Monday, September 27, 2010

LSC Scoop Power Poll and Week Five Superlatives

  1. ACU (1) - Wildcats are clicking on all cylinders heading into this week's showdown.
  2. TAMK (2) - Jumped out to an early commanding lead and let the defense do the rest.
  3. WTAM (3) - No punts in first half, no points in second.
  4. MSU (4) - Survived a scare in Edmond.
  5. ASU (5) - Neiswander struggled, but Rams kept it close.
  6. ENMU (7) - Greyhounds are now the LSC North favorites.
  7. UCO (9) - Stood toe to toe with the Mustangs.
  8. TAMC (6) - Completed just 8 of 28 passes against ENMU.
  9. NSU (11) - The Riverhawks take another step back toward respectability.
  10. UIW (8) - Team does not give up, after falling behind early, kept game within reason.
  11. SOSU (10) - Defense gave up 16 fourth quarter points to Northeastern State.
  12. ECU (13) - Not the prettiest game, but do you think anyone in Ada cares?
  13. TSU (12) - Worst loss in school history - nothing more to say.
  14. SWO (14) - Defense played well, but where is the offense?

Best Overall Team Performance - Abilene Christian
Dominated Tarleton State in every category.  Outgained Texans 526 to 196, with 9 Tarleton possessions lasting three plays or less, forced four turnovers, defense scored, special teams scored...  At the end of the night, the Wildcats handed Tarleton their worst loss in school history, 65-3.

Best Overall Offensive Performance - Eastern New Mexico
The Greyhounds rolled up 590 yards of offense against LSC North preseason favorite, Texas A&M-Commerce.  Wesley Wood threw for 437 yards and 5 TDs, and ENMU racked up 153 rushing yards in the win.  Eastern New Mexico converted 13 of 24 third down opportunities and were a perfect 6-6 in the red zone.

Best Overall Defensive Performance - Texas A&M-Kingsville
The Javelinas defense gave up a touchdown this week, ending a 12 quarter defensive shutout streak, but once again held their opponent to under 200 yards offensively.  TAMK did not allow a first down until early in the second quarter, and UIW was unable to get a first down on 6 of their 12 possessions.

 Best Offensive Performance - Josh Birmingham, Central Oklahoma
Birmingham led the Bronchos to a near upset of #10 Midwestern State, rushing for 183 on 18 carries.  He scored two touchdowns, a one yarder in the first quarter capping off a 10 play 72 yard drive, and an 81 yarder early in the third quarter, which put UCO up 14-10. 

Best Defensive Performance - Armonty Bryant, East Central
Bryant, a 6-6, 245 lb. defensive end registered 9 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 2 tackles for losses, but it was his interception and 65 yard return for a TD that was the icing on the cake for East Central, as they snapped a 16 game losing streak, beating Southwestern Oklahoma 23-0.

Best Special Teams Performance - Drew Patton, Northeastern State
The Riverhawks freshman kicker hit a game winning 20 yard field goal as time expired, giving Northeastern State a win over LSC North rival Southeastern Oklahoma, 26-24.  Patton has now hit 5-6 field goals this year, with Saturday's first quarter block the only blemish so far.

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