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Saturday Scoreboard - Week 2

In case you weren't fortunate enough to spend your entire Saturday in front of the television, we've provided one-paragraph summaries of all the notable action across the Week 2 landscape of college football.

Michigan 41, Notre Dame 30 - Notre Dame leaves Ann Arbor for the last time for the forseeable future losers of seven of their last eight in the Big House. Devin Gardner threw for 294 yards and four touchdowns, albeit with one terrible interception inside his own end zone that directly resulted in a Notre Dame touchdown, to go with 82 rushing yards and another score. The connection between Gardner and Jeremy Gallon was especially magical, as the duo hooked up for 184 yards and three scores on eight catches. The other of Gardner's touchdown passes, a four-yard strike to Drew Dileo, sealed the win with 4:18 to go. Brian Kelly's offense never found any semblance of balance, forcing Tommy Rees into 51 throws against just 19 total rushes. 

Oklahoma 16, West Virginia 7 - About the only thing this game had in common with last year's extravaganza was that the Sooners came out on top both times. After combining for 99 points, 13 touchdowns and 1,440 yards, these squads produced two touchdowns, three field goals and eight turnovers. The Oklahoma defense backed up a shutout of ULM with another strong peformance, its only sin coming in a 75-yard Dreamius Smith touchdown run to open the scoring. But while the Sooners appear to have found some answers on defense, their passing game remains lost. Bob Stoops pulled Trevor Knight late after his redshirt freshman connected on 10-of-20 passes for just 119 yards with one touchdown and two picks. To date, Knight has thrown 48 times for a total of 205 yards. The Sooners have a date with Tulsa and an off week before traveling to Notre Dame. 

Northwestern 48, Syracuse 27 - In an age of running back platoons, Pat Fitzgerald's quarterback platoon of Trevor Siemian created a perfect mix as the pair completed 30-of-37 passes for 375 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions, to go with Colter's 11 rushes for 87 yards and a score. The Wildcats ran away and hid in the first half, building a 34-7 lead at the break. Already ranked in the top 20, Northwestern has home games against Western Michigan and Maine and then an off week before a primetime showdown with Ohio State in Evanston. 

Georgia 41, South Carolina 30 - Mark Richt's team emerges from its Palmetto State tour of top 10 opponents with its national title and SEC championship hopes firmly intact. Aaron Murray was a silky smooth 17-of-23 for 309 yards and four touchdowns with no turnovers, and Todd Gurley was a heat-seaking missle with 124 rushing yards and touchdowns on the ground and through the air.

As good as Mike Bobo's offense was, it was the ultra-green Georgia defense that rose up just as much as it needed to that sealed the win. Two plays specifically will haunt South Carolina: with the score tied at 24 early in the third quarter, Connor Shaw converted a 4th and 5 with a nine-yard rush but lost a fumble at the end of the run; and, with the score 41-30 in the middle of the fourth quarter, running back Mike Davis was stuffed on a 4th and 1 option play at the Georgia goal line. 

Oregon 59, Virginia 10 - It's hard to say what's more remarkable - that Oregon produced 59 points, 557 total yards (207 passing/350 rushing) and 25 first downs in 21:25 of possession, or that it was just so utterly routine. There were Mariota and Thomas streaking down the field. Here's Oregon faking a PAT for a two-point conversion. And, once again, there were the Ducks burying an opponent before most of the crowd had even bought their popcorn. 

Ohio State 42, San Diego State 7 - The Buckeyes cruised without the help of star quarterback Braxton Miller. The junior departed the game with a knee injury in the first quarter, and backup Kenny Guiton stepped in to throw for 152 yards and two touchdowns (with one interception) on 19-of-28 passing, to go with nine rushes for a team-leading 83 yards and a touchdown. Most encouraging for Urban Meyer, however, is a defense that played the entire 60 minutes. After taking its pedal off the gas following a 23-0 first quarter against Buffalo, the Ohio State defense pitched a shutout until the 1:41 mark of the fourth quarter. Word from the Ohio State sideline was that Miller could have returned to action if needed, so we'll see how his knee reacts to West Coast air when the Buckeyes visit Cal next week.

