Daily Blog • October 12, 2010


The Week After:

How teams have done the following week after upsetting the #1 team in the last 20 years

Year Team Opp Line Score Next Opp Line Score W/L
2008 Oregon St #1 USC +25 27-21
#15 at Utah
+15 28-31 L
2008 #6 Texas Tech #1 Texas +3 39-33
#8 Oklahoma St
-3 56-20 W
2008 #5 Texas #1 Oklahoma +6 45-35
#11 Missouri
-4 56-31 W
2007 Illinois #1 Ohio St +15 28-21
-13 41-22 W
2007 #17 Kentucky #1 LSU +9 43-37 3OT
#14 Florida
+7 37-45 L
2002 Texas A&M #1 Oklahoma +10 30-26
-9 27-33 2OT L
2001 Auburn #1 Florida +23 23-20
La Tech
-12 48-41 W
2000 #7 Miami #1 Florida St +6 27-24
at Temple
-22 45-17 W
2000 #3 Oklahoma #1 Nebraska +2 31-14
-39 56-7 W
1998 Michigan St #1 Ohio St +27 28-24
+2 24-25 L
1997 #14 LSU #1 Florida +16 28-21
-16 21-36 L
1996 #17 Arizona St #1 Nebraska +25 19-0
-12 48-27 W
1994 #6 Auburn #1 Florida +17 36-33
-11 31-14 W
1993 #17 Boston Coll #1 Notre Dame +15 41-39
#5 W Virginia
-1 14-17 L
1992 #12 Arizona #1 Washington +7 16-3
#18 USC
+2 7-14 L
1991 #2 Miami #1 Florida St +3 17-16
Boston College
-21 19-14 W
1990 #16 BYU #1 Miami +13 28-21
Wash St
-11 50-36 W
1990 #16 Georgia Tech #1 Virginia +13 41-38
Virginia Tech
-14 6-3 W
1990 Michigan St #1 Michigan +11 28-27
#8 Illiinois
+3 13-15 L
1990 Stanford #1 Notre Dame +18 36-31
#16 USC
+6 22-37 L
1990 #18 Penn St #1 Notre Dame +7 24-21
-16 22-17 W

Since 1990 Teams have gone 12-9 following an upset over a #1 team. Teams that were unranked when beating a #1 team were just 2-5 and teams having to face another ranked team in the following week were 2-6. This week South Carolina takes on Kentucky and ranked teams coming off a win were 8-1 against unranked teams the following week.

More News and Notes

Isaiah Pead has made quiet an impact on the Cincinnati offense. Pead came back vs Oklahoma and the Bearcats rolled up 454 yards and took the Sooners to the wire. The team had a bye before facing Miami Oh last week. Pead rushed for 197 yards on just 10 carries and UC thoroughly dominated the game. At the half UC led 45-3 and had a commanding 480-134 yd edge. UC, with backup QB Anderson’s second drive, went 65/18pl but on 4&gl from the 10 simply ran it up the middle for a 4 yd gain. UM gained 72 yds on the final 11 plays getting to the UC22.

Rice actually led UTEP 7-0 after going 76/12pl on their first poss but UTEP scored TD’s on their final 4 poss of the half including after Rice got a 28 yd FG to pull within 23-10 they got a 50 yd KR, 48 yd pass to the 2 (:12) and a 2 yd TD run (:08). UTEP led 44-17 and both punted when Rice drove 69/11pl getting a garbage 12 yd TD pass with :50 left.

North Texas gave Chase Baine his first start at QB as their top 3 QB’s were all out. Baine, an unheralded walk-on QB has a lot of confidence and did rush for 80 yds while hitting 9-17-77. They fumbled on their first play setting up an ASU TD and at one point ASU led 21-3. NT battled back to 21-16 at the half and even had a 218-210 yd edge. It was 21-19 in the 4Q when ASU got a 39 yd FG with 9:40 left. NT did get to the ASU28 trailing 24-19 but was sk’d on 3&14 and on 4&31 punting with 2:36 left. ASU got 1 FD and ran out the clock.

Florida Atlantic and ULM had a lot of strange plays. FAU’s opening drive got to the ULM10 but they were int’d at the 1. ULM got a 52 yd pass to the 12 but a 23 yd FG bounced off the upright. ULM gained 56 yds on a fake punt but 3pl later fumbled. FAU started on their 19 and lost 18 yds after a snap went over the QB’s head. QB Van Camp was tkl’d for a safety on the next play. Following the free kick, ULM went for it on 4&11 and gained 19 yds to the 5 and then on 3&7 got a TD. After a FAU15 yd punt, ULM went for it on 4&8 and got a 9 yd gain to the FAU23 and 4pl later a 30 yd FG with :33 left in the half to lead 12-0. FAU battled back and led 17-12. FAU got a FD to the ULM43 on an 11 yd run with 4:24 left and were basically 1 FD away from the win but on FD Van Camp fmbl’d the snap. ULM went 55/9pl and got a 5 yd TD run with 2:43 left and then went for 2 and got it. FAU was SOD on their own 36 with 1:33 left.

