- The Washington Times - Monday, September 15, 2008


Durant Brooks has a bad day: The rookie punter made a series of gaffes that nearly cost the Redskins their home opener against the Saints. Brooks botched a hold on a field goal, booted a line drive that allowed Reggie Bush to return it for a touchdown and shanked a punt in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, it appears the man Brooks supposedly beat for the job, Derrick Frost, is going to ride Aaron Rodgers’ arm to a playoff bid. Ladies and gentlemen, Vinny Cerrato.

Maryland upsets California: A week after losing to Middle Tennessee, the Terps upended No. 23 California. Lots of explanations have been given for the turnaround — the early starting time for Cal, the heat, Maryland’s defense — but what about the Maryland state flag designs in the end zones? The Terps’ record with the flags? 1-0.

K-Rod sets save record: Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez broke Bobby Thigpen’s record for most saves in a season with his 58th Saturday night. With the Angels leading the AL West by 18 1/2 games through Saturday, don’t be surprised if Rodriguez winds up with the Cy Young over 20-game winner Cliff Lee.


1. Ohio State: The 35-3 rout by Southern California should save America from having to watch the Buckeyes get embarrassed in another BCS title game.

2. Rich Rodriguez: It’s amazing how much better the spread works when you have a Heisman Trophy contender (Pat White) running it as opposed to someone who couldn’t cut it at Georgia Tech (Steven Threet).

3. The Big East: South Florida’s comeback against Kansas salvaged the conference, which has fewer ranked teams (two) than the much-maligned ACC (three).

4. Jahvid Best: “The Next Reggie Bush” left his Heisman chances — and his lunch — at Byrd Stadium on Saturday.

5. Al Groh: There’s a good chance Duke will be favored when his Cavaliers visit Durham on Sept. 27.


“If you’re a D-I program and you’re not trying to get to the BCS, what are you doing?” — Max Hall, BYU quarterback

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