Monday, October 03, 2011

College Football 2011, Week 5 results

Week 5 saw quite a few of the Top 25 teams losing. No too unexpected considering four games pitted Top 25 teams against each other. #3 Alabama (5-0) beat #12 Florida (4-1), #7 Wisconsin (5-0) beat #8 Nebraska (4-1),# 11 Virginia Tech (4-1) lost to #13 Clemson (5-0) and #14 Texas A&M (2-2) lost to #18 Arkansas (4-1).

Additionally, #15 Baylor (3-1) fell to Kansas State (4-0), #16 South Florida (4-1) lost to the Pittsburgh (2-2), and #20 TCU (3-2) was beaten by SMU (4-1)

With seven (7) of the Top 25 losing, there will be plenty of shuffling around in the polls prior to week 6.

Three teams had the week off: # 5 Oklahoma State (4-0), #9 Oregon (3-1), and #23 Florida State (2-2).

Here are results of week 5’s match-ups for all the Top 25 college teams. The two rankings are the AP/Coaches' Polls.

1/2T LSU (5-0) The Tigers raked the Kentucky Wildcats (2-3) 35-7 at home Saturday afternoon. In his first game back after suspension, LSU’s Jordan Jefferson took his first snap as quarterback for the Tigers—and scored on a 1-yard sneak. Jarrett Lee, however, remains the starter and why not. LSU’s 5-0 under his command.

2/1 Oklahoma (4-0) The Sooners had their way against the Ball State Cardinals (3-2) Saturday night. Up 10-6 in the second quarter, Tony Jefferson made three (3) interceptions on consecutive series to spark a scoring spree that led Oklahoma to a 38-6 lead at the half. It didn’t stop there, however, as the Sooners got 21 more points in the third quarter on their way to a 62-6 rout. Landry Jones completed 23 of 33 attempts for 425 yards and 5 TDs.

3/2T Alabama (5-0) The Tide rolled over the #12 Florida Gators (4-1) 38-10 Saturday. Florida got its 10 points in the first quarter. After that, they couldn’t do much at all. ‘Bama’s defense held the Gators to just two first downs in the second half. The Tide’s Trent Richardson carried the ball 29 times for 181 yards and scored two TDs.

4/5 Boise State (4-0) The Broncos built a 30-0 lead during the first three quarters on two TD passes by Kellen Moore (just 19 of 33 for 142 yards -- a career low) and two TD runs by Doug Martin (21 carries for 126 yards). The Nevada Wolf Pack (1-3) came into the game 15th in the nation in total offense, averaging 483 yards per game, but they discovered the Broncos can play defense, too. Nevada managed just 182 yards net offense, 59 on the ground.

5/6 Oklahoma State (4-0) The Cowboys had the week off.

6/4 Stanford (4-0) The Cardinal defeated the UCLA Bruins (2-3) Saturday night. Andrew Luck completed 23 of 27 attempts for 227 yards and 3 TDs.

7/7 Wisconsin (5-0) The Badgers spanked the #8 Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-1) Saturday night 48-17. Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson completed 14 of 20 for 255 yards and three TDs. He also ran for one from 10 yards out. Montee Ball carried the ball for the Badgers 30 times for 151 yards and scored 4 TDs.

8/8 Nebraska (4-1) The Cornhuskers traveled north to face the #7 Wisconsin Badgers (5-0). Badgers whipped ‘em 48-17.

9/11 Oregon (3-1) The Ducks have off until Thursday, October 6.

10/9 South Carolina (4-1) The Gamecocks lost to the Auburn Tigers (3-2) on Saturday. The defense was the name of the game as each team had four turnovers. Michael Dyer carried the ball 41 times for the Tigers gaining 141 yards and scoring one TD.

11/10 Virginia Tech (4-1) The Hokies hosted the whirlwind known as the #13 Clemson Tigers (5-0) Saturday evening and got manhandled 23-3. Clemson beat a ranked team for the third consecutive week.

12/12 Florida (4-1) The Gators lost to the #3 Crimson Tide of Alabama (5-0) 38-10 Saturday. Tide continues to roll. See above for more details.

