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College Football

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Week 3 Recaps

GTech is good; FSU is better; and how 'bout them Tigers?

  Brian Wofford Clemson's Brian Wofford and the Tigers ambushed Virginia in Tommy Bowden's first ACC battle. AP

By Stewart Mandel, CNN/SI

Usually there is nothing better than a Saturday night of college football, and this one proved no different. Florida State and Georgia Tech played a game for the ages, and only one thing would have made it better: the CNNSI.com server not going down for several hours afterward, preventing these words from being written until some five hours after its conclusion.

Before said night of hell ensued, we were treated to the ultimate gutsy performance from Georgia Tech QB Joe Hamilton and the dazzling, give-me-the-Heisman-now antics of FSU's Peter Warrick in a shootout with more offense than even a dormitory Play Station marathon.

In the process, No. 1 FSU showed it will be nearly impossible to slow down this season -- but not nearly as invincible as previously believed on defense. Meanwhile, Ohio State got back to that high-flying swagger we all know and love against UCLA, Notre Dame proved someone needs to buy a new watch and Clemson either showed it's for real or showed Marshall is really for real.

Even at 4:15 in the morning, this still sounds like an exciting day of football gone by.

Week 3 Recaps
(2) Penn State 20, Pittsburgh 17
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
1.6: Penn State's average yards per rush, on 41 carries.
Player of the Game
LaVar Arrington, LB, Penn State. Like usual, he did everything -- and this time it was close enough to matter.
Breakdown
Penn State's offense, so explosive against Arizona and Akron, returned to '98 form, highlighted by Kevin Thompson's two interceptions and the absolute inability to run. Pitt should have tied this game at the end, but QB John Turman couldn't avoid the oncoming David Fleishhauer, pushing back the final field-goal attempt too far.
 
(6) Michigan 37, Rice 3
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
199: Yards by which Michigan outgained Rice.
Player of the Game
Marquise Walker, WR, Michigan. Sophomore had five catches for 59 yards and blocked a punt to set up a TD.
Breakdown
You expected Michigan to dominate the Rice 'D,' but the Wolverines linebackers also did a phenomenal job stuffing the Owls' option. Both QBs, Tom Brady and Drew Henson, were solid.
 
(9) Wisconsin 50, Ball State 10
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
158: Ron Dayne's rushing yards, almost exactly the average he needs to reach the NCAA career rushing record.
Player of the Game
Nick Davis, WR, Wisconsin. Davis, who had a 77-yard kickoff return and 91 receiving yards, leads the nation in CNN/SI Player of the Week/Player to Watch selections.
Breakdown
If it's possible to have a "quiet" 158 yards, that's what Dayne did. The Badgers relied heavily on special teams and defense to begin this rout, including Davis' TD return coming on the free kick following a safety.
 
(11) Virginia Tech 31, UAB 10
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
63: Yards allowed by the Hokies. Total. No joke.
Players of the Game
Corey Moore, DE, Virginia Tech. No surprise here -- nation's top pass rusher had three sacks.
Breakdown
Granted, Mini-Me could have played quarterback and won this one the way the Hokies' defense played. But Dave Meyer, filling in for the injured Michael Vick, needed all the help he could get, throwing three picks.
 
(21) Alabama 37, Houston 10
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
0-9: Houston's all-time record against Alabama.
Player of the Game
Shaun Alexander, RB, Alabama. The Heisman hopeful continues to carry the Tide, rushing for 167 yards and scoring three times.
Breakdown
Despite missing players to suspension again, the Tide did not struggle like it did against Vandy. QB Andrew Zow had one of his better games, Alexander was Alexander and the defnese shut down Houston's run game.
 
(20) Purdue 28, (16) Notre Dame 23
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
3: Number of timeouts allowed in a half, which Notre Dame again used up in second half.
Player of the Game
Drew Brees, QB, Purdue. Was 24-of-40 for 317 yards and made the big plays to keep ND from gaining momentum whenever it took the lead.
Breakdown
It was one of those games where you say, "Whoever gets it last ..." -- only having it last doesn't seem to help Notre Dame. Irish QB Jarious Jackson once again had a wondrous performance only to come up short -- literally, a couple yards short when the clock ran out.
 
(24) Colorado State 38, Nevada 33
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
529: Total offense by Colorado State, compensating for a 429-yard passing day by Nevada QB David Neill.
Player of the Game
Matt Newton, QB, Colorado State. Lesser known of the two starting QBs, the junior was 23-of-34 for 312 yards and three TDs.
Breakdown
A wild shootout in the most literal sense, the Rams were able to defend their ranking behind big days from Newton and RB Kevin McDougal, who had 147 yards on 17 carries.
 
