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November 14 College Football Recap

Monday, November 16, 2009

Here's a brief look at the highlights of the 11th week of the college football season, a week which saw the first BCS bid clinched (Ohio State) and six teams in the top-17 and nine of the top-25 suffer defeats. The rankings used in this recap are from the BCS Standings from Nov. 8.

CLINCHER#11 Ohio State 27, Iowa 24 (OT): Overtime field goal lifts Ohio State to Big Ten title and guaranteed BCS bid - likely to be a Rose Bowl trip for the Buckeyes.
#7 Georgia Tech 49, Duke 10: Yellow Jackets clinch berth in ACC title game after starting slow, then closing game with 42 unanswered points.

UPSETSStanford 55, #9 USC 21: Another shocking result for USC as Stanford and star RB Toby Gerhart (178 yards, 3 TDs) bury the Trojans - side effect is it likely spoils Pac-10 hopes for a second BCS team.
North Carolina 33, #14 Miami 24: Carolina's Kendric Burney tallies three interceptions as Miami's four turnovers are too much to overcome.
UCF 37, #15 Houston 32: The magic runs out for Houston, which can't comeback against the Golden Knights, likely foiling Case Keenum's Heisman hopes.
California 24, #17 Arizona 16: Playing without star running back Jahvid Best, Cal turns to Shane Vereen who rushed for 159 yards to send Arizona to its third loss.
Rutgers 31, #24 USF 0: Rutgers wins fourth straight, forcing four turnovers, blocking a punt and tallying seven sacks.

CLOSE CALLS#1 Florida 24, South Carolina 14: Not really a close call for Gators, but three missed field goals make it closer than Florida would have liked.
#5 Cincinnati 24, #25 West Virginia 21: Undefeated Bearcats shake off sloppy start to post third-straight 10-win season before largest crowd in stadium history.
#8 LSU 24, Louisiana Tech 16: Tigers come out flat and trail at the half, 13-7, but recover behind a pair of Keiland Williams touchdown runs.
#12 Pittsburgh 27, Notre Dame 22: Panthers jump ahead by 18, but Fighting Irish again show heart in battling back, but once again it's not enough as Pitt continues best season since the Dan Marino days.
#19 Oklahoma State 24, Texas Tech 17: Three interceptions for the Cowboy secondary are key as Oklahoma State holds on and keeps its hopes for a BCS bid alive.
#22 BYU 24, New Mexico 19: Tougher than expected for Cougars against winless Lobos, who outscore BYU, 12-6 in second half.

RECOVERING#18 Penn State 31, Indiana 20: Four first-half turnovers and a 10-0 deficit not enough to stop Penn State which recovers with 24 unanswered points to take charge.
#20 Wisconsin 45, Michigan 24: Michigan goes up 17-14, but Badger QB Scott Tolzien throws for four touchdowns as Wisconsin proceeds to blowout the Wolverines.

BLOWOUTS#2 Alabama 31, Mississippi State 3: Tide flexes its defensive muscles once again while Greg McElroy (13-of-18, 2 TDs) and Mark Ingram (149 rushing yards, 2 TDs) lead the offense.
#3 Texas 47, Baylor 14: Colt McCoy tied the NCAA record for wins by a quarterback as the Longhorns led 40-0 at halftime.
#4 TCU 55, #16 Utah 28: Likely the most impressive performance of the week as Horned Frogs throttle Utes with offense (tallying 549 yards) and defense (allowing just 284 yards).
#6 Boise State 63, Idaho 25: The battle for Idaho pride is dominated by the undefeated Broncos who lead 21-7 after one quarter and 42-17 at the half.
#13 Oregon 44, Arizona State 21: LaMichael James runs for 150 yards and three TDs as Ducks' win combined with Arizona loss puts Oregon in driver's seat for Pac-10 title.
#21 Virginia Tech 36, Maryland 9: Tyrod Taylor throws for 268 yards and a career-best three touchdowns as Hokies lead by as many as 30 in the fourth quarter.
#23 Oregon State 48, Washington 21: Jacquizz Rodgers runs for 159 yards and two TDs as Beavers lead 41-7 after three quarters.

JOINING THE RANKINGS#17 Stanford: Toby Gerhart runs for deeper into the Heisman race as Cardinal has second straight dominant win and makes jump from unranked to No. 17.
#23 Clemson: C.J. Spiller continues to display Heisman credentials by running for a touchdown, catching a touchdown and throwing for a touchdown in road victory over North Carolina State.
#25 California: Bears continue to yo-yo in and out of the rankings, this time upending No. 17 Arizona behind a big effort from backup tailback Shane Vereen.

This Week's Key Games (with new BCS rankings)#8 LSU at Ole Miss: Tigers hope to remain in Top-10 while Ole Miss looks for another huge game from Dexter McCluster who smashed Tennessee with 282 rushing yards.
Kansas State at Nebraska: The convoluted Big 12 North could be decided in Lincoln as 6-5 K-State battles the 7-3 Huskers.
#14 Penn State at Michigan State: Despite being out of the Big Ten title picture, Penn State is still very much in the hunt for a BCS-bid.
#10 Ohio State at Michigan: Buckeyes have already clinched the Big Ten title, but look to snag another win in the Big House - Michigan has lost six straight to FBS foes.
#11 Oregon at Arizona: Ducks can all but clinch the Pac-10 crown and a BCS bid with a win over the Wildcats - Oregon State could still foil plans in season-ending Civil War.
Kansas at #3 Texas: Longhorns would clinch Big 12 South with a win over 5-5 Kansas.

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 11:

Blaine Gabbert, Missouri (20-of-27, 298 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
Gabbert leads Tigers to key victory over Kansas State, keeping them alive for Big 12 North title.

Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan (29-of-36, 341 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT)
Senior signal-caller for the Chippewas adds four rushing touchdowns in 56-28 win over Toledo.

Ryan Mallett, Arkansas (23-of-30, 405 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT)
Mallett sets Arkansas' single-season passing record (2,882 yards) as Arkansas blasts Troy, 56-20.

Kellen Moore, Boise State (22-of-32, 299 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT)
National leader in passing efficiency has thrown for three or more TDs in six straight games.

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 11th-week numbers from quarterbacks who are not on the Watch List:

Sean Canfield, Oregon State (21-of-29, 185 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT)
Veteran single-caller continues solid season with another mistake-free performance.

Ricky Dobbs, Navy (4-of-6, 78 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INT)
Option QB rushes for 100 yards and five TDs to set Navy school record for touchdowns (22) and needs one more to tie national record.

Landry Jones, Oklahoma (24-of-39, 392 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT)
Jones and the Sooners dominate Texas A&M, 65-10.

Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin (16-of-24, 240 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT)
Tolzien rushes for another touchdown as Wisconsin pulls together to blow out Michigan.

Joe Webb, UAB (18-of-25, 379 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
Another exceptional performance as Webb adds 52 rushing yards and another TD in 31-21 win over Memphis.

Updated Allstate Sugar Bowl ProjectionsCBS Sports: Alabama vs. Cincinnati's Mark Schlabach: Florida vs. Cincinnati's Bruce Feldman: Alabama vs. Cincinnati
College Football News: Alabama vs. TCU's Stewart Mandel: Florida vs. Pittsburgh
The Sporting News' Matt Hayes: Florida vs. TCU