September 5 College Football Recap park
Here's a brief look at the highlights of the opening week of the college football season, understanding that one of the biggest games of the week takes place Monday night as Virginia Tech and Boise State play at Fedex Field, the home of the Washington Redskins. The rankings used in this recap are AP Preseason Rankings.
GAMES OF THE WEEK
#6 TCU 30, #24 Oregon State 21: TCU uses creative and powerful rushing attack as Andy Dalton becomes the winningest QB in school history.
Utah 27, #15 Pittsburgh 24 (OT): Utah has been a menace to AQ-conference teams and playing at home proved to be the difference as they escaped the sloppy game with the thrilling win on a Joe Phillips field goal.
#21 LSU 30, #18 North Carolina 24: With a host of suspensions, North Carolina was left for dead, but the Tar Heels rallied with two fourth quarter TDs to make it game, but LSU's impressive team-speed proved the difference.
CLOSER THAN EXPECTED
#4 Florida 34, Miami (OH) 12: Four interceptions by the defense probably saved the day as the Gator offense struggled mightily, including bizarre issues on snaps from center.
#5 Texas 34, Rice 17: A 24-point second quarter put the game away, but Texas never really got rolling against it's the Owls, who won two games in 2009.
#7 Oklahoma 31, Utah State 24: DeMarco Murray rushed for 218 yards, but the Aggies never went away as the Sooners needed a late interception to clinch the win.
#14 USC 49, Hawaii 36: The offense was strong as Matt Barkley threw for five TDs, but the proud Trojan defense gave up a surprising 36 points.
Oregon 72, New Mexico 0: No surprise that the Ducks won, but it was 59-0 and Kenjon Barner has five TDs in the first half. Oregon finished with 720 yards of total offense.
#1 Alabama 48, San Jose State 3: The absence of Mark Ingram was not an issue for the Tide which dominated the Spartans.
#2 Ohio State 45, Marshall 7: Terrelle Pryor completes 17-of-25 passes for 247 yards and three TDs as Marshall collects paycheck.
#8 Nebraska 49, Western Kentucky 10: Nebraska rolls with redshirt freshman quarterback Taylor Martinez.
#12 Wisconsin 41, UNLV 21: Badgers take trip to Vegas and score 24 unanswered points in third quarter to blow game open.
#22 Auburn 42, Arkansas State 26: Former Florida QB Cameron Newton ran for 171 yards and two TDs and passed for 186 yards and three more scores in first career start.
#23 Georgia 55, UL Lafayette 7: One of many first-time starters in the SEC, Georgia's Aaron Murray passed for three TDs and ran for another in easy Bulldog win.
FCS FROLICS – Ole Miss and Kansas may have lost to FCS foes, but seven Top-25 teams cruised.
#9 Iowa 37, Eastern Illinois 7: Ricky Stanzi directed the Hawkeyes to a 21-0 first-quarter lead as Iowa cruised.
#13 Miami (FL) 45, Florida A&M 0: Jacory Harris throws for three TDs as Miami takes care of business in preparation for big game at Ohio State next weekend.
#16 Georgia Tech 41, South Carolina State 10: Joshua Nesbitt ran for 130 yards and three TDs to lead rout in Atlanta.
#17 Arkansas 44, Tennessee Tech 3: Hogs actually trailed 3-0 after first quarter; Ryan Mallett comes to life, completing 21-of-24 passes for 301 yards and three scores.
#19 Penn State 44, Youngstown State 14: FCS power Youngstown led 7-3 after first quarter, but Lion true freshman quarterback Rob Bolden took advantage of far-superior firepower in win.
#20 Florida State 59, Samford 6: Jimbo Fisher's debut is a success and Christian Ponder completed 12-of-14 passes for 167 yards and four TDs while playing only one half.
#25 West Virginia 31, Coastal Carolina 0: A slow start didn't hinder the Mountaineers, who used Noel Devine and first-time starting QB Geno Smith to roll.
