College Football Saturday: Oregon, TCU, Georgia Win Big; Penn State Falls

After a tumultuous week, the focus is back on football. Stanford-Oregon is the evening's headliner, but all eyes were on Penn State to begin the day. | Complete Week 11 schedule

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Maryland Vs. Notre Dame Final Score: Irish Stomp Terrapins In 45-21 Victory

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish picked up a seventh win this season by defeating the Maryland Terrapins, 45-21. The Irish tallied 508 total yards of offense on the strong play of quarterback Tommy Rees and running backs Jonas Gray and Cierre Wood.

Rees was deadly accurate, competing 30-of-37 passes for 296 yards and two touchdown passes. Michael Floyd caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Rees and Tyler Eifert hauled in a 34-yard score late in the fourth quarter.

Jonas Gray found the end zone twice on his way to 136 rushing yards while Cierre Wood pounded the end zone once and gained 99 rushing yards. Lo Wood picked off Danny O'Brien and returned it for a 57-yard touchdown.

O' Brien did throw a touchdown pass in the second quarter, but his team didn't score again until the fourth quarter. C.J. Brown found the end zone on a 24-yard run early in the fourth quarter and D.J. Adams entered the zone with 37 seconds left in the game.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit SB Nation's Maryland blog Testudo Times and SB Nation's Notre Dame blog One Foot Down. Stay tuned to SB Nation College Football for more on this week's action.


Alabama Vs. Mississippi State Final Score: Trent Richardson, Eddie Lacy Lead Tide To 24-7 Victory

The Alabama Crimson Tide didn't let last week's loss to the LSU Tigers spoil this week's contest against the Mississippi St. Bulldogs, pulling off a 24-7 victory. However, it was another low-scoring contest for most of the game, as the Tide went up against a team that has allowed just under 19 points per game this season.

The Tide had just a 7-0 lead at halftime lead. Eddie Lacy rushed into the end zone for a two-yard score in the second quarter. However, Alabama did start to pull away in the second half, building the lead to 17-0 early in the fourth quarter. Trent Richardson pounded the ball relentlessly, picking up 127 yards on 32 carries. He scored the second Alabama touchdown of the game.

Tyler Russell did give a brief bit of hope for a comeback in the fourth quarter when he found Chris Smith for a 12-yard touchdown reception shortly after Richardson's touchdown run. The Tide, however, secured the game with Eddie Lacy's second touchdown run of the game, a 32-yard run, with 1:18 left in the game.

The Bulldogs struggled offensively during the game, amassing just 131 total yards (119 passing, 12 rushing). The two teams combined to miss four field goals and to go 5-for-37 on third-down conversions

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit SB Nation's Alabama blog Roll Bama Roll and SB Nation's Mississippi State blog For Whom The Cowbell Tolls.


LSU Vs. Western Kentucky Final Score: Tigers Dominate 2nd Half For 42-9 Victory

After a frustrating first half against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, the LSU Tigers came back with a scoring touch in the second half. They scored 28 points over the final two quarters to win, 42-9.

The Hilltoppers held the Tigers to just seven points in the first quarter and kept the game tied at seven until late in the second quarter. Kenny Hilliard scored a one-yard touchdown at that point and then found the end zone for the next touchdown, a one-yard run in the third quarter. Alfred Blue gained 50 yards on his two rushes for touchdowns. Jarrett Lee, previously the starter while Jordan Jefferson was suspended, came in for garbage time and threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Kadron Boone. Jefferson had a 59-yard touchdown strike to Rueben Randle in the first quarter.

The Hilltoppers scored points on a Keshawn Simpson two-yard run and a safety-sack of Jefferson in the third quarter.

The 10-0 LSU Tigers visit Ole Miss next Saturday before the regular season finale against the Arkansas Razorbacks on Nov. 25.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit LSU blog And The Valley Shook. Here’s the complete Week 11 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.


Tennessee Vs. Arkansas Final Score: Tyler Wilson Throws Three TD Passes In 49-7 Razorbacks Victory

The Tennessee Volunteers fell to 0-6 in the SEC following Saturday night's 49-7 loss to the Arkansas Razorbacks. Arkansas, though, will stay in a tie for second place in the SEC West with the Alabama Crimson Tide. Arkansas plays the West-leading LSU Tigers in the regular season finale.

Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson threw for 224 yards and three touchdowns on 16-of-26 passing. His second touchdown pass was a 40-yard strike to Joe Adams, but the best catch of the night belonged to Jarius Wright, who made a juggling one (and had 94 receiving yards). Adams, though, had a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown to add to his own highlight reel. Dennis Johnson ran for two Arkansas touchdowns, including a 71-yard run in the second quarter. He finished with 11 carries for 97 yards.

