NCAA Football Weekend 10.19

Oct. 17, 2013

#10 Miami 27 @ North Carolina 23

At Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, NC, Miami quarterback Stephen Morris overcame four interceptions and a ten point fourth quarter deficit by passing for 322-yards while leading the Hurricanes to victory.

Miami trailed 23-13 in the final quarter when Morris led the offense on a seven play, 75-yard drive that ended with running back Dallas Crawford scoring from three yards out to close the gap to a field goal.

With just over four minutes remaining, the Hurricanes got the ball back and marched 90- yards in 13 plays. The end result was another three yard scoring run by Crawford with 16 seconds remaining. Dallas Crawford gained 137-yards on 33 carries as his power running proved to be the catalyst which helped Miami move to 6-0.

Oct. 18, 2013

Central Florida 38 @ #8 Louisville 35

Behind the passing of Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville erupted for a 28-7 third quarter lead. However, the Cardinals lead vanished when UCF quarterback Blake Bortles led a comeback with three consecutive touchdown drives in the final five minutes of the quarter to tie the game.

With the Knights leading 31-28, Bridgewater led a nine play, 88-yard drive which capped off with a 15-yard touchdown run by running back Dominique Brown with three minutes remaining. UCF responded by driving 75-yards in 11 plays and with 27 seconds left, Bortles hit Jeff Godfrey for the winning two-yard touchdown pass to knock Louisville from the ranks of the unbeaten.

Blake Bortles completed 21 of 32 passes for 250-yards and two touchdown passes while running back Storm Johnson gained 188-yards of total offense and scored twice. Bridgewater completed 29 of 38 passes for 341-yards and two touchdowns, including one to wide receiver Eli Rodgers, who caught 10 passes for 95-yards.

Oct. 19, 2013

#1 Alabama 52 vs. Arkansas 0

What more can be said about the two time defending National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide? They just keep on rolling, don’t they?

The Arkansas Razorbacks came to town, but the Tide did what they did best. Quarterback A.J. McCarron completed 15 of 21 passes for three touchdown passes. Kenyan Drake gained-104 yards and scored two touchdowns while reserve running back Derrick Henry gained 111-yards and scored an 80-yard touchdown for the clinching score. Alabama gained 532-yards of total offense.

Meanwhile, Alabama’s defense held Razorbacks quarterback Brandon Allen to seven completions in 25 attempts and intercepted two of his passes. Arkansas gained 256-yards of total offense while failing to score a single point.

#2 Oregon 62 vs. Washington State 38

Oregon was able to improve their record to 7-0, but they had some difficulty against Washington State as the Cougars managed to gain 559-yards of total offense, 35 first downs, and score 38 points.

WSU quarterback Connor Halliday completed 58 of 89 passes for 557-yards and four touchdown passes. His leading receiver was Gabe Marks, who made 13 catches for 143-yards while scoring a touchdown.

The Ducks offense on the other hand was more balanced as quarterback Marcus Mariota completed 23 of 32 passes for 327-yards and a pair of touchdown passes. Mariota also gained 67-yards on the ground along with a touchdown. Running back Byron Marshall rushed for 192-yards on 21 carries while scoring three times while Thomas Tyner gained nearly 100- yards rushing and scored twice.

Altogether, Oregon totaled 32 first downs and gained 719-yards (336 passing, 383 rushing). The defense did contribute by intercepting Halliday four times, one of the interceptions was returned for a 51-yard touchdown by Terrance Mitchell to put the game away.

#5 Florida State 51 @ #3 Clemson 14

In what was supposed to be a tight game, the Seminoles traveled to Death Valley and absolutely obliterated the third ranked Clemson Tigers in their own backyard. FSU improved to 6-0 while the Tigers were dealt their first loss of the season.

Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston completed 22 of 34 passes for 444-yards and three touchdowns, including two to wide receiver Rashad Green, who made eight catches for 146 yards. Tight end Nick O’Leary also contributed by making five catches for 161-yards as FSU gained 565-yards of total offense.

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd was held to 17 of 37 through the air for 156-yards and one touchdown pass to two interceptions. The Tigers committed a total of four turnovers and they were held to 14 points.

#4 Ohio State 34 vs. Iowa 24

In a tight game at the horseshoe, Ohio State managed to pull away from the pesky Iowa Hawkeyes in the fourth quarter to remain unbeaten.

Braxton Miller completed 22 of 27 passes for 222-yards and two touchdown passes while rushing for 102-yards on 18 carries. Running back Carlos Hyde rushed for 149-yards on 24 carries while scoring two touchdowns.

Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock completed 19 of 34 passes for 245-yards and three touchdowns, including an 85-yard touchdown pass to Jake Ruzey, who caught six passes for 138-yards in the game.

Ole Miss 27 vs. #6 Louisiana State 24

Ole Miss erupted for a 17 point lead, but LSU made a furious second half comeback to tie the game at 24. The Rebels came up big in the end with a 61-yard drive, which led to a game winning 41-yard field goal by Andrew Ritter.

Rebels quarterback Bo Wallace completed 30 of 39 passes for 346-yards and running back Jaylen Walton gained 106-yards on 19 carries while scoring twice. Zach Mettenberger overcame three interceptions by completing 19 of 33 passes for 274-yards and a touchdown pass to Jarvis Landry, who made seven catches for 121-yards.

After falling short against Texas A&M the previous week, the Rebels dug deep as they proved that they could defeat a top ten team.

#24 Auburn 45 vs. #7 Texas A&M 41

Together, the Tigers and Aggies combined for 56 first downs, 1,217-yards of total offense and 86 points. In the end, it was Auburn who reigned supreme by coming up with the upset.

Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel completed 28 of 38 passes for 454-yards and four touchdown passes while running for another. All four of his scoring passes went to wide receiver Mike Evans, who caught 11 passes for 287-yards.

Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall completed 11 of 23 passes for 236-yards and a pair of scoring passes. Marshall also ran for 100-yards on 20 carries while scoring two rushing touchdowns while running back Tre Mason gained 178-yards on 27 carries.

Mason scored the touchdown which gave the Tigers a four point lead with 1:19 remaining in the game. However, the Aggies mounted a drive which brought them all the way to the Auburn 21-yard line. Texas A&M was faced with a fourth and 13 and they were down to their final chance with 18 seconds left.

Manziel dropped back, but was rushed badly and he was sacked for a loss of 22-yards by Dee Ford and the Tigers finally ended the Aggies hopes for a comeback.

#13 Stanford 24 vs. #9 UCLA 10

In this rematch of last season’s Pac-12 Championship Game, the Stanford Cardinal rebounded from their heartbreaking loss at Utah from a week ago by defeating Brett Hundley and the ninth ranked Bruins to move to 6-1.

Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan 18 of 25 passes for 227-yards and a touchdown pass. Wide receiver Devon Cajuste caught seven passes for 109-yards and running back Tyler Gaffney gained 171-yards on 36 carries while scoring the clinching touchdown from four yards out with 1:42 remaining.

Hundley completed 24 of 39 passes for 192-yards and a touchdown pass, but he threw two interceptions, one of which led to the Gaffney touchdown.