College Football Saturday: Stanford Survives Triple OT; Clemson, K-State Fall

Stanford made it out of the Coliseum in one piece after big wins by Nebraska, Georgia, Missouri, Oklahoma, Georgia Tech ... and Minnesota! Here's the complete college football TV schedule for Week 9.

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USC Vs. Stanford Final Score: Cardinal Win On Curtis McNeal Fumble

Curtis McNeal had a hell of a night for the USC Trojans, but his last touch brought him back to Earth. McNeal stepped up in place of Marc Tyler, who was injured on his first carry, and helped carry the Trojans to overtime. But on his final carry of the game, in the third overtime, McNeal lost the handle and Stanford recovered to seal the win.

And we got to see Lane Kiffin face, you guys!

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The Cardinal had the ball first in the third overtime, and drove down the field with relative ease to score. The two-point conversion, mandatory after two overtimes, was good as Andrew Luck hit Coby Fleener in the end zone. Fleener was wide open after shucking his defender at the line of scrimmage.

Marquis Lee stepped out at the four on USC's first play of the overtime period, just narrowly missing in his dive for the pylon. And on the next play, McNeal never controlled the handoff, fumbling into the end zone and into the arms of Stanford.

The final score after a wild game in Los Angeles: Stanford 56, USC 48. And yes, Stanford managed to cover the 7.5-point spread.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit USC blog Conquest Chronicles and Stanford blog Rule of Tree. 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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Clemson Vs. Georgia Tech Final Score: Cross Tigers Off National Title List

The Clemson Tigers entered Atlanta undefeated and with the highest BCS rating in school history. But the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets looked like the better team from the start, rolling to a 24-3 lead and holding on to take a 31-17 victory as Tech fans rushed the field.

The Jackets allowed 396 yards, including 153 by Sammy Watkins, but forced four turnovers. Tech quarterback Tevin Washington rushed for 176 yards and two touchdowns and even threw for a few dozen in there, but nobody really pays attention to that.

With Kansas State also falling and Stanford in trouble, Rick Reilly's title game doomsday scenario is becoming more humorous almost by the minute. If the Cardinal can't come back, we're down to four unbeatens: LSU, Alabama, Boise State and Oklahoma State. And after next Saturday, it'll be three at most.

For more information on the Yellow Jackets, check out From The Rumble Seat and SB Nation Atlanta, for more Clemson news check out Shakin The Southland. For more on everything college football, check out SB Nation's college football hub.

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South Carolina Vs. Tennessee Final Score: Cocks Prevail In Gruesome Contest

SEC East football is a thing to be missed. The South Carolina Gamecocks topped the Tennessee Volunteers, 14-3, to maintain their division advantage over the Georgia Bulldogs, and there's nary a good thing to say about it other than that they shut down freshman Justin Worley in his first-ever start.

Actually, Brandon Wilds rushed for 136 yards and caught another 31. That's pretty good. And Connor Shaw was good for 165 yards worth of total offense, two touchdowns and only one turnover.

The Cocks are now 7-1 with a trip to play the Arkansas Razorbacks next, and would be sneaking their way back into BCS game consideration if not for the two-team-per-conference limit. The Vols are 3-5 and in danger of missing a bowl bid, but catch a break with a game against MTSU on the way.

For more, visit South Carolina blog Garnet And Black Attack and Tennessee blog Rocky Top Talk. And stick with SB Nation's college football news hub.

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Texas Tech Vs. Iowa State Final Score: Cyclones Whip Red Raiders, 41-7

Call it a hangover after a big win over Oklahoma or just call it a good old-fashioned whipping: Texas Tech was hammered by Iowa State on Saturday night, 41-7. This one was never close, with Iowa State racing out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and never looking back. And remember, this is an Iowa State team that had yet to win a Big 12 game this year.

Jared Barnett completed 14-of-26 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for 92 yards and a score. The ground game was the story for the Cyclones, though, with two players breaking the century mark on the night. James White picked up a game-high 138 yards and a touchdown and Duran Hollis carried the ball four times for 101 yards and a score.

Seth Doege scored the only touchdown of the game for the Red Raiders, taking it in himself from eight yards out.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Texas Tech blog Double T Nation and Iowa State blog Wide Right & Natty Lite. 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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Auburn Vs. Ole Miss Final Score: Second Half All Tigers In 41-23 Win

It just couldn't last for Ole Miss. At the half, the Runnin' Rebels were tied with the Auburn Tigers in what could have been considered a minor miracle at the time. But the dream ended quickly, much like ripping off a band-aid, as the Tigers reeled off 24 unanswered points, putting away Ole Miss with ease.

