SEC EAST (and Mizzou's opponents in the SEC West)
After that point, though, Carolina began playing much better, taking the lead on a long Mike Davis TD run. ECU retook the lead with a TD on the ensuing possession, but Carolina largely controlled the game after that score, playing particularly well on offense en route to the victory. Thompson settled down a little bit, and the USC running game got going pretty well, with Davis in particular impressing with a 101-yard rushing performance on 5.6 yards per carry. All of Carolina's remaining drives would end in points, although frequent field goals inhibited Carolina's bid to blow the game wide open.
It's another fall Saturday morning, albeit one without any Bulldog football on the horizon. But that doesn't mean that there's no news. In this installment of Dawg Bites we look at possible complications for the impending college football playoff, how some possible future Dawgs did on the high school gridiron, an honor for a young former Bulldog who's making a difference in the lives of others, and the biggest game of this Saturday in college football.
Florida did what it needed to do on offense, spreading the ball out to playmakers — eight Gators recorded carries, and 11 (!!!) had at least one catch — and letting them make mincemeat of Eastern Michigan in space. Florida tallied 6.6 yards per carry, and 17.0 yards per catch, and cranked out explosive plays all day long. It was Eastern Michigan, and there were still hiccups, like the three drives that terminated within 25 yards of the Eagles' goal line and turned into field goals, or Jeff Driskel firing high to a few receivers, or receivers dropping very catchable balls.
The Commodores lost to Ole Miss, the spread, and respectability on Saturday afternoon. Ole Miss got through the entire game without punting, turning the ball over just once on downs to the 'Dores. On the plus side, Vanderbilt only committed one turnover after losing seven against Temple last week. They'll return to the field next week when they take on 0-2 Massachusetts. UMass just ran Colorado out to an embattled 41-38 win, so this matchup against the Minutemen may have just shifted from an automatic win to an all-out battle at Dudley Field on Saturday.
Did you know Patrick Towles could run like that? I didn’t. I just hope he doesn’t have to do that much running all year, or he’s liable to wind up on the disabled list. Towles ran the ball himself an astounding 22 times for 59 yards. I hope we never see him with more than half that many carries again this season. After a quick touchdown on their first drive, Kentucky’s Air Raid offense slowed down to a very conventional looking pro-set offense out of Air Raid formations. What the heck, over? I mean, it worked fine, I guess, to the extent that Kentucky won the football game, but it makes me believe that UT-Martin was just a bad, bad football team.
Clicked well, I thought, for the most part. Kenny looked solid in the first half, and every time I started getting frustrated with him, he pulled together a drive that lasted a blink of an eye and ended in 7 points. Kyle showed why perhaps he needs a bit more seasoning with that pick he threw, but damn, the kid has a live arm. Solid enough outing by our QBs. RB-wise, Trey Williams showed us why he'd average 100+ yards per game at any other school. Kid's got moves. Also, the future is bright with James White. How about the youngster? After sitting for so long, I'm sure it felt great for him to stretch his legs a bit. Last but not least, Lamar got Dolezaled, but in some sense all of us got Dolezaled because he was your leading rusher and had the late TD to put A&M up a full 70 points.
Of course, there's more to this win than just that. Von Pearson had a stellar first half before leaving the game due to injury. Justin Worley had 7.9(!) yards per attempt before flatlining in the second half, ending on 6.5 YPA and clocking in with his first pick of the year. Still, 248 yards--159 of which went to Pearson and North, including two big-boy catches by North for TDs--isn't a bad effort, especially since the second half offense went experimental. The biggest news on offense? Welcome Jalen Hurd to 23 carries, 83 yards, a TD, and a big-boy 12-yard run with Tennessee backed up against their own end zone. Will this mean Hurd sees more of the ball now that the schedule's ramping up? Probably; this was a big step for him.
It was a great day for stat padding in the running game. Alex Collins rushed 13 times for 131 yards and three touchdowns (he only had four all year last year). Jonathan Williams only ran four times but gained 143 yards including a 90-yard touchdown run. Unfortunately, Korliss Marshall didn't play and Lord knows what he could've done running away from the Colonels. Bielema said after the game that Marshall would be 100% ready to go against Texas Tech.
Blake Sims had 214 passing yards and Jake Coker threw for 202 to lead the second-ranked Crimson Tide to a 41-0 win over Florida Atlantic on Saturday in a game cut short early for lightning. It's the first time two Alabama quarterbacks had thrown for 200 yards in the same game and the second most passing yards in program history behind Scott Hunter's 484 against Auburn in 1969.
There was a silly controversy after Leonard Fournette scored his first touchdown. He struck the Heisman pose which, let's face it, was getting ahead of himself. I mean, it's Sam Houston State, dude. I'm not an "act like you've been there before" sort of guy, because I like partying and having fun. But come on. No one is impressed by the score to put you up 20-0 in the first quarter. But some people are never so happy as when they get to wag their fingers at young kids for acting like young kids, so Fournette upped their enjoyment of the game considerably.
Silly? I'll let you decide:
You're doing it wrong bud pic.twitter.com/kxWBAWGGe3— #WᴇSᴏRᴀʜ (@FullbackU) September 7, 2014
Auburn opened the game running different formations on every play with different personnel, and at first it seemed all would be glorious when Nick Marshall busted up the middle for a 50 yard run. However, Marshall - who has at times struggled with holding on to the football - fumbled going to the endzone. San Jose State failed to capitalize, and Auburn quickly scored. Only to see San Jose State score on the first play of their next drive when Auburn's secondary let the Spartans get WR Tyler Ervin free for a 75 yard TD. The game looked close for a bit before Auburn pulled away in the second quarter.
2) Mullen needs to cute the cutesy crap out. Rotating QBs every series is dumb, regardless of the team or situation. It doesn't work for anyone, and it has killed us in the these first two games. Dak is our guy. Period. He clearly needs the reps, particularly in the passing game, where his accuracy still has a ways to go before he is considered an elite QB. Don't waste reps and offensive possessions by playing Damian. It's dumb.
The Vanderbilt Commodores, after falling 37-7 to Temple in week one, were obliterated by the Ole Miss Rebels to a tune of 41-3 this afternoon in front of a half-full LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee. The game wasn't really ever in question, as Ole Miss kept Vanderbilt off of the board until the fourth quarter. The Rebels outgained Vanderbilt 547 to 167, with Bo Wallace leading the way behind a 320 yard, one touchdown performance. His primary targets were Cody Core and Evan Engram, who combined for 197 receiving yards on 11 total receptions.