College Football Update, September 22 park
Week three of the college football season was another thriller with some upsets, some near upsets and some breakout performances (especially up in the road in Baton Rouge). See below brief look back at the key games as well as previews of this week's top games and other college football related information.
Allstate Sugar Bowl Match-Up
This year's Allstate Sugar Bowl will be the first as the official destination for the top available teams from the Big 12 and the SEC. The Sugar Bowl will feature the champions of each league unless one or both are selected for the College Football Playoff. In that case, the top non-playoff teams from those leagues will square off in New Orleans. This match-up is locked in for eight of the next 11 years. In the other three years (2017, 2020 and 2023), the Allstate Sugar Bowl will serve as a College Football Playoff Semifinal.
SEC vs. Big 12
Texas Tech 35, Arkansas 24: Quarterback Pat Mahomes accounted for three touchdowns while leading the Red Raiders to 486 yards of offense while Reginald Davis caught a pair of touchdowns giving Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury the opportunity to pour some fuel on a potential rivalry, "(Bielema) stood up (at a Texas clinic this past summer) and said if you don't throw to the fullback, we'll kick your (butt), and if you throw it 70 times a game, we'll kick your (butt)," Kingsbury said. "(Bielema) just got his (butt) kicked twice in a row and probably next week by (Texas) A&M as well."
Key Games from the Big 12
No. 16 Oklahoma 52, Tulsa 38: The new-look Sooner offense is looking very impressive behind fast-emerging star quarterback Baker Mayfield, who sets a school record with 572 yards of total offense (487 passing, 85 rushing) while tallying six touchdowns (four passing, two rushing), and running back Samaje Perine (152 yards).
California 45, Texas 44: The Golden Bears appeared to have a road victory wrapped up in impressive fashion as they held a 21-point fourth-quarter advantage over the Longhorns, but freshman quarterback Jerrod Heard erupted, tallying a school record 521 yards of total offense and rushing for three touchdowns, including a 45-yard burst with 1:11 to go to seemingly knot the game – but Texas shockingly missed the extra-point attempt and Cal escaped with the win.
No. 3 TCU 56, SMU 37: The Horned Frogs are surprisingly challenged by the Mustangs in the Battle for the Iron Skillet, but Trevone Boykin threw for 454 yards and five touchdowns, including a 42-yard strike to Josh Doctson with just over six minutes to go to break open the game after SMU had pulled within five.
Toledo 30, Iowa State 23: The Rockets follow up their upset victory of SEC foe Arkansas by taking down a Big 12 foe. This time, Toledo needed double overtime, but Damion Jones-Moore scored the game-winning touchdown on a 10-yard sweep in the second OT period, followed by a critical fourth-down sack by Tre James to clinch the win.
Key Games from the SEC
No. 13 LSU 45, No. 18 Auburn 21: Leonard Fournette continued to establish himself as one of the premier players in the country when he rushed for a career-high 228 yards and three touchdowns including multiple highlight-reel plays while the LSU defense held Auburn scoreless in the first half and to just 260 yards for the game.
No. 7 Georgia 52, South Carolina 20: The Bulldogs, who have been struggling in the passing game, received a near-flawless effort from Grayson Lambert, who set an FBS record by completing 24-of-25 passes, and a Georgia record with 20 straight completions, while Nick Chubb tallied his 11th straight 100-yard rushing game in an SEC East blowout victory.
No. 15 Ole Miss 43, No. 2 Alabama 37: While Chad Kelly showed off his grit and skill throughout his first career road game, it was luck that may have been the key as the junior avoided a sack by flinging a ball across the field into a crowd – and somehow after it was deflected, Quincy Adeboyejo collected the ball and dashed 66 yards to the end zone for a 24-10 third-quarter advantage. Both teams traded big plays throughout with the Crimson Tide scoring touchdowns with 6:36 and 4:33 to go to pull within one TD, but the comeback ran out of time. In addition to Kelly, defensive end Robert Nkemdiche was dominant and Alabama committed five turnovers which led to 24 Ole Miss points.
