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Former Foes: Week 5

After the beating John Brantley  took from the Tide, he decided Bocce was a better sport (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
After the beating John Brantley took from the Tide, he decided Bocce was a better sport (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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We're rolling along with our weekly look back at the teams on Penn State's past schedule.  Did you know the Lions former foes have a combined record of (15 - 5)?  Granted Alabama makes that look good (just ask Mr. Brantley our featured photo of the week), but it's still a good record, no?   So, how did Eastern Michigan do?

Quite well thank you very much...

Eastern Michigan (3-2)

Beat the Mighty Roos (31-23)

Eastern Michigan decided that this fancy-dancy passing thing is fine for them southern schools but they'll just stick to the bread and butta, thank you very much.  The Eagles rushed for 228 yards and all 4 of their scores to beat the Akron Zips.  Dominique White paced EMU with 164 yards and 3 of those 4 touchdowns.  Eastern scored the first 2 touchdowns and never relinquished the lead.  White averaged more yards per run (5.9) than Akron quarterback Clayton Moore did per pass (5.5).  

Next up: HOLY TOLEDO!!!

Indiana State (4-1)

Beat South Dakota State 38-28

Another game, another bad defensive performance for ISU.  Oh did I mention running back Shakir Bell is a damn fine back?  The Sycamore ran wild again gaining 199 yards on 22 carries (that's 9 yards a pop for those of you following along at home) and scored twice (30 & 4 yards).  The Fighting Trees limped out to a 10-9 halftime lead but put the game away when DB Johnny Towalid intercepted a Jackrabbit (yes that's their mascot) pass and returned it 78 yards with 52 seconds left in the 3rd quarter.  That made the score 31 - 15 and pretty much shut the door on SDSU. Tyrel Kool rushed 22 times for 87 yards and a late touchdown.  I mention that only because I wish I had an awesome name like that.

Next up: ISU gets a tough match-up with MVC 2nd place Northern Iowa (3-1)

#3 Alabama (5-0)

Beat #12 Florida 38-10

Fresh off a 38-14 thumping of #14 Arkansas, Alabama waltzed into Gainesville, Florida and completed a near-perfect 38-10 dismantling of  the #12 Florida GatorsCourtney Upshaw opened up a close 10-10 second quarter tie by turning an errant John Brantley pass into a 45 yard interception return for a TD.  Alabama bludgeoned Florida with heavy doses of Trent Richardson from that point forward and never looked back.  Richardson had a career-high day, rushing for 181 yards and scoring twice.  Brantley left the game right before half and Florida had no answer.  Alabama held Florida's rushing attack (259 yards per game) to a stunning 15 yards.  That's 15 yards TOTAL.   Florida managed only 9 first downs and 222 yards total.  It goes without saying, Alabama is very good.

Next up: Vanderbilt who intercepted Stephen Garcia four times and LOST 21-3.  Good luck with that Commodore 64's

Temple (3-2)

Lost to Toledo 36-13

What the f**k Temple?!?!  You destroy a Maryland team and lay this egg?  At the very least you should be arrested for prostitution for blowing the second half like that.  Dwight Macon caught a 33 Yd TD Pass with 6:50 to go in the half to open up a 22-13 lead at the break.  Temple out-gained the Rockets 318-305 and manged 145 yards rushing but all 7 of the Owls second half possessions ended in a punt or turnover.  Normally steady running back Bernard Pierce was held in check rushing for only 75 yards on 24 carries.  It was the MAC opener for both teams.

Next up: Ball State (3-2)