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November 8 College Football Recap

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Week in Review

Here's a brief look at the highlights of the 10th week of the college football season, another wild week which featured nine teams in the Top-25 losing and three teams (LSU, Stanford, Oklahoma State) posting key victories to make major jumps in the BCS Standings. The rankings used in this recap are the BCS Standings from prior to the games.

#10 LSU 24, #6 Alabama 21:
The Tigers jump all the way to No. 5 and are the highest ranked one-loss team in the country after posting another miracle victory. This time, Les Miles used a reverse on fourth-and-one to set up the go-ahead touchdown.

#13 Stanford 42, #15 Arizona 17: The Cardinal jumped to a 21-3 halftime lead and never let up as they slide up seven spots to all-time high of No. 6 in the BCS Standings.

#17 Oklahoma State 55, #21 Baylor 28: Quarterback Brandon Weeden threw for a school record 435 yards to lead the Cowboys into first-place in the Big 12 South as well as a seven-spot leap to No. 10 in the BCS Standings.

#3 TCU 47, #5 Utah:
The Horned Frogs post a shocking result by dominating the previously undefeated Utes on the road. TCU has allowed 23 points in six Mountain west games, while scoring 236 of its own.

#18 Arkansas 41, #19 South Carolina 20: The Gamecocks' ability to slow down strong-armed Ryan Mallet was questioned prior to this game - with good reason. Mallet threw for 303 yards to lead the Razorbacks to the convincing road victory.

#7 Nebraska 31, Iowa State 30:
Playing without injured star quarterback Taylor Martinez, the Cornhuskers need overtime to avoid being upset by the Cyclones for the second straight year.

#16 Iowa 18, Indiana 13: The Hawkeyes have a big scare on the road as an Indiana receiver couldn't hold on to what would have been the game-winning TD pass with 28 seconds to go - Ricky Stanzi had thrown a 52-yard TD pass with 2:50 left to put Iowa on top.

#22 Virginia Tech 28, Georgia Tech 21: The Hokies get a 90-yard kickoff return touchdown from David Wilson with 2:23 to go to cap a 21-point fourth-quarter as they win their seventh straight game.

Texas A&M 33, #8 Oklahoma 19:
The Aggies built a 19-point lead and then held off the Sooners to post their first win over Oklahoma in eight tries.

Texas Tech 24, #12 Missouri 17: Quarterback Taylor Potts, who has struggled with consistency, comes off the bench to have a huge game, throwing three touchdowns as the Red Raiders send Missouri to its second straight loss.

North Carolina 37, #24 Florida State 35: T.J. Yates leads the Tar Heels to a go-ahead field goal with 59 seconds left; Florida State had a chance to win in the final seconds but a 40-yard field-goal attempt was wide right.

Clemson 14, #25 North Carolina State 13: Clemson needed a win to stay in the hunt for the ACC Coastal title and they hold the Wolfpack to just 275 yards, more than 180 yards below their average.

#1 Oregon 53, Washington 16:
The Ducks continue to make a case for having the best offense in college football as they pile up 522 yards in a blowout of the Huskies.

#2 Auburn 62, UT-Chattanooga 24: Cam Newton puts up ridiculous numbers - career-best 317 passing yards, 4 TDs and a rushing score - all in the first half.

#4 Boise State 42, Hawaii 7: Kellen Moore throws for a career-best 507 yards, but the Bronco defense is the real story, holding the nation's leading passing attack to just 196 total yards.

#9 Wisconsin 34, Purdue 13:
Despite trailing at halftime, the Badgers come together for a 28-3 second half.

#14 Michigan State 31, Minnesota 8: After being blown out last week by Iowa, Minnesota is just what the doctor ordered for the Spartans, who are led by Edwin Baker's 179 rushing yards and four touchdowns.

#23 Nevada 62, Idaho 17: The Wolf Pack piles up a ridiculous 844 yards of total offense as they crush the Vandals on the road.



