As scores roll in throughout the day we'll update you on the plays, games and quotes that stood out to us. Here's a link to the ESPN college football scoreboard for full coverage of today's action.
Alabama 44, Tennessee 13. Make it a perfect 6-0 for Nick Saban on the Third Saturday of October. Alabama did just about everything it wanted to on both sides of the ball. The Crimson Tide threw for 306 yards and four scores, rushed for 5.2 yards a carry on 45 attempts, held Tennessee to 2.9 yards a carry and picked off two Vols passes without allowing a touchdown. Alabama has now played 84 consecutive quarters without trailing. Saban's team will return home to face Mississippi State with sole possession of first place in the SEC West on the line.
Over six years of Life Against Saban, Tennessee has led Alabama for a total of nine minutes and 52 seconds. Out of nearly 360 minutes.— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) October 21, 2012
Kansas State 55, West Virginia 14. Just as Kansas State stakes its claim to the top of the Big 12 standings, Bill Snyder does the same in the Big 12 Coach of the Year race. The Wildcats' defense made West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith look pedestrian in limiting him to 21-of-32 passing for 143 yards with one touchdown and his first two interceptions of the season. Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein rose to the top of everyone's Heisman Trophy straw polls by completing 19-of-21 passes for 323 yards and three touchdowns to go with 41 rushing yards and four additional scores on 12 carries. Kansas State secured its place among the nation's elite teams with noted giant killers Texas Tech visiting Manhattan next week.
Collin Klein's pass efficiency rating vs. West Virginia (266.8) was the best this season against an FBS defense. Oh, and he ran for 4 TDs.— Matt Hinton (@MattRHinton) October 21, 2012
Florida 44, South Carolina 11. Today Will Muschamp's team proved it was possible to dominate a game while gaining 29 yards of offense in the first half. The Gators forced three South Carolina fumbles and turned them all into touchdowns to claim a 21-6 hafltime lead. Florida won a game by 33 points in which it was outgained 191-183. Muschamp can clinch his first SEC East title with a win over Georgia next Saturday.
Florida is averaging 1 point for every 3.9 yards of total offense. Which is silly.— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) October 20, 2012
Texas Tech 56, TCU 53 (triple overtime). And to think, this game was billed a showdown between the Big 12's top defenses. In a back-and-forth affair that was actually 23-21 through three quarters, both teams held and blew double-digit leads throughout the afternoon. Texas Tech finally broke TCU's serve at the top of the third overtime in forcing Gary Patterson's team into its sixth field goal try of the game. Seth Doege's seventh scoring strike of the day ended it in the bottom of the third overtime. Texas Tech now plays for a share of the Big 12 lead next week at Kansas State.
Nebraska 29, Northwestern 28. Bo Pelin's team fought back from a 28-16 deficit midway through the fourth quarter to stay within one game of first place in the Big Ten Legends Division. Taylor Martinez continues to improve as a passer as he completed 27-of-39 passes for 342 yards with three touchdowns and no picks. In fact, Nebraska owned the statsheet by outgaining Northwestern 543-301. The Wildcats had a chance to steal the lead back but missed a 53-yard field goal with 1:10 to play. Nebraska will host Michigan next week with first place in the Legends Division on the line.
ULM 43, Western Kentucky 42 (overtime). Todd Berry and his cardiac Warhawks pulled off another stunner. Trailing 28-7 in the second quarter, ULM fought back to tie it with 31 seconds to go. After Western Kentucky scored to open overtime, ULM quarterback Kolton Browning rushed in from three yards to make the score 42-41 and found Rashon Ceasar for the game-winning two-point conversion. Browning won the game nearly completely by himself, accounting for 377 of ULM's 385 yards from scrimmage. The win ends Western Kentucky's streak of 14 games with losses only to No. 1 LSU and No. 1 Alabama dating back to 2011. Berry's team now stands alone in first place at 3-0 in the Sun Belt.
Michigan 12, Michigan State 10. It's hard to overstate the importance of this win for Michigan. A Brendan Gibbons 38-yard field goal with five seconds to play gives Brady Hoke and the Wolverines' senior class their first win over Michigan State, and most importantly keeps Michigan atop the Big Ten Legends Division. In earning a win despite not scoring a touchdown, the Wolverines claimed a 51-yard rushing advantage over the Spartans while rushing the ball only one more time than Michigan State.
