by Chris Carlson: #8 Oklahoma State rallies late at Iowa State wins 35-31: With 9:24 remaining in the second quarter and Iowa State leading 24-7, it was hard not to think back to the Cowboys November loss to the Cyclones in 2011. An impressive touchdown drive lasting 16-plays, 88 yards and a 32-yard reception from WR Marcell Ateman placed the ball at the 1-yard line. The score was 24-21 after a short TD run from J.W. Walsh. Iowa State QB Joel Lanning’s TD-run was set up from Levy Peters recovery of his own forced fumble in Cowboy territory.
J.W.Walsh’s second rushing touchdown brought Oklahoma State to within 3 points. A clutch 3rd and 15 conversion had the Cowboys knocking at the door past midfield. Oklahoma State took the lead 35-31, when Jeff Carr lunged in the endzone. The Cowboys defense put the game on ice with a huge stop on fourth down and an interception on the following possession. It was the second time this year Oklahoma State managed to comeback from 17 points. The Cowboys host Baylor next week.
#6 Baylor goes down to #12 Oklahoma 44-34: A stormy night in Waco turned a shootout into a defensive dominated battle in the first half. A QB Baker Mayfield to WR Sterling Shepard touchdown connection gave the Sooners the 13-6 advantage. Baylor was out of character held scoreless on four straight possessions. Linebacker Travon Blanchard’s diving interception sparked Baylor to a 10-play touchdown drive. Oklahoma responded on their next position and took the 20-13 halftime lead on a Baker Mayfield TD run.
Baylor drove 9 plays for 75 yards on their opening possession scoring a touchdown. Sooners QB Baker Mayfield would answer back with a 34-yard scramble and a TD pass to WR Shepard. A three and out on defense and a 55-yard run by RB Samaje Perine made it 34-20. Oklahoma’s defense forced four three but Baylor responded with a fourth down stop on a drive the Sooners looked sharp.
A conversion on 4th down and 8 made it first and goal, and that’s when Baylor called on their big man in the form of 410-pound defensive tackle Laquan McGowad to catch a TD. Zach Sanchez’s interception set the table for the Oklahoma offense. Surprisingly, Baylor once again stepped up and the Sooners would have to settle for a 33-yard FG. Baylor failed to capitalize off of Ishmael Zamora’s kickoff return for 58-yards with another three and out. The Golden Bears would score on their next possession and with 10:29 remaining trailed 37-34.
Oklahoma answered the bell again with a 10 play, 78-yard drive capped with a tremendous touchdown pass by QB Mayfield. The Sooners halted Baylor’s 20-game home winning streak.
#7 Stanford falls to Oregon 38-36: Oregon eliminates Stanford from the College Football Playoffs with a big victory in what’s been a difficult year for the Ducks. A late Stanford field goal put the Cardinals up 23-21 at the half. Two touchdowns in the third quarter had the Ducks in control 35-23. Oregon’s offense caused issues all day and had 406 total yards thru three quarters. The score was 35-30 after a Kevin Hogan TD pass to TE Greg Taboada.
Kevin Hogan fumbled at midfield leading to a 31-yard FG by Oregon. With Stanford driving again, Hogan fumbled a snap he never got a hold of inside the 10 yard line, killing any chances of victory. Or so it seemed. Stanford got the ball near midfield with 1:09 left in regulation. With 10 seconds left TE Taboada scored a touchdown on a ball he snatched out of the air from the defender. The Ducks defense applied pressure causing a Hogan incompletion on the two-point conversion.
Arizona outlasts #10 Utah in 2 OT’s: The Wildcats came out of the gates fast up 17-7 at the end of the first quarter. The Utes would outscore Arizona 20-3 until later in the third frame when QB Anu Solomon found the endzone to tie the score at 27-27. The teams traded several unsuccessful possessions and the game went into overtime. Utah was forced to kick a field goal on offense which left the door open for the Wildcats. Utah’s defense responded to the challenge which put the game in double overtime with an Arizona field goal.
On the first play in double overtime backup Arizona QB Jerrard Randall threw a 25-yard touchdown for his only completion of the night. On 4th and 16 a Travis Wilson pass sailed long and the Wildcats pulled off the upset. Arizona has now beating a Top 10 team three years in a row.
#14 Michigan wins in dramatic fashion at Indiana 48-41 2OT: The Michigan defense as they had two weeks prior on the road at Minnesota, bent but didn’t break on a goal line stand to end the game. After trailing by 11 points, the Hoosiers snatched the lead back from Michigan 26-24 with under 8 minutes in third quarter behind a dominate run game. The Wolverines countered with a 15-play, 78-yard scoring driving that stalled out near the goal line resulting in a field goal.
Indiana used 8 straight running plays from Jordan Howard to score on a TD run and a two-point conversion making it 34-27. On a 3rd and 3 Michigan QB Jake Rudock stood in the pocket under pressure and WR Jehu Chesson made a great catch just yards away from the endzone. Chesson made a tough touchdown reception in traffic on fourth and goal to force overtime.
A TD run by Jordan Howard and a TE Jake Butt TD catch put the game in double overtime. Roduck threw his sixth touchdown putting the Wolverines up 47-41. It wasn’t pretty but the Michigan defense did their job on four consecutive plays to win the game. QB Rudock finished with 440 yards passing. Indiana RB Howard had 35 carries and 220 rushing yards.
Arkansas upset #9 LSU in Death Valley 31-14: Arkansas RB Alex Collins 80-yard touchdown put his team up 14-0. LSU QB Brandon Harris fumbled trying to get rid of the ball and Arkansas cashed in quickly with another RB Collins TD run. The Tigers pulled to within 10 points at 24-14 but by the middle of the fourth quarter were in complete control. The victory marks just the 2nd time the Razorbacks have won in Death Valley in the last 20 years.
#2 Alabama #17 Mississippi State: Alabama’s defense snuffed out a fourth and goal play early in the game. Which seem to set the tone for stingy defensive play from both units stifling any flicker of hope for a successful drive and when the Bulldogs did have a shot at points, they missed a 50-yard field that was on target but fell short.
The games first points were score by Alabama when Cyrus Jones returned a punt for a 59-yard touchdown. The Bulldogs had a 110-21 passing yard advantage but no points to show for it. WR Calvin Ridley’s catch, juke, and a key block by ArDarius Stewart late in the run gave Alabama a commanding 14-0.
A the 6:10 mark in the second quarter Mississippi State had 44 to 20 play advantage yet were still down 14-6. On a third and 9, Alabama RB Derrick Henry found a crease and accelerated leaving Bulldog defenders in the dust on a 74-yard touchdown. Henry’s 15th straight game with a rushing TD makes it the longest active streak in the country.
#24 Houston comes back from 20-points down in the fourth quarter to defeat #21 Memphis 35-34: The Tigers outgained Houston by 100 yards and went 12 of 19 on third downs but still couldn’t get the victory. The Cougars scored on their last two possessions to pull ahead by one point. Memphis kicker Jake Elliott missed a 48-yard field goal. Houston stays unbeaten at 10-0 and 6-0 in the American Athletic Conference.
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