Week 2 of the college football season is in the books, and there were plenty of standout performers to go with it. Here are three that stood out above the rest:
1) Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
31/39, 471 Yds, 4 TD, INT
In the most anticipated matchup of the week, the Tigers new and improved offense was on display during their 45-38 victory over Texas. It was led by Burrow, who became just the third player in LSU history to throw for 400+ yards in a single game. It was also the first time in school history that LSU had three 100-yard receivers. Burrow delivered when he needed to, going 15/18 for 251 yards and 2 TD in a wild second half that saw the teams score a combined seven touchdowns. He has been performing at an elite level over his last six games, completing 72% of his passes for 1,915 yards, 19 TD, and 2 INT. He should improve on those numbers next week, as LSU returns to Baton Rouge to face Northwestern State.
2) Darrynton Evans, RB, Appalachian State
19 Att, 234 Yds, 3 TD; 2 Kick returns, 64 Yds, TD
Speaking of high scoring games, Evans went for an 87-yard score on the first play of the game in Appalachian State’s 56-41 win over Charlotte, and didn’t stop there. He added touchdown runs of 3 and 68 yards in the second half to put the Mountaineers up 49-34, but when Charlotte closed the gap to 49-41 with just three minutes left, Evans grabbed the onside kick out of the air and went into the end zone untouched for the final points of the game. The current leading rusher in the nation gets a bye next week before a trip to North Carolina in Week 4.
3) Elijah Sindelar, QB, Purdue
31/54, 509 Yds, 6 TD(1 Rush)
One week after Purdue blew a 17-point second half lead to Nevada, Sindelar ensured there wouldn’t be a repeat performance against Vanderbilt. He accounted for 4 second half touchdowns to lead the Boilermakers to a 42-24 win. Sindelar had some solid numbers against Nevada despite the loss, enough to put him atop the leaderboard for passing yards and touchdowns after Week 2. However, him and sophomore speedster Rondale Moore proved too much to handle for the Commodores. Purdue faces a tough test in Week 3, going up against TCU and an always tough Gary Patterson coached defense.
Adrian Martinez, QB, Nebraska: 16/26, 290 Yds, 2 TD, INT; 19 Att, 66 Yds, 2 TD
Sam Ehlinger, QB, Texas: 31/47, 401 Yds, 4 TD; 19 Att, 60 Yds, TD
Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State: 20/25, 224 Yds, 2 TD; 9 Att, 42 Yds, 2 TD
Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon: 19/26, 310 Yds, 5 TD
Cam Akers, RB, Florida State: 36 Att, 193 Yds, 2 TD
CJ Marable, RB, Costal Carolina: 24 Att, 148 Yds, TD; 1 Rec, 20 Yds, TD
Tra Minter, RB, South Alabama: 16 Att, 189 Yds, 2 TD
Xavier Jones, RB, SMU: 16 Att, 127 Yds, 3 TD
Jojo Ward, WR, Hawai’i: 10 Rec, 189 Yds, 4 TD
Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue: 13 Rec, 220 Yds, TD
Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU: 9 Rec, 163 Yds, 3 TD
Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas: 12 Rec, 154 Yds, 2 TD
Dustin Burkhart, WR, Akron: 8 Rec, 217 Yds
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