College Football Top 25 Review
There's a silver lining for Florida: No stretch this season will be harder than facing Alabama and LSU in back-to-back weeks. LSU back Spencer Ware rushed for 109 yards, and the Tigers outgained the Gators 453-213 on a day when injuries thrust true freshman Jacoby Brissett into Florida's starting spot. LSU punter Brad Wing (pictured) also scored on a fake punt, but the touchdown was called back for taunting.
AJ McCarron (right) passed for career-highs of 237 yards and four touchdowns and No. 2 Alabama (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference cruised. The Commodores (3-2, 1-2) trailed by only seven points until the final minute of the opening half, then Alabama took over with four straight touchdown drives. McCarron was 23-of-30 passing and didn't add to Vandy's national-best 14 interceptions before sitting out most of the fourth quarter.
The Red River Shootout turned out to be a Red River Bloodbath. Oklahoma manhandled an overmatched Texas team, holding the Longhorns to 279 total yards and forcing five turnovers. The Longhorns could not stop Sooners' slinger Landry Jones, who connected with Ryan Broyles, Kenny Still and Jaz Reynolds (pictured) at will.
Kellen Moore bounced back from a rare off day in Week 5 to go 23-for-31 for 254 yards and three touchdowns. Two of those scoring strikes were to receiver Geraldo Boldewijn, who returned from an NCAA suspension. The Broncos scored nearly as many touchdowns (eight) as Fresno State had first downs (nine.)
This one was over in a hurry. Brandon Weeden threw for 288 yards and five touchdowns before being pulled in the first half and had the most accurate day ever for an Oklahoma State passer, completing 24-of-28 passes. Justin Blackmon caught two touchdown passes, as did Hubert Anyiam (pictured).
Andrew Luck (center) threw for a season-high 370 yards and three touchdowns, and Stanford stayed perfect. With former Stanford standouts Tiger Woods and John Elway joining the crush of NFL scouts on the sidelines, Luck completed 26-of-33 passes with a rare interception to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 13 games. Max Bergen blocked a field goal and returned it for a score and Ryan Hewitt caught two touchdown passes to help the Cardinal (5-0 overall, 3-0 in the Pac-12) cruise past another opponent. Colorado is still looking for its first league win.
The season's biggest surprise improved to 6-0 by beating Boston College, and freshman phenom Sammy Watkins had another big day, hauling in seven catches for 152 yards. But it wasn't all good, as breakout star quarterback Tajh Boyd was carted off with a left leg injury in the second half. Clemson is awaiting word on the severity of the injury.
This was a costly win for Oregon. Star running back LaMichael James (pictured) rushed for 239 yards and a touchdown, but he dislocated his right elbow early in the fourth quarter and had to be carted off the field. It remains to be seen if James will play in Week 7 when the Ducks face Arizona State.
Auburn's Michael Dyer got his yards (112 on 21 carries), but Arkansas got the win. Tyler Wilson, who set a school record with 510 yards passing last week, added 262 more, completing 19 straight passes at one point. Joe Adams had a 92-yard touchdown run on Arkansas' first play of the second half to push the lead to 28-14.
Denard Robinson threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more, helping Michigan come back from a 10-point halftime deficit to remain unbeaten. Robinson matched his season-high by throwing for 338 yards and ran for 113 as Michigan (6-0 overall, 2-0 in the Big Ten) scored on its first three possessions of the second half. Dan Persa threw for 315 yards for Northwestern (2-3, 0-2) which blew a double-digit lead for the second straight week.
Most thought this would be a rout, but Dexter McDougle (pictured) and the Maryland defense kept the Terps in it. Maryland held the prolific Tech offense to 384 yards, including 270 rushing yards on 59 attempts. The Terps' upset bid fell short when they failed to convert on fourth-down in the closing minutes.
Taylor Martinez ran for one score and passed for two others while rallying Nebraska (5-1, 1-1) to its first Big Ten win. Receiver-turned-defender Stanley Jean-Baptiste (right) made a key fourth-quarter interception as the Huskers registered their biggest comeback in school history. Ohio State built a 27-6 lead behind freshman Braxton Miller, who sprained his right ankle in the third quarter and did not return.
Another slow start, another win for West Virginia. The Mountaineers struggled to a 10-9 halftime lead, but Geno Smith threw for 450 yards and four touchdowns and Week 5 breakout star Dustin Garrison (pictured) added 80 rush yards and a score.
Stephen who? Connor Shaw had no trouble replacing Stephen Garcia as South Carolina's starter, going 26-of-39 for 311 yards and four touchdowns. It was also a huge day for Victor Hampton (pictured) and the South Carolina defense, which held Kentucky to 96 total yards and forced six turnovers.
Nathan Scheelhaase coughed up a fumble (pictured), but the Illinois quarterback also passed for 211 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 95 yards and an additional score. The Illini are 6-0.
Kansas State allowed two unanswered touchdowns to Missouri late in the fourth quarter, but by then the victory was secure. Collin Klein (pictured) scored all three of the Wildcats' touchdowns, but got a big assist from tailback John Hubert, who piled up 125 yards on 26 touches.
Virginia Tech fans have been waiting for a game like this from quarterback Logan Thomas. The first-year starter threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 28 yards and two scores, including the decisive strike with 56 seconds remaining. The Hokies revived their ACC title hopes, but likely crushed Miami's.
Utah's turnover problems continue. The Utes coughed the ball up five times against Arizona State, and quarterback Brock Osweiler capitalized, passing for 325 yards and three scores. The 5-1 Sun Devils face defending league champion Oregon next week.
Florida State entered the season as the nation's No. 5 team. Five games later, the Seminoles already have three losses. Injured quarterback E.J. Manuel returned in the second quarter to replace Clint Trickett (pictured), but it wasn't enough to lead the Seminoles to a comeback against surprising Wake Forest, which improved to 4-1.
Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman brought out some film from the last couple of seasons this past week to remind his players how it feels to win. The Aggies had lost two straight after holding double-digits leads at halftime. Christine Michael (33) rumbled for 52 yards and a second-quarter score on 15 carries as A&M handed Tech its first loss.
Terrance Ganaway (right) rushed 20 times for 173 yards and two touchdowns as No. 25 Baylor handed Iowa State its second straight setback. Robert Griffin III completed 22-of-30 passes for 210 yards and a score for the Bears, who improved to 4-1.