PREDICTING WEEK 8 IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL
October 15, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
WEEK 8 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREDICTIONS
LAST WEEK: 23-7 77%
OVERALL: 263-48 84%
We came back to earth last week after going 23-7. It was a week of upsets and of course I picked against Texas and they beat Oklahoma. My daughter lives in Austin and works at UT. I have been patient with the Longhorns this season. But if they continue to play with my emotions, I must insist she quit!!! So here are this week’s picks, with extended game notes for your enjoyment:
WINNERS IN BOLD
Thursday, October 17
Miami Notes: With a No. 10 ranking in this week’s AP poll, the Hurricanes are ranked among the top 10 of the poll for the 292nd time in program history and the first time since 2009 ... Miami is 16-3 all-time in ESPN Thursday Night games ..Thursday night’s game at North Carolina will be Miami’s 75th appearance on ESPN – tied for the most of any college football program ... The Hurricanes have recorded 18 sacks by 13 different players through the first five games ...Miami has allowed only two passing touchdowns this season, tied with Florida for the fewest in the nation ... RB Duke Johnson is the only player in Miami history with at least three kickoff returns of 95+ yards in his career ... Johnson has 3,014 career all-purpose yards and is on pace to break Santana Moss’ career record ... Johnson has eight 200-yard games, including a pair of 300-yard outbursts ....
North Carolina Notes: QB Marquise Williams made his first career start and completed 23 of 35 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns in UNC’s most recent game at Virginia Tech on Oct. 5... Williams also rushed 18 times for 56 yards ... OT James Hurst has made 41 career starts, most among Tar Heel players. DE Kareem Martin (33 starts) and S Tre Boston (32) are second and third on the team in career starts ... Freshman RB T.J. Logan made his UNC debut against Virginia Tech and rushed five times for 25 yards. He also caught one pass for eight yards and returned a kickoff 21 yards on his first career touch ... LB Jeff Schoettmer had a career-high 13 tackles (5 solo) in the Virginia Tech game and combined with DL Tim Jackson on his fi rst career sack ... PK Thomas Moore kicked two extra points in the Virginia Tech game and is now 63-of-63 in his career. Including 126 consecutive made PATs by Casey Barth, Carolina has made 189 consecutive extra points. Moore also made a 36-yard fi eld goal against the Hokies and is a perfect 5-of-5 on the year.
Friday, October 18
UCF improved to 4-1 with a 24-17 win at Memphis Oct. 18 …
The Knights had a bye win Week 7 … UCF is 3-0 on the road
this season, marking the first time in program history that the
Knights won their first three road dates … UCF is looking
for its first win against a top-25 opponent since a 37-32 win
against No. 13/12 Houston Nov. 14, 2009 … The win stands
as the only win against a top-25 team in program history …
QB Blake Bortles, who has emerged as one of the nation’s top
quarterbacks, has completed 92 of 142 passes for 1,334 yards
and nine touchdowns … RB Storm Johnson has rushed for 455
yards and seven touchdowns on 87 carries, averaging 91.0 yards
per game … WR Rannell Hall leads a deep group of receivers
with 21 catches for 373 yards and three touchdowns, while
WR J.J. Horton has 13 receptions for 177 yards and three TDs
… LB Terrance Plummer has 47 tackles, five tackles for loss,
two forced fumbles and two interceptions … Plummer was the
Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week following the
win at Memphis after he registered a pair of key interceptions.
Louisville has won its first six games of the season and is riding
an eight-game winning streak, dating to last year… The
Cardinals scored a 24-10 win against Rutgers last Thursday
to improve to 2-0 in the American Athletic Conference … The
Cardinals have outscored their first six opponents by a combined
246-44 margin, including a 144-10 margin in the first half
… Louisville has allowed just five touchdowns … QB Teddy
Bridgewater remains a top candidate for the Heisman Trophy
based on his numbers so far … Bridgewater has completed
125 of 176 passes for 1,872 yards and 18 touchdowns with two
interceptions … He is averaging 312.0 passing yards per game
and has an efficiency rating of 191.8 … RB Senorise Perry
tops a backfield triumvirate that could rank as the nation’s
best … Perry has rushed for 402 yards and five touchdowns
… WR DeVante Parker has 21 catches for 375 yards and six
TDs … LB Preston Brown has a team-high 39 tackles with 7.5
tackles for loss.
Saturday, October 19
Cincinnati evened its American Athletic Conference record
at 1-1 after a 38-20 win against Temple at Nippert Stadium …
The Bearcats bounced back from a 26-20 setback to USF in the
conference opener … The Bearcats rank sixth nationally in total
defense (271.8 yards per game) … Cincinnati is fourth nationally
in pass defense (160.2 yards per game) … QB Brendon
Kay, who had been limited in the first two games due to injury,
has started the last four contests … Kay has completed 100
of 140 passes for 1,088 yards and nine touchdowns with four
interceptions … Kay’s 71.6-percent completion rate ranks fifth
nationally … RB Ralph David Abernathy IV has rushed for a
team-high 327 yards with a pair of touchdowns … WR Shaq
Washington has a team-high 34 receptions for 284 yards …
WR Anthony McClung has 24 catches for a team-leading 311
yards and three touchdowns … LB Greg Blair has a team-high
41 tackles … LB Nick Temple is second in The American with
seven tackles for loss … DE Silverberry Mouhon has 3.5 sacks,
while Temple has three sacks.
The Huskies fell to 0-5 after a 13-10 setback to USF last Saturday
… The game was the first for T.J. Weist as the Huskies’ interim
head coach, after he replaced Paul Pasqualoni … Weist had
been the Huskies’ offensive coordinator and receivers coach …
The Huskies, who lost six starters from a defense that allowed
an average of 309.9 yards per game in 2012, allowed 378.2 yards
per game to their first four opponents before holding USF to
228 yards … Weist named freshman QB Tim Boyle his starter
… Boyle threw for 149 yards on 15-for-43 passing against the
Bulls … WR Geremy Davis has 25 catches for 388 yards …
WR Shakim Phillips has 15 catches for 255 yards and three
TDs … RB Lyle McCombs rushed for a career-high 164 yards
and a TD against USF and is averaging 72.8 rushing yards per
game this season … The defense is anchored by LB Yawin
Smallwood, who has made 64 tackles through five games and
is third nationally with 12.8 tackles per game … K Chad Christen
is 6-for-6 on field goal attempts of less than 40 yards and 0-for-4
from 40 yards or longer.
SMU at Memphis, 12:00 PM
SMU fell to 1-4 after dropping a 55-52 decision to Rutgers in
triple-overtime … The Mustangs’ first five opponents have
a combined record of 22-7… SMU has allowed an average of
43.2 points per game … SMU has run 292 pass plays against
133 rushing plays as the Mustangs rank seventh nationally in
passing offense (361.2 yards per game)… QB Garrett Gilbert has
completed 181 of 286 passes for 1,775 yards and nine touchdowns
with five interceptions … Gilbert ranks second nationally
in completions (36.2 per game) … WR Jeremy Johnson has 52
receptions for 635 yards and four touchdowns, while WR Darius
Joseph has 49 catches for 407 yards and three TDs … Johnson
is second nationally in receptions (10.4), while Joseph is fourth
(9.8) … The defense has been paced by LB Kevin Pope, who
has 45 tackles, eight tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks … K Chase
Hover has made 10 of 11 field goal attempts, while P Mike Loftus
has averaged 41.1 yards on 25 punts … WR JaBryce Taylor has
averaged 121.5 all-purpose yards per game.
Memphis fell to 0-2 in The American after the Tigers fell 25-15
at Houston last Saturday … The game against Houston was the
first this season in which the Tigers were not leading or tied
at the start of the fourth quarter … The Tigers were kept out
of th end zone against Houston, but stayed in the game thanks
to five field goals and a stout defense … QB Paxton Lynch has
completed 91 of 156 passes for 995 yards and two touchdowns
with four interceptions in his first five career starts … RB Brandon
Hayes has rushed for 379 yards and two touchdowns on 72
carries, while RB Marquis Warford has rushed for 275 yards on
40 attempts, an average of 6.9 yards per carry … The defense is
paced by DE Martin Ifedi, who is third the nation in both sacks
(1.3 per game) and fourth in tackles for loss (2.0 per game) … LB
Anthony Brown and LB Tank Jakes have a team-high 30 tackles
each … CB Bobby McCain has two interceptions, including a
75-yard return for a touchdown … P Tom Hornsey is averaging
47.0 yards per punt and has hit 10 punts of 50 or more yards … K
Jake Elliott has made all 10 of his field goal attmepts.
• Purdue and Michigan State meet for the 64th time in series history.
• Michigan State leads the series 32-28-3 and has won four straight in the series.
• The Boilermakers are coming off a 44-7 loss against Nebraska at Ross-Ade Stadium last
• Purdue and Michigan State meet on the gridiron after a two year break.
• Saturday’s game is the fi fth in-a-row and sixth of the year against a team that has been
ranked or received votes this season.
• Nine teams on the Boilermakers’ schedule have been ranked or received votes this season.
• Michigan State is coming off a 42-28 win over Indiana in its Homecoming game last week.
• The Boilermakers look to snap a four-game skid.
• Purdue trots out one of the youngest teams in the country as eight underclassmen started
on offense last week, including at all six skill positions.
• The Boilermakers had fi ve freshmen start on offense at skill positions last week.
• Series record: Michigan State leads 32-28-3
• Purdue points: 1,108
• Michigan State points: 1,434
• Series record in West Lafayette: Purdue leads 16-13-3
• Series record at Ross-Ade Stadium: Purdue leads 15-13-3
• Series record in East Lansing: Michigan State leads 19-12
• Series record at Spartan Stadium: Michigan State leads 19-11
• Games decided by 3 points or less: Purdue leads 8-4
• Games decided by 7 points or less: Purdue leads 14-10
• Longest Purdue win streak: 5 (1978-82)
• Longest Michigan State win streak: 6 (1985-90)
• Current streak: Michigan State has won the last four meetings
• Largest Purdue victory: 48-3 in 1988
• Largest Michigan State victory: 41-13 in 1969
• Last Purdue home victory: 2005
• Last Purdue road victory: 2006
• Last Michigan State home victory: 2010
• Last Michigan State road victory: 2009
• Mark Dantonio is in his seventh year as the head coach at Michigan State.
• Dantonio has led the Spartans to a school-record six consecutive bowl games.
• Michigan State has 28 conference wins since 2008, the third most in the conference
behind Ohio State’s 34 and Penn State’s 29, though seven Buckeye wins and 23 Nittany
Lion wins have been vacated.
• Dantonio is 4-0 against Purdue as a head coach, all while at Michigan State.
• Michigan State is on two-game winning streak.
• The Spartans have not been ranked this season, though they have received votes in the
poll every week.
• The Spartans have the nation’s top ranked rush defense and total defense.
• Connor Cook has settled in as the team’s starting quarterback and has completed 90
of 156 passes for 923 yards and nine touchdowns.
• Jeremy Langford leads the ground attack with 95 carries for 420 yards (4.4 avg) and
seven touchdowns. He was named the Big Ten Offensive player of the week on Monday
after rushing for 109 yards and scoring four total touchdowns against Indiana.
• Mike Sadler was named the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday after
punting four times for 237 yards (59.3 avg) with a long of 69. He is also the National
Punter of the Week.
Georgia owns a 53-18-2 edge in the series with Vanderbilt. The Bulldogs have won the last six games in the series and 17 of the past 18. Georgia is 24-7-1 all-time at Vanderbilt Stadium. The Commodores’ last victory in the series came in 2006 in Athens, 24-22. Georgia has won the last 10 meetings in Nashville while
the Commodores last home win over the Bulldogs came in 1991, 27-25.
SEC Record Watch For Total Offense & TD Passes
Senior quarterback Aaron Murray has two more SEC career records that are within reach Saturday. Currently, he ranks second in Total Offense and Touchdown Passes. He has 12,203 yards of total offense, trailing Tim Tebow (Florida 2006-09) by just 29 yards. This season, Murray ranks second in Total Offense in the SEC at 317.0 ypg behind only Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) at 377.0 ypg. The SEC record for Career TD passes is 114 by Danny Wuerffel (Florida 1993-96). Murray has 112 TD passes entering the Vanderbilt game including an SEC-best 17 this year.
Going Green In The Running Game
Georgia’s current tailback options feature a pair of freshmen in J.J. Green and Brendan Douglas. They have filled in the past two games for injured sophomore stars Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. Gurley has been out since the win over No. 6 LSU on Sept. 28 when he went down with an ankle injury in the first quarter. Marshall was lost for the year with an ACL injury in the first quarter of the UT game. Since being thrust in to a feature role, the 5-9, 183-pound Green has 29 carries for 216 yards (7.4 average). Not bad for a guy who arrived on campus last January and was listed as an “athlete.” Bulldog
coaches initially considered him as a cornerback or wide receiver and then in the spring, he got an opportunity at tailback and showed promise. Most recently, Green tallied 87 yards on 12 carries (7.3 avg.), including a career-long 57-yarder against
No. 25 Missouri. The 5-11, 202-pound Douglas finished with 14 carries for a career-high 70 yards. They have proven to be capable options in the passing game too. Douglas picked up his first career TD reception against
the Tigers, a 7-yarder, and he ended the day with six catches for 43 yards. Green managed five receptions for 42 yards versus the Tigers. In the road win over UT, Green responded with a career-high 129 yards on 17
attempts while Douglas collected 25 yards rushing and a 32-yard reception.
A Ray Of Sunshine Up Front
Junior DE Ray Drew ranks third in the SEC with a team-best five sacks, and they have come in the last three games (#6 LSU, at Tennessee, No. 25 Missouri). He entered this season with 0.5 career sacks. Most recently, he collected seven tackles and two sacks against the Tigers. For the year, he has 22 tackles.
Next Man Up
Georgia came into its game versus Tennessee on Oct. 5 missing its top tailback in Todd Gurley (ankle) and top receiver in Malcolm Mitchell (ACL). During the game against the Volunteers, the Bulldogs lost tailback Keith Marshall and receivers Justin Scott-Wesley and Michael Bennett to right knee injuries. Georgia also has not had starting safety Tray Matthews (hamstring) the last two contests. Head coach Mark Richt announced that Marshall and Scott-Wesley will miss the rest of the year with ACL injuries while Bennett and
Matthews should return later this season. Georgia did not have any major injuries against No. 25 Missouri.
The Bulldogs have played 14 true freshman this season. Seven of those have started (FS Tray Matthews, CB Brendan Langley, OLB Leonard Floyd, FS Quincy Mauger, CB Shaq Wiggins, ILB Reggie Carter, TB J.J. Green). Floyd now has four sacks on the year after picking up another against No. 25 Missouri.
Ten of the 14 true freshmen play defense. This is tied for third nationally with LSU while Texas A&M (17) and UCLA (15) are the top two in the category.
The Commodores own an impressive 11-4 record since their last
meeting against the Bulldogs. Vanderbilt captured eight of the final nine games in 2012 after falling to Georgia in Athens on Sept. 22.
The Commodores are also 10-3 in their last 13 games dating back to
a win over Auburn nearly a year ago. In those 10 wins, Vanderbilt's
margin of victory is 23.8 points. Six of the 10 victories have come against
BCS teams: Auburn, Kentucky, Ole Miss and Tennessee from the SEC
and Wake Forest and N.C. State from the ACC. The last time Vanderbilt enjoyed a 10-3 record over a 13-game stretch came in 1955-56.
Wesley Johnson (R-Sr., OL) paces all active Commodore position players
with 44 career starts. Among SEC players, Johnson ranks
second in consecutive starts, trailing only UGA QB Aaron Murray (46 starts). Johnson has started at center, left and right tackle, and left guard. He has six starts at left tackle this year. The all-time Vanderbilt team record
is 48 career starts, co-shared by Chris Marve (LB, 2007-11) and Brian Stamper (OL, 2003-07).
