Oregon Beats Out Stanford, Red River Rivalry Goes to Oklahoma, Michigan State Wins Big Ten War
We knew that the West Coast war would be high scoring. You had ninth ranked Stanford and Andrew Luck going up against LaMichael James and fourth ranked Oregon. Stanford got up big early led by Andrew Luck, up 21-3 after two touchdowns, both by Luck, and a run by back Stepfan Taylor. Darren Thomas who started over Nate Costa showed fantastic composure and started leading the Ducks back. At half the momentum had changed to 31-24. The second half belonged to Oregon and LaMichael James. He finished off the day with 257 rushing yards and three touchdowns including a clinching 76 yard run in the 52-31 shootout.
Few are better rivalries than the Red River. Every year these teams show up one usually with BCS championship aspirations, in this case, Oklahoma. Things looked all Sooner early gaining 14-0 lead and the Longhorns offense looked nonexistent until a 60 yard run by D.J. Monroe. But Oklahoma's balanced offense prevailed, Landry Jones passing for 236 yards and 2 scores and back DeMarco Murray rushed for 115 yards.
Personally I thought Michigan State was overrated at 24. They proved me wrong beating up Wisconsin's defense scoring 34. After an early field goal the Badgers took over with a James White score. But a game changing punt return by wide receiver Keshawn Martin which went for 74 yards and gave the Spartans the lead. Kirk Cousins, who had 269 passing yards help finish off 11th ranked Wisconsin with a pass to B.J. Cunningham.
1 Alabama 31 7 Florida 6 John Brantley(Gators): 202 passing yards, 2 interceptions, Mark Ingram(Crimson Tide):12 carries, 47 yards, 2 touchdowns
17 Iowa 24 22 Penn State 3 Adam Robinson(Hawkeyes): 28 carries, 95 yards, 1 touchdown, Robert Bolden(Nittany Lions) 212 passing yards, 1 interception
Washington 32 18 USC 31 Jake Locker(Huskies): 310 passing yards, 1 touchdown, Allen Bradford(Trojans) 21 carries, 223 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns