CFB Update 2: Locker, Huskies Take Down Trojans

Earlier this week, Pete Carroll raise a few eyebrows when he more or less said that Washington’s Jake Locker was a better QB than Terrelle Pryor. After all, Carroll’s Trojans just beat Terrelle’s Buckeyes, and #3 USC was expected to humiliate the Huskies up in Seattle today. I mean, come on - Washington was winless last year and needed to beat lowly Idaho last week to end a 15-game losing streak.

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Turns out Pete was right all along - and we’re sure he wishes he wasn’t.

Locker led his Huskies down the field on a final drive, setting up Erik Folk to become U-Dub’s new folk hero with a 22-yard field goal to shock SC, 16-13. But the Trojans did their part, too, turning the ball over 3 times throughout the game. Such a win was extra sweet for Steve Sarkisian, whose first signature win as Washington coach came against his former boss.

And the East Coast media can breathe a sigh of relief, as the loss likely knocks USC out of any national championship talk and spares any accusations of snubbing in the AP polls.

Just down I-5, another team’s BCS dreams went bust. Utah came into Eugene riding a 16-game winning streak with their sights set on another BCS bowl appearance. But the Oregon Ducks (wearing uniform combo #256) put an end to any Utes BCS repeat with a 31-24 victory. Now Chip Kelly & crew finally have something to be proud about, especially after the whole LeGarrette Blount brouhaha.

A whole lotta eyes were on CBS to see how badly Florida would chomp on Tennessee. Gator Nation couldn’t wait to see Tim Tebow terrorize the Vols, especially hearing how much Lane Kiffin mouthed off in the offseason. As everyone expected, Florida emerged from The Swamp this afternoon victorious.

But what everyone didn’t expect was that the Gators only bested UT by 10 points. And the 23-13 win wasn’t fully secured until two minutes left to go, when Tennessee QB Jonathan Crompton was intercepted on a 4th-and-long. In a moral victory for the Vols, Tebow didn’t toss a TD pass, breaking his 30-game streak. Maybe the #1 Gators aren’t so invincible after all.

Charlie Weis lives to coach another day, as Notre Dame escapes with a 33-30 win over visiting Michigan State. In a back-and-forth battle, the Spartans had a chance to win in the final minutes. But after missing a wide open Larry Caper in the end zone on the previous play, QB Kirk Cousins was picked off at the ND 4 by Kyle McCarthy, and the Irish were able to run out the clock.

The win also ended Michigan State’s dominance at Notre Dame Stadium, where the Spartans had won six straight in South Bend before today. With Purdue’s earlier upset loss to Northern Illinois, Weis has to like his chances against the Boilermakers next week. If only the rest of ND’s opponents could lose to MAC teams the week before they face the Irish.

Elsewhere, Virginia Tech QB Tyrod Taylor scrambles & shoots a last-second TD pass to Dyrell Roberts as the Hokies beat the Huskers 16-15. Middle Tennessee State shocks Maryland for the second year in a row as the Blue Raiders top the Terps 32-31. Oklahoma tramples Tulsa 45-0. Colorado gets its first win of the year in a 24-0 whipping of Wyoming. Virginia loses yet again, this time to Southern Miss 37-34. And Iowa continues to nicely recover from the UNI near-disaster with a 27-17 victory over Arizona.