All good things must come to an end. The state of Mississippi saw one its own fall from the ranks of the unbeaten last week. Rivalry games, records broken, unexpected touchdown passes and fans storming fields. Let’s recap the madness from week nine in college football.
SEC Matchups: Week 9
#1 Mississippi State vs. Kentucky
Summary: Dak Prescott is good, but Patrick Towles is a gamer. Kentucky and its fan base were ready for the Bulldogs. Towles decimated Mississippi State’s secondary. He completed 55.8 percent of his passes (24/43) for 390 yards and two touchdowns. Towles channeled his inner Prescott, rushing for 76 yards and two scores. Ryan Timmons, Demarco Robinson and Javess Blue all joined in on Towles’s aerial assault. Timmons caught five passes for 114 yards. Robinson had four receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown. Blue brought in two passes for 81 yards and a touchdown. Kentucky punched Mississippi State in the mouth, but the Bulldogs responded with resiliency. Dak Prescott totaled three touchdowns (two rushing, one passing) and 304 yards (216 passing, 88 rushing). Josh Robinson shredded Kentucky’s defense. He rushed for 198 yards and two touchdowns. Mississippi State’s defense bent, but it didn’t break. Special teams miscues continue to haunt Kentucky.
Final Score: Mississippi State 45—Kentucky 31
#3 Mississippi vs. #24 LSU
Summary: It’s a new era in college football when LSU fans storm the field. The Tigers found a way to win, despite four turnovers. Anthony Jennings struggled against Ole Miss’s secondary. He threw for 142 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Leonard Fournette had a monster game, but he also had a costly fumble on the goal line. Fournette rushed for 113 yards on 23 carries. Logan Stokes scored LSU’s lone touchdown, but it was enough to secure a win. The Tigers defense aggravated Bo Wallace. Many of his throws were off target and he looked frustration for most of the contest. Wallace threw for 176 yards, one touchdown and one interception. LSU outgained Ole Miss on the ground (LSU 264—UM 137) and defensive back Ronald Martin sealed the deal with a last second interception.
Final Score: LSU 10—Ole Miss 7
#5 Auburn vs. South Carolina
Summary: Steve Spurrier and South Carolina gave Auburn all it could take plus more. It was a fireworks show at Jordan-Hare Stadium as both team combined for 1,086 yards of offense (AUB 551—S.C. 535). Nick Marshall was razor sharp. He completed 85.7 percent of his passes (12/14) for 139 yards and a touchdown. Marshall rushed for three scores, but the night belonged to Cameron Artis-Payne and Ricardo Louis. Artis-Payne totaled 167 yards rushing and a touchdown. Lewis recorded 102 rushing yards and a touchdown on three carries. Dylan Thompson’s arm was on full display for South Carolina. He had 50 pass attempts. Thompson completed 29 of those attempts for 402 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions. Pharoh Cooper, Mike Davis and Shaq Roland all benefitted from Thompson’s arm. Cooper led all receivers with seven catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns. Davis and Roland each registered a touchdown reception. Jonathan Jones was critical for Auburn on defense. He collected two interceptions off Thompson. Linebacker Cassanova Mckinzy chimed in with an interception of his own. Auburn established its roots against South Carolina. The Tigers out rushed the Gamecocks 395-119.
Final Score: Auburn 42—South Carolina 35
#4 Alabama vs. Tennessee
Summary: Lane Kiffin ruined Tennessee’s “Third Saturday in October” festivities with his returned to Knoxville Saturday. Lil Jon’s song “Turn down for what” became more annoying than Kiffin’s appearance. The song played at Neyland Stadium on every third down. Alabama’s receiver Amari Cooper made history Saturday night; he became the first receiver in Alabama history to record two 200-yard receiving performance in a single-season. Cooper captured Alabama’s single-game receiving record against Tennessee, totaling nine catches for 224 yards and two touchdowns (Julio Jones—221 yards in 2010 against Tennessee). Alabama was aggressive to start the game, but lost intensity as the night went on. Sophomore quarterback Joshua Dobbs showed a lot of heart for Tennessee fans. He kept the crowd engaged and engineered huge drives. Dobbs registered 192 passing yards, two touchdowns and an interception and led the Volunteers in rushing with 75 yards. Blake Sims misfired on 10 pass attempts, but he demonstrated great poise on the road. Sims’s mobility was pivotal in the second half. His legs helped move the chains for Alabama on some key third down plays. Physical games call for bumps and bruises. The Crimson Tide had some players shaken up against the Volunteers, including Cameron Robinson, Brian Vogler, Christion Jones and Landon Collins. Derrick Henry led Alabama with 78 rushing yards and a score. Cyrus Jones ended Tennessee’s comeback threat with a fourth quarter interception.
