Daily Blog • September 10th


Week 2 Top 25 Performances

LSU Washington 242 195 41 26 157 3 0 254 108.13
KANSAS ST Miami, Fl 308 210 52 44 221 13 2 253 103.015
UCLA Nebraska 286 362 36 258 180 30 1 210 102.74
TULSA Tulane 364 287 45 7 170 10 -1 474 100.54
ARIZONA ST Illinois 192 318 45 231 101 14 1 178 99.495
ULM AT Arkansas 130 402 28 115 282 28 1 135 98.17
MISS ST Auburn 166 222 28 91 125 10 4 172 96.415
FLORIDA AT Texas A&M 142 165 20 134 200 17 0 -27 96.14
MICHIGAN ST AT Cent Michigan 173 322 41 72 173 7 2 250 95.92
S CAROLINA East Carolina 130 397 48 70 333 10 4 124 94.49
GEORGIA AT Missouri 113 242 41 102 269 20 1 -16 94.22
TEXAS A&M Florida 134 200 17 142 165 20 0 27 94.05
OREGON ST Wisconsin 73 284 10 34 172 7 2 151 93.385
STANFORD Duke 86 287 50 31 370 13 3 -28 91.575
ARIZONA Oklahoma St 210 314 59 203 441 38 4 -120 90.97
OHIO ST UCF 256 155 31 113 251 16 0 47 90.915
SYRACUSE USC 131 319 29 256 187 42 -1 7 90.53
OHIO New Mexico St 293 291 51 71 135 24 0 378 90.09
OKLAHOMA Florida A&M 349 313 69 61 174 13 -1 427 89.65
OREGON Fresno St 366 166 42 131 234 25 -3 167 89.54
SAN DIEGO ST Army 228 215 42 282 50 7 3 111 88.935
TCU Grambling St 255 276 56 44 26 0 0 461 88.145
CINCINNATI Pittsburgh 259 205 34 137 278 10 2 49 87.395
PURDUE AT Notre Dame 90 198 17 52 324 20 -1 -88 87.23
TEXAS New Mexico 146 283 45 212 35 0 2 182 87.2



Cincy got a 58 yd td run on their first play vs Pittsburgh and after recovering a fumble drove 38 yards for a td and a 14-0 lead. Pitt had their chances to get back in the game but on 3&gl from the 12 was intercepted in the endzone with 5:49 left in the half then on 1&gl from the 2, with :06 left, QB Sunseri double pumped and let the clock run out as he threw the ball out of the endzone. UC led 17-0 at half but only had a 210-173 yd edge. Pitt settled for a 37 yd FG but then UC went 86 and 99 yds for td’s to ice it, 31-3 early 4Q and Pitt gained 76 of their yards getting a garbage td with :34 left.


Mississippi St dominated Auburn more than the final would indicate. In fact, in the 3Q, AU led 10-7 after a 100 yd KR for a td but MSU had a 157-65 yd edge at that point. The Bulldogs had missed a 36 yd FG and had a 43 yarder blocked and Aub’s other score was set up with a 33 yd drive after a TO. MSU led 28-10 with Auburn gaining 114 of their 216 yds in the final 4:33. MSU had lost 10 of their last 11 to Auburn and it was actually Dan Mullen’s first victory vs and SEC West team not named Mississippi. Kiehl Frazier hit just 1-7-(-2) with 2 int’s in the 1H but hit 12-15-127 with 1 int in the 2H.


New Hampshire actually had a 10-7 FD edge at the half vs Minnesota but had a bad snap on a punt give UM a safety, were SOD on 4&4 at the UM32, SOD on 4&11 at the UM33 and fumbled at their own 18 setting up a UM td and trailed 30-7 at the half and the Gophers rolled 44-7 with QB Gray only attempting 8 passes (completed 6) but he had a 75 yd td run and finished with 109 rushing.


