College Football Scores 2012: Week 8 Results and Analysis

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College Football Scores 2012: Week 8 Results and Analysis
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With the first batch of Saturday's games in the books, college football fans have already been treated to upsets, nail-biters and big plays across the nation.

Week 8 is a big week in college football. With the first batch of BCS rankings now available, teams are out to prove themselves for better or worse.

Let's take a look at Saturday's scores so far. Stay tuned for updates as games finish throughout the day.

 

Week 8 Scores

San Diego State 39, Nevada 38

Fresno State 42, Wyoming 14

No. 8 Oregon State 21, Utah 7

Arizona 52, Washington 17

No. 14 Florida State 33, Miami (FL) 20

No. 25 Texas 56, Baylor 50

UTEP 24, Tulane 20

UCF 35, Memphis 17

Penn State 38, Iowa 14

East Carolina 42, UAB 35

No. 11 Georgia 29, Kentucky 24

Duke 33, North Carolina 30

No. 9 Oklahoma 52, Kansas 7

Louisiana Tech 70, Idaho 28

Marshall 59, Southern Miss 24

Toledo 29, No. 21 Cincinnati 23

Air Force 28, New Mexico 23

No. 1 Alabama 44, Tennessee 13

No. 12 Mississippi State 45, Middle Tennessee 3

No. 4 Kansas State 55, No. 13 West Virginia 14

No. 10 USC 50, Colorado 6

No. 17 Texas Tech 56, No. 23 TCU 53

South Alabama 37, Florida Atlantic 34

Louisiana-Monroe 43, Western Kentucky 42

N.C. State 20, Maryland 18

Nebraska 29, Northwestern 28

Navy 31, Indiana 30

Ball State 41, Central Michigan 30

Kent State 41, Western Michigan 24

Tulsa 28, Rice 24

No. 16 Louisville 27, South Florida 25

No. 2 Florida 44, No. 7 South Carolina 11

Michigan 12, Michigan State 10

No. 5 Notre Dame 17, BYU 14

No. 22 Boise State 32, UNLV 7

Pittsburgh 20, Buffalo 6

No. 20 Stanford 21, California 3

Georgia Tech 37, Boston College 17

Utah State 41, New Mexico State 7

San Jose State 52, Texas-San Antonio 24

Eastern Michigan 48, Army 38

Troy 38, Florida International 37

No. 6 LSU 24, No. 18 Texas A&M 19

Wake Forest 16, Virginia 10

Vanderbilt 17, Auburn 13

Northern Illinois 37, Akron 7

Ohio State 29, Purdue 22

No. 19 Clemson 38, Virginia Tech 17

No. 15 Rutgers 35, Temple 10

Oklahoma State 31, No. 24 Iowa State 10

Wisconsin 38, Minnesota 13

Bowling Green 24, Massachusetts 0

Syracuse 40, Connecticut 10

No. 3 Oregon 43, Arizona State 21

Southern Methodist 72, Houston 42

North Texas 30, Louisiana-Lafayette 23

 

No. 8 Oregon State 21, Utah 7

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Oregon State remained undefeated behind an excellent defensive effort. 

Backup quarterback Cody Vaz played mistake-free football in place of the injured Sean Mannion, completing 16-of-26 passes for 174 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. Running back Storm Woods accounted for all three of the Beavers' scores, rushing for 46 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries. 

But the defense intercepted Utah quarterback Travis Wilson twice and also recovered two fumbles in order to hold the Utes to just seven points. 

At 6-0, the Beavers have proved that they have talent on both sides of the ball and must considered one of the elite teams in college football. 

 

No. 25 Texas 56, Baylor 50

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Surprise, surprise, the Big 12 had another shootout Saturday night. Luckily for Texas, it was able to prevail this time around.

These two teams put up over 1,100 yards of combined offense, headlined by a few magnificent performances.

Texas received 117 yards and five touchdowns from running back Joe Bergeron, which was a major part of its 251-yard, seven-touchdown day on the ground.

Baylor quarterback Nick Florence threw for 352 yards and two touchdowns, despite coming up short in the losing effort.

This game was 42-40 with 7:09 remaining in the third quarter, before Texas was able to stretch its lead to 13 in the fourth quarter. A Florence touchdown with 1:57 left cut the lead to six, but it was too little too late.

 

No. 11 Georgia 29, Kentucky 24

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The Bulldogs found themselves in a dogfight Saturday, taking a 16-14 lead into halftime.

From there the Wildcats stayed in the game until Aaron Murray hit Arthur Lynch in the fourth quarter. The touchdown toss to Lynch gave the Bulldogs a 12-point lead, allowing their defense to settle in for the game's waning minutes.

