Boise State tramples the Cavs: 5 takeaways


Boise State tramples the Cavs: 5 takeaways

There will be no September upset this year for the Cavaliers as Boise State trampled Virginia 56-14. The Broncos added yet another Power 5 program to their list of notable wins as they took an early lead and ran with it.

Here are five takeaways from the tough loss for Virginia: 

Early mistake: The national spotlight was on Charlottesville, the crowd was rocking, the team was pumped and in an instant it all changed. Boise State set the tone from the very first play and they never looked back.

Virginia started on offense after returning the opening kickoff to the 27. Matt Johns dropped back on the first play from scrimmage and was pressured almost immediately. As he was getting pulled down, he tried to throw the ball away but it fell right into the hands of defensive tackle Justin Taimatuia who took it 21 yards untouched into the end zone.

It was one of two interceptions returned for a touchdown by Boise State on the night.

No quarterback likes getting sacked, but it's important for quarterbacks to know when to throw the ball away and when they need to just take the sack. That play gave the Broncos an early lead and really took some of the energy out of the stadium. If you want to pull off an upset at home, you need the crowd.

Johns is not an inexperienced quarterback anymore, he should know better. That was an inexcusable mistake.

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An offensive offense: Virginia had a downright ugly game on offense. They managed only 273 yards of offense and 120 of those yards came on two long scoring plays. Virginia had a whopping 40 yards on the ground for the entire game.

The team's top offensive weapons just were nowhere to be found. Canaan Severin had only 34 receiving yards and Taquan Mizzell had 2 rushing yards.

The Cavaliers really struggled to stay on the field because they had little success on first and second down. Virginia faced 12 3rd-and-longs (eight yards or more) in this game as they continually got behind the chains. They only were able to convert four of them into first downs.

They needed more success on first and second down to give themselves a chance at converting and keeping their offense on the field.

Another freshman QB: A non-conference schedule that includes UCLA, Notre Dame and Boise State is about as tough as it gets. You would think that facing two freshman quarterbacks would have given Virginia at least a chance to pull off an upset given the strength of their defense. Instead those two quarterbacks were the ones who torched the Hoos the most.

First there was Josh Rosen at UCLA and on Saturday there was Brett Rypien.

Boise State's starting quarterback Ryan Finley suffered a broken ankle last week giving Rypien only one week to prepare. He was expected to split time with Thomas Stuart, but Stuart only took a handful of naps as Rypien quickly showed he was more than capable of taking over this offense and tearing apart the Virginia secondary.

Rypien finished with 321 passing yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

Lopsided turnover margin: The turnover discrepancy for Virginia has gone from a concern to downright ridiculous. The Cavaliers once again failed to collect a single turnover. Now four games into the season, Virginia still has not forced a single takeaway. At some point, you would think they would get one by sheer dumb luck, but it hasn't happened.

This is a problem made worse by their own turnovers. Virginia gave the ball away to Boise State five times in this game, including two interceptions returned for touchdowns.

Turnovers are critical and successful teams are able to force takeaways. Virginia is not 1-3 just because they played a tough schedule, they are 1-3 because they were not able to force opposing offenses into mistakes.

Thorpe shows flashes: One of the few brights spots for Virginia was T.J. Thorpe who showed the explosiveness the Cavaliers were hoping to see from him this season.

Down 17-0 in the first, UVa faced a 3rd and 10 and desperately needed a big play to stay in the game. They got one from Thorpe.

Johns took the shotgun snap and threw it up just in time to avoid the pressure to Thorpe who had a step on cornerback Jonathan Moxey. Moxey tried to push him out of bounds, but Thorpe managed to tiptoe on the sidelines and avoid a tackle from the Bronco's safety as he pulled away for the touchdown.

There were several plays in which Thorpe looked a step ahead of Boise's corners, but the one touchdown pass was his only catch of the night.

It may not have paid off against Boise, but defenses will have to account for the deep ball threat Thorpe poses which should mean more room for Canaan Severin.

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Former Hoya Marcus Derrickson signs a two-way contract with Golden State Warriors


Former Hoya Marcus Derrickson signs a two-way contract with Golden State Warriors

Leaving the Georgetown Hoyas a season early is initially paying off for Marcus Derrickson. 

Less than a month before what would have been his senior season at Georgetown, the 6-7 forward has signed a two-way contract with the Golden State Warriors. 

Derrickson nabbed the second two-way position on the Warriors after an outstanding Summer League translated to a solid preseason.

Fitting right into the Warriors deep-ball oriented scheme, Derrickson was 6-16 from three point range during the five-game preseason. He's a versatile stretch-four that continues to develop and improve on his outside game. 

By signing a two-way contract, the former All-Big East Second teamer will have a chance to get called up to the two-time defending NBA champions at any point this season for up to 45 days. The remaining time will be with the Warriors' G-league affiliate the Santa Cruz Warriors

This arrangement will earn Derrickson a contract of $75,000 and a prorated amount for however much time he is practicing/ playing with Golden State. 

If he is called up to the NBA for more than the allotted 45 days, then the Warriors are obligated to give him a minimum rookie contract. 

Derrickson continues to prove himself as the list of aspiring players dwindles. As each contract begins to near its end, the Warriors time after time offer another opportunity.


