Week Two, after the five-day football feast of the opening week, was considered to be, well, Weak Two. While there were no games matching ranked teams, there was plenty of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot moments and notable happenings.
Players behaving badly
A game between Ventura College and Mount San Antonio College, two community colleges in California, turned into an episode of “Law & Order.”
Mt. SAC offensive lineman Bernard Schirmer was arrested after he punched a game official who was trying to break up a verbal scuffle. Schirmer was ejected and after the game was arrested on charges of assault.
— VCStar CollegeSports (@vcscolleges) September 11, 2016
In the second half of the season opener, USC’s Jabari Ruffin was ejected for crotch-stomping an Alabama player. In Week Two, the Trojans had another player red-carded. Offensive tackle Chuma Edoga was penalized for punching a Utah State player, then ejected for bumping into an official attempting to break up the confrontation.
USC's Chuma Edoga, looks like he was pushed on pile late, but swung at Utah State player – then ref held him back. pic.twitter.com/FSM1xpNEgH
— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) September 10, 2016
Louisiana Monroe sophomore wide receiver and Oklahoma defensive back Michiah Quick were called for off-setting personal fouls. Brown probably escaped an ejection for this right jab.
Bruh Michiah Quick didn't even flinch. How did this dude not get ejected though? pic.twitter.com/AYM8bdEnt8
— Joe Buettner (@Joe_Buettner) September 11, 2016
Coaches behaving madly
Washington State, which lost its opener to FCS member Eastern Washington, followed that up by losing at Boise State Saturday night. The Cougars are 0-2 with the losses coming by a total of four points.
WSU coach Mike Leach ranted about his players’ lack of toughness.
Mike Leach: The toughness level on our team is pathetic right now pic.twitter.com/0GBV4bf70N
— Lindsay Joy (@SWXLindsayJoy) September 11, 2016
Earlier in the week, Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin received a salary boost. He doubled his paycheck and now earns $1.4 million a year. Kiffin is thought to be the highest-paid offensive coordinator in college football.
Part of that pay raise might be for combat pay.
On the sideline during Alabama’s 38-10 victory over Western Kentucky, Tide coach Nick Saban took out his frustrations on Kiffin. The Hilltoppers scored with 46 seconds remaining to make it 38-10. The touchdown followed an Alabama turnover on a play call Saban didn’t appreciate.
“There’s no argument,” Saban said bluntly. “Those are called ass chewings.”
— Brad Crawford (@BCrawford247) September 10, 2016
Player behaving sadly
Ray-Ray, this was a no-no. Clemson’s Ray-Ray McCloud appeared to have sparked a sleep-walking team with a 75-yard punt return TD when the Tigers were leading Troy 13-10. Alas, McCloud joined the Early Fumbler’s Club by casually letting the ball slip before he crossed the goal line. A video review confirmed the fumble and awarded possession to Troy.
Let’s just start an intervention. From Pee Wee on up to the NFL, if a player scores an uncontested TD, it doesn’t count until he HANDS THE BALL TO AN OFFICIAL.
Lamar Jackson > Lamar
Houston followed up its victory over Oklahoma in Week One by defeating Lamar, an FCS school located in nearby Beaumont, 42-0. The Cougars played without starters at quarterback and running back, Greg Ward Jr. and Duke Catalon. Both were held out as Houston looked forward to Thursday’s game at Cincinnati. Because of a three-hour, 36-minute interruption because of lightning, the game last six hours and 19 minutes.
But this is about another Lamar that’s on the radar of the sixth-ranked Cougars. On Nov. 19, Louisville is scheduled to play at Houston. The No. 10 Cardinals play host to No. 2 Florida State Saturday, and Louisville sophomore Lamar Jackson is putting up numbers that would short-circuit a video game.
In two games, Jackson is first in FBS in points responsible for, second in total offense, third in rushing yardage and eighth in passing yardage. He’s the only player in the top 10 in both rushing and passing yardage.
If Jackson was his own team, here’s where he would rank:
- Points responsible for (78) – “team” rank, 41st in scoring.
- Total offense (507.5 yards per game) – “team” rank, 31st.
- Rushing yards (159 per game) – “team” rank, tied 81st.
- Passing yards (697) – “team rank, 14th.
Meanwhile, in the FCS …
The game of the day was off the radar of the national media because it matched two top 10 teams in the FCS. Top-ranked and five-time defending national champion North Dakota State defeated eighth-ranked Eastern Washington, 50-44, in overtime Saturday in Fargo.
