College Football Recap, September 5
Here’s a brief look at the latest rankings, recaps and previews of top games and bowl projections, as well as the eight Manning Award Stars of the Week. This year’s Allstate Sugar Bowl will double as a College Football Playoff Semifinal and will be played on January 1, 2018.
No. 5 Oklahoma 31, No. 2 Ohio State 16: Baker Mayfield and the Sooners surprise many by moving the ball at will against the Buckeyes, piling up 490 yards and controlling the ball for over 35 minutes of action while holding Ohio State to just one touchdown in a critical intersectional showdown.
No. 3 Clemson 14, No. 13 Auburn 6: Clemson’s defense turned in a dominant defensive effort, compiling 11 sacks, including four from defensive end Austin Bryant, as it allowed just 117 yards of total offense while quarterback Kelly Bryant ran for a pair of scores.
No. 6 USC 42, No. 14 Stanford 24: USC and quarterback Sam Darnold (21-of-26, 316 yards, 4 TDs) extended their winning streak to 11 games (Darnold has yet to lose a game as the starting quarterback) as the Trojans racked up 623 total yards, nearly doubling the Cardinal’s total in a crucial Pac-12 match-up.
LATE PLAY WINS
No. 15 Georgia 20, No. 24 Notre Dame 19: In the first meeting between the two teams since the 1981 Sugar Bowl the Bulldogs used a strong defense (266 yards allowed), an adequate performance from true freshman Jake Fromm (16-of-29, 141 yards, 1 TD in his first start at quarterback) and a 30-yard field goal from former walk-on Rodrigo Blankenship to win their first “Northern” game since 1965. Davin Bellamy clinched the victory with his sack and forced fumble with 1:27 to go.
No. 20 Washington State 47, Boise State 44: After trailing by 21 points in the fourth quarter, backup quarterback Tyler Hilinski (who replaced an injured Luke Falk) threw a pair of TD passes and Peyton Pelluer scored on a 36-yard interception return to force overtime where the Cougars won on a Hilinski 22-yard connection with Jamal Morrow.
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
No. 4 Penn State 33, Pittsburgh 14: Last year’s loss to Pitt likely knocked the Nittany Lions from the playoff picture; this year, Penn State used three touchdown passes from Trace McSorley while Saquon Barkley totaled 183 total yards, including a 46-yard catch-and-run, to win the 98th meeting between the schools that are separated by just 140 miles.
No. 8 Michigan 36, Cincinnati 14: Ty Isaac ran for a career-high 133 yards and Wilton Speight tossed a pair of touchdowns as the Wolverines broke open a three-point game early in the second half.
No. 17 Louisville 47, North Carolina 35: Lamar Jackson accounted for 525 total yards (393 passing and 132 rushing) and six total touchdowns as he settled the Cardinal attack which trailed 28-27 entering the fourth quarter.
No. 23 TCU 28, Arkansas 7: The Horned Frogs held the Razorbacks to 267 yards of offense, dominated time of possession (33:52) and Darius Anderson ran for a career-high 106 yards as the Big 12 picked up a solid win over an SEC foe.
DOMINATION – FBS EDITION
No. 1 Alabama 41, Fresno State 10: Jalen Hurts completed 14-of-18 passes for 128 yards and a score while running for 154 yards and two touchdowns while the Crimson Tide defense allowed just one field goal in the first 54 minutes of the game.
No. 9 Wisconsin 31, Florida Atlantic 14: Freshman running back Jonathan Taylor continued his impressive debut by running for 223 yards and three touchdowns as the Badgers cruised to an easy victory over Lane Kiffin’s Owls.
No. 11 Oklahoma State 44, South Alabama 7: Mason Rudolph set the all-time passing yardage record for Oklahoma State (breaking Brandon Weeden’s mark of 9,260 yards) as the Cowboys went on the road and outgained the Jaguars 505-175.
