Photograph by Damian Strohmeyer
LIGHTS ON, LIGHTS OUT Notre Dame's Theo Riddick gains liftoff in an electrifying performance against Michigan last Saturday during the first night game at the Big House. Riddick caught six passes for 62 yards and two touchdowns, including a 29-yard TD reception that put the Irish up 31--28 with 30 seconds remaining. However, three plays and 28 seconds later, Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson capped a surreal 80-yard drive with a 16-yard game-winning TD pass to Roy Roundtree.
Photograph by Simon Bruty
DJOKO, OH, NO! How gripping was the tension in last Saturday's U.S. Open men's semifinal between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer? Just take a look at the right biceps of the 24-year-old top seed as he reached for a backhand. The afternoon, though, would be full of happier returns for Djokovic, who overcame a two-set deficit to defeat the five-time Open champion 6--7 (7--9), 4--6, 6--3, 6--2, 7--5 (page 72).
Photograph by John W. McDonough
NEWTON'S LAW In a soaring NFL debut, Cam Newton eventually did succumb to gravity, but not before he amassed 422 passing yards and three touchdowns, the last of which came on this third-quarter one-yard plunge to give the Panthers a 21--14 lead over the Cardinals. Arizona, however, rallied for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to spoil the most prolific opening act by a rookie QB in league history.