COLLEGE FOOTBALL RECAP - OCTOBER 16, 2012
Here's a brief look at the highlights of week seven of the college football season, a week which included a handful of match-ups of ranked opponents going head-to-head with some big losses along the way, all leading up to the unveiling of the BCS Standings. The rankings used in this recap are the AP Rankings from prior to the games.
BEASTS FROM THE EAST
#18 Louisville 45, Pittsburgh 35: After trailing going into halftime, QB Teddy Bridgewater began the second-half with a 75-yard TD pass to WR DeVante Parker, who had four receptions for 153 yards, to give Louisville the lead and eventually the win to continue its best start since 2006 at 6-0. BEST OF THE WEST
#20 Rutgers 23, Syracuse 15: Rutgers defense and special teams contributed to another win with a blocked field goal by LB Jamal Merrell which was run back for a TD by DB Duron Harmon, making the Scarlet Knights bowl eligible at 6-0 for the seventh time in eight years.
#21 Cincinnati 49, Fordham 17: After a closely matched first-half, Cincinnati pulled away as QB Munchie Legaux passed for two scores and ran for another, scoring on every second-half possession, beating Fordham and advancing to a 5-0 start.
#10 Oregon State 42, BYU 24: Oregon State QB Cody Vaz took his first snap since 2010 as the backup QB took on his first start as a Beaver and threw for three touchdowns and 332 yards against a defense ranked fifth in the nation.
#11 USC 24, Washington 14: The Trojans defense stepped up and sacked Washington QB Keith Price five times and forced five turnovers, helping to get the win for USC as its offense struggled at times against the Huskies defense.
#1 Alabama 42, Missouri 10: Alabama RBs Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon each ran for 100 yards and combined for five scores as the Crimson Tide had a season high 533 total yards and held Missouri to 129 total yards and three yards rushing. OH SO CLOSE!
#19 Mississippi State 41, Tennessee 31: Tennessee's offense struggled in the first half with just 97 total yards and only 24 after the opening drive partly due to the Bulldogs defense. Mississippi State built a comfortable 27-14 lead by halftime. QB Tyler Russell threw for a career-high 291 yards and two touchdowns, including a 9-yard pass to TE Malcolm Johnson with nine seconds remaining to seal the victory.
#7 Notre Dame 20, #17 Stanford 13: In the only Top 25 OT game of the week, the Fighting Irish came out on top with a strong fourth-quarter performance and a game-winning stop on fourth down and inches in OT to stay unbeaten.
#8 Ohio State 52, Indiana 49: The Buckeyes held off a fourth-quarter Hoosier comeback to become the first team with seven wins as Braxton Miller rushed for 149 yards and passed for 211 yards.
#9 LSU 23, #3 South Carolina 21: LSU outgained South Carolina 406 to 211 with the help of freshman RB Jeremy Hill who, as part of his 124-yard, two touchdown performance, had a 50-yard scoring run with 5:03 to go put the Tigers ahead by nine.
#22 Texas A&M 59, #23 Louisiana Tech 57: Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel ran for 181 yards and three TDs and threw for 395 yards and three more scores, two of which were in the fourth-quarter, preventing a last minute comeback by the Bulldogs as the Aggies finished with 678 yards of offense.
TOP NOTCH QBs
#4 Florida 31, Vanderbilt 17: Florida QB Jeff Driskel broke Tim Tebow's quarterback rushing record as he ran for a career-high 177 yards including three touchdowns while the offense, as a whole, ran for 326 of its 403 yards even though Vanderbilt was able to shut down RB Mike Gillislee for much of the game.DOMINANT DEFENSE
Texas Tech 49, #5 West Virginia 14: Texas Tech QB Seth Doege threw for 499 yards and 6 TDs to upset West Virginia and its star QB Geno Smith, who completed 29-of-55 passes for 275 yards, but struggled to score.
#6 Kansas State 27, Iowa State 21: QB Collin Klein ran for 105 yards and three TDs and threw for 187 more yards as the Wildcats held the ball for more than forty minutes. Iowa State still had a chance to win the game with 2:17 left on its own 3-yard line, but the Wildcats' defense held on to finish the game.
#12 Florida State 51, Boston College 7: After suffering its first loss last week, FSU came back strong, led by QB EJ Manuel who threw for a career-high 439 yards and four TDs, completing 27-of-34 passes before leaving early in the fourth-quarter as Boston College remained scoreless in the second-half.
#13 Oklahoma 63, #15 Texas 21: Landry Jones threw for 321 yards to become Oklahoma's winningest QB as he led the Sooners to their third straight win in the Red River Rivalry, becoming just the fourth Oklahoma QB to beat Texas three times.
