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It was a big day in the SEC, one in which we have a good idea as to who controls the race in the West (LSU) and who won't be a part of the East race (Tennessee). Georgia went across the nation to take care of business and Vanderbilt has started conference play 2-0 thanks to their win at Ole Miss. Other stories include a departure from the BCS crashers group, replaced by a familiar face with such experience. Here are seven important happenings this Saturday.
Friday night brought about the second straight nailbiter between the Big 12 and Big East, with Connecticut hanging on to the 31-28 win over Baylor to move to 4-0. Donald Brown was as good as advertised on the night, rushing for two touchdowns and 150 yards on the night. But the Husky defense had its hands full with Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, who accounted for 254 yards of total offense and four touchdowns (3 passing, 1 rushing).
Last night's game was thriller, with the homestanding Buffaloes pulling out the win 17-14 in overtime thanks to a Aric Goodman 25-yard field goal. Where did things go wrong for the Mountaineers? You can start with falling behind 14-0 in the first quarter, but the end of regulation had a lot more to do with their demise. Clock management? Virtually nonexistent on that final drive, with a receiver failing to get out of bounds when short of the first down marker...and the Mountaineers holding on to both of their remaining timeouts.
Round two of the Big East/Big 12 "Challenge" is on the docket for Thursday, with Louisville putting the Big East up 1-0 with a 38-29 home win over Kansas State last night. Redshirt freshman Victor Anderson had a big night for the Cards, rushing for 176 yards on just eighteen carries and three touchdowns. Louisville's defense also had two key interceptions in the second quarter that resulted in thirteen Cardinal points. But the task tonight will be much tougher for the defending Big East champions, who head into the high altitude to take on a young program on the rise.
Kansas State @ Lousiville, 8PM EST on ESPN2
Did the Buckeyes get beat like they stole something or what? The "Collision in the Coliseum" was more like "Concussed in the Coliseum" as Ohio State had no answers for USC on either side of the football. Mark Sanchez threw four touchdown passes and Joe McKnight ran for more than 100 yards on the night. The 35-3 loss marks Ohio State's worst regular season loss since 1989, when they lost 42-3 to...USC. But while the headliner for Saturday was a dud, there were plenty of close finishes including two Hail Marys- one that worked and another that fell one yard short.