This offseason we will count down various topics from Monday through Friday, bringing you the top five of the important and definitely some not so important issues in college football. It's the Doc Five, every week until we will thankfully have actual games to discuss.
We have reached May 19, which means we are officially 100 days away from the beginning of the 2014 college football season when Abilene Christian faces Georgia State on Aug. 27. To keep the college football discussion on the tip of our tongues, we’re keeping up with some themes for our weekly Doc Five.
On the heels of the NFL Draft last week we brought you the top individual seasons from players who went undrafted. This week, with Memorial Day and Memorial Day Weekend on the horizon, we’ve really begun the peak of grilling season. We’ll definitely be lighting up the grill this weekend, so that got us thinking about teams who really got lit up over the past five seasons, especially when we were expecting a great matchup or expecting an entirely different outcome.
We know that the Memorial Day connection is probably a stretch, but we’re going to run with it anyway.
TOP FIVE UNEXPECTED BLOWOUTS
No. 4: BYU (2009 vs. Florida State)
BYU entered the 2009 season with a modest No. 20 ranking, but had a chance to show it was much better than that in a season opening clash with third-ranked Oklahoma. The Sooners were coming off an appearance in the National Championship Game the year prior and Heisman winner Sam Bradford was back under center. Few gave the Cougars a chance, but a stout defensive effort and a late touchdown pass from Max Hall to McKay Jacobson sealed a 14-13 upset win in Norman.
The win bumped the Cougars into the top 10, and after a dominating week two win over Tulane, BYU was ranked No. 7 and looked like they’d be the next Mountain West team to cause some damage to the BCS landscape.
The Cougars welcomed unranked Florida State, in its last season under Bobby Bowden, to Provo in week three. The Seminoles were 1-1 after losing the season opener to Miami and then barely edged FCS Jacksonville State, 19-9. The Cougars were heavy favorites, but that defense that shut down Bradford and the Sooners could not handle Christian Ponder and the Seminoles.
FSU jumped out to an early 13-0 lead while the Cougars’ offense failed to establish a rhythm. A Ponder touchdown pass to Caz Piurowski and a BYU fumble on the ensuing kickoff allowed the Seminoles to close out the first half with ten points in 24 seconds to take a 30-14 halftime lead.
BYU received opening kickoff for the second half with the hopes of cutting the deficit to single digits, but after moving the ball into FSU territory, Hall was picked off by Greg Reid who returned the interception back 64 yards for a touchdown. The Cougars’ next drive stalled and the Seminole scored again on a 6-yard Ponder touchdown run. At 44-14, the game was completely out of reach at that point and the Seminoles went on to win 54-28, spoiling what was one of the more anticipated home openers at BYU in recent memory.
The Cougars turned the ball over five times and were limited to just 20:09 total time of possession compared to 39:51 for the Seminoles. Florida State’s offense made things look easy on offense, converting 12-of-15 third downs and scoring all eight times they advanced inside the BYU 20-yard line.
The Seminoles controlled things from the start, but even Bowden admitted he was surprised at the final margin of victory.
“I don’t think we expected to win, especially with that kind of a score,” Bowden said. “I’ve been through this thing so many times, I knew we had an advantage. We went out there and made some plays, which we hadn’t done lately, and we also forced some crucial turnovers.”
The win ended up being one of the high marks in an up and down year for the Seminoles, who ended up finishing the year 7-6 with a 33-21 win over West Virginia in the Gator Bowl – Bowden’s final game.
The Cougars rebounded from the loss to win its first four games in Mountain West play, but a loss to conference frontrunners TCU in week eight put an end to any BCS hopes the Cougars had remaining. By all accounts though, the season was a success for the Cougars. Again showing a bit of resilience, the Cougars finished the year on a five-game winning streak that culminated with an overtime Holy War victory over rival Utah and a 44-20 beatdown of Oregon State in the Maaco Bowl.
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