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Oregon Ducks free safety John Boyett is done for the year. He will require surgery on patella tendon tears on both of his legs, and then he will undergo a six-month rehab process that will definitely end his 2012 campaign with the Ducks.
Boyett's career as a Duck could very well be over. Boyett is currently a fifth-year senior, and it's unclear whether he will apply for a medical redshirt season or declare for the 2013 NFL Draft.
Boyett read from a prepared statement Sunday, saying: "I’ve had a lingering injury that I played through all last year. The hope was, through different treatments and certain types of rehab during this past offseason, they would heal up and I’d be ready to go for my senior year. But unfortunately, it didn’t work out as planned. I’ve been dealing with a tremendous amount of pain for a long time. At this time, I’m not able to play up to this level that I want to. Five different specialists from around the country have reviewed my MRIs and at this time surgery is needed. The operation is scheduled for Wednesday and the rehab process to get back to 100 percent is approximately six months. It’s a very difficult decision. I have tremendous teammates and made many friends at the university. I’ve grown tremendously as a player and as a person, working under my great defensive back coach, Coach John Neal and the defensive coordinator, Nick Aliotti, who recruited me to the University of Oregon."
Boyett will be replaced by Avery Patterson for the near future, although it's hard to see Oregon's secondary not being significantly impacted with the captain of their defense on the sidelines. Boyett was the team's leading tackler last season and was a rock in the backline of the Ducks. Although Oregon is very talented in their front seven, their secondary suddenly becomes a little bit more of a question mark with Boyett missing.
The Tennessee Volunteers, UCLA Bruins, Arizona Wildcats, and Ohio Bobcats are all candidates to join the top 25 when this week's college football rankings come out.
Week 2 saw the SEC's traditions upheld: Florida and Georgia defended the conference against new blood, and the West remained a 'Bama-LSU race. Meanwhile, the Pac-12 is looking like a deeper league than expected.
Could the LSU Tigers move up after their thorough beatdown of the Washington Huskies in Baton Rouge? LSU did their best to prove they should get a bump in the rankings by stifling Washington's offense to under 200 yards. LSU compiled over 400 yards on their own, and methodically grinded Washington's defense into pulp.
The team above them won handily, but not without their own struggles. The USC Trojans allowed the Syracuse Orange to hang around for much of the game, and it could be debated that Ryan Nassib played just as well as Matt Barkley by throwing for 322 yards and two touchdowns (Barkley threw for only 187 yards, but also had six touchdowns). If you had to look at the two teams, LSU's win over a top conference opponent like Washington looks far more impressive than either of USC's first two wins.
There might not be too much movement in the AP Top Ten other than Arkansas falling out of it after their upset to Louisiana-Monroe, but LSU makes a decent case after their dominance in Baton Rouge that they're more worthy of being the second-ranked team as opposed to USC. Could it very well be Alabama and LSU at the top of the polls once again this Sunday afternoon?
So yeah. This was quite the exciting game on paper.
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The Oregon Ducks could be without their star free safety John Boyett for the rest of the season, and there's a very good chance that Boyett might have seen his final action as an Oregon Duck. Rob Moseley of the Register-Guard reports via multiple sources that Boyett has a knee injury that is serious enough to end his season with surgery. Boyett redshirted in 2009, and was healthy enough to practice this season. That could mean that he won't be able to get a medical redshirt that would allow him to return for another season.
Boyett led the Ducks with 108 tackles last year and piled up 17 tackles in Oregon's Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin. Boyett was expected to be the leader for the Ducks defense on their backline thanks to his great experience and skills, but his loss could be a huge blow to the national championship aspirations of the Ducks.
Boyett was replaced by Avery Patterson for Saturday's game against Fresno State.
On a night of upsets, why shouldn't Arizona get to join the party? The No.18 Oklahoma State Cowboys had no answer for the offense of the University of Arizona. In the second half, it seemed as if the Cowboys would gain some ground on U of A, the Wildcats would comeback and score almost always in the series after. Arizona would go on win a high-scoring upset, 59-38
Arizona quarterback Matt Scott would play the entire game, much to the dismay of OK State. Scott would beat the Cowboys on the ground and in the air. He threw 26 times for 314 yards and two TDs. In a Tebow-at-Florida-esque performance, ran for 62 yards on 20 carries and added another touchdown. Receivers Tracy Moore and Blake Jackson would combine for 223 yards in the air. Running back Ka'Deem Carey rushed for 139 yards and three touchdowns.
Oklahoma State's quarterback Wes Lunt didn't necessarily have a terrible game. The QB was 36 for 58 for 441 yards and four touchdowns. It's those three interceptions that didn't help his cause.
U of A is hoping their momentum carries into next week as they welcome South Carolina State to Arizona.
Box Score Hero: Receiver Tracy Moore had nine receptions for 117 yards and four touchdowns.
Rankings Ramifications: Losing to an unranked opponent is never a good thing in the eyes of the BCS. That No. 18 ranking is long gone come Monday.
But Did They Cover? The line was set at Arizona +10.5. They ended up not needing the extra help.
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Next Week's Schedule: The Wildcats need to use their next game against South Carolina State as place to get all the wrinkles out because they head to Oregon the following week. The Cowboys head back to the ranch to face the UL-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns.
Duke's one-game win streak abruptly came to a halt when they faced the No. 25 Standford Cardinal. While Duke may not be on par with some of their Pac-12 rivals, Stanford's offense did not disappoint by beating up on the Blue Devils, 50-13.
Filling in the cleats of Andrew Luck isn't going to be easy for junior quarterback Josh Nunes. He played until midway through the fourth quarter, when the score was at a safe 50-13. On the night, Nunes was a respectable 17-for-31 with 281 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. His backup, Brett Nottingham kept the score at 50. Almost every offensive player on Stanford played in this game. There were five different rushers and nine different receivers.
This was a confidence booster game for the Cardinal. The true test comes next week when Pac-12 rival, and currently ranked No. 2, USC comes to town.
Box Score Hero: Standford's Drew Terrell had four punt returns, averaging about 24.8 yards per. His best return of the night would be a 76 yard run for a touchdown.
Rankings Ramifications: The win should have little-to-no impact on Stanford's current 25th place ranking due to Duke's weak football program.
But Did They Cover? Duke was the underdog at +21 coming into the game. Even with points, the Blue Devils couldn't beat Stanford.
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Next Week's Schedule: The Blue Devils head home to take on a slightly less menacing opponent in North Carolina Central. The Cardinal welcomes the USC Trojans in a Pac-12 grudge match.
Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback Tyler Wilson is reportedly out for several weeks after sustaining a broken collarbone sometime near halftime during Arkansas's overtime defeat to Louisiana Monroe. Pat Smith of 94.5 FM Radio filed the initial report.
Wilson had completed 55% of his passes up to that point in the game against Louisiana Monroe, but also had piled up 197 passing yards for over 9.9 yards per pass attempt while throwing two touchdowns and an interception.
Arkansas must now start Brandon Allen at quarterback, who had an inauspicious debut last week. Allen completed six of 21 passes for 85 yards and a rather feeble 4.0 passing yards per attempt in relief of Wilson today. That offensive stagnancy sure helped afford Louisiana Monroe ample offensive opportunities to come back and rally from a 21 point second half deficit.
Allen will be starting at quarterback when Arkansas takes on No. 1 Alabama next week.
The No. 7 Georgia Bulldogs scored 32 second-half points en route to a 41-20 victory over the Missouri Tigers on Saturday at Faurot Field, spoiling the Tigers' debut as new members of the Southeastern Conference.
The Tigers actually outgained the Bulldogs offensively, 433 yards to 356 yards, and seemed primed for the upset when they took a 20-17 lead on a field goal with 3:11 to go in the third quarter. But the Bulldogs pulled ahead 24-20 with 1:38 to play in the third on an 11-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Aaron Murray to receiver Marlon Brown.
After a Georgia field goal made it 27-20 three minutes into the fourth quarter, Bulldogs linebacker Jarvis Jones intercepted Mizzou quarterback James Franklin and returned it 21 yards to the one-yard line. Todd Gurley ran it into the end zone one play later to make it 34-20, and the Bulldogs were on their way to a rout.
Box Score Hero: Brown, who led the Bulldogs with eight receptions for 106 yards and a couple touchdowns.
Rankings Ramifications: It's unlikely this game will have any impact on Georgia's rankings. No. 8 Arkansas will likely fall after losing to Louisiana-Monroe, while South Carolina, tied for No. 9 with idle West Virginia, beat an overmatched East Carolina squad 48-10. No team ahead of the Bulldogs figures to fall far enough to move them up in the rankings.
