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The latest BCS rankings are out and LSU is No. 1, followed by Alabama.
The USC Trojans jumped out to an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. At halftime, the Trojans held a 29-0 lead over their cross town rival UCLA Bruins. Head coach Lane Kiffin kept his foot on the pedal after halftime, scoring 14 more points in the third quarter. By the time the fourth quarter had started, quarterback Matt Barkley had already thrown for five touchdown passes, throwing his sixth early in the fourth quarter.
The Trojans proved to just be too much for the Bruins and overwhelmed them to the tune of 50-0. Barkley ended the day throwing for well over 400 yards and six touchdown passes. Wide receivers Marquise Lee and Robert Woods once again had dominant days, each catching a pair of touchdowns. The Bruins were able to rack up plenty of yards on offense, but just couldn't crack the scoreboard.
Despite the blowout loss and USC finishing ahead of UCLA in the Pac-12 South, because of the sanctions on USC the Bruins will make their way to the Pac-12 title game as the South representative.
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The Stanford Cardinal put down the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the first half, going up 21-0 thanks to three touchdown passes by quarterback Andrew Luck. It too the Fighting Irish until mid way through the third quarter to crack the scoreboard, on an Andrew Hendrix touchdown pass to wide receiver Michael Floyd. Hendrix came in in relief for an injured Tommy Rees.
To start the fourth quarter Luck hit on his fourth touchdown pass, this time to Coby Fleener, as the Cardinal went up 28-7 and put the game out of reach. The Fighting Irish made the score a bit more respectable with a late touchdown in the fourth quarter, but the Cardinal dominated the game from the get-go. Luck finished with 233 passing yards and 4 touchdown passes, but running back Stepfan Taylor gashed the Fighting Irish defense to the tune of 149 yards on just 20 carries.
The USC Trojans jumped out to an early lead against their cross town rivals, the UCLA Bruins. Quarterback Matt Barkley connected on a 42-yard touchdown pass to Marquise Lee for the first score, then Curtis McNeal scored on a 73-yard touchdown run to put the Trojans up 14-0.
In the second quarter, the Trojans added 14 more points increasing their lead to 29-0. For the first touchdown Barkley once again connected in the endzone, this time to Randall Telfer for a 1-yard touchdown pass. Lane Kiffin decided to go for two on this score however, successfully putting the Trojans up 22-0. A few minutes later, Barkley connected on his third touchdown pass of the day to put the Trojans up 29-0, this time connecting with Rhett Ellison for the 3-yard touchdown.
For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit USC blog Conquest Chronicles and UCLA blog Bruins Nation. Here’s the complete Week 13 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.
The South Carolina Gamecocks finished off the Clemson Tigers in the annual meeting of the teams from the state of South Carolina. The Gamecocks took an early 10 point lead, but in the second quarter the Tigers tied the game up with two quick scores. In the second half however, the Gamecocks outscored the Tigers 17-3, effectively shutting down the Clemson offense.
The typically explosive Clemson offense was limited to just 158 total yards against the Gamecocks. The typically anemic Gamecocks offense however, exploded for 421 total yards and 34 points. Quarterback Connor Shaw picked up 210 passing yards and 3 passing touchdowns, as well as 108 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. On the other side, quarterback Tahj Boyd was limited to just 83 yards passing and explosive wide receiver Sammy Watkins was limited to just 39 receiving yards.
Clemson falls to 9-3 after losing two straight games, while South Carolina improves to 10-2 on the season.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are giving it a go against the Stanford Cardinal in the second half of Saturday night's game, but it may be too little too late. The Irish have been able to score just one touchdown and are losing, 21-7, in the fourth quarter.
After the two teams each came up empty in their opening drives of the second half, the Irish broke on through to the other side with a touchdown drive led by Andrew Hendrix. Splitting time with Tommy Rees in the game, Hendrix started the drive at his own 23- yard line and progressed down the field by connecting on passing plays of 14 and 24 yards. Hendrix added his own 13-yard run to help get closer to the endzone. He closed out the drive with a six-yard pass to Michael Floyd.
Nearly a full quarter remains for the Irish to make a late comeback.
The Florida St. Seminoles are now on a two-game winning streak against their rival Florida Gators following a 21-7 victory on Saturday night. The amazing thing about this victory for the Seminoles is that they had almost no offense throughout the entire game. In fact, Florida State had 92 total yards and 96 yards in penalties.
The Seminoles took advantage of Florida quarterback John Brantley's three interceptions by converting two of them into Devonta Freeman rushing touchdowns. Terrance Parks intercepted a pass by Jacoby Brissett, replacing an injured John Brantley, at Florida's 29-yard and returned it for a touchdown
Brissett, though, did throw a six-yard touchdown to Quinton Dunbar late in the game. Dunbar barely kept one foot in bounds before he fell down into the white. On the ensuing Florida State drive, the two school almost erupted into a brawl after a personal foul by Florida's Matt Elam led the Seminoles' Greg Reid to get up in his face. The Florida State coaches defused the situation before it got out of hand.
Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel finished the game with six completions on 13 attempts for 57 yards. His running backs picked up just 35 yards.
The Washington Huskies ran away with the victory in the annual Apple Cup game against the Washington State Cougars. The Huskies jumped out to an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter, thanks to a blocked punt and a Keith Price touchdown pass. The Cougars tied the game in the second quarter however, with two touchdowns of their own thanks to two Marshall Lobbestael touchdown passes.
After that however, it was all Washington. The Huskies scored a touchdown with 24 seconds left before halftime, then outscored the Cougars 21-7 in the second half to come away from the Apple Cup victorious once again. Keith Price ended the say with 278 passing yards and three touchdowns, completing 20 of 28 passes. Chris Polk also added 100 yards on the ground with a touchdown and a receiving touchdown. For the Cougars, Lobbestael finished with over 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes.
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The 2011 Egg Bowl was an easy romp for the Mississippi St. Bulldogs, defeating the Ole Miss Rebels, 31-3, on Saturday night. The Golden Egg and bowl eligibility belong to the Bulldogs with the victory.
For the Bulldogs, this game was won through the ground. The team put 247 rushing yards into the stats column, led by Vick Ballard's 144 yards. Ballard found the endzone on a 25-yard run in the third quarter. LaDarius Perkins, though, found the endzone first when he had a 36-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Perkins had 64 yards on the ground.
Quarterback Chris Relf completed 8-of-13 passes for 70 yards and a two touchdowns. Ballard and Perkins had the touchdown catches. Relf had 49 yards on the ground to help the ground game.
Ole Miss kicked Bryson Rose connected on a 28-yard field goal in the third quarter to record the Rebels' only points of the game.
The Florida Gators currently trail in-state rival Florida State 21-0, but might have lost a key player in their offense. Running back Chris Rainey took a hand off and lost a yard but went down in a heap clutching his knee. Rainey was on the ground clearly in pain as the medical staff tended to him. The trainers were working on Rainey's knee as he lay on his back before helping him off the field.
Rainey hadn't been too effective against the Florida State Seminoles defense, picking up just 42 yards on 15 carries. The Gators had already lost starting quarterback John Brantley to a concussion earlier in the game, but they now lose one of their main offensive weapons. The severity of Rainey's injury is unknown at this point, but he will likely not return to the game.
The Stanford Cardinal won't be playing in the Pac-12 Championship Game since Oregon won earlier in the day, but a victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish would go a long way to helping them win a BCS at-large bid. They are halfway there by taking a 21-0 halftime lead against the Irish.
