School Soccer: Winners and Losers from Week 4
- 1 School Soccer: Winners and Losers from Week 4
- 2 Loser: Syracuse or Kansas Doubters
- 3 Winner: Hendon Hooker and the Tennessee Offense
- 4 Loser: Oklahoma’s CFB Playoff Resume
- 5 Winner: Center Tennessee’s Protection
- 6 Loser: Anybody Who Thought Clemson Wasn’t Weak
- 7 Winner: Wild Scoop-N-Rating for Texas A&M
- 8 Loser: Washington State’s Fourth Quarter Protection
- 9 Winner: The Iowa Over
- 10 Loser: Arkansas’ Area Purpose Doink
- 11 Winner: the Florida State Rebuild, Lastly
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Hendon Hooker AP Picture/Wade Payne
What a enjoyable week we had for the final Saturday of September in faculty soccer.
Within the midday slate, No. 4 Clemson barely received previous No. 21 Wake Forest, needing double additional time to win 51-45. In the meantime, Kansas moved to 4-0 by beating Duke at dwelling.
Within the 3:30 slot, No. 25 Miami fell 45-31 to C-USA’s Center Tennessee State at dwelling, giving the ‘Canes their second consecutive lack of the season. No. 11 Tennessee took care of division rival No. 20 Florida and gained 38-33. Appalachian State’s magical run was stopped, as James Madison scored 29 unanswered factors to win 32-28.
No. 22 Texas fell on the highway to Texas Tech in additional time. Longhorns working again Bijan Robinson fumbled on the opening possession of additional time, which allowed the Purple Raiders to kick a game-winning subject aim to win 37-34.
Let’s run via the winners and losers from Week 4 of school soccer up to now.
Loser: Syracuse or Kansas Doubters
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Jalon Daniels. Jay Biggerstaff/Getty Photographs
No, this isn’t a school basketball article you are studying.
How nice is that this for faculties which are historically basketball powerhouses? It appeared unlikely in the beginning of the season, however via 4 weeks, each Kansas and Syracuse are excellent.
Syracuse maintained its unblemished document on Friday evening with a 22-20 win over Virginia. With the victory, the Orange are actually 3-0 at dwelling.
‘Cuse nonetheless has some robust video games remaining on its schedule, together with highway video games vs. Clemson, Pitt, Wake Forest and Boston School, however they appear to be a way more improved squad from the crew that completed 5-7 final season.
The largest cause for the development appears to be on offense, as head coach Dino Babers employed Robert Anae from Virginia because the Orange’s offensive coordinator. Quarterback Garrett Shrader is prospering within the new system, finishing 66.4 % of his passes for 986 yards and eight touchdowns with only one interception.
And the way about Kansas? In entrance of the Jayhawks’ first sellout crowd since Nov. 2019, Kansas beat Duke 35-27. With the victory, the Jayhawks are actually 4-0 for the primary time since 2009.
So long as quarterback Jalon Daniels retains enjoying like he has been, Kansas ought to maintain profitable. In opposition to the Blue Devils protection on Saturday, he threw for 324 yards and 4 touchdowns. He rushed for an additional 83 yards and a rating, too.
Each of those groups had been removed from favorites to win their respective conferences. And whereas the nice instances will doubtless come to an finish, each applications have loads of alternatives to point out that their begins haven’t been a fluke.
Except for video games towards Clemson, Pitt and Wake Forest, Syracuse can have an opportunity to beat NC State and Notre Dame. Kansas has Oklahoma, Baylor, Oklahoma State and Texas remaining. Do not be stunned if a type of groups goes down to those basketball faculties.
Winner: Hendon Hooker and the Tennessee Offense
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Hendon Hooker. AP Picture/Wade Payne
So long as Tennessee’s offense retains enjoying prefer it has, the Vols appear to be the one crew that would threaten Georgia within the SEC East. Throughout No. 11 Tennessee’s 38-33 win over the No. 20 Florida Gators, the Vols’ offense appeared nearly unstoppable. Florida managed to remain on this one late although, and even recovered an onside kick within the recreation’s remaining seconds to try a Hail Mary.
