Tiny Wofford College Defeats The University of Montana in the NCAA FCS Playoffs

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  • Wofford is leading The University of Montana 10-6 , with 1:03 left to play in the half. With 24-seconds left to play in the half, Montana makes the score 13-10. At the end of the half, Montana leads by a score of 13-10.
  • Fourth quarter, 10:42 to play, Montana is leading by a score of 16-10. Wofford’s now threatening to score, has the ball at Montana’s 6-yard line. Josh Collier throws a pass to Strickland for a Wofford touchdown!! Wofford now leads The University of Montana by a score of 17-16!!
  • Montana returns with a quick touchdown, but the two-point conversion failed, , making the score 22-17. Wofford now trails by 5 points.
  • 36 seconds to play, Wofford Terriers have a first-down on the Montana 6 yard-line.
  • With 32 seconds left, Wofford scores again!! Wofford now leads Montana by a score of 23-22.
  • It’s all coming down to a 48-yard Montana field goal kick. Field goal kick is MISSED!!
  • Wofford College defeats The University of Montana by a score of 23-22!!

Final Scoreboard: Wofford 23, Montana 22

 

Wofford Defeats The University of Montana

Official Recap of the Game:

Wofford College traveled west and came back home with a 23-22 win over previously undefeated Montana. Wofford will host a Quarterfinal NCAA FCS Playoff game next Saturday at Gibbs Stadium at home in Spartaanburg (SC). Wofford is now 9-3 on the season, while the Big Sky Conference Champion Grizzlies ended the season at 11-1.

Wofford was led by Kevious Johnson with 145 yards rushing on 20 carries. Dane Romero, Andy Strickland and Michael Hobbs had touchdowns, while Patrick Mugan had a field goal. Montana was led by Lex Hilliard with 123 yards on 29 carries.

I am proud of our players, proud of the staff and we hung together,” said head coach Mike Ayers. “The caliber of players and coaches here is something that we really admire. They are fundamentally sound and have no weakness. It was an awesome crowd that was tough and classy. We knew that to win, we were going to need to do it together. The kids kept playing and executing and the perimeter blocking was exceptional. The offense played well, and the defense came up big with limiting them to field goals.”

Montana won the opening coin toss and elected to defer to the second half. On the first play from scrimmage for the Terriers, Kevious Johnson fumbled the ball, which was recovered by the Grizzlies. The Wofford defense started strong and forced a three-and-out by the Montana offense. On the next drive by the Terriers, the offense gained one first down before Josh Collier was intercepted by Reggie Bradshaw. The Terriers defense continued to stop the Grizzlies, as Jared McCollough came up with a sack and Montana was forced to punt again. The Terriers offense settled down and drove 80 yards in 16 plays and scored on a 31-yard field goal by Patrick Mugan. Wofford took a 3-0 lead with 1:27 left in the first quarter.

Early in the second quarter, the Grizzlies were able to tie the game with a 37-yard field goal by Dan Carpenter at 14:45. Back on offense, Wofford was able to put together a nine play drive that was capped by a 3-yard touchdown run by Dane Romero at 10:07. However, Montana scored on their next drive when Dan Carpenter made a 25-yard field goal at 5:51 in the second quarter. Wofford was forced three-and-out on their next possession and punted. Following the punt, Montana scored on a nine yard pass from Cole Bergquist to Dan Beaudin with 24 seconds left in the half for a 13-10 lead.

Montana had the ball to start the second half. After gaining one first down, the Wofford defense held and on a fake punt prevented the first down. Following a first down gained by Josh Collier, the Terriers turned the ball over for the third time in the game when Collier was intercepted by Quinton Jackson. After the turnover, the Wofford defense once again stepped up to the challenge and after a sack by Seth Goldwire forced a three-and-out. Wofford was able to gain three first downs, but were stopped on a fourth-and-six, turning the ball over on downs.

