Week 3 provided more fun across the country, including top-ranked Georgia continuing to stare and Appalachia State shocking Troy in a Hail Mary with ESPN’s College GameDay in town.
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Here’s everything you need to know for week 3:
No. 25 Oregon manages No. 12 BYU behind Bo Nix’s big day
Oregon quarterback Bo Nix had five total touchdowns to tie a career high — three rushing, two passing — as No. 1. 25 Oregon blasted No. 12 BYU 41-20. The Ducks took a 10-0 lead before BYU cut the lead to 3 early in the second quarter. Then Oregon scored 28 points in the second and third quarters to put the game away.
The Ducks dominated the game on the ground, rushing for 212 yards while limiting the Cougars to 61 rushing yards. Nix rushed for 35 yards from Oregon and passed for 222 yards, completing 13 of 18 passes.
Miracle in the Mountains Caps Appalachian State’s Big Weekend
Appalachian State kicked off Week 3 with College Gameday in Boone for the very first time. The Mountaineers ended Week 3 with a miracle.
Appalachian State trailed Troy 28-26 with two seconds left, possessing the ball on its own 47-yard line. Mountaineer quarterback Chase Brice backed up for a Hail Mary attempt and kicked the ball towards the end zone. The ball only reached the 5-yard line and was beaten by a Troy defender…
…but down below was waiting for Appalachian State catcher Christan Horn. Horn grabbed the ball, sprang to the sideline, followed a block from fellow wide receiver Kaedin Robinson and found the end zone, completing the miracle in the mountains. Look at the piece below.
— no-context college football (@nocontextcfb) September 17, 2022
TOMORROW: The Ave Maria and more from the Appalachian State’s 2022 wild season
No. 1 Georgia hits South Carolina
Top-seeded Georgia easily took care of business on the road, beating South Carolina 48-7.
It took nearly three games, but the Bulldogs finally allowed their first touchdown of the season, as South Carolina avoided the shutout with a touchdown late in the fourth. However, the Georgia defense largely outplayed the Gamecocks, picking up three assists that resulted in three Bulldog touchdowns.
Quarterback Stetson Bennett threw for 284 yards on 16 for 23 passes. Bennett’s performance but him in rare territory because he is the first player to open a season with three consecutive games passing for at least 250 yards while rushing for a touchdown since Patrick Mahomes of Texas Tech in 2016.
With the victory, Georgia won 18 straight regular season games by an average winning margin of 33 points. Georgia head coach Kirby Smart goes 5-0 in his career against former assistants.
No. 6 Oklahoma Blows Over Nebraska
Nebraska started things off with a touchdown, but no. 6 Oklahoma went 49 straight to secure the 49-14 road win.
Dillon Gabriel led the Sooners in throwing for two touchdowns and rushing another, one of four rushing touchdowns in Oklahoma.
Once conference rivals 10 years ago, a wide gap now separates the two teams. The Sooners are hoping to prepare for an eventual playoff run as the Huskers are fresh into the post-Scott Frost era.
No. 11 Michigan state blown in Washington
Washington castigated No. 11 Michigan State 39-28 as the Huskies defended their home turf. Washington took a 22-0 lead with 8:32 left in the second quarter and that was enough to hold on. Washington quarterback Michael Penix had 397 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Huskies to victory. On the other end, Michigan State wide receiver Keon Coleman left it all on the field, finishing with nine catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns, including a fourth-quarter touchdown.
Washington’s victory made Pac-12 history as it marked the first time the conference had won multiple ranked games on the same day in the college football playoff era. Oregon was the other Pac-12 team to win.
No. 22 Penn State dominates Auburn on the road
Penn State used a 17-point third quarter to defeat Auburn on the road 42-12. The Nittany Lions led the Tigers 14-6 early in the second period, but true freshman running back and former five-star rookie Nick Singleton opened the game with a one-yard touchdown to cap a drive where he had a run of 53 meters. . Later in the fourth quarter, Singleton ran for his second touchdown of the day, this time to 54 yards. In total, Singleton ran the ball 10 times for 124 yards and two touchdowns, averaging an impressive 12.4 yards per carry. Auburn couldn’t stop the run throughout the game, with Penn State rushing for 245 yards and five touchdowns on just 39 attempts.
The 29-point victory is Penn State’s second-biggest victory over an SEC opponent, following only a 1978 victory over Kentucky. The 29-point loss is Auburn’s biggest non-conference home loss since a 1982 loss to Nebraska.
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 17, 2022
Under the radar, teams go 3-0
Week 3 started with three unranked teams guaranteed to be undefeated at the end of the week as the 2-0 James Madison and TCU teams and the 3-0 North Carolina team had weeks off. That said, another 15 unseeded teams entering Week 3 will enter Week 4 undefeated after this week’s results. Take a look at the unbeaten teams not ranked so far after today’s action:
All teams 3-0
Could any of these unranked undefeated teams be ranked in next week’s AP poll? They’ll have the wins to back it up if that’s the case.