GAME OF THE DAY: No. 2 Texas 25, No. 4 OSU 22
Ohio State 22
THE GAME: Advertised as the early game of the year, Texas-Ohio State lived up to its billing. The Longhorns looked like they would run away with it after opening up a quick 10-0 lead. But Ohio State's defense forced three turnovers and the Buckeyes took a 22-16 lead late in the fourth quarter. From there, though, it was all Vince Young as he led the Longhorns on the game-winning drive to establish Texas as a legit title contender.
PLAYER OF THE DAY: Texas Defense
Ohio State 22
THE PLAYER(S): Yes, I realize that an entire defense is more than one player. But this is my award section, and I'll do as I please. With apologies to Vince Young, the Texas defense is the biggest reason the Longhorns won on Saturday. While Young and the Texas offense faltered in the second and third quarters, the defense kept the Longhorns in the game. Ohio State's average starting field position was its own 42 while they started four drives in Texas territory. Yet the Texas defense limited the Buckeyes to one touchdown, forcing six field goal attempts. Young's Heisman hopes are alive and well; he just owes a lot of credit to his defense for keeping them afloat.
MOMENT OF THE DAY: Henne Goal-Line Fumble
Notre Dame 17,
THE MOMENT: With Notre Dame on the verge of pulling off its second big upset in as many games, Michigan had a chance to steal momentum with a first and goal at the one-yard line in the fourth quarter. It didn't happen. Quarterback Chad Henne choked. The Wolverines never got a chance as Henne fumbled on a mishandled center exchange sealing the win for the Fighting Irish. Their next win certainly won't be a surprise.