2011 College Football Week 1: Top 7 Upsets of the Week
The college football season started with a bang this weekend. We were introduced to some emerging stars like Robert Griffin III and watched how teams moved on after losing big stars like Cam Newton of Auburn and Terrelle Pryor of Ohio State.
We saw some huge matchups and of course, big time upsets. Here are the top seven of week 1...
Honorable Mention: Oh so Close for Utah State
The Aggies did everything but upset the defending national champion Auburn Tigers on Saturday afternoon. They had a 10-point lead with under three minutes remaining in the game.
The No. 23 Tigers scored twice in the final 2:07 including a stunning recovery of an onside kick that led to Michael Dyer's game winning touchdown.
7. Northwestern Takes Down Boston College
The homestanding Boston College Eagles came in as three point favorites against the Wildcats of Northwestern.
Northwestern came out of Boston College with a 24-17 road win to jump start its season.
Trailing 10-3, the Wildcats scored three straight times to lead 24-10. The Eagles made it close when Andre Williams scored from a yard out, but it wasn't enough to avoid the upset.
Three separate players scored rushing touchdowns for Northwestern, including quarterback Kain Colter.
6. Richmond Stuns Duke, 23-21
Duke is hardly a college football powerhouse, but they are a BCS conference member as part of the ACC.
Richmond, a quality program from the FCS, came into Durham, NC and outscored Duke 23-21.
This isn't higher on the upset list because it is getting to be a yearly occurrence for the Spiders of Richmond—who beat Duke for the third time in a row dating back to 2006.
Richmond scored the first touchdown of the game in the second quarter, but trailed 10-7 at the half. Richmond then closed the Blue Devils out when Garrett Turner plunged in from a yard out to put the Spiders in front for good in the early stages of the fourth quarter.
5. Ball State Wins Battle of Indiana
The next big upset came from the Big Ten. Indiana travelled to Lucas Oil Stadium to play a neutral site game against Ball State. Big mistake.
Indiana came up on the short end of a 27-20 game against the Cardinals.
Ball State's quarterback Keith Wenning was very efficient, completing 23 of his 29 pass attempts for 173 yards. He did not throw an interception, and connected for two touchdown passes. He also rushed for a one-yard touchdown.
His TD pass to Connor Ryan put Ball State up seven, and he engineered a field goal drive to get his team up 10.
Indiana pulled no closer than seven, and suffered the upset loss to Ball State.
4. No. 4 LSU 40, No. 3 Oregon 27
This makes the list because of the way it unfolded and because of its implications on the BCS.
LSU, playing without its suspended starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson, steamrolled the Oregon Ducks in an impressive victory on Saturday night.
LSU used a balanced running attack, led by Spencer Ware and Michael Ford. Ware rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown while Ford scored twice while amassing 96 yards for LSU.
Senior Jarrett Lee managed the passing offense, throwing for 98 yards and a touchdown with the biggest stat being no interceptions.
Oregon was sloppy, turning the ball over four times including three by way of fumble.
3. Sacremento State Stuns Oregon State
Oregon State fans figured they'd start their season right with a nice easy win over a FCS patsy, unknown Sacramento State.
Suddenly, the two teams found themselves in overtime.
Jeff Flemming completed 22 of 35 passes for 257 yards and three touchdowns for the Hornets, including a touchdown pass to Brandyn Reed. Then, the Hornets did what any other team with nothing to lose would do, they went for the two-point conversion and the win.
Flemming hit Brandyn Reed again for the two-pointer, and the Hornets stunned the Beavers 29-28.
Malcolm Agnew rushed for 223 yards in a losing effort for Oregon State.
Both Oregon schools took bad losses this weekend.
2. South Florida Onward to Victory Against Notre Dame
The only echoes that were stirred in Notre Dame were those of an empty stadium after it was stunningly evacuated for inclement weather late in the fourth quarter.
When the dust settled, South Florida and their head coach Skip Holtz (son of former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz) walked out with a stunning upset of the No. 16 Fighting Irish.
Dayne Crist started at quarterback for Notre Dame but was replaced by Tommy Rees due to ineffectiveness.
Under Rees the UND offense looked better, but it wasn't enough for the Irish.
South Florida scored on a 96-yard fumble return by Kayvon Webster, and Maikon Bonani connected on three field goals to build a 16-0 lead. Despite two touchdowns from Notre Dame's Malcolm Floyd, USF held on for the upset victory.
1. Baylor Shakes Up the National Picture by Defeating TCU
In what was the game of the week, Baylor's Robert Griffin III had his coming out party in a nationally televised matchup against the No. 14 TCU Horned Frogs.
TCU, who has continually found itself in the "This is what's wrong with the BCS talk" year after year this time couldn't remain undefeated after Week 1.
Griffin fired five touchdown passes with 359 aerial yards.
Baylor built a 47-23 lead over TCU and the rout seemed to be on.
TCU however, mounted a furious comeback, scoring 25 points in the fourth quarter and briefly taking a 48-47 lead. Griffin, though, would not be denied.
The signal caller marched his team down the field setting up Aaron Jones for the go-ahead field goal.
TCU managed to drive to midfield, but Casey Patchall's final pass attempt of the night was intercepted to seal the upset of the week for the Baylor Bears.