COLLEGE FOOTBALL RECAP - November 6, 2012
Here's a brief look at the highlights of week 10 of the college football season, a week which included some very tight matchups as well as some defining wins, making the postseason picture a bit clearer as we head down the homestretch. The rankings used in this recap are the BCS Rankings from prior to the games.
QUINTESSENTIAL QB CANDIDATES
#10 Louisville 45, Temple 17: Teddy Bridgewater threw for 324 yards on 19-of-28 yards passing and five TD passes to keep the Cardinals perfect on the season and atop the Big East.
#12 Oklahoma 35, Iowa State 20: Landry Jones threw for 405 yards, his tenth 400? yard game, and a season-high four TDs as the Sooners racked up 593 yards of offense against the Cyclones in their 21st straight home loss to Oklahoma, dating back 52 years.
#16 Texas A&M 38, #15 Mississippi State 13: Johnny Manziel completed 30-of-36 passes for 311 yards and rushed for 129 yards and two TDs in another impressive performance as he led the Aggies to 693 yards of total offense. Texas A&M has won all five of their road games this season, quickly adjusting to life in the SEC.
#25 Louisiana Tech 51, UTSA 27: Colby Cameron passed for 348 yards with three TD passes in his seventh 300-yard game of his career as he remained just one of two FCS QBs without an interception in a physical matchup which included 28 infractions for 288 yards and thirteen personal foul penalties between the two squads.
#6 Georgia 37, Ole Miss 10: Aaron Murray completed 21 of 28 passes for 384 yards and four TDs while the Georgia defense held Ole Miss to just 234 total yards, including only 55 yards in the second half. Georgia trailed 10-0 before scoring 37 unanswered points, bringing the Bulldogs one step closer to the SEC Championship game as a win this week against Auburn would clinch the SEC East.
#7 Florida 14, Missouri 7: After being shut out in the first half, the Gators found a way to score, thanks to four interceptions thrown by Missouri's James Franklin as the Florida defense held the Tigers to one TD. Florida clinched a share of the SEC East title with this win, but its future is now in the hands of the Georgia Bulldogs
#13 Clemson 56, Duke 20: Clemson racked up nearly 500 yards by halftime and 718 for the game as it rolled past Duke as Tajh Boyd threw for 344 yards and tied a school record with five TD passes for the second straight week.
#14 Stanford 48, Colorado 0: The Cardinal handed Colorado its first shutout at home since 1986 as redshirt QB Kevin Hogan got Stanford's offense going, throwing for 184 yards and running for 48 more in two quarters.
UCLA 66, #22 Arizona 10: Arizona was not able to put together back-to-back wins as UCLA was truly unstoppable with 611 yards of total offense on a record-setting night for Bruins' Johnathan Franklin who became the school's career rushing leader with 162 yards in the game. UCLA moved into first place in the Pac-12 South, making its Nov. 17 matchup with USC a possible division championship game
TOO CLOSE TO CALL
#3 Notre Dame 29, Pittsburgh 26: In a heartbreaking loss for Pitt that came down to a bad snap which resulted in a missed field goal for the win, Notre Dame rallied to squeeze past the Panthers in a triple OT showdown. Pitt led 20-6 going into the fourth-quarter, but the Fighting Irish never gave up, clawing their way back to keep their perfect season intact.
San Diego State 21, #19 Boise State 19: The Aztecs special teams made all the difference, as they ran the opening kickoff back for a touchdown and turned a blocked punt deep in Boise State territory into a TD, helping to pull off the upset. San Diego State has now won five straight and has moved into a tie for first in the Mountain West.
#20 Nebraska 28, Michigan State 24: Nebraska's fourth-quarter game-winning drive came down to a pass interference call with seventeen seconds to go, followed by a TD with six seconds remaining from Taylor Martinez to Jamal Turner to give the Cornhuskers the lead for the first time and ultimately the win.
TCU 39, #21 West Virginia 38: It took two OTs to determine a winner, but TCU ultimately came out on top as it went for the two-point conversion following a twenty-five yard TD pass, overcoming a ten-point deficit in the third-quarter.
#11 Oregon State 36, Arizona State 26: After an opening possession fumble, Oregon State's Cody Vaz was able to settle down as he threw for 267 yards and three TDs and RB Terron Ward rushed for 146 yards and TD to keep the Beavers in the hunt for the Pac-12 North title.
#23 Texas 31, #18 Texas Tech 22: This matchup was tight going into the fourth-quarter, but thanks to the efforts of Texas' David Ash who threw for three TDs and 264 yards, the Longhorns picked up their fourth road win of the season.
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP CAMPAIGN
#1 Alabama 21, #5 LSU 17: Alabama trailed in the fourth-quarter for the first time since 2010 while AJ McCarron struggled throughout the second half as LSU hoped to take down the number one team in the country. Unfortunately for the Tigers, their outstanding second half offensive effort was not enough as McCarron marched the Tide down the field and connected with T.J. Yeldon for the game-winning TD with only 51 seconds remaining.
