The Week – College Football Roundup
High-scoring affairs, an upset in the Pac-12, and a big win for the Buckeyes in Week 5.
#5 Georgia (5-0) out-slugs Tennessee (3-2) 51-44
Georgia running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall ran the ball for a combined 294 yards and five touchdowns, as the Bulldogs put up 51 points and held on late for a 51-44 win over Tennessee. The two teams combined for over 1,000 yards on offense, but Georgia actually clinched the game in the fourth quarter with three straight takeaways from its defense. Up next, Georgia travels to #7 South Carolina for an SEC showdown next Saturday night, while Tennessee hopes to bounce back against Mississippi St. on October 13.
Washington (3-1) upsets #8 Stanford (3-1) 17-13
The Washington Huskies recorded a surprise win over Stanford on Thursday night, coming back from a 13-3 deficit late in the third quarter to win 17-13. Washington held Stanford to just 235 yards of total offense and scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 35-yard screen pass from quarterback Keith Price to receiver Kasen Williams. The Huskies will face another tough test when they travel to #2 Oregon next Saturday, with Stanford taking on Arizona at home.
#8 West Virginia (4-0) wins 70-63 shootout over #25 Baylor (3-1)
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith threw for 656 yards and eight touchdowns on a record-setting day, as the Mountaineers outlasted Baylor 70-63. According to the Charleston Gazette, the game had the largest scoreline in Big 12 history, with the two teams totaling over 1,500 yards on offense. West Virginia will look to put up more points when they travel to Texas next Saturday, while Baylor returns in two weeks against TCU.
#14 Ohio St. (5-0) beats #20 Michigan St. (3-2) 17-16
Ohio St. remained unbeaten with a close victory over Michigan St. on the road, winning 17-16. Quarterback Braxton Miller was again the story for the Buckeyes, rushing for 136 yards and also throwing for 179 more, including the game-winning 63-yard touchdown pass to Devin Smith late in the third quarter. Ohio St. will look to make it six in a row to start the season next Saturday night against Nebraska, as Michigan St. travels to Indiana.
#22 Nebraska completes comeback over Wisconsin, wins 30-27
Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez threw for two touchdowns on 181 passing yards and ran for 101 yards and a score to help the Cornhuskers complete a second half comeback from a 27-10 deficit against Wisconsin. According to the Omaha World Herald, Nebraska scored the game’s final 20 points, tying the mark for the second-largest comeback in school history. Next week, Nebraska takes on Ohio St., with Wisconsin looking to bounce back at home against Illinois.
Thought of the Week
Ohio St. quarterback Braxton Miller is twice the player that former OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor ever was with about one percent of the hype. Miller leads the Buckeyes in passing yards, rushing yards, and touchdowns, while compiling a 144.4 passer rating. Ohio St. has a pretty favorable schedule remaining and, if they can move up in the rankings, look for Miller to start getting some serious Heisman buzz.