College Football Week 5 Recap: Winners, Losers and Standouts
The teams, players and coaches that had notable results in Week 5 of the 2021-22 college football season.
By Stone Lexington
Updated: Oct. 4, 2021 • 10:10 AM ET
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Week 5 of the college football season has concluded, and several teams shined over the weekend. Others didn’t fare so well. Below are the winners, losers and standouts from Week 5 of the 2021-22 college football season.
Alabama Crimson Tide
No. 1 Alabama’s tide keeps flowing in the right direction. The Crimson Tide remained perfect this season (5-0) with a 42-21 victory over No. 12 Ole Miss on Saturday, stifling the nation’s top offense in the process. Ole Miss entered the game leading the nation with 635 yards and 53 points per game, but Alabama held the Rebels to 291 total yards. The 5-0 Tide will travel to College Station this week for a matchup at Texas A&M.
No. 2 Georgia shutout a top-10 team on Saturday, bludgeoning No. 8 Arkansas 37-0. Arkansas’ offense had no answers for the Bulldogs’ defense, managing only 87 total passing yards, 75 total rushing yards and 87 total receiving yards. It was a complete smothering that should be investigated as a crime.
The Stanford Cardinal picked up their biggest win of the season thus far with a 31-24 overtime victory over undefeated and No. 3 ranked Oregon on Saturday. It took a Cardinal touchdown pass on the last play of regulation just to send the game to overtime and a fourth-and-8 stop in overtime to win the game, but Stanford shocked the Ducks and shook up the Pac-12 in the process.
Penn State Nittany Lions
With their 24-0 victory over Indiana on Saturday, No. 4. Penn State has set itself up for a top-5 showdown against No. 3 Iowa this week. The Nittany Lions’ defense and special teams were the catalysts in the victory over Indiana, forcing eight punts, two turnovers and a blocked field goal against the Hoosiers.
Looking like the cream of the Big Ten West, the Iowa Hawkeyes are 5-0 for the first time since 2015. No. 3 Iowa dominated undefeated Maryland 51-14 on Saturday, causing seven turnovers in the process. The Hawkeyes have a big test this week when they host No. 4 Penn State.
The Oklahoma Sooners have lived life on the edge this season, as four of their five victories this season have come by a touchdown or less. Their latest nail-biter came on the road against Kansas State, as the No. 6 Sooners squeezed out a 37-31 victory over Kansas State on Saturday. A rivalry game against No. 21 Texas awaits Oklahoma this week.
No team outside of the Power Five conferences has ever reached the College Football Playoff, but No. 5 Cincinnati is trying to dump a big ole’ bucket of water on that drought. The Bearcats topped undefeated and No. 9 ranked Notre Dame on Saturday, moving to 4-0 in the process. After back-to-back victories over Power Five schools (Indiana also), Cincinnati will open American Athletic Conference play when they host Temple this week.
With their 20-13 victory over No. 10 Florida on Saturday, the Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Gators at home for the first time since 1986. Wildcats linebacker Trevin Wallace returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown late in the third quarter that put Kentucky up for good, sending shockwaves through the SEC with their victory over the Gators. The 5-0 Wildcats moved into the rankings this week at No. 16.
Ohio State Buckeyes
Since their loss to Oregon in Week 2, No. 7 Ohio State has gone on a scoring explosion, albeit against subpar teams. The Buckeyes have averaged 50.6 points per game over the last three weeks with conniving wins over Tulsa, Akron and Rutgers. Their latest win came by a 52-13 margin over a Rutgers team that took Michigan down to the wire the week prior. Ohio State will look to keep its momentum heading in the right direction when they host Maryland this week.
With its 38-17 victory over Wisconsin on Saturday, No. 9 Michigan moved to 5-0 for the first time since 2017. It was the Wolverines’ first victory at Camp Randall Stadium since 2001, limiting the Badgers to 43 yards on 32 carries to end the losing-skid in Madison. Michigan will attempt to move to 6-0 when they travel to Nebraska this week.
Mississippi State Bulldogs
After two straight losses, the Mississippi State Bulldogs pulled off a huge 26-22 victory over No. 15 Texas A&M on Saturday. Bulldogs quarterback Will Rogers was superb in the win, throwing for more than 400 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Yet, their toughest test of the season will come against their next opponent, No. 1 Alabama in two weeks.
Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors
The Rainbow Warriors forced six turnovers in their 27-24 upset of No. 18 Fresno State on Saturday, their first win over a ranked opponent since 2010. Hawai’i didn’t even have its starting quarterback on the field, as freshman Brayden Schager led the Rainbow Warriors to victory.
Oklahoma State Cowboys
The No. 12 ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys have yet to win a game by more than 11 points this season, but that hasn’t stopped them from winning. The Cowboys defeated No. 21 Baylor 24-14 on Saturday, helping them start a season 5-0 for the first time since 2015. The Cowboys will attempt to move to 6-0 when they face Texas in Austin in two weeks.