Vanderbilt's offensive point production through six games ranks favorably with the highest season averages in team history. Through six games, the 'Dores rank sixth in the SEC with a 33.7-point scoring average. The current scoring average is 3.7 points higher than in 2012 when the Commodores totaled 390 points. The 30.0-point average in 2012 was the highest Vanderbilt single-season total since the 1915 Commodore squad averaged 51.4 points. The increased scoring continues a trend the 'Dores started at
midseason one year ago. In its last 13 games, Vanderbilt is averaging
37.9 points and has tallied at least 24 points in each contest.
The Commodores rank among the SEC leaders in creating big plays on
offense. The unit has nine plays of 40+yards, tied for third most in the league behind Missouri (12) and LSU (10). The Commodores also have 16 plays of 30+yards, tying for fifth in the SEC and 27th in the NCAA.
All-Time Series: Minnesota leads 50-33-5 (89th meeting)
Current Streak: Northwestern won 3
Previous Meeting: Northwestern 21, Minnesota 13
(Oct. 13, 2012, Minneapolis)
• Northwestern enters Saturday's matchup having won five
of the last six meetings with Minnesota since 2007, with NU
suffering its lone defeat in its 2009 Big Ten opener (a 35-24
Gopher win at Ryan Field).
• Northwestern and Minnesota have had a penchant for
playing some nail-biters over the last decade, including:
• 2000: NU trailed 35-21 in early fourth quarter but tied the game
with 1:24 to play. After getting the ball back with less than a
minute to play, QB Zak Kustok's Hail Mary pass is caught in the end
zone by Sam Simmons as time expired for the game-winning score.
• 2007: The Wildcats again needed a comeback to erase a 35-14
second-half deficit, forcing OT with an 8-yard, fourth-down TD
pass from C.J. Bachér to Eric Peterman. Brandon Roberson scored
in overtime and the 'Cats stopped a Gophers two-point conversion
attempt to win, 49-48.
• 2008: Backup QB Mike Kafka rushed for 217 yards from under
center, but safety Brendan Smith played the hero with a 48-yard
interception return for a TD on the final play of the game, breaking
a 17-17 tie as NU upset a No. 20-ranked Gophers squad.
• 2010: Northwestern scored a touchdown to pull within two
points with 8:17 remaining, PK Stefan Demos kicked a go-ahead FG
with 2:07 left and Ben Johnson sealed the 29-28 win with a late
interception in NU's first trip to TCF Bank Stadium.
33.5......................................Points Per Game.................................31.2
28.3............................Scoring Defense Per Game.......................24.2
21.7................................First Downs Per Game...........................18.0
189.3............................Rushing Yards Per Game...................... 215.8
4.4........................................Average Per Rush...................................4.9
245.8............................ Passing Yards Per Game...................... 116.8
435.2.............................Total Offense Per Game....................... 332.7
22.3..................................Kick Return Average.............................25.2
6.0.................................... Punt Return Average.............................15.1
(+7)..................................... Turnover Margin...................................(E)
28:46......................Time of Possession Per Game.................31:35
40%............................Fourth-Down Conversions...................... 86%
11-13............................... Field Goal Attempts................................ 7-9
25-26 (96%).....................Red-Zone Scores............... 21-22 (95%)
(11) So Carolina at Tennessee, 12:00 PM
The No. 11/9 South Carolina Gamecocks (5-1, 3-1 SEC) play the middle game of a three-game SEC road trip with a stop in Knoxville for an Eastern Division matchup with the Tennessee Volunteers (3-3, 0-2 SEC). Game time is set for noon ET. ESPN has the national game telecast with Dave Pasch and Brian Griese in the booth and Tom Luginbill on the sidelines.
The Gamecocks are 5-1 on the season. They opened with a non-conference win over North Carolina, then lost their SEC opener at Georgia before bouncing back with four consecutive wins, sandwiching a non-conference road win at UCF around home wins over SEC Eastern Division opponents Vanderbilt and Kentucky. Carolina began this
three-game SEC road swing with a convincing 38-7 win at Arkansas last week. Tennessee is 3-3 overall and 0-2 in league play. They have non-conference wins over Austin Peay, Western Kentucky and South Alabama. The Vols three losses have all come to ranked teams - Oregon, Florida and Georgia. South Carolina has won each of the last three meetings against Tennessee. Prior to the current three-game winning streak, the Gamecocks had never won back-to-back games against the Volunteers. Carolina wraps up its three-game road trip next week with a stop in Columbia, Mo. and another SEC Eastern Division showdown, this time with the undefeated Missouri Tigers. That will be the Gamecocks’ final road game of
the season. They will wrap up the 2013 regular season with four-straight home contests, including two SEC tilts.
SETTING THE STAGE: The No. 11/9 South Carolina
Gamecocks (5-1, 3-1 SEC) travel to Knoxville to face
the Tennessee Volunteers (3-3, 0-2 SEC) on Saturday,
October 19. Game time is set for Noon ET with Dave
Pasch and Brian Griese in the booth and Tom Luginbill
working the sidelines for ESPN. Todd Ellis and Tommy
Suggs handle the call for the Gamecock Radio Network
with Langston Moore on the sidelines. WKNT (107.5
The Game) in Columbia is the flagship station for
A LITTLE HISTORY: 2013 marks the 120th season of
intercollegiate football at the University of South Carolina,
dating back to 1892. It is the 107th-consecutive
year in which South Carolina has competed on the gridiron.
The University did not field a team in either 1893
or 1906. Carolina is 24 games over the .500 mark with
an all-time record of 570-546-44. The Gamecocks were
nine games under .500 until head coach Steve Spurrier
took the reins in 2005, but are 33 games over since.
SEC HISTORY: The 2013 season marks South Carolina’s
22nd year in the Southeastern Conference. South
Carolina and Arkansas joined the league prior to the
1992 campaign. The Gamecocks earned their first SEC
Eastern Division title in the 2010 season. The Gamecocks
are 75-96-1 all-time in SEC regular-season play,
but are 20-8 since 2010 in conference action.
CAROLINA VS. TENNESSEE: This is the 32nd meeting
in a series that dates back to 1903. Tennessee leads
the all-time series, 22-7-2. The Vols hold a 14-2 advantage
in Knoxville and are 8-5-2 all-time in Columbia.
South Carolina has won the last three meetings, rolling
up a 38-24 in Williams-Brice Stadium in 2010, posting
a 14-3 victory in Knoxville in 2011 and holding on for
a 38-35 win in Columbia last season. It’s the first threegame
winning streak for South Carolina in the series. In
fact, the Gamecocks had never defeated the Vols twice
in a row before the current streak. Carolina has won four
of the last five and five of the last eight contests. The
Gamecocks defeated Tennessee four times from 1903-
2007 and have won four times from 2008-2012. South
Carolina’s only two overtime contests in history (both
losses) have come at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, a
23-20 setback in 2003 and a 27-24 loss in 2007.
Southern Miss at East Carolina, 12:00 PM
SOUTHERN MISS GOLDEN EAGLES
The Golden Eagles were idle Saturday. In their last outing, a 24-23 loss to FIU, senior QB Allan Bridgford passed for 243 yards and three touchdowns, completing 26-of-45 pass attempts. Two of Bridgford’s scoring passes went to junior WR Markese Triplett, who caught seven passes for 96 yards and the first multiple touchdown game of his career. The Southern Miss defense recorded a pair of interceptions for the first time since Dec. 3, 2011.
EAST CAROLINA PIRATES
The Pirates fell in triple overtime at Tulane Saturday, 36-33. Junior QB Shane Carden set a school record with 480 yards passing, eclipsing his own record of 447 set earlier this year against Old Dominion. It was his third career 400-yard passing game (eighth career 300-yard passing game). Carden completed 41-of-55 passes (two shy of his previous career-high) with a TD pass (13th this season, 36th career) and one interception. He connected with nine different receivers for at least one catch. Junior WR Justin Hardy set a school record for receiving yardswith 230, eclipsing the old mark of 218 set by Terry Gallaher in 1975 against Appalachian
State. His 17 receptions are also a school record, besting his mark of 16
set last year against Marshall and this season vs. Old Dominion
TCU at (21) Oklahoma State, 12:00 PM
OKLAHOMA STATE NOTES
Oklahoma State holds a 12-9-2 advantage all-time over TCU and a 6-4 edge against the Horned Frogs in Stillwater.
Prior to last season - TCU's first in the Big 12 - the Cowboys and Horned Frogs hadn't met since 1993.
Oklahoma State and TCU meet in Stillwater for the second straight season. The reason? When TCU gained membership into the Big 12, it inherited Texas A&M's schedule. The Aggies were to face the Cowboys at Boone Pickens Stadium
in both 2012 and 2013 after OSU agreed to switch the 2011 contest from Stillwater to College Station.
Last Year's Meeting - Oklahoma State 36, TCU 10
After spotting TCU a 14-0 first quarter lead, Oklahoma State rattled off 36 unanswered points to roll to a 36-14 win in its
first Big 12 meeting with the Horned Frogs.
The Cowboy defense held TCU to two-of-14 on third down conversions and suffocated a Horned Frog offense that entered the contest averaging more than 30 points per game.
Quarterback Wes Lunt returned to the OSU lineup after missing the bulk of the previous four games due to injury and completed 18-of-33 passes for 324 yards and a touchdown. He had difficulty finding any rhythm in the first quarter but solved
the Horned Frogs as the game progressed, completing six passes of 20 yards or longer and finishing with the fifth-best passing
day ever for an OSU freshman. Running back Joseph Randle continued his recent stretch of heavy action, carrying the ball a career-high 32 times for 126
yards and a touchdown. He became the first TCU opponent to eclipse the century mark rushing in 2012.
• Oklahoma State receivers coach Kasey Dunn served as cornerbacks coach under Gary Patterson at TCU in 2003.
• TCU safeties coach Chad Glasgow played linebacker at Oklahoma State. He earned a bachelor's degree from OSU in
business administration in 1995. He served as a graduate assistant under Bob Simmons at OSU in 1994 and 1995.
• TCU receivers coach Curtis Luper played at Oklahoma State from 1984-87 and was a teammate of Mike Gundy's at OSU
from 1985-87. He served as OSU running backs coach under Gundy from 2005-08.
• Several Oklahoma State and TCU players attended the same high schools. The list:
- TCU defensive end Devonte Fields and kicker Jaden Oberkrom both attended Arlington Martin HS with OSU kicker Ben Grogan.
- TCU offensive lineman Patrick Morris played for OSU quarterback J.W. Walsh's father, John Walsh, at Denton Guyer HS.
- TCU safety Chris Hackett and Oklahoma State defensive tackle Eric Davis both attended John Tyler HS in Tyler, Texas.
- TCU receivers David Porter and Cam White both attended DeSoto HS alongside OSU cornerback Taylor Lewis.
- TCU cornerback Keivon Gamble and linebacker Paul Dawson both attended Trinity Valley CC with OSU offensive
lineman Brandon Garrett.
- TCU defensive end Jon Koontz and OSU offensive lineman Michael Wilson both attended Aledo HS in Aledo, Texas.
- TCU defensive tackle Davion Pierson is a native of Oklahoma City and a graduate of Millwood HS.
- TCU offensive lineman Jamelle Naff is a native of Del City and a graduate of Del City HS.
ABOUT THE GAME
4TCU travels to No. 21/17 Oklahoma State for a
Saturday 11 a.m. contest on FOX.
4By inheriting Texas A&M’s Big 12 schedule, in
which the Aggies owed the Cowboys an extra home
game, the Horned Frogs are playing in Stillwater for
the second straight season. Oklahoma State’s first
Big 12 visit to TCU and Fort Worth will be in 2014.
4The Horned Frogs are playing their fourth current
top-25 opponent in seven games this season.
4As TCU’s head coach, Gary Patterson is 14-12
against ranked opponents.
4The game features the all-time winningest
coaches at both schools. Patterson has 119 victories
at TCU, while Mike Gundy has 71 for Oklahoma State.
4TCU has an 11 a.m. kickoff for the second straight
week and fourth time in seven games this season.
The Horned Frogs are 5-1 in 11 a.m. games over the
last two years.
4TCU is leaving Texas for just the second time this
season. Both trips have been to Oklahoma in the last
two weeks. TCU played at OU on Oct. 5.
Oklahoma State holds a 12-9-2 edge in the all-time
series with TCU. The first meeting came in 1915 with
the Cowboys taking a 13-0 decision in Fort Worth.
TCU is 3-6 versus Oklahoma State in Stillwater,
5-4-2 in Fort Worth, 1-1 in a pair of meetings (1943,
1946) in Oklahoma City and 0-1 in Dallas (1945
Prior to last season, the Horned Frogs and
Cowboys had not met since a 27-22 Oklahoma State
victory in 1993.
TCU’s last win in the series was a 13-11 decision in
1992, the last time the teams met in Fort Worth.
TCU has just 10 scholarship seniors on this year’s
Over 40 percent of players who have seen action
for TCU this season are sophomores.
The Horned Frogs played three current top-20
teams (LSU, Texas Tech, Oklahoma) in their opening
six games. Against both LSU and Oklahoma, TCU
had the ball with an opportunity to take the lead in
the fourth quarter. The Horned Frogs and Texas Tech
were tied with less than four minutes to play.
TCU tops the Big 12 and is fifth nationally with
its average of 3.7 sacks per game.
TCU has held 11 of its last 12 opponents to a less
than 60 percent completion percentage.
Since 2012, TCU All-America cornerback Jason
Verrett leads the nation in passes defended (33).
TCU is the lone school in the nation to rank in the
top five in kickoff return average (30.3 yards) and
top 20 in punt returns (14.1 yards).
TEXAS TECH NOTES
RED RAIDERS HEAD EAST TO FACE WEST VIRGINIA
15th-ranked Texas Tech will make its first trip to the state of West Virginia this weekend as the Red Raiders face the West Virginia Mountaineers at Noon (ET) on Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium. The last time Texas Tech traveled to the east coast for a regular-season game was in 2003 when the Red Raiders went to Raleigh, N.C. for a match-up against North Carolina State. The last time Tech played in the eastern time zone was on New Year’s Day 2008 when the Red Raiders notched a 31-28 win over Virginia in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. Saturday’s game will be televised nationally with an 11 a.m. CT kickoff on Fox Sports 1, which will be Tech’s third consecutive appearance on the new sports cable network. The Texas Tech Sports Network will have the radio call live across 33 affiliates in Texas and Eastern New Mexico. Brian Jensen (play-by-play), John Harris (analyst) and Chris Level (sideline) will have the call from Milan Puskar Stadium.
TEXAS TECH AND WEST VIRGINIA
Saturday’s game against West Virginia will mark just the third time the two teams have faced off on the gridiron. The series is tied 1-1 following last year’s 49-14 win by Texas Tech in Lubbock. West Virginia won the only other meeting between the two teams back in 1937 in the Sun Bowl. West Virginia joined the Big 12 Conference in 2012 after departing the Big East.
• There are plenty of Texas Tech connections with the West Virginia football program as Mountaineer Head Coach Dana Holgorsen began his Division I coaching career in Lubbock and spent seven seasons as an assistant coach under Mike Leach. Holgorsen tutored Texas Tech Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury for three seasons (2000-2002). Kingsbury and Holgorsen later worked together at the University of Houston.
Cornerbacks coach Brian Mitchell was an assistant coach under Mike Leach at Texas Tech from 2006-2009. Support staff member Lyle Leong lettered at Tech from 2007-10 and ranks second all-time with 32 career touchdowns.
• In last year’s win, the Red Raiders compiled 676 yards of total offense while holding a potent WVU team to just 408 total yards. Jace Amaro racked up a career high 156 yards receiving before leaving the game due to injury.
TEXAS TECH IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
• Texas Tech debuted in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll at No. 25 on Sept. 15 following a win over TCU. The AP ranking in the fourth week of the season is the earliest debut for the Red Raiders since a No. 12 preseason ranking in 2008. The Red Raiders are ranked 16th in this week’s poll and its the highest ranking for Tech since climbing to No. 15 on Oct. 21, 2012.
