College Football Top 25 Review
Quarterback controversy? Not as far as Rueben Randle (pictured) is concerned. The LSU star caught a 42-yard touchdown from Jordan Jefferson and then a 46-yard score from Jarrett Lee -- in the first half. The Tigers from Baton Rouge upended the Tigers from the Plains despite playing without suspended stars Tyrann Mathieu and Spencer Ware.
AJ McCarron threw for 284 yards and a touchdown and added this nifty move for another as the Crimson Tide outscored the Vols 31-0 in the second half to pull away. Alabama held Tennessee to 154 yards in total offense.
Seemingly invincible for so long at Owen Field, No. 3 Oklahoma finally proved fallible at home. Seth Doege (center) threw for 441 yards and connected with Alex Torres on three of his four touchdown passes, and Texas Tech snapped the Sooners' 39-game home winning streak.
Michigan State's Keith Nichol (right) caught a 44-yard desperation heave from Kirk Cousins on the game's final play for a tiebreaking touchdown, stunning Wisconsin. With four seconds left, Cousins rolled out to his right and threw it about as far as he could. The ball went into the end zone but caromed off Michigan State receiver B.J. Cunningham's facemask back to Nichol, who caught it just outside the end zone and struggled for the goal line, fighting two Wisconsin defenders and just barely breaking the plane.
This one was a bit too close for comfort, but Boise will take it. Air Force had its way with Boise's defense, racking up 416 yards, but the Broncos have some offensive weapons of their own. Kellen Moore completed 23-of-29 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns and tied Colt McCoy as the winningest quarterback in NCAA history by recording his 45th career win.
The Cowboys are still perfect. Brandon Weeden delivered another great game (329 yards, three touchdowns) despite losing top target Justin Blackmon midway through the game due to precautionary measures, but the passing attack didn't have to do all the work. Joseph Randle (pictured) had an outstanding game, rushing for 138 yards and three touchdowns on a mere 14 carries.
It was an easy night at the office for the Cardinal, who amassed 446 rushing yards in destroying the Huskies. Tyler Gaffney (left) carried nine times for 117 yards and a touchdown and Stepfan Taylor added 138 and a score on 10 carries as Stanford remained undefeated.
Sammy Watkins has justifiably stolen the headlines, but he's not the only Clemson receiver making things happen. DeAndre Hopkins (pictured) delivered a huge day for the Tigers, catching nine balls for 158 yards and a score. (Watkins caught eight for 90 yards and a touchdown.) The undefeated Tigers face fellow ACC title hopeful Georgia Tech next.
No starters? No problem. Oregon rolled again despite playing without star running back LaMichael James and quarterback Darron Thomas. Kenjon Barner (pictured) delivered a huge game in James' absence, rushing for 115 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries.
For one half, it looked like Houston Nutt was going to exact revenge against his former team. But the Razorbacks came to life in the third quarter, rising from a 17-0 deficit to take control. The Rebels kept it close, but Tyler Wilson's (pictured) two second-half rushing touchdowns saved the day.
West Virginia arrived in Syracuse intent on avenging last year's shocking loss to the Orange. Instead, the Mountaineers suffered an even more unthinkable defeat. WVU quarterback Geno Smith threw two costly interceptions, and the Syracuse offense rolled behind a three-touchdown night from tight end Nick Provo (pictured). West Virginia was the highest-ranked opponent Syracuse had beaten since a 50-42 triple-overtime over No. 8 Virginia Tech in 2002.
Tramaine Thompson (pictured) helped out quarterback Collin Klein with this beautiful diving catch early. Klein didn't need much help after that. The Wildcats' signal-caller passed for 195 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 92 yards and four more scores to help K-State improve to 7-0.
The Cornhuskers and Golden Gophers left this game with opposite records, 6-1 and 1-6, respectively. Nebraska outgained Minnesota 518 yards to 260 behind a big day from Rex Burkhead, who racked up 113 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries.
David Wilson (pictured) rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, as Virginia Tech survived a slow start to topple Boston College. The Hokies outgained the Eagles 483-271.
Ryan Tannehill didn't throw six touchdowns this week, but he still had a good game, completing 24-of-43 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns, including a beauty to Jeff Fuller (pictured) in the second quarter. Christie Michael and Cyrus Gray both cracked the 100-yard rushing mark as A&M improved to 6-2.
Georgia Tech entered Saturday averaging 517 yards of offense this season. The Jackets managed just 211 against Miami's suffocating defense. Jacory Harris completed just eight passes for the 'Canes, but they won easily anyway. Miami has now won consecutive games for the first time this season and beaten Georgia Tech three straight times.
This was a big one for the Cougars: Houston remained undefeated and Case Keenum (pictured) became the NCAA's all-time leading passer. Keenum entered the game trailing Hawaii's Timmy Chang by 129 yards; he completed 24-of-28 passes for 376 yards and six touchdowns on the night.
Illinois' dream season is quickly turning into a nightmare. One week after seeing their undefeated season end against Ohio State, the Illini fell to the Boilermakers. Purdue sacked Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (pictured) four times and prevailed despite being outgained 366 yards to 303.