College Football Scores 2012: Week 1 Results, Updates and Recap
We have reached Week 1 of the 2012-2013 college football season and it couldn't have come soon enough.
Last season, we saw Alabama defeat LSU in the BCS Championship Game, 21-0, after losing to the Tigers in the regular season.
Oregon defeated Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl with a thrilling 45-38 victory and the Ducks will once against boast an impressive running game with De'Anthony Thomas and Kenjon Barner.
Oklahoma State won another riveting game against Andrew Luck's Stanford Cardinal in the Fiesta Bowl, 41-38, as Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon starred. All three stars are in the NFL now.
We also saw Denard Robinson and Michigan defeat Virginia Tech in overtime in the Sugar Bowl, 23-20. It was an upstart campaign for the Wolverines. Robinson will be a Heisman contender this season.
And who can forget West Virginia's dominant performance against Clemson in the Orange Bowl? Quarterback Geno Smith tossed for 407 yards and six touchdowns while adding a rushing touchdown in WVU's 70-33 victory.
But enough of last season. This is a completely different season that will inevitably have its fair share of surprises.
We at Bleacher Report will update Week 1's games as they conclude.
Baylor 59, SMU 24
The Baylor Bears started the post-Robert Griffin III era off on the right foot Saturday night with a win over Southern Methodist.
The Bears were led by four touchdowns from new quarterback Nick Florence. He found wide receiver Terrance Williams seven times for 138 yards, and Lanear Sampson caught two touchdowns.
Between the two squads, there was over 1,100 yards of offense in this Sunday evening game. Neither defense was up to snuff, but Florence's offense was too much for the Mustangs defense to handle.
(4) Oklahoma 24, UTEP 7
The Sooners were only leading this game 10-7 entering the fourth quarter, but wound up getting the job done against the pesky Miners.
Landry Jones led the way with 222 yards and two touchdowns, hooking up with Kenny Stills for six catches and a touchdown.
Damien Williams only ran the ball nine times for the Sooners, but he eclipsed 100 yards and found the end zone once.
The Miners were paced by Nathan Jeffery's 177-yard performance on the ground, but it wasn't enough. However, Oklahoma has to be wary of this result.
(5) Oregon 57, Arkansas State 34
Arkansas State gained 530 yards, but most of those came in "scrub" time in the second half. The Ducks' offense was as expected, and De'Anthony Thomas was dynamic as ever.
Thomas had over 100 total yards and three touchdowns and was supported by Marcus Mariota's three-touchdown performance behind center.
Ryan Aplin's three touchdowns kept the Red Wolves in the game, but Oregon was simply too much on the offensive side of things. Three different players ran for 60-plus yards, and 14 different receivers caught a ball.
Look for this from Oregon all season long. They can score points with anyone.
(25) Louisville 32, Kentucky 14
The Louisville Cardinals against the Kentucky Wildcats is big news in basketball, but the two schools do not generate the same buzz when they face each other on the gridiron.
Louisville was the last team featured in the AP Top 25 preseason poll, and they proved that they belonged with the best teams in college football. Kentucky, however, looks like they will be one of the SEC’s punching bags this season.
The Cardinals’ running back tandem of Senorise Perry and Jeremy Wright dominated the game. Perry earned 112 yards and touchdown on 15 carries while Wright took 22 handoffs for 105 yards and three scores.
Lousiville faced a daunting task when they started their drive at the one-yard line following a muffed punt by Kai Dominguez, but Teddy Bridgewater led a 15-play, 99-yard drive that was capped off by one of Wright’s rushing touchdowns.
Louisville would go on to score touchdowns on each of its first three drives, jumping out to a 22-7 lead at halftime. With a field goal and another touchdown to start the third quarter, the Cardinals put the Wildcats at a 32-7 disadvantage.
Kentucky responded with a touchdown pass from Maxwell Smith to La’Rod King at the end of the third quarter to cut down the lead. The Wildcats then drove deep into Louisville territory at the start of the final period before CoShik Williams fumbled the ball inside the five-yard line.
