GAME OF THE DAY: USC 38, Arizona State 28
Arizona State 28
THE GAME: You don't have to be a college football fan to figure this one out. But you would become one if you watched this battle in the desert. Pete Carroll and USC rallied for the second straight week in hostile territory to escape with a Pac-10 victory to extend their winning streak to 26. After Arizona State roared to a 21-3 halftime lead, the dynamic duo of Reggie Bush and LenDale White led the Trojans to a 35-7 second half. How about 355 yards on 36 carries for the tailback tandem? How about a 373-68 rushing edge? How about coming from behind on the ground, pounding away relentlessly until Arizona State submitted? How about two weeks from now when the road show goes to South Bend?
PLAYER OF THE DAY: Croyle/Shula, Alabama
THE PLAYER: This goes to a player and a coach -- quarterback Brodie Croyle and Mike Shula of Alabama. In a 31-3 rout of Florida, Croyle and Shula showed the football world that the Tide has returned to national prominence. Croyle went 14-for-17 for 283 yards and 3 TDs while Shula's defense held an Urban Meyer team without a touchdown for the first time in the Florida coach's career. Also worth noting is the re-emergence on the national scene of Joe Paterno and Penn State, which throttled Minnesota, 44-14. The Tide and the Nittany Lions are back where they belong.
MOMENT OF THE DAY: Game-winning Michigan FG
MSU 31 (OT)
THE MOMENT: Michigan went into East Lansing on the ropes. Another loss, and the Wolverines, unranked for the first time since 1998, would be 0-2 in the Big Ten and under .500 overall. No one, however, understood how much Hart Lloyd Carr & Co. had. Michael Hart, that is. After watching a 31-24 lead evaporate and missing a potential game-winning field goal in the last minute of regulation, Garrett Rivas kicked a field goal in overtime to give the Wolverines a 34-31 victory. MSU's John Goss missed a field goal in the fourth quarter and another in overtime to set up Rivas' heroics. Hart was the horse on the day, rushing for 218 yards and a TD in his first game back from an injury.