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College Football Recap - Oct. 24

Monday, October 26, 2009

Here's a brief look at the highlights of the eighth week of the college football season. There were few upsets as just three Top-25 teams suffered defeats, including No. 16 BYU losing to No. 8 TCU. There were a handful of close calls, however, and Alabama's struggle to top Tennessee caused the AP voters to drop the Crimson Tide from No. 1 to No. 2, slipping behind Florida, who had been No. 1 until last week.  The rankings used in this recap are from the BCS Standings from Oct. 18.

Upsets!Clemson 40, No. 10 Miami 37 (OT): The lone top-15 team to fall on Saturday, Hurricanes upended by impressive outing from Clemson freshman QB Kyle Parker in a game that featured 12 lead changes.
Oklahoma 35, No. 25 Kansas 13: It might be a stretch to call this an upset as Oklahoma is still a power - its three losses have come by a total of five points and all were against ranked teams.

Great EscapesNo. 2 Alabama 12, Tennessee 10: Bama's Terrence Cody blocks two field goals, including the potential game-winner as time ran out.
No. 6 Iowa 15, Michigan State 13: Ricky Stanzi's touchdown pass on the final play of the game gives Hawkeye's another miracle win.

Holding OnNo. 1 Florida 29, Mississippi State 19: A pair of Tebow throws are intercepted and returned for TDs but Gators remain perfect.
No. 7 USC 42, Oregon State 36: Trojans give up 482 yards but still hold on for the victory.
No. 18 Utah 23, Air Force 16 (OT): Utes stop Air Force's option in overtime to pull out another victory.
No. 23 West Virginia 28, Connecticut 24: late interception seals comeback victory for Mountaineers.
No. 24 South Carolina 14, Vanderbilt 10: Spurrier and company have more trouble than expected with Commodores, but still emerge with win.

BlowoutsNo. 3 Texas 41, Missouri 7: Most complete game of the year for Longhorns, who dominate two-time Big 12 North defending champs on the road.
No. 4 Boise State 54, Hawaii 9: No surprises for Broncos who continue to win as expected.
No. 5 Cincinnati 41, Louisville 10: Bearcats remain undefeated with impressive starting debut for backup QB Zach Collaros.
No. 8 TCU 38, No. 16 BYU 7: Expected to be toughest remaining game for TCU - nobody told the Frogs.
No. 9 LSU 31, Auburn 10: Dominant performance as LSU is up 24-0 before Auburn gets on the board.
No. 11 Oregon 43, Washington 19: Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli returns for the Ducks, who then smash Washington.
No. 12 Georgia Tech 34, Virginia 9: Some thought Virginia may give tech a scare; but Cavaliers manage just three field goals.
No. 13 Penn State 35, Michigan 10: Daryll Clark throws four touchdown passes as Lions get first win in Big House since 1996.
No. 15 Oklahoma State 34, Baylor 7: Cowboys have now won five in a row and Baylor still reeling since loss of quarterback Robert Griffin.
No. 17 Houston 38, SMU 15: Nation's leading offense puts up 38 more points in another blowout win.
No. 19 Ohio State 38, Minnesota 7: Terrelle Pryor answers critics with 239 passing yards and 104 rushing yards.
No. 20 Pittsburgh 41, South Florida 14: Panthers and Cincinnati could meet for Big East title on final day of the season.
No. 22 Arizona 27, UCLA 13: Wildcats turn it over five times and still win handily.

Joining the BCS StandingsNo. 23 Notre Dame: Fighting Irish win another thriller, snapping six-game losing streak to Boston College.
No. 24 California: Golden Bears run and pass all over Washington State to move to No. 24.
No. 25 Ole Miss:
Rebels and speedy Dexter McClusker are back on the move following solid victory over Arkansas.

This Week's Key Games (with new BCS rankings)Georgia at No. 1 Florida: Bulldogs not at best this season, but battle in Jacksonville is no cocktail party for teams.
No. 3 Texas at No. 14 Oklahoma State: Could be the last big test for Longhorns who have sights set on Big 12 title game.
No. 5 USC at No. 10 Oregon: A long way to go, but this game could decide the Pac-10 championship.
No. 25 Ole Miss at Auburn: Rebels made it back into AP rankings, have chance to prove themselves against Auburn.
No. 22 South Carolina at Tennessee: Gamecocks will have to be ready against stout Volunteer defense.
No. 21 West Virginia at South Florida: Pitt and Cincinnati getting most of the attention in Big East, but West Virginia is 6-1 overall.

Manning Award Stars of the WeekFrom the players selected to the preseason Watch List for the Manning Award, here are some of the standout stars from week eight:
Daryll Clark, Penn State (16-of-27, 230 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT)
Nittany Lions' offense matches defense in 35-10 win over Michigan.

Colin Kaepernick, Nevada (13-of-21, 178 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT)
Adds 230 rushing yards and four touchdowns in 70-45 blowout of previously 6-1 Idaho.

Ryan Lindley, San Diego State (29-of-43, 459 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INT)
Huge day for sophomore in 42-28 win over Colorado State.

Colt McCoy, Texas (26-of-31, 269 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT)
McCoy completes his first 11 passes to get Texas started in blowout victory of Missouri.

Christian Ponder, Florida State (33-of-40, 395 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
Ponder brings much-needed positive news to Tallahassee after leading thrilling comeback over North Carolina.

Zac Robinson, Oklahoma State (23-of-27, 250 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
With star receiver suspended and star running back injured, Robinson keeps Cowboys rolling.

Manning Award Players to WatchWhile the final additions have been made to the Manning Award Watch, all quarterbacks remain eligible to win the award. Here's a look at eighth-week numbers from quarterbacks who are not on the Watch List:
Zach Collaros, Cincinnati (15-of-17, 253 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
Making his first career start (for injured Tony Pike), Collaros is nearly perfect in 31-10 win over Louisville.

Dwight Dasher, Middle Tennessee State (22-of-35, 355 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
Huge numbers for Dasher in 62-24 blowout of Western Kentucky.

Kyle Parker, Clemson (25-of-37, 326 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT)
Clemson freshman leads Tigers to overtime upset of No. 10 Miami.

Updated Allstate Sugar Bowl ProjectionsCBS Sports: Alabama vs. Cincinnati
ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach: Florida vs. Cincinnati
ESPN.com's Bruce Feldman: Alabama vs. Cincinnati
SI.com's Stewart Mandel: Florida vs. TCU
The Sporting News' Matt Hayes: Alabama vs. TCU
Rivals.com:
Boise State vs. Florida
Times-Picayune:
Alabama vs. Penn State











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