Louisiana-Monroe staged the first big upset of the season when the Warhawks stunned then-No. 8 Arkansas with a 34-31 overtime win. Quarterback Kolton Browning threw for 412 yards and scrambled to score the game-winning touchdown. By the end of the season it was clear that the Razorbacks were not all that they were cracked up to be, as they finished 4-8.
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West Virginia wins 70-63 shootout
Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith threw eight touchdown passes to lead his team to a 70-63 win over Baylor on Sept. 29. It was a sign of things to come for the Mountaineers, but in a bad way: the WVU defense went on to surrender 45+ points five more times, losing all but one of those games.
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N.C. State stuns Florida State
Entering the game 5-0, the third-ranked Seminoles were stunned by ACC opponent N.C. State on Oct. 6. Trailing 16-10 with 16 seconds left, Wolfpack quarterback Mike Glennon connected with Bryan Underwood for a two-yard, game-tying touchdown pass. Kicker Niklas Sade nailed the PAT to give his team the victory.
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Notre Dame's overtime goal-line stand
This was the game the nation found out that the Notre Dame defense was not to be reckoned with. Trailing 20-13 in overtime with second-and-goal on the 1, the Cardinal needed a touchdown. But try as he might, running back Stepfan Taylor just could not break through the Irish defense. Three plays later, the goal-line stand was complete and the victory was Notre Dame's.
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McCarron, Alabama beat LSU
Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron promised his father he would defeat No. 5 LSU on Nov. 3. McCarron came through on his word, putting together a late touchdown drive -- including a game-winning 28-yard touchdown pass -- to ensure that the Crimson Tide would remain undefeated.
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Texas A&M upsets Alabama
In early November, few thought that undefeated SEC powerhouse Alabama could be stopped. But then the Crimson Tide met Johnny Manziel. The Aggies freshman quarterback threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns, en route to a 29-24 upset win.
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Nebraska's fourth-quarter comebacks
Nebraska this year was the team that refused to give up. First it was the Cornhuskers' 12-point rally in the fourth quarter against Northwestern. Then came a late 10-point comeback versus Michigan State, followed by a win over Penn State after Nebraska had been down 20-6 at halftime.
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Jelani Jenkins' blocked punt saves Florida
On Nov. 10 the 4-4 Rajin' Cajuns were seconds away from sending the game against Florida into the crapshoot that is overtime. But then came the Gators' Jelani Jenkins, who blocked the punt and returned it for a 36-yard game-winning touchdown with two seconds late. Jenkins both staved off embarrassment for his team, and more importantly gave the Gators the 'W.'
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Kansas State, Oregon upset within minutes of each other
November 17: it was the night college football shook the nation. Kansas State and Oregon held the top two spots in the BCS and were a few games away from the title game. Baylor and Stanford made sure they never got there, upsetting the Wildcats and Ducks within minutes of each other, in the process giving Notre Dame the No. 1 ranking.
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Tajh Boyd scores eight touchdowns.
Throwing five touchdowns in a game makes for a memorable game for any quarterback. Throwing five touchdowns and running for three more&#8594; Well, that is Tajh Boyd territory. Boyd set an ACC record with his eight scores, helping the Tigers to a 62-48 win over N.C. State.
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Monteé Ball breaks NCAA touchdowns record
When he crossed the goal line at Penn State, Wisconsin running back Montee Ball hadn't just scored a 17-yard touchdown -- he had also just broken the FBS' career touchdown record of 78. Travis Prentice of Miami (Ohio) had held the record for 13 years, but now it is all Ball's.
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Ohio State defeats Michigan to finish undefeated
Having been banned from bowl games this year, Ohio State still put up a season that would rival any in its historic past. The Buckeyes capped off their 12-0 season with a 26-21 victory over rivals Michigan.
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Notre Dame secures berth in BCS title game
Notre Dame knew what it had to do to reach the BCS title game -- and it did it. The Fighting Irish had struggled against their Trojan rivals in the new millennium, but on Nov. 24 Notre Dame defeated USC for just the second time in 11 years.
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Louisville clinches BCS berth
Teddy Bridgewater entered the final game of the season with a broken left wrist and a sore left ankle. With a BCS berth on the line, Bridgewater still managed to complete 20 of 28 passes for 263 yards, two touchdowns &#8594; all without even playing in the first quarter. The gritty sophomore signal caller guided Louisville to a win in the de-facto Big East championship on the road against Rutgers, 20-17, and Louisville clinched its first BCS berth since 2006.
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Alabama, Georgia battle for berth in national title game
It's a game that will actually be talked about for ages. With a national title berth awaiting the winner, Alabama and Georgia played an uncharacteristically high-scoring SEC Championship, which made it all the more memorable. Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper made one highlight reel catch, and eventually the game-clinching 45-yard touchdown reception with 3:15 remaining. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray charged the Bulldogs 77 yards down the field in just over a minute, but his decision to not spike the ball proved costly in the end as wide receiver Chris Conley ended up with the ball in bounds as time expired. Alabama's 32-28 win guaranteed it a spot to play Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship.
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