NCAA Football Top Ten-Weekend of Nov. 9, 2013
The #4 Ohio State Buckeyes and the #7 Clemson Tigers were the only two teams that had off this week. Clemson will not play again until Thursday, Nov. 14 when they host the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in Death Valley. Meanwhile, Ohio State will not play again until Saturday, Nov. 16 when they travel to Champaign to take on the Fighting Illini of Illinois.
Thursday, Nov. 7
#5 Stanford 26 vs. #3 Oregon 20
Stanford punctured the Ducks defense by gaining a total of 274-yards on the ground. Tyler Gaffney rushed for 157-yards on 45 carries while scoring a touchdown and kicker Jordan Williamson added four field goals to help the Cardinal build a 26-0 lead. Oregon mounted a furious fourth quarter comeback to pull within six as Marcus Mariota completed 20 of 34 passes for 250-yards and a pair of scores while Rodney Hardrick returned a blocked field goal 65-yards for another touchdown. However, Oregon’s onside kick was recovered by the Stanford hands team and the Cardinal hung on for the upset.
#6 Baylor 41 vs. #10 Oklahoma 12
Baylor controlled the overall tempo of the game as quarterback Bryce Petty accounted for five touchdowns, three passing and two rushing, while accounting for over 200-yards through the air and an additional 45 on the ground. Running back Shock Linwood rushed for 182-yards on 23 carries while the Bears gained 459-yards of total offense. Meanwhile, the defense contained Oklahoma quarterback, Blake Bell, by intercepting him twice and allowing him to complete only 15 of 35 passes as the Sooners were held to a total of 237-yards and one touchdown on offense.
Saturday, Nov. 9
#1 Alabama 38 vs. #13 LSU 17
When both teams were tied at 17 in the third quarter, the Tide then pulled away from LSU by scoring three unanswered touchdowns. A.J. McCarron completed 14 of 20 passes for 179-yards and two touchdown passes, including one to O.J. Howard from 52 yards out. T.J. Yeldon rushed for 133-yards on 25 carries while scoring twice. Zach Mettenberger completed 16 of 23 passes for 241-yards and a touchdown pass to Travin Dural, but the Tigers committed two turnovers, including a costly fumble on the goal line that was recovered by the Alabama defense early in the game.
#2 Florida State 59 @ Wake Forest 3
Jameis Winston completed 17 of 28 passes for two touchdown passes and the Seminoles scored three touchdowns on the ground. Even though the offense had some heroics, this was a game that the defense dominated. Florida State intercepted six passes while recording seven turnovers, two of which returned for touchdowns. The Noles held Wake Forest to 165-yards of total offense and a single field goal. Return specialist Levonte Whitfield capped off the rout with a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
#8 Missouri 48 @ Kentucky 17
Missouri’s offense was in sync throughout the entire game as Maty Mauk completed 17 of 28 passes for 203-yards and five touchdown passes, including four to wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, who made seven catches for 100-yards. Running back Henry Josey rushed for 113-yards on only 11 carries while scoring twice, including an 86 yard burst for the touchdown which was the backbreaker for the Wildcats.
#9 Auburn 55 @ Tennessee 23
The big play was the theme of the day for the Auburn Tigers as they turned a close game into a laugher against Tennessee. Auburn bludgeoned the Volunteers with their running game, gaining a total of 444-yards. Quarterback Nick Marshall rushed for 214-yards on 14 carries and scored two touchdowns while Tre Mason carried 20 times for 117-yards while finding the end zone three times. Marshall only threw the ball seven times; completing three of those passes, but one of them was a picture perfect throw to tight end C.J. Uzomah for a 35-yard score. The Tigers special teams also contributed to the blowout as Chris Davis returned an 85-yard punt for one score while Corey Grant returned a kickoff back 90-yards for another.
Changes in the Top Ten (from 11/2-11/9)
- Florida State moved ahead of Oregon for the #2 spot following their 41-14 victory over #7 Miami, who dropped to #11.
- Clemson moved from #8 to #7 following their 59-10 victory over Virginia.
- Missouri moved from #9 to #8 following their 31-3 victory over Tennessee.
- Auburn became the new team to join the Top Ten this week. The Tigers came into last week’s game against Arkansas ranked #11, but they beat the Razorbacks, 35-17 to move to #9.