College Football Week 13 Recap: Winners, Losers and Standouts

The teams, players and coaches that had notable results in Week 13 of the 2021-22 college football season.

By Stone Lexington

Updated: Nov. 28, 2021 • 9:45 AM ET

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Week 13 of the college football season has concluded, and several teams shined over the weekend. Others didn’t fare so well. Below are the winners, losers and standouts from Week 13 of the 2021-22 college football season.

 

 

 

Winners

 

 

Jim Harbaugh

 

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh finally got the monkey off his back, defeating Ohio State for the first time in six tries on Saturday. Wolverines running back Hassan Haskins spearheaded Michigan’s punishing rushing attack, matching a school record with five rushing touchdowns. Michigan’s rushing attack piled up 297 yards on the ground against Ohio State, and the Wolverines punched their ticket to the Big Ten championship game for the first time with a convincing 42-27 victory over the No. 2 ranked Buckeyes. The win snapped an eight-game losing streak to Ohio State, and Michigan could advance to the College Football Playoff for the first time with a win in the championship game.

 

 

 

Oklahoma State Cowboys

 

The Oklahoma State Cowboys snapped their six-game losing streak to Oklahoma on Saturday and earned a shot at winning their first Big 12 title since 2011. With their hopes also still alive for a College Football Playoff berth, the Cowboys will face Baylor in the Big 12 championship game on Saturday. The Cowboys have already defeated Baylor this season with a 24-14 victory over the Bears on Oct. 2, but past performances don’t always predict future results.

 

 

 

Baylor Bears

 

After narrowly defeating Texas Tech on Saturday, the Baylor Bears needed an Oklahoma loss to Oklahoma State to reach the Big 12 title game for the second time in three seasons. The Bears got their wish and they’ll now face Oklahoma State for the Big 12 crown. Baylor will attempt to win its first Big 12 title since spitting the crown with TCU in 2014, but they’ll have to defeat a Cowboys team that already owns a victory over them this season.

 

 

 

Oregon Ducks

 

With their 38-29 victory over Oregon State on Saturday, the Oregon Ducks advanced to the Pac-12 championship game for the third consecutive season. In the title game, the Ducks will face the Utah Utes, a team that handed them their most resent loss. The Utes dominated Oregon 38-7 roughly a week ago, and the Ducks will certainly have to have a different game plan when they face Utah again.

 

 

 

Iowa Hawkeyes

 

Needing a Wisconsin loss to Minnesota on Saturday to advance to the Big Ten championship game, the Iowa Hawkeyes saw that scenario come to fruition. The Hawkeyes narrowly defeated Nebraska on Friday to set themselves up with a chance for a Big Ten title berth, and the Gophers came through for them. Iowa will face a confident Michigan team that secured its biggest win since 2011 on Saturday.

 

 

 

Wake Forest Demon Deacons

 

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons will have a chance to claim their first ACC title since 2006 after dominating Boston College 41-10 on Saturday. The Demon Deacons snapped Clemson’s streak of six straight Atlantic Division titles with the victory, and they’ll face Pittsburgh to see who will sit atop the ACC mountain this season. Wake Forest’s defense will certainly be tested against a Pittsburgh team that averages nearly 44 points per game.

 

 

 

San Diego State Aztecs

 

With a 27-16 victory over Boise State on Friday, the San Diego State Aztecs secured their ranking in the top 25 heading into conference championship week, while also booking their spot in the Mountain West championship game. Replacing Lucas Johnson late in the first half against the Broncos, former starting quarterback Jordon Brookshire entered the game and led the No. 21 Aztecs to 24 unanswered points en route to landmark victory. San Diego State will attempt to secure its first-ever 12-win season when they host Utah State in the Mountain West title game on Dec. 4.

