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October 12 College Football Recap

Monday, October 12, 2009

 


Here's a brief look at the highlights of the sixth week of the college football season. The week featured the majority of teams settling down and taking care of business, though it did see four undefeated lose and three previously ranked teams make the jump back into the rankings.

BCS BustersNo. 5 Boise State: Bye week.
No. 10 TCU 20, Air Force 17:
Frogs overcome frigid weather and three turnovers to remain perfect.
No. 18 BYU 59, UNLV 21:
Cougars crush reeling Rebels behind another 300-yard game from Max Hall.

Back in the RankingsNotre Dame: Fighting Irish ranked after bye week, have chance to prove themselves with USC showdown on Saturday.
Houston 31, Mississippi State 24: Houston moves back into rankings with third win over BCS-conference school.
Utah 24, Colorado State 17: Sugar Bowl champs back in top 25 with wins in 18 of last 19 games.

Close CallsNo. 12 Iowa 30, Michigan 28: Hawkeyes force five turnovers and shut down Tate Forcier in key Big Ten triumph.
No. 15 Oklahoma State 36, Texas A&M 31: Cowboys overcome injuries and key suspension to improve to 4-1.
No. 22 Georgia Tech 49, Florida State 44: Yellow Jackets pile up big numbers and hold off Seminoles, keeping heat on Bowden.
No. 25 South Carolina 28, Kentucky 26: Spurrier's squad improves to 5-1 after holding off Wildcats.

ComebackersNo. 16 Kansas 41, Iowa State 36: Reesing throws two fourth-quarter TD passes to keep Jayhawks perfect.
No. 21 Nebraska 27, No. 24 Missouri 12: Score doesn't look close, but Missouri led 12-0 in the fourth quarter.
Pittsburgh 24, Connecticut 21: Down 21-6 late in the third, Panthers rally for crucial Big East victory.

Taking Care of BusinessNo. 1 Florida 13, LSU 3: Tebow returns, but Gator defense shows it's the real deal.
No. 2 Texas 38, Colorado 14: Slow start for Longhorns allows Alabama to jump them to No. 2 in AP Poll.
No. 3 Alabama 22, Ole Miss 3: Pundits already counting on Bama-Florida SEC Championship rematch,
No. 5 Virginia Tech 48, Boston College 14: Hokies dominate Eagles, holding BC to just 163 total yards.
No. 9 Ohio State 31, Wisconsin 13: Buckeyes use three return TDs to send Badgers to first loss.
No. 11 Miami 48, Florida A&M 16: Hurricanes finally get unranked foe - and they're from FCS.
No. 13 Oregon 24, UCLA 10: Kickoff return and interception return rally Ducks to first-place in Pac-10.
No. 14 Penn State 52, Eastern Illinois 3: No surprise that Lions cruise over FCS foe.
No. 19 Oklahoma 33, Baylor 7: Sam Bradford returns to the lineup and throws for 300� yards against depleted Bears.

SEC UpsetsArkansas 44, No. 17 Auburn 23: Huge Razorback first-half buries previously undefeated Tigers.
Tennessee 45, Georgia 19: Kiffin gets first SEC victory and Georgia is 3-3 for first time under Richt.
Army 16, Vanderbilt 13: Vandy continues to struggle, losing in overtime to Army on the road.

Undefeateds Go DownAuburn, Missouri, LSU and Wisconsin all lose leaving just nine undefeated teams in the nation.

InjuriesTexas RBs Vontrell McGee and Tre Newton suffered shoulder injury and concussion, respectively, and could both be out for Oklahoma game on Saturday.
Kentucky QB Mike Hartline injured his knee and is out this weekend against Auburn and likely longer.
Toledo QB Aaron Opelt who has put up huge numbers this year and was a strong candidate to join the Manning Award Watch List injured his shoulder and his status is unknown for this weekend.

Manning Award Stars of the WeekFrom the players selected to the preseason Watch List for the Manning Award, here are some of the standout stars from week six:

Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan (16-of-22, 318 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
Chippewas never punt in win over Eastern Michigan and LeFevour adds three rushing TDs as well.

Thaddeus Lewis, Duke (40-of-50, 459 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT)
Career-highs in yards and TDs lift Duke to first ACC road win since the 2003 season.

Todd Reesing, Kansas (37-of-49, 449 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT)
Career-high passing day helps Jayhawks hold off Iowa State and remain undefeated.

Tyler Sheehan, Bowling Green (44-of-63, 505 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT)
Sheehan passes for two fourth-quarter scores then runs for the game-winner with five seconds remaining.

Riley Skinner, Wake Forest (24-of-33, 360 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT)
Wake's all-time leader in victories adds another in 42-32 win over Maryland.

Manning Award Players to WatchThe Manning Award Watch List will be revised in mid-October. Here's a look at sixth-week numbers from quarterbacks making a bid to join the Watch List:

Jonathan Crompton, Tennessee (20-of-27, 310 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT)
Much-maligned quarterback has career day in blowout win over Georgia.

Ryan Mallett, Arkansas (24-of-37, 274 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT)
Another big performance for transfer as he leads Razorbacks to upset of No. 17 Auburn.

Josh Nesbitt, Georgia Tech (4-of-8, 131 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT)
Averages over 30 yards on four completions and runs for 140 yards and three TDs in win over Florida State.

Christian Ponder, Florida State (26-of-36, 359 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT)
Ponder puts up huge numbers for Seminoles, but not enough to offset Georgia Tech running attack in 49-44 loss.

Steven Sheffield, Texas Tech (33-of-41, 490 yards, 7 TDs, 1 INT)
Former walk-on makes first career start and lights up the scoreboard in blowout of Kansas State.

This Week's Key Games (with new AP rankings)No. 5 Boise State at Tulsa (Wednesday) - Boise plays final non-league game on the road against solid Tulsa squad.
No. 8 Cincinnati at No. 21 South Florida (Thursday) - The game of the year in the Big East to date as two undefeated squads square off on Thursday in Tampa.
No. 3 Texas vs. No. 20 Oklahoma (Dallas) - The Red River Rivalry returns with Texas looking to stay undefeated and Oklahoma looking to salvage its season.
No. 4 Virginia Tech at No. 19 Georgia Tech - Hokies are making case as national championship contenders while Yellow Jackets continue to win with triple-option.
No. 6 Southern Cal at No. 25 Notre Dame - USC has been dominant against ranked foes, N.D. just climbed back into rankings with 4-1 mark.
No. 22 South Carolina at No. 2 Alabama - Two impressive defenses will meet in an SEC battle as Spurrier hopes to have pick up second win over a Top 5 team this year.
No. 11 Iowa at Wisconsin - Ohio State handed Wisconsin first loss last week, now Iowa looks to remain undefeated against Badgers.
Missouri at No. 16 Oklahoma State - With Missouri's loss, the game loses some luster, but still a chance for key win for Big 12 North.

Updated Allstate Sugar Bowl ProjectionsCBS Sports: Alabama vs. Cincinnati
ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach: Alabama vs. Cincinnati
ESPN.com's Bruce Feldman: Alabama vs. Cincinnati
College Football News: Alabama vs. Miami
SI.com's Stewart Mandel: Florida vs. Cincinnati

-www.AllstateSugarBowl.org-

 











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