The Bruin defense had a stellar performance, dominating Tennessee. Rahim Moore had two more interceptions to give him 5 in two games and the rest of the defensive backfield played just as well, in particular the Playmaker Alterraun Verner and Tony Dye, and Courtney Viney did well replacing the injured Aaron Hester. In the final couple of minutes the Defensive Line, with Brian Price on the bench part of the time, stopped the Vols on four plays after a first down inside the 10, and then kept pressure on Jonathan Crompton on his last-ditch 0/4 drive from his own territory. The offense sputtered much of the time against a strong Tennessee defense, but showed signs of real promise, and next week against a less talented Kansas State defense, I would expect to see some real improvement.
Notre Dame’s last-second loss to an underrated Michigan team, featuring maybe the best freshman in the country in QB Tate Forcier, was unexpected and appreciated, and for the second time in the two-week-old season, a top-five team lost, as unranked Houston easily beat Oklahoma State.
And, oh, it could have been a great day, if Ohio State cold have just hung on, played a tougher defensive game in the fourth quarter, and had a better offensive plan. The brain surgeons keyed on Terrelle Pryor, and Jim Tressell should have realized that would be the case, and prepared more options, in both senses of the term. That first-drive interception was the difference in the end.
Following up from the first week, BYU is a top team and their defeat of the Bradford-less Sooners was no fluke. I can see BYU going undefeated. Oklahoma played extremely well against poor competition without Bradford, and like I mentioned, should have only the one loss when they meet Texas, possibly with Bradford back at QB.