Top-25 College Football Game Capsules
South Bend, IN (My Sportsbook) - Everett Golson was benched at halftime, returned when the fourth-ranked Fighting Irish faced their biggest deficit of the season and kept Notre Dame's title hopes alive by orchestrating a sensational 29-26 comeback win over Pittsburgh in three overtimes. Golson threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes and sent things to overtime by running in a two-point conversion with 2:11 remaining, bringing the Irish all the way back from a 14-point deficit. After trading field goals in the first overtime, Notre Dame senior running back Cierre Wood fumbled the ball while trying to dive over the goal line. Pittsburgh recovered in the end zone, but with the game on his foot, Kevin Harper missed a 33-yard try wide to the right to keep the roller coaster ride going. Harper put the pressure back on Notre Dame by nailing a 44-yarder on the first possession of the third OT, but two first downs moved the ball to the one, and Golson bulled his way in on a sneak for the decisive score and the Irish's second win in overtime this season. Notre Dame (9-0), ranked third in the most recent installment of the BCS standings, improved to 9-0 for the first time since 1993. Golson ran for 74 yards and threw for 227 more on 23-of-42 passes. He was also picked off in the end zone in a thrill-a-minute fourth quarter. Pittsburgh (4-5), looking for its third straight win, forced three turnovers and scored the most points Notre Dame had given up all season. Ray Graham, who along with teammates Devin Street and Lafayette Pitts, was charged with simple assault and conspiracy earlier this week but ruled eligible after denying any involvement with the situation, gashed one of the nation's best run defenses for 172 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. Tino Sunseri completed 19-of-29 passes for 164 yards and a score in the loss.
Final Score: (6) Ohio State 52, Illinois 22
Columbus, OH (My Sportsbook) - Carlos Hyde and Braxton Miller each accounted for three touchdowns as No. 6 Ohio State pounded Illinois, 52-22, Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Hyde rushed for 137 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries, while Miller threw for 226 yards and two scores to go with 73 yards and a touchdown on the ground for the Buckeyes (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten), who are 10-0 for the first time since 2007. Bri'onte Dunn rushed for 73 yards and a score and Corey Brown and Rod Smith each added a receiving touchdown in the victory. Nathan Scheelhaase struggled to get the Fighting Illini offense going, as he went just 19-of-34 for 96 yards and an interception for Illinois (2-7, 0-5), which has lost 11 straight against conference foes.
Final Score: (7) Georgia 37, Ole Miss 10
Athens, GA (My Sportsbook) - Aaron Murray threw for 384 yards and four touchdowns and seventh-ranked Georgia overcame a slow start to cruise to a 37- 10 victory over Ole Miss at Sanford Stadium. Murray completed 21-of-28 passes in bringing the Bulldogs back from an early 10-0 deficit, while Todd Gurley rushed for 117 yards on 18 carries to help Georgia (8-1, 6-1 SEC) move one step closer to sewing up a berth in the SEC Championship Game. The Bulldogs need only to win at Auburn, which is currently 0-6 in conference play, next Saturday to capture the SEC East. Bo Wallace threw for 187 yards with one touchdown and an interception on 16-of-25 passing for a Mississippi (5-4, 2-3 SEC) squad that came to Athens off back-to-back wins over Auburn and Arkansas that snapped a 16-game SEC losing streak. The Rebels were no match for the reigning SEC East champions, however, with Georgia outgaining Ole Miss by a 533-234 margin in total yards for the game.
Final Score: (8) Florida 14, Missouri 7
Gainesville, FL (My Sportsbook) - Six times Missouri crossed midfield in the second half only to be turned away by a staunch Florida defense. The Gators, meanwhile, found the end zone twice after halftime on a pair of big plays and came away with a 14-7 victory over the Tigers in the Swamp. Omarius Hines scored the tying touchdown on a 36-yard run in the third quarter and Mike Gillislee took a pass 45 yards to the end zone for the go-ahead score in the fourth, as the eighth-ranked Gators (8-1, 7-1 SEC) wrapped up their conference schedule with a bounce-back win after last week's loss to Georgia. Florida, which closes its season with home games against Louisiana and Jacksonville State before traveling to Tallahassee for the annual grudge match against Florida State, can still win the SEC East and play in the conference championship game if Georgia suffers another league loss. Missouri (4-5, 1-5) was coming off its first-ever SEC win last week against Kentucky and lost for the third time in four games. James Franklin threw for 236 yards and was intercepted four times in defeat, while Kendial Lawrence scored the only Tiger touchdown in the second quarter.