• Texas Tech debuted in the USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll at No. 25 on Sept. 22 following a win over Texas State. The Red Raiders are ranked 15th in this week’s poll and that is the highest ranking since the final poll of the 2008 season when Tech finished 12th.
• First-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury got his team ranked after just three games and that marks a first in school history. Prior to Kingsbury, the previous mark was five games by Jim Carlen in 1970. Carlen’s squad defeated Texas A&M 21-7 in College Station on Oct. 10, 1970, and then appeared in the AP Poll at No. 17 on Oct. 12. The A&M win was Carlen’s fifth game as the head coach of the Red Raiders.
WEST VIRGINIA NOTES
Notes To Remember
4WVU has won 100 of its last 136 regular-season games and 105-of-147 overall games.
4WVU has the 14th-best record in college football in the last eight years (2005-12).
4WVU has the 14th-best record in college football in the last nine years (2004-12).
4WVU has the 12th-best record in college football in the last 10 years (2003-12).
4Since 2003, WVU has had the No. 11-best home record in college football (56-13).
4WVU is No. 14 all-time in college football winning percentage.
4WVU has outrushed its opponents in 73-of-101 games; WVU’s record is 74-27 during that span.
4WVU is 68-8 since 2002 when winning the turnover battle.
4Since 2000, WVU is 84-7 when scoring 30 or more points in a contest.
4WVU is 49-31-3 in Homecoming games, including 25-7-1 at Milan Puskar Stadium/2-0 under Holgorsen.
4WVU is 265-205-21 all-time in the month of October/4-4 under Holgorsen/2-1 under Holgorsen at home.
4West Virginia is 14-11 all-time against Big 12 Conference schools/6-6 at home.
4The Big 12 Conference’s 90 percent bowl participation mark in 2012 is the highest in college football history.
4All Big 12 Conference losses in 2012 were to teams who played in bowl games.
4In the Holgorsen era, WVU has produced 21 games with 400 or more yards of total offense, 12 games with
more than 500 yards and six games with more than 600 yards.
4In the Holgorsen era, WVU has produced 30 or more points in 22 games, 40 or more points in 11 games, 50 or more points in six games and 60 or more points three times.
(22) Florida at (14) Missouri, 12:21 PM
• Florida and Missouri are meeting for just the third time ever. Last year, the Gators beat the Tigers 14-7 in Gainesville in the two teams’ first meeting as Southeastern Conference opponents. The first meeting between the two schools came in the 1966 Sugar Bowl, when No. 6 Missouri beat Florida 20-18.
• Both UF and Mizzou control their own destinies in the SEC East race for a berth in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta. The Tigers beat Georgia last weekend to improve to 2-0 in the conference, while the Gators are 3-1, with their only loss coming to SEC West opponent LSU.
• Among the six teams remaining on Florida’s schedule, there are four top-15 teams present in rankings: No. 14 Missouri (Oct. 19 in Columbia, Mo.), No. 15 Georgia (Oct. 27 in Jacksonville, Fla.), No. 11 South Carolina (Nov. 16 in Columbia, S.C.) and No. 5 Florida State (Nov. 30 in Gainesville).
• UF’s two losses have come on the road to teams currently ranked in the top 10 - at No. 6 LSU and No. 10 Miami.
• Since the start of the 2012 season, the Gators are 10-2 in conference play, tied for the fourth-most conference wins
nationally (Clemson, Oregon, Stanford-11). Florida, Alabama and Georgia have the most SEC wins with 10 each.
• In its last 18 regular-season games, Florida has a 15-3 (.833) record - ranking 11th nationally in regular-season wins and win percentage since the start of the 2012 regular season.
• The Gators have dominated the middle portion of games this season, outscoring opponents a combined 79-26 in the second and third quarters.
• Florida held LSU to 17 points, the 13th-straight SEC game the Gators have held a SEC opponent to 20 or fewer points. Alabama has a streak of two games and South Carolina has a streak of one game. No other SEC team has a streak longer than zero.
• UF is 11-of-13 scoring in the red zone in its last four games after starting the year 4-of-12 (TDs) and 6-of-12 (scoring) in its first two games.
LAST TIME OUT
• Florida lost to LSU 17-6 in Baton Rouge, but still lead the all-time series 31-26-3 and hold a 16-15 edge in Tiger Stadium.
• UF snapped LSU’s school record streak of six-straight games scoring at least 35 points.
• In total yardage, LSU held a 327-240 advantage over the Gators. It was the first time all season that LSU was held under 400 total yards of offense.
• The Florida defense limited QB Zach Mettenberger to just 9-of-17 for 152 yards with no touchdowns, his lowest completions, attempts and yards of the season. It also ended his streak of eight-straight games with at least one touchdown pass.
• The Gators used a 14-play, 60-yard drive on their first possession and a 44-yard field goal by Frankie Velez to take a 3-0 lead. UF was 2-for-3 on third-down conversions on the drive.
• The field goal was the longest made by Florida this season, as the previous long was 33 yards twice (vs. Miami &Kentucky).
• Velez was 2-for-2 on the first two field goal attempts of his career, hitting from 44 and 27 yards.
• LSU was shut out in the first quarter for the first time since a 24-19 win at Texas A&M on Oct. 20, 2012.
• The Gators have forced at least one turnover in 17-straight games. The fumble recovery in the second quarter was thefourth by UF this season.
• UF’s turnover margin for the game was +1, and the Gators are now +2 for the season.
• Florida has yet to allow a touchdown in the third quarter in 6 games this year. LSU only ran 8 offensive plays in the third quarter, compared to 21 for the Gators.
• UF has not turned the ball over in its last two contests (Arkansas, LSU).
• Florida was held without a touchdown for the first time since Oct. 27, 2012, against Georgia.
• Of the Gators’ 17 first downs, 8 were rushing, 8 were passing and 1 came via a penalty,
• Florida controlled the time of possession, 34:11-25:49.
SERIES HISTORY - MIZZOU VS. FLORIDA
? Saturday’s Mizzou-Florida matchup is just the third meeting between the two schools on the gridiron, withthe series tied at 1-1...
? The Tigers and Gators fi rst met in the 1966 Sugar Bowl, with Mizzou turning away the Gators with a 20-18 win to fi nish 8-2-1 that season...
? Mizzou and Florida would not meet again until last season, with the No. 8 Gators needing everything they had to hold off their new SEC foe, taking a 14-7 result on Nov.3 in Gainesville...
SIGHTS SET ON 7-0
? Mizzou is 6-0 for the third time in 13
seasons under Pinkel. That kind of fast
start to a season has been a precursor to
big things for Pinkel at Mizzou...
? Mizzou’s last 6-0 start in 2010 was
part of a remarkable 7-0 run to begin the
season. The Tigers fi nished that campaign
with a 10-3 record, Big 12 North Co-
Championship and an Insight Bowl
PLENTY OF POINTS
? Mizzou’s offense averaged 46.0
points in its pair of wins at Vanderbilt (51-
28) and at No. 7 Georgia (41-26). In four
SEC road games in 2012, Mizzou averaged
24.3 points per game, scoring 10 at South
Carolina, 7 at Florida, 51 at Tennesse (in
a 4-OT game) and 29 at Texas A&M. The
Tennessee game was tied 28-all at the end
of regulation, which means in four SEC road
games in 2012, Mizzou averaged just 18.5
points per game in regulation…
? Mizzou’s 51 points at Vanderbilt marked
the most scored by the Tigers in a road
conference game (non-OT) since claiming a
52-20 win at Iowa State on Nov. 15, 2008…
? Mizzou fell behind at No. 7 Georgia
last Saturday by a 7-0 score, but rallied to
score 28 of the next 31 points in the fi rst
half, outscoring the Bulldogs 28-3 to take
a commanding 28-10 lead into halftime.
Georgia found its groove in the third quarter
and ultimately pulled to within 28-26 early
in the fourth quarter, but the Tigers dug in
and answered with two touchdowns to pull
away for the big win – Mizzou’s fi rst on the
road against a top-10 opponent since a 14-3
win in 1981 at No. 9 Mississippi State…
? Mizzou got the win despite losing a pair
of captains and award candidate players in
senior QB James Franklin and senior CB
E.J. Gaines to injuries. Gaines was lost for
the day early in the second quarter with a
quad injury, and Franklin (2nd in the SEC in
total offense coming into the game) was
lost midway through the 4th quarter with
a shoulder injury. Redshirt freshman QB
Maty Mauk came in and led the Tigers to
touchdowns on two of three possessions
to help secure the win…
? Mizzou’s win also broke Georgia’s 15-
game home winning streak at Sanford
Syracuse at Georgia Tech, 12:30 PM
GEORGIA TECH NOTES: Georgia Tech has played 204 consecutive games without being shut out (last shutout came vs. Florida State on Oct. 18, 1997) ... Tech has produced at least 400 yards of total offense in every game, but one this season ... The Yellow Jackets have allowed just seven third-quarter points all season; Tech has outscored opponents 42-7 in the third quarter ... Jemea Thomas started at safety in Saturday night’s game ay BYU after starting the first five games at cornerback; Thomas is the fifth different player to start at safety this season ... Freshman PK Harrison Butker is4-for-4 on attempts from beyond 40 yards this season ... NT Adam Gotsis registered career highs for both tackles for loss (4.0) and quarterback sacks (2.0) in the BYU game ... Senior OL Will Jackson made his team-best 35th career start against BYU ... Jackson started for the fi rst time this season at offensive tackle due to an injury to Ray Beno ...Freshman QB Justin Thomas completed the first passes of his career and threw his first career TD pass vs. BYU…….
.SYRACUSE NOTES: Saturday’s 24-10 victory at NC State marked the Orange’s first conference win as an ACC member, its fi rst in seven tries vs. the Wolfpack and its first on the road this season ...Syracuse piled up 362 yards on the ground vs. NC State, marking its second straight game with over 300 rushing yards ... RB Jerome Smith rushed for 140 yards, RB Prince-Tyson Gulleyadded 132 and QB Terrel Hunt had 92... It marked the fi rst time the Orange have had two 100-plus yard rushers in a game since the 2012 Pinstripe Bowl against West Virginia, when the same duo accomplished the feat ... Syracuse had 13 tackles for a loss of 68 yards, against NC State, both season highs ... LB Marquis Spruill had 2.5 TFLs, a personal best, for a career-high loss of 14 yards, which included one sack ... LB Cameron Lynch, who had a career best 14 tackles, had 2.0 stops in the backfi eld for a loss of 12 yards ... FS Durell Eskridge contributed a tackle for loss and also had an interception,which he returned for 32 yards. He also had a personal best 13 tackles.
Akron at Miami-Ohio, 1:00 PM
• The Miami University football team is in its 125th season of football and has
an all-time record of 668-416-44 (.612).
• Miami is coming off a 17-10 loss at Massachusetts last Saturday in Gillette
• Mike Bath was named interim head football coach on Sunday, Oct. 6 and
will serve in that role the remainder of the season.
• Bath replaced Don Treadwell, who was 8-21 in 29 career games at Miami.
• Miami has four captains in 2013, voted on by their teammates. QB Austin
Boucher, TE Steve Marck, DT Austin Brown and DE Wes Williams serve as
captains in 2013.
• Miami returns 47 letterwinners (20 offense, 23 defense and 4 special teams)
and 16 starters (6 offense, 6 defense and 4 special teams) from the 2012
• Miami leads the all-time series with Akron 16-5-1 and is 10-1-1 all-time
inside Yager Stadium versus the Zips. The last time Akron won in Oxford,
Ohio was back in 1939.
• Miami features a roster loaded with youth. The RedHawks entered the
season opener with 12 seniors, 14 juniors, 23 sophomores and 51 freshmen.
• The RedHawks enter Saturday’s contest with a record of 0-6 overall and
0-2 in Mid-American Conference play, including a 17-10 loss last Saturday
• It has been a crazy few weeks for Mike Bath. On Saturday, Oct. 5 he and the
RedHawks lost to Central Michigan (21-9). The following day (Oct. 6) Bath was
named interim head football coach and on Oct. 12 he and the RedHawks lost
at Massachusetts (17-10). This Saturday’s contest with Akron will be Bath’s
first home game leading the program.
• Bath has been an assistant coach for the RedHawks for six years (two
different stints), was a graduate assistant (2004-05) and a player (1997-00).
Bath was the offensive coordinator for two years at Ashland (2009-10) and
will call plays for Miami for the rest of the season.
• Bath spent the past three seasons coaching tight ends, wide receivers and
quarterbacks at various points. In 2012, he helped coach Zac Dysert to nearly
every Miami passing record known to man. Dysert was drafted by the Denver
Broncos last April. Bath was also a decorated quarterback during his time as a player. From 1998-00, he posted a record of 23-10, while throwing for 6,524 yards and 49 touchdowns.
•Miami has two players ranked among national leaders. Senior punter Zac
Murphy leads the nation in punting (47.7 yards per punt), while sophomore
linebacker ties for 19th nationally in tackles per game (10.0) and is 14th
in solo tackles (6.2). Kern’s solo tackles per game lead the Mid-American
• The RedHawks have lost 10 straight contests dating back to 2012. Miami’s
last win was Oct. 27, 2012 at home versus Ohio (23-20).
• In the UMass contest Miami got a 45-yard field goal from Kaleb Patterson
midway through the third quarter to take a 10-7 lead. The Minutemen
recorded a late third quarter touchdown and tacked on a 25-yard field goal
early in the fourth quarter for the 17-10 final score.
• Miami had a season-high 290 yards of offense and 19 first downs against
Massachusetts. Dawan Scott lead the team in both rushing (55) and receiving
(58) yards. Freshman wide receiver Jared Murphy, making his first career
start, had four catches for 38 yards.
• The Red and White had two interceptions versus UMass, which is the third
time this season they have intercepted multiple passes in a contest. Miami
also picked off Cincinnati and Illinois twice.
• Kent Kern had his fourth double-digit tackle performance of the season,
finishing the game with 10 stops. The first-year starter ranks third in the MAC
with 10.0 stops per game.
• Despite the 0-6 record, Miami is actually plus-4 in the turnover department
this season. The RedHawks have thrown just six interceptions and fumbled
once, while forcing three fumbles and intercepting eight passes this season.
Miami ranks fourth in the MAC in turnover margin.
Streaks, Storylines, Sidebars
• Akron (1-6, 0-3 MAC) wraps up a two-game
conference road swing by visiting Miami (Ohio)
(0-6, 0-2 MAC) on Saturday for a 1 p.m. ET contest
at Yager Stadium. The game will be carried on ESPN3 and WatchESPN.
• UA comes off a 27-20 loss at No. 23-ranked Northern Illinois last Saturday. The Zips kept the Huskies well below their 42.2 scoring average
and to 1-of-15 on third-down conversions.
• The contest at Miami ends a seven-game stretch for the Zips of facing opponents who boast a winning record this season, including two nationally ranked foes in Northern Illinois (6-0) and Michigan (5-1) (32-10 combined record for those seven teams). Akron lost by a combined 11 points to those ranked opponents (28-24 at Michigan on Sept. 14; 27-20 at NIU on Oct. 12).
• Six of UA’s first seven opponents competed in a bowl game at the end of the 2012 season, with FCS member James Madison being the exception. In all, the Zips will face nine teams this year that played in a bowl a season ago (six of its eight MAC foes). Additionally, UA is the only team to face last year’s top-three finishers in the MAC’s East and West divisions.
• Zips recruiting coordinator and inside receivers coach John Pont is the grandson of Miami’s famed Cradle of Coaches member John Pont,
who was head coach at Miami from 1956-62.
• UA looks for its first road win since a 42-35 victory at Eastern Michigan on Oct. 18, 2008 (stretch 30-straight away losses).
