NCAA Football Week 2 Recap


Another week of college football is in the books. The second week of the season brought as much drama and excitement as week one, as the Top-25 rankings saw a major shakeup following multiple upsets and a few offensive blowouts. But, before we get to recapping some in-game action, let’s take a look at this week’s biggest story, which involves an off-the-field incident.

Top Stories:

  • Not So ‘Knight’ly: Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo handed indefinite suspension

Rutgers senior wide receiver Leonte Carroo has been indefinitely suspended from the team, pending an investigation into an alleged physical altercation that occurred after the team’s game Saturday.

Per The Record of Bergen County, a complaint filed in municipal court alleges that Carroo slammed a woman to the ground outside of the Rutgers football building following the team’s loss to Washington State. According to the complaint, the woman sustained injuries to her left hip, both palms, her left elbow, and the left side of her head.

Carroo was arrested and charged with domestic violence and disorderly conduct before posting $1,000 bail and being released. He becomes the 7th current or former member of the Rutgers football program to be arrested this month.

The Edison, NJ native was previously suspended for the first half of Rutgers opener against Norfolk State for missing curfew.

He had 7 receptions for 181 yards and three touchdowns through the team’s first two games.

  • Offense, offense, and more offense: Louisiana Tech and Western Kentucky combine for 1,165 total yards in offensive shootout
Louisiana Tech quarterback Jeff Driskel drops back to pass during the Bulldogs 41-38 loss to Western Kentucky. (Tom Morris/LATechSportsPix)

Louisiana Tech quarterback Jeff Driskel drops back to pass during the Bulldogs 41-38 loss to Western Kentucky. (Tom Morris/LATechSportsPix)

Perhaps overshadowed by the NFL season getting underway Thursday night, the opening game of week two in college football between Louisiana Tech and Western Kentucky provided fireworks of its own, with the two teams combing for 1,165 yards of total offense.

Western Kentucky prevailed victorious, eking out a 41-38 win, giving them a 2-0 start to the season. The Hilltoppers offensive attack was led by quarterback Brandon Doughty who threw for 441 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Kylen Towner made his mark on special teams, returning a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown.

Former Florida Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel was at the helm for the Bulldogs in the loss, completing 28-of-48 passes for 357 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 55 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Running back Kenneth Dixon rumbled for 168 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries.

Western Kentucky moves onward, looking to remain undefeated Saturday when they face off against Indiana.

  • A Narrow Escape: #6 Auburn fights off feisty FCS opponent Jacksonville State in overtime victory

The #6-ranked Auburn Tigers entered their matchup against Jacksonville State as heavy favorites, but found themselves overmatched throughout the game and relying on overtime to escape with a win.

The Gamecocks played up to the level of their FBS competition, despite their FCS label, forcing three turnovers on defense and outperforming the Tigers on offense.

Jacksonville State took a 10-6 lead into halftime, and following a third-quarter Auburn touchdown, regained the lead with 5:38 remaining in the fourth quarter on a 5-yard scamper by running back Troymaine Pope. A late fumble by Auburn running back Roc Thomas nearly spelled disaster for the Tigers, but they were able to force the Gamecocks offense to go three-and-out and regain possession with just over two minutes left in regulation.

On the ensuing drive Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson, who finished the game 21-of-32 passing for 236 yards, delivered a 10-yard touchdown strike to Melvin Ray to even the score with 39 seconds left on the clock.

A 4-yard run by Peyton Barber staked the Tigers to a 27-20 lead on the opening drive in overtime, before sending the ball over to the Gamecocks for the chance to extend the game further.

The Gamecocks were able to move the ball down to the Auburn 5-yard line, before Auburn’s Cassanova McKinzy sacked quarterback Eli Jenkins for a 16-yard loss on 3rd and Goal. A final incompletion on fourth down closed the door on the Gamecocks upset attempt.

Auburn was able to escape with their record untarnished, but the close call saw them fall from #6 to #18 in the most recent AP poll.

  • The ‘Razor’s’ Edge: #18 Arkansas falls to underdog Toledo

For one of Auburn’s SEC cohorts, the #18-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks, luck would not be on their side in week two, as they suffered a surprising 16-12 defeat at the hands of the Toledo Rockets.

Toledo Rockets players celebrate after their 16-12 upset victory over the #18 Arkansas Razorbacks. (Mark D. Smith)

Toledo Rockets players celebrate after their 16-12 upset victory over the #18 Arkansas Razorbacks. (Mark D. Smith)

Despite allowing the Arkansas offense to rack up 515 total yards, the Rockets held the Razorbacks scoreless in four of their five trips to the red zone. Toledo, on the other hand, reached the endzone twice after crossing the Arkansas 20-yard line.

Toledo opened the scoring with a 5-yard touchdown connection between quarterback Philip Ely and wide receiver Corey Jones in the first quarter. They failed to convert the two-point attempt, settling for an early 6-0 lead.

In the second quarter, Arkansas running back Alex Collins raced 21 yards for a touchdown, to give the Razorbacks the lead, the only lead they would hold in the game.

Arkansas received excellent starting field position on their second drive of the second half following a 43-yard punt return by Jared Cornelius, setting them up at Toledo’s 23 yard line. The Razorbacks moved the ball to the 7 before a third-down pass by quarterback Brandon Allen was interception in the endzone by Toledo defensive back DeJuan Rogers.

