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NCAA Week 10 Recap

In Week 10 of NCAA football, Florida State answered Oregon’s big win with one of their own.  A couple of top 25 squads fell as Texas Tech and Michigan were beaten by other top 25 teams and Notre Dame escaped with a win.  All this and more coming up!

#3 Florida State 41 #7 Miami 14 – Florida State has matched Oregon on a signature win this week with a blowout win against Miami.  While it is very possible that Florida State does not jump to #2, they are at least keeping themselves very much in the argument.  Jameis Winston continues to impress with another outstanding game.  He went 21-29 for 325 yards with a touchdown and 2 interceptions.  Miami was manhandled 517-275 in offense, but the Hurricanes are a good team.  Duke Johnson ran 23 times for 97 yards before being lost with a broken ankle.  While Miami was overranked to be in the top 10, it was hard to ignore their perfect record.  Miami should fall back to where they should be around #15.

#18 Oklahoma State 52 #15 Texas Tech 34 – Texas Tech was exposed in an offensive shootout as the Cowboys showed us all who the contender is.  QB Clint Chelf was 18-34 for 211 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions along with 6 carries for 88 yards and 2 more scores.  This includes a big 67 yard run.  Davis Webb was throwing a lot for the gunslinging Red Raiders, going 45-71 for 425 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.  Combined, the two teams accumulated over 1000 yards of offense.  Both of these teams still have to play Baylor, so the Big XII title is still very much up for grabs.

#16 Fresno State 41 Nevada 23 – After a tough 3 quarters, Fresno State was able to pull away from Nevada to keep their perfect record entact.  Based on the current BCS standings, the Bulldogs would be a BCS buster, but Nothern Illinois is hot on their heels.  Derek Carr continues to throw the ball a lot by going 39-55 for 487 yards and 3 touchdowns with another one on the ground.  Fresno soundly outgained Nevada 647-424 as Cody Fajardo could not keep up with Carr. Fajardo went 17-24 for 206 yards with 2 touchdowns and an interception.  Fajardo also added 98 yards on 17 carries.

#17 Northern Illinois 63 Massachusetts 19 – Northern Illinois did what they were supposed to do to keep their BCS buster hopes alive by destroying an overmatched UMass squad.  Jordan Lynch was in complete beast mode as he threw for 160 yards on 10-13 passing with a touchdown and rushed 17 times for 119 yards and 4 touchdowns.  NIU totaled 612 yards of offense, but could not stop UMass’ Lorenzo Woodley from running for 163 yards and a score on 38 carries.  Sole possession of first in the MAC West is on the line next week as NIU plays Ball State with Toledo waiting.

#22 Michigan State 29 #21 Michgan 6 – In the battle of Michigan, it was the offensive deficient Spartans who put all the points up.  The Spartans’ stifling defense held the Wolverines to only 168 yards of offense with Michigan QB Devin Gardner getting sacked 7 times.  Michigan State’s Conner Cook threw for 252 yards on 18-33 passing with a touchdown and an interception.  Devin Gardner was all the offense for Michigan as he went 14-27 for 210 yards and an interception. Michigan dropped out of the top 25 while the Spartans climb into the top 20.

#25 Notre Dame 38 Navy 34– In a completely see-saw game where the two teams kept exchanging scoring drives, Notre Dame had the last laugh.  The Irish scored the go-ahead touchdown with 4:25 to go and while Navy drove down most of the field, they could not finish the job.  Typically run heavy Navy was just that as they ran the ball 70 times.  Perhaps they should have thrown more as Keenan Reynolds went 6-9 for 88 yards, including a big 34 yard touchdown pass in the 4th quarter.  Reynolds did score 3 times on the ground with 22 carries for 53 yards.  Tommy Rees went 12-20 for 242 yards with 2 scores and 2 interceptions for the Irish.  Tarean Folston went 18 for 140 and a score on the ground.  Notre Dame continues to quietly climb up the polls as they improve to 7-2

Georgia 23 Florida 20 – In one of the most meaningless Outdoor Cocktail Party games, this one turned out to be rather close.  After opening up a 23-3, the route was on, right?  Wrong.  Florida scored all 17 points in the 2nd half to close it to within a field goal early in the 4th quarter, but could not generate any more.  Aaron Murray and Todd Gurley led the way for Georgia.  Murray threw for 258 yards and a score on 16-25 passing.  Gurley rushed 17 times for 100 yards and a score while also adding 3 catches for 87 yards and another score.  Florida was led by Tyler Murphy, who went 13-29 for 174 yards.  He also had 10 carries for 28 yards and a score.  This rivalry game has always generated some awesome games and this one was no exception.

Nebraska 27 Northwestern 24 – What a way to end this one.  Nebraska became bowl eligible by completing a 49 yard hail mary pass from Ron Kellogg III to Jordan Westerkamp as time expired.  Northwestern continues their freefall as they dropped their 5th game in a row after starting 4-0.  The Wildcats opened up to a 21-7 lead in the 2nd quarter before the lead was chipped away into nothing.  Nebraska lost the turnover battle 4 to 1, so it took a prayer to win it.

Florida Atlantic 34 Tulane 17 – If you don’t know why this game is on here, you have not been watching the news.  After the emotional beating FAU has had, they needed a win.  The Owls decided to change their uniform combination and replaced the last names on their jerseys with “FAU” as a sign of solidarity.  After falling behind 17-7 to the current Conference USA West leader, FAU ripped off 27 unanswered points, all in the second half, to secure the emotional win.  FAU outgained Tulane 331 to 167 and won the turnover battle 4 to 2.  Jaquez Johnson did it all for FAU, going 10-21 for 107 yards and an interception, as well as 20 carries for 114 yards and 2 scores.

Special Notes – Southern Miss loses another one, increasing their losing streak to 20 games after a 61-13 beat down at Marshall.  You know it’s bad when a Conference USA team is up 28-0 in the 1st quarter.  It looks like Missouri’s QB James Franklin will be back very soon.  A sad note as Missouri Southern State’s assistant coach Derek Moore was shot and killed leaving a movie theatre in Joplin, Missouri.  The school ended up cancelling the homecoming festivities.  He was 37 years old.  Florida Atlantic has been all over the news in light of Carl Pellini’s resignation.  Pellini was outed for using illegal drugs, including marijuana and cocaine.  He and defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis resigned.  There is more to the story, but it has been very slow to be released due to the ongoing police investigation.

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