Tennessee freshman quarterback Justin Worley threw for 210 yards on 15-of-29 passing while his running backs combined for 137 rushing yards. Da'Rick Rogers caught five passes for 106 yards.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit SB Nation's Arkansas blog Arkansas Ex Pats and SB Nation's Tennessee blog Rocky Top Talk. Here’s the complete Week 11 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.


Texas A&M Vs. Kansas State Final Score: Wildcats Win Marathon Game Over Aggies, 53-50 (OT)

Apparently, Texas A&M and the Big 12 have agreed on the exit fees for the Aggies' move to the SEC: A&M has to suffer through the most heart-breaking season in college football history.

The latest chapter in A&M's novel of swooning came Saturday in Manhattan, when the Aggies took a 14-0 early lead and a 10-point lead late in the fourth quarter and turned into a 53-50, four-overtime loss to Kansas State in a marathon game in Manhattan. The match-up took more than four hours to play.

After the first three overtimes ended with both teams gridlocked, Texas A&M took over on offense with the teams tied at 47, but a third-down play came up about a yard short of the first down. Rather than try to go for it and work towards a touchdown, Mike Sherman decided to take the field goal.

Kansas State countered with a three runs, including the apparent third-down conversion by Klein that was subject to instant replay. On first down, the Wildcats took a shot to the end zone -- which was interfered with by Texas A&M to set up a first and goal. Two quarterback sneaks got the ball across the goal line and give Kansas State the win.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Texas A&M blog I Am The 12th Man and Kansas State blog Bring On The Cats. Here's the complete Week 11 College football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub for more.


Miami Vs. Florida State Final Score: Seminoles Send Hurricanes To 5th Loss, 23-19

The Florida St. Seminoles had to sweat things out late in its 23-19 victory over the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon. The Seminoles had essentially wrapped up the game in the second quarter when they scored two touchdowns in the last five minutes, but those final minutes of the game always prove to be a contest.

Miami had taken a 7-3 lead earlier in the second quarter when Jacory Harris found Clive Walford for a two-yard touchdown pass with about eight minutes left to play in the quarter. Three minutes later, EJ Manuel connected with Rodney Smith for a 21-yard touchdown pass. With less than one minute remaining, Greg Reid returned a punt 83 yards for a touchdown and a 17-7 halftime lead.

Florida State managed just two field goals in the second half. In the final seven minutes of the game Miami scored two touchdowns. Mike James rushed for both touchdowns, but the two-point conversion failed on both tries.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit SB Nation's FSU blog Tomahawk Nation and SB Nation's Miami blog The 7th Floor. Here’s the complete Week 11 college football TV schedule.


Michigan Vs. Illinois Final Score: Wolverines Brush Aside Illini, 31-14

Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson left Saturday's matchup with Illinois after suffering a mysterious injury, but it didn't matter as the Wolverines rolled to a 31-14. Robinson's backup, Devin Gardner, threw the only passing touchdown of the game as the ground game took center-stage for the Wolverines once again.

Fitzgerald Toussaint rushed for a game-high 192 yards and a touchdown in the win for the Wolverines, For comparison's sake, Illinois rushed for just 37 yards on 33 carries as a team. Robinson finished with 30 yards and two touchdowns on the ground while completing 6-10 passes for 92 yards and an interception.

Nathan Scheelhaase led the way through the air, finishing with a game-high 170 yards. However, Scheelhaase was unable to find the end zone, throwing no touchdowns and one interception.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Michigan blog Maize N Brew and Illinois blog Hail to the Orange. Here’s the complete Week 10 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.


TCU Vs. Boise State Final Score: Two-Point Call Ends Broncos' Streak

For months, this game has been circled as the Boise St. Broncos only potential challenge of the year, besides their opener against the Georgia Bulldogs. And a challenge it was! The TCU Horned Frogs walk away with a 36-35 victory in Boise. Nobody ever beats Boise State in Boise.

TCU had the chance to tie with a minute to go, but elected to go for two points to take a one-point lead. Casey Pachall found Josh Boyce near the goal line -- Boyce nearly saw the ball get picked off, but shrugged a tackler and made his way from blue turf to orange turf. Here's video of the play:

The Broncos' emergency strategy appeared to be having Kellen Moore hurl the ball as far as possible while hoping for pass interference calls. Referees didn't bite until a fourth down near midfield, flagging an uncatchable pass. Whatever works. The drive remained alive, and Boise State reached field goal territory.

A 37-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right, and there you have it.

Boise State hasn't lost at home in 10 years. The Broncos haven't lost a conference game at home since 1998. For once, TCU isn't threatening to crash the BCS. But for once, Boise State suddenly isn't. I blame the Mountain West for insisting on non-blue home uniforms.

