Tuesday, November 01, 2011

College Football 2011, Week 9 results

Week 9 Results

Two of the undefeated teams fell this week: #6 Clemson and #10 Kansas State. And then there were six.

In addition, there were several upsets ranging from minor (#9 Michigan State lost to #13 Nebraska and #10 Kansas State falling to #11 Oklahoma) to major (#6 Clemson losing to unranked Georgia Tech, #12 Wisconsin losing to unranked Ohio State—well, maybe not major major, but still pretty big—and #16 Texas A&M falling to unranked Missouri. There will be plenty of reshuffling when the polls come out later.

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

1/1/2/1 LSU (8-0) The Tigers were idle this week.

2/2/3/2 Alabama (8-0) The Crimson Tide were idle this week.
(#1 and #2 WILL meet November 5th.)

3/4/1/3 Oklahoma State (8-0) The Cowboys played host to the Baylor Bears (4-3) and feasted upon Bear stew. The final score was 59-24 but it was only that close because Baylor scored three TDs and 21 points in the fourth quarter (compared to the Cowboys’ 10 points) when the second and third stringers were making an appearance. Joseph Randle had a career high 152 yards rushing and scored four TDs. And, for once, the defense came through, too, as Brodrick Brown recovered two fumbles, and Daytawion Lowe and Justin Gilbert had interceptions as the Cowboys forced five turnovers

4/3/5/6 Stanford (8-0) The Cardinal and the #20 Trojans of USC (6-2) must have really enjoyed playing each other. They kept going and going and going. Three OTs, in fact. And the Cardinal came away with a come from behind 56-48 victory when the Trojans’ Curtis McNeal's fumbled into the end zone to bring the game to a halt. Andrew Luck passed for 325 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score but he also threw a rare interception that Nickell Robey returned 33 yards for a TD and put the Trojans ahead 34-27 with 3:08 left in regulation. Luck then led the Cardinal down the field for a Stepfan Taylor 16 yard TD run with 38 seconds left to tie. Taylor would also score the TD in the third overtime period that put the Cardinal ahead.

5/5/4/4 Boise State (7-0) The Broncos were idle this weekend.

6/6/6/5 Clemson (8-1) The Tigers suffered their first loss of the year at the hands of the Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech (7-2) by a score of 31-17. Tevin Washington ran the ball 27 times for 176 yards and scored once for the Yellow Jackets. Teammate Orwin Smith ran just s times for 37 yards but crossed the goal line twice. Tajh Boyd completed 23 of 40 passes for 295 yards but had just one TD and two costly interceptions. The Tigers also lost two fumbles during the game.

7/7/10/7 Oregon (7-1) The Ducks hosted the Cougars of Washington State (3-5) and came away with a 43-28 victory. While all eyes were on starting quarterback Darron Thomas, returning after missing last week’s game with a leg injury, and LaMichael James, returning to action after missing the last two games with a dislocated elbow, it was true freshman running back De'Anthony Thomas who provided the show. With the Ducks leading by a paltry 15-10 at the half, Darron Thomas—who had completed 8 of 13 for 153 yards and a TD but also two interceptions--was replaced by Bryan Bennett at QB. Bennett was just 4 of 7 for 88 yards but that included a De'Anthony Thomas 45 yard TD. De’Anthony Thomas also returned a kick 93 yards for a TD for the Ducks.

8/8/17/10 Arkansas (7-1) The Razorbacks trailed the Commodores of Vanderbilt (4-4) 21-14 at the half and 28-20 after three quarters, but they rallied early in the fourth quarter to tie it up with a successful 2-point conversion after the Commodores’ Zac Stacy fumbled, and the Razorbacks’ Jerry Franklin picked it up and ran it 94 yards for a touchdown. The Hogs went on to win 31-28 when a potential tying 27-yard field goal by Vandy’s Carey Spear went wide right with 8 seconds left.

9/10/19/11 Michigan State (6-2) The Spartans visited the #13 Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-1). For the third consecutive week the Spartans faced a ranked opponent but this time on the road and they lost 24-3. Rex Burkhead of Nebraska rushed 35 times for 130 yards and three touchdowns.

10/12/8/9 Kansas State (7-1) The Wildcats suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of the #11 Sooners of Oklahoma (7-1) 58-17. More specifically to the arm of Landry Jones who threw for a school-record 505 yards and five touchdowns and to the hands of wide receiver Ryan Broyles who caught 14 passes for 171 yards and a score. Unfortunately for the Sooners, they had to do it without their leading rusher Dominique Whaley, who fracture his left ankle on the first play of the game.

