Sunday, September 19, 2010

College Football: Week 3 Results

Week 3 is over and the dust has settled (be it from the complete routs or the incredible squeaky close. Last week, while posting the poll and results I made the following observations:
#6 Texas (2-0) on the road facing the Red Raiders of Texas Tech (2-0). Along with A & M and TCU, this is an intrastate rivalry of the first level.

And I was right. But only because the Longhorns played some sloppy ball…24-14.
#7 Oklahoma (2-0) hosting the Air Force Falcons (2-0). It’s not a traditional rivalry, but hey! Air Force had over 400 yards RUSHING last weekend against BYU—a ranked team at the time.

Air Force had another good week with 351 yards on the ground. But the Falcons came up t-h-i-s short against the Sooners 27-24.

Possible upsets include:
The Clemson Tigers at the #16 Auburn Tigers. Both are 2-0 but Auburn struggled last week against Mississippi State eking out a 17-14 victory. On the other hand, Clemson has won 35-10 and 58-21. The competition was not terribly strong—North Texas and Presbyterian—so this will be their first real test.

This one went to overtime and Clemson missed winning by a hair 27-24.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons at #19 Stanford (2-0) Cardinal. The Deacons scored 53 points in their first game…and 54 in their second. They’ve got an offense, but can they score against and stop the Cardinal.

Boy, oh boy. What was I thinking? Cardinal win 68-24.
The Maryland Terrapins are a bit scary. They might be able to take down the #21 Mountaineers who had to go to overtime to defeat the Thundering Herd of Marshall.

No fright night here. As the Mountaineers rolled out a passing AND rushing attack AND a defense in the same game 31-17.

Here are the results of the Week 3 games involving Top 25 teams.

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

1/1/1 Alabama (3-0) The Tide had no trouble with Duke (1-2) Saturday, rolling up a 62-13 score. Heisman winner Mark Ingram is not only back, he’s damn scary, too. I mean, 48 yards on his first touch of the season? (He had a 50-yard carry as well. He surpassed the 100-yard mark ON JUST THREE CARRIES!) Ingram finished the day with just 9 carries for 151 yards and two TDs. NINE carries? Did he even break a sweat? Miss him much? Oh yeah, QB Greg McElroy completed 14 of 20 for 258 yards and a carrier high tying 3 TDs. Neither Ingram nor McELroy played much beyond the first series in the third quarter.

2/2/2 Ohio State (3-0) romped over Ohio University Bobcats (1-2) 43-7 as Terrelle Pryor went 22 of 29 (16 consecutive completions set a school record) for 235 yards and two TDs and two INTs. The Bobcats proved to be turnover prone losing 3 of 5 fumbles and having two interceptions as well.

3/3/3 Boise State (2-0) The Broncos routed the Wyoming Cowboys (1-2) Saturday night 51-6. Kellen Moore completed 20 of 30 attempts for 370 yards and two as the offense piled up 648 net yards. Boise State's defense forced three turnovers—including a fumble recovery for a TD by Shea McClellin--as the Broncos extended their winning streak to 16.

4/5/4 TCU (3-0) The Horned Frogs had no trouble defeating the Baylor Bears (2-1) Saturday afternoon 45-10 as the dominated on both sides of the ball. Ed Wesley carried the ball 19 times for 165 yards and two TDs while teammate Andy Dalton completed 21 of 23 for 267 yards and two TD passes to Jeremy Kerley.

5/6/5 Oregon (3-0) demolished the Portland State Vikings (1-2) Saturday 69-0. Let’s see…72-0 over New Mexico, 48-13 over Tennessee, and now 69-0 over Portland State. LaMichael James ran for a career-high 227 yards on 14 carries with two touchdowns. He ran untouched for 66 yards into the end zone early on. And he did it all before halftime. With the second—and third team playing in the second half (it was 45-0 after the break) Oregon rolled up 528 yards on the ground, surpassing the school record of 465 set at Washington in 2007

6/4/8 Texas (3-0) The Longhorns beat the Red Raiders of Texas Tech (2-1) Saturday evening 24-14. Texas won despite committing four turnovers including a second quarter interception by Jarvis Phillips returned 87 yards for a Texas Tech TD. The Red Raiders gave the ball up three times themselves in a sloppily played game.

