Week 1 is in the books and it was a week full of surprises on both the individual level (Jameis Winston) and team (Washington shredded Boise State and Eastern Washington beat Oregon State) level. Here’s the results along with some of the outstanding performances from the first weekend.
The numbers on the left are the rankings in the Associated Press Poll, Coaches’ Poll and CBSSports Poll. NR means the team is “Not Ranked” in that particular poll.
1/1/1 Alabama The Crimson Tide cruised to a 35-10 victory over the Virginia Tech. It was the Christian Jones’ show. He returned a punt 72 yards for a TD. Later he returned a kickoff 94 yards for a TD. And finally he caught a pass from AJ McCarron and went 38 yards for a TD.
2/2/2 Ohio State The Buckeyes jumped out to a 23-0 lead over the Buffalo Bulls after the first quarter. OSU went on to win 40-20. Not perfect, but good enough.
3/3/4 Oregon The Ducks DID play this week—sorta. Their opponent was Nicholls State. The rout (66-3) was to be expected. Marcus Mariota ran for two TDs and threw for a third while teammate De’Anthony Thomas ran for two more scores as the Ducks rolled up 500 yards rushing against the Colonels. (Thomas carried the ball 18 times for 128 yards. Byron Marshall had 8 carries for 124 yards. Mariota ran 5 times for 113 yards.)
4/4/3 Stanford has the weekend off. The Cardinal begin play at home against San Jose State on Saturday September 7th.
5/5/5 Georgia The Bulldogs lost a close one on the road to the #8 Clemson Tigers, 38-35. Tajh Boyd completed 18 of 30 passes for 270 yards and three TDs. He also ran for two more scores in leading the Tigers over the Bulldogs. On the Georgia side of the ball, Aaron Murray completed 20 of 29 attempts for 323 yards but no TDs. He did, however, score one on the ground, and Todd Gurley rushed 12 times for 154 yards and two TDs—one for 75 yards.
6/7/7t South Carolina The Gamecocks got off to a 17-0 lead over the University of North Carolina Tar Heels after the first quarter. South Carolina won 27-10. Shaq Roland caught a 65 yard TD pass from Connor Shaw and Mike Davis ran 75 yards for another to lead the Gamecocks over the Tar Heels.
7/6/7t Texas A&M The Aggies beat the Rice Owls, 52-31. Johnny Manziel served his first half suspension. Then he threw three TD passes and acted like a fool. Rice ran 88 plays for 509 yards to A&M’s 66 plays for 486 yards.
8/8/6 Clemson The Tigers edged the #5 Georgia Bulldogs, 38-35. (I said, “Sorry Tigers. If it were at Clemson it might be a different story.” Well, it WAS at Clemson. And Death Valley proved to be just that.) See above for more details.
9/9/9 Louisville The Cardinals routed the Ohio University Bobcats, 49-7. Teddy Bridgewater wasn’t perfect—but he was pretty close. Bridgewater completed 23 of 28 passes for 355 yards and five touchdowns. He did, however, throw one INT.
10/10/10 Florida The Gators had an easy time defeating the Toledo Rockets 24-6. Mack Brown stepped in and stepped up for the Gators. He carried the ball 25 times for 112 yards and scored two TDs as he started in place of an ailing Matt Jones.
11/12/11 Florida State The Seminoles routed the Pittsburgh Panthers 41-13. Call it the Jameis Winston show. The redshirt freshman debuted on a national stage and was as perfect as someone not named Joe Hardy could be. Winston completed 25 of 27 attempts for 356 yards and four TDs. Oh and he ran for a TD also. Three of his TD passes went to his tight end Nick O’Leary who had three all last year. Tom Savage who led Rutgers to a 12-1 record in his freshman season back in 2009 and who’s last TD pass before tonight was against Pitt in a mop up roll in the final game of 2010 but who has been sitting out the last two seasons, marched Pitt down the field on the opening drive to take a 7-0 lead. Then Winston and the Seminoles took over. Savage finished 15 of 28 for 201 yards and that one TD. He did toss two INTs—or as many as Winston had incompletes.
12/13/12 LSU The Tigers beat the #20 TCU Horned Frogs 37-27. Terrance Magee scored two rushing TDs—one from 52 yards out. B.J. Catalon returned a kickoff 100 yards for a TD and rushed for another for the Horned Frogs.
13/14/13 Oklahoma State The Cowboys trailed the Mississippi State Bulldogs 3-0 after one quarter but hat would be all the points Mississippi State would get. Meanwhile, Oklahoma State scored a touchdown in each of the three remaining quarters to win 21-3. J.W. Walsh threw for 135 yards and ran for another 125 and a touchdown while Jeremy Smith rushed for 102 yards and two TDs. The Bulldogs’ Tyler Russell finished 10 of 16 for 133 yards but suffered a head injury in the third quarter and went to the locker room. He is doubtful for this Saturday.
