What a Weekend it Was – A Few Quick Hits

BY MICHAEL LEESE

Andre Williams ran for 339 yards to break Boston College‘s single-season and single-game rushing records, leading the Eagles to a 38-21 victory over North Carolina State on Saturday and helping the Eagles qualify for a bowl game for the first time in three seasons. The win moved Boston College to 6-4 on the season.

Williams a 6’0″ 220-lb tailback has rushed for 635 yards the last two games, and leads the nation with 1,810 rushing yards. The Eagles have two games left to play, at Maryland and Syracuse, and Williams should top the 2,000 yard mark.  This weekend’s performance was the eighth time this season he has rushed for over 100 yards in a game!  The 339 rushing yards for Williams is an ACC record and the most in an FBS game this season.  He broke Mike Cloud‘s Boston College season record of 1,726 yards on a 65-yard run in the fourth quarter. Could these numbers be good enough for Heisman consideration?

IN OTHER ACC NEWS……….The Duke Blue Devils continue to amaze, as they won their sixth game in a row downing Miami 48-30.  It was the first time they had beat Miami since 1976, and the win gives the Devils sole possession of first place in the Coastal Division. Florida State remained unbeaten as they routed Syracuse 59-3. Maryland also got bowl eligible with a stunning road victory over Virginia Tech 27-24.

BLAKE BORTLES hit J.J. Worten with a 30-yard scoring toss with 1:06 left, and Shawn Moffitt added a 23-yard field goal as time expired, giving Central Florida a 39-36 win over Temple. Worten’s amazing one-handed grab enabled the Knights to remain undefeated in AAC play, and in line for a BCS bowl berth. The loss by Temple (1-9) was the second straight in the last-minute, after the Owls fell prey to Rutgers 23-20 last Saturday.  With Saturday wins over Houston and Rutgers, both Louisville and Cincinnati remain a game behind Central Florida.

DESTINY TO ARRIVE SATURDAY IN STILLWATER –……The Baylor Bears fell behind early, but Bryce Petty tossed three touchdown passes as the Bears came roaring back to defeat Texas Tech 63-34. Oklahoma State got a solid game from quarterback Clint Chelf, and used a stingy defense to roll past Texas 38-13. The Cowboys intercepted Case McCoy three times, returning one for a touchdown. Baylor will travel to Oklahoma State Saturday, with the winner having complete control of the Big 12 Conference race.  Kansas State extended its winning streak to four with a 33-31 win over TCU.  The win moved the Wildcats to 6-4 making them bowl eligible.

STATE SHUCKS HUSKERS……The Spartans defense forced five turnovers and Jeremy Langford rushed for 151 yards and three touchdowns, leading Michigan State to a 41-28 win over Nebraska. The win gives the Spartans a commanding lead in the Legends Division at 6-0, and they’ll clinch the division title with a victory or a Minnesota loss. Ohio State slipped in the polls despite a 60-35 win over Illinois, as Baylor jumped the Buckeyes in the latest AP poll. Michigan (7-3) needed triple-overtime to defeat Northwestern 27-19. The loss was the sixth in-a-row for the Wildcats, and dropped them to 4-6 on the season.

DUCKS IN CHARGE?…… Cody Kessler threw for 288 yards and one touchdown to lead the Trojans to a 20-17 victory over the Cardinal. Andre Heidari kicked the game winning field goal with 19 seconds remaining for the victory. The Trojans forced three turnovers thwarting Cardinal scoring attempts.  The Ducks reclaimed the North Division top spot by defeating Utah. The big surprise in Pac-12 play was a stunning upset in the desert, as Washington State beat Arizona 24-17, moving  the Cougars to 5-5.  They have games remaining with Utah and at Washington. Could the Cougars get bowl eligible for the first time since 2003?

IMMACULATE DEFLECTION RAISES IRON BOWL STAKES ……Auburn’s amazing and improbable victory  over Georgia had to be one of the most amazing finishes ever.  Auburn had dominated play in the first half as they ran out a 27-10 halftime lead.  By the early  fourth quarter, the lead was 37-17. Aaron Murray then went to work, leading a rabid Bulldog comeback culminated by a five-yard touchdown run that gave the Bulldogs a 38-37 lead with just 1:49 left to play.  That set the stage for Ricardo Louis to haul in a desperation, fourth-down heave from Nick Marshall that two Georgia defenders let slip through their fingers, tipping the ball in front of Marshall who made an outstanding catch. The result was a 73-yard touchdown giving the Tigers the win 43-38. “I couldn’t believe it,” Louis said, “it just landed right into my hands. I saw it once it got over my shoulder. It got tipped, I lost track of it … but when I looked over my shoulders, it was right there.”  The win by the Tigers means that the Iron Bowl against Alabama will be for the division title and a berth in the SEC Championship Game.

In other SEC action, Vanderbilt’s Jordan Mathews hauled in 12 passes for 141 yards to lead the Commodore’s to a 22-6 win over Kentucky.  The win moves the Dores to 6-4,  and makes them bowl eligible for the third straight year! South Carolina handed Florida its fifth straight loss, 19-14. The loss drops the Gators to 4-6, and means that the only way the Gators become bowl eligible would be by upsetting No.2 Florida State in two weeks.

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