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Stanford, Florida, Florida State, and Notre Dame all looked like teams that earned their programs past glory on Saturday. USC? Not so much.
It took three different endings to finish the game between Utah and No. 25 BYU and they were all in regulation. Unfortunately for BYU, the result was the same in every single one, they were upset by their in-state and un-ranked rivals, 24-21.
At first the Utes thought they won outright. Students stormed the field as the visiting Cougars walked around holding up their fingers, the index ones, to indicate one-second remaining on the game clock. After a review by the officials, the Cougars were given the ball.
BYU kicker Justin Sorensen attempted a field goal that was blocked by the Utes. The students stormed the field once again causing BYU to raise another issue that the students had run on the field to early.
The officials agreed with BYU again and assessed a penalty on the Utes. BYU still had life. Thanks to the penalty, Sorensen was 15 yards closer to the goal posts. The kick had the distance, but it hooked a little bit too much and bounced off the uprights.
For real this time, Utah upset BYU, 24-21 and the students were finally able to stay on the field.
Box Score Hero: BYU wide receiver Cody Hoffman had eight catches for 111 yards and one touchdown. Statistically, it was an unremarkable game for players on both squads.
Rankings Ramifications: This loss by the Cougars will likely put them out of the Top 25.
But Did They Cover? The Utes came in as 3.5 underdogs. They didn't need it.
For More On This Game:
For more on Cougars football, visit BYU blog Vanquish The Foe.
Next Week's Schedule: BYU's life gets a little bluer as they head to Boise State. The Utes get to enjoy the dry heat of Arizona as they face the Arizona State Sun Devils.
Who is Matt Scott and where did he come from? The University of Arizona quarterback is a double threat and no one seems to notice. Tonight, Scott lead the Wildcats to a dominating 56-0 victory over the Bulldogs of South Carolina State.
In the first game of their season, Arizona barely beat Toledo in overtime. One can only assume they never want to be in that situation again and decided to run up the score as high as possible. In the past two games for the Wildcats, they've score a combined 115 points to their opponents 38.
The desert air is suiting Rich Rodriguez just fine, thank you. He's lead the Wildcats to a 3-0 start in his first year as head coach. The embattled Rich-Rod has boosted the confidence of his players on the back of two blowout wins. Arizona hopes that momentum carries with them as they head to up to Oregon.
Box Score Hero: In the three quarters he played, Scott went 30-for-36 for 310 yards and three touchdowns AND rushed for 61 yards on nine carries for one touchdown.
Rankings Ramifications: While the score may show that Arizona is not to be trifled with, they aren't exactly facing a top-ranked team in SC State. The No. 24 Wildcats will likely stay in that general area of the rankings.
But Did They Cover? Even with a spot of 35.5 points, South Carolina State couldn't touch Arizona.
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Next Week's Schedule: The Wildcats faces their first real competition of the season when they take on the Oregon Ducks. The Bulldogs mosey on over to visit the SEC's latest addition, Texas A&M.
The Longhorns would take a 31-10 lead into halftime, holding off what had been a fairly aggressive offensive attack by the Rebels with an aggressive pass rush and an opportunistic secondary. Marquise Goodwin raced for a 69-yard touchdown and Ash would cap off two lengthy drives with touchdowns to end the half with the Longhorns taking complete control of the game.
Ole Miss and Texas would trade touchdowns in the third quarter with several big plays by both teams but the Longhorns possessed too many weapons and too hot a quarterback to allow a comeback by the home-team Rebels.
David Ash was nearly perfect on the night, going 19-of-23 for 326 yards and four touchdowns, finally showing the aggressive attack downfield the coaches had been looking for all season.
The Longhorns would put up an extraordinarily balanced offensive attack, with 326 yards through the air and 250 yards rushing. Malcom Brown led the way on the ground with 128 yards on 21 carries.
Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace was 13-of-24 for 178 yards, with one touchdown and three interceptions.
Box Score Hero: David Ash threw four touchdowns in his first big game as the Texas quarterback
Rankings Ramifications: The Longhorns beat an SEC team on the road, putting up nearly 700 yards of total offense. It's likely the win gives them a slight bump from their current No. 14 ranking.
But Did They Cover? The Longhorns easily covered the 12-point spread.
For More On This Game: For more on Horns football, visit Texas blogs Burnt Orange Nation and Barking Carnival, plus SB Nation Dallas. For more on Rebels football, visit Ole Miss blog Red Cup Rebellion, plus SEC blog Team Speed Kills.
Next Week's Schedule: Texas will have a bye week before taking on Oklahoma State on Sept. 29. Ole Miss will head to Tulane on Sept. 22, with kickoff set for 12 p.m. ET.
...and still scored a touchdown on a 48-yard run. Because who needs shoes?
Weird on, you rich nerds who are awesome at power football and have a program superior to USC's for four years in a row now. Weird on.
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Notre Dame redshirt freshman quarterback Everett Golson didn't finish with the flashiest stats, but he accounted for the game's only two touchdowns in the Notre Dame Fighting Irish's 20-3 win over the Michigan State Spartans Saturday.
Golson found John Goodman with a jump ball in the end zone in the first quarter for a 36-yard touchdown and then Golson ran for a 6-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
Golson finished 14-for-32 passing for 178 yards and no turnovers.
The Notre Dame defense kept Michigan State's offense under control the entire game. Michigan State's passing game never got going. Andrew Maxwell completed just 23-for-45 passes for 187 yards. He was sacked 4 times and faced constant pressure from the Notre Dame front seven.
The ineffective passing game made it difficult for Heisman Trophy candidate running back Le'Veon Bell to get going. Bell rushed for 77 yards on 19 carries.
Cierre Wood, who missed the first two games of the season for Notre Dame after being suspended, returned and rushed for 56 yards on 10 carries.
Box Score Hero: Manti Te'o and the entire Notre Dame defense. The Irish put constant pressure on Maxwell and, when he did have time, the secondary blanketed Michigan State's receivers, preventing the Spartans from making big plays.
Rankings Ramifications: Michigan State came in ranked 10th and will likely fall, though probably not out of the top 25. Notre Dame was ranked 20th. The Irish are undefeated and should rise into at least the top 15 after this win.
But Did They Cover? Notre Dame opened favored by 4 points and covered the spread.
For More On This Game: For more on Spartans football, visit Michigan State blog The Only Colors, plus Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire and SB Nation Detroit. For more on Irish football, visit Notre Dame blog One Foot Down.
Next Week's Schedule: Notre Dame hosts Michigan at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22. Michigan State hosts Eastern Michigan at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 22.
For the third straight week, LSU didn't have much trouble mauling an overmatched foe, throttling Idaho 63-14 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.
Zach Mettenberger threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns, Kenny Hilliard and Jeremy Hill each scored two rushing touchdowns as the Tigers rolled up 250 rushing yards, and LSU's defense held the Vandals to 213 yards of offense in the game.
After Idaho scored all 14 of its points in the second quarter, cutting LSU's lead to 21-14 with under six minutes to go in the half, the Bayou Bengals clicked off the game's final 42 points, and blanked Idaho 35-0 in the second half.
Box Score Hero: Hilliard's 11 carries for 116 yards and two scores gave him a nice 11.5 yards per carry average.
Rankings Ramifications: With USC struggling with Stanford, LSU could solidify its grasp on the No. 2 spot in the polls after Week 3.
But Did They Cover? LSU covered its huge 42-point spread, but only after scoring twice in the fourth quarter.
Next Week's Schedule: LSU opens SEC play at Auburn on Sept. 22, while Idaho hosts Wyoming in Week 4 action.
Very few people expected Georgia to struggle with FAU, so very few people were surprised when they did not. Florida Atlantic fumbled on their first possession and Georgia made them pay when quarterback Aaron Murray opened the scoring with a touchdown run.
FAU would answer on a 43-yard touchdown run by Damian Fortner, but the Bulldogs didn't let that lead last for very long. About one minute later, Keith Marshall ran for Georgia's second score of the game.
Florida Atlantic opened the second quarter with a nice drive to even the score, but Murray's second rushing touchdown and his throw to Michael Bennett would see the game to to halftime at 28-14.
Georgia would put the game to bed in the second half, scoring four unanswered touchdowns before FAU would add a garbage time score. It was a fairly comfortable win for the Bulldogs, and the box score looks very nice.
Box Score Hero: Aaron Murray completed 14 of 19 passes on the night for 342-yards and a pair of scores, while running for a pair of touchdowns. Both Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall ran for over 100-yards as well.