Notre Dame 17, BYU 14. The Notre Dame Magical Mystery Tour continues for another week. In improving to 7-0 for the first time since 2002, Brian Kelly and co. set up a showdown game at Oklahoma in preimetime next Saturday. The Fighting Irish won despite starting quarterback Tommy Rees completing just seven passes, in part because Bob Diaco's defense held the Cougars to 66 rushing yards on 25 carries.
LSU 24, Texas A&M 19. It took about a quarter and a half, but John Chavis' defense found a way to solve the whirlwind that is Johnny Manziel. LSU forced Manziel into the worst game of his young career, going 28-of-55 through the air for 273 yards with three interceptions while rushing 17 yards for only 27 yards. After accounting for 24 scores through his first six games, Manziel was held out of the end zone. Meanwhile, LSU was able to win the game in a decidedly LSU fashion. Les Miles' team was outgained 410-316 but won the turnover battle 4-0. All three of the Tigers' touchdowns came after forcing an A&M turnover. The other LSU trademark, enduring a slow start offensively by leaning on the opponents' defensive line for four quarters, was in play as Miles' team held an 111-1 rushing advantage in the fourth quarter. A pair of dynamic young runners led the way for the Tigers as sophomore Michael Ford carried 11 times for 78 yards and a score while true freshman Jeremy Hill again came off the bench to pace LSU with 18 carries for 127 yards and one score.
Of Texas A&M's eight losses over the last two years (including both this year) it's held at least a 10-point lead in seven of them.— Matt Hinton (@MattRHinton) October 20, 2012
Ohio State 29, Purdue 22 (overtime). Danny Hope's team appeared primed to end Ohio State's perfect season before backup quarterback Kenny Guiton led the Buckeyes to a touchdown with three seconds to play. Guiton's pass to Jeff Heuerman converted Ohio State's two-point conversion to send the game to overtime, where the Buckeyes turned the opening possession into a touchdown. Purdue went four-and-out on the ensuing possession, allowing Urban Meyer to move to 8-0 in his inaugural season in Columbus. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, who was taken to the hospital by ambulance after suffering an undisclosed injury in the third quarter.
Rutgers 35, Temple 10. Kyle Flood's first season keeps getting better and better. In defeating Temple, Rutgers moves to 4-0 in the Big East and further stakes its claim as the best team on the Eastern seaboard. In holding their sixth opponent of the season to 15 points or fewer, Rutgers won the second half 35-0 and outgained the Owls 371-191. The Scarlet Knights are now three wins away from claiming their first Big East championship.
Vanderbilt 17, Auburn 13. The loss drops Auburn to 1-6, its worst start since 1952. The Vanderbilt defense held Auburn to 2-of-12 on third down and 212 yards of total offense, including 5.2 yards per pass and 3.1 yards per rush. James Franklin's team won despite going minus-3 in turnover margin to improve to 3-4 on the season. Vanderbilt's remaining five opponents held a combined record of 12-21 coming into Saturday, meaning Franklin is within range of becoming the first coach to lead the Commodores to back-to-back bowl games.
Oklahoma State 31, Iowa State 10. Oklahoma State, the only FBS team to average 600 yards per game, racked up 625 yards behind another balanced effort. Quarterback J.W. Walsh hit on 32-of-47 passes for 415 yards and one touchdown and added nine carries for 46 yards and a touchdown. As a team Oklahoma State ran 42 times for 210 yards (5.0 ypc) and three scores. The Cowboys ran 99 plays to Iowa State's 70.
Troy 38, Florida International 37. Larry Blakeney's team scored the game's final 17 points to rally from a 37-21 deficit. The win allows Troy (4-3, 2-1 Sun Belt) to keep pace in a crowded Sun Belt race, as seven of the league's 10 teams have .500 or better records in conference play to this point. Florida International fell to 1-7 overall and 0-4 in league play.
Eastern Michigan 48, Army 38. Congrats to Ron English and his staff as Eastern Michigan earned its first win of the season. Eagles quarterback Tyler Benz had an incredibly efficient day, turning his 19-of-31 effort into 369 yards and five touchdowns.