West Virginia, Penn State drop in new AP top 25 poll


West Virginia, Penn State drop in new AP top 25 poll

After four of the top eight teams lost, The Associated Press college football poll had a new look behind No. 1 Alabama, with Ohio State reaching No. 2, LSU jumping back to No. 5 and Michigan moving into the top 10 for the first time this season.

The Crimson Tide received all but one of the 61 first-place votes from the media panel Sunday, with Ohio State receiving the other. No. 3 Clemson and No. 4 Notre Dame also moved up a spot. LSU jumped eight after handing Georgia its first loss of the season. The Bulldogs slipped from No. 2 to No. 8.

No. 6 Michigan has its best ranking of the season after blowing out Wisconsin and Texas is up two spots to No. 7.

No. 9 Oklahoma moved back into the top 10 while it was idle and Central Florida remained No. 10.


1. Alabama 7-0 (60 first-place votes, no change from last week)

2. Ohio State 7-0 (1 first-place vote, No. 3 last week)

3. Clemson 6-0 (No. 4 last week)

4. Notre Dame 7-0 (No. 5 last week)

5. LSU 6-1 (No. 13 last week)

6. Michigan 6-1 (No. 12 last week)

7. Texas 6-1 (No. 9 last week)

8. Georgia 6-1 (No. 2 last week)

9. Oklahoma 5-1 (No. 11 last week)

10. UCF 6-0 (No change from last week)

11. Florida 6-1 (No. 14 last week)

12. Oregon 5-1 (No. 17 last week)

13. West Virginia 5-1 (No. 6 last week)

14. Kentucky 5-1 (No. 18 last week)

15. Washington 5-2 (No. 7 last week)

16. NC State 5-0 (No. 20 last week)

17. Texas A&M 5-2 (No. 22 last week)

18. Penn State 4-2 (No. 8 last week)

19. Iowa 5-1 (Not ranked last week)

20. Cincinnati 6-0 (No. 25 last week)

21. South Florida 6-0 (No. 23 last week)

22. Mississippi State 4-2 (No. 24 last week)

23. Wisconsin 4-2 (No. 15 last week)

24. Michigan State 4-2 (Not ranked last week)

25. Washington State 5-1 (Not ranked last week)

Virginia and Maryland are among those that received votes, with each team getting two apiece.


Eight ranked teams overall lost Saturday, including three previously unbeaten teams. Joining Georgia among the previously undefeated on Saturday were West Virginia and Colorado.


All the losses up and down the rankings meant plenty of movement. Joining LSU and Michigan as teams that gained at least four spots were:

-- No. 12 Oregon jumped five after beating Washington in overtime. The Ducks have their best ranking since September 2015.

-- No. 17 Texas A&M moved up five after edging South Carolina on the road.

-- It was a good week to be idle and watch teams plummet. No. 14 Kentucky and No. 16 North Carolina State each gained four spots in an idle week, and No. 20 Cincinnati moved up five.


-- No. 13 West Virginia lost at Iowa State and fell seven spots after reaching a season high last week.

-- No. 15 Washington dropped eight spots after losing at Oregon.

-- No. 18 Penn State's second straight close home loss, this time to Michigan State, dropped the Nittany Lions 10 spots.

-- No. 23 Wisconsin, which started the season ranked fourth, dropped eight spots after its second loss.


-- Colorado reached No. 19, racking up wins against a weak schedule, but USC manhandled the Buffaloes in Los Angeles and now they are unranked.

-- Miami, which started the season at No. 8, is out altogether after losing at Virginia.

-- Auburn, which started the season ninth, is out and no longer receiving votes after getting beat at home by Tennessee and falling to 4-3.


-- Iowa surged into the rankings for the first time this season at No. 19.

-- No. 24 Michigan State is back in after a week out.

-- No. 25 Washington State moved in just in time to host ESPN's "College GameDay" for the first time ever with Oregon coming to town. Getting to Pullman, Washington, is notable for the show because for years it has been followed around by Wazzu fans waving the `Ol Crimson school flag.


A week after the Southeastern Conference placed a season-high eight teams in the poll, the SEC lost one and the Big Ten gained two. The ACC has only two ranked team for the first time since Oct. 4, 2015, when Clemson was No. 6 and Florida State was No. 12. The Tigers played for in the national championship game that season.

SEC -- 7 teams (1, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 23).

Big Ten -- 6 (2, 6, 18, 19, 22, 24).

American -- 3 (10, 20, 21).

Big 12 -- 3 (7, 9, 13).

Pac-12 -- 3 (12, 15, 25).

ACC -- 2 (3, 16).

Independent -- 1 (4).


No. 16 North Carolina State at No. 3 Clemson. The ACC's only ranked and unbeaten teams meet in a game that will likely go a long way toward settling the Atlantic Division.

No. 22 Mississippi State at No. 5 LSU. This will be the fourth ranked team the Tigers have faced -- though two (Miami and Auburn) are no longer.

No. 6 Michigan at No. 24 Michigan State. Another chance for Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines to flipped the narrative.

No. 12 Oregon at No. 25 Washington State. The Ducks look to make it an Evergreen State sweep.