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GAME OF THE WEEK
1. Wisconsin 31 … at Iowa 30
In a scintillating game, Wisconsin used a fake punt to keep a bruising, grinding fourth quarter drive alive taking 7:29 off the clock and finishing with an eight-yard Montee Ball touchdown run, leading 1:06 left on the clock. Iowa marched into Badger territory, but with no timeouts left, Ricky Stanzi hit Adam Robinson in bounds and the clock ran out. Robinson ran for a one-yard score and Stanzi threw three touchdown passes to three different receivers, including a 45-yarder to Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, but a blocked extra point after the Robinson score proved costly in the end. The Badgers kept battling back and wouldn’t go away as John Clay ran for two, two-yard scores and Bradie Ewing caught a seven-yard scoring pass.
Player of the Game: Wisconsin QB Scott Tolzien completed 20-of-26 passes for 205 yards and a touchdown with an interception.
2. at Auburn 24 ... LSU 17
Auburn ran for 440 yards with Cam Newton accounting for 217 of them including a one-yarder to start the scoring and a scintillating 49-yard dash in the third. But LSU wouldn’t go away clawing its way for scores with Jordan Jefferson capping off a 14-play drive in the second quarter with a two-yard run with 15 seconds to play, and Rueben Randle caught a 39-yard touchdown pass in the fourth from Spencer Ware on a trick play. With the score tied at 17, Auburn shut the door with just over five minutes to play on a 70-yard scoring dash from Onterio McCalebb, and after forcing LSU to turn the ball over on downs, Newton closed it out with a ten-yard run on third and six. Auburn defensive tackle Nick Farley made six tackles with 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss.
Player of the Game: Auburn QB Cam Newton completed 10-of-16 passes for 86 yards and ran 28 times for 217 yards and two touchdowns.
3. Michigan State 35 … at Northwestern 27
Down 17-0, Michigan State rallied back with a seven-yard touchdown catch from Mark Dell late in the first half and a 22-yard Bennie Fowler end-around early in the second, but it took a fake punt to spark a long scoring drive, and a juggling nine-yard touchdown catch from B.J. Cunningham with two minutes to play, to get the win. Dell caught a 13-yard touchdown pass after the fake, and after a pick by Eric Gordon to snuff out a late Wildcat drive, Edwin Baker put the game away with a 25-yard dash. The Wildcats got two short touchdown runs from Dan Persa in the first half, and a six-yarder in the second half, but the offense only managed a 41-yard Stefan Demos field goal in the final 17 minutes.
Player of the Game: Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins completed 29-of-43 passes for 329 yards and three touchdowns.
4. at Missouri 36 … Oklahoma 27
Missouri’s Gahn McGaffie took the opening kickoff for a touchdown, and everything kept rolling from there as De’Vion Moore ran for a one-yard score on the way to a 20-14 lead, but OU took the lead late in the third on a three-yard James Hanna touchdown catch. And then it was al Mizzou as Jerrell Jackson took a pass 38 yards for a score, with Sooners bouncing off of him, and James Franklin ran for a three-yard score on the way to a 36-21 lead. OU scored late on a two-yard Trey Millard touchdown, but the two-point conversion attempt missed, the onside kick didn’t work, and the Tigers knocked off the No. 1 team in the nation.
Player of the Game: Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert completed 30-of-42 passes for 308 yards and a touchdown, and he ran eight times for 26 yards.
5. Texas Tech 27 … at Colorado 24
Down 24-14 in the fourth quarter, Texas Tech rallied with 13 unanswered points as Taylor Potts found Lyle Leong for a seven-yard score and Mat Williams nailed field goals from 40 and 36 yards away. Colorado had one last shot, but time ran out after two desperation passes. Filling in for an injured Tyler Hansen, Cody Hawkins hit Paul Richardson on touchdown passes from three and 60 yards away in the third quarter, but Tech was able to stay alive with a 15-yard Alexander Torres touchdown grab. Colorado was held to just 32 rushing yards.
Player of the Game: Texas Tech WR Alex Torres caught six passes for 133 yards and a touchdown.
