College Football Saturday: Michigan Comes Back (Twice), And More

Alabama and South Carolina were the day's biggest winners, with Ohio State and Auburn winning squeakers, but the day's most memorable game will end up being the one with the highest billing after all.

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Utah Vs. USC Final Score: Trojans Welcome Utes In 17-14 Thriller

The USC Trojans introduced the Utah Utes to the Pac-12 with a 17-14 victory that came down to the final play: a blocked field goal set up by some controversy. Let's walk back to that point.

Lane Kiffin attempted to put the game out of reach with about four minutes to go, sending quarterback Matt Barkley off the right side on a third-and-one keeper in Utes territory. A chop block was called on John Martinez, USC punted, and I don't remember ever seeing a penalty on a QB sneak. A third-down QB sneak.

The Utes had a chance to travel like the entire field to tie the game up, but that's a long, long way to go against a defense full of superior talent on the road. Utah's only option: punt and hope for the stop.

USC sent Marc Tyler into the line a few times, then handed the ball back over with about a minute left. There was some debate in the SB Nation news room about whether Jordan Wynn could throw the ball far enough for a scoring drive to even be possible.

Wynn got the Utes to midfield despite fleeing for his life on every snap, as he'd done for much of the evening. On fourth down, Wynn fired a high fastball to DeVonte Christopher that appeared to be spotted well short of how far the ball had actually advanced. Like an entire yard short.

The error was corrected, a field goal was attempted, it was blocked, and USC has won another silly game by the narrowest of margins.

Oh, and an unsportsmanlike penalty negated the touchdown USC scored by running back the blocked field goal. Something for everybody!

For more on the Trojans, check out at our USC blog Conquest Chronicles, and keep up with the Utes on our Utah blog Block U. Stick with us at SB Nation's college football news hub.


BYU Vs Texas Final Score: Quarterback Carousel Longhorns Win, 17-16

Running back Malcolm Brown's 14-yard run on third-and-eight allowed the No. 24 Texas Longhorns to take a couple of knees to close out a 17-16 win over the BYU Cougars on Saturday night in Austin, Texas.

The Longhorns' offense struggled, with starting quarterback Garrett Gilbert completing just 2-of-8 pass attempts for eight yards and two interceptions before giving way to David Ash and freshman Colt McCoy, the younger brother of Longhorn legend and current Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy. Ash and McCoy combined to complete 9-of-11 pass attempts for 92 yards, with Ash adding nine carries for 36 yards.

Texas had 166 yards on the ground, led by Browns' 68 yards with Cody Johnson adding a pair of second-half touchdown runs, including a four-yard run with 8:46 to play that turned out to be the game's deciding points.

Cougars sophomore quarterback Jake Heap was 22-of-38 for 192 yards and a touchdown on the night, but was intercepted twice. Heap's first interception came late in the first half and led to a Longhorn's field goal, and again on BYU's final offensive possession of the game. 

Texas travels to Pasadena to face the UCLA Bruins in the Rose Bowl next Saturday, while BYU hosts the Utah Utes next week at Lavell Edwards Stadium in Provo.

Get more on the Longhorns at our Texas blog Burnt Orange Nation, and check on the Cougars at our BYU blog Vanquish The Foe. Stick with us at SB Nation's college football news hub.


Florida State Vs. Some Team Final Score: FSU Fails (To Cover)

The Florida St. Seminoles picked on Charleston Southern, 62-10, which means the Noles were unable to cover the game's 57-point spread.

You are embarrassed and should go to FSU blog Tomahawk Nation.


South Carolina Vs. Georgia Final Score: Gamecocks Win, 45-42, In Wild Game

It's not often that South Carolina-Georgia games turn into shootouts. It happens occasionally -- as it did in 2009, the last time the rivalry traveled through Athens -- but generally they are low-scoring, closely-fought affairs.

This year was a little of both. The game was close -- there were seven lead changes in a game decided by a field goal -- but it was also a barnburner, with 87 total points. In the end, it was South Carolina claiming a second straight win in the series for the first time in a decade and taking the inside track in their bid to repeat as SEC East champions.

Whichever team had won, it shows the major flaw in the two teams that essentially split the preseason consensus on who would win the SEC East: Defense. Both defenses had some great moments at times, and had some questionable ones at other points in the game. You don't pass the 800-yard mark in a game with the kind of defensive play we're accustomed to seeing in SEC division champions.

That makes it all the more ironic that the key player in the game was one of South Carolina's defensive linemen: Melvin Ingram. Ingram had a 68-yard touchdown run off a fake punt, scooped up an Aaron Murry fumble and carried it five yards for another touchdown and snagged an onsides kick at the end of the game that allowed the Gamecocks to wear down the clock.

Despite the odd off throw -- including a terrible interception that was returned for a touchdown -- Murray still showed why he's a rising star among SEC quarterbacks, tossing four touchdowns in what could be one of the last gasps of the Mark Richt Era at Georgia.