Tennessee completed with 576 yards of offense, together with 349 yards and two touchdowns from quarterback Hendon Hooker. Hooker added one other 112 yards and a landing on the bottom, too. Receiver Bru McCoy led the Vols’ receiving corps with 102 yards and a landing. Tennessee was 6-of-9 on third down and averaged 12.5 yards per move.
What’s much more spectacular is that Tennessee solely had 25:04 of ball possession and nonetheless put up 38 factors. The longest drive of the day? A ten-play, 87-yard scoring collection that took 4:39 off the clock to place the Vols up 38-21 with 7:55 left within the recreation.
Tennessee will play at LSU after a bye on Oct. 8, adopted by a house recreation towards Alabama every week later. The largest remaining video games on Tennessee’s schedule look like at dwelling vs. No. 8 Kentucky on Oct. 29 adopted by a highway journey to Athens to face Georgia the week after.
By way of 4 weeks (together with Week 0), the Vols are fourth nationally in scoring offense, averaging 52 factors per recreation. If Tennessee can put up related numbers prefer it has been all season, it is arduous to not choose the Vols to present Georgia a run for its cash within the East.
Loser: Oklahoma’s CFB Playoff Resume
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Adrian Martinez. AP Picture/Nate Billings
Properly, it appears like Oklahoma will not be making it into the playoff in Brent Venables’ first season in Lincoln. That is as a result of on Saturday evening, the Sooners went into Kansas State and received upset by the WIldcats, a crew that had misplaced to Southern Miss the week prior.
Though Oklahoma was a 13.5-point favourite heading into this one, Ok-State appeared accountable for this recreation all through. The Wildcats took a 14-0 lead within the first quarter, and scored one other 10 factors to guide 24-17 at halftime.
Late within the recreation, Oklahoma tried to finish a comeback. The Sooners scored a landing to make it a 34-27 recreation with 4:36 left. All Oklahoma’s protection wanted was a cease on protection to get the ball again.
However Ok-State quarterback Adrian Martinez, who transferred this offseason after enjoying 4 seasons at Nebraska, had different concepts. Martinez put collectively a seven-play, 75-yard landing drive capped off by a Martinez dashing landing to take a 41-24 lead. He had an important 55-yard run on third and 16, and was downed inside Oklahoma’s 5 on the drive.
Oklahoma countered with a late landing drive to make it a one-score recreation but once more, and tried an onside kick which Ok-State recovered.
Martinez completed with 234 yards passing and two touchdowns, together with one other 148 yards and 4 dashing touchdowns on the bottom.
The loss for No. 6 Oklahoma is extremely pricey, particularly contemplating that the Sooners have a lot more durable opponents remaining on their schedule. Nonetheless remaining for OU contains video games towards Texas, Baylor and Oklahoma State.
Winner: Center Tennessee’s Protection
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Henry Parrish Jr. AP Picture/Wilfredo Lee
Issues are usually not going effectively for Miami.
Coming off a 17-9 loss on the highway to Texas A&M, the ‘Canes appeared to rebound at dwelling towards Center Tennessee State.
Though it entered as 25.5-point favorites, per DraftKings Sportsbook, Miami struggled considerably towards the Blue Raiders. In actual fact. MTSU had a 24-10 lead at halftime and finally shocked the Hurricanes on the highway 45-31.
Miami had some life early within the fourth quarter, as Key’Shawn Smith returned a kickoff 91 yards for a landing to make it 38-24. However Center Tennessee put collectively a 12-play, 75-yards scoring play to place the sport on ice with 8:42 left.
The largest cause Center Tennessee gained? Protection. The Blue Raiders had three takeaways on the day, together with two picks off Tyler Van Dyke, in addition to a fumble recovered within the first quarter.
