COLLEGE FOOTBALL RECAP – 9/12/12
Here's a brief look at the highlights of week two of the college football season, a week filled with upsets, exciting finishes and heartbreaking injuries. Teams won and teams lost, but the injury suffered by Tulane safety Devon Walker put everything in perspective. The rankings used in this recap are the preseason AP Rankings from prior to the games.
STARS SHINING BRIGHTLY
#2 USC 42, Syracuse 29: After a strong showing last week against Hawaii, USC looked far from its best in what turned out to be a bit of a challenging victory over Syracuse. Despite the bad weather and lack of dominance, the Trojans found a way to win thanks to stellar performances by QB Matt Barkley who threw a career-best six TDs and WR Robert Woods who finished with 200 all-purpose yards and two scores.
#4 Oregon 42, Fresno St 25: As the Ducks began to shut down in the second-half, RB Kenjon Barner lifted them up, running for a career-best 201 yards and three TDs, one of which occurred with 3:51 left in the game as he ran the ball nine times before a 16-yard sprint into the end zone, scoring the Ducks' only TD of the second-half, which was enough to beat the Bulldogs comfortably.
#5 Oklahoma 69, Florida A&M 13: In a game that provided little difficulty for Oklahoma, RB Damien Williams brought his best as he rushed for 156 yards and four TDs, setting the record for the most rushing yards for a player in his first game at the Sooners' home field; he also became only the fourth Sooner to rush for more than 100 yards in each of his first two games.
#12 Clemson 52, Ball St 27: Everything seemed to go Clemson's way on Saturday and the performance of the offense was no exception, with three TD catches by WR DeAndre Hopkins and two scores by RB Andre Ellington, all led by star QB Tajh Boyd as the Tigers finished their best opening half with 45 points since a 49 point first-half against Wake Forest in 1981.
#14 Ohio St 31, UCF 16: QB Braxton Miller became the first Ohio State QB to rush for three TDs in 34 years and passed for another to lead his team to victory. According to Coach Urban Meyer, Miller seems to be the only thing that he does not need to worry about in regards to his Buckeyes.
JUST AS EXPECTED
#9 South Carolina 48, East Carolina 10: Any concerns that South Carolina would suffer without Connor Shaw were quickly put to rest as backup QB Dylan Thompson scored early and often, finishing the day with 330 yards, beating Shaw's career best of 311 yards. Besides the quality offensive outing, the Gamecock defense applied constant pressure, forcing five turnovers.
#11 Michigan St 41, Central Michigan 7: The Spartan defense is a force to be reckoned with and it has shown its might two weeks in a row by not allowing a single offensive TD. With a great performance by Michigan State QB Andrew Maxwell and RB Le'Veon Ball, the Chippewas were not able to hold on as the game slipped away in the late second quarter.
#15 Virginia Tech 42, Austin Peay 7: In the Hokies' second game in one week, special teams saved the day as both the defense and the offense looked sluggish early on against FCS Austin Peay. With long punt returns and blocked punts, VT special teams were able to make up for lack of offensive power, that is, until the offense started moving on all cylinders, finishing the game with six TDs.
#23 Louisville 35, Missouri St 7: The Cardinal's QB Teddy Bridgewater completed 30 of 39 passes for a career-high 344 yards as he led Louisville to a definitive victory over FCS Missouri St.
#23 Tennessee 51, Georgia St 13: After tearing his ACL last September, Vols wide receiver Justin Hunter made an impact in just his second game back, catching eight passes for 146 yards and helping to tie a school single-game record by catching three of QB Tyler Bray's four TD passes as Tennessee rolled past FCS Georgia St.
#25 Brigham Young 45, Weber St 13: BYU was the clear favorite from start to finish as they took down FCS Weber St, allowing much of the BYU squad an opportunity to play, following a good effort from BYU QB Riley Nelson who passed for 244 yards and a TD in the first half.
ON THE RIGHT TRACK
#3 LSU 41, Washington 3: In a dominant performance by the entire LSU squad, the Tigers proved to be way too much to handle for the Huskies. LSU's trio of running backs, Alfred Blue, Kenny Hilliard and Spencer Ware destroyed Washington's defensive line and the Tigers' defense was not any nicer to the Huskies' offense as QB Keith Price struggled to ever get things going.
