Oregon’s Rout of California Earns Game of Week Nod

Posted by | September 30, 2009 | News & Events | No Comments

During a weekend when three teams ranked in the Top 6 of the national polls were knocked off their lofty perches, one game emerged as the No. 1 choice according to the United States Sports Academy’s College Football Game of the Year selection committee.

Oregon’s 42-3 demolition of then sixth-ranked California was chosen by the Academy’s panel of experts as Week 4’s College Football Game of the Week. The Ducks dominated the Golden Bears in Eugene, as Jeremiah Masoli threw for 253 yards on 21 for 25 passing. Cal, perhaps caught looking ahead to this week’s showdown against USC, suffered its most lopsided loss of the Jeff Tedford era.

Don’t agree with what our experts selected? Email the Academy at games@ussa.edu and make your opinion known. Answers will be posted to our website.

Also receiving strong consideration was Iowa, which upset No. 5 Penn State 21-10 in Happy Valley. It was the second straight season in which Iowa handed Penn State its first loss of the season. This one came after Iowa trailed 10-0 in the first quarter. The third upset in the Top 6, South Carolina’s 16-10 victory over No. 4 Mississippi, also received consideration.

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.

At the end of the season and bowl games, a final review of nominations will be prepared for consideration. The winning school receives a commemorative limited edition fine art print and a $5,000 donation for its general scholarship fund.

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