Saturday Football notes: Week 9

Texas managed to survive with a late touchdown from Case McCoy to DJ Grant with 7 seconds left in Lawrence for the come from behind win over the Jayhawsk – 21-17 – so Texas gets not only a win, but a nice quarterback controversy.

South Carolina held on for the win over Tennessee 38-35 when Jadeveon Clowney made a monstrous play inside their own 20 by forcing a fumble from Tyler Bray which was recovered with 1:06 left.  The Gamecoks win, but they lost Marcus Lattimore to a horrendous injury to his right leg which, from the looks of it, will end his season.

In the first quarter in Eugene, the Oregon Ducks are already up in Colorado’s grill leading 21-0 early there. (UPDATE: This one ended up being ridiculous with Oregon winning 70-14 over the Buffaloes)

BYU and Georgia Tech are tied up at 7 early (UPDATE: BYU ended up winning this one handily in Atlanta, 41-17

Other games that I think will be interesting to watch in the 3:30 eastern time slot are the USC/Arizona game in Tempe, TCU/Oklahoma State in Stillwater and Texas Tech/Kansas State in Manhattan – all those are just getting under way – the first two are scoreless so far, but Texas Tech just took a 7-0 lead on their opening drive.

Georgia pulled an upset in their match-up with Florida 17-9 with the Gators turning the ball over 6 times including twice in the endzone when they were trying to score.  It was also a sloppy game in terms of penalties with 24 penalties for 227 yards between these rivals.


Arizona is working on an upset of USC – leading 39-28 with just over 5 minutes left and the Trojans have turned it over 5 times in this one.  USC scored at the 4:40 mark and got the 2 point conversion to make it a 3 point game at 39-36 and now Zona is trying to milk as much clock as possible with their running game.  So far in this game:  1168 total yards of offense between the two teams.  The Wildcat managed to bleed off about 3 minutes of time on the clock leaving Matt Barkley and the USC offense 55 seconds after the punt to get within field goal range with a starting field position at their own 13 and no timeouts for either team.  Then the Matt Barkley that everyone was expecting to be the #1 draft pick marched the Trojans to mid-field in 4 plays and with 5 seconds left from the Arizona 48 yard line – the Hail Mary into the endzone fell incomplete after being tipped away by a Wildcat defender giving USC their second loss of the season and Rich Rodriguez gets his first signature win as the head coach of Arizona 39-36.

It looked early on like TCU would give the Pokes all they could handle in Stillwater, but in the end Oklahoma State scores 27 unanswered points in the second half to win this one 36-14.

Kansas State lead 13-10 at halftime over the Red Raiders then outscored Texas Tech in the second half 42-14 to make a final score of 55-24