College football Week 11 scores, Top 25 analysis and must-see moments

Letitia Denham

The wild moments came fast and furious in Week 11 before we even got to Saturday. There was a game-winning, fake-spike touchdown for Western Michigan on Wednesday. There was late-game pettiness and controversy from Iowa and Cincinnati on Friday. Then came Saturday, when we saw QB heroics from Florida’s Kyle […]

The wild moments came fast and furious in Week 11 before we even got to Saturday.

There was a game-winning, fake-spike touchdown for Western Michigan on Wednesday. There was late-game pettiness and controversy from Iowa and Cincinnati on Friday.

Then came Saturday, when we saw QB heroics from Florida’s Kyle Trask and UNC’s Sam Howell. We saw a wild comeback from Tulsa, and Lane Kiffin lit up the scoreboard and lost his play sheet.

So there was a little bit of everything on Saturday. Here’s what you need to know.

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Top 25 takeaways

No. 13 Wisconsin Badgers 49, Michigan Wolverines 11

A 21-day layoff didn’t faze the Badgers, who dominated Michigan for the second consecutive year. Wisconsin stormed out to a 28-0 lead in the first 19:53, capitalizing on Joe Milton interceptions on each of Michigan’s first two possessions. While quarterback Graham Mertz looked a bit rusty after his COVID-19 absence, Wisconsin’s signature run game and defense took over. The Badgers outrushed Michigan 341-47, and Jim Leonhard’s defense held Michigan to 45 total plays. Although Wisconsin has no margin for error in games played, it remains the team to beat in the Big Ten West. — Adam Rittenberg

No. 11 Oregon Ducks 43, Washington State Cougars 29

It took some time for the Ducks to get going, but after a bumpy first half in Pullman, they responded with an impressive second half to run away from Washington State and improve to 2-0. Quarterback Tyler Shough completed 21 of 30 passes for 312 yards with four touchdowns and really got into rhythm as Oregon scored 29 second-half points. Through two weeks, Oregon has solidified its preseason billing as the Pac-12 favorite. — Kyle Bonagura

Tulsa Golden Hurricane 28, No. 17 SMU Mustangs 24

That one is gonna sting for the Mustangs. After holding a three-touchdown lead early and a 24-7 halftime advantage, the Ponies went scoreless in the second half while Tulsa mounted a comeback win. This delivers a major blow to SMU’s conference championship game hopes, as it now sits two games in the loss column behind both Cincinnati and Tulsa in the AAC. SMU QB Shane Buechele struggled in the second half, going 7-for-18 passing and throwing an interception on the Mustangs’ final drive of the game. — Sam Khan Jr.

No. 6 Florida 63, Arkansas 35

With the rest of the country’s top passers off this weekend, Kyle Trask made a statement by throwing six touchdowns in the blowout win against Arkansas, showing why he deserves to be in the thick of the Heisman Trophy race. And keep in mind that he threw all those touchdowns without his best playmaker, tight end Kyle Pitts, who missed the game with a concussion. Trask spread the ball around, finding Trevon Grimes, Jacob Copeland, Justin Shorter and more. – Alex Scarborough

No. 23 Northwestern 27, Purdue 20

The Wildcats’ defense allowed points in the second half for the first time this season, but made enough key stops down the stretch to keep the team perfect on the season. Northwestern denied Purdue on 13 of 17 third-down attempts, allowed just two net rush yards and finally got a fourth-down stop in the final minutes. Better quarterback play and better playcalling remain evident for the Wildcats, who got three touchdowns from wide receiver Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman, excellent pass protection and efficient play from quarterback Peyton Ramsey. The Big Ten West likely comes down to next week’s game against Wisconsin. — Adam Rittenberg

No. 20 USC 34, Arizona 30

For the second straight week, the Trojans needed a late touchdown to beat a team from Arizona. What’s clear is that any fantasies the Trojans had about being part of the College Football Playoff discussion are not realistic. They remain in good position to win the Pac-12 South and challenge for the conference title, but this isn’t a team that will scare any serious national contender. — Kyle Bonagura

No. 2 Notre Dame 45, Boston College 31

There was concern of whether Notre Dame would have a hangover from the emotional win over Clemson last week and if it would impact the game against Boston College. The Irish got off to a slower start than they would’ve liked, but they pulled away in the second quarter, scoring 21 points, and eventually putting the Eagles away. Quarterback Ian Book threw for three touchdowns and ran for another. There were some mistakes in the game that need to be cleaned up, including three fumbles and the defense bending more than it should, but Notre Dame continues to roll as it gets closer to the ACC Championship game. — Tom VanHaaren

No. 25 Louisiana 38, South Alabama 10

Louisiana was averaging only three points per game in the first quarter, but the Ragin’ Cajuns scored TDs on four of their first five drives and cruised to an easy win. They rushed for 254 yards and threw for 252, with just about everyone getting involved — seven players had a carry and 12 caught a pass. The win moves them to 7-1, and they should be 9-1 when they head to Appalachian State on Dec. 4. — Bill Connelly

No. 9 Miami 25, Virginia Tech 24

For a second straight week, Miami needed a fourth-quarter comeback to win. This time, it happened against longtime Big East/ACC Coastal Division rival Virginia Tech, a team that controlled the line of scrimmage for vast swaths of the game. But when it mattered most, the difference-maker once again was Miami quarterback D’Eriq King. His 36-yard touchdown pass to Mark Pope with 5:59 left in the game was the final score in the Hurricanes 25-24 win. Miami was missing 13 players, including two starters on the offensive line and starting linebacker Zach McCloud. In most seasons, Miami would find a way to lose a game like this, but in this most unusual 2020 season, Miami keeps finding ways to win. — Andrea Adelson

