COLLEGE FOOTBALL RECAP - November 27, 2012
Here's a brief look at the highlights of week 13 of the college football season, a week rich with history as some of the greatest rivalries in college football took place, a few of which solidified the BCS rankings as we head into the final week of regular season play. The rankings used in this recap are the BCS Rankings from prior to the games.
#4 Florida 37, #10 Florida State 26: The Gators led early, but E.J. Manuel put the Seminoles on top in the 3rd quarter before Florida rallied for 24 unanswered points including Mike Gillislee's second touchdown of the day to clinch an 11 win season for the Gators.
TCU 20, #16 Texas 13: TCU RB Matthew Tucker scored two TDs, Jaden Oaberkrom kicked two field goals and TCU's defense forced four turnovers, giving the Longhorns little hope for a win as they struggled to produce on offense despite a late TD drive by Texas' Case McCoy.
#14 Nebraska 13, Iowa 7: Nebraska earned a spot in the Big 10 title game as the Hawkeyes were held to just a first quarter touchdown in extremely windy conditions that made passing for either team a real challenge; RB Rex Burkhead scored a go-ahead 3-yard TD late in the third- quarter.
Arizona State 41, #24 Arizona 34: After an evenly matched first-half, the second-half was a tale of two quarters, the third belonging to Arizona and the fourth as well as the Territorial Cup belonging to Arizona State as the Sun Devils turned two turnovers and a blocked punt into three touchdowns in the final quarter, giving ASU its first winning season since 2007.
Washington State 31, #25 Washington 28: Although it took an overtime period, Washington State overcame an 18-point deficit to take home the Apple Cup and stun the Huskies, snapping an eight-game losing streak, as Washington was held scoreless in the fourth-quarter while the Cougars' offense rolled with two TDs from RB Carl Winston as well as a two-point conversion and a field goal with a strong performance by the Cougars' Jeff Tuel who threw for 350 yards.
#1 Notre Dame 22, USC 13: With their season on the line and their backs against the end zone, literally, the Fighting Irish stopped the Trojans at the Coliseum time and time again in the final minutes to secure their perfect regular season, a spot at #1 and a trip to Miami, proving that their defense inside the red zone is nearly impossible to permeate. Notre Dame's offense was also effective as RB Theo Riddick rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown while Kyle Brindza kicked five field goals and Everett Golson passed for 217 yards.
Ohio State 26, #19 Michigan 21: Ohio State made the most of its bowl-ban season, making sure to win every game, including the one against its biggest rival of all, Michigan. The Wolverines led going into the half after an amazing 67-yard TD run by Denard Robinson, but were held scoreless in the second-half while the Buckeyes managed two field goals, capping off a perfect season for first-year head coach Urban Meyer.
#2 Alabama 49, Auburn 0: Alabama shut out Auburn in the most lopsided Iron Bowl in 64 years as QB AJ McCarron passed for four touchdowns and Eddie Lacy rushed for 131 yards and two scores to give the Tide the Western Division title and a spot in the conference title game against Georgia in Atlanta with the winner most likely moving on to the BCS National Championship game.
#3 Georgia 42, Georgia Tech 10: Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall combined for 163 yards and four rushing TDs and Aaron Murray threw two TD passes in a definitive win over state-rival Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs take on Alabama next week in the SEC Championship Game, the winner of which will be heading to Miami.
#5 Oregon 48, #15 Oregon State 24: Oregon bounced back from its loss against Stanford last week with strong performances from Kenjon Barner, who ran for 198 yards and two TDs, and De'Anthony Thomas who scored three TDs with 122 yards rushing as the Ducks earned their fifth straight victory in the Civil War.
#23 Kent State 28, Ohio 6: Kent State completed a perfect season in the MAC and its best season in program history with 11 wins which guarantees a bowl invitation, the first since 1972, as the Golden Flashes' defense dominated against Ohio scoring two defensive TDs and recording eight sacks. Kent State will play Northern Illinois in the MAC Championship game.
