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College Football Top 25 review – Week 15

A little late – and the Bowl dance cards are all filled out but here it is nonetheless. We’ll have coverage of the majors as we hit the end of the year. But for now, we wrap up the final non-Bowl week of the 2008 NCAA College Football season.

#4 Florida 31, #1 Alabama 20
In a hard fought and see-sawing match, Gator quarterback Tim Tebow threw a trio of touchdown passes and secured a spot for Florida in the National Championship game. It was a slugfest the whole way and both teams earned every yard. But in the end, Tebow showed why he’s on the cusp of another Heisman Trophy with a gutsy, poised performance.

#2 Oklahoma 62, #20 Missouri 21
The Sooners romped all over the Tigers as they locked down their spot in the BCS Championship game and won the Big 12 in the process. Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford put in another example of why, like Tebow, he is in the thick of the Heisman race, throwing for 384 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Sooners rolled the opposition, totaling 627 yards.

#5 USC 28, UCLA 7
USC only dropped one game, and an early one at that. But a weak Pac-10 conference prevented them from making up any real ground and a final game against an entirely overmatched UCLA team didn’t help matters. USC had little troubl with their crosstown rivals – Mark Sanchez threw for 269 yards, two touchdowns and an INT, while Joe McKnight led the ground attack with 99 yards and a 12 yard touchdown run. They will meet Penn State in the Rose Bowl, the fourth time in a row they have headed to the game. They also won their seventh consecutive BCS bid, completed their seventh straight 11-win season and and won their seventh Pac-10 Championship in a row.

#12 Ball State 24, Buffalo 42
Ball State just couldn’t hang onto the ball last Friday, as they fell to unranked Buffalo and losing the MAC Championship. Five turnovers spelled doom for the Cardinals, all of which in some way shape or form came from quarterback Nate Davis. Buffalo scored after each of the fumbles and those turnovers overshadowed Davis’ otherwise solid stats (351 yards and a touchdown). The Bulls ended Ball State’s perfect season and became Bowl eligible for the first time since they joined the majors in 1999. The school had previously been invited to the Tangerine Bowl in 1958 but turned it down since their African-American players would not have been allowed to play. That team will travel to Toronto for the International Bowl with the current team.

#13 Cincinnati 29, Hawaii 24
The Bearcats had to surge late to overcome an upset in Hawaii, rallying with 19 points in the 4th quarter in a hard-fought battle in Aloha Stadium.

#25 Virginia Tech 30, #17 Boston College 12
Virginia Tech was able to turn turnovers into points and that was all the difference as they beat the Eagles, won the ACC Championship and locked themselves into an Orange Bowl appearence. BC has beaten the Hokies twice in the last two regular seasons but VT has now won it’s second ACC title in a row (a first in the ACC) and their third in the five years they have been in the conference.

#23 Pittsburgh 34, UCONN 10
The Pitt Panthers are headed to the Sun Bowl o nthe strength of their first 9 win season since 1982. Running back LeSean McCoy turned in another good performance with 95 yards and a touchdown.

College Football Top 25 review – Week 14

#1 (now #2) Alabama over Auburn 36- 0 – Alabama did everything they needed to do – to hold onto the top spot in the BCS rankings. The Crimson Tide broke a six game losing streak to Auburn and did it in dominating fashion behind Glenn Coffee’s 144 yards and TD.

#2 Texas (now #3) over Texas A&M 49-9 – The Longhorns did everything they needed to do but still couldn’t hang onto the #2 spot. Oklahoma hopped over them, despite losing to the Longhorns 45-35 earlier this season. There’s one ridiculous event every season – you could easily argue that this was this years edition. Once again it was the oft derided computer rankings which invalidated another great performances by Colt McCoy (311/2) and Cody Johnson (102/2). Texas still has a shot to make it into the National Title game but it could be a hard without another game prior to selections.