Quarterback Andrew Luck has thrown three touchdown passes so far. He completed five passes for 38 yards on the first touchdown drive, finding Levine Toilolo for a three-yard score. Then with 4:45 left in the second quarter, Luck completed a 10-play, 80-yard drive with a 28-yard strike to Coby Fleener. And just to make things just that much harder for the Irish in the second half, Luck found Ty Montgomery in the endzone for an 11-yard touchdown and the 21-0 lead.
Luck had that chance for a final touchdown because Tommy Rees with about 1:40 left on the clock. But Notre Dame only had the ball because Stepfan Taylor had fumbled the ball on an 11-yard gain, one play after he had gained 31 yards on the ground.
The Air Force Falcons reached bowl eligibility on Saturday by defeating the Colorado St. Rams, 45-21. Unlike most FBS teams, the Falcons needed to win seven games to be eligible since the team scheduled two FCS teams this season. They won both of those games, but only one counted in the bowl criteria.
The Falcons scored 31 points in the second quarter to take a commanding 31-7 lead into halftime. In somewhat uncharacteristic fashion, the Falcons had three passing touchdowns. Tim Jefferson found Zack Kauth for touchdown passes of 33, 40 and 50 yards. Backup quarterback Cody Getz scored a rushing touchdown and Parker Herrington kicked a field goal to complete the quarter's scoring.
Asher Clark and Wes Cobb led the Falcons' rushing attack with 111 and 83 yards, respectively, out of the team's 344 rushing yards. Not to be outdone, though, was Colorado State's Chris Nwoke. He had 29 carries for 269 yards and two touchdowns. His longest run of the game was a 62-yarder for a score.
While the Falcons wait to go bowling, Colorado State must now decide if head coach Steve Fairchild should retain his job.
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III finished out the first half, but appears to be done for the day after suffering an apparent head injury. Griffin III was hit hard and appeared to be dazed late in the second quarter, but it was only after halftime that the symptoms forced him from the game.
Griffin was seen on the sideline in a ballcap coming out of the half. His helmet was taken away, which would appear to be a sign of a head injury. Additionally, the Baylor coaching staff burned the redshirt of quarterback Nick Florence, which would also seem to be a sign Griffin III is done for the day.
Baylor holds a slim lead over Texas Tech, 31-28, but without Griffin III, all bets are off. We'll be back with more as it becomes available.
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The South Carolina Gamecocks jumped out to a 10-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, but by the middle of the second quarter the Clemson Tigers had battled back to tie the game at 10. A late rushing touchdown by quarterback Connor Shaw put the Gamecocks up at halftime, 17-10.
Shaw has been the offensive star of this game so far. In addition to that 15-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, Shaw totaled 81 yards on the ground and completed 9-of-12 passes for 111 yards and a touchdown. Forty-nine of those yards came on a passing play to Bruce Ellington in the first quarter.
Clemson hasn't gotten much offensively from Tajh Boyd. He's just 4-of-11 passing for 34 yards, but he did throw a nine-yard touchdown pass. Chandler Catanzaro kicked kicked a 32-yard field goal for the Tigers' other points.
Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck has the Cardinal up, 7-0, over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish after the first quarter of play. Luck led the team to a seven-play, 58-yard scoring drive by completing five passes for 38 yards, including the three-yard strike into the end zone. Luck is 7-of-10 for 50 yards.
Notre Dame did have a bit of a scare on the team's first possession. Quarterback Tommy Rees was knocked out of the game after taking a hard hit on a 1st-and-20 play. Andrew Hendrix came in for the drive and was unable to do anything. Rees did return to the game on the next Notre Dame drive, but head coach Brian Kelly did use Hendrix on the drive. But on the team's third drive, Rees was back in there and throwing completions to Tyler Eifert and Michael Floyd. However, that drive didn't do much and Stanford took the ball at its own 40-yard line after Rees had a five-yard punt.
If you enjoy shootouts, boy do we have the game for you. The Baylor Bears and Texas Tech Red Raiders are in a dog fight, and Robert Griffin is doing RGIII things. At the half, the Fightin' RGIIIs lead Texas Tech, 31-28.
Baylor did receiver a scare for a moment, though, as Griffin III went down with what appeared to be an injury. Griffin III was dazed and confused, but any panic was short-lived: he returned a few plays later and didn't seem any worse for wear.
Griffin finished the half with 106 yards and a touchdown through the air, but did his damage on the ground, rushing for 62 yards and two scores. Tech quarterback Seth Doege finished the half with 183 yards and two touchdowns through the air to lead his team.
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Florida State freshman running back Devonta Freeman picked up both touchdowns on one-yard runs. The Gators had short fields to work with when scoring those points because Florida quarterback John Brantley was picked off twice in the first quarter (the second Freeman touchdown came just seconds into the second quarter). Brantley threw his third pick of the game in the second quarter, but the Seminoles weren't able to capitalize on that.
The teams have combined to go 3-of-15 on third downs, which means there is plenty of room for improvement in the second half of this contest. Of course, Brantley needs to stop throwing picks in order to make that truly happen for the Gators.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Tommy Rees has left Saturday's game against the Stanford Cardinal just minutes after it started. He was hit hard by a Stanford defender and needed help to get up from the field and head to the sidelines. Rees had just attempted a pass to Tyler Eifert on 1st-and-20, but the pass fell incomplete.
Andrew Hendrix relieved Rees on the drive and went 0-for-1 and picked up three rushing yards before the team wound up punting on 4th-and-17. Hendrix, a sophomore, is seen as the future at quarterback for the Irish, but he has seen little playing time this year, just as head coach Brian Kelly has wanted it to be.
The Stanford Cardinal took a 7-0 lead on the ensuing drive when Andrew Luck threw a three-yard touchdown pass.
Over the last two years, South Carolina has begun to establish a little bit more of a toehold in a rivalry that used to be all Clemson. And by the looks of things in the first quarter of the annual tilt this year, the Gamecocks kind of like the feeling.
South Carolina stormed out to a 10-0 in the quarter, limiting Clemson to a single first down and 25 yards of total offense. Meanwhile, quarterback Connor Shaw ran the ball seven times for 64 yards and completed three of his six pass attempts for another 65 yards and a touchdown to Bruce Ellington. That score, which came on a 49-yard strike, was an encouraging sign for an offense that has seen few big plays since star running back Marcus Lattimore was sidelined against Mississippi State.
The Mississippi St. Bulldogs enter halftime of the 2011 Egg Bowl in complete command of the game. The Bulldogs hold a 21-0 lead over their in-state rivals, the Ole Miss Rebels. Mississippi State quarterback Chris Relf has completed 7-of-10 passes for 70 yards, not eye-popping stats by any means, but two of them went for touchdown passes of 18 and 20 yards.
Wedged in between those two touchdown passes was LaDarius Perkins' 36-yard touchdown run. Perkins has 52 on three rush attempts, the same amount of yards Relf has on nine carries. Vick Ballard leads the team with 12 carries for 84 yards.
That has been one part of the Bulldogs' dominance over the Rebels. Ole Miss has just 65 total offensive yards to the Bulldogs' 252. The passing yards are 70-40 in favor of the Bulldogs, but with the way this game has gone so far the Bulldogs won't need to throw much in the second half.
The Bulldogs are just 30 minutes away from capturing the Golden Egg and bowl eligibility.
The 7-4 Florida State Seminoles have jumped to an early lead over the rival Florida Gators. After a couple of punts, Florida State put together the first scoring drive, going seven plays for and 20 yards, ending with a Devonta Freeman one yard touchdown. Florida State had great field position following a John Brantley interception, as Greg Reid picked him off at the Florida 32 and returned it to the 20.
