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Week 7 Recap

 
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With their championship hopes on the line, the Irish made a crucial goal line stop in overtime to beat Stanford at home, 20-13.
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Breaking down Week 7 action

Kristina Taylor | Staff Writer
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On the eve of the release of the BCS Standings, there was plenty of action, unpredictability and excitement in week seven of the college football season. Fans all over the country were treated to a thrilling weekend of football. The polls shifted once again, and it seems even more dangerous to be ranked in the top five as No. 3 and No. 4 fell for the second consecutive week.

No. 8 LSU 23, No. 3 South Carolina 21

Coming off its first loss of the season, LSU found its stroke on offense against a rugged South Carolina defense. The Tigers didn’t do much with style, but the team from the Bayou looked more like the physical, grind-it-out team that made it to the BCS National Championship Game last year. Freshman running back Jeremy Hill led the way, breaking off a 50-yard TD run with 5:03 left in the fourth quarter that proved the game winner.

No. 7 Notre Dame 20, No. 17 Stanford 13 (OT)

After three years of being pushed around by Stanford, Notre Dame finally pushed back, winning perhaps one of the most important physical matchups they have played in all season. The Fighting Irish used a crucial goal line stand in overtime to reach 6-0 for the first time since 2002. Stanford’s Stepfan Taylor was denied the end zone four straight times from inside the 5-yard line and on fourth-and-goal, a wall of Notre Dame defenders stopped Taylor inches from scoring.

No. 10 Oklahoma 63, No. 15 Texas 21

Bob Stoops improved to 9-5 against Mack Brown and the Longhorns. Stoops is now responsible for three of Oklahoma’s five most lopsided wins over Texas in the Red River Rivalry. Landry Jones threw for 321 yards and two touchdowns, while fullback Trey Millard had a career-high 119 receiving yards as Oklahoma trounced Texas 63-21 to win their third straight in the series.

No. 21 Texas A&M 59, No. 24 Louisiana Tech 57

Texas A&M scored the first 27 points against Louisiana Tech, but even that wasn’t enough to hold off the fast-paced Bulldog offense. Tech entered the game averaging 53 points a game, third most in the country. In the first half, they looked nothing like the team that had been doing that kind of offensive damage. But in the second half the Bulldogs mounted a furious rally attempt capped by a 13-yard touchdown reception by Ray Holley. With 38 seconds remaining, Tech attempted a two point conversion to tie, but the Aggie defense held their ground. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny “Football” Manzie threw for an impressive six touchdowns as the Aggies handed Louisiana Tech its first loss of the season.

The second half of the college football season is officially well underway as the first BCS Standings were released this week. As expected, Alabama debuted as No. 1, with Florida, Oregon, Kansas State and Notre Dame rounding out the top five.

The game to keep your eye on this upcoming weekend is No. 2 Florida hosting No. 7 South Carolina in a key SEC East matchup. The Gators look to show they deserve to be No.2 and make a bigger statement against the Gamecocks who are looking to rebound off of a loss to LSU in Baton Rouge. It should be another defensive battle in the Swamp.

 

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