Tuesday, December 02, 2014

College Football: Week 14 Results

Along with some real blowouts, there were a couple of great games played this last weekend and a few of them ended up in upsets. The biggest upset was that of #4 Mississippi State by #19 Ole Miss. That loss is sure to scramble the playoff picture. 

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

1/2/2/2 Alabama (11-1) The Tide trailed at the half but came back to defeat the #15 Auburn Tigers (8-4) 55-44. Bama trailed 36-24 in the third quarter when they went on a 28-0 scoring streak to take a 55-36 lead. Blake Sims threw for 312 yards and four TD passes—three of them to Amari Cooper—and ran for another for Alabama. Nick Marshall threw for 456 yards and three TDs for Auburn.

2/3/3/3 Oregon (11-1) The Ducks trounced the Oregon State Beavers (5-7) 47-19. Marcus Mariota threw for 327 yards and four TDs and also ran for two more TDs. The Ducks had a 30-0 lead before the Beavers were able to get on the board.

3/1/2/2 Florida State (12-0) The Seminoles edged the Florida Gators (6-5) 24-19. Their play may be far from perfect, but the Seminoles’ record is. Jameis Winston threw three INTs—in the first quarter. But the FSU defense allowed only field goals off those turnovers, returned an interception 94 yards for a TD, and allowed only one field goal in the second half. Winston did throw two TDs to Nick O’Leary.

4/4/4/4 Mississippi State (10-2) The Bulldogs were upset by the #19 Ole Miss Rebels (9-3) 31-27. Jaylen Walton ran for 148 yards and one TD on 14 carries and freshman running back Jordan Wilkins took a pitch from Bo Wallace and threw a 31 yard TD pass to Cody Core.

5/6/5/5 TCU (9-1) The Horned Frogs routed the Texas Longhorns (6-5) 48-10. Trevon Boykin threw for 233 yards and two TDs, Terrell Lathan returned a fumble 40 yards for a TD and Josh Carraway returned an interception 33 yards for another so even the TCU defense outscored the Longhorns.

6/7/7/7 Ohio State (11-1) The Buckeyes trounced the  ichigan Wolverines (5-7) 42-28 but lost J.T. Barrett to a broken ankle. Barrett had thrown for one TD and run for two more before injuring his ankle. Ezekiel Elliott (121 yards on 17 carries) rushed for two TDs in Barrett’s absence and Darron Lee returned a fumble 33 yards for a TD.

7/5/6/6 Baylor (10-1) The Bears got a scare but managed to hold off the Red Raiders of Texas Tech (4-8) 48-46. Patrick Mahomes threw for 598 yards and six touchdowns for the Red Raiders in a losing cause. Shock Linwood rushed for 158 yards and two scores for the Bears. Bryce Petty threw for 210 yards and two TDs but was knocked out of the game with a possible concussion and did not play the second half. His replacement, Seth Russell threw for 82 yards and a touchdown.

8/9/10/10 UCLA (9-3) The Bruins were beat by the Stanford Cardinal (7-5) 31-10. Kevin Hogan went 14 of 15 for 189 yards and two TDs—in the first half. Then the Cardinal played ball control in the second half. Hogan finished 16 of 19 for 234 yards and the Cardinal had 202 yards on the ground as they held the ball for nearly 38 minutes.

9/8/9/8 Georgia (9-3) The Bulldogs fell to the #16 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (10-2) 30-24 in OT. It was a wild one! The two teams combined for three fumbles at the 1-yard line and three blocked kicks. Georgia pulled off a fake field goal, while Georgia Tech recovered a botched kickoff. Oh, and there was a blocked extra point in OT. Damian Swann returned one of those goal line fumbles 99 yards for a Georgia score. Zach Laskey rushed for 140 yards and three TDs, including the one in OT, for Tech. Nick Chubb ran for 129 yards and a TD for Georgia.

10/10/8/9 Michigan State (10-2) The Spartans handily defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions (6-6) 34-10. R.J/ Shelton returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a TD and Jeremy Langford rushed for 118 yards and two TDs for the Spartans.

11/12/12/14 Arizona (10-2) The Wildcats downed the #13 Arizona State Sun Devils (9-3) 42-35. Anthony Lopez returned a fumble 25 yards for a TD on the third play of the game, Nick Wilson rushed for 178 yards and three TDs, and Anu Solomon threw for two TDs for the Wildcats. Demetrius Cherry had a 2 yard fumble return for a Arizona State score. Taylor Kelly was 13 of 22 for 144 yards and two TDs but was pulled in the third quarter for Mike Bercovici who went 14 of 22 for 123 yards and a TD.

12/11/11/12 Kansas State (9-2) The Wildcats trounced the Kansas Jayhawks (3-9) 51-13. Jake Waters threw for 294 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for another to lead the Wildcats. Michael Cummings threw for two TDs for the Jayhawks.

13/13/13/13 Arizona State (9-3) The Sun Devils lost to the #11 Arizona Wildcats (10-2) 42-35. Moe above.

14/14/14/11 Wisconsin (10-2) The Badgers downed the #18 Minnesota Golden Gophers (8-4) 34-24. Melvin Gordon rushed for 151 yards and one TD and Joel Stave threw for two TDs for the Badgers. David Cobb rushed for 118 yards and a TD and Mitch Leidner scored twice for the Gophers.

15/15/16/15 Auburn (8-4) The Tigers put up a fight for three plus quarters against the #1 Alabama Crimson Tide (10-1) but got overtaken 55-44. More above.

