Week 1 of the college football season started with a special Thursday night table of games.
Here are the key plays from Thursday night’s action as Week 1 begins.
Penn State QB Sean Clifford made a clutch third-down play in the second quarter, connecting with a wideout Mitchell Tinsley for a 12-yard touchdown to give the Nittany Lions the lead and their first TD of the season.
Sean Clifford shows composure on Penn State’s opening TD
Sean Clifford escaped the pressure and threw an impressive touchdown to Mitchell Tinsley to help Penn State take an early 7-3 lead against Purdue.
Purdue’s King Doerue ran right through the Penn State defense — stiff arm and all — on his way to the end zone, giving the Boilermakers back the lead 10-7 early in the second quarter.
Back to back
The Nittany Lions came up with back-to-back TDs before halftime.
King of the land game
Purdue’s Doerue helped close the gap to 21-17 in the third quarter with a smooth 2-yard TD run.
The teams were neck and neck after trading TDs, but Purdue took the lead in the fourth, 31-28, after Clifford’s pass was intercepted by a safety. Chris Jefferson and returned 72 yards to the house.
Chris Jefferson’s pick-six gives Purdue the lead
Chris Jefferson helped Purdue regain the lead midway through the fourth quarter, thanks to his pick-six against Penn State.
Clifford threw a TD to Keyvon Lee with just under a minute left, and that was enough as Penn State held on for the win.
Minnesota was first on the board thanks to a star runner Mohammed Ibrahimwho returned this year for a sixth season with the Golden Gophers.
Meanwhile, in Minneapolis…
Ibrahim started the second quarter the same way he started the first – with a score. Then, Minnesota snuck in another as the clock expired in the first half.
Just like that, the Golden Gophers jumped out to a 24-0 lead at the break.
More of the same
Minnesota continued to dominate the ground game, cashing in for their fifth rushing score of the night to seal the deal.
Just the way he designed it
WVU took the lead in the second quarter when Bryce Ford-Wheaton turned on the jets for a 10-yard TD.
WVU came up huge on special teams early in the third quarter, blocking a Pitt punt that resulted in a short field and a quick score for the Mountaineers.
Pitt answered with back-to-back scores to close out the third quarter. first, Daniel Carter found the end zone easily after massive gain of Jared Wayne. Then, Pitt regained the lead thanks to Rodney Hammond.
Rising to the occasion
Daniels connected with Ford-Wheaton again, this time for a 16-yard TD, followed by taking it in himself. sneak by QB on the Panthers’ next drive, good for a 31-24 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Down to the wire
Pitt fired back with two consecutive scores to take the lead late in the fourth quarter. QB Kedon Slovis found Israel Abanikanda for a 24-yard catch-and-run score. Then, the Panthers selected Daniels for the monster pick-six to win it.
MJ Devonshire captures JT Daniels in the Backyard Brawl
MJ Devonshire intercepts West Virginia’s JT Daniels and takes it for the touchdown to give the Pitt Panthers the wild win in the Backyard Brawl.
John Paul Richardson shows off his athleticism in a 45-yard TD
John Paul Richardson helped the Oklahoma State Cowboys score their first touchdown of the season, thanks to an impressive reception in the first quarter.
Central Michigan quickly responded with a score of its own, evening matters early in the first quarter.
The Oklahoma State defense came out in a big way, enforcing security to put the cowboys up 9-7 with less than a minute left in the opening frame.
With momentum on their side, Oklahoma State extended their lead to 16-7 as the first quarter came to a close.
Spencer Sanders extends Oklahoma State’s lead
Spencer Sanders’ electrifying 17-yard rushing touchdown gave the Oklahoma State Cowboys a 16-7 lead against Central Michigan.
When it rains, it pours
Sanders & Co. continued to pour it on the Chippewas as the second quarter got underway.
Sanders connects with Braydon Johnson for a 13-yard TD
QB Spencer Sanders connects with Braydon Johnson for a 13-yard touchdown to put Oklahoma State up 23-7.
More of the same
On the next drive, Sanders came up with his second rushing TD of the day. Just like that, it was a 30-point game, 37-7.
It didn’t take long for Oklahoma State to return the favor, however, as Dominic Richardson punched it in to make it a 44-15 lead into the break.
The Cowboys picked up in the second half right where they left off. Sanders found Bryson Green in the corner of the end zone for a quick score.
Spencer Sanders finds Bryson Green for a 7-yard TD
Oklahoma State Cowboys QB Spencer Sanders contributed his sixth touchdown of the game, connecting with Bryson Green on a 7-yard TD pass.
CMU quickly responded, as Jalen McGaughy reeled in a difficult pass under pressure for the Chippewas’ TD.
Finding its basis
Then, Central Michigan capped a three-play, 39-yard drive with another TD to close the gap, 51-28.
Back and forth
Too little too late
Despite the loss, CMU had the last word in this one, as McGaughy finished things off with a 54-yard TD catch.
CMU’s Daniel Richardson connects with Jalen McGaughy for a 54-yard TD
QB Daniel Richardson connects with Jalen McGaughy for a 54-yard touchdown.
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