Denard Robinson became the first ever player in major college football to have at least 200 yards rushing and 200 passing in three different games. Robinson got a 79 yd td run on Michigan’s 2nd offensive play and later on the first play of the 3Q, a 58 yd td run. Air Force is probably kicking itself today as they finished with a 26-19 FD edge but their opening drive was 56/11pl where they missed a 36 yd FG and their 2nd was 71/14pl but they settled for a 22 yd FG. Had they punched those 2 scores in for td’s, it would have been a completely different game. In the 3Q, AF on 4&3 was SOD at the UM1 and in the 4Q they were SOD on 4&3 at the UM43 with 4:27 left and on 4&16 at their own 35 with 1:13 left in the 6 point loss.


Ohio led New Mexico St just 21-17 mid-3Q but two big plays blew it open. OU got a 33 yd PR setting up a short drive for a td then on the next play, got a 22 yd IR td to go up by 21 and went on to win 51-24.


UT Martin had some blown opportunities vs Northern Illinois this past week. They went on a 66/12pl drive on their 2nd series but missed a 21 yd FG. Later they went 61/8pl and settled for a 27 yd FG and this time fumbled a snap and lost 7 yards. On the final drive of the half, they went 43/8pl but on 4&10 were SOD at the NI41. In the 3Q, UTM went 95/9pl but fumbled into the endzone for a TB. NIU had a 427-346 yd edge.


Georgia St HC Bill Curry became the first HC to face both Derek Dooley and his father Vince who coached from UGA from 1964-88. Tennessee led 51-6 before GSU went 80/12pl getting a garbage td with :58 left for the 51-13 final.


It was another gut wrenching loss for Penn St. PSU had a 19-14 FD edge but the loss of their K, Anthony Fera to Texas in the transfer, really hurt them here. Sam Ficken did hit a 32 yd FG and 1 xp but missed an xp early 4Q in the 1 pt loss then missed FOUR FG’s including the potential game winner (42 yds) with no time left. Virginia appeared headed for a loss trailing 16-10 when they got a td with 1:28 left but McGloin led PSU to 3 FD’s on a 45 yd drive prior to the missed kick. McGloin missed some time and surprisingly it was Steven Bench that came in and he hit just 2-7-12. UVA QB Michael Rocco was pulled for 2 series but Phillip Sims led drives of -6 yds and then fumbled on the 2nd drive and Rocco returned.


Damien Williams had 156 yds rushing, the most ever for an Oklahoma RB in his debut performance at Owen Field, which is something considering all the great RB’s that Oklahoma has had. OU racked up 278 of their 349 yds rushing vs Florida A&M in the 2H.


While Florida St only beat Savannah St 55-0 and Oklahoma St had beaten SSU 84-0 the previous week, the game only lasted 36:00. It was delayed for weather twice then called with 8:59 left in the 3Q. Had the game been played for the entire 60:00 FSU would have projected out with 88 points and 661 yards. SSU’s first poss was -15 yards. Their 2nd poss was -7 and their 3rd they got to zero yards. They actually finished the game with 28 total yards and 3 FD’s.


Middle Tennessee had two 100 yard rushers in a game for the first time in 4 years with Jordan Parker rushing for 117 and LSU transfer Drake Calhoun for 104 vs FAU. MT’s first 2 drives ended on fumble at the FAU15 and a fumble at the FAU5 but they still would roll to a 31-10 lead. In fact, FAU went 60/7pl getting a td with 5:12 left.


LSU vs Washington had the physical mismatches along the line much like Alabama had them vs Michigan. LSU rushed for 242 yds holding Washington to 26 yards rushing and Keith Price was limited to 17-36-157. LSU only led 20-3 at the half but went 61/7pl, 72/10pl, 65/13pl the latter two after UW was SOD, all for td’s to open it up 41-3 in their dominating win.


Idaho suspended their starting QB Dominique Blackman in the opener and they lost to an FCS foe. Blackman showed why he was the starter as against Bowling Green he hit 30-37-352 and ID rolled up 358. BG was guilty of taking their foot off the gas. They led 21-6 and got to the ID15 with 8:37 left in the 4Q when they were intercepted. ID went 78/7pl for a 16 yd td pass to get back within 8 and BG finished the game at the ID18 taking a knee.


