The showdowns between ranked teams continued in Week 7 of the college football season. Texas' annual clash with Oklahoma, as well as a battle between SEC giants South Carolina and LSU, headlined the action, but there were memorable moments from all over the country on Saturday.
ESPN noted that due to the incredible number of intriguing matchups, not only the players, but the fans as well had to bring their A games today:
Remote control skills are critical today - Televisions are suffering from college football overload right now.— ESPN (@espn) October 13, 2012
After another week packed with quality matchups, here are all the lasting images from the day's best games.
Texas Reeling After Red River Rivalry
This classic college football rivalry features passionate fanbases, storied programs and usually a competitive game. But that was not the case this year, as the Sooners lit up the scoreboard at the expense of the Longhorns.
Landry Jones became the winningest quarterback in Oklahoma history with the victory. The senior quarterback got to put on the hallowed Golden Hat for his efforts, via USA Today:
Oklahoma racked up 677 yards in total offense and much of that production came from the backfield. Damien Williams had 167 yards on the ground, and Blake Bell lived up to his nickname—the Belldozer—with four rushing touchdowns.
Fullback Trey Millard had the play of the day, picking up a large chunk of his 119 receiving yards here:
Texas was completely dominated in this game and has now lost its last two contests. While this was one of the most hyped matchups of the weekend, it certainly wasn't one of the most exciting.
Mountaineers Muck Up Perfect Season
Texas was not the only Big 12 team to get blown out Saturday. West Virginia was never in a game it was supposed to win easily, ending up on the wrong side of a 49-14 rout.
The Mountaineers could not find any success on offense, as Heisman Trophy candidate Geno Smith tossed just one touchdown pass. College GameDay noted that a top team seems to lose unexpectedly every week this season, and West Virginia continued the trend:
Another week, another Top 5 team goes down. #5 West Virginia gets upset by Texas Tech in Lubbock 49-14.— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 13, 2012
Red Raiders quarterback Seth Doege was the star of the game, with 499 yards and six touchdown passes. Those numbers look like a stat line from Geno Smith normally.
Defense Does it Again for Notre Dame
Finally, a hyped game lived up to its billing and delivered an exciting matchup. Notre Dame's defense had one final stand left in it in overtime to defeat Stanford 20-13.
Before the game, Lee Corso made his prediction by dawning a Leprechaun outfit, and he was so excited that he took to the dance floor:
Notre Dame's defense shared Corso's enthusiasm, holding the Cardinal to just 272 total yards before making its game-winning goal-line stand. Bleacher Report provided a breakdown and a snapshot for the decisive play:
Stepfan Taylor appeared to score on the replay but call on the field stands. Notre Dame beats Stanford 20-13 twitter.com/BleacherReport…— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 13, 2012
After that, South Bend went wild:
Gamecocks Go Down in Baton Rouge
LSU refused to lose a second game in a row and handed South Carolina its first defeat of the season.
A hard-fought battle from start to finish, the Tigers were able to edge out their SEC rivals with 13 unanswered points to start the fourth quarter. The lackluster effort in the final period left South Carolina fans distraught, as Bleacher Report shows us:
South Carolina struggle face twitter.com/BleacherReport…— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 14, 2012
Freshman running back Jeremy Hill led the LSU offense with 145 yards and three touchdowns while the defense continued to play at a high level. After the impressive victory, the city of Baton Rouge has a reason to celebrate.
Anthony Johnson, get the party started:
Braxton Miller racked up 360 yards, both running and passing, and scored three touchdowns to pace Ohio State past Indiana in a 52-49 shootout. He received some help from the referee on this 67-yard scoring play:
Alabama moved past Missouri in a 42-10 win. This was entirely expected, but the main storyline coming out of this game was that quarterback A.J. McCarron left the game with a knee injury, returning with a brace. This will surely be a topic of conversation in Tuscaloosa this week:
Jeff Driskel crossing the goal line late in the game to finish off a 70-yard touchdown run (his third of the game) meant Vanderbilt's spirited effort would not pay off. Florida remains unbeaten with a 31-17 victory:
Week 7 of the college football season offered plenty of lasting images, and as bowl season gets closer, the action will only get more exciting.