Week 2 Recap - Michigan Avoids Army Upset In 2 OT; Clemson Beats A&M; LSU Prevails

September 8, 2019 by Dave Congrove

Michigan escaped with a 24-21 win at home over Army in double-OT on Saturday. Maryland mauled Syracuse to go to 2-0 with a 63-20 home win over the Orange. The Terps are averaging 71 points per game through their first 2 games. Missouri regrouped from last week's 37-31 loss at Wyoming with a 38-7 home win  over West Virginia.

Those were a few of Saturday's results as the overall level of play jumped dramatically over the generally awful football that was on display in week one. The marquee games were particularly fun to witness.

LSU and Texas battled to the finish, but the Tigers had the upper hand most of the night and prevailed 45-38. The Longhorns scored late and attempted an onside kick which was nearly recovered. Joe Burrow threw for 471 yards and 4 TD's for LSU with three different receivers topping 100 yards, led by Justin Jefferson's 193 yards and 3 touchdowns. Sam Ehlinger threw for 401 yards and 4 TD's for the Longhorns with Devin Duvernay hauling in 12 balls with 2 scores.

USC trailed Stanford 20-10 in the second quarter, then opened up a can and crushed the Cardinal 45-20. Kedon Slovis, playing for the injured J.T. Daniels, completed 28-of-33 passes for 377 yards and 3 TD's with no picks. Daniels (torn ACL, meniscus) is out for season. The Cardinal were also playing without their starting QB, K.J. Costello (concussion). Davis Mills was 22-of-36 for 237 yards with 1 TD and 1 pick.

At Clemson, Texas A&M drove 91 yards and scored a meaningless touchdown with 6 seconds left to make the stat line and the score look better. Still, the final result was 24-10 in favor of the Tigers and ran their winning streak to 17. The Aggies had just 135 yards prior to their final two drives with the previous one ending in an interception in the red zone. Dabo Swinney improved to 6-4 all-time vs. Jimbo Fisher with wins in the last 5 meetings.

Meanwhile, Alabama thrashed New Mexico State 62-10 as Nick Saban kept pace with Swinney's 57-4 record since the start of the 2015 season. Each has also won a pair of national titles in that span with 'Bama taking the trophy in 2015 and 2017, and Swinney claiming the crown in 2016 and 2018. Alabama has played one true non-conference road game (Penn State in 2011) since going to Hawaii and losing at the end of the 2003 season.

Ohio State had no trouble with Cincinnati, winning 42-0 Columbus.

After blanking USF 49-0 in Tampa in the opener, Wisconsin went home on Saturday and shut out Central Michigan 61-0. That's 110-0 for 2 games.

South Florida has now dropped 8 straight since opening the 2018 season at 7-0. The Bulls lost 14-10 at Georgia Tech as the Yellow Jackets avenged last year's 49-38 loss to USF and pocketed their first win for new head coach Geoff Collins. Georgia Tech had lost 3 straight by 24 points or more dating back to the Georgia game at the conclusion of the 2018 regular season.

UCF went to Boca Raton and handed the FAU Owls a 48-14 whipping with Brandon Wimbush sitting on the sidelines. Head coach Josh Huepel announced the Notre Dame transfer as his starting QB on Thursday, but then went with true freshman Dillon Gabriel instead. After the game, Huepel said the change was made due to an unspecified injury to Wimbush. Keep in mind that Darriel Mack, Jr. was supposed to be the starter until he injured his foot in a not-football related activity in early July. And Mack was only starting because of the broken leg suffered by McKenzie Milton in the USF game at the end of the 2018 regular season.

Colorado won an instant classic over Nebraska, 34-31 in overtime. The Buffs rallied from a 17-0 halftime deficit and capped a 24-point 4th quarter with a 26-yard TD pass with 46 seconds to play. In overtime, Colorado struck a 34-yard field goal to go ahead before Nebraska missed badly from 48 yards out. Though Colorado trails the series 20-49-2, the Buffaloes have won the last 2 and the teams have split the last 12.

Louisiana-Monroe's upset bid at Florida State came to an end in overtime with a missed PAT by the WarHawks. The 'Noles escaped with a 45-44 win after once again blowing a big first half lead. It was 24-7 at the break for Willie Taggart's team which was then outscored 31-14 in the second half of regulation play. Florida State was outscored 17-0 by Boise State in the second half of last week's 36-31 loss.

What a difference a week makes for both Oregon and Nevada. The Ducks rescued defeat from the jaws of victory in the opener versus Auburn while the Wolf Pack upset Purdue in Reno. On Saturday night, Oregon throttled Nevada, 77-6, in the home opener at Autzen Satdium.

After scoring that tremendous comeback win over Oregon in the opener, Auburn picked up a second win in ho-hum fashion, beating Tulane 24-6.