Louisville held an 18-point lead with possession and less than 10 minutes to play, and the writing was on the wall for the Wildcats. It was a fine day for the Cardinals, who dominated with their ground game and did not turn the ball over.
(2) Alabama 41, (8) Michigan 14
Week 1's marquee matchup was incredibly disappointing, but it's hard to say that it wasn't expected.
The Crimson Tide dominated every facet of the game, and nearly injured Denard Robinson in the process.
Alabama's stellar defense forced Robinson into two interceptions, and he only completed 11-of-26 passes. They bottled him up in the pocket, and he wasn't able to earn a victory through the air.
The most exciting, and anticipated, performance came from Alabama freshman T.J.Yeldon. He carried the ball 11 times for 111 yards and one touchdown. Tide fans were expecting his debut, and he was nothing short of excellent.
Michigan didn't put their best foot forward, but make no mistake about it. Alabama hasn't taken a step back, and they will be in the national title hunt all season.
(1) USC 49, Hawaii 10
Matt Barkley and Southern California started their season off with a bang by defeating Hawaii 49-10 Saturday evening.
The game started with a 75-yard touchdown pass from Barkley to Marqise Lee. Lee took a dump pass, made a few defenders miss, and the rest was history.
Barkley finished 24-of-39 with 351 yards and four touchdowns. Lee wound up with 10 catches, 191 yards and that one epic touchdown.
All-American receiver Robert Woods hauled in six catches and two touchdowns, and the Trojans offense turned in a dynamic effort in all areas.
Defensively, the Trojans also forced four turnovers. That's encouraging for a team facing some question marks on that side of the ball.
(3) LSU 41, North Texas 14
The Tigers rattled off 24 unanswered points to start the game, and LSU waltzed to the predictably easy victory in Week 1.
Kenny Hilliard's 38-yard run and Odell Beckham's 70-yard punt return touchdown in the first quarter started off the Tiger scoring, and a heavy dose of the run game made sure that their lead stayed intact.
The worst thing to come from this was a possible concussion to quarterback Zach Mettenberger. He was forced to leave the game in the first quarter, but gutted through it and kept himself in the game.
The Tigers won just as you would expect. Their stable of running backs went for 316 total yards, and their defense swarmed North Texas from start to finish.
(14) Clemson 26, Auburn 19
This game was exciting from start to finish, and Clemson managed to avoid the minor upset.
The two teams combined for just over 900 yards of offense with Clemson's dynamic ground game leading the way. Andre Ellington ran the ball 25 times for 228 yards, but failed to break into the end zone.
On the other side, Tre Mason and Ontario McCalebb combined for nearly 200 yards rushing.
The box score for this one is so similar. Each team had a standout receiver, both teams ran the ball well and both quarterbacks controlled the tempo. This was one of the day's better matchups, and it lived up to those expectations.
The game was ties 16-16 entering the fourth quarter, but DeAndre Hopkins' touchdown catch for Clemson made the difference.
(19) Oklahoma State 84, Savannah State 0
No one expected Savannah State to win this game, but you couldn't have expected this. The Cowboys put up nearly 700 yards worth of offense en route to their ridiculously lopsided victory.
The Cowboys ran for 395 yards as a team and scored nine rushing touchdowns. Joseph Randle only carried the ball six times, but he went for 107 yards and a touchdown.
Desmond Roland and Corey Bennett combined for 195 yards and four touchdowns, and Jeremy Smith added three more scores.
Freshman quarterback Wes Lunt didn't play the entire game, and he didn't throw a touchdown, but he did go 11-of-11 for 129 yards while he was in the game.
No reason to nitpick here. If you win 84-0, you did everything right for 60 minutes.
(7) Florida State 69, Murray State 3
Florida State started their year off right with a dominant victory Saturday night.
The only blemish on the Seminoles' box score are the two turnovers. Other than that, Florida State did exactly as you would expect against the Racers.
Rashad Greene started off the game's scoring with a 47-yard punt return for a touchdown in the game's opening minutes. That score was followed by the first of Lonnie Pryor's three touchdowns.
The Seminoles defense was all over Murray State quarterback Casey Brockman. He had no time to throw, resulting in a 3.3 average on his completions.
