Sunday, October 16, 2011

College Football 2011, Week 7 results

Week 7 resulted in several upsets among the Top 25. The number of undefeated teams is slowly swindling as the season progresses. In the Big Ten, #11 Michigan lost to #23 Michigan State, #12 Georgia Tech fell to unranked Virginia, #16 Illinois lost to an unranked Ohio State. #21 Baylor lost to #22 Texas A&M.

Three teams lost their undefeated standing this week: Michigan, Illinois and Baylor. That leaves just 10.

(Polls are AP, Coaches’ and the CBSSports120. NR = not ranked)

1/2/4 LSU (7-0) The Tigers beat the Volunteers of Tennessee (3-3) 38-7. The game was 0-0 at the end of one quarter but the Tigers took a 17-7 lead into the half thanks to two Jarrett Lee TD passes and shut out the Vols in the second half.

2/3/1 Alabama (7-0) The Tide spotted the Mississippi Rebels (2-4) a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a Jeff score TD, but that was all the Rebels would managed as the Tide rolled to a 52-1 victory. Trent Richardson ran 17 times for 183 yards and four TDs. One was a 76 yard ramble.

3/1/3 Oklahoma (6-0) The Sooners beat the Kansas Jayhawks (2-4) 47-17. The Jayhawks kept it close in the first half and trailed by just 27-17, but the Sooners’ defense shut them down in the second half. Oklahoma had 610 yards of offense to Kansas’ 252 yards. Landry Jones completed 29 of 48 for 363 yards and three TDs. Michael Hunnicutt kicked four field goals for the Sooners.

4/4/13 Wisconsin (6-0) The Badgers routed the Indiana Hoosiers (1-6) 59-7. Russell Wilson caught a 25 yard TD pass from running back Montee Ball for the Badgers. Ball scored three TDs of his own on runs of 5, 35 and 54 yards. Jarod Abbreseris returned a punt 60 yards for a TD and Derek Landisch recovered a fumble in the end zone for another as the Badgers proved dominant in all phases of the game.

5/6/2 Boise State (6-0) The Broncos romped over the Rams of Colorado State (3-3) 63-13. The Broncos scored 21 in the first, 14 in the second and 28 in the third quarter. Kellen Moore was 26-of-30 passing for 338 yards and four touchdowns , Doug Martin ran 20 times for 200 yards and three scores (26, 65, and 14 yards) and TylerShoemaker caught nine passes for 180 yards and two TDs and added a 36-yard run on a fake punt that led to another score. And they did all that in 2 ½ quarters before being replaced by their backups. Which explains the 0-0 in the fourth quarter. I thought they might have had to call the game due to snow or something. Boise ran 83 plays for a net 742 yards. Bet they could have made it to 1K if all the starters stayed in.

6/7/5 Oklahoma State (6-0) The Cowboys beat the #22 Texas Longhorns (4-2) 38-26. Sooners’ Jeremy Smith carried the ball just 7 times but he had 140 yards thanks to two long TD runs 30 and 74 yards. With the score 21-10 at halftime, the Cowboys’ Justin Gilbert returned the second half kickoff 100 yards for a TD. It was the fourth kickoff return for a TD in his career. His feat was matched on the ensuing kickoff when the Longhorns’ Foswhitt Whittaker also returned the kick 100 yards for a TD—his second in two weeks.

7/5/7 Stanford (6-0) The Cardinal beat the Washington State Cougars (3-3) 44-14. The Cardinal started slow but they had Luck on their side. Andrew Luck may have been intercepted on his first pass of the game, but he finished 23-36 for 337 yards and four TDs. All four came in the second half. Ty Montgomery finished the Cardinal scoring with a 96 yard kick return which was the answer to the Cougars second TD and final of the game.

8/8/8 Clemson (7-0) The Tigers beat the Maryland Terrapins (2-4) 56-45. They’ll probably have a similar score in basketball in a few weeks. The Tigers fell behind 14-10 after the first quarter and trailed 28-17 at the half. Then they got even. They outscored the Terps 18-10 in the third for a 35-34 lead. Fell behind 45-42 in the fourth and then scored twice--once on an 89 yard kickoff return by Sammy Watkins, the other a 44 yard run by Andre Ellington--to salt the game away. As I said…Basketball. (Watkins also caught two TD passes from Tajh Boyd. Ellington also had a 3 yard TD run early on.) Tajh Boyd completed 26 of 38 for 270 and four TDs. The Terps’ Davin Meggett had two TD runs. C.J. Brown carried the ball 22 times for 162 yards.

9/9/20 Oregon (5-1) The Ducks proved to be too much for the #18 Arizona State Sun Devils (5-2) as they dropped the Sun Devils 41-27. With LaMichael James on the sidelines with a dislocated elbow, and even though starting QB Darron Thomas had to come out of the game in the second half due to a leg injury, there were lots of smiles in Eugene. James’ replacement, Kenjon Barner, ran for 171 yards and a touchdown, and freshman De'Anthony Thomas ran for 73 yards and two TDs. Darron Thomas completed 13 of 17 passes for 187 yards (he also ran 4 times for 16 yards) before being replaced by Bryan Bennett who was just 2 of 5 for 22 yards but ran for 5 times for 65 yards.

10/11/18 Arkansas (5-1) The Razorbacks had the week of.

11/10/6 Michigan (6-1) The Wolverines fell from the ranks of the undefeated at the hands of the #23 Michigan State Spartans (5-1) 28-14. The Wolverines haven't beaten the Spartans since 2007. Michigan’s Denard Robinson had a rough time he managed just 42 yards on 18 carries (one TD) and completed just 9 of 24 passes for 124 yards (one TD) with one interception (returned for a TD by Isaiah Lewis) before leaving the game after a hard hit in the fourth quarter.

