Monday, October 01, 2012

College Football, Week 5 Results

Week 5 had many high scoring and exciting games. Sometimes there were even low scoring and exciting games…but not too often. Weather along the Gulf Coast (heavy, heavy rains) caused problems in a couple of games.

Thursday nights’ game (#8 Stanford (3-1) at Washington (2-2) was the only true upset. So don’t look for many big changes in the rankings when they come out.

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

1/1 (1/1/5) Alabama (5-0) The Tide defeated the Mississippi Rebels (3-2).  Alabama actually trailed for the first time this season when the Rebels took a 76 lead in the second quarter. That lasted just long enough for Chastion Jones to return the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for a TD…about 15 seconds.  Once the Tide got up 27-7 at the half, they just pounded the ground for the second half. It ended 33-14, Alabama.

2/2 (3/3/7) Oregon (5-0) The Ducks struggled in the first half against the Washington State Cougars (2-3). It was just 23-19 at the intermission, but the Ducks came out smoking in the second as they pulled away for a 51-26 victory. Kenjon Barner rushed 20 times for the Ducks and gained 195 yards while scoring three TDs. He got a fourth on a 30-yard pass from Marcus Mariota. Avery Patterson returned an interception 34 yards for a Ducks score in the second half. Marquess Wilson made 12 receptions for 182 yards and one TD for the Cougars.

3/3 (2/2/1) LSU (5-0) The Tigers hosted the Towson Tigers (2-2) (and FCS team). LSU started slowly and actually trailed 9-7 in the second quarter. Towson’s Terrance West scored 2 TDs on 1-yard runs. Zach Mettenberger tossed two TD passes to Odell Beckham (27 and 53 yards) for LSU who remained undefeated with a 38-22 win.

4/4 (4/4/4) Florida State (5-0) The Seminoles defeated the South Florida Bulls (2-3) 30-17. State wins this one but they may need their 55+ point average to do it. B.J. Daniels threw for 143 yards ran for 72 yards more and as he scored two touchdowns for the Bulls but an interception and two lost Bulls’ fumbles (one returned by Christian Jones 12 yards for a TD) allowed the ‘Noles to pick up the road win.

5/5 (5/6/11) Georgia (5-0) The Bulldogs outlasted the Tennessee Volunteers (3-2) 51-44 on Saturday. Freshmen Todd Gurley ran for three touchdowns and Keith Marshall added two as both Bulldogs topped the 100-yard mark (164 and 130 yards respectively). Gurly’s found the endzone after runs of 2, 1, and 51 yards. Marshall’s scores came on runs of 75 and 72 yards.

6/6 (7/8/16) South Carolina (5-0) The Gamecocks had to come from behind to defeat the Kentucky Wildcats (1-4) 38-17 on Saturday night. The Wildcats proved surprisingly tough in the first half as they held SC to just 26 yards on the ground and held a 17-7 lead at the half. Marcus Latimore scored twice in the second half, finishing the day with 23 carries for 120 yards as the Gamecocks scored 31 unanswered points after the intermission.

7/8 (15/13/23) Kansas State (4-0) The Wildcats had the weekend off.

8/9 (9/11/25) Stanford (3-1) The Cardinal headed north to Seattle to play the Washington Huskies (3-1) on Thursday night and fell from the unbeaten ranks. The Huskies defense proved too stout for the Cardinal who were able to garner just 235 yards in offense just 65 yards on the ground. Stanford’s only TD came from a Trent Murphy 40-yard INT return. Washington 17, Stanford 13.

9/7 (8/7/12) West Virginia (4-0) The Mountaineers opened their Big 12 career against the #24 Baylor Bears (3-1) Saturday afternoon. It was a football game with a basketball score. WVU prevailed 70-63 knocking Baylor from the unbeaten ranks. Both QBs surpassed 500 yards in passing. Geno Smith went 45 for 51 for 656 yards and 8 touchdowns. (Yeah, he had six incompletions and 8 TDs.) Meanwhile, Nick Florence was 29 of 47 for 581 yards and 5 TDs for Baylor. (Florence did toss one INT.)  Steadman Bailey (13 catches, 5 TDs for WVU) and Terrance Williams (17 catches, 2 TDs for Baylor) both had more than 300 yards receiving (303 and 314) respectively. WVU’s Tavon Austin had 14 catches for 215 yards (2 TDs) and teammate J.D. Woods had 13 catches for 114 yards. The Bear’s Tevin Reese had 4 catches for 120 yards (one 65-yard TD) and Lanear Sampson had 4 catches for 109 yards (one 67-yard TD).  Andrew Buie scored twice on the ground for the Mountaineers and Glasco Martin did the same for the Bears in a game that was a statistician’s dream.

10/11 (11/15/10) Notre Dame (4-0) The Fighting Irish had the weekend off.

11/12 (14/14/17) Florida (4-0) The Gators had the weekend off.

