COLLEGE FOOTBALL RECAP – OCTOBER 23, 2012
Here's a brief look at the highlights of week eight of the college football season, a week which included very few surprises and some large victories for quite a few Top-25 teams. The rankings used in this recap are the BCS Rankings from prior to the games.
CHALLENGED BY THE UNRANKED
#5 Notre Dame 17, BYU 14: The Fighting Irish trailed at halftime, but kept the Cougars scoreless in the second half to pull off the win as RB Theo Riddick ran for a career-high 143 yards against a BYU defense ranked third against the rush.
#16 Louisville 27, South Florida 25: Teddy Bridgewater threw an 11-yard TD pass with 1:35 to give the Cardinals their best start since 2006 and to hold off a USF rally that included three B.J. Daniels TD passes to put the Bulls up, 25-21 with 3:09 left.
Toledo 29, #21 Cincinnati 23: Cincinnati got off to a slow start and was never able to catch up as Toledo handed the Bearcats their first defeat of the season. The Rockets have been perfect since their loss to Arizona to open the season.
Oklahoma State 31, #24 Iowa State 10: Iowa State scored ten points in the first-quarter and never scored again as the Cowboys dominated with a record-setting night for QB J.W. Walsh who threw for 415 yards, the ninth-highest single-game passing performance in school history, despite playing on an injured knee.
#25 Texas 56, Baylor 50: Texas RB Joe Bergeron ran for five TDs, one shy of the school record, in an offensive showdown against Baylor, as the teams combined for 1,132 yards of total offense, 56 first downs and 14 TDs.
TALE OF TWO HALVES #12 Mississippi State 45, Middle Tennessee 3: After a close first-half at 10-3, the Bulldogs returned from the locker room for a dominant third-quarter, led by RB LaDarius Perkins who finished the day with 125 yards rushing on 20 carries, including a 64-yard TD run.
#14 Florida State 33, Miami (FL) 20: FSU struggled as it led Miami by only a field goal at halftime. However Devonta Freeman ran for a pair of fourth quarter TDs to secure the win for the Seminoles as they finished with a 447 to 258 edge on total yardage.
#15 Rutgers 35, Temple 10: After remaining scoreless in the first-half, Rutgers turned things around in the second half as QB Gary Nova threw four TD passes to lead the Scarlet Knights to victory. Temple held Rutgers to just 110 total yards in the first half, but Rutgers racked up 271 yards in the last 30 minutes.
NOT EVEN CLOSE #1 Alabama 44, Tennessee 13: QB AJ McCarron threw for a career-high 306 yards and four touchdowns as the Crimson Tide's top- ranked defense stopped Tennessee from being able to create much of anything on offense, keeping Alabama perfect for another week.
#2 Florida 44, #7 South Carolina 11: The Gamecocks committed four turnovers, three of which the Gators turned into TDs, and those turnovers ultimately gave Florida the win, putting the Gators in position to clinch the SEC East with a win against Georgia this week.
#3 Oregon 43, Arizona State 21: Arizona State took advantage of an early Duck turnover for a 7-0 lead, but the Ducks scored the next 43 points and finished with 406 rushing yards against the Pac-12's top defense statistically.
#9 Oklahoma 52, Kansas 7: From the start, the Sooners proved to be too much for the Jayhawks to handle, as Oklahoma's defense did not allow Kansas to score until the 3:11 mark in the fourth-quarter, and QB Landry Jones threw for 291 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.
#20 Stanford 21, California 3: RB Stepfan Taylor ran for a career-high 189 yards and a touchdown as Stanford won the Big Game. The Cardinal outgained the Bears 457 to 217 yards and outrushed them 252 to 3 yards in a dominant win.
DIFFERENCE-MAKER DEFENSES#6 LSU 24, #18 Texas A&M 19: Texas A&M came out strong, putting the first twelve points on the board, but struggled to produce much more offense in the following quarters as the Tigers forced five turnovers and scored 21 points off those alone. QB Johnny Manziel entered the game as the SEC's leader in total offense, but struggled against LSU's defense once it settled down as he passed for 276 yards with three interceptions.
#8 Oregon State 21, Utah 7: In Oregon State's best start in 105 years, the Beavers, who were picked to finish last in the north division of the Pac-12, came out on top against Utah for their sixth straight win. The Beavers' defense stole the show, holding Utah to one TD and forcing four turnovers.
#19 Clemson 38, Virginia Tech 17: Defense was the name of the game as the Tigers got three interceptions and made a pair of fourth-down stops to secure a victory for the Tigers while Virginia Tech's defense held the Clemson offense to its lowest offensive output of the season at 295 yards.
#22 Boise State 32, UNLV 7: The Broncos held the Rebels to just 210 total yards, forced three turnovers and gave up no points in the first-half – the fifth straight game without allowing opponents to score in the first-half for Boise State.
QUALITY AS WELL AS QUANTITY
#4 Kansas State 55, #13 West Virginia 14: QB Collin Klein accounted for seven TDs as he passed for three and ran for four and threw for a career-high 323 yards as the Wildcats won big over West Virginia, further solidifying Klein as one of the nation's top quarterbacks.
#10 USC 50, Colorado 6: The Trojans showcased their offensive power in a win over Colorado as QB Matt Barkley threw for 298 yards and six touchdowns while establishing USC's new career mark for TD passes, connecting four times with Robert Woods who set a single-game school record for TD catches.
