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Texas Toppled; Georgia Stomped

by Mike Mitchell and Dave Congrove
November 2, 2008

You can count on there being a new No. 1 team when the BCS Standings are released late Sunday.

No. 1 Texas fell 39-33 at 7th-ranked Texas Tech when Michael Crabtree caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from Graham Harrell with 1 second left in the game. The Longhorns had just taken their only lead of the game, 33-32, on a 4-yard TD run with 1:28 remaining.

For a moment, it looked like Texas would escape the upset after falling behind 19-0 in the first half, and 22-6 at halftime. But Harrell was 5-for-6 on the 6-play drive that started at his own 37-yard line. The pass to Crabtree was a dart on the sideline that Harrell just managed to squeeze past a defender. Crabtree snared the ball with his hands at the 5-yard line, broke away from two would-be tacklers while tight-roping the sideline, and galloped into the end zone.

The Longhorns won the last 5 meetings, and 8 of the last 9, but the Red Raiders are now 3-3 in the last six games played at Lubbock. Texas Tech is the only remaining undefeated team in the Big 12, and the only conference team without a league loss.

In another battle of top BCS teams, No. 8 Florida rumbled past 6th-ranked Georgia 49-10 for its' 16th win in the last 19 games in the series. It was only a 7-3 Florida lead in the 2nd quarter, and 14-3 at halftime. But Georgia's 2nd-half possessions resulted in a fumble, three interceptions, a turnover on downs, and a punt before finally scoring a touchdown in the final minute.

Tulsa disappeared from the list of undefeated teams with a 30-23 loss at Arkansas, despite racking up 527 yards of offense. The Golden Hurricane marched to the Razorbacks' 7-yard line in the final minute but couldn't cash in. Arkansas went ahead 17-0 in the first quarter, but Tulsa tied it at 20-20 in the 2nd quarter. The Golden Hurricane tied it again at 23-all with 36 seconds left in the 3rd quarter, only to see the Razorbacks return the ensuing kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown for what proved to be the final points of the game. It was the 17th straight win in the series for Arkansas, which has not lost to Tulsa since 1976.

With Tulsa's loss, the spotlight shines brighter on Utah and Boise State as the last remaining undefeated teams outside the "big 6" conferences. The No. 10 Utes escaped Albuquerque with a 13-10 win over New Mexico, and the No. 11 Broncos blanked New Mexico State 49-0 in Las Cruces.

13th-ranked TCU (9-1) lowered the boom on UNLV, taking a 44-14 win in Las Vegas. TCU and Utah are the only teams in the Mountain West with perfect league records and they will clash in Salt Lake City this Thursday (Nov. 6).

Undefeated Ball State, the MAC's top team and ranked 16th in the BCS, hosts Northern Illinois on Wednesday.

Among other top teams in the BCS Standings:
No. 2 Alabama went out of conference for a 35-0 home win over Arkansas State.
No. 3 Penn State was idle.
No. 4 Oklahoma slammed Nebraska 62-28.
No. 6 USC may as well been idle as the Trojans slammed winless Washington 56-0.
No. 9 Oklahoma State drubbed Iowa State 59-17.
No. 10 Utah visits a New Mexico team that is a very disappointing 4-5.

Ohio State joined Penn State on the Big Ten sideline this week, but the Big Ten produced a trio of fantastic finishes as Purdue, Michigan State and Northwestern all took last-minute victories.

Purdue beat Michigan 48-42 on a 32-yard catch and lateral with 26 seconds left, ensuring that the Wolverine's streak of 33 consecutive bowl appearances will come to an end.

Michigan State trailed Wisconsin 24-13 in the 4th quarter and never had the lead until a 44-yard field goal with 7 seconds left gave the Spartans a 25-24 victory.

Northwestern stopped Minnesota 24-17 on a 48-yard interception return of a deflected pass with 12 seconds left. Both teams are now 7-2 overall, 3-2 in the conference.

Meanwhile, Indiana lost 37-34 at home to Central Michigan. The game was tied four times (7-7, 14-14, 21-21, 28-28), but the Chippewas took their only lead of the game on a touchdown with 8:52 remaining and the Hoosiers never threatened again. It was CMU's first win over Indiana in four tries.

In the ACC, two division leaders were beaten. Atlantic division co-leader Florida State lost 31-28 at Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets secured the victory when, on 2nd-and-3 from the Georgia Tech 3, the 'Noles fumbled the ball into the end zone with 45 seconds left in the game. Georgia Tech's first win over Florida State since 1975 snapped a 12-game losing streak in the series.

Coastal division leader Virginia lost 24-17 at home to Miami in overtime. The 'Canes tied the game at 17-17 with 55 seconds left in regulation on a 26-yard TD pass. Miami recovered a Virginia fumble on its' first overtime play after the 'Canes scored a TD on their overtime possession.

