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USC Only Loser Among BCS Top-12

by Dave Congrove
November 1, 2009

It will be interesting to see how the BCS Standings shake out after Saturday's games seemingly did little to stir the pot. Among top-4 teams in action, Florida and Texas rolled while Iowa overcame yet another 4th quarter deficit. Alabama was idle.

The biggest crash of the week happened in Eugene, Oregon where 5th-ranked USC was walloped 47-20 by 10th-ranked Oregon. The Ducks waddled their way to over 600 yards of total offense and scored 30 of the game's final 33 points. QB Jeremiah Masoli ran for 164 yards and threw for 222, and redshirt freshman RB LaMichael James added 183 yards rushing. Oregon scored on 9 of its 11 possessions, fumbled once and punted once.

The Trojans were only team among the top 12 to go down in defeat. However, six teams ranked from 13th to 25th went down during the college football week as 13th-ranked Virginia Tech, 14th-ranked Oklahoma State, 21st-ranked West Virginia, 22nd-ranked South Carolina and 25th-ranked Mississippi all took a hit.

Meanwhile, QB Ricky Stanzi and his Iowa Hawkeyes pulled a rabbit out of their hats and rallied past Indiana 42-24. Iowa trailed the Hoosiers 24-14 at the start of the 4th quarter, thanks in part to five interceptions by Stanzi, four of which came in the 3rd quarter. But he threw two TD passes to give the Hawkeyes a 28-24 lead and RB Brandon Wegher took over from there with two TD runs to seal the deal. It's the fourth time this season that Iowa has overcome a 4th quarter deficit.

Florida QB Tim Tebow broke Herschel Walker's SEC rushing touchdown record of 49 in the 2nd quarter, and added his 51st in the 3rd quarter, as the Gators rolled Georgia 41-17 in Jacksonville. Walker was a Bulldog standout in the early 80's and won the Heisman Trophy in 1982. The win, coupled with South Carolina's loss to Tennessee, clinched the SEC East division title for the Gators as they defeated their border rival for the 17th time in the last 20 meetings.

Texas issued a severe 41-14 beatdown on No. 14 Oklahoma State as Colt McCoy threw the 100th TD pass of his college career. The Longhorns were ahead 17-0 before the Cowboys dented the scoreboard, and it was 41-7 before they scored again one-third of the way through the final quarter. Oklahoma State QB Zac Robinson was picked-off four times after entering the game with the nation's 7th-best passer rating.

The routs continued for the No. 6 through No. 9 teams. 6th-ranked TCU blanked UNLV 41-0; 7th-ranked Boise State bashed San Jose State 45-7 to run its career home record versus WAC opponents to 33-0; 8th-ranked Cincinnati walked over Syracuse 28-7; and 9th-ranked LSU thumped rival Tulane 42-0.

Deeper into the pile, No. 11 Georgia Tech trailed Vanderbilt 31-28 late in the 3rd quarter before tallying the final 28 points of the game for a 56-31 win in Nashville in a non-conference game. The Yellow Jackets are 8-1 for the first time since 1998.

No. 12 Penn State recovered from a 13-13 tie at the end of three quarters to score a 34-13 win at Northwestern. Wildcat QB Mike Kafka left the game with a leg injury in the 2nd quarter.

Thursday night, North Carolina pulled a big shocker with a 20-17 win at 13th-ranked Virginia Tech. The game was won on a 21-yard field goal as time expired after Ryan Williams fumbled with 2:02 remaining on his own 24. It was North Carolina's first ACC win of the season (1-3) and didn't even get the Tar Heels out of last place in the Coastal division. It was also UNC's first win (1-5) over Virginia Tech since the Hokies joined the ACC.

Friday night's Big East game brought another loss to a top-25 team as No. 21 West Virginia fell 30-19 at USF. Noel Devine was the nation's 3rd-leading rusher going into the week, but he was held to just 42 yards on 17 carries. The Bulls broke a 2-game losing streak in which they were bullied by Cincinnati (34-17) and Pitt (41-14), the only two teams that remain undefeated in Big East play.

South Carolina can kiss its No. 22 ranking goodbye after its 31-13 loss at Tennessee.

No. 25 Ole Miss bowed 33-20 at Auburn as the Tigers broke a 2-game losing streak. Head coach Gene Chizik has Auburn bowl eligible at 6-3 after last year's 5-7 finish prompted the dismissal of Tommy Tuberville.

North Texas and Western Kentucky combined for 117 points in their game between two of the worst teams in college football. The Mean Green entered the contest ranked 113th in the CCR Top 120 and the Hilltoppers were No. 119. North Texas had lost 15 straight Sun Belt games before winning this shootout 68-49. The teams were tied at 49-apiece entering the 4th quarter. Western Kentucky has lost 16 straight overall and 21 straight to FBS teams.

