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3-of-4 Top Win Streaks Halted

by Mike Mitchell
September 10, 2007

Three of the nation's four longest winning streaks were halted on Saturday; Boise State and Auburn were among the upset victims; LSU and Oklahoma rolled; Michigan and Notre Dame remained winless.

Washington stopped Boise State's 14-game winning streak, and ended any hopes the Broncos had for a national title. The Huskies improved to 2-0 with the 24-10 upset as Boise State fell to 0-8 on the road against PAC-10 teams. BYU had the second-longest winning streak entering the week, but UCLA put that 11-game string to an end with a 27-17 win at Pasadena. TCU was going for its 10th straight win and led Texas 10-0 at the half, but the Longhorns regrouped and scored 34 of the game's final 37 points for a 34-13 win.

Wisconsin now owns the nation's longest winning streak with 11 in-a-row. The Badgers scored the game-winning touchdown with 1:53 remaining to rally past Nevada-Las Vegas, 20-13.

Meanwhile, LSU jumped all over Virginia Tech early and never looked back in a 48-7 romp in Baton Rouge. The expected defensive battle never materialized as a speedy and balanced Tigers offense gained 598 yards with 301 through the air and 297 on the ground. The Hokies offense was so unnerved in the early going that Frank Beamer replaced his mistake-prone Junior QB, Sean Glennon, and inserted true freshman Tyrod Taylor. The young prized recruit settled the offense and led Virginia Tech on its only score in the third quarter to cut the lead to 27-7, but LSU kept pouring it on. Les Miles still had his defense blitzing and his offense throwing long balls deep into the fourth quarter of a rout, even after most of the fans had abandoned their seats for a cold beverage in the parking lot. The final LSU touchdown came on a 28-yard pass to the end zone with just 3:18 left to play.

Oklahoma had their fun on Saturday, too, as Sam Bradford threw five TD passes and the Sooners walloped Miami 51-13. It was the first meeting between the two teams since a 20-14 Orange Bowl win clinched the 1987 national title for the 'Canes under head coach Jimmy Johnson.

Michigan fell far short from healing the hurt of last week's loss to lower-division Appalachian State. Instead, the Big House became the Big Woodshed, thanks to a 39-7 whooping at the hands of Oregon. The consensus top-five pick in the preseason polls fell to 0-2 in front of the home crowd with its worst loss since 1968 (Ohio State, 50-14). The computer projected the Wolverines to finish 20th. Michigan hasn't won since former coach Bo Schembechler passed away on the eve of last year's game with Ohio State, and the four-game losing streak is the school's longest since 1967.

Notre Dame's woes continued, too, as Penn State romped over the Irish 31-10 in Happy Valley. It was a satisfying measure of revenge for the Nittany Lion faithful who cringed at the 41-17 spanking their team took in South Bend last year.

Notre Dame and Michigan go into next Saturday's game at Ann Arbor with winless records.

In other action, Auburn was upset at home by South Florida, 26-23 in overtime. The Bulls tied the game with just 50 seconds left in regulation on a 20-yard field goal by Delbert Alvarado, who missed four attempts earlier in the game and was an awful 2-for-6 on the night. After Auburn had to settle for a field goal on the first overtime possession, South Florida followed with a 14-yard touchdown pass to finish the upset.

South Carolina snapped a five-game losing streak to Georgia with a 16-12 victory between the hedges in Athens. Steve Spurrier was a thorn in Georgia's side when he was coaching the Florida Gators, compiling an 11-1 record against the Bulldogs, but this was his first win in three tries as the head coach at South Carolina.

Florida improved to 2-0 with a 59-31 home win over Troy.

Tennessee pulled away from Southern Miss in the second half for a 39-19 victory. The Vols only held a 17-16 advantage at halftime.

Florida and Tennessee meet next week in Gainesville.

West Virginia was threatened, but pulled away for a 48-23 win at Marshall. The Mountaineers trailed 13-6 at halftime, and led by just 27-23 after three quarters. Marshall and West Virginia have met just three times, and the first didn't occur until 1997 when the Thundering Herd moved up from 1-AA. This was their first confrontation in Huntington. West Virginia has won all three contests, including 42-10 last year in Morgantown and 42-31 in 1997 when Marshall went 10-3 and won the MAC title in its inaugural 1-A season. The Herd moved to CUSA in 2005.

