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College Football Week 3 Recap

College football summary & players to watch for week 4.

Ninjasports College Football Monday Morning Quarterback dissects the week that was , and looks forward to the week ahead. 

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Stanford QB Josh Nunes completes a pass to his TE during a victory over rival USC.


You have got to be kidding me, Virginia Tech. You lost to Pittsburgh?!  Sure, it was at Pitt, but Virginia Tech WAS the 13th ranked team in the country.  To lose to a team who started off the season 0-2 has got to aggravate the gobbler, Frank Beamer.  Especially since one of the losses was to Youngstown State.  It’s no wonder Beamer can’t win a big game when he does things like become Paul Chryst‘s first victory at Pitt.  That is just flat out inexcusable.  Florida State continues to dominate, though they have yet to have a real test this season.  The Noles took out a Wake Forest team that upset North Carolina the previous week.  The big test looks to be next week versus Clemson, who is coming off a 41-7 rout of Furman in the return of phenom Sammy Watkins.  The Hurricanes got things back on track, somewhat, as they handled Bethune-Cookman in what was yet another highlight day for freshman sensation Duke JohnsonJohnson found the endzone four times with two TD runs, a screen that he took the distance, and a kick return that put the first points on the board for the Canes.  In an early ACC matchup, Paul Johnson and his Yellow Jackets silenced a Virginia team that many saw, and still see, as a sleeper in the conference.  Last season, the Cavaliers racked up over 200 yards on the ground versus the Jackets.  This season, they failed to even hit the century mark.  North Carolina almost pulled off quite an impressive comeback against top Big East contender Louisville.  The Heels trailed 36-7 at halftime only to have Bryn Renner conduct a rally consisting of five TD passes to fall five points short.

Scores Around the ACC
Maryland 21
Connecticut 24
Bethune 10
Miami 38
UNC 34
Louisville 39
V Tech 17
Pittsburgh 35
Boston Collge 13
Northwestern 22
Wake 0
FSU 52
Furman 7
Clemson 41
South Alabama 7
Virginia 20
Georgia Tech 56
NC Central 17
Duke 54
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WR Sammy Watkins says ‘cheese’ on his way to a touchdown.

Big East

Paul Chryst finally got the monkey off of his back and got his first win as the head coach at Pitt, and it was impressive.  While the Panthers struggled with the start of the season falling 0-2, it was all work no play against the HokiesRay Graham just couldn’t be stopped as he found the end zone three times on 94 yards.  Tino Sunseri found his groove opening up for 283 yards and three scores via air mail.  Sophomore sensation Teddy Bridgewater got his Cardinals off to an early lead only to come a couple of  plays away from blowing it versus the Tar HeelsUCONN was in for all that they could handle as they beat Maryland behind Lyle McCombs and Scott McCummings‘ two TDs each. The win has got to be sweet for the Huskies players that are still there from the Randy Edsall fiasco.

Scores Around the Big East
Maryland 21
Connecticut 24
Stony Brook 17
Syracuse 28
V Tech 17
Pitt 35
USF 13
Rutgers 23
Delaware St 7
Cincinnati 23
North Carolina 34
Louisville 39
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Jawan Jamison stiff arms a USF defender during a victory over the Bulls.

Big 12

After a discouraging loss to Arizona, Oklahoma State got down to business against UL-L.  Quarterback J.W. Walsh stepped in for the injured Wes Lunt and the offense didn’t miss a beat.  The second-stringer threw for 347 and four TDs.  Geno Smith led the Mountaineers accounting for 411 yards through the air with five TDs to boot.  Both Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey topped 100 yards receiving and combined for four of Smith‘s five scores.  Is anybody going to slow down West Virginia?  A week after annihilating the Miami Hurricanes, the Kansas State workhorse, the BillSnyder Kleinsdale, had a slow start against North Texas.  If not for Klein‘s performance, who threw for 230 and tallied three scores, there is a good chance the Wildcats would be mourning an embarrassing loss.  The Longhorns could be back, and could be for real.  Mack Brown’s squad got a nice tune up session against the Rebels of Ole MissDavid Ash looked as if he had been waiting on Brown to remove the shackles, and he finally let loose.  Ash threw for a career high 326 and four TDs while the Longhorns gained 676 yards of offense.

