College Football Scores 2012: Disappointing Teams from Early Saturday Games

Mike MoraitisAnalyst ISeptember 22, 2012

PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Head coach Jim Mora of the UCLA Bruins looks on during pregame warmups before the game with the Oregon State Beavers at the Rose Bowl on September 22, 2012 in Pasadena, California.    Oregon State won 27-20.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The early games from Saturday's action in college football led to some disappointing play from some of the top teams in the nation.

Whether it was a close win or a tough loss, each of these teams didn't play up to its potential this week.


Oregon St. Beavers 27, UCLA Bruins 20

After a 3-0 start to their season and an upset of the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Week 2, the Bruins looked primed to make a run this season as an upstart squad.

But the Beavers brought them back down to earth.

UCLA's defense got torched for 501 yards, with Oregon St. gaining 379 of those yards through the air. The Beavers effectively threw the ball all over the field at will. On the ground, UCLA gave up 122 yards.

On the offensive end, the Bruins were able to move the ball through the air, but their rushing attack let them down with only 72 yards.

Before this game, the Bruins had an outside shot at competing with some of the top teams in the nation, but clearly they aren't ready on both sides of the ball to do that.


West Virginia Mountaineers 31, Maryland Terrapins 21

The Terrapins were hanging around during the first half of this game and were tied with the Mountaineers early in the second quarter. Despite that, West Virginia would go on to score the next 17 of the game's final 24 points to win.

While the score might not show the Mountaineers' disappointing play, the stats do.

Against Maryland's 118th-ranked passing attack, West Virginia surrendered 305 yards through the air from the arm of Perry Hills. On the brighter side, the Mountaineers did hold the Terrapins to 46 yards on the ground.

As a team, West Virginia carried the ball 25 times for 25 yards, averaging out to one measly yard per carry. It won't be easy for the Mountaineers to throw the ball if they can't establish the run against some of the tougher teams in the nation.

West Virginia did walk out of this game with the win, but not before some major weaknesses were exposed.


Ohio State Buckeyes 29, UAB Blazers 15

This game should have been a walk in the park for the Buckeyes, but the Blazers gave them all they could handle. Not only did UAB get on the scoreboard first, but the Blazers found themselves just one score down in the fourth quarter.

On offense, the Buckeyes had no problem running the ball, but their passing attack only gained 143 yards through the air.

It was their defensive effort that was most troubling, however.

The Buckeyes allowed 403 total yards of offense to the Blazers—259 through the air and 144 on the ground. That's an alarming amount of yardage to allow on the ground against UAB's 117th-ranked rushing attack.

If Ohio State hopes to compete with some of the best teams in the country, it must bring a better defensive effort.