Blair Kerkhoff’s weekly college football roundup

Conference Call

Updated: 2013-11-04T05:29:04Z

Big 12

•  RISING: Kansas State is back to .500 (4-4) with a 41-7 rout of Iowa State, and the dual-quarterback play continues. Jake Waters and Daniel Sams combined to throw for 221 yards and rush for 89. Sams passed and ran for a touchdown.

•  FALLING: The 7-0 start and top-10 ranking seem like a distant memory for Texas Tech, which fell 52-38 at home to Oklahoma State. The Cowboys won their fifth straight in the series despite 425 passing yards from Red Raiders quarterback Davis Webb.


•  RISING: We don’t often talk about Kentucky victories, but the Wildcats beat Alabama State in a breeze 48-14, improving to 2-6. Quarterback Jalen Whitlow, who had been battling a shoulder injury, scooted 88 yards for a touchdown on the game’s second play, and Kentucky was on its way.

•  FALLING: Somebody in the Georgia-Florida game was going to lose a third straight game, and Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley made sure it was the Gators. Gurley, who had missed the last three games recovering from an ankle injury, accounted for 187 yards and two touchdowns in helping Georgia gain its first three-game winning streak in the series since the 1980s.

Atlantic Coast

•  RISING: The bounce-back tour continues for Clemson. The Tigers beat Virginia 59-10 for their second straight win since getting crushed by Florida State. Clemson won’t win the division as long as the Seminoles look invincible, but a BCS bowl isn’t out of the question if Clemson wins out.

•  FALLING: Wake Forest had a bad day in Syracuse. The Demon Deacons fell to Syracuse 13-0, and one of its top players, wide receiver Michael Campanaro, broke his collarbone and will be out four to six weeks. Wake needs to win two of its final three against Duke, Florida State and Vanderbilt to become bowl eligible.

Big Ten

•  RISING: Wisconsin spotted Iowa two field goals and then turned up the defensive heat, winning 28-9 at Iowa. The Hawkeyes had to settle for field goals on their three trips into the red zone and didn’t score a touchdown for the first time this season.

•  FALLING: Michigan passed for 216 yards against Michigan State but wound up with 168 total yards. How? Michigan State came up with seven sacks that contributed to minus-48 rushing yards for the Wolverines. “A lot of negative plays,” Michigan coach Brady Hoke said.


•  RISING: Another productive day for Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey, who entered the game leading the nation in rushing at 153 yards per game. He finished with 152 in a 33-8 victory at California, Carey’s 11th straight game topping the century mark.

•  FALLING: Oregon State put all it had into the Stanford game two weeks ago. There seemed to be little left against Southern California, a 31-14 winner on Friday. The Trojans picked off Sean Mannion twice in the red zone.

American Athletic

•  RISING: Rutgers looked like a loser against Temple. Twice. Then the Scarlet Knights stopped a fourth-and-1 play at their 27 when a first down would have iced it for the Owls. Rutgers went 72 yards with no timeouts in a little more than a minute, and Gary Nova’s 33-yard TD pass on fourth and 10 with 35 seconds left was the game-winner in a 23-20 victory.

•  FALLING: Memphis closed to six in the fourth quarter against Cincinnati on Thursday. Would the Tigers pick up their first conference victory? Nah. The Bearcats answered with a time-consuming touchdown drive, capping a 34-21 victory.


•  RISING: A tumultuous week ended with a glorious day for Florida Atlantic. Four days after head coach Carl Pelini and defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis resigned after illegal drug use, the Owls put together their best effort of the season in a 34-17 victory over Tulane. “Sometimes you need a slap in the face to refocus,” said defensive end and captain Andrew Stryffeler. “This isn’t exactly what we were looking for, but we really took the opportunity to step it up this week.”

•  FALLING: Georgia State is the first team to nine defeats with a 44-28 home loss to Western Kentucky. The Panthers join a small circle of teams — Hawaii, Connecticut, Southern Mississippi and Miami, Ohio, looking for a first victory.

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