Scores Around the Big 12
North Texas 21
K State 35
W Illinois 3
Iowa St 37
James Madison 12
WVU 42
Sam Houston St 23
Baylor 48
Kansas 0
TCU 20
New Mexico 14
TTU 49
Ole Miss 31
Texas 66
LA-Laf 24
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QB J.W. Walsh eludes the defense on his way to a first down

B1G Ten

The B1G Ten posted and impressive 10-2 record this weekend, though questions arose about certain teams.  We know Ohio State has talent, and lots of it.  Their game against California came down to a busted coverage assignment where Braxton Miller happened to find Devin Smith behind the defense really late in the game to go up seven in what many people thought was a game destined for OT.  Penn State has to be thrilled after finally getting Bill O’Brien his first PSU victory against Navy on Military Appreciation Day.  BUT, don’t get TOO thrilled, Peed State fans, it was the awful Midshipmen.  It was one of those days for Umass, as eight different Michigan players scored a touchdown en rout to a 63-13 shellacking.  D-Rob threw for 291 and rushed for over 100 yards.  While the Wolverines laid a smackdown, their instate rivals weren’t so lucky as the Spartans fell to Notre Dame in a game that Michigan State got dominated.  The Fighting Irish played like a team possessed.  Wisconsin squeaked by Utah State as Montee Ball finally found the end zone and tallied up 139 yards with his feet.  Nebraska got back on track after the disaster against UCLA as they bounced back to take care of Arkansas StateKenny Bell had two TD receptions, possibly grabbing more attention from the other B1G Ten schools as a key when they play the Huskers, as long as Taylor Martinez can throw the ball (that’s a reach, I know).

Scores Around the B1G Ten
W Michigan 23
Minnesota 28
Cal 28
Ohio St 35
Michigan St 3
ND 20
Indiana 39
Ball St 41
Navy 7
Penn St 34
Mass 13
Michigan 63
E Michigan 16
Purdue 54
N. Iowa 16
Iowa 27
Utah St 14
Wisconson 16
Arkansas St 13
Nebraska 42
BC 13
Northwestern 22
Illinois 44
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Kyle Baublitz #84 pursues the QB during a easy victory over Navy.


New year, same result for Mark Barkley as USC fell to Stanford.  Barkley is the first QB to go 0-4 or worse versus any school since Florida State‘s Chris Rix went 0-5 against Miami (FL)Stanford‘s Stepfon Taylor scored twice and ran for 153 yards while the StanfordD held the always dangerous USC offense to just 14 points.  Oregon topped 50 for the second time in three games as they ran the train on Tennessee Tech.  De’Anthony Thomas, Marcus Mariota, and Kenjon Barner were the story yet again.  UCLA continues to roll as they take out Houston showing no signs of slowing down after the huge win versus Nebraska last week.  The NCAA‘s leading rusher, Johnathan Franklin, ran for 110 yards moving into second place on UCLA‘s all-time list.  Things are looking up out in Washington as the Huskies QB Keith Price threw for three TD passes in a record-tying 45-point first half.  RB Bishop Sankey ran for 100+ and two scores.  Utah got out of the scare of a game they were in once BYU missed two field goals.  The Cougars got a second chance at a field goal once Utah fans rushed the field prematurely.

Scores Around the Pac-12
Cal 28
Ohio St 35
Colorado 14
Fresno St 69
WSU 35
Houston 6
Wisconsin 7
Oregon St 10
Tenn Tech 14
Oregon 63
Portland St 13
Washington 52
Nebraska 30
ASU 20
Missouri 24
S Carolina St 0
Arizona 56
USC 14
Stanford 21
BYU 21
Utah 24

Stephan Taylor jumps over Morgan Breslin of USC on his way to a score during a victory over rival USC.


