Complete Week 13 Recap
Boise State 'Blue' It; Oregon and Auburn Didn't; LSU Also Dumped From Discussion
by Dave Congrove
November 28, 2010
Redshirt Freshman Anthony Martinez kicked a game-winning 34-yard field goal in overtime and Nevada rallied to upset BCS No. 4 Boise State 34-31 in Reno late Friday night. On Saturday, BCS No. 5 LSU and No. 9 Oklahoma State went down to defeat. Meanwhile, Auburn and Oregon avoided the same fate by staging second-half rallies on Friday to remain undefeated and on course for a possible BCS Championship game showdown.
Boise State scored the first 17 points of the game and led 24-7 at halftime. The Broncos were still on top by a 24-14 count entering the final quarter, but Rishard Matthew's 44-yard TD run and Martinez' 23-yard field goal knotted the score at 24-all with 5:17 left to play.
Following the kick-off, Boise State retaliated with a pass to Doug Martin out of the backfield that turned into a 79-yard touchdown play and the Broncos were back in front 31-24. Nevada then methodically marched down the field and re-tied the game at 31-all on Colin Kaepernick's 7-yard pass to Rishard Matthews with just 11 ticks left in regulation.
Overtime appeared destined to occur, but a 53-yard pass to Titus Young gave the Broncos a 26-yard field goal try to win in regulation. Senior Kyle Brotzman's kick, however, was pushed to the right and Brotzman would miss again - this time from 29 yards - in overtime to give Nevada a shot at the victory. After three conservative plays, Martinez nailed his attempt and the Wolf Pack had their first-ever win over a team ranked in the top ten.
A Boise State win would have clinched the WAC's top bowl bid and kept the school in the running for a Rose Bowl bid or BCS Championship game berth. Instead, the Broncos fell into a 3-way tie for first in the conference with Nevada and Hawaii and each team is 1-1 against each other - Hawaii beat Nevada, Nevada beat Boise State, and Boise State beat Hawaii.
LSU fell 31-23 to Arkansas in Little Rock and both teams finished the regular season 10-2 overall, 6-2 in the SEC West. The Tigers never led and fumbled away a late opportunity for a last-minute drive to tie the game.
Oklahoma State lost 47-41 at home to Oklahoma in the two school's annual "Bedlam" rivalry. The Sooners and Cowboys combined to score 40 points in the 4th quarter after the score was knotted at 21-each at the end of the 3rd. The Cowboys would have clinched the Big 12 South title with a win, but Oklahoma instead came away the victor for the 8th straight time. As a result, Oklahoma State became mired in a 3-way tie with the Sooners and Texas A&M. The team with the highest ranking in this week's BCS Standings - certain to be Oklahoma - will advance to play Nebraska in the conference's last championship game. The Cornhuskers leave for the Big Ten next year and Colorado will head to the PAC-10.
BCS No. 2 Auburn appeared to be cooked, but the Tigers rallied from a 24-0 2nd-quarter deficit to edge Alabama 28-27 in the Iron Bowl on Friday. The Crimson Tide fell to 9-3 overall, 5-3 in the SEC with the loss, and saw their home winning streak end at 20 games.
Alabama opened strong with touchdowns on its first three possessions, and was headed for a fourth straight touchdown drive when Mark Ingram fumbled through the endzone after a long pass-run hook-up with Greg McElroy. However, the Tigers couldn't capitalize on the turnover and Alabama added a field goal after a touchdown pass was dropped.
After Auburn finally got on the board, Alabama drove right back down the field, only to have that drive come to a screeching halt at the 8-yard line when McElroy fumbled as he was sacked by Nick Fairly, who also recovered the fumble.
The Tigers needed just two plays at the start of the 3rd quarter to trim the lead to 24-14 on Terrell Zachery's 70-yard catch and run. Cam Newton, the Auburn QB embattled by an investigation into an alleged pay-to-play scheme, scored on a 1-yard dive with 4:45 to go in the 3rd quarter to draw his team to within 24-21.
Alabama stretched the lead back to 6 points with Jeremy Shelly's 33-yard field goal with 1:10 remaining in the 3rd, but Auburn answered on the ensuing drive with a 7-yard TD pass from Newton to Philip Lutzenkirchen. The play gave Auburn its first lead of the game with 12:15 left to play and proved to be the final points of the game.
