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GAME OF THE WEEK
1. at Washington 35 … Oregon State 34 2OT
In a wild and fun game, Oregon State answered a Jermaine Kearse 21-yard touchdown catch in the second overtime with a two-yard touchdown run from Jacquizz Rodgers, but the two-point conversion failed as a Ryan Katz pass slipped away. The misfire almost completed a tremendous comeback after the Beavers got down 21-0 in the first half, but rallied to score 28 straight points on three short touchdowns from Rodgers and a five-yard Ryan Katz run, with a ten-yard Rodgers catch the first score in overtime. But the Huskies didn’t go away. Kearse caught two touchdown passes in the first half, to go along with a D’Andre Goodwin four-yard score, and he came through when needed in overtime on a 17-yard catch in the first overtime before making his fourth scoring play of the day in the second. Each team committed ten penalties and turned it over three times.
Player of the Game: Washington WR Jermaine Kearse caught nine passes for 146 yards and four touchdowns.
2. at Kentucky 31 … South Carolina 28
On fourth down and seven with time winding down, Mike Hartline found a wide open Randall Cobb for a 24-yard touchdown and a 31-28 lead. South Carolina had one last shot and Stephen Garcia was terrific marching the team down to the 20 and well within field goal range to possibly force overtime, but he hung a throw into the end zone up in the air and it bounced into the arms of Anthony Mosley to seal the UK win. The Gamecocks were without a key player late as Marcus Lattimore was out with an ankle injury after running for 79 yards and two scores and catching four passes for 133 yards and a score, and Kentucky took advantage with 21 unanswered points in the second half on three Hartline touchdown passes.
Player of the Game: Kentucky QB Mike Hartline completed 32-of-42 passes for 349 yards and four touchdowns
3. Miami University 27 … at Central Michigan 20
Zac Dysert threw for 399 yards including a shockingly easy 71-yarder to Andrew Cruse with 19 seconds to play to beat the Chippewas. Cruse was all alone and was able to rumble into the end zone without a problem thanks to the breakdown in the CMU secondary, after it appeared that overtime was a certainty. CMU turned the ball over four times, with Ryan Radcliff throwing three interceptions, but the offense hunt around with two David Harman field goals in the fourth and two short touchdown runs from Paris Cotton and Carl Volny. Cruse started out the scoring with a ten-yard touchdown catch, and Nick Harwell scored on a 24-yard catch from Dysert in the third.
Player of the Game: Miami University QB Zac Dysert completed 29-of-47 passes for 399 yards and three touchdowns.
4. at Auburn 65 … Arkansas 43
In a record-setting game with the most points ever scored by two teams in regulation of an SEC play, Auburn ran for 330 yards with Cam Newton scoring from five, one, and three yards out and Michael Dyer tearing off a 38-yard dash to close out the scoring. Arkansas lost QB Ryan Mallett, but backup Tyler Wilson came in and was terrific bombing away for 332 yards with four touchdown passes including two to Greg Childs from 34 and 23 yards out. The last Childs score gave the Hogs a 43-37 lead, and then the floodgates opened. Auburn scored the final 28 points of the game helped by a 47-yard fumble recovery for a score from Zac Etheridge and a 15-yard Emory Blake catch. The game wasn’t without controversy as two key calls went Auburn’s way, with the biggest on a four-yard Mario Fannin touchdown run when it looked like he might have fumbled the ball right before the goal line. Arkansas recovered, but the video was inconclusive and it was ruled a touchdown.
Player of the Game: Auburn QB Cam Newton completed 10-of-14 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown, and he ran 25 times for 188 yards and three scores.
5. at Wisconsin 31 … Ohio State 18
Wisconsin owned the game from the opening kickoff as David Gilreath took it 97 yards for a touchdown to spark a 21-0 first half run. John Clay ran for two touchdowns, and became the first back in 29 games to run for over 100 yards. Ohio State dominated the third quarter and pulled back within 11 on a Dan Herron 13-yard run from the Wildcat, and he ran for a one-yard score in the fourth to help make it a three point game. And then Wisconsin took the game back with a scoring march on the ensuing drive finished off with a 12-yard James White touchdown run. Following a 41-yard Philip Welch field goal to give the Badgers a 13-point lead, the defense held picking off Terrelle Pryor to seal the win.
Player of the Game: Wisconsin RB John Clay ran 21 times for 104 yards and two touchdowns.
