College Football Saturday: Wisconsin, Alabama Dominant In Prime Time Games

Clemson, Arkansas, Auburn and Alabama won big as Wisconsin rudely welcomed Nebraska to the Big Ten. Scroll down for the Week 5 TV schedule, or print it out right here.

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VIDEO: Florida QB John Brantley's Knee Injury Against Alabama

John Brantley was sacked on back-to-back plays late in the second quarter of Florida's game against Alabama, including this hit which knocked him out of the game for good: 


The extent of Brantley's injury is still unknown. As you can see above, his right knee took most of the damage, and he clearly favored the leg as he left the field. After reaching the sidelines, he was carted off the field to the locker room.

Before leaving, Brantley connected on 11-of-16 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown -- a 65-yard pass to Andre Debose. True freshman Jeff Driskel replaced Brantley was ineffective throwing the ball -- he connected on just 2-of-6 attempts for 14 yards, though he did show flashes running the ball, notching a long gain of 31 yards on the ground. Driskell was thrown into the fire against an elite Alabama defense, and things won't get much easier if he's forced to start next week in place of Brantley when the Gators travel to Baton Rouge to face LSU.

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Alabama Vs. Florida Final Score: Nick Saban Beats Protege Will Muschamp, 38-10

With a 38-10 win in the Swamp, the Alabama Crimson Tide treated the Florida Gators just as they did last week's really talented opponent. That game, in turn, looked the same as Bama's wins over various pastries. Quite a case can be made for the Tide as the nation's No. 1 team, for those who aren't convinced by the LSU Tigers.

It should've been even worse, too. A fumble returned for a touchdown just before the half was called off due to referee confusion, and it's probably for the best. Alabama compiled 226 rushing yards, 181 of it by Trent Richardson, and held Florida's offense to 222 total. Take away a game-opening, 65-yard touchdown catch by Andre Debose, and Alabama owned every line in the box score.

One emergence to keep an eye on: Florida starter John Brantley left the game with an apparent knee injury late in the second quarter. He was replaced by true freshman Jeff Driskel, who'll presumably get the starts until Brantley returns, whenever that may be. Driskel completed two of his six passes for 14 yards, but showed a set of wheels that might bring back a little more option in the Gators attack.

Hey, guess who plays LSU next week? At least Driskel got a quick heads-up on SEC football before heading to Death Valley.

For more, visit Florida blog Alligator Army and Alabama blog Roll Bama Roll. Here’s this week’s college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more. 

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Clemson Vs. Virginia Tech: Tigers Prove They're For Real, Again

The No. 13 Clemson Tigers just became the first team in ACC history to beat three top-25 teams in a row, adding a resounding, 23-3 victory over the No. 11 Virginia Tech Hokies to their wins against the Auburn Tigers and Florida St. Seminoles. Did you ever think Clemson would be the team to achieve such a thing?

The Tigers are sure to be a top-10 team come Sunday afternoon, with Virginia Tech and South Carolina out of the way and either the Nebraska Cornhuskers or Wisconsin Badgers set to enter double digits. Some voters will find Clemson's win against Auburn the Gamecocks to be more impressive than it was before this weekend, but those voters will be ones who did not watch that game.

Commend Clemson's defense. Other than David Wilson's 123 yards on the ground, the Hokies had nothing to offer on offense. Tajh Boyd came back down to earth after throwing for 730 yards the past two weeks, but his 13-of-32 night, plus a communal ground game led by Mike Bellamy's 47 was all the Tigers needed.

Now the big question: can they avoid pulling a Clemson against Boston College?

For more, visit Clemson blog Shakin' The Southland and Virginia Tech blog Gobbler Country. Here’s this week’s college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.

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SMU Vs. TCU Final Score: Mustangs Upset Horned Frogs In Overtime, 40-33

Despite a spirited fourth-quarter comeback by the TCU Horned Frogs to tie the game at 33, the SMU Mustangs defeated TCU in overtime, 40-33. The Horned Frogs were unable to make a comeback this time around.

