Players of the Weekend
National - Harrison Butler's career-long 53-yard field goal at the buzzer sent Georgia Tech into overtime at Georgia, where the Yellow Jackets won by six.
Local - Seth Klein (21-for-29 268 yards) passed for two touchdowns and ran for another and Anthony Davis had 13 receptions as Widener remained unbeaten with a 37-27 home win over visiting Christopher Newport (8-4) in the second round of the Division III playoffs.
Cincinnati 14, Temple 6
In their last home game, the Owls (5-6, 3-4 AAC) lost their third straight and fifth in the last six.
They haven't scored more than 20 in those games, and haven't surpassed 14 in the losses.
The last time they didn't get a TD was the 2010 finale (23-3 at Miami Ohio).
They'll close Saturday at Tulane (3-8, 2-5), needing a win to get bowl eligible for the first time in three seasons. The only time they've played the Green Wave was the inaugural Sugar Bowl in 1935.
The Bearcats (8-3, 6-1) won their sixth in a row.
Temple led 3-0 after a quarter. Cincy - which had been held under 28 just once - scored twice in the second, once after a fumble recovery at the Owls' 3 and again right before halftime on its only sustained drive (nine plays, 63 yards in a minute 37 seconds).
The Owls got another field goal from Austin Jones midway through the third. Then they recovered a fumble on the kickoff at the Cincy 18, but a pass into the end zone on third-and-1 was incomplete. And Jones was wide right from 27, the fourth consecutive game in which the freshman has had a miss.
Temple wouldn't get past midfield after that. The teams were a combined 8-for-30 on third down.
Sophomore P.J. Walker became the second Owl to throw for 2,000 yards in more than one season. Henry Burris, who had a great CFL career, did it three times in the mid-1990s.
Widener 37, Christopher Newport 27
The Pride are 12-0 for the first time since 2001 (finishing 12-1) and third time ever (in 1981 they went 13-0 for Hall of Famer Bill Manlove, winning their second national title in 4 years).
They're 7-0 in the NCAA tournament at Quick Stadium, where on Saturday they'll face Linfield (10-1), from McMinnville, Ore. The Wildcats, in the quarterfinals for the third straight year, just got their first road playoff win, 31-28 (in Belton, Texas) over No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (11-1).
Two years ago Widener also made it to the quarters before losing at Mount Union.
Concord 51, West Chester 36
In D-II the Rams (11-2), who made it to the semis a year ago, were eliminated in the second round despite having a school-record 691 yards of offense. They led 28-24 late in the second quarter, but the host Mountain Lions (12-0) - who had only 16 first downs (but somehow got 619 yards themselves) - scored the next 20. They added a late TD when WC turned it over on downs deep in its territory.
Sean McCartney threw for 3,744 yards and 42 TDs, both school records. Tight end Tim Brown, another senior, also set records for that position with 216 receving yards in the game and 17 TD catches for the season.
Liberty (9-4) got a late TD to win at James Madison (9-4), 26-21. Which means the Wildcats (10-2), who had a bye, will host Jerry Falwell's team Saturday in the second round. Kickoff is 4:30 p.m., due to the Wildcats' 1 o'clock basketball game against Saint Joseph's at the Pavilion.
At one point, Mississippi State and Mississippi were ranked first and third. But neither will be in the first four-team playoff. Not after Ole Miss beat MSU at home in the Egg Bowl. So much for having to fret about whether a one-loss MSU would get in over a one-loss Big Ten or Big 12 champ.
Florida State, Alabama and Oregon did what they had to do. FSU, naturally, barely managed to do it. By this point it shouldn't matter any more. Alabama, in a game that took nearly 4 hours, trailed Auburn at home by a dozen early in the third. It got TDs on its next five possessions. So what happened to 9-6 SEC games in OT?
