There are just 5 unbeaten groups left in Division 1-A football and Penn State isn’t one of them. The 5 wonderful records have a place with Alabama (10-0), Texas Tech (10-0), Boise State (9-0), Utah (10-0) and Ball State (9-0).
Joe Paterno’s Nittany Lions went to 9-0 and ufabet to No. 3 in the AP Top 25 Survey prior to going on an outing to Iowa Saturday (11-8-08) and losing to the Hawkeyes 24-23 on a 31-yard field objective with a subsequent left.
Daniel Murray, who had not made a field objective since Iowa’s season opener and had lost his employment to a first year recruit, at long last got another opportunity. Murray had taken care of the opening shot obligations yet when it came to breezy game circumstances and a requirement for experience, mentor Kirk Ferentz tapped Murray.
Murray penetrated it down the center and Iowa’s freezing fans went crazy, flooding the field in wild energy. It happened in light of the fact that Penn State blew a noteworthy lead in the fourth quarter. Iowa won the last quarter 10-0. The Hawkeyes were helped by Shonn Greene’s 117 yards surging and 2 scores, and Ricky Stanzi’s 15-of-25 passing for 171 yards.
The triumph was Iowa’s greatest in years, and its first against a Best 5 group starting around 1990. The Hawkeyes worked on their record to 6-4, becoming bowl qualified. The Hawkeyes’ 4 misfortunes this year have been by a sum of 12 places. Last week they lost to Illinois on a 46-yard field objective with 24 seconds left. This week was their chance to win with a somewhat late field objective.
Penn State’s opportunity to contend in the public title game dissipated. The kiss of death for Penn State was the way that Iowa was an unranked group, and Penn State was playing out and about. The Nittany Lions new objectives will be a Major Ten title and a Rose Bowl compartment on New Year’s Day.
Interestingly this season, all AP Top 25 Survey groups played, with 17 of the 25 groups winning and 5 tremendous triumphs among the champs that played other positioned groups. They included:
No. 1 Alabama out and about over No. 15 LSU in extra time, 27-21, with star quarterback John Parker Wilson scoring on a 1-yard sneak. The Dark red Tide got an opportunity to dominate the match in guideline play however a 29-yard field objective endeavor by Leigh Tiffin was low and hindered.
LSU had the principal break in additional time yet offered away even a chance at a field objective when Jarrett Lee threw his fourth capture and was taken out for the third time in the game by Alabama’s Rashad Johnson, who tied a school record all the while. The Tide nixed another field objective take a stab at, having previously missed two times, and Wilson scored on the sneak to give Alabama a spot in the SEC title game.
No. 2 Texas Tech at home over No. 8 Oklahoma State, 56-20, as the Red Marauders scored scores on 7 sequential belongings.
No. 7 Southern Cal at home over No. 21 California, 17-3, in a great showcase of safeguard. The success was the sixth in a row for the Trojans who have outscored their rivals 231-23 since losing 27-21 as 25-point top picks at Oregon State. That is the Trojans, continuously losing a game to an unranked group, clearly they get up late in Hollywood.
No. 10 Utah at home over No. 11 Texas Christian in a squeaker, 13-10. Utah had gone 9-0 and moved to No. 10 by playing quite possibly of the most vulnerable timetable west of the Mississippi Stream. The Utes are in the Mountain West Gathering, and had they not played TCU they could not have possibly confronted one quality group worth discussing; they actually face BYU in their last game.
No. 19 North Carolina at home over No. 22 Georgia Tech, 28-7, scoring 3 scores in the fourth quarter.
Twelve other Top 25 groups won against positioned adversaries, including:
No. 4 Florida out and about over Vanderbilt, 42-14, as Tim Tebow tossed for 3 scores and ran for 2 more. The Gators secured the SEC Eastern Division Title and will confront SEC Western Division Champion Alabama for the SEC Title.
No. 5 Texas at home over Baylor, 45-21, as Longhorn Colt McCoy tossed for 5 TDs and 300 yards. No. 6 Oklahoma out and about over Texas A&M in a simple defeat, 66-28. No. 9 Boise State at home over Utah State, 49-14, as Kellen Moore tossed for 362 yards and 2 TDs. No. 12 Ohio State out and about over Northwestern, 45-10, as Terrelle Earlier tossed for 3 scores and Chris “Beanie” Wells included 2 more the ground.
No. 13 Missouri at home over Kansas State, 41-24, as Jeremy Maclin scored 3 TDs and piled up 278 generally useful yards. No. 14 Georgia out and about over Kentucky, 42-38, receiving the approval TD on a pass from Matthew Stafford to A. J. Green with 1:54 left to play. No. 16 Ball State at home over Northern Illinois 45-14. No. 17 Brigham Youthful (BYU) at home more than a 1-9 San Diego State group 41-12.
No. 18 Michigan State at home over Purdue, 21-7, as Javon Ringer scored two times and the Straightforward safeguard made some extraordinary third-down stops. No. 24 Florida State at home over Clemson, 41-27, on mentor Bobby Bowden’s 79th birthday celebration (indeed, the person is 79 despite everything instructing), and following the terminating of Bowden’s child Tommy as Clemson’s lead trainer last month. No. 25 Pittsburgh at home over Louisville, 41-7, as the Pumas transformed 4 Cardinal turnovers into scores.
The 7 losing Top 25 groups other than No. 3 Penn Express that lost to unranked groups included:
No. 20 West Virginia at home to Cincinnati in additional time 26-23. West Virginia is one of those groups that could not stand flourishing, they at any point have been in and out of the AP Top 25 throughout the season. No. 23 Maryland headed straight toward Virginia Tech, 23-13.
For the 8 losing groups among the AP Top 25 this week, it is essentially what incredible mentor Lou Holtz said, “Regardless, more is said than done.”
When the new AP Top 25 Survey came out Sunday, 4 groups were missing-West Virginia, California, Georgia Tech and Maryland. Supplanting them were 2 new groups No. 22 Cincinnati and negative. 23 Oregon State-and 2 returning groups No. 24 South Carolina (the Gamecocks left the survey after the principal week) and negative. 25 Tulsa (the Brilliant Storm showed up in the eighth week, were thrown out last week and returned for the current week).
In different rounds of note this week:
Boston School at home shut out Notre Lady 17-0 in their yearly “Catholic Bowl” game.
A 8-2 Western Michigan group from the filling in height Mid-American Gathering facilitated and beat Illinois from the Large Ten, 23-17.
A 4-5 Wyoming group from the Mountain West Gathering facilitated and beat Tennessee from the Southeastern Meeting, 13-7. Might Tennessee sink at any point any lower? A few fans needed to peruse this outcome Multiple times to accept it was valid.
Hawaii beat New Mexico State 42-30 to even its record at 5-5 and one triumph short of bowl qualification.
East Carolina became bowl qualified with its sixth triumph, an extra time prevail upon Marshall, 19-16.
That is all there is to it. There’s nothing more to it. I’m gone. Four additional weeks and the standard season is finished, then the bowl season surfaces and a couple of big-time champs will gather some significant cash for their football programs. A couple of the bowl games will be perfect, we simply don’t know which ones.