Troy had a 34-15 FD edge vs Louisiana and 588-389 yd edge. The key play of the game was probably a 56 yd FR td late 1Q which put UL in the lead. Troy was also SOD on 4&2 at the UL9 and SOD on 4&1 at the UL25. They did gain 153 of their yards on the final 3 drives after trailing 37-17.


North Texas only led Texas Southern 20-7 mid4Q but got a 53 yd drive for a td after TSU was SOD on 4&1. After an int, they drove 27/4pl for a td with 2:42 left, 34-7. In fairness, NT did have a 262-16 yd edge at the half.


For the 8th straight year Tulsa dominated Tulane. Tulane opened with a 59/12pl drive, the key a 3rd & 9 where the QB escaped pressure and got a 25 yd pass. They got a 49 yd FG to lead 3-0 and forced Tulsa to punt on their first poss. That was the highlight of the game for Tulane as they would allow 46, 50, 85, 74, 59 yd drives all for td’s on the next 5 poss. Tulsa led 45-3 when Tulane went 75/3pl for a garbage td with 3:30 left. Tulsa finished with a 31-11 FD edge and 651-177 yd edge.


Clemson was able to rest a lot of starters in the 2H vs Ball St. Very impressive to me was Spencer Benton kicking a 61 yd FG on the final play of the half to give them a 45-10 lead and they had a 382-189 yd edge. CU was leading by more than the experts thought at 52-20 when BSU got a “meaningless” td with 3:36 left in the game capping a 56/9pl drive to “only” lose by 25.


BJ Daniels passed for 363 yards and USF appeared headed for a loss but rallied for a last second win. They trailed Nevada 31-20 after UN got a 35 yd FG with 8:16 left. USF got a 52 yd td pass with 2:37 left to pull within 31-26 but UN recovered the onside kick and punted with 1:38 left. USF got 1 FD, converted on 3&10 for a FD then on 2&10, Daniels hit Davis with a 56 yd td pass, their 3rd 50+ td pass of the game to make it 32-31 with :38 left. UN did get to midfield but their final play ended on a sack.


BYU got a TD with 3:34 left to lead Weber St 45-6 and WSU gained 77 of their 254 yds on a 7pl drive for a garbage td with :50 left. Prior to that drive, BYU had a 532-177 yd edge.


With 8:10 to go in the game vs WKU, Alabama only had a 247-224 yd edge. They led 28-0 thanks in part to a 33/1pl drive after a fumble and a 13 yd drive after an int. Bama took over at their 19 and surprisingly ran a fake punt on 4&18 for a FD to the 45 and 4pl later got a 32 yd td run with 1:47 left for the 35-0 margin. The most stunning stat of the day was that WKU had 6 sacks.


California was leading Southern Utah 20-3 when on 4&5 SU fired incomplete but pass interference gave them a FD to the Cal37 with no time left on the clock due to getting 1 untimed play due to a defensive penalty. SU got a 37 yd Hail Mary on the final play of the half to pull within 20-10 and then drove 75/12pl on the opening 3Q poss to make it 20-17. Cal opened it back up to 50-24 and SU got a td capping an 83/9pl drive with :42 left in the 19 pt loss.


It appeared HC Charlie Weis would get off to a great home start at Kansas as they led almost the entire game vs Rice. A KU int set up Rice for a 47 yd FG and KU trailed 3-0 but the Jayhawks led 17-13 at the half despite Rice having a 230-178 yd edge. KU opened the 3Q with a 75/9pl drive for a td then after a FD at the Rice28 a hold and sack forced a 53 yd FG and they missed. KU’s next drive went 51/12pl and they missed another 40 yd FG with 10:21 left leading 24-16. Rice got a td with 6:30 left and then got an int at their own 47 with 4:47 left. They converted on 4&4 and got a 45 yd FG on the game’s final play to pull out the win.


