College Football in a Nutshell

'Bama and Texas Tech Win;Penn State Loses First Game

Final Score: (1) Alabama 27, (15) LSU 21 John Parker Wilson ran for two touchdowns, including the winning score in overtime, as top-ranked Alabama beat 15th- ranked LSU to stay undefeated and clinch a spot in the SEC championship game against Florida. Alabama had a last-second field goal blocked in regulation, and had to watch as LSU took the ball first in the extra session. Wilson threw for 215 yards on 15-of-31 passing for Alabama (10-0, 6-0 SEC), which won the SEC West division, and will face the East division-winner Gators in the Georgia Dome on December 6. Jones caught seven passes for 128 yards, while Coffee ran for 126 yards and one TD on 26 carries for the Crimson Tide, who won in coach Nick Saban's return to Tiger Stadium. Saban had a five-season run as LSU's coach, in which the Tigers went 48-16 and won the national title in 2003. They also won two SEC championships under Saban's guidance. Johnson had three interceptions and half a sack to lead Alabama's defense. Lee had a rough day under center for LSU (6-3, 3-3), throwing four total interceptions and completing 13-of-34 passes. He threw for 181 yards and one TD in the loss. Charles Scott ran for 92 yards and two scores on 24 touches for the Tigers, while Demetrius Byrd caught four balls for 51 yards and a score.

Final Score: (2) Texas Tech 56, (8) Oklahoma State 20

Lubbock, TX (Sports Network) - One week after toppling the No.1 team, Graham Harrell and the Texas Tech Red Raiders completed a dominating win against eighth-ranked Oklahoma State. Harrell completed 40-of-50 passes for 456 yards with six touchdowns, as the No.2 Red Raiders powered past the Cowboys, 56-20. After losing a fumble on their first series, Harrell led the Red Raiders to a a touchdown on their next seven possessions. The Red Raiders (10-0, 6-0 Big 12) won their school-record 12th straight game. Last week, Harrell connected with Michael Crabtree on a 28-yard touchdown pass with one second remaining, giving the Red Raiders a 39-33 win over No.1 Texas. Crabtree had three TD grabs against the Cowboys, racking up 89 receiving yards. The Red Raiders had 629 yards of offense. The Red Raiders, off to their best start in school history, are atop the Big 12 South Division. In two weeks, they'll have another tough task, taking on another top-10 team in Oklahoma, on the road. The Sooners are a game behind the Red Raiders in the division. Kendall Hunter ran for 112 yards and a pair of scores for the Cowboys (8-2, 4-2), who lost to Texas two weeks ago before routing Iowa State.

Final Score: Iowa 24, (3) Penn State 23

Iowa City, IA (Sports Network) - Daniel Murray hit a 31-yard field goal with one second left, and the Iowa Hawkeyes toppled third-ranked Penn State, 24-23, to end the Nittany Lions' dream season and likely national title hopes. The victory marks the first time that Iowa has beaten a top-10 team since 1990, when they defeated fifth-ranked Illinois. Down 23-21, Tyler Sash intercepted a Daryll Clark pass late in the fourth, giving Iowa the ball back at their own 29 with 3:46 to play. Ricky Stanzi was sacked for five yards, and an incompletion forced a 3rd-and-15. A pass interference call gave the team a first down at the 39, and Shonn Greene ran up to the 44 on the next play. Iowa got a first down at midfield, but two straight incompletions forced a third down, and Brandon Myers grabbed a 10-yard pass for another first down at the 40. Another 11-yard completion to Derrell Johnson-Koulianos put the Hawkeyes at the 29. Johnson-Koulianos caught another crucial 10-yard pass on third down to put the ball at Penn State's 15. With one second left, Murray blasted a 31-yard field goal right down the middle, sealing the victory. Stanzi went 15-of-25 for 171 yards, a touchdown and an interception for the Hawkeyes (6-4, 3-3 Big Ten), who have won three of four. Greene ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries, and Johnson-Koulianos hauled in seven passes for 89 yards and a score in the win. Clark struggled to fight the high winds and the cold air, completing just 9-of-23 passes for 86 yards for Penn State (9-1, 5-1), which was seeking to win 10 games to open up a season for the first time since 1994. Derrick Williams ran for 53 yards and a score while adding 43 yards receiving.

