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TexasTiger08
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Most inexplicable CFB games: I’ll start with ‘97 UCLA @ Texas
To me, this might be the single most head-scratching game I can think of.

The Horns and Mackovic were coming off their Big 12 Title season, complete with the 4th and inches call that doomed Nebraska and made James Brown a hero. They entered ‘97 at #12 in the nation, a clear favorite in the South Division when the North was littered with powerhouses like the Huskers, K-State, and Colorado. Texas beat Rutgers 48-14 week one to move up a spot.

UCLA was in its second season under Bob Toledo after a 5-6 finish in his debut. They promptly started 0-2, with a 3-point road loss to Wazzu (who would come out of nowhere to win the Pac-10) and a 30-24 setback against 3rd ranked Tennessee.

What happened on the afternoon of September 13 in Austin was a game I never expected to see unfold.

Texas started slowly and the Bruins took a 10-0 lead after 1. The floodgates opened in the 2nd quarter. UCLA struck when Skip Hicks took a pass 43 yards to the house just one play after recovering a UT fumble. On Texas very next offensive play, QB Richard Walton threw a pick that was nearly taken in for 6. This led a Cade McNown’s second of five 1st half TD passes.

Down 24-0, Texas inserted Marty Cherry at QB, who was known for his modeling gig the previous offseason. His 3rd pass was picked off, leading to more Bruin points. Cherry was mauled that game, and never played another snap for UT.

It was 38-0 Bruins at halftime. Cade McNown threw 3 passes in the second half. Texas committed 8 turnovers and finally mustered a Phil Dawson field goal to cut the deficit to 45-3. The final score was a 40-yard pick-six off of Marty Cherry to push the final to 66-3.

The win started a 20-game win streak for UCLA, which included a comeback win over Texas A&M in the ‘98 Cotton Bowl. UCLA’s luck ran out the next season in a humid Orange Bowl.

Texas proceeded to finish 2-6 in the Big 12, managing a win over lowly Oklahoma and Kansas. The loss to 1-6 Baylor ended any hopes Mackovic had of sticking around.

Enter Mack Brown, and the rest is history for that stretch. UCLA did smack the Horns the following season, and clobbered them again in 2010 when UT was ranked 7th. That game was a much more respectable 34-12.

I know upsets happen. In hindsight, this was no upset. It was a bloodbath where an opportunistic and motivated team played a seemingly perfect game against an overrated squad.


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re: Most inexplicable CFB games: I’ll start with ‘97 UCLA @ Texas
LSU winning at UF thanks to the shoe guy

Florida was riding high but missing Pitts

LSU was reeling and missing 8,467 starters and key players and had to kick a 57 yard FG into a Pink Floyd laser light show to take the lead


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re: Most inexplicable CFB games: I’ll start with ‘97 UCLA @ Texas
Pretty much any of LSU’s wins vs. UF the past decade+

Les Miles and Orgeron lol

Lucky shoe tosses and forward flicking bouncing fake fg tosses


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re: Most inexplicable CFB games: I’ll start with ‘97 UCLA @ Texas
Tennessee-LSU 2010



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re: Most inexplicable CFB games: I’ll start with ‘97 UCLA @ Texas
2007 Pitt holding WVU to 9 points


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re: Most inexplicable CFB games: I’ll start with ‘97 UCLA @ Texas
Texas had no business being ranked 7th in 2010. That team was flat out garbage.


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red sox fan 13
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re: Most inexplicable CFB games: I’ll start with ‘97 UCLA @ Texas
Sounds like Florida needs to work on taking care of business since LSU is 8-3 in the series since 2010


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TomRollTideRitter
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re: Most inexplicable CFB games: I’ll start with ‘97 UCLA @ Texas
2012 #1 Kansas State went to Waco and got run my a Baylor team that had only beaten SMU, Kansas and a couple FCS teams.

2001 Nebraska was blown out by Colorado and still went to the BCS title.

2003 Oklahoma lost 35-7 to Kansas State and still went to the BCS title.


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re: Most inexplicable CFB games: I’ll start with ‘97 UCLA @ Texas


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re: Most inexplicable CFB games: I’ll start with ‘97 UCLA @ Texas
I can’t believe K-State and Mississippi State have reached #1 within the decade. I feel like that could never happen now with playoff rankings.


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re: Most inexplicable CFB games: I’ll start with ‘97 UCLA @ Texas
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I can’t believe K-State and Mississippi State have reached #1 within the decade. I feel like that could never happen now with playoff rankings.


Miss State was under the playoff rankings, but I get what you’re saying. The past 3 seasons the gap between the playoff contenders and the rest has seemed massive.

I think we’re at a period of low innovation in CFB. Everyone is basically running the same stuff. I’m expecting some defensive coordinator to come up with something to really limit the RPO eventually.

I also think worse teams should really slow down the tempo. Going fast was an advantage when it was unique. When both teams go fast, more plays and possessions actually favors the more talented team.
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Dr Rosenrosen
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re: Most inexplicable CFB games: I’ll start with ‘97 UCLA @ Texas
Miami of Ohio over LSU- 1986


zzgobucky
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re: Most inexplicable CFB games: I’ll start with ‘97 UCLA @ Texas
Stanford v USC


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RolltidePA
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re: Most inexplicable CFB games: I’ll start with ‘97 UCLA @ Texas
Appalachian State beating Michigan @ Michigan.

I know it wasn’t a blowout, but that one was a stone cold surprise.


nvasil1
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re: Most inexplicable CFB games: I’ll start with ‘97 UCLA @ Texas
Miami of Ohio over Northwestern - 1995

The game was a week after Northwestern beat preseason #9 Notre Dame in South Bend. After the loss, the Cats went on their magical run through the Big 10 and to the Rose Bowl.

At the time, it seemed like a typical Northwestern loss. In retrospect, it's truly incredible they blew that one out of all the others.


Teddy Ruxpin
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re: Most inexplicable CFB games: I’ll start with ‘97 UCLA @ Texas
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UCLA’s luck ran out the next season in a humid Orange Bowl.


This is a great story as well if I remember the details.

UCLA was to play Miami early in the season but a hurricane pushed the game to the end of the year.

UCLA is undefeated heading down to Miami and run into a program reestablishing itself as the U.

Miami pulls off the upset, UCLA misses a national title shot, and you know the rest.


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re: Most inexplicable CFB games: I’ll start with ‘97 UCLA @ Texas
Ohio St. Vs. Iowa 2017
Ohio St. Vs Purdue 2018


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WestCoastAg
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re: Most inexplicable CFB games: I’ll start with ‘97 UCLA @ Texas
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clobbered them again in 2010 when UT was ranked 7th. That game was a much more respectable 34-12.
very fun game during a very bad time of bruin football


boston vol
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re: Most inexplicable CFB games: I’ll start with ‘97 UCLA @ Texas
Tennessee losing 21-17 at Memphis in November 1996. Tennessee was ranked 6th and went on to finish 10-2 and ranked 9th in the final poll. Memphis finished the season at 4-7.


AtlantaLSUfan
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re: Most inexplicable CFB games: I’ll start with ‘97 UCLA @ Texas
Pretty much anytime another Big10 school beats Ohio State it’s shocking.


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