(5) WEST VIRGINIA 45 Maryland 24
West Virginia scored touchdowns on its first
four possessions to take a 28-0 lead and never
looked back. The Mountaineers offense was able
to get into the endzone only one other time as
their other touchdown came on a kickoff return.
West Virginia racked up 340 yards rushing on 43
carries (7.9 ypc) but only outgained Maryland
by only 50 total yards. The Terrapins lost the
turnover battle 5-1.
TOLEDO 37 Kansas 31
Toledo pulled off the win thanks to two turnovers
by the Jayhawks in overtime. Kansas outgained
the Rockets 391-237 but it committed five turnovers
overall with the three in regulation all leading
to Toledo touchdowns including an 84-yard interception
return for a score. The Jayhawks defense was superb
as Toledo had 12 drives of 15 yards or less while
forcing punts in all of those possessions.
(1) OHIO STATE 37 Cincinnati
Ohio St. outgained the Bearcats 444-212 and scored
the final 34 points of the game after trailing
at the end of the first quarter. Cincinnati was
credited with -4 yards rushing on 22 carries (-0.2
ypc) although 59 yards were lost on eight sacks.
After driving 80 yards for their lone touchdown,
the Bearcats did not have another drive longer
than 38 yards the rest of the game.
Michigan State 38 PITTSBURGH
Pittsburgh jumped out to a 10-0 lead but the
Spartans scored the next 38 points to pull away.
Michigan St. tallied 533 yards of offense while
the defense held the Panthers to 111 yards after
the Pittsburgh scoring drives before allowing
two garbage touchdowns late. The Spartans rushed
for 335 yards on 48 carries (7.0 ypc) while holding
Pittsburgh to 70 yards rushing.
(23) BOSTON COLLEGE 30
Boston College won its second straight double
overtime game thanks to an interception on the
Cougars second overtime possession. Both teams
had a chance in the first overtime session but
both missed field goals. BYU outgained the Eagles
547-471 and won the time of possession battle
but it committed 10 penalties which killed a few
drives. Boston College missed two extra points.
(14) VIRGINIA TECH 36
The Hokies outgained Duke 418-139 as the offense
crossed midfield on every possession. The Blue
Devils did not cross midfield until late in the
fourth quarter as they were forced to punt on
their first eight possessions. Duke did control
the game clock for eight more minutes despite
running five less plays. The Hokies defense had
eight sacks while forcing Duke to go 0-2 inside
Wake Forest 24 CONNECTICUT
Connecticut outgained the Deacons 324-209 but
the Huskies had three turnovers in Wake Forest
territory. The Deacons returned an interception
for a touchdown and also forced a fumble at the
28-yard line. The Huskies missed a 28-yard field
goal and also turned the ball over on downs at
their own 6-yard line that led to Wake Forest’s
last touchdown. Connecticut ran 25 more plays
but went 2-4 inside the redzone.
Syracuse 31 ILLINOIS
Syracuse was able to score touchdowns twice on
fumbles, one on offense and one on defense which
was the ultimate difference. The Illini outgained
Syracuse 398-369 but 179 of those yards came on
their last two touchdowns when the game was already
decided. Illinois didn’t do itself any favors
by committing 12 penalties for 106 yards and got
into the redzone only once.
(16) IOWA 27 Iowa State
Iowa fell behind 14-3 but the defense picked
things up by allowing the Cyclones just 130 total
yards in the second half. Iowa St. crossed midfield
only once in the second half and turning the ball
over on downs at its own 48-yard line late in
the fourth quarter set up a field goal that put
the game away. Both teams were perfect inside
the redzone and both finished 6-13 on third down
Arkansas 21 VANDERBILT
Vanderbilt scored the possible game tying touchdown
early in the fourth quarter but the two-point
conversion pass attempt was intercepted. The Commodores
got two more chances but on their final drive,
they missed a 48-yard field goal with less than
a minute left. All three touchdowns by both teams
were at least 67 yards each. Vanderbilt rushed
for 240 yards on 37 carries (6.5 ypc).
