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News and Notes - Week 8

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In the Pitt/Navy game neither team's D was able to get the other team's offense off the field as you can tell by the 48-45 final. Pitt did take their first lead since the 2nd game of the season when they got a TD in the 3Q to go up 28-21. In the first OT Pitt took a 35 yd FG off the board due to an offsides penalty and got a TD 2 plays later but Navy got a 25 yd TD pass. Navy got a 29 yd FG in the 2nd OT but Pitt went for it on 4th & 2 instead of tying the game with a FG and their pass was incomplete...

Last year Boise St survived a couple of scares but finished unbeaten and got to a BCS bowl. UH survived its 2nd scare of the season. They had the game in hand leading 14-0 but within a matter of 1:38, San Jose St got an 84 yd PR TD and a 24 yd IR TD to stunningly make it 14-14. SJSt did lead 35-21 but UH got a 97/8pl drive for a TD with 3:53 left and after SJSt lost its first fumble of the entire season, UH drove 45/8pl for a TD with :31 left to force OT where they won it. SJSt was also one of Boise's close wins last year as SJSt blew an 8 point lead in that game...

It was a tale of 2H's in the Miami, Fl/GT game. UM controlled the 1H and led 7-0 but in the 2H GT went to Tashard Choice who rushed for a career high 204 yds. Surprisingly UM was unable to stop the run and GT had a 344-79 yd edge in the 2H...

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Texas ended its longest conf losing streak (4 games) in 51 years handing Iowa St its biggest loss since 1997 (56-3). They even ended a streak of 12 straight Q's without a takeaway when they got a 40 yd IR TD in the 3Q...

Kansas got another blowout victory but was not quite as dominant as the final score would indicate. Baylor trailed Kansas 10-3 after 1Q and was int'd in the EZ and KU would score 2 TD's in the final 1:30 of the half including a 3rd & 8 15 yd TD run after an int with :43 left. They led 44-10 and got a TD with 2:38 left and then got an int and on 3rd & 8 with just :04 left added a 22 yd TD run...

New Mexico dominated Wyoming early with a pair of long drives but settled for a 39 yd FG and went for it on 4th & goal from the 4 early 2Q and was SOD. The game was delayed for nearly 2 hours due to lightning and when they ret'd NM drove 74/4pl for a TD to lead 10-3 and the because of the delay the 2H started 3:00 later and NM rolled to a 20-3 win and were even SOD on 4th & goal from the 1 with 1:29 left...

Nebraska had their worst home loss since 1960...

Auburn K Wes Byrum kicked his 2nd game winning FG in 3 weeks, this one from 20 yards with :21 left and Auburn got past Arkansas, 9-7...

Texas A&M led 7-0 after 1Q but missed 41 & 34 yd FG's in the 1H, the latter with 1:21 left trailing 14-7. Tech would get a TD with :25 left to lead 21-7. A&M bobbled an int that could have gone for a TD but it turned into a 3rd & 12 FD conversion and Tech rolled to a 35-7 win...

S Carolina led N Carolina 21-3 and were up comfortably late in the game, 21-9 when NC got a TD with 3:03 left. The onside kick went OOB but SC's clinching FG with :41 left bounced off the upright. NC managed to get to the SC 31 where 2 passes in the EZ fell incomplete in a 6 point loss for the Heels...

Alabama settled for a 27 yd FG, missed a 35 yarder, fmbl'd at the Ole Miss 3, had a punt blocked setting up an Ole Miss TD which came on 3rd & 17 and was int'd at the 28. They trailed 24-17 early 4Q but a 53 yd PR set up a TD and after a 30 yd IR, Bama was at the UM 5 but settled for a 24 yd FG, 27-24 (5:14). Bama lined up for a 26 yd FG with just 3:05 left and faked it but lost 7 yards. UM converted on 4th & 16 and 3rd & 11 on their final drive and on 4th & 20 got a 41 yd pass to the 4 yd line where Hodge ripped the ball out of the DB's hands for the catch but after a 5:00 review it was ruled Hodge had stepped OOB prior to making the catch, giving the Tide the ball and the win...

Michigan dominated Purdue. PU had 2 TD's in the final minute to make the final semi-respectable. RB Mike Hart rushed for 102 yards in the 1H but sprained his ankle and sat out the 2H with the score 31-7. PU had been as high as #23 in the polls 2 weeks ago but was blown out for the 2nd straight week. PU has not won at Michigan Stadium since 1966...