#8 Stanford 35, #17 UCLA 17: Stanford's Stepfan Taylor rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns while QB Kevin Hogan passed for 160 yards and another score, becoming the first QB in Stanford history to take down three-straight ranked opponents as the Cardinal earned its right to a rematch on Friday with the Bruins at Stanford.
#9 Texas A&M 59, Missouri 29: Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel put on an impressive performance once again as he threw for 372 yards and three TDs and ran for two more with 67 yards rushing. Missouri backup QB Corbin Berkstresser threw for 276 yards and two TDs, but the Tigers defense could not stop the Aggies who snapped a three-game losing streak in the rivalry.
Connecticut 23, #20 Louisville 20: With a spot in a BCS bowl game at stake in the coming week, Louisville wanted nothing more than a win as they rallied from a 10-0 deficit to force extra time, but three OTs later the game fell in UConn's favor as Teddy Bridgewater's endzone interception was followed by a 30-yard UConn field goal. The Cardinals can still clinch a BCS bid with a win over Rutgers on Thursday.
Pittsburgh 27, #18 Rutgers 6: With a Louisville loss, Rutgers had the opportunity to secure a spot in a BCS bowl game with a win, but Pitt's dominant defense held the Scarlet Knights to just 207 yards and six points, while Pitt's Tino Sunseri passed for 227 yards and two TDs in his last home game. Rutgers can still win the Big East and go to its first BCS Bowl with a win on Thursday against Louisville.
MASTERS OF THEIR CRAFT
#7 LSU 20, Arkansas 13: Tyler Wilson set the Arkansas record for career passing yards and Cobi Hamilton set the school record for receptions in a career with 175, but the stand-out performances were not enough to take down the Tigers as Jarvis Landry made a spectacular one-handed TD catch late in the first half to set a good tone for LSU coming into the second half as the Tigers' defense held off a last-minute scoring attempt by the Razorbacks.
#12 South Carolina 27, #11 Clemson 17: South Carolina won its fourth straight over Clemson as Steve Spurrier became the winningest coach in South Carolina history. The Gamecocks' Jadeveon Clowney had an impressive outing with 4 1/2 sacks and set the school's single-season record with 13 sacks, not allowing the Clemson offense to get on track.
#13 Oklahoma 51, #21 Oklahoma State 48: Oklahoma's Landry Jones had three TDs and threw for 500 yards to become the Big 12's career passing leader and the first FBS QB to throw for 3,000 yards and 26 TDs in four different seasons in the first overtime game in the Bedlam rivalry.
CBSSports.com (Palm): Florida vs. Oklahoma (Florida replaces LSU)
ESPN.com (Schlabach): Florida vs. Oklahoma (replacing LSU vs. Clemson)
ESPN.com (Edwards): Florida vs. Oklahoma (no change)
SI.com (Mandel): Florida vs. Oklahoma (Florida replaces LSU)
Orlando Sentinel: Florida vs. Oklahoma (replacing Texas A&M vs. Clemson)
Phil Steele: Florida vs. Oklahoma (replacing LSU vs. Clemson)
Sporting News: Florida vs. Oklahoma (replacing LSU vs. Clemson)
Athlon Sports: Florida vs. Oklahoma (Florida replaces LSU)
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Manning Award Stars of the Week
While 35 quarterbacks are on the Manning Award Watch List, every quarterback in the country remains eligible for the honor - 10 finalists will be announced on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Here's a look at the best performances of the 13th week of the football season:
Shane Carden, East Carolina
(38-of-47, 439 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
Carden records his career-high in passing yards and tallies six total touchdowns, including a passing score and a rushing score in overtime, as the Pirates register a 65-59 win over Marshall in double overtime.
Derek Carr, Fresno State
(28-of-32, 451 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT)
Carr set a school record for completion percentage and also a Mountain West record with his third 400-yard game of the season as he led the Bulldogs to a 48-15 win over Air Force to clinch a share of the league title - Fresno's first conference crown since 1999.
