Oct 24, 2017

ACC & Big 12 Week 8 Recap: As OU, Oklahoma State Avoid Upsets, Louisville Outlasts FSU

Standings and Results


Big 12

AP Top 10

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

Longhorns Upset Falls Short in Austin

The Texas Longhorns gave one of the nation’s top offenses fits all day, but were unable to finish them off, falling to Oklahoma State in overtime falling to Oklahoma State in overtime, 13-10. It was the third time this season the Longhorns needed extra time to determine a winner, playing bonus football in a three-point loss to USC and a six-point win over Kansas State. Interestingly enough, the school has only gone to overtime seven times ever, five of which have come in the past two seasons.

After falling behind 7-0 on Saturday, Texas tied the game following an impressive catch and run from wide receiver John Burt, who dashed 90 yards before being tripped up just shy of the goal line.

Somehow, Burt was able to walk the tightrope and stay in bounds as seen here, here and here.

A game that many predicted to be a high scoring affair turned out to be a defensive coordinator’s dream, as Oklahoma State held its opponent to their second lowest output of the season (seven points by South Alabama was lowest) while Texas limited the Cowboys, who came in averaging 48.8 points per game, to just 10 points in regulation. (Oklahoma State’s previous low for a game was 31 points, against TCU in the team’s only loss this season.)

Heisman candidate Mason Rudolph entered the contest with seven straight 300-yard passing games but was stopped short, totaling 282. The Cowboys also saw their 36-game streak of scoring 20 or more points — the nation’s longest such streak — end in Austin. On a positive note for the the Cowboys’ offensive leader, Rudolph tied his coach Mike Gundy’s school record with his 28th career victory as a starting quarterback.

In overtime, after a Matt Amendola field goal put Oklahoma State on top by three, Sam Ehlinger had Texas inside the 10-yard line, but on third-and-4 he floated a pass into the end zone with no orange shirts around, allowing Cowboys defender Ramon Richards to come down with the easy game-winning interception.

Louisville Holds Off Late Florida State Push

Florida State hosted Louisville at Doak Campbell Stadium looking for revenge after last year’s walloping in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The back-and-forth game saw the Cardinals escape with a 31-28 win — the first time Louisville has won consecutive games in the series’ 18-game history.

Defending Heisman winner Lamar Jackson led Louisville straight down the field to start the game and put the Cards on top early, but the ‘Noles answered with a five-minute drive of their own capped off by a Ryan Izzo touchdown reception from James Blackman. In the second quarter, Matthew Thomas scooped up a Jackson fumble and returned it to the house to put FSU up 14-7 with four minutes to play in the half. The Cardinals took over for the remainder of the second and third quarter, scoring 21 unanswered points thanks to a passing touchdown from Jackson to Seth Dawkins and rushing scores from Reggie Bonnafon and Dae Williams.

Later, in the fourth, after wide receiver Nyqwan Murray, an Orlando Oak Ridge grad, made a heads-up play, diving on a teammate’s fumble in the end zone to pull the Seminoles within a score. He later pulled them even with a nice 20-yard grab in the end zone.

After stopping Louisville on 4th-and-1 from at their own 27-yard line, Blackman led the Seminoles down the field and into field goal territory with just over two minutes to play. On a 1st-and-10 just outside the red zone, Blackman ran to the left and fumble the ball. The rock was recovered by Louisville, which then went 59 yards on eight plays to set up the game-winning field goal from Blanton Creque with five seconds left.

Oklahoma Outlasts Kansas State

Unlike the Oklahoma State-Texas game, Oklahoma and Kansas State turned out to be an expected scoring battle with the Sooners notching a touchdown in the final seconds to squeak past the Wildcats 42-35. Kansas jumped out to an early lead at home thanks to three rushing touchdowns, including this 75-yarder from Alex Barnes on the second play of the game:

It wasn’t just the offense helping the Wildcats build an early lead. After the Sooners went down the field, this nifty bit of thievery in the end zone squashed the drive, allowing the Wildcats to keep early momentum at home.

After a field goal before the half, the Sooners came out and stormed back to take a 28-21 lead early in the fourth thanks to a field goal and two Baker Mayfield rushing touchdowns including this one below:

K-State and Oklahoma traded touchdowns the rest of the way, including Kansas State quarterback Alex Delton’s third rushing score of the game. But with the game tied 35-35 and the Sooners appearing content to settle for a game-winning field goal try, running back Rodney Anderson took a handoff 22 yards for a touchdown, instead.

Team Selection Committee Recap

The Florida Citrus Sports Team Selection Committee did not meet this morning due to Camping World Stadium being used as a distribution center for the Florida Disaster Food Assistance Program this week. The committee will reconvene next Monday and discuss the happenings from Week 8 and Week 9. You can catch up with their reports from last week by reading the Team Selection Committee Recap from Week 7. READ MORE >>>

Play of the Week

Another week, another pair of great plays that we need your help figuring out which is more impressive.

1) TCU’s KaVontae Turpin runs about 110 yards in all directions en route to his 90-yard kickoff return touchdown against Kansas.

2) Miami wide receiver Ahmmon Richards takes a pass and hurdles a Syracuse defender before dragging another a couple yards before being brought down for a big gain.

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