Both Upset Alerts from this week’s C&C proved to be true with Purdue looking strong against Boston College and Kentucky blowing out Mississippi State.
A brief look at 3 games that mattered:
Kentucky - 28 Mississippi State - 7
When Kentucky knocked off Florida it was a shocker but it could have also been discussed as a fluke. It makes good motivation for a team but it could just be a flash in the pan. But once another ranked opponent falls to the Wildcats, it looks a little more serious. Winning by 3 TDs makes it a statement. UK is now 4-0, 2-0 in SEC play and now have divisional advantage over Vandy, Florida, Tennessee, and South Carolina, who they face next week. The Bulldogs lose their SEC opener and now have Florida and the SEC West ahead.
Virginia Tech 35 Old Dominion 49
Old Dominion junior QB Blake Larussa received 0 D-1 scholarship offers coming out of high school. On Saturday he threw 4 TD passes and rushed for another TD, piling up 501 total yards against a Bud Foster defense. This is why you don’t trust recruiting stars. It’s also why they actually play games instead of trusting what’s on paper. This game will likely cost the Hokies their place in the ABG Poll and, more importantly, kill any playoff hopes they had.
Stanford 38 Oregon 31 OT
After further review, the score went from 31-7 to 24-14 in a handful of plays. Instead of putting away an opponent they’d dominated all night, Oregon found themselves losing momentum with Stanford knocking on the door. After the replay overturn and the scoop and score, Stanford took charge of the game. Stanford scored 24 in the 2nd half and then 7 in OT and that was the difference in the ballgame. In the span of 3 or 4 plays, not only the game’s momentum but also a serious advantage in the PAC 12 North and a spot in the Top 10 changed hands. This was likely a season changing game for both teams.