Texas shocks everyone, Missouri ends Georgia's dreams [NCAAF Week 7 Early Games Recap]
Texas 36, (12) Oklahoma 20 A blowout was expected at the Red River Shootout today, just not in this way. Texas (4-2, 3-0) took a 10-3 lead in the first quarter and a 17-3 lead early in the second and never looked back. Oklahoma (5-1, 2-1) didn't get within single digits again. The much maligned Longhorns defense gave up just 263 yards, 130 on the ground, and held Oklahoma to 2-for-13 on third down conversions. It was a completely out of nowhere shocking performance. It might not save Mack Brown's job in a few months time, but it's much better feeling than what everyone thought would happen today. Oklahoma could still win the Big 12, but they sure didn't play like a team that could. The question now is, could Texas?
(25) Missouri 41, (7) Georgia 26 The beat up Bulldogs just couldn't hold on anymore. Missouri (6-0, 2-0) took advantage of Georgia's injuries to control the game throughout en route to the road victory. Georgia (4-2, 3-1) shot themselves in the foot with 4 turnovers. Despite that, they got within 2 early in the fourth quarter, and would've tied had the conversion succeeded. Missouri rebounded with two more touchdowns to put it away. The Tigers are now a player in the SEC East, and are hosting Florida and South Carolina in the next two weeks. However, quarterback James Franklin left the game with a shoulder injury and is likely to be out a while. Georgia's national title dreams are likely over now, and they'll need some help to get back to the SEC title game.
(20) Texas Tech 42, Iowa State 35 The Red Raiders (6-0, 3-0) really haven't played anyone yet, but they are 6-0 and bowl eligible already after this tight win over Iowa State (1-4, 0-2). Texas Tech finished with 666 yards of offense. Mike Leach would be proud.
(14) South Carolina 52, Arkansas 7 Jadeveon Clowney played, much to the dismay of the narrative makers, but it was Connor Shaw that starred for South Carolina (5-1, 3-1). Shaw threw for 219 yards and 3 touchdowns and ran for a score. Arkansas (3-4, 0-3) actually scored first in this game, before the Gamecocks added 52 unanswered in response.
(24) Virginia Tech 19, Pittsburgh 9 The Panthers (3-2, 2-2) did not even average a full yard per carry, rushing for 23 yards on 26 attempts. Virginia Tech (6-1, 3-0) has won six in a row. Remember that this is now an ACC game.
Army 50, Eastern Michigan 25 Terry Baggett ran for 304 yards, the most in one game in Army (3-4) history. They've been playing football at Army forever. Impressive, even if it came against Eastern Michigan (1-5).
Other Games of Note
Michigan State 42, Indiana 28
Nebraska 44, Purdue 7
TCU 27, Kansas 17
South Florida 13, Connecticut 10 (South Florida is somehow 2-0 in the AAC. How did UConn almost beat Michigan?)
What are your thoughts on the big upsets and the rest of the early games.