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Nov. 23 College Football Recap

Monday, November 23, 2009

Here's a brief look at the highlights of the 12th week of the college football season, a week which saw just three losses in the Top-25. The rankings used in this recap are from the BCS Standings from Nov. 15.

CLINCHERS#3 Texas 51, Kansas 20: Longhorns clinch Big 12 South as Colt McCoy throws for 396 yards and four touchdowns.
#23 Clemson 34, Virginia 21: Tigers will play Georgia Tech in ACC Championship after winning sixth straight with C.J. Spiller setting the ACC record for all-purpose yards in a season.
Nebraska 17, Kansas State 3: Husker defense allows field goal on opening series and no more points the rest of the way to clinch Big 12 North.

UPSETSOle Miss 25, #8 LSU 23: Upset in standings, but Ole Miss was actually favored at home - Rebels use another big game from Dexter McCluster to upend Tigers.
Northwestern 33, #16 Wisconsin 31: Wildcats have won eight games in consecutive seasons as Mike Kafka throws for over 300 yards in upset win.
#25 California 35, #17 Stanford 28: Cal gets second straight win over ranked foe, spoiling any chances for Stanford to reach the Rose Bowl, in 112th meeting between teams.

ESCAPES#11 Oregon 44, Arizona 41 (2OT): Oregon becomes first Pac-10 team with five straight 40-point games with a thrilling road victory over Wildcats.
#12 Oklahoma State 31, Colorado 28: Third-string quarterback Brandon Weeden keeps Cowboys alive for a BCS bid by throwing for a pair of second half touchdowns.

RIVALRY TUNE-UPS#1 Florida 62, Florida International 3: Tebow and Gator defense crush Panthers as a warm-up for next weekend's finale against Florida State.
#2 Alabama 45, UT-Chattanooga 0: Tide holds FCS foe to a TOTAL of 84 yards in final prep for Iron Bowl challenge at Auburn.
#15 Virginia Tech 38, North Carolina State 10: Freshman Ryan Williams runs for 120 yards and four touchdowns as Hokies prep for state showdown with Virginia.
#19 Oregon State 42, Washington State 10: Jacquizz Rodgers tallies 165 rushing yards and a pair of scores as Beavers roll into "Civil War" with Oregon with a Rose Bowl bid on the line.
#21 Utah 38, San Diego State 7: Utes score all 38 points in the first half to roll into BYU game with a 9-2 mark.
#22 BYU 38, Air Force 21: Cougars are also 9-2 heading into Utah game as quarterback Max Hall is too much for Air Force defense.

RIVALRY WINS#10 Ohio State 21, Michigan 10: Buckeyes close another 10-win season by running for 251 yards in sixth straight win over the Wolverines.
#13 Iowa 12, Minnesota 0: Hawkeyes take home the Floyd Rosedale Trophy, but more importantly, remain firmly in the hunt for a BCS bid after shutout victory.
#25 California 35, #17 Stanford 28: Running back Shane Vereen carries 42 times for 196 yards as Cal wins the 112th Big Game - the Bears have won 7-of-8 in the heated rivalry.

BLOWOUTS#4 TCU 45, Wyoming 10: Matthew Tucker runs for 134 yards and two touchdowns as Frogs improve to 11-0.
#6 Boise State 52, Utah State 21: Utah State stays close - into the second quarter - before 21 unanswered Boise points blows the game open.
#14 Penn State 42, Michigan State 14: Score is tied at halftime, but Lions explode behind Darryl Clark, who tallied 310 yards and four TDs.
#24 Houston 55, Memphis 14: Another monster game for Case Keenum who goes over 400 yards and sets the Houston record for career TD passes with 94.

JOINING THE RANKINGS#24 North Carolina: Tar Heels continue to finish strong, winning fourth straight as defense forces four turnovers in 31-13 victory over Boston College.
#25 Ole Miss: Revamped Rebels have turned to sensational Dexter McCluster to reel off three straight wins, including second in a row over the Tigers.

This Week's Key Games (with new BCS rankings)#3 Texas at Texas A&M (Thursday): Aggies could spoil Longhorns' national championship dreams in College Station.
#2 Alabama at Auburn (Friday): The Iron Bowl seems tilted towards the Crimson Tide, but as in any rivalry, throw out the records - Alabama is already locked into the SEC title game, could it make the BCS Championship even with a loss?
#9 Pittsburgh at West Virginia (Friday): Game is more interesting than crucial - the Big East title will be decided on Dec. 5 when Pitt hosts Cincinnati, a loss to West Virginia won't change that.
Nevada at #6 Boise State (Friday): Boise being undefeated is a foregone conclusion for most, but not the Wolfpack, which has won eight straight games by an average of 29.0 points per game.
#16 Oregon State at #8 Oregon: The "Civil War" in Eugene puts state rivals against each other with a bid to the Rose Bowl as the prize.
#12 Oklahoma State at Oklahoma: The Cowboys most likely need to beat the Sooners to have a chance at a BCS bid - by the way, Oklahoma has won a nation's best 29 straight at home.
Florida State at #1 Florida: Florida State will continue the nation's longest bowl streak, but Florida is counting on reaching the National Championship game - see Alabama on possibility of reaching title game with a loss.
Georgia at #7 Georgia Tech: It's been a disappointing year in Athens, but the Bulldogs could save some face with an upset of Georgia Tech, which has oranges on its mind.

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 12:

Levi Brown, Troy (27-of-36, 477 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT)
Brown sets school record for passing yards as Troy clinches share of fourth straight Sun Belt Championship in win over Florida Atlantic.

Max Hall, BYU (33-of-45, 377 yards, 5 TDs, 2 INTs)
Senior sets school record for wins with his 30th as Cougars top Air Force, 38-21.

Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan (25-of-28, 344, 4 TDs, 0 INT)
Senior adds rushing TD as he becomes the MAC's all-time leading passer (topping Byron Leftwich) in 35-3 win over Ball State.

Jeremiah Masoli, Oregon (26-of-47, 284 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT)
Junior adds three rushing touchdowns as he ties game in final seconds of regulation and wins it with a TD run in second overtime.

Colt McCoy, Texas (32-of-41, 396 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT)
Sets NCAA record for wins while helping Longhorns clinch Big 12 South with win over Kansas.

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 12th-week numbers from quarterbacks who are not on the Watch List:

B.J. Daniels, South Florida (20-of-34, 304 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT)
Redshirt freshman adds 141 rushing yards and two TDs as Bulls move to 7-3 with 34-22 win over Louisville.

Joey Elliott, Purdue (21-of-29, 205 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT)
Purdue closes season with win over state rival as Elliott throws for career-high four TDs.

Nick Foles, Arizona (30-of-46, 314 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT)
Another excellent effort from Foles, but it's not enough as Oregon escapes in double overtime.

Mike Kafka, Northwestern (26-of-40, 326 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT)
Second straight 300-yard game for Kafka lifts Northwestern to third straight victory.

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: Florida vs. Pittsburgh
Times-Picayune: Florida vs. Cincinnati