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College Football Recap - Oct. 31

Monday, October 31, 2011


COLLEGE FOOTBALL RECAP - 10/31/11
Here's a brief look at the highlights of week nine of the college football season, a week which saw six Top-25 teams defeated, including losses by a pair of previously undefeated top-eight teams. The rankings used in this recap are the BCS Standings from prior to the games.

THE THRILLER
#6 Stanford 56, USC 48: Stanford had been routinely blowing out opponents - it had 10 straight wins by 25 or more points - but this time they had a thriller, needing three overtimes to outlast the proud Trojans, winning it when they recovered a USC fumble in the end zone.

FIRST-TIME LOSERS
Georgia Tech 31, #5 Clemson 17: Tevin Washington runs for 176 yards - the most ever by a Georgia Tech quarterback - to lead the Yellow Jackets to the upset victory, handing Clemson its first blemish of the year.

#9 Oklahoma 58, #8 Kansas State 17: Landry Jones throws for a school-record 505 yards and five touchdowns as the Sooners dismantle previously undefeated Kansas State.

UPSET SPECIALS
Ohio State 33, #15 Wisconsin 29: Braxton Miller throws a 40-yard touchdown pass to Devin Smith with 20 seconds left to lift the Buckeyes to the upset victory of the Badgers - the second straight loss for Wisconsin.

Missouri 38, #16 Texas A&M 31: James Franklin throws two touchdown passes, including the game-winner in overtime, and runs for two more scores to lead Missouri to a comeback victory over the Aggies.

Iowa State 41, #20 Texas Tech 7: Iowa State shocks the Red Raiders, holding them without a touchdown pass for the first time in 69 games, as Texas Tech falls to earth one week after an impressive upset victory over Oklahoma.

CLOSE, BUT NO CIGAR
#7 Oregon 43, Washington State 28: After the Cougars pulled within nine of the highly-ranked Ducks late in the third quarter, De'Anthony Thomas posted a 93-yard kickoff return score as Oregon holds on despite having to pull ineffective quarterback Darron Thomas.

#10 Arkansas 31, Vanderbilt 28: The Razorbacks fall behind by 14 points early, but slowly battled back behind quarterback Tyler Wilson's 316 yards, taking the lead with 6:53 to go, then holding on when Vandy misses a 27-yard field goal with eight seconds to go.

#22 Georgia 24, Florida 20: The Bulldogs convert a pair of gutsy fourth-down plays that lead to touchdowns as they overcome multiple mistakes to hold on for a victory over rival Florida to remain in control of the SEC East race.

#25 West Virginia 41, Rutgers 31: Trailing 31-21 at the half, the Mountaineers rally, holding Rutgers scoreless the rest of the way while Geno Smith throws three second-half touchdowns in the win.

DEFENSIVE GEMS
#14 Nebraska 24, #11 Michigan State 3: Nebraska's black shirts hold the Spartans to just 187 yards while Rex Burkhead rushes 35 times for 130 yards and two touchdowns.

#12 Virginia Tech 14, Duke 10: The Hokies are sluggish offensively, but they still hold on to hand Duke its 44th straight loss to a ranked team, clinching the win on Barquell Rivers interception with 55 seconds left.

#13 South Carolina 14, Tennessee 3: Playing its first full game without star back Marcus Lattimore, the Gamecocks turn to defense, holding the Volunteers to just 186 total yards, while backup back Brandon Wilds runs for 137 yards.

#19 Penn State 10, Illinois 7: Joe Paterno wins his 409th game, the most in Division I history, as the Nittany Lions hold Illinois to just seven points, clinching the win when a 42-yard field goal bounces off the right upright as time expires.

#24 Texas 43, Kansas 0: Freshman tailbacks Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron rack up 255 yards rushing as Texas ends a five-game home losing streak in the Big 12 with its first shutout since 2005, holding the Jayhawks to just 46 total yards.



CRUNCH TIME
#3 Oklahoma State 59, Baylor 24: The Cowboys' offense has been dominant all year, but their defense is starting to come together as well - they force five Baylor turnovers and also stop the Bears twice on fourth-and-one plays to remain perfect on the year.

#17 Houston 73, Rice 34: The Cougars truly crunch their crosstown rivals as star quarterback Case Keenum throws for an amazing 534 yards and NINE touchdowns, becoming the FBS all-time leader in TD passes.

#18 Michigan 36, Purdue 14: Fitzgerald Toussaint runs for a career-high 170 yards and two touchdowns while the Michigan defense shuts down the Boilermakers - after giving up a TD on the opening drive, the Wolverines score 36 straight points.

#21 Arizona State 48, Colorado 14: Brock Osweiler throws for 300 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Sun Devils maintain control of the Pac-12 South - and keep conference-newcomer Colorado winless in league play.

#23 Auburn 41, Ole Miss 23: Clint Moseley throws his first four career touchdown passes and Michael Dyer rushes for 177 yards as the Tigers outscore the Rebels, 24-6, in the second half.





