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News and Notes - Week 7

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Week 7

Despite playing their 3rd game in 11 days, Memphis had a 245-125 yd edge at the half but settled for 3 short FG's and only led 9-7. They still managed to lead 24-14 in the 4Q and held on for a 24-21 win at home...

Kansas got its first road win over a ranked team since 1995 and started the season 5-0 for just the 3rd time in 39 years when they upset KSU in Manhattan for the first time since 1989...

C Michigan had an impressive game in the battle for the MAC West Title as they had 32-20 FD and 658-369 yd edges at Ball St, a team that basically outplayed Nebraska on the road earlier in the season...

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Indiana needs just 1 more win to become bowl eligible and has not played in the post season since 1993...

W Virginia had a DL score a TD for the first time since 1981 when a deflected pass was int'd by Keilen Dykes who returned it 19 yds for a TD. WV rolled to a 55-14 lead with a 486-222 yd edge delivering as the NC Sportsline Comp College Play...

Buffalo got a TD early 4Q to lead Ohio 24-10 and then OU was int'd in the EZ for a TB, SOD at the UB 2 and 28 with 2:14 left. UB got a 72 yd TD run by Starks on the next play who extended the lead to 31-10...

Wisconsin came in with the nation's longest win streak at 14 but Illinois ended it. The Illini led 17-0 mid-2Q and 31-19 with 5:28 left before allowing UW a TD. Illinois rec'd the onside kick and went for it on 4th & 1 at the UW 36 and converted and ran out the clock...

Kent St had 25-16 FD and 463-411 yd edges but they settled for a couple of short FG's and at the end of the game, QB Edelman, on 4th & goal at the13 took off for the EZ and was tkl'd at the 1 and Miami, Oh prevailed 20-13...

Ohio St made a case to be the #2 team in the country. The Bucks dominated Purdue even more than the 23-7 score would indicate. It was 23-0 and OSU had a 381-184 yd edge before PU took over with 2:56 left and went on an 88/13pl drive getting a garbage TD with :10 left...

Ole Miss beat Louisiana Tech 24-0 but LT had a 301-232 yd edge and LT, trailing 17-0 had a 1st & goal at the 6 late in the game but settled for a 26 yd FG which Ole Miss not only blk'd but ret'd 55 yds for a TD...

Texas Tech led Iowa St 42-3 when they pulled their starters with 9:24 left in the 4Q. ISU made it respectable by going on 2 long drives for garbage TD's which came in the final 4:32. ISU did not cross midfield on its first 8 poss...

Penn St's offense, which was marred by TO's and redzone mistakes the previous weeks, rolled up 489 yds vs a top-notch Iowa D in their 27-7 win. PSU had a 26-8 FD edge and allowed the Hawkeyes just 194 yds, 132 of those yards came in the 4Q with the game out of reach...

Despite losing 31-14 to AF, UNLV had a 471-432 yd edge...

LSU trailed 24-14 in the 4Q but converted on five 4th downs during the game including 2 on their final drive. Trailing by 3, they took a huge risk and went for it on 4th & 1 at the Florida 6, but converted and got a TD with 1:09 left for the win...

UTEP and Tulsa combined for well over 1,200 yards offense with Tulsa having a 672-595 yd edge. Tulsa trailing in the 4Q, got a TD with 4:34 left but UTEP drove for a 14 yd TD pass with :58 left to pull out the 48-47 win...

Virginia had a 374-308 yd edge but needed a 34 yd FG with :08 left to pull out a 23-21 road win at Middle Tenn...

When Colorado's players gathered on Sunday to watch game film of their upset vs Oklahoma they were instead shown film of their 3 OT loss to Baylor the previous year. That possibly helped CU avoid a letdown and they led BU 43-16 before allowing a garbage TD in the final minutes winning comfortably on the road...

Tennessee was coming off a bye and simply dominated Georgia allowing just 2 FD's in the 1H while rolling up 401 yds offense for the game...

