College Football Recap, October 14 park
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 standings entering the games.
ROLLING AGAINST RANKED
#3 Mississippi State 38, #2 Auburn 23: The Bulldogs and Dak Prescott turn in another sensational performance as the star quarterback has 367 total yards and three touchdowns while the defense forces four turnovers as Mississippi State becomes the first team since 1983 (and fifth overall) to win three straight games against Top-10 teams.
#3 Ole Miss 35, #14 Texas A&M 20: The Rebel defense continues to shine as it shuts out the Aggies in the first half – the first time a Kevin Sumlin-led team has been held scoreless at halftime – while Bo Wallace passes for 178 yards and a touchdown and runs for two more scores with no turnovers in an impressive road victory.
#5 Baylor 61, #9 TCU 58: The Bears stun the Horned Frogs by scoring 24 unanswered points to close the game as Bryce Petty throws for a career-high 510 yards and six touchdowns and kicker Chris Callahan, who was one-of-six on field goals entering the game, boots a 28-yarder to clinch the win on the final play of the game.
#12 Oregon 42, #18 UCLA 30: After suffering their first loss of the year last week, the Ducks and star quarterback Marcus Mariota (285 total yards, four touchdowns) rebound in a big way jumping to a 42-10 advantage before allowing three late touchdowns.
#13 Georgia 34, #23 Missouri 0: The Bulldogs overcome the suspension of star running back Todd Gurley in impressive fashion as they get 143 yards from backup running back Chubb while the defense registers its first shutout of a ranked team since 1982, forcing five turnovers and holding the Tigers to just 137 total yards.
PLAYING FOR PERFECTION
#1 Florida State 38, Syracuse 20: Jameis Winston continues to excel regardless of the circumstances as he collects his fifth 300-yard passing game on the road, despite more issues regarding a sexual assault allegation, finding tight end Nick O'Leary, the grandson of Jack Nicklaus, for a career-high eight receptions and 97 yards.
#6 Notre Dame 50, North Carolina 43: The Fighting Irish remain undefeated, one of six perfect records remaining, as they hold off the Tar Heels in the highest-scoring game in the 84-year history of Notre Dame Stadium behind a 300-yard passing game from Everett Golson, which offsets three more turnovers by the junior quarterback – he now has nine turnovers in the past three games.
FALLING FOR THE FIRST TIME
USC 28, #10 Arizona 26: The Wildcats suffer their first loss of the season as Javorius Allen rushes for 205 yards and three touchdowns to put the Trojans comfortably in charge, but Arizona's Jared Baker catches a 41-yard TD pass and runs in another score from one-yard out to close the gap – the comeback is thwarted when the Wildcat kicker goes wide-right on 36-yard field-goal attempt on the final play of the game.
Duke 31, #22 Georgia Tech 25: Not only do the Yellow Jackets lose their perfect record for the season, they also suffer their first loss to the Blue Devils in 10 years as Duke takes advantage of three second-half turnovers to remain on track to defend its ACC Coastal Division title.
DODGING THE DEFEAT
#7 Alabama 14, Arkansas 13: The Crimson Tide fumbled four times on special teams and had two turnovers, but Blake Sims threw a pair of touchdown passes and Landon Collins snared an interception late in the fourth quarter as the Tide sent the Razorbacks to their 15th straight SEC loss.
#11 Oklahoma 31, Texas 26: The Sooners struggle to get started on offense, but use a 91-yard kickoff return score from Alex Ross and a 43-yard interception return touchdown by Zack Sanchez to key a 17-13 halftime advantage before tallying two offensive TDs in the second half then holding off a late Longhorn rally to remain in the mix for the inaugural College Football Playoff.
#16 Oklahoma State 27, Kansas 20: The Jayhawks open the second half with a pair of field goals and a touchdown to knot their battle with the Cowboys at 20-20, but then they make the mistake of kicking the ball to speedster Tyreek Hill, who returned it 99 yards for the winning touchdown – his second straight week with a kick-return touchdown.
#19 East Carolina 28, USF 17: The Pirates score 21 unanswered points to close a comeback victory as Shane Carden completes 13-of-15 passes for 134 yards while leading scoring drives of 84, 86 and 79 yards on ECU's first three possessions of the second half.
CONTINUING IN CONFERENCE
#8 Michigan State 45, Purdue 31: Connor Cook throws for three touchdowns and Nick Hill runs for a pair of scores, but the improving Boilermakers have their upset hopes thwarted when Darien Harris picks off a pass and returns it 15 yards for a score with 1:22 to go in the contest.
#25 Stanford 34, Washington State 17: The Cardinal defense holds Cougar quarterback Connor Halliday to just 292 passing yards after he entered the game with over 3,000 yards passing in his first six games, while Stanford's Kevin Hogan tallies 284 yards and three touchdowns.
SUGAR BOWL SPOTLIGHT EVENT
In addition to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, the bowl is involved with nearly 50 other events throughout the year. Each week, we will spotlight one event in the weekly recap. This week's spotlight event is the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Bowling Invitational. This year's event will take place this weekend at the AMF All-Star Lanes in Kenner and the field features defending champion Stephen F. Austin, as well as defending NCAA champion Sam Houston State.
YOUTUBE CLIPS OF THE WEEK
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. This week's clips include another hurdling star as Morrisville State's Lemar Johnson hurdles a defender for a touchdown in a Division 3 game against Kean, as well as a sensational one-handed touchdown catch by Kentucky's Javess Blue.
