Monday, November 14, 2011

College Football 2011, Week 11 results

Week 11 Results

WOW! What a week for upsets and close, close games!

There are several games that match ranked teams against one another: #3 Stanford fell to #6 Oregon, #5 Boise State lost to TCU—at home!, #10 Virginia Tech beat #20 Georgia Tech (Thursday night), #12 Penn State dropped a close one to #19 Nebraska, and #14 Georgia routed #24 Auburn. Number 9 Clemson survived on a last second field goal and #17 Kansas State won in the fourth overtime period. Number 21 Texas lost as did #23 Cincinnati.

All that means many teams will have to change their season ending goals and there will be a lot of reshuffling when the polls come out.

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

1/1/2/1 LSU (10-0) The Tigers played a surprisingly staunch Western Kentucky Hilltoppers team (5-5).The Hilltoppers, coming in with a five game win streak, trailed the Tigers 14-7 at the half before LSU got their bearings and pulled away to a 42-9 victory. Kenny Hilliard and Alfred Blue each scored two TDs for LSU.

2/3/1/2 Oklahoma State (10-0) The Cowboys routed the Red Raiders of Texas Tech (5-5) 66-6—the most lopsided loss the Red Raiders have ever sustained. The Cowboys converted all three turnovers committed by Texas Tech into fist half touchdowns. Brandon Weeden completed 31 of 37 passes for 423 yards and five TDs for Oklahoma State two each to josh Stewart and Justin Blackmon. Joseph Randle added three TDs on the ground. The Raiders lone TD came on a 37-yard fumble recovery by Cornelius Douglas. The Cowboys’ Josh Stewart returned a fumble three yards for a TD on a kickoff.

3/2/6/4 Stanford (9-1) The Cardinal got blown out by the #6 Oregon Ducks (9-1) 53-30. LaMichael James rushed for 146 yards and three TDs on 20 carries for the Ducks. Andrew Luck completed 27 of 41 pass attempts for 271 yards and three TDs. Griff Whalen scored on two of those passes. Whalen finished the night with nine catches for 107 yards. Luck threw two interceptions, one of which was returned 40 yards by Boseko Lokombo for a Ducks’ TD.

4/4/5/3 Alabama (9-1) The Crimson Tide didn’t so much roll as ooze into Mississippi State to play the Bulldogs (5-5). The Tide got off to a slow start but, like the incoming tide, eventually overwhelmed another SEC opponent 24-7. Missing two field goals didn’t help. Trent Richardson rushed for 127 yards and a TD on 32 carries and Eddie Lacy added 96 yards and two TDs on 11 carries for ‘Bama.

5/5/4/5 Boise State (8-1) The Broncos lost their first home game in like forever (actually 35 games) when the Horned Frogs of TCU (8-2) successfully converted a 2-point conversion—twice in the second half. The second put the Frogs ahead 36-35. TCU then held on as Boise freshman kicker Dan Goodale missed wide right on a 39-yard field goal attempt as time ran out. TCU amassed 506 net yards offense and Boise 446. Casey Pachall completed 24 of 37 for 473 yards and five TDs but it was his short dive to score that final two points that made the difference. Kellen Moore completed 28 of 38 for 320 yards and two TDs and D.J. Harper rushed 24 times for 125 yards and two TDs for the Broncos. Tyrone Crawford returned a fumble 32 yards for a Bronco TD.

6/6/7/7 Oregon (9-1) The Ducks defense held the #3 Stanford Cardinal (9-1) to a minimum and the offense shifted into high gear as the Ducks upset the Cardinal 53-30. More above.

7/7/3/6 Oklahoma (8-1) The Sooners have the weekend off.

8/8/12/8 Arkansas (9-1) The Razorbacks gored the hapless Volunteers of Tennessee (4-6) 49-7. Joe Adams scored on a 60-yard punt return and a 40-yard TD pass from Tyler Wilson (16 of 26 for 224 yards and three TDs) while Dennis Johnson led the Razorbacks on the ground with 97 yards and two TDs on 11 carries.