Final Score: (4) Florida 42, Vanderbilt 14

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Tim Tebow threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more as No. 4 Florida ripped Vanderbilt 42-14 to clinch a spot in the SEC championship game with Alabama, and keep its national title hopes alive. The top-ranked and unbeaten Crimson Tide edged LSU, 27-21, in overtime on Saturday to clinch the SEC West division. Florida (8-1, 6-1 SEC) ran off with its fifth straight blowout win to take the East division, and with No. 3 Penn State's 24-23 loss to Iowa on Saturday, the Gators can now see a clear path to the BCS title game. Tebow completed 12-of-17 passes for 171 yards, and rushed for a season-high 88 yards on 11 carries for Florida, which has games left against South Carolina, Citadel, and No. 24 Florida State before a date with Alabama on December 6 in the Georgia Dome. Win out, and the Gators will likely find themselves in the BCS title game for the second time in three years. Chris Nickson completed 7-of-14 passes for 67 yards and two touchdowns after coming on in relief for Vanderbilt (5-4, 3-3), which has dropped four straight after a 5-0 start. Starting quarterback Mackenzi Adams completed 5-of-8 passes for 47 yards and an interception for the Commodores, who have lost 18 straight to the Gators.

Final Score: (5) Texas 45, Baylor 21

Austin, TX (Sports Network) - Colt McCoy threw five touchdown passes, as fifth-ranked Texas bounced back from last week's loss with a 45-21 blowout of Baylor at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. McCoy went 26-for-37 with 300 yards and two interceptions, while Quan Cosby caught eight passes for 111 yards and two scores for the Longhorns (9-1, 5-1 Big 12), who lost to Texas Tech last week to lose the No. 1 ranking. Robert Griffin went 6-for-19 with 71 yards, a touchdown and an interception and added 101 yards on the ground on 13 carries with a score for the Bears (3-7, 1-5), who have dropped their past four games.

Final Score: (6) Oklahoma 66, Texas A&M 28

College Station, TX (Sports Network) - Sam Bradford made his case for a Heisman Trophy bid as he threw for 320 yards and four touchdowns, while also running for 23 yards and a score, leading the sixth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners in a thrashing of the Texas A&M Aggies, 66-28, in Big 12 action. Bradford finished 22-of-33 for the Sooners (9-1, 5-1 Big 12), who have won four straight games since their lone setback to Texas. Chris Brown ended with 117 yards and three scores on 13 carries, while DeMarco Murray had 123 yards on seven carries and also caught seven passes for 63 yards with a TD. Ryan Broyles had 91 yards on five catches with a score, and Juaquin Iglesias also had a TD grab among a four-catch, 70-yard performance. Jerrod Johnson was 11-of-31 passing for 162 yards with a TD through the air and on the ground and was picked twice for the Aggies (4-6, 2-4), who saw their two-game win streak halted and have now lost four of their last six games. Jorvorskie Lane scored a rushing TD and Jamie McCoy had five catches for 31 yards with a TD in defeat.

Final Score: (7) Southern California 17, (21) California 3

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Mark Sanchez threw two touchdown passes and the USC defense held California to just 165 yards of total offense, as the seventh-ranked Trojans survived the Bears with a 17-3 triumph in a crucial Pac-10 showdown. Sanchez threw for 238 yards on 18-of-29 attempts, while Patrick Turner and Ronald Johnson each caught a TD for USC (8-1, 6-1 Pac-10), which moved closer to capturing an unprecedented seventh consecutive Pac-10 title with the victory. Since losing to Oregon State in late September, the Trojans have reeled off six straight wins, outscoring their opponents 231-23 during that stretch. USC is now 25-0 in the month of November under head coach Pete Carroll. Giorgio Tavecchio gave the Bears their only offense with a second-quarter field goal while both Nate Longshore and Kevin Riley struggled in moving the ball from under center. Longshore was 11-of-15 for 79 yards before being replaced in the second half by Riley, who completed only four passes on 16 attempts for 59 yards with an interception for the Bears (6-3, 4-2).

