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NGN Top 25 key matchups: Week 7

Week 7 of the college football season was an exciting one. One that gave us some upsets that put a dent in some plans for the bowl season. #1 Alabama, #2 Oregon and #3 Clemson won their games to stay atop the rankings. Teams like Stanford, Georgia, Oklahoma and Michigan were not so lucky. Let’s take a look and see what happened to these teams on the way to the BCS.

Penn St 43 #18 Michigan 40 (4 OT’s)

It has been a rough two years on campus at State College. The memory of the past still lingers and the football team is still paying for that past. Head coach Bill O’Brien has preached staying together through it all the Penn St way. It appears that the players that have stayed bought into the message. All the team needed was one signature win to bring back that winning feeling again.

The Wolverines came into town with a top 20 ranking and looking to lower that number. What they got themselves into was a football fight that would not go their way. First, they would have to fight their way back from a 21-10 deficit. They did that with the help of a fumble return for a score and two Devin Gardner touchdown passes to make it 34-24 Michigan.

From there it was Penn St QB Christian Hackenburg to the rescue. He would lead a field goal drive and then take it in from the one to tie the game at 34 with 27 seconds remaining. Now it was a whole brand new ball game.

It took four overtimes, but Penn St would get a Bill Belton 2-yard run to win the game. From there it was bedlam in College Station full of hugs and tears. It was the biggest win for this program since it the tragic events that saw them lose more than just scholarships. It was a win that brings belief back to a place that once lived on it.

Utah 27 #5 Stanford 21

Upset specials kept on when the Utes stunned and probably ended the BCS hopes for the Cardinal. It was a hard loss for Stanford as they were trying to make a case as one of college football’s elite.

Dres Anderson scored twice, back-to-back, a 51-yard touchdown catch and a 3-yards run, to give the Utes the lead for good. Utah won the battle of time of possession, first downs and total yards. It was a huge win and their first in the Pac-12.

For Stanford, it was a big loss in their quest for a national championship. They could only manage 13 first downs and never could find their way in this one. QB Kevin Hogan struggled all game to move his offense and once they lost the momentum, they never got it back. The worst part of all is, they will now need a lot of help to get themselves back in the title picture. The good this is, there is still time in the wacky world of the BleepCS.

Texas 36 #12 Oklahoma 20

Case McCoy has operated in the shadow of his big brother Colt, the ex-quarterback in Austin. In this game, he would come out of that shadow to claim this team as his own now. He would finish this one going 13-21 for 190 yards and two touchdown passes. He would get help from his backfield, as Johnathan Gray (29 carries for 123 yards) and Malcolm Brown (23 carries for 120 yards), had huge days too.

The Sooners were never in this one and got just 263 total yards and 13 first downs. By halftime, it was 23-10 Texas and it looked like Oklahoma was already beat. The big plays all went the way of Texas and now the Sooners will have to see how the rest of their season turns out.

It was a huge win for Texas in a season gone bad. Coach Brown said all the right things after the game, but you know he had to breathe a huge sigh of relief somewhere in private.

Missouri 41 #6 Georgia 26

Upset week did not spare the Georgia Bulldogs in what may have been the end of their season. They are a team decimated by the injury bug and now must go the rest of the way with third and fourth stringers. They fell behind by 18 points and had to claw their way back to make it a game at 28-26. But this time there would be no comeback.

Aaron Murray has played almost lights out this year. When it appeared his team had lost to Tennessee, he had the big run and they came away the winners. On this night, he would throw two costly picks in the fourth quarter to seal the fate of his team. Another huge loss and another blown chance at a national championship. With their second loss of the year, the Bulldogs look to be on the outside looking in.

For Missouri, they lost their starting quarterback, James Franklin, for the rest of the year after he injured his shoulder. Even with his loss, it was still too hard for Georgia to stop the Tigers. They would get their first win over a top 10 team in over 30 years. They are 6-0 and 2-0 in the SEC. The only thing now is if they can win with out their starting QB.





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