Series? Sorry, Bud, football stealing the show

Bear Bryant's sport took on Yogi Berra's sport and knocked one out of the national park.

It was about time.

Commissioner Bud Selig bloviated a few weeks back that only baseball could produce the kind of drama displayed on one wild night in the wild-card race.

It was an absurd statement given college football did this sort of stuff all the time. Remember the Friday after last Thanksgiving, when Auburn rallied from 24-0 down to beat Alabama on the same day/night Boise State lost a shocker at Nevada?

This season's tepid early crawl, however, was starting to give credence to Selig's claims (never a good thing).

Where was college football's comeback answer?

It was like bragging about your kid and then watching him flub lines at the Christmas play.

Wisconsin, Stanford and Oklahoma seemed bent to be the first teams since Georgia Tech in 1916 to beat another team, 220-0.

Pac 12 yuk-ball on Thursday nights featured California throwing passes to USC defenders one week followed the next by UCLA's implosion in Tucson.

It changed Saturday, when dramatic endings jumbled Sunday's second release of the Bowl Championship Series standings. Louisiana State and Alabama remained at 1-2, but there was reshuffling down below.

On a Saturday night when St. Louis and Albert Pujols were beating up on Texas in Game 3 of the World Series, college football stole baseball's candy.

USC at Notre Dame was an entertaining game and a visual masterpiece as spectacular sounds and colors clashed at night, under flickering gold helmets and lights, on the Peacock Network.

And good luck trying to find anything that can top Wisconsin at Michigan State, a game decided on a Hail Mary pass that deflected off a player's facemask into the hands of his teammate.

You want drama, Bud?

Officials first ruled Michigan State receiver Keith Nichol had not broken the end zone plane with the ball.

Wisconsin Coach Bret Bielema prepared his team for overtime while everyone held bated Badger breaths as the replay booth reviewed the angles before ruling Nichol had scored with no time remaining.

"I swear I thought I got the ball across," Nichol, a fifth-year senior said later. "I knew once they went to review it was going to be a touchdown. Incredible game. Incredible effort by both sides. Incredible moment, really."

The 44-yard snare was Nichol's only catch and his first touchdown of the season.

Michigan State rallied from a 14-0 deficit to severely damage Wisconsin's national title hopes.

Nichol, a transfer from Oklahoma, made his grab as the undefeated Sooners furiously tried to rally from a 31-14 deficit against Texas Tech.

The game had been delayed almost two hours by lightning, with the Sooners taking another two hours to get started.

Oklahoma, No.1 in the USA Today coaches' poll, had won 39 straight home games under Bob Stoops. Its last defeat in Norman was the 2005 opener against Texas Christian.

Just after midnight in Norman, Oklahoma cut the deficit to three before Texas Tech — a four-touchdown underdog — recovered an onside kick to clinch a shocking upset.

It was a sweet win for Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville.

"When you go on the road and beat a No.1 team, it is really special, almost impossible to do," Tuberville said.

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