OCTOBER 2 COLLEGE FOOTBALL RECAP
Here's a brief look at the highlights of week five of the college football season, a week filled with tons of offense and exciting finishes which kicked off the start of conference play for many teams across the country. The rankings used in this recap are the AP Rankings from prior to the games.
IN A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN
#9 West Virginia 70, #25 Baylor 63: On a record breaking day on both sides of the field, Mountaineers QB Geno Smith held nothing back as he threw for 656 yards and eight TDs, helping to amass a school-record 807 yards of offense. Baylor just ran out of time as it tied an FBS record for most points scored by a losing team in the highest scoring game in Big 12 history.
SHOW US WHAT YOU'RE MADE OF
#1 Alabama 33, Ole Miss 14: Ole Miss proved to be a bit more challenging than expected as they led the Crimson Tide for a short time, something that no other team has accomplished this season. Alabama's offense struggled at times, but the defense picked up the slack as it rolled past the Rebels.
#2 Oregon 51, Washington State 26: After an evenly matched first-half, a different Ducks squad came to play in the second-half to take down the Cougars, producing its longest scoring drive, by plays, of the season and a nearly flawless third quarter.
#4 Florida State 30, South Florida 17: FSU's first road game was a challenge and was closer than the score may indicate as South Florida's QB B.J. Daniels performance (143 yards passing, 72 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns) helped to keep the Bulls in the game.
THE ONE THAT ALMOST GOT AWAY
#5 Georgia 51, Tennessee 44: In the highest scoring game ever between the SEC rivals, Georgia made the plays when they counted the most, producing 282 yards rushing, to hold on after losing a 17-point lead to beat Tennessee.
#12 Texas 41, Oklahoma State 36: Oklahoma State took the lead with 2:34 to play, but Texas QB David Ash stepped up under pressure and led the Longhorns to the winning drive, capped by a 2-yard TD run by RB Joe Bergeron with 29 seconds left on the clock, ending Texas' two-year home-losing streak to the Cowboys.
#22 Nebraska 30, Wisconsin 27: Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez led the Huskers out of a 17-point hole for the second-largest comeback in Nebraska history as the Huskers kept Wisconsin scoreless in the fourth quarter.
#19 Louisville 21, Southern Miss 17: Playing in a literal monsoon, the Cardinals trailed 17-6 midway through the second quarter, but scored 15 unanswered points for the win, including the game-winning TD run by Louisville RB Senorise Perry.
DOWN TO THE WIRE
Washington 17, #8 Stanford 13: In a stunning defensive effort by the Huskies, Washington held the Cardinal to just 235 yards of total offense, the fewest yards allowed since 2010, and no offensive TDs, which has not happened to Stanford since Oct. 27, 2007 as the Huskies pulled off the only Top 25 upset of the week.
#14 Ohio State 17, #20 Michigan State 16: Buckeyes QB Braxton Miller stepped up as well as the defense, which held the Spartans star RB Le'Veon Bell to only 45 yards rushing, as Ohio State continues its quest for a perfect season.
#18 Oregon State 38, Arizona 35: Oregon State QB Sean Mannion threw a career-high 433 yards and connected with TE Connor Hamlett on a 9-yard pass with 1:09 left to put the Beavers over the Wildcats for good.
#24 Boise State 32, New Mexico 29: In a tale of two halves, the Broncos started off strong, but if the Lobos had been given any more time, they might have pulled off the upset as they baffled the Boise State defense with their triple-option offense in a game plagued by turnovers.
TOUGHER THAN ANTICIPATED
#6 South Carolina 38, Kentucky 17: After trailing 17-7 at halftime and being held to just 26 yards rushing in the first half, South Carolina adjusted its game plan and outrushed Kentucky 174-7 in the second half and scored 31 unanswered points as RB Marcus Lattimore, who rushed 23 times for 120 yards and two TDs, had another spectacular outing.
#15 TCU 24, SMU 16: TCU earned the Iron Skillet Trophy and extended their winning streak to 12, the nation's longest active winning streak, despite scoring just three points on 27 yards of offense in the second half.
#17 Clemson 45, Boston College 31: BC led 21-17 before giving up three unanswered touchdowns which put the Tigers ahead for good as Clemson QB Tajh Boyd and WR DeAndre Hopkins, who had a school-record 197 receiving yards, both had stellar performances.
