GAME OF THE DAY: LSU 16, Alabama 13 (OT)
Alabama 13 (OT)
THE GAME: Alabama was trying to remain perfect and Louisiana State was hoping to remain in control of its destiny in the SEC clash at Tuscaloosa Saturday. It proved to be an intense struggle (as predicted), with the Tigers ended the perfect run of Mike Shula and the Tide, 16-13, in overtime. The first half was dominated by Brodie Croyle and the Tide, which took a 10-0 lead into the break. Les Miles must have woken his Tigers up at intermission as they took over and tied the game at 10. LSU had a late chance to win in regulation but Chris Jackson missed a field goal. After Alabama's Jamie Christensen kicked a 34-yard field goal for a 13-10 lead in overtime, JaMarcus Russell found Dwayne Bowe with an 11-yard TD pass to give LSU the victory. The Tigers control their fate and would gain a spot in the SEC championship game with victories over Mississippi and Arkansas in their final two regular-season games.
PLAYER OF THE DAY: Drew Olson, UCLA
THE TEAM: Drew Olson wasn't about to let UCLA head into its break before the Dec. 3 clash with USC at the L.A. Coliseum on a two-game losing streak. The Bruins' senior QB lit up Arizona State at the Rose Bowl to the tune of 22-for-27 for 510 yards and 5 TDs in a 45-35 victory. The Bruins had three receivers go over the 100-yard mark as Olson upped his stats to a remarkable 30 TDs against only 3 INTs for the season. Next up is the big date with Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush & Co. on Dec. 3.
MOMENT OF THE DAY: Auburn Converts 4th-And-10
THE MOMENT: It was 4th-and-10 late in the fourth quarter for Auburn and it appeared that Georgia QB D.J. Shockley's remarkable return from a knee injury would be a success with the Bulldogs leading, 30-28. However, Brandon Cox found Devin Aromashodu running free in the middle of the field and the senior WR took the ball deep into Georgia territory before fumbling. The ball was recovered by Auburn and the Tigers ran down the clock before John Vaughn had his redemption for the 1-for-5 FG effort again LSU, knocking through a chip-shot to give Auburn a 31-30 SEC victory. Also worth mentioning in the SEC was Steve Spurrier leading South Carolina past his alma mater, Florida, where he won the Heisman in 1966 and a national championship as a coach in 1996. It marks the first Gamecock victory over the Gators since 1939. "We are defying logic," Spurrier said as the Gamecocks upped their overall mark to 7-3 and 5-3 in the SEC East.