Top 25 College Football Roundup: Three’s company atop Big Ten standings
Sunday, November 21, 2010
No. 8 Ohio State and No. 11 Michigan State rallied to win and kept the chase for the Big Ten title a three-way race.
Terrelle Pryor and the Buckeyes scored in the final two minutes to beat No. 21 Iowa 20-17 and Kirk Cousins helped the Spartans score 22 fourth-quarter points in a 35-31 victory against Purdue.
No. 6 Wisconsin routed Michigan 48-28, leaving the Badgers, Buckeyes and Spartans tied atop the Big Ten with one loss heading into the final weekend of the conference season.
Wisconsin is home for Northwestern, Michigan State is at Penn State and Ohio State finishes with Michigan at home.
If there is a three-way tie, the team with the best BCS ranking earns a Rose Bowl bid. The Badgers had the upper-hand among the three in the latest BCS standings.
A two-way tie between Michigan State and Wisconsin goes to the Spartans, who beat the Badgers.
Wisconsin wins a tie with Ohio State because the Badgers beat the Buckeyes.
Ohio State and Michigan State did not play, so the BCS standings would be used to break that tie. Ohio State held the advantage there last week.
No. 5 LSU 43, Mississippi 36
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Jordan Jefferson passed for a career-high 254 yards, threw for one touchdown and ran for another, and LSU survived an upset bid by Mississippi.
LSU (10-1, 6-1 SEC) trailed 36-35 with 4:57 left when Patrick Peterson returned a kickoff 34 yards to midfield, setting up a game-winning drive that ended with Stevan Ridley’s third touchdown rushing.
LSU was heavily favored, but as usual, Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt found a way to make the Tigers nervous in a wild, seesaw game that featured 890 yards of offense by the two teams.
Brandon Bolden rushed for 91 yards and two TDs for Ole Miss (4-7, 1-6), which came in needing to win its final two games to be eligible for a bowl.
No. 6 Wisconsin 48, Michigan 28
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Montee Ball and James White combined for 354 yards rushing and six touchdowns, leading Wisconsin one step closer to its first Big Ten championship since 1999.
If the Badgers (10-1, 6-1 Big Ten) beat Northwestern next week at home, they’ll will win at least a share of the title and likely earn a trip to a BCS bowl.
The Badgers won at the Big House for the first time since 1994 by building a 24-0 lead at halftime and essentially trading scores in the second half.
Ball ran for 173 yards and four TDs. White had 181 yards rushing and two scores. They allowed Wisconsin to overcome the loss of injured John Clay for the second straight week.
Wisconsin’s Scott Tolzien finished 14 of 15 for 201 yards with an interception.
Denard Robinson set two NCAA records for Michigan (7-4, 3-4), topping Beau Morgan’s major-college record for yards rushing by quarterbacks and became the first player in NCAA history with 1,500 yards rushing and 1,500 yards passing in one year.
Robinson was 16 of 25 for 239 yards with two TDs, an interception and ran for 121 yards and two scores.
No. 7 Stanford 48, California 14
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes and led No. 7 Stanford to scores on all eight possessions he played as the Cardinal beat California for its most lopsided win in the Big Game in 80 years.
Luck came into this rivalry game looking to avenge the worst performance of his career in last year’s loss against the Golden Bears, when he completed 10 of 30 passes and threw a game-sealing interception deep in Cal territory with just over a minute left.
Boy, did he do that, giving Stanford (10-1, 7-1 Pac-10) just its second win in the past nine games against Cal (5-6, 3-5). The Cardinal did it in emphatic fashion 28 years to the day after being stunned on this same field by The Play.
Luck made sure there would be no dramatic finishes this time as he carved up the Pac-10’s top-ranked defense and tied Cal’s record set in 1975 for the most points scored in the rivalry.
No. 8 Ohio State 20, No. 21 Iowa 17
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Dan Herron rushed for a 1-yard touchdown with 1:47 left and No. 8 Ohio State rallied to keep its hopes for a Rose Bowl bid alive.
Terrelle Pryor threw for 195 yards and a touchdown for the Buckeyes (10-1, 6-1 Big Ten), including a 14-yard run on fourth down to keep the game-winning drive alive.
