College Football Recap, October 2
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. 7 Georgia 41, Tennessee 0: True freshman quarterback Jake Fromm ran for two scores and passed for another, Nick Chubb rushed for 109 yards and the Bulldog defense allowed just 142 yards and one third-down conversion as it handed the Vols their first shutout since 1994 and their most one-sided home loss since 1905.
No 13 Auburn 49, No. 24 Mississippi State 10: Kerryon Johnson ran for three touchdowns (he now has eight in his last two games), Jarrett Stidham passed for 264 yards and two scores and the Tigers had six plays of over 40 yards as Auburn beat back-to-back SEC opponents by 30-plus points for the first time since 1987.
No. 14 Miami 31, Duke 6: Malik Rosier passed for two touchdowns and ran for another while the Hurricane defense stopped the Blue Devils 14 times on 19 third-down attempts as Miami wins a match-up of key ACC Coastal foes on the road.
Troy 24, No. 25 LSU 21: Jordan Chunn ran for 191 yards and a touchdown and the Troy defense forced four turnovers, including a game-clinching interception by Blace Brown with 11 seconds to go, as the Trojans snapped LSU’s 49-game home winning streak against non-conference opponents.
No. 2 Clemson 31, No. 12 Virginia Tech 17: Kelly Bryant passed for 186 yards and ran for 94 more to keep multiple drives alive while Dorian O’Daniel returned a fourth-quarter interception for a touchdown as the Tigers won a critical ACC game on the road.
No. 15 Oklahoma State 41, Texas Tech 34: Mason Rudolph (27-of-38, 376 yards, 3 TDs) continued to record big passing numbers, but he also rushed for a pair of touchdowns, including a 16-yard dash with 1:12 to go to snap a 34-34 tie as the Cowboys held on for a hard-fought Big 12 road victory.
No. 21 Florida 38, Vanderbilt 24: Despite losing quarterback Luke Del Rio for the season to injury, the Gators used a rugged running attack as Lamical Perine rushed for three touchdowns and Malik Davis ran for two more, including a 39-yard score with 1:42 remaining to clinch the SEC road victory.
No. 4 Penn State 45, Indiana 14: Saquon Barkley had an off-day when it comes to running the ball as he only tallied 56 rushing yards, but he opened the game with a 98-yard touchdown on a kickoff return, he had four catches for 51 yards, including a dazzling one-handed grab, and he tossed a 16-yard touchdown pass.
No. 16 Washington State 30, No. 5 USC 27: Luke Falk, who is under-the-radar in the Heisman conversation despite an impressive career, recorded his fourth 300-yard game of the season while tossing a pair of touchdown passes as the Cougars held off USC for their first regular season win over a Top-5 team since 1992.
No. 17 Louisville 55, Murray State 10: Last year’s Heisman winner, Lamar Jackson, passed for 249 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 100 yards and another score in a blowout of the FCS Racers.
Stanford 34, Arizona State 24: While neither team was ranked, any mention of the Heisman race likely needs to include Stanford running back Bryce Love. The junior had 25 carries for a school-record 301 yards and three touchdowns (runs of 61, 59 and 43 yards) as he now has 1,088 rushing yards in five games.
No. 1 Alabama 66, Ole Miss 3: The Crimson Tide allowed just 253 yards and quarterback Jalen Hurts (297 total yards, 3 TDs) led ’Bama to its most points since 1979 as they have scored 50-plus in consecutive SEC games for the first time since 1945.
No. 6 Washington 42, Oregon State 7: The Huskies started slow, only holding a 7-0 lead at halftime, but Jake Browning tosses a pair of third-quarter TD passes and then adds a third (all to Dante Pettis) in the fourth quarter while the Washington defense holds the Beavers to just 184 yards.
No. 11 Ohio State 56, Rutgers 0: The Buckeyes allowed just 209 total yards while piling up 628 of their own as Mike Weber ran for a career-best three touchdowns and J.T. Barrett (275 yards, 3 TDs) became the school’s all-time leader in passing yardage while improving his record to 30-5 as the school’s starting quarterback.
No. 18 USF 61, East Carolina 31: Quinton Flowers threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Bulls scored on 10 of their first 12 possessions to extend their school record winning streak to 10 games.