Florida State will face Savannah State in Week 2, and the results should be very similar.
Iowa 18, Northern Illinois 17
Iowa needed a late 23-yard touchdown run by Damon Bullock to avoid losing their opener to defending Mid-American champs Northern Illinois.
Iowa was trialing 17-12 prior to the carry—they missed the ensuing two-point conversion. Iowa nearly doubled up their opponent in time of possession, but thanks to big plays like Jordan Lynch's 73-yard touchdown run, Northern Illinois was able to maximize their time with the ball.
However, they were able to complete just six passes for 54 yards, and their defense was clearly a little gassed by the en.
The winning-touchdown run was the culmination of a strong day for Bullock who totaled 150-rushing yards on 30 carries.
Miami 41, Boston College 32
Boston College jumped out to a 14-0 lead after their second possession, but they were dominated the rest of the way.
This young Miami team flashed their explosiveness as freshman running back Duke Johnson had 135 yards and needed just seven carries to get it. He had touchdown runs of 54 and 56 yards.
While the offensive performance is promising for the Hurricanes, it is clear they have a lot of work to do on defense.
Boston College quarterback Chase Rettig had way too many open receivers as he went 32-for-51 with 441 yards and two touchdowns.
(17) Nebraska 49, Southern Miss 20
Nebraska extended their nation-leading best mark to 27-straight wins to begin the college football season with an easy 49-20 over Southern Miss.
QB Taylor Martinez led the way by throwing for a career-high of 354 yards and he added five touchdown passes to go with it.
This game was almost close as Nebraska took a 28-17 into halftime, but they blew it open by outscoring their opponents 14-0 in the third quarter.
Virginia 43, Richmond 19
In an odd twist of fate, Virginia QB Michael Rocco threw for a score and 311 yards as he lead his Virginia team to a 43-19 victory to spoil the debut of his uncle Danny Rocco as head coach of Richmond.
Virginia roared out to take 16-0 lead into the second quarter, and this one never felt like it was in jeoparday.
Virginia was absolutely dominant as they nearly doubled Richmond's time of possession and more than doubled their total yards.
(12) Wisconsin 26, Northern Iowa 21
Northern Iowa made a furious fourth-quarter comeback, but came up just short in their bid to pull off what would have likely been one of the biggest upsets of the coming season.
They scored 14-unanswered points in the fourth, but ran out of time as they fell 26-21 to No. 12 Wisconsin.
The Badgers nearly doubled their opponent in time of possession but had just 81 more total yards to show for it.
Montee Ball had 120 yards and a touchdown, but it took him 32 carries to do it. It is going to be a long and tiring season for Ball if he is forced into 32 carries against the likes of Northern Iowa.
Nevada 31, Cal 24
Cal fell behind Nevada 14-0 in the first quarter of this game, and they could never overcome the deficit. This is not what they must have envisioned for their first game in the new Memorial Stadium as Nevada picked up their first win in Berkeley since 1903.
Cal showed some flashes in this game, but overall they looked like a disorganized bunch.
This tweeter points out some of the dysfunction.
Cal's body language stinks across board. TV shows Maynard screaming at coach, then kick returner freaks out on his blockers.— Ryan Finley (@ryan_finley) September 1, 2012
Adding to the sense of dysfunction was the fact that senior quarterback Zach Maynard did not start due to an offseason incident.
Allan Bridgford started in his place and went just 1-for-8 before giving way to Maynard.
Maryland 7, William & Mary 6
Well, 2012 almost got off to an insanely disastrous start for Maryland.
Maryland should have cruised in what was perceived to be an easy opener, but instead they found themselves trailing 6-0 as they entered the fourth quarter.
Luckily for them, they mustered a 10-play, 69-yard drive to score the game's only touchdown on a six-yard run from Justus Pickett.
Even though the disaster was averted, it is pretty clear Maryland has a lot to work on, and that starts with the passing game.
Starting freshman QB Perry Hills showed some signs of promise, but he also chucked three picks.