But Did They Cover? The Bulldogs were three-point favorites heading into the game, so yes, they covered handily.
Next Week's Schedule: Georgia will next host Florida Atlantic on Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Missouri will face Arizona State at home on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. ET.
Sheldon Richardson, you have entered your name into Georgia football lore.
After the Mizzou defensive tackle declared Georgia's style of play to resemble that of "old man football" and "Big Ten football" earlier in the week, Mark Richt and UGA fans have adopted senior citizen status as a symbol of honor. Silver britches, silver hair.
Georgia overcame a shaky opening half via a decisive conclusion to rudely welcome their new SEC East mates, and as the clock ran down, the many Georgia fans in attendance let it ring out:
Mark Richt has lost control of aging, mortality and the impending heat death of the universe.
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Everyone loves an underdog. Unranked UCLA stunned No. 16 ranked Nebraska in a back-and-forth game at the Rose Bowl, 36-30. While the offense for the Bruins had a hand in the team's win, it would be the defense that would push the team over the edge. An early fourth quarter interception by Andrew Abbott took away any momentum that Nebraska had.
This is a giant win for the lesser known team in Los Angeles. There is hope back on the campus of UCLA in the form of first year Bruins' head coach Jim Mora, who is now 2-0 at the helm. The Bruins haven't had a stable starter at quarterback in years., butFreshman Brett Hundley looked the part as he threw for 305 yards and had four touchdowns. After pummeling Rice in the first week and upsetting Nebraska in the second, UCLA just might earn a second look when the polls are tallied on Monday.
Box Score Hero: UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin rushed for 217 yards on 26 carries
Rankings Ramifications: Pretty significant win for the unranked Bruins. Nebraska can kiss that No. 16 ranking goodbye.
But Did They Cover? Going into the game, the line was UCLA +4.5. So, yes, they did.
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Terrible throw? Check. Throwing into double-coverage? Check. Throwing motion that looks more suited for a javelin than a football. Check, check and check. This is the most Taylor Martinez GIF.
Yep. Just perfect armpuntery.
If I had a webcam on, my actions would be pretty much the same as this UL-Monroe fan. In fact, I'd venture to guess that most people would look like her after watching the Warhawks not only convert a fourth and one in overtime, but score the game-winning touchdown on the play to knock off Arkansas.
This was the reaction from the crowd. It's one great reason why college football is the best. Just the best.
Been there, ma'am.
Even the cops were happy! Look at this act of sheer joy. Don't see it very often.
And this ... well, this is the winner. It's amazing.
Down he goes! When celebrating with the crowd goes wrong, we all win.
On the other side, the sad trombone was strong...
The Longhorns fought through a slow start in Week 1 against Wyoming and Mack Brown's football team fell into the same trap against New Mexico, struggling to contain the Lobos triple-option offense in the first half. Texas would rely on a 49-yard run by David Ash and a 22-yard touchdown reception by Mike Davis to take a 17-0 lead into halftime after fighting to get into any rhythm on either side of the ball in the first two quarters of the game.
Yet again the Longhorns would wake up in the second half, dominating New Mexico as the game wore on and outscoring the Lobos 28-0 in the second half and holding Bob Davies' team to under ten yards of offense in the third quarter.
The Longhorns would see most of their success through the ground, with David Ash taking another big step in his control of the offense and Case McCoy getting into the game for a touchdown pass of his own. Texas would add 147 yards rushing in the game on 30 attempts.
Box Score Hero: Ash once again showed hesitancy in getting the ball downfield, yet managed to put up a rather decent game by going 16-of-22 for 221 yards and two touchdown passes.
Rankings Ramifications: The No. 17 Longhorns didn't receive much favor when playing a game that no one watched; UT may not get a boost if voters go by box score alone yet again despite the easy win.
But Did They Cover? Texas easily covered.
Next Week's Schedule: The Longhorns head to Ole Miss next week, with kickoff set for 9:15 p.m. ET. New Mexico will take on Texas Tech next week in Lubbock, with kickoff at 7 p.m. ET.
Gus Johnson needs to call every safety, ever. Watch what happens as Gus tries to say Nebraska juuuuust as Taylor Martinez is being sacked in the end zone.
That's "Nebrask-uuuuuuuh OH SAFETY!" Thanks, Gus. Never change.
No. 8 Arkansas was the heavy favorite at home against Louisiana Monroe, but fell in overtime, 34-31, thanks to some gutsy play-calling and decision-making down the stretch by the Warhawks.
Let's recap the scoring. Kolton Browning hit Centarius Donald to open the scoring for ULM, but the Razorbacks would answer back when Tyler Wilson hit Julian Horton to level it at seven. The second quarter would see the Razorbacks pull away. Wilson would throw for another, finding Cobi Hamilton for a 39-yard score. Knile Davis would then put Arkansas up 21-7 going into the half with a three yard run for the touchdown.
The second half would start well for Arkansas, as they pushed the lead to 28-7 when Brandon Allen hit Mekale McKay. ULM would answer with a pair of scores to set up an exciting finish. ULM would then send it to overtime as Browning hit Brent Leonard with under a minute remaining.
Here's the big play in GIF form:
The Razorbacks would get the ball first in overtime, but ULM would hold them to a field goal. ULM would gamble in their possession, going for it on fourth and one as opposed to kicking the tying field goal. It would pay off, as Browning would not only convert the fourth down, but he'd wind up in the end zone to cap the upset.
Next week's SEC West showdown against Bama has just lost almost all of its luster, John L. Smith's campaign as Hogs coach has just seen its goals radically diminished, and ULM has established itself as a team to beat in the Sun Belt.
Box Score Hero: Kolton Browning of ULM lit up the box score today, completing 46 of 68 for 412 yards. He'd throw three touchdowns with one interception. He'd also add 76 yards on the ground, including the game winning run.
Rankings Ramifications: The Razorbacks came into the week ranked No. 8, but they'll be dropping in the ranking following the upset loss.
But Did They Cover? The Razorbacks were favored by 21 and they lost, so they did not cover the spread.
Next Week's Schedule: The No. 8 Razorbacks have a tough test ahead, as No. 1 Alabama will be coming to town on September 15th. Things don't get any easier for Lousiana-Monroe as they head to Auburn to take on the Tigers.
I'm not sure anyone was fooled by UCLA's weird "We're kicking a field goal, wait lol no we're not" formation. We know the struggles of the UCLA kickers by now. We get it. And I think everyone else does, too.
So instead of kicking a field goal, UCLA lined up in the typical place-kicking formation, then motion into some kind of alien getup. And then chucked it deep. Predictably, this idea did not work at all.
Good job, good effort.
Oklahoma came into this one as the heavy favorites, and this contest was never very close. Oklahoma jumped out to an early lead, as Damien Williams ran for a pair of scores in the first quarter. A&M would get on the board early in the second quarter when they kicked a 41-yard field goal, but Williams would rush for a third score and Landry Jones would find Kenny Stills to give the Sooners a commanding 28-3 lead with about six minutes to go in the second.
A&M would do their best to make things interesting, as Damien Fleming and Travis Harvey connected for a 75-yard score on the next drive. Landry Jones would effectively end it before halftime though, finding Trey Metoyer for his second touchdown of the half with just 36-seconds remaining to send the Sooners into the locker room up 35-10.
Oklahoma would pour it on in the second half, as Brennan Clay rushed for a pair of scores and Damien Williams rushed for his fourth score of the day. It was pretty much all backups from that point on, and the only question remaining was whether the Sooners would cover the massive 54 point spread.
Box Score Hero: Damien Williams had himself a heck of an evening, carrying ten times for 156 yards and four scores. Landry Jones was 19/28 for 252 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
Rankings Ramifications: The Sooners won in impressive fashion, but they'll likely remain unchanged in the rankings as all four teams ahead of them in the polls won as well.
But Did They Cover? The Sooners were favored by 54 and they won by 56. It was close, but they covered the spread.
For More On This Game: For more on OU football, visit Oklahoma blog Crimson And Cream Machine.
Next Week's Schedule: Next up for Oklahoma will be Kansas State in Oklahoma on September 22. The Wildcats are currently ranked No. 21 and will likely be climbing after their 52-13 victory over the University of Miami. Florida A&M will head home to take on Hampton on September 15th.
The No. 4 Oregon Ducks took care of business at home and beat the unranked Fresno State Bulldogs by a score of 42-25. The Ducks controlled the game throughout the four quarters, but the offense uncharacteristically slipped in the second half.