Rankings Ramifications: Georgia won't move much, if at all, when the new rankings come out.
But Did They Cover? Georgia was favored by 41.5 and they won by 46. Those who picked them to cover are smiling. The over/under was set at 52.5, so those who took the over will be happy tonight.
Next Week's Schedule:The Bulldogs will be hosting Vanderbilt next Saturday, while FAU has a fun little trip to Alabama to face the Crimson Tide.
I do not care that the Utah State kicker missed the game-winning field goal. This was still awesome.
After falling behind Utah State Aggies 14-3 at halftime on Saturday, Wisconsin Badges had a simple formula to get back into the lead in the third quarter - leading to a 16-14 win over the Aggies.
With 7:37 left in the quarter, Kenzel Doe returned a Utah State punt 82 yards for a touchdown. Then, after forcing another Utah State punt, Wisconsin handed the ball to running back Montee Ball six straight times. He turned that sixth carry into a 17-yard touchdown run.
Utah State had a chance to win it, advancing to the Wisconsin 15 with less than a minute left, but a 15-yard penalty backed them up and Josh Thompson missed a 37-yard field goal, giving the ball back to Wisconsin to run out the clock.
Utah State scored two touchdowns in the first half on passes from Chuckie Keeton, first to Kerwynn Williams for 39 yards in the first quarter and then to Matt Austin for 11 yards in the second quarter.
Box Score Hero: Montee Ball not only scored the game-winning touchdown for Wisconsin, he also allowed the Badgers to control the clock in the second half. He finished with 38 carries for 144 yards.
Rankings Ramifications: Wisconsin has already fallen out of the top 25. Struggling against Utah State certainly won't get them back in.
But Did They Cover? Wisconsin opened as 13.5-point favorites, so they didn't cover.
Next Week's Schedule: Wisconsin hosts UTEP at noon Sept. 22. Utah State plays at Colorado State at 7 p.m. Sept. 22.
And we'll go ahead and follow that up with Zach Ertz following in Nunes' footsteps.
The Gamecocks offense sputtered a bit early, but the defense would get them going mid-way through the first. UAB were already leading 3-0, and they were driving down the field for more. Things looked OK, but then this happened:
It was all Gamecocks from that point on. They'd add another pair of touchdowns to take the game into halftime at 21-6, and they'd receive the ball to start the second half.
They'd add two more scores in each quarter of the second half, and the defense held UAB scoreless for the final 30 minutes as South Carolina cruised to the easy win. Next up for South Carolina will be the Missouri Tigers.
Box Score Hero: Marcus Lattimore led the way for South Carolina, carrying twelve times for 85-yards and a score.
Rankings Ramifications: There probably won't be too much movement at the top of the rankings after most of the top ten had convincing wins.
But Did They Cover? South Carolina was favored by 33, and they won by more than that. They easily covered the spread. The over/under was set at 54, so those who took the over are smiling.
Next Week's Schedule: South Carolina will be hosting Missouri next Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET. UAB has a trip to Columbus to face Ohio State.
The Missouri Tigers defeated the Arizona State Sun Devils 24-20 on Saturday night in Columbia, Missouri. After building a big lead, Missouri needed an interception at the goal line to turn away Arizona State and secure the win.
After building a 24-7 lead, Missouri allowed two scores early in the fourth quarter as Arizona State began a comeback. Running back Marion Grice put both scores in the endzone for the Sun Devils, cutting the deficit to 24-20. The second touchdown should have made it a three-point game, but Arizona State mishandled the snap on the point-after.
The Sun Devils would get a final shot with two minutes left in the game. A 25-yard punt return from Jamal Miles, who gave Missouri a 15-yard field in the first quarter with a fumbled return, set up Arizona State with a 21-yard field. On third down, however, ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly threw an interception to Kenronte Walker at the goal line, and Missouri hung on to the win.
Freshman Corbin Berkstresser was 21-41 for 198 yards in his first start, filling in for the injured James Franklin. Kelly was 14-23 for 177 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions for ASU in the loss.
Box Score Hero: T.J. Moe, Missouri receiver. While 88 yards on eight receptions doesn't stand out much, Moe was there for big plays whenever the freshman Berkstresser needed him.
Rankings Ramifications: Neither team entered the game ranked, and Missouri is unlikely to become ranked as it was not receiving votes before this win.
But Did They Cover? Missouri was favored by 4, so by virtue of a missed PAT, the Tigers cover.
Next Week's Schedule: Arizona State prepares to host Utah, while Missouri travels to #8 South Carolina.
For the second week in a row, a Sun Belt team has gone and picked on a lowly SEC squad. Following up on UL Monroe's upset against Arkansas, Western Kentucky has
upset beaten Kentucky, with a beautifully executed throwback pass back to Kawaun Jakes in overtime making the difference.
Yes, this is the THEY S'POSED TO BE SEC rivalry, and yes, Willie Taggart is s'posed to be a SEC head coach at some point in the near future. (We call it the Steven Godfrey bump 'round here.)
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The list of teams commonly accepted to be the worst BCS conference teams ever includes such standards as 1999 South Carolina, 2002 Rutgers, 2003 Temple, 2005 Duke, 2006 Stanford, 2007 Minnesota 2008 Washington, 2009 Washington State, 2011 Kansas and other abominations.
But 2012 Colorado might completely lap them all before the entire sad year is in the books.
Already, the Buffs have both lost to a FCS team (Sacramento State) and a non-BCS team that itself lost to a FCS team (Colorado State). They've now given up a Mountain West record for points in a half (55) to Fresno State, which scored only 25 against Oregon the week prior. I say again, Colorado, a Pac-12 team, is on pace to suffer the biggest FBS loss in years to a 1-1 Mountain West team with a first-year head coach.
And it's not likely to get much better for CU. Still to come are USC and Oregon and Stanford all in a row, with better-than-expected UCLA, Arizona State and Arizona on the way, along with talented Washington and Utah squads. The best hope for a win remaining might be Washington State, and that game's in Pullman -- and Wazzu has an extra day of rest and prep, having won on Friday.
Colorado should be 2-1 at worst by this point. It should've squirreled away a winter's worth of good vibes before hitting the rough Pac-12 schedule, thereby stashing enough hope for couple of conference wins. But from this point onward, anything better than an 0-12 season would have to be considered a success.
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After a North Texas touchdown early in the third quarter made it a 14-13 game, 15th-ranked Kansas State began to put the game away. K-State quarterback and resident tough guy Collin Klein led the Wildcats on an eight-play, 77-yard drive. A 21-yard pass to Tramaine Thompson was originally called incomplete, but video review awarded Thompson with a touchdown, putting the Wildcats up 21-13.
Five minutes later, Kansas State had completed a 75-yard scoring drive as North Texas began to wear down. The strong second half led to a big box score from Klein, who would also punch in a one-yard run in the fourth quarter for a 35-13 lead.
North Texas quarterback Derek Thompson was an accurate 25-of-28 for 209 yards and one touchdown in the loss.
Box Score Hero: Collin Klein, Kansas State QB. Klein added 84 rushing yards to his passing line of 16-21 for 238 yards and two touchdowns.
Rankings Ramifications: Kansas State played well enough and seems likely to retain its position in the polls.
But Did They Cover? Favored by 28, K-State did not cover the spread.
For More On This Game visit Kansas State blog Bring On The Cats.
Next Week's Schedule: North Texas (1-2) hosts Troy, while Kansas State (3-0) travels to play No. 5 Oklahoma.
There have been some fun moments in Florida-Tennesssee. This, by far, is my absolute favorite. It needs to be hung on a wall in a museum.
Derek Dooley is unimpressed. With everything.
No. 18 Florida traded punches with the Vols through the first three quarters, before landing the knockout blow on a 75-yard touchdown pass from Jeff Driskel to Frankie Hammond Jr. in early stages of the fourth.
The Gators were trailing 20-13 before coming back thanks to some quick strikes. Along with the aforementioned score, Florida also struck pay dirt on a Trey Burton 80-yard rumble.
Both teams moved the ball well through the air, but it was the Gators' ground game that made all the difference. Burton ran for 91 yards on three carries while Driskel showed off his dual-threat capabilities with 73 yards. All together, Will Muschamp's team gained 265 yards via the rushing attack.
Tyler Bray played admirably for No. 23 Tennessee, completing 22-of-40 for 257 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Unfortunately for Volunteers fans, Bray also tossed a pair of interceptions.
