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This Week In Schadenfreude collects the week's most deranged college football commetary. This time out, Iowa invents a pantheon of gods that hate them, Clemson MANS UP, Rich Rodriguez turns into the saddest muppet, Washington State fans think that's the worst thing they ever seen, and Arkansas fans get up to a quintuple facepalm. Armadillos are discussed again. College Football!
Bill Connelly, a Mizzou fan, attempted to take in just about all of his new conference in a single weekend. Roll with him through nine Southern states for a newcomer's look at the weirdest (and most edible) region in America.
We know what the BCS rankings would look like right now if they'd officially been made public yet. This week, the Notre Dame hype train keeps on clanging as Florida State crashes the top three.
Does your college football team still have a prayer of winning the national championship? Probably not. This week, the SEC, Big Ten and ACC dump a few more of their bodies in the creek.
Snap Judgments is back with looks at Florida State, Oregon, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, LSU, and the SEC.
Oregon was everything they were expected to be. Emerging from the half up 10-0 on Arizona, the Ducks would go on to score 39 unanswered points.
Maybe the Utes of Utah haven't recovered from their narrow victory over BYU last week. From the very beginning, the Arizona State Sun Devils looked as if they were going to be too much for Utah to handle, scoring 21 in the first quarter alone. The Utes would tally their only points of the night in the second quarter on a Jon Hays to Karl Williams run. It would be all ASU the rest of the way, with the Sun Devils winning 37-7.
ASU dominated the entire game. ASU running back D.J. Foster lead the ground attack. On 10 rushes, Kelly gained a total of 70 yards. The next closest runner would be quarterback Taylor Kelly with 19 yards. In the air, ASU would have six receivers with 25 or more yards on five or less carries.
Utah quarterback Jon Hays completed 10-of-15 for 117 yards. He was not helped by his offensive line, as they allowed Hays to be sacked three times. The Utes were outrushed by 48 yards and demolished by 255 yards in the air.
Box Score Hero: Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly crushed the Utes with 326 yards passing on 19-of-26 for three touchdowns.
Rankings Ramifications: Both teams are currently unranked. Arizona State could be a good sleeper pick in the Pac-12, but they probably won't crack the Top 25 this week.
But Did They Cover? Utah was given seven points as the underdog. It wouldn't be enough.
Next Week's Schedule: ASU heads to Berkley to face Pac-12 rival Cal. Life doesn't get any easier for the Utes. They welcome an angry and rested USC team to Utah.
Chip Kelly always keeps you guessing.
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Down by two touchdowns more than four minutes into the third quarter, the No. 4 Florida State Seminoles rode a dominant rushing attack and golden performance from senior quarterback E.J. Manuel to 35 second-half points and a 49-37 home victory over conference foe No. 10 Clemson.
Manuel threw for 380 yards on 27-of-35 passing and tossed two third-quarter touchdowns, the second a 29-yard strike to Rodney Smith which put the Seminoles up 35-31, a lead they would not relinquish.
As a team, Florida State ran for 287 yards, averaging 7.2 yards per carry. Chris Thompson and James Wilder Jr. ran for two scores apiece, and Manuel rushed for 102 yards on 11 carries. Seminoles senior back Lonnie Pryor also ran for a touchdown.
Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd threw for 232 yards and three touchdowns on 19-of-35 passing. Both DeAndre Hopkins and Andre Ellington caught a touchdown and finished with more than 85 yards receiving, but sophomore speedster Sammy Watkins was held in check, finishing with just 61 total yards from scrimmage on five receptions and six rushes.
Watkins did throw a touchdown on a fake screen, a 52-yard score to Ellington which gave Clemson a 28-14 lead with 11:48 to go in the third quarter. But Florida State came storming back, scoring five touchdowns over the next 16 minutes.
Box Score Hero: Manuel, who accounted for 482 yards of total offense in leading the Seminoles to a huge conference win at home over a Top 10 opponent. Manuel passed for 380 yards on 27-of-35 passing with two touchdowns and, most importantly, no interceptions. He also ran for 102 yards and a touchdown on 11 rushing attempts.
Rankings Ramifications: This was certainly an impressive win for Florida State, and after No. 2 LSU barely squeaked out a 12-10 win over Auburn, things could interesting in the Top 5. Depending on how No. 3 Oregon fares against No. 22 Arizona, the Seminoles could move up a spot if LSU drops. As for Clemson, they're due for a fall but likely not too far after playing an exciting game against a Top 5 team on the road.
But Did They Cover? Florida State was favored by a couple touchdowns, so they did not cover. The over/under ranged from 54.5 to 56, so obviously this game blew that out of the water.
Next Week's Schedule: Florida State travels to South Florida next week, while Clemson will head to Boston College.
Running back Todd Gurley rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns Saturday to help the No. 5-ranked Georgia Bulldogs steamroll the Vanderbilt Commodores, 48-3, in a Southeast Conference showdown at Sanford Stadium. The victory helped keep Georgia's record unblemished at 4-0 (2-0 SEC), while the Commodores dropped to 1-3 (0-2).
The Bulldogs began the game with 27 unanswered points and carried a 27-3 lead into the halftime. Georgia cemented its win with three third-quarter touchdowns that capped the game's scoring.
The third-quarter scores helped the Bulldogs cover the 15-point spread, while the Commodores lone field goal, which came with 20 seconds to go in the first half, helped cover the over-under (50 points).
Next week, the Bulldogs will host the Tennessee Volunteers (3:30 p.m.), while Vanderbilt will have a bye.
It's the annual battle for New Mexico, pitting the University of New Mexico Lobos against the New Mexico State Aggies. The New Mexico State Aggies came into the game as the favorites, but ended up with the loss. The UNM Lobos won the war against their in-state rivals NMST, 27-14.
Kasey Carrier and Jhurell Pressley, both running backs for New Mexico, lead the Lobos to victory. Carrier rushed 21 times for 129 yards and one touchdown. Pressley scored twice on 15 rushes for 71 yards. In all, the Lobos ran for 302 yards.
Despite winning the game, UNM did have some trouble with NMST running back Robert Clay, who ran 11 times for 47 yards and a touchdown. The Aggies wouldn't help themselves getting eight penalties for a total of 60 yards and fumbling the ball three times, turning it over twice.
Box Score Hero: New Mexico State's quarterback Andrew Manley went 22-for-34 and 256 yards in the losing effort. His counterpart at UNM, B.R. Holbrook, had only 96 yards in the air.
Rankings Ramifications: Neither team is ranked.
But Did They Cover? Nope. New Mexico State came into the game favored by six.
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Next Week's Schedule: The University of New Mexico faces Boise State at home. The Aggies welcome the University of Texas - San Antonio Roadrunners to their part of the desert.
It wasn't the way that most Vols fans would like, but the Tennessee Volunteers were able to come away from their game with the Akron Zips with a 47-26 win. The first half was extremely close, as the teams were tied at 7, 10, 13, 20 and 23 all in the first 30 minutes. Akron got out to a 7-0 lead less than 30 seconds into the game when Avis Commack returned a Tyler Bray interception 44 yards for a touchdown. The Vols responded with an A.J. Johnson touchdown on the next drive.