After a couple of more punts from both teams, Brantley was picked off by Mike Harris in Florida State territory, returning it all of 89 yards to the Florida four yard line. It was Florida's only chance to score thus far in the game - but Brantley's second pick of the day led to the Florida State score. A few plays later, and Devonta Freeman had another touchdown, a one yard rush on third and goal, to put Florida State up 14-0
The Bears' first drive stalled at Tech's 11-yard line after quarterback Robert Griffin III and running back Terrance Ganaway were unable to make magic happen. Kicker Aaron Jones settled for a 28-yard field goal. However, Griffin came back on Baylor's next possession by finishing a 73-yard drive with a 33-yard touchdown strike to Kendall Wright.
Texas Tech scored on a Sawyer Vest five-yard run late in the first quarter, aided greatly by a 15-yard face mask penalty and a 19-yard personal foul on Baylor's Tevin Elliott. Yet Baylor had an answer for that just four seconds into the second quarter. Griffin ran the ball on third down for a four-yard touchdown and the 17-7 lead.
Colorado State had a good lead in the first quarter against Air Force, but that quickly evaporated once the second quarter got underway. Garret Grayson completed a four yard touchdown to Byron Steele to give Colorado State the first quarter lead, and that was where things stopped going well for them. Right at the beginning of the second quarter, Tim Jefferson Jr. hit Zack Kauth for a 33 yard touchdown to tie the game. After forcing Colorado State to punt, Air Force came right back with the same onnection - Jefferson Jr. to Kauth - this time for 40 yards and a touchdown.
Another Colorado State punt, and another Air Force score on their following possession, this one a 22 yard field goal by Parker Herrington. Jefferson and Kauth hooked up after yet another Colorado State three and out, this one for 50 yards and a touchdown. Colorado State didn't even get a chance to have a three and out on their next drive, as Grayson fumbled after a 19 yard rush, and gave possession back to Air Force.
Air Force would go on to score a 12-yard touchdown, this one on a rush from Cody Getz. Colorado State actually started driving the next time out, but Grayson was intercepted in the endzone for a touchback, and the half came to an end, with Air Force leading 31-7.
As the first quarter draws to a close on this year's edition of the Egg Bowl, it's Mississippi State that has staked itself to a lead -- an imposing enough one on the scoreboard, 14-0, but a more sizable 169-19 lead in total offense. The game is still a rivalry matchup, but the Bulldogs' lead against what is almost certainly the worst team in the SEC shouldn't really surprise anyone.
State's first score came on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Chris Relf to Vick Ballard; the other touchdown was a 36-yard run by LaDarius Perkins. Relf is 4-of-6 for 32 yards and a touchdown; the quarterback also has 51 yards on eight carries. Perkins' other run went for eight yards, giving him 44 overall, and Ballard has 42 yards on seven carries.
With a win, Mississippi State can still make it to a bowl game. As for Ole Miss -- well, many of their fans are probably just happy to put this season and head coach Houston Nutt behind them.
The Southern Miss Golden Eagles prevailed on Saturday, earning their way into the Conference USA 2011 Championship Game with a win over Memphis in the Battle for the Bones. They dominated in their win over Memphis, scoring at least twice in each of the first three quarters, and four times in the second. In the end, Southern Miss would wind up with a 44-7 win.
Though the game started with two punts, Southern Miss opened up the scoring with a 41 yard touchdown pass from Austin Davis to Ryan Balentine five minutes into the quarter. Their next possession was also a score - a Danny Hrapmann 23 yard field goal. The second quarter would see another field goal, a 49-yard touchdown pass to Tracy Lampley, an 18 yard touchdown rush from Davis, and a Deron Wilson interception return for a 35 yard touchdown.
Southern Miss would add a third field goal in the fourth, and Memphis actually put points on the board, when Jamal Woodyard fumbled the ball and Mitch Huelsing recovered it in the endzone. But it was far too little, far too late, and the Golden Eagles got the win, dropping Memphis to 2-10 on the season.
Southern Miss will next take on Houston in the Conference USA Championship Game.
The Purdue Boilermakers are bowl-eligible for the first time since the 2007 season after a 33-25 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers. The Boilermakers had to wait until the last game on its schedule to make this happen, but they had to work for it.
The Hoosiers had led, 17-10, midway through the second quarter before the Boilermakers started to pull away in the game. Kicker Carson Wiggs played an important role for Purdue by kicking four field goals, including a long of 48 yards. That one came with just five seconds left in the second quarter and gave Purdue the lead as they entered halftime.
After a scoreless third quarter, Wiggs hit on a 22-yard field goal with 13:13 left in the game and then saw his team score roughly two minutes later when Antavian Edison rushed for a five-yard touchdown. Indiana's D'Angelo Roberts countered with his own five-yard touchdown run a few minutes later. A successful two-point conversion brought the game to 33-25, but that was as close as Indiana could make it in the final minutes of the game.
Both teams entered this one with plenty to play for: bowl eligibility, to be exact. The winning side is up for a bid, while the losers are done for the year. For Marshall, the win would've meant s a chance to reach the Conference USA title game with a win next week and a Southern Miss loss, and thus the chance to knock Houston out of a BCS game. But we're getting ahead of ourselves. But Southern Miss is trouncing Memphis, so that's all out the window.
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Oregon is one step closer to the Rose Bowl after locking up a berth in the Pac-12 Championship with a convincing 49-21 win over rival Oregon State in the Civil War. But the win came at a price: running back LaMichael James left with his elbow wrapped in ice. Earlier this season, James went down with a dislocated right elbow, and appeared to be in serious pain after landing awkwardly again.
Besides the injury, it was another day at the office for the Ducks, who seemed to struggle early before hitting the gas and leaving Oregon State in the dust. A 21-point outburst in the second quarter, part of 35 unanswered points, was all Oregon needed to lock up the Pac-12 North title and a date with UCLA in the title game.
James finished his day with 141 yards and a touchdown on the ground, with De'Anthony Thomas adding 82 yards and Kenjon Barner rushing for 64 yards and a touchdown. Darron Thomas threw for 294 yards and four touchdowns in the win.
Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion threw for yards and three touchdowns, but was also intercepted two times. The Oregon State running backs combined for just 27 yards on the ground, factoring in sacks.
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Howard Schnellenberger, legendary gentleman, has seen his Florida Atlantic Owls go winless throughout his final season. FAU held on to down UAB, 38-35, and send the old man out a winner. Everybody is happy about this.
Usually, when Vanderbilt is involved in a 41-7 game, it's on the wrong side of the scoreboard. This year appears to be a different kind of season for the Commodores, who rolled up 481 yards of total offense and annihilated Wake Forest in Winston-Salem.
Vanderbilt's Jordan Rodgers -- yes, they're brothers -- was 7-of-15 for 139 yards and a touchdown on the game, and Larry Smith added a 45-yard touchdown throw on his only attempt for an absurd passer rating of 808.0. Rodgers also rushed for 90 yards on 16 carries, and star running back Zac Stacy had 184 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries.
The win puts Vanderbilt in a bowl for the first time since the 2008 season. Wake Forest is also likely headed to the postseason with its .500 record.
The Alabama Crimson Tide are going to finish the regular season ranked No. 2 in the country, and unless the Oklahoma St. Cowboys can throttle the Oklahoma Cowboys, they'll see the LSU Tigers again in New Orleans. The 2011 Iron Bowl's final score: 42-14.
At one point in the fourth quarter, Alabama's defense had gained only nine fewer yards than had the Auburn Tigers offense. A 35-yard interception return by Dee Milliner made it 35-14 with about 14 minutes left, slamming the door on the faint, whispy hopes of another Auburn comeback.
Trent Richardson finished with 208 final yards, 70 more than Auburn's entire offense.