 




VOTE FOR MANNING STARS
College football fans, be sure to "like" the official Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page (linked above) and vote each week for the Manning Award Player of the Week. The top quarterback performances from each week will be posted giving you the chance to vote for what you think was the best effort each week of the college football season.


MANNING AWARD STARS OF THE WEEK
While 31 quarterbacks were on the preseason Manning Award Watch List, and an additional 10 signal-callers were added in the midseason, every quarterback in the country remains eligible for the Manning Award. Here's a look at the best performances of the ninth week of the football season:

James Franklin (Missouri)
16-of-24, 198 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT
Franklin, who also rushes for 97 yards and a pair of scores, lifts Missouri to an overtime upset win over nationally-ranked Texas A&M,38-31.

Landry Jones (Oklahoma)
35-of-47, 505 yards, 5 TDs, 2 INT
Jones throws for a school-record 505 yards with five TDs to move into first place for Oklahoma career TDs with 90 as the Sooners crush any national championship hopes for Kansas State with a 58-17 victory over the previously undefeated Wildcats.

Case Keenum (Houston)
24-of-37, 534 yards, 9 TDs, 1 INT
Keenum sets the FBS record for career touchdowns with five and then adds on four more for good measure, for a total of nine TDs, as the Cougars crush Rice, 73-34, in a heavy down-pour in Houston.

Andrew Luck (Stanford)
29-of-40, 330 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT
Luck leads four late scoring drives to lift the Cardinal over USC in a triple-overtime thriller at the Coliseum, keeping Stanford alive for a spot in the national championship.

Brett Smith (Wyoming)
25-of-36, 341 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT
Smith also runs for a pair of touchdowns as he leads the surprising Cowboys to a 30-27 road victory over San Diego State to improve to 5-2 on the season.

Tino Sunseri (Pittsburgh)
29-of-42, 419 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT
Sunseri throws for a career-high 419 yards with two touchdowns while running for another score, leading the Panthers to a 35-20 victory over UConn, putting Pitt back in the conference race.  

Tevin Washington (Georgia Tech)
4-of-9, 60 yards 0 TD 1 INT
Washington runs for 176 yards, the most ever by a Yellow Jackets quarterback, and broke the two longest runs of his career with 46- and 56-yard runs, in an upset victory over Clemson, 31-17, to cripple the Tigers' national title hopes.
 
Tyler Wilson (Arkansas)
27-of-43, 316 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Wilson sets a school record for consecutive passes without an interception, with 176 and counting, and converts a fourth-quarter two-point conversion to tie the game, followed by directing the game-winning drive midway through the final quarter.


TOP UPCOMING GAMES
(current BCS standings)

#1 LSU at #2 Alabama: The much-anticipated showdown between the two top-ranked teams in the nation is being seen as a national semifinal, though both have additional challenging games on their schedules.

#9 South Carolina at #7 Arkansas: South Carolina hopes to keep rolling even without star back Marcus Lattimore, while Arkansas has won two straight nail-biters against unranked SEC foes.

Texas A&M at #6 Oklahoma: Inconsistent Texas A&M could provide a challenge for the Sooners, who are coming off a blowout of previously undefeated Kansas State.

#14 Kansas State at #3 Oklahoma State: The Wildcats came back down to earth with Oklahoma blowing them out on Saturday, but they get a chance for a big boost when they play at Oklahoma State this week in one of the bigger challenges left for the undefeated Cowboys.

#8 Oregon at Washington: The Ducks have continued to roll through their schedule since their season-opening loss to LSU, but a road game at fast-improving Washington could provide a challenge this week.  


Bowl Predictions
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 3, 2012
ESPN.com (Schlabach): LSU vs. Boise State
ESPN.com (Edwards): LSU vs. Boise State
CBSSports.com (Palm): LSU vs. Boise State
CBSSports.com (McMurphy): Alabama vs. Notre Dame (updates Tuesday)
College Football News: Alabama vs. Boise State
SI.com (Mandel): LSU vs. Boise State
USA Today: LSU vs. Oklahoma State

Allstate BCS National Championship, January 9, 2012
ESPN.com (Schlabach): Alabama vs. Oklahoma State
ESPN.com (Edwards): Alabama vs. Oklahoma State 
CBSSports.com (Palm): Alabama vs. Stanford
CBSSports.com (McMurphy): LSU vs. Oklahoma (updates Tuesday)
College Football News: LSU vs. Oklahoma
SI.com (Mandel): Alabama vs. Oklahoma State
USA Today: Alabama vs. Stanford
YOUTUBE PICK OF THE WEEK
Each week, the Allstate Sugar Bowl will make its YouTube Pick of the Week, top highlights, impressive off-field performances and great games, such as this game winning 40 yard TD pass by Ohio State's Braxton Miller with only 20 seconds to go, to take down the Badgers.