#21 Kansas State 21, Miami (FL) 13: Known mostly for his ability to run, Kansas State QB Collin Klein showed his versatility as he was nearly perfect through the air, throwing 9-of-11 for 210 yards and a TD in a beat down of Miami on a day when the Wildcats looked exceptional all around.
#25 Stanford 50, Duke 13: After a disappointing debut, the Cardinal looked much better as it held the Blue Devils to just 27 yards rushing and forced three turnovers in a dominant defensive showing.
SHUTOUT AND SHUTDOWN
#1 Alabama 35, W Kentucky 0: Some may have expected a more lopsided score, but do not be fooled, Alabama was nearly perfect at its own game, which was more than enough against Western Kentucky. Crimson Tide QB AJ McCarron had another great day and along with the rest of his team gave the Hilltoppers little chance for success.
#6 Florida State 55, Savannah State 0: Savannah State was blessed with bad weather, which led to the use of a running clock in the second quarter and the eventual calling of the game with 8:59 to go in the third quarter in a loss that had the potential to be worse than last week's 84-point loss to OSU. FSU had 255 yards of offense in the first quarter and had scored four touchdowns in the first seven minutes of play.
#20 TCU 56, Grambling St 0: On a record-setting night TCU QBs Casey Pachall and Trevone Boykin combined to complete all 17 passes, the most in FBS history without an incompletion, and TCU head coach Gary Patterson became the winnningest coach in school history.
#17 Texas 45, New Mexico 0: The Longhorns rolled over New Mexico with ease as they scored six TDs and held the Lobos scoreless.
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
#7 Georgia 41, Missouri 20: In Missouri's SEC debut, it appeared that it was rising to the occasion, until the third quarter arrived and Georgia kicked its game into high gear with dominant performances on both sides of the ball, scoring 32 second-half points to shut down the Tigers for good.
#24 Florida 20, Texas A&M 17: On a day of firsts, Florida won for the first time after trailing at halftime under Coach Will Muschamp thanks to the Gator defense which completely shut down Texas A&M's offense in the second-half of its SEC debut. The first half, however, belonged to Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel who had a stellar performance as the first freshman quarterback to start an opener for the Aggies since 1944.
#22 Notre Dame 20, Purdue 17: Although Purdue never led, this game was neck and neck from start to finish, but ultimately decided by a last second 27-yard field goal by Notre Dame kicker Kyle Brindza. The unexpected, but familiar hero of the day was Fighting Irish QB Tommy Rees, who came off the bench, after serving a one-game suspension last week, and orchestrated the final drive, leading Notre Dame to victory.
#19 Michigan 31, Air Force 25: Michigan QB Denard Robinson was spectacular, accounting for 426 yards of offense and four touchdowns, but it was almost not enough as the Wolverines struggled to hold off Air Force in the final minutes.
THAT'S WHY THEY PLAY THE GAME
LA-Monroe 34, #8 Arkansas 31: On a night that left Arkansas in a state of shock, Louisiana-Monroe never gave up. Going into the second-half, the game belonged to the Razorbacks, but after losing QB Tyler Wilson to an injury suffered in the first-half, the Warhawks stole the show, particularly QB Kolton Browning who was 42 of 67 passing for 412 yards and rushed for 69 yards, the last 16 on his game-winning dive into the end zone to end the game in OT.
Oregon State 10, #13 Wisconsin 7: Snapping Wisconsin's 33-game non-conference winning streak, Oregon State executed its game plan perfectly, shutting down Badger star running back Montee Ball, who had his own streak of scoring a TD in the past 21 games snapped. The Beavers defense held Wisconsin to 207 yards and only 35 on the ground, the lowest total yards in five years for the Badgers.
UCLA 36, #16 Nebraska 30: UCLA DE Datone Jones sacked Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez in the end zone for a safety to break a fourth quarter tie and freshman QB Brett Hundley passed for 305 yards and four touchdowns in his Rose Bowl debut.
