Copyright © 2009 Ed Bagley
Six AP Top rated twenty five teams can testify what a pain in the butt highway video games are—all had been upset for the duration of school football's 13th week of enjoy, and 2 of the 6 will be facing off in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship sport this week.
The six teams with targets on their again integrated seventh-rated Ga Tech, fifteenth-rated Clemson, eighth-rated Pittsburgh, eleventh-rated Oklahoma State, 20th-rated Mississippi and twenty third-rated North Carolina. All but Pittsburgh had been not just on-the-highway, but also tackling an in-point out rival.
Ga (seven-five) defeat the Ga Tech Yellow Jackets (ten-2), thirty-24, as the Bulldogs' Washaun Ealey rushed twenty times for 183 yards (nine.15 yards for every carry) and Caleb King rushed 18 times for 166 yards (nine.22 ypc)—349 yards between them. Ealey and King seem like a comedy staff but the Ga Tech gamers had been also occupied sucking Louisiana pond water to laugh.
Ga and its mentor Mark Richt have taken their lumps this 12 months with losses to Oklahoma State, LSU, Tennessee, Florida and Kentucky, but couple can match Richt's nine-12 months file against in-point out rival Ga Tech. Richt is eight-1 against his key rival, a point that might save him his work due to the fact his five losses this 12 months are the most he has experienced in any 12 months at Ga.
South Carolina (seven-five) upset the Clemson Tigers (eight-four), 34-seventeen, as the Gamecocks' Stephen Garcia threw 3 landing passes. Clemson started off perfectly when C. J. Spiller opened the sport with an 88-property kickoff return for a TD, an NCAA file-placing seventh of his career, but that was about all the Tigers could bring to the table.
South Carolina's twenty fourth rated scoring protection held Clemson's twenty fourth rated scoring offense in check—defense all over again trumping offense in an equivalent deal with off.
The shock losses by Ga Tech and Clemson put a genuine damper on the Atlantic Coast Conference championship sport the two will enjoy this Saturday the winner will covet a place in a BCS sport and generate a major payday.
West Virginia (eight-3) handed Pittsburgh (nine-2) its next decline of the period, 19-16, when Mountaineer redshirt freshman Tyler Bitancurt finished the yearly Backyard Brawl by properly kicking a forty three-property discipline aim as time expired. It was Bitancurt's 4th discipline aim of the night so he individually accounted for sixty three% of West Virginia's 19 factors. West Virginia's protection stood tall, maintaining the Panthers out of the conclude zone on five Pittsburgh drives inside of the Mountaineers' thirty-property line.
Oklahoma (seven-five) took time out from its pedestrian period to remind Oklahoma State (nine-3) who truly procedures the Large 12 in Oklahoma by shutting out the Cowboys, 27-. The Sooners' DeMarco Murray scored two TDs and Ryan Broyles returned a punt 88 yards for one more rating. The defeat was rough to swallow for Oklahoma State due to the fact the Cowboys had been seeking their to start with ever BCS bowl visual appeal.
Mississippi State (now five-seven) not only upset Mississippi (eight-four), but hammered Ole Skip, 41-27, in shocker. A backup quarterback—Chris Relf—accounted for 3 touchdowns and Anthony Dixon rushed for 133 yards and one more TD as the Mississippi Rebels appeared on in disbelief. Regarded as the yearly Egg Bowl, Mississippi definitely laid a person.
The 41 factors scored by Mississippi State was the most by the Bulldogs in the 106-12 months sequence due to the fact a 41-14 victory in 1917, and the most Ole Skip has specified up this period.
North Carolina State (five-seven) upset North Carolina (eight-four), 28-27, as the Wolfpack's Russell Wilson connected with Owen Spencer on a 38-property, go-ahead TD pass two performs into the 4th quarter. Wilson threw four TD passes in the sport and Alan-Michael Funds blocked a discipline aim try with about five minutes left to seal the Tar Heels attempted comback. The earn was the Wolfpack's third straight against the in-point out rival North Carolina Tar Heels.
4 other Top rated twenty five teams failed to miss a defeat even though beating in-point out rivals in absent video games.
No. 2-rated Alabama (12-) remained unbeaten by sliding by Auburn (seven-five), 26-21. No. 3-rated Texas (12-) remained unbeaten by outlasting Texas A&M (6-6), 49-39. No. 14-rated Virginia Tech (nine-3) slammed Virginia (3-nine), 42-13 and No. 19th-rated Miami Florida (nine-3) put down South Florida (seven-four), 31-ten.
Eight other Top rated twenty five teams received residence video games, and four of the eight received against in-point out rivals as well—Florida, Brigham Young, Southern California and Houston.