9/10/9/9 Clemson (9-1) The Tigers needed a 43-yard field goal from Chandler Catanzaro on the final play of the game to defeat the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (5-5) 31-28. The victory clinched the Atlantic Division for Clemson and ensures a trip to the ACC title game. Wake lead 28-14 in the third quarter but Tajh Boyd tossed two TD passes to tie the score and set up Catanzaro’s heroics. Andre Ellington rushed for two TDs fro the Tigers as did Brandon Pendergrass for the Deacons.

10/9/13/10 Virginia Tech (9-1) The Hokies Logan Thomas completed just seven passes but three of them went for TDs against the #20 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (7-3). Thomas also ran for two TDs as Virginia Tech improved to 5-1 in ACC competition with a 37-26 win. Tevin Washington ran for three TDs for the Yellow Jackets who were eliminated from the ACC’s Coastal Division race.

11/11/8/11 Houston (11-0) The Cougars played on the road Thursday night against the Green Wave of Tulane (2-9). At the end of the first quarter it was still 0-0 which probably surprised everyone. It was the first quarter this season that Houston did NOT put points on the board. Not to worry, the Cougars outscored Tulane 35-10—in the second quarter—on their way to a 73-17 romp. In that second quarter, Bryce Beall would score on an 11-yard run; Patrick Edwards would return a punt 70 yards for a TD AND catch a 23-yard pass from Keenum for another; and Charles Sims would score on runs of 52 and 72 yards. Keenum did not finish the third quarter, coming out after tossing two more TD passes to Patrick Edwards (8 and 66 yards). Cotton Turner came in and tossed for one TD and ran for another. Damian Payne finished the Houston scoring with a 76-yard punt return for a TD. Houston had 735 net yards on offense and three punt returns for 124 yards—and the two TDs.

12/12/16/12 Penn State (8-2) The Nittany Lions fell behind 17-0 to the #19 Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-2) Saturday afternoon. After the week’s activities few could blame them. But then the Lions started to fight back. The defense got stingier and the offense put some points on the board. With moments left it was 17-14 and Penn State had the ball. Unfortunately, they would not be able to move it against and equally tough Cornhusker defense and the game ended with a PSU 17-14 defeat.

13/13/NR/17 Michigan State (8-2) The Spartans beat the Iowa Hawkeyes (6-4) 37-21. The Spartans jumped out to a 31-7 halftime lead and held off a Hawkeye charge in the second half. Kirk Cousins completed 18 of 31 attempts for 260 yards and three TDs.

14/16/19/15 Georgia (8-2) The Bulldogs routed the #24 Auburn Tigers (6-4) 45-7. Aaron Murray completed 14 of 18 passes for 224 yards and four TDs while teammate Isaiah Crowell rushed for one TD and 132 yards on 24 carries.

15/15/14/13 South Carolina (8-2) The Gamecocks edged the Florida Gators (5-5) 17-12. Brandon Wilds rushed 29 times for 120 yards and Connor Shaw added 88 yards and two TDs on 16 carries for South Carolina. Chris Rainey carried 17 times for 132 yards for the Gators.

16/14/25/18 Wisconsin (8-2) The Badgers easily beat the Golden Gophers of Minnesota (2-8) 42-13. The Badgers outgained the Gophers in total yards 461 to 156 and had 29 first downs to Minnesota’s nine. Russell Wilson had four TD passes with Nick Toon grabbing two of them. Montee Ball scored one TD on a Wilson Pass and two more on the ground. Duane Bennett returned a kickoff 96 yards for a Minnesota TD.

17/22/15/14 Kansas State (8-2) The Wildcats and the Aggies of Texas A&M (5-5) played to four OTs before the Wildcats gathered in the victory 53-50. Not bad for a game that was scoreless after one period. Collin Klein scored five times on the ground—35 carries for 103 yard—and tossed a 53-yard TD pass—17 of 27 for 281 yards— to Chris Harper—four catches for 134 yards. Cyrus Gray rushed 30 times for A&M for 218 yards and two TDs.

