College Football Recap – Oct. 10 park
COLLEGE FOOTBALL RECAP – 10/10/11
#2 Alabama 34, Vanderbilt 0: A.J. McCarron has his best game of the year, throwing for 237 yards and four touchdowns to jumpstart a lackluster offense while the Crimson Tide defense allows just 190 yards in posting its second shutout of the year.
#10 Arkansas 38, #15 Auburn 14: Trailing 14-7 after one quarter, quarterback Tyler Wilson leads the Razorbacks to 31 unanswered points, completing 19 straight passes at one point, while Arkansas' defense holds the Tigers to just 227 yards after the first quarter.
Georgia 20, Tennessee 12: The Bulldog defense continues to play well, holding the Volunteers to just one touchdown, as Georgia improves to 4-2 and remains tied for first in the SEC East – a tough blow for Tennessee though, which loses standout quarterback Tyler Bray to a broken thumb.
#24 Texas A&M 45, Texas Tech 40: This finish was fantastic for Aggie fans who had seen their team give up double-figure leads in each of the last two games with weak second halves; this time A&M returns a blocked field goal for a touchdown and gets a passing score from Ryan Tannehill to send the Red Raiders to their first defeat of the year.
#19 Illinois 41, Indiana 20: Some wondered if Ron Zook would keep his job through the year; all the Illinois head coach has done is guide the Illini to a 6-0 start as quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase has another outstanding game, throwing for three touchdowns and running for another.
#20 Kansas State 24, Missouri 17: Missouri was considered a possible Big 12 contender in the preseason, but it is veteran coach Bill Snyder who leads the Wildcats to a very surprising 5-0 start, topping the Tigers behind 125 rushing yards from John Hubert and three rushing scores from quarterback Collin Klein.
#5 Boise State 57, Fresno State 7: While Kellen Moore remains sensational (23-of-31, 254 yards, 3 TDs), the Bronco defense may be the real story in Boise as it forces four turnovers and doesn't allow Fresno State to cross midfield until the score was 30-0.
#22 Arizona State 35, Utah 14: Utah starts solid and looks good, but key penalties and five turnovers let the Sun Devils pull away in the second half as Brock Osweiler throws for 307 yards and three touchdowns.
Wake Forest 35, #23 Florida State 30: The Seminoles continue their slump, dropping their third straight game, this time turning the ball over five times to let Wake Forest win its fourth game in a row.
YOU SHALL NOT PASS!
#14 Nebraska 34, Ohio State 27: Trailing by 21 in the second half, Taylor Martinez leads the Cornhuskers to their largest comeback in history, while the Nebraska defense holds the Buckeye passing game to just 6-of-18 completions and 108 yards.
#18 South Carolina 54, Kentucky 3: The Gamecock defense holds Kentucky to just four completions and 16 passing yards while Steve Spurrier's decision to change quarterbacks is validated as Conor Shaw completes 26-of-39 passes for 311 yards and four touchdowns in a blowout of Kentucky.
#6 Oklahoma State 70, Kansas 28: Quarterback Brandon Weeden only needed a half to decimate the Jayhawks, throwing for five touchdown passes as the Cowboys build a 56-7 halftime advantage, then force four turnovers to keep Kansas out of the picture.
#9 Oregon 43, California 15: The Ducks trailed 15-14 at the half, but LaMichael James shows why he's a Heisman favorite, tallying four runs of 30? yards and finishing with 239 rushing yards before leaving the game with a scary elbow injury – though his own diagnosis says he'll be back.
#12 Michigan 42, Northwestern 24: The Wolverines trail 24-14 at the half, then Denard Robinson goes wild, throwing for 337 yards and two touchdowns and running for another 117 yards and two scores.
#16 West Virginia 43, Connecticut 16: Geno Smith, who threw for a career-high 463 yards against the outstanding LSU defense, does it again, but this time his 450 yards and four touchdowns is plenty for the Mountaineers to win big.
#25 Baylor 49, Iowa State 26: Robert Griffin, III, has his lowest passing output of the year with just 212 yards and one touchdown, but he makes up for it with his feet, running for a season-best 107 yards and another touchdown in a road blowout of the Cyclones.
VOTE FOR MANNING STARS
Austin Davis, Southern Miss
Zac Dysert, Miami (Ohio)
Landry Jones, Oklahoma
Andrew Luck, Stanford
Connor Shaw, South Carolina
Geno Smith, West Virginia
Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech
Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State
#15 South Carolina at Mississippi State: The Gamecocks had their best quarterback performance of the year with Connor Shaw taking over the reins; now they get to see if they can make it two in a row against a solid Bulldog defense.
Florida at #24 Auburn: Both teams are reeling a bit after suffering somewhat lopsided losses, but Florida still looks to claw its way back into the SEC East race, while Auburn hopes to get back to its winning ways.
#20 Baylor at #21 Texas A&M: Robert Griffin, III, has Baylor poised for one of its greatest seasons in history, while Texas A&M looks to spoil the fun for its state rival and remain in the Top-25.
#18 Arizona State at #9 Oregon: The Sun Devils have had a great start, posting a 5-1 record and holding first in the Pac-12 South, while Oregon is tied for the top spot in the Pac-12 North. The Ducks may be without star running back LaMichael James, who suffered an elbow injury.
#11 Michigan at #23 Michigan State: Always a great rivalry game, the season started with Michigan State talking of Big Ten titles and Michigan still in rebuilding mode. Instead, a loss to Notre Dame sent the Spartans out of the rankings (until this week) and a perfect start has vaulted the Wolverines to No. 11.
#1 LSU at Tennessee: The Tigers looked very impressive in rolling over Florida without its starting quarterback; now they get to try again, but this time on the road, as Tennessee lost its standout QB Tyler Bray to a broken thumb.
#19 Virginia Tech at Wake Forest: The Hokies remain one of the top teams in the ACC, but Wake Forest has quietly opened the year with three straight league wins and will show itself to be a top contender in the league with a home victory over Tech.
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 3, 2012
Allstate BCS National Championship, January 9, 2012
YOUTUBE PICK OF THE WEEK