Alabama Defeats Utah State 55-0 in Week 1; Here Are 20 Other Blowout Victories From College Football’s Opening Week

Alabama Opens the College Football Season With 55-0 Win Against Utah State; Here Are 20 Other Blowout Victories From Opening Week

We all knew Alabama was the team to beat this year, so it’s no surprise to see them stomp their way to one of the largest blowout victories of Week 1. The Crimson Tide defeated unranked Utah State 55-0, despite failing to score in the fourth quarter – they had a 41-0 lead at halftime. 

Alabama was led by Bryce Young, who threw for 195 yards and five touchdowns – while also rushing for 100 yards and one touchdown. They had three different receivers finish with five catches and three different receivers score two touchdowns. Jahmyr Gibbs ran for 93 yards.

Meanwhile, their defense held Utah State to just 57 yards passing and 79 yards rushing – a total of 136 yards. Jaylen Moody led the team with six tackles and while they didn’t record a sack or interception, they did have five tackles for a loss as a team – including one TFL from Moody. 

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Opening Week Was Packed With Blowout Victories

Alabama Defeats Utah State 55-0 in Week 1; Here Are 20 Other Blowout Victories From College Football’s Opening Week
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Alabama headlined a handful of college football teams that were expected to finish Week 1 with blowout victories – and did. The Crimson Tide proved that they continue to be in a league of their own, but that doesn’t mean they’re the only team you should keep an eye on this season. 

The 2022 college football regular season technically kicked off on August 27th with what many refer to as ‘Week 0’ – there were 11 games played on this day. On September 1st, the other FBS teams began their season and between both weeks, there were a lot of blowout victories.

For those that were late to starting following the new season or for those that want a refresher of what happened opening week – don’t worry, we have you covered. We’re going to get you caught up with 20 of the biggest blowout victories from college football’s Week 0 and Week 1.

20. Kansas Defeats Tennessee Tech 56-10

The Kansas Jayhawks defeated the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles in a 56-10 blowout at home on September 2, 2022. The Jayhawks scored a touchdown in each quarter, including three in the first quarter and two in the second and fourth quarters. They were firing on all cylinders. 

A majority of their work came through the run game – scoring six of their touchdowns on the ground with five different players. HB Devin Neal led the way with 108 yards rushing and two touchdowns, while QB Jalon Daniels finished an efficient 15/18 with 189 yards and one TD. 

19. Duke Defeats Temple 30-0

The Duke Blue Devils defeated the Temple Owls in a 30-0 shutout at home on September 2, 2022. The Blue Devils scored at least 3 points in each quarter and held a 24-0 lead at halftime before hitting two field goals in the second half. It was the perfect way to start the season. 

Riley Leonard finished the game 24/30 with 328 yards and two touchdowns through the air – adding another 64 yards on the ground. Jalon Calhoun and Jordan Moore each snagged six receptions, while Moore and Sahmir Hagans each recorded a touchdown in the blowout win. 

18. UAB Defeats Alabama A&M 59-0

Speaking of impressive shutout wins, the UAB Blazers defeated the Alabama A&M Bulldogs in a 59-0 shutout at home on September 1, 2022. While they didn’t score in the fourth quarter, they did score four touchdowns in the first quarter and another three touchdowns in the third quarter. 

Dylan Hopkins finished 13/18 with 191 yards and one touchdown through the air – adding another TD on the ground. Jermaine Brown Jr. and Lee Witherspoon combined for 167 rushing yards and three touchdowns. They also had three sacks from three different players.

17. UCF Defeats South Carolina State 56-10

The UCF Knights defeated the South Carolina State Bulldogs in a 56-10 blowout at home on September 1, 2022. They opened the game with three unanswered touchdowns in the first quarter and had a 28-3 lead at halftime before outscoring the Bulldogs 28-7 in the second half.

The Knights were led by John Rhys Plumlee, who threw for 308 yards and four touchdowns – adding another 100 yards and one touchdown on the ground. HB Isaiah Bowser chipped in with 74 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, while the defense finished with two sacks. 

16. Tennessee Defeats Ball State 59-10

The Tennessee Volunteers defeated the Ball State Cardinals in a 59-10 blowout at home on September 1, 2022. They had a 38-0 lead at halftime and extended it to 45-0 before allowing the Cardinals to score for the first time. They outscored Ball State 14-3 to end the game. 

The Volunteers were led by QB Hendon Hooker, who threw for 221 yards and two touchdowns in the win – adding another two touchdowns on the ground. Running backs Dylan Sampson, Jabari Small, and Jaylen Wright combined for 179 rushing yards and one touchdown each. 

15. Vanderbilt Defeats Hawai’i 63-10

The Vanderbilt Commodores defeated the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors in a 63-10 blowout on the road on August 27th, 2022. What’s crazy is that Hawai’i led the game 7-0 until Vandy scored two touchdowns in the final minute of the first quarter. They later scored five TDs in the third quarter. 

