After last weekend, this weekend’s slate of college football games couldn’t help but be disappointing.
The only real upset came on Thursday night as Pittsburgh beat Southern Florida 26-21. Oregon State, who upset USC last week, nearly pulled off the upset this week, but lost to Utah 31-28. And unfortunately, in terms of a potential BCS title game , Wisconsin choked in its game against Ohio State, letting the Buckeyes score the go-ahead TD with under two minutes in the game and then throwing an interception to end the game.
Oklahoma, this week’s number one team, didn’t fall into the same trap as USC, the previous number one team. The Sooners scored 28 first quarter points and easily put the game against Baylor out of reach. Sooner QB Sam Bradford threw for 372 yards and two TDs while rushing for another TD. Bradford’s now thrown 15 TD this season. The final score was 49-17, and the last five games between these two teams in Waco have been decided by an average of 36 points.
Oklahoma’s next opponent, the Texas Longhorns, took a 21-0 halftime lead against Colorado, and finished out the game with a 38-14 victory. Both teams are undefeated for their matchup in Dallas on Saturday.
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Texas Tech destroyed Kansas State 58-28. Tech QB Graham Harrell threw for 453 yards and six TDs – five of them in the first half. He also became Tech’s all-time leader in yards passing with 12,709. And speaking of ass kicking, how about those Aggies who lost 56-28 to Oklahoma State? Oklahoma State set a school record by surpassing 50 points in a game for the fourth straight time.
The high-scoring Rice Owl offense continued doing its part, but the defense failed to show up as Rice lost the Douchebag Bowl 63-28. This was Tulsa’s fourth straight game of more than 50 points scored. And continuing the trend of blowouts featuring Texas teams, TCU took out its anger over it loss to Oklahoma by defeating San Diego State 41-7.
The SEC came through and provided some good games. Kentucky almost got to Alabama which appeared to take this game off after its big upset of Georgia last week. Still Alabama got the 17-14 win to stay undefeated on the year. And speaking of undefeated, the surprise of the year has to be Vanderbilt which beat Auburn 14-13 to go 5-0 for the first time since 1943. Auburn scored 13 points in the first quarter, and then did nothing the rest of the game – the team was held to a total of four yards rushing the ball in the second half.
To round out the rest of the major games, USC took out Oregon 44-10, BYU scored 24 first quarter points to beat Utah State 34-14, and Missouri, behind Chase Daniel’s three TD passes, defeated Nebraska 52-17. That was Missouri’s first victory in Nebraska in 30 years, and it was Nebraska’s most lopsided home loss in 53 years. – John Royal