Final Score: (12) Louisville 45, Temple 17
Louisville, KY (My Sportsbook) - Louisville has teetered on the edge for the last month, but Teddy Bridgewater made sure there was no doubt in Saturday's outcome. Bridgewater tossed a career-high five touchdown passes in the 12th-ranked Cardinals' 45-17 thumping of Temple. The sensational sophomore threw for 324 yards on 19-of-28 efficiency for Louisville (9-0, 4-0 Big East), which is 9-0 for the first time in school history. Andrell Smith hauled in a pair of touchdowns, while Ryan Hubbell, DeVante Parker and Eli Rogers each caught a score in the triumph. The Cardinals had rallied for wins in each of their past five games and overcame a double-digit deficit against Cincinnati twice in their 34-31 overtime victory last week. Louisville's total margin of victory over its last six games was 31 before Saturday's 28-point whitewashing. Its 9.6 point margin of victory per game heading in was the lowest among undefeated squads. Montel Harris ran for 115 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries for the Owls (3-5, 2-3), who have lost three straight in the Big East after winning their first two. The Owls fumbled the ball four times in the setback.
Final Score: (14) Oklahoma 35, Iowa State 20
Ames, IA (My Sportsbook) - Landry Jones threw for 405 yards and four touchdowns as No. 14 Oklahoma downed Iowa State, 35-20, at Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday. Jones completed 32-of-45 passes with two interceptions for the Sooners (6-2, 4-1 Big 12), who have won 14 straight games against Iowa State. Justin Brown caught seven balls for 107 yards and a touchdown, while Brennan Clay added a career-high 157 yards and a score on 24 carries. The win was the 145th career victory for Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, tying him with Bud Wilkinson for second on the Sooners' all-time victory list. Steele Jantz went 20-for-40 through the air for 191 yards and an interception for the Cyclones (5-4, 2-4), who have dropped four of their last six.
Final Score: (15) Stanford 48, Colorado 0
Boulder, CO (My Sportsbook) - Kevin Hogan threw a pair of touchdown passes and Stepfan Taylor rushed for a pair of scores as No. 15 Stanford routed Colorado, 48-0, at Folsom Field. Hogan completed 18-of-23 passes for 184 yards before being replaced in the fourth quarter for the Cardinal (7-2, 5-1 Pac-12), who have won three straight. Hogan added 48 yards on seven carries, while Taylor finished with 43 yards on 10 carries. Levine Toilolo caught three passes for 59 yards and a score in the victory. Jordan Webb started the game under center for the Buffaloes (1-8, 1-5) and went 4-of-10 through the air for 19 yards with an interception. Nick Kasa had three receptions for 34 yards to pace a Colorado offense that was held to just 76 total yards and turned the ball over three times.
Final Score: (16) Texas A&M 38, (17) Mississippi State 13
Starkville, MS (My Sportsbook) - Johnny Manziel threw for 311 yards and rushed for two touchdowns as 16th-ranked Texas A&M delivered a 38-13 drubbing of No. 17 Mississippi State in a key SEC West clash from Davis Wade Stadium. Manziel finished with 129 rushing yards and completed 30-of-36 pass attempts in a nearly flawless display for Texas A&M (7-2, 4-2 SEC), which piled up a whopping 693 total yards for the game and scored 24 unanswered points in the first half en route to its impressive result. Ryan Swope contributed 121 yards on nine catches in the Aggies' seventh win in their last eight outings, while Ben Malena rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown. Mississippi State (7-2, 3-2) fell behind 31-0 in the third quarter in being dealt its second straight lopsided loss after a 7-0 start. The Bulldogs were handed a 38-7 throttling by top-ranked Alabama in Tuscaloosa a week ago. Tyler Russell threw for 212 yards with one touchdown and one interception on 19-of-30 passing, with Chad Bumphis ending with 50 yards and a score on four catches in defeat.
