Ten Best Games of the Week
Sept. 11 - Week Two
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GAME OF THE WEEK
Michigan 28 … at Notre Dame 24
What Happened: Denard Robinson set a Michigan record with 502 yards of total offense, but his final two yards, on a scoring run with 27 seconds, were the most important as they gave the Wolverine the lead for good. Notre Dame had one last chance as it marched into scoring range, but Dayne Crist’s last gasp touchdown attempt sailed out of the end zone. On a day with several big plays, Robinson came up with the longest scoring run in the history of Notre Dame stadium with an 87-yarder to give the Wolverines a 21-7 halftime lead, but the Irish came back with 17 straight points with T.J. Jones taking a Crist pass 53 yards for a score and Kyle Rudolph scoring on a 95-yard play for a three point lead with 3:41 to play. Robinson needed a fourth down run to keep the final drive alive as he took the offense 72 yards in 12 plays for the winning score. Manti Teo made 13 tackles for Notre Dame while James Mouton paced the Wolverines with 13.
Player of the Game: Michigan QB Denard Robinson completed 24-of-40 passes for 244 yards and a touchdown, and he ran 28 times for 258 yards and two scores.
Stat Leaders: Michigan – Passing: Denard Robinson, 24-40, 244 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Denard Robinson, 28-258, 2 TD
Receiving: Roy Roundtree, 8-82, 1 TD
Notre Dame – Passing: Dayne Crist, 13-25, 277 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Armando Allen, 15-89
Receiving: Kyle Rudolph, 8-164, 1 TD
2. West Virginia 24 … at Marshall 21 OT
What Happened: WVU’s Tyler Bitancurt nailed a 20-yard field goal in overtime and Tyler Warner missed a 39-yard attempt on Marshall’s chance to give the Mountaineers an improbable comeback win. The Herd had the game all but sealed with a 21-6 lead late and with a drive deep into Mountaineer territory, but a Tron Martinez lost fumble sparked one of the greatest rallies in West Virginia history. Noel Devine capped off a long drive with a four-yard touchdown run to pull WVU within eight, and a five-yard Will Johnson scoring grab with 12 seconds to play set up a chance for overtime. Geno Smith connected with Jock Sanders for a two-point conversion and overtime.
The two WVU scoring drives were longer than 90 yards. Marshall got the lead on three Brian Anderson touchdown passes including two to Antavious Wilson and a 96-yard play to Aaron Dobson.
Player of the Game: West Virginia QB Geno Smith completed 32-of-45 passes for 316 yards and a score, and he ran 14 times for 13 yards.
Stat Leaders: West Virginia – Passing: Geno Smith, 32-45, 316 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Noel Devine, 23-112, 1 TD
Receiving: Noel Devine, 10-62
Marshall – Passing: Brian Anderson, 20-29, 229 yds, 3 TD
3. at Oklahoma State 41 … Troy 38
What Happened: In a wild, sloppy game, Oklahoma State overcame five turnovers with 522 yards of total offense helped by Kendall Hunter touchdown runs from 24 and ten yards out, both in the second quarter, and Justin Blackmon second half touchdown catches from two and 14 yards away. The special teams got in the act as Troy’s Jerrel Jernigan answered the second Hunter score with a kickoff return for a score, and OSU’s Josh Cooper returned a punt 66 yards for a touchdown. The Cowboys outscored Troy 21-3 during the first 26 minutes of the second half, but the defense had to come up with two big plays as the Trojans lost two fumbles deep in Cowboy territory and pulled within three on a 14-yard Brett Moncrief scoring grab. The two teams combined for nine turnovers and 21 penalties.
Player of the Game: Oklahoma State RB Kendall Hunter ran 28 times for 157 yards and two scores
Stat Leaders: Troy – Passing: Corey Robinson, 28-38, 272 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: DuJuan Harris, 8-40
Receiving: Jerrel Jernigan, 10-87, 1 TD
Oklahoma State – Passing: Brandon Weeden, 39-39, 348 yds, 2 TD, 2 iNT
Rushing: Kendall Hunter, 28-157, 2 TD
Receiving: Justin Blackmon, 10-132, 2 TD
4. at Wake Forest 54 … Duke 48
What Happened: In a wild shootout with 49 points scored in the second quarter, Wake Forest’s Tanner Price filled in for an injured Ted Stachitas and threw three touchdown passes and WR Marshall Williams both caught a touchdown pass and connected with Chris Givens for an 81-yard score. Duke got four touchdown passes from Sean Renfree, with strikes of 70 and 51 yards out to Conner Vernon, and Desmond Scott tore off a 63-yard touchdown dash but four turnovers killed the Duke offense. Following Vernon’s final catch with 1:46 to play, Wake Forest recovered the onside kick to stop the show. The two teams combined for 987 yards of total offense.
