Here at Dynasty Scouts, we’ll always do our best to keep you informed about the latest happenings in college football. We watch all of the games so you don’t have to. Here’s some of what we noticed this past weekend.
Premier Conference Performer
Jake Browning QB, Washington (Sophomore) vs. Stanford
15/21 passes, 210 yards, three touchdowns, zero interceptions,
Jake Browning was excellent when he had to be and led Washington over Stanford in a critical Pac-12 game. Browning threw for 210 yards and three touchdowns and did not turn over the ball. He was also nearly perfect in his passing as he completed 71 percent of his throws.
His first touchdown went to Dante Pettis for a three yards, then a 19-yarder to John Ross in the second quarter, and his last was in the third on a pass to Aaron Miller. Browning has 1114 yards and 17 touchdowns with two interceptions on the season.
Washington will now play travel to Oregon and play Oregon, then at home against Oregon State.
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Sam Darnold QB, USC (Sophomore) vs. Arizona State
23/33 passes, 352 yards, three touchdowns, zero interceptions; three carries, eight yards, one touchdown.
Sam Darnold had one of his better games this season as he accumulated four touchdowns. Three were in the air and the other was a ground attack. Darnold’s first touchdown came when USC was down three-nothing, and he hit wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster for five yards. With just under ten minutes left in the second quarter the signal caller hit JuJu Smith-Schuster again for three-yards and USC took a 14-6 lead.
The third score went to, guess who? Right. Smith-Schuster for a big gainer of 67-yards. The final touches for Darnold came on a four-yard run to finish the Trojans scoring and the victory 41-20. USC will now take on emerging #21 Colorado and then Arizona on the road.
Royce Freeman RB, Oregon (Junior) vs. Washington State
19 carries, 138 yards, three touchdowns.
Even though Royce Freeman didn’t play two weeks ago, and had only five carries against Nebraska, he has been outstanding this season. Last week, Freeman carried the ball 19 times for 138 yards and three touchdowns, he also caught one for a score as well.
Even though Freeman had an excellent game Washington State was able to dominate the Oregon Ducks defensively. Freeman’s first two touchdowns went to tie the game first at seven and then at 14. Then he busted loose for a 75-yard score after the Ducks fell behind 30-13. The Oregon star running back has been excellent this season. He has 56 rushes for 463 yards and seven touchdowns.
Shay Fields WR, Colorado (Senior) vs. Oregon State
Seven catches, 164 yards, three touchdowns.
Shay Fields last three games have been solid. First, against Michigan’s tough defense he caught four passes for 99 yards and a score. Next, he faced Oregon and finished with five catches for 35-yards and a touchdown. Last week, he broke out against Oregon State with seven receptions, for 164 yards and three touchdowns.
Fields first touchdown was on a 51-yard pass play from freshman quarterback Steve Montez. The score put Colorado up for the firs time 7-6. His next touchdown put the Buffaloes up 13-6 when he caught a 33-yard pass from Montez. His last was a 63-yard grab. Fields finished with 24.1 yards per catch average.
Ryan Burns QB, Stanford (Senior) vs. Washington
15/22 for 151 yards, one touchdown, zero interceptions.
The Washington Huskies did not give Stanford much of a chance to do anything with the football offensively. They held both Ryan Burns and Christian McCaffrey to very low outputs, but Burns 151-yards is just not productive enough, especially in an important game. He was very accurate but his 6.9 yards per pass completion should equate to a 68 passing percentage. The Cardinal didn’t even score until the very end of the third quarter.
Cardinal will try to get back on the winning track when they face Washington State at home and then on the road to Notre Dame.
Demario Richard RB, Arizona State (Junior) vs. USC
Seven carries, 26 yards, zero touchdowns; Two catches, 22 yards, zero touchdowns.
Demario Richard just didn’t get it done against the USC Trojans and neither did Arizona State. The Sun Devils lost their first game of the season, and it wasn’t even close (41-20). Richard only averaged 3.7 yards per carry, and when you toss in his long of ten yards, it finishes out to be 2.6 a carry. Richard on the season has 374 yards and one touchdown on the season.
Steven Montez QB, Colorado vs. Oregon State
19/27 passing, 293 yards, three touchdowns; four carries, 28 yards.
Steven Montez got the start against the Oregon State Beavers as Sefo Liufau (ankle) is still healing. With his injury it looks like Montez is on pace to take over the starting position. He will be a game-time decision against USC, but that doesn’t mean Montez will not get his third start of the season.
Montez is out of El Paso Texas and is a 6’5 225-pound quarterback who can run with the ball. He did make some bad throws and will need to work on his footwork, but his overall game against Oregon State was stellar.
Premier Conference Performer
Nick Mullens QB, Southern Mississippi (Senior) vs. Rice
25/36 passing, 591 yards, four touchdowns, one interception.