12/12/11 Georgia Tech (6-1) The Yellow Jackets high octane offense was smothered by the Virginia Cavaliers (4-2) as the Cavaliers pulled off the 24-21 upset. Virginia jumped out to a 14-0 lead and saw it disappear. Then they lead 24-14 and held on for dear life. The Cavaliers amassed 407 yards of net offense to the Yellow Jackets’ 296. Both teams had 272 yards on the ground but the Cavaliers had a huge advantage in the passing game: 135 yards to just 24. Rod Sweeting returned an interception 32 yards for a Georgia Tech TD to tie the game at 14 all in the second quarter.

13/16/25 West Virginia (5-1) The Mountaineers were idle this weekend.

14/14/21 Nebraska (5-1) The Cornhuskers had the weekend off.

15/13/15 South Carolina (6-1) The Gamecocks won their game against the Bulldogs of Mississippi State (3-4) 14-12 but may have lost their season. Connor Shaw struggled all game but managed to find Alshon Jeffery for a go ahead TD with 3:50 remaining in the game. South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore also struggled. Lattimore came into the game averaging an SEC-best 129.8 rushing yards per game, but managed only 39 yards on 17 carries. He did score the other Gamecock’s touchdown, however. He left the game in the fourth quarter when he suffered a knee injury while blocking. Initially diagnosed as a sprain, an MRI revealed a torn ligament and some cartilage damage. Meaning Lattimore’s season is over.

16/15/9 Illinois (6-1) The Fighting Illini fell to the Buckeyes of Ohio State (4-3) 17-7. Each team fumbled three times but the Illini lost one of those and were intercepted twice. Those three turnovers were all the Buckeye’s needed as Ohio kept the ball on the ground rushing 51 times--in 55 plays from scrimmage—for 211 yards—of a net 228.

17/18/14 Kansas State (6-0) The Wildcats remain undefeated beating the Red Raiders of Texas Tech (4-2)41-34. They had to come from behind to do it. The Wildcats trailed 28-29 at the half but their defense stiffened and the offense clicked in the second half as they outscored Tech 21-6 to pull away. Collin Klein ran for 110 yards and three TDs on 23 carries for K-State. Klein also threw for one TD. Seth Doege completed 43 passes on 63 attempts for 461 yards and one TD for the Red Raiders. He also ran for a score. But he threw three INTs, one of which was returned 24 yards by Nigel Malone for a Wildcat TD.

18/20/17 Arizona State (5-2) The Sun Devils fell to the #9 Oregon Ducks (5-1) 41-27. See above for more.

19/17/NR Virginia Tech (6-1) The Hokies beat the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest (4-2) 38-17. The Deacons jumped out to a 10-0 lead after one, but the Hokies put 21 on the board in the second quarter and never looked back. Logan Thomas threw for two TDs on 17 of 32 for 280 yards and ran for two more on runs of one and three yards. Thomas carried 11 times for 30 yards. David Wilson also carried the ball 17 times for 136 yards and a TD for the Hokies.

20/24/22 Baylor (4-2) The Bears lost to the #21 Aggies of Texas A&M (4-2) 55-28. Ryan Tannehill completed 25 of 37 for 415 yards and a career-high six touchdown passes and Ryan Swope caught four of them, also a career-best. Two of those were for 68 yards.

21/23/NR Texas A&M (4-2) The Aggies beat the #20 Baylor Bears (4-2) 55-28. See above for more.

22/21/10 Texas (4-2) The Longhorns fell to the # 6 Cowboys of Oklahoma State (6-0) 38-26. See above for more.

23/19/NR Michigan State (5-1) The Spartans knocked the #11 Wolverines of Michigan (6-1) from the ranks of the undefeated, 28-14. See above for more.

24/NR/NR Auburn (5-2) The Tigers beat the Florida Gators (4-3) 17-6. Florida turned the ball over three times in a sloppy game in which neither team could get their offense going.

25/22/12 Houston (6-0) The Cougars had the weekend off.

NR/25/23 Penn State (6-1) The Nittany Lions beat the Purdue Boilermakers (3-3) 23-18. While not anemic, neither teams offense could do much in the air. Penn State was just 10 of 23 with one INT. Purdue was 14 of 30 with three INTs, but they did get one TD on a Caleb TerBush to O.J. Ross completion. Anthony Fera had two field goals of 29 yards and another form 40 yards out for the Nittany Lions.

NR/NR/16 Notre Dame (4-2) The Irish were idle this weekend.

NR/NR/24 Rutgers (5-1) The Scarlet Knights edged the Midshipmen of Navy (2-4) 21-20. The Knights’ defense limited the nation leading ground game (the Midshipmen were averaging 366 yards per game) to just 162 yards on 46 carries. Rutgers’ true freshman quarterback, Gary Nova, completed 23 of 31 passes for 271 yards and two TDs. He did throw two interceptions, however, one of which was returned by Navy’s Chris Ferguson 16 yards for a TD in the second quarter. Jawan Jamison ran for 101 yards on 22 carries and a TD for the Knights. Mohamed Sanu had 10 catches for 100 yards. Kriss Proctor completed 5 of 12 for 106 yards but also had two INTs against a Rutgers defense that ranks among the best in the nation in take-aways. In addition to the two interceptions by Nova, Rutgers fumbled three times, losing one—at the goal line by Savon Huggins—in the first quarter.

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