College Football Recap, September 16 park
|Here’s a brief look at the results of the Top 25 from this past weekend. The rankings used in this recap are the AP standings entering the games.
PERTINENT TO THE PLAYOFF#24 South Carolina 38, #6 Georgia 35: In the opening week, the Bulldogs cruised over Clemson and the Gamecocks were routed by Texas A&M, putting the teams on opposite ends of the spectrum as far as College Football Playoff hopes, however, a much-improved South Carolina defense and a pair of missed field goals by Georgia lifted Steve Spurrier to a tie for second all-time in SEC victories and put the Gamecocks back in the playoff picture.
#4 Oklahoma 34, Tennessee 10: Trevor Knight tallies his second career 300-yard game (the other was last year’s Sugar Bowl win over Alabama) in a critical victory over the Volunteers – while Tennessee is a young team still in the rebuilding process, the win gives Oklahoma a measuring stick against the SEC which could boost strength of schedule down the road.
ROCKING THE RANKINGSBoston College 37, #9 USC 31: After upending Stanford last week, the Trojans run into trouble on a cross-country trip as Boston College quarterback Tyler Murphy runs for 191 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown dash with 3:30 to play to help clinch the victory.
East Carolina 28, #17 Virginia Tech 21: After upending Ohio State on the road last week, the Hokies come home and get gashed by the Pirates’ Shane Carden (427 yards, 3 TDs), who becomes the first QB since 2002 to throw for 400-plus yards against Virginia Tech and more importantly ducks into the end zone for the game-winning score in the final seconds.
Virginia 23, #21 Louisville 21: The Cardinals commit four turnovers, but none is more crippling than a fumbled punt with 3:41 remaining which allows the much-improved Cavaliers to drive for the game-winning field goal with 3:41 to go.
CYLINDERS ARE CLICKING#7 Texas A&M 38, Rice 10: Sophomore Kenny Hill (20-of-31, 300 yards, 4 TDs) adds another big game to his young resume, becoming the first player in Aggie history to break 1,000 yards passing in the first three games of a season, while Myles Garrett added 2.5 sacks to give him 5.5 for the season – already an A&M freshman record.
#10 LSU 31, UL-Monroe 0: LSU’s tailback-by-committee produced 182 rushing yards and all four Tiger touchdowns while the defense posted its second straight shutout for the first time since 1985 – LSU has not allowed a point since early in the third quarter of their season-opening victory over Wisconsin.
QB IN QUESTION#12 UCLA 20, Texas 17: When star quarterback Brett Hundley goes down with an elbow injury in the first quarter, the Bruins turn to the son of former UCLA star and coach Rick Neuheisel, Jerry Neuheisel, who tosses a 33-yard TD pass to Jordan Payton with 3 minutes remaining to seal the third straight close victory for the Bruins. Early reports say Hundley will be available for their next game (Sept. 25 at Arizona State, which also has QB questions).
#16 Arizona State 38, Colorado 24: Taylor Kelly (195 passing yards, 3 TDs) has a strong start for the Sun Devils; his career-long 50-yard TD run in the third quarter ices the Pac-12 road victory, but a late foot injury may put the star on the shelf for a month, inclduing their showdown with UCLA on Sept. 25.
REBOUND ROAD#15 Stanford 35, Army 0: The Cardinal shows no ill-effects from its last-second loss to USC, recovering with a blowout of Army, holding the Black Knights to just 207 total yards.
#22 Ohio State 66, Kent State 0: After a surprising home loss to Virginia Tech last week, the Buckeyes focus on crushing Kent State with J.T. Barrett tying a school record with six touchdown passes and the defense allowing just 126 total yards.
SLOW STARTERS#2 Oregon 48, Wyoming 14: Rarely mentioned in conjunction with the word “slow,” Oregon is held scoreless in the first quarter, but after trailing 7-0, Marcus Mariota (221 passing yards, 71 rushing yards, 4 total TDs) leads the Ducks to their 50th game of 40 or more points since 2009.
#3 Alabama 52, Southern Miss 13: The Golden Eagles open the scoring with a field goal and allow just one first-quarter touchdown, but then the Crimson Tide and Blake Sims (2 passing TDs and 1 rushing TD) sandwich two more Southern Miss field goals with five TDs to blow the game open.
#11 Notre Dame 30, Purdue 14: A pair of Danny Etling touchdown passes lift the Boilermakers to a 14-10 second-quarter advantage, but then the Fighting Irish take charge, tallying 20 unanswered points to close the game.
#20 Missouri 38, UCF 10: UCF leads 10-7 midway through the second-half, but Maty Mauk (four TD passes) and the Tigers wake up with 31 unanswered points to rout last year’s Fiesta Bowl champions.
EARLY BIRD ENERGY#8 Baylor 63, Buffalo 21: Returning to the lineup after a back injury, Baylor’s Bryce Petty (23-of-16, 416 yards, 4 TDs) is exceptional, leading the Bears to 35 unanswered points to open the game before Buffalo finally cracks the scoring column – Petty now has 16 touchdown passes of 25 yards or more since the start of last season.
#14 Ole Miss 56, UL-Lafayette 15: Bo Wallace completes his first 14 passes of the game, the Ole Miss defense forces four turnovers and the Rebels jump to a 28-0 lead en route to a rout of the Sun Belt’s preseason favorite.