The Ducks opened up the game as according to their custom, with a quick four play drive that resulted into a touchdown and a five play drive that also got into the endzone. The defense also was too strong for the Bulldogs offense, allowing just a pair of field goals in the first half.
However, the quick-strike Ducks offense slipped in the second half and were unable to put points on the board as we are accustomed to seeing. In fact, the team scored just seven points in the second half and were held scoreless in the third quarter.
The team cannot be too happy about that, but otherwise it was a successful game for the Ducks as they were led by their running backs for most of the game.
Box Score Hero: Ducks running back Kenjon Barner took 34 carries for the team and rushed for 199 yards and three touchdowns. Fresno State's running back Robbie Rouse took the ball 26 times for 103 yards, taking one for a touchdown as well.
Rankings Ramifications: There likely won't be much movement for either team here. The Ducks took care of business and beat an unranked opponent by 17 points.
But Did They Cover? The line opened up at 33.5 points and closed right there or .5 points in either direction. Regardless, the Ducks were unable to even come close to covering as they only won by 17 points.
Next Week's Schedule: The Ducks will stay right here at Autzen Stadium and wait until Sept. 15 to take on the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles. The Bulldogs will look to recover on the same date against the Colorado Buffaloes.
LSU's defense held Washington to just 183 yards of total offense, including just 26 rushing yards. This gave the Tigers an advantage on offense, exploiting good field position to the tune of 41 points.
Washington held what looked to be two sure LSU touchdown drives to field goals in the second quarter, keeping the Huskies in the game with a 20-3 halftime score. But LSU used a punishing run game in the third quarter to extend the lead to 34-3. Alfred Blue led the Tigers' rushing attack with 101 yards on 14 carries. Kenny Hilliard, Michael Ford and Spencer Ware combined for another 136 yards on the night.
Box Score Hero: Zach Mettenberger, LSU QB. While not a flashy night, Mettenberger posted a super-efficient line of 12-18 passing for 195 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.
Rankings Ramifications: LSU's performance certainly bodes well for them and they shouldn't fall. There is some possibility that LSU could jump USC for the two-spot, as the Trojans struggled to put away Syracuse for quite a while.
But Did They Cover? LSU easily covered the 23.5-point line.
Next Week's Schedule: Washington plays Portland State at home, while LSU hosts Idaho.
You may remember Kent State from the famous wrong-way-punt return. That one, thankfully, did not count because the play was actually dead.
The Golden Flashes improv troupe, everybody!
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Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback Tyler Wilson is now out of Saturday night's game against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks with a possible concussion.
The school is being very quiet about the injury, but it has told reporters the injury is something "above the shoulders", according to Mocking The Draft.
The website also had the following to say when discussing the possible long-term football ramifications:
If indeed it is a concussion, that will be a serious red flag for Wilson leading up to the NFL Draft. He suffered a concussion early last season. Wilson is a hard-nosed quarterback who doesn't mind taking a hit. If he keeps taking them this season, though, it may negatively impact his NFL Draft stock.
Wilson is perhaps the best player on Arkansas and would be a tremendous loss to a team ranked eighth in the country if he's out for any extended period of time.
The Razorbacks play No. 1 Alabama next weekend.
The No. 20 TCU Horned Frogs were nearly perfect on Saturday night, beating Grambling State 56-0 thanks to nearly 300 yards on the ground and a mistake-free game by both TCU quarterbacks.
TCU outgained Grambling State 527-76 in the game, averaging nearly ten yards per play on their way to a 42-0 lead at the half and a 56-0 lead by the end of the third quarter. Grambling State managed just five first downs in the game and were completely dominated by the TCU defense, punting 11 times in the game managing just five completions total.
Quarterbacks Casey Pachall and Trevone Boykin combined for a perfect game on Saturday night, with neither throwing an incompletion and putting up 274 yards through the air in the game. The Frogs rushed by committee as well, with B.J. Catalon leading the team with five rushes for 69 yards and a touchdown.
Six different rushers combined for 253 yards on the ground in the game for TCU.
Box Score Hero: Pachall and Boykin combined to go 17-of-17 for 274 yards and four touchdowns.
Rankings Ramifications: No. 20 TCU likely won't see much of a boost after blasting a team they were expected to dominate although the complete decimation of Grambling State certainly won't hurt.
But Did They Cover? The Frogs easily covered the 50-point spread.
Next Week's Schedule: TCU faces Kansas on Saturday, Sept. 15 with kickoff set for 12 p.m. ET. Grambling State will take on Alabama State on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. ET.
Arkansas Razorbacks cornerback Tevin Mitchel was knocked out by a head-to-head hit with teammate Alonzo Highsmith in the fourth quarter against UL Monroe. He was carted off the field after being surrounded for several very silent moments by both teams.
The sophomore from Texas showed signs of consciousness as he was being taken off the field, moving his mouth and appearing to respond to the trainers at his side. However, it wasn't clear whether he's able to move his arms. At this point, all we can do is hope he's all right.
It was already a terrible day for injuries both serious and non-serious, with Tulane safety Devon Walker suffering a similar hit earlier.
Arkansas players encouraged the crowd to get its emotions back into the game, which the Razorbacks led by only 7 at the time.
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Edit: He's back!
UCLA Bruins starting quarterback Brett Hundley suffered an injury to what appeared to be his ankle during the third quarter in today's game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The freshman quarterback was attempting to run for a first down with 14:20 left in the third quarter. In his place, the Bruins summoned senior quarterback Richard Brehaut while team trainers examined Hundley.
Fortunately for the Bruins, the injury doesn't appear to be serious as Hundley is on the sidelines getting a feel for his ankle and has his helmet. It appears he will be fine and able to get back into the game.
The potential loss of Hundley could have been a crushing blow for the Bruins this season. The freshman was having a stellar outing in what is his second career start, passing for three touchdowns in the first half alone. The Bruins will now look to finish off the Nebraska Cornhuskers, but first take a huge breath of relief.
It took a pair of lightning delays for officials to finally call off the slaughter underway Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium, where No. 6 Florida State needed less than three full quarters to defeat the Savannah State Tigers, 55-0, the second-straight humiliating loss the Tigers have suffered to a highly-ranked Football Bowl Subdivision team.
Seminoles quarterback E.J. Manuel had his way with the Tigers' defense, completing 11-of-13 passes for 161 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, good for a 264.8 passer rating. Meanwhile, Florida State ballcarriers combined for 167 yards rushing on 23 carries, a 7.3 yard average.
Savannah State was completely outclassed by the Seminoles, mustering only 28 yards of total offense on 33 plays. Last week, the Tigers were annihilated by No. 18 Oklahoma State, 84-0. Savannah State will receive a reported $860,000 for enduring the two beatdowns, which will go a long way towards meeting its athletic department's $5.1 million budget.
Box Score Hero: In keeping with this game's theme, the easy winner is Tigers quarterback Antonio Bostick, who finished 2-for-15 with nine yards passing. For those who don't like arithmetic, that's good for 0.6 yards-per-attempt, a 13.3 percent completion percentage and a 18.4 passer rating. And that's without throwing an interception. So he's sort of a Miltonian antihero.
Rankings Ramifications: Ha! Seriously, Florida State should stay in the top ten in next week's polls.
But Did They Cover? Amazingly, Savannah State did cover the 68-point spread.
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Next Week's Schedule: Florida State will play its conference opener at home against Wake Forest on Sept. 15 at noon. Savannah State gets a week off before hosting North Carolina Central on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.
This is probably the most Keith Price thing I've seen.
That says "SWAG." Of course it does. Considering how the Huskies' game against LSU is going, it should say "RUN FOR YOUR LIFE." Too long?
Oh nah nevermind, he's super heavy, and also I'm a kicker and not that strong up top SO WHAT HOW ABOUT YOU LET ME KICK HIM AND SEE HOW STRONG I AM THEN no, sorry bro, I don't actually want to kick you. Let's just hit the sideline. I'll let you walk there.
This about sums up the Missouri-Georgia game.
Earlier, the ball tried to escape. And I'm pretty sure it's trying to run away again. At this point, I can't blame the ball for wanting to get the heck out of dodge.
Rarely do we consider the sport from the perspective of the football. Maybe it has somewhere to be, perhaps a date ... and finds the perfect opportunity to try and escape:
Rats! Almost made it. But escaping for nearly 15 yards is fairly impressive for a football.
Sometimes lost amidst the flashy, ever-changing, never-ending uniform combinations, the fancy locker room and other facilities, and its relationship with Nike is one fact: Oregon can run the football.