Player of the Game: Wake Forest QB Tanner Price completed 12-of-19 passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns with an interception, and he ran ten times for 56 yards and a score.
Stat Leaders: Wake Forest – Passing: Tanner Price, 12-19, 190 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Ted Stachitas, 9-77, 1 TD
Receiving: Chris Givens, 4-159, 1 TD
Duke – Passing: Sean Renfree, 28-44, 358 yds, 4 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: Desmond Scott, 11-122, 1 TD
Receiving: Conner Vernon, 8-181, 2 TD
5. Gardner-Webb 38 … at Akron 37
What Happened: Gardner-Webb blocked the extra point following a nine-yard Alex Allen scoring run in overtime, and then got the offensive score it needed on a four-yard Juanne Blount run. Ryan Gates made the extra point, and the upset was complete. Akron was up 31-17 late in the third, but the Runnin’ Bulldogs came back with Chandler Browning finding James Perry for a four-yard score late in the third and on a 13-yarder with just over five minutes to play in the fourth. Allen ran for scores from 33 and 11 yards to go along with his touchdown in overtime. GW outgained Akron 391 yards to 389.
Player of the Game: Gardner Webb WR James Perry caught ten passes for 125 yards and two scores
Stat Leaders: Akron – Passing: Patrick Nicely, 14-21, 165 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Nate Burney, 17-119
Receiving: Jeremy LaFrance, 7-88
Gardner Webb – Passing: Chandler Browning, 18-28, 207 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Juanne Blount, 18-69, 1 TD
Receiving: James Perry, 10-125, 2 TD
6. at Kansas 28 … Georgia Tech 25
What Happened: Jordan Webb threw three touchdown passes including a 32-yarder to Daymond Patterson early in the fourth to give Kansas the lead for good. Georgia Tech ran for 291 yards, but it didn’t take control of the game and needed a 40-yard pass play to Stephen Hill, and a Hill catch for the two-point conversion, to pull within three late. But the Yellow Jackets only got the ball once more and the drive stalled at the KU 40 as a Josh Nesbitt pass fell incomplete. Nesbitt ran for two short scores in the first half.
Player of the Game: Kansas LB Justin Springer made 15 tackles, a sack, and three tackles for loss
Stat Leaders: Georgia Tech – Passing: Josh Nesbitt, 5-15, 116 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Anthony Allen, 11-89
Receiving: Stephen Hill, 3-51, 1 TD
Kansas – Passing: Jordan Webb, 18-29, 179 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: James Sims, 17-101, 1 TD
Receiving: Daymond Patterson, 7-85, 1 TD
7. at Rice 32 … North Texas 31
What Happened: Nick Fanuzzi came off the bench and connected with Luke Wilson for a 22-yard score in the second quarter and Chris Boswell hit four field goals as Rice fought UNT in an ugly, back-and-forth game, but it wasn’t until a two-yard Charles Ross run midway through the third that the Owls got ahead for good. UNT got three Nathan Tune touchdown passes, highlighted by a 75-yard Tyler Stradford scoring play in the third, but the offense struggled in crunch time and ended up turning the ball over three times. Rice starter Taylor McHargue started off the scoring with a 51-yard touchdown pass to Sam McGuffie, but he was benched after completing 3-of-10 passes and suffering a shoulder injury.
Player of the Game: Rice RB Tyler Smith ran 12 times for 92 yards.
