College football: Jake Olson, Josh Rosen, Deebo Samuel headline top plays from Week 1
After a thrilling bookend in Tennessee's 42-41 2OT win over Georgia Tech Monday night, college football's Week 1 action is over. Now, we're here to bring you the best plays from the week. There was a historic comeback, a few feel-good stories, one-handed grabs and plenty of defensive and special teams touchdowns.
Here are the best plays of the week:
UCLA QB Josh Rosen's game-winning touchdown pass
UCLA kicked off its season with the largest college football comeback in 11 years, and quarterback Josh Rosen sealed the victory with a fake spike-turned-game-winning touchdown pass against Texas A&M.
USC long snapper Jake Olson, who is blind, makes collegiate debut on PAT
USC long snapper Jake Olson may have provided the coolest moment of the weekend, when he made his college debut to snap the ball on an extra point attempt, which the Trojans converted. Olson, a lifelong USC fan who lost his eyesight at age 12 due to cancer, helped the Trojans tack on the final point of their 49-31 victory against Western Michigan.
This is anything but a regular PAT.— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) September 3, 2017
Jake Olson, blind since age 12, just snapped for the first time in a live game. https://t.co/amyHcFoVue
MSU cornerback Tyson Smith's pick six
Michigan State cornerback Tyson Smith suffered a stroke last fall but he worked his way back to the field, and in the Spartans' opener, he returned an interception for a touchdown.
Louisiana Tech's special teams unit
Teddy Veal broke six tackles – two of them after seemingly being sandwiched between a pair of Northwestern State defenders – and he outran the rest of the Demons' punt coverage team for a 66-yard touchdown on a punt return. The punt return came minutes after DeJuawn Oliver scored on a 26-yard fumble recovery after Northwestern State fumbled on a kick return.
SCOOP & SCORE!— Conference USA (@ConferenceUSA) September 3, 2017
...on the kickoff? pic.twitter.com/GR6Qjcucu0
South Carolina QB Jake Bentley finds WR Deebo Samuel
South Carolina wide receiver Deebo Samuel had a career day with three touchdowns in the first three quarters. He returned the opening kickoff against N.C. State, then hauled in a pair of touchdown receptions, including this ridiculous one-handed grab in the end zone.
Two-handed catches are overrated pic.twitter.com/upKB3PD0ed— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) September 2, 2017
Maryland and Texas exchange 'block sixes'
Maryland defeated No. 23 Texas 51-41 in a game that featured two blocked field goals returned for touchdowns in a seven-minute stretch. The Terrapins went up 21-7 after Derwin Gray blocked a field goal attempt and Antoine Brooks Jr. ran 71 yards for the score. Minutes later, the Longhorns had a 65-yard touchdown return of their own.
CRABCAKES AND FOOTBALL pic.twitter.com/K0rvQJ9hoC— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 2, 2017
Florida safety Duke Dawson's pick six
Man, did the tides turn quickly for Florida. Back-to-back pick sixes gave the Gators a 17-10 lead against the Michigan, but the Wolverines walked away with a 33-17 victory. The first interception return for a touchdown came from Florida safety Duke Dawson, who grabbed a tipped pass and weaved his way to the end zone.
UAB's unlikely pick six
It's not often that a defensive lineman scores a touchdown. In UAB football's return, defensive lineman Anthony Rush tipped a pass, caught it, and rumbled 25 yards for the touchdown.
for the big man! pic.twitter.com/4ThfvgWnru— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) September 2, 2017
Wisconsin's 99-yard pick six
Wisconsin safety Joe Ferguson was on the 1-yard line when he intercepted Utah State quaterback Kent Myers. Ninety-nine yards later, Ferguson was in the end zone, adding to the Badgers' 59 unanswered points they scored after the first quarter.
JD Spielman's 99-yard kick return
Nebraska redshirt freshman wide receiver JD Spielman's college career started with a bang, as he returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown, an immediate answer to Arkansas State's punt return touchdown that occurred just 23 seconds earlier.
Parris Campbell's catch and run
What started as a two-yard crossing route over the middle ended in a 74-yard game-winning touchdown for Ohio State wide receiver Parris Campbell. Campbell caught the ball just inside Ohio State's own 30-yard line before rounding the corner and sprinting down the sideline past Indiana's defense, virtually untouched.
Western Michigan's trickery
What could have been a pick six for USC turned into a go-ahead score for Western Michigan on the road against USC. Quarterback Jon Wassink threw a pass behind the line of scrimmage to Keishawn Watson, who then threw the ball back to Wassink for a 27-yard touchdown. The play gave Western Michigan a 21-14 lead but USC roared back to a 49-31 win.
Still rowing the boat?— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) September 2, 2017
Western Michigan leads No. 4 USC in the second half. pic.twitter.com/vo6l5JCn15
Simmie Cobbs' sideline acrobatics
Indiana held its own against Ohio State for two-plus quarters and wide receiver Simmie Cobbs was a big reason why. He finished with 11 receptions, including this acrobatic one-handed grab, for 149 yards and one touchdown.
Illinois blocks a field goal to secure the win
There were several blocked field goals in Week 1, but maybe none bigger than Illinois blocking Ball State's game-tying field goal attempt on the game's final play. The Fighting Illini won 24-21.