Montana drove Wofford to the one-yard line, but had to settle for a 24-yard field goal by Dan Carpenter for a 16-10 lead at 12:59 in the fourth quarter. After the score, Wofford was able to complete the first pass of the day, a 34-yard completion to Andy Strickland at 12:43 in the fourth quarter. The drive continued with a fourth-and-five from the six yard line when Josh Collier found Andy Strickland in the left corner of the endzone for the touchdown. Wofford took a 17-16 lead with 7:47 left in the game.

The lead was short-lived as Lex Hilliard scored from one-yard out with six minutes to go in the game. The two-point conversion attempt was incomplete, giving Montana a 22-17 lead. Wofford responded with a six yard touchdown run up the middle by Michael Hobbs with only 32 seconds left in the game. The two-point attempt was ruled incomplete, giving Wofford a 23-22 lead. But Montana still had time, moving the ball to the 30-yard line with four seconds left. The 47-yard field goal attempt by Montana’s Dan Carpenter was wide left as time expired, giving Wofford the win.

The Terriers advance in the NCAA FCS Playoffs and will be at home next weekend against The University of Richmond.

The Final Boxscore is here.

Background:

Wofford College, the smallest college in NCAA Division I, is facing The University of Montana on Saturday, November 24 at 2:05 p.m. ET in the first round of the NCAA FCS Playoffs. The game will mark the second time in the past five years that the Wofford Terriers have advanced to the Playoffs. Wofford won the Southern Conference automatic bid to the Playoffs.

This has been a very blessed season,” said head coach Mike Ayers. “We have a great group of players who fight the fight. I think we have the best coaching staff in America, who are very committed to the program. The Wofford faithful have been behind us all the way this season as well. The week off has given us a chance to get healthy and work on the fundamentals.

The University of Northern Iowa University (11-0) tops the bracket as the top seed after capturing the automatic qualifying berth from the Gateway Football Conference. Second-seeded McNeese State University (11-0) captured the Southland Conference automatic berth. The University of Montana (11-0), which is making its 18th tournament appearance, is the number-three seed. Rounding out this year’s seeded teams are Southern Illinois University (10-1) with the number- four seed, Appalachian St. (9-2), Delaware (8-3), Massachusetts (9-2) and Richmond (9-2).

Interested readers can learn more about the Wofford Terrier’s football season here.

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Wofford Plays The University of Montana Today in the NCAA FCS Playoffs

Updates:

  • Wofford is leading The University of Montana 10-6 , with 1:03 left to play in the half. With 24-seconds left to play in the half, Montana makes the score 13-10. At the end of the half, Montana leads by a score of 13-10.
  • Fourth quarter, 10:42 to play, Montana is leading by a score of 16-10. Wofford’s now threatening to score, has the ball at Montana’s 6-yard line. Josh Collier throws a pass to Strickland for a Wofford touchdown!! Wofford now leads The University of Montana by a score of 17-16!!
  • Montana returns with a quick touchdown, but the two-point conversion failed, , making the score 22-17. Wofford now trails by 5 points.
  • 36 seconds to play, Wofford Terriers have a first-down on the Montana 6 yard-line.
  • With 32 seconds left, Wofford scores again!! Wofford now leads Montana by a score of 25-22.
  • It’s all coming down to a 48-yard Montana field goal kick. Field goal kick is MISSED!!
  • Wofford College defeats The University of Montana by a score of 25-22!!

Wofford College, the smallest college in NCAA Division I, is facing The University of Montana on Saturday, November 24 at 2:05 p.m. ET in the first round of the NCAA FCS Playoffs. The game will mark the second time in the past five years that the Wofford Terriers have advanced to the Playoffs. Wofford won the Southern Conference automatic bid to the Playoffs.

This has been a very blessed season,” said head coach Mike Ayers. “We have a great group of players who fight the fight. I think we have the best coaching staff in America, who are very committed to the program. The Wofford faithful have been behind us all the way this season as well. The week off has given us a chance to get healthy and work on the fundamentals.

