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College football standout players in week 8

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Michigan's Devin Gardner and Auburn's Nick Marshall were two of college football's stars in week eight of the season.(AP Photos/Lon Horwedel/Bob Levey) Michigan's Devin Gardner and Auburn's Nick Marshall were two of college football's stars in week eight of the season.(AP Photos/Lon Horwedel/Bob Levey)

STARS

—Nick Marshall, Auburn, accounted for four scores and 336 yards in the No. 24 Tigers' 45-41 win over No. 7 Texas A&M.

—Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, threw for 454 yards and four TDs and ran for a fifth score in the Aggies' loss to Auburn.

—Devin Gardner, Michigan, set school records with 584 yards of offense and 503 yards passing and tied a mark with five TDs to help the Wolverines outscore Indiana 63-47.

—Jeremy Gallon, Michigan, had a Big Ten-record 369 yards receiving and two TDs against Indiana.

—Davis Webb, Texas Tech, threw for 462 yards and two TDs to help the No. 16 Red Raiders beat West Virginia 37-27.

—Tyler Gaffney, Stanford, ran for 171 yards and two TDs to help the No. 13 Cardinal beat ninth-ranked UCLA 24-10.

—Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois, rushed for 316 yards, an FBS record for a quarterback, and accounted for four TDs in a 38-17 victory at Central Michigan.

—Brady Attaway, Stephen F. Austin, threw for 337 yards and six TDs in a 55-41 victory over Nicholls State.

—Kapri Bibbs, Colorado State, rushed for career-high 201 yards and three TDs to help the Rams beat Wyoming 52-22.

—Taysom Hill, BYU, threw for 417 yards and four TDs in 47-46 comeback win at Houston.

—Michael Adkins, Colorado, ran for four TDs in a 43-10 rout of lower-tier Charleston Southern.

—Sam Ajala, Fordham, set a school record with 282 yards receiving and tied another with four TD catches in a 52-31 win over Yale.

—Brendon Kay, Cincinnati, threw for 300 yards and four TDs and ran for another score in a 41-16 victory over winless Connecticut.

—Keith Sherman, Lehigh, rushed for 157 yards and three TDs in a 45-24 win over Georgetown.

—Austin Gahafer, Morehead State, threw for a career-high 458 yards and three TDs in a 42-28 win over Valparaiso.

—Tyler Tettleton, Ohio, threw for 375 yards and four TDs in a 56-28 win over Eastern Michigan, which played a day after starting receiver Demarius Reed was found shot to death.

—Branden Oliver, Buffalo, ran for 216 yards and a TD in a 32-3 victory over UMass.

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STANFORD'S STATEMENT

Don't count Stanford out of the Pac-12 race just yet.

The Cardinal's physical ground game and dominant defense — which disappeared in a loss at Utah last week — showed they can still shut down new-age offenses the old-fashioned way.

Tyler Gaffney ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 13 Stanford smothered Brett Hundley and No. 9 UCLA 24-10 with a physical performance on both sides of the ball.

Kevin Hogan threw for 227 yards and a spectacular touchdown to Kodi Whitfield as the Cardinal (6-1, 4-1) regrouped the way they always seem to over the past four years. Stanford has not lost consecutive games since October 2009.

The Bruins entered the game averaging 45.8 points per game. That ranked second in the Pac-12 behind Oregon, which hosts UCLA next week before traveling to North Division rival Stanford on Nov. 7 in matchups that will likely decide the Pac-12's championship game.

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NUMBERS

17_Straight wins by Penn over Columbia after a 21-7 victory on Saturday.

19_Straight losses to ranked opponents by Tennessee before the Vols beat No. 11 South Carolina 23-21.

22_Years since Vanderbilt had beaten Georgia in Nashville before the Commodores knocked off the 15th-ranked Bulldogs 31-27.

41_Years since No. 14 Missouri had beaten consecutive ranked opponents before knocking off Georgia and Florida the past two weeks.

314_Career wins by Carson-Newman coach Ken Sparks, tying Amos Alonzo Stagg and Roy Kidd for seventh on the career list.

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RISING TIGERS

Another ranked opponent down for Missouri.

Maty Mauk threw for 295 yards in his first career start and Andrew Baggett converted five field goals to help the No. 14 Tigers defeat No. 22 Florida 36-17 and open a two-game lead in the Southeastern Conference East Division.

With James Franklin watching on the sideline in street clothes, Mauk put any doubts to rest about whether he was ready on the first play of the game with a 41-yard pass to L'Damian Washington and then a 20-yard toss to Bud Sasser for a 7-0 lead 22 seconds in.

Missouri outgained the Gators 500-151 and became the first conference opponent in 14 games to score at least 21 points against them. The Tigers bullied Florida at the line of scrimmage, sacking quarterback Tyler Murphy six times and flushing him out of the pocket throughout the game.

The Tigers knocked off their second consecutive ranked opponent for the first time since 1973 and will face No. 11 South Carolina next week at home.

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STRANGE HOMECOMING

Grambling's decision not to travel to Jackson State for a football game did not stop the homecoming festivities on the Mississippi campus.

The music was blaring, the barbecue roasting and good times were all around outside of Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium on Saturday morning.

The game between Grambling and Jackson State was canceled and declared a forfeit on Friday after disgruntled Grambling players refused to travel from their Louisiana campus because of issues they have with leaders of the athletic department and the university.

The football team has been through two coaching changes this season. Doug Williams was fired after just two games and interim coach George Ragsdale was replaced by Dennis "Dirt" Winston on Thursday.

Grambling football players reportedly walked out of a contentious meeting with administration on Tuesday because of differences on how the program should be run. Players skipped practice on Wednesday and Thursday and then didn't make the 2 1/2-hour trip to Jackson on Friday.

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