ECU does it again, knocking off a Top-25 program for the second straight week while there’s no upset down in Gainesville. Let’s get right to it.
Upset of the Day: #8 West Virginia 3 – 24 East Carolina
How about that Pirates defense? A week after Pat White threw for 208 yards and a career-high five touchdowns, White manages just 72 passing yards and is unable to find the end zone once. Patrick Pinkney led the way with 236 passing yards and a touchdown for East Carolina, who undoubtedly will find themselves in the Top 25 after two impressive showings.
Scare of the Day: #3 Ohio St 26 – 14 Ohio
So as Chris Wells is ruled out of the game, Ohio State looked mighty shaky against their in-state rivals, needing a special teams play in the fourth quarter to put the game away. Analysts are saying if they play like this against USC next week, it’s going to be 50-0.
Game of the Day: #15 Brigham Young 28 – 27 Washington
The teams matched each other touchdown for touchdown each quarter, well, until the last PAT. After Washington’s Jake Locker scored on a three-yard run with two seconds left in the game, he clearly chucked the ball in the air, an excessive celebration penalty if the ball is thrown in the air. Don’t even get me started on how analysts were attempting to reason that he just kind of flipped it over his shoulder. Uh, no. That forced a 35-yard extra-point attempt, which was blocked as the Cougars took the win.
How the Top Five Fared:
- (1-0) – Idle
- (2-0) – def. Central Michigan (1-1) 56-17
- (2-0) – def. Ohio (0-2) 26-14
- (2-0) – def. Cincinnati (1-1) 52-26
- (2-0) – def. Miami (FL) (1-1) 26-3
Chase Daniel, QB, Missouri – This week: 16/17, 245 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
Season: 42/62, 568 yards, 6 TD, 1 INT, 9 car, 46 yards
Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma – This week: 29/38, 395 yards, 5 TD, 2 INT
Season: 46/60, 578 yards, 7 TD, 2 INT
Tim Tebow, QB, Florida – This week: 21/35, 256 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT, 13 car, 55 yards
Season: 30/49, 393 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT, 22 car, 92 yards
GOTW Preview: #3 Ohio St (2-0) @ #1 USC (1-0), 5p PT on ABC
In one of the biggest hyped September matchups, this game might not be as close if Chris Wells is unable to dress up. It also doesn’t help that the Trojans have home-field advantage in this contest, which already favors them pretty comfortably. Regardless, any matchup between two Top-5 programs is a must watch.