The Oregon Ducks currently lead Fresno State 35-6 at halftime, and their running backs are piling up the yards. In just one half, Kenjon Barner has 131 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. That's a cool 7.7 yards-per-carry average, but nothing compared to what De'Anthony Thomas has done. The "Black Mamba" has rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries. (Yes, that's 20 yards per carry.)
As if that isn't enough, quarterback Marcus Mariota posted 47 rushing yards of his own.
All that helps Oregon's stats add up to 392 yards of offense. After Barner and Thomas rushed for 66 and 64 yards in limited time last week, it looks like Chip Kelly has released the beast against Fresno State.
The USC Trojans didn't quite get off to the start they were hoping for against the unranked Syracuse Orange, but Southern California weathered the orange storm and defeated the New Yorkers 42-29 Saturday afternoon behind star quarterback Matt Barkley's 6 touchdowns.
The Trojans began the game with a quick three-and-out and were unable to get anything going offensively until the second quarter. The team entered halftime with a 14-3 lead with the intent of putting the game out of reach. However, the Orange wouldn't go down easily.
After throwing an interception in their very first drive of the second half, the Orange worked well on both sides of the ball were able to close out the third quarter with a mere five-point deficit.
It wasn't enough, though, as the Orange defense allowed three more touchdowns in the final quarter. There was no shortage of effort from Syracuse, especially quarterback Ryan Nassib. The 22-year-old senior threw the ball well, but it just wasn't enough this Saturday.
Box Score Hero: As aforementioned, quarterback Matt Barkley threw for 6 touchdown passes, which tied his career-high in a given game as well as the school's record. Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib had himself quite a day as well, throwing for 327 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Rankings Ramifications: Even with the victory, USC could drop in the polls ever so slightly because of the team's inability to put away an unranked opponent. It would be marginal at best, though, but there are very high expectations of a team ranked as highly as No. 2 Southern California.
But Did They Cover? The spread originally opened at 25.5 points, meaning the Trojans would have to win by more 26 points or more in order to cover; the Orange would need to lose by a margin less than 25. With the Trojans winning by 13, they were unable to cover the spread, meaning the Orange successfully did.
For More On This Game: For more on Trojans football, visit USC blog Conquest Chronicles, plus Pac-12 blog Pacific Takes and SB Nation Los Angeles. For more on Cuse football, visit Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician, plus SB Nation New York. And Big East Coast Bias, for the time being.
Next Week's Schedule: The Trojans will now look to remain undefeated on Sept 15 as they take on the Stanford Cardinal in Stanford Stadium. Meanwhile, the Orange will travel back home in search for their first win on the season as the team takes on the Stony Brook Seawolves.
Savannah State was pelted, 84-0, by Oklahoma State last week, then entered Tallahassee facing the largest point spread in college football history. Florida State breezed ahead so quickly that it started pulling its starters in the first quarter.
Then weather happened. Facing a postponement with the Noles up 48-0 in the second quarter, the powers that be determined halftime will be shortened and the remaining 33 minutes will be played with a running clock.
As in, a high school-esque mercy rule that will dramatically shorten the game and prevent FSU from embarrassing the Tigers beyond decorum. It's happened before in college football, such as it did in the 1988 Kansas-Auburn game and Texas A&M-Oklahoma in 2003.
It also means everyone in the press box doesn't have to endure much more of this savagery:
10 MINUTE HALFTIME AND TWO 15-MINUTE QUARTERS WITH A RUNNING CLOCK. THANK YOU JESUS.— TomahawkNation.com (@TomahawkNation) September 9, 2012
Tyrann Mathieu, who was recently downgraded to "devoted LSU football fan," is in attendance watching his team play.
Please form a single-file line behind his shoulder for all those interested in resting on it. Cures the blues.
USC Trojans starting center Khaled Holmes suffered an injury to what appeared to be his right ankle or foot during today's matinee against the Syracuse Orange. Holmes, one of USC's four captains, suffered the injury with 6:08 remaining in the fourth quarter. In his place, the Trojans freshman Cyrus Hobbi to take over as the team's center.
Unfortunately for the Trojans, the injury appeared to be a serious one as the 22-year-old center was unable to walk off the field under his own power, instead needing to be carted off. Holmes was seen being examined by trainers, whose focus appeared to be on the foot.
The potential loss of Holmes could be a crushing blow for the Trojans football program. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound senior is an All-American candidate at center. In addition, Holmes is a candidate for the Rimington Trophy, an award given to the top center in the country, as well as the Outland Trophy, an award given to the top offensive lineman in the country.
For more news and notes on the USC Trojans, be sure to read Conquest Chronicles.
And here come the new SEC-branded Missouri Tigers!
In the event of a water landing, your uniforms double as a flotation device. The stripes let rescuers know you're in trouble but still mean business.
Nebraska has the numbers advantage, but Bruins fans get to live in good gracious would you just look at that skyline. I'm not quite sure what we were talking about.
15 min before kick, the crowd for Nebraska-UCLA twitter.com/BryanDFischer/…— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) September 8, 2012
Ah, the onside kick. You are down 10-7 on the road. You are out of time. You have no choice but to try it. You kick it. You need it to travel 10 yards. You ...
... you ... you touched it too soon. You lost. Frown.
On the same day Colorado fell to Sacramento State, the Oregon State Beavers reclaimed some reputation for the Pac 12 by defeating 13th-ranked Wisconsin 10-7 on Saturday afternoon in Corvallis.
Late in the fourth quarter, Danny O'Brien led the anemic Wisconsin offense on its only scoring drive of the game with 1:31 remaining. The ensuing onside kick resulted in a lengthy video review, and it was determined that Wisconsin touched the ball before it traveled the necessary 10 yards. On the review, however, it looked like an Oregon State player may have nicked the ball with a finger first.
Before that scoring drive, Oregon State had held the Badgers to about 150 yards of offense and to 0-12 on third down.
The Beavers went up 10-0 in the second quarter when Sean Mannion hit Brandin Cooks on a 20-yard touchdown pass for the deciding margin. Wisconsin running back Montee Ball was held to just 60 yards on 15 carries.
Box Score Hero: Sean Mannion, Oregon State QB. The young lefty went 30-48 for 285 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions.
Rankings Ramifications: After a Week 1 struggle against Northern Iowa, it's possible the loss could send the 13-ranked Badgers out of the Top 25.
But Did They Cover? Wisconsin was favored by 6.5, but Oregon State claimed that line straight up.
Next Week's Schedule: Wisconsin hosts Utah State, fresh off an upset of Utah. Oregon State byes next week before opening Pac-12 play at UCLA.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Brian Kelly moved to 2-0 on the season with a last-second victory over the Purdue Boilermakers, courtesy of a 27-yard field goal from Notre Dame kicker Kyle Brindza with seven seconds left on the clock.
After the Boilermakers scored with three minutes left in the game to tie the score 17-17, the Irish responded with a 12-play, 55-yard drive resulting in Brindza's game-winning kick. Notre Dame had led 17-7 entering the fourth quarter.
Box Score Hero: Sophomore Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson followed up his strong season opener with completions on 21 of 31 attempts, for 289 yards and a touchdown. But he was pulled in favor of backup Tommy Rees on the final drive, so the kicker Brindza has to be the hero, right? Right.
Rankings Ramifications: Notre Dame, ranked No. 22 in the AP Poll, should not expect a bump in the polls after struggling to beat this Boilermakers team.
But Did They Cover? The Irish were favored by 14.5. You were not lucky if you wagered on the Irish.
Next Week's Schedule: Notre Dame will take on No. 11 Michigan State next Saturday in primetime, with an 8:00 p.m. ET kickoff from Spartan Stadium. The Boilermakers will welcome the Eastern Michigan Eagles to Ross-Ade Stadium next weekend.
Saturday afternoon's game at Kinnick Stadium certainly wasn't pretty as the Iowa State Cyclones and Iowa Hawkeyes battled for sixty minutes to score just 15 points between them. In the end, though, it was the Cyclones emerging victorious with a 9-6 victory over their in-state rivals on the road.
Despite what the scoreboard might indicate, there was actually a touchdown scored in Iowa City on Saturday afternoon as Steele Jantz connected with Aaron Horne for a five-yard touchdown early in the first quarter to give the Cyclones a lead they'd never relinquish. Unfortunately Edwin Arceo was unable to get his extra point try through the uprights, however, leading to the 9-6 score.
The game featured six total turnovers with Iowa State contributing four -- two fumbles and a pair of interceptions thrown by Jantz -- but Iowa was plagued by turnovers and general ineffectiveness on the offensive end to end their undefeated season just two games into the year.
Box Score Hero: There weren't a lot of neat statistics in the game, but Horne's line of six receptions for 73 yards and the game-winning score probably made him the box score hero.
