Luck Runs Out On Irish, Not Oregon: Week 12 Thoughts

David HedlindAnalyst IINovember 22, 2009

TUCSON, AZ - NOVEMBER 21:  Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli #8 of the Oregon Ducks rushes in the game winning touchdown in the second overtime past Earl Mitchell #49 and Xavier Kelley #15 of the Arizona Wildcats during the college football game at Arizona Stadium on November 21, 2009 in Tucson, Arizona. The Ducks defeated the Wildcats 44-41 in second overtime.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Running, Running, Running

The University of Nevada has done something no other team has ever done. They ran the ball. That isn’t the part no one has ever done. That comes in the fact that this season they have three different players that have now run for over 1,000 yards. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick and running backs Luke Lippincott and Vai Taua have all hit the mark.

By the way, I predicted this to happen in my 17 bold predictions at the start of the season.

BCS Play-ins

The Ohio State University is already in the Rose Bowl.

The SEC Championship game has been known for a couple weeks to be between Florida and Alabama.

The ACC will be decided between Clemson and Georgia Tech.

Texas and Nebraska will play for the Big 12 title.

In other games that are not championship games by title, but will decide the conference's spot in the BCS, Pitt and Cincinnati will play for the Big East title while Oregon and Oregon State will battle for the Pac-10 championship.

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Of the non-automatic qualifiers, most are still yet to be decided, but the WAC will be decided when Boise State meets Nevada.

Double OT: Part One

With 1:10 left against Notre Dame, Connecticut drove the field and tied the game on a field goal. After UCONN failed to convert on Notre Dame's ensuing fumle, the game was pushed into overtime. Both teams then scored touchdowns to force a second over time.

In the second OT, Notre Dame started with ball and was forced to kick a 36 yard field goal. Connecticut then took the ball and moved it inside the five, where Anthony Dixon scored on a four yard run. It is being called one of the biggest wins in the history of the young Connecticut program.

Double OT: Part Two

In a little more dramatic fashion, one of the last games of the day also ended in a double overtime thrill ride. In the previous, game both teams were playing to salvage their season. In this one, Pac-10 title hopes and Rose Bowl dreams were on the line.

The drama started with about eight minutes to play when Oregon kicked a long field goal to tie the game at 24. The ball was a line drive that looked like it was going to be too low. In fact it was so low it hit the cross bar. Fotunately for the lucky Ducks, it still went over.

Very quickly, Arizona came back and threw a 70 yard touchdown. The ball then went back and forth until it seemed Arizona was going to score again to put the game away. Instead, Oregon corner Talmadge Jackson III intercepted a tipped pass in the end zone.

The Ducks took over and drove 80 yards, capping things off with an eight yard pass from Masoli to TE Ed Dickson with six seconds left. The entire drive, Arizona fans were coming out of their seats and standing on the sidelines in anticipation of taking the field. The snap on the extra point was low, but backup quarterback Nate Costa stayed calm and got it down for Morgan Flint to kick the extra point for the tie. Arizona quarterback Nick Foles took one knee and the game went to overtime.

The fans went back into the stands.

In overtime Oregon scored first on a circus looking catch across the middle by Jeff Maehl. Arizona responded with a touchdown pass to Juron Criner.

In the second overtime, Oregon’s defense stepped up and forced a long field goal. Masoli again went to work and four plays later he was in the end zone holding a game winning touchdown.

Tick Tock

I don’t know if it was Les Miles, an assistant, or the quarterback, and it was likely all of them, but someone wasn’t paying attention to the clock at the end of the LSU and Ole Miss game. The play calling was suspect too.  With the golden opportunity vanished, it seems like LSU fans have reason to feal upset.

Rich Rodriguez and Michigan

If Michigan fans are upset with him after yesterdays loss, they need to redirect the blame elsewhere. I don’t think this loss was the coach's fault. Tate Forcier, on the other hand, should have all the blame. He was responsible for too many turnovers and missed opportunities. The defense didn’t help much either.

Notre Dame

At worst, the Irish will finish 6-6, which still makes them bowl eligible. The question is, in which low tier bowl in mid-December will they end up? Regardless of which bowl they play in, it is it will be a far cry from the expectations that the fans had at the start of the season.

Big-10 BCS at Large

Does the Big 10 deserve a second team in the BCS? If so, how do you decide which team gets that spot? Iowa and Penn State are the two teams in position to make it in. Iowa was one of the hottest teams out there until they suddenly lost two in a row to Northwestern and Ohio State at the end of the season. Meanwhile, Penn State has won seven of their last eight games. However, Iowa did beat Penn State.


Army is now 5-6 with one game to go against Navy game. This year's matchup takes on a whole new dimension. For the first time in a while, Army will be playing for a bowl game. If they can beat Navy, Army will make their first bowl appearance in over 10 seasons.


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