GAME OF THE DAY: ALABAMA 6, TENNESSEE 3
THE GAME: Alabama hadn't beaten Tennessee in Tuscaloosa since 1930, and it didn't appear as if that was going to change in 2005 when the Vols' Corey Anderson took a screen pass and headed for the end zone and what seemed to be a 9-3 lead in the fourth quarter. Tide free safety Roman Harper had other ideas, nailing Anderson with a jarring hit that shook the ball free and through the end zone. Given new life, Brodie Croyle connected with D.J. Hall on a long pass as 'Bama drove downfield. For the second week in a row, Jamie Christensen lived up to his "Money" nickname, nailing a 34-yard field goal for a 6-3 victory with 13 seconds remaining to keep Alabama undefeated and give coach Mike Shula his first win over Tennessee, LSU and Auburn in seven tries.
PLAYERS OF THE DAY: B. Smith and B. Quinn, QBs
B. Smith/B. Quinn
MU 41, Nebraska 24
ND 49, BYU 23
THE PLAYER: Decisions, decisions. Some are easier to make than others. In this case, splitting the honor was the obvious way to go as two QBs had enormous afternoons. Missouri's Brad Smith single-handedly destroyed Nebraska, 41-24, accounting for 480 total yards, throwing for three touchdowns and rushing for a fourth. Smith became the sixth quarterback in NCAA history to throw for 200 yards and run for 200 yards in the same game, amassing these gaudy numbers: 21-for-36 for 234 yards passing, with 246 yards rushing on 28 carries. Meanwhile, Brady Quinn and Notre Dame suffered no letdown after the heartbreaking loss to USC. The Irish QB lit up BYU to the tune of 32-for-41, 467 yards and six touchdowns in a record-breaking performance. Maurice Stovall was on the receiving end of a school-record four TD passes as the Irish rolled, 49-23, and gave Charlie Weis his first home victory in three tries. Also deserving mention are UCLA QB Drew Olson, who threw a school record six touchdown passes in the win over Oregon State and Penn State QB Michael Robinson, who accounted for six TDs in less than a half of the Nittany Lions' rout of Illinois.
MU/Nebraska Recap | Notre Dame/BYU Recap
DEFENSE OF THE DAY: 'Horns Bottle Hodges, Tech
Texas Tech 17
THE DEFENSE: It isn't often that a defense earns top honors when it allows 17 points. However, Texas earns the honors for bottling up Cody Hodges and the high-powered Texas Tech offense that came into Austin undefeated and averaging 53 points per game. The day started slowly for the Longhorns as Vince Young threw two interceptions in Texas' first three possessions, but the defense rose to the occasion, thwarting the Red Raiders and sacking Hodges (42-for-64, 370 yards, two TDs) six times. Young and the offense got on track and rolled up 52 points as Texas remained perfect.