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GAME OF THE WEEK
1. Arkansas 38 … at Mississippi State 31 2OT
In a wild game that was almost dead even on the stat sheet, Knile Davis made up for a costly fumble with a seven-yard touchdown catch in the second overtime to give Arkansas the lead, and Jake Bequette sealed the win with a tackle of MSU QB Chris Relf on fourth down. Up three, the Hogs were running out the clock in regulation, but Davis fumbled the ball and MSU took advantage, going 47 yards in less than two minutes with no time outs leading to a Derek DePasquale 25-yard field goal with no time left on the clock. In the first overtime, MSU’s Vick Ballard, who ran for 156 yards and three scores, got the ball knocked through the end zone for a touchback as he was trying for an extra few years, but the Bulldogs caught a break as Zach Hocker missed the field goal attempt that would’ve given the Hogs the win. In regulation, the two teams went back and forth highlighted by a 62-yard Davis touchdown dash and a 89-yard touchdown catch from Jarius Wright for the Hogs, and touchdown runs from one, two, and four yards away from Ballard. MSU outgained Arkansas 489 yards to 488 and each team turned it over three times.
Player of the Game: Arkansas RB Knile Davis ran 31 times for 191 yards and two touchdowns, and he caught two passes for 12 yards and a score.
2. Utah 38 … at San Diego State 34
Ryan Lindley threw for 528 yards and four scores, but it wasn’t enough. Utah’s Greg Bird came up with a blocked punt to set up a one-yard Eddie Wide score for the lead, after Matt Asiata came up with a one-yard touchdown a few minutes earlier. The Aztec passing game kept working, but interceptions snuffed out final chances. Lindley connected with Vincent Brown on touchdown passes from ten and 11 yards in the first quarter and found him for a brilliant 90-yard play in the third, but Utah kept pushing. Wide ran for a 16-yard score in the second and Jordan Wynn came up with touchdown passes from 57 yards out to Luke Matthews and 47 yards away to Kendrick Moeai to stay alive, but the Utes didn’t get back on the board until the fourth quarter. The two teams combined for 1,087 yards and 16 penalties.
Player of the Game: In a losing cause, San Diego State QB Ryan Lindley completed 36-of-54 passes for 528 yards and four touchdowns with three interceptions.
3. Ohio State 20 … at Iowa 17
Down by four late, Terrelle Pryor marched Ohio State on a long game-winning drive, helped by a 14-yard run on fourth and ten and a long pass to Dane Sanzenbacher, to set up a one-yard Dan Herron touchdown run. Iowa couldn’t answer and now the Buckeyes are a game away from clinching at least a share of the Big Ten title. Iowa started off the scoring with a 19-yard Marvin McNutt touchdown catch late in the third, and took a 17-10 lead on a 31-yard Michael Meyer field goal and a one-yard Marcus Coker run, but OSU stayed alive on the first of two Devin Barclay field goals and a five-yard Reid Fragel touchdown catch before Iowa’s ten-point run. The Hawkeyes were held to just 276 yards of total offense.
Player of the Game: Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor completed 18-of-33 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions, and he ran 15 times for 78 yards.
4. at Michigan State 35 … Purdue 31
Michigan State overcame a rough start and a 15-point deficit with 11 minutes to play as Kirk Cousins threw a five-yard touchdown pass to B.J. Cunningham and a nine-yard pass to Mark Dell before getting up for good on a three-yard run with 4:32 to play. Purdue drove deep into MSU territory, but a fourth down pass was picked off by Chris Norman to halt the upset bid. The Boilermakers got an 80-yard touchdown run from Keith Carlos and a 35-yard pick-six from Ricardo Allen in the first quarter, and two Rob Henry touchdown passes for a 28-13 lead, but they could only manage a 52-yard Carson Wiggs field goal in the final 21 minutes.
Player of the Game: Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins completed 28-of-37 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns with an interception, and he ran for a score.
5. at LSU 43 … Ole Miss 36
The much-maligned Jordan Jefferson threw 27-yard touchdown pass to Michael Ford and ran for a three-yard score in the fourth quarter, but it took Stevan Ridley’s third touchdown of the game, running it in from seven yards out, to finally put away a pesky Ole Miss. The Rebels had one last shot, but the drive fizzled after a couple of bomb attempts, but that was about the only thing that didn’t go right for the offense that rolled up 420 yards and got touchdown runs from 50 and three yards away from Brandon Bolden and scoring dashes from 50 and 22 yards away from Jeremiah Masoli. In the see-saw game, Masoli connected with Markeith Summers for a 65-yard touchdown with just under five minutes to play, but Summers was flagged for excessive celebration after diving into the end zone. LSU took advantage of the great field position to go on the game-winning march. Josh Jasper connected on three field goals for the Tigers from 31, 25, and 24 yards out.
