Top Performers: Ole Miss' Chad Kelly, Ohio State's Darron Lee, Miami's Miami's Michael Badgley
Chad Kelly, Ole Miss
The freight train that is Chad Kelly and the Ole Miss offense continued its dominance in Week 3, this time against perennial SEC juggernaut Alabama. After throwing for 557 yards and six touchdowns in his first two games, Kelly put big numbers against the Crimson Tide with 341 passing yards, three passing btouchdowns and one rushing touchdown. Kelly look poised in the pocket, exploiting mismatches and creating big plays with pin-point accuracy, and a little luck. Early in the third quarter with Alabama only down one touchdown, Kelly corralled a bobbled snap and heaved a pass while falling to the ground into a crowd of Reels and Crimson Tide defenders. Luckily, the ball into the hands of Quincy Adeboyejo, who scamped for the 66-yard score. Big strikes to Cody Core and Laquon Treadwell in the fourth quarter put the Rebels up by 19, a deficit Alabama could not recover from.
Darron Lee, Ohio State
There wasn’t much to cheer about in Ohio State’s tilt with Northern Illinois, especially on the offensive side, but the defense played well enough to stave off the Huskies. Leading by only three points late in the third quarter, OSU linebacker Darron Lee picked off a pass from NIU’s Drew Hare and ran it back to the house for a 41-yard score. Lee’s scored ended up being the difference in the surprisingly close 20-13 win for the No. 1 Buckeyes.
Michael Badgley, Miami
Miami’s Michael Badgley knocked down a school-record five field goals in a game that shockingly game down to the wire against Nebraska. The Hurricanes led throughout the game, aided by Badgley’s leg. The kicker nailed field goals in every quarter, including a 40-yard boot at the end of the third to give Miami and 20-point lead. But the Cornhuskers responded in the fourth and tied the game to force overtime. But Badgley didn’t flinch in the moment and converted the game-winning field goal from 28 yards out to give Miami the 36-33 overtime win.