In a simply stunning upset on Saturday, the Virginia Tech Hokies lost to an Old Dominion team that didn’t even have its starting quarterback in the game after the first series of the game. The #13 ranked team knew they were in a game from the very start, and it that manifested itself until the very end. In fact, the Monarchs now (1-3, yes you read that correctly) ended up winning the game 49-35 after stepping on the gas to pull away in a lopsided fourth quarter in which they won 28-7. That is how you close out games, and it earned the unfancied underdogs their first ever win over a school from a Power 5 conference.
Other college football results that mattered on Saturday included the #1 ranked Alabama defeating a valiant Texas A&M 45-23. The Crimson Tide has now dealt the Aggies their second loss to a top 5 ranked team of the season. If you’re gonna lose, you can’t lose much better than that, I guess. Georgia also won, though they didn’t play well, in a victory over Missouri by a score of 43-29. Oklahoma, ranked fifth coming into the weekend, survived an overtime scare to see off Army 28-21 after one extra period of play. And last but not least to be mentioned is Texas, who for the second week in a row knocked off a ranked opponent by defeating #17 TCU 31-16.
Elsewhere, Tiger Woods continued his assault on the Tour Championship in Atlanta. On a day where there were many positives to be had in the city, the world’s most famous golfer perhaps made the biggest mark. After shooting -5 under and then -2 under in the opening two rounds, he will take a three shot lead into Sunday’s final round after shooting another -5 under par round in the third on Saturday. Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose, who shared leads with him the previous two days, will each start three behind him in the chase for not only the tournament crown but also the FedexCup Playoffs trophy and the money that comes with it.
And the other big event in Atlanta on Saturday was the Atlanta Braves. The Braves officially became the first team in the National League to assure themselves of a postseason berth by defeating the Phillies 5-3 at Suntrust Park. It’s a third straight win for them over their division rivals, which now means they have sealed up the NL East crown and will avoid the one-game playoff ‘series’ no matter what now. Now, they will get back to business on Sunday in the hopes of finishing with the best record in the league so that they can host the first two games of the division series when it begins.