COLLEGE FOOTBALL RECAP
September 9, 2013
Here's a brief look at the results of the Top 25 from this past weekend. The rankings used in this recap are the AP rankings from prior to the games.
RANKINGS NOT RIGHT
#11 Georgia 41, #6 South Carolina 30: Aaron Murray is exceptional with 309 yards and four touchdowns as he snaps a three-game losing streak to the Gamecocks and puts Georgia in the early pole position for the SEC East.
#17 Michigan 41, #14 Notre Dame 30: Devin Gardner has a huge game for the Wolverines, throwing for four touchdowns and running for another, as he offsets a critical turnover in his own end zone which hands the Irish a touchdown and nearly allows them back in the game.
BYU 40, #15 Texas 21: BYU piles up a school-record 550 rushing yards, the most-ever allowed by Texas, including 259 from quarterback Taysom Hill, as it shocks the Longhorns in Provo.
Miami 21, #12 Florida 16: The Gators turn the ball over five times, including four turnovers on red-zone opportunities, as Stephen Morris throws for a pair of scores to lead the Hurricanes to a big rivalry win.
Washington State 10, #25 USC 7: Andrew Furney booted a 41-yard field goal with 3:03 to go as Mike Leach's Cougars hold USC to just 54 passing yards to send the Trojans to their first loss in a home opener since 1997.
#3 Ohio State 42, San Diego State 7: When star quarterback Braxton Miller goes down with an injury early in the first quarter, backup Kenny Guiton steps in and completes 19-of-28 passes for 152 yards and a pair of scores in a win over the Aztecs.
#19 Northwestern 48, Syracuse 27: After getting hurt last week, Kain Colter splits time at quarterback with Trevor Siemian, who throws for 259 yards and three touchdowns as the Wildcats roll to victory.
#24 TCU 38, Southeastern Louisiana 17: After starting quarterback Casey Pachall gets hurt, backup Trevone Boykin leads TCU to three straight scores to help the Horned Frogs hold off a Lion squad which only trailed 17-14 at halftime.
#2 Oregon 59, Virginia 10: The Ducks travel across the country and the distance doesn't affect their scoring as stars Marcus Mariota (321 total yards, 3 TDs) and De'Anthony Thomas (124 rushing yards, 3 TDs) lead them to their 19th 50-point performance since 2010.
#9 LSU 56, UAB 17: Zach Mettenberger passed for an LSU single-game record five touchdowns and Odell Beckham had four scores, including a 100-yard field-goal return, as the Tigers roll over UAB.
#13 Oklahoma State 56, UTSA 35: J.T. Walsh throws four touchdown passes in three quarters and also rushes for a score as the Cowboys roll over FBS-newcomer UTSA.
#22 Nebraska 56, Southern Miss 13: Nebraska has a pair of interception-return touchdowns and Taylor Martinez throws for three scores as the Huskers send the Golden Eagles to their 14th straight loss.
#23 Baylor 70, Buffalo 13: The Bears set a school-record with 781 total yards, led by 150 rushing yards and three touchdowns from Lache Seastrunk.
SUPPORTING THE STATE
#4 Clemson 52, South Carolina State 13: The Tigers don't need a big game from Tajh Boyd as two interception-return touchdowns set the tone as they give a solid paycheck ($250,000?) to an in-state-FCS team.
#5 Stanford 34, San Jose State 13: The Cardinal scores on its first three possessions, piles up 197 rushing yards and never punts as it controls a San Jose State team which gave it a 20-17 scare last year.
#7 Texas A&M 65, Sam Houston State 28: Johnny Manziel throws for over 400 yards and three touchdowns in three quarters of action to leads the Aggies to 714 yards of offense in a blowout of a state-FCS foe.
#8 Louisville 44, Eastern Kentucky 7: Teddy Bridgewater continues his Heisman campaign by throwing for 397 yards and four touchdowns in a blowout of the FCS Colonels.
OLD-FASHIONED FOOTBALL – RUSHING & DEFENSE
#16 Oklahoma 16, West Virginia 7: Brennan Clay runs for a career-high 170 yards and the Sooner defense allows just one touchdown while forcing four turnovers.
#21 Wisconsin 40, Tennessee Tech 0: If looking for a Heisman darkhorse, check out Badger running back Melvin Gordon, who is averaging over 10 yards per carry this year (284 yards on 22 carries), including 140 on nine carries in a shutout of the FCS Golden Eagles.
