College Football Recap – Nov. 7 park
COLLEGE FOOTBALL RECAP – 11/07/11
DON'T FORGET US
#3 Oklahoma State 52, #14 Kansas State 45: Brandon Weeden throws for a school-record 502 yards and four TDs, and Joseph Randle runs for the final, tie-breaking TD with 2:16 remaining as the Cowboys hold off a tough challenge by Collin Klein (231 passing yards, 144 rushing yards, 4 total TDs) and the Wildcats, who had three shots at the end zone before time expired.
SETTING UP THE NEXT BIG GAME
#8 Oregon 34, Washington 17: After starting slow, the Ducks pull away in the second half, taking advantage of three Husky turnovers and sacking quarterback Keith Price six times while LaMichael James (156 yards, TD) shows he is fully recovered from an elbow injury – just in time for Saturday's showdown with fourth-ranked Stanford.
#6 Oklahoma 41, Texas A&M 25: Entering the week second in the nation in passing yards and passing touchdowns, Landry Jones adds 255 yards and two more scores as the Sooners use a 28-point third quarter to blow open a tight game.
#13 Houston 56, UAB 13: The Cougars roll to victory, piling up 655 yards of offense while holding the Blazers to 269 yards, behind the efforts of quarterback Case Keenum, who throws for two touchdowns, runs for two more touchdowns and becomes the NCAA's all-time leader in passing yardage (17,212 yards).
IF YOU'RE NOT FIRST, YOU'RE LAST
#25 Southern Miss 48, East Carolina 28: In a key Conference USA showdown, the Golden Eagles tally two long interception return touchdowns as well as a punt return score and a touchdown on a blocked punt to remain in control of the East Division race – and to keep alive a potential C-USA title game against undefeated Houston, which could be the biggest game in league history.
Cincinnati 26, Pittsburgh 23: The Bearcats, not in the Top-25 of the BCS Standings, take advantage of key turnovers and score the final 13 points to come from behind to upend the Panthers and remain perfect in Big East play.
Iowa 24, #15 Michigan 16: Iowa comes in a perfect 5-0 at home and finishes at 6-0 as the Hawkeye defense stops Michigan three times on the three-yard line in the final seconds to post their third straight win over the Wolverines for the first time in history.
UCLA 29, #19 Arizona State 28: Derrick Coleman scores to put UCLA on top with 49 seconds to play and then the Sun Devils miss a 46-yard field goal as time expires to lift the Bruins into a tie for the Pac-12 South lead – just weeks after it appeared coach Rick Neuheisel's firing was imminent.
Louisville 38, #24 West Virginia 35: The Big East race tightens even further as the league's only ranked team takes a loss when Louisville uses a balanced attack behind freshman quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to offset Geno Smith's 411 passing yards.
#20 Wisconsin 62, Purdue 17: After back-to-back losses, the Badgers pull together to crush the Boilermakers behind a career-high 223 rushing yards from Montee Ball and another big game from Russell Wilson (15-of-20, 204 yards, 3 total TDs).
#21 Texas 52, Texas Tech 20: Freshman Joe Bergeron runs for 191 yards and three touchdowns as the Longhorns batter the Red Raiders on the ground to become bowl-eligible after missing the postseason last year for the first time since 1997.
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 what you think was the best effort each week of the college football season.
MANNING AWARD STARS OF THE WEEK
While 31 quarterbacks were on the preseason Manning Award Watch List, and an additional 10 signal-callers were added in the midseason, every quarterback in the country remains eligible for the Manning Award. Here's a look at the best performances of the tenth week of the football season:
Colby Cameron (Louisiana Tech)
Austin Dantin (Toledo)
Nick Fanuzzi (Rice)
Robert Griffin, III (Baylor)
Chandler Harnish (Northern Illinois)
Case Keenum (Houston)
Kriss Proctor (Navy)
Brandon Weeden (Oklahoma State)
TOP UPCOMING GAMES
(current BCS standings)
#10 Virginia Tech at #21 Georgia Tech (Thursday): A game which could decide the ACC Coastal Division title, two of the three ranked ACC teams meet in a Thursday showdown in Atlanta.
#11 Houston at Tulane (Thursday): The undefeated Houston Cougars come to New Orleans, giving local fans a great chance to see sensational quarterback Case Keenum as he continues his assault on the record books.
Florida at #13 South Carolina: The Gamecocks need a win to stay in the SEC East hunt, but Florida can give bitter rival Georgia a huge edge by upending the Gamecocks.
#20 Auburn at #15 Georgia: A win for the Bulldogs, coupled with a South Carolina loss, would clinch the SEC East title.
#3 Alabama at Mississippi State: There's no time for the Tide to feel sorry for itself after Saturday's loss as it goes on the road to face Mississippi State, which would like nothing more than a big-time win to likely spoil any chance Alabama has of a BCS bowl bid.
#7 Oregon at #4 Stanford: This game could decide the Pac-12 North Division; a loss by Stanford will likely knock it out of the BCS Championship picture.
TCU at #5 Boise State: Most see this as Boise State's last remaining hurdle for a perfect regular season, which would result in another BCS bid for the potent Broncos.
#19 Nebraska at #12 Penn State: The Cornhuskers were seen by many as the preseason favorites in the Big Ten, but Joe Paterno's Nittany Lion have quietly registered an 8-1 start, including a perfect 5-0 in league action.
West Virginia at #23 Cincinnati: With other Big East powers struggling, Cincinnati finds itself back in the running for the league title; a win in this game would put the Bearcast in the league's driver's seat, while a Mountaineer win keeps WVU on track for the title.
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 3, 2012
ESPN.com (Schlabach): Alabama vs. Boise State
ESPN.com (Edwards): Alabama vs. Stanford
CBSSports.com (Palm): Alabama vs. Boise State
College Football News: Alabama vs. Boise State
SI.com (Mandel): Alabama vs. Virginia Tech
Allstate BCS National Championship, January 9, 2012
YOUTUBE PICK OF THE WEEK
Each week, the Allstate Sugar Bowl will make its YouTube Pick of the Week, top highlights, impressive off-field performances and great games, such as this game winning field goal in OT by LSU's Drew Alleman to take down Alabama in a true defensive battle as the Tigers remain No. 1.