Top-25 College Football Game Capsules

Updated: November 8, 2013

Waco, TX ( – Statement made. And fifth-ranked Baylor showed
it can play a little defense too. Bryce Petty threw three touchdown passes and
ran for two more as Baylor routed No. 12 Oklahoma, 41-12, to move to 8-0 for
the first time in school history. The Bears scored 28 unanswered points after
the Sooners took a 5-3 lead following a safety and a field goal early in the
second quarter and never looked back. Baylor outgained Oklahoma, 459-237, and
ran for 255 yards on 54 carries. It’s been quite the turnaround for the Bears,
who were the laughing stock of the Big 12 prior to head coach Art Briles’
arrival to Waco six years ago. Robert Griffin III revived the football program
and lifted them to national prominence in 2011 when he won the Heisman and
guided Baylor to a 9-3 mark, but those Griffin-led teams were never part of
the national title discussion. This year’s squad now is.

Final Score: (6) Stanford 26, (2) Oregon 20

Stanford, CA ( – Tyler Gaffney rushed for 157 yards and a
touchdown on a school-record 45 carries as the sixth-ranked Stanford Cardinal
survived a late scare and stunned No. 2 Oregon for a second straight season
with a 26-20 victory from Stanford Stadium. The Cardinal (8-1, 6-1 Pac-12)
made a statement to the rest of the nation, dominating the Ducks (8-1, 5-1) in
every facet of the game for three quarters before nearly giving it away in the
fourth. Stanford took a 23-0 lead into the final frame and tacked on a 30-yard
Jordan Williamson field goal early on for a 26-0 advantage. Heisman hopeful
Marcus Mariota then marched Oregon down the field in five plays and threw a
23-yard touchdown pass to Daryle Hawkins to put the Ducks on the board. After
the Cardinal drove into field goal range, Williamson’s 40-yard try was blocked
and returned 65 yards for a touchdown by Rodney Hardrick. Alejandro
Maldonado’s onside kick was successful, and Mariota’s 4th-and-goal touchdown
pass to Pharaoh Brown made it a one-score game with 2:12 left to play.
Maldonado and the Oregon special teams unit took the field to attempt another
onside kick, but Jeff Trojan secured the ball and the game for Stanford.
Gaffney broke Tommy Vardell’s mark of 39 rushes that was set against
California in 1991.