The Florida Gators went in to Neyland Stadium, and yet again, came out victorious for the eighth time in as many tries against the Volunteers.  Are the Gators really that good after beating a Tennessee team whose success greatly depends on QB Tyler Bray and WRs Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson?  No way.  And it’s not like we’ll get to see next week either as they take on SEC foe Kentucky who hasn’t beat the UF since 1986.  The real test comes week six versus The Mad Hatter and his Bayou BengalsJeff Driskell has played good. When I say good, I mean just good enough to get by.  Don’t expect the Gators to continue winning as their next five opponents have a very good chance at picking apart Florida.  Those games, other than LSU and Kentucky, consist of going to Vandy, hosting The Ol’ Ball Coach,and SEC newcomer Mizzou, as well as the big match up versus Georgia in Jacksonville at the end of OctoberAlabama continues to dominate the competition as they rolled over a Tyler Wilson-less Arkansas team.  McCarron really seems to be understanding his role in this offense, but can he hold back from trying to do too much in November when the Tide have to travel into a hostile LSU stadium to face a nasty, ass-kicking defense?  Bama‘s schedule seems to favor them going undefeated if they get by LSU, we won’t really have any idea after this week either as they play the big and bad FAU Owls.  After the game Saturday, Tyler Wilson called out his Hogs saying he felt that they quit at times.  This was a great move to light a fire under his teammates asses.  He didn’t drop names, and he didn’t point fingers.  Besides, if your team just dropped back-to-back games, including a disaster against Louisiana Monroe, you better find something to get your team going.  Hell, anything.  Speaking of ULM, after taking out the Razorbacks, they find themselves in OT with Auburn!  Is the SEC losing it’s “best conference” label?  Let’s see a couple more weeks before touching that subject that oh so many people get riled up about, including myself.  Georgia continued to dominate and Aaron Murray is doing work to keep his name in the Heisman talks as he threw for 340+ and two TDs.

Scores Around the SEC
Troy 24
Miss St 30
South Carolina 49
Tenn 20
UF 37
Arkansas 0
Bama 52
ASU 20
Missouri 24
Idaho 14
LSU 63
Ole Miss 31
Texas 66
Kentucky 31
WKU 32
FAU 20
UGA 56
Presbyterian 0
Vanderbilt 58
LA-Monroe 28
Auburn 31
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QB Jeff Driskel avoids the Vols passrush during a big SEC victory this weekend.

Games to Watch Week 3:

Vanderbilt @ Georgia

Miami (FL) @ Georgia Tech

Virginia @ TCU

Clemson @ FSU

Michigan @ Notre Dame

Kansas State @ Oklahoma

Oregon State @ UCLA

California @ USC

Arizona @ Oregon

Players to Watch Week 3:

Marcus Lattimore RB South Carolina

Brandon Coleman WR Rutgers

Casey Pachall QB TCU

Damien Williams RB OU

Bojern Werner DT FSU

Ka’Deem Carey RB Arizona

Sammy Watkins WR Clemson

Colin Klein QB K State

Ninja Sports Offensive Performance of the Week:

Chris Thompson RB FSU 9 carries 197 yards 2 TD

Ninja Sports Defensive Performance of the Week:

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Ninja Sports College Football Play of the Week:1:57

Ninja Sports Image of the Week:

Matt Barkley USC quarterback

Pretty much sums up Barkley’s career vs Stanford. 

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College Football Week 2 Recap

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What a heartbreaker for North Carolina against Wake in this early season conference matchup.  Bryn Renner’s 271 yards just wasn’t enough as the Heels fell 28-27.  Renner’s counterpart, Tanner Price, threw for an outstanding 327 yards as he was all of the offense the Deacons needed.  Georgia Tech laid a beat down on Presbyterian 59-3 gaining some team confidence after the disappointing loss to Virginia Tech last week.  Zach Laskey led the Yellow Jackets rushing attack with 11 yards.  Back up QB Vad Lee wasn’t far behind though, accumulating 101 yards on the ground as well.  Virginia Tech rolled Austin Peay 42-7 while Logan Thomas  continues to impress with 212 yards through the air with two TDs and a rush TD to boot.  After losing to the Canes last week, Boston College took care of Maine 34-3.  Chase Rettig continues to have his way with opponent’s defenses as he stays hot tossing three TDs.  Clemson looked to be on point dropping 52 on Ball State led by Heisman Candidate Tajh Boyd who delivered three TDs via airmail.  Michael Rocco managed a game winning drive capped off with a TD pass to Jake McGee as Virginia improves to 2-0.  Perry Hills put three TDs on the board for the Terps en route to a 3-27 victory over Temple.  NC State snuck away from Connecticut with a win thanks to Bryan Underwood’s 4 yard TD catch to win it 10-7.

