The Defensive Coordinator: Review of October 25
  By Matt Priesmeyer Writer
Broomfield, CO is proud to now have our very own defensive analyst for each week's hindsights. Matt Priesmeyer is a savvy young man who, at just 14, is deeply entrenched in our favorite sport. His breakdowns and understanding of the game are worthy and true, so we feel strongly about this future journalist and his writing. As the site's editor, I know I wasn't even close to this level of football analysis at that age. So follow the rise and writings of our fledging expert.



Michigan: Purdue won't do it, they did not win in Ann Arbor this year. They haven't won there since 1966. The Michigan defense wouldn't allow it to happen, either, allowing just three points to the visiting Boilermakers. Kyle Orton got sacked seven times, getting hit almost every play. Orton went 18-of-37 for 184 yards passing, no touchdown passes and two interceptions. The running game could only muster 58 yards. Purdue had three turnovers. The Wolverines and Coach Lloyd Carr will face in state rival and Big Ten surprise Michigan State in East Lansing next Saturday. This is a game that might significantly change the Big Ten Championship picture.

Ole Miss: The Ole Miss Rebels upset (then) 21st-ranked Arkansas in Oxford to take the lead in the SEC West. Arkansas quarterback Matt Jones only went 12-of-29 for 140 yards, no TDs and one interception. The once-struggling Rebel defense stepped up to the occasion in this big SEC showdown. The Rebels took advantage of Arkansas without their leading rusher Cedric Cobbs, as they held the Razorbacks to 82 rushing yards on just over 30 attempts. Next week is South Carolina for Ole Miss, in Oxford.

West Virginia: The folks in Morgantown will never get over this one. West Virginia 28 #3 Virginia Tech 7. What had been a struggling season for the West Virginia Mountaineers got better all of a sudden with a win over the rival Hokies. The seven Virginia Tech points weren't even scored by the offense - they were on a fumble return by the Virginia Tech defense. That means West Virginia's defense shut out the offense of Virginia Tech. West Virginia forced four turnovers. Virginia Tech quarterback Bryan Randall went 14-22 for 146 yards, no TDs and three interceptions. Virginia Tech's great running back, Kevin Jones could never break out. He had just 57 of the Virginia Tech 65 yards rushing.

Northwestern: The Purple Wildcats had a big upset for homecoming against Wisconsin. It was because of the defense. Northwestern made the big plays when they had to for the win that gives Northwestern (4-4) a legit shot at a bowl. Matt Schabert, the Wisconsin quarterback went 20-36 for 193 yards, no TDs and one interception. Wisconsin did do a good job in the run game though, going for a combined 193 yards. But Northwestern would not let Wisconsin have a nice sustained drive except once.

LSU: LSU's Tigers absolutely took care of Auburn's Tigers. The final was 31-7. Everyone expected the run game to be the big part of Auburn's approach. Instead, it was the passing game. Jason Campbell went 19-27 for 143 yards 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions. Carnell "Cadillac" Williams only had 20 carries for 61 yards, but Auburn had 30 carries for just 50 yards. Next, LSU will step outside the SEC to play Louisiana Tech and Josh McCown. Then they have to travel to Tuscaloosa, as LSU tries to get back to the SEC title game like they did in 2001, when they upset Tennessee….



Bernard Lay, Pittsburgh: Lay's 20 yard fumble return broke the game open against Syracuse. Pitt beat Syracuse 34-14. Pittsburgh advanced to 2nd in the Big East with a 2-0 conference record and they are now 5-2 overall.

Leon Hall, DB, Michigan: Hall was a big part of Michigan's day against Purdue. Both of Kyle Orton's interceptions were made by this man, which ended two Purdue drives.

Yaacov Yisrael, S, Penn State: Yisrael had an 83-yard interception return for his first career TD, which gave Penn State the early 7-0 lead over Iowa at Kinnick Stadium. It was his second INT of the day. The Nittany Lions could not hold on to the lead, though, and lost 26-14 to the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Ronald Nunn, Southern Cal: Ronald Nunn had a 57-yard interception return against Washington that gave USC (7-1) the lead for good. After the interception it was 14-7 USC. They went on to roll on the Washington Huskies by the score of 43-23.

Kevin Mitchell, LB, Oregon: Kevin Mitchell started Oregon's crushing of Stanford with his 9-yard interception return to make it 14-0. Oregon won the game 35-0.