UTSA 33, South Alabama 31
With 16 seconds left in a wild game, UTSA's Sean Ianno booted a game-winning 51-yard field goal. The field goal was a huge chunk of redemption for Ianno and the Roadrunners.
Last season, South Alabama beat UTSA after they blocked a potential game-winner from Ianno at the end of regulation.
This game was back and forth in the fourth quarter. The Jaguars scored their final points on a touchdown to take the lead with just under three minutes left.
UTSA's QB Eric Soza had a solid game with 215 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
Air Force 49, Idaho State 21
Air Force's 2012 college football season is off and running, and running and running. Working their triple-option offense to perfection, Air Force rolled out a whopping 484 yards on the ground at 8.3 yards per carry.
Senor running back Cody Getz did most of the damage. He had 218 yards and three touchdowns, and he did it all on just 17 carries!
Not a bad start to the season, Mr. Getz.
North Carolina 62, Elon 0
North Carolina recorded the biggest blowout of the day against Elon, a small university also in North Carolina.
Quarterback Bryn Renner executed the Tar Heels' offense as if he were running seven-on-seven drills. He ended the game with 236 passing yards, three touchdowns and an interception.
UNC received rushing touchdowns from three different players, and as a team racked up 243 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.
The final score line was actually set in the third quarter, with the Tar Heels pulling starters and coasting to an easy win.
Elon will be pleased to return to playing against schools that provide more even competition while North Carolina will hope to take the confidence gained into this win into games that will be more of a challenge.
(11) West Virginia 69, Marshall 34
Those looking for a Heisman-worthy performance from West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith were pleased as he tossed four touchdown passes and recorded 324 passing yards to lead his team to a resounding victory.
The Mountaineers held a 34-10 lead at halftime over Marshall, and Smith had already thrown three touchdowns when the teams headed to the locker room.
The offense had several players post impressive performances. Shawne Alston had 123 yards and two touchdowns on his 16 carries, while Stedman Bailey racked up 104 receiving yards and two more scored on nine catches.
With this type of offensive firepower, it is not all that surprising that West Virginia has scored 139 points in its last two games, dating back to last season's Orange Bowl victory over Clemson.
Smith and the Mountaineers appear ready to continue putting up astounding numbers on offense, and this West Virginia team will be exciting to watch this season.
Northwestern 42, Syracuse 41
The majority first quarter was a poor indicator for how exciting this game truly was. In fact, the first 15 minutes would have produced just two Syracuse field goals had Northwestern’s Jonathan Fisher not scored on an 82-yard punt return in the final minute of the opening period.
The Orange regained the lead on a 16-play, 71-yard drive capped off by a Prince-Tyson Gulley rushing touchdown. Then Wildcats’ quarterback Kain Colter found his rhythm, hitting Venric Mark and Christian Jones for touchdown passes to give his team a 21-13 lead.
Northwestern looked set to put the game away when Chi Chi Ariguzo recovered a fumble and took in 33 yards for a touchdown. Colter then snuck the ball into the end zone to finish off an eight-play, 73-yard drive, giving Northwestern a 35-13 lead.
But then it was Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib’s turn to get in a groove, and he finished off the third quarter with two touchdown passes to close the lead to just eight points.
This set up the thrilling final act. Nassib continued to dominate in the fourth quarter. He fired two more touchdown passes, but the Orange only managed to get in the end zone on one of their two attempted two-point conversions.
This gave them just a six-point lead, and backup quarterback Trevor Siemian led the Wildcats down the field and found Demetrius Fields for the game-winning touchdown with less than a minute remaining on the clock.
Nassib ended the game with 472 yards passing, but his incredible performance was not enough for a victory in this thriller.
Troy 39, UAB 29
Troy took control of this game early by jumping out to a 17-0 lead.
The Trojans were all over UAB and spectators certainly thought they were in for a blowout when Corey Robinson hit Chip Reeves for a 55-yard touchdown pass. But the Blazers refused to quit and climbed their back into the game.
Jonathan Perry fired a 21-yard pass to Greg Franklin for UAB’s first score just 34 seconds before halftime.
The Blazers received the ball to open the third quarter, and just under 90 seconds later, Dontavius Jackson ran the ball nine yards into the end zone and the momentum had suddenly been reversed.