 

 

 

North Texas Mean Green

 

Defeating an 11-0 team is never easy, but North Texas pulled off a stunning 45-23 victory over No. 22 UTSA on Saturday. The Mean Green’s rushing attack couldn’t be stopped, as running backs DeAndre Torrey and Ikaika Ragsdale combined for five touchdowns en route to North Texas’ fifth consecutive triumph. With the win, North Texas earned bowl eligibility.

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Losers

 

 

Ohio State Buckeyes

 

Ohio State had only lost once in their last 16 meetings against Michigan entering Saturday’s matchup, but the Buckeyes couldn’t stop the Wolverines’ rushing attack and fell to Michigan as snow fell to the ground. In the process, Ohio State head coach Ryan Day lost his first game in the Big Ten since becoming the Buckeyes full-time head coach in 2019. The loss knocked the Buckeyes out of the Big Ten title game and likely dashed their hopes of making the College Football Playoff.

 

 

 

Oklahoma Sooners

 

Not only did the Sooners miss out on a fifth straight Big 12 title game with their loss to rival Oklahoma State on Saturday, their chances of making the College Football Playoff have ceased to exist. Oklahoma had an opportunity to take the lead when they received the ball on their own 20-yard line with 54 seconds to play and nearly pulled it off. But they got as far as the Oklahoma State 24 yard-line before succumbing to a game-ending sack on fourth down. The Sooners will now wait to see what bowl they will play in.

 

 

 

UTSA Roadrunners

 

It’s nearly impossible to complete a perfect season in any sport, and UTSA found out just that with a shocking 45-23 loss to North Texas on Saturday. The Roadrunners will still host the Conference USA championship game against Western Kentucky on Friday, but the loss that involved six UTSA fumbles still stings nonetheless. UTSA had only given up six rushing touchdowns all season, but North Texas matched that late in the third quarter.

 

 

 

Wisconsin Badgers

 

With their 23-13 loss to Minnesota on Saturday, Wisconsin not only lost Paul Bunyan’s Axe, the Badgers also lost their chance to appear in the Big Ten championship game. The loss also likely dropped Wisconsin form an opportunity to appear in a New Year’s Six bowl. The Badgers are still seeking their first Big Ten title since 2012.

Standouts

 

(note: These are players or units from a team that defeated a Power 5 school, or from a team that defeated a ranked team.)

 

 

Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett - 255 passing yards, 4 touchdowns, 0 interceptions in the Bulldogs’ 45-0 victory over Georgia Tech

 

Georgia tight end Brock Bowers - 3 receptions, 100 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 45-0 victory over Georgia Tech

 

Georgia defense - 59 total tackles, 3 sacks, 8 tackles for loss, 0 points allowed in the Bulldogs’ 45-0 victory over Georgia Tech

 

 

Michigan running back Hassan Haskins - 28 carries, 169 rushing yards, 5 touchdowns in the Wolverines’ 42-27 victory over No. 2 Ohio State

 

 

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young - 317 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception in the Crimson Tide’s 24-22 victory over Auburn

 

Alabama wide receiver John Metchie III - 13 receptions, 150 receiving yards in the Crimson Tide’s 24-22 victory over Auburn

 

 

Notre Dame quarterback Jack Coan - 6 receptions, 125 receiving yards in the Fighting Irish’s 45-14 victory over Stanford

 

Notre Dame wide receiver Kevin Austin Jr. - 345 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 1 interception; 3 carries, 1 rushing touchdown in the Fighting Irish’s 45-14 victory over Stanford

 

Notre Dame tight end Michael Mayer - 9 receptions, 105 receiving yards in the Fighting Irish’s 45-14 victory over Stanford

 

 

Oklahoma State running back Spencer Sanders - 16 carries, 93 rushing yards, 1 touchdown in the Cowboys’ 37-33 victory over No. 10 Oklahoma

 

Oklahoma State wide receiver Tay Martin - 7 receptions, 89 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown; 1 carry, 1 rushing touchdown in the Cowboys’ 37-33 victory over No. 10 Oklahoma

 

 

