Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said the No. 4 Horned Frogs were the best team he had ever faced after the 55-28 beat down he and his Utah Utes suffered Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd in Amon G. Carter Stadium.
This is the same Whittingham who went undefeated in 2008 before rolling the Crimson Tide of Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. But Whittingham needs to be thanking the football gods that he caught the 10-0 Frogs on somewhat of an off night.
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The moment I found out ESPN's College GameDay was coming to our city, I knew the likelihood of me accomplishing anything academically this week was about as likely as the BCS letting the Frogs into the National Championship Game. It just wasn't going to happen.
What we have this weekend is a once-in-a-college-career experience. Some alumni never would have imagined this day coming when they walked this campus many years ago.
When Casey Pachall arrived on campus on a cold January day, he found himself assigned to Brachman Hall, far from the suite life his new teammates were living in Moncrief Hall.
Casey's parents, Stan and Debbie Pachall, helped their youngest son unload containers from his hand-me-down Dodge Ram and haul them up to his temporary third-floor room. Sister Christie and brother Chad lent hands while 3-year-old Clint, Christie's son, joined to say goodbye to his uncle, known to him as "Casey Football."
Many campus buildings have fallen victim to the university's construction binge, and the necessity for another new, shiny crane may be on the horizon.
Ross Bailey, associate athletics director for operations, said the Dutch Meyer Athletic Complex and Abe Martin Academic Enhancement Center, located in the south end of Amon Carter Stadium, will serve as a model home to future renovations of the rest of the stadium, with construction slated for 2010.
Prior to kickoff, the seniors of the Horned Frog football team were greeted with a hug from head coach Gary Patterson before being honored with friends and family for their tenure with the team.
The Falcons of the Air Force Academy weren't greeted nearly as warmly when the Frogs took the opening kickoff and scored 2:22 seconds later on a three-yard run by full back Luke Shivers.
"It seemed like everything was working on that first drive," sophomore quarterback Andy Dalton said. "It set the tone and we just went off from there."
The Lady Frogs rode a 28-point performance and a pair of long runs to start halves to an 80-68 upset win over the No. 3 University of Maryland Terrapins.
Junior guard TK LaFleur, in her debut with the Lady Frogs, lit up the Terrapins for a career-high 28 points.
LaFleur said she didn't want to force anything in her debut and just wanted to let the game come to her. The showdown with the Terrapins is something she had been looking forward to for a while.
The Lady Frogs' last-second, come-from-behind win over the Oklahoma City University Stars in their final tuneup before the start of the regular season made it evident that there is still work to be done.
Head coach Jeff Mittie said rebounding was a huge concern, despite outrebounding the Stars 47-46 in the 56-55 victory.
"That's been something we've spent a lot of time on in the last week," Mittie said. "We're not very quick to the ball right now."