10. Arkansas 31, Vanderbilt 28
The Commodores had the Razorbacks very worried in the first half. Jordan Rodgers, little brother of Aaron Rodgers, ran for 2 touchdowns and threw for another as Vanderbilt had a 21-14 halftime lead. The Hogs special teams and defense took over in the second half, behind a 94-yard fumble return and 3 Zach Hocker field goals, including a 42-yarder to win it. Tyler Wilson threw for 316 yards and a touchdown and Jarius Wright had 10 catches for 135 yards and a touchdown in the win. Arkansas hosts South Carolina this week.
9. Oklahoma 58, 8. Kansas State 17
The undefeated Wildcats welcomed a very angry Sooner squad to the “Little Apple”. Kansas State got within a field goal early in the second, but was never close the rest of the game. Landry Jones shredded the Wildcat secondary for 505 yards and 5 touchdowns. His favorite target, Ryan Broyles had 14 catches for 171 yards and a touchdown. Oklahoma hosts Texas A&M next.
7. Oregon 43, Washington State 28
The Ducks got Darron Thomas and LaMichael James back as they battled the Cougars. Thomas threw for 153 yards and a touchdown and James ran for 53 yards, in a backup role to Barner. For another week, the Ducks offense revolved around Kenjon Barner, who ran for 107 yards and a touchdown. The most impressive part of Oregon’s 43 points is they only had the ball for 19 minutes the whole game. The Ducks travel to Seattle to take on Washington.
6. Stanford 56, USC 48 (3 OT)
Fans in The Coliseum were treated to a Pac 12 classic. The Trojans and Cardinals played through three overtimes to find a winner. The scoring fest didn’t get going until the second half, when USC’s Curtis McNeal, who ran for 145 yards, scored touchdowns on two consecutive possessions to put the Trojans up 20-10. Andrew Luck responded with a 5-yard pass and a 2-yard run to put Stanford up 24-20 after three. The game was tied at 27 with 3:08 to play, when Luck was intercepted for a 33-yard return to put the Trojans up 34-27. The Cardinals drove down to the USC 2-yard line, where Stephan Taylor scored with 38 seconds. USC drove down the field but came up short on a controversial play where the Trojans believed there was time left, but officials ruled the game was headed for overtime. Both teams went back and forth in the first two overtimes, as Stanford got the ball first in the third overtime. Stanford scored on a Taylor 5-yard run and completed the two point conversion with a Luck pass to Tight End Coby Fleener. USC hoped to respond but Curtis McNeal fumbled the ball into the end zone for a touch back, giving the Cardinals the dramatic win. The Cardinals travel to Corvallis to take on Oregon State.
Georgia Tech 31, 5. Clemson 17
It was a bad trip to Atlanta for the unbeaten Tigers. The Yellow Jackets took it to Clemson from the start behind two touchdowns runs from Orwin Smith, giving Georgia Tech a 24-3 halftime lead. Tahj Boyd attempted to lead a comeback in the second half with a 48-yard pass to Freshman sensation Sammy Watkins, but still would only be able to get within two scores. The Tigers have the week off before hosting Wake Forest.
4. Boise State
3. Oklahoma State 59, Baylor 24
The Bears had no answer for the Cowboys offensive assault. Oklahoma State attacked on the ground and through the air to the tune of 600 yards of total offense. Joseph Randle ran for 152 yards and 4 touchdowns as they continue to have a balanced offense. The aerial combo of Weeden and Blackmon was successful as well, as Weeden threw for 274 yards and 3 touchdowns and Blackmon had 13 catches for 172 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Cowboys welcome Kansas State to Stillwater this week.