A look at a whole lotta scoring going on in college football
Fielding H. Yost would surely be smiling today after looking over the college football scores from the first Saturday of the season.
After all, no team scored like his “Point-a-Minute” Michigan Wolverines from 1901-1905, overwhelming opponents to the tune of scores such as 130-0, 128-0 and 119-0.
With the first Saturday in the books, the scoring parade featured an astonishing 30 teams putting up 60 or more points across all NCAA divisions and NAIA. A year ago, there were seven teams that scored 60 or more points on opening Saturday.
There’s more. After a review of the scores on the opening Saturday over the past five years, there’s been a grand total of 36 teams that scored 60 or more. That’s COMBINED!
An asterisk is needed for No. 9 Georgia. The Bulldogs beat Louisiana-Monroe 51-14, but the game was called off with 9:54 to go. If you use a point-a-minute projection, the ’Dawgs would have ended up with 60 points, too.
So, from the 77 points from D-3 teams Guilford and Hardin-Simmons and NAIA Morningside, to the measly 61 from No. 7 Oregon, Florida, D-II Mississippi College and FCS NC A&T, here’s some highlights:
FLORIDA 61, NEW MEXICO STATE 13
Quarterbacks Will Girer and Treon Harris accounted for five TDs, and the Gators scored their most points for a coach — Jim McElwain — making his debut at the school.
“It was that much, huh?” the coach asked.
RUTGERS 63, NORFOLK STATE 13
First half suspension over and their team ahead by eight points, QB Chris Laviano and WR Leonte Carroo teamed up for TDs of 55, 56 and 18 yards in a 28-point third quarter that blew open the game.
NO. 7 OREGON 61, EASTERN WASHINGTON 42
Vernon Adams led the Ducks on four straight scoring drives against the school he used to play for in his first game as Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota’s replacement. He was shaken up on a late hit in the fourth quarter, but returned to the sideline for the end of the game.
MIDDLE TENNESSEE 70, JACKSON STATE 14
The Blue Raiders had their biggest scoring output since Rick Stockstill became coach in 2006. With his son Brent leading the offense with 336 yards and four TDs, the point-total was six off the school record set in 1927 — a 76-7 win over North Alabama.
NO. 17 MISSISSIPPI 76, UT MARTIN 3
Already ahead 27-0 after the first quarter, Ole Miss allowed 296-pound defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche to play offense — and he rumbled 31 yards for touchdown after catching a pass. The play, he said, was for his mother Beverly, who made a rare trip to attend the game. The point total was the most for the Rebels since 1935.
“That’s the worst resemblance of defense that we have put on the field in 10 years. It’s embarrassing,” UT Martin coach Jason Simpson said.
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