Winners and Losers from Week 2 of College Football

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIISeptember 7, 2013

Winners and Losers from Week 2 of College Football

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    Miami started college football's Week 2 off with a tremendous upset of rival Florida, marking the second major upset by the Atlantic Coast Conference over the Southeastern Conference this season.

    The victim of last week's ACC-SEC upset, Georgia, rebounded with a remarkable performance in a win over South Carolina. Elsewhere around the nation, a number of other teams were able to bounce back after disappointing performances to open the season.

    And three quarterbacks suffered injuries, which could shake up numerous conference title pictures—and even have BCS championship and Heisman Trophy implications.

    Note: This article will be updated throughout Saturday's action.

Winner: Arizona State's Opener

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    It was only against Sacramento State, but Arizona State looked outstanding in its Week 2 season opener. The Sun Devils were relentless defensively, forcing four turnovers while limiting the Hornets to just 167 total yards, including just 51 on the ground.

    Junior quarterback Taylor Kelly was also great in the dominant 55-0 win Thursday night, as he put together a nearly flawless performance, finishing 23-of-31 passing for an even 300 yards and five touchdowns.

    Star running back Marion Grice started his senior campaign off right, showing off the versatility that makes the former junior college transfer a dark-horse Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year candidate. Grice tallied 59 yards and a touchdown of 14 carries, while hauling in four passes for 65 yards and the one score.

    The Pac-12 South will be up for grabs this season and ASU will be a sure contender.

Winner: The Steve Addazio Era in Boston

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    It hasn't been flashy, but Steve Addazio already has Boston College off to a better start than its two previous seasons combined. 

    The Eagles downed Wake Forest 24-10 Friday night, to move to 2-0. BC started 0-2 in 2011 and 1-1 in 2012 and went on to win just a total of six games in the two years.

    In fact, the Eagles have already matched their win total from 2012.

    Addazio's squad still has a long way to go before it can make any serious noise in the ACC, but it certainly appears to be on the right track.

Loser: Jeff Driskel

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    Jeff Driskel had a golden opportunity to lead Florida to a comeback victory in the fourth quarter against Miami. However, it was his two late turnovers that sealed the Hurricanes' upset.

    Down 14-9 and with a chance to take the lead in the fourth quarter, Driskel led the Gators all the way into the Miami red zone, only to toss an interception to Canes defensive back Tracy Howard. 

    The Florida defense held strong after the pick, but couldn't recover from Driskel's next mistake—a lost fumble after a sack on their own 4-yard line.

    Duke Johnson punched in the game-securing touchdown just one minute later.

Winner: The U

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    Miami started Saturday with a bang. The Hurricanes held on at home for a big 21-16 upset of No. 12 Florida. The 'Canes took an early lead behind two touchdown passes from quarterback Stephen Morris and never trailed in the game. 

    While star running back Duke Johnson was held to just 59 yards and 2.8 yards per carry, he notched the game's deciding score in the fourth quarter.

    The Miami defense also forced five turnovers, including two in the fourth. After the colossal win, Miami will undoubtedly vault into the Top 25 and into the ACC title conversation.

Loser: Anyone Who Watched Michigan State and South Florida

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    Five different quarterbacks saw action in Michigan State's 21-6 win over South Florida, and some appalling numbers came as a result.

    South Florida's Bobby Eveld was putrid, finishing 6-of-25 for 66 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. Sophomore Steven Bench briefly filled in for him, and went 0-of-1 passing.

    On the other side, Michigan State's trio of signal-callers didn't do much more than garner a showering of boos. Andrew Maxwell, Connor Cook and Tyler O'Connor combined to complete 12-of-24 passes for 94 yards without a touchdown or interception.

    After the sloppy showing, those in attendance should've received a full refund.

Winner: Teddy Bridgewater

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    There is no question that Teddy Bridgewater has the talent to win the Heisman Trophy. Plus, with Louisville's soft schedule, there is no question he'll put up Heisman-caliber numbers. 

