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National Review: Week Four

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Heh, Justin.

Game Of The Week: (15) Kansas State 24 - (6) Oklahoma 19

A year after having its undefeated season obliterated by the Sooners in Manhattan, Bill Snyder and the Kansas State Wildcats exacted a bit of revenge in Norman this past weekend, upsetting Oklahoma, 24-19. Colin Klein and John Hubert both ran for scores in the fourth quarter and Landry Jones's late touchdown pass was not enough to keep the Sooners' undefeated record alive.

A week after Silas Redd lost his chance at a undefeated season (and probably a national championship), Justin Brown met the same fate while catching six balls for a meager 48 yards.

Upset of the Week: Oregon State 27 - (19) UCLA 20

Not the biggest of shockers, but for a UCLA team that was averaging over 600 yards a game in their first three wins being held to only 444 by an upstart Oregon State team, it's something to take notice of. Sean Mannion threw for 379 yards and two touchdowns and the win, coupled with their season-opening victory over Wisconsin, vaulted Oregon State to #18 in the AP poll this week.

Best of the Rest

(2) LSU 12 - Auburn 10

Auburn, who narrowly escaped an upset bid from the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks last week, kept Les Miles on his toes all night, but the LSU defense proved that it is one of the top units in the nation once again while holding on for a 12-10 victory. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger fumbled twice in the first half and I'm sure Rob Bolden was licking his chops for some game action. It was not to be, though, as Mettenberger controlled the rest of the game, setting up a third quarter field goal which proved to be the difference after Auburn went into halftime with a 10-9 lead.

(4) Florida State 49 - (10) Clemson 37

Maybe the Seminoles really are back? A 35-point second half led by quarterback EJ Manuel allowed Florida State to win what might be its toughest game of the season in the weak ACC. Their only game left which could be considered a real challenge as of now would be their annual season-ending rivalry game with Florida.

Manuel threw for 380 yards and two scores while also rushing for 102 more and teammate Chris Thompson ran for another 103 yards and two touchdowns. Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd threw for 237 yards, but never seemed to feel comfortable as the Seminole defense swarmed at him all night, even though the scoreboard didn't seem to reflect that after it was all said and done.

Baylor 47 - Louisiana-Monroe 42

This week in Warhawk Watch, ULM took on their third BCS opponent in a row and fought tooth and nail for the third straight week, but Baylor proved to be too much for the Sun Belt upstarts, coming back from a quick 14-0 deficit to win in a shootout, 47-42. Kolton Browning threw for 272 yards and two touchdowns while running for another score. We won't see him on national television again unless they win the Sun Belt in all likelihood, so let's take a moment to cherish the time we got to spend with this great quarterback for three weeks. Y'ALL BETTER REDNECK-OGNIZE!

Rutgers 35 - Arkansas 26

Speaking of the Razorbacks losing, well, it happened again this week as Big East power Rutgers marched through Fayetteville and gave the previously thought-of national title contenders their third loss of the early season. Coach John L. Smith, who lost his brother earlier in the week, now sits on a hot seat which might be unfairly warm after the situation he was thrown into after Bobby Petrino's affair, then lying about the affair, and finally being fired for all parts of said affair.

Rutgers on the other hand keeps rolling and is tied with Louisville at the top of the Big East with identical 4-0 records. Gary Nova threw for five touchdowns in the win this week and should be able to keep up the offensive firepower once conference play starts next week.

Other Notable Games

(1) Alabama 40 - Florida Atlantic 7

(3) Oregon 49 - (22) Arizona 0 (Whoops, Rich Rod)

(8) West Virginia 31 - Maryland 21

(13) USC 27 - California 9

(17) TCU 27 - Virginia 7

(24) Boise State 7 - BYU 6

Ball State 31 - South Florida 27

Colorado 35 - Washington State 34

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