Here are the results for Week 9 in college football, where we saw two national title contenders fall and plenty of upsets go down, while the top four contenders eased to victory.
No sweat for Alabama as the Crimson Tide handled Tennessee, 45-10. A pick-six at the end of the half by Landon Collins was the exclamation point on the game, and tailback T.J. Yeldon's three rushing touchdowns were all the offense Alabama needed.
Florida State honored Bobby Bowden Day by demolishing NC State; this game was over before the first quarter was through, as FSU took a 35-0 lead in the first frame. From there, it was basically academic. Jameis Winston looked like a Heisman contender yet again, and North Carolina State dropped to 0-4 in ACC play.
The Ducks and Bruins were tied at 14 apiece heading into the locker room at halftime at Autzen Stadium, but Oregon took the lead with Byron Marshall's third-quarter touchdown run. That score would be all that the Ducks would need to hold off the Bruins, but Oregon added three more for good measure.
Any notion that the Nittany Lions would be able to make a game of it in Columbus was put to rest pretty quickly. The Buckeyes jumped out to a 28-0 lead that grew to 42-7 by halftime. Braxton Miller carved up the Penn State secondary for 252 yards and three touchdowns. Carlos Hyde rushed for 147 yards and a pair of scores.
The Gamecocks came roaring back from a 17-point deficit to derail Missouri's dream season in two overtimes. Connor Shaw -- who was expected to miss the game with a sprained knee -- came in to relieve a largely ineffective Dylan Thompson and keyed a 17-point fourth quarter that forced overtime, which ultimately ended when Missouri kicker Andrew Baggett's 24-yard chip shot doinked off the left upright.
Everyone's favorite upset pick for Week 9 faltered, as the Sean Mannion-led Oregon State passing attack sputtered against the dominating Cardinal defense. Mannion averaged just 4.8 yards per attempt with only one touchdown toss, as Tyler Gaffney ran for 145 yards and three touchdowns, moving Stanford to 7-1 on the year.
What looked like a nightmare in the making for Miami turned into a heroic afternoon for the Hurricanes, who scored two touchdowns in the last 5:36 of the game to pull out the win. Duke Johnson paced Miami with 30 rushes for 168 yards and those two scores, and a last gasp for the Demon Deacons was snuffed out when Tanner Price's throw went through his receiver's hands and into the arms of Miami CB Antonio Crawford. So it goes.
Oregon and Baylor are in a class of their own when it comes to ho-hum eviscerations of conference opponents. Bryce Petty added to his already obscene season totals with 430 yards passing and three touchdowns. The Bears also rushed for 306 yards, headlined by Lache Seastrunk's 109 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries.
This game wasn't nearly as lopsided as the score would indicate, as Maryland was only down six points with possession early in the fourth quarter. Tajh Boyd threw for 304 yards in the win, and running back Roderick McDowell led Clemson's efforts pulling away by logging 161 yards and the Tigers' last two touchdowns of the game. Overall the game was sloppy, as the two teams combined for seven turnovers, but the toothless Terrapins just didn't have the firepower to contend late.
The Sooners and Red Raiders kept it close for a while, but Oklahoma took the lead for good on a 35-yard Lacoltan Bester reverse jet sweep. Texas Tech cut the lead to 35-30 with six minutes left on Kenny Williams' touchdown run, but Oklahoma responded with a long field goal drive that gave the Red Raiders the ball back with too little time to do much of anything.
Auburn lost starting quarterback Nick Marshall to an apparent shoulder injury in the first quarter, but that did little to prevent the Tigers from steamrolling Florida Atlantic. Auburn scored three touchdowns in the first 10 minutes of play on its way to outgaining FAU, 628-247.
For one half, it appeared as though Death Valley might be the setting of the biggest FCS upset of the 2013 season. The Furman Paladins trailed by a margin of just 20-16 at the break, and looked to be in position to give LSU a fight. But the Tigers regrouped at halftime and outscored Furman, 28-0, making the final result look like about what was expected all along.
For the second straight year, Virginia Tech let Duke take a double-digit lead before the Hokies scored a point; this time, the Blue Devils hung on for the victory. Virginia Tech's true freshman cornerback Kendall Fuller registered three interceptions on the day for the Hokies, but quarterback Logan Thomas threw four picks in the loss.
Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M blew the doors off the 'Dores, opening up a 28-0 lead in the first half. Manziel threw for 305 yards and four scores in a rather (by Manziel standards) subdued performance. Mike Evans caught five passes for 77 yards and a pair of scores, further cementing his status as the best wideout in college football this year.
Fresno State survived against a resilient San Diego State team that entered the day undefeated in Mountain West play. Derek Carr moved his NCAA-best streak of games with a passing touchdown to 27, but only averaged 5.2 yards per attempt in a poor outing for the star quarterback. The Bulldogs led 28-14 in the fourth, but two Aztec touchdowns brought the game to overtime. Marteze Waller's one-yard touchdown won the game for Fresno State, which improves to 7-0 on the year.
Northern Illinois continued its quest for a perfect regular season by throttling visitor Eastern Michigan. Quarterback Jordan Lynch logged 322 yards of total offense and five touchdowns, and the Huskies rolled up 658 yards altogether. All told, four NIU players threw touchdown passes in the win, which seems just a tad excessive.
Oklahoma State needed fewer than 10 minutes to go up 21-0 on the hapless Cyclones, and the Cowboys coasted to the easy win. Running back Desmond Roland was the Cowboys' motor on the day, rushing for 219 yards and four scores, and OSU is now 6-1 (3-1) on the year and aiming straight for its trip to No. 10 Texas Tech next week.
It takes a pretty solid defense to slow down Teddy Bridgewater, and news flash: USF does not have a solid defense. Bridgewater went 25-29 for 344 yards and three scores in the easy win. USF fell to 2-5 (2-1) on the year, and yes, USF was actually 2-0 in AAC play coming into the game.
UCF had wins over Penn State and Louisville on its resume, and now the Knights have the ever-sexy blowout win to add to the pile. UConn is horrendous, no doubt, but now that we can see UCF is a team that lays waste to horrendous teams, it might be time to look at putting UCF into the Top 20. Blake Bortles paced the Knights with 286 yards passing and five total touchdowns.
The Big Ten Legends Division is officially a mess. Minnesota welcomed guest Nebraska to TCF Bank Stadium and pushed the Huskers up and down the field, earning bowl eligibility and — yes — a legitimate spot in the division race discussion, if only for a week. Nebraska was hampered significantly by Taylor Martinez's lingering turf toe injury, and while its star quarterback played, he was ineffective and Nebraska didn't have the type of performance from the rest of its team to make the difference.
SMU 59, Temple 49
Tulane 14, Tulsa 7
Louisiana Tech 23, FIU 7
North Texas 55, Southern Miss 14
San Jose State 51, Wyoming 44
UNLV 27, Nevada 22
Colorado State 35, Hawaii 28
Ole Miss 59, Idaho 14
Troy 32, Western Kentucky 26
Texas State 33, South Alabama 31
UL-Monroe 38, Georgia State 10
New Mexico State 34, Abilene Christian 29