Mike Wright threw for 146 yards and two TDs (both to Will Sheppard), adding 163 yards and two TDs on the ground. Re’Mahn Davis, Rocko Griffin, Chase Gillespie, and Cooper Lutz combined for 220 rushing yards and three TDs. They finished with 404 rushing yards as a team.

14. North Carolina Defeats Florida A&M 56-24

The North Carolina Tar Heels defeated the Florida A&M Rattlers in a 56-24 blowout at home on August 27th, 2022. The game was rather close at the start of the fourth quarter, but the Tar Heels scored three unanswered touchdowns to run away with it – it was an exciting finish!

Drake Maye was the star of the night, throwing for 294 yards and five touchdowns, adding 55 yards on the ground. His lead back, Omarion Hampton, had 101 yards and two TDs, while Josh Downs had nine catches for 78 yards and two TDs. Storm Duck tallied an interception. 

13. Florida State Defeats Duquesne 47-7

The Florida State Seminoles defeated the Duquesne Dukes in a 47-7 blowout at home on August 27th, 2022. The Seminoles held a 26-0 lead at halftime and extended it to 33-0 before allowing the Dukes to score their first TD. They outscored the Dukes 14-0 to end the game. 

While the Seminoles failed to score a touchdown through the air – Jordan Travis had 207 yards – they did tally six touchdowns on the ground. In fact, they had three different players rush for at least 100 yards and saw five different players rush for a TD – it was an absolute slugfest.

12. UNLV Defeats Idaho State 52-21

The UNLV Rebels defeated the Idaho State Bengals in a 52-21 blowout at home on August 27th, 2022. They had a modest 10-7 lead at the end of the first quarter, but had five unanswered TDs in the second quarter. They were then outscored by the Bengals 14-7 in the second half. 

Doug Brumfield was the star of the night, finishing with 356 yards and four TDs through the air – all his TDs came in the second quarter. Ricky White had two of those TD grabs to go along with eight catches and 182 yards. The defense finished with five sacks and one interception.

11. No. 25 BYU Defeats South Florida 50-21

The No. 25 BYU Cougars defeated the South Florida Bulls in a 50-21 road win on September 3rd, 2022. They opened the game with four unanswered TDs in the first quarter and a 38-7 lead at halftime. They were outscored in the second half, but managed to register a safety. 

Jaren Hall was 25/32 for 261 yards and two touchdowns. Christopher Brooks and Puka Nacua combined for 211 rushing yards and three TDs – including a 75-yard TD run by Nacua to start the game. Max Tooley returned an interception for a touchdown in the first quarter. 

10. No. 9 Oklahoma Defeats UTEP 45-13

The No. 9 Oklahoma Sooners defeated the UTEP Miners in a 45-13 blowout at home on September 3rd, 2022. They had a 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and 28-10 lead at halftime. They extended the lead to 42-10 in the third before exchanging field goals in the fourth.

Dillon Gabriel finished 15/23 for 233 yards and two TDs through the air, adding 20 yards and one TD on the ground. Eric Gray had 102 rushing yards, while Marcus Major had two rushing TDs and Brayden Willis had two receiving TDs. Reggie Grimes tallied 2.5 sacks on defense.

9. No. 22 Wake Forest Defeats VMI 44-10

The No. 22 Wake Forest Demon Deacons defeated the VMI Keydets in a 44-10 blowout at home on September 1st, 2022. They had a 23-0 lead before giving up a field goal at the end of the first half. They then outscored the Keydets 21-7 in the second half en route to a victory. 

Mitch Griffis finished 21/29 for 288 yards and three touchdowns (to three different receivers) through the air, while Christian Turner finished with 100 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Kendron Wayman recorded 1.5 sacks in the win, while Rondell Bothroyd added another. 

8. No. 4 Clemson Defeats Georgia Tech 41-10

The No. 4 Clemson Tigers defeated the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in a 41-10 blowout on the road on September 5th, 2022. Both teams failed to score in the first quarter, but Clemson had a 14-3 lead at halftime and scored 27 unanswered points after giving up a TD in the third quarter.

Clemson didn’t put up a ton of yards, but they got the job done. DJ Uiagalelei had 210 yards and two TDs (one passing, one rushing), while Will Shipley finished with 42 yards rushing and two TDs. Andrew Mukuba registered an interception and K.J. Henry had a sack for the Tigers.

7. No. 18 Wisconsin Defeats Illinois State 38-0

The No. 18 Wisconsin Badgers defeated the Illinois State Redbirds in a 38-0 shutout at home on September 3rd, 2022. They scored at least one TD in each quarter and 21 of their 38 points in the second half. Their first TD came off a 100-yard interception return by John Torchio.

