College Football: 10 Saturday Takeaways

Who's out? Who's still alive? Breaking down all the battles that mattered this weekend.

Out: Georgia, Ole Miss, Arizona, Utah

Still Alive: Mississippi State, Florida State, Auburn, Oregon, Alabama, TCU, Michigan State, Kansas State, Notre Dame, Baylor, Arizona State, Nebraska, Ohio State

Here are the big stories of the day...

1. Ole Miss Faces Cruel and Unusual Defeat

The injury was bad, and Laquon Treadwell knew it. Everyone in attendance knew it, including Hugh Freeze, some 20 yards downfield when the Play That Changed Everything occurred.

“He’s definitely got a fracture,” the Ole Miss head coach would say afterwards, his team now 7-2 following a brutal 35-31 loss to Auburn. “It was obvious even to me. If I could see it, I know that (the trainers) could see it.”

His left foot bent in a way feet aren’t supposed to bend, an all-out play by the sophomore wide receiver to give the Rebels a final-minute lead. The official word: fractured fibula and a broken ankle. He was taken into surgery late into the night.

Treadwell’s face swelled with tears as he lay on the Hollingsworth Field turf. Quarterback Bo Wallace fought back tears, too, when talking about the injury with a scrum of reporters postgame.

One yard. One play. One. The Play That Changed Everything.

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2. Muschamp can keep his job...for now.

Erase that oh-fer that Will Muschamp has been living with since he played football for the Georgia Bulldogs back in the days when Ray Goff was the coach. Muschamp was oh-fer-4 against the Gators in those days. He was oh-fer-3 against Georgia prior to Saturday. Well, it’s oh-fer no more.

On a day when a whole bunch of Gators and media alike thought would be Muschamp’s final rodeo at the University of Florida, the Gators turned the tables on the 11th-ranked Bulldogs and it wasn’t even close. Call Florida’s 38-20 win over Georgia in Jacksonville the kind of game that could reinvigorate both the Muschamp coaching career and the Gators’ season because – shockingly – UF is back in the hunt for the SEC East championship.

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3. #1 Mississippi State Stops Hogs 17-10 To Keep League Lead

“Throughout the season you’re going to face adversity,” said RB Josh Robinson. “That just shows you what type team we have. So if we play Mississippi State ball, we’ll be fine.” Playing their brand of ball gave just good enough of a showing to keep #1-ranked Mississippi State unblemished on the season, 8-0 overall and 5-0 SEC. But things were cut much closer than expected.

The Bulldogs needed an unlikely 69-yard touchdown pass play to break it with 13:21 left. That one-score lead had to be maintained on a classic goal-line stand with just over five minutes left, and an end zone interception with 0:15 remaining was necessary to seal the victory. Of such narrow margins did the SEC’s last unbeaten stay so.

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4. Arizona's Long Shot Hopes at Playoffs are Shot

Arizona (6-2, 3-2) went on the road on Saturday night, but was unable to leave with a win, taking a 17-7 loss at the hands of UCLA.

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5. Notre Dame/Navy Always Close, and almost always same result as Notre Dame advances

Notre Dame has played 1,230 football games and this marked the first in which its quarterback scored three touchdowns both on the ground and through the air.

Senior Everett Golson completed 18 of 25 passes for 315 yards, including touchdown strikes of 78, 2, and 4 yards -- each of the three scores occurred in the first half. He added 33 rushing yards with touchdown jaunts of 5, 3, and 8 yards, the latter pair coming in the fourth quarter, first to put the Irish ahead, 35-31, the second the aforementioned fumble recovery the put the game on ice with just over 1:30 remaining.

"I thought it was alright," said Golson of a night that included a red zone interception that provided Navy life late in the first half. "I was happy with being able to get to the check downs tonight. (But) a couple of throws, I probably could have gotten through my progressions a little bit better, stuff like that."

Head coach Brian Kelly took the blame for Golson's pick. It was clear the actual transgression was a mis-read route by a wide receiver, likely Amir Carlisle, who Kelly chewed out post-play. Told Kelly took the blame for what he called "too complicated a play" Golson noted. "He's a good guy."

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6. Game Winning Field Goal Eliminates Utah, While 7-1 Devils stay Alive

Throughout his three years in Tempe, Arizona State Head Coach Todd Graham has preached to his teams the importance of overcoming adversity. On Saturday night, the Sun Devils starred down adversity and refused to blink.

After jumping ahead to a 13-3 lead midway through the second quarter, Arizona State (7-1, 5-1) found itself trailing by three with 8:41 to play in the fourth with its offense sputtering, struggling to generate any sort of rhythm in the second half.

Starting at their own 26 yard line, the Sun Devils marched 61 yards on eight plays to even the score at 16 on a 30 yard field goal attempt by sophomore kicker Zane Gonzalez, a kick that would eventually push the game into overtime.

After winning the overtime coin toss, Arizona State elected to start out on defense, giving Utah and its rushing attack the first chance to set the tone for the extra period after getting gashed all night by the Utes and running back Devontae Booker, the Sun Devils held firm on three consecutive plays, forcing a Utah field goal.

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7. TCU did what Baylor Couldn't, Win at West Virginia

TCU’s commitment to running the ball in the 2nd half was ultimately the difference in the game. They finished with 223 yards on the ground after a very sluggish start. Overall it was a good win for TCU, but they’ll need to play much better next week when Kansas State comes calling to Amon G. Carter Stadium.

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8. Just a matter of time before Ducks are Top 4 as Oregon Smashes Stanford

Perhaps the most telling moment from Oregon’s defense on Saturday night against Stanford was their fourth quarter goal line stand that prevented the Cardinal from posting a late score on the Ducks.

In years past, this would’ve been a huge moment in a tight game. But this year the game was already well in hand for the Ducks and cemented the fact that the Cardinal were not going home with any cosmetic points in what turned into a 45-16 drubbing inside Autzen Stadium.

“That was huge,” head coach Mark Helfrich said. “To keep them out of the end zone is a big deal for some of those guys who were in the game at that point. It’s a prideful group right now.”

It was that kind of night for the Ducks (8-1), who jumped out to a fast start on both ends and didn't let off the gas all night.

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9. Don't Sleep on the B1G as Nebraska and Ohio State Lurk after Big Wins

Since day one Nebraska junior running back Imani Cross has the mentality to give it his all when his number has been called.

It was called in a big way on Saturday afternoon.

Without the services of potential All-American running back Ameer Abdullah, Cross rushed 20 times against a Purdue rushing defense that was funneling everything inside. His 66 yards on the ground were tough yards, but enough for the Huskers to find the end zone twice when he had the ball in a 35-14 win.

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10. Buckeyes Take Fight Out Of Illini

If the Ohio State football team looked past Illinois ahead of its showdown with defending Big Ten champion Michigan State, it certainly did not show Nov. 1 during the Buckeyes’ 55-14 rout of the overmatched Fighting Illini at Ohio Stadium.

The No. 16 Buckeyes had little trouble dispatching their visitors in front of 106,961 fans on a chilly night under the lights. They led 31-0 at halftime and took advantage of four Illinois turnovers in the rout. Redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett, nursing a sprained MCL, played only the first half. He completed 15 of 24 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns and added seven carries for 38 yards.

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