Saturday TV - Plenty of games you'll want to see
Saturday is full of quality action. Take a look at what we'll be watching for during week eight.
All times are eastern.
LSU at Texas A&M - 12 - ESPN
Penn at Yale - 12 - NBC Sports Network
Rutgers at Temple - 12 - Big East Network
Virginia Tech at Clemson - 12 - ABC
Iowa State at Oklahoma State - 12 - FX
Purdue at Ohio State - 12 - ABC
Minnesota at Wisconsin - 12 - ESPNU
Northern Illinois at Akron - 12 - ESPN3
Auburn at Vanderbilt - 12:21 - SEC Network
Wake Forest at Virginia- 12:30 - ESPN3
Army at Eastern Michigan - 1 - ESPN3
Florida International at Troy - 1 - ESPN3
San Jose State at UTSA - 2 - ESPN3
Stanford at Cal - 3 - FOX
Boston College at Georgia Tech - 3 - ESPN3
New Mexico State at Utah State - 3 - ESPN3
South Carolina at Florida - 3:30 - CBS
Brigham Young at Notre Dame - 3:30 - NBC
South Florida at Louisville - 3:30 - ABC
Texas Tech at TCU - 3:30 - ABC
UNLV at Boise State - 3:30 - NBC Sports Network
Nebraska at Northwestern - 3:30 - ESPN2
North Carolina State at Maryland - 3:30 - ESPNU
Michigan State at Michigan - 3:30 - BTN
Pitt at Buffalo - 3:30 - Big East Network
Ball State at Central Michigan - 3:30 - ESPN3
Indiana at Navy - 3:30 - CBS Sports Network
LA-Monroe at Western Kentucky - 4 - ESPN3
Colorado at USC - 6 - Pac 12 Network
Alabama at Tennessee - 7 - ESPN
Kansas State at West Virginia - 7 - FOX
Georgia at Kentucky - 7 - ESPN3
Middle Tennessee at Mississippi State - 7 - ESPN2
Cincinnati at Toledo - 7 - ESPN3
North Carolina at Duke - 7 - ESPNU
Idaho at LA Tech - 7 - ESPN3
Marshall at Southern Miss - 7 - CBS Sports Network
Florida State at Miami (FL) - 8 - ABC
Baylor at Texas - 8 - ABC
Penn State at Iowa - 8 - BTN
Washington at Arizona - 10 - Pac 12 Network
Utah at Oregon State - 10:30 - ESPN2
San Diego State at Nevada - 10:35 - CBS Sports Network
What We're Watching - Week 8
With another full slate of games ahead of us tomorrow, here's what we'll be keeping an extra close eye on throughout the day.
LSU at Texas A&M (12 p.m. ET, ESPN): This is an opportunity for a statement game for Texas A&M. Kevin Sumlin and Kliff Kingsbury's explosive offense (tied for sixth nationally in total offense, 7.09 yards per play) faces John Chavis' second-ranked LSU defense. If Texas A&M pulls out the win, it will be because quarterback Johnny Manziel (24 touchdowns through six games) found a way to solve an LSU defense that has surrendered just 13 scores this season. These programs have met 50 times previously, although Saturday will be the first meeting in College Station since 1995. Texas A&M wants to re-kindle this rivalry, but the only way to to do that is with a win.
Rutgers at Temple (12 p.m. ET, Big East Network): Raise your hand if you knew this was a battle for the top spot in the Big East standings. Steve Addazio has led Temple to a 2-0 start in the Owls' return to the Big East despite ranking last in the league in total offense and total defense. Addazio's team relies heavily on the run (2.1:1 rush-pass ratio), while Rutgers ranks second nationally in rush defense at 60.8 yards per game and 2.25 yards per carry allowed. Both of these teams' success lies in forcing turnovers (Rutgers leads in the nation in turnover margin, Temple is No. 12), so whoever can carve out an advantage in that area will likely win the game.
Iowa State at Oklahoma State (12 p.m. ET, FX): A year removed from winning the Big 12 championship, Mike Gundy's team is still trying to sort out exactly what it is. The Cowboys lead the country in total offense by a wide margin, nearly 34 yards per game over No. 2 Baylor. But their most impressive win to date is over Louisiana - Lafayette, and they come into Saturday off a 20-14 win over 1-5 Kansas in which the Jayhawks outgained OSU 398-371. Paul Rhoads' team will try to make this game close and low-scoring. Iowa State is 19-1 in Rhoads' tenure when holding teams under 24 points, and 3-21 when giving up 24 points or more. Iowa State is also 10-6 under Rhoads in games decided by a touchdown or less.
