In the college football world, the games should outweigh the business


Now comes the part where the unabashed craziness of college football games — you know, sports — tries to outdo the booming babble of mergers and acquisitions and realignments and business, business, business — you know, boredom. How did it go on Saturday?

During the day it had its simultaneous wonders in Iowa City and beautiful Boone on a planet where few sports can boast simultaneous wonders in Iowa City and beautiful Boone. Iowa edged past a good-natured band of visiting jackrabbits from the state of South Dakota in that crazy, rare 7-3 finish that resulted in a 3-3 draw. It had North Carolina pushing past a storied group of Mountaineers in Appalachian State with that insane 40-22 record, with the 40-22 being just the fourth quarter.

In the evening it had an interregional fight of Utes and Gators in a swamp that went back and forth and ended 29-26 – to Florida – and it had an overtime jump into the end zone for a meaningful two-point conversion fight between Houston and UTSA, proving yet again how many people in Texas play meaningful football fights.

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At 11 a.m. ET on an overcast, 77-degree day, about 69,250 people gathered at a revered stadium in Iowa City to witness the fine and unjustly ignored art of punting. South Dakota’s Hunter Dustman poked 11 times for 457 yards, a 41.5 average. Iowa’s Tory Taylor had 10 holes for 479 yards, a 47.9 average.

That’s 936 yards punting, and that’s the dean of all FBS coaches, Kirk Ferentz of Iowa, who says, “I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a punter get that involved in a game,” and he was an Kopf- I’ve been coaching Iowa games ever since last century.

In all that time, Ferentz also hadn’t seen a team score seven points through the 3-2-2 method, so he pointed that out, saying, “I’ve never seen a game like this, but we’ll take it today. ”

By the end, Taylor had punted so many times he wasn’t sure how many times he’d kunked, and he told reporters, “But I found out I had 10 punts that broke a personal record for me, which probably wasn’t.” the best is. I would say.”

For those poking fun at poking, he added, “I’d say I have four or five types that I actually use.”

As you polish your stock market knowledge with the knowledge that punters can have four or five types, consider that Taylor would be another one of those punters in the weird pipeline of Melbourne, the great Melbourne, the one in Australia. Also, consider that two other Melbourne-raised players, brothers Mason Fletcher and Max Fletcher, tack to Cincinnati and Arkansas, and Cincinnati and Arkansas accidentally played against each other on SaturdayNo. 19 Arkansas edging the excellent Cincinnati by 31-24 in a game that qualified as good.

The game, which qualified as somewhere beyond madcap, took place in Boone, where a record crowd of 40,168 crowded into Appalachian State’s Kidd Brewer Stadium at lunchtime on a cloudy 73-degree midday to see something blurry. “Why we don’t play these football games every year is beyond me,” said Appalachian State coach Shawn Clark.

Everyone knows why, another madness of the craziest sport. Do you credit North Carolina for planning if you think North Carolina should routinely plan it?

It’s worth reviewing the fourth quarter, which started with North Carolina leading 41-21 and ended with North Carolina leading 63-61. The Mountaineers dropped 71 yards to score in eight games, going 12-10 for 41-28. The Mountaineers rushed 28 yards in three games to score, leaving 10:37 for 41-35. The Tar Heels went 75 yards in three games to score, leaving 9:25 for a 49-35. The Mountaineers dropped 77 yards to score in seven games, going 7-20 for a 49-42. The Mountaineers rushed for 64 yards to score in three games, remaining 49-49 with four minutes remaining. The Tar Heels went 75 yards in five games to score, leaving 2:50 for 56-49. The Mountaineers rushed for 75 yards in eight games to score with 31 seconds left and then missed the two-point conversion for 56-55. The Tar Heels returned a push from 43 yards to score 63-55 with 28 seconds left. The Mountaineers went 48 yards in two games to score with nine seconds left and then missed the two-point conversion for 63-61.

“You can’t score 21 points in a single score, and everyone knows that,” Appalachian State quarterback Chase Brice said, but anyone who’s been switching streaming services between their game and Iowa may have been wondering if you could . And yes, that would be the Brice who piloted one of the key drives of recent years in 2018, Clemson’s 94-yarder with fourth and sixth finishes midway against Syracuse, preserving the undefeated portion of that undefeated, 15-0, state championship year.

Miles away from a game of skillful players, Boone staged a game of bored players. Clayton Howell of Appalachian State punched once. North Carolina’s Ben Kiernan went mad and stabbed twice.

All of this led to some of the usual outrageous stuff of those heady Saturdays, such as Houston quarterback Clayton Tune rushing into the end zone in a third overtime with a 35-35 score and then jumping a defender into that end zone for a 37-35 to win. And some Utes and Gators swap scores in Gainesville, Florida.

There, Anthony Richardson was playing quarterback for a program in Florida that hasn’t been doing as well lately as his Tom Petty singing fans had hoped. No. 7 Utah came to town, another bold schedule. The Utes led late when Richardson took Florida on a 14-play, 75-yard winning drive. scored with 85 seconds remaining with two of his 106 rushing yards.

“The guy’s like 6-4 and 240 and runs like a 4.3 so there’s no way he’s bottled up,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said after the 29-26 heartbreak. So credit Whittingham, the top manager with the second-longest tenure behind Ferentz, for the planning. Let the College Football Playoff Selection Committee weigh in each Utes evaluation next December.

But that’s speculative business talk in a sport with too much speculative business talk. Sometimes to enjoy it you have to look at the games, the games, the games and how those crazy things spent Saturday with veteran guys like Whittingham (62) and Ferentz (67) and Mack Brown (71) from North Carolina to bring wild rides .

You could even say it keeps them going.