College Football Top 25 Review
Arkansas jumped to a 14-0 lead, but it was all LSU from there. Jordan Jefferson played his best game of the season, making plays with his feet and through the air, and the Tigers piled up 286 yards on the ground as a team. But the play of the game was undoubtedly made by Tyrann Mathieu (pictured), who turned the momentum with a 92-yard punt return touchdown in the second quarter.
We've been spoiled by recent epic Iron Bowls, but this was an entirely one-sided affair. Auburn's two scores came on a defensive fumble return in the first half and a kickoff return to open the second half. Alabama, meanwhile, moved the ball at will thanks to a huge day from Heisman hopeful Trent Richardson (pictured), who rushed 27 times for 203 yards.
Andrew Luck (right) set the school record for the most career touchdown passes and eclipsed his own single-season mark, throwing for 233 yards and four touchdowns to lead Stanford in his home finale. He topped John Elway's record of 77 touchdown passes and helped the Cardinal (11-1) build a 21-0 halftime lead. He has thrown for 80 touchdowns in three years and 35 this season.
Virginia entered this contest with a chance to win the ACC Coastal Division. It exited realizing there's still a bit more work to do in Mike London's so far masterful rebuilding effort. Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas threw two touchdowns and rushed for another, while David Wilson (pictured) racked up 159 rushing yards and two scores.
Boise State got off to a sluggish start, but Kellen Moore and Co. posted 36 consecutive points to win their 10th game of the season and secure a second-place finish in the Mountain West. Moore finished 24-of-36 for 279 yards and three touchdowns. Doug Martin (pictured) rushed for 163 yards and two scores on 27 carries.
The Tulsa game was supposed to be Houston's toughest test of the regular season. Instead, it was a breeze. Case Keenum continued to state his Heisman case, passing for 457 yards and five touchdowns. Patrick Edwards (pictured) was once again the biggest beneficiary, catching eight balls for 181 yards and four scores.
The Oregon Ducks have won the North. Quarterback Darron Thomas (pictured) had a big day through the air, completing 25-of-38 passes for 294 yards and four touchdowns, while the Ducks' defense forced Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion into three turnovers (two picks, one fumble).
Matt Barkley (right) passed for 423 yards and six touchdowns in his possible Coliseum farewell, Robert Woods set the conference's single-season receptions record while catching 12 passes for 113 yards and two TDs, and Southern California finished its resurgent season with a demolition of Pac-12 title game-bound UCLA.
Despite locking up a spot in the Big Ten title game last week, Michigan State didn't get caught looking ahead. Le'Veon Bell (pictured) led the Spartans with 86 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown as MSU recorded double-digit regular-season wins for the second year in a row.
This year hasn't played out as preseason No. 1 Oklahoma wanted, but at least the Sooners avoided the indignity of following archrival Oklahoma State's lead in losing to Iowa State. Landry Jones failed to throw a touchdown pass for the second game in a row, but backup Blake Bell (pictured) continued to do his best Tim Tebow impression, rushing for two touchdowns on eight carries.
Georgia could have taken a week off after securing the SEC East crown last week, but rivalry weekend is no time for a hangover. Aaron Murray continued his torrid second-half, completing 19-of-29 passes for 251 yards and four touchdowns to four different receivers, including Chris Conley (pictured). Counterpart Tevin Washington didn't come close to matching that, passing for 34 yards and two interceptions while rushing 13 times for 42 yards.
Connor Shaw threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score to lead South Carolina to a 10-win season for the first time in 27 years and its third straight victory over its in-state rival. Clemson was part of the BCS title talk a month ago when it opened 8-0 and rose to No. 6 in the country. But it heads to the ACC championship game against Virginia Tech next week a shaky team after losing three of its past four.
So much for Jay Paterno's plans to slap a yellow post-it note bearing his father's name on the Big Ten championship game trophy. Wisconsin secured the Leaders Division title thanks to another monster day from Montee Ball (pictured), who rushed for 156 yards and four touchdowns to bring his season total to a whopping 34.
The streak is over. In his first season as Michigan coach, Brady Hoke did what his predecessors failed to do the last seven seasons: beat Ohio State. In a thrilling back-and-forth game, Denard Robinson (pictured) made the difference, passing for 166 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 170 yards and two more scores.
Rex Burkhead (pictured) started the week with his right foot in a walking boot; he ended it by rushing a school-record 38 times for 160 yards and a touchdown as Nebraska handled Iowa with ease in its regular-season finale. Nebraska has won nine games or more in each of Bo Pelini's first four seasons.
Nick Florence threw two long touchdown passes after Robert Griffin (center) was knocked out of the game and Baylor extended its winning streak to four. The Bears had to win it without Griffin, whose Heisman Trophy chances were dealt a setback because of an apparent concussion. BU coach Art Briles said he thought Griffin had a slight concussion but should be ready for the regular season finale next week at home against Texas.