College Football Saturday: Sparty Shocks Wisconsin, Texas Tech Knocks Out Oklahoma

No. 4 Wisconsin is perfect no more, thanks to an instant classic Hail Mary by No. 15 Michigan State, while unranked Texas Tech took out No. 3 Oklahoma. Get excited!

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Oklahoma Vs. Texas Tech Final Score: Red Raiders Gun Down OU's Title Hopes

The Texas Tech Red Raiders brought a little bit of Lubbock with them to Norman, and not just weird weather that forced an early delay. The No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners fell, 41-38, in an everlasting ballgame that may be remembered as the most important upset of the 2011 college football season.

It was in doubt for most of the second half, too. Oklahoma pulled within seven early in the fourth quarter before falling back down by 17. The Sooners reached the red zone with about three minutes to go, electing to kick a field goal on fourth down in order to OH NO THE KICK STRUCK THE UPRIGHT. The margin remained 10 points. The Red Raiders needed only to fiddle around and not run backwards for a safety.

A last-minute Sooners touchdown corrected the discrepancy somewhat, but Tech recovered the onside kick, and nothing makes sense anymore.

Talk about a rankings shakeup for Sunday's second edition of the BCS. With Oklahoma and Wisconsin both losing, could we be looking at Oklahoma State, Boise State and Clemson filling out the top five? I mean, probably, but that's really something.

For more on this game, visit Oklahoma blog Crimson And Cream Machine and Texas Tech blog Double T Nation. Stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub for more.

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Washington Vs. Stanford Final Score: Andrew Luck, Running Game Guide Cardinal To Easy Win

The Washington Huskies have gotten off to a solid start this season, but a trip to Stanford Stadium was just a step up in competition too much for them to handle. The Stanford Cardinal were on their game on Saturday night, as Andrew Luck played a mistake-free game and the Stanford running game looked absolutely unstoppable. They put up an absolutely absurd 446 rushing yards, en route to a 65-21 win over UW.

Seriously, 446 yards on the ground. On only 43 rushing attempts. They averaged 10.4 yards per rushing attempt. Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes and no interceptions while completing 76 percent of his passes, but he didn't even have to do anything. I'm going to type it again. 446 rushing yards. Good god.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Stanford blog Rule Of Tree and Washington blog UW Dawg Pound. Here's this week's college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub for more.

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Michigan State Vs. Wisconsin Final Score: Hail Mary Gives Sparty Thrilling Win

The undefeated Wisconsin Badgers and the Michigan St. Spartans appeared to be headed to overtime, tied 31-31 after Russell Wilson and Montee Ball put together an 87-yard touchdown drive in the closing minutes of regulation. But then Sparty. OOOOOOOH Sparty. Kirk Cousins struck Wisconsin's Jared Abbrederis on a hail mary from midfield, which bounced into Keith Nichol's hands at the one, where a host of Badgers attempted to peel him from the end zone.

Via Ben Golliver

After a review, it was clear he'd crossed the line. Touchdown. 37-31, Michigan State. Let's react:

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So how'd we get in this fix, anyway?

Down by a score, the Badgers needed a Heisman-worthy drive from Wilson in order to knot the score up in the closing minutes. Wisconsin reached midfield thanks to two strong Ball runs and a Bradie Ewing catch, but a holding penalty altered the game plan. How about a 42-yard heave to a returning Nick Toon? Yep!

Abbrederis caught a sideline shot to force first and goal with just over a minute to go, then Wilson scampered and found Ball for the touchdown. It all looked kind of easy.

The Spartans attempted to retaliate, with Cousins at least converting a first down to ensure the Badgers wouldn't have a chance to kick a field goal before the fourth quarter ended. But a Cousins fumble, recovered by Sparty, severely limited their chances of driving for the winning score. MSU was able to reach midfield with nine seconds left, Cousins fired, and that's Big Ten history.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Wisconsin blog Bucky's 5th Quarter and Michigan State blog The Only Colors. Here's this week's college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub for more.

