Tuesday, September 06, 2011

College Football 2011, Week 1 results

Week one has ended and, due to the usual scheduling of non-conference (and non-challenging) opponents, there were few surprises. Only two matches saw ranked teams face each other and the meeting of #3 Oregon vs. #4 LSU in which LSU proved victorious could hardly be called an upset except in the margin of victory (40-27). The other game saw #5 Boise State roll over #19 Georgia 35-21 and one could say that too was as expected. In games that could be considered true upsets, the unranked Baylor Bears came out on top beating #14 TCU 50-48 in what was perhaps the most entertaining game of the week while unranked South Florida upset #16 Notre Dame in a 23-20 squeeker.

Here’s the results from all the Top 25 games. The three pre-season rankings are, in order, the AP/Coaches'/CBSSports.

1/1/1 Oklahoma (1-0) The Sooners easily handled the Golden Hurricane of Tulsa: 47-14

2/2/2 Alabama (1-0) The Tide rolled over out-matched Kent State. Twenty-one points in the first quarter became 24-0 at the half. The final? 48-7 ‘Bama.

3/3/4 Oregon (0-1) The Ducks stuck close in the first half, but the #4 LSU Tigers mauled them in the third quarter as they posted 14 unanswered points. LSU never looked back as they handed Oregon a 40-27 defeat.

4/4/3 LSU (1-0) After taking a close 16-13 lead into the locker room, the Tigers came out roaring in the second half and downed the #3 Oregon Ducks 40-27.

5/7/7 Boise State (1-0) The Broncos and Kellen Moore easily defeated the #19 Georgia Bulldogs 35-21.

6/5/6 Florida State (1-0) The Seminoles tossed a shutout in downing Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks 34-0.

7/6/9 Stanford (1-0) The Cardinal dominated San Jose State 57-3.

8/9/10 Texas A&M (1-0) The Aggies proved they knew how to handle Mustangs as they defeated SMU 46-14.

9/8/12 Oklahoma State (1-0) The Cowboys cooled the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns 61-34

10/11/11 Nebraska (1-0) Taylor Martinez ran for three TDs (7, 43 and 47 yards) and Brett Maher kicked four field goals (50, 48, 34, and 21 yards) and made four extra points in leading the Cornhuskers over the Chattanooga Mocs 40-7.

11/10/5 Wisconsin (1-0) The Badgers rolled over the UNLV Rebels 51-17.

12/12/16 South Carolina (1-0) The Gamecocks downed the East Carolina Pirates 56-37.

13/13/8 Virginia Tech (1-0) The Hokies had little trouble defeating the Appalachian State Mountaineers 66-13.

14/15/13 TCU (0-1) In what was perhaps the most entertaining game of the week—if you weren’t a fan of either team or of defense--the Baylor Bears built a 47-23 lead after three quarters and still had to come back to upset the Horned Frogs 50-48. Aaron Jones kicked a 37-yard field goal with 1:04 left to give the Bears the win. Robert Griffin threw for 359 yards and 5 TDs. Kendall Wright caught two of those (35 and 28 yards) and threw for another of 40 yards to Terrance Williams. Williams also had a TD catch of 42 yards from Griffin. The Frogs’ Casey Pachell tossed for four TDs and ran for one in a losing cause.

15/14/17 Arkansas (1-0) The Razorbacks had little difficulty downing the Missouri State Bears 51-7.

16/18/21 Notre Dame (0-1) The Irish were shut out in the first half and trailed 16-0 when they switched QBs. Tommy Rees didn‘t quite have enough to pull it out as the South Florida Bulls came away with a 23-20 stunner in a game interrupted several times by thunder and lightning.

17/17/15 Michigan State (1-0) The Spartans iced the Youngstown State Penguins 28-6.

18/16/14 Ohio State (1-0) The Buckeyes zipped the Akron Zips 42-0.

19/22/20 Georgia (0-1) The Bulldogs got off to a 7-0 lead but the #5 Boise State Broncos stomped on any further hopes Georgia may have had as they handed the Bulldogs a 35-21 lesson.

20/20/22 Mississippi State (1-0) The Bulldogs rolled over Memphis Tigers 59-14 as Vick Ballard rushed for three TDs and 166 yards—on just 10 carries.

21/21/24 Missouri (1-0) The Tigers of Missouri slipped by Miami of Ohio RedHawks 17-6.

22/23/25 Florida (1-0) The Gators dined on the Florida Atlantic Owls in their opener, 41-3.

23/19/19 Auburn (1-0) The Tigers fell behind 38-28 in the fourth quarter but came back to eke out a 42-38 win over the Utah State Aggies.

24/NR/18 West Virginia (1-0) Rain, thunder and lightning caused the game to end early in the fourth quarter, but the Gino Smith lead Mountaineers pulled a 34-12 victory over Marshall’s Thundering Herd out of the quagmire.

25/NR/NR Southern California (1-0) The Trojans held a 19-3 lead at half time and had to hold on for dear life as they escaped with a 19-17 victory over the Golden Gophers of Minnesota.

NR/24/NR Texas (1-0) The Rice Owls managed just three field goals—one each in the first three quarters—and were down just 13-9 in the third quarter when the Longhorns got riled. Texas put 21 up the board while allowing nothing and came away with a 34-9 victory.

NR/25/23 Penn State (1-0) Penn State easily felled the Indiana State Sycamores 41-7.

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