It was a week of upsets in college football, as nine teams ranked in the Top 25 went down in defeat. Check out the highlights from week six.
South Carolina Blasts Georgia: The sixth-ranked Gamecocks played host to the fifth-ranked Bulldogs on Saturday night with ESPN’s “College Gameday” in attendance. Both teams entered the game 5-0 and 3-0 in SEC action, with the winner being able to take the lead in the competitive SEC East Division. Once the game started, it was extremely one-sided.
South Carolina raced to a 21-0 first quarter lead and dominated Georgia throughout, holding the Bulldogs to 224 yards of offense. Aaron Murray was a miserable 11 of 31 for 109 yards and an interception and Georgia didn’t score until less than two minutes remained in a 35-7 rout. Marcus Lattimore ran for 109 yards and a score for South Carolina.
Gator Bait: Fourth-ranked LSU headed to “The Swamp” to face tenth-ranked Florida in another major SEC battle. The Tigers were expected to dispatch Florida and continue on unbeaten as they look to a November 3 rematch with top-ranked Alabama. Instead, it was Florida pulling the upset with a 14-6 victory, snapping a 19 game regular season win streak for the Tigers.
Mike Gillislee ran for 146 yards and a pair of 12-yard touchdowns and Florida’s defense held LSU to 42 yards rushing, 1 of 13 on third down and 200 yards of total offense. LSU managed a paltry eight first downs and were dominated in time of possession, holding the ball for 22:36 to Florida’s 37:24.
Big 12 Barnburner: West Virginia moved to the Big 12 Conference this season and brought their high powered, video game style offense with them. Last week was a 70-63 shootout with Baylor that saw Geno Smith throw eight touchdowns and only six incompletions. The eighth-ranked Mountaineers expected to have a tougher time with eleventh-ranked Texas on the road.
The Longhorns “held” Smith to 268 yards passing and four touchdowns but were unable to shut down the run game: Andrew Buie picked up 207 yards and two touchdowns to help West Virginia rally for a 48-45 win. Smith has 24 touchdown passes and no interceptions this season. Joe Bergeron had four rushing touchdowns in defeat for Texas.
Florida State Upset: Third-ranked Florida State looked to be on cruise control, leading North Carolina State 16-0 at halftime. The Seminoles had already knocked off Clemson and a win over the Wolfpack would cement them as the team to beat in the ACC. After leading 16-0 at halftime, the Seminoles went into hibernation and it cost them.
Mike Glennon threw for 259 yards and two fourth quarter touchdowns, the second coming with 16 seconds to play following a blocked punt and the Wolfpack stunned Florida State 17-16. The loss knocked Florida State out of the top ten in the new polls.
Ranked Teams Fall: In addition to Florida State, LSU, Texas and Georgia, number 21 Nebraska, number 15 TCU, number 25 UCLA, number 24 Northwestern and number 23 Washington all went down to defeat. Nebraska and Washington lost to fellow ranked opponents, as twelfth-ranked Ohio State dominated the Cornhuskers 63-38, while Washington was hammered by second-ranked Oregon 52-21.
TCU struggled without suspended quarterback Casey Pachall, losing to Iowa State 37-23. Penn State scored 22 fourth quarter points to beat Northwestern 39-28 and UCLA was blasted 43-17 by Cal.
What was your favorite moment or game from week six?