NCAA Football Top 10-Weekend of Oct. 26, 2013
#1 Alabama 45 vs. Tennessee 10
A.J. McCarron completed 19 of 27 passes for 275-yards and a pair of touchdown passes to Amari Cooper and Kevin Norwood, who caught six passes for 112-yards. Kenyan Drake was Alabama’s leading rusher with 89-yards on 14 carries while T.J. Yeldon gained 72-yards on 15 carries and scored three touchdowns. The Tide defense held the Volunteers to a single touchdown while Landon Collins returned an interception for an 89-yard score.
#2 Florida State 49 vs. North Carolina State 17
Jameis Winston completed 16 of 26 passes for 292-yards and three touchdowns, including one to Rashad Greene, who made eight catches for 137-yards. The Seminoles attacked NC State with their running game as they ran for a total of 224-yards, including 92-yards and a pair of touchdowns by Devonta Freeman. Florida State led 42-0 after the first half, but the Wolf Pack responded with two Shadrach Thornton touchdown runs in the third quarter, Thornton rushed for 173-yards on 23 carries, but the Seminoles were too much to overcome.
#3 Oregon 42 vs. #12 UCLA 14
Both teams were tied at 14 at halftime, but Oregon burned UCLA with four unanswered touchdowns in a second half runaway. Marcus Mariota completed 21 of 28 passes for 230-yards and a touchdown pass to Bralon Addison. Byron Marshall ran for 133-yards on 19 carries while scoring three touchdowns as the Ducks ran for a total of 325-yards. Oregon’s defense held Brett Hundley to 64-yards passing and intercepted two of his passes.
#4 Ohio State 63 vs. Penn State 14
As the #4 ranked team in the country, Ohio State dominated from start to finish against Penn State. Braxton Miller completed 18 of 24 passes for 252-yards and three touchdown passes while adding 68 more on the ground with two more scores. Carlos Hyde ran for 147-yards on 16 carries and scored twice himself. The Buckeyes intercepted Christian Hackenberg twice while holding the Nittany Lions to a pair of touchdowns. With the game in hand, backup quarterback Kenny Guiton came in and scored two rushing touchdowns as the Nittany Lions were dealt their worst defeat since 1899.
#21 South Carolina 27 @ #5 Missouri 24 (2OT)
The Tigers jumped out to a 14-0 lead behind Marcus Murphy’s touchdown run and a 96- yard touchdown pass from Maty Mauk to L’Damian Washington. A field goal made the score 17-0 and when the fourth quarter began, head coach Steve Spurrier pulled Dylan Thompson, who completed 15 of 27 passes for 222-yards, and replaced him with Connor Shaw. Shaw’s passing proved to be the difference as he threw two touchdown passes, including the game tying score to Nick Jones with 42 seconds remaining. Missouri scored a touchdown to open the first overtime, but the Gamecocks responded as Shaw threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Bruce Ellington. South Carolina got the ball to start the second overtime and Elliott Fry kicked a 40-yard field goal to give them the lead. The Tigers still had a chance to tie the game, but Andrew Baggett’s 24-yard attempt got tipped and it hit the upright. South Carolina pulled off an improbable upset one week after being upset by Tennessee.
#6 Stanford 20 @ #25 Oregon State 12
Tyler Gaffney proved to be the catalyst for Stanford’s offense. On a night where Kevin Hogan managed only 88-yards through the air, Gaffney rushed for 145-yards on 22 carries and scored all three of Stanford’s touchdowns. Beavers quarterback Sean Mannion completed 41 of 57 passes for 271-yards and a touchdown pass, but other than that, Oregon State’s offense could not do much. The Cardinal defense held the Beavers to a total of 17 yards rushing.
#7 Miami 24 vs. Wake Forest 21
The Hurricanes trailed 14-3 and had to rally once again in order to beat another unranked opponent. Stephen Morris threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Herb Waters to close the gap just before halftime. Running back Duke Johnson rushed for 168-yards on 30 carries while scoring twice, including the touchdown which put Miami ahead with less than a minute to play. Wake Forest’s final attempt to drive down the field for a potential game tying field goal was halted as Antonio Crawford made the game winning interception with 40 seconds remaining.
#8 Baylor 59 @ Kansas 14
Bryce Petty completed 20 of 32 passes for 430-yards and a trio of touchdown passes, including two to Tevin Reese, who made four catches for 110-yards. The Bears running game shredded the Jayhawks for 306-yards as Lache Seastrunk and Shock Linwood each gained over 100-yards rushing and combined for three scores. Overall, Baylor recorded 31 first downs and gained 743-yards of total offense.
#9 Clemson 40 @ Maryland 27
After a shocking upset at home, the Clemson Tigers traveled to College Park to face the Maryland Terripans. Tajh Boyd completed 28 of 41 passes for 304-yards and a touchdown pass while running for another score. Boyd’s leading receiver was Sammy Watkins, who caught 14 passes for 163-yards in addition to Roderick McDowell gained 161-yards on 30 carries while scoring twice. One of McDowell’s touchdowns came on a 45-yard run in the fourth quarter which put the game out of Maryland’s reach.
#15 Oklahoma 38 vs. #10 Texas Tech 30
In a tight game, Sooners quarterback Blake Bell completed 14 of 22 passes for 249-yards and a pair of touchdown passes to Jalen Saunders, who made six catches for 153-yards. Oklahoma also ran for 277-yards, with 97-yards and two touchdowns coming courtesy of Damien Williams. Texas Tech lit it up through the air as quarterback Davis Webb completed 33 of 53 passes for 385-yards and a pair of touchdown passes, including one to Eric Ward, who made nine catches for 106-yards. Ward also caught another touchdown pass from running back Kenny Williams in the first quarter, but it was not enough as the Red Raiders were handed their first loss of the season.
Changes in the Top 10 rankings (from 10/19-10/26)
- #5 Florida State moved up to #2 after defeating #3 Clemson, 51-14. Meanwhile, Clemson dropped to #9.
- Florida State moved ahead of Oregon, who dropped to #3 despite beating Washington State, 62-38.
- Miami moved from #10 to #7 after beating North Carolina, 27-23.
- Missouri moved from #14 to #5 after beating #22 ranked Florida, 36-17. Florida dropped from the rankings as a result.
- Stanford moved from #13 to #6 after upsetting #9 ranked UCLA, 24-10. UCLA dropped to #12.
- Baylor moved from #12 to #8 after beating Iowa State, 71-7.
- Texas Tech moved from #16 to #10 after beating West Virginia, 37-27.
- LSU dropped from #6 to #13 after getting upset by Ole Miss, 27-24.
- Texas A&M dropped from #7 to #16 after getting upset by #24 ranked Auburn, 45-41. Auburn moved up to #11.
- Louisville dropped from #8 to #20 after getting upset by Central Florida, 38-35. Central Florida’s shocking victory earned them a Top 25 ranking as they are currently ranked #23.
#1 Alabama and #4 Ohio State are the only two teams who remain where they are in the rankings.