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GAME OF THE WEEK
at Michigan State 34 … Notre Dame 31
Down three in overtime, Michigan State went for the fake instead of trying a 46-yard field goal, and it worked as holder Andrew Bates connected with a wide-open Charlie Gantt for a 29-yard score and the win (although the play clock said :00 before the snap). It was a classic battle before the finish with Dayne Crist throwing fourth touchdown passes including two to Michael Floyd from seven and 24 yards out. But Michigan State had no problems keeping up as Kirk Cousins threw two touchdown passes, including a 24-yarder to B.J. Cunningham midway through the fourth, and Edwin Baker tore off a 56-yard scoring dash in the seesaw battle. The two teams combined for 938, and neither one led by more than seven points.
Player of the Game: In a losing cause, Notre Dame QB Dayne Crist completed 32-of-55 passes for 369 yards and four touchdowns with an interception.
Stat Leaders: Michigan State – Passing: Kirk Cousins, 22-33, 245 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Le'Veon Bell, 17-114, 1 TD
Receiving: Keshawn Martin, 8-96, 1 TD
Notre Dame – Passing: Dayne Crist, 32-55, 369 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Armando Allen, 13-71
Receiving: Theo Reddick, 10-128, 1 TD
2. at UAB 34 … Troy 33
On the final play of the game, UAB came up with a Hail Mary to Jackie Williams, who jumped up, made the catch, and barely crossed the goal line to tie it, and then the extra point gave the Blazers the wild win. After blowing chance after chance early on, and being down 33-20 with under ten minutes to play, UAB rallied as Bryan Ellis marched on a scoring drive with Williams catching a 36-yard touchdown pass before coming up with the heroics with no time left on the clock. Troy blew s 23-0 first half lead and got 404 passing yards from Corey Robinson, highlighted by a 79-yard touchdown pass to Chip Reeves in the first, but 15 penalties and two turnovers proved costly. The two teams combined for 1,101 yards of total offense.
Player of the Game: UAB WR Jackie Williams caught six passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns, and he ran for a four-yard score.
Stat Leaders: Troy – Passing: Corey Robinson, 26-44, 404 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: DuJuan Harris, 11-94, 2 TD
Receiving: Jerrel Jernigan, 5-48
UAB – Passing: Bryan Ellis, 23-37, 360 yds, 3 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Pat Shed, 8-96
Receiving: Jackie Williams, 6-114, 2 TD
3. Arkansas 31 … at Georgia 24
What Happened: Ryan Mallett found an open Greg Childs for a 40-yard touchdown with 15 seconds to play to stun the Dawgs. Georgia had one final throw into the end zone, but it just barely bounced away to seal the Hog win. All the momentum was on Georgia's side after rallying for 14 late fourth quarter points with Tavarres King scoring on a ten-yard pass play and Washaun Ealey running for a three-yard score to tie it, but the offense stalled on a late drive and gave Mallett one last chance. Mallett and the Hogs got up 24-10 after three quarters helped by a 57-yard touchdown pass to Chris Gragg and a 22-yard scoring play by Ronnie Wingo, but Georgia stepped up its intensity and made it close in the final eight minutes. Damario Ambrose led the Hogs with two of the team's six sacks.
Player of the Game: Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett completed 21-of-33 passes for 380 yards and three touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Georgia – Passing: Aaron Murray, 15-27, 253 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Washaun Ealey, 18-87, 1 TD
Receiving: Kris Durham, 5-101
Arkansas – Passing: Ryan Mallett, 21-33, 380 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Broderick Green, 11-41
Receiving: Joe Adams, 6-130
4. at Auburn 27 … Clemson 24 OT
In one of the hardest-hitting games of the year, Auburn got a 39-yard Wes Byrum field goal in overtime, and Clemson appeared to have tied it on a 26-yard Chandler Catanzaro kick. However, Clemson got nailed for an illegal procedure penalty to push the ball five yards back, and Catanzaro missed. CU scored the first two points of the game helped by two Kyle Parker to Jamie Harper touchdown passes, but Auburn roared back with 24 straight points highlighted by a 78-yard pass play to Terrell Zachery. Clemson tied it up at 24 on a two-yard Andre Ellington run, and neither team was in scoring range again in regulation.
