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NCAA Week 9 Recap

NCAA Week 9 is in the books and even more epic upsets have been had.  The national title landscape has changed once again as two more undefeated teams have fallen in Missouri and Texas Tech.  Oregon and Ohio State rose to the occasion against good competition, while Stanford and Miami struggled for their wins.

#3 Oregon 42 #12 UCLA 14

This was a game of two halves.  At halftime, this was looking to be an epic finish with the game locked up at 14 and UCLA playing great.  Fast forward a bit and the game was long out of reach.  Oregon completely shut down UCLA’s offense en route to the big ranked victory.  Oregon ended up outgaining UCLA 555 to 283.  Heisman hopeful Marcus Mariota went 21-28 for 230 yards and a score while Byron Marshall ran 19 times for 133 yards and 3 scores.  On the Bruin side, Brett Hundley went 13-19 for only 64 yards with a score and 2 picks while Paul Perkins ran 22 times for 93 yards.  Hundley also ran 15 times for 72 yards and a score.  This win helps Oregon keep very much in the title hunt and only dropped UCLA a handful of spots in the polls.

#4 Ohio State 63 Penn State 14

It took half a season, but Ohio State finally gave the poll voters something positive to think about after dismantling Penn State.  This was the 3rd most lopsided loss in Penn State’s entire history.  Braxton Miller threw for 252 yards and 3 touchdowns while running for 68 yards and 2 more scores.  Carlos Hyde and Jordan Hall rushed for 147 and 81 yards, respectively, with Hyde adding in a pair of touchdowns.  Backup QB Kenny Guiton also got in on the fun by running for 23 yards and a couple more touchdowns.  Surprisingly, Ohio State did punt the ball 3 times.  The Buckeyes are going to need help if they want to find their way into the championship picture.

#21 South Carolina 27 #5 Missouri 24 (2OT)

A beat up Conner Shaw is better than no Conner Shaw, apparently.  Shaw replaced Dylan Thompson in the 4th quarter and sparked a big comeback that ultimately led to the upset in the Battle of Columbia(both schools are in the city of Columbia).  The magical run for Missouri ended with a missed field goal.  However, this loss cannot be placed on the kicker.  The Tigers were up 17-0 in the 4th quarter before choking the game away and gave up a 4th down touchdown pass in overtime to keep the Gamecocks alive.  The win helped boost South Carolina big time in the polls.

#6 Stanford 20 #25 Oregon State 12

Oregon State came into this game on a roll behind the are of Sean Mannion.  While he went 41-57 for 271 yards and a score, Stanford held on for the low score win.  Uncharacteristic of a PAC-12 game, there was a lot of defense in this game.  Kevin Hogan was 8-18 for 88 yards for Stanford, but Tyler Gaffney went 22 carries for 145 yards and 2 scores.  The Beaver running game wasn’t utilized much.  While this loss knocks Oregon State out of the top 25, this is still a dangerous team.  Stanford has the big one with Oregon on Thursday the 7th.

#7 Miami 24 Wake Forest 21 

Miami needed another late comeback to beat an inferior opponent.  At one point in the 2nd quarter, Wake Forest had a double digit lead on the Hurricanes, but Duke Johnson scored with 53 seconds left to pull ahead by three.  Johnson paced the Canes by running 30 times for 168 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Wake’s running game wasn’t very good, but Tanner Price went 25-45 for 302 yards with 2 touchdowns and an interception.  Miami is definitely going to have their hands full with Florida State next week.

#15 Oklahoma 38 #10 Texas Tech 30 

Another unbeaten has fallen as Oklahoma outlasted Texas Tech in your typical Big 12 shootout.  Blake Bell was 14-22 for 249 yards and 2 touchdowns while Damien Williams ran 19 times for 97 yards and 2 touchdowns as well to lead the Sooners.  Davis Webb threw for 385 yards on 33-53 with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.  The BCS computers viewed Texas Tech as overrated due to their weak strength of schedule, so this loss isn’t as surprising as it looks.  Texas Tech dropped a bit in the polls, but is still ranked.  Depending on who you ask, Oklahoma’s win is huge.  The AP wasn’t impressed, but the coaches sure were.

