Top 25 roundup for Oct. 6
IOWA STATE 37, No. 15 TCU 23
FORT WORTH, Texas — Jared Barnett threw three touchdowns to Josh Lenz, who later had a scoring toss of his own on a trick play, and Iowa State beat No. 15 TCU 37-23 on Saturday, two days after the Horned Frogs suspended quarterback Casey Pachall.
TCU (4-1, 1-1) had its 12-game winning streak, tops in major college football, snapped in its first Big 12 home game.
Barnett was 12-of-21 passing for 183 yards and ran nine times for 30 yards in his first start this season for the Cyclones (4-1, 1-1).
No. 7 KANSAS STATE 56, KANSAS 16
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Charlie Weis took his time before emerging from the visiting locker room after Kansas absorbed a 56-16 beating from No. 7 Kansas State (5-0, 2-0 Big 12).
His parting words to reporters indicated why the postgame chat with his players had taken the better part of a half hour.
The Jayhawks (1-4, 0-2) allowed their in-state rival to score more than 50 points for the third straight year. Kansas State’s John Hubert ran for 101 yards and four touchdowns on just 10 carries, while quarterback Collin Klein had two touchdowns running and throwing.
PENN STATE 39, No. 24 N’WESTERN 28
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — With his team a little stunned after giving up a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown, Penn State coach Bill O’Brien walked up and down the sideline giving players a pep talk.
After everything they’ve been through over the past year, these Nittany Lions (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten) weren’t going to be denied, even after trailing by 11 going into the fourth quarter.
Quarterback Matt McGloin had the go-ahead score on a 5-yard touchdown run with 2:37 left, one of three fourth-quarter scores for Penn State, and the Nittany Lions stormed past No. 24 Northwestern (5-1, 1-1)
“Our staff and myself, we tried to talk to the players and get them going,” O’Brien said. “We felt like we could move the ball.”
The Nittany Lions (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten) scored three times in the final 9:49, starting with McGloin’s 6-yard touchdown pass to Allen Robinson on fourth down as the receiver dragged along the back line of the end zone.
Michael Zordich had a 2-point conversion run to get Penn State within 28-25 before McGloin’s scramble for a score sent the homecoming weekend crowd into a frenzy.
“Nobody’s down. There’s no quit in that locker room,” O’Brien said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen the rest of the year, but there will be no quit in that locker room.”
The Nittany Lions then stuffed Northwestern’s last-gasp drive after Trevor Siemian’s pass for Kain Colter was tipped away on fourth down. Zordich added a 3-yard touchdown run with 1:30 left to put a punctuation mark on the wild finish.
Things looked so good for Northwestern (5-1, 1-1) after Venric Mark’s 75-yard punt return for a touchdown with 50 seconds left in the third quarter demoralized the blue-and-white faithful for a 28-17 lead.
Mark also ran for a score and finished with 72 yards on 13 carries.
The Wildcats couldn’t get to 6-0 for the first time in 50 years. Even worse for Northwestern, the loss continued a disturbing trend of second-half shortfalls against Penn State. The Wildcats also had halftime leads two of the previous three years before falling to the Nittany Lions.
This year, they couldn’t hang on to an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter.
“It was tough,” safety Ibraheim Campbell said about the last 15 minutes. “We’ve just got to find a way to make a play. Guys were out there for a while. The offense was out there the same as us. We’ve just got to find a way to focus in, make a play and get off the field.”
Some of it couldn’t be helped given the way Penn State kept going for it on fourth down, including Robinson’s second touchdown catch of the game. Penn State was an astounding 5 of 6 on fourth-down conversions on the day.
“I didn’t think twice about it,” O’Brien said. “You’ve got to make the touchdown. You’ve got to make the play.”
Adding to his reputation as a bold play-caller, O’Brien then decided to go for two. Zordich rumbled up the middle to get the Nittany Lions within three.
It’s certainly a new era for the Penn State offense if nothing else. Under late head coach Joe Paterno, the Nittany Lions were known more for the running game and playing for field position.
But the defense, with a few tweaks, remains a hallmark in Happy Valley.