(5) Nebraska 45, Cal 0
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
40: Rushing yards, on 35 carries, by Cal, a week after rushing for 162.
Player of the Game
Eric Crouch, QB/WR, Nebraska. "Backup" QB scored three different ways -- pass, run and reception -- in one quarter.
Breakdown
Total domination for the Huskers, and Cal is not that bad a team. Besides getting back to its traditional, grind-it-out offense, Nebraska silenced heralded Cal RB Marcus Fields, who finished with only 29 yards on 14 carries.
 
Clemson 33, (22) Virginia 14
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
10: Years since Clemson's last touchdown pass to a tight end before Pat Cyrgalis' 15-yard catch.
Player of the Game
Brandon Streeter, QB, Clemson. Much-maligned senior set school record with 343 passing yards.
Breakdown
Surprise? To put it mildly. A week after falling 13-10 to Marshall, all facets clicked in Tommy Bowden's new-fangled offense. The Tigers went up 20-0 by halftime and 34-0 before Virginia ever scored. They held Cavaliers RB Thomas Jones to 21 second-half yards and sent shockwaves through the ACC.
 
(12) Georgia 24, South Carolina 9
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
29: Rushing yards for Gamecocks frosh Derek Watson, down from 118 last week.
Player of the Game
Jasper Sanks, RB, Georgia. With Bulldogs searching for a primary runner, the sophomore had his first big game with 130 yards.
Breakdown
Georgia should have won by much more against offense-less S.C., but dropped several passes. Quincy Carter still completed 21 of 38 for 251.
 
(4) Florida 58, Central Florida 27
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
9:46 Span during which Florida's Doug Johnson threw four first-half touchdowns.
Player of the Game
Reche Caldwell, WR, Florida. Teammate Travis Taylor had three TDs, but the redshirt frosh caught four passes for 77 yards to help set them up.
Breakdown
Florida was much more dominant than against Western Michigan, scoring 48 first-half points and piling up 500 yards total offense. Central Florida accumulated nearly 400 passing yards, largely in garbage time, but questions about the Gators defense will continue into next week's showdown with Tennessee.
 
(23) N.C. State 38, William & Mary 9
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
451: N.C. State's total offense, a big step up from the combined 200 against Texas and South Carolina.
Player of the Game
Jamie Barnette, QB, N.C. State. Rebounded from miserable season beginning to throw for 232 yards on 17-of-22 in three quarters.
Breakdown
Although it came against a I-AA opponent, N.C. State's performance on offense should build confidence. The Wolfpack also milked a couple key interceptions, but suffered a downer when RB Ray Robinson left with an ankle sprain.
 
(17) Kansas State 40, Temple 0
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
0: Points Temple has scored in its first two games of '99.
Player of the Game
Frank Murphy, RB, Kansas State. Former JUCO transfer had little impact last year but notched 149 yards and two TDs in '99 debut.
Breakdown
Typical Kansas State football -- the Wildcats forced four turnovers, all resulting in scores, and held Temple to 81 yards of offense. Only disappointment was Jonathan Beasley's 9-of-22 debut at quarterback.
 
(1) Florida State 41, (10) Georgia Tech 35
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
595: Combined offense by the two teams in the first half (FSU led 28-21 at halftime).
Player of the Game
Joe Hamilton, QB, Georgia Tech. Even in defeat, Little Joe stole the show, completing all 14 second-half passes, figuring in five TDs and keeping Tech in it until the end.
Breakdown
FSU pulled out all the stops -- lining up Peter Warrick at QB, throwing a double screen deep in its own territory -- and yet Tech wouldn't die. Hamilton took it to the secondary, hooking up with Dez White and Kelly Campbell on multiple bombs, but FSU just kept coming and stayed ahead throughout.
 
(13) Ohio State 42, (14) UCLA 20
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
27: Ohio State first downs, compared with 18 for UCLA.
Player of the Game
Reggie Germany, WR, Ohio State. One of several weapons for the Buckeyes, Germany hauled in seven balls for 115 yards.
Breakdown
OSU broke open a 21-17 game midway through the third quarter behind an impressive 11-of-16, 159-yard performance by No. 2 QB Steve Bellisari and the solid running of Michael Wiley, who finished with 119 yards on 22 carries. The Bruins were obviously hurt down the stretch by lack of depth from the parking suspensions.
 
(19) Arizona 34, Middle Tennessee 19
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
34: Points Arizona reeled off before Middle Tennessee scored its 19 in the fourth quarter.
Player of the Game
Dennis Northcutt, WR, Arizona. Senior continues to be Wildcats' most productive player, this time returning a punt 80 yards.
Breakdown
The Wildcats rolled to the big lead before heading into cruise control. RB Trung Canidate had his first big game of the season, rushing for 102 yards on 16 carries.



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