For more on this game, visit TCU blog Frogs O War and Boise State blog One Bronco Nation Under God.


Wisconsin Vs. Minnesota Final Score: Badgers Demolish Gophers, 42-13

Wisconsin had made a habit of blowing out hapless Big Ten teams this year. And there is no Big Ten team more hapless this year than Minnesota. So it really came as no surprise when the Badgers laid down a 42-13 thrashing of the Gophers.

Russell Wilson was 16-of-17 for 177 yards and four touchdowns. He tacked on 20 yards rushing on seven carries. Montee Ball has 167 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 23 rushes. James White added 87 yards on 14 attempts. Wilson's favorite target was undoubtedly Nick Toon, who grabbed eight passes for 99 yards and both scores.

Minnesota, for its part, managed just 160 yards and 10 first downs all day. MarQueis Gray had a passer rating of 59.2 -- which, for those of you unfamiliar with the vagaries of that statistic, is very, very bad. (He was 6-of-14 for 51 yards and an interception.) Gray did have 68 yards on 19 carries, which is the most any Minnesota player gained in any offensive category.

For more on this game, visit Wisconsin blog Bucky's 5th Quarter and Minnesota blog The Daily Gopher, plus Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire.


West Virginia Vs. Cincinnati Final: Mountaineers Drop Bearcats, Risking Big East Chaos

At some point, someone will have to win the Big East. But it's going to be difficult to do it, given the way the conference has been turned upside down at various points this year. West Virginia, itself seen as a candidate at various times, upset Cincinnati 24-21 Saturday in a game that could prove significant as the season moves on.

Both teams had precisely 404 yards of total offense, with West Virginia passing for 372 of those yards and Cincinnati going more toward balance -- 208 passing, 196 rushing. The bigger news of the game for the Bearcats might have been the status of Zach Collaros, who was hurt in the game. His backup, Munchie Legaux, was shaky -- 9-of-20 for 138 yards and an interception.

Cincinnati still has a one-game lead in the standings, but has yet to face two of the teams with a pair of conference losses: Rutgers and UConn. And with Collaros out, who knows what might happen.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit West Virginia blog The Smoking Musket and Cincinnati blog Down The Drive. Here's the complete Week 11 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub for more.


Michigan State Vs. Iowa Final Score: Kirk Cousins Leads Spartans To Victory

The Michigan State Spartans were able to pick up a solid victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday behind the arm of quarterback Kirk Cousins. The Spartans led 31-7 at halftime before leaving with a 37-21 win.

Cousins threw all three of his touchdown passes in the first half to give his team a large lead, eventually finishing with 260 yards through the air on 18-of-31 passing. That's actually a solid line considering Sparty converted on just four of 16 third-down attempts.

Running back Le'Veon Bell was solid on the ground, too, rushing 20 times for 112 yards and a touchdown. On the whole, Michigan State ran the ball 40 times for 155 yards, good for a solid 3.9 yards per carry average.

The Hawkeyes' statistics in the box score are nothing to be ashamed of, but quarterback James Vandenberg struggled to complete passes. The junior attempted 47 throws but completed just 22 -- albeit for a solid 262 yards and two touchdowns to offset an interception. The biggest problem for the Hawkeyes, however, was the running game, which managed just 87 yards on 30 rushing attempts.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Michigan State blog The Only Colors and Iowa blog Black Heart Gold Pants. Stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub for more.


Oklahoma State Vs. Texas Tech Final: Cowboys Thrash Raiders As Bedlam Looms

Which impressive statistic from the Oklahoma State game would you most like to read about? The 637 yards of total offense? The 49 first-half points that keyed a 60-point beatdown? Or Brandon Weeden's stat line: 31-of-37 for 423 yards and five touchdowns.

Because when one Big 12 team torches another by a 66-6 margin, it's kind of hard to choose which numbers are the most impressive. Even days that are normally good -- Herschel Sims had 109 yards on 13 carries; Joseph Randle had 78 and a touchdown on 18 rushes -- look almost pedestrian by comparison.

Of course, not much could make Texas Tech's 270 yards of total offense look great. Seth Doege was 25-of 43 for 169 yards, no touchdowns and an interception, as the Red Raiders' post-Oklahoma letdown continued for a third week. Speaking of Oklahoma -- Bedlam is in two weeks, and all that stands between the Cowboys and a massive showdown with their rivals is Friday's game against Iowa State.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Oklahoma State blog Cowboys Ride For Free and Texas Tech blog Double T Nation. Here's the complete Week 11 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub for more.


Penn State Vs. Nebraska Final Score: PSU Loses First Game Without Joe Paterno

The Penn St. Nittany Lions have fallen to the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 17-14. This is important for many reasons, almost all of which you're likely aware.

