriet Perry, was injured on the second play of the drive. A few plays later, we received word that he had broken his elbow and just like that, his football career was over. This put a serious dent into our running back corps as Perry’s backup, Darrian Mallary, has been injured for a portion of the season with a broken tailbone, and was still only questionable going into today’s game. We were going to have to go the rest of the game today with our third string running back, Jeremiah Harden.

Mid Tennessee State finally found some offense on their next drive, as they passed their way down the field, ending the 1st quarter and continuing on into the second, making it all the way down to our 10 yard line before they were forced into 4th and goal and had to settle for a 27 yard field goal. While Harden was able to hold his own for the most part while running the ball, it wasn’t going to be enough to win us this game. Senior quarterback Wesley Carroll was going to have to lead us through the air if we were going to be victorious. Our offense was able to drive out to midfield, until a holding penalty on 3rd and inches negated what would have been a first down rush by Harden. We failed to convert on 3rd and 10 and had to punt. Our defense wasn’t about to let up though, forcing three straight incomplete passes to get the ball back to our offense. Our offensive line also showed they were unable to block a paper bag, as sacks of 9 and 11 yards forced us into a 3rd and long situation. That 3rd down would be the only down we needed, as Carroll was able to hit Junior Mertile for a 29 yard touchdown pass. Too bad Sir Shanks-a-lot had to screw it up and miss the PAT.

Then the craziest f’ing thing ever happened. Our kickoff was returned by MTSU’s kickoff returner 102 yards for a touchdown. Well, apparently our kickoff returner had a problem with being shown up like that, as T.Y. Hilton then went and took his kickoff return 102 yards to the house. Back to back 102 yard kickoff returns, and we went from a 20-3 game, up to 26-10 in less than a minute. Unfortunately for the fans in attendance, there would not be a third straight kickoff returned for a TD. Instead we stopped them after only a 23 yard return and our defense only allowed 3 yards before forcing a punt. On our offensive drive, things got even crazier, as we made it down to the MTSU 48 yard line before Carroll threw an interception. Then on the interception return, the Blue Raider defender made it out as far as his own 42 yard line, before one of our receivers started to tackle him, proceeding to force a fumble in the process, on which one of our players jump on, giving us the ball right back. What else was going to happen in this game?

We would managed to make it down to the MTSU 26 yard line, unfortunately a dropped pass on 3rd and 3 would end our drive, and we’d settle for a 43 yard field goal with 32 seconds left in the half. Start of the 3rd quarter, and Mid Tennessee State showed they were not going down without a fight, driving the ball on our defense at will, en route to a 76 yard touchdown drive. We responded with an 80 yard drive of our own, unfortunately the MTSU defense held tough and stopped us on 3rd and goal from the 1 yard line. Despite being inches from the end zone, Coach Cristobal didn’t want to take the chance, choosing instead to kick the field goal. The Blue Raiders once again refused to go down without a fight, driving 75 yards down the field on a drive that traversed the 3rd and 4th quarters, and converting on 4th and 10 with a 12 yard touchdown pass. Thankfully our defense stopped their 2-point conversion attempt, and they remained down by 10. Unfortunately, our offense began collapsing, finding it difficult to even gain a single first down. Our defense thank God at least did their job and shut down MTSU. It took our third offensive drive after that last MTSU touchdown to finally gain another first down. Somehow, our offense finally managed to connect on a pass on third down and found the end zone again.

The Blue Raider offense began driving down the field in response, unfortunately for them, Terrance Taylor was ready to intercept a pass, giving us the ball back on the MTSU 29 yard line with 2:42 left in the game. The Blue Raiders defense pretty much just gave up, as Harden was able to waltz into the end zone untouched just 5 plays later with 47 seconds still on the clock. The Mid Tennessee State offense would try and put together a drive just to save some face, unfortunately, they would only get three plays off before the clock ran out.

With the win, the Golden Panthers improve to 6-6 on the year, 4-4 in the Sun Belt Conference. With the loss, Mid Tennessee State drops to 1-10 for the season, 1-6 in the Sun Belt. That’s all she wrote for our regular season. Now just waiting and seeing how things play out nationally this week and next week, hoping that we somehow sneak into a bowl game to send our senior class out in style.




Final Score
:FIU: 47, :MTSU: 23



Stat(s) of the Game:
- FIU – Put together a two game winning streak to end the year 6-6 and send our seniors out with a win at home.
- FIU Offense – Despite the loss of Darriet Perry to injury, our offense found success through the air to give us the win.
- FIU Defense – While they gave up a couple touchdown drives, they shut down the MTSU offense for the most part, helping out our offense.


Scoring Summary



Team
1st Quarter
2nd Quarter
3rd Quarter
4th Quarter
Final Score


:MTSU:
0
10
7
6
23


:FIU:
14
16
3
14
47





Team
Result
Play
Score



First Quarter




:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Perry, 1 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 7-0


:FIU:
Touchdown
D. LaPorte, 9 yard pass from W. Carroll (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 14-0









Second Quarter




:MTSU:
Field Goal
A. Gendreau, 27 yard field goal
:FIU: 14-3


:FIU:
Touchdown
J. Mertile, 29 yard pass from W. Carroll (missed kick)
:FIU: 20-3


:MTSU:
Touchdown
D. Kyles, returned kickoff 102 yards (A. Gendreau kick)
:FIU: 20-10


:FIU:
Touchdown
T. Hilton, returned kickoff 102 yards (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 27-10


:FIU:
Field Goal
J. Griffin, 42 yard field goal
:FIU: 30-10









Third Quarter




:MTSU:
Touchdown
S. McDonald, 1 yard run (A. Gendreau kick)
:FIU: 30-17


:FIU:
Field Goal
J. Griffin, 17 yard field goal
:FIU: 33-17









Fourth Quarter




:MTSU:
Touchdown
T. Mason, 12 yard pass from L. Kilgore (2-point conversion failed)
:FIU: 33-23


:FIU:
Touchdown
W. Times, 26 yards pass from W. Carroll (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 40-23


:FIU:
Touchdown
J. Harden, 7 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 47-23





Game Stats



Mid Tennessee State
Stat
Florida International


23
Score
47


16
First Downs
17


296
Total Offense
436


21 - 73 - 1
Rushes - Yards - TD
35 - 108 - 2


25 - 47 - 1
Comp - Att - TD
17 - 31 - 3


223
Passing Yards
328


1
Times Sacked
3


10 - 17 (58%)
3rd Down Conversion
10 - 16 (62%)


1 - 2 (50%)
4th Down Conversion
1 - 1 (100%)


0 - 1 (0%)
2-Point Conversion
0 - 0 (0%)


3 - 2 - 1 (100%)
Red Zone - TD - FG
6 - 3 - 1 (66%)


2
Turnovers
1


1
Fumbles Losts
0


1
Intercepted
0


6
Punt Return Yards
21


240
Kick Return Yards
119


542
Total Yards
576


4 – 46.5
Punts - Average
3 - 42.7


1 - 5
Penalties
3 - 20


14:16
Time of Possession
21:44





Florida International Contract Goals Update



Fail Impact
Goal
Progress
Pass Impact


:3redarrow:
500+ rushing yards in each season
1/3 Passed
:3greenarrow:



Win 8 games in one season
6
:3greenarrow:



2000+ total offensive yards in each season
1/3 Passed
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
7+ passing TD in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:



10+ points per game in each season
25 PPG
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
2400+ total offensive yards in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:


:2redarrow:
Win 4 games in one season
:check:
:1greenarrow:


:6redarrow:
2000+ total offensive yards in one season
:check:






Job Security Status

63%

SmoothPancakes
08-02-2011, 02:08 AM
Well, this game had everything. A MTSU defense that sucked for the first half. Back to back 102 yard kickoff returns in the second quarter. An interception by the MTSU defense, that ended in a fumble, that gave our offense the ball right back. A sudden surge in the MTSU offense that got them right back into the game. Our offense absolutely collapsing and dying in the middle of the second half.

And then a touchdown with 47 seconds left to play because the MTSU defense just let my running back waltz into the end zone untouched. At the time I sort of felt bad scoring like that as we had the game in the bag (it was 1st down) and I had essentially just ran up the score. Then after the game, thinking back at all of the ups and downs of the season, screw it, I'm glad I scored that last touchdown. :D Gave me a chance to blow of a little bit of frustrations built up over the course of a season.

Now starts the waiting game to see if I get into a bowl game. It feels like Selection Sunday for March Madness right now. Checking numbers of bowl eligible teams, seeing who plays who, which teams will get that 6th win, which teams will lose their 7th game, etc. It's going to be interesting.

JerzeyReign
08-02-2011, 02:09 AM
Nice way to close the year. With 35 bowl games, 6-6 should get you into one of 'em... hopefully

SmoothPancakes
08-02-2011, 02:09 AM
And this is it. Troy won their game against Western Kentucky. That just leaves the showdown next week between Arkansas State, sitting at 5-2 in the conference, and Troy, sitting at 6-1, to decide the Sun Belt champion. North Texas (4-3), Florida Atlantic (4-3), Florida International (4-4), Louisiana-Monroe (3-4), Western Kentucky (3-5), Louisiana-Lafayette (3-5), and Mid Tennessee State (1-6) have all been eliminated from conference title contention.

This week’s national games of note, #1 Alabama wrapped up a perfect regular season, beating #16 Auburn in the Iron Bowl, 32-22. #2 Boise State stayed perfect with a 49-10 win over Wyoming. #3 Oregon barely held on, needing two late 4th quarter touchdowns to win the Civil War, beating Oregon State 35-28. #4 Nebraska holds off 7-4 Iowa, 28-21. #6 Stanford got upset by 3-8 Notre Dame, 27-20. #7 Florida State beat 6-5 Florida, 56-28. #12 Ohio State beat #25 Michigan 34-14, and #22 Pittsburgh held off 5-5 West Virginia 30-23.

The number of undefeated teams this week remains at 3. Left among the undefeated teams, #1 Alabama at 12-0, #2 Boise State at 11-0, and #18 Houston at 12-0. Based on this week's results, the National Championship right now would be between Alabama and Boise State if the season ended, Oregon would still be on the outside looking in at #3.

As for conference races nationally, in the ACC, in the Atlantic Division, #7 Florida State is your Atlantic Division winner at 7-1. Coastal Division, #19 Miami (FL) is the division winner at 7-1. It’ll be the Battle of Florida for the ACC Championship. The Big 12 is still anyone's guess. #17 Texas A&M won their game against Texas to improve to 8-1 and take over the top spot. #10 Oklahoma and #5 Oklahoma State, both 7-1, duke it out next week. This is where things get interesting. If Oklahoma wins, Texas A&M has the head to head advantage over Oklahoma. If Oklahoma State wins, Oklahoma State has the head to head advantages over Texas A&M.

The Big East is going to need the last week to decide, as #22 Pittsburgh and USF remain tied at 5-1. Pittsburgh has the head to head advantage over USF. Pitt plays 6-5 Syracuse, USF plays 5-6 West Virginia. The Big Ten, in the Leaders Division, #15 Wisconsin is your division champ at 7-1, as their win over Penn State was enough to hold off 6-2 Ohio State. The Legends Division goes to #4 Nebraska, who in their first year in the Big Ten, goes 8-0 in conference play. So the inaugural Big Ten Championship game will be between 10-2 Wisconsin and 11-1 Nebraska. C-USA, in the East Division, Southern Miss is your division winner with an 8-1 record. In the West Division, Houston takes the division crown with a perfect 9-0 mark, thanks to their season ending win over Tulsa.

In the MAC, in the East Division, the Miami University Redhawks are your division champs at 7-1, defeating Ohio 24-7, and winning the head to head tiebreaker over 7-1 Temple thanks to a 28-17 win back in week 12. The West Division will be represented in the MAC title game by Central Michigan, sitting on top at 6-2, thanks to their win over Toledo. Northern Illinois also finished 6-2, but the Chippewas hold the head to head advantage via a 38-24 week 5 win over the Huskies. The Mountain West will go to #2 Boise State, who sits at 6-0 on the year. #14 TCU is right behind at 5-1, but the Broncos hold the head to head advantage. In the PAC-12, the North Division, the #3 Oregon Ducks are your division winners at 9-0. In the South Division, there is a surprise division champion, as Arizona comes out of nowhere to claim the division with a 6-3 record, reeling off 4 straight wins to claim the title. #21 USC would have had the division title, had 4 straight losses, including a 28-20 loss to rival ULCA this week, knocked them down to mediocre 5-4 record.

In the SEC, in the East Division, South Carolina is your division champs with a 5-3 record. In the West Division, #1 Alabama is your division winner at 7-0. It will be South Carolina and the Crimson Tide battling in the SEC Championship game. And in the WAC, Fresno State claims the WAC championship with a 6-1 record thanks to their 24-16 win over San Jose State.

SmoothPancakes
08-02-2011, 02:10 AM
Nice way to close the year. With 35 bowl games, 6-6 should get you into one of 'em... hopefully

Yeah, hopefully is the key word. :D At my last count, there are 73 teams with records of 5-6 or better. So a couple need to lose to guarantee me a bowl game. If not, I'm not so sure of my chances, since my schedule wasn't exactly the strongest or greatest of the teams still on the bubble.

JerzeyReign
08-02-2011, 02:11 AM
And then a touchdown with 47 seconds left to play because the MTSU defense just let my running back waltz into the end zone untouched. At the time I sort of felt bad scoring like that as we had the game in the bag (it was 1st down) and I had essentially just ran up the score. Then after the game, thinking back at all of the ups and downs of the season, screw it, I'm glad I scored that last touchdown.

Scoring that pointless is touchdown is SIM in college football;). I had a play earlier in the year I felt bad about then I put myself in the shoes of that 18-19 year old kid with nothing but green in front of him. Just go, baby!! :)

SmoothPancakes
08-02-2011, 02:30 AM
Scoring that pointless is touchdown is SIM in college football;). I had a play earlier in the year I felt bad about then I put myself in the shoes of that 18-19 year old kid with nothing but green in front of him. Just go, baby!! :)

:D Yeah, I was just hoping to run down the clock with one more play before kneeling. Then he broke loose and went untouched. Like I said, in the end, I came to the conclusion that it was a great way to let out some frustrations from the season. :D

SmoothPancakes
08-02-2011, 02:35 AM
Also, I made a change starting in the Mid Tennessee State game, that I just went back and changed retroactively to all of my games from this season. I don't know why I didn't give it any thought until this final game of the season, but I have gone back through and moved my final score section to the end of the Games Notes section. That way the people who like reading the game notes, they won't know the actual results of the game until they get to the end, rather than already know the final score and then start reading the game notes.

SmoothPancakes
08-02-2011, 03:48 AM
Nice way to close the year. With 35 bowl games, 6-6 should get you into one of 'em... hopefully

Also, for the record JerzeyReign, looking back through the Bowl Projections in-game, there are only 34 bowl games, with only 68 spots for us 73 teams with a 5-6 or better record to fight over. The Pinstripe Bowl isn't in the game since EA doesn't have the rights to use Yankee Stadium (2K Sports has the rights). So I'm in even more danger of potentially ending up in the cold depending on the action of week 15, with two less spots for teams to get in.

However, depending on how week 15 plays out, I am currently projected to end up in the New Mexico Bowl against Kent State. So we'll see. Starting week 15 simulations shortly after I finish up recruiting.

SmoothPancakes
08-02-2011, 04:06 AM
Simming through week 15 right now, things are looking up. Nevada beat Idaho 17-13 to drop the Vandals to 5-7. USF beat West Virginia 38-10 to drop the Mountaineers to 5-7. Down to 71 teams for 68 spots. Nice! 4-7 Hawaii gets a 35-28 upset to knock BYU out with a 5-7 record. 70 teams left fighting for 68 spots.

Navy is the last and final 5-6 team. So at least 1 team for sure is going to be left out, two teams if Navy wins. Wow. Army barely beats Navy, 17-16 on a field goal with 13 seconds left. Navy drops to 5-7. 69 teams are bowl eligible at 6-6 or better. 68 bowl spots. Someone is going to get screwed.

SmoothPancakes
08-02-2011, 04:40 AM
And the 2011 Sun Belt Champions are... Troy! Troy was up 10-7 after one quarter, 31-17 at halftime, 31-20 after 3, and dumped 17 points on Arkansas State in the 4th quarter to win 48-20. With a conference record of 7-1, Troy takes home the Sun Belt title.

This week’s national games of note, #2 Boise State guaranteed themselves a spot in the National Championship game, beating New Mexico 45-3 to end a perfect 12-0 regular season. #5 Oklahoma State wrapped up their Big 12 title, defeating Oklahoma 41-34 to end the year 11-1. #14 TCU ended the year 10-2 after a 41-0 win over UNLV. #18 Pittsburgh ends their year 10-2 with a 35-10 victory against Syracuse, and #22 USF wraps up a 10-2 season with a 38-10 win over West Virginia.

The number of undefeated teams this week remains at 3. Left among the undefeated teams, #1 Alabama at 12-0, #2 Boise State at 11-0, and #18 Houston at 12-0. Based on this week's results, the National Championship right now would be between Alabama and Boise State if the season ended, Oregon would still be on the outside looking in at #3.

As for conference races nationally, in the ACC, in the Atlantic Division, #6 Florida State is your Atlantic Division winner at 7-1. Coastal Division, #17 Miami (FL) is the division winner at 7-1. It’ll be the Battle of Florida for the ACC Championship. The Big 12, while technically #5 Oklahoma State and #16 Texas A&M share the title at 8-1, Oklahoma State defeated Texas A&M, so Oklahoma State takes home the title as far as I’m concerned. The Big East, both Pittsburgh and USF share 6-1 records, but Pittsburgh beat USF earlier in the season. Pitt’s your champs.

The Big Ten, in the Leaders Division, #15 Wisconsin is your division champ at 7-1. The Legends Division goes to #4 Nebraska, who in their first year in the Big Ten, goes 8-0 in conference play. So the inaugural Big Ten Championship game will be between 10-2 Wisconsin and 11-1 Nebraska. C-USA, in the East Division, Southern Miss is your division winner with an 8-1 record. In the West Division, Houston takes the division crown with a perfect 9-0 mark. Southern Miss and Houston will battle for the C-USA crown. Independents, Army is the lone team with a winning record, going 8-4. In the MAC, in the East Division, Miami University and Temple share 7-1 records, but Miami beat Temple head to head. The Redhawks win the division. The West Division will be represented in the MAC title game by Central Michigan, sitting on top at 6-2.

The Mountain West will go to #2 Boise State, who ended the year a perfect 7-0. In the PAC-12, the North Division, the #3 Oregon Ducks are your division winners at 9-0. In the South Division, Arizona, the surprise champion, at 6-3. 8-4 Arizona will travel to 11-1 Oregon for the inaugural Pac-12 championship game. In the SEC, in the East Division, South Carolina is your division champs with a 5-3 record. In the West Division, #1 Alabama is your division winner at 7-0. It will be South Carolina and the Crimson Tide battling in the SEC Championship game. And in the WAC, Fresno State claims the WAC championship with a 6-1 record.

JerzeyReign
08-02-2011, 06:40 AM
Army barely beats Navy, 17-16 on a field goal with 13 seconds left.


Man I wish that was a real life score! Go Army! Beat Navy!

SmoothPancakes
08-02-2011, 06:53 AM
Man I wish that was a real life score! Go Army! Beat Navy!

Hey now. :(

I have one more conference championship game to simulate, the good old MAC. Right now, looking at the bowl projections, I'm now projected to play in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl vs. USC. :( Can I please go back to the New Mexico Bowl? I'll gladly play Kent State. Much better than trying to play the freaking USC Trojans. :smh:

SmoothPancakes
08-02-2011, 07:01 AM
Conference Championship Week Equals Upsets!



Conference
Winning Team
Record
Score
Losing Team
Record


:ACC_Championship:
(17) :Miami:
10-3 (8-1)
35-31
(6) :Florida_State:
11-2 (7-2)


:B1G_Championship:
(5) :Nebraska:
12-1 (9-0)
28-19
(13) :Wisconsin:
10-3 (7-2)


:CUSA:
(24) :Southern_Miss:
12-1 (9-1)
28-21
(12) :Houston:
12-1 (9-1)


:MAC_Championship:
:Miami_OH:
10-3 (8-1)
41-10
:Central_Michigan:
8-5 (6-3)


:Pac_12:
(4) :Oregon:
12-1 (10-0)
42-17
:Arizona:
8-5 (6-4)


:SEC_Championship:
:South_Carolina:
9-4 (6-3)
43-40 OT
(1) :Alabama:
12-1 (8-1)






The upset by South Carolina now means that it will be the new #1 Boise State (12-0) vs. the new #2 Oklahoma State (11-1) battling for the BCS National Championship game.

morsdraconis
08-02-2011, 07:01 AM
Hey now. :(

I have one more conference championship game to simulate, the good old MAC. Right now, looking at the bowl projections, I'm now projected to play in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl vs. USC. :( Can I please go back to the New Mexico Bowl? I'll gladly play Kent State. Much better than trying to play the freaking USC Trojans. :smh:

Yeah, you're gonna get the shit kicked out of you against USC.

SmoothPancakes
08-02-2011, 07:07 AM
Yeah, you're gonna get the shit kicked out of you against USC.

And it's gonna happen. I just hit Bowl Week. Welcome to an ass-kicking at the hands of USC in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. :fp:

morsdraconis
08-02-2011, 07:09 AM
That sucks man, but it was always my luck with SAU the first year in both 09 and 10. First season, we'd get matched up with a powerhouse team in the bowl game after eeking out a 6-6 or 7-5 season only to get destroyed.

SmoothPancakes
08-02-2011, 07:54 AM
That sucks man, but it was always my luck with SAU the first year in both 09 and 10. First season, we'd get matched up with a powerhouse team in the bowl game after eeking out a 6-6 or 7-5 season only to get destroyed.

Yeah, even worse, this was pretty much my only chance these three years I'm under contract of actually making a bowl game, much less winning one. Come the offseason, I'm getting slaughtered at QB, HB, FB, losing my best WR (12 points better then the 2nd stringer), TE, RG, RE, and SS. The massive amounts of OVR and experience lost with my outgoing seniors is going to be hard as hell to overcome next season.

SmoothPancakes
08-02-2011, 09:36 AM
Pre-Bowl Games Update


Final BCS Standings



Rank
LW
Team
Wins
Losses
Points


1
2
Boise State
12
0
1.000


2
3
Oklahoma State
11
1
.994


3
4
Oregon
12
1
.989


4
5
Nebraska
12
1
.983


5
7
Michigan State
10
2
.978


6
1
Alabama
12
1
.972


7
8
Mississippi State
10
2
.967


8
9
LSU
10
2
.953


9
11
SMU
11
1
.952


10
10
Ohio State
10
2
.950


11
14
Miami (FL)
10
3
.942


12
6
Florida State
11
2
.931


13
15
Oklahoma
9
3
.918


14
16
TCU
10
2
.915


15
17
Texas A&M
8
4
.905


16
12
Houston
12
1
.898


17
20
Pittsburgh
10
2
.873


18
18
Washington
9
3
.871


19
13
Wisconsin
10
3
.868


20
19
Stanford
9
3
.861


21
---
South Carolina
9
4
.861


22
21
Virginia Tech
9
3
.842


23
25
Southern Miss
12
1
.840


24
22
Auburn
8
4
.824


25
23
USF
10
2
.822






Conference Standings

* - Played in Conference Championship Game

ACC



Rank
Team
Record
Percentage
Conference Record
Points For
Points Against
Division Record


Atlantic Division


#1
(12) Florida State*
11-2
.840
7-2
466
266
5-0


#2
NC State
9-3
.750
5-3
393
234
2-3


#3
Maryland
7-5
.580
4-4
371
288
2-3


#4
Boston College
5-7
.410
2-6
285
318
2-3


#5
Wake Forest
4-8
.330
2-6
221
323
2-3


#6
Clemson
4-8
.330
2-6
213
294
2-3





Coastal Division


#1
(11) Miami (FL)*
10-3
.760
8-1
501
265
4-1


#2
(22) Virginia Tech
9-3
.750
6-2
380
204
4-1


#3
Duke
7-5
.580
5-3
348
352
3-2


#4
Georgia Tech
9-3
.750
5-3
367
184
2-3


#5
Virgina
5-7
.410
2-6
286
313
1-4


#6
North Carolina
5-7
.410
1-7
361
275
1-4





Big 12



Rank
Team
Record
Percentage
Conference Record
Points For
Points Against


#1
(2) Oklahoma State
11-1
.910
8-1
386
248


#2
(15) Texas A&M
8-4
.660
8-1
396
304


#3
(13) Oklahoma
9-3
.750
7-2
409
197


#4
Kansas State
8-4
.660
5-4
288
209


#5
Texas Tech
7-5
.580
5-4
286
274


#6
Missouri
7-5
.580
4-5
349
289


#7
Texas
6-6
.500
3-6
297
278


#8
Baylor
4-8
.330
2-7
344
347


#9
Kansas
5-7
.410
2-7
257
326


#10
Iowa State
2-10
.160
1-8
189
387





Big East



Rank
Team
Record
Percentage
Conference Record
Points For
Points Against


#1
(17) Pittsburgh
10-2
.830
6-1
369
206


#2
(25) USF
10-2
.830
6-1
445
251


#3
Cincinnati
7-5
.580
4-3
342
273


#4
Rutgers
4-8
.330
3-4
274
295


#5
Syracuse
6-6
.500
3-4
323
326


#6
Connecticut
7-5
.580
2-5
395
244


#7
Louisville
5-7
.410
2-5
266
297


#8
West Virginia
5-7
.410
2-5
328
279





Big Ten



Rank
Team
Record
Percentage
Conference Record
Points For
Points Against
Division Record

Leaders Division

#1
(19) Wisconsin*
10-3
.760
7-2
463
221
5-0


#2
(10) Ohio State
10-2
.830
6-2
414
269
4-1


#3
Penn State
7-5
.580
4-4
352
266
3-2


#4
Purdue
5-7
.410
2-6
255
335
2-3


#5
Illinois
6-6
.500
2-6
395
257
1-4


#6
Indiana
3-9
.250
1-7
205
359
0-5


Legends Division

#1
(4) Nebraska*
12-1
.920
9-0
414
215
5-0


#2
(5) Michigan State
10-2
.830
6-2
459
220
4-1


#3
(25) Michigan
8-4
.660
4-4
339
241
3-2


#4
Iowa
7-5
.580
4-4
320
245
1-4


#5
Northwestern
6-6
.500
3-5
296
281
2-3


#6
Minnesota
3-9
.250
1-7
233
330
0-5





Conference USA



Rank
Team
Record
Percentage
Conference Record
Points For
Points Against
Division Record

East Division

#1
(23) Southern Miss*
12-1
.920
9-1
453
214
5-0


#2
UCF
7-5
.580
5-4
421
284
3-2


#3
Marshall
5-7
.410
5-4
240
257
3-2


#4
ECU
5-7
.410
4-5
350
337
3-2


#5
UAB
3-9
.250
2-7
222
374
1-4


#6
Memphis
1-11
.080
0-9
147
442
0-5


West Division

#1
(16) Houston*
12-1
.920
9-1
546
271
5-0


#2
(9) SMU
11-1
.910
8-1
469
193
4-1


#3
Tulsa
5-7
.410
5-4
334
345
3-2


#4
UTEP
6-6
.500
4-5
297
384
2-3


#5
Rice
3-9
.250
3-6
185
374
1-4


#6
Tulane
2-10
.160
1-8
233
421
0-5





Independents



Rank
Team
Record
Percentage
Conference Record
Points For
Points Against


#1
Army
8-4
.660
---
332
304


#2
Navy
5-7
.410
---
236
296


#3
BYU
5-7
.410
---
281
318


#4
Notre Dame
4-8
.330
---
256
317





MAC



Rank
Team
Record
Percentage
Conference Record
Points For
Points Against
Division Record

East Division

#1
Miami University*
10-3
.760
8-1
332
245
6-0


#2
Temple
9-3
.750
7-1
350
195
5-1


#3
Ohio
10-2
.830
6-2
350
142
4-2


#4
Bowling Green
6-6
.500
4-4
203
305
2-3


#5
Kent State
6-6
.500
4-4
250
276
1-4


#6
Buffalo
3-9
.250
2-6
181
377
1-4


#7
Akron
1-11
.080
1-7
137
433
0-5


West Division

#1
Northern Illinois
7-5
.580
6-2
381
278
4-1


#2
Central Michigan*
8-5
.610
6-3
325
351
5-0


#3
Western Michigan
5-7
.410
245
339
2-3


#4
Toledo
3-9
.250
2-6
272
359
2-3


#5
Ball State
2-10
.160
2-6
187
348
1-4


#6
Eastern Michigan
3-9
.250
1-7
228
321
1-4





Mountain West



Rank
Team
Record
Percentage
Conference Record
Points For
Points Against


#1
(1) Boise State
12-0
1.000
7-0
485
174


#2
(14) TCU
10-2
.830
6-1
441
211


#3
San Diego State
9-3
.750
5-2
419
272


#4
Air Force
8-4
.660
4-3
361
245


#5
Colorado State
7-5
.580
3-4
277
238


#6
New Mexico
3-9
.250
2-5
195
333


#7
Wyoming
3-9
.250
1-6
147
357


#8
UNLV
1-11
.080
0-7
179
447





Pac-12



Rank
Team
Record
Percentage
Conference Record
Points For
Points Against
Division Record

North Division

#1
(3) Oregon*
12-1
.920
10-0
511
238
5-0


#2
(20) Stanford
9-3
.750
7-2
483
264
4-1


#3
(18) Washington
9-3
.750
6-3
349
294
3-2


#4
Oregon State
7-5
.580
4-5
371
287
2-3


#5
Cal
5-7
.410
3-6
316
298
1-4


#6
Washington State
2-10
.160
0-9
208
429
0-5


South Division

#1
Arizona*
8-5
.610
6-4
475
319
4-1


#2
Colorado
7-5
.580
5-4
315
347
3-2


#3
USC
8-4
.660
5-4
322
257
3-2


#4
Utah
7-5
.580
4-5
341
264
2-3


#5
UCLA
5-7
.410
3-6
307
339
2-3


#6
Arizona State
4-8
.330
2-7
306
302
1-4






SEC



Rank
Team
Record
Percentage
Conference Record
Points For
Points Against
Division Record