No. 21 Iowa (7-4, 4-3) went ahead 17-10 early in the fourth quarter on freshman Marcus Coker’s 1-yard TD run. But Devin Barclay’s 48-yard field goal brought the Buckeyes within 17-13, and Pryor engineered a 76-yard drive despite DeVier Posey’s drop of a sure TD pass.
Ricky Stanzi had 195 yards passing and a touchdown for the Hawkeyes, who’ve let up a game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter of each of their defeats.
The game went to the fourth quarter tied at 10. The Buckeyes blinked first — then rallied behind Pryor for its 12th win in 13 tries over the disappointing Hawkeyes.
No. 18 Texas A&M 9, No. 9 Nebraska 6
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Cyrus Gray ran for a career-high tying 137 yards and Randy Bullock kicked the go-ahead field goal with about three minutes left.
Gray added a career-high 65 yards receiving in his fifth consecutive 100-yard rushing game.
The win was Texas A&M’s fifth straight and keeps Nebraska (9-2, 5-2 Big 12) from clinching the Big 12 North title. The Cornhuskers will have another chance to do it in their regular-season finale next week against Colorado.
The game was tied at 6 when the Aggies (8-3, 5-2) took the lead on Bullock’s 19-yard field goal. The drive was kept alive by a roughing the passer penalty on Nebraska on third-and-11 at the Cornhuskers’ 49. The drive was kept alive by a roughing the passer penalty on Nebraska on third-and-11 at the Cornhuskers’ 49.
Taylor Martinez missed the last five minutes of the first quarter and the entire second quarter after injuring his right ankle. He returned for the third quarter and played the rest of the game despite looking hobbled.
No. 11 Michigan State 35, Purdue 31
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Kirk Cousins lunged into the end zone from 3 yards out with 4:32 remaining, and Michigan State kept its Rose Bowl hopes alive by rallying for a win.
The Spartans trailed 28-13 after three quarters and 31-20 midway through the fourth, but Cousins threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Mark Dell with 6:54 remaining, and a 2-point conversion made it 31-28.
Denicos Allen then blocked a punt, giving Michigan State (10-1, 6-1 Big Ten) the ball inside the 5 and setting up Cousins’ touchdown.
Purdue (4-7, 2-5) then drove to the Michigan State 20, but Rob Henry was intercepted on fourth down with less than a minute to play.
No. 12 Oklahoma State 48, Kansas 14
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Brandon Weeden passed for 389 yards and three touchdowns to lead Oklahoma State to a share of the Big 12 South title.
The Cowboys (10-1, 6-1 Big 12), can win the title outright if Baylor beats No. 16 Oklahoma later Saturday. The Sooners and Cowboys meet at Oklahoma State next Saturday.
Weeden set the school record for total offense and Kendall Hunter had 105 yards on 22 carries to close in on another Big 12 rushing title. Wide receiver Justin Blackmon extended his own Oklahoma State records with 100 yards receiving and a touchdown catch in his 10th straight game.
Kansas (3-8, 1-6) gave the Cowboys a surprisingly tough fight the first half, and even led 7-0 and 14-10 before Oklahoma State got it together.
No. 13 Arkansas 38, No. 22 Mississippi State 31
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Ryan Mallett threw for 306 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner to Knile Davis in double overtime.
The Bulldogs had a chance to tie the game in the second overtime, but Chris Relf was hit hard as he tried to complete a fourth-down pass.
On top of his touchdown reception, Davis rushed for 191 yards and two scores as Arkansas (9-2, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) won its fifth straight.
Mallett, the SEC’s leading passer, had a rough night until hitting Jarius Wright for an 89-yard touchdown late in the third quarter to give the Razorbacks a 24-21 lead. It was the second-longest touchdown pass in school history.
Vick Ballard rushed for 156 yards and three touchdowns for Mississippi State (7-4, 3-4).
No. 14 Virginia Tech 31, No. 24 Miami 17
MIAMI (AP) — Ryan Williams ran for 142 yards and two touchdowns, including a career-long 84-yarder in the fourth quarter, and Virginia Tech won the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division title.
Virginia Tech (9-2, 7-0) will play for the ACC title Dec. 4, with a spot in the Orange Bowl at stake. Jayron Hosley’s eighth interception of the season with 9:01 left set up Tyrod Taylor’s 18-yard touchdown run that sealed the win and the Hokies’ fourth divisional title since the ACC adopted the format in 2005.
