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.