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 1, 2015
Sporting News (Bill Bender): Oregon vs. Mississippi State (replaces Notre Dame vs. Auburn)
FoxSports.com (Stewart Mandel): Ole Miss vs. Oregon (replaces Auburn vs. Oklahoma)
ESPN.com (Brett McMurphy): Mississippi State vs. Notre Dame (replaces Auburn vs. Florida State)
ESPN.com (Mark Schlabach): Baylor vs. Mississippi State (Baylor replaces Florida State)
SB Nation (Jason Kirk): Florida State vs. Mississippi State (Mississippi State replaces Oklahoma)
Orlando Sentinel (Brant Parsons): Florida State vs. Michigan State (no change)
Phil Steele: Florida State vs. Oregon (Oregon replaces Michigan State)
Yahoo! Sports (Pat Forde): Mississippi State vs. Oregon
The official philanthropic initiative of the College Football Playoff is Extra Yard for Teachers. The program, supported through the College Football Playoff Foundation, honors and supports teachers nationally and in the communities that host the College Football Playoff National Championship and Playoff Semifinals. The Allstate Sugar Bowl will host one of the inaugural College Football Playoff Semifinals on Jan. 1, 2015 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Click here or the graphic above to make your contribution.
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 Quarterback 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 30 quarterbacks are on the Manning Award Watch List, every quarterback in the country remains eligible for the honor. Here's a look at some of this week's top quarterback performances (follow the Facebook link above to vote):
Reginald Bell Jr., Eastern Michigan (8-of-13, 144 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, QBR: 95.8)
Cody Clements, UAB (17-of-22, 316 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 87.0)
Fredi Knighten, Arkansas State (20-of-26, 215 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 85.2)
Marcus Mariota, Oregon (17-of-27, 210 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 93.2)
Tyler Murphy, Boston College (12-of-19, 101 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, QBR: 89.3)
Bryce Petty, Baylor (28-of-55, 510 yards, 6 TDs, 2 INT, QBR: 75.7)
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State (18-of-34, 246 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, QBR: 83.7)
Jameis Winston, Florida State (30-of-36, 317 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 91.2)
TOP UPCOMING GAMES
(Rankings are from current AP Poll, all times Central)
#4 Baylor at West Virginia (Sat., 11 a.m., Fox Sports 1): The high-octane Bears have climbed to No. 4 in the country after a thrilling comeback win against TCU; now they go on the road to face the Mountaineers, who are also capable of piling up the points.
#14 Kansas State at #11 Oklahoma (Sat., 11 a.m., ESPN): A pair of one-loss Big 12 teams square off knowing that a second loss will likely knock them out of the College Football Playoff picture – the Sooners lone loss was by four points on the road to TCU, while the Wildcats were upended by Auburn by six points.
Virginia at Duke (Sat., 11:30 a.m., ESPN3): Duke's win over Georgia Tech on Saturday put the Blue Devils back in the driver's seat to defend their ACC Coastal Division title, but the Cavaliers have been an interesting team this season – they currently have a 4-2 mark (losses to UCLA and BYU, who were both ranked at the time) and are 2-0 in league play.
#21 Texas A&M at #7 Alabama (Sat., 2:30 p.m., CBS): Every week, the SEC West seems to serve up tasty match-ups and this time the Crimson Tide looks to stop its turnover struggles (11 this year), while the Aggies hope to get back on track after losing two straight by a total of 32 points.
Rutgers at No. 13 Ohio State (Sat., 2:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN2): The Scarlet Knights have had a strong 5-1 start to their first season as members of the Big Ten, but their first conference road game comes in the very hostile environment of Columbus.
#10 Georgia at Arkansas (Sat., 3 p.m., SEC Network): The Bulldogs had a sensational defensive effort on Saturday, shutting down Missouri, but the Razorbacks bring a completely different offense – a power run game, and Georgia will be without the services of star running back Todd Gurley once again.
#15 Oklahoma State at #12 TCU (Sat., 3 p.m., Fox Sports 1): The Horned Frogs were ready to make another big jump in the rankings as they had No. 6 Baylor on the ropes, but 24 unanswered points sent TCU to its first loss of the year; now it needs to recover quickly as the potent Cowboys come to town looking to make their own jump in the standings.
#5 Notre Dame at #2 Florida State (Sat., 7 p.m., ABC): A showdown of undefeateds in Tallahassee will also mark the biggest challenge of the year for both teams as Notre Dame's top win came against Stanford on Oct. 4 and the Seminoles needed overtime to upend Clemson on Sept. 20.
Washington at #9 Oregon (Sat., 7 p.m., Fox Sports 1): While Oregon has collected headlines all season long, the Huskies have stayed more low-key with their only loss coming at the hands of Stanford – if they can take advantage of the Ducks' injuries on the offensive line and limit Marcus Mariota, they won't be under-the-radar any longer.
#23 Stanford at #17 Arizona State (Sat., 9:30 p.m., ESPN): This rematch of last year's Pac-12 Championship game, won by Stanford 38-14, will make the loser a long shot to defend its divisional title, while the winner remains in the mix; Sun Devil quarterback Taylor Kelly has missed the last two weeks with a foot injury, but he could return by Saturday.