    Unfortunately, that weak slate might prove to be the downfall of the junior's awards campaign. UL steamrolled Eastern Kentucky 44-7, as Bridgewater tallied 397 passing yards and four touchdowns.

    The Cardinals won't face a ranked opponent until after the voting and big presentation in New York.

Losers: Iowa and Purdue

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    Both Iowa and Purdue won on Saturday, but the two Big Ten squads also showed that they're in for a long season.

    Iowa had to withstand a late rally to top Missouri State 28-14. Running back Mark Weisman was the lone bright spot for the Hawkeyes, running for 180 yards and two scores. Purdue's afternoon was very similar, as the Boilermakers had to hold off a late comeback by Indiana State to eke out a 20-14 win.

    Both teams played at home and both Indiana State and Missouri State play in the FCS Missouri Valley Conference.

Winners: Bounce-Back Broncos

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    After a brutal season-opening loss to Washington, Boise State just had to let off some steam. The Broncos' victim was lowly Tennessee-Martin.

    BSU smashed the Skyhawks 63-14, as quarterback Joe Southwick connected with four different receivers on five touchdown passes.

    The Boise State defense forced six turnovers and junior cornerback Bryan Douglas brought one of the team's four interceptions back to the house for a touchdown.

Loser: Bad Luck Bearcats

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    Cincinnati lost 45-17 to Illinois, but the day was further marred by a frightening leg injury suffered by quarterback Munchie Legaux.

    Midway through the fourth quarter, Legaux was sandwiched by a pair of Illini defenders as he dropped back for a pass and his left leg was tangled up in the tackle.

    He was eventually carted off the field and was taken to a local hospital via ambulance. As tweeted by College Football Talk, Cincinnati released a statement saying Legaux would remain hospitalized overnight with a "lower-leg injury."

Winner: J.W. Walsh

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    The battle for Oklahoma State's starting quarterback job between Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh looks to be over. Walsh seized control with a remarkable performance against Texas-San Antonio.

    The sophomore broke OSU's single-game completion percentage record, previously held by Brandon Weeden, finishing 24-of-27 for 326 yards and four touchdowns (and rushing for another score).

    OSU let off the gas after cruising to a 42-7 lead going into the final frame, with the final score finishing at 56-35.

Loser: Casey Pachall

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    UPDATE: Saturday, Sept. 7, 8:05 p.m. EDT

    Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram tweeted that, according to coach Gary Patterson, Pachall had surgery to his left arm and will miss multiple games. 

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    Horned Frogs QB Casey Pachall went down hard on his left arm during the second quarter of TCU's 38-17 win over Southeastern Louisiana.

    After the game, David Ubben of Fox Sports Southwest reported it wasn't sure when or if he would return in 2013.

    The Horned Frogs will still have an experienced quarterback to turn to in Trevone Boykin, who relieved Pachall last year after his midseason departure. Pachall was off to a solid start before the injury, completing eight of 14 passes for 100 yards

    Boykin finished the game 9-of-13 for 133 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 35 rushing yards off five carries. The sophomore also tied for a team-high three receptions.

Winner: Bowling Green

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    Bowling Green has looked great in its two wins to start the season—a 34-7 win over Tulsa in Week 1 and 41-22 win over Kent State.

    This time around, BGSU was successful on the ground and in the air, netting 357 passing and 219 rushing yards for 576 total yards of offense.

    Not only do the Falcons look like a contender in the MAC, but they also look like a team capable of competing against some of the tougher opponents (such as Indiana and Mississippi State) on their schedule.

Loser: Braxton Miller's Heisman Hopes

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    Braxton Miller came down awkwardly between a trio of San Diego State defenders during the first drive of Ohio State's win over San Diego State. He was carted off the field with what was reported by ESPN's Brett McMurphy as an "MCL issue."

    As Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported, Miller's knee was fitted with a knee brace and sent back to the sideline. Lesmerises also cited an ABC sideline report saying Miller could have returned to the game, but head coach Urban Meyer didn't see it as necessary.

