(#5) Clemson 17, Georgia Tech 31
Georgia Tech’s running game was unstoppable as the Yellow Jackets tallied up 383 total rushing yards and handed the hot Clemson team their first loss of the season. Georgia Tech was able to skunk the Tigers in the 2nd quarter 17-0, which allowed some breathing room for the rest of the game. Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd has brought his team back from large deficits in multiple games this season, but the 24-3 hole was just too much for Boyd. Unfortunately, this probably dashes any hope the Tigers had of competing in the national championship.
(#9) Oklahoma 58, (#8) Kansas State 17 and Baylor 24, (#3) Oklahoma State 59
Oklahoma quickly bounced back from their loss to Texas Tech with a pounding of Kansas State. Landry Jones became the first Oklahoma quarterback to throw for over 500 yards and also became the school record holder for most career passing touchdowns (90). Kansas State’s running game kept them in the game up until half time, when they were only trailing 23-17. However, Collin Klein just couldn’t get anything going in the second half, finishing 8-16 for 58 passing yards as Oklahoma blitzed past the Wildcats in the 2nd half, outscoring them 35-0. Baylor’s final deficit was similar to Kansas State’s except the way in which they lost was completely different. Oklahoma State jumped on the Bears early and did not let up. The scoreboard read 49-3 after the 3rd quarter, and the points scored the rest of the way were just garbage time points. Turnovers are what sealed the deal for Baylor as they committed five compared to the Cowboys’ one. What both of these games show is that Baylor and Kansas State are just not ready to make the leap as an elite Big XII football program while both Oklahoma teams showed they are legitimate contenders and will inevitably provide a great ESPN College GameDay match-up on December 3rd.
(#6) Stanford 56, USC 48 (3OT)
In a game that will probably go down as one of the best games of the year, Andrew Luck carried his team to three successful offensive trips in overtime and kept his team’s National Championship aspirations alive. Watching this game makes it clear why there has been so much discussion about the bottom of the barrel NFL teams fighting for this college prospect. This battle was the epitome of back-and-forth drama, having 7 lead changes and three arduous overtimes. Oddly enough, even though this game had both teams giving it all they had, it ended on an anti-climactic note with a Curtis McNeal fumble in the end zone.
(#15) Wisconsin 29, Ohio State 33
Wisconsin lost a devastating game to Michigan State last week on a last second Hail Mary; unfortunately, this week wasn’t much better. Russell Wilson was consistent the entire game, throwing for 253 yards on 20-32 passing along with three touchdowns. The Badgers even scored 15 straight points in the fourth quarter to take a 29-26 lead, but yet again, another heave by the opposing team towards the end of the game resulted in Wisconsin losing a second game in a row. Interestingly, Ohio State won this game relying almost solely on their running game because if Devin Smith’s last 40 yard pass is taken away, he was 6-11 for only 49 passing yards and no touchdowns for the game.
Case Keenum broke the FBS all-time record for career touchdown passes with 139, as his Houston Cougars continued to win (8-0) in their hammering of the Rice Owls, 73-34. It shouldn’t go unnoticed that he also threw nine touchdowns, which is only two away from the all-time record held by a fellow Houston quarterback
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