Sunday, October 28, 2012

College Football, Week 9 Reults

From last week’s initial listing: “It’s Week 9 and things are really getting interesting. Slowly the number of undefeated teams is dwindling as they either run into a buzz saw underdog or end up facing one another. We also get a better feel for who may have been overrated earlier in the season as weaknesses are exposed.”

It wasn’t a good week for the undefeated teams in the Top 25. #3 Florida lost, #7 Oregon State lost, #13 Mississippi State lost, #18 Rutgers lost, and #23 Ohio lost. Where there were eleven undefeated teams going into the weekend, there are only six still with unblemished records.

In addition, there were several upsets of ranked teams along the way. #10 Southern California, #20 Michigan, Wisconsin and TCU all lost.

You can bet there will be quite a bit of change in the rankings this weel.

(This week’s rankings from the AP, Coaches’, Harris Interactive, BCS (Projected). Rankings given last week appear in parentheses.  NR = Not Rated. Numbers in parentheses after the team’s name are the records.)

1/1/1/1 (1/1/1/1) Alabama (8-0) The Tide demolished #13/12/12/10 Mississippi State Bulldogs (7-1) 38-7. AJ McCarron went 16 of 23 for 208 yards and two TDs before sitting out the fourth quarter with a back strain. Back-up Phillip Ely engineered a scoring drive which ended with a 27 yard pass for a TD (his only pass, BTW) and then Blake Sims lead the team on its final scoring drive which ended with a 3yard run by freshman Robert Johnson. Mississippi State didn’t score until it was 38-0.

2/2/2/4 (2/2/2/2) Oregon (8-0) The Ducks routed the Colorado Buffaloes (1-7) 70-14.  Maybe they should institute a mercy rule in college football. This one was 56-0 at the half and most of the Oregon starters on offense were sitting out in the middle of the second quarter.  By then, Kenjon Barner (9 carries for 104 yards) had scored two TDs on the ground, Macus Mariota had thrown two TD passes (10 of 14 for 136 yards) and scored once on the ground (4 carries for 22 yards), and De’Anthony Thomas(5 carries for 97 yards) had scored on a 9 yard run from scrimmage and a 73 yard punt return. Bryan Bennett (10 carries for 73 yards) scored three rushing touchdowns in relief as Oregon racked up 425 yards on the ground.  Christian Powell (20 carries for 121 yards) scored both Colorado TDs in the third quarter.

3/3/3/2 (3/4/3/3) Florida (7-1) The Gators lost to the Georgia Bulldogs (7-1) 17-9. The Dogs held the Gators to just three field goals and never trailed in this game. A real slugfest, there were nine turnovers and 24 accepted penalties in this one. Florida was flagged 10 times for 95 yards and Georgia 14 for 132 yards. Aaron Murray of Georgia was intercepted three times while Florida’s Jeff Driskel was intercepted twice. The Gators also fumbled six times, losing four of them.

4/4/4/3 (4/3/4/5) Kansas State (8-0) The Wildcats mauled the #15/17/17/12 Red Raiders of Texas Tech (6-2) 55-24.  After a relatively slow start (it was 13-10 KSU at the half) Collin Klein and the Wildcats exploded in the second half. Klein finished the day 19 of 26 for 233 yards and two TDs and rushed 12 times for 83 yards and two more scores. Seth Doege was 35 of 50 for 331 yards and two TDs but he also had one interception which was returned 37 yards by Arthur Brown for a TD.

5/5/5/5 (5/5/5/4) Notre Dame (8-0) The Irish whipped the # 8/7/7/8 Oklahoma Sooners (5-2) 30-13—on the road yet!  “The Irish have been lucky the last two weeks to escape some close games.  This time they are on the road. And they won’t be as lucky. “ Man, was I wrong! “Luck” had nothing to do with this one.  Good old fashioned smash mouth football, however…. The Irish sure looked good in this tough contest.

6/6/6/6 (6/6/6/6) LSU (7-1) The Tigers had the week off to prep for a match-up with Alabama on November 3rd. Will two weeks be enough?

7/9/8/7 (8/11/10/8) Oregon State (6-1) The Beavers were surprised by the Washington Huskies (4-4) 20-17. Washington jumped out to a 10-0 halftime lead only to see it disappear, took the lead 17-10 and saw THAT disappear, too.  Still, the Huskies wouldn’t quit and Travis Coons’ 30-yard field goal proved decisive in the fourth quarter. Sean Mannion returned to the helm for the Beavers after minor knee surgery sidelined him earlier this year. He completed 18 of 34 passes for 221 yards and a TD but threw four INTs including two on successive possessions in the fourth quarter. Cody Vaz came in and was 7 of 11 for 97 yards and the tying TD in the fourth period but could not get the Beavers in a position to put the Huskies away.