East Division

#1
(21) South Carolina*
9-4
.690
6-3
428
281
4-1


#2
Tennessee
6-6
.500
3-5
326
289
3-2


#3
Georgia
5-7
.410
3-5
341
344
3-2


#4
Florida
6-6
.500
3-5
312
284
2-3


#5
Vanderbilt
5-7
.410
2-6
234
331
2-3


#6
Kentucky
5-7
.410
2-7
275
260
1-4


West Division

#1
(6) Alabama*
12-1
.920
8-1
494
214
5-0


#2
(8) LSU
10-2
.830
6-2
388
222
3-2


#3
(7) Mississippi State
10-2
.830
6-2
416
215
3-2


#4
(24) Auburn
8-4
.660
4-4
390
229
2-3


#5
Arkansas
7-5
.580
4-5
274
245
1-4


#6
Ole Miss
7-5
.580
3-5
324
233
1-4





Sun Belt



Rank
Team
Record
Percentage
Conference Record
Points For
Points Against


#1
Troy
10-2
.830
7-1
358
196


#2
Florida Atlantic
5-7
.410
5-3
227
326


#3
Arkansas State
8-4
.660
5-3
406
333


#4
North Texas
4-8
.330
4-4
261
370


#5
Florida International
6-6
.500
4-4
325
344


#6
Western Kentucky
5-7
.410
3-5
258
306


#7
UL Monroe
4-8
.330
3-5
219
343


#8
UL Lafayette
4-8
.330
3-5
259
336


#9
Mid Tennessee State
2-10
.160
2-6
201
356





WAC



Rank
Team
Record
Percentage
Conference Record
Points For
Points Against


#1
Fresno State
7-5
.580
6-1
330
230


#2
Nevada
8-4
.660
5-2
409
219


#3
Louisiana Tech
6-6
.500
5-2
250
349


#4
New Mexico State
5-7
.410
4-3
221
368


#5
Idaho
5-7
.410
3-4
241
319


#6
Hawaii
5-7
.410
3-4
316
325


#7
Utah State
3-9
.250
2-5
231
369


#8
San Jose State
0-12
.000
0-7
112
427






Heisman Memorial Trophy

:Heisman_Trophy:



Rank
Player
Position
Team
1st Place Votes
2nd Place Votes
3rd Place Votes
Total Votes


#1
LaMichael James
HB
Oregon
257
191
154
1307


#2
Trent Richardson
HB
Alabama
167
158
165
982


#3
Vick Ballard
HB
Mississippi State
114
156
148
802


#4
EJ Manuel
QB
Florida State
130
121
138
770


#5
Andrew Luck
QB
Stanford
58
82
97
435






Award Winners



Award
Player
Position
Team
Year


:Heisman_Trophy:
LaMichael James
HB
Oregon
Junior (RS)


Maxwell
Case Keenum
QB
Houston
Senior (RS)


Walter Camp
Case Keenum
QB
Houston
Senior (RS)


Bednarik
Brodrick Brown
CB
Oklahoma State
Junior (RS)


Nagurski
Shaun Lewis
ROLB
Oklahoma State
Sophomore


O'Brien
Case Keenum
QB
Houston
Senior (RS)


Walker
Vick Ballard
HB
Mississippi State
Senior


Biletnikoff
Cole Beasley
WR
SMU
Senior


Mackey
Jake Byrne
TE
Wisconsin
Senior


Outland
Alfred McCullough
RT
Alabama
Senior (RS)


Rimington
Jay Finch
C
Georgia Tech
Sophomore (RS)


Lombardi
Darrington Sentimore
LE
Alabama
Sophomore (RS)


Best LB
Shaun Lewis
ROLB
Oklahoma State
Sophomore


Thorpe
Jayron Hosley
CB
Virginia Tech
Junior


Groza
Jake Wieclaw
K
Miami
Junior (RS)


Guy
Cody Mandell
P
Alabama
Sophomore


Best Returner
Jeff Scott
HB
Ole Miss
Sophomore






All Americans

All-NCAA

1st Team



Position
Player
Team
Year

Offense

QB
Case Keenum
Houston
Senior (RS)


HB
Trent Richardson
Alabama
Junior


HB
LaMichael James
Oregon
Junior (RS)


WR
Cody Wilson
Central Michigan
Junior


WR
Cole Beasley
SMU
Senior


TE
Jake Byrne
Wisconsin
Senior


C
Mike Caputo
Nebraska
Senior (RS)


RG
Brandon Washington
Miami (FL)
Junior


RG
Ramsen Golpashin
Oregon
Senior (RS)


RT
Mark Asper
Oregon
Senior (RS)


RT
Alfred McCullough
Alabama
Senior (RS)


Defense

LE
Darrington Sentimore
Alabama
Sophomore (RS)


RE
Brandon Jenkins
Florida State
Junior


DT
Fletcher Cox
Mississippi State
Junior


DT
Alameda Taamu
Washington
Senior


MLB
Donta Hightower
Alabama
Junior (RS)


ROLB
Chris Norman
Michigan State
Junior


ROLB
Shaun Lewis
Oklahoma State
Sophomore


CB
Brodrick Brown
Oklahoma State
Junior (RS)


CB
Jayron Hosley
Oklahoma State
Junior


FS
TJ McDonald
USC
Junior


SS
Brandon Harper
LSU
Senior


K
Kevin Harper
Pittsburgh
Junior (RS)


P
Cody Mandell
Alabama
Sophomore


Returner
Jerrell Gavins
Boise State
Senior





2nd Team



Position
Player
Team
Year

Offense

QB
Kellen Moore
Boise State
Senior (RS)


HB
Adam Dingwell
San Diego State
Sophomore


HB
Vick Ballard
Mississippi State
Senior


WR
Royce Pollard
Hawaii
Senior (RS)


WR
Tyron Carrier
Houston
Senior (RS)


TE
Jake Stoneburner
Ohio State
Junior (RS)


C
Jay Finch
Georgia Tech
Sophomore (RS)


RG
Brent Qvale
Nebraska
Sophomore (RS)


RG
Kevin Zeitler
Wisconsin
Senior


RT
Erik Kohler
Washington
Sophomore


RT
Phil Smith
Georgia Tech
Junior (RS)


Defense

RE
Chancey Aghayere
LSU
Junior (RS)


RE
Ryan Van Bergen
Michigan
Senior (RS)


DT
Josh Chapman
Alabama
Senior (RS)


DT
Patrick Butrym
Wisconsin
Senior (RS)


LOLB
Nico Johnson
Alabama
Junior


LOLB
Darius Fleming
Notre Dame
Senior


MLB
Xavier Lamb
Troy
Senior (RS)


CB
Sheldon Price
UCLA
Junior


CB
Cliff Harris
Oregon
Junior


FS
Jamie Wood
Ohio State
Sophomore (RS)


SS
Austin Cassidy
Nebraska
Senior (RS)


K
Jake Wieclaw
Miami (FL)
Junior (RS)


P
Ben Buchanan
Ohio State
Junior (RS)


Returner
Coryell Judie
Texas A&M
Senior (RS)





Freshman Team



Position
Player
Team
Year

Offense

QB
Evan Ingram
Ole Miss
Freshman (RS)


HB
Kadeem Carey
Arizona
Freshman


HB
Demetrius Hart
Alabama
Freshman


WR
George Farmer
USC
Freshman


WR
DeAnthony Thomas
Oregon
Freshman


TE
Nick OLeary
Florida State
Freshman


LG
Ryan Klachko
Nebraska
Freshman


C
Brian Bobek
Ohio State
Freshman


RG
Colin Tanigawa
Washington
Freshman


RT
Quinterrius Eatmon
USF
Freshman (RS)


RT
Tyler Moore
Nebraska
Freshman


Defense

LE
JaDeveon Clowney
South Carolina
Freshman


RE
Giorgio Newberry
Florida State
Freshman


DT
Chris Hayes
Georgia
Freshman


DT
LaMichael Fanning
Alabama
Freshman


MLB
C.J. Johnson
Ole Miss
Freshman


ROLB
Dominique Petties
Arizona
Freshman


ROLB
Christian French
Oregon
Freshman


CB
Dash Oliver
Cal
Freshman (RS)


CB
James Jones
Houston
Freshman (RS)


FS
Kendrick Market
Mississippi State
Freshman


SS
Hasean Clinton Dix
Alabama
Freshman


K
John Long
Akron
Freshman (RS)


P
Kris Albarado
USC
Freshman


Returner
Brelan Chanellor
North Texas
Freshman (RS)







All-Sun Belt

1st Team



Position
Player
Team
Year

Offense

QB
Ryan Aplin
Arkansas State
Junior (RS)


HB
Lance Dunbar
North Texas
Senior


HB
Darriet Perry
Florida International
Senior


WR
Junior Mertile
Florida International
Junior (RS)


WR
Chip Reeves
Troy
Senior


TE
Kedric Murry
Arkansas State
Junior (RS)


LT
Samuel McRoy
Florida Atlantic
Senior (RS)


LG
Jacob Creech
Troy
Junior (RS)


C
Evan Ruiz
Louisiana-Lafayette
Junior (RS)


RG
Cliff Tolbert
Arkansas State
Junior


RT
Jake Campbell
Arkansas State
Sophomore (RS)


Defense

LE
Jonathan Massaquoi
Troy
Junior (RS)


RE
Jared Clendenin
Western Kentucky
Senior


DT
Joshua Forney
Florida International
Junior


DT
Richard Abbe
North Texas
Sophomore


LOLB
Kanorris Davis
Troy
Junior (RS)


MLB
Xavier Lamb
Troy
Senior (RS)


ROLB
Xavius Boyd
Western Kentucky
Sophomore


CB
Royce Hill
North Texas
Senior


CB
Tausean Holmes
Arkansas State
Junior


FS
Ryan Beard
Western Kentucky
Senior (RS)


SS
Cooper Gerami
Louisiana-Lafayette
Sophomore


K
Michael Taylor
Troy
Senior (RS)


P
Neely Sullivent
Arkansas State
Senior (RS)


Returner
T. Y. Hilton
Florida International
Senior





2nd Team



Position
Player
Team
Year

Offense

QB
Corey Robinson
Troy
Sophomore (RS)


HB
Shawn Southward
Troy
Junior


HB
Bobby Rainey
Western Kentucky
Senior (RS)


WR
Darius Carey
North Texas
Junior


WR
Dwayne Frampton
Arkansas State
Senior


TE
Jim Teknipp
Troy
Sophomore (RS)


LT
Delano Moore
Arkansas State
Senior (RS)


LG
Alan Wright
Arkansas State
Sophomore


C
Josh Allen
Louisiana-Monroe
Sophomore


RG
Jonathan Gill
Louisiana-Monroe
Junior (RS)


RT
Kyle Wilborn
Troy
Junior (RS)


Defense

LE
Nate Douglas
Louisiana-Lafayette
Senior (RS)


RE
Aaron Davis
Florida International
Senior


DT
Aaron Williams
Troy
Sophomore (RS)


DT
Tony Davis
Troy
Junior (RS)


LOLB
DeMario Davis
Arkansas State
Senior (RS)


MLB
Jason Edwards
Louisiana-Monroe
Senior (RS)


ROLB
Donnell Golden
Troy
Senior (RS)


CB
Bryan Willis
Troy
Junior (RS)


CB
Darron Edwards
Arkansas State
Senior


FS
Jaquan Kilcrease
Arkansas State
Senior (RS)


SS
Cam Hudson
Troy
Sophomore


K
Bobby Zalud
Arkansas State
Sophomore


P
Will Goggans
Troy
Senior (RS)


Returner
Derek Lawson
Arkansas State
Senior (RS)

SmoothPancakes
08-02-2011, 10:05 AM
2011 Conference Champions


ConferenceTeamRecordConference RecordCCG LoserRecordConference Record
:ACC::Miami:10-38-1:Florida_State:11-27-2
:Big_12::Oklahoma_State:11-18-1 [/td]
:Big_East::Pitt:10-26-1
:Big_Ten::Nebraska:12-19-0:Wisconsin:10-37-2
:CUSA::Southern_Miss:12-19-1:Houston:12-19-1
:MAC::Miami_OH:10-38-1:Central_Michigan:8-56-3
:Mountain_West::Boise_State:12-07-0
:Pac_12::Oregon:12-110-0:Arizona:8-56-4
:SEC::South_Carolina:9-46-3:Alabama:12-18-1
:Sun_Belt::Troy:10-27-1
:WAC::Fresno_State:7-56-1 [td]

souljahbill
08-02-2011, 11:23 AM
2011 Conference Champions


ConferenceTeamRecordConference RecordCCG LoserRecordConference Record
:ACC::Miami:10-38-1:Florida_State:11-27-2
:Big_12::Oklahoma_State:11-18-1 [/td]
:Big_East::Pitt:10-26-1
:Big_Ten::Nebraska:12-19-0:Wisconsin:10-37-2
:CUSA::Southern_Miss:12-19-1:Houston:12-19-1
:MAC::Miami_OH:10-38-1:Central_Michigan:8-56-3
:Mountain_West::Boise_State:12-07-0
:Pac_12::Oregon:12-110-0:Arizona:8-56-4
:SEC::South_Carolina:9-46-3:Alabama:12-18-1
:Sun_Belt::Troy:10-27-1
:WAC::Fresno_State:7-56-1 [td]



Hell yeah!

Southern Miss, To The Top!



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SmoothPancakes
08-02-2011, 02:14 PM
Hell yeah!

Southern Miss, To The Top!



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:D Yeah, They had a heck of a season. I knew they were going to be a good and dangerous team, but I hadn't been expecting 12-1 and C-USA champions good. Nice job by the Golden Eagles. :up:

SmoothPancakes
08-02-2011, 05:54 PM
2011 Bowl Season Rundown


Bowl GameConferenceRecordTeamTeamRecordConferenceDate/Result
:New_Mexico_Bowl::Big_12:6-6 (3-6):Texas:vs.:Central_Michigan:8-5 (6-3):MAC:12/19 - 3:00PM
:Beef_O_Bradys_Bowl::CUSA:7-5 (5-4):UCF:vs.:Connecticut:7-5 (2-5):Big_East:12/19- 8:00PM
:New_Orleans_Bowl::CUSA:6-6 (4-5):UTEP:vs.:Troy:10-2 (7-1):Sun_Belt:12/20 - 8:30PM
:Las_Vegas_Bowl::Big_12:7-5 (5-4):Colorado:vs.(14) :TCU:10-2 (6-1):Mountain_West:12/22 - 8:00PM
:Poinsettia_Bowl::WAC:6-6 (5-2):Louisiana_Tech:vs.:San_Diego_State:9-3 (5-2):Mountain_West:12/23 - 5:00PM
:Hawaii_Bowl::MAC:6-6 (4-4):Kent_State:vs.:Nevada:8-4 (5-2):WAC:12/24 - 3:00PM
:LittleCaesars_Bowl::Big_Ten:6-6 (2-6):Illinois:vs.:Temple:9-3 (7-1):MAC:12/26 - 2:00PM
:Belk_Bowl::ACC:7-5 (5-3):Duke:vs.:Cincinnati:7-5 (4-3):Big_East:12/26 - 4:30PM
:Fight_Hunger_Bowl::Sun_Belt:6-6 (4-4):FIU:vs.:USC:8-4 (5-4):Pac_12:12/26 - 8:00PM
:Music_City_Bowl::SEC:6-6 (3-5):Tennessee:vs.:Georgia_Tech:9-3 (5-3):ACC:12/27 - 8:30PM
:Independence_Bowl::Mountain_West:8-4 (4-3):Air_Force:vs.:Maryland:7-5 (4-4):ACC:12/28 - 4:30PM
:Military_Bowl::MAC:7-5 (6-2):Northern_Illinois:vs.:Army::8-4:Independent12/29 - 4:30PM
:Champs_Sports_Bowl::Big_East:10-2 (6-1)(25) :USF:vs.(22) :Virginia_Tech:9-3 (6-2):ACC:12/29 - 8:00PM
:Humanitarian_Bowl::MAC:10-2 (6-2):Ohio:vs.:Fresno_State:7-5 (6-1):WAC:12/30 - 2:00PM
:Holiday_Bowl::Big_12:7-5 (5-4):Texas_Tech:vs.(18) :Washington:9-3 (6-3):Pac_12:12/30 - 5:00PM
:Sun_Bowl::Pac_12:8-5 (6-4):Arizona:vs.:NC_State:9-3 (5-3):ACC:12/31 - 12:00PM
:Armed_Forces_Bowl::Pac_12:7-5 (4-5):Oregon_State:vs.:Colorado_State:7-5 (3-4):Mountain_West:12/31 - 12:00PM
:Liberty_Bowl::Big_East:6-6 (3-4):Syracuse:vs.(23) :Southern_Miss:12-1 (9-1):CUSA:12/31 - 2:00PM
:Texas_Bowl::Big_Ten:7-5 (4-4):Penn_State:vs.:Missouri:7-5 (4-5):Big_12:12/31 - 2:00PM
:Insight_Bowl::Big_12:8-4 (5-4):Kansas_State:vs.:Iowa:7-5 (4-4):Big_Ten:12/31 - 6:00PM
:Chick_fil_A_Bowl::SEC:7-5 (4-5):Arkansas:vs.(12) :Florida_State:11-2 (7-2):ACC:12/31 - 7:30PM
:Outback_Bowl::SEC:10-2 (6-2)(7) :Mississippi_State:vs.(10) :Ohio_State:10-2 (6-2):Big_Ten:1/1 - 11:00AM
:Capital_One_Bowl::SEC:10-2 (6-2)(8) :LSU:vs.(19) :Wisconsin:10-3 (7-2):Big_Ten:1/1 - 1:00PM
:Gator_Bowl::SEC:7-5 (3-5):Ole_Miss:vs.:Michigan:8-4 (4-4):Big_Ten:1/1 - 1:00PM
:TicketCity_Bowl::CUSA:12-1 (9-1)(16) :Houston:vs.:Northwestern:6-6 (3-5):Big_Ten:1/1 - 3:30PM
:Alamo_Bowl::Big_12:9-3 (7-2)(13) :Oklahoma:vs.(20) :Stanford:9-3 (7-2):Pac_12:1/2 - 8:00PM
:GoDaddycom_Bowl::MAC:10-3 (8-1):Miami_OH:vs.:Arkansas_State:8-4 (5-3):Sun_Belt:1/6 - 6:00PM
:Cotton_Bowl::SEC:8-4 (4-4)(24) :Auburn:vs.(15) :Texas_A&M:8-4 (8-1):Big_12:1/6 - 8:00PM
:BBVA_Compass_Bowl::Mountain_West:7-5 (4-4):Utah:vs.:Florida:6-6 (3-5):SEC:1/8 - 2:00PM




2011 BCS Bowls

Bowl GameConferenceRecordTeamTeamRecordConferenceDate/Result
:Rose_Bowl::Big_Ten:12-1 (9-0)(4) :Nebraska:vs.(3) :Oregon:12-1 (10-0):Pac_12:1/2 - 5:00PM
:Sugar_Bowl::SEC:9-4 (6-3)(21) :South_Carolina:vs.(17) :Pitt:10-2 (6-1):Big_East:1/2 - 8:00PM
:Orange_Bowl::ACC:10-3 (8-1)(11) :Miami:vs.(9) :SMU:11-1 (8-1):CUSA:1/3 - 8:00PM
:Fiesta_Bowl::Big_Ten:10-2 (6-2)(5) :Michigan_State:vs.(6) :Alabama:12-1 (8-1):SEC:1/4 - 8:00PM
:BCS_Trophy::Big_12:11-1 (8-1)(2) :Oklahoma_State:vs.(1) :Boise_State:12-0 (7-0):Mountain_West:1/9 - 8:00PM

SmoothPancakes
08-02-2011, 05:56 PM
And the winner of the "Got Screwed Out of a Bowl Game" contest is...

:Bowling_Green:

The Bowling Green Falcons, 6-6 (4-4) for the season, end up the odd man out in the game of musical bowls. 68 bowl slots, 69 eligible teams, the BGSU Falcons get screwed.


Other bowl news, the Mountain West, thanks to Boise State, crashes the BCS Title Game. If Boise State wins the national championship, I may make the Mountain West an automatic qualifier next season. I'll have to think about it. And Conference-USA crashes the BCS party, with SMU representing in the Orange Bowl against Miami (FL), despite having not even played in Conference-USA championship game. God bless going 11-0 to start the season and getting high in the top 10 before losing.

morsdraconis
08-02-2011, 09:29 PM
And the winner of the "Got Screwed Out of a Bowl Game" contest is...

:Bowling_Green:

The Bowling Green Falcons, 6-6 (4-4) for the season, end up the odd man out in the game of musical bowls. 68 bowl slots, 69 eligible teams, the BGSU Falcons get screwed.


Other bowl news, the Mountain West, thanks to Boise State, crashes the BCS Title Game. If Boise State wins the national championship, I may make the Mountain West an automatic qualifier next season. I'll have to think about it. And Conference-USA crashes the BCS party, with SMU representing in the Orange Bowl against Miami (FL), despite having not even played in Conference-USA championship game. God bless going 11-0 to start the season and getting high in the top 10 before losing.

In one of my simmed seasons, it was SMU vs TCU in the BCS Title Game. I had to laugh as I only wish something that amazing happened in real life, but the SEC Commissioner, Big Ten Commissioner, and the PAC-12 Commissioner would put too much money in someone's pocket to make that not happen.

souljahbill
08-02-2011, 10:18 PM
The teams I'm rooting for
:Southern_Miss: - Naturally
:FIU: - I'm hoping for a "moral victory"
:LSU: - Living in Baton Rouge, things are better here in the city when they win
:Boise_State: - Because that would just be awesome


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SmoothPancakes
08-02-2011, 10:57 PM
The teams I'm rooting for
:Southern_Miss: - Naturally
:FIU: - I'm hoping for a "moral victory"
:LSU: - Living in Baton Rouge, things are better here in the city when they win
:Boise_State: - Because that would just be awesome


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Nice. Glad to see FIU on there. Not sure if I'll be able to pull it off. I got whooped by the likes of UCF, Louisville, Troy, and Arkansas State this season, and USC is easily better than all of them. So it's not looking too promising. But weirder things have happened. Before the season, I never thought I'd even stay in contention with Duke, much less win.

I'm probably going to start simming some of the bowl games later on tonight, though I'm not planning on posting anything regarding bowl results until after I've played and posted my game results vs. USC. That, probably won't happen until tomorrow sometime.

souljahbill
08-02-2011, 11:49 PM
Nice. Glad to see FIU on there. Not sure if I'll be able to pull it off. I got whooped by the likes of UCF, Louisville, Troy, and Arkansas State this season, and USC is easily better than all of them. So it's not looking too promising. But weirder things have happened. Before the season, I never thought I'd even stay in contention with Duke, much less win.

I'm probably going to start simming some of the bowl games later on tonight, though I'm not planning on posting anything regarding bowl results until after I've played and posted my game results vs. USC. That, probably won't happen until tomorrow sometime.

Of course I'd root for you to win (even if it's a longshot).


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SmoothPancakes
08-03-2011, 06:30 AM
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

:FIU: :@: :USC:



Game Notes


--- This was it. Everything we had worked for all season. Despite an unfavorable bowl slot against a powerhouse team like USC, we were as ready as we would ever be. Coming in at 6-6, USC at 8-4, we had to win if we wanted to send our seniors out with a winning season. It was going to be difficult however, with our star halfback, Darriet Perry, out for the game with a broken elbow, and our second string halfback, Darrian Mallary, listed as probable after being out for much of the year with a broken tailbone. This looked to be one we’d have to fight through the air. There was nothing but sun today and a light 5 MPH wind, so weather wasn’t going to have an effect on the results. We won the coin toss and elected to kick. May our defense actually show up today.

Somehow, by god, our defense stopped the Trojans offense. A sack for a loss of 7 yards on 1st down and a holding penalty on 3rd and 5 proved too much to overcome, even after completing passes of 13 and 12 to make up those lost yards. The Trojans would punt for the first time today from our 48 yard line on 4th and 2. The USC defense meanwhile, was more than ready for us, as we would only gain a paltry 6 yards before punting the ball back. Or maybe not. A 5 yard encroachment penalty on 4th and 4, and our offense found life again. But, three straight incomplete passes, and this time we would actually punt. It turned out we weren’t the only ones stuck in neutral. The USC offense was unable to get anything going on their second drive, ultimately gaining only 2 yards before punting the ball right back to our offense. Mallary was able to find some yards on the ground, however, a WR screen pass on 3rd and 2 would only net us one yard, and our punt team returned to the field once again.

Our defense showed a moment of weakness, giving up a 24 yard pass on 3rd and 10, but they quickly buckled down, and with the help of a holding penalty, were able to force the Trojans to punt in a 4th and 20 situation from their own 25. Finally, on our third offensive possession of the game, we were able to achieve our first 1st down of the game, thanks to a 7 yard pass to Jonathan Faucher. The USC defense meanwhile showed it was going to be nigh impossible to find any success on the ground. Things would then quickly come crashing down for our offense, as a pass attempt on 3rd and 6 was intercepted by the USC defense, giving the Trojans the ball back at the 50 yard line. Our defense however continued to be our savior, allowing only 7 yards over the three downs, forcing another USC punt. Wide Receiver Junior Mertile would come through big for us, hauling in a 19 yard pass on 1st down to get our offense kick started and get us away from our 20 yard line. A 12 yard pass to Dudley LaPorte on 2nd down and we were able to reach the 50 yard line. Unfortunately, Wesley Carroll threw his second interception of the game, brought down by the Trojan defender at the USC 38 yard line, and that would kill our offensive drive, and the first quarter.

Start of the second quarter, and our defense finally broke. USC needed only 7 plays to drive 62 yards before finding the end zone. It was now up to our offense to try and find an answer and respond. Our offense would fail to reply. A quick three and out, and the ball was punted back into the hands of a potent and dangerous Trojan offense. USC would need a couple more than just 7 plays this time, but the result was the same, as the offense drive 66 yards down the field and scored another touchdown to expand their lead. I suppose one shining string of hope from that USC drive, was that their kicker missed the extra point, making their lead only 13 rather than 14. Small victories I suppose. Our offense still couldn’t figure out a way to beat the USC defense, as another offensive drive ended in a very quick three and out and another punt. Our defense finally again found their footing, forcing Matt Barkley to throw away three straight passes from our 40 yard line, and force the Trojans to punt the ball. While we would actually manage to gain 7 yards this drive, it ended like every previous drive had, us punting the ball away.

Our defense continued holding tough after finding their strength again, and forced another quick three and out of the Trojans offense. With less than 3 minutes left in the first half, our offense had to do something this time if we wanted any hope of even staying close in this game. This time, our offense finally came alive, as we were able to start connecting on medium range passes against the USC defense. We were able to piece together an 11 play, 80 yard drive before eventually stalling out on the USC 4 yard line. We would finally get on the scoreboard as Jack Griffin kicked a 21 yard field goal with 6 seconds left to play in the 1st half.

Start of the second half, and we were receiving the ball. This was potentially the drive of the game for us. If we could score here, it would put us right back into the thick of things. The Trojan defense continued to be a thorn in the side of our running game, and a secondary ready for the pass, shut us down after only three plays. USC’s offense was ready to move in for the kill, driving 62 yards in a mere 4 plays to score another touchdown. A penalty on the kicking team gave us great field position on our own 43 yard line to start our next drive. Unfortunately we wouldn’t even get to fully run one play, as Mallary fumbled the ball during a run play, to which the USC defense picked it up and ran it clear down to our 13 yard line before Carroll was able to catch up and tackle the defender. Two rushes later, and USC had another touchdown.

We would manage to drive the ball 34 yards out to the USC 46 yard line on our next drive, unfortunately, we failed to convert on 3rd and inches as USC once again slaughtered our running attack, and we were forced to punt for yet another time. USC refused to let up, driving 80 yards in 9 plays for their 5th touchdown of the game. A 15 yard penalty on the kickoff team once again gave us great field position as we started our offensive drive at our own 48 yard line. Our offense would catch a huge break, as USC stacked the box and pinched down the defensive line, ready for the run play we had just called. A quick audible to a pass, and Carroll was able to connect with Jacob Younger for a 46 yard gain, carrying us all the way down to the USC 6 yard line. A quick pass from Carroll to Wayne Times, and we finally found the end zone for the first time of the game with 2:50 left to play in the 3rd quarter.

While it ultimately may not affect the outcome of the game, it was certainly a small victory for our offense. Our defense looked like they were about to once again fold up and collapse to the USC offense, they finally settled down after USC made it as far as our 35 yard line, forcing a loss of a yard and putting USC into a 4th and 11 situation. An incomplete pass on 4th down, and our defense had done their job. We would advance the ball 8 yards, before our punt team came out yet again. It’s a shame it’s the end of the season. Our punt team is getting one heck of a workout that could have came in handy at the start of the year. Despite giving up a 21 yard pass on 1st down to end the 3rd quarter, our defense held their own once again, forcing a USC punt thanks to a sack on 3rd down. Unfortunately for us, our first offensive drive of the 4th quarter ended much the same as our last offensive drive of the 3rd quarter. A quick three and out, and it was back to the sidelines for our offense.

Despite draining the game clock to less than 5 minutes during their ensuing offensive drive, the Trojans were not about to take it easy on us, as they proceeded to score another touchdown after a 71 yard drive with 4:48 left in the game. Trying to keep some team morale up, and trying to actually find another first down, Carroll was able to hit T.Y. Hilton along the right sideline, and thanks to a missed diving tackle by the cornerback, Hilton was able to race 57 yards up the sideline before being tackled at the USC 12. We would get down as far as the USC 2 yard line before an incomplete pass forced us into a 4th and 2 situation. With only 3:24 left in the game, Coach Cristobal decided to let us go for it. Unfortunately, it would end up being intercepted in the end zone. The Trojan offense appeared to not care what the score was or how little time was left, driving right down the field on our defense, making it all the way down to our 1 yard line before time would finally run out before they could attempt to score another touchdown.

With the loss, we end our season with a 6-7 record, certainly not the way, and memories, we wanted to say goodbye to our seniors with. With the win, USC ends their year with a 9-4 record.




Final Score
:USC: 40, :FIU: 10



Stat(s) of the Game:
FIU Offense – Only 11 first downs. 21 yards rushing on 18 carries. 1 for 14 on 3rd down conversions. 4 turnovers.
FIU Defense – While we were playing the USC freaking Trojans, still gave up just barely shy of 600 yards total offense.



