Saturday, November 26, 2011
Virginia Tech, Wisconsin take foes apart
Jason O. Watson/US PresswireThe late-afternoon slate in college football featured a pair of winner-take-all games in which the winner took total control of humbled opposition.
David Wilson is tied for the national lead in most 100-yard games.
In the case of the Virginia Tech Hokies rout of the Virginia Cavaliers, the Hokies won the ACC Coastal Division crown for the fifth time and won its 13th straight road game overall.
This was the eighth straight win for Virginia Tech against Virginia, one that made the Hokies 35-5 against its current divisional opponents since joining the ACC in 2004.
It was the 11th win of the season for Virginia Tech, marking the second time in team history that it won at least 11 games in consecutive seasons (it also did so in 1999 and 2000).
The loss was the second-largest shutout loss for Virginia against Virginia Tech in the history of the rivalry. The only larger one was a 48-0 drubbing in 1983.
David Wilson’s 153 yards rushing gave him 10 games this season with at least 100 yards. That’s tied with Western Kentucky’s Bobby Rainey (who had 217 yards Saturday in a win over Troy) for the most 100-yard games this season.
The Cavaliers had their bid for their first-ever five-game conference winning streak snapped.
The taking in the Wisconsin Badgers 45-7 win over the Penn State Nittany Lions was done by Montee Ball, who ran for four touchdowns, giving him 34 this season. That’s the second-most in FBS history, five shy of Barry Sanders single-season record set in 1988.
It was the second-worst loss for Penn State since joining the Big Ten back in 1993 (it lost 45-6 to Ohio State in 2000).
Wisconsin has won 16 straight home games, matching LSU for the longest active streak among FBS teams.
Penn State entered the day as a team poised to stop the Badgers quick-striking offense. The Nittany Lions entered the day having allowed only one touchdown drive all season that was accomplished in two minutes or less, but allowed three such touchdowns in this contest.
In other late-afternoon action:
Alabama scores, now sits
Alabama won the Iron Bowl by beating Auburn, 42-14. The Crimson Tide scored their most points against Auburn since a 48-21 win in 1977.
A.J. McCarron excelled throwing play-action passes, completing eight of nine passes for 113 yards and three touchdowns. McCarron’s eight completions off play-action set a new career high.
Alabama, ranked No. 2 in the BCS, will not play in the season’s final week.
This will be the sixth time that a team has been in the top two spots of the BCS and not played in the last week of season.
Each of the previous five went on to play in the national title game (in other words: none got passed in the standings).
James adds to his ledger
LaMichael James had a rushing touchdown in Oregon’s 49-21 win over Oregon State, the 49th of his career, tying former USC running back Charles White for third-most in Pac-12 history.
The touchdown also gave him 324 points in his career, passing former kicker Jared Siegel (323) for the most career points scored in Oregon history.
Darron Thomas threw four touchdown passes and became the fourth Oregon quarterback with 60 career passing touchdowns.
The 49 points tied for the third-most ever scored by Oregon against its “Civil War” rival.
Winless No More
Lastly, Florida Atlantic beat UAB, 38-35, and became the last FBS team to win a game this season. Running back Alfred Morris set school records with 198 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns.