Saturday, September 14, 2013
College Football Today
-A.J. McCarron, Alabama, threw for 334 yards and four TDs, helping the top-ranked Crimson Tide beat No. 6 Texas A&M 49-42.
-Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, threw for a career-best 464 yards and five TDs in the Aggies' 49-42 loss to Alabama.
-Marcus Mariota, Oregon, threw for a career-high 456 yards and four TDs and the No. 2 Ducks handed Tennessee its first loss of the season, 59-14.
-Blake Bell, Oklahoma, passed for 413 yards and four TDs in his first start as quarterback in the No. 14 Sooners' 51-20 win over Tulsa.
-Kenny Guiton, Ohio State, threw for four touchdowns and had 388 total yards in his first career start, and the No. 4 Buckeyes rolled to their 15th straight victory, 52-34 over California.
-Brett Hundley, UCLA, threw three TD passes in the third quarter and the No. 16 Bruins came back from an 18-point deficit to defeat No. 23 Nebraska 41-21 in a monumental Cornhusker collapse at Memorial Stadium.
-Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois, threw for a career-high 480 yards and seven TDs in a 57-24 victory over Illinois State.
-Kevin Hogan, Stanford, threw for three TDs to help the No. 5 Cardinal beat Army 34-20.
-Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion, passed for 406 yards and four TDs and rushed for another score in the first half before being rested in a 76-19 rout over Howard.
-Ford Childress, West Virginia, threw for 359 yards and three TDs in his college debut, leading the Mountaineers to a 41-7 win over Georgia State.
-Connor Cook, Michigan State, threw four TD passes in the first half, and the Spartans' offense finally looked smooth in a 55-17 victory over Youngstown State.
-Connor Halliday, Washington State, threw for 383 yards and five TDs in a 48-10 win over Southern Utah.
-Mike Perish, Indiana State, threw for a career-high 379 yards and four TDs and ran for another score in a 70-7 victory over Quincy.
-Vad Lee, Georgia Tech, threw a career-high four TDs and ran for another in a 38-14 win over Duke.
-Bishop Sankey, Washington, ran for a career-high 208 yards to help the No. 19 Huskies get a rare road win, beating Illinois 34-24 at Soldier Field.
-Brendon Kay, Cincinnati, was sharp in his return as starting quarterback, matching his career high with four touchdown passes in a 66-9 victory over Northwestern State.
-Shaq Barrett, Colorado State, blocked two field goals in leading the Rams to a 34-17 victory over Cal Poly.
-Jordan Johnson, Montana, threw for 354 yards and five TDs in a 55-17 win over North Dakota.
-Marcus Wasilewski, Maine, threw for four TDs and ran for another in a 35-22 win over Bryant.
-Kieran McDonagh, Portland State, passed for a career-high 377 yards in a 43-6 win over Humboldt State.
-Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois, threw for three TDs and ran for two more in a 45-35 win over Idaho.
AJ McCarron and Alabama were not about to let Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M get another signature win.
McCarron threw four touchdown passes, Vinnie Sunseri returned an interception 73 yards for a score -- sidestepping Johnny Football on the way to the end zone, too -- and No. 1 Alabama paid back No. 6 Texas A&M with a 49-42 victory.
Alabama spotted the Aggies a 14-0 lead, shades of last season when A&M jumped out to a 20-0 lead in Tuscaloosa on the way to a victory that all but won the Heisman for Manziel.
McCarron and the Tide didn't take as long to respond this time, ripping off the next 35 points. McCarron tossed three touchdowns in the first half to put Alabama up 28-14. Sunseri's pick-6 made it 35-14 less than three minutes into the third.
Manziel was his spectacular self, throwing for a career-best 464 yards and five TDs. But a first-half interception in the end zone swung the game the Tide's way, and his third-quarter pick and whiff on the tackle put the Aggies in a deep hole.
Manziel's 562 total yards is the second-most in Southeastern Conference history, ranking only behind the 576 he had against Louisiana Tech.
The Aggies had 628 yards, the most ever allowed by Alabama.
16-Consecutive games with a TD pass for Oregon's Marcus Mariotta.
18-Points UCLA was behind before rallying to beat Nebraska, the most by a Huskers opponent in Lincoln since Washington State erased a 20-0 halftime deficit to win 21-20 in 1920.
32-Years since a Southern California running back opened with three straight 100-yard games before Tre Madden did it this season.
92-Points in Navy's first two games, its most since opening the 1975 season with victories over Virginia (42-14) and Connecticut (55-7).
1,111-Total yards on 177 plays between California and Ohio State.
KILL HOSPITALIZED AGAIN
Minnesota coach Jerry Kill suffered another game-day seizure, at halftime while the Gophers were playing Western Illinois, and was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.
But the Gophers, used to this by now, carried on and pulled away for a 29-12 victory. Afterward, despite the unavoidably distracting absence of the boss, they said again they're not concerned about his health.
Kill was at home and resting comfortably two hours after the game, according to the university. Taken away on a stretcher, after he writhed back and forth on the ground for several minutes with the Gophers in the locker room clinging to a 7-6 lead, Kill went to the hospital to ensure proper medication levels, according to spokesman Chris Werle.
Kill has worked with doctors to bring his seizures under better control with medication, rest, nutrition and exercise, but the stress of a game day is hard to avoid.
Eric LeGrand became the first player in the 144-year history of Rutgers football to have his jersey retired, three years after he was paralyzed in a game against Army.
In a passionate halftime plea to the crowd shortly after his No 52 was unveiled on the upper level box at High Point Solutions Stadium, LeGrand asked them to support research to find a cure for paralysis, a cause he has joined by forming "Team LeGrand."
Current coach Kyle Flood presided at the start of the ceremony and presented the 23-year-old a sword with the word "believe" inscribed on it.
LeGrand had been greeted with a standing ovation from the crowd -- many wearing No. 52 jerseys or T-shirts handed out before the game -- as his motorized wheelchair took him from a tunnel near the end zone to midfield. Most fans never sat down during the roughly 10-minute ceremony which was interrupted several times by sustained applause.
CLOSE CALL IN BIG HOUSE
College football's winningest program might have just had its worst win.
Fitzgerald Toussaint scored a go-ahead, 2-yard touchdown with 2:49 left and No. 11 Michigan made a desperately needed stop on the final play to hold on for a 28-24 victory over Akron.
Michigan avoided getting upset at home -- as it did against Appalachian State and Toledo -- by a Mid-American Conference team with three straight one-win seasons that hasn't won a road game in nearly five years.
The Wolverines trailed twice in the second half -- including with 4:10 remaining when Kyle Pohl threw a 1-yard TD -- and allowed the Zips to get to the Michigan 4 on the final drive of the game before closing it out.