#3 Oklahoma (now #2) over #12 Oklahoma State 61-41 – Led by Oklahoma QB and Heisman Candidate Sam Bradford’s 370 yards and four touchdowns, Oklahoma pounded the Cowboys into dust and did enough to grab the #2 standing from Texas. I don’t want to take ANYTHING away from a great season and performance by the Sooners but I cannot figure how it happened anyway. I mean, they LOST to Texas. Great game though and aside from BCS headscratching, will be a solid addition to the SEC championship game.

#4 Florida over #20 Florida State 45-15 – For the 8th straight time, the Gators beat the Seminoles and you have to think Florida State is hoping Tim Tebow (185/3) is going to leave for the NFL next year. Of course it couldn’t help that they managed to turn the ball over to the Gators 4 times in this game and compiled just 242 total yards to Florida’s 502.

#5 USC over Notre Dame 38-3 - Try as they might, USC just could never recover from their one loss to Oregon State. The declining quality of some yearly opponants isn’t a help and Notre Dame sure fits that bill. Marc Sanchez threw for 267 yards and two TDs (though 2 INTs as well) and the USC defense dominated the Irish, holding them to a staggering 91 total yards. USC’s lack of focus – at least once a year – has hurt them again and they had best lock it up against UCLA this weekend if they hope to salvage the year with a Rose Bowl visit.

The rest -
#7 Texas Tech beat Baylor 35-28 behind Graham Harrell’s 309 yds and 2 TDs….. #9 Boise State scored 48 second half points against Fresno State and won running away 61-10 behind Ian Johnson’s 2 TDs and128 yards…. #11 Georgia dropped a heartbreaker to #22 Georgia Tech 45-42 after letting the Yellow Jackets come back fro ma 16 point halftime deficiet and dominate the second half….

#13 Missouri lost to Kansas, 40-37, as Kansas Jayhawk QbTodd Reesing lit the Tigers up for 375 yards and four TDs…. #16 Cincinnati beats Syracuse 30-10, spoiling the aftermath of the Orangemen’s defeat of Notre Dame and winning its first outright conference championship since 1964….. #23 Oregon upsets #17 Oregon State 65-38 in this year’s edition of the Civil War as Beaver RB Jacquizz Rodgers watched from the sideline and Duck QB Jeremiah Masoli threw for 374 yards and a trio of TDs and Beavers Qb Lyle Moevao threw for 374 yards, 5 TDs but also a pair of INTs…..

#21 Boston College staved off a surging Maryland in the fourth quarter of this 28-21 victory with a late pick six by Robert Francois. The Eagles held Maryland’s run game to -6 yards….. #25 was a shared ranking last week and #25a Mississippi blanked Mississippi State 45-0 led by QB Jevan Snead’s 4 TDs and 213 yards while #25b Pittsburgh beat West Virginia 19-15 behind a 1yard TD run from LeSean McCoy (183/2) to pick up the win…..

College Football Top 25 review – Week 12

Abbreviated today due to illness in the house and exhaustion but you’ll get the point.

#1 Alabama had a brief first half scare before running away and hiding behind a defense that allowed only 35 yards rushing and 167 yards overall and beat Mississippi State, 32-7.

#3 Texas blew Kansas out of the water, 35-7. Longhorn QB Colt McCoy threw for 255 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Texas achieved it’s eight straight ten win season.

The #4 Florida Gators decimated the South Carolina Gamecocks, 56-6. Gator signal caller Tim Tebow threw two touchdowns, and junior running back Percy Harvin ran for another two and 167 yards to boot in this lopsided matchup.

No matter what they do, #6 USC cannot seem to climb the rankings for a shot at the BCS title. Led by Stafon Johnson, the running back core accumulated 282 total yards helped make up for an uncharacteristically shaky performance from the defense as the Trojans took the win, 45-23.

Undefeated #7 ranked Utah is making trouble for the BCS again and certainly looked good in their 63-14 drubbing of San Diego State. Utes quarterback Brian Johnson threw for five touchdowns and 283 yards in the game.