No. 10 Wisconsin 33, Northwestern 24: Jonathan Taylor ran for a pair of touchdowns, Alex Hornibrook passed for one and Natrell Jamerson returned an interception 36 yards for a score as the Badgers built a 21-point edge before stifling a Wildcat comeback with a late-game safety.
No. 19 San Diego State 34, Northern Illinois 28: Juwan Washington returned the opening kickoff 96 yards for a score and Tariq Thompson had two interceptions, including one he returned 83 yards for a touchdown as the Aztecs improved to 5-0, their best start since 1975’s 8-0 start.
No. 22 Notre Dame 52, Miami (Ohio) 17: Brandon Wimbush passed for three touchdowns and ran for another while Josh Adams had TD dashes of 72 and 59 yards as the Fighting Irish piled up 45 first-half points, their most in the Brian Kelly era.
Allstate Sugar Bowl Projections:
The All-American (Stewart Mandel): Clemson vs. Washington (replaces Alabama vs. Penn State)
ESPN (Kyle Bonagura): Clemson vs. Oklahoma (Clemson replaces Alabama)
ESPN (David Hale): Alabama vs. Penn State (Penn State replaces USC)
CBS Sports (Jerry Palm): Alabama vs. Ohio State (Ohio State replaces Oklahoma)
SB Nation (Jason Kirk): Clemson vs. Wisconsin (Clemson replaces Alabama)
College Football News (Pete Fiutak): Alabama vs. Michigan (no change)
Sporting News (Bill Bender): Oklahoma vs. Alabama (Oklahoma replaces Penn State)
Saturday Down South: Alabama vs. Penn State
Sports Illustrated (Eric Single): Alabama vs. Penn State (Penn State replaces Oklahoma)
Bleacher Report (Joseph Zucker): Alabama vs. Washington
USA Today (Erick Smith): Alabama vs. Washington (no change)
The Score (Brett McMurphy): Clemson vs. Washington (no change)
Random Stats of the Week
1992 – The last time that Washington State defeated a top-five school during the regular season (the Cougars did beat No. 5 Texas in the 2003 Holiday Bowl) prior to Friday’s 30-27 upset of USC.
3 – Top-15 teams (Auburn, Louisville and Virginia Tech) defeated by Clemson during September – the first team in history to accomplish that feat. The Tigers won those three games by a combined score of 92-44; those three teams are 12-0 against everyone not named Clemson.
63 – Margin of victory for Alabama in its 66-3 win over Ole Miss, the largest in an SEC game in the past 10 years.
49 – Consecutive home wins against non-conference opponents for LSU – the streak, the second-longest in history, was snapped by Troy on Saturday.
73-0 – Penn State’s scoring margin in the first quarter of games thus far this year. The Nittany Lions outscored Indiana 28-0 in the first quarter of their game on Saturday.
87 – Tackles for San Jose State linebacker Frank Ginda, an average of 14.5 per game, the best mark in the nation. The junior has recorded 10 or more tackles in eight straight games. Second place for overall tackles is Buffalo’s Khalil Hodge with 64.
4 – Big 12 teams averaging more than 500 yards per game of total offense, including the top three in the nation: Oklahoma (605.5), West Virginia (594.8) and Oklahoma State (583.4). No other conference has more than two.
9-1 – Record of head coach Jim McElwain in one-possession games at Florida (he is 17-4 overall in such games). He nearly had another one-possession win Saturday but a late Gator touchdown in the win over Vanderbilt gave him a 14-point victory.
8 – Years since Miami defeated Florida State. The Seminoles have won seven straight in the series with the Hurricanes’ last win coming on September 7, 2009 when Bobby Bowden was still at the helm of the FSU program. Miami is 3-0 and ranked No. 13 in the nation while the Seminoles have battled injuries en route to a 1-2 start. They play at 2:30 p.m. (Central) on Saturday.
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.
Max Browne, Pittsburgh (28-of-32, 410 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 96.6)
Browne completes his first nine passes on the way to a career-high in passing yards and touchdowns as he leads the Panthers to a 42-10 win over Rice.
