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Welcome to Week 12!
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=============== #10 Arizona Wildcats (7-2) ===============
Last week the Wildcats were idle.
This week, the Wildcats will host Oregon (4-5).
=============== Illinois Fighting Illini (6-4) ===============
Last week, Illinois lost 30-27 against Michigan (7-1).
This week, the Fighting Illini will host Purdue (4-6).
In recruiting news, the following Illinois targets have announced their decisions:
- (***) HB William Jackson has committed to Illinois
=============== #9 Iowa Hawkeyes (8-2) ===============
Last week, Iowa won 37-36 against Missouri (4-6).
This week, the Hawkeyes will host #1 Ohio State (9-0).
In recruiting news, the following Iowa targets have announced their decisions:
- (***) RE Josh Williams has committed to BYU
- (***) DT Roger Moss has committed to Northern Illinois
- (***) CB Gene Gould has committed to Iowa State
- (***) C Jim Sykes has committed to West Virginia
- (****) LE Darius Gaddis has committed to Wisconsin
- (***) HB Kyle Williams has committed to Connecticut
- (****) HB Brian Mangum has committed to Louisville
=============== #20 Texas A&M Aggies (9-2) ===============
Last week, Texas A&M won 27-16 against Texas Tech (4-5).
This week, the Aggies are idle.
=============== Missouri Tigers (4-6) ===============
Last week, Missouri lost 37-36 against Iowa (8-2).
This week, the Tigers will host Kansas (6-5).
In recruiting news, the following Missouri targets have announced their decisions:
- (**) CB Mark Jackson has committed to Missouri
- (***) CB Pierre Henderson has committed to Missouri
=============== Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-6) ===============
Last week, Nebraska lost 17-14 against Oklahoma (8-2).
This week, the Cornhuskers are idle.
In recruiting news, the following Nebraska targets have announced their decisions:
- (****) WR Anthony Turner has committed to Nebraska
=============== #1 Ohio State Buckeyes (9-0) ===============
Last week, Ohio State won 48-13 against Purdue (4-6).
This week, the Buckeyes travel to Iowa City to face the #9 Iowa Hawkeyes (8-2).
=============== Oregon Ducks (4-5) ===============
Last week the Ducks were idle.
This week, the Ducks travel to Tucson to face the #10 Arizona Wildcats (7-2).
=============== #23 Oregon State Beavers (7-2) ===============
Last week, Oregon State won 34-21 against Washington State (1-6).
This week, the Beavers travel to Los Angeles to face the #12 USC Trojans (6-2).
In recruiting news, the following Oregon State targets have announced their decisions:
- (***) WR Cody McDuffie has committed to Oregon State
- (***) SS Matt Carroll has committed to Fresno State
=============== #2 Texas Longhorns (10-0) ===============
Last week, Texas won 45-43 against Kansas (6-5).
This week, the Longhorns are idle.
=============== #15 UCLA Bruins (8-2) ===============
Last week, UCLA won 20-17 against Stanford (5-5).
This week, the Bruins will host Arizona State (3-6).
In recruiting news, the following UCLA targets have announced their decisions:
- (**) K Glenn Harris has committed to UCLA
- (****) FS Casey Wright has committed to Clemson
=============== #4 Wisconsin Badgers (9-1) ===============
Last week, Wisconsin won 31-17 against Penn State (7-3).
This week, the Badgers travel to East Lansing to face the Michigan State Spartans (5-5).
In recruiting news, the following Wisconsin targets have announced their decisions:
- (****) LE Darius Gaddis has committed to Wisconsin
Forcier Fuels Fourth Quarter Flurry
Illini: 7 7 3 28 45
Purdue: 21 7 3 7 38
This was game had all the stars aligned perfectly for Purdue coming into it. The Illini were 6-4, and coming off a huge loss to Michigan. Furthermore, next week they play the Badgers in Camp Randall. Illinois has one of the worst scoring defenses in the country. And if that weren't enough, Illinois would be without the nation's leading rusher.
