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NCAA Week 13 Recap

In Week 13 of NCAA football, we had some major upsets with four top 14 teams falling.  We also had the worst loss in the history of the Florida Gators.

#10 Oklahoma State 49 #4 Baylor 17 – This was not expected.  What was thought to be Baylor’s big chance to prove that they belong in the national title discussion was just the opposite as Baylor fell completely flat.  It was 74 years since Baylor won in Stillwater and we can safely make it 75 years now.  This game got out of hand early and by the end of the 3rd quarter, Okie State was up 35-3.  Clint Chelf led the Cowboys by going 19-25 for 370 yards and 3 touchdowns.  Chelf averaged a ridiculous 14.3 yards per attempt today.  Bryce Petty went 28-49 for 359 yards and 2 touchdowns.  With this win, Oklahoma State is in the driver’s seat to secure the BCS auto-bid from the Big XII.

Arizona 42 #5 Oregon 16 – Another PAC-12 choke job is in the books as Oregon blew a golden opportunity to keep their Rose Bowl hopes alive.  Arizona dominated this game from the opening drive and never looked back as the Ducks played from behind the whole way.  B.J. Denker was all over the place for Arizona.  The Wildcat QB went 19-22 for 178 yards and 2 touchdowns while running 14 times for 102 yards.  Taking notes from how Stanford beat Oregon, the Wildcats used their top RB, Ka’Deem Carey 48 time for 206 yards and 4 touchdowns.  Marcus Mariota led Oregon by going 27-41 for 308 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.  These were the first interceptions Mariota threw all year and the first was thrown on the opening play of the game.  This loss, coupled with Stanford’s win, gives Stanford the PAC-12 North title and the Ducks are stuck hoping for a BCS at-large spot.

#8 Missouri 24 #24 Ole Miss 10 – Missouri is one step away from securing the SEC East title after a quiet win over a tough Ole Miss squad.  Missouri’s offense was very well balanced and no one player had to carry the team.  James Franklin led the Tigers by going 12-19 for 141 yards and an interception with backup Matty Mauck going 3-7 for 83 yards.  Ole Miss was led by Bo Wallace, who went 26-42 for 244 yards with an interception.  All the touchdowns were scored on the ground as Henry Josey ran 15 times for 96 yards and 2 touchdowns and Marcus Murphy ran 16 times for 67 yards and a touchdown for the Tigers while I’Tavius Mathers ran 7 times for 66 yards and a touchdown for the Rebels.  Missouri faces Texas A&M next and needs to win to secure the SEC East.

#22 LSU 34 #12 Texas A&M 10 – LSU took advantage of a brutal home field advantage and suffocating defense as the Tigers surprised many by manhandling Texas A&M 34-10.  LSU outgained Texas A&M 517-299 as the Tiger defense made Aggie QB Johnny Manziel have one of his worst games of his collegiate career.  On the losing side, Manziel went 16-41 for 224 yards with a touchdown and 2 interceptions.  He also ran for a team leading 54 yards and 12 carries.  Zach Mettenberger won the QB duel as he went 11-20 for 193 yards and 2 touchdowns for LSU.  Also, LSU had a triple threat running the ball as Terrence Magee ran 13 times for 149 yards and a score, Jeremy Hill ran 14 times for 76 yards and Alfred Blue ran 13 times for 61 yards.  Both teams are tied record wise in the SEC with the Aggies having to play Missouri next.  The Tigers close out against a weaker Arkansas team.

#13 Michigan State 30 Northwestern 6 – The collapse is complete as Northwestern has officially played themselves out of bowl eligibility by dropping their 7th straight game.  Northwestern opened the season 4-0 and reached 16th in the polls.  After hosting Gameday and have a hard fought loss to Ohio State, it’s been downhill since.  Unlike most of the Wildcat losses, this one was never close as Michigan State locks up the Big Ten Legends division.  Connor Cook went 16-24 for 293 yards and 2 touchdowns for Sparty while Trevor Siemian went 25-43 for 227 yards and 2 interceptions for the Wildcats.  Jeremy Langford also ran 25 times for 150 yards and 2 touchdowns for Michigan State.  Over the last 4 games, the Spartan offense has really hit their stride after a very anemic start.

#17 Arizona State 38 #14 UCLA 33 – Arizona State took control early and coasted with a PAC-12 South division title by defeating the other contender in UCLA.  The Sun Devils exploded to a 35-13 halftime lead and held off the Bruin rally as UCLA controlled the 2nd half, outscoring Arizona State by the margin of 20-3.  Taylor Kelly carried Arizona State by throwing for 225 yards and a touchdown on 20-27 passing and running 22 times for 99 yards and another touchdown.  Marion Grice also ran for 95 yards on 18 carries.  Brett Hundley led the Bruins offense by going 18-26 for 253 yards with 2 touchdowns and an interception.  Ironman Myles Jack ran 16 times for 86 yards and a touchdown in the losing effort.

Georgia Southern 26 Florida 20 – It’s anything but great to be a Florida Gator.  This game was everything that could be wrong with Florida football.  This is Florida’s first loss against a current FCS school since the 1940s.  It cements that the Gators will not be bowl eligible even before having to meet Florida State.  It ends Florida’s bowl streak and that isn’t even the worst part.  The stat line is even worse.  Kevin Ellison led Georgia Southern at QB by going 0-3 for a whopping 0 yards.  Yes, Georiga Southern won this game with 0 passing yards.  The Eagles ended up with 450 yards rushing and outgaining the Gators 450-271.  Ellison rushed 15 times for 118 yards and 2 scores while Jerick McKinnon ran 9 times for 125 yards and a score and William Banks had 11 carries for 94 yards and a score.

Illinois 20 Purdue 16 – Illinois snapped a 20 game conference losing streak as the Illini took advantage of a Purdue squad who is having as forgettable of a season as you can get in the Big Ten.  Illinois had to hold on late, but they made it happen in a season where conference losing streaks ending.  Nathan Scheelhaase led Illinois by going 24-30 for 255 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 picks.  Danny Etling went 20-29 for 163 yards with a touchdown and the game ending interception.

Special Notes – Southern Miss’ losing streak continues to 23 games as they lost to Middle Tennessee State 42-21.  North Carolina and Florida State each scored 80 points in their games by defeating Old Dominion and Idaho, respectively.  Ohio State and Michigan State will meet in the Big Ten championship game while Arizona State and Stanford will meet in the PAC-12 championship.  Florida State, Fresno State and Northern Illinois have also all wrapped up their respective divisions.  Alabama-Auburn, East Carolina-Marshall, and Buffalo-Bowling Green are interesting matchups coming up as each team is playing for a winner-take-all division title.  Congrats to UConn, who scored 28 unanswered points to beat Temple 28-21 for their first win of the season.  Only Southern Miss, Hawaii, Georgia State and Miami University remain winless.

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