Player of the Game: Auburn LB Josh Bynes made 11 tackles with two tackles for loss and a broken up pass.
Stat Leaders: Clemson – Passing: Kyle Parker, 21-35, 227 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Andre Ellington, 22-140, 1 TD
Receiving: Dwayne Allen, 5-66
Auburn – Passing: Cam Newton, 7-14, 203 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Onterio McCalebb, 10-81, 1 TD
Receiving: Darvin Adams, 5-118, 1 TD
5. at Arizona 34 … Iowa 27
In a game of wild swings, Iowa got up 14-0 early on a five-yard David Douglas catch and a Trevin Wade 85-yard interception return for a score. The Hawkeyes got a four-yard Jewel Hampton score on a pass play, but the Wildcats answered with a 100-yard kickoff return for a score from Travis Cobb and with two Alex Zendejas field goals to close out the first half up 27-7. Iowa dominated the second half with Ricky Stanzi connecting with Derrell Johnson-Koulianos for a 37-yard score, and following a muffed punt, Marvin McNutt made a great grab for an 18-yard score. 47 seconds later, Broderick Binns picked off a pass and took it 20 yards for a score with only the extra point needed to give Iowa the lead, but the extra point was blocked. Arizona responded by going 72 yards in nine plays with Nick Foles connecting with William Wright from four yards out for the end. Iowa's final drive went nowhere with four straight sacks ending the threat.
Player of the Game: Arizona QB Nick Foles completed 28-of-39 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns with an interception
Stat Leaders: Iowa – Passing: Ricky Stanzi, 18-33, 278 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Jewel Hampton, 7-30
Receiving: Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, 7-114, 1 TD
Arizona – Passing: Nick Foles, 28-39, 303 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Nic Grigsby, 14-27
Receiving: David Douglas, 7-74, 1 TD
6. at Wisconsin 20 … Arizona State 19
What Happened: Wisconsin survived the scare as Jay Valai blocked Thomas Weber's extra point attempt following a two-yard Cameron Marshall touchdown with just over four minutes to play. It was a day of near-misses for the Sun Devils with a few plays into the end zone that barely missed for touchdowns and, following a 14-yard Lance Kendricks touchdown catch with ten seconds left in the first half to give the Badgers a 13-10 lead, a kickoff return from Kyle Middlebrooks that was stopped inches short of the goal line by a hustling Shelton Johnson. Omar Bolden returned a kickoff 97 yards for a 7-3 ASU lead in the first quarter, but the offense only managed two Thomas Weber field goals until the late touchdown. Wisconsin got a 19-yard John Clay scoring run late in the third for a 20-13 lead.
Player of the Game: Wisconsin TE Lance Kendricks caught seven passes for 131 yards and a score
Stat Leaders: Wisconsin – Passing: Scott Tolzien, 19-24, 246 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: John Clay, 22-123, 1 TD
Receiving: Lance Kendricks, 7-131, 1 TD
Arizona State – Passing: Steven Threet, 21-33, 211 yds
Rushing: Deantre Lewis, 9-122
Receiving: Kerry Taylor, 6-71
7. Georgia Tech 30… North Carolina 24
In a see-saw game, Georgia Tech took over on both sides of the ball in the second half with 13 unanswered points as Josh Nesbitt ran for a one-yard score and Scott Blair connected on field goals from 46 and 36 yards. North Carolina had a chance late, but the final drive stalled and Tech ran out the clock. The Tar Heels kept up in the first half helped by a 52-yard Erik Highsmith touchdown catch and a one-yard run from T.J. Yates, but the Tech offense controlled the second half. The Yellow Jackets got a 73-yard touchdown run from Orwin Smith in the first quarter and a 23-yard strike from Nesbitt to Roddy Jones.
Player of the Game: Georgia Tech QB Josh Nesbitt completed 3-of-4 passes for 76 yards and a touchdown, and he also ran 26 times for 104 yards and a touchdown.