Scoring Summary



Team
1st Quarter
2nd Quarter
3rd Quarter
4th Quarter
Final Score


:FIU:

0


3


7


0


10



:USC:

0


13


21


6


40






Team
Result
Play
Score



First Quarter











Second Quarter




:USC:
Touchdown
M. Tyler, 1 yard run (A. Heidari kick)
:USC: 7-0


:USC:
Touchdown
B. Carswell, 3 yard pass from M. Barkley (missed kick)
:USC: 13-0


:FIU:
Field Goal
J. Griffin, 20 yard field goal
:USC: 13-3









Third Quarter




:USC:
Touchdown
B. Butler, 1 yard pass from M. Barkley (A. Heidari kick)
:USC: 20-3


:USC:
Touchdown
M. Tyler, 7 yard run (A. Heidari kick)
:USC: 27-3


:USC:
Touchdown
B. Butler, 18 yard pass from M. Barkley (A. Heidari kick)
:USC: 34-3


:FIU:
Touchdown
W. Times, 6 yard pass from W. Carroll (J. Griffin kick)
:USC: 34-10









Fourth Quarter




:USC:
Touchdown
H. Simmons, 7 yard pass from M. Barkley (missed kick)
:USC: 40-10





Game Stats



Florida International
Stat
USC


10
Score
40


11
First Downs
26


314
Total Offense
595


18-21-0
Rushes - Yards - TD
46-221-2


20-42-1
Comp - Att - TD
27-44-4


293
Passing Yards
374


0
Times Sacked
3


1-14 (7%)
3rd Down Conv
12-20 (60%)


0-1 (00%)
4th Down Conv
0-1 (0%)


0-0 (0%)
2-Point Conv
0-0 (0%)


5-1-1 (40%)
Red Zone - TD - FG
9-6-0 (66%)


4
Turnovers
0


1
Fumbles Losts
0


3
Intercepted
0


19
Punt Return Yards
44


139
Kick Return Yards
63


472
Total Yards
702


9 - 44.9
Punts - Average
7 - 44.7


5 - 36
Penalties
6 - 58


16:17
Time of Possession
19:43





Florida International Contract Goals Update



Fail Impact
Goal
Progress
Pass Impact


:3redarrow:
500+ rushing yards in each season
1/3 Passed
:3greenarrow:



Win 8 games in one season
6
:3greenarrow:



2000+ total offensive yards in each season
1/3 Passed
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
7+ passing TD in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:



10+ points per game in each season
25 PPG
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
2400+ total offensive yards in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:


:2redarrow:
Win 4 games in one season
:check:
:1greenarrow:


:6redarrow:
2000+ total offensive yards in one season
:check:






Job Security Status

63%

SmoothPancakes
08-03-2011, 06:41 AM
2011 Bowl Results Rundown


Bowl GameConferenceRecordWinning TeamResultLosing TeamRecordConference
:New_Mexico_Bowl::Big_12:7-6 (3-6):Texas:31-17:Central_Michigan:8-6 (6-3):MAC:
:Beef_O_Bradys_Bowl::Big_East:8-5 (2-5):Connecticut:24-12:UCF:7-6 (5-4):CUSA:
:New_Orleans_Bowl::CUSA:7-6 (4-5):UTEP:31-21:Troy:10-3 (7-1):Sun_Belt:
:Las_Vegas_Bowl::Mountain_West:11-2 (6-1)(14) :TCU:51-14:Colorado:7-6 (5-4):Big_12:
:Poinsettia_Bowl::Mountain_West:10-3 (5-2):San_Diego_State:49-31:Louisiana_Tech:6-7 (5-2):WAC:
:Hawaii_Bowl::WAC:9-4 (5-2):Nevada:44-10:Kent_State:6-7 (4-4):MAC:
:LittleCaesars_Bowl::Big_Ten:7-6 (2-6):Illinois:38-9:Temple:9-4 (7-1):MAC:
:Belk_Bowl::ACC:8-5 (5-3):Duke:31-28:Cincinnati:7-6 (4-3):Big_East:
:Fight_Hunger_Bowl::Pac_12:9-4 (5-4):USC:40-10:FIU:6-7 (4-4):Sun_Belt:
:Music_City_Bowl::ACC:10-3 (5-3):Georgia_Tech:38-13:Tennessee:6-7 (3-5):SEC:
:Independence_Bowl::ACC:8-5 (4-4):Maryland:31-14:Air_Force:8-5 (4-3):Mountain_West:
:Military_Bowl::MAC:8-5 (6-2):Northern_Illinois:21-7:Army::8-4:Independent
:Champs_Sports_Bowl::ACC:10-3 (6-2)(22) :Virginia_Tech:22-0(25) :USF:10-3 (6-1):Big_East:
:Humanitarian_Bowl::MAC:11-2 (6-2):Ohio:29-17:Fresno_State:7-6 (6-1):WAC:
:Holiday_Bowl::Pac_12:10-3 (6-3)(18) :Washington:34-15:Texas_Tech:7-6 (5-4):Big_12:
:Sun_Bowl::ACC:10-3 (5-3):NC_State:35-21:Arizona:8-6 (6-4):Pac_12:
:Armed_Forces_Bowl::Pac_12:8-5 (4-5):Oregon_State:20-10:Colorado_State:7-6 (3-4):Mountain_West:
:Liberty_Bowl::CUSA:13-1 (9-1)(23) :Southern_Miss:38-27:Syracuse:6-7 (3-4):Big_East:
:Texas_Bowl::Big_Ten:8-5 (4-4):Penn_State:28-21:Missouri:7-6 (4-5):Big_12:
:Insight_Bowl::Big_Ten:8-5 (4-4):Iowa:38-17:Kansas_State:8-5 (5-4):Big_12:
:Chick_fil_A_Bowl::ACC:12-2 (7-2)(12) :Florida_State:38-14:Arkansas:7-6 (4-5):SEC:
:Outback_Bowl::SEC:11-2 (6-2)(7) :Mississippi_State:38-13(10) :Ohio_State:10-3 (6-2):Big_Ten:
:Capital_One_Bowl::SEC:11-2 (6-2)(8) :LSU:27-17(19) :Wisconsin:10-4 (7-2):Big_Ten:
:Gator_Bowl::SEC:8-5 (3-5):Ole_Miss:24-10:Michigan:8-5 (4-4):Big_Ten:
:TicketCity_Bowl::Big_Ten:7-6 (3-5):Northwestern:27-7(16) :Houston:12-2 (9-1):CUSA:
:Alamo_Bowl::Big_12:10-3 (7-2)(13) :Oklahoma:31-21(20) :Stanford:9-4 (7-2):Pac_12:
:GoDaddycom_Bowl::Sun_Belt:9-4 (5-3):Arkansas_State:22-17:Miami_OH:10-4 (8-1):MAC:
:Cotton_Bowl::Big_12:9-4 (8-1)(15) :Texas_A&M:31-3(24) :Auburn:8-5 (4-4):SEC:
:BBVA_Compass_Bowl::Mountain_West:8-5 (4-4):Utah:33-14:Florida:6-7 (3-5):SEC:




2011 BCS Bowls


Bowl GameConferenceRecordWinning TeamResultLosing TeamRecordConference
:Rose_Bowl::Big_Ten:13-1 (9-0)(4) :Nebraska:42-35(3) :Oregon:12-2 (10-0):Pac_12:
:Sugar_Bowl::SEC:10-4 (6-3)(21) :South_Carolina:24-14(17) :Pitt:10-3 (6-1):Big_East:
:Orange_Bowl::ACC:11-3 (8-1)(11) :Miami:45-3(9) :SMU:11-2 (8-1):CUSA:
:Fiesta_Bowl::Big_Ten:11-2 (6-2)(5) :Michigan_State:34-13(6) :Alabama:12-2 (8-1):SEC:
:BCS_Trophy::Mountain_West:13-0 (7-0)(1) :Boise_State:52-28(2) :Oklahoma_State:11-2 (8-1):Big_12:

SmoothPancakes
08-03-2011, 06:59 AM
2011 Bowl Challenge Cup Standings


RankConferenceBowl TeamsBowl RecordPercentageTeams in AP Poll
1:ACC:77-01.0003
2:Big_Ten:96-3.6604
3:Mountain_West:64-2.6602
4:Pac_12:63-3.5003
5:SEC:94-5.4405
6:CUSA:52-3.4003
7:Big_12:83-5.3753
8:MAC:62-4.3300
9:WAC:31-2.3300
10:Sun_Belt:31-2.3300
11:Big_East:51-4.2002
12Independents*10-1.0000



* - Ineligible for Bowl Challenge Cup

SmoothPancakes
08-03-2011, 07:08 AM
So there you go. I got whooped by USC (easily expected), Boise State is your 2011 National Champions, and the ACC goes a perfect 7-0 in their bowl games, easily winning the 2011 Bowl Challenge Cup over 2nd place Big Ten.

Also, based on the results of the bowl games, I think Mountain West will be becoming an automatic BCS qualifier next year. With Nevada and Fresno State (1-1 in 2011 bowl games) coming over to the Mountain West in 2012, Boise State winning the National Championship, and the Mountain West going 4-2 this year and finishing 3rd in the Bowl Challenge Cup, even with the loss of TCU to the Big East, I think the Mountain West has earned their spot after this season.

morsdraconis
08-03-2011, 10:00 AM
Tough break man. Fought the good fight, but just didn't have enough to pull it out. Sucks that your talented RB was injured. I somehow missed that happening earlier in the year.

SmoothPancakes
08-04-2011, 12:47 AM
Tough break man. Fought the good fight, but just didn't have enough to pull it out. Sucks that your talented RB was injured. I somehow missed that happening earlier in the year.

Thanks man. Yeah, we lost our star RB Perry in the 1st quarter of the Mid Tennessee State game. I knew not having him was going to hurt against USC. Perry was rated 79 overall, his backup, Mallary, was only 71, so while it wasn't a massive difference between the two, it was still big enough to absolutely screw our running game against a hard defense like USC.

SmoothPancakes
08-04-2011, 01:10 AM
2011 Coaching Carousel

TeamPositionPrevious CoachReason LeftNew CoachPrevious TeamPrevious PositionO/D Style
:Georgia_Tech:Defensive CoordinatorAl GrohRetiredMike Archer:NC_State:Defensive Coordinator4-3
:NC_State:Defensive CoordinatorMike ArcherLeft for Georgia Tech DC jobBill McGovern:BC:Defensive Coordinator4-3
:Rice:Head CoachDavid BailiffFiredMatt Canada:Northern_Illinois:Offensive CoordinatorNorthern Illinois (Pistol)/4-3
:San_Jose_State:Head CoachMike MacIntyreFiredRandy Clements:Baylor:Offensive CoordinatorBaylor (Spread)/4-3
:Akron:Head CoachRob IanelloFiredPaul Petrino:Illinois:Offensive CoordinatorIllinois (Multiple)/4-3
:FAU:Head CoachHoward SchnellenbergerFiredDave Yost:Missouri:Offensive CoordinatorMissouri (Spread)/4-3
:Illinois:Offensive CoordinatorPaul PetrinoLeft for Akron HC jobDoug Nussmeier:Washington:Offensive CoordinatorWashington (Pro)
:Missouri:Offensive CoordinatorDave YostLeft for Florida Atlantic HC jobNeal Mazzone:Arizona_State:Offensive CoordinatorArizona State (Air Raid)
:North_Texas:Head CoachDan McCarneyFiredVance Bedford:Louisville:Defensive CoordinatorLouisville (Spread)/4-3
:UAB:Head CoachNeil CallawayFiredBob Fraser:Rutgers:Defensive CoordinatorRutgers (Pro)/4-3
:Utah_State:Head CoachGary AndersonFiredIan Shields:Army:Offensive CoordinatorArmy (Option)/4-3
:Washington:Offensive CoordinatorDoug NussmeierLeft for Illinois OC jobWillie Simmons:MTSU:Offensive CoordinatorMTSU (Air Raid)
:Arizona_State:Offensive CoordinatorNoel MazzoneLeft for Missouri OC jobMike Sabock:Western_Michigan:Offensive CoordinatorWestern Michigan (Pro)
:BC:Defensive CoordinatorBill McGovernLeft for NC State DC jobBill Busch:Utah_State:Defensive Coordinator4-3
:Central_Michigan:Defensive CoordinatorJoe TumpkinFiredDan McCarney:North_Texas:Head Coach4-3
:Louisville:Defensive CoordinatorVance BedfordLeft for North Texas HC jobJoe Tumpkin:Central_Michigan:Defensive Coordinator4-3
:Rutgers:Defensive CoordinatorBob FraserLeft for UAB HC jobKerry LoweNoneNone4-2-5
:Temple:Offensive CoordinatorScot LoefflerFiredHoward Schnellenberger:FAU:Head CoachFlorida Atlantic (Pro)
:Northern_Illinois:Offensive CoordinatorMatt CanadaLeft for Rice HC jobSteve Axman:Idaho:Offensive CoordinatorIdaho (One Back)
:Baylor:Offensive CoordinatorRandy ClementsLeft for San Jose State HC jobGrant Heard:Arkansas_State:Offensive CoordinatorArkansas State (Spread)
:Army:Offensive CoordinatorIan ShieldsLeft for Utah State HC jobTim Landis:San_Jose_State:Offensive CoordinatorSan Jose State (Pistol)
:Arkansas_State:Offensive CoordinatorGrant HeardLeft for Baylor OC jobScot Loeffler:Temple:Offensive CoordinatorTemple (Spread)
:Memphis:Offensive CoordinatorEric PriceFiredNeil Callaway:UAB:Head CoachUAB (Spread)
:Utah_State:Defensive CoordinatorBill BuschLeft for Boston College DC jobMike MacIntyre:San_Jose_State:Head Coach4-3
:MTSU:Offensive CoordinatorWillie SimmonsLeft for Washington OC jobEric Price:Memphis:Offensive CoordinatorMemphis (Spread)
:Idaho:Offensive CoordinatorSteve AxmanLeft of Northern Illinois OC jobRob Ianello:Akron:Head CoachAkron (Pro)
:San_Jose_State:Offensive CoordinatorTim LandisLeft for Army OC jobMatt CobbNoneNoneOhio (Pistol)
:Western_Michigan:Offensive CoordinatorMike SabockLeft for Arizona State OC jobMike WashingtonNoneNoneBowling Green (Multiple)





Coaching Carousel Notes

- :FIU: - Florida International Head Coach Mario Cristobal had his contract extended for two seasons.


- :Central_Michigan:, :Louisville: and :North_Texas: - Were involved in a three-way coaching change.

:North_Texas: fired their head coach and hired :Louisville:'s defensive coordinator.
:Central_Michigan: fired their defensive coordinator and hired :North_Texas:'s former head coach.
:Louisville:, after losing their defensive coordinator to :North_Texas:, went out and hired :Central_Michigan:'s former defensive coordinator to fill the job.




Jobs I Was in the Running For

TeamPositionCandidate RankOffered Job
:Northern_Illinois:Offensive Coordinator2nd CandidateNo
:Baylor:Offensive Coordinator2nd CandidateYes (Declined)
:Army:Offensive Coordinator2nd CandidateYes (Declined)
:Memphis:Offensive CoordinatorTop CandidateYes (Declined)
:Arkansas_State:Offensive Coordinator2nd CandidateYes (Declined)
:MTSU:Offensive Coordinator2nd CandidateYes (Declined)
:Idaho:Offensive Coordinator2nd CandidateYes (Declined)
:San_Jose_State:Offensive CoordinatorTop (only) CandidateYes (Declined)
:Western_Michigan:Offensive CoordinatorTop (only) CandidateYes (Declined)





Teams Changing Offensive Styles

TeamPrevious Offensive StyleNew Offensive Style
:Akron:ProMultiple
:Arizona_State:Air RaidPro
:Army:OptionPistol
:FAU:ProSpread
:Idaho:One BackPro
:Illinois:MultiplePro
:MTSU:Air RaidSpread
:Missouri:SpreadAir Raid
:Northern_Illinois:PistolOne Back
:Rice:SpreadPistol
:San_Jose_State: (HC)PistolSpread
:San_Jose_State: (OC)SpreadPistol
:Temple:SpreadPro
:Utah_State:SpreadOption
:Washington:ProAir Raid
:Western_Michigan:ProMultiple





Changes of Note

:Arizona_State:Air Raid to Pro
:Army:Option to Pistol
:Utah_State:Spread to Option
:Washington:Pro to Air Raid

SmoothPancakes
08-04-2011, 01:25 AM
It's going to be interesting this year watching Arizona State, Army, Utah State, and Washington try to make those transitions on offense. :popcorn:

Also, San Jose State is correct. They changed to a Spread offense when they hired their new head coach, then they went back to a Pistol offense with the hiring of their new offensive coordinator.

As well, damn my rules forbidding me from taking another job until the end of my contract! :bang: The offers I received from Arkansas State, Army, Baylor, Idaho and Western Michigan, I would have instantly jumped ship for if I was allowed to.

JerzeyReign
08-04-2011, 03:02 AM
I thought :Temple: was doing well?

Good stuff nonetheless...

SmoothPancakes
08-04-2011, 03:10 AM
I thought :Temple: was doing well?

Good stuff nonetheless...

They were, but apparently their OC failed too many of his goals, because that was the reason he was fired. Unfortunately, it doesn't let you see what the fired coach's contract was, only the hired coach's.

SmoothPancakes
08-04-2011, 03:58 AM
That sucks. I had a :4star: Tackle and :4star: Athlete both show up for me as Pink Gems during week 2 of off-season recruiting. Only problem was, I used up the last of my scholarships in week 2. :(

Their :sparq: ratings of 73.00 and 66.00 blew the Sparq ratings of my committed recruits out of the water. Oh what I could have done with them. :(

SmoothPancakes
08-04-2011, 04:51 AM
2011-2012 Off-Season


Players Leaving

PlayerPositionOverallYearReasonOverall of Next Player
T.Y. HiltonWR84SRGraduation72
Wesley CarrollQB79SR (RS)Graduation68
Darriet PerryHB76SRGraduation71
Curtis BryantRG73SR (RS)Graduation59
Chuck GraceSS72SRGraduation67
Jonathan FaucherTE70SRGraduation61
Dudley LaPorteFB69SR (RS)GraduationNone
Aaron DavisRE69SRGraduation64
James WigginsLT67SR (RS)Graduation76
Chris EdwardsROLB64SR (RS)Graduation66
Colt AndersonTE64SR (RS)Graduation61
James JonesRE55SRGraduation65




Transfer Requests

PlayerPositionTransferring FromYearOverallAdmitted/Denied
Storm JohnsonHBMiami (FL)Sophomore84ADMITTED!
Shayon GreenMLBMiami (FL)Sophomore (RS)76Admitted




2012 Florida International Recruiting Class

PlayerPositionPosition RankTendencyStar Ranking:sparq:Overall
Tyler DawsonOLB#106Balanced:3star:64.0060
Jamal WhiteDE#146Pass Rusher:3star:63.0058
Mark AdamsATH (HB)#98Athlete:2star:59.0055 (58)
Stanford RileyWR#187Balanced:2star:59.0059
Joe WebbWR#195Possession:2star:59.0058
Kyle RiceCB#159Balanced:2star:59.0059
Carl RawlsQB#98Scrambler:2star:57.0060
Bubba BrownOLB#153Balanced:2star:56.0061
Adam LawrenceOLB#173Coverage:2star:56.0058
Victor BurtonDE#157Pass Rusher:2star:55.0062
Josh GriffinDE#174Pass Rusher:2star:55.0057
Brent RodriguezDE#176Balanced:2star:55.0055
Justin McClellanDE#194Pass Rusher:2star:55.0054
Joe GreenG#155Run Block:2star:50.0055
Lee RobinsonFB#22Balanced:1star:49.0056
Paul HillWR#256Possession:1star:48.0050
Seth GreeneQB#145Scrambler:1star:46.0059
Andrew MuhammadOLB#183Run Stopper:1star:45.0054
Brady WesleyTE#113Blocking:1star:44.0049
Andrew HarrisonTE#115Blocking:1star:44.0049
Jason LeonardDT#147Run Stopper:1star:40.0050
Chip RobinsonG#197Run Block:1star:40.0048
Casey WilsonP#38Accurate:1star:40.0061




Recruiting Class Rank

Rank: 99


Position Changes

PlayerPositionOverallNew PositionOverall
Mark AdamsAthlete55HB58




Training Results

Highest Overall Player - Storm Johnson - HB - 88 OVR (+4)
Largest Training Increase - Johh Brisk - P - 80 OVR (+6) / Darrian Mallary - HB - 77 OVR (+6)


Cut Players

PlayerPositionDepth Chart RankYearOverall
Seth GreeneQB4th StringJunior (JUCO)59
Mark AdamsHB6th StringFreshman58
Jairus WilliamsWR5th StringJunior (RS)55
Clinton TaylorWR6th StringFreshman (RS)54
Paul HillWR6th StringFreshman50
Andrew HarrisonTE4th StringFresman49
Chip RobinsonLG4th StringFreshman48
Brent RodriguezRE5th StringFreshman55
Justin McClellanRE6th StringFreshman54
Jason LeonardDT4th StringFreshman50
Lyndon EdwardsLOLB5th StringSophomore54
Larvez MarsMLB4th StringSenior58
Sam MillerCB4th StringSophomore (RS)56




Conference Changes

TeamOld ConferenceNew Conference
:Fresno_State::WAC::Mountain_West:
:Nevada::WAC::Mountain_West:
:TCU::Mountain_West::Big_East:



Updated BCS Bowl Tie Ins

SlotsConferenceBowl
Automatic Qualifier:ACC:Orange Bowl
Automatic Qualifier:Big_Ten:Rose Bowl
Automatic Qualifier:Big_12:Fiesta Bowl
Automatic Qualifier:Big_East:Any Bowl
Automatic Qualifier:Mountain_West:Any Bowl
Automatic Qualifier:Pac_12:Rose Bowl
Automatic Qualifier:SEC:Sugar Bowl
Open SlotAt Large

SmoothPancakes
08-04-2011, 04:57 AM
One word. JACKPOT! http://i766.photobucket.com/albums/xx305/SmoothPancakes/Smilies/e133178.gif

Thank you Miami (FL) for apparently pissing off your 84 overall HB and 76 overall MLB enough that they wanted to transfer to Florida International. I GLADLY accept! :nod: I got huge boosts in my HB and MLB corps for next season. I just have to suffer through this season before getting them on the field. :)

WillBee1
08-04-2011, 05:37 AM
Great Coaching Carousel, I'm starting one as an OC at a 1* program, probably Troy or FAU. I've never posted a dynasty online, but I may give it a try.

SmoothPancakes
08-04-2011, 06:15 AM
Great Coaching Carousel, I'm starting one as an OC at a 1* program, probably Troy or FAU. I've never posted a dynasty online, but I may give it a try.

Thanks for reading and replying man! I appreciate it! :up:

And that's awesome, both would be fun to play with. Troy is definitely the better of the two, but FAU has some talented players and would also make for an interesting dynasty.

And you should give posting a dynasty online a try man. It's a lot of fun to do. Plus, how you do it is ultimately up to you. Just read around some of the dynasties on here. Some, like mine, are very in-depth, others take a simpler, easier, and quicker approach, and all they're all fun to read. Whether one goes extremely in-depth or just very simplistic in their methods and designs, it makes for great dynasties and great threads to read either way.

I'm always happy to see new posts and new dynasty threads popping up in this forum. Makes for more great dynasties to read and follow along with how others are doing while playing through and updating mine.

morsdraconis
08-04-2011, 03:12 PM
Nice work on the charts man! Looks like it was quite a bit of work. I've taken to hooking up my extra monitor on my PC (which is normally hooked up to my big screen LCD HDTV that I also use to game on) for when I do my dynasty games so that it's that much easier to transfer all the information over to (plus, I can listen to music off of my computer while playing the game with no sound on, which is always a plus).

Bummer on not being able to jump ship. I have a feeling I'm going to feel equally tempted even though I'm sticking with SAU for as long as I can stand to play the game (hopefully a long while).

Basmare
08-04-2011, 04:13 PM
Unbelievable that those transfers just walked into your door - just like that! Great stuff! Good luck on next season!

SmoothPancakes
08-05-2011, 12:54 AM
Nice work on the charts man! Looks like it was quite a bit of work. I've taken to hooking up my extra monitor on my PC (which is normally hooked up to my big screen LCD HDTV that I also use to game on) for when I do my dynasty games so that it's that much easier to transfer all the information over to (plus, I can listen to music off of my computer while playing the game with no sound on, which is always a plus).

Bummer on not being able to jump ship. I have a feeling I'm going to feel equally tempted even though I'm sticking with SAU for as long as I can stand to play the game (hopefully a long while).

Yeah, it did take a good while, but, with cutting recruiting and "Around the NCAA" updates at the end of every week out of my reports, since I'm focusing more on my coach, and not so much on the players and whatnot, I'm going to go my usual "above and beyond the extra mile" on the coaching carousel and off-season stuff. Lets me get more games played and posted in a less amount of time, rather than every 2-3 days I was averaging in my old Navy dynasty just because of having to take the time to type out all the extras. For season 2, I'll probably include a 2 deep chart for all positions, just so people will be familiar with the names I'm saying in the game notes. I might go back sometime and edit a 2 deep chart into one of my early posts for season 1.

And I'm in luck there as well. I have my laptop set up right next to my recliner, and the recliner right in front of the tv, so I can sit here on the laptop typing up the game notes/story while playing the game. Generally whenever my offensive series ends and it goes into the supersim screen, I'll type up what happened that drive, same thing when the opponent's offensive drive ends and it's time to go back on the field, I'll type up what happened. Makes the games last a little bit longer than just playing them straight through, but I'm able to get all the details for those drives and plays while they're still fresh in my mind and I can reference the supersim screen's summary section for what happened.

And yeah, I had a few moments there. Baylor, Arkansas State (if not to enjoy putting the whooping on others that their offense did to me, then there would be the joy of destroying their offense at the cost of my coaching career :D), Army, Western Michigan, and Idaho, I would have left and jumped to any of those jobs in a heartbeat if I was allowed to. Some great upgrades over what I'll have to roll with this season after the losses I had from graduation.


Unbelievable that those transfers just walked into your door - just like that! Great stuff! Good luck on next season!

:D Yeah, I was surprised, and happy. Storm Johnson is going to be a giant boost to me running game next year when he's eligible to play. And Shayon Green will significantly upgrade my MLB corps that is really lacking.

SmoothPancakes
08-05-2011, 03:24 AM
A couple updates. First, thanks to cdj adding the logos/icons of all the bowl games, as well as the ACC, Big 10, MAC, and SEC Championships, I have gone back through and updated my Conference Championship and Bowl Game posts with the new logos.

Second, I made one change to my scheduling rules. "Contracts" with teams, and the games associated with it, no longer necessarily need to be played in consecutive years. Looking at FIU's real life schedules, they have a home and home with Duke (H - 2011/A - 2012), Pittsburgh (A - 2010/H - 2014) and Texas A&M (A - 2010/H - 2013).

There was a series with Akron, with FIU travelling to Akron in 2011 and a home date for FIU TBD. However, it looks like Akron might be a one and done unless I decide to schedule them in the future, as it was a series that was scheduled under a former AD. Going out to 2015 in future schedules, Akron and FIU don't show up on each other's schedules, so it appears the series is just a one time game for now unless the two schools agree to the return trip to FIU sometime.

So with there being a 3 year gap between games with Texas A&M, and 4 year gap between the games with Pittsburgh (Florida International has a 4 game home and home series with Louisville and UCF through 2014), I'm going to follow the real life schedules out to 2015 and have changed my scheduling rules accordingly to allow those schedules.

SmoothPancakes
08-05-2011, 08:29 PM
Holy crap I just had a hell of a scare! I got home from work a little before 9pm. I get something to drink, come and sit down, and the light on my power brick is red. :( Unplugged everything and left it unplugged for about 15 minutes while I did some other stuff, just plugged it all back in, and thank God my Xbox turns on again. Dear God I thought my power brick had just become a paper weight.

morsdraconis
08-05-2011, 11:08 PM
Holy crap I just had a hell of a scare! I got home from work a little before 9pm. I get something to drink, come and sit down, and the light on my power brick is red. :( Unplugged everything and left it unplugged for about 15 minutes while I did some other stuff, just plugged it all back in, and thank God my Xbox turns on again. Dear God I thought my power brick had just become a paper weight.

Nah, just a simple overload of power. Did you have a major storm in the area that made the power flicker for a moment? If not, you may want to think about checking your electrical outlet as it could have a short. Maybe think about plugging in the Xbox somewhere else (if it wasn't a simple power flicker).

SmoothPancakes
08-05-2011, 11:38 PM
Nah, just a simple overload of power. Did you have a major storm in the area that made the power flicker for a moment? If not, you may want to think about checking your electrical outlet as it could have a short. Maybe think about plugging in the Xbox somewhere else (if it wasn't a simple power flicker).

No, we haven't even had so much as a second or two of rain since Tuesday, much less a storm. It could possibly be a short somewhere I suppose, though I don't know how long the power brick light was red. I hadn't turned my Xbox on at all since Thursday morning when I made my off-season post, so it could have been the pain in the ass cats screwing something up with a loose cord or something. I got home from work Thursday night, and I was pissed off.

They had pissed in my recliner, they had knocked over some stuff I had sitting next to my laptop, spread all over and trashed some magazines I had sitting on a shelf. I ran off all of them from the room and slammed the door shut. They are never getting access to this room again. So for all I know, it could have been them doing something to cause one of the cables to come loose or get moved just so that it caused the power brick to turn red sometime Thursday evening.

Either way, thankfully it still works and some wasn't seriously wrong with it. This Xbox (and the power brick) have been out of warranty for years, so I'm just going day by day hoping nothing goes wrong with any of it.

JerzeyReign
08-06-2011, 05:30 AM
Or become a man and get a PS3;)

SmoothPancakes
08-06-2011, 06:26 AM
Or become a man and get a PS3;)

:D Oh, I'm good. While I have no opposition to the PS3 and even still own and occasionally play my old PS2 slim, pretty much 99% of my real life friends that I went to school with in high school or college, and other various friends from places like former jobs and whatnot, are all on 360. I probably have maybe 2 or 3 friends, maybe, who are on PS3, so 360 was pretty much my #1 choice regardless when it came to upgrading from my PS2 and original Xbox.

SmoothPancakes
08-06-2011, 10:25 PM
Bowling Green, Florida International Agree to Home and Home Series

Due to differences by the current athletic departments, the Akron series, that was started by the former athletic director of Florida International, has been suspended, with no date for Akron's trip to FIU scheduled in the near future. To make up for the loss of the home swing by Akron, Florida International announced today that they have agreed to a home and home series with the Bowling Green Falcons.

Head coach Mario Cristobal stated that he was excited to play Bowling Green and the level of talent that they have on their team, who went 6-6 last season, but was ultimately snubbed from a bowl game.

Bowling Green will play at Florida International this year (2012), with the Golden Panthers scheduled to make the second leg of the series in 2014.

