College football summary & players to watch for week 6.
Ninjasports College Football Monday Morning Quarterback dissects the college football week that was, and looks forward to the week ahead.
A new conference and school record was set Saturday as Miami (FL)‘s QB Stephen Morris threw for 566 passing yards in the Canes huge conference win against North Carolina State (previous conference record held by Wake Forest‘s Dusty LaRue  and the school record by Gino Toretta in ’91 ). Three of Morris‘ five touchdowns were targeted right at All-American DB David Amerson. The Canes defense played well (for once) as they were able to constantly create turnovers (6), despite giving up 400+ through the air. In a game in which the two found themselves tied with under a minute to go, it was Morris who found Phillip Dorsett behind the Wolfpack defense for the game winning 62 yard score. In the last two weeks, Morris has thrown for an incredible 1,002 yards and seven touchdowns. Miami (FL) faces a big test next week as they take on Notre Dame at Soldier Field. Just one week after a battle with Clemson, FSU seemed to have found themselves suffering a slight hangover as the South Florida Bulls played the Noles tough for two and half quarters. Sure, the TallyNasty Indians came out on top, but with that performance they displayed they are not deserving of being a top 5 team. I was starting to believe the Seminoles might be for real this season, but after most of Saturday nights performance, they are bound to lose a couple games this year, even with the easiest schedule in the country. Georgia Tech may be on the way to a long downward spiral as they fell to Middle Tennessee. Not only are the Jackets 2-3, their schedule doesn’t seem to get any easier for them as they travel to Clemson next week, followed by BC and BYU. Tech‘s defense was nowhere to be found at Bobby Dodd Stadium as they gave up over 500 yards of offense for the second straight week. Clemson got back on their feet in the conference after dropping to FSU last week as they took care of Boston College. Tajh Boyd was lights out as he took command of the explosive Tiger offense throwing for 367 yards and three scores and ran for a fourth. In a game in which All-American WR Sammy Watkins was out due to illness, DeAndre Hopkins picked up some of the slack with 197 receiving yards on 11 receptions, much like when Watkins started the season off with a suspension. Duke looked to be in trouble versus Wake Forest after losing starting QB Sean Renfree to injury, who at the time was 22-28 for 204 yards, to an elbow injury. Backup Anthony Boone came in to replace Renfree and scored on a four yard run to put Duke up for good. It is the first time Duke has won in this series since 1999. About damn time. Penalties and turnovers seemed to be the story for Virginia as they fell to Louisiana Tech at home by five. LA Tech scored 34 straight to rally past the Cavaliers. Virginia Tech also continues to struggle as they take a blow from Cincy. I mean, c’mon VT, you’re supposed to be one of the best teams in the conference and you drop one to the lowly Big East? Frank Beamer could be in for a rude awakening as he continues to fail to bring the Hokies to another National Title. Will he continue to coach the Hokies beyond this season? With Clemson, Miami (FL), and FSU being a few of the remaining games, VT could be looking at a five to six loss season if they don’t get their act together.. fast.
|Scores Around the ACC|
|Boston College 31
|G. Tech 36
Mid Tenn 49
|Virginia Tech 24
|Wake Forest 27
LA Tech 44
|NC State 37
Miami (FL) 44
Big East frontrunner Louisville had to rally to beat the win-less Golden Eagles of Southern Mississippi. While Bridgewater and his Cardinals have been getting most of the Big East love this season, one can’t overlook Munchie Legaux and his Cincy Bearcats with an impressive victory against Virginia Tech. It was Legaux who found Damon Julian for a 39 yard TD with 13 seconds left to play, sealing the victory. UCONN took care of Buffalo behind the rushing attack of Lyle McCombs and Martin Hyppolite who combined for 157 yards and two touchdowns. The Huskies utilized eight different receivers while Chandler Whitmer tossed a TD to go along with his 227 yards. The Bulls may have lost to FSU but not in the way many thought. USF kept it close until about the end of the third quarter when FSU just became too physical. The Bulls will give us more insight to exactly just what kind of team they are as they take on Big East foe Temple this week.
