10 Regular Season Games That Defined The '07 Season
July 01, 2008
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Appalachian State 34, No. 5 Michigan 32
Michigan entered the season with national-title aspirations, but the Mountaineers quickly put an end to that with a stunning upset. Appalachian State stormed the Big House and became the first FCS (formerly known as Division I-AA) team ever to beat a ranked FBS (formerly Division I) team. The Mountaineers blocked a 37-yard field goal on the last play of the game to preserve the victory.
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No. 2 LSU 48, No. 9 Virginia Tech 7
The eventual national champions flexed their muscles in this Week 2 smackdown of the Hokies. The resounding victory helped the two-loss Tigers get into the BCS championship game over Virginia Tech, Oklahoma and Georgia.
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Stanford 24, No. 2 USC 23
Stanford quarterback Tavita Pritchard made his first career start one to remember as he guided the Cardinal to a game-winning score. After successfully converting a fourth-and-20 earlier in the drive, Pritchard threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Mark Bradford on fourth-and-goal.
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Rutgers 30, No. 2 USF 27
South Florida was one of the biggest stories early in the season following wins over Auburn and West Virginia, but a loss to Rutgers started a three-game losing steak that killed the Bulls' BCS hopes.
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No. 20 Georgia 42, No. 9 Florida 30
The Bulldogs started the year 4-2, but this Week 9 win over Tim Tebow and the Gators helped catapult Georgia to a seven-game winning streak to finish the season. Knowshon Moreno ran wild, totaling 188 yards and three touchdowns.
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Florida State 27, No. 2 Boston College 17
Entering Week 10, the Eagles were on their way to a BCS title game appearance and Matt Ryan was a serious Heisman Trophy candidate. But both went up in flames when Ryan threw three interceptions (the third one was returned for a touchdown with just 1:10 to play) in BC's loss to the Seminoles.
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Arizona 34, No. 2 Oregon 24
Oregon entered the game with an 8-1 record and a No. 2 ranking, but star QB Dennis Dixon left in the first quarter with a torn ACL and the Ducks' title hopes went up in flames.
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Texas Tech 34, No. 3 Oklahoma 27
As things played out, the Sooners would have found themselves in the national title game had they not slipped up in Lubbock. Red Raiders QB Graham Harrell torched the Oklahoma defense, throwing for 420 yards and two touchdowns.
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No. 3 Missouri 36, No. 2 Kansas 28
Although Missouri ended up losing to Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game -- blowing a chance at a BCS title game birth -- the 116th installment of the Border War was undoubtedly the biggest, matching up the season's two Cinderella teams. Chase Daniel guided the Tigers to victory by throwing for 361 yards and three touchdowns.
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Pittsburgh 13, No. 2 West Virginia 9
One win shy of the BCS title game, the Mountaineers couldn't come through in the 100th Backyard Brawl. West Virginia was a four-touchdown favorite, but an injury to QB Pat White stalled the Mountaineers' offense at the worst possible time. West Virginia became the sixth No. 2 to lose to an unranked team in 2007. It ended up being Rich Rodriguez's last game at WVU.
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