Around college football: Oregon rises to No.2
Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez, playing on an injured foot, passed for 139 yards and a touchdown against Minnesota.
Oregon passed Florida State and moved into second place behind Alabama in the Bowl Championship Series standings.
Florida State had a slim lead on Oregon in the first standings last week. But Oregon’s 42-14 victory over UCLA on Saturday gave the Ducks the boost they needed.
Oregon moved up to third from fourth in the computer ratings and remained second in both the USA Today coaches’ poll and the Harris poll to give it a .9517 BCS average.
Florida State, after routing North Carolina State 49-17 on Saturday, has a .9211 BCS average. The Seminoles are third in each poll, though they gained a little ground on the Ducks, and second in the computer ratings.
Two-time defending national champion Alabama is first across the board.
Ohio State is still fourth in the standings after its 63-14 victory against Penn State.
Texas’ win over TCU delayed for more than three hours
Texas has figured out how to deal with lengthy weather delays.
The Longhorns overcame a lightning delay that lasted 3 hours, 6 minutes — longer than it took to play the game — in a 30-7 victory at TCU that ended early yesterday morning.
A swarming Texas defense forced a fumble on an early sack that set up a short touchdown. The Longhorns (5-2, 4-0 Big 12) won their fourth game in a row while limiting TCU to 246 total yards.
Seven weeks earlier, Texas had to wait out a delay of 1 hour, 47 minutes before starting its game at BYU, a 40-21 loss.
Foot injury doesn’t keep Martinez out for Nebraska
Taylor Martinez wasn’t supposed to return until he was 100 percent healthy. Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said it repeatedly the past month.
But Martinez started against Minnesota on Saturday at anything but full strength. The senior quarterback acknowledged as much after the Cornhuskers’ 34-23 loss to the Gophers.
Martinez also said the injury to his left foot had been inaccurately described to the media as turf toe, which is a sprain of the ligaments around the big toe joint. The injury actually is to his second and third toes. He declined to comment when asked if either of the toes were sprained or broken.
“It’s been a very rough past month, five weeks or whatever it’s been,” Martinez said.
Pelini, during his postgame news conference in Minneapolis, didn’t speak directly to why Martinez started.
“Let’s not go there and act like Taylor Martinez lost this football game for us,” Pelini said. “Our problems today were far beyond who our quarterback was. That was a team loss.”