College Football Recap: Week 5
Texas Tech faced #24 Oklahoma State in Stillwater on Thursday night for the Big 12’s biggest game of the week. It was an offensive shootout, with the two teams combining for 1,000+ yards of total offense on the night. An impressive performance by Daxx Garman, who completed 17 of 31 passes for 370 yards and 4 TDs in only his second start for the Cowboys, was crucial to lifting them over the Red Raiders, 45-35.
The other Thursday night matchup, and the Pac-12’s marquee game, this week was #11 UCLA at #15 Arizona State. While this game was expected to be a close game, it was not, with UCLA gaining 582 total offensive yards with five plays of 80 yards of longer. This effort was led by QB Brett Hundley (18/23, 355 yards, 4TD), and bolstered by Ishmael Adams, who ran both an interception and a kickoff back for touchdowns. Despite the Bruins’ inexperienced defense allowing the Sun Devils to run 105 plays and gain 626 yards, all of the big plays for UCLA added up, and allowed them to win it in style, 62-27.
On Saturday, Pitt hosted Akron at Heinz Field. While many felt that this game should have been an easy victory for the Panthers, the Zips found ways to shut down Pitt’s offense, with James Conner held to only 92 yards. Chad Voytik looked shaky at best and was sacked several times, though he did pass for 220 yards and a TD. Despite starting a few promising drives, Pitt failed to capitalize on the majority of them, and Akron got a dominant upset win, 21-10.
Tennessee played #12 Georgia between the hedges in Athens, and the Vols put up a much bigger fight than the top 15 Bulldogs expected them to, leading the game for the entirety of the first quarter and staying within 11 for the entire game in an effort spearheaded by QB Justin Worley (23/35, 264 yards, 3 TDs), and RB Jalen Hurd (24 carries, 119 yards, 1 TD). However, Tennessee’s defense couldn’t hold off Heisman hopeful RB Todd Gurley, who rushed 28 times for 208 yards and two touchdowns to help win this one for the Bulldogs, 32-35.
Arkansas and #6 Texas A&M both played their second SEC game of the season in a neutral site game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Like several other matchups this week, the underdogs put up a much better fight than pundits expected them to, with the Razorbacks taking the Aggies to overtime thanks largely to their talented running back corps, with three different RBs rushing for a touchdown and two of those being on runs of at least 50 yards. Texas A&M finally got more into gear at the end of the game after being down 28-14 at the end of the third quarter, tying it up with 2:08 left in the fourth, and then winning it on a 25-yard TD pass from Kenny Hill (21.41, 386 yards, 4 TD) in overtime, 35-28.
In Florida State’s first game after Jameis Winston’s suspension, the #1 Seminoles faced NC State in Raleigh, where many upset victories have happened before. Indeed, the Wolfpack turned it on Saturday evening, with quarterback Jacoby Brisett (32/48, 359 yards, 3 TDs) leading the way. The Wolfpack also thrived off of FSU’s errors, most importantly the four turnovers (three of which were made by Jameis Winston) committed by the Seminoles. However, after being down 24-7 in the first quarter and 24-21 at the half, FSU mounted a comeback. NC State did not go down easily, but the ‘Noles eventually won the game 56-41, with Winston going 26 of 38 for 365 yards, 4 TDs, and two interceptions, and star RB Karlos Williams rushing 21 times for 126 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Penn State hosted Northwestern for homecoming in Happy Valley, but it was not a happy homecoming at all for the Nittany Lions. The Wildcat defense held Penn State’s offense to only 266 yards and kept the pressure on Christian Hackenberg all game long, sacking him four times and forcing an interception. With the defense holding Penn State down and the Nittany Lions’ defense not able to respond to Northwestern’s attacks on offense, the Wildcats won it in commanding fashion, 29-6.
The Battle for Columbia between Missouri and #13 South Carolina was a fierce one. The Gamecocks dominated most of the game, outgaining the Tigers 338 yards to 280, holding them scoreless through the second and third quarters, and eventually going up 20-7 with 7:25 to go in the fourth. That’s when Mizzou staged a miracle comeback, with QB Maty Mauk making several key passes and RB Russell Hansbrough running to complete two touchdown drives in in the last seven minutes to win it for the Tigers, 21-20.
TCU 56, SMU 0; Wyoming 14, #9 Michigan State 56; USF 10, #19 Wisconsin 27; UTEP 28, #25 Kansas State 58; Louisiana Tech 17, #5 Auburn 45, New Mexico State 7; Memphis 3, #10 Ole Miss 24; #9 Notre Dame 31, Syracuse 15; #7 Baylor 49, Illinois 14, #21 Nebraska 45; Oregon State 10, #18 USC 35; Cincinnati 28, #22 Ohio State 50; #16 Stanford 20, Washington 13; Minnesota 30, Michigan 14; Wake Forest 10, Louisville 20; Kent State 13, UVA 45, Texas 23, Kansas 0; UNC 35, Clemson 50; Duke 10, Miami (FL) 22; Colorado State 24, Boston College 21; Washington State 28, Utah 27; Army 43, Yale 49 (OT) in the 100th Yale Bowl.
Note: all rankings are from the AP Poll and are correct as of the time the game was played. They have not been updated to reflect the new AP Poll released on Sunday 9/28.
Written by: Morgan Flood