Duke 13 #14 Virginia Tech 10 

In a baffling statistical game, Duke was able to take advantage of 4 Logan Thomas interceptions to edge Virginia Tech.  Thomas went 21-38 for 214 yard along with 24 rushes for 101 yards and a score to go along with those picks.  The Blue Devils were 0-11 on third down and were outgained offensively 387 to 198.  Duke quarterback Anthony Boone went 7-25 for 107 yards with 4 interceptions himself, but Hokie kicker Cody Journell missed two field goal attempts.  With this win, Duke is bowl eligible again while Virginia Tech is rightfully no longer ranked in the top 25.

#17 Fresno State 35 San Diego State 28 (OT)

Fresno State survived a scare to keep their perfect record and their BCS dreams alive with a thrilling overtime win.  It looked like Fresno State had the game locked up in the 4th quarter, but the Aztecs stormed back with a pair of touchdowns to tie the game.  San Diego State outgained Fresno State in offense 507-341, but 2 turnovers compared to none by the Bulldogs was the big difference.  The Bulldogs scored in the extra period, but the Aztecs failed to respond.  Derek Carr led Fresno State by going 35-57 for 298 yards and 2 touchdowns while Quinn Kaehler went 21-39 for 337 yards and an interception for San Diego State.  Fresno State’s running game was pretty ineffective, but SDSU had Adam Muema run 27 times for 111 yards and 2 scores.

Minnesota 34 #24 Nebraska 23

Tommie Frazier is right: Nebraska’s issues go beyond the quarterback.  The defense gave up 430 yards of offense to the Golden Gophers, led by David Cobb, who ran 31 times for 138 yards.  He didn’t score, but quarterback Philip Nelson did so twice on the ground and once in the air.  Ameer Abdullah had a great day for the Cornhuskers by running 19 times for 165 yards, but it was not enough.  With this win, Minnesota is bowl eligible and Nebraska is out of the top 25.

Southern Methodist 59 Temple 49 

In a game where defense was nowhere to be seen, SMU scored more points in the 2nd half than most teams did all game.  Temple stormed out to a 28-14 halftime lead, but SMU outscored the Owls 45-21 in the second half to seal up the win.  The Mustangs outgained the Owls 728-593 with QB Garrett Gilbert leading the way for SMU by going 37-53 for 538 yards and 4 touchdowns.  He also ran 8 times for a team leading 98 yards and 2 more touchdowns.  His counterpart, PJ Walker, also led in passing and rushing.  He went 26-37 for 293 yards and 4 touchdowns while running 14 times for 92 yards and another score.  Each team had a 200 yard receiver.  SMU had Keenan Holman with 10 catches for 209 yards and 3 scores while Temple had Robbie Anderson, who had 9 catches for 239 yards and 2 scores.

Middle Tennessee State 51 Marshall 49

To the untrained eye, this weekday matchup would be overlooked.  However, this game had the best finish of the week as MTSU scored on the last play of the game to steal a win from Conference USA East contender Marshall.  This game was offense city as MTSU outgained the Thundering Herd 585 to 448.  Logan Kilgore led the Blue Raiders by going 22-40 for 277 yards with 4 touchdowns and an interception while Marshall was led by Rakeem Cato, who went 19-35 for 235 yards with 3 touchdowns and an interception.  MTSU had a very strong running attack as Jordan Parker went 21 for 127 yards and a score along with Reggie Wheatley went 16 for 104 yards.  Essray Taliaferro went 24 for 134 yards and 2 scores for Marshall.  This tightens up the CUSA East race, but Marshall is still in control of their destiny.

Special Notes – A special shout out is needed for Division III school Western Connecticut’s Octavias McCoy.  He ran for a NCAA record 455 rushing yards against Worcester State.  While each level has their record, this is now the overall record.  Tulane, Duke, and Buffalo all became bowl eligible yesterday with their respective wins.  Tulane has had 10 consecutive losing seasons, so an extra congrats to the Green Wave.  After starting 4-0, Northwestern has dropped 4 straight.  Perhaps having Gameday at their school was a bad thing.  Our generation’s Rudy made it on the field as 4ft 9inch walk-on RB Jayson Carter made it on the field for Rice and even had a carry in their blowout win against UTEP.  Carter gained 1 yard on his attempt.  Western Michigan and New Mexico State were able to notch their first wins of the season yesterday.  NMSU’s just happened to be a close one against a team in the process of going from Division II to FCS.  UConn, Miami U, Hawaii, Georgia State, and Southern Miss are all still winless.  For Southern Miss, this is their first back-to-back losing seasons since 1933-34 and their latest loss increased their losing streak to 19 games.

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