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Ohhh, oh-no-o-o... Florida State Stunned At N.C. State

LSU Chomped by Gators; 'Dawgs Bitten By Gamecocks; Horned Frogs Gigged by Cyclones

by Dave Congrove
October 7, 2012

Mike Glennon's 3-yard pass to Bryan Underwood with 16 seconds left completed N.C. State's 17-16 comeback stunner over Florida State. The Wolfpack trailed 16-0 at halftime and 16-3 entering the final quarter. They cut the margin to 16-10 early in the final period and made it as far as the FSU 32 late in the game before turning the ball over on downs. But a blocked put gave the Wolfpack another chance from the Seminoles' 43-yard line and Glennon engineered a shaky drive that was sustained with a pair of 4th-down conversions and threw the winning strike on another 4th down.

Florida knocked off LSU 14-6, just as the Congrove Computer Rankings predicted, ending the Tigers' 18-game regular season winning streak. LSU's last regular season loss came to Arkansas on November 27, 2010 in Little Rock. The computer had forecasted a 4.37-point Gator win.

Florida pitched a 14-0 second-half shutout in "The Swamp" after trailing 6-0 at halftime. The Gator defense held LSU to just 7 first downs for the entire contest which saw each team punt 7 times. Florida had six possessions in the first half and punted on each of the first four. Its last two drives ended on fumbles and its first possession of the second half culminated with another punt, but the next two possessions resulted in touchdown scoring marches of 85 and 77 yards and accounted for 2/3rd's of Florida's offense for the entire game.

Unlike Florida in its victory, South Carolina had it easy over border rival Georgia. The Gamecocks opened a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, aided by an interception to set up the second strike and a 70-yard punt return for the third tally. South Carolina has now won 10 straight games for the first time in program history. Head coach Steve Spurrier is now 15-5 all-time versus Georgia and 5-4 versus Georgia head coach Mark Richt.

West Virginia needed another shootout over a team from Texas to stay unbeaten. Last week it was Baylor. This week it was the Longhorns. The 48-45 victory makes the Mountaineers 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the Big 12 while Texas drops to 4-1, 1-1.

TCU's 12-game overall winning streak came to a halt on Saturday with a 37-23 loss at home to Iowa State in a Big 12 game. The Horned Frogs were without quarterback Casey Pachall after he was suspended on Thursday following his DWI arrest. TCU backup quarterback Trevone Boykin threw 3 picks, the last of which was returned for a Cyclone touchdown to provide the final margin.

TCU had also won 25 straight conference games. The Horned Frogs won their Big 12 opener after rolling through their final 24 league games in the Mountain West.

For the ACC, it was another bad day on the gridiron. Not only was Florida State possibly tossed from the national title chase, nonconference losses kept piling up. Boston College fell 34-31 at Army on a last-minute score and the Black Knights ended their 8-game losing streak. On Saturday night, Miami was crushed 41-3 in prime time by Notre Dame at Soldier Field in Chicago. The conference is just 10-14 this season against non-league FBS foes.

ACC perennial power Virginia Tech is just 3-3 after a 48-34 loss at North Carolina. The Hokies had failures in practically every aspect of their game. The most yards any back could muster on the ground was 19 and the team finished with 37 net yards rushing; the defense allowed Gio Bernard the most rushing yards ever against a Frank Beamer team (262); and special teams allowed the first kick-off return for a TD against Virginia Tech since 1993.

It wasn't like the Tar Heels played a perfect game. They also allowed a kickoff return for a touchdown, committed 15 penalties for 127 yards and were shredded for 355 passing yards by Logan Thomas, and the Hokies still couldn't find a way to win.

North Carolina improved to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the conference in its first season under former Southern Miss head coach Larry Fedora, but is ineligible for the conference championship or a bowl game due to NCAA sanctions.