SmoothPancakes
08-06-2011, 11:08 PM
2012 Florida International Football Schedule



Week
Home/Away
Team
Result
Score
Record
Game Notes


1
---
Bye Week
---
---
---



2
Away
:Duke:
Win
34-31 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=95466&viewfull=1#post95466)
1-0 (0-0)
Season Opener


3
Away
:UCF:
Loss
19-29 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=95681&viewfull=1#post95681)
1-1 (0-0)



4
Home
:Bowling_Green:
Win
42-3 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=95691&viewfull=1#post95691)
2-1 (0-0)
Home Opener


5
Home
:Louisville:
Loss
23-49 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=97348&viewfull=1#post97348)
2-2 (0-0)
Parent's Night


6
---
Bye Week
---
---
---



7
Away
:North_Texas:
Win
48-31 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=97837&viewfull=1#post97837)
3-2 (1-0)



8
Home
:Western_Kentucky:
Win
45-10 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=97945&viewfull=1#post97945)
4-2 (2-0)
Homecoming


9
Home
:Troy:
Win
43-35 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=98136&viewfull=1#post98136)
5-2 (3-0)



10
Away
:UL_Monroe:
Win
28-16 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=121989&viewfull=1#post121989)
6-2 (4-0)



11
Away
:MTSU:
Win
30-13 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=122457&viewfull=1#post122457)
7-2 (5-0)



12
---
Bye Week
---
---
---



13
Home
:Arkansas_State:
Loss
35-58 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=122466&viewfull=1#post122466)
7-3 (5-1)



14
Home
:FAU:
Win
41-38 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=122576&viewfull=1#post122576)
8-3 (6-1)
Senior Night


15
Away
:Louisiana:
Win
30-0 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=122616&viewfull=1#post122616)
9-3 (7-1)



CCG
---
Bye Week
---
---
---



Bowl
:New_Orleans_Bowl:
:SMU:
Win

44-31 (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?2857-Smooth-Pancakes-Coaching-Carousel-Career&p=123028&viewfull=1#post123028)
10-3 (7-1)
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl






















--- The scores are hyperlinks to the posted game report of that game. Just click on the score/link to be taken to that game's posted report.

SmoothPancakes
08-06-2011, 11:11 PM
Florida International 3 Year OC Contract Goals - Year 2




Fail Impact
Goal
Progress
Pass Impact


:3redarrow:
500+ rushing yards in each season
2/3 Passed
:3greenarrow:



Win 8 games in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:



2000+ total offensive yards in each season
2/3 Passed
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
7+ passing TD in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:



10+ points per game in each season
35 PPG
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
2400+ total offensive yards in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:


:2redarrow:
Win 4 games in one season
:check:
:1greenarrow:


:6redarrow:
2000+ total offensive yards in one season
:check:








Job Security Status

69%




--- Contract goal numbers and job security updated through Season 2, Off-season.

SmoothPancakes
08-06-2011, 11:41 PM
Preseason Top 25

RankTeam2011 Record
1:LSU:11-2
2:Oregon:12-2
3:Alabama:12-2
4:Nebraska:13-1
5:Miami:11-3
6:Ohio_State:10-3
7:Boise_State:13-0
8:Mississippi_State:11-2
9:Oklahoma:10-3
10:Florida_State:12-2
11:Oklahoma_State:11-2
12:Michigan_State:11-2
13:South_Carolina:10-4
14:TCU:11-2
15:Texas_A&M:9-4
16:Stanford:9-4
17:Virginia_Tech:10-3
18:Wisconsin:10-4
19:USC:9-4
20:Penn_State:8-5
21:Washington:10-3
22:Pitt:10-3
23:NC_State:10-3
24:SMU:11-2
25:Michigan:8-5





Sun Belt Teams and 2012 Opponents

RankTeam2011 Record
42:Duke:8-5
55:Troy:10-3
62:Arkansas_State:9-4
64:UCF:7-6
84:Louisville:5-7
91:FIU:6-7
92:Bowling_Green:6-6
101:FAU:5-7
103:Western_Kentucky:5-7
104:Louisiana:4-8
105:MTSU:2-10
107:UL_Monroe:4-8
112:North_Texas:4-8

SmoothPancakes
08-06-2011, 11:58 PM
2012 Florida International Two Deep Roster


Offense

PositionRankNameYearOverall
QB1Jake MedlockJunior73
QB2Lorenzo HammondsFreshman (RS)60

HB1Darrian MallaryJunior (RS)77
HB2Jeremiah HardenSenior (RS)74

FB1Lee RobinsonFreshman56
FB2Joseph GreenFreshman40

WR1Jacob YoungerSenior (RS)74
WR2Junior MertileSenior (RS)72
WR3Glenn ColemanSophomore (RS)68
WR4Elijah MaxeySophomore67

TE1Dominique RhymesSophomore65
TE2Yakeem GrinerSophomore57

LT1Calvin HauptmannSenior79
LT2N/A------

LG1Ceedrick DavisJunior73
LG2Kevin Van KirkSenoir72

C1Giancarlo RevillaSenior74
C2Kenneth WhiteSenior (RS)62

RG1David IstanichSenior62
RG2Austin TottleJunior (RS)54

RT1Rupert BryanSenior77
RT2Derrick WimberlyJunior (RS)66




Defense

PositionRankNameYearOverall
LE1Tourek WilliamsSenior77
LE2Chris NasiffJunior (RS)64

RE1Isame FacianeJunior68
RE2James JonesSenior (RS)58

DT1Jerrico LeeJunior72
DT2Andre PoundSenior (RS)70
DT3Kasey SmithSenior (RS)66
DT4Andrew MattokJunior (RS)64

LOLB1Caleb VincentJunior64
LOLB2Bubba BrownFreshman61

MLB1Winston FraserSenior (RS)72
MLB2Markeith RussellSenior63

ROLB1Kenneth DillardSenior70
ROLB2Andrew MuhammadFreshman54

CB1Jose CheeseboroughJunior (RS)75
CB2Emmanuel SouarinSenior (RS)74
CB3Terrance TaylorJunior (RS)69
CB4Derrick JonesJunior (RS)69

FS1Jonathan CyprienSenior83
FS2Antwoine BellSenior67

SS1Cain ElliotJunior (RS)70
SS2Randy WilliamsJunior62

K1Jack GriffinSenior82
K2N/A------

P1Josh BriskSenior (RS)80
P2Casey WilsonFreshman61

SmoothPancakes
08-07-2011, 04:53 AM
And it will not be a second straight year undefeated for Boise State. Just simmed through week 1 since I had a bye, and Michigan State knocks off the defending champion Broncos, 38-20. And the new season for the defending Big 10 champions starts off poorly, as Nevada mows down Nebraska 41-28. Nebraska falls to #13 in this week's poll, Boise drops to #15, and just like that, two of the top 7 teams in the preseason top 25 lose and are knocked out of the top 10.

SmoothPancakes
08-07-2011, 07:12 AM
Game One

:FIU: :@: :Duke:



Game Notes


--- Time to open up another season at Florida International. This is a season full of questions. Will our offense be able to perform without Wesley Carroll at quarterback? Without Darriet Perry at halfback? Without T.Y. Hilton at WR and returner? Will our defense remain tough even with a couple key losses scattered throughout? We were going to find out the answers to those questions quickly as we headed on the road to take on Duke, who we had pulled the miraculous upset against last year. Time to see if we could make it two in a row. Duke enters the contest 0-1 on the season, losing 31-28 to Notre Dame in week 1. Weather was calm, skies partly cloudy as the sun started it’s slow descent behind the press box. We lost the coin toss, Duke elected to kick.

Apparently, Duke forgot what we did to them last year, as they did not seem even remotely ready on defense. A couple of quick audibles at the line after Duke showed blitz, leading to a couple big gains through the air, followed by a couple of rushes by Darrian Mallary and Jeremiah Harden to get us down to the Duke 5 yard line, resulted in Mallary finding the end zone for a 5 yard touchdown run the very next play. Could history be repeating itself? I suppose we’d find out when our defense took the field for their first time of the season. For a moment, it appeared this was nothing but a dream. A facemask penalty on the defense, followed by consecutive passes for 21 and 25 yards, and Duke was inside our 20 yard line with only 20 seconds ticked off the clock. Fortunately for us, a fumble by a Duke wide receiver would be pounced on by DT Jerrico Lee, giving us the ball back on our 10 yard line.

Despite starting off slowly, no thanks to a horribly thrown pass by Jake Medlock on 2nd down that missed the WR by a mile, our offense eventually found a rhythm of passing and rushing that enabled us to move down the field seemingly at will, as well as being able to convert 5 third downs along the way. In the end, we once again found our way inside the Duke 10 yard line after going on a 17 play drive that ate over 5 minutes off the clock. We would convert our final 3rd down on the drive, as Medlock found Lee Robinson open on 3rd and 5 for a 6 yard touchdown pass to put us up 14-0 with 57 seconds left in the first quarter. Duke’s offense this time would respond, thanks yet once again to our defense for a facemask penalty, as well as a 35 yard pass that get them inside our 25 yard line. 5 rushes later by Josh Snead, and our lead was cut in half just one minute into the second quarter. That successful drive by the Blue Devil offense apparently awakened their defense, as our running and passing game suddenly faceplanted into concrete, going 3 and out, while going backwards 9 yards thanks to a sack, forcing our first punt of the game and season. Just to make things a little worse for us, our punt team false started, putting the ball on our 5 yard line and the punter up against the back of the end zone.

Duke’s offense got great field position, starting their drive at our 47 yard line, which they promptly acted on, as Sean Renfree connected on a pass for 27 yards to get down to our 20 yard line. Snead would pick up 9 yards on two rushes, and Renfree would complete a pass for one yard, but it wasn’t enough as Duke faced a 4th and inches situation. Rather than risk failing to convert, they settled for the 28 yard field goal. Things would get even worse for us. On the kickoff return, Jonathan Cyprien proceeded to fumble the ball on our 36 yard line, which Duke promptly recovered, setting the Blue Devils offense with yet another very short distance field position. Duke only needed three plays to find the end zone and take the lead. Our offense came out ready to respond, and after picking up a pair of first downs on the ground and through the air, found themselves facing 3rd and inches. We came out ready to pass. Duke came out ready to bring the house on a blitz. Medlock found Glenn Coleman open on a post route along the left hash. Medlock barely got the ball out before the blitz got to him, Coleman was able to haul the ball in, and raced 56 yards down the left side of the field before being brought down from behind at the Duke 1 yard line. One quick dive later by Mallary, and we had regained the lead with 3 minutes left in the half.

Duke, despite starting on their own 20 yard line for a change, was not ready to go down. Renfree hit passes of 20, 14 (on 3rd and 12) and 7 yards, Snead added multiple rushes of 4 and 5 yards, one 10 yard rush, and then finally an 11 yard rush to find the end zone with 1;10 left in the 1st half. Taking over with only 59 seconds left in the 2nd quarter and the ball on our 28 yard line, we abandoned the run game and focused entirely on the pass. Unfortunately, we learned the hard way that Medlock does NOT perform under pressure. Two incomplete passes and a 12 yard sack, and we were punting the ball away after taking only 15 seconds off the clock. Renfree would manage to hit passes of 16 and 15 yards to get the ball down to our 20 yard line, but Duke’s kicker, Rodney Coley, would miss the 37 yard field goal as time expired on the half.

Start of the third quarter, we would have to hope our defense could hold together as Duke got the ball first, already with a 3 point lead. Our defense would manage to do exactly that, giving up only 4 yards on a Snead rush before forcing two incomplete passes. The resulting punt and punt return gave us our best field position all game, as we took over on offense at our own 42 yard line. We unfortunately would only make it to the Duke 37 yard line before being forced to punt. Duke’s offense was able to find some quick success on the ground, advancing the ball 19 yards on 6 straight rushes by Snead, they would fail to convert on 3rd down however, and were forced to punt the ball back. Our offense was able to take advantage of some mistakes in coverage by the Duke secondary, and were able to work our way down the field, ending our drive with a touchdown as Medlock connected with Dominique Rhymes on a 25 yard pass. Unfortunately, Sir Shanks-a-lot made an appearance one again this season, missing the extra point to leave our lead at only 3 instead of 4. Duke tried to find an answer, but a sack on 3rd and 4 would quickly bring their drive to an end.

Our offense was able to finally start finding success again on the ground, as Mallary was able to start gaining some positive yards, coupled with a few key 2nd and 3rd down passes. We were able to move the ball 71 yards down the field over 12 plays, transitioning into the 4th quarter along the way, before Harden punched it in from the 1 yard line to give us a 10 point lead with 6:30 left to play in the game. Duke would waste little time answering. A 5 yard pass and a 5 yard scramble by Renfree gave the Blue Devils an early 1st down. Then they gave the ball to Snead. A couple jukes, two spins, a sidestep, and a stiff arm, and Snead was gone for a 65 yard touchdown rush in a 3 play, 45 second drive. Just like that, Duke was back within 3. We tried to keep it on the ground and chew up some clock, however, an incomplete pass on 3rd and 4, thanks to a heavy blitz, quickly ended our drive and gave Duke plenty of time to take back the lead. Despite giving up a 19 yard pass on 2nd down, our defense eventually buckled down at midfield, sacking Renfree for a 1 yard loss and forcing two incomplete passes to force the Blue Devils to punt the ball away with a little over 3 minutes left to play.

Hoping our offense would be able to drive the ball and either run out the clock or score another touchdown to put the game away, Medlock sure picked a great time to make his boneheaded play of the day, throwing his first interception of the day on 2nd and 9, giving Duke the ball at our 21 yard line. Thankfully for Medlock, who seemed destined to the bench after that play, the defense was able to force a fumble on the Blue Devils first play from scrimmage, which Kenneth Dillard pounced on, giving us the ball back on our 10 yard line with 2:15 remaining in the game. With Duke having three times out, we knew they’d be keying on the run game and would be ready to stop the clock in an instant. Also, being so deep in our territory, we couldn’t risk going three and out on the ground. It was time for Medlock to redeem himself and give us a much needed first down or two to seal the game. Medlock was ready to do just that, attacking the flats, which Duke left completely exposed, allowing us to pick up two quick first downs, and causing two Duke time outs, before hitting Mallary over the middle for an 8 yard gain, forcing Duke to burn their 3rd and final time out with 1:58 left in the game. A couple rushes and one more first down, and we would pull off a huge upset over the much favored Duke Blue Devils for the second year in a row.

Despite coming out in a goal line defense, Duke was unable to get to Mallary in time before he crossed the first down line, giving us a new set of downs with less than two minutes to play, virtually guaranteeing us the victory unless someone screwed up between now and the final 1:54 in the game. A 16 yard gain for a first down on 3rd and 6 with 10 seconds left, clinched the victory, and the upset for the second year in a row, once and for all for us, 34-31.

With the win, we improve to 1-0 on the season, getting a great victory to hopefully propel us into a successful season (if our defense doesn’t screw us over). With the loss, Duke falls to 0-2 to start their 2012 season. Next up for Florida International, UCF, who comes into the game 1-0 on the season following a 38-3 win over Akron.




Final Score
:FIU: 34, :Duke: 31



Stat(s) of the Game:
FIU Offense – Despite mistakes and bad passes by Medlock, was able to gain 371 yards through the air. A perfect 4 for 4 in the Duke red zone.

FIU Quarterback Jake Medlock – Did good overall for his first start, but the interception in the 4th quarter, that never should have happened, almost cost us the game.

FIU Running – While we finished with 87 yards for the game on 37 carries, at one point only had 33 yards on 24 carries.

FIU Defense – Made some great plays to force turnovers, but gave up way too many big plays that ended in touchdowns.

FIU Returners – Set us up with some good field position throughout the day, but CANNOT be fumbling the ball on kickoff returns.



Scoring Summary



Team
1st Quarter
2nd Quarter
3rd Quarter
4th Quarter
Final Score


:FIU:

14


7


6


7


34



:Duke:

0


24


0


7


31







Time
Team
Result
Play
Score


First Quarter


7:10
:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Mallary, 5 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 7-0


0:57
:FIU:
Touchdown
L. Robinson, 6 yard pass from J. Medlock (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 14-0





Second Quarter


8:08
:Duke:
Touchdown
J. Snead, 5 yard run (R. Coley kick)
:FIU: 14-7


6:06
:Duke:
Field Goal
R. Coley, 27 yard field goal
:FIU: 14-10


5:14
:Duke:
Touchdown
J. Snead, 9 yard run (R. Coley kick)
:Duke: 17-14


3:21
:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Mallary, 1 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 21-17


1:10
:Duke:
Touchdown
C. Vernon, 9 yard pass from S. Renfree (R. Coley kick)
:Duke: 24-21





Third Quarter


4:14
:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Rhymes, 25 yard pass from J. Medlock (missed kick)
:FIU: 27-24





Fourth Quarter


6:42
:FIU:
Touchdown
J. Harden, 1 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 34-24


5:44
:Duke:
Touchdown
J. Snead, 65 yard run (R. Coley kick)
:FIU: 34-31





Game Stats



Florida International
Stat
Duke


34
Score
31


21
First Downs
17


458
Total Offense
457


37-87-3
Rushes - Yards - TD
32-199-3


22-29-2
Comp - Att - TD
17-24-1


371
Passing Yards
258


3
Times Sacked
1


9-13 (69%)
3rd Down Conv
6-11 (54%)


0-0 (0%)
4th Down Conv
0-0 (0%)


0-0 (0%)
2-Point Conv
0-0 (0%)


4-4-0 (100%)
Red Zone - TD - FG
8-3-1 (50%)


2
Turnovers
2


1
Fumbles Losts
2


1
Intercepted
0


18
Punt Return Yards
12


127
Kick Return Yards
65


603
Total Yards
534


4 - 42.3
Punts - Average
4 - 41.8


4 - 47
Penalties
3 - 20


21:03
Time of Possession
14:57





Florida International Contract Goals Update



Fail Impact
Goal
Progress
Pass Impact


:3redarrow:
500+ rushing yards in each season
87
:3greenarrow:



Win 8 games in one season
1
:3greenarrow:



2000+ total offensive yards in each season
458
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
7+ passing TD in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:



10+ points per game in each season
34 PPG
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
2400+ total offensive yards in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:


:2redarrow:
Win 4 games in one season
:check:
:1greenarrow:


:6redarrow:
2000+ total offensive yards in one season
:check:






Bonus Goal



Beat a higher ranked team

:2greenarrow:





Job Security Status

69%

SmoothPancakes
08-07-2011, 07:18 AM
So apparently I just plain have Duke's number when it comes to football. Two years in a row I knock them off, oddly enough, by the same margin. Two years where we jumped out to a quick and early lead, only to watch them come storming back to make it a contest. With two upsets in two years over them, I'm rather sad to see our contract with them end after this season.

As for the game itself, the offense did good for the most part. Medlock is clearly not a championship QB. Horrible lame duck passes, multiple receivers overthrown by a mile, and that stupid as hell interception in the 4th quarter that never should have happened.

My defense scares the hell out of me. They could be the reason I lose a number of games this year, and not my failures on offense like I had last season.

We're going to find out if this was a fluke victory or not, and whether not my defense is at all dependable this season, as we play at UCF next game, the same UCF who whooped my ass 58-9 last year.

SmoothPancakes
08-07-2011, 07:18 AM
And down goes more teams. Ole Miss knocks off #23 Pitt in overtime 46-38. Kansas State shoots down #4 Miami (FL) 24-20. And #7 Oklahoma, who is by far the highest rated and best team in 2012, gets taken to the woodshed by #12 TCU, 42-17.

I am also now worried about this year, after seeing how the other Sun Belt teams did. While they lost, Florida Atlantic hung around with Vanderbilt, only losing 27-18 and UL Monroe only lost 34-26 to #9 Florida State. Troy whipped UAB 54-24 and Arkansas State beat Memphis 45-35. North Texas got whooped by LSU, Alabama smacked around Western Kentucky, Georgia Tech gutted Mid Tennessee State, and Lafayette played FCS East.

And wow what a difference an off-season and two weeks make. There really weren't any coaches in danger of being fired after going through coaching carousel during the off-season.

But now at the end of week 2 in 2012, boy oh boy is the coaching hot seat heating up.


CoachPositionTeamJob Security2012 Record2011 Record
Dana HolgorsenHead Coach:West_Virginia:10%0-15-7
Dabo SwinneyHead Coach:Clemson:12%0-04-8
Butch DavisHead Coach:North_Carolina:19%0-05-7
Larry PorterHead Coach:Memphis:20%0-11-11
Paul WulffHead Coach:Washington_State:20%0-02-10
Bronco MendenhallHead Coach:BYU:21%0-05-7
Dennis EricksonHead Coach:Arizona_State:27%0-04-8
Will MuschampHead Coach:Florida:29%1-06-7

Other Notables
Charlie StrongHead Coach:Louisville:32%0-05-7
Mark RichtHead Coach:Georgia:33%0-05-7
Mack BrownHead Coach:Texas:36%0-0(7-6)
Derek DooleyHead Coach:Tennessee:42%0-16-7
Joe PaternoHead Coach:Penn_State:45%1-08-5
Jeff TedfordHead Coach:Cal:46%1-05-7
Lane KiffinHead Coach:USC:46%1-09-4

morsdraconis
08-07-2011, 06:50 PM
:(

EA hates WVU now... I've yet to have a dynasty where Holgorsen hasn't been fired after, at the most, 2 seasons.

SmoothPancakes
08-07-2011, 09:40 PM
Yeah, I was shocked to see Holgorsen drop that far. He was only in the 30s or 40s at the end of last season. This year, with only one game play (granted, a loss), and he's the leading candidate for getting a boot up his ass at 10%. Really surprised me.

I'm going to keep an eye on the numbers, probably post updates of the hot seat every 3-4 weeks.

Now that I finally got that piece of shit DSL working for the first time since 10am this morning, I can finally get back to my dynasty and get bent over by UCF.

morsdraconis
08-07-2011, 11:34 PM
Man, I've been so busy with worth and shit, I haven't even had time to turn my Xbox on, and, today, when I finally do, I wasn't feelin' like playing NCAA. Probably won't get a chance to play for a while now, which sucks, but I also needed a break anyway.

SmoothPancakes
08-08-2011, 04:20 AM
Man, I've been so busy with worth and shit, I haven't even had time to turn my Xbox on, and, today, when I finally do, I wasn't feelin' like playing NCAA. Probably won't get a chance to play for a while now, which sucks, but I also needed a break anyway.

Yeah, a break definitely can be nice. Being busy with work Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and then the stupid ass DSL not working for almost all of today, I got a pretty good break from gaming this weekend, and it was definitely refreshing.

SmoothPancakes
08-08-2011, 04:25 AM
Game Two

:FIU: :@: :UCF:



Game Notes


--- After scoring an upset over Duke for the second year in a row, and actually getting our season started off on the right foot this year, our boys were fired up and ready to go for our game against UCF. After the 58-9 whooping they put on us last year, we wanted nothing more than to return the favor. We lost the coin toss, UCF elected to kick.

This was clearly going to be a tough game as UCF started bringing heavy blitz immediately on the first play of the game, and didn’t let up. We had a scare on our 3rd play of the game, as Darrian Mallary didn’t get up after converting the 3rd down for us. Fortunately, our training staff told us he was only suffering from back spasms and it was nothing major. Not wanting to take a risk of further injury, even with a low re-injury risk, we decided to pull Mallary from the game for the time being in an abundance of caution, and Jeremiah Harden to keep us moving on the ground. A couple of key runs kept our drive alive, even overcoming a few passes from Jake Medlock that went sailing way over our receivers heads. Unfortunately, we would leave the field after getting down to the UCF 36 yard line, as facing a 4th and inches situation, coach Cristobal decided not to try and go for it. Instead, he put his faith in Jack Griffin to get us on the board, and by God, he did exactly that, nailing a 53 yard field goal, the longest of his career, to give us the early lead.

Our defense at first seemed to have forgotten it was time to play, quickly giving up a 10 yard rush and 14 yard pass, but they got settled down shortly after and stuffed UCF the next three plays to force the first punt of the game. Seeing blitz by the defense, Medlock called an audible, changing from the previously called run to a pass, which the defense failed to adjust to, allowing Medlock to connect with Elijah Maxey for a 27 yard gain to get us out to midfield. Things would go downhill from there, as a failed pass ended in another injury for Darrian Mallary, who would leave the game for two quarters after suffering an abdominal strain. Coach Cristobal decided to take Mallary out permanently for the rest of the game, and bumped Harden up the depth chart for the remainder of the day. One play later, we were able to convert on 3rd and 9 and keep our drive alive, reaching all the way down to the UCF 6 yard line before we were unable to continue any farther, once again turning the ball over to our kicking team, as Griffin connected on his second field goal of the day from 23 yards out to extend our lead with only 16 seconds left to play in the first quarter.

The start of second quarter made our team wish we could have stayed in the first, as our defense collapsed like a fallen soufflé, as UCF marched right down the field on us thanks to multiple 9 yard runs by Brynn Harvey, and passes of 11, 22, and 16 yards, making for a very easy touchdown drive. Our offense didn’t fare much better, going backwards thanks to a pair of sacks. Our defense once again proved incompetent, giving up a 20 yard pass on 3rd and 15 to let UCF keep their drive alive. Somehow by Jove, our defense managed to eventually stop them to force 4th and 1, to which UCF sent out their punt team. After a very nice 8 yard scramble by Medlock to escape a collapsing pocket, Harden failed to do anything on 2nd and 3rd downs, gaining only a single yard before forcing us to punt the ball back to UCF. Our defense, while buckling and giving up multiple first downs, were eventually able to stop UCF at our 33 yard line. A pass attempt on 4th and 1 would fall incomplete, forcing the turnover on downs. We however would go 3 and out. UCF only needed 6 plays to drive the ball 65 yards, thanks in part to passes of 17 and 35 yards, finding the end zone a second time with only 31 seconds left in the half.

With only mere seconds left in the half, we were able to get all the way down to the UCF 32 thanks to a 47 yard pass. Unfortunately, as has been becoming the case with Medlock, a successful play was quickly following by a “bang your head on the wall” as Medlock tried to force a throw into coverage, where it was promptly picked off by the defense with 7 seconds left in the half. UCF would run out the clock to take the 14-6 halftime lead, knowing they would get the ball right back after the half.

Our defense appeared to still be incompetent, giving up multiple first downs on the ground, before being burned on a 27 yard pass. But they eventually settled down and held UCF at our 39 yard line. UCF would try to go for it on 4th and 11, but a 5 yard sack quickly killed their hopes of a conversion. Taking over at our own 44 yard line, the offense had hopes of their own, taking advantage of the very generous field position, and driving down for a touchdown to close the gap. Our drive however would end just three plays later, as Harden once again failed to convert a 3rd and inches attempt, and coach Cristobal once again refused to attempt to gain the conversion on 4th down. Despite a fantastic punt by Josh Brisk that trapped UCF at their own 2 yard line, our defense once again folded like a paper sack, letting UCF advance the ball clear out to our 47 yard line before finally bringing the potent offense to a halt.

Starting our new drive on our 10 yard line, we were once again met with a very familiar site, a blitz heavy defense, ready to stop our rush attempt. An audible to a pass however failed to help as it was quickly batted down incomplete. Knowing that UCF was more than ready to blitz the house when we came out showing run, we decided it was time to take to the air, and hard. A couple of great passes, including a WR Screen that picked up 13 yards, thanks in part to a sick juke by Jacob Younger, and we were able to get the ball deep into UCF territory. It take 3rd and goal from the 4 yard line before we were finally able to find the end zone. Coach Cristobal gave us the green light for the two point conversion. Unfortunately one of our receivers didn’t run his route correctly, resulting in the pass being knocked incomplete, when it should have been an easy completion. That apparently pissed off UCF, as they slammed the ball down the throats of our defense, even choosing to go for it on 4th and 7 from our 30 yard line just before the end of the third quarter, just so they could score a touchdown rather than settle for only a field goal.

Our offense had no answer, quickly going 3 and out. As if we weren’t already in a deep enough hole, down 9 with only 6 minutes left to play, and a defense you couldn’t depend on for anything, our dumbass defense decided to help UCF out, giving them 15 free yards thanks to a facemask on 1st down. Couple that with a 22 yard pass, and UCF suddenly found themselves inside our 35 yard line. UCF would score a couple plays later, as our worthless as hell defense let them twice convert on 3rd down inside our 30. Then just to smack us like a red-headed step child even more, they went for, and converted, the two point conversion. Our offense never got anything going, as Medlock started overthrowing every receiver left and right. Despite failing to convert the 4th down attempt, our defense came through and forced a fumble, giving our offense new life. A couple quick passes, and we were down inside the UCF 15 yard line with 3 minutes left to play. This time we were not going to be denied, as Harden found a hole and sprinted into the end zone from 8 yards out to pull us within 10 points with 2:30 left in the game.

The onside kick failed, and UCF systematically marched down the field, getting as close as our 2 yard line before kneeling the ball and running out the last 25 seconds of the game. With the loss, we drop to 1-1 on the season. With the victory, UCF improves to 2-0 for the year. Up next for the Golden Panthers, we welcome Bowling Green to town for our home opener. The Falcons enter the contest at 1-1 on the season, losing their season opener at Florida, 26-9, before picking up a win in their home opener over Idaho, 14-9.




Final Score
:UCF: 29, :FIU: 19



Stat(s) of the Game:
FIU Offense – Running game sucked, Jake Medlock’s passes sucked.

FIU Defense – Absolutely awful. 542 yards total offense given up. 238 rushing yards given up. These guys wouldn’t even start for a damn high school team they suck so bad.

FIU Kicking – Jack Griffin actually went perfect for a change, hitting both field goals and his lone PAT attempt.



Scoring Summary



Team
1st Quarter
2nd Quarter
3rd Quarter
4th Quarter
Final Score


:FIU:

6


0


6


7


19



:UCF:

0


14


0


15


29







Time
Team
Result
Play
Score


First Quarter


5:44
:FIU:
Field Goal
J. Griffin, 53 yard field goal
:FIU: 3-0


0:19
:FIU:
Field Goal
J. Griffin, 23 yard field goal
:FIU: 6-0





Second Quarter


6:58
:UCF:
Touchdown
B. Harvey, 7 yard run (L. Paul kick)
:UCF: 7-6


0:31
:UCF:
Touchdown
L. Murray, 5 yard pass from J. Godfrey (L. Paul kick)
:UCF: 14-6





Third Quarter


1:52
:FIU:
Touchdown
G. Coleman, 4 yard pass from J. Medlock (2-point failed)
:UCF: 14-12





Fourth Quarter


8:21
:UCF:
Touchdown
B. Harvey, 2 yard run (L. Paul kick)
:UCF: 21-12


4:49
:UCF:
Touchdown
Q. McDuffie, 18 yard pass from J. Godfrey (2-point conversion)
:UCF: 29-12


2:36
:FIU:
Touchdown
J. Harden, 8 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:UCF: 29-19





Game Stats



Florida International
Stat
Duke


19
Score
29


17
First Downs
26


377
Total Offense
542


25-63-1
Rushes - Yards - TD
52-238-2


22-42-1
Comp - Att - TD
20-31-2


314
Passing Yards
304


1
Times Sacked
3


8-16 (50%)
3rd Down Conv
10-16 (62%)


0-1 (0%)
4th Down Conv
1-3 (33%)


0-1 (0%)
2-Point Conv
1-1 (100%)


5-2-1 (60%)
Red Zone - TD - FG
8-4-0 (50%)


1
Turnovers
1


0
Fumbles Losts
1


1
Intercepted
0


6
Punt Return Yards
13


67
Kick Return Yards
58


450
Total Yards
613


5 - 43.0
Punts - Average
3 - 39.7


2 - 20
Penalties
4 - 29


18:03
Time of Possession
17:57





Florida International Contract Goals Update



Fail Impact
Goal
Progress
Pass Impact


:3redarrow:
500+ rushing yards in each season
150
:3greenarrow:



Win 8 games in one season
1
:3greenarrow:



2000+ total offensive yards in each season
835
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
7+ passing TD in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:



10+ points per game in each season
26 PPG
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
2400+ total offensive yards in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:


:2redarrow:
Win 4 games in one season
:check:
:1greenarrow:


:6redarrow:
2000+ total offensive yards in one season
:check:






Job Security Status

69%

Basmare
08-08-2011, 04:28 AM
Shame about the loss to follow up the great win @ Duke, but ehm has Louisville anything to do with it? :P
''We lost the coin toss, Louisville elected to kick.''

