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College Football Recap, Oct. 21

Monday, October 21, 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 entering the games.

IT'S A DOG-EAT-DOG WORLD IN THE SEC

Ole Miss 27, #6 LSU 24: Not only did Ole Miss upset the Tigers, but it also controlled the game, piling up 525 yards to LSU's 288 while forcing three turnovers, but it still came down to Andrew Ritter's 41-yard field goal with 2 seconds to go to wrap up the thriller.
Tennessee 23, #11 South Carolina 21: A spectacular one-handed catch by freshman Marquez North set up a 19-yard field goal by Michael Palardy as the Volunteers snapped a 19-game losing streak to ranked opponents - the Gamecocks lost more than the game as well as quarterback Connor Shaw went down with a knee injury late in the contest.
#24 Auburn 45, #7 Texas A&M 41: Tre Mason runs for 178 yards, including a 53-yard run to set up the game-winning touchdown, which he also scored on a five-yard stretch with 1:19 to go as the Tigers, who were winless in the SEC last year, shock the Aggies despite another big game from Johnny Manziel (454 passing yards, 5 total TDs).
Vanderbilt 31, #15 Georgia 27: Trailing by 13 in the fourth quarter, Vandy rallies for 17 unanswered points, capped by a 13-yard touchdown run by Jerron Seymour with 2:53 left, to pick up its first SEC victory against the injury-depleted Bulldogs.

DON'T CRY OVER SPILT MILK

#13 Stanford 24, #9 UCLA 19: The Cardinal recovers quickly from its first loss of the season, using an outstanding defensive performance to limit previously undefeated UCLA to just 266 total yards as Stanford keeps itself in the national title picture.
#14 Missouri 36, #22 Florida 17: After losing quarterback James Franklin to a shoulder injury, many thought Mizzou would be in trouble against the defensive-minded Gators, but the Tiger defense holds Florida to just 151 total yards and backup QB Matty Mauk throws for 295 yards in his first career start.
#18 Oklahoma 34, Kansas 19: The Sooners take some time to recover from last week's loss to Texas, falling behind 13-0 to a Jayhawks team which hasn't won a Big 12 game since 2010 (now 24 straight losses), before pulling together for 25 straight points as they hold Kansas to 201 total yards.

THE GAMES AREN'T PLAYED ON PAPER

#5 Florida State 51, #3 Clemson 14: What was expected to be a thriller in Death Valley turned into a Heisman commercial for FSU's redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston, who throws for 444 yards and three touchdowns while the Seminoles defense holds the Tigers to 326 yards and forces four turnovers.
#4 Ohio State 34, Iowa 24: In what was expected to be another routine victory, the Buckeyes find themselves in a tie game entering the fourth quarter, but Carlos Hyde caps his 149-yard rushing day with his second TD of the afternoon as Ohio State collects its 19th straight victory.
Arizona State 53, #20 Washington 20: Taylor Kelly records 352 yards and four touchdowns while the Sun Devil defense is dominant, holding the Huskies to just 212 total yards as they suffer their second straight loss in Pac-12 play.

DON'T COUNT YOUR CHICKENS BEFORE THEY HATCH

UCF 38, #8 Louisville 35: Many had the Cardinals penciled in for an undefeated season, but the Golden Knights had other plans as Storm Johnson had 188 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns and Blake Bortles found Jeff Godfrey for a touchdown with 23 seconds to go for a thrilling finish to put UCF in the driver's seat for the AAC title.

IT IS WHAT IT IS

#1 Alabama 52, Arkansas 0: With SEC schools beating each other up all day, the Crimson Tide simply goes about its business, running for 352 yards, getting a solid game from AJ McCarron and holding its fifth straight opponent to single digits in scoring with its second shutout of the year.
#2 Oregon 62, Washington State 38: The Duck offense continues to pile up video-game numbers as Marcus Mariota throws for 327 yards and two scores and Brandon Marshall runs for 192 yards and three touchdowns in another blowout win.
#12 Baylor 71, Iowa State 7: After "sputtering" last week with only 35 points, Baylor's offense gets back on track with its fourth 70-point effort of the year as it wins its school-record 10th straight game, out-gaining the Cyclones, 714-174.
#17 Fresno State 38, UNLV 14: The Bulldogs continue to roll over their Mountain West foes, cruising to victory over a UNLV squad which had a four-game winning streak, as Derek Carr throws for 400 yards and becomes the school's all-time leader with 86 touchdown passes.
#23 Northern Illinois 38, Central Michigan 17: Jordan Lynch has a record-breaking day, rushing for 316 yards, an FBS record for quarterbacks, as the Huskies continue their dominance of the MAC with their 20th straight league win, the longest streak in the nation.
#25 Wisconsin 56, Illinois 32: The Badgers continue to showcase their potent running attack as Melvin Gordon rushes for 142 yards and three touchdowns, while James White runs for 98 yards and two scores (while catching another).

IT AIN'T OVER TIL THE FAT LADY SINGS

#16 Texas Tech 37, West Virginia 27: The Red Raiders found themselves down 27-16 late in the third quarter, but Davis Webb (462 passing yards, 2 TDs) rallies Texas Tech to 21 unanswered points in the final 19 minutes of action to keep his squad undefeated.

