College Football Recap, October 30
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. 3 Georgia 42, Florida 7: Sony Michel had two long touchdown runs (74 yards and 45 yards), Nick Chubb added a score of his own and the Bulldog defense held the Gators to just 249 yards as Georgia snapped a three-game losing streak in the series to improve to 8-0 for the first time since 2002.
No. 5 Wisconsin 24, Illinois 10: Despite losing star running back Jonathan Taylor to an injury in the second quarter, the Badgers improved to 8-0 as their defense tallied five sacks, three hurries and three turnovers – the only touchdown for the Illini came with 49 seconds to go.
No. 8 Miami 24, North Carolina 19: Malik Rosier threw for a career-high 356 yards and three touchdowns as the Hurricanes overcame a critical turnover with 2:56 to go to improve to 7-0.
No. 18 UCF 73, Austin Peay 33: McKenzie Milton (275 yards, 4 total TDs) led the Knights to a school-record for points (with an assist from special teams and the defense, which also scored TDs) as UCF improved to 7-0 for the first time in program history.
UNDEFEATED NO MORE
No. 6 Ohio State 39, No. 2 Penn State 38: The Buckeyes pulled off one of the most improbable comebacks as J.T. Barrett had a perfect fourth quarter (13-of-13 for 170 yards) to erase a 15-point deficit. Barrett’s 16-yard completion to Marcus Baugh with 1:48 left put the Buckeyes on top for the first time in the critical Big Ten showdown.
No. 25 Iowa State 14, No. 4 TCU 7: Kyle Kempt tossed a pair of touchdown passes and the Cyclone defense held the Horned Frog offense scoreless (their only score came on a 94-yard kickoff return) as Iowa State picked up its second win over a top-five team this season.
Houston 28, No. 17 USF 24: D’Eriq King, who came off the bench for his first extended playing time at quarterback, completed a 30-yard pass on 4th-and-24 and then capped the drive with a 20-yard touchdown dash with 11 seconds remaining as the Cougars handed the Bulls their first loss of the year.
ONE-LOSS TOP TEN
No. 7 Clemson 24, Georgia Tech 10: Kelly Bryant tossed a pair of first-quarter touchdowns and the Tiger defense (11 tackles for loss) held the Yellow Jackets to just 230 total yards as Clemson rebounded from its first loss of the season.
No. 9 Notre Dame 35, No. 14 N.C. State 14: Running back Josh Adams rushed for 202 yards, including a 77-yard TD run, Brandon Wimbush tallied three touchdowns and Julian Love had his second pick-six of the season as the Fighting Irish picked up a convincing victory against a Wolfpack squad which had been red-hot entering the game averaging 37.7 points per game during its six-game winning streak.
No. 10 Oklahoma 49, Texas Tech 27: Baker Mayfield passed for 281 yards and a season-high four touchdowns while also running for another score, Rodney Anderson ran for 181 yards in his first career start and the Sooner defense allowed just seven points after the first quarter.
ONE-LOSS TOP FIFTEEN
No. 11 Oklahoma State 50, West Virginia 39: Mason Rudolph threw for three touchdowns and ran for another and the Cowboys forced four interceptions as they overcame challenging weather to post their fourth 50-point game of the year.
No. 12 Washington 44, UCLA 23: Myles Gaskin ran for 169 yards and a touchdown, Lavon Coleman added 94 yards and three rushing scores and the Huskies recovered from their first loss of the season with a blowout victory over the Bruins, who lost their starting quarterback Josh Rosen to injury in the third quarter.
No. 13 Virginia Tech 24, Duke 3: Josh Jackson passed for one touchdown and ran for another and that was all that was needed for the Hokies who held the Blue Devils to just 183 yards of offense.
No. 20 Stanford 15, Oregon State 14: The Cardinal climbed two spots in the AP Poll after Keller Chryst connected with JJ Arcega-Whiteside for a three-yard TD with 20 seconds to go to lift them to victory despite the absence of injured star Bryce Love.
No. 21 USC 48, Arizona State 17: Ronald Jones II ran for 216 yards and two touchdowns and Sam Darnold threw for three touchdowns as the Trojans cruised over the Sun Devils – the win gave them a four-spot jump in the AP Poll.