6. Baylor 31 … at Colorado 25
Jay Finley ran for 143 yards with touchdown runs from 17 and 15 yards away in the second half, and Robert Griffin threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to Jerod Monk as Baylor rolled up 543 yards on the way to a key road win. Aaron Jones added three field goals for the Bears, including a 38-yarder with two minutes to play to force the Buffs to go for a touchdown. Colorado took advantage of three BU turnovers and got a big day out of Rodney Stewart, who ran for 125 yards and scores from six and 18 yards out in the first half, and there was a chance late to pull off the win but Chance Casey batted down a last gasp pass.
Player of the Game: Baylor QB Robert Griffin completed 22-of-27 passes for 234 yards and a touchdown with an interception.
7. at East Carolina 33 … NC State 27 OT
In an overtime of swings, East Carolina got a one-yard touchdown run from Dominique Davis, but the extra point went wide giving NC State a chance to win with a score and the extra point, but Russell Wilson was picked off in the end zone Damon Magazu and the Pirates hung on for the upset. The Pirates got up big early taking a 21-0 lead helped by two Davis touchdown passes and a five-yard Jon Williams run, but NC State clawed its way back with Russell Wilson connecting with T.J. Graham for a 49-yard touchdown pass and running for a two-yard score, and Josh Czajkowski connecting on two fourth quarter field goals to take a three point lead. But ECU roared back in the final minutes going 43 yards in six plays finishing with a 31-yard Mike Barbour field goal with just over a minute to play. NC State’s final shot in regulation was picked off by Bradley Jacobs. The two teams combined to turn the ball over eight times and committed 16 penalties.
Player of the Game: East Carolina QB Dominique Davis completed 37-of-53 passes for 376 yards and two touchdowns, and he ran five times for 19 yards and a score.
8. Iowa 38 … at Michigan 28
Iowa had control of the game with a 28-7 lead helped by two of Derrell Johnson-Koulianos’s three touchdown catches, and Adam Robinson touchdown runs from four and 11 yards out, and with Denard Robinson knocked out of the game with a shoulder injury. And then Tate Forcier tried to bomb Michigan back in it with a 45-yard touchdown pass to Junior Hemingway and a three-yard touchdown run, but Iowa was able to answer with a 30-yard Michael Meyer field goal to push the lead to ten before the defense snuffed out Michigan’s final hope with a Troy Johnson interception.
Player of the Game: Iowa RB Adam Robinson ran 31 times for 143 yards and two touchdowns, and he caught four passes for 61 yards.
9. at Rutgers 23 … Army 20 OT
Rutgers pulled out a thrilling win as Chas Dodd connected on two short touchdown passes, hitting Kordell Young from three yards out and Mark Harrison from 16 yards away, to come back from a 17-3 fourth quarter deficit, and in overtime, Joe Martinek ran for a one-yard score after Army could only manage a 26-yard Alex Carlton field goal. Any excitement, though, was absent after Knight special teamer Eric LeGrand suffered a spinal injury and was carted off the field late in the fourth. Army took the first half lead on a Jared Hassin five-yard run and a three-yard Trent Steelman dash, but the offense failed to score in the second half. Army outgained Rutgers 404 yards to 250.
Player of the Game: Rutgers LB Antonio Lowery made 19 tackles
10. at Indiana 36 … Arkansas State 34
Ben Chappell threw for almost 300 yards in the second half with three touchdown passes including a 27-yarder to Terrance Turner and a 65-yard play to Damarlo Belcher for a 36-27 lead, but ASU wouldn’t go away with Ryan Aplin throwing for 275 yards including a 22-yard touchdown pass to SirGregory Thornton with under a minute to play. The ASU onside kick went out of bounds and IU finally put the game away. Chappell finished with four touchdown passes, but Aplin, with his legs as well as his arm, was up to the task with scoring runs from one and four yards out. The two teams combined for 18 penalties.
Player of the Game: Indiana QB Ben Chappell completed 26-of-42 passes for 382 yards and four touchdowns.
WORST GAME OF THE WEEK
at Georgia 43 … Vanderbilt 0
It took about a quarter, but Georgia never let the game get interesting with Carlton Thomas running for a 15-yard score and Aaron Murray throwing touchdown passes from four yards out to Kris Durham and 48 yards away to A.J. Green. Thomas added a nine-yard touchdown run in the third and Washaun Ealey made the ugly game a blowout with a one-yard run. Vanderbilt managed just 140 yards of total offense.
Player of the Game: Georgia RB Washaun Ealey ran 17 times for 123 yards and a touchdown.