Swing Snaps: Nebraska brings corn fritters
Snap judgments from the Week 10 swing shift. For late shift Snaps, click here. For early shift Snaps, click here. For a review of the Top 25 action, click here. For game highlights from SI.com, click here.
• Northwestern 28, No. 9 Nebraska 25: Does it not make perfect sense, in this year of constant conference lobster-pot scrabbling, that the second Nebraska settles into the driver’s seat of the Legends Division (the Huskers have one conference loss and hold a tiebreaker over Michigan State thanks to last week’s head-to-head victory), it fritters it all away? On a failed onside kick? With ranked Penn State and Michigan and an Iowa team that’s suddenly looking tricky again on the slate to round out the season? Not a good look.
That the Wildcats managed the upset without the services of starting quarterback Dan Persa is even more damning evidence against the once-feared Nebraska defense. Persa left the game in the second quarter with a shoulder injury, and his replacement part Kain Colter put three touchdowns on the Huskers. Jacob Schmidt, Treyvon Green and Colter combined for 160 rushing yards, while Huskers star Rex Burkhead was held to 57, his second-lowest rushing total of the season and the first time since October 1 he’s failed to crack the century mark. Colter’s not exactly a pushover; he was Persa’s primary substitute during the first three weeks of the season and has seen playing time in four other games since, but it’s an adjustment for any team, and one Nebraska was utterly unable to capitalize on. [RECAP | BOX]
• No. 4 Stanford 38, Oregon State 13: A resounding win, but one the Cardinal aren’t going to remember fondly. An ambulance was summoned in the second quarter to ferry away the oft-concussed Chris Owusu, Stanford’s receptions leader, who was clocked by Oregon State’s Jordan Poyer after catching a pass from Andrew Luck. According to the latest information available from the school, Owusu is conscious and able to move his limbs, and is being kept in the hospital for tests. The Cardinal also went without the services of excellent blocking tight end Levine Toilolo, who went down with a blow to the head shortly before Owusu was injured but was able to return to the sidelines following an examination in the locker room. Both injuries, combined with those of players Stanford has already seen banged up in recent weeks, bode ill for next week’s all-important home stand against Oregon. [RECAP | BOX | HIGHLIGHTS]
• No. 7 Oklahoma 41, Texas A&M 25: A former colleague of mine asked shortly before the end of the second quarter, “Is it wise of A&M to be going for a halftime lead here?” The Aggies didn’t get it, and it didn’t matter. A 13-10 deficit became a 41-10 deficit by the end of the third quarter, with the Sooners scoring four touchdowns in about eight minutes. The Aggies were allowed two scores of their own in the fourth to soften the sting, but there’s nothing dignified about having 41 hung around one’s neck. Ryan Tannehill actually outgained Landry Jones in passing, 379 yards to 255, and neither slinger was particularly efficient, but Tannehill threw three interceptions and A&M couldn’t keep OU’s rushers out of the endzone.
You will notice Ryan Broyles’ stats disappear after the third quarter. Running after a catch, he crumpled to the ground on a spin move and was towed off the field by trainers. Broyles has been reportedly diagnosed with a torn ACL, the impact of which cannot be overstated for OU. He’s the best receiver in the history of the program, and now we’ve seen the last of him in a Sooners jersey. He’ll be playing catch-up now, all the way to the draft. [RECAP | BOX]
• TCU 31, Wyoming 20: Is TCU just straight-up emitting cries for attention since its second loss dropped its purple posterior out of the national Top 25? The Horned Frogs’ little we’re-just-not-applying-ourselves act is wearing miiighty thin, and it very nearly cost them a Mountain West win against a suspiciously successful Cowboys squad. A staggering five turnovers from the team with the country’s 18th-best turnover margin contributed directly to Wyoming’s first touchdown, prevented TCU from scoring to take a halftime lead, and led to general discombobulation throughout the afternoon. Three Horned Frogs backs (Waymon James, Ed Wesley and Matthew Tucker) accounted for 391 of the team’s 617 yards of offense, and Wesley and Tucker were responsible for all four TCU touchdowns, but those two also committed four fumbles between them. And 617 yards of offense netting only 31 points won’t come near cutting it next week on the blue turf. [RECAP | BOX | HIGHLIGHTS]
• No. 19 Wisconsin 62, Purdue 17: It was a career day for Montee Ball, who bolted through the Boilermakers for 223 yards and three scores, and wasn’t too bad a showing for Russell Wilson, who recorded 205 yards on 15 completions. The Badgers more than doubled up Purdue on offense, recording 604 yards to their opponents’ 286. Not much else of import going on in Camp Randall tonight, but nice for the Badgers to get their heads right after last-minute heartbreakers against Michigan State and Ohio State. One point of concern: The 207 yards’ worth of return yardage allowed to Raheem Mostert. [RECAP | BOX | HIGHLIGHTS]
• Air Force 12, Army 14: The Falcons took a 14-0 deficit to the locker room at halftime, then fired back with a 21-point third quarter to retake the lead and ultimately claim the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy. [RECAP | BOX]
• Western Kentucky 10, Florida International 9: We had FlU pegged to win the conference at the outset of the season. WKU had won two games, prior to this season, before joining the Sun Belt. We are being experimented on, as a species. I’m almost positive. [RECAP | BOX]
• SMU 45, Tulane 24: Let us never speak of the Green Wave’s 24-point fourth quarter or of how Tulane pulled within two touchdowns of SMU after falling behind 31-0 in the first half again. [RECAP | BOX]