On the ensuing drive Toledo marched 80 yards, finishing it off with an 11-yard touchdown run by Damion Jones-Moore, to take a 16-9 lead which they never relinquished.

The loss for Arkansas knocked them completely off of the AP Top 25, with their schedule set to get more difficult going forward.

  • Boston College holds FCS Howard to 11 yards of total offense in 76-0 rout

There are lopsided victories, and then there are first-half blowouts so bad that the third and fourth quarters are shortened from the regulation 15 minutes down to 10 minutes to sooner end the losing team’s misery.

That was the case in Boston College’s dismantling of FCS Howard on Saturday night, as the Eagles soared to a 76-0 blowout victory against the overmatched Bison.

The Eagles defense swallowed any offensive effort Howard could throw their way. In the end, the Bison managed a measly 11 yards of total offense in the loss- an average of 0.4 yards per play.

For the Eagles offense, their first drive of the game started at the Howard 3, after forcing Howard to lose 22 yards in a 3-and-out series, and a 39-yard punt return by S. Alston. Running back Tyler Rouse capped that first drive for Boston College on their first offensive play, dashing three yards for a score.

Just 43 seconds later the Eagles added to their lead on an interception returned for a touchdown by sophomore linebacker Connor Strachan. The Eagles would go on to score on their next five offensive series, pushing their lead to 41-0 before the end of the first quarter, and entering halftime up 62-0.

The win advances the Eagles to 2-0, and they hold a +97 point differential after 2 games, having defeated Maine 24-3 in week one. They will face a much tougher opponent in week three, the #9-ranked Florida State Seminoles.

Top 25 Losses:

  • #7 Oregon (28) vs. #5 Michigan State (31)
  • #18 Arkansas (12) vs. Toledo (16)
  • #20 Boise State (24) vs. BYU (35)
  • #23 Tennessee (24) vs. #19 Oklahoma (31), 2/OT
  • #25 Mississippi State (19) vs. #14 LSU (21)

Top Offensive Performers:

Quarterbacks

  • Bowling Green: Matt Johnson – 491 yards passing, 6 TD passes
  • Washington State: Luke Falk – 47/66, 478 yards passing, 4 TD passes
  • USC: Cody Kessler – 410 yards passing, 3 TD passes, 226.9 QB Rating

Running Backs

  • Florida State: Dalvin Cook – 30 carries, 266 yards rushing, 3 TDs
  • Arizona: Nick Wilson – 194 yards rushing, 3 TDs
  • Georgia Southern: Matt Breida – 11 carries, 176 yards rushing, 4 TDs (16.0 yards per carry)

Wide Receivers

  • New Mexico State: Tyrain Taylor – 206 yards receiving, 2 TDs
  • Bowling Green: Roger Lewis – 15 receptions, 200 yards receiving, 2 TDs
  • Baylor: Corey Coleman – 6 receptions, 182 yards receiving, 4 TDs

Top Defensive Performers:

  • Missouri: Kentrell Brothers – 16 tackles, 2 INT’s
  • Tennessee: Jalen Reeves-Maybin – 21 tackles, 1 sack
  • Georgia Southern/ BYU: Antonio Glover/ Kai Nacua – 3 INT’s
  • Penn State: Carl Nassib – 5 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 INT
  • Indiana: Jameel Cook Jr. – 96-yard INT return for TD

Top Special Teams Performers:

3 Kick Return TDs of 100 yards

  • Houston: Brandon Wilson
  • Temple: Jahad Thomas
  • Rutgers: Janarion Grant

 

60+ Point Scorers:

  • Boston College (76) vs. Howard (0)
  • Texas Tech (69) vs. UTEP (20)
  • TCU (70) vs. Stephen F. Austin (7)
  • Georgia Tech (65) vs. Tulane (10)
  • Ole Miss (73) vs. Fresno State (21)
  • Texas State (63) vs. Prairie View A&M (24)
  • Baylor (66) vs. Lamar (31)

 

Games to Watch in Week 3:

  • #13 LSU vs. #18 Auburn (Saturday, 3:30 PM)
    • Auburn defeated LSU 41-7 in 2014; LSU had won the previous three meetings
  • #8 Notre Dame vs. #14 Georgia Tech (Saturday, 3:30 PM)
    • Teams last met in 2007, Georgia Tech won that matchup 33-3
  • #6 USC vs. Stanford (Saturday, 8:00 PM)
    • USC defeated Stanford 13-10 in 2014; USC has a +99-point differential through two games this season
  • #2 Alabama vs. #15 Ole Miss (Saturday, 9:15 PM)
    • Ole Miss defeated Alabama 23-17 in 2014; Alabama had won the previous 10 meetings (3 wins vacated due to NCAA penalties)
  • #10 UCLA vs. #19 BYU (Saturday, 10:30 PM)
    • BYU has won the previous 2 meetings, most recently taking a 59-0 victory in 2008
  • Indiana vs. Western Kentucky (Saturday, 4:00 PM)
    • Indiana is seeking its first 3-0 start since 2010; Western Kentucky seeking first 3-0 start since 2003 (joined FBS in 2008)