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College Football Recap, Nov. 25

Monday, November 25, 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 BCS standings entering the games.


#3 Ohio State 42, Indiana 14: Braxton Miller rushes for 144 yards and two scores while passing for 160 yards and two more TDs as the Buckeyes clinch the Big Ten Leaders Division.

#13 Michigan State 30, Northwestern 6: Connor Cook throws for a career-high 293 yards and the Spartans force three turnovers to cruise to victory and clinch the Big Ten Legends Division title.

#17 Arizona State 38, #14 UCLA 33: After jumping to a 35-13 halftime advantage, the Sun Devils have to scramble to hold on, but 225 passing yards and 99 rushing yards from Taylor Kelly takes care of business as Arizona State clinches the Pac-12 South title.

#15 Fresno State 69, New Mexico 28: Derek Carr's school record seven touchdowns to go with 527 passing yards help the Bulldogs register a school-record 820 yards of offense as they remain undefeated and clinch the Mountain West West Division title.

#16 Northern Illinois 35, Toledo 17: The Huskies clinch the MAC West title for the fourth straight year as Jordan Lynch turns in another dominant performance with 202 passing yards and 161 rushing yards.


Arizona 42, #5 Oregon 16: Ka'Deem Carey runs for 206 yards and four touchdowns as Rich Rodriguez' Wildcats shock the Ducks for their first win over a top-5 team since 1992.

#22 LSU 34, #12 Texas A&M 10: While the win may not be a shock, the relative ease of the victory for the Tigers is surprising, as the defense snaps the Aggies' streak of 13 straight games with 40-plus points and Terrence Magee runs for 149 yards.

#23 USC 47, Colorado 29: The Trojans continue their remarkable resurgence under Ed Orgeron as they blowout the Buffaloes for their sixth win in seven games since the interim coach took over.

Duke 28, Wake Forest 21: The Blue Devils tie the school record with their ninth victory and also keep themselves in the mix for an ACC Championship as Anthony Boone throws three touchdown passes.


#10 Oklahoma State 49, #4 Baylor 17: The Cowboys improve to 10-1 on the year with a shocking blowout of Baylor as Clint Chelf throws for a career-high 375 yards while the defense forces three Bear turnovers, including one fumble that was returned 78 yards for a score by Tyler Patmon.

#8 Missouri 24, #24 Ole Miss 10: The Tigers continue their remarkable run in year two of their SEC membership as they hold the Rebels to just 10 points and are now one win from clinching the SEC East Division title.

#21 Louisville 24, Memphis 17: Louisville registers its 10th win of the year as Teddy Bridgewater throws for 220 yards and the Cardinals hold off a Memphis rally which nearly erases a 24-3 deficit.


#18 UCF 41, Rutgers 17: Blake Bortles throws for 335 yards and accounts for a pair of touchdowns as the Knights keep themselves on track to not only win the American Athletic Conference, but also earn the resulting BCS Bowl bid.

#20 Oklahoma 41, Kansas State 31: The Sooners get out in front early, but then need a 74-yard interception return touchdown from Zack Sanchez in the fourth quarter to ice the victory over the Wildcats.


#9 Stanford 63, California 13: The Cardinal dominate archrival Cal as Kevin Hogan throws for 329 yards and five touchdowns and Stanford clinches the Pac-12 North Division and retains the Axe which the two teams battle for annually.

#19 Wisconsin 20, #25 Minnesota 7: James White rushes for 125 yards and the Badger defense holds the Gophers to just 185 yards of offense as Wisconsin retains Paul Bunyan's Axe with its 10th straight victory over Minnesota.


#1 Alabama 49, Chattanooga 0: AJ McCarron improves to 36-2 as the starting quarterback at Alabama, setting the school record for victories, as the Crimson Tide records its third shutout of the season.

#2 Florida State 80, Idaho 14: The Seminoles set a school record for points as standout freshman Jameis Winston throws for 225 yards and four touchdowns against the 1-10 Idaho Vandals.

#7 Clemson 52, Citadel 6: Tajh Boyd throws for five touchdowns in the final home game of his decorated career as the Tigers tally 558 yards of offense while holding the Bulldogs to just 172 yards, including minus-four passing yards.

#11 South Carolina 70, Coastal Carolina 10: Connor Shaw's 25th victory makes him the winningest quarterback in Gamecock history as he runs and passes for scores in a blowout of an FCS foe.


Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 2, 2014
CBS Sports (Jerry Palm): Auburn vs. UCF (no change) (Mark Schlabach): Auburn vs. UCF (no change) (Brad Edwards): Auburn vs. UCF (UCF replaces Oklahoma State)
College Football News: Missouri vs. Michigan State (no change) (Stewart Mandel): Auburn vs. UCF (no change)
Orlando Sentinel (Matt Murschel): Auburn vs. UCF (no change)
Bleacher Report: Auburn vs. UCF (no change)
SB Nation (Jason Kirk): Auburn vs. Fresno State (Fresno State replaces UCF)
Phil Steele: Auburn vs. UCF (no change)
USA Today (Erick Smith): Auburn vs. UCF (no change)
Sporting News (Bill Bender): Auburn vs. UCF (UCF replaces Fresno State) (Mike Huguenin): Auburn vs. UCF (no change)
Athlon Sports (Steven Lassan): Auburn vs. UCF (no change)

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Manning Award Stars of the Week 

While 30 quarterbacks are on the Manning Award Watch List, every quarterback in the country remains eligible for the honor. Here's a look at some of this week's top quarterback performances:

Anthony Boone, Duke
(24-of-29, 256 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 95.6)
Boone keeps the Blue Devils in the running for an ACC Championship with a strong passing game, as well as a career-best 57 rushing yards, in a 28-21 victory over Wake Forest.

Shane Carden, East Carolina
(23-of-30, 255 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 90.0)
Carden adds a pair of rushing touchdowns and throws his 30th TD pass of the year as he leads East Carolina to an impressive 42-28 win over North Carolina State.

Derek Carr, Fresno State
(27-of-37, 527 yards, 7 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 98.4)
Carr records a school-record for TD passes and a season-best in passing yards in three quarters of action as he carries the Bulldogs to a 69-28 win over New Mexico which clinches the Mountain West West Division title.

Clint Chelf, Oklahoma State
(19-of-25, 370 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 93.4)
Chelf, who also rushes for one score, tallies a career-high in passing yards while leading the Cowboys to an impressive 49-17 win over previously undefeated and fourth-ranked Baylor.

Connor Cook, Michigan State
(16-of-23, 293 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 90.4)
Cook connects for a career-high in passing yards in a huge game for the Spartans as they clinch the Big Ten Legends Division with a 30-6 win over Northwestern.

Kevin Hogan, Stanford
(17-of-26, 329 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 98.9)
Hogan helps the Cardinal clinch the Pac-12 North Division by registering career-highs in passing yards and touchdowns as Stanford beats archrival Cal, for the fourth straight year, 63-13.

Keenan Reynolds, Navy
(4-of-6, 46 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, QBR: 94.8)
Reynolds sets the record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with an amazing seven while also tallying 240 rushing yards as he leads the Midshipman to a thrilling 58-52 triple overtime win over San Jose State.

Brett Smith, Wyoming
(29-of-48, 498 yards, 7 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 94.5)
Smith turns in a massive game, adding 142 rushing yards and a score, for the most yards (640) by a player this year while also setting Wyoming records for passing TDs, TDs responsible for and total offense; and the Cowboys need it all as they edge Hawaii, 59-56, in overtime.

Top Upcoming Games

(current BCS rankings, all times Central)

South Florida at #19 UCF (Friday, 7 p.m., ESPN): The Golden Knights, whose only loss was by three points to South Carolina, can clinch the American Athletic Conference title and an automatic bid to a BCS Bowl.

#16 Fresno State at San Jose State (Friday, 2:30 p.m., CBS Sports): The Bulldogs need a big win over a solid Spartan team in order to gain points in hopes of passing Northern Illinois in the BCS Standings to re-gain automatic qualifier status to a BCS Bowl.

#2 Florida State at Florida (Saturday, 11 a.m., ESPN): The Seminoles have their sights set on the BCS Championship game and are not expected to be threatened by a reeling Florida team - however, a huge upset by the Gators would be a satisfying way to end a disappointing season.

#3 Ohio State at Michigan (Saturday, 11 a.m., ABC): The Buckeyes need to remain undefeated and hope for a slip-up from Florida State or Alabama, but archrival Michigan would like nothing more than to play spoiler.

#24 Duke at North Carolina (Saturday, 11 a.m., ESPN2): In one of the more surprising developments of the year, Duke can capture a slot in the ACC Championship game and keep alive for a BCS Bowl bid; a win over the rival Tar Heels would also mark the Blue Devils first 10-win season since 1941.

#1 Alabama at #4 Auburn (Saturday, 2:30 p.m., CBS): Surprisingly, the Iron Bowl has never been played with an SEC Championship game bid on the line, until this year when the red-hot Tigers host the undefeated and consensus number-one ranked Crimson Tide.

#6 Clemson at #10 South Carolina (Saturday, 6 p.m., ESPN2): The Palmetto State rivals are both looking to build their impressive resumes with this showdown, but interestingly, a loss doesn't necessarily knock either out of the BCS picture as Clemson could still go as an at-large and the Gamecocks could still win the SEC East.

#21 Texas A&M at #5 Missouri (Saturday, 6:45 p.m., ESPN): The two SEC newcomers meet in Columbia with the Tigers needing a win to capture the SEC East title and a berth in the SEC title game.


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