Clint Moseley completed just passes, but four of them went for touchdowns. Michael Dyer picked up a game-high 187 yards and a touchdown to compliment Moseley. Philip Lutzenkirchen caught two touchdown passes, with Quindarius Carr and Emory Blake each adding one.

Brandon Bolden rushed for two touchdowns in the loss. Randall Mackey hit Nickolas Brassell as time expired in the fourth quarter, giving Ole Miss some kind of moral victory.

The final score at Jordan-Hare: Auburn 41, Ole Miss 23.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Auburn blog Track Em Tigers and Ole Miss blog Red Cup Rebellion. 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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Texas Vs. Kansas Final Score: Jayhawks Don't Get The Longhorn Network Either

It takes a hell of an effort to make the Kansas Jayhawks' season averages even worse than they already are. The Texas Longhorns have done it, posting 590 yards and allowing 46 (forty-six, fewer than 50) in a 43-0 victory that hopefully absolutely nobody saw.

KU came in allowing 510 yards per game, worst in the country.

Player of the game: Yahoo! Sports' box score for coming up with something, anything to put here:

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Texas achieved 38 first downs to Kansas' three. Converted 11 third downs to one. Picked up 441 yards rushing to an even zero. Punted once and forced seven. For those of you who like poring through box scores, please remember to put on gloves before picking through this one.

For more on this game, visit Texas blog Burnt Orange Nation and Kansas blog Rock Chalk Talk. And stick with SB Nation's college football news hub.

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Arizona State Vs. Colorado Final Score: Buffs' Pac-12 Initiation Continues

The Colorado Buffaloes had zero Pac-12 wins in their first year in the conference entering Saturday night's game against the Arizona St. Sun Devils. That figure has not changed. Sparky walks away with a 48-14 victory to move to 6-2 on the year and 4-1 in-league.

Brock Osweiler turreted for 315 yards and a pair of touchdowns, with 116 of those yards going to Cameron Marshall. Tyler Hansen was able to produce 284 yards passing of his own, but also threw two picks. That was the story for the Buffs: lots of yards (425), but lots of turnovers too (five).

ASU advances to take on the lowly UCLA Bruins. Colorado tries again against the USC Trojans.

For more on this game, visit Arizona State blog House Of Sparky and Colorado blog Ralphie Report, plus Pac-12 blog Pacific Takes. And stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub.

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Florida Vs. Georgia Final Score: Bulldogs Come Back For Rare Rivalry Win, 24-20

Georgia needed a lot to break its way to beat Florida 24-20 in the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. But the Bulldogs took advantage of their opportunities, and Florida's miscues gave them plenty.

Two fumbles? Yeah, Florida coughed them up, and Georgia turned them into two touchdowns. An offense that barely even attempted to run the ball and was triggered by a hobbled quarterback? Florida clung to it, and John Brantley got diminishing returns. And a defense that couldn't stop Georgia's running game when it needed a stop most? Yeah, that's Florida's, and it got run over for 185 rushing yards.

Georgia came back from a 17-3 deficit to get just its fourth win in the last 22 meetings between the two SEC East rivals, and it got it with Aaron Murray completing fewer than half of his passes and with special teams that were, generously, porous. 

But it didn't matter: for once, the Bulldogs seemed like the team in this rivalry with the voodoo on its side.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit our Florida blog Alligator Army and our Georgia blog Dawg Sports. 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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West Virginia Vs. Rutgers Final Score: Moutaineers Run Away In Second Half, 41-31

West Virginia recovered from a rough start on Saturday, clamping down on the defensive side of the ball in a 41-31 win over Rutgers. The Moutaineers headed into the half trailing the Scarlet Knights, 31-21, but scored the next 20 points of the game to avoid losing their second game in as many weeks.

Geno Smith completed 20 of 31 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns, both of which came in the second half. Smith was responsible for the third score of the half, as well, plunging into the end zone from a yard out. Shawne Alston rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns, with Tavon Austin added two rushes for 96 yards and a touchdown, which came on an 80-yard run.

Gary Nova completed just 18 of 49 passes for 234 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the loss. Jawan Jamison ran for 96 yards and two touchdowns to pace the Scarlet Knights on the ground.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit WVU blog The Smoking Musket and Rutgers blog On The Banks. 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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Oklahoma State Vs. Baylor Final Score: Pokes Roll On, Hold Place In Line

The Oklahoma St. Cowboys, No. 3 in the BCS standings, might be the team in the best shape in the country. (They beat the Baylor Bears, 59-24, to remain undefeated.) While the LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide have to face each other and make it through the SEC Championship Game, Okie State's impediments pretty much come down to the Oklahoma Sooners.

But anyway.

