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1. at South Carolina 35 … Alabama 21
Marcus Lattimore scored three times and Stephen Garcia had a nearly perfect game as South Carolina pulled off, arguably, the biggest win in school history. Lattimore took a Garcia pass nine yards for a score and Alshon Jeffery caught touchdown passes from 26 and 15 yards away as South Carolina built up a 21-3 lead, but Bama scored in the final seconds of the first half on an eight-yard Julio Jones grab. Garcia made his one big mistake 11 seconds into the second half, missing a snap and throwing the ball out of the end zone for a safety, when he appeared able to get rid of the ball. The Tide pulled within second on a 39-yard Jeremy Shelley field goal, but the Gamecocks got up for good with a long drive finishing up with a one-yard Lattimore run. Eight sacks from the USC defense kept the Tide to 36 net yards rushing.
Player of the Game: South Carolina QB Stephen Garcia completed 17-of-20 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns with an interception, and he ran for 11 yards.
2. at Stanford 37 … USC 35
Andrew Luck marched Stanford 62 yards in seven plays leading to a 30-yard Nate Whitaker field goal with no time left on the clock for the win. USC took the lead with 1:08 to play on an Allen Bradford three-yard run, but a personal foul call and a hot Luck led the Cardinal to the win overshadowing a huge day from Robert Woods. The USC receiver caught 12 passes including three scoring passes including two from six yards out and a 61-yarder in the see-saw battle. Neither team led by more than a touchdown, with a missed Stanford extra point after a fourth quarter Doug Baldwin touchdown catch, his second score of the game, forced Luck to drive down for the win rather than play it safe for overtime. Shayne Skov made 13 tackles for the Cardinal.
Player of the Game: Stanford QB Andrew Luck completed 20-of-24 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns, and ran six times for 40 yards, and in a losing cause, USC WR Robert Woods caught 12 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns.
3. LSU 33 … at Florida 29
Down three with time ticking away, LSU managed the clock perfectly with Jarrett Lee connecting with Terrence Toliver from three yards out with six seconds to play to get the win. The final ten play, 62-yard drive was saved on a fake field goal on a flip-over-the-shoulder pass to Josh Jasper, which bounced off the ground (and was later reviewed to make sure it was a lateral) and into the kicker’s arms on the way to a first down. Florida stayed alive with an 88-yard Andre Dubose kickoff return for a score, and took the lead with a five-yard Mike Gillislee run with 3:21 to play, but the defense couldn’t hold. Jordan Jefferson ran for two short touchdown runs for the Tigers, and Lee and Toliver hooked up on a 38-yard touchdown pass with Toliver dragging Gator defensive back Janoris Jenkins the final ten yards. LSU outgained the banged up Tigers 385 yards to 243.
Player of the Game: LSU WR Terrence Toliver caught six passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns.
4. Texas Tech 45 … Baylor 38 (in Dallas)
In a wild shootout with the two teams combining for 1,142 yards with 889 through the air, Taylor Potts threw four touchdown passes with Baron Batch taking one seven yards for a score midway through the third quarter for a 45-28 lead. And then Robert Griffin got rolling. The Bears scored ten points with Griffin running for a two-yard score to pull them within seven, but the Red Raider D was able to hold the rest of the way with a BU drive stalling deep in Tech territory on fourth down, and a last-gasp drive ending with time running out. Griffin threw two touchdown passes and ran for two, but it wasn’t enough to keep up with Potts who connected with Alexander Torres on two short scores and hit Detron Lewis for a ten-yard score.
Player of the Game: Texas Tech QB Taylor Potts completed 42-of-59 passes for 462 yards and four touchdowns with an interception.
4. Oregon State 29 … at Arizona 27
In a wild shootout with over 1,000 yards of total offense and with 833 passing yards. Ryan Katz connected with James Rodgers for a 33-yard score and Markus Wheaton for a 48-yard touchdown in the first half, and he and Jacquizz Rodgers ran for one-yard scores in the second on the way to a 29-20 lead. Arizona kept up the pace with 440 passing yards from Nick Foles, and scoring passes from 45 yards out to Juron Criner and a 12-yarder to Keola Antolin with under two minutes to play to pull within two. OSU wound down the clock giving it back to the Wildcats with two seconds to play, but the last gasp, lateral-filled attempt fizzled. Criner finished with 12 catches for 179 yards for the Wildcats.
Player of the Game: Oregon State QB Ryan Katz completed 30-of-42 passes for 393 yards and two touchdowns with an interception, and he ran for a score.
5. East Carolina 44 … at Southern Miss 43
Despite a 20-0 deficit and four turnovers, East Carolina was able to rally with 21 third quarter points and took the lead for good with a 32-yard Michael Bowman catch with just under five minutes to play, Dominique David threw three picks, but he also threw four touchdown passes with two from 46 yards out to Lance Lewis, and a seven-yarder to Dwayne Harris. USM outgained ECU 404 yards to 228, and got a pick six from Jamie Collins and five Danny Hrapman field goals, but 15 penalties and four personal foul calls proved costly. A special teams breakdown, allowing a Jonathan Williams kickoff return for a score, gave ECU the lead, but the Eagles were able to rally back before the Bowman late scoring play. USM only got to its own 49 and stalled, and ECU was able to run out the clock by picking up the first down.