After bending in the middle of the game against Northwestern’s high-octane spread, Linebacker U. didn’t break in the fourth. Dual-threat quarterback Kain Colter found his running lanes filled with swarming defenders, and defensive backs smothered the receivers.
Linebacker Gerald Hodges led the charge with 11 tackles and a forced fumble.
McGloin struggled at times, too, but bounced back in the clutch. McGloin directed blockers in front of him as he rolled right but couldn’t find a receiver. So the savvy senior just got into the front corner of the end zone for the touchdown.
McGloin finished 35 of 51 passing -- setting a school record for completions in a game -- for 282 yards and two scores. Zack Zwinak ran for 121 yards and a score on 28 carries.
A week after dismantling Indiana for 704 yards of total offense, Northwestern hit a speed bump in Happy Valley. The Wildcats were outgained 443-247 in total offense and 30-14 in first downs.
Northwestern was also 4 of 14 on third- and fourth-down plays, while Penn State was 15 of 28.
“That’s a recipe for disaster. We’re on the field way too long. We’re not sustaining drives,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “Our recipe is exactly what they did for success. We got beat at our own game.”
Yet they still were in a good spot in the third quarter after Colter had a 10-yard scoring run with 3:12 left before Mark’s terrific punt return touchdown about two minutes later for a 28-17 lead.
Colter, who had nearly 300 yards of total offense last week, was held to five carriers for 24 yards and three catches for 17 yards. Robinson finished with nine receptions for 85 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 18 STANFORD 54, ARIZONA 48, OT
STANFORD, Calif. — Chase Thomas intercepted a tipped pass by Matt Scott in overtime, Stepfan Taylor ran for a 21-yard score two plays later and No. 18 Stanford rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to stun Arizona 54-48.
Josh Nunes threw for a career-high 360 yards and two touchdowns and ran for three more scores for Stanford (4-1, 2-1 Pac-12) to offset Scott’s record-setting performance.
Scott completed 45 of 69 passes -- both school records -- for 491 yards and three touchdowns until Henry Anderson tipped his final pass in overtime that Thomas intercepted. Arizona (3-3, 0-3) amassed 617 total yards but lost for the third straight game and is still winless in conference play.
For most of the afternoon, the Wildcats scored at will and looked more like the team that beat Oklahoma State to start 3-0 than the one that lost to Oregon and Oregon State the previous two weeks. Facing its third straight ranked opponent, Arizona’s aerial attack shredded Stanford’s defense in a way few teams have the past few seasons.
The Wildcats became the first team to eclipse 400 yards passing against the Cardinal since Oklahoma in the 2009 Sun Bowl. The Sooners threw for 418 yards in a 31-27 win over the Cardinal.
Too bad for Arizona its defense couldn’t hold up when it counted.
Nunes ran his second 1-yard touchdown to trim Arizona’s lead to 48-41 with 6:34 remaining. The Cardinal held the Wildcats to only their third three-and-out on the next possession, and Nunes led a drive that will help ease the doubts about Andrew Luck’s successor.
The redshirt junior ran for 16 yards on third-and-7 from midfield, threw 17 yards to tight end Zach Ertz on fourth-and-9 from Arizona’s 20 and ran for the tying touchdown with 45 seconds remaining.
After failing to find the end zone in a 17-13 loss at Washington last week, Stanford’s offense showed some fight from the start.
Taylor, who finished with 142 yards and two touchdowns, ran for 35 yards on seven carries before Nunes lofted an 11-yard touchdown pass to Ertz in the corner of the end zone to give the Cardinal a 7-0 lead.
While the offense finally found its rhythm, Stanford’s defense struggled to slow down the fast-paced Arizona attack.
Ka’Deem Carey ran for 13 yards for his first of three touchdowns in the second quarter, and John Bonano kicked a 34-yard field goal to give the Wildcats a 10-7 lead later in the quarter.
Nunes stayed steady and sharp, finding Levine Toilolo for a 12-yard touchdown pass to put Stanford back ahead 14-10. Bonano kicked a 33-yard field goal to slice Stanford’s lead to 14-13 at half.
The pace picked up even more following the break.
