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NCAA FOOTBALL HIGHLIGHTS

on October 17, 2013 10:45 AM

STARS

• Marcus Mariota, Oregon, threw for 366 yards and three TDs, added another 88 yards and one TD rushing, and the second-ranked Ducks won their 10th straight over their rivals to the north with a 45-24 victory over No. 16 Washington.

• Terry Baggett, Army, ran for four TDs and a school-record 304 yards, the highest in Division I this season, in a 50-25 win over Eastern Michigan.

• Davis Webb, Texas Tech, threw for three TDs and 415 yards in place of the injured Baker Mayfield to lead No. 20 Red Raiders over Iowa State 42-35.

• AJ McCarron, Alabama, threw for a career-high 359 yards and a touchdown in the No. 1 Crimson Tide’s 48-7 win over Kentucky.

• Bryce Petty, Baylor, threw for 342 yards and three TDs, and the No. 15 Bears held on to beat Kansas State 35-25.

• Connor Shaw, South Carolina, threw for 219 yards and accounted for four TDs to help the No. 14 Gamecocks dominate Arkansas in a 52-7.

• Jeremy Langford, Michigan State, scored four TDs to help the Spartans beat Indiana 42-28.

• Peter Pujals, Holy Cross, had 378 yards total offense, threw for three TDs and rushed for three more in a 51-27 rout over Bucknell.

• Jeremy Johnson, Auburn, passed for 201 yards and four TDs in a 62-3 rout of Western Carolina.

• Michael Nebrich, Fordham, threw for 405 yards and set a Patriot League record by completing his first 20 passes in a 34-12 win over Georgetown.

• Malcolm Cyrus, Alabama State, rushed for a career-high 241 yards and two TDs in a 48-42 overtime victory over Prairie View.

• Jerry Lovelocke, Prairie View, threw for a career-high 533 yards and four TDs and had a rushing TD in a 48-42 overtime loss to Alabama State.

• Quinn Epperly, Princeton, threw four TDs and rushed for another in a 42-26 victory over Lafayette.

• Kurt Hess, Youngstown State, threw four TD passes and ran for a fifth in a 59-21 rout of Illinois State.

SCARY SITUATION

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel created his usual havoc in the first quarter, running for 17 yards on the first play. It was part of a 78-yard drive — capped by Ben Malena’s 7-yard touchdown run — that gave the Aggies an early 7-0 lead.

They were driving again on their next possession when Manziel rolled out to his left before releasing a long throw. He wasn’t touched by the defense, but immediately tumbled to the turf after releasing the pass while clutching his left knee.

The sophomore stayed on the ground for a few minutes before walking off the field with some help from Texas A&M’s trainers. Though it initially looked like it could be a significant injury, he was up almost immediately on the sideline, jogging and stretching, and returned on the next drive.

It wasn’t long before he was running again, with a nimble, shifty 24-yard dash that allowed the Aggies to convert on a 3rd and 14.

YEP, THE UTES

On a day of upsets, Utah knocked off the biggest Goliath.

Utah made a goal-line stand in the final minute and Dres Anderson scored twice, helping the Utes to their biggest upset at home as they held off No. 5 Stanford 27-21.

It was the first time in school history the Utes had knocked off a top-five program at Rice-Eccles Stadium. They beat No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl following the 2008 season.

Kevin Hogan marched the Cardinal down to the 6, but on fourth down, amid heavy pressure, he overthrew his intended target. The Utes took a knee to end the game and end Stanford’s 13-game winning streak.

Utah’s fans rushed the field after it was over to celebrate a huge win for the program.

BIG WIN FOR MACK

Mack Brown stood with his players in front of the Texas band cherishing a victory over Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry that few outside of Austin expected.

After the coach accepted the Golden Hat trophy that came with their 36-20 win over the 12th-ranked Sooners, Case McCoy and these Texas seniors especially enjoyed passing around the prize and taking turns putting it atop their heads for the first time.

McCoy threw two touchdowns, 295-pound defensive tackle Chris Whaley returned an interception 31 yards for a score and the Longhorns (4-2, 3-0 Big 12) ended Oklahoma’s three-game winning streak in the rivalry to give Brown at least a temporary reprieve from all the gloomy talk about his future with the Longhorns.

Brown insisted this victory was special for what it was — finally a win for this senior group over Oklahoma, a 3-0 start in Big 12 play and the possibility of a league title and BCS game still in their future.

NUMBERS

32: Years since No. 25 Missouri won a road game over a top-10 opponent before beating No. 7 Georgia 41-26.

43: Years since Samford had beaten Appalachian State before a 34-10 victory on Saturday.

83: Years since Fordham opened a season 6-0.

712: Total yards by Auburn in a 62-3 rout of Western Carolina, setting a school record.

MARCHING ARMY

Government shutdown, Eastern Michigan’s defense — nothing could stop Army and its newest offensive star on Saturday.

Terry Baggett ran for four touchdowns — including a 96-yard score — and a school-record 304 yards, the highest in Division I this season, as Army came back to beat Eastern Michigan 50-25 for the fifth time in six games.

Baggett’s performance broke Michael Wallace’s mark of 269 yards set in 1999 and marked the first 300-yard rushing performance for Army, which debuted in 1890.

It was the first time Army scored 50 points against an FBS opponent since Oct. 7, 1999, 59-52 win over Louisville. Army scored 55 against Fordham in 2011 and 62 against VMI in 2006.

TOO MANY INJURIES

Georgia’s wave of injuries at tailback and wide receiver left quarterback Aaron Murray with too many inexperienced backups at the skill positions to keep pace against another high-scoring opponent.

Georgia almost filled a bench on its sideline with injured players who wore their red game jerseys over black warm-up pants. Among them was star tailback Todd Gurley (ankle).

Georgia was also without running back Keith Marshall (right knee) and three of its best receivers. Freshmen J.J. Green and Brendan Douglas filled in at tailback. Green had 12 carries for 87 yards, including a 57-yard run. Douglas had 14 carries for 70 yards.

Georgia starting safety Tray Matthews, who hurt his hamstring in practice Tuesday, also did not play.

The loss of so many top threats on offense was the big news of the week for Georgia, but season-long problems on defense were just as glaring against Missouri. The Bulldogs began the day 12th in the SEC in pass defense and last in the league with its average of 32.2 points allowed.

Georgia has allowed 30 or more points in five or its six games.

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