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GAME OF THE WEEK
1. Western Kentucky 36 … at Arkansas State 35 OT
Arkansas State took the lead in overtime on a Ryan Aplin 25-yard run, but WKU answered with a three-yard Bobby Rainey scoring run. Instead of going for a second OT, the Hilltoppers went for two and the win, and got as Derrius Brooks ran it in. The conversion capped off a wild finish as ASU roared back from a 21-7 deficit with 21 fourth quarter points on two Aplin touchdown passes and a two-yard run for a seven-point lead with under two minutes to play, but the Hilltoppers rallied with Kawaun Jakes finding Willie McNeal for a seven-yard score as time ran out in regulation. Jakes and Rainey each scored from three yards out, and Dexter Haynes caught a 33-yard touchdown pass for the WKU lead, but Taylor Stockemer caught touchdown passes from 23 yards out to start the scoring and 15 yards away spark ASU’s late run. The Red Wolves turned it over five times and held on to the ball for just 19:13.
Player of the Game: Western Kentucky RB Bobby Rainey ran 37 times for 154 yards and two touchdowns, and he caught three passes for 25 yards
2. Oregon 15 … at California 13
Oregon survived as Cal PK Giorgio Tavecchio stutter-stepped before hitting a 24-yard field goal, got flagged for illegal motion, and missed the 29-yard attempt that would’ve given the Bears the lead late. However, Oregon marched and ground out the clock, taking a knee deep into Cal territory, and was well into field goal range. Cal took the lead early in the first quarter on a one-yard Shane Vereen touchdown run, and the defense held firm throughout the first half with the only Oregon points coming on a 64-yard punt return from Cliff Harris followed up by a Dion Jordan run for a two-point conversion. After a Vereen fumble to start the second half, the Ducks capitalized on a 29-yard Jeff Maehl touchdown catch for all the points they’d need. The final Cal points came on a recovered fumble in the end zone following a sack of Darron Thomas by Derrick Hill, but the Bears missed on the two point conversion. The final Duck drive chewed up 9:25 going 65 yards in 18 plays.
Player of the Game: In a losing cause, California LB Mike Mohamed made 14 tackles with a sack.
3. at Navy 38 … Central Michigan 37
Navy survived as Central Michigan scored two touchdowns in the final 3:04 with Zurlon Tipton running for a one-yard score, and Cody Wilson catching a seven-yard pass with four seconds left to pull within one. The Chippewas went for the win by going for two, but Ryan Radcliff overshot WR Kito Poblah and the Midshipmen got the win. Even with Ricky Dobbs out with a concussion, the Navy offense rolled for 437 rushing yards four touchdown runs from four different runners highlighted by an 18-yard Aaron Santiago run to start the scoring and a 16-yard Alexander Teich score late in the first. Radcliff threw three touchdown passes with two to David Blackburn from 15 yards away in the first half.
Player of the Game: Navy QB Kriss Proctor ran 20 times for 201 yards and a score, and completed 2-of-5 passes for 33 yards
4. at Northwestern 21 … Iowa 17
Northwestern’s Dan Persa found Demetrius Fields for a 20-yard touchdown with 1:22 to play on the way for a four point lead, and the defense held on as a last gasp Hawkeye pass fell incomplete in the end zone. Persa rallied the Wildcats in the final minutes with a six-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Ebert with 6:21 to play before the final game-winning drive put it away. Iowa got two Ricky Stanzi touchdown passes in the second quarter with Marvin McNutt catching a five-yarder and Derrell Johnson-Koulianos taking a pass 70 yards for a score and a 17-7 second half lead. But the Iowa offense would sputter from then on. Persa started off the scoring with a two-yard touchdown run.
Player of the Game: Northwestern QB Dan Persa completed 31-of-42 passes for 302 yards and two touchdown with an interception, and he ran 17 times for a team-leading 59 yards and a score.
5. at Auburn 49 … Georgia 31
With all the distractions surrounding the program, Auburn and Cam Newton came through and won the SEC West as Newton ran for two touchdowns and threw two scoring passes to tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen. Georgia traded punches throughout the first three quarters as Aaron Murray threw three touchdown passes, including strikes to A.J. Green from 31 and 40 yards away, and Washaun Ealey ran for a seven-yard score, but the offense had to settle for a field goal instead of a touchdown to make it 35-31 Auburn at the end of the third, and that was it. The Tigers scored 14 unanswered points and the defense held on. Onterio McCalebb scored three times for Auburn from four, two, and four yards out with his second score coming off a nine play drive following a successful onside kick to start the second half. Auburn outgained Georgia 315 yards to 81 on the ground.
Player of the Game: Auburn QB Cam Newton completed 12-of-15 passes for 148 yards and two scores with an interception, and he ran 30 times for 151 yards and two scores.