The University of Northern Iowa University (11-0) tops the bracket as the top seed after capturing the automatic qualifying berth from the Gateway Football Conference. Second-seeded McNeese State University (11-0) captured the Southland Conference automatic berth. The University of Montana (11-0), which is making its 18th tournament appearance, is the number-three seed. Rounding out this year’s seeded teams are Southern Illinois University (10-1) with the number- four seed, Appalachian St. (9-2), Delaware (8-3), Massachusetts (9-2) and Richmond (9-2).

Interested readers can learn more about the Wofford Terrier’s football season here.

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Oral Roberts University President Resigns

 

For many observers, the resignation of Oral Roberts University’s embattled president, Richard Roberts, seemed to be a question of when, not if, amidst the financial scandals that hit the school nearly two months ago. Roberts, facing accusations in the lawsuit that he misspent school funds to support a lavish lifestyle, finally resigned on Friday. “Those who have seen what we have seen won’t have any surprise about the fact that Richard has stepped down,” said attorney Gary Richardson, who brought a wrongful termination lawsuit against Roberts last month on behalf of three of the university’s professors. “There was no option, period.”

His resignation is effective immediately, according to a statement e-mailed from George Pearsons, chairman of the school’s Board of Regents. Roberts said in a statement that he loved the university. “I love the students, faculty, staff and administration and I want to see God’s best for all of them.”

The school’s regents planned to meet Monday and Tuesday to determine action in the search process for a new president, Pearsons said in the statement. Executive Regent Billy Joe Daugherty will assume the president’s administrative responsibilities, working with Oral Robertsuntil the regents’ meeting, the statement said.

This was an inevitable step that had to happen because of their arrogance,” said former regent Harry McNevin, who quit the board in 1987 because of misspending he said he witnessed. “It’s been 20 years that they’ve been doing the same things that I became aware of.” The recent lawsuit, filed Oct. 2, included allegations of a $39,000 shopping tab at one store for Richard Roberts’ wife, Lindsay, a $29,411 Bahamas senior trip on the university jet for one of Roberts’ daughters, and a stable of horses for the Roberts children.

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Andre J.: The Cover Girl Who’s Merely Himself

Andre J: The Covergirl Who’s Simply Himself

What follows is the strange tale of how a handsome black man who can also look an awful lot like a beautiful black woman, except with better legs than most and a beard, happened to end up on the November cover of French Vogue Magazine. The time was summer 2007. The man, who goes by the name of Andre J., and who was born Andre Johnson 28 years ago in Newark, who is a sometime party promoter, former perfume salesclerk at Lord & Taylor, former publicist at Patricia Field’s boutique and current downtown personage (an “It” person, as he was termed in Paper magazine), was running out of his apartment on Thompson Street in the Village for lunch.

It was a hot day, and on n this particular scorcher, Andre J. had chosen to stay cool in a neon green caftan and gold gladiator sandals. His hair, which, pulled taut, measures 24 inches in length and which he usually wears in a bouffant that gives him the appearance, as a magazine stylist recently remarked, of “a big Afro-daisy,” was dressed that day in a 1970s Wet & Wild style and covered in a enormous white turban à la Nina Simone.

This was not an unusual grab-a-sandwich ensemble, as Andre J. is quick to point out. “That’s me every day, honey,” Andre J. said on Friday, right before a party at a club called Runway to honor his election to the elite cover girl sorority, Gallic chapter. “Most people are conditioned to think of a black man looking a certain way,” Andre J. went on. “They only think of the ethnic man in XXX jeans and Timberlands, and here Andre J. comes along with a pair of hot shorts and a caftan or maybe flip-flops or cowboy boots or a high, high heel.”

