Leonard Fournette broke LSU’s school rushing record in his first game back from injury and his first game for a coaching staff led by Ed Orgeron, but we’re still not done talking about him trampling this poor defensive back:
Shocked koala play of the week
Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen (who’s in here twice this week) did this, meaning the first two plays in this week’s awards got the Jim Ross treatment:
Also, Penn State beat No. 2 Ohio State as a 20-point underdog. It would go down as the biggest upset of the season, and it happened because of a ridiculous play that was entirely legal.
The Jig Is Up Award, for most prominent team to leave the Playoff race
This week, no contenders were totally eliminated, but a few saw their chances hurt.
Ohio State and Texas A&M could overcome their losses and make the Playoff, but neither can afford another loss.
Louisville’s chances were hurt by another team’s loss. Houston was already out, but the Cougars probably left the New Year’s Six race as well after a 38-16 loss to unranked SMU. Despite the loss to Clemson, the Cardinals could have gained favor with the committee if they’d been able to beat an undefeated or one-loss Houston. At this point, a win over Houston might barely be a top-25 win by season’s end, rather than a top-10 win.
Number(s) of the week
Oklahoma’s 66-59 win over Texas Tech had some of the most ridiculous numbers of all time. Without further ado, take in some of this complete hilarity:
The most combined yardage in a Division I game, with 1,708 between both teams. THAT’S 52 YARDS SHY OF AN ENTIRE MILE. And this game might’ve broken the all-NCAA record (1,714 by Division III Hardin-Simmons and Sul Ross State in 2012) if OU hadn’t kneeled in a shotgun formation twice to end the game.
Texas Tech’s Pat Mahomes set the NCAA individual record for total offense in a game, with 819 combined passing and rushing yards.
The most combined passing yardage in any NCAA game, with 1,279.
Tied the NCAA record for combined first downs in a game, with 78.
Mahomes tied Washington State’s Connor Halliday for the most individual passing yards in a Division I game, with 734 (NCAA record: 736 by Division III Eureka’s Sam Durley in 2012).
Also, Utah’s Joe Williams came out of retirement because the Utes were almost out of running backs, then posted a new school-record 332 yards in a win against UCLA.
This week in postgame handshake chippiness
Last week, a Stanford strength coach told Brian Kelly “bye bye” after Stanford’s 17-10 win over Notre Dame.
This week, after his team was accused of stealing signs, Arizona State head coach Todd Graham seemed to tell Washington State’s Mike Leach that he was “chickenshit” for claiming the Sun Devils steal the Cougars’ signs.
Todd Graham tells Mike Leach his comments about ASU sign-stealing are "chickenshit": pic.twitter.com/kC2KWsjIO3— Deadspin (@Deadspin) October 23, 2016
THIS. SEAT. IS ON FIREEEEE
Tim DeRuyter leads this section this week, as Fresno State fired him on Sunday.
And Charlie Strong, we all were pulling for you. But after losing 24-21 to Kansas State and giving up 405 yards of offense to a team that does stuff like this ...
... it’s all but said and done for a coaching change any day now.
Texas has been 3-4 (or worse) eight times in the past 60 years: 2016*, 2015*, 2014*, 1997, 1996, 1988, 1966, 1956. (*Strong HC)— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) October 22, 2016
Alabama’s defense and special teams have been so dominant this season, they’ve managed to score 12 non-offensive touchdowns through eight games. Crimson Tide defensive lineman Jonathan Allen has scored two of those, the second coming on a fumble return against Texas A&M on Saturday.
Also, two Oklahoma State players recorded what goes down as the first double-Piesman play ever, according to Piesman Trophy overseer Ryan Nanni, by running the option during an INT return:
Wild play alert courtesy of @CowboyFB defense.#Big12FB on FS1 https://t.co/9wNohKypWe— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) October 22, 2016
GameDay sign of the week
Aloha pic.twitter.com/KeNN6r4p5Z— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 22, 2016
Bold strategy, Cotton. Let’s see if it pays off for him.
This man gets paid many millions of dollars to coach football. pic.twitter.com/fiTU50BYVu— MakeIowaAwesomeAgain (@PV_GIA) October 22, 2016
Why aren’t robot refs a thing yet?
Somehow, this hit during the Texas A&M-Alabama game was not called for targeting, even though it definitely should have been.
A lot of times, the targeting rule is thought of as only for defenseless players like receivers who are in the middle of catching a ball, but if you look at the rule, that’s not the only way for a hit to be flagged as targeting.
Here’s the part of the NCAA’s rule:
No player shall target and make forcible contact against an opponent with the crown (top) of his helmet. This foul requires that there be at least one indicator of targeting. When in question, it is a foul.
Not a word about “defenseless” in there.
Those indicators include:
Lowering the head before attacking by initiating forcible contact with the crown of the helmet.
Leading with helmet, shoulder, forearm, fist, hand or elbow to attack with forcible contact at the head or neck area
Talkin’ ’bout the polls
After Ohio State’s loss to Penn State, Louisville jumped back in the top 5 in this week’s AP Poll. Joining the AP this week: PSU, for the first time since 2011, along with Colorado and Virginia Tech.
Hey, let’s celebrate Colorado becoming bowl eligible!
Ralphie V and the Colorado Buffs are going bowling!
Pack your bags Ralphie V, Colorado is bowl eligible for the first time since 2007!Posted by SB Nation College Football on Sunday, October 23, 2016