Box Score Hero: Despite being under some heat early in the year, Driskel showed off his skills in this SEC contest. The sophomore threw for 219 yards and two scores while using his legs to pick up 73 yards.
Rankings Effect: Florida will undoubtedly move up after beating a ranked SEC opponent on the road in a hostile environment. On the other hand, the Vols will be unranked next week after just moving into the top 25.
Did They Cover?: Tennessee was favored by three points, but couldn't get the job done.
USC Trojans running back Curtis McNeal left the field in pain after suffering an injury to what appeared to be his right side. He was able to walk off the field under his power. Shortly after McNeal was escorted into the locker room, Trojans running back Silas Redd also suffered an injury to his left arm.
With the ball at USC's 45-yard line and 7:39 remaining in the second quarter, the Trojans handed the ball off to Silas Redd in search for a five yard gain to pick up a first down. However, Redd was met by a pair of Stanford Cardinal defenders and stopped behind the line of scrimmage for not only a loss, but a forced turnover as Redd fumbled the ball.
It was the second time Redd lost a fumble this season. Stanford's Josh Mauro recovered the ball at the USC 42, allowing the Cardinal offense to take over with good field position.
With the Trojans losing their two top running backs, the Trojans turned to 6-foot, 250 pound freshman Soma Vainuku. After just a few plays with Vainuku, McNeal was able to return to action and take over running duties for the Trojans.
For more news and notes on the USC Trojans, be sure to read Conquest Chronicles.
Cincinnati's Anthony McClung sort of looks like he'll just keep hopping out of the way of endless Delaware State defenders, as if they're waves washing ashore:
Notre Dame wide receiver John Goodman may not have starred in Cool Runnings, but he did make this one-handed catch against Michigan State either. That was John Candy who was in Cool Runnings, anyway.
All this despite clearly being interfered with and quarterback Everett Golson having to dart around before letting the ball go, which is actually the plot of Masters of Menace, which stars John Candy and neither John Goodman.
Let's check in with the fans...
Earlier, we looked at Auburn and UL Monroe swapping scoring styles. Now, here we have Stanford scoring in USC fashion via a good-lookin', speedy breakaway by a nimble Stepfan Taylor, with some nifty moves and lots of winks for the ladies and high-fives for the camera ...
... and USC scoring by way of Cardinal-esque HRRRRRRRRNNNNNNGGGGGHHHH HEAVY-LIFTING*:
Next we'll see Ole Miss and Texas scoring points on each oth-ha ha ha that's not gonna happen at all.
* Sure, fine, that was set up by a 49-yard scamper by Nelson Agholor. Just let me have my theme.
You see, they're playing Stanford.
Robert Woods is wise. Always use the chainsaw.
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Like a Scooby-Doo mystery ghostwritten by Hunter Thompson, that dastardly tweakin' Tiger Eight Ball was finally unmasked Saturday afternoon, and....
.... University President James F. Barker???!! ZONIKS!
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If you look at the box score, this is what you'll see:
Jonathan Perry rush, fumbled, recovered by SCaro D.J. Swearinger at the SCaro 35, D.J. Swearinger for 65 yards, to the UAB 0 for a TOUCHDOWN. Adam Yates extra point GOOD.
But no. No that doesn't quite describe it.
Yep, that's all sorts of derpy.
The West Virginia Mountaineers handled their business against the James Madison Dukes, winning 42-12 at FedEx Field on Saturday evening. Geno Smith led the way for West Virginia. The senior was absolutely unflappable throughout the day, hitting on 34-of-39 passes for 411 yards and five touchdowns.
Smith had some help from a dynamic duo on the outside in Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin. Bailey led all receivers with 173 yards on 13 receptions to accompany his three touchdown grabs. Not to be outdone, Austin hauled in 11 passes for 113 yards and a score of his own.
The Mountaineers' passing defense was quite impressive as well, limiting the Dukes to 112 yards in the air.
Box Score Hero: Geno Smith. It's almost impossible to have a better day than Smith enjoyed against James Madison. The Heisman hopeful was sublime, completing 34-of-39 passes for 411 yards and five touchdowns without throwing an interception.
Rankings Affect: West Virginia certainly helped its cause for moving up. Depending on what happens ahead of them, the Mountaineers have an opportunity to climb the ladder.
Did They Cover?: Despite being a 32.5 point favorite, West Virginia was able to cover the spread.
Next Week: The Mountaineers will take on the Maryland Terrapins at home while the Dukes travel to oppose the Rhode Island Rams.
A CHALLENGER APPEARS:Scott Olmos-US PRESSWIRE
In the first quarter of No. 15 Kansas State's game against North Texas, the Wildcats appear to have lost a very key contributor as Arthur Brown injured his ankle early in the game.
Bad news for K-State. Arthur Brown threw a ballcarrier to the ground. Struggled getting up. Fell back down. Trainers looking at right ankle.— David Ubben (@davidubben) September 15, 2012
After throwing a ball carrier to the ground, the 2011 first-team All-Big 12 linebacker struggled to get back to his feet and eventually went back to the ground. Trainers were seen looking at Brown's right ankle, which appeared to bend in an awkward direction as he made the tackle.
Brown, named a preseason All-American and preseason first-team All-Big 12 member, racked up 15 tackles in the first two games of the season for the Wildcats, including a sack against the Miami Hurricanes. He also recorded two passes defended in the team's season opener against Missouri State.
Tyler Bray is a pretty quarterback name, but there's reason the young man at Tennessee couldn't earn a nickname. After this bit of chatter with Florida DL Dominique Easley, one might consider "Tyler Bro," or perhaps "Troller Bray..."
There had to be a breaking point for the Arkansas Razorbacks, and after the offseason from hell, an interim coach from the bizarro world and an embarrassing loss to a Sun Belt team at home in Little Rock, that breaking point seems to be Alabama's 52-0 whipping of the Hogs today in Fayetteville:
Ark QB Tyler Wilson marched into press conference called some of his teammates quitters and marched out— RAY GLIER (@RAYGLIER) September 15, 2012
Wilson, who suited up but did not play after a game-time decision to let the quarterback rest a while longer from the concussion he suffered last week, apparently told his teammates to buck up or go home.
Tyler Wilson tells UA's in-house TV crew his message to teammates is: "If you're not in the boat, get the heck out."— Chris Bahn (@cbahn) September 15, 2012
Tyler Wilson: "sucks I can't be out there to do anything about it. ... Do I feel we gave up? Absolutely."lockerz.com/s/244708380— Chris Bahn (@cbahn) September 15, 2012
Clearly frustrated, Wilson has forgotten the two fundamentals of Razorback Nation.
1. There's always tomorrow.
2. United we stand. Together. Togeeeeether. (You and I)
Missouri Tigers quarterback James Franklin will not play tonight against Arizona State, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel told ESPN just before the game kicked off. Franklin underwent shoulder surgery in the offseason and re-injured it last week against Georgia.
Franklin's absence means the debut of freshman Corbin Berkstresser. The 6'3, 235-pound signal caller hails from Lee's Summit, Mo., and was considered a three-star recruit according to Scout.com. At one point considered for a redshirt this season, Berkstresser is now in charge of Mizzou's offense in this non-conference battle.
In Missouri's first two games, Franklin was 38-for-62 for 400 yards and three touchdowns, helping the Tigers to a 1-1 record before being forced out of action. The junior from Corinth, Texas, has thrown for 3,371 yards and 25 touchdowns in his college career. In his first year starting in 2011, he led Missouri to an 8-5 record.
Stanford's band is composed of people who are smarter than you and will at some point be richer than you. They are also wackier than you:
Annnnd the Stanford band leader is dressed as a Trojan. twitter.com/AdamsonAshley/…— Ashley Adamson (@AdamsonAshley) September 15, 2012
The Michigan Wolverines simply dominated the University of Massachusetts Minutemen on Saturday.
No. 17 Michigan didn't even consider field goals en route to nine touchdowns in their 63-13 victory. With the win, they improved to 2-1 on this young season and have a nice confidence booster to boot.
Mike Wegzyn threw for 141 yards and no touchdowns, while Michigan's Denard Robinson put up three touchdown strikes through the air to go along with his 291 yards. Fitzgerald Toussaint was effective on the ground, with 85 yards off of 15 carries and a touchdown of his own. Vincent Smith and Justice Hayes also picked up rushing touchdowns (Smith had two of them) on just six carries between them.