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USC Vs. Notre Dame Final Score: Trojans Spoil Golden Evening, 31-17

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish set the tables for themselves with such care. New gold (GOLD) helmets, dozens of blue chip recruits in the house, a home night game for the first time in rivalry history. But the USC Trojans brought Robert Woods, so. USC won it, 31-17, after tearing out to a 17-0 lead and rarely looking back.

The win is Lane Kiffin's first over the Irish and will likely assure Southern Cal a spot in next week's top 25. One of them, at least, since they're not eligible for a lot of them. Analysis.

Woods finished with two touchdowns and 119 yards, complemented by Curtis McNeal's 118 yards rushing. Notre Dame was forced to juggle Dayne Crist and Tommy Rees -- the most noteworthy moment in depth chart management came after Crist gave up a million-yard fumble return touchdown off a bobbled snap.

USC pulls within nine of Notre Dame in the all-time rivalry record, 43-34-5.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Notre Dame blog One Foot Down and USC blog Conquest Chronicles. Here’s this week’s college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.

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Penn State Vs. Northwestern Final Score: Nitany Lions Find An Offense, Improve To 7-1

Beggars can't be choosers, but at least Penn State found its offense in the first half. By the time the first 30 minutes of the Nitany Lions' matchup with Northwestern had past, Penn State had already rolled up 34 points. Sure, the Wildcats trailed by just 10, 34-24, but we all should've been grateful for the offensive explosion, all things considered.

And then it just stopped. In the second half, Penn State and Northwestern combined for seven points -- scored by the Nitany Lions in the third quarter. As quickly as the bout of scoring came, it went.

Matt McGloin threw for 192 yards and a touchdown in the win, but Penn State did much of its damage on the ground. Silas Redd rushed for a game-high 164 yards and a touchdown to lead the way, with Stephfon Green also adding a score.

Dan Persa threw for 294 yards, one touchdown and one interception in a losing effort for Northwestern. Kain Colter -- awesome football name -- and Persa also scored rushing touchdowns. And just for fun, Persa threw a touchdown pass to Colter.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries and Northwestern blog Sippin On Purple. Here's this week's college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub for more.

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Alabama Vs. Tennessee Final Score: Tide Toy With Rivals Before Winning By 31

The Third Saturday In October is a rivalry made for streaks, based on its hist'ry. And as expected, the Alabama Crimson Tide has made it five in a row against the Tennessee Volunteers, pulling away with a 37-6 victory in Tuscaloosa.

A.J. McCarron and Marquis Maze connected for the highlights, including a 69-yarder, as the Tide racked up 294 yards through the air. Trent Richardson pounded in 77 yards and a pair of scores, and that's that.

The Bama defense limited the Vols to 154 yards for the game after giving up only 63 in the first half. Tennessee apparently saw enough of Matt Simms (eight-for-17, 58 yards and a pick) to pull him for true freshman Justin Worley, who'd been expected to use a redshirt for the rest of the year.

SEC West apocalypse on Nov. 5: it remains the destination of the season.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Alabama blog Roll Bama Roll and Tennessee blog Rocky Top Talk. Here’s this week’s college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.

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Georgia Tech Vs. Miami Final: Hurricanes Shut Down Option To Knock Off Jackets

How do you win against a conference contender with a quarterback who goes 8-of-23 for 102 yards and an interception? Part of it might just be playing in college football's craziest conference, but part of it could be completely shutting down the Georgia Tech triple-option attack.

Georgia Tech managed just 124 yards on the ground, a disappointing total for some teams who don't rely on the running game as much as the Yellow Jackets do. That came on 47 rushing attempts, an average of 2.6 yards per carry. Again, if you had told a Georgia Tech fan about that stat line before the game, and they would have been worried. Your quarterback play can't fix that by going 7-of-14 for 77 yards and an interception.

For more on the Hurricanes, head to SB Nation's The 7th Floor. For more on the Jackets, head to SB Nation's From The Rumble Seat. For more on all the Week 8 action, visit our comprehensive StoryStream for football scores, news, and highlights.

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Boise State Vs. Air Force Final Score: Despite Scare, Blue Turf Prevails

The Boise St. Broncos got their towers buzzed by the Air Force Falcons in the first-ever meeting between the squads, but came away with a 37-26 win in their Mountain West Conference home debut. With three minutes to go, Tim Jefferson countered a Kellen Moore touchdown to cap a quick scoring drive and pull within a touchdown.

