Copyright © 2010 Ed Bagley
When you determine out what is more thrilling and unpredictable than higher education soccer all through the fall year, permit me know.
No a lot less than 5 unbeaten AP Major twenty five groups lost their first sport more than the weekend, and three of them endured significant upsets as well. Seventh-ranked Florida, ninth-ranked Stanford, eleventh-ranked Wisconsin, 18th-ranked Southern California (USC) and twenty third-ranked North Carolina Point out all lost.
No. 1 Alabama just took it to Florida one thing awful, not only beating but crushing the browsing Gators 31-6 in a humiliation Florida players will not quickly overlook. In the fight of arguably the two finest present-day coaches in higher education soccer – Alabama’s Nick Saban and Florida’s City Meyer – Saban wins this time palms down.
With an Alabama defense like a swarm of thirsty hornets — Courtney Upshaw experienced four tackles driving the line of scrimmage and C. J. Mosley returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown – the Gators fully commited four turnovers, and could not even smell the Alabama close zone.
And do you remember Florida’s 15-minute hero previous 7 days? You know, freshman Trey Burton who scored 6 touchdowns from Kentucky to break Tim Tebow’s document, he attained all of 5 yards on four carries. That is Crimson Tide defense with type factors.
The Tide may perhaps not have a lot going on offensively, but the sheer running authority of Mark Ingram (who scored twice on brief runs) and Trent Richardson is ample to scare the bejesus out of any crew.
Alabama’s victory was the second-most lopsided loss of City Meyer’s 6 several years of coaching at Florida, and it arrived just before a purple sea of one hundred and one,000+ lovers at Bryant-Denny Stadium. What a night time for the Crimson Tide devoted, who take care of SEC games like Civil War battles from the Northern intruders.
The 4th-ranked Oregon Ducks, a crew that appears to appear alive after they glance like a cooked goose, rose from the useless after the 7th-ranked Stanford Cardinal flew into their stadium and took a extremely amazing, extremely fast 21-three lead in the 1st quarter of this first-time match-up of these two colleges as nationally-ranked groups.
Soon after recognizing Oregon an opening subject aim, the Ducks could only view as Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck threw an 18-yard TD pass, ran for a 10-yard TD, and then passed for yet another 44-yard TD.
But it was a few of Oregon sophomores who would earn the day. QB Darron Thomas would go 20-for-29 (69%) for 238 yards and 2 touchdowns, and LaMichael James would obtain 257 yards on 31 carries (7.65 ypc) and rating three times on runs of 5 and three yards just before ending Stanford off with a seventy six-yard burst in the final minutes.
This sport was all about offense as Oregon attained 626 yards and Stanford 518. It would show up that neither crew, not like Alabama, has a defense value talking about.
The Ducks assisted their lead to immensely by forcing two essential turnovers, and keeping The Cardinal pointless in the second half although scoring four touchdowns. It was the 13th straight earn for the Ducks at Autzen Stadium, and their tenth consecutive Pac-10 victory.
Stanford has not gained a sport although ranked in the Major 10 because 1970.
The eleventh-ranked Wisconsin Badgers forced three early turnovers on the twenty fourth-ranked Michigan Point out Spartans, but however went into the locker place at halftime on the brief close of a 20-10 rating.
Head coach Mark Dantonio, who endured a delicate coronary heart assault subsequent his team’s previous-second overtime earn more than Notre Dame, found himself back again in the hospital for this sport due to the fact of a blood clot in his leg. He experienced supposed to be back again in the coaching box.
Enter offensive coordinator Don Treadwell, who led the Spartans forty five-7 earn more than AA Northern Colorado previous 7 days. On Michigan State’s essential drive late in the sport, Treadwell identified as for a effective attempt on a 4th-and-1 scenario that sooner or later led to the 34-24 upset earn.
The Spartans would convert three 3rd-downs on the drive just before needing all four downs to rating close to the aim line on a 1-yard pass from Kirk Cousins to B. J. Cunningham to seal the victory.
In the most shocking upset of the 7 days, the unranked Washington Huskies (1-2) traveled to Los Angeles and upset the 18th-ranked USC Trojans 32-31 for the second time in two several years on a force-packed, previous-enjoy, 32-subject aim by ponder kicker Erik People.
Last yr at Husky Stadium, Erik People nailed a 22-yard subject aim with three seconds remaining to upset then 3rd-ranked Southern Cal in what became a signature victory for first-yr coach Steve Sarkisian and his Huskies.
