College Football Scores 2012: Week 11 Results and Analysis

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College Football Scores 2012: Week 11 Results and Analysis
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Week 11 of the college football season features teams clinging on to conference leads and teams desperate for wins to become bowl eligible.

Across the NCAA, there's BCS-caliber teams facing off against others near the tops of the rankings. Alabama and Texas A&M was the most talked about, but Oregon State versus Stanford and Mississippi State versus LSU also have BCS-bowl game implications.

The SEC, Big 12 and Pac-12 all have standings and reputations on the line upon the completion of this week's games.

Below is a look at all the big games on Saturday, including a brief recap of what happened and more scores as the day goes along. Keep checking back for all the college-football scores as they are completed.

 

Recaps

No. 15 Texas A&M 29, No. 1 Alabama 24

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The national pick for upset of the week came true. This one was the upset of the year. Johnny Football and the Aggies were ready for this game on the road. Jumping out to a 20-0 lead, the Aggies made sure the rest of the world knew they were prepared for the SEC and nation's best team.

But Alabama came back firing in the second quarter, scoring 14 unanswered heading into the half. However, A&M used timely drives and managed to complete a goal line stand late in the fourth quarter to pull off the stunning upset.

To make matters worse for the Tide, they jumped offsides with a chance to get the ball back and under a minute to play. A&M was able to run out the clock after the miscue.

Manziel and the Aggies controlled the pace of the game, and really took 'Bama out of its comfort zone. Great win for the Aggies, who prove to Texas and the rest of the Big 12 that the move to the SEC was the right one in their first go round.


Syracuse 45, No. 9 Louisville 26

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Teddy Bridgewater threw for a staggering 424 yards, but Syracuse put on a dominating performance on offense. Syracuse has 524 yards of total offense, and the Louisville defense couldn't get off the field to give its offense any kind of chance.

The Orangemen also had 278 yards on the ground, due to big days from both Jerome Smith and Prince-Tyson Gulley.

Syracuse helped expose the fears of many national voters by beating Louisville, the last remaining team from a conference not regarded in high standard. Voters had doubts about the Big East's ability to prepare a school for a tough test in a BCS situation.

 

Michigan 38, No. 24 Northwestern 31 (OT)

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Michigan stays alive in the Big 10 championship race. With Denard Robinson out again, Devin Gardner proved yet again that he's more than a capable starter.

Gardner threw for 286 yards and accounted for four total touchdowns. The loser of this game was definitely out of the picture for the Leaders Division bid to the championship game, while the winner still needs help with a Nebraska loss.

Still, Michigan is proving to be a dangerous, low-key BCS at-large team, if they can win out the rest of the way. There's also a QB controversy brewing in Ann Arbor if Robinson can get healthy before bowl season.

 

No. 6 Florida 27, Louisiana-Lafayette 20

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Florida survived a Jeff Driskel injury and very poor offensive day to beat the Ragin' Cajuns. Jacoby Brissett led a touchdown drive with less than two minutes to play and the game looked headed to overtime.

But Florida blocked a punt with just two seconds remaining to end the game before it ever got there. A wild finish for coach Will Muschamp's team, which continues to find a way to win ugly games.

Florida needs a Georgia loss to get back in the SEC championship game picture, but they've still positioned themselves nicely with only one loss and one real challenge—Florida State—remaining.

 

No. 19 USC 38 , Arizona 17

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After a slow start, Matt Barkley and Marquise Lee once again showed the nation how dangerous a quality passing attack can be. The score is somewhat lopsided, but this was a close game late into the fourth quarter.

Barkley threw three interceptions and this was a sloppy game throughout. Lane Kiffin managed to save his job yet again, though, and USC still has an outside shot at the Rose Bowl.

Next week they'll get the UCLA Badgers, and the winner will represent the South division of the Pac 12 in the championship game, likely against the Oregon Ducks. Big win for USC, but they have a lot to work on before Week 12 and the must-win against UCLA.

USC survived five turnovers, and Arizona State had four on the day.

 

No. 14 Stanford 27, No. 10 Oregon State 23

Stanford knows how to win against good teams. Behind new starter Kevin Hogan's 254 yards and three touchdowns, the Cardinal knocked off the Beavers, likely ending any shot of a BCS berth for the upstart Oregon State squad.

Stanford survived four turnovers, two of them Hogan interceptions, and played defense well enough down the stretch to keep Cody Vaz and Oregon State out of the end zone.

The Beavers couldn't get the ball into the end zone when it counted. The also allowed Stepfan Taylor to run for 114 yards and a touchdown. They now have much less to lose against Oregon in Week 12, making for a dangerous matchup with the Ducks.

Stanford could be a popular BCS at-large pick if they finish the season with two losses.

 

No. 16 Nebraska 32, Penn State 23

Nebraska had a late fourth-quarter onslaught to knock off Penn State and keep hopes alive towards the Rose Bowl. After falling behind 20-6 at the half, the Huskers outscored the Lions 12-0 in the fourth quarter to pull off the victory.

Taylor Martinez had over 100 yards rushing and passing, while Penn State was led by Matt McGloin's 240 yards and a touchdown.

Penn State had a chance late, but fumbled the ball into the end zone going in to retake the lead. It would be the last chance for Bill O'Brien's team.

 

No. 2 Kansas State 23, TCU 10

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Kansas State clearly was feeling a little bit of protection for their QB in this one. The defense got after Trevone Boykin all night, and Collin Klein found a way to get it done. It wasn't the normal ground-and-pound look from the offense, but it was still effective.

Klein had two touchdowns on the ground to lead his team to a win in this defensive struggle. TCU was able to get pressure and harass Klein too, including a stretch late in the second quarter that included consecutive sacks.

But down the stretch, Klein and the defense did their jobs. He doesn't gain any momentum in the Heisman race, but the Wildcats are now in a position to be in the national championship game with a 10-0 record so far.

 

No. 4 Notre Dame 21, Boston College 6

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Notre Dame did most of its work in the first half against old rival Boston College, cruising to a 21-6 win behind two Everett Golson touchdown passes and a rushing one to complete the Irish scoring.

The Irish remain in the hunt for the national championship, but still look like they will need help to move Oregon and Kansas State out of the top two spots.

Manti Te'o remains in the Heisman Trophy hunt, and the Irish remain very much in the BCS picture. With a matchup with USC in two weeks looming, Notre Dame can't overlook Wake Forest in Week 12.

 

 

Other Scores

No. 3 Oregon 59, California 17

No. 8 South Carolina 38, Arkansas 20

No. 17 Texas 33, Iowa State 7

No. 22 Texas Tech 41, Kansas 34 (2OT)

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No. 7 LSU 37, No. 21 Mississippi State 17

No. 18 UCLA 44, Washington State 36

No. 23 Rutgers 28, Army 7

Oklahoma State 55, West Virginia 34

No. 12 Oklahoma 42, Baylor 34

No. 5 Georgia 38, Auburn 0

No. 20 Louisiana Tech 62, Texas State 55

North Carolina State 37, Wake Forest 6

No. 13 Clemson 45, Maryland 10

Wisconsin 62, Indiana 14

Virginia 41, Miami 40

Purdue 27, Iowa 24

Missouri 51, Tennessee 48 (OT)

Georgia Tech 68, North Carolina 50

 

Ethan Grant is a featured columnist for B/R's Breaking News Team.


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