Snap Judgments from the Week 4 afternoon slate. For more coverage, check out our early Snaps, late Snaps and complete Top 25 review. Also check out our coverage of Florida State-Clemson, Kansas State-Oklahoma and Notre Dame-Michigan.
• Oregon State 27, UCLA 20: Through three weeks, UCLA’s Johnathan Franklin led the nation in rushing thanks to the generosity of Rice, Nebraska and Houston, rolling up 541 yards and three touchdowns. Today against Oregon State, he recorded 45 yards on 12 carries. UCLA would finish with just 71 net yards rushing, though quarterback Brett Hundley seemed perfectly happy to just produce all of the Bruins’ offense by himself. Hundley completed 27-of-42 pass attempts for 386 yards and a touchdown. A gaudy total, but nobody’s handing out points for high passing numbers. (Somewhere tonight, Les Miles is startled to hear this.)
On the opposite sideline, how many lay people outside the Pac-12 could even name Oregon State’s starting quarterback heading into this season? Sean Mannion had a memorable star turn on a career night, with 379 yards through the air and two touchdown passes. You want gaudy? Behold the stat lines of his most favored targets: Brandin Cooks, with six catches for 173 yards, and Markus Wheaton, with nine catches for 150 yards.
Spinning this forward: What on earth are we to make of the Beavers, who’ve now beaten their second ranked opponent in as many tries after going 3-9 overall a year ago? Oregon State could make it three in a row if next week’s foe, current No. 22 Arizona, is still ranked after tonight’s meeting with No. 3 Oregon. Either way, that game certainly looks more interesting than it did a month ago. [RECAP | BOX]
• Miami 42, Georgia Tech 36 (OT): What a screaming hell of a halt for Tech. After winning their last two games by a combined score of 115-23, the Yellow Jackets fell behind Miami 19-0 at the end of the first quarter, only to retake the lead and then some (36-19 five minutes into the third quarter), only to see the Hurricanes answer with 17 points in 20 minutes to force overtime.
The third score of the first quarter, a safety credited to the ‘Canes, will be a drearily memorable one for the Jackets. Return man Orwin Smith fielded a kick in the end zone and pulled up right at the goal line, stumbling a little — but not before the ball crossed the plane.
On to prouder stats: Hurricanes having career days in Atlanta included quarterback Stephen Morris (436 passing yards), receiver Phillip Dorsett (65-yard reception), running back Mike James (four touchdowns, including the winning score in overtime) and defensive end Anthony Chickillo (seven solo tackles and three tackles for loss). [RECAP | BOX]
• No. 21 Michigan State 23, Eastern Michigan 7: For a good three quarters there, it looked as though the Eagles were going to partake in the Directional Michiganmas celebrations enjoyed by the Broncos and Chippewas earlier in the afternoon. (Did Mark Dantonio allow some of his players to go without ties this week, or something? We shall investigate.) The Spartans’ two fourth-quarter touchdowns were their first of the game. Le’Veon Bell returned to his ostentatious running ways we so enjoyed against Boise State, recording 253 yards on 36 carries. [RECAP | BOX]
• No. 7 South Carolina 31, Missouri 10: James Franklin returns! And has to be outside in South Carolina in September in the day time, which is never fun! (We know whereof we speak; the sun is down and the atmosphere in the Georgia press box still mimics the surface of the sun.) Franklin completed 11-of-18 attempts for 92 yards and was sacked three times. Having a significantly better afternoon upon return from injury: South Carolina’s Connor Shaw, who completed 19-of-20 pass attempts for 233 yards and two scores. (Steve Spurrier, as you might imagine, was thrilled.) Marcus Lattimore recorded 86 yards and two scores on 21 carries. Also, this happened. Ace Sanders is entirely unfair, and we mean that as the sincerest compliment. [RECAP | BOX]