The eyes of the nation were on State College, Pennsylvania, in Week Five as Penn State tried valiantly to beat Ohio State. Unfortunately for Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin, there were many people at water coolers this week asking “Did Y’all See That?” about his 4th and 5 playcall with the game on the line. Franklin had to take two timeouts draw up the failed play. The last time I spent that long on a decision that ultimately ended in a flaming disaster anyway, I was in the Taco Bell drive-thru at 2 a.m. choosing between a crunchwrap supreme and a cheesy gordita crunch. (I picked both.)
But — everyone saw Penn State’s collapse. Let’s dig a little deeper into Week Five and ask: Did Y’all See That?
Did Y’all See: Northwestern’s second-half offense?
Close your eyes. Pretend you didn’t see the Northwestern-Michigan game. If I told you that Northwestern was in the game until the very end, and that Michigan needed a score with 4:06 left in the fourth quarter to win 20-17, how many times would you think Northwestern crossed the 50 yard line in the second half? Probably two or three, right? Maybe the Wildcats kicked a field goal to tie at 17 late in the third quarter?
Northwestern did not cross the 50 in the second half one time. The Wildcats punted on their first five drives of the half. In their sixth drive, with time winding down, Northwestern made it to its own 49 yard line! Then Clayton Thorson got sacked for a loss of five, and time expired.
Did Y’all See: Miami clowning UNC on Twitter?
It brings me no great pleasure to report this, as a moderate fan of UNC football. But at some point during the Hurricanes’ 47-10 thrashing of the Tar Heels on Thursday, even the Miami Twitter account ran out of words.
lol.— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) September 28, 2018
LET'S GOOOOOOOOOO. pic.twitter.com/fabLgbOMw7
sixth_turnoverchain_photo.jpg pic.twitter.com/YEVQ33L4fK— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) September 28, 2018
*Charlie Brown music intensifies*
Did Y’all See: Everyone getting grumpy about Clemson rushing the field?
There comes a time in every college football fan’s life when he or she realizes that Clemson fans storm the field after every game, win or lose. It’s a fun tradition and literally nothing more.
Unfortunately, that unknowing football fan’s first time normally comes when the Tigers narrowly beat a lesser team, as was the case Saturday when Clemson beat Syracuse. The fun police on Twitter were bashing Clemson fans for storming the field, because heaven forbid college students express joy or fun in any way, shape, or form.
Our mothership has a piece about this that gets run inevitably every year when the haters and losers, of which there are many, start complaining. Stop getting grumpy and liven up, you grinches.
Did Y’all See: What Dana Holgorsen said about the “Rutgers Factor?”
This one happened shortly before this article was published, so you’re forgiven if you missed it. But in his Tuesday press conference, Holgorsen was asked about the Kansas defense, as West Virginia is slated to play the Jayhawks Saturday. Kansas has had eight different defenders intercept a pass this season.
That’s pretty good! Or at least, it seems that way. Ol’ Dana doesn’t exactly think so.
Dana Holgorsen asked about Kansas having eight different defenders with interceptions. "That's the Rutgers factor." pic.twitter.com/wutVYyThJt— Chris Anderson (@CMAnderson247) October 2, 2018
There might not be a sadder pairing of words in the English language than the “Rutgers Factor.” And, uh, Dana isn’t exactly wrong. Kansas had three different players pick off a pass in its 55-14 shellacking of the Scarlet Knights in the funniest possible college football matchup of the year.
I will be very, very surprised if the ninth Kansas defender gets his first INT of the season against Will Grier and West Virginia.
Did Y’all See: Tua Tagovailoa’s stat-line by quarter?
Alabama is undefeated this year, and starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is the leading Heisman Trophy candidate. He’s put up 14 touchdowns and 1,161 yards on 66-88 passing. How many of those passes have been in the fourth quarter?
Tua Tagovailoa by the quarter:— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) September 30, 2018
1st: 30-42, 596 yards, 8 TDs
2nd: 24-27, 337 yards, 4 TDs
3rd: 12-19, 228 yards, 2 TDs
4th: 0-0, 0 yards, 0 TDs
Zero. Tagovailoa has thrown zero passes in the fourth quarter. If Alabama is the college football version of the Golden State Warriors, Tua is Stephen Curry — an all-world talent that they preserve at all costs, a “Break Glass In Case Of Emergency” failsafe.
Alabama’s good, y’all. So’s Tua. Get used to it, if you somehow already aren’t.