Robert Griffin III threw for 424 yards. And lost by 35 points. The Big 12 is pretty amazing. Brandon Weeden went 24-of-36 for 274 yards and three touchdowns, while Joseph Randle added 152 yards and four scores. Justin Blackmon: 171 yards and two touchdowns. This is overlooking, like, three other guys who also hit triple digits. Stats!

For more, visit Oklahoma State blog Cowboys Ride For Free and Baylor-friendly SB Nation Dallas. As always, stick with SB Nation's college football news hub for more.

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Oklahoma Vs. Kansas State Final Score: Sooners Dominate Second Half, Win 58-17

Oklahoma was clinging to a 23-17 lead over Kansas State at the half, but you wouldn't know it from the final score. The Sooners came out of the half gunning, turning a 23-17 lead into a 58-17 win, keeping the Wildcats off the board in the second half while putting up points in bunches.

It was a superb bounce-back game for the Sooners, who were knocked off their pedestal last weekend by Texas Tech. Landry Jones was his usual self, throwing for 505 yards and five touchdowns. Jones also threw two interceptions, both of which came in the first half.

Ryan Broyles piled up the stats again, catching 14 balls for 171 yards and a touchdown. Roy Finch carried the ball nine times for 73 yards and a score to lead the way on the ground.

Colin Klein was the only source of offense, but was never able to get anything going through the air for the Wildcats. Klein passed for just 58 yards, completing eight of his 16 attempts. He did, however, carry the ball 26 times for 92 yards and two touchdowns.

The loss was Kansas State's first on the year and both teams now sit at 7-1 overall and 4-1 in Big 12 play.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit our Oklahoma blog Crimson and Cream Machine and our Kansas State blog Dawg Sports. 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. Illinois Final Score: Last-Second Field Goal Doinks, Nitany Lions Win

Penn State scored its first touchdown of the game with just over a minute to go, but it was all the Nitany Lions needed in a game that featured little offense. After slogging through much of the day -- and having only a field goal to show for it -- Penn State somehow ripped off an 80-yard touchdown drive with its back against the wall, trailing Illinois 7-3 late in the fourth quarter. Silas Redd punched it in from five yards out, and Penn State had the 10-3 lead with little time left on the clock.

With the way things were going for both teams offensively, there was little chance Illinois was going to be able to drive 83 yards in just over a minute to tie the game. To illustrate this point, here's the Illinois passing stats heading into the final drive:


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Nathan Scheelhaase 6/12 21 1.8 1 0
Reilly O'Toole 4/7 31 4.4 0 1
Tim Russell 0/1 0 0.0 0 1


And yet, Scheelhaase somehow found a way to get a drive going after two shaky plays to start the possession. Seven plays and a minute later, the Illini were in field goal range, and had Derek Dimke a 42-yard field goal attempt for the tie.

Demke's kick had the distance, but hit the right upright as Penn State hung on for the 10-7 win. The kick was the second special teams mistake of the day, the first of which came on a botched hold on what should have been a chip-shot field goal.

The final score in Happy Valley: Penn State 10, Illinois 8.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries and Illinois blog Hail to the Orange, plus SB Nation Pittsburgh. 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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Iowa Vs. Minnesota Final Score: Upset Of The Day, 22-21

Wasn't expecting to need to monitor this game, but here we are: the previously 1-6 Minnesota Golden Gophers topped the previously 5-2 Iowa Hawkeyes, 22-21. The Gophers took the lead with about two minutes left on a MarQueis Gray touchdown rush, following a Duane Bennett scoring strike to Max Shortell.

With 2:32 to go, Iowa attempted a fourth-down conversion. The Gophers held, Gray ran out the clock, and that was that. and Jerry Kill's got his second victory of his Minnesota career.

Considering Iowa held a 21-10 lead early in the fourth quarter and Minnesota is Minnesota, this one looked to be well in hand for the Hawks. At least Marcus Coker had an absurd evening, running for two touchdowns and 245 yards on 31 attempts. 

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Iowa blog Black Heart Gold Pants and Minnesota blog The Daily Gopher.

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Oregon Vs. Washington State Final Score: Bryan Bennett Powers Oregon To 43-28 Win

Darron Thomas took a seat on the sideline after the half as Bryan Bennett came on to lead the Oregon Ducks to a 43-28 win over the Washington State Cougars. Thomas struggled throughout the first half, throwing two interceptions -- one of which was returned for a touchdown -- as the Oregon offense stumbled.

Bennett looked sharp in the second half, and was aided by the play of De'Anthony Thomas. The sensational freshman caught a touchdown pass and returned a kick for a touchdown, providing the x-factor for the Ducks once again. Bennett completed just four passes in the second half, but threw for 88 yards and two touchdowns. Kenjon Barner rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown to lead the way on the ground.

