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College Football Recap, Sept. 16

Monday, September 16, 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 AP rankings from prior to the games.

RANKED VS. RANKED

#1 Alabama 49, #6 Texas A&M 42: The game was billed as one of the top games of the year and it meets expectations as AJ McCarron leads the Tide to a thrilling victory despite another memorable game from Johnny Manziel who leads the Aggies to the most points scored against a Nick Saban coached Alabama team.

#16 UCLA 41, #23 Nebraska 21: The Cornhuskers jump out to a 21-3 lead, but then Brett Hundley rallies the Bruins to 28 third-quarter points as UCLA earns an emotional road victory following the death of freshman Nick Pasquale earlier in the week.

RANKED ON THE ROAD

#4 Ohio State 52, California 34: With star quarterback Braxton Miller resting an injured knee, Kenny Guiton steps in and throws for four touchdowns while Jordan Hall rushes for 168 yards and three scores.

#5 Stanford 34, Army 20: The Cardinal have a surprising battle at West Point, only leading 20-13 at the half, but Stanford pulls away behind 132 rushing yards from Tyler Gaffney.

#7 Louisville 27, Kentucky 13: After starting slow against their Bluegrass rivals, the Cardinals pull away behind 250 passing yards from Teddy Bridgewater and 100 rushing yards from Senorise Perry.

#19 Washington 34, Illinois 24: Keith Price throws for 342 yards and Bishop Sankey runs for a career-high 208 yards as the Huskies win their first non-league road game since 2007.

#25 Ole Miss 44, Texas 23: Ole Miss climbed into the rankings last week after a bad Texas loss dropped the Longhorns; and the Rebels assure they stay by closing the game with 30 unanswered points behind a big day from Jeff Scott (164 rushing yards, 73-yard punt return TD).

RANKLED ON THE ROAD

Arizona State 32, #20 Wisconsin 30: The Badgers provide the most bizarre finish of the weekend as their quarterback botches taking a knee to set up a potential game-winning field goal with eight seconds to go and instead time runs out to give the Sun Devils the upset victory.

Texas Tech 20, #24 TCU 10: After the Horned Frogs erased a 10-3 deficit early in the fourth quarter on the road, Red Raider backup Davis Webb tossed his first career TD with 3:48 remaining to send TCU tumbling from the rankings.

RANKED AND RELIEVED

#11 Michigan 28, Akron 24: After its big win last week over Notre Dame, Michigan relaxes against the Zips and needs a Fitzgerald Toussaint touchdown with 2:49 to go to overcome four turnovers.

#13 South Carolina 35, Vanderbilt 25: The Gamecocks appeared to be in full control, but then Vandy battled back with two quick touchdowns early in the fourth quarter; however, a South Carolina interception at the one-yard line iced the victory.

#21 Notre Dame 31, Purdue 24: The Fighting Irish need 21 fourth-quarter points and a solid game from Tommy Rees (309 passing yards, 2 TDs) to hold off a surprising effort by the Boilermakers.

RANKED AND ROLLING

#2 Oregon 59, Tennessee 14: After the Volunteers score the opening touchdown, the Ducks respond with 59 unanswered points with Marcus Mariota throwing for a career-high 456 yards and four touchdowns.

#8 LSU 45, Kent State 13: In the Tigers' final tune-up for SEC action, Zach Mettenberger has another solid day (13-of-18, 264 yards, 3 TDs) and Jeremy Hill runs for 117 yards and two scores.

#10 Florida State 62, Nevada 7: The Seminoles rush for six touchdowns while their defense holds the Wolf Pack to just 214 yards of offense in a blowout in Tallahassee.

#12 Oklahoma State 59, Lamar 3: After a week of allegations of improprieties, the Cowboys took out their frustrations on FCS Lamar, dominating all aspects of the game.

#14 Oklahoma 51, Tulsa 20: Blake Bell throws for over 400 yards as the Sooner offense scores on its first five possessions in a blowout of state rival Tulsa.

#17 Northwestern 38, Western Michigan 17: The Wildcats, playing without their starting tailback, still run all over the Broncos as third-string back Treyvon Green has 158 yards and two scores and quarterback Kain Colter collects 106 yards on the ground.