Robinson managed to find nine separate receiving targets over the course of the game, with Drew Dileo being the standout with 91 yards off of three receptions. Michael Cox managed 76 rushing yards for UMass, but was very clearly over-matched, as it came off of 18 carries.
Box Score Hero: This game was all Robinson, who managed to put up 291 yards through the air along with three passing touchdowns, while adding 105 rushing yards with one score on the ground. One of many highlight-reel days for the dual-threat quarterback.
Rankings Ramifications: Michigan is already in a solid place at No. 17, but moving up would require another team above them to have a poor outing, as UMass isn't exactly a star-studded opponent.
But Did They Cover? Michigan was favored to win by around 45 points by most, so they covered just fine. If you also happened to bet the over, which was around 56 points, you also would have done well.
For More On This Game: You can catch up on the Michigan Wolverines at Maize n Brew.
Next Week's Schedule: Michigan will hit the road and take on No. 20 Notre Dame next Saturday, while UMass will take on a relatively easier opponent in Miami (OH) on the road.
Trailing 39-14 in the fourth quarter, North Carolina scored 20 unanswered points and had the ball inside the Louisville 10 yard line with four minutes left, but No. 19 Louisville held on for a 39-34 win.
After North Carolina's Bryn Renner connected with Romar Morris for a 50-yard touchdown with 4:48 remaining to cut the lead to 39-34, North Carolina's Adrian Bushell fumbled the ensuing kickoff and North Carolina recovered.
North Carolina advanced the ball to the Louisville 4 yard line, but turned it over on downs.
The Cardinals built a 36-7 halftime lead. Senorise Perry and Jeremy Wright each had rushing touchdowns and Teddy Bridgewater threw touchdown passes to Charles Gaines, Eli Rogers and Nick Heuser. John Wallace kicked a 22-yard field goal in the first quarter and one in the third quarter, which ended up being Louisville's only score in the second half.
UNC got a touchdown late in the first half when Renner connected with Morris. Renner threw five touchdown passes on the day -- two to Morris, two to Eric Ebron and one to Erik Highsmith. He had 358 yards passing.
Louisville improves to 3-0 and UNC is now 1-2 on the season.
Box Score Hero: Both quarterbacks played big. Teddy Bridgewater was 23-for-28 for 278 yards and three touchdowns; Bryn Renner was 26-for-41 for 358 yards and five touchdowns with one interception.
Rankings Ramifications: A loss after having such a big lead may have pushed Louisville out of the rankings, but the Cardinals held on. They probably won't rise in the rankings with the win, but they shouldn't fall much either.
But Did They Cover? Louisville came into the game favored by 3½ points, so they covered despite North Carolina's strong second-half performance.
For More On This Game: For more on Cardinals football, visit Louisville blog Card Chronicle, plus Big East blog Big East Coast Bias and SB Nation Indiana. For more on UNC football, visit North Carolina blog Carolina March.
Next Week's Schedule: Louisville plays at Florida International at 7 p.m. Sept. 22. North Carolina hosts East Carolina at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 22.
No. 1 Alabama laid a whupping on Arkansas in Fayetteville Saturday afternoon. The Razorbacks couldn't afford a whole lot of mistakes playing without starting quarterback Tyler Wilson, and they goofed a bunch, early and often.
Alabama's first score came from recovering a muffed punt at the Arkansas 6-yard line; Eddie Lacy (11 carries, 55 yards) punched in the pigskin for his first of three scores on the day. Arkansas then drove 50 yards only to miss a field goal, and two Brandon Allen interceptions in the second quarter led to two Alabama touchdowns and a 24-0 halftime margin.
After Alabama drove 75 yards for a second half opening touchdown, Arkansas fumbled the ensuing kickoff. Tide kicker Cade Foster made the recovery, and T.J. Yeldon finished off the two play, 27-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run to make it 38-0 three minutes into the third quarter.
The Crimson Tide outgained Arkansas 441-171, and made 27 first downs to the Razorbacks' 12. The Alabama defense turned over Arkansas three times.
Box Score Hero: Alabama didn't need much from quarterback A.J. McCarron, but he turned in an extremely efficient performance, going 11 of 16 for 189 yards and a touchdown. Nine different Alabama receivers made catches off McCarron and Phillip Ely, who came in to finish the game.
Rankings Ramifications: Alabama should stay at no. 1, unless USC absolutely annihilates Stanford Saturday night in Palo Alto. Arkansas doesn't look like a squad that's returning to the Top 25 anytime soon.
But Did They Cover? Alabama was a 15½- to 21-point favorite pregame, so they covered several times over. Most books had the over-under set at 52.
Next Week's Schedule:
9/22: Alabama vs. Florida Atlantic
9/22: Arkansas vs. Rutgers
POP QUIZ, HOTSHOT COLLEGE SPORTS FAN - Florida and Tennessee are currently in a battle of football wills, but are you a savvy enough super fan to match the on-field play with the corresponding reaction from a University of Tennessee coed?
A. After a Florida Penalty, Tennessee gains seven yards on a run from scrimmage.
B. Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel is set for a third-and-long deep in UF territory
C. TYLER BRAY HURRRR. (See also: TYLER BRAY DURRRR).
Ha, yeah right.
When you think Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, you think about field position, ball control and making the safest play possible, right? We now know that he can send a football lofting very far into someone's possession via two of his four limbs.
It makes sense that Bray is a pretty good punter. His legs are like seven feet long each. He's basically batting the ball with the world's biggest pinball flipper there.
The Penn State Nittany Lions, and first-year head coach Bill O'Brien, earned their first victory of the season with ease on Saturday, pummeling the Navy Midshipmen, 34-7, at Beaver Stadium.
Quarterback Matt McGloin threw four touchdown passes for Penn State, three to Allen Robinson, and the Nittany Lions were able to rebound from crushing early-season losses to Ohio and Virginia in earning the win.
Statistically, Navy actually outgained Penn State 371 total yards to 341 yards, and also won the time of possession battle, but the advantage on the stat sheet meant very little on the field, as the Midshipmen did not even score until the 10-minute mark of the fourth quarter.
Box Score Hero: Much-maligned Nittany Lions quarterback Matt McGloin. The senior was 13-of-21 passing on the day, for 231 yards and four touchdowns. Allen Robinson deserves a tip of the cap as well, after catching five balls from McGloin for 136 yards and three touchdowns.
Rankings Ramifications: Neither team was ranked entering this game, and despite the dominant win by the Nittany Lions to get them off the schneid, the victory will do little in terms of the polls.
But Did They Cover? The Nittany Lions were 6½ point favorites in Saturday's matchup, and had the spread covered for the afternoon just four minutes into the contest.
For More On This Game: For more on this game, be sure to check out SB Nation DC, SB Nation Pittsburgh and our Nittany Lions blog Black Shoe Diaries. For all the latest news and updates, visit our College Football Hub.
Next Week's Schedule: Penn State will host the Temple Owls next weekend in Happy Valley. Navy will welcome the Virginia Military Institute to Annapolis next Saturday.
Clemson put on an offense clinic Saturday against Furman, racking up 498 total yards while only holding the ball for 21:41minutes of play in their 41-7 victory over the Paladins.
Running back Andre Ellington put the Tigers on the board first with a rushing touchdown from 10 yards out in the middle of the first. From there, Clemson would score 10 more unanswered points including a 59-yard run from WR Sammy Watkins off a sweep in which he showed off his speed.
Furman would get their only touchdown of the day off a 37-yard pass from QB Reese Hannon to freshman WR Jordan Snellings shortly after but from there it was all about the Tigers.
Clemson would go on to score 24 straight points without a rebuttal from Furman when QB Tajh Boyd began to air it out more. Both of Boyd's touchdown passes on the day came on second-half touchdowns of 30-plus to TE Brandon Ford and WR Martavis Bryant.
On defense, the Tigers' tackling wasn't the sharpest today but it didn't matter much when their potent offense had four touchdown drives of two minutes or less.
Box Score Hero: WR Sammy Watkins finished only 1 yard shy of leading the Tigers despite getting only one attempt thanks to his 58-yard, second-quarter TD sprint. Not only was it the longest run of his career but it was also his first rushing touchdown. He also chipped in four receptions for 58 yards.
Rankings Ramifications: Clemson is probably locked into their No. 11 spot unless a team ranked above them is knocked off later this evening. Their real chance at catapulting up the top 25 will be next week when they visit No. 5 Florida State.