David Fales, San Jose State
(25-of-37, 367 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT)
Fales tallies his sixth 300-yard game of the year as he leads the Spartans to a key Mountain West victory over Louisiana Tech to give San Jose State a share of the Mountain West title and its first 10-win season since 1987.
Nick Florence, Baylor
(22-of-37, 397 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
Florence throws for 300 yards for the eighth time this year, leading the Bears to a key 52-45 overtime victory against Texas Tech to make Baylor bowl eligible for the third straight year for the first time in school history.
Landry Jones, Oklahoma
(46-of-71, 500 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT)
Jones becomes the Big 12's all-time passing yardage leader and keeps Sooners in line for a BCS bid and possible Big 12 title in a 51-48 win over Oklahoma State in the first Bedlam-rivalry game to go to overtime.
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
(32-of-44, 372 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT)
The freshman star also rushes for 67 yards and two touchdowns as he breaks the SEC record for total offense in a season in a 59-29 win over Missouri, giving the Aggies their first 10-win season since 1998.
Robert Marve, Purdue
(20-of-29, 348 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT)
Marve records a career-best in passing yards while leading the Boilermakers to a 56-35 victory over Indiana to not only retain the Old Oaken Bucket, but also to become bowl eligible for the second straight year.
Bryn Renner, North Carolina
(28-of-39, 305 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT)
Renner leads the Tar Heels back from a 14-point second-half deficit by matching the school record for touchdown passes in a 45-38 win over Maryland in his season finale.
Top Upcoming Games
(current BCS rankings, all times Central)
#Louisville at Rutgers (Thursday, 6:30 p.m., ESPN): The winner of this game earns the Big East title and an automatic BCS bid while the loser will be out of the BCS mix.
#17 Kent State vs. #21 Northern Illinois (MAC Championship, Friday, 6 p.m., ESPN2): A win for Kent State could lift the Golden Flashes to their first BCS Bowl game as they could be an automatic qualifier due to being ranked in the top 16 and higher than the Big East champ. Northern Illinois is less likely to jump to No. 1 with a win, but could do it with the right combination of results in other games.
#16 UCLA at #8 Stanford (Pac-12 Championship, Friday, 7 p.m., Fox): The winner of this immediate rematch of Saturday's 35-17 victory for Stanford will advance to the Rose Bowl; the loser is likely out of the BCS picture.
#11 Oklahoma at TCU (Saturday, 11 a.m., ESPN): A win for Oklahoma, coupled with a Kansas State loss, will vault the Sooners to the Big 12 title and a trip to the Fiesta Bowl. If both teams win, Oklahoma will be eligibility for a BCS at-large bid, while a Sooner loss will likely knock them out of the BCS picture.
#20 Boise State at Nevada (Saturday, 2:30 p.m., ABC): A win for Boise State would give the Broncos the Mountain West Championship due to tiebreaker rules and if the victory lifts them above the MAC winner and into the top-16, they would receive a BCS automatic bid.
#2 Alabama vs. #3 Georgia (SEC Championship, Saturday, 3 p.m., CBS): The winner of this game will likely be the seventh straight SEC Champion to advance to the BCS National Championship game; the loser could have a chance of an at-large BCS selection.
#18 Texas at #6 Kansas State (Saturday, 7 p.m., ABC): Kansas State will clinch the Big 12 title and a Fiesta Bowl bid with a victory, while a win for the Longhorns could put them in the mix for a BCS at-large bid.
#13 Florida State vs. Georgia Tech (Saturday, 7 p.m., ESPN): The winner of this game will advance to the Orange Bowl while the loser will be out of the BCS picture.
#12 Nebraska vs. Wisconsin (Saturday, 7:17 p.m., Fox): The winner of this game will advance to the Rose Bowl while the loser will be out of the BCS picture.
Each week the Allstate Sugar Bowl will make its YouTube Pick of the Week, top highlights, impressive off-field performances, great games and amazing plays, including LSU's Jarvis Landry's amazing one-handed TD catch late in the first half against Arkansas, giving the Tigers momentum and ultimately a win, 20-13, to close out their regular season.