October 7, 2007

HELLO, GOODBYE:

Stanford brings USC's 35-game home win streak to end (AP, 10/7/07)

In what's been the year of the upset in college football, Stanford's stunner just might top them all.

Tavita Pritchard threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Mark Bradford on fourth-and-goal with 49 seconds remaining Saturday night, giving the 41-point underdog Cardinal a 24-23 victory over No. 2 Southern California.

A leaping Bradford caught the ball over cornerback Mozique McCurtis in the corner of the end zone, leaving the crowd of 85,125 at the Los Angeles Coliseum in stunned silence. Bo McNally's interception thwarted USC's final chance.

In a season that started with Appalachian State's improbable victory over Michigan at the Big House, and a week after half the top 10 went down, the Cardinal are now the upset kings -- at least for now. The way things have been going, that could change next week.

Making his first career start, Pritchard had to convert on fourth-and-20 four plays before the winning TD, and because he couldn't hear his coach calling in the play, he was on his own.

"I think it was similar if I heard him right," Pritchard said. "I saw the coverage I wanted and Sherm came through."

Sherm is Richard Sherman, who caught the critical fourth-and-20 pass over the middle before being leveled at the 9 -- just past the first-down marker.


Here's a question for the sports historians: Has there ever been an underdog of approximately 40 points who went into an opposing team's stadium and won? And, given the events of the past month, here a question for the rest of us: Just what the heck is going on?

Posted by Matt Murphy at October 7, 2007 12:58 PM
Comments

Sheesh, as OJ has hinted, throw in the Colorado Rockies and we're looking at a veritable Twilight Zone episode.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at October 7, 2007 1:46 PM

One factor is that they went back to the old timing rules. The more plays in a game the greater the chance for a miracle, such as the one Army pulled off against Tulane last night.

Another is that more and more programs are trying to break through into the big time (Rutgers, South Florida, Kentucky, to name a few) and they are signing more players who years ago would have gone elsewhere (e.g., Notre Dame, Nebraska, PSU). As a result the traditional powers just aren't as strong as they once were and the game is more competitive than ever. Good as they are it's going to be very hard for LSU to remain undefeated.

Posted by: George at October 7, 2007 2:21 PM

1998; Temple (+38) at Virginia Tech, 28 - 24 I saw it, I still shake my head.

Posted by: Earl Sutherland at October 7, 2007 5:38 PM

Stanford gave Oregon a run for their money a week before. This didn't shock me nearly as much as the Appalachian State game.

Posted by: R. Alex at October 8, 2007 8:55 AM

Tavita Pritchard? Mozique McCurtis? I blame player names.

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at October 8, 2007 3:19 PM
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