 

UPDATED BOWL PREDICTIONS

Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 2, 2014
CBS Sports (Jerry Palm): South Carolina vs. Louisville
ESPN.com (Mark Schlabach): Georgia vs. Louisville
ESPN.com (Brad Edwards): Georgia vs. Oklahoma
College Football News: Alabama vs. Clemson
SI.com (Stewart Mandel): Texas A&M vs. Clemson
Orlando Sentinel (Matt Murschel): LSU vs. Oklahoma State
SB Nation (Jason Kirk): Georgia vs. Florida State
Bleacher Report: Georgia vs. Louisville

Sporting News (Bill Bender): Georgia vs. Florida State

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 this week's clip showing the bizarre ending of the Wisconsin-Arizona State game on Saturday evening.

 



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Manning Award Stars of the Week 

While 30 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 some of this week's top quarterback performances:

Blake Bell, Oklahoma
(27-of-37, 413 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 96.7)
Making his first career start, Bell is exceptional, leading the Sooners to scores on their first five possessions in a 51-20 win over in-state rival Tulsa - Oklahoma totaled just 50 points in its first two games.

Kenny Guiton, Ohio State
(21-of-32, 276 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 85.5)
Guiton, filling in for injured starter Braxton Miller, also rushes for 92 yards as the Buckeyes go on the road to defeat California, 52-34.

Sean Mannion, Oregon State
(27-of-44, 443 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 91.9)
Mannion converts a pair of critical fourth downs in the fourth quarter, then throws the game-winning touchdown in overtime, as he finishes with career-highs for yards and touchdowns in a 51-48 Pac-12 road victory over Utah.

Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
(28-of-39, 464 yards, 5 TDs, 2 INT, QBR: 74.0)
Despite losing, Manziel, who also rushes for 98 yards, sets a school-record for passing yards and leads the Aggies to the most points scored against a Nick Saban-coached Alabama team in a 49-42 thriller in College Station.

Marcus Mariota, Oregon
(23-of-33, 456 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT, QBR: 97.5)
The sensational sophomore registers his career-high for passing yards, as well as the third-most in school history, and also runs for a touchdown as the Ducks crush SEC-foe Tennessee, 59-14.

AJ McCarron, Alabama
(20-of-29, 334 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 93.8)
McCarron sets a career-high for passing yards and matches his most TD passes as the Crimson Tide holds off Texas A&M, 49-42, for a critical SEC West road victory.

Keith Price, Washington
(28-of-35, 342 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 84.7)
Price leads the Huskies to their first non-conference road win with his most passing yards since 2011 in a 34-24 win over Illinois.

Joe Southwick, Boise State
(27-of-29, 287 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, QBR: 98.8)
Southwick sets the school record for completion percentage as he leads the Broncos to a 42-20 Mountain West win over Air Force.



Top Upcoming Games

(current AP rankings, all times Central)

#3 Clemson at North Carolina State (Thursday, 6:30 p.m., ESPN): The Tigers have national championship aspirations after defeating Georgia to open the season, but could be challenged when they open their ACC slate on the road in Raleigh.

Boise State at Fresno State (Friday, 8 p.m., ESPN): Boise State was a popular "BCS Buster" pick until its season-opening loss which opened the door for pundits to pick Fresno to make its first BCS appearance.

Tennessee at #19 Florida (2:30 p.m., CBS): While some of the luster is off this rivalry, it is still a critical SEC East match-up.

Michigan State at #22 Notre Dame (2:30 p.m., NBC): After losing to Michigan and struggling at Purdue, the Fighting Irish need a strong performance at home.

#23 Arizona State at #5 Stanford (6 p.m., Fox): The Sun Devils picked up a big win over Wisconsin to climb into the national rankings this week and their reward - a road showdown with the powerhouse Cardinal.

Auburn at #6 LSU (6:45 p.m., ESPN): First-year head coach Gus Malzahn has Auburn off to a 3-0 start, including a last second win over Mississippi State on Saturday, but this will be its first road trip of the year - for a night game in Death Valley.