Nebraska literally held on to beat Wake Forest 20-17. The 'Huskers got away with a hold and interference on the intended Wake Forest receiver on a 4th-and-10 play with just over  a minute remaining, allowing Nebraska to escape with the win. The defending ACC champions also lost last week, 38-28, at Boston College, and are off to an 0-2 start.

Texas A&M was taken to triple overtime by Fresno State. The Aggies blew a 19-0 halftime lead, but ultimately pulled out a 47-45 win.

J.D. Brookhart's stingy Akron defense gave Ohio State fits, but the Buckeyes managed a 20-2 victory in spite of committing five turnovers. Ohio State's defense did its job, too, forcing Akron to punt 14 times while limiting the Zips to just 3 first downs and 69 yards of total offense. Ohio State led 3-2 at the half.

Northwestern scored the game-winning touchdown on a 13-yard pass with 21 seconds left to rally for a 36-31 victory over the visiting Wolf Pack in Evanston, illinois.

Four quarters just isn't enough for Minnesota. For the second week in-a-row, the Golden Gophers went to overtime against a MAC school. This time, at least, they avoided the upset. Minnesota secured the 41-35 win with a 3-yard TD run in the third overtime after Miami (Ohio) was intercepted on its possession. The Golden Gophers lost 32-31 to Bowling Green in a single overtime last week and are now 1-1 under first-year head coach Tim Brewster.

Bowling Green, meanwhile, lost at Michigan State 28-17. But the Falcons had the Spartans on the ropes for awhile. The game was tied at 14-apiece at halftime, and MSU only held a 21-17 lead until scoring what became the clinching touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

California had a 34-14 lead and appeared to be coasting until Colorado State scored two touchdowns 53 seconds apart to pull within 34-28 with 2:54 remaining. However, the ensuing onside kick went out-of-bounds and the Golden Bears were able to run out the clock. DeSean Jackson had 141 all-purpose yards on just 9 touches against the Rams, a week after accruing 143 all-purpose yards on 6 touches in a 45-31 win over Tennessee.

Hawaii needed overtime to snag a 45-44 win at Louisiana Tech in the WAC opener for both teams. New head coach Derek Dooley is apparently getting the Bulldogs turned around as the Bulldogs lost last year's game at Hawaii 61-17.

Air Force improved to 2-0 under first-year head coach Troy Calhoun with a 20-12 in over Utah in the Mountain West Conference opener for both teams.

Temple was actually favored to win a game for one of the few times in recent memory, but was destroyed at home by Buffalo 42-7. It was only the Bulls' 13th win in their slightly more than 8-year history at the major college level as they improved to 13-80 all-time.

UNBEATEN TEAMS
As the list narrows later in the year, we'll help you keep tabs with those teams that are still on track for an undefeated season. Last year, Boise State (13-0) was the only team that accomplished the task.

WINLESS TEAMS
Duke and FIU are the among the schools that have yet to win a game in 2007. They're in good company as Michigan and Notre Dame are winless, also. But the Blue Devils (22 games) and the Golden Panthers (14 games) have the top two current losing streaks in major college football. Duke lost 24-13 at Virginia, while FIU fell to 26-10 to Maryland on their temporary home field in the Orange Bowl (a new on-campus facility will be ready for the start of next season).

1-A vs. 1-AA
The divisions were re-named late last year. 1-A was given the new moniker of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) while 1-AA was labeled the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

The lower division teams picked up two more wins to add to their pair of triumphs in week 1, but nothing that even comes close to comparing with Appalachian State's 34-32 win at Michigan. The championship subdivision schools were 2-9 in week 2, after going 2-21 in Week 1.

Northern Iowa crunched Iowa State 24-13. The Cyclones barely won last year's game (28-27) but hadn't lost to Northern Iowa since 1994.

Southern Illinois upended the MAC's Northern Illinois 34-31. SIU was a higher-division school from 1972-1985. The Huskies eked out a 23-22 win in 2004, but hadn't lost to the Salukis since 1979.

Championship subdivision teams were 7-71 in 2006 against their higher-classified brethren. Since the start of the 2003 campaign, bowl subdivision teams hold the upper hand by a huge margin, 250-29 (.896).

This season, 78 bowl subdivision teams face schools from the championship subdivision. WAC members New Mexico State and Hawaii double-dip. The Aggies play Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sept. 29 and already defeated Southeastern Louisiana 35-14 in their season-opener. The Warriors, who trounced Northern Colorado 63-6 in their opener, host Charleston Southern on Sept. 22.