    While it doesn't appear as though Miller will be forced to miss significant time, his Heisman campaign could be affected. Miller finished just 2-of-2 passing for 30 yards after tallying just 178 yards through the air in Week 1.

Winner: Ohio State's Improvement

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    Ohio State didn't look great in a 40-20 Week 1 win over Buffalo and dropped to No. 3 in the AP poll as a result. This time around, OSU looked much better, even without its starting quarterback. 

    In a 42-7 win over San Diego State, backup quarterback Kenny Guiton produced 235 total yards and three total touchdowns. Guiton, Jordan Hall, Dontre Wilson and Rod Smith each had a rushing touchdown.

    Meanwhile, the Buckeye defense held SDSU to 280 total yards, including just 64 on the ground.

Winner: Kentucky's Rebound

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    After a crippling Week 1 loss to Western Kentucky, the Kentucky Wildcats were miraculously revived in a Week 2 win over Miami (Ohio). Kentucky dominated on defense, holding the RedHawks to 122 total yards, including just 23 through the air.

    Meanwhile, UK exploded for 675 yards on offense. Quarterbacks Max Smith and Jalen Whitlow combined to go 25-of-35 for 413 yards and three TDs.

    A pair of newcomers, junior college transfer Javess Blue and freshman Jojo Kemp, shined as well. Blue caught six passes for 114 yards and one touchdown, while Kemp tallied a game-high 78 rushing yards off 12 carries.

    The Wildcats desperately needed a win, as they'll play four ranked teams—Louisville, Florida, South Carolina and Alabama—in their next four games.

Loser: Western Kentucky Ball Security

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    Western Kentucky literally gave Tennessee a victory. The Hilltoppers committed five turnovers in six plays during the first quarter.

    The Volunteers converted all five turnovers into points and jumped out to a 31-3 lead. WKU ended up with seven turnovers in the 52-20 loss.

    According to ESPN, the Hilltoppers were just the third team in the last 10 seasons to record five turnovers in a single quarter. I'd hate to be at a Western Kentucky football practice this week.

Winners: Ducks' Stars

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    Virginia hung tough with Oregon for about one half, but the Cavaliers just couldn't compete with Ducks stars De'Anthony Thomas and Marcus Mariota over the full game.

    Thomas tallied 124 rushing yards and three touchdowns off only 11 carries, while also hauling in a 28-yard reception. Mariota threw for 199 yards and two TDs and ran for 122 yards and one score—a 71-yard dash on the Ducks' first drive.

    Oregon remains one of the teams to beat in the BCS title conversation.

Winner: Wisconsin Ground War

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    Not one, not two, but three Wisconsin rushers eclipsed 100 yards in their 48-0 win over Tennessee Tech.

    That feat is incredible by itself, but it is even more amazing considering the same three Badger running backs all broke 100 yards in the Week 1 win over Massachusetts as well.

    Corey Clement, Melvin Gordon and James White tallied 387 yards after accumulating 393 just a week ago. Next week, Wisconsin travels to Arizona State, which allowed just 51 rushing yards this week.

Loser: Indiana

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    Indiana never led in its 41-35 loss to Navy. The Hoosier offense was solid under the guidance of quarterback Nate Sudfeld, who totaled 363 passing yards and four touchdowns.

    However, the Midshipmen countered by running all over the IU defense. Navy amassed 444 yards on the ground, as four backs tallied 68 yards or more. Quarterback Keenan Reynolds led the way with 127 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

Winner: Top 25 Caliber Nebraska

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    Nebraska answered questions raised after its narrow Week 1 victory over Wyoming. The Cornhuskers dominated Southern Miss, forcing four turnovers in a 56-13 win.

    Taylor Martinez repaired his ball security issues from the opening game, as he finished 15-of-23 for 170 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Ameer Abdullah was excellent as well, tallying 114 yards and two touchdowns off 17 carries.

