Sunday, October 23, 2011

College Football 2011, Week 8 results

Two more teams fell from the ranks of the undefeated this week and teams ranked #3, 4, 11, 20, and 23 were upset. Several other ranked teams also suffered losses—to higher ranked teams (#19 & #22). In most of the remaining games the teams that won, won big.

Expect lots of changes in the poll positions when they come out.

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

1/2/5/1 LSU (8-0) The Tigers romped over the #19 Auburn Tigers (5-3) Saturday 45-10. Rueben Randle caught near identical TD passes from quarterbacks Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee. Lee also completed a 10-yard TD to Russell Shepard. Kenny Hillard had two TDs on the ground and Ron Brooks returned an interception 28 yards for a TD.

2/3/4/2 Alabama (8-0) The Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers (3-4) were tied 6-6 at the half and the Vol’s fans were probably dreaming. Unfortunately, they play two halves. And ‘Bama owned the second half on their way to a 37-6 victory. Tennessee was held to just 155 net yards while Alabama amassed 437 yards.

3/1/3/3 Oklahoma (6-1) The Sooners and the Red Raiders of Texas Tech (5-2) had to wait out a lightening delay at the start of their game Saturday night. Oklahoma probably wishes it never got started as they fell to the Red Raiders—at home!-- 41-38. Seth Doege completed 33 of 52 for 441 yards and four Tds and ran for another in leading Texas Tech in the upset. It wasn’t as close as the score makes it appear as the Sooners scored the final two TDs. Landry Jones was 30 of 55 for 412 yards and five TDs in a rare losing cause in Norman.

4/4/14/6 Wisconsin (6-1) The Badgers were knocked out of the ranks of the unbeaten by the #15 Michigan State Spartans (6-1) as they were upset Saturday night 37-31. Wisconsin jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter but trailed 23-14 at the half. They struggled back to lead 31-30; a lead they held until the final play of the game. On that play, Kirk Cousins threw a Hail Mary caught by Keith Nickol who then struggled into the endzone for a 44 yard TD and a Spartan win. In their last three games, Michigan State has beaten Ohio State (10-7), Michigan (28-14) and now Wisconsin (37-31). The latter two were undefeated at the time. Next up for MSU is Nebraska (6-1).

5/7/2/5 Boise State (7-0) The Broncos led the entire game but could not put the Air Force Falcons (3-4) away Saturday afternoon. Kellen Moore completed 23 of 29 for 281 yards and 3 TDs and Doug Martin had 125 yards and a TD on 21 rushes. Considering the Broncos netted 423 yards offense on only 55 plays from scrimmage in 23 minutes 42 seconds, that’s not bad production. Air Force had 66 plays and controlled the ball for 36 minutes 18 seconds, netting 408 yards.

6/6/1/4 Oklahoma State (7-0) The Cowboys drubbed the Missouri Tigers (3-4) 45-24 Saturday. Joseph Randle rushed 14 times gaining 138 yards and scoring three TDs. He also caught one pass which went for a fourth TD. QB Brandon Weeden completed 33 of 49 for 338 yards and 3 TDs for the Cowboys.

7/5/6/8 Stanford (7-0) The Cardinal routed the #22 Washington Huskies (5-2) Saturday night 65-21. And they did much of the damage on the ground. The Cardinal rushed for 446 yards led by Stepfan Taylor (10 carries for 138 yards and 1 TD), Tyler Gaffney (9 carries for 117 and 1 TD), and Anthony Wilkerson (14 carries for 93 and 2 TDs). Oh yeah, Andrew Luck was 16 of 21 for 169 yards and 2 TDs.

8/8T/7/7 Clemson (8-0) The Tigers defense may not be able to keep folks from scoring lots of points, but their offense more than makes up for it. This week they drubbed the North Carolina Tar Heels (5-2) 59-38. Tajh Boyd tossed five TD passes (tying a school record) on a 27 of 46 for 367 yards afternoon. The Clemson defense proved it could score too. Defensive end Kourtnei Brown returned an interception 20 yards for a TD and a fumble recovery 26 yards for another.

9/8T/13/10 Oregon (6-1) The Ducks routed the Colorado Buffaloes (1-7) 45-2. And the 2 points came after it was 45-0 on a bad punt reception. Repeat after me: “Never try to field a punt between the 10-yard line and the goal line.”