Stat Leaders: Rice – Passing: Nick Fanuzzi, 12-23, 189 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Tyler Smith, 12-92
Receiving: Sam McGuffie, 4-91, 1 TD
North Texas – Passing: Nathan Tune, 20-37, 285 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Lance Dunbar, 17-105, 1 TD
Receiving: Troy Stradford, 4-111, 1 TD
8. at Temple 13 … Central Michigan 10
What Happened: Brandon McManus missed a few early field goals, but he connected on a 30-yard field goal attempt after Kee-Ayre Griffin intercepted Central Michigan QB Ryan Radcliffe's pass in the end zone. The Owls started the scoring in the second quarter on a four-yard Bernard Pierce run, but CMU fought back with a one-yard Paris Cotton scoring run in the third and a 31-yard David Harman field goal with just over a minute to play in regulation to force overtime. Temple was held to just 265 yards of total offense with 69 coming on the touchdown scoring drive in the second.
Player of the Game: Temple DB Kee-Ayre Griffin made three tackles, an interception, and forced a fumble.
Stat Leaders: Temple – Passing: Chester Stewart, 16-22, 151 yds
Rushing: Bernard Pierce, 10-57, 1 TD
Receiving: Matt Brown, 4-17
Central Michigan – Passing: Ryan Radcliff, 23-35, 299 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Paris Cotton, 16-40, 1 TD
Receiving: Cody Wilson, 7-153
9. Hawaii 31 … at Army 28
What Happened: Hawaii roared to a 21-0 lead, but it needed a 31-yard Scott Enos field goal with seven seconds to play to get the win. Bryan Moniz threw three first half touchdown passes, highlighted by a 48-yard scoring pass to Kealoha Pilares, but Army stormed back with 28 straight points helped by two Malcolm Brown touchdown runs and a 16-yard dash from Jared Hassin. Hawaii scored on a three-yard Alex Green run late in the third, but both teams kept stalling until the final Warrior drive. Army held the ball for almost 38 minutes, while Hawaii was flagged for ten penalties and came up with just ten net yards on the ground.
Stat Leaders: Hawaii – Passing: Bryan Moniz, 25-36, 343 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Alex Green, 6-40, 1 TD
Receiving: Greg Salas, 7-63
Army – Passing: Trent Steelman, 3-4, 38 yds
Rushing: Jared Hassin, 20-83, 1 TD
Receiving: Davyd Brooks, 3-49
10. at Louisiana-Lafayette 31 … Arkansas State 24
What Happened: Louisiana-Lafayette seemingly had the game in hand getting up 31-7 going into the fourth helped by a 69-yard touchdown run from Kevis Streeter, a 47-yard Andrew Joseph scoring play, and a 60-yard Chris Masson dash, and then came the fourth quarter and then came the rally. Arkansas State got a 65-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Aplin to Taylor Stockermer in the first quarter, but turnovers and poor defense put the team in a deep hole. Aplin went nuts in the final frame leading the Red Wolves to 17 points with a five-yard touchdown run and an 11-yard scoring pass to Anthony Robinson to pull make it a seven-point game. ASU had one final chance, but Maurice Rolle intercepted an Aplin pass to end the threat. Each team finished with 456 yards of total offense.
Player of the Game: In a losing cause, Arkansas State QB Ryan Aplin completed 25-of-45 passes for 428 yards and two touchdowns with an interception
Stat Leaders: Louisiana-Lafayette – Passing: Chris Masson, 14-25, 142 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Kevis Streeter, 2-71, 1 TD
Receiving: Ladarius Green, 7-97, 1 TD
Arkansas State – Passing: Ryan Aplin, 35-45, 438 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Jermaine Robertson, 5-8
Receiving: Anthony Robinson, 6-68, 1 TD
WORST GAME OF THE WEEK
at TCU 62 … Tennessee Tech 7
What Happened: TCU was able to go through the motions on the way to an easy win as Andy Dalton threw a touchdown pass and ran for a 19-yard score on the way to a 41-7 lead going into the fourth. The Horned Frogs came up with 452 yards of total offense with 270 coming on the ground helped by 85 yards and a touchdown from Ed Wesley, and two short touchdown runs from Mathew Tucker. The TCU defense forced five turnovers with Jason Teague taking a pick 29 yards for a score in the first.
Player of the Game: TCU QB Andy Dalton completed 15-of-21 passes for 182 yards and a score, and he ran five times for 23 yards and a touchdown
Stat Leaders: TCU – Passing: Andy Dalton, 15-21, 182 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Ed Wesley, 11-85, 1 TD
Receiving: Bart Johnson, 7-56
Tennessee Tech – Passing: Tre Lamb, 7-12, 50 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Dontey Gay, 7-38
Receiving: Tremaine Hudson, 2-11, 1 TD