Week Seven: Monday
WEEKEND IN REVIEW
Game of the Week
UCLA 47, California 40
In what was a truly great college football game, the Bruins fought back from a 40-28 fourth quarter deficit, thanks in part to a fake punt from around midfield. Maurice Drew absolutely exploded in this game. The Bruins took the lead 41-40 on a great Drew run into the endzone, but the Bears had one shot. It was intercepted. The Bruins were facing fourth down with six seconds left, so they had to try to run out the clock and not just kneel down. They ran the ball up the gut and got into the endzone as time expired. It was a great game that featured a little bit of everything. It was definitely worth watching.
Upset of the Week
Minnesota 23, Michigan 20
So why was this game so surprising? The spread was not that far in favor of the Wolverines, and Michigan had two losses to Minnesota's one. But the Golden Gophers had gotten absolutely spanked by Penn State last week and Michigan had upset Michigan State. So it looked like the teams were going in opposite directions. Throw on top of that the different ways that Minnesota has found to lose to Michigan in recent years, and it is easy to see why as Minnesota lined up for a game winning field goal, many people around the country thought that the Gophers would find a way to mess up. But they didn't, and they ended their 19 year losing streak to the Wolverines. The Little Brown Jug is going back to the Golden Gophers!
Player of the Week
Maurice Drew, UCLA
It would have been just as easy to give this award to LenDale White and he was who I was planning to give this to, until I watched the stunning performance put on by Drew. He ran the ball 15 times for 65 yards and three touchdowns. He caught two passes for 52 yards and a touchdown. He returned one kickoff for twenty yards. He returned three punts for 162 yards and a touchdown. That is 299 total yards on 21 touches and five touchdowns. Those are numbers that Reggie Bush would be proud of. Is there a chance that Bush isn't the best do-it-all kind of player in his own city? Drew definitely lit up the Bears and was the reason that the Bruins came away with one of their most important victories since 1998.
Team of the Week
Penn State Nittany Lions
The Penn State Nittany Lions came away with a very impressive 17-10 win over the Ohio State Buckeyes. They controlled the game with their defense. They were supposed to lose to Ohio State and learn that they weren't quite back yet. In the end, the Nittany Lions looked every bit as good as Texas looked against the Buckeyes. Texas is ranked by most people as the #2 team in the country. Penn State's win announces to the country that the Nittany Lions are back. Regardless of what JoePa says ("I would say that we never went anywhere"), the program has been down, and Happy Valley hasn't been this happy in a long time.
Stat of the Week
1189 total yards
The amazing 1189 total yards put up by Northwestern and Wisconsin combined was an incredible number. Northwestern had 674 total yards and Wisconsin had just (just...ha!) 515. Northwestern won the game 51-48, and it was as wild of a shootout as you can possible imagine! It was a great game and a truly amazing offensive explosion.
Play of the Week
Devin Hester's punt return
OK, so it got called back, but Miami's Devin Hester ran all over the field and had a 60 yard touchdown on a punt return. Duke players were hanging all over him time and again, but he kept on reversing his field and reversing his field until he broke into the open and ran it all the way for a touchdown. It was an amazing play. There was a penalty on the play, and it did not count, but if you have not gotten a chance to see this punt return yet, find a way to do it because it is worth it just to see it.
Turnover of the Week
Kevin Smith's fumble.
Kevin Smith intercepted Cody Hodges near the goal line in the Nebraska-Texas Tech game. There was just 1:11 left in the game, and it looked like the Huskers had locked it up. The nose tackle was rumbling down the field. But then, the inexplicable happened. Bryan Kegans tipped the ball loose from his hands, and Danny Amendola fell on it for the Red Raiders. It was an shocking turn of events. The Cornhuskers still had a shot and got the Red Raiders into a fourth down and two situation, but allowed Texas Tech to complete a ten yard touchdown pass with just twelve seconds left, to lose 34-31.
Key First Half Moment of the Week
Vince Young's 64 yard touchdown pass to Billy Pittman.
The score was 17-6, Texas over Oklahoma. The Sooners had hung tough through a rough first half and were still within striking distance. There was not much time left in the half, so surely the Longhorns will just let the clock run out, right? Wrong. Vince Young found Billy Pittman for a 64 yard touchdown pass and the Longhorns lead over Oklahoma had grown to 24-6 with just 17 seconds left in the first half. The game was virtually over at that point, as it took all the wind out of Oklahoma's sails, and it gave Texas a big 18 point lead going into the locker room.
Moment of the Week
Thomas Flowers punt return for a touchdown against Tennessee
Thomas Flowers took the punt back at his own 46 yard line. Georgia lead Tennessee 13-7 at this point and there was just under nine minutes left in the game. After Flowers had returned the punt 54 yards for a touchdown, the score was 20-7 and the game was all but over. Flowers made everyone miss. Brandon Colquitt had been trying to get off a booming kick, and he did, but it wound up being too much of a line drive, and Flowers was able to return it for a huge touchdown.