College Football Recap, October 23



College Football Recap, October 23

Here’s a brief look at the latest rankings, recaps and previews of top games and bowl projections, as well as the eight Manning Award Stars of the Week. This year’s Allstate Sugar Bowl will double as a College Football Playoff Semifinal and will be played on January 1, 2018.

Top 25 Recaps


No. 1 Alabama 45, Tennessee 7: For the seventh time in eight games, the Crimson Tide won by 17 or more points as the nation’s top defense (236.0 yards allowed per game) holds the Volunteers to just 108 total yards and 1-of-12 on third downs while Bo Scarborough scores on two short touchdowns and Jalen Hurts throws for 198 yards and another score.


No. 2 Penn State 42, No. 19 Michigan 13: The Nittany Lions use 28 unanswered points to close the game and avenge last year’s blowout loss to Michigan as they rush for five touchdowns (three by Trace McSorley and two from Saquon Barkley).

No. 5 Wisconsin 38, Maryland 13: Alex Hornibrook passed for two touchdowns and Jonathan Taylor ran for 126 yards and a touchdown as he matched the major college football record for the fewest games by a freshman to reach 1,000 yards (seven). 

No. 9 Oklahoma 42, Kansas State 35: While Baker Mayfield had another brilliant performance with 410 yards and two touchdowns, it was running back Rodney Anderson, who had missed two full seasons with injuries, who stole the show. The sophomore, making his first career start, ran 19 times for 147 yards, including a 22-yard burst around the corner for the game-winning score with seven seconds remaining.

No. 15 Washington State 28, Colorado 0: The Cougars, known for their potent passing game, still get three scores through the air from quarterback Luke Falk, but in challenging weather conditions, they also get 194 rushing yards to dominate time of possession (33:02-26:58) while recording their second shutout of the season.

No. 21 Auburn 52, Arkansas 20: Kamryn Pettway, who has battled injuries all season, records a 90-yard, three-TD performance to pace the Tigers to 345 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns as Auburn becomes the fourth straight SEC opponent to crack 40 points against the Razorbacks.

No. 24 LSU 40, Ole Miss 24: Derrius Guice ran for a season-high 276 yards and a touchdown, Danny Etling threw for 200 yards and two scores and the Tiger defense held the Rebels to just 194 passing yards (Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson, the SEC’s leader in passing yards, suffered a knee injury in the second quarter; while he did return to the game, it was discovered post-game that he tore a ligament and will miss the remainder of the season).


No. 4 TCU 43, Kansas 0: Kenny Hill matched his career-high with five touchdown passes, KaVontae Turpin scored on a 90-yard punt return and the Horned Frog defense held the Jayhawks to 21 total yards – the least yards by any FBS team since at least 2000 according to ESPN.

No 14 Virginia Tech 59, North Carolina 7: Josh Jackson threw three touchdown passes and the Hokies added scores on fumble, interception and punt returns while allowing the Tar Heels to cross the 50-yard line just three times.


No. 8 Miami 27, Syracuse 19: Malik Rosier threw for 344 yards and two touchdowns and Travis Homer scored on a 33-yard dash with 2:48 to go to clinch a victory over the Orange, who threw four interceptions in the game. 

No. 10 Oklahoma State 13, Texas 10: After Matt Ammendola booted a 34-yard field goal in overtime, Ramon Richards intercepted an ill-advised pass from Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger as the Cowboys escape with victory despite their high-powered offense being limited to just 428 yards. 

No. 13 Notre Dame 49, No. 11 USC 14: Brandon Wimbush passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more, Josh Adams ran for three scores and the Fighting Irish forced three Trojan turnovers as they picked up their first victory over a ranked USC squad since 1995. 

No. 20 UCF 31, Navy 21: After coming into the game averaging 50.6 points with a winning margin of 33.8 points, the Knights prevailed in a hard-fought battle as McKenzie Milton threw for 233 yards and Adrian Killins ran for 122 yards and two scores while the defense forced three Navy turnovers as UCF goes to 6-0 for the first time in program history.

No. 25 Memphis 42, Houston 38: Riley Ferguson threw for 471 yards and a 21-yard touchdown with 1:28 to go and then T.J. Carter made two critical plays for the Tigers – he forced a Houston fumble with 59 seconds to go and then snagged an interception with 24 seconds to go to ice the victory.


