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Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel spent the first half of Saturday’s game on the sidelines due to a suspension from the offseason autograph scandal. However, Manziel didn’t let that slow him down against Rice, completing 6 of 8 passes for 94 yards and three touchdowns in the second half.
But the postgame chatter about Manziel wasn’t due to his performance. Instead, the sophomore was in the spotlight due to his money gestures after scoring a touchdown, an unsportsmanlike penalty and his jabs with Rice defenders while making an autograph gesture. Coach Kevin Sumlin wasn't happy with Manziel after the game, as the sophomore did not play after his penalty in the fourth quarter.
Check out the reaction from the web compiled in storify by @DavidFox615:
NC State opened the Dave Doeren era with an impressive 40-14 win over Louisiana Tech. However, victory came at a heavy price. Quarterback Brandon Mitchell suffered a foot fracture against the Bulldogs and will be out four to six weeks.
Mitchell transferred to NC State from Arkansas this offseason and was off to a good start, throwing for 93 yards on three completions.
With Mitchell out, NC State will turn to Colorado State transfer Pete Thomas. Against Louisiana Tech, Thomas threw for 212 yards on 15 completions.
Although Mitchell will miss at least four weeks, NC State has favorable matchups against Central Michigan and Richmond in September. Assuming the Wolfpack loses to Clemson, they should be 3-1 in case Mitchell returns to play Wake Forest on Oct. 5.
Michigan State defensive back Kurtis Drummond had quite the game in the opener against Western Michigan. Drummond returned an interception 21 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter and later followed up that play with a crazy one-handed interception.
It’s only Week 1, but Drummond’s interception might be one of the best defensive plays we see in college football this year.
It’s the first week of the college football season, so coaches and players are bound to have some rust.
However, FAU committed a silly blunder against Miami on Friday night, which is simply the result of not paying attention to the down marker or scoreboard.
With the Owls trying to score late in the fourth quarter, quarterback Jaquez Johnson was tackled around the 26-yard line with 19 seconds left to play on third down. And instead of trying to get one more play, FAU forgets its fourth down and proceeds to spike the ball. The best part? Watching FAU coach Carl Pelini give the spike symbol to his quarterback.
UCF-Akron wasn’t much of a game on Thursday night, as the Knights rolled to an easy 38-7 win in the opener.
However, the game provided one of the weekend’s top plays, as UCF quarterback Blake Bortles had the ball slip out of his hand, then proceeded to throw a 39-yard touchdown to receiver J.J. Worton.
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney didn’t make a huge impact on the stat sheet on Thursday night (three tackles), but the junior was around the line of scrimmage most of the night. Clowney’s presence altered North Carolina’s gameplan from the first snap, as the Tar Heels did their best to avoid No. 7.
North Carolina’s offensive line did a decent job of keeping quarterback Bryn Renner upright, but the Tar Heels draw a negative grade for this cheap shot on Clowney. Kiaro Holts appears to be the lineman in the SB Nation gif, as he dives at Clowney’s knees well after Renner has thrown the pass. The junior defensive end did not suffer an injury and stayed in the game after the shot from Holts.
With Michael Brewer nursing a back injury, Texas Tech had a difficult decision to make at quarterback with two inexperienced options vying for snaps. But according to ESPN’s Jake Trotter, Red Raiders have selected true freshman (and walk-on) Baker Mayfield to start on Friday night against SMU.
Coach Kliff Kingsbury had only two options to choose from, with neither quarterback having any experience on the FBS level. However, Webb and Mayfield had all fall to work with the top two units on offense, and both have impressive high school pedigrees.
Mayfield is a walk-on, but he led Lake Travis to a 25-2 mark as the school’s starting quarterback. The freshman threw for 3,788 yards and 45 scores in his first year as a starting quarterback in high school.
Webb joined the team in time for spring practice and completed 17 of 30 passes for 224 yards and one touchdown in Texas Tech’s spring game.
Brewer is out indefinitely with a back injury, so it will be Mayfield and Webb battling for snaps for the foreseeable future. Kingsbury is certainly capable of getting production from anyone under center, but the Red Raiders’ offense will be a work in progress with a freshman quarterback running the offense.
Filed to ESPN: Source says Texas Tech will start true freshman walk-on Baker Mayfield at QB Friday night vs. SMU. #wreckem— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) August 30, 2013
Washington has a huge game against Boise State on Saturday night, and it appears the Huskies will be without one of their top weapons. According to Adam Jude of The Seattle Times, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins will be suspended for the opener.
The junior pled guilty to a drunk driving charge in July and was forced to pay a $695 fine and spend one night in jail. Seferian-Jenkins will be missed against Boise State, especially after he caught six passes for 61 yards and one touchdown in the bowl loss to the Broncos.
In his first two years at Washington, Seferian-Jenkins caught 110 passes for 1,390 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Seferian-Jenkins is the No. 1 tight end in college football, and his suspension is a huge blow to a Washington offense that hopes to get back on track after finishing ninth in the Pac-12 in scoring offense last year.
BREAKING: UW's Austin Seferian-Jenkins suspended for opener vs. Boise State, The Seattle Times has learned: http://t.co/zIJQfGJGX4— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) August 30, 2013
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College Football's Must-Read Stories Around the Web for Thursday, August 29th
Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples says the NCAA would be better off letting Johnny Manziel play than enforce the letter of the law.
Texas A&M may turn to Kenny Hill as its starting quarterback (at least for a half) over Matt Joeckel. Here's an interesting backstory on the freshman quarterback.
The Wall Street Journal has an awesome graphic on college football's grid of shame.
Saturday Down South looks at the most-improved players in the SEC for 2013. And a look at the SEC's toughest venues.
Alex Collins has garnered plenty of preseason attention, but Jonathan Williams is still the starter for Arkansas.
Miami has some intriguing options to rush the passer this year.
Bryce Petty is ready for assume the reins for Baylor's offense.
James White will start at running back for Wisconsin, but Melvin Gordon is going to receive plenty of carries. Bucky's 5th Quarter also takes a look at the Badgers' defense in 2013.
Nebraska plans to redshirt a running back that was in the mix for playing time this fall.
Maryland coach Randy Edsall isn't happy with his backup quarterbacks.
Ohio State has moved an offensive lineman to the defensive side to help with depth.
Cincinnati opens the Tommy Tuberville era with a tough matchup against Purdue. But the Bearcats will break out a new helmet for Saturday’s game, choosing to ditch their traditional black scheme for a white version.
Check out the helmets Cincinnati will wear this Saturday:
Cincinnati will wear this white helmet for Saturday's season opener: pic.twitter.com/T8662Rxs8j— Paul Lukas (@UniWatch) August 29, 2013
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