Iowa State won their third straight contest to improve to 3-0 when they traveled to Connecticut in late September.
Several prospects were on stage in a matchup between two teams who faced off earlier in the season. This time around, Cameron Newton likely locked up both the Heisman Trophy and a national championship game appearance in what proved to be an inspired Auburn performance Saturday night in the Georgia Dome. The Tigers' dominating 56-17 victory over Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina Gamecocks culminated the team’s first undefeated season since 2004.
Junior Da’Quan Bowers (#93 aligned outside) had another big day for the Tigers defense. Bowers, the nation’s leader in sacks, added 2 more to his resume closing in on Clemson’s single season record with 15 ½. DraftNasty.com National Correspondent De'Angelo Bryant ventured back to his old stomping grounds to give his breakdown on both teams' prospective players.
Matt McGloin played better than anyone could have dreamed of. In his third full game at quarterback, McGloin picked apart the Hoosiers secondary with a career day finishing 22 of 31 for 315 yards and two touchdowns. The Lions defense stopped the Hoosiers at key points in the game and left Fed Ex Field with a 41-24 win.
Penn State had won its previous three games in the Big Ten heading into Saturday’s matchup against #9 Ohio State. After a great first half by Matt McGloin, the Lions registered only 59 yards of offense in the final two quarters and blew a lead at halftime in route to dropping a 38-14 decision to the Buckeyes.
The Wisconsin Badgers put together a record-setting performance this past Saturday as the team rumbled over Big Ten counterpart Indiana by a resounding 63-point margin. Even without standout running back John Clay, the team's young duo of James White and Montee Ball proved too much on what proved to be a cold, rainy afternoon.
On what was a cold and windy day in Columbus, GA, Fort Valley State and Albany State met for the 21st time in the annual Fountain City Classic. This year's game had a little extra something on the line than just the Classic title. Albany State was undefeated (9-0) coming into the game, while Fort Valley State had suffered only one loss (8-1) in the SIAC conference to Morehouse earlier in the year. This game also put the SIAC title on the line along with both teams’ playoff hopes. Earlier in the week, the first batch of Regional Rankings were released which determine the D2 playoff teams. Fort Valley State faced a win or go home playoff scenario after being ranked 7th in Super Region 2 (only the top 6 make the playoffs), while Albany was risking its' #1 ranking in Super Region 2. What this made for was one of the most intense and hard fought battles that the Fountain City Classic has ever seen. In the end, though, the Albany State Golden Rams prevailed as they finish the year a perfect 10-0, securing their second consecutive SIAC championship.
The Penn State Nittany Lions came out on Halloween Eve and played like they had something to prove. In front of a whiteout crowd of more than 108,000, the Lions outgained dual threat quarterback Denard Robinson behind strong performances by Matt McGloin and Evan Royster. The Lions escaped the offensive slugfest with a 41-31 victory, Joe Paterno’s 399th win as coach.
Injuries continue to plague the Penn State Nittany Lions, but they still left TCF Bank Stadium with a 33-21 victory Saturday afternoon. Another safety, Andrew Dailey, went down for the Lions early in the second quarter and did not return. True freshman quarterback Robert Bolden didn’t play the last 8:40 of the second quarter or the entire second half.
The Oregon Ducks dominated in all three aspects of this game. This team is very explosive offensively with the likes of Darron Thomas (So), LaMichael James (RS,SO), and Jeff Maehl (Sr.) leading the way for the Ducks offense, which scored on every possession leading up to the 3rd quarter. Defensively for the Ducks, Kenny Rowe (Sr.) showed why he is the leading candidate for Pac 10 Defensive Player of the Year.
California seniors Kevin Riley, Mike Mohamed and Chris Guamero (pictured right to left) each showed their wares this past Saturday in a 48-14 loss to the USC Trojans.