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GAME OF THE WEEK
1. at LSU 16 … Tennessee 14
In a wild and controversial finish, LSU appeared to have botched a chance to go in for the win. On second down, and with no time outs left, Jordan Jefferson was tackled just short of the goal line. In an attempt to change personnel, the clock ran down, the snap flew past Jefferson, and Tennessee appeared to have escaped. But the Vols had 12 men on the field, LSU got another shot, and Stevan Ridley ran for a one-yard score for the stunning win. Jefferson started out the scoring with an 83-yard run on the first play of the game, but he was replaced by Jarrett Lee, who got the passing game going and led the way on most of the final drive. Helped by four LSU turnovers, Tennessee stayed alive with a one-yard scoring run from Tauren Poole in the first quarter and a Matt Simms three-yard run in the fourth, but the Vols only managed 217 yards of total offense.
Player of the Game: LSU RB Stevan Ridley ran 22 times for 123 yards and a score.
2. Michigan 42 … at Indiana 35
Denard Robinson ran for his second score of the day with a four-yard touchdown with 17 seconds to play to finally put the Hoosiers away. Robinson tore off a 72-yard scoring dash in the first and connected with Roy Roundtree from 32 yards out, Kevin Koger from three yards away, and found Junior Hemingway for a 70-yard score, but Indiana wouldn’t go away. Ben Chappell threw for 480 yards, Tandon Doss caught 15 passes for 221 yards, and Darius Willis gashed the Wolverines with scoring runs from 22 and four yards away, and he took a pass 19 yards for a touchdown to tie it with 1:15 to play. Robinson ran three times for 27 yards and connected with Hemingway for a 42-yard play to get down to the four before closing out the drive with the game-winner.
Player of the Game: Michigan QB Denard Robinson completed 10-of-16 passes for 277 yards and three touchdowns, and he ran 19 times for 217 yards and two scores.
3. at Oklahoma State 38 … Texas A&M 35
Texas A&M gained 535 yards of total offense and dominated the fourth quarter and was driving for an apparent shot to break the 35-35 tie, but Oklahoma State came up with its fifth turnover of the night as Shaun Lewis picked off a Jerrod Johnson pass and took it to the Aggie 40. Two plays later, Dan Bailey nailed a 40-yard field goal for the win. Johnson threw five touchdown passes including two in the first half to Jeff Fuller and two in the fourth quarter, but he also threw four picks and dropped the ball leading to a James Thomas 63-yard fumble return for a score and a 14-point OSU lead in the fourth quarter. Down 21-7 after the first half, the Cowboys scored 28 straight points with Kendall Hunter scoring from two and seven yards out, and Justin Blackmon catching a 29-yard scoring pass before the A&M offense took over the game. The two teams combined for 886 yards, 16 penalties, and eight turnovers.
Player of the Game: Oklahoma State LB Orie Lemon made 14 tackles, all solo, with a sack and three tackles for loss.
4. Virginia Tech 41 … at NC State 30
Down 17-0, Virginia Tech clawed its way back in with David Wilson returning the opening kickoff of the second half 92 yards for a score and Darren Evans tearing off a 54-yard scoring run. Andre Smith scored twice on passes from Tyrod Taylor, but it was a 39-yard Taylor pass to Jarrett Boykin with 1:27 to play that gave the Hokies the lead for good. NC State got 362 yards and three touchdown passes from Russell Wilson, but the senior panicked, hung the ball up in the air, and threw his third pick of the game leading to a three-yard Evans touchdown run to seal the Hokie win. The two teams combined for 947 yards of total offense.
Player of the Game: Virginia Tech QB Tyrod Taylor completed 12-of-24 passes for 123 yards and three touchdowns with an interception, and he ran 16 times for 121 yards.
5. Washington 32 … at USC 31
For the second year in a row, Erik Folk beat the Trojans with a kick. Folk nailed a 32-yard field goal as time ran out to complete the comeback. Jake Locker hit a key fourth down pass to keep the final drive alive, and in a bounceback game from the Nebraska disaster, he hit Devin Aguilar for a 44-yard touchdown pass. Folk hit three other field goals and Chris Polk added a one-yard run to keep up with USC and the running game that cranked out 298 yards and got two touchdown runs from both Allen Bradford and Marc Tyler. The Trojans had a chance to go up by five late, but Joe Houston’s 40-yard field goal attempt hit the upright leading to Locker’s game-winning drive. The Huskies outgained the Trojans 537 yards to 484.
Player of the Game: Washington QB Jake Locker completed 24-of-40 passes for 310 yards and a touchdown, and he ran 12 times for 111 yards.