Bouncing back from their unfortunate loss, #8 Penn State took it’s anger out on poor Indiana, 34-7. The Nittany Lions had 442 total yards to just 180 (57 passing, 123 rushing) for Indiana.

#9 Boise State clinched a share of the WAC title with their 45-10 victory over Idaho behind the 156 yard, two touchdown performance of sophomore running back Jeremy Avery.

The #10 Georgia Bulldogs saw their struggles continue as they eeked out a 17-13 victory over Auburn. Quarterback matt Stafford (215/2) and Knowshon Moreno (189 total yds and 1 TD) were the engines that kept the Bulldog machine running.

#11 Ohio State couldn’t pass a lick in their 30-20 win over Illinois, but Chris Wells (143/1) and Terrelle Pryor (110/1) did the damage on the ground instead.

#12 Missouri clinched the Big 12 North title with it’s 52-20 win over Iowa State behind quarterback Chase Daniels’ 328 yards and two touchdowns and Derrick Washington’s 128 yards and pair of touchdowns.

Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson threw for one touchdown and ran for another in the #13 ranked Cowboys’ 30-17 victory over Colorado.

#14 Ball State stayed unbeaten with it’s 31-16 defeat of Miami-Ohio. Junior running back MiQuale Lewis rushed for 165 yards and a pair of touchdowns. It was Lewis’ eighth straight game with a rushing touchdown and hsi eighth game of the season with over 100 yards rushing, which matches a school record.

#16 North Carolina fell to Maryland, 17-15, on the Terp’s 26 yard field goal with 1:42 left in the game.

#17 BYU out dueled Air Force through the air, 38-24, behind junior quarterback Max Hall’s 354 yards and two TDs.

The woes continue as #19 Florida State drops their third game, this time to Boston College, 27-17.

#20 LSU survived a squeaker, rallying from down 28 points to beat Troy, 40-31. Troy quarterback Levi Brown threw a startling 72 passes for 312 yards and two TDs but the defense let the Tigers score 30 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Tony Pike threw for 250 yards and a pair of touchdowns as #22 Cincinnati beat Louisville, 28-20 and took over the lead in the Big East.

#23 Oregon State continues to hold serve as leader in the Pac-10 with this 34-21 win over the Califonia Golden Bears. Freshman running back Jacquizz Rodgers had 144 yards and a touchdown while his brother James scored once on the ground and once on an 86 yards kick return.

#24 Wake Forest couldn’t hold their three point lead over the North Carolina State Wolfpack, losing 21-14. NC State quarterback Russell Wilson threw for two touchdowns and ran in a third to give his team the win. Wilson has thrown for 12 touchdowns and no interceptions in his last six games.

College Football Top 25 review – tomorrow night

Hey folks – just wanted to let you know that I am doing the top 25 review of the College football games tomorrow (probably tomorrow night). We had a little sick happening here so that’s eaten most of my night.

So I’ll do a slightly shorter than usual one tomorrow night and let you know my thoughts.

Although the words ‘Texas Tech – DAMN’ come to mind.

College Top 25 Review Week 10

#1 Texas @ #7 Texas Tech
Very few games live up to the hype the way this one did. We had shades of games past (Red Raider collapse like during the Longhorn’s last trip to Lubbock), fantastic comebacks (Colt McCoy’s second half surge) and a last minute miracle brought about by the power of positive thinking (Crabtree’s dream and subsequent game winning TD). Longhorn QB Colt McCoy started out slow, but got his game going, though in the end he was out-dueled by Red Raider QB Graham Harrell, who made Texas the latest #1 team to get clapped out of the top spot, 39-33. Best game of the day, bar none. Texas falls to #4 and the Red Raiders hop to #2.