Rankings Ramifications: Probably none. Neither team was ranked heading into the game and they likely won't be after this "game," either.
But Did They Cover? Nope. Iowa was actually the favorites by about five points.
Next Week's Schedule: Iowa State will look to continue its undefeated season against Western Illinois at Jack Trice Stadium while Iowa will look to get back on track against Northern Iowa at home.
The No. 24 Florida Gators defense put the clamps on the Texas A&M Aggies in the second half as the Gators rallied from a 17-7 deficit to win their first SEC game, 20-17.
The Aggies offense was running all over the Gators in the first half but the defense clamped down starting in the third quarter. The Gators forced the Aggies to two quick 3-and-outs in the third quarter as they slowly started to whittle away the lead.
Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel connected with senior tight end Omarius Hines on a big 39-yard pass to set up a red-zone attempt to start the fourth quarter. The Gators converted as running back Mike Gillislee ran in his second touchdown of the day and the Gators took a 20-17 lead.
This was Texas A&M's first SEC game after the school departed from the Big-12 conference.
Box Score Hero: Running back Mike Gillislee kept the Gators in the game, rushing for 83 yards on 14 carries and scoring two touchdowns along the way.
Rankings Ramifications: Texas A&M was garnering a few votes in the polls but, with the loss, they are most likely going to be out of that conversation next week. With no real upset ahead of them, Florida will most likely remain around No. 24.
But Did They Cover? It was a small 1.5-point spread for Florida, so just barely.
For More On This Game: For more on Gators football, visit Florida blog Alligator Army, plus SEC blog Team Speed Kills and SB Nation Tampa Bay. For more on Aggies football, visit Good Bull Hunting, plus SEC blog Team Speed Kills and SB Nation Houston.
Next Week's Schedule: The Gators head to Tennessee to take on the Vols on the road for for another SEC matchup. The Aggies hit the road to take on Southern Methodist University.
Denard Robinson contributed on four touchdowns as the Wolverines barely held on for a 31-25 victory.
The Wolverines led 14-10 at halftime -- helped immensely by a 79-yard touchdown run from Robinson early in the first quarter -- and were expected to open the lead up a bit in the second half. That never happened, however, forcing Michigan to fight for their first victory of the season.
Cody Getz ran for his third touchdown early in the fourth quarter to bring the Falcons within three points, but Michigan kicker Brendan Gibbs knocked a 31-yard field goal through the uprights shortly thereafter for the final score of the game.
Box Score Hero: Robinson threw for a pair of touchdowns and amassed 205 yards through the air, but his legs did most of the work as the multi-talented quarterback ran the football 20 times for 218 yards and a pair of scores.
Rankings Ramifications: The Wolverines' win wasn't impressive, but it could move them up a couple of spots if teams in front of them fail to impress on Saturday.
But Did They Cover? Not even close. Check all of the spreads here.
For More On This Game: For more on Wolverines football, visit Michigan blog Maize n Brew, plus Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire and SB Nation Detroit. For more on Air Force football, visit MWC blog Mountain West Connection and SB Nation Denver.
Next Week's Schedule: The Wolverines will host the UMass Minutemen next week while Air Force goes on the road to play the UNLV Runnin' Rebels Sept. 22.
Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron led the way for the tide, going 15-of-20 for 225 yards and four touchdowns, allowing the Tide's offense to move easily on the Hilltoppers' defense.
The Alabama defense turned in a good performance as well, holding WKU to only 224 total yards, with only 46 of those coming on the ground. The Tide also forced four turnovers on the day, recovering three fumbles and hauling in an interception.
Western Kentucky quarterback Kawaun Jakes was efficient on the afternoon, going 20-of-31 with 178 yards, but he was unable to get the ball in the end zone for the Hilltoppers.
Box Score Hero: Kevin Norwood caught three of McCarron's passes, two of which went for touchdowns. The Crimson Tide receiver tallied 92 receiving yards, meaning that he averaged just more than 30 yards per catch.
Rankings Ramifications: Alabama is not going anywhere, as they will hold on to the top spot of the major polls heading in to next week.
But Did They Cover? Alabama was favored by 38 points, so their 35 points was just under that mark.
For More On This Game: For more Alabama Crimson Tide coverage, visit Roll Bama Roll and Team Speed Kills. For more Western Kentucky and general college football coverage, visit SB Nation's College Football hub.
Next Week's Schedule: Alabama travels to Fayetteville to take on SEC Western Division foe Arkansas at 3:30 p.m. Eastern. Western Kentucky will take on Kentucky on the road at 7 p.m. ET.
The Louisville Cardinals easily dispatched the Missouri State Bears 35-7 in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Louisville was in control throughout the affair, due in large part to quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. The sophomore who hails from Miami, FL was tremendous, completing 30-of-39 for 344 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Charles Gaines made his presence felt with three catches for 73 yards, including a 55-yard reception. Nate Ford was also on top of his game with 58 yards on four grabs and a touchdown.
The Cardinals will stay home to face the North Carolina Tar Heels next week while Missouri State will host Murray State.
Box Score Hero: Teddy Bridgewater
Again, the Louisville signal-caller was superb in leading his team to victory. Bridewater staked his team to an early 18-0 lead and never looked back, giving fans in the Bluegrass State something to be excited about. Anytime you complete 30-of-39 passes and accumulate 344 yards with two touchdown tosses, it's a good day.
Rankings Ramifications: The No. 23 Cardinals might move up in the rankings next week if some teams ahead of them falter. Otherwise, this ho-hum victory won't turn many heads.
Did they cover?: The Cardinals didn't cover, considering the spread was 35 1/2 points.
The No. 11 Michigan State Spartans made quick work of the Central Michigan Chippewas, beating their interstate counterparts 41-7 in Kelly/Shorts Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Andrew Maxwell was on the mark all day, throwing for 287 yards and a pair of touchdowns. After taking over for Kirk Cousins, Maxwell has been impressive with an ample amount of pressure on his shoulders.
Running back Le'Veon Bell also had a productive afternoon. After gashing Boise State in the opener, Bell had only 67 yards on 18 carries but did find the end zone twice.
On the other side, Ryan Radcliff had a tough day under center. The Central Michigan quarterback only found his target on 17-of-38 throws for 173 yards with no touchdowns and two picks.
Box Score Hero: Andrew Maxwell
Maxwell was the catalyst for the Spartans in this ballgame. The quarterback was brilliant, throwing 32 passes and connecting on 21 for 278 yards and two touchdowns.
Rankings Ramifications: No. 11 Michigan State will definitely rise in the rankings if some teams ahead of them have an unexpected loss.
Did they cover?: The Spartans covered with ease. The spread was only 22 1/2 points.
Remember when Sacramento State beat Oregon State last year? They've just beaten Colorado, 30-28.
Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel has left the Cougars' game against the Eastern Washington Eagles with an injury to his right knee. Tuel was injured late in the third quarter and was immediately replaced by sophomore quarterback Connor Halliday.
Tuel went down after getting tangled with Eagles defensive lineman Jerry Ceja. He clutched his right leg immediately, but was able to leave the field under his own power and currently has his knee wrapped in ice on the sideline. His return to the game is questionable.
The Cougars lead the Eagles 24-14 in the fourth quarter, as Tuel has completed 20-of-27 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns. The senior missed almost all of last season with multiple injuries, including a broken collarbone suffered in WSU's 2011 opener.
So this is the catch of the week, in all likelihood, and perhaps a catch of the year candidate. Ladies and gentlemen, Cameron Morgan!
The start of the second half of the game between USC and Syracuse at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ has been delayed due to severe weather with the Trojans leading, 14-3.
The lead referee delayed the start of the third quarter in response to approaching severe weather. Much of the Northeast is under severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings on Saturday.
The two teams were ordered back to the locker room, as the storm system was moving "very quickly" according to the broadcast on ABC. The delay is expected to last 30 to 40 minutes.
Here is a picture of the storm clouds, from Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News:
Matt Barkley led the Trojans to a halftime lead, going 13-17 for 112 yards and two touchdowns. He connected with both of his star receivers, Marqise Lee and Robert Woods, for scores in the second quarter. Another pic:
An eerie scene for a half-over game at MetLife Stadium. twitter.com/TravHaneyESPN/…— Travis Haney (@TravHaneyESPN) September 8, 2012
In a nice show of respect, the Notre Dame band spelled out 'Neil' in honor of Neil Armstrong. The first man on the moon (best pickup line of all time) was a former Boilermaker who graduated with a degree in aeronautical engineering.
Bet Armstrong is smiling up on the moon while he hangs out with Georges Melies and Jules Verne.
