Week one of the college football season is complete and Jody Alberson is here to wrap up all the action that took place in the SEC.
First, let’s hand out some superlatives for week one.
Player of the Week: QB Cameron Newton, Auburn
Newton racked up 357 yards of total offense and added five TDs (two ru.TDs).
Freshman of the Week: QB Tyler Russell, Miss. St.
Russell completed 81 percent of his passes for 256 yards and four TDs.
First up, the game of the week featuring LSU and North Carolina in the Chik-fil-A Kickoff Classic. This much hyped battle between the SEC/ACC looked to be a blow out early, as we learned that UNC would be without 13 players, including seven starters. LSU took advantage and had a 30-10 lead heading into halftime.
LSU was led by an incredible effort by Patrick Peterson in the return game, accumulating 257 yards and one TD. The Tarheels were able to fight their way back in the game, led by Senior QB T.J. Yates.
LSU fumbled away the big lead and gave the Tarheels a chance to win it from the LSU six yard line. Yates pass to Zack Pianalto fell incomplete, leaving the LSU Tigers victorious in week one by a final score of LSU 30, UNC 24.
In our upset alert, USC was able to take care of the Southern Miss. Eagles, cruising to a 41-13 victory. The Gamecocks much maligned QB Stephen Garcia cemented his hold on the starting job, completing 69 percent of his passes for 193 yards and adding 38 yards rushing and two TDs.
Freshman RB Marcus Lattimore looked impressive in his Gamecock debut, leading all rushers with 54 yards on 14 carries with two TDs. Lattimore exhibited a knack for finding the hole and bursting through for positive yards on every carry. Sophomore WR Alshon Jeffery also put up big numbers catching seven passes for 106 yards.
Joker Phillips was able to secure a victory in his head coaching debut for Kentucky, as the Wildcats defeated the Louisville Cardinals by a score of 23-16.
Alabama cruised to a victory over San Jose State, 48-3 without Heisman Trophy winning RB Mark Ingram. Next up for ‘Bama is Penn State.
QB Ryan Mallett threw for 301 yards and three TDs in Arkansas’ 44-3 victory over Tennessee Tech.
Auburn defeated Arkansas St 52-26 and were led by Cameron Newton’s 357 yards of total offense and five TDs. Is it troubling that the Tigers gave up 26 points to Arky St?
Florida did not look impressive in the post-Tebow era. Center to QB exchange issues kept the game closer than many fans would have liked but Miami (OH)’s inability to capitalize on the Gators’ mistakes spelled their defeat. Gators 34, Redhawks 12.
Georgia was without their lead returning rusher (Washaun Ealey) and receiver (AJ Green) from a year ago but still managed a 55-7 win over Louisiana-Lafayette. The ‘Dawgs true test will come when they travel to Columbia in week two to face the ‘Cocks.
In the big upset of the weekend, Jacksonville St stunned Ole Miss in a 2-OT victory in Oxford. The Rebels cruised out to a 31-10 lead at the half under QB Nathan Stanley. QB Jerimiah Masoli entered the game for what was supposed to be mop-up duty, but the Gamecocks had a different plan.
JSU scored 24 points in the second half, including a TD and 2-point conversion with less than twenty seconds on the clock. Both teams scored a TD and converted the PAT in the first overtime. Ole Miss went ahead by seven in double overtime. JSU converted a TD on 4th and 15 from the Ole Miss 30 yard line to come within one.
In a gutsy move, JSU went for two and converted for the 49-48 upset over the Rebels. Now I’m not saying Ole Miss Head Coach Houston Nutt should worry after one game, but losing to a FCS school, after a disappointing season a year ago…if he doesn’t pull it together, Nutt could be unemployed by season’s end.
Mississippi State, under second year head coach Dan Mullen, defeated Memphis 49-7. The Bulldogs compiled 569 yards of total offense en route to the decisive victory.
The Derek Dooley era in Knoxville got under way with a 50-0 victory over Tennessee-Martin. Tennessee was led offensively by the ground attack of Tauren Poole. Poole rushed form 110 yards on 17 carries with two TDs.
Last, in the “Battle of the Brainiacs”…Northwestern defeated Vanderbilt 23-21 in Robbie Caldwell’s debut as head coach of the Commodores.
AP Top 25
1. Alabama (47)
2. Ohio St. (4)
3. Boise St. (8)
5. Texas (1)
12. Miami (FL)
13. Virginia Tech
15. Georgia Tech
16. Southern Cal
17. Florida St.
18. Penn St.
23. West Virginia
24. South Carolina