September 25, 2011

• No. 1 Oklahoma 38, Missouri 28: Nine minutes into the ballgame, it felt like déjà vu.

Blaine Gabbert-led Missouri knocked off No. 1 Oklahoma last October. And in that upset, the Tigers set the tone right off the bat with an 85-yard kick return touchdown on the game's very first play. Well, this year's James Franklin-led Tigers provided more early magic in Saturday's visit to Norman, jumping out to a 14-3 lead with six minutes left in the first quarter. But this time around, the Sooners responded with a devastating counterpunch.

The nation's top-ranked team flipped an early deficit into a commanding third-quarter lead with 28 unanswered points. Per usual, Oklahoma (3-0) relied on the lethal pitch-and-catch duo of Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles. OU's receiving corps is actually highly depleted at the moment without Kenny Stills (injury) and Trey Franks (suspension), but as long as Jones has No. 85 out wide, the Sooner offense is in pretty good shape. Jones, who finished with 448 yards passing, hit his favorite target 13 times for 154 yards and three touchdowns. The chemistry here is truly a sight to behold. A good case can be made for Oklahoma State's combination of Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon, but it's hard to imagine a more unstoppable college combo. Fortunately, we'll get to see these two tandems face off on the field in December. Bedlam!

The other story of the game for Oklahoma was walk-on running back Dominique Whaley. How this dude isn't on full scholarship is beyond me. Whaley ran for 68 yards and a touchdown and also caught five passes for 82 more yards. That's 150 yards of pure walk-on. Beautiful.

On the Missouri side, sophomore quarterback accumulated James Franklin 291 yards and a touchdown through the air, as well as 103 yards and two more scores on the ground. Although he struggled with accuracy at times in this game, this kid's doing a mighty fine job replacing Gabbert, the 10th overall pick in this year's NFL draft. Eleven touchdowns in his first four starts -- not too shabby. At 2-2, Missouri still has plenty of promise with No. 1 behind center. (RECAP | BOX | HIGHLIGHTS)

• No. 2 LSU 47, No. 16 West Virginia 21: Your regularly scheduled snapster Holly Anderson attended this ballgame, so I'll let her provide the juicy details. Long story short, LSU looked pretty darn impressive at an extremely hostile road venue. The Tigers jumped out to a 27-7 lead in the game's first 30 minutes, and after West Virginia fought back to within six points in the third period, Les Miles' bunch lowered the final boom. Truth be told, this team deserves the No. 1 ranking more than Oklahoma at present, but that's irrelevant at this point in the season. Jarrett Lee looked as sharp as ever, throwing three touchdowns passes and managing the game very well. This is not the pick-six machine that used to inhabit the No. 12 jersey. (RECAP | BOX)

• No. 12 South Carolina 21, Vanderbilt 3: Well, Stephen Garcia was trending nationally on Twitter Saturday evening. Unfortunately for South Carolina, that wasn't a good thing. The latest chapter in the epic novel that is Garcia's collegiate career was a sour one. The polarizing quarterback threw four interceptions against Vandy. Luckily, Marcus Lattimore was around to clean things up. The Heisman candidate piled up 150 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns (taking a screen pass 52 yards to paydirt and running for another 22-yard score). The Gamecocks other touchdown came from defensive end Melvin Ingram, who has now scored three times this season. Jadeveon Clowney, the Class of 2011's No. 1 recruit, continues to live up to the hype in full, as the freshman defensive end forced two fumbles. (RECAP | BOX)

No. 4 Boise State 41, Tulsa 21: Who made up this Tulsa schedule? The team's secondary certainly has an axe to grind... After facing Oklahoma's Landry Jones in Week 1 and Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden in Week 3, the Golden Hurricane drew prolific Boise State gunslinger Kellen Moore on Saturday. And just like the high-profile signal-callers before him, Moore carved up Tulsa's hopeless secondary with some premium Heisman stat-stuffing. The Broncos star racked up four touchdown passes and 279 yards in less than 2 1/2 quarters. As usual, Moore did it with surgical precision, completing 23 of his 29 pass attempts. (RECAP | BOX | HIGHLIGHTS)

