College Football Week 6 Recap: Winners, Losers and Standouts

The teams, players and coaches that had notable results in Week 6 of the 2021-22 college football season.

By Stone Lexington

Updated: Oct. 10, 2021 • 9:35 AM ET

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Week 6 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 6 of the 2021-22 college football season.

 

 

 

Winners

 

 

Texas A&M Aggies

 

The Texas A&M Aggies may have pulled off the biggest win of the college football regular season with their 41-38 victory over No. 1 Alabama on Saturday. Coming off back-to-back losses entering the game, few people gave the Aggies a shot against the nation’s top team, but Texas A&M answered every haymaker the Crimson Tide threw at them. The win was particularly sweet for Aggies head coach Jimbo Fisher, as it came on his 56th birthday.

 

 

 

Georgia Bulldogs

 

Despite starting backup quarterback Stetson Bennett in place of injured starting quarterback JT Daniels, No. 2 Georgia moved to 6-0 this season with a 34-10 victory over No. 18 Auburn on Saturday. It was another dominating victory for the Bulldogs, which have been steamrolling opponents since their narrow victory over Clemson in Week 1. Georgia, equipped with the nation’s top defense, will play its third straight ranked opponent when they face No. 16 Kentucky on Saturday.

 

 

 

Iowa Hawkeyes

 

Although it may have been a different story if Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford hadn’t been knocked out of the game, No. 3 Iowa held on for an enormous 23-20 victory over No. 4 Penn State on Saturday. It wasn’t a pretty win by any means, but the Hawkeyes secured their 12th straight victory and have a clear path to the Big Ten title game.

 

 

 

Oklahoma Sooners

 

No. 6 Oklahoma came out on top in one of the best rivalries in college football with a thrilling 55-48 victory over No. 21 Texas in the Red River Showdown on Saturday. Trailing 28-7 at the end of the first quarter, the Sooners battled back behind true freshman quarterback Caleb Williams, who dazzled in the second half to propel Oklahoma to victory. The rest of the Sooners’ schedule doesn’t seem very daunting, as they only have one ranked opponent left on their slate — No. 12 Oklahoma State. 

 

 

 

Ole Miss Rebels

 

Defense was at a minimum in No. 17 Ole Miss’ 52-51 victory over No. 13 Arkansas on Saturday, but the Rebels held on for a huge win in the SEC. It was a rough outing for Ole Miss the week before against Alabama, but the Crimson Tide leaves most of their opponents scratching their heads. Against the Razorbacks, Rebels quarterback Matt Corral found success through the air and on the ground, giving Ole Miss momentum heading into their next matchup at Tennessee.

 

 

 

Boise State Broncos

 

The Broncos forced four turnovers in their 26-17 upset of No. 10 BYU on Saturday, snapping a two-game losing streak to the Cougars. It was a particularly impressive victory for Boise State, which became the first team to lead BYU at any point this season. The Broncos also moved to 3-3 with the victory, which could propel them to additional success this season.

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Losers

 

 

Alabama Crimson Tide

 

Plenty of streaks were snapped in the Alabama Crimson Tide’s 41-38 loss to unranked Texas A&M on Saturday. The Tide lost their first game since 2019 on Saturday, ending their 19-game winning streak. Alabama head coach Nick Saban’s perfect 24-0 record against former assistants was also snapped, as well as the Tide’s streak of 100 straight wins over unranked opponents, dating back to 2007. The Tide’s eight-game winning streak over the Aggies also ended, and they’ll look to get back on track at Mississippi State on Saturday.

 

 

 

Penn State Nittany Lions

 

The Nittany Lions suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday in crushing fashion. It looked like Penn State was going to run away from No. 3 Iowa in their matchup at Kinnick Stadium, but Nittany Lions quarterback Sean Clifford was knocked out of the game with an injury with Penn State leading 17-3 in the second quarter. Sophomore quarterback Ta’Quan Roberson took over for Clifford, and things fell completely apart for Penn State from there. The Nittany Lions managed less than 100 total yards the rest of the game.

 

 

 

BYU Cougars

 

BYU became the latest team to fall from the ranks of the unbeaten, dropping to 5-1 with a 26-17 loss to unranked Boise State on Saturday. The loss was particularly deflating for BYU, as the Cougars were at home. Entering the game, BYU had not trailed against any opponent this season. Nevertheless, their offense couldn’t get on track against the Broncos at any point in the game. BYU will look to rebound when they visit Baylor on Saturday.