#2 Alabama vs Arkansas State
The Crimson Tide crawl into the #1 spot with a solid shutout of Arkansas State, 35-0. It wasn’t as impressive as it looks like upon first glance. The offense only compiled 357 total yards and and if it wasn’t for the exceptional play of Tide RB Mark Ingram, who ran for 113 yards and a pair of touchdowns and a pick six by Rashad Johnson, it would have been much closer. If someone shuts the run game down like Arkansas State frustrated the pass game, they’ll be the next to drop.

#4 Oklahoma vs Nebraska
With a potent offense like Oklahoma’s, you can’t make a single mistake. Nebraska went ahead and made four of them and literally handed Oklahoma a 62-28 victory. Sooner quarterback Sam Bradford continued his fine play, going 19-27 for 311 yards and five touchdowns. Quentin Chaney was his main target (5/128/1) while the Sooner ground game also contributed heavily (193 total yards and three touchdowns). Of the four Cornhusker turnovers, a pair were interceptions and one was returned for a touchdown. Unfortunately for the Sooners, they dropped in the rankings, instead of rising.

#5 USC vs Washington
USC romped all over the Huskies as expected. They did everything pretty much right – ran the ball for 297 yards. Moved the ball through the air well early before shutting it down so things didn’t get even uglier. There were some penalties they made that were poor moments, but from whistle to whistle, the Trojans did everything within their power to move up in the BCS rankings. But with the Pac-10 continuing to feast upon itself, their strength of schedule keeps dropping, and so did they, four spots to 7 in the BCS rankings. USC is unlikely to jump up again, as their competition does not get more impressive going forward. All they can do is work towards another BCS Bowl bid. Meanwhile the woeful Washington Huskies continue to find new ways to struggle and are now the only FBS team without a win.

#6 Georgia vs #8 Florida
Gator QB Tim Tebow didn’t have a stellar day throwing the ball, but he had a better one than Bulldog signal-caller Matt Stafford who had more yards, but more picks (3) as well. Tebow ran for three touchdowns and threw for a pair more as Florida slapped Georgia 49-10 and hopped over Oklahoma and USC to rank #5 on Sunday.

Best of the rest –
Cowboy wide receiver Dez Bryant caught four TDs in #9 Oklahoma State’s 59-17 drubbing of Iowa State….. It took a last minute stop to preserve #10 Utah’s 13-10 win over New Mexico….. #11 Boise State extended it’s winning streak to eight games as they devastate New Mexico State, 49-0. QB Kellen Moore threw for 246 yards and a trio of TDs in the win….. The Horned Frogs stifled the Running Rebels pass offense and had QB Andy Dalton throw for three touchdowns as #13 TCU beat UNLV, 44-14….

A pick made things more interesting than desired for Missouri and QB Chase Daniels but #14 Missouri held on and beat Baylor, 31-28…. #15 Florida State had more total yards, but unranked Georgia Tech decimated the Seminoles on the ground and sent them home a 31-28 loser….. While the Wildcat formation runs through the NFL, the option was the key to the Northwestern Wildcats 24-17 upset of #17 Minnesota. Northwestern QB Mike Kafka ran for 217 yards and threw for another 143 in the win and the ‘Cats are now ranked #24… #18 Tulsa was leading the nation in scoring and was undefeated but had to come from behind, only to lose anyway to Arkansas, 30-23

#19 LSU starts to climb out of their 2 loss hole and towards a possible BCS Bowl with a 35-10 win over the Tulane Green Wave, led by junior Charles Scott’s 114 yards and touchdown on the ground… Cougar QB Max Hall threw for 389 yards and five touchdowns in a shootout as #20 BYU nudged past Colorado State, 45-42…

#21 Michigan State struggled early but finished with a big field goal, edging Wisconsin 25-24… The BCS giveth and it taketh away as California steals #24Oregon’s BCS spot as the second Pac-10 team and beats them soundly, 26-16. Oregon leaves the rankings once again as the Golden Bears jump past them and into the #21 slot… Finally, West Virginia literally stole #25 UCONN’s poll spot with a 35-13 win led by quarterback Pat White’s three touchdowns (a pair on the ground, one in the air)….