South Carolina at Florida (3:30 p.m. ET, CBS): Mark Richt and co. will be rooting hard for the Gators, as a Florida win essentially sets up a winner-take-all matchup for the control of the SEC East at the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party next week. Meanwhile, a South Carolina win means Steve Spurrier's team will just have to get by Tennessee and Arkansas to clinch a trip to Atlanta for the second time in three years. The Gamecocks have won two straight in this series while limiting the Gators to just 26 combined points.
BYU at Notre Dame (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC): This game will likely play out like seemingly every Notre Dame game this season - gritty, close and low scoring. Both of these squads rank among the nation's top seven nationally in scoring defense, allowing just over 22 points per game combined. Bronco Mendenhall has an opportunity to put a peacock-sized feather in his team's cap as a win would put the Cougars in a great position to finish 2012 at 9-3 and a top 25 ranking. On the other sideline, all that's on the line for Notre Dame is keeping intact its first 7-0 start since 2002 with a primetime showdown at Oklahoma on the immediate horizon.
Nebraska at Northwestern (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN2): Bo Pelini's struggling defense faces perhaps the most diverse attack in the Big Ten. Any hopes either team has of playing for the Big Ten title likely dies with a loss on Saturday. Expect Nebraska and its Big Ten-leading scoring offense to try to outscore Northwestern, while the Wildcats will attempt to exploit the Cornhuskers' penchant for turning over the football (No. 104 nationally in turnover margin. Oh, and there's this:
The last time Nebraska played Northwestern in Evanston, Al Capone was there for the game ... bit.ly/VjnCjI— Rittenberg/Bennett (@ESPN_BigTen) October 19, 2012
Kansas State at West Virginia (7 p.m. ET, FOX): Bill Snyder's tough-as-nails bunch travels to face West Virginia in the friendly confines of Milan Puskar Stadium. The last time Dana Holgorsen's team played at home it lit up Baylor for 10 touchdowns. A Kansas State victory puts the Wildcats firmly ahead of the pack in the Big 12, while a loss for West Virginia ends the conference and national title aspirations that seemed so promising just one week ago. West Virginia's highly publicized offense is more productive of the two but Kansas State's is actually more efficienct, churning out 0.65 points per play to WVU's 0.58 points per play.
Florida State at Miami (8 p.m. ET, ABC): Consider this a referendum for two young coaching tenures. Both teams need wins to stay in the hunt for the ACC Championship but, most importantly, both teams need a win over each other. Al Golden is looking for his first victory over FSU, while a loss by the Seminoles means nothing short toppling Florida can make this season a success. Jimbo Fisher's team dominates the ACC statistically, leading the conference in total offense, total defense, scoring offense, scoring defense, pass efficiency, pass efficiency defense and rushing defense. They also place second in the ACC in rushing offense behind Georgia Tech, but possess the conference's best yards per carry average (6.28).
Baylor at Texas (8 p.m. ET, ABC): Texas returns home reeling after consecutive losses to West Virginia and Oklahoma. Mack Brown's teams traditionally play their best football following Oklahoma, going 13-1 immediately after the Red River Rivalry. Baylor carries in a two-game losing streak of its own, surrendering a total of 17 touchdowns in losses to West Virginia and TCU. Baylor leads the nation in passing offense with nearly 400 yards per game faces a Texas defense that has allowed Big 12 quarterbacks to go 65-of-101 for 903 yards with eight touchdowns against two interceptions. The numbers aren't much better for Texas' rush defense as opposing Big 12 offenses have carried 133 times for 810 yards (6.1 ypc) for 10 scores. Solace for Texas comes in the fact that Baylor brings in a defense ranked among the bottom four nationally in total defense, scoring defense, rushing defense and pass efficiency defense. Expect an old-fashion Big 12 shootout that lasts deep into the night.