|Scores Around the Big East|
|V Tech 24
|Southern Miss 17
Holy Heisman, Geno Smith. Really?? 600+ yards and EIGHT TOUCHDOWNS?! Obviously there was no defense in that game as both WVU and Baylor combined for 133 points. Smith found one of his favorite targets in Stedman Bailey for 300+ of those yards and five TDs. Much like the Ninja anticipated, BU QB Nick Florence and Smith battled back and forth and was one of the greatest match ups of the weekend. It seems many analysts and talk show hosts are overlooking the fact Nick Florence threw for 581 yards and five scores because they lost. Because of the loss, Baylor dropped out of the top 25, but don’t expect them to stay out of it too long. They are a good, competitive ball team. TCU wins their FBS 12th straight game as they beat up on SMU. Though the Toads came out victorious, they gave the Mustangs several chances in the second half to pull off an upset as the offense continuously sputtered. Seth Doege tossed three TDs as Texas Tech starts off 1-0 in conference play taking down Iowa State. In another big game in this past “Shootout Saturday” was Texas outlasting Oklahoma State. The doubters of David Ash continue to fade as he is still finding a way to get the W for Mack Brown and his team.
|Scores Around the Big 12|
|Iowa State 13
Texas Tech 24
Penn State QB Matt McGloin shined once again as the Nittany Lions handled Illinois. For this game, the loss of Silas Redd wasn’t crucial to the run game as sophomore RB Zach Zwinak ran for 101 yards and two TDs. Iowa handled business against rival Minnesota as the Hawkeyes relied on RB Mark Weisman who tallied up 177 yards (155 in the first half) as it was all they needed, holding the Gophers from the scoreboard until the second half. Though Purdue won, they showed a horrendous pass defense against Marshall as the Boilermakers gave up 439 yards. They will have to depend on QB Caleb TerBush (who threw four TDs and racked up 294 yards) to continue his big play throughout the rest of the season. Braxton Miller was injured twice, yet returned to the field both times as Ohio State took down Le’Veon Bell and his Spartans of Michigan State. In a huge conference match up, Urban Meyer’s offense prevailed, despite Miller getting beaten up a little up. Can Meyer’s offense continue to put up good numbers or will the traditionally ‘run-between-the-tackles’ conference be too strong and powerful and outlast the Buckeyes? There was a nail biter in Lincoln as the Huskers snuck one past a struggling Badger team. Nebraska found themselves down 17 only to rally back behind Taylor Martinez. Wisconsin QB Danny O’Brien, the season starter who was benched due to his terrible play, came in to replace Joel Stave to try to spark them in the second half but failed to do so. One thing we did see, Taylor Martinez is still too inconsistent for the Huskers to win the conference. Maybe next year, Pelini.
|Scores Around the BIG Ten|
|Michigan St 16
Ohio St 17
Penn St 35
Down goes Stanford! Keith Price led the rally as the Huskies have the Cardinal nation wishing Andrew Luck never left. UCLA bounced back from their disappointing loss to take down conference opponent Colorado as Johnathan Franklin topped 100 yards yet again but only on 15 carries. Oregon was off to a slow start against Washington State but quickly found their rhythm as they dominated the Cougars. Marcus Mariota could be the best QB to ever play under Chip Kelly if he continues his hot play all season. Only time will tell. Oregon State survived a scare from the Cats of Arizona sneaking past them by 3.
|Scores Around the Pac-12|
Oregon St 38
Arizona St 27
|Washington St 26
Aggies Freshman QB Johnny Manziel continues to impress as he threw for 453 and ran for another 104 against the Razorbacks who continue to spiral into the pits of hell. Georgia found themselves in a shootout with Tyler Bray and his Volunteers but came out on top. Freshman RB Todd Gurley piled up 130 yards and three scores taking a load off Aaron Murray, who threw for 200+ and two touchdowns. LSU toppled Towson, but who cares it’s Towson. This weekend comes a test for Mettenberger and the Bayou Bengals as they take on unproven Florida who is coming off a bye. Bama continues to roll as the Tide takes out Ole Miss. Mizzou snuck past UCF in a game that should have been nowhere near this close.
|Scores Around the SEC|
South Carolina 38
|Ole Miss 14
College Football Games to Watch Week 5:
Washington at Oregon
LSU at UF
UGA at South Carolina
Nebraska at Ohio State
Oklahoma at Texas Tech
College Football Players to Watch Week 5:
Bishop Sankey RB Washington
Tavarres King WR Georgia
Mike Gillislee RB Florida
Texas Defense vs. WVU QB Geno Smith
Rex Burkehead RB Nebraska
Stephen Morris QB Miami (FL)
Matt McGloin QB Penn St
Ninja Sports College Football Offensive Performance of the Week:
Geno Smith QB WVU 45-51 656yds 8 TD
Ninja Sports College Football Defensive Performance of the Week:
Travis Johnson DE SJSU 8 tackles 1.5 sacks
Ninja Sports College Football Play of the Week:
Ninja Sports College Football Image of the Week:
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