After a quick hiatus, we’re back with the week 5 rundown. This week started with a bang, but pretty much went as expected, with just about every higher ranked top 25 team winning their matchup.
Friday night we saw #5 Southern California visit #16 Washington State, where both teams were 4-0. Washington State would score on their first possession on a 44 yard field goal, but USC would return the favor with a touchdown, after Sam Darnold would run for 4 yards. Washington State quickly retaliated, capping off an 89 yard drive with a 28 yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Luke Falk to junior receiver Tavares Martin Jr. But USC would come back swinging in this knockout fight, with Ronald Jones II running for an 86 yard touchdown to lead 14-10. Washington State would be unable to answer, and USC would settle for a field goal. Senior running back Jamal Morrow would score for Washington State in the last seconds of the half to tie the game at 17. The third quarter would see a field goal from each team to keep the game tied at 20, and the fourth quarter would also see a touchdown from each team, with a pass from Falk to Morrow for Washington State and a run from Darnold for USC. With the game tied at 27, Washington State would march down the field 60 yards and kick the game winning field goal for 32 yards. USC got the ball back with 1:40 left in the 4th quarter, but Darnold would be sacked and fumble, recovered by Washington State to end the game and complete the upset. Washington State would move to 5-0 while USC would drop to 4-1. Falk would complete 34 passes out of his 51 attempts for 340 yards with 2 touchdown passes, and his counterpart Darnold would complete 15 out of 29 attempts with 1 interception. Washington State will travel to Oregon next in attempts to remain undefeated, and USC will host Oregon State.
#14 Miami also played on Friday at Duke in an ACC Coastal matchup. Miami asserted their dominance, winning 31-6. Miami’s defense held Duke to 2 field goals, while Miami scored 4 touchdowns and a field goal of their own. The junior quarterback Malik Rosier dominated the game. Rosier had 15 completions on 26 attempts for 270 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception. The junior was also responsible for 45 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Sophomore wide receiver Ahmmon Richards had a tremendous game, with just 3 receptions for 106 yards and a touchdown. The Hurricanes controlled the game very well, and look to remain undefeated in another ACC matchup rescheduled at Florida State.
Most of the top 25 flexed their muscles against their opponents on Satuday. Although notoriously a good matchup, #1 Alabama obliterated Ole Miss 66-3. Alabama would accrue 613 total yards, with 365 of them on the ground. Once again, sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts would completely take over the game. Hurts would connect on 12 of his 19 passes for 197 yards and 2 touchdowns, while being the top rusher with 101 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. Junior running back Bo Scarbrough was held to just 18 yards on the day. Both teams will continue SEC play as Alabama will host Texas A&M, while Ole Miss will travel to Auburn.
In one of three matchups between two top 25 ranked teams, #2 Clemson took on #12 Virginia Tech. Both undefeated, Clemson would hold Virginia Tech to 2 scoreless quarters in a 31-17 win. Junior Kelly Bryant was completely elusive and dangerous, throwing for 186 yards and a touchdown on 12 attempts while also rushing for 94 yards on 19 carries. VT’s freshman quarterback Josh Jackson would throw for 251 yards and a touchdown, but would also throw 2 interceptions. VT’s run game would also never truly find a rhythm and score one of the two lone touchdowns Tech would score in the whole game in the 4th quarter. Clemson will host Wake Forest and look to boost their 5-0 record, while Virginia Tech will go to Boston College.
#4 Penn State came out strong against Indiana, reaching a 28-0 lead. Junior running back Saquon Barkley opened the game with a 98 yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Barkley would find other ways to contribute as well, with only 56 rushing yards on 20 carries, 51 yards on 4 receptions, and even managed to throw for a 16 yard touchdown to senior wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton. Hamilton and senior quarterback Trace McSorley would account for 3 touchdowns a piece, with McSorley throwing for 2. McSorley had 23 completions on 36 attempts for 315 yards, as well as an interception that would lead to an Indiana touchdown. Hamilton would catch 9 of his targets for 122 yards and his 3 touchdowns. Penn State’s offense looked slightly shaky at times, but McSorley would often keep drives alive with his running ability. Penn State travels to Northwestern next as Indiana will host Charleston Southern.
#6 Washington would steamroll Oregon State, 42-7 in front of Oregon State’s home crowd. Although the Huskies started slow, only scoring one touchdown in the first quarter and none in the second, junior quarterback Jake Browning would connect with senior receiver Dante Pettis for 3 touchdowns with two being in the third quarter. Washington would score their 42 points before allowing a single score from Oregon State. Browning completed 26 of his 34 passes for 293 yards on top of his 3 touchdowns as well as an interception. Junior Myles Gaskin would rush for 113 yards on 15 carries, with a rushing touchdown of his own. Washington will next face California at home in an attempt to keep a perfect record and remain perfect in Pac-12 play.