College football Top 25 review – Week 9

#1 Texas vs #6 Oklahoma
Texas quarterback Colt McCoy turned the ball over twice late, but the Longhorn defense stood up and held the Cowboys off, 28-24. McCoy, a Heisman candidate, fumbled late in the 4th and threw a 3rd quarter interception, but will likely lose little momentum as he totaled 391 yards and a pair of touchdowns as well. More of a concern for Texas would be that Oklahoma made them look beatable, with running back Kendall Hunter totaling 161 yards and a TD on the ground and leading a unit that put up 416 total yards on the usually stout Longhorn defense.

#2 Alabama @ Tennessee
The Crimson Tide continued to roll against the overmatched Volunteers, 29-9. Alabama continued to make a case to be in the National Championship game, slapping 366 total yards on the reeling Tennessee squad. Roy Upchurch and Glen Coffee put together 164 yards on the ground and 2 TDs as Alabama played more than well enough to retain their #2 ranking.

#3 Penn State @ #9 Ohio State
Worried about another Buckeye meltdown in a National Championship game? Worry no more as they have stepped out of the competition with a 13-6 loss to the Nittany Lions. Ohio State turned the ball over twice and it was more than enough for a game which had been ruled by sharp defensive play. Freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor fumbled in the fourth quarter with a three point lead. Penn State recovered, but found themselves without their quarterback as Daryll Clark had been injured. However, backup Pat Devlin came in and led a seven-play, 38-yard drive that took 4:13 and ended with him scoring a touchdown and giving Penn State the win.

#4 Oklahoma @ Kansas State
Sophomore DeMarco Murray had 167 and 4 touchdowns and fellow Sooner running back Chris Brown added 142 yards and a pair of TDs as Oklahoma State overwhelmed a game Wildcats team, 58-35. Sam Bradford’s solid play was overshadowed by the numbers put up by Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman’s career high 478 yards and 3 touchdowns. Unfortunately those stats came with three of the Wildcats’ five turnovers and the Sooners took off ran out to a big first half lead and then just bled the rest of the game away.

#5 USC @ Arizona
For most of the game, the Trojans’ offense couldn’t get the job done, so it was up to Rey Maualuga and the USC defense to hold the fort in USC’s 17-10 victory in the desert. USC kept normally solid Wildcat quarterback Willie Tuitama to a mere 88 yards with an interception thrown in for good measure. Trojan quarterback Mark Sanchez moved the ball between the 20s and compiled 216 yards, but just one touchdown to go with an interception. But it was USC’s defense which was the story, stopping the Wildcats several times late in the game. Maualuga knew it was big, telling ESPN – “Guys were out there saying, ‘This will determine who we are,’ ” Maualuga said. While the offense didn’t seem sure, the defense made sure people knew who they were loud and clear….

The rest of the active top 25 –

#7 Georgia finished #13 LSU’s hunt for another National Title 52-38, lead by Knowshon Moreno’s standout performance of 163 yards and a touchdown…… Red Raider Quarterback Graham Harrell threw for 386 yards and five touchdowns as #8 Texas Tech trounced #23 Kansas 63-21…… #10 Florida blew Kentucky out 63-5, led by quarterback Tim Tebow’s four touchdowns (2 through the air, two on the ground)…..

Led by a school record 226 receiving yards and three touchdowns by Jimmy Young, #14 TCU thumped visiting Wyoming, 54-7……. Chase Daniel continued his exceptional play at quarterback (302 yds, 5TDs) for the #15 Missouri Tigers as they shut out visiting Colorado out, 58-0…..

