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News & Notes - Week 8

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Week 8

USC delivered a winner on Thursday after taking advantage of 5 California TO's. In the 1H USC had a 187-132 yd edge and blew one opportunity off a TO by fumbling a snap on a fake FG. They settled for a 39 yd FG and also benefitted from stopping a Cal fake punt at the Cal37 which 5pl later resulted in a USC TD. The Trojans led 20-0 at the half en route to the 30-9 win...

Air Force was missing all 3 starting DL and got worn down by San Diego State in the 2H. Ronnie Hillman rushed for 172 yards for the Aztecs including 22 and 57 yd TD runs on B2B plays to blow open a close game. AF had a 215-160 yd edge at the half...

San Jose State beat Hawaii at home on a Friday night in front of a charged home crowd. The game featured a 2011 season high of 12 TO's with each team having 6. In the 1H SJS took advantage of some UH TO's and could have led by more than 20-7 as they missed a FG, settled for a FG and had an IR TD called back by a pers foul that was 40 yards behind the play. In the 2H SJS turned it over on their first 5 poss but one of the key plays of the game happened after UH had just taken the lead, 21-20. SJS turned it over after an 8pl drive at their own 40 and UH got a 32 yd TD run. The xp was blk'd and ret'd for 2 and instead of leading 28-20, it was 27-22. Each team missed a FG and SJS got a TD with :36 left to go up 28-27 and missed the 2 pt conv. UH only got as far as its own 39...

Miami, Fl. gained 263 of its 311 yards in the 1H and avoided their first 0-3 start in conf play in program history. They led 27-10 at the half with a 274-177 yd edge but North Carolina finished with a 429-311 yd edge. Giovanni Bernard became the school's first NC player to rush for at least 100 yards in 5 consec game since Ethan Horton in 1984. UM's Lamar Miller was held to 29 yards on 16 carries. Once NC got a TD with :46 left to pull within 30-24 they actually rec'd the onside kick and got to the UM30 but on 3&17 tried the lateral on the last play which came up short...

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shelled Indiana 59-7 but it actually wasn't as bad as LY when they won 83-20. Trailing 14-0, Indy was SOD at the UW36 and UW drove 64 yds for a TD and after an int, drove 80 yds for a TD. They led 38-7 at the half but the yards were only 379-217 as IU was SOD at the UW36, int'd at the 20 and int'd setting up a UW39 yd TD in the final minute. In the 2H UW got a 60 yd PR for a TD and rec'd a fmbl by the IU QB for a TD with 9:17 left to close the scoring...

Missouri probably dominated Iowa State even more than the 52-17 margin although they did lose DT Terrell Resonno who inj'd his right knee in the 1H and DNR. Missouri opened the game with 10 straight runs, the first on a 50/8pl TD drive. They led 28-3 and had the ball at the ISU27 yd line when they were int'd and ret'd 78 yds for a TD. At the half MO had a 368-117 yd edge but only led 31-10. They expanded it to 52-10 in the 4Q and ISU went 74/6pl for a garbage TD and added 58 additional yards after that. Missouri had 13 yds on their final 4 poss with a backup QB...

Utah's D dominated Pittsburgh as they had a 251-120 yd edge. The Utes were without their QB Jordan Wynn (out for yr) and top WR DeVonte Christopher. Pitt appeared in control early thanks to special teams. The Panthers got a 10pl drive to open and punted and Utah went on a 12pl drive and settled for a 23 yd FG but Pitt got a 98 yd KR TD then blk'd a punt for a TD. The KR TD was their first since 2006 and the blk'd punt TD was their first since 1991 and they led 14-3 but Utah, with 2:07 left in the half, with QB Hays under heavy pressure, threw a pass which tipped off the LB's hand, over a DB and into WR Matthews hands which he took 33 yards for a TD to pull them within 14-13. Utah took a lead with a FG on the opening drive of the 3Q and never trailed again in a game played in 20-36 mph winds. Pitt trailed 19-13 when they were SOD at the Utah35 on 4&3 with backup QB Anderson in. On the next drive on 3&10 Anderson was int'd and ret'd 23 yds for a TD with 1:10 left for a somewhat misleading 26-14 final...

