College Football Recap

Stats of the Day:

  • 9 – Number of teams in the Top 25 that lost this week, including 8 upsets and half of the Top 10.
  • 75 – Number of points scored by Texas Tech (4-1), most by a Division I-A school this week. Graham Harrell threw for 338 yards and 5 touchdowns and Michael Crabtree had 145 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns in the Red Raiders’ 75-7 romp over Northwestern State. The two lead the nation in the following categories by a ridiculous margin. To show you how video game-like their statistics are, the junior quarterback had his first game under 400 yards passing this season. He leads the nation with 2,301 passing yards, 24 TD’s and just 2 INT’s. Crabtree, a freshman, leads the nation with 60 receptions, 920 yards and 14 touchdowns. Move over, Colt Brennan. These two seem poised to make every game a long one for opposing defenses this season.
  • 5 – The number of years since a team lost its No. 1 ranking after a victory. The last time it happened was in 2002 when top-ranked Miami beat Rutgers, 42-17 and No. 2 Oklahoma beat No. 13 Colorado 27-11.

Upset of the Day: #3 Oklahoma (4-1) 24 – 27 Colorado (3-2)
More like which team didn’t get upset, but we’ll go with the highest-ranked team that did. Oklahoma, which hadn’t scored under 50 points in a game all season, somehow allowed Colorado to score the last 20 points of the game, including the game-winning 45-yard field goal as time expired.
Scare of the Day: #1 USC (4-0) 27 – 24 Washington (2-3)
USC let the Huskies hang around all game with their 3 turnovers and season-high 16 penalties for 161 yards to lose their No. 1 ranking to LSU, who had an impressive second-half for a 34-9 victory over Tulane.
Surprise of the Day: Notre Dame (0-5) 19 – 33 Purdue (5-0)
Not really a surprise result of this game in particular, but The Fighting Irish are still winless and continue their worst start in school history. Next three weeks: at UCLA (4-1), (7) Boston College, (2) USC.

Top Five in the AP Poll:

  1. LSU (5-0, SEC)
  2. USC (4-0, Pac-10)
  3. California (5-0, Pac-10)
  4. Ohio State (5-0, Big Ten) 
  5. Wisconsin (5-0, Big Ten)
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