Hard to believe we're already through 10 weeks of the college football season. Seems like it has flown by. It won't be long now until we're checking out how some local players fare come bowl time.

One player who looks like he's ready for anything is West Virginia freshman Tavon Austin. The former Dunbar star got only one touch in the Mountaineers' 17-9 home victory over Louisville, but talk about capitalizing. Austin, who started at wide receiver, rushed 9 yards for a touchdown on second-and-goal in the third quarter. The score, Austin's third of the season, extended West Virginia's lead to 14-6. Austin's former Dunbar teammate, Horace Miller, got his first start of the season at linebacker for the Cardinals. The freshman recorded two tackles (one solo, one assist).


A few familiar faces saw action for Temple in the Owls' dramatic 34-32 win over visiting Miami of Ohio on Thursday, which came on kicker Brandon McManus' 18-yard field goal with three seconds remaining. Baltimore native Matt Brown, a freshman, returned five kickoffs for a total of 107 yards (long of 26) and rushed twice for a total of 10 yards (his longest was a 7-yard run on first-and-10 in the second quarter). Sophomore offensive linemen Pat and Sean Boyle (Calvert Hall) got onto the field, and junior defensive back Kwame Johnson (Parkville) played but recorded no statistics.

Buffalo suffered a disappointing nationally televised loss to Bowling Green on Tuesday night, squandering a 29-16 fourth-quarter lead to fall, 30-29, at home. Starting free safety Mike Newton (Calvert Hall) made five tackles (one solo, four assists) for the Bulls, including teaming with defensive end Steven Means to bring down Falcons running back Willie Geter for no gain on a second-and-three rush in the third quarter. The Bulls recorded a sack on the next play, forcing Bowling Green to settle for a field goal that made the score 21-16 Buffalo. Newton, a senior, also broke up a pass. Senior Dane Robinson (Calvert Hall) started at defensive tackle for the Bulls, recording no statistics.

It hasn't been easy to take away positives from Maryland's disappointing season, but it has been nice watching several former local standouts do some good things for the Terps, particularly on defense. Severn native A.J. Francis returned to his starting nose tackle spot in Maryland's 38-31 road loss to North Carolina State. The redshirt freshman assisted on two tackles, teaming with linebacker Drew Gloster to stop Wolfpack running back Toney Baker on consecutive rushes in the first quarter (on the first play, Baker was brought down after only 1 yard on first-and-10; he gained 4 yards on the next carry). Senior starting strong safety Jamari McCollough (Randallstown) assisted on four tackles, two of which came on runs for no gain and one on a 1-yard rush. Junior wide receiver LaQuan Williams (Poly) was targeted on two passes by Terps quarterback Jamarr Robinson, who was filling in for the injured Chris Turner, but both throws were incomplete. Williams also attempted a pass of his own to fellow wide receiver Adrian Cannon in the second quarter, but the two failed to connect. Willams contributed a solo tackle on kickoff coverage in the first quarter. Similarly, freshman defensive back Eric Franklin (Archbishop Curley) made a solo stop on a kickoff return in the opening period. Senior linebacker Hakeem Sule (McDonogh) played but recorded no stats.

Freshman wide receiver Alec Lemon (Arundel) made two catches for a total of 9 yards in visiting Syracuse's 37-10 loss to Pittsburgh. In the fourth quarter, he drew a defensive pass-interference penalty and then made a 5-yard reception on the next play, taking the ball to the Panthers' 2-yard line. The drive resulted in the Orange's only touchdown. Senior tight Andrew Robinson (Calvert Hall) played for Syracuse but didn't record any stats.

Army was crushed by host Air Force, 35-7, but the rout gave junior Jacob Bohn (Mount St. Joseph), who normally plays linebacker, a chance in the fourth quarter to show what he can do with the ball in his hands. Bohn carried twice for a total of 10 yards and returned a kickoff for 13 yards. Freshman slotback Lonnie Liggins (Hereford) had one run for 8 yards in the final period.

Redshirt freshman Joey Ehrmann (Gilman) started at strong-side linebacker in Wake Forest's 30-27 overtime loss to host Georgia Tech and assisted on three tackles, two of which resulted in a loss of 1 yard. Ehrmann, however, was also flagged for a personal foul.

In Utah's 45-14 home win over New Mexico, junior Shaky Smithson (Douglass) returned to action after missing three games with an ankle injury. The running back-wide receiver carried three times for 5 yards (long of 2) and attempted a pass, which was incomplete.

Sophomore linebacker Zach Brown (Wilde Lake) made one solo tackle in North Carolina's 19-6 victory over visiting Duke. Blue Devils junior wide receiver Sheldon Bell (City) caught one pass for 6 yards on a first-and-10 play in the third quarter.

Starting safety Jerome Junior (Archbishop Curley), a redshirt freshman, assisted on one tackle in Connecticut's 47-45 home loss to Cincinnati.

Senior quarterback Greg Zingler (Severna Park) served as holder in Navy's 23-21 triumph against host Notre Dame, the Midshipmen's second victory over the Irish in the past three seasons.

Junior running back Raynard Horne (Overlea) played in Virginia's 52-17 defeat at the hands of host Miami but did not record any statistics.