For the 2nd straight week Iowa was sluggish and trailed in the 4Q vs Iowa St. They had a shot to pull out the win with a 1&gl at the 3 and they dropped a td pass and settled for a 21 yd FG and trailed 9-6. Iowa’s other chances came on a 4&10 incomplete pass from their own 49 and their last drive got to the ISU32 but a tipped pass was intercepted by All-American candidate LB Knott at the 24 and ISU escaped with a 9-6 win. ISU’s previous 2 trips to Kinnick Stadium had resulted in losses by a 52-12 margin and ISU finished with a 324-304 yd edge.


North Carolina appeared like they would have the win over Wake Forest. With the game 21-21 they settled for a 25 yd FG with 2:50 left in the 3Q. NC then went 71/9pl and had a 1st & gl at the 8 but once again settled for a 30 yd FG leaving WF in the game. WF punted on their next 2 poss and got it back with 6:36 left. A face mask penalty got the next drive started with a FD and WF went 93/11pl getting a td with 2:09 left to take the lead. NC’s 4th & 6 pass was intercepted and on their final drive NC was pinned at their 1 and got to the 40 but their Hail Mary was incomplete.


While Matt Barkley matched a school record with six td passes, USC only led Syracuse 21-15 in the 4Q. There was only 39,507 on hand on a day with storm warnings in the area. USC’s biggest lead came on a 4 yd td pass with 11:38 left to go up 35-16 but SU surprisingly went 79/12pl and later 74/13pl for td’s, the latter with 1:17 left to only lose 42-29.


TCU QB’s Casey Pachall and Trayvon Boykin set an NCAA record as TCU completed all 17 passes vs Grambling St. It was the most in FBS history without an incompletion. TCU got a 70 yd PR td 4pl into the game and mid1Q added a 28 yd IR td for a 21-0 lead. TCU did have a 330-31 yd edge at the half and finished with a 531-70 yd edge, 26-5 FD edge in their season opener.


Indiana QB Tre Roberson hit 6-11-98 and rushed for 105 but injured his leg 2:00 into the 2Q and did not return (he broke his leg and is OFY and look for true frosh Nate Sudfeld to eventually win the starting job). Backup QB Cameron Coffman hit 16-22-159. Indy led 21-6 midway thru the 1Q and already had totalled 223 yards... Wyoming had a 526-504 yd edge vs Toledo but a 3-0 TO deficit. They also lost QB Brett Smith who was injured with 6:22 left in the game. WY jumped out to a 14-3 lead but later settled for a 23 yd FG after a 1st & gl at the 7 and a 42 yd FG to make 20-17 at the half. They did have a 291-214 yd edge. Toledo scored 17 pts off WY TO’s. WY later had a 1st & gl at the 3 at the end of the 3Q and once again settled for a 26 yd FG and down by 3, WY’s last drive was SOD on 4&4 at their own 47.


The Pac-12 gained a lot of respect this past week and a lot of it came at the expense of the Big Ten. Wisconsin rolled into Oregon St #13 in the country but was outplayed by Oregon St for almost the entire game. The Beavers finished with an 18-13 FD edge and 354-207 yd edge. OSU stopped Montee Ball’s streak of 21 straight games with a td and UW had just 35 rush yards. OSU even had some blown opportunities. In the 1H they went on a 61/13pl drive but on 4&3 were SOD at the UW24. OSU went 24/9pl and settled for a 43 yd FG. OSU on 4&4 was SOD at the UW35 and then went 60/10pl but missed a 40 yd FG on the final play of the half. Despite a 238-64 yd edge, they only led 3-0. UW was SOD at the OSU37 with 11:07 left and SOD on 4&4 at the OSU35 with 4:28left but went 44/9pl for a td with 1:31 left. They recovered the onside kick but it touched the ball a foot short and OSU ran out the clock.


