Sunday, September 12, 2010

College Football: Week 2 Results

Week 2 is in the can and there were a couple of surprises along the way. Some were downright upsets (Virginia Tech losing to James Madison, Brigham Young falling to Air Force) but some were near misses to unranked foes (West Virgina vs Marshall) or complete collapses against higher ranked teams (see #1 Alabama vs #18 Penn State or #10 Oklahoma vs #17 Florida State.

[The three numbers for the rankings are from the AP Top 25, The Harris Coaches’ Poll, and An “NR” means that that particular poll did Not Rank the team.]

1/1/1 Alabama (2-0) downed #18 Penn State (1-1) Saturday night 24-3. for the second consecutive week Trent Richardson lined up in the backfield for injured Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram. No problem! Richardson ran for 144 yards and one TD. The ‘Bama defense had three interceptions and a fumble recovery that helped keep the Nittany Lions out of the end zone.

2/2/2 Ohio State (2-0) beat #12 Miami (Fla.) (1-1) Saturday afternoon 36-24. Ohio State’s defense got four interceptions. Defensive end Cameron Heyward returned on 80 yards. Unfortunately for the 6-foot-5, 288-pound the interception was made at the 6 or 7-yard line. No TD for you, Big Guy! (Terrelle Pryor did score on the next play from 13-yards out.) Miami scored two of its TDs on special teams play. The first was an 88-yard kickoff return by Lamar Miller following an OSU field goal. The second was a 79-yard punt return by Travis Benjamin. Devon Barclay converted on field goals of 24, 41, 21, 24, and 24 yards for the Buckeyes. He also made three extra points for a total of 18 points for the day.

3/3/3 Boise State (1-0) did not play this week but probably saw their position weakened by the James Madison win over #13 Virginia Tech.

4/5/4 TCU (2-0) routed Tennessee Tech (0-2) by a score of 62-7 Saturday night. But the Horned Frogs tried NOT to score so much. They just couldn’t help it. They tried running out the clock and didn't even throw a pass while scoring three times in the fourth quarter. In fact, only the first of the eight offensive TDs scored by the Frogs came through the air—a 24-yard pass from Andy Dalton to Josh Boyce. The other seven all came on the ground—by six different players. (Only Matthew Tucker got two.) The ninth TCU TD came on Jason Teague’s 29-yard interception return in the first quarter.

5/4/5 Texas (2-0) beat Wyoming (1-1) Saturday night 34-7 in an otherwise ho-hum performance. It seemed the Longhorns were just going through the motions in the first half before Wyoming quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels scampered 18 yards for a touchdown and a 7-6 lead. Then it was Katy-bar-the-door! Texas’ Foswhitt Whittaker scored four plays later on a 39 yard run. The Longhorn D got the ball right back near midfield and Mike Davis scored on a 45 yd pass and run from Garrett Gilbert on the next play for a 20-7 halftime score. Cody Johnson would add two more TDs in the second half on short one and two-yard runs.

6/7/10 Nebraska (2-0) scored 28 points in the second quarter to take a 31-3 lead into the half as they went on to defeat Idaho (1-1) 38-17 Saturday. The Huskers’ defense intercepted Nate Enderle 5 times and returned two of them for TDs. Three of those INTs and both of those returned for TDs happened in the 2nd quarter. They also sacked the Vandal QB 7 times. Nebraska’s D had to be that god because the O stumbled and stalled—often—with four turnovers of their own and 10 penalties for 123 yards. Despite the sloppy play, Nebraska had 471 net yards on offense.

7/8/7 Oregon (2-0) started slow but then hammered Tennessee (1-1) Saturday night 48-13. In the early going it was 13-3 Volunteers. Tauren Poole had 111 yards rushing in the first quarter alone. Then the lightening and rain interrupted play for an hour. Poole would finish the game with just 162 yards on 23 carries. When they returned to the field, the Ducks had the advantage.