8/7/7/8 (10/7/9/9) Oklahoma (5-2) The Sooners fell to the Irish of Notre Dame (8-0) 30-13. More above.

9/NR/NR/NR (7/NR/NR/NR) Ohio State (9-0) The Buckeyes beat the Penn State Nittany Lions (5-3) 35-23. Penn State played ‘em tough in the first half as the teams went into the locker room tied at 7-all, but a 17-yard interception return by Ryan Shazier and two Braxton Miller 1-yard TD runs in the third quarter put OSU on top for good. PSU got a blocked punt for a Micahel Yancich score in the first quarter and Matt McGloin was 27 of 45 for 327 yards and two TDs but it wasn’t enough. In addition to his two ground TDs, Miller went 7 of 19 for 143 yards including a 72 yard TD pass to Jake Stoneburner.

10/8/9/9 (11/9/11/10) Southern California (6-2) The Trojans got upset by the Arizona Wildcats (5-3) 39-36. Yeah, Matt Barkley had a big day going 31 of 49 for 493 yards and three TDs—a HUGE chunk of that going to Marqise Lee (16 catches for 345 yards and two TDs), but he also threw two INTs which, along with three lost USC fumbles may have cost USC the game. Matt Scott was 27 of 50 for 369 yards, three TDs and one INT for the Wildcats.

11/10/10/14 (12/10/8/14) Florida State (8-1) The Seminoles romped over the Duke Blue Devils (6-3) 48-7. FSU is too much for the Blue Devils to handle. EJ Manuel went 8 of 16 for 282 yards and two TDs (71 yards to Rahad Greene and 35 yards to Kelvin Benjamin), Tyler Hunter had a 75 yard punt return for a score and Devonta Freeman rushed 12 times for 104 yards and two TDs for the Seminoles.

12/11/11/11 (13/12/12/11) Georgia (7-1) The Bulldogs upset the #3/3/3/2 Florida Gators (7-1) 17-9. More above.

13/12/12/10 (15/16/14/12) Mississippi State (7-1) The Bulldogs fell to the #1/1/1/1 Alabama Crimson Tide (8-0) 38-7. There’s more above.

14/13/13/18 (14/13/13/18) Clemson (7-1) The Tigers routed the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-4) 42-13 on Thursday night. Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins had a nice little game of pitch-and-catch going on in this one. Boyd threw for a school-record 428 yards with five touchdown passes and Watkins had a school record 202 yards receiving. Boyd and Watkins connected on three plays of more than 50 yards including a 61-yard TD pass.

15/17/17/12 (18/20/21/17) Texas Tech (6-2) The Red Raiders fell to the #4/4/4/3 Kansas State Wildcats (8-0) 55-24. More above.

16/14/14/15 (16/14/16/15) Louisville (8-0) The Cardinal edged the Cincinnati Bearcats (5-2) 34-31 in OT on Friday night. Louisville fell behind by 10 points—twice—but managed to take a 7-point lead with less than two minutes to go in regulation on the arm of Teddy Bridgewater (24 of 41 for 416 yards) and two TD catches by DeVante Parker. Cincy tied it on a 26 yard pass from Munchie Legaux to Damon Julian.  Legaux misfired in OT—his third INT, however and that set up a 30-yard field goal by John Wallace for the Cardinals’ win.  George Winn had 26 carries for 125 yards and Ralph Abernathy IV scored twice for Cincy.

17/16/16/16 (9/8/7/7) South Carolina (7-2) The Gamecocks hung on to edge the Tennessee Volunteers (3-5) 38-35. The Gamecocks took a 2814 lead into the half but nearly give it all back after the intermission. Connor Shaw completed 22 of 32 for 356 yards and three TDs and scored another on the ground. He was matched by Tyler Bray who went 27 of 43 for 368 yards and four TDs for the Vols. Marcus Lattimore rushed 11 times for 65 yards and a TD but suffered a season—and possibly career—ending leg injury near the end of the first half.  

18/15/15/13 (19/17/17/16) Rutgers (7-1) The Scarlet Knights fell to the Golden Flashes of Kent State (7-1) 35-23. “The Scarlet Knights had better have learned from Toledo’s beating of Cincinnati last week as well as their own poor first half against Temple and come out chopping. “ The Knights must have had a dull axe. They came into the game the number two rushing defense in the nation but the Rutgers’ D got shredded as Trylon Durham rushed 22 times for 131 yards and a TD as he and his teammates ran up 224 yards on 50 rush attempts. Playing from behind virtually all of the game, RU had to turn to the pass and, while Garry Nova did complete 25 of 46 attmpts for 313 yards and two TDs, he also tossed six (6) INTs. Two of those INTs were made by Kent State defensive end Mark Frackler who returned one 25 yards for a score.