No. 19 Kansas State 55, Charlotte 7: Safety Kendall Adams scored on an interception return and a fumble return and the Wildcats piled up 304 yards and five touchdowns on the ground in a blowout of the Conference USA 49ers.
DOMINATION – FCS EDITION
No. 7 Washington 63, Montana 7: Dante Pettis registered his Pac-12 record seventh career punt return touchdown and Jake Browning passed for 259 yards and two scores.
No. 12 LSU 45, Chattanooga 10: Derrius Guice ran for 102 yards and two touchdowns and D.J. Chark returned a punt 65 yards for a score as the Tigers strolled to victory over the FCS Mocs.
No. 18 Virginia Tech 27, Delaware 0: Josh Jackson tossed a pair of touchdown passes and Greg Stroman tallied a 61-yard punt return as the Hokies shut down the Fightin’ Blue Hens.
No. 25 Tennessee 42, Indiana State 7: Running back Carlin Fils-aime (2 touchdowns) and receiver Brandon Johnson (4 catches, 50 yards and a TD) led the Volunteers to an expected win over the Sycamores to represent their home state of Florida as Hurricane Irma approached the Sunshine State.
The All-American (Stewart Mandel): Alabama vs. Oklahoma State (replaces Ohio State vs. Washington)
ESPN (Kyle Bonagura): USC vs. Oklahoma (replaces Alabama vs. Ohio State)
ESPN (David Hale): Alabama vs. Oklahoma (Oklahoma replaces Ohio State)
CBS Sports (Jerry Palm): Alabama vs. Oklahoma (Oklahoma replaces Clemson)
College Football News (Pete Fiutak): Alabama vs. Michigan (no change)
SEC Country (Alex Shirkey): Alabama vs. Oklahoma (Oklahoma replaces Clemson)
SB Nation (Jason Kirk): Alabama vs. Clemson
Sports Illustrated (Eric Single): Alabama vs. Oklahoma (no change)
Random Stats of the Week
300-100 – Louisville’s Lamar Jackson became just the second player in FBS history to tally back-to-back games with 300 passing yards and 100 rushing yards (the other was Rice’s Chase Clement in 2007).
223-3 – Rushing yards and touchdowns from Wisconsin true freshman Jonathan Taylor, who now has 310 rushing yards in two games. J.K. Dobbins, another Big Ten true freshman, has run for 253 yards for Ohio State in the first two games of his career.
110 – Touchdowns responsible for (passing and rushing) for Baker Mayfield from Oklahoma, the top career mark in the nation.
4 – Four games involving Top-25 teams (No. 10 Florida State vs. UL-Monroe, No. 16 Miami at Arkansas State, No. 21 USF at UConn and No. 22 Florida vs Northern Colorado) cancelled (or postponed) due to Hurricane Irma.
8 – One possession losses for Notre Dame since the start of 2016, the most in the FBS.
3rd and 93 – After a botched snap and a mad scramble to corral the loose ball, Louisiana Tech found itself with an amazing 3rd and goal situation, with 93 yards to go.
11 – Sacks for Clemson in its impressive victory over Auburn; the mark is tied for the second-best in school history.
1 – Number of victories over Power Five teams for UTSA (UT-San Antonio) after head coach Frank Wilson (the longtime LSU assistant) directed the Roadrunners to a win over Baylor on Saturday.
66 – Consecutive wins over unranked teams for Alabama; its last loss to an unranked team was in 2007 when Auburn stopped the Tide. Unranked Colorado State visits Tuscaloosa this weekend.
0 – Big 12 road victories over Power Five opponents in 2016. On Saturday, TCU defeated Arkansas and Oklahoma won at Ohio State.
Manning Award Stars of the Week
While 30 quarterbacks are on the Manning Award Watch List, every quarterback in the country remains eligible for the honor. Below are our selections for the top eight quarterback performances of the past week. Click here to be redirected to Facebook for voting.