7/9/6 Oklahoma (3-0) The Sooners edged the Air Force Falcons (2-1) Saturday afternoon 27-24 despite being out rushed 351 yards to 113 yards. With the score 10-10 early in the third quarter, the Sooners put 17 up on the board and then held on in the fourth as the Falcons put up 14. While no Falcon rushed for 100 yards, the Sooners’ DeMarco Murray got 110 on 26 carries. He also scored two TDs on the ground and another on a 15-yard pass play from Landry Jones (26-42-254-0 and the one TD).

8/8/11 Nebraska (3-0) The Cornhuskers routed the Washington Huskies (1-2) Saturday 56-21. Taylor Martinez ran for 137 yards and three and threw for another 150 yards and a score. Martinez scored on a pair of 1-yard runs and went 80 yards for a TD on the first play of the second half. That run was the longest by a freshman in Nebraska history. Roy Helu Jr. added 110 yards and touchdown runs of 65 and 8 yards and the Cornhuskers ran for 383

9/10/7 Iowa (2-1) The Hawkeyes were upset by the Arizona Wildcats (3-0) late Saturday night 34-27. The Wildcats built a 27-2 halftime lead thanks in part to a Trevin Wade interception return of 85 yards and a Travis Cobb 100 yard kickoff return. Iowa wouldn’t lie down however, as Rick Stanzi tossed his second and third TD passes (the latter coming after a muffed punt recovery) and Broderick Binns ran back an interception 20 yards to tie the score in the fourth quarter. The extra point after that score was missed. The Wildcats’ Nick Foles—who finished the day 28 of 39 for 303 yards—then used a series of short, quick passes to march the team down the field before connecting with William Wright from 4 yards out to put the ‘Cats ahead to stay with 3:57 remaining on the clock.

10/7/10 Florida (3-0) The Gators beat Tennessee (1-2) Saturday afternoon 31-17. Matt Simms completed 19 of 31 for 259 yards and two TDs for the losing Volunteers. Two interceptions, a lost fumble and nine penalties—and a fake punt good for 36 yards by the Gators when the game was still in question—hurt Tennessee.

11/11/9 Wisconsin (3-0) The Badgers eked out a win over the Arizona State Sun Devils (2-1) Saturday afternoon 20-19. A blocked extra point with 4:09 left kept this one from going into OT. And a tackle on the one yard line on a kick return as time ran out at the end of the first half prevented ASU from winning. (They had already had a 97-yard kickoff return in the first quarter. )

12/13/12 Arkansas (3-0) The Razorbacks needed a late fourth-quarter TD to beat the Georgia Bulldogs (1-2) Saturday afternoon 31-24. Ryan Mallett threw a 40-yard scoring pass to Greg Childs with 15 seconds for the win. It was Mallett’s third TD toss of the day as he went 21 of 33 for 380 yards.

13/16/13 South Carolina (3-0) The Gamecocks beat the Furman Paladins (1-1) Saturday night 38-19. It wasn’t pretty, but the Gamecocks prevailed to remain undefeated.

14/14/15 Utah (3-0) The Utes romped over the New Mexico Lobos (0-3) Saturday night as they exploded for 28 points in the third quarter after taking a 21-0 lead into the half. Terrance Cain tossed three TD passes (20 of 23 for 249 yards) and ran for a fourth. Shaky Smithson had a 73 yard punt return.

15/12/20 LSU (3-0) The Tigers beat the Mississippi State Bulldogs (1-2) Saturday night 29-7. Patrick Peterson had two interceptions to spur the Tiger defense that had five (5) INTs and Josh Jasper made five field goals of 44, 32, 51, 37 and 21 yards for the stumbling offense.

16/15/16 Auburn (3-0) The Tigers of Auburn edged the Tigers of Clemson (2-1) in OT 27-24 when the possibly tying field goal was taken off the board by a procedure call and the next attempt went wide. This was a game of two halves, however. The first half belonged to the Clemson Tigers 17-3. The second (actually just the third quarter) belonged to Auburn, 21-7. A dropped Clemson pass—which could have won the game--lead to the field goal attempt that was made and then missed as the game ended.

17/17/19 Miami (Fla.) (1-1) The Hurricane are idle this week.

