Mike Kern | College Football Wrap



True freshman Wes Byrum kicked a 43-yard field goal not once but twice (thanks to a late timeout called by Florida coach Urban Meyer) as time expired to give visiting Auburn a 20-17 win over the Gators. Bait that.


Derrick Murray threw three touchdown passes, including a 96-yarder to Dominique Curry, as Cheyney won for the first time this season, 30-19 over Lock Haven.


It wasn't a good day to be a local team on the road.

Army 37, Temple 21

The Owls lost their third road game in as many weeks, and their 23rd in a row.

For the second straight week it was 21-all at the half. Last week, Bowling Green scored the next 27 points. This time, Army (2-3) scored the final 16.

The Black Knights hadn't scored more than 17 this year. They scored on the opening kickoff, their first points in the first quarter in 2007, and the fastest they had scored in a game since 1969. They also scored on a long punt return late in the third quarter to go ahead by 10. Temple head coach Al Golden took over the Owls' special teams this season.

Army had lost 10 straight to I-A opponents.

The Owls (0-5), who had 11 more first downs, turned it over five times. One fumble was recovered in the end zone for an Army TD. And, early in the fourth period, Temple had a TD called back because of a penalty.

The Owls host Northern Illinois (1-4, 0-2) Saturday in their third Mid-American Conference game.

JMU 35,Villanova 7

James Madison (4-1, 2-0 Colonial Athletic Association), ranked ninth in I-AA, won its fourth straight. It was 21-0 at the half. The Wildcats (3-2, 1-1), who were hoping to move into the Top 25, didn't get on the board until 4 minutes remained.

Villanova rushed for 77 yards and threw for 124. JMU had 30 first downs, triple 'Nova's total.

The 'Cats defense was on the field for 38 minutes. This week they host William & Mary (3-2, 1-1).

Dartmouth 21, Penn 13

The Quakers are 0-3 for the first time since Al Bagnoli became coach in 1992. This was their Ivy League opener. The Big Green (1-2, 1-0) hadn't beaten them since 1997.

The Quakers didn't score a TD until just over 2 minutes remained, when a blocked punt set them up on the Dartmouth 26. They then recovered an onsides kick, and moved to the 6. On fourth-and-4, Bryan Walker threw into the end zone to Dan Coleman. The officials ruled it an incompletion, and Bagnoli drew a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for protesting the call.

Walker, playing for Robert Irvin (shoulder), completed 30 of 60 for 266 yards.

Joe Sandberg, who'd missed the previous game and a half with an injured leg, rushed for 80 yards on 20 carries before he was forced to leave early in the fourth period after getting hit in his lower back.

The Quakers are home this week for their final non-Ivy game, against Georgetown (0-5).

Geneva 29, La Salle 7

It was 17-0 at the half, in Beaver Falls, Pa.

The Golden Tornados (4-1) returned two fumbles for TDs. This is their first year in Division III, after winning 496 games in 117 seasons in the NAIA. The Explorers (0-4), who scored a late TD, turned it over five times.

Next week, they host Iona (4-1).


New top dog

Southern Cal became the first team to win (27-24 at Washington) and lose its No. 1 ranking since Nov. 3, 2002, when Miami beat Rutgers 42-17, but was unseated by Oklahoma, which beat No. 13 Colorado, 27-11.

This time it's LSU that moved up a spot, after a 34-9 win over Tulane. It's the first time the Tigers have been No. 1 since Nov. 2, 1959.

Fraud five (and then some)

Obviously, it also wasn't a good week to be an unbeaten team ...

Mets: And you wonder why they call them the Amazins'?

Oklahoma: Shouldn't be blowing a 24-7 second-half lead at Colorado. Or most any place, really. Especially when you were averaging over 61 points a game.

Texas: Shouldn't be losing a revenge game to Kansas State. Particularly not at home. And especially not by 20. The Wildcats scored on a kickoff, a punt and an interception. They'd never beaten a Top 10 team on the road in 46 previous tries.

Florida: Shouldn't be losing a revenge game to Auburn. Particularly not in the Swamp. Especially after you've come from 14 down to tie it late.

