Top 10 College Football Games From Week Two
Week Two was chock-full of drama-filled, high-scoring games. Oh, yeah, and a huge upset that will change the college football path for the 2009 season.
I determine the top 10 games by how close the game was, how exciting it was, and what the national implications are for the game's outcome. At the end of the season, I will combine all 12 of the No. 1 games from each week and make a season-spanning top 12 games.
No. 10: Maryland vs. James Madison
Final Score: Maryland 38, James Madison 35 (OT)
The fact that Maryland almost lost to James Madison made this a good game. Not to mention it went into overtime and the lead see-sawed back and forth, with both teams running up and down the field.
The game started with Maryland getting a TD in the first quarter. Then James Madison answered with a TD with 1:30 left in the first, but missed the PAT.
Maryland had an amazing kickoff return for a TD by Torrey Smith to make it 14-6 at the end of the first. Maryland scored another TD in the second, but JM followed with a TD and 2-point conversion to make it 21-14 at the half.
In the third quarter, it was all James Madison. They didn't score till there was 3:05 left in the third, but scored again at 1:38 with an INT return for a TD by Jon Williams.
JM had the lead, 28-21.
Maryland would answer with 12:18 to go in the fourth. But Drew Dudzik had a 70-yard run for another HM lead. Mayland again answered with a 27-yard TD pass from Chris Turner, forcing OT.
In OT, James Madison couldn't make a 41-yard FG ,and Maryland took the opportunity, kicking a good FG to win it 38-35
Like I said, this was a great game with some amazing plays. Most of you were (understandably) watching other games, but I encourage you to watch the highlights.
No. 9: Tennessee vs. UCLA
Final Score: UCLA 19, Tennessee 15
This wasn't the most exciting game, but it did have some good grind-it-out drives with both teams' seasons on the line. Both had very good defenses. Tennessee killed themselves with turnovers, and that was the deciding factor.
It started out with a UCLA FG followed by a Tennessee FG with about 5 minutes left in the first. Montario Hardesty had an 11-yard run with about a minute left in the first to take a 7-3 lead.
UCLA answered in the second with a TD from WR Chane Moline to tie it going into the half, 10-10.
The third quarter was all about Bruins FGs. Three of them put UCLA up 19-10 at the end of the third. Tennesse was able to get a FG with about 10 minutes left in the fourth, but couldn't seem to score until a HUGE safety with 1:41 left in the game for Tennessee, meaning they get the ball back.
It came down to 4th-and-9, Tennessee couldn't convert, and that was it for them.
This was a fun game to watch that came right down to the end. UCLA did a great job on the road.
No. 8: (25) Missouri vs. Bowling Green
Final Score: Missouri 27, Bowling Green 20
Another near-upset for Week Two that included the No. 25 team having to come back from behind to win. Missouri did show resilience in the comeback win, but that's nothing against Bowling Green.
It started out with Bowling Green in total control, going up 10-0 at the end of the first quarter. In the second, Bowling Green managed another FG with about 12 minutes to go, putting them up 13-0.
With Mizzou fans terrified, Grant Ressel kicked two FGs in the second to make it 13-6 Bowling Green at the half.
Bowling Green looked like it started up again with another TD from Willie Gater to make it 20-6. With just 57 seconds left in the third, Missouri finally scred a TD and made it 20-13.
Another TD followed in the fourth to tie. Bowling Green finally seemed worn out, and with 5 minutes left Mizzou finally took the lead and kept it to win.
Obviously not an impressive outing by Missouri. Give credit to Bowling Green for almost beating a No. 25 team that is going to be out of that spot for Week Three.
This game was only No. 8 on the top 10; wait 'till you see the rest.
No. 7: Wisconsin vs. Fresno State
Final Score: Wisconsin 34, Fresno State 31 (2 OT)
Yet another near-upset, and this one went into double overtime. This game, like Missouri, started out with the underdog taking control, but Wisconsin eventually found itself and won in double OT.
It started out with only a single TD in the first, which was from Fresno State, a 13-yard TD pass from Ryan Colburn.
Fresno State started out the second quarter with lightning as Devon Wylie caught a 70-yard TD pass from Colburn. Wisconsin would answer with about 11 minutes to go in the second.