(pic from instagram user samklemet)
No. 13 Wisconsin was already struggling to get anything done against unranked Oregon St., trailing 3-0 with time running out in the second quarter, but things just got a lot worse. Wide receiver Jared Abbrederis was carted off of the field to the locker room, according to Bucky's 5th Quarter on Twitter.
Abbrederis is the top wide receiver for the Badgers and his loss definitely hurts. He took a huge impact to the chest, a helmet right to the sternum on a passing play over the middle. He was hit by linebacker Feti Unga of OSU. Abbrederis leaves the game with one reception for 26 yards, leaving guys like Jordan Fredrick, Brian Wozniak and Jacob Pederson to get the job done for Wisconsin.
Badgers quarterback Danny O'Brien is already struggling on the day, with just four completions in 11 pass attempts. He's been brought down behind the line a couple times and officially has -23 yards rushing at this point. On the other side, Sean Mannion has passed for 181 yards off of 19 completions.
There is no update regarding the severity of Abbrederis' injury, but it did look like a serious hit. Stay tuned and we'll keep you updated.
Indiana Hoosiers starting quarterback Tre Roberson went down with an ankle-area left leg injury in the first half of their game against Massachusetts. The injury occurred when Roberson was running the ball on 3rd-and-goal, but the injury occurred when he was tackled at the 2-yard line by Charles Thompson and Hafis Williams.
The injury was so severe that Roberson had to be taked off the field in the ambulance. Before the injury Roberson was having a big game by completing 6-of-11 passes for for 98 yards, tossed a pair of touchdowns and also rushed for 105 before leaving the game.
Roberson was replaced by Cameron Coffman who is performing well as his replacement, and has completed 8-of-11 passes for 92 yards. The game is at the half and Indiana is leading 38-6 over Massachusetts.
North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner took a vicious hit in the Tar Heels' matchup with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons Saturday afternoon in Winston-Salem.
Woah. Bryn Renner just got absolutely destroyed. Pointed at his head then passed out on ground.— Will Brinson (@willbrinson) September 8, 2012
Renner was having a stellar game, already completing 10 of 14 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown before the big hit. He is coming off a solid performance in the season opener against Elon, in which he completed 14 of 21 passes for 236 yards and three touchdowns.
Renner's 2011 campaign saw him complete 68.8% of his passes while throwing for 2,769 yards and 23 touchdowns with 12 interceptions. He finished 10th in the country in quarterback rating.
For more on Tar Heels football, be sure to visit Carolina March. For all your college football news and nuggets, check out SB Nation's NCAA football hub.
As we learned this offseason, drinks in Columbia can be really, really jumbo. Either way, this is a very different presentation than what Texas A&M's offering.
Uh oh. Not SEC level. twitter.com/slmandel/statu…— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) September 8, 2012
And nobody's more confused by all this than newcomers from Georgia:
The Florida Gators defense is getting a bit battered at the moment as linebacker Neiron Ball, linebacker Jelani Jenkins, defensive lineman Shariff Floyd and safety Josh Evans have left the game against the Texas A&M Aggies in the second quarter.
Floyd was taken out of the game an injury to his left leg. Jenkins was removed with an injury the arm. Ball was removed after what appeared to be an injury to his right hamstring. Evans took a nasty shot to the head trying to make a tackle and went down hard.
The Gators defense is currently struggling a little bit as they are trailing the Aggies 17-7 in the second quarter. Obviously the injuries are not helping that cause at all.
The Virginia Tech Hokies had little trouble with the visiting Austin Peay Governors on Saturday, storming out to a 28-0 lead before coasting in for a 42-7 victory in Blacksburg's Lane Stadium.
As a team, Virginia tech amassed 419 yards of total offense to just 221 for the overmatched Governors. Austin Peay mustered just 62 passing yards in the game, with Governors quarterback Jake Ryan going 8-21 with two interceptions.
Box Score Hero: A shared award this week for the Hokies, between quarterback Logan Thomas and running back Michael Holmes. Thomas was 15-of-23 passing for 212 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions, while Holmes ran nine times for 40 yards and two touchdowns.
Rankings Ramifications: Virginia Tech improves to 2-0 on the season with the victory, but a shellacking of this kind over a modest opponent such as Austin Peay shouldn't bump the Hokies much at all in the polls.
But Did They Cover? Virginia Tech, 50-point favorites in the game, fell just short of the line.
Next Week's Schedule: Virginia Tech heads on the road next weekend, to take on the Pitt Panthers at Heinz Field. Austin Peay also plays away from home next Saturday, traveling to Tennessee State.
Please be careful out there, Gators.
Aggie runner go boom.
You may think there are some out there who can mince words, but there is only one true original: The Ol' Ballcoach.
Steve Spurrier: "We had 50 plays at halftime. That Clemson coach would be proud of us, wouldn't he?"— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) September 8, 2012
South Carolina was just over here beating on ECU, but Spurrier is focused on the important things like getting a jab in at Clemson. That's how it should be. Get out your iCals; the two teams play on Nov. 24.
Clemson defeated Ball State on Saturday, 52-27, which was punctuated by a 32-point second quarter by the Tigers. Aside from the 32-3 outdoing of Ball State in the second, the game was about even.
The Tigers won the first quarter, 13-7. Ball State scored 10 unanswered in the third quarter, and each team put up a touchdown in the final period. Andre Ellington scored Clemson's first two touchdowns of the game, The second quarter was about DeAndre Hopkins, the game's box score hero.
Horactio Banks scored two of Clemson's three touchdowns, the first a 54-yard touchdown and the next from 21 yards out.
No. 12 ranked Clemson is now 2-0 on the season.
Box Score Hero: DeAndre Hopkins grabbed three touchdown passes, which meant half of his six receptions on the day were for scores. #heroic
Rankings Ramifications: Clemson did what it was supposed to do against Ball State going in as a heavy favorite. Michigan State's performance against Central Michigan later on Saturday could play a factor here.
But Did They Cover? Picked as 25 1/2-point favorites, so it was right around what was expected.
Next Week's Schedule (Sept. 15): Ball State at Indiana/Clemson vs. Furman
South Carolina blasted the visiting East Carolina Pirates 48-10 behind a stellar performance from quarterback Dylan Thompson on Saturday. Thompson completed 21-of-37 passes for 330 yards and three scores to lead the No. 9 Gamecocks to a resounding victory.
Despite a subpar performance from star running back Marcus Lattimore, who carried 13 times for just 40 yards, South Carolina was dominant from start to finish on Saturday afternoon, overwhelming the Pirates in every aspect of the game. Rory Anderson caught four passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns to lead South Carolina receivers in all three categories. Eleven different Gamecocks caught a pass in this game.
East Carolina quarterback Rio Johnson was picked off three times by the South Carolina defense, including once for a touchdown by Jimmy Legree. Sophomore backup Shane Carden entered the game and fared a little better, but he was picked off once as well.
Box Score Hero: Thompson's 21-of-37 for 330 yards and three touchdowns stand above the rest.
Rankings Ramifications: It's unlikely that a big win over a small-conference opponent will vault the Gamecocks too much higher in the rankings, but if one of the top eight teams in the country lose, they will certainly move up. If one struggles to a close win against a subpar opponent, they could move up as well.
But Did They Cover?: The Gamecocks easily covered the 23-point spread.
For More On This Game: For your South Carolina coverage, head over to Garnet And Black Attack.
Next Week's Schedule: South Carolina -- Sept. 15 Vs. UAB; East Carolina -- Sept. 15 Vs. Southern Miss.
Penn State dropped to 0-2 on Saturday after kicker Sam Ficken missed a game-winning field goal as time expired. The Nittany Lions controlled both sides of the ball for most of the game, but a UVA touchdown with less than two minutes to play secured a 17-16 Cavaliers win.
The Virginia offense looked to be in slow motion throughout the game, but they came up with a scoring drive when it mattered most. On third and 16 inside their own territory, quarterback Michael Rocco threw a jumpball up to Jake McGee and the tight end hauled it in for a 44-yard gain. A Rocco swing pass to Darius Jennings added 24 more yards and put UVA inside the ten. It looked like PSU's defense, which was impressive all day, might rise up one more time. But on third and goal, Rocco hit McGee, who was posted up in the middle of the end zone. The drive used up nearly seven minutes and featured four third-down conversions.
It was an excruciating loss for Penn State, whose defense bottled up UVA until that final drive. The Penn State offense also consistently moved the ball on UVA, but failed to come up with points on multiple occasions. Sophomore kicker Ficken missed his first three field goal attempts of the day, until finally punching one through from 32 yards out to push the PSU lead to 16-10. Ficken also had an extra point blocked on the Nittany Lions' second touchdown, a play that would prove to be the difference in the end.