Alabama was cruising with a 23-0 lead after 1Q vs Houston and appeared on their way to a rout. It was 23-7 at half and 30-10 after 3Q's but UH rallied back for a couple of TD's then got an int with 2:48 left and actually drove to the Tide 15 yd line when on 4th & 3 trailing by just 6 their pass was int'd by Castille...

Oklahoma St's D came in allowing 443 ypg but held A&M to just 132 in the 1H and OSU led 17-0. A&M controlled the 2H and took a 24-20 lead with 8:04 left. OSU settled for a 24 yd FG with 3:11 left but then roughed the P with 1:57 left and A&M ran out the clock...

Michigan led E Michigan 33-14 before allowing a TD with :47 left on an 81 yd garbage drive. EM then rec'd the onside kick and got to the UM 41 but was int'd in the EZ on a Hail Mary on the game's final play...

Oregon St was dominating Arizona leading 31-3 and driving for another score when they allowed a 60 yd IR TD with just :25 left 1H. The Beavers dominated and won 31-16 surviving that huge momentum swing...

Northwestern QB CJ Bacher threw for a school record 520 yards...

Oklahoma outrushed Texas 170-61 and DeMarco Murray raced 65 yds for a TD in the 3Q. Colt McCoy threw for 324 yds but rFr Sam Bradford was equally impressive hitting 21-32 for 244.

WHO NEEDS OFFENSE?

Looking at the score, it appears VT's offense was potent as they rolled up 41 points vs a solid Clemson D. Looking a little closer, we see CU had a 380-219 yd edge with VT managing just 9 FD's. VT scored on a 32 yd IR TD, an 82 yd PR TD and a 100 yd KR TD in the 1H. VT's TD drives both started on CU's side of the field.

FINAL PLAY FG'S THAT WERE MISSED

TCU only led 7-6 at the half vs Wyoming but WY pulled ahead 21-6 after 3Q's and went on a 94 yd drive for a 23 yd FG with 8:25 left, 24-6. TCU got a TD then tackled the P at the WY 15 with 6:30 left to set up another TD to pull within 24-21. They got the ball back with 1:17 left and drove to the WY 31. With the wind at their backs, a 48 yd FG was missed wide right as it hit the upright on the final play of the game and WY won by 3...

Chris Turner, in his first start for MD threw for 255 yards and the Terps led 21-10 at the half. GT rolled up 484 yds and crossed midfield on every poss except its first. GT scored 9 pts in the 4Q including a TD with 8:21 left and forced a MD punt with 6:44 left. GT went on a 39/12pl drive but holding forced a 4th & 20 and they missed a 52 yd FG with :54 left and lost 28-26...

Arizona St got a 37 yd FG with :50 left to give the Sun Devils a 23-20 lead but WSU drove 51/7pl. Their game tying 46 yd FG with :12 left was wide left and despite leading most of the game they lost to #18 Arizona St. Alex Brink hit 27-50 for 369 yds and became WSU's career passing leader topping Jason Gesser (8,830).

BIGGEST UPSET IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL HISTORY???

The Gold Sheet, which has logs in college football dating back to 1950 ruled that Syracuse's upset of Louisville at +37 was the biggest upset in college football since 1950 topping the 1985 Oregon St (+36) upset over Washington in Seattle. Stanford topped that as they were a 41 point underdog vs USC. Jim Harbaugh had gotten into some verbal banter with Pete Carroll during the offseason so USC was well motivated and SU was also without their starting QB. Tavita Pritchard who got his first ever start hit just 11-30 for 149 yds but SU converted twice on 4th down on their final drive and despite being outgained 459-235, the Cardinal ended USC's 35 game winning streak at The Coliseum in perhaps the biggest upset of all-time. Keep in mind, that SU had been outscored 141-51 in their first 3 Pac-10 games.

KEY PLAYS OF THE GAME

A key play in the SM/Rice game happened when SM hit a 50 yd pass across midfield which was clearly a catch. Amazingly the replay officials ruled it hit the ground although the ball had bounced off the opposing player. Two plays later SM committed one of their 7 TO's setting up a TD for a 28-7 lead...

