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College Football Recap, Sept. 23

Monday, September 23, 2013

Here's a brief look at the results of the Top 25 from this past weekend. The rankings used in this recap are the AP rankings from prior to the games.

CLOSER THAN EXPECTED

#15 Michigan 24, Connecticut 21: The Wolverines, who struggled last week against Akron, have another close call, as Fitzgerald Toussaint runs for two late touchdowns and Desmond Morgan snags a critical one-handed interception in the fourth quarter as Michigan overcomes a 14-point second-half deficit.
#9 Georgia 45, North Texas 21: After the Bulldogs see the Mean Green block a punt and recover it for a touchdown to tie the game at 21 in the third quarter, Aaron Murray pulls his team together, throwing for 408 yards as Georgia closes the game with 24 unanswered points.
#1 Alabama 31, Colorado State 6: The Crimson Tide sputter against former offensive coordinator Jim McElwain's new squad, only leading 17-6 entering the fourth quarter, but aren't truly threatened as AJ McCarron completes 20-of-26 passes for 258 yards.

THEY RUN THE TOWN
#6 LSU 35, Auburn 21: Jeremy Hill records career-highs with 183 rushing yards (the most by an LSU player since 2004) and three touchdowns as LSU jumped ahead early and stayed steady to hand Auburn its first loss of the year.
#10 Texas A&M 42, SMU 13: While Johnny Manziel has another solid day through the air (14-of-21, 244 yards), he shows off his running skills as well with 102 yards and two scores as the Aggies roll over the Mustangs.
#13 UCLA 59, New Mexico State 13: The Bruins enter the game as 42-point favorites, the largest spread in school history, and follow through as Jordan James rushes for a career-high 164 yards and two scores.
#19 Florida 31, Tennessee 17: After quarterback Jeff Driskel breaks his leg (he's out for the season) in the first quarter, the Gators turn to backup Tyler Murphy (134 passing yards, 1 TD) and a solid ground game (215 rushing yards) to upend the Volunteers for the ninth straight time.
#24 Wisconsin 41, Purdue 10: Melvin Gordon tallies 147 rushing yards and three scores while James White adds 145 yards and a 70-yard touchdown as the Badgers run all over the Boilermakers.

SEVENTY AND SENSATIONAL
#4 Ohio State 76, Florida A&M 0: Backup quarterback Kenny Guiton sets a school record with six touchdown passes, all in the first half, as the Buckeyes crush the Rattlers in their most lopsided win since 1935.
#7 Louisville 72, Florida International 0: Teddy Bridgewater throws four touchdowns and the Cardinal defense sets a school-record by allowing just 30 yards as they record their largest shutout win since 1955.
#16 Miami (Fla.) 77, Savannah State 7: The Hurricanes never punt as Dallas Crawford and Gus Edwards score three touchdowns and Miami easily overcomes an early injury to quarterback Stephen Morris.
#20 Baylor 70, Louisiana-Monroe 7: Baylor becomes the first FBS team since 1930 to score 69� points in three straight games as Lache Seastrunk runs for 156 yards - his seventh straight 100-yard game.

OFFICIAL MENTIONS
#3 Clemson 26, North Carolina State 14: Trailing 13-7 in the third quarter, the Wolfpack had an apparent 83-yard touchdown run called back by the officials and the Tigers took advantage, scoring a TD of their own as they pulled away for a key ACC road win.
#5 Stanford 42, #23 Arizona State 28: The Sun Devils climbed into the rankings last week after a bizarre sequence when the officials didn't re-spot the ball against Wisconsin, but this week, Stanford jumped to a 29-0 lead to keep the game out of the hands of the officials.
#22 Notre Dame 17, Michigan State 13: In a game that featured only a total of 474 yards of offense by the two teams, the Fighting Irish collected 115 yards on penalties, including four pass interference calls, as they held on to give the Spartans their first loss of the year.

FCS WARM-UPS
#8 Florida State 54, Bethune-Cookman 6: Playing their final game before a seven-game ACC stretch, the Seminoles cruise over the Daytona Beach FCS foe, as linebacker Telvin Smith stars with 12 tackles, a sack and a 68-yard interception return touchdown.
#17 Washington 56, Idaho State 0: Keith Price throws for three touchdowns in less than a half of action and Bishop Sankey, the nation's leading rusher, essentially gets a day off, carrying the ball just four times, but still gaining 77 yards.
#18 Northwestern 35, Maine 21: The Wildcats, who had two interception return touchdowns against Cal earlier this year, do it again against the Black Bears to offset an inconsistent offensive performance.
#25 Texas Tech 33, Texas State 7: The Red Raiders struggled early, tallying just one first-half touchdown against the FCS Bobcats. However, backup Davis Webb tosses a pair of TDs in the second and the Tech defense allows just 240 total yards.

