College Football Scores 2012: Week 13 Results and Analysis
College football's rivalry week didn't disappoint! Three games were decided in overtime and all of them were competitive to the very end.
Well, except for The Civil War. The angry Ducks blew out their in-state rivals with a dominant second-half performance.
The Ohio State Buckeyes edged out a close win over the Michigan Wolverines in The Game, bouncing back from last season's loss and finishing a perfect 12-0 season in Urban Meyer's first season as head coach of the team.
Take a look at all of the action from Week 13, rivalry week!
No. 1 Notre Dame 22, USC 13
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish couldn't get into the end zone but kicker Kyle Brinza connected on 5 of 6 field goals and it was enough. USC was without starting quarterback Matt Barkley who missed the game due to a shoulder injury he sustained last week against UCLA.
Red-shirt freshman Max Witteg played admirably in Barkley's place but the Trojans couldn't get into the end zone, either. The stout Notre Dame defense held them at the 1-yard line in the waning moments of the game to hold onto the victory.
With the win, the Irish have punched their own ticket to the national championship game in January. The winner of the Alabama vs. Georgia SEC Championship Game will be their opponent.
Ohio State 26, No. 19 Michigan 21
The Game delivered in the first half, providing a 21-20 deadlock. Offense in the second half was much harder to come by for both of these two bitter rivals.
Ohio State was unable to capitalize on three Michigan turnovers in its own territory and settled for three field goals, making only two of them. However, their defense shined by stuffing the Wolverines repeatedly. Michigan didn’t advance the ball into Buckeyes' territory the entire second half.
Michigan’s best second-half field position was at its own 48-yard line. One play later they went for it on 4th-and-3 but were stuffed, and the Buckeyes took over. The rest of the second half was much of the same for the Wolverines.
Pittsburgh 27, No. 18 Rutgers 6
The 18th-ranked Scarlet Knights needed just one win to clinch the Big East’s automatic BCS bowl berth if the Louisville Cardinals lost on Saturday. Connecticut edged the Cardinals in triple overtime, but Rutgers couldn’t put up much of a fight at Heinz Field.
Still, the Cardinals' loss guarantees them a share of the Big East title, but their BCS hopes are riding on beating Rutgers next week. A loss by the Scarlet Knights against Louisville would send the Cardinals to the BCS due to their better overall record.
Pittsburgh played like the defensive juggernaut that stifled Notre Dame and nearly upset the No. 1 team in the country a couple of weeks ago. Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova was harassed all afternoon and completed just 18 of his 37 passes.
No. 13 Oklahoma 51, No. 21 Oklahoma State 48 (OT)
The Sooners stormed back to score with four seconds left to play to force overtime and then stole the Bedlam Series from the Cowboys. It was bedlam and more in Norman, Oklahoma.
You couldn’t have asked for a better in-state rivalry than this one. Both teams combined for over 1,100 yards of total offense and scored nearly 100 points. That’s exciting Big 12 football!
Landry Jones threw an incredible 71 passes and completed 46 of them for exactly 500 yards. He tossed three touchdowns. Despite his great game, it was the running backs who clinched the big win for the Sooners.
Brennan Clay has just 59 yards on 13 carries for the game, and the Sooners totaled just 106 yards rushing as well. However, his 18-yard run was the one that won it in overtime after the Cowboys were forced to settle for a field goal on the first possession of the extra period.
No. 5 Oregon 48, No. 15 Oregon State 24
So much for that stout Oregon State defense. The speed of the Oregon Ducks rushing game absolutely decimated that defensive unit which was allowing just 108 yards per game on the ground.
The Ducks shattered the law of averages by putting up over 400 yards on the ground alone in this year’s edition of the Civil War. Their place in the Pac-12 Championship game is dependent on the outcome of the UCLA vs. Stanford matchup.
It was just 7-6 after the first quarter and then 20-10 at halftime in favor of Oregon. But the second half, when the Ducks' reserves are normally in the game, is when they really took flight. De’Anthony Thomas scored two of his three touchdowns in the second half and Kenjon Barner added his second after returning from injury.
No. 4 Florida 37, No. 10 Florida State 26
The Gators shut down the Seminoles in the first half before a last-second field goal put them on the board in the waning moments of the half. That’s when the intermission came and the Noles had a chance to regroup.
Their defense came out in the third quarter playing inspired football. Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel was under fire and strip-sacked by standout defensive end Bjoern Werner. This ended up leading to a Seminoles touchdown. A special teams return also contributed to the comeback as Florida State took a 20-13 lead after trailing 13-0 in the second quarter.
The Gators answered back in the fourth quarter, where Florida has been so proficient this season. After giving up 17-consecutive points, Florida stormed back, scoring 24 straight before E.J. Manuel’s last-second touchdown run ended the game.
No. 8 Stanford 35, No. 17 UCLA 17
All the Cardinal needed to do was avoid the upset and they'd earn their trip to the Pac-12 Championship game. They did it and in the process eliminated the Oregon Ducks from that same game. Last week Stanford also ended the Ducks national championship hopes after squeaking out an overtime win in Eugene, Oregon.
This one was never really close, though. Stanford led 21-10 at halftime and continued to control the game in the second half behind a 140-plus-yard and two-touchdown performance by running back Stepfan Taylor.
The Bruins were out of sync offensively, like most teams against Stanford this season. They mustered just 73 yards total on the ground against the second-ranked Cardinal rush defense. Quarterback Brett Hundley was pressured all night and dropped for seven sacks.
No. 12 South Carolina 27, No. 11 Clemson 17
South Carolina Gamecocks’ backup quarterback Dylan Thompson threw for three TDs in relief duty for the injured Connor Shaw. Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks leave Death Valley with an impressive season-ending win against their in-state rivals.
Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was an absolute beast, racking up 4.5 sacks to make his total a school single-season record 13, according to AP reporting (via ESPN).
The game was close and the Tigers actually led early and going into the half. But it was the Gamecocks’ defense that won it for them. Clemson QB Tajh Boyd threw a costly interception in the fourth quarter that gave the Gamecocks excellent field position. They easily walked into the end zone and sealed this one.
Saturday Final Scores
No. 2 Alabama 49, Auburn 0
No. 3 Georgia 42, Georgia Tech 10
No. 9 Texas A&M 59, Missouri 29
Connecticut 23, No. 20 Louisville 20 (3 OT)
Friday Final Scores
No. 7 LSU 20, Arkansas 13
No. 14 Nebraska 13, Iowa 7
No. 23 Kent State 28, Ohio 6
Arizona State 41, No. 24 Arizona 34
Washington St. 31, No. 25 Washington 28 (OT)
Final Thursday Scores
TCU 20, No. 16 Texas 13
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