Final Score: (9) Boise State 49, Utah State 14

Boise, ID (Sports Network) - Four different players threw touchdown passes as ninth-ranked Boise State dominated Utah State, 49-14, at Bronco Stadium. Kellen Moore went 27-for-36 with 362 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, while Tanyon Bissell, Vinny Perretta and Mike Coughlin each threw a score for the Broncos (9-0, 5-0 WAC), who have won their past three games by a combined score of 131-30. Perretta also caught a touchdown, while Jeremy Childs and Austin Pettis each caught two scores. Boise State is the nation's winningest team since 2006 with 32 victories and have reeled off 48 straight home wins. Also, the team has defeated 37 consecutive WAC opponents on their own field. Sean Setzer went 19-for-33 with 226 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, and Doug Barbour and Robert Turbin each had a receiving touchdown for the Aggies (2-8, 2-4), who have dropped five of their last six games.

Final Score: (12) Ohio State 45, Northwestern 10

Evanston, IL (Sports Network) - Chris Wells ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns, and Terrelle Pryor threw for three scores and 197 yards as the 12th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes defeated Northwestern, 45-10, at Ryan Field. Brian Robiskie caught a pair of touchdowns for the Buckeyes (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten), who bounced back from a loss to Penn State on October 25. Mike Kafka went 18-for-27 with 177 yards and an interception and added 83 yards on the ground with a score for the Wildcats (7-3, 3-3), who have dropped two of their last three.

Final Score: (13) Missouri 41, Kansas State 24

Columbia, MO (Sports Network) - Jeremy Maclin caught eight passes for 118 yards and a pair of scores, and also rumbled 56 yards for another touchdown, as 13th-ranked Missouri rolled to its third straight victory, 41-24, over Kansas State. Chase Daniel completed 24-of-36 passes for 271 yards and a pair of scores against two interceptions for Missouri (8-2, 4-2 Big 12), which plays at Iowa State next Saturday before taking on Kansas in the final regular season game on November 29. The Tigers are a game ahead of the Jayhawks for the lead in the Big 12 North Division. Josh Freeman connected on 18-of-36 passes for 121 yards for the Wildcats (4-6, 1-5), who have lost four in a row. Brandon Banks scored on a 93-yard run and caught a touchdown pass in defeat.

Final Score: (14) Georgia 42, Kentucky 38

Lexington, KY (Sports Network) - A.J. Green scored the game-winning touchdown with 1:54 to play to cap a wild second half, as the 14th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs held on to down the Kentucky Wildcats, 42-38, in a shootout at Commonwealth Stadium. Matthew Stafford went 17-for-27 with 376 yards and three touchdowns, while Knowshon Moreno added 123 yards on the ground with three scores for the Bulldogs (8-2, 5-2 SEC), who bounced back from last week's 49-10 thrashing at the hands of Florida. Mohamed Massaquoi had eight catches for 191 yards and a score. Randall Cobb ran for three scores on 18 carries for 82 yards and went 12-for-20 for 105 yards and an interception, while Tony Dixon added two rushing touchdowns for the Wildcats (6-4, 2-4), who have lost four of their last six games.

Final Score: (17) BYU 41, San Diego State 12

Provo, UT (Sports Network) - Max Hall threw for 317 yards and three touchdowns, leading the 17th-ranked BYU Cougars to a 41-12 thrashing of the San Diego State Aztecs at Cougar Stadium. Hall completed 25-of-30 passes, and Austin Collie had nine receptions for 127 yards and two scores for the Cougars (9-1, 5-1 Mountain West), who have won three straight games since their lone setback at TCU. Michael Reed caught five passes for 95 yards, and Harvey Unga added 37 yards on the ground in the victory. Ryan Lindley threw for 160 yards on 21-of-36 passing, with a touchdown and an interception for the Aztecs (1-9, 0-6), who are now mired in a six-game losing streak. Tyler Campbell led the team in rushing yards with 41 on four carries. Darren Mougey had the lone touchdown in the loss.

Final Score: (18) Michigan State 21, Purdue 7

East Lansing, MI (Sports Network) - Javon Ringer ran for 121 yards and a pair of scores to lead 18th-ranked Michigan State to a 21-7 victory over Purdue at Spartan Stadium. Ringer carried the ball 32 times and kept the Boilermakers on their toes for most of the game, as the Spartans (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) posted their third straight win. Michigan State, which is bowl bound once again, got a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown from defensive back Johnny Adams. Brian Hoyer passed for 154 yards with two interceptions for Michigan State. The Spartans will have a week off before a showdown with the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on November 22. Justin Siller passed for 83 yards with a costly interception and also ran for a score for the Boilermakers (3-7, 1-5), who have all but dismantled their hopes for a bowl bid. Kory Sheets ran for 93 yards on 22 touches in defeat, as Purdue suffered its sixth loss in seven games.