6. Nebraska 51 … at Oklahoma State 41
In a wild shootout, the Nebraska passing game worked even better than the ground attack as Taylor Martinez threw five touchdown passes including a 45-yarder to Brandon Kinnie to start the scoring, and the two hooked up two more times on scoring plays from nine and eight yards out. Kinnie’s final score gave the Huskers a 51-34 lead, but Oklahoma State kept pushing as Justin Blackmon caught his second touchdown pass of the game, scoring from 25 yards out, after coming up with a big play on a flea-flicker for an 80-yard touchdown. Kendall Hunter ran for 201 yards for the Cowboys, but Nebraska always had an answer for OSU scores including a 100-yard Niles Paul kickoff return for a score and Alex Henery field goals from 42, 32, and 45 yards away. Nebraska outgained OSU 540 yards to 495.
Player of the Game: Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez completed 23-of-35 passes for 323 yards and five touchdowns, and he ran 19 times for 112 yards.
7. at Baylor 47 … Kansas State 42
Jay Finley ran for a school-record 250 yards with two, two-yard touchdown runs, and Robert Griffin threw four touchdown passes including two to Josh Gordon from 28 and 47 yards away and two to Kendall Wright from 47 and 30 yards out as Baylor became bowl eligible for the first time since joining the Big 12. Kansas State kept up early with Daniel Thomas touchdown runs from 11 and ten yards out, and a five-yard Carson Coffman touchdown run, but with the score tied at 21 in the first half, Baylor rolled the rest of the way going on a 26-7 run with the only Wildcat points came on a William Powell kickoff return for a score. KSU scored the final 14 points of the game as Thomas found Aubrey Quarles for a 67-yard touchdown on a halfback pass, and Carson Coffman ran for a one-yard score with seven seconds to play, but Baylor recovered the onside kick. The Bears outgained KSU 683 yards to 407.
Player of the Game: Baylor RB Jay Finley ran 26 times for 250 yards and two touchdowns.
8. Syracuse 19 … at West Virginia 14
Syracuse shocked West Virginia to win the Schwartzwalder Cup, with Ross Krautman connecting on four field goals, including three in the second quarter, and Van Chew catching a 29-yard touchdown pass in the first. West Virginia scored on a six-yard Tavon Austin catch and a one-yard Ryan Clarke run in the first, but that was it. Neither team scored in the second half with SU holding on late sacking WMU QB Geno Smith to snuff out a final scoring chance. The two teams only combined for 530 yards of total offense.
Player of the Game: Syracuse S Doug Hogue made ten tackles, two interceptions, 1.5 tackles for loss, and half a sack with a broken up pass.
9. at Mississippi State 29 … UAB 24
Mississippi State had a fight on its hands as LaDarius Perkins ran for a two-yard score and caught a pass for a four-yard touchdown, and Derek DePasquale nailed five field goals including three in the fourth quarter to finally get ahead for good. After a 28-yard field goal with under two minutes to play, MSU came up with its third takeaway of the game as UAB’s Pat Shed fumbled the ensuing kickoff to effectively end the fun. The Blazers got a two-yard Mike Jones touchdown catch in the second, and short second half runs from Daniel Borne and Bryan Ellis, but the turnovers and the inability to stop the MSU ground game proved costly.
Player of the Game: Mississippi State RB LaDarius Perkins ran 18 times for 131 yards and a touchdown, and he caught a four-yard touchdown pass.
10. South Florida 38 … at Cincinnati 30
B.J. Daniels threw two touchdown passes hissing Evan Landi for a 31-yard score, and Faron Hornes for a 70-yarder, and he ran for two short scores as USF outlasted the bombing Bearcats. Zach Collaros threw for 463 yards with three touchdowns passes including a 32-yarder to Marcus Barnett and two to Armon Binns from 20 and 15 yards away, but the Bearcats never got the lead back after Jacob Rogers opened the scoring with a 26-yarder. USF got ahead for good on the first Daniels scoring run, and took a 38-23 lead early in the fourth on his second, and then the defense held on. After pulling within eight, the Bearcats pulled within eight, and marched deep into USF territory, but backup QB Chazz Anderson got stopped on fourth down.
WORST GAME OF THE WEEKEND
Temple 42 … at Buffalo 0
What Happened: Mike Gerardi threw three touchdown passes including two to Rod Streater from 42 and five yards out, and Bernard Pierce ran for two first quarter touchdowns as Temple destroyed Buffalo. The Bulls only managed 161 yards of total offense and didn’t cross midfield until late in the third quarter. The two teams combined for seven turnovers, and the Owls held on to the ball for over 36 minutes.
Player of the Game: Temple RBs Matt Brown and Bernard Pierce combined for 215 yards and two touchdowns on 43 carries.