Arizona State Sun Devils
After a tough loss to unbeaten BYU two weeks ago, the No. 22 ranked Sun Devils have responded with back-to-back dominating victories. Their latest win came in a 42-23 upset of No. 20 UCLA on Saturday, and they have found themselves back in the rankings. Arizona State will host a Stanford team brimming with confidence this week.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons
With a 37-34 victory over Louisville on Saturday, No. 19 Wake Forest moved to 5-0 for the first time since 2019. The Demon Deacons, which connected on a 29-yard game-winning field goal with 22 seconds left against the Cardinals, may be proving themselves as a real threat in the ACC. Wake Forest will attempt to move to 6-0 at Syracuse this week.
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After a big win over No. 7 Texas A&M last week, the 13th-ranked Razorbacks had an opportunity to make a serious statement on Saturday against No. 2 Georgia. A statement was made: Arkansas may not be ready to compete with the upper echelon of college football, as they were shutout 37-0 by the Bulldogs in their first loss of the season. Despite the loss, the Razorbacks can still achieve all their goals with the schedule they have in front of them.
No. 8 Oregon had a chance to move to 5-0 for the first time in eight years on Saturday, but they fell just short to an unranked Stanford team. Oregon played without offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead against Stanford, and they still hold a win over Ohio State in their back pocket. However, the Ducks probably need to run the table through the rest of their mediocre schedule to position themselves for a chance at the College Football Playoff.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Undefeated Notre Dame is undefeated no more, as the Irish fell 24-13 to No. 7 Cincinnati on Saturday. Notre Dame was unable to get anything going on offense, turning the ball over three times in the first half that put them in an early 17-0 hole. With the loss, Notre Dame’s 26-game home winning streak was snapped.
Fifteen penalties for 115 yards contributed to No. 20 Florida’s 20-13 loss to unranked Kentucky on Saturday. The Gators had to watch fans storm Kroger Field to celebrate the Wildcats’ victory, and they’ll likely drop in the polls with their second SEC loss. Florida should respond this week, though, when they host Vanderbilt.
Ole Miss Rebels
Lane Kiffin’s crew fell short against the nation’s No. 1 team on Saturday in a 42-21 loss to Alabama. It was the Rebels’ first conference game this season following three wins over unranked opponents, and they didn’t look ready for the step up in competition. Ole Miss’ unbeaten record has been erased, but there’s no shame in losing to college football’s king of the heap.
Texas A&M Aggies
Texas A&M had College Football Playoff hopes entering the 2021-22 college football season, but those hopes may have been dashed with their 26-22 loss to Mississippi State on Saturday. It was the Aggies’ second consecutive loss, and a third straight may be coming this week when they face No. 1 Alabama. If the Aggies aren’t careful, this season could become a complete disappointment following a 9-1 campaign a season ago.
Fresno State Bulldogs
After finding themselves ranked in the AP Top 25 Poll the last several weeks, Fresno State no longer has a number in front of its name following their performance against unranked Hawai’i. The Bulldogs lost 27-24 to the Rainbow Warriors on Saturday, turning the ball over six times during the game. It won’t get any easier for Fresno State when they meet their next opponent, undefeated Wyoming.
Following a second loss in the last three weeks, UCLA is no longer ranked. The Bruins lost 42-23 to Arizona State on Saturday, largely due to their suspect pass defense. UCLA has allowed nine pass plays of 40 yards or more this season, second-most in the nation. The Bruins will look to get back in the winning column when they meet Arizona this week.
Unbeaten no longer, Baylor had a chance to defeat ranked teams in consecutive weeks for the first time since 1974 on Saturday. Instead, the Bears fell to No. 19 Oklahoma State 24-21, punting on their first eight possessions of the game. Baylor will attempt to get back on track when they host West Virginia this week.
(note: These are players or units from a team that defeated a Power 5 school, or from a team that defeated a ranked team.)
