Monday, November 24, 2014

College Football: Week 13 Results

Only one HUGE upset this week as #8 Ole Miss got shutout by Arkansas. Other than that’ there were only a couple of “upsets” further down in the rankings. We’ll have to wait and see how this week’s play is perceived by the powers that be, but I don’t foresee much movement in the top 7 at least.

Rankings on the left are those of the Selection Committee/AP/Coaches Top 25/CBSSPORTS.COM 128 Polls as reported by NR = Not Ranked.

1/2/2/2 Alabama (10-1) The Crimson Tide routed the Western Carolina Catamounts (7-5) 48-14. The Tide started off slowly but exploded in the second quarter for 28 points. Blake Sims threw for two TDs and his backup threw for a third. Derrick Henry caught one of those scoring passes and rushed for two more scores. Lots of backups got playing time in the second half and some, like Henry, started the game as regulars were kept off the field due to injury. (Running back T.J. Yelton and wide receiver DeAndrew White did not play. Even Henry and Sims did not play in the second half.)

2/3/3/3 Oregon (10-1) The Ducks routed the Colorado Rams (2-9) 44-10. Marcus Mariota threw for 323 yards and three TDs and ran for 73 yards and a fourth TD. And he didn’t play the fourth quarter.

3/1/1/1 Florida State (11-0) The Seminoles squeaked past the Boston College Eagles (6-5) 20-17. Once again the Seminoles played with fire and didn’t get burned. Jameis Winston threw for 281 yards and a TD. Tyler Murphy threw for one TD and ran for another for the Eagles. Robert Aguayo hit a 26 yard field goal with three seconds left to give the Seminoles the win.

4/4/4/5 Mississippi State (10-1) The Bulldogs shutout the Vanderbilt Commodores (3-8) 51-0. Dak Prescott threw three TD passes and ran for a fourth. Christian Holmes returned a fumble 51 yards for a score.

5/5/5/4 TCU (9-1) The Horned Frogs were idle.

6/7/7/7 Ohio State (10-1) The Buckeyes broke out of the first half doldrums—it was 14-13 at the half--to beat the Indiana Hoosiers (3-8) 42-27. After the Buckeyes fell behind 20-14 on a 90-yard run by Tevin Coleman, Jalin Marshall returned a punt 54 yards for an OSU score and then caught three J.T. Barrett passes for insurance TDs before Coleman ran 53 yards for the final Indiana score. Coleman finished the day with 228 yards rushing for Indiana. Barrett threw for 302 yards and those three Marshall TDs. Oh, and Ezekiel Elliot rushed for 107 yards including a 65-yard TD run for OSU.

7/6/6/6 Baylor (9-1) The Bears beat the Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-6) 49-28. Baylor’s Devin Chafin rushed for 106 yards and scored three TDs and Bryce Petty threw for 262 yards and two TDs while rushing for another. He did, however, throw two INTs—just to keep it interesting.

8/8/8/8 Ole Miss (8-3) The Rebels got shutout by the Arkansas Razorbacks (6-5) 30-0. Arkansas shutout LSU 17-0 last week. Maybe it’s time to break up the Razorbacks! Ole Miss turned the ball over six times (three INTs and three lost fumbles). Rohan Gaines, who sat out the first half because of a targeting call last week, returned an interception 100 yards for a TD in the third quarter.

9/11/12/13 UCLA (9-2) The Bruins beat the #19 Southern California Trojans (7-4) 38-20. Brett Hundley threw and early pick-six to USC’s Anthony Sarao (17 yards) but then was able to find the guys in the powder blue jerseys. He finished the day with 326 yards passing and three TD passes. The Bruins held USC to a mere 62 yards rushing.

10/9/10/9/ Georgia (9-2) The Bulldogs beat the Charleston Southern Buccaneers (8-4), an FCS team, 55-9. Georgia scored two TDs on its first three snaps: a 35 yard pass from Hutson Mason to Chris Conley and an 83-yard run by Nick Chubb. Mason would throw two more TD passes and Chubb would add another TD run before the Buccaneers would get on the board late in the first half. Both would sit out the rest of the game as Georgia gets ready for Georgia Tech next.

11/10/9/10 Michigan State (9-2) The Spartans whipped my Rutgers Scarlet Knights (6-5) 45-3. Jeremy Langford rushed for 126 yards and scored two TDs to lead MSU on offense. The Spartan defense held RU to just 234 yards net offense.

12/12/11/12 Kansas State (8-2) The Wildcats beat the West Virginia Mountaineers (6-5) 26-20. Jake Waters threw for 400 yards and one TD. Good thing he did, as the WVU defense DID limit KSU to just one (1) yard rushing. Tyler Lockett (in addition to catching 10 passes for 196 yards) returned a punt 43 yards to lead the Wildcats. Skyler Howard threw two TD passes for WVU, but the Mountaineers turned the ball over four times as compared to KSU’s two turnovers.

13/13/14/14 Arizona State (9-2) The Sun Devils defeated the Washington State Cougars (3-8) 52-31. Taylor Kelly threw four TD passes for the Sun Devils. Luke Falk threw for 601 (!!!) yards and three TD passes while running for a fifth for the Cougars who ran 100 (!) plays for 622 net yards on offense, but four interceptions and a lost fumble cost them dearly.

