College Football Scores 2012: Biggest Surprises from Saturday's Early Games

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IOctober 20, 2012

October 20, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Kenny Guiton (13) looks for an open receiver against the Purdue Boilermakers  at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won the game 29-22. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

The early games this Saturday afternoon in college football presented some big surprises.

Whether it was a player coming out of nowhere to help his team or a final score that left fans scratching their heads, there were no shortage of unexpected occurrences this week.

Let's take a look at the biggest surprises from early action on Saturday.


Ohio State 29, Purdue 22

While the final score wasn't much of a surprise to anyone, it was Kenny Guiton's late contribution that helped the Buckeyes escape with a victory over the Boilermakers.

In the third quarter, star quarterback Braxton Miller was carted off the field with an apparent injury, although the Buckeyes signal-caller will be just fine. However, it was the perfect time to shine for Guiton.

The Buckeyes backup quarterback was 6-for-11 with one touchdown and a pick in his limited action. It was Guiton who led Ohio St. down the field to tie the game with a touchdown and two-point conversion that forced overtime.

It was then that Guiton once again helped take his team down the field, leading to Carlos Hyde's one-yard touchdown run.

Miller's exit from the game was supposed to be the worst-case scenario for the Buckeyes, but now head coach Urban Meyer knows he can rely on Guiton to win games if Miller is absent.


(2) Florida 44, (7) South Carolina 11

The Gators were the favorite to win their showdown with the Gamecocks, but nobody figured it would be a rout.

The Gamecocks played well defensively, but it was their offensive mistakes that doomed them in this game.

Florida scorched South Carolina's top defense for 44 points with three of Jeff Driskel's four touchdown passes being helped by turnovers from the Gamecocks. It wasn't a big day yardage wise for the Gators, but their offense certainly made the most of the Gamecocks' mistakes.

What might have been the biggest surprise of the game was the fact that head coach Steve Spurrier's squad didn't get into the end zone once. Yes, Florida has a great defense this season, but it was thought South Carolina would at least get a touchdown after scoring three on LSU's vaunted defense last week.


Oklahoma State 31, (24) Iowa State 10

The Cowboys were expected to put up a fight against the Cyclones in this game, but a blowout didn't seem to be in the cards.

Oklahoma State's offense has been superb this season, but Iowa St.'s defense should have been able to put up more resistance than it did. However, that turned out not to be the case as the Cowboys dropped 31 points on the Cyclones.

To further embarrass the No. 24 team in the country, Oklahoma St. compiled over 600 yards of total offense with 415 coming from the arm of J.W. Walsh, while Joseph Randle gained 151 of the Cowboys' 210 yards on the ground.

Iowa St.'s offense isn't exactly feared this season, but Oklahoma St.'s defense hasn't been either. After scoring 10 first quarter points and looking like a well-oiled machine, the Cyclones completely collapsed on the offensive end and made Oklahoma St.'s defense look more like Alabama's.