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Top-25 College Football Game Capsules: Oct 20

The Sports Network

10/20/2012 9:22:01 PM

Knoxville, TN (Sports Network) - AJ McCarron completed 17-of-22 passes for a career-best 306 yards along with four touchdowns, as top-ranked Alabama blew out Tennessee, 44-13, at Neyland Stadium. T.J. Yeldon rushed for 129 yards and a pair of scores for the Crimson Tide (7-0, 4-0 SEC), which hosts nationally- ranked Mississippi State next Saturday night. The Bulldogs are also 7-0 following a blowout win over Middle Tennessee. Amari Cooper caught seven passes for 162 yards and two TDs. A.J. Johnson ran for a touchdown, and Tyler Bray completed 13-of-27 passes for 184 yards and was picked off twice for the Volunteers (3-4, 0-4), who lost their third straight game.

Final Score: (3) Florida 44, (9) South Carolina 11

Gainesville, FL (Sports Network) - Jeff Driskel registered four touchdowns on limited throws, and the third-ranked Florida Gators thumped the No. 9 South Carolina Gamecocks, 44-11, in a key SEC clash. The Gators (7-0, 6-0 SEC) were an opportunistic bunch in the first half. Following the break, they were downright demonstrative. And their performance on Saturday has them in the driver's seat for the Eastern Division title. Driskel finished with just 93 yards on 11-of-16 passing for Florida, which led 21-6 at halftime despite accruing only 29 yards of total offense. The difference-maker was the Gators recovering a trio of fumbles, each resulting in a touchdown. The game's first play from scrimmage proved to be a harbinger of doom for South Carolina (6-2, 4-2), which had won 12 straight within the division and wrapped up a grueling stretch. The Gamecocks played their third straight top-10 opponent. A loss last week at then-No. 9 LSU ended a school-record 10-game winning streak.

Final Score: (4) Kansas State 55, (17) West Virginia 14

Morgantown, WV (Sports Network) - Collin Klein outplayed early Heisman favorite Geno Smith, and No. 4 Kansas State steamrolled 17th-ranked West Virginia, 55-14, in a Big 12 blowout at Milan Puskar Stadium. Klein accounted for seven touchdowns -- four rushing -- while passing for a career-high 323 yards and running for 41 more for Kansas State (7-0, 4-0 Big 12), which is undefeated through seven games for the second consecutive year. Tyler Lockett caught nine passes for 194 yards and two TDs for the Wildcats, winners of four straight road contests against ranked opponents dating back to last season. West Virginia (5-2, 2-2) suffered its second straight humbling defeat after a 5-0 start. The Mountaineers dropped 12 spots from No. 5 in the AP poll due to a 49-14 loss at Texas Tech last week and figure to fall further after getting outgained, 479-243, on their home field Saturday. Smith came in with the highest quarterback rating in the nation, had totaled 26 touchdowns and did not throw an interception over the first six games. But the Wildcats kept the senior signal-caller out of the end zone for three-plus quarters, picked him off twice and held him to 143 yards passing on 21-of-32 attempts.

Final Score: (5) Notre Dame 17, BYU 14

South Bend, IN (Sports Network) - George Atkinson III scored the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter, and the fifth-ranked Fighting Irish escaped with a 17-14 win over upset-minded BYU at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame's stout defense again held an opponent under 300 total yards and pitched a shutout after trailing, 14-7, at halftime. Theo Riddick and Cierre Wood spearheaded a dominating running attack with 143 and 114 yards, respectively, on the ground, as the Irish (7-0) continued their best start since the 2002 season. Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly opted to sit quarterback Everett Golson after the first-year starter suffered a mild concussion against Stanford last week. Tommy Rees, seven days after finishing off an overtime win over the nationally-ranked Cardinal, completed just 7-of-16 passes for 118 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Kelly said after the game that Golson will start next week against 10th-ranked Oklahoma. Riley Nelson threw for 177 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for BYU (4-4), which has dropped its last two games to fall back to .500.