KANSAS STATE 23 Marshall
Kansas St. outgained the Herd 355-142 and held
Marshall to just eight first downs and two of
those came by way of penalty. Marshall’s
only touchdown was on a blocked punt return which
tied the game at seven but the offense generated
nine yards or less in six of its final seven drives.
The Wildcats finished 8-15 on third down conversions
but they were hurt by 14 penalties for 116 yards.
(10) GEORGIA 34 U-A-B
Georgia mustered only 271 total yards but scored
a touchdown on a blocked punt return and took
advantage of a Blazers fumble to set up its final
touchdown. UAB could not move the ball closer
than the Bulldogs 36-yard line as it was forced
to punt on its first six possessions. The Blazers
finished with just 163 total yards including 68
yards rushing on 37 carries (1.8 ypc).
PURDUE 38 Ball State
Purdue outgained the Cardinals 533-352 including
416 yards through the air. The score should have
been a lot worse but the Boilermakers committed
two turnovers inside the redzone while Ball St.
scored two late touchdowns when the game was already
out of reach. The Cardinals scored 14 points off
turnovers was limited to just 61 yards rushing
on 29 carries (2.1 ypc).
CENTRAL MICH 24 Akron
The Chippewas were outgained 436-291 but Akron
was hurt by three interceptions, two of which
occurred inside the Central Michigan 18-yard line.
The third was returned by the Chippewas for a
100-yard touchdown. The early mistakes turned
into a 21-0 deficit and the Zips couldn’t
recover. Akron finished a horrendous 3-7 inside
the redzone, including missing a field goal and
turning it over on downs at the one-yard line.
GEORGIA TECH 35 Troy
Georgia Tech outgained the Trojans 500-283 but
the game was still in question in the fourth quarter.
With the score tied at 14 apiece, the Yellow Jackets
scored three straight touchdowns, two of which
were set up by interceptions. Georgia Tech finished
with 320 yards rushing on 41 carries (7.8 ypc)
while the defense held Troy to seven drives of
three plays or fewer.
MINNESOTA 62 Temple 0
This game was over before it started as the Gophers
scored four first quarter touchdowns and then
cruised the rest of the way. Despite the 62 points,
Minnesota generated only 448 yards of offense
but its first two scores were set up by Temple
turnovers. The Owls crossed midfield only once
and that resulted in a missed 36-yard field goal.
Temple finished with only 157 total yards and
seven first downs.
NORTHWESTERN 14 Eastern
The Wildcats offense struggled for a second straight
week as they had just 266 total yards but it was
the defense that came up strong. Northwestern
held the Eagles to 134 total yards including a
mere 47 yards through the air. Eastern Michigan
had only five first downs yet it was in position
to possibly tie the game but it was intercepted
at the Wildcats 32-yard line. The Eagles longest
drive was 19 yards.
Kent State 16 MIAMI-OHIO
Kent St. outgained the RedHawks 386-297 and jumped
out to a 16-0 lead before holding off a Miami
rally. The RedHawks scored their first touchdown
off an interception and then drove 80 yards for
the possible game tying score but missed the two-point
conversion. The Golden Flashes were just 3-5 inside
the redzone as a missed field goal and a fumble
at the Miami eight-yard line took away two scoring
South Florida 24 U-C-F
Central Florida tied the game at 17 apiece midway
through the fourth quarter on a blocked punt return
but the Bulls then drove 90 yards for the game
winning score. The Golden Knights then made it
down to the South Florida 15-yard line but turned
the ball over on downs in the final seconds. The
Bulls finished with 333 yards passing on 10.4
yards per attempt but rushed for just 2.6 ypc.
(18) OREGON 34 (15) Oklahoma
In the most controversial game of the weekend,
the Ducks rallied from a 13-point deficit to pull
off the improbable win. After pulling to within
six points with 1:12 remaining, Oregon recovered
the onside kick, which should not have counted
and then scored the game winner two plays later.
A long kickoff return put Oklahoma in position
to win but its field goal was blocked. Oregon
outgained the Sooners 501-381.
