College football’s Week 5 winners and losers

September 28, 2014 - photo frame

Maryland’s initial Big Ten diversion didn’t accept a resplendence and business runup that Rutgers got from Penn State’s revisit dual weeks ago. There weren’t promotional materials pouring out of a conference’s new, eastern limit or skeleton to put a winning team’s colors in lights.

Maryland’s initial Big Ten diversion didn’t occur in Columbus or Ann Arbor or Madison or even Lincoln, though instead in Bloomington, Ind.

But a Terps didn’t need a theatre to announce their arrival. They’re doing usually excellent on their own. Maryland won a fourth diversion of a deteriorate Saturday, 37-15, and left Indiana’s Memorial Stadium as a Big Ten East division’s leader.

Maryland averaged some-more than 8 yards per play compared to reduction than 4 per play for Indiana, though there is another reason a Terrapins demeanour like a winner: As has been a settlement for some-more than a year, they mislaid a pivotal actor to damage when C.J. Brown went out in a third entertain with Maryland heading 20-9. But Maryland didn’t collapse. Instead it excelled, with backup Caleb Rowe topping a win.

Brown was 10-for-15 for 163 yards and a TD; Rowe finished 12-for-18 for 198 yards and dual TDs.

Maryland has 7 discussion games to go in a entrance Big Ten season, starting with Ohio State during home subsequent Saturday, though there is reason to trust it will be a cause in a fasten all deteriorate long.

More winners from Week 5:

Kentucky. The time — and some-more accurately a foe — was right for a Wildcats to win their initial SEC diversion in 17 tries. Kentucky scarcely doubled Vanderbilt’s time of possession and hold a Commodores to 139 yards and 8 initial downs. With Saturday’s 17-7 win, a Wildcats are off to their best start given 2010. South Carolina visits subsequent week.

California. Like a Wildcats, a Bears had a miracle feat Saturday. They won their initial Pac-12 diversion in 15 tries.

The Bears got 7 touchdown passes from sophomore quarterback Jared Goff and edged Colorado, 59-56. In regulation, by a way. Cal won notwithstanding permitting 629 yards and 38 initial downs, and notwithstanding accumulating scarcely as many chastisement yards as rushing yards. But here’s a some-more impending stat: The Bears are 3-1 in manager Sonny Dykes’ second deteriorate after going winless vs. FBS foe in 2013.

Akron. The Zips warranted their initial feat opposite a member of a Power Five discussion in some-more than 6 years Saturday with a 21-10 win during Pittsburgh. The Panthers had struggled early once this season, trailing Florida International before winning 42-25, though a Zips wouldn’t concede them to convene this time. Akron forced punts on 6 of Pittsburgh’s 7 first-half security and hold James Conner, a nation’s heading rusher entering a game, to reduction than 100 yards.

The win helped a Zips compare their best start to a deteriorate given 2008.

LOSERS

Penn State. The Nittany Lions entered a weekend as usually one of dual Big Ten teams still undefeated, fasten Nebraska. Northwestern finished a unblemished symbol with good force: PSU went down 14-0 early, notched margin goals in a second and third buliding and fell detached during a seams in a final frame, descending 29-6 to a group struggling to make ends accommodate by a initial 3 weeks of a unchanging season. Goodbye, vital bowl, and maybe farewell to those East Division hopes — given a group that loses by 23 points to Northwestern substantially isn’t creation a run during a Big Ten championship.

Boston College. Here’s one approach to evaporate a goodwill amassed from a new win opposite USC: Boston College mislaid during home to Colorado State, dropping a Eagles’ record to 3-2 and reminding many because Steve Addazio’s group was noticed as an ACC afterthought. It’s a bad detriment for Boston College, though is it a bad detriment for USC? It positively doesn’t assistance a Trojans’ inhabitant perception.

Michigan. The Wolverines have beaten one FBS group given Nov. 2013: Miami (Ohio), a No. 127 group in a many new College Football Computer Composite. A Michigan group that finished final deteriorate losing 5 of a final 6 games somehow is even worse after an offseason’s value of time to work on a issues.

Michigan’s coaches even found a approach to supplement insult to an damage in a 30-14 detriment to Minnesota on Saturday, withdrawal deputy quarterback Shane Morris in a diversion after he began personification visibly hurt. Wolverines manager Brady Hoke pronounced he did not see Morris looking “wobbly” notwithstanding a fact Morris had to gaunt on a teammate to stand. Michigan fell to a Golden Gophers for usually a second time given 1986.

Indiana. Like Boston College, a Hoosiers entered a weekend still feeling a heat of an considerable nonconference win. Last Saturday, Indiana landed maybe a Big Ten’s best win of nonconference play by defeating then-undefeated Missouri. Seven days later: Maryland 37, Hoosiers 15. This competence be a same-old Hoosiers — a module has softened underneath Kevin Wilson — though this arrange of detriment felt strangely familiar.

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