Games 529 and 530: Wake Forest and Northwestern pull the upsets

Wake Forest upends heavily favored Temple in Military Bowl

This bowl is for all our Vets and active military!

This bowl is for all our Vets and active military!

Annapolis, Maryland – The unranked and young Demon Deacons of Wake Forest (7-6)  allowed  No. 23 Temple to score the first time it had the ball, but QB John Wolford led the offensive attack to a 31-7 lead into the third period while the defensive charge led by LB Thomas Brown with seven tackles, a sack, a key break-up, and a forced fumble held Temple (10-4) to -20 yards rushing to take home the exciting,  well-played victory, 34-26. Brown was chosen as the game’s MVP.  For collegefootballfan.com, this was our first of four bowl games in five days.  We stayed overnight in Delaware on the way up to New York City to drive early in the morning to attend the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium Wednesday.

Pre-game tailgate at MB boosting Dan from the Tailgate blog: Jason, Dave, Air Force Jay, Navy Al, Brian Donnelly, Wake Forest grad Jim Harton, and yours truly

Pre-game tailgate at MB boosting Dan from the Tailgate blog: Jason, Dave, Air Force Jay, Navy Al, Brian Donnelly, Wake Forest grad Jim Harton, and yours truly

Jahad Thomas (5) and Ryquell Armstead both ran for 918 yards this season. The Demon Deacon defense put a top to that allowing -20 yards rushing at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium.

Jahad Thomas (5) and Ryquell Armstead both ran for 918 yards this season. The Demon Deacon defense put a stop to that allowing -20 yards rushing at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium.

Deja vu’ at Yankee Stadium: Northwestern upends Pitt in the Pinstripe

New York – We saw our second upset within 24 hours as Northwestern (7-6) surprised No. 21 Pitt (8-5), again with good defense,  but also behind the running skills of RB Justin Jackson who impressed with 224 yards and three TDs to take game MVP honors.  It was a seesaw battle, one in which we expected to see Pitt’s James Conner have a big rushing day.  Instead, the Wildcats held him in check before he left the game with a head injury with only 32 yards and never to return.

Justin Jackson (21) fights for extra yards to keep a scoring drive alive.

Justin Jackson (21) fights for extra yards to keep a scoring drive alive.

As Guest Game Analyst Bob “Cat” Marcello (King’s College, PA) noted during the game, “Neither team (Panthers nor Wildcats) was dogging it.”  No pun intended by him, but I interpreted him that way. It was a great game on a cold afternoon that Cat sat through with a bad, head cold. He’s CFF.com’s MVP for this one while introducing us to Foley’s Bar on 33rd street in Manhattan between Penn Station and the D Line subway to Yankee Stadium.  The place is like a museum packed with sports memorabilia. You gotta check it out some time when you visit New York.

As Cat said, neither team was dogging it as Wildcat QB Thoroson threw this one down field.

As Cat said, neither team was dogging it as Wildcat QB Clayton Thorson threw this one down field.

At 6 AM  Thursday morning, we caught a flight for Nashville.  No live football for us on Wednesday, women’s college basketball instead. One of my former Little League players, Lindsey Sabo, the only girl I ever managed, plays point guard for D-3 Castleton State of Vermont. She and her Spartans just happened to be playing in The Music City Classic here this week. They fell to highly ranked Ohio Northern today and play  Marymount of Virginia in their second game tomorrow (Friday).  However, I’ll be at the Music City Bowl for Tennessee vs. Nebraska on Friday at the same time she and her Spartans are playing nearby. Hope they can finish on a positive note with a win to make their trip memorable.

That will be followed by an early morning drive to Atlanta on Saturday to meet up with my Auburn connections Charlie and Lynda Murren for the CFP semi-final Peach Bowl between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Washington.  I predicted Temple and Pitt would both win by multiple touchdowns.  I’m going to predict the same for Alabama. Let’s see what happens!  Stay tuned for more insight and game action.

Pitt sideline action.

Pitt sideline action.

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This website is dedicated to my unique and ongoing adventure to continue to see every major Division 1A (I despise the moniker "FBS") football team play in person at least once. I've seen all 124 teams in existence as of 2013 play and plan to attend games with the five newest editions in the next few years. This also records my ongoing adventures attending as many college football games as possible every season. I "officially" started this crazy goal in 1979. The upcoming 2014 season will be the 35th straight year of sharing this fun endeavor with others in person and through weekly reviews about each game I attend. Entering 2014, I have attended 459 NCAA football games at all levels. My book, Tales from the Tailgate: From the Fan who's seen 'em all! published in 2011, tells my story over 30 years of when I attended a game in person played by each D1A team for the first time. Now, I haven't attended a game at every major stadium on each campus (yet) because I'd probably be unemployed and definitely divorced by now. However, I'm proud to report that I remain gainfully employed and have been married to the same woman ("Saint Laurie") for almost 25 years. We have two kids that have recently ventured away from our home in Byram Township, NJ over the last few few years. Our daughter Alex is a junior at the University of South Carolina (Go Gamecocks!), and our son Eric is now enlisted in the United States Navy (Go Navy!). You will find that my site and my book focus on enjoying a passion for college football and great opportunities to have fun with friends and family around the country.

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