Another week down, another #1 bites the dust. This time, it was the Sooners falling to the Missouri Tigers. Oklahoma had won 19 of the last 20 games against Missouri going into that game, and you could tell from the student’s reaction by rushing the field, just how big that game was for Mizzou.
Other games of note this past week; UCLA at Oregon, LSU at Auburn, Michigan State at Northwestern, Wisconsin at Iowa, Nebraska at OK State, and of course Iowa State at Texas.
Oregon absolutely tore through UCLA. LaMichael James ran for 2 scores and put up 123 yards on 20 carries. The Oregon offense scored 15, 17, 14, and 14 points in 4 quarters, respectively. This game was over after the first quarter. Oregon took it 60-13…ouch.
LSU’s offense FINALLY put a dash in the losing column for the Tigers. The difference in this game was the 3rd quarter. Both teams had 10 at half and both teams scored 7 points in the 4th, but Auburn was able to skunk LSU while putting up another 7 points of their own in the 3rd. That proved to be the difference as Auburn took it 24-17.
Michigan State almost proved how overrated they are. Almost. Northwestern was handling them all game long and led by 10 going into the 4th quarter. Well, either NW ran out of gas, or Michigan State really did kick into another gear because the Spartans put up 21 points to Northwestern’s 3 and won the game 35-27.
Iowa was starting to get back all the praise from the beginning of the season (that tends to happen when you lose a game early and win 2-3 consecutive following that). But Wisconsin was coming off its upset of Ohio State the week Pryor. <– get it? Anyway, this game was a great one and had a dramatic ending in the 4th quarter. Wisconsin was down 30-24 and was facing 4th down on their own 26 yard line. Wisconsin called a fake punt and punter Brad Nortman ran 17 yards for the first down. The Badgers capped the drive with a rushing TD to put them up 31-30 with just 1:06 remaining in the game. Iowa used its last time out after getting a first down on their final drive. On the very next play, Iowa running back Adam Robinson failed to get out of bounds and the clock expired. Great game.
Nebraska pulled out a big win at Oklahoma State. If there was one game on the Huskers’ schedule that they had circled since the previous season, it was the Texas game. After losing a heartbreaker in the conference championship game on a field goal, losing again this year to a much weaker Texas team had to have fired Nebraska up for this week. It was definitely a shoot out. Nebraska’s defense is very good, but Oklahoma State had no regard for any defense when it comes to their passing game. Nebraska kept ahead of the Cowboys all game and got the win 51-41.
Biggest upset of the week goes to…..IOWA STATE?! Yes sir. Iowa State manhandled Texas. From the opening kick, Iowa State swarmed Texas on defense, outplayed them on offense, and really did deserve to win this game. This is the same Iowa State team that lost last week to Oklahoma 52-0 and 68-27 to Utah the week before. We knew they had the tools to put up points, (as they showed against Texas Tech when they hung 52 points on the Red Raiders) but the Cyclone’s defense has been weak, allowing 31.4 points a game. So what happened? Texas could not convert in the red zone. They threw an INT and missed a field goal within that 20 yard scoring range. They will once again be dismissed from the top 25 after this week. Iowa State hung on 28-21.
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Utah absolutely dismantled CSU. They stacked up 648 yards total offense, Jordan Wynn went 23-29 for 321 yards, 3 TD 0 INT. Utah was extremely balanced on offense as well, scoring 4 rushing TDs and 4 more through the air. Utah punted just once all night. Utes won 59-6.
BYU played at home against a struggling Wyoming team. The Cougars stayed ahead of the Cowboys the entire game and fended off any late comeback attempt by the ‘Pokes. BYU won 30-25.
Utah State hosted Hawaii, who was coming off their big upset over upstart Nevada. Utah State tied the game at 7 in the second quarter on a speed option QB keep. That was as close as the Aggies would get as Hawaii then scored 38 unanswered points. Hawaii won 45-7.