Stunning Saturday: 6 Top BCS Teams Fall
Clemson and Kansas State Losses Shorten Unbeaten List To Six
by Dave Congrove
October 30, 2011
Clemson and Kansas State are no longer undefeated, while Michigan State, Wisconsin, Texas A&M and Texas Tech joined them on the list of Saturday losers. Meanwhile, Stanford, Arkansas, Virginia Tech, Penn State and Georgia were narrow survivors.
Clemson was literally run over by Georgia Tech which piled up 383 rushing yards in its 31-17 win. The Tigers can clinch the ACC Atlantic division with a win at home over Wake Forest on Saturday.
Kansas State was outscored 44-0 by Oklahoma after taking a 17-14 lead with 12:46 to play until halftime. The loss left Oklahoma State, a 59-24 winner over Baylor, as the only undefeated team in the Big 12. But it sets up the Bedlam rivalry between the Sooners and 'Pokes on December 3 as the de facto conference title game, barring no upsets by either team along the way.
Michigan State was stifled 24-3 at Nebraska, a week after Sparty pulled off the huge last-second win over Wisconsin.
Wisconsin found itself on the wrong end of a long, last-minute TD pass for the second week in-a-row. The Badgers trailed at Ohio State since early in the second quarter until a 49-yard TD pass and 2-point conversion put them in front 29-26 with 1:18 to play. But after a 41-yard kick-off return, the Buckeyes needed just four plays to score the game winner on a 42-yard pass with 20 seconds left in the game. The teams scored a combined 4 touchdowns in the last 4:39 with Ohio State opening a 26-14 lead only to watch Wisconsin come storming back.
Wisconsin's loss puts Penn State 2 games up in the Leaders division race in the Big Ten. The Nittany Lions were 10-7 winners over Illinois, handing the Illini a 3rd straight Big Ten loss after a 6-0 start. Illinois has scored a total of 28 points in those losses to Ohio State, Purdue and Penn State. The win gave Joe Paterno his 409th division 1 football victory, passing Eddie Robinson as the all-time wins leader. It's a remarkable record that translates to an average of nearly 9 wins a year through his 46 seasons as a head coach.
Elsewhere, Texas A&M blew a double-digit halftime lead for the third time this season and ultimately fell 38-31 to Missouri in overtime. And Texas Tech never showed up for its game against Iowa State. A week after ending Oklahoma's 39-game home winning streak in a huge upset, the Red Raiders were blown out 41-7 on their home turf by the Cyclones.
Meanwhile, Stanford needed triple-overtime for a 56-48 win at USC; Arkansas needed a 94-yard fumble return early in the 4th quarter and a 27-yard missed FG by Vanderbilt in the final seconds of regulation to win 31-28 in Nashville.
Also, Virginia Tech held off Duke with a late interception and 14 first-half points held up for a 14-10 win in Durham; and Georgia eked out a 24-20 win over Florida in Jacksonville for only the Bulldogs' 4th win in the series in the last 22 meetings.
OTHER GAMES OF NOTE:
West Virginia outscored Rutgers 20-0 in the second half for a 41-31 win, but the Mountaineers who are 2-1 along with Louisville and Pitt, trail Cincinnati (2-0) in the Big East race.
South Carolina's 14-3 win over Tennessee was just its second ever in Knoxville.
Utah secured its first PAC-12 conference win with its 27-8 victory at home over Oregon State.
Next to the Texas Tech loss, one of the most surprising upsets of the weekend was Minnesota's 22-21 victory over Iowa in the battle for Floyd of Rosedale, the bronze pig trophy. It was only the third conference win for the Golden Gophers in their last 14 tries and the last two have come against the Hawkeyes.
On Friday night, TCU beat former Mountain West Conference rival BYU 38-28 in the second college football game played this season at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. LSU and Oregon opened the 2011 season in the same venue.
On Thursday night, Houston QB Case Keenum set a new FBS record for career TD passes with 139. Keenum threw 9 touchdowns in the 73-34 win over Rice. The previous mark was 134 set by Texas Tech's Graham Harrell from 2005-2008.
Keenum became the FBS career leader in total offense last week, surpassing the mark of 16,910 yards set by Hawaii QB Timmy Chang from 2000-04. Keenum isn't the only Cougar player making records - Tyron Carrier tied Clemson's C.J. Spiller for career kickoff return touchdowns with seven.
Also on Thursday, Virginia halted its 7-game ACC road losing streak with a 28-21 win in Miami, dropping the Hurricanes to 4-4 on the year.
The college football week began Tuesday with FIU's 23-20 overtime win at Troy and continued Wednesday with Pittsburgh's 35-20 win over UConn.