SmoothPancakes
08-08-2011, 04:29 AM
Well, this game sucked. We never had a chance to get much going on the ground. The very first play of the game, I come out with a run play, UCF comes out blitzing the entire defense. Jake Medlock didn't help any, constantly overthrowing receivers by a mile all day.

My worst fears appear to be true. Our defense absolutely sucks and is not at ALL dependable. Some of those drives, the plays the defense gave up, even allowing conversions on 3rd or 4th and long (15+). :fp: This is going to be a rough season if our defense doesn't get their heads out of their asses. :smh:

Thank god we get a break and have Bowling Green up next, maybe have hope of a second win before we get smacked around by Louisville.

SmoothPancakes
08-08-2011, 04:30 AM
Shame about the loss to follow up the great win @ Duke, but ehm has Louisville anything to do with it? :P
''We lost the coin toss, Louisville elected to kick.''

:fp: Damn! I was thinking ahead to Louisville in my mind when typing out that first paragraph for some reason. :D Correction made.

SmoothPancakes
08-08-2011, 04:41 AM
Another week, more top 10 losses. This week, unranked Auburn blows out #5 Mississippi State 38-6 while Pittsburgh gets the best of #8 TCU, knocked off those horny toads 31-28. #9 Oklahoma State barely escapes an upset bid by Texas, 42-39. #10 South Carolina falls to Georgia, 45-28. #13 Miami (FL) is starting the season bad, falling to 0-2 after being shocked by Wake Forest 39-38. Wake Forest outscored Miami 15-3 in the 4th quarter to win it. #21 USC needs triple overtime to defeat Syracuse, 48-42.

And for you mors, Dana Holgorsen is trying his damnedest to save his job, as the Mountaineers knock off #7 Florida State, 34-31. That bumped his job security rating up to 13%, putting Clemson's Dabo Swinney front and center on the hot seat at 12%.

So far, through the first three weeks of the 2012 season, we as a conference in the Sun Belt suck. All our records combined, the Sun Belt currently stands 5-11 on the year. We sit at 1-1, as does Arkansas State, UL Lafayette is 1-0, Troy sits at 2-0, Mid Tennessee State is 0-1, while Western Kentucky, North Texas, Florida Atlantic, and UL Monroe all are 0-2.

SmoothPancakes
08-08-2011, 07:45 AM
Game Three

:Bowling_Green: :@: :FIU:



Game Notes



--- What a tough loss last week. We may not have gotten destroyed by 49 points like we were last year, but to still not be able to figure out the UCF defense and actually win a game against them, frustrating. Hopefully Bowling Green would cooperate for us, since we had to replace the guaranteed win in Akron with them. We were a bit worried as they only lost by 17 to Florida, and beat Idaho 14-9, scoring all 14 points in the 1st quarter. Hopefully our defense would cooperate this week. As it was our home opener, we decided to break out the alternate uniforms for the first time this year, trading in the navy jerseys for black jerseys. Hopefully the rain that was pouring down during the coin toss wouldn’t affect the outcome. Bowling Green won the coin toss, they elected to kick.

Apparently Bowling Green took plenty of pointers from UCF, as we came out in a run play, and they came out blitzing heavy and hard. However, a gap in the defense on 2nd down, allowed Jake Medlock to hit Darrian Mallary for a 27 yard gain, thanks in part to a well timed juke by Mallary that sent a defender flying past him. Unfortunately, things still hadn’t opened up on the ground, as a rush attempt on 1st down only resulted in a one yard loss. Then on 2nd and 10, happened probably the craziest play our offense had ever executed. Dominique Rhymes came out of the backfield, tried to make a sharp cut to his right, slipped and slid on the ground, recovered, got back up and continued running his route. As the same time, the left end beat his blocker and came running at Medlock, his eyes set on a sure sack. However, at the last second, Medlock jumped back and slightly to his left, causing the defender to miss the tackle and go rolling onto the ground behind him. Immediately after that, Medlock threw a bullet to Rhymes, who had recovered from his slip, threading the needle between two defenders for a 17 yard gain. A couple plays later, and Jeremiah Harden was rumbling in for a 13 yard touchdown run.

Thanks to an offsides penalty on our defense, Bowling Green was able to set themselves up with 2nd and inches after a 5 yard run. Unfortunately for them, unlike in the UCF game, our defense refused to roll over, as they stuffed the Falcons offense on 2nd and 3rd and inches, forcing the Falcons to punt the ball away. After our run game got stuffed once again on 1st down, we took to the air on 2nd down. Another slip on the wet ground by Rhymes almost ruined the play, but he was able to once again recover and gain 8 yards. However, instead of a facing 3rd and 2, we were able to get a free 1st down thanks to a pass interference penalty called on the BGSU defense. After that free gift, our offense was able to fall into rhythm, marching down the field, able to get the run game a little bit of success along the way, ending with an 11 yard touchdown pass to Harden with 41 seconds left in the first quarter. Bowling Green would try to respond, however they would quickly go 3 and out, and punt the ball away as the quarter came to an end.

Start of the second quarter found our offense back on the field, starting from our 29 yard line. Surprise surprise, another first down, we call another run play, Bowling Green comes out blitzing the entire defense. We could have had a 71 yard touchdown pass right then and there, if only Medlock had not completely overthrown the WIDE open receiver by a good 15-20 yards. Clearly Medlock had never heard the phrase “keep it in the same area code”. We would make it all the way to midfield, until a holding penalty would effectively kill our momentum and drive. Our defense nearly screwed us, thanks in part to a 15 yard pass on 3rd and 10, and a 15 yard pass interference penalty on two plays later, but they finally held their ground at midfield, forcing BGSU to punt the ball. Our ground game finally started to break loose, as we were able to run the ball 50 yards with nothing but rushes, before we finally had to go back to the air. We were able to keep our drive alive, though we were clearly going to be using a two headed rushing attack this year, as Mallary, for his second straight game, was removed from play due to back spasms. But you certainly wouldn’t hear Harden complaining, as he was using these opportunities to show the coaches exactly what he could do, as he found his way into the end zone for a third time today, this time on a 24 yard pass from Medlock.

Bowling Green was able to advance all the way out to their 44 yard line, however a 10 yard sack on 2nd and 2 brought their drive crashing down, giving us the ball back with just under 2 minutes left to play in the half. Or so we thought. Our dumbass punt return team handed the ball right back to them as they were flagged for roughing the punter. :fp: Our defense tried to nearly give them another free 1st down, as they were flagged for offsides on 3rd and 10 from our 26 yard line, thankfully they redeemed themselves with a 10 yard sack on 3rd and 5. With the sack, Bowling Green was forced to settle for a 48 yard field goal with 51 seconds left to play in the half. Facing a very short clock, and 80 yards between us and the end zone, we instantly took to the air. We were able to march down the field in 10 plays, even overcoming a 7 yard sack, as Medlock was able to find Elijah Maxey in the back corner of the end zone on 3rd and 17 to score our fourth touchdown of the game with only 5 seconds left in the half. That would give us a 28-3 halftime lead.

The start of the 2nd half would go much the same as the 1st half did for Bowling Green. A 2 yard loss on 1st made the 7 yard gain on 2nd worthless, as an incomplete pass one play later brought Bowling Green to a quick halt on offense. We were able to continue our success on the ground, driving the ball clear down to the BGSU 33 yard line while taking over half the quarter off the clock, however a delay of game penalty, followed by three straight incomplete passes because Medlock couldn’t hit a damn wall even if it was 5 feet in front of him, brought our drive to an end at the 38 yard line, and forced a disappointing punt. Our defense however would get us the ball right back, as they stood up to the challenge and forced three straight incomplete passes themselves. Our next offensive series, and we went right back to the ground, advancing the ball 53 yards, almost entirely on the ground, all the way down to the Falcons 1 yard line before time ran out in the third quarter.

Start of the fourth quarter, and Mallary needed only one play to punch it in from one yard out. Bowling Green’s offense would again fail to get more than 9 yards, and they were once again forced to punt the ball away. Our offense however would also fail to do anything, gaining only three yards before we too were forced to punt. Our defense started to break, allowing passes of 11 and 23 yards to let the Falcons offense get as far as our 30 yard line, but they would hold to force four straight incomplete passes to give us the ball back on downs. Their defense seemingly started to give us, as our second team offense entered the game, and were able to move the ball at will as far as the Bowling Green 32 yard line before we stalled out. Jack Griffin would try a 49 yard field goal, but it ended up falling a good 3-5 yards short.

Our defense would once again almost break, being penalized for offsides, giving up passes of 16 and 19 yards, and allowing a couple of big gains on the ground, but they finally hunkered down and forced an incomplete pass on 4th and 3 to once again force a turnover on downs. That seemed to just kill their defense, as our second team offense was again able to move the ball down the field at will. This time, we would find the end zone once again, as Harden scored his 4th touchdown of the game on a 7 yard rush. Our defense once again very nearly broke. A 15 yard pass interference penalty, passes of 17 and 11 (on 3rd and 8) yards gave BGSU the ball 1st and 10 on my 16 yard line. Unfortunately for them, things would end shortly thereafter. A 7 yard sack on 1st down, incomplete passes on 2nd and 3rd downs, and only a 15 yard gain on 4th and 17, and they would once again turn the ball over on downs, giving our offense back possession on our 9 yard line with only 59 seconds left to play. Three Harden rushes later, and we completed our (new) biggest victory in this offensive coordinator’s coaching history.

With the victory, we improve to 2-1 on the season. With the loss, Bowling Green drops to 1-2 for the year. Up next for the Golden Panthers, it’s Parent’s Night as we welcome 0-3 Louisville to town. The Cardinals opened up their year with a 23-21 loss to Kentucky, followed by a 28-23 loss to North Carolina, before dropping into a 0-3 hole to start the season, courtesy of a 27-17 loss this week to Southern Miss.




Final Score
:FIU: 42, :Bowling_Green: 3



Stat(s) of the Game:
- FIU Offense - About as perfect as game as you can have. While Medlock still overthrew receivers a bunch of times, he made some great plays to make up for it.

- FIU HB Jeremiah Harden - Talk about a breakout game, scoring 4 touchdowns in a single game. Very Al Bundy-esque.

- FIU Defense – A DOMINANT first three quarters. In the first quarter alone, they held BGSU to 0-3 passing, only 14 yards rushing, no first downs. At halftime, had only given up 21 yard rushing and 61 yards passing. End of the third quarter, they had only given up 26 yard rushing and still only 61 yards passing. Couldn't ask for a better performance.



Scoring Summary



Team
1st Quarter
2nd Quarter
3rd Quarter
4th Quarter
Final Score


:Bowling_Green:

0


3


0


0


3



:FIU:

14


14


0


14


42








Time
Team
Result
Play
Score


First Quarter


5:00
:FIU:
Touchdown
J. Harden, 13 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 7-0


0:41
:FIU:
Touchdown
J. Harden, 11 yard pass from J. Medlock (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 14-0





Second Quarter


2:52
:FIU:
Touchdown
J. Harden, 24 yard pass from J. Medlock (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 21-0


0:55
:Bowling_Green:
Field Goal
J. Phillips, 48 yard field goal
:FIU: 21-3


0:05
:FIU:
Touchdown
G. Coleman, 25 yard pass from J. Medlock (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 28-3





Third Quarter





Fourth Quarter


8:59
:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Mallary, 1 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 35-3


2:41
:FIU:
Touchdown
J. Harden, 7 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 42-3







Game Stats



Bowling Green
Stat
Florida International


3
Score
42


11
First Downs
23


238
Total Offense
550


15-55-0
Rushes - Yards - TD
37-109-3


13-43-0
Comp - Att - TD
24-44-3


183
Passing Yards
441


3
Times Sacked
2


5-16 (31%)
3rd Down Conv
10-16 (62%)


0-3 (0%)
4th Down Conv
1-1 (100%)


0-0 (0%)
2-Point Conv
0-0 (0%)


3-0-1 (33%)
Red Zone - TD - FG
7-6-0 (85%)


0
Turnovers
0


0
Fumbles Losts
0


0
Intercepted
0


7
Punt Return Yards
31


108
Kick Return Yards
15


353
Total Yards
596


6 – 44.2
Punts - Average
3 - 43.0


1 - 5
Penalties
10 - 105


12:02
Time of Possession
23:58






Florida International Contract Goals Update



Fail Impact
Goal
Progress
Pass Impact


:3redarrow:
500+ rushing yards in each season
259
:3greenarrow:



Win 8 games in one season
2
:3greenarrow:



2000+ total offensive yards in each season
1385
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
7+ passing TD in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:



10+ points per game in each season
31 PPG
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
2400+ total offensive yards in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:


:2redarrow:
Win 4 games in one season
:check:
:1greenarrow:


:6redarrow:
2000+ total offensive yards in one season
:check:







Job Security Status

69%

SmoothPancakes
08-08-2011, 07:50 AM
First, here's a video of that crazy play were Rhymes slipped and fell on his route, Medlock escaped a sack, and then completed a 17 yard pass to Rhymes. I had two videos, this one, and a Broadcast Cameras version one that followed Rhymes from the beginning, so you could see front and center him slipping and falling, but the stupid game saved the highlight wrong, choosing a BC highlight that focused on and started with my QB escaping the sack and then passing the ball, rather than the highlight focusing on Rhymes that I had chosen. :fp:

Thankfully, you can still sort of see Rhymes on the left side of the video slip and fall as he makes his cut to go across the middle of the field on his route.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyiNdI9s6KU

SmoothPancakes
08-08-2011, 07:56 AM
As for the game, I was rather shocked at how it turned out. Bowling Green really wasn't that much worse than me ratings and stats-wise. I don't know if it was the rain, or the fact they blitzed so much, their damn defense spent more time in the backfield than my running backs, forcing me to pass a ton, but they just flopped. Even their offense wasn't able to get a single thing going for the entire first three quarters of the game. They didn't finally start actually gaining yards until my 2nd team defense came in.

Now comes the question, can I pull it out against Louisville. Louisville isn't that great this year, sitting at 0-3 right now. Already off to a great start, I have the chance to get off to the best start ever in Florida International football history if I win to start 3-1. The best FIU has ever done in real life, was their very first year in the FBS football back in 2002, going 2-2 through their first four games.

SmoothPancakes
08-08-2011, 08:05 AM
And what do you know, another week, another top 10 upset. This time, the victims are the #4 Ohio State Buckeyes, who get shocked at home by Cal, 34-28. As for the other games, there were very near multiple top 10 upsets. #1 LSU had to score a touchdown with 1:13 left to play to beat Idaho 28-21 while #2 Oregon barely held on to be Ole Miss 13-10.

Other losses and close games, #11 Oklahoma held off a furious 21 point 4th quarter comeback to beat Missouri 34-31. #13 Virginia Tech escaped Marshall 20-17. #20 USC will not go 8-0 this year, as Oregon State hands them their first loss with a 56-21 win. USF hands #21 Florida State their second straight loss, 28-14, and Connecticut knocked off #23 NC State 14-13.

As for the Sun Belt, only four of us in action this week. Myself and Arkansas State pick up victory for the conference, Western Kentucky and Mid Tennessee State further ruin our record with losses to Hawaii and Illinois. The conference now stands 7-13 on the year.

morsdraconis
08-08-2011, 01:19 PM
USF hands #21 Florida State their second straight loss, 28-14, and Connecticut knocked off #23 NC State 14-13.

Yay Big lEast!

JerzeyReign
08-08-2011, 02:36 PM
Its still a Basketball conference :)

morsdraconis
08-08-2011, 02:50 PM
Its still a Basketball conference :)

:)

There's no doubt about that, but it always seems like WVU is the only team that does shit in the Big East in the games (and even they are doing horrible now).

Cody
08-13-2011, 07:15 AM
Beat them Cards ;)

SmoothPancakes
08-13-2011, 02:35 PM
Game Four

:Louisville: :@: :FIU:



Game Notes


--- Thanks to a whooping of Bowling Green last week, we came into this game with a chance to improve to 3-1 on the year, and get off to our best start ever in team history. Standing in our way, a 0-3, but ever so dangerous, Louisville team. Louisville put the beatdown on us last year 38-14. We came into this game hoping to get revenge. Under skies full of nothing but sun, Louisville won the coin toss and elected to kick.

Our first drive would make it as far as midfield before the Cardinals finally locked down on defense and stopped us cold. Our defense meanwhile, was a brick wall. Two passes thrown away, and a 10 yard sack, and Louisville was punting the ball from their 10 yard line, giving us the ball right back at midfield. Our second drive would only last three plays before another punt. Despite giving up an 8 yard rush right off the bat, our defense again held their own, forcing a pass to be thrown away, along with a tackle for a 2 yard loss to shut down Louisville’s offense in three plays again. This time our offense was ready to find some success.

Things started moving quickly as Jake Medlock was able to connect with Elijah Maxey over the middle for a 26 yard gain down to the Cardinal 40, before Darrian Mallary screwed us over thanks to a fumble, which was picked up by a Louisville defender, and returned 29 yards all the way down to our 38 yard line. As if Louisville really needed any help, our defense went ahead and gave them 5 free yards thanks to an offside penalty on 1st down at the start of their drive. Our offense nearly never got going on their next drive, but a Medlock pass to Jacob Younger, who was able to beat his defender down the right sideline, and we had a 42 yard gain and a new set of downs. This time Mallary actually kept a hold on the ball as he was able to push us down to the Louisville 9 yard line with some good run blocking. We would however only make it as close as the Cardinals 3 yard line before a pair of incomplete passes forced us to settle for a 20 yard field goal as the first quarter expired.

The start of the second quarter saw our defense again do their jobs, getting an 8 yard sack on 2nd down to cancel out a 7 yard rush the previous play, before an incomplete pass forced another Louisville punt. A 7 yard return by Mallary, and we were starting on our own 40 yard line. A 7 yard sack on 1st down and a 10 yard sack on 3rd down, and that was it for our offense. Louisville only needed one play, courtesy of a 54 yard touchdown pass to jump out to a 14-3 lead. Three incomplete passes, and that was again it for our offense. Our defense would again hold the Cardinals to a three and out, but with the way our offense was moving the ball (or rather not moving it), it wouldn’t do much good. While we were able to gain a first down on the series, our offense would take a hit nonetheless as Mallary went down with a strained pectoral, causing him to be removed from the game for at least the rest of the offensive series. While Jeremiah Harden did decent in the two plays after subbing in for Mallary, failing to pick up two yards on 3rd down resulted in another punt. This time it would take Louisville one extra play, scoring on a 77 yard rush by Jeremy Wright on 2nd down.

This time, our offense would not be denied success, as passes of 11 yard, 10 yards, an 18 yard rush by Mallary, a 36 yard pass on 3rd and 20 that cancelled out a 10 yard sack, would get us down to the Louisville 14 yard line, where Mallary would need only one play to find the end zone on the ground from 14 yards out. A Griffin extra point later, and we were back within 11 points. Our defense, while giving up large gains to Louisville’s running game, was able to snatch us the ball back with 1 minute left in the half thanks to a fumble recovery. A couple quick passes and we were able to get the ball inside the Louisville 30 yard line with less than 30 seconds left to play. Medlock would push us to the brink with two incomplete passes, before finding Glenn Coleman uncovered in the back of the end zone with a 22 yard touchdown pass with 14 seconds left to play in the half to pull us within 4 points. Louisville would attempt to respond with the final 14 seconds, but would get only as far as our 40 yard line before time ran out.

Louisville came out in the second half ready to break their lead back open, but our defense had other plans. After giving up 9 yards over two plays, the defense shut down Louisville’s running back for a 3 yard loss on 3rd and 1 to force a Louisville punt. We would overcome some extremely shoddy blocking to get as far as the Louisville 28 yard line before our offense finally collapsed, forcing a 45 yard field goal attempt. Griffin never had a chance of making it. Our defense nearly rolled over and died, but somehow managed to finally pull themselves together and finally stopped Louisville’s offense on our 36 yard line, until the Cardinals decided to go for it and our worthless as hell defense didn’t bother doing anything to stop them. A couple plays later, and the Louisville was in the end zone yet again.

Our offense meanwhile, would go backwards 13 yards, and we’d punt the ball away yet again. Our defense would manage to hold Louisville’s offense in check, and we were able to finally start finding success again on offense in our next drive. We were able to get all the way down to the Louisville 21 yard line before three straight incomplete passes resulted in Sir Shanks-a-lot attempting and (gee whiz, what do you know?) missing a 38 yard field goal. Our defense would come through for us huge, as Emmanuel Souarin would intercept a Cardinals pass to give us the ball back on the Louisville 22 yard line with 22 seconds left in the 3rd quarter. We would advance the ball down to the Louisville 2 yard line before time ran out in the third quarter.

It would take three tries, but Mallary would finally manage to punch the ball into the end zone on 3rd and goal. Coach Cristobal would have us attempt the two point conversion, however the ball was batted down at the line of scrimmage, leaving us still down by 5 points. Louisville was more than ready to answer, thanks in part to two offside penalties on our defense, and an offensive drive that consisted of literally nothing but running plays for almost all of it, before finally going to the air in the final three plays, including a 5 yard touchdown pass to jump out to a 12 point lead with 6 minutes left to play. We would manage to advance the ball down to the Louisville 31 yard line, before a fumble by Harden would give the Cardinals the ball back with 3:36 left to play. They would only need a single play, as Wright would find a couple holes in our defense and weave he way to a 74 yard touchdown rush. That would be the backbreaker for us. Four straight incomplete passes would guarantee us the loss, as we would remain down 19 points with only 2:46 left, and turn the ball over to Louisville on our own 21 yard line. Three plays later, the Cardinals found the end zone again. We would get as far as midfield before Louisville would shut our offense down with 44 seconds left to play. Coach Cristobal would decide to punt this time, and two Louisville rushes later, our loss was official.

With the loss, we drop to 2-2 on the season. The Louisville Cardinals find the win column for the first time in 2012, improving their record to 1-3. Up next for Florida International, a MUCH needed bye week to get ourselves together. Then it’s back on the road to open up conference play as we travel to take on North Texas. The Mean Green come into the game with a 0-3 record, opening up the season with a 45-10 loss to #1 LSU, followed by a 49-13 loss to #14 Kansas State, and falling in defeat 27-21 to Ohio. North Texas also has a bye week next week before their game against us.




Final Score
:Louisville: 49, :FIU: 23



Stat(s) of the Game:
- FIU Offense – Running game sucked, the passing game was the only thing keeping us alive.
- FIU Defense – Absolutely pathetic. How the hell do you give up 275 yards rushing, along with 5 passing touchdowns, 7 touchdowns total.
- FIU Kicking – Sir Shanks-a-lot, aka Jack Griffin, made another appearance, going 1 for 3 in field goals.



Scoring Summary



Team
1st Quarter
2nd Quarter
3rd Quarter
4th Quarter
Final Score


:Louisville:

7


14


7


21


49



:FIU:

3


14


0


6


23







Time
Team
Result
Play
Score


First Quarter


3:01
:Louisville:
Touchdown
N. Nord, 14 yard pass from W. Stein (P. Washington kick)
:Louisville: 7-0


0:15
:FIU:
Field Goal
J. Griffin, 20 yard field goal
:Louisville: 7-3





Second Quarter


7:13
:Louisville:
Touchdown
M. Harris, 54 yard pass from W. Stein (P. Washington kick)
:Louisville: 14-3


3:54
:Louisville:
Touchdown
J. Wright, 76 yard run
:Louisville: 21-3


1:57
:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Mallary, 14 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:Louisville: 21-10


0:14
:FIU:
Touchdown
G. Coleman, 22 yard pass from J. Medlock (J. Griffin kick)
:Louisville: 21-17





Third Quarter


3:09
:Louisville:
Touchdown
M. Harris, 5 yard pass from W. Stein (P. Washington kick)
:Louisville: 28-17





Fourth Quarter


8:35
:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Mallary, 1 yard run (2-point failed)
:Louisville: 28-23


5:52
:Louisville:
Touchdown
M. Harris, 5 yard pass from W. Stein (P. Washington kick)
:Louisville: 35-23


3:18
:Louisville:
Touchdown
J. Wright, 74 yard run (P. Washington kick)
:Louisville: 42-23


2:05
:Louisville:
Touchdown
A. Smith, 5 yard pass from W. Stein (P. Washington kick)
:Louisville: 49-23





Game Stats



Louisville
Stat
Florida International


49
Score
23


14
First Downs
19


489
Total Offense
522


31-275-2
Rushes - Yards - TD
33-77-2


17-32-5
Comp - Att - TD
23-49-1


214
Passing Yards
445


2
Times Sacked
5


5-12 (41%)
3rd Down Conv
9-21 (42%)


1-1 (100%)
4th Down Conv
0-1 (0%)


0-0 (0%)
2-Point Conv
0-1 (0%)


5-4-0 (80%)
Red Zone - TD - FG
3-2-1 (100%)


2
Turnovers
2


1
Fumbles Losts
2


1
Intercepted
0


23
Punt Return Yards
21


103
Kick Return Yards
105


615
Total Yards
648


6 – 44.0
Punts - Average
7 - 45.1


1 - 5
Penalties
4 - 22


14:46
Time of Possession
21:14





Florida International Contract Goals Update



Fail Impact
Goal
Progress
Pass Impact


:3redarrow:
500+ rushing yards in each season
336
:3greenarrow:



Win 8 games in one season
2
:3greenarrow:



2000+ total offensive yards in each season
1907
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
7+ passing TD in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:



10+ points per game in each season
29 PPG
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
2400+ total offensive yards in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:


:2redarrow:
Win 4 games in one season
:check:
:1greenarrow:


:6redarrow:
2000+ total offensive yards in one season
:check:






Hidden Penalty


:2redarrow:
Lost to a lower ranked team







Job Security Status

63%

SmoothPancakes
08-13-2011, 02:42 PM
Alright, comments on the game. We suck. Our defense is absolutely pathetic against the run. 275 freaking yards rushing against our defense. :fp: Our running game was just as pathetic as our rushing defense. We had almost 200 fewer rushing yards, on two more carries. Absolutely horrible. The passing game was our only saving grace of the game. Kicking sucked again like usual. That has really ceased to be a surprise.

All in all, we were able to get lucky a couple times and keep it close, but for the most part, I think as soon as Louisville scored that first touchdown of the game, our fate was pretty much sealed to a loss.

SmoothPancakes
08-13-2011, 02:43 PM
Some Top 25 games of note. #1 LSU escaped an upset bid by Vanderbilt 23-20. #3 Alabama held on to their perfect season, defeating previously undefeated Arkansas 32-26. #8 Mississippi State held of a comeback from UCLA to win 21-16. #9 Stanford dropped to 3-1 on the season as 3-0 Utah picked a 48-45 double overtime upset win. #10 Oklahoma blew out #14 Kansas State 42-7. #13 Boise State dropped their second game of the season, losing to 4-0 Iowa 42-32. #20 Penn State lost their first game of the year, dropping to 3-1 after a 42-28 loss to Michigan.

SmoothPancakes
08-13-2011, 03:21 PM
Currently simming through the bye week. Some top 25 games of note. NC State improves to 4-1 on the season, as they hand #6 Nebraska their second loss of the year, 41-29. #11 Virginia Tech suffers their first loss as Maryland improves to 4-1 via a 38-24 victory. It took overtime for Washington, who improves to 5-1, to hand #18 Utah their first loss of the year, 45-42. Texas improves to 2-3 for the year as they knock off #29 Kansas State 27-20. And in the game of the week, #4 Michigan State stays perfect at 5-0, as they hand the #13 Buckeyes of Ohio State their 2nd loss of the year, with a 35-22 win.

SmoothPancakes
08-15-2011, 04:59 PM
Just finished up week 7 recruiting, and got a huge instant commit, signing a :3star: WR. So far, my 2013 class is off to a fairly good start with a :3star: WR, :3star: TE, :2star: FS, and :2star: CB.

SmoothPancakes
08-15-2011, 06:09 PM
The North Texas game is going to be getting played later on. I was going to play it an hour ago when I finished recruiting, but had to get my game played in the 360 Coach Mode OD. Well, after watching my dumbass team blow a 21-3 lead at the end of 3rd quarter over Arkansas State, give up 29 4th quarter points, and watch us proceed to lose 32-28, I'm right now too pissed off to try playing against North Texas. So after I go screw around in Assassin's Creed for a couple hours and work off this pissed off all to hell feeling by slaughtering and murdering hundreds of guards, I'll play North Texas later in the evening.

morsdraconis
08-15-2011, 08:27 PM
I know the feeling man. Thus why I occasionally take a break and play somethin' else. Got to, otherwise I feel like throwing my controller across the room.

SmoothPancakes
08-15-2011, 08:39 PM
I know the feeling man. Thus why I occasionally take a break and play somethin' else. Got to, otherwise I feel like throwing my controller across the room.

Yeah, I was all ready to play North Texas (though I had a bad feeling since they're another 0-3 team, just like Louisville was) as I was just finishing my last hour of recruiting. Then I got a message from Coach Kernzy about my OD game, and so I went to go get that in first, and yeah. After watching that game, I no longer wanted to even try North Texas right then. I knew it would have been a guaranteed loss just because of my mental and emotional state right then after that Arkansas State game in the OD. I may still try to play it later tonight, though it may get postponed until tomorrow, as I have become really damn tired suddenly in the last half hour or so. So I'm not sure if I'll even be awake and alert enough to try and play it tonight.

SmoothPancakes
08-16-2011, 08:59 AM
Game Five

:FIU: :@: :North_Texas:



Game Notes


--- Going into the first week of league play is definitely not the best thing after giving away the game like we did last week against Louisville. North Texas as our first opponent wasn’t making things any better. Despite the fact they were entering with an 0-3 record, just like Louisville had, and the facts that they ranked 118th in the nation in total offense, 102nd in rushing, and 117th in passing, we still had a very uneasy feeling about this game. It might have been partly due to the game being on their home field. Or maybe it was from those spicy burritos that they team captains decided on for the team pre-game meal rather than something simple. We won the coin toss and elected to kick.