News, Notes, Trends
• On kickoffs, the UA is holding opponents to 19.20 yards per return (31st in the nation, third in the league. The Zips rank 29th nationally and second in the MAC in net punting (39.07 ypp).
• UA has recorded 17 sacks (season-high six at Bowling Green on Sept. 28) (fourth most by a MAC team this year). UA’s 2.29 spg average is
fifth in the MAC and 48th nationally.
• The Zips’ 6.4 tackles-for-loss per game ranks fourth in the MAC and 43rd in the country.
• Akron has lost two fumbles this year, tied for tenth nationally (one at UCF on Aug. 29; one versusOhio on Oct. 5).
• The Zips blocked two field goals at Northern Illinois (Oct. 12).
• For the third-straight year UA entered the season with a new starting quarterback. Sophomore Kyle Pohl has been the starter in all seven
games and is 139-of-254 passing for 1,435 yards and nine touchdowns (24-of-56 passing, 262 yards, one INT at Northern Illinois on Oct. 12).
• Sophomore WR Zach D’Orazio leads the team in touchdown catches (four), total catches (23) and receiving yards (302). He had a season
long reception of 77 yards for a TD against Louisiana (Sept. 21) (14th-longest pass play in school history). He had four catches for 36 yards at
Northern Illinois (Oct. 12).
• Freshman WR Fransohn Bickley, has 20 grabs for 186 yards this season (both second most on the team). He also returns kickoffs (10 returns for 166 yards with a long of 26 yards).
• Fifteen different UA players have caught at least one pass this year. Seven different players have made at least one touchdown catch.
• Junior RB Jawon Chisholm’s 2,271 career rushing yards ranks tenth in UA history (490 carries). His 10 career 100-yard rushing games ties
as the tenth most nationally among active players. He does not have a 100-yard game this year. Chisholm has rushed for 357 yards and three TDs
off 92 carries this season, and ties for the third most catches on the team (17 with two others) for 123 yards (team-high 480 all-purpose yards).
He had two 1-yard rushing TDs at NIU (Oct. 12).
• Junior LB Justin March leads the Zips with three interceptions this season (two at Michigan on Sept. 14, one returned 27 yards for a TD). His 0.4 INTs per game ranks 43rd nationally and fourth in the MAC. His 40 tackles (26 solo) is third most on the team.
• Senior CB Malachi Freeman is second on the squad with 42 tackles (28 solo). He has made a team-best eight pass breakups to go with one
interception (versus Ohio on Oct. 5).
• Reigning MAC East Division Special Teams Player-of-the-Week sophomore P Zach Paul’s 44.1 yard punt average ranks third in the MAC
and 21st nationally. He has two season-long punts of 65 yards.
OHIO STATE NOTES:
FIRST AND 10
• Ohio State enters the game with the nation’s longest winning streak at 18 games.
• Ohio State has won the last three meetings with Iowa and 11 of the last 12 overall.
• Saturday’s game will feature the Big Ten’s second and third ranked rushing defenses (OSU, 2nd, 86.2 ypg; Iowa, 3rd, 88.5 ypg).
• Ohio State’s defense ranks sixth nationally in rushing defense (86.2 ypg). The unit has not allowed a run of 20 or more yards this season.
• Ohio State leads the Big Ten and ranks sixth in the NCAA in scoring with 46.8 ppg.
• Ohio State is outscoring teams 126-28 in the first quarter this season.
• Ohio State is averaging 492.8 yards of total offense per game while giving up 326.8.
• Urban Meyer’s teams are 34-2 overall with more than a week to prepare for an opponent.
• Junior QB Braxton Miller is tied for first with Joe Germaine with six career games of at least 300 yards of total offense.
• Junior LB Ryan Shazier is second in the B1G with 8.0 TFL.
Ohio State is 6-0 and 2-0 in the Big Ten and is ranked third in this week’s USA Today/Coaches Top 25 poll and fourth in the Associated Press poll for the fifth straight week.
The Buckeye offense, averaging a Big Ten-best 46.8 points per game, is third in the Big Ten and 19th nationally with 492.8 yards per game. Their rushing attack is one of the best in the nation, ranking third in the Big Ten and 11th in the NCAA with 280.7 yards per game on the ground.
Seniors Jordan Hall (427 yards, 8 TDs) and Carlos Hyde (294 yards, 3 TDs in three games) are Ohio State’s most experienced rushers. Junior QB Braxton Miller -- Ohio State’s all-time leading rusher among QBs (2,219 yards) -- has rushed for 233 yards in a little more than 12 quarters of play this season. He returned from a knee injury Sept. 28 vs. Wisconsin, completing 17 of 25 passes for 198 yards and a career-high tying four TDs. He also rushed for 83 yards on 22 carries. He then passed for 203 yards in a 40-30 win at No. 15 Northwestern Oct. 5. Senior Corey “Philly” Brown (30 rec., 381 yds, 5 TDs) and junior Devin Smith (23 rec., 362 yds, 5 TDs) are Ohio State’s leading receivers.
The Silver Bullet defense is led by All-Big Ten junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, who is second in the Big Ten with 8.0 TFL to go along with 47.0 total tackles. This young group is among the best in the Big Ten and the nation, allowing just 86.2 yards per game on the ground -- sixth best in the NCAA. Ohio State’s defense held Wisconsin to 104 yards rushing, nearly 250 yards below its season average, while the Buckeye secondary, led by junior All-American Bradley Roby (2 INTs), ranks fifth in the Big Ten with seven interceptions this season.
IOWA/OHIO STATE NOTES
• Iowa’s defense has held its first six opponents under their rushing average. In its
Big Ten opener, Iowa held Minnesota 252 yards below its average rushing yards
per game. Ohio State averages 280.7 rushing yards per game.
• Iowa is 4-6 following a bye week since 1999. Iowa has twice played Ohio State
following a bye week (L, 19-10, at No. 8 OSU in 2003; W, 33-7 vs. No. 23 OSU in
• No. 4/3 Ohio State is Iowa’s highest ranked opponent since No. 3 Penn State visited Iowa City in 2008 (Iowa won, 24-23).
• Saturday is the second career meeting between Kirk Ferentz and Urban Meyer.
Meyer was in his first year at Florida when the Gators defeated Iowa, 31-24, in the 2006 Outback Bowl.
• Three of Iowa’s next four opponents come against new coaching staffs (Ohio State, Wisconsin and Purdue). Ohio State’s coaching staff is in their second season, but the Hawkeyes and Buckeyes did not play last year.
• Ohio State has the top scoring offense in the Big Ten (46.8 ppg). Iowa has the third best scoring defense in the Big Ten, allowing 16.8 ppg.
• Iowa has allowed just five sacks through six games, while the Buckeyes have recorded16 sacks in six contests.
• Iowa allows 88.5 rushing yards per game, the eighth-best total in the nation and
No. 3 in the Big Ten.
• The Iowa offense is converting 48.4 of its 3rd downs, the 22nd-best conversion
rate in the nation and No. 2 in the Big Ten. Ohio State’s defense owns the
best 3rd-down conversion rate in the conference (25.3-percent).
• Through six games, Iowa’s defense has faced only one down-and-goal situation
-- versus Northern Illinois, resulting in a field goal.
• Iowa ranks third among Big Ten teams in scoring defense, total defense, rushing
defense, and pass defense.
• Iowa is the only school in the nation to have not allowed a rushing touchdown this season. Hawkeye opponents have rushed 182 straight times without a score. Ohio State has rushed for 17 touchdowns this season.
• Iowa’s Kevonte Martin-Manley (25.8) and Ohio State’s Corey Brown (16.1) rank
1-2, respectively, in Big Ten punt return average.
Setting The Scene
• Remaining in the state of Michigan for the second straight week, Indiana (3-3, 1-1 Big Ten) takes on RV/24
Michigan (5-1, 1-1 Big Ten) on Saturday, Oct. 19. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. EDT at Michigan Stadium (109,901; FieldTurf
• Kevin Wilson is in his third season as head coach at Indiana. Wilson spent the 2002-10 seasons at
Oklahoma, where he served as co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach from 2002-05 and as offensive
coordinator and tight ends and fullbacks coach from 2006-10.
• Brady Hoke is 24-8 (.750) in his third season as head coach at Michigan. Hoke served as head coach at Ball
State (2003-08) and San Diego State (2009-10) and carries an overall record of 71-58 (.550).
INDIANA News & Notes
• Indiana scored 28 points against Michigan State, which matched the most points the Spartans have allowed
in a game the past two seasons. The Hoosiers gained 351 yards (92 rushing, 259 passing). MSU’s defense was
averaging 13.4 points and 203.8 yards (51.2 rushing, 152.6 passing) coming into the game.
• IU has scored 28 points in seven straight games dating back to last season, a program record.
• Indiana’s school record streak of seven 300-plus yard passing games ended at MSU.
• For the third straight week, a Hoosier eclipsed 100 receptions and 1,000 yards. Tight end Ted Bolser (101,
1,223) became the 20th IU player to reach both milestones at Michigan State, joining teammates Shane Wynn
(105, 1,199) and Kofi Hughes (107, 1,533).
• Bolser leads all IU tight ends with 14 career touchdowns (T-6th overall) and is second in catches and yards.
Bob Stephenson (1978-81) holds the all-time records with 115 and 1,252.
• Cody Latimer (98, 1,490) needs two catches to add his name to the accomplished list. Indiana has never had
four players on the same team with 100 and 1,000.
• Duwyce Wilson (78, 1,013) joined the quartet and became the 39th member of the 1,000-yard club against
the Spartans. The Hoosiers never before had more than three 1,000-yard receivers on the same team.
• IU is T-7th nationally in 60-plus yard plays (4), T-6th in 50-plus yarders (7), T-2nd in 40-plus yarders (16), 3rd in
30-plus yarders (23) and 9th in 20-plus yarders (44).
• Cornerback Tim Bennett ranks 1st nationally with 14 pass breakups and 15 passes defended. He recorded
his first career interception at Michigan State. Bennett leads the B1G with 35 solos and is T-10th in tackles (7.5).
• With two takeaways at MSU, Indiana has 10 - five interceptions and five fumble recoveries - in 2013. The
Hoosiers have scored eight touchdowns and 56 points off of the 10 turnovers.
Tale of The Tape
Points Scored 41.7 39.0
Rushing Yds. 172.8 173.2
Passing Yds. 331.5 222.5
Total Yds. 504.3 395.7
Total Plays 76.7 68.2
First Downs 23.5 20.5
Time of Possession 25:06 32:13
3rd Down Conversion 45.2% 47.1%
Red Zone Scores 25-31 22-25
Red Zone TDs 22-31 19-25
Kick Return Yds. 17.4 23.8
Points Allowed 32.8 23.3
Rushing Yds. Allowed 216.5 89.5
Passing Yds. Allowed 239.5 229.7
Total Yds. Allowed 456.0 319.2
U-M leads the all-time series vs.
• Michigan has won 17 straight games
against the Hoosiers.
• Michigan has the longest active
home winning streak among BCS
conference teams, claiming 18
straight games at Michigan Stadium.
• Last week’s four-overtime game at
Penn State marked the longest game
in U-M history.
• Two weeks ago against Minnesota,
Michigan posted its first turnover-free
game since its meeting vs. the Golden
Gophers on Oct. 1, 2011 (26-game
• The Wolverines’ come-from-behind
win at Connecticut (Sept. 21) tied the
second-largest road comeback (14
points) in program history.
• The announced crowd of 115,109 for
the Michigan-Notre Dame game on
Sept. 7 set a new all-time attendance
record for a football game -- college
or NFL -- and broke the Michigan
Stadium attendance record.
• QB Devin Gardner ranks first in the
Big Ten in total offense (285.8 avg.).
• TE Devin Funchess is the second
tight end in U-M history to post
back-to-back 100-yard receiving efforts.
• LB Jake Ryan has posted a TFL in 18
of his 20 career games.
• DB Blake Countess is tied for third
in the FBS with 4 INTs.
• WR Jeremy Gallon has posted a reception
in 32 straight games.
• Brady Hoke is the first Michigan
head coach to go undefeated at
home in his first two seasons at U-M
since Fielding Yost (1901-02).
(9) UCLA at (13) Stanford, 3:30 PM
Inside the Huddle
• Stanford returns to Stanford Stadium for a 12:30 p.m. (PT) kickoff against UCLA in a Pac-12 Conference game that will be televised on ABC and ESPN2 (check local listings).
• Stanford’s active 12-game home winning streak is the third-longest in the nation behind Michigan (18) and South Carolina (14).
• Stanford is 10-1 (.909) at home against opponents ranked in either the AP or USA Today Coaches polls since 2009 (2-1 vs. top 10), including wins over No. 15 Washington (2013), No. 23 Arizona State (2013), No.
2 USC (2012), No. 7 Oregon (2009), No. 13 Arizona (2010), No. 13 Oregon State (2012), No. 17 UCLA (2012 Pac-12 Football Championship Game), No. 22 Washington (2011), No. 22 Notre Dame (2011) and No. 24
Washington (2009). The lone home loss to a ranked opponent since 2009 came at the hands of No. 6 Oregon (2011).
• The Cardinal is 33-3 (.917) at Stanford Stadium since the final home game of 2007.
• Including its Rose Bowl victory against Wisconsin, Stanford has won 29 of its last 30 games played in
California (only loss against No. 6 Oregon in 2011).
• With its loss last week at Utah, Stanford saw its 13-game winning streak come to an end - a streak that was tied for the second best in school history.
• Each of Stanford’s last two Pac-12 losses have come on the road to an unranked opponent:
• 2012 at Washington (L, 13-17)
• 2013 at Utah (L, 21-27)
• Stanford has not lost consecutive games since the middle of the 2009 season when Stanford dropped road games at Oregon State (28-38) and at Arizona (38-43). Since that two-game stretch, the Cardinal is 7-0 following a loss (including the 2012 Fiesta Bowl) and 6-0 after regular-season losses.
BRUINS TRAVEL TO STANFORD — UCLA (5-0, 2-0 ranked #9 in the Associated Press and 10th in the USA Today Coaches Poll) will travel to take on #13/13 Stanford (5-1, 3-1) on Saturday, Oct. 19. Th e game will kickoff at 12:30 p.m. PT and be televised by ABC/ESPN2 (will be on one channel or the other
throughout the nation) with Sean McDonough (play by play), Chris Spielman (color) and Shannon Spake (fi eld reporter) calling the action.Th e Bruin IMG Radio Network (Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook) will air the contest
on am 570 Fox Sports Radio or KTLK 1150am (depending on
the Dodgers playoff schedule). Th e game will also be aired on
SIRIUS (Ch. 91), XM (Ch. 91).
BRUINS VS. CARDINAL — The Bruins lead the series, 45-36-3.
This is the highest a Bruin team has been ranked going into
the annual battle with Stanford since the eighth-ranked 2005
Bruin squad trimmed the Cardinal 30-27 in overtime on the
Farm. That contest marks the last UCLA win at Stanford. It
was a game in which the Bruins rallied from a 24-3 fourth
quarter deficit (with 8:26 remaining) before tying the contest
on a Maurice Jones-Drew run with 46 seconds remaining
and then winning the battle in overtime on a Drew Olson
to Brandon Breazell 23-yard scoring pass. At the time, it
was UCLA’s eighth-straight win to open the season and the
fourth double-digit, fourth quarter comeback win in five
weeks. The Bruins had outscored Washington (14-0), Cal
(19-3), Washington State (17-0) in previous fourth quarters
to secure wins during the stretch. The schools last met in the Pac-12 Championship Game (11/30/12), a 27-24 Cardinal win in Stanford. The schools
had played the week before (11/24/12) in the Rose Bowl, with
the visitors coming away with a 35-17 victory.