Scores Around the ACC
Connecticut 7
NC State 10
Miami (FL) 13
Kansas State 52
UNC 27
Wake Forest 28
Temple 27
Maryland 36
Penn State 16
Virginia 17
Savannah St 0
FSU 55
Ball St 27
Clemson 52
Maine 3
Boston College 34
Austin Peay 7
Virginia 42
Duke 13
Stanford 50

Clemson’s DeAndre Hopkins pulls in a reception for a touchdown while being covered by Ball state’s Jason Pinkston

Big East

Louisville breaks the 30 point barrier for the second time in as many weeks as they blew by Missouri StateUSF and BJ Daniels turned it on in the fourth quarter as the Bulls make a 32-31 comeback against the WolfpackDaniels launched a 56 yarder to Andre Davis with 38 seconds left to complete the victory.  Rutgers Kyle Flood gets his first home victory as head coach of the Scarlet Knights.  Brandon Coleman hauled in two TD grabs.  Pretty decent week for the Big East as the conference tallies up a weekend record of 4-4.

Scores Around the Big East
Connecticut 7
NC State 10
Syracuse 29
USC 42
Pitt 10
Cincy 34
Temple 27
Maryland 36
Missouri State 7
Louisville 35
Nevada 31
USF 32
Howard 0
Rutgers 26

Munchie Legaux of the Cincinnati Bearcats runs the ball against the Pittsburgh Panthers.

Big 12

Collin Klein and the Wildcats made a statement against the Canes to the rest of the nation, though Miami (FL)’s mistakes didn’t help.  They are the first team since the 1998 Syracuse Orangmen to put up 50 on The UKlein threw for 210 and a TD, while scampering for 71 yards and three more TDs.  Could this be the year for Bill Snyder and the CatsIowa State fought off the Hawkeyes as Steele Jantz’s TD pass was the lone TD in the 9-6 win.  Jayhawks fans have got to be disappointed as they drop to Rice at home.  The Kansas defense played a “bend, don’t break” game as Rice mustered up four FGs.  Seth Doege threw five TDs as the Red Raiders annihilate Texas State.  Oklahoma RB Damien Williams was lights out running for four TDs on 10 carries.  Did I mention he had 156 yards to go with it?

Scores Around the Big 12
Miami (FL) 13
K State 52
Iowa 6
Iowa St 9
Kansas 24
Rice 25
Oklahoma 69
Grambling St 0
TCU 56
Texas St 10
TTU 58
New Mexico 0
Texas 45
Oklahoma St 38
Arizona 59

Running back Damien Williams #26 of the Oklahoma Sooners tries to outrun defensive back Antwain Mathews #16 of the Florida A&M Rattlers

B1G Ten

The Nebraska Cornhuskers have got to be beating themselves as they fall to UCLA 36-30.  Taylor Martinez’s 92 yard TD run is about all there is to write about the Huskers as they were obviously affected by the absence of All American RB Rex Burkhead.  The Nittany Lion fan base is demanding O’Brien shows them something promising.. and soon.  The post-JoePa era is off to the worst start possible after losing to Virginia.  Michigan rebounds after the embarrassing loss to Alabama to overtake Air ForceDenard Robinson took out some frustration while running and throwing for over 200 yards.  Fitz Touissant’s first game back after suspension was a quiet one as he was not a factor at all.  Indiana RB Tre Roberson had TD runs of 50 and 39 yards before hurting his left leg as the Hoosiers beat UMASS in their first home game as an FBS team.  Braxton Miller showed out throwing for 155 and a TD, and rushing for 141 yards and three more.  One can’t help but wonder.. Will he be a better fit in this offense than.. wait a minute.. Tim Tebow?