SMU had the ball first and needed just two plays to score. Quarterback J.J. McDermott ran for six yards on the first play and then connected with Jeremy Johnson for a 19-yard touchdown. Kicker Chase Hover's extra point had the Mustangs in the lead, 40-33.

Casey Pachall, who threw all three of his touchdowns in the fourth quarter, couldn't come up with another for the overtime period. His first pass went for an incompletion and his final one, on fourth-and-two, fell incomplete. SMU picked up its first win over TCU since 2005.

Except for the score at the end of regulation, the Mustangs held the lead throughout the game. J.J. McDermott threw for 349 yards and four touchdown passes. Zach Line rushed the ball effectively for 120 yards on 21 carries. But his big play was a forced fumble on the kickoff to the third quarter. His teammate Chris Parks came up with the ball in the TCU end zone for the touchdown. Receiver Darius Johnson caught 12 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns.

TCU (3-2) faces San Diego State next week while SMU (4-1) takes on the UCF Knights.

For more on this game, visit our TCU blog Frogs O' War.

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South Carolina Vs. Auburn Final Score: Tigers Pull The Upset In Controversial Fashion, 16-13

In a defensive struggle with mistakes throughout, the Auburn Tigers were somehow able to escape with a 16-13 upset win over the South Carolina Gamecocks. But it didn't come without controversy.

Stephen Garcia found Bruce Ellington for 12 yards and the first down as the seconds ticked away, and it appeared the South Carolina wide receiver was down with one second to go. However, the Gamecocks never got a chance to attempt a long game-tying field goal and the clock struck zero on the play. Despite head coach Steve Spurrier's protests, the play was not reviewed, giving Auburn the three-point win.

Note the clock and the position of the wide receiver here.

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Because of the "human element" of timing, apparently, the two seconds ticked off, ending the game.

Despite the controversial ending, the game itself was far from pretty for either side. Each team finished with four turnovers, with Auburn throwing four interceptions and South Carolina toss two picks and fumbling twice. Auburn out-gained the Gamecocks by a 358 to 289 yard margin, but only had 16 points to show for it.

Barrett Trotter completed 12 of 23 passes for 112 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Michael Dyer carried the ball 41 times for 141 yards and a touchdown, averaging 3.4 yards per carry, in the win. Philip Lutzenkirchen caught the game-winning score, sneaking out of the backfield and into the end zone with just 1:38 left.

On the other side of the field, Stephen Garcia continued his streak of inconsistency, completing just nine of 22 passes for 160 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Marcus Lattimore was off, as well, carrying the ball 17 times for 66 yards and a touchdown. Alshon Jeffery caught five passes for 86 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown.

For more on this game, if you think you can handle it, visit Auburn blog Track Em Tigers and South Carolina blog Garnet & Black Attack. Here’s this week’s college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.

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Georgia Tech Vs. N.C. State Final Score: Jackets Win After Wild Fourth Quarter

After 800 combined yards of total offense on the game and a combined 45 points in the fourth quarter alone, Georgia Tech finally emerged as the winner of a barnburner against N.C. State in Raleigh.

Georgia Tech being a Paul Johnson team, the bulk of the Yellow Jackets' yards came on the ground -- Tech ran for 296 yards and three of its vie offensive touchdowns on 52 carries. Most of that came from Orwin Smith and David Sims. Each had nine carries for 74 and 73 yards, respectively, and Smith tacked on three touchdowns.

And N.C. State being a Tom O'Brien team, the Wolfpack were extraordinarily balanced -- 195 yards running, 192 yards passing. Mike Glennon was 20-of-29 for 163 yards, two touchdowns and interception. James Washington had 131 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.

For more, visit N.C. State blog Backing the Pack and Georgia Tech blog From The Rumble Seat.

