Guess you can go ahead and dub this “The Upset Special Week” in the world of collegiate pigskin. Following last Thursday’s stunning upset of the top-ranked and “33rd NFL team” USC by the vicious Beavers of Oregon State, another top 5 team got themselves knocked off by a gritty unranked team. Say goodnight, Florida Gators. Ole Miss just took your lunch money.
(Jevan Snead dices up the Gator defense)
Yet, how did this come to pass?
Maybe the team got pumped because they were going for their 600th win in school history. Or perhaps they were enthused after seeing the two presidential candidates have a hearty debate at their own school the night before. Or maybe they all just got extra-angry once they heard the KKK was sullying up their campus.
Whatever the case, there was an extra something special in the air that let defensive lineman Kentrell Lockett jump over the hoarding mass of the Gator offensive line and block an extra point that would prove to be the game-winner.
The AP has the details:
The victory came in Snead’s fifth career start and gave Houston Nutt a huge win in his first season with Ole Miss (3-2, 1-1).
Snead was 9-of-20 passing for 185 yards, not great numbers, but he made plays when the Rebels needed them. His biggest was an 86-yard touchdown pass to Shay Hodge that put the Rebels ahead 31-24 with 5:26 to play.
Tim Tebow brought the Gators back, driving them 78 yards in about 2 minutes, but the game-tying extra point was blocked by defensive lineman Kentrell Lockett. Florida coach Urban Meyer argued that Lockett illegally jumped over the offensive line, but the officials did not agree.
Cry about it, saddlebags!
Another fun game that went final a bit ago was the beat-down that Duke put on the University of Virginia. Strangest of all, Duke was actually favored going into this game. The victory snaps Duke’s 25-game ACC losing streak, their last one coming way back in 2004 against Clemson. Welcome back to the world of relevance, Duke.