Murray finished the day 30-of-38 passing for 427 yards and four touchdowns, which was good considering the 77 yards Georgia received from the ground game.

This was a huge win for Georgia because South Carolina lost as well. That allows them to keep pace in the SEC East, with The World's Largest Cocktail Party coming up next week.

 

Toledo 29, No. 21 Cincinnati 23

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The Bearcats walked into the Glass Bowl undefeated, but walked out with a shocking loss to the Rockets.

Jeremiah Detmer knocked home five field goals to ensure his team the victory. Toledo didn't have an offensive touchdown on the night, instead using Detmer's leg, an interception return and a kickoff return to claim victory.

Leading the way offensively was running back David Fluellen, who had 161 yards on 25 carries. Averaging over six yards per carry made all the difference Saturday night.

The Bearcats kept themselves in it, but two turnovers and the botched play on special teams ruined their perfect season.

 

No. 4 Kansas State 55, No. 13 West Virginia 14

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In perhaps the most impressive performance of the day, the Wildcats thrashed West Virginia in front of its home crowd.

Geno Smith threw his first two interceptions of the season, finishing with 143 yards on the day. On the other hand, Collin Klein threw for 323 yards and three touchdowns, combining that with four rushing scores as well.

Not only did the rankings receive another shakeup, but the Heisman Trophy candidates did as well. Klein left no doubt as to who the hottest player in the nation is, completely dominating West Virginia's sub-par defense for four quarters.

Next week's game versus Texas Tech will test Kansas State's defense again, while West Virginia enjoys a bye week.

 

No. 17 Texas Tech 56, No. 23 TCU 53

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Over 900 yards and three overtimes later, the Red Raiders picked up their second consecutive win over a ranked opponent on Saturday.

With four minutes left in the game, the Horned Frogs trailed by 10 points. Trevone Boykin hit LaDarius Brown for a 60-yard score to put his team within three, followed by a Jaden Oberkrom game-tying field goal with 18 seconds left.

TCU started on offense in overtime, and the two teams traded scores twice.

In the third overtime, another Oberkrom field goal gave TCU a three-point lead. Seth Doege's seventh touchdown pass of the day handed the Red Raiders the victory.

Doege finished 30-of-42 for 318 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions. He didn't get much help from the run game, but did benefit from three Horned Frogs turnovers.

 

No. 16 Louisville 27, South Florida 25

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An 11-yard touchdown from Teddy Bridgewater to Eli Rodgers with 1:35 left handed the Cardinals the lead on Saturday.

Bridgewater finished 21-of-25 with 256 yards and two touchdowns on the day. He also had 74 yards on the ground.

The two teams went back and forth all day, with each offense controlling the pace of the game. With Louisville's undefeated record on the line, the game was extremely important to its BCS hopes.

After giving up two straight touchdowns to start the fourth quarter, the outcome wasn't looking favorable for Charlie Strong's team.

But they persevered anyway.

 

No. 2 Florida 44, No. 7 South Carolina 11

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In Saturday's biggest statement, the Gators showed exactly why the BCS considers them the No. 2 team in the nation.

For South Carolina, its SEC East title hopes took a major shot with its second loss of the season.

The game was never close. A 7-3 Gators lead to end the first quarter looked good on paper, but watching the game was different. Florida looked in control, eventually pushing the margin to 21-3.

From there, the Gators never looked back. Four touchdowns from Jeff Driskel paced the attack, and forcing four Gamecocks turnovers made their job that much easier. Add in the fact that Marcus Lattimore only had three carries, and you have a Gators win.

 

Michigan 12, Michigan State 10

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It took every possible second, but Brendan Gibbons was able to hit a field goal with five seconds left to give Michigan a big victory.

The win marks the first time the Wolverines have defeated their in-state rival since 2007, becoming the first college football team to 900 wins in the process.

Denard Robinson accounted for just over 250 total yards, but Michigan didn't find the end zone at all. Instead, relying on four field goals to win the game.

Now at 4-4 on the season, the Spartans have been very disappointing. Andrew Maxwell only turned the ball over once on Saturday, but Michigan State lacks explosiveness on the offensive side.

 

No. 22 Boise State 32, UNLV 7

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This game went exactly as expected, with the Broncos picking up their sixth win of the season.

Starting a game with 32 unanswered points is never a bad idea, and Boise State did just that. Quarterback Joe Southwick didn't find the end zone, but D.J. Harper and Jay Ajayi combined for three scores on the day.

Boise State was able to overcome three turnovers by forcing three of their own. All in all, it was a very successful performance, albeit against a weak Rebels team.

Don't look now, but Boise State is doing its usual thing out west.

 

No. 5 Notre Dame 17, BYU 14

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The equation remains the same for Notre Dame: play defense, take care of the ball and win games. 

