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LSU Falls In Triple Overtime;
Five Teams Take First Loss

by Mike Mitchell
October 14, 2007

Kentucky knocked off No. 1 LSU 43-37 in three overtimes to halt the nation's longest winning streak at 13 games. The home victory avenged last year's 49-0 loss to the Tigers in Baton Rouge, and earned the Wildcats renewed respect after losing at South Carolina last week. Andre Woodson's 7-yard pass to Steve Johnson proved to be the game-winner when Kentucky stopped LSU on downs at the 16-yard line on its following possession.

The Wildcats trailed 27-14 midway through the third quarter but fought back to tie the game at 27-apiece on a 9-yard Woodson pass to Jacob Tamme and two Lones Seiber field goals, the last one from 27 yards with 4:21 left in regulation. LSU's Colt David tried a 57-yard field goal as the fourth quarter expired, but the kick - which was long enough - was outside the left upright. The teams traded touchdowns in the first overtime, and field goals in the second extra stanza.

California couldn't take advantage of USC's loss to Stanford. The Golden Bears stared prosperity in the face and promptly shot it as they suffered their first defeat at the hands of Oregon State 31-28. QB Nate Longshore was a pre-game scratch for California, due to a sprained ankle. Freshman Kevin Riley drove his team from its own 5-yard line to the Oregon State 12 in a little over a minute. On first down, with no timeouts left and only 14 seconds remaining on the clock, Riley couldn't find an open receiver and, instead of throwing the ball away, tucked it and ran for just two yards. The Bears tried in vain to set up for a field goal but the clock ran out.

The Beavers have beaten Cal three straight times in Berkeley, and have won six of the last eight meetings over-all.

Cincinnati lost 28-24 at home to Louisville to end the Bearcats' 9-game winning streak, which was the second-longest going into this weekend's action. The Cardinals have won five straight in the series, and nine of the last ten.

Oklahoma stopped Missouri's undefeated run with a 41-31 win in Norman. The Sooners missed a pair of two-point conversions and a PAT kick in the fourth quarter to keep the Tigers within striking distance. In the end, though, Missouri lost to Oklahoma for the 17th time in its last 18 tries. The Tigers have not won in Norman since 1966.

Virginia handed Connecticut its first defeat as the Cavs sneaked by the Huskies 17-16 in Charlottesville. The Cavaliers are 6-1 with three victories by 2 points or less (North Carolina, Middle Tennessee, UConn), and another by 5 points (Georgia Tech).

In other Saturday action, Ohio State routed Kent State 48-3 in Columbus; and USC survived 20-13 at home against Arizona.

The "War On I-4" turned into a lopsided bloodbath as South Florida annihilated state rival UCF 64-12 in Tampa. The South Florida campus is located across the street from Busch Gardens in Tampa. Central Florida is in Orlando which is only about an hour's drive away on Interstate 4. USF has won all three meetings between the two schools.

Boston College continued its' domination of Notre Dame in the "Holy War" rivalry. The 27-14 win was the Eagles' fifth straight over the faltering Irish.

South Carolina won the border war with North Carolina, but it wasn't easy. The Gamecocks were held scoreless in the second half but still managed to escape Chapel Hill with a 21-15 victory. In the last two weeks, North Carolina head coach Butch Davis has defeated his former employer (Miami) and nearly upset one of his old Sunshine State rival coaches (Steve Spurrier).

Wisconsin and Illinois retreated in the Big Ten race. Wisconsin lost for the second straight week as Penn State handed the Badgers a smothering 38-7 loss in Happy Valley. The Fighting Illini were dealt their first conference defeat, 10-6, at Iowa. It was the first conference win for the Hawkeyes.

Miami surrendered its second consecutive game, falling 17-14 at home to Georgia Tech.

Alabama and Auburn each won close games and, coupled with LSU's loss, moved into a tie with LSU in the SEC West divison with 3-1 conference marks. Alabama eked past Ole Miss 27-24, and Auburn got by Arkansas 9-7.

Arizona State remained unbeaten with its 44-20 win over Washington. The Sun Devils and UCLA are the only PAC-10 teams that don't have a conference loss.