Then came Fresno State once again to make it 21-7 with seven minutes left in the second. The game went back and forth, but Wisconsin was able to answer as well to make it 21-14. They tacked on another three points thanks to an amazing 57-yard FG by Phillip Welch to put them down four, 21-17, at the half.
Amazingly, nothing happened in the third. In the fourth, Wisconsin was able to take the lead on a 72-yard run from John Clay with just five minutes left.
Fresno State would take it down to the last seconds and put it on kicker Kevin Goessling. He came through, tying it up 24-24 and sending it into OT.
Wisconsin started with the ball in OT and scored a TD from Nick Toon. Fresno State would be able to answer with a 7-yard TD pass from Colburn.
In the second OT, Fresno State started with the ball but ended up throwing an INT. Wisconsin would kick a FG to win.
A great game, with two huge runs for big gains. Wisconsin had its second close upset call this week.
No. 6: Michigan State vs. Central Michigan
Final Score: Central Michigan 29, Michigan State 27
Here was one of the upsets of the day, and an in-state one to boot. Michigan State was completely embarrassed at home by a cupcake Central Michigan team. This ruined their already gloomy-looking season.
The Spartans started out as if they would take care of business, scoring a TD only two minutes into the game. But their defense showed it wouldn't be happening that way when they let up a FG with 9:24 to go in the first. Michigan State would answer, though, with a FG, leading 10-3 at the end of the first.
The second quarter saw another Central Michigan FG and a TD with about five minutes to go in the half, giving Central Michigan the lead and the Spartan fans a sick feeling.
Luckily, the Spartans would answer with another TD to take the lead into the half, 17-13.
The third quarter was slow, with just a Spartan FG.
But in the fourth quarter, Central Michigan came to life again. Early on, Central Michigan scored a TD to tie the game. The Spartans looked like they were determined to not get embarrassed and took a 27-20 lead.
With just 32 seconds in the game, Central Michigan got a TD, and did the unthinkable by going for the two-point conversion...and failing. Everyone in the Northern Hemisphere knew an onside kick was coming, but Central Michigan recovered it and kicked a FG to win it.
This game was great, especially at the end. Michigan State fans were all stunned and heartbroken at the same time.
No. 5: (15) Georgia Tech vs. Clemson
Final Score: Georgia Tech 30, Clemson 27
A great comeback that was crushed into pieces at the end: That's pretty much the summary for this one. It was fun to watch Clemson make a comeback, with some very explosive and big plays at the beginning for GT.
This game opened up with an amazing 82-yard run by Anthony Allen, who is shown in the picture. It was all GT in the first, as Jerrard Tarrant ran for an 85-yard punt return TD along with a 34-yard TD pass from Scott Blair.
But the second was a little slower as GT would kick a FG to go up 24-0. Clemson had a nice 63-yard passing TD from Kyle Parker to at least get on the board.
That amazing first half was followed by a second half just as good. Clemson would answer with two TDs in the half, allowing GT none. One TD included a 77-yard passing play by Clemson, who had now come within three.
The fourth quarter was mainly a FG battle as Clemson got two quick FGs to take the lead with about 11 minutes left in the game. GT would answer with two of their own, and Clemson couldn't convert on 4th to stay alive.
The fact that this game is No. 5 says something about the quality of the top four.
No. 4: (3) Ohio State vs. (8) USC
Final Score: USC 18, Ohio State 15
Some might think that the GT vs. Clemson game should go above this because this was somewhat of a snoozer. But the national implications for this game propelled it up—especially since no one figured the score would be this close.
The game started out pretty familiar to OSU fan—a quick INT, setting up an easy USC TD to go up 7-0. But a surprisingly resilient Ohio State would respond with a touchdown of their own, something we didn't see at all in last year's game.
In the second, Ohio State took the lead with an Aaron Pattrey FG, which was answered by USC to go into the half tied at 10-10.
In the third, Ohio State somewhat took control through the help of a safety and a FG to go into the fourth quarter with a 15-10 lead.
There wasn't any scoring for the first 14 minutes of the fourth quarter, before USC finally scored with a goal line two-yard run from Johnson to eventually win it, 18-15.