The extra point was blocked by a Broncos' face mask, leading to a series of laterals and stumbles and a FAT GUY TOUCHDOWN threat, but the only real result of the play was an eight-point Boise State lead. Air Force's onside kick failed, and the clock was Chris Petersen's only remaining barrier. Breather field goal followed.

Moore threw for 282 yards and three touchdowns, but an interception was one of a handful of mistakes ya just can't make against a diligent option-based team. Air Force actually gained just 13 fewer yards than Boise State on the day, but couldn't make enough big plays to pull out a stunner.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Boise State blog One Boise Nation Under God and Mountain West blog Mountain West Connection. Here’s this week’s college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.

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Boston College Vs. Virginia Tech Final: After Trailing At Half, Hokies Roll Past Eagles

At halftime of their game against Boston College, it looked like the infamously fickle role of ACC contender might slip away from Virginia Tech. The woeful Eagles held a 7-6 lead against Virginia Tech, and anyone who has watched ACC football ever could not rule out a loss.

That uncertainty died by early in the fourth quarter, when the Hokies scored a third straight touchdown to put the game out of reach. Overall, Logan Thomas was 22-of-36 for 268 yards and a touchdown passing, adding another 60 yards and a touchdown on the ground. David Wilson ran the ball 17 times for the Hokies for 134 yards and a touchdown. That and three Cody Journell field goals were enough to propel Virginia Tech to a 30-14 win.

Despite having led at halftime, there weren't really many reasons to think that BC has turned their problems around. Chase Rettig was 13-of-30 for 181 yards, a touchdown and an interception; the running game managed just 91 yards. Boston College will need a miracle to keep from soon collecting the seventh loss that will officially knock them out of bowl contention.

For more on the Hokies, head to SB Nation's Gobbler Country. For more on the Eagles, head to SB Nation's BC Interruption. For more on all the Week 8 action, visit our comprehensive StoryStream for football scores, news, and highlights.

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Oklahoma State Vs. Missouri Final Score: Cowboys Clobber Tigers, 45-24

There was an ever-so-brief moment when it looked like Missouri might be able to make a game of it against Oklahoma State last week. The Tigers rallied from a 21-3 deficit to cut the lead to 24-17 at halftime. And that was about it.

The Cowboys scored 14 unanswered points in the third quarter to put the game all but out of reach, then decided to pour it on with a third touchdown as time was about to expire in the fourth. That was after a Missouri score that made things slightly more respectable, but only slightly, as the Cowboys take home a 45-24 win.

Brandon Weeden was Brandon Weeden, putting up a stat line of 33-of-49 for 338 yards, three touchdowns and one pick. Joseph Randle picked up the load on the ground after the Cowboys put up lackluster rushing numbers in the first half; Randle had 138 yards and three touchdowns -- all of them in the second half -- on 14 carries. That included a 59-yard touchdown run that first pushed the lead to 21.

And for those paying attention to the offensive explosion overall: The two fell just short of 1,000 yards, at 996 yards of total offense, with 53 combined first downs.

To find out more about the Cowboys, head on over to Oklahoma State blog Cowboys Ride For Free. Tiger fans should be sure to check out Missouri blog Rock M Nation. For more on all the Week 8 action, visit our comprehensive StoryStream for college football scores, news, and highlights.

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Clemson Vs. North Carolina Final Score: Tajh Boyd And The Tigers Ran Away In Second Half

The Clemson Tigers might be for real if their second half against the North Carolina Tar Heels is any indication. The Tigers actually trailed early, but the Tigers offense was excellent in third quarter and the No. 7 Tigers led 59-38 on the final score board when all was said and done.

The Tigers scored five touchdowns in the third quarter after having just a one-touchdown lead -- 24-17 -- heading into halftime. Quarterback Tajh Boyd decided to take over in the third quarter, though, as he threw for three of his five touchdowns and rushed for another to give the Tigers a 59-24 lead going into the final stanza of the game. The Tar Heels tacked on two fourth quarter scores from running back Ryan Houston, but it wasn't enough to dig themselves out of the third quarter hole.

