College Football Recap, September 30 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.
#24 Oklahoma State 45, Texas Tech 35: Making his second start filling in for injured starter J.T. Walsh, Daxx Garman throws for 370 yards and four touchdowns as the Cowboys earned their sixth straight victory over the Red Raiders.
#11 UCLA 62, #15 Arizona State 27: While undefeated entering the game, the Bruins had only won their first three games by a total of 15 points, however, they explode in their Pac-12 opener as Brett Hundley throws for 355 yards and four touchdowns, including an 80-yarder to open the second half, while Ishmael Adams collects a 95-yard interception return for a TD and a 100-yard kickoff return score.
EARLY HEISMAN HOPES
#1 Florida State 56, N.C. State 41: The Seminoles have struggled in Raleigh and this was no different as they fall behind by as many as 17 before Jameis Winston rallies his team, directing four straight second-half scoring drives and finishing with 365 yards and four touchdowns as the 'Noles extend the nation's longest winning streak to 20 games.
#6 Texas A&M 35, Arkansas 28: The Aggies found trouble against the Razorbacks, trailing by 14 in the fourth-quarter, but Kenny Hill connects on long touchdowns of 86 yards and 59 yards to knot the game before winning it with a 25-yard score in overtime – Hill finishes with 386 yards and four TDs.
#12 Georgia 35, Tennessee 32: Todd Gurley continues to channel Herschel Walker, rushing for a career-high 208 yards, including a highlight-reel hurdle play, while scoring twice as the Bulldogs rally from an early 10-point deficit to stop a fast-improving Volunteer squad.
#19 Wisconsin 27, USF 10: When the Badgers find themselves in a tough battle, tied at three at the half, Melvin Gordon rallies the team at the break, then collects 131 second-half yards to finish with 181 yards, including a 43-yard tackle-breaking touchdown run.
#21 Nebraska 45, Illinois 14: Ameer Abdullah wastes no time showing his skills to the Illini as he runs for 196 first-half yards (208 total) as the Huskers improve to 5-0 for their first time since 2010.
#7 Baylor 49, Iowa State 28: Bryce Petty's Heisman hopes may have taken a hit with an early-season injury, but the Bear star throws for 336 yards and a touchdown while running for two more scores as Baylor has now started 4-0 in consecutive seasons for the first time in 76 years.
#8 Notre Dame 31, Syracuse 15: Everett Golson offsets four turnovers by setting a Fighting Irish record by completing 25 straight passes and tossing a career-high four touchdown passes as the Irish pick up a win at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
#18 USC 35, Oregon State 10: Su'a Cravens intercepts an early pass and returns it for a score to end any thoughts of USC's upset loss to Boston College two weeks ago; the big play was followed by strong games from Cody Kessler (261 yards, 2 TDs) and Javorius Allen (115 rushing yards).
#22 Ohio State 50, Cincinnati 28: J.T. Barrett throws for 330 yards and Ezekiel Elliott runs for 182 yards to help the Buckeyes offset another impressive performance from Bearcat quarterback Gunner Kiel, who completes 21-of-32 passes for 352 yards and four touchdowns, including three long connections (60, 83 and 78 yards) with Chris Moore.
DEFENDING THE CROWN
Missouri 21, #20 South Carolina 20: Missouri may have suffered a surprising loss to Indiana last week, but the Tigers begin their SEC East title defense successfully with a late rally capped by a pair of late Russell Hansbrough touchdown runs, the final coming with 1:36 to go, to continue the Gamecocks' roller coaster campaign.
#16 Stanford 20, Washington 13: Despite suffering a loss at the hands of USC, the Cardinal controls its own destiny to defend its Pac-12 North title as it travels to Seattle and hands the Huskies their first loss of the season despite three turnovers and a missed field goal.
STILL WARMING UP
#5 Auburn 45, Louisiana Tech 17: Nick Marshall passes for three touchdowns while running for 105 yards and Quan Bray scores on a 76-yard punt return and catches a pair of TDs as the Tigers cruise over the Bulldogs.
#9 Michigan State 56, Wyoming 14: The Spartan offense completes the highest-scoring four-game stretch in school history (50.3 points per game) in its final tune-up for Big Ten play as Jeremy Langford rushes for 137 yards and seven different players score touchdowns.
#10 Ole Miss 24, Memphis 3: The Rebels flex their defensive muscles, holding the Tigers to just 106 total yards to offset a lackluster offensive performance which produced only seven points through three quarters.
#17 LSU 63, New Mexico State 7: Brandon Harris ignites a full-fledged quarterback controversy in Baton Rouge by coming off the bench to lead the Tigers to touchdowns on each of his seven drives – Harris finishes 11 of 14 for 178 yards and three touchdowns while fellow freshman Leonard Fournette tallies 122 rushing yards and two scores, including a tackle-shedding 22-yarder.
#25 Kansas State 58, UTEP 28: The Wildcat defense is dominant in the first half, holding the Miners to just one first down and 23 yards of offense as K-State runs to a 31-0 lead, including three rushing TDs from Charles Jones.
