Some were high scoring. Some were close. Some had wild finishes. Some went to overtime. There were some great individual performances. In short, a typical week in college football. Only thing missing was a huge upset or two.
Rankings this week were expanded to include those from CBSSports.com. The numbers are Associated Press, Coaches Poll and CBSSports.com. NR means the team is “Not Ranked” in that particular poll. The team’s current record is in parentheses following their name.
1/1/1 Alabama (5-0) The Crimson Tide had an easy time in defeating the Georgia State Panthers (0-5) 45-3. AJ McCarron completed 15 of 16 passes for 166 yards and four TDs—in the first half. Blake Simms played the second half and went 14 of 18 for 130 yards and one TD.
2/2/2 Oregon (5-0) The Ducks routed the Colorado Buffaloes (2-2) 57-16. A 75-yard TD pass from Paul Richardson to D.D. Goodson put the Buffaloes ahead 10-7 in the first quarter, but that was the only highlight for Colorado. Marcus Mariota scored twice on the ground and threw five TD passes on 16 completions of 27 attempts for 355 yards. Byron Marshall rushed to 122 yards on 23 carries and Bralon Addison had TD catches of 75 and 44 yards as the Ducks improved to 5-0.
3/4/5 Clemson (5-0) The Tigers routed the Syracuse Orange (2-3) 49-14. Tigers led 35-7 at the half. Tajh Boyd threw for 455 yards and five TDs in just three quarters of play. Boyd hit Adam Humphries for TDs of 60 and 42 yards in the first quarter and also had a 40 yard TD pass to Martavis Bryant and hit Sammy Watkins for a 91 yard scoring play before calling it a day.
4/3/4 Ohio State (6-0) The Buckeyes got a scare from the #16 Northwestern Wildcats (4-1) but depth appears to have been the deciding factor as the Buckeyes held on for a 40-30 win. Ohio State trailed by 10 points in the third quarter but proved to be a little too much of the Wildcats. Northwestern used two quarterbacks much of the day. Trevor Siemian was 13 of 18 for 245 yards and two TD passes. His partner, Kain Colter was 12 of 12 for 98 yards, scored once in the ground, and caught one of Siemian’s TD tosses. Carlos Hyde carried the ball—and Ohio State. He rushed 26 times for 168 yards and three TDs
5/5/3 Stanford (5-0) The Cardinal hung on to defeat the #15 Washington Huskies (4-1) 31-28. Keith Price completed 33 of 48 for 350 yards and two TDs against the Cardinal defense and the Huskies would out gain the Cardinal 489 yards to 284, have 30 first downs to the Cardinal 14, but it wasn’t enough. Ty Montgomery opened the game with a 99-yard kick return for a Stanford 7-0 lead. He later caught a 39-yards pass from Kevin Hogan for another score. Hogan would also score on a four-yard run.
6/6/12 Georgia (4-1) The Bulldogs had to come from behind and then get a little lucky in OT to edge the Tennessee Volunteers (3-3) 34-31. Aaron Murray went 19 of 35 for 196 yards and three TDs. His last came with second on the clock to tie the score at 31 all. While Georgia saw Keith Marshall leave the game with a knee injury, Murray connected with Rantavious Wooten for two scores. Tennessee saw Rajion Neal rush 28 times for 148 yards and two TDs. In overtime, Tennessee’s Alton Howard, in attempting to stretch out across the goal line, lost control of the ball and saw it roll out of bounds for a touchback instead of a touchdown. Georgia’s Marshall Morgan then kicked a 42-yard field goal for the win
7/7/8 Louisville (5-0) The Cardinals beat the Temple Owls (0-5) 30-7. Teddy Bridgewater threw for 228 yards and two TDs in the first half. He finished the day with just those two TDs but was 25 of 35 for 345 yards and no INTs. Temple didn’t get on the board until very late in the fourth quarter, thus avoiding the shutout.
8/8/7 Florida State (5-0) The Seminoles shut out the #25 Maryland Terrapins (4-1) 63-0. Jameis Winston tossed five touchdown passes as he completed 23 of 32 attempts for 393 yards. FSU’s defense held Maryland to just 33 yards rushing on 25 carries.
