College Football Week 1 Recap

Ninja Sports College Football Monday Morning Quarterback


Clemson showed that they don’t need Sammy Watkins to display their explosive offense.  Andre Ellington racked up 231 yards on the ground and DeAndre Hopkins set the school record for receptions in a game with 13.  While Tajh Boyd had to be frustrated with numerous drops, the Tigers still put up an impressive 528 yards against Auburn.  Miami (FL) Freshman RB Duke Johnson had plenty of hype surrounding him coming into the season and what a better coming out party than to have two 50+ yard rushing TDs in the Canes 41-32 victory over Boston CollegeJohnson finished the game with seven rushes for 135 yards including his two scoring runs, impressing the likes of NBA Champion LeBron James enough to have him tweet “Duke Johnson is the truth out there for the U! True freshman. #speedkills”.  Johnson and Ellington weren’t the only two ACC running backs to have big days, North Carolina‘s Giovanni Bernard set a career record with three first half scores, one rushing and two receiving, finishing with 93 yards on nine carries.  Granted it was against Elon, Bernard showed the ability many Tar Heel fans have anticipated bringing a sense of hope to the Tar Heel Nation.  FSU manhandled Murray State (surprise, surprise) 69-3.  With such a cupcake schedule, expect to see many more scores like this for weeks to come.   Ok, maybe not 69 points, but you get the idea.  FSU DE Bjoern Werner had a career day with four sacks (-28 yards), five tackles (-30), and a forced fumble at Murray State‘s two yard line.

Scores Around the ACC

NC State 21

Miami (FL) 41

Elon 0

W&M 6

Richmond 19

Tennessee 35

BC 32

UNC 62

Maryland 7

Virginia 43

Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech – 9/3

Miami freshmen RB Duke Johnson breaks free from a BC defender during an impressive debut.

Big 12

Oklahoma has plenty of work to do if they want to be taken seriously as a Big 12 contender.  It wasn’t until the fourth quarter with 2:55 to play when OU RB Damien Williams took a Landry Jones  handoff 65 yards to the house sealing the game 24-7 against UTEPOU‘s rush defense was real suspect as they gave up 177 yards to UTEP RB Nathan Jeffrey.  West Virginia is good.. Like scary good.  Geno Smith picked up where he left off last season tossing the rock for 323 yards and four TDs while running in a fifth as the Mountaineers trampled Marshall 69-34.  Texas, much like the Sooner’s, need to see a great improvement on the defensive side of the ball as the Longhorns gave up 345 yards to Wyoming.  Texas QB David Ash completed 20 of 27 passes without turning the ball over which has to encourage Mack Brown that he made the right QB decision, even if it is only one game into the season.  Oklahoma State displayed quite the rushing attack with nine rushing TDs

in an 84-0 rout of Savannah State.

Scores Around the Big 12

WVU 69

Tulsa 23

Savannah State 0

South Dakota S.17

Richmond 19

Marshall 34

Iowa State 38

OK St 84

Kansas 31

TTU 44

Kansas St 51

Wyoming 17

Oklahoma 24

SMU 24


Texas 37


Baylor 59

Geno Smith celebrates after throwing a TD against Marshal.

Big East

Ray Graham didn’t have quite the impact on Pittsburgh‘s offense as they fall to Youngsto.. YOUNGSTOWN STATE?!?!  What a debut for new Panther‘s coach Paul Chryst.  Not only did Pitt lose, they trailed the ENTIRE GAME!! Before the season, the Ninja didn’t think too highly of UCONN but with the way their defense played Saturday, they could b the toughest in the conference asthey beat UMASS.  Sure, it was UMASS who was playing their first game as an FBS team.  UCONN unrolled the welcome mat by holding them to three first downs and 59 yards.  Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib showed he’s got skills, mad skills.  Unfortunately, the Orange need more than just a good QB as they fell to Northwestern 42-41.  B.J. Daniels seems to have found his groove early this season as the Bulls of South Florida took care of Chattanooga 34-13.  Daniels threw for 265 yards and three TDs while running for another.  Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater picked up right where he left off last season taking care of SEC opponent Kentucky 32-14.  Bridgewater missed only two of his 21 attempts adding 232 yards to his stat book.

Scores Around the Big East

Umass 0

Villanova 10

NW 42

YSU 31

Chattanooga 13

Uconn 37

Temple 41

Syracuse 41

Pitt 17

USF 34

Rutgers 24

Kentucky 14

Tulane 12

Louisville 32

Teddy Bridgewater eludes the rush while easily handling Kentucky.

B1G Ten

The Nebraska Cornhuskers had quite the performance from QB Taylor Martinez as he threw for five TDs.  Martinez, known for his explosive speed and terrible throwing fundamentals, still looked like a left handed running back trying to throw right handed (can’t picture it? Click HERE).  Though his throwing motion needs a ton of work, he got the job done and put the ball where it needed to be.  Let’s be serious here, it was Southern Miss.  Whether he can keep it up against quality teams remains to be seen.  Taking pressure off of Martinez is All-American RB Rex Burkhead who showed his ability early on three carries including a 57 yard TD.  His day ended soon after it began due to a sprained MCL.  While running game is the topic, how can I not mention Le’Veon Bell from Michigan State?  This kid was absolutely dominant in MSU’s 17-13 scare against Boise State scampering for 210 yards and two TDs on 44 carries.  Liar Meyer’s tenure started in Colombus the way most Bucks fans expected in a 56-10 blowout of Miami (OH).  Braxton Miller showed some maturation in his passing game connecting on 14 of 24 passes for 207 yards and two TDs before being replaced by his back up.  Pedd State took a blow from Ohio falling 24-14.  Bill O’Brien’s debut didn’t quite go as planned as Ohio QB Tyler Tettleton had his way with the PSU defense throwing for 324 yards and two TDs while running in a third.  Fan’s up at Camp Randle can quit biting their nails as their beloved Badgers nearly let one get away against Northern Iowa 26-21.  Danny O’Brien had an impressive debut after transferring from Maryland going 19 for 23 for 219 and two TDs, including a 53 yarder to Jared Abbrederis.  Then there’s Michigan.  The biggest disappointment of the weekend.  The Ninja was hoping for at least SOMEWHAT of a competitive game.  Could this be another let down year for the Wolverines like 2007?

