Top Performers: TCU's Josh Doctson, Penn State's Austin Johnson and Notre Dame's CJ Sanders
Josh Doctson, TCU
TCU’s Josh Doctson finished with 18 receptions in TCU’s wild win against Texas Tech, roughly half of the completed passes made by quarterback Trevone Boykin. Doctson did most of his damage in the first half, as the 6-foot-3-inch senior hauled in 11 receptions for 184 yards and caught all three of his touchdown passes to help the Horned Frogs stick with the feisty Red Raiders. In the final moments of the game, Doctson almost corralled the game-winning touchdown. Luckily for Doctson and TCU the ball bounced off his finger into the arms of teammate Aaron Green to give the Horned Frogs the 55-52 win.
The Penn State defense injected the Nittany Lions with a much-needed momentum shift late in its game against San Diego State. Trailing by two scores at halftime, the Aztecs shut out the Nittany Lions in the third quarter and trimmed the lead to seven. But 300-pound defensive lineman Austin Johnson swiftly turned the tide back into Penn State’s favor, scooping up a fumble forced by fellow lineman Carl Nassib and returning it 74 yards to give the Nittany Lions a 13-point lead they never relinquished in a 37-21 win.
While Notre Dame breezed through UMass in a 62-27 win, the Minuteman actually stayed with the Fighting Irish for most of the first half. That is, until freshman CJ Sanders got hold of a UMass punt. With a slim one-point lead with three minutes left in the second half, Sanders received a punt at midfield and weaved through defenders all the way to the endzone, sparking a huge scoring spree by Notre Dame that lasted the rest of the game.