The best of what you should have seen in the noon games, but may not have.
Official attendance in West Lafayette was announced at 46,007, apparently counted using the same kind of math that allows a conference with 12 teams to call itself the "Big Ten." –- Matt Hinton
• Did you think last month's Baylor-West Virginia game was too slow-paced and low-scoring? Then you would have loved the third quarter between Toledo and
The Rockets and Eagles combined for 55 points in the quarter and an amazing six touchdowns (and 41 points) in the first 8:05 of the half alone. Those six touchdowns, in order: A 47-yard EMU touchdown run; an 89-yard Toledo kickoff return; a 58-yard EMU touchdown run; a 65-yard Toledo touchdown pass; a 70-yard EMU touchdown run, the third of the quarter from tailback Bronson Hill; and a 60-yard Toledo touchdown pass. And, of course, they weren't done -- there was still time over the second half of the quarter for a 41-yard EMU touchdown pass and a 59-yard Toledo touchdown pass, Terrance Owens' third of the quarter.
By comparison, the 13-point fourth quarter and 52-47 final were positively boring. –- Jerry Hinnen
• On the rare occasions they are able to break into the open field, fullbacks are supposed to be plodding, shoulder-lowering thumpers. Against Texas, though, Oklahoma fullback Trey Millard was a hurdler -- on more than one occasion:
(Watch closely on the second clip, and you'll also see a ref take out a random Texas player on the sideline at the 0:09 mark, for which the player was penalized.)
Millard finished the game with 164 total yards on just eight touches, or 20.5 yards per touch, part of a 677-yard Sooners outburst in the most lopsided game of the afternoon. –- Matt Hinton
• Connecticut jumped out to an early 14-0 lead on Temple, and with its proven defense and rushing attack it should have been enough for the Huskies to cruise to their first Big East victory of 2012. But kicker Chad Christen was not able to hit any of his four field goal attempts, including one in the first possession of overtime. Temple did not have to accomplish much to set up Brandon McManus with a 29-yarder to win the game, 17-14.
The upset gave Temple a 2-0 start to conference play and back-to-back Big East victories for the first time in school history -- not too bad for a program that was expelled from the conference in 2004 for its inability to compete. While the Owls are 2-0 in conference play, Pittsburgh, South Florida and UConn are a combined 0-10. –- Chip Patterson
• Quarterback Bo Wallace wasn't quite a one-man band for Ole Miss in the first half against Auburn -- he got some help from Auburn's backup center, Tunde Fariyike, whose snap over the head of quarterback Clint Moseley was recovered for a Rebels touchdown -- but it was close. Wallace pulled off the rare feat of leading the Rebels in passing, rushing and receiving through the first 30 minutes, throwing for 85 yards, running for 43 and picking up 25 yards (and a touchdown!) as a receiver on a throw-back trick play.
Thanks to some uncharacteristically efficient Auburn offense, Wallace's efforts were only good for a 17-17 tie going into the break, but the second was all Wallace and the Rebels as they coasted to a 41-20 win, snapping a 16-game SEC losing streak. –- Jerry Hinnen