Top College Football Performances – Week 1

(August 31, 2012 – Source: Harry How/Getty Images North America)

Game of the Week

Texas San Antonio 33 @ South Alabama 31

Surprise, Surprise! Instead of the of the bumbling Keystone Kops effort many would expect, both teams played a solid game with the Roadrunners losing a big lead, only to win on a last minute 51-yard FG. The Jaguars struggled early though, fumbling 3 times and spotting UTSA a 20-7 lead. Roadrunner QB Eric Soza led the way with 215 yards passing and 3 TDs (1 Int), including a key 4th down conversion late in the 3rd quarter. The Jaguars fought back hard behind CJ Bennett’s 182 yards passing and 2 scores (1 Int), while the defense did a good job forcing redzone FGs to keep them in the game. But it was all for nothing as a personal foul helped set up a 20-yard drive for the winning kick by Sean Ianno.


Team of the Week

Texas State

The new guys certainly made a statement this week, and while the UTSA-USA game was entertaining, the Bobcats came out swinging and smashed Houston 30-13. RB Marcus Curry ran for 131 yards and 2 scores, and also caught a TD pass. The Bobcat defense held Cougar QB David Piland to 17 of 44 completions. A great performance on a week when many teams punched below their weight.


Offensive Player of the Week

Geno Smith, West Virginia

Geno made an early Heisman statement, throwing the same amount of TDs as incompletions in a big win over a half-decent Marshall squad. He completed 32 of 36 passes and threw 323 yards and 4 scores, while also running for 85 yards and a score on 6 carries. Tough to top a game like that.


Defensive Player of the Week

Dee Milliner, Alabama

If someone tried to persuade me the whole Alabama defense deserves this award, I wouldn’t argue. However, despite being a running team predominantly, the Wolverines tried to outsmart the Tide by passing. They hadn’t counted on Milliner, who broke up 4 passes and returned a pick for a TD. He also chipped in with 5 tackles, 3 solo, leading a defensive effort that held a prolific Michigan offense to just 14 points.


Special Teams Player of the Week

Sean Ianno, Texas-San Antonio

I know I keep harping on about the newbies, but Ianno’s performance would have been outstanding for anyone at this level. Just a sophomore, he followed an okay season with his 3 PATs and all 4 FGs, including 1 from 47 and the winner from 51. Not bad for a player on a program that first played football in 2011.


Facepalm of the Week

Andre Parker, Kent State

Who else were you expecting? Parker was on punt coverage, and as his team’s punt bounced around near the goal-line, the Towson returner wisely stayed away. Parker didn’t share that wisdom, picking up his own team’s punt and returning it towards his own goal-line. To make this a comedy of errors, the Towson defense (perhaps out of sympathy) tackled him instead of letting him run all the way down the pitch for a safety. Click here for the play for those who don’t believe it happened.


Play of the Week

Marqise Lee, Southern Cal

Quite a few good plays, but Lee’s catch-and-run on the opening play of the Hawaii game was impressive – catching a short pass and making the Warriors defense look horrible as he ran through their secondary. He also finished the day with a none-too-shabby 10 receptions for 197 yards and that score, while also taking a KR to the house.



About Al Burke

I've been a writer for about five years, focusing mostly on college football, but occasionally delving into the murky world of the NFL, especially around draft time. I currently reside north of the Border in Vancouver with my ever-patient wife Vicky and two kids, Niamh and Eoin. I look after the kids right now, and I work in my local library to help pay the bills. I also write for The New Sports Guru and Daily Shootout. You can find more of my work at and I'm something of a Twitter junkie, so feel free to tweet me and/or like my facebook page. I like to have the last word, so expect a response or ten. I played football for 20 years, right up to the age of 37, and to be honest, I'd still play if there were "old fart" leagues available. I've been an assistant coach for 8 years, and also have head-coaching experience. I currently coach Bantam and JVAA at Sentinel Secondary in West Vancouver.

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