Tommy Rees started the game with a touchdown to Tyler Eifert, before Riley Nelson was able to score two consecutive touchdowns for the Cougars.

Facing a halftime deficit, Notre Dame could have gotten flustered. Instead, Kyle Brindza connected for his on his only made field goal of the day, putting his team down 14-10 entering the final quarter.

Less than three minutes into the fourth, George Atkinson III found pay dirt for the game's decisive touchdown. Atkinson III's touchdown was nice, but Cierre Wood and Theo Riddick each ran for 100-plus yards in the Irish backfield.

Heisman Trophy candidate Manti Te'o had 10 tackles and an interception.

With a trip to face the Oklahoma Sooners coming next week, Notre Dame is set to face its biggest test. Sooner or later, they will have to score to win.

 

No. 20 Stanford 21, California 3

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Stanford gained nearly 500 yards of total offense, but it only had 21 points to show for it. Even so, a win is a win, and it was a great defensive effort.

Holding the Golden Bears to 217 total yards and forcing three turnovers made the difference, on top of out-possessing Cal by around 13 minutes.

The Cardinal got a huge day from running back Stepfan Taylor. The ball-carrier started the game's scoring and finished the day with 189 yards.

Cal did its best, but a one-dimensional offense couldn't get the job done against the Cardinal's blue-collar defense.

 

No. 6 LSU 24, Texas A&M 19

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The Aggies were able to jump out to a 9-0 lead in the first quarter, but that wouldn't be enough to earn the upset.

LSU made critical defensive adjustments to start the second quarter, making up for its faulty offense enough to turn the tide in the game.

The Tigers rattled off 24 unanswered points. Down 24-12 with less than two minutes left, Ben Malena was able to pull the Aggies within five. Two final plays with 10 seconds left in the game weren't enough, despite an exciting final sequence.

For the Aggies, this one was all about mistakes. Four turnovers, a missed extra point and two missed field goals would have made a tremendous difference. Instead, their upset bid was denied.

 

Ohio State 29, Purdue 22

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Purdue did everything in its power to pull off the upset on Saturday, but the Buckeyes wouldn't be denied.

After Braxton Miller left the game in the fourth quarter, Kenny Guiton wasn't able to do much in his backup role. That is, until the game's final minute. With three seconds left, Guiton hit Chris Fields from two yards out to tie the game.

In overtime, Carlos Hyde's second touchdown of the game gave Ohio State its decisive seven-yard margin. Purdue quarterback Caleb TerBush tried to lead Purdue back into the end zone, but his fourth-down pass came up short.

According to CBS' Bruce Feldman, Miller has been taken to the hospital. That spells trouble for the Buckeyes, and we wish the star signal-caller the best.

Ohio State's win sets up an extremely exciting game in Happy Valley next week.

 

No. 19 Clemson 38, Virginia Tech 17

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Virginia Tech showed flashes of solid play on Saturday, but it couldn't get out of its own way.

Four turnovers, including two interceptions by Logan Thomas, derailed the Hokies' hopes at an upset. After scoring the game's first touchdown, it was mostly downhill from there.

Normally, holding Clemson to less than 300 yards of total offense would result in a victory. However, solid short-yardage play and a 74-yard interception by Jonathan Meeks in the second quarter said otherwise.

Quarterback Tajh Boyd only had 160 yards and a touchdown, but Thomas' critical mistakes were the difference. That's something Hokies faithful are tired of hearing by now.

 

No. 15 Rutgers 35, Temple 10

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Temple was able to jump out to a 10-0 lead to start the game, but the buck stopped there for the Owls.

Four Gary Nova touchdowns later, and the Scarlet Knights remain in the conversation as the Big East's best team and one of the most surprising teams in the nation.

Nova went 17-of-27 for 232 yards and four touchdowns. Star running back Jawan Jamison had 100-plus yards and was on the receiving end of one of those scores.

Defensively, Rutgers continued its dominance. Khaseem Greene's fumble return in the fourth quarter put the game on ice and added to his reputation as one of the nation's best defensive players.

 

Oklahoma State 31, No. 24 Iowa State 10

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A minor upset, but an upset nonetheless. The Cowboys used their home-field advantage to upend their Big 12 nemesis, backed by a huge day from Joseph Randle.

Randle toted the rock 24 times for 151 yards and two scores on the day. Add in J.W. Walsh's 415 yards through the air, and Oklahoma State's attack was tough to stop.

The Cyclones tried to hang in, but they couldn't make enough big plays to make it happen. Oklahoma State owns one of the nation's best advantages at home, and it was obvious for four quarters on Saturday.

Now at 4-2, the Cowboys are back in the Big 12 conversation.

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