Baylor 70, Buffalo 13 - The Bears scored 28 points in each of the first two quarters and scored touchdowns on their first eight possessions, save for an end-of-half clock kill. Bryce Petty threw for 338 yards and two touchdowns on a laughable 16 attempts, and Lache Seastrunk added another 150 yards and three scores on the ground. Overall, Baylor threw 25 times for 452 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing 55 times for 329 yards and a half-dozen touchdowns. That averages out to a tidy 9.76 yards per play on 80 snaps. With a schedule that doesn't feature a ranked opponent until Oklahoma's visit to Waco on November 7, it may be a while before Art Briles' offense is seriously challenged. 

Miami 21, Florida 16 - Think of this game as the ultimate reinforcement that turnovers and red zone defense are the most important metrics in college football. Florida more than doubled Miami's first downs output, outgained Miami by 201 yards, surrendered just 1-of-11 third-down conversions and held a 17-minute time of possession advantage and lost thanks to an offense that committed five turnovers and came up empty on five separate red zone trips. Two of Miami's three touchdowns came off Florida turnovers. For Al Golden's program, the Hurricanes proved they can win a game against an SEC opponent in which they go three-and-out on eight of their 14 possessions and now, following an upcoming bye week, stare at a schedule that does not pose a serious threat until October 17 and features Florida State as its only remaining ranked foe. 

Tennessee 52, Western Kentucky 20 - Without a doubt the strangest game of the young season, the Volunteers built a 31-3 lead 15 minutes and 22 seconds into the game thanks to a Western Kentucky offense that (somehow) turned the ball over five times in six plays. The Hilltoppers turned the ball over seven times in total. The duo of Marlin Lane and Rajon Neal lead the way for the Vols, combining for 171 yards and four touchdowns on 31 carries. A successful 2-0 start behind them, Tennessee now moves on to a schedule that goes as follows through the end of Ocotber: at Oregon, at Florida, vs. South Alabama, vs. Georgia, vs. South Carolina, at Alabama.

Illinois 45, Cincinnati 17 - Tim Beck's hiring of Bill Cubit, through two weeks, has proven to be one of the best of this past offseason. After posting 42 points in the opener against Southern Illinois, the new Illini offensive coordinator guided an offense that produced 210 yards and two scores on the ground to compliment the sterling Nathan Scheelhaase, who connected on 26-of-37 passes for 312 yards and four scores with no interceptions. Despite falling into an early 21-0 deficit, the Bearcats seized momentum by pulling within 21-10 and forcing three straight Illinois three-and-outs, but a 12-play, 99-yard drive gave the Illini control of the game for good. More than anything, though, our takeaway from the game is this: 

Oklahoma State 56, UTSA 35 - It's not often you can witness a program achieve its absolute peak in an early September game, but that happened today when Kenny Bias rolled in from six yards out to pull UTSA to a 7-7 tie with No. 13 Oklahoma State. This game was pretty much the J.W. Walsh show from there, as he completed 24-of-27 passes for 326 yards and four scores while adding another touchdown on the ground as the Cowboys ripped off five unanswered touchdowns through the end of the third quarter. 

Houston 22, Temple 13 - In case someone ever asks you, "What was the result from the first game in American Athletic Conference history?" you can confidently respond that Tony Levine's Houston Cougars rallied from a 13-9 first half deficit to defeat Matt Rhule's Temple Owls. 

Bowling Green 41, Kent State 22 - All-everything running back Dri Archer didn't factor into the stat sheet, but the Golden Flashes still put up 22 points and 302 yards against the MAC's best defense. It wasn't nearly enough, as Matt Johnson threw for 357 yards and two touchdowns and Travis Greene added 145 rushing yards and a score to lead the Falcons on a 24-0 run over the game's final 34 minutes and 40 seconds. 

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