9/9/10 Texas A&M (4-1) The Aggies had this weekend off.
10/11/6 LSU (5-1) The Tigers ran away from the Mississippi State Bulldogs (2-3) 59-26. It was close at the half (28-23 LSU), it was close after three quarters (31-26 LSU), but that fourth quarter was all LSU. Jeremy Hill carried the ball for LSU 16 times for 157 yards and two TDs. Teammate Kenny Hilliard had just 6 carries for 39 yards but crossed the goal line three times and Zach Mettenberger completed 25 of 29 for 340 yards and two TDs for LSU.
11/10/11 Oklahoma (5-0) The Sooners edged the Horned Frogs of TCU (2-3) 20-17. Brennan Clay had a 75-yard TD run in the fourth quarter to put the Sooners ahead 20-10. Trevone Boykin scored twice on the ground for TCU.
12/13/9 UCLA (4-0) The Bruins remained undefeated Thursday night beating the Utah Utes (3-2) 34-27UCLA’s QB Brett Hundley ran for a TD, threw for a TD and caught a pass for a TD to lead the Bruins to a big road win. To prove he’s not perfect, however, he did throw an INT that Keith McGill returned 19 yards for a Ute TD. That tied the game at 24. Hundley then scooted for a 36 yard TD run with one contact lens. "To be honest, I just saw some black jerseys and I was trying to run away from them," Hundley said. http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/gametracker/recap/NCAAF_20131003_UCLA@UTAH
13/12/19 South Carolina (4-1) The Gamecocks held on to win over the Kentucky Wildcats (1-4) 35-28. Kentucky scored 21 points in the fourth quarter but it was too little too late. They trailed 27-7 when they came alive. In the middle of their scoring surge, Connor Shaw scored on a two yard run and connected with Nick Jones for a 2-point conversion to give the Gamecocks a 35-21 cushion.
14/14/14 Miami (Fla.) (5-0) The Hurricanes beat the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-2) 45-30. Canes suffered from four turnovers (two INTs and two lost fumbles) but Stephen Morris tossed three TDs as he went 17 of 22 for 324 yards. Tech had 335 yards rushing on 62 carries but just 66 yards passing. Miami had 227 yards on 31 carries lead by Duke Johnson’s 22 carries for 184 yards. Ladarius Gunter returned an interception 30 yards for the final Miami score putting the canes ahead 45-23.
15/18/16 Washington (4-1) The Huskies fell to the #5 Stanford Cardinal (5-0) 31-28. See above for more.
16/15/17 Northwestern (4-1) The Wildcats fell to the #4 Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0) 40-30. See above for more
17/16/15 Baylor (4-0) The Bears routed the West Virginia Mountaineers (3-3) 73-42. The Mountaineers won the fourth quarter 21-7 but that was about all they did against the Bears who ran 95 plays, gained 864 yards and had 38 first downs. (WVA had 75 plays, 394 yards and 21 first downs.) Bryce Petty completed 17 of 25 for 347 yards and two TDs and ran for a third, Glasco Martin scored twice on 2-yard runs and Lache Seastrunk had TD runs of 80 and 19 yards for Baylor. Two of WVA’s TDs came from the defense, Karl Joseph recovered a fumble in the end zone in the first quarter (making it 7-7) and Darwin Cook returned an interception 32 yards for the final score of the game. Baylor has scored 69, 70, 70 and now 73 points in their first four games. With Kansas State, Iowa State and Kansas as their next three opponents, the scoring may not stop anytime soon.
18/19/22 Florida (4-1) The Gators beat the Arkansas Razorbacks (3-3) 30-10. The Gators fell behind early but rallied strongly. Arkansas led 7-3 when Loucheiz Purifoy had a 42-yd interception return for a score Solomon Patton--who had six catches for 124 yards--added a pair of TDs and as the Gators put up 24 unanswered points.