Kansas, Oregon and Virginia Tech had no trouble dispatching their opponents. The undefeated Jayhawks walloped Baylor 58-10 and are the only team in the Big 12 without a conference loss. The Ducks paddled Washington State 53-7, and the Hokies dumped Duke 43-14 as the Blue Devils finally scored on Virginia Tech for the first time in the last three meetings.

Don't look now, but that Michigan team that everyone was counting out of the Big Ten race is all alone in second place behind Ohio State. The Wolverines and Buckeyes are the only conference teams with unblemished league records. Michigan rolled over Purdue 48-21 on Saturday to hand the Boilermakers back-to-back blowout losses to the Wolverines and Ohio State.

Northwestern won an overtime game for the second straight week. Last week, the Wildcats beat Michigan State 48-41 in a single overtime. This week, the Wildcats topped Minnesota 49-48 when the Golden Gophers elected to go for two points in the second overtime and failed. Northwestern trailed 35-14 in the second half before rallying. By the way, it was Minnesota's third overtime game this year. The Golden Gophers previously lost to Bowling Green in single overtime in the season opener, then lost to Miami (Ohio) in triple overtime the following week.

Air Force improved to 4-1 in the Mountain West with a 45-21 win at Colorado State. The Falcons, under first-year had coach Troy Calhoun, are 5-2 over-all.

TCU beat Stanford 38-36 but the Cardinal almost pulled off another dramatic comeback victory.  This time, however, the Cardinal turned the ball over on downs at the TCU 18-yard line with 55 seconds left when a 4th-down pass fell incomplete.

Temple scored a huge upset in the MAC, winning at heavily-favored Akron 24-20 to give the Owls consecutive wins for the first time since October, 2002. They defeated Northern Illinois 16-15 last week.

East Carolina forced UTEP into overtime with a 34-yard touchdown pass on the final play of regulation. After the Miners settled for a field goal in overtime, the Pirates took advantage with quarterback Rob Kass' 1-yard touchdown to pull out the 45-42 win.

The five-day college football week ended Sunday night in wild fashion on the blue "smurf turf" at Boise State where the Broncos barely protected their perfect record against WAC opponents (26-0). Boise State sacked the Nevada quarterback on a 2-point conversion attempt in the fourth overtime to beat the Wolf Pack 69-67 and secure their 41st consecutive regular season home win. The 136 total points is a new record, breaking the old mark of 134 scored when Arkansas beat Kentucky 71-63 in 7 OT's on November 1, 2003. Nevada's 67 points is the most scored by a losing team in a game, eclipsing the 63 points scored by Kentucky in the aforementioned loss to Arkansas.

Losses by LSU, California, Cincinnati, Missouri and Connecticut reduced the number of undefeated teams to 6. They are (in alphabetical order): Arizona State, Boston College, Hawaii, Kansas, Ohio State, and USF.

North Texas picked up its first win with a 31-21 home upset of Louisiana-Monroe. That leaves only 4 schools in search of their first victory: Colorado State, FIU, Marshall and Utah State.

There are 2 others that have yet to beat a team from the bowl subdivision - Idaho and N.C. State - while two others - Louisiana Tech and UAB - finally did so on Saturday. The Bulldogs edged New Mexico State 22-21, and UAB topped Tulane 26-21.

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).

Only one team played an FCS school this week. Ball State defeated Western Kentucky 35-13. The Hilltoppers had previously defeated Middle Tennessee State.

Bowl Subdivision teams are now 62-8 against FCS teams this year.

The eight losses are:
Appalachian State 34, Michigan 32 (Week 1)
Nicholls State 16, Rice 14 (Week 1)
Northern Iowa 24, Iowa State 13 (Week 2)
Southern Illinois 34, Northern Illinois 31 (Week 2)
New Hampshire 48, Marshall 35 (Week 3)
McNeese State 38, Louisiana-Lafayette 17 (Week 3)
North Dakota State 44, Central Michigan 14 (Week 4)
Western Kentucky 20, Middle Tennessee 17 (Week 4)

Western Kentucky is currently in transition to become the ninth Sun Belt Conference football playing institution and the 120th Football Bowl Subdivision (Division I-A) member. The Hilltoppers will play six SBC teams in 2008 and will be eligible for the conference title and a bowl berth in 2009.

