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College Football Today

October 5, 2014


—Mike Bercovici, Arizona State, threw for 510 yards and five TDs, including a 46-yard Hail Mary to Jaelen Strong on the final play to give the Sun Devils a 38-34 win over No. 16 Southern California.

—Bo Wallace, Mississippi, threw for 251 yards and three TDs to help the 11th-ranked Rebels rally from a fourth-quarter deficit to stun No. 3 Alabama 23-17.

—Dak Prescott, Mississippi State, ran for three TDs and threw for two more scores, helping the No. 12 Bulldogs overwhelm No. 6 Texas A&M 48-31.

—Todd Gurley, Georgia, ran for 163 yards and two TDs to lead the No. 13 Bulldogs past Vanderbilt, 44-17.

—Nick Marshall, Auburn, passed for 207 yards, ran for 119 and accounted for four TDs to lead the No. 5 Tigers to a 41-7 blowout of No. 15 LSU.

—Godwin Igwebuike, Northwestern, had three interceptions to help the resurgent Wildcats upset Melvin Gordon and No. 17 Wisconsin 20-14.

—Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin, ran for a career-high 259 yards and a TD in the No. 17 Badgers’ 20-14 loss to Northwestern.

—Shock Linwood, Baylor, ran for 148 yards and the clinching touchdown, helping the No. 7 Bears beat Texas 28-7.

—J.T. Barrett, Ohio State, threw for 267 yards and four TDs, and ran for 71 yards and another score in the No. 20 Buckeyes’ 52-24 win over Maryland.

—Thomas Rawls, Central Michigan, ran for a career-high 229 yards and two TDs in a 28-10 win over Ohio.

—Rashard Higgins, Colorado State, had six catches for 178 yards and four TDs to lead the Rams to a 42-17 win over Tulsa.

—Shane Carden, East Carolina, threw for 410 yards and four TDs to help the No. 22 Pirates beat SMU 45-24.

—Brandon Bridge, South Alabama, threw for a career-high 339 yards and three TDs in three quarters in a 47-21 victory over Appalachian State.

—Marshaun Coprich, Illinois State, ran for 174 yards and a career-best four TDs in a 45-10 rout of South Dakota State.

—Morgan Roberts, Yale, threw for 312 yards and a career-high five TDs in a 51-13 win over Cornell.



College football had its own version of March Madness in October with one of the wildest days the sport has ever seen.

It started with No. 12 Mississippi State knocking off No. 6 Texas A&M. A big game, but turned out to be just the appetizer.

As the afternoon kept rolling, one thriller after another followed.

No. 9 Norte Dame legitimized its top-10 ranking by holding off No. 14 Stanford 17-14. Not long after that, No. 11 Ole Miss took down No. 3 Alabama 23-17, sending the fans rushing out of the stands in Oxford.

That upset still fresh, No. 25 TCU took down No. 4 Oklahoma 37-33 in North Texas.

Add to that No. 2 Oregon’s loss to Arizona on Thursday night and it’s the first time that four of the top six teams in the AP poll have lost in the same weekend. No. 8 UCLA capped the upset weekend, falling 30-28 to Utah at the Rose Bowl. In all, 11 teams in the Top 25 lost, the first time that has happened since Oct. 11, 2003.

Good luck with that, College Football Playoff committee.



Oct. 4, 2014, will likely go down as the biggest day of football in Mississippi state history.

The Hospitality State hosted two top-15 match-ups and both Mississippi and Mississippi State came through with a pair of monumental victories.

The 12th-ranked Bulldogs did it in dominating fashion, overpowering Texas A&M 48-31 behind Dak Prescott’s five-touchdown day. The 11th-ranked Rebels followed up with a massive takedown by knocking off second-ranked Alabama behind Bo Wallace’s three TD passes.

Prescott called his team’s win a “Mississippi State-ment,” but it pretty much sums up the day the state had, too.



Arizona pulled off one of college football’s most exciting plays just two weeks ago, pulling off a Hail Mary to beat California.

The Wildcats’ rivals, Arizona State, did the same thing against Southern California.

His team trailing 38-32 in the final seconds, Mike Bercovici launched a ball high into the Southern California sky and Jaelen Strong stepped in front of USC’s Hayes Pullard at the goal line and pulled in the Hail Mary throw. Arizona State’s bench stormed the field to celebrate the first win at the Coliseum since 1999 for the Sun Devils.



3_Interceptions by Mississippi State linebacker Richie Brown, matching a school record.

52_Years since No. 11 Mississippi started a season 5-0.



Alabama running back Kenyan Drake suffered a gruesome injury to his left leg in second-ranked Tide’s 23-17 loss to No. 11 Ole Miss.

Taking a handoff up the middle in the second quarter, he was tackled and immediately grabbed his left foot, which was twisted at a severe angle. A couple of players ran away in disgust after seeing the injury and the Crimson Tide’s trainers raced out to attend to him.

Drake lay on the field for several minutes as the trainers stabilized his leg, then was carted off. Clearly still in intense pain, he gave a thumbs-up signal after receiving applause from Mississippi’s fans as the cart drove off.

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