The Dean's List
Welcome to the latest installment of the Dean's List, where summer might be over but the party's just beginning. Sure, Hanna's gone, but Ike's coming, and Fannie and Freddie just got their second wind.
When you've got a last name like Jammer, you're destined to be either a defensive specialist or a marmalade maker. Rice defensive back Chris Jammer chose the former and Owl fans are pretty happy he did. With 11 seconds left and Rice and Memphis tied at 35, Jammer intercepted Tigers quarterback Arkelon Hall and ran 69 yards for the game-winning touchdown. The pick, which came a minute after an Owls' touchdown and two-point conversion that tied the game, capped off a 29-point fourth quarter for Rice, who was down 15 when the quarter began. It was also Jammer's first collegiate interception. That's like driving a Mercedes when you're sixteen. Are you ever going to top that?
Honesty is a virtue rarely rewarded, as Virginia quarterback Peter Lalich now knows. Lalich was arrested back in July for underage drinking. He was given a deferred judgment provided he completed supervised probation, which required regular probation interviews. During one such interview in late August, Lalich refused to take a mandatory drug test and admitted to using both alcohol and marijuana. (Ironically, when a urine sample was taken the next day, it tested negative for alcohol and drugs.) Such honesty has been rewarded with a new charge of failing to obey a court order while on probation. Maybe next time, Lalich will just fill the Dixie cup and keep the honesty to himself.
Vanderbilt finally has some company. With a 24-14 win over Maryland on Saturday, Middle Tennessee State notched its fourth win ever against a BCS opponent. All of the previous victories came against Vanderbilt. Due to either a stifling defense or an inept Terrapins offense, the Blue Raiders dominated Maryland, holding their ACC opponents to 118 yards and three first downs in the first half. Meanwhile, MTSU quarterback Joe Craddock completed 28 of 40 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns, which was enough to secure his team's first victory over an ACC foe. Could this be the start of something beautiful in Murfreesboro or has Maryland hit a new low?
All last week, the big question coming out of State College was how would the loss of three key players affect Penn State in its toughest non-conference game of the year. Starting linemen Maurice Evans and Abe Koroma and tight end Andrew Quarless were suspended for the Oregon State game after officials found marijuana in their campus apartment. Turns out, the fears of Penn State's demise were unfounded -- or, at least, premature. With 454 total yards, the Nittany Lions crushed the Beavers, 45-14. The defense, which played without a pair of starters, was solid, holding OSU to 92 rushing yards and forcing two interceptions. But even in triumph, Penn State must suffer. Jerome Hayes, who was filling in for Evans, tore his ACL and will be out for the rest of the season.
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