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Collegefootballfan.com added a record twelve new teams in an exciting 2005 Season!
It was another exciting, fun-filled season for Collegefootballfan.com as we expanded our travel horizons in 2005 from Athens, GA to Columbia, MO to Fresno, CA among others, to add twelve new teams to our Goal to reach 105. Only fourteen teams 1-A college football teams remain to see 'em all!
Our first stop was Athens, GA where we saw UGA reload with DJ Shockley at QB to overwhelm our first new team on our slate, Boise State, 47-13. BSU QB Jared Zabrasnky evidently did not have a good night's sleep the night before as he threw four passes off the mark for INTs and fumbled the ball away twice before he was benched late in the second period. The Dawgs defense stymied the Broncos with several new players at key positions and improved through the course of the season to finish 10-3, winning the SEC championship over LSU before being upset by West Virginia in the Sugar Bowl to finish 8th in the country at year's end. This was our first time in Athens which was definitely the loudest venue we've been to. We had a great time tailgating with our friends, the Murrens, despite being an All-Auburn family. Boise finished 9-4 with a loss to Boston College in the MPC Computer Bowl. We plan to see their now former Head Coach, Dan Hawkins, again in 2006 when we see him as the new Head Coach of the Colorado Buffalos.
We next saw an exciting, high-scoring affair at our next game in Columbia, MO. This was not only our first game at Columbia, we added both the Tigers and the New Mexico Lobos to our Goal. QB Brad Smith was a tough and elusive runner for the Tigers and put on an exciting performance as he passed for 248 yards and a TD while running for 165 and three TDs. He set both the Mizzou career passing and the Mizzou career rushing marks in this game. However, the Lobos scored the final 10 points of the game to take a 45-35 victory. DonTrell Moore, recovering from off-season knee surgery, came up with a solid performance, but it was QB Kole McCarney's three TD passes to tall WR Hank Baskett that gave the Lobos the edge over a replenished Mizzou defense. The Tigers went on to a 7-5 record that included a come from behind 38-31 victory over South Carolina in the Independence Bowl on another tremendous performance by Smith. Despite a 6-5 record, UNM did not go bowling, but DonTrell Moore finished as the MWC's Offensive Player of the Year. We had the pleasure of tailgating hospitality from Missouri fan Tom Richardson and friends at the game, and got to enjoy some pregame festivities at Harpo's in downtown Columbia. We hope to get back there again some time!
We took a little local trip to our first 1AA non-scholarship game where we saw the Wagner College Seahawks whip the Peacocks of St. Peter's, 52-25, in Jersey City. It tied our record for the highest scoring non-1A affair with 77 points, the previous mark being set in a 1982 D3 playoff game between these same Seahawks and St. Lawrence, when the team from Staten Island was on the losing side of a 43-34 score. Over that period of time, the Seahawks have been led by Head Coach Walt Hameline. In his 25th year at Wagner, his 6-5 record brought him his 175th victory. The Peacocks finished their season at 1-9.
West Point was our next stop where the Cadets fell to the 97th team toward our Goal, the Baylor Bears, 20-10. The Corps of Cadets did actually get to deflate The Baylor Bear mascot, Judge, by creating a diversion and then sneaking up from behind to unplug the inflatable to a heap of vinyl draped over the Baylor student inside, but that was the highlight of the day for Army. It was a dull game on a lazy afternoon near the Hudson, and my Kids let me know it. Joe Riley missed several FG opportunities in this one throughout the course of the game, and Army discovered a passing attack in the last minute of play to score their only TD. It was a sign of improvement to give Army some hope for future games. Baylor finished the day 3-0, but would only finish the season in typical Baylor fashion, 5-6. REad on about Army.
To be continued...