The Top Ten Mind-Blowing, Eye-Popping Results from a Crazy Saturday in College Football
We all knew a day like this was coming. Over half of the top 10 lost, and that wasn't even the wildest thing to happen on the type of day that only college football can produce. In case you weren't glued to the television all day, here are the 10 most noteworthy events of Week 8 in college football.
1. Michigan 63, Indiana 47 - These teams played basketball games that weren't as high scoring as this. Michigan scored 14, 14, 14 and 21 points by quarter, and Indiana posted 26 points in a 12-minute span. Devin Gardner set a school passing and total offense record by throwing for 503 yards, rushing for 84 more and accounting for five touchdowns, Jeremy Gallon came within shouting distance of the NCAA single-game receiving record with 369 yards and two scores on 14 grabs, and Fitzgerald Toussaint had a quiet (for this game) 32 carries for 151 yards and four touchdowns. The teams combined for a Michigan-record 1,323 yards of total offense, and the Wolverines' 751 yards were also a school record.
2. BYU 47, Houston 46 - These teams combined for 45 points in the first quarter, 27 points in the second quarter, and then only two in the third. On a day in which it surrendered 435 passing yards, BYU managed to hold the Houston offense to four touchdowns - just one in the second half - and Taysom Hill (who pretty much single-handedly got Greg Robinson hired as Texas' defensive coordinator with 259 rushing yards) threw for 417 yards and four touchdowns, the last of which proved to be the winning score with 1:08 left on the clock. The (blue) Cougars acquired 41 first downs and 681 yards of total offense in handing the (red) Cougars their first loss of the season.
3. Mike Evans hates the state of Alabama - In two games against teams from the state of Alabama, Texas A&M receiver has set and broken two school records by catching 18 passes for 566 yards and five touchdowns. Evans is 0-2 in those games.
4. The odds of mathematics are being shattered in Division III - On Friday we did a story on King's College (Pa.) defensive lineman Ronnie Garrett's streak of four straight games with a touchdown. He did it again on Saturday. In a 31-24 win over Stevenson University, Garret recorded his fourth scoop and score of the last five weeks (he also returned a block field goal for a score), this time rumbling 20 yards to pay dirt. If Garrett got struck by lightning, the bolt would shatter into a million pieces and Garrett would be fine, running into the end zone with ball in hand.
5. Quite possibly the wildest day of SEC football ever - The SEC became the first conference to ever have eight teams ranked this week, and it's now the first conference to ever have four top 15 teams lose on the same day. Ole Miss stunned No. 6 LSU, 27-24. No. 25 Auburn beat No. 7 Texas A&M, 45-41. Tennessee beat No. 11 South Carolina, 23-21. Vanderbilt upended No. 15 Georgia, 31-27. On top of that, No. 14 Missouri (a three-point underdog) beat No. 22 Florida, 36-17. And then there's Alabama: Tide 52, Arkansas 0.
6. Florida State brought the Death in "Death Valley" - Clemson has called Frank Howard Field at Memorial Stadium, more affectionately known to the orange-clad faithful as Death Valley since 1942, and never in their seven decades at the stadium had they allowed half a hundred. Until Saturday. Florida State broke the stadium record and the Tigers' will in a 51-14 romp. In a game billed as a battle of quarterbacks, the Seminoles out-passed Clemson 444-203. Florida State has outscored their last two opponents, then-No. 25 Maryland and then-No. 3 Clemson, 114-14.
7. The state of Oregon is just unfair - Oregon State's season-opening 49-46 loss to Eastern Washington has completely clouded what ridiculous football has been played in the Beaver State this season. Oregon and Oregon State are a combined 13-0 against FBS competition scoring a collective 51.2 points per game. The quarterback play between the two Civil War rivals has been superb and Saturday was more of the same as Marcus Mariota (the nation's No. 5 most efficient passer) and Sean Mannion (No. 7) completed a combined 58-of-77 passes (75.3 percent) for 808 yards (10.5 yards per attempt) with six touchdowns and no interceptions. That's good enough for a cool 189.18 quarterback rating.
7a. Mike Leach had the most Mike Leach game ever - It's kind of hard to believe it took 12 years for it to happen, but a Mike Leach offense finally broke the NCAA record for passing attempts in a game. Cougars quarterback Connor Holliday fired 89 passes and 58 completions for 557 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions Saturday night in Eugene. Washington State ran the ball 12 times.
7b. It was also a record-breaking day in the MAC - By his standards, it's been a quiet year rushing the ball for Northern Illinois' Humvee of a quarterback Jordan Lynch. After hitting triple digits on the ground 12 times in 13 regular-season games last season, he'd done so only twice in six games entering Saturday. Scratch all that. Lynch set an FBS record for single-game rushing yards by a quarterback by carrying 32 times for 316 yards and three touchdowns in the 7-0 Huskies' 38-17 win over Central Michigan. The senior also threw for 155 yards and another score. Lynch out-gained Central Michigan by himself, 471-346.
8. Arizona State's offense is on fire - After falling behind 39-7 through three quarters at Stanford on September 21, the Sun Devils have, simply put, been one of the nation's very best offenses. They put 62 points on USC, 34 on Notre Dame, 54 on Colorado and then 53 on Washington in a 29-point smacking of the Huskies. That's more than Oregon scored on Steve Sarkisian's team.
8a. There was also some defense played in the Pac-12 - Stanford held previously-undefeated UCLA to its worst day of the season, throwing for a paltry 4.9 yards per attempt on 39 passes with a touchdown and two picks, limiting the Bruins to 2.7 yards per carry on 27 rushes, only 16 first downs and a 5-for-15 mark on third down. In a game that was 3-0 at halftime, Stanford won 24-10.
9. Baylor scored 70. Again. - We're now in late October and the lowest point total Baylor has scored at home is 69. An average score for a Baylor home game this year is 71-14. Art Briles' team has now won 10 straight overall and eight straight at home.
10. One of the strangest streaks in college football came to an end - North Texas beat Louisiana Tech 28-13 in Ruston, moving the Mean Green to 4-3 on the season and giving the club a two-game winning streak. It's the school's first such streak since winning seven straight games to close the regular season... in 2004. The Mean Green had gone 102 games in between consecutive wins, the longest such streak in FBS. A trip to Southern Miss next week means a three-game winning streak could be right around the corner.