After further review: Week 4

The good, the bad and the ugly from the fourth weekend of the season. Dave Miller

Print This September 24, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

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• Boise State is still a major work in progress. This past Thursday night against BYU, the Broncos were unable to move the football once they approached the red zone, and that has been an issue all season long. Quarterback Joe Southwick missed a lot of throws despite having some weapons around him. We really saw against the Cougars how much this team misses Kellen Moore, the winningest quarterback in NCAA history. The good news for Bronco fans is that this defense is growing up after losing so much talent to the NFL. End Demarcus Lawrence, cornerback Jamar Taylor and tackle Mike Atkinson had excellent games against the Cougars, so that's a positive moving forward. The Boise State defense forced five turnovers and held BYU scoreless until the game's final minutes.

Kolton BrowningUS PRESSWIREKolton Browning and the Warhawks have been quite the story despite their 1-2 mark.

• Louisiana-Monroe has become one of the great stories of the young season despite being just 1-2. After the Warhawks fell to Baylor 47-42 on Friday night, Kolton Browning and Co. are proving that their victory at Arkansas was no fluke. Head coach Todd Berry certainly is disappointed that his team could not steal upsets at Auburn and this past week at home against the Bears, but his squad has captivated the nation at least for the month of September. Now Berry has to make sure that he parlays the strong nonconference play into success when the Warhawks begin Sun Belt action.

• One has to wonder the condition of Maryland's offense if the unit didn't have Stefon Diggs. The true freshman had 42 and 56-yard scoring grabs against West Virginia, finishing with three catches for 113 yards, and he also had 88 yards on returns. If Terps head coach Randy Edsall can get the state of Maryland's top players, the program will be just fine. Gritty effort from the Terps on Saturday against a West Virginia team that will show its true identity when it enters Big 12 play.

• Ohio State was able to get back Jordan Hall at just the right time. The running back has produced 87 and 105 yards on the ground the last two weeks, respectively, on 17 carries each contest. His production is vital as a complement to Braxton Miller's efforts on the ground.

• Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas had seemed hesitant to run the first three games of this season, perhaps focusing more on his passing as he clearly entered the year knowing that he was the envy of a lot of NFL Draft experts. But he showed Saturday that his game is at its best when he is comfortable running the football. Against Bowling Green, Thomas had key runs on three straight second-quarter drives that seemed to get the Hokies moving offensively. Each drive ended with a touchdown as Frank Beamer's squad built a 21-0 lead and coasted from there. Virginia Tech will need impressive dual-threat efforts from Thomas to be a player in the ACC race, especially if the Hokies have any chance to knock off Florida State.

• While I didn't think that Danny O'Brien was the major reason for Wisconsin's offensive woes, there's no denying that backup and former walk-on Joel Stave sparked the offense in the team's win over UTEP. Stave went 12 of 17 for 210 yards in his first career start, and the redshirt freshman seemed to be in a good rhythm. He had good rapport with Jared Abbrederis, who had a 60-yard catch and 47-yard touchdown reception.

• Iowa may be off to a tough start before Big Ten play has even begun, but Hawkeye fans have to feel good about Mark Weisman, the former Air Force fullback who ran for 217 yards and three touchdowns in a losing effort this past week against Central Michigan. He was forced into starting action with Damon Bullock and Greg Garmon banged-up, and he responded with another strong effort a week after he had 113 rushing yards and three touchdowns against Northern Iowa. Weisman for Heisman? Fans in Iowa City have surely started the campaign.

• Congratulations to Western Michigan, which for the second straight season defeated Connecticut.

• Who's the best player in America not playing in a BCS conference? It could easily be Stefphon Jefferson, the Nevada running back who tied an NCAA record by scoring seven touchdowns in a 69-24 win over Hawaii. The junior had 31 rushes for 170 yards and scored on 3-, 2-, 1-, 5-, 3- and 1-yard runs. He also added a 55-yard scoring reception. The previous week against Northwestern State, Jefferson had 247 yards and two scores on 27 carries. He already has 699 rushing yards and 11 scores on the young season.

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