College football scores, schedule 2017: South Florida rebounds, Stanford cooks Rice
The first unofficial week of the 2017 NCAA football season came and went with plenty of action
The highly anticipated Week 1 of the 2017 college football season is a week away, but "Week Zero" helped us get back into that Saturday feeling with five FBS games plus a little FCS action.
One game ended up with a thrilling finish: Hawaii needed a last-minute drive to beat UMass. The others were stages for certain teams to flex their muscles. Colorado State and No. 14 Stanford were big winners, while No. 19 South Florida overcame the worst possible start to put away San Jose State.
Check out all the scores, recaps and highlights from Saturday's action below ...
Scores and schedule
Colorado State 58, Oregon State 27 (box score)
BYU 20, Portland State 6 (box score)
Hawaii 38, Massachusetts 35 -- (box score)
South Florida 42, San Jose State 22 (box score)
Stanford 62, Rice 7 (Australia) -- (box score)
Stanford beat Rice on the first play of the game ...
No Christian McCaffery? No problem. The Stanford ground game came out strong against Rice. Running back Bryce Love sprinted 62 yards on the Cardinal's opening play from scrimmage and Stanford scored two plays later. Sadly, the game was over right then and there.
Stanford's rushing attack was as punishing as ever with 225 rushing yards in the first half and 278 yards in a 62-7 boat racing. Love showed a lot of explosiveness with 180 yards, most of which came in the first half and a score. Yes, it's just Rice, but Love has shown patience, burst, agility and vision. There's a lot to like about his game. Cameron Scarlett has mopped up drives with three touchdown scores of his own. The Cardinal were just too physical up front. It was a complete mismatch.
Washington is the Pac-12 North favorite, but Stanford could be an interesting team to watch. If the passing game matches the high level of the ground attack, the Cardinal have a complete offense to go along with a stingy defense.
South Florida brushes off awful start to go 1-0 ...
What a range of emotions South Florida must have felt in its 42-22 win over San Jose State. The Bulls had the worst first quarter imaginable and fell behind 16-0 only to scored 28 unanswered points in the second quarter. The second half was largely uneventful as USF pulled away. The game did provide some highlights, though, thanks to this incredible block on a touchdown run ...
There's a lot coach Charlie Strong needs to digest. Slow starts happen to every team, but the manner in which the Bulls stumbled out of the gate was, well, alarming. Then again, USF showed it can circle the wagons and score quickly. Quarterback Quinton Flowers is a special playmaker. A little more consistency from this team moving forward will help.
Hawaii pulls off a thrilling win in shootout ...
It's ironic that the most thrilling game of the day (so far) was the one not broadcast on television. Hawaii and UMass went back and forth for all four quarters in a shootout, but the Rainbow Warriors came way with the 38-35 victory. The game-winning touchdown came with 48 seconds remaining on a seven-yard pass from Dru Brown to Metuisela 'Unga.
South Florida battles back ...
Calling South Florida "sloppy" early would be an insult to slop (see below), but apparently the cross-country jet lag has worn off. The Bulls have reeled off 21 straight points in the second quarter to take a 21-16 lead. Quinton Flowers found Darnell Salomon for a 24-yard touchdown, D'Ernest Johnson took it in from two yards out and then Flowers dropped a dime to Temi Alaka for 49 yards to give coach Charlie Strong's crew its first lead of the season.
Now this looks more like the team that was a heavy favorite to earn the New Year's Six bowl berth from the Group of Five. Welcome to the 2017 season, South Florida. Better late than never.
South Florida is in serious trouble early ...
Well ... this is unexpected. No. 19 South Florida finds itself down 16-0 on the road to San Jose State at the end of the first quarter. To say that nothing has gone right for the Bulls in coach Charlie Strong's debut would somehow be both accurate and an understatement. USF's opening kickoff went out of bounds, an apparent bad omen of what was to come. With the exception of one Quinton Flowers scramble, the offense has done almost nothing except fall over itself. Defensive tackle Deadrin Senat, one of the team's best players, was ejected for targeting. Special teams have been a disaster with an 18-yard punt and a blocked punt, the latter of which led to a San Jose State score on the next play. The Spartans are absolutely dominating hat-on-hat battles. Keep in mind that they had one of the worst scoring defenses in the Mountain West a year ago (34.7 points per game allowed).
Not to be obtuse, but ... did South Florida practice this week? The Bulls need to get it together quickly because they are legitimately in trouble.
Colorado State impresses in rout
South Florida still has to play, but Colorado State is the trendy Group of Five team for the moment. The Rams were impressive in a 58-27 rout of Oregon State that broke in the new on-campus stadium. There's a lot to like about coach Mike Bobo's team. Quarterback Nick Stevens (334 passing yards, three touchdowns) showed tremendous poise and accuracy, especially after getting rocked by a hit early in the game. Dalyn Dawkins has tremendous burst and made some hero catches. There are a ton of weapons on this offense. There aren't many gimmicks, though, just guys winning battles and making explosive plays.
There are some interesting games ahead for Colorado State, including a rivalry against Colorado, a road trip to Alabama, and conference games against Wyoming and Boise State. But if the the Rams start racking up wins, they'll thrust themselves into the New Year's Six bowl discussion. This looks like a legit team and Bobo might be your next hot coaching commodity.
Oregon State didn't have a great trip to Fort Collins Saturday afternoon, and one play encapsulated the entire blowout. Down 17 points in the fourth quarter, the Beavers held up a play card with the "Crying Jordan" meme, and that play resulted in a fumble. Yes, it was that kind of afternoon.
Our first Pick Six of the season goes to ...
Colorado State and Oregon State are giving you nearly everything you can ask for in the first FBS game of the 2017 season. The game's latest entry is this pick six from Colorado State's Tre Thomas. Thomas picked off a tipped pass from Oregon State quarterback Jake Luton and took it to the house, potentially sealing the Beavers' fate.
Have to spend money to make money ...
Stanford is a 30.5-point favorite over Rice, according to SportsLine, in the nightcap from Australia, and one bettor in Las Vegas wants to take advantage of the mismatch to make a quick buck. Well, $300, to be precise. The price to take Stanford and the money line, though, is rather hefty.
First FBS TD of the season goes to ...
Oregon State and Colorado State have kicked off on CBS Sports Network, and there have been early fireworks. Jake Luton, the junior college transfer signal-caller for the Beavers, exploited a busted coverage and dropped a dime to Timmy Hernandez for a 39-yard touchdown pass -- the first touchdown of 2017 season at the FBS level.
The first TD of the season goes to ...
While the FBS games don't kick off until Saturday afternoon, FCS teams are already underway, and we have our first official touchdown of the 2017 college football season. Congratulations to Florida A&M QB Ryan Stanley on his 10-yard scamper for the score. We're willing to bet this won't be the last touchdown of the season, but it's just a hunch.
Oh, and if you're wondering what Stanley's glorious hair looks like, here you go. Presenting to you the early frontrunner for the best hair in college football (the #Hairsman).
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