Is 25-of-27 good enough? It might have been against the Skyhawks of UT Martin, but Feleipe Franks was fantastic, only missing two passes with 270 yards and two scores. Think of it the other way – if he was 17-of-27, would people be freaking out before the Kentucky game?
With Kentucky QB Terry Wilson hurt, it’ll be all about stopping the run even more than before come next week. The pass rush was there this week, there were plenty of plays in the backfield, and the D allowed one long run to QB John Bachus. It was a suffocating effort a week after stopping Miami without a problem.
What will the coaches like? It was a clean game with few dumb errors. There weren’t any turnovers, just three penalties, and again, Franks was sharp. It would’ve been nice to have this warm-up before Miami, but the Gators are 2-0 anyway.
Exhale now. The Wyoming game really was an aberration, and the defense apparently took that loss very, very hard. The Tigers were all over everything West Virginia tried to do on the ground, finishing with 13 tackles for loss and allowing just 30 rushing yards.
Kelly Bryant didn’t bomb away, mostly because he didn’t have too. He had an effective 150-yard day with three touchdowns, two going to TE Albert Okwuegbunam, and there weren’t any picks. West Virginia has a solid D, but up 31-0 at halftime, there wasn’t any need to take any chances.
Being a +3 in turnover margin helped. The Tigers didn’t give West Virginia anything easy, but the ten penalties for 100 yards were way too excessive. Overall, it was a solid bounceback game. Now they need to use the date with SE Missouri State to start cranking up the home runs.
Ohhhhhh, noooooo. The Vols did a good job of keeping mobile QB Zack Wilson from taking off, but when it was crunch time, the D couldn’t come through. The pass rush was there, the pressure was on, but Wilson was able to make the one big throw needed to keep the game alive. And then in the two overtimes, the UT defense allowed two touchdowns, the offense only managed a field goal in the second OT.
Three points in the second half. Three. That, and just one touchdown over the final 55 minutes of regulation did in the Vols – at least before the big Cougar rally. Jarrett Guarantano was fine, but there was just one big pass play and a whole lot of short-range plays that didn’t go anywhere. Ty Chandler ran for 154 yards, but …
The offense couldn’t come up with the third down plays it desperately needed. The Vols could’ve put this away, but stall after stall left the door open, and BYU kicked it in. Fortunately, UT Chattanooga is up next, and there’s STILL time to get to six wins, but this could go wrong in a big, big hurry if there’s a blowout at Florida in two weeks.
It wasn’t perfect, but after last week’s problems against Memphis, Ole Miss will take it. The offense that stalled way too often got a huge day from Scottie Phillips, who had room to move with 143 yards and two scores. Matt Corral found Elijah Moore for two touchdown passes, and the defense did the rest.
Arkansas managed three points until the fourth quarter, and it pulled to within seven – and then Moore came up with his second scoring play to effectively put it away. Nick Starkel was the far sharper quarterback option than Ben Hicks, and the 300 total passing yards between them was a start. But the offense still isn’t close to being smooth enough.
Ole Miss is supposed to have a slew of explosive plays, and they started to come. There were a few turnovers and it took too long to end this when the Hogs were struggling early, but for now, the Rebels will take the win, roll by SE Louisiana next week, and build off this.