Halloween weekend and Week 9 in college football. What does that mean? Well, it means loads of trick plays and treats everywhere we look. Michigan State rallied to beat Michigan and retained the Paul Bunyan trophy, and Ohio State and Penn State traded blows before the Buckeyes prevailed.
Unbeaten Georgia and Oklahoma both made statements while No. 9 Iowa and No. 10 Ole Miss both lost.
Perhaps the best treats came out of Houston, where the Cougars handed SMU its first loss with a 100-yard kickoff return for the game-winning touchdown with 17 seconds left. The Mustangs had scored on their own 100-yard kickoff return to open the second half.
Alas, there were no more candy hot takes, like Mike Leach's total disdain for candy corn.
Touchdowns of the day
Lawrance Toafili just kept things moving along for this TD.
Tempers flare after late hit on Kansas State QB
TCU and Kansas State players get into it after Josh Foster laid a big hit on Wildcats QB Skylar Thompson as he was running out of bounds.
Best to get out of Christian Sims' way unless you want to take a nasty hit.
Bowling Green coach ejected vs. Buffalo
Bowling Green coach Scot Loeffler is ejected from the game vs. Buffalo after picking up his second unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Officially, 100 yards. In reality, it was 105.
Big-man TD! Jerron Cage takes fumble recover 57 yards
Sean Clifford fumbles the football and Jerron Cage scoops it up and chugs his way to the end zone for a 57-yard scoop-and-score for Ohio State.
Rumblin', bumblin' ... you can just hear Chris Berman's voice in your head, right?
You seriously can't leave Kenneth Walker III with any room. He ended up finishing with five touchdowns, and yeah, he is something special to watch.
KENNETH WALKER IS A BAD BAD MAN 🔥— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) October 30, 2021
Sparty (+4.5) ties it up!
Michigan State improved to 8-0 on the season with the 37-33 win over Michigan, and this interception sealed the deal.
Bowling Green QB's fake kneel-down leads to a 47-yard TD
Bowling Green QB Matt McDonald fakes out the Buffalo defense and scores on a 47-yard touchdown run.
So after the game, the Spartans rightfully celebrated and called people out.
And most importantly, MSU got to keep the Paul Bunyan trophy.
PAUL STAYS HOME pic.twitter.com/MCp0zSTLUa— Michigan State Football (@MSU_Football) October 30, 2021
For more on Walker's performance, check this out.
It appears Ohio State's band was prepared for Michigan's loss. How else to explain the perfection when the band took the field at halftime of Saturday night's game against Penn State?
Ejections in K-State-TCU
Things got heated between TCU and K-State, and three players, one on TCU and two on K-State, were ejected.
SMU starts the half with a 100-yard kick return TD
Bryan Massey gives SMU the lead in the second half by taking the kickoff straight to the house.
Jack Coan: dual-threat quarterback? The Wisconsin transfer hadn't logged a run longer than 20 yards since 2019, but he scrambled 21 yards for a touchdown in the Irish's game against North Carolina.
Look who's joined the party.
Hey, Big Ten West... pic.twitter.com/NrZPgHa8Av— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) October 30, 2021
A gourd-geous display from San Jose State.
Virginia receivers coach Marques Hagans and family win Halloween.
In West Philadelphia born and raised.... pic.twitter.com/1RyYvBJq8v— Marques Hagans (@coachmhagans) October 29, 2021
Please. Do not give Mike Leach any candy corn, ever.
In case you wanted to know what treats to hand out in the ACC, well, here you go.
We interviewed every ACC coach and here is the definitive list of each coaches favorite Halloween candy: pic.twitter.com/uPV3Yhfd3U— Tuffy Talk (@TuffyTalkNow) October 28, 2021
And it's all treats for Nick Saban for his birthday.
Scene in the stands
The Shoe is rocking scarlet red for OSU-Penn State.
Ohio State's Scarlet-out 🔥 pic.twitter.com/q5UugKarET— ESPN (@espn) October 30, 2021
There are plenty of fans in costumes today, and they're all amazing. And you can never go wrong with a classic.