What looked to be a decent Big Ten game turned into the game of the week due to off-field tumult. And what looked to be a disappointment for Penn State fans turned into a game with a tight fourth and a thrilling finish.

A little bit of trickery set the Nittany Lions up to pull within three. Curtis Drake threw a 16-yard pass back to quarterback Matthew McGloin, with Stephfon Green scoring his second touchdown on the next play. PSU's defense held strong on the next possession, giving their offense the chance to win with four minutes left.

The Nittany Lions faced a fourth down in their own territory with just under two to go, sending Silas Redd into the line. He was stopped short, and, after a review, all that was left was for the Huskers to burn through Penn State's time outs. A look at the Redd play, via @cjzero:


However, Penn State stuffed Rex Burkhead on a fourth down toss of their own, giving themselves life with 49 seconds left. A Nebraska holding penalty put Penn State at the Huskers 37, but a hurried Hail Mary was all they could muster. Nittany Lions fans gave a standing ovation as soon as the game ended, and both teams again gathered at midfield.

For more on this game, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries and Nebraska blog Corn Nation

Related: Jerry Sandusky falloutreplacing Joe Paterno, and Penn State's movement to support sexual abuse survivorsFor more on the Nittany Lions, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries.


Texas Vs. Missouri Final Score: First Half Offense Is All Tigers Need To Win, 17-3

Missouri did not score in the final 23 minutes of its game against Texas today. The good news for the Tigers is that they didn't have to.

Missouri put two touchdowns on the board in the first half, tacked on a field goal early in the second and then shut down the Longhorns' offense for the 17-5 win. James Franklin started the game on fire, then settled down slightly to go 18-of-26 for 192 yards. Franklin and Kendial Lawrence both rushed for touchdowns, as Lawrence had 105 yards on 18 carries.

Texas' offense, meanwhile, managed just 249 yards of total offense on 65 plays. David Ash was 15-of-32 for 166 yards and an interception. Texas' top rusher, Jeremy Hills, ground out 36 yards on 11 carries. Now, the Longhorns wait to see if the loss will drop them from the Top 25.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Texas blog Burnt Orange Nation and Missouri blog Rock M Nation. Here's the complete Week 11 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub for more.


South Carolina Vs. Florida Final Score: Gamecocks Win Defensive Struggle, 17-12

Florida's offense gave its defense a chance in the fourth quarter, and then its defense gave its offense a chance. But South Carolina's defense and offense, given their own late chances, took advantage of them to earn a 17-12 win that keeps the Gamecocks alive in the SEC East race.

Connor Shaw ran for 88 yards and two touchdowns, and ran a read option offense with Brandon Wilds (120 rushing yards) beautifully as South Carolina wore down a Florida defense that could do very little and was repeatedly put in tough situations by the Gators' anemic offense. Ace Sanders hauled in a 46-yard pass that was the longest play by the Gamecocks on the day.

John Brantley tried to lead that unit to its first win over a ranked team this season, but threw for just 119 yards and was hung out to dry by a leaky line. Chris Rainey fared far better on the ground, running for 132 yards to lead the Gators, and he added 31 receiving yards.

But Brantley and the Gators couldn't engineer more than one touchdown drive, and a sack ended their unlikely comeback attempt in the fourth quarter. The loss means Florida will have a losing SEC record for the first time since the conference moved to divisional play, and the win gives South Carolina a chance at the SEC East title, if Georgia loses today against Auburn.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit South Carolina blog Garnet and Black Attack and Florida blog Alligator Army. Here's the complete Week 11 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub for more.


Clemson Vs. Wake Forest Final Score: Tigers Headed To ACC Championship Game

The Clemson Tigers were able to escape a near-upset at the hands of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Saturday afternoon, as its kicking game came through in the clutch to pull ahead 31-28 on the final scoreboard. There was quite a bit on the line, too, as Clemson was able to clinch a spot in the ACC title game with the victory.

The Tigers actually missed their first potential game-winner when Chandler Catanzaro missed a 30-yard field goal with less than two minutes remaining, but after the Clemson defense was able to force a quick punt from Wake Forest, Catanzaro was able to redeem himself with a 43-yard field goal as time expired.

Wake Forest looked like it was on its way to a sure victory when they opened the third quarter with three consecutive touchdowns to lead 28-14 midway through the third quarter. A pair of touchdown passes from Tajh Boyd knotted the game up at 28 points apiece with five minutes to go, however, allowing a whirlwind final five minutes to ensue.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Clemson blog Shakin the Southland and Wake Forest blog Blogger So Dear. Here's the complete Week 11 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub for more.

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