Oh boy! What a weekend for the football enthusiast. The top two teams in the polls lost. One went to overtime (Oregon vs. Stanford) and one was completely dominated by an unranked team (Kansas State vs. Baylor). In addition several ranked teams found themselves in wild games that they either pulled out in the closing seconds (Oklahoma vs. West Virginia) or went into overtime (Ohio State vs. Wisconsin, Louisiana Tech vs. Utah State)
(This week’s rankings from the AP, Coaches’, Harris Interactive, BCS Standings. Rankings given last week appear in parentheses. NR = Not Rated. Numbers in parentheses after the team’s name are the records.)
1/1/1/2 (2/2/2/3) Oregon (10-1) The Ducks will lost to the #14 Stanford Cardinal (9-2) 17-14 in overtime. Who would have predicted that this one would be decided by a field goal in OT? Or that there would be a total of just 31 points scored? Stepfan Taylor gained 161 yards on 33 carries for the Cardinal to lead all rushers.
2/2/2/1 (3/3/3/2) Kansas State (10-1) The Wildcats went to Waco to play the Baylor Bears (5-5) and found things a little more than difficult. The Bears scored early and often and their defense swarmed all over the Wildcats as unranked Baylor posted a 52-24 upset. Collen Klein completed 27 of 50 pass attempts for 286 yards and two TDs and scored another on the ground, but he also threw three interceptions matching his total in the prior 10 games. Nick Florence was 20 of 32 for 238 yards and two TDs while rushing for a third. He also had tossed two INTs. The big difference—besides the Bears’ defense—was the rushing of Lache Seastrunk (19 carries for 185 yards) and Glasco Martin (19 carries for 113 yards and three TDs). Baylor posted 342 yards rushing compared to K-State’s 76.
3/3/3/3 (4/4/4/4) Notre Dame (11-0) The Irish shutout the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (5-6) 38-0. Everett Golson completed 20 of 30 attempts for 346 yards and three TDs and Cierre Wood had 150 yards and one TD on 11 carries.
4/5/4/4 (1/1/1/1) Alabama (10-1) The Crimson Tide drubbed the Western Carolina Catamounts a 1-10 FCS team, 49-0. The Tide will scored 21 points in each of the first two quarters. Eddie Lacy scored three TDs while rushing for 99 yards on 10 carries.
5/4/5/5 (5T/5/5/5) Georgia (10-1) The Bulldogs rolled over the Georgia Southern Eagles (8-3), an FCS team, 45-14. Aaron Murray was 18 of 28 for 330 yards and four TDs. Jerrick McKinnon carried the ball 19 times for 109 yards and both Georgia Southern TDs.
6/NR/NR/NR (5T/NR/NR/NR) Ohio State (11-0) The Buckeyes edged the Wisconsin Badgers (7-4) 21-14 in OT. OSU jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the second quarter, but Wisconsin fought back and sent the contest into overtime tied 14-14. Monty Ball rushed for 191 yards and a TD for the Badgers but he and they could only manage 6 yards in the extra period after OSU had scored on a Carlos Hyde 2-yard run.
7/7/7/6 (7/7/7/6) Florida (10-1) The Gators shutout the Jacksonville State Gamecocks (6-5), a FCS school, 23-0. Florida’s offense struggled. They got 9 points on Caleb Sturgis field goals and another 6 on a Jonathan Bostic interception return of 7 yards.
8/8/8/7 (9/9/8/7) LSU (9-2) The Tigers came from behind to edge the Ole Miss Rebels (5-5) 41-35. The Tigers needed two touchdowns (13 points) late to overcome a 35-28 deficit. The first was a 89-yard punt return by Odell Beckham. Ole Miss’ Bo Wallace completed 15 of 35 pass attempts for 310 yards and two TDs while rushing for two more scores—including a 58 yard TD to open the scoring. Jeremy Hill scored three times for LSU on 20 carries for 77 yards.