For first-year Miami head coach Mario Cristobal, this may very well be a protracted season. It’s kind of stunning, on condition that Miami was thought of a crew to compete for an ACC Coastal title. As a substitute, the Canes are 2-2 and nonetheless need to play video games towards North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Clemson and Pitt.
Loser: Anybody Who Thought Clemson Wasn’t Weak
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Clemson stays undefeated, however Wake Forest gave the Tigers fairly the scare Saturday afternoon. The Tigers wanted double additional time to carry off the Demon Deacons, profitable in a 51-45 shootout. It isn’t too stunning that this recreation was shut—Clemson was only a 7.5-point favourite on the highway.
However Clemson had a whopping 10 penalties for 120 yards on the day, which helped maintain Wake on this recreation. Taking a look at the remainder of Clemson’s schedule, this won’t be the final time the Tigers get near shedding.
Subsequent week, Clemson performs No. 12 NC State, adopted by back-to-back highway journeys towards Boston School and Florida State earlier than enjoying Syracuse on Oct. 22. Clemson will get a bye earlier than occurring the highway to play Notre Dame on Nov. 5, then end the 12 months at dwelling towards Louisville, Miami and South Carolina.
The excellent news is that Clemson can most likely drop a recreation and nonetheless handily win the ACC to make it into the playoff. However Wake’s efficiency Saturday proved that Clemson won’t be as unbeatable as some thought in the beginning of the season.
Some excellent news for Clemson followers? Tigers QB DJ Uiagalelei had a giant day, ending with 371 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Winner: Wild Scoop-N-Rating for Texas A&M
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Tyreek Chappell. Tom Pennington/Getty Photographs
We had ourselves recreation in Jerry World between Arkansas and Texas A&M. Though the No. 10 Razorbacks led 14-0 within the first quarter, the No. 23 Aggies discovered themselves again on this one because of an unbelievable scoop-n-score returned for a landing.
Arkansas was knocking on the door on TAMU’s 3-yard line, trying like it might rating one other landing. Razorbacks quarterback KJ Jefferson tried to increase the ball over the pile however fumbled the ball.
Aggies defender Tyreek Chappell recovered it and started returning it the opposite approach. As he was about to get tackled, he one way or the other had the presence of thoughts handy it off to Demani Richardson, who took it to the home for the rating. Check out how wild this play was:
The Aggies’ two-point conversion failed, so Arkansas nonetheless led 14-13. Nonetheless, it fully shifted the dynamic of the sport.
This may be the wildest play we have seen so far all season. The Aggies scored 10 extra factors within the second half, and the protection held Arkansas to only one landing within the fourth quarter. Texas A&M gained 23-21, so this scoop-n-score definitely gave the Aggies a variety of momentum heading into the second half.
Loser: Washington State’s Fourth Quarter Protection
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Oregon Geese working again Mar’Keise Irving. Oliver McKenna/Icon Sportswire by way of Getty Photographs
What a fourth-quarter collapse from Washington State. In a recreation that the Cougars led in its entirety via the primary 56 minutes, Oregon scored 21 factors late within the fourth to win 44-41.
These three touchdowns came to visit a interval of simply two minutes and 49 seconds. Wazzu led 27-15 heading into the ultimate body, however the Geese scored a landing within the opening seconds of the quarter to make it a 27-22 recreation. The Cougars scored off a Cameron Ward one-yard landing move with 6:41 left to go up two scores once more.
However that is when issues received out of hand for Wazzu. Oregon countered first with an 11-play, 75-yard scoring drive to make it 34-29 with 3:50 left. A Wazzu three-and-out gave Oregon the ball again with 2:35 left.
Then, the Geese wanted simply 5 performs to attain a landing as quarterback Bo Nix discovered Troy Franklin for a 50-yard rating. Nix ran it in for a two-point conversion to take a 37-34 lead.
