Davis led the Jaguars to two fourth-quarter touchdowns, rallying them to a 21-20 victory at Mississippi State. It was their first victory against an SEC opponent in five tries.
Davis also won the season’s first ASN FBS Player of the Week honors with 65% of more than 4,300 votes cast.
In his first collegiate start, the redshirt junior led South Alabama back from deficits of 17-0 and 20-7. The Jaguars held on when Mississippi State missed a 28-yard field goal in the final seconds.
“I thought I was going to be (nervous),” he said. “But once I heard the cow bells, it kind of hyped me up a little bit. The nerves went away and we executed what we needed to do.”
Davis completed 24 of 34 passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner on third down to tight end Gerald Everett with 57 seconds remaining in the game
“We just made history and it hasn’t really hit us yet,” Davis said, “but I feel like in the next 30 minutes it will.”
Bet that feeling lasts even longer.
The other Week 1 nominees also contributed to Group of 5 upset specials against Power 5 opponents:
» RB Jamauri Bogan, Western Michigan: The sophomore rushed for 103 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown in a 22-21 upset victory at Northwestern. His touchdown on fourth down with 5:38 remaining in the fourth quarter gave the Broncos their first win against a Big Ten opponent since 2008. It was also their first victory in a season opener since 2004. Bogan helped the Broncos dominate time of possession for nearly 40 minutes. “It might not have been the first win over a Big Ten opponent in history,” Bogan said, “but it definitely felt like it. We are forever grateful for this opportunity.”
» QB Nick Mullens, Southern Miss: The senior completed 18 of 28 passes for 258 yards and two touchdowns. Modest numbers, but the Golden Eagles rallied from a 35-10 deficit to a 44-35 upset victory at Kentucky. “(O)ne of the most stirring comebacks in the 100-year history of the football program,” said the school’s website. Mullens struck after three interceptions and the Eagles trailing by 25 points, hitting Isaiah Jones on a 71-yard touchdown with 14 seconds left in the first half. He threw for another touchdown and ran for two as USM took a 38-35 with less than a minute remaining in the third quarter.
» CB-KR Brandon Wilson, Houston: The senior’s “kick-six” was the turning point in Houston’s 33-23 victory against Oklahoma, the Cougars’ biggest non-conference win in 25 years. He returned a missed 54-yard field-goal try by Oklahoma’s Austin Seibert’s for a touchdown in the third quarter, giving Houston a 26-17 lead. Officially, it was 100 yards but he covered more than 109, barely staying in bounds down the sideline. He even hurdled a teammate. ”I thought I stepped out, but I didn’t,” Wilson said. ”I just saw the green grass and I scored.” Wilson also made a game- and career-high 10 tackles.
The final tally on on americansportsnet.com:
Who is your choice for FBS Player of the Week?
- Dallas Davis, South Alabama (65%, 2,791 Votes)
- Nick Mullens, Southern Miss (27%, 1,170 Votes)
- Brandon Wilson, Houston (5%, 235 Votes)
- Jamauri Bogan, Western Michigan (3%, 110 Votes)
Total Voters: 4,306