“Sark” (Sarkisian’s nickanme) and USC coach Lane Kiffin both of those ran the Southern Cal offense as coordinators for Pete Carroll just before Carroll remaining to grow to be coach of the NFL Seattle Seahawks this yr.
It was de javu all more than yet again Saturday as People was forced to hold out by means of three timeouts just before nailing his profitable kick with, as soon as yet again, three seconds displaying on the clock.
In a person of Sarkisian’s smarter moves because starting to be the Washington Husky coach, he stopped hoping to power Jake Locker into starting to be an NFL pocket quarterback. He permit the fifth-yr senior be himself by creating the sport system easy and working with Locker’s legs as well as his arm to humble USC as soon as yet again.
Soon after hunting like anything but a Heisman applicant in Washington’s brutal fifty six-21 loss to Nebraska two months back, Locker reminded all people of why he was deemed THE top NFL draft prospect and Heisman Trophy applicant.
He performed like a seasoned warrior from USC, going 24-for-40 passing (sixty%) for 310 yards and a 44-yard TD pass to Devin Aguilar, and dashing for yet another one hundred ten yards on twelve carries (nine.seventeen ypc).
Locker practically scored yet another TD on a prolonged run in the 2nd quarter, but USC’s Shareece Wright arrived from driving to punch the ball unfastened and by means of the close zone for a touchback.
In the 4th quarter, Locker took a knee to the back again on his head although on the ground close to the aim line and got his breath knocked out on the exact enjoy. Backup Keith Selling price instantly arrived in and tossed a 1-yard touchdown pass to Chris Izbicki to put the Huskies forward, 29-28.
Locker returned to engineer the prolonged drive that set up Erik Folk’s remarkable previous-enjoy profitable kick. It was the Huskies first earn at the LA Coliseum because 1996. The Trojans experienced gained forty seven of forty eight games on their household subject from Washington till getting rid of three of the previous 5 games.
The fifth unbeaten crew to fall was the twenty third-ranked North Carolina Point out Wolfpack, which could not quit the unranked Virginia Tech Hoakies on this day. The Hoakies experienced a lofty pre-year rating that evaporated right away with year-opening losses to 3rd-ranked Boise Point out and AA James Madison.
A different crew met NC Point out more than the weekend. Soon after being down seventeen-7 at the half and then being down seventeen factors, the Hoakies found on their own in the 2nd half by scoring on 5 of their 7 possessions to start a person of the most amazing comebacks in faculty historical past.
In the close, NC Point out could not preserve up, getting rid of 41-30. Virginia Tech’s Tyrod Taylor passed for three touchdowns and rushed for yet another 121 yards, running back again Darren Evans additional one hundred sixty yards on 15 carries (10.sixty seven ypc), and Jayron Holsey intercepted Wolfpack QB Russell Wilson three times.
Frank Beamer’s Hoakies have now crushed East Carolina and shut out Boston University to convey their document back again to three-2.
The upset losses damage Wisconsin, USC and NC Point out. The Badgers dropped from eleventh to twentieth in the AP Major twenty five Poll. The Trojans and the Wolfpack went traveling appropriate out of the Major twenty five alongside with USC and Penn Point out, and ended up changed in the previous four slots by Oklahoma Point out, Florida Point out, Missouri and Air Power.
Many ranked groups scored large wins that will not damage them a bit. They included:
No. three Boise Point out (four-) shut out hapless, inept New Mexico Point out 59-zip. No. 5 TCU (5-) shut out weak Colorado Point out 27-zip. No. 10 Auburn (5-) breezed past a weak Louisiana-Monroe crew, fifty two-three. No. seventeen Iowa defeat No. 22 Penn Point out 24-three. And No. twenty five Nevada (5-) took treatment of UNLV 44-26.
No. 6 Nebraska, No. thirteen Utah, No. fourteen Arizona, No. 15 Arkansas, and No. 19 South Carolina ended up all idle.
The four groups that performed their way into the AP Major twenty five Poll did so by profitable. The new 22nd-ranked Oklahoma Point out Cowboys (four-) nipped Texas A&M 38-35. The twenty third-ranked Florida Point out Seminoles defeat Virginia in an away sport, 34-fourteen. The twenty fourth-ranked Missouri Tigers ended up idle. And the 25th-ranked Air Power Falcons turned back again Navy fourteen-6.