|College Football Today|
|Written by Admin|
|Saturday, 11 October 2008 14:01|
-Texas quarterback Colt McCoy threw for 277 yards and a touchdown as the fifth-ranked Longhorns knocked off No. 1 Oklahoma 45-35 in Dallas.
-Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford threw for 385 yards and five touchdowns. But he also had an interception in the Sooners' loss to Texas.
-Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree caught five passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns as the seventh-ranked Red Raiders defeated Nebraska 37-31 in overtime. Crabtree has 32 career touchdown receptions, a scho0l record.
-Southern California tailback Joe McKnight carried 11 times for a career-high 143 yards as the eighth-ranked Trojans drubbed Arizona State 28-0.
-Army fullback Collin Mooney ran for 229 yards, his second straight career-high outing, as the Cadets rallied past Eastern Michigan 17-13 for their second straight victory.
NO REST FOR THE 'HORNS
Congratulations, Mack Brown, on your exhilarating 45-35 victory over top-ranked Oklahoma in the Red River Shootout.
n said. ``There are not individuals on the team, not guys who talk about themselves. It's been about `this team' from Day 1.''
The Longhorns figure to creep up from No. 5 in Sunday's Associated Press Top 25. But it won't be easy for them to stay high in the rankings.
No. 3 Missouri visits Austin next Saturday, and No. 17 Oklahoma State comes to town the next weekend.
The Longhorns visit No. 7 Texas Tech on Nov. 1, and two weeks later they go to No. 16 Kansas.
AM I BLUE?
Lloyd Carr had Appalachian State.
Now Rich Rodriguez, Carr's replacement at Michigan, has Toledo.
Rodriguez presided over an unfathomable 13-10 home loss to the Rockets, Michigan's first loss in 25 games against Mid-American Conference opponents.
The MAC has some solid teams, but Toledo isn't one of them. The Rockets came to Ann Arbor 1-4, and their resume included blowout losses to Ball State (31-0) and Arizona (41-16).
The Rockets ranked 110th in scoring defense, conceding 35.8 points per game. But they limited Michigan to one touchdown under Rodriguez, an offensive mastermind.
``I wasn't in a hurry to get off the field,'' Toledo coach Tom Amstutz said. ``I lingered a little bit because it was such a great feeling.''
The Wolverines dropped to 2-4, with three losses in the Big House.
Michigan has 19 turnovers and 15 touchdowns.
he nation's worst defense a year ago, conceding 518.7 yards per game en route to a 1-11 record.
Things have turned around under new defensive coordinator Ted Roof.
The Golden Gophers' defense gave up 551 yards against Illinois on Saturday, but they turned in numerous big plays to pull out a 27-20 victory in Champaign.
The Gophers staged a dramatic goal-line stand, stopping elusive Fighting Illini quarterback Juice Williams on fourth-and-goal. They also returned Williams' fumble for a touchdown and sacked him five times.
DOOM IN THE DESERT
Arizona State won its first eight games under new coach Dennis Erickson last year, rising to No. 4 in the Bowl Championship Series standings. Since then, the Sun Devils are 4-7 after a 28-0 pasting at No. 8 USC on Saturday.
The Sun Devils dropped to 3-27 against the Top 25 since 2000. They're 1-5 under Erickson in that span, with the five losses coming by an average of 19 points.
Adding to Arizona State's woes, starting quarterback Rudy Carpenter left the game in the second half after apparently aggravating an ankle injury. Carpenter made his 37th straight start, the second-longest active streak in the nation.
LEACH GOES HOLLYWOOD
Michael Crabtree for a 47-yard gain.
Five plays later, Harrell scored to put the Red Raiders up 31-24, and they went on to a 37-31 overtime victory.
``It's like Sharon Stone said one time after a movie she did. She said, 'No guts, no glory,''' Leach told a television interviewer afterward. ``Well, I thought we might be able to draw them off, and then if we didn't, I felt like we could get it, and we did.''
15 MINUTES OF INFAMY
In what has to be one of the worst quarters by a USC quarterback in school history, Mark Sanchez threw three interceptions and lost a fumble in the third quarter of a 28-0 victory against Arizona State.
THEY SAID IT
``This is only one game and it's over now. We can learn from our mistakes and refocus our efforts on the rest of our games from here on out. We still have a lot of football left to play.'' - Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford.