GAME OF THE DAY: USC 50, Fresno State 42
Fresno State 42
THE GAME: Hard to believe, but if you went to sleep figuring USC was going to torch Fresno State at the Coliseum, you missed a contest that rivaled USC-Notre Dame for Game of the Year. The Bulldogs controlled the first half and led by as many as 11. The Trojans erupted in the second half for three quick TDs only to see Fresno come back and take the lead. Reggie Bush was en route to rolling up more than 500 all-purpose yards - yes, 500, that isnt a typo - but fumbled a kickoff and Fresno punched it in to take the lead. Then, Bush was called for a personal foul leaving the Trojans a long field to traverse. A 43-yard Leinart to Bush strike set USC up and LenDale White scored - the TD wasnt official until after a review - to give USC the lead. USC then took advantage of a turnover to up the lead to 50-42. Fresno wasn't done. The Bulldogs were able to complete a pass for a first down on a fourth-and-7 but the magic ran out when Paul Pinegar tried to go into the end zone and SC DB Darnell Bing intercepted his second pass of the night. USC killed the clock and the game ended at 2:19 ET. The streak lives at 33 but Fresno put an incredible scare into the champs.
PERSON OF THE DAY: Joe Paterno, PSU
THE STORY: There is no sweeter story in college football than the one Joe Paterno has scripted in Happy Valley with Penn State. Written off by critics who felt the game had passed him by, the Nittany Lion legend guided his team to a share of the Big Ten title and BCS bid (by tiebreaker) with Saturday's 31-22 victory over Michigan State. The formula that led the Nittany Lions within one second - a last-play loss at Michigan - of an undefeated season was evident again. Michael Robinson plus a stellar defense = another victory. Robinson was his usual multi-purpose self, running for 90 yards and a touchdown and passing for another. Alan Zemaitis keyed the defense with three of Penn State's four interceptions off Drew Stanton. No one is questioning the ability of the legendary JoePa, who has 10-win seasons in five decades and 19 such teams overall. "He deserves it," QB Michael Robinson said. "He really does. He's worked so hard. He stayed with us. People told him to retire. Now look at him. Nobody's saying to retire and no more Joe must go Web sites. None of that. I'm just so happy for him." Amen.
MOMENT OF THE DAY: Dennis Davis Interception
Ga. Tech 14,
THE MOMENT: There were many intense games and decisive plays on Rivalry Weekend. There was Troy Smith's spectacular leadership on Ohio State's game-winning drive against Michigan. Taurean Henderson's controversial touchdown on the last play of the game to give Texas Tech a victory over Oklahoma. The play we will focus on is Dennis Davis' interception of a Kyle Wright pass with 1:46 left that sealed Georgia Tech's stunning upset of Miami in the Orange Bowl.