Friday, 03 September 2010
DeVonte Christopher and Utah are the stars of opening night.
Fans everywhere got what they have been waiting for since Texas and Alabama wrapped up the national championship game in January, when college football resurfaced on Thursday night. Four ranked teams found themselves in action on opening night as well as South Carolina who was looking to answer many questions surrounding there team.
The big story of the night was Utah's ability to knock off 15th ranked Pitt 27-24 in OT. The Utes shut down Heisman hopeful Dion Lewis in the second half allowing him to only total 25 carries for 75 yds. for the entire game. The Utes was powered by the duo of Jordan Wynn who went 21/36 for 283 yds and 3 scores. His most common target was DeVonte Christopher who caught 8 balls that went for 155 yds and a touchdown.
South Carolina's main question entering the season was how would the fix their running game which has been at or near the bottom of the SEC for a couple seasons. With freshmen stud Marcus Lattimore, who is the key to the Gamecocks season. They used many weapons on opening night including Lattimore who rushed for 2 TD's while only gaining 54 yds,Brian Maddox who was the feature back last season in Columbia,Stephon Gilmore,Kenny Miles, and Ace Sanders. Sanders and Gilmore each chipped in on big plays. However, Alshon Jeffery was the star of the night catching 7 passes for 106 yds.
Ohio State entered their contest with Marshall boasting one of the early Heisman favorites in Terrelle Pryor. Pryor completed 17 of 25 passes for 247 yds. and 3 TD's before being taken out for back-up Joe Bauserman. Buckeye RB Brandon Saine also had a big night only rushing 9 times for 103 yds. and 2 scores. Pryor also hit Dane Sanzenbacher 3 times for 113 yds. and a score.
Miami, like Ohio State is also pushing one of it's stars into the Heisman spotlight in Jacory Harris. Harris finished his night of going 12 for 15 for 210 yds with 3 TD tosses. He connnected with Hurricane reciever Leonard Hankerson 6 times which totaled 115 yds, and two touchdowns. The Hurricanes took out the Rattlers of Florida A&M, 45-0.
Hello Marc Tyler, the USC RB rushed 17 times for 154 yds. and a score. If it wasn't for Tyler's what many Trojans fans are hoping was his breakout performance QB Matt Barkley would have been the star. Barkley through 23 passes and connected on 18 for 257 yds and 5 TD's. Unlike Miami and Ohio State, the Trojans had a test in Hawaii. The Warriors had three recievers go over the century mark in yardage in Kealoha Pilares (5 rec. 176 yds 3 TD),Greg Slas (8 rec. 124 yds), and Royce Pollard (7 rec. 106 yds).
Other stars of the night were Duane Bennett of Minnesota who rushed for 187 yds on 30 carries. Despite all those yards, Bennett failed to reach the endzone. Last season he rushed for 1,145 yds and 11 TD's. Jake Knott of Iowa State also had a big game intercepting 2 passes and forcing a fumble.