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Baylor Vs. Kansas State Final Score: Robert Griffin III Not Enough In 36-35 Loss

Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III was superb again, but this time around it wasn't enough as Kansas State pulled off the upset, 36-35. Faced with a fourth and two with just over a minute to go in the fourth quarter, Griffin's jailbreak screen attempt was batted down at the line, giving Kansas State possession back and allowing the Wildcats to sit on the ball and run out the clock.

Kansas State kicked the go-ahead field goal with 3:10 to go, capping a run of 10 unanswered points to come from behind and pull off the upset. Robert Griffin III looked suddenly human while completing 23 of 31 passes for 324 yards, five touchdowns and one interception.

It was a back-and-forth battle all day in Manhattan, with Kansas State taking a 21-19 lead into the half, only to see the Baylor offense spring to life and take a 35-26 lead entering the final frame. But a fourth quarter interception by Griffin and an offense that suddenly couldn't find a rhythm allowed Kansas State to take advantage, pulling off the one-point upset win.

Collin Klein completed 13 of 28 passes for 146 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Klein also led the way on the ground, carrying the ball 25 times for 113 yards and a touchdown. Chris Harper and John Hubert each caught touchdown passes for the Wildcats.

Kendall Wright was prolific in the passing game for the Bears, catching nine passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns. Griffin III and his receivers were essentially the only source of offense for Baylor, with the backs combining for just 94 yards on 29 carries, led by Terrance Ganaway's 38 rushing yards.

The final in Manhattan: Kansas State 36, No. 15 Baylor 35.

Here’s this week’s college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.

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Michigan State Vs. Ohio State Final Score: Spartans Win Ugly Offensive Game, 10-7

Ohio State scored. In the end, that might be the most important thing for Buckeyes fans -- their team avoided the first home shutout for Ohio State in 39 years in their game against Michigan State. But that was the most that could be said for the Buckeyes offense, which scored just a single touchdown in a loss to Michigan State.

Not that the Spartans were lighting up the scoreboard. They eked out just 10 points on the afternoon, the first seven coming on Kirk Cousins' 33-yards pass to B.J. Cunningham and the other three points from a Dan Conroy 50-yard field goal. The 321 yards of total offense wasn't bad, per se, but most of it was not turned into anything meaningful. The three turnovers might have had something to do with that.

Meanwhile, the quaterbacks for the Prylor-less Buckeys were 12-of-25 for 143 yards, a touchdown and an interception, and the running game generated 35 yards on 39 carries -- an average of 0.9 yards a rush. With those kinds of numbers, you can't like Ohio State's chances of making the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game.

For more on the Buckeyes, go to Ohio State blog Along the Olentangy. Michigan State fans can celebrate the win with Michigan State blog The Only Colors.

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Nevada Vs. Boise State Final Score: Broncos Clock Nevada In Interconference Clash

At least it doesn't count in the conference standings. Nevada can comfort itself with that after Boise defeated the Pack 30-10 in what amounts to a revenge game for the upset last year that knocked Boise State out of the BCS. That upset was the first time in a while that Nevada had managed to defeat Boise State -- a loss that often killed Nevada's chances to make a move in the conference standings.

This year, at least for a season, Boise is in the Mountain West while Nevada is playing out its last season in the WAC before heading to the MWC. So the loss doesn't mean anything in the conference standings, but a 20-point loss is still a 20-point loss. (And it was 30-0 in the fourth quarter before the Pack managed to dent the scoreboard.)

Kellen Moore's line -- 19-of-33 for 142 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions -- isn't exactly going to bolster his Heisman trophy case. But Doug Martin chipped in 130 yards and two more touchdowns on 22 carries. The Broncos defense also played its part, clamping down on Nevada to allow just 176 yards of total offense.

For more on the Broncos season, go to Boise State blog One Bronco Nation Under God.

