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Winners and Losers: While Alabama and Oregon were sweating, Kansas State cruised again

Graham Watson
Dr. Saturday

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While you were watching LSU-Alabama, and maybe clicking over to catch USC-Oregon, Kansas State was having perhaps the most impressive night of any of the top four BCS Championship Game contenders.

Notre Dame was taken to the wire by Pitt. Alabama played a tough game against LSU. Oregon scored a ton against USC, but gave up a ton, too.

Kansas State just kept rolling along, solidifying its No. 2 spot in the BCS standings. Oklahoma State is not a bad team, but the Wildcats were clearly the dominant squad in their 44-30 win.

Quarterback Collin Klein kept rolling along too, toward a trip to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony. He scored his 50th career rushing touchdown in the win. He completed 16 of 22 passes for 244 yards, and rushed for 65 more. Klein was knocked out of the game in the second half with what appeared to be an arm injury, though he didn't appear to be in significant pain on the bench and coach Bill Snyder declined to talk about it. Hopefully keeping him on the bench was just a precautionary measure in a blowout win. The final score probably ended up being a little closer than it would have had Klein stayed in the game.

While Klein was leading the offense up and down the field, Kansas State's defense did what it always does -- force turnovers. Oklahoma State's Wes Lunt threw three interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown.

Kansas State has some tricky games remaining. The Wildcats play at TCU next week, at Baylor on Nov. 17 and against Texas to finish the regular season. Those games won't be easy, but Kansas State has shown it is capable of winning them all. As long as Klein is healthy.

Here's are the rest of the Winners and Losers from Week 10:

Winners

Texas A&M: Half of a season doesn't determine whether a coach will be a hit or miss. But the Aggies have to feel really good about Kevin Sumlin.

Texas A&M went on the road and thumped 17th-ranked Mississippi State 38-13. Texas A&M is now 7-2 and next week's game against Alabama might be rather interesting. The Aggies' only losses so far in Sumlin's first season are a three-point opening-week loss against Florida and a five-point loss to LSU. No shame in either of those. With freshman phenom Johnny Manziel at quarterback and a seemingly great coaching hire in Sumlin, the future looks great for Texas A&M.

Teddy Bridgewater: There's a quarterback of a 9-0 team with 18 touchdowns, four interceptions and almost 2,500 yards passing who has received almost no buzz as a Heisman Trophy contender. Maybe after Bridgewater's 324 passing yards and five touchdowns against Temple to keep Louisville undefeated, he'll start to get a little bit of notice as one of college football's elite players. The sophomore threw for 416 yards in a huge overtime win against Cincinnati last week, and his performance on Saturday was his fourth 300-yard performance in nine games this season.

Clemson: When the Tigers lost at Florida State on Sept. 22, they fell off the radar a bit. But while USC and Oregon were busy lighting up the scoreboard on the West Coast, Clemson was doing the same, just for a much smaller television audience.

Clemson went on the road against Duke and scored 42 points and gained 487 yards. Oh, and that was just in the first half. Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd had 316 yards and five touchdowns before halftime. The Tigers have scored at least 37 points in every game since the season opener, when they got just 26 in a win against Auburn, and Clemson is the most exciting power conference team nobody is watching.

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Shawn Petty: There wasn't a player in college football today who was put in a more difficult position than Petty. Maryland's top four quarterbacks were injured so coach Randy Edsall asked Petty, a linebacker, to switch over and play quarterback. He got the nod pretty much because he did it in high school and the Terps didn't have any better option. And give Petty a ton of credit: He wasn't all that bad. Petty completed 9 of 18 passes for 115 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Consider that Georgia Tech's quarterbacks combined to go 2 of 4 for 31 yards. Maryland lost 33-13, and it's going to be a tough go the rest of the season with its fifth-string quarterback, but we give Petty a ton of credit for being competent in such a tough spot.

You also don't see a quarterback wearing No. 31 very often, so there's that too.

Nebraska: The Big Ten might be bad, but boy is it an adventure. Nebraska supplied the latest craziness with its game-winning touchdown with six seconds remaining to give the Cornhuskers a 28-24 win over Michigan State. The win kept Nebraska tied atop the Leaders Division with the Cornhuskers holding the tiebreaker with a win over Michigan last week. No team has benefited more from close games than Nebraska. Out of five Big Ten games, the Cornhuskers have won three by four or fewer points and all of them have come because of some sort of late rally. Against Michigan State, Nebraska scored two touchdowns in the final seven minutes to overcome a 24-14 deficit.

Losers

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B.J. Daniels: South Florida's senior quarterback had his season and his collegiate career cut short Saturday after suffering a broken ankle during a 13-6 win against Connecticut.

"With his injury [Saturday] it is, from what I'm being told at this point, it is likely a broken ankle, and B.J. will be done for the year," coach Skip Holtz said after the game. "As nice as it is to win … it comes with the other part of your heart [that's] broken for a young man that has competed his tail off and given everything that he's had to this university for the last four years. It's just painful. It's hard."

Daniels has started four seasons for the Bulls and was on pace to break Matt Grothe's Big East total offense record.

Prior to Daniels' exit, he completed 19 of 29 passes for 199 yards and an interception. He also rushed for a touchdown, which made him the South Florida career leader for rushing touchdowns with 25.

Redshirt freshman Matt Floyd will lead the Bulls for the rest of the season and will have a bye weekend to prepare for South Florida's game against Miami on Nov. 17.

Boise State: Never thought the day would come when Boise State found itself in the losers post, but here it is. With a 21-19 loss to San Diego State, the Broncos not only lost their position atop the Mountain West and their coveted spot in the BCS standings, they also lost their second game of the season — the first time that has happened since 2007. In the last four years, Boise State has only lost three games total.

San Diego State came to Boise State's famed blue turf and played unafraid. The Broncos have only lost at home four times since 2000 and now the Aztecs are part of that elite company.

Obviously, this Boise State team is a shell of the ones that have turned the BCS standings on its head for the past couple years. And now it might not win its conference title for the second consecutive season.

Joker Phillips: When a coach can't even present a passionate argument for getting another year as head coach, the future is clear. After a 40-0 loss to Vanderbilt, Kentucky's worst loss to the Commodores since 1916, Phillips sounded resigned to what would happen next when he was asked about AD Mitch Barnhart wanting to keep him around for another year.

"We're making it real tough on him," Phillips said, according to the Courier-Journal.

In response to another question about his future, Phillips said, "I understand this is a results business." When asked if he deserves to come back for another year, he said, "We've got a lot of young kids in this program, but that's not for me to decide."

The next step for Kentucky looks pretty clear.

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Colorado's offense: Just when you thought Colorado football couldn't get any worse, Saturday's game against Stanford happened. How bad was it? There was a point early in the third quarter in which Stanford had 35 points and Colorado had 20 yards. The Buffaloes ended with 21 rushing attempts for minus-21 yards. Yes, you had 21 more rushing yards than Colorado by just sitting on your couch. CU, which is now 1-8 and perhaps the most hopeless program in college football, had 76 yards total and six first downs. The only lingering thought is: How bad is Washington State that it actually lost to this Colorado team?

Bobby Hebert: In the fourth quarter of Alabama's thrilling 21-17 win over LSU, radio host Bobby Hebert, a former New Orleans Saints quarterback, was escorted out of the LSU press box for excessive cheering.

Had he just been able to hold his tongue, he would have been able to see the touchdown that put LSU ahead 17-14. But he was escorted out right before the play happened.

Hebert, who infamously questioned Les Miles in the postgame press conference following last year's national championship, was warned repeatedly about cheering in the press box before LSU officials decided to have a uniformed police officer remove him.

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