No. 16 USF 34, Tulane 28: The Bulls jumped out to a 34-7 lead midway through the second half as Quinton Flowers (127 passing yards, 138 rushing yards, 3 total TDs) keyed the Bulls to a modern-record 24th straight 30-point game, but the Green Wave didn’t go down easily as it added three answered touchdowns to pull within six with 2:45 to go, but it couldn’t recover an on-sides kick and USF ran out the clock. 

No. 18 Michigan State 17, Indiana 9: An L.J. Scott 18-yard touchdown run gave the Spartans an eight-point advantage with 1:49 remaining and the Michigan State defense continued its stout performance by forcing a three-and-out to clinch the victory. 

No. 23 West Virginia 38, Baylor 36: Will Grier continued to impress, throwing for 375 yards and five touchdowns, however, the Mountaineers were shut out in the fourth quarter as Baylor rallied with 23 unanswered points, but time ran out on its spirited comeback attempt.

Allstate Sugar Bowl Projections:

ESPN (Kyle Bonagura): Alabama vs. Clemson (no change)

ESPN (David Hale): Alabama vs. Clemson (no change)

CBS Sports (Jerry Palm): Alabama vs. Clemson (no change)

SB Nation (Jason Kirk): Alabama vs. Clemson (no change)

The All-American (Stewart Mandel): Alabama vs. Clemson (no change)

College Football News (Pete Fiutak): Alabama vs. Clemson (no change)

Sporting News (Bill Bender): Alabama vs. Clemson (no change)

Sports Illustrated (Eric Single): Alabama vs. Miami (Miami replaces TCU)

USA Today (Erick Smith): Alabama vs. TCU (no change)

The Score (Brett McMurphy): Alabama vs. Ohio State (Ohio State replaces Clemson)

Random Stats of the Week

1 – The national ranking of Michigan’s defense (225.5 yards of total offense allowed per game) prior to the Penn State game on Saturday. The Nittany Lions piled up 506 yards in their victory.

1 – The national ranking of Ohio State’s offense (47.3 points per game entering this Saturday’s game against Penn State. The Buckeyes have scored over 53 points in each of their last four games. The most points allowed by the Nittany Lions this year is 19 in their win over Iowa – they lead the nation allowing just 9.6 points per game.

11 – Successful fourth-down conversions for Alabama this year, on 11 attempts. The Crimson Tide scored its first two touchdowns against Tennessee on fourth-down leaps by Bo Scarborough.

18-1 – Oklahoma’s record in the game after its Red River Rivalry showdown with Texas since 1999. The one loss came to Kansas State, but the Sooners held on this year for the win.

32.5 – Percent of Notre Dame’s points this year which have come after opponent turnovers. The Fighting Irish have forced 17 turnovers this year (eighth in the nation) and they have scored 13 touchdowns and one field goal from those turnovers.

2-4 – Record for Florida State after Saturday’s last-second loss to Louisville. The Seminoles hadn’t lost four games in a full season since 2011 and with a challenging schedule remaining, they are at risk of missing a bowl for the first time since 1982.

7 – Number of games it took Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor to reach 1,000 rushing yards. He tied the major college record shared by five other backs for fewest games by a freshman to reach 1,000 yards. The others to accomplish the feat are Emmitt Smith (Florida), Marshall Faulk (San Diego State), Adrian Peterson (Oklahoma), Jamario Thomas (North Texas) and P.J. Hill (Wisconsin).

5 – Wins for Fresno State this year as it improved to 5-2 with an upset of San Diego State on Saturday. The Bulldogs won four games total in 2015 and 2016 and their only two losses this year, under first-year head coach Jeff Tedford, came to No. 1 Alabama and No. 12 Washington.

17 – Receptions for SMU’s Trey Quinn. He finished with 186 yards in the Mustangs’ overtime win against Cincinnati. It is the third straight game that the junior had 15 or more receptions (he tallied 15 against UConn and 17 against Houston). Quinn started his career at LSU, tallying 17 catches as a true freshman. In high school, at Lake Charles’ Barbe High School, the 6-0, 202-pounder set the national career record for receiving yards with 6,566.

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. Below are our selections for the top eight quarterback performances of the past week. Click here to be redirected to Facebook for voting.

Anthony Brown, Boston College (19-of-24, 275 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 98.8)
Brown tallies career-bests in passing yards and touchdowns as he leads the Eagles to a 41-10 victory over ACC rival Virginia, which came in with a 5-1 record.

