The University of Houston’s 45-35 upset of then fifth-ranked Oklahoma State has been voted by the United States Sports Academy as College Football Game of the Week for Week 2.
Houston clinched its first victory over a Top 5 team since an upset of third-ranked Texas in 1984. The Cougars clinched victory when quarterback Chase Keenum’s fourth-down pass was batted into the air but found the arms of running back Bryce Beall, who came down with it in the end zone for the go-ahead score. There was plenty of time remaining for the high-powered Cowboys offense to come back, but Jamal Robinson ended those hopes with a 26-yard interception return for a touchdown on a ball that first tipped off an Oklahoma State player.
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Finishing second was USC’s classic 18-15 victory at Ohio State. USC freshman Matt Barkley guided a 14-play, 86-yard drive that culminated with a Stafon Johnson run with 1:05 left for the victory.
Tying for third were Michigan and Central Michigan. The Wolverines beat Notre Dame 38-34 when freshman Tate Forcier capped a game-winning touchdown drive with 11 seconds remaining. Central Michigan stunned in-state rival Michigan State by scoring 10 points in the last 32 seconds.
The College Football Game of the Year concept was developed by the Academy’s 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, Daniel Moore, a well-known artist in Alabama for his paintings of legendary coach Bear Bryant and the Crimson Tide. Moore captures the spirit of the winning game each year with a painting. The 2008 Game of the Year, Texas Tech over Oklahoma, is shown with this story.
The Academy’s panel includes fifteen men with distinguished backgrounds in major college football. At the end of the season and bowl games a final review of nominations will be conducted to determine the Game of the Year.