The first drive for the Mean Green was far from mean. They lasted three plays before punting the ball away. While our offensive drive nearly stalled in three plays as well, Darrian Mallary was able to pick up the new set of downs for us on 3rd and 1, and then one play later gave us a huge boost as he was able to turn the outside corner and scamper down the field for a 36 yard gain down to the North Texas 23 yard line. Credit also goes to Jake Medlock for seeing the heavy pressure to the left side, and switching the play from its original run to the left, and making it a run to the undermanned right side. Unfortunately, that would be the highlight play of the drive, as we would get as close as the 5 yard line before having to settle for a field goal. In response, North Texas may have the 117th ranked passing offense in the nation, but they sure as hell didn’t show it in their second drive, burning our defense on passes of 9, 11, 25, and 24 yards, ending with a 2 yard touchdown pass to take the lead.

Our second offense drive, we were able to getting things moving consistently until we got down to the North Texas 32 yard line, where a holding penalty on 2nd down pushed us back outside the 40 and killed any and all momentum we had. Jack Griffin would try a 52 yard field goal, but never had a chance of making it, as it fell easily 5 yards short of the uprights. North Texas once again showed that their offensive rankings were nothing but bull, and quickly bitch slapped our defense down the field with passes, bringing a merciful end to the first quarter along the way. Another three and out, and our offense was once again coming back off the field. North Texas once again passed all over our offense, and would have had another touchdown if not for a sack for a loss of 8 yards that forced them to kick merely a field goal. Our next offensive drive, choosing to stick to the ground, since our passing game sucked more than a $2 hooker, we made it all the way down to the North Texas 48 yard line before trying a pass on 3rd and 8. Of course, it was promptly intercepted. What else is new. North Texas drove down to our 30 yard line before stalling out and settling for a 47 yard field goal.

Finally our offense finally got their asses in gear and did something, as Mallary was able to escape the pressure on a pitch play, managing to get outside the tackles and sprinted 54 yards down the field, breaking four tackles along the way before finally being caught from behind at the North Texas 26 yard line. An extremely lucky pass (there is no skill on this offense, only luck) on 3rd and 10 went for a 25 yard gain, getting us down to the 1 yard line. Of course, 1 yard was almost too much for this offense to even obtain, needing three plays to finally get the ball into the end zone from a single godforsaken yard out. North Texas would try to respond, but would get no farther than midfield before the clock ran out and we entered halftime.

Start of the second half, our offense came out ready to stop rolling over like a bunch of corpses, quickly getting a first down in two plays to get us out to our 45 yard line, before Mallary was again called on to take the ball on the ground. This time, he was able to break five tackles as he took it up the middle, juked out the safety, and was able to race the rest of the way to the end zone for a 55 yard touchdown run to pull us back within 3 points. Then things finally started to go our way, as Jonathan Cyprien was able to strip the ball loose on the next Mean Green drive and recover it for us, giving us the ball right back on the North Texas 38 yard line. Of course, that would be too easy for us. Leave it to good old Medlock to say F U to our offense, throwing another interception four plays later on the North Texas 6 yard line. Thankfully our defense actually did their job for a chance, and allowed only 4 yards before forcing a North Texas punt.

This time we were able to actually do something, as Medlock decided to throw to one of our own players for a change, and we were able to eventually make our way down to the North Texas 1 yard line once again. And thankfully Mallary was able to actually get that one yard on a single play this time, rather than needing three plays like the last time. Somehow, things continued to actually go our way, as the North Texas halfback proceeded to fumble the ball on 1st down of their next drive, giving us the ball back on their 17 yard line, and putting us in great shape to extend on our new 4 point lead. We were able to find the end zone again four plays later as Medlock was able to find Junior Mertile in the back of the end zone for a 4 yard touchdown pass to bring our lead up to 11 points. North Texas was able to get deep into our territory on their next drive, thanks in part to a 30 yard pass on 3rd down, but our defense eventually forced three straight incomplete passes from our 14 yard line, forcing the Mean Green to kick a 31 yard field goal.

Our offense would again find success on the ground on our next drive. Clearly the rushing game would be the only reason we would have a chance of winning today. Throughout a drive that saw the third quarter end and the fourth quarter begin, we went on a 12 play drive that consisted on 10 rushes, ending in Mallary punching it in from 2 yards out. A pair of sacks for a combined loss of 10 yards would erase any good a 14 yard pass would do, and North Texas was forced to punt in only three plays on their ensuing drive, giving us the ball back. Or so we thought, until our stupid punt returner fumbled the ball and gave North Texas just fantastic field position at our own damn 32 yard line. Nothing like a freaking 40 yard gain thanks to a fumbled punt. :fp: Somehow our defense would actually manage to force them to turn the ball over on downs, finally actually giving us the ball back with just over 6 minutes left and a 15 point lead. We would get as far as the 40 yard line before sending the punt team back onto the field.

The response from North Texas was easily guessable. Passing and more passing. Their drive last 7 plays and covered 76 yards, and all of that on a whole three completed passes. 4 incomplete passes, and completed passes of 26 yards, 28 yards, and 22 yards (for a TD) were all that their drive consisted of. Our defense seriously is worth jack against the pass. And of course, they converted the two-point conversion attempt to pull within 7 with 2:16 left to play. Of course, go figure, we proceed to go three and out and give the ball back with 1:44 left to play. Thankfully our defense decided to actually step up for a chance, as Emmanuel Souarin intercepted a North Texas pass at the 26 yard line and returned it back for a touchdown to give us a 14 point lead again with 1:33 left to play. North Texas was able to get out as far as their 37 yard line before they turned the ball over on downs as they gained a mere two yards in four plays after their last first down.

After North Texas decided to call their only remaining time out with 33 seconds left to play as I tried to run down the clock, I decided to say screw it and tried to put it in the end zone one last time. Unfortunately we would get only as close as the 2 yard line before throwing three straight incomplete passes. We would walk away from the drive with a victory nonetheless as Griffin would tack on a 19 yard field goal as time expired. With the win, we improve to 3-2 on the year, 1-0 in the Sun Belt Conference. North Texas falls to 0-4 for the season and 0-1 in the Sun Belt.

Up next for the Golden Panthers, we return home to take on Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers enter the game 0-6 on the season, 0-3 in Sun Belt Conference play. Western Kentucky opened their year with a 38-3 loss at #3 Alabama, then lost at Kentucky 34-7, followed by a 42-7 loss at Hawaii. They opened up conference play with a 31-13 loss to Middle Tennessee State, a 24-17 loss to Louisiana-Monroe, before getting shut out 37-0 at Florida Atlantic.




Final Score
:FIU: 48, :North_Texas: 31



Stat(s) of the Game:
FIU Offense – Medlock sucks, the running game was god this game.

FIU Defense – No comment.

FIU Kicking – Made some field goals but his kicking range sucks.



Scoring Summary



Team
1st Quarter
2nd Quarter
3rd Quarter
4th Quarter
Final Score


:FIU:

3


7


21


17


48



:North_Texas:

7


13


3


8


31







Time
Team
Result
Play
Score


First Quarter


5:23
:FIU:
Field Goal
J. Griffin, 21 yard field goal
:FIU: 3-0


3:07
:North_Texas:
Touchdown
W. Taylor, 2 yard pass from R. Dodge (Z. Olen kick)
:North_Texas: 7-3





Second Quarter


7:57
:North_Texas:
Touchdown
B. Byrd, 4 yard run (Z. Olen kick)
:North_Texas: 14-3


5:48
:North_Texas:
Field Goal
Z.Olen, 18 yard field goal
:North_Texas: 17-3


2:43
:North_Texas:
Field Goal
Z. Olen, 47 yard field goal
:North_Texas: 20-3


0:55
:FIU:
Touchdown
J. Harden, 1 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:North_Texas: 20-3





Third Quarter


8:01
:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Mallary, 55 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:North_Texas: 20-17


5:24
:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Mallary, 1 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 24-20


4:01
:FIU:
Touchdown
J. Mertile, 4 yard pass from J. Medlock (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 31-20


2:20
:North_Texas:
Field Goal
Z. Olen, 31 yard field goal
:FIU: 31-23





Fourth Quarter


7:44
:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Mallary, 2 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 38-23


2:16
:North_Texas:
Touchdown
D. Carey, 22 yard pass from R. Dodge (2-point conversion)
:FIU: 38-31


1:33
:FIU:
Touchdown
E. Souarin, returned interception 25 yards (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 45-31


0:00
:FIU:
Field Goal
J. Griffin, 19 yard field goal
:FIU: 48-31





Game Stats



Florida International
Stat
North Texas


48
Score
31


19
First Downs
20


519
Total Offense
471


39-258-4
Rushes - Yards - TD
33-139-1


16-35-1
Comp - Att - TD
22-50-2


261
Passing Yards
332


0
Times Sacked
3


7-15 (46%)
3rd Down Conv
11-21 (52%)


1-1 (100%)
4th Down Conv
2-4 (50%)


0-0 (0%)
2-Point Conv
1-1 (100%)


8-4-2 (75%)
Red Zone - TD - FG
4-2-2 (100%)


3
Turnovers
3


1
Fumbles Losts
2


2
Intercepted
1


7
Punt Return Yards
19


108
Kick Return Yards
76


634
Total Yards
566


3 - 46.7
Punts - Average
3 - 44.3


2 - 15
Penalties
2 - 10


20:56
Time of Possession
15:04





Florida International Contract Goals Update



Fail Impact
Goal
Progress
Pass Impact


:3redarrow:
500+ rushing yards in each season
2/3 Passed
:3greenarrow:



Win 8 games in one season
3
:3greenarrow:



2000+ total offensive yards in each season
2/3 Passed
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
7+ passing TD in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:



10+ points per game in each season
33 PPG
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
2400+ total offensive yards in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:


:2redarrow:
Win 4 games in one season
:check:
:1greenarrow:


:6redarrow:
2000+ total offensive yards in one season
:check:






Job Security Status

63%

SmoothPancakes
08-16-2011, 09:01 AM
Thoughts on the game, nothing really to say. The defense sucks, Medlock sucks. The only reason I won that game was the rushing game.

SmoothPancakes
08-16-2011, 09:04 AM
In the top 25 this week, #1 LSU escapes Florida 17-9. #23 Utah gets a huge upset as they knock off #2 Oregon 59-40. The game of the week goes to #4 Michigan State, as they had #7 Wisconsin their first loss, 21-14. #6 Texas A&M avoids an upset by Kansas as the Aggies win 31-24. #12 Auburn loses for the first time this year, as Arkansas gets the win 23-10, and #19 Virginia Tech needed overtime to beat #21 NC State 34-28.

morsdraconis
08-16-2011, 09:13 AM
Man, as cool as it is to be able to be the OC or DC, there is nothing more frustrating than watching a truly inept side of the ball flounder while not being able to do anything about it.

SmoothPancakes
08-16-2011, 09:19 AM
Man, as cool as it is to be able to be the OC or DC, there is nothing more frustrating than watching a truly inept side of the ball flounder while not being able to do anything about it.

My thoughts exactly. I know for a fact my defense is going to screw my season over. There's no doubt about it. If I had to go through all that just to beat 0-4 North Texas, who had the 118th worst total offense, 102nd worst rushing offense, and 117th worst passing offense coming into the game, there is no doubt I'm going to get abused by teams that actually have offenses worth a damn as I get further into league play.

morsdraconis
08-16-2011, 09:23 AM
My thoughts exactly. I know for a fact my defense is going to screw my season over. There's no doubt about it. If I had to go through all that just to beat 0-4 North Texas, who had the 118th worst total offense, 102nd worst rushing offense, and 117th worst passing offense coming into the game, there is no doubt I'm going to get abused by teams that actually have offenses worth a damn as I get further into league play.

Time to run the ball down their throats and run the clock out as much as possible. Shorten the game and, hopefully, put more pressure on them to score quickly resulting in them making more mistakes.

SmoothPancakes
08-16-2011, 05:07 PM
Game Six

:Western_Kentucky: :@: :FIU:



Game Notes


--- After a crazy game last week against North Texas, we were back in the safety of our home stadium, as Western Kentucky came stumbling into town with an 0-6 record. We were looking to improve to 4-2 on the year and improve to 2-0 in the Sun Belt. This was also our chance to get a huge boost in momentum for our season before undefeated Troy came to town next week. It was a partly cloudy nighttime sky as the lights came on for the first time in the past two seasons. Western Kentucky lost the coin toss, we elected to kick, hoping our defense would set the tone for the game early.

The defense would do exactly that, as they allowed only 7 yards on a rush before forcing the Hilltoppers to punt. Or so we thought. Leave it to the defense to get whistled for an offside penalty on 4th and 3. :fp: Finally they actually stopped the Western Kentucky offense in the next set of downs, and actually didn’t get penalized on 4th and 2. We got the ball on our 24 yard line and quickly proceeded to drive down the field. Eight plays later, we found the end zone for the first time of the day, as Darrian Mallary drove into the end zone from 3 yards out. Our defense pretty much about screwed our lead, but they finally shut them down on our 31 yard line after 12 straight plays went for at least a 3 yard gain or more. The Hilltoppers would attempt a 48 yard field goal, but would miss it wide right. We however would gain one first down before going three and out and would punt the ball right back. They would drive right down the throats of our defense, surprise surprise, thanks to passes of 14, 19, and 24 yards, to tie things up.

We would get as far down the field as the Western Kentucky 3 yard line, before their defense stopped us four straight plays in a row, because the game’s “I’m going to cheat the hell out of you” engine decided that I am not going to be allowed to win this game. Thankfully, being backed up clear on their 2 yard line, the defense never let them getting any farther out than the 7 yard line before they were forced to punt right before the end of the first quarter. This time we would find the end zone again on our offensive drive, thanks in part to starting on our own 46 yard line after the punt from deep in WKU territory. We got down to the Hilltoppers 10 yard line in 7 players, before Jake Medlock connecting with Mallary in the end zone for a 10 yard touchdown pass. Our defense was more than ready to hold tough for a change, as they stopped Western Kentucky just barely inches short of a first down, forcing another WKU punt. While it took a lot of effort and multiple third down conversions, we were able to drive down the field once again, and Medlock was able to connect with Mallary through the air once again, this time for a 15 yard touchdown pass.

Our defense let Western Kentucky constantly advance the ball as far as our 47 yard line, before they finally shut down the Hilltopper offense and forced another put with 2 minutes left to play in the half. It took a lot of risk and effort, but we were able to drive down into the Western Kentucky red zone before Mallary punched it in from 1 yard out with 30 seconds left to play in the 1st half. Western Kentucky would only get two plays off before the clock ran out. Even better, besides having a 21 point halftime lead, we were getting the ball right back to start the third quarter.

Starting on our 20 yard line, we quickly drove right down the field, only facing a single 3rd down along the way, as our running game was finally beginning to work and we could stop going through the air every play to actually gain first downs. 11 plays later, Mallary was finding the end zone yet again as he plowed through the line on 3rd and goal from the 2 yard line to put us up 35-7. Western Kentucky, their backs completely broken, quickly went three and out, and our offensive switched to 100% clock killing mode with 3:20 left to play in the third quarter. We would advance the ball all the way down to the Western Kentucky 7 yard line before time finally ran out on the third quarter.

The start of the fourth quarter, and Mallary again was unable to put it in on the ground, so we finally took to the air on 3rd and goal, where Medlock was once again able to connect with Mallary to put us up by 35 points with 8 minutes left in the game. A pair of 27 yard passes, and Western Kentucky was able to at least find some life on offense, getting as close as our 12 yard line, before a tackle for a loss and a 7 yard sack would push them out to 4th and 20, and they would have to settle for a 39 yard field goal. Our second team offense would drive the ball down as far as the Western Kentucky 22 yard line before settling for a 39 yard field goal with 3 minutes left to play. Our defense would hold the Hilltoppers to a three and out, and we would get the ball back with 2:35 left to play in the game. We ended up going three and out as well on offense, giving Western Kentucky the ball back with a little over a minute left to play. They would get the ball as far as our 33 yard line before time ran out and the game came to an end under the Miami night sky.

With the win, we improve to 4-2 on the season, 2-0 in Sun Belt Conference play. With the loss, Western Kentucky drops to 0-7 for the year, 0-4 in Sun Belt action. Up next for the Golden Panthers, the Trojans of Troy come to town, bringing a 5-1 record, 1-1 in Sun Belt play. Looking at Troy’s season so far, they opened up the year with w 54-24 win at UAB, a 36-14 win over McNeese State, a 48-21 victory over Navy, a 14-12 upset at Tennessee, a 44-14 shellacking at home against Middle Tennessee State, before being knocked off in a huge surprise loss at Florida Atlantic, 37-17.




Final Score
:FIU: 45, :Western_Kentucky: 10



Stat(s) of the Game:
- FIU Offense – 565 yards of total offense. Passed heavy when they shut down the running game, cranked the running game up to full speed in the 2nd half.

- FIU Defense – Actually, finally did decent for a change. Held WKU to 296 yards of offense, and didn’t really screw up big time for the most part.

- FIU Running Back Darrian Mallary – Directly involved in all 6 touchdowns the offense scored, 3 receiving, 3 rushing. By far the best game he’ll ever play in his career.

- Both Teams – A turnover free game.



Scoring Summary



Team
1st Quarter
2nd Quarter
3rd Quarter
4th Quarter
Final Score


:Western_Kentucky:

7


0


0


3


10



:FIU:

7


21


7


10


45







Time
Team
Result
Play
Score


First Quarter


6:32
:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Mallary, 3 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 7-0


0:54
:Western_Kentucky:
Touchdown
N. Baisch, 2 yard run (J. Lane kick)
TIED 7-7





Second Quarter


6:42
:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Mallary, 10 yard pass from J. Medlock (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 14-7


4:02
:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Mallary, 15 yard pass from J. Medlock (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 21-7


0:29
:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Mallary, 1 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 28-7





Third Quarter


4:10
:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Mallary, 2 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 35-7





Fourth Quarter


8:15
:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Mallary, 5 yard pass from J. Medlock (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 42-7


4:52
:Western_Kentucky:
Field Goal
J. Lane, 38 yard field goal
:FIU: 42-10


3:05
:FIU:
Field Goal
J. Griffin, 38 yard field goal
:FIU: 45-10





Game Stats



Western Kentucky
Stat
Florida International


10
Score
45


16
First Downs
22


296
Total Offense
565


36-114-1
Rushes - Yards - TD
35-163-3


13-32-0
Comp - Att - TD
18-30-3


182
Passing Yards
402


1
Times Sacked
0


9-18 (50%)
3rd Down Conv
5-9 (55%)


0-0 (0%)
4th Down Conv
0-1 (0%)


0-0 (0%)
2-Point Conv
0-0 (0%)


3-1-1 (66%)
Red Zone - TD - FG
8-6-0 (75%)


0
Turnovers
0


0
Fumbles Losts
0


0
Intercepted
0


0
Punt Return Yards
24


122
Kick Return Yards
20


418
Total Yards
609


6 – 44.7
Punts - Average
2 - 41.0


1 - 1
Penalties
3 - 15


14:12
Time of Possession
21:48





Florida International Contract Goals Update



Fail Impact
Goal
Progress
Pass Impact


:3redarrow:
500+ rushing yards in each season
2/3 Passed
:3greenarrow:



Win 8 games in one season
4
:3greenarrow:



2000+ total offensive yards in each season
2/3 Passed
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
7+ passing TD in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:



10+ points per game in each season
35 PPG
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
2400+ total offensive yards in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:


:2redarrow:
Win 4 games in one season
:check:
:1greenarrow:


:6redarrow:
2000+ total offensive yards in one season
:check:






Job Security Status

63%

SmoothPancakes
08-16-2011, 05:08 PM
That. Felt. Good. I needed that. After the crap I put up with from this game in the North Texas contest, I needed to just go out and stomp a team. Unfortunately for Western Kentucky, they were the team that the schedule gave me to do exactly that to. No matte which route I went on offense, as soon as I found a rhythm, Western Kentucky couldn't stop me. They shut me down on the ground early, so I destroyed them through the air. They started playing the pass after halftime, and my running backs went to town on them. This is going to be a game I'm going to remember for a long time, just because of the destruction and frustration I was able to rain upon my opponent, rather than the other way around.

As for the conference, well, what wonders have occurred. Going into this season, who in their right minds would have thought that after 8 weeks of play, Florida Atlantic and Florida International would be in a two team tie for first place in the conference with 2-0 records. Florida Atlantic got a huge upset over previously undefeated Troy, 37-17, to knock them down to 5-1 for the year and move the Florida schools solely into first place. It's a shame I don't play Florida Atlantic until week 14. I highly doubt either of us will still be undefeated in the Sun Belt. What a game that would have been if we had been able to play while still undefeated in the conference. Talk about a dream game for TV, at least regionally.

SmoothPancakes
08-16-2011, 05:09 PM
As for the top 25, upsets and more upsets this week. There's going to be a new #2 for the second week in a row, as Michigan pulls off the upset rivalry victory, shutting out #2 Michigan State 10-0. #3 Alabama sees their perfect season ruined as Ole Miss gets a 28-24 upset win at home. In the game of the week, #4 Oklahoma State remains perfect with a 37-10 win over #5 Texas A&M, ruining the Aggies perfect season in the process. #7 Mississippi State barely edges out #14 South Carolina 19-17. #8 Oklahoma escapes an upset bid by Kansas, as the Sooners win 24-17. #12 Stanford held on to get the 24-14 win over #23 Washington. #13 Connecticut is no longer undefeated, courtesy of a 28-26 upset victory by Louisville. #16 Nebraska is no longer perfect in their Big 10 history, as #17 Ohio State hands the Huskers their first ever Big 10 loss, 31-26. #20 Utah picked up a top 25 win, edging out #24 Oregon State 27-24.

SmoothPancakes
08-16-2011, 05:34 PM
Nice, advanced to week 9, checked out my recruiting. I snuck in and stole a :3star: OLB who had soft committed to Troy last week, and got him to hard commit to me this week. Also got a :2star: OLB to hard commit as well this week, bringing my recruiting class up to 6 players so far. I did lose one player, a :2star: QB to Florida Atlantic, but as Medlock is a Junior and my other two QBs are a Freshman (RS) and a Freshman, I'll be good for QB until at least the off-season, if not until regular season recruiting next year.

morsdraconis
08-16-2011, 05:43 PM
Great win man. It definitely feels good to beat the shit out of someone.

SmoothPancakes
08-16-2011, 06:32 PM
Thanks. While the Bowling Green was an easy win, that was pretty much just because they sucked. This game, this was a win I wanted and I wanted it to be by as much as possible. I was out for blood and out with a vengeance after that North Texas game. Western Kentucky just drew the short stick when it came to schedules.

I at least have hope now. After seeing what our offense can do when pushed, combined with Florida Atlantic's easy upset of previously unbeaten Troy, I have hope of actually contending with and maybe beating Troy now.

morsdraconis
08-16-2011, 06:49 PM
Confidence is what it's all about man. Without it, you're destined to fail.

:up:

SmoothPancakes
08-16-2011, 07:02 PM
Well, with Jake Medlock under center, he doesn't exactly fill me with inspiration or confidence. :D I never have any idea what kind of game I'm going to get from him. Some games he plays like he's Steve Young in the pocket. Other games, he plays like he's Reggie Ball. :fp: I never have any clue what he's going to play like until I get in-game.

SmoothPancakes
08-17-2011, 08:44 AM
Just about to start up my game against Troy.

First, here's the (slightly after) mid-season Hot Seat update. The percentage change is the difference between the percentages I had listed in my week 2 update and now.



CoachPositionTeamJob Security% Change2012 Record2011 Record
Dana HolgorsenHead Coach:West_Virginia:11%+1%1-45-7
Dabo SwinneyHead Coach:Clemson:12%0%6-04-8
Larry PorterHead Coach:Memphis:20%0%0-71-11
Butch DavisHead Coach:North_Carolina:20%+1%4-25-7
Paul WulffHead Coach:Washington_State:21%+1%1-62-10
Bronco MendenhallHead Coach:BYU:25%+4%2-55-7
Will MuschampHead Coach:Florida:27%-2%2-56-7
Dennis EricksonHead Coach:Arizona_State:28%+1%3-44-8

Other Notables
Mark RichtHead Coach:Georgia:35%+2%7-05-7
Mack BrownHead Coach:Texas:36%0%3-4(7-6)
Charlie StrongHead Coach:Louisville:39%+7%2-35-7
Jeff TedfordHead Coach:Cal:42%-4%3-45-7
Joe PaternoHead Coach:Penn_State:44%-1%6-18-5
Derek DooleyHead Coach:Tennessee:44%+2%2-46-7
Lane KiffinHead Coach:USC:45%-1%5-29-4

morsdraconis
08-17-2011, 09:06 AM
Poor Holgorsen. :(

SmoothPancakes
08-17-2011, 09:23 AM
Yeah, I thought they were going to get it on track this year after that win over Florida State. But then they lost by double digits to North Carolina, got whooped by TCU, lost by 10 to Clemson and in the game I just simulated before playing my Troy game, they lost to fellow (before simming the game) 1-4 Syracuse 34-31 to drop to 1-5 on the year. Still have toss up games against UConn, Louisville, Cincinnati, USF and Rutgers (along with a trip to Pittsburgh) so they have a chance to at least match their 5-7 record from last year.

Looking at Holgorsen's contract, he was screwed no matter what after last season. He has 4 failed goals right now:

Win 6 games every season (:3redarrow:)
Finish each season ranked in the BCS Top 75 (:6redarrow:)
Finish 6th or better in the conference each season (:5redarrow:)
Make it to a bowl game each season (:4redarrow:)

Unfortunately, he's not going to make up any ground. Of his 8 pending goals, only 1 is a 4 green arrow goal, he has 2 2 green arrow goals, and 5 1 green arrow goals. And he's pretty much screwed on those goals even as they have no chance of meeting the goals this season, and he's probably destined to be fired before the third season on his contract.

His pending goals are: Finish a season ranked in the BCS Top 25, Win 10 games in one season, Sign 1 4-star, or better, prospect(s) each regular season (none so far this season), sign a Top 50 recruiting Class each regular season, Win 8 games in one season, Beat a rival opponent each season, Sign 5 3-star, or better, prospect(s) each regular season (only 1 signed so far), and Grade 'B' or higher on 10 campus visits in one season.

And in fact, it looks like he might be dropping back down to 10% approval rating next week, as he's currently getting hit with a :1redarrow: penalty for losing to a lower ranked team (Syracuse) this week.

SmoothPancakes
08-17-2011, 12:10 PM
Troy results coming up shortly. As well, some interesting results in the Top 25 this week. :popcorn:

SmoothPancakes
08-17-2011, 12:45 PM
Game Seven

:Troy: :@: :FIU:



Game Notes


--- Coming off on a huge positive upswing after that whooping we put on Western Kentucky last week, it was time to try and keep that momentum going as our toughest test of the season lay ahead of us. Troy was coming to town this week, bringing along their 5-1 record and 1-1 Sun Belt Conference record. We came into the game at 4-2 on the year, but most importantly, 2-0 and tied with Florida Atlantic for first place in the Sun Belt. In addition to a game that could possibly propel our program to new heights, we had two recruits in attendance for this game, :4star: DE Anthony Smith, the #11 DE in the entire country, who had announced that he was soft committing to Auburn earlier this week, and :3star: TE Aaron Clark, who announced that he was soft committing to our team. Special for this game, we decided to break out the alternate uniforms and don the black jerseys. It was a bright and sunny day, so weather would have no effect on the outcome. Troy won the coin toss and elected to kick.

Our defense immediately announced their intentions to win today, as Darrian Mallary was able to find the corner and pick up an immediate 1st down with a 13 yard rush on the first offensive play of the game. Two plays later, and Jeremiah Harden hauled in a 20 yard pass to get our offense out to midfield. A couple more big runs by Mallary, and we were quickly inside the Troy 20 red zone. Unfortunately, shoddy blocking on first and goal a couple plays later ruined our drive, as we would not get closer than the Troy 6 yard line and had to settle for a 23 yard field goal. Troy was able to quickly get their offense up to speed, moving the ball out to my 40 yard line before our defense forced an incomplete pass on 3rd and 7. Apparently that was not good enough for Troy, as they completed a 21 yard pass on 4th down, and would score the go-ahead touchdown two plays later. We would answer 8 plays later, as Jake Medlock was able to drop a pass in over the coverage to Jacob Younger in the back corner of the end zone for a 27 yard touchdown pass.

Troy’s offense would go three and out, followed by a shanked punt that gave us the ball back on Troy’s 46 yard line. Leave it to Medlock to screw things up, completely overthrowing the receiver on 1st down, and DIRECTLY into the hands of one of the Troy cornerbacks, who returned the interception 24 yards down to our 37 yard line. Despite a 24 yard pass on 1st down, our defense finally stopped them on our 8 yard line, forcing them to settle for a 25 yard field goal to tie the game up. Our offense started driving the ball down the field on our next drive, getting as far as the Troy 3 yard line before time ran out and the first quarter came to an end.

The start of the second quarter saw us begin on the Troy 4 yard line after a rush for a loss of 1 yard on the previous play. We would only need one play in the second quarter to find the end zone, as Medlock was able to needle a 4 yard pass through the coverage to Junior Mertile for a touchdown. Things would quickly fall apart for Troy, who got a single first down before our defense intercepted a pass, giving us the ball back on the Troy 30 yard line. A couple Mallary rushes later found us at the Troy 6 yard line, but our offense unfortunately failed again, and we would end the drive with another 23 yard field goal. This time the Troy offense would keep the ball, needing only 6 plays to cover 80 yards and close the game back to within 3 points. A couple big rushes and a huge pass that went 45 yards after a pair of broken tackles, and we found the end zone again as Mallary punched the ball in from one yard out to extend our lead back to 10 with 4 minutes left in the half.

Troy only needed two minutes to respond, as they quickly drove down the field, helped thanks in part to a 15 yard facemask penalty on our defense, but their offense fizzled out at our four yard line, where they would end with 21 yard field goal to pull back within 7. Needing to score before halftime, since Troy would get the ball back to start the third quarter, our offense got a huge boost by the Troy defense thanks to a defensive pass interference penalty that quickly advanced us out to midfield with 1:30 left to play. A couple passes and a few failed rushes later, and Medlock, one 3rd and goal, was able to connect with Harden in the end zone for a 5 yard touchdown pass. Again, we had to credit the Troy defense for their help, as the Troy defender had gotten a hand on the pass, but instead of swatting it down, he tried to go for the interception. He missed, the ball bounced off his arms, and right into the waiting hands of Harden to give us the touchdown right before halftime. Troy would settle for that first half result, as they simply ran out the remaining 20 seconds and headed for the locker room.

Start of the third quarter, Troy was more than ready to get that touchdown back, as they needed only 8 plays to move the ball 79 yards to pull the game back within 7 points. Troy’s defense once again gave us help as their middle linebacker was flagged for a facemask penalty, giving us 15 free yards after a rush that had only gained us 3. Unfortunately, the defense apparently did not like that, as three plays later, Mallary fumbled the ball, to which the defender returned it back to our 40 yard line. Or so we all thought. Coach Cristobal challenged the play, and in the end it was overturned, as it was determined the ground had caused the fumble, and the fumble had occurred after the runner was already down, so our offense caught a huge break and retained possession. Unfortunately, we would only get two more plays before an incomplete pass on 3rd down would bring our drive to an end. But, we walked away with points in the end as Jack Griffin was able to just barely sneak a 51 yard field goal over the crossbar to build our lead back to 10.

