A Day to Remember!
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The college football world is treated to a special day. It almost felt like New Year's Day Friday as I flipped channels watching multiple college football games. Early in the day, West Virginia announced that they were back in the BCS picture by whipping Pitt in the Big East. Midday we saw Nebraska beat Colorado to wrap up the Big 12 North. Also midday we saw Auburn come back from the dead to beat Alabama, thus staying alive for a national title. And last night, things really got crazy as Boise State lost for the first time all year, and Oregon needed a huge second half to beat Arizona at home....
Auburn 28, Alabama 27 - Early in the day, this game had the folks in our living room talking about how this game would stir up the BCS race. Alabama was whipping up on Auburn something fierce, leading 24-0 halfway through the second quarter. Bama looked like the national champion of a year ago, and it looked like Auburn's dream season was about to come to an end. But the Tigers got 14 points via touchdowns just on either side of intermission, and as the third quarter really got going, Auburn found itself right back in at 24-14. The War Eagle defense stayed relentless, and Cam Newton and company continued to pick up first downs. Before you knew it, Auburn had come back to win one of the most classic Iron Bowls of all-time. This team is now one win away from heading to Glendale, Arizona and the BCS Championship Game...
Nevada 34, Boise State 31 - Before we get into the whole debate about whether BSU belonged in the top five anyway, let me say this was one of the more fun games I have ever watched! Finishing up around 1:30 am, this game had it all. Boise went up 17-0 in the first half, but saw that deficit erased. The score then went to 31-17, but again the Wolfpack came back. Nevada tied the game 31-31 with just seconds to play. Many expected Boise to take a knee and go to OT. Nope. Kellen Moore threw a BOMB to Titus Young, who made one of the greatest catches I have ever seen inside the 10-yard line with just :01 to play. After a review, the catch stood, and with :02 left on the clock (they added one second), BSU was lined up for a fg to stay unbeaten. The kicker then missed from what is essentially an extra point! In OT, the same guy missed another one, and Nevada made their kick for the stunning upset. One of the biggest kicker choke jobs I have ever witnessed in my life watching live on TV...
Oregon 49, Arizona 28 - Although Arizona played a fine first half in which they led 19-14 heading into the break, I knew Oregon was going to come back in half number two and wreck house. Well, I was right. The Ducks won the second half of this game 35-10 and are now just one win away from playing for a national title. It is crazy to me how this team has a switch it can cut on to its offense. Looking anemic in the rain for 30 minutes (hell, they still had 14), the Ducks just erupted after halftime. This team is extra special, and barring a miracle, will be playing for a shot at glory in January.
West Virginia 35, Pitt 10 - I picked WVU in this game, and they came through in a big-time way. With the win, the 'Neers keep alive hope that they can once again represent the Big East in the BCS. Of all teams, West Virginia must now get some help or else Syracuse may be the ones to carry the torch. WVU went up 7-0 just a minute and a hlaf into the game after an interception. Pitt would fumble six times in this game, losing three.
Nebraska 45, Colorado 10 - In game that featured two teams that will both be leaving the Big 12 following this season, Nebraska's offense came to life and they will now face either Oklahoma or Oklahoma State in the conference championship game next week. Rex Burkhead was the story of the game for Nebraska. The running back threw two touchdown passes and racked up 101 yards on the ground, as well, to lead his team with starting quarterback Taylor Martinez out.
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