CBSSports.com (Palm): LSU vs. Louisville (remains the same)
College Football News: Notre Dame vs. Georgia (remains the same)
ESPN.com (Schlabach): Georgia vs. West Virginia (West Virginia replaces Texas)
ESPN.com (Edwards): Georgia vs. Kansas State (remains the same)
SI.com (Mandel): Georgia vs. Texas (remains the same)
Orlando Sentinel: LSU vs. Kansas State (remains the same) Phil Steele: LSU vs. Oklahoma (remains the same)
USA Today (Myerberg): Alabama vs. Texas
USA Today (Smith): LSU vs. Texas
Each week, the Allstate Sugar Bowl will make its YouTube Pick of the Week, top highlights, impressive off-field performances, great games and amazing plays, including #9 West Virginia's Geno Smith's spectacular performance wiith 8 TDs to beat #25 Baylor in the highest scoring game in Big 12 history
VOTE FOR MANNING STARS
College football fans, be sure to "like" the official Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page (linked above) and vote each week for the Manning Award Player of the Week. The top quarterback performances from each week will be posted giving you the chance to vote for that you think was the best effort each week of the college football season.
MANNING AWARD STARS OF THE WEEK
While 25 quarterbacks are on the Manning Award Watch List, additional players may be added later in the season and every quarterback in the country remains eligible for the honor. Here's a look at the best performances of the second week of the football season:
David Ash, Texas
30-of-37, 304 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT
Ash converts on a crucial fourth-and-four late in the fourth quarter to keep Texas alive on what proved to be the game-winning drive as he leads the Longhorns to a 41-36 road victory over Oklahoma State.
Derek Carr, Fresno State
42-of-56, 536 yards, 5 TDs, 2 INT
Carr becomes the first Bulldog quarterback to throw for 500 yards since his older brother David in 2001 as he leads Fresno State to a 52-40 victory over San Diego State in its Mountain West debut.
Zac Dysert, Miami (Ohio)
34-of-49, 516 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INT
Dysert's 104 rushing yards make him the first player in FBS history to pass for 500 and rush for 100 as he turns in a memorable performance, throwing a school-record six touchdowns and leading the Red Hawks to the go-ahead score with 1:04 to go in a key 56-49 MAC victory over Akron.
Nick Florence, Baylor
29-of-47, 581 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT
Florence, who also rushes for a touchdown, breaks RGIII's school record for passing yards, leading the Bears to 63 points, but it's not enough in a wild 70-63 loss to West Virginia.
Sean Mannion, Oregon State
29-of-45, 433 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT
Mannion sets his career-high for passing yards and delivers a 9-yard touchdown pass with 1:09 to go to maintain the Beavers' perfect season with a thrilling 38-35 victory over Arizona.
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
29-of-38, 453 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT
Manziel sets a school record for passing yards and an SEC record for total offense as he adds 104 rushing yards to lead the Aggies to their first SEC win, 58-10, over Arkansas.
Stephen Morris, Miami
26-of-49, 566 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT
Morris throws for a school- and ACC-record number of yards and wrap up the afternoon with a 62-yard touchdown strike with 19 seconds to go to lift the Hurricanes to a 44-37 over North Carolina State.
Geno Smith, West Virginia
45-of-51, 656 yards, 8 TDs, 0 INT
Smith has a simply sensational performance, tying the conference record for TD passes and setting school marks for TDs, passing yards and completions as the Mountaineers need every point in a wild 70-63 win over Baylor in their Big 12 debut.
TOP UPCOMING GAMES
#24 Northwestern at Penn State (11 a.m., ESPN): In a bit of role reversal, nationally-ranked Northwestern will battle unranked Penn State - the improving Nittany Lions will provide the Wildcats their toughest challenge of the year.
#4 LSU at #10 Florida (2:30 p.m., CBS): The Tigers have dropped a couple of spots in the rankings after unimpressive wins, but they will regain much respect if they can handle the Gators on the road in a top-10 showdown that may not be the best SEC game of the week.
#17 Oklahoma at Texas Tech (2:30 p.m., ESPN2/ABC): The Sooners haven't won in Lubbock since 2003, but The Red Raiders haven't won a home Big 12 games since 2010.
#5 Georgia at #6 South Carolina (6 p.m., ESPN): ESPN's GameDay picked this game between the two favorites in the SEC East.
#8 West Virginia at #11 Texas (6 p.m., Fox): After Geno Smith's sensational performance this past Saturday, fans and pundits alike will be very interested to see how he fares on the road against the Longhorn's superior defense.
Miami at #9 Notre Dame (6:30 p.m., NBC): The Hurricanes are not at the levels they achieved during their powerhouse years, but they have used late-game heroics to improve to 4-1 and may prove to be a challenge for the undefeated Fighting Irish.
#21 Nebraska at #12 Ohio State (7 p.m., ABC): The Buckeyes, who are not eligible for postseason play, continue to impress, while Nebraska is coming off a solid comeback win over Nebraska.
#23 Washington at #2 Oregon (9:30 p.m., ESPN): SEC fans will be keeping a close watch on this game between a Husky team that was overwhelmed by LSU and the second-ranked team in the nation.