Purdue would take advantage of all of this, along with two early Illini turnovers, to commandeer a 21-7 first quarter lead. Forcier was looking terrible, and the rest of the offense for the Fighting Illini looked completely out of sync without Green in the backfield.
The second quarter looked much the same for the Illini offense, who just could not find a spark. Purdue seemingly let off the gas as well. The teams would trade touchdowns in the quarter, along with a 44 yard field goal that was missed by Weddle (short). Everything was looking great for Purdue with the score 28-14 at the hafl.
Illinois came out of the break just looking beaten. Purdue was able to march down the field on the opening possession of the half and nail a field goal, giving them a 3 score edge. Illinois would match with a field goal of their own, but the Purdue pass rush and dropped passing were beginning to heavily frustrate the offense.
The start of the fourth quarter came with the score 31-17, and there it seemed that a light kicked on for Forcier. With 7:49 remaining, Forcier would be forced out of the pocket to his left and heave one towards the back of the endzone into double coverage while falling backwards. Somehow, the ball was able to find it's way over the defender's outstretched arms and into those of Davidson, who managed to just barely get his toe down on one foot and complete the catch. On the ensuing kickoff, a big pop by Palmer knocked the ball loose, and Thrash would recover it for the Illini. On the very next play, Forcier would find Davidson again, this time with absolutely nobody around him, for a 20 yard score and a newly tied ball game.
Illinois would get the ball back after a Purdue three and out, and go on the move. McLaughlin, who saw limited action in place for Green, would end up capping a shortened-field drive on a 4 yard pitch to the outside, and Illinois would have their first lead of the game.
Unfortunately for Illinois, 3:10 was more than enough time for Purdue to get back into the game. Facing 4th and 7, from the 20, McGloin was able to convert and set up first and goal from the four. From there, he would toss the ball over to the right and let Ross take in the game tying score with 0:49 remaining in regulation.
Illinois would get the ball in decent field position, and rather than settling for their fourth overtime game of the season, Coach Cheez would elect to try and move the ball down the field. A 10 yard pass to Langford would set the ball at the Illini 38 with about 40 seconds to go. Forcier hurried up to the line, and got everyone set. The defense was struggling with the 5 wide look that Illinois had out, and they would leave Millines streaking down the sideline to Forcier's left. Forcier saw this, and lofted a pass his way, which was caught. There was no safety help over the top, so Millines was all alone to cruise to the endzone from 62 yards out, and clinch the Illini win.
The play that changed the game.
The Spartans of Michigan St did everything they could to pull out a win to keep hope of becoming bowl eligible, but it wasnt meant to be. Wisconsin had 3 turnovers deep in Michigan St terrority, but could never muster enough to keep drives alive. 2 missed FGs would also hurt the Spartans chances. It wasnt until the 4th Q did Wisconsin start seeing some breaks. HB Williams got a 11 yard recieving TD, which was followed with a TE Robinson TD catch, and a play after a Spartan turnover, Williams used his "magical" speed to get a 21 TD catch. The 21 point swing late in the game was too much to ask for the Spartans to come back from. The season finale will be a rematch of the great OT comeback that happened a year ago, with Coach Cheez bringing his Fightin Illini into Mad Town.
#4 Wisconsin 35 - Michigan St 21
#23 OSU 21
#12 USC 29
Oregon State QB Ryan Katz simply played horrible against the Trojans. He threw 6 interceptions killing any chance for a Beavers victory. The Beavers had trouble moving for most of the day, except on their opening drive when they took it 50 yards for the game's first touchdown. USC responded with 13 unanswered points and looked like they were going to lead at half time, except Katz hit Jordan Bishop on a 57 yard TD pass as time expired to end the half. Then in the second USC just dominated both sides of the ball scoring 16 unanswered points to take a commanding 29-14 lead. The Beavers would score a touchdown late, but that would be as close it would get. Up next the Beavers host conference leader Arizona
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