Like I said, who knew it would be this close? Good grind-it-out game to the end.
No. 3: (21) Georgia vs. South Carolina
Final Score: Georgia 41, South Carolina 37
What an amazing game this one was. South Carolina really showed determination to win, and you have go to give it to the ol' ball coach. They made a good stab at it, which made for a very, very entertaining game.
The first quarter started out with a South Carolina TD, but then a (you guessed it) 100-yard kick return for a TD by Georgia's Brandon Boykin, who is pictured in the end zone after the run.
South Carolina would again answer with Brian Maddox, plus a FG with 5:07 left in the first. Georgia would wrap up the first quarter with a TD, making it 17-14 at the end of the first.
The second quarter lived up well to the hype of the first. But this time it was Georgia's turn to start out with a score, ripping off a 61-yard TD run by Branden Smith. Blair Walsh added a FG to make it 24-17, Georgia.
SC would answer with two more FGs to come within one point. But with just nine seconds in the half, Georgia would march down and score a TD to make it 31-23 going into the half.
The third was a little bit quieter, as another Georgia TD made it look like they would pull away. But SC got a FG and safety to knock the lead down to 10 points, 38-28.
In the fourth, SC would come out swinging as they got another FG and a TD with 12 minutes to go, making it 38-37 Georgia. With 6:20 left on the clock, Blair Walsh kicked a 42-yard FG to go up 41-37. SC couldn't convert on a 4th-and-4, and 41-37 wound up the final score.
This game was electric, as were many others during a crazy Week Two. The next two games get even better.
No. 9: (5) Oklahoma State vs. Houston
Final Score: Houston 45, Oklahoma State 35
The upset of the week, Houston won in convincing fashion with a 10-spot over Oklahoma State. Houston played their guts out and deserved to win. Oklahoma State started out very slow and needed a last-minute comeback that wasn't enough.
Houston started out the game with a TD pass from Case Keenum. They added a FG to go up 10-0 at the end of the first.
In the second, OK State finally scored and made it 10-7. Houston would get two more TDs to embarrass OSU at the half with a 24-7 lead in OK State's own house.
Oklahoma State finally woke up big-time in the third with a very nice comeback that included three TDs and preventing Houston from scoring. One of those TDs came off a Dex Bryant 82-yard punt return.
In the fourth, Houston would answer back with a TD to make it 31-28 Houston. Oklahoma State responded with TD of their own, making it 35-31. A Houston Td with six minutes left, coupled with an insurance score sealed it for the Cougars.
Oklahoma State made a decent showing in their attempted comeback, but Houston played great. OSU looked like it wasn't in sync in the beginning. Great game from Houston.
No. 1: Michigan vs. (18) Notre Dame
Final Score: Michigan 38, Notre Dame 34
This game was a great one, with excitement and drama throughout. Throw in the fact that this is a great rivalry and was a huge determining factor for both these teams, and you've got a No. 1 game of the week.
Michigan struck first with a Brandon Minor run with just four minutes to go in the first quarter. Notre Dame answered with a 34-yard FG, but Michigan ran back the ensuing kickoff for a TD.
The second quarter is when the Irish really got into gear. Scoring a TD with about 11 minutes to go in the half and adding another with about 7 minutes to go put the Irish up 17-14. A FG with 2:41 to go in the half would pad the lead, but Michigan would run the clock before kicking a FG to make it 20-17 in favor of Notre Dame at the half.
The third was quite slow, with just a Michigan TD to make it 24-20.
In the fourth, the Wolverines would get another TD and go up 31-20. But Notre Dame would answer twice.
Clausen looked pretty good commanding the Irish down field, earning those two TDS and a two-point conversion. With just 5:13 to go in the game, the Irish were holding a 34-31 lead.
But the young kid Tate Forcier would march down the field as if he were a veteran. In the red zone, Forcier stayed cocol and threw the winning TD pass with just 11 seconds left in the game.
What a game, and what a week of college football. There were so many exciting, trilling, and some plays that just made your jaw drop 20 feet to the ground. Not to mention a bunch of punt and kick returns for a TD.
Remember to check out the Week Three top 10 games. Which game will be No. 1 next week?