By Cabrone D. Brewer
A game traditionally billed as a shootout between Oklahoma and Texas turned into an ugly blowout early Saturday afternoon, with the No. 3 Sooners dismantling the No. 11 Longhorns 55-17 in the 106th installment of the Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
Oklahoma’s voracious defense was absolutely sensational from beginning to end — converting a school-record three of five turnovers into touchdowns and matching another record with eight sacks.
Quarterback Landry Jones was firing on all cylinders as well, completing 31 of 50 passes for 367 yards and no turnovers. Running back Dominique Whaley continues to impress both coaches and fans, breaking a 64-yard touchdown run in the third quarter as the stingy Sooner defense limited Texas to only 36 yards rushing on 45 attempts.
LSU running back Spencer Ware rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns, while the rest of the offense pitched in for a total of 238 yards on the ground — leaving Florida’s defense clueless against the run after giving up 226 rushing yards against No. 2 Alabama just one week earlier.
The Tigers’ more than doubled the Gators in total yardage, out gaining Florida 453-213 in a second-straight lopsided SEC match for first year head coach Will Muschamp and the rest of the crew from Gainesville.
After getting thumped in last week’s Big Ten opening match against No. 4 Wisconsin, No. 14 Nebraska needed all four quarters to rally from a 21-point deficit to secure a 34-27 homecoming victory over struggling Ohio State.
In the first Big Ten game at Memorial Stadium, Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez ran for 102 yards and completed 16 of 22 passes for 191 yards — scoring once on the ground and twice through the air to help the Huskers complete the biggest come from behind victory in school history.
Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson threw for two touchdowns and ran for one more, as Auburn’s offense could only produce a total of 104 passing yards and three costly interceptions throughout the day.
Rounding out the top ten: No. 2 Alabama shuts out Vanderbilt 34-0; No. 5 Boise State demolishes Fresno State 57-7; No. 6 Oklahoma State hangs 70 on Kansas, defeating the Jayhawks 70-28; No. 7 Stanford beats Colorado 48-7; No. 8 Clemson remains undefeated, rolling past Boston College 36-14; and No. 9 Oregon defeated California 43-15 on Thursday night.
Check our blog Friday for a preview of all the marquee matchups for week seven.