14/11/16 Notre Dame The Irish beat the Temple Owls, 28-6. Tommy Rees completed 16 of 23 for 346 yards and three TDs—two of them 32-yard strikes to DaVaris Daniels.
15/15/14 Texas The Longhorns didn’t score in the first quarter. Neither did the New Mexico State Aggies. After that it was all Texas, 56-7. Actually, that’s not true. New Mexico scored first on an Andrew McDonald 11-yard pass to Joshua Bowen. McDonald would complete 32 of 46 attempts for 242 yards but was not nearly enough. McDonald threw one INT and the Aggies lost two of four fumbles. Texas lost one of two fumbles and David Ash tossed two INTs—but he also competed 20 f 28 passes for 343 yards and four TDs. He also scored once on the ground. Jalen Overstreet scored two rushing TDs in the fourth quarter. Texas had 715 yards net offense to New Mexico’s 346 yards.
16/16/15 Oklahoma The Sooners shut out the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks 34-0. Redshirt freshman Trevor Knight rushed for 103 yards and threw for three TDs in his debut for the Sooners. The defense did the rest as they held the Warhawks to just 166 yards net offense and just 38 yards rushing.
17/17/17 Michigan The Wolverines routed the Central Michigan Chippewas 59-9. Joe Reynolds returned a blocked punt 30 yards for a TD to start the scoring but Devin Gardner completed 10 of 15 for 162 yards and one TD. He also scored two on the ground as did teammate Fitzgerald Toussaint for Michigan.
18/18/18 Nebraska The Cornhuskers had a tough time against the Wyoming Cowboys but came away with a 37-34 win. The Cowboys had 602 net yards offense behind Brett Smith’s 383 yards passing (29 of 43). Smith tossed four TD passes—but it wasn’t enough. Taylor Martinez completed 17 of 22 for 155 yards and three TDs, Ameer Abdullah rushed 19 times for 114 yards and Imani Cross ran 13 times for 105 yards and two TDs to lead the Cornhuskers to victory.
19/19/21 Boise State The Broncos were beaten badly by the Washington Huskies in their new home, 38-6. They are not likely to be on this list next week. Keith Price completed 23 of 31 passes for two TDs and Bishop Sankey rushed 25 times for 161 yards and two TDs for the Huskies.
20/20/20 TCU The Horned Frogs fell to the #12 LSU Tigers 37-27. See above for more details.
21/21/22 UCLA The Bruins beat the Nevada Wolfpack, 58-20. It was 17-13 at the half but adjustments were made that allowed the Bruins to score, score, score. Brett Hundley completed 22 of 33 attempts for 274 yards and two TDs. He also rushed for two TDs as he lead to the Bruins offense which had 647 yards net offense.
22/22/NR Northwestern The Wildcats beat the California Golden Bears, 44-30. Collin Ellis returned two interceptions—52 yards and 40 yards—for TDs and Treyvon Green rushed 16 times for 129 yards and two more TDs to lead the Wildcats over the Golden Bears. True freshman Jared Goff completed 38 of 63 attempts for 445 yards and two TDs for California. If not for the three INTS it would have been an impressive debut.
23/23/NR Wisconsin The Badgers shutout the Minutemen of Massachusetts, 45-0. Joel Stave tossed for two TDs—both to Jared Abbrederis (65 and 57 yards), but it was the Badgers’ ground game that was most impressive. Three players rushed for more than 100 yards: Melvin Gordon (13 rushes for 144 yards), James White (11 for 143) and Corey Clement (16 for 101). Each scored once on the ground as did Stave.
24/24/24 USC The Trojans had little trouble defeating the Rainbow Warriors of Hawaii 30-13. Josh Shaw returned an interception for a TD.
25/25/NR Oregon State Beavers also played this week. (I blame the team web sites on CBSSports.com. it listed no games for either Oregon team.) The Beavers probably wish they hadn’t played. The got beat in the last seconds by Eastern Washington, 49-46. Sean Mannion completed 37 of 43 passes for 422 yards and three TDs but it wasn’t enough. The Eagles’ Vernon Adams completed 23 of 30 for 411 yards and four TDs. He also scored twice on the ground. The second was the final—and winning—score.
NR/NR/19 Baylor. The Bears routed the Wofford Terriers, 69-3. Lache Seastrunk scored twice on the ground, Bryce Petty threw two TD passes, Chris McAllister returned an INT 25 yards for a TD and Second string QB Seth Russell tossed one TD pass and ran for another as the Baylor offense rolled up 692 net yards on offense.
NR/NR/23 Miami The Hurricane beat the FAU Owls, 34-6. Duke Johnson had 182 yards and a TD on 19 carries for the Hurricanes.NR/NR/25 Ole Miss The Rebels edged the Vanderbilt Commodores, 39-35.Wesley Tate scored twice and Jeff Scott scored on a 75 yard rush in the closing minute to put the Rebels ahead for the win. Barry Brunetti and Bo Wallace scored twice each for Ole Miss but it turned out to not be enough.