Baylor running back Abram Smith - 30 carries, 117 rushing yards, 1 touchdown in the Bears’ 27-24 victory over Texas Tech

 

Baylor running back Trestan Ebner - 12 carries, 38 rushing yards; 4 receptions, 118 receiving yards 1 touchdown in the Bears’ 27-24 victory over Texas Tech

 

 

Ole Miss wide receiver Dontario Drummond - 14 receptions, 138 receiving yards in the Rebels’ 31-21 victory over Mississippi State

 

 

Oregon quarterback Anthony Brown - 275 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 0 interceptions; 14 carries, 83 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown in the Ducks’ 38-29 victory over Oregon State

 

Oregon running back Travis Dye - 20 carries, 99 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns; 4 receptions, 39 receiving yards in the Ducks’ 38-29 victory over Oregon State

 

Oregon wide receiver Devon Williams - 6 receptions, 110 receiving yards, 1 touchdown in the Ducks’ 38-29 victory over Oregon State

 

 

Michigan State quarterback Payton Thorne - 268 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 1 interception; 8 carries, 39 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown in the Spartans’ 30-27 victory over Penn State

 

Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker III - 30 carries, 138 rushing yards, 1 touchdown in the Spartans’ 30-27 victory over Penn State

 

Michigan State wide receiver Jayden Reed - 6 receptions, 89 receiving yards, 1 touchdown in the Spartans’ 30-27 victory over Penn State

 

 

BYU running back Tyler Allgeier - 21 carries, 111 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns; 5 receptions, 35 receiving yards in the Cougars’ 35-31 victory over USC

 

 

LSU quarterback Max Johnson - 306 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions in the Tigers’ 27-24 victory over No. 15 Texas A&M

 

LSU wide receiver Jaray Jenkins - 8 receptions, 169 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns in the Tigers’ 27-24 victory over No. 15 Texas A&M

 

 

Iowa running back Tyler Goodson - 23 carries, 156 rushing yards in the Hawkeyes’ 28-21 victory over Nebraska

 

 

Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett - 209 passing yards, 4 touchdowns, 1 interception in the Panthers’ 31-14 victory over Syracuse

 

 

Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman - 236 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 1 interception; 11 carries, 51 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown in the Demon Deacons’ 41-10 victory over Boston College

 

Wake Forest wide receiver A.T. Perry - 4 receptions, 81 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns in the Demon Deacons’ 41-10 victory over Boston College

 

Wake Forest defense - 36 total tackles, 3 sacks, 9 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, 10 points allowed in the Demon Deacons’ 41-10 victory over Boston College

 

 

Utah running back Tavion Thomas - 25 carries, 142 rushing yards, 1 touchdown in the Utes’ 28-13 victory over Colorado

 

 

NC State quarterback Devin Leary - 247 passing yards, 4 touchdowns, 0 interceptions in the Wolfpack’s 34-30 victory over North Carolina

 

 

North Texas running back Ikaika Ragsdale - 20 carries, 146 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns in the Mean Green’s 45-23 victory over No. 22 UTSA

 

North Texas running back DeAndre Torrey - 23 carries, 108 rushing yards, 3 touchdowns in the Mean Green’s 45-23 victory over No. 22 UTSA

 

 

Clemson running back Will Shipley - 19 carries, 128 rushing yards, 1 touchdown in the Tigers’ 30-0 victory over South Carolina

 

Clemson defense - 49 total tackles, 1 sack, 5 tackles for loss, 5 pass deflections, 2 interceptions, 0 points allowed in the Tigers’ 30-0 victory over South Carolina

 

 

Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson - 262 passing yards, 1 touchdown, 0 interceptions; 6 carries, 58 rushing yards in the Razorbacks’ 34-17 victory over Missouri

 

Arkansas wide receiver Treylon Burks - 7 receptions, 129 receiving yards, 1 touchdown in the Razorbacks’ 34-17 victory over Missouri

