Weekly Recap: Week 10
Late game heroics kept Alabama as a favorite to reach the BCS Championship game
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Kristina Taylor | Staff Writer
It was indeed a Saturday to remember. The weekend lived up to all the hype and anticipation from the preseason featuring five top 25 matchups. With overtime and last minute drives, it confirmed why the college football world circled Nov. 3 on the calendar.
No. 1 Alabama 21, No. 5 LSU 17
It has become the best rivalry in college football. The two teams play in the league and the same division. Saturday’s matchup in Baton Rouge was the third time these two teams have met in the past 12 months. The Bayou Bengals were looking for redemption from the 2012 BCS National Championship loss, and the Crimson Tide was looking to continue its dominate national championship run. LSU stunned that dominance for the majority of the game. With the Tide’s hopes of a second straight national title beginning to slip away, Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron shook of a difficult second half performance and led his team right down the field. With 51 seconds remaining in the game, McCarron flipped a screen pass to freshman T.J. Yeldon who ran 28 yards into the endzone giving the No. 1 Crimson Tide a 21-17 victory over No. 5 LSU.
No. 2 Kansas State 44, No. 24 Oklahoma State 30
It was not just the Collin Klein show in this top 25 matchup between No. 2 Kansas State and No. 24 Oklahoma State. With 9:47 remaining in the third quarter the senior quarterback scored his 50th career touchdown. Klein left the game shortly after that play with an undisclosed injury. However, the Wildcats used 199 yards in kickoff returns and three interceptions by senior Allen Chapman to post a 44-30 win over Oklahoma State. The win keeps K-State unbeaten, as the Wildcats move to 9-0 for the first time since 1999.
No. 3 Notre Dame 29, Pitt 26 (3OT)
The luck of the Irish prevailed once again as Notre Dame overcame a 20-6 deficit in the fourth quarter. When their backs were against the wall, the Irish kept finding life. Notre Dame’s defense held strong, and Everett Golson threw a 5-yard TD pass to Theo Riddick and then ran for the two-point conversion to tie the game late in the fourth. Golson put the game away scoring on a quarterback sneak in triple overtime to bring Fighting Irish to 9-0 for the first time since 1993.
No. 4 Oregon 62, No. 17 USC
Oregon’s Kenjon Barner rushed for a school-record 321 yards and five touchdowns, Marcus Mariota threw four TD passes and the Ducks produced another momentous offensive performance in a 62-51 victory over No. 18 Southern California. Barner also set a rushing record for a USC opponent by the third quarter, topping Curtis Enis’ 241 yards for Penn State in 1996. Oregon’s 730 yards and 62 points were the most ever allowed by USC.
The top four in the BCS Standins went 4-0 in week 10. They were all tested, but found different ways to win. We know what championship football is made of now. Alabama remains No. 1, the SEC remains in position for its seventh consecutive BCS title, and Kansas State, Notre Dame and Oregon continue to battle for No. 2.
No. 1 may be tested yet again when the Crimson Tide hosts No. 15 Texas A&M. Johnny “Football” Manziel looks to take the Aggies into Tuscaloosa and mount a huge upset. With a win, Alabama clinches the SEC West and will head to Atlanta for the SEC Championship. No. 5 Georgia will clinch the SEC East with a win against Auburn.
No. 2 Kansas State hits the road this weekend to face newcomer TCU. The Horned Frogs are coming off a stellar performance at West Virginia and look to shatter the Wildcats’ hopes of contending for a BCS title.