by Tommy Lawlor
Great day of games. Days like this remind me why I love college football so much. You don’t need to be a fan of a particular team to enjoy the games. You get caught up in the drama on the field and the atmosphere of the stadium. You see agony and ecstasy. Mix in a few cheerleaders and that is CFB at its best.
Oregon over Arizona — the Ducks won the game in OT to keep control of the race for the Rose Bowl. They will play Oregon State for the Pac-10 title a week from Thanksgiving. I can’t say enough about the toughness of QB Jeremiah Masoli and the play of RB LeMichael James. Those guys didn’t panic when Arizona had the lead. They didn’t panic on critical 3rd down plays. They just got the job done. I feel bad for the Wildcats. They’ve never been to the Rose Bowl and that streak continues. Still, it has been a terrific season for Arizona.
Kentucky over Georgia — These teams played a great game last year, but UK came up just short. This year the Wildcats made key plays and won the game in the 4th Qtr. Georgia fans really disappointed me. Late in the game they started to leave despite the fact that teh Dawgs weren’t out of it. LB Sam Maxwell had a big game.
Cal 34, Stanford 28 — This was a back and forth game. Stanford had the early lead before Cal took control of the game. Stanford had the ball inside the Red Zone in the final 2 minutes and you just knew they were going to pull off the comeback. Then QB Andrew Luck threw a pass over the middle to his TE. Unfortunately he didn’t notice the Cal LB also in the area. The ball was picked and that ended the game. Toby Gerhart had 4 TD runs.
Hawaii 17, San Jose St 10 — This game went to OT and I just caught that part of it. SJSU coach Dick Tomey announced his retirement this week. It would have been nice to see him go out with a win. Tomey isn’t a star coach like Paterno or Bowden, but he’s one of those guys that anyone associated with the game of football really respects. He’s a coach’s coach. He won at San Jose, Hawaii, and Arizona. The Warriors kept their bowl hopes alive with the win.
Nebraska 17, Kansas St 3 — I used to love watching KSU. It was a guilty pleasure. The Wildcats had a weird mixture of Jucos, farmboys, renedgades, and castoffs. Some of that fun went away when Bill Snyder left. He’s back this year. KSU is playing better than expected. The Wildcats gave the Huskers everything they could handle, but KSU had serious Red Zone problems and lost. Still, it was fun seeing them show some of that old magic. I hope Bill Snyder is able to get the team really going.
Ole Miss over LSU — Classic finish. Unless you’re an LSU fan. They were down 8 points late in the game. The Tigers scored a TD. They went for 2 to tie up the game, but the play failed. The went with an onside kick and recovered it. The offense stalled, but hit on a big play with just seconds left. That put them into FG range. LSU had no timeouts. The clock showed :01. Instead of hustling the FG unit on the field the offense stayed out there. WHAT!!!??? The QB acted like he was going to down the ball. Again. WHAT!!!??? Before the ball was snapped the clock ran out. LSU coach Les Miles had some bizarre explanation as he left the field, but it really seemed like the LSU coaches screwed up big time. Did they think they had a timeout? Was there confusion between the offensive assistants and the special teams? I don’t know. LSU fans have to be sick that they were in position to win the game and didn’t even get a play off.
Fla State uniforms — The Seminoles came from behind to beat Maryland. That wasn’t anything special. The game did stand out because of what FSU wore. They had all red uniforms. The numbers were gold. The helmets were black. They looked…awful. Or worse. Please FSU, don’t ever wear those again. The win did keep their bowl eligibility alive. They’re now 6-5 with a game left at Florida.