From struggles between ranked opponents to old fashioned shootouts with an upset of a Top Ten school mixed in, there was plenty of action. Check out our favorite moments.
Lighting Up the Scoreboard: Saturday afternoon’s clash between ninth ranked West Virginia and #25 Baylor promised to be an entertaining contest. It certainly lived up to that.
Geno Smith completed 45 of 51 passes for 656 yards and eight touchdowns to help the Mountaineers hold off the Bears, 70-63. His counterpart for Baylor, Nick Florence, was no slouch either: Florence completed 29 of 47 passes for 581 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. The game featured 67 first downs along with 1,507 yards of offense (807 for West Virginia, 700 for Baylor.) There were as many missed field goals (three) as punts in the game.
Stedman Bailey caught 13 passes for 303 yards and five scores for West Virginia, while Tavon Austin had 14 catches for 215 yards and two scores. J.D. Woods added 13 grabs for 114 yards and the other Smith touchdown pass. Terrance Williams grabbed 17 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns in a losing effort for Baylor.
Barnburner in Athens: Number five Georgia got all they could handle from Tennessee Saturday afternoon in the highest scoring game between the two schools in history. Aaron Murray completed 19 of 25 passes for 278 yards with two touchdowns, while the combination of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall totaled 294 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. All that offense still barely got the Bulldogs by, as it took three Tennessee turnovers in the final six minutes of the game to preserve a 51-44 victory.
Stanford Falls: It was a mere two weeks ago that Stanford was 21st in the nation when they knocked off then number two USC 21-14. Thursday night saw Stanford on the road against Pac-12 foe Washington, a team that Stanford lit up for 65 points and 446 yards rushing a year ago. Things didn’t go as well this time around for the Cardinal.
A gritty defensive performance by the Huskies, including eight and nine men in the box to stop the Stanford power run game, held the Cardinal to 235 yards of offense and no offensive touchdowns. Washington rallied from a 13-3 deficit to win, 17-13, thanks to Kasen Williams’ 35-yard touchdown reception with 4:53 to play.
Meyer, Ohio State Win Big 10 Opener: Ohio State can’t win the Big 10 Conference under new coach Urban Meyer due to sanctions stemming from the Jim Tressel era, but that didn’t stop them from making an impact Saturday. The number 14 Buckeyes, behind Braxton Miller’s 179 passing yards, 63 on a go-ahead scoring play to Devin Smith and 134 rushing yards, upended number 20 Michigan State 17-16 to improve to 5-0. The Buckeyes outrushed the Spartans 204-34 in the game.
Last Minute Scores Save Ranked Teams: Number 18 Oregon State and number 12 Texas needed late scores to escape victorious over unranked foes. Sean Mannion hit Connor Hamlett from 10 yards out for the winning score with 1:09 to play in the Beavers’ 38-35 win over Arizona. Joe Bergeron scored the decisive points on a two-yard run with 29 seconds remaining, giving the Longhorns a 41-36 win over Oklahoma State.
What game or highlight was your favorite for week five?