David Blough, Purdue (11-of-13, 235 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 99.6)
Blough, who is coming back from a shoulder injury, enters the game in the second quarter and completes six of his first seven attempts for 172 yards as Purdue pulls away in a 44-21 win over Ohio.
Will Grier, West Virginia (19-of-25, 352 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 98.1)
Grier tosses four of his touchdown passes in the first half as the Mountaineers jump to a big lead against East Carolina and finish with a 56-20 victory.
Lamar Jackson, Louisville (25-of-39, 393 yards 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 93.3)
Jackson also runs 19 times for 132 yards and three touchdowns as his 525 yards of offense is the most ever against North Carolina in a 47-35 ACC road victory.
Daniel Jones, Duke (29-of-45, 305 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 89.3)
Jones adds a career-high 108 rushing yards and two touchdowns as he leads the Blue Devils to an impressive 41-17 victory over Northwestern.
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma (27-of-35, 386 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 93.8)
Mayfield registers the 18th 300-yard game of his career as he leads the Sooners to an impressive 31-16 victory over No. 2 Ohio State on the road.
Shane Morris, Central Michigan (28-of-37, 467 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 89.4)
Morris shatters his previous career-best for passing yards (the third-most in school history) as he leads the Chippewas to a 45-27 road victory over Kansas.
Josh Rosen, UCLA (22-of-25, 329 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 94.5)
Rosen sets his career-high for passing touchdowns and has now led the Bruins to touchdowns on 12 of his last 14 possessions following a 56-23 victory over Hawaii.
Nate Stanley, Iowa (27-of-41, 333 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 83.4)
Stanley connects on a 46-yard touchdown pass to knot the game at 38 with 1:09 to go in regulation and then tosses a 5-yard TD in overtime as the Hawkeyes defeat archrival Iowa State, 44-41, on the road.
Top Upcoming Games
No. 9 Oklahoma State at Pittsburgh (11 a.m., ESPN): The Cowboys look to continue their offensive onslaught behind quarterback Mason Rudolph and receiver James Washington as they go on the road to take on an ACC rival which features former USC quarterback Max Browne.
No. 23 Tennessee at No. 24 Florida (2:30 p.m., CBS): One of two match-ups between ranked teams this week, the location of this game remains up in the air due to Hurricane Irma, which has affected the entire state of Florida. This early game will be critical to the SEC East race as both the Volunteers and Gators have been mentioned as top contenders.
Tulane at No. 2 Oklahoma (5 p.m., TV TBA): The Sooners need to avoid a letdown following their impressive win over Ohio State and the Green Wave could pose a unique challenge with its improving option offense.
No. 12 LSU at Mississippi State (6 p.m., ESPN): A key SEC West showdown in Starkville; Bulldog quarterback Nick Fitzgerald will present a lot more challenges than LSU’s first two opponents. Fitzgerald, who was settling into the starting role last season when LSU won in week three, finished the year with eight 100-yard rushing games.
No. 18 Kansas State at Vanderbilt (6:30 p.m., ESPN-U): One of two Big 12-SEC match-ups this season (TCU topped Arkansas in the other this past Saturday). The Commodores, who have allowed just six total points this season, will look to stop a K-State attack which has piled up 55 points in both of its games.
No. 3 Clemson at No. 14 Louisville (7 p.m., ABC): Last year in week three, the Cardinals dominated Florida State in a critical ACC showdown; this year, they get defending national champion Clemson – the Tigers spoiled Louisville’s national title hopes last year with a hard-fought 42-36 decision in South Carolina.
Texas at No. 4 USC (7:30 p.m., FOX): USC quarterback Sam Darnold has yet to lose a game as a starter. He came on in relief in a loss at Utah that dropped the Trojans to 1-3 and then led the team to nine straight victories in 2016 as well as wins in their first two games this year. After losing its opener to Maryland, Texas rolled to a 56-0 rout of San Jose State on Saturday.