9/10/10/8 (15/14/15/15) Texas A&M (9-2) The Aggies plowed over the Sam Houston State Bearkats (8-3), an FCS school, 47-28. The Aggies Johnny Manziel completed 14 of 20 for 267 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for 100 yards and two more scores but he missed the one extra point his coaches asked him to kick. It was 47-0 before Sam Houston State go on the board.
10/6/6/10 (8/6/6/10) Florida State (10-1) The Seminoles routed the Maryland Terrapins (4-7) 41-14. The Seminoles opened a 27-0 lead going into the intermission and coasted from there. Devonta Freeman rushed for 148 yards and two TDs on 16 carries. The Seminoles defense—ranked #1 in the nation—limited the Terrapins to just 34 yards rushing on 34 carries and 136 yards in the air.
11/9/9/11 (10/8/9/13) Clemson (10-1) The Tigers beat the North Carolina State Wolfpack (6-5) 62-48. Tajh Boyd accounted for eight touchdowns—five passing and three rushing—in three quarters. The Tigers jumped out to a 13-0 lead only to see Mike Glennon toss three TDs—two o f them to Tobias Palmer—to take a 21-13 lead—in the first quarter. Boyd would complete 30 of 44 for 426 yards and those five TDs. Those five would include a 62 yarder to DeAndre Hopkins and a 69 yarder to Brandon Ford. Boyd would rush 18 times for 108 yards and the three TDs. Andre Ellington rushed 22 times for 124 yards. Mike Glennon would be 29 of 53 for 493 yards and five TDs. Shadrach Thornton had 21 carries for 114 yards and a TD for NCState.
12/11/11/9 (12/11/11/8) South Carolina (9-2) The Gamecocks beat the Wofford Terriers (8-3) an FCS school. Wofford made it tough for South Carolina and things were tied 7-7 after three quarters. The Gamecocks posted 17 unanswered points in the final period for the win. Eric Breitenstein carried the ball 28 times for 125 yards and the only Wofford touchdown. Kenny Miles had 127 yards rushing and a TD on 27 carries for South Carolina. Akeem Auguste returned a Wofford fumble 31 yards for a SC score.
13/12/12/12 (14/13/13/12) Oklahoma (8-2) The Sooners traveled to West Virginia to play the Mountaineers (5-5) and got all they could handle. The Sooners came out ahead 50-49 in a wild, wild game. Landry Jones completed 38 of 51 for 554 yards and six TDs, four to Kenny Stills (10 catches for 91 yards). Oklahoma needed every one of those points and yards. Geno Smith was 20 of 35 for 320 yards and four TDs to Stedman Bailey who had 13 catches for 205 yards. Tavon Austin rushed 21 times for 344 yards and two TDs while also making four catches for 82 yards.
14/13/13/13 (16/15/14/14) Stanford (9-2) The Cardinal headed north to play the #1 Oregon Ducks (10-1) and came away with an overtime victory 17-14. More above.
15/17/16/16 (13/12/12/11) Oregon State (8-2) The Beavers trounced the Golden Bears of California (3-9) 62-14. Sean Mannion completed 24 of 34 attempts for 325 yards and four TDs while Terron Ward rushed for 128 yards and one TD on 14 carries.
16/14/14/14 (18/16/16/16) Nebraska (9-2) The Cornhuskers routed the Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-5) 38-14. The Huskers had a 38-0 lead going into the fourth quarter. Taylor Martinez completed 21 of 29 attempts for 308 yards and two TDs. Imani Cross scored twice and Stanley Jean-Baptiste returned an interception 48 yards for a Husker score.
17/16/19/17 (17/19/21/18) UCLA (9-2) The Bruins dominated the #21 Southern California Trojans (7-4) 38-28. UCLA jumped out to a 24-0 lead early in the second quarter and never looked back. Brett Hundley passed for 234 yards and a touchdown and rushed for two more scores while Johnathan Franklin rushed 29 times for 171 yards and one touchdown and Eric Kendricks blocked a punt and made a fourth-quarter interception. Curtis McNeal rushed 21 times for 161 yards for USC.
18/15/15/15 (19T/17/17/17) Texas (8-2) The Longhorns had the weekend off.
