• Texas Tech 41, No. 3 Oklahoma 38. So, about those midseason predictions we unleashed earlier this week, the ones with eight of eight SI.com staffers projecting the Sooners into the title game? Yeah, sorry about those. Pretty silly of us, in retrospect, not to see a home game for the third-ranked team in the country, a game in which the Sooners were favored by more than four touchdowns, as a prime spot in the time-space continuum for Tommy Tuberville to lead a team past Bob Stoops. Really, the weather should’ve tipped somebody off.
OU tied the game up 7-7 early in the first quarter, fell behind 14-7 early in the second quarter, and never led again. And in the battle of the sixth-ranked offense in FBS versus the fourth-ranked, the Red Raiders came flying off a two-game losing streak to two of the strongest teams in the Big 12 to run up almost 600 yards of offense on a team accustomed to allowing closer to 300.
This evening’s contest was quite the airshow, with no running back for either team clearing 100 yards. The Sooners finished with a narrow edge in ground offense, 124 yards to Texas Tech’s 120. Tech’s Seth Doege threw four touchdown passes en route to rolling up 441 yards, a total he’s surpassed in his career only once, and that last week in a losing campaign against Kansas State. It’s strange to list Landry Jones second, particularly when he threw for 412 yards and five scores of his own, but such is life on Splatterhouse Saturday. [BOX | RECAP]
• No. 15 Michigan State 37, No. 4 Wisconsin 31. There were only three games between two ranked teams this Saturday, and while this was the only one that wasn’t a holy terror of a blowout, the closing minutes of play in East Lansing certainly delivered the most piercing shock. Andy Staples is on the scene, so I’ll leave the gory details to his telling, but you simply must see the pinballing Hail Mary pass that ended the game. [BOX | RECAP | HIGHLIGHTS | STAPLES COLUMN]
• No. 7 Stanford 65, No. 22 Washington 21. Hey, remember that time we sent Stewart Mandel to what we thought would be a competitive game, with Keith Price keeping pace with Andrew Luck and the Cardinal down a starting safety? Good call! Luck was efficient with a 16/21, 169-yard, 2-score passing performance, but Stanford’s stable of rushers put up a galling 446 (FOUR HUNDRED AND FORTY-SIX) yards on the ground, with three backs recording totals of more than 90 yards apiece. [BOX | RECAP | HIGHLIGHTS]
• USC 31, Notre Dame 17. Clutch those pearls; the Irish are back to their turnovering ways. The first two led directly to Trojan touchdowns and the third put the ball back in USC’s hands to bleed the last seven minutes or so off the clock. Under the heading of surprises that are actually surprising: The Trojans also held an Irish offense averaging over 467 yards per game to 269, including just 43 yards rushing. Play of the night, sort of: At one point, Tommy Rees had to leave the game briefly to have an ailing knee examined. He returned to action, but not before this happened to Dayne Crist. [BOX | RECAP]