STREAKS
Three of the top four over-all winning streaks came to an end on Saturday.

Boise State's winning streak was halted at 14 games in a 24-10 loss at Washington. The Broncos had won 15 regular season games in-a-row. Boise State's streak of 37 consecutive regular season home games is still alive, though, and the Broncos can still claim a perfect home record against their fellow WAC conference members (24-0).

BYU's winning streak of 11 straight games came to an end with a 27-17 loss at UCLA.

Wisconsin now owns the longest winning streak at 11 games after a 20-13 win at UNLV, but the Badgers barely avoided the Rebels' upset bid by scoring the winning touchdown with 1:53 remaining.

TCU's string of victories ended at 9 games with a 34-13 loss at Texas. The Horned Frogs led 10-0 at halftime.

The second-longest winning streaks now belong to SEC rivals, LSU and Florida, at 9. LSU stormed past Virginia Tech 48-7 on Saturday night, while Florida outscored Troy 59-31.

USC has won a nation's-best 34 consecutive home games after beating Idaho 38-10 in the season-opener. The Trojans, who were idle this week, visit Nebraska next week.

Duke maintains the nation's longest losing streak - now at 22 games over-all, and 24 straight to 1-A teams - after its 24-13 setback at Virginia.

FIU has dropped 14 straight games after losing 26-10 at home to Maryland.

North Carolina State and Colorado State each saw their futility streaks stretch to 9 games on Saturday. The Wolfpack were beaten 37-17 by their head coach's old team, Boston College. The Rams fell short in a late comeback bid and lost 34-28 at home to California.

Illinois snapped an 8-game losing streak with a 21-0 victory over lower-division Western Illinois. But the Fighting Illini have still lost 8 straight games to bowl subdivision teams.

NEW COACHES
The 2006 season featured 11 new head coaches. Five led their team to a bowl game.

This year, there are 24 coaching changes for the highest number since 2001 when there were 25. We'll track their progress throughout the season.

This week, Tom O'Brien returned to Boston College. O'Brien left his job as the head coach at B.C. to take the fired Chuck Amato's spot at N.C. State. Jeff Jagodzinski is the new head coach at Boston College. Jagodzinski's Eagles won 37-17.

Air Force, 2-0 under Troy Calhoun, won at Utah 20-12.
Alabama, 2-0 under Nick Saban, won at Vanderbilt 24-10.
Arizona State, 2-0 under Dennis Erickson, won at home over Colorado 33-14.
Army, 1-1 under Stan Brock, won at home in OT over FCS member Rhode Island 14-7.
Boston College, 2-0 under Jeff Jagodzinski, won at home over N.C. State (and former B.C. head coach Tom O'Brien), 37-17.
Central Michigan, 1-1 under Butch Jones, won at home over Toledo 52-31.
Cincinnati, 2-0 under Brian Kelly, won at home over Oregon State on Thursday 34-3.
FIU, 0-2 under Mario Cristobal, lost at home to Maryland 26-10.
Idaho, 1-1 under Robb Akey, won at home over FCS member Cal-Poly 20-13.
Indiana, 2-0 under Bill Lynch, won at Western Michigan 37-27.
Iowa State, 0-2 under Gene Chzik, lost at home to FCS member Northern Iowa 24-13.
Louisiana Tech, 1-1 under Derek Dooley, lost at home in OT to Hawaii 45-44.
Louisville, 2-0 under Steve Kragthorpe, won at home over Middle Tennessee on Thursday 58-42.
Miami (Fla.), 1-1 under Randy Shannon, lost at Oklahoma 51-13.
Michigan State, 2-0 under Mark Dantonio, won at home over Bowling Green 28-17.
Minnesota, 1-1 under Tim Brewster, won at home over Miami (Ohio) 41-35 in 3 OT's.
North Carolina, 1-1 under Butch Davis, lost at East Carolina, on a field goal as time expired, 34-31.
N.C. State, 0-2 under Tom O'Brien, lost at Boston College (his former team) 37-17.
North Texas, 0-2 under Todd Dodge, lost at SMU 45-31.
Rice, 0-2 under David Bailiff, lost at Baylor 42-17.
Stanford, 0-1 under Jim Harbaugh, was idle.
Tulane, 0-1 under Bob Toledo, lost at home to Mississippi State 38-17.
Tulsa, 1-0 under Todd Graham, was idle.
UAB, 0-2 under Neil Callaway, lost at Florida State 27-17.



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