Snap Judgments from the Week 4 late slate. For more coverage, check out our early Snaps, midday Snaps and complete Top 25 review. Also check out our coverage of Florida State-Clemson, Kansas State-Oklahoma and Notre Dame-Michigan.
• No. 5 Georgia 48, Vanderbilt 3: “I don’t have any complaints at all,” said Mark Richt following his Bulldogs’ casual mauling of the Commodores. Nor should he: Georgia finished with 567 yards of offense in its second conference win, held the ‘Dores to a single field goal and made its opponent look not terribly unlike the Vandy of old. “The numbers show that we’re executing well,” said Richt. So, too, did the scoreboard.
The Dawgs’ latest plug-and-play tailback, freshman Todd Gurley, led all rushers with 130 yards on 16 carries, and he recorded Georgia’s first and final scores. Aaron Murray enjoyed a bit of moderate exercise, completing 18-of-24 pass attempts for 250 yards and two touchdowns. Jarvis Jones sacked Jordan Rodgers on fourth-and-eight for an 11-yard loss in the third quarter that brought the house down.
Vanderbilt had 15 first downs tonight to Georgia’s 29. It converted 2-of-12 third downs. It was very nearly tripled up in rushing yards, 103 to 301. (Did we mention Georgia had more than 300 rushing yards? Georgia had more than 300 rushing yards. We’re not the only ones eyeing that Oct. 6 Bulldogs-Gamecocks matchup with increasingly rabid anticipation.)
“We talked about how this is the first [conference] game of seven in a row,” said Richt, “and how important it is to win every single one of them to get where we want to go. But you have to take them one at a time. We have a lot of respect for Vanderbilt.” We almost believe him. [BOX | RECAP]
• No. 4 Florida State 49, No. 10 Clemson 37: Andy Staples filed from Tallahassee, where he was besieged by giant mutant moths but managed to see enough football to record a few words. Sammy Watkins threw a touchdown pass! [BOX | RECAP]
• No. 15 Kansas State 24, No. 6 Oklahoma 19: Stewart Mandel caught the upset in Norman; read his full report here and then spend the rest of your night drawing pictures of Collin Klein and John Hubert with bulldozer treads for feet. [BOX | RECAP]
• No. 11 Notre Dame 13, No. 18 Michigan 6: If there’s a bright center of the universe, this game is on the planet that it’s farthest from. Pete Thamel was in attendance tonight, which means he got to see this happen. And for that, we are bizarrely jealous. Read his dispatch from South Bend here. [BOX | RECAP]
• No. 2 LSU 12, Auburn 10. Les Miles, anything you’d like to add? “If I look back in the times of being here in many different scenarios, this was just like a traditional LSU-Auburn game: Nothing routine about it.” You know what, he’s got a point. Carry on. [BOX | RECAP]
• No. 13 USC 27, California 9: What do we say to the god of Jeff Tedford, Lane Kiffin? “Not today.” The Trojans prevented all of Cal’s touchdown efforts and leaned on an 157-yard rushing performance from Silas Redd and an 106-yard outing from Curtis McNeal to stay ahead. Matt Barkley, playing in a bit of a minor key by his standards, completed 22-of-34 pass attempts for 193 yards, two touchdowns and two picks. Both scoring passes were caught by Marqise Lee, who finished with 11 catches for 95 yards. [BOX | RECAP]
• No. 20 Louisville 28, Florida International 21: The Golden Panthers’ bid for a second consecutive upset of the Cardinals fell short, and Teddy Bridgewater is fixing to drop a bit in those pass efficiency rankings. After tossing five touchdowns and no picks through three games, Bridgewater threw two of each tonight. [BOX | RECAP]
• Western Kentucky 42, Southern Miss 17: The Hilltoppers surely miss Bobby Rainey on any given day, but perhaps a little less tonight. Antonio Andrews and Leon Allen combined for 26 carries and 268 rushing yards. [BOX | RECAP]
• San Jose State 38, San Diego State 34: This was quite literally a case of “last to score wins.” The Aztecs and Spartans traded scoring plays in perfect harmony, except for an out-of-turn SDSU touchdown in the third quarter. A 14-yard touchdown pass from David Fales to Chandler Jones decided the game with just more than a minute remaining in the fourth quarter. [BOX | RECAP]
• Tennessee 47, Akron 26: Trust us: Tennessee needing more than 45 minutes to pull away from a MAC team is not nearly as weird as Tennessee having a successful night in its kicking game. [BOX | RECAP]
• Rutgers 35, Arkansas 26: Tyler Wilson is back, for which we’re thankful because it enabled the specter of a 10-catch, 303-yard performance from receiver Cobi Hamilton. Arkansas’ next closest receiving target: Brandon Mitchell, with four catches for 42 yards. But let’s talk winners: Will Rutgers even play a close game between now and a Nov. 17 date at Cincinnati? [BOX | RECAP]
• Wyoming 40, Idaho 37 (OT): Turns out the Cowboys and Vandals wanted to climb out of the well of the winless with approximately the same degree of fevered angst. Idaho tied the game on a nine-yard pass from Dominique Blackman to Mike Scott with 11 seconds remaining in the fourth, but Wyoming triumphed in the first overtime period with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Brett Smith to Jalen Claiborne. [BOX | RECAP]