Jameis Winston and Florida State put on a show [NCAAF Week 6 Early Games Recap]
(8) Florida State 63, (25) Maryland 0 Well, then. It was all Florida State (5-0, 3-0) from the start. The Seminoles gained 614 yards of offense, compared to 234 for Maryland (4-1, 0-1). Freshman quarterback Jameis Winston continued an epic tear to start his career: 23/32, 393 yards, 5 TD. One of those touchdowns was truly spectacular, as shown before.
The Florida State-Clemson showdown coming later in the second just got even more anticipated after this performance.
Michigan State 26, Iowa 14 This was expected to be a very defensive battle, so it's a little bit of a surprise that Michigan State (4-1, 1-0) scored as many points as they did. Down 14-10 at the half to Iowa (4-2, 1-1), the Spartans scored 16 unanswered in the second half to take the win. This likely makes Michigan State the favorite among the second-tier contenders in the Big Ten, such as that is.
Indiana 44, Penn State 24 Indiana (3-2, 1-0) defeated Penn State (3-2, 0-1) for the first time ever. The Hoosiers took control in the fourth quarter, scoring three touchdowns in a 3:40 span. That turned a close 21-17 lead into a rout. This loss could be a harbinger of a tough year at Penn State. They've been given a reprieve from future sanctions, but the ones currently in place are taking a toll.
Nebraska 39, Illinois 19 Continuing our tour of the Big Ten, Nebraska (4-1, 1-0) took it to Illinois (3-2, 0-1) on the ground. The Huskers rushed for 335 yards, including a ridiculous 6.7 yards per rush. A horrible day for Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (13/26, 135 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT) sealed the Illini's fate. Illinois better get the run defense fixed soon. In two weeks, Wisconsin comes to visit.
Navy 28, Air Force 10 and Boston College 48, Army 27 With the government shutdown, it was touch and go whether these games would be played, but they were. Navy (3-1) broke it open against Air Force (1-5) with two touchdowns in the fourth. Army (2-4) also faded late, and somehow gave up 15.6 yards per pass against Boston College (3-2).
Other Top 25 Games That Were Expected Blowouts
(1) Alabama 45, Georgia State 3 (Up 38-0 at the half, Bama called off the dogs. AJ McCarron still went 15/16 passing.)
(7) Louisville 30, Temple 7
(20) Texas Tech 54, Kansas 16 (Kansas actually led 10-0 after the first quarter)
Play of the Day that Did Not Involve Redshirt Freshman Wunderkinds
Late in the against Rutgers, SMU needed a two point conversion to force a tie and overtime. Garrett Gilbert somehow made that happen.
Rutgers would win in overtime 55-52, but great effort here.