Akron took a 23-20 lead before half on a 70 yard touchdown run by Quentin Hines, but Tennessee tied the game with a field goal with 1:12 left in the half.
The Vols would take the lead for good in the third quarter when Bray found Rajion Neal for a 3 yard touchdown. The teams would trade field goals, but two late touchdown passes from Bray to Justin Hunter and Jacob Carter would ice the game for Tennessee.
Box Score Hero: Tyler Bray had a great day, going 27-of-43 for 399 yards, four touchdowns, and an interception.
Rankings Ramifications: The Vols have a chance of being ranked at the bottom of the Top 25, but probably will be just short.
But Did They Cover? Tennessee was favored by 32 points, so they failed to cover the spread.
Next Week's Schedule:
Tennessee: Sep. 29 vs. Georgia
Akron: Sep. 29 vs. Miami (OH)
The Golden Panthers took a 14-7 lead with 7:08 to play in the second quarter on a one-yard touchdown run from Jake Medlock, but Bridgewater knotted things back up with his second touchdown pass of the first half, a one-yard strike to Andrell Smith with 26 seconds to go before halftime.
Cardinals running back Jeremy Wright ran for a six-yard touchdown in the third quarter and Bridgewater notched his third score on a one-yard run six seconds into the fourth. Louisville held on from there, though a four-yard touchdown pass from FIU quarterback Jacob Younger to E.J. Hilliard with less than five minutes to play made the final score more respectable.
Cardinals running back Senorise Perry rushed for 74 yards on 11 carries while Smith hauled in five receptions for 50 yards. Younger finished with 74 receiving yards on five catches.
Box Score Hero: Bridgewater, who's three total touchdowns were the difference. The sophomore quarterback threw for 194 yards in 19-of-36 passing and rushed four times for 16 yards. He also threw two interceptions.
Rankings Ramifications: An unimpressive win over an unranked opponent could drop Louisville a couple spots, but it's unlikely that they drop out of the rankings entirely.
But Did They Cover? Louisville was favored by anywhere from 10.5 to 11.5 points, so they didn't cover.
Next Week's Schedule: Louisville travels to Southern Miss next week, while FIU will play at Louisiana-Lafayette.
The No. 15 Kansas State Wildcats used two fourth quarter touchdowns to hold off a late rally and upset the No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners, 24-19.
After Illinois opened the scoring in the first quarter with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Nathan Scheelhaase to Ryan Lankford, Louisiana Tech scored 21 straight points in the quarter on a Colby Cameron touchdown pass to D.J. Banks and rushing touchdowns Tevin King and Kenneth Dixon.
Illinois cut the halftime lead to 21-17 with a field goal early in the second quarter and then a rushing touchdown by Donovonn Young.
Louisiana Tech then went on another run, out-scoring Illinois 31-0 in the third quarter and opening minutes of the fourth. Cameron found Quinton Patton for touchdown passes of 78 and 21 yards, and then Antonio Mitchum recovered a fumbled punt by Illinois for a touchdown. After a field goal late in the third, Cameron threw his fourth touchdown pass of the game, connecting with Myles White for 38 yards.
Illinois tacked on a touchdown in garbage time to make the score 52-24 with Reilly O'Toole ran it in from one yard out with 6:05 remaining in the game.
The Louisiana Tech defense forced 4 turnovers and the offense produced 393 total yards to help the team improve to 3-0. Illinois is now 2-2 on the season.
Box Score Hero: Louisiana Tech quarterback Colby Cameron and his favorite target this game, wide receiver Quinton Patton, proved to be too much for the Illini defense to handle. Cameron completed 15 of 21 passes for 284 yards and 4 touchdowns. Patton caught 6 passes for 164 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Rankings Ramifications: Neither team was ranked, but Louisiana Tech has showed an impressive offense and is undefeated in three games. The Bulldogs could sneak into the bottom of the rankings at some point this season if they keep winning, but probably not this week.
But Did They Cover? Illinois was favored by two. They did not cover.
Next Week's Schedule: Louisiana Tech plays at Virginia Sept. 29 at a time to be announced. Illinois hosts Penn State at noon Sept. 29.
Gary Nova tossed for a career high 397 passing yards and five touchdowns Saturday to propel the visiting Rutgers Scarlet Knights past the Arkansas Razorbacks, 35-26, at Razorback Stadium. The victory helped Rutgers improve to 4-0, while the Razorbacks fell to 1-3.
The Scarlet Knights' solidifying score came on a 60-yard touchdown pass from Nova to wide receiver Mark Harrison, giving Rutgers a nine-point edge with 7:20 remaining in the game. The score snapped a streak of 12 unanswered points by the Razorbacks, who had cut the Scarlet Knights' lead to 28-26 with 8:19 to go in the fourth.
After Rutgers' final touchdown, Arkansas had a chance to respond, but quarterback Tyler Wilson was picked off by Rutgers' defensive back Duron Harmon on the drive's first play. From there, the Scarlet Knights' offense was able to drain the remaining 3:29 off the clock using running back Jawan Jamison, who ran the ball five times and was able to pick up a game-ending first down.
Overall, Nova completed 25 of 35 passes and didn't throw an interception to outduel Wilson, who finished 20-for-39 for 419 yards and three touchdowns, but also threw two interceptions.
Jamison rushed for his fifth straight 100-yard game, as he finished with 118 yards on 33 carries. Wide receiver Brandon Coleman caught a team-high six passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns for Rutgers. Harrison finished with four catches and 87 yards to help the Scarlet Knights cover the 8-1/2-point spread and easily make the over/under (50-1/2 points).
Meanwhile, wide receiver Cobi Hamilton was Arkansas' lone bright spot, as he finished the game with 10 catches for 303 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
Next week, Arkansas visits the Texas A&M Aggies, while Rutgers has a week off.
The only touchdown of the game came in the second quarter. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly benched starting quarterback Everett Golson after his second first half interception and Tommy Rees came in and completed 3-for-4 passes on his first drive and scored on a 2-yard touchdown run with 1:27 left in the first half to put Notre Dame up 10-0.
Michigan's offense moved the ball effectively and made it inside the red zone six times in the game, but turnovers limited their scoring opportunities. Running back Vincent Smith threw an interception on a halfback option pass in Notre Dame territory in the first half. Denard Robinson fumbled after picking up a first down inside the Notre Dame 20 in the third quarter. Robinson threw four interceptions in the game, all in the first half.
Michigan scored for the first time on a Brendan Gibbons field goal with 13:56 remaining in the fourth quarter. Gibbons also connected on a field goal to make it 13-6 with 3:31 remaining. Michigan had the ball on that possession at the Notre Dame six, but Robinson was sacked by Sheldon Day, pushing Michigan back to the 13.
After electing to kick the field goal, they kicked off and Tommy Rees found Tyler Eifert for a 38-yard completion for one first down and Theo Riddick picked up another first down on the drive, allowing the Irish to kill the clock.
