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September 26 College Football Wrap-Up

Monday, September 28, 2009

 

NEW ORLEANS (Sept. 28) - Here's a brief look at the highlights of the fourth week of the college football season, a week which saw six top 25 teams get upended (pre-game AP rankings).

BCS BustersNo. 8 Boise State 49, Bowling Green 14: Boise smashes non-league foe, climbs into top 5.
No. 15 TCU 14, Clemson 10: Horned Frogs' defense continues to establish itself as one of the best.
No. 17 Houston 29, Texas Tech 28: Cougars top another Big 12 South foe in arguably the best game of the day (UH quarterback Case Keenum pictured above).

Upset SpecialsSouth Carolina 16, No. 4 Ole Miss 10: Highest-ranking since the Archie Manning days is no more for Rebels.
Iowa 21, No. 5 Penn State 10: Hawkeyes continue domination of Nittany Lions, winning for seventh time in last eight tries against Paterno.
Oregon 42, No. 6 Cal 3: Oregon and first-year head coach Chip Kelly make big statement to erase memory of brutal opening game loss to Boise State.
South Florida 17, No. 18 Florida State 7: First-time starter at QB for USF leads Bulls to shocking victory over storied in-state rival in first meeting between schools.
Georgia Tech 24, No. 22 North Carolina 7: The ACC once again shaping up to be a war of attrition as Georgia Tech quickly recovers from Miami loss.
Stanford 34, No. 24 Washington 14: Borderline upset as Vegas favored Stanford, but the Cardinal ended brief honeymoon stay in top 25 for Huskies.

EscapesNo. 7 LSU 30, Mississippi State 24: Tigers stop Bulldogs who have first-and-goal at the two in the final two minutes.
No. 14 Cincinnati 28, Fresno State 20: Closer than expected for Bearcats who use fourth-quarter INT to advantage.
No. 20 Kansas 35, Southern Miss 28: Kansas knocks out another potential BCS Buster in key Lawrence showdown.
No. 21 Georgia 20, Arizona State 17: Bulldogs hold off cross-country traveling Sun Devils in the rain.
No. 23 Michigan 36, Indiana 33: Forcier throws game-winning TD with 2:29 remaining.
Notre Dame 24, Purdue 21: Jimmy Clausen TD pass with 24 seconds left lifts Irish in another squeaker.

Asserting ThemselvesNo. 1 Florida 41, Kentucky 7:
Tebow was cruising before injury puts damper on convincing victory.
No. 2 Texas 64, UTEP 7: Not a prime-time foe, but still a dominating performance by Colt McCoy and Company.
No. 3 Alabama 35, Arkansas 7: Bama defense answers question of if it could stop Ryan Mallett and potent Razorback offense.
No. 11 Virginia Tech 31, No. 9 Miami 7: Challenging schedule catches up to Hurricanes on the road as over-looked Virginia Tech shines.
No. 13 Ohio State 30, Illinois 0: Buckeyes roll over conference foe - without completing a pass in the first half.

InjuriesFlorida QB and Manning Award winner Tim Tebow taken to the hospital following a concussion - return date is the big question in Gainesville.
Baylor QB Robert Griffin, a Manning Award Watch Lister, is out for the season with a knee injury.
Alabama LB Dont'a Hightower suffers knee injury in victory over Arkansas.
South Carolina DT Travian Robertson is done for the year after a knee injury against Ole Miss.
Utah RB and Sugar Bowl standout Matt Asiata is lost for the season with a knee injury.

Manning Award Stars of the WeekFrom the players selected to the preseason Watch List for the Manning Award, here are some of the standouts stars from week four:
Case Keenum, Houston
38-of-58, 445 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, in thrilling roller-coaster ride victory over Texas Tech.

Jeremiah Masoli, Oregon
21-of-25, 253 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, as Ducks crush No. 6 Cal at home.

Tony Pike, Cincinnati
18-of-26, 300 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, in solid non-conference victory over Fresno State.

Todd Reesing, Kansas
30-of-41, 331 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT, as Jayhawks remain undefeated by holding off Southern Miss.

Russell Wilson, N.C. State
21-of-35, 322 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, in exciting comeback victory over non-conference foe Pittsburgh.

Manning Award Players to WatchThe Manning Award Watch List will be revised in mid-October. Here's a look at fourth-week numbers from quarterbacks making a bid to join the Watch List:
B.J. Daniels, USF
8-of-21, 215 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INT, while rushing for 126 yards in first career start - an upset of No. 18 Florida State.

Greg McElroy, Alabama
17-of-24, 291 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, as Crimson Tide rolls over Arkansas.

Chris Todd, Auburn
19-of-26, 287 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, as Gene Chizik's squad continues to impress, improving to 4-0, with Ball State win.

Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin
19-of-31, 214 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, to lead Wisconsin to 38-20 win over Michigan State and 4-0 record.

This Week's Key Games (with new AP rankings)No. 3 Alabama at Kentucky - First road game for Alabama which is slowly closing the gap on No. 1 in the nation.
No. 4 LSU at No. 18 Georgia - Challenging road game for Tigers, Georgia offense starting to click.
No. 8 Oklahoma at No. 17 Miami - Sam Bradford may return to action; Miami looks to recover for Virginia Tech setback.
No. 12 Houston at UTEP - Every game bears watching for undefeated Cougars.
No. 7 USC at No. 24 Cal - Both Pac-10 contenders have suffered losses to unranked teams.
No. 22 Michigan at Michigan State - Rivalry game has lost some luster with slow start for Spartans.
Auburn at Tennessee - Tennessee's Kiffin has all of the "new-coach" attention, but Auburn's Chizik is undefeated.
Arkansas vs. Texas A&M - SEC and Big 12 meet at Cowboys Stadium.
Pitt at Louisville - Big Friday night game in the Big East as teams look to keep pace with leader Cincinnati.

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

-www.AllstateSugarBowl.org-

 











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