Jason Driskel, Florida Atlantic (24-of-35, 357 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 93.2)
Driskel, who also runs for a score, tallies career-highs in passing yards and touchdowns as he leads the Owls to scores on their first 11 drives and a C-USA record 804 yards as they roll over North Texas, 69-31.

Lamar Jackson, Louisville (13-of-21, 156 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, QBR: 93.0)
Jackson adds 178 yards and a touchdown on the ground and he sets up a game-winning field goal in a 31-28 ACC road win over Florida State.

Drew Lock, Missouri (23-of-33, 467 yards, 6 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 96.3)
Lock leads the Tigers to five first-quarter touchdowns and a total of 658 yards as Mizzou rolls over Idaho, 68-21.

Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma (32-of-41, 410 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 94.6)
Mayfield, who also runs for a pair of touchdowns, helps the Sooners overcome a 21-10 halftime deficit to upend Kansas State in an 42-35 thriller on the road in Big 12 action.

Trace McSorley, Penn State (17-of-26, 282 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, QBR: 92.9)
McSorley, who also rushes for 76 yards and a career-high three touchdowns, helps the Nittany Lions pile up 506 yards against one of the nation’s top defenses in a 42-13 win over No. 18 Michigan.

Brandon Wimbush, Notre Dame (9-of-19, 120 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 88.2)
Wimbush also runs for 106 yards and two touchdowns as the Fighting Irish roll to a 49-14 win over No. 11 USC.

Logan Woodside, Toledo (17-of-24, 304 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 89.2)
Woodside tallies his fourth career five-TD game as he leads the Rockets to a 48-21 MAC victory over Akron.


Top Upcoming Games

(Rankings are this week’s AP Rankings; All Times Central, please check local listings)

No. 11 Oklahoma State at No. 22 West Virginia (11 a.m., ESPN): The Cowboys will need to get their offense clicking after being held to 10 points in regulation by Texas – West Virginia comes into Saturday ranked fourth in the country with 43.3 points per game (of course, Oklahoma State is still ranked third with 43.7 points per game).

No. 8 Miami at North Carolina (11 a.m., ESPN2): The undefeated Hurricanes have been living on the edge, winning their last three ACC games by a total of 13 points, and they can’t afford a letdown against the 1-7 Tar Heels heading into the Nov. 4 showdown with No. 13 Virginia Tech.

No. 2 Penn State at No. 6 Ohio State (2:30 p.m., FOX): The Nittany Lions are coming off one of their more impressive performances in recent years, but while Penn State was dismantling Michigan and its top-ranked defense, Ohio State, which is the nation’s top-scoring offense, was game-planning during their bye week.

No. 3 Georgia vs. Florida (2:30 p.m., CBS): The Bulldogs look to continue their perfect season against the unranked Gators; however, despite not being ranked, two of Florida’s three losses have been by a total of three points and they currently own a three-game winning streak against Georgia in Jacksonville.

No. 4 TCU at No. 25 Iowa State (2:30 p.m., ABC): The Horned Frogs, coming off a 6-7 season in 2016, have made an impressive rise from unranked in the preseason to the all-important top-four. The only team more surprising thus far in the Big 12 has been the 5-2 Cyclones, who cracked the top-25 this week for the first time since September of 2005.

No. 14 N.C. State at No. 9 Notre Dame (2:30 p.m., NBC): The Wolfpack has managed to stay under-the-radar despite the fact they are currently leading the ACC Atlantic Division (4-0 in league play). While a win over the Fighting Irish will eliminate any chance of remaining under-the-radar, Notre Dame has dominated its last five opponents, winning by an average margin of 28.4 points.

Houston at No. 17 USF (2:45 p.m., ESPNU): One of the key games in the Group of Five this weekend features the Bulls, looking to extend their school-best 7-0 start to the season, against the Cougars, who are looking to get back on track after losing two straight games.

Georgia Tech at No. 7 Clemson (7 p.m., ABC/ESPN2): Despite their loss to Syracuse, the Tigers still have a very strong résumé. However, the Yellow Jackets triple-option attack can be quite a challenge and Clemson has a big question mark at quarterback as Kelly Bryant has battled an ankle injury and a concussion in recent weeks.

Texas Tech at No. 10 Oklahoma (7 p.m., ABC): While all four of the Sooners’ Big 12 games have been decided by one score, the Red Raiders have limped to three losses in their last four games – though all three losses came to teams currently ranked in the top-25.