19/19/20/20 (19T/18/19/20) Louisiana Tech (9-2) The Bulldogs fell to the Utah State Aggies (9-2) 48-41 in overtime. Tech had stormed back from a 24 point deficit to tie the game on a 32-yard field goal as time ran out in regulation. The comeback started with a 98-yard kickoff return my D.J. Banks. Chuckie Keeton scored twice on the ground (17 carries for 121 yards) and threw for two more scores (20 of 34 for 340 yards) for Utah State including a 86-yard TD pass to Kerwynn Williams (4 catches for 125 yards) who also scored twice on the ground ( 162 yards on 20 carries) including the winner in OT. Colby Cameron completed 35 of 60 passes for 396 yards and one TD but he also tossed two INTs ending his streak of pass attempts without an INT at 445.
20/18/17/18 (11/10/10/9) Louisville (9-1) The Cardinals had the week off.
21/21/18/19 (21/22/18/19) Southern California (7-4) The Trojans fell to the #17 UCLA Bruins (9-2) 38-28. More above.
22/20/21/22 (24/20/22/23) Rutgers (9-1) The Scarlet Knights went on the road to play in Cincinnati against the Bearcats (7-3). The Knights had not fared well in Cincinnati, but that was then. Riding on the backs of one of the best defenses in the country and the rushing of Savon Huggins (a career high 179 yards on 41 carries), the Knights defeated the Bearcats 14-3. The Scarlet Knights’ defense limited George Winn , the Big East’s leading rusher, to just 35 yards and the Bearcats to just 90 rushing yards. Gary Nova was 11 of 19 for 186 yards and a TD. He did throw two INTs in the red zone, however, and that kept it much too close for comfort. The Cincinnati score came in the final minute of the game. Rutgers remains undefeated in the Big East and in control of their own destiny as the look for a league championship.
23T/23/24/23 (NR/NR/NR/NR) Michigan (8-3) The Wolverines routed the Iowa Hawkeyes (4-7). Michigan got stellar play from quarterback Devin Gardner who completed 18 of 23 attempts for 314 yards and three TDs while also rushing for 37 yards and three TDs on nine carries. Denard Robinson—playing running back--rushed 13 times for 98 yards.
23T/25/22/21 (25/NR/25/22) Texas Tech (7-4) The Red Raiders got creamed by the Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-3) 38-28. Isaiah Anderson had a career-best 174 yards receiving and caught three long touchdown passes of 60, 33 and 66 yards in the second quarter from Clint Chelf. The Cowboys created three turnovers (two INTs by Seth Doege--who was sacked three times in the first half and hurried numerous times all day--and a fumble) and Zack Craig returned a blocked punt 30 yards for a score.
25/NR/NR/NR (NR/NR/NR/NR) Kent State (10-1) The Golden Flashes edged the Bowling Green Falcons (7-3) 31-24. The game was loaded with huge plays. And I mean HUGE! Bowling Green’s Chris Gallon and Matt Shilz connected touchdown passes of 72 and 81 yards. Kent State’s Dri Archer had TD runs of 79 and 74 yards. Matt Schilz completed 22 of 44 for 355 yards, three TDs but also three INTs. The Falcons could only manage 83 yards on the ground. The Golden Flashes had 334 yards rushing but just 91 yards in the air on 9 of 17 (one TD and one INT) passing by Spencer Keith.
NR/22/23/NR (NR/24/23/NR) Boise State (9-2) The Broncos routed the Colorado State Rams (3-8) 42-14. It started on the first play from scrimmage for the Borncos when D.J. Harper went untouched on an 80-yard touchdown run. Harper would add a 2-yard TD on the next possession and Joe Southwick would throw two TD passes as Boise State would score on five of their first six possessions.
NR/24/NR/24 (NR/NR/NR/NR) Oklahoma State (7-3) The Cowboys beat the #23T Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-4) 38-28. More above.
NR/NR/NR/25 (NR/NR/NR/NR) Washington (7-4) The Huskies routed the Colorado Buffalos (1-10) 38-3. Keith Price was 22 of 29 for 248 yards and five TDs for the Huskies. Bishop Sankey carried the ball 23 times for 139 yards.