Virginia delivered the outright upset against Georgia Tech last Saturday, proving that teams with extra time to prepare for GT's option usually do well and Virginia upended #12 GT which had been off to its best start since 1966. UVA had 407-296 yd and 21-17 FD edges. UVA went 73/4pl and 45/12pl for TD's on their first 2 poss to lead 14-0. GT got a 32 yd IR TD to pull back to 14-14 with 8:24 left in the half but UVA went 72/10pl and 21/8pl (after int) for a TD and a 36 yd FG and led 24-14 at the half with a 272-154 yd edge. GT opened the 3Q with an 85/19pl drive for a TD, 24-21 but punted on their next 3 poss and UVA took over at their 23 with 5:58 left in the game and would get 5 FD's on the 69/13pl drive taking a knee at the GT6...

Marshall benched QB starter Rakeem Cato and AJ Graham hit just 11-22-99 yds but rushed for 129 yards on 20 carries and was the team's leading rusher. Rice finished with a 361-328 yd edge. Marshall went 69/1pl and 87/11pl for TD's, 14-0 and Rice went on 43 and 50 yd drives for 2 FG's, 14-6 at the half. Rice battled back to take a 20-17 lead. MU rec'd a fmbl at the Rice25 but was int'd at the 8 with 11:42 left and after 4 punts, Rice fmbl'd at their own 23 with 3:31 left. MU converted on 4&10 and went 23/5pl to get a 4 yd TD run by Martinez with 1:49 left to take the lead. Rice was SOD at their own 33 on 4&13...

Dan Herron ret'd to the lineup for Ohio State and rushed for 114 yards. Braxton Miller hit just 1-4 passes for 17 yards as the Buckeyes kept it on the ground but his only completion was a 17 yd TD pass to Jake Stoneburner to put the Buckeyes up 17-7. OSU did not throw its first pass until 7:22 mark in the 2Q. Illinois had a 285-228 yd edge and OSU went 45/10pl for a 43 yd FG to open and the next 9 poss resulted in punts. At the half OSU had a 105-95 yd edge. UI was int'd and ret'd 37 yds to the 12 and Herron got a 12 yd TD run on the next play, 10-0 early 3Q. OSU rec'd a fmbl'd at the UI22 and on 3&5 got a 17 yd TD pass to Stoneburner 17-0. UI went 80/15pl for a 3 yd TD pass. UI's last drives ended on an int at the OSU20 (from midfield) and a 41/8pl drive that was SOD at the OSU16 with 1:11 left...

Colorado was last in the P12 in TD passes allowed while Washington was #1 in the P12 in TD passes. Keith Price had 4 TD passes in the 1H as UW rolled up a 379-104 yd edge and led 44-10. UW scored on all 6 poss in the 1H. Price was pulled with 1:05 left in the 3Q and on Nick Montana's first ever snap as a UW QB, he fumbled setting up a CU 36/6pl TD drive which pulled them within 45-24. UW got a TD with 2:32 left for the 52-24 final. CU is a banged up team without top WR Paul Richardson, top rusher Stewart and numerous DB's...

Michigan State is now 4-0 since the Mike Hart's infamous "little brother" comment. The Spartans held Michigan's potent offense to 250 yards and had 333 yards on offense. It was MSU's first 4 game win streak in the series since 1962. MSU had 6 sacks for 54 yards while the Wolverines had zero sacks. MSU rushed for 213 yards on 39 carries while UM rushed for 82 yards on 36 carries. It was tied at 7 and MSU had a 162-138 yd edge and the Spartans had leads of 14-7 and 21-7. UM got a 34 yd TD pass with 9:49 left then rec'd a fmbl but on 4&1 Robinson was tackled for a 10 yd loss. On the next drive Robinson was int'd and ret'd 39 yds for a TD to put the Spartans up 28-14 with 4:31 left to clinch it. UM was SOD at their own 46 with 3:18 left and the Spartans ended the game at the UM 21...