Robinson finished with 137 passing yards and 94 rushing yards. Rees finished 8-for-11 for 115 yards. Notre Dame improves to 4-0. Michigan is now 2-2.
Box Score Hero: Both offenses had some ugly moments in this game, but the Notre Dame defense proved once again to be an opportunistic unit. Linebacker Manti Te'o had a pair of interceptions, both of which helped Notre Dame put points on the board. His first interception in the second quarter led to a field goal and his second, also in the second quarter, set up the game's only touchdown.
Rankings Ramifications: Notre Dame's defense once again looked formidable against a quality opponent, so the Irish could sneak into the top 10. Michigan came in ranked No. 18 and this is the Wolverines' second loss. Both losses have been to good teams, but Michigan could be in danger of falling out of the rankings.
But Did They Cover? Notre Dame was favored by six and covered.
For More On This Game: For more on Irish football, visit Notre Dame blog One Foot Down. For more on Wolverines football, visit Michigan blog Maize 'n' Brew, plus Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire and SB Nation Detroit.
Next Week's Schedule: Both teams have byes next week. Notre Dame plays Miami at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Shamrock Series at Soldier Field in Chicago. Michigan plays at Purdue at 4 p.m. Oct. 6.
The No. 23 Mississippi State Bulldogs rolled to a 30-10 victory over South Alabama on Saturday despite playing the Jaguars to a virtual draw statistically.
The Bulldogs finished with only nine more yards of total offense than the Jaguars, and held the ball for a 1:10 less, but three South Alabama turnovers proved key in a game that was a bit closer than the final score.
Bulldogs running back LaDarius Perkins and quarterbacks Tyler Russell and Dak Prescott each ran for a touchdowns. Perkins finished with 11 carries for 69 yards, the bulk of which came on a 44-yard scamper less than three minutes into the second quarter. Nickoe Whitley and Johnthan Banks each hauled in interceptions for the Bulldogs.
Russell was unimpressive throwing the ball, completing only 13-of-27 passes for 171 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. South Alabama quarterback C.J. Bennett didn't fare much better, going 14-of-26 for 154 yards, one touchdown and an interception. Jaguars wide receiver Bryant Lavender hauled in six receptions for 80 yards.
Box Score Hero: Jameon Lewis, who averaged 45 yards on two kick returns, including one for 49 yards in the third quarter right after South Alabama scored its first points of the game. The return gave Mississippi State the ball at the 50-yard line and set up a five-play touchdown drive which increased the Bulldogs lead to 24 points and officially put the game away.
Rankings Ramifications: A home win over South Alabama is unlikely to have any impact on Mississippi State's ranking.
But Did They Cover? Mississippi State was favored to win by 31.5 or 32 points, so they did not cover. And the combined score didn't quite top the over/under of 47.5 points.
Next Week's Schedule: Mississippi State travels to Kentucky on Oct. 6th. South Alabama hosts Troy next week.
After Auburn came back from a 9-0 deficit to take a one-point lead at halftime, LSU took advantage of a Quan Bray dropped punt return near midfield. After moving deeper into Auburn territory, consecutive Kenny Hilliard rushes left LSU a yard short of a first down. Les Miles opted to kick a field goal, and Drew Alleman knocked home the 31-yarder. That gave the Bayou Bengals the final 12-10 lead.
The decisive safety took place after LSU drove 56 yards in 11 plays on its first offensive possession, but gave up the ball when quarterback Zach Mettenberger fumbled on the two-yard line. But Auburn committed a false start penalty and was pushed back against its own goal line, Auburn was tackled inside its own endzone when Tre Mason couldn't find a way out.
LSU then went up 9-0 on the next possession on a one-yard Michael Ford touchdown run due to the short field from the safety.
Box Score Hero: RB Spencer Ware, LSU. In an offensive struggle, Ware rushed for 5.6 yards per game, finishing with 90 rushing yards on the night.
Rankings Ramifications: Winning by two points against a 1-3 team whose only win came in overtime against a Sun Belt foe might not sit well with some voters. LSU's No. 2 ranking might be in jeopardy.
But Did They Cover? LSU was favored by 18 points and did not cover.
Next Week's Schedule: Auburn has a bye week, while LSU plays its final non-conference game by hosting Towson.
LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger dumped off a pass to running back Spencer Ware in the flat. Ware scampered 33 yards for the easy first down, and was then met by sophomore defensive back Erique Florence:
Florence was forced to leave the game, though surprisingly he watched from the sidelines for the remainder of the game and at least appeared to be okay.
The Texas A&M Aggies used a huge second quarter to bury the South Carolina State Bulldogs on their way to a 70-14 win on Saturday night in College Station.
Freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel played only one half, but put together quite a stat line while scoring four straight touchdowns for the Aggies. To start the second quarter, Manziel rushed for touchdowns of 39 and 20 yards. He followed that up with two touchdown passes: a 30-yard score to Kenric McNeal, and a 37-yard strike to Uzoma Nwachukwu.
After Ben Malena added a 50-yard touchdown run, Texas A&M had a 49-7 halftime lead and the game was very much over. Texas A&M scored the only points of the third quarter when Dustin Harris returned a punt 96 yards for a touchdown.
When the game mercifully reached its end, the Aggies had outgained South Carolina State, 448-223.
Box Score Hero: QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M. In one half, the freshman was 15-20 for 174 yards and three touchdowns through the air, with 78 yards and two more touchdowns on the ground.
Rankings Ramifications: Texas A&M was well outside of the top 25, and this game will not likely change that.
But Did They Cover? A line of 45.5 isn't always easy to cover, but Texas A&M did just that.
For More On This Game: Visit Texas A&M blog Good Bull Hunting.
Next Week's Schedule: South Carolina State returns to MEAC play against Norfolk State. Texas A&M hosts Arkansas in its second SEC game of the year.
Arkansas might be on the verge of falling to 1-3 at home against a Big East team*, but at least one guy is balling the f--- out. Receiver Cobi Hamilton has already set both school and conference records for receiving yardage with at least a couple drives still to go.
On the other side, Gary Nova's thrown for 398 yards and five touchdowns. STATS.
* No inherent shame in losing to a Big East team, but SEC people don't tend to like it.
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The USC Trojans running backs were let loose and took full advantage of their opportunities in the team's 27-9 win over the California Golden Bears Saturday, giving the Trojans a rebound win after being upset last week. The major concern going forward, however, will be the health of center Khaled Holmes, who was hurt again.
Curtis McNeal starred in the first half for the Trojans and finished the game with 115 rushing yards in just ten carries. The senior running back did have a turnover, though, as McNeal put a ball on the turf in the third quarter that was recovered by the Golden Bears. Meanwhile, Silas Redd took 21 carries for 158 rushing yards and found the end zone once.
However, Trojans star quarterback Matt Barkley did not perform as well as he could have. The senior quarterback completed 22 of 34 passes while throwing for just 192 yards. While he did have two touchdowns, including one in the fourth quarter, he was also at fault for a pair of interceptions.