Alabama running back Brian Robinson Jr. - 36 carries, 171 rushing yards, 4 touchdowns in the Crimson Tide’s 42-21 victory over No. 12 Ole Miss
Georgia defense/special teams - 51 total tackles, 4 sacks, 7 tackles for loss, 3 pass deflections, 1 defensive touchdown in the Bulldogs’ 37-0 victory over No. 8 Arkansas
Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee - 230 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions in the Cardinal’s 31-24 victory over No. 3 Oregon
Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford - 178 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception; 10 carries, 58 rushing yards in the Nittany Lions’ 24-0 victory over Indiana
Penn State wide receiver Jahan Dotson - 8 receptions, 84 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns in the Nittany Lions’ 24-0 victory over Indiana
Penn State defense - 50 total tackles, 2 sacks, 4 tackles for loss, 6 pass deflections, 2 interceptions in the Nittany Lions’ 24-0 victory over Indiana
Iowa quarterback Spencer Petras - 259 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 0 interceptions; 4 carries, 2 rushing touchdowns in the Hawkeyes’ 51-14 victory over Maryland
Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder - 297 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 0 interceptions; 10 carries, 26 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown in the Bearcats’ 24-13 victory over No. 9 Notre Dame
Cincinnati wide receiver Alec Pierce - 6 receptions, 144 receiving yards in the Bearcats’ 24-13 victory over No. 9 Notre Dame
Kentucky running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. - 19 carries, 99 rushing yards, 1 touchdown in the Wildcats’ 20-13 victory over No. 10 Florida
Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud - 330 passing yards, 5 touchdowns, 0 interceptions in the Buckeyes’ 52-13 victory over Rutgers
Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave - 5 receptions, 119 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns in the Buckeyes’ 52-13 victory over Rutgers
Mississippi State quarterback Will Rogers - 408 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions in the Bulldogs’ 26-22 victory over No. 15 Texas A&M
Mississippi State wide receiver Makai Polk - 13 receptions, 126 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 26-22 victory over No. 15 Texas A&M
Hawai’i running back Dae Dae Hunter - 21 carries, 127 rushing yards in the Rainbow Warriors’ 27-24 victory over No. 18 Fresno State
Oklahoma State running back Jaylen Warren - 36 carries, 125 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns in the Cowboys’ 24-14 victory over No. 21 Baylor
Oklahoma State wide receiver Tay Martin - 7 receptions, 108 receiving yards in the Cowboys’ 24-14 victory over No. 21 Baylor
Arizona State quarterback Jayden Daniels - 286 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions; 6 carries, 45 rushing yards in the Sun Devils’ 42-23 victory over No. 20 UCLA
Arizona State wide receiver Ricky Pearsail - 4 receptions, 132 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns in the Sun Devils’ 42-23 victory over No. 20 UCLA
Auburn quarterback Bo Nix - 255 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, 0 interceptions; 12 carries, 74 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown in the Tigers’ 24-19 victory over LSU
Auburn tight end John Samuel Shenker - 5 receptions, 102 receiving yards in the Tigers’ 24-19 victory over LSU
Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman - 324 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 1 interception; 10 carries, 35 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown in the Demon Deacons’ 37-34 victory over Louisville
Wake Forest wide receiver Jaquaril Roberson - 6 receptions, 135 receiving yards in the Demon Deacons’ 37-34 victory over Louisville
Wake Forest wide receiver Taylor Morin - 6 receptions, 122 receiving yards, 1 touchdown in the Demon Deacons’ 37-34 victory over Louisville
Clemson running back Kobe Pace - 19 carries, 125 rushing yards, 1 touchdown; 2 receptions, 41 receiving yards in the Tigers’ 19-13 victory over Boston College
Clemson wide receiver Joseph Ngata - 4 receptions, 111 receiving yards in the Tigers’ 19-13 victory over Boston College
Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker - 225 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 0 interceptions; 15 carries, 80 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown in the Volunteers’ 62-24 victory over Missouri
Tennessee running back Tiyon Evans - 15 carries, 156 rushing yards, 3 touchdowns in the Volunteers’ 62-24 victory over Missouri
Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett - 389 passing yards, 4 touchdowns, 0 interceptions in the Panthers’ 52-21 victory over Georgia Tech
Pittsburgh wide receiver Taysir Mack - 5 receptions, 121 receiving yards, 1 touchdown in the Panthers’ 52-21 victory over Georgia Tech
Pittsburgh wide receiver Jordan Addison - 6 receptions, 117 receiving yards, 1 touchdown in the Panthers’ 52-21 victory over Georgia Tech
North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell - 321 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions in the Tar Heels’ 38-7 victory over Georgia Tech
North Carolina wide receiver Josh Downs - 8 receptions, 108 receiving yards, 1 touchdown in the Tar Heels’ 38-7 victory over Georgia Tech
Texas running back Bijan Robinson - 35 carries, 216 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns in the Longhorns’ 32-27 victory over TCU
USC quarterback Kedon Slovis - 276 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions in the Trojans’ 37-14 victory over Colorado
USC running back Keaontay Ingram - 14 carries, 124 rushing yards in the Trojans’ 37-14 victory over Colorado
USC wide receiver Drake London - 9 receptions, 130 receiving yards, 1 touchdown in the Trojans’ 37-14 victory over Colorado
Florida State running back Jordan Travis - 19 carries, 113 rushing yards in the Seminoles’ 33-30 victory over Syracuse
Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy - 245 passing yards, 4 touchdowns, 0 interceptions; 5 carries, 37 rushing yards in the Cyclones’ 59-7 victory over Kansas
Iowa State running back Breece Hall - 17 carries, 123 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns in the Cyclones’ 59-7 victory over Kansas
Iowa State wide receiver Xavier Hutchinson - 7 receptions, 96 receiving yards, 1 touchdown in the Cyclones’ 59-7 victory over Kansas
Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez - 202 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, 0 interceptions; 8 carries, 50 rushing yards, 3 rushing touchdowns in the Cornhuskers’ 56-7 victory over Northwestern
Nebraska running back Jaquez Yant - 13 carries, 127 rushing yards in the Cornhuskers’ 56-7 victory over Northwestern
Nebraska wide receiver Samori Toure - 2 receptions, 108 receiving yards, 1 touchdown in the Cornhuskers’ 56-7 victory over Northwestern
Oregon State running back B.J. Taylor - 20 carries, 111 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns in the Beavers’ 27-24 victory over Washington