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Top 5 Games from 2007

Here are, in my opinion, the top 5 games from 2007.

1. Stanford @ #2 USC, October 6th

Talk about the upset of all upsets in a season chock full of upsets. Stanford was a 41-point dog when it traveled to the Coliseum.  USC was 4-0 and #2 in the nation. Stanford was 1-3, and a far cry from a team ready to upset the Trojans. On a 4th and goal with 49 seconds left, little know QB Tavita Pritchard  threw a TD pass to Mark Bradford to tie the game 23-23 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtoqK0iAflI. The PAT was good, and the nation went into a frenzy (especially LSU. If you don't know what I'm talking about, watch this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0N1iUV-yIIY). The Cardinal win 24-23.

2. Civil War, Oregon State @ UO, Dec 1st

Despite having a million or more injured starters, both OSU and UO came to play and that made for another classic Civil War. After a slow start that left them down 21-7 (and a questionable call from being down 28-7), UO bounced right back with a couple of fumble recoveries that resulted in TDs. Tied 21-21 at halftime, the 2nd half would prove no different, finishing crazily in regulation (even the best UO fan has to wonder what referee would make that "jumping" call when he didn't even block it), 28-28. Then in OT, the teams exchanged field goals to take it to a 2nd overtime, when freshman WR James Rodgers ran his patented fly sweep, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XtHXXXbTzk which looks eerily similar to this classic Civil War finish (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKJVjdvZo3I). After the Beavers stopped Jonathan Stewart on a 4th and 1, the Beavers left Eugene with a 38-31 victory.

3. #6 Cal @ #11 Oregon, September 29th

With all the nation watching, ESPN's Gameday made their way to Eugene for the 1st of 2 times last year. A mostly defensive game, halftime was a 10-3 score in favor of the Ducks. Both teams exchanged TDs in the 3rd quarter to start the 4th 17-10 Oregon, and that's when Cal exploded. Two quick TDs from Cal put them up 24-17 with 12 minutes to go. Oregon responded with a score of their own on a 91 yard drive that lasted 3 minutes, capped off by a 1 yard Dennis Dixon run, tying the game 24-24. Not to be outdone, Justin Forsett had a 1 yard TD run of his own with just over 3 minutes to play. Down 31-24, the Ducks drove downfield and with 22 seconds to go, Dennis Dixon hit Cameron Colvin, who then fumbled trying to reach the goal line after he was hit by Marcus Ezeff. The ball went out of the end zone, ruled a touchback and Cal possession. Cal escapes Eugene with a 31-24. The masses then flock to Rennie's to forget about the game

4. Oregon State @ #2 Cal, October 13th

The Beavers were 3-3 and not really looking like a team ready to do anything. Cal was 5-0, fresh of the game mentioned above. After an injury forced Nate Longshore to the sidelines, Kevin Riley stepped up and played a good game. However, the Beavers wanted it more. With Cal poised to take over the top spot after #1 LSU lost, they choked on the biggest stage. With a little more than 3 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter, and Oregon State up 20-14, Cal got to the goal line for a 2nd and goal. But it wasn't to be, as the Beavers stopped them 3 times to force a turnover http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqeRpsuHEaE. With the Beavers up 31-28, Cal drove down the field. In guaranteed field goal position with 14 seconds left, Cal decided to try for the end zone before attempting a field goal; that's when a simple freshman mistake cost Cal the game and #1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-emgrBvpfs&feature=related Hey Cal, that's your starting QB this year! HAHA

5. Apple Cup, Washington State @ Washington, November 24th

While this game didn't mean much in terms of anything important, it was still a rivalry game with a great finish. UW started hot with Wade Penner returning the opening kickoff for a TD (talk about getting the crowd fired up for a rivalry game!) Tied 28-28 heading into the 4th, this was looking like it was going to the end, and it did. Washington struck first on a 1 yard Locker run, but WSU responded with just about 7 and half minutes left on a 40 yard TD pass from Alex Brink to Brandon Gibson. After a few punts exchanged, Washington State got the ball on their 16 with 2:18 left. Alex Brink completed a couple of passes and drove them to the UW 35 with 0:37 left. Then, it happened, Alex Brink threw a 35 yard pass to a WIDE open Brandon Gibson for the game winning TD http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U124bcAt3qE&feature=related. When Locker's pass was intercepted in the end zone, the Cougs won 42-35.

 

I didn't realize how great last year actually was until I started recapping the games. Also, notice how in all these games, the away team won. This is what makes the Pac 10 great- anyone can beat anyone on any given day. Note: I was going to add highlights from the Cal-UO game, but they were all 7 minutes long and mostly just Cal oriented, so if you want to see the final play, just watch that, go make some popcorn, and then come back and you'll see it. Less than a week until the season gets started, I CAN'T WAIT!

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