Rutgers: For the second straight year, the Knights lost their first game the week after they cracked the Top 10. This time, though, it was at home. Good thing Maryland's starting quarterback went down late in the first half with an injury. The Terps hadn't beaten a Top 10 team on the road since 1990.

Clemson: It's not a sin to lose at Georgia Tech. But getting held to a field goal might be.

Dishonorable mention: West Virginia - It's certainly OK to lose at South Florida, even if it was a revenge game and your stud QB gets hurt late in the second quarter. But the Mountaineers weren't doing a whole lot before Pat White limped off. And 13 points is 13 points.

We'd toss Penn State in here, too, but what's the use anymore?

Collateral damage

For the first time since the weekend ending Oct. 12, 2003, five Top 10 teams lost in the same week. That year it was No. 3 Ohio State (17-10, at Wisconsin), No. 5 Florida State (22-14, to Miami), No. 6 LSU 19-7, to Florida), No. 7 Arkansas (10-3, to Auburn) and No. 10 Nebraska (41-24, at Missouri).

This time, four of the victims were double-digit favorites over unranked opponents.

Did you notice?

Indiana beat Iowa, 38-20, its biggest win over the Hawkeyes since 1945 (52-20).

Alabama native Bobby Bowden of Florida State won his 369th game, in his first game against Alabama.

A week after winning at Louisville as a 36-point underdog, Syracuse lost at Miami (Ohio), 17-14. The Orange had won 14 straight against MAC teams.

Four of Oklahoma's last five losses have come down to the last play, all on the road, and were decided by a total of seven points.

Hawaii is 5-0 for the first time since 1981. But Colt Brennan did throw five interceptions in a 48-20 win over Idaho.

Kentucky's Andre Woodson threw his first interception in 325 attempts.

Michael Crabtree has already broken a Texas Tech record, and tied an NCAA freshman record, with 14 TD catches this season.

Mike Kern's Top 15

1. Southern Cal (4-0). Beat Washington, 27-24. Saturday: vs. Stanford. Stanford was the last team to beat Trojans at the LA Coliseum (21-16 in 2001).

2. Louisiana State (5-0). Beat Tulane, 34-9. Saturday: vs. Florida. Tigers, of course, lost last year at Florida (23-10).

3. California (5-0). Beat Oregon, 31-24. Next: Oct. 13 vs. Oregon State. Bears go to UCLA on Oct. 20, Arizona State on Oct. 27.

4. Ohio State (5-0). Beat Minnesota, 30-7. Saturday: at Purdue. In the last meeting, in 2004, Buckeyes lost at Purdue (24-17).

5. Wisconsin (5-0). Beat Michigan State, 37-34. Saturday: at Illinois. Last year, rallied from 21-3 hole to beat Illinois at home by 6.

6. Boston College (5-0). Beat Massachusetts, 24-14. Saturday: vs. Bowling Green. Has lost last 3 games prior to playing Notre Dame (2002-04).

7. Kentucky (5-0). Beat Florida Atlantic, 45-17. Thursday: at South Carolina. Has lost 7 straight to S.C., with 5 decided by TD or less.

8. South Florida (4-0). Beat West Virginia, 21-13. Saturday: at Florida Atlantic. Won only meeting, in 2002 opener, 51-10.

9. South Carolina (4-1). Beat Mississippi State, 38-21. Thursday: vs. Kentucky. Steve Spurrier is 14-0 against Wildcats.

10. Oklahoma (4-1). Lost at Colorado, 27-24. Saturday: vs. Texas, in Dallas. Remember when this game used to mean something?

11. Florida (4-1). Lost to Auburn, 20-17. Saturday: at LSU. Gators won at LSU in 2003, nearly won there 2 years ago.

12. West Virginia (4-1). Lost at South Florida, 21-13. Saturday: at Syracuse. Rushed for 457 yards last year at home against Orange.

13. Georgia (4-1). Beat Mississippi, 45-17. Saturday: at Tennessee. Lost to UT last year at home, 51-33. Are 3-0 at UT under Mark Richt.

14. Oregon (4-1). Lost to Cal, 31-24. Next: Oct. 13, vs. Washington State. Came within a foot of forcing OT. It happens.

15. Missouri (4-0). Bye. Saturday: vs. Nebraska. Yo, somebody had to be 15th.