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Kenneth Dixon Runs Wild in La. Tech Win
Louisiana Tech running back Kenneth Dixon led the nation in rushing touchdowns in 2012, and the Bulldogs junior looked ready to retake that crown in 2014 with his performance Saturday.
Dixon averaged a ridiculous 15.3 yards per on his 12 carries to pace Louisiana Tech to a 48-20 rout of Louisiana-Lafayette. He reached the end zone on runs of 32 and 99 yards.
La. Tech has followed an interesting pattern with its recent coaching regimes. There are growing pains in Year 1, but both Derek Dooley and Sonny Dykes had breakout teams in Year 2.
Skip Holtz’s 2013 squad struggled, but Saturday’s rout of a ULL team projected to win the Sun Belt suggests this year’s Bulldogs might be contenders in Conference USA.
Aaron Jones’ Saturday Night is Live
Saturday Night Live has been pretty consistently cringe-worthy for the better part of a decade. Last night’s episode was a rerun, but if Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury wants to replicate the experience, all he has to do is pop in film of his own late, Saturday night production.
Tech needed a touchdown drive in the final minutes to upend UTEP, 30-26. Leading the charge for the Miners was sophomore running back Aaron Jones, who had 141 yards on 23 carries.
Jones, a two-sport athlete who also plays back-up point guard on the Miners basketball team, broke some Red Raider defenders’ ankles with his quick step. That was when he wasn’t punishing them with stiff-arms that resembled Stan Hansen lariats.
Worth mentioning that Hansen, like Jones, played college football in West Texas.
Jones’ two touchdown carries against Texas Tech give Jones five on the season, matching Pitt’s James Conner, BYU’s Taysom Hill and Toledo’s Kareem Hunt for most in college football. Jones is now the national rushing leader.
The Unlikeliest 2-0?
Across the Rio Grande from UTEP, perennial FBS cellar dweller New Mexico State can boast something that Ohio State, Michigan State, Clemson, South Carolina and Stanford cannot: It is 2-0.
After beating favored Cal Poly at home in Week 1, New Mexico State went to Georgia State and rallied from down two touchdowns to win, 34-31. Yeah, it’s Georgia State, which went 0-12 in 2013. Nevertheless, the Aggies matched their win total from a season ago.
More importantly, the Aggies are 1-0 in conference after rallying to win their inaugural (or, at least, re-inaugural) Sun Belt Conference game. Doug Martin has New Mexico State one-third of the way to bowl eligibility.
Should Martin lead the Aggies to their first bowl appearance since 1960, the city of Las Cruces should consider erecting a statue of him somewhere near campus.
For Your Heisman Consideration
It’s been 20 years since a Football Championship Subdivision (then Div. I-AA) player was considered for the Heisman Trophy. That’s unlikely to change in 2014, but if anyone is proving worthy of an honor last bestowed on Steve McNair, it’s Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams.
Adams threw a remarkable seven passing touchdowns in the Eagles’ 59-52 loss at Washington.
It’s the second time in as many seasons that the Eastern Washington quarterback absolutely torched a Pac-12 defense. He opened the 2013 season with seven combined touchdowns in an upset of Oregon State.
Hey, if LSU running back Leonard Fournette can strike the Heisman pose with a single touchdown against FCS Sam Houston State–a team Vernon Adams roasted on Aug. 23–then I can tout Adams’ Heisman credentials despite playing at the FCS level.
FAT GUY TOUCHDOWN!
Oklahoma found all sorts of ways to score touchdowns against in-state opponent Tulsa on Saturday. While quarterback Trevor Knight padded his stat line for the Heisman race with 299 yards passing, 35 yards rushing and three combined scores, the real highlight of the 52-7 blowout came on Jordan Phillips’ 69-yard scoop-and-score.
Who doesn’t love seeing one of the big fellas rewarded for their efforts?
A Paycheck for Poundings
In 2012, MEAC program Savannah State made dubious national headlines when it lost to Florida State and Oklahoma State by a combined 139-0. It would have been worse had the trip to Florida State not been cut short by a driving rain storm.
Savannah State took on those dates in exchange for payouts worth over $800,000.
The payout to Savannah State for Saturday’s game at Georgia Southern is unlikely as high as what SSU took home from going to visit power-conference programs. Georgia Southern is only in its first year of FBS competition, after all.
However, the loss was just as substantial. The Eagles rushed for a remarkable 599 yards in 83-9 rout.
Just six teams have ever allowed 80-plus points in the modern era of college football; Savannah State has done it twice.