 

 

Texas running back Roschon Johnson - 31 carries, 179 rushing yards, 1 touchdown in the Longhorns’ 22-17 victory over Kansas State

 

 

Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy - 262 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions in the Cyclones’ 48-14 victory over TCU

 

Iowa State running back Breece Hall - 18 carries, 242 rushing yards, 3 rushing touchdowns; 2 receptions, 39 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown in the Cyclones’ 48-14 victory over TCU

 

Iowa State wide receiver Xavier Hutchinson - 7 receptions, 107 receiving yards in the Cyclones’ 48-14 victory over TCU

 

 

Washington State running back Max Borghi - 22 carries, 129 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns in the Cougars’ 40-13 victory over Washington

 

 

Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa - 312 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 0 interceptions; 10 carries, 16 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown in the Terrapins’ 40-16 victory over Rutgers

 

Maryland running back Tayon Fleet-Davis - 18 carries, 152 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns in the Terrapins’ 40-16 victory over Rutgers

 

Maryland wide receiver Rakim Jarrett - 7 receptions, 111 receiving yards in the Terrapins’ 40-16 victory over Rutgers

 

 

Miami quarterback Tyler Van Dyke - 381 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions in the Hurricanes’ 47-10 victory over Rutgers

 

Miami wide receiver Charleston Rambo - 8 receptions, 101 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns in the Hurricanes’ 47-10 victory over Rutgers

 

 

Illinois running back Chase Brown - 14 carries, 112 rushing yards, 1 touchdown in the Fighting Illini’s 47-14 victory over Northwestern

Illinois wide receiver Isaiah Williams - 7 receptions, 113 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown; 1 carry, 21 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown in the Fighting Illini’s 47-14 victory over Northwestern

 

 

Purdue quarterback Aidan O’Connell - 378 passing yards, 4 touchdowns, 0 interceptions in the Boilermakers’ 44-7 victory over Indiana

 

 

Tennessee running back Jaylen Wright - 15 carries, 112 rushing yards, 1 touchdown in the Volunteers’ 45-21 victory over Vanderbilt

 

Tennessee running back Jabari Small - 15 carries, 103 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns in the Volunteers’ 45-21 victory over Vanderbilt

 

Tennessee wide receiver Cedric Tillman - 7 receptions, 110 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns in the Volunteers’ 45-21 victory over Vanderbilt

 

 

Arizona State running back Rachaad White - 21 carries, 98 rushing yards, 1 touchdown; 3 receptions, 31 receiving yards in the Sun Devils’ 38-15 victory over Arizona

 

 

Virginia Tech quarterback Braxton Burmeister - 141 passing yards, 1 touchdown, 0 interceptions; 12 carries, 115 rushing yards; 1 reception, 3 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown in the Hokies’ 29-24 victory over Virginia

 

Virginia Tech running back Raheem Blackshear - 18 carries, 169 rushing yards, 1 touchdown in the Hokies’ 29-24 victory over Virginia

 

 

West Virginia running back Leddie Brown - 19 carries, 156 rushing yards, 1 touchdown in the Mountaineers’ 34-28 victory over Kansas

 

West Virginia running back Tony Mathis Jr. - 22 carries, 118 rushing yards in the Mountaineers’ 34-28 victory over Kansas

 

 

Kentucky quarterback Will Levis - 149 passing yards, 0 interceptions; 14 carries, 113 rushing yards, 4 rushing touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 52-21 victory over Louisville

 

Kentucky running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. - 16 carries, 121 rushing yards, 1 touchdown in the Wildcats’ 52-21 victory over Louisville

 

 

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson - 164 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions; 13 carries, 102 rushing yards in the Bruins’ 42-14 victory over California

 

UCLA running back Zach Charbonnet - 22 carries, 106 rushing yards, 1 touchdown; 6 receptions, 41 receiving yards in the Bruins’ 42-14 victory over California

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