Reiss' Pieces -- Week 5 college football recap

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Reiss' Pieces -- Week 5 college football recap

Another Saturday, another Stanford blowoutThe Cardinal has the nations longest win streak at 12games. The last seven of those wins havecome by at least 26 points. So why thecontinued slide down the AP poll?...The answer is two-fold.The obvious part: Oklahoma State and Wisconsinhave leapfrogged Stanford after beating top-10 teams, while the Cardinal waseither on a BYE or beating lightly-regarded UCLA. But then theres the perception problemStanford is methodical, not explosive. This team doesnt run and gun anybody out ofthe building; it merely pounds opponents into submission over fourquarters. And thats just not sexyFrankly, Im tired of hearing about the lack of big-playoptions at wide receiver. The Cardinaloffense is as potent as any in the nation.You know whats coming, you still cant stop it. But the defense is less convincing than itwas a year ago, and that could prove to be costly once legit foes begin to dotthe scheduleFortunately for Stanford, that wont happen for another fourweeks at USC on October 29thAndrew Luck remains the Heisman favorite, not because of hisstats, but because nobody in the nation runs an offense as efficiently andadeptlyRobert Griffin III might have overtaken Luck in the strawpolls had his first interception of the season not resulted in Baylors firstloss of the season at Kansas StateThe guy moving up the charts with a massive bullet isWisconsin QB Russell Wilson. His numbersare better than Lucks across the board, and his team might well run the BigTen tableHow bout them Tigers?Clemson is the first ACC team ever to beat three straight rankedopponents. And theyve done it with theanti-Stanford offense (read: explosive, sexy, chuckin it downfield withreckless abandon). But before you gopenciling Dabo Swineys guys into the BCS, might want to wait for their game atGeorgia Tech on October 29thThe Yellow Jackets are second in the nation in points andyards per game, and theres simply no way to prepare for the speed at whichTevin Washington and company run that triple-option offense Ohio State. YeeeeechThe Buckeyes came within seconds of being shut out at homefor the first time since 1982I heard a Texas A&M fan on sports radio after the Aggiesgacked away a second consecutive big lead against a ranked opponent (Arkansas). The caller said it was a worse choke job thanthe Red Sox. Clearly he had just imbibedhimself into a post-game stupor, but his point is well-taken: A&M hasBCS-level talent yet has already eliminated itself from that equation Of course, that guy wont get any sympathy from South Carolinafans. The Gamecocks are a cautionarytale of how an abundance of star power can be derailed by shoddy quarterbackplay Stephen Garcia has thrown nine interceptions in fourgames. Steve Spurrier would probablytrade his superstar tailback, wideout, and defensive end for a guy capable ofthrowing the ball to his teammatesAuburn managed to beat South Carolina in spiteof its own QB. Couldnt be much lessimpressed with Barrett Trotter, but couldnt be much more impressed withMichael Dyer. The reigning BCS titlegame MVP played through a lot of pain to lead his team to victoryOther week five props: Oklahoma QB Landry Jones, Illinois QBNathan Scheelhaase, Michigan QB Denard Robinson, West Virginia RB DustinGarrison, LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, the Michigan Statedefensive front seven.

Week six feature games: Oklahoma-Texas, Florida-LSU, Ohio State-Nebraska, Arizona State-Utah and of course, Cal-Oregon.

Rabb leads Cal with career-high 26 points in dominant win

Rabb leads Cal with career-high 26 points in dominant win

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BERKELEY -- Ivan Rabb scored 18 of his career-high 26 points in the first half and California beat Alcorn State 83-59 on Saturday for its 25th consecutive home win.

Roger Moute a Bidias added 12 points and Kingsley Okoroh had seven points with nine rebounds to help the Golden Bears (6-1) to their fourth consecutive win.

Three days after setting his previous career best for scoring, Rabb shot 10 of 12 and had seven rebounds to lead a dominant effort down low by California. Rabb scored on a pair of putbacks in the first half, added a one-handed dunk off a lob pass from Charlie Moore then scored six points as part of an 11-2 run in the second half.