No. 15 Florida 48, Kentucky 10: Will Muschamp's Gators hit the road for the very first time, and the result was yet another win over Kentucky. Florida notched its 25th straight against the Wildcats. To the Gators credit, though, they did put on quit a show, led by burner backs Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey. Demps, widely considered the fastest player in the college game today, smoked the 'Cats with 157 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries. Demps' 84-yard touchdown early in the third quarter essentially put the game away, and it drew the attention of a notable speedster: high-profile Olympian Tyson Gay. The Florida resident couldn't control himself after the electric run, providing this all-caps tweet: "JEFF DEMPS U DIDINT HAV TO RUN DAT DANG ON FAST DUDE. NOW U JUS SHOWIN OUT FAM!! LOL." [sic] Rainey, Florida's all-purpose playmaker, topped 100 yards rushing for the third straight game. (RECAP | BOX)

No. 17 Baylor 56, Rice 31: Another week, another brilliant performance by RGIII. Baylor's dynamic force completed an astounding 29 of his 33 passes for 338 yards and five touchdowns (to five different receivers), adding 51 yards and an additional score on the ground. Through three games now, Griffin has more touchdown passes (13) than incompletions (12). Yes, you read that correctly. Those are video game numbers. Just ask Griffin himself: "That's an unreal stat," Griffin told the assembled media postgame. "The guys on the sideline, they're trying to calculate it. They know I haven't been throwing many incompletions. They said, 'Now you're one up on it.' ... It's just crazy. They say it's like video games." (RECAP | BOX | HIGHLIGHTS)

Mississippi State 26, Louisiana Tech 20 (OT): All's well that ends well. Eh, Chris Relf? Nine days after running into the buzzsaw that is Louisiana State, Mississippi State nearly lost again to the buzzsaw that isn't Louisiana Tech. Relf, Mississippi State's senior signal-caller, struggled through most of the evening. But after Louisiana Tech freshman QB Nick Isham threw a pick in the second play of overtime, Relf tossed a walk-off touchdown pass to LaDarius Perkins. This very well may have been a season-saving escape by Dan Mullen's team, as the Bulldogs narrowly avoided dropping to 1-3 with a trip to Georgia looming next Saturday. (RECAP | BOX)

No. 10 Oregon 56, Arizona 31: Strangely, it seems like Oregon completely fell out of the national discussion following the opening loss to LSU. But it's still the same ole Ducks, putting up 56 points with relative ease. LaMichael James posted a school-record 289 yards rushing. That's 493 yards in his last two games. Somebody's back in the Heisman discussion... (RECAP | BOX | HIGHLIGHTS)

Arizona State 43, No. 23 USC 22: Brock Osweiler > Matt Barkley. Settle down, Trojans faithful, just talking about tonight. Osweiler completed 25-of-32 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns, while Barkley threw a pair of picks (and one touchdown) on 21-of-33 passing. The Sun Devils also received a fantastic effort from Cameron Marshall (143 yards and three touchdowns) and snapped an 11-game losing streak to USC. (RECAP | BOX | HIGHLIGHTS)

No. 9 Nebraska 38, Wyoming 14: Yes, Nebraska really did travel to Laramie for this game. No, I'm not entirely sure why. (Something about 2-for-1 game deals and Bob Devaney and a few other absurdities.) But the Cornhuskers took care of business and improved to 4-0. OK, we're done here. (RECAP | BOX)

North Dakota State 37, Minnesota 24: Two weeks after an embarrassing loss to New Mexico State, Minnesota has one-upped itself in ineptitude. And of course it had to come from those damn Dakotas! The Golden Gophers lost to their second FCS school in as many years: South Dakota last year and North Dakota State on Saturday. Football aside, you have to feel for Jerry Kill, who continues to battle seizures at an alarming rate. And the Minnesota coach was pretty distraught after this one: "Coach out-coached me, their team outplayed us and they deserved to win the game," Kill said. "I feel bad for our students. I feel bad for the state of Minnesota. I feel bad for our fans, and I feel bad for our kids." (RECAP | BOX)

North Texas 24, Indiana 21: On the subject of B1G embarrassment... Indiana dropped to 1-3 with a road loss to the Mean Green. And the Hoosiers were fortunate to lose by only three points. North Texas actually led 24-0 through three quarters before the Hoosiers rallied for three scores in the final period. This is a little different from Kevin Wilson's former life as the Oklahoma offensive coordinator. (RECAP | BOX)

Texas Tech 35, Nevada 34: Don't look now, but Tubs' Red Raiders are 3-0. Not quite sure what this statement means, but it is a fact. (RECAP | BOX)

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