BETTER THAN A SHARP STICK IN THE EYE

#10 Miami 27, North Carolina 23: Despite committing four turnovers, the Hurricanes somehow hold on to their undefeated record as Dallas Crawford runs for a pair of fourth-quarter scores in the comeback win on the road.
#21 Oklahoma State 24, TCU 10: The Cowboys turned the ball over four times and committed nine penalties, but a 95-yard punt return touchdown and a second-quarter quarterback change provide the boost as they improve to 5-1 on the year.

UPDATED BOWL PREDICTIONS

Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 2, 2014
CBS Sports (Jerry Palm): Missouri vs. UCF (replaces South Carolina vs. Louisville)
ESPN.com (Mark Schlabach): Missouri vs. Stanford (replaces LSU vs. Clemson)
ESPN.com (Brad Edwards): Auburn vs. Clemson (replaces LSU vs. Wisconsin)
College Football News: Missouri vs. UCLA (replaces LSU vs. Clemson)
SI.com (Stewart Mandel): Missouri vs. UCF (replaces Texas A&M vs. Clemson)
Orlando Sentinel (Matt Murschel): Missouri vs. Northern Illinois (replaces LSU vs. Clemson)
Bleacher Report: Missouri vs. UCF (replaces LSU vs. Clemson)
SB Nation (Jason Kirk): Missouri vs. UCF (replaces LSU vs. Clemson)
USA Today (Erick Smith): South Carolina vs. UCF (replaces LSU vs. Clemson)
Sporting News (Bill Bender): Missouri vs. Stanford (replaces LSU vs. Clemson)
NFL.com (Mike Huguenin): Auburn vs. UCF (replaces Texas A&M vs. Florida State)
Athlon Sports: Missouri vs. Clemson (replaces South Carolina vs. Florida State) 
Phil Steele: Missouri vs. Wisconsin (replaces Georgia vs. Stanford)
San Antonio Express-News (Tim Griffin): LSU vs. Clemson (updated, 10/17)




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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:

Derek Carr, Fresno State
(33-of-48, 412 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 94.1)
Carr throws a 75-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the game and continues to roll, registering his 15th career 300-yard effort, while also setting the school record for career TD passes (86) in a 38-14 win over UNLV.

Devin Gardner, Michigan
(21-of-29, 503 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 95.1)
Gardner, who also rushes for 81 yards and three touchdowns, re-writes the Wolverine record books, setting school records for passing yards and total offense, while leading Michigan to a wild 63-47 win over Indiana.

Brendon Kay, Cincinnati
(17-of-24, 300 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 95.8)
Kay, who also scores a rushing touchdown, has a big game for the Bearcats, tallying season-bests in yards and touchdowns, as he carries Cincinnati to a 41-16 blowout win over Connecticut.

Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
(20-of-30, 155 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, QBR: 85.5)
Lynch, who has a solid passing day, has an exceptional rushing day, breaking the FBS record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 316 yards, as well as three touchdowns, in a 38-17 win over Central Michigan, the Huskies' 20th straight MAC victory.

Sean Mannion, Oregon State
(35-of-45, 481 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 91.2)
Mannion registers his fifth 400-yard game of the year while extending his national lead in TD passes in a 49-17 Pac-12 road victory over California.

Marcus Mariota, Oregon
(23-of-32, 327 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 96.6)
Mariota opens the scoring with a 57-yard touchdown run and then continues to lead the dominant Duck attack, recording his sixth game this year with a 90-plus QBR in a 62-38 win over Washington State.

Bryce Petty, Baylor
(23-of-31, 343 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 96.1)
Petty, who also rushes for a touchdown, directs the most prolific offense in football to another amazing 700-yard performance as the Bears crush Iowa State, 71-7.

Jameis Winston, Florida State
(22-of-34, 444 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 89.4)
Winston throws a career-high in passing yards and adds a rushing touchdown as he plays the biggest game of his young career on the road and dominates in a 51-14 win over No. 3 Clemson.



Top Upcoming Games

(current BCS rankings, all times Central)

#9 Clemson at Maryland (2:30 p.m., ESPN): The Tigers will look to recover from their loss to Florida State and keep their BCS hopes alive when they go on the road against an improved Maryland team.

#10 Texas Tech at #15 Oklahoma (2:30 p.m., FOX): The surprising Red Raiders have climbed into the top-10, but they've done it without playing a ranked opponent - this will be their first challenge as preseason Big 12 favorite Oklahoma hosts them.

North Carolina State at #2 Florida State (2:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN2): The Seminoles easily won what was arguably the biggest game in ACC history this past Saturday; now they need to stay focused as the unranked Wolfpack comes to Tallahassee - N.C. State shocked FSU last year to spoil the 'Noles' hopes to get into the national championship picture.

#12 UCLA at #3 Oregon (6 p.m., ESPN): The Bruins had national championship hopes, but a loss to Stanford this past Saturday put a major crimp in those plans; now they have the unenviable task of taking on the high-powered Ducks in Eugene; though even with a loss, they will still be in line to make the Pac-12 title game.

#21 South Carolina at #5 Missouri (6 p.m., ESPN2): Last year, many questioned if Missouri belonged in the SEC; this year, they are making a case to be considered in the national championship picture, as they lead the SEC East with a perfect record.

#6 Stanford at #25 Oregon State (9:30 p.m., ESPN): Stanford will bring its tough defense to Corvallis where it will face one of the more prolific offenses in the country in Oregon State, which has won six straight after a season-opening loss.


Each week the Allstate Sugar Bowl will make its YouTube Picks of the Week, including impressive off-field performances, great games, illuminating features and top highlights such as these highlights from UCF's big upset win over Louisville on Friday night.

 













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