College Football Scores 2012: Week 9 Results and Analysis

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College Football Scores 2012: Week 9 Results and Analysis
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At this point in the college football season, every game is vitally important, and a single play can end a team's hopes at a national championship. 

With another slate of exciting games for Week 9, teams across the country are desperately trying to improve their résumés as Bowl Season continues to draw closer. 

The marquee matchups include a showdown between No. 5 Notre Dame and No. 8 Oklahoma, as well as "The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" where No. 2 Florida will take on No. 10 Georgia. 

Here are scores and analysis from this week's contests. Check back to this page for updates as more games finish. 

 

 

Scores

 

Florida Atlantic 34, Troy 27

Houston 45, UTEP 35

San Jose State 31, Texas State 20

No. 21 Boise State 45, Wyoming 14

Tulane 55, UAB 45

Mid Tennessee 28, North Texas 21

No. 3 Kansas State 55, No. 14 Texas Tech

Central Michigan 35, Akron 14

Toledo 25, Buffalo 20

Michigan State 16, No. 25 Wisconsin 13

Oklahoma State 36, TCU 14

Miami (OH) 23, No. 24 Ohio 20

Bowling Green 24, Eastern Michigan 3

Fresno State 49, New Mexico 32

Kent State 35, No. 15 Rutgers 23

Navy 56, East Carolina 28

Minnesota 44, Purdue 28

No. 10 Georgia 17, No. 2 Florida 9

No. 12 Florida State 48, Duke 7

Arizona 39, No. 9 USC 36

UCLA 45, Arizona State 43

Utah State 48, UTSA 17

BYU 41, Georgia Tech 17

No. 4 Oregon 70, Colorado 14

SMU 44, Memphis 13

Ole Miss 30, Arkansas 27

North Carolina 43, North Carolina State 35

Boston College 20, Maryland 17

Rice 44, Southern Miss 17

No. 23 Texas 21, Kansas 17

No. 13 South Carolina 38, Tennessee 35

Northern Illinois 48, Western Michigan 34

Northwestern 28, Iowa 17

Missouri 33, Kentucky 10

Indiana 31, Illinois 17

Ball State 30, Army 20

Pittsburgh 47, Temple 17

Arkansas State 50, Louisiana-Lafayette 27

No. 18 Clemson 42, Wake Forest 13

No. 16 Louisville 34, Cincinnati 31

Air Force 48, Nevada 31

 

 

No. 23 Texas 21, Kansas 17


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The Longhorns' struggles continued in this game as they narrowly avoided being on the losing end of Kansas' first Big 12 victory since 2010. 

Texas trailed 14-7 at the half as the offense was unable to find any success through the air. Case McCoy and David Ash combined for just 131 passing yards, while Ash threw two interceptions and was benched. 

McCoy came through with a one-yard touchdown pass with just 12 seconds remaining in the game to give Texas a four-point lead. The Longhorns offense mostly moved the ball on the ground, rushing for 211 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries as a team. 

Freshman Johnathan Gray was the team's most potent offensive weapon, gaining 111 yards on 18 carries.

This may have been a thrilling finish and a victory for Texas, but the team will certainly be disappointed with its performance. 

 

 

No. 13 South Carolina 38, Tennessee 35


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Both teams entered this game in the midst of losing streaks, and after a hard-fought battle, South Carolina escaped with a close victory. 

The story that will overshadow the contest is Gamecocks running back Marcus Lattimore's gruesome knee injury. The star rusher took a brutal hit during the second quarter and was taken to the hospital for more treatment. 

Kenny Miles replaced Lattimore but failed to make a significant impact on the game, finishing with just 34 yards on 10 carries.

This game turned into a quarterback duel, as South Carolina's Connor Shaw had 356 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Tennessee's Tyler Bray responded with 368 yards, four TDs and one pick.

But South Carolina was able to open up a 35-21 lead late in the third quarter, and this was too much for Bray and the Volunteers to overcome. 

 

No. 4 Oregon 70, Colorado 14


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Any college football fans who were wondering how wide the talent gap was in the Pac 12 now have their answer. 

The Ducks unleashed an astonishingly dominant performance over the Buffaloes, jumping out to a 56-0 lead by halftime. Oregon rushed for 439 yards and seven touchdowns, with four different players running for a score. 

Marcus Mariota had two touchdown passes and De'Anthony Thomas returned a punt for a touchdown. 

The Ducks have been slighted in the BCS rankings is the past two week, and just made an extremely convincing case that they are the second-best team in the country at the expense of Colorado. 

 

Arizona 39, No. 9 USC 36


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The Trojans suffered their second road upset of the season at Arizona, and if not for Marqise Lee, they would have been blown out. 

Matt Barkley passed for 493 yards and three touchdowns, but he also tossed two interceptions. 345 of Barkley's passing yards, two of his touchdown passes and 16 of his 31 completions landed in Lee's hands. 

But Arizona's Austin Hill also had an incredible day, catching 10 passes for 259 yards. The Wildcats went on a 26-point run that started in the third quarter and lasted in the fourth, and that doomed the Trojans to their second loss of the season. 

USC will have a number much larger than nine next to their name in next week's rankings. 

 

No. 10 Georgia 17, No. 2 Florida 9


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In one of the weekend's marquee matchups, the defenses took over and there were nine combined turnovers in this game. 

Six of them were committed by Florida, including a fumble by Jordan Reed just as he attempted to leap into the end zone for what could have been a game-tying touchdown, pending a two-point conversion. Jarvis Jones forced the fumble, and it capped off an incredible performance by the Gerogia linebacker, who saved his best play for for the final minutes. 

Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley rushed for 119 yards and touchdown. Quarterback Aaron Murray tossed three interceptions before stepping up in the fourth quarter and hitting Malcolm Mitchell for a 45-yard touchdown pass to put his team ahead 17-9.

The Bulldogs can now win the SEC East with victories over Ole Miss and Auburn, while Florida will now drop from the No. 2 rank in the BCS Standings

 

Kent State 35, No. 15 Rutgers 23


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Rutgers storybook start to the season ended with a shocking upset to Kent State. 

The Golden Flashes had never beaten a ranked team, as noted by ESPN, and six interceptions from Scarlet Knights quarterback Gary Nova spurred their historic victory. 

In addition to the six picks, Rutgers also lost a fumble in a turnover-filled game that ruined the team's perfect season. 

Kent State received 131 yards and a touchdown on the ground from Trayion Durham, and the ground attack was able to produce enough points to help lead the team to one of the biggest upsets of the weekend. 

 

No. 3 Kansas State 55, No. 14 Texas Tech


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The Wildcats made sure that there will be a fierce debate over who should be the No. 2 team in the country. 

After taking a slim lead into the locker room at halftime, KSU outscored Texas Tech 42-14 in the final two quarters. Collin Klein continued to make a case for the Heisman Trophy by passing for two touchdowns and rushing for two more. 

The Wildcats did not commit a turnovers and forced the Red Raiders to cough up the ball three times. 

It was another impressive all-around performance from Kansas State, and the team is making it incredibly difficult to decide between it and Oregon for the second spot in the polls. Ultimately, these two teams seemed destined to justify the decision to move towards a playoff system. 

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