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LSU vs. Alabama: Round Two

The wish of the College football world came true.

During week 10 of this year’s NCAA Football season fans saw what they called this year’s BCS National Championship game; except the only difference was it was happening during the season. It was the number one ranked LSU Tigers versus the number two ranked Alabama Crimson Tide.

Many said that this would be the game of the year and that it would be better than the BCS National Championship game in January as many felt that these two teams were the best of this year’s college football season. They thought right as LSU won the game with a field goal in overtime making the final score 9-6.

Fans, analysts, players, and the college football world were thrilled of the game that they witnessed but they were heartbroken at the same time as everyone wanted to see a rematch between the two teams. Possible right? Not really due to the BCS ranking system and that the fact that it was already late in the season all pointed that LSU, Alabama wouldn’t be played again this season.

However when the BCS rankings came out that following week, the Crimson Tide of Alabama would still have a chance; getting the number one spot was LSU then followed Oklahoma State at number two and then Alabama at number three.

The Crimson Tide still had a chance as all they needed was an Oklahoma State loss. The only problem was; Oklahoma State didn’t lose. However, looking at their upcoming schedule Alabama appeared to have a chance. Reading Texas Tech, Iowa State, and number fifth ranked Oklahoma, a loss for the Oklahoma State Cowboys appeared to possible. Except not possible against Texas Tech or Iowa State, but, Oklahoma ranked fifth in the country seemed very possible.

Though on Friday the 18th the number two Oklahoma State Cowboys would blow a 17 point lead against the Iowa State Cyclones and lose 37-31 in double overtime. It happened, the Cowboys lost which meant that Alabama pending a victory would move up to the number two spot.

Like expected, the Crimson Tide would defeat Georgia Southern 45-21 locking up the number two spot in the BCS rankings. However, just to make sure the number fourth ranked Oregon Ducks trailing right behind the Tide in the BCS rankings would lose as well.

The Ducks would lose to the USC Trojans 38-35 closing the book to their BCS Championship hopes. And just to make sure that Alabama really had it locked up; the number fifth ranked Oklahoma Sooners would lose to the number 22nd ranked Baylor Bears, 45-38.

Rather someone wished for this to happen on 11/11/11, or if this is a sign that the world is coming to an end, or maybe it’s just fait; who knows? But what we do know is come January as long as both teams, LSU and Alabama win out, the rematch and game that everyone was hoping and wishing, for will happen. I guess their really is a Santa Claus.

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A BIG Comeback in the Big House: 28 Points in the 4th Quarter Locks Up A Win For the Wolverines

Crowd Pleaser

Denard Robinson threw an amazing 16 yard touchdown pass to Roy Roundtree for the touchdown giving Michigan the lead, 35-31 with two seconds left. That was the scene Saturday night in the Big House as the Wolverines who started the drive on their own 20 yard line down 31-28, went 80 yards in three plays in 28 seconds to take the lead, and the win.

It was instant classic.

35 total points scored in the fourth quarter, five touchdowns, and three of them coming with a minute left to play; instant classic.

Heading into the fourth quarter Notre Dame who had been dominating the Wolverines all game were up 24-7 and were just 15 minutes away from a victory, and then it happened.

With not even ten seconds off the clock in the fourth quarter the Wolverines scored cutting the lead to 24-14. Forcing the Irish to go three and out on their next possession the Wolverines would get the ball right back. Capitalizing on the quick three and out the Wolverines trailing 24-14 would get the ball back going 40 yards in five plays scoring again off of a 14 yard touchdown.

The lead was now cut to three and the Big House crowd which was in silence about five minutes prior was then in insane. Trying to stop the momentum the Irish began driving down the field and once again they couldn’t be stopped; first and goal on the seventh yard line the Irish were about to score yet again and probably lock up the game.

And then it happened…

Tommy Rees hit…balls loose, it’s a FUMBLE! The Wolverines knocked the ball loose stopping the Notre Dame drive and retaining possession. Getting the ball back Robinson completed a 45 yard pass Junior Hemingway to the Notre Dame 30 yard line; it was a ball game. Robinson on the next play stepped back in the pocket throwing to the end zone…intercepted.

The noise in the Big House dropped to a whisper as the Wolverines failed to capitalize on again on much needed score. Though, their defense would back them up forcing the Irish to go three and out. Retaining possession Robinson knew that his team needed a score and he would do that leading them 58 yards in five plays for a touchdown. The Wolverines for the first time in the game had the lead at 28-24.

Everyone was on their feet in Ann Arbor as the Wolverines took the lead.

1:12 to go heading back on offense the Irish who just blew a 21-7 lead within less than 15 minutes knew that they had to score. 3rd and 5 on the Michigan 29 yard line with 36 seconds left on the clock Rees would throw a 29 yard touchdown over the middle to receiver Theo Riddick giving the Irish back the lead.

Trailing 31-28 with 30 seconds left ball on their own 20 yard line with two timeouts left a comeback for the Wolverines looked just about impossible.

Ball thrown incomplete to Jeremy Gallon, 23 seconds left.

Robinson steps back in the pocket looks…looks, steps up, throws, and wide open is Gallon! Gallon who caught the 30 yard pass managed to pick up 34 yards after it making it a 64 yard gain, putting the Wolverines in scoring territory.

Ball on the 16 yard line, eight seconds left, down by three, Robinson stepped back in the pocket, lobbed up, caught, touchdown Michigan! The Wolverines with two seconds left took the lead at 35-31 and shocked the world and the Fighting Irish, as the luck wasn’t on their side, it was on Michigan’s.

The Irish who lead the game for 58 minutes and 48 seconds gave up 28 points in the fourth quarter and one crucial touchdown in the remaining eight seconds of the ball game. It was an instant classic in Ann Arbor and it ended with a leap into the crowd as it was Michigan 35, Notre Dame, 31.


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