19/19/18/17 (22/23/20/21) Stanford (6-2) The Cardinal held on to beat the Washington State Cougars (2-6) 24-17.  A 1-yard TD run by Ryan Hewitt and an Ed Reynolds INT return of 25 yards proved to be the difference as the Cardinal broke a 10-10 halftime tie to go out in front 24-10.

20/20/20/21 (23/25/NR/NR) Michigan (5-3) The Wolverines got upset by the Nebraska Cornhuskers (6-2) 23-9.  Michigan lost Denard Robinson to an elbow injury in the first half and his replacement, freshman Russell Bellomy threw three interceptions. Ameer Abdullah rushed 24 times for 101 yards and a TD for the Cornhuskers.

21/18/19/19 (24/22/23/22) Boise State (7-1) The Broncos stomped the Wyoming Cowboys (1-7) 45-14. D.J. Harper ran for 105 yards and two TDs on 19 carries and Corey Bell returned a fumble 19 yards for a score for the Broncos.

22/21/21/23 (20/19/19/19) Texas A&M (6-2) The Aggies routed the Auburn Tigers (1-7) 63-21. A&M’s Johnny Manziel accounted for five TDs (three on the ground and two via the air) as the Aggies opened up a 42-7 halftime lead.

23/23/23/24 (25/NR/NR/NR) Ohio (7-1) The Bobcats lost to the Miami (Ohio) Redhawks (4-4) 23-20. The Redhawks jumped out to a 2014 halftime lead, saw Ohio tie it up in the fourth, went ahead on a Kaleb Patterson 31 yard field goal (Patterson made three in the game) and then held their breaths as the Bobcats marched down the field in the final minute. With nine seconds to go and the ball on the 7-yard line there was time for one shot at the endzone before attempting a tying field goal and going into overtime. But the Bobcats’ usually dependable quarterback Tyler Tettleton forgot they had no timeouts and failed to throw the ball away when he saw the receivers were covered. The sack ended the game and Ohio’s unbeaten season.

24/NR/NR/25 (NR/NR/NR/NR) Louisiana Tech (7-1) Bulldogs headed to New Mexico State (1-7) to play the Aggies. Tech won 28-14.  Held a 7-0 lead at the intermission despite missing three field goals and having no big plays.  Colby Cameron hit Myles White for a 44-yard TD, ran for a 2-yard TD and handed the ball to Ray Holley for an 83-yard score in the second half for a 28-0 lead. Andrew Manley and the Aggies tried to come back he hit Kemonte’ Bateman for a 19-yard TD and Austin Franklin on a 67-yard strike, but it proved too little, too late.

25/22/22/20 (17/15/15/13) West Virginia (5-2) The Mountaineers had the week off to search for 1) some kind of defense and 2) their missing offense.

NR/24/24/22 (NR/NR/25/25) Texas (6-2) The Longhorns headed north to face the Kansas Jayhawks (1-7). It took a bit for Texas’ offense to arrive, but they managed to eke out a win over the hapless Jayhawks, 21-17. Kansas was on the verge of pulling off the upset when Case McCoy hit D.J. Grant with a 1-yard touchdown pass with 12 seconds to play. That TD capped a 70 yard scoring drive in the last two minutes. Johnathan Gray rushed 18 times for 111 yards for Texas. James Sims carried 28 times for 176 yards for Kansas.

NR/25/NR/NR (NR/NR/NR/NR) Wisconsin (6-3) Badgers lost to the Michigan State Spartans (5-4) 16-13 in OT. The Spartans proved to be just that as they limited the Badgers to just 190 yards of offense—19 on the ground— and 10 first downs. The Badgers were nearly as stingy, yielding just  61 yards rushing but their pass defense gave up 216 yards, the last 12 being a TD from Andrew Maxwell to Bennie Fowler in OT for the win.

NR/NR/25/NR (NR/21/22/23 ) TCU (5-3) The Horned Frogs got squashed by the Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-2) 36-14.  The jumped out to a 140 lead in the first quarter thanks to an 11-yard interception return by Elisha Olabode and an 18-yard pass from Trevone Boykin to LaDarius Brown. Unfortunately, that was all the scoring they were going to do. Heck, from then on Oklahoma State place kicker Quinn Sharp hit five field goals (22, 34, 30, 32, and 27 yards) and two PATs for 17 points on his own.

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