Final Score: (19) North Carolina 28, (22) Georgia Tech 7

Chapel Hill, NC (Sports Network) - Ryan Houston ran for 74 yards and two touchdowns, as the 19th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels won a defensive struggle, 28-7, over the 22nd-ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The victory pulls North Carolina (7-2, 3-2 ACC), into a virtual five-way tie for the ACC Coastal division lead. Georgia Tech (7-3, 4-3) sits percentage points below the Tar Heels, while Virginia Tech, Miami-Florida and Virginia all have 3-2 conference records. Cameron Sexton completed only 7-of-16 passes for 100 yards and two scores for North Carolina, which was coming off a victory against Boston College. Zack Pianalto registered a receiving touchdown, and Shaun Draughn ran for 90 yards on 17 carries in the victory. Hakeem Nicks added 72 yards and a touchdown on three catches, setting the record for most career receiving yardage in UNC football history, with 2,472 yards. He surpassed the record of 2,447, which was held by Corey Holliday, who played with the Tar Heels from 1989-1993. Josh Nesbitt ran for 62 yards on 15 carries, while throwing for 97 yards on 10-of-22 passing for the Yellow Jackets, who had won five of their previous six games. Jonathan Dwyer led the team's triple option attack with 157 yards and a score on 22 carries.

Final Score: Cincinnati 26, (20) West Virginia 23 (OT)

Morgantown, WV (Sports Network) - Cincinnati blew a 13-point lead in the final two minutes of regulation but rebounded to upend No. 20 West Virginia, 26-23, in overtime. Tony Pike completed 16-of-30 passes for 178 yards and the game-winning touchdown -- a one-yard pass to Kazeem Alli in the extra session. Pike also ran for a score for Cincinnati (7-2, 3-1 Big East), which pulled into a tie with West Virginia and Pittsburgh for first in the conference with the win. Cincinnati travels to Louisville next Friday before hosting Pitt on November 22. Jacob Ramsey rushed for 83 yards on 18 carries, and Dominick Goodman had six catches for 81 yards for the Bearcats, who may have bounced West Virginia from the top-25 the week after ousting then-No. 24 South Florida from the rankings. Pat White completed 20-of-38 passes for 219 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for the Mountaineers (6-3, 3-1), who had won five straight to take the top spot in the Big East. White rushed for 41 yards on 20 carries, and Noel Devine added 58 yards on 19 attempts for the Mountaineers, who scored 13 points in the last 1:11 only to fall in overtime.

Final Score: (24) Florida State 41, Clemson 27

Tallahassee, FL (Sports Network) - Antone Smith rushed for 57 yards and a pair of touchdowns as 24th-ranked Florida State overcame an early deficit to top Clemson, 41-27, at Doak Campbell Stadium. Christian Ponder completed 16- of-27 passes for 153 yards, one score and an interception for the Seminoles (7-2, 4-2 ACC), winners in five of six. Ponder also rushed for a TD, while Corey Surrency had a pair of receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown as Florida State won on head coach Bobby Bowden's 79th birthday. Cullen Harper passed for 240 yards and a two touchdowns on 19-of-33 completions for the Tigers (4-5, 2-4), who have dropped four of five. C.J. Spiller gained 66 yards and a score on 13 carries, while adding three receptions for 55 yards and another touchdown.

Final Score: (25) Pittsburgh 41, Louisville 7

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Bill Stull threw for 216 yards and a touchdown, leading the 25th-ranked Pittsburgh Panthers to a 41-7 victory over the Louisville Cardinals. The win marked Pittsburgh's (7-2, 3-1 Big East) first victory over Louisville since 1983, as the Cardinals had won the previous seven games in the series. Stull completed 15-of-27 passes, as he threw to nine different receivers on the day. Jonathan Baldwin led the balanced passing attack with 80 yards on two catches. LeSean McCoy struggled for most of the game, managing 39 yards on 17 carries with a score. Hunter Cantwell passed for 164 yards and a score on 15-of-28 passing, with an interception, after briefly being replaced by Matt Simms late in the second quarter for the Cardinals (5-4, 1-3), who have lost two in a row after a three-game win streak. Victor Anderson ran for 73 yards on 17 carries, and Doug Beaumont garnered 65 yards through the air on five catches.

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