The Week – College Football Roundup 11/19

The top two seeds go down in a wild Week 12 of college football.

Baylor (5-5) blows out #1 Kansas State (10-1)

Baylor recorded a shocking blowout win against Kansas State on Saturday night, beating the number one team in the country 55-24.  The Bears amassed 580 total yards on offense and intercepted Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein three times.  Baylor running backs Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin combined for 298 rushing yards and four touchdowns.  As a whole, Baylor’s offense scored seven touchdowns against a defense that had only allowed 17.7 points per game. Next week, Baylor hosts Texas Tech, as Kansas State plays Texas on December 1.

#13 Stanford (9-2) upsets #2 Oregon (10-1) 17-14 in OT

Stanford’s defense shut down Oregon’s vaunted offensive attack for most of the night, as the Cardinal eked out a 17-14 win in overtime.  Stanford went ahead 7-0 in the first quarter, but needed a 10-yard touchdown reception by tight end Zach Ertz from quarterback Kevin Hogan to tie the game at 14-14 with 1:35 remaining.  In the extra session, the Cardinal defense forced a missed field goal from Oregon and won the game on a 37-yard field goal from Jordan Williamson. On the night, Stanford held Oregon’s offense to their lowest amount of points and total yards all season long.  Up next Stanford will play at #17 UCLA, with Oregon facing in-state rival Oregon State.

#3 Notre Dame (11-0) crushes Wake Forest (5-6) 38-0

Notre Dame cruised to a 38-0 win at home against unranked Wake Forest on Saturday to remain the only undefeated, bowl-eligible team in the country.  The Fighting Irish scored three touchdowns in the first quarter and never looked back, as quarterback Everett Golson threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns.  Running back Cierre Wood added 150 rushing yards and a touchdown on just 11 carries.  The win, and Kansas State and Oregon’s losses, gives Notre Dame the number one overall ranking in the country.  The Fighting Irish play rival USC next Saturday night and Wake Forest hosts Vanderbilt.

#7 LSU (9-2) comes back to beat Ole Miss (5-6) 41-35

Though trailing for much of the game, LSU scored two unanswered touchdowns in the fourth quarter to record a 41-35 comeback win against Mississippi.  Odell Beckham’s 89-yard punt return tied the score at 35 with 9:10 remaining before a nine play, 64-yard LSU touchdown drive ended in Jeremy Hill’s game-winning, one-yard score with 15 seconds left.  Hill ran for 77 yards and three touchdowns and LSU’s defense forced four turnovers out of Mississippi’s offense.  LSU will play at Arkansas on Friday night, while Ole Miss hosts Mississippi State.

#17 UCLA (7-4) outguns #18 USC (9-2) 38-28

UCLA beat crosstown rival USC 38-28 on Saturday afternoon.  The Bruins began the game with 24 unanswered points and held off a USC comeback attempt in the fourth quarter to get the win. Running back Johnathan Franklin ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns, while freshman quarterback Brett Hundley completed 22 of 30 passes for 234 yards and a touchdown.  The win was UCLA’s first against USC since 2006.  Next week UCLA hosts #8 Stanford, as USC plays #1 Notre Dame.

Other Notable Scores

#4 Alabama (10-1) crushes Western Carolina (1-10) 49-0

#5 Georgia (10-1) blows out Georgia Southern  (8-3) 45-14

#6 Florida (10-1) shuts out Jacksonville State (6-5) 23-0

#8 Texas A&M (9-2) beats Sam Houston State (8-3) 47-28

#9 South Carolina (9-2) drops Wofford (8-3) 24-7

Thought of the Week

College football has some of the most shocking and remarkable upsets you will ever see.  A week after Texas A&M surprised Alabama in Tuscaloosa, both Kansas State and Oregon struggled seemingly out of nowhere.  Kansas State gave up 52 points to a 5-5 Baylor team even though they have looked unbeatable against stronger opponents throughout the season. Oregon, meanwhile, whose previous low in points was 42, mustered just 14 points against Stanford.  In overtime, the Ducks could not even get a first down against the Cardinal defense, a failure that led to a missed field goal and, ultimately, Oregon’s first loss this year.