Reporting Brendan Darr
Week four of the college football season has come and gone, and with it Championship hopes have been dashed and some have intensified. What was supposed to be the marquee game, #16 West Virginia hosted #2 LSU, but was blown out at home in the fourth quarter. #3 Alabama hosted #14 Arkansas, and it did not end well for the Razorbacks. Then there was the second half comeback put on by #7 Oklahoma State against #8 Texas A&M.
Locally, Maryland was blown out at home by upstart Temple and RB Bernard Pierce.
Game of the Week:
#7 Oklahoma State 30, #8 Texas A&M 29
This game looked all but over at the half, as Texas A&M led 20-3. OSU QB Brandon Weedon came out firing in the second half, and finished the game 47 of 60 for 438 yards and 2 TD’s. He spread the ball around to 11 receivers during the game, and had three receivers catch at least 10 balls – 2, Justin Blackmon and Josh Cooper, went over 100 yards. A&M QB Ryan Tannehill did his best to keep the Aggies in the game, but in the end his 3 interceptions were too much to overcome. Tannehill did finish the game 28 of 47 for 309 yards and 3 touchdowns (1 rushing).
Honorable Mentions: Notre Dame 15, Pittsburgh 12; #25 Georgia Tech 35, North Carolina 28; #21 Clemson 35, #11 Florida State 30.
Offensive Player of the Week:
QB Brandon Weedon, Oklahoma State – 47 of 60 for 438 yards and 2 TD’s. QB Rating of 150.7 in 30-29 win at #8 Texas A&M, 30-29.
Honorable Mentions: RB LaMichael James, Oregon (Season-high 288 rushing yards); QB Case Keenum, Houston; WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia; RB Bernard Pierce, Temple.
Defensive Player of the Week:
CB Tyrann Mathieu, LSU – 6 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 pass break-up and 1 interception.
Honorable Mentions: S Baccari Rambo, Georgia; LB Sean Porter, Texas A&M; DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina; LB Demetrius Hartsfield, Maryland
If I Had A Heisman Vote:
1) QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor (Has more touchdown passes than Incompletions, 13-12)
2) QB Kellen Moore, Boise State
3) RB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina
4) QB Russell Wilson, Wisconsin
5) QB Case Keenum, Houston
Week 5 Preview:
After an exciting week four, I think the action only gets better in week five. There are four more top-20 match-ups this week. LSU has its first game with the #1 ranking, taking on Kentucky. #4 Boise State looks to avenge last year’s only loss against Nevada. Baylor has its first conference game against undefeated Kansas State.
5 Games to Watch:
1) #14 Texas A&M vs. #18 Arkansas in Arlington, Texas; 12:00 ET on ESPN
2) Auburn at #10 South Carolina, 3:30 ET on CBS
3) #13 Clemson at #11 Virginia Tech, 6:00 ET on ESPN2
4) #8 Nebraska at #7 Wisconsin, 8:00 ET on ABC
5) #3 Alabama at #12 Florida, 8:00 ET on CBS
Towson at Maryland, 3:30 ET on ESPN3.com
Idaho at Virginia, 3:30 ET on ESPN3.com
Air Force at Navy, 12:00 ET on CBS
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