Troy would try to respond, managing to advance the ball out to midfield before a sack would set their drive back, and they would fail to recover, punting the ball away in the end. Starting at our own 20 after the touchback, we started going exclusively on the ground, forcing Troy to have to stop our run game if they wanted the ball back. A couple plays into the drive, Mallary was able to break through the defense for a 22 yard gain, getting us down to the Troy 43 yard line, as time ran out and the third quarter ended.

The start of the fourth quarter saw more of the same as we forced Troy to have to stop our ground game to get possession back. We were able to get as close as the Troy 13 yard line, chewing 3:30 off the fourth quarter clock before the Trojans finally shut our offense down. Griffin came on the field and kicked a 30 yard field goal to give us a 13 point lead with 5:38 left to play. Troy’s offense however never got a chance to respond, as Terrance Taylor intercepted a pass on 2nd and 5, giving us the ball right back on the Troy 29 yard line. We were able to rush the ball down to the Troy 10 yard line, chewing another 2:30 off the clock before we were forced to settle for another field goal. Griffin was able to connect on the 27 yard attempt, giving us a 16 point lead with 2:01 left to play in the game.

Troy was ultimately able to drive down the field and score a touchdown on their ensuing drive, thanks in part to a 15 yard pass interference penalty and an offside penalty by our defense that gave them 20 free yards, but a 10 yard loss on a sack kept their offense on the field a few plays longer, using up more time before they were able to find the end zone with a 9 yard touchdown pass with only 37 seconds left in the game. They were able to convert the 2-point conversion, closing the gap to 8 points. Unfortunately for them, our hands team recovered the onside kick, and there would be no miracle comeback today. Two plays later, and our biggest victory of the year was in the books.

With the win, we improve to 5-2 on the year, an astounding 3-0 in Sun Belt Conference play, and thanks to Florida Atlantic’s loss to North Texas this week, we take over sole possession of 1st place. Troy falls to 5-2 on the year, 1-2 in Sun Belt action. Up next for the Golden Panthers, we go back on the road for a two game stretch, opening with Louisiana-Monroe. The Warhawks come into the game with a 2-4 record, 1-1 in the Sun Belt Conference. Looking at their season so far, Louisiana-Monroe opened the year with a 34-26 loss at Florida State and a 45-13 loss at Baylor. They found the winning column in their next game as they beat UNLV 24-9 and got a 24-17 win at Western Kentucky. They followed up those wins with a 21-16 loss to Arkansas State and lost this week to Utah State, 31-21.




Final Score
:FIU: 43, :Troy: 35



Stat(s) of the Game:
- FIU Offense – Passing is God against Troy. They cannot stop the pass. Medlock did pretty good today despite two interceptions. And the receivers were actually hauling in balls for a change instead of constantly dropping them. Also had a hell of a drive that started in the third quarter and went into the fourth quarter, that ended up taking over 6 minutes off the clock and kept Troy’s offense from being able to do anything.

- FIU Defense – Once again, actually did decent. Despite giving up 35 points and 436 yards of offense, they were able to slow down and hold Troy back enough throughout the game that we were able to gain a lead most of the contest, forcing Troy to have to play from behind rather than the other way around

- FIU Kicker Jack Griffin – A perfect 5 for 5 in field goals for the day, his longest a 51 yarder.

- Both Teams – Both FIU and Troy went a perfect 100% in the red zone for the contest. Troy gained points all four times in our red zone, we gained points all seven trips into their red zone.



Scoring Summary



Team
1st Quarter
2nd Quarter
3rd Quarter
4th Quarter
Final Score


:Troy:
10
10
7
8
35


:FIU:
10
24
3
6
43






Time
Team
Result
Play
Score


First Quarter


5:49
:FIU:
Field Goal
J. Griffin, 23 yard field goal
:FIU: 3-0


3:35
:Troy:
Touchdown
J. Johnson, 2 yard pass from C. Robinson (J. Evans kick)
:Troy: 7-3


2:24
:FIU:
Touchdown
J. Younger, 27 yard pass from J. Medlock (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 10-3


0:54
:Troy:
Field Goal
J. Evans, 24 yard field goal
TIED 10-10





Second Quarter


8:57
:FIU:
Touchdown
J. Mertile, 4 yard pass from J. Medlock (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 17-10


6:53
:FIU:
Field Goal
J. Griffin, 23 yard field goal
:FIU: 20-10


5:23
:Troy:
Touchdown
E. Thomas, 36 yard pass from C. Robinson (J. Evans kick)
:FIU: 20-17


3:56
:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Mallary, 1 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 27-17


2:09
:Troy:
Field Goal
J. Evans, 20 yard field goal
:FIU: 27-20


0:24
:FIU:
Touchdown
J. Harden, 5 yard pass from J. Medlock (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 34-20





Third Quarter


6:59
:Troy:
Touchdown
E. Thomas, 33 yard pass from S. Southward (J. Evans kick)
:FIU: 34-27


4:49
:FIU:
Field Goal
J. Griffin, 51 yard field goal
:FIU: 37-27





Fourth Quarter


5:41
:FIU:
Field Goal
J. Griffin, 29 yard field goal
:FIU: 40-27


2:04
:FIU:
Field Goal
J. Griffin, 27 yard field goal
:FIU: 43-27


0:37
:Troy:
Touchdown
E. Thomas, 8 yard pass from C. Robinson (2-point conversion)
:FIU: 43-35





Game Stats



Troy
Stat
Florida International


35
Score
43


22
First Downs
21


436
Total Offense
519


20 - 70 - 0
Rushes - Yards - TD
32 - 87 - 1


29 - 44 - 4
Comp - Att - TD
32 - 51 - 3


366
Passing Yards
432


2
Times Sacked
1


8 - 13 (61%)
3rd Down Conversion
4 - 9 (44%)


1 - 1 (100%)
4th Down Conversion
0 - 0 (0%)


1 - 1 (100%)
2-Point Conv
0 - 0 (0%)


4 - 2 - 2 (100%)
Red Zone - TD - FG
7 - 3 - 4 (100%)


2
Turnovers
1


0
Fumbles Losts
0


2
Intercepted
1


0
Punt Return Yards
8


88
Kick Return Yards
92


524
Total Yards
619


2 – 44.5
Punts - Average
0 - 0.0


1 - 15
Penalties
6 - 46


13:26
Time of Possession
25:38





Florida International Contract Goals Update



Fail Impact
Goal
Progress
Pass Impact


:3redarrow:
500+ rushing yards in each season
2/3 Passed
:3greenarrow:



Win 8 games in one season
5
:3greenarrow:



2000+ total offensive yards in each season
2/3 Passed
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
7+ passing TD in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:



10+ points per game in each season
36 PPG
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
2400+ total offensive yards in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:


:2redarrow:
Win 4 games in one season
:check:
:1greenarrow:


:6redarrow:
2000+ total offensive yards in one season
:check:






Bonus Goal



Beat a higher ranked team

:2greenarrow:





Job Security Status

65%

SmoothPancakes
08-17-2011, 12:48 PM
Wow, what a game this was. I honestly am speechless. Much like I play last year, I was just trying to make sure I stayed score for score or at least close in contention with Troy. Instead it was us with the lead and Troy who was forced to play catch-up all game. I will say one thing, I had the perfect practice before this game. That was because I played Troy already once today, when I played them this morning in the TGT Coach Mode OD. I won that game 52-49 behind an offensive strategy of pass, pass, pass some more, continue passing, pass even more, and pass couple more times just for good measure.

In the OD game, I had rushed less than 10 times all game, and had -15 rushing yards at one point, at the start of the 4th quarter. After the success I had against Troy playing with Coach Mode controls, I decided to do the same thing here. And what do you know, it worked. So here's my advice for anyone playing Troy within the first couple years of their dynasty, when rosters are still similar to the default rosters, pass! Troy sucks against the pass. So if anyone schedules Troy in their dynasties, give the passing game a go, because it will work. You might have some stalled drives, a bunch of incomplete passes and whatnot, but it will work, especially if you try to stretch the field and are willing to throw deep.

As for this game, despite 2 interceptions by Medlock, wow, what more could I have asked for? A perfect 100% in the Troy red zone. 432 yards passing. Not a single punt. That is just incredible. I have never played a game of NCAA, over all editions of the game, and had a game like that. Even better, my defense actually did a pretty good job. While they gave up some big plays (and gave Troy dozens of free yards :fp: thanks to penalties), they were able to stop just enough of Troy's drives to keep us on top all game and keep Troy trying to play catch-up, which led to some bad, and ill timed, mistakes for Troy.

Even more shocking, despite how well the offense did this game, is the fact that we're 3-0 in the Sun Belt and have sole possession of 1st place thanks to Florida Atlantic's 31-7 loss to North Texas this week. However, our wins were against 2-4 North Texas, 0-8 Western Kentucky, and the upset of 5-2 Troy. We still have tough games against Arkansas State (who whooped me last year), Florida Atlantic (who beat me as well last year, while also being a better team this year) and Louisiana-Lafayette (who may be 1-5 this year, but gave me all sorts of problems last year). And how convenient that those are our final three games of the entire season. :fp: So things are going to get very interesting here towards the end. I just hope I haven't used up all the skill and luck of my offense and our defense in these last few games.

As for my recruits, Aaron Clark hard committed this week after an A- visit. Anthony Smith graded his visit a B+, and is still soft committed to Auburn, but I have closed the lead to less than 1 point behind Auburn. 3 weeks ago, I was 300 points behind the Tigers. Last week I was 80 points behind. This week I am only 1 point behind. If I can have another monster week of recruiting towards Smith, I may be able to actually jump Auburn, especially since they haven't even offered him a scholarship and haven't so much as bothered to schedule a visit date yet with him. Their lack of interest, besides having him on their board and spending a couple minutes per week, have played massively in my favor.

SmoothPancakes
08-17-2011, 12:49 PM
It was a heck of a week this week in the Top 25. First, in the game of the week, #1 LSU keeps their perfect record intact with a 34-22 win over #4 Mississippi State. #2 Oklahoma State barely avoids becoming the third straight #2 team to lose, as they manage to hold on for a 28-21 win over Missouri. #7 TCU pulled out a 31-24 win over Connecticut. #8 Michigan State held on to get a 38-31 win over Indiana. #9 Wisconsin escapes an upset bid by Florida, 35-28.

#13 Nevada sees their perfect record go down the drain, as their lose their first ever Mountain West game, 24-17 to San Diego State. #17 South Carolina avoids being upset by Vanderbilt, hanging on to win 27-20. #20 Ole Miss got a 41-29 win over #24 Arkansas. #22 Michigan, for the second week in a row, gets a 10-0 win against a rival, this time over Minnesota. Things got even worse for #23 Nebraska, as Big Red falls for the second week in a row, this time to Penn State, 35-27. And #25 Maryland makes a one week visit to the Top 25, and will drop right back out after losing to Duke 29-21.

SmoothPancakes
08-18-2011, 03:36 AM
Alright, this dynasty is officially on a full, dead stop hold until further notice. Due to the changes made in the upgrade to a new board software version (link (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?3177-Forum-Feedback-August-2011&p=98302&viewfull=1#post98302) for details), I have dozens and dozens and dozens of posts that I have to go through and upgrade to the new format now.

morsdraconis
08-18-2011, 09:12 AM
Yeah man, same here. So many freakin' tables to update because of the forum update. Yikes...

JBHuskers
08-18-2011, 09:13 AM
I guess Tommy is going to look for an add-on, so hold off on updating for now.

SmoothPancakes
08-18-2011, 09:34 AM
Yeah man, same here. So many freakin' tables to update because of the forum update. Yikes...

Yeah, it was quite the surprise when I woke up this morning. :D


I guess Tommy is going to look for an add-on, so hold off on updating for now.

Well, I've already got all the tables for my coaching history stuff, my dynasty history, the contracts, the season 1 schedule, and the first two games from season 1 already switched to the new format. I'll probably go through and continue switching the game results over to the new format. The only thing I am not going to touch right now, because it would takes hour and hours and hours to do, are my posts containing the bowl games rundown, bowl games results, the end of season conference standings, all-americans, coaching carousel, etc.

Trying to upgrade those to the new format would take forever to do. So at least in regards to those posts, I hope Tommy can find an add-on for the old style tables, just so I don't have to try and go through the hassle of trying to update those specific posts. Everything else, the individual games, the season schedules, etc, I have no problem going through and updating.

morsdraconis
08-18-2011, 09:40 AM
Yeah, the real headache for me is gonna be the posts I have that have the team logos in them. Taking those emoticons off this website into a text editor results in complete garbage or missing logos completely upon reentry.

Definitely gonna be a pain in the ass to fix those.

gschwendt
08-20-2011, 08:13 PM
I believe I have updated most if not all of your tables... if I missed any, let me know.

SmoothPancakes
08-20-2011, 08:25 PM
I believe I have updated most if not all of your tables... if I missed any, let me know.

Wow, that's awesome! You really didn't have to, but thank you so much for being willing to take the time. I appreciate it man. It looks great! :up:

JerzeyReign
08-21-2011, 11:50 AM
Finally caught up! That was a lot of reading. Good season so far, 5-2? Can't get any better than that. Clemson's Dabo is currently at 9% or something like that in my OD, not sure how he survived.

SmoothPancakes
08-21-2011, 12:48 PM
Finally caught up! That was a lot of reading. Good season so far, 5-2? Can't get any better than that. Clemson's Dabo is currently at 9% or something like that in my OD, not sure how he survived.

:D Yeah, I had been going on a fairly good roll there with getting games played and results posted. Yeah, we've had a heck of a year so far. Still can't figure out UCF or Louisville, but I have them on our schedule through at least 2014, so I'll have a couple more cracks at them, especially after I get Storm Johnson eligible next year and put him in my backfield. Still some games left this year that can ruin it though.

We're getting into the tough part of the conference schedule. Troy was the toughest, and we got partly lucky, and partly had an effective gameplan since I had already played Troy earlier in the morning in the 360 TGT Coach Mode OD, in which I am also playing as FIU. We still have Arkansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette (may not be the greatest, but they gave me tons of problems last year), Florida Atlantic, UL Monroe (the win looked easy from the score, but they were a tough one last year as well). Lots of possible speed bumps along the way.

Yeah, I have a feeling I'm going to be seeing quite a few high prestige jobs coming up on the CC market, and some high profile names getting sent out into the cold.

arodtwlv
08-31-2011, 02:19 PM
This is an awesome read. I love doing things like this too, just not as in-depth as you did. One of the best I've seen, keep up the good work.

lildude39
09-28-2011, 08:22 AM
This is a fun cc to read through. I may have to steal some ideas for year 2 of my NIU cc.

I liked how you set up rules to follow, as well as scheduling contracts. I fins that as I progress through a couple seasons, I get bored quick because I don't have any limitations or guidelines to follow. I may start using some if your stuff in mine to make it more fun and worthwhile to play.

Keep up the great work. Looking forward to more updates.

SmoothPancakes
10-15-2011, 05:23 AM
This is an awesome read. I love doing things like this too, just not as in-depth as you did. One of the best I've seen, keep up the good work.


This is a fun cc to read through. I may have to steal some ideas for year 2 of my NIU cc.

I liked how you set up rules to follow, as well as scheduling contracts. I fins that as I progress through a couple seasons, I get bored quick because I don't have any limitations or guidelines to follow. I may start using some if your stuff in mine to make it more fun and worthwhile to play.

Keep up the great work. Looking forward to more updates.

Hey guys, just realized I never replied to your comments. Thanks for reading and hopefully this baby will be getting revived in due time. For the past month and a half, it has been pure chaos here at work and other stuff going on that has killed my video game time altogether, as well as what time I do have being spent on some new games that have recently come out in the past month or two.

Not sure it'll be before the end of October, but this thing will be reviving, as the future looks promising and fun with the FIU Golden Panthers (as long as that godforsaken defense and defensive coordinator don't screw us over).

lildude39, feel free to use whatever you'd like to for your dynasty. I have no problem at all with people using my formats or layouts for stats and history stuff or game summaries. Feel free to use anything that catches your eye. And thanks for reading. Hopefully I'll have some updates in the near future to make your looking forward to more updates worthwhile.

SmoothPancakes
01-11-2012, 09:04 PM
FIU shall live again! I need to get some rotation going on with my games, as I pretty much have been playing on Halo Reach and MW3 with some of my friends, and playing a random other game off and on for a day or two. Nothing really keeping my interest for very long and every time I think about it, NCAA 12 has been calling my name. So time to pop NCAA 12 back in the tray and bring the Golden Panthers back to life. I'm gonna try to get my first game back and update posted sometime tomorrow, but with work getting busy these next three days, it might get postponed until Sunday.

morsdraconis
01-11-2012, 10:38 PM
Oh shit, FIU is on the prowl again. ;)

SmoothPancakes
01-11-2012, 10:48 PM
Yep! Time to revive the Golden Panthers. I was having a great season when this went on hiatus and I'm looking forward to continuing it. Plus, with those two transfers from Miami (FL) that I had in the offseason, I was looking forward to getting them on the field in season 3 and having a beast of a HB and LB on my team.

SmoothPancakes
01-12-2012, 07:19 PM
Game Eight

:FIU: :@: :UL_Monroe:



Game Notes





--- Well, this ought to be interesting. Coming off a multiple month hiatus, the first game back, while thankfully against an underperforming Louisiana-Monroe squad, it is also a dangerous squad. Louisiana-Monroe comes into this game with a 2-4 record for the year, 1-1 in the Sun Belt. We’re 5-2 overall and 3-0 in conference play, leading the conference ahead of 2-0 Arkansas State. It was a sunny and mild day in Louisiana, with weather looking to have little to no effect on this game. We won the coin toss to start the game and elected to kick.

Louisiana-Monroe tried to get something going after a 23 yard kickoff return, but they quickly stalled out against our tough defensive unit, resulting in a punt, giving us the ball to start the day on our 21 yard line. A failed pitch to the right resulting in a three yard loss, followed by a sack that lost an additional 7 yards, quickly showed the rust our offense had accumulated. An incomplete pass later, and our offense trotted off the field as we punted on 4th and 21 from our own 10 yard line. After a short punt gave the Warhawks the ball back at their own 47, their offense found some life, as a 35 yard pass advanced them down inside the 15 yard line. Our defense however finally toughened up and stopped them on 3rd and 5 from our 8 yard line, forcing them to settle for a 25 yard field goal.

After a 24 yard kickoff return set our offense up with the ball on our 33 yard line, the offense was itching to go. A quick 14 yard strike to Darrian Mallary showed the offense was ready to go this time. Unfortunately, the offense wasn’t as ready as they thought, as the drive stalled out and we were forced to punt 3 plays later. After allowing the Warhawks offense 15 yards, the defense buckled down and shut them down, forcing a punt on 4th and 5 from their 27 yard line, giving us the ball back and giving our offense great field position. Exactly like our last possession, another quick strike from Jake Medlock, this time for 19 yards to Glenn Coleman, and we had another new set of downs, also getting us across midfield for the first time of the game. However, another three and out, and we would punt the ball right back to ULM.

Their drive however came to a sudden end as a pair of dropped passes left them facing 3rd and long, of which they could only get 6 yards on a 3rd down rush, forcing yet another punt. After an incomplete pass on 1st down, Medlock started to find his rhythm and quickly led the Golden Panthers down the field, including a 31 yard pass to Coleman to give us 1st and 10 on the ULM 24 yard line, the farthest we had advanced the ball all game. A pair of big gains on the ground by Lee Robinson, followed by a great run off the left side by Dominique Rhymes, and we had the ball first and goal on the Warhawks 8 yard line. Medlock would only need one play, a strike to Jacob Younger in the back left corner of the end zone, and we claimed the lead 7-3 with 21 seconds left in the first quarter. A 4 yard rush followed by a 15 yard pass interference penalty on the defense, and the first quarter would come to a close.

The beginning of the second quarter found ULM on their 39 yard line, with a new set of downs thanks to our defense. However, the drive would stall there as three straight incomplete passes would bring them screeching to a halt. Our offense would quickly pick right back up where it left off, as Robinson would pick up a first down on 2nd and 5 by break loose and scampering for a 24 yard gain to give us a new set of downs at midfield. A 12 yard pass to Junior Mertile on 3rd and 4, and the Golden Panthers had new life on the ULM 30 yard line. Mertile came through for us again three plays later on 3rd and 8, as he hauled in a 16 yard pass to give us a first down on the ULM 13 yard line, but not without some drama as the Warhawks defense proceeded to strip the ball from him, before our left guard Ceedrick Davis managed to jump on it. Two rushes later gave us 1st and goal on the 2 yard line, before Rhymes managed to take in it for the touchdown with 4:33 left to play.

Things would only get worse for the ULM offense, as a 10 yard sack on 1st down put them into an immediate hole. While they were able to connect on a pass for 20 yards, they still came up inches short from a first down, one that they would fail to get as an incomplete pass on 3rd and inches would doom them to another punt. Our offense however proved to not be up to the task, as they quickly went three and out and punted the ball right back. After ULM punted the ball back, our offense finally got things clicking, as they were able to advance the ball down the field, getting to the ULM 36 yard line, before three straight incomplete passes doomed our drive. Jack Griffin would trot out to attempt a 53 yard field goal, however it was no good as it went wide left. A 32 yard pass by ULM would get them as far as our own 29 yard line before they went three and out. However, instead of attempting the field goal, they were able to convert on 4th and 10 and connect on a 23 yard pass, setting them up with 1st and goal on our 7 yard line with 30 seconds left in the half. Two passes later, ULM found the end zone on a 1 yard pass to tighten the score to 14-10 with 18 seconds left to play in the half. Three straight incomplete passes and that would be the end of the quarter as the first half came to a close.

Our offense came out ready to start the second half and build our lead back up, as Medlock found Jeremiah Harden open on 1st down for a 20 yard gain to get the half started off on the right foot. A sick move by Mertile to get separated from a defender, and our offense quickly got deep into ULM territory as Mertile hauled in a pass then scampered for a 58 yard gain before being tackled at the Warhawks 6 yard line. Our left guard Davis once again proved a savior, as Robinson nearly screwed our offense on the first play as he fumbled the ball backwards, where there was no one to tackle a ULM defender if they had picked it up. Thankfully, Davis was able to fall on top of it and keep the ball in our possession. After that fumble caused us to get pushed back to the ULM 8 yard line, it was decided to abandon the run for the rest of that drive, which turned out to be a good call, as Medlock found tight end Yakeem Griner in the back of the end zone for an 8 yard touchdown pass on the very next play. An extra point later, and we had extended our lead out to 21-10.

After our defense was able to force ULM three and out, our offense quickly started advanced thanks to passes of 17 and 7 yards to Harden, moving us from our own 38 yard line to the ULM 38. However, the drive would come to an immediate halt as Robinson, in his third fumble of the day, lost the ball on the ULM 25 yard line as he was tackled in the open field after breaking loose on a rush up the middle, giving the ball right back to the Warhawks. Thankfully, our defense was able to hold Louisiana-Monroe to another three and out, giving us the ball back without any damage. After Robinson went out with an injury, we decided to open up the running game again, giving Rhymes a chance to do his stuff. While it went well for a while, as Rhymes singlehandedly got our offense all the way to the ULM 29 yard line, Rhymes eventually went down with a sprained wrist, forcing him out for the rest of the contest. As our only other backup at fullback was our tight end Griner, we were essentially limited to only our passing game for the rest of the day. We were able to advance the ball as far as the ULM 13 yard line, before our worst fears came true.

On 3rd and 11, Medlock dropped back to pass and just as he was about to start throwing the ball to an open receiver in the end zone, ULM’s safety, Henry Mitchell, broke loose from his blocker, hit Medlock, forcing the ball to come loose, and with no one back there with him, except for Medlock lying on his back, Mitchell picked the ball up and essentially moon walked the fumble recovery 79 yards for a touchdown with 6 seconds left to play in the third quarter. We would get one small victory however, as the extra point attempt was no good, leaving us with a 21-16 lead as we entered the fourth quarter.

Things were worrying at first as Medlock’s confidence appeared to be shaken, with two horribly thrown passes that had no chance of being completed. The ULM home crowd also roaring with renewed hope probably didn’t help much either. However, Medlock would finally show he was still capable of leading us to a win as he connected with Mertile on a 63 yard strike on 3rd and 10, that quickly quieted down the crowd and gave our offense new life at the ULM 16 yard line. Thanks to a couple of big rushes by Harden, we were able to advance the ball all the way to the ULM 1 yard line with first and goal. However, two stuffed runs and we were facing 3rd and goal from the 5 yard line. An attempted outside run on 3rd and goal, and once again the fumble bug bit us, as Kevin Van Kirk fumbled the ball, which ULM promptly pounced on at the 8 yard line, leaving us with no points and only a 5 point lead on the scoreboard with five minutes left in the game. Our defense however would again save us, forcing a three and out, followed by a 14 yard punt return by Mallary to give us the ball on the ULM 39 yard line with 4:36 left to play. And just like that, ULM got the ball right back as Robinson somehow found his way back into the game, and immediately fumbled the ball and gave it right back to the Warhawks on their own 41 yard line. They were able to advance the ball as far as our 25 yard line, before a couple busted runs and a false start penalty forced the Warhawks into a 4th and 17 situation from our own 32 yard line. With only 3 minutes left to play, instead of kicking the field goal, they went for it, with the pass falling incomplete, and turning it over on downs.

Unfortunately, we were only able to advance the ball 9 yards and were unable to get the first down. A pair of timeouts by ULM, and we punted the ball back to the Warhawks with 2:09 left to play. Things, however, could not have gotten worse for ULM. Taking over on their 12 yard line, a rush for a loss of 1 yard, followed by an incomplete pass, followed by a 10 yard holding penalty, setting up 3rd and 21 on their own one yard line, followed by two more incomplete passes, gave our offense the ball back on the ULM 1 yard line with 1:30 left to play. While we could have just gone the safe route and kneeled it three times and left the clock run out, we wanted blood. And first and goal on the one yard line is too good an opportunity to pass up. Two plays later, Robinson at least slightly redeemed his multiple fumbles, as he plowed into the end zone with 1:24 left to play. The extra point by Griffin, and we extended our lead to a game clinching 28-16. That touchdown did come with a cost however as Robinson ended up injuring himself on that play, ending up out for the next two weeks with turf toe.

ULM meanwhile showed they weren’t ready to go down without a fight, despite insurmountable odds, as they quickly moved downfield behind passes of 35 and 12 yards, even converting on 4th and 6 with an 18 yard pass. However, they would run out of time, as the clock hit zero with them only at our 9 yard line.

With the victory, we are officially bowl eligible as we improve our record for the season to 6-2, and remain perfect in the Sun Belt at 4-0. With the loss, UL Monroe drops to 2-5 for the year, 1-2 in conference play. Up next, we hit the home stretch of our two game road trip, as we travel to Mid Tennessee State. The Blue Raiders come into the game at 2-5 on the year, 2-2 in the Sun Belt. The Bleu Raiders opened up their season with a 52-13 loss at Georgia Tech and a 25-0 loss at home to Illinois. They would find the win column the following week as they defeated Western Kentucky on the road 31-13, but would quickly return to their losing ways with beatdowns of 69-3 at North Carolina and 44-14 at Troy. They would get back in the win column with a 14-7 edging of Lousiana-Lafayette, before falling to Florida Atlantic 29-12.

Meanwhile, our chances at winning the Sun Belt Conference title just got a big boost, as we are now the lone unbeaten team in conference play, with Arkansas State dropping to 2-1 in conference after getting whooped by Troy this week, 45-14.




Final Score
:FIU: 28, :UL_Monroe: 16



Stat(s) of the Game:
FIU Offense – Medlock was so-so, with some horrible passes, but also some great throws. Rushing game was horrible and they all deserve to be shot. 5 fumbles, 4 of them lost.

FIU Defense – We lose without the defense. Game ball goes to the entire defensive unit.

FIU Kicking – Made all his extra points today, however still missed a field goal, even if it was from 50+ yards out.



Scoring Summary



Team
1st Quarter
2nd Quarter
3rd Quarter
4th Quarter
Final Score


:FIU:
7
7
7
7
28


:UL_Monroe:
3
7
6
0
16









Time
Team
Result
Play
Score


First Quarter


6:00
:UL_Monroe:
Field Goal
C. Grant, 25 yard field goal
:UL_Monroe: 3-0


0:21
:FIU:
Field Goal
J. Younger, 8 yard pass from J. Medlock (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 7-3





Second Quarter


4:33
:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Rhymes, 2 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 14-3


0:18
:UL_Monroe:
Touchdown
J. Edwards, 1 yard pass from K. Browning (C. Grant kick)
:FIU: 14-10





Third Quarter


7:31
:FIU:
Touchdown
Y. Griner, 8 yard pass from J. Medlock (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 21-10


0:18
:UL_Monroe:
Touchdown
H. Mitchell, returned fumble 79 yards (missed kick)
:FIU: 21-16





Fourth Quarter


1:24
:FIU:
Touchdown
L. Robinson, 1 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 28-16









Game Stats



Florida International
Stat
Louisiana-Monroe


28
Score
16


19
First Downs
10


470
Total Offense
290


35 - 113 - 2
Rushes - Yards - TD
18 - 58 - 0


18 - 39 - 2
Comp - Att - TD
15 - 47 - 1


357
Passing Yards
232


2
Times Sacked
1


6 - 15 (40%)
3rd Down Conversion
3 - 18 (16%)


0 - 0 (0%)
4th Down Conversion
2 - 4 (50%)


0 - 0 (0%)
2-Point Conv
0 - 0 (0%)


9 - 4 - 0 (44%)
Red Zone - TD - FG
3 - 1 - 1 (66%)


4
Turnovers
0


4
Fumbles Lost
0


0
Intercepted
0


27
Punt Return Yards
3


55
Kick Return Yards
42


552
Total Yards
335


5 – 45.2
Punts - Average
9 - 43.4


3 - 38
Penalties
6 - 41


24:59
Time of Possession
10:58









Florida International Contract Goals Update



Fail Impact
Goal
Progress
Pass Impact


:3redarrow:
500+ rushing yards in each season
2/3 Passed
:3greenarrow:



Win 8 games in one season
6
:3greenarrow:



2000+ total offensive yards in each season
2/3 Passed
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
7+ passing TD in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:



10+ points per game in each season
35 PPG
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
2400+ total offensive yards in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:


:2redarrow:
Win 4 games in one season
:check:
:1greenarrow:


:6redarrow:
2000+ total offensive yards in one season
:check:










Job Security Status

65%

morsdraconis
01-12-2012, 08:37 PM
:up:

Good win man. Must have been tough to get adjusted back to it after being away for so long.