This opened up an astounding third quarter that was filled with turnovers and touchdowns. When the period ended, 31 points had been scored and Troy held a 32-23 lead.
The fourth quarter then failed in delivering the same level of excitement, and Troy protected its lead to hold on for an opening-weekend win.
Shawn Southward carried the load for the Trojans, using his 28 carries to rack up 204 yards and three touchdowns.
(6) Georgia 45, Buffalo 23
Freshman running back Todd Gurley put his stamp on this game, but No. 6 Gerogia struggled to put Buffalo away.
Gurley capped off the Bulldogs’ opening drive with a 10-yard touchdown run, but the Bulls responded with an 11-play, 75-yard drive ending with a 16-yard touchdown pass from Alex Zordich to Alex Neutz.
But the fantastic freshman was not done with his first-quarter highlights, and he returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for Georgia’s second score.
The Bulldogs then extended their lead with a field goal and a 63-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Murray to Tavarres King. Still, Buffalo refused to lie down, and an eight-play, 94-yard drive ending in a short touchdown run by Branden Oliver made the score 24-16 at halftime.
Murray kept the pressure on the underdogs, while continuing to find Bulldogs down the field. He connected with Rantavious Wooten for a 38-yard strike to open the second half. This gave the Bulldogs enough momentum to finally put the game out of reach.
Murray fired his third touchdown pass of of the game early in the fourth quarter, and then Gurley ended his incredible day with a 55-yard touchdown run to dispel any notions of a possible comeback. Murray compelted 15-of-26 passes for 258 yards while Gurley had 100 yards on eight carries.
The Bulldogs have a new star and teams will certainly start planning for the freshman in the future.
(18) Ohio State 56, Miami (OH) 10
Those who turn on Sportscenter this weekend will be seeing Devin Smith’s incredible one-handed touchdown catch several times. It was Smith’s only reception of the game, but he certainly made it count.
Ohio State opened up its impressive offensive performance with the Braxton Miller completing a 23-yard pass to an outstretched Smith in the corner of the end zone.
That started a string of 35 unanswered points as the Buckeyes’ kicked off Urban Meyer’s tenure with a resounding statement.
Miller was nothing short of spectacular, completing 14 of his 24 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns. He also led the team in rushing with 161 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.
Carlos Hyde chipped 82 yards and two more touchdowns on the ground on 17 carries. As a team, the Buckeyes had five touchdowns and 294 yards on the ground.
Ohio State did not commit a turnover while the defense forced Miami to commit three.
The Buckeyes are looking for a successful season after last year's tumultuous campaign. A 46-point victory to start the year will certainly put smiles on faces in Columbus.
East Carolina 35, Appalachian St. 13
Appalachian State’s opening drive took 10 plays and 58 yards to produce a four-yard rushing touchdown by Jamal Jackson, whereas East Carolina opened the game with quarterback Rio Johnson throwing an interception.
Turnovers, however, would go on to kill Appalachian State when Jackson fumbled and the Pitrates’ Chip Thompson picked the ball up and ran 45 yards in the other direction for a touchdown.
Johnson made up for his earlier error with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Bodenheimer to give ECU a 14-7 lead, but an Appalachian State field goal before half time ensure that the game stayed close.
The third quarter produced little drama until Appalachian State earned a field goal and the Pirates’ Sam Martin took the subsequent kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown.
The fourth quarter belonged to East Carolina, with Johnson tossing a touchdown pass and running for a score to lead his team to a dominant victory. The Pirates' QB completed 28 of his 43 passes for 242 yards, and touchdown and an interception.
Ohio 24, Penn State 14
With all that the Penn State players have been through in the past few months, one would think that they deserved a little luck in their first game.
But fortune favored Ohio when an ill advised pass over the middle from quarterback Tyler Tettleton was tipped in the air and landed in Landon Smith’s hands, leading to a 43-yard touchdown for the Bobcats.
This proved to be a turning point in the game. It was one of three second-half touchdowns for Ohio, whereas the Nittany Lions were blanked in the final two quarters.
