Friday Scoreboard - Week 13
The college football weekend opens with an appetizer offering on Friday before the main course on Saturday. As always, we'll keep you updated with everything you need to know throughout the day.
Washington State 31, Washington 28 (overtime). Mike Leach got his first signature win, and first Pac-12 win of any kind, in snapping Washington State's three-game Apple Cup losing streak in what will surely go down as the game of the day and possibly the weekend. The Huskies built a 28-10 lead through three quarters only to see the Cougars get two short Carl Winston scoring plunges, a two-point conversion and a pair of Andrew Furney field goals to pull off the upset. Washington had a chance to win the game in regulation, but Travis Coons' 35-yard field goal missed as time expired. Huskies quarterback Keith Price was intercepted on the first play of overtime, and the Washington State offense marched 16 yards to set up Furney's 27-yard game-winner.
West Virginia 31, Iowa State 24. To earn win No. 6, Dana Holgorsen's team had to win in a way unlike the previous five. Playing in similar conditions that plagued the Nebraska-Iowa game, the Mountaineers pounded inside with the combination of Shawne Alston and Andrew Buie running for 153 yards on 23 carries. Tavon Austin continued his box score filling ways, rushing 14 times for 74 yards, catching six passes for a team-leading 99 yards and a score, returning two kickoffs for 46 yards and one punt for 42 yards. In his first career start, Sam Richardson threw for 162 yards and three touchdowns and led the Cyclones with 119 rushing yards, but the Mountaineers defense made a late stop it so often couldn't throughout its five-game losing streak, stripping Jeff Woody at the 7-yard line on first and goal with 3:55 to play in the game, which allowed the WVU offense to run the remaining clock out.
LSU 20, Arkansas 13. LSU was outgained by more than 150 yards, achieved eight less first downs than Arkansas, and won. Les Miles is as Les Miles does. The Tigers got perhaps the catch of the year when Jarvis Landry snagged a one-handed 22-yard scoring strike from Zach Mettenberger, and Michael Ford returned a kickoff 90 yards to set up another LSU score. Hogs quarterback Tyler Wilson threw for 359 yards but couldn't connect from 18 yards out as time expired. The win keeps LSU's BCS and faint SEC championship hopes alive, needing an Alabama loss and Texas A&M win to reach Atlanta for the second year in a row.
Nebraska 13, Iowa 7. With the way the wind was blowing at Kinnick Stadium, it's best to think of this game as if it was played in an invisible snowstorm. Neither team accomplished much of anything through the air as Nebraska's Taylor Martinez went 8-of-14 for 63 yards, slightly outplaying Iowa's James Vandenberg as he connected on just 11-of-24 passes for 92 yards and two interceptions. Vandenberg's second pick came at the Iowa 40-yard line with 2:11 to play, bringing an abrupt end to what would be Iowa's final possession. Senior Rex Burkhead returned to action for the first time in a month, leading the Huskers with 69 yards and the team's only touchdown. The win sends Bo Pelini's team to Indianapolis for a rematch with Wisconsin with a trip to the Rose Bowl on the line.
Syracuse 38, Temple 20. Syracuse's Big East swan song comes up orange as Doug Marrone's team ran off the game's final 21 points to win its last Big East game ever. The Orange finished the regular season with five wins in their last six outings and, though they'll need help, a share of the Big East championship is not out of the question.
Kent State 28, Ohio 6. Eight sacks, five forced fumbles, an interception and two defensive touchdowns means Kent State defensive coordinator Jon Heacock's group is on the fast track to winning the FootballScoop Defensive Staff of the Week. Both of the Golden Flashes' defensive scores came in the midst of a 21-point explosion in the game's first nine minutes. Darrell Hazell's team cruised to victory after that as Ohio netted just two field goals. Kent State now enters next week's MAC Championship at 11-1, and Darrell Hazell has to be the front-runner for MAC Coach of the Year.
Kent State has won 11 games. In nearly 100 years of playing football they had never before won 10. #DarrellHazell— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) November 23, 2012