Kern's college football wrap

Posted: October 15, 2013

Players of the weekend

National - Oregon's Marcus Mariota threw for 366 yards and three TDs and ran for 88 more and another score in a 45-24 win at nationally ranked Washington.

Local - Sean McCartney went 25-for-39 for 275 yards and three TDs and ran for a score as West Chester (6-0) rallied past visiting East Stroudsburg (4-2) in the second half, 34-20.

Around Town

Villanova 45, Towson 35

Last October a two-loss Wildcat team went to third-ranked, unbeaten Old Dominion, fell behind by 14 early and won by 24. It was probably the win that got them back into the FCS playoffs following a 1-year absence.

On Saturday night they did it again. We'll have to see if it has the same ramifications.

This time the Wildcats (4-2, 3-0 CAA) - taking advantage of short fields created by turnovers - scored on their first three possessions and never let the No. 3 Tigers (6-1, 2-1) get closer than the final margin. It was 38-14 at halftime.

John Robertson, last year's national freshman of the year, completed his first 17 passes. His lone miss was on his last attempt, early in the fourth quarter. He threw for 182 yards and two TDs, and ran for 150 and three more scores on 32 carries.

The Tigers, who'd won 10 straight, scored the last two TDs (the second after recovering an onsides kick). But they had a 21-yard field goal blocked with a minute to go.

Terrance West, the 2011 freshman of the year, was held to 61 yards and two scores on 15 attempts.

Now the Wildcats go to New Hampshire (2-3, 1-1), which broke a two-game losing streak with a 59-18 win over Rhode Island. Those Wildcats lost at Towson 2 weeks ago, 44-28. But they've scored at least 53 in their two home games.

William & Mary 27, Penn 14

It didn't figure to be an easy trip for the Quakers. And it wasn't.

It was their second road game against a top-level CAA team in 3 weeks, sandwiched around their Ivy League opener, which had gone four overtimes 7 days earlier.

It was 14-0 at the half, 21-zip after 45 minutes. Yet just as they had done last year against the Tribe at Franklin Field, the Quakers (2-2) came back to make a game of it. Billy Ragone's second short TD pass to Ryan O'Malley in less than 4 minutes - with 7:58 to go - got them to within six.

The Tribe (4-2) proceeded to drive 75 yards in 12 snaps, all runs. Penn got as far as the W&M 8 at the end.

The defending Ivy champs are at Columbia (0-4) next.

And in case you missed it . . .

Temple (0-6, 0-3 AAC) lost at Cincinnati (4-2, 1-1) Friday night, 38-20. It was 21-20 late in the second quarter. True freshman P.J. Walker got his first start at quarterback, going 12-for-22 for 200 yards and two TDs. He also had an interception and lost a fumble.

The Owls now host Army (3-3), which beat Eastern Michigan (1-5) at home, 50-25. Junior Terry Baggett rushed for a program-record 304 yards, the best in FBS this year. Army was the last team Temple beat, 63-32 last November.

Eyes of Texas

Maybe those buzzards will stop circling over Mack Brown's head. Well, at least for awhile.

The Longhorns broke a three-game losing streak (the last two were particulary ugly) to Oklahoma, beating the previously unbeaten Sooners by 16 in Dallas as two-TD underdogs.

It wasn't that close.

Doubters and haters, is what Brown had called them.

"The only way to shut them up is to win," Brown said. "[Then] they're your best friend . . . I've seen it before.

"I'm not worried about how this affects me."

UT has won three straight, after three-TD losses at BYU and to Mississippi. The Horns previous game had been a controversial one-point win at Iowa State.

Big win, bigger loss

Missouri remained unbeaten, 41-26, at No. 7 Georgia. But senior QB James Franklin suffered a separated shoulder in the fourth quarter and could be out for a significant amount of time. Too bad.

Redshirt freshman Maty Mauk becomes the next guy up.

"I think . . . the respect level just went up a couple of notches," said Tigers coach Gary Pinkel.

