Around The Nation: Tide Rolls, Denard Does It Again, and Oregon Wins Big

Brandon HamblenAnalyst IOctober 3, 2010

PITTSBURGH - SEPTEMBER 23:  Jacory Harris #12 of the Miami Hurricanes drops back to pass against the Pittsburgh Panthers on September 23, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Miami overcame two Jacory Harris interceptions as the Canes defense forced six turnovers of thier own in an impressive 30-21 victory on the road at Clemson.  Next up for the U is in-state rival Florida State, who were impressive in a 34-14 win over the Virginia Cavaliers.

Ranking the ACC

#1 Maimi

#2 Florida State

#3 Clemson

#4 Virginia Tech

#5 North Carolina State

Big East

Who cares, right?  Anyways, with Dion Lewis out with a shoulder injury, fellow sophomore Ray Graham rushed for 277 and three touchdowns as Pitt knocked off winless Florida International 44-17. 

Sadly, the biggest Big East win this week was UConn's 40-21 victory at home over the Vanderbilt Commodores.  In his first start, junior Cody Endres threw for 196 and two touchdowns and fellow junior Jordan Todman successfully returned from injury to rush for 190 yards and two scores.

Ranking the Big East

#1 West Virginia

#2 Pitt

#3 South Florida

#4 Connecticut

#5 Cincinnati


Big 10

The Ohio State Buckeyes went on the road for the first time this season, coming away with a 24-13 victory in Champaign over the Fighting Illini of Illinois.  The Buckeyes saw their season flash before their eyes when Terrelle Pryor went down with an injury but returned in the third quarter to lead the Buckeyes to a field goal and a game sealing touchdown in the fourth quarter. 

In the Big Ten game of the week, Iowa knocked off Penn State 24-3 in Iowa City. 

Just another day at the office for Heisman front-runner Denard Robinson.  10 of 16 passing for 277 yards and three touchdowns.  19 carries for 217 yards, 11.4 per carry, and 2 touchdowns.  For the season, 905 yards rushing, 8 touchdowns, 1008 yards passing and 7 touchdowns.

Ohio State, Michigan State, Northwestern, and Michigan stayed undefeated on the season.

Ranking the Big 10

#1 Ohio State

#2 Iowa

#3 Michigan

#4 Michigan State

#5 Northwestern

Big 12

Oklahoma opened up a 28-10 lead on Texas in the Red River Rivalry but Texas fought back to 28-20 and forced an Oklahoma punt, unfortunately for the Longhorns, Aaron Williams muffed the punt, Oklahoma recovered, and ran out the clock for the win.  In three of their four victories, Oklahoma had to hold on for the win after squandering big leads in the fourth quarter.  Nonetheless, the Sooners are undefeated.  Texas gets a bye week before visiting Nebraska in Lincoln.  Red-shirt sophomore Robert Griffin III racked up 444 yards of total offense and accounted for 4 touchdowns for the Baylor Bears in a 55-7 rout of Kansas.  In a Thursday night battle of unbeatens, Oklahoma State outlasted Texas A&M 38-35 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  Nebraska, who are also undefeated, had the week off.  Colorado held on to beat the Georgia Bulldogs 29-27, when Caleb King fumbled with under a minute to play inside the 30.  Colorado moved to 3-1, while Mark Richt and Georgia fell to 1-4 on the season.

Ranking the Big 12

#1 Oklahoma

#2 Nebraska

#3 Kansas State

#4 Oklahoma State

#5 Texas

PAC 10

The Oregon Ducks exploded for 28 second half points and shut out Stanford en route to a 52-31 victory in Eugene, Oregon.  Uncharacteristically, Stanford had 3 second half turnovers, including two interceptions in the endzone, where the Cardinal had been perfect on the season. 

The Washington Huskies got 310 passing and 110 rushing from senior Jake Locker as they knocked off Lane Kiffin's previously unbeaten USC Trojans. 

The Arizona Wildcats has a bye week and remains 4-0.

Ranking the PAC 10

#1 Oregon

#2 Arizona

#3 Stanford


#5 Oregon State


The Alabama Crimson Tide overwhelmed the Florida Gators in Tuscaloosa, 31-6 to take command of the SEC.  Florida had success moving the ball, but Alabama forced four turnovers, including an interception in the endzone and a fumble recovery at the five yard line to keep the Gators out of the end zone.  Heisman winner Mark Ingram scored two touchdowns in the victory.

The Auburn Tigers put together their best effort of the season with a 52-3 victory over UL-Monroe as Heisman hopeful Cam Newton threw for 245 yards and three touchdowns.

LSU remained undefeated with a contraversial 16-14 win in Baton Rouge over Derek Dooley's Tennessee Volunteers.  After quarterback Jordan Jefferson was stopped at the one with about 30 seconds to go and no timeouts, confusion reigned supreme as LSU rushed a new personnel package onto the field.  Tennessee countered by running on their replacements.  In all the confusion, LSU's center snapped the ball with about 5 seconds left on the clock to an unsuspecting Jordan Jefferson.  The ball went sailing by him and he was forced to jump on it effectively ending the game.  Unfortunately, Tennessee had 13 players on the field, which gave LSU one last chance.  Junior Stevan Ridley took the toss to the left, cut off tackle, and barrelled across the goal line for the winning score.

As mentioned earlier, Vanderbilt lost at Connecticut and Georgia lost at Colorado.

Ole Miss held off a late Kentucky rally 42-35 at the Grove.

Dan Mullen's Mississippi State Bulldogs out-classed in-state foe, Alcorn State 49-16.

Ranking the SEC

#1 Alabama Crimson Tide 5-0 (2-0)

#2 Auburn Tigers 5-0 (2-0)

#3 Arkansas Razorbacks 3-1 (1-1)

#4 South Carolina Gamecocks 3-1 (1-1)

#5 Florida Gators 4-1 (2-1)

#6 LSU Tigers 5-0 (3-0)

#7 Mississippi State 3-2 (1-2)

#8 Ole Miss Rebels 3-2 (1-1)

#9 Tennessee 2-3 (0-2)

#10 Kentucky 3-2 (0-2)

#11 Vanderbilt 1-3 (1-1)

#12 Georgia 1-4 (0-3)

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