Player of the Game: LSU QB Jordan Jefferson completed 13-of-17 passes for 254 yards and a touchdown with an interception, and he ran nine times for 45 yards and a score.
6. at Texas A&M 9 … Nebraska 6
In a controversial game with Nebraska getting flagged 16 times for 145 yards, and Texas A&M only committing two penalties, the Aggies got three Randy Bullock field goals, including two in the fourth quarter with a 19-yarder coming with just over three minutes to play. Nebraska managed just two Alex Henery field goals as QB Taylor Martinez struggled through an ankle injury and couldn’t get the offense past all the penalties and two turnovers. The Huskers had one last shot, but the drive stalled as Von Miller and the Aggie defense stuffed Martinez. A&M’s Cyrus Gray accounted for 202 of the team’s 310 yards.
Player of the Game: Texas A&M RB Cyrus Gray ran 26 times for 137 yards and led the team with nine catches for 65 yards
7. NC State 29 … at North Carolina 25
In a strange game with a fight, a shocking catch, and several strange scores, NC State got a tipped ball into the hands of Owen Spencer for a key touchdown late in the third quarter, and an 87-yard punt return for a touchdown from T.J. Graham less than two minutes later to give the Wolfpack the lead for good. UNC was held to -7 rushing yards but got 411 passing yards from T.J. Yates. However, the Tar Heel offense had to settle for four Connor Barth field goals to go along with two short Yates touchdown passes. The second scoring throw, a one-yarder to Christian Wilson with just over a minute to play brought UNC within two, but Yates missed on the two-point conversion attempt.
Player of the Game: NC State S Earl Wolff made 13 tackles with a sack
8. at Colorado 44 … Kansas State 36
Rodney Stewart ran for 195 yards with touchdowns from one and 51 yards away as Colorado overcame an early deficit to stun the Wildcats, KSU got up 14-3 on two one-yard runs from Collin Klein, and then it was all Buffs as the first Stewart touchdown run sparked a run of 27 straight points with Cody Hawkins hooking up with Scotty McKnight for touchdowns from 37 and 13 yards away, and with Stewart throwing a 23-yard touchdown pass to Toney Clemons. Carson Coffman tried to rally the Wildcats with a six-yard run and two fourth quarter touchdown passes, but it wasn’t enough as Hawkins threw his third touchdown pass, finding Paul Richardson from three yards out.
Player of the Game: Colorado RB Rodney Stewart ran 34 times for 195 yards and two touchdowns, threw a 23-yard touchdown pass, and caught two passes for 49 yards
9. Tulsa 31 … at UTEP 28
G.J. Kinne connected with Charles Clay for a 12-yard touchdown and found Willie Carter for a 19-yard touchdown pass, and Alex Singleton ran for a one-yard score as Tulsa rallied to beat the Miners. Damaris Johnson became the NCAA all-time leader in kickoff returns and he ran for a six-yard score, but UTEP didn’t go away. Marlon McClure returned a kickoff 73 yards for a score and Joseph Banyard ran for scores from 28 and 66 yards out in the first half and ran for a five-yard score in the third for the lead. And then the Golden Hurricane marched in 1:20 culminating in the Singleton run for the win. UTEP had several chances, but the final drive ended with Dexter McCoil picking off Trevor Vittatoe.
Player of the Game: Tulsa QB G.J. Kinne completed 19-of-34 passes for 325 yards and two scores
10. Middle Tennessee 27 … at Western Kentucky 26
Bobby Rainey ran for 248 yards and two short scores, but it wasn’t enough as Western Kentucky couldn’t stop giving up big plays. The Blue Raiders only gained 208 yards of total offense and did nothing with the passing game, but Eric Russell returned a kickoff for a 97-yard score after Rainey’s first score, and down 26-10, they scored 17 unanswered points on a 40-yard Alan Gendreau field goal, and a six-yard Benjamin Cunningham scoring run for the lead. The key to the comeback was a 99-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Rod Isaac off a mishandled snap. WKU had two more chances, but a 34-yard field goal attempt was blocked and the last drive went nowhere.
Player of the Game: In a losing cause, WKU RB Bobby Rainey ran 45 times for 248 yards and two scores, and he caught four passes for 34 yards
WORST GAME OF THE WEEKEND
at Wyoming 44 … Colorado State 0
What Happened: Wyoming dominated throughout as Alvester Alexander scored five times with runs from one, 34, 21, 29, and eight yards out, and Austin Carta-Samuels ran for a four-yard touchdown in the blowout. The Cowboys outgained the punchless Rams 479 yards to 162 with Josh Biezuns helping the D with 3.5 sacks. CSU only converted 2-of-15 third down chances.
Player of the Game: Wyoming RB Alvester Alexander ran 23 times for 147 yards and five touchdowns, and he caught three passes for 15 yards.