FOOTBALL'S WEEK 10/4/08
The Best; 1) Oklahoma, 2) Missouri, 3) Ohio State
Colorado head-coach Dan Hawkins believed he had the answer for the powerful Texas offense. During the week before their clash in Boulder, Coach Hawkins had predicted that his quarterback son Cody would snap back from a poor performance the previous week in the Florida State loss.
If all went as planned, a lethal scoring Buffalo offense would keep Longhorn quarterback Colt McCoy and company on the sidelines.
The problems for Colorado started in the first half when kicker Aric Goodman missed three field goals and didn't end until Coach Hawkins had to replace QB Hawkins in the 4th quarter following an inept 13 for 33 passing performance.
Texas running back Chris Ogbonnaya cut through the Buff defense and Colt McCoy pased for 262 yards by completing 23 of 30.
Hawkins felt things would have been different if they "had not missed those three field goals in the first half" but, it was Texas head-coach Mack Brown that was left smiling. He looked at the final on the scoreboard and it read, Texas 38 Colorado 14. This could be a team capable of winning another national championship in Austin.
In Ann Arbor the Michigan faithful are getting restless. Illinois rolled into town and quarterback Juice Williams rolled up 431 yards of offense while the improving Illini defense held the Wolverines to 69 yards rushing in a crushing 45-20 win over Michigan.
Minnesota bounced back from their first loss of the season by trimming Indiana, 16-7. Penn State clobbered Purdue on the road, 20-6 while Michigan State outfought Iowa, 16-13 in rugged Big10 action.
The most surprising performances in the region were offered by Ohio State and Missouri. The ever-improving Buckeyes flexed their muscles in a brilliant late fourth quarter rally led by Freshman QB Terrelle Pryor to overtake the giant Badgers of Wisconsin, 20-17 at Camp Randall. Mizzou destroyed Nebraska in Lincoln, 52-17 for their first win in 30 years on Cornhusker soil.
Texas Tech took their aerial circus on the road and annihilated Kansas State, 58-28. Meanwhile Oklahoma continued their winning ways by disposing of Baylor, 49-17.
Notre Dame continued on the long road back by improving to 4-1. The latest victim? The Stanford Cardinal, 28-21.
The Best: 1) Southern California, 2) Brigham Young, 3) Boise State
The Trojans, still smarting from the upset in Corvallis the week before, showed no mercy on the Ducks of Oregon, 44-10. Oregon State was unable to follow up their big win. Going on the road to Utah, the Beavers fell, 31-28.
California sent a signal they may be the team that once again stands in Southern Cal's clear path to the Rose Bowl by beating Arizona State, 24-14 .
Hawaii came over from the island to take on Fresno State. The Warriors have demonstrated that they have turned around their season by improving each week. In a tight, tense game, the Bulldogs from Fresno fell in overtime at home, 32-29 .
Boise State defeated Louisiana Tech in WAC action, 38-3 while highly rated BYU was unimpressive in defeating the state rival Utags of Utah State, 34-14 .
The Navy took a giant step toward the Commander-In-Chief Trophy by beating The Air Force on the road, 33-27.
The Desert Report: Overlooked in preseason by all the publicity shown to the rival Sun Devils, Arizona's Wildcats quietly improved to 4-1 by battering hapless Washington, 48-14. New Mexico had a homecoming feast of Wyoming Cowboys, 24-0. New Mexico State held Alcorn State to minus 13 yards rushing and posted a 45-10 victory.
The Best: 1) Penn State, 2) Pittsburgh, 3) Boston College
Pittsburgh made good their coach's statement that followed an early season loss to the Falcons of Bowling Green. Panther leader Dave Wannstedt had promised "we will get better" and that was clearly apparent in an upset victory at South Florida, 26-21 . "Ya gotta believe" stated the happy coach.
West Virginia trimmed Rutgers, 24-17 while Syracuse made news by not losing. Of course, they didn't play.
The Best: 1) Alabama, 2) LSU, 3) Florida
The old ball coach upset the applecart again in the SEC when he took his Gamecocks into the homecoming crowd in Oxford and overwhelmed the Mississippi Rebels, 31-24.
Powerful Alabama was fortunate to escape the undefeated Wildcats of Kentucky, 17-14. Next up for Nick Saban's Crimson Tide? Houston Nutt's Ole Miss Rebels.
Highly touted Auburn went on the road to put an end to all this unbeaten Vanderbilt nonsense. Trouble was, the Commodores came back from a first half deficit to overhaul the Tigers, 14-13.
Florida, tuning up for it's big match-up with idle LSU, battered the fading Arkansas Razorbacks, 38-7.
Florida State, enjoying somewhat of a bounce-back year, traveled into Miami and whipped the Hurricanes, 41-39 in ACC action.
Ga Tech's mighty rushing attack and ball control offense was too much for the Blue Devils of David Cutcliffe, 27-0.
Boston College came to Raleigh and once again avenged their old coach Tom O'Brien leaving two years ago for the Wolfpack by winning, 38-31. UNC defeated Connecticut, and Maryland was surprised by Virginia, 31-0.
In a shocking turn of events, the Black Knights of the Hudson, away from their home in West Point for the second straight week, continued to show improvement by destroying Tulane, 44-13.
Texas El Paso managed to defeat Southern Mississppi in two overtimes, 40-37.