Arizona 59, #18 Oklahoma St. 38: Picking up their first signature win under new head coach Rich Rodriguez, the Wildcats pulled off a win that few saw coming after putting themselves in a 14-0 hole early. Arizona stayed calm and scored the next 30 points and maintained the lead with a great showing by Wildcat RB Ka'Deem Carey and QB Matt Scott.
VOTE FOR MANNING STARS
College football fans, be sure to "like" the official Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page (linked above) and vote each week for the Manning Award Player of the Week. The top quarterback performances from each week will be posted giving you the chance to vote for what you think was the best effort each week of the college football season.
MANNING AWARD STARS OF THE WEEK
While 25 quarterbacks are on the Manning Award Watch List, additional players may be added later in the season and every quarterback in the country remains eligible for the honor. Here's a look at the best performances of the second week of the football season:
Matt Barkley, USC
(23-of-30, 187 yards, 6 TDs, 1 INT)
On his 22nd birthday, Barkley matched his own school record with six touchdown passes as he led the Trojans to a 42-29 victory over Syracuse at the Meadowlands in New Jersey.
Kolton Browning, UL-Monroe
(42-of-67, 412 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT)
Browning leads the Warhawks to a shocking upset of No. 8 Arkansas by converting a fourth down with a TD pass to force overtime and then on another fourth down play, he sprints through an open hole for a 16-yard game-winning touchdown in the extra session.
B.J. Daniels, USF
(22-of-40, 363 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
Daniels has a huge day and caps it off by throwing a 56-yard touchdown pass with 38 seconds left to lift the Bulls to a thrilling 32-31 comeback win over Nevada on the road.
Brett Hundley, UCLA
(21-of-33, 305 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT)
The freshman quarterback made a memorable Rose Bowl debut, adding 53 rushing yards to his impressive passing numbers, as the Bruins upset No. 16 Nebraska.
Collin Klein, Kansas State
(9-of-11, 210 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT)
Klein averages an impressive 19.1 yards per attempt and also rushes for 71 yards and three touchdowns as the Wildcats crush Miami, 52-13.
Denard Robinson, Michigan
(14-of-25, 208 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT)
"Shoelace" becomes the first player in NCAA history with three games with 200 yards passing and rushing as he runs for 218 yards, including scores of 79- and 58-yards, to lift the Wolverines to a tough 31-25 victory over Air Force.
Munchie Legaux, Cincinnati
(14-of-28, 205 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT)
New Orleans native Legaux also uses his legs, running for a game-high 117 yards (on just six carries) to lead the Bearcats to a 34-10 Big East victory over Pitt in their season opener.
Dylan Thompson, South Carolina
(21-of-37, 330 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
Filling in for injured starter Connor Shaw, Thompson throws a 53-yard completion on his first pass en route to a near-flawless performance in a 48-10 win over East Carolina.
TOP UPCOMING GAMES
(current AP standings)
#1 Alabama at Arkansas:
This was considered the marquee game of the week – until the Razorbacks were upended by UL Monroe on Saturday to drop out of the rankings; star Arkansas quarterback is not expected to play, giving the top-ranked Tide a big edge.
#18 Florida at #23 Tennessee: An old rivalry is being rekindled as Derek Dooley has Tennessee on a roll and the Will Muschamp's Gators are also back in the rankings.
#20 Notre Dame at #10 Michigan State: The Irish escaped last weekend with a last-second field goal to remain in the rankings while the Spartans upended Boise State in an opening week game before stopping Central Michigan on Saturday.
#2 USC at #21 Stanford: Stanford has a recent history of being a thorn in the side of the Trojans, having won three of the last four meetings, but USC and star quarterback Matt Barkley have national championship aspirations this year.
#16 TCU at Kansas: The Horned Frogs make their debut in the Big 12, traveling to Kansas and a meeting with Charlkie Weis' Jayhawks.
#25 BYU at Utah: This long-standing rivalry, known as the "Holy War" goes back to Salt Lake City this year as the Utes hope the upended the Cougars, who just climbed into the national rankings.
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