Studs and Duds from Week 2 in College Football

Alex CallosCorrespondent ISeptember 9, 2012

Studs and Duds from Week 2 in College Football

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    Week 2 of the college football season is now officially complete and what an interesting week it was. From upsets to blowouts, Week 2 had a little bit of everything for fans to enjoy.

    With those upsets and blowouts, some names emerged that most fans might not have recognized before Saturday.

    There were also those familiar names who came up huge for their teams when they needed them the most.

    Here are the studs and duds from Week 2 of the college football season.

Stud: B.J. Daniels, QB, South Florida

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    South Florida went on the road Saturday against a talented Nevada team and came out on top with a dramatic 32-31 victory.

    The Bulls were trailing 31-20 with just under three minutes to go when B.J. Daniels took over, throwing a 52-yard touchdown pass and then finishing up with a 56-yard score with 37 seconds remaining on the clock.

    He finished the game with 363 yards and three touchdowns, along with 53 yards on the ground. USF needed every single one of them.

Stud: Spencer Benton, K, Clemson

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    It is rare to see a kicker make the list, but Spencer Benton from Clemson kicked his way into the record books with a 61-yard field goal against Ball State.

    Even though the kick did not matter and the game was essentially a blowout by Clemson, that is still definitely worthy of stud status.

Dud: Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin

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    It was certainly not a good day at the office for Montee Ball and the Wisconsin Badgers, as they were dominated by Oregon State.

    The Beavers controlled the game throughout and were able to hold on for a 10-7 victory.

    Ball could only manage 61 yards on 15 carries and was not able to get into the end zone. It is looking like it is going to be a long year for Ball and the Badgers.

Stud: Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA

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    UCLA was one of the teams to come away with an upset in Week 2 as they knocked off Nebraska, 36-30.

    One of the reasons they were able to pull off the upset was quarterback Brett Hundley. He threw for 305 yards and four touchdowns without an interception.

    The Bruins look like they are a team to be reckoned with, and Hundley is a big part of that.

Stud: Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon

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    Oregon has plenty of offensive weapons, but perhaps the most consistent, and most valuable, is running back Kenjon Barner.

    He proved that in the 42-25 Week 2 victory over Fresno State.

    Barner rushed for 201 yards on 34 carries with three touchdowns and was unstoppable once again for the Ducks.

    If Oregon has any national title hopes, Barner is going to have to continue on his tear.

Dud: Kiehl Frazier, QB, Auburn

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    If Auburn plans on putting together more than a few wins this season, quarterback Kiehl Frazier is going to have to play much better.

    He has not fared well in either game so far this season, but in a Week 2 loss at Mississippi State, he was downright awful.

    Frazier completed 13 of 22 passes for 125 yards and three interceptions.

    Don't look now, but ULM is next on the schedule for the Tigers. 

Stud: Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan

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    Even though Michigan did not play particularly well in their 31-25 win over Air Force, Denard Robinson was outstanding from start to finish.

    The senior passed for 208 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Where he was even more dominant was on the ground, as he rushed for 218 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries.

    He will need to perform like this down the road if the Wolverines plan on contending in the Big Ten.

Stud: Andre Davis, WR, South Florida

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    If was not only a big week for South Florida quarterback B.J. Daniels, but also for wide receiver Andre Davis.

    With South Florida trailing 31-26 and less than a minute to go, Daniels hit Davis for a 56-yard touchdown, giving the Bulls a 32-31 come-from-behind victory.

    That brought Davis' total to 191 yards and two touchdowns on 12 catches. He could be a huge surprise in the college football scene in 2012.

Dud: Sam Ficken, K, Penn State

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    It is never easy to predict what a college kicker is going to do, and that was the case Saturday for Penn State and kicker Sam Ficken.

    He missed four field goals in a 17-16 loss at Virginia. Had he made any of those, the Nittany Lions probably would be 1-1 right now and feeling a lot better about themselves.

    The most costly of the misses was a 42-yard attempt as time expired, which hooked wide left. Tough break for a team that could use some good fortune.

Stud: Matt Barkley, QB, USC

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    While Matt Barkley could seemingly be on this list every week, the game he had on Saturday was very impressive to say the least.

    The Heisman favorite threw for six touchdowns in a 42-29 USC victory over Syracuse.

    He completed 23 of 30 passes for 187 yards, but those six touchdowns are something to take notice of.

    Both starting receivers had double-digit catches and the Trojans proved once again just how tough their offense is to stop.

Stud: Kolton Browning, QB, Louisiana-Monroe

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    Perhaps the biggest stud of the entire first week is Louisiana-Monroe quarterback Kolton Browning. He helped the Warhawks pull off the huge upset on the road against then-No. 8 Arkansas.

    Browning passed for 412 yards with three touchdowns and an interception on 42 of 67 passing. He also rushed for 69 yards and the game-winning touchdown on 4th-and-1 from the 19-yard line to give the Warhawks the 34-31 overtime victory. 

    No question this was the biggest upset of the week.

Dud: Keith Price, QB, Washington

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    Washington quarterback Keith Price was supposed to be one of the top quarterbacks in the country, but he has struggled mightily in the first two weeks, particularly in his latest performance.

    The junior was only 17 of 36 for 157 yards and an interception with no touchdowns.

    While he was playing the stout LSU defense, this was one of the worst performances of his career and one he would soon like to forget.

Stud: Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State

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    Braxton Miller has done very well in his first two weeks running the Urban Meyer spread offense.

    After an impressive showing in Week 1, he came back Saturday and looked nearly as good. Miller threw for 155 yards with a touchdown and an interception, but once again he did his damage on the ground.

    Miller rushed for 141 yards and three touchdowns, proving he can do it not only with his arm but with his legs as well.

Stud: James Franklin, RB, UCLA

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    While quarterback Brett Hundley played a large part in the UCLA upset over Nebraska, running back Johnathan Franklin proved to be the difference.

    The senior running back rushed for 217 yards on 26 carries. And while he did not get into the end zone on any carries, he helped the Bruins control the ball as they dominated time of possession.

    Franklin did get into the end zone with a touchdown reception, as he caught three passes for 59 yards on the night.

Stud: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

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    Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is really starting to come into his own, and he showed that with his latest performance against Missouri State.

    Bridgewater completed 30 of 39 passes for 344 yards with two touchdowns.

    Once again he played mistake-free football and the Cardinals dominated on both sides of the ball.