FBS vs. FCS:
One FBS team played an FCS school this week with Army beating Fordham 55-0. FBS teams are 86-6 (.935) for the year and 633-55 (.920) since 2003 vs. FCS teams.
Here are the results of the FBS losses to FCS schools this season:
9/24: North Dakota St. 37, Minnesota 24
9/24: Sam Houston State 48, New Mexico 45 (OT)
9/24: Southern Utah41, UNLV 16
9/17: Indiana State 44, Western Kentucky 16
9/3: Richmond 23, Duke 21
9/3: Sacramento State 29, Oregon State 28
93 FBS teams play a total of 97 games against FCS foes this year. Four schools play two such games - Air Force, Eastern Michigan, N.C. State and Wyoming.
Boise State - The Broncos have streaks of 9 overall wins, 35 home wins, 65 regular season home wins, and 47 straight conference home victories. BSU joined the Mountain West this season. The Broncos were 40-0 in home conference games as a member of the WAC from 2001-2010. Boise State's 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 7-1 in their last eight matches with BCS conference schools. The Broncos were idle this week and visit UNLV on Saturday.
Stanford - 16 straight wins overall. The Cardinal beat USC 56-48 in 3 OT's this week and visit Oregon State on Saturday.
TCU - 20 straight conference wins. The Cougars beat BYU 38-28 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington last Friday night and visit Wyoming on Saturday.
Virginia Tech - 11 straight road wins. The Hokies won 14-10 at Duke and visit Georgia Tech on November 10.
New Mexico - 11 straight losses overall and 19 straight road losses. The Lobos fell 42-0 at home to Air Force this week and visit San Diego State on Saturday.
FAU - 10 straight losses overall. The Owls were idle this week and host Arkansas State on Saturday.
Colorado - 21 straight road losses. Lost 42-14 at Arizona State on Saturday and host USC this Friday.
Mike Stoops from Arizona on October 10th. Named defensive coordinator Tim Kish as interim head coach for the remainder of the season. The Wildcats are 1-1 under Kish.
Mike Locksley from New Mexico on September 25th. Named defensive coordinator George Barlow as interim head coach for the remainder of the season. The Lobos are 0-4 under Barlow.
At the start of the season, 24 FBS teams had a new head coach. Last season saw 23 new head coaches, only 8 of whom matched or exceeded the W-L record of their predecessors' final season.
Stanford is the only school with a new head coach that remains undefeated. Only 16 teams with a new head coach have defeated at least 1 school from a "Big 6" conference - Ball State, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Texas, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, San Diego State, Stanford, Temple, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.
One game last week pitted new head coaches against each other as Arkansas State beat North Texas 37-14. Arkansas State is unbeaten in Sun Belt play (4-0) in Hugh Freeze's first season and 6-2 overall.
Here is how each of the new head coaches is faring this season:
||Hugh Freeze (6-2)
||Won 37-14 vs. North Texas
||Pete Lembo (5-4)
||Lost 45-35 at Western Michigan
||Jon Embree (1-8)
||Lost 48-14 at Arizona State
||Paul Pasqualoni (3-5)
||Lost 35-20 at Pittsburgh (Friday)
||Will Muschamp (4-4)
||Lost 24-20 vs. Georgia (at Jacksonville)
||Kevin Wilson (1-8)
||Lost 59-38 vs. Northwestern
||Darrell Hazell (2-6)
||Won 27-15 vs. Bowling Green
||Mark Hudspeth (7-2)
||Won 45-20 at MTSU
||Randy Edsall (2-6)
||Lost 28-17 vs. Boston College
||Al Golden (4-4)
||Lost 28-21 vs. Virginia (Thursday)
||Don Treadwell (3-5)
||Won 41-13 vs. Buffalo
||Brady Hoke (7-1)
||Won 36-14 vs. Purdue
||Jerry Kill (2-6)
||Won 22-21 vs. Iowa
||Everett Withers (Interim) (6-3)
||Won 49-24 vs. Wake Forest
||Dan McCarney (3-6)
||Lost 37-14 at Arkansas State
||Dave Doeren (5-3)
||Luke Fickell (Interim) (5-3)
||Won 33-29 vs. Wisconsin
||Todd Graham (4-4)
||Won 35-20 vs. Connecticut (Wednesday)
|San Diego St.
||Rocky Long (4-3)
||Lost 30-27 vs. Wyoming
||David Shaw (8-0)
||Won 56-48 in 3 OT's at USC
||Steve Addazio (5-3)
||Bill Blankenship (5-3)
||won 38-7 vs. SMU
||James Franklin (4-4)
||Lost 31-28 vs. Arkansas
||Dana Holgorsen (6-2)
||Won 41-31 at Rutgers