SmoothPancakes
01-12-2012, 09:06 PM
Yes it was. That first half, the first quarter especially was rough. I also think I need to rework my playbook, because I couldn't find jack for plays that I remember using before. I have no shotgun, no HB plays (all FB or pitch), a lot of stuff missing. So I'm gonna have to go through and redo my offensive playbook before my next game, so I can get everything pieced back together and get all my formations and play types that I want back in there.

morsdraconis
01-12-2012, 09:19 PM
Oh yeah man, having a poor playbook is always a bad thing. Sounds like, when the fix for the playbook happened, it ripped most of your stuff out. Fix it back to the way it was and I'm sure your running game will be back to domination in no time.

SmoothPancakes
01-12-2012, 10:24 PM
Yeah, my running game in my playbook pretty much was nothing but WB sweeps, FB dives and pitches. And not a single play from shotgun formation. So yeah, the playbook fix pretty much gutted my entire playbook, and essentially made it nothing but the Navy/Option playbook, which is what my custom playbook used for a base. So I'm gonna have to go in and try to repair it before I play my next game, otherwise I'm going to run into some issues against teams that can shut down my passing game, as I pretty much don't have a run game outside of my FBs, who all sat there fumbling every ball they touched, and pretty much all ended up injured at some point in the game, however briefly it may have been.

SmoothPancakes
01-15-2012, 09:46 PM
Yep, my offensive playbook did indeed get boned. In my original playbook, I had it based off of Navy's playbook, but I had it customized to, along with Flexbone, include Full House, Power I, Shotgun and Ace. In the current playbook, after the updates/fixes EA made, I have a playbook with 375 plays of Flexbone, an undefined Shotgun, and an undefined Ace. Power I and Full House are completely erased.

So now I know why my playbook had essentially nothing in it during that game against ULM. Time to go to work. And unfortunately, as even in my original playbook Full House, Power I, Shotgun and Ace all are undefined, I'm going to have to try and piece it all back together from memory. At least I know what formations I had in the original playbook, so it'll make piecing it all back together somewhat easier.

And in this case, I think I'm going to restart both my offensive and defensive playbooks brand new from scratch. I already went through my entire defensive playbook and wrote down each formation and each play into Excel, so I know exactly what to go and get play-by-play and formation-by-formation. And offense, I have to rebuild it from scratch anyways, may as well start fresh instead of trying to correct this Frankenstein one I have right now.

SmoothPancakes
01-16-2012, 02:35 PM
Alright, playbooks are done, more games to come this week. Going through while recreating my offensive playbook from scratch, I realized there were only a handful of plays that I used from Flexbone, so I decided to dump the Navy base for my playbook, and instead use Boise State as my base playbook, as it already had a lot of the formations that I use, and it had some other formations that I decided to newly include into my custom playbook, giving me a better mix of pass and run, along with more variety of the various pass and run plays, that I didn't have in my original one. It also worked well in practice mode, so it should be good to go now. So I'm happy with this new and improved offensive playbook and can't wait to hit the field against Mid Tennessee State and give it a go.

SmoothPancakes
01-17-2012, 07:49 PM
Gonna start playing the next game against Mid Tennessee State here in the next 15-20 minutes or so, around 8pm EST. One thing I just realized, I set a new personal winning streak, having won the last 4 games in a row. My previous best was 3 in a row during the first season. Depending on how long it takes me to play, type up the game summary, and get the stats typed up in the tables on here, I might try to knock out two games tonight, leaving me with just 2 games and a bowl game left to play this season, that I might try to get all played and wrapped up tomorrow since I don't have to work tomorrow.

morsdraconis
01-17-2012, 08:22 PM
Good luck man. You're kinda making me want to play again. Good thing I don't even have the ability to do so anymore (no longer have my 360).

SmoothPancakes
01-17-2012, 08:35 PM
Good luck man. You're kinda making me want to play again. Good thing I don't even have the ability to do so anymore (no longer have my 360).

Thanks man. This should be an exciting finish. While I'm bowl eligible, this season still has a long way to go. The Sun Belt title isn't secure, and a winning season isn't secure. Besides Mid Tennessee State, I still have very tough games against Arkansas State, Florida Atlantic (which they may be 3-4 on the year, but they're our rivals, and they sucked last year and still beat us), and UL Lafayette (who may be 1-6, but were extremely tough to beat last year).

So while I may be 6-2 and 4-0 in the SBC right now, if things go horribly bad, I could end up as bad as 6-6 and 4-4 in the SBC once again. So we'll find out over these next two days.

SmoothPancakes
01-17-2012, 11:05 PM
Game Nine

:FIU: :@: :MTSU:



Game Notes




--- Coming down the homestretch of our two game road trip, on a four game winning streak, bowl eligible, and sole possession of first place in the Sun Belt Conference as the lone unbeaten team, things are looking very promising for the Golden Panthers. On the docket for today, an improved Mid Tennessee State team. While we defeated the Blue Raiders with ease last year, it’s a different season, a different team, and an improved team as evidenced by their already two victories, doubling their win total from last year with four games left to play. Whoever would win today, it was going to be done in the snow, as a storm system was going through Tennessee at the time of kickoff, resulting in heavy snowfall. Mid Tennessee State won the toss and elect to kick, a kick that resulted in a touchback, setting up our opening drive from our own 20.

It was evident early on that the receivers for both teams were going to have issues running routes as a pass attempt on 2nd and 6 fell incomplete due to Darrian Mallery slipping and falling while trying to cut. After converting for a first down on 3rd and 6, the offense got pushed right back thanks to a 9 yard sack. A couple more 3rd down conversions, and our offense found themselves inside the Blue Raiders 15 yard line. Two big passes to Dominique Rhymes, and a 6 yard rush by Jeremiah Harden on 1st and goal, and our offense was able to find the end zone after a 5 minute drive. Our defense proved more than up to the job as they quickly forced a 3 and out punt from the Blue Raiders, getting the ball back to our offense on our own 40 yard line. After advancing the ball to midfield, Jake Medlock, on 2nd and 13, was able to connect with Glenn Coleman for a 45 yard strike, resulting in 1st and goal from the MTSU 7 yard line. Three rushes later, we were facing 4th and goal from the MTSU 2 yard line. We put the ball into Mallary’s hand, and as final seconds of the first quarter ticked off the clock, Mallary didn’t let us down, finding the end zone to give us a two touchdown lead. With the extra point, our lead at the end of the first quarter was 14-0.

Unfortunately for Mid Tennessee State, the second quarter wasn’t any nicer than the first quarter. Despite a defensive penalty that gave MTSU a new set of downs, sacks of 5 and 11 yards would result in a net loss for 5 yards for that offensive drive, forcing MTSU to punt on 4th and 26. Mirroring the highlights of Navy, our offense went to the ground to start our first drive of the second quarter, rushing the ball on 8 straight plays before being forced to finally go the air on 3rd and 5. A 16 yard pass to Harden, and we had a new set of downs on the MTSU 19 yard line. We would ultimately get as close as the Mid Tennessee State 8 yard line, until a pair of busted runs and a pass that got knocked down in the end zone, forced us to settle for a 25 yard field goal with 2:07 left to play in the half. MTSU tried to get something going offensively, but were ultimate stopped once again after only three plays, electing to punt of 4th and inches from their own 30 yard line rather than take a gamble, giving us the ball back on our own 31 yard line with 1:36 left to play. Seeking to put the final nail in the coffin before halftime, we took the air hard, trying to push down the field as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, with 31 seconds left until half, our drive would come to an end after an incomplete pass on 3rd and 1 and from the MTSU 12 yard line. Griffin would hit a 30 yard field goal, giving us a 20-0 lead going into the locker room.

The start of the third quarter, our defense appeared slightly shaky, giving up 13 yards on two consecutive rushes, but ultimately shut MTSU down and forced another punt just three plays later. Unfortunately, our offense appeared to have stayed in the locker room, as our first offensive drive of the second half came to an immediate end after just three plays, forcing us to punt for the first time of the day. It didn’t take very long to get the ball back however, as a sack and two incomplete passes forced MTSU to punt the ball right back. Our offense however still had not found it’s mojo, as it quickly went three and out and punted the ball away yet again. Both teams proceeded to trade punts back and forth for most of the third quarter, until MTSU finally broke loose on offense, as Logan Kilgore connected with Arthur Williams for a 34 yard pass as time expired.

The Blue Raiders kept things going at the start of the fourth quarter with back to back passes of 21 yards to get down to our 11 yard line. A pass on 4th and 5 from our 6 yard line, and the Blue Raiders erased their goose egg from the scoreboard, making it a 20-7 game. While our offense finally found life, driving all the way from our own 20 down to the MTSU 35 yard, it was there at the 35 where we would come to a halt. Griffin however got some help as an offsides penalty on the defense on 4th down moved us up to the 30 yard line, giving Griffin a 47 yard field goal attempt, which he easily made, making it 23-7 with 4:44 left to play.

That field goal may ultimately be the deciding factor, as MTSU’s offense once again drove against our defense with ease, connecting on passes of 25, 15, 6, 14, and 22 yards, as well as converting a 4th down attempt, to make it 23-13 with 2:51 left to play in the game. Unfortunately for the Blue Raiders, a two point conversion attempt was no good, leaving the score 23-13. An onside kick attempt was also no good for the Blue Raiders, as we were able to recover the ball on the MTSU 39 yard line. Seven straight rushes, three first downs, and all three MTSU timeouts used up with 1:36 left to play, and the coffin was finally nailed shut. 2nd and goal from the MTSU 3 yard line with 57 seconds left to play, and Shane Coleman piled on the dirt, scoring from three yards out to make it 30-13. A MTSU punt and a kneel by Medlock and that was the game.

With the win, we increase our winning streak to an all time best 5 straight, and improve our record for the year to 7-2, 5-0 in the Sun Belt Conference. Mid Tennessee State meanwhile drops to 2-6 for the year, 2-3 in conference action. Up next for the Golden Panthers, we have a bye week, then the first of two straight home games as we welcome Arkansas State to town. The Red Wolves are currently 4-5 for the season, 2-3 in the Sun Belt. They started off the year with a 45-35 win over Memphis, before losing at Oregon 45-14. They won the next two games, 37-17 over Dartmouth, and 21-16 at Louisiana-Monroe, before losing at Kentucky 49-21. They got back on the winning track with a 42-17 win against Western Kentucky, before losing three straight home games, 45-14 to Troy, and 47-44 in overtime to North Texas and 42-19 to Mid Tennessee State during our bye week.

As for our conference title hopes, Arkansas State is now eliminated from any title hopes. Our main threats now, Florida Atlantic, sitting at 4-5 on the year, but 4-1 in the SBC. If we completely collapse these finally three game, eve North Texas, currently 3-6 for the season, but 3-2 in the conference, and Troy, who currently sit at 8-2 for the year, 4-2 in the conference, have a chance.




Final Score
:FIU: 30, :MTSU: 13



Stat(s) of the Game:
FIU Offense – Our offense was truly a two headed monster today. The rushing game (with a proper playbook) was able to break loose, and Medlock had a good day, being able to make good passes and complete passes when needed.

FIU Defense – For the most part, it was a dominating day by the defense. Just have to work on that 4th quarter play. The first three quarters they were the Steel Curtain. The last quarter, they played like a bunch of 3rd stringers.

FIU Kicking – Another perfect day for Griffin. Made all of his field goals and extra points.



Scoring Summary



Team
1st Quarter
2nd Quarter
3rd Quarter
4th Quarter
Final Score


:FIU:
14
6
0
10
30


:MTSU:
0
0
0
13
13








Time
Team
Result
Play
Score


First Quarter


3:54
:FIU:
Touchdown
J. Harden, 6 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 7-0


0:00
:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Mallary, 2 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 14-0





Second Quarter


2:09
:FIU:
Field Goal
J. Griffin, 25 yard field goal
:FIU: 17-0


0:31
:FIU:
Field Goal
J. Griffin, 30 yard field goal
:FIU: 20-0





Third Quarter





Fourth Quarter


7:56
:MTSU:
Touchdown
A. Williams, 6 yard pass from L. Kilgore (O. Sellers kick)
:FIU: 20-7


4:48
:FIU:
Field Goal
J. Griffin, 47 yard field goal
:FIU: 23-7


2:57
:MTSU:
Touchdown
A. Williams, 21 yard pass from L. Kilgore (2pt Conversion failed)
:FIU: 23-13


0:57
:FIU:
Touchdown
S. Coleman, 3 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:FIU: 30-13








Game Stats



Florida International
Stat
Mid Tennessee State


30
Score
13


21
First Downs
7


389
Total Offense
234


52 - 149 - 3
Rushes - Yards - TD
17 - 62 - 0


18 - 32 - 0
Comp - Att - TD
10 - 27 - 2


240
Passing Yards
172


1
Times Sacked
4


11 - 20 (55%)
3rd Down Conversion
2 - 12 (16%)


2 - 2 (100%)
4th Down Conversion
2 - 2 (100%)


0 - 0 (0%)
2-Point Conv
0 - 1 (0%)


7 - 3 - 2 (71%)
Red Zone - TD - FG
2 - 1 - 0 (50%)


0
Turnovers
0


0
Fumbles Lost
0


0
Intercepted
0


33
Punt Return Yards
8


0
Kick Return Yards
50


422
Total Yards
292


4 – 41.0
Punts - Average
8 - 49.0


1 - 11
Penalties
2 - 9


21:45
Time of Possession
14:15








Florida International Contract Goals Update



Fail Impact
Goal
Progress
Pass Impact


:3redarrow:
500+ rushing yards in each season
2/3 Passed
:3greenarrow:



Win 8 games in one season
7
:3greenarrow:



2000+ total offensive yards in each season
2/3 Passed
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
7+ passing TD in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:



10+ points per game in each season
34 PPG
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
2400+ total offensive yards in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:


:2redarrow:
Win 4 games in one season
:check:
:1greenarrow:


:6redarrow:
2000+ total offensive yards in one season
:check:









Job Security Status

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morsdraconis
01-17-2012, 11:27 PM
Good game man. Looks like the new playbook helped, though 2.9 ypc on the ground is still mighty tough to swallow. I assume that Mallary himself did a better job and some of those were sacks though. Looks like Medlock had an efficent game though. 18 of 32 for 240 is definitely a good game for a team that's more built around running the ball than throwing it.

Two more wins (against Arkansas State and FAU) and you have yourself your first conference championship without even having to worry about what you do against UL Lafayette. Tough two game stretch coming up though. I'm sure, ratings wise, Arkansas State is still the best team in the Sun Belt. At least your two toughest games in the conference are at home this year.

SmoothPancakes
01-18-2012, 12:20 AM
Good game man. Looks like the new playbook helped, though 2.9 ypc on the ground is still mighty tough to swallow. I assume that Mallary himself did a better job and some of those were sacks though. Looks like Medlock had an efficent game though. 18 of 32 for 240 is definitely a good game for a team that's more built around running the ball than throwing it.

Two more wins (against Arkansas State and FAU) and you have yourself your first conference championship without even having to worry about what you do against UL Lafayette. Tough two game stretch coming up though. I'm sure, ratings wise, Arkansas State is still the best team in the Sun Belt. At least your two toughest games in the conference are at home this year.

Yeah, it was a good win. I did start getting worried when MTSU turned it on and scored those two touchdowns in the 4th, but thankfully our defense did their job at the end. Well, that 2.9 ypc is a little skewed because I did a lot of running at the end to try and run down the clock, causing a lot of lost yardage due to being tackled for a loss or only one or two yards. Quite a few times I had to go to the air on third down to save the drive after failed rushes on 1st and 2nd downs. Regardless, it was nice having my actual HBs running the ball instead of all my 50-60 OVR rated FBs every carry. And yeah, Medlock did good today. Still some stupid and/or bad passes that got knocked down and could have potentially been interrupted, but still a good day overall.

Yeah, I'm going for that title, just preparing myself for the possible worse as well as these two games are going to be tough. Arkansas State does edge me out in overall and offense ratings. I'm just barely better than ASU on defense. They have a better rush offense and pass defense, which could be somewhat bad for me. I rely on my passing to save me on 3rd downs and anything longer than 3 yards. Florida Atlantic, we're dead even on all three ratings, and I am ranked better in every part of the game except pass defense, but it's still a rivalry game, so it'll probably be tough.

Also, just a general note, the SBC seems to be way down this year. Right now, myself and Troy are the only ones guaranteed to go to a bowl game, as I'm 7-2 and Troy is 8-2. The only other ones with a realistic chance are Florida Atlantic at 5-6 and Arkansas State at 4-5. Still with a slight chance, but pretty much eliminated already, North Texas and Mid Tennessee State, both at 3-6.

SmoothPancakes
01-18-2012, 06:15 AM
Game Ten

:Arkansas_State: :@: :FIU:



Game Notes




--- Well, here we go. The homestretch of the season, three games left to go, still a very tight race for the Sun Belt Conference championship, which means every game still counts. Arkansas State may be entering this game with a 4-5 record, they may be 2-3 in the conference, but they are still a dangerous team, and while they cannot win the conference title, they can have a huge effect on it with games against us and Florida Atlantic still to play. One good thing about playing in south Florida, no snow. It was a beautiful evening in Miami as we hit the field, with the sun setting behind the scoreboard. Arkansas State won the coin toss and elected to kick.

Our offense tried to start things off on the ground, but a stuffed run on 1st down, an 8 yard pass on 2nd down, and only a 1 yard gain by Darrian Mallary on 3rd down, and we were forced to punt right off the bat on 4th and 1. It wasn’t looking good as the Red Wolves were able to quickly march down the field with passes of 14 and 20 yards, followed by a couple strong rushes, before the Red Wolves made the first mistake of the game, throwing a pass that was intercepted by Emmanuel Souarin, who returned it 16 yards back to our 30 yard line. Our offense was able to get something going at first, getting a first down after a run by Mallary and a 6 yard pass by Jake Medlock to Dominique Rhymes. Unfortunately, things immediately plummeted off a cliff as Medlock threw a pass directly into the hands of Arkansas State middle linebacker, Nathan Herrold, who gave the Red Wolves possession on our 40 yard line. Thankfully, our defense this time held tough, giving up only 3 yards before forcing 4th down. The Red Wolves would attempt to convert on 4th and 7, however the pass fell incomplete, turning the ball over on downs and giving our offense another chance without penalty, while also saving Medlock’s neck from the wrath of my hands.

Things started off decently, with a 3 yard run by Mallary, followed by an 11 yard pass to Mallary, giving up 1st down on the 50 yard line. Then things once again plummeted off a cliff, as Medlock threw his second interception of the day, once again throwing it into the hands of Herrold, giving the Red Wolves the ball back at their own 45. This time the Arkansas State offense would not be denied, as they promptly drove down the field on us, scoring on a 2 yard rush by quarterback Phillip Butterfield, making it 7-0 with 2:07 left in the first quarter. Things would only get worse, as on the ensuing kickoff return, after a 33 yard return, Darrian Mallary was stripped of the ball, which was pounced on by the Red Wolves free safety Christ Hayes, giving the Wolves offense possession again on our 31 yard line. The Red Wolves found the end zone again two plays later after a 30 yard pass by Butterfield, followed by another TD run by Butterfield, this time from 1 yard out, giving the Red Wolves a 14-0 lead with 1:31 left in the quarter. Trying to avoid getting buried, after three straight runs by Mallary picked us up a first down, our offense took to the air, trying to blitz downfield, getting as far as the Arkansas State 21 yard line before the clock finally ran out, bring the first quarter to an end with the Red Wolves leading 14-0.

The second quarter started pretty much the same way the first quarter went. Medlock threw yet another interception, directly into the waiting arms of, once again, Herrold, his third interception of Medlock of the day. However, we would get extremely lucky, as Arkansas State turned the ball right back over, as halfback Sirgregory Thornton fumbled the ball, with Jonathan Cyprien jumping on it at the Red Wolves 23 yard line, giving our offense new life. Mallary wasted little time, breaking a 15 yard run, setting up 1st and goal on the ASU 7 yard line. One play later, Mallary found the end zone on a 7 yard run, cutting the Red Wolves lead in half. Things looked bad as Buttefield was able to connect on a 30 yard pass on the Red Wolves first play from scrimmage on their next drive, however, our defense, along with a false start penalty, were able to shut the offense down, forcing the Red Wolves to punt, though it went 47 yards, resulting in our possession starting on our own 5 yard line.

A pair of 8 yard rushes got us out of the shadow of our own goal posts, as well as a new set of downs, before Medlock finally completed a pass to our own teammates, a 32 yard pass to Jacob Younger, giving us 1st down just across midfield. An 11 yard rush by Mallary gave us another set of down, until Medsuck returned, throwing his fourth interception of the game, this one, for the first time all game, not to Herrold, but instead to free safety Jonathan Victorian, who returned it 27 yards to ASU’s 44 yard line. Arkansas State wasted little time, rushing the ball three times before Butterfield threw a 39 yard touchdown pass to make it 21-7 with 5 minutes left to play in the half. Our offense meanwhile couldn’t even get anything going our next drive, going quickly three and out and forced to punt.

Despite Butterfield connecting on a 29 yard pass, our defense was able to force them into a 4th and 8 situation. Instead of kicking a field goal, Arkansas State instead went for it, as Butterfield threw a 26 yard pass, setting up a 1 yard run for a touchdown one play later, making it 27-7 with 2:20 left to play in the quarter after the extra point was missed. Our offense again proved to be inept, going three and out a second time, though our defense thankfully held Arkansas State to very little offense, forcing their next drive to also end in a punt. That punt gave us the ball back on our own 3 yard line with 1:05 left to play. Our offense would again prove inept, and we would again punt. The Red Wolves didn’t waste the little time they had, as Butterfield connected on passes of 38 and 8 yards to score another touchdown with 16 seconds left to play, making it 34-7. Thankfully, halftime finally mercifully came.

While our defense was able to force Arkansas State to punt to start the second half, it didn’t matter much as our offense immediately went three and out. That would be bad, as Butterfield would make passes of 16 and 14 yards to get down to our 43 yard line, before he connected on a 43 yard touchdown bomb, making it 41-7 with 6:33 still to go in the third quarter. Finally, our offense started to find life, as Medlock started completing passes again, 43 yards to Junior Mertile, 22 yards to Younger, and 9 yards to Mallary, setting up 1st and goal from the ASU 5. A 4 yard rush by Mallary, no gain by Harden, a one yard QB sneak by Medlock, set up 4th and goal from the ASU half yard line. Another QB sneak by Medlock, and we finally found the end zone again, making it a, still, embarrassing 41-14 with 4:16 left to play in the third quarter.

More passes by Butterfield, many of them converting on 3rd down, got Arkansas State deep into our territory before the defense finally stopped the, forcing the Red Wolves to settle for a 33 yard field goal with 47 seconds left in the quarter. Some huge passed by Medlock, of 20, 48 and 12 yards, all coming on 3rd down, got our offense clear down to the Arkansas State goal line before the clock ran out on the end of the third quarter with the Red Wolves leading the way, 44-14.

The beginning of the fourth quarter was a bit anti-climactic, as we were starting on the “inches” line , needing only 2 seconds for Mallary to take the hand off and plow into the end zone, making it 44-21. This however only served to piss off Butterfield, who used passes of 24, 22, 7, 4, and yards, a couple of 4 and 5 yard rushes, a two yard penalty against the defense, and a 2 yard touchdown pass to make it 51-21 with 6:46 left to go in the game. While things got off to a bad start with a 12 yard loss on a sack, our offense finally got moving as Medlock was able to throw passes of 27, 12 and 10 yards to get us down to the Arkansas State 43 yard line. Facing 3rd and 1 from the 43, Mallary was able to break loose through the defense and took it to 43 yards to the house to make it 51-28 with 4:50 left to play. This was also a record setting run by Mallary, as it was his 16th rushing touchdown of the season, breaking Darriet Perry’s school record of 15 rushing TDs in a season, set last season.

Mario Cristobal decided to attempt an onside kick, which was recovered by Arkansas State at our 45 yard line, not that they needed the great field position. Seven plays later, Butterfield ran it in from 5 yards out to make it 58-28 with 3:33 left in the game. Our offense was more than ready to respond, as it only took two plays to find the end zone as Medlock was able to drop a pass in behind the secondary, into the wait hands of Coleman, who took it 67 yards to the house, making it 58-35 with 2:49 left. Another onside kick attempt, this time recovered by Arkansas State at our 43 yard line, again set the Red Wolves up with great field position. The Red Wolves chose to stick to just rushing the ball, still managing to get as close as our 4 yard line, before the clock finally ran out and the game came to a merciful end.

With the loss, we drop to 7-3 on the season, and receive our first conference loss, falling to 5-1 in the Sun Belt Conference. Arkansas State improves to 5-5 overall, 3--3 in conference. Up next for the Golden Panthers, it's our hated rivals, the Owls of Florida Atlantic. FAU comes into the game with a 5-5 record, and tied with us for first place with a 5-1 Sun Belt record. The Owls started off the season 0-3, losing 27-18 to Vanderbilt, 42-24 to Missouri, and 60-0 at Michigan. They then picked up a 37-0 win against Western Kentucky and a 37-17 victory against Troy before falling to North Texas 31-7. They answered with two more back to back wins, 29-12 at Mid Tennessee State and 47-28 at Louisiana-Monroe, before losing a non-conference contest at Navy, 48-17, and winning over Louisiana-Lafayette 43-20 heading into their game with FIU.

Looking at the conference standings, next week will be the game of the season. 5-1 Florida International vs. 5-1 Florida Atlantic. Troy could still share the conference title as they are currently 5-2 in conference, with one game left to play, at Western Kentucky, but winning it outright is impossible, besides the fact that both FAU and FIU beat Troy earlier this season. North Texas is the only other one with a chance at the title, currently sitting at 4-2 in conference play, with very easy games against Louisiana-Monrore and at Western Kentucky remaining. FIU beat North Texas earlier in the year, North Texas defeated FAU in the middle of the season. Like Troy, the best North Texas can do is share the title with whoever wins the Florida Atlantic-Florida International game.

Meanwhile, bowl projections are out. Last week, we were projected to play in the New Orleans Bowl against 6-4 Tulsa. We are now projected to play 7-4 Southern Miss in the New Orleans Bowl. As for other Sun Belt teams, 5-5 Arkansas State is projected to play 10-2 #18 Nevada in the Poinsettia Bowl, 9-2 Troy is projected to play 8-3 Ohio in the Armed Forces Bowl, and 5-5 Florida Atlantic is projected to play 7-4 Miami University in the Godaddy.com Bowl.




Final Score
:Arkansas_State: 58, :FIU: 35



Stat(s) of the Game:
- FIU Offense – Medlock started off sucking, throwing more interceptions than he had completions. He was able to turn it on after halftime, make a ton of great passes, but I still hold Medlock personally accountable for this loss, as his 4 interceptions screwed us pretty much immediately into the game.

- FIU Defense – Made some decent stops on drives, but for the most part sucked and was non-existent. Arkansas State’s offense ran and passed all over our defense pretty much at will.

- FIU Kicker Jack Griffin – Went 5 for 5 in extra points, that was all he did today.



Scoring Summary



Team
1st Quarter
2nd Quarter
3rd Quarter
4th Quarter
Final Score


:Arkansas_State:
14
20
10
14
58


:FIU:
0
7
7
21
35








Time
Team
Result
Play
Score


First Quarter


2:07
:Arkansas_State:
Touchdown
P. Butterfield, 1 yard run (B. Zalud kick)
:Arkansas_State: 7-0


1:31
:Arkansas_State:
Touchdown
P. Butterfield, 1 yard run (B. Zalud kick)
:Arkansas_State: 14-0





Second Quarter


8:28
:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Mallary, 8 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:Arkansas_State: 14-7


4:59
:Arkansas_State:
Touchdown
T. Stockemer, 39 yard pass from P. Butterfield (B. Zalud kick)
:Arkansas_State: 21-7


2:20
:Arkansas_State:
Touchdown
F. Jackson, 1 yard run (missed kick)
:Arkansas_State: 27-7


0:16
:Arkansas_State:
Touchdown
R. Fleming, 7 yard pass from P. Butterfield (B. Zalud kick)
:Arkansas_State: 34-7





Third Quarter


6:33
:Arkansas_State:
Touchdown
F. Jackson, 42 yard pass from P. Butterfield (B. Zalud kick)
:Arkansas_State: 41-7


4:16
:FIU:
Touchdown
J. Medlock, 1 yard run (J. Griffin)
:Arkansas_State: 41-14


1:01
:Arkansas_State:
Field Goal
B. Zalud, 33 yard field goal
:Arkansas_State: 44-14





Fourth Quarter


8:59
:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Mallary, 1 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:Arkansas_State: 44-21


6:46
:Arkansas_State:
Touchdown
A. Muse, 1 yard pass from P. Butterfield (B. Zalud kick)
:Arkansas_State: 51-21


4:50
:FIU:
Touchdown
D. Mallary, 43 yard run (J. Griffin kick)
:Arkansas_State: 51-28


3:33
:Arkansas_State:
Touchdown
P. Butterfield, 4 yard run (B. Zalud kick)
:Arkansas_State: 58-28


2:49
:FIU:
Touchdown
G. Coleman, 67 yard pass from J. Medlock (J. Griffin kick)
:Arkansas_State: 58-35








Game Stats



Arkansas State
Stat
Florida International


58
Score
35


26
First Downs
17


657
Total Offense
491


45 - 176 - 4
Rushes - Yards - TD
24 - 123- 4


30 - 50 - 4
Comp - Att - TD
18 - 40 - 1


481
Passing Yards
368


1
Times Sacked
0


11 - 17 (64%)
3rd Down Conversion
6 - 12 (50%)


1 - 2 (50%)
4th Down Conversion
1 - 1 (100%)


0 - 0 (0%)
2-Point Conv
0 - 0 (0%)


9 - 5 - 1 (66%)
Red Zone - TD - FG
4 - 3 - 0 (75%)


2
Turnovers
5


1
Fumbles Lost
1


1
Intercepted
4


19
Punt Return Yards
0


38
Kick Return Yards
182


714
Total Yards
673


3 – 47.3
Punts - Average
5 - 44.4


4 - 30
Penalties
7 - 49


20:31
Time of Possession
15:29








Florida International Contract Goals Update



Fail Impact
Goal
Progress
Pass Impact


:3redarrow:
500+ rushing yards in each season
2/3 Passed
:3greenarrow:



Win 8 games in one season
7
:3greenarrow:



2000+ total offensive yards in each season
2/3 Passed
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
7+ passing TD in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:



10+ points per game in each season
34 PPG
:3greenarrow:


:3redarrow:
2400+ total offensive yards in one season
:check:
:3greenarrow:


:2redarrow:
Win 4 games in one season
:check:
:1greenarrow:


:6redarrow:
2000+ total offensive yards in one season
:check:






Penalty


:2redarrow:
Lost to a lower ranked team










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