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Navy Vs. Air Force Final Score: Blocked Extra Point Dooms Midshipmen

An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, a lengthy extra point attempt and a super special teams play by Air Force turned an impressive Navy comeback into a heartbreaking victory on Saturday in overtime. Navy struck first in overtime, after tying the game with 19 seconds left in regulation, and found the end zone on the first possession of overtime. But it was what happened after the score -- a celebration penalty -- that led to the Midshipmen's undoing.

Air Force got a hand on the extra point, and took over for their shot in overtime with only a six-point deficit to make up. After quickly driving inside the five, the Air Force offense stalled, at least momentarily. On third and goal, Tim Jefferson called his own number, sneaking into the end zone from a yard out.

The Air Force extra point was true and the Falcons escaped with a 35-34 overtime win, surviving a scare from Navy in the rivalry matchup.

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Arkansas Vs. Texas A&M Final Score: Another Collapse Welcomes Aggies To SEC

The Texas A&M Aggies made their informal SEC debut against the Arkansas Razorbacks, cruising to a 35-17 halftime lead before finding themselves tied in the fourth quarter as Cobi Hamilton fumbled a ball into game hero Jarius Wright's hands in the end zone. The Aggies kicked a field goal to retake the lead, but a Broderick Green rush made it 42-38.

And there the score remained. Arkansas' defense stuffed a fourth-down conversion attempt with about a minute left, then converted a first down to make it official. 

How about the day by Tyler Wilson, who never stopped slingin' (pretty much literally)? On 51 attempts, Wilson pitched 509 yards and a pair of touchdowns, with 281 of those yards going to Wright. On the other side, A&M's Christine Michael put up 237 total yards from scrimmage.

The Aggies have now lost consecutive games after posting big halftime leads against ranked opponents. They should probably adjust their adjustments.

For more, visit Texas A&M blog I Am The 12th Man and Razorbacks blog Arkansas Expats.

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Minnesota Vs. Michigan Final Score: Wolverines Devour Gophers, Win 58-0

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Brady Hoke might not have been the most popular hire in Ann Arbor -- but so far, so good. And he will not be the most popular hire in the state of Minnesota for a while.

The new Michigan coach opened his Big Ten career with a 58-0 clobbering of Minnesota, an annihilation highlighted by touchdowns in each quarter of the game and four in the second, when it became clear that the Golden Gophers had no hope of securing the jug this year. The beatdown included the Wolverines outgaining the visitors 580-177 in total offense.

Denard Robinson had a pedestrian-for-him 220 yards of total offense, going 15-of-19 for 169 yards and two touchdowns passing and adding 51 yards and a score on the ground. Fitzgerald Toussaint added 108 yards and another score on 10 carries.

Visit Michigan blog Maize 'n' Brew for more on the Wolverines and Minnesota blog The Daily Gopher for news and commentary on the Gophers. Also, stay with our college football score stream for all the day's action.

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Northwestern Vs. Illinois Final Score: Illini Rallies In Fourth Quarter To Move To 5-0

It wasn't easy for Illinois to get to 5-0 on the season, but a 21-point fourth quarter propelled the Fighting Illini to a 38-35 win against Northwestern to begin October. Are we going to have to get used to Ron Zook's team as a Big Ten contender?

Nathan Scheelhaase was 21-of-32 for 391 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. He was also the Illini's leading rusher, though that wasn't particularly hard to do -- Scheelhaase gained just 35 yards on the ground and ran for another touchdown. The star on the receiving end of most of those passes was A.J. Jenkins, who had 12 catches for 268 yards and the three touchdowns.

Despite Dan Persa's injury, he was the only quarterback to attempt a pass for the Wildcats until the final desperation drive, going 11-of-15 for 137 yards and four touchdowns. Unfortunately for Northwestern, it wasn't enough. Giving up almost 475 yards to the other team tends to do that.

For more on this game from the Illini perspective, check out Illinois blog Hail To The Orange. Wilcats fans should head over to Northwestern blog Sippin' On Purple.

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