Top Eight Plays from College Football Week Eight

Greg RiotAnalyst IOctober 26, 2009

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 24:  Terrence Cody #62 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after blocking the game-winning field goal in their 12-10 win over the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 24, 2009 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

1. ‘Bama Blocks Its Way to Victory

The Volunteers were 44 yards away from upsetting the Alabama Crimson Tide, climbing a mountain for 59 minutes. But Tennessee failed to reach the summit of Terrence “Mount” Cody, the 350-pound nose guard who bulldozed his way to the kicker and blocked the field goal attempt to seal the victory in the dying seconds of this SEC tilt.


2. Jonathan Banks Is Money

Tim Tebow, ranked third in Heisman Rankings, threw his first pick of the game in the end zone on a tip drill, which landed in the hands of Jonathan Banks, who took the ball back for the money shot on a 100-yard interception return to put Mississippi State in range for the upset.

He streaked down the sidelines, then patiently waited for two blocks to set up before careening across the field for the score. That touchdown completely messed up the spread for Florida.


3. C.J. Spiller Spills Points All Over the Board

C.J. Spiller was a tour de force against the speedy defense of Miami, running for 81 yards and pulling in 104 yards receiving. But it was his 56-yard touchdown reception and his 90-yard kickoff return that propelled the Clemson Tigers through a hurricane and put them in a position for the staggering win over ninth ranked Miami.


4. David Sims Bobbles His Way to Interception

Zac Lee threw a prayer to the Iowa State one-yard line, and it was bobbled by his receiver, the guy covering him, another receiver, and the guy covering him, until David Sims yanked it up and ran 16 yards to get Iowa State out of its own end zone with a crafty pick.


5. Noel Is Divine against UConn

The Mountaineers were down 24-21 with just minutes to go in the fourth, but Noel Devine made sure there would be no intervention from UConn playing with their hearts on their sleeves. Devine rushed for a 56-yard score and stayed inbounds despite being hammered from behind at the 30. Devine capped the day with 178 yards and the game winning score.


6. Tebow Matched Herschel Walker for SEC Rushing Record

Tebow was abysmal through the air on Saturday, but his 49th career rushing touchdown tied him with Herschel Walker atop the SEC record books. Tebow ran for 26 yards dragging two defenders into the end zone with him.


7. Mallett Hammers Hail Mary

The Razorbacks needed a miracle to stay alive in the third quarter and Ryan Mallett delivered a 58-yard pass into traffic that was tipped by a cluster of Rebels before being snagged out of the air by Carlton Salters for the touchdown.


8. Ronald Johnson Dives for the Pass

In just his second game since returning from a broken collarbone, USC junior Ronald Johnson soared across the end zone to receive a 22-yard floater from quarterback Mark Bradley.