College football Week 5 recap

Week 5 of the 2022 college football season brought us a close decision (Georgia), a stunning upset (TCU), a backup quarterback filling in for a Heisman winner to lead No. 1-ranked Alabama to victory ( Jalen Milroe), and there was no shortage of moments for Let’s Love the Sport.

best catch

Javanese lofton. That’s it. Watch it. Then watch it again.

It’s easily one of the better catches of the season from the Liberty wide receiver.


Best celebration

The sell-out crowd at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium wasn’t the only group celebrating Ole Miss’ thrilling 22-19 win over Kentucky on Saturday in Hotty Toddy fashion.

For example, the Ole Miss defensive coaches were in a raucous coaching room after Jared Ivey ripped the ball away from Kentucky quarterback Will Levis in the last minute and saved the Rebels’ 13th straight home win.

It was that type of game, back and forth, where both teams made big plays and big mistakes. But the Rebels’ defense, as coach Lane Kiffin has said, has had a “big defensive day” when it needs to. Not just once, but twice. The rebels forced Levis to fiddle with Kentucky’s last two possessions of the game.

“It came down to the last game, and our guys showed up,” Kiffin said.

Ole Miss (5-0) won 10 games in the regular season a year ago for the first time in school history. The Rebels could very easily start this season 7-0 with their next two games against Vanderbilt away and Auburn at home.

The Ole Miss sidelines (and not just the coaching room) were just as wild after they ultimately held their own against a nationally ranked No. 7 Kentucky team.

“It was so crazy,” said Ole Miss recipient Malik Heath. “We said, ‘No way did we just do that.’ We believed in our defence. We believe our defense is the best defense in the country. … We weren’t worried. They held her once so we figured they would do it again.

They did, and the party started.

– Chris Low


Best Quote

If Mike Leach had to come up with a game plan for a wedding, the Mississippi state head coach would keep it simple and repeat one point over and over:

Run away. Run away. Run away.

From experience or not, that was Leach’s marriage advice to SEC Network reporter Alyssa Lang on Saturday.

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After a win over the No. 17 Aggies, Mike Leach credits the Bulldogs for being strong on both sides of the ball and gives his two cents for proper wedding arrangements.

“Once the season is over, or even a week off, go through with it,” Leach said. “Trust me, go elope. Because basically every woman in the family will terrorize you until it’s over. When it’s over, I mean, they’re going to be upset for a few days, but it’s going to be over and then you’re going to go along and have a happy marriage, a happy life.”

Leach even added that he told all of his kids that if they eloped, he would give them an extra $10,000.

“So far they haven’t,” Leach said. “But so would I.”

– Paolo Uggetti


Little school moment of the week

North Dakota State has become the premier FCS program by figuring out how to combine the modernity it takes to produce two top-five picks at quarterback in the last decade with loads of hilarious physicality of the old school combined. While the typical college football offense doesn’t see much use for fullbacks, NDSU lists five of them on its list, including 236-pound Hunter Luepke, MVP of last year’s national title game and a nominee for the Walter Payton’s watchlist Award.

Luepke had a combined 106 rushing and receiving yards and scored his seventh and eighth touchdowns of the season in Saturday’s 27-14 win over Youngstown State; The second went viral, not necessarily because of his exploits, but because of those around him.

Luepke and three other fullbacks shared the field for his 12-yard score late in the first quarter. It’s fun when you can double your mark and get a touchdown at the same time, right? (Also on stamp: The Bisons’ victory was over in less than three hours. The clock rarely stops when NDSU has the ball.)

– Bill Connelly


Best Mascot Moment

BYU defeated Utah State 38-26 Thursday in Provo to cling to the Old Wagon Wheel at the last scheduled meeting between the two schools before the Cougars move to the Big 12.

Quarterback Jaren Hall led BYU by completing 17 of 37 passes for 274 yards and three touchdowns while running back Christopher Brooks added 90 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

However, depending on who you ask, the most impressive BYU performance of the night might have come from Cosmo the Cougar, who did the following:

The table stunt is just the latest in an already impressive arsenal of talent from Cosmo.

– Harry Lyles Jr.


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TCU makes a statement

Sonny Dykes grew up in the footsteps of today’s Big 12 while his father trained Spike as an assistant at Texas and as a head coach at Texas Tech. After his father retired, Dykes returned to coach wide receiver for Mike Leach at Tech from 2000 to 2006. Dykes made a triumphant return to the league in his first Big 12 game as head coach Saturday, choking first-year head coach Brent Venables and Oklahoma 55-24. There’s no doubt that scoring his first win against the Sooners meant something to him.

“That was good,” said Dykes after the game. “I trained against Oklahoma for a long time and didn’t have much success against these guys. They’re one of the blue bloods of college football, and whenever you get a chance to play these guys, you’ll be delighted. They’ll see it as an opportunity to make a name for themselves and as a program, to take a step. And I think we did that today. We weren’t surpassed. We did it.” don’t look like it.”

That would be an understatement. The Frogs moved the ball however they wanted, rushing for 361 yards and passing 307 yards with no turnovers. A week ago, the TCU student section chanted Dykes’ name at SMU, where he previously trained, in what he described as a bit embarrassing. This week, however, Dykes looked like he was feeling right at home again.

– Dave Wilson

DTR and UCLA put on a show

On a night when his competition on the other side was a quarterback starting to get Heisman enthusiasm, UCLA senior quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson turned the Rose Bowl into his personal playground. DTR, as he’s known, hurled and juked at Washington’s defenseman on his way to an upset victory, but no game looked smoother than that pirouette near the goal-line.

Reaching the end zone on a short run, Thompson-Robinson deftly slid off a diving defender’s right, colliding with a teammate. It looked like something out of a choreographed dance routine and allowed DTR to go into the end zone untouched.

The play brought the Bruins up 23 and embodied the kind of statement they produced on Friday night. After being ignored for beating four minor teams earlier in the season, Chip Kelly’s team heralded its presence in the Pac-12 with a signature win that the Bruins had lacked in previous seasons.

Thanks to some continuity under DTR’s leadership and the addition of transfers like wide receiver Jake Bobo, UCLA suddenly looks like a conference contender that will at least feature tough matchups for the upper echelons of the Pac-12s of Utah, Oregon and USC. Who knows, in a few weeks we might consider the Bruins to be part of this bunch too.

– Uggetti

https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/page/bestmoments100322/college-football-week-5-recap-best-highlights-takeaways College football Week 5 recap

Emma Bowman

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