NCAA Football Week 4 Recap


The college football season rolled in Week 4, featuring more upsets, exciting football, and down-to-the-wire finishes. The Ducks took a dive, the Wolverines looked like the real deal, and the Yellowjackets had their stingers removed. Let’s get right into it.

Top Story:

  • “The ‘Ute’ Movement: #18 Utah levels #13 Oregon in surprising blowout victory

Do you think the Oregon Ducks miss Marcus Mariota at all? Following their matchup with Utah this week, that certainly seems to be the case.

The first quarter played out without much incident- Utah converting two field goals, and Ducks quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. connecting with Royce Freeman for an Oregon touchdown- ending in a 6-6 tie. The second quarter is when Utah began pulling away.

Utes quarterback Travis Wilson, in his return after missing time with a shoulder sprain,stuck a 26-yard pass in to Britain Covey for a score, and then five minutes later hooked up with Kenneth Scott on a 7-yard touchdown completion, to put Utah on top 20-6. Oregon pulled Adams Jr., sending out Jeff Lockie to take over at the quarterback position, and it paid off with Lockie finding Bralon Addison for a 6-yard touchdown completion, but Utah struck again before the half, another touchdown pass from Wilson, to give the Utes a two-touchdown lead going into the locker room.

When the teams returned to the field things only got worse for the Ducks. Wilson and Co. continued their offensive onslaught, putting up 28 points in the third quarter and leaping out to a massive 42-point lead. In the fourth quarter, the Utes added a touchdown with Kendal Thompson scampering into the endzone from six yards out, as Utah cruised to a 62-20 blowout victory over Oregon.

For the Utes, Wilson completed 18-of-30 passes for 227 yards and 4 touchdowns, while adding 100 yards rushing and a touchdown on the ground. Oregon’s quarterback situation appears in need of some major evaluation before their next game Saturday against Colorado. Oregon will also need to start playing a lot better if they expect to find themselves in the Top 25 come season’s end. Look for them to fall out of the BCS rankings when Week 5 rolls around.

Top 25 Losses:

  • #13 Oregon (20) vs. #18 Utah (62)
  • #16 Arizona (30) vs. #9 UCLA (56)
  • #20 Georgia Tech (20) vs. Duke (34)
  • #22 BYU (0) vs. Michigan (31)
  • #25 Missouri (13) vs. Kentucky (21)

Top Offensive Performers:

Quarterbacks

  • Western Kentucky: Brandon Doughty – 33/41, 457 yards passing, 6 TD passes
  • TCU: Trevone Boykin- 485 yards passing, 4 TD passes
  • Baylor: Seth Russell – 12/16, 277 yards passing, 6 TD passes

Running Backs

  • San Jose State: Tyler Ervin – 42 carries, 300 yards rushing, 3 TDs
  • LSU: Leonard Fournette – 244 yards rushing, 2 TDs
  • Texas Tech: DeAndre Washington – 188 yards rushing, 4 TDs

Wide Receivers

  • TCU: Josh Doctson – 18 receptions, 267 yards receiving, 3 TDs
  • Cincinnati: Max Morrison & Chris Moore (combined) – 14 receptions, 315 yards receiving, 3 TDs
  • Middle Tennessee State: Ed’Marques Batties – 13 receptions, 175 yards receiving, 2 TDs

Top Defensive Performers:

  • Kent State: Terence Waugh – 11 tackles, 3 sacks
  • Mississippi State: Richie Brown – 13 tackles, 2 sacks
  • Iowa: Bo Bower – 88-yard INT return for TD
  • Toledo: Orion Jones – 4 tackles, 3 sacks
  • Michigan State: Shilique Calhoun – 2.5 sacks, FG Block

Top Special Teams Performers:

2 Kick Return TDs of 100 yards

  • Duke: DeVon Edwards
  • San Diego State: Rashaad Penny

60+ Point Scorers:

  • Baylor (70) vs. Rice (17)
  • Iowa (62) vs. North Texas (16)
  • Notre Dame (62) vs. Massachusetts (27)
  • North Carolina State (63) vs. South Alabama (13)
  • Utah (62) vs. Oregon (20)
  • UNLV (80) vs. Idaho State (8)

Games to Watch in Week 4:

  • #23 West Virginia vs. #15 Oklahoma (Saturday, 12:00 PM)
  • Texas Tech vs. #5 Baylor (Saturday, 3:30 PM)
  • #13 Alabama vs. #8 Georgia (Saturday, 3:30 PM)
  • #3 Ole Miss vs. #25 Florida (Saturday, 7:00 PM)
  • #21 Mississippi State vs. #14 Texas A&M (Saturday, 7:30 PM)
  • #6 Notre Dame vs. #12 Clemson (Saturday, 8:00 PM)