8/6/9 Florida (2-0) beat South Florida (1-1) 38-14 Saturday after getting off to a slow start. It was 7-7 at the half but the Gators put 21 points up on the scoreboard in the third quarter and it was clear sailing from there. Jeff Demps rushed for 139 yards including a 3rd quarter 62-yard score, had 95 yards on kick returns and 21 yards receiving for the Gators. The defense did its share forcing the Bulls to turn the ball over five times (four interceptions and a fumble).

9/9/6 Iowa (2-0) routed Iowa State (1-1) 35-7 Saturday. It wasn’t that close as the Hawkeyes scored on four of their first five drives. Ricky Stanzi threw two touchdown passes and ran for another in leading to a 28-0 halftime score. He would finish the day with 204 yards in the air after completing 11 of 18 tosses. Adam Robinson rushed for a career-high 156 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries as the Hawkeyes rumbled for 275 yards on the ground against the Cyclones.

10/10/11 Oklahoma (2-0) trounced #17 Florida State (1-1) 47-17 Saturday afternoon in a game that wasn’t as close as the score indicates. Landry Jones threw for 380 yards and four touchdowns for the Sooners.

11/11/8 Wisconsin (2-0) beat San Jose State (1-1) Saturday 27-14. John Clay carried the ball 23 times for the Badgers gaining 137 yards and scoring two 1-yard TDs.

12/12/13 Miami (Fla.) (1-1) lost Ohio State (2-0) 36-24 Saturday afternoon. Jacory Harris tossed four interceptions for the ‘Canes. In what was supposed to be a match-up of Heisman Trophy candidates, neither Harris nor Terrelle Pryor looked particularly sharp.

13/13/15 Virginia Tech (0-2) dropped their second consecutive game of the year as they lost to James Madison (2-0) 21-16 Saturday afternoon. Drew Dudzik ran for two touchdowns and threw for another for the Dukes. He threw just eight times but completed five of those tosses for 121 yards. Jamal Sullivan took one of those passes 77 yards for the TD. Va. Tech had the advantage in first downs (23-14) and net yards (362-235), but they were just 5 of 10 on third down conversions and 0 for 1 on fourth down. The Hokies also lost two fumbles and gave up 126 yards on kick returns. And, they could not get the ball into the end zone against the Dukes. Chris Hazley had to convert on field goals of 30, 41 and 28 yards.

14/15/16 Arkansas (2-0) rolled over Louisiana-Monroe (0-1) Saturday night 31-7. Arkansas and Ryan Mallet started off slowly—it was just 7-0 at the half which prompted a chorus of boos from the Razorback fans—but they woke up in the second half. Mallett completed 28 of 43 passes -- including 16 of 20 in the second half -- and passed for 400 yards and three touchdowns (he got another on a 1-yard run) and the Razorbacks' offense to put away the Warhawks. Greg Childs caught 12 of Mallets passes for 146 yards and two TDs.

15/17/22 Georgia Tech (1-1) fell at Kansas (1-1) 28-25 on Saturday. That’s the same Kansas that lost to North Dakota State in week 1. Red-shirt freshman Jordan Webb made his first start at QB for the Jayhawks and was 18 of 29 for 179 yards and three TD passes. True freshman running back James Sims ran for 101 yards and a TD on 17 carries. Sims did not play against North Dakota State. QB Joshua Nesbitt scored two TDs on the ground (with just 33 yards rushing) and passed for a third for the Yellow Jackets.

16/NR/14 Southern California (2-0) edged passed Virginia (1-1) 17-14 Saturday night. Matt barkley was 20 of 35 for 202 yards and 2 first half TDs for USC.

17/18/12 Florida State (1-1) lost at #10 Oklahoma (2-0) on Saturday 47-17.

18/14/17 Penn State (1-1) was nearly shutout by #1 Alabama (2-0) Saturday night as the Tide rolled 24-3.

