Posted by ESPN.com's Ivan Maisel
No. 11 LSU scored a defensive touchdown and forced another turnover inside its own 4-yard-line. But the Tigers couldn’t put away Washington because they couldn’t get off the field. Husky quarterback Jake Locker completed 8-of-11 passes for 137 yards on third downs alone. He also ran for 40 yards on five third-down carries. The Tigers may be adjusting to new defensive coordinator John Chavis, and he to them.
I admire Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz for saying that he didn’t know the rule that allowed Northern Iowa to keep the blocked field goal with :01 to play. Coaches teach defensive players not to touch a blocked kick because it’s fourth down and they will get the ball anyway. But Northern Iowa kicked on first down and the ball never crossed the line of scrimmage. When the Hawkeyes backed away, the Panthers fell on it. Ferentz and his staff have a combined 192 seasons of college coaching experience. You’d think someone would know that rule. They do now.
Jimmye Laycock is living, drawling proof that the best coaches aren’t all at BCS schools. Laycock, in his 30th season at William & Mary, got his 190th career victory Saturday when the Tribe upset Virginia, 26-14. Laycock moved to the big time in Dec. 1990, when he took the Boston College job. He backed out the next morning. He remains little known nationally, except among his peers. Make that among his fellow coaches. He doesn’t have many peers.