Louisville’s solid and stout rush defense throttled #16 South Florida’s run game and the offense did enough for a 24-20 upset …. #17 Pittsburgh did no better as Rutgers quarterback Mike Teel threw for six touchdowns (five in the first half) and led the team through a porous Panther defense for a 54-34 win…. Running back Cedric Peerman rushed for 118 yards and the winning touchdown as Virginia upset #18 Georgia Tech 24-17 and secured the top spot in the ACC Coastal Division…. #20 Ball State avoided being fourth team in this group to lose their game as they beat Eastern Michigan, 38-16. Quarterback Nate Davis not only threw a pair of touchdowns but caught one as well…..

#21 BYU had to rally late against UNLV to squeak out a win, 42-35. Quarterback Max Hall threw for 245 yards and four touchdowns…. Not only did Indiana surprise the #22 Northwestern Wildcats 21-19, but ended a five game losing streak….. #24 Minnesota continued Purdue’s disappointing season, beating them 17-6, forcing 4 turnovers…. #25 Florida State beat Virginia Tech 30-20, led by receiver Greg Carr’s 100 yards on just three catches…..

Who will slip into the top 25 with so many teams at the tail end losing? Will we see some Pac-10 teams slip back in? Can there possibly be more SEC teams? Will be interesting to watch…..

College Football Top 25 review – Week 6

#1 Oklahoma @ Baylor
For the last few weeks, being ranked #1 has been akin to a death knell for teams. But the Sooners were determined to buck the trend and buck it they did as they bounced Baylor in their Big 12 opener, 49-17. Sooner quarterback Sam Bradford continued his outstanding play, throwing for 372 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His first was to wide receiver Manuel Johnson – a 53 yard strike just 70 seconds into the game. Baylor was outmatched from the get-go and Oklahoma opened a 28 to nothing lead by the end of the first quarter. The Sooners have never lost to Baylor and by the looks of things, it will be a long time before that changes.

Kentucky @ #2 Alabama
Alabama had all it could handle and then some but squeaked past Kentucky 17-14. The Crimson Tide didn’t help their cause any by turning the ball over three times Saturday and letting up a last minute touchdown from Wildcat quarterback Mike Hartline to wide receiver DeMoreo Ford. But an onside kick by Kentucky went out of bounds and Alabama Coach Nick Saban was able to breathe a sigh of relief. Part of the reason Alabama was able to overcome a day full of mistakes – or maybe the only reason – was the performance of junior running back Glen Coffee who compiled 218 yards and a touchdown against a Wildcat rush defense who came into the game only allowing 73 yards on the ground per game.

#3 LSU — IDLE
With Alabama’s struggles, could they even move up? I can’t imagine they will drop.

#4 Missouri @ Nebraska
Nebraska has been an ugly, ugly place for Mizzou the last 30 years. Over and over since 1978, Missouri has gone to Lincoln and lost. Not this time, as they beat the Cornhuskers 52-17, the most they have scored against Nebraska since 1943. The record breaking day was led by quarterback Chase Daniel, who threw for 253 yards and three touchdowns. Sophomore running back Derrick Washington added a pair of touchdowns and 139 yards to the effort, as the Tigers started off their Big 12 play on the right foot.

#5 Texas @ Colorado
Texas blew past Colorado and never looked back on their way to a 38-14 victory, led by running back Chris Ogbonnaya’s 167 total yards and two touchdowns. The worry was that the Longhorns might get caught looking ahead to Oklahoma and stumble in a matchup that they should win. But that worry was unfounded as Texas was totally focused on the task at hand on both sides of the ball. McCoy also moved into second place on Texas’ all-time pass list.

#6 Penn State @Purdue
If not having Joe Paterno on the sidelines due to a hip injury was a problem, it didn’t show as the sixth ranked Nittany Lions pounded the Purdue Boilermakers 20-6. Sophomore running back Evan Royster lead the way with 141 yards and a touchdown on the ground and another 53 yards through the air.

