COLLEGE FOOTBALL RECAP - OCTOBER 9, 2012
Here's a brief look at the highlights of week six of the college football season, a week which included three upsets in the Top 5 alone and nine total Top-25 losses with some incredible finishes as an added bonus. The rankings used in this recap are the preseason AP Rankings from prior to the games.
TOP 5 MAKEOVER
North Carolina State 17, #3 Florida State 16: After being shut out in the first-half, NC State gave FSU a taste of its own medicine, shutting out the Seminoles in the second-half and with 16 seconds remaining, QB Mike Glennon found WR Bryan Underwood for a 2-yard TD on fourth-down for the win.
#10 Florida 14, #4 LSU 6: Florida’s dominant defense shut out the Tigers in the second-half and RB Mike Gillislee ran 34 times for a career-high 146 yards and two touchdowns in another come-from behind-win for the Gators.
#6 South Carolina 35, #5 Georgia 7: In an SEC matchup that was anticipated to be a very close game, South Carolina’s defense helped to write a different story, holding Georgia to 224 yards, less than half its season’s average, shutting out the Bulldogs until a TD with 1:55 to go.
THE REAL DEAL
#2 Oregon 52, #23 Washington 21: Oregon QB Marcus Mariota threw for 198 yards and four TDs and RB Kenjon Barner, ranked 10th in the nation with an average of 121 yards rushing per game, ran for 122 yards to lead the Ducks to victory.
#7 Kansas State 56, Kansas 16: After a first-half in which everything seemed to fall Kansas’ way, Kansas State returned for the second-half and dominated, only allowing two points and scoring four TDs in the third-quarter as QB Collin Klein threw for 129 yards and two scores while running for 116 yards and two more TDs.
#9 Notre Dame 41, Miami (FL) 3: Improving to 5-0 for the first time since 2002, the Irish produced 587 yards of offense and 376 yards rushing as RB’s Cierre Wood and George Atkinson III gave Notre Dame its first 100-yard rushing duo in a decade.
DIDN’T SEE IT COMING
Iowa State 37, #15 TCU 23: Iowa State ended the longest winning streak in major college football at twelve games with its victory over TCU as the Cyclones completed their third consecutive season with a win on the road against a Top-25 team. TCU played without suspended QB Casey Pachall.
Penn State 39, #24 Northwestern 28: The Nittany Lions trailed going into the fourth-quarter, but scored twenty-two points while shutting out Northwestern to finish, including a 5-yard TD run with 2:37 left to hand the Wildcats their first loss.
California 43, #25 UCLA 17: Cal QB Zach Maynard started the game off with an interception and from then on was extremely difficult for the Bruins defense to stop, completing 25 of 30 passes for 295 yards as the Bears beat UCLA for the seventh straight time at home.
STARTED SLOW, FINISHED STRONG
#12 Ohio State 63, #21 Nebraska 38: Despite a first quarter in which the Buckeyes did not have a first down, Ohio State dominated Nebraska in the remaining three quarters of a decisive victory, as Braxton Miller broke his own school record for QB rushing yards (188) and RB Carlos Hyde rushed for career highs of 140 yards and four TDs.
#13 USC 38, Utah 28: After a 14-0 start for Utah, USC settled down behind QB Matt Barkley who led the Trojans to 28 straight points, passing for 303 yards and three touchdowns.
#15 Clemson 47, Georgia Tech 31: Although Georgia Tech had the better start, Clemson had the better finish as it ran 93 plays and gained 601 yards as QB Tajh Boyd threw for a career high 397 yards.
#14 Oregon State 19, Washington State 6: Beavers CB Jordan Poyer had three interceptions including his third which sealed the victory with 3:18 remaining and DE Scott Crichton added three sacks as the Beavers defense dominated the low scoring affair.
#22 Rutgers 19, UConn 3: Rutgers defense, which came in ranked No.1 in the country in rush defense, allowed 53 yards rushing and 244 yards total and forced five turnovers while Jawan Jamison ran for 110 yards to lead the Scarlet Knights to their best start since 2006.
ALMOST ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH
#8 West Virginia 48, #11 Texas 45: West Virginia RB Andrew Buie stole the show as he ran for 207 yards and two touchdowns as the Mountaineers came away with a win in an offensive battle, which was not sealed until West Virginia secured an onside kick with 14 seconds to go. QUALITY QBs
#18 Stanford 54, Arizona 48: In the only OT game in the Top 25, Stanford rallied to beat Arizona thanks to a strong performance by QB Josh Nunes who threw for a career-high 360 yards and two touchdowns and ran for three more, leading his team back from a two-touchdown deficit.
#17 Oklahoma 41, Texas Tech 20: After losing two weeks ago, the Sooners came back strong as QB Landry Jones passed for 259 yards with two TDs helping Oklahoma to victory over Texas Tech which had its worst defensive performance of the year, giving up 380 total yards after coming in ranked No. 1 in the nation.
#20 Mississippi State 27, Kentucky 14: Mississippi State QB Tyler Russell led the Bulldogs to a win over Kentucky as he passed for two TDs and was 23 of 29 for 269 yards while RB LaDarius Perkins carried 25 times for 110 yards, including a 31-yard score, putting Mississippi State at 5-0 for the first time since 1999.
