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College Football Recap, Oct. 28

Monday, October 28, 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 BCS standings entering the games.

LEADERS OF THE PACK

#1 Alabama 45, Tennessee 10: The Crimson Tide builds a 35-0 halftime lead in a rivalry-game blowout as T.J. Yeldon scores three touchdowns and AJ McCarron throws for 275 yards to continue their overall dominance - the Tide has outscored its last six opponents, 246-26.
#2 Florida State 49, North Carolina State 17: The Seminoles had their national championship hopes dashed by the Wolfpack last year, but this year, freshman quarterback Jameis Winston assures there would not be a repeat as he throws for nearly 300 yards.
#3 Oregon 42, #12 UCLA 14: While the Ducks are used to blowing teams out in the first half, they respond just fine to a 14-14 halftime tie with the Bruins by scoring 28 unanswered points as Byron Marshall runs for 133 yards and three touchdowns.
#4 Ohio State 63, Penn State 14: The Buckeyes had been less-than-dominant in recent wins, but this week, Braxton Miller passes for three touchdowns and runs for two more while Carlos Hyde runs for 147 yards and two scores as they hand the Nittany Lions their worst loss in 114 years.

BACK ON TRACK

#6 Stanford 20, #25 Oregon State 12: Since losing to Utah on Oct. 12, the Cardinal has returned to form, picking up its second straight win over a ranked opponent by holding the Beavers to just 288 yards, 227 yards below their average, as Tyler Gaffney runs for 145 yards and three scores.
#9 Clemson 40, Maryland 27: The Tigers excel in all three phases as Sammy Watkins has a school-record 14 catches for 163 yards, the defense shines in a key third-quarter stretch and special teams chips in with 16 points as they pull away from an injury-decimated Terrapin squad.
#15 Oklahoma 38, #10 Texas Tech 30: The defending Big 12 champion Sooners, who lost two weeks ago to Texas, pick up a big win over the previously undefeated Red Raiders as Blake Bell tallies 293 yards of total offense and the Oklahoma defense forces three turnovers.
#16 Texas A&M 56, Vanderbilt 24: Johnny Manziel is questionable due to injury prior to the game, but he steps up and only adds to his Heisman resume, throwing for 305 yards and four touchdowns in less than three quarters of action as the Aggies recover from last week's loss to Auburn.
#20 Louisville 34, USF 3: Teddy Bridgewater has a near-flawless performance, connecting on 25-of-27 passes for 344 yards and three scores as the Cardinals return to the win column with a blowout of USF.

CRITICAL COMEBACK

#7 Miami 24, Wake Forest 21: Duke Johnson (30 carries, 168 yards) runs for two fourth-quarter touchdowns, the final one with 53 seconds to go, as the Hurricanes remain perfect with their second straight tight victory to set up Saturday's ACC showdown with fellow undefeated Sunshine Stater Florida State.
#21 South Carolina 27, #5 Missouri 24 (OT): Trailing by 17 points in the third quarter, Gamecock coach Steve Spurrier turns to injured quarterback Connor Shaw (201 yards, 3 TDs), who engineers a thrilling comeback, leading South Carolina to scores on its final five possessions as it clinches the win when the Tigers' game-tying field goal try in the second overtime clanked off the post.

NO TALKING SMACK

Duke 13, #14 Virginia Tech 10: The Hokies were quietly climbing in the national rankings with six straight wins after a season-opening loss to Alabama, but Logan Thomas gets intercepted four times as the Blue Devils stun Virginia Tech to all but ensure the first back-to-back bowl bids in school history.
#17 Fresno State 35, San Diego State 28 (OT): The Bulldogs remain undefeated, but it's nothing to brag about as they give up a 14-point fourth-quarter lead and need to block a last-second field goal to go to overtime to defeat the 3-4 Aztecs.
Minnesota 34, #24 Nebraska 23: The Cornhuskers are knocked out of the national rankings as Gopher quarterback Philip Nelson runs for two scores and passes for another as Minnesota beats Nebraska for the first time since 1960, snapping a 16-game losing streak against the now-Big Ten foe.

OFFENSIVE ATTACK

#8 Baylor 59, Kansas 14: The high-octane Bears continue to pile up points as Bryce Petty throws for 430 yards and three touchdowns while Lache Seastrunk runs for 109 yards and a score as Baylor wins it's school-record 11th straight game.
#18 Northern Illinois 59, Eastern Michigan 20: The Huskies register a season-high in points while winning their 21st straight MAC game as Jordan Lynch passes for 223 yards and four touchdowns, runs for 99 yards and a score, and adds a receiving touchdown in less than three quarters of action.
#19 Oklahoma State 58, Iowa State 27: Desmond Roland runs for a career-high 219 yards and four touchdowns as the Cowboys roll over the struggling Cyclones.
#23 UCF 62, Connecticut 17: Quarterback Blake Bortles and UCF continue to establish themselves on the national scene as he throws for four touchdowns and runs for another as the Golden Knights score on their first nine possessions.

