September 03, 2012
By Adam Rosen
Darrin Moore, Tyson Williams, and Javon Bell are all set to return next week for Texas Tech's road opener against Texas State. Moore entered the season listed as the starter at Z-receiver, while Bell and Williams, both breakout candidates this season, are listed on the two-deep.
Last weekend, Texas State upset Houston 30-13 in its first game as an FBS program. The Bobcats entered the game as 34.5 point underdogs and pulled off arguably the biggest shocker of the young season. Returning starting quarterback Shaun Rutherford and running back Marcus Curry led the way on offense for Texas State.
The Red Raider's revamped defense only allowed 84 total yards of offense last weekend against Northwestern State. Comparatively, Tech allowed 331 and 337 total yards to Texas State and New Mexico during last season's non-conference matchups. This was a huge step for a unit that ended the 2011 season ranked near the bottom nationally in total defense.
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith started strong last Saturday in his quest to win the Heisman. Dana Holgorsen's signal caller went 32-of-36 for 323 yards and four touchdowns and added 65 yards and one touchdown on the ground as well. The 11th-ranked Mountaineers enter their bye week before a Sept. 15th meeting with FCS opponent James Madison.
The Big 12 finished the first week of season with a 9-0 record. Baylor's Nick Florence, who is replacing Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, was among the conference's standout performers after going 21-of-30 for 341 yards and four touchdowns against SMU on Sunday. Oklahoma State, behind 682 yards of total offense, throttled FCS bottom feeder Savannah State 84-0 on Saturday. Kenny Stills had 121 receiving yards and a touchdown as Oklahoma fought its way to a 24-7 victory against UTEP.
The defending national champions, Alabama, systematically disposed of No. 8 Michigan in the weekend's premier matchup at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. The Crimson Tide's reloaded defense clamped down on the Wolverines' electrifying playmaker at quarterback, Denard Robinson. It seems as if Nick Saban's program has established itself as the team to beat in the 2012 season.