Week 4 gave us many moments to write home about. From 4-0 Kansas (yes, the Jayhawks are really cool) to one of the most incredible games of the year, we have a little bit of everything that makes college football great.

The wildest game

Watch this play. Then watch again and again. Not only is this unbelievable, but it could have saved the Texas A&M season as the Aggies held on to a 23-21 win over Arkansas.

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This is one of the craziest games not only of the weekend, but of the entire 2022 season.


Let the Heisman Campaign Begin

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Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels did not make preseason watchlists until the start of the season. But over the course of four games, he makes everyone sit up and pay attention. Daniels has proven himself to be an efficient and productive quarterback capable of all tasks – running, shooting and even kicking.

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“I was able to hit a ball one day in my freshman year and I was just waiting for them to call that game again,” Daniels said. “So it was nice to show that I can do a few more things.”

He has already done a lot. Against Duke, Daniels threw for 324 yards and ran for another 83, scoring five times. Last week, he scored five goals in a losing win over Houston, making him the first quarterback in school history to hit five or more touchdowns in multiple games. The fast start to the season led to some early talk of Heisman and a little creativity from the Kansas social media team.

After the game, coach Lance Leipold was asked if Daniels and Heisman should be said in the same sentence. Leipold had to stop after he started, “That’s not for…” before changing course and saying, “You know, he’s a damn good player. So yes, I’m all for it. Who has ever run a campaign? I don’t vote. I’m just saying this: he did a great job getting a lot of people to pay attention and take this program seriously.” — Andrea Adelson


Best Disorder

Middle Tennessee’s 45-31 win over Miami was as significant as a big disappointment always is – Miami was the 25.5-point favorite. This became even more important when three different plays or videos went viral.

First, you had a terrible running game that was especially notable for how much worse it could have been.

How there wasn’t a fumble at the end, or some desperate throw to land, I don’t understand. It seemed that everything was going to this. Either way, that game summed up Miami’s overall level of synchronicity—or the complete and total lack of it—throughout much of the first three quarters or so, as the Reeds trailed by three touchdowns twice.

Then you had a knockout punch, a spectacular 1-2 combination with a fourth stoppage and a scoring one, and a 98-yard touchdown that put the game out of reach as Miami looked set to act together.

Finally, you had a post-game interview in which an enthusiastic Rick Stocksteel, Middle Tennessee coach and proud former Florida State quarterback, said, “I know [in] Tallahassee, I know they’re thrilled that the mighty Blue Raiders will kick the tail of the Hurricanes. Because we kicked their tails, I’m not afraid to say it.” — Bill Connelly


Best fan moment of the week

SMU honored the late fan Paul Lane ahead of Saturday’s rivalry game with TCU, celebrating the life of a dedicated fan who hasn’t missed a Mustang game for 50 years.

Lane was an SMU freshman cheerleader in 1972 and didn’t miss a game until that season — played 542 straight games for the Mustangs, even in the bleak years after the NCAA death penalty — and was allowed to watch games in person during the pandemic to keep the streak going. , often taking its place next to cardboard fan figures.

Lane missed his first game on September 3 when he was hospitalized with a blood clot. His family and friends wore “I am Paul Lane” T-shirts for him in the first two games of the season. Lane died on September 12 at the age of 68.

On Saturday, ahead of the Mustangs’ first home game since his passing, SMU handed out stickers and megaphone badges that read “542” with Lane’s name in the press box and honored his family during a pre-game ceremony.

SMU coach Rhett Lashley said last week that Lane was one of the first people he met when he was hired by SMU in 2018 and that he will be missed.

“Was there [former coach] Son [Dykes] or others, this is an outpouring of love and support for his family,” said SMU coach Rhett Lashley. “He will be missed, but boy, he had an impact on everyone he touched.”

Lashley admired Lane’s dedication.

“It’s incredible. Whether it is a common illness or a flight cancellation, there is everything that can prevent it. But 542 games in a row is great,” Lashley said. “A very familiar face that we will miss.” — Dave Wilson

Wild day in Texas

As the Lone Star State transforms, it’s been a wild day for the state’s top 25 teams. We’ll start in Lubbock, first-year Texas Tech coach Joey McGuire took down No. 22 Texas as Red Raiders fans stormed the field after beating Texas 37-34 in overtime in what was likely the Longhorns’ last visit to Lubbock for the foreseeable future with the departure of the SEC on the horizon.

It was a short honeymoon for the Longhorns, who felt they were turning the corner after a close loss to Alabama and then a solid victory over UTSA. The Red Raiders are now 3-1 after beating the No. 25 in Houston, the No. 22 in Texas, and a 27-14 loss on the road to No. 16 in North Carolina State. McGuire, known for his energy, was buoyed by the victory.

No. 23 Texas A&M took the win over No. 10 in Arkansas, aided in large part by Demaney Richardson snatching the ball from a teammate after a poor recovery and running 82 yards to give a boost to Aggie, who sleepwalking through the first quarter without making first down and only 28 yards before scoring 23 in a row. They then watched Arkansas line up for a potential game-winning field goal with 1:30 left before it hit the top of the post and bounced into the air short of the crossbar.

No. 17, Baylor survived a trip to Iowa State, beating the Cyclones 31–24 to break a streak of 11 consecutive home wins against the Big 12 teams. The Bears defense held Iowa State for 2.4 yards per carry and recorded two passes from Hunter Dekker. Even the usually stoic Dave Aranda got excited during this performance. — Wilson

Was it really 98-0?

When Lamar decided to return to the Southland Conference last summer, after just one year in the Western Athletic Conference, other WAC teams had to struggle to fill the gaps in the schedule. There aren’t many options for that, so for a family weekend at Nacogdoches, Stephen F. Austin arranged to play at the NAIA’s Warner University.

However, Warner is not just a NAIA team. The Royals are ranked 89th out of 98 teams in my NAIA SP+ rankings. They lost to two other NAIA teams 93-29 on aggregate and fell to West Florida’s Division II power 52-3 in a game they trailed 45-0 at halftime. This was destined to be a massive explosion.

It was even worse than expected. The SFA scored 28 points – two from long touchdown passes and two from fumble returns – in the first six minutes of play and then added another 31 points before halftime. Four different Lumberjack quarterbacks threw touchdown passes, and after a punt return made it 85-0 with 6:58 left, Warner immediately made an interception and the SFA made it 92-0 with 6:32 left. And then Warner blew the kickoff. And the SFA scored again. They overcame a 2-point conversion to stop at 98 points, and Warner stopped self-destructing long enough for the clock to run out. The SFA was seven points behind the FCS single-game scoring record (set by Portland State in 1980), but everyone involved seemed to agree. — Connelly