Three unbeaten teams bit the dust this week, and none was bigger than the No. 1-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide who showed that South Carolina is not only a very good team, but is tough to beat at home.
The Gamecocks spotted ‘Bama a field goal and then South Carolina’s Stephen Garcia threw 3 touchdown passes to put the Gamecocks up, 21-3. Garcia would go on to have the best day of his collegiate career, completing 17-of-20 passes (85%) for 201 yards.
When the Tide tried to play themselves back into the game, South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore took over, scoring once on a 9-yard TD pass, and rushing for 2 short-yardage touchdowns while piling up 93 yards on the ground on 23 carriers (4.04).
About all Alabama had to take home with its hurt pride and a 35-21 loss was the fact that its defense had held another runner to less than 100 yards gained for the umpteenth game.
The defense was really all South Carolina’s as the Gamecocks sacked Alabama’s Greg McElroy 7 times. Their offense shredded the country’s top-rated scoring defense, putting the most points on the board since a 41-34 ‘Bama lost to LSU in 2007.
The win lifted South Carolina from 19th place to 10th in the AP Top 25 Poll.
South Carolina’s victory was its first-ever against a No. 1-ranked team. The ลิ้งค์ทางเข้า ufabet Gamecocks win snapped defending national champion Alabama’s 19-game win streak, and threw the national championship race wide open.
There are now only 13 BCS teams left with an undefeated record. Ohio State, Oregon, TCU, Auburn, LSU, Michigan State and Nevada are all 6-0. Boise State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Utah, Oklahoma State and Missouri are all 5-0. There are 120 Division 1-A teams.
The second biggest upset of the week was due in large part to sophomore quarterback Ryan Katz of Oregon State. Katz declared himself as a quality Pac-10 QB by completing 30-of-42 passes (71%) for 393 yards and 2 touchdowns, and rushing for another score as the Beavers traveled to 9th-ranked Arizona and took down the unbeaten Wildcats, 29-27.