14/16/17/17 Auburn (8-3) The Tigers routed the Samford Bulldogs (7-4) (an FCS team) 31-7. Neither team scored in the first quarter which must trouble Auburn just a little with Alabama next on the schedule. In fact, Samford’s Tony Philpot scored the first points on a pass from Michael Eubank early in the second period. But then…. Auburn rolled over the Bulldogs scoring the final 31 points. Cameron Artis-Payne rushed for 129 yards and scored one TD. Nick Marshall completed 11 of 18 passes for 171 yards and a TD.

15/15/13/16 Arizona (9-2) The Wildcats beat up on the #17 Utah Utes (7-4) 42-10 on a sloppy, rainy afternoon. Freshman Nick Wilson ran for 218 yards and three TDs including one of 75 yards. Tra’Mayne Bondurant returned an interception 39 yards for the final Arizona score. Devontae Booker rushed for 142 yards for the Utes who turned the ball over four times (three INTs and a lost fumble—out of five).

16/14/15/11 Wisconsin (9-2) The Badgers edged the Iowa Hawkeyes (7-4) 26-24. Melvin Gordon’s rushing record lasted one week, but he’s still running with the ball. Held to just 39 yards in the first half, he exploded in the second half, finishing the day with 200 yards and two TDs. (He had a personal best 88 yard run but was caught from behind before he reached the goal line.) Gordon also had four catches for 64 yards. Jake Rudock threw for 311 yards and two TDs and ran for a third for Iowa.

17/20/21/25 Utah (7-4) The Utes fell to the #15 Arizona Wildcats (9-2) 42-10. See above for more.

18/17/16/19 Georgia Tech (9-2) The Yellow Jackets had the weekend off.

19/24/24/24 Southern California (7-4) The Trojans got whipped by the #9 UCLA Bruins (9-2) 38-20. More above.

20/19/20/20 Missouri (9-2) The Tigers held off the Tennessee Volunteers (5-6) 29-21. Marcus Murphy rushed for two TDs and Maty Mauk threw two TDs passes for the Bulldogs.

21/23/22/22 Oklahoma (8-3) The Sooners easily beat the Kansas Jayhawks (3-8) 44-7. For the second consecutive week, the single game rushing record was set. This time, true freshman Samaje Perine carried the ball 34 times for 427 yards and five TDs before leaving the game. He needed to be that good because Oklahoma’s QB Trevor Knight sat out the game with a neck injury. The Jayhawks’ only score came on a 63-yard fumble return by Cassius Sendish.

22/NR/NR/NR Clemson (8-3) The Tigers shutout the Georgia State Panthers (1-10) 28-0. (Clemson was favored by 41 points.) Tyshon Dye rushed for 124 yards and two TDs for the Tigers who scored all their points in the first half. The Clemson defense held the Panthers to just 40 yards rushing and 115 passing while making three interceptions.

23/21/19/21 Nebraska (8-3) The Cornhuskers were edged by the #25 Minnesota Golden Gophers (8-3) 28-24. Minnesota fell behind 21-7 at the half, but ralleyed to take the lead with minutes left in the game despite losing David Cobb (15 carries for 80 yards) to injury. QB Mitch Leidner scored two TDs on the ground (but none with his passing) for the Gophers. Leidner had 22 rushes for 111 yards. Tommy Armstrong threw for 223 yards and one TD to De’Morney Peirson-El, but Peirson-El fumbled the ball as Nebraska was driving in the final minute and Minnesota’s recovery sealed the game. Nate Gerry returned a blocked field goal 85 yards for a Nebraska TD.

24/NR/NR/NR Louisville (8-3) The Cardinals held off the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame (7-4) 31-28 when Kyle Brindza missed a 32-yard field goal as time expired. Brandon Radcliff had 17 rushes for 136 yards and a TD and Reggie Bonnafon ran for two TDs and threw for a third for the Cardinals. Tarean Folston rushed for 134 yards and a TD and Everett Golson threw for 236 yards and two TDs for the Irish.
25/NR/NR/NR Minnesota (8-3) The Golden Gophers upset the #23 Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-3) 28-24. More above.

NR/18/18/15 Marshall (11-0) The Thundering Herd remained undefeated with a 23-18 victory over the UAB Blazers (5-6). The Herd got the go ahead score when defensive lineman Ra'shawde Myers recovered a fumble in the end zone with 8:20 left in the game. Rakeem Cato had thrown for two Marshall TDs earlier and Devin Johnson had 171 yards on the ground. Jordan Howard rushed for 168 yards and two TD for the Blazers.

NR/22/23/23 Colorado State (10-1) The Rams roughed up the New Mexico Lobos (3-8) 58-20. Dee Hart rushed for 230 yards and five TDs and caught a pass for a sixth for the Rams. Garrett Grayson went 23 of 29 for 389 yards and three TDs. 
NR/25/25/18 Duke (8-3) The Blue Devils were routed by the North Carolina Tarheels (6-5) 45-20.  And it wasn’t as close as the final score indicates. The Tarheels jumped out to a 28-7 halftime lead and just never looked back. Tim Scott had a 10 yard return with a fumble for one score. Marquise Williams threw for 276 yards and two TDs and ran for 98 yards and two more scores. T.J. Logan ran for 116 yards and a TD.

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