It was another Saturday of Tony Award winning drama, on the college football landscape.
We’ll begin in the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, an appropriate place, for what was classic triple overtime battle, between the Stanford Cardinal, and Trojans of Southern Cal.
It was won by the Boys on the Farm; 56-48, who in doing so, extended its nation’s longest winning streak to 16, while remaining very much alive for a chance to play for the national championship.
But it wasn’t easy.
Both future Sunday playing QB’s, the Cardinal’s Andrew Luck, and USC’s Matt Barkley, went at each other like Ali and Frazier, passing for a combined 614 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Shockingly, the impeccable Mr. Luck, threw a pick six, with just over 3 minutes left in the game, giving the Trojan’s a 34-27 lead.
You could hear the Champaign corks being popped in Boise.
But with the poise, and leadership, that has NFL scouts drooling, the future number one draft pick, coolly directed a 76 yard game tying touchdown drive with 38 seconds left in regulation, which lead to the overtime period, and eventually victory. Wow!!
And for the gamblers of the world, the spread was 7, Stanford favored.
The Cardinal backers probably figured they had no shot at collecting,
But, when a game goes to triple OT, teams have to go for a two point conversion.
You guessed it, Stanford converted, and USC fumbled on its possession; final margin of victory, the magical 8!
In Atlanta, everyone was on upset alert, especially the Clemson faithful.
Clemson, as part of its football DNA, always coughs up a fur ball somewhere during its season, and it occurred yesterday in its 31-17 “upset” loss to the Rambling Wreck of Georgia Tech.
Dabo Swinney’s boys crashed into a 24-3 halftime ditch, turned it over four times, and were run over by the Jackets, who compiled 383 yards of rushing.
The leader of that ground assault was option QB, Tevin Washington, who set a school QB rushing record with 176 of those yards.
Tech coach Paul Johnson is now 5-0 against ranked opponents at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
Another pretender was exposed, as undefeated Kansas State was humiliated by a bunch of angry Oklahoma Sooners 58-17. Ouch!
OU ran off 35 unanswered second half points, in a game which saw All-America QB Landry Jones set a school record passing for 505 yards and five touchdowns.
The D was equally impressive sacking KState QB Collin Klein seven times, and in one stretch had four plays with four sacks. YIKES!!
Congrats to Penn State’s “Old Man River.”
In a snowy scene in Happy Valley, the Lion in winter, 84 year old JoePa, captured victory number 409, making him the winningest coach in Division 1 history.
The offensively neutered Nits, (8-1, 5-0), fumbled six times, but somehow managed a last minute touchdown to edge Ron Zook’s now reeling Illini, 10-7, whose time expiring game tying field goal clanged off the right upright.
Its stellar defense has been the glue to Penn State’s season, and whenever Paterno decides to hang up the whistle, his twelve year d-coordinator Tom Bradley, although not a sexy pick, deserves a chance to lead the Lions.
In College Station, it was deja-vu, as the agony of the Aggies continues.
A&M once again surrendered a double digit second half lead, losing to an inspired bunch of Missouri Tigers; 38-31 in overtime.
This was also a preview of a future SEC battle, as both teams are leaving the Big 12 to join the best conference in America.
In Durham, North Carolina, the Duke Blue Devils missed a pair of makeable field goals in losing to its overrated visitors from Blacksburg, the Hokies of Virginia Tech; 14-10.
Do you think the faltering Rebels of Mississippi would welcome back its former coach David Cutcliff, who has done a great job with the Blue Devils?
In Bloomington, Northwestern ended its five game losing streak, with a points fest victory over the Hoosiers of Indiana; 59-38.
In this game; both teams combined for 59 points and over 700 yards of offense in the first half!!
With the final tally reading: 58 first downs, and 636 yards of rushing!! Yikes!
This game was like the Italian army; no defense.
At the Heights, congrats to Coach Spaz as his BC Eagles for its second victory of the year and its first, against a Division 1 opponent.
And over in Cambridge, two local high school teammates (Silver Lake Regional) met at Harvard Stadium, as Timmy Murphy’s Crimson, crushed Buddy Teevens Big Green of Dartmouth; 41-10.
The victory places Harvard in sole possession of first place in the Ivy League, with a giant November 12th matchup looming, against the two-time defending champs, the Quakers of Pennsylvania.
In the wintry conditions; could there have been a better name for the Crimson quarterback: Collier Winters.
A pair of emotional scenes:
In Piscataway, New Jersey, Rutgers paralyzed, but inspirational football player Eric LeGrand, led his Scarlet Knight teammates onto the snowy field of Rutgers Stadium, a 41-31 loss to West Virginia.
While at West Point, in a raging blizzard, the Cadets of Army stood at attention after its blowout victory, while Fordham stood quietly behind, as the Army band played the fight song, which always finishes with the cheer: Beat Navy!! Very cool!!
In Louisville, coach Charlie Strong, late of Urban Meyer’s staff is quietly building a dangerous defensive football team as its 27-10 victory over the Orange of Syracuse would attest.
In Stillwater, the OK State’s credentials continue to impress, as the Cowboys galloped all over a good Baylor squad 59-24.
The Cowboys are off to its best start since Harry Truman occupied the White House in 1945.
But the question remains: Will the defense eventually be its Achilles heal?
Congrats to good guy, and good coach, Mark Richt whose 24-20 victory over Florida (hasn’t the wide load, Florida’s offensive coordinator Charlie Weis done a great job?!), should officially remove him from the ranks of coaches on the hot seat.
While the Gators have now lost four in a row for the first time since the pre-Spurrier days of 1988!! YIKES!!
Finally, what is it with last second victories against Wisconsin?
Last week it was a no time left Hail Mary that defeated, and deflated Wiscy, this week, with 24 seconds left, Ohio State QB, Braxton Miller ( who is gong to be a star), uncorked a 40 yard scrambling touchdown bomb, in defeating the Badgers 33-29, dropping Wisconsin into the bin of also-rans. Amazing!!
That’s it from cyber space, we’ll be up and running with out week 10 analysis, Wednesday night.
Until then, Peace, and listen to the music. pk