11/9/7/8 Oklahoma (7-1) The Sooners beat the #10 Wildcats of Kansas State (7-1) 58-17. See above for more.

12/11/20/15 Wisconsin (6-2) The Badgers dropped their second game of the year. This one was a heart breaker as Braxton Miller threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Devin Smith with 20 seconds left to the Buckeyes of Ohio State (5-3) a 33-29 victory. Miller, a freshman, ran for 99 yards on 19 carries and scored twice, in addition to completing 7 of 12 passes for 89 yards and the winning score.

13/13/18/14 Nebraska (7-1) The Cornhuskers beat the #9 Michigan State Spartans (6-2) 24-3. See above for more.

14/14/12/13 South Carolina (7-1) The Gamecocks beat the Volunteers of Tennessee (3-5) 14-3. Connor Shaw threw for one TD and ran for the other. Filling in for injured Marcus Lattimore who is gone for the season, Brandon Wilds ran for 137 yards for the Gamecocks.

15/15/11/12 Virginia Tech (8-1) The Hokies edged the Duke Blue Devils (3-5) 14-10 Saturday. Each team was intercepted twice and the Blue Devils lost the ball once on a fumble. Sloppy game all around.

16/16/15/16 Texas A&M (5-3) The Aggies fell to the Missouri Tigers (4-4) in overtime despite—once again—having a double digit lead at half time. The Aggies lead 28-17 at the midway point but saw the game tied at 31 all at the end of regulation. Ryan Tannehill completed 35 of 53 passes for 317 yards and three TDs for the Aggies. James Franklin was 16 of 24 for 198 yards and two TDs for the Tigers but also ran for 97 yards and a pair of scores. Teammate Henry Josey rushed 20 times for 162 yards and a TD.

17/17/13/18 Michigan (7-1) The Wolverines trounced the Boilermakers of Purdue (4-4) 36-14. Purdue started the scoring on a 48-yard TD pass from Caleb TerBush to Gary Bush and they finished it with a 19-yard TD pass from Robert Marve to O.J. Ross but in between it was all Michigan. Fitzgerald Toussaint rushed 20 times for a career-best 170 yards and two TDs as Michigan sandwiched 36 unanswered points between the Boilermakers scores.

18/18/9/17 Houston (9-0) The Cougars hosted the Owls of Rice (2-6) on Thursday night. Rice scored 34 points but that was not even half of what the Cougars put on the board. In fact, it didn’t even match what Houston scored in the first half—or the second. 73-34 was the final. Tyron Carrier returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for Houston’s first score. It was his seventh kickoff returned for a TD and tied the NCAA record held by C.J. Spiller.

Then things got wonky. Chris Boswell of the Owls hit a 51-yard field goal. A fumble on a squib kick set up a 1-yard Rice TD. Case Keenum threw an interception. A fumbled was returned 12 yards for a score by Cameron Nwosu of the Owls. Suddenly the Owls led 17-7.

Then the rain slackened (Yeah, it was raining in Houston. I said it was wonky.) and Case Keenum got unlimbered. Yes, Tyler Smith (who scored on the 1-yard run) would also score on a 67 yard pass from Nick Fanuzzi and again on a 97 yard run from scrimmage, but that would be all she wrote for Rice. A short story compared to the novel Case Keenum would author.

When the Cougars and Keenum were finished, he would have 24 completions in 37 attempts, 534 yards passing, and nine (9!) touchdowns. Five of those TD passes went to Patrick Edwards who had 7 receptions for 318 yards. That’s 45.4 yards per catch! His TDs were on catches of 57, 64, 37, 22, and 47 yards.

Oh yeah. Keenum didn’t play the final 8 minutes.

19/22/25 Texas Tech (5-3) The Red Raiders got blown away by the Cyclones of Iowa State (4-4) 41-7. Red-shirt freshman Jared Barnett made his first start for the Cyclones. He rushed for 92 yards and a TD on 19 carries and completed 14 of 26 passes for 144 yards and another TD. The Cyclones racked up 368 yards on the ground as , in addition to Barnett’s 92 yards, James White rushed 31 times for 138 yards and a TD and Duran Hollis had 4 rushes for 101 including a 71 yard TD romp.

20/NR/14/NR Southern California (6-2) The Trojans lost 56-48 in triple OT to the #4 Cardinal of Stanford (8-0). See above for more.