This Week's Key Games (with preseason AP rankings)
#19 Penn State at #1 Alabama: Paterno and Saban meet for a key non-conference battle; will this be it for Paterno?
#23 Georgia at South Carolina: Both teams looked impressive in openers; could be a battle for second-place in SEC East if Florida meets expectations.
#11 Oregon at Tennessee: Oregon was sensational in opener, but even a short-handed Tennessee will offer far more opposition than New Mexico.
Michigan at Notre Dame: Neither team is ranked in the preseason but impressive season-opening wins (N.D. over Purdue and Michigan over UConn) will make the voters notice.
#20 Florida State at #7 Oklahoma: Two great QBs go at it as teams try to rise to national prominence once again.
#13 Miami (FL) at #2 Ohio State: Rumors of the Hurricanes return as a national power can be confirmed or denied in the Horseshoe.
USF at #4 Florida: Bulls knocked off Florida State in 2009; adding Florida to list would very much solidify legitimacy.
Manning Award Stars of the Week
From the players currently on the Watch List for the Manning Award, here are some of the standout stars from week 1:
Matt Barkley, Southern California (18-of-23, 257 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT)
Expected to be a blowout victory for the Trojans, USC needed every one of Barkley's TD tosses in Hawaii.
Ryan Colburn, Fresno State (18-of-24, 247 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT)
Colburn matches career-high with four TDs, including two second-half scores in win over Big East defending champ Cincinnati.
Nick Foles, Arizona (32-of-37, 360 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT)
The Wildcat defense seized the day in a 41-2 victory, but Foles was extremely efficient in victory.
G.J. Kinne, Tulsa (28-of-43, 399 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT)
Kinne piled up massive numbers and put the Golden Hurricane on top against East Carolina with 1:22 to go only to see the Pirates win the game on the final play.
Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State (17-of-25, 247 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
Pryor picked up where he left off in the Rose Bowl, piling up big numbers as the Buckeyes rout Marshall.
Manning Award Players to Watch
The Manning Award Watch List will be revised in mid-October. Here's a look at fourth-week numbers from quarterbacks making a bid to join the Watch List:
Dominique Davis, East Carolina (27-of-46, 385 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT)
Davis led the Pirates to a thrilling Sunday victory over Tulsa, connecting with Justin Jones on a 33-yard scoring pass with no time remaining to clinch a 51-49 triumph.
Cameron Newton, Auburn (9-of-14, 186 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
Making his first career start, Newton also rushed for 171 yards and two scores.
Dan Persa, Northwestern (19-of-21, 222 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
Persa passes for three scores and runs for a game-best 82 yards in 23-21 road win over Vandy.
Denard Robinson, Michigan (19-of-22, 186 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT)
Robinson's first career start features 383 total yards (197 rushing yards and one TD) in surprising rout of UConn.
Jordan Wynn, Utah (21-of-36, 283 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT)
The only QB from an un-ranked team to lead an upset of a ranked foe.
T.J. Yates, North Carolina (28-of-46, 412 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
Yates nearly led the Tar Heels to a miracle comeback and a shocking upset but time ran out.
Preseason Allstate Sugar Bowl Projections
Times-Picayune: Auburn vs. Nebraska
New York Times: Alabama vs. Nebraska
Phil Steele: Alabama vs. TCU
ESPN (Schlabach): Florida vs. Texas
ESPN (Adelson): Alabama vs. TCU
Rivals.com: Florida vs. Iowa
AP (Russo): Alabama vs. Ohio State
SI.com (Mandel): Georgia vs. Texas
SI.com (Staples): Florida vs. Wisconsin
SI.com (Murphy): Alabama vs. TCU
SI.com (Schroeder): Miami vs. Oklahoma
SI.com (McCartney): Georgia vs. Nebraska
SI.com (Trocchi): Alabama vs. Texas
SI.com (Rubin): Nebraska vs. Pitt