Week two was another spectacular week in the college football world. Giants fell and underdogs won in a week that was exciting to the end. Texas showed that even though Colt McCoy is a very good young quarterback, he is far from in-Vince-able. Colorado made another loop in their downward spiral, and Florida State survived a scare against the Troy Trojans, as did Tennessee against the Air Force Falcons. As far as Heisman contenders, Boise State's Ian Johnson made a big push with a 240-yard, 5 touchdown night, while Boston College showed us that games are not played on paper in a overtime win over Clemson.
Boston College over Clemson
Clemson went into Boston expecting a win against the BC Eagles. The game went into double overtime, and Boston College won the game when Jolonn Dunbar came free to block the Clemson point-after attempt in the second overtime. The Eagles also benefited from the heroics of Jeff Smith who returned a kick for a touchdown and had several other long returns.
Boston College over Clemson
BEST TEAM PERFORMANCE
In their first full game without Michael Bush, the Cardinals erased all doubts that they were not the same team without him. Sergio Spencer and George Stripling each ran for two touchdowns, as the Cards soundly whipped the Temple Owls Saturday. Quarterback Brian Brohm threw for 307 yard and a score, and the Cards racked up 671 total yards as compared to Temple's 230. Mario Urrutia led Louisville with 5 catches for 110 yards and a touchdown.
Runner-Up: Nebraska - Zac Taylor looked smooth and sharp in a performance against Nicholls State, going 19 for 23 for 202 yards and four touchdowns. Young tailback Marlon Lucky added 103 yards on the ground.
MOST DISAPPOINTING TEAM PERFORMANCE
Without a doubt, the Colorado Buffaloes played the worst game this week (yet again), as Sonny Lubick's defense allowed only 147 yards from a Colorado offense that has been dismal so far this season. The Colorado defense was not much better, and Colorado State quarterback Caleb Hanie was 20 for 23 for 235 yards and a score. Colorado falls to 0-2 to in Dan Hawkins' debut and needs to regroup quickly, or they could be in for a long season.
Runner-Up: Texas - Texas struggled heavily in their 24-7 loss to the Buckeyes, and their biggest problem was ball security as the Horns had 2 costly turnovers.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Troy Smith - QB - Ohio State University
Smith was extremely effective in the Bucks' win over the Texas Longhorns on Saturday night, going 17 of 26 for 269 yards and two touchdowns.
Raymell Rice - Tailback - Rutgers
Arguably the best sophomore in the country, Rice impressed again on Saturday, rushing for 108 yards on 23 attempts in a win over the Illinois Fighting Illini.
Chris Leak - Quarterback - Florida
Leak exploded on Saturday against the University of Central Florida, going 19 of 29 for 352 and four touchdowns. This is Leak's second year in coach Urban Meyer's system.
Drew Weatherford - Quarterback - Florida State
Weatherford played well against an upset-minded Troy team Saturday, going 30 of 43 for 336 yards and two scores. Weatherford is entering his sophomore season with the Seminoles.
Matthew Stafford - Quarterback - Georgia
Granted he threw three interceptions, but this was an important game for the future leader of the Georgia Bulldogs. Outside of the turnovers, Stafford was 8 of 19 for 171 yards.
THREE THINGS WE LEARNED
#1: Colorado's ship continues to sink
If the Buffs cannot beat Montana State or Colorado State, I see no way they will win a conference game or any game for that matter. Coach Dan Hawkins had better do some damage control or he might be gone after one season.
#2: Mizzou quarterback Chase Daniel is better than Brad Smith
Smith was a darn good playmaker but didn't fit the system he was plugged into at Missourri. Daniel is somewhat mobile but possesses a superb are and should be more capable of leading the Tigers to the promised land.
#3: Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell is not just a plug-and-go quarterback.
He is good. Harrell was 40-52 for 376 yards against the UTEP Miners on Saturday with two scores in the air and one on the ground.