K-State rolls, but Collin Klein goes down; more late Snap Judgments
Klein dominated the Oklahoma State defense when he was in the game, but he was knocked out in the third quarter with an undisclosed injury. He finished with 245 passing yards, 64 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown.
In a game dominated by big plays in all three phases, the Wildcats maintained a steady lead over the Cowboys from the second quarter forward. Tyler Lockett provided a 50-yard touchdown reception and a 100-yard kickoff return, while Allen Chapman added a pivotal 29-yard pick-six to give the Wildcats a two-touchdown cushion in the second quarter.
Klein demonstrated his usual poise and advanced decision-making, going 16-of-22 before his injury. Commentator Brent Musberger even went so far as to call Klein "the Heisman winner" during the broadcast.
Klein's ability to consistently find different receivers kept Oklahoma State's defense spread out and on its heels. Chris Harper, Tyler Lockett and Travis Tannahill each had five catches and combined for 212 receiving yards. Oklahoma native Tramaine Thompson also added four catches for 64 yards for the Wildcats.
Oklahoma State quarterback Wes Lunt was strong at times, but he was generally inconsistent and, like Klein, eventually left the game with an injury. Lunt finished 11-of-20 for 186 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions before giving way to backup Clint Chelf. Like Lunt, Chelf can sling the ball like the typical Mike Gundy quarterback, and assembled drives of 85, 54 and 64 yards, respectively, in the fourth quarter.
Kansas State added another impressive victory Saturday, but it will face a difficult road tilt when it travels to Fort Worth to play TCU next weekend. The Wildcats have been one of the best, if not the best, road team in the country this year with wins over both Oklahoma and West Virginia in enemy territory.
- Matt Barkley should not be considered a Heisman contender. Barkley makes some tremendous throws and has some incredible weapons, but a series of his bad decisions on the fly cost USC in critical situations.
- Marqise Lee and Robert Woods had great games for USC, but freshman receiver Nelson Agholor played like a superstar in the making. Agholor finished with six catches for a career-high 162 yards and one touchdown.
- Mariota needs to be mentioned in any discussion about the best dual-threat quarterback in the country. Mariota operates the offense at a breakneck pace and can charge out of the pocket for a big gain.
- USC fans will grumble about the controversial onside kick call in the fourth quarter, but Oregon was the stronger team all night.
- Zach Mettenberger has endured endless criticism from LSU fans and college football fans alike, but he played big when it mattered Saturday. Unfortunately, Mettenberger may have opened himself up to some ribbing after telling the Alabama fans to
- Bleacher Report's Adam Jacobi
- Broadcaster Gary Danielson was hard on AJ McCarron because of his struggles leading the 'Bama offense in the second half. But Danielson became one of McCarron's biggest fans by the end of the game. McCarron is another player who must be considered a Heisman contender at this point, even if he benefits from the best offensive line and defense in the nation.
- SI.com's Bryan Graham
This game marked the first time the Bruins eclipsed 50 points since the 2005 Sun Bowl, when they beat Northwestern 50-38. The usually razor sharp Matt Scott struggled all night for Arizona and was eventually knocked out of the game to undergo concussion tests. Scott was seen throwing up on the sidelines last week, a typical sign of concussion symptoms, but he reentered that game to complete the upset of the Trojans.
Despite a head-scratching 43-17 loss to Cal, UCLA has now surged toward the top of the Pac-12 South under first-year coach Jim Mora. The Bruins travel to Washington State next week before ending the season with major home tilts against Stanford and USC.
Oregon State turned to quarterback Cody Vaz, who previously started when Sean Mannion was injured, and Vaz will likely remain the starter following his performance Saturday. Mannion was benched after throwing four interceptions last week at Washington, and Vaz -- effectively if inconsistently -- led the Beavers to victory. The junior finished 14-of-33 for 267 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
With help from stud wideouts Markus Wheaton, who caught four balls for 108 yards and two touchdowns, and Brandin Cooks, who finished with six catches for 116 yards and one touchdown, Oregon State overcame a slow start and wore out an excited but hardly resilient Arizona State team. Beavers backup running back Terron Ward, who had logged only 10 carries before Saturday night, exploded for 19 carries, 146 yards and a touchdown.
Boise State's lukewarm quarterback play led to more problems, and the Broncos struggled all night against the upset-minded Aztecs. Unable to stretch the San Diego State defense, quarterback Joe Southwick jolted the home crowd on a fourth-and-15 completion that set up a Dan Paul touchdown. But Southwick was subsequently intercepted on the potential game-tying two-point conversion. He finished 20-for-31 with one touchdown and one pick.
Aztecs running back Adam Muema led the charge with his fifth game of 100 or more yards, finishing with 126 yards on 25 carries. This was only Boise State's second home loss since 1998.
Clemson has quietly dominated the ACC since it lost to Florida State Sept. 22. Tajh Boyd threw for 344 yards and five touchdowns for a second straight week. And even though the ACC's general futility may hurt the Tigers' 2012 reputation, their offense remains electric and their defense has (relatively) improved.