College Catch-Up

23 10 2011

 

(#4) Wisconsin 31, (#15) Michigan State 37

Wisconsin had pounded their way back from 14 down in the 4th quarter to tie the game with a minute and a half left to play in the game. It sure looked like we were headed to an overtime game. Then, as time expired Kirk Cousins threw a Hail Mary into the end zone which somehow ended up in the hands of Keith Nichol to give the Spartans a thrilling victory. You can blame it on the defense for not batting the ball down or credit the offense for not giving up on the heave, but either way, it was a thrilling moment to watch. MSU is now undefeated in conference play, and leads the “Legends” division of the Big 10.   

 

Texas Tech 41, (#3) Oklahoma 38

This game was not as close as the final score indicates. At halftime, the Red Raiders led 24-7, and with 8:35 to go in the 4th quarter, they led the Sooners 41-24. After looking so dominant the past couple of weeks, it looks like OU let their guard down, and they ended up losing at home for the first time since September of 2005. However, all credit should be given to Seth Doege, throwing a blistering 441 yards along with four touchdowns, and Tech, who came into the game with a stellar game plan which kept the Sooners on their heels the entire game.

 

(#20) Georgia Tech 7, Miami 24

Georgia Tech had been an offensive powerhouse this season averaging over 40 points and more than 500 yards per game. On Saturday, somehow Miami limited them to only 1 touchdown and 211 yards of offense. Jacory Harris, the Hurricane QB, didn’t have his best day as he was only 8 for 23 with no touchdowns and 1 interception, but the rest of his team was able to carry load and come away with a big victory. A couple of weeks ago, Tech was looking like a contender in the ACC, but now the Yellow Jackets have lost 2 straight and limp into next week’s game against high-rolling Clemson desperately needing a win.

 

(#11) West Virginia 23, Syracuse 49 (Friday)

This game came and went without many people even knowing about it, but it was a pretty big upset win for a Syracuse team that isn’t used to beating ranked opponents. Now both teams are 5-2 and are in the thick of the Big East race. Ryan Nassib of the Orange was 24 of 32 and threw 4 touchdown passes. Geno Smith of the Mountaineers has been nothing short of amazing this season and was 24 of 41 throwing for 338 yards and 2 touchdowns, but he also threw 2 costly interceptions. 

 

Marshall 28, (#21) Houston 63

There are only 8 undefeated Div I teams left: LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Stanford, Clemson, Boise State, and Houston. Due to Houston’s remaining schedule, they have a good chance to go undefeated, and they might be able to snag themselves a BCS bowl game come January. Even though there aren’t many difficult games for this Cougars football team, the dominance that they have had on both sides of the field can’t go unnoticed. Case Keenum is the heart of this team, and on Saturday, he threw for 376 yards and a career high 6 touchdowns. With those yards, Keenum has become the FBS career leader in total offense and could end up being a Heisman candidate this year.

 

#1 LSU and #2 Alabama both took care of business on Saturday, and now head into their bye week to prepare for their big matchup against each other in Tuscaloosa on November 5th.

 

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24 10 2011
Brandon

Unfortunately for Houston, I don’t think that they will get a BCS spot. As Pat Forde said, they play a schedule that would make “some Texas high school teams blush.” it also doesn’t help them that teams like Stanford/Oregon and one of the Oklahoma teams will not win their conferences. Wisconsin/MSU also will both have great records but only 1 gets an automatic bid. They should be destined for the Liberty Bowl.

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