COLLEGE FOOTBALL RECAP - 11/07/11
Here's a brief look at the highlights of week 10 of the college football season, a week which saw the "Game of the Century" nearly live up to its billing by being decided in overtime, as well as two other thrilling Saturday night games between highly-ranked opponents. The rankings used in this recap are the BCS Standings from prior to the games.
GAME OF THE CENTURY?
#1 LSU 9, #2 Alabama 6: Some may call this game boring due to the lack of scoring, but the bottom-line is that every play brings edge-of-your-seat excitement as fans know it would only take one mistake to decide the game - which is won by the Tigers after multiple missed field goals by the Tide, as well as by a pair of sensational interceptions by the talented LSU defense.
DON'T FORGET US
#7 Arkansas 44, #9 South Carolina 28: The Razorbacks outgain the Gamecocks, 435-207, but South Carolina takes advantage of a pair of missed field goals and key dropped passes to stay in the game, cutting the deficit to two early in the fourth quarter before Arkansas closes it out late.
#3 Oklahoma State 52, #14 Kansas State 45: Brandon Weeden throws for a school-record 502 yards and four TDs, and Joseph Randle runs for the final, tie-breaking TD with 2:16 remaining as the Cowboys hold off a tough challenge by Collin Klein (231 passing yards, 144 rushing yards, 4 total TDs) and the Wildcats, who had three shots at the end zone before time expired.
SETTING UP THE NEXT BIG GAME
#4 Stanford 38, Oregon State 13: The Cardinal starts slow, but scores the last 21 points to remain in control of the Pac-12 North as they extend the nation's longest winning streak to 17 games and log the program's first 9-0 start since 1952 - setting up this Saturday's meeting with Oregon in Palo Alto.
#8 Oregon 34, Washington 17: After starting slow, the Ducks pull away in the second half, taking advantage of three Husky turnovers and sacking quarterback Keith Price six times while LaMichael James (156 yards, TD) shows he is fully recovered from an elbow injury - just in time for Saturday's showdown with fourth-ranked Stanford.
#5 Boise State 48, UNLV 21: The powerhouse Broncos struggled in the first half, but as usual, star quarterback Kellen Moore took care of business, throwing five touchdown passes in just over three quarters of action as he became the winningest FBS quarterback in NCAA history with 46 victories, one more than former Manning Award winner Colt McCoy from Texas - Moore is an amazing 46-2 all-time as a starting quarterback.
#6 Oklahoma 41, Texas A&M 25: Entering the week second in the nation in passing yards and passing touchdowns, Landry Jones adds 255 yards and two more scores as the Sooners use a 28-point third quarter to blow open a tight game.
#13 Houston 56, UAB 13: The Cougars roll to victory, piling up 655 yards of offense while holding the Blazers to 269 yards, behind the efforts of quarterback Case Keenum, who throws for two touchdowns, runs for two more touchdowns and becomes the NCAA's all-time leader in passing yardage (17,212 yards).
IF YOU'RE NOT FIRST, YOU'RE LAST
#17 Michigan State 31, Minnesota 24: After losses by Michigan and Nebraska, the Spartans come from behind to top the improving Gophers and move into first place in the Big Ten Legend's Division by holding Minnesota scoreless for the final 24:45.
#25 Southern Miss 48, East Carolina 28: In a key Conference USA showdown, the Golden Eagles tally two long interception return touchdowns as well as a punt return score and a touchdown on a blocked punt to remain in control of the East Division race - and to keep alive a potential C-USA title game against undefeated Houston, which could be the biggest game in league history.
Cincinnati 26, Pittsburgh 23: The Bearcats, not in the Top-25 of the BCS Standings, take advantage of key turnovers and score the final 13 points to come from behind to upend the Panthers and remain perfect in Big East play.
(UP)SETTING THE TABLE
Northwestern 28, #10 Nebraska 25: After standout quarterback Dan Persa gets injured in the second quarter, backup Kain Colter runs for two touchdowns and throws for another as the Wildcats go on the road to upend the Cornhuskers.
Iowa 24, #15 Michigan 16: Iowa comes in a perfect 5-0 at home and finishes at 6-0 as the Hawkeye defense stops Michigan three times on the three-yard line in the final seconds to post their third straight win over the Wolverines for the first time in history.
UCLA 29, #19 Arizona State 28: Derrick Coleman scores to put UCLA on top with 49 seconds to play and then the Sun Devils miss a 46-yard field goal as time expires to lift the Bruins into a tie for the Pac-12 South lead - just weeks after it appeared coach Rick Neuheisel's firing was imminent.
Louisville 38, #24 West Virginia 35: The Big East race tightens even further as the league's only ranked team takes a loss when Louisville uses a balanced attack behind freshman quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to offset Geno Smith's 411 passing yards.
#18 Georgia 63, New Mexico State 16: Despite playing without their top three running backs, the Bulldogs still have little trouble in a non-league meeting with the Aggies as quarterback Aaron Murray (18-of-23, 238 yards and five TDs in one half of play) leads them to their most points since 1994.