Scores Around the B1G Ten
Minnesota 44
UCF 16
Ohio St 31
Purdue 17
ND 20
Mass 6
IU 45
Penn State 16
Virginia 17
Air Force 25
Michigan 31
MSU 41
Iowa 6
Wisconsin 7
Oregon St 10
Nebraska 30
Vandy 13
Northwestern 23
Illinois 14
ASU 45

Ohio State’s Braxton Miller breaks away from Central Florida players on his way to a touchdown during the first quarter


Johnathan Franklin ran wild, again.  This time, the senior rushed for 217 yards as the Bruins stunned Nebraska 36-30.  Brett Hundley also had a big game racking up 300+ in the air with four TDs.  Don’t sleep on UCLA this year; we’ll get to see some more of these guys next week versus HoustonIan Soefle ran for a TD and 104 yards as California handled Southern Utah.  If De’Anthony Thomas’ name isn’t in Heisman talks, it is because of the big shadow cast over him by Kenjon Barner who was the workhorse of Oregon’s offense running the ball 34 times for over 200 yards and three TDs.  Thomas only had seven carries but managed 102 yards and two scores out of them.  If only Chip Kelly would give him the ball a little bit more…  USC still wasn’t too impressive as they took on Big East bottom feeder SyracuseBarkley’s six TDs was more than plenty as they nearly dropped 50.

Scores Around the Pac-12
SUU 31
Cal 50
Colorado 28
EWU 20
WSU 24
Syracuse 29
USC 49
Wisconsin 7
Oregon St 10
Fresno St 25
Oregon 42
Washington 3
LSU 41
Nebraska 30
Illinois 14
ASU 45
Ok St 38
Arizona 59
Duke 13
Stanford 50
Utah 20
Utah St 27

Running back Johnathan Franklin #23 of the UCLA Bruins celebrates after a 54 yard run to the 21 yard line in the fourth quarter against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at the Rose Bowl


Hear that squealing sound?  That’s the Arkansas Razorback’s dropping out of the top 25 after losing to Louisiana Monroe!  The Razorbacks choked on the big one and dropped from top ten to unranked, ’07 Michigan style.  Florida was in for all they could handle at College Station.  Although the Aggies lost, TAMU freshman QB Johnny Manziel had an impressive first half and showed he has a lot of potential to evolve into an elite QB with his arm AND legs.  Tennessee looks to be in a pretty good team rhythm as Tyler Bray throws for 310 and four TDs and a 2-0 start for the VolsGeorgia gave Missouri a big boy’s welcome to the SEC as Aaron Murray got the offense on track, again, to engineer a 41-20 victory.

Scores Around the SEC
Auburn 10
Miss St 28
ECU 10
South Carolina 49
UF 20
Bama 35
GSU 13
Tenn 51
Arkansas 31
ULM 34
Washington 3
LSU 41
Ole Miss 28
Kent St 14
Kentuck 47
Mizzou 20
UGA 41
Vanderbilt 13
Northwestern 23

Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray (8) throws during the second quarter against Georgia State

Games to Watch Week 2:

Rutgers @ USF

Alabama @ Arkansas

North Carolina @ Louisville

Florida @ Tennessee

Arizona State @ Missouri

USC @ Stanford

Notre Dame @ Michigan

Houston @ UCLA

Players to Watch Week 2:

Johnathan Franklin, RB UCLA vs Houston

Tyler Bray, QB Tennessee vs Florida

Marqise Lee, WR USC @ Stanford

Andre Ellington, RB Clemson vs Furman

Austin Franklin, WR New Mexico State @ UTEP

Cameron Marshall, RB Arizona State @ Missouri

Ninja Sports Offensive Performance of the Week:

Denard Robinson, QB Michigan

14/25 208 yards 2 TD

20 carries 218 yards 2 TD


Ninja Sports Defensive Performance of the Week:

Arthur Brown, LB Kansas State

7 solo tackles 3 asst. tackles

1 sack

Ninja Sports College Football Play of the Week:

Ninja Sports Image of the Week:

Tennessee defenders Maurice Couch (44) and A.J. Johnson sent Georgia State tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi to the field level.

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