And so, Andre J. was running out for a sandwich and who should he bump into but Joe McKenna, the stylist who is the secret weapon behind the success of many, many very celebrated designers? Mr. McKenna was on the phone at the time. The person on the other end was Bruce Weber, the celebrated photographer of, among other things, dreamily homoerotic calendar art for Abercrombie & Fitch. When Mr. McKenna spotted Andre J., he immediately put Mr. Weber on hold. Mr. McKenna then called out to Andre J., whom he had met before and had once suggested for a V magazine pictorial photographed by Vinoodh Matadin and Inez van Lamsweerde.

Andre,” said Mr. McKenna, “you look amazing!” Actually, he did not say it quite that way. It happens that the adjective “amazing,” pronounced with a bunch of superfluous vowels, is how fashion types, and also certain urban gay men and also one or two tuned-in heterosexual copycats, lately express their approval. Amazing has replaced “genius” and “major,” which today sound even more old-hat than “fabulous. “You look amaaaaazing,” Mr. McKenna said.

And, of course, Andre J. did. “I always do,” remarked the man who appeared in that V magazine pictorial wearing a Farrah Fawcett-style coiffure and a gold necklace that read “Legendary” and skinny, skinny Judi Rosen cigarette jeans, and who, for a time, had a day job at a boutique on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles and who has also appeared three times on Jay Leno, in cameo segments devoted to human curiosities. “I went to L.A. for a while for the sex and the fame,” said Andre J., who happened in those early years of this century to live for a time in a $60 a night motel on Sunset Strip, a situation that required him to change clothes after work each night, so as not to be mistaken on the street for a transsexual prostitute. This is perhaps the place to mention that Andre J. does not consider himself a cross dresser. Except to the extent each of us getting dressed assumes some kind of persona, his style is not drag. He is not a person in regard to whom the prefix “trans-” obtains. It is simply that Andre J., who was raised in a loving single-mother household in a housing project in Newark with the uplifting name Academy Spires, is in no sense confined by the conventions of gender. Think of him as a performance artist who rolls out his own stage every day.

Returning from L. A. to Thompson Street in the Village, he got jobs as a party host at Lotus on Tuesdays and Hiro on Sundays and continued to write in the journal he has kept for years. “Journaling” as he calls it, is a key to understanding the “positivity and optimism” that Andre J. says is what draws people to him, and also a way for him to “write things that I need to say that I can’t say to anyone, but that, if I put them on paper, go into the universe for the universe to hear.” The universe was apparently picking up the Andre J. signal on that afternoon last summer, because Mr. McKenna said to Mr. Weber, as Andre J. tells it, “You have to see Andre and shoot him.” At the time, Andre J. smiled politely, and remained inwardly less positive. “This is New York City, honey,” he said. “Everybody will tell you everything.” Then he went and got lunch.

To the surprise of Andre J., the next thing that happened, after an interval of several weeks, was that an assistant to Mr. Weber called Andre and said, “Bruce would like to set up some time with you.” Andre J. went to that meeting in a caftan over a pair of black jeweled panties, and Mr. Weber took three Polaroid pictures and Andre left and soon thereafter received another call, from the assistant again, to say that Mr. Weber would like Andre J. to come to Montauk to be photographed for French Vogue. “I did not know what to say,” Andre J. said. “Actually, I did know what to say. I said, Yes.

And so it was that Andre J., found his way to Mr. Weber’s compound by bus. “The night before, honey, I prayed and I journaled,” he said. “Discretion and decorum is always important to Andre J., but when I got there and I saw Carolyn Murphy and Carine Roitfeld,” he added, referring to, respectively, the model and the editor of French Vogue, “I almost wanted to faint.” He did not faint. He kept his composure. “I wanted to experience that beautiful day in pure bliss,” he said, “So I did not impose my own thoughts or views.” This is just as well since Ms. Roitfeld has strong style views of her own, including her conclusion that the pictures Mr. Weber shot of Andre J. seemed, as she said this week, “the more fresh” of the various images they captured.

