College Football Scores 2013: Most Impressive Wins from Saturday's Early Action
Teams are clearly beginning to gel because Week 8 featured a slew of impressive performances in the college football world.
In the SEC in particular we saw a couple of schools—Auburn and Missouri—achieve massive wins despite tough, top-25 matchups, while some unranked ones—Tennessee and Vanderbilt—pulled off major upsets for their first conference victories.
And that was just in one conference, as there were schools all over the country making statements with their performances on Saturday.
Let's take a look at some of the best from the early action.
Note: You can find all Week 8 college football scores right here.
No. 24 Auburn Tigers (Beat No. 7 Texas A&M, 45-41)
Giving up 602 yards of total offense and nearly 300 to one receiver isn't a habit you really want to get into, but Auburn's win is no less impressive.
The Tigers went on the road into a tough environment at Kyle Field and got into a back-and-forth shootout with a top-10 team that features Heisman winner Johnny Manziel and one of the most dangerous attacks in America. For most teams, that's going to result in a loss.
Not Gus Malzahn's squad, which gashed the Aggies for an absurd 379 rushing yards. Tre Mason (178 yards on the ground) and Nick Marshall (236 through the air; 100 on the ground), who were each a major part of that, saved their best for last, combining for a 13-play, 75-yard, smash-you-in-the-mouth touchdown drive in the final minutes to give the Tigers the narrow win.
Auburn had one of its worst seasons in quite some time in 2012, but Malzahn has triggered an incredibly fast 180—and this win is the exclamation point on that resurrection.
No. 13 Stanford Cardinal (Beat No. 9 UCLA, 24-10)
Most places you looked, Stanford was the favorite in this one at home. But considering last week's disappointment at Utah and Brett Hundley's recent transcendent play, this was by no means an easy game for David Shaw's side.
Moreover, the way in which the Cardinal completely smothered Hundley and the Bruins was quite impressive.
The dynamic sophomore QB completed just 24-of-39 passes for 192 yards (a painfully inefficient 4.9 yards per attempt), one touchdown and two interceptions. He was also sacked four times and made uncomfortable for most of the night.
Stanford completed the very Stanford-esque, physical effort on the opposite side of the ball by running it 50 times for 192 yards. Tyler Gaffney received 36 totes for 171 yards and two scores, as he effectively wore down the Bruins defense.
Of course, it wasn't all old-school, as Kodi Whitfield pulled down this catch-of-the-year candidate:
Well, then. I probably should have just started and ended with that, huh?
No. 14 Missouri Tigers (Beat No. 22 Florida, 36-17)
Missouri's undefeated season seemed to be in serious danger when electric quarterback James Franklin was injured last week and it was revealed freshman Maty Mauk would have to make his first start against one of the best defenses in the country.
Well, so much for that concern.
Which of these three teams were most impressive on Saturday?
Mauk proved that he would be starting at a lot of other schools as he threw for 295 yards, a touchdown and an interception, while Henry Josey ran for 136 yards and the Tigers out-gained the Gators, 500-151.
Go ahead and let that sink in: 500 to 151.
The Tigers dominated in every facet of the game against a Gators squad that has been far from a pushover against everyone else this season, and they now have a two-game lead in the loss column in the SEC East.
No Franklin, no problem.
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