Other Top Games From Around the Country
No. 11 Clemson 20, Louisville 17: Deshaun Watson offset two interceptions by throwing for a pair of touchdowns while Wayne Gallman ran for 139 yards and the Tiger defense tallied five sacks, holding the Cardinals to just 19 rushing yards.
Memphis 44, Bowling Green 41: In a showdown between two of the top teams from the Group of Five conferences, American Athletic challenger Memphis went on the road and took advantage of Paxton Lynch's 386 passing yards, including two long second-half touchdown passes as well as a 29-yard field goal from Jake Elliott with 7:35 to go in the win over MAC favorite Bowling Green.
No. 8 Notre Dame 30, No. 14 Georgia Tech 22: C.J. Prosise ran for 198 yards, including a 91-yard run, the longest in Notre Dame Stadium history, while the Fighting Irish defense held the challenging Yellow Jacket triple-option offense 45 points below their scoring average to earn a critical early win.
Stanford 41, No. 6 USC 31: Kevin Hogan passed for a pair of touchdowns and Remound Wright ran for three more scores as the Cardinal pulled away from the sixth-ranked Trojans in another memorable chapter in the rivalry between these two Pac-12 powers.
No. 10 UCLA 24, No. 19 BYU 23: With standout freshman Josh Rosen struggling with three interceptions, running back Paul Perkins stepped up with 219 rushing yards as the Bruins needed nearly every minute to stage a comeback against the upset-minded Cougars – scoring with 3:21 to go to take their first lead and then clinching the victory with a fourth-down interception by star linebacker Myles Jack.
Other Big 12 Scores
Kansas State 39, Louisiana Tech 33: The Wildcats remained perfect but it wasn't easy as they needed to go to overtime to upend the Bulldogs and former Florida signal-caller Jeff Driskel, who transferred to Ruston for this season.
No. 25 Oklahoma State 69, UTSA 14: The Cowboys force seven turnovers and score points off all seven as they remain undefeated with a blowout of a state rival.
Other SEC Scores
No. 23 Missouri 9, Connecticut 6: The Tigers preserved their perfect record when Anthony Sherrils snags a last-minute interception on a fake field goal.
No. 17 Texas A&M 44, Nevada 27: Quarterback Kyle Allen threw four touchdown passes and ran for another score as the Aggies extend their winning streak over non-conference foes to 19 games, the longest active streak in the FBS.
Mississippi State 62, Northwestern State 13: Dak Prescott, who completed his first nine passes, became the Bulldogs' all-time leader in passing yards while leading his team to a school-record 647 total yards against an FCS foe.
Vanderbilt 47. Austin Peay 7: Receiver Trent Sherfield tallied 16 catches for a school record 240 yards as the Commodores dominated an FCS foe for their first victory of the season.
Florida 14, Kentucky 9: The Wildcats had high hopes for a win over the Gators for the first time since 1986, but instead, Florida's defense was outstanding, registering six sacks and two interceptions as it extended its winning streak over Kentucky to 29 games.
Sugar Bowl Spotlight Event
In addition to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, the bowl is involved with over 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 Crescent City Classic. The Crescent City Classic is one of the most popular road races in the country, welcoming over 25,000 entrants for the 10-kilometer race which travels from the Superdome to City Park. In addition to the 10K race which takes place on the Saturday of Easter Weekend each year, the Allstate Sugar Bowl's sponsorship of the Crescent City Classic includes four other road races – the Crescent City Fall Classic (Nov. 7), the Celebration in the Oaks Run/Walk (Dec. 5), the St. Patrick's Day Classic (March) and the Crescent City Connection Bridge Run (June).
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 1, 2016
YouTube Clips of the Week
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:
– The wild (lucky?) heave by Ole Miss' Chad Kelly which bounced off multiple players into the hands of Quincy Adeboyejo for a 66-yard touchdown.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl will be giving away two free tickets to the 2016 Allstate Sugar Bowl. Fans can sign up at the official website of the Allstate Sugar Bowl. One lucky winner will be chosen to receive two free tickets to this year's Allstate Sugar Bowl to be played on Friday, January 1, 2016 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Prize includes two tickets to the game only. Parking, accommodations and any other expenses related to the game are the responsibility of the winner. Contest will continue until Thursday, Dec. 10 when a winner will be selected and contacted by an Allstate Sugar Bowl representative.
