NCAAF Week 8 Recap

Florida State blows out Clemson as top 10 is decimated [NCAAF Week 8 Recap]

10/20/13 in NCAAF   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Blog Photo - NCAAF Week 8 RecapThe big game of the day was Florida State and Clemson, and well, it didn't really live up to the hype. Well, one team did at least. Clemson's implosion just adds them to the list of top 10 teams that went down in Week 8. We already looked at the early kickoff games. Here's a look at the entire Saturday's action.

(5) Florida State 51, (3) Clemson 14 It was all Florida State from the start. The Seminoles (6-0, 4-0) scored off a fumble right off the bat, led 17-0 in the first quarter, and the rout was on. Clemson (6-1, 4-1) had no answer for Florida State's offense, surrendering 565 yards. Jameis Winston was brilliant again for Florida State, throwing for 444 yards. Florida State should at least take over Clemson's third ranking, and have showed they are contenders for the national championship.

(24) Auburn 45, (7) Texas A&M 41 A shoulder injury for Johnny Manziel changed the game. Driving inside the 10 in the fourth quarter, Manziel took a hit and had to leave the game with a right shoulder injury. His backup couldn't get the ball into the end zone on that drive, settling for a field goal, then on the next drive, A&M punted. Meanwhile, Auburn (6-1, 3-1) kept scoring and scoring on the impotent Texas A&M (5-2, 2-2) defense. Manziel came back into the game and put A&M ahead again 41-38. Auburn came back and scored to make it 45-41 with 1:19 to go. The Aggies had time, but Manziel's throws were getting worse as the injury affected him. An uncalled horse collar tackle forced fourth down, and the Auburn defensive line got straight through to Manziel to sack him and end the game. Auburn is back, at least offensively, and A&M's national title and SEC title hopes are dashed.

Ole Miss 27, (6) LSU 24 The SEC's day of upsets wasn't over yet, as Ole Miss (4-3, 2-3) hit a 41 yard field goal with 2 seconds left to beat LSU (6-2, 3-2). The Rebels showed they could win from the start, scoring the first 17 points of the game. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger didn't help his cause with 3 interceptions. The Tigers didn't tie it up until there was 3:19 left, plenty of time for Ole Miss to make their final drive. With this, the only SEC teams that don't have at least two losses are Alabama (0), Missouri (0), and Auburn (1).

(13) Stanford 24, (9) UCLA 10 This was a defensive battle until Kodi Whitfield made this insane one handed catch for the first touchdown of the game.

 

Stanford (6-1, 4-1) woke up a little offensively after that to get a few scores, while the defense continue to stymie the Bruins. UCLA (5-1, 2-1) managed just 266 yards, and only 2.7 yards per rush.

(4) Ohio State 34, Iowa 24 Ohio State's Big 10 schedule seems to look worse every week, but to Iowa's credit, they made this a game. It was tied at 24 going into the final period, before Ohio State (7-0, 3-0) finally took control. The Buckeyes chewed up clock late, leaving Iowa (4-3, 1-2) which just two drives, which ended in a punt and an interception.

(18) Oklahoma 34, Kansas 19 For a half, this was a game. Kansas (2-4, 0-3) actually led 13-0 early in the second quarter before Oklahoma (6-1, 3-1) woke up.

Arizona State 53, (20) Washington 24 After two tough losses to the cream of the Pac-12, Washington (4-3, 1-3) had no answers against Arizona State (5-2, 3-1). The Sun Devils scored 26 points in the second quarter. Washington somehow ended up with -5 yards rushing.

Michigan 63, Indiana 47 While games you cared about were on, Michigan (6-1, 2-1) and Indiana (3-4, 1-2) were on Big Ten Network setting defense back 20 years. The two teams combined for 1323 yards of offense. Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner threw for 503 yards.

Rest of the Top 25

(1) Alabama 52, Arkansas 0 (Business as usual for Alabama)
(2) Oregon 62, Washington State 38 (Ditto Oregon)
(12) Baylor 71, Iowa State 7
(17) Fresno State 38, UNLV 17
(23) Northern Illinois 38, Central Michigan 17
(25) Wisconsin 56, Illinois 32

Other Games of Note

BYU 47, Houston 46 (1164 combined yards of offense in this one)
Duke 35, Virginia 22 (Duke is one win from bowl eligibility)
Notre Dame 14, USC 10
Oregon State 49, California 17 (Oregon State is 6-1, and the one loss is to Eastern Washington. Go figure)

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