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100th Backyard Brawl Voted "Game of the Year" by ESPNU Fans




Dec. 21, 2007

In a recent poll on ESPNU.com, fans voted the 100th Backyard Brawl between Pittsburgh and West Virginia the ESPNU College Football "Game of the Year."  Pittsburgh upset No. 2 West Virginia 13-9, spoiling the Mountaineers hopes of playing in the BCS title game. The game received the most votes out of 13 other games listed.  As a result, the matchup will re-air on ESPNU at 12 p.m. ET Wednesday, Dec. 26. 

 

48.8% Pittsburgh vs. West Virginia - Dec. 1

Pittsburgh upsets No. 2 West Virginia 13-9. A win away from playing for the national championship, the Mountaineers were expected to roll over rival Pittsburgh in the 100th Backyard Brawl on their way to New Orleans for the BCS title game.  

15.5% Boston College vs. Virginia Tech - Oct. 25

Boston College rallies scoring two late touchdowns, including one with 11 seconds remaining to defeat Virginia Tech 14-10.

9.6% Illinois vs. Ohio State - Nov. 10

Juice Williams provided the big plays on the ground and through the air, spurring Illinois to a stunning 28-21 victory over the top-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes.


 

 

6.3% Auburn vs. LSU - Oct. 20

With a second to spare, Demetrius Byrd hauled in Matt Flynn's 22-yard fade to the back of the end zone, lifting LSU to a 30-24 victory over Auburn.

4.9% Ohio State vs. Michigan - Nov. 17

Number 7 ranked Ohio State defeats the No. 21 Michigan Wolverines 14-3 in the 2007 edition of this rivalry. Ohio State has now won four straight over Michigan.

3.3% Auburn vs. Florida - Sept. 29

It was 17-3 before Florida evened the game with two fourth-quarter touchdowns. However, Auburn came up big in the closing minutes. Wes Byrum attempted the winning kick, just as Urban Meyer called timeout. The kick was true, but Byrum had to do it again. He did, and it was right down the middle.

3.0% Arkansas vs. Alabama - Sept. 15

Alabama goes up 21-0 after one quarter, but Arkansas charges back to take a 38-31 lead in the fourth quarter. Alabama summoned up one huge defensive stand, a last-minute drive led by John Parker Wilson and Matt Caddell and a final, game-winning pass into the end zone.

1.8% South Carolina vs. Georgia - Sept. 8

South Carolina upsets No. 11 Georgia 16-12. The Bulldogs were held without a touchdown for the first time since 2001. South Carolina lost to Georgia the last two seasons with Steve Spurrier on the sideline, including last year's 18-0 defeat in Columbia -- only the second time one of his teams has been shut out.

1.6% Oklahoma vs. Texas - Oct. 6

The Oklahoma Sooners, led by freshman QB Sam Bradford ended their two-year losing streak to Texas in the Red River Shootout, by edging out a 28-21 victory.

1.4% Georgia vs. Alabama - Sept. 22

Mikey Henderson caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to lift No. 22 Georgia to a 26-23 overtime victory over the Crimson Tide. Alabama would score 10 points in the final 6:30 to force overtime. John Parker Wilson threw for 185 yards, ran for a touchdown and completed 17-of-35 passes.

1.3% Florida State vs. Boston College - Nov. 3

Geno Hayes returned Matt Ryan's third interception for a 38-yard touchdown with 1:10 to play to help Florida State beat second-ranked Boston College 27-17, ending the Eagles' run at an unbeaten season and shaking up the BCS standings yet again.

1.2% Texas vs. Texas A&M - Nov. 23

Dennis Franchione's tenure as Texas A&M head coach ended on a high note, with a 38-30 victory over the 13th-ranked Texas Longhorns.

0.7% Auburn vs. Arkansas - Oct. 13

Wes Byrum's 20-yard field goal with 21 seconds remaining gave the No. 22 Tigers a 9-7 victory over Arkansas.

0.6% Wake Forest vs. Boston College - Sept. 1

Matt Ryan threw for five touchdowns -- second-most at Boston College only to Doug Flutie -- and DeJuan Tribble intercepted three passes to help the Eagles beat Wake Forest 38-28 and give Jeff Jagodzinski a victory in his head coaching debut.