Top-25 College Football Game Capsules
Los Angeles, CA (My Sportsbook) - The top-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish will play for their first national championship since 1988, thanks to a 22-13 victory over the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Kyle Brindza made five field goals to help the Irish secure a spot in the BCS National Championship Game, which will be played on Jan. 7, 2013 at Sun Life Stadium. Thanks to losses by both Oregon and Kansas State last week, coupled with Notre Dame's shutout of Wake Forest, Brian Kelly's Irish moved to the head of the top-25 poll, as well as the BCS rankings. With Saturday's victory, Notre Dame improved to 12-0 for the first time since 1988. Lou Holtz guided the '88 team to a national championship.
Final Score: (2) Alabama 49, Auburn 0
Tuscaloosa, AL (My Sportsbook) - A.J. McCarron finished 15-of-21 for 216 yards and four touchdowns, as No. 2 Alabama racked up 42 first-half points en route to a 49-0 demolition of rival Auburn in the 77th Iron Bowl from Bryant- Denny Stadium. Amari Cooper totaled 109 yards and a pair of scores on five receptions and Kevin Norwood also recorded two TD catches for the Crimson Tide (11-1, 7-1 SEC), who dealt their long-time foes their worst loss in this series since a 55-0 result in December of 1948. Eddie Lacy racked up 131 yards and two touchdowns on 18 rushes, and T.J. Yeldon posted another score on the ground for Alabama, which claimed bragging in-state rights for the fourth time in five years heading into the SEC title game next weekend against Georgia. Jonathan Wallace was limited to 71 yards and was intercepted twice on 5-of-14 efficiency for the Tigers (3-9, 0-8), who dropped six of eight to end the season.
Final Score: (3) Georgia 42, Georgia Tech 10
Athens, GA (My Sportsbook) - Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall combined for 163 rushing yards and four touchdowns, as No. 3 Georgia blasted Georgia Tech, 42-10, at Sanford Stadium. Gurley ended with 97 yards on 12 carries and was augmented by Marshall's 66 yards on seven totes for the Bulldogs (11-1), who head to the SEC title game next Saturday. Aaron Murray completed 14-of-17 passes for 215 yards and scores to Jay Rome and Rhett McGowan. Malcolm Mitchell led the receiving corps with 88 yards on three catches. Tevin Washington and Vad Lee went 10-of-21 passing for 120 yards and one interception for the Yellow Jackets (6-6), whose three-game win streak ended ahead of a meeting with Florida State in the ACC title game next week.
Final Score: (4) Ohio State 26, (20) Michigan 21
Columbus, OH (My Sportsbook) - In the end, the rivalry was all that mattered. Ohio State's season was ending no matter the outcome and Michigan lost its opportunity to play for a Big Ten title on Friday, when Nebraska beat Iowa. The fourth-ranked Buckeyes, though, managed to complete the sixth perfect season in school history with a 26-21 victory over the 20th-ranked Wolverines at the Horseshoe. Drew Basil kicked a pair of second-half field goals for Ohio State and the Buckeyes' defense did not allow Michigan to cross midfield in a dominant second half. The Buckeyes (12-0, 8-0 Big Ten) finished without a loss for the first time since their 2002 national championship season, but Saturday marked the unfortunate conclusion of Urban Meyer's first year as head coach. Ohio State is ineligible for postseason play, part of sanctions stemming from NCAA penalties under former coach Jim Tressel's tenure. The Buckeyes can still be voted No. 1 by members of the media. Michigan (8-4, 6-2) committed four turnovers and had a three-game winning streak stopped. The Wolverines lost their annual grudge match with Ohio State for the eighth time in the last nine years.
Final Score: (5) Oregon 48, (16) Oregon State 24
Corvallis, OR (My Sportsbook) - After its chance at a perfect season dissipated last Saturday, Oregon refused to hang its head. Especially against Oregon State in the Civil War. The fifth-ranked Ducks ran for 430 yards and six touchdowns in their 48-24 thumping of the Beavers. Kenjon Barner registered 198 yards and two scores on 28 carries, while D'Anthony Thomas added 122 yards on the ground and three touchdowns on 17 rushes for Oregon (11-1, 7-1 Pac-12), which lost a chance to represent the North in the conference title game. Stanford will have that honor after beating UCLA, 35-17, Saturday. Marcus Mariota recorded 85 yards and a score on eight carries and added 140 yards and a touchdown through the air on 17-of-24 efficiency in the win. Storm Woods ran for 70 yards and a pair of scores on 16 attempts for the Beavers (8-3, 6-3), who have dropped three of their last five contests since beginning the year 6-0. Oregon State, which had a Pac-12 low 14 turnovers coming into the game, gave it away six times. Sean Mannion tossed four interceptions in defeat. He finished 31-of-49 for 311 yards with a touchdown.