Bowl subdivision teams were 71-7 in 2006 against FCS schools. Since 2003, FBS teams are 282-33 (.895) in such games.

This season, 78 bowl subdivision teams face schools from the championship subdivision. WAC members New Mexico State and Hawaii double-dipped.

LSU saw its winning streak get snapped at 13 games in the 43-37 loss in 3 OT's at Kentucky.

Cincinnati's 9-game winning streak was brought to a close in a 28-24 home loss to Louisville.

Boston College, Hawaii and South Florida now share the nation's longest current winning streak at 8 games.

Ohio State has won 7 straight over-all, 25 straight regular season games. The Buckeyes beat Kent State 48-3.

Boise State has won 41 consecutive regular season home games. The Broncos also have a perfect home record against their fellow WAC conference members (26-0). Boise State beat Nevada 69-67 in 4 OT's on Sunday night.

FIU owns the nation's longest current losing streak at 18 games. The Golden Panthers are idle.

Colorado State has lost 13 straight. The Rams lost 45-21 at home to Air Force.

Utah State has also lost 12 straight. The Aggies are idle.

N.C. State has lost 12 straight to FBS teams. The Wolfpack are idle.

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

This week, there were four games where new coaches faced each other - UAB beat Tulane 26-21, Michigan State won 52-27 over Indiana, Central Michigan downed Army 47-23 , and Louisville defeated Cincinnati 28-24.

North Texas' 31-21 win over Louisiana-Monroe leaves FIU's Mario Cristobal as the only new head coach without a victory. Idaho and N.C. State have yet to defeat an FBS team.

Here is how each of the new coaches are faring, in order, by won-loss record.

Arizona State, 7-0 under Dennis Erickson, won 44-20 at home over Washington.
Boston College, 7-0 under Jeff Jagodzinski, won 27-14 at Notre Dame.
Cincinnati, 6-1 under Brian Kelly, lost 28-24 at home to Louisville.
Air Force, 5-2 under Troy Calhoun, won 45-21 at Colorado State.
Alabama, 5-2 under Nick Saban, won 27-24 at Mississippi.
Indiana, 5-2 under Bill Lynch, lost 52-27 at Michigan State.
Michigan State, 5-2 under Mark Dantonio, won 52-27 at home over Indiana.
Central Michigan, 4-3 under Butch Jones, won 47-23 at home over Army.
Miami (Fla.), 4-3 under Randy Shannon, lost 17-14 at home to Georgia Tech.
Tulsa, 4-2 under Todd Graham, won 38-31 at home over Marshall.
Louisville, 4-3 under Steve Kragthorpe, won 28-24 at Cincinnati.
Army, 3-4 under Stan Brock, lost 47-23 at Central Michigan.
Louisiana Tech, 2-4 under Derek Dooley, won 22-21 at home over New Mexico State.
Stanford, 2-4 under Jim Harbaugh, lost 38-36 at home to TCU.
UAB, 2-4 under Neil Callaway, won 26-21 at home over Tulane.
North Carolina, 2-5 under Butch Davis, lost 21-15 at home to South Carolina.
N.C. State, 1-5 under Tom O'Brien, was idle.
North Texas, 1-5 under Todd Dodge, won 31-21 at home over Louisiana-Monroe.
Rice, 1-5 under David Bailiff, lost 56-48 at Houston.
Tulane, 1-5 under Bob Toledo, lost 26-21 at UAB.
Idaho, 1-6 under Robb Akey, lost 37-24 at home to Fresno State.
Iowa State, 1-6 under Gene Chizik, lost 56-3 at home to Texas.
Minnesota, 1-6 under Tim Brewster, lost 49-48 in 2 OT's at home to Northwestern.
FIU, 0-6 under Mario Cristobal, was idle.


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