Recapping week four in college football

Chase Glover, Managing Editor

The college football atmosphere saw week four come and ago with the start up of the SEC playing their inaugural games of the 2020 season.

Week four is no different with games that make no sense during the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Teams that were amazing last year, looked average on Saturday or even below average. Here are some of the best games and scores from week four of the 2020 College football season.

#3 Oklahoma v. Kansas State: 38-35 Kansas State

Another mind boggling game for college football fans as Kansas State does the same thing as Mississippi State and takes down a Top-10 team. Kansas State lost their first game to Arkansas State 35-31, which seemed to mean they did not stand a chance against the No. 3 ranked Sooners. However, the Wildcats defense came to play by forcing Heisman candidate quarterback Spencer Rattler to throw three interceptions on 30/41 passing. KSU kicked the game-winning field goal with 4:32 left in the game; enough time to allow the Sooners to take the game but Oklahoma fell short and ended with the loss.

#6 LSU v. Mississippi State: 44-34 Mississippi State

LSU lost almost everyone from a season ago, and lost some more guys to opt-outs to begin this year. The opening games for the defending National Champions became brutal down the stretch as transfer-quarterback KJ Costello and new head coach Mike Leach broke the SEC record for passing yards in a game with 623. Every time the Tigers came within three points, the Bulldogs started up again with a touchdown to put the game at double digits. Truly a brutal first game without Joe Burrow, however the Bulldogs came and conquered inside of Death Valley to start 1-0 in SEC play.

#8 Texas v. Texas Tech: 63-56 OT Texas

This one became a barn burner quickly, as both teams swung the game to double-digits at different points. Both quarterbacks tossed five touchdowns each in the game while the running game amassed two touchdowns a piece for both squads as well. For most of the game, Texas held a 10-point lead for a majority of the game but Texas Tech took hold of the game in the fourth quarter with a 15-point lead at 56-41. Sam Ehlinger proved his worth late by tying the game and sending it to overtime with under a minute left in the game. Ehlinger bests Texas Tech’s quarterback Alan Bowman by striking first in overtime to win the game by a touchdown and walks out of Lubbock, TX with a crucial win.

#10 Texas A&M v. Vanderbilt: 17-12 Texas A&M

The game at halftime showed how good the Commadores were playing against the Aggies as the Vanderbilt defense kept it close in trailing the game 7-5 leading into the second half. The second half stayed the same as the stout defense only allowed quarterback Kellen Mond to throw one touchdown throughout the entirety of the game. The score went into the fourth quarter at 14-12 before Texas A&M kicked a field goal with 14 minutes remaining in the game. The Vandebilt defense did not force any interceptions but did force five fumbles, three from Mond alone and recovered three of them. Two of the three recovered fumbles came in the final 10 minutes of the game but Vanderbilts offense could not come up with a touchdown to ice the game leaving them with a close loss to open their season.

#16 Tennessee v. South Carolina: 31-27 Tennessee

Almost identical yards for each team with the Volunteers reaching 394 total yards and the Gamecocks notched 379. However, Tennessee struggled when it came to third downs as they went 1-12 while the opposition converted six of 15 of their third down attempts. The biggest loss of South Carolina was their two turnovers which inevitably lost them the game. The Volunteers took good care of the ball as they won the turnover battle with zero during the game. Tennessee got up 21-7 early in the third quarter before South Carolina scored back-to-back touchdowns to tie the game. However, the push was not enough as the Gamecocks only carve out two more field goals in the game.

These were some of the best games throughout week four of the college football season. However, there were many games that the scores did not speak to how well some teams actually played against their tougher opponents.

#4 Georgia v. Arkansas: 37-10 Georgia

The end score does not do Arkansas justice as they held Georgia scoreless in the first quarter while only allowing a safety and a field goal in the entire first half. The Razorbacks forced the Bulldogs to punt seven times in the game, however six of the punts came in the first half. New head coach Sam Pittman and transfer quarterback Feleipe Franks stayed with the Top-5 team until midway through the third quarter when the Georgia offense made a change at quarterback from D’Wan Mathis to Stetson Bennett. The Bulldogs scored 32 unanswered points to close out the game over the Razorbacks while forcing three punts, two interceptions, and a turnover on downs.

#8 Auburn v. #23 Kentucky: 29-13 Auburn

Jordan-Hare is the placement for this game as second-year quarterback Bo Nix and the Tigers made a statement in coming out to beat a tough nationally ranked Wildcat team. This game became controversial quickly as the officials called running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. crossed the goal line but called him down at the two-yard line. This led to quarterback Terry Wilson to throw an interception near the goal-line that led to a 100-yard pick-six for Auburn. However, another officiating call came for targeting that brought the interception return back to where it only gained 30 yards. At halftime, the score ended at 8-7 with Auburn leading Kentucky, but the Wildcats did not go away silently. Both teams traded touchdowns to end the third quarter but Auburn ran away with the game in the fourth quarter by amassing two more touchdowns to put the game out of reach at 29-13. It seemed to be all Bo Nix for the Tigers as he totaled three touchdowns for 233 yards while the running game only reached 91 total yards between five players. Kentucky lost two fumbles and threw an interception against Auburn while the Tigers stayed perfect with their turnovers as they had fumbled twice but did not lose one. This left the Tigers with their first ranked win of the season over their SEC East opponent in the Kentucky Wildcats.

#21 Pittsburgh v. #24 Louisville: 23-20 Pittsburgh

The offenses were hot in the first half for both teams as a plethora of points were scored throughout each side. Louisville came into this game after suffering a tough loss against Miami (FL) the week before 47-34. This is the Cardinals second ranked matchup of the year so far, making them the only team to see two ranked opponents in the first four weeks of the season. However, like the latter, Louisville drops a close one to the Panthers as the Cardinals toss three interceptions while also seeing their starting quarterback Malik Cunningham go down during their comeback attempt in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals lost in the yardage battle as well with only 223 compared to 376 total yards for the Panthers; 220 of those came in the air for Pittsburg while the Cardinals only threw for 107 on 9/21 passing. Pittsburg moves to 3-0 on the season while 2-0 in conference play while Louisville is 1-2 with an 0-2 record in the ACC.

There were other games played throughout week four of the season, but most of these games ended in a blowout or the end score does not show how dominating one team was over the other. Either late scores by teams made the game close, or the second units became a little relaxed with the big lead they had led to closer box scores.

#2 Alabama v. Missouri: 38-19 Alabama

#5 Florida v. Ole Miss: 51-35 Florida

#12 Miami (FL) v. Florida State: 52-10 Miami (FL)

#13 UCF v. East Carolina: 51-28 UCF

#14 Cincinnati v. #22 Army: 24-10 Cincinnati

#15 Oklahoma State v. West Virginia: 27-13 Oklahoma State

#18 BYU v. Troy: 48-7 BYU

#19 LA-Lafayette v. GA Southern: 20-18 LA-Lafayette

#20 Virginia Tech v. NC State: 45-24 Virginia Tech