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Winners and losers from Week 5's college football games

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Michigan coach Brady Hoke's team was beaten by Minnesota at home on Saturday.

Week 5 of the college football season brought us highlights galore, some lovable mascots and a number of surprises that nobody could have predicted earlier this year. While we know who won and lost the games from the box scores, who really came out of Saturday able to hold their heads high heading into Week 6?


Yale: How about the Ivy Leaguers? They beat Army for the league's first win over an FBS team since 1986.

Kaelin Clay: Utah's ace returner scored his third punt-return touchdown of the season in a rainy game against Washington State. That ties the school record held by some guy named Steve Smith.

Mark Stoops, Sonny Dykes, Charlie Strong, Randy Edsall: After being so close against Florida, Kentucky's Stoops captured his first SEC victory as a head coach. Dykes captured his first Pac-12 win at Cal, but needed double overtime to top Colorado. Strong's defense shut out Kansas on the road for his first Big 12 win, and Edsall had a nice Big Ten debut with a 37-15 win at Indiana.

Todd Gurley: 208 yards and two touchdowns? That will do for the Georgia star, who continued his strong Heisman Trophy campaign in a win against Tennessee.

Pat Fitzgerald: The Northwestern coach endured a lot in the offseason, and a 1-2 start wasn't exactly how he wanted to begin this year. But there's no quit in the Wildcats, who marched into Happy Valley and gave it to Penn State 29-6.

Stanford's defense: The Cardinal lost several players to the NFL draft but responded with an impressive performance that bottled up Washington in Seattle. They might not have the star power of past units, but this is a really, really good group.

Terry Bowden: Akron rolled Pitt 21-10 on Saturday and bottled up Panthers star tailback James Conner. Not sure what looked better in the victory, however, Bowden's hair or the Zips' slick gold chrome helmets.

Weston Steelhammer: Seriously, his name is Weston Steelhammer. If that's not enough for him to land in the "Winners" category, I don't know what is. Three interceptions and a sack against Boise State in a win for Air Force will do it, too.

Ammer Abdullah: 196 yards and three touchdowns before halftime? That will do just fine for the Nebraska star and Heisman Trophy contender.

Everett Golson: The Notre Dame quarterback tied the FBS record for consecutive completions in a game. Things get a little tougher next week against Stanford, however.

Gary Pinkel: A week after an inexplicable home loss to Indiana, the Tigers rallied for a win at South Carolina in which quarterback Maty Mauk completed just 12 passes. It might be winning ugly, but Pinkel's team is in control of its SEC East destiny.

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Brady Hoke: The Wolverines once again looked lifeless and lost 30-14 at home to Minnesota. The sparse crowd and bad play said plenty about this Michigan team, but that's not as bad as Hoke saying his team can still win the Big Ten.

SMU: The Mustangs were shut out (again) to fall to 0-4 after being routed by TCU. There are individual defensive players in college football who have scored more than the SMU team has this season. Things are bad in Dallas.

Ohio State pass defense: Yes, the Buckeyes captured a win at home on Saturday night, but in the process they allowed Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel to rack up 352 yards and four touchdowns through the air. Not good.

Florida State's defense: Giving up 41 points to N.C. State in a near upset was bad enough, but having its defensive tackle depth being cut even further is a more pressing issue for the defending champions.

Bret Bielema: The poor Arkansas coach was on the verge of getting his first SEC win. Then Texas A&M scored 21 in the fourth quarter/overtime to snatch a victory away in Arlington.

Utah: The Utes were on the verge of being ranked in the top 25 with a win over Washington State. Instead, they blew a 21-0 lead at home to a team that didn't have any wins over FBS opponents.

North Carolina's defense: After Clemson hung 50 on them Saturday night, the Tar Heels' defense has given up 120 points the past two weeks. Changes could be coming on that side of the ball for head coach Larry Fedora.

Boise State: The days of the Broncos in the national conversation are very much over. The team lost on the road to Air Force by two touchdowns and turned the ball over seven times. Yes, seven. They weren't even in the game until the final moments of the fourth quarter.

You can follow Bryan Fischer on Twitter at @BryanDFischer.



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