Washington at Arizona (10 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Networks): After a 3-0 start Rich Rodriguez is still searching for his first Pac-12 win. Washington is also looking for its first victory since the upset of Stanford on Sept. 27. Scott from our staff will be on hand in Tucson. Follow him on Twitter @FootballScoop for his observations of the game.
Very well done HS hype video
After leaving his job as the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach at North Park University (D-III - Chicago, IL) back in February, Todd Winter found himself back at the high school level in charge of the Pinecrest Academy(GA) football team.
Here's the hype video, entitled "This is Pinecrest Football", that has been making its way through the community to help get everyone amped up for their game against George Walton Academy later tonight. Under coach Winter, there looks to be a lot of excitement at Pinecrest.
Adding from experience, we can tell you that coach Winter is one of the good guys in our profession. He has always run a first class program, has put together a solid staff with a tireless work ethic, and is just as strong as a motivator as he is on a white board talking schemes.
Take a look at the video that has the whole community buzzing. Very well done.
Charley Molnar pranks UMass players
During the past off season, and into fall camp, we saw some inspiring videos of coaches awarding walk on players with full scholarships.
Charley Molnar decided to deliver the news to a few walk ons in a much different manner...and he sells it quite well originally, if we might add.
Take a look. Pretty smooth move by Molnar.
Video tour of Memphis' facilities
After dropping their first four games, including the first two by a combined 8 points, head coach Justin Fuente and the Tigers got in the win column against Conference USA opponent Rice in their first game of October.
As the clip shows, one of the areas that Fuente has had an immediate impact on during his first season on campus is their facilities.
The team meeting room got a complete overhaul with new seats, some sweet new wall graphics, and a new HD sound and video system.
A few Memphis players lead the cameras through a tour of the new upgrades, and point out some of the key changes that coach Fuente has made, including a tour of a room that is normally only accessible to players on the leadership council.
Tomorrow night the Tigers take on Central Florida at 8pm ET on CSS.
Holgorsen: "We don't have time to pout"
Coming off their first loss of the season last weekend to Texas Tech, West Virginia (5-1, 2-1) has no time to "pout" as they take on a top five Kansas State squad this weekend.
“It doesn’t matter who you’ve got the next week, you don’t have time to pout. Nobody’s going to feel sorry for you, so basically what you’ve got to do is you can’t let it beat you twice." Dana Holgorsen explained to 790 The Zone in Atlanta.
Holgorsen says that they addressed what they need to fix from a schematic and mental standpoint last weekend and are ready to take on the Wildcats tomorrow.
"That’s what this profession and this game is all about.” he said.
Holgorsen also referenced how disciplined he remembers Bill Snyder's teams being from his days as a position coach and offensive coordinator at other Big 12 schools.
"They’re just so disciplined. I’ve got such an appreciation for it. When I was an offensive coordinator and a position coach going against Coach Snyder, it happened four or five times...you just know that they play so hard. They’re disciplined in everything that they do. They don’t beat themselves. But, as a head coach, you gain even more of an appreciation for what he does with his program."
This year is no different for Snyder, who's team discipline has shown not only in their record (6-0, 3-0) but also in their statistics. Kansas State is the least penalized team in the country (just over 22 ypg), and rank among the top teams in the country in turnover margin (+10). Also, Kansas State has been able to put together long, sustained drives to eat up the clock. Dating back to last season, the Wildcats are 12-3 when they've controlled the clock and had the ball longer than their opponent.
We also noticed that when the Wildcats score on defense and special teams they are 15-0 under Snyder, and the Wildcats lead the nation in non-offensive touchdowns scored dating back to 1999 with 84.
The two Big 12 teams will face off at 7pm ET and the game can be seen on FOX.
High school kicker nails a 67 yarder to send game into OT
There are some things you just can't coach.
Like this 67 yard field goal at the end of regulation to send Central Valley (WA) into overtime against Shadle Park (WA) last night.
Yes, a 67 yard field goal. Central Valley went on to win the game in OT, 62-55.
Although the kick was a state record, beating out the previous record of a 62 yarder, the 67 yard kick isn't even a national record (tied for second nationally), coming up just a yard short of a 68 yard field goal that was kicked back in 1985 in Nevada.
Take a look at the video. Notice the ball is being snapped from midfield and he's kicking it from the opposite 43 yard line. Pretty incredible.