Wow, and this was supposed to be a tapioca bland weekend!
If this week’s college football results were measured on the Richter scale; it would read an earth moving 10, as Nos. 2 Oklahoma State, 4 Oregon, 5 Oklahoma and 7 Clemson, all came crashing down.
The first indication that something was in the air occurred on Thursday night, when 23 point underdog, Alabama at Birmingham (3-8), knocked off the nation’s 22nd ranked team Southern Mississippi.
That fact was resoundly confirmed in Ames, Iowa on Friday night.
Iowa State, who compiled over 550 yards of offense, crawled out of a 17 point second half hole, and knocked off the second ranked, and undefeated, Cowboys of Oklahoma State in double overtime: 37-31. WOW!!
In the closing minute of regulation, OKState after recovering a fumble was lined up for a 29 yard chip shot field goal to take the lead, and, you guessed it, wide right!
Then in the second overtime, the Cowboys QB, Brandon Weeden, saw his Heisman chances disappear, when he was picked off for the third time in the game.
Oklahoma’s State’s dream of playing for the national championship also vanished into the Iowan air.
From Ames, we move to Waco, Texas, where the Baylor Bears, and it’s MR. Everything, QB Robert Griffin III, known to the natives of this dusty town as: RG3, saw his Heisman chances exponentially improve.
Baylor, who had been 0 for a lifetime against Oklahoma (0-20), stunned the Sooners, as its coach, “Big Game,” Bob Stoops watched helplessly as RG3 shredded the OU defense for 479 passing yards and 4 touchdowns, the final coming on a scrambling 34 yarder with 8 seconds left in a scintillating, and historic; 45-38 victory.
With the game tied, Baylor 80 yards away and 52 ticks left on the clock was ready to run it out and take the game to overtime.
But after a 2 yard run, Oklahoma, who had its full compliment of timeouts, took its first, and that is when the entire equation flipped, as Griffin went to work.
He drove his troops 80 yards, featuring a pair of nifty scrambles, and capped it off with a potential Heisman moment, a scrambling 34 yard TD pass in the corner of the end zone.
“It was not the way we drew it up,” said the understated Baylor coach Art Briles. Amazing!!
We now move to Eugene, Oregon, where the Ducks had its wings clipped.
Oregon was mysteriously sluggish the entire first half, and trailed 38-14 in the third quarter, before staging its furious comeback.
Oregon, who closed to; 38-27 with over 12 minutes left in the fourth quarter, picked off a USC pass, scored, made the two point conversion, and whittled the lead to 3, 38-35.
USC was about to cap off the victory but fumbled on the Ducks five, and with a little more than a minute, the Ducks were given new life.
Oregon drove down the field, but a missed 37 yard game tying field goal, which ended a 21 game home winning streak, a 19 game conference winning streak, and a chance to return to the national championship. Holy Nikes!!!
Finally to paraphrase Forest Gump, Clemson is, as Clemson does.
In a resounding victory, Old Friend Tom O’Brien, who is on the hot seat in Raleigh, saw his NC State Wolfpack crush the Tigers; 37-13.
It was NC State’s first victory over a top ten team in O’Brien’s five year tenure, while making the Pack bowl eligible. Good for O’B.
In New Haven, in the 128th playing of; “The Game,” under tragic circumstances, another friend, Tim Murphy saw his Harvard Crimson (9-1) finish its Ivy League season a perfect 7-0, by stomping over the Eli; 45-7.
It was the fifth consecutive win by Harvard over its ancient rival, and 10th of its last eleven. “Ten Thousand Men of Harvard want victory today ……”
Kudos to Mike London of Virginia (8-3) for knocking off the frauds from Tallahassee, Florida State 14-13, setting up next week’s showdown against Virginia Tech, with the winner advancing to the ACC Championship game.
And ditto to “Old Man River,” KState’s 72 year old Coach Bill Snyder, as the Boys from the Little Apple, went into Austin and defeated the “mighty” Horns of Texas 17-13.
The Wildcats QB, Collin Klein, as of right now, is third on my Heisman ballot.
BC (3-8) no surprise here, gave the “Fighting” Irish all it could handle before falling Notre Dame; 16-14.
Our Fraud Alert has never been bigger: Nebraska, Florida State, Clemson, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, South Florida, and Texas, are this year’s fakers.
In the faux-pas category; the trophy goes to: ESPN’s Lee Corso.
On Saturday’s Game Day Set, in picking the winner of the Houston/SMU game, out slipped an f-bomb, as Corso tossed an SMU prop, before donning Houston Cougar headgear to signify his choice to win the game.
Corso apologized, but I’m sure the FCC will have some more to say.
In Ann Arbor, a Michigan Man, first year Coach Brady Hoke, has the Wolverines 9-2 with a great chance to finally win next week’s finale against its cross state rival; Ohio State.
In Piscataway, New Jersey, the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers (8-3, 4-2) keep chopping wood.
Greg Schiano’s Knights have moved into an unexpected share of the first place in the Big East Conference, after its 20-3 dominating performance against Cincinnati.
Finally, Hail the smart kids!!
Northwestern won its fourth in a row, a 28-13 victory over Minnesota, and in doing so, is bowl eligible for the fourth year in a row.
The Lions of Columbia (1-9) got off the snide, winning its first game of the season as they defeated Brown 35-28 in double overtime.
The Lions had to overcome a 21-7 third quarter deficit to hang on for the victory, as the “crowd” of 5,510 stormed the field to celebrate!! Good for them.
That’s it from cyber space, be sure to check in Wednesday night for our analysis of week 13.
Until then, Peace, and enjoy Thanksgiving. pk