College Football: Week 3 Recap

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College Football: Week 3 Recap
Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

A sigh of relief in Ann Arbor, a shootout in College Station and controversy in Tempe—that’s just a brief list of what occurred in Week 3 of the 2013 college football season. 

What was expected to be an easy win for the Michigan Wolverines after a big win over Notre Dame just a week before turned out to almost be a nightmare in the “Big House.” Akron was on Michigan’s four-yard line with five seconds remaining. Kyle Pohl’s incomplete pass to Zach D’Orazio in the end zone as time expired gave the Wolverines a 28-24 victory. 

Not only did Michigan look a little hungover, it took the Fighting Irish until the fourth quarter to put a less-than-mediocre Purdue team away on the road. Notre Dame was able to bounce back with a 31-24 win.

Nebraska appeared to be in command after leading 21-3 midway through the second quarter, but UCLA blew the Huskers out by scoring 38 unanswered points in a 41-21 win. 

Oregon rolled all over Tennessee at home, 59-14, and Ohio State, without quarterback Braxton Miller, went into Cal and won, 52-34.

The showdown in College Station did not disappoint. Johnny Manziel played out of his mind, but two costly interceptions, which included one in the end zone and another going for a Vinnie Sunseri return for a touchdown, proved to be the difference maker. Alabama senior quarterback AJ McCarron had a solid game as well and helped lead the Crimson Tide to a high-scoring 49-42 win. 

As the night seemed to be over, controversy erupted in the desert as Arizona State defeated Wisconsin 32-30 on a confusing last second play. This topic will be discussed later in final thought.

Here is a recap from Week 3, which includes pick results, what we learned and final thought.

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