Saturday, October 22, 2011
Cowboys, Wildcats, Tigers remain perfect
There are 10 remaining undefeated teams in FBS entering this weekend, and three of them remained perfect early Saturday afternoon with big victories over conference rivals.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys took care of business on the road, with a 45-24 win over the Missouri Tigers in Columbia. The Cowboys snapped Missouri’s 10-game home win streak, marking the third time Oklahoma State has ended a Tigers’ home win streak of at least nine games (2008, 2004).
This is the third time in school history the Cowboys have started 7-0 or better. They won their first seven games in 2008 and had a school record 9-0 start in 1945. The Cowboys have won nine straight road games, two shy of the school record set from 1943-45.
The Kansas State Wildcats also got a big road win, blowing out the Kansas Jayhawks 59-21 in the annual Sunflower Showdown. This is the 10th time in 20 games under coach Bill Snyder they have put at least 40 points on the scoreboard in this rivalry game, and the second straight year they’ve scored exactly 59 points.
Collin Klein rushed for a career-high four touchdowns, matching the most in a game by a Kansas State quarterback. His 14 rushing touchdowns this season are two shy of the school record in a season by a QB, set by Ell Roberson in 2002.
The Clemson Tigers remained perfect with a 59-38 win at home over the North Carolina Tar Heels. This is just the fourth time in school history they have started a season with eight straight wins, joining the 1948, 1981 and 2000 teams.
However, the Tigers could be on upset alert next week when they take on Georgia Tech. The last time Clemson started 8-0 was in 2000, and that season the Tigers also beat the Tar Heels to improve to 8-0, before losing to Georgia Tech the next week.
Around CFB Nation
• Illinois lost its second straight game, falling 21-14 to Purdue in West Lafayette. Also for the second week in a row, the Fighting Illini were held scoreless in the first half…and it doesn’t get much easier for Illinois as they travel to 21st-ranked Penn State next Saturday.
• Arkansas overcome a 17-7 halftime deficit by outscoring Ole Miss 22-7 in the second half to win 29-24. The Razorbacks have won six of their first seven games for just the third time since joining the SEC in 1992 (1998, 2006). The Rebels have lost 10 straight conference games, the longest active conference losing streak among BCS teams.
• Marvin McNutt caught four touchdown passes, becoming Iowa's all-time leader in touchdown receptions with 24. He passed Tim Dwight and Danan Hughes, who both had 21 for the Hawkeyes.