The Manning Award, sponsored and coordinated by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, will be recognizing its 12th winner following the 2015 season. Each week, the Bowl selects eight "Stars of the Week" and fans can vote on their overall "Quarterback of the Week" on the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page.
Manning Award Stars of the Week
Jake Browning, Washington
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Chad Kelly, Ole Miss
Greyson Lambert, Georgia
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
Brent Stockstill, Middle Tennessee
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Top Upcoming Games
All times are Central. Rankings are the AP Rankings from this week.
No. 8 LSU at Syracuse (11 a.m., ESPN): The Tigers go on the road for a rematch of the 1965 Sugar Bowl (a 13-10 LSU win). The Orange have managed a 3-0 record against less-than-stellar opposition, but LSU's powerful attack, led by sophomore Leonard Fournette will be far different than Wake Forest, Central Michigan and Rhode Island.
Rice at No. 5 Baylor (2 p.m., TV TBA): Baylor is averaging 61 points per game and Rice has allowed 42 to Texas and 24 to North Texas which could mean another big number in the scoring column for the Bears.
No. 24 Oklahoma State at Texas (2:30 p.m., ESPN): The Cowboys have had a solid start to their season, winning all three non-league matches, but now they come up against a Longhorn squad that is desperate for a marquee win – and freshman quarterback Jerrod Heard appears to be improving in leaps and bounds every game – he set a school record with 527 yards of offense in a heart-breaking 45-44 loss to Cal on Saturday.
Tennessee at Florida (2:30 p.m., CBS): The Volunteers head to Gainesville looking to snap a 10-game losing streak to the Gators while new Florida head coach Jim McElwain looks to pick up an early SEC win to remain undefeated.
No. 3 TCU at Texas Tech (3:45 p.m., Fox): TCU scored 82 points in their matchup with the Red Raiders last year and will likely have the opportunity to put up big numbers again, but with the Horned Frog defense decimated by injuries, Texas Tech and quarterback Pat Mahomes may be able to keep pace on the scoreboard.
No. 14 Texas A&M at Arkansas (6 p.m., ESPN): What a difference three games makes. Arkansas was No. 18 (with 410 points) in the AP preseason poll, but after back-to-back losses to Toledo and Texas Tech, the Razorbacks are no longer even receiving votes; Texas A&M, meanwhile, received just 61 points in the preseason poll, but after convincing wins over Arizona State, Ball State and Nevada, they are now No. 14 (798 points). Will the Aggie success continue? Or will Arkansas get back on track?
No. 25 Missouri at Kentucky (6:30 p.m., SEC Network): Mizzou has won back-to-back SEC East titles and while its defense looks to be at championship level (allowing 9.7 points per game), its offense is struggling mightily (just nine points in Saturday's win over UConn). Kentucky continues to improve, but also struggled to score points on Saturday (a 14-9 loss to Florida).
No. 9 UCLA at No. 16 Arizona (7 p.m., ABC): While it's still early, this game could be a major factor in the Pac-12 South race. Many had UCLA as the preseason favorite (and a playoff contender) behind freshman quarterback Josh Rosen (who struggled with three interceptions Saturday), but the Wildcats are the defending division champion and have the more experienced quarterback in Anu Solomon, who has 10 touchdowns and no interceptions this year.
No. 18 Utah at No. 13 Oregon (7:30 p.m., TV TBA): This battle of top teams in the Pac-12 could also be a battle of backup quarterbacks. Oregon's Vernon Adams, the highly-touted transfer from Eastern Washington, missed Saturday's game due to a finger injury, while Utah starter Travis Wilson missed the last game with a shoulder issue. Both teams won and looked solid offensively, but Utah is far better than Georgia State and Oregon is a substantial upgrade over Fresno State.