Monday, September 19, 2011

College Football 2011, Week 3 results

Every one of the Top 25 teams saw action this week. Only two contests will pitted ranked teams against one another: #1 Oklahoma @ #5 Florida State and #3 LSU @ #25 Mississippi State. In both cases, the higher ranked team won.

There were a couple of upsets further down the list. Number 15 Michigan State was in the wrong place at the wrong time as Notre Dame woke up from its early season malaise. Number 17 Ohio State looked bad against unranked Miami. (What else is new?)
Still undefeated Clemson took it to #21 Auburn. And finally, number 22 Arizona State got beat by the Fighting Illini of Illinois. All these should result in considerable reshaping of the Top 25 list later this week.
Here are this week’s match-ups for all the Top 25 college teams. The two rankings are the AP/Coaches'.

1/1 Oklahoma (2-0) The Sooners played the #5 Florida State Seminoles (2-1) on the road and emerged with a 23-13 victory. The ‘Noles had tied it in the fourth quarter at 13 all on a Rashad Greene 56 yard TD pass from back-up QB Clint Trickett but couldn’t muster enough to pull it out.

2/2 Alabama (3-0) The Crimson Tide tamed the Mean Green of North Texas (0-3) with a 41-0 shutout. On offense it was the Richardson and Lacy show. Trent Richardson had 167 yards and 3 TDs on 11 carries (TDs were of 4, 58 and 71 yards), while Eddie Lacy had 161 yards and 2 TDs on just 9 carries (TDs were of 43 and 67 yards). First time Alabama ever had two runners surpass the 150 yard mark in the same game.

3/3 LSU (3-0) The Tigers went on the road Thursday night to play the #25 Mississippi State Bulldogs (1-2). The LSU defense helped whip the puppies 19-6.

4/4 Boise State (2-0) The Broncos played on the road against the Toledo Rockets (1-3) on Friday night. Boise State came away with a rather easy 40-15 win when Kellen Moore tossed for 455 yards and 5 TD passes—again.

5/5 Florida State (2-1) The Seminoles lost to #1 Oklahoma (2-0) on the national stage Saturday night 23-13.
6/6 Stanford (3-0) The Cardinal tamed the Arizona Wildcats (1-2) 37-10. Andrew Luck had 325 yards and two TDs passing. Stepfan Taylor rushed for 153 yards on 22 carries for the Cardinal.

7/8 Wisconsin (3-0) The Badgers easily defeated the Huskies of Northern Illinois (1-2). Badgers scored 14 points in each of the first three quarters on their way to a 49-7 victory. Russell Wilson completed 23 of 32 attempts for 347 yards and 3 TDs as the badgers had over 600 yards of offense.

8/7 Oklahoma State (3-0) The Cowboys proved to be too much for Tulsa’s Golden Hurricane (1-2) Saturday night/Sunday morning. It was a wild and wooly affair that didn’t get started until after midnight and ended around 3:30 AM with a 59-33 final score. The weather –thunder, lightning and tornado warnings—was definitely a factor. The Cowboys’ Joseph Randle ran for 128 yards and 3 TDs while QB Brandon Weeden three for 369 yards and 2 TDs. Tulsa’s Ja’Terian Douglas rushed for 173 yards and 2 TDs on 12 carries and Trey Watts had 159 yards on 23 carries.

9/9 Texas A&M (2-0) The Aggies went up to Moscow, Idaho to face the Vandals of IU (1-2) Saturday night. They put 37 points on the board before the Vandals could answer—in the fourth quarter. Final 37-7.

10/11 South Carolina (3-0) The Gamecocks hosted the Midshipmen of Navy (2-1) Saturday evening. The Midshipmen forced the Gamecocks to come from behind in the fourth quarter to earn a 24-21 victory.

11/10 Nebraska (3-0) The Cornhuskers hosted the Washington Huskies (2-1) in a high scoring affair that saw Nebraska emerge with a 51-38 win.

12/14 Oregon (2-1) The Ducks routed the Missouri State Bears (0-3) 56-7. LaMichael James had TD runs of 1, 90 and 50 yards as he accumulated 204 yards on just 12 carries for the Ducks.

13/12 Virginia Tech (3-0) The Hokies defeated the Arkansas State Red Wolves (1-2) Saturday afternoon 26-7.

14/13 Arkansas (3-0) The Razorbacks beat the Troy Trojans (0-2) 38-28 Saturday afternoon. The Trojans didn’t make it easy for Arkansas as they amassed 457 yards in offense to the Razorbacks’ 454. Add Ladarrius Madden’s 53 yard interception return in the third quarter and Troy gave Auburn all it could handle.

15/15 Michigan State (2-1) The Spartans traveled to South Bend, IN to face the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame (1-2). The Irish finally got things going right for them in a stunning 31-13 rout of the Spartans. Nothing spectacular from the Irish (well, except for George Atkinson’s 89 yd kickoff return) just steady offense and defense.

16/17 Florida (3-0) The Gators hosted the Tennessee Volunteers (2-1) Saturday afternoon. The Volunteers got off to a slow start and could not catch up to the Gators who triumphed 33-23.

17/16 Ohio State (2-1) The Buckeyes traveled south to Miami to face the Hurricanes (1-1) Saturday night. Miami looked disorganized two weeks ago but found all the right fixes as the upset the Buckeyes 24-6.

18/20 West Virginia (3-0) The Mountaineers went on the road to play the Maryland Terrapins (1-1) Saturday afternoon. The Terps fell behind early (27-10 at the half) and then made the Mountaineers sweat in at the end. Still, WVA came out on top 37-31. Geno Smith completed 36 of 49 for 388 (a career best). Terence Garvin had a 37 yard interception return for a TD in the first quarter for WVA. Eain Smith stopped the Maryland comeback threat with an interception with 1:13 remaining in the fourth quarter.

19/24 Baylor (2-0) The Bears had an easy time with the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (1-2) Both offense and defense showed up in this 48-0 shutout. Robert Griffin completed 20 of 22 attempts for 265 yards and 3 TDs. But most of the fans were thankful for the rain that caused the game to be halted in the third quarter.

20/22 South Florida (3-0) The Bulls scored early and often against the Florida A&M Rattlers (1-2) Saturday night. The Bulls won 70-17. B.J. Daniels was 21 of 31 for 382 yards and 4 TDs. Oh, and he ran for one, too. Teammate Darrell Scott ran for 146 yards and 3 TDs on 12 carries. He got a fourth TD on an 84 yard catch and run from Daniels.

21/19 Auburn (2-1) The Auburn Tigers jumped out to an early lead on the road against the Clemson Tigers (3-0) Saturday afternoon. Clemson, however, was having none of that as the stormed back to a convincing win 38-24.

22/18 Arizona State (2-1) The Sun Devils went on the road to play the Fighting Illini of Illinois (3-0) Saturday evening. The Devils came up short in a close 17-14 contest.

23T/21 Texas (3-0) The Longhorns headed west to play the UCLA Bruins (1-3) Texas romped 49-20. Case McCoy was solid in his first start as the Longhorn QB.

23T/23 TCU (2-1) The Horned Frogs fell behind the Warhawks of Louisiana-Monroe (1-2) 17-14 at the end of the first quarter but then woke up. Frogs won 38-17. Greg McCoy returned the second half opening kickoff 94 yards for a TD to put the Frogs on the winning track.

25/25 Mississippi State (1-2) The Bulldogs hosted the #3 LSU Tigers (3-0). Treated them real nice, too. The Tigers won 19-6. Could be the last time we see the MSU Bulldogs in the Top 25 this year.

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