Winners and losers from Week 7's college football games

Associated Press
West Virginia kicker Josh Lambert and Marshall QB Rakeem Cato both land on the good list.

Week 7 of the college football season brought us highlights galore and number of surprises that nobody could have predicted earlier this year. While we know who won and lost the games from the box scores, who really came out of Saturday able to hold their heads high heading into Week 8?


Dak Prescott: Ladies and gentlemen, your Heisman Trophy favorite likely resides in the home of Mississippi State, Stark Vegas.

Kentucky: The Wildcats are a controversial overtime away from being undefeated and might be in line for a spot in the top 25 after moving to 5-1 and getting to the cusp of bowl eligibility.

Rakeem Cato: Marshall's star quarterback continued his assault on the record books by tying Russell Wilson's FBS record for touchdown passes in consecutive games at 38.

Minnesota: The Gophers are just about qualified for a bowl game and are suddenly looking like a solid contender in the Big Ten West this season.

Greg Davis: The much-maligned Iowa offensive coordinator was responsible for 21 first-quarter points in a 45-29 win. Considering his former school Texas lost, somebody had a nice afternoon.

Josh Lambert: West Virginia's kicker nailed his second game-winning field goal of the year from 55 out, and he even got to talk to his head coach for the first time all season.

Temple: The Owls won just two games last year. This season they are 4-1 on the season and might be ready to make a little noise in the AAC.

Al Golden: Miami's head coach responded to the calls for him to be fired with a 621-yard offensive performance in a 55-34 rout of Cincinnati.

Marcus Mariota: Oregon's signal-caller got the better of UCLA's Brett Hundley and finally had a decent offensive line blocking for him with the return of left tackle Jake Fisher.

UMass: FBS football's longest losing streak now belongs to another team (Idaho, 13) after the Minutemen topped Kent State.

Duke: The Blue Devils beat Georgia Tech for the first time in a decade and continued their pursuit of another Coastal Division title.

Nick Chubb: Todd Gurley who? The true freshman led a thrashing of Missouri to keep Atlanta in sight for the Bulldogs.

Brady Hoke: It wasn't pretty, but Michigan picked up a win over Penn State and saw the Wolverines fight hard for their embattled head coach.

Matt Wells: Utah State's head coach has had to replace a ton of starters this season, including QB Chuckie Keeton (again), but just seems to keep the Aggies rolling.


Gary Patterson: As if blowing a 21-point, fourth-quarter lead was bad enough, the TCU coach wasted two timeouts on a fourth-down decision and then dialed up a fade route that fell incomplete. After being one of CFB's greats, Patterson was a CFB goat on Saturday.

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Kliff Kingsbury: The big extension he signed is looking quite iffy in hindsight after Texas Tech lost its fourth straight overall and eighth Big 12 game in a row.

Oklahoma State: Nearly losing to Kansas -- the Cowboys needed a Tyreek Hill kick-return touchdown and late interception -- lands you on the bottom half of this list.

Clemson fans: The Tigers ended up beating Louisville, but did so without freshman phenom DeShaun Watson, who reportedly broke his hand. That's a tough blow for Clemson fans considering he was one of the most electrifying quarterbacks in the country to watch.

Everett Golson: After injecting his name into the Heisman conversation with an impressive drive to beat Stanford last week, Golson took himself right out of the running as he committed three turnovers in a narrow Notre Dame win.

Kevin Sumlin: The Aggies' offense was shut out in the first half for the first time ever under Sumlin. After losing back-to-back games, his team has suddenly come crashing down to earth.

People who watched UConn/Tulane: The final score was 12-3 and the Green Wave won the game with just 302 yards of offense.

Will Muschamp: He was on the losing end of another Les Miles miracle, but seriously, Florida was a yard away from winning the game and still lost it.

East Carolina: The Pirates struggled to beat USF. Any slip-up means plenty for ECU, as it goes after that Group of Five spot in the New Year's Six Bowls at the end of the season.

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