College Football 2012: The Biggest Duds from Week 3
Now that Week 3 of the college football season is in the books, it's time to look back at everything that happened. The headliner of the weekend had to be Stanford's 21-14 upset of No. 2 USC.
Week 3 saw some great performances by teams in the Top 25. Texas, Florida and Notre Dame all looked very impressive. Unfortunately, it wasn't all good for everyone in Week 3.
Rather than focus on the great performances, this list looks at those who left something to be desired.
The teams and players on this list all had poor Week 3 performances that should probably be forgotten.
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After a shocking upset to UL-Monroe in Week 2, Arkansas had to battle with No. 1 ranked Alabama in Week 3. The Razorbacks entered the game without starting quarterback Tyler Wilson.
Apparently Arkansas forgot what time the game started. The Crimson Tide rolled over the Razorbacks 52-0 in a game that was out of hand early.
The entire Arkansas team deserves the blame for this one. This one was an embarrassment. Alabama racked up 438 total yards of offense. The Razorbacks were stifled by the Tide defense and were held to a measly 137 total yards.
It's safe to say that the UL-Monroe loss damaged the confidence of this Arkansas team. Things could get even worse for the Razorbacks if they continue to perform like this.
Tennessee Volunteers Defense
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The Tennessee Volunteers had a chance to make a statement in Week 3 at home. The Vols were looking for their first victory against the Florida Gators since 2004. Unfortunately, that's not what went down at Neyland Stadium on Saturday. The Gators defeated the Vols 37-20.
The Tennessee defense has to take most of the blame for this loss, particularly in the run game. Florida rushed for an amazing 336 yards. Quarterback Jeff Driskel threw for 219 yards, for a total of 555 yards in the game.
The Tennessee offense put up points on the Gators, but were let down by the defense. The final 24 points in the game were scored by Florida.
With all the hype entering this game, Florida came in and showed that it still rules this rivalry.
Matt Barkley and USC
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In the upset of the week, the Stanford Cardinal knocked off the No. 2 USC Trojans 21-14 at home. Quarterback Matt Barkley and the entire USC team win the "dud" title for Week 3.
The Trojans had BCS title aspirations in 2012 and seemed on a path to meet Alabama in the BCS Championship game. That road to the championship just got a lot tougher for the Trojans.
Barkley likely lost momentum in his bid for the Heisman Trophy. He threw for 254 yards with no touchdowns and had two passes intercepted in the game. Barkley was also sacked twice on the final drive, which ended any hope of a Trojan comeback.
Because of the loss at Stanford, USC will have to win out if it hopes to keep any title hopes alive.
Brigham Young Kickers
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No. 25 BYU was upset on the road in Week 3 by Utah 24-21. The BYU kicking game wins the title of "dud" for Week 3. BYU finished the game zero-for-two in field goals.
Kicker Justin Sorenson who had been injured in fall camp, missed a 44-yard field goal in the second quarter.
The end of the game saw BYU actually get two attempts at a game-tying field goal. Justin Sorensen attempted a 51-yarder that missed, but Utah was assessed a penalty for the crowd rushing the field before the end of the game.
The penalty moved the ball 15 yards closer.
Punter Riley Stephenson entered the game to attempt the 36-yarder with no time remaining. Like Sorensen, Stephenson also missed.
BYU had two chances to take the game to overtime that were missed by two different kickers. For that reason, both guys can share the title of "dud."
Virginia Tech Hokies
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The Hokies did all they could to earn the distinction of "dud" in Week 3. Virginia Tech went into Pittsburgh to face the 0-2 Panthers—who had looked terrible in the early part of the 2012 season.
The No. 13 Hokies were totally run out of town, losing 35-17. The Panthers dominated on both sides of the ball and controlled the entire game.
Virginia Tech could get nothing going on offense. Quarterback Logan Thomas threw three interceptions on the day. The Hokies also had a fumble for a total of four turnovers.
Pittsburgh quarterback Tino Sunseri tossed three touchdowns on the Virginia Tech defense.
In one of the biggest surprises of Week 3, Virginia Tech watched their BCS aspirations slip away on the field in Pittsburgh. Adjustments will have to be made moving forward, especially on the defensive side.
Ole Miss Rebels Defense
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The Ole Miss Rebels were 2-0 going into their big Week 3 home matchup against the Texas Longhorns. The Rebels were destroyed by the Longhorns, 66-31.
The offense played well, putting up 31 points and 399 yards.
Unfortunately, the defense forgot to show up. They were embarrassed at home, allowing 66 points and 676 total yards to the Longhorns. Quarterback David Ash was able to pass at will on the Ole Miss defense. Ash torched the Rebels for four passing touchdowns.
The Rebels had a chance to make a statement in Week 3 on national television. The defense failed miserably against Texas and made the Longhorns offense look like one of the top in the nation.
UL-Monroe Kicker Justin Manton
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Manton makes the list because of his performance in the 31-28 overtime loss to Auburn. Manton missed two 37-yard field goals that cost the Warhawks a chance at a second straight upset victory.
On the bright side, Manton made four out of four extra points.
UL Monroe gave Auburn all it could handle in Week 3. The Warhawks took an SEC opponent to overtime for the second straight week. UL-Monroe shocked Arkansas 34-31 in overtime in Week 2.
Had Manton converted on just one of his overtime field-goal attempts, the Warhawks might have found themselves in the Top 25 for the first time ever.