Top Performers: Memphis' Paxton Lynch, Oklahoma's Jordan Thomas, Notre Dame's CJ Sanders
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Paxton Lynch completed only nine passes on the day, but seven went for touchdowns as the Memphis quarterback tied the FBS record for most touchdown passes in a half in a blowout win over SMU. Lynch torched the Mustangs defense early and often with touchdown passes of 43, 16, 21, 15, 44, 6 and 22 to go up 56-0 at halftime. Lynch didn’t play in the second half, but the Tigers went on to win, 63-0, in head coach Justin Fuente’s last game at Memphis.
Oklahoma made a huge statement on Saturday with a blowout victory over Oklahoma State. The Sooners dominated all facets of the game, including defense, where the sophomore safety registered six tackles and two interceptions, including a pick six midway through the second quarter. Thomas intercepted Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph with a little over seven minutes to play in the half and had nothing but open spaces in front of him for the easy 32-yard interception return touchdown to give the Sooners a 34-10 lead. Thomas picked off Rudolph again, this time in the third quarter, which lead to another Oklahoma score.
Although the Fighting Irish couldn’t pull off the win in the end, CJ Sanders showed his electrifying speed on special teams once again, this time in the first quarter of Notre Dame’s 38-36 loss to Stanford on Saturday. After the Cardinal scored a little over five minutes into the game, Sanders took the ensuing kickoff 93 yards to the end zone to quickly tie up the ball game. Sanders stormed through a big gap early in his return and ran untouched for the quick response touchdown.