LIGHTWEIGHT SNACK

#11 Auburn 45, Florida Atlantic 10: Despite losing quarterback Nick Marshall to a shoulder injury, the Tigers don't miss a beat as backup Jeremy Johnson throws two long touchdown passes, including a 36-yarder on his first snap as Auburn avoids any letdown after last week's big win over Texas A&M.
#13 LSU 48, Furman 16: The Tigers pile up nearly 700 yards of offense as Odell Beckham caught six passes for 204 yards in a Homecoming rout of the overmatched Palladins.


UPDATED BOWL PREDICTIONS

Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 2, 2014
CBS Sports (Jerry Palm): South Carolina vs. Wisconsin (replaces Missouri vs. UCF)
ESPN.com (Mark Schlabach): Auburn vs. UCF (replaces Missouri vs. Stanford)
ESPN.com (Brad Edwards): Auburn vs. Clemson (no change)
College Football News: Missouri vs. Clemson (Clemson replaces UCLA)
SI.com (Stewart Mandel): Auburn vs. UCF (Auburn replaces Missouri)
Orlando Sentinel (Matt Murschel): Auburn vs. Clemson (replaces Missouri vs. Northern Illinois)
Bleacher Report: Auburn vs. UCF (replaces Missouri vs. UCF)
SB Nation (Jason Kirk): Texas A&M vs. UCF (Texas A&M replaces Missouri)
USA Today (Erick Smith): South Carolina vs. UCF (no changes)
Sporting News (Bill Bender): South Carolina vs. Stanford (South Carolina replaces Missouri)
NFL.com (Mike Huguenin): Auburn vs. UCF (no change)
Athlon Sports: Texas A&M vs. UCF (replaces Missouri vs. Clemson) 
Phil Steele: Auburn vs. Wisconsin (Auburn replaces Missouri)




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:

Blake Bortles, UCF
(20-of-24, 286 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs, QBR: 98.3)
Bortles, who also rushes for a score, turns in an outstanding performance in just over one half of action as he leads the Golden Knights to a 62-17 blowout of Connecticut.

David Fales, San Jose State
(27-of-37, 482 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INTs, QBR: 87.4)
Fales, who piles up huge passing stats, waits for the perfect time for his first rushing touchdown of the season, scoring with eight seconds to go to lift the Spartans to 51-44 Mountain West win over Wyoming.

Garrett Gilbert, SMU
(37-of-53, 538 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs, QBR: 94.4)
Gilbert, who adds 97 rushing yards with two touchdowns, sets a school record with his passing yards and total offense (7th best in FBS history) while helping the Mustangs erase a 21-point deficit in a 59-49 win over Temple.

Taysom Hill, BYU
(27-of-41, 339 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs, QBR: 86.1)
Hill, an under-the-radar sophomore star, turns in another impressive performance as he adds 69 rushing yards and a touchdown in a 37-20 win over Boise State - the Cougars first-ever win over the Broncos.

Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
(16-of-20, 223 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs, QBR: 91.8)
Lynch continues to prove himself to be one of the top players in the country as he adds 99 rushing yards and two scores while also catching a touchdown pass in a 59-20 victory over Eastern Michigan.

Braxton Miller, Ohio State
(18-of-24, 252 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs, QBR: 87.5)
Miller, who rushes for 68 yards and two scores in less than three quarters of play, leads the Buckeyes to their most impressive effort of the year as they trounce Penn State, 63-14, the Lions' worst loss since 1899.

John O'Korn, Houston
(24-of-30, 364 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INTs, QBR: 87.5)
O'Korn, a true freshman standout, tallies career-highs in touchdowns and passing yards as he leads the Cougars to an impressive American Athletic Conference rout of Rutgers, 49-14.

Connor Shaw, South Carolina
(20-of-29, 201 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs, QBR 62.8)
With South Carolina down 17-0 in the third quarter, Shaw shrugs off a sprained knee and enters the game for the first time, leading the Gamecocks to scores on their final five possessions as they shock previously-undefeated and fifth-ranked Missouri, 27-24, in two overtimes.



Top Upcoming Games

(current BCS rankings, all times Central)

#21 Michigan at #22 Michigan State (2:30 p.m., ABC): Already a major rivalry, this game takes on additional BCS significance as the Spartans, winners of four straight, have climbed into the national rankings.

Georgia vs. Florida (2:30 p.m., CBS): The longtime rivalry between the Bulldogs and the Gators resumes in Jacksonville and even though neither team is ranked, both injury-riddled squads are hungry for a key SEC victory.

#11 Auburn at Arkansas (5 p.m., ESPN2): Auburn continues its quest to break into the Top-10 as it goes on the road to battle the Razorbacks.

#18 Oklahoma State at #15 Texas Tech (6 p.m., FOX): The Red Raiders, despite being undefeated and ranked No. 10, were still not being given much respect; and after their loss to Oklahoma on Saturday, they need a win over a strong Cowboy squad to establish legitimacy.

Tennessee at #9 Missouri (6 p.m., ESPN): After their heart-breaking loss this past weekend, the Tigers look to recover when they host Tennessee in another key SEC East contest.

#7 Miami at #3 Florida State (7 p.m., ABC): Another huge ACC showdown as the undefeated leaders of the Atlantic and Coastal Divisions meet in Tallahassee in a possible preview of the league championship game.

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 Missouri's heart-breaking loss to South Carolina which knocked the Tigers from the ranks of the undefeateds and this surprising fake punt by Oregon from deep it its own territory.

 













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