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SEC: Week 1 Recap

Week 1 of the college football season is just about in the books. We witnessed four FCS teams beat ranked FBS teams. The usual powerhouses won easily as expected and of course, stars shined very bright on opening week.

Ole Miss 39 Vanderbilt 35

The excitement has been building at both universities. The two head coaches, Hugh Freeze (Ole Miss) and James Franklin (Vanderbilt), have changed a losing culture around campus. So, with the last two years under their belts, the coaches were looking for fast starts to the year. A win in the nationally televised opener would go a long way in terms of confidence for their football teams.

It has been a rather nice summer in Nashville this year. The usual humid, sticky and nasty environment did not prepare players from what transformed in this game. This was a perfect night to see who would literally stomach the elements.

The warm, humid night began with Vandy getting the ball first.  Two possessions later, it was 10-0 Ole Miss, just like that. Vandy appeared a step slower than the Rebels. The offense looked like it was going to be over matched. By the end of the first quarter, Vanderbilt had punted twice and was picked off once.

The Dores had the ball to end the first quarter and took that momentum into the second. That drive ended with Wesley Tate scoring from 3 yards out to make it 10-7. Momentum is big in football and Vandy rode it to two more scores, one a beauty of a pass from Carta-Samuels to WR Jordan Matthews. Matthews had a career day with 10 catches for 178 yards. In between, he found time to get double teamed and throw up.

In the end, it was a familiar result. The Dores ran out of gas and played the angle wrong when Ole Miss RB Jeff Scott took a hand-off and went 75-yards for the game-winner. On the play, you could clearly see that the humidity and hot night had taken it’s toll on the defense.

It was a great game, but coach Franklin celebrated a bit too early. Now, it’s back to the drawing board and next week’s games for these two teams.

LSU 37 TCU 27

Another huge opener for week one was played at Cowboys Stadium. It was to be a test to see if LSU could stay among college football’s elite, a test to see if TCU is still one of the top programs in the country. Oh yeah, along the way, a football game broke out.

The Mad Hatter is more than a fictional character, he coaches football for the Tigers of LSU. He has pulled a few fast ones here and there, and his latest trick was to hire Cam Cameron as his offensive coordinator.  After week 1, it looks like a nice trick. Cameron worked with QB Zach Mettenberger and the offense looked better than expected. Mettenberger would throw for 251 yards and a touchdown and lead an offense that compiled nearly 500 yards.

The defense was the usual hard nose, deny you anything big self. TCU could not get 300 yards of total offense on a defense that lost eight players to the NFL. They basically held the Horned Frogs in check all day.

Chipping in was RB Terrence Magee, he with the 95 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns. He led a 197 yard rushing attack that helped to balance a very impressive LSU offense. For his first day on the job, it would appear coach Cameron would get an A.

Western Kentucky 35 Kentucky 26

Once upon a time, a coach from Arkansas decided to take a motorcycle ride. He would fall off that bike and sustain more injuries than even he expected. As time passed, he healed, decided to go back to work, and ended up in Western Kentucky.

So goes the life of one Bobby Petrino, head football coach of the Hilltoppers. On this day he would be making his return to the college football sidelines. Opposite him was another first-year coach in Kentucky’s Mark Stoops.

The game began with Western going 75 yards and taking a lead they would never relinquish. In just his second career start, QB Brandon Doughty was 27-34 for 271 yards and a touchdown pass. The running game was tremendous with a combined 41 carries for 216 yards and four rushing scores.

The defense for the Hilltoppers did their part holding Kentucky to 15 first downs and a 10 minute advantage in time of possession. All in all, it was a good performance by an offense coached by Petrino. Say what you want about the guy, just make sure you say he can coach.

Clemson 38 Georgia 35

The game of games was between these two top-10 teams. It was played in prime-time just the way you wanted it to be. The game itself would not disappoint. Offense was expected and it was offense that we got.

Two of college football’s top players are Clemson QB Taj Boyd and WR Sammy Watkins. Neither disappointed as Boyd would throw for 270 yards on 18-30 passing with three touchdowns. Oh, if there was any doubt about how good he is, he ran for 42 yards on 13 carries and two more touchdowns. Watkins would catch six passes for 127 yards and a touchdown.

On the other side was Georgia QB Aaron Murray and RB Todd Gurley. Neither would have a letdown as Murray threw for 323 yards on 20-29 passing. Gurley would take a hand-off and run 75 yards to tie it at 7-7. He would finish with 154 yards on just 12 carries and two scores.

It was the offensive showing everyone was expecting as Georgia lost plenty on the defensive side of the ball. It was also a blow the Bulldogs’ quest for a national championship. For Clemson, it was a step in the right direction on their own quest to make the BCS title game.

Other Scores:

Tennessee 45 Austin Peay 0

Alabama 35 Virginia Tech 10

Texas A&M 52 Rice 31

Florida 24 Toledo 6

South Carolina 27 North Carolina 10

Oklahoma St 21 Mississippi St. 3

Missouri 58 Murray St. 14

Auburn 31 Washington St. 24

Arkansas 34 Louisiana Lafayette 14


















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