19/16/25 LSU(2-0) rolled to a 27-3 victory over Vanderbilt (0-2) Saturday night. Stevan Ridley rushed 17 times for 159 yards and scored on a 65-yard run to lead the Tigers.

20/20/18 Utah (2-0) got its 19th consecutive home win at the expense of UNLV (0-2) 38-10 Saturday afternoon. Terrance Cain completed 13 of 20 for 207 yards and a long 55-yard TD to Shaky Smithson. Smithson also had a 77 yard punt return for a TD of the Utes. Tim Hanson returned a blocked punt 19 yards for the Rebels only TD.

21/20/19 Auburn (2-0) edged Mississippi State (1-1) Thursday night 17-14. Cameron Newton threw for two TDs on 11 of 19 passing for 136 yards and ran for another 70 yards on 18 carries in leading the Tigers over the Bulldogs. But it was the Auburn defense that saved the day. Trailing 17-7 at halftime, Mississippi State was able to grind out a 12-play, 63-yard drive midway through the third quarter that made it a 17-14 game. The Bulldogs succeeded in recovering the ensuing onsides kick but that was the Tiger D shut them down the rest of the way.

22/19/20 Georgia (1-1) fell to the visiting #24 South Carolina Gamecocks (2-0) Saturday by a score of 17-6. Freshman Marcus Lattimore ran 37 times for 182 yards and two touchdowns for Coach Steve Spurrier’s SC squad

23/22/21 West Virginia (2-0) had to come from 15 points down in the fourth quarter to force overtime and then beat Marshall (0-2) 24-21 Friday night. Being behind, forced the Mountaineers to go to the air and freshman Geno Smith came through with a 32 of 45 performance for 316 yards and the tying TD and two-point conversion. The ground game wasn’t forgotten, however, as Noel Devine rushed 23 times for 112 yards. (He also caught 10 passes for 62 yards.) Marshall’s Brian Anderson completed 20 of 29 for 229 yards and three TDs and Martin Ward rushed 11 times for 101 yards in the loss.

24/25/NR South Carolina (2-0) beat #22 Georgia (1-1) Saturday 17-6.

25/NR/NR Stanford (2-0) shutout UCLA (0-2) Saturday night 35-0. Andrew Luck completed 11 of 24 for 151 yards and two TDs. He also rushed 7 times for 63 yards in leading the Cardinal over the Bruins in the Rose Bowl. Michael Thomas returned a fumble 21 yards for a TD.

NR/24/NR Brigham Young (1-1) got trod into the ground by Air Force (2-0) Saturday afternoon 35-14. Sure, the Falcons scored their first TD via the air, a 37 yard pass from Tim Jefferson to Mikel Hunter in answer to an earlier BYU TD run, but everything after that was ground pounding. As Jefferson (5 yards), Hunter (33 yards), Jonathan Warzeka (46 yards) and Nathan Walker (5 yards) all scored on the ground while helping the Falcons amass 409 yards of rushing offense and 477 yards net offense.

NR/NR/23 Pittsburgh (1-1) beat up on New Hampshire (1-1) Saturday afternoon, 38-16. Starting slowly, the Panthers Tino Sunseri tossed one TD with 8 seconds left in the first half (2 yards to Cameron Saddler) and then another (56 yards to Jon Baldwin) less than five minutes into the second to give Pittsburgh a 24-3 lead. Sunseri would finish the day with 24completions in 34 attempts for 275 yards and two TDs. Dion Lewis carried the ball 10 times for just 27 and one TD but Ray Graham picked up the slack in the ground game with 9 carries for 115 yards for Pitt.

NR/NR/24 Houston (2-0) beat Texas-El Paso (1-1) Friday night 54-24. Bryce Beall rushed for 195 yards and three touchdowns for the Cougars. Michael Hayes carried 17 for 77 and two TDs of his own for Houston. Trevor Vittatoe was 30 of 54 for 340 yards and three touchdowns for the Miners in the losing cause.

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