But Did They Cover? The Tigers offense may have put up some eye-popping numbers but they still came up short of fulfilling their 40-point favorite status.
For More On This Game: For additional Clemson football coverage, head on over to Shakin the Southland.
Next Week's Schedule: The Tigers now head South next Saturday for an ACC battle with a Florida State team who has turned in two consecutive 50-plus shutouts. Furman visits Presbyterian as they continue their search for that elusive first win.
The Oregon Ducks easily defeated the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles, 63-14, on Saturday at Autzen Stadium.
The Golden Eagles jumped on top early when they scored on a touchdown strike from Tre Lamb to former Tennessee wide receive Da'Rick Rogers, but it was all Ducks from there.
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was efficient, completing 21-of-28 for 307 yards and four touchdowns. Backup Bryan Bennett came into to replace Mariota after one drive in the third quarter. He finished just 2-of-5 with an interception, but was able to rush for two touchdowns.
Backup running back Byron Marshall ran 13 times for 126 yards and a touchdown in mop-up duty for the Ducks.
The win moves Oregon to 3-0 on the season, with Tennessee Tech falling to 2-1.
Box Score Hero: Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas had 222 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns, without playing most of the second half.
Rankings Ramifications: The Ducks are currently ranked No. 4 in both major polls, and likely won't move up unless someone loses in front of them.
But Did They Cover? Despite the blowout victory, no. Oregon was favored by 53 ½.
Next Week's Schedule: The Oregon Ducks start their Pac-12 schedule next Saturday as they host the Arizona Wildcats at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles also start conference play on Saturday, traveling to Southeast Missouri State for a 7 p.m. ET start.
For like three years now, Florida's offense has been a thing of evolving and contrasting mysteries. What is it that they do? It's different from what they did last week, and definitely different from what they did last year, but nobody yet knows what it is that it is. This trend may be continuing, as of the game going on right now.
Against a fired-up Tennessee defense, drowning in noise and backed up against the checkerboard, going for a little bit of devilry right away did not work:
It's not that it couldn't have worked, it's just that it totally didn't. That sentence explains Florida's offense over the past three years, I feel.
This is your potty break, college football television audience. At the moment the landscape of Saturday afternoon is littered with merciless blowouts in the Top 25 and beyond:
No. 1 Alabama has a casual (SORRY, COACH SABAN) lead over Arkansas, 38-0.
No. 4 Oregon is dismantling Tennessee Tech, 63-14.
No. 9 West Virginia is only up 28-0 against James Madison because DC is an educated single man's town, y'all #Holgo.
No. 11 Clemson is the Un-Clemson against in-state Bible college Furman 41-7.
No. 17 Michigan is giving a cold, spiteful FBS welcome to UMass, up 49-13
No. 19 Louisville is beating North Carolina 36-14, which is a common Big 10 basketball final score.
Also in on the fun: Georgia Tech over Virginia 42-7 (#GROHmanity), Texas A&M up on SMU 20-0 (that's only like... three Dead Hookers of effort, y'all), Washington leads Portland State 45-0 in the Flannel & Vinyl Trust Fund Income Classic and Penn State is on track to win a football game in 2012, as they are currently in the lead over Navy 27-0 with nary a Tom Rinaldi in sight.
BREAKING NEWS: Northwestern leads Boston College 12-10. You'd kill a hobo to watch this in April, but right now it's OK to make a beer run. We won't tell anyone.
Down 24-0 to the best team in the country thanks to turnovers, with your starting quarterback out for the game a week after losing to a Sun Belt team? There's remedies and responses galore, but the John L. Smith way to inspire a team? YOU GOTTA GIVE EM A SLAP ON THEIR BUTTS, GUYS.
Let's just cut the glib blog-talk and stack these two head to head:
We pray that nothing about this arrangement would ever be considered "interim."
By now, college football fans know the Angry Iowa Running Back Hating God's (AIRBHG for short) history. It spares no ACLs, nor other appendages in its tear through the Iowa backfield. What started as a somewhat playful joke about Iowa's propensity to lose running backs with the quickness has become so very real.
Saturday's victims: Greg Garmon and Damon Bullock. Two more notches in the belt of AIRBHG. Garmon went down with a shoulder injury, while it's yet unknown what ails Bullock. Either way, the Hawkeyes are basically out of running backs, and using a fullback to establish a ground game at the moment.
If you're superstitious, it'd be a good idea to just stay away from Iowa running backs, lest you become collateral damage. AIRBHG is on a tear like we've never seen before, and nobody is safe.
Up yonder in The Ozarks, Arkansas and Alabama are playing in the rain this afternoon, which means weird, slippery things are happening at Razorback Stadium.
Like, say, an almost-nearly interception of Hogs backup-turned-starter Brandon Allen by Alabama defensive back Dee Milliner. Originally ruled a pick, it was overturned:
Also, weird stuff like the next play, a punt that looked like an Alabama fumble: (It was overturned, too)
You might think that all these close calls, combined with the gut-wrenching loss to Louisiana-Monroe in Little Rock last week, combined with the sheer being of head coach John L. Smith, combined with the program-derailing scandal that caused the firing of Bobby Petrino would doom Razorback Nation, or at least create some symptoms of football fan PTSD.
But believe it or not, this is a sign that all is well in Arkansas.
You know who are damn enthusiastic fans? Arkansas fans. No coincidence at all.
"The will of one man is the basis of cult." That one man used to be this one man, but he's probably caddying for his daughter this weekend, so it's this one man, emphatically making spirit fingers on a rainy day in Fayetteville.
This is a thing:
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Intramural Field. Kick off the first home game of the year at the Blue and Orange Color Fight. There will be live music and color for everyone. Wear white and get ready to color fight before the game.
Here, we even have visual confirmation:
The Zombie Apocalypse is happening in Boise. STOP. Everyone has turned blue and orange. STOP. A thick cloud is crawling across the land. STOP.
This is Mark Von Ottoberg, Blue Steelin' it up.
Call me a No Fun Freddy, but I'm not about to throw paint at other people then go watch a football game. I usually reserve my paint-throwing for those pesky fur-wearing fatcats on Wall Street. That's just me, though.
More power to Boise State with their crazy-colored field and students. I wonder if the rec center is going to be bright orange soon.
(Photo Credit: Brian Losness -- US Presswire)
It was a game that had all the makings of a blowout. The Auburn Tigers, talented but off to an 0-2 start, had their backs against the wall at home. The ULM Warhawks were coming off one of the biggest wins in program history. It didn't play out like everyone thought it would, though, as the Tigers had to hold on for a 31-28 overtime victory and overcome a heroic effort from the Warhawks.
The game started out ominously for Auburn, as the Warhawks were able to march down the field without much resistance for a quick 7-0 lead on a 1-yard Kolton Browning touchdown pass. Neither defense looked very good in the first half, as both teams traded touchdowns with relative ease until it was 14-14.
The turning point in the game seemed like it was right before halftime, when Auburn went up 21-14 on a 33-yard hail mary pulled in by Sammie Coates in the back of the end zone. When the Tigers scored on their first drive of the second half and blocked a field goal on the next drive, it appeared the game was going to turn into a rout. However, a fumble by Mike Blakely inside the ULM 5 yard line cost the Tigers a chance to really put the game away.
Louisiana-Monroe didn't give up, though, and two fourth-quarter touchdown passes by Browning tied the score at 28-28 with 1:18 remaining before the game headed to overtime.
The Warhawks started with the ball in overtime, but missed a 37-yard field goal to take the lead. On the ensuing possession, Cody Parkey connected on a 35-yard field goal to win it for the Tigers.
Box Score Hero: Kolton Browning was sensational, going 28-46 for 237 yards and three touchdowns, as well as 58 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Rankings Ramifications: With Auburn still under .500 for the season and Louisiana-Monroe losing their first game, it's unlikely either team will be ranked after this weekend.
But Did They Cover? Auburn came into the game as a 15.5-point favorite, so they failed to cover the spread.
For More On This Game:
Next Week's Schedule:
9/22: Auburn vs. No. 3 LSU
9/21: Louisiana-Monroe vs. Baylor
Louisiana-Monroe is poised to pull off its second consecutive upset on the road at a SEC West opponent, as the Warhawks have forced overtime on The Plains with a touchdown from quarterback Kolton Browning to Colby Harper with just 1:18 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Just like in last week's overtime upset of Arkansas, ULM put together a pair of late touchdowns and outscored Auburn 14-0 in the fourth to scare the hell out of the Tigers, who face going 0-3 for the first time since 1950.