Matt McGloin appeared ready to silence his doubters with two touchdown passes in the first half to give Penn State a 14-3 lead. However, the team struggled to move the ball when it mattered and Ohio closed out the game, aided by a little luck. He completed 27 of his 48 passes for 259 yards, two touchdowns and a late interception.
Tettleton all but sealed a victory with a perfect touch pass to Donte Foster in the corner of the end zone to make it a two-possession game with under three minutes to play. The Ohio QB finished the game with 324 passing yards and two touchdowns.
The Nittany Lions showed signs in the first half that they could be a competitive team, but if their form in the second half reflects how they will play this season, it's going to be a long year in Happy Valley.
Illinois 24, Western Michigan 7
Illinois opened the game with Nathan Scheelhasse hitting Ryan Lankford for a 64-yard touchdown pass and Western Michigan never recovered from that first blow.
The Broncos failed to get on the scoreboard in the first half, with the Fighting Illini jumping out to a 17-0 lead.
Illinois' offense failed to turn this game into a rout, but the defense kept Wester Michigan's passing attack from being effective. Broncos' quarterback Alex Carder completed 26 of his 43 passes for 239 yards while throwing one touchdown and three interceptions.
Illinois' Ashante Williams was on the receiving ends of one of those picks, and he returned it 60 yards for a touchdown to push the score to 24-7 in the fourth quarter.
It was a lethal mistake for a Western Michigan team that had a dismal day on the offensive side of the ball.
Notre Dame 50, Navy 10
Notre Dame is right on the cusp on cracking the AP Top 25 poll and they have made a convincing argument to move into the rankings with a 50-10 victory over Navy.
The Midshipmen are a running team, but they were stuffed for the entire game as the Fighting Irish defensive line dominated in the trenches, holding Navy to just 101 yards rushing. The unit was rewarded with the highlight of the game when 303-pound defensive end Stephon Tuitt recovered a fumble and took it 77 yards the other way for a touchdown.
Notre Dame’s big men on the offensive side of the ball refused to be outdone by their teammates, and they too controlled the line of scrimmage. Both Theo Riddick and George Atkinson III saw daylight on nearly every carry as the lineman opened up massive holes.
Riddick finished the game with 107 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns. Atkinson only received nine carries, but he racked up 99 yards and two touchdowns. This included a 56-yard scamper for a score for the sophomore.
Quarterback Everett Golson had much of the pressure taken off his shoulders because of the running game’s success. He was given a rest once the game was out of hand, and completed 12 of his 18 passes for 144 yards. He threw one interception, and completed a short pass in the red zone to tight end Tyler Eifert for a touchdown.
The Notre Dame defense was smothering, and senior linebacker Manti Te’o backed up a fantastic performance by the defensive lineman by recording one interception and one fumble recovery, accounting for two of Navy’s four turnovers in the game.
The Irish did precisely what they needed to in this game to put it out of reach early and cruise to victory.
(9) South Carolina 17 Vanderbilt 13
You figured it was going to be a tough game for South Carolina when star running back Marcus Lattimore, coming back from a torn ACL, lost a fumble on his first touch of the season on the Gamecocks' first drive.
But, in the end, it was Lattimore and the rushing attack that ultimately secured an advantage in time of possession (31:06) and scored just enough to hold off a determined Vanderbilt squad.
Lattimore, a Heisman contender this season, ended up with 109 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries while adding 21 receiving yards. He bounced back from the fumble to score the Gamecocks' first touchdown with 4:55 remaining in the first quarter.
On the other hand, Steve Spurrier has to be at least a bit concerned about Connor Shaw, who completed 7 of 11 passes, but totaled just 67 yards through the air and tossed an interception. Shaw also injured his throwing shoulder in the first half, but returned in the third quarter.
Shaw's dual-threat ability was on display, though. He rushed for 92 yards on 14 carries on Thursday night, combining with Lattimore to help the Gamecocks rack up 203 rushing yards.
Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers, the younger brother of Aaron Rodgers, was celebrating his birthday on Thursday...at least before the game against South Carolina. He completed 13 of 23 passes for 214 yards with one touchdown and one interception and was constantly harassed by Jadeveon Clowney and the Gamecocks defense, suffering five sacks.