Danny Coale had four catches for 83 yards and a touchdown for Virginia Tech.
Lamar Miller rushed for a career-best 163 yards and a touchdown for Miami (7-4, 5-3), which has not won the ACC since joining in 2004.
No. 15 Missouri 14, Iowa State 0
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Blaine Gabbert threw a touchdown pass and No. 15 Missouri turned a fake punt into another score.
On a chilly night in the heartland, Missouri (9-2, 5-2 Big 12) sputtered offensively for most of the game. But the Tigers’ defense remained stout and they made just enough plays with the ball to deny Iowa State (5-7, 3-5) the victory it needed for bowl eligibility.
Gabbert threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Michael Egnew in the first quarter and De’Vion Moore scored from the 1 in the second half after punter Matt Grabner kept the drive alive with a 15-yard run on fourth-and-2 at his own 28.
With the regular-season finale against Kansas and a bowl game still to go, the Tigers could reach 10 wins for the fourth time.
No. 16 Oklahoma 53, Baylor 24
WACO, Texas (AP) — DeMarco Murray turned a short pass into a long touchdown and ran for another score in the opening minutes to get 16th-ranked Oklahoma off to a fast start in a 53-24 victory over Baylor on Saturday night that kept the Sooners’ Big 12 title hopes alive.
Landry Jones threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns with a 5-yard score to Ryan Broyles, who became the first Oklahoma receiver with a 100-catch season.
Oklahoma (9-2, 5-2 Big 12) has won all 20 games against the Bears (7-5, 4-4), who wrapped up their first winning regular season since 1995 despite losing all three of their November games — all to ranked teams.
The Sooners play their regular season finale next Saturday at 12th-ranked Oklahoma State. The Bedlam rivalry could determine who will represent South Division in the league’s last scheduled championship game, or could set up a three-way tie.
No. 17 South Carolina 69, Troy 24
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Marcus Lattimore had three touchdowns and 102 yards rushing by halftime and South Carolina scored its most points under coach Steve Spurrier.
The Gamecocks (8-3) won the SEC East last week. With rival Clemson ahead next weekend, many in the crowd at Williams-Brice Stadium held their breath wondering if there would be a letdown.
South Carolina and Lattimore showed early that wouldn’t happen, scoring on runs of 17, 8 and 5 yards for a 21-0 lead less than 7 minutes in.
That gave Lattimore 19 touchdowns, surpassing Harold Green’s 16 for South Carolina’s single-season mark. Lattimore also moved one TD away from the SEC freshman record of 20 set by Tennessee’s Reggie Cobb in 1987.
Troy (5-5) had five turnovers, all which led to touchdowns.
No, 19 Nevada 52, New Mexico State 6
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Vai Taua ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns and scored a third on a 79-yard pass to lead Nevada.
Colin Kaepernick completed 15 of 27 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a third for the Wolf Pack (10-1, 4-1 WAC), who won their 11th straight home game and ensured their first 10-win season since 1991.
Freshman Andrew Manley completed 19 of 39 passes for 220 yards for the Aggies (2-9, 1-6 WAC). But Nevada’s defense held New Mexico State to 89 yards rushing, sacked Manley five times and had two interceptions. The last one was returned 90 yards for a touchdown by Khalid Wooten with 5:17 left in the game.
Oregon State 36, No. 20 Southern California 7
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Ryan Katz threw for 154 yards and two touchdowns while Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for 128 yards and another score.
The Beavers (5-5, 4-3 Pac-10) built a 20-0 lead by halftime, hoping to avoid their first three-game losing streak since 2002.
The Trojans (7-4, 4-4) lost quarterback Matt Barkley to a sprained left ankle just before the break. But they were already doomed by the purposeful Beavers, who are fighting for bowl eligibility.
Southern California has lost three straight in Corvallis, including a 27-21 upset to the Beavers in 2008, which was the Trojans’ only loss that season and cost them a shot at the national championship.
Losses this season to UCLA and Washington State have put Oregon State in a hole when it comes to a bowl berth. After the Trojans, the Beavers visit No. 7 Stanford before hosting top-ranked Oregon in the annual Civil War rivalry game.