Is it possible to clinch the Heisman and the No. 1 ranking in the same play?
Michael Crabtree might have done it Saturday night.
The nation's best receiver just might have made Texas Tech the nation's best team. We won't know for sure until Sunday but the Red Raiders made their case for becoming the nation's newest No. 1 with an improbable 39-33 victory over Texas. The Longhorns simply left too much time on the clock after Graham Harrell hit Crabtree for the winning score from 28 yards out with one second left.
"I dreamt it the same way," Crabtree said. "I dreamt it in my head."
It was a dream Texas Tech thought it could never dream. The school's first victory over a No. 1 was the 500th in its history. The field was stormed twice times before the game was officially over. There's probably not a car that will be safe for the marauding hoardes in Lubbock. Turn it over, light it. Hey, it's your night Texas Tech.
Crabtree should shoot to the top of everyone's Heisman list. There's not a receiver in the country who could have caught that last ball in traffic, stayed in bounds and scored. Crabtree was last year's Biletnikoff Award winner (best receiver) but this performance made him the best player in the country. The best receiver for the best passing offense for the team that just beat No. 1. Why not?
"They tried man (coverage)," Harrell said of the last play. "Ain't a guy in the country who can man up Crab.
"He's the best player in the country, no doubt. Best receiver"
Harrell should be just a tick behind in the Heisman race. This legitmizes everything Mike Leach has done in his nine years. His run-and-shoot, spread, gimmick offense is as legitimate as Woody Hayes' three yards and a cloud of dust.
The eyes of the nation will continue to be locked on Lubbock. Oklahoma State comes calling next week. The Cowboys, losers to Texas last week, are suddenly back in the Big 12 and national championship race. So is No. 4 Oklahoma.
Here's a guess at how the top five in BCS standings will look on Sunday.
2. Texas Tech
3. Penn State
Other than Texas Tech, the biggest winner Saturday was Oklahoma. If it can win out and either Alabama or Texas lose, it has a chance to play for the national championship. With possibly three teams in the top five of the BCS it brings up another scenario -- a three-way tie for the Big 12 South. In that case, the team that is ranked the highest in the BCS would play for the conference championship.