6. at Tulane 54 … Rice 49
In a wild game with 1,054 yards of total offense, Ryan Griffin threw his third touchdown pass of the game, connecting with Ryan Grant for a 73-yard score with under two minutes to play, and then the defense held on as Rice drove deep but turned the ball over on downs. RB Orleans Darkwa ran for 113 yards and completed both his passes for touchdowns hitting Cody Sparks for a three-yard score and Grant on a 40-yard touchdown play, but Rice kept answering as Vance McDonald scored from eight, 40 and 12 yards out and Turner Peterson ran for a 36-yard score. Owl starting quarterback Nick Fanuzzi threw two touchdown passes, but he threw three interceptions, with Shakiel Smith picking off two passes, and was replaced by Taylor Cook, who threw two scoring passes and rallied the team to its only lead of the game with just over two minutes to play. And then Grant struck with the game-winner.
Player of the Game: Tulane S Shakiel Smith made 18 tackles, 14 solo, a tackle for loss and two interceptions.
7. USC 24 … at Arizona 21
Marc Tyler became the workhorse for the USC offense running 31 times for 160 yards and a three-yard touchdown, while Matt Barkley ran for a one-yard score and threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Rhett Ellison on the way to a 21-7 lead, but Arizona and Nick Foles tried to bomb their way back. Travis Cobb caught a 31-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter and David Douglas caught an 11-yard touchdown pass to pull the Wildcats to within three with just over a minute to play, but USC recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock. The two teams combined to convert 18-of-31 third down chances.
Player of the Game: USC RB Marc Tyler ran 31 times for 160 yards and a score
8. Boston College 21 … at Duke 16
Montel Harris ran for a 15-yard score and Chase Retting threw two third quarter touchdown passes hitting a wide open Bobby Swigert for a 38-yard score and finding Ifeanyi Momah for a four-yard touchdown on the way to a 21-6 Boston College lead, but Duke came back. Will Snyderwine hit a 33-yard field goal, and August Campbell took a fumble 95 yards for a score to pull the Blue Devils within five, and then the offense went to work late getting down to the BC four in the final seconds, but the drive stalled when a fourth down pass was batted away. Snyderwine finished with three field goals for the Blue Devils, connecting from 29 and 40 yards in the first half, but the BC defense, led by 21 tackles from Luke Kuechly, didn’t allow an offensive score.
Player of the Game: Boston College LB Luke Kuechly made 21 tackles, forced a fumble, and broke up two passes
9. at Florida State 16 … Clemson 13
Dustin Hopkins nailed a 55-yard field goal as time ran out to give the Seminoles the win. A week after missing a kick that would’ve beaten North Carolina, Hopkins connected from 28 and 30 yards before hitting his game-winner. The Noles got into the end zone on an eight-yard E.J. Manuel run in the fourth, while Clemson’s lone touchdown came early on a 26-yard Jamie Harper touchdown run. Chandler Catanzaro nailed two field goals for the Tigers from 22 and 29 yards out, with the second one coming with 53 seconds to play, but Manuel connected on three passes and got help from a pass interference call to give Hopkins his chance.
Player of the Game: In a losing cause, Clemson RB Jamie Harper ran 27 times for 143 yards and a score, and he caught nine passes for 54 yards.
10. Miami University 24 … at Bowling Green 21
Trevor Cook nailed a 33-yard field goal with no time left on the clock to overcome a late rally by Bowling Green. The Falcons, down 14 in the fourth got two short scoring runs from Willie Geter, but the RedHawks managed to go 21 yards in seven plays leading to the Cook game-winner. MU started off the scoring with an 18-yard Thomas Merriweather run, got a 22-yard scoring pass from Zac Dysert to Nick Harwell, and a one-yard Dysert touchdown run to go up 21-7 going into the fourth. Each team turned the ball over three times.
Player of the Game: Miami University WR Nick Harwell caught ten passes for 125 yards and a touchdown, and ran once for 11 yards
WORST GAME OF THE WEEKEND at LSU 51 … ULM 0
It wasn’t exactly pretty, but LSU was able to go through the motions to roll to an easy win. Ron Brooks started out the scoring with a 32-yard interception return for a score, Josh Jasper nailed three field goals, including a 53 yarder, and Stevan Ridley ran for two short touchdowns on the way to a 30-0 lead. Lavar Edwards and the Tiger defense got on the board again with a 29-yard fumble return for a score. In all, ULM turned the ball over five times and only managed 190 yards of offense. However, LSU only gained 251 yards.
Player of the Game: LSU RB Stevan Ridley ran 14 times for 67 yards and two scores, and caught a pass for three yards