Sunday, September 10, 2006

Ohio State [1] 24, Texas [2] 7: Avenging an early-season loss last season, the top-ranked team in the country took apart an outmatched, inexperienced opponent that showed exactly how important Vince Young was to last year's national title winning team. Colt McCoy, the Longhorns starting quarterback, was ineffective, throwing a crucial interception and averaging only 4.7 yards per pass. The Buckeyes defense was led by James Laurnaitis, who intercepted the aforementioned pass and also returned a first quarter fumbel fifty yards from deep in Ohio State territory. It was the first 1 vs. 2 regular season match-up in ten years, when Florida State edged Florida (the Gators would win the rematch, and that mythical national title, five weeks later in the Sugar Bowl, however).

Two other schools that looked so impressive in Week One came down to earth yesterday. The ninth-ranked Seminoles had to rally late to beat Troy State, 24-17, while Number 11 Tennessee needed a defensive stop on a two-point conversion to hold off Air Force, 31-30. The school the Vols routed last week, No. 22 CAL, looked like the national contenders everyone thought they'd be, flattening Minnesota in the Bears' home opener, 42-17.


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