12/10 (12/10/19) Texas (4-0) The Longhorns edged the Oklahoma State Cowboys (2-2) Saturday night 41-36. Like two heavy weights standing toe-to-toe, these two teams traded blows for 60 minutes. David Ash connected with Jaxon Shipley for 44, 20 and 7 yard TDs. Ash was 30 of 37 for 304 yards, 3 TDs and one INT. J.W. Walsh completed 18 of 27 for 301 yards, two TDs and one INT and Joseph Randle rushed 25 times for 199 yards and two TDs for the Cowboys.

13/13 (13/12/2) Southern California (3-1) The Trojans had the weekend off.

14/NR (16/NR/6) Ohio State (5-0) The Buckeyes played a close one at the home of the #20 Michigan State Spartans (3-2) in a big Big Ten contest. OSU escaped with a 17-16 victory. Braxton Miller three for 179 yards (and one TD) and ran for 136 yards for the Buckeyes.

15/14 (17/16/NR) TCU (4-0) The Horned Frogs struggled as much with the heavy rain as they did with the SMU Mustangs (1-4) on Saturday on the road. Still, Casey Pachall completed two TD passes and Jason Varrett made two interceptions as the Frogs extended their FBS-best winning streak to 12 games by downing SMU 24-16. TCU’s last loss came against SMU last year in a 40-33 overtime contest. TCU lead 21-10 at the half, but Varrett’s two interceptions--just two of the five the Frogs had, four in the second half—helped prevent a Mustang comeback.

16/15 (6/5/3) Oklahoma (2-1) The Sooners had the weekend off.

17/16 (10/9/8) Clemson (4-1) The Tigers beat the Boston College Eagles (1-3) 45-31. DeAndre Hopkins set a school record 197 receiving yards on 11 catches—one for a TD. Tajh Boyd (28 of 38 for 367 yards) tossed three TD passes and ran for a fourth. Chase Rettig (25 of 43 for 341 yards) tossed three TD passes for Boston College—two of them to Alex Amidon who had 8 catches for 193 yards.

18/21 (NR/NR/NR) Oregon State (3-0) The Beavers jumped out to an early lead but then gave it all back…and more before slugging it out to edge the Arizona Wildcats (3-2)  Saturday night 38-35. Sean Mannion threw for 433 yards and three TDs for the Beavers on a 29 of 45 day. He was matched by Matt Scott who also had 3 TD passes on a 31 of 53 for 403 yard day. On the ground, Storm Woods carried the ball 29 times for 161 yards for Oregon State and Ka’Deem Carey carried the ball 17 times for 115 yards for the Wildcats. Each had one TD for their team.

19/17 (20/18/9) Louisville (5-0) The Cardinals had to rally on the road to edge the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (0-4) 21-17 Saturday night in a horrific downpour that resulted in an inch of water covering the field for much of the game. After an early Teddy Bridgewater TD pass (29-yards to DeVante Parker) and a Bridgewater INT was returned 23 yards by Reggie Hunt for a TD, both sides opted to keep the ball on the ground. Southern Miss got 224 yards on the ground (just 25 in the air) and the Cardinals, in addition to Bridgewater’s 85 yards passing, got 184 yards rushing--most of it from Senorise Perry who had 118 yards and two TDs.

20/18 (21/20/18) Michigan State (3-2) The Spartans were edged 17-16 by the #14 Ohio State Buckeyes (5-0) Saturday afternoon.

21/19 (23/23/NR) Mississippi State (4-0) The Bulldogs have the weekend off.

22/20 (25/22/NR) Nebraska (4-1) The Cornhuskers came back from a 17-point deficit early in the third quarter to edge the Wisconsin Badgers (3-2) Saturday night 30-27. Early on, it was the Montee Ball show. Ball had 32 carries for 90 yards but scored 3 TDs for the Badgers. But Taylor Martinez threw for one TD and ran for another in leading the Cornhuskers back. Brett Maher connected on field goals of 26, 38 and 42 yards for Nebraska. The last two tied the score at 27 and then put the Huskers ahead for the first time in the game.   

23/25T (NR/NR/NR) Rutgers (4-0) After playing three of their first four games on the road—and winning them all—the Scarlet Knights had the week off before playing two home games against UConn and Syracuse.

24/NR (24/NR/NR) Boise State (3-1) The Broncos headed south to play the New Mexico Lobos (2-3). They won the first half 25-0 and lost the second half 29-7. Put the two together and the Broncos outscored the Lobos 32-29. Joe Southwick completed 24 of 34 for 311 yards and 3 TDs.

25/24 (NR/NR/NR) Baylor (3-1) The Bears headed into Morgantown, WV to face the #9 West Virginia Mountaineers (4-0) in what was one heck of an offensive display on both teams’ part. “First team to 45 points MAY win.” That would be WVU and they did win 70-63. See above for more.

NR/23 (NR/24/NR) Wisconsin (3-2) The Badgers headed south and were edged by the #22 Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-1). See above for more.

NR/25T (NR/NR/NR) Virginia Tech (3-2) The Hokies hit the road to play the Cincinnati Bearcats (3-0).  The Bearcats trailed 24-20 with 1:43 to play. Munchie Legaux lead Cincinnati 85 yards in nine plays in a drive ending with his third TD pass of the day and a 27-24 Bearcats’ victory.

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