Bama concludes its year with zero regulation losses and a solitary setback, which came against the nation's top team. It'll take either a human revolt or against the concept of a rematch or an astounding performance by OSU to thwart an all-SEC national championship game. It doesn't appear that even a LSU loss in the SEC Championship can stop this train.
If you were looking for the team in Madison that will be headed to the Big Ten Championship Game, it was pretty easy to spot. Wisconsin scored 35 points in the second and third quarters combined and then coasted to an easy 45-7 win for the right to face Michigan State next week.
Montee Ball had a performance that drew comparisons to Barry Sanders, running for 156 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries. Russell Wilson was 18-of-28 for 185 yards and a pair of touchdowns; he also had 35 yards rushing on seven carries. The Badgers piled up 31 first downs and 448 yards in the rout.
The game also concludes one of the most tumultuous regular seasons in Penn State history, with Joe Paterno no longer on the sideline and much of the university leadership ousted after a scandal that begin in the football program. Fans now wait to see where the Nittany Lions will go in the postseason.
It's been all Virginia Tech all the time against the rival Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday. The No. 5-ranked Hokies entered the second half up 14-0, on the virtue of being able to finish out drives, despite a very similar stat sheet to Virginia's. Both first half touchdowns were on the back of Logan Thomas, who rushed for 14 yards for touchdown halfway through the first quarter, and completed a 16 yard touchdown pass to Jarrett Boykin near the start of the second.
For the second half, the stat sheet stayed similar in most key stats, but Virginia Tech took a pointed lead in the rushing category, nearing 200 yards by the middle of the fourth quarter, while Virginia had yet to reach 50. Virginia Tech added on in the third quarter, when David Wilson scored on a 27 yard rushing touchdown. He followed that up with a 38 yard touchdown in the to start the fourth. Thomas would throw his third touchdown pass just two minutes after the Wilson TD, a seven yarder to Marcus Davis.
Just for Cody Journell's sake, they'd go on to add a 40 yard field goal in the last seven minutes, and Virginia Tech continued their winning streak against Virginia with the 38-0 shutout. Virginia hasn't beaten the Hokies since 2003. Wilson finished with 153 yards on the day, while Thomas threw for 200 yards and had two touchdowns with no interceptions. Virginia Tech finishes out the season with an 11-1 record and will play in the ACC title game.
The Missouri Tigers are leaving the Big 12, and taking bragging rights with them until the Kansas Jayhawks decide they'd like another shot. The last scheduled game in the Border War series, the nation's second-longest running rivalry, finished with a 24-10 Mizzou victory.
KU made a go of it, running out to a 10-0 advantage that entertained visions of a blue-decked Turner Gill on the sidelines in 2012.
Despite three James Franklin interceptions, the Tigers used a committee rushing attack -- four players exceeded 24 yards, but only Kendial Lawrence topped 50 -- to overrun Kansas' squishy ground defense.
The Tigers are in line for a bowl bid, perhaps the worst one the Big 12 can convince its affiliated exhibitions to extend, while Kansas puts together its second straight mortifying campaign on Gill's watch. If you said this was Gill's last game against Missouri, nobody would laugh at you.
The Civil War has officially turned into a rout. In fact, Oregon is resembling William Sherman and Oregon State is looking a lot like Atlanta right now.
Early in the fourth quarter, Oregon has churned out 592 yards of total offense en route to a 42-7 lead. Darron Thomas is 25-of-38 for 294 yards and four touchdowns. LaMichael James, who left the game with an injury, already had 139 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. De'Anthony Thomas has 82 on five carries, and Kenjon Barner's 16 attempts included a one-yard touchdown run.
For Oregon State, very little has gone right on offense. Sean Mannon is 16-of-31 passing for 157 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. The running game has managed 26 yards on 18 carries. The Beavers have eight first downs.
Montee Ball just scored another touchdown. This is important because it was his fourth of the day, but also because it was his 34th of the season. He's basically a one-man team.
Montee Ball's 34 TDs are more than 54 FBS schools going into this weekend's games. — @Matt_HayesSN via Twitter
Montee Ball has 34 touchdowns, five short of Barry Sanders' record. A reminder: Sanders had 39 in 11 games. 5 he scored in bowl don't count — @ralphDrussoAP via Twitter
Despite having outgained Kansas by more than 150 yards at the end of the fourth quarter, Missouri is only leading by seven points, 17-10. In fact, Kansas is still flirting with the 100-yard mark in total offense for the game.
But the Tigers have helped keep the Jayhawks in the game by turning the ball over five times via three James Franklin interceptions and a pair of fumbles. Overall, Franklin is 11-of-18 passing for 111 yards and a touchdown against the three picks. The touchdown came on a 25-yard pass to Wes Kemp following a Kendial Lawrence two-yard touchdown run, the two scores accounting for 14 third-quarter points to give Missouri the lead.
For Kansas, Jordan Webb is 7-of-15 for 40 yards and a pick. The Jayhawks still have not scored since a pick-six early in the second quarter.
Oregon Ducks running back LaMichael James is a robot of some sort. He's already suffered a separated elbow, which he's re-injured at least once, but just keeps coming back. This time, what looks to be a left arm injury kept the Ducks star downed for a moment against the Oregon St. Beavers.
He was able to walk off the field, albeit slowly. On the sideline, his left forearm was being wrapped in ice by team medical personnel. There's been no official word yet on the status or nature of his injury.
James, who's meant so much to Oregon and became the school's all-time leading scorer earlier in the evening, has proved himself capable of bouncing back from just about anything, but it's hard to imagine how much more damage that wing can take.
Though the first quarter included only a Wyoming Cowboys touchdown - a Luke Anderson 29 yard interception return - the rest of the game was dominated by the Boise State Broncos. After trailing 7-0 heading into the second, Boise State got their scoring started with a 17 play, 87 yard drive that ended in a Doug Martin rushing touchdown. The longest play on the drive was a 16 yard completion from Kellen Moore to D.J. Harper.
Immediately after that, Boise State forced a three-and-out, and set up shop at the Wyoming 46 yard line after the punt. With less than ten seconds to go, Moore hit Matt Miller for, of course, a 46 yard touchdown to take the game to the half. They led 13-7, as Michael Frisina's second extra point was blocked.
The third quarter saw three straight scores from the Broncos. Frisina nailed a 23 yard field goal on their opening possession, and Kyle Efaw hauled in a 10 yard touchdown reception at six minutes. After getting the ball back again, Gabe Linehan caught the next touchdown pass, a 17 yarder from Moore. Boise State would add an insurance score early in the fourth quarter, and though Wyoming managed a touchdown in the final six minutes, it was too little, too late. Boise State walked away with a 36-14 win.
Boise State finishes their season at home next Saturday against New Mexico, while Wyoming travels to Colorado State for its final game.
Oregon State rallied nicely from a bit of bad luck to start their game against the Oregon Ducks. After throwing an interception and giving up a touchdown, the Beavers responded with a second quarter touchdown - a 58 yard completion to Jovan Stevenson from Sean Mannion to tie the game at 7-7.
But Oregon would go on to take a commanding lead. Oregon scored on their following possession, when Darron Thomas hid David Paulson for a 16-yard touchdown to go up 14-7. The drive was saved on third down when De'Anthony Thomas rushed for 19 yards to set up the score. Oregon State quickly were forced to punt, and Oregon put together another scoring drive, this one ending with a Darron Thomas eight-yard pass to De'Anthony Thomas for a touchdown.