No. 24 Memphis 56, Tulane 26: Riley Ferguson passed for three touchdowns and ran for two more as the Tigers tallied their fifth 40-point game of the year to jump two spots in the AP Poll.
Arizona 58, No. 15 Washington State 37: Khalil Tate posted his fourth straight game with 100 yards passing and 100 yards rushing (275 passing yards, 146 rushing yards, 3 TDs), all wins for the Wildcats, as they send the Cougars to a second loss in three games, dropping them 10 spots in the rankings.
Northwestern 39, No. 16 Michigan State 31: After Clayton Thorson’s 22-yard touchdown strike in the third overtime, Nate Hall snagged an interception to clinch the upset victory for the Wildcats and send the Spartans to an eight-position drop in the AP Poll.
Allstate Sugar Bowl Projections:
ESPN (Kyle Bonagura): Alabama vs. Oklahoma (Oklahoma replaces Clemson)
ESPN (David Hale): Alabama vs. Notre Dame (Notre Dame replaces Clemson)
CBS Sports (Jerry Palm): Alabama vs. Penn State (Penn State replaces Clemson)
SB Nation (Jason Kirk): Alabama vs. Clemson (no change)
Sports Illustrated (Eric Single): Alabama vs. Georgia (Georgia replaces Miami)
Sporting News (Bill Bender): Alabama vs. Notre Dame (Notre Dame replaces Clemson)
The All-American (Stewart Mandel): Alabama vs. Clemson (no change)
College Football News (Pete Fiutak): Alabama vs. Clemson (no change)
USA Today (Erick Smith): Alabama vs. Clemson (Clemson replaces TCU)
The Score (Brett McMurphy): Alabama vs. Georgia (Georgia replaces Ohio State)
Random Stats of the Week
2 – Georgia’s ranking in the latest AP Poll, the Bulldogs’ highest ranking since 2008. With Alabama remaining at No. 1, it marks the 20th time in the past 30 seasons that the SEC has held the top two spots in the AP Poll during the same week.
34 – Games as the head coach at Florida for Jim McElwain, who was fired on Sunday. It is the shortest tenure for a Gator head coach since Dennis Stanley lasted 29 games from 1933-35.
94 – Career touchdown passes for J.T. Barrett to break the Big Ten’s all-time record that had been held by Drew Brees. Barrett has thrown for 25 touchdowns this year, against only one interception.
1 – Team in the FBS that has freshmen as its leading passer, rusher and receiver. Boston College, which rolled to a 35-3 win over Florida State for its third straight win, is led by quarterback Anthony Brown (1,338 yards, 11 TDs), running back AJ Dillon (843 yards, 7 TDs) and receiver Kobay White (359 yards, 2 TDs).
8.9 – Yards per carry for Notre Dame running back Josh Adams who has 1,169 yards on 132 carries this season.
29 – Victories for Mason Rudolph as the starting quarterback for Oklahoma State. That mark breaks the school record that had been set by Mike Gundy, now the head coach of the Cowboys, who quarterbacked the team from 1986 to 1989.
17 – Losses by the teams in the top four of the first set of CFP Rankings over the last three years. With the first rankings of 2017 coming out Tuesday, it’s worth remembering that there is a lot of football remaining.
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.
J.T. Barrett, Ohio State (33-of-39, 328 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 89.4)
Barrett, who also rushes for a game-high 95 yards, is 13-of-13 for 170 yards in the fourth quarter, including a 16-yard touchdown pass with 1:48 to go as the Buckeyes erase a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit in a thrilling 39-38 win over No. 2 Penn State.
Tanner Lee, Nebraska (32-of-50, 431 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 72.4)
Lee connects on a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, including a 13-yard delivery with 14 seconds to go as the Cornhuskers come from behind to beat Purdue, 25-24, on the road in Big Ten action.
Drew Lock, Missouri (31-of-37, 377 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 86.0)
Lock has his fourth 300-yard game of the year as he leads the Tigers to a 52-12 blowout of UConn, their first road win in two years.
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma (22-of-34, 281 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 72.6)
Mayfield, who also runs for a touchdown, matches his season-best for TD passes in a 49-27 Big 12 win over Texas Tech.
