Tuesday, September 2, 2014

College Football Recap Week 1


Offensive Players of the week for week 1:
Kevin Lucas from Tulsa had 13 receptions, 233 yards, 3 touchdowns, sent the game into overtime with the last touchdown in regulation
James Conner from Pittsburgh had 153 rushing yards on 14 carries and had 4 rushing touchdowns
Rashad Greene from Florida ST had 11 receptions, 203 yards, and scored a touchdown
Tyler Murphy from Boston College was 17-24, threw for 173 yards, and threw a touchdown, had 13 carries, 118 rushing yards, and ran the ball in once.
Ameer Abdullah from Nebraska had 232 rushing yards, 21 carries, and had 1 rushing touchdown
Brady Marquez from Texas Tech had 11 catches, 184 yards, and had 2 touchdowns
Brandon Doughtry from Western Kentucky went 46-56, threw 569 passing yards, and had 6 touchdown passes
Kyle Pohl from Akron had 4 touchdown passes, was 23-36, threw 308 yards, ran for 48 yards on 7 carries
Jarvin Franklin from Western Michigan ran for 163 yards and had 3 touchdowns on the ground
Dee Hart from Colorado State had 174 yards 139 of those yards were on the ground
Cody Kessler from USC was 25-37 threw 394 passing yards, threw 4 touchdowns, had 28 rushing yards, and had 1 rushing TD
Kenny Hill from Texas A&M had 511 passing yards threw 44-60, and had 3 touchdowns
Todd Gurley from Georgia had 293 all purpose yards, returned a kickoff for a 100 yard touchdown, ran for 198 yards, and had 3 rushing touchdowns
Tyler Jones from Texas State went 21-25 in the air, threw for 278 passing yards, had 4 passing touchdowns, ran the ball 6 times for 51 rushing yards
Of those players I gave my offensive player of the week to Kenny Hill from Texas A&M. His performance was the fifth best performance in SEC history in terms of passing yards.

Defensive players of the week for week 1:
Tavon Young from Temple 2 INT's Temple's defense limited Vanderbilt to 28 yards on offense and forced seven turnovers
Henry Coley from Virginia had 14 tackles, 2 sacks, and had a forced fumble
Johnathan Aiken from Rutgers had 7 tackles, a forced fumble, and sealed the deal by breaking up a pass with less than a minute to go to give Rutgers the win
Mike Tuaua from TCU had 7 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and recovered 1 fumble
Jens Jeters from Texas San Antonio had 5 tackles, 1 fumble, and 1 forced fumble
Nate Holley from Kent ST had 2 forced fumbles, recovered a fumble, had 18 tackles, and broke up one pass
Tony Annese from Central Michigan had 2 INT's, and 2 tackles
Mark Nzeocha from Wyoming had 12 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, and deflected 3 passes
Eric Kendricks from UCLA had 16 tackles, a forced fumble which was returned for a touchdown, and had an INT which he returned for a touchdown
Amarldo Herrera from Georgia had 12 tackles, 2 sacks, and 3.5 tackles for loss
Mitch Lane from Louisiana Monroes had 6 tackles and an INT returned for a touchdown
Of those great performances this weekend I gave my defensive player of the week to Tavon Young. Was hard to decide my player of the week on defense but how can you go against a player of the game in a defense that only allowed 28 offensive yards

Cardinals Scorch Miami 31-13 in ACC Debut

Dominique Brown's 15-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and Gerald Christian's 10-yard TD catch late in the fourth backed Louisville's big defensive performance that helped beat Miami 31-13 Monday night.

The victory provided a successful Atlantic Coast Conference debut for the Cardinals and to Bobby Petrino's second coaching stint at the school.

Despite the 18-point margin, Louisville didn't show quite the offensive efficiency they had hoped in Petrino's return as the Cardinals out-gained the Hurricanes 336-244 in a ragged game offensively for both teams. Louisville's new 3-4 defense provided the saving grace with three takeaways, including one that followed a costly fumble by Cardinals quarterback Will Gardner inside his 15.

After Louisville held Miami to a field goal following Gardner's second fumble in the third quarter, Brown's TD provided a 21-13 cushion. Christian's scoring pass from Gardner with 1:43 remaining sealed the win.

Corvin Lamb's 97-yard kickoff return for a TD just before halftime provided the go-ahead score for Louisville, which had to withstand several Miami threats from there for a win that wasn't decided until late.

Gerod Holliman's interception of Hurricanes freshman Brad Kaaya and 61-yard return to Miami's 36 as time expired punctuated Louisville's gutsy defense.

Brown finished with career bests of 33 carries for 143 yards. Gardner completed 20 of 28 passes for 206 yards with two TDs.

The atmosphere was charged from the moment Petrino led the "Cards March" into Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in late afternoon.

Several hours later the Cardinals took the field under the lights in all-black uniforms with matching chrome helmets to thunderous cheers from a record crowd of 55,428, all but a few dressed in black.