Final Score: (6) Florida 37, (10) Florida State 26
Tallahassee, FL (My Sportsbook) - Florida took back bragging rights in the Sunshine State, and possibly landed an even greater prize along with it. Behind Mike Gillislee's 140 rushing yards and two touchdowns and 24 straight fourth-quarter points, the sixth-ranked Gators strengthened their case for a possible BCS at-large berth by orchestrating a 37-26 victory over No. 10 Florida State at Doak Campbell Stadium. Gillislee's second score, a 37-yard scamper that immediately followed Florida State's fifth turnover of the game, gave Florida (11-1) a 23-20 lead with 11:01 to go, and the Gators tacked on two more touchdowns en route to their first triumph over the rival Seminoles since 2009. Back from an ankle sprain that kept him out of last week's win over Jacksonville State, Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel threw for 147 yards and a touchdown on 15-of-23 passing to outplay counterpart E.J. Manuel, who was intercepted three times and lost a fumble against a swarming Gators defense that lived up to its lofty national ranking. Matt Jones added 81 yards and a touchdown on eight attempts to complement Gillislee's 24-carry effort as the Gators piled up 244 yards on the ground against an FSU defense that entered the matchup ranked first nationally against the run. The Seminoles were yielding a scant 70.6 rushing yards per game and hadn't allowed more than 136 in any outing this season. Manuel finished with two rushing TDs and a passing touchdown, but completed just 18-of-33 attempts for 182 yards for Florida State (10-2), which had a five-game winning streak halted in its last matchup prior to next week's ACC Championship bout with Georgia Tech.
Final Score: (9) Texas A&M 59, Missouri 29
College Station, TX (My Sportsbook) - A record-setting night for "Johnny Football," another win for Texas A&M. Heisman Trophy candidate Johnny Manziel threw for three scores and ran for a pair of touchdowns, as the ninth-ranked Aggies blew out Missouri, 59-29, in the final regular season game for both teams. Manziel, who came into Saturday having already broken the school record for total offense in a season, eclipsed the SEC mark for total offense. He entered with 4,161 yards and needed only 167 to break 2010 Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton's mark for most offense. Manziel completed 32-of-44 passes for 372 yards and an interception, and ran 12 times for 67 yards. Texas A&M (10-2, 6-2 SEC) wrapped up its first regular season in the SEC with five consecutive victories. Included in that streak was a stunning win at then-No. 1 Alabama on Nov. 10. Corbin Berkstresser finished 20-of-38 for 276 yards with a pair of touchdowns and an interception for Missouri (5-7, 2-6), which failed to become eligible for a bowl after losing three of its final four contests.
Final Score: (11) Stanford 35, (15) UCLA 17
Pasadena, CA (My Sportsbook) - Stepfan Taylor ran for 142 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries and 11th-ranked Stanford took down No. 15 UCLA, 35-17, in a preview of next week's Pac-12 Championship game. These two teams will face each other again next Friday, with Stanford hosting UCLA in the rematch. Thanks to last week's win over then-No. 1 Oregon and Saturday's victory, Stanford took the North Division, while UCLA had already conquered the South Division coming into Saturday. Kevin Hogan went 15-for-22 with 160 yards and a touchdown for the Cardinal (10-2, 8-1 Pac-12), who have won six straight games. UCLA's Brett Hundley was pressured all day, as he was sacked seven times and went just 20-of-38 for 261 yards with one touchdown and one interception for the Bruins (9-3, 6-3), who had a five-game winning streak snapped.
Final Score: (13) South Carolina 27, (12) Clemson 17
Clemson, SC (My Sportsbook) - Dylan Thompson threw for 315 yards and three touchdowns in a strong substitute start as No. 13 South Carolina continued its recent success against in-state rival Clemson with a 27-17 decision over the No. 12 Tigers at Memorial Stadium. With regular quarterback Connor Shaw scratched due to a sprained left foot, Thompson completed 23-of-41 passes with one interception to lift the Gamecocks (10-2) to their fourth consecutive victory in the series between the Palmetto State foes. Ace Sanders came through with 118 yards and a touchdown on six catches for South Carolina, while Bruce Ellington hauled in two of Thompson's touchdown throws in a historic triumph for Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier. The win was Spurrier's 65th at the helm of the Gamecocks' program, moving him past Rex Enright for most in school history. South Carolina's defense aided the cause as well, limiting a powerful Clemson attack that came in averaging 44.6 points and over 535 total yards per game to a modest 327 yards and intercepting quarterback Tajh Boyd twice. Boyd finished an off-target 11-of-24 for 180 yards while recording a rushing and passing touchdown for the Tigers (10-2), who saw a 13-game home winning streak come to an end and lost for the first time in its last eight outings overall.
