In the Week 7 edition of the CSF College Football Recap, we break down five key storylines from last weekend’s action.
Denard Robinson struggles in loss to arch rival: There is no questioning Robinson’s athleticm or his “wow” factor, but it is clear that he doesn’t work well in a pro-style system. Michigan State took away the run for the most part, holding the dual-threat QB to 42 yards rushing. More importantly, they forced Robinson to beat them with his arm…and that didn’t work out so well. Contained in the pocket for most of the game, Robinson attempted 24 passes and only completed nine of them for 123 yards with a TD and an interception. He is a highlight reel waiting to happen, but the Spartans proved last weekend that he can’t beat you through the air alone.
Ryan Broyles hits another milestone: The nation’s best wide receiver blew up against lowly Kansas to the tune of 13 catches for 217 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Oklahoma star wideout now has 326 catches in his stellar career, which is an FBS record. On the year, Broyles has 60 catches (which is more than double the amount of receptions of the second leading receiver Kenny Stills, who has 27 catches) for 815 yards and 9 TDs.
Miami and FSU notch first conference wins: Who would have thought that the ‘Canes and the ‘Noles wouldn’t have ACC wins until mid-October? Both storied programs finally got off the schnide last weekend, when Miami held off North Carolina 30-24 in Chapel Hill, and the Florida State actually held an opponent under 30 points in their 41-16 rout of Duke. It was great quarterback play for each of the Florida schools that was the key to the wins. Miami’s Jacory Harris passed for 267 yards and three TDs, and FSU’s EJ Manuel torched Duke for 239 yards passing with 2 TDs, and another 62 yards and 2 TD’s on the ground.
Russell Wilson adds to Heisman resume: In last weekend’s Indiana game the Badgers’ star quarterback did everything except park the cars and sell the popcorn in Wisconsin’s dominant 59-7 victory over the Hoosiers. Wilson passed for 166 yards and a touchdown, rushed twice for 42 yards and caught 25-yard touchdown pass from tailback Montee Ball on Saturday. On the season, the senior QB is completing 74% of his passes with 14 TDs and only one pick. He has rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns and now has a TD reception to give Heisman voters something to think about.
South Carolina loses Marcus Lattimore: Just days after dismissing senior quarterback Stephen Garcia, the Gamecocks lost their best offensive weapon, sophomore running back Marcus Lattimore for the year with a knee injury. Expect a lot of visor throws from head coach Steve Spurrier in the coming weeks without his top two offensive weapons from 2010. The Gamecocks still have three SEC match ups, and without their bruising RB, they could easily lose four of their final five games (Tennessee, Arkansas, Florida and Clemson). With a solid running game, they had a shot at all of those match ups, but the 2011 season looks like it won’t live up to last year’s great season in Columbia.