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College Football Recap, Dec. 2

Monday, December 2, 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 BCS standings entering the games.

Top Thanksgiving Treat

#4 Auburn 34, #1 Alabama 28: In what is arguably the greatest finish in college football history, Auburn's Chris Davis returns a missed field goal 109 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the game to give the Tigers a miraculous victory over the Crimson Tide, capping an already thrilling game that featured outstanding plays by both teams.

Thankful for Thrillers

#3 Ohio State 42, Michigan 41: Despite being heavy favorites and getting five touchdowns from Braxton Miller and 226 rushing yards from Carlos Hyde, the Buckeyes barely hold on as Tyvis Powell intercepts a two-point conversion attempt with 32 seconds to go to preserve their undefeated season.

#13 Oregon 36, Oregon State 35: With 25 seconds to go, Marcus Mariota connects with Josh Huff for their third touchdown of the evening to lift the Ducks to a thrilling win in the 117th edition of the "Civil War" between the in-state rivals.

#17 LSU 31, Arkansas 27: After Zach Mettenberger goes out with an injury in the fourth quarter, LSU appears to be in trouble, but freshman Anthony Jennings drives the Tigers from their own one-yard line to midfield, then connects on a 49-yard touchdown strike with 1:15 to go to lift LSU to the thrilling victory.

#19 UCF 23, USF 20: Blake Bortles finds Breshard Perriman for a 52-yard touchdown pass with 4:50 left in the game to lead the Knights to another close victory and keep them in line for the American Athletic Conference title and an automatic bid to a BCS Bowl.

#24 Duke 27, North Carolina 24: A 27-yard field goal by Ross Martin puts the Blue Devils on top with 2:22 to go and Anthony Boone throws for 274 yards and two scores as Duke wins its eighth straight game to clinch the program's first 10-win season and a berth in the ACC Championship game against Florida State.

Their Turkey Is Cooked

Penn State 31, #15 Wisconsin 24: The Badgers' have their BCS hopes dashed as their six-game winning streak is snapped by the Nittany Lions, who use 339 yards and four touchdowns from freshman Christian Hackenberg to finish the season at 7-5.

San Jose State 62, #16 Fresno State 52: Fresno State gets knocked out of the BCS mix despite piling up more huge numbers as San Jose State's David Fales registers school records of 547 passing yards and seven touchdowns (six passing, one rushing) in a game which features a combined 1,383 yards of offense.

Settlers of Scores

#5 Missouri 28, #21 Texas A&M 21: In a fast developing rivalry, the SEC newcomers are knotted at 21 with 3:34 to go when Mizzou's Henry Josey breaks a 57-yard scoring run to clinch the SEC East title for the Tigers, who won just two league games last year.

#10 South Carolina 31, #6 Clemson 17: Connor Shaw, who is tabbed afterwards by Steve Spurrier as the best quarterback in school history, completes his career a perfect 17-0 at home as he leads the Gamecocks to their fifth straight victory over the state-rival Tigers, the longest win streak in the series which dates back to 1896.

#12 Arizona State 58, Arizona 21: The Sun Devils, who had already clinched the Pac-12 South title, need a win over their in-state rival to host the league's championship game; they waste little time achieving that goal, jumping to a 24-point halftime advantage en route to a blowout as D.J Foster rushes for 124 yards and two scores and Taylor Kelley passes for 274 yards and two TDs.

#22 UCLA 35, USC 14: The Bruins cruise to their first victory at crosstown rival USC since 1997 as Brett Hundley passes for 208 yards while rushing for two touchdowns and a pair of defensive standouts, Myles Jack and Eddie Vanderdoes, also rush for TDs.

Dinner for Defense

#8 Stanford 27, #25 Notre Dame 20: Wayne Doss intercepts a pair of Fighting Irish passes in the fourth quarter as the Cardinal holds on for their 16th straight home victory behind 189 rushing yards from Tyler Gaffney.

#9 Baylor 41, TCU 38: Bryce Petty tallies three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) for the Bears, but it's the defense which proves to be the difference as it returns a pair of interceptions for touchdowns and then adds another pick in the end zone to clinch the victory and keep Baylor in the mix for the Big 12 title.

#11 Michigan State 14, Minnesota 3: The top-ranked Spartan defense forces three turnovers and holds the Gophers without a touchdown while Jeremy Langford rushes for 134 yards and a touchdown as Michigan State completes a perfect Big Ten season.


#2 Florida State 37, Florida 7: Jameis Winston and Kelvin Benjamin hook up for three touchdown connections to lead the Seminoles to a blowout of state-rival Florida as Florida State improves to 12-0 for the first time since 1999.

#14 Northern Illinois 33, Western Michigan 14: Jordan Lynch breaks his own FBS record for rushing by a quarterback with 321 yards to lead the Huskies to a blowout victory to cap their first undefeated regular season in 50 years.

Side Dishes

Bowling Green 24, Buffalo 7: Travis Greene rushes for 125 yards and Matt Johnson throws for one touchdown and rushes for another while the Falcon defense holds Buffalo to season-lows in points and yards to clinch the MAC East Division and a spot in the league title game against Northern Illinois.

Utah State 35, Wyoming 7: Darell Garretson throws for three touchdowns and the Aggie defense holds Wyoming scoreless for three quarters as Utah State clinches the Mountain West Mountain Division and a spot in the league's championship game against Fresno State.


Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 2, 2014
CBS Sports (Jerry Palm): Auburn vs. UCF (no change) (Mark Schlabach): Alabama vs. Baylor (replaces Auburn vs. UCF) (Brad Edwards): Auburn vs. UCF (no change)
College Football News: Missouri vs. Baylor (Baylor replaces Michigan State) (Stewart Mandel): Auburn vs. UCF (no change)
Orlando Sentinel (Matt Murschel): Auburn vs. UCF (no change)
Bleacher Report: Auburn vs. UCF (no change)
SB Nation (Jason Kirk): Missouri vs. UCF (Missouri replaces Auburn)
Phil Steele: Auburn vs. UCF (no change)
USA Today (Erick Smith): Auburn vs. UCF (no change)
Sporting News (Bill Bender): Auburn vs. UCF (no change) (Mike Huguenin): Auburn vs. UCF (no change)
Athlon Sports (Steven Lassan): Auburn vs. UCF (no change)

Each week the Allstate Sugar Bowl will make its YouTube Picks of the Week, including impressive off-field performances, great games, illuminating features and top highlights, including one of the more exciting finishes in the history of college football when Chris Davis of Auburn returned a missed field goal 108 yards for a touchdown to shock arch rival Alabama - as well as some outstanding fan reactions to the play.

Vote for Manning Stars

College football fans, be sure to "like" the official Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page (linked above) and vote each week for the Manning Award Player of the Week. The top quarterback performances from each week will be posted giving you the chance to vote for that you think was the best effort each week of the college football season.


Manning Award Stars of the Week 

While 30 quarterbacks are on the Manning Award Watch List, every quarterback in the country remains eligible for the honor. Here's a look at some of this week's top quarterback performances:

David Fales, San Jose State
(37-of-45, 547 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 97.6)
Fales tallies school records for passing yards and touchdowns (he adds a rushing score) as he leads the Spartans to a wild 62-52 victory over previously undefeated and 16th-ranked Fresno State.

Christian Hackenberg, Penn State
(21-of-30, 339 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 89.4)
Hackenberg helps the Nittany Lions snap No. 15 Wisconsin's six-game winning streak by registering his fourth 300-yard game with a career-high in TD passes in a 31-24 road win to close their season 7-5.

Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
(5-of-17, 39 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, QBR: 95.7)
Lynch breaks his own FBS record for rushing yards by a quarterback as he carries the Huskies to a 33-14 win over Western Michigan to cap their first undefeated regular season in 50 years.

Nick Mullens, Southern Miss
(24-of-39, 370 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 77.5)
Trailing 21-13 at the half, Mullens sparks the Golden Eagles with four third-quarter touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) as Southern Miss beats UAB, 62-27, to snap the nation's longest losing streak at 23 games.

Sean Schroeder, Hawaii
(23-of-33, 322 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 95.6)
Schroeder, who also rushes for a score, helps the Rainbow Warriors avoid a winless season by recording his sixth career 300-yard game in a 49-42 victory over Army.

Trevor Siemian, Northwestern
(31-of-44, 414 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 93.5)
Siemian posts career-highs in completions, yards and touchdowns as he keys the Wildcats' efforts in snapping their seven-game losing streak, 37-34 on the road over Illinois.

P.J. Walker, Temple
(20-of-32, 328 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 85.4)
Walker, a freshman who adds 59 rushing yards, logs his second 300-yard game as the Owls upend Memphis, 41-21, for their first AAC victory of the year.

Keith Wenning, Ball State
(27-of-33, 445 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 97.1)
Wenning notches a career-best in touchdowns and matches his top yardage total as he leads the Cardinals to a 10-win season with a 55-14 win over Miami (Ohio).

Top Upcoming Games

(current BCS rankings, all times Central)

#14 Northern Illinois vs. Bowling Green (Detroit, Friday, 7 p.m., ESPN2): A win by Northern Illinois should clinch an automatic bid to a BCS Bowl game and the Huskies will be heavily favored as they have cruised to a perfect 12-0 record so far this season.

#17 Oklahoma at #6 Oklahoma State (Saturday, 11 a.m., ABC): The annual "Bedlam" rivalry could decide the Big 12 Championship as a win by the home-standing Cowboys clinches the title and a bid to the Fiesta Bowl.

#16 UCF at SMU (Saturday, 11 a.m., ESPN): A victory for UCF will clinch the American Athletic title and an automatic BCS bid; the Knights enter the game with a 10-1 record while the Mustangs are 5-6 on the year.

#25 Texas at #9 Baylor (Saturday, 2:30 p.m., FOX): If Oklahoma State loses earlier on Saturday, the winner of this game captures the Big 12 title and a trip to the Fiesta Bowl.

#3 Auburn vs. #5 Missouri (Atlanta, Saturday, 3 p.m., CBS): Two of the most surprising teams in college football this season (the pair combined for eight total wins and two SEC wins last year) meet for the SEC Championship; Auburn has won back-to-back games with miracle plays while Missouri has methodically worked its way through its schedule.

#7 Stanford at #11 Arizona State (Saturday, 6:45 p.m., ESPN): The higher-ranked Cardinal travel to Tempe for the Pac-12 Championship game as the Sun Devils only lost one league contest this year; the winner heads to the Rose Bowl.

#1 Florida State vs. #20 Duke (Charlotte, Saturday, 7 p.m., ABC): Any discussion of most-surprising teams has to include the Blue Devils who have won 10 games for the first time in program history, but they have their work cut out for them in the ACC title game against the Seminoles, who are No. 1 for the first time since 2000.

#2 Ohio State vs. #10 Michigan State (Indianapolis, Saturday, 7:17 p.m., FOX): The Buckeyes have the longest winning streak in the nation at 24 games (they haven’t lose since the arrival of Urban Meyer), but now they face their first top-10 team since playing Arkansas in the Allstate Sugar Bowl after the 2012 season.


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