18/NR/18/NR Southern California (8-2) The Trojans creamed the Huskies of Washington (6-4) 40-17. Curtis McNeal rushed 18 times for 148 yards including a 79 yard TD run. Marqise Lee caught a TD pass from Matt Barkley and returned the second half opening kickoff 88 yards for another.

19/17/21/19 Nebraska (8-2) The Cornhuskers edged the #12 Nittany Lions of Penn State (8-2) 17-14. More above.

20/19/NR/21 Georgia Tech (7-3) The Yellow Jackets lost to the #10 Hokies of Virginia Tech (9-1) 37-26 on Thursday night. The loss eliminates Georgia Tech from the ACC’s Coastal Division race. More above.

21/20/NR/16 Texas (6-3) The Longhorns were beaten by the Missouri Tigers (5-5) 17-5, but the Tigers lost star running back Henry Josie to a knee injury. The good news for Missouri was that Josie’s replacement, Kendial Lawrence rushed 18 times for 106 yards and a TD.

22/21/17/24 Michigan (8-2) The Wolverines drubbed the Fighting Illini (6-4) 31-14. The Wolverines held the Illini to a mere 37 yards rushing and 177 yards passing. Illinois didn’t cross midfield until the third quarter. Meanwhile, Fitzgerald Toussaint gained 192 yards on 27 carries and scored one td while Denard Robinson scored two TDs on the ground.

23/18/20/23 Cincinnati (7-2) The Bearcats lost starting QB Zach Collaros in the second quarter to a serious ankle injury. Sophomore back-up, Munchie Legaux, stepped in and got the Bearcats ahead 21—17 in the fourth, but Geno Smith lead the Mountaineers of West Virginia (7-3) back for a 24-21 victory that was cemented when the potential tying field goal was blocked on the closing seconds.

24/25/NR/20 Auburn (6-4) The Tigers were whipped by the #14 Georgia Bulldogs (8-2) 45-7. More above.

25/23/11/22 Southern Mississippi (9-1) The Golden Eagles edged the UCF Knights (4-6) 30-29. Austin Davis completed 26 of 48 for 364 yards and two TDs and Danny Hrapmann converted field goals of 28, 22, 44, 46, and 48 yards for the Golden Eagles. Blake Bortles completed 24 of 34 attempts for 248 yards and two fourth quarter TDs and Latavius Murray returned a punt 69 yards for a score for the Knights.

NR/24/24/NR TCU (8-2) The Horned Frogs did the near impossible of beating #5 Boise State Broncos (8-1) on the Blue Carpet of Boise 36-35. See above.

NR/NR/22/NR Texas A&M (5-5) The Aggies and the #17 Kansas State Wildcats (8-2) played four overtimes before KS pulled it out 53-50. More above.

NR/NR/23/NR Notre Dame (7-3) The Irish beat the Maryland Terrapins (2-8) 45-21, but it wasn’t that close. The Irish went with a no-huddle offense and ran an astonishing 84 plays. Jonas Gray ran for a career-high 136 yards and two touchdowns, Tommy Rees completed 30 of 38 passes, including 14 of 15 after halftime as he threw for 296 yards and two scores. Notre Dame amassed 508 yards in offense. In addition, Lo Wood returned an interception 57 yards for a TD.

NR/NR/NR/25 Baylor (6-3) The Bears edged the Kansas Jayhawks (2-8) 31-30 in overtime. Trailing 24-3 after three quarters, the Bears rallied behind Robert Griffin for three fourth quarter TDs to tie. Griffin scored on a 49 yard run and then connected with Terrance Williams (36 yards) and Tevin Reese (67 yards) for two more in the fourth quarter. In overtime, Griffin and Reese again connected for a 14-yard TD. The Jayhawks scored on their possession on a 25-yard TD pass Jordan Webb to Tim Biere. Kansas then attempted a 2-point conversion and failed. Griffin finished the game with 312 yards and three TDs passing and 103 yards and one TD running. Darian Miller had 147 yards rushing for Kansas.

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