Week number three of the college football schedule provided us with a marquee match-up, a ton of blowouts and 4 upsets. #1 Oklahoma and #5 Florida State took center stage on Saturday night, but the offensive showcase turned into a defensive battle with Oklahoma coming out on top 23-13. It did help Oklahoma, that the ‘Noles lost their starting QB E.J. Manuel in the second half.
Locally, Maryland nearly came back from a 24-point deficit to #18 West Virginia, before ultimately falling 37-31. Navy put a serious scare in to #10 South Carolina, losing narrowly, 24-21.
Game of the Week:
Clemson 38, #21 Auburn 24.
Clemson, twice, was down 14 points in the first half before going on a 31-3 run with 8 minutes left in the second quarter. It was a coming out party for Clemson QB Tajh Boyd and WR Sammy Watkins. Boyd found Watkins for a 65 yard touchdown, where Watkins made one man miss, and then kicked into an other-worldly gear for the score. Auburn was kept in the game by Sophomore sensation RB Michael Dyer who had 151 yards on just 16 carries with 2 touchdowns.
Honorable Mention: #18 West Virginia 37, Maryland 31; #11 Nebraska 51, Washington 38; #10 South Carolina 24, Navy 21.
Offensive Player of the Week:
QB Kellen Moore, Boise State – 32 of 42 for 455 yards (3rd highest single-game total this season), 5 touchdowns, 1 interception. 201.7 QB Rating. Boise State won at Toledo, 40-15.
Honorable Mention: QB Seth Dodge, Texas Tech (Set single-game record for completion % in a game, 40-of-44) vs. New Mexico; RB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina; RB Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State.
Defensive Player of the Week:
LB Tom Wort, Nebraska – Wort made a crucial interception in the red zone to stop the FSU offense in their tracks. He finished the game with 8 tackles – 2.5 for loss – 1.5 sacks and the interception in Oklahoma’s 23-13 win in Tallahassee.
Honorable Mention: DE Bjoern Werner, Florida State; LB Antonio Allen, South Carolina; LB Jonathan Brown, Illinois.
If I Had A Heisman Vote:
1) QB Kellen Moore, Boise State
2) QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor
3) RB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina
4) QB Andrew Luck, Stanford
5) QB Russell Wilson, Wisconsin
Week 4 Preview:
We have a big slate of games for the weekend. 8 Big games this weekend, four featuring top-20 match-ups. There’s also Coach Brady Hoke (Michigan) taking on his former school (San Diego State). Notre Dame and Pittsburgh face off in a battle of schools looking to improve. Ohio State will play its first game as an unranked school since 2004 (103 straight appearances in the top 25). Former Maryland Assistant and now current Vanderbilt coach, James Franklin, leads 3-0 Vandy against #12 South Carolina.
5 Games to Watch:
1) #11 Florida State at #21 Clemson, 3:30 ET on ESPN
2) #14 Arkansas at #3 Alabama, 3:30 ET on CBS
3) #7 Oklahoma State at #8 Texas A&M, 3:30 ET on ABC/ESPN2
4) #2 LSU at #16 West Virginia, 8 ET on ABC
5) #23 USC at Arizona State, 10:15 ET on ESPN
Temple at Maryland, 12:30 ET on ACC Network/ESPN3.com
Southern Miss at Virginia, 3:30 ET on ACC Network/ESPN3.com
#13 Virginia Tech at Marshal, 3:30 ET on 106.7 The Fan
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