College Football Scores 2012: Most Impressive Performances from Week 7 Action

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistOctober 13, 2012

Seth Doege takes the cake as Week 7's most impressive individual, but a few teams turned in inspiring performances as well.

Saturday's action solidified the status of several teams, for better or worse. With conference schedules heating up, each game carries more importance than the last.

Every week showcases a bevy of exciting action on the gridiron, and Week 7 didn't disappoint.

Let's take a look at Saturday's most impressive teams.


Texas Tech Red Raiders

Texas Tech embarrassed No. 5 West Virginia on Saturday, winning the game, 49-14. Finally, a team was able to contain Geno Smith and exploit the Mountaineers' porous defense at the same time.

Red Raiders quarterback Seth Doege played like a Heisman Trophy front-runner more so than Smith, tossing for nearly 500 yards and six touchdowns on West Virginia's awful secondary.

Playing in Lubbock isn't ever easy, and West Virginia struggled from the get-go. Dana Holgorsen's team was never really in the game, mostly because of Smith's inability to make accurate throws down the field.

This was an impressive performance no matter which way you look at it. The Mountaineers were a bit overrated coming into this game, and the Red Raiders pointed out their flaws.


Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Judge the conclusion to this game yourself (courtesy of Bleacher Report's Twitter):

But, Notre Dame was impressive on Saturday. Offensively, the Fighting Irish struggled, but defensively, this team is on point.

Led by Manti Te'o, the Irish defense continues to stake its claim as one of the nation's best units. It's tough in the trenches and pressures the quarterback consistently.

Everett Golson was inconsistent before leaving the game in the fourth quarter, but the Notre Dame offense makes plays when it's needed. With a defense like that, a prolific offense isn't always necessary.

Notre Dame isn't necessarily a BCS-championship-caliber team, but its blue-collar effort is always entertaining. Beating a solid Stanford team in a knock-'em-down, drag-'em-out battle was fun to watch.

Even if you weren't impressed by Notre Dame's attack, there's no way to deny its stalwart defense.


Oklahoma Sooners

The Red River Shootout favored Oklahoma in a big way on Saturday, with the Sooners grabbing a 63-21 victory over the Texas Longhorns.

Part of the win was due to Texas' ineptitude on both sides of the ball. Part of it was due to this Damien Williams 95-yard touchdown.

Most of it was due to Oklahoma's steady play overall.

Landry Jones became Oklahoma's all-time winningest quarterback with a 321-yard, two-touchdown performance.

The Sooners' up-tempo attack confused the Longhorns' defense, and Oklahoma's defense confused Texas' offense. Needless to say, that's not a good combination if you're Mack Brown and his squad.

This game was never close. Oklahoma flexed its muscles against its biggest rival, proving worthy of its ranking, at least for the time being.