18/NA/17 Southern California (3-0) beat the Golden Gophers of Minnesota (1-2) Saturday afternoon 32-21. Allen Bradford rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries for the Trojans who attempted 2-point conversions after three of their five TDs. They were unsuccessful all three times. Hey, Kifflin! Let Joe Houston make the kicks as he did on the other two.

19/19/18 Stanford (3-0) The Cardinal routed the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (2-1) 68-24. And why not? They had Luck on their side. Andrew Luck threw four touchdown passes and ran 52 yards for another score as eight different Cardinal players found the end zone for TDs. (Only Chris Owusu got there twice with two Luck-y passes.) Stanford had 535 net yards on offense.

20/22/14 Michigan (3-0) outlasted the upset minded Minutemen of Massachusetts (2-1) Saturday afternoon 42-37. UMass rolled up 439 yards in net offense (217 on the ground, 222 in the air) and had 164 yards in kick returns. They got 26 first downs, owned the ball for 37:38 and were 2 for 2 in fourth down conversions. Problem was that their defense had trouble stopping the Wolverines. Michigan had 525 yards net offense (284 on the ground, 241 in the air). And, while they lost the other categories mentioned above (return yards: 45 yards; 22 first downs; 22:22 time of possession) they managed to hold off a surging UMass team that scored 20 points in the fourth quarter.

21/21/21 West Virginia (3-0) The Mountaineers romped over the Maryland Terrapins (2-1) Saturday afternoon 31-17. Sophomore Geno Smith threw a career-high four touchdown passes as he completed 19 of 29 attempts for 268 yards with one INT. Noel Devine rushed for a season-high 131 yards on 27 carries.

22/20/22 Penn State (2-1) shut out the Golden Flashes of Kent State (1-2) Saturday 24-0. Freshman Robert Bolden helped get the Lions off to a 14-0 first quarter start but was shaky in the second and third quarters before hitting on a 48 yard TD pass to Devon Smith in the fourth. Hey, the kid’s just 18 years old.

23/23/24 Houston (2-1) The Cougars lost to the Bruins of UCLA (1-2) Saturday night 31-13. More importantly, they lost star quarterback Case Keenum for the second week in a row early in the third quarter. Keenum attempted to make a tackle after tossing an interception to UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers. Ayers scored on a 77 yard return on the play to make the score 28-3. Keenum left the game at that point with a leg injury. Last week, after a similar play, he left the game with a mild concussion.

24/18/NA Arizona (3-0) The Wildcats upset the #9 Iowa Hawkeyes (2-1) late Saturday night 34-27. Arizona held a 27-7 lead at the half but gave it all back in the second half as Iowa tied it up at 27 all in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats recaptured the lead with 3:57 left and held on for dear life.

25/NA/NA Oregon State (1-1) The Beavers beat the Louisville Cardinals (1-2) late Saturday afternoon 35-28. Jacquizz Rodgers carried 24 times for 132 yards and 2 TDs. (He would get a third TD on a 4 yard pass from Ryan Katz. Adam Froman was 22 of 38 for 288 yards with one TD passing and two rushing as the Cardinals had 453 net yards of offense, but a late interception put a halt to what looked like a Louisville comeback bid.

NA/24/NA California (2-1) The Golden Bears fell to Nevada (3-0) Friday night 52-31. Colin Kaepernick tossed for one TD and ran for three more on 17 carries for 148 yards. Vai Taua added 151 yards on 25 carries as the Wolf Pack had 497 yards net offense. The Nevada defense added a Marlon Johnson 65 yard interception return and a Rishard Matthews fumble return for touchdowns. The Golden Bears rolled up 502 yards net offense but it wasn’t nearly enough.

NA/25/NA Missouri (3-0) The Tigers came from behind to edge San Diego State (2-1) Saturday 27-24. The Aztecs took a four point lead with less than 2 minutes remaining but saw T.J. Moe snatch a short sideline pass from Blaine Gabbert and turn it into a 68-yard TD with 51 seconds. That gave the Tigers the lead and the win.

NA/NA/23 Pittsburgh (1-1) The Panthers have the week off.

NA/NA/25 Florida State (2-1) The Seminoles beat the BYU Cougars (1-2) on Saturday 34-10. BYU kept it close in the first half and trailed only 13-10 at the intermission. After that…it was all Seminoles. Chris Thompson carried 9 times for 123 including an 83 yard TD on his first touch for FSU.

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