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NCAA Top 25 Recaps: Week 4

Week 4 may not have given us a flair for the dramatic, but it sure did give us some separation between the contenders and the pretenders. Let’s take a look at the key games for this past week in college football.

#1 Alabama 31 Colorado St 6

This was supposed to be an outright win in all phases of the game. In these types of games a Nick Saban coached team should dominate and the Tide did not. Granted, they were never tested, but the lost the battle of time of possession, could not run the ball and needed a 14-point fourth quarter to put the Rams away. They were held to no third-down conversions for the first three quarters. That is not the type of football this team plays on a regular basis.

In the end, when it counted the most, the Tide pulled this one out. Next week they play host to Mississippi and the head coach will expect much more from his team.

#3 Clemson 26 North Carolina St 14

At some point during the regular season, Clemson finds a way to put a scare into their fan base. On Saturday, they were up 13-7 at the half and it looked like one of those days.  The offense was not getting anything done and they missed a couple of scoring chances. It was very clear that they would need a much better second half to avoid a huge letdown.

In the second half, QB Taj Boyd threw two touchdown passes and led the Tigers to a win they may not have gotten in the past. Boyd would finish 24-37 for 244 yards and three touchdowns. The defense would do its part, holding the Wolfpack to just 3-16 on third down conversions. The only glitch of the game appeared to be a Wolpack touchdown that was called back. Upon further review, it looked like a bad call by the refs.

#5 Stanford 42 Arizona State 28

This was another one of those games that looked like a blowout and turned into near survival. A game that should have left this team on a high, turned out leaving them with questions. The Cardinal got off to a fast start with QB Kevin Hogan throwing for two scores and the running game added two more. Just like that it was 29-0 and the rout was on.

This was your typical somebody forgot to tell Arizona St. as their QB Taylor Kelly would throw for three fourth quarter touchdown passes to make 39-28 with 6:18 to go. It turned out to be too little, too late and Stanford got away with the win. It was an important win for Stanford as they try to make their case for the national title.

#6 LSU 35 Auburn 21

Yet another game that looked to be a blowout, turned into a game in the end. LSU went up 21-0 on the strength of two Jeremy Hill and one J.C. Copeland touchdown runs. Hill would have a huge day with 25 carries for 183 yards and three scores. The last was probably the back breaker as it came after Auburn cut it to 21-7.

QB Zach Mettenberger would finish an efficient 14-22 for 229 yards and one touchdown. More important, you could see him continue to improve. At one point in his career, it looked like he may sit for good. Now, Mettenberger has learned to manage the offense and make plays too.

Other scores:

#2 Oregon- idle

#4 Ohio St 76 Florida A&M 0

#7 Louisville 72 FIU 0

#20 Baylor 70-La. Monroe 7

#16 Miami 77 Savannah St. 7






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