(24) Auburn at (7) Texas A&M, 3:30 PM
NOTES COMING SOON
BYU at Houston, 3:30 PM
Brigham Young improved to 4-2 on the season with a 38-20 win
against Georgia Tech last Saturday in Provo, Utah … The Cougars’
lone losses this season are a 19-16 setback at Virginia in
the season-opener and a 20-13 setback to Utah Sept. 21 … Each
of the four wins has been by at least 18 points … The Cougars
have averaged 473.3 yards of offense and rank 13th nationally
in rushing offense (262.8 yards per game) … QB Taysom Hill
and RB Jamaal Williams have both averaged better than 100
rushing yards per game …Hill has rushed for 644 yards and
seven touchdowns, while Williams has 543 yards and one TD
… Hill has completed 90 of 191 passes for 1,263 yards and five
touchdowns with five interceptions … Hill is 19th nationally in
total offense (317.8 ypg) … WR Cody Hoffman has a team-high
18 receptions for 311 yards and a TD … LB Uani Unga paces
the defense with 56 tackles … DE Kyle Van Noy has team highs
with three sacks and 10 tackles for loss … K Justin Sorensen
has hit 9 of his 11 field goal attempts … P Scott Arellano averages
41.2 yards per punt.
Houston improved to 5-0 with a 25-15 win against Memphis
last Saturday … The Cougars have already matched last season’s
win total… Houston has been solid offensively, ranking
27th nationally in total offense (476.6 yards per game) … QB
John O’Korn has taken over as the starting signal-caller and
has thrown for 1,131 yards and 11 touchdowns with just one
interception … RB Ryan Jackson has rushed for 391 yards
and four touchdowns, while RB Kenneth Farrow has rushed for
208 yards and a pair of TDs … Farrow had missed two games
due to injury, but returned against Memphis … WR Deontay
Greenberry is ranked 19th nationally in receiving (121.2 yards
per game) and is 10th in receptions (7.8 rpg) … Greenberry has
39 catches for 606 yards and three TDs… Houston leads the
nation in turnover margin (2.8 per game) …The Cougars have
committed just four turnovers and have registered 18 takeaways
… LB Derrick Mathews has a team-high 49 tackles to go with a
forced fumble and two fumble recoveries … LB Efrem Oliphant
has 42 stops to go with four tackles for loss … DE Tyus Bowser
has 2.5 sacks to lead the Cougars.
WAKE FOREST NOTES: With a 28-13 victory over NC State in the Deacons’ last outing on Oct. 5, head coach Jim Grobe earned his 76th win at Wake Forest and is now one win shy of tying Peahead Walker for the school record for victories ... Wake Forest’s record under Grobe improved to 32-10 in games against in-state opponents ... The Demon Deacons are 21-3 at home vs. in-state opponents during Grobe’s 13-year tenure ... QB Tanner Price finished with a career-high 350 yards of total offense (a career-high 82 rushing, 268 passing) vs. NC State ... Price also had his sixth three-touchdown pass game and the first since Nov. 3, 2012 against Boston College ... Price added a touchdown run, marking the second game of his career with three touchdown passes and one touchdown run ... (also against Duke on Sept. 11, 2010) ... WR Michael Campanaro now has 206 receptions in his career, making him just the second Wake Forest player to catch more than 200 passes ... Campanaro is just 10 receptions behind school-record holder Desmond Clark, who had 216 catches from 1995-98.
MARYLAND NOTES….Of Maryland’s 468 yards of total offense in last Saturday’s 27-26 win over Virginia, RB Brandon Ross accounted for career best 169. The sophomore running back fi nished with 88 yards on the ground and a personal-best 81 yards receiving .. Ross also became the first Maryland running back this season to score two touchdowns in a game ... Making his first start of the season and only the second of his career, QB Caleb Rowe threw for a career-high 332 yards against Virginia and completed 18 of 34 passes and one touchdown ... Rowe’s previous career best was 240 passing yards at Boston College on Oct. 27, 2012 ...... LB L.A. Goree totaled a career- and team-high 15 tackles in the win over Virginia (nine solo) and a tackle for loss ... Against Virginia, the Terps had seven plays of 30 yards or more and have had at least one play of 30 yards or more in every game this season ... . The Terps are averaging 15.58 yards per reception, a total that ranks ninth nationally and the
program’s highest since 1980.
(18) Oklahoma at Kansas, 3:30 PM
Sooners Seek Ninth Straight Win vs. Jayhawks, Extend Post-Red River Record to 15-0 Under Stoops
• Oklahoma suff ered a 36-20 loss vs. Texas (10/12), while Kansas was handed a 27-17 setback at TCU (10/12).
• The Sooners are 14-0 in games immediately following the Red River Rivalry under Bob Stoops (6-0 vs. Kansas).
• Dating back to 2004, the Sooners have won 20 consecutive games immediately following a regular season loss.
• OU will meet KU for the 104th time in a series that dates to 1903. Oklahoma has only met two opponents more
frequently - Texas (108 games) and Oklahoma State (107 games).
• Oklahoma is 8-0 vs. Kansas under Stoops (3-0 in Lawrence). KU’s last victory vs. OU was a 20-17 win (10/4/97).
• The Sooners are ranked No. 18 in both the AP Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll.
• Kansas has lost 23 straight Big 12 contests since a posting 52-45 win vs. Colorado (11/6/10).
• Kansas has lost its last 11 games against ranked foes since registering a 28-25 win vs. No. 15 Georgia Tech (9/11/10).
• Oklahoma is 47-13 (.783) in October games under Stoops.
Sooners Have Been Stellar When Scoring 30+ Points, Other Key Oklahoma-Kansas Stats
• Oklahoma is 123-6 (.953) under Stoops when scoring 30+ points, including 12 straight wins and a 7-0 mark vs. KU.
• The Sooners are 78-1 under Stoops when scoring 40+ points. KU has lost 14 in a row when permitting 40+ points.
• Oklahoma has won 29 straight games when allowing 21 points or fewer dating back to 2009 (3-0 vs. Kansas) and has
won 21 straight when holding foes to 17 points or less over that same span.
• Oklahoma has held Kansas to 17 points or less in seven of its eight victories under Stoops.
• OU has won 38 straight games when leading at halftime and is outscoring opponents 42-21 in the fourth quarter.
• OU has outscored its opponents 97-44 in the fi rst half in 2013, while KU has been outscored 57-44 in the fi rst half.
• Excluding opponent return scores, the Sooners have allowed opposing off enses to score 14.7 actual ppg in 2013.
• OU’s defense is 30-92 (35.6%) on third down to rank 16th among AP Top 25 squads.
• The Sooners are 58-1 under Stoops (4-0 in 2013) when rushing for 200+ yards, including 30 straight wins.
• Oklahoma registered 247 rushing yards in a 47-17 win at KU (10/15/11), including 165 from RB Dominque Whaley.
• The Sooners are second in the Big 12 in rushing (226.7 ypg). KU has allowed 177.2 rushing ypg in 2013. The Jayhawks
have lost 18 straight Big 12 games when allowing 200+ rushing yards dating back to 2009.
• The Sooners are 35-2 (.946) under Stoops with no giveaways. KU forced fi ve turnovers at TCU (10/12).
• Oklahoma has registered two INT return TDs in 2013 (LB Corey Nelson at Notre Dame, DE Geneo Grissom vs. Texas).
Oklahoma Among Big 12 Leaders, A Look at the Sooners’ Eight-Game Winning Streak vs. Kansas
• OU leads the Big 12 in scoring defense (16.8 ppg), total def. (308.8 ypg), pass def. (172.0 ypg) and pass def. eff . (90.4).
• Oklahoma is tied for 13th in the FBS, allowing 15.5 fi rst downs per game, the lowest mark in the Big 12.
• The Sooners lead the Big 12 in time of possession (32:08), while the Jayhawks rank eighth at 27:36.
• K Michael Hunnicutt leads the FBS in made FGs and FG pct. among players with min. 12 attempts. (14-15, 93.3%).
• OU has outscored Kansas by a 311-107 margin (38.9-13.4 ppg) during the Sooners’ eight-game winning streak.
• The Sooners have a +12 turnover diff erential (26 takes/14 gives) in their last eight wins vs. KU, forcing 18 INTs.
• Oklahoma has outgained KU by an average of 172.1 ypg (460.9-288.8) during the Sooners’ eight-game win streak.
• In a 52-7 win vs. KU (10/20/12), OU posted both punt and KO return TDs in a game for the fi rst time in OU history.
(20) Washington at Arizona State, 6:00 PM
ARIZONA STATE NOTES
The Arizona State University football team with take on No.
20 Washington at home at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., on
Saturday, Oct. 19 in what essentially marks the midway point of
the season for the Sun Devils with a bye week to follow. The
game is slated to kickoff at 3:07 p.m. PT and will be broadcast
live on the Pac-12 Networks.
The Sun Devil football program is currently in its 101st season
of competition in 2013. The Sun Devils are 573-364-24 (.609)
all-time and have appeared in 26 bowl games, compiling a
13-12-1 record in such contests.
Arizona State kicked off the 2013 campaign with a rout over
Sacramento State in a rare Thursday night tilt, knocking off
the Hornets 55-0 at Sun Devil Stadium, followed by a dramatic
32-30 victory over No. 20 Wisconsin. Following a loss to Stanford,
ASU dispatched of USC, 62-41, before wrapping up their nonconference
slate for the season with a tough 37-34 loss to
Notre Dame as part of the Shamrock Series, which took place
in Arlington, Texas. ASU rebounded with a 54-13 dismantling of
Colorado at home.
OTHER NOTES - COLORADO
-With the victory, ASU moves to 4-0 at home this year and
8-2 under Todd Graham with three home games remaining
(Washington, Oregon State and Arizona). ASU has gone undefeated
at home just once in the past 16 seasons (1997-2012), when it
was 6-0 in 2004.
-With the 53-13 victory, Arizona State improves to 5-0 all-time
against Colorado, with all contests being played this decade. The
Sun Devils have outscored the Buffaloes 206-61 over those five
-With a comfortable lead coming out the first half, the Devils
put in many second-string players and slowed things down—but,
they didn’t stop scoring. In its first drive to start the second half,
ASU put together a scoring drive that took 7:04 off the clock, the
longest in terms of time taken off the clock under the Todd Graham
era. It ended with a one-yard R.J. Robinson touchdown.
- The Sun Devils recorded a team safety in the second quarter
after Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau was called for intentional
grounding in the end zone to avoid a sack. The safety is the first
for ASU since obtaining one against Oregon State on Nov. 3, 2012.
- Davon Coleman, a listed defensive end on the depth chart, came
in on the goal line and caught a one-yard touchdown pass from
Taylor Kelly, his first-career touchdown reception coming on his
first-career reception. R.J. Robinson found the end zone on a
one-yard rush in the third quarter, his first-career touchdown.
Freshman Zane Gonzalez’s 41-yard field goal to put the Sun Devils
up 37-6 in the second quarter was the longest of his career thus
-With 134 yards against the Buffaloes, Marion Grice has increased
his streak to eight games with 100+ all-purpose yards, tied for
third place in the nation with Kadeem Carey of Arizona.
IN THE RANKINGS Here’s a brief review of ASU team and
individual national rankings through the first seven weeks of the
season, noting all categories in which the Sun Devils are ranked
in the top 20:
ASU is No. 7 nationally (and No. 1 in the Pac-12) in fewest
penalties per game (3.50)
ASU is No. 13 nationally (and No. 1 in the Pac-12) in fewest
penalty yards per game (34.17)
ASU is No. 17 nationally in first downs offense (155)
ASU is No. 10 nationally in fumbles lost (2)
ASU is No. 9 nationally in passes intercepted (6)
ASU is No. 9 nationally in passing offense (342.2)
ASU is No. 10 nationally in scoring offense (44.2)
ASU is No. 18 nationally in total offense (496.5)
ASU is No. 16 nationally in turnover margin (1.2)
ASU is No. 12 nationally in turnovers gained (15)
Marion Grice is No. 1 nationally in rushing TDs (10)
Marion Grice is No. 1 nationally in scoring (15.0)
Marion Grice is No. 14 nationally in all purpose yards (147.83)
Taylor Kelly is No. 10 nationally in completions per game (24.50)
Zane Gonzalez is No. 10 nationally in field goals per game (1.8)
Taylor Kelly is No. 8 nationally in passing TDs (16)
Taylor Kelly is No. 6 nationally in passing yards (1,965)
Taylor Kelly is No. 8 nationally in passing yards per game (327.5)
Taylor Kelly is No. 13 nationally in points responsible for (102)
Jaelen Strong is No. 8 nationally in receiving yards (678)
Jaelen Strong is No. 12 nationally in receiving yards per game
Jaelen Strong is No. 17 nationally in receptions per game (7.0)
Zane Gonzalez is No. 7 nationally in scoring (10.5)
Taylor Kelly is No. 7 nationally in total offense (355.0)
WASHINGTON GAME NOTES
THE GAME: The Washington football team (4-2 overall, 1-2 Pac-12) will try to snap a two-game skid when the Dawgs head to Tempe for a 3:00 p.m. game Saturday vs. Arizona State (4-2, 2-1) at Sun Devil Stadium (Pac-12 Networks). The Huskies remained in both national polls despite the back-to-back defeats. They are currently No. 20 in the AP Top 25 and No. 25 in the coaches’ poll. ASU is receiving votes in both. The Dawgs and Devils haven’t played since 2011 and it’s been since 2005 that the Huskies played a day game in Tempe. That year, kickoff was 3:30 p.m.
QUICK SNAPS: Bishop Sankey enters the week as the nation’s leading rusher with 149.8 yards per game ... he’s rushed for 100 or more in nine of the last 11 ... Sankey’s 2,525 career rush yards are good for 7th in UW history, just ahead of Hugh McElhenny ... Keith Price, who is currently No. 11 in the nation in completion percentage, moved into the No. 3 spot in UW career passing yards in the win at Illinois ... he now has 7,529 career yards, 110 shy of the No. 2 spot on the list ... Austin Seferian-Jenkins has 16 career touchdown receptions, easily the most in UW history by a tight end, but also tied for sixth-most in Husky history among all players ... the UW has scored on its opening drive of the third quarter in five of six drives ... Washington is highly ranked in the NCAA in a number of offensive and defensive categories, including: 4th in 3rd-down conversions, 8th in first downs, 8th in total offense and 12th in completion pct., as well as 12th in pass efficiency defense and 25th in scoring defense ... the Huskies have turned the ball over eight times this year, but have allowed only one of those turnovers to be converted into points ... conversely, the UW has converted six of eight takeaways into touchdowns ... Washington has allowed just 14 points in the first ... UW ran more than 80 plays in each of the first five games this season (85, 85, 81, 86, 88) ... 10 true freshmen played this season: WR Darrell Daniels, DB Kevin King, DE Joe Mathis, WR John Ross, WR Damore’ea Stringfellow, PK Cameron Van Winkle, DB Trevor Walker, DE Marcus Farria, WR Taelon Parson, DB Kaleb Taylor ... not counting specialists (kickers, punter, snappers, holders, returners) the UW has 36 players who have started at least one game in their career, including eight offensive linemen ... however, only 24 different players have started a game this season ... Sean Parker is 19th in the nation in interceptions per game.