Scores Around the B1G Ten

Minnesota 30

Boise St. 13

Northwestern 42

Ohio 24

Miami (OH) 10


Michigan St 17

Syracuse 41

Penn St 14

Ohio St 56

W Michigan 7

So. Miss 20

No. Iowa 21

E. Kentucky 6

Iowa 18

Illinois 24

Nebraska 49

Wisconsin 26

Purdue 48

NIU  17

Indiana St 17

Michigan 14

Indiana 24

Alabama 41

Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez throws on the run during a 5 touchdown performance against USM.


After week one, we still don’t have an idea on just how good USC really is after a 49-10 romping of Hawai’iOregon showed us they can still execute with a new quarterback in Marcus Mariota (18-22 200 3), whom some wondered how he would fare taking over for Darron Thomas.  While Mariota did impress (granted it was Arkansas State), De’Anthony Thomas stole the show catching two TDs and running for a third.  Stanford was really un-Luck-y  this week as they barely held off San Jose State 20-17.  Stepfan Taylor pretty much carried the load for the Cardinals as he rushed for 116 yards on 26 carries with one TD.  UCLA  RB Johnathan Franklin ran wild Thursday night as he had his way with Rice’s defense tallying up 214 yards and three scores.  The Bruins took care of business 49-24.  Keep an eye on them next week as they take on B1G Ten contender Nebraska.

Scores Around the Pac-12

N. Co. 0


Wash St. 6

N. Arizona 6

San Jose St 17

Utah 41

Rice 24

BYU 30

ASU 63

Stanford 20

Cal 24

Colorado St. 22

Hawai’I 10

Toledo 17

San Diego St 12

Nevada 31

Colorado 17

USC 49

Arizona 24

Washington 21

Ark St 34

Oregon 57

Oregon’s offense celebrates one of many week 1 touchdowns.


 South Carolina survived an early scare vs Vandy in Marcus Lattimore’s return from knee surgery.  Lattimore ran for 110 and two TDs while the defense seemed to have trouble stopping the Commodores all game long taking it to the end.  Aaron Murray started his Heisman Trophy campaign with pretty solid numbers (15/26 258 3) against Buffalo (I know, it’s Buffalo).  Tyler Bray  was impressive on Friday as Tennessee took down NC State 35-21.  Bray, who some consider a Heisman candidate, threw for 333 yards and two TDs.  Florida nearly let one get away against Bowling Green, at The Swamp?! The Ninja didn’t see the Gators having a good year to begin with, but Bowling Green at home?! Sure, Mike Gillislee had a career day (148 yards and two TDs), but as a team, they should be very concerned in Gainesville and might want to buckle up for this roller coaster of a season they are about to encounter.  Zach Mettenberger and LSU seem to be just fine as they rolled past North Texas.  Let’s see how Mettenberger fares next week against a better Washington defense.  Tyler Wilson and the Razorbacks thrashed Jacksonville State 49-24.  Wilson starts off this year looking like the seasoned vet he is going 19 for 27 for 367 yards and three TDs.  Knile Davis returned rushing for 70 yards on 18 carries and a TD.

Scores Around the SEC

USC 17

NC St 21

Buffalo 23

Bowling Green 14

Clemson 26

Vanderbilt 13

Tenn 35

Georgia 45

Florida 27

Auburn 19

Jax St 24

North Texas 14

SE La 10

Cent Ark 27

Jackson St 9

Arkansas 49

LSU 41

Mizzou 62

Ole Miss 49

Miss St 56

Michigan 14

Kentucky 14

Alabama 41

Louisville 32

T.J. Yeldon bruises forward for positive yards as Alabama crushes Michigan.

Games to Watch Week 2

Miami (FL) @ Kansas State

Florida @ Texas A&M

Washington @ LSU

Nebraska @ UCLA

Georgia @ Missouri

Players to Watch Week 2

Keith Price, QB Washington @ LSU

Taylor Martinez, QB Nebraska @ UCLA

Joseph Randle, RB Oklahoma State @ Arizona

Tyler Wilson, QB Arkansas vs ULM

Matt Barkley, QB USC vs Syracuse

Duke Johnson, RB Miami (FL) @ Kansas State

TJ Yeldon, RB Alabama vs Western Kentucky

Todd Gurley, RB/KR Georgia @ Missouri

Ninja Sports Offensive Performance of the Week:

Le’Veon Bell, RB Michigan State

44 carries 210 yards 2 TD

6 rec. 55 yards

Ninja Sports Defensive Performance of the Week:

Bjoern Werner, DE Florida State

4 sacks, 5 tackles

Ninja Sports College Football Play of the Week:

Devin Smith, WR Ohio State

Ninja Sports Broken Record of the Week:

Sam Durley, QB Eureka College

739 Passing Yards

Ninja Sports Image of the Week:

Bell hurdles a defender while placing Michigan State on his back against Boise

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