(3) AUBURN 7 (6) L-S-U
LSU outgained the Tigers 311-182 and crossed
midfield seven times but managed only one field
goal. The Tigers had their best drive of the day
in the final minute of the game but a completion
down to the Auburn four-yard line was as far as
it could get as time expired. LSU rushed only
for 42 yards on 23 carries (1.8 ypc) while Auburn
managed just 72 yards on 38 carries (1.9 ypc).
(12) LOUISVILLE 31 (17)
Miami scored on its opening possession but then
Louisville ran off the final 31 points to pull
out the blowout win. The Cardinals outgained Miami
by only 47 total yards but the Hurricanes missed
two early field goals and also fumbled at the
Louisville eight-yard line on its second possession.
Miami crossed midfield only once in the second
half while the Cardinals were in Hurricanes territory
on every second half possession.
Western Michigan 17 VIRGINIA
Virginia actually outgained the Broncos 258-179
but two Cavaliers interceptions led to Western
Michigan touchdowns including one that was returned
34-yards for a score. Virginia moved into Broncos
territory only once in the second half and that
drive was halted on a missed field goal. The Cavaliers
turned the ball over on downs close to midfield
in their final drive. The Broncos had just 40
yards passing and nine first downs.
Boise State 17 WYOMING
Wyoming outgained the Broncos 251-246 but the
difference ended up being a Boise St. interception
that was returned 61 yards for a touchdown. After
falling behind 17-3, Wyoming scored a touchdown
and then was driving late in the game before an
interception ended the drive. Boise St. gained
only 96 total yards in its final seven possessions
and finished just 2-12 on third down conversions.
WISCONSIN 14 San Diego
Wisconsin held the Aztecs to just 115 total yards
and seven first downs as the defense shined. The
Badgers didn’t score late until the third
quarter and missed several scoring opportunities.
Wisconsin turned the ball over on downs three
times, once at the six-yard line, fumbled at the
San Diego St. 21-yard line and also missed a field
goal. They ended the game at the Aztecs 14-yard
line thus finishing 1-4 inside the redzone.
(11) Michigan 47 (2)
NOTRE DAME 21
Notre Dame mustered only 245 total yards and
committed five turnovers which led to 24 points
for the Wolverines. The offense gained 11 or fewer
yards in each of its first eight possessions and
by that time, Michigan had a 34-7 lead. The Wolverines
offense tallied only 120 yards in the second half
but it didn’t matter at the game was already
over. Notre Dame finished with four yards rushing
on 17 carries (0.2 ypc).
RUTGERS 24 Ohio U 7
Rutgers started 3-0 for the first time since
1981 as it outgained the Bobcats 300-119 and held
Ohio to just eight first downs. The Bobcats jumped
out to an early 7-0 lead thanks to an interception
that set up a 17-yard scoring drive. The Scarlet
Knights allowed Ohio to have only one drive that
lasted more than six plays while forcing four
turnovers. Rutgers did finish with three turnovers
and a missed field goal.
WASHINGTON ST 17 Baylor
Washington St. outgained the Bears 336-246 but
it took a last second field goal for the Cougars
to prevail. Baylor trailed 14-9 late in the fourth
quarter but forced a fumble and returned it 40
yards for a score. Washington St. responded with
an 81-yard drive to set up the game winner. Both
teams committed four turnovers including a costly
Baylor interception at the Cougars 16-yard line.
(20) T-C-U 12 (24) Texas
The Horned Frogs held the potent Texas Tech offense
to just 281 yards and neither team was able to
find the endzone. TCU kicked four field goals,
three of which came on drives of 48 yards or less.
The Red Raiders turned the ball over on downs
three times and finished a combined 3-17 on third
and fourth down conversions. TCU had just 101
yards passing and was hurt by 12 penalties totaling
KENTUCKY 31 Ole Miss
Mississippi actually outgained the Wildcats 395-380
but mistakes killed the Rebels. They fumbled the
ball four times which stalled two scoring drives
and also led to 10 points for Kentucky on the
other two. The Rebels also turned the ball over
on downs once and threw an interception at the
Kentucky 10-yard line. All four of the Wildcats
touchdown drives were 69 yards or more so they
weren’t given many freebies.