Loser: South Carolina Sideline Fight

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    ESPN cameras captured a sideline scuffle between a pair of South Carolina assistant coaches.

    Bleacher Report's Ken Dorset has the ridiculous GIF of the coaches arguing, shoving and being restrained. Not good.

Winner: Baylor, Again

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    Baylor amassed 501 yards of total offense and embarrassed Buffalo, 56-13. Then the two teams played the second half...

    When all was said and done, the Bears had accumulated 781 total yards and won 70-13. Nine receivers, nine rushers and two quarterbacks combined in the merciless box score.

    Given Ohio State's lackluster 40-20 win over Buffalo the week prior, Baylor needs to be considered as a serious dark-horse national title candidate.

    Also considering their 69-3 Week 1 win over Wofford, few teams have looked as good as the Bears thus far in 2013.

Loser: South Carolina Defense

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    The South Carolina offense did a great job of hanging with Georgia's explosive offense in Athens.

    Quarterback Connor Shaw was efficient, completing 16 of 25 for 228 yards and two touchdowns through the air and scrambling for 75 yards.

    Meanwhile, running back Mike Davis was excellent, running 16 times for 149 yards and a score. However, the South Carolina defense didn't force a single turnover and allowed 538 yards of total offense.

Winner: Georgia Bulldogs

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    Much credit goes to head coach Mark Richt and Georgia for bouncing back from a heartbreaking season-opening loss to Clemson.

    The Bulldogs needed a win over South Carolina to remain in control of their destiny in the SEC East and keep their national title hopes afloat. UGA earned that and more with a 41-30 win over the No. 6 Gamecocks.

    Aaron Murray was incredible, finishing 17-of-23 passing for 309 yards and four touchdowns. Todd Gurley was excellent as usual, tallying 134 yards and a touchdown.

    Additionally, a new star might have been born in the Georgia receiving corps after the injury to Malcolm Mitchell against Clemson. Sophomore speedster Justin Scott-Wesley notched a game-high 116 yards and a touchdown.

Loser: Ball Security in Norman

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    Neither Oklahoma nor West Virginia looked like they wanted to win in Norman. The Sooners and the Mountaineers each had four turnovers in the 16-7 OU win.

    The game was a stark contrast from last year's 50-49 barnburner in Morgantown. Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight struggled mightily, going 10-of-20 for 119 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions before being pulled for Blake Bell to start the fourth quarter.

    Running backs Brennan Clay and Damien Williams saved the day for the Sooners, combining for 265 yards on the ground.


Winner: Eminem's ESPN Interview

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    Which one of the people in this picture does not belong? I'm not sure why ESPN decided it was a good idea to bring rapper Eminem, AKA Marshall Mathers, into the booth for Saturday night's clash between Notre Dame and Michigan, but it doesn't matter—it was hilarious.

    The Detroit-based rapper looked like he was in a different world, only to snap back to reality when answering a question. In addition to making Kirk Herbstreit extremely uncomfortable, Eminem talked NFL betting with Brent Musburger and said that live television freaks him out.

    This is something that has to be seen to be believed.

Winner: Aggies Roll into Bout with 'Bama

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    Alabama will have some interesting offensive game film to watch after Texas A&M's 65-28 win over Sam Houston State.

    The Aggies amassed 714 total yards—477 passing and 237 rushing—in the victory, moving the chains for 38 first downs. Eleven Texas A&M receivers caught a pass in the game, with redshirt sophomore Mike Evans leading the way with 155 receiving yards.

    All of this set the stage for next week's epic clash between Aggies and Crimson Tide in College Station. The game is slated for a 3:30 p.m. EDT kickoff time on CBS.

Winner: Fresno State's Fat Guy Hook-and-Ladder Touchdown

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    B/R captured an incredible GIF of what may be the greatest fat guy touchdown in history.