Boyd was simply outstanding in the game as he threw for 367 yards and five touchdowns while punching a one-yard run in during his third quarter scoring spree for good measure. Most impressive might be the fact that Boyd connected with five different receivers for his five touchdown passes as DeAndre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins, Martavis Bryant, Dwayne Allen and Brandon Ford all hauled in catches as they made their way to the end zone.

The Tar Heels were converted on just two of their 12 third down conversion attempts and turned the ball over six times as they struggled to keep up with the red-hot Tigers.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Clemson blog Shakin the Southland and North Carolina blog Carolina March. Stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub for more in this week's games.

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Kansas State Vs. Kansas Final Score: Collin Klein Rushes For 4 Touchdowns In 59-21 Win

Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein rushed for four touchdowns and threw for another as the Wildcats steam-rolled the Kansas Jayhawks, 59-21. This one was over before it began, with Kansas State exploding for 24 points in the second quarter en route to a 31-14 halftime lead.

The Wildcats weren't done, though, and scored the first 28 points of the second half to secure a 59-14 win. Klein threw for 195 yards and a touchdown but did most of his damage on the ground, rushing for 92 yards and four touchdowns. John Hubert also rushed for a touchdown in the romp. Tyler Lockett scored twice for the Wildcats, as well, returning the second half kickoff for the touchdown and catch a 19-yard pass from Klein.

Kansas quarterbacks Jordan Webb and Quinn Mecham each threw for touchdowns in the loss. The Wildcats were the seventh-straight ranked team Kansas has faced, and it showed.

For more on the Wildcats, head to SB Nation's Bring On the Cats. For more on the Jayhawks, head to SB Nation's Rock Chalk Talk. For more on all the Week 8 action, visit our comprehensive StoryStream for college football scores, news, and highlights.

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Illinois Vs. Purdue Final Score: Boilermakers Pull Off Upset At Home

The Illinois Fighting Illini entered Saturday's game against the Purdue Boilermakers ranked No. 23 in the nation. That won't be the case when Sunday's new NCAA football rankings come out, however, as Illinois fell 21-14 at Ross-Aide Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Illinois put up a late touchdown to make  the score 21-14 when quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase rushed two yards into the end zone, but the ensuing onside kick was recovered by Purdue and the game was all but over as the Boilermakers needed to just run out the clock and force the Fighting Illini to use their final two timeouts.

Purdue took a 21-0 lead into halftime thanks to a pair of touchdown throws from Caleb TerBush and a 21-yard run from Raheem Mostert capped off the first half scoring. TerBush finished the game with 178 yards through the air and the aforementioned two touchdowns.

In the end, though, it was the Fighting Illini that just didn't look good on Saturday afternoon as opposed to Purdue looking great. Scheelhaase threw zero touchdowns and one interception as the Illini converted on just six of their 17 third-down conversion attempts. It was Illinois' second loss in a row, following last week's defeat at the hands of Ohio State after the Illini started the season undefeated.

For more on the Boilermakers, visit Purdue blog Hammer and Rails. And be sure to check out Illinois blog Hail to the Orange for the latest on the Illini.


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Tyrann Mathieu, Spencer Ware Officially Suspended, Expected To Return For Alabama

Not that this is really a surprise to anyone after it's been reported for most of the week, but we now have official confirmation that the Honey Badger and a couple of his teammates will be absent from this week's contest against Auburn.

Les Miles saying officially Mathieu, Ware, Simon are out for this game and he expects them to be back next week. #lsu
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While Tyrann Mathieu has gotten a lot of the attention this week -- and rightly so, given his two interceptions and four forced fumbles -- Spencer Ware is also a pretty important piece of the LSU machine buzz-sawing its way through the SEC West. His 512 yards rushing easily leads the Bayou Bengals on the season, and his six touchdowns are tied for tops on the team.

As for the players' return -- next week, technically, is a bye week for the Tigers. And we're absolutely sure that the time frame for the punishment is not at all related to the pivotal clash with Alabama on Nov. 5.

For more on the Tigers, head over to LSU blog And The Valley Shook.

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