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Cincinnati Upsets Oregon State; Louisville Outscores MTSU

by Mike Mitchell
September 6, 2007

Louisville managed to escape the upset bid from Middle Tennessee, but Oregon State wasn't as fortunate as the second college football weekend of the 2007 season got off to a surprising start on Thursday night.

Cincinnati, ranked 36th in the latest CCR Top 119, took advantage of multiple Oregon State miscues and rolled over the 15th-ranked Beavers 34-3. Oregon State threw six interceptions, muffed a punt return, and had a punt blocked that was recovered in the end zone.

The Bearcats have yet to allow a touchdown in two games. They opened the season last week with a 59-3 win over Southeast Missouri State from the championship subdivision (formerly 1-AA).

Middle Tennessee gave Louisville a run for its money, a week after the Blue Raiders lost 27-13 at Sun Belt conference rival FAU and former Cardinals coach, Howard Schnellenberger. Neither defenses put up a fight in the first half as the teams combined to score 73 points and amassed over 750 yards. Louisville led 38-35 at halftime.

Both teams played much better defense in the second half as Louisville outscored MTSU 20-7 after the intermission to secure a 58-42 victory. The Cardinals, ranked 4th in the CCR Top 119, were 40-point favorites in Vegas. The computer, however, set the line at just under 30 points against Middle Tennessee which entered the contest ranked 96th.

Cincinnati and Louisville both play in the revitalized Big East, and each are playing under new head coaches.

Brian Kelly moved to Cincinnati from Central Michigan after three seasons to take Mark Dantonio's place. Dantonio left Cincinnati, also after just three seasons, to replace the fired John L. Smith at Michigan State.

Louisville is playing its first season under Steve Kragthorpe who spent the previous four years at Tulsa.  He replaced Bobby Petrino who moved to the NFL's Atlanta Falcons. Kragthorpe has big shoes to fill as Petrino went 41-9 in his four seasons with Louisville.