(8) Texas 52 RICE 7
Texas outgained the Owls 493-168 and also used
a fumble recovery and a punt return for back-to-back
touchdowns in the second quarter. The Longhorns
fumbled twice in Rice territory, once at the one-yard
line which was the only possession they didn’t
score on in the first half. The Owls didn’t
have a single drive of more than 22 yards until
their final possession of the game where they
went 79 yards for their only score.
Bowling Green 33 FLORIDA
Bowling Green outgained the Golden Panthers 403-332
but needed two interceptions on the final two
drives to secure the win. Florida International
returned the opening kickoff of the second half
for a touchdown to pull within two points but
it was never able to take the lead. The Golden
Panthers finished with four turnovers, one of
which was a fumble return for a touchdown for
WASHINGTON 21 Fresno
This game was close throughout and the Huskies
were able to block the game-tying extra point
to pull out the victory. Washington took the lead
early in the fourth quarter before the Bulldogs
took the ensuing kickoff and drove for the possible
tying score. The Huskies secured the win with
a late interception. The Bulldogs also missed
a field goal at the end of the first half that
would have been the difference.
Tulane 32 MISSISSIPPI
Mississippi St. fell behind 32-7 before a huge
rally in the fourth quarter than just fell short.
The Bulldogs returned a fumble for a touchdown
to start the final period scoring and then had
its best two drives of the day following that
but were not able to get the ball back. Mississippi
St. turned the ball over on downs at the Tulane
three-yard line at the end of the third quarter
which could have been the winning possession.
37 NC State 17
Southern Mississippi outgained the Wolfpack 442-274
as the offense crossed midfield on every possession.
NC State had three interceptions, two of which
occurred inside the Golden Eagles 33-yard line.
The Wolfpack’s best drive came late in the
fourth quarter when the game was already decided.
Southern Mississippi didn’t punt once while
the defense held NC State to 77 yards rushing.
OKLAHOMA STATE 48 Florida
The Cowboys held Florida Atlantic to just 215
total yards and only 88 yards through the first
three quarters as they built a 41-0 lead. The
Owls went three and out on eight of their first
nine possessions with the only other drive consisting
of just five plays. Oklahoma St. rushed for 246
yards on 43 carries (5.7 ypc) and closed the scoring
with a 70-yard touchdown run.
TULSA 28 North Texas
North Texas held onto a 3-0 until the final play
of the first half when Tulsa finally got onto
the scoreboard. The Golden Hurricane had two interceptions
and turned the ball over on downs in three of
their first four possessions. The defense held
North Texas to just 89 total yards and only six
first downs. The lone Mean Green score came off
one of those interceptions, resulting in a 26-yard
(22) Arizona State 21
The Sun Devils outgained Colorado 430-219 but
they had four turnovers, missed a field goal and
turned the ball over on downs. The first interception
led to the Buffaloes only points, a field goal
that came off a five-yard scoring drive. Colorado
also had three turnovers including one fumble
at the goal line and an interception at the 23-yard
line. Arizona St. was also hurt by 11 penalties
totaling 73 yards.
EAST CAROLINA 35 Memphis
East Carolina rallied from a 20-7 deficit as
it scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter
on interception returns. The Pirates outgained
Memphis by just 22 total yards but six Tigers
turnovers ultimately led to 28 points. East Carolina
didn’t do itself any favors by committing
two turnovers inside Memphis territory, missing
two field goals and turning the ball over on downs
once at the 18-yard line.
ALABAMA 41 UL-Monroe
Alabama outgained the Warhawks 444-196 and scored
the final 31 points after La-Monroe pulled to
within three points midway through the second
quarter. Following the Warhawks touchdown drive,
Alabama held them to 63 yards the rest of the
way. The Tide scored on its first four possessions
of the second half and finished with 219 yards
rushing on 43 carries (5.1 ypc).