Kelly Bryant, Clemson (12-of-21, 186 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, QBR: 86.7)
Bryant also rushes for 94 yards as he leads the Tigers to a 31-17 ACC road victory over No. 12 Virginia Tech, their third victory over a Top-20 team this season.
Luke Falk, Washington State (34-of-51, 340 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 69.9)
Falk, who becomes the Pac-12’s all-time leader in completions, completes 10-of-12 fourth-quarter passes for 90 yards as he helps the Cougars snap a 15-game home losing streak to ranked opponents with a 30-27 upset of No. 5 USC.
Jalen Hurts, Alabama (12-of-19, 197 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 95.9)
Hurts also runs for 101 yards and a touchdown as he leads the Crimson Tide to their most points since 1979 in a 66-3 SEC victory over Ole Miss.
Chase Litton, Marshall (21-of-34, 233 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 90.0)
Litton helps the Thundering Herd jump to a 24-0 lead as it defeats Cincinnati, 38-21, for its first road win since Oct. 31, 2015.
Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State (27-of-38, 376 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 86.1)
Rudolph has another big passing day, but also rushes for 50 yards and two touchdowns including the go-ahead score with 1:12 to go in a 41-34 Big 12 road victory over previously undefeated Texas Tech.
Nick Stevens, Colorado State (18-of-22, 351 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 97.4)
Stevens has season-highs in almost all categories as the Rams go on the road to top Hawaii, 51-21, in MW play.
Jarrett Stidham, Auburn (13-of-16, 264 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 97.3)
Stidham, who has his third straight game with a completion percentage over 75 percent, directs a potent Tiger offense which cruises to a 49-10 victory over No. 24 Mississippi State in SEC action.
Top Upcoming Games
(Rankings are this week’s AP Rankings; All Times Central, please check local listings)
No. 17 Louisville at No. 24 N.C. State (Thursday, 7 p.m., ESPN): The Wolfpack has climbed into the rankings with four straight victories, but the Cardinals remain a powerful opponent as quarterback Lamar Jackson continues his quest to become the second two-time winner of the Heisman Trophy.
Wake Forest at No. 2 Clemson (11 a.m., ESPN2): Despite the loss of many key players, the Tigers have been rolling with three wins over Top-15 opponents already this year; the Demon Deacons aren’t ranked, but they’re much improved with a 4-1 mark – their lone loss a 26-19 decision to Florida State on Saturday.
No. 4 Penn State at Northwestern (11 a.m., ABC): While the Nittany Lions have been very impressive this year, they needed a last-second touchdown pass in their only road game (at Iowa); Northwestern is only 2-2, but could still provide a challenge on its home field.
No. 5 Georgia at Vanderbilt (11 a.m., ESPN): The Bulldog defense has developed to a dominant level, allowing 46 points in five games, including just three in two SEC games; Vandy’s defense started strong, allowing just 13 points in its first three games, but the Commodores have given up 87 in their two SEC games.
No. 23 West Virginia at No. 8 TCU (2:30 p.m., TV TBA): Both teams are coming off bye weeks and both will be hoping for a key victory to help them make a jump in the rankings to get into a position to make a CFP argument if they can upend Oklahoma later in the season.
No. 13 Miami at Florida State (2:30 p.m., ESPN): The Hurricanes have quietly moved up to No. 13 in the polls; their Saturday blowout of Duke is their most impressive win. Now they have a chance to take on a struggling Seminole program – Miami has lost seven straight in the series.
No. 1 Alabama at Texas A&M (6:15 p.m., ESPN): The Aggies have won four straight but have still struggled with consistency on both sides of the ball; Alabama, meanwhile, has been dominant in all aspects, but league road games can always shake up an unfocused squad.
Michigan State at No. 7 Michigan (6:30 p.m., ABC): The undefeated Wolverines continue to struggle on offense and have questions at quarterback after an injury to Wilton Speight; and the rebuilding Spartans would like nothing better than to spoil their archrival’s undefeated season.
California at No. 6 Washington (9:45 p.m., ESPN): This week’s “Pac-12 After Dark” game features an improved Cal program taking on the undefeated Huskies who need to continue their dominance to offset a weakly-perceived schedule.