Tulane struggled vs the Army option giving up 312 rushing yds. Some key stats from the key is that this year Army has already outscored last year’s Army edition and they are only six games into the season. Also, Army won its 3rd road game and the last time they won 3 games away from West Point was in 1967. An Army fmbl set up a Tulane 27 yard “drive” for a TD which tied it at 7 but Tulane fmbl’d on 3 consecutive poss including 2 straight KR fumbles. Army netted 10 points and a missed FG out of that. Army led 24-7 at the half and extended it to 31-7. With 2:32 left Tulane capped a 69/9pl drive with a TD and 2pt conv to get within 34-23 but Army ret’d the onside kick 31 yds to the Tulane 8 and got a TD 2pl later for the 41/23 final.

San Jose St played a surprisingly strong game vs Nevada. They took their opening poss 80/10pl for a TD to tie it and their 3rd poss 49/7pl for a 28 yd FG to get to 14-10. SJS onside kicked and recovered but fumbled away at the Nevada32. When SJS got a 42 yd FG with :12 left in the half they only trailed 21-13 and had 250 yds offense at the half (NV had 389). SJS opened the 3Q with a 9pl drive to the Nevada 18 but was int’d in the EZ and NV got a 73 yd TD run for some breathing room. Nevada got a TD with 2:23 left to go up 35-13 and SJS went on a 65/16pl drive. They had a 1st & gl at the 10 but on 4&11 were int’d at the 3 with 3:16 left.

The Arizona St/Washington game was played in a heavy downpour throughout. ASU went on a pair of long drives to lead 14-7 and UW was SOD on a fake FG at the ASU31 and SOD on 4&5 at the ASU35, the latter with just 1:01 left in the half. ASU went 65/5pl getting a 25 yd TD pass with :19 left to take a 21-7 lead and did have a 275-156 yd edge. UW got a 4&2 TD at the start of the 4Q to make it 21-14 (14:22) and ASU was int’d at the UW20 and ret’d 10 yds. ASU forced a punt and went 53/8pl for a 22 yd FG, 24-14. UW was SOD at their own 34 but ASU missed a 40 yd FG with 3:40 left. UW gained 50 yds on their final 9pl getting to the ASU18 but was int’d in the EZ with 1:44 left.

New Mexico/New Mexico St not only came in 0-9 SU but in all 9 games both teams performed weaker than expectations as they were also 0-9 ATS vs the Las Vegas spread. There were a few good offensive plays but this turned into a punt-fest and some of those punts, especially in the 2H came on 4&34, 4&39, 4&26 and 4&27. NMSt opened with a pair of FG’s and NM answered with 80 and 45 yd drives for TD’s to lead 14-6. With 4:24 left 1H New Mexico led 14-6 but fumbled the punt in the EZ and NMSt fell on it for a TD which was huge. NM fumbled at midfield and the next 7 poss were punts followed by 2 fumbles followed by 2 punts and a fumble, the latter happened when NM fumbled at their own 44 with 5:11 left. NMSt with backup QB Manley in, hit 11-21 and they got a 25 yd FG with 1:56 left to pull out the win for the home team.

Oregon did suffer some injures vs Washington St as QB Thomas was injured in the 2Q and didn’t return and backup RB Barner was taken to the hospital on a play that shook up several UO teammates. On the play he got hurt on, he fumbled the KO at his own 6 and stunningly two plays later WSU got a TD to lead 14-8. UO scored on a 3rd & 14, 84 yd TD pass to make it 15-14 but WSU closed to 22-17 before UO got a TD with 2:17 left in the half to make it 29-17. UO quickly scored in the 3Q to make it 36-17 but WSU went 80/11pl for a TD and only trailed by 13. Heisman candidate LaMichael James actually fumbled twice in the final 1.5Q’s, both times at the WSU29. WSU had a FD at the UO12 with :31 left in the 3Q trailing by just 2 TD’s but they were int’d at the 2. UO drove 91/10pl for a TD. WSU was SOD at the UO30 with 4:51 left.

There was nothing fluky about Hawaii’s upset of Fresno St as a double digit dog. They had a 372-362 yd edge. UH led 7-3 when the teams went through six straight 3 & outs. FSU got a 50 yd TD pass with 1:26 left in the half and UF went 71/5pl for a TD with :20 left to lead 14-10. UH went 73/8pl, 62/4pl, 90/7 for TD’s on their first 3 poss of the 2H to lead 35-13. Leading 35-20, UH drove 79/11pl for a TD with just 3:57 left, 42-20 then got a 48 yd TD 4pl later, 49-20. FSU went 52/6pl getting a garbage TD with 1:13 left.

