Each week Rivals.com will take a look back at the weekend's action in the form of the most important, informative, interesting and/or strange things said by coaches and players.
The only upset in the top 25 occurred in Raleigh, N.C., where N.C. State knocked off No. 20 Boston College, but there were scares elsewhere. We'll check in at Georgia, where the Bulldogs inexplicably found themselves in a tussle with Colorado, and in East Lansing, Mich., where Notre Dame rescued its season with a stunning comeback against Michigan State.
And we'll see what else we can find of interest. Away we go:
The Said It: Week 4
Notre Dame 40, Michigan State 37 Irish safety Tom Zbikowski: "From now on, we just need to make sure we come out and play a complete 60 minutes instead of just the last 30 minutes."
Irish offensive tackle Ryan Harris: "I looked at the clock and there were still 13 minutes to play, and I still knew that if we executed our offense, we could come out with a win."
Tim Prister of Irish Illustrated.com: "Notre Dame's hard-to-fathom 40-37 victory over Michigan State late Saturday night by no means covers up the mounting problems that this football team has had exposed this year, particularly the last two weeks as Charlie Weis and his coaching staff run out of fingers and toes to plug the holes in the dike. This job isn't as easy as Weis made it look at times in 2005, just as it wasn't as easy as (Tyrone) Willingham made it look through the first eight games of the 2002 season. The Irish are lacking along the offensive line and at running back and in
defensive linemen who can rush the passer and linebackers with size and speed and defensive backs with lock-down skills. They were overrated in the preseason because the media, like Notre Dame fans themselves, miss having the Irish as a national power."
Spartans coach John L. Smith: "You have to come back and go to work tomorrow and get better. It better hurt. That's why you play the game, and if it doesn't hurt then you better quit playing."
Georgia 14, Colorado 13 Bulldogs coach Mark Richt: "We dodged a big bullet, like dodging a big bazooka. The main reason the game got the way it did is Colorado has a lot of pride. I give a lot of credit to Coach (Dan) Hawkins and the Colorado Buffaloes."
Bulldogs freshman quarterback Joe Cox: "I was ready for this situation and it worked out. This was the dream scenario. I am really thankful for the last touchdown. I saw the mismatch with Martrez (Milner, UGA tight end), went to him and it worked."
Richt: "Joe was very accurate, two balls were batted and he completed just about everything else. He played outstanding in that situation and I am proud of him. – Richt
N.C. State 17, Boston College 15 Wolfpack tailback Andre Brown: "It's a fresh start for us. We're 1-0 (in conference play), we're near the top. It's a fresh start and you have to love it."
Wolfpack coach Chuck Amato: "I said all week that our practices had been as good as any we've had in a long time. This team did not quit."
Eagles coach Tom O'Brien: "Give N.C. State credit. They made a play at the end of the game to win and when we had an opportunity to make a play to win the game, we couldn't do it - whether it be on offense or defense."
Florida 26, Kentucky 7 Gators coach Urban Meyer: "I probably shouldn't comment on it (a smattering of boos for starting QB Chris Leak when he would shuttle back in for freshman 'changeup' QB Tim Tebow), but I heard that too and was a little disappointed. I thought they were booing because of a flag or something like that but I looked around … that's not my business. Chris Leak has played his rear end off and we're 4-0 and playing extremely hard on offense. He was the No.1 quarterback in the country as of four hours ago. Chris is playing very well."
Gators freshman quarterback Tim Tebow: "I don't think that's the best thing (booing Leak). He's one of the best quarterbacks in the country right now. He's doing a great job. I'm happy he's having such a good season. Chris is a mature quarterback. He's playing so well and doing all the right things. I don't think he even listens to that. People shouldn't (boo) when he comes on the field."
Arkansas 24, Alabama 23 (2 OT) Tide running back Kenneth Darby: "We've got to watch film and correct our mistakes. We're going to have bounce back and get ready for Florida, because they don't care we lost this game the way we did."
USC 20, Arizona 3 Trojans coach Pete Carroll: "I love the fact that we're playing defense like this three straight weeks. We're playing like crazy."
Ryan Abraham of USCFootball.com: "The national media may not understand a USC squad that doesn't pile up points like empty pizza boxes in a fraternity house. But as long as Carroll and company keep on winning, they will be right in the thick of things when the BCS bowl bids are handed out."
Michigan 27, Wisconsin 13 Wolverines defensive end LaMarr Woodley: "A lot of people felt like we were going to have a hangover after Notre Dame, but we didn't."
Badgers coach Bret Bielema: "Everybody kept asking me all week long about their front seven (on defense). I like their front 14. They have a first string and a second string that is pretty impressive."
Clemson 52, North Carolina 7 Tigers coach Tommy Bowden: "We thought that UNC would show a little more intensity than they brought today."
Tar Heels quarterback Cam Sexton: "Sometimes you lose games and you can find some positives to build on. I don't know. That's a tough pill to swallow right there. We didn't expect that."