South Carolina’s QB Connor Shaw was a late scratch and Dylan Thompson who looked poor in the opener vs Vanderbilt, had a much better day vs East Carolina. His 3rd pass went 53 yds setting up a SC td for a 7-0 lead. SC rolled to a 21-0 halftime lead with a 304-193 yd edge. SC got a 29 yd drive for a td after an int then a 34 yd IR td, 35-0 3:00 into the 2H and 3rd string qb Strickland hit a 51 yd td pass with :54 left for the final 48-10 margin. If Thompson has a few more good performances while Shaw is banged up, it may open up the door for a QB controversy.... The Irish were coming off their trip to Ireland and as expected, were struggling with Purdue. They did lead 17-7 but it was 17-10 when QB Golson was sacked and fumbled back at the 15 with 3:24 left. That set up PU for the game tying td with 2:12 left. Surprisingly it was Tommy Rees who came off the bench and led ND 55/12pl for the game winning 27 yd FG. Kelly said all of the right things after the game. Rees did hit 3-8-35 but of course, it’s who guides the team to points that is important to Kelly.


Last year Eastern Washington was down deep in Washington territory with a Hail Mary at the end coming up short. This time it was their first meeting since 1908 with Washington St even though the schools are located just 60 miles apart. Jeff Tuel was replaced at times by Connor Halliday who hit 5-11-76. WSU led 24-14 at half but EWU had a 241-174 yd edge as it was 14-14 mid-2Q when WSU got a 27 yd IR to the 17 setting up a td and then WSU got an int with :30 left in the half and nailed a 60 yd FG on the half’s final play. WSU did hold that 10 pt lead when they fumbled at the EW1 with 5:42 left and EWU went 99/12pl for a td with 2:17 left. Kyle Padron had started vs WSU when he was with SMU. EWU got the ball back at their 17 with 1:44 left and got to the WSU32 but their pass into the endzone fell incomplete.


Kansas St had a solid situational edge vs Miami last week as they were off an FCS foe and Miami had just won a conf game on the road despite being outgained by 100 yards and now had to travel again. KSU scored on their first 4 poss of the game to jump out to a 24-3 lead and extended it to 52-6 with 6:30 left in the game. Duke Johnson, who was the star of the win over Boston College was limited to 19 yards rushing on 6 carries for UM but had a 77 yd KR at that point which set up a 17 yd drive for a UM garbage td with 3:51 left for the 52-13 final. KSU had a 27-13 FD edge and 498-262 yd edge... Central Michigan had a situational edge vs Michigan St as they were off an FCS foe while MSU was in a Boise/ND sandwich. It was 14-0 and CM had a chance to get back in the game with just 2:29 left when they went for it on 4&10 and were SOD at the MSU27. MSU went 73/9pl and got a 20 yd TD pass with :57 left in the half then got an int and added a 29 yd FG with no time left for a 24-0 lead. That momentum got them going in the 2H as they went 65/5pl for a td, stuffed CM on a 4&1 at the MSU23 then went 68/9pl for a 27 yd FG. After rec a fumble, they went 28/7pl for a td and rolled to a 41-7 win.


UCF was tied with Ohio St 10-10 in the 1H. Braxton Miller during the game became the first OSU QB to rush for 3 td’s since Art Schlicter did it vs Illinois in 1978 as he rushed for 141 yards on 27 carries and hit 18-24-155. As I mentioned in last week’s blog, when I spoke to Gil Brandt he always talks about the importance of last second scores and OSU got an int with 3:18 left in the half and drove 48/8pl and got a 6 yd td run by Braxton Miller with :15 left in the half to take a 17-10 lead. The momentum spurred them on to a 76/12pl and 32/3pl (after int) drives on their first 2 poss of the 3Q to open up the game to 31-10. At the end of the game, UCF was down 31-16 was at the OSU 10 but their final pass fell incomplete... Georgia Tech had 712 yds, the 2nd highest total in school history but Presbyterian could have made it a game vs GT. It was 21-0 in the 2Q when PU had a 43 yd FG blocked. PU then was SOD on 4&4 at the GT31 and SOD on 4&1 at the GT3 with 2:30 left in the half. GT then went 82/11pl and got a 32 yd FG on the final play of the half to take momentum into the locker room. GT’s 2nd 3Q drive was a 45 yd td pass then after an int drove 6 yds for a td, 38-0. They added an 82 yd td pass and would coast to a 59-3 win.


