The second full week of the college football season was filled with plenty of action, surprising upsets, blowouts against overmatched schools and one extremely devastating injury. Here are our highlights.
Arizona Blasts #18 Oklahoma State: Not many people had Arizona as a tough team this year, especially with new coach Rich Rodriguez. Saturday’s performance changed the minds of people: the Wildcats racked up 501 total yards and rallied from a 14 point first quarter deficit to humble #18 Oklahoma State, 59-38.
Ka’Deem Carey scored four touchdowns and the Wildcat defense forced four turnovers, including a 48-yard interception return by Jonathan McKnight. Wes Lunt did set a Big 12 freshman record with 436 yards passing. The win knocked Oklahoma State out of the polls, while Arizona is now #24.
Upset Specials: Week one saw several teams escape upsets in games they were heavily favored. In Week two, some teams weren’t that fortunate.
Arkansas, which came into Saturday ranked number eight, was stunned 34-31 in overtime by Louisiana-Monroe. Kolton Browning totaled 481 yards of offense, including a game winning, 16-yard touchdown run on fourth and one in overtime to give the win to the Warhawks. Arkansas did play the second half and overtime without starting quarterback Tyler Wilson, who was knocked out with a head injury after completing 11 of 20 throws for 196 yards and two touchdowns.
With the loss, Arkansas dropped from eighth to completely out of the top 25. The lone team to post a bigger drop out of the polls was the 2007 Michigan Wolverines, who fell from fifth in the nation out of the polls after a 34-32 loss to Appalachian State.
Elsewhere, #13 Wisconsin, who needed a late stop to turn back Northern Iowa last week, were stifled by Oregon State on Saturday. The Badgers totaled a mere 207 yards of offense and were unable to get on the scoreboard until 1:31 remained in the game. While the Beavers were anything but an offensive powerhouse Saturday, they put enough points on the board to claim a 10-7 win. Montee Ball was held in check, rushing for 61 yards. In the process, his string of 21 consecutive games with a touchdown was snapped. Wisconsin dropped out of the polls, snapping a string of 36 consecutive Top 25 appearances.
Tulane S. Walker Injured: Tulane was waxed by Tulsa 45-10 on Saturday but the game will be remembered for the injury to Tulane safety Devon Walker. Near the end of the first half, Walker was hit by teammate Julius Warmsley attempting to make a tackle. He suffered a cervical spine fracture on the play and underwent a three hour surgical procedure Sunday. We wish him the best and have hopes for a speedy recovery.
Florida State and Savannah State: Sixth-ranked Florida State won’t get any letters of adoration following Saturday’s win, a 55-0 pasting of Savannah State that was suspended due to bad weather midway through the third quarter. The Seminoles were favored by 70.5 points going in, the largest point spread in college football history. Florida State rolled up 413 yards of offense to Savannah State’s 28. The lone bright spot for Savannah State: the school collected $860,000 for their first two games against Oklahoma State and Florida State. The bad news: they’ve been outscored 139-0.
What game or play was your highlight from week two of the college season?