The two teams would go on to exchange punts, and Oregon took over with 1:44 remaining in the half. Naturally, they drove down the field, on the back of four straight completions from Darron Thomas, one of them going for 31 yards to David Paulson. Thomas would hit Barner for a 16 yard touchdown as the clock wound down, putting the Ducks up 28-7 at the half.
Look, the pickings are slim right now if you're trying to find close games involving a ranked team. The afternoon/early evening shift is severely lacking at the moment, and a 14-point game at the half is the best we can do. That's the case in the rivalry game between Virginia and Virginia Tech, with the Hokies holding a 14-0 halftime lead.
We never said it was a pretty game, though. Perusing the stats, one would think this was a fairly even game -- Virginia Tech holds a 199-162 advantage in total yards and Virginia has turned the ball over once. But no, the Hokies have control of this one, at least momentarily, though much can change in the next 30 minutes.
Logan Thomas had a hand in both Virginia Tech touchdowns, completing a 16-yard pass to Jarrett Boykin for one and rushing it in from 14 yards out for the other. Thomas finished the half with 138 yards through the air, while Virginia quarterback Michael Rocco finished with 141 yards passing. Again, fairly even.
At the break in Charlottesville, the No. 5 Hokies are on top, 14-0.
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Wisconsin has apparently decided to win the Big Ten division it's in -- no, we can't remember the names, either -- without leaving any doubt. Russell Wilson and Montee Ball have led the Badgers to 28 unanswered points since Penn State's opening score, and the Lions are in trouble as we go to halftime.
Ball has 68 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries, Wilson is 15-of-21 for 149 yards and two more touchdowns, and the Badgers are rolling. Wilson also has 43 yards on five rushes.
For Penn State, quarterback Matt McGloin is 5-of-10 for 70 yards, the early touchdown and an interception. The Nittany Lions have a solid rushing average at 5.1 yards a carry, but they've only run the ball eight times for 41 yards. It's looking very much like Michigan State go ahead and start game-planning for a Big Ten title tilt against Wisconsin.
The Alabama Crimson Tide are 30 minutes away from playing for the national championship. The actual national championship game is almost a month and a half away and 50-something games away, so this feels insane to say, but it's pretty much true.
Playing for bowl eligibility, the Vanderbilt Commodores have a halftime lead over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Vanderbilt took an early lead, with a pair of Ryan Fowler field goals in the first quarter, from 33 and 30 yards. Wake Forest, to their credit, didn't roll over, and they took the lead to start the second quarter. Tanner Price completed a ten yard touchdown pass to Terrence Davis, after being put in position by a 20 yarder to Chris Givens.
Vanerbilt took back over on the very next possession though, with a 14 play, 76 yard drive that ate just under six minutes off of the clock. Zac Stacy had runs of six, seven and 16 yards, while Jordan Rodgers added 23 yards on the ground, on top of that. They capped off that drive with a 1-yard rushing touchdown from Stacy, taking a 13-7 lead.
Wake Forest was forced to punt on the next drive, going three and out, and it didn't take Vanderbilt long to increase their lead. Jordan Rodgers hit Brandon Barden for a 73 yard touchdown on the first play of their drive, taking a 20-7 lead. Wake Forest would go on to punt again, and Vanderbilt took over. With time near expiring, they managed to make it to the Wake Forest 20 yard line, after a Jordan Matthews reception for 34 yards. After that, Stacy had a 20 yard rush and a touchdown, putting them up 27-7 at the end of the half.
The Purdue Boilermakers need a win this week to ensure that they are bowl eligible. Their opponent, the Indiana Hoosiers, has only won once in the past 11 weeks ... but the Big Ten's cellar dweller currently leads 14-10 over the visiting Boilermakers.
The Hoosiers running game is better than usual this weekend thanks to a big run from Stephen Houston. The sophomore broke free for a 52-yard touchdown midway through the first quarter to break a scoreless tie and has now picked up 70 yards on four carries. D'Angelo Roberts later added a rushing touchdown of his own and Mitch Ewald kicked through a field goal to give the Hoosiers their current lead.
Remember when Missouri and Kansas used to play in high-scoring affairs, or at least decent-scoring affairs, like a 36-28 showdown in 2007, or a 40-37 clash in 2008, or a 41-39 shootout in 2009? Yeah, that's probably not going to happen this year. Kansas leads the game 10-0 early.
We're early in the second quarter, sure, but the two teams combined have yet to break the 200-yard mark. The teams have already thrown four interceptions -- three of those belonging to James Franklin, who has a quarterback rating of 11.6 -- and there's been a single offensive play of more than 20 yards so far. Kansas' Rell Lewis has caught one pass -- for minus-7 yards.
The scores for Kansas are one of those interceptions -- returned 57 yards by Bradley McDougald and a 33-yard field goal.
Sure, Penn State was the first team to put up a touchdown in the Nittany Lions' showdown with Wisconsin. But it generally takes more than seven points to defeat Russell Wilson and Co.
And it will today. Wisconsin has since stormed back with 14 unanswered points to take its first lead of the game. Wilson hasn't done much running so far, but he's 8-of-11 for 93 yards and a touchdown early in the second quarter. Montee Ball has been doing most of the rushing, picking up 45 yards and a touchdown on his first 11 carries of the game.
Aside from a 44-yard touchdown pass early in the game, Matt McGloin hasn't been asked to do much for Penn State, and that's pretty much what the quarterback has done. He's 2-of-5 for 13 yards otherwise. Silas Redd has 26 yards rushing on five carries.
The winner of the game plays in the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game against Michigan State.
The Virginia Tech Hokies are off to a good start in their quest to clinch the ACC's Coastal Division in their match-up with the Virginia Cavaliers. The fifth-ranked Hokies lead 7-0 at the end of the first quarter thanks to a big defensive stop.
Quarterback Lance Thomas gave Virginia Tech the lead, but it was a big defensive stop that was key in the first quarter. The Cavaliers put together a 10-play, 75-yard drive that ended just three yards outside of the end zone when freshman running back Kevin Parks was only able to gain two yards on a fourth-and-three attempt.
Thomas has completed three of his five passes for 47 yards, but it was his feet that got Virginia Tech into the scoring column. Thomas, recruited by Virginia as a tight end, picked up 14 yards on his way to the end zone midway through the opening stanza.
The Alabama Crimson Tide: a team famous for its passing. That's not true, though early on against the Auburn Tigers, Bama has gone deep twice with great success both times. If they could avoid handing the ball to Auburn in the end zone, though, they'd be doing just fine.
The Oregon Ducks got their game against the Oregon State Beavers started off the right way. After kicking off to start and giving up a couple short passes, to Terron Ward and Colby Prince, respectively, Michael Clay jumped in front of a Sean Mannion pass to pick him off at the Oregon State 38 yard line, gaining possession less than a minute into the game.
Taking over in Oregon State territory, Darron Thomas led the Ducks to the one-yard line, with completions of 10 and six yards. LaMichael James, who had three rushes of more than five yards on the short drive, scored from the one-yard line on first down to get the game's first touchdown. An Alejandro Maldonado extra point put Oregon up 7-0.
With the touchdown, James surpassed kicker Jard Siegel for first on the DUcks all-time scoring list. Kickers generally rank high on these lists, so passing him is a good milestone for James.
The Boise State Broncos lead the Wyoming Cowboys, 22-7 in the third quarter in Boise. The Broncos entered the game favored by 32.5 points over their bowl eligible border opponent but have struggled to pull away after a quiet first quarter. The Cowboys even took a 7-0 lead after Kellen Moore threw a pick six on Boise's first possession.