21/19/16/19 Penn State (8-1) The Nittany Lions edged past the Fighting Illini (6-3) 10-7 on a snowy, blustery afternoon in Happy Valley. It was Coach Joe Paterno’s 409th victory making him the winningest coach in Division One football. Silas Redd scored the winning TD with 1:08 to go on a 3-yard run. Moments earlier, an Illini defender was whistled for pass interference in the end zone—on fourth down. Neither team mustered much on the offensive side of the ball, Illinois had just 286 net yards on 74 plays and Penn State a mere 209 on 69 plays. Of those 209 yards, Silas Redd had 137 of them on 30 rushes. The last 3 yards proved to be the decisive ones.

22/21/23/23 Georgia (6-2) The Bulldogs came from behind in the fourth quarter to edge the Gators of Florida (4-4) 24-20. The Gators scored on a fourth and 19 from the Georgia 31 yard line in the first and had a 99 yard kick return for another TD in the second but it wasn’t enough. Georgia scored on a 20-yard TD pass Michael Bennett from Aaron Murray on a fourth and 5 play and again on a 14-yard TD pass Murray to Tavaress King on a fourth and 6. Murray completed the day just 15 of 34 for 169 yards, the two TDs, one interception and three sacks. He added 42 yards on 9 carries. The Gators’ John Brantley was 12 of 34 for 245 yards and one TD although he got sacked 6 times. Jeff Demps had a 99 yard kick return for a TD. The Gators also had a 63 yard kick return that set up a field goal and a 72 yard reception by Jeff Demps (his only catch) on the first play from scrimmage. However, they managed just 36 yards on offense in the second half.

23/20/24/21 Arizona State (6-2) The Sun Devils trounced the Colorado Buffaloes (1-8) 48-14. Brock Osweiler completed 18 of 28 passes for 307 yards and two TDs and Cameron Marshall carried the ball 15 times for 114 yards and three TDs to lead the Sun Devils. Josh Moten returned a fumble 16 yards for one of the two Colorado scores.

24/23/NR/NR Cincinnati (6-1) The Bearcats were idle this week.

25/24/NR/25 West Virginia (6-2) The Mountaineers overcame a 31-20 halftime deficit to defeat the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers (5-3)41-31. Rutgers’ true freshman Gary Nova tossed two TDs and Jawan Jamison scored twice on the ground to help put the Scarlet Knights up at the half. But The West Virginia defense came out strong in the second half and shut out Rutgers while the Mountaineers’ offense put 20 points on the board. Geno Smith threw for two TDs and ran for a third after the break. Shawne Alston had 14 carries for 110 yards including a 52 yard run in the first quarter for the Mountaineers. Teammate Tavon Austin had an 80-yard TD run also in the first quarter. Jawan Jamison carried the ball 19 times for 96 yards for the Knights.

NR/25/21/NR Southern Mississippi (7-1) The Golden Eagles beat the Miners of UTEP (4-4) 31-13. Austin Davis had three TD passes and Jamal Woodyard rushed 16 times for 134 yards including a 68 yard TD run for the Golden Eagles.

NR/NR/22/22 Texas (5-2) The Longhorns routed the Kansas Jayhawks (2-6) 43-0. The Kansas defense is perhaps the worst in the country. Saturday, however, even their offense was pretty bad. While Texas was amassing 590 net yards on 93 plays, Kansas managed to run just 36 plays for 46 yards. Read that last sentence again. FORTY SIX yards on 36 plays. If you fell down 36 times you could get more than 46 yards without even taking a step. Part of that is due to the four sacks for minus 21 yards suffered by Jordan Webb. Then again, he only completed 7 of 16 passes for 48 yards. On the Texas side of the ball, Joe Bergeron rushed 13 times for 136 yards and Malcolm Brown 28 times for 119 yards. Each of them had two touchdowns. David Ash completed 14 of 18 for 145 yards and scored a TD on the ground.

NR/NR/NR/24 Auburn (6-3) The Tigers and the Mississippi Rebels (2-6) were tied 17 all at the half. After the break things weren’t quite so even as the Tigers pulled away for a 41-23 win. It was the Rebels eleventh consecutive loss in league play. Auburn’s Sophomore Clint Moseley completed 12 of 15 for 160 yards, but, more importantly, four of those 12 completions went for TDs. His teammate, Michael Dyer, rushed 27 times for 177 yards. For the Rebels, Brandon Bolden rushed 13 for 114 yards and two TDs.

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