Originally Published: September 4, 2014

Will Muschamp's response, UCLA's loss and a hot ticket in South Bend


Friedgen's favorite fullback, Terrel Hunt's 'punishment' and Purdue's win

By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

1. Rutgers offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen on senior fullback Michael Burton, a walk-on who worked his way to starter, team captain and NFL prospect: "Usually, it's difficult to find someone who is very smart who likes knocking the crap out of people. Those two don't usually go hand-in-hand. He can run. … He can catch. He does everything. I'm playing him in multiple positions and he's wanting more. He gives you tremendous flexibility. The most valuable player on the offense is probably Michael Burton. There are no negatives there." To sum it up, Friedgen said, "I'm trying to be his agent."

2. The Atlantic Coast Conference decided that the ejection of Syracuse quarterback Terrel Hunt for throwing a punch in the second quarter of the Orange's opener was punishment enough. Maybe the humiliation of watching from the sidelines as his team struggled to beat FCS Villanova 27-26 will convince Hunt not to do something that stupid again. His absence appeared to make a big difference. On his first three drives, Syracuse scored 10 points, and he took them to the Villanova 34 before his ejection. From that point to the end of regulation, the Orange scored one touchdown and punted four times.

3. Purdue coach Darrell Hazell described the Boilermakers as "a confident football team" this week after their 43-34 defeat of Western Michigan. "They really are," Hazell said. "I think they've done a good job, and I think a lot of their confidence comes with their work." Purdue got outgained by 49 yards Saturday and committed more penalties. But special teams created 19 points. More important, Hazell said this team, coaches and players alike showed less stress on the sideline than last season's 1-11 team showed. It is Week 2, and hearts are full in West Lafayette.

Numbers to know: Week 2

By ESPN Stats & Information


1. Last season, Oregon QB Marcus Mariota completed 58.1 percent of his passes thrown 15 yards or longer, best among players in the Power Five conferences. He completed 5 of 8 such passes for 180 yards and two TDs in the Ducks' Week 1 win over South Dakota

Mariota faces a Michigan State defense Saturday that allowed its Week 1 opponent, Jacksonville State, to complete 3 of 13 passes for 15 yards or longer, intercepting three.


2. In the first half of Ohio State's Week 1 win over Navy, quarterback J.T. Barrett's passes traveled an average of 2.8 yards and all but six of his passing yards came after the catch. In the second half, Barrett's passes traveled an average of more than 18 yards downfield, including his 80-yard touchdown to Devin Smith.

3. USC ran a no-huddle offense on 83 percent of its plays in Week 1. The Trojans ran 63 more no-huddle plays in Week 1 than they did all of last season (24).

The Trojans ran a Pac-12 record 105 plays and averaged 22.2 seconds per play (18.7 seconds per play in the first half). Last season, USC ran plays at the sixth-slowest pace in the FBS.

4. Quarterback Kenny Hill stole the headlines, but Texas A&M's defense achieved a significant milestone in its Week 1 win over South Carolina.

The Aggies allowed their fewest rushing yards (67), yards after contact (34) and rushes of 10 yards or more (1) for any game in the past two seasons.

5. Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner completed 33 percent of his passes on third down in road games last season and was sacked almost as many times (10) as he threw a completion (13).

Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson completed 6 of 9 passes thrown longer than 15 yards for 235 yards and two touchdowns in the Fighting Irish's Week 1 win over Rice, his most such completions and yards in any game in his career.



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