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October 18 College Football Recap

Sunday, October 18, 2009

 

Here's a brief look at the highlights of the seventh week of the college football season. The week featured four teams in the top 17 getting upset and also saw Alabama climb over Florida to No. 1 in the AP poll. It also saw two of the top quarterbacks (Oklahoma's Sam Bradford and Cincinnati's Tony Pike) in the nation go down with injuries.

Upsets!No. 19 Georgia Tech 28, No. 4 Virginia Tech 23: First home win over a top-five team since 1962 for Yellow Jackets.
Purdue 26, No. 7 Ohio State 18: Shocker in Lafayette as four Terrelle Pryor turnovers doom Buckeyes.
Texas Tech 31, No. 15 Nebraska 10: Pellini's decision to break out the black shirts may be re-thought after tough loss.
Colorado 34, No. 17 Kansas 20: Quarterback change for Buffaloes pays instant dividends with upset victory.

Business as Usual:No. 2 Alabama 20, No. 22 South Carolina 6: Mark Ingram rushes for 246 yards and Tide jumps Florida for No. 1 ranking.
No. 8 Cincinnati 34, No. 21 USF 17: Key victory in Big East race, but injury to Bearcats quarterback Tony Pike could be a factor.
No. 9 Miami 27, UCF 7: Hurricanes climbing back up poll despite Virginia Tech loss.
No. 11 Iowa 20, Wisconsin 10: Hawkeyes prove themselves with road victory over strong Badger squad.
No. 14 Penn State 20, Minnesota 0: Penn State hasn't allowed a first-half touchdown this year.
No. 16 Oklahoma State 33, Missouri 17: Nineteen unanswered points to close the game for Cowboys.

A Win is a Win:No. 1 Florida 23, Arkansas 20: Gators need last second field goal to hold off Razorbacks.
No. 3 Texas 16, No. 20 Oklahoma 13: Oklahoma loses quarterback and game as Texas holds on in Red River Rivalry.
No. 6 USC 34, No. 25 Notre Dame 27: Game was a blowout until turnovers let Irish climb back.

BCS Busters:No. 5 Boise State: Broncos come from behind to upend Tulsa, 28-21, in a game that many thought would be the toughest remaining on their schedule.
No. 12 TCU 44, Colorado State 6: Horned Frogs crush Rams to remain undefeated.
No. 18 BYU 38, San Diego State 28: BYU continues to win since loss to Florida State.
No. 23 Houston 44, Tulane 16: High-powered Cougar offense starts slow, then explodes in New Orleans.
No. 24 Utah 35, UNLV 15: No surprises for Utes in win over Rebels.

Joining the Rankings:Pittsburgh 24, Rutgers 17: Pitt improves to 6-1 and could be Cincinnati's top challenger in the Big East.
West Virginia 24, Marshall 7: Mountaineers are 5-1 but quarterback Jarrett Brown has a concussion.
Texas Tech 31, No. 15 Nebraska 10: Red Raiders keep winning despite using backup quarterback.

SEC Surprise:Kentucky 21, Auburn 14: Wildcats beat Auburn for first time since 1966 as Gene Chizik's spectacular start is turning sour.

Undefeateds Go Down:South Florida and Kansas suffer first losses leaving just seven undefeated teams in the nation.

Injuries:Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford reinjured his shoulder and could miss the remainder of the season.
Cincinnati QB Tony Pike injured his non-throwing hand and will miss at least one game.
West Virginia QB Jarrett Brown leaves game after helmet-to-helmet hit making him questionable.

This Week's Key Games (with new AP rankings)No. 10 TCU at No. 16 BYU: Huge game in the Mountain West; a win for the Frogs would likely give a big boost in BCS Standings.
Auburn at No. 9 LSU: LSU hopes to get its offense clicking against Auburn, which has dropped back-to-back games.
Tennessee at No. 1 Alabama: Crimson Tide has first game as No. 1, hosting fast-improving Volunteers.
Connecticut at No. 22 West Virginia: Huskies have one-league loss, another could end Big East title hopes.
South Florida at No. 20 Pittsburgh: USF's lone loss is to Cincinnati, a loss here may knock them out of Big East title chase.
No. 13 Penn State at Michigan: Michigan is still in the building process, but will be a tough road challenge for Paterno.
No. 3 Texas at Missouri: Longhorns need to get offense on track whereas back-to-back losses have Missouri reeling.

Manning Award Stars of the WeekFrom the players selected to the preseason Watch List for the Manning Award, here are some of the standout stars from week seven:

Max Hall, BYU (27-of-39, 346 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
Adds a rushing TD in win over San Diego State

Case Keenum, Houston (30-of-43, 334 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT)
Keenum continues to put up big numbers as Houston rolls over Tulane.

Kellen Moore, Boise State (22-of-32, 187 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
Not a huge game yardage-wise, but three TDs keep Broncos unbeaten.

Tyler Sheehan, Bowling Green (28-of-41, 376 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
Another big game for Sheehan as Bowling Green tops Ball State, 31-17.

Tim Tebow, Florida (17-of-26, 255 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT)
Also adds 27 carries for 69 yards as he continues to be a one-man offense for Gators.

Manning Award Players to WatchThe Manning Award Watch List will be revised in mid-October. Here's a look at seventh-week numbers from quarterbacks making a bid to join the Watch List:

Matt Barkley, USC (19-of-29, 380 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT)
Late INT was costly, but still a big game for the true freshman in defeat of Notre Dame.

Diondre Borel, Utah State (25-of-42, 353 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
Big numbers for Aggie standout despite losing 35-32 to Nevada.

Ben Chappell, Indiana (23-of-38, 333 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
Leads Hoosiers to first Big Ten victory in 27-14 decision over Illinois.

Joey Elliott, Purdue (31-of-50, 281 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT)
Directs Boilermakers to major upset of Ohio State.

Nick Foles, Arizona (31-of-41, 324 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
Young QB leads comeback from 15 down in 43-38 win over Stanford.

Updated Allstate Sugar Bowl ProjectionsCBS Sports: Alabama vs. Cincinnati
CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd: Florida vs. Miami
ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach: Florida vs. Cincinnati
ESPN.com's Bruce Feldman: Alabama vs. Cincinnati
College Football News:
Alabama vs. Cincinnati
SI.com's Stewart Mandel: Florida vs. Cincinnati











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