Player of the Game: East Carolina QB Dominique Davis completed 18-of-36 passes for 305 yards and four touchdowns with three interceptions.
6. Navy 28 … at Wake Forest 27
Ricky Dobbs connected with Greg Jones for a six-yard touchdown pass with six seconds to play to give Navy the dramatic win. Dobbs also ran for two short scores in the seesaw game, and he threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Alexander Teich, but Wake Forest was more than up to the task outgaining the Midshipmen 403 yards to 368 and held the ball longer, but the defense couldn’t hold late. Tanner Price threw two touchdown passes and he started out the scoring with a one-yard run, but the Demon Deacons only managed a 31-yard Jimmy Newman field goal in the fourth quarter to leave the door open. Navy went 64 yards in ten plays, helped mostly by Dobbs’ arm for the win. Wake Forest got one last shot, but time ran out with the offense stalling at midfield.
Player of the Game: Navy QB Ricky Dobbs completed 8-of-19 passes for 94 yards and two scores, and ran 22 times for 100 yards and two touchdowns.
7. Arkansas 24 … Texas A&M 17 in Dallas
It wasn’t quite the offensive shootout expected, and the two teams combined for 23 penalties and six turnovers, Ryan Mallett connected with Joe Adams for a nine-yard score, Cobi Hamilton on a 71-yard scoring play, and Ben Cleveland on a six-yard pass play for a 21-7 first half lead. Texas A&M misfired time and again, but Jerrod Johnson connected with Jeff Fuller for a 31-yard touchdown pass in the final seconds of the first half, and had one last shot in the end zone but his final Hail Mary pass was picked off.
Player of the Game: Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett completed 27-of-38 passes for 310 yards and three touchdowns with an interception.
8. Michigan State 34 … at Michigan 17
Michigan State got a 61-yard touchdown dash from Edwin Baker, a 51-yard touchdown run from Le’Veon Bell, and an eight-yard scoring run from Larry Caper as part of the 277 rushing yards on the ground. The Spartans got up 31-10, helped by a defense that kept Denard Robinson in check and picked off three passes. The Wolverines were up 10-7 helped by a 12-yard touchdown catch from Martell Webb, but MSU went on a 24-point run with a 41-yard Mark Dell touchdown catch effectively putting the game away early in the second half. MSU outgained Michigan 536 yards to 377.
Player of the Game: Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins completed 18-of-25 passes for 284 yards and a touchdown
9. at Northern Illinois 31 … Temple 17
Down 17-10 in the first half after Temple got a 31-yard touchdown catch from Evan Rodriguez, Northern Illinois scored 21 unanswered points as Chandler Harnish threw two short scoring passes and Chad Spann ran for a six-yard score. The NIU defense bottled up the Owls in the second half and allowed just 272 yards of total offense on the game. The Huskies controlled the clock for over 38 minutes, converting on 11-of-16 third down chances.
Player of the Game: Northern Illinois RB Chad Spann ran 24 times for 100 yards and a score.
10. at BYU 24 … San Diego State 21
J.J. Di Luigi pounded out a three-yard touchdown run and Bryan Kariya scored on two short runs as BYU came up with its best effort of the year in a key win. The defense came up with a fantastic game against the high-powered Aztecs allowing just 273 yards of total offense and 53 on the ground, but it had to come up with one last stand after a four-yard Brandon Sullivan caught a four-yard touchdown pass to make it a three point game. SDSU had one final drive, but it stalled on its own 20. Ryan Lindley threw three touchdown passes for an Aztec offense that never had the ball, losing the time of possession battle 45:01 to 14:59.
Player of the Game: BYU RB J.J. Di Luigi ran 22 times for 134 yards and a score, and he caught three passes for 23 yards.
WORST GAME OF THE WEEK at New Mexico State 16 … New Mexico 14
Tyler Stampler hit a 22-yard field goal with under two minutes to play and New Mexico couldn’t respond. The two teams sputtered all game long with the Lobos gaining just 274 yards or offense and NMSU just 206, but the Lobos kept making mistakes with five turnovers and eight key penalties proving costly. Robert Clay recovered a fumble in the end zone pull the Aggies within one late in the first half, but New Mexico never had an answer. Bryant Williams caught a 42-yard touchdown pass and Kasey Carrier ran for a six yard score to give New Mexico the lead after two Stampler first quarter field goals. The Aggies finished with just 38 yards passing and the two teams combined for 16 penalties.
Player of the Game: New Mexico State LB Donte Savage made nine tackles with two sacks and four tackles for loss.