The Dean's List
Mike Teel finally stopped hitting people and threw some touchdowns
Penn State fans had too many Jell-O shots, riots ensued
Over-achievers Minnesota and Northwestern prepare to do battle
Welcome to this week's Dean's List segment, where we'd have anxiety too if we were Isaiah Thomas. Sure, he ruined a great playing career with a terrible coaching career, but that's no excuse to overdose on sleeping pills and then pin the blame on his teenage daughter.
It's been a tough season for Rutgers quarterback Mike Teel. The Scarlet Knights' offense could only muster 39 points in the team's first three Big East games this season and entering Saturday's contest against No. 17 Pittsburgh, Teel had thrown three touchdowns and seven interceptions. The senior quarterback was playing so poorly that his own fans booed him and he took a swing at his teammate. But one game can change a season. In Rutgers' stunning 54-34 victory over the Panthers on Saturday, Teel threw for a school-record six touchdowns, five of which came in the first half. Of course, the game was played in Pittsburgh, so Teel didn't have to hear the hometown boo-birds. It'll be interesting to see how the Piscataway crowd greets Teel when the Scarlet Knights take on Syracuse in their next game.
Minnesota was pretty much a unanimous pick to finish near the bottom of the Big Ten this season. This is a program that won just one game last season and finished with the lowest-ranked defense in college football. But under second-year head coach Tim Brewster's guidance,the Golden Gophers have defied expectations. On Saturday, Minnesota beat Purdue 17-6, moving to7-1 on the season and jumping to No. 20 in the national rankings. Sophomore quarterback Adam Weber threw for 212 yards and rushed for 60, but the key to Minnesota's success was the suddenly-stingy defense, which knocked Purdue's starting quarterback Curtis Painter out of the game early and held the Boilermakers to 109 passing yards. The Golden Gophers' next big test comes next week against Northwestern, another team that's poo-pooing the tinsel of popular acclaim.
Somebody upstairs is looking out for James Madison. The top-ranked team in Division I-AA won its second consecutive game in dramatic fashion. One week after beating Richmond on a 69-yard punt return with one second left in the game, the Dukes were losing to No. 7 Villanova by two with 4.3 seconds to go. JMU coach Mickey Matthews chose to throw for the end zone rather than attempt a 52-yard field goal in swirling winds. Quarterback Rodney Landers dropped back and lofted a Hail-Mary into the end zone with no time left in the game. Caught in the wind, the ball nipped a defender's fingers and bounced off a helmet before landing in wide receiver Bosco Williams' hands. With the miraculous catch, James Madison won the game 23-19, proving God is either a George Mason football fan or just likes purple.
Here's an issue Jim Boeheim and the Syracuse men's basketball team don't have to deal with -- fetal gestation. For the second time in two years, the Syracuse women's basketball team has a pregnant member. Back-up point guard Cintia Johnson will forgo her senior season while awaiting her child's January birth. The five-foot-four hard-nosed defender started every game during the 2006-07 campaign, but was relegated to back-up duties last season when Tasha Harris took over the point. You might remember that back in April, 2007, former Syracuse forward Fantasia Goodwin gave birth to a baby girl after playing through her pregnancy. Johnson, on the other hand, has chosen to concentrate on her classes so she can graduate in December and "focus on family."
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