GAME OF THE DAY: MIAMI (FLA.) 27, VA. TECH 7
Miami (Fla.) 27,
Va. Tech 7
THE GAME: Well, Miami put to rest the question of whether Virginia Tech was going to be this year's Auburn. Emphatically. The Hurricanes went into Blacksburg with an attitude because of their unfamiliar and unappreciated role of underdog. And they took the Hokies apart, rolling to a 27-7 victory. The win was complete: offense, defense, special teams. You name it and Miami did it. And on a day that Florida State suffered its second conference loss, this one to North Carolina State there is no dispute as to who rules the roots in the ACC now: Miami. The Hurricanes will likely get a chance to avenge their season-opening loss to the Seminoles in the ACC championship game. Despite losing, FSU qualified for its half of the title matchup when BC fell to North Carolina.
TEAM OF THE DAY: The Arizona Wildcats
THE TEAM: The Dec. 3 dreams of an unbeaten battle at Los Angeles Coliseum between UCLA and USC were doused in Tucson as Mike Stoops gained the signature victory for his Arizona program with the Wildcats' 52-14 destruction of UCLA. There were no magical comebacks for the Karl Dorrell's cardiac Bruins as freshman QB Willie Tuitama directed an offensive onslaught that piled up 519 yards in knocking UCLA from the ranks of the unbeatens. Arizona, which had lost 19 of its last 21 Pac-10 games, was in control from the get-go, roaring to a 14-0 lead as Tuitama completed his first seven passes, two for TDs. From there, the rout was on, with the Wildcats leading 31-7 at the half and eventually 52-7 in the third quarter.
PLAY OF THE DAY: Northwestern Onsides Kick
THE PLAY: It wasn't the biggest game of the day and it won't determine who goes to a BCS bowl but Northwestern certainly pulled off a great comeback highlighted by a great finish and a memorable play. Trailing 27-21 with slightly more than two minutes left against Iowa in Evanston, the Wildcats tried an onsides kick. Josh Howells kicked the ball and it bounced over a couple of Hawkeyes and was recovered by Reggie McPherson, who continued on a broken-field run deep into Iowa territory. The onsides kick couldn't be advanced once recovered, however, so it was up to QB Brett Basanez to complete the rally from a 24-7 halftime deficit by finding Ross Lane from 9 yards out with 42 seconds left to give the Wildcats the tie and the subsequent PAT provided the margin of victory and made them bowl-eligible.