COLLEGE FOOTBALL RECAP - 9/19/11
Here's a brief look at the highlights of week three of the college football season, a week which saw 11 Top-25 teams play on the road, with four of them suffering losses. The rankings used in this recap are the AP Rankings from prior to the games.
#1 Oklahoma 23, #5 Florida State 13: A defensive battle sees 17 points in the final 10 minutes as the Sooners take the lead for good on a 37-yard TD pass from Landry Jones to Kenny Stills after Florida State backup quarterback Clint Trickett found Rashad Greene for a 56-yard game-tying score.
#2 Alabama 41, North Texas 0: The Crimson Tide holds the Mean Green to 169 total yards while its running backs, Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy, each rush for over 160 yards.
#3 LSU 19, Mississippi State 6: In a defensive battle, LSU's dominant defense takes care of business, holding the Bulldogs to just 193 yards as the Tigers capture a key SEC West victory on the road.
#4 Boise State 40, Toledo 15: After giving Ohio State a run for its money last week, Toledo runs into the Boise State buzz saw of Kellen Moore, who throws for 455 yards and five touchdowns in a blowout victory on the road.
#6 Stanford 37, Arizona 10: A potentially challenging game for the Cardinal turns into another rout as Andrew Luck throws for 325 yards and Stepfan Taylor runs for a career-high 153 yards.
THE ROAD ISN'T EASY
Notre Dame 31, #15 Michigan State 13: The Fighting Irish finally get on track as Ciere Wood runs for two touchdowns and George Atkinson III has a sensational 89-yard kickoff return touchdown to upend the top-15 Spartans.
Miami 24, #17 Ohio State 6: After winning their first two games at home, the Buckeyes find the road much less friendly as they complete just 4-of-18 passes for 35 yards while Miami's Lamar Miller runs for 184 yards.
Clemson 38, #21 Auburn 24: Auburn's national-best 17-game winning streak is snapped on the road as Clemson piles up 624 yards of offense behind quarterback Tajh Boyd - it is the third time Clemson has hosted the defending national champion since 1936, winning all three contests.
Illinois 17, #22 Arizona State 14: The Fighting Illini sack Brock Osweiler six times and turn one into a touchdown as Ron Zook picks up a key victory over a ranked opponent.
#10 Nebraska 51, Washington 38: The Huskers break open this shootout with a 17-point third quarter and then hold off a three-touchdown fourth-quarter by the Huskies.
#11 South Carolina 24, Navy 21: The Midshipmen give Steve Spurrier and South Carolina all they can handle, but Marcus Lattimore is up to the task, running for a career-high 246 yards to keep the Gamecocks perfect.
#14 Arkansas 38, Troy 28: Ronnie Wingo rushes for 109 yards and scores three touchdowns as Arkansas remains perfect, despite being outgained by Troy (457-454), heading into Saturday's showdown with Alabama.
#16 Florida 33, Tennessee 23: Chris Rainey piles up 233 total yards, including an 83-yard touchdown catch, while also blocking a punt, as the Gators pull away from the Volunteers before needing a Matt Elam interception with under two minutes to go in the fourth quarter.
#18 West Virginia 37, Maryland 31: The Mountaineers hold off a second-half rally by Maryland as Geno Smith throws for a career-high 388 yards and Eain Smith picks off a Danny O'Brien pass with 1:13 remaining to clinch the victory.
A LOT TO A LITTLE
#7 Wisconsin 49, Northern Illinois 7: A passing game led by Russell Wilson (23-of-32, 347 yards, 3 TDs) and a running game led by Monte Ball and James White (combined 182 yards, 3 TDs) lift the Badgers to 600-plus yards of offense in a blowout win of a solid Husky squad.
#8 Oklahoma State 59, Tulsa 33: In a game that didn't begin until after midnight due to weather delays, Brandon Weeden throws for 369 yards and three touchdowns as the high-octane Cowboys cruise over their state rivals.
#9 Texas A&M 37, Idaho 7: Three touchdowns from Cyrus Gray and 337 passing yards for Ryan Tannehill lead the Aggies to a blowout victory over Idaho.
#13 Virginia Tech 26, Arkansas State 7: Arkansas State strikes first, but then the Hokies take charge, holding the Red Wolves to just 269 yards, snapping a strong of 14 straight games with 300-plus yards, while Logan Thomas throws for 292 yards and a pair of scores.
#23 TCU 38, UL-Monroe 17: The Horned Frogs trail in this one, but they come to life with 24 unanswered points to bury the Warhawks, lifting coach Gary Patterson to his 100th career victory.
#24 Texas 49, UCLA 20: The Longhorns finally pull together after a rough 2010 and a slow start to this year as Case McCoy (12-of-15, 168 yards, 2 TDs) is solid in his first career start and D.J. Grant has three TD grabs.
#12 Oregon 56, Missouri State 7: LaMichael James runs for 204 yards and three touchdowns, including a 90-yard scoring run, as the Ducks crush FCS foe Missouri State.
#19 Baylor 48, Stephen F. Austin 0: Robert Griffin, III, is 20-of-22 for 238 yards and three TDs as the Bears crush the Lumberjacks in a lightning-shortened three-quarter game.
#20 USF 70, Florida A&M 17: B.J. Daniels (382 yards, four touchdowns) leads the Bulls to touchdowns on eight of 10 drives before leaving the game for good in the third quarter.
INTO THE RANKINGS
#21 Clemson 38, Auburn 24: See above.
#22 Michigan 31, Eastern Michigan 3: Denard Robinson runs for 198 yards and accounts for three touchdowns as the Wolverines climb into the national rankings under first-year head coach Brady Hoke.
#23 USC 38, Syracuse 17: Matt Barkley throws for 324 yards and matches a school record with five touchdown strikes as the Trojans remain perfect by crushing the Orange.
#24 Illinois 17, Arizona State 14: See above.
#25 Georgia Tech 66, Kansas 24: The Yellow Jackets' option offense clicks to near perfection as it piles up a school record 768 yards behind a great effort by Orwin Smith who registers more than 100 yards rushing and receiving.