College Football Review: Louisville demands national attention in Week 3

Jake Carlson

Sports Blogger

@jmancarl

This week featured many games that looked to be solid contests on paper. However, a few thrills, a couple of spills and a bunch of dropped footballs highlighted this week of college football.

Games of the Week

Florida State vs Louisville

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson is leaps and bounds ahead of his Heisman competition after three weeks. (Nick Coffey / Flickr)
Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson led the Cardinals in their 63-20 win against Florida State on Saturday. (Nick Coffey / Flickr)

ESPN College Gameday’s matchup Saturday was then-No. 2 Florida State at then-No. 10 Louisville. Louisville (3-0) honored late boxer Muhammad Ali in its game and handled the Seminoles 63-20. Quarterback Lamar Jackson had one of his more “lackluster” performances of the year compared to his numbers thus far. Jackson threw for 216 yards and a touchdown while running for 146 yards and four touchdowns. On paper, this game looked to be a well-fought matchup between two exceptional teams. However, paper couldn’t have been more wrong. FSU’s youth was exposed on both sides of the ball. The Seminoles (2-1) couldn’t stop Jackson and couldn’t score on offense. Louisville has made a statement in the ACC with only Clemson in its way.

Alabama vs Ole Miss

The top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide went to then-No. 19 Ole Miss in possibly the second most anticipated game of the week. The Tide had lost two straight games to Ole Miss (1-2). However, this time around, Alabama (3-0) didn’t disappoint with a 48-43 victory. Ole Miss led 24-3 in the first half but Alabama battled back. Alabama coach Nick Saban rallied his troops to bring the Crimson Tide back within a touchdown at halftime. Alabama took control in the second half and took the lead. Ole Miss got within five but Alabama held on to halt the two-year run by the Rebels.

North Dakota State vs Iowa

In the biggest upset of the weekend, defending FCS champion North Dakota State beat then-No. 13 Iowa 23-21 in Iowa City. The Bison drove down the field to kick a game-winning 37-yard field goal as time expired. Trailing by one point, NDSU failed a two-point conversion with 3:41 left. Iowa (2-1) failed to control the clock on offense and the Bison took advantage of their opportunity when they got the ball back. The upset was just the fourth time an FCS school defeated a ranked FBS team.

Players of the week

Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State: 26/46, 540 yards, 2 touchdowns

James Washington, WR, OSU: 9 receptions, 296 yards, 2 touchdowns

Rennie Childs, RB, OSU: 10 carries, 101 yards, 4 touchdowns

James Washington had himself a day against Pittsburgh. (Devin Wilber / O'Colly)
James Washington had himself a day against Pittsburgh, tallying the fourth-highest receiving yard total in Big 12 history. (Devin Wilber / O’Colly)

How could you pick only one? Oklahoma State looked to bounce back against Pittsburgh, the Cowboys’ first Power-5 opponent of the season. Three players made that comeback possible in the Cowboys’ 45-38 win. Mason Rudolph broke Brandon Weeden’s OSU single-game passing yards record by 38 yards on an 86-yard pass to Jhajuan Seales in the fourth quarter. Rennie Childs took over the lead running back spot in place of injured Chris Carson, and produced the highest rushing total of his career. James Washington was 4 yards short of the single-game OSU receiving record, but the connection between he and Rudolph looked to be too much for Pittsburgh.

Jabrill Peppers, LB/DB, Michigan: 204 all-purpose yards, 1 touchdown

No. 4 Michigan struggled with Colorado early in the game, going down 21-7 in the first quarter. Jabrill Peppers, however, had no plan to lose in the Wolverines’ 45-28 win. In addition to his stellar defense, Peppers took handoffs and returned kicks for the Wolverines. He scored the only fourth-quarter touchdown of the game and put the game out of reach for Colorado.

Noah Brown, WR, Ohio State: 5 receptions, 72 yards, 4 touchdowns

Noah Brown caught only five passes for the Buckeyes on Saturday night but outscored the Oklahoma Sooners by himself. Brown reeled in the best catch of the year so far, pinning the ball with one hand to the back of an OU defensive back on a fade route to the back left corner of the end zone. Buckeyes eased to a 45-24 victory in Norman.

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