Matt Simms made his first start of the season for Tennessee and hit 6-20-128 and 2 int. It was the 2nd straight bkp QB LSU has now faced. The key play of the game happened at the end of a scoreless 1Q. UT was at the LSU42 when Simms threw into the EZ and was int'd and ret'd 89 yds to the 5. That set up an LSU TD and a 7-0 lead. LSU then got a 10 yd PR setting up a 36/7pl drive for a TD to lead 14-0. It was 17-7 at the half. LSU had 3 poss in the 2H. They went 66/12pl, 99/16pl for TD's to put them up 31-7. After Tenn was SOD on 4&7 at the LSU35, the Tigers went 65/10pl and on 4&3 got a 14 yd TD pass with 1:35 left. UT which had run for negative yards vs. both Florida and Georgia rushed for 111 yds on LSU...

The Penn State-Purdue game was played in a heavy wind as were many games in the Midwest. At the end of the half, PSU on 3&10 threw a TD pass where the rec caught the ball in both hands and had both feet down but it was punched away and ruled incomplete. PSU settled for a FG, 10-6. PSU led 20-12 and was at the PU23 when a pass into the EZ was tipped into the air bouncing off both the DB and WR and their feet and it was ret'd 50 yds and PU got a TD to pull within 20-18. PSU got a 98 yd KR and their KR Powell just flipped the ball towards the ref but was called for a 15 yd pen which took the ball from the 3 back to the 18 and PSU settled for a 29 yd FG. PSU finished the game at the PU5 taking a knee...

Shovels of dirt were being thrown on Florida State after their 3rd straight loss but they dominated Duke with a 481-289 yd edge as EJ Manuel returned to the starting lineup but hit just 9-14-239. The game was tied 3-3 when FSU went 60/2pl for a TD then after a 26 yd PR went 64/4pl and 95/7pl for TD's to blow it open, 24-3. At half they had a 286-106 yd edge. Duke recovered a pair of onside kicks in the 2H and got within 34-16 but a 3rd onside kick was rec'd by FSU and the Seminoles went 39 yards for a TD in just 4 plays...

Central Florida actually had a 184-144 yd edge vs. SMU in the 1H but allowed a 47 yd PR setting up a 19 yd TD drive and also allowed a 92 yd PR TD by Richard Crawford so they trailed 17-3 at the half and never got within 14 points the rest of the game...

Texas had a 24-21 FD edge vs. Oklahoma State but the Cowboys had a 420-370 yd edge. UT controlled the ball for 39:18 but had trouble punching it in. UT was SOD on 4&3 at the OSU32, settled for a 34 yd FG after a 10pl drive and trailed 21-10 at the half. Each team got a 100 yd KR for a TD to open the 3Q, 28-17. UT pulled within 28-24 but then gave up a 74 yd TD run with 4:14 left in the 3Q to fall down 14 pts. UT on 4&3 had an open receiver but was caught inches short of the EZ on 4th & gl. UT was sk'd & fmbl'd at the OSU43 and int'd at the OSU47 on their final 2 poss...

Brandon Ogletree had a big game forcing TO's on 2 straight poss with an int and 1 FF but BYU only turned those poss into 3 pts. Thanks to a 51 yd IR TD BYU and Oregon State were tied at 14 at the half despite BYU having a 222-141 yd edge. BYU was up 21-14 when OSU turned it over those 3 times and 24-14 after. OSU got a TD to pull within 24-21 but BYU got a TD with 10:39 left and then OSU missed a 48 yd FG and BYU went 69/6pl for a TD with 3:37 left to make it 38-21. OSU went 63/16pl getting a TD with :23 left for the 38-28 final...

Kansas State delivered yet another outright upset, this time over Texas Tech. KSU got a 24 yd IR TD early and then added a 100 yd KR for a TD to lead 14-13. They missed the xp but Coach Snyder, unlike some other coaches in college ball (Lane Kiffin) doesn't go for 2 unless needed and KSU would score 3 TD's in the 2Q and 3Q and not once did Snyder go for the odd 2 points which helped the Cats stay ahead by 7 at the end of the game. At half TT actually led 28-20 with a 389-94 yd edge and had 2 FG's blk'd. KSU got a TD on the last play of the 3Q to take a 34-31 lead and would not relinquish it and KSU in the 4Q was SOD at the TT27 and missed a 31 yd FG. TT got a 19 yd FG with 2:32 left then rec'd the onside kick but on 4&4 fired incomplete from the KSU47 and the Wildcats remain unbeaten...

