College football Week 3 Recap

Every top 10 collegiate football team won by double digits, and yet Week 3 had its moments of absurdity and amazement.

Teams Nos. 11, 12 and 13 were all upset on the road. There were walk-off field goals (Indiana), walk-off Hail Mary touchdowns (App State), field storms (also App State…and Washington), rain delays (Iowa isn’t playing yet), and so many other highlights from this weekend.

Here are some of the best moments from the weekend.

Biggest Surprise

Call the neighbors, wake the kids, the Kansas Jayhawks are college football’s toast.

To 12 seasons in a row of three wins or fewer – Kent State’s misery from 1989 to 2000 as the longest such streak by an FBS team since the division split from FCS in 1978 – Kansas is 3-0.

In 2015, Lance Leipold took over a Buffalo program that had had two winning seasons since 1970, the only two seasons the Bulls have gone to a bowl game in their history (both losses). Leipold went 37-33 during his tenure there, reached three straight bowl games (with two wins) and won 10 games in 2018 for the first double-digit winnings in the program’s history.

Leipold took on a listless Kansas program, winning 2-10 in the freshman year but delivering a euphoric 57-56 win in Austin over Texas last November. The Bulls have already beaten West Virginia and Houston away from home this year. They’re averaging 53 points per game, third nationally behind quarterback Jalon Daniels, who has thrown for 566 yards and seven touchdowns on just one interception and also rushed for 237 yards and three other TDs, averaging 8.8 yards per carry . In the past five years, only Tua Tagovailoa has a higher overall QBR in their first three games in 2018.

These are exciting times for the Jayhawks who, now that you mention it, will go up against another upstart, Duke, 3-0 this Saturday. Enjoy the ride, tire fans. You start trash-talking early this year. – Dave Wilson

best fans

Appalachian State provided College GameDay with one of the best atmospheres the show will see all season.

After taking GameDay away from College Station by upsetting Texas A&M in Week 2, the Mountaineers and Boone, North Carolina showed why the program and city holds a special place in the college football universe.

The energy and excitement surrounding Boone was palpable and understandable as the school (unexpectedly) hosted GameDay for the first time. Fans camped out at the GameDay site on Friday night, with at least a few hundred trying to secure the best possible seat for Saturday morning’s show.

It was also a phenomenal weekend for signs, partly because of the passion of the fans, but also because of the opportunity for a student to win free tuition if they had the best sign. When the three finalists were brought on stage to announce the winner, they learned that they were all receiving free tuition.

And because App State didn’t want to waste a GameDay weekend with a loss, the Mountaineers gave us one of the best endings of a game we’ll see all season. After quarterback Chase Brice got the ball back at his own 47-yard line, 15 seconds down at 28-26, quarterback Chase Brice threw up a Hail Mary that was tipped and fell into the hands of Christan Horn, who went into the end zone shot for the walk-off win.

In three weeks between their shootout with North Carolina, beating No. 6 Texas A&M on the road and finishing Saturday, App State has had its most entertaining season.

If the Mountaineers have more up their sleeve, we can’t wait to see it. – Harry Lyles Jr.

Wildest Games

App State’s miracle finish in Boone was in a league of its own, but there were several other wild finishes across the country.

The boldest call of the day came in Manhattan, Kansas, where Tulane advanced to 3-0 and handed Kansas State its first loss of the season. Conventional wisdom suggested it was time to punt when the Green Wave was 2:03 ahead of the fourth and 1 from their own 24-yard line. Eventually, if they were stopped short, Kansas State would have gotten the ball with a short field to equalize. Instead, Tulane coach Willie Fritz relied on his offense. Michael Pratt grabbed the first down on a 2-yard run, capping the upset win. The boundary between genius and wit is often indecipherable.

Fritz wasn’t the only coach to go on the offensive at a crucial moment on the track. After Liberty scored a touchdown at Wake Forest with 1:11 left, coach Hugh Freeze was faced with a choice: Go for 2 (and the win) or play for overtime? There will never be any criticism of going for the win in this scenario, but Liberty’s reverse attempt was sniffed by Wake Forest, who held the win.

Notre Dame celebrated its first win of the season on Saturday. Actually, it celebrated its first victory three times. As Cal tried to rally for a game-winning touchdown with less than a minute left, first QB Jack Plummer was intercepted (knocked over by aim). Then a Plummer fumble was returned for a touchdown (knocked over because his knee was down before the fumble). Eventually, Cal’s Hail Mary attempt bounced around before falling to the turf (game really is over).

All of those finishes made Syracuse’s game-winning touchdown pass by seven seconds to beat Purdue seem almost everyday. – Kyle Bonagura


BYU’s move to the Big 12 can’t come soon enough

Looking ahead to BYU’s trip to Oregon, it wasn’t hard to imagine a scenario where the Cougars could play their way into a New Year’s Six Bowl. Sure it was premature to feel confident, but after two weeks that kind of speculation was valid — especially when it came to what a win over Oregon would mean for the rest of the season. It was fun while it lasted.

BYU was completely unrivaled in the 41-20 loss to the Ducks, making the rest of the season a glorious barnstorming no-stakes tour. It’s one final example of why entering the Big 12 next season will be such a boon to the program. Losing early in the season no longer has the same impact on the full season as playing as an independent.

After three games, Oregon and BYU are in a similar position. Everyone has a good win, a bad loss, and another win that doesn’t really register. For the Ducks, however, they can turn their attention to the Pac-12 game where they can recalibrate expectations. After the Georgia game, the performance against BYU was an important way to build confidence ahead of the conference game. – Kyle Bonagura

DeBoer might just be the real deal

New coach Kalen DeBoer had a low bar to overcome to improve Washington’s offense. UW fans would like to forget the uninspired plans and performances of the past few seasons.

The questions surrounding DeBoer, Washington’s first-year coach, were how quickly he would improve the unit and who would take the lead. Washington only had to wait three games into his tenure for either answer. On Saturday night against No. 11 Michigan State, the Huskies stormed 22-0 and prevailed 39-28, recording their first win under DeBoer. A crowd of 68,161 at the legendary Husky Stadium marveled at a functional, creative and fearless offense that amassed 24 first downs and 503 total yards.

“Getting that win now will continue to put confidence in our guys,” said DeBoer.

DeBoer received less attention than other new Pac-12 coaches, namely USC’s Lincoln Riley and Oregon’s Dan Lanning. But those who’ve followed his career know that’s exactly what he’s doing. Offense thrives under him, and players do too.

Michael Penix Jr. played as a young quarterback in Indiana in 2019. After multiple serious injuries and a frustrating 2021 season, Penix is ​​back at DeBoer and maybe better than ever. Penix once again looked like the electric quarterback who blitzed the Big Ten in 2020 on Saturday. His 278 passing yards in the first half was the most by a Washington player since 2013, and he finished with 397 passing yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.

Washington is back in action thanks to DeBoer and Penix, and the team is projecting itself as a surprise contender in the Pac-12 this fall. – Adam Rittenberg College football Week 3 Recap

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