Months went by and Andre J. was coming home from church one Sunday when a friend called out to give him the news that he was on the cover of French Vogue. I said, “This is not funny, don’t play with me.” “Then my friend said, ‘Google.’ And I went home and Googled and, you know what? There I was, honey, right where my heroes like Madonna and Mario Testino and Steven Klein can see me. Anything you love you can sell, honey, and I sold it. Andre J. is a part of history.”

Andre J.: The Covergirl Who’s Simply Herself

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Photo of the Day: Hillary and the Naked Giant

Photo of the Day: Soliloquy VII

Photography by: Sam Taylor-Wood

Censorship! That’s what some art lovers were whispering during a recent Hillary Clinton fundraiser. Two weeks ago, a Clinton fundraiser for 250 invited ladies was held at the Woodley Park home of Tony and Heather Podesta. The candidate was missing and so was the infamous artwork, Soliloquy VII, which led to hushed whispers that the picture was deemed unsuitable for a presidential campaign. The huge photograph of the nude man was missing from its usual spot on the living room wall, and some guests concluded that “politically correct” Clintonites had demanded that the naked guy disappear.

The Podestas are part of Washington’s Democratic elite: He’s a top lobbyist and the brother of Clinton White House chief of staff John Podesta; she just launched her own lobbying firm. They’re also nationally known collectors of contemporary art, and one of their favorite pieces is Soliloquy VII, an eight-foot-tall color photo of a nude man lying on his back, by British artist Sam Taylor-Wood. “It’s an iconic photograph in political fundraising circles,” Tony Podesta said yesterday. The $250,000 picture made quite a backdrop at a fundraiser for Clinton’s earlier Senate campaign, where the official photographer spent that night with his back to the art trying to prevent her from appearing in a shot with the naked guy. “She teases me about it all the time,” said Podesta.

Hillary’s Earlier Senate Campaign

In fact, the 8-foot naked-man photo is not a “documentary-style” photograph. In more cultured art circles, it is described as a modernization of painter Andrea Mantegna’s 1480 devotional work The Lamentation of the Dead Christ, which depicts the Virgin Mary, accompanied by Mary Magdalene and John the Apostle, weeping over the body of Mary’s crucified Son. Taylor-Wood faithfully replicates the original’s composition, here photographing, in vivid color and minute detail, a young man laid out on his back. Just one thing: Taylor-Woods omits the shroud and displays his subject in all his nakedness. In fact, this modern replication omits the Virgin Mary, John the Apostle, Mary Magdelene and the cold stone slab on which Christ was laid in Mantegna’s painting. Taylor-Wood’s naked man sprawls on a bed with fluffy pillows.

No matter what reasons Mrs. Clinton might give for not attending her latest fund-raiser in the Podesta’s private photo gallery of a home, the fact that it took place says at least two things: Many years after she first tried to dodge being caught there with a naked man, she didn’t mind exposing her supporters to the Podestas’ art collection. And, this election seems to be about a lot more than just our economy and our national security. It is about our culture, too.

Visiting a Taylor-Wood Art Exhibition (U.K.)

OOOPS!!!

Let’s not forget that a similar thing occurred on the Obama campaign trail many months ago!!

Snake Charmer: A Painting by Jamie Boling

When Barack Obama arrived for his campaign fundraiser at a Virginia art gallery earlier this week, one large painting had been concealed rather quickly behind a curtain. There had been concerns that the painting by 33 year-old artist Jamie Boling might embarrass Senator Obama, who spoke to a gathering of about 500 supporters on Tuesday night at Richmond’s Plant Zero art gallery. The painting, which is shown above, is a 6′ x 10′ work entitled Snake Charmer that is based upon the now infamous paparazzi photo of Britney Spears, sans underwear, stepping out of a car that was being driven by Paris Hilton. Strictly for purposes of fine arts education, that photograph is presented below:

Please Stumble this one for poor little Britney!!
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