More Overtime (cont.)
For the second straight year, Sacramento State knocked off a Pac-12 foe. Last year it was Oregon State, this year Colorado. Mind you, the Big Sky school is not exactly an FCS power. The Hornets finished 4-7 last year. But they've got at least one new weapon in their arsenal: kicker Edgar Castaneda.
Castaneda, a transfer who moved upstate last offseason from City College of San Francisco, nailed a 31-yard field goal with no time remaining to knock off the Buffs, 30-28. It proved quite fruitful for the walk-on; in his postgame locker room speech, Hornets coach Marshall Sperbeck awarded Castaneda a scholarship.
"I was relaxed; it was just another kick," said Castaneda, who got carried off the field in Boulder. "I was calm."
Here's how drastically Castaneda has upgraded Sacramento State's special teams: He's made five field goals in two games; the Hornets made three all of last season.
The scholarship seems like a worthy investment for Sperbeck.
While the SportsCenter anchor on this clip makes an obligatory No. 15 reference, Louisiana-Monroe's quarterback did a much better Vince Young-versus-USC impersonation.
On the contrary, Southern Utah's receiver hauled in this Hail Mary against Cal in far more acrobatic fashion.
Mini-previews for three of Week 3's big games:
Florida at Tennessee, Saturday (6 p.m. ET): Remember when this game decided the SEC East almost every year? That hasn't been the case for nearly a decade, but the Vols' promising start and the Gators' much-needed win in College Station certainly sparked more intrigue for this one than we've seen in several years.
USC at Stanford, Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET): The Trojans have lost three straight and four of their last five against the Cardinal, but Stanford's defensive backs have no earthly chance of containing Woods and Lee. However, Stanford's rushing attack will assuredly cause concerns for Monte Kiffin.
Notre Dame at Michigan State, Saturday (8 p.m. ET): The Spartans won 11 games last season, but one of their two slipups was a 31-13 defeat in South Bend. They'll be out for revenge, and their bevy of relentless pass-rushers (William Gholston, Denicos Allen, et al) will be out to get Irish quarterback Golson.