Sunday’s Den: Wrapping up a college football Saturday

— Washington 36, Oregon 33
Lot of football coaches have become reckless with 4th down gambles; Oregon led this game 33-29 with 2:11 left. They had 4th-and-3 at the Washington 47. Instead of punting, pinning the Huskies deep in their own territory, they go for it on 4th down, don’t get the first down, and give Washington a short field.

Huskies then drive 53 yards in two plays and win the game. Oregon missed a 43-yard FG on last play that would’ve tied it up.

Washington led 29-18 with 2:00 left in third quarter.
Oregon converted 10-16 on third down, 0-3 on 4th down.
Ducks’ QB Nix was 33-44 passing, for 337 yards and 2 TD’s.

It kind of sucks that this is the last year for the Pac-12; it is such a good league this season.

— Iowa 15, Wisconsin 6
Total for this game was 33.5, the fifth-lowest total for any game since 1995:

31.5— Iowa-Minnesota, 2022
31.5— Iowa-Kentucky, 2022
32.5— Army-Navy, 2022
33— Arizona-Oregon State, 1995
33.5— Iowa-Wisconsin, 2023

Iowa was 6-14/37 yards passing for the whole game, and they won.
Wisconsin converted 2-17 third down plays.
Total yardage was 332-237, Wisconsin.

— North Carolina 41, Miami 31
Miami led 17-14 at halftime.
WR Walker caught six passes for 132 yards, 3 TD’s; he recovered an onside kick, too.
Tar Heels improve to 6-0, for first time since 1997.

— Arizona 44, Washington State 6
Wazzu was an 8-point favorite in this game.
Arizona was +3 in turnovers, outgained Coogs, 516-234.
Freshman QB Fifita was 34-43/342 passing for Arizona.

— Oklahoma State 39, Kansas 32
Jayhawks led 32-24 with 6:00 left in third quarter.
Oklahoma State kicked three FG’s, got a TD in last 20:26 of the game.

— Kansas State 38, Texas Tech 21— Freshman QB Johnson ran ball 12 times for 91 yards and 5 TD’s. He also completed 8 of 9 passes for 77 yards.

— Eastern Michigan 28, Kent State 14— Kent State started the game with an onside kick, which probably seemed like a good idea Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, whenever they decided to do it.

Saturday afternoon? Not so much; EMU ran the onside kick back 44 yards for a TD.

Upsets of the Week:
Illinois (+12.5) 27, Maryland 24
Stanford (+11.5) 46, Colorado 43 OT
Iowa (+9) 15, Wisconsin 6
Arizona (+8) 44, Washington State 6
Colorado State (+7.5) 31, Boise State 30
Pittsburgh (+7.5) 38, Louisville 21
Iowa State (+5) 30, Cincinnati 10
Coastal Carolina (+4.5) 27, Appalachian State 24

— Word of the Day: Quisling— a traitor who collaborates with the enemy.

— Colorado State 31, Boise State 30
Colorado State threw a 33-yard TD pass at the gun for an unlikely win.
Boise led 17-0 at the half, 30-10 with 5:00 left in game.
Colorado State scored three TD’s in the last 4:01.
Rams had never beaten Boise before; now they’re 1-12 against them. 

— Stanford 46, Colorado 43— Colorado has split two overtime games this year; they won coin toss before both overtimes, but chose to take the ball first— virtually no one else does this. It is kind of like baseball; you want last up’s, to see what you need to do to win.

Stanford trailed this game 29-0 at halftime; they’re fourth team since 2005 to win after trailing by 28+ points at the half:

2006— Texas Tech 44, Minnesota 41 (trailed 35-7 at half)- bowl game
2015— TCU 47, Oregon 41 (trailed 32-0 at half)- bowl game
2017— UCLA 45, Texas A&M 44 (trailed 38-10 at half)
2023— Stanford 46, Colorado 43 (trailed 29-0 at half)

— Alabama 24, Arkansas 21
Alabama’s first three completions went for 146 yards.
Crimson Tide led 24-6 with 1:00 left in third quarter.
Alabama outgained the Aggies, 415-250.

Alabama has been in the top 25 in the last 252 AP polls, second longest streak ever. Nebraska has the longest streak; they were in the top 25 for 347 consecutive polls, from 1981-2002.

— Florida 41, South Carolina 39
South Carolina led 37-27 with 5:00 left in game.
Gators drove 75 yards, scored game-winning TD with 0:47 left.

— Rutgers 27, Michigan State 24
Spartans led 24-6 after three quarters.
Both teams had three turnovers, both were 4-12 on third down.

— Notre Dame 48, USC 20
USC QB Williams threw three INT’s in first half.
With score 31-20, Notre Dame ran a kickoff back 99 yards for a TD.

— UNLV 45, Nevada 27— Rebels are 5-1 for first time since 1984.

— Texas State 21, UL-Monroe 20
Bobcats threw a 22-yard TD pass with 0:41 left for the win.
UL-Monroe led 20-9 with 5:00 left in the game. 

Author: Armadillo Sports

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