Long story short, Spurrier and the Gamecocks should feel a bit relieved they didn't lose this game and start the season out 0-1. Vanderbilt certainly was a challenge.
(13) Michigan State 17, (24) Boise State 13
Le'Veon Bell was a beast.
That's all you need to know about Friday's game between No .13 Michigan State and No. 24 Boise State.
Bell, a junior, rushed 44 times for 210 yards and two touchdowns, while adding six receptions for 55 yards, as the Spartans eked out a 17-13 victory. Boise State as a team totaled 206 yards.
It was a dominant performance by Bell, who rushed for 948 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. It was also greatly needed.
Andrew Maxwell, who takes over in East Lansing for Kirk Cousins this season, had a rough game, averaging 6.5 yards per attempt while tossing three interceptions (no touchdowns). If he continues to play like that for Michigan State, it's going to be difficult for the Spartans to consistently win games.
Boise State had quarterback troubles of its own. Junior Joe Southwick, who took over for Kellen Moore, averaged 5.5 yards per attempt and tossed one interception.
The rushing game also struggled without Doug Martin, who is now the starting running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Southwick led the team with 18 rushing yards.
Overall, it was Bell emerging from a relatively ugly game that saw Michigan State and Boise State combine for six turnovers.
Michigan State should ride Bell all season long.
Tennessee 35 NC State 21
Who needs Da'rick Rogers when you have Cordarrelle Patterson, Zach Rogers and Justin Hunter?
The Wolfpack looked lost early on allowing the Tennessee offense to explode for 22 points in the first quarter.
The Vols used a three tiered attack on offense spreading the ball between Cordarelle Patterson's running, Patterson's receiving and a big play to Zach Rogers to jump ahead so early. They also got help from their defense with a sack of N.C. State quarterback Mike Glennon in the end zone for a safety.
Tennessee took that lead and never looked back and won the game 35-21. Their first quarter alone was enough to outscore N.C. State.. Tennessee took a great start and then used a grinding, 5.1 yards-per-carry running game and great defense to finish off the Wolfpack.
The Vols were lead by Tyler Bray and his excellent performance in the game. He played relatively mistake-free football today going 27-for-41 (65.9 percent) for 332 yards and two touchdowns. He also didn't throw an interception.
Cordarelle Patterson had an insanely good game for his first Division I-FBS competitive matchup. He had eight touches for 168 yards and two touchdowns. He displayed his explosive ability on the field with both touchdowns having a minimum distance of 41 yards.
Mike Glennon was a candidate to be the next great quarterback prospect this year. However, he isn't looking the part right now after throwing four interceptions and just one touchdown today.
(21) Stanford 20, San Jose State 17
The Stanford Cardinal wins a close one versus a top-tier WAC team proving they just aren't the same after losing Andrew Luck and half their offensive line.
Stepfan Taylor gave a great performance to show that he is the future of the Stanford offense. His 26 carries for 124 yards and his early touchdown set the pace for the game and allowed the Cardinal to have an identity on offense.
Stanford's Josh Nunes didn't look like Andrew Luck by any means. However, he did what he needed to do as a first year starter and a game manager. He went 16-for-26 for 124 yards and a touchdown. On the bright side he didn't throw an interception.
The Cardinal as a whole didn't make many mistakes and even forced San Jose State into a few of their own. They won the turnover battle two-to-nothing over the Spartans. They also won the penalty battle as the Spartans had 7 penalties for 67 yards while Stanford had one penalty for four yards.
David Fales had a surprisingly efficient game going 24-for-35 (68.6 percent) for 216 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also led the offense to very solid third down efficiency numbers going 7-for-16.
Noel Grigsby had a good game as well with seven catches for 93 yards and a touchdown. He was able to catch a couple crucial third down plays to extend drives and create some pressure on Stanford.
The overall game was more of a defensive struggle than an offensive one though as neither side eclipsed 300 yards on offense. The Cardinal had the better defense and that's what won them the game in the end.