Historic stat lines dominate noon slate; more early Snap Judgments
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That contest was just one of many to produce eye-popping numbers on a strikingly memorable morning, however. Though no other ranked teams faced off at noon, a bevy of incredible individual performances took place. Among the standouts:
• West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith: 45-of-51 for 656 passing yards and eight touchdowns.
• West Virginia receiver Stedman Bailey: 13 catches for 303 receiving yards and five touchdowns.
• Baylor quarterback Nick Florence: 30-of-48 for 582 passing yards, five touchdowns and one interception.
• Baylor receiver Terrance Williams: 17 catches for 314 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
• Miami quarterback Stephen Morris: 26-of-50 for 566 passing yards, five touchdowns and one interception.
• Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel: 29-of-38 for 454 passing yards, 14 carries for 104 rushing yards and four total touchdowns.
• Northwestern's Kain Colter, who is technically a quarterback: 148 rushing yards, 131 receiving yards (yes,
• Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning: 32-of-43 for 445 passing yards and five touchdowns.
And that's just a sampling. Here's a look at several other amazing statistics and high-scoring affairs from the early Week 5 slate.
The early action in a nutshell: With just under six minutes remaining in the first quarter, Phillip Dorsett's punt return for a touchdown was negated by an illegal block call against Miami. Three plays later, Morris connected with wideout Rashawn Scott for a 76-yard score.
The scoring frenzy never slowed. NC State clawed back behind Mike Glennon's 441 passing yards and four touchdowns, and after Niklas Sade drilled a 51-yard field goal, the Wolfpack tied the game with less than two minutes left.
Following a subsequent Glennon interception, the 'Canes got the ball back with 48 seconds to go. Morris promptly launched a 62-yard touchdown bomb to Dorsett -- who finished with 192 receiving yards and two scores -- to win the game.
The craziness at Sun Life Stadium made two things clear: NC State cornerback David Amerson has reached a low point in his decorated career. And three weeks after a humiliating 52-13 loss at Kansas State, Miami is seemingly back on track. The 'Canes have beaten Bethune-Cookman, Georgia Tech and NC State in succession, and though those three foes aren't the most formidable, Miami's showdown with Notre Dame at Soldier Field next week has still suddenly become a lot more interesting.
With Minnesota's loss to Iowa, the Wildcats are now the only bowl-eligible unbeaten in the Big Ten. And with games against Penn State and Minnesota forthcoming, they stand a very realistic chance of starting 7-0.
But optimism should be tempered. Though Colter, sophomore quarterback Trevor Siemian (22-of-32, 308 passing yards, one INT) and junior running back Venric Mark (29 carries, 139 rushing yards, one TD) continue to impress, the defense has been wildly inconsistent. After racing to a 27-0 lead, Northwestern surrendered 29 points in a 10-minute span, much like it surrendered 28 unanswered second-half points in a season opening win at Syracuse. Pat Fitzgerald and staff will certainly need to address that issue if the 'Cats hope to remain in the BCS conversation late into the season.
Three reasons it wasn't Minnesota's day: One week after accumulating 217 rushing yards in a loss to Central Michigan, Iowa walk-on sophomore running back Mark Weisman ran for 177 yards and a touchdown. After struggling mightily through Iowa's first four games, senior quarterback James Vandenberg completed his first pass for 45 yards to tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz. And the Hawkeyes scored their second touchdown on a flea flicker, with Vandenberg connecting with Jordan Cotton on a 47-yard strike.
On the flip side, the Blue Raiders might be the next non-AQ national darling. Senior running back Benny Cunningham ran for 217 yards and five touchdowns in victory, and the team has some big games going forward. Middle Tennessee hosts Kolton Browning and Louisiana-Monroe next Saturday and then travels to Mississippi State Oct. 20 -- the week before the Bulldogs play Alabama.