The 3 best games of week 5:
1. Air Force 35 Navy 34 OT
Air Force kicking the game winning extra point in overtime.
It’s always good when the service academies take center stage on national television. And this years editon of Navy VS Air Force did not dissapoint. This game was a thriller, it will be remembered for years to come, and I dare someone to tell me there was a game better than this.
2. Georgia Tech 45 North Carolina State 35
Yellow Jackets Quarterback Tevin Washington passed for 117 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Tevin Washington was once again a duel threat for the Yellow Jackets. Running Backs Orwin Smith and David Sims collaborated for 18 carries, 147 yards, and 3 touchdowns as Tech’s triple option attack could not be stopped. And it was a good thing that Georgia Tech’s offense was firing on all cylinders, because Georgia Tech’s defense was very suspect especially in the 2nd half. But the saving grace was an interception by GT Safety Isaiah Johnson which was returned 34 yards for a touchdown which halted the Wolfpack’s 4th quarter offensive surge. Georgia Tech remains undefeated (5-0) and is now 2-0 in ACC play.
Next week the schedule gets tougher as the Maryland Terrapins make their way to Atlanta.
3. Notre Dame 38 Purdue 10
Michael Floyd caught 12 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown.
This was a statement game for the Irish. They were perfect in every aspect of the game, and for the first time this season they did not commit a turnover. Tommy Rees is now 7-1 as the starting quarterback for the Fighting Irish as he completed 24 of 40 passes for 254 yards and 3 touchdowns. And why isn’t Running Back Cierre Wood a heisman candidate? Last night against Purdue he ran the ball 20 times for 191 yards, scored a touchdown, and averaged over 6 yards a carry. It’s the 3rd time he’s ran for 100 yards this season, he’s averaging 5 yards per carry this season, he’s found the end zone 5 times in 2011, and he’s Notre Dame’s leading rusher. Not bad considering the Fighting Irish run a spread offense.
Honorable Mention: Illinois 38 Northwestern 35
Nathan Scheelhasse (2) threw the game winning touchdown pass on Saturday.
The Fighting Illini have now won 2 in a row against the Wildcats. Illinois is still undefeated at 5-0 as Northwestern falls to 2-2. The Illini should go to 6-0 when they play Indiana next week. Northwestern on the other hand has a much tougher task as they welcome Denard Robinson and the undefeated Michigan Wolverines to Ryan Field.
And now for the worst of week 5:
1. Southern California 48 Arizona 41
Arizona’s defense allowed USC Quarterback Matt Barkley to have a record setting day.
Arizona has now lost 4 in a row after winning the season opener. The Wildcat defense added to their 2011 woes by giving up 468 passing yards to the Trojans offense and their quarterback Matt Barkley. And with that yardage, Barkley set a school record for most passing yards in a game. He also threw 4 touchdowns in the process. Arizona Head Coach Mike Stoops has to be on the hot seat at this point. And hopefully the Wildcats prayer for redemption could be answered as they play the winless Oregon State Beavers next week.
2. Arkansas 42 Texas A&M 38
The Aggies defense allowed Razorbacks QB Tyler Wilson to complete 3 of 5 passes for 41 yards which setup the game winning touchdown on their final scoring drive.
The A&M defense has collapsed for the second straight week and has cost the Aggies the game both times. Their defense has been suspect the last couple of weeks by giving up roughly 1,000 yards of total offense and 72 total points the last 2 games. This has to change as the pass happy Texas Tech Red Raiders are next on the A&M schedule.
3. Pittsburgh 44 South Florida 17
USF just could not stop the Pitt ground game.
The Bulls lost their first game of the season on Thursday night, and they did so by letting the Panthers offense literally run all over them. They gave 307 rushing yards to Pittsburgh, 226 of those yards were gained by Pitt Running Back Ray Graham. They also gave up an additional 216 passing yards. Before Thursday night the USF defense had only allowed one 100 yard rusher. Pittsburgh’s running game was just too strong, and next week they play the UConn Huskies who also have a solid running game.
Honorable Mention: Georgia 24 Mississippi State 10
Miss State just hasn’t been the same since their dominating opening day victory over Memphis.
The MSU Bulldogs have lost 3 of their last 4 games after winning in week 1. And in that span they have only scored a total of 36 points, compared to the 93 total points they scored in the first 2 weeks. The MSU offense needs to get back in gear if they are going to succeed for the remainder of the season.
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