Monday, October 14, 2002

The biggest weekend of the college football season to date produced few upsets, but some surprises. Miami had to rally late, than watch a last-second field goal drift wide, to edge Florida State, 28-27. In what is becoming increasingly a dog-bites-man story, Oklahoma trailed for much of the game before finally pounding Texas, 35-24. As noted below, Florida got blown out at home by LSU, 36-7, in what was a reminder to the rest of the country that Steve Spurrier had, indeed, left Gainesville, while Georgia took charge of the SEC East, 18-13, over Tennessee, in a game that was not as close as the score would indicate.

Outside of the South, there were some pretty decent games as well. John Navarre led Michigan to its second late comeback of the season, beating Penn State in overtime, 24-21. UCLA had Oregon on the ropes before getting killed by its special teams, blowing an extra point and a field goal, 31-30. CAL jumped out to an 18-point first half lead, but a phantom touchdown and a spirited effort by the Trojan defense allowed USC to prevail, 30-28. And finally, Notre Dame and Air Force both won to set up next week's showdown between the nation's two worst undefeated teams.


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