College Football Recap – October 9 park
COLLEGE FOOTBALL RECAP – OCTOBER 9, 2012
Here's a brief look at the highlights of week six of the college football season, a week which included three upsets in the Top 5 alone and nine total Top-25 losses with some incredible finishes as an added bonus. The rankings used in this recap are the preseason AP Rankings from prior to the games.
TOP 5 MAKEOVER
North Carolina State 17, #3 Florida State 16: After being shut out in the first-half, NC State gave FSU a taste of its own medicine, shutting out the Seminoles in the second-half and with 16 seconds remaining, QB Mike Glennon found WR Bryan Underwood for a 2-yard TD on fourth-down for the win.
THE REAL DEAL
#2 Oregon 52, #23 Washington 21: Oregon QB Marcus Mariota threw for 198 yards and four TDs and RB Kenjon Barner, ranked 10th in the nation with an average of 121 yards rushing per game, ran for 122 yards to lead the Ducks to victory.
DIDN’T SEE IT COMING
Iowa State 37, #15 TCU 23: Iowa State ended the longest winning streak in major college football at twelve games with its victory over TCU as the Cyclones completed their third consecutive season with a win on the road against a Top-25 team. TCU played without suspended QB Casey Pachall.
STARTED SLOW, FINISHED STRONG
#12 Ohio State 63, #21 Nebraska 38: Despite a first quarter in which the Buckeyes did not have a first down, Ohio State dominated Nebraska in the remaining three quarters of a decisive victory, as Braxton Miller broke his own school record for QB rushing yards (188) and RB Carlos Hyde rushed for career highs of 140 yards and four TDs.
#14 Oregon State 19, Washington State 6: Beavers CB Jordan Poyer had three interceptions including his third which sealed the victory with 3:18 remaining and DE Scott Crichton added three sacks as the Beavers defense dominated the low scoring affair.
ALMOST ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH
#8 West Virginia 48, #11 Texas 45: West Virginia RB Andrew Buie stole the show as he ran for 207 yards and two touchdowns as the Mountaineers came away with a win in an offensive battle, which was not sealed until West Virginia secured an onside kick with 14 seconds to go.
#17 Oklahoma 41, Texas Tech 20: After losing two weeks ago, the Sooners came back strong as QB Landry Jones passed for 259 yards with two TDs helping Oklahoma to victory over Texas Tech which had its worst defensive performance of the year, giving up 380 total yards after coming in ranked No. 1 in the nation.
CBSSports.com (Palm): Georgia vs. Louisville (Georgia replaces LSU)
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 NC State's QB Mike Gleenon who threw a 2-yard game-winning TD on fourth down with 16 seconds remaining to take down #3 Florida State.
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 second week of the football season:
Tajh Boyd, Clemson
Mike Glennon, North Carolina State
Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
Zach Maynard, California
Josh Nunes, Stanford
Denard Robinson, Michigan
Trent Steelman, Army
Tyler Van Tubbergen, Western Michigan
Top Upcoming Games
#15 Texas vs. #13 Oklahoma (ABC, 11 a.m.): Once again, the Red River Rivalry will have national implications as the highly-ranked long-time rivals will clash at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
Duke at Virginia Tech (11:30 a.m., ESPN Game Plan): The only team in the country with 10 wins in each of the last eight seasons, the Hokies already have three losses, putting the streak in serious jeopardy. Meanwhile, perennial cellar-dweller Duke comes into the game with a 5-1 record, its best start since 1994, as it can become bowl eligible for the first time since 1994 as well.
#5 West Virginia at Texas Tech (ABC/ESPN, 2:30 p.m.): The Mountaineers and Geno Smith continue their Big 12 debut season with a road game in Lubbock, where head coach Dana Holdorsen developed his high-octane offense as Mike Leach’s coordinator.
#17 Stanford at #7 Notre Dame (NBC, 2:30 p.m.): The Fighting Irish face another challenge on their road back to the elite of college football as the Cardinal come to Indiana for the game chosen for the ESPN GameDay showcase.
#10 Oregon State at BYU (ABC, 2:30 p.m.): The Beavers have climbed to their highest ranking since 2001 with some key Pac-12 wins, now they face independent BYU on the road after receiving news that standout quarterback Sean Mannion will be out with a knee injury.
TCU at Baylor (6 p.m.): A pair of one-loss Big 12 teams square off in Waco with the loser likely out of the BCS picture; TCU is hampered by the suspension of its starting quarterback while Baylor looks to recover from giving up 70 points to West Virginia.
#3 South Carolina at #9 LSU (ESPN, 7 p.m.): The Gamecocks have impressed their way into the national title picture, but now have to take on the Tigers in an always-tough Death Valley night game – the last time LSU beat a Top-5 team at home at night came in 1997 when the 14th-ranked Tigers upended No. 1 Florida, coached by Steve Spurrier.
#22 Texas A&M at #23 Louisiana Tech (ESPN-U, 8 p.m.): Originally scheduled for the opening weekend of the season, but postponed by Hurricane Isaac, the Aggies visit Independence Stadium in Shreveport to try to derail the Bulldog scoring machine – undefeated Louisiana Tech is averaging over 52 points per game.