September 19, 2007

Logan taking B.C. offense to new heights

Steve Logan, offensive coordinator, Boston College

Boston has a way of playing matchmaker for the right coach and right quarterback. The Beantown magic worked for Bill Parcells and Drew Bledsoe and, more recently, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.

Now that chemistry is trickling from the NFL to the college level.

Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan and new offensive coordinator Steve Logan have become a perfect match through three games. BC is 3-0 on the season all against ACC teams and Ryan has put up staggering offensive numbers for the Eagles.

Nowhere was this on display more than on Saturday in Atlanta. Boston College shredded the normally stout Georgia Tech defense with 527 yards in a 24-10 win, earning Logan Rivals.com National Coordinator of the Week honors.

Ryan, a senior, was 30-of-44 for a career-high 435 yards against the blitz-happy Yellow Jackets. It was the most yards allowed by Georgia Tech since the 2005 Emerald Bowl loss to Utah.

Boston College started the day with a 95-yard touchdown drive and continued to pick at Jon Tenuta's defense for the rest of the day.

For 10 seasons under Tom O'Brien, Boston College was a model of consistency and discipline. Logan's arrival has brought a little adventure to the BC offense.

Ryan's day against Georgia Tech was his second 400-yard passing game of the season; he threw for 408 in the opener against Wake Forest.

Logan is a former coach at East Carolina, where he coached future NFL quarterbacks Jeff Blake and David Garrard. More recently, he spent three seasons in NFL Europe, and brought his high-powered passing attack with him when he was hired by new BC coach Jeff Jagodzinski.

Through three games, the Eagles are averaging 43 pass attempts and 12.8 yards per attempt. Under Logan, Ryan has become even more of the focal point for the Boston College offense. It might even be a match that could put Ryan on the list of Heisman hopefuls.

OTHER NOMINEES FOR COORDINATOR OF THE WEEK:

Dan Mullen, Florida
Florida's offense simply had too many weapons for Tennessee's defense. The Gators scored 59 points and had 559 yards in a 59-20 win over the Volunteers.


Andy Ludwig, Utah
Despite losing its starting quarterback and tailback after the first week, Ludwig's Utah offense recovered to put up 368 yards in a 44-6 dismantling of UCLA.


Steve Sarkisian, USC
The passing game hasn't put up numbers yet, but the run game had 313 yards in a 49-31 win at Nebraska.


Frank Spaziani, Boston College
BC's defensive coordinator devised a scheme to hold Georgia Tech's Tashard Choice (31 yards) under 100 yards for the first time in 10 games.




Andre' Woodson
Quarterback
Kentucky


At least on Saturday, Louisville would not take Kentucky's headlines. Woodson ended Kentucky's status as the state's second-tier program by ending the Wildcats' losing streak to the Cardinals in a 40-34 win. Woodson's 57-yard touchdown pass to Steve Johnson with 28 seconds left gave UK the win and capped a 275-yard, four-touchdown day for Woodson. He completed 30 of 44 passes as Kentucky defeated its first top-10 team since 1977.

OTHER NOMINEES:

Omar Haugabook, Troy
Haugabook stunned Oklahoma State by going 33 of 48 for 371 yards and a touchdown. He added 49 yards and two TDs on the ground in a 41-23 win over the Cowboys.


P.J. Hill, Wisconsin
When Wisconsin came up flat against The Citadel, Hill put the Badgers on his back, rushing for 168 yards on 25 carries and finishing with five total touchdowns in a 45-31 win.


James Laurinaitis, Ohio State
Jake Locker will have to wait another week to add to his legend at Washington. Laurinaitis intercepted him twice and sacked him once in a 33-14 win in Seattle.


Paul Smith, Tulsa
Smith came out on the right side of a defense-optional matchup with BYU. The senior set a career high with 454 passing yards and five touchdowns in a 55-47 win.



Kristopher O'Dowd
Center
USC


With projected starter Matt Spanos out with a triceps injury, USC handed the demanding center job to O'Dowd, a true freshman.

In his second career start, O'Dowd helped clear the way for 313 rushing yards in a 49-31 win at Nebraska. He excelled in the trenches, with five of USC's seven touchdowns coming on the ground from inside the 10-yard line.

OTHER NOMINEES:

Noel Devine, West Virginia
Devine fits perfectly at West Virginia with his big-play ability. He carried the ball five times for 136 yards Thursday in a 31-14 win over Maryland.


LeSean McCoy, Pittsburgh
Injuries have decimated Pitt's offense, putting more on the shoulders of McCoy. He responded with 25 carries for 172 yards and a touchdown in a 17-14 loss to Michigan State.


Tavious Polo, Florida Atlantic
Polo helped give FAU its first win over a BCS-conference school with three interceptions of Minnesota quarterback Alex Weber in a 42-39 win over the Gophers.


Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech
The redshirt freshman continued his torrid start to the season with 11 catches for 244 yards and three touchdowns in a 59-24 win over Rice.




 

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