John Roberts College Football

Monday, October 24, 2005

Week Nine: Monday


Game of the Week
Michigan 23, Iowa 20 (OT)

With the inconsistencies that the Wolverines have lived through this year, snapping the Hawkeyes home winning streak at 22 seemed inconceivable. Jerome Jackson ran the ball in from one yard out in the first overtime to give Michigan a 23-20 win. Iowa had tied up the game on the last play of regulation with a 32 yard field goal by Kyle Schlicher. They drove from their own 12 to set up that field goal in the final 2:12. The momentum seemed to be in Iowa's favor, and they were at home. Yet the Wolverines mustered their first back-to-back wins of the season. Suddenly, the Wolverines are right back in the Big Ten title race.

Upset of the Week
North Carolina 7, Virginia 5

Virginia's season apparently will be defined by their win over Florida State last week. They could only muster 199 total yards against the Tar Heels and just couldn't muster anything offensively. The Tar Heels now are on a bit of a roll, as they are back to .500 and are 2-1 in ACC play. Their first quarter touchdown was enough to give them the win. After losing 69-14 to Louisville just two weeks ago, the Tar Heels win over a ranked Virginia team is truly shocking.

Team of the Week
Northwestern Wildcats

Anytime you beat a team 49-14, you have played a good game. When you do it on the road, you've played a great game. When you are an unranked team and you do it to a ranked team, you have played one heck of a football game. The Wildcats have been lurking in the Big Ten title chase for weeks now, but really announced their arrival with their stunning win over Michigan State. The Wildcats feel behind 7-0 early, but rattled off 49 unanswered points. Brett Basanez absolutely lit up the Michigan State defense for 331 yards passing. Drew Stanton turned the ball over four times. The Wildcats are 5-2 and 3-1 in Big Ten play, with their lone loss coming in the final seconds against Penn State. This offense can put points on just about anyone. They are the real wild card in the Big Ten title race.

Player of the Week
Brad Smith, Missouri

Smith became the sixth quarterback ever to run for 200 and throw for 200 yards in a game. He turned up the heat after his Tigers blew a 21-3 first quarter lead and wound up tied with Nebraska at 24 at halftime. The 41-24 win really puts Missouri in a good position in the Big Twelve North race. They are in position to possibly be able to unseat Colorado as the division favorite. He was 21-36 for 234 passing yards and one touchdown throwing the ball, and he ran the ball 28 times for 246 yards and three touchdowns. This was the Brad Smith we've all been waiting all year to see.

Stat of the Week
Drew Olson's six touchdown passes.

Drew Olson did not light up the Oregon State defense for too many yards, but he set a UCLA record with his six touchdown passes in the Bruins 51-28 win over the Beavers. He threw for 262 yards and six touchdowns in the game. He only completed 16 passes, which makes his six touchdown passes all the more remarkable. The Bruins played their best game in a month in beating the Beavers, despite giving up 511 yards.

Play of the Week
Demetrius Eaton 86 yard fumble return.

Northwestern led Michigan State 14-7, with just under 11 minutes to play in the first half. Michigan State was driving. Drew Stanton fumbled the football, though, and defensive lineman Demetrius Eaton picked the ball up and rumbled 86 yards for the touchdown. That made the score 21-7, and really put Northwestern in the drivers seat for the rest of the game. Watching defensive linemen score touchdowns is always exciting.

Turnover of the Week
Cory Anderson fumbles through the endzone.

With Tennessee driving for what appeared to be at least a go ahead field goal late in the fourth quarter at Alabama, the one thing the Vols had to do was protect the football. Rick Clausen dumped off a pass to the fullback Cory Anderson, who was sprinting towards the endzone. Roman Harper hit Anderson right on the football and forced the ball loose. The ball rolled forward and bounded out the back of the endzone. That gave the ball to Alabama at their own 20 yard line and set up their game winning field goal drive in the Tide's 6-3 win.

Key First Half Moment of the Week
Cody Hodges interception late in the first half against Texas.

Hodges had driven the Red Raiders of Texas Tech down to the Texas 3 yard line, with his team trailing 24-10 late in the first half. He threw a pass that bounced off of Aaron Harris and fell into the arms of Tim Crowder for an interception. The Longhorns took over at their own 12 yard line, and promptly drove 88 yards on four plays, and went up 31-10 just before halftime. The fact that the Red Raiders could not cut the lead down to one score just before halftime was huge and really put Texas on a run where they were able to blow out Texas Tech, 52-17.

Moment of the Week
John Vaughn's field goal bounces off the upright.

In a truly remarkable football game late Saturday night, LSU handed Auburn a 20-17 loss. The overtime win was thrilling, and it was not over until John Vaughn had missed his fifth field goal of the day. The 39 yarder clanked off the left upright and bounded away, sealing the win for LSU. He also missed a 49 yarder at the end of regulation wide left that would have won the game. Vaughn (the hero of last year's 10-9 Auburn win) was the goat in this game.


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