Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 10/29/12
There was plenty to get excited about over the weekend in our 9th week of college football. Some conference races got very interesting. Previously labeled “pretenders” became contenders. South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore suffered a gruesome knee injury. Lots of action, so let’s recap the highlights. (1) Alabama 38  (11) Mississippi State 7 So much emphasis was put on the fact that Mississippi State was unbeaten this week. Did we forget who they were playing? The Crimson Tide offense was very efficient against the Bulldogs defense. A.J. McCarron continued to impress with 2 TD passes, and RBs T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake each added a TD on the ground. Nobody had eye-popping numbers, but when you’re that consistent, and your defense is making stops, Superman isn’t needed. The Bulldogs were undefeated heading into this one, but nothing up to this point could even begin to prepare them for the grip of the Crimson Tide defense. QB Tyler Russell has a less than average day, and no RB accounted for more than 40 yards. Simply putt — they were shut down. (2) Florida 9  (10) Georgia 17 Two words come to mind when describing this game: frustrating, glorious. I guess it just depends on which side of the border you call home. Many people throughout the college football world took a stand last week and said Florida is not worthy of being called the second best in the nation. Case and point. Florida QB Jeff Driskel was putting on a show for the Gators this season and was a big reason why they climbed the polls so fast. But when he was introduced to the Georgia defense, things got a little ugly. The sophomore only completed 14 of 26 passes and threw 2 INTs with no contribution to the scoreboard. On the other hand, Aaron Murray (12/24, 150 yards, 1 TD, 3 INTs) didn’t have the greatest outing, either. But at the end of the day, Georgia was able to silence the critics who pounded on the fact that the Bulldogs have really struggled against ranked opponents lately. (3) Kansas State 55  (14) Texas Tech 24 Wait, a Big 12 conference game combined for 79 points? I’m so shocked. I continue to be impressed with the play of Collin Klein, and he is my Heisman frontrunner. Klein backed up his monster performance against West Virginia with 233 yards passing and 2 TDs. He also added 83 yards on the ground on 12 attempts. And here’s a little fun fact: with a 55-14 win, this marks the 5th game this season that offense has put up more than 50 points. Texas Tech looked outmatched in this game. In the Big 12, defense is merely a common wish amongst teams. You have to be able to put the ball in the endzone… a lot. QB Seth Doege wasn’t bad with 331 yards on 50 attempts, but 3 total turnovers led to the defeat of the Red Raider offense. (5) Notre Dame 30  (8) Oklahoma 13 Let me make it clear that I said this Notre Dame team was back after they beat Michigan early in the season in convincing fashion. Is there anyone who still wants to question me? In my opinion, this is the first game for the Irish that both offense and defense was clicking. Usually, it’s just the defense, but Everett Golson went in against the Sooners looking some kind of animal, and the play of the backs was exactly what the Irish have been wanting. The Sooner offense, led by Landry Jones, could not get anything going against Notre Dame’s defense. Couple that with the inability to move the chains on third down, and it leads to a 27 point loss. Arizona 39  (9) USC 36 Who had this upset predicted? Arizona QB Matt Scott probably gives Rich Rodriguez beautiful flashbacks of his days with Denard Robinson at Michigan. Scott displayed his dual threat ability perfectly against the Trojan defense, throwing for 369 yards and rushing for 100 more. Also contributing on the ground was Ka’Deem Carey with 119 yards. Maybe USC was looking ahead to a big show down with Oregon next week. Arizona has a strong offense, but the Trojans have shown they are better than that on defense. Offense was there. Matt Barkley threw for nearly 500 yards, but there was no production on the ground. (13) South Carolina 38  Tennessee 35 The big story of this game was the loss of RB Marcus Lattimore. He damaged all four ligaments in his right knee (PCL, LCL, MCL, ACL), broke his femur, and dislocated his knee cap. But there was still a game to be played. Connor Shaw was on point Saturday, throwing for 356 yards and 3 TDs. WRs Justice Cunningham and Bruce Ellington both had over 100 yards receiving, too. Before Lattimore was taken out of the game, he had 65 yards and 1 TD. The Gamecock offense had it rolling against Tennessee. We knew the Volunteer offense was capable of moving the ball, but they were very impressive against South Carolina. QB Tyler Bray threw for 368 yards and 4 TDs. He was the highlight of the Tennessee performance again. The Volunteers looked for a rushing attack in Marlin Lane but couldn’t find it. Defense proved to be fatal yet again. Be sure to check out other great articles at Heavy in the Games. var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});
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