Tuesday, September 04, 2012

College Football, Week 1 Results

As expected from the schedule, there were a few blowouts this week, a couple of close games (some surprisingly close), but no upsets. Don't expect to see much movement in the rankings based upon what happened on opening day.

(Numbers given are the rankings of: AP/Coaches’/CBSSports. NR = Not Rated)

1/3/2 Southern California The Trojans rolled over the Hawaii’s Warriors on Saturday night 49-10. Matt Barkley completed 23 of 38 passes for 372 yards and four TDs.  Marqise Lee scored one of those TDs while making 10 catches for 197 yards. Lee also scored a TD on a 100-yard kick return.  The Trojans’ Hayes Pullard returned an interception 27 yards for a TD.

2/2/3 Alabama Did the Tide lose anyone to graduation/the NFL after 2011? Playing the #8 Michigan Wolverines at Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, Texas) on Saturday night it sure didn’t look like it. Alabama jumped out to a 31-0 lead on the basis of two TD passes from AJ McCarron (11-21 for 199 yards), a short TD run by Eddie Lacy and a 16-yard interception return by C.J. Mosely. The Wolverines’ Denard Robinson was under pressure all night and completed just 11 of 26 passes for 200 yards, one TD and three interceptions. In addition, Michigan State had just 69 rushing yards against Alabama’s swarming defense.

3/1/1 LSU The Tigers opened their season Saturday evening at home against the Mean Green of North Texas with q 41-14 rout. Zach Mettenberger was so-so in his debut at quarterback by LSU standards 19 completions on 26 attempts for 192 yards just one TD and an INT but Kenny Hillard rushed 13 times for 141 yards and two TDs and Odell Beckham returned a punt 70 yards for a TD for the Tigers to make up for any of Mettenberger’s shortcomings. Brelan Chancellor caught four passes for 114 yards and two TDs for the Mean Green.

4/4/4 Oklahoma The Sooners played on the road on Saturday night against the Texas-El Paso Miners and it wasn’t easy. The running game was bogged down and the Miners blocked two punts—returning one in the first quarter for a TD. The Sooners’ defense did enough, however,  and the offense put some points on the board giving Oklahoma a 24-7 win. Nathan Jeffery rushed 21 times for 177 yards for the Miners and scored their lone TD with a 24-yard blocked punt return. Landry Jones competed 21 of 36 passes for 222 yards and two TDs for the Sooners.

5/5/5 Oregon The Ducks jumped out to a 29-0 lead the Arkansas State Red Wolves at the end of the first quarter Saturday night and never looked back as the routed the Red Wolves 57-34. Redshirt freshman Marcus Mariota debuted for Oregon by completing 18 of 22 passes for 200 yards and three touchdowns. Ryan Aplin was 29 of 44 for 304 yards and three TDs for Arkansas State.

6/6/6 Georgia The Bulldogs rolled to a 45-23 victory over the Buffalo Bulls at home on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Todd Gurley scored three touchdowns as he ran for 100 yards and two TDs on just eight carries and returned a kickoff 100 yards for another score. Aaron Murray completed 15 of 26 for 258 yards and three TDs for the Bulldogs. Branden Oliver had 30 carries for 111 yards and a touchdown run for the Bulls.

7/7/7 Florida State The Seminoles trounced the Murray State Racers Saturday 69-3. The Seminoles, a Football Bowl Subdivision team, totaled 606 yards (285 on the ground) while holding Murray State, a Football Championship Subdivision school, to 156 yards. The Racers managed just 39 yards rushing. James Wilder carried the ball 12 times for 106 yards and two TDs while Lonnie Pryor scored three TDs on just five carries for 28 yards and Debrale Smiley tacked on two 1-yard TD runs (three carries for 14 yards) for the Seminoles.

8/8/9 Michigan The Wolverines got whupped by #2 Alabama at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX Saturday night.  The score was 41-14 at the end but it was 31-7 at the end of the first half. See above for more.

9/9/8 South Carolina The Gamecocks came from behind on the road to defeat the Vanderbilt Commodores Thursday night 17-13.

10/10/11 Arkansas The Razorbacks Tyler Wilson set school record for passing yards completing 19 of 27 attempts for 367 yards as Arkansas defeated the Jacksonville State Gamecocks (an FCS school) Saturday night 49-24.

11/11/10 West Virginia The Mountaineers creamed the Thundering Herd of intrastate rival Marshall on Saturday 69-34. Geno Smith threw for 323 yards and four touchdowns as he completed 32 of 36 passes without an interception before sitting out the fourth quarter. The Mountaineers’ Shawne Alston ran for 123 yards and two scores. Marshal’s Rakeem Cato completed 38 passes in 54 attempts for 413 yards and two TDs for the Thundering Herd.

12/12/12 Wisconsin The Badgers held on to defeat the Northern Iowa Panthers (an FCS school) Saturday afternoon by a score of 26-21. Montee Ball rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown and new starting quarterback Danny O'Brien completed 19 of 23 passes for 219 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Jared Abbrederis but it took a defensive play to stave off the Panthers threat. Defensive lineman Ethan Hermer batted down a pass on a fourth and 1 play deep in Wisconsin territory to end the Panthers’ hopes for a big upset.