6. at Michigan State 34 … Wisconsin 24
Michigan State controlled the game and the clock with several key third down conversions and put it away on a 4th-and-1 on the one with a Kirk Cousins touchdown pass to B.J. Cunningham with just under three minutes to play. Cousins threw three touchdown passes on the day and Keshawn Martin returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown, but Wisconsin had several chances to take control with James White running for a 16-yard score in the first and a 34-yarder in the third. The Badgers pulled within three in the fourth on a 12-yard Jacob Pederson catch, but MSU went on a 15-play, 84-yard drive that took off 7:57 leading to the Cunningham score.
Player of the Game: Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins completed 20-of-29 passes for 269 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions.
7. Temple 42 … at Army 35
With star RB Bernard Pierce out with an ankle injury, Matt Brown took over and came up big with touchdown runs from three and 42 yards away in the first quarter, and from 11 and 20 yards out in the fourth as Temple overcame a 28-13 deficit with 29 straight points to take over the game. Army QB Trent Steelman matched Brown with four touchdown runs of his own, along with a 31-yard touchdown pass to Austin Barr, with a five-yard score with 1:13 to play pulling the Knights within seven, but the Owls were able to run out the clock. The two teams each had 22 first downs and combined for 491 rushing yards.
Player of the Game: Temple RB Matt Brown ran 28 times for 226 yards and four touchdowns.
8. at Oregon 52 … Stanford 31
Oregon got down 21-3 highlighted by Stanford’s Stepfan Taylor’s 44-yard touchdown dash, and then Darron Thomas and LaMichael James went off. Thomas connected with Jeff Maehl on a 29-yard touchdown pass, the Ducks recovered an onside kick, and James capped off the drive with a five-yard run. Thomas hit Josh Huff for a 41-yard touchdown pass midway through the second, but the Cardinal held a 31-24 lead going into the locker room. It was all Ducks the rest of the way with 28 unanswered points with Thomas running for a six-yard score and James running for scores from three (following a fumble return down to the three by Eddie Pleasant) and 76 yards. Andrew Luck threw two touchdown pass and ran for a ten-yard score, but he was picked off twice in the second half. The Ducks outgained the Cardinal 626 yards to 518.
Player of the Game: Oregon QB Darron Thomas completed 20-of-29 passes for 238 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions, and he ran 15 times for 117 yards and a score.
9. Georgia Tech 24 … at Wake Forest 20
Georgia Tech stunk it up for three quarters, and then the offense turned it on in the fourth, as Josh Nesbitt connected with Embry Peeples for a 20-yard score, and ran for a two-point conversion, and connected with Correy Earls for a nine-yard score with 15 seconds to play to get the win. Wake Forest got short rushing scores from Brandon Pendergrass and Josh Adams, but the quarterbacks kept getting knocked out with Ted Stachitas suffering a back injury and Brendan Cross leaving with a shoulder injury. Tech outgained Wake Forest 339 yards to 268.
Player of the Game: Georgia Tech QB Josh Nesbitt completed 11-of-21 passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns, and he ran 26 times for 72 yards.
10. Louisiana-Lafayette 28 … at North Texas 27
North Texas rallied back in the fourth quarter with a three-yard Lance Dunbar run and a four-yard Darius Carey catch with 31 second to play to pull within one. All the Mean Green needed was an extra point, but the kick was blocked and ULL hung on. Chris Masson connected with Aaron Spikes for a 82-yard touchdown pass in the second and with Javone Lawson for a 60-yard touchdown grab in the third, and the defense got in the act with a Lance Kelley 40-yard fumble return for a score, but North Texas kept fighting back with Riley Dodge running for a six-yard score and an Alex Lott 37-yard touchdown play before the wild comeback that fell just short.
Player of the Game: Louisiana-Lafayette QB Chris Masson completed 18-of-32 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns.
WORST GAME OF THE WEEK
Tulsa 48 ... at Memphis 7
G.J. Kinne ran for an eight-yard score and threw two touchdown passes, and Alex Singleton and Shavodrick Beaver each ran for short scores, and Tulsa took advantage of four turnovers in an easy win. Memphis managed a 22-yard Jerrell Rhodes touchdown run in the second, but that was it as the Golden Hurricane ripped off 34 unanswered points and were never threatened. Memphis managed just 12 first downs and 207 yards of total offense.
Player of the Game: Tulsa QB G.J. Kinne completed 18-of-31 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns and ran ten times for 39 yards and a score.