The UConn Huskies won the Edsall Bowl Saturday, traveling to College Park and beating the Maryland Terrapins 24-21. Terps head coach Randy Edsall couldn't beat his old team, though the Terps had a chance. They were driving and on UConn's side of the field with more than two minutes to go, but freshman quarterback Perry Hills was sacked, threw an incomplete pass, passed for a four-yard loss and threw an incomplete pass on fourth down, and the game was essentially over.
Hills was sacked five times, frequently in key situations, and looked overmatched at other points, but played well in the fourth quarter, including a key 10-yard rushing touchdown with 5:49 left to bring the game to a three-point margin. Fellow freshmen Stefon Diggs, who brought in a crazy tipped pass for a 29-yard score, and Wes Brown also scored touchdowns, the first of their careers for the high school teammates. Here's Diggs' special moment.
Despite the freshman heroics, UConn was just too effective. Running back Lyle McCombs carried 27 times for 93 yards and a touchdown, Scott McCummings scored on a keeper and Nick Williams returned a punt 58 yards for a touchdown, which, of course, was the difference in the game. Special teams, baby.
Maryland falls to 2-1 with the loss, and UConn goes to 2-1 with the win.
Box Score Hero: In the loss, freshman Stefon Diggs showed why he was the most-hyped recruit Maryland has had in years, catching three balls for 58 yards, including the above GIF-ed touchdown, a massive third down conversion in the fourth quarter and a fourth down conversion in the first half. He was also sensational in the return game, with 7 punt returns for 69 yards, including a 32-yarder, and five kick returns for 96 yards, including a 44-yard runback.
Rankings Ramifications: Neither of these teams have to worry about silly things like rankings at this stage of the season.
But Did They Cover? That depends on the betting service you use. UConn was a three-point favorite in some places, which would have pushed, and 2.5 points in others, meaning they didn't cover.
For More On This Game: For more on Terps football, visit Maryland blog Testudo Times, plus SB Nation DC. For more on Huskies football, visit UConn blog The UConn Blog, plus Big East blog Big East Coast Bias.
Next Week's Schedule: The Terps are about to get air-raided in their next game, because they travel to West Virginia at noon, Sept. 22. The Huskies have a much easier go of it, visiting Western Michigan the same day, for a 2 p.m. start.
A second half shootout between the Ohio State Buckeyes and California Golden Bears almost ended in an upset for the No. 12 ranked Buckeyes, but a 72-yard touchdown pass from Braxton Miller to Devin Smith with just 4:14 to go in the game broke the tie and gave Ohio State its defining lead.
Ohio State defeated Cal, 35-28.
The Buckeyes had taken a 20-7 lead into halftime after scoring three touchdowns within a seven-minute span. But Ohio State went scoreless in the third quarter as the Bears began to turn it up.
Brendan Bigelow rushed for an 81-yard touchdown to bring Cal within six points, and an eight-play, 46-yard drive capped by a one-yard touchdown run from Zach Maynard gave the Bears the lead.
Ohio State came alive in the fourth quarter with touchdowns by Jake Stoneburner and Smith, though Cal had a pair of touchdowns as well in the final period. Bigelow ran for another big gain to find himself in the end zone, this time for 59 yards. But Smith's 72-yard reception gave Ohio State the win in the end.
Box Score Hero: Devin Smith recorded 145 receiving yards on five catches, which resulted in a pair of touchdowns, including the game winner.
Rankings Ramifications: Ohio State came into this game ranked No. 12, but struggling to win this game could do the Buckeyes some damage in the rankings.
But Did They Cover? The Buckeyes were 17 1/2 point favorites in this one. So, no.
For More On This Game: To read about the Ohio State Buckeyes, check out Land-Grant Holy Land. Head over to California Golden Blogs for more on the Golden Bears. For college football coverage from around the country check out SB Nation's college football hub.
Next Week's Schedule: Ohio State vs. University of Alabama at Birmingham/ California vs. University of Southern California
The Florida State Seminoles completely dominated the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Saturday afternoon at Doak S. Campbell Stadium by a final score of 52-0. It was the first time in school history the Seminoles scored 50 points in three consecutive games.
Things started out slowly for both teams, but after going up 14-0 in the first quarter, Florida State completely broke the game open in the second quarter and went into halftime with a 38-0 lead.
But after the first half offensive explosion, things would slow considerably for the Seminoles who appeared to take their foot off the gas pedal. They would score just one touchdown in both the third and fourth quarters.
The Seminoles racked up 612 yards of total offense, compared to the Demon Deacon's 126 yards. The win brings the Seminoles record to 3-0 on the season while Wake Forest moves to 2-1.
Box Score Hero: Florida State tailback Chris Thompson had himself a day. 11 months ago he broke two vertebrae in his back against this same Wake Forest squad. On Saturday, he got his revenge as he broke the Demon Deacon's backs by rushing for 197 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries. The senior had back-to-back touchdown scores of 74 and 80 yards in the second quarter. He needed just three yards to become the first 200-yard rusher for Florida State since 1988.
Rankings Ramifications: Florida State entered the game tied for fifth place in the AP Top 25 with the Oklahoma Sooners. After playing a much weaker opponent in Savannah State the week prior, a dominating ACC victory over Wake Forest could potentially move the Seminoles up slightly in the rankings. We'll just have to wait and see.
But Did They Cover? Florida State entered the game as a 25 point favorite over Wake Forest. They doubled that margin, easily.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers defeated the Arkansas State Red Wolves, 42-13, for their second win of the season on Saturday in Lincoln but had to watch head coach Bo Pelini leave in an ambulance with flu-like symptoms.
The game was never close as the Cornhuskers opened up a 28-3 halftime lead behind the play of quarterback Taylor Martinez, running back Ameer Abdullah and wide receiver Kenny Bell.
Abdullah finished with 167 yards on 30 carries and two touchdowns while Bell had three receptions for 71 yards and two touchdowns. All four of Abdullah and Bell's touchdowns came in the first half.
Martinez finished 13 of 14 for 180 yards and two touchdowns while adding 52 yards on the ground on 11 carries.
The Cornhuskers defense held the Blue Wolves to only 285 total yards, including 138 yards passing. Blue Wolves quarterback Ryan Aplin struggled all day, finishing only 16 of 30 passing.
The Cornhuskers move to 2-1 on the season and the Blue Wolves drop to 1-2.
Box Score Hero: Abdullah was dominant on the ground with 167 yards on 30 carries and two touchdowns. Martinez was solid but the ground game truly shined.
Rankings Ramifications: The Cornhuskers aren't ranked and beating a team like Arkansas State won't change that. But it's always good to get a win on the voters' minds.
But Did They Cover? The Cornhuskers were 24-point favorites and more than covered the spread.
For More On This Game: Check out Corn Nation for more reaction from Cornhuskers fans.
Next Week's Schedule: Nebraska hosts the Idaho State Bengals at 3:30 pm ET on Sept. 22; Arkansas State hosts Alcorn State at 7:00 pm ET on Sept. 22.
After an ugly 0-2 start to the season, Pitt coach Paul Chryst picked up his first win on Saturday with a 35-17 upset of the Virginia Tech Hokies. The Panthers took advantage of four first-half turnovers by the Hokies and promptly jumped out to a three-touchdown lead. Quarterback Tino Sunseri and the running back duo of Ray Graham and heralded freshman Rushel Shell marched the Panthers up and down the field, gashing Bud Foster's defense and keeping the Hokies offense off the field. It was the fourth straight Pitt upset of a ranked Hokies team.
Sunseri threw for nearly 200 yards in the first half, moving the offense and turning in one of the best performances of a tumultuous career. Sunseri and Graham marched the Panthers down the field on their first possession. The drive took less than three minutes and Graham capped it off with a 12-yard touchdown scamper for the quick lead. They would add another touchdown before the first quarter was out, when Sunseri lobbed one over the top of the defense to Devin Street for a 13-yard score.
While the Pitt offense was moving with ease, the Hokies compounded the trouble by turning it over on offense. With the Hokies driving on their first possession, quarterback Logan Thomas forced a quick slant into traffic. The ball got tipped in the air and picked off by Jared Holley inside the ten. Thomas would throw two more picks before the half was over, overthrowing his receivers and stalling out otherwise promising drives. But the most costly VT turnover was a Michael Holmes fumble. One play after Pitt missed a field goal attempt to go up 17, Holmes had the ball punched out inside the Hokies 20. Pitt pounced on it and Ray Graham would take it in two plays later for the 21-0 lead.
