AP Top 25: USF rises; UF slips; FSU drops out

AP Top 25: USF rises; UF slips; FSU drops out

Behind a poised performance from quarterback Kenny Hill and a dogged display from its defensive backfield, TCU jumped to a big lead, then held off sixth-ranked Oklahoma State for a stunning 44-31 victory to announce its arrival to the Big 12 title - and College Football Playoff - conversation. Having watched TCU hog the ball for 39 minutes and rush for 238 yards, Spencer gazed down at a stat sheet through his professorial, wire-rimmed glasses and said, "The highs aren't high enough in what we do, and the lows are way too low".

There are still two months of football to play, and the Big 12 race is now more competitive after one week of conference play than many expected it to be. While the two teams will have to settle their score on the field, one thing for certain is that we should expect points early and often. "We play better that way".

No. 6 Oklahoma State Cowboys (3-0) vs. TCU's 30-14 road record since 2009 - with seven wins over Top 25 squads - ranked No. 3 nationally.

"For us, if the d-line is disrupting like all the stuff they want to do then like establish the run game, then we just open it up for everyone else to make plays, and I feel like our guys really stepped up", Banogu said.

More miscues proved costly to Oklahoma State in the fourth quarter as it tried to mount a comeback.

TCU running back Sewo Olonilua also contributed to the Horned Frogs 137-yard edge in rushing yards with 38 yards on nine carries, including another touchdown from one yard out, which was his third of the season.

Rudolph, who entered the game as one of the nation's top-rated quarterbacks, finished 22 of 41 for 398 yards with two TDs, but lost a fumble and tossed two interceptions. Instead, senior safety Nick Orr read the play perfectly and intercepted receiver Jalen McCleskey's toss at the TCU 5-yard line.

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Even star receiver Odell Beckham Jr . "The dimensions of the field were going to be the same", quarterback Matthew Stafford said . So if you are going to come and bash us, don't bash one guy". "We've got to find a way to get better and get better in a hurry".

"They (TCU) were exhausted". They might even scale all the way back through the drive and find, in memory, the fourth-and-2 spent still 60 yards away, McSorley's 6-yard pass to Saeed Blacknall.

"Not only he has speed, but he's very powerful", Patterson said. "Would you like to have it back?" Oklahoma State has won four of the five previous meetings since the Frogs joined the league, including a 3-0 mark in Stillwater.

TCU was nearly magical on third down, converting 11 of 19 attempts - including crucial plays of third-and-7, third-and-11, third-and-15, third-and-6 and third-and-11 plays that either led to scores or at least kept an exhausted Oklahoma State on the defense a while longer.

Texas Tech's Dakota Allen was named Defensive Player of the Week, while TCU's Darius Anderson (Offensive) Oklahoma's Trey Sermon (Newcomer) and Baylor's Connor Martin (Special Team) rounded out the list.

Gundy said Hill's workload Saturday was largely because of his experience and maturity, which is something King and Brown will obtain as their careers advance.

Southern Methodist Mustangs wide receiver Shelby Walker (9) has his head rubbed by head coach Chad Morris after a 44-21 win over the Arkansas State Red Wolves on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Ford Stadium on the SMU campus in Dallas. The running back (Justice Hill) is a really good player. "Obviously, we hadn't been able to do that".

The game that potentially could get more attention is the following week, November 11 in Norman between Oklahoma and TCU, in perhaps a preview of the Big 12 title game. Oklahoma 4. Penn State 5. Oklahoma was a 28-point favorite at Baylor. "Well, we're not going to listen to anybody now that they're going to tell us how great we are".