Teams of the Week
Kansas — One week after opening up the Turner Gill era with a 6–3 loss at home to FCS foe North Dakota State, Kansas bounced back with a very impressive 28–25 win over Georgia Tech. Redshirt freshman Jordan Webb, making his first career start, completed 18-of-29 passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns. The KU running game was effective as well, with true freshman James Sims and senior Angus Quigley combining for 147 yards on 25 carries.
South Carolina — The Gamecocks improved to 2–0 with an important 17–6 win over Georgia in Columbia. South Carolina outgained Georgia 352-to-253 and received big-time performances from its big-time playmakers. Freshman tailback Marcus Lattimore rushed for 182 yards on 37 carries, and sophomore wideout Alshon Jeffery caught seven passes for 103 yards. It’s still early, but this Gamecock team appears to have the necessary ingredients to be a serious contender in the SEC East.
Oklahoma — Those of us who questioned the Sooners after a lethargic Week 1 win over Utah State were apparently a little too quick to judge. Oklahoma flexed its muscles with a dominating 47–17 win over Florida State. Sophomore quarterback Landry Jones was terrific, completing 30-of-40 attempts for 380 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. And that suspect pass defense we were all worried about? Christian Ponder and E.J. Manuel combined to complete 15-of-36 for 322 yards with two interceptions.
Disappointments of the Week
UCLA — The Bruins simply aren’t showing any progress under Rick Neuheisel. UCLA dropped to 0–2 with a disheartening 35–0 loss at home to surging Stanford. It was the Bruins’ first shutout at home since losing to Cal, 17–0, in October 1999. UCLA managed only 233 yards of total offense and converted only 1-of-9 third down attempts. Starting quarterback Kevin Prince was 6-of-12 for 39 yards; backup Richard Brehaut was 5-of-9 for 42. “Tonight was an offensive disaster. There is no other way to say it,” Neuheisel said.
Virginia Tech — There’s no excuse. Yes, it was only five days after the emotional loss to Boise State, but there is no excuse for a team as talented as Virginia Tech to lose to any school from the FCS ranks. But that is what happened to Frank Beamers’ club Saturday afternoon. James Madison totaled only 235 yards of offense, but the Dukes took care of the ball (no turnovers) and rallied past the Hokies 21–16. “This is the biggest win of my professional career,” said JMU coach Mickey Matthews, who also led the Dukes to the 2004 FCS national title.
Minnesota — It’s hard to find a scenario in which Tim Brewster keeps his job at Minnesota. The Gophers dropped a 41–38 decision at home to a South Dakota team that lost its opener 38–7 to UCF just one week earlier. The Gophers’ defense was torched for 444 total yards, including 352 through the air. Minnesota opened the season with a decent 24–17 win at Middle Tennessee State — which played without star quarterback Dwight Dasher — but took a huge step backward last weekend.
Player of the Week
Denard Robinson, Michigan — The Wolverines’ sophomore quarterback was sensational once again, almost single-handedly leading Michigan to a 28–24 win at Notre Dame. He accounted for 502 of his team’s 532 yards of offense, throwing for 244 and rushing for 258. Robinson leads the country in rushing (by over 20 yards per game) and total offense (by almost 50 yards per game) and has not thrown an interception in 62 pass attempts.
Freshman of the Week
Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina — Lattimore, the top high school back in the nation last year, has been a true difference-maker in Columbia. In Saturday’s win over Georgia, he rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries. Through two games, he is one of only three running backs with over 50 carries.
• Wake Forest and Duke combined for 68 pass attempts and only one quarterback sack, recorded by Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons won the game, 54–48.
• Houston converted nine of its 11 third down attempts in a 54–24 win over UTEP.
• Navy managed only 193 yards of total offense in a 13–7 win over Georgia Southern, an FBS school coached by Paul Johnson disciple Jeff Monken. It was the Midshipmen’s worst offensive performance since 2002, when they had 82 total yards in a 38–0 loss to UConn.
• The average of Vanderbilt’s 13 third down opportunities against LSU was 3rd-and-13. The Commodores converted only three times.
• Washington State trailed Montana State 22–7 heading into the fourth quarter but scored 16 unanswered points to avoid the upset.
• New Mexico has given up a total of 122 points in two games.
• Pitt tailback Dion Lewis closed his true freshman season with eight straight 100-yard games, but he has struggled so far in 2010. He rushed for 75 yards on 25 carries in a loss at Utah and 27 yards on 10 carries in a win over New Hampshire.
• Five quarterbacks are averaging over 100 yards rushing per game — Michigan’s Denard Robinson (227.5), Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez (142.0), UAB’s David Isabelle (124.0), Auburn’s Cam Newton (120.5) and Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick (110.5).
• Northwestern’s Dan Persa has completed 86.4 percent (38-of-44) of his passes through two games.
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