Georgia, Ohio State, Stanford survive tough tests [NCAAF Week 6 Recap]
(6) Georgia 34, Tennessee 31 (F/OT) When Georgia went up 17-3 at the half, it felt over even if the Bulldogs offense didn't look as all-world as usual. When Tennessee (3-3, 0-2) tied it up on a blocked punt for a touchdown, people started to take notice. When the Vols took the lead with 1:54 to go, upset watch was on. Aaron Murray kept calm, driving Georgia (4-1, 3-0) down the field and to the game tying touchdown with 5 seconds left. Tennessee had the ball first in overtime, when the pivotal mistake was made. As seen in the photo, Alton "Pig" Howard tried to dive for the end zone, but he lost control of the ball and went over the end zone for a touchback. On Georgia's possession, Marshall Morgan, who had already hit a 56 yarder, hit a field goal from 42 yards to win the game, sealing a heartbreaking loss for Tennessee. The close win shouldn't hurt Georgia too much. They were due for a letdown after the tough scheduled they've played so far, and every top team usually has at least one unexpected close call.
(4) Ohio State 40, (16) Northwestern 30 Recent Northwestern teams have had a reputation of taking leads early, only to blow them late. Unfortunately, that happened again last night against the Buckeyes. Northwestern (4-1, 0-1) led 20-13 at the half, but lost in the fourth quarter on a Carlos Hyde touchdown. Hyde ran roughshod over the Wildcats all night, 168 yards and 3 touchdowns total. Northwestern took the lead back, but Hyde ran in his third score of the night with 5:22 to put Ohio State (6-0, 2-0) up 34-30. A 4th down stop at their 34 with 2:43 left sealed the win for the Buckeyes. That last score came on a bizarre final play that allowed Ohio State to cover the spread, much to Brent Musberger's amusement.
(5) Stanford 31, (15) Washington 28 At no point in this game did Stanford trail, but Washington hung in the entire way. The Huskies outgained Stanford (5-0, 3-0) 489-279 but couldn't stop Ty Montgomery. Montgomery opened the game with a 99 yard kickoff return for a score, then added a 39 yard touchdown catch at the end of the half. He finished with 290 all-purpose yards. Washington (4-1, 1-1) answered Stanford to stay within three, but at midfield with under two minutes to play, a fourth down completion was ruled incomplete, ending the Huskies upset bid.
(11) Oklahoma 20, TCU 17 Up 13-0 at the half with the defense dominating, Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0) needed to run out the clock to win after a late touchdown put TCU (2-3, 0-2) within three. The Sooner surrendered just 1.6 yards per rush.
Notre Dame 37, (22) Arizona State 34 The Irish (4-2) led most of the way until an Arizona State (4-2) touchdown tied it at 27 with 8:18 to play. Notre Dame responded with a field goal, and then a pick six with 1:08 to seal it. Arizona State scored a late touchdown to make the margin closer, but it was much too late.
(17) Baylor 73, West Virginia 42 Baylor (4-0, 1-0) started the year scoring at least 69 points against each of the three cupcakes they played. The question was what could the offense do against a better team, especially a West Virginia (3-3, 1-2) team whose defense looked much improved the week before. Well, we have the answer and it came in a stupefying 864 yards of offense. At this point, there is no doubt where the best offense in the country is. It's in Waco.
Rest of the Top 25
(2) Oregon 57, Colorado 16
(3) Clemson 49, Syracuse 14
(10) LSU 59, Mississippi State 26
(13) South Carolina 35, Kentucky 28 (Clowney did not play due to injury, and Spurrier was not happy about it. Stay tuned.)
(14) Miami 45, Georgia Tech 30
(18) Florida 30, Arkansas 10
(19) Michigan 42, Minnesota 13 (Jerry Kill did not coach this game after suffering another seizure that morning.)
(21) Oklahoma State 33, Kansas State 29
(23) Fresno State 61, Idaho 14
Auburn 30, (24) Ole Miss 22
Other Games of Note
Washington State 44, California 22 (Yes, I put up this score to suck up to Jess. Big whoop. Wanna fight about it?)
Florida International 24, Southern Miss 23 (FIU wins the Toilet Bowl between what may be the two worst teams in FBS.)
South Florida 26, Cincinnati 20 (The Bearcats season has spiraled out of control as they lose to awful South Florida.)
Missouri 51, Vanderbilt 28 (Missouri is 5-0 and play Georgia next week.)
What are your thoughts on Week 6?