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Things We Learned In College, Week 12

And then there was one…

-I don’t know what happened to the Kansas State defense last night. They had no answer for Baylor QB Nick Florence or any of his offensive weapons. Baylor deserves some of the credit, as their offense was firing on all cylinders. Will that game be the end of the Heisman talk for Collin Klein?

-The Oregon loss wasn’t as inexplicable as the egg laid by Kansas State. Stanford is a good team with a very stout defense, and they played a close game decided by a field goal, in overtime. That game could just as easily have been won by the Ducks. Both teams made some big plays and some big mistakes.

-Congrats to UCLA on beating their cross-city rival USC and locking up the Pac-12 South title. One situation to keep an eye on from that game- USC QB Matt Barkley was injured late, and unbeaten Notre Dame comes to town next week.

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-I feel like I should say something about Notre Dame, but I’m not sure what. They won 38-0. It was Wake Forest.  That said, Everett Golson had 300 yards passing and Cierre Wood had 100 yards Rushing before half-time, impressive numbers even if it was Wake Forrest.

-Other ranked teams going down: #20 Louisiana Tech (48-41 to Utah State), #23 Texas Tech (59-21 to #24 Oklahoma State).

-Oklahoma and West Virginia played a typical Big 12, back-and-forth, did-the-defense-forget-we-have-a-game-today game. I know West Virginia has a really good offense (Tavon Austin is unreal), but I expected Oklahoma to be able to handle them better than they did. West Virginia had no answer for the Sooners’ Damien Williams either, but having watched earlier West Virginia games, I didn’t expect them to. Final score: Sooners 50, Mountaineers 49.

-For the second week in a row, LSU scored a TD on special teams as Odell Beckham Jr. returned a punt 89 yards to the endzone.

-Denard Robinson isn’t healthy enough to throw passes yet, but Michigan dominiated Iowa with Robinson lined up basically everywhere but on the offensive line. They gave Ohio State a lot to prepare for next week.

-It’s been a big couple of weeks for freshman sensation Johnny Manziel, QB of Texas A&M. He followed up last week’s upset of #1 Alabama with a record-setting outing against, well, Sam Houston State. It’s still impressive. Manziel broke the freshman QB rushing record (1,029 yards), as well as the freshman record for total offense (3,827 yards). He’s also the first freshman (and just the fifth player) in NCAA history to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in the same season. There was a moment of levity in the game as well, when, with the Aggies leading 40-0, coach Kevin Sumlin allowed Johnny Football to try kicking the extra point. He missed. So apparently there is something Johnny Football can’t do.

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