19/17/18 Michigan (5-0) The Wolverines beat the Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-2) 42-13. Undoubtedly worried about their Coach (Hill had stayed home because he felt ill and then had another seizure), the Golden Gophers never really got untracked. Devin Gardner scored once on the ground and tossed a TD pass but more importantly didn’t toss and INT and didn’t lose a fumble (he did have to recover one of his own) for the Wolverines who had no turnovers since…well, forever. Blake Countess returned an INT 72 yards for the final Michigan score.
20/22/23 Texas Tech (5-0) The Red Raiders routed the Kansas Jayhawks (2-2) 54-16. The Raiders got off to a slow start as they trailed the Jayhawks 10-0 after one quarter of play, but after that…. Texas Tech ripped off 54 unanswered points. Baker Mayfield was 33 of 51 for 368 yards for Tech but didn’t get a TD pass. His replacement, Davis Webb came in with the Raiders leading 37-10 and completed 3 of 6 passes and got two TDs. Go figure.
21/20/13 Oklahoma State (4-1) The Cowboys came from behind late against the Kansas State Wildcats (2-3) to win 33-29. J.W. Walsh was 24 of 38 for 245 yards. His only TD pass came with 4:13 remaining to put the Cowboys ahead for good. Oklahoma State had NO first downs in the third quarter but the defense forced three consecutive turnovers resulting in two field goals.
22/24/NR Arizona State (3-2) The Sun Devils were edged by the Irish of Notre Dame (4-2) in Arlington, Texas. Tommy Rees completed 17 of 38 for 279 yards and three TDs for the Irish. He also tossed on INT that Osahon Irabor returned 37 yards for a Sun Devil TD. The Irish’s Dan Fox returned the favor late in the game returning a Taylor Kelly INT 14 yards for a Notre Dame TD. Kelly went 33 of 47 for 362 yards and three TDs but also tossed two TDs.
23/21/25 Fresno State (5-0) The Bulldogs cruised passed the Idaho Vandals (1-5) 61-14. Derek Carr had 390 yards passing and all five of his touchdown passes in the first 30 minutes. He finished the day 37 of 48 for 419 yards. Davante Adams caught three of those TD passes as he caught 16 for 185 yards. Marteze Waller added two TDs on 19 carries for 157 yards.
24/NR/20 Ole Miss (3-2) The Rebels fell to the Auburn Tigers (4-1) 30-22. Auburn QB Nick Marshall rushed 14 times for 140 yards and two TDs. Bo Wallace was 25 of 48 for 336 yards and two late TDs but also tossed two INTs, one of which Robenson Therezie returned 78 yards for an Auburn score.
25/NR/NR Maryland (4-0) The Terrapins got creamed by the #8 Florida State Seminoles (4-0) 63-0. See above for more.
NR/23/NR Northern Illinois (5-0) The Huskies defeated the Kent State (2-4) 38-24. Cameron Stingily ran for a career-high 266 yards and two scores for the Huskies who had 698 net yards—454 on the ground--and 36 first downs to Kent States 392 yards and 15 first downs.
NR/25/NR Nebraska (4-1) The Cornhuskers beat the Fighting Illini (3-2) 39-19 behind the running of Ameer Abdullah. Abdullah had a career high 225 yards on 20 carries and scored two TDs. Tommy Armstrong started in place of injured Taylor Martinez and led Nebraska to touchdowns on its first three possessions.
NR/NR/21 Wisconsin (3-2) The Badgers had this weekend off.
NR/NR/24 UCF (4-1) The Knights came from behind with two late, yet quick TDs against the Memphis Tigers (1-3) to win 24-17. The Knights’ lineman Chris Martin recovered a fumble in the end zone with 2:05 left. To tie the game at 17 all. On the ensuing kickoff, Memphis returner Marquis Warford fumbled when he was tackled by UCF's William Stanback. Drico Johnson grabbed the ball and ran 12 yards for the Knights' 24-17 lead. Stanback scored the other UCF touchdown in the third quarter. UCF’s offense was limited to 95 yards in the first half, but they had a 91-yard drive in the third that led to Stanback’s 1-yard TD run that almost doubled their output.