Week 11, Other Late Night Action: Recaps And Reactions

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Oklahoma State Picks Off Texas Tech For The Win

Stillwater, OK (Sports Network) - Patrick Lavine's 21-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference, as the 17th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys edged the Texas Tech Red Raiders, 24-17, in a hard-fought Big 12 battle at Boone Pickens Stadium.

Zac Robinson completed 9-of-21 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown for the Cowboys (8-2, 5-1 Big 12), who were coming off a 34-8 win over Iowa State last Saturday. Robinson rushed for 99 yards on 19 carries and also took a hard hit that knocked him out near the end of the game. Keith Toston had 76 yards and a score on 22 carries. Hubert Anyiam had three catches for 39 yards and a TD for Oklahoma State, which has won seven of its last eight outings.

"Obviously, it was an exciting game. It was quite a finish for a game that was kind of a tale of two halves. I'm really proud of our defense. I mentioned to them in the locker that I haven't been around a group of guys that can rally around each other like they have," said Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy.

Taylor Potts connected on 19-of-35 passes for 190 yards, a touchdown, and an interception for the Red Raiders (6-4, 3-3), who were coming off a 42-21 win over Kansas on October 31. Steven Sheffield completed 16-of-23 passes for 117 yards, a TD, and two interceptions for Texas Tech, which had won four of its previous five games.

Detron Lewis hauled in six passes for 75 yards. Edward Britton and Alex Torres each had a TD catch in defeat.

-- Via Sports Network


Cal Upends Arizona

Berkeley, CA (Sports Network) - Shane Vereen rumbled 61 yards for a touchdown and finished with 159 yards on the ground in place of an injured Jahvid Best, as California upended 18th-ranked Arizona, 24-16, at Memorial Stadium.

Giorgio Tavecchio kicked four field goals, including the go-ahead 22-yarder with under five minutes left. Kevin Riley connected on 13-of-22 passes for 181 yards with a TD and a pair of interceptions for the Golden Bears (7-3, 4-3 Pac-10), who bounced back from a loss last week and won for the fourth time in five contests.

Best missed the game due to a concussion he suffered in a 31-14 setback to Oregon State last week, although he came out on the field wearing sweat pants and participated in the game's opening coin toss.

Nick Foles connected on 24-of-41 attempts for 201 yards with a TD and an interception for the Wildcats (6-3, 4-2), who had a three-game winning streak broken and damaged their hopes of making the Rose Bowl. Foles made a costly mistake in a late fourth-quarter drive that ultimately ended in a turnover on downs.

Foles passed eight yards to A.J. Simmons for a score with nearly 12 1/2 minutes remaining, lifting the Wildcats to a 16-15 edge.

Vereen then took over, rushing for the majority of the ensuing drive, which led to Tavecchio's field goal with 4:46 remaining.

Foles then led Arizona to the Cal 25, but facing a 3rd-and-3 his pass was tipped at the line and the ball came back to the QB. Instead of running for a possible first down, Foles threw the ball and completed it, but because two forward passes cannot occur on one play, Arizona was called for a five-yard penalty from the spot of the foul.

That moved Arizona to a 4th-and-17 situation, and Foles' pass was broken up.

"I thought when they threw the ball down the field, our secondary did a great job making plays on balls," said Cal coach Jeff Tedford. "We got a couple of pass interferences, but besides that I thought our guys did a nice job playing the ball, running with the receivers and being in position to make plays."

Arizona had just one timeout left when Vereen took the ensuing play 61 yards for a touchdown, but Cal botched the extra point, giving the Wildcats another chance.

Foles moved his team to the near midfield but was then sacked. After a short completion to Nic Grisby, Foles was brought down again on fourth down, ending Arizona's chances.

"It was another tough loss," stated Arizona coach Mike Stoops. "Tough to lose a game, but when you look at the bigger picture, I thought Cal made it very difficult for us all night defensively. We never really consistently moved the football. They seemed to have a good beat on everything we did offensively. Defensively we made enough plays to hang around and give ourselves a chance."

Tavecchio kicked a 46-yard field goal to cap the game's opening drive, and the Golden Bears converted an Arizona turnover into points early in the second on a 22-yard field goal.

Arizona went ahead 7-6 with 3:27 left in the second on Keola Antolin's one- yard TD run and Alex Zendejas booted a 36-yard field goal in the closing minute of the half for the Wildcats.

Cal had just 22 seconds to move the ball into range for Tavecchio, but his 46- yard kick was true to bring the score to 10-9 at the intermission.

Foles was picked off early in the third quarter, but Tavecchio missed a 47- yard attempt. Riley was then intercepted, but later in the third he threw 27 yards to Skylar Curran for a score and a 15-10 Cal lead. The Golden Bears failed on the two-point conversion try.

Antolin had 19 rushes for 78 yards...Marvin Jones caught five balls for 65 yards for Cal...Cal is at Stanford next Saturday before playing on the road against Washington December 5 to close the campaign...The Wildcats host Oregon, play at Arizona State and then at Southern California to end the season.

-- Via Sports Network


LSU Holds On Vs. Louisiana Tech

Baton Rouge, LA (Sports Network) - Keiland Williams ran for 116 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, and ninth-ranked LSU held off a feisty Louisiana Tech team, 24-16, at Tiger Stadium.

Jarrett Lee completed only 7-of-22 pass attempts for 105 yards and a touchdown for LSU (8-2), which was coming off a defeat at the hands of unbeaten Alabama. Brandon LaFell caught two passes for 54 yards and a score, and the Tigers won despite being outgained, 322-246.

