Saturday Snaps: Everyone go to your rooms
Snap judgments from the Week 1o early shift, in which a whole bunch of teams need to go sit in their corners and think about what they’ve done. For swing shift Snaps, click here. For late shift Snaps, click here. For a review of the Top 25 action, click here. For game highlights from SI.com, click here.
• Iowa 24, No. 13 Michigan 16: It’s got to be the helmets, right? The Hawkeyes came into Week 10 hesitantly wielding the 76th-ranked defense in the FBS, allowing more than 400 yards per game with teams like Michigan State and Nebraska remaining on the schedule. But — perhaps infused with Ricky Stanzi’s USA-Number-One spirit — they banded together this afternoon to hold Denard Robinson to 194 yards passing and 55 on the ground. The superbly named Fitzgerald Toussaint managed only 58 yards on 16 carries. James Vandenberg had a serviceable afternoon for the Hawkeyes, with 171 yards on 14 completions, but young Marcus Coker was the key here, recording his sixth triple-digit rushing performance in nine games this season (132 yards, 29 carries, two touchdowns).
Play ended after a nail-biter of a final drive, with Robinson throwing four incompletions from inside Iowa’s five-yard line to conclude in futility a two-minute drive that began at the Wolverines’ 18. Expect gnashing of teeth from the Ann Arbor camp following several curious decisions on the part of the officiating crew. [RECAP | BOX | HIGHLIGHTS]
• Ohio State 34, Indiana 20: The shuffling Buckeyes were very nearly in worse trouble than the Wolverines. Ohio State hit the locker room at halftime tied with the one-win, no-luck Hoosiers at 13-all. After exchanging another pair of touchdowns to open the third quarter, the Buckeyes pulled away with two unanswered scoring runs from Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde, but it can’t be fun to have to actually work to beat this Indiana squad. OSU’s ground attack carried the day, with Boom Herron leading the pack at 141 yards on 14 carries. Carlos Hyde and Miller added another 105 yards each and three rushing scores between them. And if the running carried the day, Travis Howard saved it entirely with a late interception on what would have been a game-tying drive for the Hoosiers in the fourth quarter. [RECAP | BOX]
• No. 15 Michigan State 31, Minnesota 24: The Golden Gophers produced a flurry of early points but found their brief lead unsustainable against the likes of Kirk Cousins. Minnesota actually led at the end of the third quarter, 24-21, but was held scoreless in the fourth while the Spartans added 10 points to put the game away. Cousins turned in a commendable performance with 295 yards and two scores on 23 completions, but State’s pass defense, the stingiest in the country through nine weeks of play, was shredded by MarQueis Gray. Gray’s 296 yards and three touchdowns might have made the difference had he not also tossed two picks, one of which led directly to MSU’s go-ahead field goal in the fourth. [RECAP | BOX]
• Louisville 38, No. 24 West Virginia 35: The sterling legacy of Bill Stewart special teams play lives on in Morgantown, where a blocked Mountaineers field goal returned for a touchdown gave the Cardinals a 10-point lead, a hole even the fast-scoring Dana Holgorsen offense couldn’t dig out of in time. Is Cincinnati bound for the Orange Bowl this January? Is this really the world we live in now? This is the face of a man confronting that very specter. [RECAP | BOX]
• Texas 52, Texas Tech 20: Friday, I posed a key to today’s matchup: “Whether Tech shows up at DKR in an ‘upset Oklahoma’ mood or a ‘get pantsed by Iowa State at home’ frame of mind.” Message received, Red Raiders. Loud and clear. [RECAP | BOX | HIGHLIGHTS]
• Georgia 63, New Mexico State 16: Worth mentioning here because a) Georgia had a 42-point second quarter, which is funny even when the victimized team is New Mexico State, and b) Hutson Mason was at one point inserted in place of Aaron Murray after the latter had thrown five touchdown passes, and Hutson Mason once took this publicity photo. Look at all the footballs! [RECAP | BOX | HIGHLIGHTS]