I am going to knock it off early. Not much to say, though there is a lot going on.
Workout notes: 500 yards easy, 5 x 100 drill (fins), 100 swim, 250 in 4:30 (steady), 50 back.
Then weights: pull ups (5 sets of 10), rotator cuff
incline: 10 x 135, 3 x 160, 6 x 150
bench (dumbbell) 10 x 70
standing presses: 3 sets of 10 x 40 (dumbbells),
rows: 2 sets of 10 x 60 (each arm), 10 x 110 machine.
I got to work quickly, but later regretted not doing yoga.
Note: I had some “non pain but unsteady” twinges in my right knee.
No, my long walk didn’t set any records. In fact, it was slow, by my old standards (14:31 mpm). But I covered 16.1 miles in 3:53 and 16.5 in 4 hours.
It was down to the River, along the trail via the Goose loop and ball field wall, to the Woodruff track 1:19 for 5.5, 1:11:40 for 29 laps (16 in lane 2, 4 in lane 1), 1:22 back (net uphill, got fatigued). The trail was empty due to the 50’s and windy conditions. I loved it.
So, my long walk progression has been like this, starting on July 5 (1 month after by 60..er..59.9 miles at FANS):
18, 16, 13, 13, 20, 18, 19, 18, 18, 18 (half marathon in 2:38, 3 prior, 2 after), 22, 20, 16. Now there is not much I can do, other than avoid cold germs.
Someone is angry that their team lost to Illinois:
“Nebraska lost to Illinois, of all teams, which should be automatic elimination from Big Ten West consideration for the sheer embarrassment, if no other reason. It’s largely because of a horrendous offensive game plan and inexplicable, unacceptable and downright ludicrous clock management — not the first time this staff has mismanaged the clock, either. The overall “F” for this game goes directly to the coaching staff. Suddenly, making a bowl game seems iffy, at best.”
Here is a bit of fact: Illinois has won its previous 3 Big Ten games in a row (dating back to last season) and 3 out of 4 of its Big Ten home games (Minnesota, Iowa (oops..that was the loss), Penn State, now Nebraska). Ok, we are talking about winning by 4, 2, and 1 point(s)…but they were wins nevertheless.
Then 21:10 of cycling (10K) then yoga.
The game: Illinois outgained Nebraska 382 to 292 but with 51 seconds to go in the game they were down 13-7, at their own 27 and had no time outs. No problem.
The game started ok; Nebraska was stopped on its first possession and the teams traded punts. But Nebraska muffed the Illinois punt giving the Illini the ball at the Nebraska 39. But Illinois couldn’t move it and missed a 51 yard field goal (windy day).
Then came another Nebraska punt to the Illinois 8. The Illini drove it (getting good running) but got it to 4’th and 1 at the Nebraska 10. Illinois went for it with a quarterback keep but got thrown for a loss.
Nebraska got stopped again, had to punt; Illinois drove again and ended up missing a 41 yard field goal. Illinois had tons of chances and had zero points to show for it.
Second quarter, Nebraska broke a quarterback keeper for a 32 yard gain, and that sparked a 76 yard touchdown drive. “Here we go”, I thought. Throughout the game, Nebraska misfired on open passes (drops or slightly bad throws).
Throughout the second quarter, Illinois was going against the wind. Hence they played “slow” by running and running down the clock between snaps. But this quarter also featured a bizarre sequence in which the Illini ran a play on 4’th down, thinking it was 3’rd down because that is what the down marker said. For more: see this excellent analysis. Hence Nebraska got the ball at the Illinois 44. But the Illinois defense got an interception.
The defenses took over until late in the first quarter when Nebraska drove and got a field goal to go up 10-0, where the half ended.
Note: on the final play of the first half, Illinois was at the 40. They ran a running play which came oh-so-close to breaking; he was brought down at the Nebraska 12.
The third quarter saw Illinois playing “slow” again. It appeared that Nebraska won the field position battle when it pinned Illinois on its own 1 with great punt coverage. On the subsequent drive, Nebraska got the ball on the Illinois 31. The Illini defense stiffened again
and forced a field goal attempt, which was good. It was 13-0 Nebraska going into the 4’th..but the Illini had the wind again and was driving. A busted coverage enabled Illinois to cap off the 75 yard drive with a touchdown; it was now 13-7.
Then came a brutal defensive struggle; neither team could get anything going.
Then came the two key drives.
First, with 4:38 in the game, Nebraska started at their own 38 and mostly stayed on the ground. They got a first down at the Illinois 48 with 2:31 left in the game, and Illinois started to call time outs.
They ran to the Illini 30 for another first down; and so Illinois called time out. It got to be 3’rd and 7 at the Illinois 27 with Illinois out of time outs..1:46 is when they called their last one.
Nebraska gained 3 yards. It was now 3’rd and 7 with the clock running down, and Nebraska tried a pass, which was incomplete and stopped the clock with 55 seconds to play. So it was 4’th and 7 at the 27; field goal attempt into the wind would have been low percentage. Another incomplete pass.
So Illinois got the ball at their own 27 with 51 seconds left and no time outs.
Illinois hit a 15 yard sideline route then a 50 yard bomb to the Nebraska 7. A clear pass interference call gave Illinois the ball at the Nebraska 2 with 15 seconds to go..but no time outs..runs were out of the question.
There was one incomplete pass, then another pass interference call. First and goal at the one, when the Illini passed for the touchdown.
10 seconds were left. Whew!
Dating back to last season, the Illini have won 5 home games in a row, and 3 of the games (Penn State, Middle Tennessee, this game) featured an Illinois comeback and the game not being decided until 10 seconds in the game were left…or less.
Tracy was my dedicated buddy for this game; she was a trooper.
Air Force at Navy Rivalry game; Air Force won the last one. Air Force beat two weak teams and played Michigan State tough before losing by 14.
Navy: easy win over Colgate; dominating win over a decent East Carolina team, and a victory over Connecticut on the road. Navy is favored by 6 at home.
Mids: 30-21 though this is not a “gimme”.
Texas at TCU TCU has some injuries on defense; they beat lesser teams easily, beat Texas Tech on a last second touchdown off of a tipped pass and beat a stubborn Minnesota team on the road.
Texas: stomped by Notre Dame, beat Rice, and had heart breaking home losses to California and Oklahoma State due to mistakes in the kicking game.
The Frogs are better and know how to win; not sure they’ll cover that 16 point spread though. Frogs 38-31.
Notre Dame at Clemson
Clemson: two easy wins against weak opponents, then a close, hard fought quality win at Louisville. Notre Dame: easy wins over Texas, Massachusetts, Georgia Tech (it was 30-7 with about 2 minutes to go) and a narrow, last second win at Virginia (who hasn’t done well this year). Two good teams; I’ll go with the home team. I’ll call it 24-21 Tigers, though this one might be close enough for ND to win on a break.
Nebraska at Illinois Yep, I’ll be there, and for a change, I shouldn’t have leg room around me. We’ll probably have the best crowd of the season.
So, Nebraska has dispatched 2 lesser opponents; Southern Mississippi managed to rally to make a 26-0 game interesting. They lost two very close games to BYU and Miami.
Illinois: easy wins over a sleep deprived MAC team and an FCS team, followed by getting slaughtered by North Carolina and beating Middle Tennessee 27-25 when MTSU missed a 43 yard field goal with 8 seconds to play. To me, it appeared the MTSU and Illinois were equal teams.
I say that Nebraska wins this more easily than some say (they are a 7 point favorite); they did better against the type of opponent that blew out the Illini. I sure hope that I am wrong, but I see something on the order of 31-17.
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