#2 Kansas State 44, #24 Oklahoma State 30: Kansas State beat the Cowboys for the first time since 2006 as it continues its quest for a perfect season, but an injury to QB Collin Klein could possibly put the Wildcats' future in jeopardy. Klein threw for 245 yards and ran for 64 more including his 50th career rushing TD. Oklahoma State had allowed just 38 points total over its last three games, but struggled to contain Kansas State's offense.
#4 Oregon 62, #17 USC 51: In an offensive shootout filled with stars on both sides of the field, Oregon racked up 730 yards and the most points ever allowed by USC, while the Trojans compiled 615 yards and 51 points, the most yards/points allowed by Oregon all year. USC pulled within three points twice in the second half, but the Trojans' defense could not stop the Ducks, especially SoCal local Kenjon Barner who ran for a school-record 321 yards and five TDs, helping to keep Oregon's perfect season alive.
CBSSports.com (Palm): Florida vs. Oklahoma (Oklahoma replaces Louisville)
ESPN.com (Schlabach): LSU vs. Oklahoma (replacing Georgia vs. Louisville)
ESPN.com (Edwards): South Carolina vs. Oklahoma (Oklahoma replaces Louisville)
SI.com (Mandel): Florida vs. Oklahoma (Oklahoma replaces Louisville)
Orlando Sentinel: LSU vs. Oklahoma (Oklahoma replaces Louisville)
Phil Steele: Georgia vs. Clemson (no change)
Sporting News: Georgia vs. Clemson (no change)
Athlon Sports: LSU vs. Oklahoma (replacing Georgia vs. Louisville)
USA Today (Myerberg): Georgia vs. Clemson
USA Today (Smith): Georgia vs. Oklahoma
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Manning Award Stars of the Week
While 25 quarterbacks are on the Manning Award Watch List, additional players may be added later in the season and every quarterback in the country remains eligible for the honor. Here's a look at the best performances of the 10th week of the football season:
Tyler Bray, Tennessee
(29-of-47, 531 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT)
Bray tallies the second-most passing yards in SEC history and tosses a career-high number of TDs and the Volunteers need every one of them to hold off a determined Troy squad, 55-48.
Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
(19-of-28, 324 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT)
Bridgewater throws for a career-high five touchdowns as he rallies the Cardinals from a deficit for the sixth straight game to keep his team perfect and lift them into the top 10 of the BCS Standings.
Terrance Broadway, UL-Lafayette
(23-of-32, 373 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT)
Broadway also rushes for 87 yards and a touchdown to tally a career-high 460 yards of total offense as the Ragin' Cajuns spoil UL-Monroe's bid for a perfect Sun Belt season, 40-24.
Colby Cameron, Louisiana Tech
(30-of-39, 346 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
Cameron, who has not thrown an interception in a record 358 passes this year, leads the Bulldogs to their record ninth straight WAC victory and the No. 20 ranking in the country with a 51-27 win over UT-San Antonio.
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
(30-of-36, 311 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INT)
Manziel records his third game with 300 passing yards and 100 rushing yards (125, as well as a pair of touchdowns) as the Aggies roll over Mississippi State on the road, 38-13.
Marcus Mariota, Oregon
(20-of-23, 306 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT)
Mariota also rushes for 96 yards as he helps the Ducks score the most points ever allowed by USC, in a critical 62-51 victory over the Trojans in Los Angeles.
Aaron Murray, Georgia
(21of-28, 384 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT)
After trailing by 10 early, Murray leads the Bulldogs to 37 unanswered points in a 37-10 victory over Ole Miss to bring Georgia within one game of clinching the SEC East title.
Tyler Van Tubbergen, Western Michigan
(22-of-32, 352 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT)
Trailing by nine entering the fourth quarter, Van Tubbergen, who also added a rushing TD in the game, throws for three TD strikes in the final stanza to lift the Broncos over Central Michigan, 42-31.
Top Upcoming Games
(current BCS rankings, all times Central)
Wisconsin at Indiana (11 a.m., ESPN2): Amazingly, the winner of this game between unranked teams takes control of the Big Ten Leaders Division and could head to the league's championship game with a shot at a Rose Bowl bid.
#11 Oregon State at #14 Stanford (2 p.m., Fox): This is a critical Pac-12 game as the loser is likely eliminated from any BCS consideration, while the winner remains in the mix for a possible at-large berth.
#15 Texas A&M at #1 Alabama (2:30 p.m., CBS): The Aggies have been one of a big surprise in their debut season in the SEC, but dynamic quarterback Johnny Manziel will have his work cut out for him against top-ranked Alabama's smothering defense.
#5 Georgia at Auburn (6 p.m., ESPN2): The Bulldogs continue to take care of business and with a road win over a struggling Auburn squad, Georgia will clinch the SEC East crown.
#21 Mississippi State at #7 LSU (6 p.m., ESPN): After an outstanding 7-0 start, the Bulldogs have been brought down to earth with two lopsided losses, however, they can still play the part of spoiler when they take on LSU in yet another key SEC West showdown.
#2 Kansas State at TCU (6 p.m., Fox); The Wildcats are hoping to close impressively to secure a BCS National Championship berth, but questions surrounding star quarterback Collin Klein's health make this game an intriguing affair in Fort Worth.
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 Alabama's game-winning drive led by AJ McCarron with only 51 seconds remaining to take down LSU, 21-17.