Sunday, September 23, 2012

Collge Football, Week 4 Results

Week 4 is over and there’s some shaking up in the polls coming our way thanks to a couple of big wins, a few closer than expected wins and a few surprises.

There several games paired ranked teams this week #3 Oregon vs #22 Arizona, #4 Florida State vs #10 Clemson, #6 Oklahoma vs #15 Kansas State, and #11 Notre Dame vs #18 Michigan. #15 Kansas State pulled off the only upset in the group as it downed #6 Oklahoma 24-19 in Norman.  It’s not unlikely that the two will flip-flop in this week’s polls. 

(Numbers given are the rankings of: AP/Coaches’/CBSSports. NR = Not Rated Those in parentheses are last week’s rankings.)

1/1/5 (1/1/6) Alabama (4-0) The Tide coasted to a 40-7 victory over the Florida Atlantic Owls (1-3). AJ McCarron completed 15 of 25 passes for 212 yards and three TDs and Eddie Lacy rushed 15 times for 105 yards before both came out of the game in the second half as Alabama held a 30-0 halftime advantage. The Owls’ score late in the fourth quarter ended the Tide’s string of 12 scoreless quarters.

2/2/1 (3/2/1) LSU (4-0) The Tigers just managed to edge the Auburn Tigers (1-3) 12-10. The margin of victory was provided when Sam Montgomery talked Tre Mason for a safety in the first quarter.  

3/3/7 (4/4/8) Oregon (4-0) The Ducks shut out the #22 Arizona Wildcats (3-1) 49-0. The Ducks’ defense not only intercepted Matt Scott three times, they got backup QB B. J. Denker once, too. AND they returned two of those INTs for TDs.

4/4/4 (5T/6/7) Florida State (4-0) The Seminoles outscored the #10 Clemson Tigers (3-1) 49-37 in a wild game. Clemson held a 28-14 lead early in the third quarter before the Seminoles went on a 35-3 run in a 20 minute span. With a combined 1,093 yards offense, you might wonder what happened to the defenses. Florida State HAD the nation’s number one defense coming into the game but put up 426 yards on them. EJ Manuel completed 27 of 35 attempts for 380 yards and two TDs for the Seminoles. He added 102 yards rushing on 12 carries. Tajh Boyd was 20 of 36 for 237 yards and three TDs while wide receiver Sammy Watkins tosses a 52 yard TD pass to Andre Ellington for Clemson.

5/6/11 (7/7/12) Georgia (4-0) The Bulldogs sank the Vanderbilt Commodores (1-3) 48-3. Aaron Murray tossed two TD passes and snuck in for a third. Keith Marshall had two rushing TDs (one a 52 yarder) and Todd Gurley carried the ball 16 times for 130 yards and two TDs for the Bulldogs.

6/5/3 (5T/5/3) Oklahoma (2-1) The Sooners fell at home to the #15 Kansas State Wildcats (4-0) 24-19. John Hubert ran 23 times for 130 yards and a touchdown, Jarell Childs returned a fumble for a score and the Wildcats

7/8/16 (8/9/15) South Carolina (4-0) The Gamecocks beat the Missouri Tigers (2-2) 31-10. Connor Shaw missed on his first pass attempt. It was his last incompletion for the game. Shaw finished 20 of 21 for 249 yards and two TDs while teammate Marcus Lattimore rushed 21 times for 85 yards and two TDs.

8/7/12 (9/8/18) West Virginia (3-0) The Mountaineers beat the Maryland Terps (2-3) 31-21. Tavon Austin caught 13 passes for 179 yards setting a school record for career receptions—he’s got 208. Three of those receptions went for TDs Saturday in an otherwise lackluster performance. Geno Smith was “just” 30 of 43 (he only had 9 incompletions coming into the game) for 338 yards and the three TDs to Austin. Perry Hills completed 20 of 29 passes for 305 yards and three TDs for the Terrapins.

9/11/25 (21/16/NR) Stanford (3-0) The Cardinal go on the road to play the Washington Huskies (2-1).  Oops. That’s next week.

10/9/8 (11/11/10) Clemson (3-1) The Tigers fell on the road to the #4 Florida State Seminoles (4-0) 49-37. See above for details.