Final Score: Alabama 34—Tennessee 20
Missouri vs. Vanderbilt
Summary: Welcome back Maty Mauk. Fans inside Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field witnessed Mauk return to being an effective passer. His timing was crisp on short to intermediate routes. Mauk had 141 passing yards and two touchdowns. Marcus Murphy and Russell Hansbrough got it done on the ground. Murphy collected 93 yards on 16 carries. Hansbrough had 87 yards rushing and a score on 19 carries. Bud Sasser led Missouri’s receiving corps with five catches for 74 yards and two touchdowns. Vanderbilt didn’t run the ball well, but Johnny McCrary provided a spark at quarterback. McCrary tossed for 196 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Missouri outgained Vanderbilt 385-240. The Tigers were 9 for 16 on third down (56.3 percent).
Final Score: Missouri 24—Vanderbilt 14
Arkansas vs. UAB
Summary: Arkansas dominates non-SEC schools. Brandon Allen threw for 205 yards and two touchdowns. Razorback fans were thrilled to see Alex Collins look like himself again. Collins rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Jonathan Williams put in 153 yards rushing and a score. The play of the game came from a 350-pounded offensive lineman. Sebastian Tretola lived a big man’s dream in the second quarter. Arkansas lined up him at quarterback and Tretola completed a 6-yard pass to Alan D’Appollonio for a touchdown. Tretola back pedaled five inches before releasing the ball. Jeremiah Briscoe engineered some positive drives for UAB, but Arkansas outgained the Blazers 484-195.
Final Score: Arkansas 45—UAB 17
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#10 TCU vs. Texas Tech
Summary: Gary Patterson is a defensive-minded coach, but TCU’s offense was on full display last week against Texas Tech. Trevone Boykin stamped his name into Heisman conversations with a masterful performance. He threw for 433 yards and seven touchdowns. Aaron Green and Trevorris Johnson did damage on the ground. Green and Johnson each rushed for 105 yards. Deante’ Gray led the Horned Frogs receiving corps with four catches for 165 yards and two touchdowns. Texas Tech’s quarterback Davis Webb tossed for 300 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Both programs combined for 1,231 yards of offense (TCU 785—TTU 446), but four turnovers cost Texas Tech the game.
Final Score: TCU 82—Texas Tech 27
#11 Kansas State vs. Texas
Summary: Kansas State’s defense dominated Texas. The Longhorns totaled 196 yards offensively and converted only four of 13 third downs. Jake Waters had 224 passing yards for the Wildcats. DeMarcus Robinson and Charles Jones each scored a rushing touchdown. Tyler Lockett led Kansas State’s receiving corps with eight receptions for 103 yards. Tyrone Swoopes threw for 106 yards, but Texas couldn’t run the ball (90 rushing yards). Kansas State possessed the ball more (KSU 39:14—TEX 20:46) and it converted 9 of 17 third downs (52.9 percent).
Final Score: Kansas State 23—Texas 0
#22 West Virginia vs. Oklahoma State
Summary: West Virginia is one of just a few teams in competition for a Big 12 title. Clint Trickett and Mario Alford were a deadly one, two punch. Trickett completed 70 percent of his passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns. Alford collected seven passes for 136 yards and a score. Kevin White caught one pass, but it went for a 27-yard touchdown. Russell Shell didn’t play, but Wendell Smallwood and Dreamius Smith gashed Oklahoma State on the ground. Smallwood had 132 rushing yards while Smith totaled 72 yards rushing and a touchdown. Cowboys’ quarterback Daxx Garman threw for 242 passing yards and a touchdown, but his two interceptions were costly. West Virginia outgained Oklahoma State 448-436. The Mountaineers converted 9 of 18 third downs (50 percent).
