It was a weekend that had more drama, and spectacular endings, this side of a Broadway production.
How wild was it? Well, even our friends from the north, Syracuse, won a game team, as the Cuse stunned Louisville 28-21. It gives Greg Robinson his ninth win; four years into, what will be his last season in Syracuse. The Orange and Notre Dame now have something in common; they have each defeated one team with a winning record.
We’ll begin in Ann Arbor, where the theme of: “Money Changes Everything,” still hasn’t clicked in. Coach $Rod’s Wolverines, have now lost five in a row, and coughed up a 14-0 lead, in a loss to three-win Purdue 48-42 on of all things a hook and ladder play in the final 30 seconds. It also officially ends Meechigan’s streak of 33 consecutive bowl appearances. Nice job $Rod.
Sensational finishes all over the Big Ten. Minnesota and Northwestern were headed to overtime when Minnesota threw a pass, that went off the hands of its receiver, and was picked off by Brendan Smith with 25 seconds left on the clock, and run back 48 yards by Northwestern for the winning touchdown. He had to weave his way through traffic, and if any Gopher could have tackled him, time more than likely would have expired into overtime. Amazing. In addition, Northwestern back-up quarterback Mike Kafka rushed for 217 yards.
Michigan State trailed for the entire game against Wisconsin until the Spartans kicked the game winning 48 yard field goal with seven seconds left to defeat the sad-sack Badgers 25-24. Wiscy has now lost five of its last six. Heisman Trophy candidate Javon Ringer was held to 54 yards on 21 carries, virtually ending his hopes of capturing the trophy.
In another nail-biter Illinois defeated Iowa 27-24 on a 46 yard field goal with 26 seconds left, keeping its bowl hopes alive.
The big game of the day, Texas at Texas Tech, lived up to the billing. With 1 second left on the clock Michael Crabtree, the best receiver in the nation, scored the winning touchdown. Texas was down 22-3, then stormed back to take a 33-32 lead, with 1:29 left on the clock. The Horns left too much time on the clock. TT, and its dynamic duo of quarterback Graham Harrell (36-43, 474 yards, 2 td’s, who may be the new Heisman leader), and wideout Michael Crabtree, come back down the field for the biggest win in Tech history. The game could have ended during that drive, when a deflected pass floated into, then out of, the arms of freshman safety Blake Gideon. It would have secured the Texas victory, but it wasn’t to be, and the Horns dreams of a national championship are all but lost.
Pay backs are a: well you know, as Florida made Georgia pay for last year’s Gator stomp, punishing the Gators 49-10. It was the worst Georgia loss under the reign of coach Mark Richt, as the Dawgs came apart like a cardboard suitcase in the rain. As the game wound down with less than a minute left, Urban Meyer called a pair of timeouts, it was his way of teaching Georgia coach Mark Richt a lesson. He claimed he wanted to give Emmanuel Moody a couple of extra carries. If you believe that, then I can get you a deal on some US automobile industry stock. How hot have the Gators been, well in its last four games Florida has averaged just over 50, while surrendering less than 11 points a game.
The Irish lost in four overtimes. It was the longest game in Notre Dame History and the as we mentioned, the Irish have defeated only one team (5-4 Stanford) with a winning record, and remain unranked for the second year in a row.
Maryland, who had the weekend off, is the only team in the ACC with 1 conference loss.
A big win for Miami, as the Canes got a much needed “big” win over Virginia in overtime 24-17.
Until Saturday Georgia Tech had never beaten a ranked Seminole team, and it took a fumble recovery in the end zone by Florida State in the final 45 seconds, for Tech to hang on for the victory 31-28.
Phil Fulmer continues his dead-man-walking tour, as Tennessee lost to South Carolina 27-6, to drop to 3-6 overall, and 1-5 in the SEC.
The two Washington’s’: UW, and Wazzu, lost by the combined scores of 114-0.
Kentucky defeated Mississippi 14-13 to climb to 6-3 and officially become bowl eligible for the third consecutive year. And to think, four years ago, the faithful wanted to can coach Rich Brooks.
How far has mighty Nebraska fallen: well Oklahoma hung 62 on the hapless “black shirts” in a 62-28 beat down in Norman. It was so ugly that OU lead 35-0 after the first quarter.
Oklahoma State warmed up for next week’s showdown against Texas Tech by storming Iowa State 59-17, as wideout Dez Bryant had: 9 catches for 171 yards and 4 touchdowns.
West Virgina is back on track, winning its fifth in a row defeating UConn 35-13, and establishing itself as the team to beat in the Big East.
The Tommy Tuberville watch is on. Auburn lost its fourth in a row, to drop to 4-5, 2-4 in the conference, and unless Auburn can upset rival Alabama, it could be curtains for old Tommy.
That’s it from cyber space. Don’t forget to vote. We’ll be up and running with the analysis of week 11 Wednesday night. Until then, peace. PK.