Stat Leaders: Georgia Tech – Passing: Josh Nesbitt 3-4, 76 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Anthony Allen, 20-115
Receiving: Roddy Jones, 2-64 1 TD
North Carolina – Passing: T.J. Yates 18-24, 209 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Johnny White 17-113 1 TD
Receiving: Erik Highsmith 4-71 TD
8. at Michigan 42 … Massachusetts 37
Michigan got far more than it wanted as UMass rallied with 21 fourth quarter points with Kyle Havens running for a seven-yard score and connecting for two touchdown passes including a seven-yarder to Andrew Krevis with just over two minutes to play to pull within five. The onside kick didn't work, and the Wolverines hung on. While the Michigan defense struggled, the offense rolled with 525 yards and Denard Robinson running for an eight yard score and connecting with Darryl Stonum on touchdown passes from 66 and nine yards out in the final 1:01 of the first half.
Player of the Game: Michigan QB Denard Robinson completed 10-of-14 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns with an interception, and he ran 17 times for 104 yards and a score.
Stat Leaders: Michigan – Passing: Denard Robinson, 10-14, 241 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Michael Shaw, 12-126, 3 TD
Receiving: Darryl Stonum, 3-121, 2 TD
Massachusetts – Passing: Kyle Havens, 22-29, 222 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Jonathan Hernandez, 26-114, 2 TD
Receiving: Julian Talley, 7-91, 1 TD
9. at Missouri 27 … San Diego State 24
Down four in the final minute and needing some sort of magic to happen, T.J. Moe provided it for Missouri taking a Blaine Gabbert pass up the left sideline for a 68-yard touchdown and an improbable win. The Tigers had the lead going into the fourth quarter, helped by a 17-yard De'Vion Moore touchdown run and an 11-yard scoring dash from Gabbert, but the defense couldn't stop Ronnie Hillman. The Aztec back ran for 228 yards with scoring dashes from 75 and 93 yards away, and he led the way to a 25-yard Abel Perez field goal for a 24-20 lead with just over two minutes to play.
Player of the Game: Missouri WR T.J. Moe caught seven passes for 119 yards and a score.
Stat Leaders: Missouri – Passing: Blaine Gabbert, 28-51, 351 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Henry Joseph, 10-36
Receiving: Michael Egnew, 13-145
San Diego State – Passing: Ryan Lindley, 20-44, 190 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Ronnie Hillman, 23-228, 2 TD
Receiving: DeMarco Sampson, 6-81
10. Kansas State 27 … Iowa State 20 in Kansas City
Daniel Thomas ran for two short scores and Carson Coffman ran for a ten-yard score, but Kansas State was in for a fight all game long. Austen Arnaud connected with Jake Williams for a 13-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, but the Cyclones got the big home run from the defense as A.J. Klein picked took a Coffman pass 69 yards for a score. Two Grant Mahoney field goals put Iowa State ahead by three, but KSU scored ten unanswered points with Thomas's second scoring run and Josh Cherry connected on a 42-yard field goal. The Cyclones had one last shot, but the final drive stalled.
Player of the Game: Kansas State RB Daniel Thomas ran 34 times for 181 yards and two touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Kansas State – Passing: Carson Coffman, 6-12, 104 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Daniel Thomas, 34-181, 2 TD
Receiving: Brodrick Smith, 3-66
Iowa State – Passing: Austen Arnaud, 15-27, 122 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Alexander Robinson, 19-82
Receiving: Collin Franklin, 6-45
WORST GAME OF THE WEEK
at Idaho 30 … UNLV 7
Idaho scored the first 30 points of the game as Deonte Jackson ran for two short scores and Daniel Hardy caught a 17-yard touchdown pass in the rout. Trey Farquhar added three field goals including shots from 50 and 44 yards away, while the defense kept UNLV off the board until a 25-yard Philip Payne catch with 1:19 to play. The Rebels gained just 187 yards of total offense.
Player of the Game: Idaho RB Princeton McCarty ran 12 times for 63 yards, and he caught a pass for four yards.
Stat Leaders: Idaho – Passing: Nathan Enderle, 15-27, 210 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Princeton McCarty, 12-63
Receiving: Kama Bailey, 3-33
UNLV – Passing: Caleb Herring, 4-7, 87 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Channing Trotter, 15-62
Receiving: Phillip Payne, 3-79, 1 TD