"Mack is Back" was the refrain at Chapel Hill after last week's 24-20 upset win by North Carolina over South Carolina in Charlotte. Mack Brown's second game back as head coach was even bigger - a 28-25 ACC win over favored Miami. Dazz Newsome caught the 10-yard scoring pass from Sam Howell with 1:01 left to play for the victory. Miami had just taken a 25-20 lead less than 4 minutes earlier. In Manny Diaz' first season as head coach, the Hurricanes are 0-2 for the first time since 1978.

A 33-yard field goal by BYU with 1 second left in regulation forced overtime at Tennessee, and the Cougars won it, 29-26, in the 2nd extra period. The Vols are 0-2 for the first time since 1988. BYU had been drubbed 30-12 in its opener by rival Utah, while Tennessee famously lost 38-30 at home to 25-point underdog Georgia State.

Meanwhile, Georgia State had to rally from a 17-point quarter deficit against FCS member Furman and only escaped with a 48-42 win in Atlanta.

Virginia Tech avenged last year's loss at Old Dominion, but didn't look that great doing it. The final score was 31-17 in Blacksburg.

The longest conference losing streak in the FBS was extended to 13 games as Rutgers fell 30-0 at Iowa.

Kansas was hoping to start 2-0 under Les Miles, but the Jayhawks are still the Jayhawks. Coastal Carolina, in its second full season as a fully qualified FBS school, went to Lawrence on a 5-game losing streak but pulled off the 12-7 upset.

UCLA is 0-2 with losses to a pair of a Group of Five conference schools. In week one, it as a 24-14 loss at Cincinnati of the American Athletic Conference. On Saturday, it as a 23-14 loss at home to San Diego State of the Mountain West.

Another Mountain West school, Hawaii, defeated a PAC-12 team for the second time this year. The Warriors dropped Arizona 45-38 in "Week Zero" and squeaked past Oregon State 31-28 on Saturday after rallying from a 28-14 deficit.

Cal knocked off Washington for the second straight year with a 20-19 win at Husky Stadium. The game ended just shy of 1:30 a.m. on the west coast, thanks to a lengthy weather delay.

Arkansas State went to UNLV and pulled off the mild upset, 43-17. The Runnin' Rebels were the Vegas favorite by a slim 2 points. UNLV was looking to start a season 2-0 for the first time since John Robinson's first season as head coach in 1999.

Week 2 of the college football season began Friday night with Boise State edging Marshall 14-7 on the "Smurf Turf.


114 games this year pit FBS teams against FCS schools. That's two more than a season ago when FBS teams won 105 of 112 games.

There were 28 such games scheduled this week and FBS teams went 27-1 after going 39-1 vs. FCS teams over the Labor Day holiday.

That makes the FBS 66-2 (.971) for the season  Since we began tracking this in 2003, the FBS schools are 1,390-126 (.917) vs. the FCS schools.

FCS victories over FBS teams in 2019:
August 29: Central Arkansas 35, Western Kentucky 28
September 7: Southern Illinois 45, Massachusetts 20

FCS victories over FBS teams in 2018
August 29: UC Davis 44, San Jose State 31
September 1: Villanova 19, Temple 17
September 1: Northern Arizona 30, UTEP 10
September 1: Nicholls State 26, Kansas 23 (OT)
September 2: North Carolina A&T 28, East Carolina 23
September 8: Maine 31, Western Kentucky 28
September 22: Illinois State 35, Colorado State 19


CLEMSON - Won 17 straight over-all (FBS longest).
Last: 24-10 home win vs. Texas A&M on September 7.
Next: Visits Syracuse on September 14.

UCF - Won 18 straight conference games including consecutive AAC titles (FBS longest). Won 24 straight regular season games (FBS longest).
Last: 48-14 win at FAU on September 7.
Next: Hosts Stanford on September 14.

ALABAMA - Won 27 straight home games (FBS longest).
Last: 62-10 home win over win vs. New Mexico State on September 7.
Next: Visits South Carolina on September 14.

OKLAHOMA - Won 20 straight true road games (FBS longest).
Last:: 70-14 home win vs. FCS member South Dakota on September 7.
Next: Visits UCLA on September 14.

RUTGERS - Lost 13 straight conference games (FBS longest).
Last: 30-0 loss at Iowa on September 7.
Next: Hosts Boston College on September 21.

LOUISVILLE - Had lost 10 straight over-all (FBS longest).
Last: 42-0 home win over FCS member Eastern Kentucky on September 7.
Next: Plays Western Kentucky in Nashville on September 14.

USF - Lost 8 straight overall (FBS longest).
Last: Lost 14-10 at Georgia Tech on September 7.
Next: Hosts FCS member South Carolina State on September 14.

CONNECTICUT - Lost 17 straight vs. FBS teams (FBS longest).
Last: 31-23 home loss to Illinois on September 7.
Next: Visits Indiana on September 21.

RICE - Lost 14 straight road games (tied FBS longest).
Last: Lost 41-21 at Wake Forest on September 6.
Next: Plays Texas at NRG Stadium on September 14.
(Note: Tulsa's 13-game road losing streak came to an end with a 34-16 win at San Jose State. SJSU still has a 13-game road losing streak.)