Final Score: (6) LSU 24, (20) Texas A&M 19

College Station, TX (Sports Network) - Jeremy Hill's 47-yard rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter helped the sixth-ranked LSU Tigers hold off the 20th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies, 24-19. Hill carried the ball 18 times for 127 yards for the Tigers (7-1, 3-1 SEC), who have won two in a row since a loss to Florida on Oct. 6. Michael Ford rushed for 78 yards and a score on 11 carries. Zach Mettenberger completed 11-of-29 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown for the victors. Johnny Manziel connected on 29-of-56 passes for 276 yards and three interceptions for the Aggies (5-2, 2-2), who had a five-game winning streak snapped. Ben Malena carried the ball 12 times for 82 yards and a touchdown for Texas A&M, which hosted LSU at Kyle Field for the first time since 1995.

Final Score: (7) Ohio State 29, Purdue 22 (OT)

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Kenny Guiton took over for an injured Braxton Miller and led Ohio State to a tying touchdown and two-point conversion with only three seconds to play in regulation before Carlos Hyde scored in overtime, as the seventh-ranked Buckeyes remained unbeaten with a 29-22 victory over Purdue. Ohio State played the entire fourth quarter without Miller, who was hurt while being dragged down at the end of a 37-yard run in the final minute of the third. He was eventually taken to a local hospital. Guiton could not muster any offense for the Buckeyes until the final minute. A penalty in the end zone gave Purdue a safety and an eight-point lead before an interception allowed the Boilermakers a chance to run out the final 2:40 and exit Ohio Stadium with a victory for the first time since 1988. They left 47 seconds on the clock and the Buckeyes took advantage. Guiton drove Ohio State 61 yards in seven plays, aided by a pass interference penalty in the end zone on a third-down incompletion, and capped the set with a two-yard TD pass to Chris Fields. He then found tight end Jeff Heuerman for the tying two-point conversion. Ohio State took possession first to start the overtime and a 17-yard pass from Guiton to Jake Stoneburner set up Hyde's 1- yard touchdown run. The Boilermakers could not answer, as Caleb TerBush's fourth-down pass into the end zone fell harmlessly incomplete.

Final Score: (10) Oklahoma 52, Kansas 7

Norman, OK (Sports Network) - Landry Jones threw for 291 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday, as the 10th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners destroyed the Kansas Jayhawks, 52-7, at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Jones completed 19-of-28 passes and Kenny Stills added six catches for 90 yards and a score for the Sooners (5-1, 3-1 Big 12), who have won three straight heading into a top-10 clash with undefeated Notre Dame next Saturday in Norman. Justin Brown returned a punt 90 yards for a score and Roy Finch added a 100- yard kickoff return touchdown, marking the first time in school history that the Sooners have had both a kick return and punt return for a touchdown in the same game. Kansas quarterback Michael Cummings couldn't get anything going against the stout OU defense, as he managed just 111 yards on 10-of-21 passing with a pair of interceptions for the Jayhawks (1-6, 0-3), who have lost six straight.

Final Score: (11) Southern California 50, Colorado 6

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Matt Barkley had a near flawless game as he went 19-for-20 for 298 yards and six touchdowns to lead 11th-ranked Southern California in a 50-6 rout of Colorado. Robert Woods caught four of those touchdown passes and finished the game with eight catches for 132 yards, while Marqise Lee, Xavier Grimble and D.J. Morgan had one touchdown catch each for the Trojans (6-1, 4-1 Pac-12), who have won four straight since a loss to Stanford. Jordan Webb was picked off three times and went just 19-of-36 for 214 yards for the Buffaloes (1-6, 1-3), who have dropped their past three games.

Final Score: (13) Georgia 29, Kentucky 24

Lexington, KY (Sports Network) - Aaron Murray set a school record in career touchdowns and amassed a personal-best in passing yards, as the 13th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs escaped Commonwealth Stadium with a 29-24 win over the Kentucky Wildcats. Murray completed 30-of-38 throws for 427 yards and four touchdowns. The junior entered play one touchdown pass shy of Georgia's career record of 72 set by David Greene from 2001-04. Tavarres King had 188 yards and two scores on nine receptions for the Bulldogs (6-1, 4-1 SEC), who had been idle since losing 35-7 at South Carolina two weeks ago. Saturday's win sets up a crucial SEC East showdown next week with first-place Florida. The Gators, who are 6-0 in SEC play, can secure a spot in the conference championship game with a victory. A win by the Bulldogs and they're in the driver's seat for the division crown.