NORTHERN ILLINOIS 31
Northern Illinois racked up 500 yards of offense
including 344 yards rushing on 36 carries (9.6
ypc). The Huskies did not pull away until the
start of the fourth quarter as the Bulls defense
forced three straight punts to keep the game close.
Buffalo had two drives stopped inside the Northern
Illinois 30-yard line as the running game never
got going, finishing with 99 yards on 32 carries
Clemson 27 (9) FLORIDA
Clemson outgained the Seminoles 345-204 but it
needed a touchdown with eight seconds remaining
to pull out the win. Florida St. tied the game
early in the fourth quarter but the Tigers went
85 yards for the winning score. The Seminoles
scored eight points off a blocked PAT and a field
goal to keep them in the game. Florida St. finished
with just 102 yards rushing on 38 carries (2.7
(7) Florida 21 (13) TENNESSEE
Florida outgained Tennessee 320-220 but it took
a late second half rally to pull out the victory.
The Gators trailed by 10 points late in the third
quarter and eventually took the lead with just
over six minutes remaining. Tennessee got the
ball back once more but threw an interception
to fall short. Florida missed two field goals
and threw an interception in Tennessee territory,
killing three other scoring chances.
Missouri 27 NEW MEXICO
Missouri dominated the Lobos by outgaining them
396-201 but it led by just three points heading
into the final quarter. The Tigers scored two
straight touchdowns to pull away before New Mexico
put up a garbage score in the final seconds. Before
that Lobos touchdown, their only other trip into
the endzone was on an 11-yard interception return.
New Mexico finished with 33 yards rushing on 27
carries (1.2 ypc).
(4) U-S-C 28 (19) Nebraska
USC outgained the Huskers 399-211 but the game
was still in question early in the fourth quarter
when Nebraska pulled to within 11 points. The
Trojans proceeded to drive 81 yards to secure
the final margin. Nebraska missed two golden chances
to have interceptions and it also fumbled at its
own 30-yard line that resulted in a USC touchdown.
The Huskers had just 68 yards rushing on 36 carries
Utah 48 UTAH STATE 0
Utah outgained the Aggies 401-98 and held them
to just seven first downs. Utah St. made it into
Utes territory only twice on the night and had
its best scoring chance taken away by a fumble
at the 17-yard line. In total, the Aggies committed
six turnovers that ultimately led to 31 points
for Utah. The Utes returned two interceptions
for touchdowns while the three other drives off
turnovers were 38 yards or less.
NEVADA 28 Colorado State
Nevada held the Rams to just 177 total yards
and 10 first downs and mistakes led to the only
Colorado St. points. The Rams blocked a punt for
a touchdown and then kicked a field goal on a
two-yard drive that resulted from an interception.
Colorado St.’s two best drives were in the
second half but they missed a field goal and threw
an interception at the Wolf Pack 25-yard line.
Nevada was 8-12 on third down conversions.
Texas A&M 28 ARMY
The Aggies were never able to pull away but the
defense came up with a stop at the six-yard line
that ended the game. Army missed out on that chance
along with settling for a field goal in the drive
before that and also throwing an interception
at the Texas A&M 10-yard line. The Aggies
finished with 262 yards rushing on 44 caries (6.0
ypc) and 14 of their 18 first downs were gained
on the ground.
Navy 37 STANFORD 9
Navy piled up 368 yards rushing on 69 carries
(5.3 ypc) but the Cardinal were outgained by only
102 total yards. Mistakes were the problem as
Stanford fumbled twice deep in its own territory
and threw an interception at the Navy 18-yard
line. The Midshipmen were in Stanford territory
in each of their final eight possessions but did
have to settle for three field goals while also
fumbling at the 10-yard line.
HAWAII 42 U-N-L-V 13
Hawaii jumped out to a 42-0 lead as the Warriors
racked up 583 yards of offense. The Rebels scored
two garbage touchdowns when the game was all but
decided but they missed out on early chances.
UNLV finished 1-6 on fourth down, turning the
ball over on downs four times inside the Hawaii
33-yard line. The Rebels also threw an interception
on the first play of the second half that was
returned for a touchdown.
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