A relatively quiet weekend in terms of the top programs doing what they’re supposed to be doing in crushing their foes. A recap of the first weekend of the 2008 college football season.
Upset of the Day: #17 Virginia Tech 22 – 27 East Carolina
VaTech’s inability to put away the game allowed ECU to hang around long enough until a blocked punt for a touchdown gave the Pirates two quick touchdowns to come from behind with 1:52 remaining. ECU’s Patrick Pinkney outplayed his senior counterpart, throwing for 211 yards and a touchdown, while Sean Glennon managed just 139 passing yards with 2 interceptions. The Pirates play another ranked opponent next week in No. 8 West Virginia (1-0).
Scare of the Day: Chris Wells injures his right foot in the third quarter in Ohio State’s romp over Youngstown State. The Heisman candidate had 13 carries for 111 yards and a touchdown, and it is unclear if Wells will miss any time because of the injury.
Game of the Day: #9 Clemson 10 – 34 #24 Alabama
The Crimson Tide shut down Clemson’s offense, allowing 0 rushing yards and no offensive touchdowns. Alabama, meanwhile, rushed for 239 yards and controlled the ball for over 41 minutes, as Mark Ingram (96 rushing yards) and Glen Coffee (90 rushing yards) led the ground game.
How the Top Five Fared:
- – def. Georgia Southern 45-21
- – def. Youngstown St 43-0
- – def. Virginia 52-7
- – def. Chattanooga 57-2
- – def. Hawaii 56-10
Chase Daniel, QB, Missouri – 26/45, 323 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT, 9 car, 46 yards
Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma – 17/22, 183 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
Tim Tebow, QB, Florida – 9/14, 137 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 9 car, 37 yards
GOTW Preview: Miami (Fl) (1-0) @ #5 Florida (1-0), 5p PT on ESPN
It’s too soon to tell if the Hurricanes’ 52-7 romp over Charleston Southern was the Miami of old or just the result of weak competition. They’ll find out next week, as they try to tackle Tebow and the rest of the Gators, in what should be a good game for Florida as well.
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