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College Football Recap Week 8

  • October 30, 2020
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Notre Dame 45, Pittsburgh 3
The Fighting Irish made a considerable statement in this game on both sides of the ball. Ben Skowronek emerged as a potential difference-maker at wide receiver for Notre Dame after missing the early part of the season. He only caught two passes, but both were for long touchdowns. Meanwhile, the Notre Dame defense couldn’t have been more impressive, as the Panthers once again went with freshman quarterback Joey Yellen with Kenny Pickett hurt. The Irish forced three turnovers while allowing just 162 total yards. It was Notre Dame’s most impressive win of the season and the Irish will try to keep it going next week against Georgia Tech with a showdown against Clemson two weeks away.

Ohio State 52, Nebraska 17
The Buckeyes looked to be in mid-season form in their season opener. Nebraska managed to hang around for a little while, tying the game at 14 midway through the second quarter. But the Ohio State offense got rolling and eventually won the game without much trouble. Justin Fields completed 20 of his 21 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns. He also led Ohio State in rushing with 54 yards. Defensively, the Buckeyes were solid, allow they struggled against both of Nebraska’s mobile quarterbacks when they ran the ball, ultimately giving up 210 rushing yards. Next week, Ohio State hits the road to take on Penn State in a game that could decide the winner of the Big Ten East Division.

Oklahoma State 24, Iowa State 21
Oklahoma State passed its first serious test of the season and now looks appear to be the frontrunner to win the Big 12. Spencer Sanders returned from injury and had a good game despite throwing two interceptions. He still managed to complete 20 of his 29 passes for 235 yards while also rushing for 71 yards and a touchdown. He got plenty of help from Chuba Hubbard, who ran for 139 yards on 25 carries. However, he was out-shined by Iowa State running back Breece Hall, who ran for 185 yards on 20 carries and is quickly becoming one of the top running backs in the country. Fortunately for the Cowboys, they were able to keep ISU quarterback Brock Purdy under wraps. Purdy threw for just 162 yards with his only touchdown pass of the game coming with 49 seconds left to bring the Cyclones closer but not close enough. Undefeated Oklahoma State is back home last week to take on Texas.

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Alabama 48, Tennessee 17
Not surprisingly, there was no hangover from the Crimson Tide after last week’s win over Georgia. The Crimson Tide struck quickly, taking a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and coasting from there. Alabama totaled nearly 600 yards of offense with Mac Jones throwing for 387 yards, completing 25 of his 31 passes. However, all five of Alabama’s touchdowns came on the ground, with Najee Harris touching the paint three times. Nick Saban stayed perfect in games against his former assistant coaches, knocking off Tennessee’s Jeremy Pruitt. The Vols have now lost three in a row, as their offensive woes continue. Meanwhile, Alabama remains undefeated heading into a Halloween night showdown with Mississippi State. Unfortunately, the Crimson Tide will be without star receiver Jaylen Waddle for the rest of the season after he suffered an ugly ankle injury while returning a kickoff.

Cincinnati 42, SMU 13
This was a statement win by the Bearcats, who were outstanding defensively against a potent SMU offense. The Mustangs were held under 300 total yards, as running back Ulysses Bentley was held to 40 yards on 16 carries. Meanwhile, Shane Buechele averaged just 4.9 yards per pass attempt, barely completing over 50% of his passes. Offensively, Cincinnati didn’t do much through the air, as Desmond Ridder had just 126 passing yards. However, Ridder got the job done with his legs, rushing for three touchdowns, including a 91-yard run in the fourth quarter to put the game away. Meanwhile, Gerrid Doaks ran for over 100 yards and two touchdowns. With the win, Cincinnati improves to 4-0 and is starting to make a strong argument for a spot in the College Football Playoff. Of course, the Bearcats host Memphis next week, a team they lost to twice last season.

Indians 36, Penn State 35
The biggest shock of the weekend came in the Big Ten, as the Nittany Lions immediately saw their CFP hopes all but end. Statistically, Penn State dominated, out-gaining Indiana 488 to 211 yards. But after the Nittany Lions turned a 17-7 deficit into a 28-20 lead, they failed to put the game away. With less than two minutes left, Michael Penix Jr. led a touchdown drive and ran in the two-point conversion to force overtime. After Penn State scored in overtime, Indiana answered and then Penix ran in the two-point conversion to give the Hoosiers a one-point win. In addition to the PSU defense failing to put the game away, the Nittany Lions hurt themselves with three turnovers, including a pair of interceptions by Sean Clifford. However, Penn State still has a chance to seize control of the Big Ten East when they host Ohio State next week in a must-win game.

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