Week Ten: Monday
WEEKEND IN REVIEW
Game of the Week
UCLA 30, Stanford 27 (OT)
The Bruins trailed the Cardinal 24-3 midway through the fourth quarter and it looked like Stanford was going to set up their shot at the Pac Ten title this week against USC. But then Drew Olson and company got rolling. Olson lead three drives of 65, 72, and 66 yards in the final seven minutes and all resulted in touchdowns. When Stanford mustered just a field goal in overtime, the game was as good as over. Olson found Brandon Breazell from 23 yards away for a touchdown. This was the time that the Bruins looked to be dead, yet they still found a way to win. These Bruins have survived four fourth quarter double digit deficits in their last five games and are still one of college football's five unbeaten teams. If they can survive a trip to Arizona (who just beat a good Oregon State team last weekend), and a home date with Arizona State, the trip to USC to end the year could be for a spot in the national championship game.
Upset of the Week
South Carolina 16, Tennessee 15
Tennessee fans have seen this before. Steve Spurrier in the house. Peyton Manning in the house. Another loss to Spurrier. The Vols were two touchdown favorites over an OK South Carolina team. The Vols dominated much of the game, but only lead 12-7 in the fourth quarter. South Carolina scored a touchdown and a field goal in the final quarter, and the Vols could only muster a field goal. This is probably the low point of Phil Fulmer's coaching tenure in Knoxville. Fans were spotted wearing bags over their heads after this loss. The heat is definitely on the coaching staff at this point as the Vols have sunk to fifth in the SEC East heading into November after being number three in the country in the preseason.
Team of the Week
The Gators finally looked a little bit like the team that we expected them to be in the preseason in their 14-10 win over Georgia. The offense still wasn't perfect, but the two first half touchdowns made the Gators offense look more sharp and more effective than they have looked most of the season. The Gators benefited from the injury to D.J. Shockley, but they won and kept their SEC East title hopes alive. If they can beat South Carolina and Vanderbilt and Georgia loses to either Auburn or Kentucky, Florida will be the SEC East champions. Not bad in Urban Meyer's first year.
Player of the Week
Brian Calhoun, Wisconsin
Calhoun may not have put up the huge numbers that Matt Leinart and Vince Young did, but his day was more efficient. He rushed the ball 35 times for 197 yards and five touchdowns in leading the Badgers in their win over Illinois. He continues to do everything for Wisconsin on offense and continues to play a key role in the team's wins. Calhoun's five touchdowns keep Wisconsin in the Big Ten title race...at least until next Saturday when they square off with Penn State.
Stat of the Week
506 total yards.
Vince Young accounted for 506 total yards against Oklahoma State. He threw the ball for 239 yards and two touchdowns. He ran the ball 21 times for 267 yards and two touchdowns. He probably deserved player of the week, but he only completed 15 of 30 passes, and a fifty percent completion percentage kept him out of the Player of the Week category. However, 506 total yards (with more than half coming by rushing the football) will get him into this category. It was quite a show by Vince Young.
Play of the Week
Vince Young's 81 yard touchdown run.
With his team trailing 28-12, and facing a third down and 11 from his own 19 yard line, Young dropped back to pass and scrambled to his right. He took off down the sidelines. About 81 yards later, he was in the endzone for a touchdown. The score ignited the Longhorns as they went on to win 47-28. If Oklahoma State holds there and gets the ball with the sixteen point lead in the second half, who knows what would have happened? The Cowboys could have kept the momentum from the first half and there is no telling what would have transpired. However, Young's run was a great one and broke the backs of the Oklahoma State defense.
Turnover of the Week
Kevin O'Connell's interception by David Roach.
San Diego State quarterback Kevin O'Connell was leading the Aztecs down the field with his team trailing TCU 20-13 in the fourth quarter. They were at the Horned Frogs two yard line with just under ten minutes remaining. It was third and goal. O'Connell threw the pass into the endzone and it was intercepted by Roach. The interception kept TCU ahead 20-13. They drove down and kicked a field goal to make it 23-13. They eventually won 23-20. The interception saved the game for TCU.
Key First Half Moment of the Week
Leon Hall's 83 yard fumble return for a touchdown.
Tyrell Sutton rushed to the left side in Northwestern's game against Michigan. The Wolverines were already ahead 7-0 early in the first quarter. However, Sutton got hit by Leon Hall, and he fumbled the ball. Hall then raced over, picked up the ball and ran it 83 yards for a Michigan touchdown. It was 14-0 Wolverines. While the Wildcats got back into the game, it always felt like Michigan was in control after that. If Northwestern could have scored there and made it 7-7, we could have been talking about a whole different ball game. Michigan won 33-17. (If you take off Michigan's touchdown and add one to Northwestern's, it is 26-24, so immediately it becomes a lot closer.)
Moment of the Week
Raymell Rice two yard touchdown run.
Rutgers ran the ball in from two yards away with Raymell Rice against Navy to put the Scarlet Knights ahead 31-21 with just 5:56 left in the game. Leading by two scores with less than six minutes left made winning a near certainty (unless you are playing UCLA, apparently). The win made Rutgers bowl eligible. They haven't had a winning season since 1992, and haven't been to a bowl game since 1979. It certainly appears that the Scarlet Knights will go bowling, and it is not out of the question that they win the Big East (although it would take two West Virginia losses, probably). The fans rushed the field and the Scarlet Knights finally have their bowl game. It was truly a great moment to watch Rutgers celebrate their win.