10/10/19/9 Arkansas (6-1) The Razorbacks needed to rally from behind to edge the Ole Miss Rebels (2-5) 29-24. The Rebels held a 17-0 lead late in the second quarter. The Razorbacks then scored 19 unanswered points and held on for the win.

11/14T/21/15 West Virginia (5-2) The Mountaineers got crushed by the Syracuse Orange (5-2) Friday night 49-23. Ryann Nassib tossed 3TDs to tight end Nick Provo, connected on another to David Stevens and ran for yet one more for the Orange. ‘Cuse’s Antwon Bailey carried the ball 22 times for 125 yards and a TD and Dorian Graham returned a kickoff 98 yards for a TD. .

12/16/8/11 Kansas State (7-0) The Wildcats routed the Kansas Jayhawks (2-6) 59-21. Collin Klein ran for four TDs and tossed for one with a 19 yard completion to Tyler Lockett who also returned a kick 97 yards for a TD.

13/11/16/13 Nebraska (6-1) The Cornhuskers routed the Golden Gophers of Minnesota (1-6) 41-14 Nebraska gained 346 yards on the ground with Rex Burkhead got 117 of them on 23 carries.

14/12/11/14 South Carolina (6-1) The Gamecocks had the weekend off.

15/13/25/16 Michigan State (6-1) The Spartans upset the #4 Wisconsin Badgers (6-1) 37-31. See above for more.

16/14T/12/12 Virginia Tech (7-1) The Hokies fell behind the Eagles of Boston College (1-6) 7-6 by the half. That didn’t last as Virginia Tech outscored BC 24-7 in the second half for a 30-14 victory. David Wilson had 134 yards and a TD on 17 carries for the Hokies.

17/18/18/17 Texas A&M (5-2) The Aggies beat the Iowa State Cyclones (3-4) Saturday afternoon 33-17. Christine Michael rushed for 142 yards and one TD on 18 carries. Randy Bullock connected on field goals of 25, 47, 47 and 20 yards for the Aggies.

18/17/9/18 Michigan (6-1) The Wolverines were idle this week.

19/23/NR/20 Auburn (5-3) the Tigers lost the #1 LSU Tigers (8-0) Saturday afternoon.

20/19/20/22 Georgia Tech (6-2) The Yellow Jackets were upset for the second consecutive week. This time it was 24-7 when the Hurricane of Miami (Fla.) (4-3) held them to a net 211 yards and just 7 points, well below their season’s average of 517 yards

21/20/10/19 Houston (7-0) The Cougars dominated the Thundering Herd of Marshall (3-5) Saturday afternoon 63-28. Case Keenum was 24 of 28 for 376 yards and six TDs. Coupled with 12 yards gained on the ground, Keenum eclipsed the FBS record for total offense set by Hawaii’s Tim Chang from 2000-04. Cotton Turner, mopping up in the fourth quarter, completed 5 of 9 for 103 yards and a TD.

22/24/NR/25 Washington (5-2) The Huskies were whipped into submission by the #7 Cardinal of Stanford (7-0) Saturday night 65-21.

23/21/NR/23 Illinois (6-2) The Fighting Illini fell behind the Purdue Boilermakers (4-3) 21-0 by half time and never managed to recover losing 21-14. The Illini fell for the second consecutive week to a Big Ten opponent.

24T/25/NR/NR Arizona State (5-2) The Sun Devils had the weekend off.

24T/NR/23/NR Georgia (5-2) The Bulldogs were idle this week.

NR/22/17/21 Penn State (7-1) The Nittany Lions and the Northwestern Wildcats (2-5) went head to head and matched scores in the first half. PSU held a 27-24 lead at the half. Only Penn State scored in the second half coming away with a 34-24 victory. Matt McGloin started at QB for PSU and finished the day with 17 completions on 26 attempts for 192 yards and two TDs. PSU is now 4-0 in the Big Ten

NR/NR/15/24 Texas (4-2) The Longhorns had the weekend off.

NR/NR/22/NR Notre Dame (4-3) The Fighting Irish fell prey to the Trojans of Southern California (6-1) Saturday night 31-17. George Atkinson’s 96-yard kick return for a TD gave the Irish hope. Jawanza Starling’s 80-yard fumble return for a TD took it away. Matt Barkley had three TDs in a 24 of 35, 224 yard performance.

NR/NR/24/NR Southern California (6-1) The Trojans beat the Irish of Notre Dame (4-3) on the road Saturday night 31-17. See above for more.

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