What happened in the world of NCCA football during KU’s bye week?
by john griffin
Good news: KU didn’t lose this weekend!
Oh, we didn’t play? Whatever. I’ll take it.
Most expected Baylor and West Virginia would be a shootout, but not the 133-point kind shootout. The #9 Mountaineers held off the #25 Bears in a ridiculous 70-63 win. Here are a few of ridiculous stats. I can’t even be snarky about it. They’re mind blowing numbers.
The 2 teams combined for 1,507 yards of offense.
West Virginia QB Geno Smith threw for 656 yards and threw more touchdowns (8) than incompletions (6). Smith completed over 80% of his 51 passes, and solidified himself as the Heisman frontrunner.
5 of Smith’s touchdown tosses went to wideout Steadman Bailey, who finished with 13 catches and over 300 receiving yards.
Baylor QB Nick Florence was no slouch either. Florence went 29 of 47 and threw for 5 touchdowns.
Or it could be that maybe the defenses of both teams just suck.
A few other shootouts:
#5 Georgia slipped by Tennessee, winning a 51-44 contest that ended with over 1,000 yards combined. Georgia’s duo of freshmen backs, Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall combined for almost 300 yards rushing and 5 scores.
#12 Texas edged Oklahoma State, 41-35. Texas QB David Ash was phenomenal, completing 30 of 37 passes and throwing 3 touchdowns.
Overall, it ended up being the 2nd highest scoring Saturday in college football history. Outside of Stanford regressing back into suckitude against Washington, no major upsets were had. It was a fun ride anyway.
Players of the Week
Speaking of Washington, UW RB Bishop Sankey notched a fine performance against the Cardinal, gaining 144 yards on 20 carries, as well as breaking a 61-yard touchdown on a 4th and 1.
West Virginia QB Geno Smith, obviously. Give this man a Heisman.
The Week Ahead
Epic matchups are on the horizon, including 2 SEC games between top 10 teams.
#10 Florida has shaken off the early-season rust and seems to be hitting full stride. They’ll play host to #3 LSU in Gainesville.
#5 Georgia will take on #6 South Carolina in Columbia.
#8 West Virginia at #11 Texas will put one question to rest: has West Virginia only played terrible defenses? The Longhorns will put them to the test.