Stats of the Day:
- 5 – times the No. 2 seed was upset this season and the 10th time that an unranked team knocked off a top-5 team when Oregon lost to Arizona, 34-24. The last time a No. 2 seed went down was BC two weeks ago to Florida St, 27-17. The new No. 2 seed is Kansas, who has a showdown with No. 4 Missouri next week with a chance for a Big 12 title game at stake.
- 20/20 – Rushing and passing touchdowns Florida quarterback Tim Tebow has this season, the first player in Division I-A history to do so in the same season. The sophomore star threw for three and rushed for one in the Gators’ 59-20 victory over Florida Atlantic, giving him 26 passing TDs and 20 rushing TDs on the year. Next up for the Heisman favorite and #12 Florida (8-3): Florida St (7-4) in the season finale for both teams.
Upset of the Day: #2 Oregon (8-2) 24 – 34 Arizona (5-6)
It was over when Heisman favorite coming into the game, Dennis Dixon, went down in the first quarter with a knee injury that knocked him out of the game and the rest of the season, ending the Ducks’ chance at a national championship and Dixon’s shot at the Heisman Trophy. Brady Leaf came on in place of Dixon, going 22-of-46 for 163 yards, 0 TDs and 2 INTs, one of them returned for a touchdown. Next up for #9 Oregon: at UCLA (5-5).
Upset-A of the Day: #4 Oklahoma (9-2) 27 – 34 Texas Tech (8-4)
As when Dixon went down for Oregon, the game was over when Sam Bradford suffered a concussion in the first quarter making a tackle on a turnover, knocking the nation’s leading passer out of the game and ending the Sooners’ hopes of a national title as well. The Red Raiders reeled off 27 consecutive points and led 34-10 in the third quarter before hanging on for the victory. Graham Harrell went 47-of-72 for 420 yards and 2 TDs as well as a rushing TD while Michael Crabtree had 12 receptions for 154 yards and a touchdown. Next up for #10 Oklahoma: Oklahoma St (6-5). A win would put the Sooners in the Big 12 title game.
Scare of the Day: #16 Hawaii (10-0) 28 – 26 Nevada (5-5)
With Colt Brennan on the sidelines recovering from last week’s concussion, Tyler Graunke led the Warriors with 358 passing yards and 2 TDs, as they needed a 45-yard field goal with 11 seconds left in the game to come from behind and win it. Hawaii joins Kansas as the only unbeaten teams in the nation and also sets up a big showdown next week. Next up for #15 Hawaii: #19 Boise St (10-1) in the conference finale for both, as they both stand at 7-0 in the WAC. A win from either team would give them the WAC title and possibly sneak them into a BCS bowl game, which requires a top 12 finish.
Let’s hope Brennan can go for next week’s game. His punishing hit from last week:
Top 5 in the BCS Standings:
- LSU (10-1, 6-1 SEC) – Fri. @ 11:30a PT Arkansas (7-4)
- Kansas (11-0, 7-0 Big 12) – Sat. @ 5p PT #4 Missouri (10-1)
- West Virginia (9-1, 4-1 Big East) – Sat. @ 12:30p #20 Connecticut (9-2)
- Missouri (10-1, 6-1 Big 12) – Sat. @ 5p PT at #2 Kansas (11-0)
- Ohio State (11-1, 7-1 Big Ten) – Done for season