The offense was constantly in Virginia territory. Bill O'Brien started the game with some aggressive play calling, going for it on fourth down twice and calling for a flea-flicker. Just like last week against Ohio, the opening script resulted in a fairly impressive march down the field. This time, however, the Nittany Lions converted a touchdown as Matt McGloin found Kyle Carter for an eight-yard score. The drive took more than six minutes and last 17 plays.
McGloin was injured in the middle of the second quarter, taking two hits to his throwing elbow on consecutive series. Ausar Walcott rushed around end both times and hit McGloin as he stood exposed in the pocket. The second one sent him to the locker room with his right shoulder and arm sagging. It looked like his day was done but he returned during the first series of the second half. He would hit Allen Robinson for a thirty-yard score to start the fourth quarter.
With his right elbow in a sleeve, McGloin hung in throughout the second half. It looked like he might pull off the final minute game-winning drive, but Ficken's attempt from 42 yards was wide left as soon it left his foot.
Box Score Hero: The Virginia offense struggled all day, but tight end Jake McGee came up huge for his quarterback Michael Rocco when it mattered most. He finished with four catches for 99 yards, and sealed the win with his six-yard touchdown catch.
Rankings Ramifications: Virginia improves to 2-0, but they are still on the outside of the polls.
But Did They Cover?* UVA escaped with the win but did not cover the 10-point spread
For More On This Game: Visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries, plus Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire, SB Nation Pittsburgh and SB Nation Philly. For more on Hoos football, visit Virginia blog Streaking The Lawn.
Next Week's Schedule: Penn State returns to Happy Valley where they will host Navy, who was idle this week after their ugly loss to Notre Dame in Ireland. Virginia will being their conference slate on the road against Georgia Tech.
In an game of almost equal time of possession on the ball, Mississippi State amassed 388 yards of total offense while Auburn managed just 216.
Box Score Hero: Bulldogs quarterback Tyler Russell threw for 222 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions on the day. His play was clearly a factor in Mississippi State's victory.
Rankings Ramifications: Both teams entered the game unranked so there was no effect on the Top 25, but the victory does move Mississippi State to 1-0 in the SEC West while Auburn falls to 0-1.
But Did They Cover? Auburn entered Saturday's game as a 3-point underdog, but Mississippi State's 18 point victory bested that six times over.
Lookin' good, Aggies:
This was all immediately followed by kickoff difficulties and a false start, and nothing out of the ordinary for an SEC game has happened yet.
Braxton Miller accounted for four total touchdowns as the No. 14 Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the UCF Knights 31-16 Saturday afternoon at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, OH.
Miller opened up the scoring midway through the first quarter, gashing the Knights defense for a 37-yard touchdown run, his first of three on the day. After trading field goals, UCF tied the game at 10 after Blake Bortles found a wide open Justin Tukes for a 1-yard touchdown pass with 6:54 to go in the second quarter.
Ohio State took the lead back in the final minute of the second half, with Miller scoring on a 6-yard designed run to give the Buckeyes a 17-10 lead as they went into the half.
Miller continued his dominance in the second half, finding Jake Stoneburner for a 12-yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter, and less than three minutes later rushed for his third touchdown on the game.
The Buckeyes do have a major injury concern as starting running back Carlos Hyde was carted off the field in the second quarter with a right knee injury. Hyde did not return to the game and his status is unknown for Ohio State's next game against Cal.
Box Score Hero: Miller was the difference in this game, going 19-25 for 168 yards with a touchdown and an interception through the air while also rushing for 140 yards and three touchdowns in 27 carries.
Blake Bortles had a productive game in his second career start for the Knights, throwing for 253 yards on 25-41 passing and two touchdowns. Bortles however did have three interceptions as well on the day.
Rankings Ramifications: There shouldn't be any major movement from this game. Ohio State did what they had to do against a quality Non-BCS team and the Buckeyes and the voters will keep them near their No. 14 rankings.
But Did They Cover? UCF just barely covered the spread, which ranged anywhere from 16 to 17.5 points.
For More On This Game: For more on Buckeyes football, visit Ohio State blog Land-Grant Holy Land, plus Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire and SB Nation Cleveland. For more on Central Florida football, visit SB Nation Tampa Bay. And you should probably start reading Big East Coast Bias.
Next Week's Schedule: After their victory today, Ohio State will welcomes in the Cal Golden Bears on Sept 15 while UCF returns home to take on the FIU Golden Panthers on Sept 15.
The evidence is clear, and will be mentioned at some point during a popular Alabama talk show on Monday:
There are worthless press releases, and there are valuable press releases.
This is a valuable press release.
The Kansas State Wildcats defeated the Miami Hurricanes in a laugher, 52-13, on Saturday afternoon in Manhattan, Kan., behind a 21-point fourth quarter from the Wildcats, which blew the game completely open.
Miami was never really in this one, as Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein and running back John Hubert proved much too explosive for the Hurricanes' defense to handle. Meanwhile, Miami quarterback Stephen Morris had a pretty good day, as he completed 19 of 25 passes for 214 yards, but he and the Hurricanes were unable to capitalize on several opportunities in the red zone.
Kansas State's defense clearly didn't mind letting Morris try to beat them, as they concentrated their efforts on shutting down Miami's running game. It was a successful strategy, as the Hurricanes rushed for just 43 yards on 29 attempts. Meanwhile, the Wildcats' running game looked to be in top form as, in addition to Klein's big day, Hubert ran for 107 yards and a touchdown, while backup quarterback Daniel Sams rushed three times for 47 yards and two scores.
Box Score Hero: Has to go to Klein, who threw for 210 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for 64 yards and three additional scores.
Rankings Ramifications: As of the time Kansas State's game was finished, nobody ahead of them had lost, nor were any of the teams in a position to lose. However, several other teams play later on Saturday, and even a mediocre performance in a win could see one drop below the Wildcats, who were thoroughly impressive against Miami.
But Did They Cover? Kansas State covered the 7-point spread five times over. The over/under of 58 was eclipsed, as well.
Next Week's Schedule: Kansas State: Sept. 15 vs. North Texas. Miami: Sept. 15 vs. Bethune-Cookman.
University of North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard will apparently miss Saturday's game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons with a left knee injury. The sophomore from Davie, Florida was expected to play this week as coach Larry Fedora, usually tight-lipped about injuries, said the running back could have reentered last week's game against Elon after his injury.
In last week's 62-0 victory, Bernard carried nine times for 93 yards and a touchdown. A 59-yard scoring run was the longest of his career. He also caught two passes for 10 yards and a score, and returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown. In doing so, he became just the sixth player in FBS to score a rushing, receiving and return touchdown in the same game over the past 10 years.
Freshman Romar Morris received 10 carries after Bernard's injury last week, and should factor into the game plan against the Demon Deacons. Another freshman, Marquise Williams, received six carries against Elon, and Junior A.J. Blue received nine. None have the pure talent of Bernard, but all figure to see action at some point against Wake Forest.
The economy, man.
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North Carolina-Wake Forest won't be kicking off on time due to weather in Winston Salem. And yeah, this looks like the kind of setting that would cause a game to be delayed at least half an hour, especially with word of lightning:
The scene at Wake Forest: twitter.com/_andrewcarter/…— Andrew Carter (@_andrewcarter) September 8, 2012
This is getting a little ridiculous.
Auburn is down 28-10 late in the fourth. If you use your handy Auburn-Mississippi State conversion table that you got at Applebee's (free with any Riblets dinner!), you'll find that amounts to a 150-35 lead in normal football points.
He may not have as good of a name as fellow UCF running back Storm Johnson, but that didn't stop Brynn Harvey from mashing the truck stick on a 21-yard run against Ohio State late in the third quarter.
UCF made it all the way down to the five, driving to cut the deficit to one score, but quarterback Blake Bortles biffed it again for the third time today. Oops.
This counts as a cross-body, darn-near-quintuple-coverage, feet-unset throw by Blake Bortles, and the only real drama came down to which Buckeye would pick it off. He's played respectably otherwise, but would've been better off doing any number of other things here:
Kansas State is hammering Miami, doing whatever they want for at least 85 percent of the first half in Manhattan, Kansas. The Hurricanes look like a ghastly shell of themselves, and do-everything mandozer Collin Klein and the swarming Kansas State defense get the majority of the credit for it.
They also tried the strangest, least effective goal line pick 'n roll you will ever see on either a basketball court or football field. It's kind of you to look mortal, Collin Klein. Now do not ever, ever do that ever again.
