Several ranked teams in the 2011 NCAA Football competition lost this week. Here are the ranked teams that fell to lower-ranked competition:
No.5 Clemson – The erstwhile undefeated Clemson (No. 5 BCS, No. 6 AP) visited Georgia Tech and got ambushed by the Yellow Jackets, 17-31. Georgia Tech raised their record to 7-2 (4-2 in the ACC) while Clemson fell to 8-1(5-1 ACC). The Yellow Jackets did most of their damage from the ground where they outgained the Tigers 383-95. Their rushing leader? Well, it was their QB. Tevin Washington broke the school’s QB rushing record by gaining 176 yards with one TD. Georgia Tech zoomed to a 24-3 lead at halftime then cruised for the big upset victory. The Tigers will host Wake Forest next week.
No.8 Kansas State – The Oklahoma Sooners bounced back from their first defeat of the season last week to give Kansas State its first loss via a 58-17 rout. Both now tot a record of 7-1 (4-1 in Big 12). The game was close at the half at 23-17 before the Sooners made 35 unanswered points in the second half. Landry Jones threw 505 yards and 5 TDs. With his 5 TD performance, Jones overtook Sam Bradford in the career TD list at Oklahoma. Jones now has 90 career TDs compared to the 98 by Bradford. KSU’s Colin Klein has now rushed for a TD in seven straight games. Kansas State will try to recover from the loss by visiting Oklahoma State.
No. 11 Michigan State – The MSU Spartans came to Lincoln, Nebraska hoping to break their 5-game losing streak against No. 14 Nebraska Cornhuskers. Rex Burkhead run for a score in the first quarter and defense took care of the rest as the Cornhuskers beat the Spartan, 24-3. Burkhead gained 130 yards and had 2 TDs in the game. The last time the 2 teams met was in the 2003 Alamo Bowl where the Cornhuskers limited the Spartans to 3 points in a 17-3 win. Uo next for MSU is the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
No. 15 Wisconsin – TheWisconsin Badgers were on their way to their 7th win of the season before Ohio State pulled the rug under their feet as Braxton Miller connected with Devin Smith for a 40 yard touchdown with 20 seconds left in the game. After being down 14-26, Wisconsin QB Jared Abbrederis led two TD drives to take the lead with 1:18 left in the game but Ohio State managed to rally. In the end, the win became one of the bright spots for Ohio State’s controversy-filled season. Wisconsin will be taken on Purdue on November 5.
No. 16 Texas A & M – The Aggies were leading by 2 TDs late in the second quarter before the Missouri Tigers rallied to eventually win in overtime, 38-31. Missouri was lead by QB James Franklin who had a bad outing last week. Franklin had an 11-yard completion to Marcus Lucas for the win. All three loses by the Aggies (5-3) this season happened when as they lose a double-digit half time lead. They will visit the Sooners next week.
No. 20 Texas Tech – One week removed from snapping Oklahoma’s 39- home game winning streak, the Texas Tech Red Raiders were hoping to start an amazing run only to be scuttled by Jared Barnett and the Iowa St. Cyclones, 7-41. ISU got their first big 12 win of the season while handling TTU its 3rd loss in conference play. It is the first time since 2006 since TTU completed a game without a single passing touchdown. The Red Raiders will visit the Texas Longhorns next week.
6 ranked teams crashed earlier and some of them may be out of the rankings for next week. It is expected that the really strong teams will emerge as the BCS and conference races heat up.
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