Sugar Bowl Bowl Projections

ESPN (Schlabach): LSU vs. TCU (both Alabama and Wisconsin are replaced)
ESPN (Adelson): Auburn vs. Boise State (Auburn replaces Alabama)
CBS Sports: Auburn vs. Wisconsin (Wisconsin replaces Iowa)
College Football News: LSU vs. Boise State (Auburn and TCU are replaced) (Mandel): LSU vs. Boise State (LSU replaces Auburn)
Associated Press (Russo): LSU vs. Boise State
Phil Steele: LSU vs. Wisconsin
Mr. College Football (Barnhart): LSU vs. Boise State
AOL Fanhouse (McMurphy): Auburn vs. Iowa (Auburn replaces Alabama)




This Week's Key Games

(BCS Rankings)
#23 South Carolina at #22 Florida: The battle for the SEC East Division as Steve Spurrier looks to foil his alma mater's hopes of a third straight trip to the SEC title game.

#19 Mississippi State at #12 Alabama: The Bulldogs are having their best season in years and a win over Alabama on the road would lift head coach Dan Mullen to icon status in Starkville.

Georgia at #2 Auburn: While Georgia has continued to struggle with inconsistency, the Tigers can clinch the SEC West with a win against the Bulldogs.

Penn State at #9 Ohio State: Joe Paterno picked up his 400th career victory this past Saturday; now he looks to play the spoiler in the Big Ten race while the Buckeyes have hopes of a second straight Rose Bowl.

#10 Oklahoma State at Texas: The Cowboys have had many good starts spoiled by the Longhorns, but this year may be different as Oklahoma State can solidify its hold on first place in the Big 12 South, while Texas can sink further into last.

#24 Kansas State at #17 Missouri: The Tigers have dropped two straight and need to get back on track to have any chance of catching Nebraska while Kansas State is heating up once again.

#20 Virginia Tech at North Carolina: The Hokies have won seven in a row and can clinch the ACC Coastal with two more wins; Carolina is still in the mix, but a loss will finish its title hopes.

#1 Oregon at California: Few expect the Bears to give the top-ranked Ducks trouble, but Cal is 4-0 at home, outscoring its opponents 189-34 in those games.

San Diego State at #3 TCU: The Horned Frogs are in classic letdown position; after blowing out Utah on Saturday, TCU returns home to face an unheralded San Diego State team which is quietly 7-2 with one of the top freshman running backs in the nation.

Manning Stars of the Week

From the players currently on the Watch List for the Manning Award, here are some of the standout stars from week 10:

Andy Dalton, TCU
(21-of-26, 356 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
Dalton sets a career-high for passing yardage and lead's TCU to a blowout win over No. 5 Utah in the biggest game in Mountain West history.

Colin Kaepernick, Nevada
(20-of-30, 320 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT)
Kaepernick directs one of the top offensive explosions of the year as Nevada piles up 844 yards of total offense in a 62-17 shellacking of Idaho.

G.J. Kinne, Tulsa
(26-of-39, 371 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT)
Kinne puts up big numbers in a 64-27 blowout of Rice as New Orleans native Damaris Johnson amasses 322 yards and three scores.

Kellen Moore, Boise State
(30-of-37, 507 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INT)
Despite throwing two interceptions (doubling his season total), Moore's career-best 507 yards is amazing in a beatdown of Hawaii.

Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State
(35-of-43, 438 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
Weeden throws for a school record 435 yards to lead the Cowboys to a dominating 55-28 win over No. 21 Baylor.

Manning Players to Watch

While the final additions have been made to the Manning Award Watch, all quarterbacks remain eligible to win the award. Here's a look at this week's top performances from quarterbacks who are not on the Watch List:

Brian Anderson, Marshall
(25-of-41, 304 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT)
Anderson directs the Thundering Herd to back-to-back touchdown drives in the fourth quarter to pull off a 31-17 win over UAB.

Dominique Davis, East Carolina
(43-of-64, 413 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT)
Despite ECU's defense not being able to stop Navy's option attack, Davis does everything in his power to get the Pirates back into it, to no avail.

Stump Godfrey, New Mexico
(16-of-20, 211 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT)
In the fourth quarter, Godfrey throws for a 40-yard score and runs for another TD before setting up the game-winning field goal with four seconds to go as the Lobos win their first game of the year, 34-31 over Wyoming.

Boo Jackson, Ohio
(13-of-19, 175 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT)
Jackson also catches a touchdown pass and runs for a score in a 34-17 victory over Buffalo.

T.J. Yates, North Carolina
(24-of-35, 437 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
Yates has a huge game, leading the Tar Heels to the winning field goal with 59 seconds left in a 37-35 upset of Florida State.



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