While week 4 of the 2013 NCAA football season was marked by some incredible blowouts, there were also a few closer games worth noting.
The number 3 Clemson Tigers held off an always dangerous pack of wolves from North Carolina State.
In one of the more entertaining games of the week, Boise State dropped its second game of this early season and in essence dropped out of contention for a national crown.
Perhaps the worst played game on Saturday saw Florida get back on track after their loss 2 weeks ago to Miami with a win
over Tennessee, albeit while losing starting QB Jeff Driscoll for the season.
GAMES OF THE “WEAK”
Iowa 59, Western Michigan 3
The Hawkeyes are not even considered an upper echelon team in the Big 10, but that did not stop them from trouncing the not so bucking Broncos of Western Michigan (0-3).
Iowa’s defense was solid and 2 punt returns on consecutive kicks by Kevonte Martin-Manley (jersey no.11) sealed the deal.
Louisville 72, Florida International 0
Did anyone check to see if Rick Pitino was on the sidelines for the Cardinals? Perhaps his hoopsters snuck onto the
field in shoulder pads to tally the 72 points.
Maybe FIU should rethink its “playing the big boys” philosophy after this one where they mustered all of 30 yards on
offense to Louisville’s 464.
Ohio State 76, Florida Atlantic 0
Another “little engine that could” found out they can’t in the day’s worst blowout of all. The next two weeks should
present more of a challenge to the Buckeyes when they open the Big 10 campaign against the Wisconsin Badgers and NorthwesternWildcats.
Clemson 26, North Carolina State 14
It was another good week for the ACC, but no one enjoyed the success more than the Clemson Tigers on the ESPN national
televised affair Thursday night.
Two years ago NC State dashed the Tigers high expectations by bringing them down to earth in a come from behind Wolfpack victory by the score of 37-13. Last year they dashed the national title bid of Florida State by beating them as well.
Clemson QB Tajh Boyd (#10) was having none of that in this one, throwing for 244 yards and 3 TD’s.
Fresno State 41, Boise State 40
The Bulldogs entered the national conversation while the Broncos left the building with a 41-40 comeback victory
by Fresno State over Boise State.
Little brother Derek Carr may have come into his own in this one and gave “big bro” David of the NY Giants a big hug
after the game winning drive with just 2:14 remaining on the clock.
Derek (#4) was 39 of 60 for 460 yards which included 4 touchdown tosses.
Florida 31, Tennessee 17
Two SEC teams faced off on Saturday with one of them badly in need of a win. The Florida Gators won the game, but lost the services of starting QB Jeff Driscoll for the season with a broken leg.
Now Florida's fate rests on the arm (and legs) of jersey number 3, backup QB Tyler Murphy who ran for 84 yards after replacing the injured Driscoll. His biggest test waits on Oct. 12 when Florida visits LSU.
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