The state of Tennessee rises again in Week 8 upsets [Early Games Recap]
Tennessee 23, (11) South Carolina 21 The story in the first half of the game was Javadeon Clowney looking like himself again, but despite that, the South Carolina (5-2, 3-2) couldn't score, and Tennessee (4-3, 1-2) led 17-7. The Gamecocks took the lead in the third quarter on the strength of Mike Davis (137 rushing yards). However, quarterback Connor Shaw injured his knee with five minutes left in the game, and backup Dylan Thompson couldn't move the ball. South Carolina punted it away with 2:55 left (after a bizarre sequence where South Carolina lined up to go for it twice, then called timeout). The Vols kept the ball moving, highlighted by this great one-handed catch by Marquez North. In the end, all Tennessee needed to win was a 19 yard chip shot field goal as time expired. No problem, and Tennessee had a huge win, while South Carolina searches for answers.
Vanderbilt 31, (15) Georgia 27 The wheels continue to come off for the MASH unit that is Georgia football. Up 27-14 after the third, the Bulldogs (4-3, 3-2) could not hold the lead. Vanderbilt (4-3, 1-3) took the lead on a 13 yard Jerron Seymour 13 yard run. Georgia then fumbled with 1:59 to play, allowing the Commodores to kill most of the remaining clock. This is Vanderbilt first home win against Georgia since 1991.
(14) Missouri 36, (21) Florida 17 Completely ignored going into the season, the Missouri Tigers are now in prime position to win the SEC East. Playing without injured quarterback James Franklin, Missouri (7-0. 3-0) scored 22 seconds into the game and never trailed. The Tigers put up 500 yards of offense, and gave up only 151 in a complete effort. Missouri hosts South Carolina next week, and a win there could all but lock up a trip to Atlanta.
(16) Texas Tech 37, West Virginia 27 Texas Tech (7-0, 4-0) remains arguably the most anonymous undefeated team in a BCS conference. This one wasn't without difficultly, as West Virginia (3-4, 1-3) took a 27-16 lead with 4:36 left in the third. The Red Raiders restored order from there, scoring 21 unanswered. Davis Webb became the first Texas Tech freshman to throw for over 400 yards in his first two starts after his 462 yard day.
(21) Oklahoma State 24, TCU 10 Clint Chelf replaced J.W. Walsh at quarterback in the second quarter for Oklahoma State (5-1, 2-1), and did enough to lead the Cowboys to victory over TCU (3-4, 1-3). Player of the game was easily Josh Stewart, who caught 10 balls for 141 yards and returned a punt 95 yards for a score.
Other Games of Note
Minnesota 20, Northwestern 17 (The wheels are off at Northwestern.)
Georgia Tech 56, Syracuse 0 (Syracuse gets its first exposure to the triple option. It ends poorly.)
Toledo 45, Navy 44 (F/2OT) (Navy lost on a missed extra point. Ouch.)
Akron 24, Miami (OH) 17 (This week's Toilet Bowl. Akron improves to 2-6; Miami (OH) drops to 0-7.)
What are your thoughts on Week 8 so far?