Final Score: (14) Clemson 38, Virginia Tech 17

Clemson, SC (Sports Network) - Tajh Boyd threw for 160 yards and a touchdown and also ran for a pair of scores as No. 14 Clemson rolled past Virginia Tech, 38-17, on Saturday. Andre Ellington carried the ball 19 times for 96 yards and a touchdown and DeAndre Hopkins had three catches for 68 yards and a score for the Tigers (6-1, 3-1 ACC), who have won 11 straight games at Memorial Stadium for the third time in school history. Jonathan Meeks had two interceptions in the win, including one which was returned for a touchdown. Clemson will look to set the school record with 12 consecutive home wins when its hosts Maryland on Nov. 10. Logan Thomas completed 15-of-28 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown, and also ran for 99 yards and a score, but was picked off twice. Corey Fuller had four catches for 96 yards and a touchdown for the Hokies (4-4, 2-2), who haven't beaten Clemson since 2007.

Final Score: (15) Mississippi State 45, Middle Tennessee 3

Starkville, MS (Sports Network) - Tyler Russell threw for three touchdowns as No. 15 Mississippi State hammered Middle Tennessee, 45-3, on Saturday. Russell completed 17-of-21 passes for 191 yards for the Bulldogs (7-0), who have won nine straight games dating back to last season and are 7-0 for the second time in the program's 113-year history. Chris Smith caught seven balls for 66 yards and two scores, while LaDarius Perkins finished with 125 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in the victory. The Bulldogs face another one of the nation's undefeated teams next week in top-ranked Alabama, which is also 7-0 after rolling over Tennessee, 44-13, on Saturday. Logan Kilgore went 16-for-25 through the air for 159 yards with an interception for Middle Tennessee (4-3), which fell to 0-14 all time against teams ranked in the Top 25. Anthony Amos paced all receivers with 93 yards on six receptions in defeat.

Final Score: (16) Louisville 27, South Florida 25

Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - B.J. Daniels' Hail Mary pass on the final play of the game was intercepted, and the No. 16 Louisville Cardinals held off the South Florida Bulls, 27-25, to keep their undefeated season alive. Down 25-21 with just over three minutes to play, Teddy Bridgewater completed 5-of-7 throws on Louisville's final offensive possession, connecting with Eli Rogers for an 11-yard score and the go-ahead touchdown with 1:35 remaining in the game. However, DeDe Lattimore blocked the extra point and Louisville remained on top 27-25. On South Florida's ensuing possession, Daniels could only advance the ball to the Bulls' own 47 before his final throw was intercepted by Adrian Bushell. Daniels threw three touchdowns earlier in the game and completed 21-of-38 passes for 189 yards and an interception for South Florida (2-5, 0-3 Big East), which lost its fifth straight game and remains winless in conference play. Lindsey Lamar ran for 110 yards on 15 carries and Andre Davis caught four passes for 47 yards and two touchdowns in the setback. Bridgewater was very efficient all game, completing 21- of-25 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns. He added 74 yards rushing on 10 carries for the Cardinals (7-0, 2-0), who are off to their best start since 2006. They will put their unblemished mark to the test on Friday when they host Cincinnati. Senorise Perry and Jeremy Wright each scored a touchdown for Louisville, but neither player broke 30 yards rushing on Saturday.