N Illinois led Temple 6-0 with 2:54 left 1H and was at the Temple 19 when they fmbl'd and it was ret'd 66 yds for a TD giving Temple a 7-6 lead, a huge turnaround in the game. NI still led 15-13 but TU took over with 3:47 left and drove 56/12pl for a 39 yd FG with :09 left to pull out the win...

While Florida St did miss a pair of FG's and settled for a short FG in the 1H, four key plays doomed the Wolfpack. They were int'd at the FSU 7 with :32 left in the half. After getting 2 FD's to open the 3Q they were int'd & ret'd 46 yds for a TD and FSU led 17-10. FSU punted early 4Q but roughing the P gave them a FD and on the next play FSU got a 40 yd TD pass, 24-10. NCSt then fmbl'd the KO and FSU added a 28 yd FG with 10:50 left. NCSt was int'd at the 16 with 6:08 left and each team finished with 19 FD's although FSU did have a 381-268 yd edge.

HAIL MARY PRAYERS ANSWERED

Tulane appeared to have pulled out the win vs Army leading 17-10 but with :04 left Army threw a Hail Mary pass that went 36 yds for a TD as WR Wright was ruled inbounds on a diving tipped catch in the back of the EZ. Army settled for a FG to start OT but Tulane missed a 34 yd FG wide left and Army got the win. Tulane RB Fort้ rushed for 202 yds on 32 carries. As a frosh in 2004 Fort้ had rushed for 216 yds and 4 TD's vs Army. Army won consecutive games for the first time since 2005...

W Michigan had the game vs Akron locked up. They led 38-31 with :15 left and Coach Cubit opted to have WR Simmons run out of the EZ on 4th down for a designed safety setting up a free kick for the last play of the game. Amazingly, the ball headed towards the left sideline where Alphonso Owen scooped it up, tossed to Andre Jones and he followed a blocking wedge for an amazing 89 yd KR TD with no time left on the clock. Akron had scored a 51 yd TD pass with 10:06 left trailing 38-24 in their miracle win.

TURNOVERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE

At the half, Boston College only had a 251-193 yd edge vs Bowling Green and in fact, BG got a TD with 8:55 left in the half to make it 14-10. Amazingly in the final 6:00 of the 1H BG would have 4 int's including 2 which BC ret'd for TD's and the Eagles led 38-10 at the half. In the 2H BG went on 13, 7, 13 and 5 pl drives but was int'd in the EZ twice. After the game, however, BG Coach Brandon said that BC is arguably the best team he's played since he's coached there and last year they lost to #1 Ohio St 35-7...

Cincinnati continues to live on TO's forcing 4 more vs Rutgers and have now forced 25 TO's this season. UC has opened up 6-0, their best start since 1954. Leading 28-23 they got an int with 1:19 left to seal the victory...

E Carolina trailed UCF 28-17 at the half but UCF imploded in the 3Q with 5 TO's and also allowed a 96 yd KR TD. UCF had 29-16 FD and 495-370 yd edges but EC had 52 points for the first time since 2002 and RB Johnson set a single game school record for all-purpose yards with 372 for the Pirates...

UCLA starting QB Ben Olson was inj'd and with Patrick Cowan also out, 3rd stringer McLeod Bethel-Thompson played the final 3Q's of the game vs Notre Dame. The walk-on had 4 int's and a fumble which was ret'd 34 yds for a TD and was a key factor in the Irish 20 points. UCLA had a 280-140 yd edge but 7 TO's.

MISLEADING FINALS, FRONTDOOR AND BACKDOOR COVERS

Indy should have been up by more vs Minnesota but settled for 32 & 47 yd FG's in the 1H after key dropped passes cost them TD's and they led 27-14 at the half. Indy settled for 25 and 43 yd FG's to open the 3Q and was only up by 19 after 3Q's. UM got a TD with 6:51 left for the apparent backdoor cover, 33-20. They forced a punt but with 4:29 left where not only int'd but ret'd 47 yds to the 5 and Indy got a TD on the next play for the frontdoor cover with 1:23 left. UM threatened the backdoor getting to the Indy 22 but their 4th & 10 pass was incomplete...

