The Ten Best Games Of Week 12

The best games, the biggest moments, and the most memorable battles of the week.


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Nov. 15 at Western Michigan 51, Eastern Michigan 7
And You Care Because … Western Michigan started out the game with Darius Phillips returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown, and the fun didn’t stop there for the Broncos with Corey Davis catching a 54-yard touchdown pass and Jarvion Franklin taking a pass 54 yards for a score on the way to a 27-0 first quarter. WMU scored the first 51 points of the game, with Zach Terrell throwing four touchdown passes and running for another. Eastern Michigan finally got on the board with Bronson Hill taking a pass 76 yards for a score.
What Else? Western Michigan QB Zach Terrell completed 17-of-19 passes for 357 yards and four touchdowns, and ran six times for 41 yards and a score
- Eastern Michigan QB Reginald Bell Jr. completed 14-of-22 passes for 283 yards and a touchdown with two picks, and ran 19 times for a team-leading 33 yards
- Third down conversions: Western Michigan 10-of-14 – Eastern Michigan 5-of-13
- Western Michigan WR Corey Davis caught four passes for 134 yards and a score

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Nov. 15 at South Alabama 24, Texas State 20
And You Care Because … South Alabama got a Hunter Vaughn 28-yard touchdown catch and an eight-yard scoring throw to Danny Woodson, to go along with an eight-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Timmons for the 24-17 lead, but the D had to come up with a stop as Tyler Jones' final pass attempt from the four-yard line fell incomplete in the end zone. Texas State started out up 10-0 on with a one-yard Robert Lowe run and the first of two Will Johnson field goals, and was up 17-7 late in the first half on a 46-yard Lawrence Wright catch. USA scored 17 straight points before TXST got back on the board with Johnson’s second field goal.
What Else? South Alabama QB Hunter Vaughn completed 20-of-28 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown with a pick, ran 12 times for 15 yards, and caught a 28-yard touchdown pass
- Texas State QB Tyler Jones completed 25-of-42 passes for 300 yards and a touchdown
- Turnovers: South Alabama 4 – Texas State 0
- Total yards: Texas State 406 – South Alabama 384

10. Nov. 15 South Carolina 23, at Florida 20 OT
And You Care Because … In overtime, Florida got a 35-yard Austin Hardin field goal, but South Carolina got a four-yard Dylan Thompson scoring run for the win. The Gators struggled on special teams with a missed fourth quarter field goal and a late blocked punt that led to a USC touchdown with 12 seconds to play – Mike Davis recovered his own fumble in the end zone – to force overtime. Florida got down 10-0 before going on a 17-pound run, with Matt Jones running for a one-yard score and Demarcus Robinson making an 11-yard touchdown catch, but special teams and a stalled offense proved to be too tough to overcome.
What Else? South Carolina QB Dylan Thompson completed 22-of-41 passes for 206 yards, and ran for the game-winning score
- Florida QB Treon Harris completed 5-of-11 passes for 60 yards and a score, and ran 20 times for 111 yards
- Penalties: Florida 10 for 75 yards – South Carolina 6 for 67
- Total yards: South Carolina 301 – Florida 278

9. Nov. 15 Utah 20, at Stanford 17 2OT
And You Care Because … Kenneth Scott caught a three-yard touchdown pass in the second overtime to give Utah the win after answering for a 51-yard Jordan Williamson field goal. The two teams only managed a touchdown each in regulation with Lee Ward catching a three-yard touchdown pass in the first to give Stanford a 7-0 lead, and Utah got into the end zone on a two-yard Travis Wilson run in the second. In the first OT, Kaelin Clay gave Utah the lead on a 25-yard pass, but Stanford answered with a 14-yard Austin Hooper catch.
What Else? Utah QB Travis Wilson completed 21-of-28 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for nine yards and a score
- Stanford QB Kevin Hogan completed 17-of-27 passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns
- Total yards: Stanford 294 – Utah 247
- Third down conversions: Utah 7-of-16 – Stanford 3-of-13