Wake Forest beat Duke 33-30 in overtime. The Blue Devils missed a 42-yard field goal in regulation that would have won it, and were intercepted in overtime after the Demon Deacons converted a field goal.

Clemson, for the first time this season, defeated a FBS team with a winning record. The Tigers won 27-21 at Boston College to give interim head coach Dabo Swinney his first victory.

Air Force snagged a 16-7 win at Army, but the outcome means Navy will retain the Commander-In-Chief's trophy for a sixth straight year. The Falcons lost 33-27 at home to Navy on Oct. 4. If Army beats Navy, all three academies will finish the season 1-1.

Navy rallied from a 20-point deficit in the 4th quarter to beat Temple in overtime 33-27. The Midshipmen tied the game by forcing a  fumble and returning it 42 yards for a touchdown with 37 seconds left in regulation. In overtime, the Owls dropped a pass in the end zone on 4th down. The Middies then scored the game-winning touchdown.

In the Big 12, Kansas rolled over Kansas State 52-21 in Lawrence. The Jayhawks have now won four of the last five meetings.

Missouri survived a trip to Baylor, scratching out a 31-28 win after blowing a pair of 14-point leads in the first half. The Tigers won it on a 34-yard field goal with 2:31 left, and clinched it with an interception less than a minute later. It was the first interception that Baylor QB Robert Griffin had thrown all year.

Four teams in the PAC-10 entered the week with just one conference loss - California, Oregon, Oregon State and USC.Cal knocked Oregon out of that club with a 26-16 win on Saturday, and Oregon State held off Arizona State 27-25 on Saturday night. The Sun Devils had a chance to force overtime with the Beavers, but a 2-point conversion pass failed with 21 seconds remaining.

In the SEC, Tennessee fell to 3-6 with a 27-6 loss at South Carolina. And Ole Miss improved to 5-4, 3-3 in the SEC, with a 17-7 home win over Auburn. The Tigers fell to 4-5, 2-4 in the SEC.

Troy and Louisiana-Lafayette entered the week atop the Sun Belt with unblemished conference marks. However, the Trojans were upset 31-30 at Louisiana-Monroe, while the homestanding Ragin' Cajuns clobbered FIU 49-20.

West Virginia pulled away for 35-13 win at UConn in a battle between last year's Big East co-champions.

Big East member Pittsburgh beat Notre Dame in South Bend 36-33 in 4 OT's. It is only the third win for the Panthers in the last 15 meetings with the Fighting Irish.

Louisville was upset 28-21 at Syracuse. It was the first conference win for the Orange, and their first over an FBS team.

USF lost for the third time in its' last four games, 24-10, at Cincinnati on Thursday night. The Bulls dropped to 1-3 in the Big East while the Bearcats improved to 2-1 in league play. Cincinnati was coming off a 40-16 road loss to UConn last week. USF's Matt Grothe was picked off three times after having just 5 INT's in the previous 8 games. Cincinnati's Tony Pike was 20-of-28 for 2 TD's and 1 INT with a broken left (non-throwing) arm. Cincinnati leads the series 4-2 and has won all three meetings at home.

Two games kicked off the college football week schedule on Tuesday night. Buffalo won 32-19 at Ohio in a MAC contest, and Marshall handed Houston its' first CUSA loss as the Herd won 37-23 at home.

Another CUSA contest concluded the week's 50-game slate as East Carolina won 13-10 in overtime at UCF. The Golden Knights began the overtime by being intercepted on their first play, and the Pirates kicked the game-winning field goal from 39 yards out. UCF led 10-0 at halftime. East Carolina tied the game with 1:51 left in regulation, and both teams exchanged turnovers on back-to-back plays in the final minute to force the fifth overtime game of the week.

UNBEATEN TEAMS:
6 teams remain undefeated: Alabama, Ball State, Boise State, Penn State, Texas Tech, and Utah.

Two teams were stricken from the list on Saturday as Texas lost 39-33 at Texas Tech, and Tulsa fell 30-23 at Arkansas.

Only Hawaii made it through the 2007 regular season unscathed, and the Warriors were blown out 41-10 by Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. It was the first season since 2002 that no team recorded a perfect record.

Boise State was the only team to finish the entire 2006 season undefeated, while Texas did it in 2005. Auburn, USC and Utah all had unblemished records in 2004.

WINLESS TEAMS:
Washington is the only remaining winless team.

North Texas won for the first time this season, 51-40 at Western Kentucky. The Mean Green outscored the Hilltoppers 20-6 in the 4th quarter.

Last season, FIU beat North Texas in its final regular season game to avoid being the only winless team. FIU was one of two schools to go winless in 2006 (Duke was the other).

