Arizona downs Oregon to squash Ducks' BCS hopes; midday Week 13 Snap Judgments
• Arizona 42, No. 5 Oregon 16: On Monday, Ducks running back De'Anthony Thomas told reporters that a trip to the Rose Bowl is "not a big deal at all," and wide receiver Josh Huff didn’t want to play in another one “unless [they're] playing for a national championship.”
It looks like Oregon won't have to worry about that possibility.
The Wildcats dominated in the trenches on Saturday to hand the Ducks their second loss in league play. Following Stanford’s 63-13 win over Cal this afternoon, the Cardinal -- who hold the tiebreaker over Oregon -- will represent the Pac-12 North in the conference championship.
And to think, just a few weeks ago the Ducks were undefeated, ranked second in the nation and were a popular pick to play for the BCS title. For all the speed Oregon has, it struggles against physical teams, and Arizona followed the blueprint that helped Stanford beat the Ducks 26-20 on Nov. 7. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota committed three costly turnovers -- including his first two interceptions of the season -- and the Ducks' ground game never really got going. Oregon ran for just 198 yards, well short of its average of 285.9.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats rode tailback Ka’Deem Carey all afternoon. The junior carried 48 times for 206 yards and four touchdowns. Quarterback B.J. Denker was also effective, completing 19-of-22 passes for 178 yards and two scores -- he frequently extended plays by scrambling and used play-fakes to great success.
The Ducks still have an outside shot at a BCS at-large bid, although it would be unlikely. For Arizona and coach Rich Rodriguez, this is the type of victory that could serve as a major building block for the program. [RECAP | BOX]
• No. 18 LSU 34, No. 9 Texas A&M 10: The Aggies had gained at least 500 total yards in nine consecutive games, but the Tigers’ defense -- which has been inconsistent throughout the year -- shut them down and made quarterback Johnny Manziel look mortal. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner completed just 16-of-41 passes for 224 yards and a touchdown, with two interceptions, and Texas A&M’s offense stalled all afternoon. LSU tailback Terrence Magee rushed for 149 yards and a score, and receiver Jarvis Landry caught four passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns. SI.com’s Andy Staples was in Baton Rouge and has more from the scene. [RECAP | BOX]
• No. 16 Wisconsin 20, No. 25 Minnesota 7: The Golden Gophers’ four-game winning streak came to an end at the hands of an extremely big and physical Badgers team. While Minnesota was opportunistic early, Wisconsin took control in the second half, forcing three Gophers' turnovers and getting 125 rushing yards and a touchdown out of running back James White. The Badgers have now won six in a row since their 31-24 loss at Ohio State on Sept. 28. It's safe to say they are better than their No. 19 ranking in the latest BCS standings. [RECAP | BOX]
• No. 4 Ohio State 42, Indiana 14: It was cold. It was snowy. And, in the end, it was another blowout victory for the Buckeyes. Ohio State cruised pretty much from the get-go -- going up 7-0 on a 16-yard Carlos Hyde (117 rushing yards yards, two touchdowns) score less than three minutes into the game -- and controlled the ball on the ground in less than ideal weather conditions. Braxton Miller (160 passing yards, 144 rushing yards, four total touchdowns) looked extremely comfortable in the rout. The Hoosiers, a week after losing 51-3 to Wisconsin, put up just 14 points, all in the fourth quarter, to fall to 4-7 (2-5 Big Ten). [RECAP | BOX]
• No. 2 Florida State 80, Idaho 14: The Seminoles were favored by 59 points, and once again, they covered the spread en route to an easy win. This wasn’t exactly the tune-up Florida State was looking for heading into its regular-season finale against Florida, but with the Gators in complete disarray, it might not matter. Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston completed 14-of-25 passes for 225 yards and four touchdowns in less than three quarters, and the Florida State defense added two long pick-sixes in the rout. [RECAP | BOX]
• No. 9 Stanford 63, California 13: Wide receiver Ty Montgomery tied a school record with five total touchdowns, all in the first half, as the Cardinal bounced back from last week’s 20-17 loss at USC in a big way. With this victory and Oregon’s loss, Stanford won the Pac-12 North and will have a shot to play for a Rose Bowl berth. Quarterback Kevin Hogan carved up the Bears’ porous secondary, completing 17-of-26 passes for 329 yards and five touchdowns. [RECAP | BOX]
• No. 15 Fresno State 69, New Mexico 28: Following Northern Illinois’ impressive 35-17 win over Toledo on Wednesday night, it was imperative that the Bulldogs put on an impressive showing against the Lobos. Fresno State was up to the challenge. Quarterback Derek Carr continued his stellar senior campaign by completing 27-of-37 passes for 522 yards and seven touchdowns. The unbeaten Bulldogs will visit San Jose State on Nov. 29. [RECAP | BOX]
• Boston College 29, Maryland 26: Eagles' kicker Nate Freese drilled a game-winning 52-yard field goal as time expired to give Boston College its fourth consecutive victory to improve to 7-4 (4-3 ACC). But the story of this matchup was running back Andre Williams, who rushed for 263 yards (his third straight game with 260-plus yards) to raise his season total to 2,073. The Eagles have played hard all year, and behind Williams and first-year coach Steve Addazio, they seem to believe the can pull out tight games like this one. [RECAP | BOX]
• Notre Dame 23, BYU 13: Perhaps only Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly would call it pretty football, but Notre Dame's defense came up big on Saturday, holding the Cougars to six second-half points. The Fighting Irish raced to a 20-7 lead thanks in part to a 61-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tommy Rees to DaVaris Daniels, as well as to their ability to control the line of scrimmage. This was exactly the type of mistake-free, bounce-back performance Notre Dame needed on the heels of an ugly 28-21 loss to Pittsburgh on Nov. 9. [RECAP | BOX] • Nebraska 23, Penn State 20 (OT): The Nittany Lions have won two home games in overtime this year, but the leg of kicker Sam Ficken, who missed a PAT in the first quarter, was fickle on Saturday. On the first possession of the extra period, Ficken missed a 37-yard field goal attempt wide right. Cornhuskers kicker Pat Smith subsequently converted a 42-yard try to pull out the win. [RECAP | BOX]