Wyoming would hold that lead for most of the first half until the quick strike Boise offense we're accustomed to put the Broncos back on track at the end of the second quarter. With just over a minute remaining in the first half, Doug Martin would punch it in from the two yard line for BSU's first score of the day. The Bronco defense would force a quick three and out, getting the ball back with just eight seconds remaining. That was plenty of time, however, as Moore hit Matt Miller for a 46 yard touchdown. A missed extra point gave Boise the 13-6 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, Boise and Moore ratcheted up the offense again, adding a field goal and ten yard touchdown pass to Kyle Efaw for a fifteen point lead. They're not quite at the 32.5 point margin set by the oddsmakers, but Boise's offense appears to be rolling again after a sluggish first half.
After forcing the Wisconsin Badgers to punt on the opening possession, the Penn State Nittany Lions took a 7-0 lead on their first possession of the game. Wisconsin had been driving, with gains of 14 yards and 11 yards, but neglected to go for the long field goal when faced with a 4th and 10 at the Penn State 35 yard line. The punt went into the endzone for a touchback, and Penn State got started.
Matthew McGloin opened up the drive on the PSU 20 yard line with a 14 yard completion to Justin Brown. Two plays later, following a seven yard rush on second down by Silas Reed, McGloin's third down pass fell incomplete, but James White was called for running into the kicker on the punt and PSU got new life.
Reed and Curtis Drake combined for three short rushes to convert to another first down, and then McGloin blew up the Wisconsin defense with a 44 yard bomb to Curtis Drake, who took it in for a touchdown.
Alabama Crimson Tide running back Trent Richardson helped with a 41-yard touchdown pass, and is thus the surefire Heisman Trophy pick. Wait, all he did was flip the ball back to A.J. McCarron. Well, the threat of Richardson terrified the entire Auburn Tigers defense into letting Kenny Bell saunter into the end zone without diversion.
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Either way, it's now 7-0, Bama, after some offensive sputters. A nine-play, 81-yard scoring drive will do the trick.
McCarron is already six-of-seven for 81 yards, a surprising stat for many who haven't watched just how much time Alabama's spent passing this year. Richardson has 13 yards rushing on four carries, but he does get credit for a portion of that flea flicker touchdown bomb.
Auburn's offense has yet to participate in an impactful way.
The perfect way to break a 26-game series winning streak by your biggest rival? Why, pass for 16 yards the entire game, of course.
That's how Kentucky finally took down the hated Volunteers in Lexington this afternoon, with the running game picking up 204 yards and the defense containing Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, essentially shutting down Tennessee's one-dimensional offense.
Adding insult to injury was the passing performance, which owes a lot to the fact that senior wide receiver Matt Roark played quarterback for the Wildcats. Roark did have 124 yards on 24 carries to lead the team. CoShik Williams tacked on 70 yards and Kentucky's only touchdown on 22 carries to help carry Kentucky to the win.
Bray was 15-of-37 for 214 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. As usual, the Vols' running attack couldn't get much going on the ground, getting just 76 yards on 23 carries. The loss means Tennessee will not go to a bowl game this year.
A dominant defensive performance and twenty point second quarter by the Oklahoma Sooners clinched 26-6 win over the Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday afternoon in Norman. One week after upsetting the Oklahoma State Cowboys, the Cyclones offense mounted little threat against an overwhelming Sooners defense. ISU's only touchdown came in the first quarter after Oklahoma botched a snap on a punt attempt and put the Cyclones on the ten yard line. It would be their only score.
Landry Jones struggled, throwing two interceptions but another Sooner quarterback would provide an unexpected scoring boost. Dual-threat freshman quarterback Blake Bell carried the ball only eight times for 14 yards on the afternoon, but managed to punch in the Sooners' only two touchdowns on the day. Bell took it in from three yards and one yard in the second quarter, giving OU an 11 point cushion. Kicker Michael Hunnicutt went a perfect four for four on the day to round out the Sooners' scoring, giving them the comfortable 20 point home win.
The Cincinnati Bearcats have ensured that the Big East title won't be decided until the conclusion of next weekend's game following their victory over the Syracuse Orange on Saturday afternoon. The Bearcats only led 10-6 at halftime, but opened up the offense in the second half on the way to a 30-13 victory.
Backup quarterback Munchie Legaux, in for Zach Collaros after the starter suffered a broken ankle earlier in the season, threw for two touchdowns and 169 yards in the victory. Legaux's 69-yard strike to Isaiah Pead in the fourth quarter was the final nail in the coffin -- and Pead's second touchdown after 24-yard rushing touchdown earlier in the game.
Syracuse converted just four of its 15 third-down attempts, allowing the Bearcats to keep a stranglehold on the lead despite just one turnover in the game. Running back Antwon Bailey rushed for 135 yards on 27 attempts, but was unable to find his way into the end zone.
Did you know it had been 2,924 days since the Michigan Wolverines had beaten the Ohio St. Buckeyes? It had been 2,924 days. That's how many days it had been, in case you hadn't read that anywhere. Surely you had. Welp, it's now been 365 days since Ohio State has beaten Michigan.
The final score was 40-34, and Denard Robinson was your hero. He nearly scored his sixth touchdown with two minutes to go, which would've put the game out of distance, but penalties reduced his offense's effort to a field goal. The nearly as impressive Braxton Miller stared down the oft-chaotic Michigan secondary with 100,000 hearts to break.
Miller had at least one chance to hit a wide-open DeVier Posey for the go-ahead score, but a tipped ball landed in the opposing side's hands, and that was that.
The Wolverines are 10-2 and in the argument for a BCS at-large bid, and Brady Hoke is 1-0 in the only game that matters in his jurisdiction.
Georgia Tech has won one game against Georgia since the Jackets' victory in 2000, and this year probably was not the best time to try to break up the Bulldogs' run. Georgia came into this game having won nine straight games and an SEC East championship after starting out the year 0-2. Make it 10 in a row after the 31-17 defeat of Georgia Tech today.
The key for Georgia was a 17-point run that began late in the second quarter and continued through the third, putting the game out of reach. Aaron Murray showed off his All-SEC potential again, going 19-of-29 for 251 yards and four touchdowns against one interception. The Dogs' attrition-racked running game put together a pedestrian 129 yards on the day.
Georgia Tech's ground game was also bottled up on the day compared to the usual day. The Jackets ground out 243 yards rushing, and even their passing numbers were a touch shy of the season average fortriple-option offense.
Georgia heads into the SEC Championship Game next week to play LSU, while Georgia Tech waits to hear about its bowl fate.
With a Legends Division title and a spot in the Big Ten championship game already reserved, Michigan State traveled to Evanston Saturday afternoon and finished off their conference schedule with a 31-17 win over Northwestern. The Spartans finished the regular season at 10-2 and 7-1 in conference. They will face the winner of this afternoon's Nebraska-Penn State game next week in the conference's inaugural championship game.
In the second half, senior Kirk Cousins passed Jeff Smoker's school record for career touchdown passes. Cousins hooked up twice with wide receiver B.J. Cunningham on two bullets from outside the red zone, strikes for 33 and 29 yard touchdowns. Cousins finished the game 14 of 20 for 214 passing yards. In addition to the two touchdowns, Cunningham finished with 6 catches for 120 yards
Dan Persa kept the Wildcats in it for much of the second, with two touchdown passes of his own keeping the Spartans lead at 7. But Cousins' would ice the game and give MSU the 14 point lead with five minutes remaining.
The Michigan Wolverines have a pretty dynamic player in the backfield with Denard Robinson under center, a fact that the Ohio State Buckeyes are becoming quite familiar with on Saturday afternoon. The Buckeyes have a dual-threat in Braxton Miller, too, and both quarterbacks have led their teams to second half scores with the Big Ten game now a three-point affair.