No. 10 Indiana 24, Michigan State 0

With their win over the Spartans on Saturday, the Hoosiers won their first game as a top-10 team since 1967, when Indiana beat Michigan State. Despite two interceptions off of quarterback Michael Penix Jr., there wasn’t much you can point to that Indiana really needs to improve on. And those turnovers didn’t equate to points, so even that is nitpicking. Penix threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns, and the Indiana defense held Michigan State to just 191 total yards. Another impressive win for the Hoosiers. — Tom VanHaaren

No. 16 Marshall 42, Middle Tennessee 14

Marshall broke a 7-7 tie with a 21-0 run late in the first half and early in the second, then rolled to a 7-0 record with a host of big plays. Grant Wells threw for 336 yards and five touchdowns — two each to Willie Johnson and Corey Gammage — and that was more than enough for a stout Herd defense. Marshall’s helmets sported the No. 75 in honor of the victims of the crash of Southern Airways Flight 932 50 years ago today. — Bill Connelly

No. 22 Liberty 58, Western Carolina

Coming off a big win against Virginia Tech, Liberty stayed hot by running through FCS Western Carolina (playing its first game of the 2020 season) 58-14. The Flames’ offense was overbearing for the Catamounts’ defense, led by quarterback Malik Willis, who threw for 306 yards and three touchdowns and added 97 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. The game was a nice little warm-up before Liberty goes for another ACC win next week against NC State. — Harry Lyles Jr.

No. 7 Cincinnati 55, East Carolina 17

The Bearcats had an easy one lined up on the schedule in ECU, and they made it look like it in a 55-17 win. Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell apologized after the game for running a fake punt while up 32 points in the fourth quarter, but for a team that has an outside shot at the College Football Playoff, trying to score every point possible might not be the worst idea. — Harry Lyles Jr.

Lane Kiffin celebrations still the best

The Duck’s putting in work from home

While the Oregon Duck can’t actually be at the game, it’s making sure to keep up with every touchdown.

That’ll leave a mark

What do you think is worse, running into a brick wall or getting knocked down by Colin Schooler?

Like father, like son

Brenden Rice took after his dad, Jerry Rice, and got wide open for this touchdown.

There’s no stopping Jones

Marcus Jones turned the wheels on for this punt return TD.

Nothing to see here

Just Dee Wiggins reminding us of Odell Beckham Jr.’s bout with the kicker’s net.



Running a route, Dee Wiggins gets forced out of bounds and crashes into the kicking net on the Hurricanes’ sideline.

Yes, Ben Skowronek really caught that

And he topped it off with a mean mug.

What was he thinking?

Doubt you’ll ever see something like this kick-pick-six again.



Army attempts a backward pass on the kick return, but Tulane’s Jaetavian Toles grabs it and returns it for the touchdown.

Big Ten standings in 2020 look a little bit different

Who would have thought they’d see Indiana atop the Big Ten East?

No fans, no problems

Stanford got a little creative with how it decided to fill its stadium.

A scoop and score … then another scoop

Nebraska’s Deontai Williams forced a fumble and returned it for a touchdown.

And Scott Frost could barely contain his excitement about the play.

Is Indiana a football school?

Not quite yet, but plays like this are fun seeing from the Hoosiers.

A new low for Michigan

When even Desmond Howard can’t stand behind his Wolverines, you know it’s going to be messy in Ann Arbor.

Free-falling Big Ten programs?

Kind of hard not to laugh at the shot the TV program description takes at the Nebraska-Penn State game.

And the jokes continued throughout the game.

A touching tribute

Kentucky offensive line coach John Schlarman died Thursday following a two-year battle with cancer, and the Wildcats honored him by leaving the left tackle position open.



Wildcats leave a space empty on the offensive line and take a delay of game penalty in honor of coach John Schlarman, who died after a battle with cancer. Vanderbilt declined the penalty.

Friday night feistiness

Let’s start with Iowa-Minnesota, where the Hawkeyes won for the sixth straight time to claim the glorious Floyd of Rosedale trophy. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Minnesota had to watch as Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz called all three of his timeouts in the final seconds despite leading 35-0. In fairness, Gophers coach P.J. Fleck called the first timeout in the final minute as his team tried to break the shutout, and then the Hawkeyes proceeded to use all three of theirs.

Asked about it after his team’s 35-7 win, Ferentz said, “Figured we’d take Floyd with us and leave the timeouts here.”

Around the same time, No. 7 Cincinnati showed no mercy against East Carolina, running a fake punt up 42-10 with eight minutes remaining en route to a 55-17 victory. Hey, when you’re trying to become the first Group of 5 team to make the College Football Playoff, style points count, we guess. Either way, East Carolina’s coach did not seem amused.

Word up

Mike Gundy, miked up last week against Kansas State, wasn’t a fan of the band’s old-school “jamz” while his team was on offense.

Everything old is new again

It’s North Carolina throwback time, way back to when Mack Brown was the coach.

Michigan State is remembering former coach George Perles with throwbacks featuring the old-school Block S.

So Money

Texas put walk-on receiver Kai Money on scholarship and notified him with a video from his parents on the JumboTron.

History in the making

Remembering when College GameDay became a road show, and Lee Corso pulled the ol’ hat trick on the crowd for the first time.

A somber remembrance

Boston College has selected Saturday’s game against Notre Dame as its “Red Bandana” game to honor BC alum Welles Crowther, who died in the South Tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11 while helping to save others. This year, the uniforms feature the bandana design pattern in the numbers and stripes. For more on the Red Bandana story, watch this SportsCenter Featured story, “The Man In The Red Bandana,” about Crowther.

Fifty years after a plane crash that killed 75 members of the Marshall team and staff on Nov. 14, 1970, Marshall will wear black uniforms with the No. 75 on helmets.

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