Week two of the College Football season did not disappoint.
Top-ranked Alabama steam-rolled Fresno State 41-10, with quarterback Jalen Hurts setting the tone by running for two touchdowns (including a 55 yd touchdown run) and throwing for a third. He completed 14 of his 18 pass attempts for a total of 128 yards.
Michigan beat Cincinnati 36-14, No. 9 Wisconsin defeated FAU 31-14, 17th ranked Louisville gave up 35 points to UNC but won 47-35, No. 3 Clemson beat 13th ranked Auburn 14-6 and No. 15 Georgia beat No. 24 Notre Dame in South Bend by a single point, 20-19. But these weren’t the exciting games of the day.
Before we switch gears to the first NFL Sunday of the season, we take a look at some of the biggest drama of Week 2 in NCAAF. Aside from the highlight-reel worthy games and plays we already mentioned, Saturday also gave us a late-night fight between the no. 20 Washington State Cougars and the unranked Boise State Broncos, a 3rd and 93 situation and, of course, Baker Mayfield getting payback against Ohio State.
Baker Mayfield gets his revenge
Baker Mayfield arrived in Columbus, OH, with payback on his mind.
In 2016, the Buckeyes defeated (and embarrassed) the Sooners 45-24 in Oklahoma, and then proceeded to sing the university’s fight song on the field. That right there was a source of motivation for Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, who before the game told Tulsa World’s Eric Bailey that “We’ve never been here for a team to sing their fight song on our field. Quite frankly it’s just embarrassing. It’s embarrassing. We let down our fans, our coaches and everybody that supports our program to allow them to sing O-H-I-O on our field.”
So when the Sooners beat the Buckeyes 31-16 at “the Shoe” on Saturday, Mayfield was still thinking about that payback. The quarterback, who completed 27 of 35 passes for 386 yards including three touchdowns, took the OU flag from the band, ran along the opposite sideline and proceeded to run towards midfield. Surrounded by some of his Sooners teammates, Mayfield jabbed the flag into the turf (though it didn’t stick) for everyone left in “the Shoe” to see.
Baker Mayfield just planted the Oklahoma flag on the Block O pic.twitter.com/IVuy8AzkUp
— Keith Britton (@KeithBritton86) September 10, 2017
When asked about it afterwards, the quarterback admitted the “last minute decision” had a lot to do with how Ohio State acted last year.
“Part of it was [what happened] last year,” said Mayfield after the game. “It was embarrassing for them to sing their fight song on our field. They’re probably feeling the same way right now.”
Way after Mayfield planted his flag, Washington State and Boise State entertained us with a three overtime game that wasn’t always pretty and ended with a 47-44 win for Washington. But the drama began even before the overtimes.
No. 20 Washington State was trailing the unranked Broncos by 21 points with just under 11 minutes left in the fourth, after a Curtis Weaver fumble return increased the lead to 31-10. The Cougars evened the score with two touchdown passes and a pick-6 in under seven minutes to force overtime.
The Broncos scored first in overtime, a 29 yard field goal. Erik Powell evened the score for the Cougars with a 22 yard field goal of his own. Washington struck first in overtime number two: a one yard touchdown run. Minutes later the Broncos returned the favor with a 15 yard pass to Cedrick Wilson.
After the Cougars defense allowed a field goal to start the third overtime, the Washington State offense took the field and made sure this game ended without another OT. A 22-yard pass from Tyler Hilinski to Jamal Morrow did the trick. The comeback win was a thriller fans are sure to remember for years to come, but the Cougar’s first half does bring up some questions.
— SWXRightNow (@SWXRightNow) September 10, 2017
Insane play of the week
The most insane play of the week came during the Louisiana Tech versus Mississippi State game. And let’s make one thing clear: most insane doesn’t always mean best play, and this specific play is anything but the best, unless of course we’re talking about ESPN’s Not Top 10. LA Tech was on Mississippi State’s 6-yard line with a chance to make a dent in the Bulldogs’ 57-14 lead. Instead, the snap sailed over J’Mar Smith’s head and what ensued cannot be described in words. Players from both teams chased the ball downfield, until LA Tech was finally able to recover the ball on their own 7-yard line.
Casual 3rd and goal. Only 93 yards to get in the end zone pic.twitter.com/Z7yntMCpwS
— Barstool Sports (@barstooltweetss) September 10, 2017
And, folks, that’s how you get into a 3rd and 93 situation.