GAME OF THE DAY: Miami 36, Clemson 30 (3OT)
Ohio State 30
THE GAME: It's hard to believe one could have equaled Michigan State-Notre Dame for drama, but Miami's visit to Clemson had just as many thrills. The Hurricanes avoided their first 0-2 start in 27 years by using every bit of energy and effort they had. Clemson nearly won the game in the final seconds of regulation, but Charlie Whitehurt's pass missed a wide open receiver. The Tigers settled for a field goal, setting the stage for three grueling overtime periods. Tyrone Moss' brilliant 25-yard run gave the Hurricanes a 36-30 lead, but it took Kenny Phillips' interception of a Whitehurst pass to seal the victory. It was Clemson's first overtime defeat after five straight victories.
PLAYER OF THE DAY: Brian Brohm, Louisville QB
Oregon State 27
THE PLAYER: Oregon State appeared primed for its second straight superb effort as it jumped out to a 10-0 lead. Then, Brian Brohm and Louisville warmed up and, well, burned up the Beavers. Brohm threw for 368 yards and 5 TDs as the Cardinals gained 553 yards on 50 plays -- a mere 11-yard average. Big East foes be on alert. With Brohm leading a potent offense and backed up by a sack-crazy defense, the Cardinals are poised to run the table. Petrino's offense is a threat to put up more points than Pitino's in Louisville this season. Honorable mention goes to Brady Quinn's monumental 485-yard, 5-TD effort in Notre Dame's loss and Reggie McNeal's 369-yard passing, 100-yard rushing, 5-TD performance in Texas A&M's waxing of SMU.
MOMENT OF THE DAY: Teague Touchdown Rumble
Michigan State 44
Notre Dame 41 (OT)
THE MOMENT: Pretend you play for Michigan State. You've blown a 21-point, second-half lead. You're trailing 41-38 in overtime. You take a penalty that puts you in a 1st-and-15 situation. Time to drop back and head for East Lansing, right? Nope. Not if you are Michigan State coach John L. Smith. You simply call an option play and have Drew Stanton pitch to Jason Teague, who dances into the end zone for a touchdown and improbable 44-41 victory in South Bend. The dramatic victory marked the fifth straight Michigan State win at Notre Dame, tying Purdue's mark from 1954-62, and gives the Spartans a record dozen wins at Notre Dame.