Alabama advanced to the Auburn 36-yard line on its next possession, but the threat came up empty when McElroy was sacked and put out of the game with a concussion. The Crimson Tide got the ball back at its own 19 with 5 seconds left, but four consecutive passes from backup QB A.J. McCarron were incomplete.
McElroy finished 27-of-37 passing for 377 yards and 2 TD's. Newton threw for 216 and 3 TD's while completing 13-of-20 throws and added 39 yards and another score with his feet.
Auburn plays South Carolina in the SEC Championship game next week.
BCS No. 1 Oregon followed its usual formula for success against visiting No. 21 Arizona on Friday night. The Ducks trailed 19-14 at halftime, then exploded for a 48-29 win by scoring 21 straight points in a 3:21 second span bridging the 3rd and 4th quarters. Oregon claimed the PAC-10's automatic BCS bid with the victory.
BCS No. 3 TCU rolled 66-17 at lowly New Mexico (1-11, 1-7 MWC) on Saturday in a matchup that won't help the Horned Frogs gain votes or computer points.
For Texas, the 2010 season was, no doubt, a humbling experience. The tradition-rich Longhorns were dealt a 24-17 season-ending home loss to Texas A&M on Thursday night, giving the Longhorns a last-place finish in the Big 12 South and leaving them one win short of bowl eligibility. It's a stunning turnaround from a year ago when Texas played for the national championship. It brings to an end a 9-year streak of double-digit wins and a 12-year streak of bowl appearances that included four BCS bowls.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, Texas A&M tied the mark for its best regular season since 1998. The Aggies are now 9-3, the same record they finished with in 2006. The 1998 A&M team went 10-2 in the regular season, then won the Big 12 title game over Kansas State and lost to Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl.
A 54-game schedule started Tuesday when Miami (Ohio) upset Temple 23-3, a win which eventually gave the RedHawks the MAC East title when Ohio lost on 28-6 Friday at Kent State.
83 teams played their final regular season game this week, adding to the 7 teams which did so last week. 5 teams were idle - Army, Illinois, Navy, Utah State and Washington State.
This, of course, was the biggest rivalry week of the season with other such matchups as South Carolina-Clemson; Florida-Florida State; Georgia Tech-Georgia; Notre Dame-USC; Michigan-Ohio State; Mississippi State-Ole Miss and Virginia-Virginia Tech remaining to be played.
Here is how those games played out.
South Carolina dominated Clemson 29-7. The Tigers had won the last two meeting and 10 of the previous 12.
The Seminoles thumped the Gators 31-7 to end a 6-game losing streak in the series.
A missed extra point helped Georgia beat Georgia Tech 42-34. At the time, the score would have been 35-35, but the miss forced the Yellow Jackets, who had no timeouts left, to allow a Georgia score so they could get the ball back. But the ensuing Georgia Tech drive ended with a whimper on an interception. The Bulldogs have won 9 of the last 10 meetings
Notre Dame ended an 8-game losing streak in its series with USC with a 20-16 win in Los Angeles.
Ohio State trounced lethargic Michigan 37-7 for its 7th straight win in the series.
Mississippi State toppled Ole Miss 31-23 in the Egg Bowl for its first 2-game winning streak in the series since 1998-1999.
Virginia Tech blasted Virginia 37-7 to secure a nation's-best 7th consecutive 10-win season. The Hokies have won 7 straight in the series and 11 of the last 12.
In other Friday games:
Nebraska clinched the Big 12 North title win a 45-17 home win over Colorado that kept the Buffaloes from becoming bowl eligible
SMU won the CUSA West title with a 45-38 overtime win at East Carolina.
Pitt failed to clinch the Big East when it was trounced 35-10 at home by West Virginia in the Backyard Brawl rivalry.
UCF rolled 37-17 at Memphis, but the Golden Knights had already claimed the CUSA East title by simply watching Southern Miss fall 56-50 at Tulsa on Thursday.
FIU clinched its first Sun Belt title and first-ever bowl appearance with a 31-24 win over Arkansas State.
N.C. State's 38-31 loss at Maryland prevented it from claiming the ACC Atlantic crown and enabled Florida State to back-in to a matchup with Virginia Tech.
