College Football Saturday: #4 Hokies Upset
#19 Georgia Tech 28, #4 Virgina Tech 23 – The Yellow Jackets used their legendary offense to win the Tech(mo) Bowl in front of the home crowd. Georgia Tech QB (if you can call him that) Josh Nesbitt rushed for 122 yards and 3 touchdowns while only completing one pass (on 7 attempts) all game. The Yellow Jackets snapped a streak of 17 straight home losses against opponents ranked in the Top 5.
This is the second Va Tech slip up in the state of Georgia this season, losing to Alabama in their opener at the Georgia Dome. The Hokies second loss creates a logjam in the ACC Coastal division, with the 3 ranked teams (Georgia Tech, Miami, Va Tech) all with one loss and trailing Virginia for tops. Considering that Virginia still has all 3 of these squads on the schedule, it’s safe to say that the Cavaliers will lose at least 2 (if not all 3) of those games and drop from contention.
#6 USC 34, #25 Notre Dame 27 – The Trojans defense came up huge in the final moments of the game, forcing Jimmy Clausen to throw 3 incompletions in the end zone to preserve the victory. USC made it 8 straight wins against Notre Dame, but the Irish showed a lot of heart after getting absolutely smashed by the Trojans in the previous 2 seasons. Pete Carroll’s squad kept their Natty hopes alive with the win and freshman QB Matt Barkley continued his solid play, passing for 380 yards and 2 touchdowns and already getting wins at Ohio State, Cal and Notre Dame. Not too shabby young fella.
#1 Florida 23, Arkansas 20 – Urban Meyer’s squad almost tricked this one off and should suffer in the polls as a result of this close victory (just less first place votes). The Razorbacks forced 4 turnovers (all fumbles) and had an opportunity late in the game to take the lead, but kicker Alex Tejada missed a field goal, which allowed Tim Tebow and the Gators offense to march down the field and hit a field goal of their own.
Arkansas QB Ryan Mallet (Michigan transfer) looked like a pro making sharp passes en route to 224 passing yards and a TD. Tebow threw for 255 yards and a TD as well as rushing for 69 yards as the Gators extended the longest win streak in the nation to 16 games.
#2 Alabama 20, #22 South Carolina 6 – Mark Ingram got in the Gamecocks ass like a wedgie in this one, rushing for a career-high 246 yards and a touchdown to offset ‘Bama’s 4 turnovers and 10 penalties. After Florida faltered earlier in the day, ‘Tide made their case for why they should jump the Gators in the polls as the BCS standings are set to be released. Nick Saban’s squad appears to be on a mission, but a showdown with the Gators appears imminent.
Purdue 26, #7 Ohio State 18 – Jim Tressel’s squad basically tricked off any natty hopes with this devastating upset. Terrelle Pryor did manage to throw for 221 yards and touchdown and rush for another TD. But Pryor’s 2 interceptions proved costly and Buckeyes fans might not be supporting the sophomore QB if he continues this sloppy play.