Ohio State, Louisville roll in morning blowouts; more early Week 4 Snap Judgments
• No. 4 Ohio State 76, Florida A&M 0: Hopefully fans didn’t blink while watching Ohio State this weekend, or they probably missed a touchdown or two. Calling the game an offensive onslaught doesn't do justice to the performance quarterback Kenny Guiton and the Buckeyes put on against Florida A&M in Saturday's game in Columbus.
Ohio State entered the game as a 51-point favorite -- and led 55-0 by halftime. Guiton, who started in place of injured quarterback Braxton Miller for the second straight game, flummoxed the Rattlers by going 24-of-34 for 215 yards and six touchdowns. Guiton's six passing scores were an Ohio State single-game record, a mark the senior reached by the half.
Meanwhile, Florida A&M could barely move the ball. It finished with 80 yards of total offense (Ohio State tallied 603) and two first downs (the Buckeyes managed 35).
Here was some reaction from the Buckeyes' morning beatdown:
Could Ohio State have cracked 100 points? One former star wanted Urban Meyer to run up the score:
• No. 7 Louisville 72, FIU 0: Another week, another Louisville blowout. Yet this one was a bit different. With approximately four minutes remaining in the third quarter and the Cards nursing a 51-0 lead, the Owls apparently decided to warm up the bus:
At the end of an expedited second half, FIU finished with just 30 yards of total offense. It rushed 34 times for three yards (0.1 yards per carry).
• No. 9 Georgia 45, North Texas 24: The Mean Green hung around for nearly three quarters on a soggy day in Sanford Stadium, and they even tied the score on a blocked-punt touchdown early in the second half. But quarterback Aaron Murray and the Bulldogs ultimately regained composure. Murray went 22-of-30 for 408 yards, three scores and an interception. He also rushed for a touchdown with 7:11 remaining in the third. [RECAP l BOX]
• Georgia Tech 28, North Carolina 20: The Tar Heels took a 13-0 lead early in the first quarter, but the Yellow Jackets’ rallied back to score the game's final 21 points. Quarterback Vad Lee’s one-yard touchdown run with 5:52 left in the third quarter gave coach Paul Johnson's team the lead for good. UNC’s Bryn Renner went 14-of-29 for 218 yards, two scores and a pick, while Georgia Tech notched its eighth straight home win in the series. The Tar Heels haven’t won at Bobby Dodd Stadium since 1997. [RECAP l BOX]
• Vanderbilt 24, Massachusetts 7: The Commodores entered the fourth quarter clinging to a slim 10-7 lead, but Vandy gained 167 of its 406 total yards in the final period and scored two touchdowns to put the game out of reach. Quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels threw for 219 yards and two touchdowns on the day. [RECAP l BOX]
• Pittsburgh 58, Duke 55: Pitt quarterback Tom Savage let loose against the Blue Devils, throwing for 424 yards and tying an ACC record with six touchdown passes. Offense was the theme of the day -- both teams combined for 1,130 yards -- but the Panthers' defense was key late in the fourth quarter. After Duke pulled within 51-41 with 13:36 remaining, Pitt picked off quarterback Brandon Connette on the Blue Devils' next two possessions, halting any hopes of a comeback. [RECAP l BOX]
• Kansas 13, Louisiana Tech 10: The Jayhawks had dropped 22 consecutive games to FBS opponents entering Saturday's showdown with the Bulldogs, and when Kansas hadn’t reached the end zone by the beginning of the fourth quarter, that streak appeared set to continue. But coach Charlie Weis’ team tied things up with a 22-yard touchdown pass early in the final period, and it took the lead for good on a game-winning 52-yard Matthew Wyman field goal.
• Iowa 59, Western Michigan 3: Kevonte Martin-Manley and B.J. Lowery each put in a little double duty in the Hawkeyes’ win over Western Michigan. Martin-Manley returned back-to-back first-quarter punts for touchdowns, while Lowery notched two pick-sixes, in the second and third quarter. It was a record day for the Hawkeyes against the winless Broncos, who converted only 1-of-14 first downs.
[RECAP l BOX] • Toledo 38, Central Michigan 17: The Rockets improved to 2-2 by reaching the end zone five times against Central Michigan. Still, no touchdown was more impressive than the one-handed grab by sophomore wide receiver Alonzo Russell in the second quarter. [RECAP l BOX]