#7 Texas Tech @ Kansas State
The Red Raiders threw for 490 yards as a team, 454 and six touchdowns coming from senior quarterback Graham Harrell who became the All-Time Leader in Passing Yards for Texas Tech as they hammered Kansas State 58-28.

#8 BYU @ Utah State
Cougar quarterback Max Hall threw a touchdown for his seventh straight game as BYU extended its winning streak to 15 games as they beat Utah State 34-14 on Friday night.

#9 USC vs #23 Oregon
For a while, it seemed like USC was about to relive the meltdown in Corvallis all over again. But at 7:47 in the second quarter, Trojan quarterback Mark Sanchez completed a pass to Damian Williams for the first of his three touchdowns and USC rolled to a 44-10 victory. Sanchez, who totaled 341 yards, left briefly after he twisted his knee while being sacked but returned to the game after backup Mitch Mustain came in for a brief period and looked ok. In post game interviews, Sanchez sounded optimistic that his injury would not hold him out of next week’s game against Arizona State.

#10 South Florida vs Pittsburgh
Another ranked team bit the dust on Thursday night as running back LeSean McCoy ran for 142 yards and two touchdowns as the Panthers upset the Bulls 26-21.

#11 Georgia – IDLE
Georgia may jump up one with South Florida succumbing to the same upset-itis that hurt Georgia last week.

#12 Florida @ Arkansas
The Gators rebounded from their shattering loss to Mississippi with a 38-7 trouncing of the Arkansas Razorbacks lead by two running backs with 100 yard efforts – Chris Rainey with 103 yards and a touchdown and Jeffrey Demps with 103 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

#13 Auburn @ #19 Vanderbilt
Vandy stayed undefeated in the SEC East and snapped a 13 game losing streak to Auburn by upsetting them 14-13. The Commodores had to punt the ball back to Auburn with just over two minutes left but intercepted Auburn quarterback Chris Todd’s first pass to preserve the one point lead and the victory.

#14 Ohio State @ #18 Wisconsin
Chris ‘Beanie’ Wells had his second 100 yard game since returning from his three game absence and freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor continued to get more comfortable as Ohio State edged Wisconsin 20-17. The game went back and forth several times but was sealed when Badgers quarterback Allan Evridge was intercepted with less than a minute remaining.

#15 Utah vs Oregon State
The Beavers came into the game giant killers and nearly left with another notch in their belt as Utah needed an 11 point surge in the last minute and a half to avoid USC’s fate. But despite Beaver quarterback Lyle Moevao’s 313 yards and two touchdowns, the Utes sent the Beavers home with a 31-28 loss.

#16 Kansas @ Iowa State
The Jayhawks trailed by 20 points at the half, but exploded for 21 points in the third quarter and out-ran the Cyclones to the finish line, edging the home team 35-33. Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing lead the way with 319 yards and a trio of touchdowns, hitting Kerry Meir seven times for 125 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.

#17 Boise State vs Louisiana Tech
Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore led his team with 325 passing yards and two touchdowns as the Broncos trounced Louisiana Tech 38-3.

#20 Virginia Tech vs Western Kentucky
The Hokies extended their home win streak against non-conference opponents to 30 as they as they ran out to an early lead and held on to beat Western Kentucky 27-13.

#21 Oklahoma State vs Texas A&M
The Cowboys returned two interceptions and a punt return for touchdowns as the Cowboys romped to a 56-28 victory over Texas A&M.

#22 Fresno State vs Hawaii
Fresno State had been cutting it close the last few games and it finally bit them. They started off slow, behind 19-9 and while they crawled back to send the game into OT, they couldn’t get it done and Hawaii wins in an upset, 32-29.

#24 Connecticut @ North Carolina
The Tar Heels used players from defense on the offense, blocked three punts including one for a touchdown in their 38-12 upset of the briefly ranked Huskies.

#25 Wake Forest – IDLE
The Demon Decons will take the week to prepare a warm welcome for the Clemson Tigers on October 9th.