NDSU defeated Charleston Southern in overtime to win its opener. EWU won at Washington State to start its season. The Bison tied Eastern Washington on a field goal in the final minute, intercepted the visitors in OT and then scored on Lance Dunn’s 25-yard run.
North Dakota State’s next game will be on the radar. The Bison will try to spring an upset when they play at No. 13 Iowa Saturday.
Now you know
- In coach P.J. Durkin’s first two games as Maryland’s coach, the Terps have scored a total of 93 points in victories over Howard and Florida International. Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant coached at Maryland for one season (1945) and he held the record for most combined points (80) in the first two games for a Terps’ coach.
- Pick Six: FIU senior quarterback Alex McGough has thrown four interceptions; three have been returned for touchdowns.
- Minnesota’s 592 total yards against Indiana State was the sixth-most in school history and the Gophers scored the most points in a game since 2006.
- After leading Southern Miss 35-10 with 1:42 remaining in the first half of the season opener, Kentucky was outscored 79-0 over the next 87:57 before scoring an oh-by-the-way touchdown in its 45-7 loss at Florida. The Wildcats have lost 30 consecutive games to the Gators.
- Tennessee has an eight-game winning streak extending back to last season. Its last eight-game streak came in 1998, the year the Vols won the national championship.
- Illinois State’s 9-7 upset of Northwestern was just part of a perfect day for FCS programs in the state of Illinois. Eastern Illinois defeated Miami (Ohio), 21-17, Southern Illinois defeated Southeast Missouri State 24-9 and Western Illinois defeated Northern Arizona 34-20. The state’s three FBS schools lost. In addition to Northwestern’s loss, North Carolina beat Illinois, 48-23, and Northern Illinois lost at South Florida, 48-17.
- San Diego State senior running back Donnel Pumphrey had a career-high 281 yards rushing and three touchdowns in the Aztecs’ 45-40 victory over Cal. He also became the school’s career rushing leader, surpassing Marshall Faulk’s 4,589 total.
- Lincoln wins, Lincoln loses. It was the battle of Lincolns Saturday. Playing in Pennsylvania, Lincoln (Pa.) rallied from an early 17-0 deficit to defeat Lincoln (Mo.), 33-23, Saturday. The Blue Tigers dropped to 0-2 while the Lions are now 1-1.
- For Saturday’s Rutgers’ game with Howard, an auto dealership sponsored a contest in which 100 students would share $100,000 if the Scarlet Knights returned their opening kickoff for a touchdown. Sorry, kids. Janarion Grant’s 84-yard kickoff return for a touchdown came on Rutgers’ second kickoff return.
- With the hundreds of folks involved with college football telecasts, one would think someone would keep an eye peeled for an unfortunate camera shot. Alas, that wasn’t the case when the SEC Network televised Saturday’s Arkansas State-Auburn game. The obligatory “booth shot” showed announcers Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer strategically placed so that the background “SEC Saturday Night” was unintentionally edited.
- Army is 2-0 for the first time since 1996. Navy and Air Force are also 2-0 so it’s the first time in 20 years that all three service academies are 2-0. All three have never started 3-0 in the same year. Navy is at Tulane and Army is at UTEP Saturday. Air Force’s next game is at Utah State on Sept. 24. The Black Knights have matched last season’s win total and have back-to-back wins for the first time in 70 games.
- East Carolina’s bid to join the Big 12 was rejected, but the school is enjoying football success over Atlantic Coast Conference teams. Saturday’s victory over North Carolina State was the Pirates’ sixth straight over an ACC team. Since 2013, ECU’s six wins over ACC teams matches the ACC victory totals of N.C. State and Wake Forest.
- Ohio coach Frank Solich is now 7-0 against Kansas. He was 6-0 against the Jayhawks when he coached Nebraska.
Other than that … all good
UCF got steamrolled by No. 5 Michigan, 51-14, in Ann Arbor. At the end of the first quarter, the Wolverines had dominated to post a 21-0 lead. But as Jeff Goldblum’s character in The Big Chill said, “I don’t know anyone who could get through the day without two or three juicy rationalizations.” That’s how this UCF fan rationalized the first quarter.
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 10, 2016
And then he said …
TCU closed a 13-0 season by defeating Wisconsin, coached by Bret Bielema, in the 2011 Rose Bowl. Bielema, now the Arkansas coach, was reminded of that game during the Razorbacks’ double-overtime victory in Fort Worth:
“I had a guy yelling ‘Rose Bowl’ at me every time I left the field. I was looking for him after the game and couldn’t find him.”