Iowa St actually led Utah 14-10 as they recovered a fumble at the Utah7 to set up a TD and got an int at the Utah37 to set up a TD. Utah dominated from there. In the 2Q Utah had a 31-0 edge. Special teams have been a large part of the Utah equation and were once again with Dunn getting a 100 yd KR and Shaky Smithson continues to be impressive. He threw a 32 yd TD pass, caught a 61 yd TD pass and had a 78 yd PR to the 2 and 41 yd PR to the 24, the latter put the Utes up 68-20. ISU went 79/6pl for a garbage TD with 5:18 left and Utah ended the game taking a knee at the ISU23.

USC lost on a last second FG for the 2nd straight week. You have to wonder how long Kiffin will be able to hold this team, which has no bowl possibilities, together. Matt Barkley hit 28-45-384 yds and Andrew Luck hit 20-24 for 284. Luck may have made it best play of the game when Stanford fumbled and Wright picked it up and it looked like he could go all the way but Luck leveled him on the tackle forcing a fumble. SC did recover but got to midfield but did not score. Stanford missed an xp with 9:27 left to lead by 6 and while USC was SOD at the SU32 with 6:54 left, they drove 52/10pl getting a TD with 1:08 left for the 35-34 lead. SU’s next drive started with a 4 yd pass but a pers foul took it out 45. Kiffin’s D collapsed allowing a 10 yd pass, 14 yd pass and 15 yd run on the next 3 plays to the 16. Stanford positioned to the middle of the field and kicked a 30 yd FG for the win on the final play.

It is that time of year again for Oregon St. Every year they start September slowly then turn it on in October and November and it appears Mike Riley is working his magic once again. Ryan Katz, who completed 43% of his passes on the road in the first 2 starts, hit 30-42-393 yds. Arizona did have a 26-25 FD edge and 541-486 yd edge for the game. Each team was int’d in the EZ and AU missed a 37 yd FG in the 1H. AU was SOD at their own 43 with 4:47 left but got a TD with 1:52 left to make it 29-27. OSU recovered the onside kick and punted 65 yds for a TB with :02 left. AU20 played the lateral play on the final play getting only to the 50.

Despite the final of 33-29 there were a lot of short drives in the LSU/Florida game. LSU had by far its best effort of the year with a 24-15 FD edge and 386-243 yd edge. UF’s first 2 TD’s came on a 17 yd drive after an int and a 16 yd drive after LSU fumbled a punt and they led 14-10. UF punted from its own EZ with 1:49 left in the half, leading by 4 but LSU started at the UF39 and on 2nd down got a 38 yd TD pass then rec’d a fumble and added a 39 yd FG on the last play of the half for a stunning 20-14 lead. UF wasted its best drive of the game. They went 70/15pl and had a 1st & gl at the 6 but settled for a 25 yd FG and missed it. UF was int’d and LSU drove 38 yds for a TD to lead 26-14 but UF got an 88 yd KR TD. UF put together its 2nd offensive drive going 80/9pl getting a TD with 2:21 left for the lead, 29-26. LSU appeared ready to tie it with a 53 yd FG but faked it and amazingly UF wasn’t looking for the fake. The holder flipped the ball over his head and it bounced off the ground and Jasper ran it for a FD to the 31. They reviewed to see if it was a forward pass because if the ball had gone forward (and it was close) it would have been an incomplete pass and the game would have been over. LSU was not content to tie in OT. Miles had them throw 28 yds to the 3 and on 3&gl from the 3 was throwing again. This time Lee hit Toliver with a TD pass and LSU got the upset and remain unbeaten.

Auburn appeared unstoppable vs Kentucky. Cam Newton hit 13-21-211 yds and added 197 yards rushing 28 carries. Auburn scored on all 5 1H poss and led 31-14 but UK got a 29 yd FG on the half’s final play, 31-17. Auburn was int’d on their first poss of the 3Q and then went 3 & out on the next two with their first 2 punts of the game. UK rallied to tie at 31 with 4:03 left 3Q. Auburn went 73/9pl and had a 1st & gl at the 8 but settled for a 19 yd FG. UK went 54/14pl including a 4&1 conversion. They settled for a 35 yd FG, 34-34 with 7:31 left. Auburn fumbled the KR but recovered at their own 7. Auburn went 86/19pl with 7 FD’s and got a 24 yd FG on the final play for the win.

Purdue was playing with 3rd string QB Rob Henry as Robert Marve was lost for the year (inj) and 2nd string QB Turbush was declared academically ineligible for the season. Henry hit just 6-16 passing for 47 yards but led the team with 132 yards rushing. Northwestern had a 23-13 FD edge and 389-279 yd edge but lost mostly due to special teams. NU fumbled a punt at their own 24 setting up a Purdue FG and it was tied at 10 at the half. NU led 17-13 with just 8:13 left when they had a 41 yd FG blocked. Purdue went 68/14pl getting an 8 yd TD run to take the lead, 20-17. NU got 3 FD’s and lined up for the game tying 45 yd FG but missed wide right. On 3&15 with :53 left, NU was called for a pers foul but PU got a FD and ran out the clock.