The Hokies attempted a second-half comeback with a couple big play quick strikes, but the first half deficit was too much. Kyshoen Jarrett finally broke through for Tech's first touchdown, taking a punt around the wall and down the right sideline for a 94-yard return. The Hokies added another touchdown in the third when Thomas hit big wideout Marcus Davis on a short pass to the outside. Davis turned to the sideline and took it the distance for an 85-yard touchdown, the longest touchdown pass in a decade for Virginia Tech.
But Sunseri and the Pitt offense responded each time the Hokies came up with a big play. He connected for two more touchdowns in the second half to keep the lead in double-digits. The first touchdown came on a wheel route to the right side, with Graham beating the linebacker for an 18-yard score. The Panthers would seal it on Sunseri's third touchdown of the day, a short six-yard pass to tight end Mike Shanahan in the back of the end zone. Moments earlier, Pitt had lined up for a field goal but Frank Beamer's special teams unit jumped offsides and gave the Panthers new life. Sunseri took advantage to drive the nail in the coffin two plays later.
In addition to Sunseri's big day, both Graham and Shell pounded the ball on the ground. Shell, a Western PA high school legend, finished with 157 yards on 23 carries for nearly a seven-yard average. Graham, who is still working his way back from an ACL injury last year, finished with 94 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, in addition to the touchdown through the air.
Box Score Hero: Tino Sunseri, who's had an up-and-down career, to say the least, finished the game 19 of 28 for 283 yards and three touchdowns. The ground game certainly helped, but Sunseri was firing strikes to his receivers all afternoon and threw just one interception, a ball that got away from him in the face of pressure.
Rankings Ramifications: Much like Arkansas last week, Virginia Tech will tumble down the rankings. It was a convincing win for the Panthers that could push the Hokies out of the Top 25.
But Did They Cover? Virginia Tech did not cover the 10-point spread.
Next Week's Schedule: The Hokies return to Lane Stadium, where they'll host Bowling Green. Pitt will host the Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs.
Thus far in his third game as a collegian, young Mr. Johnson has 94 yards on 14 carries, 57 yards on three receptions, 95 yards on one kick return and FOUR touchdowns from rushing, receiving and returning the football.
"OMG, y'all, when was the last time someone..." Hush, we got this:
You've heard of the last two guys with 2 rushing TDs, 1 receiving TD and 1 return TD in a game: Chris Johnson and Maurice Jones-Drew. #Duke— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) September 15, 2012
Johnson has six touchdowns in two games and two were for more than 50 yards in his debut, putting him on pace to fight - and defeat - alien robots in outer space, let alone rewrite a few college football records.
Cal's Brendan Bigelow only has three carries today against Ohio State. He made them count.
For those keeping score at home, that's 156 yards, two scores and an audition to be named later with the New York City Ballet.
The No. 16 TCU Horned Frogs defeated the Kansas Jayhawks in their Big 12 debut on Saturday afternoon, 20-6, despite committing three turnovers in the red zone.
The Frogs racked up almost 500 yards of total offense while holding Kansas to under 400, but they allowed the Jayhawks to stay in the game by fumbling four times, including three while inside the Kansas 20-yard line. Still, a stout defense, combined with a 10-minute advantage in time of possession, led the Horned Frogs to a win in Lawrence, Kan.
TCU quarterback Casey Pachall and wide receiver Brandon Carter proved to be a formidable combination for the Horned Frogs, as the duo hooked up for two scores on the day. In a losing effort, Kansas quarterback Dayne Crist threw for 303 yards, despite completing less than half of his pass attempts. Crist was intercepted once, and also fumbled on the goal line while attempting to score with just over a minute left in the game.
Box Score Hero: Pachall overcame two fumbles to complete 24 of 30 passes for 335 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Carter deserves a nod here too, as he caught eight balls for 141 yards and a couple of scores.
Rankings Ramifications: 13th-ranked Virginia Tech and 14th-ranked Ohio State are both currently trailing, which would basically ensure that TCU would jump at least two spots in the polls, should those scores continue to hold.
But Did They Cover? The Horned Frogs entered the game as 22-point favorites, so anybody who put money on the Jayhawks against the spread came out a winner.
Next Week's Schedule: TCU: Sept. 22 vs. Virginia; Kansas: Sept. 22 at Northern Illinois.
Bo Pelini left Nebraska's game against Arkansas State with flu-like symptoms. Obviously, we wish Coach Pelini the best and hope he's okay.
But, in the off-chance that the coach has to take some time off, may I humbly submit this picture from Saturday to capture the essence of Pelini:
Photo Credit: Bruce Thorson - US Presswire
It hasn't been the prettiest game for Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas. He's thrown three interceptions and has missed several open receivers. But sometimes all it takes is a little bit of protection and a crafty route to get a guy going.
Enter playmaker Marcus Davis:
Davis would take this dig route 85 yards into the endzone, good for the fifth-longest pass in Virginia Tech history and the team's longest pass play in over a decade.
Thomas and Davis have to get on the same page more often; the Hokies still trail Pitt, 28-17, late in the third quarter.
Virginia Tech left guard David Wang was carted off the field during the third quarter of the Hokies game against Pitt. Wang's foot was rolled up on by massive VT quarterback Logan Thomas. Wang was being pushed back into the pocket when Thomas was chucked in the chest by Pitt rusher Aaron Donald. Thomas went flying into the back of Wang's legs, and the guard instantly went down in pain. An animated gif of the play:
Wang, a redshirt junior, fractured his foot against East Carolina early in the season last year. The injury ended his season just eight snaps into the Hokies second game.
The trainers removed his shoe and sock on his left foot to attend to him before he was carted off. Sophomore Matt Arkema came on to replace Wang at guard. The Hokies trail Pitt, 21-10, in the middle of the third quarter.
For more on Hokies football, visit Virginia Tech blog Gobbler Country.
Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini, who'd been suffering from some sort of ailment earlier in his team's game against Arkansas State on Saturday afternoon, has reportedly left the stadium in an ambulance, according to ESPN. There's no word yet as to just what sort of illness or injury he's undergoing, but we'll hopefully find out good news soon.
He had remained in the locker room after the Huskers came out for the second half, saying, "Not feeling real good," as he headed in at the break. He appeared to be presenting his condition in a positive light.
Pelini, 44 years old, had also had his pulse checked on the sideline during the first half. He had to sit down for a moment as well.
You know, we never really got the final word on whether Arkansas is going to play Tyler Wilson against Alabama or not. He was reportedly ruled out Friday morning, but John L. Smith has left it a mystery all week long.
Here's the Hogs' starter about an hour and a half before kickoff, working out in shorts:
Security camera-esque shot of Tyler Wilson throwing passes twitter.com/Andrew_Gribble…— Andrew Gribble (@Andrew_Gribble) September 15, 2012
Gribble says Wilson is "throwing 20-yard passes on 3- and 5-step dropbacks."
Wilson could just be giving it one last go just to make sure he can't play with what's been called a head injury, or he could actually end up playing. Big risks either way for Arkansas, but Wilson's health has to be the first concern.
If you bought tickets to the Edsall Bowl, I am sorry, and please find me for a free hug and chicken flavored Top Ramen cup. The halftime stats are a treasure trove of Edsall goodness, filled with hard-hitting numbers and big play booms.
Let's go inside the box score. This is not suitable for children under 13.
Stay tuned in the second half for more fun and footbzzzzzzzzzzz ...
Nebraska coach Bo Pelini is under the weather in some way, remaining in the locker room after halftime of Nebraska's game against Arkansas State. He had his pulse checked and having to sit for a moment on the sideline earlier, and declared, "I'm OK. I'm fine. Not feeling real good," while on his way into the break.
Defensive coordinator John Papuchis is acting as head coach right now. We'll hope everything's all right.
Jamrog said nothing serious with Bo, docs taking precautionary measures, but still in locker room as we speak #huskers— Jeff Culhane (@jeffculhane) September 15, 2012
Bo Pelini just gave halftime interview. Observations: He's sick, someone took his pulse. He's actually being nice to the media.— Vanessa Brown (@VanessaBrownTV) September 15, 2012
Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback Wes Lunt could be out for two to three weeks with a knee injury, according to Fox Sports (via NewsOK.com's Anthony Slater). Lunt was injured in the first quarter of Oklahoma State's game against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns on Saturday.
