One For The Ages!
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Michigan and Notre Dame played one of the most exciting fourth quarters in college football history Saturday night from the Big House. In front of an NCAA record 114,804 fans, the Wolverines scored 28 points in the final period to pull off the amazing 35-31 victory, capped off by quarterback Denard Robinson's 16-yard touchdown toss in the final seconds. In all, 21 points were scored in the last 72 seconds...ALSO, South Carolina defeated Georgia thanks to several big plays from a surprising source.
When ESPN's Top 10 plays of the day has numbers one, two and three reserved for the same game - the same final minute have you - then you know something special went down.
Both Quarterbacks played spectacular - most of the time. While both threw for over 300 yards (Tommy Rees had 315 and three scores to Denard Robinson's 338 and four scores), they also combined for five interceptions (Robinson had three). But in a game that will be remembered for its offense, these were the stars of the show.
While neither Michigan nor Notre Dame are amongst college football's elite at the current moment, this game had the feel of a game that would factor in the national title. This was the first prime-time game in Michigan Stadium history, and this crowd was ready. They were treated to a game that will go down as one of the best of all-time.
South Carolina 45, Georgia 42.
The Gamecocks used the big play to beat Georgia in Athens. Scoring on plays of 68 and 34 yards, and returning a fumble 56 yards to set up another score, USC took an early lead in the SEC Eastern Division standings. Like the classic from Ann Arbor, these two teams also played an exciting fourth quarter, combining for 39 points.
Running back Marcus Lattimore had another big day for the Gamecocks. He carried the ball 27 times for 176 yards and a touchdown. But the hero for USC on this day came in the form of Melvin Ingram - on defense. He had two, yes two, touchdowns on this day. One was the 68-yard scamper on a fake punt. The second came when UGA quarterback Aaron Murray fumbled upon being sacked, and Ingram recovered and ran it in for six points.
For Georgia, things will get rockier. Despite playing well, and USC Coach Steve Spurrier saying in his postgame interview that the Dawgs outplayed his squad, this loss will bring out nothing but more anger from Coach Mark Richt's haters. With an 0-2 start, the man's seat is an absolute inferno right now.
South Carolina will try to keep the momentum of a 2-0 start going when they host Navy next weekend. They are 1-0 in the SEC, on the edge of the top ten, and in hot pursuit of a return trip to the SEC Championship Game in December.
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