Sunday, October 16, 2005


Yesterday had to be the most remarkable day of college football I can ever remember -- at least here in the Midwest.

In Minneapolis, Minnesota scored to go up 10 with 3 1/2 minutes left. Wisconsin took only a little more than a minute to score to pull within 3. Minnie started at their own 9 after the kickoff and couldn't move the ball. Their freshman punter then dropped the snap and Wisky fell on it the end zone for the winning TD.

In West Lafayette, Northwestern scored the winning touchdown on 4th & goal from the 1 to beat Purdue.

In Ann Arbor, Penn State scored with 53 seconds left to take a 25-21 lead. After taking the kickoff back to midfield, Michigan scored the winning touchdown as time expired to hand the Lions their first loss of the season.

And in South Bend, USC salvaged its Number 1 ranking with a win over Notre Dame. After exchanging leads the entire second half, ND took a 31-28 lead with 2:04 left. SC marched back (theme for the day), including a 61 yard conversion on 4th & 9. Out of timeouts, the game appeared to be over when Matt Leinart was stopped at the 1 with seconds left. Thing was, he no longer had the ball, since it was forced out of his hands by an Irish helmet. That left seven seconds on the clock -- just enough for Leinart to decoy a spike and take a second effort sneak into the end zone.


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