(6) LSU at Ole Miss 7:00 PM
LSU GAME NOTES
No. 6/8 LSU Travels To Oxford For Rare Mid-October Meeting With Ole Miss
LSU hits the road for the third time in four weeks on Saturday when the No. 6/8 Tigers travel to Oxford to face Ole Miss. Kickoff for the LSU-Ole Miss game is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT and the game will be televised on ESPN2. Saturday’s game will be the first time LSU and Ole Miss have squared off this early in the season since 1999 when the teams played on Oct. 3. LSU upped its record to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in league play following the 17-6 win over Florida last week. LSU is now bowl eligible for a school-record 14th consecutive year. LSU jumped four spots to No. 6 in this week’s AP Top 25 and moved up
three positions to No. 8 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. LSU has been ranked for a school-record 72 straight weeks in the AP Poll, a streak that dates back to the start of the 2009 season. Ole Miss, which has been ranked as high as No. 21 in the nation, is 3-3 overall and 1-3 in league play. The Rebels are coming off a last-second 41-38 setback to Texas A&M last week. LSU has won three straight against Ole Miss, which includes last year’s 41-35 victory in Tiger Stadium in a game that saw the Tigers erase a 28-20 deficit by scoring 21 points in the fourth quarter. This week’s game at Ole Miss marks the
first time since 2004 that the Tigers are playing three SEC road games in a 4-week span. LSU has played at Georgia and at Mississippi State during the stretch. During 2004, LSU played at Auburn, at Georgia and at Florida during a 4-week span. LSU’s defense had its best outing of the season last week against Florida, limiting the Gators to just 240 total yards and a pair of field goals. The Tigers recorded season highs for sacks (4), tackles for loss (8) and QB hurries (5) in the win over Mthe Gators. As a unit, LSU’s defense is allowing 22.0 points (4th in SEC), 348.9 total yards (4th in SEC), 196.3 passing yards
(3rd in SEC) and 152.6 rushing yards (9th in SEC). Offensively, the Tigers had its school-record streak of games with at least 35 points snapped at 7 straight against Florida. LSU is still averaging 41.4 points per game (3rd in SEC), 465.7 total yards (6th in SEC), 271.6 passing yards (5th in SEC) and 194.1 rushing yards (9th in SEC) per game. QB Zach Mettenberger leads
the SEC in pass efficiency with a 184.1 rating as he’s connected on 116-of-174 passes for 1,890 yards, 15 TDs and just 2 interceptions. RB Jeremy Hill leads the SEC in rushing TDs with 9 and he’s second in the league with 119.2 rushing yards per game. LSU receivers Jarvis Landry (46 rec., 674 yards, 7 TDs) and Odell Beckham Jr. (37 rec., 733 yards, 6 TDs) form one of the nation’s top tandems. LB Lamin Barrow leads the Tigers with 49 tackles, while DT Anthony Johnson leads LSU with 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks to go along with 24 total tackles and an interception.
OLE MISS NOTES
• This game marks the 102nd all-time between the Ole Miss Rebels and LSU Tigers dating back to 1894 ... LSU is Ole Miss’ second-most played opponent behind Mississippi State, whom the Rebels will play for the 110th time on November 28 ... LSU holds a 58-39-4 advantage in the series, 9-6-1 in Oxford ... Since the rivals started playing for the Magnolia Bowl trophy in 2008, LSU holds a 3-2 edge.
• Ole Miss is 3-3 for the second straight year and will try to snap a three-game losing streak on Saturday.
• Saturday’s game is the second of six straight contests at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium ... Ole Miss has never before
hosted six straight home games in its previous 118 years of football.
• Ole Miss encounters its third top-10 ranked opponent in four games with No. 6 LSU ... Ole Miss’ last win over a ranked team was No. 24 Mississippi State last year and last win over a top-10 foe was No. 8 LSU in 2009.
• Ole Miss is receiving votes in the polls for the eighth straight week.
• Ole Miss leads the SEC and ranks 5th nationally in punt return average (19.6), while the Rebels are 5th in the
SEC and 28th nationally in net punting (39.1).
• Ole Miss has played 12 true freshmen this season, which is tied for eighth-most among Division I FBS teams.
• WR Laquon Treadwell has set an Ole Miss freshman record with 32 catches this season.
Arkansas at (1) Alabama, 7:00 PM
THE GAME: The University of Alabama football team returns home for a stretch of three straight Southeastern Conference games beginning with the Arkansas Razorbacks this Saturday. The game marks the start of the second half of the 2013 season as the Crimson Tide and Razorbacks square off on ESPN with kickoff set for 6 p.m. CDT. Brad Nessler will serve as the play-by-play announcer, with Todd Blackledge at his side as the color analyst. The two will be joined by sideline reporter Holly Rowe. Eli Gold and Phil Savage will handle the radio call on the Crimson Tide Sports Network, with Chris Stewart serving as sideline reporter.
RANKINGS: Alabama enters week eighth of the 2013 season ranked first in the Associated Press and USA TODAY Coaches polls. Arkansas is unranked.
ARKANSAS: Arkansas is under the direction of first-year head coach Brett Bielema, who took the reins of the Razorbacks’ program after seven seasons as the head coach at Wisconsin. The Razorbacks are 3-4 in 2013 and in the middle of a four game losing streak after a 52-7 defeat by South Carolina last weekend. Arkansas is 0-3 in Southeastern Conference with losses to No. 10 Texas A&M (Sept. 28) and at No. 18 Florida (Oct. 5). Brandon Allen quarterbacks the Hogs and has thrown for 864 yards with eight touchdowns and five interceptions on the season. His leading receiver is Javontee Herndon with 18 receptions for 288 yards and four touchdowns. True freshman Alex Collins leads Arkansas and ranks third in the SEC with an average of 102.9 yards per game on the ground and four touchdowns.
SERIES HISTORY: Alabama leads the all-time series with Arkansas, 13-8 (16-7 before forfeited and vacated games), and has won six straight in the series after a 52-0 win in Fayetteville last season. The Tide has also won four straight in Tuscaloosa by an average margin of 34.5-18 while the average margin of victory during the current six-game streak is 39.8-15.5. Alabama and Arkansas first met on January 1, 1962, as the Tide defeated the Razorbacks 10-3 in the Sugar Bowl en route to Alabama’s sixth national championship.
TIDE NO. 1 IN FIRST HARRIS POLL OF 2013: Alabama is No. 1 in the first Harris Interactive College Football Poll release of the 2013 season. The poll shows the top 25 results compiled from rankings submitted by the Harris Interactive panel of former coaches, players and administrators, and current and former members of the media. The Crimson Tide garnered 2,589 points, which is 88 points higher than Oregon, who came in at No. 2 (2,501). Clemson is third with 2,355 points while Ohio State follows at 2,280. Rounding out the top 10 is Florida State (2,198), Louisville (1,922), Texas A&M (1,919), LSU (1,914), UCLA (1,719) and Miami (1,570).
HARD TO CONVERT: No team in the SEC has allowed fewer first downs (84) than Alabama, which ranks fourth overall in the nation. Over the last four games the Crimson Tide defense has allowed an average of just 11.5 first downs per game and that does not included the season low of seven first downs allowed vs. Virginia Tech. Outside of the Texas A&M game, where the Crimson Tide allowed 36.9 percent (31 first downs) of their first downs this season, Alabama has surrendered just 53 in the remaining five games, an average of 10.6 per game.
BALL CONTROL: After absolutely dominating time of possession vs. Kentucky, Alabama moved up to second in the SEC and sixth in the nation (33:47). The Crimson Tide has won the time of possession battle in five-of-six games while accumulating more than 35 minutes of possession time in three games. Alabama had the ball for 38:25 against Ole Miss, 35:59 at Kentucky and 35:02 at Texas A&M.
Iowa State at (12) Baylor, 7:00 PM
BAYLOR STORY LINES
• Baylor welcomes Iowa State for its 90th Homecoming game on Saturday at 6 p.m. on ESPNU.
• Baylor currently owns a 9-game winning streak and has not lost since Nov. 10, 2012, at Oklahoma (thirdlongest active streak in the FBS). A win vs. ISU would tie school record for consecutive wins (10, 1936-37).
• Baylor leads the country in total and scoring offense, averaging 715.4 yards and 63.4 points per game.
• Baylor is looking to become bowl-eligible for the 4th consecutive year for the 1st time in school history.
• Baylor has won 7 straight at home and has not lost at “The Case” since Oct. 13, 2012, vs. TCU.
• Baylor is off to a 5-0 start for the first time since 1991. Baylor is seeking the 6th 6-0 start in program history and the first since 1980.
• Baylor owns a 2-0 record in Big 12 play. The only other time BU started 2-0 in Big 12 action was 2006. The Bears have never started 3-0 in conference action in the 16-year history of the Big 12.
• Baylor moved up to No. 12 in both the AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches poll, after its win over K-State. That is the highest AP rank for the Bears since 1991 when they were ranked 8th. Baylor is also the highest
ranked Big 12 team in both polls for the first time ever.
• In home games, Baylor is 16-1 since 2011, 20-3 over the last 3+ seasons and 26-10 in the Art Briles era.
• Baylor is 2nd in the country and 1st in the Big 12 in passing offense, averaging 414.2 yards per game.
• Baylor is 4th in the country and 1st in the Big 12 in rushing offense, averaging 301.2 yards per game.
• Baylor and Iowa State will meet for the 11th time on Saturday. ISU leads the all-time series 6-5, but the Bears hold a 3-2 advantage in games played in Waco.
• Baylor is 42-43-4 all-time in Homecoming games and 1-1 in such contests vs. the Cyclones.
• Baylor ranks 24th in the country in total defense, surrendering only 346.0 yards per game.
• Baylor is 1 of only 2 teams (Fla. St.) in the country that is top-5 in total offense and top-25 in total defense.
• Baylor is playing its 64th and final season at historic Floyd Casey Stadium. BU moves to the $260 million
riverfront Baylor Stadium in 2014.
• Baylor leads the NCAA in percentage of drives ending in a TD by scoring 42 TDs on 70 drives (.600). The
starting offense has 48 drives that have resulted in 35 touchdowns (.729).
• Baylor leads the FBS by averaging 20.71 yards per completion.
• Baylor has won five straight Big 12 Conference games (ties school record from 2010).
• Baylor leads the country in team passing efficiency with a 221.36 rating.
• Baylor’s defense is 4th in the FBS and 1st in the Big 12 in tackles for loss with 9.0 per game.
• Baylor’s defense is 3rd in the nation and 1st in the Big 12 in red zone defense, giving up points only 58.8 percent of the time.
• Baylor’s defense is limiting opposing offenses to 190.8 yards per game through the air. That total is 20th nationally and 2nd in the conference.
• Baylor’s opponents are 2 of 14 (14.3%) on 4th down. That mark is 7th in the FBS and 1st in the Big 12.
• Baylor has posted at least 400 yards offense in 32 straight games and is averaging 601.3 yards per game
since 2011. Both marks lead the nation.
• Baylor has completed 19 passes for 40 yards or longer this season, including 15 for TDs.
• Baylor’s offense has topped 750 yards in 3 of the last 4 games and surpassed 600 yards in 6 of its last 8
(8-0 record in that span).
• Baylor is 35 of 63 (56%) on 3rd downs this year, which is 6th best in the country and leads the Big 12.
• Phil Bennett’s defense has forced 2 or more turnovers in 9 of its last 12 games (Baylor’s record is 10-2 in
that span). BU is 19-2 when forcing 2+ turnovers during Bennett’s 2+ seasons.
• Baylor’s defense has 22 sacks over last 6 games (2 vs. K-State, 4 vs. WVU, 2 vs. ULM, 2 vs. Buffalo, 6 vs. Wofford and 6 in Holiday Bowl win over UCLA). BU is 21-4 over past 3+ years with 2 or more sacks in game. Baylor is 10th nationally and 2nd in Big 12 in sacks with 3.20/game.
• Baylor’s defense ranks 6th in the country by averaging 6.40 3-and-outs per game.
• Baylor ranks 18th in the FBS and 3rd in Big 12 in scoring defense, giving up only 18.0 points per game.
• Baylor’s QBs are ranked 11th in completion percentage in FBS at 69.4%. That mark leads the Big 12.
• Baylor team passing efficiency defense is 9th-best nationally and 2nd in the Big 12 at 99.10.
• Baylor ranks 21st in tackles for loss allowed and 1st in the Big 12, giving up only 4.40 per game.
• Baylor has outscored its opponent 220-44 in the 1st half of its 5 games this season.
• Baylor’s offense has suffered just three 3-and-outs in 73 drives this season (leads nation).
• Baylor’s combined 317 points scored in the first 5 games are the most over any 5-game stretch in school
history and more total points than BU has scored in 61 of the last 68 full seasons.
• In the first 4 games of the year, BU notched 4 of the top-5 single game yardage totals in program history
with 692 vs. Wofford, 781 vs. Buffalo and ULM and a school-record and Big 12 record 872 vs. WVU.
• The Bears posted the top-four scoring outputs in school history in the modern-era (post-WWII) in their first
four games with 69 vs. Wofford, 70 vs. both Buffalo and ULM and 73 vs. West Virginia.
• Baylor was the first team to ever score 69 or more points in four consecutive games. (STATS)
• Baylor scored at least 28 points in 6 of the first 8 first-half quarters this season with its starters on the field
(no other FBS team has scored 28 or more in more than 2 quarters).
• A total of 17 Baylor players earned preseason mention on various national award watch lists as well as All-
America and All-Big 12 projections.
IOWA STATE STORY LINES
CYCLONE STORY LINES
• Iowa State (1-4, 0-2 Big 12) travels to Waco to face No. 12 Baylor (5-0, 2-0) Saturday night on ESPNU. It is the second-straight ranked opponent and undefeated team the Cyclones will face.
• Iowa State leads the all-time series vs. Baylor at 6-5 and the Bears have the edge in games played in Waco at 3-2. The Cyclones won the last meeting between the two schools in Ames last year, 35-21. Jarvis West had three touchdown catches in the victory.
• Head coach Paul Rhoads is in his fifth season as the Cyclone leader with a career record of 25-31. He’s led the Cyclones to three bowl games (2009 Insight Bowl, 2011 Pinstripe Bowl, 2012
Liberty Bowl) in his fi rst four seasons. Rhoads has recorded a win over a ranked team in each of the last three seasons, the only coach in school history to achieve the feat.
• Iowa State lost yet another close game last Saturday, falling 42-35 to No. 20 Texas Tech in Lubbock.
• In its four losses, ISU has not lost by double digits and its average margin of defeat is just 5.5 ppg (UNI-8, Iowa-6, Texas-1, Texas Tech-7). Those opponents have a combined 18-6 mark this year.
• The 35 points by ISU marks the third-straight game scoring 30+ points. ISU has registered 30 or more points in three consecutive games for the first time since 2005 (four straight).
• Iowa State was outgained by Texas Tech, 666-311, but the Cyclones stayed in the game by forcing three turnovers and committing zero.
• The Cyclones were also aided by a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Jarvis West, who became the fi rst Cyclone to return a kickoff for a TD (non on-side kick) since Troy Davis did it in
1994 vs. Colorado (99 yards). It ties for the third-longest kickoff return in school history.
• ISU has recorded two touchdowns in a season of 95 yards or more (Quenton Bundrage 97-yard
catch vs. Texas; Jarvis West 95-yard kickoff return vs. Texas Tech) for just the second time in school history (1945).
• ISU has forced 11 turnovers and committed just 5 this year, ranking second in the Big 12 and 13th nationally in turnover margin (1.2).
• Iowa State has recovered nine fumbles to lead the Big 12 and rank fi fth nationally in fumbles recovered at 1.8 per game.
• The Cyclones have only lost one fumble to lead the Big 12 and tie for fi rst nationally. ISU is one of nine teams in the nation with just one lost fumble this year.
• Through fi ve games, the Cyclones have had 20 players record their fi rst career starts.
• The Cyclones gave up over 40 points for the fi rst time in 24 games at Texas Tech, ending the longest active streak in the Big 12.
• Iowa State is one of only three teams (Rice, UConn) nationally still perfect in the red zone. The Cyclones are 17-for-17 (13TDs, 4 FGs) once they get inside the 20-yard line.
• ISU ranks 18th nationally and fi rst in the Big 12 in 4th down conversions at 66.7 percent (6-of-9).
• Sam Richardson kept his consecutive game TD pass streak alive with a 4th quarter strike to E.J. Bibbs. Richardson has tossed a TD pass in eight-straight games, tying for the third longest streak in school history (Todd Doxzon; 1995-96).
• Punter Kirby Van Der Kamp has a career 43.0 average to rank second all-time in school history.
He needs 13 punts to meet the NCAA career minimum where he would rank 16th all-time.