"We could have been better at times, but overall we played a pretty good game," said Williams, who started in place of the injured Charles Scott, who will miss the rest of the season. "Last year we lost a close game and the season went downhill after that. That was something we talked about last week, how the leaders need to step up and not let things go south and realize we still have a lot to play for."

Ross Jenkins threw for 143 yards on 16-of-31 passing for Louisiana Tech (3-7), which has not beaten LSU since 1904. The Bulldogs were able to hang around, leading the game at halftime, 13-10, and holding the ball for over 36 minutes.

Daniel Porter ran for 64 yards and threw for a touchdown, and Tyrone Duplessis garnered 65 yards on the ground on 17 carries in the loss.

"I think we gave it our all," Porter said. "We didn't get the result we wanted, but I'm still proud of the result. We'll just go from there."

LSU erased Louisiana Tech's surprising halftime lead with a touchdown close to eight minutes into the third quarter.

Starting from their own 41 after each team punted, LSU went 59 yards in nine plays. A personal foul penalty forced the Tigers into a 3rd-and-18 from their own 33, but Lee completed a pass to Chris Mitchell that barely got the first down.

Following a 16-yard completion to LaFell that put the Tigers on the Bulldogs' three, Williams ran it into the end zone for a 17-13 LSU advantage.

The Bulldogs' got to the LSU 35 early in the fourth, but two holding penalties thwarted a potential scoring drive, and the team ended up punting.

The teams traded punts one more time, and Williams capped off an eight-play, 56-yard drive with a nine-yard scoring run to give LSU a 24-13 advantage with seven minutes to go.

Matt Nelson hit a 36-yard field goal with 25 seconds left to make it an eight- point game, and the ensuing onsides kick failed as LSU ran one play to finish out the game.

LSU drove down the field on its first possession of the game but had to settle for Josh Jasper's 35-yard field goal for an early lead.

The Bulldogs answered with a 10-play drive that ended in Nelson's 30-yard field goal, tying the game with 4 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter.

The ensuing possession resulted in a Tigers touchdown for a 10-3 advantage. LSU didn't face a third down on the six-play march that was aided by Williams' 25-yard rush, as Lee hit LaFell for a 38-yard touchdown with two minutes to go in the period.

Nelson brought Louisiana Tech to within four points with a 33-yard field goal with 5 1/2 minutes left in the half, and the Bulldogs got the ball right back after an LSU three-and-out.

The ensuing drive resulted in a 4th-and-goal from the one-yard line with two seconds remaining, and Louisiana Tech elected go to for the touchdown. It proved to be the right decision, as Porter, normally a running back, completed a touchdown pass to Dennis Morris for a 13-10 halftime lead.

LSU leads the all-time series, 18-1...Louisiana Tech has lost six straight road games...The Tigers had outscored the Bulldogs 400-34 over the previous eight meetings.

-- Via Sports Network 


Week 11, Other Late Night Action: Recaps And Reactions

Starkville, MS (Sports Network) - Mark Ingram ran for 149 yards and two scores, as third-ranked Alabama kept its perfect season going with a 31-3 rout of Mississippi State.

Ingram, who played part of the contest with a bandage on a cut above his right eye, piled up his yardage on 19 carries, which included a 70-yard TD run. Greg McElroy was an efficient 13-of-18 for 192 yards and two scores for the Crimson Tide (10-0, 7-0 SEC), who have already clinched the conference's West Division and remain in the thick of the national title hunt.

Alabama has games at home against Tennessee-Chattanooga and at Auburn before it faces Florida in the SEC championship game on December 5.

Tyson Lee struggled under center for Mississippi State (4-6, 2-4), completing 9-of-17 passes for 99 yards with two interceptions. He was also sacked twice, as the Bulldogs gained just 213 total yards.

After a scoreless first quarter, Alabama got on the board early in the second. The Crimson Tide advanced 80 yards in six plays, scoring on a 45-yard pass play. Under pressure, McElroy found Darius Hanks on the left side of the field, and after making the catch, Hanks ran up the left sideline into the end zone with 12:48 left in the half.

Mississippi State punted on its next possession, and Alabama drove for another score. McElroy's 11-yard pass to Hanks converted a third down, and the Tide picked up a 1st-and-goal when Ingram ran three yards to the Bulldogs' one-yard line. On the next play, Ingram stretched to get the ball across the goal line with 4:41 left as Alabama assumed a 14-0 lead.

Ingram had his helmet knocked off in the process, and with his head exposed, he was cut and remained on the field as trainers attended to him. But after a quick examination, he jogged off the field to be bandaged, then rejoined his team in the second half.

Alabama had the only points of the third quarter, a 39-yard field goal from Leigh Tiffin on the opening drive of the half.

Mississippi State got on the board in the fourth quarter, as Derek DePasquale kicked a 34-yarder to end a 15-play drive that consumed nearly seven minutes of game clock.

The score came with 10:35 left, but just 17 seconds later, McElroy found Julio Jones for a 48-yard TD and a 24-3 Alabama lead.

Mark Barron intercepted Lee on the next Mississippi State drive, and on the first play of the ensuing Crimson Tide series, Ingram dashed 70 yards for a score.

Jones finished with four catches for 66 yards, while Hanks ended with three grabs for 59...Anthony Dixon gained 81 yards on 22 carries for the Bulldogs, while also catching six passes for 59 yards...Mississippi State has lost 10 straight games against teams ranked in the top five...Alabama holds a 73-18-3 lead over Mississippi State in the all-time series, which dates back to the 1896 season.

-- Via Sports Network

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