Houston and Oklahoma Fall
by Dave Congrove
October 4, 2009
Houston's glass slipper was shattered, Oklahoma lost its' second 1-point game of the year, Michigan State finally didn't get its heart broken, and Notre Dame escaped again.
Houston was knocked from the unbeaten ranks in a 58-41 upset at UTEP, even though Cougar QB Case Keenum threw for 536 yards and 5 touchdowns. The Miners countered with RB Donald Buckram who racked up 262 yards on the ground and 4 TD's.
Jacory Harris had 3 touchdown passes to lead Miami to a 21-20 home win over Oklahoma. The Sooners, playing without defending Heisman Trophy-winner Sam Bradford, settled for a 39-yard FG with just over 4 minutes left but never got the ball back.
Michigan State beat Michigan 26-20 in overtime for its first 2-game winning streak over the Wolverines since taking 3 straight from 1965-67. Michigan forced overtime with two 4th quarter touchdown passes from Tate Forcier, but he was intercepted in the extra period. Larry Caper then scored on the third play of the Spartans' overtime possession.
Washington tied Notre Dame on a 37-yard field goal with 6 seconds left in regulation. The Irish scored first in overtime, then kept the Huskies from answering for the 37-30 win in South Bend.
Meanwhile, USC blasted Cal 30-3 as the Golden Bears have dropped their last two games by a cumulative count of 72-6.
UCLA became the final PAC-10 team to give up its dreams of an undefeated season. The Bruins fell 24-16 at Stanford as the Cardinal improved to 4-1 overall, 3-0 in conference play.
Oregon continues to rack up the points. The Ducks smacked Washington State 52-6 and have now scored an average of 40.75 per game since their opening 19-8 loss at Boise State.
Iowa survived Arkansas State 24-21 to start 5-0 for the first time since 1995. The Hawkeyes are 1-0 in the Big Ten and sit just behind Ohio State and Wisconsin. The Buckeyes trounced Indiana 33-14 while the Badgers edged Minnesota 31-28 to give the Golden Gophers their first league loss.
In the ACC, Florida State continued its downward spiral with a 28-21 loss at Boston College. Two of the conference's worst teams (in terms of starting record), Virginia and Maryland, pulled conference shockers over North Carolina and Clemson, respectively. The Cavs won 16-3 in Chapel Hill while the Terrapins prevailed 24-21 in College Park. Maryland (2-3) is in first-place in the ACC Atlantic division with a 1-0 league record after its' first victory this season over an FBS team.
Teams in the upper echelon of the various polls and rankings survived the weekend. Alabama beat Kentucky 38-20; LSU got past Georgia 20-13 in a wild finish; Boise State handled a challenge from FCS member UC-Davis 34-16; and Virginia Tech turned back Duke 34-26.
Florida and Texas were among 18 teams that were idle.
In the SEC, Ole Miss rebounded from last week's loss at South Carolina with a convincing 23-7 win at Vanderbilt. Georgia's loss gave Florida sole possession of 1st-place in the East division. In the West, Alabama, Auburn and LSU are each 5-0 overall. The Bayou Bengals are off to a 3-0 SEC start while the Tide and Tigers are each 2-0.
East Carolina took command of CUSA East with a 21-17 win at Marshall. The Pirates are the only team in their division without a league blemish. Tulsa leads the West at 4-1, 2-0. SMU and UTEP are each 1-0 in CUSA play. Houston's loss not only took it out of the BCS picture, but could make it difficult for the Cougars to even win their division.
Don't look now but Idaho, a perennial WAC doormat, is 4-1 in its' 3rd season under Robb Akey after a 31-29 upset of Colorado State. The Vandals are 1-0 in conference play and tied with Boise State and Louisiana Tech.
Navy shot down Air Force 16-13 in overtime as the Midshipmen put themselves in position to hold on to the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy for a seventh straight year.
Arkansas routed Texas A&M 47-19 in Arlington at Cowboys Stadium in the first game between the two former Southwest Conference rivals since 1991.
TCU rolled 39-14 over SMU in the Battle for the Iron Skillet. The Horned Frogs have won 9 of the last 10 meetings to take a 41-39-7 advantage in the series.
Other rivalry results include Nevada's 63-28 romp past UNLV in Reno in the Fight for the Fremont Canon, BYU's 35-17 home win on Friday night over Utah State in the 106th Battle of the Brothers, Cincinnati's 37-13 destruction of Miami University in the 114th Annual Battle for the Victory Bell, and Virginia's 16-3 win at North Carolina in the 114th edition of The South's Oldest Rivalry.
