Kansas State junior QB Collin Klein was 17-of-27 for a career-high 281 yards with a touchdown and an interception in a 53-50 win over Texas A&M in four overtimes. Klein also rushed for 103 yards and five touchdowns on 35 carries.
USF QB B.J. Daniels was 23-of-34 for 254 yards in a 37-13 win at Syracuse on Friday. He also rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.
This season's marquee matchup in the Mountain West originally was scheduled to be played in Fort Worth, but the game was moved to the blue turf when TCU announced a move to the Big East.
With the game in Boise, TCU quarterback Casey Pachall did what Bronco Stadium fans often had seen Kellen Moore do: Pachall picked apart an opposing secondary and guided his team to a win.
Pachall, a sophomore, was 24-of-37 yards for 473 yards, five touchdowns, an interception and the winning two-point conversion pass to earn Rivals.com National Player of the Week honors.
"They play their secondary like us - they sit on routes," TCU coach Gary Patterson said. "We knew we weren't going to be able to drive on that defense, so we were going to have to create some big plays. We got lucky on two or three passes, and that's how the game goes."
TCU took advantage of injuries to three of Boise State's top cornerbacks - Jerrell Gavins (out since early October), Jamar Taylor and Ebo Makinde - and made the type of explosive plays Boise State's defense rarely surrenders.
Pachall threw touchdown passes of 74, 75 and 69 yards in the first half. In TCU's past two meetings with Boise State, in bowl games in 2008 and '09, the Horned Frogs never had a play longer than 34 yards.
NATIONAL COORDINATOR OF THE WEEK
Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti
Just as defense set the tone in LSU's 9-6 win over Alabama last week, defense led the way in Oregon's 53-30 win over Stanford.
Obviously, the numbers weren't quite the same for Aliotti's defense, but the results were the same as for LSU: A national championship contender ended up with its first loss and a Heisman contender walked away frustrated.
Oregon's defense intercepted Andrew Luck twice, once on a pass dropped by a Stanford receiver that led to a pick-six. It was Luck's first multi-interception game of the season. And the Ducks swarmed Luck to a degree he hadn't encountered. Stanford sacked Luck three times; he had been sacked four times entering the game. Stanford also lost three fumbles for a season-high five turnovers.
The Cardinal amassed 400 yards of offense, its lowest total since the opener.
Even on a rainy, snowy evening, Washington State was able to give its redshirt freshman quarterback a warm welcome.
The Cougars planned to get Halliday into the action on their third possession, and on his first play, Halliday found Marquess Wilson for an 85-yard touchdown that started Washington State on its way to a 37-27 upset of Arizona State.
"We got a play that we've been trying to call for about five weeks now and we finally got the look we wanted," Halliday said. "I'm just lucky that I'm the one that got it. It's kind of like hitting the lottery. I was lucky enough to get the ball off before I got hit."
Halliday was 27-of-36 for 494 yards and four touchdowns in the win.