Jim McBride’s four items of interest from this week’s college football landscape:
Holy David Klingler, Batman! Did you see what happened down in Norfolk, Va., last Saturday? Apologies to the good folks in Durham, N.H., who are all too familiar with what took place. For those who may have missed it, Old Dominion sophomore quarterback Taylor Heinicke threw for a Division 1 record 730 yards in the Monarchs’ 64-61 win over New Hampshire, shattering the mark held by Klingler (716) since 1990. Heinicke threw for five scores as he led his team back from a 23-point deficit in the third quarter. Heinicke completed 55 of 79 attempts with zero interceptions — another record. Air traffic controllers in the greater Richmond area have been warned, as Heinicke (who has thrown for 1,921 yards and 19 TDs through four games) and the Monarchs hit the road to take on the Spiders this weekend.
Not sure who had a worse week down in South Carolina: Clemson coach Dabo Swinney or Michael McClatchy, a former corporal with the Pickens, S.C., police. McClatchy pulled over Swinney this month and issued the coach a speeding ticket. Swinney was humming along at 63 miles per hour in a 45-m.p.h. zone (he was on his way to a radio show). Swinney’s citation was for $155 and later reduced to $81.50. No problem there, right? The plot thickened when McClatchy blogged about the incident on a website devoted to fans of Clemson rival South Carolina. McClatchy intimated that Swinney, whose Tigers lost a huge showdown to Florida State Saturday, expected to be excused from a ticket. When McClatchy’s superiors learned of the Internet posting, he was fired. Good lesson here. You’re allowed to despise your rivals, but sometimes it’s better to keep it to yourself.
We take a brief break from college football to address the Internet sensation of the week. The hubbub was started by Jarnell Stokes, a sophomore basketball player at Tennessee. And he started it with this tweet: “So my lil big bro @isaiah_stokes play football now lol.” That “lil big bro” that Jarnell was referring to is 6 feet 7 inches, 225 pounds. And that would be great if Isaiah were a defensive end for the Volunteers. He isn’t. It would be super if he were honing his skills at an area high school. He isn’t. Nope, lil bro Isaiah is in the eighth grade. Go ahead and do a Google images search and you’ll see one of the most hilarious and downright scary photos of all time. Sure glad my kid isn’t the one wearing that red helmet. At press time, we couldn’t confirm rumors that the Stokes family is planning a move from Memphis to Everett.
Leave it to Beavers
When it comes to football in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon usually gets all the headlines (OK, so the Seahawks were in the news a little this week). That’s because of the Ducks’ crazy selection of a half-billion uniform combinations and Chip Kelly’s high-flying offense led by quarterback Marcus Mariota. But rival Oregon State is threatening to steal some of the spotlight after opening the season with impressive back-to-back wins over ranked opponents. The Beavers opened the season by upsetting then-No. 13 Wisconsin and followed with a win at then-No. 17 UCLA — a win the team celebrated with a field trip to In-N-Out Burger. Sophomore QB Sean Mannion leads the offense, averaging 327.5 passing yards per game and the defense is allowing a paltry 53 rushing yards per game. The Beavers face Arizona (coming off a 49-0 loss to Oregon) Saturday.