Moore, the Bears' leading scorer going into the game, had an off-game while filling in for point guard Grant Mullins. Moore missed his first six shots and finished with seven points and four assists.

Alcorn State (2-5) couldn't keep up and lost its third straight.

Reginal Johnson scored a season-high 17 points and had seven rebounds while Marquis Vance added 11 points for the Braves.

Cal went on runs of 9-0 and 7-0 during an eight-minute span to build a 44-25 halftime lead.

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Alcorn State: Three consecutive lopsided losses have second-year coach Montez Robinson's squad reeling. The problems are happening on both ends of the floor, though Johnson provided a lift offensively. The biggest issues are consistency and 3-point shooting. The Braves went 5 of 21 beyond the arc and are shooting under 30 percent for the season.

California: The Bears got on top early and never let the Braves get back into the game, a definite step up after California had troubles closing out games earlier this season. Getting Moute a Bidias going is another good sign as the team tries to find some complementary scoring to support Rabb. Moore started at point guard in place of Mullins, who flew to Canada following a death in his family. Mullins will rejoin the team in Hawaii.

UP NEXT

Alcorn State: The Braves continue their six-game road trip at Louisiana Tech on Monday night.

California: The Bears left immediately after the win to fly to Hawaii for a pair of games in the Pearl Harbor Invitational. California opens against Princeton on Tuesday night.

Despite 29 points from Travis, Stanford downed by Kansas

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Despite 29 points from Travis, Stanford downed by Kansas

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LAWRENCE -- Frank Mason III scored 20 points, Devonte Graham delivered an early 3-point barrage and finished with 15, and fourth-ranked Kansas pulled away late for an 89-74 victory over Stanford on Saturday.

Josh Jackson and Svi Mykhailiuk added 15 points apiece for the Jayhawks (7-1), who overcame a monster game from the Cardinal's Reid Travis to win their 44th straight at Allen Fieldhouse.

Travis had a career-best 29 points and nine rebounds for Stanford (6-3), doing most of his damage at the free throw line. The career 54 percent free throw shooter was 19 of 22, breaking the school record for makes set by Todd Lichti against UC Santa Barbara during the 1987-88 season.

Travis also set records for makes and attempts in a game against Kansas. Rayford Young of Texas Tech hit 18 foul shots in February 1999 and Iowa State's Craig Brackins attempted 21 in January 2009.

He couldn't do it alone, though, and the Jayhawks' superior depth paid off.

After falling into an early deficit, coach Bill Self began going with a bigger lineup to deal with Travis in the paint, and that seemed to open up Graham on the perimeter. He knocked down all five of his 3-pointers in the first half, helping the Jayhawks to a 43-35 lead.

Stanford kept going to Travis inside, and the 6-foot-8 brute kept going to the free throw line. During two separate stretches of the second half, he made four free throws in less than a minute.

But the Jayhawks showcased their versatility down the stretch with Jackson scoring on a nifty dunk off an alley-oop pass, Mason getting a tilting runner to go while crashing to the floor, and Mykhailiuk knocking down 3-pointers from the wing that sent the lead ballooning toward 20 late in the game.

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Stanford coach Jerod Haase was hoping for a better return to the Phog. He played three seasons for the Jayhawks under Roy Williams, and later served as their director of basketball operations. Haase would follow Williams to North Carolina, but he was fondly received on Saturday, getting a massive ovation from an appreciative crowd during pregame introductions.

Kansas snapped a two-game skid against the Cardinal that included an NCAA Tournament loss in 2014, when Andrew Wiggins and Co. couldn't slow down Stanford in St. Louis. The Jayhawks were even able to get their benchwarmers some action for the third straight game.

UP NEXT

Stanford gets nearly two weeks off before playing Cal State East Bay on Dec. 16.

Kansas continues its six-game home stand against Missouri-Kansas City on Tuesday night.