In the game's opening drive, Lunt came up limping after taking a hit from a ULL defender while getting rid of the ball on a first-down play. Prior to the injury, the freshman quarterback had completed three of four passes for 23 yards. In the first two games of his college career, Lunt threw for over 550 yards and four touchdowns, while being intercepted three times.
Fellow freshman J.W. Walsh replaced Lunt two plays later, and has since completed 12 of 16 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns. Oklahoma State is all over Louisiana-Lafayette at halftime, 44-0.
Minnesota Golden Gophers quarterback MarQueis Gray left Saturday's game against Western Michigan on a cart after suffering what appeared to be an injury to his left ankle. Gray was taken down on the first carry of a second quarter drive in which he lost four yards on the play.
MarQueis Gray being taken to locker room in cart. Doesn't look good. Left leg extended. #Gophers— Rittenberg/Bennett (@ESPN_BigTen) September 15, 2012
At the time, Minnesota was trailing 10-7. Max Shortell came in as Gray's replacement and was successful from the start. Shortell went into halftime having completed five of his six pass attempts for 125 yards and two touchdown tosses in just over four minutes of action.
Before Gray went out with his injury, he'd completed only three of his six pass attempts for 29 yards, one of which was a 10-yard toss to A.J. Barker, who hauled in three touchdown passes in the first half.
Read more on the Golden Golphers at The Daily Gopher.
Auburn is in the SEC, and UL Monroe is in the Sun Belt. Let's start with that pair of factoids.
Auburn recently won a national title by having its big, strong quarterback run the ball himself. It's the manliest possible way to play football. He doesn't even need a fancy running back. Just takes the snap and rolls through everybody. Here's what that looks like:
The Warhawks, on the other hand, have to play like any other overmatched underdog. They have to manufacture points however they can, using guile and shadows to come up with whatever scores they can. This kind of thing is only going to work once against a powerhouse defense, though.
Auburn actually took the lead as the half expired, with Kiehl Frazier lobbing the ball as far as he could from midfield and just hoping one of his players could get lucky enough to score a receiving touchdown on that Warhawks defense.
Florida State has had trouble with Wake Forest in recent years, with the Noles dropping four of the last six meetings, but things are different this year. FSU appears faster and stronger at every position, the Deacs have yet to convert a third down, and the Seminoles are running all over the field offensively.
Here are a couple examples:
It's been a Faulknerean downfall for Florida State over the last decade, but it seems like finally -- once again -- the Noles are back. E.J. Manuel's superior athleticism, Chris Thompson's ability to accelerate after getting to the edge (he has touchdown runs of 74 and 80 yards today) and a dominating secondary make the Seminoles a tough matchup for anybody.
GameDay, start making your travel arrangements for Tallahassee next weekend when the Noles take on Clemson. I hear Southwest has some decent deals right now.
This play did not work, but with a little bit of tinkering, the defense would really have no idea which of those three guys has the ball after the post-huddle huddle. The only solution would be to tackle all three of them at once. Purdue would be unstoppable.
It's the first quarter, but we have a little more drama than some teams would like to see. ULM is still auditioning for SEC membership and is tied with Auburn, 7-7, midway through the first. Miami (FL), fresh off an embarrassing loss to Kansas State, has its hands full with Bethune-Cookman.
And Virginia Tech is down 14-0 to Pitt. Yes, Pitt. The same Pitt which lost to Youngstown State by two scores and got waxed by Cincinnati.
The clicker is going to get a lot of work in the early games, so make sure you've got fresh batteries at the ready and a pot of coffee on. We've got a long day of upset alert noises and 'grounded to the GROUND' commercials left.
Week 3 is a magical week, with teams often caught napping or looking ahead to more hyped games, and this is when the real underdogs take advantage of the situation.
Oklahoma State Quarterback Wes Lunt left the Cowboys' game against University of Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns in the first quarter with what is being called a left knee laceration.
Left knee. Laceration. Iced. twitter.com/CowboysRFF/sta…— CowboysRideForFree (@CowboysRFF) September 15, 2012
Lunt was standing the sidelines on crutches but has returned to the locker room for X-rays and will be reevaluated at halftime.
Lunt headed to locker room twitter.com/CowboysRFF/sta…— CowboysRideForFree (@CowboysRFF) September 15, 2012
On the play, Lunt was under pressure and rolling out of the pocket to his right when he took a hit from a ULL defender while throwing the ball away. Lunt had to be helped off the field after being looked at by trainers. The freshman quarterback had completed three passes for 23 yards before leaving the game.
Redshirt freshman J.W. Walsh has taken over at quarterback with Lunt out of the game.
The Cowboys are up 17-0 on the Ragin' Cajuns in the first quarter.
It might be time we add a little challenge for Braxton Miller. You know, like how Denard Robinson does this kind of stuff with his shoes untied. Maybe Miller should have to do this while having his shoes tied together. That would probably make up for getting to play Cal. There's just no clear sign of actual effort being exerted here.
Urban Meyer's well-chronicled family contract calls for him to eat three meals per day. Watching this run counts as one of those meals. Let us all sustain ourselves now:
EXT. Noon. Present Day.
A cacophony of chants, charged language and drawls provides a familiar Southern hum. Four men sit at a desk. They are smiling. One looks like your crazy Uncle Randy. Another has some kind of stuffed alligator for a hat. A third looks like some dude who would go to a Kenny Chesney concert. The fourth, nondescript, wears a blank stare.
ALLIGATOR MAN: Time to make our picks, here we go.
CRAZY UNCLE: Awwwww yeahhhhhhhh
KENNY CHESNEY BRO: papa john bass fishing skeet shooting with the car fox me and captain crunch riding go karts with pippa middleton and guy fieri in the hamptons let's go vols
There is a louder roar from the sea of cheese doodle-colored people serving as a backdrop.
"I Am A Real American" plays.
ALLIGATOR MAN: That's Smokey's music!
CRAZY UNCLE: rawerwerrggfffffffffffhhhh
CRAZY UNCLE: bewwwwwww
CHESNEY BRO: air bud and i on the moon riding razor scooters
ALLIGATOR MAN: [smiles]
Miami football attendance joke blah blah blah:
Through the smoke.twitpic.com/auwlxw— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) September 15, 2012
The Solid Verbal is live on SB Nation Saturday evening, with Dan Rubenstein and Ty Hildenbrandt recapping Week 3's big games and previewing the huge Notre Dame-Michigan State game.
ESPN's College Gameday is in Knoxville, Tenn. for the Tennessee-Florida SEC opener on Saturday and college football fans are in midseason sign-making form. Topics range from music choice, to depths of love for Tennessee figures, and future Gameday sites.
Multiple Vols fans went with the musical theme, with some making an observation on Florida head coach Will Muschamp's taste:
It also appears that Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley and Muschamp may have a secret garage band:
Some Tennessee fans wanted to rank some famous figures in terms of how much they love them, with Peyton Manning narrowly losing out on the top spot to Jesus Christ. No word yet how well Jesus threw the deep ball.
Finally, one Volunteer fan was wondering if Gameday will be making a second trip to the state of Tennessee this season, specifically to see departed Tennessee running back Da'Rick Rodgers.
The Volunteers face the Gators on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN. We can only hope that the quality of play matches the level of the signs outside Neyland Stadium.
Despite Michigan State's Top 10 ranking, this game (8 p.m. ET, ABC) is rather even on paper. Will home field advantage carry the Spartans to a 3-0 record against young Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson? Or will defense keep the Irish in the game long enough to connect on a couple of big plays?
College Football Rootability attempts to sort out the most likable teams in the weekend's given matchups so that the uninvested fan can clearly stake claim on one team or the other in whatever they happen to be watching. It makes little sense and is entirely unscientific, but so is college football. Enjoy.
Michigan State's showdown with Notre Dame is one of the best choices on the docket for Week 3 of the 2012 college football schedule.
USC's trip to Stanford could have a major impact on the college football Top 25 and alter the national title race. But, with TV in play, it could be even bigger than that.
Alabama-Arkansas was supposed to headline* this week's college football schedule, but Florida-Tennessee and Notre Dame-Michigan State have stepped up to fill the gap.
College football betting picks for Week 3 as Florida travels to Tennessee, USC trips to Stanford, and Arkansas hosts Alabama. Can Tennessee take down Florida? Will USC roll Stanford?