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Nov. 30 College Football Recap
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Here's a brief look at the highlights of the 12th week of the college football season, a fascinating week which saw seven Top-25 teams upended by their top rivals - it also saw the six remaining undefeated teams continue to win. The rankings used in this recap are from the BCS Standings from Nov. 15.
STILL PERFECT#1 Florida 37, Florida State 10: Tim Tebow plays the final home game of his career and leads the Gators to yet another win over archrival Seminoles.
#2 Alabama 26, Auburn 21: Playing on the road in the Iron Bowl tests the Crimson Tide to the final minutes, but Greg McElroy TD pass clinches the victory.
#3 Texas 49, Texas A&M 39: Another rivalry game that was closer than expected, but Colt McCoy's arm (304 yards, 4 TDs) and legs (175 yards, TD) prove to be too much for Aggies.
#4 TCU 51, New Mexico 10: Horned Frogs put together another dominating performance as offense puts up 430 yards and defense allows just 162 - to go with two INT-return TDs.
#5 Cincinnati 49, Illinois 36: Tony Pike returns to the lineup without a hiccup, throwing for school record six touchdowns.
#6 Boise State 44, Nevada 33: Nevada was supposed to pose problems for Broncos, but Kellen Moore continues amazing year, throwing for five TDs in victory.
THROW THE RECORDS OUT THE WINDOW - RIVALRY UPSETSGeorgia 30, #7 Georgia Tech 24: Taking a page from the Yellow Jackets' playbook, Georgia rushes for 339 yards while holding triple-option Tech attack to just 204 yards.
West Virginia 19, #9 Pittsburgh 16: West Virginia finishes the season perfect at home as freshman Tyler Bitancurt boots a game-winning 43-yard field goal as time expired.
Oklahoma 27, #12 Oklahoma State 0: Sooners extend nation's best home-winning streak to 30 games as Cowboys get shut out for first time since 2005.
South Carolina 34, #18 Clemson 17: Tigers had averaged 40 points and 415 yards in six-game win streak - Gamecocks held them to 17 points and 260 yards.
North Carolina State 28, #24 North Carolina 27: Tar Heels have two key turnovers and get a fourth-quarter field goal blocked as Wolfpack's Russell Wilson passes for four touchdowns.
Mississippi State 41, #25 Ole Miss 27: Bulldogs use rushing attack (317 of 412 yards) to score most points against Rebels since 1917.
RIVALRY THRILLERS#15 LSU 33, Arkansas 30 (OT): Josh Jasper kicks 41-yard field goal to force OT with four seconds to go, then connects on what proves to be the game-winner with a 36-yarder (his fourth of the day) in OT.
#19 BYU 26, #21 Utah 23 (OT): Utes scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to force overtime, but Cougars win it with Max Hall TD pass in the extra frame.
RIVALRY BLOWOUTS#14 Virginia Tech 42, Virginia 13: Ryan Williams rushes for 183 yards and four scores as Hokies send Cavaliers to a 3-9 season to end Al Groh's tenure.
#17 Miami 31, South Florida 10: Bulls are hoping to form a rivalry with state-rival Hurricanes, but Miami rolls with impressive defensive performance.
#20 USC 28, UCLA 7: Trojans defense returns to form forcing four turnovers and offense adds touchdown in final minute to spark future rivalry games.
#23 Houston 73, Rice 14: Cougars put stronghold on "most-potent offense" arguments by piling up 684 yards and 73 points - including 59 in the first half before Case Keenum was mercifully pulled.
RETURNING TO THE RANKINGS#22 Nebraska: Cornhuskers hold off Colorado, 28-20, for ninth win and will now face No. 3 Texas in the Big 12 Championship game in Arlington, Texas.
#23 West Virginia: Mountaineers upend N0. 9 Pittsburgh in Backyard Brawl as defense picks off two Bill Stull passes.
#24 Stanford: The Cardinal is the top-rated four-loss squad after running back Toby Gerhart puts up another 200-yard game in victory over Notre Dame.
This Week's Key Games (with new BCS rankings)#16 Oregon State at #7 Oregon (Thursday): Ducks host Beavers in season-ending Civil War with a bid to the Rose Bowl on the line.
#1 Florida vs. #2 Alabama: Two of the nation's best defenses meet for the second year in a row in the SEC title game in Atlanta - winner goes to BCS Championship game, loser heads to New Orleans for Allstate Sugar Bowl.
#3 Texas vs. #22 Nebraska: Colt McCoy looking to win his first Big 12 Championship and earn a bid to the BCS National Championship game as 'Horns face 'Huskers in title game in Arlington.
#5 Cincinnati at #15 Pittsburgh: Panthers hope to recover from West Virginia loss and find a way to stop high-powered Bearcat offense with the winner capturing the Big East crown and a BCS Bowl bid.
#10 Georgia Tech vs. Clemson: Both teams suffered regular-season ending losses to state rivals, but ACC Championship game meeting in Tampa will decide orange Bowl bid.
Manning Award Stars of the WeekFrom the players currently on the Watch List for the Manning Award, here are some of the standout stars from week 13:
Colt McCoy, Texas (24-of-40, 304 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT)
Adds a career-best 175 rushing yards and two TDs on the ground in win over archrival Texas A&M.
Greg McElroy, Alabama (21-of-31, 218 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT)
Keys comeback victory by completing final seven passes, including the game-winning TD with 1:24 to go.
Tony Pike, Cincinnati (32-of-46, 399 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INT)
Returns to full-time action after injury by matching school record with six touchdown passes.
Tim Tebow, Florida (17-of-21, 221 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
Also rushes for two touchdowns while playing in the final home game of his career.
Trevor Vittatoe, UTEP (28-of-40, 517 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT)
Leads Miners to 52-21 win over Marshall with a school-record for passing yards in a game.
Manning Award Players to WatchWhile the final additions have been made to the Manning Award Watch List, all quarterbacks remain eligible to win the award. Here's a look at 13th-week numbers from quarterbacks who are not on the Watch List:
Diondre Borel, Utah State (18-of-29, 369 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT)
Aggies hold off Idaho, 52-49, in season finale.
Bryant Moniz, Hawaii (32-of-44, 366 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
After missing a game due to injury, Moniz returns to lead Warriors to upset of Navy and a 6-6 record with one game to go.
Theo Scott, Ohio (17-of-21, 324 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
Ran for two more touchdowns as Bobcats clinch MAC East with 35-17 win over Temple.
Joe Webb, UAB (20-of-35, 322 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT)
Senior adds 137 rushing yards and a TD as he leads furious comeback which comes up short in loss to UCF.
Updated Allstate Sugar Bowl ProjectionsCBS Sports: Alabama vs. Cincinnati
ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach: Florida vs. Cincinnati
ESPN.com's Bruce Feldman: Alabama vs. Cincinnati
College Football News: Alabama vs. Pittsburgh
SI.com's Stewart Mandel: Florida vs. Cincinnati
The Sporting News' Matt Hayes: Alabama vs. Boise State
Times-Picayune: Alabama vs. Cincinnati