Outside of three field goals by Golden Bears kicker Vincenzo D'Amato, not much went right for the California Golden Bears offense.
Box Score Hero: Trojans running back Curtis McNeal accumulated 115 yards on the ground in just ten carries, good for an average of 11.5 yards per carry.
Rankings Ramifications: The California Golden Bears will remain unranked and the USC Trojans may improve slightly in the rankings following their home win. But that will depend on the teams ahead of them suffering losses.
But Did They Cover? The Trojans opened as 17-point favorites and were bet down to as low as 16 or 16.5-point favorites. Since they won the game by 18 points, the Trojans were able to cover.
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Next Week's Schedule: Now 3-1 on the season, the Trojans will prepare to take on the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 4. Meanwhile, the Golden Bears will look to recover Saturday, Sept. 29 against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Memorial Stadium.
USC Trojans starting center Khaled Holmes suffered an injury in the fourth quarter during Saturday's game against the California Golden Bears. The star center appeared to re-aggravate his right ankle injury and needed assistance to leave the field. Holmes was originally injured in a matinee against the Syracuse Orange a few weeks ago.
In his place, the Trojans summoned Abe Markowitz to replace Holmes, one of USC's four team captains, as the team's center. Holmes was later seen with ice wrapped around his right ankle.
Unfortunately for the Trojans, the injury appeared to be a serious one as the 22-year-old center was on the ground in pain and needed to be carted off. For the Trojans, the injury to Holmes will certainly be a huge loss. Holmes is not only the team's best offensive lineman, but he is a leader on and off the field for the team while also being in charge of protection schemes.
Holmes is projected to be one of the top picks in the upcoming NFL Draft, but has now injured his right ankle twice this season. The 6'4", 305-pound senior is an All-American candidate at center. The star lineman is also a top candidate for the Rimington Trophy and the Outland Trophy.
For more news and notes on the USC Trojans, be sure to read Conquest Chronicles.
USC Trojans starting linebacker Hayes Pullard appears to have suffered an injury during the third quarter of Saturday's game against the California Golden Bears. Pullard, arguably the team's top linebacker, has his shoulder pads off and and is walking back to the locker room, the team has announced.
The extent of the injury to Pullard is currently unknown. If he is unable to finish this game or is slated to miss extended time, it would be a crushing blow to the Trojans defensive unit.
The 6-foot-1, 235 pound sophomore linebacker is one of USC's top defensive players. The 20-year-old Pullard is a local product and has recorded 25 tackles in four games this season. He also snagged an interception which he took for a touchdown.
To replace Pullard, at least for the short-term, the Trojans summoned Anthony Sarao. A freshman, Sarao is a 6'0", 215-pound linebacker and has recorded six tackles and one sack so far this season.
For more news and notes on the USC Trojans, be sure to read Conquest Chronicles.
Alabama got off to a fast start when A.J. McCarron connected with Kenny Bell for an 86 yard touchdown pass on the third play of the game. McCarron added a second touchdown pass in the first quarter, a four yard toss to DeAndrew White. Three straight field goals followed in the second quarter, including a 52 yard boot from Cade Foster. McCarron added a third touchdown right before halftime, connecting with Christian Jones on a four yard pass to make it 30-0 at the break.
Blake Sims came on for McCarron in the third quarter, as the game was well in hand for the Tide. At that point, Alabama had taken their foot off the pedal, and Kenyan Drake added the final score to make it 40-0 in the fourth quarter. Drake finished with 36 yards rushing, behind Eddie Lacy's 106 yards and T.J. Yeldon's 62 yards.
Florida Atlantic made it 40-7 with 3:37 left in the game, but it was the lone bright spot in a miserable day for the Owl offense. They were held to 110 yards of total offense and only six first downs on the day.
Box Score Hero: McCarron had an outstanding day, going 15-25 for 228 yards and three touchdowns before being relieved in the second half.
Rankings Ramifications: There's no reason to believe that Alabama will be dislodged from their No. 1 ranking.
But Did They Cover? Alabama was favored by 48.5 points, so the Tide weren't able to cover.
Next Week's Schedule:
Alabama: Sep. 29 vs. Ole Miss
Florida Atlantic: Sep. 29 vs. North Texas
Nebraska rolled up 385 rushing yards in a 73-7 win against Idaho State on Saturday, as the Cornhuskers' evisceration of teams not named UCLA continued.
Rex Burkhead had 119 rushing yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries for Nebraska, while Imani Cross added 100 yards and a touchdown of his own. The Huskers had four players gain at least 49 yards on the ground, and five break runs of at least 10 yards.
Taylor Martinez didn't have to do much in the passing game as a result, but threw for 163 yards and two touchdowns in limited action.
Nebraska jumped all over the Bengals early, going up 35-0 after the first quarter and 45-0 at halftime. The Huskers entered the fourth quarter with a 66-0 lead before allowing Idaho State's first and only points of the day.
Nebraska has now crushed its three non-UCLA foes in 2012 by a combined 164-40 count.
Box Score Hero: Ciante Evans' 29-yard interception return touchdown ended Nebraska's scoring in the first quarter.
Rankings Ramifications: Nebraska's on the fringe of both major polls, but a huge win over an overmatched FCS school likely won't do much for its standing.
But Did They Cover? Nebraska easily covered the 46-point spread.
Next Week's Schedule: Nebraska welcomes Wisconsin to Lincoln, while Idaho State plays at home against Sacramento State.
It was their second upset of a ranked team, having beaten Wisconsin in their season opener. Sean Mannion drove the offense behind a productive passing game, connecting with Brandin Cooks and Markus Wheaton, both of whom had more than 150 yards receiving.
UCLA struggled to move the ball for the entire game, punting on eight out of 14 drives. Brett Hundley went 27-for-42 for 372 yards, but the Bruins were 2-for-15 on third down. Franklin collected only 45 yards on 12 carries, and the UCLA offense failed to achieve the tempo it had in previous weeks.
It was the opposite for Oregon State. UCLA's defense picked up a fumble and had an interception, but they had trouble with Beavers receiving the ball in space and gave up several big plays over the middle. The Beavers had a patient, balanced attack and it produced results.
Box Score Hero: Mannion carried Oregon State, going 25-for-35 for 379 yards. Storm Woods added a strong rushing attack, picking up 96 yards on 21 carries.
Rankings Ramifications: Ranked No. 19, UCLA will certainly see a drop in the upcoming poll. After upsetting two ranked teams in two games, Oregon State has earned their way into the top 25.
But Did They Cover? Favored by 8, UCLA more than failed to cover.
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Next Week's Schedule: The Bruins head on the road to take on the Colorado Buffaloes, while Oregon State travels to Arizona to face the Wildcats.
It took overtime, but the Miami Hurricanes defeated the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 42-36, after a late rally in Atlanta's Bobby Dodd Stadium. Led by senior tailback Mike James, Miami now improves to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the ACC.
The game was a back-and-forth affair, with the Hurricanes and Yellow Jackets trading leads up until the game's conclusion. After Miami established an early 19-0 lead, Georgia Tech would score 36 unanswered points, primarily on the efforts of Yellow Jackets quarterback Tevin Washington. Washington rushed for 47 yards and three touchdowns, two of which came in the second quarter.