WINLESS AGAINST FBS:
4 teams have yet to defeat a FBS school: SMU, Washington, Washington State and Western Kentucky.

North Texas beat Western Kentucky on Saturday. Though Western Kentucky is a team transitioning from the FCS to FBS, it plays 10 FBS teams this season.

Syracuse upset Louisville 28-21 for its' first win over a FBS team.

FBS vs. FCS:
The divisions were re-named late in 2006. 1-A was given the new moniker of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) while 1-AA was labeled the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

There are no games this week matching FBS schools with FCS teams.

FBS teams are 82-2 (.976) against FCS teams this season, and 372-37 (.910) since 2003.

Here are the losses by the FBS so far this season:
Cal Poly 29, San Diego State 27 (Week 1)
New Hampshire 28, Army 10 (Week 2)

This year, 82 different FBS teams will participate in a total of 87 games that will pit the FCS against the FBS. Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Texas Tech and Western Kentucky each play two such games.

ACC teams have more games versus FCS schools than any other conference. Here is the number of FCS games for each conference:

Conference Teams In Conf. Games vs. FCS Avg. Per Team
ACC 12 14 1.167
Big East 8 7 0.875
Big 12 12 10 0.833
Big 10 11 9 0.818
MWC 9 7 0.778
WAC 9 7 0.778
SEC 12 9 0.750
Independents 3 2 0.667
MAC 13 8 0.615
CUSA 12 7 0.583
Sun Belt 9 5 0.555
PAC-10 10 2 0.200
Totals 120 87 0.725

STREAKS:
Texas Tech has won 11 straight games. The Red Raiders beat Texas 39-33.

Alabama has won 10 straight games. The Tide beat Arkansas State 35-0.

Penn State has won 10 straight games. The Nittany Lions are idle.

Utah has won 10 straight games. The Utes won 13-10 at New Mexico.

Texas saw its' winning streak end at 9 games. The Longhorns lost 39-33 at Texas Tech.

Tulsa had its' 9-game winning streak snapped in a 30-23 loss at Arkansas.

Boise State has won 47 consecutive regular season home games, and the Broncos have a perfect home record against their fellow WAC conference members (30-0). Overall, they have won 36 straight conference home games since losing to Idaho in the final game of the 1998 season in the Big West. Boise State visits New Mexico State.

Oklahoma has won 22 straight home games. The Sooners blitzed Nebraska 62-28.

North Texas ended its' losing streak at 9 games with a 51-40 victory at Western Kentucky.

Washington now has the longest losing streak in the nation at 10 games. The Huskies fell 56-0 at USC.

SMU has dropped 18 straight games to FBS teams, and 7 overall. The Mustangs are idle.

NEW COACHES: The 2007 season featured 24 new head coaches. Nine led their team to a bowl game. This year, there were 18 coaching changes in the offseason, and one more took place when Tommy Bowden stepped down from Clemson on October 13.

Two teams with new coaches have yet to defeat an FBS school - SMU, and Washington State.

Colorado State, Hawaii, Houston, Northern Illinois, SMU, Southern Miss, and Washington State have yet to defeat a team from one of the "big 6" conferences (ACC, Big East, Big 10, Big 12, PAC-10 or SEC).

TEAM W-L COACH LAST GAME
Arkansas 4-5 Bobby Petrino Defeated Tulsa 30-23
Baylor 3-6 Art Briles Lost to Missouri 31-28
Colorado State 4-5 Steve Fairchild Lost to BYU 45-42
Duke 4-4 David Cutcliffe Lost at Wake Forest in OT 33-30
Georgia Tech 7-2 Paul Johnson Defeated Florida State 31-28
Hawaii 4-5 Greg McMackin Lost at Utah State 30-14
Houston 4-4 Kevin Sumlin Lost at Marshall 37-23
Michigan 2-7 Rich Rodriguez Lost at Purdue 48-42
Mississippi 5-4 Houston Nutt Defeated Auburn 17-7
Navy 6-3 Ken Nuimatalolo Defeated Temple in OT 33-27
Nebraska 5-4 Bo Pelini Lost at Oklahoma 62-28
Northern Illinois 5-3 Jerry Kill 11/5, at Ball State
SMU 1-8 June Jones 11/8, vs. Memphis
Southern Miss 3-6 Larry Fedora Defeated UAB 70-14
Texas A&M 4-5 Mike Sherman Defeated Colorado 24-17
UCLA 3-5 Rick Neuheisel 11/8, vs. Oregon State
Washington State 1-8 Paul Wulff Lost at Stanford 58-0
West Virginia 6-2 Bill Stewart Won at Connecticut 35-13

Midseason Change:      
TEAM W-L COACH NEXT GAME
Clemson 1-1 Dabo Swinney Won at Boston College 27-21