Wake led 24-9 at the half vs Duke and got an 18 yd FG after an int and then got a 30 yd IR TD and led 34-9. Duke would battle back with 3 consecutive drives for TD's to get an apparent backdoor cover, 34-29 with 11:05 left. The next 3 poss were punts then Duke was SOD at the WF 47. WF got a 53 yd TD run with 2:18 left for the frontdoor cover but Duke went 67/10pl and got a 3rd & 19 TD pass with 1:05 left for the backdoor cover...

Troy led Florida Int'l 34-10 in the 4Q but FIU got a 9 yd TD pass with :29 left for the backdoor cover.

INJURIES OF NOTE

SM starting QB Jeremy Young was out and backup QB Stephen Reaves was inj'd in practice so 3rd stringer Martevious Young started vs Rice. He was inj'd and lost for the season on the 3rd play so Reaves gutted it out and played the entire game. Seven TO's doomed SM as they had 21-14 FD & 322-236 yd edges but did trail 31-7 after 3Q's rallying for 3 TD's including one with 2:46 left. They missed a 2 pt conversion and trailed by 2 and after forcing a punt, lost their 7th TO of the game with 1:08 left...

Auburn was missing 4 starting defensive players including star DE Quentin Groves but still was able to put pressure on Vandy's QB's. Auburn did get back RB Brad Lester who missed the first four games to suspension and he rushed for 77 yards on 13 carries...

Indiana put up 40 pts vs Minnesota but did suffer some key injuries as RB's Thigpen and Sears were both inj'd in the 1H and Thigpen's backup, McCray was ruled out prior to the game. Also starting C Ben Wyss was inj'd in the 1H and did not return...

WV QB Pat White missed most of the 2H with thigh and shoulder inj's...

NC State lost RB Andre Brown to a fractured foot, its 2nd top RB to go down this season. Jamelle Eugene filled in and rushed 14 times for 101 yards...

Missouri's leading rusher Tony Temple sprained an ankle in the 1H and had just 3 carries for -2 yards but Missouri still plastered Nebraska 41-6 with a 606-297 yd edge...

Idaho starting QB Nathan Enderle missed last week's game vs San Jose St and Brian Nooy, in his first career start led ID to 141 yards in the 1Q and the team held on to the ball for nearly 10:00 but trailed 7-3. ID had just 110 yds the rest of the game. SJSt led 28-6 in the 4Q before allowing a couple of late ID TD's but Idaho did have a chance to tie it getting the ball back with 2:00 left before Nooy was int'd...

Due to inj's Toledo was down to 3rd string QB DJ Lenehan and he hit 19 of 23 for 226 yds. UT had a 293-282 yd edge but needed a TD and xp with 3:47 left to pull out the win...

Virginia RB Cedric Peerman, the ACC's leading rusher, left the Middle Tenn game in the 2Q with a leg inj and his status for this week is questionable. He had just for 19 yds on 5 carries prior to the injury...

Hawaii QB Colt Brennan was inj'd once again, this time in the 2Q vs Utah St with the team up 24-14 and he played just one series in the 2H before leaving due to injury again. Brennan hit 19 of 25 for 219 and Tyler Graunke hit 9 of 11 for 246 in his place and winless Utah St trailed 52-27 before getting a couple of scores including a 15 yd TD pass with :27 left...

Zac Robinson, the starting QB for OSU was inj'd in the 3Q and Bobby Reid, the starter at the beginning of the year filled in well hitting 6 of 9 passes for 72 yards...

Maryland's #1 tackler Erin Henderson who had a bad knee, did not play vs Georgia Tech nor did starting QB Jordan Steffy...

Fresno St did lead Nevada 28-17 at the half but UN lost starting QB Nick Graziano in the 2Q to injury and he may be lost for the season. Colin Kaepernick replaced and hit 23-36 for 384 yds but much of that was late, after the game had been decided. In fact, UN scored 3 TD's in the final 6:42 including 2 in the final :29 of the game. That made the statistics misleading as UN piled up 702 yards offense to FSU's 475. They had 231 yds on their final 3 drives...

Northwestern RB Tyrell Sutton missed his 4th consecutive game.

  
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