Stats of the Day:
- 2 – Number of weeks ago that California (5-3) was ranked second in the nation. Three straight losses have dropped them out of all of the polls. They were No. 21 in the BCS before Saturday’s loss to No. 4 Arizona State (8-0), 31-20. Next up for Cal: Washington State (3-5), who upset UCLA (5-3), 27-7.
- 20 – Number of 100-yard rushing games by Rutgers’ Ray Rice, setting a school record for most 100-yard games. Rice had 30 carries for 142 yards in the Scarlet Knights’ (5-3) 31-3 loss to No. 7 West Virginia (7-1). The junior back has 5 100-yard games this year, and the team has four games remaining. Next up: at No. 13 Connecticut (7-1).
- 100 – Number of receptions for Texas Tech’s Michael Crabtree, setting an NCAA freshman record for receptions in a season with 12 on the day for 131 yards and a touchdown. He also set the Big 12 season record with 18 touchdowns and already set the NCAA freshman record for receiving yards (1,451) and touchdowns this season. The Red Raiders (6-3) lost to Colorado (5-4), 31-26, and have three games remaining. Next up for Texas Tech: at Baylor (3-6).
Upset of the Day: #14 Kentucky (6-3) 14 – 31 Mississippi St (5-4)
The Wildcats turned the ball over six times, all in the second half, to doom themselves in this SEC matchup. Andre’ Woodson, who is second in the nation behind only Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell with 28 touchdown passes, threw three picks, as Kentucky suffered back-to-back losses. Next up for Kentucky: at Vanderbilt (5-3) on 11/10.
Scare of the Day: #9 Kansas (8-0) 19 – 11 Texas A&M (6-3)
Senior fullback Brandon McAnderson had a career day, with 21 carries for 183 yards and 2 scores to lead the Jayhawks to their first 8-0 start since 1909. Kansas went for and failed a 2-point conversion early in the fourth quarter that could have come back to bite them had the Aggies scored a touchdown at the end of the game. Next up for Kansas: Nebraska (4-5).
Surprise of the Day: Div. III Trinity 28 – 24 Millsaps
Down 24-22 with 2 seconds left in the game and the ball on their own 39, Trinity does the unthinkable. 15 laterals and 61 seconds later, Trinity goes in untouched for the game-winning score. Well-planned and great coaching is what I say. But in all seriousness, that takes some coordination and athleticism to execute that. But enough from me. See it to believe it.
Top Five in the BCS Standings:
- Ohio State (9-0, Big Ten)
- Boston College (8-0, ACC)
- LSU (7-1, SEC)
- Arizona State (8-0, Pac-10)
- Oregon (7-1, Pac-10)