PRESEASON BOWL PREDICTIONS
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 2, 2014
CBS Sports (Jerry Palm): Georgia vs. Louisville
CBS Sports (Dennis Dodd): Georgia vs. Florida State
SI.com (Stewart Mandel): South Carolina vs. Louisville
SI.com (Andy Staples): South Carolina vs. Florida State
SI.com (Pete Thamel): South Carolina vs. Louisville
SI.com (Zac Ellis): South Carolina vs. Louisville
SI.com (Martin Rickman): Georgia vs. Louisville
SI.com (Lars Anderson): Georgia vs. Texas
SI.com (Ben Glicksman): Texas A&M vs. Louisville
Phil Steele: Georgia vs. Notre Dame
Associated Press (Ralph Russo): South Carolina vs. Louisville
ESPN.com (Mark Schlabach): Georgia vs. Oklahoma State
ESPN.com (Brad Edwards): Georgia vs. Texas
WDSU Offsides Blog (Fletcher Mackel): Alabama vs. TCU
SB Nation (Jason Kirk): Georgia vs. Oklahoma State
Orlando Sentinel (Matt Murschel): LSU vs. Notre Dame
College Football News: Alabama vs. Ohio State
Athlon Sports: Georgia vs. Louisville
Yahoo! Sports (Dave Miller): LSU vs. Florida State
www.Al.com (Jon Solomon): South Carolina vs. Notre Dame
Bleacher Report (Josh Sachnoff): South Carolina vs. Stanford
Prediction Machine: Georgia vs. Stanford
SB Nation (Byron Kewel): Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma State
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Manning Award Stars of the Week
While 30 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 some of this week's top quarterback performances:
Devin Gardner, Michigan
(21-of-33, 294 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 87.9)
Gardner, who also rushes for a game-high 82 yards and a touchdown, ices the game with a TD pass with 4:18 to go and a key third-down run in a 41-30 victory over No. 14 Notre Dame.
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
(19-of-25, 357 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 92.5)
Johnson tallies his first career 300-yard game with an efficient performance (18.8 yards per completion) in a 41-22 MAC road win over Kent State.
Chuckie Keeton, Utah State
(32-of-40, 360 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 90.9)
Keeton matches his own school-record with five touchdown passes and also rushes for 77 yards to finish with 433 yards of total offense in a 52-20 blowout of Air Force.
Sean Mannion, Oregon State
(31-of-43, 372 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 86.8)
With the score tied at 14 at the half, Mannion throws back-to-back touchdowns on route to his 10th career 300-yard game and a 33-14 win over Hawaii.
Marcus Mariota, Oregon
(14-of-28, 199 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 97.0)
Mariota also rushes for 122 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown to open the scoring, as the Ducks go on the road to crush Virginia, 59-10.
Zach Mettenberger, LSU
(16-of-19, 282 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 98.6)
Mettenberger tallies an LSU record five touchdown passes in three quarters of action in a 56-17 blowout win over UAB.
Aaron Murray, Georgia
(17-of-23, 309 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs, QBR: 92.9)
Murray turns in of the best games of his career, capping his day with an 85-yard touchdown pass, as he leads Georgia to a critical 41-30 victory over No. 6 South Carolina.
J.T. Walsh, Oklahoma State
(24-of-27, 326 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 98.1)
Walsh sets the school record for completion percentage (min. 20 completions) and also adds a rushing score in a 56-35 win over UTSA.
Top Upcoming Games
(current AP rankings, all times Central)
#7 Louisville at Kentucky (11 a.m., ESPN): Louisville's weak schedule is expected to hurts its rankings and Teddy Bridgewater's Heisman chances, but a road game against an SEC foe, even struggling Kentucky, will offer some exposure.
#16 UCLA at #23 Nebraska (11 a.m., ABC): The resurgence of UCLA's football program could gain major credibility with a road win over the Cornhuskers.
#1 Alabama at #6 Texas A&M (2:30 p.m., CBS): In this year's "Game of the Century," Nick Saban's daunting defense gets its second chance against star Aggie quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Tennessee at #2 Oregon (2:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN): The lightning-quick Duck offense will take a shot at SEC speed, albeit just the rebuilding Volunteers.
#4 Ohio State at California (6 p.m., Fox): The Buckeyes put their 14-game winning streak on the line with a road game at Cal, which could be even more interesting if Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller's injury keeps him out of the game.
Vanderbilt at #13 South Carolina (6 p.m., ESPN/ESPN2): The Gamecocks can't afford any time to lick their wounds after the hard-fought Georgia loss as James Franklin's Commodores would savor a high-profile upset in Columbia.
#25 Ole Miss at Texas (7 p.m., Longhorn Network): An interesting inter-league matchup as fast-improving Ole Miss jumps into the rankings – perhaps at the expense of Texas, which dropped out after a loss at BYU.
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. This week, we're linking to a touching feature about Tulane's Devon Walker, an outstanding update from Tom Rinaldi and ESPN's GameDay crew.