College Football Scores 2012: Week 14 Results and Analysis
Week 14 of the college football season is in the books, and there were several important matchups that have effectively decided the fate of many BCS bowl games.
While some of the less important contests weren't as close as originally hoped, the more important games on the schedule lived up to expectations.
Let's take a look at the results for the most important games of Week 14 and an analysis for each.
No. 8 Stanford 27, No. 16 UCLA 24 (Pac-12 Championship Game)
Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan certainly proved his worth to the Cardinal in this game, and his performance shows that the future is bright behind center for Stanford. Hogan threw for 155 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for 47 yards and a score.
UCLA signal-caller Brett Hundley performed admirably in the losing effort, compiling 177 yards through the air to go along with 83 yards and a score on the ground. He was complemented by the Bruins running back, Johnathan Franklin, who tacked on 194 yards and a touchdown.
A costly interception thrown by Hundley led to a Stanford touchdown that proved to be the difference in this game. UCLA had an opportunity to tie the game in the closing seconds, but kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn missed a 52-yard field goal to put this game away.
No. 21 Northern Illinois 44, No. 17 Kent State 37 (MAC Championship Game)
It took two overtimes and 81 total points, but Northern Illinois was finally able to outlast Kent State's offensive onslaught to repeat as MAC champions. The win for the Huskies gives the MAC an opportunity to have its first BCS bid in the history of the conference.
This game was all about offense as both teams put a ton of points on the board, with the Huskies compiling over 500 yards of total offense and Jordan Lynch accounting for 372 of them both through the air and on the ground.
Kent State looked to be out of it going into the fourth quarter with a 27-13 deficit, but the Golden Flashes showed some serious heart and rallied back to tie the game, sending it into overtime. The three fourth-quarter scores come on the ground, through the air and as a result of a fumble recovery.
Both teams were able to match the other in the first overtime, but Lynch's two-yard touchdown run put the Huskies ahead for good. Kent State's quarterback, Spencer Keith, did have an opportunity to tie the game after Lynch's touchdown, but his last pass was picked off in the end zone, giving the Huskies the win.
No. 2 Alabama 32, No. 3 Georgia 28 (SEC Championship Game)
With the SEC crown up for grabs and a national title game appearance on the line, both Alabama and Georgia came to play in this one.
The Bulldogs had a golden opportunity to win this game on the final play of regulation after driving almost the entire length of the field and putting themselves in a position to win the game. However, quarterback Aaron Murray had his pass deflected in the red zone and it was caught by Chris Conley.
The Bulldogs had no timeouts left, and instead of the pass making it to the sideline to stop the clock, the reception was unintentionally made in the flat, thus allowing the clock to expire. That sent the Crimson Tide to yet another national title game.
The biggest play of the night came at the 3:15 mark of the fourth quarter when Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron completed a 45-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper, which ended up being the game-winning score for coach Nick Saban's squad.
Alabama will now meet Notre Dame in what should be an exciting national championship showdown between the two best teams in the nation.
No. 13 Florida State 21, Georgia Tech 15 (ACC Championship Game)
For the first time since 2005, the Seminoles are ACC champions after defeating Georgia Tech for the crown. The win ensures that Florida State will be in the Orange Bowl.
Sophomore running back James Wilder Jr. crossed the goal line twice in this contest and along with a Devonta Freeman touchdown, the Seminoles were able to climb out to an early 21-6 lead going into the half.
Georgia Tech was able to hold Florida State scoreless in the second half, but could only muster up nine points, leaving them six points shy of a victory. Running back David Sims was responsible for the majority of the Yellow Jackets offensive production, but it wasn't enough to get Georgia Tech into the end zone.
With less than a minute to go, Karlos Williams sealed the deal for the Seminoles after picking off Tevin Washington's last pass of the game. Close, but no victory cigar for the Yellow Jackets despite a valiant effort in the second half.
No. 6 Kansas State 42, No. 18 Texas 24
Collin Klein didn't have his best game in this one, but it was still enough to lift the Wildcats past the Longhorns, helping punch Kansas State's ticket to a BCS bowl after a successful 2012 season.
Klein started the scoring for Kansas State with a one-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Klein would go on to score two more touchdowns during the game, with one more coming on the ground and the other through the air. In all, Klein threw for 184 yards and ran for 103.
Texas entered the second half with a 10-7 lead, but the Wildcats would go on to score 35 second-half points to top the Longhorns' 14. Case McCoy had himself a pretty solid game with 314 yards and two scores through the air, but two interceptions proved to be costly for Texas.
The biggest problem for Texas was its running game. The Longhorns failed to break the 100-yard mark as a team, and Kansas State's defense won the battle in the trenches, putting a ton of pressure on the Longhorns offense.
Wisconsin 70, No. 12 Nebraska 31 (Big Ten Championship Game)
Wisconsin jumped out to an early 14-0 lead over Nebraska, but the Cornhuskers were able to answer back with 10 unanswered points of its own. However, the Badgers would go on to score five straight touchdowns from the first quarter to the third, all the while not receiving any pushback from their opponent.
The Badgers' rushing attack proved to be the difference in this game, as it compiled an astounding 539 yards in total. Both Melvin Gordon and Montee Ball broke the 200-yard mark, while James White added 109 yards of his own.
Combined, the three backs had eight touchdowns.
Nebraska's offense wasn't entirely bad, but a lack of a passing game made things difficult. Taylor Martinez threw for 184 yards but failed to get into the end zone with his arm and threw two picks. Martinez did run for 140 yards and two scores, but it wasn't anywhere near enough to top Wisconsin.
This horrific loss at the hands of Wisconsin could spell the end of Nebraska's BCS hopes.
No. 11 Oklahoma 24, TCU 17
After a close win against TCU, Oklahoma keeps its BCS hopes alive and are in great position to play in a major bowl this season. With the Sooners' victory combined with the Wildcats win, both teams will share the Big 12 crown.
Landry Jones didn't have his best game by any stretch, but he will still very productive after throwing for 244 yards and two touchdowns to only one pick. Damien Williams provided some much-needed support, adding 115 yards and a score to the Sooners offense.
TCU got a ton of production from Trevone Boykin, who supplied 231 yards and a score through the air, while rushing for 36 yards and a touchdown. B.J. Catalon also gave some support, but it wasn't much, as the running back gained just 51 yards on the ground.
The Horned Frogs were behind 24-14 going into the fourth quarter, but pulled to within a touchdown with seven minutes to go thanks to a Jaden Oberkrom 47-yard field goal. The Sooners defense almost let up the game-tying score to the Horned Frogs, but it was Oklahoma's defense that was able to fend off the late drive to hold onto the win.
Other Notable Scores
No. 20 Boise State 27, Nevada 21
Baylor 41, No. 23 Oklahoma State 34
No. 15 Oregon State 77, Nicholls State 3
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