Scott threaded a 27-yard strike to Terrence Miller inches short of the goal line that set up Carey’s short touchdown run to put Arizona back ahead 20-14 less than 2 minutes into the third quarter.
While the Cardinal prefer to play grind-it-out games and control the clock, Arizona simply wouldn’t let them.
The teams traded touchdowns for most of the second half until Jourdon Grandon stripped Ty Montgomery after a 16-yard catch early in the fourth quarter. Arizona recovered and took over at Stanford’s 45.
Scott quickly led the offense down field and hooked up with Miller for a 10-yard completion that gave the Wildcats a 48-34 lead -- the biggest either side had all afternoon. Scott nearly set the school passing record set by Willie Tuitama, who threw for a school-record 510 yards in a 48-41 win over Washington at Oct. 27, 2007.
Rodriguez opted to run the clock out with 45 seconds remaining from Arizona’s own 19 and two timeouts and play for overtime.
Stanford has now won after its last seven losses. The last time the Cardinal dropped consecutive games came in 2009, when it lost to Oregon State on Oct. 10 and then Arizona on Oct. 17.
No. 22 RUTGERS 19, UCONN 3
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Grinding offense and suffocating defense, with a big play or two sprinkled in here and there.
That’s the Rutgers way and it worked to perfection in a 19-3 victory Saturday against Connecticut that was anything but pretty, but totally effective.
“If you could bottle today’s game, you’d have Rutgers football,” coach Kyle Flood said.
Jawan Jamison ran for 110 yards for the 22nd-ranked Scarlet Knights and Wayne Warren returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to leave no doubt about the outcome.
The Scarlet Knights (5-0, 2-0 Big East) are off to their best start since 2006, and they avenged a bitter loss to the Huskies that ended last regular season and kept Rutgers from sharing the conference title.
Jamison ran it 28 times and recorded his sixth straight 100-yard game and Gary Nova hooked up with Mark Harrison on a 14-yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter.
Warren put it away with 3:44 left in the fourth when he grabbed a pass down the middle from Chandler Whitmer, and then darted through would-be-tacklers toward the end zone.
“I used to be a quarterback in high school,” Warren said. “My offensive instinct kicked in. I caught the ball and I was just, `Fine a hole, find a hole, make a play. I was really good at it in high school so I guess it paid off for me today.”
Warren pushed across the goal line with some help from his teammates.
“When you can make teams one dimensional, that’s what happens,” Flood said. “It’s like an avalanche.”
UConn benched leading rusher Lyle McCombs for the first quarter after he was arrested and charged with second-degree breaching the peace on Friday. He finished with 32 yards on 12 carries and the Huskies (3-3, 0-1) were held to their worst scoring output since getting shut out by Louisville in the middle of the 2010 season.
“We had a hard time stopping their slotting and angling up front,” UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni said. “Had a hard time finishing our blocks. We have to be able to run the ball better, more efficiently.”
McCombs is accused of yelling, pushing and spitting at his girlfriend during an argument outside a dorm in Storrs.
Rutgers has won six of the last eight meetings, but lost last year’s game 40-22.
“Last year we got blindsided,” defensive tackle Scott Vallone, who anchored a defense that held UConn to 53 yards rushing, and 244 yards total.
Not this year. Rutgers hadn’t played since winning at Arkansas 35-26 two weeks ago. Nova and the offense led the way in Fayetteville, but this was more like it for the Scarlet Knights.
Rutgers, which came in ranked No. 1 in the country in rush defense, forced five turnovers, committed only one and held the ball for 32 minutes.
“Stop the run, turnovers. All the things that we’ve done around here and what we’ve pride ourselves on,” Vallone said.
The Scarlet Knights, unveiling new black uniforms with red trim to go with silver helmets, seemed intent on letting their defense keep them undefeated against a UConn team that was second-to-last in the Big East in total offense.
Linebackers Khaseem Greene and Steve Beauharnais were all over UConn’s runners, and the Huskies couldn’t keep Rutgers blitzes from forcing Whitmer to hurry his throws. Greene also had an interception late in the fourth quarter.
