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December 2, 2013

Opponent week in review

Temple (2-10): W 41-21 at Memphis
BCS ranking: N/A
This week: Season over

Temple did it. The Owls won an AAC game in their last opportunity, never trailing in Memphis as they gained more than 500 total yards. Quarterback P.J. Walker threw for 328 yards and four touchdowns on 20-of-32 passing. The dual-threat freshman added 59 rushing yards on 11 carries to help the Owls to 206 yards on the ground.

Temple's offense held the ball for more than 35 minutes, making the defense's life easier as it held the Tigers to only 228 total yards, including 2.1 yards per rushing attempt.


Michigan (7-5): L 42-41 vs. No. 3 Ohio State
BCS ranking: N/A
This week: Regular season over; bowl TBD

Michigan gave undefeated Ohio State all it could handle, coming within a two-point conversion of pulling off the upset. Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner delivered his best performance of the season -- yes, even better than his night against Notre Dame in September -- throwing for 451 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for an additional score. Wide receiver Jeremy Gallon was on the far end of many of Gardner's passes, catching nine for 175 yards.

As good as the Michigan offense was, its defense could not slow down Braxton Miller and Buckeyes offense. Miller and running back Carlos Hyde combined for 379 rushing yards and four touchdowns.


Purdue (1-11): L 56-36 at Indiana
BCS ranking: N/A
This week: Season over

Purdue finished its Big Ten season winless, losing the Oaken Bucket tilt to Indiana. The Hoosiers gained nearly 700 yards against the Boilermakers, converting a whopping 16-of-18 third downs.

Purdue quarterback Danny Etling threw for 485 yards and four touchdowns, but the lack of a running game handicapped Etling's chances at keeping up with Indiana's 35-point first half.


Michigan State (11-1): W 14-3 vs. Minnesota
BCS ranking: Rose one spot to No. 10, passing Clemson
This week: vs. No. 2 Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis

Minnesota gained more first downs than Michigan State, won the time of possession battle by more than 17 minutes and held the Spartans to no third-down conversions. Yet the Gophers couldn't find any offensive momentum, and two Michigan State touchdown drives -- one to start each half -- proved to be far too much for Minnesota to overcome.

Spartans quarterback Connor Cook completed half his passes for 143 yards.


Oklahoma (9-2): Bye
BCS ranking: Rose one spot to No. 17
This week: vs. No. 6 at Oklahoma State


Arizona State (10-2): W 58-21 vs. Arizona
BCS ranking: Rose one spot to No. 11, passing Clemson
This week: vs. No. 7 Stanford in the Pac-12 championship game

Arizona State raced to a 27-0 lead halfway through the second quarter, despite not having star running back Marion Grice due to an injury. In his place, running backs D.J. Foster and De'Marieya Nelson ran for two touchdowns each.

The Sun Devils defense forced four turnovers, minimizing the effects of Arizona's 5.1 yards per carry and 424 total offensive yards.


USC (9-4): L 35-14 vs. No. 22 UCLA
BCS ranking: Dropped out of the BCS rankings, though still receiving votes in the AP Top 25
This week: Regular season over; bowl TBD

USC couldn't overcome a 14-0 deficit, which included UCLA's Eddie Vanderdoes rushing for a one-yard touchdown. The Trojans came within one score halfway through the third quarter before two additional Bruins tallies put the game out of reach.

USC running back Javorius Allen rushed for 123 yards on 20 carries.


Air Force (2-10): L 58-13 at Colorado State
BCS ranking: N/A
This week: Season over

Air Force ended its season without a conference win. Colorado State led 58-0 before the Falcons sniffed the end zone. Often a ball control, ground-based offense, Air Force only held the ball for 26:28 and gained 154 rushing yards, well below its average of 262.7 per game.


Navy (7-4): Bye
BCS ranking: N/A
This week: Bye; vs. Army on Dec. 14 in Philadelphia


Pittsburgh (6-6): L 41-31 vs. Miami
BCS ranking: N/A
This week: Regular season over; bowl TBD

Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns, but those fourth-quarter scores were not enough to overcome a 17-point deficit. The Panthers gained 501 yards with running back Isaac Bennett gashing the Hurricanes for 141 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.


BYU (8-4): W 28-23 at Nevada
BCS ranking: N/A
This week: Regular season over; bowl TBD

One ground game rolled, the other sputtered. BYU rushed for nearly 400 yards, averaging 8.8 yards per carry, while holding Nevada to 2.2 yards per carry and 104 yards on the ground. Running back Jamaal Williams and quarterback Taysom Hill led the Cougars ground attack, combining for 473 yards and two touchdowns. Hill added two more through the air to complete BYU's scoring.


Stanford (10-2): W 27-20 vs. Notre Dame
BCS ranking: Rose one spot to No. 7, passing Clemson
This week: at No. 11 Arizona State in the Pac-12 championship game

Stanford held Notre Dame to 64 rushing yards, putting the game in Irish quarterback Tommy Rees's hands, which resulted in two fortuitous interceptions for the Cardinal, who held the ball for 34:42.

Running back Tyler Gaffney paced Stanford with 189 rushing yards, helping Stanford convert 8-of-13 third downs.


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