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West Virginia Wins 70-63 Shootout With Baylor

Ohio State edges Michigan State, Georgia outlasts Tennessee, and Nebraska rallies past Wisconsin

by Dave Congrove
September 30, 2012

West Virginia had a memorable and record-setting Big 12 conference debut, out-pointing Baylor 70-63 in one of the weekend's two battles of unbeaten teams. Texas Tech won the other, 24-13, at Iowa State.

Stedman Bailey had 13 catches for 303 yards and 5 touchdowns for the Mountaineers as Geno Smith threw 8 scoring strikes in all on a 656-yard passing day. Smith completed 45-of-51 passes. Baylor QB Nick Florence threw for 582 yards and 5 touchdowns, and ran for another, for the Bears. Baylor's Terrance Williams had 314 receiving yards. The QB's combined for 1,237 yards and the teams totaled 1,507 yards offense.

Two other teams also lost for the first time as Stanford fell 17-13 to Washington on Thursday night, and Minnesota was bounced 31-13 at Iowa.

Twenty-three teams remain perfect, including Larry Coker's UTSA Roadrunners which handled New Mexico State 35-14 in the school's WAC debut. UTSA is in transition from the FBS and ineligible for the WAC title, but lead the league on paper with a 5-0 record overall and 1-0 conference mark.

Meanwhile, Baylor-West Virginia wasn't the only high scoring affair - Georgia outlasted Tennessee 51-44 between the hedges in Athens; Miami (Ohio) prevented Akron from breaking its FBS winless string (now at 15 games) with a 56-49 win on a TD with a 1:02 left; Kent State toppled Ball State 45-43 on a 25-yard field goal with 6 seconds left; Fresno State downed San Diego State 52-40 as the Aztecs stayed close by returning two Derek Carr interceptions for touchdowns (one for 96 yards); and a Texas touchdown in the final minute gave the Longhorns a 41-36 win at Oklahoma State. Late rallies by Marshall and Virginia came up short as the Herd fell 51-41 at Purdue and the Cavs lost 44-38 at home to Louisiana Tech.

Bye weeks were enjoyed by several undefeated teams as Kansas State, Florida, Notre Dame and Rutgers enjoyed the view from their recliners. Others struggled to stay perfect as Ohio State eked out a 17-16 win at Michigan State, TCU had to battle for a 24-16 victory at SMU, and Louisville survived the rainstorm in Hattiesburg for a 21-17 defeat of Southern Miss. Also, Oregon State escaped with a 38-35 win at Arizona on a touchdown with 1:09 to play.

Arkansas is digging a deeper hole each week and you have to wonder just how bad it can get. Texas A&M slaughtered the Hogs 58-10 this week and they have now been outscored 145-36 in their last three games vs. Alabama (52-0), Rutgers (35-26) and the Aggies.

...Miami leads the ACC Coastal with a 3-0 conference record after pulling off its own late miracle finish in a high scoring game. Phillip Dorsett was on the receiving end of a 62-yard bomb from Stephen Morris with 19 seconds left to give the 'Canes a 44-37 victory over North Carolina State.

Duke is 4-1 (1-0, ACC) and is in second place in the ACC Coastal after ending 12 consecutive years of losses to Wake Forest with a 34-27 win at Winston-Salem.

Northwestern is 5-0 overall, 1-0 in the Big Ten, and is the only unbeaten team in the Big Ten Legends division.

The Leaders division is led by the two schools that can not compete for the Big Ten title - Ohio State and Penn State. Of the four other schools in that division - Purdue, Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois, all but the Boilermakers are 0-1 in league play. Purdue opens its conference slate next week at home against Michigan.

Kent State and Ohio are among the MAC East division leaders. The Golden Flashes haven't won a MAC title since 1972 and Ohio's drought goes back to 1968. The Bobcats have lost in the MAC title game three times in the last six years, but Kent State has never played for the championship since the conference began staging one in 1997.

Army (0-4) and Navy (1-3) are a combined 1-7 with no wins over FBS schools. Navy was skunked 12-0 at home by San Jose State. Army lost 23-3 at home to FCS member Stony Brook.

Virginia Tech lost 27-24 to Cincinnati at FedEx Field on Saturday on Munchie Legaux's 39-yard pass to Damon Julian with 13 seconds left to play. The Hokies had just taken the lead with 1:43 to go in the contest on Logan Thomas' 56-yard pass to Corey Fuller. Virginia Tech is 1-0 in the ACC, but would be 0-2 if it still played in the Big East. The Hokies are just 3-2 overall.

The one team Virginia Tech defeated in the ACC - Georgia Tech - lost 49-28 to Middle Tennessee on Saturday.

FBS vs. FCS:
Stony Brook stoned Army 23-3 for the FBS' 10th loss of the season to FCS schools. Still, FBS teams went 2-1 versus their FCS counterparts to improve to 87-10 (.897) on the year. Since 2003, FBS schools are 725-65 (.918) in such games.

