Wyoming’s John Hoyland had a chance to seal the victory with a 44-yard field goal attempt to end a chaotic, back-and-forth game in regulation. In a technical sense, he misfired.
Today’s under-the-radar performance
It feels like a serious problem in the rules that this doesn’t count as an automatic walk-off victory at any time in the game. After all, which is harder: landing a kick onto the precise tip of an upright or kicking a football between two uprights 18.5 feet apart? Simply said, we’re picking the wrong things to value. The good news is Hoyland got his shot at redemption in double OT, nailing on a 30-yarder to give the Cowboys a 40-37 triumph.
Under-the-radar game of the day
On Saturday, James Madison played its first game as a member of the FBS against Middle Tennessee. The Dukes made sure there was little drama by winning 44-7 with ease. JMU has now defeated FBS opponents in a single game at this level more times than UConn has since 2018 if you’re scoring at home.
The Heisman Five
After only one week of games, there is little use in drawing any general conclusions, but we believe it is safe to say that Bryce Young is still effective and that all UMass players have been declared out.
1. QB for Alabama Jeremy Young
The phrase “The king stay the king” from “The Wire” perfectly captured the effect of Week 1 on the Heisman race. Young barely played more than a half and still managed to throw five touchdown passes and run for another, totalling 295 yards.
2. QB for Georgia Bennett, Stetson
Against the No. 11 squad in the nation, Bennett passed for 368 yards. That’s a really decent National Championship game follow-up.
Alabama’s LB 3. Will Jr. Anderson
In 17 states, this play is forbidden. my phrase
4. QB Caleb Williams of USC
He averaged 11.3 yards per pass and 11.3 yards per carry in his USC debut. That balance is sound.
5. Anthony Richardson, Florida quarterback
Cam Newton once competed for Florida. Richardson might be the second coming, according to fun fact no. 2. In the Gators’ victory over Utah, he tossed for 168 yards, ran for 104, and scored three times.
Hey, they’re not too horrible, I guess.
Arizona may have benefited even more from the Pac-12 transfer site than USC, which garnered the most of media attention.
The Wildcats finished 2021 with a 1-11 record, making them a national parody for the majority of the previous three seasons. Arizona, however, waded into the deep end of the transfer portal this offseason and added some important players, such as quarterback Jayden de Laura and receiver Jacob Cowing.
With a strong 38-20 victory over San Diego State in the opening game on Saturday, the effects were evident right away. De Laura threw four touchdown passes, and Cowing hauled in three of them for a total of three touchdown receptions and 152 yards on the day.
The 38 points Arizona scored were the most the team had scored since November 2019, and San Diego State has now given up 38 points or more in two of its past three games after holding opponents to under that number for 46 straight contests.
The week’s biggest college football story
This was a difficult decision taken by Greg Schiano in Week 1. On the one hand, Rutgers’ opening drive against Boston College, in which the Scarlet Knights were without starting quarterback Noah Vedral, saw Schiano approach elite-level galaxy brain coaching. Johnny Logan, a tight end by official definition, was Schiano’s quarterback on the first down. (He made a 4-yard run.)
Gavin Wimsatt, his quarterback on the next down. (He transferred. 3 point gain.)
Third down quarterback: Evan Simon. (He made an incomplete throw)
Rutgers could now formally assert that its opening possession featured more quarterbacks than yards gained.
But the ludicrous (or wonderful, depending on your point of view) aspects of this game didn’t end there.
Wimsatt successfully completed a third-and-5 attempt to the BC 10-yard line midway through the first quarter to set up a first-and-goal situation. Rutgers punted after three plays.
You did read that correctly.
An offensive pass interference penalty, a holding call, a false start, and a sack were all called after a 2-yard run. Rutgers set up shop at the BC 43-yard line by fourth down and signalling for the punter.
The most bizarre part? Everything worked out. On the following drive, BC threw an interception, which Rutgers converted into six points — the hard way.
And just in case anyone thought everything had been staged, the Scarlet Knights came from behind to win 22-21 with 2:43 left in the game thanks to a 12-play, 96-yard touchdown drive. just as Schiano drew it.
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