Indiana needs just 1 more win to become bowl eligible (has not been to a bowl since '93) but were manhandled by Michigan St. The Spartans had a 28-9 FD edge and 558-193 yd edge jumping out to a 45-13 lead in the 3Q en rout to their 52-27 win...

Arkansas St QB Corey Leonard set a school record with 5 TD passes hitting 17 of 23 for 275 yards and rushing for 84 in just 3Q's vs ULL in their 52-21 win. Arkansas St set a school record with 681 yards offense and Reggie Arnold rushed for 225...

Tulane had a 504-372 yd edge vs UAB and a 24-15 FD edge but UAB was able to end their 7 game conference losing streak thanks in part to a 92 yd KO return for a TD. Tulane, trailing by 5, had a 4th down pass fall incomplete inside the 10 and UAB ran out the clock...

Tulsa had 578 yards offense in their win over Marshall. TU was up by 14 and running out the clock when they fumbled with 3:16 left and MU went 73 yds for a TD with 1:18 left but TU rec'd the onside kick...

Boston College led the Irish 20-0 but ND got 2 TD's in 1:35 including a 25 yd IR TD and despite being outgained 459-222 the Irish got the cover. ND's final 3 poss did end on a 41 yd missed FG, a 4th & 10 incomplete pass at the BC 22 and a 4th & 10 pass at their own 23...

James Starks became the first Buffalo RB to top 200 yards rushing in 11 years. Toeldo had 518-435 yd edge and 31-16 FD edges but still lost 43-33...

Iowa knocked off a ranked opponent for the first time since 2005. IL came in avg 30 ppg but was held to 6 and Rashard Mendenhall was held to 67 yards rushing on 15 carries. IL did have an 83 yd TD pass called back for ineligible receiver and they were playing as a ranked team for the first time since 2001. At the end of the game IL got down to the Iowa 35 but was int'd in the EZ and ret'd to the 9 with 1:12 left...

Ohio led EM 28-0 but powered by an 80 yd FR TD, EM kept within distance the remainder of the game. OU led 45-35 early 4Q but settled for a 38 yd FG and EM got a TD with 1:07 left to pull within 6 but OU rec'd the onside kick...

Utah QB's Brian Johnson and Corbin Louks both saw action and the Utes piled up 514-211 yd and 27-12 FD edges in their 23-7 win over San Diego St.

BIG COMEBACKS

Temple trailed Akron 20-3 after 3Q's but rallied in the 4Q including a 19 yard TD pass with :27 left which allowed them to pull out a 24-20 win. QB Adam DiMichele hit 23-34 for 242 yards...

Minnesota led 35-14 in the 3Q vs Northwestern but Northwestern rallied and a 4 yd TD pass with :08 left forced OT. In the 2OT UM, after scoring an apparent tying TD, opted to go for the win and their 2 pt conversion was incomplete. It was the Gophers 5th straight loss. NW QB CJ Bacher who had a school record 520 yards vs Mich St the previous week, hit 41-58 for 470 yards and 4 TD's. A key play happened when UM missed a 44 yd FG with 1:59 left which might have clinched it. The Gophers had also been stopped on 4th & inches at the NW goal line in the 1Q...

Despite playing with a backup QB, New Mexico St appeared to have their game vs LT in hand. JJ McDermott hit 29-40 for 319 yards and 2 TD's and Chris Williams hauled in 11 rec for 170 yards. NMSt led 21-9 when a 3rd down pass was batted around in the EZ before LT hauled it in for a TD with just 6:55 left. After forcing a punt, LT drove 68/7pl and a 30 yd TD pass and missed 2 pt conv with 1:52 left gave them the 1 point win...

While not really a comeback game, Syracuse did lead Rutgers 14-0 in the 1Q before RU came back and pounded the Orange 38-14. RU had a 538-270 yd edge...

Rice actually led Houston 48-35 in the 3Q but Houston, who had 5 TO's including a fumble at the Rice 1 in the final seconds on the 1H rallied to score the game's final 3 TD's in an 8 point win. The last 2 TD's were on 33 and 50 yd runs by RB Alridge...

Vanderbilt led 17-7 in the 2Q but Georgia had rallied to tie it on a 30 yd FG with 6:12 left. VU was driving for the winning score when they fumbled at the UGA 8 with just 2:53 left and UGA went 73/10pl and got a 37 yd FG with no time left to pull out the win. While VU was at home, UGA fans outnumbered them in VU stadium in a rare sellout crowd...

