OCTOBER 30 COLLEGE FOOTBALL RECAP
Here's a brief look at the highlights of week nine of the college football season, a week which included spooky games for many with ten Top-25 losses and quite a few more very close matchups. The rankings used in this recap are the BCS Rankings from prior to the games.
Washington 20, #7 Oregon State 17: Washington's Bishop Sankey ran for 92 yards and two touchdowns, Travis Coons kicked a 30-yard field goal with 1:20 left and the Huskies took advantage of four interceptions from Oregon State's Sean Mannion to pull off the upset, ending the Beavers' shot at their first 7-0 start in school history.
Nebraska 23, #22 Michigan 9: Nebraska's defense held Michigan to a season-low 188 yards during its first visit to Memorial Stadium since 1911 as Denard Robinson, who has accounted for two-thirds of Michigan's offensive production this season left the game in the second quarter due to injury, allowing the Huskers to move into a first-place tie with Michigan in the Legends division.
Michigan State 16, #25 Wisconsin 13: It took extra time for Michigan State to pull off the upset, deferring to Wisconsin after winning the OT toss, who scored a field goal, only for the Spartans to come back with a TD, scored by RB Le'Veon Bell to hand the Badgers their first home loss since 2009.
Arizona 39, #9 USC 36: Late into the third quarter, it appeared that USC had everything under control with a record breaking day by WR Marquise Lee who eclipsed the Pac-12 record for receiving yards with 16 catches for 345 yards and two TDs, but Arizona's Matt Scott took matters into his own hands and orchestrated four second half TDs to take down the Trojans.
Kent State 35, #15 Rutgers 23: Kent State achieved its first win ever over a ranked opponent, forcing QB Gary Nova to throw six interceptions which created a hole far too large to dig out of. Despite suffering its first loss of the season, Rutgers is still in the race for the Big East title.
Miami (OH) 23, #24 Ohio 20: With nine seconds to go and a perfect season on the line, the Bobcats opted for the win as opposed to the field goal for OT and the risk did not pay off as Miami of Ohio pulled off the upset. Miami's QB Zac Dysert completed 21 of 36 passes for 311 yards, leading the 59-yard game winning drive to the go-ahead field goal.
STARTLING STORIES OF SURVIVAL
#10 Georgia 17, #2 Florida 9: Georgia's defense shined as it forced six turnovers and held Florida to zero TDs which happened last in 1988, giving the Bulldogs consecutive wins against the Gators for the first time since 1989. Despite Florida's turnover woes, the game remained close due to three interceptions thrown by Aaron Murray as the Gators came within one with 9:41 to go in the fourth quarter.
#13 South Carolina 38, Tennessee 35: South Carolina held on to win after a horrific knee injury to Marcus Lattimore, caused by a collision between his knee and the helmet of Tennessee DB Eric Gordon, which brought both teams to his side to wish him well. Gamecocks' Connor Shaw threw for three TDs and a career-high 356 yards, enough to hold off the Vols' fourth-quarter rally.
#16 Louisville 34, Cincinnati 31: In a battle for a piece of the top of the Big East, Louisville edged Cincinnati to remain unbeaten with a 30-yard field goal in OT, which was made possible by a time-out called by Cincinnati to ice the kicker, right before a high snap that went through the holder's hands, giving the Cardinals another shot to ultimately win the game.
#17 Stanford 24, Washington State 17: While the Stanford offense managed just 12 first downs, the defense collected ten sacks and safety Ed Reynolds returned an interception for a TD to keep Washington State winless in the Pac-12.
#23 Texas 21, Kansas 17: Case McCoy saved the three-touchdown favorite Longhorns from what could have been a very painful loss, with a one-yard TD pass to D.J. Grant with twelve seconds to play to take the lead. McCoy replaced David Ash in the fourth quarter after Ash struggled to get Texas' offense going.
#1 Alabama 38, #11 Mississippi State 7: Mississippi State's hopes for a perfect season were laid to rest as the Crimson Tide kept the Bulldogs scoreless until the 4:39 mark in the fourth quarter. Alabama got off to a strong start, scoring on its first three possessions and never looked back.
#4 Oregon 70, Colorado 14: The Ducks scored fifty-six points in the first half alone as most of its starters were pulled by the midway point of the second quarter, totaling 617 yards of offense, including 425 yards rushing.
#12 Florida State 48, Duke 7: FSU Kicker Dustin Hopkins became the ACC's career leader when he drilled his 81st field goal, a career-best 56-yard kick, in a definitive win over Duke, although the Seminoles were plagued with four fumbles which Duke was not able to capitalize on.
HOCUS POCUS, BOY WERE THEY FOCUSED
#3 Kansas State 55, #14 Texas Tech 24: Kansas State started off slow, but made up for it in the second half, scoring 42 points as Collin Klein threw for 233 yards and two touchdowns and had 83 yards and two more scores on the ground in the Wildcats' best start at 8-0 since 1999.
#5 Notre Dame 30, #8 Oklahoma 13: Final scores can be deceiving as this game was tied with a little more than five minutes to go in the fourth quarter, but the Fighting Irish sure had a lot of fight left in them as they scored fifteen points in the final five minutes, becoming the only team in the country with four wins against Top 25 teams, including two on the road.