13/15 Clemson (5-0) The Tigers hit the road to beat the #11 Hokies of Virginia Tech (4-1) Saturday evening 23-3.

14/13 Texas A&M (2-2) The Aggies led 35-17 at the half against the #18 Arkansas Razorbacks (4-1) Saturday but they couldn’t seal the deal. The Razorbacks outscored the Aggies 25-3 in the second half to win 42-38. Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson threw for a school-record 510 yards on a 30 for 51 afternoon and teammate Jarius Wright caught 13 passes for a school-record 281 yards while scoring 2 TDs. The Aggies Christine Michael carried the ball 32 times for 230 yards and 3 TDs in a losing cause.

15/16 Baylor (3-1) The Bears led the Kansas State Wildcats (4-0) 35-26 after three quarters Saturday but saw The Wildcats comeback with 10 unanswered points in the fourth to earn a 36-35 victory. Collin Klein was 13 of 28 for 146 yards and 2 TDs but added 113 yards and another TD rushing on 25 carries. Baylor’s Robert Griffin completed 23 of 31 passes for 346 and 5 TDs—three of them to Kendall Wright (43, 34, and 35 yards) in a losing cause.

16/14 South Florida (4-1) The Bulls lost to the Pittsburgh Panthers (2-2) Thursday night 44-17. Pitt’s Ray Graham ran and ran and ran some more gaining 226 yards on 26 carries while scoring 2 TDs.

17/17 Texas (4-0) The Longhorns went to Ames to play the Iowa State Cyclones (3-1) and came away with a 37-14 victory. And it wasn’t that close. It was 34-0 at the half and after three quarters. Texas used both Case McCoy (7 of 12 for 110 yards) and freshman David Ash (7 of 12 for 145 yards and 2 TDs) under center.

18/18 Arkansas (4-1) The Razorbacks headed west to play the #14 Texas A&M (2-2) Saturday. They fell behind, but came back in the fourth quarter to earn a 42-38 victory. See above for more details.

19/19 Michigan (5-0) The Wolverines routed the Golden Gophers of Minnesota (1-4) 58-0 Saturday afteroon. Minnesota’s Coach Hill was back on the sidelines but probably wished he wasn’t. The Wolverines’ Denard Robinson completed 15 of 19 passes for 169 yards and 2 TDs while running for a third.

20/20 TCU (3-2) The Horned Frogs outscored the Mustangs of SMU (4-1) 23-6 in the fourth quarter to tie the game33 all in regulation. SMU prevailed in overtime, however to win 40-33. TCU’s Casey Pachall was an impressive 30 of 42 for 304 yards and 3 TDs but SMU’s J.J. McDermott was just as good completing 23 of 45 for 349 yards and 4 TDs.

21/21 Georgia Tech (5-0) The Yellow Jackets remained undefeated as they beat the North Carolina State Wolfpack (2-3) 45-35 Saturday afternoon. Orwin Smith scored 3 TDs on just 9 carries for the Jackets.

22/23 West Virginia (3-1) The Mountaineers host the Falcons of Bowling Green (3-1) Saturday afternoon. WVU is looking to bounce back after losing to LSU. And they should. Look for the Mountaineers to win by 14.

23/24 Florida State (2-2) The Seminoles had the weekend off.

24/22 Illinois (5-0) The Fighting Illini needed a fourth quarter comeback against the Northwestern Wildcats (2-2) Saturday at noon to salvage a 38-35 win. The Illini’s Nathan Scheelhaase completed 21 of 32 for 391 and 3 TDs—all to A.J. Jenkins who had 268 yards on 12 catches—and scored a fourth on the ground. Northwestern’s Dan Persa was 10 if 14 for 123 yards and 4 TDs—three of them to Jeremy Ebert—in the losing cause.

25/NR Arizona State (4-1) The Sun Devils feasted on the Oregon State Beavers (0-4) 35-20 late Saturday night. The Devils had to overcome 4 turnovers or it would have been worse. As it was, the Beavers were almost as giving, committing 5 turnovers of their own.

NR/25 Michigan State (4-1) The Spartans played the Buckeyes at Ohio State (3-2) Saturday afternoon. Only a last second TD pass making it 10-7 kept the Spartans from shutting out the Buckeyes.

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