#10 Wisconsin also struggled at home against Northwestern. Senior quarterback Alex Hornibrook and the Badgers would greatly struggle to turn offensive possessions into points. Hornibrook would be intercepted twice in the first half, but freshman running back Jonathan Taylor would rush for 80 yards on 19 attempts and score 2 touchdowns. Wisconsin lead 31-10 before Northwestern would score 2 quick touchdowns late in the 4th quarter, but they would hold on after a safety in the last minute would help to secure the win. Wisconsin will visit Nebraska next weekend.
#11 Ohio State would completely blank Rutgers 56-0. Senior quarterback JT Barrett completed 15 out of 23 passes for 286 yards and 3 touchdowns, with 2 of them going to junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon who caught 3 targets for 115 yards. Sophomore running back Mike Weber would rush for 44 yards and 3 touchdowns on 10 carries, and freshman running back Demario McCall would rush for a touchdown of his own while rushing for 103 yards on 11 carries. Ohio State will take on Maryland at home next.
#13 Auburn would also run up the score on Mississippi State behind 3 touchdowns from junior running back Kerryon Johnson in a 49-10 win. In a tale of two quarterbacks, sophomore quarterback Jarrett Stidham would complete 13 of his 16 passes for 264 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Tigers, while junior Nick Fitzgerald would only complete 13 of his 33 attempts for 157 yards, a touchdown and 2 interceptions. Mississippi State would only score a field goal and an interception, both in the first half. Following two SEC losses, Mississippi State will more than likely fall out of the top 25 and look to make some changes during their bye week, as Auburn continues SEC play at home against Ole Miss.
#15 Oklahoma State would struggle against Texas Tech 41-34 while #17 Louisville would crush Murray State 55-10. #18 South Florida would extend it’s school record winning streak to 10 over East Carolina in a 61-31 victory. #19 South Dakota State would outlast Northern Illinois in a 34-28 shootout.
#21 Florida would have a tough day against Vanderbilt, and although they would win 38-24, they would lose starting quarterback Luke Del Rio. The impact would be felt; although the receivers gained a total of 249 yards, they would fail to score a touchdown. All of Florida’s touchdowns would be scored by their running back duo freshman Malik Davis, who had 2 on the day, and sophomore Lamical Perine who had 3. Both teams will continue SEC play, as Vanderbilt will host Georgia and Florida hosts LSU.
#22 Notre Dame didn’t have much difficulty against Miami (Ohio), routing them 52-17. #25 LSU did not have the same success against Troy. When Troy last came to town, they relinquished a 31-3 lead, but they would not be beaten this time. Troy would lead LSU 17-0 before the Tigers would put a point on the board. The second quarter saw the Tigers finally score, although it would not be enough. 4 forced turnovers by Troy would lift the Trojans to victory in Death Valley. The Tigers now must try to continue on as they have 7 straight SEC games, starting next week against Florida.
Georgia Tech completely controlled possession against UNC in an ACC matchup. Junior quarterback Taquon Marshall would contribute to the ball possession domination. The junior rushed for 137 yards on 27 carries and a touchdown, while only passing for 53 yards on 5 completions. The Yellow Jackets would accumulate 403 yards on the ground in a game that would see 3 rushing touchdowns. Marshall would open the scoring with a 5 yard run late in the first quarter. The second quarter would only see a field goal late in the quarter. The third quarter would see two touchdowns from Tech, with a 63 yard run from sophomore KirVonte Benson who would rush for 130 yards, and a 12 yard pass from Marshall to senior Ricky Jeune. Tech would kick a field goal to increase the lead to 27-0. UNC would finally score off a 8 yard run by sophomore Jordan Brown, which would be the only score for the Tar Heels. Tech would score again for a final score of 33-7. Tech’s defense was a major storyline, with junior defensive back AJ Gray having two interceptions on the day. They will take the weekend off, while UNC will host Notre Dame.
Georgia also was a part of a major win this weekend, shutting out SEC foe Tennessee 41-0 in Tennessee’s first shutout loss since 1994. The Dawgs got off to a bit of a slow start only scoring a field goal on their first drive after an interception from the first snap by Tennessee. The defense gave them room to work with, forcing back to back 3 and outs. A touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Jake Fromm to senior Javon Wims would open the floodgates. Fromm would run for 2 touchdowns himself in the second quarter to go to halftime up 24-0. Senior running back Sony Michel and sophomore running back Brian Herrien would also score in the second half, with the running backs accounting for the majority of the offense with 294 yards. The Vols would hold senior running back Nick Chubb without a touchdown, but still allow him to rush for 109 yards on the day, with Michel coming in at 64. Georgia’s defense would hold Tennessee to just 164 yards of total offense in the game, intercepting junior quarterback Quinten Dormady twice. The Dawgs came out and did what hadn’t been done in years, playing a complete game against Tennessee where in the past the game has been decided by no more than 8 points. They should see a jump in the polls after the lopsided victory, and will face Vanderbilt next week, while Tennessee is off.
Week 6 should provide some interesting match ups, with 3 top 25 match ups and several others to look at.