Week 3 winners and losers: Sims, South Carolina come out on top
Let's take a look at who excelled and who slowed down in Week 3 in college football.
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Winner: Blake Sims, QB, Alabama
Sims threw two touchdown passes and ran in another score in the Crimson Tide’s 52-12 win over Southern Miss, further putting himself in a leadership position as Alabama’s QB.
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Loser: Virginia Tech
The Hokies had momentum on their side after upsetting the then-eighth-ranked Buckeyes at Ohio State last weekend. What’d they do for an encore? Come out on the losing end of a 28-21 final vs. East Carolina. Virginia Tech's time in the Top 25 might be limited.
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Winner: South Carolina
Critics ready to put a fork in the Gamecocks better think again. Steve Spurrier's 24th-ranked squad came back from the dead with a 38-35 win over No. 6 Georgia. How exactly did they do it? Here's how.
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Loser: Georgia's playcalling
The Bulldogs had a chance to escape Columbia undefeated, but on first-and-goal from the 4-yard line and down by three, Georgia chose to ignore its best player. Running back Todd Gurley should have gotten the ball four times in a row if needed to punch in a touchdown. Instead, he got one attempt after Georgia had backed up outside the 10 and Georgia suffered its first loss of the season.
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The Cavaliers weren't expected to handle Bobby Petrino's offense very well, but Virginia's defense forced four turnovers and knocked off No. 21 Louisville 23-21. A great and much-needed signature victory for Mike London.
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The No. 9 Trojans looked awful in a 37-31 loss at Boston College, most notably on both sides of the line. They gained only 20 yards rushing while the Eagles racked up 452. The loss delivered a blow to USC's playoff chances, as the Trojans now must go udnefeated for the rest of a season to have a shot at the Final Four.
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Winner: Jerry Neuheisel
With starting QB Brett Hundley out with an elbow injury, No. 12 UCLA turned to backup QB Jerry Neuheisel against Texas, and he responded by throwing the game-winning TD late in the fourth quarter to keep the Bruins' perfect season going.
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Loser: Texas Tech defense
Kliff Kingsbury is well known for his offensive mind, but at some point he will have to figure out how to build a defense at Texas Tech if they are to compete for a Big 12 title. The Red Raiders gave up 499 yards -- with 438 of them coming on the ground -- in a 49-28 home loss to Arkansas.
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On a day when many Top 25 teams were tested, and a few lost, the No. 4 Sooners had no serious problems with young and hungry Tennessee. They rolled at home, 34-10, looking more and more like one of the nation's toughest teams.