CBSSports.com (Palm): Georgia vs. Louisville (Georgia replaces LSU)
ESPN.com (Schlabach): South Carolina vs. Kansas State (replacing Georgia vs. West Virginia)
ESPN.com (Edwards): South Carolina vs. Kansas State (South Carolina replaces Georgia)
SI.com (Mandel): South Carolina vs. West Virginia (replacing Georgia vs. Texas)
Orlando Sentinel: South Carolina vs. Kansas State (South Carolina replaces LSU)
Phil Steele: Florida vs. Oklahoma (Florida replaces LSU)
Sporting News: South Carolina vs. Notre Dame
College Football News: Notre Dame vs. Georgia (not updated)
Dallas Morning News: West Virginia vs. Georgia
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 NC State's QB Mike Gleenon who threw a 2-yard game-winning TD on fourth down with 16 seconds remaining to take down #3 Florida State.
VOTE FOR MANNING STARS
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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 second week of the football season:
Tajh Boyd, Clemson
26-of-41, 396 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INT
Boyd tallies 64 rushing yards and a score as the Tigers score 17 unanswered points to close the game in a 47-31 victory over Georgia Tech.
Mike Glennon, North Carolina State
30-of-55, 259 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Glennon struggled for much of the game, but came to life when it counted, driving the Wolfpack to the game-winning score by completing three fourth-down passes, including two inside the 15, in a 17-16 upset of No. 3 Florida State.
Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
16-of-23, 195 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Lynch, who also rushes for 207 yards and three touchdowns, leads the Huskies back from a 23-13 second-half deficit by tallying three straight scores (one passing and two running) in a 35-23 road victory over Ball State.
Zach Maynard, California
25-of-30, 295 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT
Maynard also rushes for a touchdown as he sets a career-best in completion percentage in a near flawless performance for the Bears, who upset No. 25 UCLA.
Josh Nunes, Stanford
21-of-34, 360 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT
Nunes rushes for three touchdowns, including a pair in the fourth quarter which tied the game and forced overtime where the Cardinal went on to defeat Arizona, 54-48.
Denard Robinson, Michigan
8-of-16, 105 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Robinson also rushed for 235 yards to become the Big Ten’s all-time rushing leader among quarterbacks as the Wolverines rolled to a 44-13 victory over Purdue.
Trent Steelman, Army
5-of-13, 81 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INT
Steelman directs Army’s option-offense to perfection, rushing for 147 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning score on a 29-yard dash with 57 seconds remaining to shock Boston College, 34-31, and snap an eight-game losing streak.
Tyler Van Tubbergen, Western Michigan
23-of-28, 283 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT
Van Tubbergen throws touchdowns to five different receivers and also rushes for a score as the Broncos roll to a 52-14 victory over Massachusetts.
Top Upcoming Games
#15 Texas vs. #13 Oklahoma (ABC, 11 a.m.): Once again, the Red River Rivalry will have national implications as the highly-ranked long-time rivals will clash at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
Duke at Virginia Tech (11:30 a.m., ESPN Game Plan): The only team in the country with 10 wins in each of the last eight seasons, the Hokies already have three losses, putting the streak in serious jeopardy. Meanwhile, perennial cellar-dweller Duke comes into the game with a 5-1 record, its best start since 1994, as it can become bowl eligible for the first time since 1994 as well.
#5 West Virginia at Texas Tech (ABC/ESPN, 2:30 p.m.): The Mountaineers and Geno Smith continue their Big 12 debut season with a road game in Lubbock, where head coach Dana Holdorsen developed his high-octane offense as Mike Leach’s coordinator.
#17 Stanford at #7 Notre Dame (NBC, 2:30 p.m.): The Fighting Irish face another challenge on their road back to the elite of college football as the Cardinal come to Indiana for the game chosen for the ESPN GameDay showcase.
#10 Oregon State at BYU (ABC, 2:30 p.m.): The Beavers have climbed to their highest ranking since 2001 with some key Pac-12 wins, now they face independent BYU on the road after receiving news that standout quarterback Sean Mannion will be out with a knee injury.
TCU at Baylor (6 p.m.): A pair of one-loss Big 12 teams square off in Waco with the loser likely out of the BCS picture; TCU is hampered by the suspension of its starting quarterback while Baylor looks to recover from giving up 70 points to West Virginia.
#3 South Carolina at #9 LSU (ESPN, 7 p.m.): The Gamecocks have impressed their way into the national title picture, but now have to take on the Tigers in an always-tough Death Valley night game – the last time LSU beat a Top-5 team at home at night came in 1997 when the 14th-ranked Tigers upended No. 1 Florida, coached by Steve Spurrier.
#22 Texas A&M at #23 Louisiana Tech (ESPN-U, 8 p.m.): Originally scheduled for the opening weekend of the season, but postponed by Hurricane Isaac, the Aggies visit Independence Stadium in Shreveport to try to derail the Bulldog scoring machine – undefeated Louisiana Tech is averaging over 52 points per game.