 

 

 

Arkansas Razorbacks

 

After starting the season 4-0, the Razorbacks have lost their last two games. The latest loss came on Saturday against No. 17 Ole Miss, as Arkansas opted not to send the game to overtime with a game-tying extra point. After scoring a touchdown on the final play of regulation, Razorbacks head coach Sam Pittman decided to attempt a potential game-winning two-point conversion. The decision didn’t pay off, as Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson overthrew a receiver in the end zone. Now, the Razorbacks will look to avoid a third straight loss when they host Auburn next.

 

 

 

Auburn Tigers

 

Auburn had no answers No. 2 Georgia on Saturday, falling to the No. 2 ranked Bulldogs 34-10 at home on Saturday. The Tigers entered the contest averaging 40 points per game, but they couldn’t figure out how to get close to that number against Georgia’s stingy defense. Auburn will attempt to rebound on Saturday when they travel to No. 13 Arkansas.

 

 

 

Texas Longhorns

 

The Longhorns blew a 21-point lead against their biggest rival on Saturday, falling to No. 6 Oklahoma in the Red River Showdown. Texas tied the game at 48-48 with 1:23 remaining in regulation, and it looked like the game could head to overtime. The Texas defense faltered in the final minute, though, allowing Oklahoma to drive 75 yards for a touchdown just before time ran out. The Longhorns will look to bounce back in their next game against No. 12 Oklahoma State.

Standouts

 

(note: These are players or units from a team that defeated a Power 5 school, or from a team that defeated a ranked team.)

 

 

Texas A&M quarterback Zach Calzada - 285 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception in the Aggies’ 41-38 victory over No. 1 Alabama

 

 

Texas A&M wide receiver Ainias Smith - 6 receptions, 85 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns in the Aggies’ 41-38 victory over No. 1 Alabama

 

 

Georgia wide receiver Ladd McConkey - 5 receptions, 135 receiving yards, 1 touchdown in the Bulldogs’ 34-10 victory over No. 18 Auburn

 

 

Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams - 212 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 0 interceptions; 4 carries, 88 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown in the Sooners’ 55-48 victory over No. 21 Texas

 

 

Oklahoma running back Kennedy Brooks - 25 carries, 217 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns in the Sooners’ 55-48 victory over No. 21 Texas

 

 

Oklahoma wide receiver Marvin Mims - 5 receptions, 136 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns in the Sooners’ 55-48 victory over No. 21 Texas

 

 

Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud - 406 passing yards, 5 touchdowns, 0 interceptions in the Buckeyes’ 66-17 victory over Maryland

 

 

Ohio State running back TreVeyon Henderson  - 16 carries, 102 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns; 4 receptions, 67 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown in the Buckeyes’ 66-17 victory over Maryland

 

 

Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave  - 7 receptions, 120 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns in the Buckeyes’ 66-17 victory over Maryland

 

 

Ohio State wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba  - 5 receptions, 103 receiving yards in the Buckeyes’ 66-17 victory over Maryland

 

 

Ohio State wide receiver Garrett Wilson  - 5 receptions, 84 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns in the Buckeyes’ 66-17 victory over Maryland

 

 

Michigan running back Hassan Haskins - 21 carries, 123 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns in the Wolverines’ 32-29 victory over Nebraska

 

 

Michigan State quarterback Payton Thorne - 339 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception in the Spartans’ 31-13 victory over Rutgers

 

 

Michigan State running back Kennth Walker III - 29 carries, 233 rushing yards, 1 touchdown in the Spartans’ 31-13 victory over Rutgers

 

 

Michigan State wide receiver Jalen Nailor - 5 receptions, 221 receiving yards, 3 touchdowns in the Spartans’ 31-13 victory over Rutgers

 

 

Kentucky quarterback Will Levis - 145 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 0 interceptions; 11 carries, 75 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 42-21 victory over LSU

 

 

Kentucky running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. - 16 carries, 147 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown; 1 reception, 3 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown in the Wildcats’ 42-21 victory over LSU

 

 

Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral - 287 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 0 interceptions; 15 carries, 94 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns in the Rebels’ 52-51 victory over No. 13 Arkansas

