College Football Recap - September 25, 2012
Here's a brief look at the highlights of week four of the college football season, a week which tested many top 25 teams, giving them an opportunity to learn from this week and adjust for next week. The rankings used in this recap are the preseason AP Rankings from prior to the games.
EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD
#1 Alabama 40, Florida Atlantic 7: Even the No. 1 team in the country has room for improvement as the Crimson Tide was not able to get a third straight shutout this week, but AJ McCarron's three TD passes and Eddie Lacy's 106 yards rushing were more than enough to take down Florida Atlantic.
#3 Oregon 49, #22 Arizona 0: The Ducks dominated on both sides of the ball in a matchup of two of the fastest offenses in the Pac-12. Oregon's offense was good, but the Duck's defense was great as they shutout the Wildcats, the first shutout in conference play for Oregon since 2003.
#5 Georgia 48, Vanderbilt 3: Georgia QB Aaron Murray proved once again that he is an elite quarterback, putting together his most complete outing of the season, throwing for 250 yards and two TDs and raising the Bulldogs to another level.
#17 TCU 27, Virginia 7: TCU had this game in control from the start with the exception of a fourth quarter TD for the Cavaliers. Horned Frogs WR Brandon Carter had a spectacular day with five catches for 127 yards including a one-handed catch resulting in a touchdown.
YOU'VE BEEN WARNED
#2 LSU 12, Auburn 10: In a game that came down to defense, LSU came out on top, shutting out Auburn in the second half, behind a great performance from Sam Montgomery (3.5 tackles for loss). LSU Coach Les Miles said "a tremendous lesson" can be learned from this close call.
#4 Florida St 49, #10 Clemson 37: FSU had an explosive second half, which ultimately put the Seminoles on top of the Tigers for good in an hard fought offensive battle in which the two teams combined for 1,093 yards.
#8 West Virginia 31, Maryland 21: West Virginia WR Tavon Austin had a remarkable game with three TD receptions to help the Mountaineers pull away from their regional rivals.
#20 Louisville 28, Florida Int 21: Miami native Teddy Bridgewater threw for two TDs and ran for another to secure a win over Florida International for his homecoming as Louisville improves to 4-0 on the season.
#23 Miss St 30, South Alabama 10: Despite a sluggish outing, Mississippi State was able to beat South Alabama handedly, giving the Bulldogs their first 4-0 start since 1999.
#24 Boise State 7, BYU 6: The Broncos held off a late rally to beat the Cougars 7-6 in a game dominated by defense as the Boise State defense forced five turnovers and held BYU scoreless until the final minutes of play when the Cougars scored a TD, but failed on an attempted two-point conversion.
#14 Florida 38, Kentucky 0: The story remains the same as the previous four years as Florida beat Kentucky once again in grand fashion, extending the nation's longest winning streak in a current series between two teams.
#7 South Carolina 31, Missouri 10: South Carolina QB Connor Shaw was almost flawless, completing 20 straight passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns as the Gamecocks gave a rude welcome to Missouri in its first SEC road game.
#13 USC 27, California 9: USC RB Silas Redd rushed for 158 yards and a TD in a game that showcased the Trojan's running game as they recovered from last week's loss to Stanford.
TALE OF THE QB
Oregon St 27, #19 UCLA 20: While all eyes were focused on UCLA QB Brett Hundley, Oregon State's QB Sean Mannion (career-high 379 passing yards and two touchdowns) and RB Storm Woods (96 rushing yards and a TD) stole the show as they pulled off the upset against the Bruins.
#11 Notre Dame 13, #18 Michigan 6: Manti Te'o had two interceptions to lead a solid Notre Dame team effort which held Michigan scoreless until the fourth quarter and forced six turnovers, including four by star quarterback Denard Robinson.
#15 Kansas St 24, #6 Oklahoma 19: After being beaten by 41 points last season, Kansas State gained revenge and crushed the Sooners' hopes crushed for an undefeated season. Wildcat QB Collin Klein had 228 yards of total offense and ran for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter.
#16 Ohio State 29, UAB 15: Braxton Miller had another good outing, rushing for two touchdowns to carry the Buckeyes to victory over a determined UAB squad.
