De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon Ducks fly fiercely; more midday Snap Judgments
Snap Judgments from the afternoon Week 3 slate. For more coverage, check out our early Snaps, Alabama-Arkansas recap, Cal-Ohio State recap, Stanford-USC recap, evening Snaps and complete Top 25 review.
• No. 4 Oregon 63, Tennessee Tech 14. When is a complete obliteration of an FCS team by a top-five program news? When the afternoon slate was characterized largely by other blowouts and we decide to have some fun watching De’Anthony Thomas show off his gears:
The Ducks’ competition, thus far, has consisted of the Golden Eagles, Fresno State and Arkansas State, but sometimes there’s value in just kicking back and enjoying some pinball. Thomas rolled up 222 all-purpose yards, including the above-depicted 59-yard run, a 49-yard reception (that ended in a fumble) and a 48-yard punt return. Marcus Mariota threw for 307 yards, completing 21-of-28 attempts, before being pulled early in the third quarter. Byron Marshall led the Ducks in rushing with 125 yards and a score on 13 touches. Aren’t video games fun? [BOX | RECAP]
And now, other assorted blowouts from around the nation:
• No. 17 Michigan 63, Massachusetts 13. The Minutemen have a touchdown! What they still do not have in FBS play is an offensive touchdown, as this one came courtesy of a 32-yard interception return by Christian Birt. Denard Robinson recovered nicely from this indignity, amassing 397 yards of offense all by his lonesome (291 yards passing, 106 rushing). [BOX | RECAP]
• No. 1 Alabama 52, Arkansas 0. Things we did not particularly expect to see in this game: Tyler Wilson playing, and Tyler Wilson popping into the Razorbacks’ postgame press conference to call out quitters. One of these things happened, and it’s not the one you think. “Do I feel that we, at times, gave up out there? Yeah, absolutely,” Wilson told assembled media. Read the full transcript of his comments here.
Brandon Allen and Brandon Mitchell stepped in for Wilson, combining for 86 yards passing, two interceptions and no touchdowns. Andy Staples was in Fayetteville to take it all in and has a full report. [BOX | RECAP]
• Georgia Tech 56, Virginia 20. Not even as close as it looks; 13 of the Cavaliers’ points came in the fourth quarter after Virginia had fallen behind 49-7. Phillip Sims, in late for Michael Rocco, threw two touchdown passes in the game’s final 10 minutes. Tevin Washington did not quite match his season-high passing mark set against Presbyterian, but attempted eight passes we’re sure Paul Johnson just hated to call, completing six for 125 yards and a touchdown. On the ground, the Jackets wallowed in their happy place: Washington rushed for 93 yards on 11 carries, surpassed handily by Orwin Smith’s 137 yards on six carries. Smith’s first score of the night was the Jackets’ second touchdown, in the form of a 77-yard scoring dash. [BOX | RECAP]
• Texas A&M 48, SMU 3. The Aggies scored 20 points in the second quarter and 21 in the third. Johnny Manziel broke the scoreless game open with a touchdown pass of 29 yards, a 48-yard rushing score and a touchdown pass of 26 yards in about eight minutes. A&M announced the suspension of running back Christine Michael before the game; Trey Williams and Ben Malena combined for 76 ground yards but were both surpassed by Manziel with 124 on 13 carries. [BOX | RECAP]
• No. 9 West Virginia 42, James Madison 12. The JMU score was a lot more fun than it might appear; the Dukes scored with a touchdown, a field goal and a safety, not the four field goals you might think. [BOX | RECAP]
And now, games that were not blowouts. For variety!
• No. 19 Louisville 39, UNC 34. Bryn Renner scored three unanswered touchdowns to end this game. It was as upsetting to watch as it sounds. The Tar Heels made it as far as the Cardinals’ four-yard line with 1:49 to play before turning the ball over on downs. [BOX | RECAP]
• Iowa 27, Northern Iowa 16. Do we even have to tell you two more Hawkeyes running backs were injured tonight? Damon Bullock’s and Greg Garmon’s statuses for next week are unclear, according to Kirk Ferentz’s postgame presser. No matter your allegiance, the continued inescapable reality of AIRBHG is deeply unsettling. [BOX | RECAP]