The fourth quarter, though, was all Miami, as the Hurricanes rallied late to tie the game, scoring a touchdown on a 10-yard Mike James touchdown reception with 27 seconds left. That sent the game to overtime.
Georgia Tech received the ball first in overtime, but was stopped cold while going for it on 4th-and-1 from the 2-yard line. That gave possession to Miami who, on a 25-yard Mike James touchdown run, won the contest.
Box Score Hero: Who else but Mike James? James rushed for 89 yards and three scores and had three receptions for 24 yards and a score. James scored both the tying touchdown and the winning touchdown for Miami.
Rankings Ramifications: With this victory, it is conceivable that Miami could slip into the top 25, but not guaranteed.
But Did They Cover? Georgia Tech was a two-touchdown favorite heading into this contest, so that spread was most certainly not covered.
Next Week's Schedule: Miami's next opponent is North Carolina State in Coral Gables. The time of kickoff for that game is to be announced. Georgia Tech plays Middle Tennessee next week at 7:00 p.m. in Atlanta.
The Northern Illinois Huskies, down 10 to the Kansas Jayhawks early in the fourth quarter, mounted a comeback of 17 unanswered points to prevail 30-23. The Huskies were led by quarterback Jordan Lynch's 369 all-purpose yards and two passing touchdowns.
Kansas struggled to get their passing attack going, with quarterback Dayne Crist completing only 10 of 26 pass attempts for 147 yards. The Jayhawks' ground game stepped up, with running back James Sims gaining 91 yards on 18 rushes, including two touchdowns.
Following a Leighton Settle touchdown run to put Northern Illinois up 7 with 4:33 remaining, Kansas had one last shot to take the game to overtime. However, Northern Illinois' defense held, with the Jayhawks turning the ball over on downs. The Huskies were then able to run out the clock and secure the win.
The Penn State offense was able to eat huge chunks of yardage all day, but penalties and mistakes at key times prevented them from blowing Temple out. The Nittany Lions opened the scoring at the end of the first quarter when Matt McGloin found Allen Robinson for a 41-yard touchdown pass.
Temple answered with a field goal in the second quarter, but a pair of McGloin rushing touchdowns on either side of halftime made the game 21-3, and effectively out of reach for the Owls. Penn State kicker Sam Ficken, who was 1-5 on FG attempts for the year, connected on a 20-yard kick late in the fourth to make it 24-6, to the loud approval of the fans in attendance. The Owls were able to quickly push the ball down the field and made the game 24-13, but the ensuing onside kick fell into Penn State's hands.
Starting running back Bill Belton missed his third straight game, but Zach Zwinak (85 yards on 16 carries) and Michael Zordich (76 yards on 15 carries) kept things moving for the Nittany Lions on the ground. Allen Robinson had another good game, hauling in five passes for 82 yards and a touchdown, bringing his TD count to five for the season.
It was a frustrating game for Temple, whose offense was bottled up for much of the game. Chris Coyer struggled throwing the ball, and ended the day going 13-26 for 124 yards and a touchdown. However, the Owls' last drive accounted for 65 of those yards and the touchdown, a 1-yard pass to Matt Brown. Montel Harris led Temple with 43 yards receiving.
Box Score Hero: McGloin accounted for almost all of Penn State's points, going 24-36 for 318 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also punched in two rushing touchdowns.
Rankings Ramifications: Neither team is likely to be ranked after this game.
But Did They Cover? Penn State came into the game as a 7-point favorite, so they covered the spread.
For More On This Game: For more on Penn State, check out Black Shoe Diaries, as well as Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire. For more on Temple, head over to SB Nation Philadelphia and Big East Coast Bias.
Next Week's Schedule:
Penn State: Sep. 29 at Illinois
Temple: Oct. 6 vs. South Florida
No. 21 MIchigan St. got off to a slow start against Eastern Michigan on Saturday, but a strong second half eventually led them to a 23-7 win. Running back Le'Veon Bell was a force from start to finish, but his 100-plus yards in the first half couldn't bring the Spartans to the end zone, as they settled for a Dan Conroy field goal to take them into the third quarter, trailing the unranked Eagles, 7-3.
Bell would finally reach the end zone late in the fourth quarter, off a 1-yard rush to make the game 23-7 in favor of MSU. Quarterback Andrew Maxwell finished with 159 yards and a touchdown, which was thrown to Dion Sims. He had six receptions on the day, good for 112 yards.
Eastern Michigan's lone score came on the first play of their drive following a Bennie Fowler fumble in the second quarter. Tyler Benz hit Donald Scott for a 23-yard score to put the Eagles up 7-3. Outside of that play, Eastern Michigan struggled to even get a first down, with just eight of them on the day and nine punts total from Jay Karutz.
Box Score Hero: Le'Veon Bell of MSU gets the props in this game, putting on a show rushing the ball. He carried the rock a whopping 36 times for 253 yards, though as noted above, he struggled to find the end zone. He was the lone star in a game that saw little action until the third quarter.
Rankings Ramifications: Eastern Michigan won't find themselves in the rankings any time soon, but Michigan St. could be falling further in the Top 25 after struggling to get rolling against their unranked opponents.
But Did They Cover? Well, MSU ranged from a 28-point to a 31.5-point favorite, so they did not even come close to covering. The over/under, which ranged from 46 to 48 points, was pretty ambitious, with hindsight. Check out SB Nation's NCAA Football Odds page for more.
Next Week's Schedule: It doesn't get any easier for Michigan St. next week, as they've got No. 16 Ohio St. on Saturday, while Eastern Michigan will take on unranked Kent State Oct. 6 after a bye.
The No. 7 South Carolina Gamecocks improved to 4-0 with a 31-10 blowout win against the Missouri Tigers on Saturday. Marcus Lattimore led the Gamecocks in rushing as well as receiving yards and scored a pair of touchdowns for South Carolina.
After a scoreless first quarter, South Carolina jumped on Missouri with a 21-point second quarter. The Tigers were only able to manage a field goal until the final couple minutes of the game, when Corbin Berkstresser found Marcus Lucas for a short touchdown toss.
Aside from that, it was all South Carolina. Quarterback Connor Shaw completed 20 consecutive passes, picking the Tigers' defense a part. Shaw hooked up with Ace Sanders for a 23-yard touchdown pass for the last score of the second quarter. Then in the third quarter, Shaw found Rory Anderson for another score.
Adam Yates kicked a 38-yard field goal for the Gamecocks when they'd already put the game out of reach.
Box Score Hero: Connor Shaw went 20-21 and had 20 straight completions for the Gamecocks. Again, that's 20 straight completions.
Rankings Ramifications: No. 7 South Carolina may have done itself some good beating Missouri by a larger margin than expected. Still, this was a game South Carolina was supposed to win.
But Did They Cover? The Gamecocks covered and then some. They were 10-point favorites, but won by 21.
