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KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
Big 12 another stepping stone for female ref
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In 2000, Catherine Conti worked as an unpaid line judge at prep and youth games. She taught English and drama at a local high school to pay the bills, but her heart — her passion — was in the football rulebook. She got the bug.
She studied. She networked. She honed her craft. When her principal told her one day that she was going to have to make a choice between football or instructing, Conti bagged the teaching gig and took a job as a personal trainer.
Future sleepwalking could mean nightmares for Tigers
Excluding a 75-yard touchdown run off a bad snap on the defense’s first play, it seemed like Missouri’s D might be ahead of schedule when senior safety Duro Singleton’s first career interception highlighted an impressive beginning to Saturday’s season opener. Then South Dakota State’s backup quarterback caught fire and ended up with 239 second-half yards, leaving the Tigers searching for explanations.
"First half, they kind of put me to sleep," cornerback Aarion Penton said after the game. "First quarter, just the run game, they were pounding and pounding it. I didn’t really feel like they were going to put it in the air at all, but then they started. They came out second half and I guess they knew we were asleep."
Well, Florida State was bound to prove its own mortality at some point this season, and why not start in Week 1? The Seminoles got out to a 17-0 start and everything seemed fine, but Oklahoma State closed it to within a touchdown by halftime and cut it to a field goal twice in the second half, getting it down to the final six-point margin with 1:55 to go.
Oklahoma State is well-coached and a perennially very good program, but the Cowboys are extremely young. Is this a reflection of Oklahoma State being better than expected, or Florida State not being as good as we all thought? Or could the Seminoles just have lost focus? All that remains to be seen.