#25 BYU 33, Houston 25: Taysom Hill (200 passing yards, 160 rushing yards) and BYU waste little time jumping on Houston, building a 23-0 lead before strolling home with the victory to improve to 3-0.
SUGAR BOWL SPOTLIGHT EVENTIn addition to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, the bowl is involved with nearly 50 other events throughout the year. Each week, we will spotlight one event in the weekly recap. This week’s spotlight events are the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) Championships. In a partnership announced this past spring, the Allstate Sugar Bowl will be the title sponsor of 26 boys’ and girls’ state championship events throughout the year. The first championship event in the new deal will be the girls’ volleyball championship at the Ponchartrain Center in Kenner, La., from Nov. 13-15.
Each week the Allstate Sugar Bowl will make its YouTube Picks of the Week, including impressive off-field performances, great games, illuminating features and top highlights. This week includes two great clips: one is Marcus Mariota’s diving, somersault touchdown in a win over Wyoming; and the other is an outstanding ESPN Gameday feature on Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato.
BOWL PROJECTIONSAllstate Sugar Bowl, January 1, 2015
FoxSports.com (Stewart Mandel): Florida State vs. Oklahoma (Oklahoma replaces Georgia)
ESPN.com (Brett McMurphy): Florida State vs. Texas A&M (replaces Oregon vs. Oklahoma)
ESPN.com (Mark Schlabach): Texas A&M vs. Florida State (no change)
SB Nation (Jason Kirk): Florida State vs. Oklahoma (no change)
Orlando Sentinel (Brant Parsons): Florida State vs. Oklahoma (Oklahoma replaces Georgia)
Phil Steele: Florida State vs. Oregon (no change)
USA Today: Florida State vs. Oklahoma (Oklahoma replaces Alabama)
#SUGARSTATS ON TWITTEREach week, the Allstate Sugar Bowl (@sugarbowlnola) will ask fans to make specific stat predictions on Twitter using the hashtag #sugarstats. One weekly winner will be rewarded with sweet Sugar Bowl swag. This week’s question is, “Which FBS player will rush for the most yards this week?” Be sure to tag your response with #sugarstats for a chance to win.
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 Quarterback of the Week. The top quarterback performances from each week will be posted giving you the chance to vote for that you think was the best effort each week of the college football season.
MANNING AWARD STARS OF THE WEEKWhile 32 quarterbacks are on the Manning Award Watch List, every quarterback in the country remains eligible for the honor. Here’s a look at some of this week’s top quarterback performances (follow the Facebook link above to vote):
Shane Carden, East Carolina
Rakeem Cato, Marshall
Gunner Kiel, Cincinnati
Bryce Petty, Baylor
Cody Sokol, Louisiana Tech
Justin Thomas, Georgia Tech
Clint Trickett, West Virginia
Bo Wallace, Ole Miss
TOP UPCOMING GAMES(Rankings are from current AP Poll)
#5 Auburn at #20 Kansas State (Thurs., 6:30 p.m., ESPN): The SEC West has a perfect 18-0 record against non-SEC West foes, winning those games by an average of 35 points, but Kansas State will be looking not only to boost its own ranking, but also the status of the Big 12 when they host the Tigers, the highest ranked team to visit Manhattan since 1969.
Florida at #3 Alabama (Sat., 2:30 p.m., CBS): Florida’s offense appears to be getting on track after piling up over 100 points in two games, but the Crimson Tide defense is a bit more stout than Eastern Michigan and Kentucky, having allowed just 35 points in three games.
Virginia at #21 BYU (Sat., 2:30 p.m., ESPN): BYU has been very impressive to open the season behind rugged quarterback Taysom Hill and they get another chance to prove themselves against a power-five conference when much-improved Virginia comes to town following its upset of Louisville.
Mississippi State at #8 LSU (Sat., 6 p.m., ESPN): The potent SEC West has just one loss this season (Auburn defeated Arkansas), but this divisional showdown will add one more as Dak Prescott (11 touchdowns) tries to dent a Tiger defense which hasn’t allowed a point in over nine quarters of action.
Northern Illinois at Arkansas (Sat., 6 p.m., ESPNU): Only one team in the country has more wins than the Huskies since the start of 2010 and they get a big opportunity taking on a Razorback team which crushed Texas Tech on Saturday.
#4 Oklahoma at West Virginia (Sat., 6:30 p.m., Fox): The Sooners look to continue an impressive seven-game winning streak dating back to last year when they travel to Morgantown for their Big 12 opener against the Mountaineers and gunslinger quarterback Clint Trickett.
#22 Clemson at #1 Florida State (Sat., 7 p.m., ABC): In last year’s match-up between these two ACC heavyweights, the Seminoles established themselves as bona fide national title contenders with a 51-14 victory; this year, the Tigers will bring an unproven quarterback on the road in hopes of a much different result.
Miami (Fla.) at #24 Nebraska (Sat., 7 p.m., ESPN2): Miami freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya has already played a road game at Louisville, now he gets the challenge of traveling to Lincoln; though the bigger challenge may be for the Hurricane defense, which hopes to slow down Heisman hopeful Ameer Abdullah, who is averaging 132 rushing yards per game.