Washington State had an opportunity to get a game-tying subject aim, getting the ball again with 1:21 left. However on second down, Ward’s move was intercepted and returned for a landing to present Oregon a 44-34 lead. Wazzu managed to attain a landing within the remaining minute, nevertheless it got here in useless after the Cougars did not get better the following onside kick.
This Oregon crew has drastically improved from the beating it took from Georgia in Week 1. The Geese upset then-No. 12 BYU 41-20 final week, and to comply with that up with a come-from-behind win on the highway is large. Nix, who threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns final week towards BYU, completed with 428 yards passing and three touchdowns.
Subsequent up, Oregon faces Stanford at dwelling.
Winner: The Iowa Over
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Drew Stevens. Icon Sportswire
Anybody who took the over in Saturday evening’s Iowa-Rutgers recreation that took the over can thank Hawkeyes freshman kicker Drew Stevens.
Iowa took a 17-3 lead at halftime and did not actually let off the gasoline for the remainder of the sport, main 24-3 on the finish of the third. Rutgers scored a landing with 11:15 left within the fourth to make it 24-10. This was vital as a result of the over/beneath for this recreation was set at 34.
Following the Rutgers landing, Iowa’s offense drove right down to Rutgers’ 33-yard line. Stevens lined up for a 51-yard subject aim try, which bounced off left upright earlier than going via, giving anybody who guess the over a victory.
Stevens has hit each of his subject aim makes an attempt up to now, together with his newest turning into his new season-long. Throughout final week’s 27-0 win over Nevada, he made a 43-yarder. Congrats, these of you who took the over for Iowa-Rutgers.
Loser: Arkansas’ Area Purpose Doink
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Cam Little AP Picture/Brandon Wade
What a horrible method to lose a soccer recreation in case you’re Arkansas. Trailing by 23-21 with 6:30 left, the Razorbacks received the ball again with an opportunity to take the lead with both a subject aim or landing.
Quarterback KJ Jefferson and the Arkansas offense drove right down to the Texas A&M 24-yard line. With 1:30 remaining, Razorbacks kicker Cam Little lined up for a 42-yard try. Amazingly, the kick bounced off of the highest of the fitting upright and was no good.
That was Little’s first and solely subject aim try of the sport. Earlier than the miss towards the Aggies, Little had made each of his two subject targets on the season. Final 12 months, he made 83.3 % of his subject targets.
You by no means need to put a recreation’s win or loss on the shoulders of a single participant, and we’re not making an attempt to try this right here. However that is an extremely tough method to lose a soccer recreation towards a rival like Texas A&M.
Winner: the Florida State Rebuild, Lastly
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Trey Benson. AP Picture/Gary McCullough
People, Florida State is 4-0 on the season. It certain appears like Mike Norvell, who’s in his third season in Tallahassee, has issues found out this 12 months. The ‘Noles went on the highway to face Boston School this week, and this one was over within the first quarter.
Florida State jumped out to a 21-0 lead by the point the primary quarter was over, and the ‘Noles went to the locker room with a 31-0 lead. FSU’s protection gave up simply two touchdowns on the evening, one on the finish of the third and one within the fourth. FSU gained by a remaining rating of 44-14. By way of 4 video games, Florida State is averaging 37.5 factors per recreation.
Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis completed with 321 yards passing and a landing on the evening. ‘Nole working again Trey Benson added 78 yards and two scores, too.
The win strikes Florida State to 4-0, and the ‘Noles be a part of simply two different 2-0 ACC groups, in Syracuse and Clemson.
The subsequent few video games for FSU ought to present us simply how for actual this crew is, nonetheless. Subsequent week, the ‘Noles face a Wake Forest crew at dwelling—the Demon Deacons gave Clemson a scare on Saturday, shedding in double-overtime. Then FSU performs at NC State earlier than assembly Clemson at dwelling on Oct. 15.
Florida State might not win all of these video games, however beginning 4-0 is a drastic enchancment from the final two seasons. FSU completed below-.500 in each 2020 and final season.