GETTING BACK ON TRACK
#25 Nebraska 73, Idaho St 7: After being knocked out of the top 25 after a loss to UCLA two weeks ago, the Cornhuskers appeared to be back on track as they dismantled Idaho State with a strong performance by Nebraska RB Rex Burkhead who ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns.
# 21 Michigan St 23, E Michigan 7: Although the Spartans got off to a slow start, they turned to RB Le'Veon Bell who rushed for a career-high 253 yards and a touchdown with 36 carries, the sixth-best rushing performance in school history.
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 that you think was the best effort each week of the college football season.
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 second week of the football season:
Colby Cameron, Louisiana Tech
15-of-22, 284 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT
Cameron leads the Bulldogs to a quick start, then tosses a pair of third-quarter touchdowns as Louisiana Tech blows out Big Ten foe Illinois, 52-24, on the road.
Nick Florence, Baylor
26-of-39, 351 yards, 4 TDs, 2 INT
Florence, who also rushes for 55 yards, tosses a career-high four touchdowns, and leads a pair of fourth-quarter scoring drives as the Bears come from behind to defeat a dangerous UL-Monroe team, 47-42, for their ninth straight victory.
Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion
55-of-79, 730 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT
Heinicke sets a Division I record for passing yards to rally the Monarchs from a 20-point deficit, capping the day with a late 11-play drive to set up the game-winning field goal in a 64-61 win over New Hampshire.
Sean Mannion, Oregon State
24-of-35, 379 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Mannion's career-high 379 yards lift the Beavers to a 27-20 victory over No. 19 UCLA, their second straight win over a ranked opponent.
EJ Manuel, Florida State
27-of-35, 380 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT
Manuel, who also rushes for 102 yards, rallies the Seminoles to 28 straight second-half points en route to a 49-37 victory over 10th-ranked ACC-foe Clemson.
Gary Nova, Rutgers
25-of-35, 397 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT
Nova throws for a career-best 397 yards as Rutgers upends Arkansas on the road to improve to 4-0 for the first time since 2006.
Connor Shaw, South Carolina
20-of-21, 249 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT
Coming off an injury, Shaw picks apart Missouri through the air and also adds 41 rushing yards in a 31-10 Gamecock win.
Brett Smith, Wyoming
23-of-35, 365 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT
Smith's fifth touchdown of the day is a 25-yard game-winner in overtime which sets his career-high for passing yards as the Cowboys pick up their first win of the year, 40-37 over Idaho.
Top Upcoming Games
#25 Baylor at #9 West Virginia (11 a.m., FX): The Mountaineers make their Big 12 debut at home with the tough challenge of red-hot Baylor, which has a nine-game winning streak.
Arkansas at Texas A&M (11:21 a.m., SEC Network): The former Southwest Conferences rivals who have met regularly in the recent Southwest Classic, now meet for the first time as Southeastern Conference rivals, with the Razorbacks in desperate need of a win and the Aggies ready to get on the board in the SEC.
Tennessee at #5 Georgia (2:30 p.m., CBS): The Bulldogs and quarterback Aaron Murray have rolled into the Top Five in the nation, but Tennessee brings its own QB star in Tyler Bray for a crucial SEC East showdown.
#14 Ohio State at #20 Michigan State (2:30 p.m., ABC): The two top-ranked Big Ten teams have attracted the attention of ESPN's GameDay; Michigan State has its eyes on the Rose Bowl while Ohio State, which is not eligible for postseason play, looks to play spoiler.
#12 Texas at Oklahoma State (6:50 p.m., Fox): Oklahoma State lost many key players from last year's Fiesta Bowl squad, but they still boast a high-powered offense which will give Texas' return to prominence a challenge in Stillwater.
Wisconsin at #22 Nebraska (7 p.m., ABC): Considered a national title contender in the preseason, the Badgers have struggled, but they can get back on track with the Big Ten schedule opening against Nebraska, which is emerging as one of the favorites in the league behind strong play from quarterback Taylor Martinez.
#18 Oregon State at Arizona (9 p.m., Pac-12 Network): Oregon State has stopped a pair of nationally-ranked teams already this year with its ironclad run defense, but Arizona brings a high-power air attack under new coach Rich Rodriguez.
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 2, 2013
CBSSports.com (Palm): LSU vs. Louisville (LSU replaces Alabama
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