    Leading 20-0 over Cal Poly, Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr completed a pass inside the 10-yard line to receiver Davante Adams, who then flipped it to Austin Wentworth, a 6'5", 306-pound offensive lineman.

    Off the hook-and-ladder, the fifth-year senior dashed into the end zone, arms stretched. Celebrate, big guy, you've earned it.

Loser: Notre Dame Defense

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    Notre Dame gave up more than 40 points just one time last season—its 42-14 national title game loss to Alabama.

    The Fighting Irish defense was ripped by the Wolverines Saturday night in Ann Arbor, a 41-30 loss. Michigan totaled 460 yards and 25 first downs, showing that the ND defense isn't what it was last season.

    The Irish still had a chance at victory, but turnovers sunk them in the end.

Winner: The Wolverines

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    The Big House was rocking, as more than 115,000 were on hand, representing the largest crowd in college football history, as ESPN announced during its broadcast.

    Quarterback Devin Gardner was magnificent, aside from one bonehead interception thrown in his own end zone. The Michigan signal-caller completed 21-of-33 passes for 294 yards and four touchdowns and ran 13 times for 82 yards and a score.

    Senior receiver Jeremy Gallon was outstanding as well, catching eight passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns. In the colossal victory, No. 17 Michigan showed that it is poised to give Ohio State a run for its money for the Big Ten crown.

Winner: Baker Mayfield

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    Texas Tech QB Baker Mayfield is off to as strong of a start as any.

    He threw for 413 yards and four touchdowns Week 1 against SMU and came back and added 367 yards and three touchdowns against Stephen F. Austin this week, despite only playing in the first half.

    The catch: Mayfield is a walk-on...and true freshman. Sounds like it's time to give this guy a scholarship.

Losers: The Longhorns

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    What you're probably smelling right now is the singed seat of Texas head coach Mack Brown's khakis. 

    The Longhorns' hides were branded by BYU Saturday night, as the Cougars bruised their way to a 40-21 victory.

    No. 15 Texas allowed 679 total yards, including 550 on the ground (most in Texas history), all while the Longhorns were hoping to make it back into the national title conversation this season.

Winners: Taysom Hill and BYU

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    BYU quarterback Taysom Hill was the driving force behind BYU's massive upset of Texas.

    The Cougars signal-caller wasn't great through the air, but totaled 259 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, joining Vince Young and Denard Robinson as the last three FBS quarterbacks to eclipse 250 yards on the ground, as ESPN's Max Olson notes.

    Joining him in the rushing attack was running back Jamaal Williams, who netted 182 yards on the ground. The win follows the Cougars' 19-16 loss to Virginia just last week. BYU can especially savor the win with the luxury of a bye week next weekend before hosting rival Utah Sept. 21.

Loser: Lane Kiffin

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    USC head coach Lane Kiffin was showered with boos and "Fire Kiffin" chants at the conclusion of Saturday night's unbearable 10-7 loss to Washington State.

    The reaction was understandable after an ugly loss to a team that had won just five conference games in the last five seasons. The Trojans tallied just 54 passing yards and their two battling signal-callers, Cody Kessler and Max Wittek, each threw an interception in the loss. Not looking good for Kiffin.

    Still, with a couple of weeks before the thick of its Pac-12 play starts, they have some time to turn things around. If the Trojans don't improve, Kiffin might not make it through the season.

Winner: Same Old Stanford

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    It may be boring, but boy is it effective. Stanford took care of business, notching a 34-14 victory in its season opener against a skilled and upset-minded San Jose State squad.

    The Cardinal were just the team we've come to expect in recent years: efficient on offense and stingy on defense. Stanford's balanced offensive attack converted 12 of 15 third downs and totaled 404 yards, nearly splitting the production evenly between passing and rushing yardage (207-197).

    On defense, the Cardinal held SJSU to just 35 rushing yards and silenced star Spartans quarterback David Fales by limiting him to just five yards per attempt (216 total). It is early, but the anticipation is already building for Stanford's Nov. 7 date with Oregon.