College football recap
By Matt Haddad (TheLorian)
College Football had another great weekend and the Big 10 is back. Not to mention that Clemson almost lost to an unranked Boston College. Crazy! This is due to the fact that their starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence was ruled out since he contracted COVID-19. So, this left first year quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei to lead the Tigers in a close game against a 4-3 Boston college. Uiagalelei threw 30/41 for 342 yards and scoring two touchdowns and ran a total of 25 yards for one touchdown. Travis Etienne had 20 rushes for 84 yards and scoring only one touchdown. Boston College quarterback Phil Jurkovec has quite the game for playing against the number one team in the country. Jurkovec was 12/24 throwing for 204 yards and two touchdowns. As good as Boston College played it still wasn’t enough to hold off Dabo and the number one team in the country. Clemson sneaks by scoring 21 unanswered points in the second half winning 28-24. Note: Trevor Lawrence has also been ruled out for next week’s game when the Tigers take on No. 4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Staying in the ACC where No. 15 North Carolina Tar Heels takes on Virginia Cavaliers. The quarterback of the Tar Heels Sam Howell threw 23/28 for 443 yards and throwing four touchdowns. Tar Heels top receive Dyami Brown caught 11 passes for 240 yards and scoring three touchdowns. The Cavaliers however didn’t back down. Brennan Armstrong threw 12/22 for 2018 yards for three touchdowns and one interception. Armstrong also rushed 20 times for 66 yards and a touchdown. Somehow the Virginia Cavaliers hold on to win the game by three winning 41-44 to knock off No. 15 North Carolina Tar Heels.
Flipping over to the BIG 10, Michigan St. travels to Ann Arbor to take on 13th ranked Michigan Wolverines. Rocky Lombardi (no relation to Vince Lombardi) goes 17/32 for 323 yards and three touchdowns. Michigan St. Ricky White caught 8 receptions for 196 yards and one touchdown. The Spartans had a total of 323 yards receiving and a total of 126 yards rushing. Joe Milton who played behind Shea Patterson last year for the Wolverines had his first at the Big House this weekend. Milton went 32/51 and threw 300 yards. He did not throw for any touchdowns, he did however rush 12 times for 59 yards with his longest rush being 17 yards. The Wolverines as a whole rushed for 152 yards. Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines couldn’t pull it off at home against their in-state rival losing 27-24. In my opinion, Jim Harbaugh is defiantly on the hot seat this season. He hasn’t beaten Ohio St. in his time at Michigan which is a big game to the Wolverine fans and hasn’t taken his team to the BIG 10 Championship either. Hopefully, he can get his team together for the remainder of the season because it’ll be along with one if he can’t.
Ryan Day and the Ohio St. Buckeyes travel to Happy Valley to take on the Penn St. Nittany Lions. Both Ryan Day and Justin Fields in their second year at Ohio St. Fields (transfer from Georgia) went 28/34 for 318 yards and a total of four touchdowns. Master Teague III rushed 23 times for 110 yards and one touchdown for the Buckeyes. Out of Justin Fields four touchdown passes, two of them went to Chris Olave. Olave caught seven passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns. His longest was 49 yards. Sean Clifford, Nittany Lions Quarter Back threw 18/30 for 281 total passing yards and three touchdowns, while also throwing one interception. Penn St. Defense rushed for a total of 44 yards and the team’s longest rush was 23 yards by Devyn Ford who had eight carries for 36 yards. Props to Ohio St. Defense. Ohio St. gets out of the happy valley with a 38-25 win.
Mississippi St. Bulldogs travel to Tuscaloosa to take on No.2 Alabama Crimson Tide. Bulldogs Quarter Back Will Rogers went 24/37 for 147 yards and two interceptions and no touchdowns. Jo’quavios Marks rushed nine times for 32 yards. He also led the team in receptions, catching eight passes for only 38 yards. Marks also fumbled once as well. This game was not an issue for the Tide one bit. Mac Jones went 24/31 throwing for 291 yards and throwing 4 touchdowns. Those four touchdowns all went to DeVonta Smith. Smith caught 11 passes for 203 yards. DeVonta Smith now ties Amri Cooper for the most touchdowns caught by an Alabama receiver. Najee Harris had 21 rushes for 119 yards and no Touchdowns. The Tides Defense has certainly improved from the past couple of weeks. They look much sharper and are communicating better. The Tide win this one 41-0.
What another great weekend in college football. It gets even better next weekend when the PAC 12 returns. USC takes on Arizona St. The game to watch next weekend for sure will be the Clemson Tigers taking on Notre Dame Fighting Irish in South Bend at 6:30 p.m. Trevor Lawrence has defiantly hurt his chances of winning the Heisman this year. I think every week we see how much COVID-19 can hurt not just a team, but also players. Have a great week and Go Duhawks!