Oregon pulls away from Oregon State in Civil War; more midday Snap Judgments
Snap Judgments from the Week 13 midday flight. For more, check out Friday’s Snaps, Saturday’s early Snaps, Saturday’s late Snaps, our recaps of Michigan-Ohio State, Florida-Florida State and Notre Dame-USC and our complete Top 25 review.
• No. 5 Oregon 48, No. 16 Oregon State 24. Despite the typically gaudy final score for the Ducks, this game was close well into the third quarter. Two De’Anthony Thomas touchdowns in just more than two minutes, separated by a Beavers fumble on a kickoff return, put the game out of reach. And Oregon being Oregon, the Ducks piled on just a bit, with Kenjon Barner and Marcus Mariota adding another pair of touchdowns around a second-down Sean Mannion interception. Turnovers completely hamstrung Oregon State this afternoon; the Beavers committed six in all, including three interceptions that killed off three of their four final drives.
While the Ducks’ most memorable defensive plays occurred in the air, their offensive attack was confined largely to the ground. Mariota completed 17-of-24 attempts for 139 yards and a touchdown and rushed for an additional 85 yards and a score. The best of these: a 42-yard touchdown run just more than two minutes into the first quarter. Ahead of him in rushing: Barner, with 221 yards and two scores on 29 carries, and Thomas, with 122 yards and three scores on 17 attempts.
Now to the big question: What’s next for Oregon? The Ducks are out of the running for the Pac-12 title game; with Stanford’s victory over UCLA, the Cardinal have clinched the North division title and set up a rematch with the Bruins next week in Palo Alto. Despite this, Oregon remains very much in the mix for an at-large BCS bowl bid. After the SEC championship game we could see the oh-so-BCS scenario of having two teams in the top four that didn’t win their respective divisions. It’s not where the Ducks necessarily thought they’d end up at the commencement of the season, but Arizona is a nice place to be in early January! [BOX | RECAP]
• No. 6 Florida 37, No. 10 Florida State 26. Andy Staples was on the scene and has a full report from tonight’s action in Tallahassee, but before you click over to that, don’t miss this too-perfect turnover catch from Florida State’s Bjoern Werner. [BOX | RECAP]
• No. 14 Oklahoma 51, No. 22 Oklahoma State 48 (OT). We’re not out to make Oklahoma State feel bad here. Bedlam was pretty Bedhammy tonight, and there was a lot going on at the end of regulation, including a would-be game-tying touchdown catch being called a score by one official and a drop by another. But with Blake Bell in the game on fourth down with the clock running and less than a minute to play, what did everybody think might happen? Exactly what did: another barreling Belldozer run, over one tackle and through another, into the end zone for a score. The Sooners would go on to hold the Pokes to a field goal in the first overtime period and then answer with a touchdown run from Brennan Clay for the win. [BOX | RECAP]
• No. 2 Alabama 49, Auburn 0. To the surprise of absolutely no one, Alabama has punched its ticket to the SEC championship game at the expense of Auburn. Key word here is “punched.” We even have a report from a colleague in Tuscaloosa characterizing Nick Saban as being in a “good mood” in his postgame press conference. Wonders never cease. [BOX | RECAP]
• No. 25 Utah State 45, Idaho 9. With Saturday’s win, the Aggies lay sole claim to the final WAC football title. The 2012 squad has set program records for wins in a season and is the first team in school history to post a 6-0 conference mark. [BOX | RECAP]
• Penn State 24, Wisconsin 21 (OT). The Badgers are bound for Indianapolis, and Monteé Ball did crack that career touchdowns record, but the depleted Nittany Lions got the last laugh in Happy Valley after being forced into overtime by a last-minute Curt Phillips-to-Jeff Duckworth touchdown pass. Sam Ficken hit a field goal from 37 yards out for the win, and Penn State ended its season as one of two teams in the Leaders Division with a better record than the team actually going to the conference championship game. [BOX | RECAP]
• Middle Tennessee State 24, Troy 21. Five Trojans turnovers helped keep the Blue Raiders in the mix for a Sun Belt championship; they’re atop the standings with Arkansas State at 6-1 in conference play. And it just so happens that the Red Wolves are MTSU’s final regular-season opponent. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. ET next Saturday in Jonesboro. [BOX | RECAP]
• Michigan State 26, Minnesota 10. Our best wishes to Jerry Kill, who left the game after suffering a seizure in the locker room at halftime. Per the Star Tribune‘s Michael Rand, Kill is expected to be released from the hospital this evening and return to work Monday. [BOX | RECAP]
• Mountain West Conference title square dance update. For those of you following the MWC do-si-dos at home, know that Fresno State blew out Air Force tonight [BOX | RECAP] and San Diego State pulled away from Wyoming late [BOX | RECAP]. This, coupled with Boise State on a bye, leaves intact the triumvirate of one-loss teams leading the pack. The last chance for any of them to lose again in the regular season lies with Boise playing at Nevada next week.