One more big upset, and a few near ones [NCAAF Week 7 Recap]
Utah 27, (5) Stanford 21 Well, that certainly wasn't expected. Utah (4-2, 1-2) took it to Stanford (5-1, 3-1). The Utes took the lead in the second quarter 21-14 and did not give it up, turning what was a 14-7 deficit into a 27-14 lead. Stanford woke up from there and made it a one score game with 9:22 left. With the clock running down, the Cardinal drove down the field one last time. With the ball on the 6, Stanford couldn't move the ball any further, turning it over on downs in the final minute. It is Utah's first ever top 5 win at home. For Stanford, even if they come back to win the Pac-12, their national title hopes are all but gone now.
(3) Clemson 24, Boston College 14 They tried to Clemson it. They really did. One week before the big matchup with Florida State, Clemson (6-0, 4-0) almost blew it. They trailed Boston College (3-3, 1-2) 7-3 at the half and 14-10 after the third. A 6 yard Tahj Boyd run finally gave Clemson the lead, and a fumble return for a touchdown a minute later gave them some breathing room. It was close, but the Tigers survived.
(9) Texas A&M 41, Ole Miss 38 This game had just about everything, especially involving one Johnny Manziel. Manziel appeared to be injured in the first quarter. He threw a pick, and fumbled in the 4th quarter, which Ole Miss (3-3, 1-3) promptly took advantage of to take the lead. Thus began a back-and-forth fourth quarter. Down 7, Texas A&M (5-1, 2-1) tied it up with 3:07 on a 6 yard Manziel run. Ole Miss responded with three straight incompletions and a punt, giving A&M plenty of time. They took it, driving 56 yards to set up the game winning 33 yard field goal as time expired.
(10) LSU 17, (17) Florida 6 Tyler Murphy had been doing a yeoman job at quarterback for Florida since Jeff Driskill's season ending injury, but LSU proved too much. The Tigers (6-1, 3-1) held Florida (4-2, 3-1) to 240 yards. LSU has gone six quarters without giving up a touchdown.
(2) Oregon 45, (16) Washington 24 For a while, every time it seemed like Oregon's offense was too much, Bishop Sankey broke through for a big touchdown run to keep it game. It couldn't last though, as Marcus Mariota was just too brilliant for the Ducks (6-0, 3-0). Mariota went 24/31 passing for 366 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also ran for 88 yards and a touchdown. Mariota will likely shoot up Heisman boards with this performance. Washington (4-2, 1-2) finally broke in the fourth, giving up two touchdowns that allowed Oregon to pull away.
Penn State 43, (18) Michigan 40 (F/4OT) Michigan had been undefeated going into this game, but they hadn't looked good doing it. Their lucky streak finally ended in 4 overtimes against Penn State (4-2, 1-1). The Nittany Lions tied it up in regulation with just 28 seconds left. The overtimes were ugly. Penn State missed a field goal and fumbled. Michigan (5-1, 1-1) missed two game winning field goal attempts, but did make on in the 4th OT. Penn State didn't bother to go for the tie. They went for it on 4th down, converted, and two plays later were in the end zone for the win.
(15) Baylor 35, Kansas State 25 Baylor's offense was stopped to a point. That won't make Kansas State (2-4, 0-3) feel better for losing, but it's something. The Wildcats took a 25-21 lead in third quarter as they kept the Bears off the scoreboard that period. However, Baylor (5-0, 2-0) woke up early in the fourth with a score that gave them the lead back, a score Kansas State couldn't answer. Another touchdown with 1:16 left sealed the deal.
Wisconsin 35, (19) Northwestern 6 One week after the heartbreaking loss to Ohio State, Northwestern (4-2, 0-2) was never in it yesterday. The Wisconsin (4-2, 2-1) rushing attack was at it again, gaining 286 yards. That's more than what Northwestern's entire offense could muster.
Rest of the Top 25
(1) Alabama 48, Kentucky 7
(11) UCLA 37, California 10
(23) Northern Illinois 27, Akron 20
Other Games of Note
Massachusetts 17, Miami (OH) 10 (This week's Toilet Bowl. The two came in a combined 0-10.)
Maryland 27, Virginia 26 (Virginia missed the game winning field goal with 10 seconds left)
Oregon State 52, Washington State 24
UNLV 39, Hawaii 37 (UNLV needed a field goal as time expired to win after blowing a 36-17 lead)
What are your thoughts on Week 7 of the college football season?