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Monday, January 14, 2008
Stanford's stunner at USC the most memorable game of 2007

By Heather Dinich
ESPN.com

It was a season full of memorable moments, but here are the 10 that stood out from 2007.

Jim Harbaugh
Jim Harbaugh can claim one of the all-time upsets in college football history.

1. Stanford 24, USC 23: On fourth-and-goal with 49 seconds remaining, Stanford quarterback Tavita Pritchard threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Mark Bradford, shocking No. 2-ranked Southern Cal and the entire college football world. Oh, and Stanford was a 41-point underdog in this game. And Pritchard was the backup quarterback, making his first career start. Don't forget his completion over the middle on fourth-and-20. It sustained the game-winning drive.

2. Appalachian State 34, Michigan 32: And so the season of upsets began. Many will argue this was the biggest upset in college football, when Appalachian State entered the Big House and in the season opener and stunned the team favored to win the Big Ten and contend for the national title. Impossible to forget. Michigan led 32-31 with 4:36 left in the game. Special teams won the game for the Division I-AA superheroes: ASU kicker Julian Rauch made a 24-yard field goal, and the Mountaineers blocked Michigan's final field-goal attempt as time expired.

3. Pittsburgh 13, West Virginia 9: Boy, did they blow it. West Virginia, then ranked No. 2 and with only one loss, had its spot in the national title game all wrapped up -- at least that's what everyone but, well, Pitt thought. The Panthers were wrapping up another losing season and had lost four of the past five border games, and the Mountaineers were a four-touchdown favorite in the 100th Backyard Brawl. All they had to do was show up and play the way they had all season. Instead, Heisman Trophy candidate Pat White dislocated his thumb in the second quarter, and Dave Wannstedt -- at least for one game -- earned his contract extension.

4. Arkansas 50, LSU 48 (3OT): For the second time this season, somebody knocked LSU off its top spot in the standings, and once again, it took three overtimes to do it. The loss ended LSU's 19-game winning streak in Tiger Stadium, and unranked Arkansas and Heisman candidate Darren McFadden probably thought they ended the Tigers' chances at another national championship, too.

5. LSU 30, Auburn 24: This might have been the call of the season, the play of the season, and the most exciting single second on the clock. Instead of playing it safe, calling a timeout and attempting a game-winning field goal, LSU quarterback Matt Flynn risked a 22-yard touchdown pass to receiver Demetrius Byrd and it worked -- with one second left on the clock. One week after losing an incredible triple-overtime game to Kentucky, the Tigers were able to keep themselves in conversations about the national title.

6. Illinois 28, Ohio State 21: The Buckeyes were in first place in the BCS standings, appeared to be two wins away from heading back to the national championship and had 20 straight Big Ten wins worth of confidence. But Todd Boeckman played arguably his worst game of his first season as a starter, and Illinois ran all over a usually stingy defense. It was the first time the Illini had beaten a No. 1 team since 1956, and they did it in the Horseshoe.

7. Michigan 41, Florida 35: Yes, the loss to Ohio State on a dismal day in Ann Arbor will be remembered because Lloyd Carr announced his retirement the following morning, but this is how he went out -- and it was a heck of a better game. The Wolverines, finally healthy and able to show what they were capable of, sent Carr into retirement with 524 yards of total offense against the No. 9 Gators in the Capital One Bowl. The game marked Carr's 162nd and final game as Michigan head coach. He ended his 13-year head coaching career with a 122-40 overall record and six bowl victories (6-7).

8. Missouri 36, Kansas 28: For the first time, the Border Showdown in Arrowhead Stadium meant something. This is the game many pointed to when the Jayhawks wound up in a BCS game and Missouri -- which earned the No. 1 ranking after this win -- didn't. For a fleeting moment, the Tigers were catapulted into the hunt for the national title, but they added one more loss in the Big 12 championship game -- not that a team with two losses can't win a national title.

9. Navy 46, Notre Dame 44 (3 OT): Give Navy 44 years, three overtimes and Notre Dame's worst season in school history, and the Middies are bound to end the NCCA's longest losing streak against the Fighting Irish. It was the first time Navy beat Notre Dame since 1963, when Roger Staubach was quarterback. Since then, the Midshipmen had lost 43 straight games to Notre Dame. The tradeoff? Navy lost its coach, Paul Johnson, at the end of the season to Georgia Tech.

10. Boston College 14, Virginia Tech 10: In a precursor to the ACC championship game (and the more interesting of the two), Boston College scored two touchdowns in the final 2:11 for a comeback win in Blacksburg. Virginia Tech led 10-0 late in the fourth. The Eagles were ranked No. 2 in the country at a time when that spot was as unlucky as the No. 13, and seemed destined for something better than a No. 2 finish in the ACC.

Heather Dinich is a college football writer for ESPN.com. Send your questions and comments to Heather at espn.hd@hotmail.com.