Rutgers chipped away offensively with Jamison running tough against a defense that had only been allowing 74 yards per game on the ground. Nova rarely went downfield but finished 18 for 27 for 157 yards.
The Scarlet Knights’ first drive of the second half was the best of the game for either team, an 84-yarder on nine plays, highlighted by Jamison’s 28-yard run and capped when Harrison slipped a couple of tacklers and reached into the end zone with 9:09 left to make it 13-3.
Rutgers turned two first-quarter turnovers by UConn into two field goals by Kyle Federico in a span of 3:15.
Logan Ryan intercepted Whitmer’s pass at the Huskies 45 and that led to Federico’s 45-yarder and a 3-0 lead.
Whitmer finished 14 of 32 for 191 yards with four interceptions.
On the ensuing kickoff, Nick Williams was stripped by Tejay Johnson and Jamal Merrell recovered for Rutgers at UConn’s 29. After Jamison’s 18-yard touchdown run was called back for holding, Federico booted through a 31-yarder.
UConn put together one solid drive in the first half, going 43 yards on 10 plays behind the running of McCombs and backup quarterback Scott McCummings. The drive stalled inside the 5 and Chad Christen kicked a 19-yard field goal to make it 6-3.
“We have to do a better job of capitalizing,” McCombs said. “It’s nothing they did it’s what we did. We didn’t get it done.”
No. 17 OKLAHOMA 41, TEXAS TECH 20
LUBBOCK, Texas — Landry Jones passed for two touchdowns, Blake Bell ran for two more and No. 17 Oklahoma beat Texas Tech 41-20 on Saturday, avenging the Sooners’ home loss to the Red Raiders last season.
The win was crucial for Oklahoma to remain in the conversation for the Big 12 title.
Both of Jones’ touchdown passes went for 13 yards -- one each to Justin Brown and Kenny Stills. Bell, in at quarterback, scored his touchdowns from a yard out.
Javon Harris put the game out of reach midway through the third quarter when he returned an interception 46 yards for a TD to put the Sooners (3-1, 1-1) up 38-13.
The Red Raiders had their worst defensive performance this year, giving up 380 total yards after coming in ranked No. 1 in the nation.
Seth Doege was 22 of 36 for 203 yards and had three interceptions for Texas Tech (4-1, 1-1).
The win was sweet for the Sooners, who lost 41-38 to the Red Raiders last season -- a defeat that broke Oklahoma’s 39-game win streak in Norman.
It was the first time the Sooners won in Lubbock since 2003.
It also upped the Sooners’ record to 19-0 in games following a loss going back to 2004. They lost two weeks ago at home 24-19 to Kansas State. OU also avoided having back-to-back Big 12 losses under coach Bob Stoops.
Harris got his second interception of the season and a touchdown in the third quarter when Doege threw his third pick of the day. The ball was tipped in the secondary and Harris ran 46 yards for the score to put the Sooners up 38-13.
OU went up 31-13 early in the third quarter on a 1-yard run by Bell. The Sooners got the ball after Texas Tech failed to get a first down on a fourth-and-5 play from the OU 36. Doege got sacked for a 10-yard loss by Frank Shannon and the Sooners took over from their own 46.
In the first half Oklahoma’s offensive line gave Jones ample time to pass. He completed 10 of 14 passes for 121 yards in the second quarter after completing just six passes for 54 yards in the first.
Oklahoma extended its lead to 24-13 off Doege’s second interception. Safety Aaron Colvin grabbed the ball out of the air near the line of scrimmage and returned it to Texas Tech’s 41. The Sooners drive stalled at the 16 and the Sooners had to settle for a field goal.
Jones got his 100th career touchdown pass on OU’s previous possession when he found Kenny Stills in far corner of the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown that put the Sooners up 21-13
OU missed out a scoring opportunity in the first quarter when a pass from Doege was tipped and intercepted by Jamarkus McFarland at the Red Raiders’ 17. McFarland, a tackle, ran 13 yards to the 4 before Doege hit him and he fumbled. Texas Tech receiver Tyson Williams recovered the ball and the Red Raiders resumed their drive.
Texas Tech got only a 35-yard field goal out of that possession to take a 10-7 early in the second quarter.