No. 1-rated Florida (12-) remained unbeaten by pounding Florida State (6-6), 37-ten, as the Gators' Tim Tebow threw for 3 touchdowns and ran for 2 extra. The victories by unbeaten Florida and Alabama sets up a clash for the SEC title sport this Saturday, and the winner earns the ideal to enjoy in the remaining period-ending sport for the Countrywide Championship.
No. 18-rated Brigham Young (ten-2) turned again No. 22-rated Utah (now nine-3), 26-23, as senior quarterback Max Corridor discovered Andrew George with a twenty five-property TD pass in overtime. The earn by the Cougars was their third in four a long time in excess of the uppity Utah Utes, who intercepted Corridor five times final 12 months in a 48-24 blowout on their residence discipline.
Max Corridor sought revenge and redemption, and designed adequate smack converse soon after BYU's earn to fill a bulletin board in Utah's Salt Lake Town locker home. Listed here is Mad Max on the Utah Utes:
"I never like Utah. In point, I despise them. I despise almost everything about them. I despise their plan, their fans. I despise almost everything. It felt genuine very good to send out those people guys residence. I believe the entire college and their fans and the business is classless. They threw beer on my family members and things final 12 months and did a entire bunch of horrible issues. I never respect them and they deserved to reduce."
Perfectly, many thanks, Max, for permitting us know how you truly feel.
No. 24-rated Southern Cal (eight-3) defeat UCLA (6-6), 28-seven and No. twenty five-rated Houston (ten-2) just decimated Rice (2-ten), seventy three-14, as Scenario Kellum passed for 323 yards and 2 touchdowns and ran for one more rating. The Houston Cougars have the best-scoring offense in the country, racking up an normal of forty five factors a sport.
No. four-rated Texas Christian (12-) remained unbeaten at residence by whipping New Mexico (1-11), fifty one-ten, as Andy Dalton matched a career-substantial four TD passes with two of them to Antoine Hicks in a 12-next span. The earn wrapped up TCU's to start with undefeated frequent period in 71 years—that is a very long time between rains in the dusty Texas desert.
No. five-rated Cincinnati (11-) remained unbeaten by outlasting a truly crummy 3-eight Illinois staff, 49-36. The earn was a unfortunate statement for the Bearcats. Cincinnati has the 19th ideal scoring protection in the country, but the Bearcats seemingly experienced also lots of tacos prior to this sport.
No. 6-rated Boise State (12-) remained unbeaten in an offensive screen by outlasting Nevada (eight-four), 44-33, as Kellen Moore tied his career-substantial five landing passes. Nevada was a worthy opponent as the Wolf Pack experienced averaged 52 factors for every sport even though profitable eight straight. Boise State is 2nd nationally in scoring offense and Navada is 5th.
No. seventeen-rated LSU (nine-3) experienced its palms full even though beating Arkansas (seven-five), 33-thirty, as Tiger Josh Jasper strike a 41-property discipline aim with four seconds left to pressure an overtime, and then produced a 36-yarder to rating the earn.
A person extra sport was worthy of noting. Washington (four-seven) shut out in-point out rival Washington State (1-11), thirty-, in the Apple Cup. The Huskies started the period by dropping by eight factors to eleventh-rated LSU, then defeat Idaho, upset third-rated Southern California, shed absent video games to Stanford and Notre Dame, upset Arizona, then experienced four extra defeats before blanking the Washington State Cougars.
The sport was considerable for quite a few causes:
1) It was Washington's to start with shutout in excess of Washington State in forty five a long time the final a person arrived for the duration of a 14- victory in 1964.
2) The Husky's defensive shutout was its to start with due to the fact a 27- earn in excess of Southern California in 1997, a span of 143 video games.
3) Freshman Chris Polk rushed for 130 yards, pushing his period rushing overall 1,019, breaking quarterback Jake Locker's freshman file of 986 rushing yards, making Polk the to start with freshman in faculty historical past to best 1,000 yards, and marking the 4th consecutive sport that Polk has topped one hundred yards rushing. And, certainly, the Huskies are incredibly psyched about their freshman jogging again.
four) Washington State's 11 losses this period are the most in Cougar historical past.
five) Washington State's 22 losses in two seasons are the most ever in Pac-ten historical past. The Cougars had been 2-11 final period.
Six Top rated twenty five teams had been idle this week—9th-rated Ohio State (ten-2), tenth-rated Oregon (nine-2), 12th-rated Penn State (ten-2), 13th-rated Iowa (ten-2), sixteenth-rated Oregon State (eight-3), and twenty first-rated California (eight-3). Ohio State, Penn State and Iowa have accomplished their period enjoy.