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Nov. 7 College Football Recap
Monday, November 9, 2009
Here's a brief look at the highlights of the 10th week of the college football season, a week which saw seven Top-25 teams lose, including four in the top 11. Three other Top-15 teams came within inches of losses as well, as college football gave its fans another thrilling week. The rankings used in this recap are from the BCS Standings from Nov. 1.
GAME OF THE WEEK#3 Alabama 24, #9 LSU 15: Julio Jones' 73-yard catch-and-run TD is the play of the game as Alabama clinches a berth in the SEC title game.
UPSETSNorthwestern 17, #4 Iowa 10: Injury to Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi is key as Hawkeyes suffer first defeat.
Stanford 51, #8 Oregon 42: Stanford RB Toby Gerhart jumps into Heisman picture with 223 rushing yards as teams combine for over 1,000 yards.
#16 Ohio State 24, #11 Penn State 7: Mild upset as Buckeyes win on road, holding Lions to just 201 yards of offense.
Oregon State 31, #20 California 14: Beaver QB Sean Canfield throws for over 300 yards in win over Bears, who lost star RB Jahvid Best to injury in second quarter.
Navy 23, #21 Notre Dame 21: Three turnovers doom Irish as Navy celebrates a near-Veteran's Day victory.
Nebraska 10, #24 Oklahoma 3: Husker defense steps up with five interceptions as Oklahoma manages just a second-quarter field goal.
ESCAPES#5 Cincinnati 47, Connecticut 45: UConn pulls within two late in fourth quarter, but Bearcats remain undefeated behind 480 yards from Zach Collaros.
#10 Georgia Tech 30, Wake Forest 27 (OT): It's not easy, but Yellow Jackets move another step closer to ACC Championship game behind 188 rushing yards from Jonathan Dwyer.
#15 Houston 46, Tulsa 45: Case Keenum throws for 522 yards and three TDs, but Houston still needs a last-second 51-yard field goal from Matt Hogan to upend Golden Hurricane.
HOLDING ON#7 Boise State 45, Louisiana Tech 35: Tech pulls within two in the fourth, but Kellen Moore's 354 yards lift undefeated Broncos.
#12 USC 14, Arizona State 9: Trojan offense struggles this week, but 55-yard INT return for a TD by Will Harris is the difference.
#21 Wisconsin 31, Indiana 28: Two 100-rushers for Badgers hold off tenacious Hoosiers.
BLOWOUTS#1 Florida 27, Vanderbilt 3: Suspension of Brandon Spikes not a factor for Gators, who hold Commodores below 200 yards.
#2 Texas 35, UCF 3: Jordan Shipley sets Texas record with 273 receiving yards as Longhorns crush C-USA foe.
#6 TCU 55, San Diego State 12: Horned Frogs score on five of their first six possessions and defense continues to terrorize foes.
#13 Pittsburgh 37, Syracuse 10: Panthers continue to roll, forcing three interceptions without a turnover of their own.
#14 Utah 45, New Mexico 14: Winless Lobos offer little resistance to Utes as freshman Jordan Wynn throws for 297 yards and two TDs in first career start.
#17 Miami 52, Virginia 17: Hurricanes keep in running for ACC crown by out-gaining Cavaliers, 515-149 in blowout.
#18 Arizona 48, Washington State 7: Travis Cobb returns opening kickoff for touchdown and Wildcats don't look back in dominating victory.
#19 Oklahoma State 34, Iowa State 8: Keith Toston runs for a career-high 206 yards and three touchdowns as Cowboys remain in BCS picture.
#23 Virginia Tech 17, East Carolina 3: Hokies gain revenge for 2008 loss as freshman Ryan Williams runs for career-best 179 yards.
JOINING THE RANKINGS#22 BYU: Cougars crush Wyoming, 52-0, as Max Hall throws for 312 yards and four touchdowns.
#23 Oregon State: Beavers win over Cal improves them to 6-3 - with three losses to top-17 teams.
#25 West Virginia: Mountaineers stop Louisville to rejoin rankings and remain dark horse in Big East race.
This Week's Key Games (with new BCS rankings)No. 25 West Virginia at #5 Cincinnati (Friday): Mountaineers are 7-2 and looking to spoil Cincinnati perfect season while climbing into the thick of the Big East race.
No. 10 Iowa at No. 11 Ohio State: Hawkeyes look to get back on track without QB Ricky Stanzi as Buckeyes have eyes on fifth consecutive Big Ten title.
No. 7 Georgia Tech at Duke: Duke is involved in another big football game, but Yellow Jackets are close to clinching ACC Coastal.
Clemson at North Carolina State: A win for Clemson will likely put the Tigers in the ACC title game.
No. 14 Miami at North Carolina: A win for Miami keeps the Hurricanes in the running for ACC title bid; Miami's early win over Georgia Tech could be key.
No. 1 Florida at South Carolina: Gators have to go on road to face old boss Spurrier, who could spoil national title hopes for his alma mater.
Idaho at No. 6 Boise State: Idaho having best year in its I-A history, looking to play spoiler for state-rival.
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 10:
Case Keenum, Houston (40-of-60, 522 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
Huge numbers, including driving Cougars for TD with 21 seconds left and then into range for winning FG after Cougs recover on-sides kick.
Ryan Mallet, Arkansas (23-of-27, 329 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INT)
Mallett goes 12-of-13 in second half as Razorbacks score 23 unanswered points to top Gamecocks.
Colt McCoy, Texas (33-of-42, 470 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT)
Career-high yards for McCoy, including 273 to roommate Jordan Shipley, in blowout of UCF.
Kellen Moore, Boise State (28-of-41, 354 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT)
Nation's leader in pass efficiency continues strong play and keeps Broncos undefeated with win over Louisiana Tech.
Tyler Sheehan, Bowling Green (22-of-40, 313 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT)
Down 13, Sheehan runs for a fourth quarter TD, then throws for game-winner with 39 clicks to go.
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 10th-week numbers from quarterbacks who are not on the Watch List:
Sean Canfield, Oregon State (29-of-39, 342 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT)
Cal shuts down Jacquizz Rodgers, but Canfield steps up as Beavers likely to jump back into Top-25.
Zach Collaros, Cincinnati (29-of-37, 480 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT)
Backup continues amazing efforts, keeping Bearcats undefeated and sending UConn to another near-miss.
Jonathan Crompton, Tennessee (21-of-27, 331 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT)
Big day for Crompton as Volunteers cruise to 56-28 victory over Memphis.
Joey Elliott, Purdue (28-of-39, 367 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INT)
Elliott tallies career-high for passing yards as he rallies Boilermakers from 13-point second-half deficit.
Nick Florence, Baylor (32-of-43, 427 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
Freshman sets school record for passing yards as Baylor shocks Missouri.
Updated Allstate Sugar Bowl ProjectionsCBS Sports: Alabama vs. Cincinnati
ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach: Florida vs. Boise State
ESPN.com's Bruce Feldman: Alabama vs. Cincinnati
College Football News: Alabama vs. TCU
SI.com's Stewart Mandel: Florida vs. Cincinnati
The Sporting News' Matt Hayes: Alabama vs. TCU
Times-Picayune's Ted Lewis: Florida vs. Cincinnati
New York Newsday: Florida vs. Cincinnati
The Oklahoman: Alabama vs. Cincinnati