Notre Dame roll on

Updated: November 5, 2012

Missed week 10 of the NCAA this weekend? Here is what happened in brief.

No. 4 Oregon 62, No. 17 USC 51

Kenjon Barner promoted his Heisman candidacy with 321 rushing yards and five touchdowns in the team’s biggest game of the year. While the defence was tested more than it has all year, Oregon’s offence performed as well as ever with 730 total yards on offense. Freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota completed a career-high 87 percent of his passes for 304 passes and four touchdown. Matt Barkley threw five touchdown passes, but his two interceptions were enough to give the Trojans their third loss of the season.

No. 3 Notre Dame 29, Pittsburgh 26

Notre Dame almost lost its perfect season, but some clutch performances and a little luck helped the Irish move to 9-0 on the season. Pittsburgh gave the home team everything it could handle, behind a great performance by running back Ray Graham. He rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown, but it was not enough to come away with the win.. Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson needed an impressive performance just to force overtime after being down 20-6 in the fourth quarter. He threw for two touchdowns and rushed for the game-tying two-point conversion to even up the score in the final minutes. In overtime, a pair of field goals were followed by a pair of miscues. Cierre Wood fumbled away his opportunity to score, but Pittsburgh kicker Kevin Harper missed the 33-yard field goal to win. Finally, a quarterback sneak by Golson scored the go-ahead touchdown to help Notre Dame escape with a narrow win.

Texas 31, Texas Tech 22

Few coaches are under as much scrutiny as Mack Brown right now, but the Texas Longhorns gave him some relief with a win over in-state rival Texas Tech. David Ash threw for three touchdowns on the day, including two to Mike Davis, as Texas defeated its first ranked team in the last nine attempts. Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege had an impressive performance himself with 329 passing yards and a touchdown. Texas has a slim chance of winning the Big 12, but anything is possible with a match up against Kansas State on the final day of the regular season.

No. 7 Florida 14, Missouri 7

Florida has a habit of winning ugly games. However, it is always better to win ugly than lose pretty. Running back Mike Gillislee led the team with 113 total yards from scrimmage, but the defence was the key to the game. The Gators forced opposing quarterback James Franklin to throw four interceptions, including one in the end zone with only seconds remaining on the clock. Florida needs help to reach the SEC title game after losing to Georgia last week, but the team took care of business this week to finish 7-1 in conference play.

No. 10 Louisville 45, Temple 17

After winning its first nine games of the season, it might be about time for Louisville to get some attention. The Cardinals survived an overtime scare against Cincinnati last week and then came out strong with a big home win over Temple on Saturday.

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had five touchdowns and only nine incomplete passes in a very impressive performance. Louisville only has three more regular season games to prevent a perfect season, and two of those are against squads with losing records. The final game against Rutgers might be the final test preventing this program from at least a BCS game.

No. 16 Texas A&M 38, No. 15 Mississippi State 13

What a difference a week makes. Heading into last week’s game, Mississippi State was undefeated and was ranked No. 11 in the nation. However, a blow-out loss to Alabama and now Texas A&M changes the outlook of the Bulldogs’ season. Johnny Manziel continued his great season with one of his best performances. The quarterback completed 30-of-36 pass attempts for 336 yards, and he added 129 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. He should no longer be discussed as one of the best freshmen in the country, but rather one of the best players. Texas A&M has a tough road game at Alabama next week, but this team has already proven it is worthy of being in the SEC.

Full Scoreboard

No. 7 Florida 14, Missouri 7

No. 10 Louisville 45, Temple 17

No. 12 Oklahoma 35, Iowa State 20

No. 16 Texas A&M 38, Mississippi State 13

Arkansas 19, Tulsa 15

Georgia Tech 33, Maryland 13

Michigan 35, Minnesota 13

Cincinnati 35, Syracuse 24

Tennessee 55, Troy 48

Virginia 33, North Carolina State 6

No. 14 Stanford 48, Colorado 0

No. 6 Georgia 37, Ole Miss 10

No. 23 Texas 31, Texas Tech 22

TCU 39, No. 21 West Virginia 38

No. 20 Nebraska 28, Michigan State 24

No. 25 Louisiana Tech 51, UTSA 27

Ohio State 52, Illinois 22

No. 3 Notre Dame 29, Pittsburgh 26

No. 13 Clemson 56, Duke 20

No. 4 Oregon 62, USC 51