#20 Wisconsin 62, Purdue 17: After back-to-back losses, the Badgers pull together to crush the Boilermakers behind a career-high 223 rushing yards from Montee Ball and another big game from Russell Wilson (15-of-20, 204 yards, 3 total TDs).
#21 Texas 52, Texas Tech 20: Freshman Joe Bergeron runs for 191 yards and three touchdowns as the Longhorns batter the Red Raiders on the ground to become bowl-eligible after missing the postseason last year for the first time since 1997.
VOTE FOR MANNING STARS
College football fans, be sure to "like" the official Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page (linked above) and vote each week for the Manning Award Player of the Week. The top quarterback performances from each week will be posted giving you the chance to vote for what you think was the best effort each week of the college football season.
MANNING AWARD STARS OF THE WEEK
While 31 quarterbacks were on the preseason Manning Award Watch List, and an additional 10 signal-callers were added in the midseason, every quarterback in the country remains eligible for the Manning Award. Here's a look at the best performances of the tenth week of the football season:
Colby Cameron (Louisiana Tech)
19-of-33, 376 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT
Cameron throws for a career-high 358 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs to their fourth straight win and keep them alive in the WAC title chase with a 41-21 road win over Fresno State.
Austin Dantin (Toledo)
20-of-33, 322 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT
Dantin, who adds a rushing touchdown to his impressive stats, leads the Rockets to a go-ahead touchdown with 4:16 to go, but it's too early as it gives Northern Illinois time to score the winning touchdown in a crazy 63-60 loss.
Nick Fanuzzi (Rice)
30-of-43, 405 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT
Fanuzzi, making his first start of the season, throws two of his three touchdowns inside the final eight minutes and helps Rice to produce 671 yards of offense, third-most in school history, as the Owls come from behind to upend UTEP, 41-37.
Robert Griffin, III (Baylor)
27-of-41, 406 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT
Griffin throws for over 400 yards for the third straight game and leads the offense to a school record of 697 yards as the Bears are able to hold off a fourth-quarter Missouri comeback to win, 42-39, over the Tigers.
Chandler Harnish (Northern Illinois)
17-of-26, 265 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INT
Harnish, who also rushes for a team-best 133 yards, throws a 4-yard touchdown strike with 19 seconds left to lift the Huskies to a wild 63-60 win over bitter rival Toledo in a battle of MAC West Division frontrunners.
Case Keenum (Houston)
39-of-44, 407 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT
Keenum, who also rushes for a pair of touchdowns in a 56-13 blowout of UAB, becomes the NCAA's all-time passing yardage leader (17,212 yards) while leading the Cougars to their first 9-0 start in school history.
Kriss Proctor (Navy)
4-of-6, 127 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
In just one-half of play while battling a dislocated elbow, Proctor averages 21.2 yards-per-attempt and also rushes for 36 yards and two touchdowns as he lifts Navy to a 42-14 win over Troy, snapping the Midshipmen's six-game losing streak.
Brandon Weeden (Oklahoma State)
36-of-46, 502 yards, 4 TDs, 2 INT
Weeden leads the Cowboys to victory and matches the best start in school history as he throws for a school-record 502 yards in a game that came down to the wire, coming out on top over No. 14 Kansas State, 52-45.
TOP UPCOMING GAMES
(current BCS standings)
#10 Virginia Tech at #21 Georgia Tech (Thursday): A game which could decide the ACC Coastal Division title, two of the three ranked ACC teams meet in a Thursday showdown in Atlanta.
#11 Houston at Tulane (Thursday): The undefeated Houston Cougars come to New Orleans, giving local fans a great chance to see sensational quarterback Case Keenum as he continues his assault on the record books.
Florida at #13 South Carolina: The Gamecocks need a win to stay in the SEC East hunt, but Florida can give bitter rival Georgia a huge edge by upending the Gamecocks.
#20 Auburn at #15 Georgia: A win for the Bulldogs, coupled with a South Carolina loss, would clinch the SEC East title.
#3 Alabama at Mississippi State: There's no time for the Tide to feel sorry for itself after Saturday's loss as it goes on the road to face Mississippi State, which would like nothing more than a big-time win to likely spoil any chance Alabama has of a BCS bowl bid.
#7 Oregon at #4 Stanford: This game could decide the Pac-12 North Division; a loss by Stanford will likely knock it out of the BCS Championship picture.
TCU at #5 Boise State: Most see this as Boise State's last remaining hurdle for a perfect regular season, which would result in another BCS bid for the potent Broncos.
#19 Nebraska at #12 Penn State: The Cornhuskers were seen by many as the preseason favorites in the Big Ten, but Joe Paterno's Nittany Lion have quietly registered an 8-1 start, including a perfect 5-0 in league action.
West Virginia at #23 Cincinnati: With other Big East powers struggling, Cincinnati finds itself back in the running for the league title; a win in this game would put the Bearcast in the league's driver's seat, while a Mountaineer win keeps WVU on track for the title.
Bowl PredictionsYOUTUBE PICK OF THE WEEK
Each week, the Allstate Sugar Bowl will make its YouTube Pick of the Week, top highlights, impressive off-field performances and great games, such as this game winning field goal in OT by LSU's Drew Alleman
to take down Alabama in a true defensive battle as the Tigers remain No. 1.