The list shrunk to 13 teams as Houston, Michigan, Texas A&M and UCLA all lost for the first time. The remaining undefeated teams are Alabama, Auburn, Boise State, Cincinnati, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, LSU, Missouri, TCU, Texas, USF and Wisconsin. That list contains 4 schools from the SEC and 3 from the Big 12.
8 teams are still searching for their first victory of the season, including 3 schools each from the Mid-American (Ball State, Eastern Michigan and Miami) and Sun Belt conferences (FAU, FIU and Western Kentucky). The others are New Mexico and Rice. Nevada and Virginia both won for the first time.
FBS vs. FCS:
FBS teams went 2-0 versus schools from the FCS this week. FBS teams are 74-5 vs. FCS schools for the season, and 449-42 (.914) since 2003.
Here are the results of every FBS loss to the FCS this season:
9/19: Central Arkansas 28, Western Kentucky 7
9/12: New Hampshire 23, Ball State 16. New Hampshire also has wins at Army in 2008 (28-10), Marshall in 2007 (48-35), and Northwestern in 2006 (34-17)
9/5: Richmond 24, Duke 16; William & Mary 26, Virginia 14
9/3: Villanova 27, Temple 24
This year, 87 FBS play a total of 94 games against FCS foes. Duke, Kansas State, Mississippi, North Carolina, N.C. State, Rutgers and USF each play two FCS teams.
Florida has won 14 straight. The Gators were idle.
Iowa has won 9 straight. The Hawkeyes won 24-21 vs. Arkansas State.
Texas has won 8 straight. The Longhorns were idle.
Boise State extended its streak of consecutive home wins to 22, and consecutive regular season home wins to 52 with a 34-16 win over UC Davis (FCS). The Broncos have 38 straight conference home victories. BSU has never lost at home to a fellow WAC member (32-0). The Broncos' last home loss to a conference foe occurred in 1998 when they were a member of the Big West and fell to Idaho in the final regular season game. The Broncos are 4-1 in their last five matches against BCS conference schools.
Oklahoma has won 25 straight home games. The Sooners lost 21-20 at Miami (Fla.).
Utah has won 8 straight conference games, and has 13 straight home wins. The Utes were idle.
Alabama has won 17 straight regular season games. The Tide won 38-20 at Kentucky.
Western Kentucky has lost 12 straight overall and 17 straight to FBS teams. The Hilltoppers were idle.
Miami (Ohio) has lost 10 straight overall. The RedHawks lost 37-13 vs. Cincinnati.
New Mexico has lost 9 straight overall. The Lobos lost 48-28 at Texas Tech.
Virginia snapped a 7-game losing streak with a 16-3 win at North Carolina.
Tulane ended its' 10-game losing streak to FBS schools with a 17-16 victory at Army.
North Texas has lost 12 straight Sun Belt games. The Mean Green were idle.
SMU has lost 9 straight home games to FBS teams. The Mustangs lost 39-14 at TCU.
(See Coaching Changes for details)
There are 22 new college football coaches in the FBS ranks this season. 18 have secured their first victory. 5 teams have yet to defeat a FBS school (Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Miami (Ohio), New Mexico and Utah State).
||Lost 17-16 vs. Tulane
||Won 26-22 at Tennessee
||Lost 37-30 vs. Toledo
||Won 28-21 vs. Florida State
||Lost 44-37 vs. Ohio
||Lost 24-21 at Maryland
||Lost 24-12 vs. Temple
||Lost 24-23 vs. Kansas St. (at Kansas City)
||Won 24-23 vs. Iowa State (at Kansas City)
||Lost 37-13 vs. Cincinnati
||Lost 42-31 vs. Georgia Tech
||Lost 48-28 at Texas Tech
|New Mexico State
||Lost 34-17 at San Diego State
||Won 52-6 vs. Washington State
||Lost 27-21 vs. Northwestern
|San Diego State
||Won 34-17 vs. New Mexico State
||Lost 34-20 vs. USF
||Lost 26-22 vs. Auburn
||Won 37-30 at Ball State
||Lost 35-17 at BYU (Friday)
||Lost 37-30 in OT at Notre Dame
||Won 30-28 at FAU
|*-Dabo Swinney took over halfway through last season when Tommy Bowden stepped down after a 3-3 start. Swinney was 4-3 over the last 7 games of the season.