Steven Montez, Colorado (20-of-26, 347 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 93.5)
Montez, who tallies his second 300-yard game of the year, also runs for a touchdown as the Buffaloes defeat Pac-12 rival California, 44-28.
Khalil Tate, Arizona (10-of-17, 275 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 95.8)
Tate also rushes for 146 yards and a touchdown, his fourth straight 100-yard game, as he leads the Wildcats to a 58-27 Pac-12 win over No. 15 Washington State – Arizona’s fourth straight win since Tate took over at quarterback.
Clayton Thorson, Northwestern (33-of-48, 356 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 87.3)
Thorson has his third 300-yard game of the season while connecting on two TD passes in overtime as the Wildcats stun No. 16 Michigan State, 39-31.
John Wolford, Wake Forest (28-of-34, 461 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 98.9)
Wolford matches the school record for touchdowns and tallies a career-high in passing yards, the most yards at Wake Forest in 19 years, as he leads the Demon Deacons to a 42-32 ACC win over Louisville.
Top Upcoming Games
(Rankings are this week’s AP Rankings; All Times Central, please check local listings)
No. 7 Penn State at No. 24 Michigan State (11 a.m., FOX): The Nittany Lions need to recover from Saturday’s crushing loss to Ohio State but they have another big challenge with a tough Spartan squad – though Michigan State is also coming off a deflating loss as it fell to Northwestern in overtime.
No. 6 Clemson at No. 20 N.C. State (2:30 p.m., ABC): The Tigers, who bounced back from their first loss of the season with a strong defensive effort against Georgia Tech, hope to continue their quest to get back into the playoff picture as they go on the road to play a Wolfpack team that was held to a season-low 14 points by a surging Notre Dame squad.
South Carolina at No. 2 Georgia (2:30 p.m., CBS): Many prognosticators have penciled Georgia in as a lock to be undefeated for an SEC Championship showdown with Alabama, but 6-2 South Carolina could pose problems. The Gamecocks have won three straight SEC games by a combined margin of 97-58.
Wake Forest at No. 5 Notre Dame (2:30 p.m., NBC): With the Fighting Irish in the playoff picture, many have their upcoming games with No. 9 Miami and No. 18 Stanford circles as key match-ups. However, the Demon Deacons snapped a three-game losing streak with a 42-32 win over Louisville and are led by a solid quarterback in John Wolford – though leading receiver Greg Dortch is now out for the season with an injury.
No. 18 Stanford at No. 25 Washington State (2:30 p.m., FOX): Stanford is hoping star running back Bryce Love (1,387 rushing yards and 11 TDs) is back healthy – he missed its Thursday game against Oregon State and the Cardinal limped to a 15-14 victory. The Cougars, meanwhile, have dropped two of their last three games in Pac-12 play.
No. 8 Oklahoma at No. 11 Oklahoma State (3 p.m., FS1): The annual Bedlam rivalry game is a critical Big 12 showdown as the Sooners and Cowboys are both fully in the mix to win the Big 12 regular season title. Both teams bring potent offenses with Oklahoma State ranking fourth (44.5) in scoring and Oklahoma ranking sixth (42.9).
No. 19 LSU at No. 1 Alabama (7 p.m., CBS): The Tigers managed a big jump from No. 23 to No. 19 during their bye week, but now they have the monumental challenge of taking on an Alabama team which allows just 236.0 overall yards and 66.4 rushing yards per game (both best in the nation). LSU ranks 84th in the nation in passing yards and 71st in overall scoring.
No. 13 Virginia Tech at No. 9 Miami (7 p.m., ABC): The Hurricanes have continued an improbable run into the top 10, but their last four wins have been by a combined 18 points, including a pair of last-minute triumphs. Virginia Tech is still flying under-the-radar with their only loss coming to defending national champion Clemson – the Hokies have won their last three games by a total of 86 points.
No. 23 Arizona at No. 17 USC (9:45 p.m., ESPN): It’s worth staying up late to see if Arizona’s Khalil Tate can continue an amazing run. The Wildcats were 2-2 on October 7 when the sophomore came off the bench in the first quarter. In the four games he has been the primary quarterback, he has rushed for 840 yards and passed for 743 yards with 14 total touchdowns – and his team has won all four games. USC, despite struggling at times this season, remains in first place in the Pac-12 South with a 5-1 league mark (7-2 overall).