11/15/10 (20/19/17) Notre Dame (4-0) The Fighting Irish completed the sweep of Michigan teams as  they held on to beat the #18 Michigan Wolverines (2-2) 13-6. The Irish forced six Michigan turnovers (five INTs and a fumble) and they held Denard Robinson to just 138 yards passing on a 13 of 24 day. He did get 9o yards on 26 rushes.  Tommy Rees came for starter Everett Golson (3 completions in 8 attempts for 30 yards and two INTs) midway through the second quarter and did just enough (8 completions in 11 attempts for 115 yards with one TD and 0 INTs) to lead the Irish to victory.

12/10/19 (14/12/19) Texas (3-0) The Longhorns were off this week.

13/12/2 (2/3/2) Southern California (3-1) The Trojans slew the California Golden Bears (1-3) 27-9. Silas Redd carried the ball 21 times for 158 yards including a nifty 33-yard TD on USC’s first drive, Curtis McNeil had 115 yards on 10 carries and Matt Barkley and Marqise Lee connected for two TDs in the Trojans’ win.

14/14/17 (18/17/16) Florida (4-0) The Gators shut out the Kentucky Wildcats (1-3) 38-0. After a 3-0 first quarter, the Gators posted 21 points in the second and never looked back.  Jeff Driskel completed 18 of 27 for 203 yards and one TD. He also scored one on the ground.  Jaylen Watkins returned an interception 26 yards for a TD.

15/13/23 (15/14/20) Kansas State (4-0) The Wildcats edged the #6 Oklahoma Sooners (2-1) 24-19. In Norman!  See above for more details.

16/NR/6 (12/NR/5) Ohio State (4-0) The Buckeyes beat the UAB Blazers (0-3) 29-15. The Blazers blocked a punt in the first quarter returning it for a TD (the extra point was then blocked by the Buckeyes) and a 47-yard field goal by the appropriately named Ty Long made it 9-0 UAB. After a Rod Smith TD for Ohio State made it 9-7, another Ty Long field goal (54 yards) had the Blazers leading 12-7. Things were looking scary in Columbus. Then Zach Brown scored once and Baxton Miller scored twice AND converted a two point conversion. The Blazers would only get a 34-yard field goal from Long.

17/16/NR (16/15/NR) TCU (3-0) The Horned Frogs beat the Virginia Cavaliers (2-2) 27-7 as TCu extended its FBS-best winning streak to 11 games.  Casey Pachall tossed three TD passes as he completed 21 of 32 for 305 yards. On defense, linebacker Kenny Cain had two interceptions and a fumble recovery.

18/17/14 (17/18/22) Michigan (2-2) The Wolverines fell on the road to the #11 Fighting Irish of Notre Dame (4-0) 13-6. See above for more.

19/19/NR (22/23/NR) UCLA (3-1) The Bruins got beat by the Oregon State Beavers (2-0) 27-20. Sean Mannion connected on a 75-yard TD to Brandon Cooks and a 42yarder to Markus Wheaton as the Beavers upset the Bruins. Cooks had six catches for 175 yards and Wheaton hauled in nine for 150 yards. Mannion completed 24 of 35 attempts for 379 yards. Brett Hundley was 27 of 42 for 372 yards and one TD for the Bruins.

20/18/9 (19/20/9) Teddy Bridgewater completed 19 of 35 for 194 yards and two TDs while also rushing for another score as the Louisville Cardinals (4-0) beat the Florida International Golden Panthers (1-3) 28-21.

21/20/18 (10/10/4) Michigan State (3-1) The Spartans had to come from behind to beat the Eastern Michigan Eagles (0-4) 23-7. Le'Veon Bell rushed for a career-high 253 yards and a touchdown on 36 carries for the Spartans.

22/21/NR (25/NR/NR) Arizona (3-1) The Wildcats headed north to face the #3 Ducks of Oregon (4-0) but their offense must have stayed home as the Ducks won 49-0. See above for more.

23/23/NR (NR/NR/NR) Mississippi State (4-0) The Bulldogs beat the South Alabama Jaguars (1-3) 30-10.