8. Nov. 15 at Oregon State 35, Arizona State 27
And You Care Because … Jordan Villamin caught a 67-yard touchdown pass with just under 11 minutes to play to give Oregon State the lead, and Michael Doctor returned an interception 35 yards for a score in the final minutes to finish off the upset. The Beavers got big first quarter touchdown runs from Storm Woods from 78 yards out and Terron Ward from 66 yards away. Arizona State roared back with 21 straight points with a fumble return for a score from Antonio Longino and two Taylor Kelly touchdown passes, but Oregon State’s defense clamped down in the second half outscoring ASU 21-3.
What Else? Oregon State RB Terron Ward ran 19 times for 148 yards and a score, and Storm Woods ran 11 times for 125 yards and a touchdown
- Arizona State QB Taylor Kelly completed 22-of-44 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns with two picks, and ran for 15 yards
- Third down conversions: Arizona State 7-of-17 – Oregon State 1-of-12
- Oregon State QB Sean Mannion completed 19-of-33 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns with a pick

7. Nov. 15 Florida State 30, at Miami 26
And You Care Because … Dalvin Cook ran for a 26-yard touchdown with just over three minutes to play, and Roberto Aguayo hit field goals from 53, 43 and 37 yards as Florida State overcame a 23-7 lead with a 23-3 scoring run. Miami dominated early on with Brady Kaaya throwing a 27-yard touchdown pass for Phillip Dorsett and Duke Johnson running for a one-yard score, and Clive Walford taking a pass for a 61-yard score, but Florida State stayed in the game on a 44-yard Cook scoring dash. The FSU defense clamped down, the O got hot, and Miami couldn’t answer late, with Kaaya getting picked off on a last gasp drive.
What Else? Florida State QB Jameis Winston completed 25-of-42 passes for 304 yards and a touchdown with a pick
- Miami RB Duke Johnson ran 27 times for 130 yards and a touchdown, and caught four passes for 37 yards
- Total yards: Miami 492 – Florida State 418
- Miami QB Brad Kaaya completed 16-of-34 passes for 316 yards and two touchdowns with an interception

6. Nov. 15 TCU 34, at Kansas 30
And You Care Because … TCU got all it could handle from a game Kansas team, getting down 27-17 in the second half and needing Aaron Green’s second touchdown run of the game, a 69-yard punt return for a score from Cameron Echols-Luper, and a Jaden Oberkrom field goal as TCU finally took control late. Kansas kept fighting with Matthew Wyman’s 23-yard field goal making it a four-point game, but the Horned Frog D hung on in the final few minutes. Michael Cummings ran for a touchdown and threw for two scores, finding Jimmay Mundine for a 13-yard touchdown and Nigel King for a 78-yarder as Kansas played one of its best games of the year, but TCU stopped making mistakes and took over in the second half.
What Else? TCU QB Trevone Boykin completed 26-of-36 passes for 330 yards and a touchdown with a pick, and ran 11 times for two yards
- Kansas QB Michael Cummings completed 19-of-37 passes for 332 yards and two touchdowns with an interception, and ran eight times for ten yards and a score
- TCU RB Aaron Green ran 19 times for 128 yards and two scores
- Total yards: TCU 463 – Kansas 418

5. Nov. 15 at North Carolina 40, Pitt 35
And You Care Because … North Carolina got a T.J. Logan one-yard touchdown with 50 seconds to play, and the defense came up with a late turnover to pull off the win. James Conner ran for four touchdowns, starting out with runs from 56 and 16 yards out in the first quarter to give Pitt a 14-0 lead, but Marquise Williams helped North Carolina stay in the game with second quarter touchdown runs from 23 and two yards out, and with a third quarter 63-yard scoring pass to Ryan Switzer. A third Williams touchdown run – taking off from 45-yard out – gave the Tar Heels the lead, but Connor’s fourth scoring run came on a 33-yard dash late for a 35-34 lead. UNC marched 75 yards for the game-winner.
What Else? North Carolina QB Marquise Williams completed 23-of-40 passes for 276 yards and a score, and he ran 19 times for 122 yards and three touchdowns
- Pitt RB James Conner ran 30 times for 220 yards and four scores
- Pitt QB Chad Voytik completed 11-of-16 passes for 218 yards and a score, and ran ten times for 41 yards
- Total yards: Pitt 523 – North Carolina 502

