Another week, another quarterback, but we check down to college this week. And along with that, non-BCS automatic berth schools. Fresno State's Derek Carr set Friday night on fire, with a 460 yard, 4-TD performance in leading his Fresno State Bulldogs to a narrow 1 point victory over rival Boise State Broncos. He completed 39 passes, none to the other team, and led the Bulldogs to their first victory in their last eight tries against the Broncos. This win now positions them for a run at the BCS with their toughest games behind them, particularly with the relaxed qualifying rules for non-auto conferences. Nevertheless, we'll see his name among NFL draft talents, but this week, he is the Longhorndave Sportsman of the Week!
Another week, another NFL QB puts up video game stats in a game in which they needed to win. Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers went all Madden on the Washington Redskins, a team that is reeling but still looked like scout league talent against Rodgers. He put up 480 yards (a career high) and 4 TD, while only misfiring on 8 passes in 42 attempts (81% completion percentage). Rumors of the Packers demise were greatly exaggerated after the Week 1 dud against the San Francisco 49ers, Rodgers and the Pack will contend all year.
The Blog took a "bye" on Labor Day weekend, but we're back with a (belated) Sportsman of the week. The kickoff of the NFL was ripe to find the best sportsman, and he performed in the first game. Peyton Manning tied an NFL record with 7 TD passes in a home opening victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Manning even started slow, but showed no mercy in tossing for 426 yards in a dismantling of the defending Super Bowl Champions. I think we can safely put any lingering concerns about his shoulder to rest, he is a worthy Sportsman of the Week!