Final Score: Texas 31, (20) Texas Tech 22
Lubbock, TX (My Sportsbook) - Mike Davis caught a pair of touchdown passes, including the game-sealing score in the fourth quarter, as Texas held off No. 20 Texas Tech, 31-22, on Saturday. Davis finished with 165 yards on four receptions for Texas (7-2, 4-2 Big 12), which has won three straight. David Ash completed 11-of-19 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns, while Johnathan Gray had 106 yards on 20 carries and 41 yards on two catches for the Longhorns. Seth Doege went 26-for-44 through the air for 329 yards and a touchdown for the Red Raiders (6-3, 3-3), who have dropped their last two. Eric Ward ended with 126 yards on eight catches and Darrin Moore hauled in seven passes for 108 yards in defeat.
Final Score: (21) Nebraska 28, Michigan State 24
East Lansing, MI (My Sportsbook) - Taylor Martinez found Jamal Turner all alone in the end zone with just six seconds left to lift No. 21 Nebraska past Michigan State, 28-24, on Saturday. After trailing 24-14 for most of the fourth quarter, Martinez broke off a 35-yard touchdown run with just over seven minutes remaining to pull within 24-21. The Cornhuskers' defense was able to force a Spartans' punt, but Nebraska could not convert on 4th- and-9 and gave it back to Michigan State. The defense came up big for the Cornhuskers once again and the Spartans were forced to punt to give Nebraska (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) one last chance. Following a touchback, Martinez connected with Quincy Enunwa down the right sideline for a 22-yard gain before hooking up with Kyler Reed for a 38-yard catch-and-run to put the ball on the Michigan State 20. On a crucial 3rd-and-10, Martinez's pass fell incomplete, but the Spartans were flagged for pass interference to give the Cornhuskers a fresh set of downs at the MSU 5. Martinez's pass on first down was incomplete, but the shifty quarterback found Turner all alone near the back left corner of the end zone for the win. With the victory Nebraska takes over first place in the Big Ten Legends division. The Cornhuskers own the tiebreaker after defeating Michigan, which is also 4-1 in the Big Ten, last week. Martinez finished the game just 16-for-36 passing for 160 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions, but it was on the ground where he really made a difference. He ran for 205 yards and two scores on 17 carries and Ameer Abdullah added 110 yards on 22 totes for the Cornhuskers. Le'Veon Bell carried the ball 36 times for 188 yards and two touchdowns and Andrew Maxwell threw for 123 yards and a score despite completing just 9-of-27 passes. Darqueeze Dennard had two interceptions for the Spartans (5-5 2-4), who lost in November for the first time in eight tries.
Final Score: (22) Louisiana Tech 51, Texas-San Antonio 27
Ruston, LA (My Sportsbook) - Colby Cameron threw for three touchdowns in motoring the Louisiana Tech high-powered offense, as the No.22 Bulldogs defeated Texas-San Antonio, 51-27, on Saturday. Cameron completed an efficient 30-of-39 throws for 348 yards and Kenneth Dixon rushed for three scores, setting a new school record for rushing touchdowns in a single season to help Louisiana Tech (8-1, 3-0 WAC) remain undefeated in conference play. Quinton Patton caught a game-high 10 passes for 152 yards and a score, as the Bulldogs captured their third straight victory following a loss to Texas A&M. Eric Soza threw for four touchdowns and 314 yards on 23-of-41 passing, but the Roadrunners (5-4, 1-3) dropped their fourth consecutive game. Cole Hubble hauled in three passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns in the defeat.
Final Score: TCU 39, (23) West Virginia 38 (2 OT)
Morgantown, WV (My Sportsbook) - Josh Boyce sent the game into overtime with a 94-yard touchdown reception and then hauled in the game-winning two-point conversion to help TCU down No. 23 West Virginia, 39-38, in a double-overtime thriller. After both teams missed field goals in the first overtime, Geno Smith lofted a pass in the left portion of the end zone on the Mountaineers' first play to Stedman Bailey, who beat his defender with a stop- and-go route. TCU tied things up again just a play later. On a reverse pass play, Brandon Carter threw to a wide-open Corey Fuller for the 25-yard score. The Horned Frogs then went for two and Boykin rolled right before firing low to Boyce, who was able to get his hands underneath the ball for the conversion. Boyce finished the day with 180 yards and two scores on six receptions for the Horned Frogs (6-3, 3-3 Big 12), who snapped a two-game slide. Boykin was 12-of-29 for 254 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, and added 28 yards on 15 carries in the victory. Smith threw for 260 yards with three scores and an interception on 32-of-54 efficiency for West Virginia (5-3, 2-3), which has dropped three straight.
November 3, 2012, at 10:30 PM ET
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