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College Football Recap: Week 9

  • November 10, 2020
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Indiana 38, Michigan 21
The Indiana Hoosiers might actually be for real after they took care of business and then some against Michigan. The Hoosiers got some good fortune in their upset of Penn State, but they got the better of the Wolverines, out-gaining them by over 100 yards and possessing the ball for nearly 39 minutes. The Indiana running game was steady if unspectacular while it was quarterback Michael Penix Jr. who took over, throwing for 342 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile, the Indiana defense completely shut down a non-existent Michigan running game that gained 13 total yards. Joe Milton did his best to keep Michigan in the game, throwing for 344 yards and three touchdowns. But he also threw two picks, as the Wolverines never got closer than 10 points during the second half. Indiana will look to stay perfect next week on the road against Michigan State before a showdown with Ohio State.

USC 28, Arizona State 27
The Trojans pulled off a miraculous comeback in a game that started at 9 a.m. local time on the West Coast. Arizona State was out-gained by a substantial margin, but thanks to four USC turnovers, the Sun Devils led 27-14 late in the game with a 99.9% probability of winning. But Kedon Slovis worked his magic, orchestrating an 80-yard drive to bring USC within six points with 2:52 left to play. The Trojans then recovered an onside kick to set up a perfect pass from Slovis to Drake London for a 21-yard touchdown. Arizona State got the ball back, although Jayden Daniels couldn’t make the type of throws that Slovis made for USC. Daniels finished the game with just 134 passing yards on 11 of 23 passing, making his 111 rushing yards far less impactful. Clay Helton surely couldn’t afford to lose his season opener, with his seat getting temporarily cooler with the Trojans making an improbable comeback.

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Oklahoma State 20, Kansas State 18
This one was ugly for the Cowboys, but they got the job done despite Tylan Wallace being unavailable and Chuba Hubbard getting hurt after just six carries. OSU was down 12-0 at halftime but rallied back to take a 13-12 lead. With Kansas State driving, quarterback Will Howard fumbled the ball right into the hands of Jayson Taylor II, who returned it 85 yards for a touchdown. Howard bounced back quickly by leading a touchdown drive that ended with him running into the end zone to make it 20-18. But Howard fumbled on the two-point conversion try and then threw an interception after the Wildcats got the ball back in the final minutes. The Cowboys secured the win despite being out-gained by more than 100 yards. Their slim College Football Playoff hopes remain alive, as they take next week off before a showdown with Oklahoma.

Florida 44, Georgia 28
If someone ever tries to argue that quarterback is not the most position in sports, have them watch this game. Kyle Trask carved up an outstanding Georgia defense, particularly in the first half. He even bounced back after throwing a pick-six early in the second quarter. Trask threw three of his four touchdown passes after that pick-six, including some absolute dimes. On the contrary, Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett completed just five of his 16 passes until he was benched. D’Wan Mathis wasn’t much better, connecting on just four of his 13 passes. If you take away a 75-yard touchdown run by Zamir White on the first play from scrimmage, the Bulldogs managed just 202 total yards while the Gators racked up 571 yards. The win gives Florida the inside track in the SEC East. However, the Gators still have five more games without a bye week, including next week’s game with Arkansas, a road game against rival Tennessee, and the regular-season finale against LSU.

Notre Dame 47, Clemson 40 (double overtime)
This game more than lived up to the hype as a top-5 matchup. The Irish jumped ahead quickly, leading 10-0 and ultimately 23-10 late in the second quarter thanks in part to three Clemson turnovers, including a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. But even without Trevor Lawrence, the Tigers clawed back, ultimately leading 33-26 late in the fourth quarter. However, Notre Dame orchestrated a 91-yard drive in less than 90 seconds to tie the game with 22 seconds left and force overtime. Both teams found the end zone in the first overtime. But after the Irish scored to open the second overtime, the Tigers failed to match, falling 47-40. The difference in the game wasn’t at quarterback but rather in the running game. The Irish racked up over 200 rushing yards, as Kyren Williams had 140 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Meanwhile, Travis Etienne was held to just 28 yards on 18 carries, completely stifled by the Notre Dame defense. Of course, these two teams are still on track to meet again in the ACC Championship Game. Notre Dame still has tricky road games against Boston College, North Carolina, and Wake Forest, although they could potentially lose once and still reach the ACC title game. Meanwhile, Clemson has next week off and will hope to get Lawrence back before playing Florida State, Pitt, and Virginia Tech to close out the season.

Oregon 35, Stanford 14
The Ducks weren’t quite in midseason form, but they did enough to get the job done. Tyler Shough started for Oregon, completing 17 of 26 passes for 227 yards. He also rushed for 85 yards, as the Ducks did most of their damage on the ground. CJ Verdell ran for 105 yards while Travis Dye chipped in 78 yards with four different Oregon players scoring rushing touchdowns. Stanford did its best to hang in there, but four missed field goals made it difficult for the Cardinal to stay within striking distance of the Ducks. Oregon, who figures to be the Pac-12’s only hope of sneaking into the College Football Playoff this year, will visit Washington State next weekend while Stanford looks for a win at home against Colorado.

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