Both teams provided additional drama as Louisville unveiled a new quarterback in Gardner, who was Teddy Bridgewater's backup last season. The Cardinals also broke in seven new starters along with an alignment that proved to be opportunistic.

Miami featured a newcomer at QB as well in Kaaya and welcomed back tailback Duke Johnson from a broken ankle. Some Hurricanes players also harbored hard feelings after last year's bowl humiliation.

All that excitement appeared to be a bit much for Louisville at the start as it went three-and-out on the game's first series without gaining a yard. The Cardinals settled down on their next possession to go 93 yards in 12 plays with a nice mix of running and passing that got Louisville to Miami's 2.

Gardner finished things from there with a 2-yard TD pass to wide-open freshman Charles Standberry.

Miami recovered from jitters as well to eventually take a 10-7 lead on Kaaya's 2-yard TD pass to Clive Walford and Matt Goudis' 24-yard field goal. Louisville reclaimed the momentum on the ensuing kickoff as Lamb dashed up the middle almost untouched for a 97-yard touchdown and the 14-10 lead.

The sequence marked the second swing in a weird first half in which Miami recovered a fumble by Gardner at the Louisville 5 before surrounding it on the next play as Cardinals linebacker Keith Kelsey grabbed Stacy Coley's fumble of Kaaya's backwards pass and raced to the end zone for an apparent touchdown.

Officials reviewed the play and awarded Louisville the ball but ruled the play dead at the 13. Gardner coughed up another ball deep in his own end early in the third quarter, but Louisville's defense held up again and limited the `Canes to another 24-yard field goal.

Football Falls In Opener, 31-13

Brad Kaaya's first touchdown as a college quarterback served as bright spot in the Cane's opener Monday night, a 31-13 loss to Louisville.

Dominique Brown's 15-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and Gerald Christian's 10-yard TD catch late in the fourth followed capped the scoring for the Cardinals.

The victory provided a successful Atlantic Coast Conference debut for the Cardinals and to Bobby Petrino's second coaching stint at the school.

Despite the 18-point margin, Louisville showed little of the offensive efficiency expected in Petrino's return as the Cardinals outgained the Hurricanes 336-244 in a ragged game offensively for both teams. Louisville's new 3-4 defense provided the saving grace with three takeaways, including one that followed a costly fumble by Cardinals quarterback Will Gardner inside his 15.

After Louisville held Miami to a field goal following Gardner's second fumble in the third quarter, Brown's TD provided a 21-13 cushion. Christian's scoring pass from Gardner with 1:43 remaining sealed the win.

Corvin Lamb's 97-yard kickoff return for a TD just before halftime provided the go-ahead score for Louisville, which had to withstand several Miami threats from there for a win that wasn't decided until late.

Gerod Holliman's interception of Hurricanes freshman Brad Kaaya and 61-yard return to Miami's 36 as time expired punctuated Louisville's gutsy defense.

Brown finished with career bests of 33 carries for 143 yards. Gardner completed 20 of 28 passes for 206 yards with two TDs.

The atmosphere was charged from the moment Petrino led the ''Cards March'' into Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in late afternoon.

Several hours later the Cardinals took the field under the lights in all-black uniforms with matching chrome helmets to thunderous cheers from a record crowd of 55,428, all but a few dressed in black.

Both teams provided additional drama as Louisville unveiled a new quarterback in Gardner, who was Teddy Bridgewater's backup last season. The Cardinals also broke in seven new starters along with an alignment that proved to be ooportunistic.

Miami featured a newcomer at QB as well in Kaaya and welcomed back tailback Duke Johnson from a broken ankle. Some Hurricanes players also harbored hard feelings after last year's bowl humiliation.

All that excitement appeared to be a bit much for Louisville at the start as it went three-and-out on the game's first series without gaining a yard. The Cardinals settled down on their next possession to go 93 yards in 12 plays with a nice mix of running and passing that got Louisville to Miami's 2.

Gardner finished things from there with a 2-yard TD pass to wide-open freshman Charles Standberry.

Miami recovered from jitters as well to eventually take a 10-7 lead on Kaaya's 2-yard TD pass to Clive Walford and Matt Goudis' 24-yard field goal. Louisville reclaimed the momentum on the ensuing kickoff as Lamb dashed up the middle almost untouched for a 97-yard touchdown and the 14-10 lead.

The sequence marked the second swing in a weird first half in which Miami recovered a fumble by Gardner at the Louisville 5 before surrounding it on the next play as Cardinals linebacker Keith Kelsey grabbed Stacy Coley's fumble of Kaaya's backwards pass and raced to the end zone for an apparent touchdown.

Officials reviewed the play and awarded Louisville the ball but ruled the play dead at the 13. Gardner coughed up another ball deep in his own end early in the third quarter, but Louisville's defense held up again and limited the `Canes to another 24-yard field goal.