Top-25 College Football Game Capsules
(Saturday, October 25)
Final Score: (1) Mississippi State 45, Kentucky 31
Lexington, KY (SportsNetwork.com) - Josh Robinson ran for a career-high 198 yards and two touchdowns, the last a back-breaking 73-yarder in the fourth quarter that helped No. 1 Mississippi State to a hard-earned 45-31 win over Kentucky. Robinson's critical run with 11:47 to play came with the Bulldogs clinging to a 31-24 lead and enabled Mississippi State (7-0, 4-0 SEC) to withstand a four-touchdown effort from Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles and remain unbeaten in its first-ever game as the nation's top-ranked team. Dak Prescott aided the cause by running for two touchdowns and throwing for another, though the Heisman candidate was overall outplayed by Towles, who put up 390 yards and a pair of touchdowns through the air and added 76 rushing yards and two scores. His final TD run brought Kentucky (5-3, 2-3) within 38-31 with 2:31 remaining, but MSU's Christian Holmes took the ensuing onside kick attempt 61 yards for a touchdown that foiled the upset bid. Prescott finished 18-of-33 for 216 yards with one interception and tallied 88 yards on the ground on 18 attempts.
Final Score: (8) Michigan State 35, Michigan 11
East Lansing, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Bragging rights in the Wolverine State once again belong to the Spartans following a blowout win on Saturday. Jeremy Langford ran for 177 yards and three touchdowns as No. 8 Michigan State continued its recent dominance over Michigan with a lopsided 35-11 win. The Spartans (7-1, 4-0 Big Ten) have beaten their in-state rival six of the past seven years by a combined score of 197-101. Connor Cook threw for 227 yards in windy conditions, with a big chunk of that yardage coming on a third- quarter scoring strike to Tony Lippett that essentially made sure the Paul Bunyan Trophy stayed in East Lansing. Even with an extra week of preparation, the Wolverines (3-5, 1-3) managed just 186 total yards to Michigan State's 446. One of the two interceptions Devin Gardner threw was returned for a touchdown, and the embattled quarterback completed a mere 13- of-28 passes for 121 yards.
Final Score: (10) TCU 82, Texas Tech 27
Fort Worth, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Trevone Boykin threw a school-record seven touchdown passes and the 10th-ranked TCU Horned Frogs scored the most points in school history in an 82-27 rout of the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Saturday. Boykin completed 22-of-39 passes for a career-high 433 yards for the Horned Frogs (6-1, 3-1 Big 12), who racked up 785 yards of total of offense. Deante' Gray caught four passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns for TCU, which has won two in a row. Josh Doctson hauled in four passes for 76 yards and two scores before leaving with a right ankle injury. Trevorris Johnson rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries, while Aaron Green carried the ball six times for 105 yards and a score. Davis Webb connected on 15-of-30 passes for 300 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the Red Raiders (3-5, 1-4), who failed to build off last week's win over Kansas. Webb left in the third quarter with a left ankle injury. Texas Tech leading receiver Jakeem Grant played despite being injured in a shooting in Lubbock last Sunday morning. He caught two passes for 70 yards Saturday before exiting with a left ankle injury.
Final Score: (11) Kansas State 23, Texas 0
Manhattan, KS (SportsNetwork.com) - DeMarcus Robinson and Charles Jones scored rushing touchdowns to lead No. 11 Kansas State in a 23-0 victory over Texas on Saturday. Jake Waters passed for 224 yards on 19-of-30 efficiency and Matthew McCrane hit all three of his field goal attempts for the Wildcats (6-1, 4-0 Big 12), who have won four straight since a loss to Auburn. Tyrone Swoopes went just 13-for-25 for 106 yards for the Longhorns (3-5, 2-3), who were coming off a narrow win over Iowa State last week. The shutout was the first time Texas had been blanked since Oklahoma did it on Oct. 9, 2004.
Final Score: (16) Nebraska 42, Rutgers 24
Lincoln, NE (SportsNetwork.com) - Ameer Abdullah ran for three touchdowns in a record-setting performance, leading 16th-ranked Nebraska to a 42-24 victory over Rutgers on Saturday. Abdullah rushed for 225 yards on just 19 carries, caught two passes for 26 yards and added 90 yards on a pair of kickoff returns to finish with 341 all-purpose yards. He set a Nebraska single- game mark, eclipsing Roy Helu's previous record of 321 in 2010. Tommy Armstrong threw for a pair of scores and added another touchdown on the ground for the Cornhuskers (7-1, 3-1 Big Ten), who have won two straight after a tough five-point loss at Michigan State. Rutgers (5-3, 1-3) suffered its second straight blowout loss on the heels of its first-ever conference win over Michigan. The Scarlet Knights dropped a 56-17 decision at Ohio State last week and will face another stiff test next Saturday with a visit from Wisconsin. Quarterback Gary Nova missed the second half for Rutgers after injuring his right knee on a hit from Nebraska's Maliek Collins late in the second quarter. He threw for 156 yards with a touchdown and an interception before exiting the contest.
Final Score: (22) West Virginia 34, Oklahoma State 10
Stillwater, OK (SportsNetwork.com) - Clint Trickett threw two early touchdown passes and No. 22 West Virginia blanked Oklahoma State in the second half to run away with a 34-10 win at Boone Pickens Stadium. Trickett completed 21- of-30 passes for 238 yards, as WVU (6-2, 4-1 Big 12) won its fourth straight game to improve to 3-0 on the road this season. The senior QB has thrown at least two touchdowns in six of his last seven games. Wendell Smallwood got the start for injured running back Russel Shell (ankle) and carried 23 times for a career-high 132 yards. Kevin White and Mario Alford had touchdown receptions, though White was held under 100 yards for the first time this season. It was another forgettable performance from OSU quarterback Daxx Garman, who went 21-of-41 for 242 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. The Cowboys (5-3, 3-2) have dropped five straight against ranked opponents. Oklahoma State has been outscored 76-19 the past two weeks.
Final Score: (23) Marshall 35, Florida Atlantic 16
Huntington, WV (SportsNetwork.com) - Devon Johnson ran for a school record 272 yards with four touchdowns and No. 23 Marshall survived a scare from upset- minded Florida Atlantic with a 35-16 win on Saturday. The Thundering Herd (8-0, 4-0 C-USA), who trailed at halftime for the first time this season, received three 50-plus yard runs from Johnson to keep their perfect season alive. Rakeem Cato extended his NCAA record of consecutive games with one touchdown pass to 40, but was held in check for most of the day, throwing for 218 yards on 13-of-24 passing. Jaquez Johnson threw for 179 yards with one touchdown for the Owls (3-5, 2-2), who have dropped two of their last three.
Final Score: (25) UCLA 40, Colorado 37 (2-OT)
Boulder, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Brett Hundley's 8-yard touchdown run in the second overtime gave No. 25 UCLA a 40-37 win over Colorado on Saturday. After Ka'imi Fairbairn and Will Oliver exchanged field goals in the first overtime, Oliver hit a 34-yarder to give Colorado the lead in the second extra session. Hundley, though, took the first snap 17 yards, then used a fake handoff to set up his keep up the middle and into the end zone for the win. Hundley went 24-for-39 for 200 yards and a score, adding 110 yards on the ground on 12 carries for the Bruins (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12), who have won their past two. Paul Perkins had 180 yards on 19 carries with two scores. Sefo Liufau went 27- for-45 for 246 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Buffaloes (2-6, 0-5), who have lost four straight.
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