Final Score: West Virginia 34—Oklahoma State 10
Big Ten Matchups: Week 9
#16 Nebraska vs. Rutgers
Summary: Running back Ameer Abdullah has the Cornhuskers in control of a Big Ten title. Abdullah furthered his Heisman candidacy, recording 225 yards rushing and three touchdowns against Rutgers. Tommy Armstrong, Jr., had 163 passing yards and two touchdowns. Nebraska outgained Rutgers 445-348 thanks in large part 8 of 13 converted third downs (61.5 percent). Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova twisted his knee in the second quarter. He had 156 yards passing, one touchdown and one interception before the injury. Leonte Carroo led all receivers with five catches for 127 yards and a touchdown.
Final Score: Nebraska 42—Rutgers 24
#8 Michigan State vs. Michigan
Summary: It feels more and more like a Brady Hoke farewell tour as Michigan suffered its fifth loss of the season. Devin Gardner continues to struggle at quarterback. His two interceptions against Michigan State resulted from bad decision making. And the Wolverines only totaled 186 yards offensively (125 passing, 61 rushing) and converted five of 14 third downs (35.7 percent). His stats weren’t gaudy, but Connor Cook got it done. He tossed for 227 yards and a touchdown for the Spartans. Jeremy Langford couldn’t be stopped. He collected 177 yards rushing and three scores on 23 carries. Tony Lippett led Michigan State with three catches for 103 yards and a touchdown.
Final Score: Michigan State 35—Michigan 11
#13 Ohio State vs. Penn State
Summary: Ohio State has won five straight games since losing to Virginia Tech, but it still has room for improvement. The Buckeyes carried a 17-0 lead into halftime against Penn State. The Nittany Lions dominated the second half. Penn State scored 17 unanswered points, forcing an overtime period. Both teams exchanged touchdowns in the first overtime, but Ohio State’s quarterback J.T. Barrett had the final word in the second overtime. Barrett’s 4-yard touchdown run sealed a victory for the Buckeyes. Barrett threw for 74 yards and a touchdown, but his feet proved to be better than his arm. He and running back Ezekiel Elliott performed well on the ground. Barrett rushed for 75 yards and two scores. Elliot totaled 109 yards and a touchdown. Barrett and Penn State’s quarterback, Christian Hackenberg, both had two interceptions, but Ohio State found a way to win.
Final Score: Ohio State 31—Penn State 24
PAC-12 Matchups: Week 9
#14 Arizona State vs. Washington
Summary: Arizona State is a one-loss team that has played well as of late. Taylor Kelly had 180 passing yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Washington didn’t register an offensive touchdown, despite outgaining Arizona State 290-285. John Timu recorded Washington’s lone touchdown, a 63-yard interception return. The Huskies were solid defensively, but three turnovers ruined the party.
Final Score: Arizona State 24—Washington 10
#16 Arizona vs. Washington State
Summary: Rich Rodriguez has the fan base at the giant cactus believing Arizona can win a Pac-12 title. Anu Solomon was lights out. He had 294 passing yards and five touchdowns. Terris Jones-Grigsby totaled 107 rushing yards. Cayleb Jones, Austin Hill, Davonte’ Neal, Nate Phillips and Trey Griffey all caught a touchdown pass. Washington State couldn’t establish a run game, which led to Connor Halliday’s 79 attempted passes! He completed 58 for 489 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. Arizona had a better third down conversion percentage (ARIZ 53.8 percent—WSU 38.9 percent), but Washington State racked up 543 yards of offense. Two turnovers and a lack of balance on offense plagued the Cougars.
Final Score: Arizona 59—Washington 37
#6 Oregon vs. California
Summary: Oregon arguably remains one of the best one-loss teams in college football. Marcus Mariota lit up California’s secondary for 326 yards and five touchdowns. The Ducks were balanced offensively, as running back Royce Freeman totaled 112 yards and two scores. Byron Marshall and Dwayne Stanford both had a field day receiving. Marshall had four catches for 133 yards and a touchdown. Stanford recorded six catches for 103 yards and two scores. California’s quarterback Jared Goff held his own. He had 360 passing yard and two touchdowns. Daniel Lasco had 85 rushing yards, but Luke Rubenzier registered two touchdowns on the ground. Third down was a pivotal factor. Oregon converted 58.8 percent (10 of 17), while California converted 37.5 percent (6 of 16)
Final Score: Oregon 59—California 41
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