The fourth week of the college football season brought us upsets, a couple of scares for highly ranked teams and a record setting performance by a small school quarterback. Without wasting any more time, let’s get right down to what unfolded this weekend.
Kansas State Exacts Revenge: Last season, Kansas State was undefeated heading in to a matchup with Oklahoma at home. It didn’t end well: the Sooners thrashed Kansas State 58-17, ending the Wildcats’ hopes of playing in a BCS game. Saturday, the Wildcats had an opportunity for revenge and they took advantage of it.
The Wildcats forced three Oklahoma turnovers, ran for 213 yards and scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to defeat the sixth-ranked Sooners 24-19. The win for #15 Kansas State marked the fourth loss in 82 home games for Oklahoma under Coach Bob Stoops.
Top Ten Scares: Second-ranked LSU and #8 West Virginia entered Saturday’s games as heavy favorites over conference foes. That’s why they play the games instead of going by Vegas sports books and statistics.
In a battle of Tigers, LSU scuffled offensively, as they were held to 182 yards rushing, 100 below their average. LSU was trailing 10-9 in the third quarter before taking advantage of a fumble on a punt return by Auburn’s Quan Bray. That miscue set up Drew Alleman’s 30-yard field goal with 5:26 to play in the third quarter. The kick would prove to be the decisive points in the contest. The scare dropped LSU from second to third in the polls.
West Virginia claimed a 31-21 victory but didn’t put up the big numbers that they had in recent weeks. Geno Smith completed 30 of 43 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns for West Virginia while Tavon Austin caught 13 passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns. It was the Mountaineers’ seventh straight win over the Terrapins.
Oregon Schools Roll: While some teams scuffled Saturday, both Oregon schools turned in stellar performances. The Ducks moved to #2 in the rankings with a 49-0 pasting of #22 Arizona. Oregon’s defense forced five turnovers and held the Wildcats off the scoreboard in six red zone opportunities. Marcus Mariota threw for 260 yards and two touchdowns as Oregon rung up 495 yards of offense. The defense scored twice on interception returns in the fourth quarter.
Meanwhile, the unranked Beavers went on the road and upset #19 UCLA 27-20. The win was Mike Riley’s 74th at the school, tying him for the most all-time in Oregon State history. Sean Mannion threw for a career-high 379 yards and two touchdowns to help the Beavers claim the win. The Beavers rolled up 501 yards of offense and held the ball for 34:36 to improve to 2-0 in their Pac-12 season opener.
Record Breaking Performance: In a game you probably didn’t hear anything about over the weekend, Taylor Heinicke of Old Dominion set a Division I record when he threw for 730 yards in the Monarchs’ 64-61, come from behind win over New Hampshire. Heinicke surpassed Houston’s David Klingler, who threw for 716 yards in a blowout victory over Arizona State in 1990.
Heinicke completed 55 of 79 passes on the day to go along with five touchdowns. Heinicke’s performance was the second highest total in college football this season: Sam Durley of Division III’s
Eureka College threw for 736 yards in his team’s 62-55 victory over Knox three weeks ago.
What game or moment was your favorite from this weekend’s action in college football?