Graham Mertz was near-perfect, finishing the game 14/16 with 219 yards and one touchdown through the air. Braelon Allen stole the show with 148 rushing yards and two touchdowns, while the defense showed up to play with four sacks – two of which came from Nick Herbig

6. No. 16 Miami Defeats Bethune-Cookman 70-13

The No. 16 Miami Hurricanes defeated the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats in an impressive 70-13 blowout at home on September 3rd, 2022. The Wildcats were up 3-0 to start the game, but the Hurricanes scored a total of 10 touchdowns the rest of the game – at least two in each quarter.

QB Tyler Van Dyke went 13/16 for 193 yards and two TDs, but Miami scored seven of its TDs on the ground. Henry Parrish Jr. had 108 yards rushing and three TDs and Thaddius Franklin Jr. had 78 yards rushing and two TDs. Gilbert Frierson returned an interception for a TD.

5. No. 14 USC Defeats Rice 66-14

The No. 14 USC Trojans defeated the Rice Owls in a stunning 66-14 blowout at home on September 3rd, 2022. The Owls scored both of their touchdowns in the first half, but trailed 31-14 at halftime. USC went on to score five unanswered touchdowns in the second half. 

Caleb Williams had an impressive day, throwing 19/22 for 249 yards and two TDs – adding 68 yards on the ground. Austin Jones had 48 yards rushing and two TDs, while Jordan Addison had two reception TDs. USC also had four interceptions – three of which were returned for TDs.

4. No. 10 Baylor Defeats Albany 69-10

The No. 10 Baylor Bears defeated the Albany Great Danes in an impressive 69-10 blowout at home on September 3rd, 2022. They entered halftime with a 35-7 lead and kept that same energy in the second half, outscoring the Great Danes 34-3 to start the season on a good note.

Blake Shapen was accurate, finishing 17/20 for 214 yards and two TDs – adding another TD on the ground. They scored six more rushing TDs, including two from Richard Reese and one from Monaray Baldwin – who also had a reception TD. The defense finished with two sacks. 

3. No. 8 Michigan Defeats Colorado State 51-7

The No. 8 Michigan Wolverines defeated the Colorado State Rams in a 51-7 blowout at home on September 3rd, 2022. They had a 44-0 lead at the start of the fourth quarter before finally giving up their shutout with just nine minutes left to play. They made up for it with one last TD.

Cade McNamara threw for 136 yards and one TD, but their run game stole the show. Blake Corum had 76 yards rushing, Donovan Edwards had 64 yards rushing, and J.J. McCarthy had 50 yards rushing – they each finished with a touchdown. DJ Turner had a fumble return TD.

2. No. 6 Texas A&M Defeats Sam Houston 31-0

The No. 6 Texas A&M Aggies defeated the Sam Houston Bearkats in a lopsided 31-0 shutout at home on September 3rd, 2022. They scored a touchdown in each quarter, including two passing touchdowns over 60 yards and another one over 40 yards. The big plays just kept happening. 

Haynes King threw for 364 yards and three TDs in the win, but he also added two interceptions – showing room for improvement. Devon Achane added the lone rushing TD, while Ainias Smith had six catches for 164 yards and two TDs. Jardin Gilbert registered an interception. 

1. No. 3 Georgia Defeats No. 11 Oregon 49-3

The No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs defeated the No. 11 Oregon Ducks in a stunning 49-3 blowout at home on September 3rd, 2022. They took a 28-3 lead into halftime, just to come out and score another 21 unanswered points in the second half. The Bulldogs were getting everyone involved. 

In the passing game, Stetson Bennett threw for 368 yards and two TDs, while Carson Beck threw for another TD. In the run game, four different players scored rushing touchdowns. Christopher Smith and Malaki Starks each had interceptions, though the team had 0 sacks.

Expect Plenty More Blowout Victories This Year!

Alabama Defeats Utah State 55-0 in Week 1; Here Are 20 Other Blowout Victories From College Football’s Opening Week
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Week 0 and Week 1 gave us exactly what we needed out of college football’s opening week – plenty of blowout victories and high-scoring action. For fans that have been without football for nearly seven months, it was a breath of fresh air and the start of a long, tumultuous season. 

With that said, we’re already gearing up for Week 3 of action after an exciting Week 2 – Syracuse, Ohio State, Georgia, Michigan, Clemson, Oklahoma, Utah, Michigan State, Miami, NC State, Ole Miss, Minnesota, Penn State, and Cincinnati each registered blowout victories. 

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As it stands after two weeks of action (three weeks for some), the current top five consists of Georgia, Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, and Clemson – in that order. Oklahoma, USC, Oklahoma State, Kentucky, and Arkansas round out the top ten. Of course, that’ll likely change.

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