John Roberts College Football

Monday, November 21, 2005

Week Thirteen: Monday

Weekend in Review

Game of the Week
Ohio State 25, Michigan 21

The Buckeyes came from behind to win a share of the Big Ten title against the Wolverines. This rivalry is one of the best in the game, and this one lived up to the billing. Antonio Pittman ran the ball in from three yards away for the game winning touchdown with just 24 seconds left in the game. The Buckeyes had driven 88 yards in the final four and a half minutes for the winning touchdown. The Buckeyes scored two touchdowns in the final seven minutes to come up with the win.

Upset of the Week
Georgia Tech 14, Miami 10

It was stunning that the Hurricanes, the nation's number three team, went down at home. But these are the Yellow Jackets, and they are one of the most wildly unpredictable teams in the country. The game was controlled by Georgia Tech once they took the lead. Kyle Wright seemed to take a major step back for Miami. Now, all Virginia Tech has to do is win this week against North Carolina and they will win the ACC Coastal. Miami must beat Virginia and hope that Virginia Tech loses to win the division. Truly, it was a remarkable result, pointing out once again why we as fans should never just assume that one team is going to beat another team.

Team of the Week
Penn State Nittany Lions

Joe Paterno and the Nittany Lions became the first team to clinch a BCS bowl bid when they beat Michigan State 31-22 on Saturday. It was a great day for the program, and they are not eliminated yet from the national championship race. At 10-1 and in the Top Five, their season is done until January. However, they get to sit and wait as all the teams ahead of them have at least one game left. There is still a chance they could steal the national title. The Nittany Lions dominated the Spartans and left no doubt to who would win the game from very early on. They finish tied with Ohio State for the Big Ten title. However, they beat Ohio State in October, so they will be the Big Ten's representative in the BCS.

Player of the Week
Reggie Bush, USC

Are you kidding me? Reggie Bush put on an absolute show on Saturday night in the Trojans 50-42 win over Fresno State. While I am not convinced that Bush deserves the Heisman Trophy (sometimes his numbers just aren't as impressive as people think they are), he put up an unbelievable 513 all purpose yards on Saturday night. He returned seven kickoffs for 135 yards and one punt for 16 yards. He caught three passes for 68 yards. He ran the ball 23 times for 294 yards and two touchdowns. That comes out to 31 touches for 513 yards. Wow. Now, Bush made two bad plays in a row in the fourth quarter, when he fumbled a kickoff, setting up a Fresno touchdown that gave the Bulldogs the lead. Then on the following kickoff, he committed a personal foul that gave the Trojans the ball inside their own ten yard line. But Bush promptly lead them down the field for the go ahead score. He was phenomenal on Saturday night.

Stat of the Week
333 rushing yards for Virginia Tech.

It was an impressive show by the Hokies against Virginia this past Saturday in their 52-14 win. Virginia Tech had over 500 total yards, but 333 of them came on the ground, dominating the Cavaliers physically. Branden Ore and Cedric Humes both went over 100 yards and the Hokies dominated from start to finish against a pretty good Virginia team. Obviously, the Hokies were a little ticked off about their loss to Miami two weeks ago.

Play of the Week
Smith's 27 yard pass to Gonzalez.

Troy Smith spun free from a Wolverine defender and fired a 27 yard pass to Anthony Gonzalez, who went up and got knocked off his feet at the four yard line. The fact that Smith got away from pressure was impressive enough. The fact that Gonzalez caught the ball was also impressive. The fact that he held onto it as he hit the ground was even more impressive. That came with under a minute to play and Ohio State driving, down 21-19. It was a great catch in a clutch moment.

Turnover of the Week
Paul Pinegar's interception in the endzone

The Fresno State Bulldogs battled all night long, and were within eight (50-42) with time running down. The Bulldogs had gotten to the USC 26 yard line with 1:13 to play in regulation. Pinegar lofted a pass down towards the endzone, and Darnell Bing intercepted the pass, clinching the game for the Trojans and keeping their winning streak alive at 33 games. This was the closest anyone has come to the Trojans since Notre Dame nearly beat them last month. This was the closest anyone has come in the Coliseum all year. Pinegar's fifth turnover of the game sealed the deal.

Key First Half Moment of the Week
Ben Obomanu's 45 yard touchdown run.

Obomanu ran the ball on a reverse for 45 yards and a touchdown against Alabama in the Iron Bowl. It gave Auburn a 21-0 lead with four minutes left in the first quarter. There was no way Alabama's offense was going to be able to muster enough to get them back into the game at that point. That touchdown basically put that game away in the first quarter. Given that it was the Iron Bowl and the winner kept alive hopes for an SEC West title, that was huge.

Moment of the Week
Vanderbilt finally beats Tennessee

After a 22 year losing streak to the Vols, Vanderbilt was estatic to beat their in-state rivals. Jay Cutler fired a five yard touchdown pass to Earl Bennett with 1:11 left in the game and Rick Clausen threw an interception in the endzone as time expired and Vanderbilt had beaten Tennessee 28-24. Vandy still will not go to a bowl game (mainly due to losses to Middle Tennessee and Kentucky), but now, neither will the Vols.

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