That’s the collective sigh coming from the Baton Rouge, and Stillwater faithful, after another college football Saturday that was full of surprises.
We’ll begin in Tuscaloosa where, in a game that was the reincarnate of a Woody Hayes/Bo Schembechler tussle, LSU, in a field goal fest, out kicked Alabama 9-6 in overtime; the game winner, a 25 yard chip shot by Drew Alleman.
It was the second lowest scoring No. 1 vs. No. 2 game in the 75 year history of the AP poll, the lowest occurring in 1946; a 0-0 tie, between Army and Notre Dame.
With the victory, the Mad Hatter’s Bayou Bengals now have the inside track to punch its ticket into the national championship game.
But this one will long linger in the psyche of the Crimson Tide.
Alabama was at, or inside, the LSU 35 yard line, five times, only to come away with zero points, missing four field goals, including a 52 yard try in overtime.
At the post game press conference, Nick Saban’s summarized his, and the Tide’s frustration, with a constant refrain; “missed opportunities,” he said, repeating it about as often as Liz Taylor said, “I do.”
Incidentally, another St. Nick streak disappeared. Saban had been 14-0 in his previous 14 “payback” games, avenging a loss from the year before.
Was it an ugly game?
Well that is in the eye of the beholder. But that was certainly not the description for Les Miles, “It was not necessarily a pretty game, but it had a nice ending.”
In Baton Rouge, “Let the good times roll!”
The mirror opposite occurred in Stillwater, when the undefeated Cowboys, hung on for dear life; 52-45, against Bill Snyder’s gritty eleven from Manhattan, Kansas.
Kansas State had the ball on the OK State five yard line, with one second left, when its Mr. Everything, QB Collin Klein’s pass fell incomplete, leaving Oklahoma State in control of its championship destiny.
Klein is worth of some Hesiman discussion.
If the Cowboys win out, they close its season in December against Oklahoma, the Boys from Boone Pickens University; will play in the national championship game. Amazing!
Hail the smart kids.
In maybe the best game of the day, the Wildcats of Northwestern marched into Lincoln, and came away with a 28-25 shocker against Bo Pelini’s ninth ranked Cornhuskers.
It was backup QB Kain Colter, in for the injured Dan Persa, leading way, shredding the much overrated Husker’s defense.
In the Dorothy, “There’s no place like home,” category; we have Arkansas.
The sputtering Razorbacks, which hadn’t played a home game in a month, obviously enjoyed its home cooking, as it blasted a very good defensive team, the Gamecocks of South Carolina; 44-28.
It was the fifth victory in a row for the Cocks, and sets up a potential season ending showdown against the Tigers of LSU.
In Corvallis, in a “trap game,” the Stanford Cardinal held serve 38-13, pulling away late, and extending the nation’s longest wining streak to 17.
The victory sets up climatic, first place match next Saturday, in Palo Alto, against the Ducks of Oregon.
But the victory came with a price, as one of Luck’s (20-30 – 3 TDs – 1 int.), primary targets, Chris Owusu was forced to leave the game with a concussion, and will not be available against Oregon.
In Norman, the Sooners have now won one in a row, pounding the overrated Aggies of A&M; 41-25.
Unfortunately, its All-America receiver; Ryan Broyles, the all time NCAA reception leader, is out for the season with a torn ACL.
The Boys from College Station are now saddled with four losses, 3-3 in the Big 12, and bon voyage, as they embark into the much tougher SEC.
The Aggies won’t miss Norman, as its loss makes them; 0-7 in its visits against Bob Stoops.
While the final embers of the Big East smolder, Butch Jones’ Cincinnati Bear Cats a 26-24 victor over the disappointing Panthers of Pittsburgh (4-5), are now in full control (7-1, 3-0), of the Big East race.
Note to Pitt; where’s Dave Wannstedt when you need him!!??
Congrats to Charlie Strong, and his Louisville Cardinals, 5-4, 3-1, who is quietly building a quietly program.
In the Old Friend Department:
Tom O’Brien’s NC State Wolfpack whitewashed its in state rival North Carolina 13-0, giving O’Brien, a perfect 5-0 record against its heated rival.
Silver Lake High school teammates: Tim Murphy of Harvard, Buddy Teevens of Dartmouth, and Jeff Hawkins of Oregon, all celebrated victories.
In Cambridge, Tim Murphy became the winningiest coach (119victories) in the history of Harvard football.
It sets up a classic match next Saturday at the Stadium, as Penn comes a calling with a share of first place in the Ivy League at stake. The game will be televised on Versus, with the kickoff at noon.
What in the name of William Faulkner is going on with the football team in Oxford?!
The final nail was driven into the Houston Nutt era yesterday; as Ole Miss (2-7) was clobbered by the woeful Cats (3-6) of Kentucky 30-13, extending the Rebels SEC losing streak to a school record 13 games. Yikes!!
Where’s David Cutcliff when you need him??!!
In Storrs, Connecticut, it was sweet revenge for Paul Pasqualoni’s Huskies, as UConn (4-5, 2-2 in the Big East) defeated his former place of employment, Syracuse; 28-21. Congrats!
In Lubbock, it’s official, Texas Tech’s victory over the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman, was the equivalent of someone hitting power ball.
TT was blown out for the second consecutive week by an okay Texas team; 52-20, and the Red Raiders have now lost its last two games by the combined score of: 93-27!! Double Yikes!!
In Madison, Wisconsin, after a pair of last second losses, took out its anger on an inept Purdue defensive team 62-17, as its star tailback Monte Ball ran for an eye popping 223 yards on 20 carries.
The big back is deserving of some Heisman consideration.
Finally, congrats to a pair of coaches whose seats were once hotter than sunspots; Georgia’s Mark Richt, and UCLA’s Rick Neuheisel, who should now be on a path for a safe, and welcome return.
That’s it from cyber space, be sure to read our analysis of week 11, which will be up and running Wednesday night.
Until then, Peace, and listen to the music.