Reviewing Selected Top-25 Games of September 26

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Kentucky 21,  #25 Missouri 13
Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles completed 22 of 27 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns to lead the home team to the upset.  He also scrambled 14 yards for the Wildcats’ first score on the first play of the second quarter.  Kentucky is breathing rarefied air:  2-1 in SEC play, 3-1 overall.

#24 Oklahoma State 30, Texas 27
Texas may be the nation’s most snakebitten team.  Last week a missed extra point late ruined a huge comeback.  Another special teams blunder cost the Longhorns Saturday.
Oklahoma State’s Ben Grogan kicked a 41-yard field goal with 1:33 to go to tie the game at 27.  With half a minute left Texas punter Michael Dickson dropped a snap and hurried to get off a left-footed
10-yard punt from deep in his own territory, setting Grogan up to kick a 40-yard, game-winning field goal with :06 on the clock.  Texas lost despite two touchdowns by its defense.

Michigan 31,  #22  Brigham Young 0
The turnabout in Ann Arbor may not take as long as people not named Jim Harbaugh might have expected.
Despite playing the toughest early-season schedule in the country, B.Y.U. came into this matchup
averaging 432 yards and 30 points per game.  The Cougars got 105 and 0.  They couldn’t give quarterback Tanner Mangum time to throw, and they couldn’t run against Michigan’s well-coached
(coordinator D.J. Durkin, line Greg Mattison) and stifling defense.  The Wolverines scored all of their points in the first half.

Duke 34,  #20 Georgia Tech 20
For a second straight season Duke knocked off a ranked Georgia Tech team.  Up 26-20 in the fourth quarter, the Blue Devils stopped Tech deep inside Duke territory to preserve the win.  Duke’s clinching touchdown came on a 4th and 1 play from the Tech 30-yard line, with Shaquille Powers doing the honors on a run up the gut.

#19 Southern California 42, Arizona State 14
The Sun Devils turned the ball over four times in the first half, and Southern Cal scored touchdowns off all four.  The most dramatic:  On first and goal from the one, Arizona State quarterback Mike Bercovici fumbled while trying to hand off.  U.S.C.’s Chris Hawkins scooped up the ball and ran 94 yards the other way for six.  It was 35-0 at the half.
Trojan quarterback Cody Kessler threw for 375 yards and five touchdowns.

#9 U.C.L.A. 56,  #16 Arizona 30
Visiting U.C.L.A. rolled behind quarterback Josh Rosen and running back Paul Perkins.  Rosen passed for 284 yards  and two touchdowns; Perkins ran for three scores.
Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez, on Rosen:  “You can’t let a good thrower get comfortable because he’ll make plays and they did.”

#14 Texas A&M 28, Arkansas 21     (OT)
The Aggies beat Arkansas in overtime for a second straight year.  A&M got the tying touchdown and 2-point conversion with three minutes to play, missed a 38-yard field goal try on the last play of regulation, scored first in overtime and batted away a pass by the Razorbacks on 4th and 4 to win it.  Christian Kirk had eight receptions for 173 yards and two touchdowns, including a 20-yarder for the overtime lead.

#8 Louisiana State 34, Syracuse 24
L.S.U.’s Leonard Fournette ran for a new career-best 244 yards, breaking the personal record he had set just last week.  Teammate Tre’Davious White returned a punt 69 yards for a touchdown.  L.S.U. was penalized 14 times (120 yards).  The Orange lost for the first time after opening the season with three wins.

#7 Georgia 48, Southern 6
Nick Chubb ran for 131 yards  –  his 12th straight 100-yard game.  He scored two touchdowns rushing and caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from Greyson Lambert for the Bulldogs.

#5 Baylor 70, Rice 17
The Bears had 444 yards of offense  –  at the half.  They finished with 793.  Quarterback Seth Russell threw six touchdown passes to tie the school record.  Three of them went to Corey Coleman.  Baylor continues to lead the nation in yards per game as well as points per game.

#2 Michigan State 30, Central Michigan 10
Uninspired and sluggish Michigan State prevailed but lost offensive tackle Josh Conklin to a knee injury.  It’s not known if Conklin will be lost for the season or not.

#1 Ohio State 38, Western Michigan 12
The Buckeyes’ defense scored for a third straight week.  This time it was tackle Adolphus Washington’s 20-yard interception return that gave Ohio State a 24-6 lead at the half.
Ezekiel Elliott had 16 carries for 124 yards  –  his ninth straight 100-yard performance  –  and Cardale Jones completed 19 of 33 passes as the Buckeye offense looked markedly less
“discombobulated.”

 

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