Last year Texas A&M was a team that jumped out to double digit leads and blew them. This year it really wasn’t a blown lead, it may have been just more adjustments in Florida’s defense. A&M has a lot of exciting frosh including rFr Johnny Manziel who I projected as a starter and he hit 23-30-173 and rushed for 60 yds. A&M had a 269-101 yd edge at the half and led 17-10, at one point leading 17-7. UF, which shut them down in the 2H, however, making some great half time adjustments allowing just 65 total yards. They allowed just 2 FD prior to A&M’s final drive. The Aggies punted on 4&10 with 3:13 left and UF would get 3 FD’s running the clock out at the A&M32 in their 20-17 win in front of a charged up A&M crowd.


NCSt and Conn was playing in heavy winds and it did effect both offenses. In fact, NCSt finished with just a 258-239 yd edge. Each QB threw for 204 yds and David Amerson who was much maligned after giving up some td’s the previous week, had a crucial int and batted away a 4th down pass at the end of the game which clinched the Wolfpack’s win. NCSt is now 9-1 following games after a loss since 2010.


Revenge is often an overused term by analysts in college football but Maryland was playing with legitimate revenge vs Temple. The previous year they took the Owls lightly and were manhandled at the line in a 31 point loss at home. This time it was Maryland that had the 19-9 FD edge despite being a large underdog in the game and finished with a 334-230 yd edge. It was almost yet another blown lead for Coach Edsall at Maryland. The Terps appeared completely in control leading 26-3 at the half with a 180-34 yd edge. The momentum turned when MD fumbled the opening 3Q play and TU got a td. TU had all of the momentum in the world when they got a td with 7:04 left to pull within 29-27 but MD went on a surprisingly 75/11pl drive getting 3 crucial FD’s and a td with 2:51 left to ice it. MD finished at the TU24 taking a knee... Memphis almost pulled the big upset vs Arkansas St this past week. In fact, Memphis led the majority of the game. They key drive happened when Memphis started at their own 16 and went on a 6:33 drive going 78/12pl. Leading 28-27 they missed a 25 yd FG with 9:10 left. ASU went 80/9pl and got a td and missed the 2 pt conversion to lead 33-28. Memphis punted and ASU was able to get 3 FD’s punting with :11 left and holding on for the 5 pt win despite being a huge favorite.


There were 4 more FCS upsets this past week. As I pointed out on my blog on ESPN Insider, Illinois St had a great rush defense and matched up well vs Eastern Michigan’s power rush attack. There was nothing fluky about ISU’s win as they had a 371-248 yd and 21-11 FD edges. EM did lead 14-10 at half with a 172-148 yd edge. ISU went 67/6pl and 52/7pl on the first 2 poss of the 3Q to go up 24-14. ISU got a 25 yd IR with 5:37 left and went 30/10pl for a td with 1:08 left to clinch it... North Dakota St moved to 6-3 vs FBS schools since 2006. There was nothing fluky about their 22-7 win over Colorado St. They had a 21-11 FD edge, 366-243 yd edge. CSU gained 65 of their 243 yds on their last 2 drives.


Utah St had not beaten Utah since 1997. They had a 380-325 yd edge vs Utah and were winning when Utah QB Wynn went out with an injury. Backup QB John Hays hit 12-26-154 but looked like an improved QB this year. USU blocked a punt for a td in the 1Q and led 13-3 at half with a 148-92 yd edge. Utah got a td with 3:19 left to tie then missed a 52 yd FG on the final play of regulation. In OT they had a 3&gl, 6 yd td pass called back on offense pass interference and on 4&gl from the 17 they didn’t call a potential defensive pass interference and USU won by 7.