Sooners Lose Bradford, Game
by Dave Congrove
Updated September 8, 2009
The national title hopes of Oklahoma and Virginia Tech are not over, but they are significantly damaged. The Sooners were beaten 14-13 by BYU in Arlington where QB Sam Bradford was knocked from the game with an injury to his throwing shoulder. Meanwhile, Alabama pulled away late for a 34-24 win over Virginia Tech in Atlanta after trailing 17-16 heading into the 4th quarter.
Ohio State intercepted Navy's 2-pont conversion attempt that would have tied the game at 29-29. Instead, the Buckeyes returned it for 2 points of their own for a 31-27 win.
Iowa blocked two last-second Northern Iowa field goals to preserve a 17-16 comeback win.
Virginia and Duke both lost to FCS schools. The Cavs fell to William & Mary 26-14, and the Blue Devils succumbed to defending FCS national champion Richmond 24-16. Those two losses highlighted a woeful performance by the ACC in openers. In addition to Virginia Tech's loss to Alabama, Maryland was routed 52-13 by Cal and Wake Forest lost 24-21 at home to Baylor. The ACC went 1-4 vs. FBS teams, and 3-2 vs. FCS schools. Clemson gave the conference its' only FBS win with a 37-14 defeat of Middle Tennessee 37-14.
Oklahoma State outscored Georgia 14-3 in the second half for a 24-10 win.
Minnesota won the first overtime game of the season, 23-20, to ruin the debuts of Syracuse QB Greg Paulus (former Duke basketball star) and coach Doug Marrone. The game-winning 35-yard field goal came after Paulus was intercepted in the endzone on the Orange's OT possession.
Three historically proud programs demonstrated that they may be on the verge of a resurgence as Notre Dame walloped Nevada 35-0, Michigan spanked Western Michigan 31-7, and Miami (Fla.) upset Florida State 38-34 in Tallahassee.
Ole Miss overcame a slow start with 28 points in the fourth quarter to beat Memphis 45-14.
Colorado State beat Colorado in Boulder for the first time since 1986 with a 23-17 verdict on Sunday night.
Cincinnati overpowered homestanding Rutgers 47-15 and looked every bit by the Bitg East frontrunner.
For a recap of Thursday and Friday night's games, see: Ugly Ducks Top Ugly Opening Night
Last year, 4 teams finished the regular season unbeaten: Alabama, Ball State, Boise State and Utah. However, Alabama and Ball State each lost in their respective conference championship games, and Boise State lost to TCU in the Poinsettia Bowl.
The Utes defeated Alabama in the Sugar Bowl and were the only team to make it through the entire season unscathed. Utah also went undefeated in 2004 when it closed the season with a victory over Pitt in the Fiesta Bowl.
If Utah manages to go unbeaten this year, the Utes would be riding a 26-game winning streak by the end of the regular season.
Washington was the only winless team. But SMU and Western Kentucky joined the Huskies in their failure to defeat a bowl subdivision school.
FBS vs. FCS:
FBS teams went 85-2 (.977) against FCS squads last season. They went 35-3 (.921) over the weekend and are now 410-40 since 2003 (.911)
Villanova (Temple), Richmond (Duke) and William & Mary (Virginia) were the winning FCS schools this weekend.
This year, 87 FBS teams will play a total of 94 games against FCS foes. Duke, Kansas State, Mississippi, North Carolina, N.C. State, Rutgers and USF each play two FCS teams.
Utah has won 15 straight games. The Utes defeated rival Utah State 35-17 on Thursday.
Florida has won 11 straight after beating FCS member Charleston Southern 62-3 on Saturday.
USC has won 11 straight after defeating San Jose State 56-3 on Saturday.
Oklahoma has won 23 straight home games but will have to wait until next week (vs. Idaho State) to make it 24. The Sooners opened the season in Arlington, Texas against BYU on Saturday and were upset 14-13 to give the Sooners their second straight loss overall. Oklahoma lost 24-14 to Florida in last year's BCS Championship game.
BYU has won 18 consecutive home games. BYU doesn't play at home until September 19 when it hosts Florida State.
Boise State has streaks of 20 consecutive home wins, 50 straight regular season home wins, and 38 straight conference home victories. BSU has never lost at home to a fellow WAC member (32-0). The Broncos' last home loss to a conference foe occurred in 1998 when they were a member of the Big West and fell to Idaho in the final regular season game. The Broncos are 4-1 in their last five matches against BCS conference schools after beating Oregon 19-8 on Thursday.
Washington ran the nation's longest streak to 15 games, and has also lost 9 straight home games. Under first-year head coach Steve Sarkisian, the Huskies opened at home with a 31-23 loss to LSU on Saturday. Washington scored its' final TD on the last play of the game.
SMU beat FCS member Stephen F. Austin 31-23 to snap a 10-game overall losing streak. The Mustangs still have losing streaks of 17 straight conference games, 15 consecutive road games, and 21 straight to FBS teams.
Iowa State beat FCS member North Dakota State 34-17 on Thursday to snap a 10-game overall losing streak. The Cyclones have still lost 10 straight to FBS teams and 17 consecutive road games.
(See Coaching Changes for details)
There are 22 new college football coaches in the FBS ranks this season. Two of them were guaranteed a win this week as there are two games on the docket that pitted new coaches against each other - Army's Rich Ellerson vs. Eastern Michigan's Ron English, and Purdue's Danny Hope vs. Toledo's Tim Beckman. Army upset EMU 27-14, and Purdue routed Toledo 52-31.
||Won 27-14 at Eastern Michigan
||Won 37-13 vs. Louisiana Tech
||Lost 20-10 vs. North Texas
||Won 54-0 vs. Northeastern (FCS)
||Won 31-14 vs. Troy
||Won 37-14 vs. Middle Tennessee
||Lost 27-14 vs. Army
||Won 34-17 vs. North Dakota St. (FCS)
||Won 21-17 vs. Massachusetts (FCS)
||Lost 42-0 vs. Kentucky (at Cincinnati)
||Won 45-7 vs. Jackson State (FCS)
||Lost 41-6 at Texas A&M
|New Mexico State
||Lost 21-6 vs. Idaho
||Lost 19-8 at Boise State
||Won 52-31 vs. Toledo
|San Diego State
||Lost 33-14 at UCLA
||Lost 23-20 in OT vs. Minnesota
||Won 63-7 vs. Western Kentucky
||Lost 52-31 at Purdue
||Lost 34-17 at Utah
||Lost 31-23 vs. LSU
||Won 29-22 vs. Weber State (FCS)
|*-Dabo Swinney took over halfway through last season when Tommy Bowden stepped down after a 3-3 start. Swinney was 4-3 over the last 7 games of the season.