Robinson leads the Wolverines in both passing and rushing through three quarters on Saturday afternoon. The Michigan quarterback has completed 11 of his 13 passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns while contributing 124 yards and two more scores on the ground, but his team trails 31-30 early in the fourth quarter.
The Buckeyes nearly scored a touchdown to take the lead after receiving good field position when punter Will Hagerup was unable to get his kick away, but Ohio State wasn't able to capitalize when Miller rushed for 23 yards to give his team a first-and-goal from the five-yard line. They eventually settled field goal from 21 yards out.
Georgia Tech went into the half down 17-10 but with hopes that they could keep the game competitive. Georgia has spent the entire third quarter killing that dream. The Dogs dropped 14 points on the Jackets in that frame to take control of the game with a 31-10 lead.
Georgia picked Tevin Washington twice -- with one of them setting up a touchdown -- while Aaron Murray threw his third and fourth touchdowns on the game, one to Tavarres King and one to Aron White. Overall, he's 18-of-26 for 236 yards and an interception along with the scoring strikes.
Tech's triple-option attack, meanwhile, has generated 203 yards on the day, which would be good for most teams but isn't quite what the Jackets are used to; they're on a pace short of their average on the ground for the year.
A 43-yard touchdown from Braxton Miller to DeVier Posey gave Ohio State the lead late in the first half, putting Michigan's hopes for a BCS at-large berth in doubt as they go to halftime down by one. Not that the Buckeyes would get any extra enjoyment from knocking that school up north out of the big-money games or anything.
Overall, Miller is 8-of-15 for 129 yards and a couple of touchdowns. He also has 54 yards and another touchdown on eight carries.
Michigan's dual-threat quarterback is also getting things done both with his arms and legs. Denard Robinson is 7-of-8 for 58 yards and a score, and has rushed for 82 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. Fitzgerald Toussaint has run the ball eight times for 57 yards.
Cincinnati took a four point lead over Syracuse at the half on Saturday, as they fight to keep their Big East title and BCS hopes alive. With quarterback Zach Collaros out for the season, a late touchdown pass from Munchie Legaux put Cincinnati on top 10-6 heading into the locker room at the Carrier Dome.
Legaux was 11 for 16 in first half for 94 yards. He capped the 71 yard scoring drive with a two yard pass to Travis Kelce on a short yardage crossing route. The drive was highlighted by three straight screen passes as Butch Jones and tries to manage the game with his new quarterback. In what was largely an uneventful field goal fest, the Bearcats will get the second half kick off looking to extend their lead and keep their BCS chances alive.
The Oklahoma Sooners will not be playing for the BCS National Championship following last weekend's loss to the Baylor Bears, but they still control their own destiny as far as making a BCS bowl game is concerned as long as they win their next two games. The Sooners are on their way to taking care of the first part of that equation as they lead the Iowa State Cyclones 23-6 at halftime.
Iowa State led 6-3 after the first quarter, but the Sooners shutout the Cyclones while scoring on all three of their second quarter possessions. Back-up quarterback Blake Bell was able to sneak the football in twice inside the red zone while Landry Jones continued to handle most of the passing attempts.
Jones completed 15 of his 25 passing attempts in the first half for 187 yards, but it was Bell who showed up more on the big plays. Bell threw an interception on his only passing attempt, but his two rushing touchdowns should make up for that.
Iowa State's only touchdown came when Jared Barnett connected with Albert Gary for a 10-yard score. The ensuing extra point was missed, however, and the Cyclones were never able to score again in the half.
The Tennessee Volunteers need a win over the lowly (OH SO LOWLY) Kentucky Wildcats to merit a bowl invitation and salvage their second-straight racked and riddled season. They're not on pace for that, nor anything else, trailing UK 3-0 at the half.
In at quarterback, Matt Roark has made more of his feet than he has of his arm, running for 36 yards and passing for about a third of that. His counterpart Tyler Bray has averaged 4.9 yards per attempt, and it's clear why the score here is 3-0.
We've combined for 228 yards thus far. In another game going on right now, Braxton Miller has 186 yards all by himself with a minute to go until half. Wait, these teams are fighting over the postseason?
Fighting to keep their bowl eligibility hopes alive, the Connecticut Huskies took a 24-10 halftime lead over Rutgers at Rentschler Field on Saturday afternoon. The Huskies took a quick 7-0 lead just two minutes into the game after recovering a Rutgers fumble. Lyle McCombs took it in from ten yards out for the 7-0 lead.
After another quick Rutgers turnover, the Huskies added another touchdown for the 14-0 lead. Taking over inside Rutgers territory on a Chas Dodd interception, UConn freshman quarterback Scott McCummings would punch it in from five yards out for their second score in as many possessions.
UConn would take a commanding 21-3 lead on Rutgers third turnover of the game, this time scooping up a Chas Dodd fumble on the nine yard line. Kendall Reyes pounced on the loose ball and scampered in for the defensive touchdown.
In the second quarter, the Scarlet Knights would finally put together a touchdown drive to cut the Huskies lead to 11. Rutgers capitalized on UConn penalties and pounded the rock on the ground five straight times. Jawan Jamison finished the drive with a one yard touchdown.
Rutgers is trying to keep its Big East title an BCS hopes alive but the Huskies' 21 points off turnovers has certainly put them behind the eight ball heading to the second half.
The Georgia Bulldogs are already headed to the SEC Championship game after winning the SEC East, but the 'Dawgs still had a game to play -- and a good one at that -- with an in-state rival. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have looked solid early in the game, but they still trail 17-10 at halftime.
Georgia scored the only touchdown of the first quarter when quarterback Aaron Murray connected with Michael Bennett for a 15-yard touchdown pass. Murray would find Chris Conley in the second quarter for a second touchdown pass, too, as he enters hafltime with 193 yards while completing 13 of his 18 passing attempts.
The Bulldogs added a field goal late in the half from Blair Walsh. The senior missed his first attempt from 41 yards, but Georgia Tech called a timeout prior to the kick, allowing him to rectify his earlier miss as he put it through the uprights.
The Yellow Jackets running game has been great as Roddy Jones, Tevin Washington and Embry Peeples have all rushed for at least 28 yards while David Sims put the team's only touchdown on the board from five yards out late in the second quarter.
Georgia Tech punted their first two possessions before kicking a field goal on their third, ending the half with the touchdown run from Sims. Murray threw an interception to end Georgia's first drive before leading his team to score on their next three possessions.
We were headed for a potential field-goal-fest in Evanston, where Michigan State is aiming to become perhaps the first 10-win team in the Big Ten. (It's probably going to be a margin of less than an hour if cross-state rival Michigan can take care of Ohio State.) But Michigan State turned a rushing touchdown by Le'Veon Bell and a 57-yard punt return by Keshawn Martin in the closing seconds to take a 17-3 lead into halftime.
Kirk Cousins is 5-of-9 for 93 yards so far, but has also thrown an interception in the game. Bell has 70 yards already on 11 carries, and obviously has the seven-yard touchdown to go along.
Dan Persa has actually completed 75 percent of his passes -- the Northwestern quarterback is 9-of-12 so far -- but has just 50 yards to show for it. Jacob Schmidt has 36 yards on ten rushes for the Wildcats, while Treyvon Green has another 32 yards on seven carries.
The Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines have come to blows early in their rivalry game Saturday. With scores flying and the emotions of the game overflowing, the two teams brawled at midfield in the first quarter.
No injuries occurred and no flags flew as the fracas was ended by refs and players.
Immediately following, Denard Robinson following up his earlier touchdown run by throwing his first touchdown pass of the day, a 26-yard throw to Junior Hemingway to extend Michigan's lead to 16-7 in the first quarter.
