Top 10 Highlights from the First Week of College Football:
Boise State had an incredible comeback from an 18-point deficit in a 36-31 victory against Florida State. Freshman QB Hank Backmeier stood out from the rest by throwing for 407 yards with one touchdown, while defense restrained the Seminoles to 99 rushing yards on 28 carries.
Despite Liberty’s loss against against Syracuse, the highlight of the game wasn’t the players, but Liberty’s head coach Hugh Freeze, who coached the game from his hospital bed. Freeze who was unable to call timeouts or speak with officials, surprisingly was still able to call plays despite being almost completely horizontal.
Alabama’s 42-3 blow out against Duke in the Saturday kick off game despite their slow start with a scoreless first quarter. Last years Heisman runner-up and Junior QB Tua Tagovailoa, threw for 336 yards and four touchdowns. Tagovailoa recently went as the number one pick for the for the NFL Mock Draft to the Miami Dolphins and is forecasted to go number one in the draft next spring.
Heisman front runner Jalen Hurts, a transfer from Alabama and now the Oklahoma QB, had a strong debut against Houston. Hurts scored six touchdowns, three rushing and three passing, throwing for 332 yards helping claim the 49-31 win over the Cougars.
Justin Fields also at Ohio, had his first college start as a Quarterback on a new team after transferring from Georgia. The sophomore had 91 rushing yards, 234 yards passing and five total touchdowns, including his 51-yard touchdown he rushed against Florida Atlantic with a final score of 45-21.
Bo Nix, the QB from Auburn had his college debut as the first true freshman to start the season for Auburn in over 73 years. Nix led the team back from a 21-6 deficit in the second half against Oregon. With 10 seconds remaining, Nix tossed the game winning touchdown for the Tigers.
As defending national champion, Clemson defeated Georgia Tech in a 52-14 game. ACC Player of the Year and junior running back Travis Etienne continued his reign as he ran 12 times for 205 yards with three touchdowns. After Etienne’s standout performance he was named National Offensive Player of the week.
Senior QB Joe Burrow at LSU aided in the 55-3 rout against Georgia Southern and completed 23 of 27 passes for 278 yards and five touchdowns. The Tigers scored 21 points in both the first and second quarters, an improvement from last season, where they failed to score more than three touchdowns in any quarter last season.
Penn State hammered Idaho in a 79-7 game, scoring above 20 in three out of four quarters. Highlight of the game was sophomore wide receiver KJ Hamler who had a multi touchtown performance which was the first in his career. Nittany Lion’s Coach referred to Hamler as one of the most explosive players in the country.
A topic of conversation after FSU’s loss against Boise State, was coach Willie Taggart’s statement where he attributes the loss possibly to the dehydration of his team. Due to the impending Hurricane Dorian, the game was moved from Jacksonville to their home field in Tallahassee. It’s surprising Taggart has not yet learned how to properly hydrate a football team considering he has coached in the sunshine state for over five years.