#11 Georgia 29, Kentucky 24: QB Aaron Murray threw four TD passes to become Georgia's career TD leader as the Bulldogs rallied three times to ultimately come out on top over Kentucky, allowing the Wildcats to rush for 206 yards, 100 yards above their average.
#17 Texas Tech 56, #23 TCU 53: In the closest Top-25 game of the week, three OTs were needed to determine a winner as QB Seth Doege led the Red Raiders with a career-best seven TD passes, including an 8-yard pass to WR Alex Torres in the third OT to secure a narrow victory and spoil TCU's first homecoming as a member of the Big 12.
CBSSports.com (Palm): Florida vs. Notre Dame (replacing Georgia vs. Louisville)
ESPN.com (Schlabach): Florida vs. USC (USC replaces Oklahoma
ESPN.com (Edwards): South Carolina vs. Oklahoma (no change)
SI.com (Mandel): Florida vs. Oklahoma (Florida replaces South Carolina)
Orlando Sentinel: Florida vs. Oklahoma (no change)
Phil Steele: Florida vs. Oklahoma (no change
Sporting News: Florida vs. Oklahoma (no change)
Athlon Sports: Florida vs. Oklahoma
USA Today (Myerberg): LSU vs. Oklahoma (replacing Florida vs. Notre Dame)
USA Today (Smith): Florida vs. Oklahoma (Oklahoma replaces Clemson)
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 that you think was the best effort each week of the college football season.
Manning Award Stars of the WeekWhile 25 quarterbacks are on the Manning Award Watch List, additional players may be added later in the season and every quarterback in the country remains eligible for the honor. Here's a look at the best performances of the eighth week of the football season:
Deon Anthony, Troy
29-of-41, 245 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT
Anthony, who also rushes for 115 yards (most by a Trojan quarterback since 1989) and two touchdowns, leads the Trojans to 17 unanswered points in a 38-37 comeback win over Florida International.
Matt Barkley, USC
19-of-20, 298 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INT
Barkley throws his 100th career TD pass to become USC's all-time leader in that category and also sets a Pac-12 record for completion percentage as the Trojans crush Colorado, 50-6.
Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
21-of-25, 254 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT
Bridgewater adds 74 rushing yards and caps a wild back-and-forth battle by tossing the game-winning touchdown with 1:35 to go for a 27-25 victory over USF to keep the Cardinals undefeated.
Kolton Browning, UL-Monroe
22-of-41, 308 yards, 4 TDs, 2 INT
Browning helps the Warhawks erase a 21-point deficit in a game for first-place in the Sun Belt, capping his day with his second rushing touchdown and then tossing the two-point conversion in overtime of a 43-42 win over Western Kentucky.
Seth Doege, Texas Tech
30-of-42, 318 yards, 7 TDs, 0 INT
Doege sets a career-best for TD passes, including throwing three in overtime, to lead the Red Raiders to a critical Big 12 win over nationally-ranked TCU on the road.
Collin Klein, Kansas State
19-of-21, 323 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT
Klein has one of the top passing days of his career, while still doing damage with his feet (four rushing TDs), and leads the Wildcats to scores on their first eight possessions in a surprising 55-14 blowout of No. 13 West Virginia on the road.
Taylor Martinez, Nebraska
27-of-39, 342 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT
Martinez tosses two touchdowns in the final 6:08 of the game and adds 74 rushing yards and a score as the Cornhuskers come from behind to defeat Northwestern, 29-28.
Aaron Murray, Georgia
30-of-38, 427 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT
Murray becomes Georgia's all-time leader in touchdown passes as he plays a critical role in the Bulldogs' holding off of tenacious Kentucky, 29-24.
Top Upcoming Games(current BCS rankings, all times Central)
Cincinnati at #16 Louisville (Friday, 7 p.m., ESPN2): The Cardinals look to stay undefeated when they take on Cincinnati and NOLA-native QB Munchie Lagaux, who are coming off their first loss of the year.
#2 Florida vs. #10 Georgia (2:30 p.m., CBS): The annual showdown in Jacksonville could be a deciding game in the SEC East race as the redhot Gators look to stop the Bulldogs and standout QB Aaron Murray.
#14 Texas Tech at #3 Kansas State (2:30 p.m., Fox): Kansas State has established itself as a national title contender, but Tommy Tuberville has the Red Raiders rolling and in the mix for the Big 12 title.
Ohio State at Penn State (4:30 p.m., ESPN): Though both teams are ineligible for postseason play, they have both risen up and are undefeated in Big Ten play.
#5 Notre Dame at #8 Oklahoma (7 p.m., ABC): The Fighting Irish are very much in the mix for a BCS bid and a win over Oklahoma will carry a lot of weight in the computer rankings and the polls.
#22 Michigan at Nebraska (7 p.m., ESPN2): The Wolverines make their first trip to Lincoln since 1911 looking for a win that would put them in control in the Big Ten Legends Division.
#11 Mississippi State at #1 Alabama (7:30 p.m., ESPN): The surprising Bulldogs bring a perfect record to Tuscaloosa for a major SEC showdown against the also-undefeated Crimson Tide.
Each week the Allstate Sugar Bowl will make its YouTube Pick of the Week, top highlights, impressive off-field performances, great games and amazing plays, including Texas Tech's Seth Doege's seven TD passes, a career-best, including throwing three in overtime, to lead the Red Raiders to a critical Big 12 win over nationally-ranked TCU on the road.