Honestly, this pairing makes sense.
Proceed with caution in the Baylor stands today.
It's all fun and games
It might not have looked like pure chaos on the field, but the line said otherwise.
We love a good reference to "Succession."
Don't mess with Wisconsin?
Tulane, keep doing your thing and bringing out the beads.
And while we're talking about Tulane, we love to see offensive linemen completely get after it.
Well, this just happened in the MAC with the Bowling Green coaching being ejected.
Michigan State clinches win on sensational INT from Charles Brantley
Michigan State's Charles Brantley hauls in a phenomenal one-handed interception, clinching the win for the Spartans.
Who's weighing in?
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers isn't too pleased with how Cal is honoring Jeff Tedford.
Probably deserves more than a last minute thrown together between quarter wave. Coach is a legend, and the reason myself and so many came and thrived @Cal #MyCoach #RespectForALegend #GoBears https://t.co/mU49tBWklN— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) October 30, 2021
Very important video here.
Time to settle this once and for all:— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 30, 2021
Is candy corn good?
And on the topic of treats, who wouldn't want to be in the crowd when cake is being thrown out?
We'd really like to be best friends with Ken Jeong.
Ken Jeong wasn't about to miss one of the biggest games of the season.— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 30, 2021
He even got his hair done 😂 pic.twitter.com/mEzpDg7HaB
For all the best signs at GameDay, check this out.
Someone tell us more about the Pirate. We need to know everything possible.
Poking some healthy fun at each other before Penn State-Ohio State.
🔍 STILL searching:— Brutus Buckeye 🌰 (@Brutus_Buckeye) October 28, 2021
"the Big House - Columbus" 😜 pic.twitter.com/qzCeuFuSY3
The orange sure does pop.
That Orange 🤌 pic.twitter.com/d1fKf5l48L— Auburn Football (@AuburnFootball) October 30, 2021
Michigan State is going all green against Michigan.
𝘼𝙇𝙇 𝙂𝙍𝙀𝙀𝙉 pic.twitter.com/SqPMtvFDp5— Michigan State Football (@MSU_Football) October 28, 2021
For more on the best uniforms, check this out.
Penn State has some cool new kicks courtesy of the one and only Saquon Barkley.
Tank Bigsby can get up real high!
Arch Manning is continuing his visits, and he's at Clemson this weekend.
FSU's Toafili scores wild 75-yard TD after rolling over defender
Lawrance Toafili breaks a tackle by rolling over the Clemson defender, then completes his 75-yard score.
Can't give Caleb Williams this much time to find an open receiver.
Caleb Williams escapes the pocket and tosses it for the TD ❗ pic.twitter.com/DvEI1bV6n4— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) October 30, 2021
Williams is in good company with these two former Oklahoma QBs.
Caleb Williams is the 3rd player in Oklahoma history with at least 6 passing touchdowns and 0 interceptions in a game.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 30, 2021
He joins Kyler Murray in 2018 vs Baylor and Baker Mayfield in 2016 vs Texas Tech. pic.twitter.com/1tDTEcjWgW
Now, this is real sly.
ONE-HANDED SNAG BY HASELWOOD 😱 pic.twitter.com/kpo0lZrn3L— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) October 30, 2021
Any time your name gets mentioned in the same sentence as Dan Marino, it's surely a good thing.
A trick play during Halloween weekend! It's everything we wanted and more.
MIAMI BRINGING OUT THE TRICK PLAYS 🙌 pic.twitter.com/4uwXtXt1BY— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) October 30, 2021
This is what it means to go all in.
Now, THIS is a catch!
This 93-yard score from Michigan is a thing of beauty.
Honestly, it must be hard to stop when you've got that much momentum behind you.
LOOK OUT! 😆 pic.twitter.com/pt1KbgNC5n— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) October 30, 2021
How about a few more star-eye emojis? Because Malik Willis deserves them all.
This is the best use of a megaphone we have seen.