Wow! Wow! Wow!
The four Mount Rushmore teams – Notre Dame, Oregon, Alabama, and Kansas State – all held serve, but it was anything but easy.
We’ll start in South Bend, where the echoes were almost silenced.
The Irish, trailing 20-6 late in the fourth, were deader than Elvis, when Touchdown Jesus had seen enough.
Like Lazarus, ND climbed out of its grave, scoring a pair of late game tying TDs, including a two point conversion, before winning in triple overtime; 26-23.
But it was a missed chip shot field goal in the second overtime, after an ND turnover, which caused the heartache for the Pitt faithful, and sent the Domer faithful into ecstasy.
It was another example of why college football is the best of all the games.
In Death Valley in Baton Rouge, the place where LSU head Coach Les Miles said “Teams come to have their dreams die,” saw his own dreams die in the waning seconds of a classic 21-17 loss against Alabama.
But it was ole’ Les, and his nutty decisions; onside kick (failed), fake field goal (no first down), long field goal, instead of punting (no good), fourth down try instead of field goal ( no first down), that contributed mightily to the LSU defeat.
The Tigers were riding a 22 game home winning streak and a 36-1 record at night in the Miles era, never mind! Amazing
This was another game with a Lazarus performance, as Alabama found itself trailing after halftime, for the first time in two years!!!
But it was a 72 yard, five play drive, with 1:34 left to play, orchestrated by QB A.J. McCarron, which sealed the Tide victory, keeping its national title hopes very much alive. WOW!!
But the loss really lays at the decisions of the “Mad Hatter.”
In the Coliseum, points were more plentiful than Tom Menino hospital bills.
The Oregon Ducks outlasted the Trojans 62-51; as Oregon tailback and Heisman candidate Kenjon Barner, carved the USC defense, rushing for 321 yards, and five touchdowns!! YIKES!!
USC, which has been playing football since the Grover Cleveland Administration; 1888, had never allowed an opponent 62 points, or 730 yards of offense.
And to think; that less than 10 years ago, Chip Kelly was the offensive coordinator at UNH!! AMAZING!!
In the final piece of the puzzle, the Cats from the “Little Apple,” Manhattan, Kansas led by its Heisman frontrunner QB Collin Klein, did what they always do, win, snuffing out another potential threat, defeating the Cowboys of OkState; 44-30.
But concern over an undisclosed third quarter injury to its Hesiman star; Mr. Klein is considerable.
If he is hampered, the Purple Cats dreams could be derailed.
In the Old Friend Department;
It was a good day for our Silver Lake Regional pals; Tim Murphy of Harvard (7-1), and Buddy Teevens of Dartmouth (5-3), as both claimed victories yesterday.
Murphy’s Crimson Tide crushed Columbia 69-0 in a record setting performance, setting up next week’s seemingly annual Ivy League showdown in Philadelphia with Penn.
While Dartmouth rolled over Cornell 44-28, improving to 4-0 on the road this season.
Teevens has the Big Green on the right path.
In the; Can’t Stand Prosperity Department:
Former BC Coach Tom O’Brien, and his NC State Wolfpack (5-4), were humiliated in its homecoming game by the Cavaliers of Virginia; 33-6
Virginia was riding a six game losing streak, but stormed into Carter-Finley Stadium, and after forcing five turnovers, six sacks, and a safety, left with a stunning, dominating victory.
It begs the question: How did Florida State ever lose to these guys, costing themselves a legitimate chance to play for the national championship??!!
Up at the heights it’s the same old song and dance, as the Eagles of BC (2-7), in “The Farewell Old Sport” Coach Spaziani Tour, lost to a mediocre Wake Forest team; 28-14. OUCH!!
With a remaining schedule of: Notre Dame, VaTech, and N. C. State, BC is staring at a 2-10 season, and most certainly a new head football coach.
In the good news department; the Cadets of Army, defeated a service academy team for the first time in 13 tries.
In doing so, it kept alive its first Saturday in December hopes against Navy, a team to whom it has lost for 10 straight seasons, for the Commander in Chief Trophy.
Army hasn’t captured the trophy since Bill Clinton was prowling around the White House pantry in; 1996.
Finally, in Knoxville, can anyone here, to paraphrase Casey Stengel, play defense?
The Volunteers of Tennessee eked out a win against Troy 55-48, while surrendering over 720 yards of offense. Double Yikes!!
It keeps the Derek Dooley era on life support.
That’s it from cyber-space, we’ll be up and running with our analysis of week 11 Wednesday night, until then, Peace, and listen to the music. PK