The 10 Biggest Moments in College Football This Season
We saw some amazing moments in the 2008 college football season. If only someone could try to pick out those that truly stood out in all the BCS madness.
Well have no fear, I am here!
These are the moments that had us cheering, screaming and the ones that left us scratching our heads.
So, without further adieu, I give you the top ten moments of the college football season.
They may not have all had BCS implications, or even close finishes, but they had us talking and shaped the college football landscape...for better or worse.
10. Premature Celebration
The NCAA said they were going to crack down on celebrations and they weren't kidding.
Husky quarterback Jake Locker ran in the end-zone late in the game against BYU only to be flagged for his celebration. That penalty resulted in a missed extra point which would have forced overtime.
That game deflated any optimism out of the sinking program in 2008 and helped Tyrone Willingham get his walking papers early on.
9. Black and Blue
Michigan had one of the worst seasons in the history of the program.
A 3-9 record is bad enough but their lowest moment came with a 13-10 loss at home to Toledo.
Rich Rod better hope "his" players coming in can run his offense before he gets run out of Ann Arbor.
8. L.A. Confidential
The Trojans may have blown an opportunity to play for a National Championship in Corvallis, but before that they put an impressive beating on Ohio State.
The Buckeyes came in knowing what was on the line and had no match for the speed and strength of the Trojan front seven.
That game marked the beginning of the Terelle Pryor era, which means the loss may have been a blessing in disguise.
Still, the Buckeyes know that it will be at least another year until they prove to everyone that they can pull off a big non-conference victory.
7. Bulldogs Rolled By Tide
Georgia was the preseason No. 1 heading into 2008 and went headfirst into a buzzsaw known as the Alabama Crimson Tide.
It was fitting Georgia wore black that night for they had first-class seats to the death of their title dreams.
The Bulldogs were blitzed in the first half and never really were in the game leaving Coach Richt lost for words.
It also awoke the world to Alabama and their sensational freshmen who was proving that they were a legitimate contender to compete this year and not just in 2009.
6. Irish Eyes Are Crying
The Fighting Irish had such a humiliating season in 2007 that things couldn't get worse this time around...right?
Well Notre Dame made it to a bowl game and won most of the games they should have won.
Well...almost all of them.
The loss to Syracuse helped ensure Charlie Weis would be planted firmly in the coaching hot seat for the rest of the year and next season. It also made people wonder just when these young recruits would grow up already.
While most are complaining about the bad economy, Weis must be thankful for it since it prevented a buyout from his contract.
5. Tigers Look Ragged
This was going to be the year for Clemson and maligned coach Tommy Bowden.
Bowden had been a great escape artist, winning just enough to appease the boosters. Now he had assembled a cadre of talent and a top ten ranking and with an incredibly weak ACC Clemson thought it could emerge undefeated.
Someone forgot to tell Alabama. The Tide rolled over Clemson in a rout that exposed the Tigers and showed that Nick Saban is as good as advertised when it comes to coaching.
The devastating loss took Clemson literally two months to recover from and it cost Bowden his job. It also marked the beginning of a season to forget for the ACC.
4. Terrific Tebow
He may not have won the Heisman, but no one looked more like an MVP than Tim Tebow in the SEC Championship game.
Tebow quite literally carried his team to the finish line at the Georgia Dome making plays with both his arm and his feet on the game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter.
Florida's win helped catapult them in the BCS Championship game, ruined Alabama's perfect season and gave the Gators their second SEC Championship in the last three years.
Not a bad stretch for Mr. Tebow's tenure.
3. Oklahoma Jumps Texas
The eyes of Texas were upon them...not to mention the entire country.
The Red Raiders were riding high after their last second victory and Oklahoma ripped their dreams to shreds with a 40-point dismantling.
Sam Bradford picked apart the Texas Tech defense with such precision that it helped gain him a Heisman and allowed his Sooners to jump the only team that had beaten them in the polls.
A little controversy? Sure, but that is what the BCS does best.
Oklahoma went on to knock out Oklahoma State and Missouri to pick up a spot in the BCS title game.
Certainly the victory over Texas Tech changed the landscape of college football this season, but it wasn't the only one.
2. Hollywood Ending Ends In Kinnick
The dream season for Joe Paterno had the nightmarish end.
The Penn State Nittany Lions were cruising through the Big Ten in 2008.
After their huge victory at Ohio State it appeared that Penn State was going to go undefeated to the dismay of the Big XII and the SEC.
Well someone forget to let Iowa read the script.
The Hawkeyes, mainly thanks to Shonn Greene and cold weather, kept the game close when a costly interception by State's quarterback Daryll Clark led to the biggest field goal attempt of the season by Iowa's Daniel Murray.
Murray had not hit a field goal since the season opener but his 31 yarder gave Iowa a huge victory and Penn State was left wondering what could have been?
1. Crabtree Hauls It In
Let's face it, it was the play of the year.
Texas came into the final leg of their ridiculously difficult stretch in the ACC where they took on four teams ranked in the top 15 in the country.
The Red Raiders were playing in front of a raucous home crowd and seized a double-digit halftime lead.
The Longhorns stormed back in the second half, seizing the momentum behind the prolific Colt McCoy.
McCoy was able to take the ball down the field, scoring in the final minutes for the apparent go-ahead touchdown 33-32.
Texas Tech needed a miracle and that's exactly what they got.
It was a play that almost never happened, as the Longhorns dropped an interception around the 30 yard line which would have placed Texas in the BCS title game.
Instead Graham Harrell got one more chance and Michael Crabtree's amazing catch and tightroping to the endzone set the college football universe upside down.
All the complaining, all the controversy stems from this one moment.
It was a great moment of sheer drama, and eight seconds that defined the 2008 season.