Week nine of college football sees close calls, blowouts

Purdue Boilermakers cornerback Josh Johnson (28) pulls down Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) during the third quarter of an NCAA football game at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, October 20, 2012. The Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Purdue Boilermakers in overtime, 29-22. Photo by ADAM CAIRNS.

Purdue Boilermakers cornerback Josh Johnson (28) pulls down Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) during the third quarter of an NCAA football game at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, October 20, 2012. The Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Purdue Boilermakers in overtime, 29-22. Photo by ADAM CAIRNS.

Chris Ginley

Kansas State vs. West Virginia

There was a Heisman campaign going on Saturday in Morgantown, W. Va., but it wasn’t the campaign that people expected to see.

Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein had a career day Saturday, tearing up the West Virginia defense, by going 19 for 21 in passing attempts and throwing for 323 yards and three touchdowns and also rushing for 41 yards and four touchdowns, en route to helping Kansas State beat West Virginia 55-14.

The Wildcats racked up 479 yards of total offense. West Virginia’s high-flying offense didn’t show up Saturday as they only gained 243 yards of total offense.

West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith threw for a season-low 143 yards. Smith also was 21 for 32 in passing attempts, throwing for one touchdown and two interceptions, his first interceptions of the year.

With the win, Kansas State remains the only undefeated team in the Big 12, and moves to 7-0 on the season and 4-0 in the Big 12. West Virginia falls to 5-2 on the season and 2-2 in the Big 12.

Ohio State vs. Purdue

Ohio State was led to a nail-biting 29-22 overtime victory over Purdue by their quarterback. It wasn’t star quarterback Braxton Miller, it Kenny Guiton.

Guiton filled in for Miller, as Miller left the game in the third quarter with an injury. Guiton led the Buckeyes down the field to tie the score at 22-22.

Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde scored in overtime to put the Buckeyes ahead for good. Hyde had 19 carries and rushed for 91 yards and two touchdowns.

Before his injury, Miller was 9 for 20 in passing attempts, throwing for 113 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception, while rushing for 47 yards and one touchdown.

Purdue quarterback Caleb TerBush paced the Boilermaker offense, going 19 for 30 in passing attempts, and throwing for 230 yards and two touchdowns and one interception. Purdue running back Akeem Shavers proved to be TerBush’s main passing outlet, getting 93 receiving yards on three receptions and getting one touchdown.

With the win, Ohio State moved to 8-0 on the season and 4-0 in the Big 10. Purdue lost for the third straight game and fell to 3-4 on the season and 0-3 in the Big 10.

Gamecocks turn into

Gatorbait in Gainesville

The University of Florida continued it’s return to prominence Saturday, crushing South Carolina 44-11.

Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel was 11 for 16 in passing attempts and threw for 93 yards and four touchdowns. On Saturday, Driskel became the first quarterback in FBS since 2000 to throw for at least four touchdowns with less than 100 passing yards.

Florida’s defense contributed as well, forcing South Carolina to make four turnovers, three of which turned into Florida touchdowns.

South Carolina’s offense failed to show up Saturday. Gamecocks quarterback Dylan Thompson was 8 for 20 in passing attempts, throwing for 83 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception.

South Carolina’s rushing game didn’t show up as well, as the Gamecocks gained only 36 yards the entire game. Florida moved to 7-0 on the season and 6-0 in the SEC, while South Carolina fell to 6-2 on the season and 4-2 in the SEC.

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