Miami (Ohio) ended a 13-game losing streak with a 31-24 home victory over Toledo. The RedHawks began the year with back-to-back shutout losses to Kentucky and Boise State by a combined 90-0 and were only averaging 11.625 points per game.

The list contains 7 teams - Alabama, Boise State, Cincinnati, Florida, Iowa, TCU, and Texas.

This list is down to 4 teams after Miami (Ohio) beat Toledo 31-24 on Saturday for its first win of the season. The remaining winless teams are: Eastern Michigan, New Mexico, Rice and Western Kentucky.

FBS vs. FCS:
There was just one such game this week as Clemson pounded Coastal Carolina 49-3. FBS teams are 81-5 vs. FCS teams on the year (.942), and 456-42 (.916) since 2003.

Here are the results of every FBS loss to the FCS this season:
9/19: Central Arkansas 28, Western Kentucky 7
9/12: New Hampshire 23, Ball State 16. New Hampshire also has wins at Army in 2008 (28-10), Marshall in 2007 (48-35), and Northwestern in 2006 (34-17)
9/5: Richmond 24, Duke 16; William & Mary 26, Virginia 14
9/3: Villanova 27, Temple 24

This year, 87 FBS 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.

Florida has 18 straight victories. The Gators won 41-17 over Georgia at Jacksonville.

Iowa has 13 straight victories. The Hawkeyes won 42-24 vs. Indiana.

Texas has 12 straight victories. The Longhorns won 41-14 at Oklahoma State.

TCU has 10 straight victories. The Horned Frogs won 41-0 vs. UNLV.

Boise State has streaks of 20 consecutive regular season wins, 23 consecutive home wins, 53 consecutive regular season home wins, and 39 straight conference home victories. BSU has never lost at home to a fellow WAC member (33-0). 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. Boise State won 45-7 vs. San Jose State.

Oklahoma has 27 straight home victories. The Sooners won 42-30 vs. Kansas State.

Utah has 12 straight conference wins, and 15 straight home wins. The Utes won 22-10 vs. Wyoming.

Alabama has 20 straight regular season wins, and 8 straight overall. The Tide is idle.

Cincinnati has 14 straight regular season wins. The Bearcats won 28-7 at Syracuse.

Western Kentucky has lost 16 straight overall and 21 straight to FBS teams. The Hilltoppers lost 68-49 at North Texas.

Miami (Ohio) ended its 13-game losing streak. The RedHawks won 31-24 vs. Toledo.

New Mexico has lost 12 straight overall. The Lobos lost 23-20 at San Diego State.

North Texas ended its 15-game losing streak in Sun Belt games. The Mean Green won 68-49 vs. Western Kentucky.


See Coaching Changes for details)

There are 22 new college football coaches in the FBS ranks this season. 20 have secured their first victory. 2 teams have yet to defeat a FBS school - Eastern Michigan and Miami (Ohio).

Army 3-5 Rich Ellerson Idle
Auburn 6-3 Gene Chizik Won 33-20 vs. Mississippi
Ball State 1-8 Stan Parrish Lost 20-17 vs. Ohio
Boston College 6-3 Frank Spaziani Won 31-10 vs. Central Michigan
Bowling Green 3-5 Dave Clawson Idle
*-Clemson 5-3 Dabo Swinney Won 49-3 vs. Coastal Carolina (FCS)
Eastern Michigan 0-8 Ron English Lost 63-27 at Arkansas
Iowa State 5-4 Paul Rhoads Lost 35-10 at Texas A&M
Kansas State 5-4 Bill Snyder Lost 42-30 at Oklahoma
Miami (O.) 1-8 Michael Haywood Won 31-24 vs. Toledo
Mississippi State 4-5 Dan Mullen Won 31-24 at Kentucky
New Mexico 0-8 Mike Locksley Lost 23-20 at San Diego State
New Mexico State 3-6 DeWayne Walker Lost 45-0 at Ohio State
Oregon 7-1 Chip Kelly Won 47-20 vs. USC
Purdue 3-6 Danny Hope Lost 37-0 at Wisconsin
San Diego State 4-4 Brady Hoke Won 23-20 vs. New Mexico
Syracuse 3-5 Doug Marrone Lost 28-7 vs. Cincinnati
Tennessee 4-4 Lane Kiffin Won 31-13 vs. South Carolina
Toledo 4-5 Tim Beckman Lost 31-24 at Miami, O.
Utah State 2-6 Gary Andersen Lost 31-27 at Fresno State
Washington 3-5 Steve Sarkisian Idle
Wyoming 4-4 Dave Christensen Lost 22-10 at Utah
*-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.


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