The Big Ten title chase ended in a 3-way tie between Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin. The highest-ranked team in the final BCS Standings on December 5 (most likely Wisconsin) will receive the conference's automatic BCS bid. Ohio State stayed in the hunt with its win over Michigan; Wisconsin clobbered Northwestern 70-23; and Michigan State won 28-22 for its victory at Penn State since 1965, the year before Joe Paterno became the Nittany Lions' head coach.
UConn gained control of its own destiny after Pitt's loss on Friday. The Huskies responded with a 38-17 win over Cincinnati on Saturday. UConn can claim the Big East's BCS bowl bid with a road win at USF next week.
Randy Shannon was abruptly fired after Miami was upset 23-20 at home in overtime by USF.
Vanderbilt's Robbie Caldwell announced his resignation before the Commodores' 34-13 home loss to Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons finished 3-9 (1-7, ACC) after snapping a 9-game losing streak. Vanderbilt finished just 2-10 overall, (1-7, SEC) in Caldwell's only season at the helm. He was promoted when Bobby Johnson announced his sudden retirement on July 14.
With Boise State's loss, the list of undefeated teams was reduced to just three schools - Auburn (SEC), Oregon (PAC-10) and TCU (Mountain West).
Akron was a 22-14 home winner over Buffalo on Friday to snap the nation's longest losing streak at 11 games. Wake Forest inherited the record with 9 consecutive losses, but won at Vanderbilt the next day, thus handing the undesired acclaim to San Jose State and Memphis with 9 straight losses each.
FBS vs. FCS:
FBS teams went 83-7 (.922) vs. FCS schools this season and are 547-49 (.918) in such games since 2003.
Here are the results of every FBS loss to the FCS this season:
9/4: Jacksonville State 49, Mississippi 48 (2 OT's)
9/4: North Dakota State 6, Kansas 3
9/11: Gardner-Webb 38, Akron 37
9/11: Liberty 27, Ball State 23
9/11: South Dakota 41, Minnesota 38
9/11: James Madison 21, Virginia Tech 16
10/2: Cal-Davis 14, San Jose State 13
This year, 85 FBS teams played a total of 90 games against FCS foes. Five schools played two such games - Arizona State, Ball State, San Jose State, Syracuse and Virginia.
Boise State's streaks of 24 overall wins and 35 regular season wins came to an end with its 34-31 overtime loss at Nevada. The Broncos still have streaks of 31 home wins, 61 regular season home wins, and 45 straight conference home victories. BSU has never lost at home to a fellow WAC member (39-0). The Broncos' last home loss to a conference foe occurred in 1998 when they were a member of the Big West and fell to Idaho in the final regular season game. The Broncos are 6-1 in their last seven matches against BCS conference schools. The Broncos lost 34-31 in overtime at Nevada on Friday.
Auburn has 13 straight wins overall. The Tigers won 28-27 at Alabama.
TCU has 12 straight wins overall, 25 straight regular season wins and 20 straight home wins. The Horned Frogs won 66-17 at New Mexico.
Oregon has 11 straight wins overall. The Ducks won 48-29 vs. Arizona.
Virginia Tech has 10 straight wins overall. The Hokies won 37-7 vs. Virginia.
Oklahoma has 36 straight home victories. Oklahoma won 47-41 at Oklahoma State.
Akron halted its losing streak at 11. The Zips won 22-14 vs. Buffalo.
Memphis has 9 straight losses overall. The Tigers lost 37-17 vs. UCF).
San Jose State has 9 straight losses overall. The Spartans lost 45-38 vs. Louisiana Tech.
New Mexico has 16 straight road losses. The Lobos lost 66-17 vs. TCU.
Stan Parrish (Ball State), Dan Hawkins (Colorado), Randy Shannon (Miami, Fla.), Tim Brewster (Minnesota) and Todd Dodge (North Texas) have already been fired. Additionally, Doug Martin (Kent State) and Robbie Caldwell (Vanderbilt) resigned.
Martin's resignation took effect after a season finale upset of Ohio that prevented the Bobcats from claiming the MAC East title.
Hawkins' interim replacement at Colorado, Brian Cabral, went 2-1
Brewster's interim replacement at Minnesota, Jeff Horton, went 2-3
Dodge's interim replacement at North Texas, Mike Canales, went 2-3.