Week 2 CFB Recap: So Much Fail
(11) Georgia 41, (6) South Carolina 30 The Bulldogs are right back in the SEC and national title hunts with this win. The two teams combined for 992 yards, but the biggest play of the day was a goal line stance by Georgia with 8 minutes to go. The Bulldogs then took the ball at the one foot line and marched down the field, eating the rest of the clock. Jadeveon Clowney was hobbled most of the day with a foot injury, suffered when someone stepped on it in practice. Even worse for South Carolina, their assistant coaches were fighting each other during the game. That's usually not a good sign.
(17) Michigan 41, (14) Notre Dame 30 Devin Gardner was excellent for Michigan, going 21/33 for 294 yards and 4 touchdowns, including the clincher with 4:12 to go. Gardner also ran for 82 yards and a score. After the game, the PA played the Chicken Dance to get one last jab at the Irish. Of course, the main takeaway from this game was the halftime "interview" with Eminem. Excuse me, Marshall Mathers.
After these big games, the story of the night was big problems stumbling and stumbling bad.
BYU 40, (16) Texas 21 The Cougars, coming off a loss to Virginia, absolutely shredded the Texas defense. BYU rushed for 550 yards. Not surprisingly, that is the most rushing yards ever allowed by the Longhorns. The vultures circling Mack Brown are only going to grow now, and Texas's defensive issues clearly haven't been fixed. Have fun in the Big 12 this year!
Washington State 10, (25) USC 7 On the opposite end of the spectrum, but just as embarrassing: the USC offense. The Trojans are playing two quarterbacks and the winner of that battle was the Washington State defender who had a pick six in the first quarter. The two passes combined for 11/21 passing for 54 yards (that's 2.6 yards an attempt) and 2 picks. Washington State's offense was just as terrible, but they at least scratched out a field goal with 3:03 left to win the game. It's not how Mike Leach likes to win games, but he and the starved for success Wazzu fans will take it. As for Lane Kiffin, barring a miracle turnaround, his lame duck status is assured.
(16) Oklahoma 16, West Virginia 7 A win is a win, but Oklahoma may have a QB controversy of their own. Freshman Trevor Knight was benched for junior Blake Bell in the fourth. Brennan Clay carried the offense with 170 yards rushing. West Virginia can hope now that their defense is much improved from last year's disaster. Unfortunately, their offense appears to have collapsed without Geno Smith.
(3) Ohio State 42, San Diego State 7 The game itself was no problem as expected for the Buckeyes. However, on their very first drive, they lost Braxton Miller to a left knee sprain. It remains to be seen how this will affect him long-term.
Rest of the Top 25
(2) Oregon 59, Virginia 10
(5) Stanford 34, San Jose State 13
(7) Texas A&M 65, Sam Houston State 28 (Manziel: 28/41, 403 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT, 1 rushing TD, 0 incidents)
(9) LSU 56, UAB 17
(19) Northwestern 48, Syracuse 27
(22) Nebraska 56, Southern Miss 13
(23) Baylor 70, Buffalo 13
Other Games of Note
Arkansas 31, Samford 21 The Razorbacks were down by four going into the 4th before scoring two unanswered touchdowns.
Auburn 38, Arkansas State 9 Gus Malzahn's current team has no issues with his former team.
Iowa 28, Missouri State 14; Purdue 20, Indiana State 14 A double dose of disappointing Big Ten teams.
California 37, Portland State 30 Portland State led as late as the final 8 minutes of the game before Cal finally took the lead for good.
N.C. State 23, Richmond 21 A field goal with 33 second left won it for NC State.