#24 Boise State 20, Fresno State 10: The Broncos rushed for 215 yards and the defense collected two turnovers, three sacks and did not allow a TD until the final minutes in a team effort for Boise State in its seventh straight win over Fresno State.BOWL PREDICTIONS
#25 Michigan 45, Illinois 0: The Wolverines had their first shut out of the season, holding the Fighting Illini to 134 yards with just 13 yards after halftime and QB Denard Robinson threw for two TD passes, ran for two scores and accounted for 287 yards.
CBSSports.com (Palm): Georgia vs. Louisville (no changes
ESPN.com (Schlabach): Florida vs. Oklahoma (replacing South Carolina vs. Kansas State)
ESPN.com (Edwards): South Carolina vs. Oklahoma (Oklahoma replaces Kansas State)
SI.com (Mandel): South Carolina vs. Oklahoma (Oklahoma replaces West Virginia)
Sporting News: Florida vs. Oklahoma (replacing South Carolina vs. Notre Dame)
Orlando Sentinel: Florida vs. Oklahoma (replacing South Carolina vs. Kansas State)
Phil Steele: Florida vs. Oklahoma (remains the same)
USA Today (Myerberg): Florida vs. Notre Dame
USA Today (Smith): Florida vs. Clemson
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 #7 Notre Dame's impressive stop on fourth down and inches in OT to beat Stanford, 20-13.
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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 seventh week of the football season:Top Upcoming Games
Colby Cameron, Louisiana Tech
44-of-58, 450 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT
After a slow start, Cameron and the Bulldogs come to life, nearly erasing a 23-point second-half deficit before coming up just short in a 59-57 shootout with Texas A&M.
Devin Combs, Nevada
14-of-19, 167 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Making his first career start, Combs uses his arm and his feet (111 rushing yards and a TD) to help the Wolf Pack erase a 21-point deficit in a Mountain West road victory over UNLV.
Seth Doege, Texas Tech
32-of-42, 499 yards, 6 TDs, 1 INT
Doege matches his career-high in TD passes as he outdueled Heisman front-runner Geno Smith in Texas Tech's shocking 49-14 upset of previously undefeated and fifth-ranked West Virginia.
Ryan Griffin, Tulane
17-of-32, 302 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT
After missing three games with an injured shoulder, Griffin returns to the Tulane lineup and tosses the game-winning touchdown pass with 35 seconds to go to lift the Green Wave to its first victory of the season, 27-26, over SMU.
Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
13-of-20, 230 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT
Lynch continues to be a regular on the list as he adds 129 rushing yards and two scores in a 45-3 victory over Buffalo as the Huskies improve to 6-1.
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
24-of-40, 395 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT
Manziel also rushes for 181 yards and three touchdowns to break his own SEC and school records for total offense in a wild 59-57 shootout victory over nationally-ranked Louisiana Tech.
Cody Vaz, Oregon State
20-of-32, 332 yards, 3 TDs, 0 TD
Oregon State's perfect season appeared to be in trouble when its starting QB went down with an injury, but Vaz makes his first career start and leads the Beavers to a 42-24 win over BYU, whose defense had been ranked fifth in the nation.
Tyler Wilson, Arkansas
23-of-31, 372 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT
Wilson throws a 74-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the game and keeps on rolling to a career-high five touchdowns in less than three quarters of play as the Razorbacks beat Kentucky 49-7 in a weather-shortened game.
(current BCS rankings, all times Central)
#3 Oregon at Arizona State (Thursday, 8 p.m. ESPN): The undefeated Ducks appear to be national championship contenders again, while Arizona State has quietly climbed to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the Pac-12.
#6 LSU at #18 Texas A&M (11 a.m., ESPN): LSU revived its national championship hopes with a big win over South Carolina and now travel to College Station as the Aggies and freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel host their first SEC "power" since joining the league.
#7 South Carolina at #2 Florida (2:30 p.m., CBS): South Carolina looks to recover after its tough loss at LSU and Steve Spurrier returns to his old Gator stomping grounds.
#17 Texas Tech at #23 TCU (2:30 p.m., ESPN2/ABC): Te Red Raiders and coach Tommy Tuberville jumped into the national picture with an impressive victory over West Virginia, but not they face a much tougher defense from Big 12 newcomer TCU.
#4 Kansas State at #13 West Virginia (6 p.m., ESPN): A critical Big 12 battle between two league frontrunners - a second straight loss could knock the Mountaineers out of the BCS picture, while a win puts the Wildcats in the Big 12 driver's seat.
#14 Florida State at Miami (7 p.m., ABC): The Seminoles are likely out of the national title picture, but Miami could deal them a serious blow in the ACC picture.