WEEK FOUR IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL
The Best: 1) Penn State, 2) Connecticut, 3) Boston College
Joe Paterno thought he had seen about everything since taking over from Rip Engle as head coach of the Nittany Lions in 1966. This past Saturday he tried a new vantage point, that of the press box.
If Penn State can repeat the 45-3 wipeout of the Temple Owls with the upcoming Big 10 schedule, he may just stay up there.
Pittsburgh needed a big win in the worst way, and they got it with a 21-20 thriller over the undefeated Iowa Hawkeyes.
Panther coach Dave Wannstedt had noticed a glitch in the delivery of Iowa's quarterback. "He always pats the ball when he's going to throw it" said Wannstedt, and "we took advantage of that with our safeties".
Syracuse found a way to eke out it's first win, over Northeastern, 30-21. Head coach Greg Robinson admitted, " a win is a win". Next up for the Orange is Pittsburgh.
Boston College, loser only to Ga Tech, overpowered Boston native (and former Ga Tech head coach) George O'Leary's Knights of Central Florida, 34-7.
Undefeated Connecticut escaped a rough crew of Baylor Bears in Friday night action, 31-28. The Navy fought back to overcome the slumping Scarlet Knights of Rutgers, 23-21, while the Black Knights of the Hudson fell to the Zips of Akron, 22-3.
The Best: 1) Florida, 2) Georgia, 3) LSU
East Carolina fans were already making arrangements to be in Miami for the BCS Title Game when head coach Skip Holtz warned "of overconfidence". The team should have listened to him, on the road at hated N.C. State, the Pirates fell in overtime, 30-24.
Up and coming ACC power Georgia Tech served notice they are ready for a run to Miami, the Orange Bowl being the destination of the ACC champion, by destroying the Maroons of Mississippi State, 38-7.
The Yellow Jacket rushing machine totaled 438 yards on the ground while attempting only 9 passes. Sylvester Croom was impressed by the Tech triple option, "we don't see anything like that in the SEC" exclaimed the shell-shocked Mississippi State coach.
Vanderbilt continued to surprise by taking out Ole Miss on the road, 23-17 while Virginia Tech disposed of UNC, 20-17. Maryland warmed up for a trip to Clemson by crushing Eastern Michigan, 51-24. The Tigers themselves defeated HBC S.C. State, 54-0.
Alabama tuned up for its date with Georgia by annihilating Arkansas, 49-14. Fellow SEC brothers LSU and Auburn fought to the end with Les Miles escaping Tommy Tuberville for the second straight season, 26-21.
South Florida fiddled past Florida International, 17-9 while across the state Jim Grobe's Demon Deacons physically whipped the tiring Seminoles of Bobby Bowden, 12-3.
Tennessee was "totally ready" for Florida said Dave Clawson, offensive coordinator of the Vols. Too bad the Volunteer special teams didn't show up, producing only 3 return yards in a 30-6 loss.
The Best: 1) Oklahoma, 2) Missouri, 3) Texas Tech
One of the keys to winning a football game is showing up to play, spiritually with effort. Someone needs to get the word out to Jim Tressel's Ohio State squad. Drifting about most of the game, the Buckeyes survived the men of Troy, 28-10.
Things are looking good for Mark Dantonio's Spartans. Scoring early and often, Michigan State took down undefeated Notre Dame, 23-7. The window may be closing on Irish boss Charlie Weis.
Minnesota, the feel good story of the season so far, continued their unbeaten ways with a 37-3 lashing of Howard Schnellenberger's Florida Atlantic. Purdue escaped the Central Michigan Chippewas, 32-25.
Unbeaten powers Texas Tech and Tulsa each defeated their opponents 56-14. The victims? Massachusetts and New Mexico.
Texas battered Rice 52-10 but fellow Big 12 member Texas A&M wasn't as fortunate. The Aggies, looking like a JV team for most of the day, were crushed by Miami, 41-23.
In the intense battle between Fort Worth and Dallas, the Horned Frogs of TCU battered the SMU Mustangs of June Jones, 48-7.
Missouri was listless but still defeated Turner Gill's Buffalo Bulls, 42-21. But the big news came out of Toledo's Glass Bowl. Rockets' head coach Tom Amstutz inexplicably went for two in only the 2nd overtime, and failed, handing Fresno State a 55-54 win by default.
The Best: 1) Southern California, 2) Brigham Young, 3) Boise State
While PAC10 kingpin Sou Cal took the week off in preparation of a mid-week duel with Mike Riley's Oregon State Beavers, the Ducks of Oregon tried to stake their claim as a worthy contender to the crown.
They failed miserably. Boise State ran and passed at will against Mike Belotti's crew and left the vaunted Autzen Stadium with a 37-32 win. Can you say Holiday Bowl?
Utah pushed past The Air Force in the battle of unbeatens, 30-23 while BYU continued their winning ways by demolishing the Wyoming Cowboys, 44-0.
A report out of Los Angeles confirmed the astonishing truth, there is a group of people impersonating a football team wearing the uniforms of the UCLA Bruins. The latest blow to their ego was a 31-10 loss to hapless Arizona.
The Desert Report: The clash in Tempe between Georgia and the Sun Devils was so eagerly anticipated that tickets were snapped up long ago. After a feeling out period, the SEC powerhouse showed a national television audience why many thought they were the best team in the country before the season began.
When the Bulldogs were finished they handed Dennis Erickson a 27-10 loss. "That was a tough one, that was a tough one" lamented the losing coach of Arizona State.
In further desert action, Hal Mumme's Aggies of New Mexico State defeated the hated Miners of Mike Price's Texas El Paso, 34-33.