Roundup: Mountaineers stun No. 11 Cowboys
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | September 29,2013
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Clint Trickett threw a touchdown pass in his first start at West Virginia, Ishmael Banks returned an interception for a touchdown and the Mountaineers shocked No. 11 Oklahoma State 30-21 on Saturday.
Josh Lambert kicked three field goals for West Virginia (3-2, 1-1 Big 12), which rebounded from its first shutout loss in 11 years to outlast the mistake-prone Cowboys.
Trickett became West Virginia’s third starting quarterback this season after Ford Childress was injured last week. Trickett finished 24 of 50 for 309 yards.
But after taking a 24-14 halftime lead, West Virginia was held out of the end zone in the second half and relied on its defense to slow down J.W. Walsh.
Walsh threw three touchdown passes but was intercepted twice.
The Cowboys (3-1, 0-1) were penalized 10 times for 96 yards and had four turnovers more than their first three games combined.
Trickett, a transfer from Florida State, became West Virginia’s third starting quarterback after Ford Childress was injured last week. Trickett finished 24 of 50 for 309 yards in his first start since subbing for EJ Manuel for the Seminoles in October 2011.
But after taking a 24-14 halftime lead, West Virginia was held out of the end zone in the second half and relied on its defense to slow down J.W. Walsh, who couldn’t bring the Cowboys back from their first halftime deficit of the season.
Walsh threw three touchdown passes but was intercepted twice.
Banks’ 58-yard interception return in the first quarter was part of 13 points the Mountaineers scored off four Oklahoma State turnovers. That was more turnovers than the Cowboys (3-1, 0-1) had in their first three games combined.
They also were plagued by errant and dropped passes, poor punting and were penalized 10 times for 96 yards.
Oklahoma State, making the 1,000-mile trip to Morgantown for the first time since 1928, got the only touchdown of the second half on Walsh’s 30-yard scoring pass to fullback Jeremy Seaton in blown coverage early in the third quarter.
The Cowboys had the chance to tie it midway through the fourth, but Ben Grogan’s 23-yard field goal try hit the right upright.
It marked the first time in 16 tries this season that Oklahoma State didn’t score a touchdown when it advanced inside the opponents’ 20.
The pace was furious the teams combined for 177 plays.
Oklahoma 35, Notre Dame 21
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Blake Bell threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard in the fourth quarter and No. 14 Oklahoma beat No. 22 Notre Dame 35-21 on Saturday.
It was the Sooners’ second win over the Fighting Irish in 11 tries.
The Sooners had three interceptions that led to TDs, including a 24-yard score by linebacker Corey Nelson.
Damien Williams added an 11-yard TD run after an interception by linebacker Frank Shannon and Bell threw a 26-yard TD pass to Lacoltan Bester to cap an 88-yard drive after an interception by cornerback Julian Wilson.
The Irish cut the lead to 27-21 in the fourth quarter, but the Sooners answered with Shepard’s TD.
The only other victory for Oklahoma (4-0) in the series was a 40-0 win in 1956 that remains the worst home loss for the Irish (3-2).
Wake Forest 7
CLEMSON, S.C. — Tajh Boyd became the second Atlantic Coast Conference quarterback to account for 100 career touchdowns and got No. 3 Clemson’s offense back on track in a 56-7 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday.
Boyd threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another score. He stands at 102 TDs in college, joining former North Carolina State star Phillip Rivers in the ACC’s century club. Boyd passed for 311 yards and ran for 69 to surpass Charlie Whitehurst as Clemson’s total offense leader.
The Tigers (4-0, 2-0) have won their first four games for the second time in Boyd’s three seasons as starter. He had been out of sync the past two games, but found his rhythm quickly against Wake Forest (2-3, 0-2).
Florida State 48,
Boston College 34
BOSTON — Jameis Winston threw for four touchdowns, including a 55-yard Hail Mary as time expired in the first half to help No. 8 Florida State rally from a slow start and beat Boston College 48-34 on Saturday.
Winston had first-half touchdown passes of 56 and 10 yards to tie the game after BC, coming off a 28-point loss to Southern California, opened a 17-3 lead. The desperation heave to Kenny Shaw made it 24-17, then Winston added a fourth TD pass in the second half as the Seminoles (4-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) pulled away.
In all, the Florida State freshman completed 17 of 28 passes for 330 yards and ran 14 times for 67 more.
Chase Rettig completed 19 of 29 passes for 197 yards and a career-high four touchdowns for BC (2-2, 1-1), including a 52-yard score to Myles Willis that cut a three-score lead to 38-27. But the Eagles quarterback also threw an interception early in the fourth quarter that T.J. Williams returned 20 yards for a touchdown to make it 48-27.
Miami 49, South Florida 21
TAMPA, Fla. — Stephen Morris threw for two touchdowns before limping off with an ankle injury and Duke Johnson scored a TD in his eighth consecutive game, helping No. 15 Miami roll past winless South Florida 49-21 on Saturday.