It was Mizzou's first road win over a Top 10 team since 1981.

Historical

Utah beat a Top 5 team at home for the first time. The Utes had beaten No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl after the 2008 season.

This time the victim was Stanford, which had won its last 13. Maybe the Cardinal was looking ahead to UCLA.

Utah's two losses were at home, in OT to Oregon State and by seven to UCLA.

Stanford got to within six with 9 minutes left, then got to a third-and-2 at the Utah 6 in the final minute. But Kevin Hogan threw two incompletions.

The Cardinal became the first top 10 team to lose to an unranked opponent this year.

No one-loss team from the Pac-12 has played for the national title in the BCS era.

Did you notice? * 

Fordham is 6-0 for the first time in 83 years.

* Army scored 50 points against an FBS opponent for the first time since 1999 (59-52 over Louisville). It did get 55 against Fordham 2 years ago and 62 against VMI in 2006.

* Alabama's defense allowed a TD for the first time in four games.

* LSU kept an opponent out of the end zone for the first time this season.

* Arkansas is 0-3 in the SEC for the first time in 6 years. First-year Bret Bielma has matched the longest losing streak of his career, at four. This week the Razorbacks are at Alabama.

* Kansas State is 0-3 in the Big 12 for the first time since 2004.

* Baylor has won nine straight.

* Northern Illinois has won 23 straight at home.

* Akron has lost 30 in a row on the road.

* UNLV has won four in a row for the first time since 2000.

* Samford (5-2) beat Appalachian State (1-5), 34-10, for the first time since 1970. The Bulldogs are coached by Auburn's 1971 Heisman Trophy winner, Pat Sullivan, who's in his seventh season.

MICHAEL JACK’S TOP 10

1. Alabama (6-0). Beat Kentucky, 48-7. Won 52-0 at Arkansas last year. Saturday: vs. Arkansas.

2. Oregon (6-0). Beat Washington, 45-24. Has won six straight over Washington State, by an average

of 33 ppg. Saturday: vs. Washington State.

3. Ohio State (6-0). Idle. Has won 12 of last 13 against Iowa. Saturday: vs. Iowa.

4. Clemson (6-0). Beat Boston College, 24-14. Lost last year at Florida State by 12. Saturday: vs. Florida State.

5. Florida State (5-0). Idle. Hasn’t won at Clemson since 2001. Saturday: at Clemson.

6. Louisiana State (6-1). Beat Florida, 17-6. Has won 5 of last 6 trips to Ole Miss. Last time it was 52-3. Saturday: at Mississippi.

7. Texas A&M (5-1). Beat Mississippi, 41-38. Won at Auburn a year ago, 63-21. Saturday: vs. Auburn.

8. Louisville (6-0). Beat Rutgers, 24-10. Played Central Florida once, in 1985. Friday: vs. Central Florida.

9. UCLA (5-0). Beat Cal, 37-10. Has lost four straight to Stanford. Saturday: at Stanford.

10. Missouri (6-0). Beat Georgia, 41-26. Great win. But it’ll be hard to overcome the loss of James Franklin. Saturday: vs. Florida.

Five others to consider: Miami, South Carolina, Baylor, Stanford and Georgia.

FRAUD FIVE

Oklahoma: I know, it’s a rivaly thing. But you really shouldn’t be losing to Texas by 16, not when you are a 14-point favorite.

Stanford: Utah’s not bad, and upsets happen (which is why there’s a FF), but Cardinal should be better than this, especially after leading 14-7 early and then giving up 20 straight points.

Georgia: I know the Dawgs were banged up and have played a brutal sked. And I know Missouri was unbeaten (albeit untested). But visitors usually don’t do that between those hedges.

Arkansas: It’s OK to lose to South Carolina, even at home. But maybe not by 52-7, as a touchdown underdog. Good thing Hogs scored first. Wonder if Bret Bielma misses the Big Ten?

Northwestern: Hard not to like the Wildcats, and their coach, but that was some hangover from the near-miss against Ohio State.


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