NOTRE DAME NOTES
NOTRE DAME - USC SERIES HISTORY
This rivalry began in 1926, when legendary Irish head coach Knute Rockne became the first
Midwestern coach to take a team to the West Coast (Notre Dame won that game, 13-12) and the teams
have meet every season since (taking 1943-45 off due to travel restrictions during World War II).
Notre Dame has won eight Associated Press national titles while USC has won five.
The Irish have been selected as a national champion by at least one legitimate poll in 21 seasons; USC
lists 18 such campaigns.
Notre Dame began the 2013 season second on the all-time winning percentage list and third in total
victories. USC was not far behind in eighth and ninth place, respectively.
Instantly recognizable coaches have stalked the sidelines for each team: Knute Rockne, Frank
Leahy, Ara Parseghian, Dan Devine, Lou Holtz and Brian Kelly for Notre Dame, and Howard
Jones, John McKay, John Robinson and Pete Carroll for USC.
The winner of the game keeps a jeweled shillelagh (presented by the Notre Dame Club of Los
Angeles), with shamrocks representing Notre Dame victories and ruby Trojan heads standing for USC wins
(each is engraved with the year and final score). The original foot-long shillelagh was flown from Ireland
by Howard Hughes' pilot, according to legend, and was introduced in 1952 (although the medallions date
back to the start of the series in 1926). When the original shillelagh ran out of space after the 1989 game,
it was retired and is permanently displayed at Notre Dame. A new shillelagh, slightly larger than the
original, was commissioned by Jim Gillis, a former baseball player at both USC and Notre Dame and onetime
president of the Notre Dame Club of Los Angeles. The new trophy was handcrafted in 1997 in County
Leitrum, Ireland, and contains medallions beginning with the 1990 game.
NOTRE DAME - USC SERIES NOTES
Notre Dame and USC will be meeting for the 85th time. The Irish lead the all-time series 44-35-5
overall and 23-14-1 when the series shifts to South Bend. USC leads the series 21-19-4 in games played in Los Angeles. The teams have met twice at a neutral site (Soldier Field in Chicago) in 1927 and 1929.
USC and Purdue are the second-most common opponent in Irish football history. Including this weekend's meeting, Notre Dame has played both 85 times. The Notre Dame-Navy series remains the longest in school history. The Irish and Midshipmen have played 86 times. Notre Dame's 44 wins over USC are the most for any Trojan opponent. California is second with 30 wins over USC.
USC captured eight straight victories in the series from 2002-09. The eight-game winning streak was the longest by the Trojans in series history. Notre Dame ended the eight-game USC winning streak with a 20-16 victory over the Trojans in Los Angeles in 2010. The Irish compiled an unbeaten streak of 13 games against USC from 1983-1995. The Irish won 11 straight games from 1983-93, but a 17-17 tie in 1994 (at USC) ended the streak. Notre Dame won in 1995 but a Trojan 27-20 overtime victory in 1996 (Lou Holtz's final game as Irish coach) ended the 13-game unbeaten run. From 1965 to 1982, either Notre Dame or USC was ranked in the top 20 entering the game. In fact, both teams were ranked in the top 20 in each series meeting from 1972-79. In that eight-year span, USC compiled a 6-2 record, but the two Notre Dame victories (1973, 1977) marked national championship seasons for the Irish. It's not unheard of that a national title be at stake for one of the combatants in this rivalry. Seven times Notre Dame has entered the game at USC with a shot at a national crown, only to be defeated (1938, 1948, 1964, 1970, 1974, 1980 and 2006) and an eighth chance was damaged by a tie in 1948. The Irish have ruined USC's national title dreams three times: 1947 (38-7), 1952 (9-0) and 1988 (27-10).
USC GAME NOTES
USC (4-2 overall, 1-2 Pac-12 South) vs. Notre Dame (4-2 overall), Saturday, Oct. 19, 7:30
p.m. ET (4:30 p.m. PT), Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, Ind.
USC takes a time out from Pac-12 play when it travels to Notre Dame for the 85th rendition of the greatest intersectional rivalry in college football. The teams have identical 4-2 records. The Trojans have lost just twice in their last 11 meetings with the Irish, but both losses
came in the past 3 seasons, including when Matt Barkley-less USC fell at home to top rankedND last year. USC has not lost in South Bend since 2001, which also was the last time that a USC team with at least 2 losses visited there (Trojan teams with 2-plus losses rarely
fare well in South Bend). Troy has not lost a non-conference road game since 2002. USC interim head coach Ed Orgeron should be wary: only 2 Trojan coaches have won their debut games against the Irish (neither did so in South Bend). The game is a battle between
schools with perhaps the country’s most glorious gridiron heritages. The winner gets yearlong possession of the jeweled Shillelagh. This is only the 11th time that neither team hasbeen ranked going into the game (Notre Dame clearly holds the upper hand in those meetings). This is just the second Trojan night game ever at Notre Dame Stadium (2011 was the first). This also ties the 2011 game as the latest USC-ND kickoff ever. USC A.D. Pat Haden,
a Trojan hero in the 1974 game, spent 12 years handling color on Irish telecasts. A reenergized USC beat Arizona in Orgeron’s debut last Thursday, giving Troy a few extra days to prepare for Notre Dame. The Trojan offense, with quarterbacks coach Clay Helton now calling the plays, appears balanced. TB Silas Redd, who missed the season’s first 5 games with a knee injury, is back in the mix of the ground attack and he joins TBs Tre Madden (a quartet of 100-yard outings this year) and precocious true freshman Justin Davis (6 rushing
TDs in 2013). QB Cody Kessler, who is showing steady growth, throws to the likes of recordsetting WR Marqise Lee, the 2012 unanimous All-American and Biletnikoff Award winner who missed last game with a knee sprain, WR Nelson Agholor (he had 100 receiving yards
last week) and TEs Randall Telfer and Xavier Grimble (96 catches/19 TDs between them in their careers). The USC defense started the season strongly before surrendering 1,120 total yards and 93 points the past 2 weeks. That unit, which still ranks high nationally in total
defense, rushing defense, sacks and tackles for loss, features players such as OLBs Morgan Breslin (the 2012 Hendricks Award finalist who missed last week with an injury) and Devon Kennard, DEs Leonard Williams and George Uko, LB Hayes Pullard, S Dion Bailey and S-CB
Josh Shaw. Head coach Brian Kelly’s Notre Dame squad is coming off a bye following a tight neutral site victory over Arizona State (USC’s loss the previous week to the Sun Devils precipitated Lane Kiffin’s firing). The Irish offense is guided by senior QB Tommy Rees, who ranks in the school’s career TD passes, completions and passing yards lists. The ND ground attack features RBs George Atkinson III, who doubles as a dangerous kickoff returner, Cam McDaniel and ex-Trojan Amir Carlisle, while WRs TJ Jones, who is sixth on ND’s career
receptions chart, and DaVaris Daniels and TE Troy Niklas are the top pass catchers. The Irish defense, 23rd nationally against the rush but which lost co-tackle leader ILB Jarrett Grace to a broken leg last game, is led by ILB Carlo Calabrese, 2012 All-American first team
DL Stephon Tuitt and DL Louis Nix III. The game, in sold-out Notre Dame Stadium (the 237th consecutive sellout), will be shown live nationally on NBC-TV.
(5) Florida State at (3) Clemson, 8:00 PM
FLORIDA STATE NOTES: The now fIfth-ranked Seminoles’ 63-0 victory over then- No. 25 Maryland in their most recent game on Oct. 5 marked FSU’s most lopsided Top 25 win in school history ... The previous high in point differential against a Top 25 team was a 59-0 victory at then-No. 15 South Carolina on Nov. 5, 1988 ... It marked Florida State’s first shutout win over a Top 25 team since winning 38-0 over Georgia Tech in 1997 ... With 393 yards and fIve touchdowns against Maryland, redshirt freshman QB Jameis Winston set new career highs for attempts, yards and touchdowns ... Winston became the first FSU quarterback to throw five TD passes in a game since Christian Ponder did it against Georgia Tech in 2009 ... With nine plays of 20 or more yards in the win over Maryland, the Seminoles kept their torrid streak of big plays alive ... Florida State has now amassed 44 plays of 20 or more yards during the current season and is averaging 8.8 such plays a game.
CLEMSON NOTES: The Tigers have won 11 straight ACC games, the program’s longest such streak since Clemson won 20 straight against ACC foes from 1981-84 ... The Tigers have held opponents to 14 points or less in five straight games, their longest such streak since a run of six straight games from the end of the 1989 season to the first game of 1990 ... With DE Vic Beasley’s 13-yard fumble return for a score last Saturday against Boston College, Clemson now has three defensive touchdowns on the season. That is the most since 2006, when the Tigers recorded four defensive touchdowns ... QB Tajh Boyd threw for 334 yards against Boston College to become the all-time leader in passing yards in Clemson history with 9,836 yards ... Boyd also moved in to fourth place in ACC history in career passing yards.
(25) Wisconsin at Illinois, 8:00 PM
KEY NOTES TO CONSIDER
The Badgers enter Saturday’s game ranked ninth in total offense (519.5 yards per game) and fifth in total defense (267.3), joining Florida State as the only FBS teams to rank in the top 10 nationally in both categories. UW enters Saturday’s game leading the Big Ten in total offense (519.5) and rushing offense (298.2), while ranking second in total defense (267.3) and fifth in rushing
defense (90.7). The Badgers are the nation’s lone team to rank in the
top 10 nationally in both rushing offense (5th, 298.2 yards per game) and rushing defense (10th, 90.1). Wisconsin’s offense has produced 11 100-yard rushing performances on the season, while the UW defense has yet to allow a 100-yard rusher. Sophomore RB Melvin Gordon leads the Big Ten in rushing and ranks No. 3 nationally at 145.0 yards per game. Gordon needs 130 yards to become the 16th UW player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. The Badgers have had a 1,000-yard rusher in each of the last eight seasons, matching Penn State for the nation’s longest active streak. Wisconsin has had at least two 100-yard rushers in eight of its last 14 games, including last Saturday’s win over Northwestern (Melvin Gordon, 172, and James White, 101). Wisconsin has won each of its last three meetings with Illinois, dating back to 2008. The Badgers have also claimed seven of the last eight matchups between the teams, dating back to 2003. UW is 6-2 in its last eight trips to Memorial Stadium.
ILLINOIS GAME NOTES
• The Fighting Illini (3-2, 0-1) welcome No. 25 Wisconsin
(4-2, 1-1) to Memorial Stadium on Saturday for a primetime
Leaders Division clash. Illinois is coming off a byeweek, while the Badgers defeated No. 19 Northwestern35-6 at home last week.
• Senior LB and Butkus Award candidate Jonathan Brown leads the Big Ten and ranks fourth nationally in tacklesper game (12.0). Brown had a game-high 13 tackles and four TFLs at Nebraska, the second-highest single-gameTFLs total in the nation this season.
• Sophomore running back Josh Ferguson leads the nation in receiving yards by a running back with 344 on 20
receptions (17.2 ypc). He ranks third in the Big Ten and 17th in the natioin in yards from scrimmage with 654 (310 rush, 344 rec.), after piling up 196 all-purpose yards (114 rush, 82 rec.) at Nebraska.
• The revamped Illinois offense, directed by new offensive coordinator Bill Cubit, has jumped at least 75 spots in
the national rankings from last year to this year in first downs, long scrimmage plays, scoring offense, turnovers lost, total offense, passing efficiency and passing offense, with the biggest turnaround a whopping 99-placeimprovement in first downs.
• Senior QB Nathan Scheelhaase has thrived in Cubit’s system, ranking in the top three in the Big Ten and top 40 in the nation in passing efficiency (159.2, 2nd/17th), passing yards per game (259.4, 3rd/33rd) and total offense (267.8 ypg, 3rd/37th) through week seven.
• Sophomore V’Angelo Bentley leads the Big Ten and ranks fifth in the nation in kick return average (32.1 ypr),
including a 100-yard kickoff return for TD against Southern Illinois. As a
team, Illinois ranks 20th in the nation in kick return average (25.2 ypr)
after ranking 107th in 2012 (18.83 ypr).
• The Fighting Illini are expected to wear all orange uniforms on Saturday,
marking the first time they’ll wear orange helmets, jerseys and pants
together since Sept. 25, 2004, against Purdue.
• Illinois is 14-8 all-time in night games at Memorial Stadium. The last
time the Illini hosted a Big Ten opponent in prime time was on Oct. 18,
2008, a 55-13 win over Indiana. The most recent home game under the
lights was last season’s 52-24 loss to Louisiana Tech. See page two for a
full list of night games at Memorial Stadium.
• The Orange and Blue have scored 180 points so far this season, the
third-most in school history over the first five games of a season and the
most since the 1944 Fighting Illini scored 190 in their first five games.
Washington St at (2) Oregon, 10:00 PM
WASHINGTON STATE NOTES
COUGAR OFFENSE TAKING OFF: The Washington State offense enters the week with eighth-best passing offense in the country at 346.8 ypg with quarterback Connor Halliday owning the third-most yards in the nation (2,241) and averaging the tenth-most passing yards per game at 320.1. The Cougars own eight rushing touchdowns, already more than last season’s total of six. WSU has had 10 receivers catch a pass in each of the last five games and have had 10+ players catch a pass six times.
BUCANNON CLIMBING WSU RECORD BOOK: Senior Deone Bucannon has seen his name continue to climb up the WSU record book this season. He enters the week leading the Pac-12 with 64 tackles after making a team-leading 14 tackles (12 solo) at Auburn, eight tackle performances in the wins at USC and over Southern Utah, a game-high nine tackles against Stanford and 12 in the win at California. The Fairfield, Calif. native enters the week tied for fifth in WSU history for career tackles (334) and fourth in career solo tackles (231). Bucannon picked off a pass in four straight weeks this season and sits tied for fourth in school history with 13 career interceptions. He also owns 14 career double-digit tackle performances.
FURNEY DOING HIS THING: Kicker Andrew Furney has picked up where he left off from last season, hitting from 44 yards at Auburn, kicking the game-winner from 41 yards out with 3:03 remaining at USC and connecting on three attempts at Cal. His career total sits at 40, good for fourth place for the most makes in program history. He enters the week second in WSU history for career field goal percentage at .769 (40-52), percentage points behind Drew Dunning’s top mark of .773 (68-88). Furney earned All-Pac-12 second team honors after going 14-for-20 on field goal attempts, tied for second in the conference. The Burlington, Wash. native was a perfect 7-for-7 on attempts inside 30 yards and 6-of-10 on kicks outside of 40 yards including a conference-best 60-yarder against Eastern Washington. Furney capped his season by going 3-for-3 in the Apple Cup victory, kicking a game-tying 45-yarder with 1:59 remaining and later hitting the game-winner from 27-yards in overtime.
HALLIDAY AT IT AGAIN: Quarterback Connor Halliday has continued to put his name throughout the WSU record book after tallying three 300-yard games and two four-touchdown games through the first half of the season. The Spokane native opened 2013 by going 35-of-65 for 344 yards at Auburn, the third-most pass attempts in WSU single-game history trailing only Drew Bledsoe’s 66 against Montana in 1992. Against Southern Utah, Halliday threw for 383 yards and five touchdowns and followed with a 346-yard four touchdown performance against Idaho. He erupted for 521 yards and added three touchdown throws in the win at Cal. He owns nine career 300-yard performances, third-most in school history, trailing the school record of 12 shared by Alex Brink and Ryan Leaf. Halliday also owns three 400-yard games, one 500-yard game and six career four-touchdown performances. He notched his first career five-touchdown game against UCLA last season and following the SUU game, joins Alex Brink as the only Cougar QB’s with multiple five-TD games. Halliday owns 38 career touchdown passes, good for seventh all time WSU history. He enters the week third in the country in passing yards (2,241) and 10th in yards-per-game (320.1)
GABE MARKS ADDED TO BILETNIKOFF AWARD WATCH LIST: Sophomore wide receiver Gabe Marks was one of six receivers added to The Biletnikoff Award Watch List last week. Marks enters Saturday’s game at Oregon second in the Pac-12 Conference with 46 receptions, seventh with 478 receiving yards and second on the team lead with four touchdown catches. The Los Angeles native has led the Cougars in catches in five of the seven contests and posted the best game of his young career against Idaho, recording career highs of 11 receptions for 146 yards and two touchdowns in the win. As a freshman last season, Marks was second on the team in receiving yards (560) and third in catches (49) to go along with two touchdowns. The award recipient is selected by the Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee, a group of over 215 prominent college football journalists, commentators, and former receivers. The fan vote counts as one additional vote. Fans may vote daily on FanVote at http://www.biletnikoffaward.com/fan-vote?DB_OEM_ID=30400.
WSU DEFENSE SETTING THE TONE: The Cougars defense has posted some impressive numbers through the first half of the season. WSU held Auburn to 99 yards passing and 4-of-13 on third down, limited No. 25 USC to 54 yards passing, 193 yards in total offense and All-American wideout Marqise Lee to 51 all-purpose yards. The Cougar defense did not stop once returning to Martin Stadium, holding Southern Utah to 219 yards in total offense and Idaho to 253, the first time WSU held three straight opponents under 260 yards in total offense since the last two games of the 1994 season and the 1995 season opener. WSU enters the week seventh in the country in red zone defense (66.7) and No. 33 in third down defense (34.9). The Cougars are tied for the Pac-12 lead with 16 turnovers forced including 11 interceptions, sixth-most in the country.
UNLV at (17) Fresno State, 10:00 PM
FRESNO STATE GAME NOTES
No. 17 Fresno State returns home after nearly a month on the road to host UNLV on Homecoming at Bulldog Stadium this Saturday ... kickoff for the game is set for 7 p.m. ...the Mountain West Network is carrying the game on Saturday with Rich Cellini (play-byplay) and Ted Sundquist (analyst) calling the game ... fans can listen to the game on the official home of the Fresno State Bulldogs, 940 AM ESPN radio, with ‘Voice of the Bulldogs’ Paul Loeffler, former Bulldog and NFL safety Cameron Worrell as the analyst and sideline reporter Ralph Wood ... in addition to it being Homecoming weekend at Fresno State, it is also the ‘Bring It Home’ Football Alumni Weekend and all the former Bulldogs returning will form a tunnel for the team to run out onto the field prior to the start of the game ... Fresno State
has won 10-straight regular season games and has scored over 40 points in all 10 of those victories ... the Bulldogs have climbed up to No. 17 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, their highest ranking since being No. 16 back in November of 2005 ... quarterback Derek Carr ranks second nationally in passing yards per game (372.8) and touchdown passes (19) ... Davante Adams and Josh Harper are both tied for fourth nationally with seven touchdown receptions each ... Fresno State has recorded 13 sacks in their last two games, which more than doubles its six that it had in the first three games of the season ... the Bulldogs rank No. 4 nationally in both sacks allowed and team sacks and rank No. 2 in the FBS with 9.8 tackles
for loss per game.
• Derek Carr needs three TD passes and 33 completions to
break the respective all-time school career records. He also
needs 376 passing yards for 10,000 in his career.
• The Bulldogs have won seven-straight Mountain West
games and are 9-1 all-time in MW play.
Fresno State vs. UNLV – The Series
Fresno State leads the all-time series over UNLV 11-4 with its last win coming against the Rebels in 1997 when the two schools were both in the WAC. The Bulldogs own a nine-game winning streak dating back to 1985. Saturday’s match up between Fresno State and UNLV is the first as Mountain West foes since the Rebels left the WAC for the MW for the conference’s inaugural year in 1999. Despite the 16-year gap of competition the Bulldogs and Rebels are no strangers to each other. The two schools have shared conference affiliation’s in both the Big West and WAC, and now again in the MW. Fresno State will look to move to 7-2 all-time in home contests on Saturday night.
UNLV enters Saturday’s game with a 4-2 record and has won its last four games. Last weekend at home, kicker Nolan Kohorst gave the Rebels a 39-37 victory over Hawai’i by booting a game-winning 44-yard field goal as time expired. UNLV, like the Bulldogs, is 2-0 in conference play and tied for first also with San Diego State atop the West Division standings. UNLV allows 36 points per game this season, but has the league’s top pass
defense that only allows 165.8 yards per game through the air. The Rebels also rank 10th in the FBS with a passing efficiency defense rating of 99.45. Offensively, UNLV is averaging 33.3 points per game and 447.2 yards of offense. The Rebels have turned the ball over eight times this year and have nine take-aways of their own. Running back Tim Cornett rushes for an average of 110 yards per game and has nine touchdowns on the year,
helping the Rebels average 199.7 rushing yards per game this season.
UNLV GAME NOTES
SATURDAY’S GAME PREVIEW...
In a battle of fi rst-place teams in the league’s West Division, UNLV (4-2/2-0) travels to No. 17/19 Fresno State (5-0/2-0) Saturday night ... The game will be streamed live exclusively online by the Mountain West Network powered by Campus Insiders. Fans can watch free at unlvrebels.com ... At the mid-point of the season, the Rebels have already doubled their victory total from each of the past three years ... UNLV has won four straight games overall for the first time since making a late-season run and then winning the Las Vegas Bowl in 2000 ... This also marks the first four-game winning streak in the regular
season since QB Randall Cunningham led the Rebels to seven straight victories in 1984 ... Last time out, the Rebels kicked a 44-yard field goal as time expired to down Hawai’i 39-37 while the Bulldogs had a bye week ... UNLV stands above the .500 mark after six games for the fi rst time since also being 4-2 in 2003 ... FS is the first ranked team that UNLV has faced since playing at No. 24/22 Boise State Oct. 20, 2012 ... UNLV RB Tim Cornett notched his 13th career 100-yard rushing game vs. UH, which made him just the second player in school history to reach the 3,000-yard rushing mark. Cornett stands
just 40 yards behind UNLV’s all-time leader Mike Thomas, who racked up 3,149 yards in 1973-74. Cornett has scored at least one TD in five of the team’s six games in 2013, including seven in the last three ... Two of the MW’s top WRs will play in Saturday’s game as Rebel Devante Davis leads the league with eight TD receptions (19th in the nation with 102.3 YPG) and Bulldog Davante Adams paces the MW with 52 catches (22nd in the nation with 99.2 YPG).
REBELS vs. BULLDOGS NOTES...
These programs will now have played each other as part of three different conferences (Big West, WAC and now MW) ... Despite meeting for 13 straight seasons from 1979-91, UNLV and FS have not squared off on the football field since both were members of the WAC in 1996-97 ... FS leads the overall series 11-4 and has won nine straight against UNLV ... The Rebels are 2-6 at Fresno State, having last beat the Bulldogs there in 1983 ... The Rebels also picked up a win at Bulldog Stadium in 1984, however, when they downed Toledo 30-13 in the now-defunct California Bowl ... This will mark the first time FS is ranked while playing UNLV ... FS offensive coordinator Dave Schramm worked under UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck while at Montana, serving as TE and OT coach as well as the recruiting coordinator from 2003-04 ... UNLV freshman DB Matt Lea is a product of Central HS in Fresno.
Utah at Arizona, 10:00 PM
> Utah (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12) plays Arizona (3-2, 0-2 Pac-12) in Tucson
on Saturday. Kick time is 7:00 p.m. MST (8:00 p.m. MDT) in Arizona
Stadium. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks. Radio is
ESPN700 AM. Satellite radio is Sirius 139/XM 197.
> Utah received 47 votes in this week’s Associated Press poll, marking
its first mention in the poll since 2010. Utah received 18 votes in the USA
Today Coaches’ poll.
> Last week’s win over No. 5 Stanford was Kyle Whittingham’s 75th
as Utah’s head coach. Whittingham, 75-34 in his ninth season, earned
his first regular-season win against Arizona in the 2005 season opener.
His first career victory came in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl as Utah’s co-head
> Saturday’s game at Arizona marks Utah’s fi rst trip out of the state this
season. It is the latest out-of-state opener for the Utes since 1947 when
they played Wyoming on Oct. 25 in Laramie. The last time the Utes
stayed in state so late in the season was in 1998 (they played in Laramie
on Oct. 3).
> Utah has played just one road game this season, beating BYU in
Provo on Sept. 21. The Utes will play four of their fi nal six games on the
road. > Utah’s 1-2 Pac-12 start is its best in three years as a conference
member. The Utes got off to 0-4 starts in both of their fi rst two seasons.
> Utah, which leads the series with Arizona 20-16-2, saw a three-game
streak snapped last year in Salt Lake City (34-24). Utah’s fi rst Pac-12
road win came against Arizona in Tucson in 2011 (34-21). For complete
series notes, see page 2.
TWO MINUTE DRILL
No. 5 Stanford is the highest ranked opponent Utah has ever beaten
at home. The win was Utah’s second all-time victory against a top
five team team (Utah beat No. 4 Alabama in the 2009 Sugar Bowl) ...
Stanford came into the game with the nation’s second-longest winning
streak at 13 games … Utah’s win over the Cardinal improved its
three-year record against the Pac-12 North to 5-5. The Utes are 3-8
overall against South division teams and 0-1 this season, losing to No.
12 UCLA 34-27 … Utah co-offensive coordinator Brian Johnson got
the first start (and win) of his record-setting career against Arizona in
2005 as an 18-year-old sophomore. Johnson owns the Utah record for
victories by a starting quarterback, going 26-7… The Utes have two
players on their roster from Arizona: redshirt freshman offensive lineman
J.J. Dielman (Ahwatukee/Desert Vista HS) and true freshman defensive back Clarence Smith (Buckeye/Youngker HS) ... Saturday’s game is Utah’s fi fth night game. The Utes have played just two day games, beating Weber State and Stanford … Utah is 5-2 in games televised by the Pac-12 Networks in the two years of the network.
Utah QB Travis Wilson (311 passing yards) and safety Eric Rowe
(16 tackles) both set career highs in last year’s loss to Arizona …
Dres Anderson is tied for the national lead in receptions of 50 yards
or longer with five and Wilson’s seven pass plays of 50 yards or
longer ranks third in the country. The team ranks third nationally in
plays of 50 yards or more with nine … Utah has won 49 consecutive
games when leading at halftime, which is the second-longest streak in
the country behind Oregon.
LEADERS OF THE PAC
Utah leads the country in fewest fumbles lost (1), and leads the Pac-
12 in sacks (20), sack average (3.33), red zone offense (.909), field
goal percentage (1.000/11-11), PATs (1.000/27-27) and onside kicks
(1.000/2-2) … Utah has the best kicking duo in the conference. First year
placekicker Andy Phillips is the only kicker in the nation to make 11-of-11 fi eld goals to date (including 4-of-4 from 40-yards or longer) and is 27-of-27 in PATs, while sophomore punter Tom Hackett leads the Pac-12 in punt average (44.1), punts of 50+ yards (9) and punts inside the 20-yard line (14).
ARIZONA GAME NOTES
Some Game Themes: It’s Family Weekend on the University of Arizona campus, but it will feel like a homecoming for the Wildcats who last played at Arizona Stadium on Sept. 14 – a span of 34 days between home games … Coming to town are the sky-high Utes, who earned their biggest win since joining the Pac-12 Conference a few seasons ago … Utah has played five of its first six at home and has yet to leave the Beehive State, while Arizona opened with three of five away from home and has played in four different states … The Utes bring a potent offensive attack to the desert led by quarterback Travis Wilson who has proven to be a dual-threat with the ball in his hands. He’s accompanied by Dres Anderson, an athletic playmaker on the outside, and a versatile back in Bubba Poole … Statistically, the Utes have been stingy against the run, which is certainly an Arizona strength led by Ka’Deem Carey … B.J. Denker and the Wildcats found a passing game despite a loss in Los Angeles, and that could be a promising area as the Utes have surrendered some yards through the air … Arizona’s defense looks to get back on track and limiting big plays would be a starting point. So, too, would making plays as the Wildcats failed to force a turnover last week … Turnovers could be a critical area of focus as Arizona has been rather strong in that department this season (plus-5 margin), while Utah has had its share of turnovers (minus-3 margin) … A festive weekend will include a special halftime ceremony to honor Wildcat legend Tedy Bruschi, who will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame later this year.
Last Week: Arizona dug itself an early deficit and found itself on the short end of the stick despite a gritty second-half effort in a 38-31 loss at USC last Thursday night at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Trojan quarterback Cody Kessler hit Nelson Agholor (62 yards) and Tre Madden (63 yards) on a pair of long touchdown passes in the first quarter and USC relied on a steady ground attack (249 yards) the rest of the way. Wildcat quarterback B.J. Denker sparked Arizona with a 57-yard touchdown pass to Nate Phillips right before halftime. Still, an early fourth-quarter touchdown put USC on top by 21, before Arizona surged back. Denker led a 17-play, 96-yard touchdown drive, then two-and-half minutes later connected with Garic Wharton for a 28-yard touchdown on a two-play drive. With 4:18 remaining in the game, two timeouts and trailing by only a touchdown, the Wildcats elected to kick off. The Trojans, however, were able to run the clock out with three first downs, including Silas Redd’s 10-yard conversion on third-and-eight to seal the game with a minute and a half left. In the end, it was Arizona’s best offensive production of the season with 508 total yards (season-high 363 passing), but the Trojans were more balanced (249 rushing, 297 passing) and enjoyed a considerable advantage in field position. Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey again eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark with 138 markers, plus he caught six passes for 36 yards. Denker set career-highs for passing yards (363), attempts (44), completions (28) and touchdowns (four), while becoming the first UA quarterback in 28 games (Nick Foles 2011 vs. NAU) to throw for 300 yards and four touchdowns without an interception.
2012 Arizona at Utah: Arizona locked up a bowl bid as it earned a satisfying, hard-fought win in rainy Salt Lake City, knocking the Utes from bowl contention for the first time since 2002 with a 34-24 come-from-behind victory. The Cats had been shutout in the first quarter on the road all season, but John Bonano’s 44-yard field goal put the visitors up with a field goal late in the initial quarter. Utah wrestled the lead away on a fake field goal flipped backwards through the holder’s legs and into the hands of kicker Colem Petersen who ran around right-end for a three-yard touchdown. Ka’Deem Carey and Matt Scott found paydirt for a pair of scores in a span of 1:23 to reclaim a 17-7 lead. After a Utah touchdown cut the lead to only three points, the Cats were poised to tack on more before half, but a redzone turnover in the final minute kept it a 17-14 halftime score. The Utes scored the first 10 points of the second half to claim a touchdown advantage before Daniel Jenkins tied the game with a two-yard rushing touchdown. The Utes sensed momentum was slipping away and tried a fake punt on their next drive, but reserve running back Kylan Butler sniffed it out and made a key fourth down tackle. Four plays later, Austin Hill turned a third-and-seven conversion into an 18-yard touchdown for the go-ahead score. The Cats defense stiffened and did not allow a fourth quarter point, while Bonano’s 24-yard field goal capped a run of 17-unanswered points in the final stanza to seal to the 34-24 victory - Rich Rodriguez’s first on the road as the UA coach. The key was a dominant rushing attacked that rolled up 310 yards against a physical defensive front, led by All-America candidate Star Lotulelei, which had not yielded more than 171 rushing yards in a game all season. The Wildcats superlative stars - Carey, Scott and Hill - each did their part. Carey topped 200 yards (204) for the second game in a row, Matt Scott returned from a missed start to pass for 160 yards and run for 74 yards, and Hill tallied six catches - each for first downs - for 96 yards. The defense, which played as many as five current or former walkons (Jared Tevis, Sir Thomas Jackson, Tevin Hood, Vince Miles and Blake Brady) held the Utes to 1-of-5 on fourth down tries.
Oregon State at California, 10:30 PM
NOTES COMING SOON