One week after Stanford pulled their huge upset of USC, they appeared poised to knock off TCU. Stanford led 31-17 with 3:54 left in the 3Q. Even after TCU tied the game, SU got a FG with 7:22 left for the lead but TCU got a TD pass with 4:13 left to lead 38-34. SU was SOD on 4th & 10 at the TCU 18 and TCU took an intentional safety with :02 left. KEY PLAYS - USC trailed Arizona 13-10 when Joe McKnight got a 45 yd PR. On the next play USC got a 25 yd TD pass and a suddenly energized USC D did not allow another FD the rest of the game. USC settled for a 23 yd FG with :57 left to make the final 20-13. AZ P Keenyn Crier had not had a punt ret'd more than 12 yards all season prior to that and also had an 83 yd punt earlier in the game. USC, with backup QB Sanchez at the helm, had just 12 yards of offense in the 2Q and 50 in the 3Q...

In the first 3Q's UConn scored 13 points. UVA was driving when they were int'd deep in UC territory and the Huskies got a FG then UVA fmbl'd on their own 13 setting up another 22 yd FG on a drive UC did not get a FD. UVA led 14-6 at the half but was int'd at their own 6 in the 3Q. Two plays later UC got their only TD of the game to trail just 14-13 (3 TO's=13 points). UVA led 17-16 with :51 left and lined up for a 35 yd FG and Chris Gould who was one of the top K's in the country missed it wide left with :27 left costing the Cav's the cover.

INJURIES OF NOTE

VT lost starting QB Tyrod Taylor to an ankle injury but Sean Glennon, who was benched after the 2nd game, hit 16 of 21 for 258 yards in his place guiding the romp. Duke had failed to score in their last 2 meetings vs VT losing 81-0 with a combined 174 yds offense but had 199 yards and even had a 1Q TD. Their 2nd TD was early in the 4Q when they trailed 43-7...

Memphis QB Martin Hankins missed the Middle Tenn game last week. Will Hudgens who threw for 346 yards vs Marshall 11 days earlier had a horrible night hitting just 13-35 for 134 yards missing 10 of his last 12 throws...

Arizona St star RB Ryan Torain inj'd his left leg early in the 1H and watched the 2H on crutches vs Washington...

Wisconsin RB PJ Hill, who suffered a groin injury last week, had just 75 yards on 19 carries which was 50 below his season average. A key play happened early on with Penn St leading 10-7 and Wisconsin driving WR Gilreath who was receiving more time due to a banged up Badger receiving corps, bobbled a pass that would have been a FD and DB Sargeant picked it off for an int and 3 plays later PSU got a TD turning the tide of the game and PSU dominated from there leading 31-7 after the first drive of the 3Q.

COACH ON THE HOT SEAT

SMU HC Bennett said at the start of the year that expectations should be high and if they did not reach a bowl he would understand if they let him go. Last week SMU trailed S Miss 28-0 avoiding their first shutout in the 3 years with a TD with 6:46 left and Bennett may not see the end of the season as the HC.

THIRD STRAIGHT WEEK OF HUGE UPSETS

California came in #2 and knew that #1 LSU had lost and only needed a win to take home the #1 spot. They were playing without QB Nate Longshore but Kevin Riley hit 20-34 for 294 yards. Cal trailed by 10 but got a TD and forced a punt and drove down to the OSU 12 with :14 left and no time-outs. Riley amazingly ran for a 2 yd gain and the clock ran out so the FG unit could come out on to the field and another high ranked team bit the dust.

TURNOVERS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Army had a 22-20 FD and a 428-397 yd edge but the Knights imploded with 7 TO's. CM had TD "drives" of 28, 38 and 25 yds in the 2Q, all after TO's and in the 2H Army was SOD at the 20 and CM got a 15 yd IR TD with 4:20 left to win by 24...

N Texas came into the ULM game with just 1 int on the season but their first 3 TD's came on a 20 yd IR TD and then a 14 point swing happened with a 75 yard IR TD. NT also got a 99 yd TD pass (just the 16th ever in NCAA history) when WR Fitzgerald caught a short pass, shook off the CB and raced the distance. ULM had a 22-17 FD edge and lost their starting QB Kinsmon Lancaster to injury in the 2Q...

