Baylor’s offense steamrolls West Virginia; more late Week 6 Snap Judgments
• No. 17 Baylor 73, West Virginia 42: Baylor’s offensive production has been eye-popping through the season’s first few weeks, but the team played a very manageable nonconference slate. Entering Saturday, there were questions surrounding how the Bears’ attack would fare against a league foe, not an overmatched opponent like Wofford, Buffalo or Louisiana-Monroe.
By all accounts, Baylor passed that test with flying colors.
The Bears rang up a school-record 864 yards of total offense, including another school-record 617 yards of offense in the first half, to thoroughly dominate West Virginia just one week after the Mountaineers upset Oklahoma State. The win moved Baylor to 4-0 on the year and solidified the program’s status as one of the country’s bona fide offensive juggernauts.
The stat sheet offered plenty of numbers to drool over. Baylor passed for 396 yards and rushed for 476 yards. It managed 38 first downs and converted 11-of-15 third downs. Quarterback Bryce Petty completed 17-of-25 passes for 347 yards, two touchdowns and one pick, and Baylor featured two 100-yard rushers (Shock Linwood and Lache Seastrunk) and one 100-yard receiver (Antwan Goodley) all in the same night.
Even the Bears themselves were somewhat shocked by their own output.
Bryce Petty, when told Baylor put up school-record 864 yards: "Good grief, really?"—
Max Olson (@max_olson) October 06, 2013
West Virginia might not present the same defensive test that Oklahoma would, but the Bears steamrolled a solid conference opponent nonetheless. There will be many more challenges ahead for coach Art Briles’ offense, but through four games, there don’t appear to be many defenses that can shut this group down. [RECAP | BOX]
• Notre Dame 37, No. 22 Arizona State 34: Quarterback Tommy Rees completed just 17-of-38 attempts, but he still tallied 279 passing yards and three touchdowns as Notre Dame downed the Sun Devils in Arlington, Texas. The Irish looked to be in control as they held an 11-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, but Arizona State surged back to tie the game 27-27 midway through the final period. It took a Kyle Brindza field goal — one of his three second-half kicks — to put Notre Dame ahead for good. [RECAP | BOX]
• No. 2 Oregon 57, Colorado 16: Oregon’s Marcus Mariota was was magnificent on Saturday. The Ducks quarterback tallied seven total touchdowns — five through the air, two on the ground — to go with 398 yards of total offense. Colorado held a 10-8 first-quarter lead before Oregon opened things up with three straight touchdowns and never looked back. In all, the Ducks managed 756 total yards. [RECAP | BOX]
• No. 11 Oklahoma 20, TCU 17: This one seemed headed for a blowout when Oklahoma went into the half leading 13-0. But the Horned Frogs powered back with a 10-point third quarter, capped by a two-yard Trevone Boykin touchdown run. Sooners tailback Brennan Clay scampered for 111 rushing yards, but the unsung hero of this matchup was the Oklahoma defense. It held TCU to a paltry 210 total yards and allowed it to convert just 3-of-14 third downs. [RECAP | BOX]
• No. 10 LSU 59, Mississippi State 26: There would be no letdown for LSU after its close loss to Georgia last week. The Tigers scored 28 points in the fourth quarter to thwart an upset bid by the Bulldogs. LSU scored the game’s final 31 points, and quarterback Zach Mettenberger passed for 340 yards and two touchdowns. Under Les Miles, the Tigers are now 21-1 in games following a loss. [RECAP | BOX]
• No. 18 Florida 30, Arkansas 10: Florida’s Solomon Patton made the most of his catches against Arkansas. The Gators wideout hauled in a career-high 124 yards on just six receptions to help Florida dump Arkansas in Gainesville. The SEC’s top defense also lived up to its billing. Florida held the Hogs to 111 rushing yards and 275 total yards. [RECAP | BOX]
• Auburn 30, No. 24 Ole Miss 22: A season full of promise has suddenly fallen back to earth for Ole Miss. The Rebels have dropped two straight games after starting the season 3-0, and they simply had no answer for Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall on Saturday. Marshall threw for 98 yards, rushed for 140 yards and scored two touchdowns. Ole Miss’ offense couldn’t get going against the Tigers, netting only three field goals before quarterback Bo Wallace found receiver Donte Moncrief for two straight touchdown passes in the second half. But a comeback from Hugh Freeze’s crew was too little too late. [RECAP | BOX]
• No. 23 Fresno State 61, Idaho 14: It took just two quarters of football for Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr to fill up the stat sheet. Carr threw for 390 yards and five touchdowns by halftime against Idaho. Carr is a big reason why the unbeaten Bulldogs have scored at least 40 points in every game this season. [RECAP | BOX]
• Missouri 51, Vanderbilt 28: If Missouri is the real deal, quarterback James Franklin might be the primary reason. The Tigers passer threw for 278 yards and four touchdowns as unbeaten Missouri (5-0) trampled Vanderbilt at home. Commodores receiver Jordan Matthews continued his stellar season in defeat, registering his fifth 100-yard receiving outing in six games. [RECAP | BOX]
• USF 26, Cincinnati 20: Willie Taggart claimed his first win as the coach at South Florida, thanks largely to a couple of broken plays. Defensive back Nate Godwin scored on a long blocked field goal return to open the game’s scoring, and linebacker DeDe Lattimore returned a fumble 10 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. Tommy Tuberville’s team turned the ball over four times in the loss. [RECAP | BOX]
• No. 4 Ohio State 40, No. 16 Northwestern 30: The Wildcats overcame an early blocked punt for a touchdown and took a 23-13 lead into halftime. The Buckeyes’ offensive line took over in the second half, though, paving the way for Carlos Hyde to run for a career-high 168 yards and three touchdowns as Ohio State won in Evanston, Ill.. [RECAP | BOX]
• No. 5 Stanford 31, No. 15 Washington 28: The fifth-ranked Cardinal went down to the wire and held off Keith Price (351 pass yards) and the Huskies at Stanford Stadium. SI.com’s Andy Staples was in Palo Alto for the Pac-12 action.[RECAP | BOX]