Next Week's Schedule: South Carolina plays Kentucky next Saturday. Missouri will play Central Florida.
North Carolina defeated the East Carolina Pirates 27-6 on Saturday to improve to 2-2 on the season. It was a tight game at halftime, but the Tar Heels scored the game's final 17 points as they dominated the second half of play. The loss drops the Pirates to 2-2 on the season.
The Tar Heels opened the scoring when Bryn Renner found Giovani Bernard for a 14-yard touchdown strike. The teams would spend the second quarter exchanging field goals, with North Carolina taking a 10-6 lead into the halftime break.
Sean Tapley would get on the receiving end of a 62-yard touchdown pass in the third that would see the lead stretched to 17-6, and the Heels made it 24-6 when Bernard ran the ball in from the 4-yard line. UNC added a field goal late in the fourth quarter to finish the scoring on Saturday.
Box Score Hero: Renner had a fantastic afternoon under center for North Carolina. He completed 27 of his 43 passes for 320 yards and a pair of scores. He also chipped in with 19 yards on the ground.
Rankings Ramifications: This game is not likely to have any effect on the national rankings.
But Did They Cover? UNC was favored by 15 points, and they won by 21. The over/under was set at 63.5 points, so the under was comfortably the way to go on Saturday.
For More On This Game: For more on UNC football, visit North Carolina blog Carolina March.
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The Western Michigan Broncos were in control for the whole game, but couldn't quite put the Connecticut Huskies away. The important thing for the Broncos, though, is that they were able to hold on for a 30-24 win.
Broncos QB Alex Carder was 18-34 for 237 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game with an injury late in the third quarter.
The Broncos jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first half behind two rushing touchdowns, but a Ryan Griffin touchdown catch made it a 10-point game before halftime. Carder connected with Josh Schaffer for a 30-yard touchdown after halftime to make it a 24-7 game, but UConn was able to make it a one-score game before a Chandler Whitmer fumble was returned for a touchdown by Desmond Bozeman with 7:22 left in the game. The Huskies added one last touchdown with 1:15 remaining on a Whitmer pass to Geremy Davis, but it was too little too late.
Whitmer had 333 yards passing and three touchdowns, but his two turnovers ended up haunting UConn.
The USC locker room was vibrating during Lane Kiffin's pregame speech because Cal was blasting music so loudly next door.— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) September 22, 2012
Old Dominion's moving up to FBS ball next season. Good thing they'll be able to bring along quarterback Taylor Heinicke, who's only a sophomore. Against No. 19 New Hampshire, ODU banged out a 64-61 (yes, football) victory as Heinicke added his name to the college football record books.
Old Dominion QB Taylor Heinicke throws for 730 yards, runs for 61, and breaks David Klingler's D-1 record for total offense in a game.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) September 22, 2012
Old Dominion's Taylor Heinicke throws for 730 yards in ODU's 64-61 win over New Hampshire. 730 yds is 3rd-most in NCAA history.— Paul Myerberg (@PreSnapRead) September 22, 2012
736. Eureka College (D3) QB Sam Durley. Heinicke was an out route away from record. RT @sanjay_medi Just the 3rd most? What's the record?— Paul Myerberg (@PreSnapRead) September 22, 2012
Miami Hurricanes freshman wide receiver Malcolm Lewis was carted off the field after suffering what is currently being called a dislocated ankle during Saturday afternoon's game against Georgia Tech.
The team is reporting that there was no compound fracture involved, and the ankle did not break through the skin.
Lewis had his ankle rolled up under a pile near the end of the first quarter. During the ruckus, Lewis' cleat seemed to twist in the opposite direction.
A team of trainers surrounded Lewis on the field to fix the separation and fit him with an air cast, preventing anyone from seeing the gruesome process. Miami head coach Al Golden got on his knees and embraced the pass-catcher on the ground before he was helped onto the cart.
Through the first three games of the season, Lewis had caught seven passes for 61 yards and one touchdown. He had one reception for 12 yards on the day before going down with the injury.
For more updates and continued Hurricanes coverage, head on over to the Seventh Floor.
This is Georgia Tech's best player, Orwin Smith, suffering a catastrophic brain fart while debating whether to run out this kickoff against Miami or not. As you can see, the ball crosses the plane before he decides to tap the grass with his knee in the end zone, meaning it couldn't be called a touchback.
One of the least-pressured safeties you'll ever see, and now Miami has 12 points. You never get to see 12 points!
After scoring with just 45 seconds left on the clock, Central Michigan recovered an onside kick after failing on the two-point conversion, and stormed down the field for an eventual 47-yard field goal by kicker David Harman to stun Iowa with a late, come-from-behind victory, 32-31.
With the Hawkeyes leading by eight and just over two minutes remaining, Central Michigan took the ball 64 yards in just 1:33 as Ryan Radcliff found Titus Davis for their second touchdown of the game. Following missing on the two-point attempt, Iowa recovered the ensuing onside kick. The attempt would be re-taken though, as CMU had let the play clock expire before making the kick. It worked in their favor, as they recovered the second.
A big personal foul would get the Chippewas into the Hawkeye end of the field, and Radcliff would run the ball to the Iowa 30 yard line before using the Chippewas' last time out. One Radcliff incompletion later, Harman came onto the field for what was the game winner.
The game got off to a quick start for heavily favored Iowa. The Hawkeyes received the opening kickoff, and took the game's first drive down the field to open the scoring. James Vandenberg connected with Kevonte Martin-Mandley to put the Hawkeyes up 7-0. Central Michigan answered immediately, as Zurlon Tipton punched it in from eight yards out on the Chippewas' first possession. CMU added a field goal before Mark Weisman ran one in from 34 yards out to close the scoring in the first quarter with Iowa up, 14-10.
The second quarter saw Radcliff find Davis for their first scoring connection to put CMU back on top, 17-14. They added a pair of field goals in the last two minutes of the half to increase their lead heading into halftime, 23-14.
Iowa kicked off to start the second half, and after a quick defensive stop, they started to cut the deficit. Weisman scored his second rushing touchdown of the game to cut the CMU lead to just two, 23-21. That would be the only scoring in the third quarter. The Hawkeyes finally retook the lead in the fourth on a field goal before Weisman rushed for his third touchdown of the game to put Iowa up 31-23.
It would prove not to be enough though, as CMU would march down the field for a score before the game's events eventually led to a chance for them to pull off the upset off the toe of the game's hero, David Harman.
Box Score Hero: Iowa's Mark Weisman had a fantastic game in a losing effort, rushing for 217 yards and a trio of touchdowns. Ryan Radcliff threw for 283 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead CMU's offense.
Rankings Ramifications: Neither team was ranked before the game, and neither team will be in the discussion after the Central Michigan victory.
But Did They Cover? Iowa was favored by 14.5 points, but they didn't win the game. The over/under had been set at 50 points, so those taking the over are smiling. All of the lines from Saturday's games can be found here.
Next Week's Schedule: The Hawkeyes will be in action again on Sept. 29 when they host the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Central Michigan will also be in action next Saturday, hitting the road to play Northern Illinois.