 

 

Ole Miss running back Henry Parrish Jr. - 18 carries, 111 rushing yards in the Rebels’ 52-51 victory over No. 13 Arkansas

 

 

Ole Miss running back Snoop Conner - 12 carries, 110 rushing yards, 3 touchdowns in the Rebels’ 52-51 victory over No. 13 Arkansas

 

 

Ole Miss wide receiver Braylon Sanders - 2 receptions, 127 receiving yards, 1 touchdown in the Rebels’ 52-51 victory over No. 13 Arkansas

 

 

Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman - 330 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 1 interception; 9 carries, 8 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown in the Demon Deacons’ 40-37 victory over Syracuse

 

 

Wake Forest wide receiver A.T. Perry - 3 receptions, 137 receiving yards, 3 touchdowns in the Demon Deacons’ 40-37 victory over Syracuse

 

 

Wake Forest wide receiver Jaquarii Roberson - 9 receptions, 135 receiving yards in the Demon Deacons’ 40-37 victory over Syracuse

 

 

Florida quarterback Emory Jones - 273 passing yards, 4 touchdowns, 1 interception; 5 carries, 40 rushing yards in the Gators’ 42-0 victory over Vanderbilt

 

 

Arizona State running back Rachaad White - 13 carries, 96 yards, 1 touchdown in the Sun Devils’ 28-10 victory over Stanford

 

 

Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker - 225 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 0 interceptions; 20 carries, 66 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown in the Volunteers’ 45-20 victory over South Carolina

 

 

Tennessee running back Tiyon Evans - 16 carries, 119 rushing yards, 1 touchdown in the Volunteers’ 45-20 victory over South Carolina

 

 

Tennessee wide receiver - 6 receptions, 103 receiving yards, 1 touchdown in the Volunteers’ 45-20 victory over South Carolina

 

 

Baylor quarterback Gerry Bohanon - 336 passing yards, 4 passing touchdowns, 0 interceptions; 6 carries, 6 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown in the Bears’ 45-20 victory over West Virginia

 

 

Baylor wide receiver Tyquan Thornton - 8 receptions, 187 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns in the Bears’ 45-20 victory over West Virginia

 

 

Georgia Tech quarterback Jeff Sims - 297 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 2 interceptions; 12 carries, 55 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown in the Yellow Jackets’ 31-27 victory over Duke

 

 

Virginia quarterback Brennan Armstrong - 487 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 2 interceptions in the Cavaliers’ 34-33 victory over Louisville

 

 

Virginia wide receiver Ra’Shaun Henry - 9 receptions, 179 receiving yards in the Cavaliers’ 34-33 victory over Louisville

 

 

Virginia wide receiver Keytaon Thompson - 9 receptions, 132 receiving yards in the Cavaliers’ 34-33 victory over Louisville

 

 

Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis - 145 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 0 interceptions; 14 carries, 121 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns in the Seminoles’ 35-25 victory over North Carolina

 

 

Wisconsin running back Chez Mellusi - 21 carries, 145 rushing yards, 1 touchdown in the Badgers’ 24-0 victory over Illinois

 

 

Wisconsin running back Braelon Allen - 18 carries, 131 rushing yards, 1 touchdown in the Badgers’ 24-0 victory over Illinois

 

 

Washington State quarterback Jayden de Laura - 399 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception in the Cougars’ 31-24 victory over Oregon State

 

 

TCU running back Kendre Miller - 12 carries, 185 rushing yards, 3 touchdowns in the Horned Frogs’ 52-31 victory over Texas Tech

 

 

TCU running back Zach Evans - 17 carries, 143 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns in the Horned Frogs’ 52-31 victory over Texas Tech

 

 

Utah quarterback Cameron Rising - 306 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 0 interceptions; 6 carries, 27 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown in the Utes’ 42-26 victory over USC

 

 

Utah running back Tavion Thomas - 16 carries, 113 rushing yards, 1 touchdown in the Utes’ 42-26 victory over USC

 

 

UCLA running back Brittain Brown - 12 carries, 146 rushing yards, 1 touchdown in the Bruins’ 34-16 victory over Arizona

 

 

UCLA running back Zach Charbonnet - 21 carries, 117 rushing yards in the Bruins’ 34-16 victory over Arizona

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