Studs and Duds from Week 6 of College Football
Week 6 of the college football season was wildly entertaining. There were some great games between top-tier programs, as well as some less-anticipated matchups.
It included valiant performances, not to mention some that could have been the brunt of jokes. There were record-setting numbers, as well as utter failures.
Let's take a look at studs and duds of last weekend's college football slate.
Stud: Connor Halliday, QB, Washington State
After getting soundly beaten by Stanford, Connor Halliday and the Washington State Cougars bounced back with a 44-22 win at California.
The Bears couldn't stop Halliday, as he scorched the defense for 521 yards through the air (tops in Week 6) with three touchdowns and a pick. The interception was his only blemish on an otherwise spectacular outing.
He also completed 61.2 percent of his passes (41-of-67) and had a 138.3 quarterback rating.
Stud: Andre Williams, RB, Boston College
Boston College running back Andre Williams looked more like a freight train than a human against Army.
He carried the Eagles on his back, rushing for 263 yards on 30 carries. He accounted for five of the team's six touchdowns on the day, including three scoring runs of over 30 yards. Williams finished the game averaging 8.8 yards per carry.
His performance moved him to third in the FBS in total rushing yards (768) and first in rushing yards per game (153.6).
Stud: Chris Harper, WR, California
California might have been on the receiving end of the loss to Washington State, but wide receiver Chris Harper was on the receiving end of a large percentage of quarterback Jared Goff's 504 passing yards.
In a losing effort, Harper hauled in 14 balls for a Week-6-high 231 yards with one score, which went for 89 yards. The sophomore has already amassed 570 yards (13th in the FBS) and four touchdowns on the season. He ranks 14th in the country with 114.0 YPG receiving.
Stud: Cameron Stingily, RB, Northern Illinois
Week 6's top performer on the ground was Northern Illinois running back Cameron Stingily. In the Huskies' 38-24 win at Kent State, Stingily seemingly refused to go down.
He gouged the Flashes' defense for 266 yards on 37 attempts and two touchdowns. He accounted for over a third of the Huskies' total yards on offense and both of his first half scores put his team ahead in a tight game at the time.
Before this season, Stingily had a total of five yards in his career. He already has 576 in 2013.
Stud: Art Briles and Baylor
Is there any team in the country that can slow down Art Briles and his Baylor offense?
For the third-straight week, the scoreboard for the Bears read 70, this time against West Virginia. The last time a team accomplished that feat was in 1930. In their 73-42 win over the Mountaineers, the Bears hung a ridiculous 864 yards on West Virginia, a Big 12 record.
In one half and a series in the third quarter, quarterback Bryce Petty threw for 347 yards and two touchdowns on 17-of-25 passing. The rush game, led by Lache Seastrunk's 172 yards and two scores, put up 468 yards and a program-record-tying eight touchdowns.
The offense is firing on all cylinders and Briles' stock continues to go through the roof. You know, there's another school in Texas that could be looking for a coach at season's end.
Stud: Garrett Gilbert, QB, SMU
The SMU Mustangs trailed Rutgers, 35-14, going into the fourth quarter. However, quarterback Garrett Gilbert wasn't about to let the Mustangs go down quietly.
He threw three of his five touchdown passes in the final quarter, the last coming with just 1:19 left. He also completed the two-point conversion after the score to send the game to overtime, where he ran for another two touchdowns.
For the game, Gilbert went 45-of-70 for 484 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. It was all in a losing effort, but still is impressive, nonetheless.
Stud: Urban Meyer and Ohio State
Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer has his team playing at a high level, as if that needed to be stated.
The Buckeyes beat a very good Northwestern team on the road, 40-30, for its 18th-straight win, the longest current streak in college football. Ohio State outscored the Wildcats, 21-7, in the fourth quarter to move to 6-0 and 2-0 in the Big Ten.
Meyer wasn't all pleased with the performance, as the defense gave up over 400 yards and the offense committed three turnovers. But, the Buckeyes are finding ways to win, which is what great teams do. Meyer, in just over a full season, has established himself as one of the top coaches in the game once again after a brief stint out of the game.
Stud: Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson
Clemson Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd continued help his Heisman cause with a brilliant outing in a 49-14 win at Syracuse.
The senior completed 20-of-27 passes for for 455 yards and five touchdowns. Four of them came in the first half in a game where the Orange never had a chance. Boyd now has 14 touchdowns on the year compared to just two picks, as well as 1,449 yards.
Boyd has more than legitimized his Heisman candidacy and is making a case to be a high pick in next year's NFL draft.
Dud: Maryland Terrapins
If there were any questions as to whether the Maryland Terrapins deserved a Top 25 ranking, they were answered against Florida State. Maryland was absolutely decimated by the Seminoles, 63-0.
The Terrapins managed just 234 yards of total offense, while allowing 614. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston had a near flawless game, going 23-of-32 passing for 393 yards. He also threw for five touchdowns with zero interceptions.
The Terrapins appeared to have not even prepared for the game. Head coach Randy Edsall and his team were down 21-0 at the half, but allowed six second-half scores. Edsall had a hot seat entering the year and if his team keeps losing big against good teams, he won't be around a lot longer.
Dud: North Carolina Tar Heels
Probably the most disappointing team in college football has been the North Carolina Tar Heels. Its troubles didn't go way against Virginia Tech in a 27-17 loss.
Head coach Larry Fedora finally saw his team play more competitive, but three turnovers were too much to overcome. A team that many thought could make some noise this year in the ACC is now sitting at 1-4 on the year and with Miami next up on the schedule, things aren't looking good.
The week before, the Tar Heels had an uninspiring 55-31 loss to East Carolina. Starting 0-3 in the ACC looks like what will happen for North Carolina, a far cry from preseason expectations.
Dud: Connor Wood, QB, Colorado
The Colorado Buffaloes weren't expected to beat Oregon and it didn't, losing 57-16. A big reason for the offensive ineptness was quarterback Connor Wood.
Wood was inaccurate to say the least, completing only 11-of-33 attempts for 205 yards, two interceptions and no touchdowns. The Ducks never need help scoring the ball and Wood provided them with it. Maybe the only chance Colorado had in this game was trying to keep up with the Ducks in points.
Wood couldn't even toss one measly score.
Dud: West Virginia's Defense
Look, it's OK to give up some yards against Baylor. It's going to happen. But, 864?
It would be an understatement to call the Mountaineer defense horrific last weekend. It doesn't matter how good the other team's offense is, giving up a conference record is inexcusable. Those kind of numbers would seem to indicate a big day through the air, but it was the running game that did the most damage.
West Virginia allowed the Bears to run for 468 yards and eight touchdowns. The defense also gave up over 600 yards in the first half alone. It has to be pretty embarrassing when the other team sits their starters for most of the second half.
Dud: Brandon Allen, QB, Arkansas
The Arkansas Razorbacks needed a good performance from quarterback Brandon Allen to have a chance at beating Florida in the Swamp, but that didn't happen.
Allen was off all night long, connecting on just 17-of-41 pass attempts with no touchdowns and a pick. While he has a good arm, the sophomore has continued to struggle with his accuracy, completing less than 50 percent of his passes on the season.
He had only 164 yards against the Gators. His inability to be a threat through the air allowed Florida to lock in on a good Arkansas rushing attack and shut it down for a 30-10 win.