I live in a college town and football is often a main topic of conversation. Passion and tradition run deep – the excitement of game day, the proud display of colors, students and alum gathering for pep rallies and pre-game festivities. Yet, the best is spending time with friends at tailgate parties with the smell of steaks grilling, and then cheering the home team onto victory. It doesn’t get much better than that.
The college season is now over and the Super Bowl is right around the corner. Enjoy these highlights from the 2011 season. It has been quite the year in collegiate sports.
# 11 Nebraska v. Minnesota – The Cornhuskers rushed for 346 yards in a 41-14 win against the Gophers.
No. 21 Illinois v. Purdue – Caleb TerBush passed for 178 yards and two touchdowns to help Purdue upset No. 21 Illinois 21-14.
No. 22 Penn State v. Northwestern – Silas Redd and Matt McGloin combined for three touchdowns as the Nittany Lions beat the Wildcats 34-24.
Indiana at Iowa – Marvin McNutt caught six passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns, as Iowa romped over Indiana 45-24.
No. 6 Oklahoma State v. Missouri – Running back Joseph Randle had four touchdowns in the Cowboys’ 45-24 win.
No. 16 Kansas State v. Kansas – The Wildcats moved to 7-0 for the first time since 1999 with a 59-21 win over the Jayhawks.
No. 18 Texas A&M v. Iowa State – Quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns in the Aggies’ 33-17 win against the Cyclones.
No. 8 Oregon v. Colorado- Running back Kenjon Barner gained 115 yards on 10 carries as the Ducks defeated the Tigers 45-2.
UCLA at Arizona (Thursday) – Arizona rolled up a 42-7 halftime lead and coasted past UCLA 48-12.
No. 2 LSU v. No. 23 Auburn – Running back Michael Ford had 82 yards on 12 carries to lead the Tigers to a 45-10 victory.
No. 3 Alabama v. Tennessee – Quarterback AJ McCarron threw for 284 yards and a touchdown and ran for another while leading
No. 3 Crimson Tide to 37-6 win over the Volunteers.
No. 10 Arkansas v. Mississippi -The Razorbacks rallied from 17 down to defeat the Rebels 29-24.
Mountain West Conference
No. 7 Boise State v. Air Force – Quarterback Kellen Moore threw for 265 yards and three touchdowns in the Broncos’ 37-26 win.
New Mexico at TCU — The Horned Frogs outgained the Lobos 515-85 in a 69-0 rout.
Wake Forest at Duke – Tanner Price connected with Chris Givens on a 66-yard TD pass with 6:52 remaining to give Wake Forest a 24-23 win over Duke.
Army at Vanderbilt – Zac Stacy rushed for 198 yards and three TDs in Vanderbilt’s 44-21 win over Army.
Jacksonville State at Kentucky – CoShik Williams carried 22 times for 148 yards to help Kentucky crush Jacksonville State 38-14.