This year, 101 FBS teams play a total of 108 games against FCS foes. UTSA is in its first year of transitioning from the FCS and plays 4 such schools. Cincinnati, Florida State, Pittsburgh and Texas A&M each play two such games.

Here are the results of the FBS losses to FCS schools this season:
9/29: Stony Brook 23, Army 3
9/15: Cal Poly 24, Wyoming 22
9/8: Sacramento State 30, Colorado 28
9/8: North Dakota State 22, Colorado State 7
9/8: Illinois State 31, Eastern Michigan 17
9/8: Northern Arizona 17, UNLV 14
9/1: Youngstown State 31, Pittsburgh 17
9/1: Tennessee-Martin 20, Memphis 17
8/30: McNeese State 27, Middle Tennessee 21
8/30: Eastern Washington 20, Idaho 3

TCU - Won 12 straight games overall and 25 straight conference games (24 MWC + 1 in Big 12). Won 24-16 at SMU on Saturday.

Baylor - 9-game overall win streak snapped. Lost 70-63 at West Virginia on Saturday.

Northern Illinois - Won 9 straight conference games (MAC) and 18 straight home games. Won 55-24 vs. Central Michigan on Saturday.

LSU - Won 21 straight home games and 41 straight nonconference games (SEC). Won 38-22 vs. Towson (FCS) on Saturday.

Oregon - Won 12 straight road games. Won 51-26 at Washington State on Saturday.

Arkansas State - 8-game conference win streak snapped (Sun Belt). Lost 26-13 vs. Western Kentucky on Saturday.

Tulane - Lost 14 straight games overall. Lost 63-10 vs. Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday.

Akron - Lost 22 straight road games and 15 straight FBS games. Lost 56-49 vs. Miami (O.) on Saturday.

Kansas - Lost 13 straight FBS games. Idle this week. Visits Kansas State on 10/6.

Mississippi - Lost 15 straight conference games (SEC). Lost 33-14 at Alabama on Saturday.

28 teams have a new college football coach in the FBS ranks this season. Last season saw 24 new head coaches, 10 of whom matched or exceeded the W-L record of their predecessors' final season.

Here are this week's games for each new head coach:

Team Coach Game
Akron Terry Bowden (1-4) Lost 56-49 Saturday vs. Miami (O.)
Arizona Rich Rodriguez (3-2) Lost 38-35 Saturday vs. Oregon State
Arizona State Todd Graham (4-1) Won 27-17 Saturday at California
Arkansas John L. Smith (1-4) Lost 58-10 Saturday at Texas A&M
Arkansas State Gus Malzahn (2-3) Lost 26-13 Saturday vs. Western Kentucky
Colorado State Jim McElwain (1-4) Lost 42-21 Saturday at Air Force
FAU Carl Pellini (1-4) Lost 20-14 Saturday vs. North Texas
Fresno State Tim DeRuyter (3-2) Won 52-40 Saturday vs. San Diego State
Hawaii Norm Chow (1-3) Lost 47-0 Friday at BYU
Houston Tony Levine (1-3) Won 35-14 Saturday vs. Rice at Houston's Reliant Stadium
Illinois Tim Beckman (2-3) Lost 35-7 Saturday vs. Penn State
Kansas Charlie Weis (1-3) Idle this week. Visits Kansas State on 10/6
Massachusetts Charley Molnar (0-5) Lost 37-34 Saturday vs. Ohio
Memphis Justin Fuente (0-4) Idle this week. Vs. Rice on 10/6.
Mississippi Hugh Freeze (3-2) Lost 33-14 Saturday at Alabama
New Mexico Bob Davie (2-3) Lost 32-29 Saturday vs. Boise State
North Carolina Larry Fedora (3-2) Won 66-0 Saturday vs. Idaho
Ohio State Urban Meyer (5-0) Won 17-16 Saturday at Michigan State
Penn State Bill O'Brien (3-2) Won 35-7 Saturday at Illinois
Pittsburgh Paul Chryst (2-2) Idle this week. Visits Syracuse on 10/5
Rutgers Kyle Flood (4-0) Idle this week. Vs. Connecticut on 10/6
Southern Miss Ellis Johnson (0-4) Lost 21-17 Saturday vs. Louisville
Texas A&M Kevin Sumlin (3-1) Won 58-10 Saturday vs. Arkansas
Toledo Matt Campbell (4-1) Won 37-17 Saturday at Western Michigan
Tulane Curtis Johnson (0-4) Lost 63-10 Saturday vs. Louisiana-Monroe
UAB Garrick McGee (0-4) Lost 49-42 Saturday vs. Tulsa
UCLA Jim Mora (4-1) Won 42-21 Saturday at Colorado
Washington State Mike Leach (2-3) Lost 51-26 Saturday vs. Oregon


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