Snaps III: Gamecocks’ Lattimore shines
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• No. 10 South Carolina 24, Navy 21. Between them, the Midshipmen and Gamecocks traded six touchdowns Saturday night in Columbia, back and forth as neat as you please, but it was a lonely (and unlikely) 48-yard field goal with four seconds remaining in the first half would end up serving as the margin of victory.
The story of this game is Marcus Lattimore nearly matching Navy’s triple-option rushing output by himself, with a jaw-dropping 249 yards on 37 carries and three touchdowns to the Middies 257 yards overall. Navy got three players to the finish line with at least 60 yards: Backs Alexander Teich and Gee Gee Greene, and quarterback Kriss Proctor. South Carolina finished with 256 ground yards total, and still managed to find time for Stephen Garcia to add 202 through the air.
Apart from his yardage total, Garcia wasn’t having a pleasant evening. Sacked twice, and picked off once, he still managed not to throw the game away and not to get benched, which is kind of a big deal for him. For his part, Proctor attempted just nine passes, completing five of them, but his last throw would be his worst: An interception plucked with just over a minute to play sent Navy home with their first L. (RECAP | BOX)
• No. 6 Stanford 37, Arizona 10. Ho-hum, 20 pass completions on 31 attempts for Andrew Luck. Three touchdowns and no interceptions. Juron Criner, back in game action for the first time since his appendectomy, pulled off an 80-yard touchdown run that was called back after officials determined his elbow hit the ground. Pity poor Nick Foles instead, sacked five times behind a line who made the Stanford defenders’ work look easy.
Ill-timed injuries were the order of the night for the Cardinal, with linebacker Shayne Skov, tight end Coby Fleener, and receiver Chris Owusu all sidelined with various ailments. In the mid-to-long term, it didn’t matter. Arizona hung in early but failed to score for the last two and a half quarters of the game, while the Cardinal accumulated 24 unanswered points to pull away with an afterburner kick. (RECAP | BOX)
• No. 1 Oklahoma 23, No. 5 Florida State 13. More on this contest from man-on-the-scene Andy Staples, but a few quick impressions from Tallahassee: High-profile injuries were the story of the night, with E.J. Manuel sidelined in the third quarter after injuring his shoulder, Manuel target Kenny Shaw carted off the field for X-rays after a devastating hit (both players later returned to the sideline), and Travis Lewis returning from a broken foot to tie for a team-high eight tackles. (RECAP | BOX)
• Miami 24, No. 17 Ohio State 6. More from Stewart Mandel on this game here, so let’s just throw out some numbers for fun: After two identical three-yard touchdown passes from Jacory Harris to Allen Hurns, no touchdowns would be scored until less than a minute remained on the clock. Ballyhooed blue-chip freshman Braxton Miller did see playing time for the Buckeyes, and got his first pass intercepted. At one point, Harris and Miller fumbled on back-to-back snaps. Ohio State finished with 36 passing yards combined between Miller and Joe Bauserman, who went an astonishing 2-for-13 on pass attempts. Lamar Miller ran over, under and through the Buckeyes’ line for 188 yards. And after a relative breather at Colorado, Ohio State must play Michigan State, Nebraska and Wisconsin within a four-week span. Beer up. (RECAP | BOX)
• No. 14 Arkansas 38, Troy 28. A Trojans squad thought not to be the Sun Belt sure thing of recent years giving the Razorbacks trouble this week bodes very, very badly. Troy had two weeks to prepare after Week 1′s lopsided loss to Clemson, but Arkansas’ next game takes them to a little town called Tuscaloosa, and will bring them face to face with a Crimson Tide squad that knows a thing or two about game prep. This highly-anticipated SEC West tilt is looking less and less like a showdown, even considering that Arkansas was down three players (two to injury and one to a family emergency). Tyler Wilson was sacked three times, which bodes especially ill when contemplating the sheer terror that is the Alabama pass rush. (RECAP | BOX)
• Florida International 17, Central Florida 10. That dream matchup between FIU phenom T.Y. Hilton and UCF’s stalwart defense never materialized in Miami, thanks to a traitorous hamstring that betrayed Hilton late in the first half and kept him off the field for a significant number of meaningful snaps. No matter: Special teams made up the scoreboard difference tonight, with Isame Faciane snatching and housing a fumble from highly-regarded Knights quarterback Jeff Godfrey.
As for Hilton, he later returned to the FIU sideline under his own power and participated in a few more snaps before being rested for the remainder of the game, so wish for a speedy healing process and look for some real fireworks next week against Louisiana. (RECAP | BOX)
• USC 38, Syracuse 17. So much for USC being due for an upset after close, low-octane wins over inferior competition: Matt Barkley hit five different receivers with touchdown passes, which was about the only thing keeping this beatdown interesting. (RECAP | BOX)
• Utah 54, BYU 10. Some holy wars do have winners, and the Utes won theirs the old-fashioned way: By scoring 40 unanswered points in the second half and obliterating all memory of a poky 14-10 output in the first two quarters. Six turnovers doomed the Cougars, as did a complete inability to stop Utah’s ground game (243 net yards) or put up any sort of rushing stats of their own (14 net yards). (RECAP | BOX)
• Houston 35, Louisiana Tech 34. Two Air Raid offenses met in Ruston, La. Saturday night, and once again, Houston found itself leaning more than once on the ground game it was forced to establish last year after losing two quarterbacks for the season in September. Houston scored 28 points in the last 20 minutes of the game to juuust make up a 34-7 deficit, and two of the Cougars’ four rally touchdowns were recorded by running back Bryce Beall. Case Keenum finished with what amounts to a slow night for his pinball stats: 24/38/346, with three touchdown passes and two picks. (RECAP | BOX)
• Louisville 24, Kentucky 17. Did you ever imagine a week ago tonight that either of these teams could manage half that many points given four quarters and short field? Here’s to exceeding expectations! (RECAP | BOX)
• Indiana State 44, Western Kentucky 16. “Rout” is a term commonly associated with the Hilltoppers, still relative newcomers to FBS football, but here’s a team from the reminding WKU that crossing a division (or firing their coach a year after they get there) does not a program make. (RECAP | BOX)
• A word on No. 8 Oklahoma State vs. Tulsa: After tornado- and lightning-related delays in Oklahoma pushed an already late start time past midnight, the Pokes and the Golden Hurricane are scheduled to kick off at 1:15 a.m. ET. Yes, for real. We’ll catch up with them in the morning.