No. 8 West Virginia improved to 3-0 on Saturday with a 31-21 win over the Maryland Terrapins. It didn't come easy for the Mountaineers, as true freshman Perry Hills led the Terps and kept them close throughout. But the duo of Geno Smith and Tavon Austin were too much for Maryland, as the Mountaineers continued to rack up impressive numbers in Dana Holgorsen's offense.
WVU jumped in front by two touchdowns early, converting a score on the defensive side of the ball first. Darwin Cook came right through the center of the Maryland line and sacked Hills as he turned to hand off, forcing a fumble which the Mountaineers returned 51 yards for the touchdown. Three minutes later, Smith would connect with Austin for a 44-yard TD, their first of three scores.
But Hills and the Terps did not fold, charging back with two touchdowns of their own to even it up. At the end of the first quarter, Hills hit fellow true freshman Stefon Diggs and the heralded speedster took it down the left sideline for a 42-yard score. Diggs scored his second touchdown of the day in the fourth quarter, another big play strike from Hills that went for 56 yards and put Diggs over the century mark for the day. The Maryland freshman duo consistently responded when it appeared Holgorsen's offense would take control of the game.
With WVU holding a three-point lead, Smith and Austin would connect twice for 14 unanswered points that proved to be the difference. Their third touchdown came after a scoreless third quarter, the first one of the Mountaineers' season. Smith hit Austin in the middle of the field and speedy wideout took it in for a 34-yard score.
The Terps cut the lead back to 10 on the second big play by Diggs, but WVU's defense would dig in on the next possession and force a fourth and 20. The desperation situation resulted in a Hills heave that fell into the hands of WVU's Wes Tonkery.
Smith and the offense would salt the game away from there, moving the chains and killing the final four-plus minutes.
Box Score Hero: Tavon Austin finished the day with 13 catches for 179 yards and three touchdowns. Austin set a school receptions record with his big day, passing Jock Sanders, who established the mark in 2010.
Rankings Ramifications: While it wasn't their most dominating performance of the season, West Virginia should remain in the top 10. They have an opportunity to move up with three teams (Oregon, Oklahoma, FSU) ahead of them playing ranked teams on Saturday night.
But Did They Cover? The Mountaineers entered the game as 27-point favorites and were not able to cover.
Next Week's Schedule: The Mountaineers will make their Big 12 debut, hosting Baylor in Morgantown. Maryland will be idle next week before starting their ACC schedule against Wake Forest in October.
The Florida Gators defeated the Kentucky Wildcats in a 38-0 blowout on Saturday. Florida was efficient in all phases of the game, with sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel leading the offense and the Gator defense suffocating Morgan Newton and the Wildcats.
Florida led by just a field goal after the first quarter, but a 21-point second period opened things up for the Gators. A 10-play touchdown drive capped with six consecutive runs for Mike Gillislee began a scoring spree for the Gators.
Jaylen Hawkins ran back a Newton interception for a 26-yard touchdown to give Florida a 17-0 lead. Later in the quarter, Driskel hooked up with Quinton Dunbar for a 19-yard touchdown pass before the half.
Most of the third quarter was quiet offensively, before Driskel ran for his first rushing score of the season. Jacoby Brissett scored the final touchdown for the Gators.
Box Score Hero: Driskel finished the game completing 18 of his 27 pass attempts for 204 yards and a touchdown.
Rankings Ramifications: With the impressive play of sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel and the way Florida's defense undressed Kentucky in the second quarter, Florida's ranking could go up. The Gators were expected to blow the Wildcats out.
But Did They Cover? The Gators covered the spread in the first half when they took a 24-0 lead into the break. All the rest was just extra.
Next Week's Schedule: Gators are off next week, but face LSU on Oct. 6. Next up for the Wildcats is South Carolina, who will make their way to Lexington on Sept. 29.
The UAB Blazers were game, but couldn't finish enough drives to pull off the potential road upset Saturday afternoon against the Ohio State Buckeyes, who won 29-15.
Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller scored two rushing touchdowns, the second of which came in the fourth quarter to essentially put the game away. He then ran in a two-point conversion to give the Buckeyes their biggest lead of the game, at 14.
After a scoreless third quarter, UAB's Ty Long kicked a 34-yard field goal in the fourth to cut Ohio State's lead to 21-15. Long missed a 46-yard field goal attempt on the next drive that would've brought the Blazers to within three.
The Buckeyes (4-0) didn't take the lead until late in the first half. Zach Boren had a 2-yard rushing touchdown to make it 21-12 with 37 seconds left in the half. The touchdown came after the Buckeyes recovered a UAB fumble deep in Blazers territory. Ohio State took its first lead lead just over a minute prior on a 12-yard rushing touchdown by Miller. The extra point put the Buckeyes up, 14-12.
UAB got out to a 9-0 lead before the Buckeyes finally scored with 6:31 left in the first half, when Rod Smith got in the end zone on a 1-yard run that capped a 10-play, 75-yard drive.
The Blazers led 6-0 after the first quarter. They opened the scoring with 9:24 to play in the first when Cortez Webb blocked the punt of Ohio State's Ben Buchanan, allowing UAB wide receiver Nick Adams to recover and return it 20 yards for a Blazers touchdown. Long missed the extra point, but made up for with two long field goals. UAB extended its lead to 9-0 with 9:27 left in the half on a 47-yard field goal by Long, and then again to 12-7 on a 54-yard field goal with 3:44 left.
Box Score Hero: Miller didn't put up gaudy numbers, but he scored two big rushing touchdowns to help cement the game. He completed 12 of 20 passes for 143 yards while rushing for 64 yards on 11 carries.
Rankings Ramifications: Ohio State probably didn't impress any voters who watched, but the team shouldn't move too far in one direction or the other from its No. 16 perch.
But Did They Cover? Cold comfort for Blazers fans, but UAB easily covered the 36 points Ohio State was favored by. The game stayed under the over/under line of 57.5.
Next Week's Schedule: This was a tuneup for the Buckeyes, who have to travel to play the Michigan State Spartans next week (Sept. 29) in one of the biggest early Big Ten games of the season. UAB will look for its first win of the season next weekend at home against Tulsa.
TCU's struggles inside of the red zone carried over into this week, as the Horned Frogs turned the ball over twice while inside Virginia's 20-yard line. Still, quarterback Casey Pachall and wide receiver Brandon Carter provided enough offense to lead TCU to victory.
The Horned Frogs' defense was strong as usual, creating four turnovers, keeping the Cavaliers off the board until late in the fourth quarter when Virginia backup quarterback Phillip Sims hit E.J. Scott in the back of the endzone for a 5-yard score. It was the first touchdown that TCU's defense had allowed since the 2011 Poinsettia Bowl.
In Waymon James' absence, TCU used several players to make up for the loss of rushing productivity. Matthew Tucker ran for 52 yards on 15 carries, while Trevone Boykin carried the ball three times for 51 yards.
TCU wide receiver Josh Boyce caught a touchdown pass early in the second quarter, giving him 18 touchdown receptions in his career. He is now TCU's all-time leader in that category.