24/NR/NR (NR/NR/13) Boise State (2-1) The Broncos edged the Brigham Young Cougars (2-2) 7-6 on Thursday night. Mike Atkinson, nose tackle, returned an interception(!) 36 yards for Boise’s only TD and BYU’s attempt at a 2-point conversion after their fourth quarter TD failed when the pass was deflected by linebacker J.C. Percy. The result was a Bronco victory by the slimmest of margins.

25/22/NR (NR/24/14) Nebraska (3-1) The Cornhuskers routed the Idaho State Bengals (1-2) (and FCS school) 73-7. Nebraska scored 35 points in the first quarter as the Cornhuskers rolled over the Bengals. Rex Burkhead scored the first on a 61 yards run (he had another on a 2-yard run in the second quarter). Burkhead finished with eight carries for 119 yards and one pass catch for 25 yards. Taylor Martinez completed 9 of 13 passes for 165 yards and two TDs before sitting down to give Ron Kellogg (3 of 5 for 19 yards, one TD, one INT) some experience handing the ball off. Nebraska also got TDs on an interception return (29 yards by Ciante Evans) and a punt return (81 yards by Ameer Abdullah who also scored on an eight yard run).

NR/24/NR (NR/22/23) Wisconsin (3-1) The Badgers outlasted the UTEP Miners (1-3) 37-26. Montee Ball had to leave the game early with a head injury. Ball had just nine carries for 40 yards and one TD, but the Badgers got more than competent help from James White and Melvin Gordon. White rushed for two TDs and Gordon put the icing on the cake with a 26-yard TD run late in the fourth quarter. Jared Abbrederis, coming back from his own concussion,  added a 47-yard TD reception.

NR/25/NR (NR/NR/NR) Oklahoma State (2-1) The Cowboys had the week off.

NR/NR/20 (NR/NR/NR) Ohio (4-0) The Bobcats routed the Norfolk State Spartans (2-2) (an FCS school) 44-10. Making his first start at QB for Ohio, Derrius Vick completed 14 of 20 pass attempts for 199 yards and four TDs. Beau Blankenship had 25 carries for 109 yards and one rushing TD and made one catch for a 24-yard TD. It was 44-0 before the Spartans got on the board.

NR/NR/21 (NR/NR/NR) Georgia Tech (2-2) The Yellow Jackets lost in overtime to the Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes (3-1) 42-36. Miami opened a 19-0 lead after the first quarter. Georgia Tech scored 22 unanswered in the second quarter to lead 22-19 at the half and then had two more TDs in the third to lead 36-19 before Miami scored again-and again—and again to tie it in regulation. The Yellow Jackets failed to score in OT and Mike James scored from 25 yards out on Miami’s first touch in their turn. 

NR/NR/22 (NR/NR/NR) Louisiana-Monroe (1-2) The Warhawks fell to the Baylor Bears (3-0) 47-42 on Friday night. Leading 35-34 in the fourth quarter, the Warhawks could not hold off the Bears and Nick Florence. Earlier, two Florence INTs resulted in Warhawk TDs (Tavarese Maye hit Kolton Browning for a 22-yard scoring pass, and Monterrell Washington made a 9-yard TD run), but a 14 play, 73-yard drive resulting in a Levi Norwood 9-yard TD run and a 22-yard scoring pass to Terrance Williams put the Bears ahead for good. The two teams combined for over 1100 yards of offense in a game featuring just three punts.

NR/NR/24 (NR/21/24) Arkansas (1-3) The Razorbacks lost to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (4-0) 35-26. The Razorbacks jumped out to a 10-0 first quarter lead…then the Knights started to click. Sophomore Gary Nova was 25 of 35 for 397 yards and five TDs and Jawan Jamison had 33 carries for 118 yards for Rutgers. It was Jamison’s fifth consecutive 100-yard game. He also had two catches for 23 yards and a TD.  Brandon Coleman caught 6 passes for 89 yards and two TDs. Cobi Hamilton and Tyler Wilson staged a comeback in the fourth quarter that was deflated by a two-play Rutgers drive that ended with an 80yard TD pass from Nova to Mark Harrison. Hamilton had 10 catches for 303 yards and three TDs (10, 57 and 80 yards). Tyler Wilson was 20 of 39 for 419 yards, and the three TDs to Hamilton, but tossed two INTs. The teams combined for 1017 yards net offense.

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