Final Score: (14) Oklahoma 51, (22) Oklahoma State 48 (OT)
Norman, OK (My Sportsbook) - Blake Bell's 4-yard touchdown run tied the game with four seconds remaining in regulation and Brennan Clay ran for an 18-yard score in overtime to lift No. 14 Oklahoma to a thrilling 51-48 win over 22nd- ranked Oklahoma State. The 107th edition of the Bedlam Series required an additional period because of a gutsy play call on 4th-and-1. Bell took the handoff, powered his way over the left guard and into the end zone, capping a 17-play drive that began at the Oklahoma 14. After Quinn Sharp kicked a 26- yard field goal for Oklahoma State in overtime, Clay charged up the middle of the line, bowled over a defender and shrugged off another on his way for the touchdown that kept Oklahoma's hopes of a Big 12 title alive. The Sooners (9-2, 7-1 Big 12) are tied with Kansas State for first place in the conference standings. Oklahoma wraps up its regular season at TCU, while the Wildcats come off a bye week to play Texas. Should the two finish with identical league records, the Wildcats would win the crown thanks to their 24-19 win over Oklahoma back on Sept. 22.
Final Score: Connecticut 23, (19) Louisville 20 (3-OT)
Louisville, KY (My Sportsbook) - Chad Christen nailed a 30-yard field goal in the third overtime to lift the Connecticut Huskies to a stunning 23-20 victory over the 19th-ranked Louisville Cardinals. Cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson picked off Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in the end zone on the previous possession to set up Christen's deciding kick. Bridgewater played the second half and overtime with a fractured left wrist. Louisville (9-2, 4-2 Big East) no longer controls its own destiny for an outright Big East title after suffering its second straight loss, but can still earn a share of the conference crown with a win Thursday at Rutgers.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 27, (21) Rutgers 6
Pittsburgh, PA (My Sportsbook) - Using its stingy defense and an efficient Tino Sunseri, Pittsburgh kept its postseason hopes alive. Rutgers, meanwhile, will still have a chance to win its first Big East title on Thursday. Sunseri threw two touchdown passes in the Panthers' 27-6 win over No. 21 Rutgers. Sunseri was 21-of-39 for 227 yards, while Ray Graham ran for 113 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries for the Panthers (5-6, 2-4 Big East), who need to beat South Florida next Saturday to become bowl eligible. Mike Shanahan hauled in five balls for 62 yards and a touchdown in the victory. Gary Nova completed just 18-of-37 passes for 157 yards with a touchdown and interception for Rutgers (9-2, 5-1), which can still win the conference title outright with a victory against Louisville on Thursday.
Final Score: (25) Utah State 45, Idaho 9
Logan, UT (My Sportsbook) - Chuckie Keeton threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for one more on Saturday as No. 25 Utah State captured the Western Athletic Conference title with a 45-9 rout of Idaho at Romney Stadium. Keeton threw for 133 yards on 17-of-25 passing and ran for 27 yards on five carries. Kerwynn Williams had a huge day on the ground, running for 110 yards and a score on 17 carries. Williams also caught four passes for 39 yards and a touchdown for the Aggies (10-2, 6-0 WAC), who claimed their first league championship since winning the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in 1936. Joe Hill ran for a touchdown, while Kellen Bartlett hauled in a touchdown pass as the Aggies went undefeated at home for the first time since the 1982 season. Taylor Davis struggled under center for Idaho, throwing for 49 yards and three interceptions on 10-of-23 passing, while Ryan Bass and James Baker combined for 147 rushing yards. Trey Farquhar booted three field goals in the loss for the Vandals (1-11, 1-5), who ended their regular season with six consecutive losses.
Final Score: Ole Miss 41, (25) Mississippi State 24
Oxford, MS (My Sportsbook) - Ole Miss scored 24 unanswered points in the second half to beat No. 25 Mississippi State, 41-24, on Saturday in the Egg Bowl. Bo Wallace was 15-for-22 passing for 294 yards and a career-high five touchdown passes and Donte Moncrief had seven catches for 173 yards and three touchdowns for the Rebels (6-6, 3-5 SEC), who are bowl eligible for the first time since 2009. Tyler Russell completed 18-of-33 passes for 268 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions and Chad Bumphis caught six passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs (8-4, 4-4), who have dropped four of their last five after opening the season with seven consecutive wins.
November 24, 2012, at 11:32 PM ET
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