Nov 13, 2017

ACC & Big 12 Week 11 Recap: Sooners and Hurricanes Impress in Top-10 Matchups

Standings and Results


Big 12

AP Top 10

1. Alabama
2. Miami
3. Oklahoma
4. Clemson
5. Wisconsin
6. Auburn
7. Georgia
8. Ohio State
9. Notre Dame
10. Oklahoma State

Notre Dame-Miami

Miami continued on its year-long tear over the weekend, dispatching No. 3 Notre Dame 41-8 to move to 9-0 on the season. The victory was the 14th straight for the Hurricanes, who have not lost since October 2016, and the program’s first win over Notre Dame since 1989, ending a nine-game losing streak to the Irish. Running back Travis Homer rushed for 146 yards on 18 carries in the win, while the ‘Canes outgained Notre Dame 374-261 and 237-109 on the ground. Irish star Josh Adams was limited to just 40 yards on 16 carries in the game.


Oklahoma took sole control of first place in the Big 12 Saturday in a 38-20 win over TCU that was truly a tale of two halves. The Sooners got out to an early lead, and held a 24-7 advantage just 3:15 into the second quarter. That edge grew to 28-14 by the end of the frame, but the teams combined for just six points in the second half, a touchdown pass from Kenny Hill to Kyle Hicks early in the fourth quarter. Heisman hopeful Baker Mayfield completed 18-of-27 passes for 333 yards and three touchdowns and has now thrown a touchdown in 36 consecutive games (which happens to be every game of his OU career). Sooners running back Rodney Anderson also had 23 carries for 151 yards and two touchdowns and caught five passes for a career-high 139 yards and two more scores through the air.

Iowa State-Oklahoma State

For the second time in as many weeks, Oklahoma State found itself in a high-scoring instant classic, this time outlasting Iowa State in a 49-42 victory that saw more than 1,000 yards of offense between the teams. The win marks the third straight season that the Cowboys have rallied from at least 14 points down to beat Iowa State, and Oklahoma State is now 14-1 in its last 15 games decided by 10 points or less. Leading the charge for the Pokes was running back Justice Hill, whose 134 rushing yards were the most allowed by Iowa State this season, while Mason Rudolph passed for 376 yards and three touchdowns, with 304 coming in the second half of the win.

West Virginia-Kansas State

West Virginia maintained its pace in the competitive Big 12 standings with a 28-23 win over Kansas State that looked a lot like Oklahoma’s win over TCU. Mountaineers quarterback Will Grier completed 27-of-46 passes for 372 yards and four touchdowns, all of them coming in the first half, as West Virginia took a 28-20 lead into the break. After a scoreless third, the Wildcats put a field goal on the board early in the fourth, but their next drive ended when Skylar Thompson tossed an interception in the red zone, ending the K-State threat.

Georgia Tech-Virginia Tech

Ramblin Wreck quarterback TaQuon Marshall completed just two passes in Georgia Tech’s 28-22 win over Virginia Tech Saturday, but he certainly made the most of them when he did. The first went to Brad Stewart for a 60-yard touchdown in the third quarter and the other went 80 yards to Ricky Jeune for the go-ahead touchdown with 6:30 left in the fourth, giving the Yellow Jackets just enough offense in their upset win over the 17th-ranked Hokies. Of course, Georgia Tech did plenty of running the ball, as well, as Marshall (64 yards), Nathan Cottrell (83) and KirVonte Benson (86) each contributed to the Jackets’ 261 yards on the ground.

NC State-Boston College

NC State running back Nyheim Hines scored on a 50-yard touchdown run with 8:22 left in the fourth quarter, and the Wolfpack held on for a 17-14 win over Boston College in Chestnut Hill. The Eagles had a chance to tie down the stretch, but a bad snap led to a botched 39-yard field goal attempt with 4:15 to go, and NC State stopped BC on each of its final two drives from there. The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for NC State, which was coming off tough back-to-back losses to Notre Dame and Clemson. This week, the Wolfpack heads to Winston-Salem for a tilt with Wake Forest, while Boston College plays UConn on Saturday at Fenway Park.

Vote for the Play of the Week!

Week 11 was filled with memorable plays in the ACC and Big 12. Here were two of our favorites. Make sure you vote for the best in the poll below!

1) Forget the week — some are calling this toe-drag catch by West Virginia wide receiver David Sills the catch of the year:

2) Then again, this grab by Louisville’s Jaylen Smith was pretty ridiculous, too:

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