The Tar Heels hadn't beaten Virginia Tech at home since 1938 and it was only the 6th conference road loss for the Hokies since entering the ACC (27-6). It was Virginia Tech's first-ever conference loss at an ACC venue in the state of North Carolina which is also home to N.C. State, Wake Forest and Duke. It was the first loss for the Hokies in a conference road opener since 1962.

Many observers felt this year's defense could rival Virginia Tech's best ever, but that unit came into the game ranked 55th nationally in yards allowed per contest and will surely fall farther after surrendering 532 to the Tar Heels. They have now allowed an average of 31.75 points per game versus the four schools they have faced from AQ BCS conferences, none of whom are considered to be powers (Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and UNC). In fact, coming into this weekend, none of the four ranked higher than 27th nationally in total offense.

Duke is Virginia Tech's opponent next weekend in Blacksburg. The Blue Devils improved to 5-1 overall, 2-0 in the ACC, with a 42-17 thumping of Virginia. The Hokies also have Clemson, Miami and Florida State yet to come. Clemson outlasted Georgia Tech 47-31 on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Big Ten's only remaining unbeaten team is Ohio State which is ineligible for the conference championship game or a bowl game. The conference's other probation restrained team, Penn State, rallied to beat previously undefeated Northwestern 39-28. The Nittany Lions outscored Northwestern 22-0 in the final quarter to prevent the Wildcats from running their record to 6-0 for the first time in 50 years.

Ohio State broke open a close game with Nebraska by scoring 21 unanswered points bridging the 3rd and 4th quarters and ultimately rolled to a 63-38 win in Columbus.

Michigan State had to come back from a 27-14 halftime deficit at Indiana. The Spartans avoided dropping to 0-2 in the conference with the 31-27 escape.

Air Force was also dealt a surprising loss, 28-21 at home in overtime to Navy.

Arkansas snapped its 4-game losing streak with a 24-7 rout at Auburn that dropped the Tigers to 0-3 in the SEC and 1-4 overall.

USF continues to be surprisingly awful. A 37-28 loss at Temple leaves the Bulls with a 2-4 record, including an 0-2 mark in the Big East. The program 15-16 overall and 4-12 in the league since Skip Holtz replaced Jim Leavitt in 2010.

Stanford won a wild game at home over Arizona 54-48 in overtime in early PAC-12 play Saturday. The contest produced 11 lead changes and Arizona won the total yards stat 618-617.

The college football week began last Thursday with a trio of games that included USC's 38-28 win at Utah in the PAC-12. On Saturday, UCLA fell 43-17 at California to suffer its second straight loss after starting 4-0.

FBS vs. FCS:
The FBS went 1-0 this week vs. the FCS to improve to 88-10 (.898) on the year. Since 2003, FBS schools are 726-65 (.918) in such games.

This year, 101 FBS teams play a total of 108 games against FCS foes. UTSA is in its first year of transitioning from the FCS and plays 4 such schools. Cincinnati, Florida State, Pittsburgh and Texas A&M each play two such games.

Here are the results of the FBS losses to FCS schools this season:
9/29: Stony Brook 23, Army 3
9/15: Cal Poly 24, Wyoming 22
9/8: Sacramento State 30, Colorado 28
9/8: North Dakota State 22, Colorado State 7
9/8: Illinois State 31, Eastern Michigan 17
9/8: Northern Arizona 17, UNLV 14
9/1: Youngstown State 31, Pittsburgh 17
9/1: Tennessee-Martin 20, Memphis 17
8/30: McNeese State 27, Middle Tennessee 21
8/30: Eastern Washington 20, Idaho 3

TCU - Saw its 12-game overall winning streak and 25-game conference winning streak (24 MWC + 1 in Big 12) come to an end. Lost 37-23 vs. Iowa State on Saturday.

South Carolina - Won 10 straight overall. Won 35-7 vs. Georgia on Saturday.

Alabama - Won 9 straight overall. Idle this week.