Trent Richardson may have had a Heisman moment vs. Mississippi with a 76 yd TD run where he had 4 players cornering him on the sidelines at the end of a run, stopped and started up again and got the TD. Richardson rushed for 188 yards. Alabama actually gave up a 59 yd pass on the 3rd play of the game and Miss got a TD 2pl later for a stunning 7-0 lead. The Rebels had 72 yards on that drive and 69 yds the rest of the game as Bama finished with a 615-141 yd edge in their dominating 52-7 win...

Stanford turned the ball over 3 times all year but had 2 TO's in the 1H vs. Washington State. As usual, SU struggled a bit in the 1H, in fact the FD's were even at 8 and SU only led 10-7. SU would score TD's on 3 of their first 4 2H poss to go up 31-7. WSU was SOD on 4&8 at the SU9 with 10:31 left. SU went 91/12pl getting a TD with 4:26 left to make it 38-7. WSU gave Jeff Tuel the start as he ret'd from his collarbone inj but they brought in Marshall Lobbestael and he guided the Cougars 80/12pl for a TD with :14 left to make it 38-14 but Montgomery ret'd the ensuing KO 96 yds for a TD on what turned out to the be the final play of the game and SU won by 30...

Things did not look good for Virginia Tech early as Wake Forest had a 10-0 lead and a 122-2 yd edge after 1Q but VT would dominate the 2Q with 3 TD's, the 3rd coming after WF was int'd at their own 27 with :30 left in the half and VT went for it on the last play of the half and got a TD run by Thomas. VT had a 207-41 yd edge in the 2Q and opened the 3Q with an 80/6pl drive for a TD and rolled to a 38-17 win with a 473-320 yd edge...

Auburn and Florida both came in with major ? at QB and none of the ?'s were answered. Seven different players took snaps at QB. UF #2 QB Driskell was ? coming in and obviously not 100% but he was brought into the game in the 2H after Jacoby Brissett started and hit 5-10-45. AU starting QB Barrett Trotter has now lost confidence and hit 2-8-33 with Clint Moseley and Kiehl Frazier also seeing action. UF fmbl'd 2 punts setting up a 32/3pl TD drive and 22/6pl drive for a FG which was the majority of AU's offense. UF had a couple of long drives end in settling for short FG's then at the end were SOD at the AU16 after an 11 pl drive but AU finished with a 278-194 yd edge.

FRONTDOOR/BACKDOOR COVERS

A couple of blk'd FG's cost Navy an outright win and Rutgers a frontdoor cover in the last 5:00. RU had 423-305 yd and 22-15 FD edges. RU missed a 52 yd FG, fmbl'd at the Navy2 at the end of a 75/10pl drive but Navy was SOD at the 5 at the end of a 68/12pl drive. 2pl later Navy had a 16 yd IR TD to tie it at 7. RU was SOD at the N32 and had a 221-187 yd edge but Navy led 14-7 at the half thanks to a 54 yd TD run by Proctor. Navy extended it to 17-7 but RU went 52/6pl for a TD and then 66/7pl with a 3&9, 20 yd TD pass to go up 21-17. Navy got a 41 yd FG to make it 21-20 then had a 34 yd FG blk'd with 4:50 left. RU got to the Navy24 but had a 41 yd FG blk'd with :24 left which would have given them the cover...

Mississippi State had a slight 296-289 yd edge but 3 long drives in the 3Q only produced 3 points and they needed a safety on the final play of the game to get the cover after the line had moved from +5' to +3 at the end of the week. It was South Carolina's first game without QB Stephen Garcia and first road start for Connor Shaw who hit 20-28-155 yards. Tyler Russell started for Miss St and hit 11-29-165. At the half SC was int'd in the EZ with 4:06 left and int'd at the 1 from the MSU41 with :12 left. In the 3Q, MSU went 52/9pl and missed a 40 yd FG. They went 44/7p land missed a 53 yd FG then went 70/11pl and settled for a 22 yd FG with 3 long drives only producing 3 pts, they only led 10-7 and SC went 79/12pl for a 4 yd TD pass with 3:50 left. MSU got to the SC32 but was int'd at the 12 and on 4&13 SC ran out the clock taking a safety on the final play and to win by 2.The win was costly for SC as they lost LY's SEC Frosh of the Year, Marcus Lattimore, for the season (knee).

  
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