The Bearcats' 6-0 record heading into this past weekend was turnover fueled as they had huge TO edges in most games and led the nation in TO margin. Luck ran out on them vs L'ville as they had a -4 TO margin and lost a big game at home despite having a 460-447 edge.

HOW THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN

It was a record breaking day for Nebraska as Oklahoma St had lost 20 straight games in Lincoln since 1960 but pulled out the win and NU has now given up 40 or more points four times in the season for the first time in their 118 year history. It was also OSU's 2nd most lopsided Big 12 win and OSU had a 257-101 yd edge at the half scoring on all 6 of their 1H poss before taking a knee and leading 38-0 with NU fans filing out of the stadium in the 2H...

Colorado St used to be the premier team of the MWC but played in front of a half empty stadium vs Air Force coming into the game at 0-5 and the game was delayed 45:00 due to lightning that knocked out power to parts of the stadium. Only about 8,000 (attendance announced at 25,150) fans were on hand at the start and many were heading to the parking lot at halftime. CSU's losing streak has now reached 13 straight games and they were blown out 45-21 despite only being outgained 437-380...

Two weeks ago LSU became #1 in the AP poll for the first time since 1959 during the regular season and at one point appeared poised to put the Kentucky game away. The key play of the game happened on 3rd & 8 with LSU at the UK 13 leading 24-14 mid-3Q. Tiger QB Flynn scrambled and had a wide open TE Zinger in the EZ for a TD that would have put them up by 3 scores but he dropped it. That left UK in the game and they ended up prevailing in OT with LSU missing a 57 yd FG on the final play of regulation.

MISLEADING FINALS, FRONTDOOR AND BACKDOOR COVERS

Ohio St did whip Kent St as expected but their 35-0 lead at the half was misleading. OSU only had a 206-162 yd edge but got a school record 90 yd PR TD by Hartline, a 50 yd drive for a TD after a 15 yd punt, a 72 yd IR TD and then with Kent running the clock with 1:00 left in the half, they fumbled and the Buckeyes added a TD 3 plays later to lead 35-0. Both teams then made wholesale replacements in the 3Q...

W Kentucky had a 411-363 yd edge over Ball St. In fact, at the half they had a 191-146 yd edge but trailed 14-12. In the 2H WK went on a 62/13pl drive but missed a FG then an 84/16pl drive was SOD on 4th & goal at the 1. Ball St, after a late int, added a TD with 2:15 left 35-12 in a game that was much closer than the final score...

BYU outgained UNLV 441-217 and had 11 more FD's and UNLV actually did most of its damage on their drive for the backdoor cover. BYU had the game firmly in hand, 24-6 when UNLV not only got a TD with 1:11 left, they also got the crucial 2 pt conversion for the cover...

UTEP had the game in control vs E Carolina after getting a TD with just :34 left on a 31 yd run by Thomas. EC was pinned deep in its own territory but got a couple of plays down to the UTEP 34 and had just :02 left on the clock a Hail Mary prayer was answered on a 34 yd TD pass on the last play of regulation. EC ended up winning in OT...

For the 4th time in 7 games, Arizona St overcame a DD deficit or trailed in the 2H. This time they were down 17-13 to Washington but rolled to the win and had 23-13 FD and 533-288 yd edges clinging to a 37-20 lead they got a 35 yd IR TD with 4:12 left to clinch the spread win...

Colorado/Kansas St were trading score for score when Colorado, down 20-13 was SOD at the K-St 47 with :16 left in the half and the Wildcats got a 52 yard FG. CU was SOD at the K-St 42 and then trailing 33-20 late 3Q had a punt blk'd and rec'd for a TD. CU had a 4-0 TO deficit and was SOD a third time with 7:54 left. K-St got a 68 yd TD run with 3:23 left after an int and CU had a 22-20 FD edge in a game that was more competitive than 47-20 would indicate...

Oklahoma was in danger of being another ranked team to fall and did lead Missouri 17-7 but MO battled back for a 24-23 lead in the 3Q. OU got a TD then a FR for a TD and increased the margin to 41-24 on a 17 yd TD run with 2:39 left. The xp was blk'd. MO went 80/10pl and with :12 left Daniel hit Rucker inside at the 4 and it looked like he was short of the goal line and the clock would have run out but it was ruled a TD and MO got the backdoor cover.

  
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