16/16/15/16 Georgia Tech (10-2) The Yellow Jackets upset the #9 Georgia Bulldogs (9-3) 30-24. It was a wild one! More above.

17/17/17/18 Missouri (10-2) The Tigers beat the Arkansas Razorbacks (6-6) 21-14. Maty Mauk threw for 265 yards and a TD to lead the Tigers. Brandon Allen threw for two TDs for the Razorbacks.

18/22/22/23 Minnesota (8-4) The Golden Gophers were beaten by the #14 Wisconsin Badgers (10-2) 34-24. More above.

19/18/19/19 Ole Miss (9-3) The Rebels upset the #4 Mississippi State Bulldogs (10-2) 31-27. More above.

20/20/18/20 Oklahoma (8-3) The Sooners had this weekend off.

21/23/24/24 Clemson (9-3) The Tigers beat the South Carolina Gamecocks (6-6) 35-17. Freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson played with a torn ACL. All he did was throw for 269 yards and two TDs and score two more TDs on the ground. Wayne Gallman added 191 yards and a TD on the ground. Artavis Scott had seven catches for 185 yards and scores on 53 and 70 yard plays.

22/24/23/21 Louisville (9-3) The Cardinals edged the Kentucky Wildcats (5-7) 44-40. Fred Tiller returned an interception 40 yards for a TD and Mike Douglas ran a fumble back 30 yards for another UK score. BUT, Kyle Bolin threw for three TDs and Brandon Radcliff ran for two TDs. His second came with 2:47 left and put the Cardinals ahead. That lead was protected when Gerod Holliman made his 14th interception this season—tying an NCAA record—with 35 seconds left.

23/25/25/25 Boise State (10-2) The Broncos rolled over the Utah State Aggies (9-4) 50-19. Jay Ajayi carried the ball 27 times gaining 229 yards and scoring six touchdowns for Boise. Jalen Davis returned a blocked extra point for two points and Daniel Gray returned a fumble 50 yards for a TD for the Aggies.

24/19/20/17 Marshall (11-0) The Thundering Herd lost to the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (6-5) 67-66 in OT. After going back and forth all game, the Hilltoppers elected to go for two after scoring in the first OT and succeeded. Brandon Doughty threw for 491 yards and eight (8) touchdowns while Leon Allen had 237 yards rushing and one TD for the Hilltoppers. Steward Butler rushed for 233 yards and scored two TDs and Rakeem Cato threw for 417 yards and seven (7) touchdowns for the Herd.

25/NR/NR/NR Utah (8-4) The Utes had to come from behind to defeat the Colorado Rams (2-10) 38-34. Christian Powell scored two TDs for Colorado. Utah’s Travis Wilson passed for 311 yards and three TDs and Dominique Hatfield returned an interception 20 yards in the fourth quarter for the lead and the win.

NR/21/21/22 Colorado State (10-2) The Rams were edged by the Air Force Falcons (9-3) 27-24 when Will Conant made a 39-yard field goal as time ran out.

My Rutgers Scarlet Knights (7-5) came from w-a-y, w-a-y behind to edge the Maryland Terrapins (7-5).

Rutgers fell behind 35-10 in the second quarter and it didn't look like the defense could stop a Pop Warner team--if the Pop Warner team did nothing but run the ball.
But with a few minutes left in the first half something strange happened. Rutgers scored a TD to make it 35-17. They got the ball to start the second half and after a 71-yard kickoff return, scored another TD to make it 35-24. Then another to make it 35-31. Maryland got a 50-yard field goal to make it 38-31. Then, early in the fourth quarter, RU got yet another TD to tie it 38 all and followed that up with a field goal with 6:14 left in the game to go ahead 41-38.

Meanwhile the defense had decided to show up. They had bent but never broke in the second half but the best was yet to come. After RU had gone ahead, they stopped the Terrapins an d forced a long field goal attempt which was ever so close but inches to the outside of the left goal post. It was the kicker's first miss of the season but that miss would affect decisions later on as well.

RU took over but on the second play form scrimmage there was a fumble and and Maryland recovered. The RU defense was back on the field and Maryland was again RU territory. But the New and Improved defense stopped the Terrapin attack three times and it was fourth and a yard. Rather than try to tie the game on a long field goal, Maryland went for it--and RU held. 

RU ran the ball three times without getting a first down. On fourth and something, with six seconds left, they had wide receiver Leonte Carroo take shotgun snap and run around a bit before stepping out of the endzone for a safety as time ran out. Several yellow hankies littered the field and replay showed three or four offensive lineman literally tackling the Maryland rushers as Carroo ran around. Ten yard penalty on Rutgers. One more untimed play to be run by Rutgers. Two points come off the board. Gary Nova took the snap and knelt down for the win.

The 25-point comeback is the biggest in RU history; the second greatest in all of FBS football this season--so far; and the biggest in the Big Ten since 2009. Nova finished the day with 347 passing yards after going 28 of 42 with no INTs and four TDs. Three RU receivers had more than 100 yards: Janarion Grant 8 catches for 105 yards, Andre Patton 8 catches for 101 yards and two TDs, Leonte Carroo 6 catches for 104 yards and two TDs.

The win was Rutgers' seventh of the season and their third Big Ten victory. Maryland finished the year in third place in the Big Ten East with a 4-4 in Conference record and 7-5 over all. Rutgers ended up right behind them in fourth place with a 3-5 Conference record and also 7-5 over all. (If not for the second half collapse against Penn State, a 13-10 loss....)

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