13/13/14 Michigan State The Spartans came from behind to edge the Boise State’s Broncos Friday night 17-13. Boise’s offense just couldn’t get untracked. They managed just 206 yards net on 56 plays with their only TD came on a Jeremy Ioane 43-yard interception return in the second quarter. Le’Veon Bell rushed 44 times for the Spartans gaining 210 yards and scoring two TDs.

14/14/13 Clemson The Tigers edged the Tigers of Auburn on Saturday evening 26-19 behind the running of Andre Ellington (231 yards on 26 carries) and the receiving of DeAndre Hopkins (13 catches—a school record—for 119 yards and one TD). Clemson ran 87 plays for 528 yards net offense (320 on the ground)  while Auburn ran just 64 plays for a net 374 yards (180 of it on the ground).

15/15/17 Texas The Longhorns beat the Wyoming Cowboys Saturday night 37-17 as David Ash did a good deal of handing off. Joe Bergeron and Malcolm Brown both rushed for more than 100 yards and combined for three touchdowns. Bergeron had 15 carries for 110 yards (two TDs) and Brown 14 carries for 105 yards (one TD). Ash did throw the ball some. He completed 20 of 27 for 156 yards and one TD. Wyoming’s Brett Smith completed 16 of 28 for 276 yards and two TDs but also had two INTs. Both of Smith’s TDs went to Robert Herron (82 and 22 yards) who made five catches for 173 yards in the losing cause.

16/20/18 Virginia Tech The Hokies edged the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Monday night in overtime by a score of 20-17.

17/16/20 Nebraska The Cornhuskers romped over the visxiting Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles Saturday afternoon 49-20. Taylor Martinez threw for a career-high 354 yards and matched his high with five touchdown passes.

18/NR/15 Ohio State After spotting them to a 3-0 lead after one quarter of play, the Buckeyes routed the Miami (Ohio) Red Hawks Saturday 56-10. The Buckeyes offense managed just 48 yards in the first quarter but had 297 in the second. Braxton Miller completed 14 of 24 passes for 207 yards and two TDs. He also scored on a 65 yard run. Zac Dysert completed 31 of 53 attempts for 303 yards and one TD. He did toss 2 INTs, however.

19/19/19 Oklahoma State The Cowboys demolished the Savannah State Tigers (an FCS independent team) 84-0. Many of the Cowboys’ starters didn’t even make it to the second quarter as OK State jumped out to a 35-0 lead after one period of play. Savannah State has one only one game in each of the previous two seasons.

20/17/16 TCU The Horned Frogs had the week off, not beginning their season until Saturday the 8th of September against the Grambling Tigers.

21/18/21 Stanford The Cardinal edged the San Jose State Spartans Friday night at home 20-17. Welcome to a Luck-less season.

22/21/22 Kansas State The Wildcats lead the Missouri State Bears (an FCS team) at the half by a score of 9-6 and it was all tied in the third 9-9, but then something happened. The Wildcats put 42 unanswered points on the board—35 of them in the fourth quarter—and Kansas State could enjoy what looked like a blowout victory—but was anything but—51-9.

23/23/23 Florida The Gators hosted the Bowling Green Falcons Saturday afternoon and came away with a 27-14 win despite being tied 14-14 in the third quarter. Mike Gillislee carried the ball 24 times for 148 yards and two of the Gators TDs. Teammate Jeff Driskel completed 10 of 16 passes for 114 yards and one TD.  Matt Schilz was 24 of 49 for 204 yards and one INT for the Falcons.

24/22/25 Boise State The Broncos lost 17-13 to the #13 ranked Michigan State Spartans on the road Friday night. See above for more.

25/NR/NR Louisville The Cardinals defeated intrastate rival Kentucky Wildcats at home on Sunday afternoon 32-14. Sophomore Teddy Bridgewater lead Louisville on a 99-yard opening TD drive and followed with  drives of 82 and 93 yards on the Cardinals’ next two possessions. Bridgewater finished with 232 yards on 19-of-21 passing, a school record for completion percentage while teammate Jeremy Wright carried the ball 22 times for 105 yards and three TDs. Senorise Perry had 16 carries for 108 yards and a TD for Louisville.

NR/24/NR Notre Dame The Fighting Irish routed the Midshipmen of Navy 50-10 in Dublin, Ireland. Theo Riddick scored two TDs as he carried the ball 19 times for 107 yards. Stephon Tuitt—all 300 pounds of him—returned a fumble 77 yards for a TD and George Atkinson had TDs on runs of 55 yards and 3 yards as he rushed for 99 yards on 9 carries for the Irish.

NR/25/NR Auburn The Tigers lost 26-19 to the #14 Clemson Tigers on the road Saturday. See above for more.

NR/NR/24 Utah The Utes shut out the Northern Colorado Bears 41-0 Thursday night. John White carried the ball 24 times for 119 yards, Travis Wilson rushed for two TDs on just 7 carries for 15 yards, and Jake Murphy caught two TD passes from Jordan Wynn (19 of 27 for 200 yards). Joe Kruger returned an interception 24 yards for a TD. Utah held Northern Colorado to just 114 yards total net offense.

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