Final Score: (18) Texas Tech 56, TCU 53 (3-OT)

Fort Worth, TX (Sports Network) - Seth Doege's 8-yard touchdown pass to Alex Torres in triple overtime lifted No. 18 Texas Tech past TCU, 56-53, on Saturday. After both teams exchanged touchdowns on each of their first two overtime possessions, the Horned Frogs were limited to a field goal in the third extra session. Doege hooked up with Darrin Moore for a 17-yard pickup on the second play of Texas Tech's third overtime touch before flipping the game-winning score to Torres over the middle two plays later. Doege finished the day with 318 yards and seven touchdowns on 30-of-42 efficiency, while Torres hauled in five passes for 53 yards and two scores for the Red Raiders (6-1, 3-1 Big 12), who have won two straight on the heels of their blowout loss to Oklahoma. Eric Ward caught six balls for 61 yards and three touchdowns and Moore added five receptions for 63 yards and a score in the victory. Playing in his second game in place of Casey Pachall, who entered a rehab facility following his arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, Trevone Boykin was 26-of-44 for 332 yards with four scores and two interceptions for TCU (5-2, 2-2), which has lost two of its last three since winning its first four games. Skye Dawson caught 10 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown in the setback.

Final Score: (19) Rutgers 35, Temple 10

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Rutgers made all of the necessary halftime adjustments once again. Gary Nova threw four second-half touchdown passes in the 19th-ranked Scarlet Knights' 35-10 win over Temple. Nova was 17-of-27 for 232 yards -- 12-of-15 for 176 yards in the second half -- with an interception for Rutgers (7-0, 4-0 Big East), which is 7-0 for the first time since 2006. The Scarlet Knights, who tallied the final 35 points of the contest after trailing 10-0 at halftime, have outscored their opponents 69-3 in the third quarter this season. Jawan Jamison carried the ball 19 times for 114 yards and added 81 yards and a score on five receptions, while Tim Wright caught four balls for 68 yards and a touchdown in the victory. Montel Harris ran for 82 yards on 19 rushes for the Owls (3-3, 2-1), who were looking for their third consecutive win in Big East play for the first time in school history.

Final Score: (22) Stanford 21, California 3

Berkeley, CA (Sports Network) - Stepfan Taylor carried the ball 28 times for 189 yards and a touchdown, as the 22nd-ranked Stanford Cardinal bounced back with a 21-3 victory over the California Golden Bears. Josh Nunes completed 16-of-31 passes for 214 yards, one touchdown and an interception for the Cardinal (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12), who lost last week at Notre Dame, 20-13, in overtime. Kevin Hogan threw a touchdown pass. Zach Ertz caught six passes for 134 yards and a score for the victors. Zach Maynard connected on 19-of-31 passes for 214 yards and an interception for the Golden Bears (3-5, 2-3), who had a two-game winning streak snapped. California had just three yards rushing, compared to 252 for Stanford. Jordan Williamson missed a 40-yard field goal on Stanford's second possession of the game.

Final Score: (23) Michigan 12, Michigan State 10

Ann Arbor, MI (Sports Network) - Brendan Gibbons buried three field goals on Saturday, including a 38-yarder with less than 10 seconds remaining to send No. 23 Michigan to a 12-10 triumph over Michigan State. Denard Robinson threw for 163 yards and an interception on 14-of-29 passing and added 96 yards on the ground for the Wolverines (5-2, 3-0 Big Ten), who became the first program in NCAA history to reach 900 victories with their 12th consecutive win at home. Michigan regained control of the Paul Bunyan Trophy for the first time since 2007 and earned a home victory over the Spartans for the first time since Oct. 7, 2006. Andrew Maxwell finished 21-of-34 passing for 192 yards, one touchdown and one interception, while Le'Veon Bell rushed 26 times for 68 yards in the setback, as Michigan State (4-4, 1-3) saw its four-game winning streak against the Wolverines come to an end.

Final Score: (24) Boise State 32, UNLV 7

Boise, ID (Sports Network) - D.J. Harper rushed for 59 yards and two touchdowns and Jay Ajayi added a rushing score to lead No. 24 Boise State to a 32-7 win over UNLV on Saturday. Joe Southwick was 22-for-30 passing for 243 yards and Chris Potter caught four passes for 52 yards for the Broncos (6-1, 3-0 MWC), who have won six straight games since dropping their first contest of the season to Michigan State. Nick Sherry completed just 14-of-31 passes for 71 yards with two interceptions. Bradley Randle carried the ball 16 times for 64 yards and Tim Cornett picked up 61 yards on 16 carries for the Rebels (1-7, 1-2), who will travel to San Diego State next week.