SUGAR BOWL SPOTLIGHT EVENT
In 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 event is the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Golf Championship. For the fifth straight year (Feb. 22-24, 2015), the Bowl will partner with Tulane University to bring many of the nation's top women's collegiate golfers to the Crescent City's English Turn Golf & Country Club. The first four tournament titles have been earned by USC (twice), UCLA and Duke.
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's clips include a sensational scramble followed by a touchdown pass from North Carolina State quarterback Jacoby Brissett against defending national champion Florida State and a miraculous 58-yard punt return touchdown by Utah's Kaelin Clay, his fourth return touchdown of the year.
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 1, 2015
FoxSports.com (Stewart Mandel): Florida State vs. Oklahoma (Oklahoma replaces Georgia)
ESPN.com (Brett McMurphy): Oklahoma vs. Alabama (Oklahoma replaces Florida State)
ESPN.com (Mark Schlabach): Florida State vs. Oklahoma (Florida State replaces Texas A&M)
SB Nation (Jason Kirk): Florida State vs. Oregon (no change)
Orlando Sentinel (Brant Parsons): Alabama vs. Oklahoma (Alabama replaces Florida State)
Phil Steele: Florida State vs. Oregon (no change)
#SUGARSTATS ON TWITTER
Each 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 team will score the most TDs 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 WEEK
While 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):
Trevone Boykin, TCU (23-of-36, 280 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 89.0)
Jared Goff, California (23-of-41, 449 yards, 7 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 85.6)
Austin Grammer, Middle Tennessee (25-of-30, 259 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 86.5)
Kenny Hill, Texas A&M (21-of-41, 386 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 76.6)
Brett Hundley, UCLA (18-of-23, 355 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT QBR: 98.5)
Jaquez Johnson, Florida Atlantic (24-of-34, 295 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 79.5)
Gary Nova, Rutgers (14-of-21, 291 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 96.6)
Deshaun Watson, Clemson (27-of-36, 435 yards, 6 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 94.7)
TOP UPCOMING GAMES
(Rankings are from current AP Poll)
Arizona at #2 Oregon (Thu., 9:30 p.m., ESPN): The high-powered Duck offense gets recognition on a weekly basis, but Rich Rodriguez has the Wildcats piling up points as well – Arizona averages 365.8 passing yards per game to go with 42.0 points per game. And don't forget, Arizona shocked the Ducks, 42-16, late last season.
#6 Texas A&M at #12 Mississippi State (Sat., 11 a.m., ESPN): The Aggies were expected to need time to groom a replacement for Johnny Manziel, but Kenny Hill has had an exceptional start to his career, lifting A&M way into the Top 10; meanwhile, the Bulldogs were unranked after-thoughts in the SEC West, until they dominated LSU in Baton Rouge.
#3 Alabama at #11 Ole Miss (Sat., 2:30 p.m., CBS): ESPN's GameDay crew will make its first-ever visit to Oxford as the defensive-minded Rebels look to pick up one of their biggest wins in recent years when the Tide rolls into town.
#4 Oklahoma at #25 TCU (Sat., 2:30 p.m., FOX): The Horned Frogs have looked impressive in winning their first three games of the year, but the defending Sugar Bowl champ Sooners have been dominant thus far as well, remaining a favorite to qualify for the inaugural College Football Playoff.
#7 Baylor at Texas (Sat., 2:30 p.m., ABC): Since the Longhorns played in the BCS Championship game following the 2009 season, Baylor has finished higher than Texas in three of four seasons – this year, the Bears look to challenge for their own shot at a national championship appearance while Charlie Strong's Texas squad is reduced to the role of a spoiler.
#14 Stanford at #9 Notre Dame (Sat., 2:30 p.m., NBC): In recent years, Stanford has proven to be more of a dynasty than the Fighting Irish, but Brian Kelly has his squad rolling once again, winning its first four games by an average of 23.5 points – though none of the wins have come against ranked foes.
#15 LSU at #5 Auburn (Sat., 6 p.m., ESPN): After two impressive performances coming off the bench, freshman Brandon Harris will make his first career start at Jordan-Hare Stadium against the defending SEC champions – who were one of his finalists in his collegiate decision-making process.
Arizona State at #16 USC (Sat., 6:30 p.m., Fox): The Sun Devils won the Pac-12 South last year and started strong in 2014, but an injury to quarterback Taylor Kelly, who is still questionable, has ASU reeling while USC and its own standout quarterback Cody Kessler are coming off an impressive win over Oregon State.
#19 Nebraska at #10 Michigan State (Sat., 7 p.m., ABC): In a possible preview of the Big Ten Championship game, Nebraska brings its potent ground game (third in the nation with 354.5 yards per game, including a national-best 833 yards from Ameer Abdullah) to East Lansing to take on a Spartan offense which ranks third in the nation with 50.3 points per game.
Utah at #8 UCLA (Sat., 9:30 p.m., ESPN): Utah is a much-improved team, but UCLA and quarterback Brett Hundley appear to have settled down after a shaky, but still undefeated, start to their year.