Sunday, October 07, 2012

College Football, Week 6 Results

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

With five games this week will pitting Top 25 teams against one another you can be sure there will be a reshuffling of the rankings when they come out later.

2/2 (2/2) Oregon (6-0) beat the #23 Washington Huskies (3-2) 52-21
4/3 (3/3) LSU (5-1) lost to the #10 Florida Gators (5-0) 14-6
5/5 (5/5) Georgia (5-1) lost to the #6 South Carolina Gamecocks (6-0) 35-7
8/7 (9/7) West Virginia (5-0) beat the #11 Texas Longhorns (4-1) 48-45
12/NR (14/NR) Ohio State (6-0) beat the #21 Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-2) 63-38

 All of them will not only impact the rankings but conference standings as well.

1/1 (1/1) Alabama (5-0) The Crimson Tide had the weekend off.

2/2 (2/2) Oregon (6-0) The Ducks stifled any talk of upset by #23 Washington Huskies (3-2) early Saturday night and went on to win 52-21. Avery Patterson returned an interception 43 yards in the first quarter to give the Ducks a 21-0 lead and Marcus Mariota tossed four TD passes.

3/4 (4/4) Florida State (5-1) The Seminoles got upset by the Wolfpack of North Carolina State (4-2) 17-16. The Seminoles held a 16-0 lead at one point but NC State just would not quit--or self destruct. Mike Glennon was 30 of 55 for 259 yards and two TDs for the Wolfpack. The last TD pass came with just 16 seconds left in the game. Chris Thompson rushed for 141 yards on 25 carries for the Seminoles.

4/3 (3/3) LSU (5-1) The Tigers could muster just two first half field goals and 200 yards of net offense as the fell to the #10 Florida Gators (5-0) 14-6 Saturday afternoon. The Gators Mike Gillislee rushed for two 12-yard TDs in the second half as he carried the ball a total of 34 times  for 146 yards.

5/5 (5/5) Georgia (5-1) The Bulldogs got whipped 35-7 by the #6 South Carolina Gamecocks (6-0) Saturday night. I honestly thought they might do better on offense, yet they managed just 224 net yards and the one TD late in the fourth quarter. And that TD drive was for 75 yards.

6/6 (6/6) South Carolina (6-0) The Gamecocks drubbed the #5 Georgia Bulldogs (5-1) Saturday night 35-7. Marcus Lattimore rushed 24 times for 109 yards and one TD. Connor Shaw scored one on the ground (14 carries for 78 yards) and threw for two (6 completions in 10 attempts for 162 yards).

7/8 (7/8) Kansas State (5-0) The Wildcats drubbed the Kansas Jayhawks (1-4) Saturday at noon 56-16. On their second scoring drive—the one that saw them go ahead 14-7—the Jayhawks executed a fake punt for a first down AND a fake field goal for the same. That might have been a mistake as the Wildcats seemed to get, well, wild after that. Kansas State went on to outscore Kansas 49-2 (28-2 in the third quarter alone).  Colin Klein only attempted 14 passes but completed 7 of them—2 for touchdowns. He also ran for two TDs on 10 carries for 116 yards and handed the ball off to John Hubert who scored 4 TDs on his 10 carries for 101 yards. James Sims rushed 28 times for 115 yards for Kansas. He also scored the TD on the drive that seemed to really piss off the Wildcats.

8/7 (9/7) West Virginia (5-0) The Mountaineers outlasted the #11 Texas Longhorns (4-1) 48-45 on the road Saturday. The Texas defense (yeah, they played with one) put Geno Smith (25 of 35 for 268 yards and no INTs) on his back several times, and David Ash was almost as impressive for the Longhorns (22 of 29 for 269 yards and no INTs), but Smith’s receivers got into the endzone 4 times (Steadman Bailey had 3 and Tavon Austin 1) and the Mountaineers’ Andrew Buie rushed 31 times for 207 yards and two TDs.  Joe Bergeron rushed for just 45 yards on 17 carries but found the endzone four times for Texas. Jackson Jeffcoat recoverd a fumble in the endzone for a Texas score.

