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Week 1 Recap Grid

Latest: Tuesday August 29, 2000 01:47 PM

Week 1 Recaps
No. 8 Kansas State 27, Iowa 7
Matchup Key Stat
Game Recap
Scoring Summary
11: Number of consecutive season openers won by the Wildcats.
Player of the Game
David Allen, RB/KR, Kansas State: The star tailback scored the first touchdown of the 2000 season, a 1-yard run 4:18 into the game. Later in the half, he returned a punt 85 yards for a score, but it was called back because of an illegal block. If the touchdown had stood, it would have given Allen the NCAA career record for punt-return touchdowns. He later left the game with an ankle injury. Analysis
The Wildcats, perhaps tired of hearing so much grief every year about their weak non-conference schedule, unwittingly showed the nation why playing pushovers early isn't such a bad idea. Facing an Iowa team that was 1-10 a year ago, Kansas State generally struggled offensively and was plagued by turnovers. The only consolation for K-State was that Iowa's offense was even less effective. The Hawkeyes had their chances, especially in the third quarter, but couldn't convert on their opportunities.
No. 2 Florida State 29, BYU 3
Matchup Key Stat
Game Recap
Scoring Summary
-13: Rushing yards compiled -- sort of -- in a scoreless first half by Brigham Young.
Player of the Game
Atrews Bell, WR, FSU: Playing in his hometown before family and friends, the Seminole wideout ran for one touchdown and caught another. Not bad for a guy with 11 career receptions in his two previous seasons.'s Analysis
BYU didn't want to bring its cornerbacks up too close and run the risk of being blown away by Florida State's receivers, so Chris Weinke nickel-and-dimed his way all over the field all night long, setting career highs with 32 completions and 50 attempts. The Seminoles didn't appear to miss Peter Warrick much, and their defense didn't suffer from the loss of players like Corey Simon, either. Neither of BYU's quarterbacks was able to put any significant drive together, and only a third-quarter field goal stretched the Cougars' string of non-shutouts to 313 games.
Texas Tech 24, New Mexico 3
Matchup Key Stat
Game Recap
Scoring Summary
1: Number of career touchdown receptions for Texas Tech star Ricky Williams after Saturday's game.
Player of the Game
Kliff Kingsbury, QB, Texas Tech: He got his feet wet in coach Mike Leach's air-friendly system, completing 21 of 47 passes for 186 yards and a pair of touchdowns.'s Analysis
The Red Raiders generally had their way with a Lobos team that seems destined to spend the year at the bottom of the Mountain West Conference. After relying on the ground game forever under former coach Spike Dykes, the Raiders took the first step in igniting the plains of West Texas with their new-look scheme. Kingsbury threw 15 more passes than any Tech QB did in a game last year, but completed less than half. Still, with a healthy Williams mixing with the threat of an air attack, the Raiders could make some noise.
No. 15 USC 29, No. 22 Penn State 5
Matchup Key Stat
Game Recap
Scoring Summary
6: Number of points scored by USC's offensive players Saturday, on a touchdown run by Petros Papakakis. The rest of the scoring came on defense and special teams.
Player of the Game
Zeke Moreno, LB, USC: The Trojans' defense set the tone and upheld it throughout the game, and their middle linebacker was the key to that. Moreno's leadership and a couple of jaw-dropping hits led the way for a unit that could actually bring some respect to Pac-10 defenses - no easy chore.'s Analysis

There were those who said Penn State didn't deserve to be ranked in the Top 25 in the preseason, and after this game, the Nittany Lions won't be there for long. Clearly, the Lions were overmatched, even on the defensive end, by a USC team that has seen its national stock rise rapidly. The Trojans got a touchdown on special teams and another on defense and generally made Rashard Casey and the Lions look bad. Carson Palmer didn't have a great game in his return, but he didn't need to.

Georgia Tech at No. 11 Virginia Tech, postponed

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