Week 13 in FBS College Football felt an awful lot like the calm before the storm. No big upsets, no big comebacks, no big shuffling of the top ranked teams. Week 13 felt like a big cleansing breath before the upcoming Rivalry Week storm. There was an unusually high number of games with no lead changes – 37 out of 59 games, or a year-high 63% – and, with 5 teams tying for the largest come-from-behind victory, you really don’t have a Crisis Management Award “winner”, you have a basketball squad of co-winners.
So, yes, Week 13 was a rather ho-hum affair in FBS College Football, but, hey, we could use the break.
TEAMS WITH THE MOST DOUBLE-DIGIT COMEBACKS
3: Florida State, Iowa, North Carolina, South Florida, Washington 2: Appalachian State, Arizona, Baylor, Boise State, Bowling Green, California, Colorado State, Florida Atlantic, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, LSU, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina State, TCU, Toledo, UAB, Washington State, Western Michigan
TEAMS WITH THE MOST DOUBLE-DIGIT COLLAPSES
4: Massachusetts, Western Kentucky 3: Ball State, Colorado, Iowa State, Louisiana-Monroe, South Carolina 2: Arizona State, Arkansas, Boston College, BYU, Buffalo, Florida International, Georgia State, Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana Tech, Nebraska, New Mexico, Pittsburgh, Purdue, San Diego State, Texas State, Texas Tech, Troy, Tulsa, Washington State
There were only 8 come-from-behind victories in Week 13 in which the winning team trailed by 10 points or more, and 5 of those games tied for the largest come-from-behind victory. In the Week 13 comebacks from a deficit of 10 points or more:
Texas Tech came back from 10 points down against Iowa State before pulling off the victory, 34 – 31; Army was down by 10 points to FCS Fordham before rallying back for a 42 – 31 win; and, Middle Tennessee had to overcome a 13 point deficit before besting Florida Atlantic, 35 – 34.
But, no team overcame a larger deficit in Week 13 than the group of five who had to overcome a two touchdown deficit before securing their victory.
Minnesota and Nebraska would square off in what was, in essence, an elimination game for the Big Ten West Conference Championship. The winner would still have a chance to win the B1G West, the loser would have to wait for next year. Nebraska scored first and took a 21 – 7 point lead into the halftime locker room. But, for the second week in row, against a Big Ten West rival, the Cornhuskers would relinquish a 14 point lead and fall in the standings and the rankings.
With 2 third quarter touchdowns sandwiching a Nebraska field goal, the Golden Gophers entered the 4th quarter down 24 – 21. A Mitch Leidner 2 yard TD plunge with just under 4:00 to play put Minnesota up for the first time, 28 – 21. With Nebraska driving for a potential go-ahead touchdown, Briean Boddy-Calhoun forced and recovered a fumble following a 28 yard pass to the Golden Gophers 4 yard line. This clinched the victory, kept the Golden Gopher’s hopes alive for a Big Ten West title and earns them a share of the Week 13 Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award.
Old Dominion earned their share of this week’s award by overcoming a 2nd quarter, 21 – 7, deficit against Louisiana Tech. The Monarchs managed to get within 10 at halftime, 24 – 14 and then held the Bulldogs scoreless in the second half, tying up the score at 24 – 24 with just under 7 minutes left in the game to force overtime. In overtime, Louisiana Tech had first possession and had to settle for a 25 yard field goal. On Old Dominion’s possession, Taylor Heinicke connected with David Washington on an 8 yard touchdown pass to secure the victory and complete the comeback.
Western Michigan spotted in-state and MAC rival Central Michigan, 14 1st quarter points before starting their march to victory. With three 2nd quarter touchdowns (including one 2-point conversion), the Broncos took a 22 – 17 halftime lead against the Chippewas. Western Michigan kept control of the game in the second half and won by a final score of 32 – 20 to earn a share of the Week 13 SHC College Football Crisis Management Award.
Meanwhile, in Pac 12 action, the air raid that is Washington State football, jumped out to a 21 – 7 lead over the Sun Devils from Arizona State. Arizona State rallied back to tie the score at 21 – 21 before the Cougars booted a last second field goal to enter halftime with a 24 – 21 lead. Footballs continued to fly in the second half (a total of 101 passes were thrown in this game – 74 of them by WSU QB Luke Falk), but the Sun Devils put up 31 unanswered points to run away with the victory. An end of the game touchdown by Washington State completed the scoring, 52 – 31.
And, out in the Hawaiian Islands, the Warriors completed the Week 13 slate of FBS football games with a comeback of their own. Never fails – the last games played seem to always impact our awards. In this battle, UNLV put up the first two touchdowns to go ahead 14 – 0 in the 1st quarter. Hawaii fought back and tied the score at 14 – 14 going into halftime. The Warriors took their first lead of the game by scoring the only third quarter touchdown before all heck broke loose in the 4th quarter.
Hawaii went up by 10 early in the 4th quarter. Two UNLV touchdowns gave the lead back to the Rebels with just under 5 minutes left in the game. A Warrior touchdown at the 2 minute mark put Hawaii up 31 – 28, but the Rebels wrestled the lead back with just 15 seconds left on a touchdown pass from Blake Decker to Taylor Barnhill. But wait, we’re not done! Hawaii took the kickoff to the UNLV 42 yard line; hit a 22 yard pass with 5 seconds left; threw an incomplete pass with 1 second left ; and then connected on a 20 yard touchdown pass from Ikaika Woosley to Marcus Kemp to secure an amazing victory! On an otherwise blasé weekend, this game brought some much needed excitement to the week, too bad nobody saw it!
Congratulations to all our winners this week!
Now, let’s hope Rivalry Week brings with it some more excitement.
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