9/10 (10-11) Notre Dame (5-0) The Fighting Irish routed the Miami (FLA) Hurricanes (4-2) 41-3 Saturday night. The Irish racked up 587 yards net offense to Miami’s 285. The Irish had 376 yards on the ground to Miami’s 84. They also had 211 yards in the air to Miami’s 201. The only thing the Irish did not dominate in were: kick return yards, punts and penalties. George Atkinson rushed 10 times for 123 and one TD while Cierre Wood  carried the ball 18 times for 118 yards and two TDs to give the Irish a pair of 100-yard rushers for the first time in a decade.

10/11 (11/12) Florida (5-0) The Gators downed the #4 LSU Tigers (5-1) 14-6 Saturday afternoon. There’s more above.

11/9 (12/10) Texas (4-1) The Longhorns hosted the #8 West Virginia Mountaineers (5-0) Saturday afternoon. The Mountaineers won 48-45. More detail above.

12/NR (14/NR) Ohio State (6-0) The Buckeyes drubbed the #21 Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-2) 63-38 Saturday night. Forget that “cloud of dust” stuff. The only thing in the air after Braxton Miller took the snap was the smell of burnt rubber. Miller carried the ball 16 times for 186 yards and a TD completed 7 of 14 passes for 127 yards for another. Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez came close to doing just as well. Martinez not only threw for one TD (15 of 25 for 215 yards) he scored two on the ground (18 carries for 40 yards). Carlos Hyde ran four TDs on 28 carries for 140 yards for OSU and Rex Burkhead carried the ball 14 times for 119 yards for Nebraska. Ameer Abdullah scored a pair of early TDs for the ‘Huskers. Ohio State got a score on a 41-yards interception return by Bradley Roby and another on a 76-yard punt return by Corey Brwn.

13/12 (12/12) Southern California (4-1) The Trojans fell behind 14-0 early to the Utah Utes (2-3) on the road on Thursday night. A fumble return by Nate Fakahafu of 8 yards just 47 seconds into the game and a fumble recovery that lead to a second Ute touchdown a couple of plays later put the Trojans in a pretty deep hole on the road. They rallied, however to take a 38-21 lead in the fourth quarter before coming away with a 38-38 victory. Matt Barkley went 23-of 30 for 303 yards and three TDs.

14/17 (18/21) Oregon State (4-0) The Beavers downed the Washington State Cougars (2-4) Saturday evening 19-6.  The Beavers’ defense held the Cougars to just 20 rushing yards and a net of 227 yards overall.

15T/15 (17/16) Clemson (5-1) The Tigers managed to outscore the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (2-4) 47-31 Saturday afternoon. Tajh Boyd ran for one TD and was 26 of 41 for a career high 397 yards. Seven of those completions went to DeAndre Hopkins for 173 yards and two TDs. The Tigers scored the final 17 points to recover from a 31-30 deficit in the fourth quarter. Orwin Smith had 7 carries for 117 yards and one TD and Tevin Washington had 16 carries for 104 for two rushing TDs while throwing for one TD on an 8 of 14, 144 yard afternoon for the Yellow Jackets.

15T/13 (15/14) TCU (4-1) The Horned Frogs fell to the Iowa State Cyclones (4-1) Saturday afternoon 37-23.  The Frogs played without suspended quarterback Casey Pachall and had five turnovers. While Jared Barnett made his first start of the season for the Cyclones and threw three touchdowns to Josh Lenz and another to Ernst Brun. Lenz had a TD pass of his own on a trick play. Trevone Boykin was 23 of 40 for 270 yards for the Frogs and one TD but threw 3 INTs—one returned 20 yards by David Irving for a Cyclone TD.