4. Nov. 15 at Arizona 27, Washington 26
And You Care Because … Casey Skowron nailed a 47-yard field goal as time expired to give Arizona the comeback win. The Wildcats were down five in the fourth quarter after Dwayne Washington ran for his second touchdown of the game for the Huskies, his first going for 66 yards, but Arizona’s defense held on and Skowron nailed two field goals with a 35-yarder to go along with his game-winner. Washington dominated offensively, but penalties and turnovers were a disaster, and the biggest problem turned out to be the inability to figure out the time late, choosing to run the ball instead of taking a knee, fumbled, and gave Arizona life.
What Else? Penalties: Washington 13 for 111 yards – Arizona 2 for 14 yards. Each team turned it over three times
- Washington RB Dwayne Washington ran 19 times for 148 yards and two touchdowns
- Arizona RB Nick Wilson ran 30 times for 104 yards and two touchdowns
- Total yards: Washington 504 – Arizona 375

3. Nov. 13 at Cincinnati 54, East Carolina 46
And You Care Because … Andrew Gantz connected on a 47-yard field goal with 15 seconds to play to give the Bearcats a 48-46 lead and the win, but it took a wild rally to overcome a huge mistakes. UC went for it on 4th-and-2 from its own 33-yard line, but a fumbled pitch led to a Shane Carden touchdown run with just over a minute to play for a 46-45 lead, but the two-point conversion attempt failed. The Bearcats went 35 yards in 47 seconds to give Gantz the chance, and he made the most of it. Gunner Kiel threw four touchdown passes including a 66-yarder to Chris Moore and a 55-yard scoring play to Mekale McKay on the way to a 45-34 lead, but ECU fought back in the fourth quarter with a Carden seven-yard touchdown pass to Cam Worthy and the run to take the late lead.
What Else? Cincinnati QB Gunner Kiel completed 29-of-44 passes for 436 yards and four touchdowns with three interceptions
- East Carolina QB Shane Carden completed 35-of-61 passes for 418 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for a score
- Total yards: Cincinnati 586 – East Carolina 572
- East Carolina WR Justin Hardy caught 15 passes for 181 yards and a score, and Mekale McKay caught nine passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns

2. Nov. 15 at Air Force 45, Nevada 38 OT
And You Care Because … Air Force got a three-yard Shayne Davern touchdown run in overtime, and Nevada couldn’t answer. In a fun and wild game the two teams traded punches back and forth, with neither one ever up by more than one score and neither one coming up with two scores in a row. Kale Pearson threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score, giving the Falcons a three point lead with just over four minutes to play, but Nevada answered with a 22-yard Brent Zuzo field goal with 12 seconds to play to force overtime. Don Jackson ran for three scores for Nevada, and Cody Fajardo threw for two scores and ran for 100 yards.
What Else? Air Force QB Kale Pearson completed 11-of-15 passes for 129 yards and three touchdowns, and ran 16 times for a team-high 109 yards and a score
- Nevada QB Cody Fajardo completed 24-of-36 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns with a pick, and ran 11 times for 100 yards
- Nevada RB Don Jackson ran 28 times for 121 yards and three touchdowns
- The two teams combined to convert 18-of-32 third down chances

1. Nov. 15 Northwestern 43, Notre Dame 40 OT
And You Care Because … Jack Mitchell forced overtime with a 45-yard field goal with 19 seconds to play, and then won it for Northwestern by hitting a 41-yarder after Notre Dame’s Kyle Brindza missed a 42-yard attempt. In a sloppy, wild game, the Wildcats scored 14 unanswered points on two Mitchell field goals and a Trevor Siemian six-yard touchdown run, along with a two-point conversion to offset yet another mistake-filled day from Everett Golson and the Irish. Golson ran for a 61-yard touchdown, and threw three touchdown passes to William Fuller from 23, 23 and 11 yards out, but the last scoring play was Notre Dame’s last.
What Else? Notre Dame QB Everett Golson completed 21-of-40 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns with an interception, and ran ten times for 78 yards and a score. WR William Fuller caught nine passes for 159 yards and three touchdowns
- Northwestern QB Trevor Siemian completed 30-of-48 passes for 284 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions.
- Northwestern RB Justin Jackson ran 23 times for 149 yards and a score
- Turnovers: Notre Dame 4 – Northwestern 4

   

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