UPDATED BOWL PREDICTIONS

Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 2, 2014
CBS Sports (Jerry Palm): South Carolina vs. Louisville (no change)
ESPN.com (Mark Schlabach): Georgia vs. Oklahoma (Oklahoma replaces Louisville)
ESPN.com (Brad Edwards): Georgia vs. Wisconsin (Wisconsin replaces Oklahoma)
College Football News: Alabama vs. Clemson (no change)
SI.com (Stewart Mandel): Texas A&M vs. Clemson (no change)
Orlando Sentinel (Matt Murschel): LSU vs. Oklahoma State (no change)
SB Nation (Jason Kirk): Georgia vs. Florida State (no change)
Sporting News (Bill Bender): Georgia vs. Florida State (no change)
Bleacher Report: Georgia vs. Louisville (Louisville replaces Florida State)

Each week the Allstate Sugar Bowl will make its YouTube Pick of the Week, top highlights, impressive off-field performances, great games, amazing plays and illuminating features, such as this week's ESPN Gameday feature on Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, last year's Allstate Sugar Bowl MVP.

 

 



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 that you think was the best effort each week of the college football season.

 



Manning Award Stars of the Week 

While 30 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 some of this week's top quarterback performances:

Terrance Broadway, UL-Lafayette
(25-of-37, 305 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 82.8)
Broadway, who also rushes for a pair of touchdowns, runs and passes for scores in the fourth quarter as the Ragin' Cajuns erase a 24-21 deficit in a 35-30 road victory over Akron.

Derek Carr, Fresno State
(39-of-60, 460 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 84.7)
Carr registers his fifth career 400-yard game (setting the school and Mountain West records), completing 8-of-11 passes on the game-winning drive as the Bulldogs score with 2:14 to go in a critical 41-40 win over Mountain West power Boise State.

Sean Mannion, Oregon State
(38-of-55, 367 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 66.9)
Mannion throws two fourth-quarter touchdown passes and registers his fourth straight 350-yard game as the Beavers come from behind to beat San Diego State, 34-30, on the road.

Aaron Murray, Georgia
(22-of-30, 408, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 91.1)
Murray posts the third 400-yard game of his career and also runs for a touchdown as his offensive outburst overcomes special teams issues in a 45-21 victory over North Texas.

Gary Nova, Rutgers
(22-of-43, 346 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 28.5)
After a rough start, Nova leads the Scarlet Knights to three unanswered touchdowns to close the game as Rutgers comes from behind to hand Arkansas its first loss of the year, 28-24.

Bryce Petty, Baylor
(18-of-27, 351 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 98.5)
Petty, playing just over one half of football, registers his third straight 300-yard game while tossing a career best for touchdown passes, as the Bears score at least 69 points for the third straight game in a 70-7 win over UL-Monroe.

Tom Savage, Pittsburgh
(23-of-33, 424 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 95.6)
Savage ties an ACC record with six touchdown passes and sets his personal career-high in passing yards; and the Panthers need them all as they barely hold off Duke, 58-55, in a shootout on the road.

Brett Smith, Wyoming
(35-of-41, 373 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 99.0)
Smith also rushes for 138 yards and a TD as he sets the school record for total offense while becoming the Cowboys' all-time leader in touchdown passes in a 56-23 win over Air Force.

 



Top Upcoming Games

(current AP rankings, all times Central)

#11 Oklahoma State at West Virginia (11 a.m., ESPN): The Cowboys, who are out-scoring opponents by nearly 32 points per game, make their first Big 12 road trip to Morgantown, where West Virginia is hoping to get on track after a 2-2 start.
#12 South Carolina at UCF (11 a.m., ABC): UCF has been quickly making a name for itself in the American Athletic Conference; and, while a road win against Penn State was impressive, a victory over the Gamecocks would likely be the biggest in program history.
#6 LSU at #9 Georgia (2:30 p.m., CBS): The marquee game of the week will feature LSU's revamped offense, which is averaging over 43 points per game behind quarterback Zach Mettenberger (a Georgia transfer), taking on the Bulldogs and their own quarterback star, Aaron Murray.
#14 Oklahoma at #22 Notre Dame (2:30 p.m., NBC): Last year, the Fighting Irish went in to Norman and picked up a 30-13 win, one of their biggest resume-builders on the way to the BCS Championship game; this year, the Sooners are headed North following a bye week, while Notre Dame is coming off a tough battle with Michigan State.
#21 Ole Miss at #1 Alabama (5:30 p.m., ESPN): The last time the Rebels beat Alabama, it moved Ole Miss into first place in the SEC for the first time since 1970, when Archie Manning was directing the offense - by the way, that last win was in 2003 and Eli Manning threw for three touchdowns. This is a much-improved Ole Miss squad however, with one of the top freshman classes in history and a 3-0 record.
#10 Texas A&M at Arkansas (6 p.m., ESPN2): New Arkansas coach Bret Bielema's first taste of SEC action will include the headache-inducing challenge of Johnny Football.
#23 Wisconsin at #4 Ohio State (7 p.m., ABC): The Badgers have one of the most potent running attacks in football (349.8 yards per game), while the Buckeyes are about to slip into a quarterback controversy as star Braxton Miller returns from an injury which allowed backup Kenny Guiton to shine.











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