#18 Clemson 42, Wake Forest 13: Tajh Boyd had a record breaking day, throwing for 428 yards with five touchdown passes as the Tigers amassed 534 yards of total offense, scoring all but one TD before halftime in their fourth consecutive win over Wake Forest.
#20 Texas A&M 63, Auburn 21: Texas A&M scored seven TDs on eight possessions, led by Johnny Manziel who ran for three TDs and passed for two more, all in a little more than a half as the Aggies gained 671 total yards, the most ever allowed by Auburn.
#21 Boise State 45, Wyoming 14: Boise State recorded its seventh straight win in a true team effort, with RB D.J. Harper rushing for 105 yards and two TDs and QB Joe Southwick completing 20 of 28 passes for 198 yards while the Broncos' defense recorded four sacks and limited Wyoming to 106 yards less than its average.
CBSSports.com (Palm): Florida vs. Louisville (Louisville replaces Notre Dame)
ESPN.com (Schlabach): Georgia vs. Louisville (replacing Florida vs. USC)
ESPN.com (Edwards): South Carolina vs. Louisville (Louisville replaces Oklahoma)
SI.com (Mandel): Florida vs. Louisville (Louisville replaces Oklahoma)
Orlando Sentinel: LSU vs. Louisville (replacing Florida vs. Oklahoma)
Sporting News: Georgia vs. Clemson (replacing Florida vs. Oklahoma)
Phil Steele: Georgia vs. Clemson (replacing Florida vs. Oklahoma)
Athlon Sports: Georgia vs. Louisville (replacing Florida vs. Oklahoma)
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 Week
While 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 ninth week of the football season:
Tajh Boyd, Clemson
(27-of-38, 428 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT)
Boyd sets the Clemson record for passing yards in a game, including three 50? yard plays, to lead the Tigers to a 42-13 blowout victory over Wake Forest.
Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
(24-of-41, 416 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT)
Bridgewater is 8-of-10 for 201 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter alone as the Cardinals come from behind to defeat Cincinnati, 34-31, in overtime.
Derek Carr, Fresno State
(30-of-43, 416 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT)
Carr leads the Bulldogs back from a 21-0 deficit by registering his second 400-yard game of the season and throwing an 89-yard touchdown strike to put his team on top for good in a 49-32 win over New Mexico.
Ryan Griffin, Tulane
(34-of-42, 466 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT)
Griffin leads the Green Wave to a 55-45 win over UAB, setting career-bests for passing yards and touchdowns while tallying his third-straight 300-yard game since returning from injury.
Steele Jantz, Iowa State
(36-of-52, 381 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT)
Jantz sets career-highs in passing yards and touchdowns while setting a school-record for completions to lead the Cyclones to a 35-21 victory over Baylor.
Logan Kilgore, Middle Tennessee
(20-of-30, 351 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
Kilgore throws touchdown passes of 72 and 51 yards and adds a 46-yard touchdown run as the Blue Raiders win 38-21 to snap a two-game losing streak against North Texas.
Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
(18-of-28, 275 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT)
Lynch continues to pile up huge stats as the junior adds 133 rushing yards and two more scores as the Huskies roll over Western Michigan, 48-34, to improve to 8-1.
Matt Scott, Arizona
(27-of-52, 370 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT)
Trailing by 15 in the second half, Scott (who rushes for 100 yards) jumpstarts a Wildcat rally with a 10-yard TD run, then throws two more TD passes to lift Arizona to a 39-36 upset of No. 9 USC.
Top Upcoming Games
(current BCS rankings, all times Central)
#16 Texas A&M at #15 Mississippi State (11 a.m., ESPN): Despite losses, both teams are having very successful seasons and will be playing to move up in the postseason pecking order.
Temple at #10 Louisville (11 a.m., ABC): The Cardinals continue to roll, climbing into the top-10 this week with a home game against the Owls on tap.
Pitt at #3 Notre Dame (2:30 p.m., NBC): After picking up a huge win on the road this past weekend against Oklahoma, the Fighting Irish look to avoid a letdown this Saturday.
#23 Texas at #18 Texas Tech (2:30 p.m., ABC): Texas continues to struggle, but can right itself by upending its western neighbor.
#4 Oregon at #17 USC (6 p.m., Fox): Since the preseason, this game has been circled as the battle for Pac-12 supremacy, but the game has lost some luster as USC has tripped twice – still a Trojan win would likely ruin the Ducks' national title hopes.
#1 Alabama at #5 LSU (7 p.m., CBS): For the third time in less than a year, the Crimson Tide and the Tigers meet in a game with major national championship implications.
#24 Oklahoma State at #2 Kansas State (7 p.m., ABC): Kansas State continues its drive to the national championship, but the Cowboys are heating up and could provide a challenge.
San Diego State at #19 Boise State (9:30 p.m., CBS College Sports): Boise has moved into a position where they could earn an automatic bid – if it can reach the top-16 and finish ahead of Big Ten or Big East champ.
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 Marqise Lee's sensational performance for USC this week. Despite the Trojans losing, Lee set a Pac-12 record with 345 receiving yards.