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Clemson fans have been waiting more than 30 years now for everything to line up the way that things did in the team's 1981 National Championship season. Despite the inexhaustible supply of Clemsoning moments in those three decades, this year marks one of the best shots the Tigers have had in ages to jump into the national title conversation.
And even with Sammy Watkins still suspended, Clemson has impressed offensively. Just ask Ball State, which gave up 45 points in the first half to the Tigers.
The 45 points in the first half mark the most by a Clemson team since the Tigers scored 49 aginst Wake in 1981— Will Vandervort (@steelerwill) September 8, 2012
That includes 32 points in the second quarter.
The slimmer Tajh Boyd is making more plays with his legs, which is forcing the defense to respect that -- opening up running lanes in the first level for Andre Ellington and keeping defensive backs from being able to drop back into zones. Watkins, Clemson's best weapon, returns next week.
As for Ball State, hey, at least they still have David Letterman and Janet from Three's Company.
Tulane safety Devon Walker was taken off the field in an ambulance at H.A. Chapman Stadium in Tulsa, Okla. after having CPR administered to him following an apparent head and/or neck injury in the Green Wave's game against Tulsa on Saturday.
The injury occurred on the final play of the first half, as Walker attempted to make a play on a Tulsa player, but inadvertently collided with his own teammate instead.
Walker stopped breathing at one point after medical personnel removed his helmet and shoulder pads. However, it was confirmed that Walker was breathing and responsive by the time he was loaded into the ambulance.
Walker, a senior from New Orleans, La., was playing in his 31st career game on Saturday. He has accumulated 47 tackles, four pass break-ups, and a forced fumble in three seasons at Tulane.
Below is the hit that injured him.
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Hyde had seven carries for 27 yards on the day before being shown on the sideline in obvious pain with ice being applied to his knee. Hyde was later shown being carted off to the locker room with a towel over his head.
The Buckeyes were already thin at running back with Jordan Hall recovering from surgery on his foot. Now with Hyde out, the ball carrying duties will be shared by quarterback Braxton Miller and true freshman running back Bri'onte Dunn.
Ohio State has not disclosed if Hyde will be able to return for the second half.
This year's Auburn-Mississippi State game isn't going to live up to the 2008 3-2 classic (and might end up being topped in non-highlightetness by UConn-N.C. State). But it's still a box score treasure so far. Let's review:
Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin left the game against Virginia in the second quarter after being hit on his throwing elbow for the second drive in a row. It happened first on a third-and-four pass attempt that fell incomplete.
McGloin took a knee on the field as trainers checked him, but had to be substituted by freshman quarterback Steven Bench. The Nittany Lions went for it on fourth-and-four and Bench was sacked in his only play before McGloin was brought back in the game.
But on the next drive, there was a similar play that sent McGloin to the locker room. McGloin left the game having completed eight of his 14 passes for 57 yards and a touchdowns.
Bench is back in the game for Penn State in his second series with less than four minutes to go until halftime. The Nittany Lions lead, 7-3.
Read more about Penn State at Black Shoe Diaries.
Jordan Hill, you have made an entire slate of barely watchable noon game first halves worth it. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Penn State has 109 yards at the moment. Of those, 19 were gained by linebacker Glenn Carson. See? Linebackers as offense! Everything's still super Penn State!
Let's play the Roschach Test.
What is this:
(pic via Luke Z)
Any leads? Somebody please help. How you answer this question says more than you'd think about your personality profile.
Maryland football needs a lot of help. Stefon Diggs can't play defensive back or throw the ball to himself or call plays or tackle, but he can do just about everything else. After a quiet first game, Diggs is making the most of his snaps against Temple early on.
Diggs -- with 60 all purpose yards -- leads the #Terps in rushing, receiving and return yards after the first quarter.— Jakob Engelke (@Jakob_Engelke) September 8, 2012
Diggs was one of the most highly-recruited 2012 players for a reason. That reason is that he has the potential to dazzle whenever he has the ball. The problem, of course, is getting said ball to him.
If the Terps have any shot at winning more than three or four games this year, it'll be because Perry Hills improves as the season goes on -- and Diggs gets the ball in space in creative ways, whether it's through screens, orbits, direct snaps, returns, slants or deep routes.
Mississippi State's mascot has always been the healthiest canine in the SEC, but with genuine military hero (and Lee Corso survivor) Reveille joining the conference, even mighty Bully has to step it up. To the bulldog tank!
Sophomore Micheal Bennett and senior Nathan Williams have both been ruled out of Ohio State's game this afternoon against UCF. The Buckeyes will instead be turning J.T. Moore and Noah Spence to fill in on the defensive line.
Among the Ohio State Buckeyes not in pads during warmups: Michael Bennett, Nathan Williams, Jordan Hall, Adam Homan— Doug Lesmerises (@PDBuckeyes) September 8, 2012
Bennett appears to have re-aggrevated a previously existing groin injury, and there is no word yet on how long he'll be out of action. Williams missed all of the 2011 season while recovering from knee surgery, but he did take part in the Buckeyes opener. The Buckeyes have good depth along the defensive line, but losing two of their starting defensive linemen could stretch the defense a bit thin.
For more on Buckeyes football, visit Ohio State blog Land-Grant Holy Land, plus Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire and SB Nation Cleveland. For more on Central Florida football, visit SB Nation Tampa Bay. And you should probably start reading Big East Coast Bias.
GameDay is alive in College Station for the Florida-Texas A&M game, but the signs this week could use a little resuscitation. It's your first game in the SEC, Aggies, maybe you could've gig'em'd a little harder. (The exception, of course, is SB Nation blog Good Bull Hunting getting a 24-hour turnaround on the new logo, front and center.) This is big boy football now. In the meantime, let's look at a few, shall we?
You most certainly aren't. You're not that creative either.
Oh, hey. Towlie's here.
Probably my favorite sign of the day. It's quick, makes an easy but not all-too-obvious joke and is displayed prominently.
Longhorn Network jokes are always in season.
His favorite board is 'how to win friends and influence people.'
Kevin Oppan Sumlin got that gangnam style. If the Aggies beat the Gators, he better do the horseriding dance.
And your bonus pic of the day:
Poor Lassie -- err -- Reveille. I feel your pain. I wouldn't want to be that close to Corso, either.
Did we miss any great, good, okay, awful GameDay signs? What kind of a sign would Big Sean put up if he made one for GameDay? Did Reveille ever get away from the dastardly crazy man?
Shaw suffered a bruised shoulder in South Carolina's season-opening win at the Vanderbilt Commodores on Aug. 30. Thompson played in Shaw's place, but he did not complete a pass in three attempts. Shaw was 7 for 11 with 67 yards and one interception. Shaw also rushed for 92 yards in the 17-13 win.
Shaw was injured in the second quarter against Vanderbilt after taking a helmet to his throwing shoulder. After three series with Thompson under center, Shaw returned, visibly in pain.
The Associated Press reported Sunday that Shaw could "barely lift his right arm" and would miss a few days of practice. The AP then reported Friday that a decision on Shaw would likely be withheld until just before kickoff, and Spurrier maintained that Shaw would not play if he were in any pain.
The Gamecocks kick off against East Carolina at 12:31 p.m. ET.
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Hey, TCU's playing its first game of the year (against Grambling State), making for their official return as a non-midmajor after years in the wilderness. And they'll look nice, too:
Good Bull Hunting, SB Nation's just-launched Texas A&M Aggies blog, has already made the small screen on Saturday with an appearance on ESPN's College GameDay. College Station is hosting the show, which makes this no surprise:
Texas A&M and Florida play at 3:30 p.m ET on ESPN. This will be the Aggies' first SEC game and Florida's first game in the Hate Barn.
Both the Florida-Texas A&M and Georgia-Missouri games can be boiled down to a single key each; and no, they aren't "old man football," "SEC SPEEEEEED" or the spread offense. Let's go a bit deeper than that.
With its return this week, the Rootability Index attempts to help the non-invested college football fan lean one way or another in this week's slate of games using the same logic the random fan uses: that is, none at all.
This week's college football schedule doesn't contain much top-level competition, but it'll get us through to conference action at least.
Week 2 offers a distinct lack of marquee games, but the money from a winning wager on a bad team spends just fine.
This week, the world's only college football show also becomes the first show to ever chronicle Texas A&M and Missouri having to play SEC their first games, now that they've gone and joined the SEC. This will go just fine!
College football continues with a schedule relatively light on stakes and heavy on curiosity. Texas A&M and Missouri take on their first-ever in-conference SEC foes.