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Top 25 Game recaps: Week 6

Week 6 for the Top 25 in the college football season gave us more mid season drama. There were upsets and near upsets. In the end, the mighty stood tall and separation continues.

#6 Georgia 34 Tennessee 31

If you had asked most their opinion of this game, most would have told you it was not going to be a game. The Bulldogs came in a defensive stand away from possibly being number one in the land. The Volunteers came in hoping to be able to take the game into the fourth quarter. What started as a supposed blowout, turned out to be the game of the week.

At 17-3, the game looked to be going as planned for Georgia. They had the lead and momentum going their way. It was halftime and all the Dawgz had to do was come out in the second half and put the game away.

That would not be, as Tennessee came storming back. Starting quarterback Justin Worley has taken a lot of heat this year. He has deserved most of it, but on this day, he came to play football. His touchdown pass to Marquez North made it 17-10. Later in the third, Georgia lined up to punt. The kick was blocked and Devan Swafford took it in to tie the game at 17. The momentum had swung.

The teams would trade touchdowns in the fourth and one in particular was crucial. Georgia QB Aaron Murray knew he had all the responsibility on his shoulders to stop the Tennessee onslaught. With that, he took off and ran the ball 57 yards. It would lead to touchdown that would put Georgia up 24-17. Rajon Neal, 28 carries for 148 yards, scored the next two touchdowns and the Vols were up 31-24 with just under seven minutes left.

The noise in Neyland Stadium was unlike anything heard there in a long time. The Rocky Top chant was strong and there was a feeling an upset was brewing. That’s the thing about getting back to national prominence. You have to learn how to win again before you start winning again.

Georgia and Murray would march down the field, tie the game, and send it into overtime. In overtime, Pig Howard would catch a pass from Worley and stretch for the end zone. He would fumble the ball through the end zone and that was the game.

It was a valiant effort by the Vols and it could be a springboard too. It is these kinds of games that help to turn a program back on the right track. So lets pay attention to the rest of the season and see where this takes Tennessee.

For Georgia, it was a close call in a game full of more injuries. They are decimated now and will depend on Murray to carry them the rest of the way. They also survived a blow to their BCS title hopes.

Ohio St 40 Northwestern 30

This was a game between two of the top 25 teams in the country. Northwestern would try to give it the old college try and knock the Buckeyes out of the BCS picture. Ohio St would try to solidify its spot in the top 5 in the country.

The Wildcats found themselves up 23-13 on the strength of three Jeff Budzien field goals. Up to that point, the Buckeyes were slightly outplayed and knew they had to try and take over the game.

Carlos Hyde would not let the slippery conditions or the Wildcats to stop him from having a big day. He would carry Ohio St with 26 carries for 168 yards and three touchdowns. Two of those came in the decisive fourth quarter when the Buckeyes scored 20 points to put the game away.

The win keeps the Buckeyes right on track for a possible national championship and was their 18th straight win.

Notre Dame 37 #22 Arizona St. 34

In a year that finds the Irish out of the Top 25, they managed to pull off a big win against a Top 25 team. That victim would be the Sun Devils in a game that saw Notre Dame take a 24-13 lead, courtesy of a third quarter touchdown pass from Tommy Rees. That was his third of the game, but it still wasn’t enough.

Arizona St QB Taylor Kelly threw for 362 yards and three touchdowns, including a fourth quarter score that tied it at 27. His last would be too little to late, in what turned out to be a good game.

Notre Dame really wanted this one bad and won it when Dan Fox picked Kelly off and ran it back 14 yards for the clincher. We will see if this win is enough to propel the Irish back into the Top 25. Either way, they always seem to make it interesting, don’t they?

#5 Stanford 31 Washington 28

As the game opened, I thought about that fact that the Cardinal get no love when talking about the elite in college football. So as to answer that, Ty Montgomery ran the opening kickoff 99 yards to make it 7-0, just like that. He would end up with a great day, finishing with 290 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Kevin Hogan was a pedestrian 12-20 for 100 yards, a touchdown pass and a pick.

The Cardinal had to withstand an onslaught of offense from the Huskies. QB Keith Price threw for 350 yards and two touchdowns to almost pull off the huge upset. The Huskies out gained the Cardinal 489-284, had 30 first downs to Stanford’s 14 and Bishops Shankey’s 125 yards rushing in a disappointing loss. A fourth quarter touchdowns by Washington was too a bit too late to make a difference.

Still , the win let’s the Cardinal keep pace with the other top teams in the country. A win like this one will put the other elite teams on notice that Stanford is for real.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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