Miami (4-0) is off to its best start in nine years heading into next weekend’s Atlantic Coast Conference opener at home against Georgia Tech. At 0-4 under first-year coach Willie Taggart, USF is off to the worst start in school history and has dropped 13 of 14 dating to last season.
Morris threw for 222 yards, moving ahead of Steve Walsh and into ninth place on Miami’s career passing list. He tossed TD passes of 19 yards to Herb Waters and 34 yards to Stacy Coley as the Hurricanes scored on their first three possessions.
South Carolina 28, UCF 25
ORLANDO, Fla. — Mike Davis rushed 26 times for 167 yards and three touchdowns, as No. 12 South Carolina overcame an injury to its starting quarterback, four turnovers and a 10-0 halftime deficit to beat UCF 28-25 on Saturday.
Davis picked up the slack for a Gamecocks’ offense that played the final three quarters without starting QB Connor Shaw. He left the game with a sprained right shoulder following a hard tackle during South Carolina’s first offensive series of the contest.
The Knights were sharp early, but failed to convert all but one of the Gamecocks’ miscues into points.
UCF rallied late, but had four turnovers of its own, two of which set up South Carolina scores.
Knights’ quarterback Blake Bortles threw for 358 yards and two touchdown passes, but had two interceptions and a fumble.
Tennessee 31, South Alabama 24
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Brian Randolph made a game-clinching, fourth-and-goal interception in the end zone with 1:51 remaining as Tennessee squandered most of a 24-point lead before hanging on for a 31-24 victory over South Alabama.
South Alabama (2-2) had first-and-goal at the 7 in the closing minutes but was unable to get the tying touchdown. Facing fourth-and-goal from the 8, South Alabama quarterback Ross Metheny was hit by Corey Vereen while releasing the pass that Randolph intercepted.
Tennessee’s Rajion Neal rushed for a career-high 169 yards on 25 carries. Neal’s 11-yard touchdown run gave Tennessee (3-2) a 31-7 lead early in the third quarter.
Metheny was 21 of 42 for 234 yards with two interceptions. He also rushed for 67 yards and two touchdowns.
Tennessee overcame a three-interception performance from Justin Worley, who was 20 of 36 for 234 yards. Worley threw touchdown passes to freshmen A.J. Branisel and Josh Smith.
TCU 48, SMU 17
FORT WORTH, Texas — Trevone Boykin completed 15 of 26 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns and TCU’s defense forced five turnovers to lead the Horned Frogs to a 48-17 victory Saturday against rival SMU.
Boykin overcame a 7 of 16 first-half performance by completing seven of his first nine passes in the second half, tossing touchdown passes of 20 and 56 yards to help the Horned Frogs (2-2, 0-1 in Big 12) overcome a 10-7 halftime deficit.
The Horned Frogs retain the Iron Skillet trophy for the second straight year, and they are 11-2 under coach Gary Patterson in the annual rivalry game.
SMU (1-3), which entered the game 10th in the nation in passing, amassed 292 yards of total offense, and quarterback Garrett Gilbert finished 23 of 44 for 276 yards and four interceptions. TCU also had six sacks, its most since 2009 at Virginia.
TCU played without star defensive lineman Devonte Fields, who was out with an unspecified injury.
Pitt 14, Virginia 3
PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh turned a pair of early Virginia turnovers into touchdowns and the Panther defense did the rest in a 14-3 victory on Saturday.
Tom Savage completed 13 of 30 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions before leaving late in the fourth quarter. Tyler Boyd caught seven passes for 111 yards for Pitt. The Panthers (3-1, 2-1 ACC) have won three straight for the first time since 2010.
A week after giving up 55 points to Duke, Pitt’s defense shut down the Cavaliers (2-2, 0-1). Virginia managed just 188 total yards. Quarterback David Watford completed 15 of 36 passes for 122 yards and Virginia never threatened to make it interesting after spotting the Panthers two first-quarter scores.
Lehigh 34, New Hampshire 27
BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Brandon Bialkowski threw two touchdowns and Sean Farrell ran for two more to lead Lehigh to a 34-27 come-from-behind win over New Hampshire on Saturday.
Lehigh was trailing 27-20 in the third quarter when Farrell scored his second consecutive rushing TD to tie the game. The Lehigh defense held and Bialkowski capped the next Mountain Hawks drive with a 15-yard scoring pass to Derek Knott. Bialkowski was 31 of 52 for 359 yards passing.
New Hampshire had a chance for a comeback, but Andy Vailas overthrew his receiver in the end zone as time ran out. Vailas ran for one TD and connected with Chris Setian for another one for the Wildcats. Setian also had two 5-yard scoring runs.
The win boosts Lehigh’s record to 4-0 and is only the third time in nine contests that the Mountain Hawks have beaten New Hampshire (1-2).