South Carolina is by no means in the clear, and there's still plenty of time for Georgia -- or Florida or maybe Tennessee, which has looked strong so far -- to catch up. But for now, South Carolina gets a clean start in the SEC East. Warts and all, that's not a bad thing to have.

To celebrate the big South Carolina win, head over to Garnet and Black Attack. To chew over the loss, and maybe the future of Mark Richt, go to Dawg Sports.


California Vs. Colorado Final Score, Overtime: Bears Eke Out Win Over Buffs In Extra Period

California's 36-33 overtime win over Colorado doesn't count as a Pac-12 win this year. But the Bears' close call in Boulder will have Cal on alert for when it does.

A late Colorado field goal pushed the game into overtime, tied at 30, and another three-pointer from Buffaloes kicker Will Oliver forced Cal to score or lose in the second possession of the first overtime. Keenan Allen came through with a touchdown on a five-yard pass from Zach Maynard, giving the Bears a win and pushing their record on the season to 2-0.

Colorado got back into the game, which it trailed 16-6 at halftime, with a passing game that put up 474 yards, all from the arm of Tyler Hansen. But miserable play in the most critical moments — the Buffs were 6-for-17 on third down — and miscues aplenty (12 penalties for 98 yards) doomed Colorado in the end.

For more on Cal, visit California Golden Blogs. For more on Colorado, visit Ralphie Report.


Alabama Vs. Penn State Final Score: Crimson Tide Cruise To Victory In Happy Valley

Alabama trailed Penn State in the first quarter at 3-0. That was about the only point in the Crimson Tide's 27-11 win that the game wasn't firmly in their hands. Alabama spread out its scoring, getting on the board in all four quarters, and crushed Penn State with balanced offense and suffocating defense.

Alabama got 196 rushing yards — 111 from Trent Richardson, who scored two touchdowns — and 163 passing yards, all from A.J. McCarron, against a tough Penn State defense. And Alabama's defense held the Nittany Lions to just 251 yards of total offense and under four yards per play.

Penn State quarterbacks Robert Bolden and Matt McGloin both struggled mightily, with Bolden starting three-for-eight through the air before being yanked for McGloin ... who completed one of 10 passes on the day. Bolden finished with 12 completions on 29 throws, with his best plays, a 26-yard pass to Shawney Kersey and a scramble for a two-point conversion, coming on the Nittany Lions' final drive, with the outcome decided.

Alabama moves to 2-0 on the season and should remain highly rated in the college football rankings. Penn State could fall out of the top 25 in the AP and USA Today polls.

For more on Alabama, visit Roll Bama Roll. For more on Penn State, visit Black Shoe Diaries.


Clemson Vs. Wofford Score: SoCon Bullies Toppled, 35-27

Cats and dogs! The Clemson Tigers put away the Wofford Terriers, 35-27, mostly making up for a score that remained tight all game long and a couple of early deficits.

Clemson gets Auburn next week.

To celebrate without a care in the world (no), head to Clemson blog Shakin' The Southland.


West Virginia Vs. Norfolk State Final Score: Oh, 55-12

The West Virginia Mountaineers trailed Norfolk State at halftime, but won 55-12. Oh. Sorry, Mr. Holgorsen.

For more, visit West Virginia blog The Smoking Musket.


Iowa Vs. Iowa State Final Score, Triple Overtime: Cyclones Win Embarrassing Trophy

The Iowa Hawkeyes and Iowa St. Cyclones gave the young college football season its first triple-overtime shootout in a contest that could be this series' last in Ames for a while. And Iowa State, which might find itself without a major conference soon, took home the really boring new Cy-Hawk Trophy, 44-41.

The Hawks forced the (counting ...) seventh frame when Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg passed to Keenan Davis for a 23-yard squirt of a touchdown to counter a touchdown scoot by ISU's James White. But the third OT began with the Cyclones holding Iowa to a Mike Meyer field goal, setting up sudden death.

White took advantage, banging in a four-yard touchdown to close out a memorable game that never really should've gotten this far. The Cyclones ended up outgaining Iowa 472 to 363, but turned the ball over thrice.

For more, head to Iowa blog Black Heart Gold Pants and Iowa State blog Clone Chronicles.


Ohio State Vs. Toledo Final Score: Buckeyes Survive Upset Scare

The Toledo Rockets put together a 13-play drive to get into the Ohio State Buckeyes red zone down just one score in the fourth quarter, but came up just short of putting together a massive upset. The Buckeyes have just barely kept their various winning streaks involving in-state and unranked non-conference opponents alive, defeating Toledo by a final score of 27-22.

Toledo was in the game start to finish and had a 15-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. Ohio State scored 14 unanswered in the second quarter but couldn't put Toledo away until the very end. The highlight of the final drive was an improbable fourth and 14 conversion for the Rockets, but they couldn't duplicate the feat on fourth and five from the Ohio State 16, as Terrance Owens' offensive line crumbled in front of him, giving him no chance to make a play.

For more on Ohio State, visit Along the Olentangy. For more on Toledo, visit MAC blog Hustle Belt.

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