The second-biggest loss might've been Ohio State q uarterback J.T. Barrett suffering a broken ankle on the first play of the fourth quarter against Michigan. Now the backup to the former backup, soph Cardale Jones, becomes Urban Meyer's new trigger man. We'll see what that means against Wisconsin, and maybe with the Selection Committee. But the SEC won't get any team in if Missouri beats Alabama. Do the rules even allow for that?
Just think how much controversy there might be if the old BCS system was still in place. Would the defending champ, riding a 29-game win streak, get left out? We'll never know.
And in case you were wondering why Baylor needed a missed two-pointer to avoid OT against Texas Tech in Arlington, QB Bryce Petty went out with a concussion when the score was about to be 42-17.
MICHAEL JACK’S TOP 10
1. Florida State (12-0). Beat Florida, 24-19. Beat Georgia Tech in 2012 ACC final, 21-15, in only meeting since ’09. Saturday: vs. Georgia Tech in Charlotte in ACC final.
2. Alabama (11-1). Beat Auburn, 55-44. Is 4-4 in SEC finals. Won at Missouri in 2012, 42-10. Saturday: vs. Missouri in Atlanta in SEC final.
3. Oregon (11-1). Beat Oregon State, 47-19. Is 1-0 in Pac-12 finals. Has lost last two to Arizona, both as top- five team. Friday: vs. Arizona in Santa Clara, Calif., in Pac-12 final.
4. TCU (10-1). Beat Texas, 48-10. Lost at home to Iowa State in 2012. Won by four at ISU last year. Saturday: vs. Iowa State.
5. Ohio State (11-1). Beat Michigan, 42-28. Has beaten Wisconsin three straight, and six of seven. Saturday: vs. Wisconsin in Indianapolis in Big Ten final.
6. Baylor (10-1). Beat Texas Tech, 48-46. Hasn’t lost to Kansas State at home since 2002. Saturday: vs. Kansas State.
7. Arizona (10-2). Beat Arizona State, 42-35. Were three-TD underdogs at Oregon on Oct. 2, won on late score. Friday: vs. Oregon in Santa Clara (Calif.) in Pac-12 final.
8. Mississippi State (10-2). Dan Mullen said he doesn’t think Selection Committee would have taken his team anyway. Lost at Mississippi, 31-17. Next: Bowl game TBD.
9. Michigan State (10-2). Has two good losses but only one good win. And how could Penn State go 2-6 in the Big Ten? Beat Penn State, 34-10. Next: bowl game TBD.
10. Kansas State (9-2). Beat Kansas, 51-13. TCU will be pulling for Wildcats. So might the Selection Committee. Saturday: at Baylor.
Next five and a half: Georgia Tech, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Missouri and Georgia/Arizona State.
DID YOU NOTICE?
-- USC’s Cody Kessler became the first guy to throw for six TDs against Notre Dame, and only needed 34 minutes to do it.
-- Duke Johnson broke Ottis Anderson’s 35-year-old Miami career rushing record.
-- Pitt’s James Conner broke Tony Dorsett’s season records for TDs, rushing TDs and points as the Panthers beat Miami for the first time since 1997 (0-8).
-- The SEC has a record 12 bowl-eligible teams.
-- Louisville’s Gerod Holliman tied an NCAA record by getting his 14th interception.
-- Memphis won a conference title for the first time in 43 years.
-- Tyler Lockett broke Kansas State’s career receptions record held by his father Kevin.
-- The ACC went 4-0 in games against SEC teams.
FRAUD FIVE PLUS
UCLA — Can’t be losing at home to Stanford, especially by 21, with so much at stake.
Notre Dame — What’s happened? Even Harvey can’t put a happy face on this.
Marshall — Can’t be giving up 59 in regulation at home to Western Kentucky with so much on line.
Georgia — Shouldn’t be losing at home the way the Dawgs did to a rival you’ve owned.
North Carolina — Shouldn’t be getting clocked at home by NC State.
Miami — Shouldn’t be losing at home to Pitt so Panthers could get bowl eligible. But it’s been all bad since blowing that 16-point lead, also at home, against Florida State.
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