Week Two of the college football season was like that Christmas party your mom insists on throwing December 10. It's got the feel of Christmas, with the lights and the tree and the presents, but it feels forced somehow. You don't get the REAL Christmas spirit, where your dad wakes up and pours a bourbon and starts drunkenly yelling at a candy cane while the dog eats the ornaments off the tree. I WANT REAL CHRISTMAS, DAMMIT. But despite some match-ups that should have been illegal, the Group of Five came away from this week with some interesting results that will pay major dividends down the road. Fake Christmas will do for now.
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UTSA gave Arizona a major scare Thursday night to open up the weekend and almost pulled off the upset had quarterback Tucker Carter not caught a momentary lapse of the dumb. The Roadrunners racked up 349 yards and stymied Rich Rodriguez's offense for only 26 points in the loss. I will not rest until UTSA is sponsored by ACME.
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Brock Hekking and Mike Leach were on the same field. At the same time. In the same universe. And it didn't explode. That's the good news. The better news? Nevada controlled this game from the start and forced Washington State into backbreaking mistakes that ultimately cost the Cougs a W. The Wolf Pack outlasted WSU with a pragmatic offense and a defense that locked Leach's air raid in a dark closet for most of the contest. Connor Halliday threw 57 times. It will probably be the least amount of attempts he has all year.
Well. BYU is good. The Cougars once again wiped the floor with Texas, this time in an even more convincing fashion as Taysom Hill tossed three touchdowns and ran for 99 yards to gash the Longhorns' suspect defense and end Charlie Strong's brief honeymoon in Austin. BYU rolled up 429 total yards, 28 first downs and held onto the ball for almost 35 minutes in the victory. Matthew McConaughey must be PISSED.
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