At any given moment in this massive universe, stars come into being and blink out. In much the same way during Week 8 in college football, stars were born and stars were snuffed out, at least as far as the Heisman race goes. Who came out on top this week?
Old/busted: Geno Smith. New Hotness: Collin Klein.
(4) Kansas State 55, (13) West Virginia 14
West Virginia’s chances at a national title, and Geno Smith’s odds of hoisting the Heisman, both came to a fiery end on Saturday. Kansas State went into Morgantown and stuffed the Mountaineers, 55-14. K-State’s quarterback, Collin Klein, threw three touchdown passes and ran for four more.
K-State is legitimate, people.
Gators Bite Cocks
(2) Florida 44, (7) South Carolina 11
Ugly game down in the Swamp as the Head Ball Coach tried in vain to unseat his old team. Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel threw for 4 touchdown passes — and 93 yards. That is not a typo. As a matter of fact, neither team had 200 yards of offense. How, you may ask, does that turn into 44 points for the Gators?
Easy: Florida had a lot of short fields thanks to defensive or special teams miscues on the part of South Carolina.
Right now, Alabama and Florida are 1-2 in the BCS, but if the SEC title game is between the two of them (assuming nothing else changes), that will be a knockout game. Interesting stuff.
(6) LSU 24, (18) Texas A&M 19
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel threw three interceptions and no touchdowns as the LSU Tigers won at Kyle Field, 24-19. The Tigers were outgained by almost 100 yards and still found a way to pull off the victory, which had a lot to do with the fact that they were +5 in turnovers. Jeremy Hill’s late 47-yard touchdown run sealed the game and keeps LSU in the national hunt.
Were the Mayans Right?
Duke 33, North Carolina 30
Notable because the Duke Blue Devils are 6-2, bowl-eligible for the first time since 1994. Hell, they’re in first place in the ACC Coastal. It’s not quite “the Cubs win the World Series” but it’s definitely different.
A Doege to Remember
(17) Texas Tech 56, (23) TCU 53 — 3OT
A triple-overtime thriller in Fort Worth on Saturday as Seth Doege led the Texas Tech Red Raiders past the TCU Horned Frogs, 56-53. Doege threw seven touchdown passes and no interceptions in the victory, leading his team back from a 26-21 deficit in the fourth quarter to take the lead, but the Red Raider defense gave up 10 in the last 2:25 of regulation to tie. The two teams matched each other touchdown for touchdown in the first two overtimes, but TCU’s field goal in 3OT was not going to get the job done. TCU will be kicking themselves for a while over this one.
Toledo 29, (21) Cincinnati 23
The Bearcats have taken their first loss of the season as a fired-up Toledo Rockets squad beat them at home, 29-23. The Rockets were not quite so MACtiony with only 355 yards to Cincinnati’s 478, but they were able to build up enough of a lead to weather some of Cincinnati’s best punches. The Bearcats took their first and only lead of the game in the third quarter, 20-19, but Toledo took the ensuing kickoff to the house and that, as they say, was that.
Oklahoma State 31, (24) Iowa State 10
Cincinnati was not the only ranked team to get upset by an unranked team on Saturday. Iowa State was blown out at Stillwater, 31-10, behind a two-touchdown effort by Joseph Randle. In total, the Cowboys had 625 yards of offense, compared to just 341 for Iowa State. When the first quarter ended, the Cyclones had a 10-7 lead, but it was all downhill from there as they did not score another point. OSU freshman JW Walsh only tossed one touchdown pass, but threw for an impressive 415 yards.
Other College Football News and Notes
• #1 Tide rolls to 44-13 romp over Tennessee
• #5 Notre Dame has another close call but survives BYU, 17-14.
• #11 Georgia takes Kentucky’s best punch, still wins, 29-24
• Miami gives #14 Florida State a challenge, but fall, 33-20
• #15 Rutgers erases 10-0 halftime deficit to win at Temple, 35-10
• USF’s late lead falls apart as #16 Louisville stays perfect (27-25)
• #25 Texas and Baylor forget defenses again as Longhorns hang on, 56-50
• [Thursday] #3 Oregon makes their case with 43-21 win at Arizona State
• Ohio State moves to 8-0 with 29-22 overtime win against Purdue
• Eastern Michigan picks up first win of the year over Army, 48-38
• Utah State becomes bowl-eligible with 41-7 win over New Mexico State
• Late Nebraska touchdown sinks Northwestern, 29-28
• Michigan scrapes through for 900th win with 12-10 victory over in-state rival Michigan State
• Navy beats Big Ten team for first time in 33 years, takes down Indiana, 31-30
• LA Tech hangs 70 on Idaho as Vandals fall, 70-28
PUP’s rankings ballot for Week 9 coming on Sunday