Marshall Lobbestael threw for 337 yards and a touchdown for Washington State, but threw two back-breaking interceptions in the red zone in the first half. Carl Winston led the way on the ground with 69 yards, and Rickey Galvin rushed for a touchdown. Jared Karstetter and Marquess Wilson were each over 100 yards receiving.

For more on this game, visit Oregon blog Addicted To Quack and Washington State blog Coug Center. For more, visit SB Nation's college football news hub.

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Missouri Vs. Texas A&M Overtime Score: Tigers Upset Aggies With Comeback Victory

The Missouri Tigers game versus the Texas A&M Aggies was guaranteed to be a close game as soon as Gus Johnson was named the broadcaster for their game on FX. The game lived up to those expectations, too, as the Tigers forced overtime to secure the upset and a 38-31 final score for the victory.

Missouri was led by quarterback James Franklin as he threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns -- including an 11-yard strike to Marcus Lucas for the game's only overtime score -- while contributing two more scores on the ground as he rushed his way to 98 yards and an additional pair of rushing touchdowns.

The Aggies were definitely the favorites in the Big 12 (possibly soon to be SEC) match-up as the Tigers went into the game with a losing record at 3-4, but Mizzou led after the first quarter. The Tigers later put together a pair of touchdown drives in the fourth quarter prior to the Aggies tying it with a field goal and forcing overtime.

Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill looked great for the most part as he completed 34 of his 51 passes for 310 yards and three touchdowns. It was an unfortunate end to the game for him, however, as he dropped the ball on what could have been a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter for the Aggies.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit our Texas A&M blog The 12th Man and Mizzou blog Rock M Nation. Here's this week's college football TV schedule  and stay tuned to our live updates from all of Saturday's games here.

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Arkansas Vs. Vanderbilt Final Score: Hogs Escape Again, 31-28

The Vanderbilt Commodores nearly forced overtime with the Arkansas Razorbacks, but a missed field goal let Arkansas off the ropes for the second straight week. The Hogs take a 31-28 win despite trailing 21-7 in the second quarter and taking their first lead in the fourth.

Vanderbilt started deep within their own territory with four minutes left, driving in range for a 27-yard attempt by Carey Spear. He missed to the right.

Tyler Wilson finished with 317 yards passing -- but Vandy outgained Arkansas by 74 yards anyway.

No matter the outcome, Vandy fans have to be proud of the way the Dores have played this season. A severe lack of quit in James Franklin's team. Likewise, Arkansas fans have to be a little bit sick of seeing their team need second half miracles to escape far lesst talented teams.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit our Arkansas blog Arkansas Expats and our Vanderbilt blog Anchor of Gold.

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Michigan State Vs. Nebraska Final Score: Defense Key For Cornhuskers Victory

The Nebraska Cornhuskers offense was good on Saturday, but the defense is what really should get the credit as Michigan State was held to a single field goal on the road at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska entered the game as the 14th-ranked team while the Spartans came in as No. 11 in the rankings, but that will probably be switched on Sunday after Nebraska's 24-3 victory.

The Cornhuskers finished the game with just 266 total yards while holding the Spartans to just 187 including only 86 through the air. Quarterback Taylor Martinez did what it took to win the Big 10 conference match-up, however, leading three touchdown drives while throwing a touchdown to Rex Burkhead to ice the game.

Michigan State certainly struggled on offense as Kirk Cousins completed only 11 of his 27 passing attempts for 86 yards and an interception. The running backs weren't much better, either, leading to Sparty converting on just three of its 14 third-down attempts.

For more on the Huskers, head over to the SB Nation blog Corn Nation. Check out The Only Colors for all things Michigan State. As always, stay tuned to our storystream for live scoring updates on all of today's games. 

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Purdue Vs. Michigan Final Score: Fitzgerald Toussaint Leads Wolverines To Win

The Purdue Boilermakers ended up being no match for the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday following a de facto bye week for Denard Robinson's football team. After a week off, however, it looked like it was  Fitzgerald Toussaint's team as the running back back rushed for two touchdowns on the way to the 36-14 final score.

Toussaint, a 5-foot-10 sophomore, rushed for 170 yards and two touchdowns while willing the Wolverines to a win on Saturday. Robinson, one of the most exciting players in college football, was held to just 170 yards through the air and 63 yards on the ground with a touchdown and interception to boot.

The Boilermakers really couldn't get anything going after scoring on the game's opening possession. Robert Marve finished the second half for Caleb TerBush, but the two combined to complete 17 of their 27 passing attempts for 222 yards and two touchdowns. While that line doesn't look terrible, Purdue only converted on three of their 13 third-down conversion attempts.

For more on the Wolverines, head over to the SB Nation blog Maize N Brew. Check out Hammer And Rails for all thing Purdue. As always, stay tuned to our storystream for live scoring updates on all of today's games.

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