17/14 (16/15) Oklahoma (3-1) The Sooners knocked the Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-1) out of the unbeaten ranks with a 41-20 beat-down Saturday afternoon.  Landry Jones completed 25 of 40 passes for 259 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Blake Bell scored a pair of rushing TDs and Javon Harris returned an interception 46 yards for a score.

18/18 (8/9) Stanford (4-1) The Cardinal beat the Arizona Wildcats (3-3) 54-48 in overtime Saturday afternoon. This week, Josh Nunes gave indication that he may just be what the Cardinal needed at the QB spot. Nunes completed 21 of 34 passes for a career high 360 yards and two TDs. He also ran for three TDs on 7 carries for 33 yards. Stepfan Taylor rushed 31 times for 142 yards and two touchdowns including the game winning 21-yard score. The Stanford defense seemed to disappear in the middle of the game allowing Ka’Deem Carey to rush for 132 yards on 29 carries and score 3 TDs. They weren’t much better against the pass as Matt Scott was 45 of 69 for 491 yards and three TDs. He did, however, throw one INT--in OT—that gave Nunes and Stapfan Taylor a chance to pull out the win.  Both teams had 617 yards net offense in this one. Arizona needed 103 plays to do it while Stanford needed just 77.

19/16 (19/17) Louisville (5-0) The Cardinals had the weekend off.

20/19 (21/19) Mississippi State (5-0) The Bulldogs remained undefeated after downing the Kentucky Wildcats (1-5) 27-14 Saturday afternoon. Tyler Russell was 23 of 39 for 269 yards and two TDs and the Bulldogs’ defense held the Wildcats to just 228 yards net offense.

21/20 (22/20) Nebraska (4-2) The Cornhuskers got outscored by the #12 Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0) 63-38 Saturday night. There’s more above.

22/21 (23/25T) Rutgers (5-0) The Scarlet Knights hosted the UConn Huskies (3-3) Saturday at noon and came away with a 19-3 victory. Rutgers, number one in the nation in rushing defense when the game started yielded just 53 yards on the ground. They also got a fumble recovery and four interceptions (one returned for a TD—Wayne Warren, 25 yards late in the fourth quarter).  Jawan Jamison ran for 110 yards for the Scarlet Knights. It’s the fifth game this season and sixth straight that he has eclipsed the 100-yard mark in rushing. Once again, Gary Nova was not sacked nor did he throw an INT as he went 18 of 27 for 157 with one TD.

23/NR (NR/NR) Washington (3-2) The Huskies fell to the #2 Oregon Ducks (6-0) Saturday, 52-21. There’s more above.

24/22 (NR/NR) Northwestern (5-1) The Wildcats were knocked out of the ranks of the unbeatens by the Nittany Lions of Penn State (4-2) 39-28. The Wildcats jumped out to a 28-17 lead at the end of the third quarter thanks to a 75-yard punt return by Venric Mark, but the Nittany Lions then shut down Northwestern and posted 22 unanswered points in the fourth to the delight of the home fans.

25/NR (NR/NR) UCLA (4-2) The Bruins got schooled by the California Golden Bears (2-4) Saturday night 43-17. Cal’s Zach Maynard’s first pass went for an interception. He made up for it as he went 25 of 30 for 295 yards and four TDs for the game. Oh, and he ran for a TD as well.

NR/23 (NR/NR) Cincinnati (4-0) The Bearcats routed the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks (3-3) 52-14 Saturday evening. Camerron Cheatham returned an interception 68 yards for a TD, Munchie Legaux threw for two TDs and ran for a third, and George Winn rushed 16 times for 128 yards and two TDs in the Cincinnati win.

NR/24 (NR/NR) Texas Tech (4-1) The Red Raiders fell to the #17 Oklahoma Sooners (3-1) 41-20 Saturday afternoon. More above.

NR/25 (24/NR) Boise State (4-1) The Broncos downed the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (0-5) 40-14 Saturday at noon. Joe Southwick (19 of 30 for 201 yards) tossed three TD passes and the Golden Eagles committed 5 turnovers. 

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