On Campus: Week 12 rundown
By Scott Haynes, Senior College Football Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - There was a ton of top-notch action in the FBS ranks this past week, including routs, upsets and hard-fought battles, but, somehow, all that fell to the wayside with one play.
Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good. The Auburn Tigers proved that it helps to be both, as an improbable win on Saturday now propels Gus Malzahn's team into a monumental showdown in the season finale with the SEC West title on the line.
FANTASTIC FINISH: If you were fortunate enough to watch the end of the Georgia-Auburn slugfest at Jordan Hare Stadium, you were given a treat, as Auburn kept its slim BCS title hopes alive with a last-second miracle.
Behind the play of quarterback Aaron Murray, Georgia calmly went the length of the field late in the fourth quarter to wrestle away the lead from the Tigers with a gutsy 5-yard touchdown run by Murray, as he willed himself over the goal line.
It was only fitting, however, in a game that saw plenty of momentum change, that Auburn wasn't done yet. The Tigers faced a 4th-and-18 on their 27-yard line when Nick Marshall heaved a ball downfield that looked destined to be picked off. However, one Georgia defender knocked the ball away from another and the fortunate Ricardo Louis was there to haul in the ball in stride and coast into the end zone for a 73-yard touchdown.
With the 43-38 victory, the amazing Auburn season continues, setting up what should be a winner-take-all Iron Bowl against two-time defending champion and arch-rival Alabama.
HEISMAN HOPEFUL: At this stage of the season, there are a few players who stand out as favorites to win the Heisman Trophy and a lot of also-rans. While this season's race has been dominated by quarterbacks (as most years are), Boston College's Andre Williams has forced voters to take notice with each performance being better than the last. The senior tailback has amassed 634 yards in the last two games after an ACC-record 339 yards against North Carolina State this past weekend. To put that in perspective, Williams had never rushed for 634 total yards in any season prior to this one.
The 6-foot, 227-pound tailback is closing on rarified air, as he is just 190 yards from reaching 2,000 with two regular-season games remaining. He leads the nation in rushing yards (1,810) and yards per game (181.0).
It is only fitting that he begins to be mentioned among those leading the Heisman race.
DUKE TRYING TO BE ACC KING: The Blue Devils are still a huge underdog to win the ACC, but with yet another victory over a ranked ACC opponent, David Cutcliffe's squad has given itself a chance. Duke ran over a good Miami team this past weekend (48-30), moving to 8-2 on the season and into the driver's seat in the Coastal Division (4-2).
With its second victory over a ranked opponent (the first time that has happened since 1971), Duke crashed the Top 25, ranking 25th in the most recent poll. It marks the Blue Devils' first appearance in the Top 25 since 1994.
It remains to be seen if a spot in the ACC Championship Game is a good or bad thing with second-ranked Florida State poised to roll over whoever joins it in Charlotte.
It is safe to say, the Blue Devils would love a crack at the mighty Seminoles.
TOP PERFORMERS: Buffalo's Joe Licata earned the top quarterback honors this week, passing for 497 yards and four TDs against Toledo.
Marshall's Rakeem Cato (456 yards, 5 TDs), Georgia's Aaron Murray (415 yards, 2 TD passes, 2 TD runs) Cincinnati's Brendon Kay (405 yards, 4 TDs) and UCF's Blake Bortles (404 yards, 4 TDs) all went over 400 passing yards as well.
Other QBs of note included Miami's Stephen Morris (379 yards, 2 TDs), Colorado's Sefu Liufau (364 yards, 3 TDs), SMU's Garrett Gilbert (353 yards, 4 TDs), East Carolina's Shane Carden (347 yards, 5 TDs), Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch (345 passing yards, 2 TDs; 123 rushing yards, 2 TDs), Baylor's Bryce Petty (335 yards, 3 TD passes, 2 TD runs), Nevada's David Fales (326 yards, 1 TD), Ball State's Keith Wenning (324 yards, 1 TD), Clemson's Tahj Boyd (340 yards, 4 TD passes, 1 TD run) and Oregon State's Sean Mannion (320 yards, 2 TDs).
Boston College tailback Andre Williams put on another eye-popping performance in the Eagles' win over N.C. State, rumbling for 339 yards and two touchdowns. Colorado State's Kapri Bibbs was a close second as offensive player of the week, as his 291 yards and six touchdowns against New Mexico were extremely impressive.
Other backs who ran wild included Ohio State's Carlos Hyde (246 yards, 4 TDs), Rice's Charles Ross (215 yards, 5 TDs), Kansas' James Sims (211 yards, 3 TDs), Wisconsin's James White (205 yards, 1 TD), Baylor's Shock Linwood (187 yards, 1 TD), Arkansas State's Michael Gordon (184 yards, 3 TDs), Toledo's Kareem Hunt (186 yards, 1 TD), Tulsa's Trey Watts (169 yards, 2 TDs), San Diego State's Adam Muema (163 yards, 1 TD), Alabama's T.Y. Yeldon (160 yards), Stanford's Tyler Gaffney (158 yards, 2 TDs), Michigan State's Jeremy Langford (151 yards, 3 TDs), Hawaii's Joey Iosefa (150 yards, 1 TD), Penn State's Zach Zwinak (149 yards, 3 TDs), Bowling Green's Travis Greene (149 yards 2 TDs), BYU's Adam Hine (141 yards, 1 TD), BYU's Jamaal Williams (131 yards, 3 TDs), UTEP's Nathan Jeffery (130 yards, 2 TDs) and Georgia Tech's Robert Godhigh (126 rushing yards, 2 TDs; 103 receiving yards).
Northern Illinois' Da'Ron Brown hauled in eight balls for 209 yards and two TDs in NIU's win over Ball State.
Other pass catchers with big days included UCF's J.J. Worton (10 catches, 179 yards, 3 TDs), Clemson's Martavis Bryant (5 catches, 176 yards, 1 TD), Buffalo's Alex Neutz (8 catches, 168 yards, 2 TDs), Baylor's Levi Norwood (7 catches, 156 yards, 2 TDs), Toledo's Bernard Reedy (3 catches, 149 yards, 2 TDs), Washington's Demore'ea Stringfellow (8 catches, 147 yards, 1 TD), Boise State's Matt Miller (7 catches, 143 yards, 3 TDs) and East Carolina's Reese Wiggins (5 catches, 142 yards, 3 TDs).
SNEAK PEEK: There are four Top 25 showdowns in Week 13 of the season, with none more important than the Big 12 showdown between third-ranked Baylor and 11th-ranked Oklahoma State in Stillwater.
SEC action has two premier matchups as eighth-ranked Missouri takes on 24th- ranked Ole Miss in Oxford and ninth-ranked Texas A&M battles 18th-ranked LSU in Baton Rouge. Pac-12 play takes center stage as well, with 19th-ranked Arizona State taking on 14th-ranked UCLA in Pasadena.
11/18 12:55:21 ET