Robinson is now 4-of-5 for 43 yards and a touchdown through the air and has 52 yards and a score on the ground.
Michigan got it's other score off a safety when Ohio State was called for a holding penalty in the end zone.
Four fumbles in nine minutes of sports? I think we've already discovered the game containing the ACC Drive of the Week, but we'll still need to narrow it down further. Which could take a while.
Just one week after upsetting Oklahoma State in a Friday night classic, Iowa State is looking to upset the Cowboys' state rival in Norman. The Cyclones have an early first quarter lead on a cold and windy day in Oklahoma. ISU took the 6-3 lead on a Jared Barnett ten yard touchdown pass to Albert Gary. The touchdown came just one play after Oklahoma snapped the ball over the punter's head for a 35 yard loss. The Cyclones immediately capitalized on the Sooner mistake, but missed the extra point for a 6-3 lead.
Oklahoma, on the other hand, was not able to take advantage of two ISU first quarter turnovers. The Cyclones fumbled on just the second play of the game but the Sooners' high-powered offense was unable to punch it in and settled for a Michael Hunnicut field goal. OU was poised to re-take the lead at the end of the first quarter, driving inside the five yard line before Blake Bell was intercepted in the end zone to abruptly end the drive.
It's relatively easy to avoid overlooking the game before your conference championship if it's against your rival. And Georgia isn't looking ahead, if drawing first blood is any indication; the Bulldogs scored late in the first quarter and now hold a 7-3 lead.
Quarterback Aaron Murray was 4-of-4 for 66 yards and the touchdown on the five-play drive, though Tavarres King sure looked down to some right after he caught the ball on his 28-yard catch-and-run reception. (The officials reviewed the play and allowed it to stand.) A few plays later, Murray hit Michael Bennett for the 15-yard touchdown pass.
Tevin Washington is 2-of-4 for 26 yards -- which might actually be impressive, this being the Georgia Tech option-based offense -- but also has 30 yards on three runs. Roddy Jones has carried the ball five times for 41 yards. Georgia Tech just settled for a field goal after an 11-play drive.
The Ohio State Buckeyes opened the game against the Michigan Wolverines with a 54-yard touchdown pass from Braxton Miller to Corey Brown. Michigan QB Denard Robinson literally took matters into his own hands with an electric 41-yard touchdown run to tie the game up 7-7 in the first quarter.
With the run, Robinson passes the 1,000 yard rushing mark for the season and his 15th touchdown of the year.
On first down from the Ohio State 47, Robinson threw a six-yard completion to Toussaint. On the next play, Robinson took the ball on a keeper and rushed to the left, leaving Buckeye defenders in his wake en route to the endzone.
Robinson is 1-of-2 for 6 passing yards and has 47 yards rushing on two attempts. Much more to come from him today.
Following that, the Wolverines' defense got credit for a safety when Ohio State's offensive line was called for a safety in the end zone, making it 9-7 Michigan at the 7:41 point of the first quarter.
The Ohio State Buckeyes took a 7-0 lead in Ann Arbor on a 54 yard pass from Braxton Miller to Corey Brown. The Buckeyes went with a playaction fake and rolled Miller out to his left. With the dual-threat QB rolling outside the tackle box, both Michigan safeties pressed an underneath route, baited by the Buckeyes’ star wide receiver DeVier Posey. The Wolverine safeties’ mistake left Corey Brown wide open streaking towards the end zone. Miller hit Brown in stride for the 54 yard touchdown. It was an easy pitch-and-catch as there was not a UM defender within ten yards of Brown when Miller let it go. A screen grab of the Michigan defensive miscue is below:
The Buckeyes quarterback was impressive on the six play drive, hitting three of four passes and also scrambling for a 15 yard gain. Much of the focus coming into the game was on the dual-threat ability of Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson but the freshman Miller was the first to strike.
The UConn Huskies have taken an early 7-0 lead over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights thanks to a fumble recovery during the first drive of the game.
Rutgers' Jawan Jamison took all three of the first plays for Knights, running for 8 yards on the first play and no gain on the second. On the third, he fumbled the ball and it was in turn recovered by UConn at the Rutgers 28 yard line.
The Huskies turned to their RB, Lyle McCombs, to carry them quickly into the end zone. After a 14-yard run on first down, he took the next play ten yards into the end zone for the score. UConn converted the extra point to make it 7-0 with 13:31 left in the first quarter.
The Huskies are playing for bowl eligibility, needing to win both of their remaining games. Rutger is still in the hunt for the Big East title but must win out and get some help.
Alabama will continue to be handcuffed offensively against both Auburn and, potentially, LSU in the BCS Championship game, if A.J. McCarron cannot grow to trust a few more weapons on passing downs.
East Carolina and Marshall are fighting for bowl eligibility, and possibly the opportunity to play BCS spoiler
Tennessee is fighting to become bowl eligible against Kentucky
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights take a short trip North to take on the Connecticut Huskies at Rentschler Stadium with a share of the Big East Conference Championship on the line for the visitors
Needing a win to become bowl eligible for just the fifth time in school history, Vanderbilt travels to Winston-Salem to close out their schedule against Wake Forest.
The battle for the Old Oaken Bucket takes place at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon as the Indiana Hoosiers host the Purdue Boilermakers in Big Ten Conference action.
Oklahoma looks to avoid another upset heading into Bedlam as they take on Iowa State
South Carolina looks to win their third straight over Clemson in the Battle for the Palmetto State
Penn State and Wisconsin will meet at Camp Randall with a spot in the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game on the line.
Virginia Tech meets in-state rival Virginia with more than the Commonwealth Cup on the line. The winner of Saturday's game will play for the ACC title.
Florida State's Brandon Jenkins will be looking to give the Seminoles their second straight win over the Gators.
The USC Trojans host the UCLA Bruins in the traditional rivalry matchup between Los Angeles teams on Saturday night.
The Stanford Cardinal host the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday in prime time. Andrew Luck looks to keep his team's BCS bowl hopes alive with a win over Notre Dame.
The Washington Huskies host the Washington State Cougars in the 2011 Apple Cup at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
The Oregon State Beavers travel to Eugene this weekend to tangle with the ninth-ranked Oregon Ducks, who are playing for a berth in the Pac-12 Conference Championship Game.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders have only one game left to gain bowl eligibility, but completing the task won't be easy as they take on the 21st- ranked Baylor Bears this Saturday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
It's rivalry week in college football and no rivalry surpasses the one in the state of Alabama, as second-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide take on the Auburn Tigers in the annual Iron Bowl to close out the regular season.
The opportunity for a postseason appearance is slowly disappearing for the Syracuse Orange, who close out the home portion of the schedule with a meeting against the Cincinnati Bearcats in the Carrier Dome.
No. 11 Michigan State will travel to Evanston, Illinois to close out the regular season against the Northwestern Wildcats.
Boise State hosts Wyoming on Saturday afternoon in a battle for sole possession of second place in the Mountain West Conference
Missouri will face Border War rival Kansas in its last Big 12 conference game, one they should win against the 2-9 Jayhawks.
Ohio State travels to Michigan as the Wolverines try to beat their biggest rival for the first time since 2003 in The Big House.
Throw the records out the window. After disappointing seasons, Mississippi State and Ole Miss meet up for the annual Egg Bowl and a chance to end 2011 on a high note.
Georgia puts its nine-game win streak on the line against Georgia Tech on Saturday in a matchup of intrastate rivals with Top 25 rankings.
You'll get your daily requirement of Iron at the College Football Buffet on Saturday, but find out what other tasty morsels await.
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