Northern Illinois - Won 10 straight conference games (MAC) and 18 straight home games. Won 35-23 at Ball State on Saturday.

LSU - Saw its 18-game regular season winning streak end, but still owns streaks of 21 straight home wins and 41 straight nonconference wins. Lost 14-6 at Florida on Saturday.

Oregon - Won 12 straight road games. Won 52-21 vs. Washington on Saturday.

Tulane - Lost 15 straight games overall. Lost 41-13 at Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday.

Army - Saw its 8-game losing streak end. Won 34-31 vs. Boston College on Saturday.

Idaho - Saw its 8-game losing streak end. Won 26-18 vs. New Mexico State on Saturday.

Memphis - Saw its 8-game losing streak end. Won 14-10 vs. Rice on Saturday.

Akron - Lost 22 straight road games and 16 straight FBS games. Lost 24-10 vs. Bowling Green on Saturday.

Kansas - Lost 14 straight FBS games. Lost 56-14 at Kansas State on Saturday.

Mississippi - Lost 16 straight conference games (SEC). Lost 30-27 vs. Texas A&M on Saturday.

28 teams have a new college football coach in the FBS ranks this season. Last season saw 24 new head coaches, 10 of whom matched or exceeded the W-L record of their predecessors' final season.

Here are this week's games for each new head coach:

Team Coach Game
Akron Terry Bowden (1-5) Lost 24-10 Saturday vs. Bowling Green
Arizona Rich Rodriguez (3-3) Lost 54-48 in OT Saturday at Stanford
Arizona State Todd Graham (4-1) Idle this week. Visits Colorado on 10/11
Arkansas John L. Smith (2-4) Won 24-7 Saturday at Auburn
Arkansas State Gus Malzahn (3-3) Won 34-20 Thursday vs. FIU
Colorado State Jim McElwain (1-5) Lost 28-7 Saturday vs. Fresno State
FAU Carl Pellini (1-4) Idle this week. Visits Louisiana-Monroe on 10/13
Fresno State Tim DeRuyter (4-2) Won 28-7 Saturday at Colorado State
Hawaii Norm Chow (1-4) Lost 52-14 Saturday at San Diego State
Houston Tony Levine (2-3) Won 44-21 Saturday vs. North Texas
Illinois Tim Beckman (2-4) Lost 31-14 Saturday at Wisconsin
Kansas Charlie Weis (1-4) Lost 56-14 Saturday at Kansas State
Massachusetts Charley Molnar (0-6) Lost 52-14 Saturday at Western Michigan
Memphis Justin Fuente (1-4) Won 14-10 Saturday vs. Rice
Mississippi Hugh Freeze (3-3) Lost 30-27 Saturday vs. Texas A&M
New Mexico Bob Davie (3-3) Won 35-14 vs. Texas State
North Carolina Larry Fedora (4-2) Won 48-34 Saturday vs. Virginia Tech
Ohio State Urban Meyer (6-0) Won 63-38 Saturday vs. Nebraska
Penn State Bill O'Brien (4-2) Won 39-28 Saturday vs. Northwestern
Pittsburgh Paul Chryst (2-3) Lost 14-13 Friday at Syracuse
Rutgers Kyle Flood (5-0) Won 19-3 Saturday vs. UConn
Southern Miss Ellis Johnson (0-5) Lost 40-14 Saturday vs. Boise State
Texas A&M Kevin Sumlin (4-1) Won 30-27 Saturday at Mississippi
Toledo Matt Campbell (5-1) Won 50-35 Saturday vs. Central Michigan
Tulane Curtis Johnson (0-5) Lost 41-13 at Louisiana-Lafayette
UAB Garrick McGee (1-4) Won 52-3 Saturday vs. Southeastern Louisiana (FCS)
UCLA Jim Mora (4-2) Lost 43-17 Saturday at California
Washington State Mike Leach (2-4) Lost 19-3 Saturday at Oregon State


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