Box Score Hero: While Pachall needs to be more careful with the football while in the red zone, he still had a solid outing, throwing for 304 yards and three touchdowns. Meanwhile, Carter hauled in five passes for 128 yards and a score.
Rankings Ramifications: The Horned Frogs actually dropped a spot after a similar victory over Kansas last weekend, so it will be interesting to see what happens this time. Ohio State, who is currently one spot ahead of TCU in the rankings, struggled in defeating UAB at home on Saturday. Could that sway the voters into moving TCU ahead of them?
But Did They Cover? TCU came into the game as 19-point favorites, so it barely covered. Meanwhile, the final score total didn't even come close to reaching the over/under of 54 that was set during the week.
Next Week's Schedule: TCU will travel across town to face SMU, while Virginia returns home to host Louisiana Tech.
Ole Miss has done a nice job of showing respect for their regional neighbors in Tulane, sporting DW helmet decals in honor of seriously injured Green Wave player Devon Walker. The recovering safety is getting plenty of love in this game, including Tulane players all wearing his number on their helmets, teammate Alex Lauricella running his jersey out before the kick and a pregame T-shirt sale with proceeds going to his recovery fund.
Love that the Wave coaching staff is wearingDevon Walker tees, btw. Awesome gesture from Ole Miss to have a DW helmet sticker, too.— David Helman(@HelmanESPN) September 22, 2012
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Maryland freshman quarterback Perry Hills was knocked out for a play at the end of the first half during the Terps matchup against West Virginia. Hills was standing in the pocket and setting up to pass, but play was stopped as the whistle blew for a false start. West Virginia's Travis Bell, however, still came around the edge and absolutely hammered Hills from the blind side, planting the freshman in the turf.
Hills remained down on the field and was tended to by the Maryland training staff. On his first attempt to get up, he appeared a little woozy and wobbly and went back down to the field with the trainers. It looked like Hills would be out for at least the rest of the half, but he was on the sideline for just one play, as fellow true freshman Devin Burns came on in relief.
Hills was sprung into duty this season after incumbent starter C.J. Brown tore his ACL in fall camp. He's been impressive so far in Morgantown, completing 14 of 20 attempts for 164 yards and two touchdowns.
Tavon Austin is swift and nimble. The senior Mountaineer has six catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns today, including this 24-yard strike:
But did you know he's also well on his way to playing the role of Von Rothbart in the Morgantown Community Ballet production of Swan Lake?
If you've never had a gnarled-up fingernail, this might sound funny to you. Haww haww big bad quarterback stopped quarterbacking because he broke a nail haww haww. Haww haww Logan Thomas got groomed. Let me tell you: there is nothing funny about having a fingernail injury.
INJURY UPDATE: Logan Thomas had a fingernail bent back. They trimmed it and he's back in the game. #BGSUvsVT— VT Football (@VT_Football) September 22, 2012
That he only missed minimal time while having FINGER SURGERY (that's what it feels like; y'all don't seem to understand) done on the sideline is a credit to Thomas' toughness and surely helps us understand why he's considered a top NFL Draft prospect. That, and he is very tall.
Wake up, Legends and Leaders, there's football going on. The Big Ten has had a rough go of it through the first three weeks of the season, with GameDay even taking shots at the conference by saying Minnesota and Northwestern were the 'class of the Big Ten,' and Week 4 isn't doing our smashmouth midwestern almost alcoholics any favors.
Here are some things that are going on:
Hey, there's still plenty of time for the Big Ten to turn it around today. If you can dream it, you can believe it. If you believe it, you can achieve it.
The Heisman hopeful had 40 yards on nine carries in Madison, Wis., where the Badgers found themselves down early to the Miners. Ball had previously fumbled for the first time in his collegiate career in the game.
It's tough to imagine things getting much worse for the Badgers, who are a disappointing 2-1 two weeks removed from an upset loss to Oregon State. The two wins have been minor victories over Northern Iowa and Utah State by a combined 7 points. Losing their best offensive player can't help.
After last week's loss to Pitt, it's only fitting Virginia Tech might want to disappear, but the Hokies are only hiding a little bit -- with camouflaged helmets and numbers in today's game against Bowling Green.
The uniforms are for a good cause; it is Military Appreciation day, and VT coach Frank Beamer sold those camo hats to support the Wounded Warrior project.
For the first time in his 802 record-setting, Heisman-finalisting (finalizing?) career college touches, Montee Ball has lost a fumble. If you're wondering whether Wisconsin is already on upset watch yet again against perhaps another poorly selected cupcake opponent (Utah State, Oregon State, and UTEP? Who's next, UL Monroe?), the answer might be yes. We kind of have to give Wisconsin's foes the benefit of the upset watch doubt at this point.
The howling winds of El Paso whistle through the craggy valleys of Madison, and wherever the Miners are, there is bat country.
The Maryland Terrapins may get a much-needed boost this afternoon when they try to stymie the ridiculousness that is the West Virginia Mountaineers offense—former first-team All-ACC linebacker Kenny Tate is likely to return to action for the first time in 11 games. He almost certainly won't start, according to Patrick Stevens of The Washigton Times, as he's practicing with the second team during warmups. Alex Twine should start in his place.
Tate made the All-ACC first team as a junior in 2010 playing safety under head coach Ralph Friedgen and defensive coordinator Don Brown. As a senior, with new head coach Randy Edsall, he moved to linebacker, but suffered an ultimately season-ending knee injury, and was granted a medical hardship waiver to allow him to play this season.
However, Tate suffered a different knee injury during the preseason, resulting in him missing the Terps' first three games, in which they've gone 2-1. Even though some Terps fans may not remember, Tate, along with defensive lineman Joe Vellano, is one of their best defensive players and his health is a key to determining if this will be another lost year, or a potential bowl season.
You don't have a rooting interest in every Week 4 college football game. That's fine. That's where we come in.
The University of North Carolina's sports teams use a ram named Rameses as their mascot. Rams are sort of like goats in a way. But they are not goats. (Foreshadowing: They are also not gators.)
What if there was a goat born in Chapel Hill who was upset to learn he was not qualified to serve as the Tar Heels' mascot, seeing as he is not a ram? That's not fair! He really wants to be a mascot for a BCS conference school! Would this goat look into dark magic as a solution? He is, after all, a goat (not to stereotype).
What if this goat discovered a potion that would allow him to change his species, to shapeshift, as it were, to trade his guise for another? To trade his goat visage for that of a gator?
This UNC goat would be a trader. He would be a gator. Someone would make an enormous sign about him and show it on TV.
No, I have no idea what any of this has to do with Clemson-Florida State.
In Week 4, Florida State finally gets a test in Clemson. Can the 'Noles and Tigers play the great game fans are expecting?
Florida State's dominance in 2012 has been absolute, but on Saturday, will the Seminoles be ready to dominate what might be the best opponent they play all year?
Will Oregon put away Arizona early? Should you lay two touchdowns with Florida State over Clemson? Find out in our Week 4 college football betting picks!
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