The third week of the college football season was full of ups and downs, dominating performances, nail biting finishes and a team that won a rivalry game three times. Let’s check out the highlights.
Luck Had Nothing to Do With It: Coming into Saturday’s game ranked #21 in the country, the Stanford Cardinal rallied to score the game’s final 14 points to stun the #2 USC Trojans, 21-14. The loss continued quarterback Matt Barkley’s inability to beat Stanford: while he is 17-6 against the rest of the Pac-12, he fell to 0-4 against the Cardinal. Josh Nunes’ 37-yard touchdown pass to Zach Ertz with 10:20 to play proved to be the decisive score. Stepfan Taylor ran for 153 yards as Stanford picked up 202 yards on the ground to USC’s 26.
Third Time’s a Charm for Utah: In the latest edition of the “Holy War” between BYU and Utah, the game went right down to the final whistle…three times.
Utah beat BYU 24-21 but not without fireworks. On what appeared to be the final play of the game, a desperation Hail Mary fell incomplete. After further review, it was determined that one second remained, giving BYU a second chance. Justin Sorenson came on to attempt a 51-yard field goal that would send the game to overtime: it was blocked. With the ball still live, Utah fans stormed the field. This prompted the officials to call a “live ball foul” that kept the game alive and put BYU 15 yards closer.
Only when Riley Stephenson’s 36-yard attempt clanged off the upright did the game come to a close, giving the Utes their 3rd straight victory.
Ohio State Wins Ugly: At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how you win, it’s if you win. Urban Meyer is 3-0 in his first season in Columbus, though he and the Buckeyes won’t get any style points for Saturday’s 35-28 victory over Cal. Ohio State gave up a staggering 512 yards of offense to the Bears and if not for a penalty wiping out one touchdown and three missed field goals by Cal kicker Vincenzo D’Amato, it may have been a different story.
Braxton Miller threw for 249 yards and four touchdowns, including the game winning score on a 72-yard pass play to Devin Smith with 3:26 to go and added 75 yards plus a score on the ground. Brandon Bigelow picked up 160 yards on a mere four carries for Cal, including 81 and 59-yard scores.
Notre Dame 3-0: The Irish improved to 3-0 with their first win over a Top 10 team since 2005, stifling Michigan State 20-3. With the win, Notre Dame is 3-0 for the first time since 2002. The Spartans were shut down, rushing for 50 yards while being held to 237 yards of total offense and they converted 5 of 17 third downs. Everett Golson threw for one touchdown and ran for another for Notre Dame. The Irish get Michigan next week.
Pitt Bounces Back: Pitt opened their season with a disappointing 31-17 loss to Youngstown State and followed that with a 34-10 pasting by Cincinnati. They turned things around Saturday, as Tino Sunseri threw for 283 yards and three touchdowns to help Pitt stun #13 Virginia Tech 35-17. The Panthers ran for 254 yards, including 157 by freshman Rushel Shell and snapped the longest road winning streak in the nation. Virginia Tech turned the ball over four times and was never in the game, falling behind 21-0 early in the second quarter.
What game or moment was your favorite from week three?