The Week in Review
Here's a brief look at the highlights of the sixth week of the college football season, a week which featured the No. 1 team in the country losing, four other teams suffering their first losses and LSU once again pulling off a miracle. The rankings used in this recap are the AP rankings from prior to the games.
#19 South Carolina 35, #1 Alabama 21: Steve Spurrier gets one of the biggest upset victories of his career as the Gamecocks start fast and finish strong in an impressive performance against an Alabama team which was facing its third straight nationally-ranked opponent. It was the Tide's first regular season loss since 2007.
Oregon State 29, #9 Arizona 27: The Beavers were only 2-2, but both losses are to top five teams and they show their ability by jumping ahead early against the Wildcats and holding on for the victory.
Illinois 33, Penn State 13: Neither team is ranked, but still quite a surprise to see Ron Zook's Illinois squad pound Joe Paterno's injury-depleted Penn State squad.
#12 LSU 33, #14 Florida 29: Much-maligned Les Miles uses a fake field goal to set up the game-winning touchdown pass in the final seconds as the Tigers pick up a huge win on the road after LSU's offense shows progress with 385 yards against a solid Gator defense.
#16 Stanford 37, USC 35: Stanford misses an extra-point attempt in the fourth quarter, allowing USC to go ahead 35-34 on a touchdown with 1:15 to go; however, QB Andrew Luck drives the Cardinal the length of the field for a game-winning field goal with four seconds left - USC's second straight loss on a last-second field goal.
#11 Arkansas 24, Texas A&M 17: Two old Southwest Conference foes meet for the second of 10 times at Cowboys Stadium and Ryan Mallett throws for three first-half touchdowns before the Hog defense ices the victory with an interception in the end zone on the game's final play.
#23 Florida State 45, #13 Miami 17: In the long-running rivalry, the last nine meetings have been decided by 10 or fewer points; not this time, however, as the Seminoles pile up 291 rushing yards and blow out the Hurricanes on the road.
#17 Michigan State 34, #18 Michigan 17: First time this century that these rivals meet as unbeatens and Michigan State shuts down the Denard Robinson show (3 interceptions, season-low 88 rushing yards) while piling up 519 yards of total offense.
New Mexico State 16, New Mexico 14: Two winless programs which rank near the bottom of the country in nearly every statistical category meet in a Land of Enchantment battle, the home-standing Aggies win it with a field goal with two minutes to go.
#7 Nebraska 48, Kansas State 13: Kansas State falls from the undefeated ranks as Nebraska's Taylor Martinez runs for 241 yards and four touchdowns and the Huskers continue to assert themselves in the national picture.
#8 Auburn 37, Kentucky 34: Quarterback Cameron Newton registers another huge game, rushing for 197 yards and four TDs as Auburn boots the game-winning field goal with two seconds remaining.
#21 Nevada San Jose State: Running back Vai Taua records 196 rushing yards and three touchdowns, while quarterback Colin Kaepernick chips in with 91 yards and two scores on the ground.
#20 Wisconsin 41, Minnesota 23: John Clay runs for three touchdowns and James White adds two more as the Badgers pile up 250 rushing yards as they return to the win column.
#25 Air Force 49, Colorado State 27: The option based Air Force offense actually threw nine times, including a pair of long TD passes, but still rushed 47 times for 243 yards.
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#2 Ohio State 38, Indiana 10: A quarterback who often beats foes with his feet, Terrelle Pryor continues to prove his overall ability by throwing for a career-best 334 yards while the Buckeye defense shuts down Indiana's potent attack and moves into the nation's top ranking.
#22 Oklahoma State 54, UL Lafayette 28: Brandon Weeden completes 29-of-47 passes for 351 yards and five touchdowns as the Cowboys remain undefeated.
#4 Boise State 57, Toledo 14: The Broncos make a case to move up in the standings by burying Toledo (which came in 3-2), piling up 501 yards of offense and allowing only 286.
#10 Utah 68, Iowa State 27: The Utes strut their stuff in a blowout of a Big 12 foe, tallying 31 second-quarter points and 593 yards of total offense.
#3 Oregon 43, Washington State 23: Defense is referring to Washington State, the Pac-10 doormat which was expected to give up a boatload of points to the potent Duck offense - 43 is well below the Ducks' average. Oregon did lose starting quarterback Darron Thomas to injury in the first half.
#5 TCU 45, Wyoming 0: The Horned Frogs post their second consecutive shutout, holding the Cowboys to 191 total yards.
#24 Missouri 26, Colorado 0: Twenty years after the famous Fifth Down Game, these two teams meet again and undefeated Mizzou has no need for extra downs in the blowout victory.