Oklahoma: No overlooking Iowa State for the
Sooners. With the Red River Shootout coming up this week,
Oklahoma got business done against a struggling Iowa State
team. Oklahoma pounded the Cyclones 53-7 at Iowa State's Jack
Trice Stadium. Actually, the Oklahoma defense pitched a shutout
as Iowa State's only points were through an interception return.
The injured Iowa State team was no match for Oklahoma. Austin
Flynn, Iowa State's quarterback is no Seneca Wallace as he
went 6-of-17 for 88 yards, 0 touchdowns and two INTs. Flynn
was also the leading Iowa State rusher, going for 19 carries
and a measly 49 yards. Iowa State's leading rusher Hiwatha
Rutland is out for the year.
Wow, how about rookie coach Urban Meyer and his Utah Utes?
They are now an impressive 4-1 after taking down Oregon, 17-13.
The Ducks could only muster 80 yards running against the tough
Utah defense. Oregon used their two-QB rotation against Utah.
Kellen Clemens was 12-of-24 for 246 yards, but the big number
here is 0 touchdowns thrown. Jason Fife, the other quarterback
went 3-9 for 22 yards 0 touchdowns and one INT. Utah's "D"
stood on their head down the stretch as Oregon only got to
the Utah 36-yard line in the second half.
State: Face it, Michigan State is for real and John
L. Smith is one of the best coaches in America. Indiana was
the Spartans' latest victim on Saturday as the Hoosiers got
crushed 31-3. Matt LoVecchio, the transfer from Notre Dame
who's now the starting quarterback for Indiana, went 14-for-31
for 168 yards 0 touchdown passes and 0 interceptions. The
running game combined for a decent 117 yards but could never
bust out any big plays as the Spartan defense kept it contained.
Indiana had just one turnover for the game and that was a
Miss: These Rebels just have Florida and Ron Zook's
number. For the second year in a row, Ole Miss upset Florida,
this time 20-17. Just allowing 17 points to a powerful Florida
offense is a job well done. Florida's 226-week streak of being
in the AP poll is done. Ran Carthon had a great day rushing
for Florida with 15 carries for 108 yards. DeShawn Wynn followed
with 11 carries for 40 yards. Chris Leak didn't have a bad
day throwing either, as he went 14-for-27 for 234 yards and
two TDs. But the interceptions are what killed, he had three
of them, including one at the end of the game that clinched
the win for the Runnin' Rebels. Even tight end Ben Troupe
had a good day with 4 catches for 63 yards and one TD. The
thing was, Ole Miss shut out Florida in the second half for
the second straight year.
State: OK, know I am a Colorado Buffaloes fan, but
I have to give credit where credit is due. Colorado State,
after a disappointing start to their season, came back to
crush a good Fresno State team, 34-10. The Fresno State passing
game could never get it going against the CSU secondary as
Jeff Grady went 11-of-19 for 111 yards, 0 touchdowns and two
INTs. Jeff Grady came in to the game but just went 6-of-12
for 47 yards. Something that the Colorado State defense did
have trouble stopping was the Fresno State running game as
they allowed 179 yards. But the overall effort is noteworthy
Eric Oliver, DB, Ole Miss: Oliver was the guy
who made a fantastic interception on Chris Leak that secured
the big upset win against Florida. Leak sent a long bomb down
the middle from his own 33 with about 30 seconds left. Oliver
made a great play to get it at the Ole Miss 25. It was Chris
Leak's third and final INT of the game.
Billups, DB, Iowa State: Hats off to Billups, he scored
the only Iowa State points against Oklahoma. He did it with
a nice long 77-yard INT return off Paul Thompson and gave
something for the few fans left at Jack Trice Stadium to cheer
Page and Rodney Leslie, UCLA: UCLA was down 16-14
at half. Then UCLA won the second half 39-0. These two guys
supplied much of the help. On the first play from scrimmage
in the third, Leslie recovered a fumble in the end zone for
UCLA. It was Leslie's first play of the game as he had to
sit out the first half due to throwing a punch in the San
Diego State game. Jarrad Page started to blow the game open
with a 24-yard INT return for a touchdown in the early parts
of the fourth.
Carlos Rogers, DB, Auburn: Rogers saved the
day for Auburn against Tennessee. Tennessee went on a furious
rally, going from being down 28-7 to making it good at 28-21.
With 1:54 left, Tennessee started a drive from their own 29.
As they drove up the field they had a 1st-and-10 on Auburn's
30. As Clausen was throwing to one of his wide receivers,
Rogers made a dive and intercepted the ball to clinch the
year's biggest win for Auburn.
Harper, Baylor: Harper took a 7-yard fumble return
to the house in Baylor's big win over Colorado. The play made
it 28-23 Baylor, and from that point on, they never relinquished
the lead. Baylor won their Big 12 opener 42-30.