Nick Mullens destroyed Rice literally by himself. His 591 yards passing and four scores with just interception led the nation in passing yards and tied for second in touchdowns. He also led the nation in quarterback rating with a 238.5 rate. Mullens has the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles in first place in the Western division of the Conference-USA. They have won four of five games losing to Troy in week two.
On the season Mullens has 1504 yards with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions. The Golden Eagles will now face Texas-San Antonio on the road and then take on LSU in back-to-back road trips.
Logan Woodside QB, Toledo (Junior) vs. BYU
30/38 passing, 505 yards, five touchdowns, two interceptions.
Logan Woodside led the Toledo Rockets to a monster game in a 55-53 loss to the BYU Cougars. This Toledo’s first loss on the season after beating Arkansas State, Maine, Fresno State by a combined score of 128-30. Even though Woodside threw for 505 yards and five touchdowns he also threw two interceptions and finished with a 93.6 quarterback rating. You can lay this game at the feet of the defense, after Toledo took a 53-52 lead, and BYU took over with just 1:11 left at their 27-yard line. It took the Cougars just 1:09 to move down the field and kick the winning field goal from the two-yard line.
On the season Woodside has thrown for 1444 yards and 16 touchdowns with just three interceptions. Toledo will have their first game against a conference opponent as they take on Eastern Michigan next week on the road and then return home to face Bowling Green.
Jamaal Williams RB, BYU (Junior) vs. Toledo
30 carries, 286 yards, five touchdowns.
Jamaal Williams rushed 30 times for 286 yards and five touchdowns and in the process broke a BYU record that has lasted for 54-years. Eldon “The Phantom” Fortie rushed for 272 yards in the year 1962 and it has stayed ever since. His five touchdowns help propel the BYU Cougars to a 55-53 wild scoring shootout against Toledo. The victory came just in time as BYU lost their prior three games.
Williams has also climbed nationally, and is now second in rushing yards, 703, and third in rushing yards per game, 140.6. He is tied for third in rushing touchdowns, with eight, and 23rd in yards per carry, 6.45. BYU will now face Michigan State on the road and then Mississippi State at home.
Kenny Golladay WR, Northern Illinois (Senior) vs. Ball State
13 catches, 184 yards, two touchdowns.
The 6-4 213 pound senior caught a 22-yard touchdown with 11:14 to play for the winning score as the NIU Huskies would hang on for the win (31-24). The winning score would give the NIU Huskies their first win of the season. He also added another touchdown in the second quarter on a 14-yard reception. Golladay has been the bright spot for NIU all season.
Over the last five games, Golladay has contributed 37 receptions for 556 yards and six touchdowns. His receptions put him in the top ten of receptions, yards, and touchdowns in the nation. Northern Illinois will try to continue to put the wins together when they face Western Michigan on the road and then Central Michigan at home.
Connor Manning QB, Georgia State (Senior) vs. Appalachian State
19/44 passes, 153 yards, zero touchdowns, four interceptions.
A difficult day in the pocket for Connor Manning, something we are not just used to from any Manning related or not. This one however, threw an interception on the first drive of the game for only his second interception of the season, and then proceeded to throw three more. Georgia State is not known for their offense, and one of the reasons they are 0-4.
On the season, Manning has only three touchdowns and 720 yards passing, but now has five interceptions to go with that stat line. He has been accurate on his passes for the most part, but the lack of offense is killing his numbers. The offense also lost a big piece now that wide receiver Penny Hart will be out for the season.
In search of their first win, Georgia State will now take on Texas State at home and then on the road against Troy.
Aaron Jones RB, UTEP (Junior) vs. Louisiana Tech
19 rushes. 91 yards, zero touchdowns.
Just looking at the stats alone a 4.7 yards per carry average is not that bad, but then upon further notice you will see that it is not close to his 6.9 seasonal average. The Louisiana Tech defense is average as they rank 67th in the nation giving up 172.6 yards per game. LT is a defense that Jones, who is fourth in the nation in yards should have taken advantage of in Saturday’s game.
UTEP has lost their last four games after winning their first. They will now battle Florida International at home and then Texas-San Antonio on the road.
Courtland Sutton WR, SMU (Sophomore) vs. Temple
Four catches, 43 yards, zero touchdowns
Courtland Sutton has had plenty of good games to come down with only four receptions and 43-yards. Then toss in the fact that Temple is 93rd against the pass and the troubling game mounts. Throw on top a solid game by quarterback Ben Hicks who had 199-yards passing with two touchdowns it begins to be even more head scratching.
On the season, Sutton has 22 receptions for 492 yards and four touchdowns. SMU will play at Tulsa and then against #6 Houston.
Ty Lee WR, Middle Tennessee vs. North Texas
Five catches, 60 yards, one touchdown.
Ty Lee finished the game with 60-yards receiving on five receptions with one touchdown. Lee’s touchdown came in the third quarter from Brent Stockstill on a nine-yard pass. Lee on the season has been solid with 22 receptions for 229 yards and four touchdowns. He has scored in four straight games.